Cygnet Theatre launches two new productions

What if all this is Real? By Neil Bebber and Splendour by Abi Morgan.

What if all this is Real? Is the latest production by award-winning writer Neil Bebber , showing at the Cygnet Theatre, Exeter from Wednesday 23rd – Saturday 26th March as part of the city’s independent theatre’s 40th anniversary.

Neil Bebber has worked with venues including National Theatre Wales, Old Vic Tunnels, Almeida Theatre and Bread & Roses. He was also a writer in residence at Theatr Clwyd in 2015. Neil is currently working on several projects for stage, TV, and radio, including his recent...

Devon residents called on to join the Great British Spring Clean

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 03/23/2022 - 2:57pm

Devon residents and community groups are being called on by #Cleandevon to help clean up the county, as Keep Britain Tidy's nationwide annual Great British Spring Clean returns Great British Spring Clean | Keep Britain Tidy .

This year the message is simple. Join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as you can from 25 March - 10 April 2022.

Pledging to take part in the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) couldn't be easier, simply pledge as an individual, a group or a school, and let the GBSC know how many bags you pledge to pick up.


Council’s community testing service ending but outreach team will continue to support vaccinations

Devon County Council's community testing team, which has been delivering a mobile lateral flow testing service, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations, to local communities across Devon since January 2021, will change its operations from 1 April .

The government’s ‘Living with COVID-19’ plan will see the end to universal access to free lateral flow and PCR tests for most people at the end of March.

The council's outreach vans will continue to support the vaccinations programme, alongside NHS Devon colleagues, across the county. But the availability of free lateral flow tests...

Darts Farm Win Large Farm Shop of the Year Award

Darts Farm named Large Farm Shop of the Year at Farm Retail Association Awards

Authored by kath@raw
Posted: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 11:31pm

Nationally-renowned Darts Farm, based just outside Exeter, is thrilled to have been named ‘Large Farm Shop of the Year’ at the Farm Retail Association Awards held on 1st March. Darts Farm is an innovative, family-run business, which was established in 1971 and has grown from humble beginnings to become the unique shopping experience it is today, with a string of prestigious awards to its name.

Michael Dart, who runs Darts Farm alongside his two brothers, James and Paul, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this latest accolade from the Farm Retail Association Awards,...

Upcycled Salvage & Eco Market

Event Date: 
02/04/2022 - 10:00am
The Matford Centre, Exeter

The Upcycled, Salvage & Eco Festival will take place on Saturday 2nd April at The Matford Centre in Exeter and supports Hospice Care South West.

Meet more than 40 clever exhibitors who will show you how you can re-use, recycle, repurpose and re-finish everything from clothes to furniture, homewares, jewellery, to glass and wooden objects through imaginative salvage and recycling. What’s not to love?

Get ECO, get SUSTAINABLE, get ETHICAL, get yourself down to the Up-Cycled, Salvage and Eco market.

Entry is just £3 on the door and includes free onsite parking...

Event celebrating upcycled at its best comes to Exeter

Conceived as an idea at the height of the pandemic and originally hosted in Tavistock, Devon between various lockdowns, the Upcycled Salvage & Eco Market has grown into a veritable festival of recycling and is coming to The Matford Centre Exeter this April.

This simple idea for an event that responds to a growing interest in caring for the environment, reusing instead of throwing away, and exploiting our natural propensity towards creativity proved so popular during the last eighteen months that the organisers are bringing it to The Matford Centre on Saturday 2ndApril....

Two volunteers from the Exeter group stand by a stall with Guide Dogs merchandise and two dogs.

Exeter Fundraisers reach £13,000 milestone for Guide Dogs

Authored by emma.tucker
Posted: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 11:25am

Local fundraisers in Exeter have won recognition this week for raising £13,000, funding a guide dog into a partnership with someone with sight loss. Thanks to these hard-working volunteers, guide dog Kane is now fully funded to support someone with sight loss for his working dog career.

It costs around £55,000 to breed, train and support a guide dog throughout their life. Guide Dogs continues to support the dogs during their time working as a guide, so the £13,000 figure covers the cost of food, vets’ bills and ongoing training after the dog is partnered with someone with sight...

New action plan set out for South West energy opportunities

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 11:21am

On 11th March the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership met with Western Power Distribution , EDF Energy , Regen SW , the South West Energy Hub , and local Government partners for an Energy Deep Dive roundtable, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the South West’s energy sector.

The Heart of the South West LEP is delivering the area’s Build Back Better plan, which aims to drive clean and inclusive growth. The plan sets an ambition to capitalise on the nuclear and renewable energy potential in the region, and to become the country’s green energy powerhouse...

St Patrick’s Day gets teh green light at Exeter care home

Residents and staff at Cumberland Grange in Exeter celebrated all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day this week. The home was decorated with shamrocks and balloons to mark the day.

Held on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day actually observes the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but the day has come to be a huge celebration of Irish heritage and culture.

Staff and residents at the home marked the day by making shamrock decorations, listening to some Irish music, and enjoying a Creative Therapy Session led by Pete the Poet. Head chef John prepared a fantastic...

Residents asked to have their say on planned new cycle route along Rifford Road

By Ollie Heptinstall, local democracy reporter.

Plans have been unveiled for a new two-way cycle route in Exeter, described as the ‘missing link’ in the city’s network.

Devon County Council says the proposed 700 metre stretch along Rifford Road, between the junctions with Ludwell Lane and Honiton Road, would complete the city’s north-to-south E12 route.

Once completed, it will form a continuous route running from Polsloe Bridge station to the new railway station being constructed at Marsh Barton.

A consultation has now gone live and residents can have...