Search for relatives of Exeter City FC's Blitz victims

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:21pm

Exeter City Football Club are searching for any relatives of a former Chairman and a player who died on active service in the Exeter Blitz in May 1942.

Frederick Joseph Collymore Hunter was Chairman of the Club at the time of the blitz. He is buried in St John's in the Wilderness churchyard, Exmouth. Albert Edward Potter was a former player and is buried in All Saint's churchyard, Whipton Chapel.

Hunter was in the Home Guard and Potter an Air Raid Warden. Both are commemorated on a war memorial at the Club.

The Club and its Supporters Trust are planning to mark the...

Interpretation panels developed for East Devon parks

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:44pm

History of much loved East Devon parks and gardens will be captured for posterity thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund award of £9,500

Interpretation panels for each of East Devon District Council’s eight parks and gardens are currently being developed by the council using information provided by local museums and local community members/groups. East Devon’s in-house design team are currently producing these ready for installation this spring.

The panels and a trail leaflet for this project have been made possible thanks to a £9,500 grant, which East Devon District Council...

The Dreams Of Anne Frank

Event Date: 
03/05/2017 - 10:00am to 07/05/2017 - 2:30pm
Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road Exeter Devon EX1 1SN

In 1942, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, was forced into hiding with seven others in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Dreams of Anne Frank vividly brings her story to life in a poignant, beautiful and highly charged drama. Through movement, live music and song the play re-imagines and explores Anne Frank’s hidden world; a world in which she lived, fell in love, and dreamt of freedom.

Winner of the Time Out award for best children’s production during its London premiere, this imaginative play with music demystifies and humanizes Anne Frank’s story of tremendous bravery.


Charity opens its doors to another season of milling

Authored by DWT
Posted: Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:44pm

A leading conservation charity is set to open its doors to welcome the public to a new season of milling following essential winter maintenance to Exeter’s only working water mill.

Based at Cricklepit Mill near Exeter Quay, Devon Wildlife Trust has embraced its headquarters heritage and runs regular milling sessions where the public can watch Exeter’s only functioning water mill turn grain into flour and learn about the milling industry.

Kicking off 2017’s events will be a milling session on Friday 10 February, where experienced volunteers will be providing milling...

Milling at Cricklepit

Event Date: 
10/02/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cricklepit Mill, Exeter Quay

Come along to Devon Wildlife Trust's Cricklepit Mill and see history come to life as we create flour from grain using our historic and traditional water mill. Experienced milling volunteers will run demonstrations throughout the morning and be on hand to share their knowledge about Exeter's heritage.

Daily Life in Devon 1550-1650 with Dr Todd Gray MBE

Event Date: 
11/10/2016 - 7:30pm
The Chapel, Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter

A talk by local historian Todd Gray, looking at life in Devon and the context of Poltimore and Bampfylde House in Exeter.

Devon history has been enriched by Dr Gray who is unrivalled in his knowledge of the county, having published 45 books about Devon. In 2014 he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for voluntary services to Devon heritage.

Refreshments will be available during the evening. Doors open at 7 pm Talk starts at 7.30 pm Ticket price: £7 available on the door or from www.poltimore.org

Rescued graveyard on display for heritage day

A historically-important city graveyard, which has been brought back from neglect and disrepair, will be on display to the public this weekend as part of an national heritage event. <SEPT 10-11>

At least 1,300 Dissenters - Protestants who dissented from the strictures of the Anglican Church - were buried in a small plot off Magdalen Road in Exeter between 1748 and 1854– known as the Dissenters’ Graveyard.

The graveyard will be open to the public this Saturday <September 10> and Sunday <September 11> for visitors to discover the progress made on the...

Discover the Exeter Book

Event Date: 
07/09/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Library and Archive

Your opportunity to experience the oldest book of English literature in existence. Written in about 970AD, the Exeter Book is the oldest of only four surviving books of Anglo-Saxon literature anywhere in the world. Much admired for its beautiful writing and the quality of its verse, this unique book of poetry has been at Exeter Cathedral since Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, gave it to his church in around 1072. Within its 246 pages are some 40 poems and nearly 100 poetic riddles.

Earlier this year the Exeter Book was granted UNESCO Memory of the World status, signalling its ‘...

Wedding couple create history

When he got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Claire Bowler, little did Julian Harris realise that the couple would become part of the history of one of Exeter’s most prestigious properties.

The couple, who are due to tie the knot on August 27, will be the first to marry at the newly-refurbished Rockbeare Manor.

The property, which was built in 1760, has undergone a sensitive restoration over the last 18 months and opened its doors as a wedding and events venue this summer. Claire and Julian’s wedding will be the first to take place in its 250 year history....

City Council launches new walks leaflets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:21pm

Exeter City Council has produced three new exciting themed walking trail leaflets for the city.

Fun and informative for all, there are three trails to choose from, the City Wall Trail; the Medieval Trail and the Woollen Trail.

With the help of a talented local illustrator, the history of Exeter has been brought to life with colourful characters from history who guide you along the routes.

Step back 2,000 years to Roman Exeter on the City Wall Trail and discover how the Wall has saved the city on more than one occasion.

Set out on the Medieval Trail and...