Free Soapbox Science talks in Exeter

Fish on painkillers, the power of tiny shrimps and late-night snacking by bumblebees are just some of the subjects on offer at this year's Soapbox Science in Exeter.

The event – from noon-3pm on Saturday 11 June at Piazza Terracina, Exeter Quayside – is free to attend and will feature 12 female scientists explaining their work.

The talks will be interactive and child-friendly, with questions welcome.

"We'll have four speakers each hour, trying to tempt the public to come and listen," said Dr Sariqa Wagley , one of the event's organisers.

"There's no...

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw walks a Mile with a Smile to raise awareness of Devon's unpaid carers

Exeter MP walks A Mile with a Smile to raise awareness of the role of Devon’s unpaid carers

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has been striding through Westminster - walking A Mile with a Smile - to help raise awareness of the everyday challenges faced by unpaid carers and the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout Devon.

It’s the first time Ben has taken part in the awareness raising event organised by Devon Carers, which was started during Carers Week two years ago. Devon Carers is a service delivered by Devon-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care that supports over 22,000 unpaid carers across the county. Carers Week is an annual national...

Jade Rouse, one of Westbank's younger volunteers, recommends volunteering

Devon health & well-being charity launches campaign to recruit more volunteers

As UK Volunteers Week begins (1 - 7 June) , a local health and wellbeing charity is launching a campaign to swell the ranks of its existing army of award-winning helpers. Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster near Exeter, relies on over 600 volunteers to help deliver a range of support services to individuals and communities across Devon.

Last year, Westbank’s Neighbourhood Friends volunteers received royal recognition for their service during the pandemic with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This year, the charity hopes to take on even more volunteers...

Wellbeing facilitator Charlotte delivering a face-to-face session

Small lifestyle improvements make a big difference to those at risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Wed, 06/01/2022 - 12:53pm

People at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes who make small changes in their everyday habits over up to two years are much less likely to develop the disease, according to a project run by the Devon charity Westbank Community Health and Care.

Westbank’s Healthier Devon Diabetes Prevention Programme supports adults aged 18-90 years who want to improve their overall health and fitness. Many are patients referred by a GP or clinician because they are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes - a serious, debilitating and often lifelong condition. Individuals can also self refer.


Broadclyst Pupils Celebrate Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee: Devon pupils take centre stage in news video

Pupils at a Devon Primary School took centre stage in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this week – with a starring role in a children’s news video.

Children from Broadclyst Primary School in Exeter were filmed for a special video in Discovery Education Espresso, the award-winning digital learning service used by thousands of schools across the UK.

Broadclyst pupils were interviewed about their Jubilee celebrations, which included learning about the Queen’s reign using resources from Discovery Education and hosting a huge tea party at the school. Year 5 and 6 pupils...

House hunters invited to a Royal Celebration with Redrow

Home builder Redrow will be ‘throne’ its doors open to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with complimentary royal afternoon tea on offer in Exeter over the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors to Saxon Brook will be greeted with a celebratory atmosphere crowned off with patriotic red, white and blue decorations. Light refreshments will be served in the majestically styled sales centres and show homes on the 3rd and 4th of June.

Before the celebrations begin, Redrow will also bestow one lucky competition winner with an ultimate street party hamper, worth £1,000, to share...

Old Mill expands Corporate Finance team to help more businesses realise their true value

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/25/2022 - 11:42pm

Exeter firm Old Mill has expanded its dedicated Corporate Finance team to further enhance its already comprehensive offering and support the firm’s overall growth plans.

In November 2021, Old Mill announced plans to grow by 15% pa for the next five years and double staff numbers by 2026. With a team of just two - Partner Mark Neath and Adviser Kathryn Mansell - and a growing demand from business owners for their collaborative style of help and advice, particularly around succession plans, the Corporate Finance team was one of the obvious areas for growth.

The team...

UK's biggest veterinary recruitment agency plans for growth in Exeter

An Exeter based business that was founded in 2016 has quickly grown into the UK’s biggest recruitment agency for the veterinary industry and is on track to double in size over the next 12 months, as well as establishing an overseas client base.

JHP Recruitment was founded by Justin Powlesland and now employs a team of 12 at offices at Airport Business Park. The company specialises in recruiting both permanent and locum vets and nurses, as well as other staff, for veterinary practices throughout the UK and is now winning an increasing amount of work in both Europe and the USA....

Churchill expands its Exeter team and hosts launch event at its new Winslade Park office

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/22/2022 - 10:37pm

Retirement living specialist Churchill Retirement Living has expanded its Exeter team with the appointments of Land Director Matthias Daly and Senior Surveyor Guy Richardson to drive the Company’s expansion plans into the West Country, Devon and Cornwall. Matthias will lead Churchill’s fast-growing Exeter team from a brand new Area Office location in Winslade Park.

The team celebrated this week with a special land agent networking event, welcoming over 20 guests to their new Winslade Park office to hear more about Churchill’s ambitious growth plans. The event was also attended by...

Call for volunteers to survey Devon churches for bats this summer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/22/2022 - 3:44pm

The Bats in Churches project is appealing for volunteers in Devon to come forward and help with the final year of the National Bats in Churches Survey, an ambitious citizen science project to discover more about how and why bats are using churches.

It’s thought at least 60 per cent of pre-16th Century churches in England house bat roosts, but the true figure could be much higher. Bats in Churches, a partnership between heritage and conservation organisations is now calling for intrepid volunteers to search for serotines, peek for pipistrelles, hunt for greater horseshoes and nosy...