Care home residents help local families cook up a treat at Westbank

Local people of all ages have taken part in a community cookery event organised by the Devon-wide health and well-being charity Westbank Community Health and Care

Residents from Exeter care home Cumberland Grange joined local families in the kitchen at Westbank’s community hub in Exminster, where they prepared a healthy two-course meal together.

The idea behind the Ready, Steady, Cook-style event was to bring together people of different ages and backgrounds to share a fun experience and learn (or refresh) their skills in the kitchen. The three generations of cooks prepared...

Letter to the editor: Celebrating those who play a paternal role in children’s lives this Father’s Day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/12/2022 - 10:38pm

This month, we celebrate Father’s Day: a joyous day for so many celebrating those who play a paternal role. However, Father’s Day can also be a painful reminder for people across Exeter who are not part of a ‘traditional family’, including children in care.

It can be difficult to comprehend that there is an increasing number of children coming into foster care, with over 80,850 children currently looked after away from home in England alone.

Yet despite seeing how quickly our country can rally to help those most in need, and with the media’s backing, many are unaware of...

Old Mill acquires Brook Financial

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/10/2022 - 11:03am

Exeter based wealth management and accountancy firm Old Mill has acquired Ilminster financial outsourcing firm Brook Financial as part of its ambitious growth plans to become the fastest-growing practice in the South West.

The deal is the first of a number of carefully chosen acquisitions that will - alongside organic growth - support Old Mill as it targets 15% pa growth for the next five years, and aims to double the size of the business by 2026.

Brook Financial was launched by husband-and-wife team Alison and Kevin Smith in 2006, to offer a solution for ambitious...

Exeter care home celebrates Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with party

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/09/2022 - 11:02pm

Barchester’s Cumberland Grange Care Home in Exeter celebrated Her Majesty The Queens Platinum Jubilee with a wonderful party for family, friends and prospective residents.

What better time to celebrate togetherness than during Her Majesty The Queens Platinum Jubilee? Cumberland Grange welcomed their resident’s family and friends to join them for an afternoon of celebrations. Chefs John and Simon laid on a big spread of delicious foods, including the iconic strawberries and cream pudding! The professional singers got everyone singing along and up dancing to some well-known songs...

Co Cars launches Exeter’s first zero emission E-Mobility Hub

Co Cars, the not-for-profit social enterprise, has successfully launched a zero emissions all-Electric Mobility Hub at the Bloor Homes development, Seabrook Orchards in Topsham, near Exeter.

The Seabrook Orchards E-Mobility Hub is the first to launch at a housing development in Exeter and one of only a handful across the UK. It has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Devon County Council, Bloor Homes and the landowners and management agents, Darts Farm.

The Hub is powered by 100% renewable energy from Good Energy. It features a brand-new electric shared Co...

Changes to Magdalen Road layout to be made permanent

Councillors have approved proposals to make permanent changes to the layout of Magdalen Road in Exeter.

Temporary measures were introduced on the road in June 2020, along with other parts of the city and other communities in Devon, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, using funding from the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has agreed recommendations to keep the one-way arrangements for vehicular traffic, with contraflow cycle lane and the widened footway on the northern side of the road.

These changes are designed to...

Optix Solutions Board and Shadow Board

Shadow board provides healthy input into business processes

A forward-thinking Exeter digital marketing agency is reaping the benefits of implementing a shadow board.

Since Optix Solutions created the model over a year ago to ensure succession planning was in place and bring insights from a younger generation into strategic decision making the company has seen impressive growth of around 43 per cent.

“The primary intention is for the shadow board to bridge the gap between the established leadership and team-side employees who can offer fresh thinking and creativity,” explains Optix MD Rob Stevens.

“We realised that the board...

The Bowling Green raises £5,000 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust with a ‘Big Shave’

The Bowling Green , Exeter has raised around £5,000 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust through a ‘Big Shave; event. The pub is still accepting donations made in person at the pub and online through a JustGiving site.

The licensees, Nigel Cook and Saskia Russell were joined by Mike Knight, who lives in the area, and they all shaved their heads. Nigel also dyed his beard pink at the request of one of the guests to help raise further funds. The pub raised the money through an online JustGiving site, but also accepted money at the bar on the day.

Nigel Cook, the licensee of The...

Revolution on the streets of Exeter

A Revolution is coming to Exeter! The national bar operator famed for its expansive range of flavoured vodkas, quality cocktail serves, award-winning food and bottomless brunch, is set to open the doors to a brand new site in the city later this month.

The three-storey, Grade II-listed, 720 capacity venue is situated on Queen Street – a prime, central location linking the High Street with both the Central and St David’s train stations, as well as the main university campus.

Following an initial £2m investment, the site is expected to create more than 70 jobs for the...

Younger Volunteers Buck The Trend at Local Samaritans Branch

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 06/07/2022 - 10:07pm

Samaritans in Exeter, Mid and East Devon is celebrating Volunteers Week this year by bucking the trend and attracting a raft of new and younger volunteers as well as more experienced ones.

“Volunteering is often associated with older people with spare time and plenty of life experience. Those are vital to our organisation, of course, but they’re not the only demographic to find volunteering rewarding and satisfying” explains Mel Whittock, director of the local Samaritans branch.

One example is Izzy Kumik, a 19 year old Met Office apprentice who first worked with the...