Research to reveal the evolutionary reasons why we get by with a little help from our friends

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 3:41pm

The quest to discover why friendship plays such a pivotal role in social and mental well-being has been given a significant boost, it has been announced.

Professor Lauren Brent, an expert in animal behaviour from the University of Exeter has been awarded substantial funding to help uncover the evolutionary origins of friendship and social bonds.

Prof Brent has received a €2 million grant to conduct ground-breaking new research to investigate not only social bonds are so important to the health and longevity of so many species, but also why evolution allows social...

The one where Friends is on the big screen

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 10/20/2019 - 8:04pm

Friends fans can pivot like Ross or run wild like Phoebe to Vue Exeter because the classic sitcom is coming to the big screen for the first time ever.

To mark 25 years of the beloved series, Vue is host to three special screenings featuring 12 popular episodes. The episodes have all been remastered in 4k with new intros as well as some exciting bonus content.

The much-loved show is about the love lives, sex and careers of six twenty-somethings living in New York at a time in life when everything is possible. The show is relatable for people young and old, exploring the...

Friends reunite after 40 years through event coordinated between West Exe and EDAA

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 - 7:46am

West Exe School collaborated with the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to enable five care homes and 16 residents to attend a morning event for Literacy Week at the school, which is part of the Ted Wragg Trust.

Claire Walker, Literacy Lead at West Exe School in Exeter said: “Oral literacy is important to develop, especially in today’s technology driven culture.

"The Y7 and Y9 students that were in involved in the morning gained such a lot from the experience. It was wonderful to see them develop their conversational skills with a much older generation, not just learning from...

Six Exeter friends to embark on a 670-mile charity cycle ride

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 08/20/2018 - 9:13am

Six men will be embarking on a 670-mile cycle trip across Europe next month, with the help of Exeter City FC, in memory of a friend and to raise much-needed funds and awareness for three charities.

The six cyclists – Steve Christie, Christian Webber, Mark Reece, Pete Wallington, Mark Holmes and Rich Cook – will peddle from Portsmouth to Munich on Wednesday, September 19. The date is the birthday of their good friend Jason Cloke who, due to a genetic illness called haemochromatosis, died at the age of 42 in 2010.

The friends, who all met at Exwick Junior School before going...

The Breakfast Run

Event Date: 
30/09/2018 - 7:30am to 11:30am
Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton

Fun 5K or 10K run, walk or jog through beautiful Mid Devon parkland this September.

Roll out of bed, grab you sponsorship money and jog in your jim-jams for Hospiscare.

The whole family is welcome to run, walk or jog to raise funds for your local Hospice and then enjoym a well earned breakfast on us. The route takes in the beatiful gardens and parkland of Knightshayes Court, where family and friends are welcome to cheer you on.

Run as a family or a team with friends and colleagues. Make every step count by maximising your sponsorship to provide local patients and...

YMCA launch community wellbeing hub on Newcourt estate

Authored by Bethan Spencer
Posted: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:28pm

YMCA Exeter have partnered with Exeter Community Initiatives, Newcourt Community Association and Trinity Church to offer a new wellbeing hub at the heart of the Newcourt estate in Exeter.

The local youth charity provides services in Supported Accommodation, Employment & Training and Health & Wellbeing. YMCA own four houses on the Newcourt estate where their residents can move on into independent living following a period of homelessness.

YMCA, with Exeter Community Initiatives, Newcourt Community Association and Trinity Church, have launched the ‘Newcourt Hub’ to...

RAMM Friends fill the gap

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:10pm

The Friends of Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) have added miniature by the renowned 19th-century Exeter miniaturist, James Leakey (1775-1865), to the city’s Fine Art collection.

The collection includes his drawings, portraits and landscapes but no miniatures; a significant gap for an artist whose reputation as a miniaturist extended beyond the borders of his Devonshire home. Research that revealed the gap was prompted by an enquiry by his descendants.

Cllr Rosie Denham, lead councillor for Economy said “This a great addition to the city’s...

New 'Tinder style' friendship app for mums

Authored by Francesca
Posted: Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:05am

Mush is a new free app that connects mums with other local, like-minded mums and generates friendships.

It’s mission is to make the lives of mums more sociable and fun, enabling meet-ups in real life with other mums who can support each other.

A recent study commissioned by Mush found that 80% of mums prefered to go to a playgroup with a friend, 50% go to shops for adult interation, 22% have only one other mum friend and 60% go through a full day without adult interation.

Mush was born through the experience of its founders Katie & Sarah, who had two small...

Reach out to a friend in need

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:49pm

Exeter Mid & East Devon Samaritans wants anyone worried about a friend, work colleague or family member who may be struggling to cope to ask them ‘Are you OK?’ this Thursday, September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day.

“It takes a bit of bravery but if you suspect someone’s having a tough time, reach out. Let them talk and just listen - try not to judge” says Helen Crossfield, director of the local Samaritans.

More than 6,000 people take their own lives in the UK and Ireland every year.

“If people make it clear that they don’t want to talk to you, let them know...

Become a Dementia Friend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:52am

Over one million people have become Dementia Friends.

Why not join them at my Dementia Friends Information Session at Exeter University on 16th September 1.30-2.30pm?

You can help tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend.

Learn a little more about dementia and some of the small ways you can help those living with dementia, and you can make a huge difference in your community.

The session is free, and we won’t be asking for any on going commitment, and it’s not about fundraising, just a chance to find out more...