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Charity zoos: business as usual

Charity zoos: business as usual

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:06am

The three South West zoos run by regional conservation charity Wild Planet Trust have a defiant message for coronavirus: “It’s business as usual”.

Staff and volunteers are prepared for the impact of coronavirus, but at this time the charity zoos remain open. Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely and will naturally continue to follow the advice of Public Health England and the Government. We will close if directed or if we no longer have the people to operate safely, but right now WE ARE OPEN!

“Our three zoos, Paignton Zoo, Living...

Exeter’s LGBT+ community encouraged to foster as 78,000 young people enter the care system

National independent fostering provider, Five Rivers Child Care, is calling on Exeter’s LGBT+ community to consider local fostering opportunities, after a damning report shared at the start of 2020 has shown a record number of children are in care.

There are currently 78,150 children in the care system across England and another 660 foster carers are needed across the South West to meet demand and provide loving homes to vulnerable children and young people.

During LGBT+ History Month, which aims to promote the visibility of the LGBT+ community throughout society, Five...

Separating, divorcing? Get a fresh start to 2020 with the right legal help

Separating, divorcing? Get a fresh start to 2020 with the right legal help

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:50am

PARENTS who are separating or divorcing but are struggling to make arrangements to see their children are invited to get in touch with a new legal practice this month (January 2020).

Children in the Middle is the only legal practice in England and Wales specialising solely in giving parents direct access to barristers to represent them in court, and outside.

Family barrister and co-founder, along with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, of Children in the Middle, Elizabeth McCallum explains: “If you are in a situation where you’re finding it difficult to agree with your...

Superhero Family Day

Event Date: 
22/03/2020 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Exeter Racecourse

Superheroes plus horses equals the best free day out for children this Easter

Superhero Family Day at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, March 22 promises to be one of the best free days out for children this Easter holiday with a programme packed full of free activities, not to mention super horse racing to enjoy.

Whether it's Wonderwoman, Superman, Captain America or a made up hero who might go by the name of Devonman, Bodonog or Piffle, children are encouraged to dress up and enjoy a fun day out on Haldon Hill.

With capes flying, masks masquerading and super-human...

Curious About Exeter - quirky heritage walks for the Curious!

Event Date: 
10/01/2020 - 10:30am to 31/12/2020 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Exeter City Centre, Starting from: Northenhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RY

Have fun discovering Exeter with two, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.

Are you curious about Exeter? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Exeter a fascinating place to explore!

With detailed directions, maps, clues, and interesting snippets about the history of Exeter and the people that have shaped it, whether you’...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen in the last few weeks.

In Devon, community clinics are being scheduled for school age children, who missed their initial school appointment for a nasal flu spray. Parents who would like to book...

Share the joy of Christmas with elderly neighbours and family members

Share the joy of Christmas with elderly neighbours and family members

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 12/19/2019 - 11:32am

DEVONIANS are being encouraged by a care provider in the county to spread some festive cheer this Christmas by keeping an eye on any elderly and vulnerable relatives or neighbours (December 2019).

Christmas can be bleak for anyone living alone and Guardian Homecare, which provides care in the Torbay and Exeter areas, is asking people to check on loved ones and those who live nearby.

Catherine Porter, Manager for the care provider, said: “Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, but there are some people out there, our service users included, that do not...

Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Sowton, Exeter

Event Date: 
03/12/2019 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3QS

Santa will be a little busy on Christmas Eve, so why not come and meet him at our magical Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery and Preschool in Sowton, Exeter on Tuesday 3rd December from 2:30pm - 6pm. Bring the whole family for FREE to join in with our seasonal fun to get you in the Christmas spirit, meet Santa and receive your free Christmas gift. Any kind donations on the day will be gratefully received for Home-Start UK, our chosen charity who support families across the UK. **Don’t forget to ask about the special offers we will be running for all new families that...

Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Matford Green, Exeter

Event Date: 
06/12/2019 - 2:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Yeoford Way, Matford Green Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8AL

Santa will be a little busy on Christmas Eve, so why not come and meet him at our magical Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery and Preschool in Matford Green, Exeter on Thursday 5th December from 2pm - 6:30pm. Bring the whole family for FREE to join in with our seasonal fun to get you in the Christmas spirit, meet Santa and receive your free Christmas gift. Any kind donations on the day will be gratefully received for Home-Start UK, our chosen charity who support families across the UK. **Don’t forget to ask about the special offers we will be running for all new families...

guided bird watching cruise

Festive Special River Cruise

Event Date: 
16/11/2019 - 11:00am to 02/12/2020 - 11:00am
Venue: 
Stuart Line Cruises

Take time out of the busy festive season to sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas in Devon on the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe. Our festively decorated boats have covered and heated lower decks, with cosy blankets, plenty of fresh air and great views on our upper outside deck. You will have a warm welcome with a glass of proper homemade mulled wine and a tasty warmed minced pie to enjoy whilst you sit back and take a breather from the busy Christmas season.

Sailing through December and January – all the way through the Christmas and New Year period – with live,...

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