Free school meals holiday vouchers doubled for Christmas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/22/2021 - 4:57pm

Families in Devon on low-incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

Over the past Devon County Council has provided supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holidays to families who qualify for free school meals, so their children don’t go hungry.

We’re doubling that for Christmas, with an extra one-off £30 supermarket voucher, so families will receive a £60 voucher per child for the two-weeks to help with the additional financial pressure the festive period...

Chance for businesses to join Made in Devon for a year for FREE

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Posted: Thu, 11/26/2020 - 5:19pm

Fifty Devon businesses have the chance to join trading standard’s Made in Devon scheme with their first year of membership free.

Consumers need to be confident that they are buying genuinely Devon sourced products, which in turn is a selling point and source of pride for businesses.

Scheme membership will enable businesses to demonstrate that any claims made about a product’s Devon origins have been checked, vetted and verified by officers from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards.

The scheme is an extension to Buy With Confidence, a trading standards...

RGB Exeter

Free wood available from Exeter builders merchant

The Exeter branch of RGB Building Supplies is offering excess wood to the local community and groups for free.

The branch has a number of damaged wooden pallets, that can be broken down, as well as off-cuts of wood which people are welcome to collect and use to complete projects.

Paul West, Branch Manager at RGB Exeter, commented:

“The wood is perfectly usable so instead of simply skipping it, we wanted to offer it out to those who wish to complete jobs in their own homes, or community groups and charities who are struggling to fund the purchase of wood to...

Families urged to check if their children are eligible for free school meals

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Posted: Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:49pm

Families in Devon are being urged to check if their children are eligible for free school meals as the coronavirus crisis creates more hardship across the county.

Nationally applications for Universal Credit have gone up dramatically with initial estimates of an extra 10,000 claims in Devon in the last two weeks of March.

Now Devon County Council is appealing to hard-pressed families to make sure they do not miss out on free food for their children - even if they are not currently in school.

Schools will provide meals for vulnerable children and children of key...

Free music lessons for all initiative coming to Devon

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Posted: Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:41am

Learn to Play Day - a free national event to encourage everyone in the UK to start making music - is coming to Devon this March.

Supported by Jools Holland OBE, and run by charity Music for All, the 2020 Learn to Play Day will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March, and will see music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the county partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of FREE music lessons.

So far, participating venues include Musicroom Exeter. The store will be offering free piano, drum and guitar lessons, as well as...

Pubs in Exeter are giving away free drinks this January

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Posted: Tue, 01/07/2020 - 4:51pm

Pubs across Exeter are helping to cheer up the region this January by giving away free drinks.

Across the country, more than 1,000 pubs are giving us an excuse to visit our local in the New Year as part of a ‘Cheer Up January’ campaign.

Whether you fancy a pint, a gin and tonic, or if you’re doing Dry January, a non-alcoholic beer or soft drink, you can take up the offer in a number of pubs in Exeter including:

  • Port Royal Inn
  • Monkey Suit
  • Globe Inn
  • Bowling Green
  • Victoria Inn
  • Twisted Oak
  • Stoke Arms
  • ...
Getting ready for the free Tent Show at Westpoint, Exeter Gaby Fielding, Sales Assistant, Matt Bowen, Sales Assistant and Dom Dib-Holland, Customer Service Advisor from Taunton Leisure.

Sample life under canvas at Exeter’s free Tent Show

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:24am

A FREE Tent Show is taking place in Exeter next month (April 6 until 8, 2019) offering people the chance to see equipment in its natural environment – the great outdoors.

One of the largest ranges in the South West will be on display from April 6 until 8 at Westpoint, including family, lightweight and bell tents, as well as tipis.

Nick Baron, who is the Store Manager at Taunton Leisure – Exeter, on Fore Street in the city, explained: “This is the ideal event for anyone looking for a tent for the summer. At the show they will be able to see a huge and diverse collection of...

Peg down your dream tent at free Camping Show

Peg down your dream tent at free Camping Show

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Posted: Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:39am

DEVON folk looking for a tent for the summer are invited to a free Camping Show this April (2019) to see one of the largest displays in the South West.

A large range of tents will be on show from April 6 until 8 at Westpoint in Exeter at the event hosted by Taunton Leisure.

Nick Baron, Store Manager at Taunton Leisure – Exeter on Fore Street in the city, said: “This is the perfect event for anyone wishing to escape to the great outdoors this summer and is looking for a new tent, or who wishes to get some free expert advice on camping equipment from our professionally...

Image shows guidance cards and carers involved in activities

Creative Spaces for Carers programme

Event Date: 
27/02/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
St. Sidwell's Community Centre, Exeter

Are you a family member/spouse/partner/friend caring for someone living with dementia?

This FREE nature-based support programme will help you find ways to cope with issues, including anxiety and depression. It will provide you with activities, techniques and information to help you look after your own health.

Why not come along to this INTRODUCTORY SESSION and find out more about it? We will work together to create a programme that will support your needs.

As part of the group you'll find value in sharing experiences, support and ideas too. We will provide all...

Taunton Leisure – Exeter short-listed in Great Outdoors Awards 2018

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Posted: Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:14pm

TAUNTON Leisure – Exeter has been nominated by the general public for the national Great Outdoors Awards 2018 this month (October 2018).

The outdoor clothing and equipment specialist, which is on Fore Street, has been put forward by its customers for Independent Retailer of the Year.

Store Manager, Nick Baron said: “Thanks to all our wonderful customers, we’ve been short-listed for The Great Outdoors Awards 2018 in the Independent Retailer of the Year category.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this award and are passionate about what we do. Now...