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Fishing Minister visits historic fishing port of Brixham

On 15 and 16 June, Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis visited Brixham, one of England’s busiest fishing ports to witness the outstanding work carried out by local industry. Meeting with traders, processors and fishing industry representatives, Minister Prentis had the opportunity to discuss...

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Local NHS chief urges people to get vital second jab

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second vital and lifesaving dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their...

Funding bid submitted for rail reinstatement business case

Devon County Council has submitted a bid for funding to develop the business case for the Tavistock to Plymouth railway.

Re-opening the link between Tavistock and Plymouth will encourage people to use rail services, helping to ease congestion on the A386 and reduce carbon emissions.

The authority is bidding for a grant from the Ideas Fund of the Restoring Your Railway...

Newton Abbot play park closed for major upgrade

Work has begun on the major refurbishment of the play park at Decoy Country Park which will see the popular facility closed for several weeks.

The play park in Newton Abbot is being given a revamp with new equipment which will provide ‘excitement, fun, movement and adventure’ for youngsters of all ages.

The six-figure sum spent by Teignbridge District Council refurbishing...

Flying the Flag for Pride Month

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is proud to fly the Pride Flag this month at its Blackdown House headquarters in Honiton.

At its Full Council meeting in August 2020 , the Council agreed to fly the Pride Flag outside of Blackdown House throughout Pride Month (June) every year to help combat bi-phobia and homophobia in the local community.

Councillor Joe Whibley , East...

Wildlife thrives at East Devon Crematorium ten years after opening

Wildlife thrives at East Devon Crematorium 10 years after opening

The endangered great crested newt and the rare horseshoe bat are just two of the species which have found their home in the grounds of a local crematorium in Whimple.

As East Devon Crematorium turns 10 years old, colleagues are reflecting on the success of the ecological enhancements which have attracted some rare and interesting wildlife to make the site their home.

East...

Devon shop takes to the road

Backworld, formerly an ergonomic office and home seating shop on the Topsham Road in Exeter, is now mobile.

Rethinking the business model following the succession of Covid-related non-essential retail closures, owner Paul Skinner made the bold move to shut up shop and take to the road. Backworld is now a fully mobile retail operation.

Customers no longer have to visit the shop...

Public asked to vote for Surprise Supplies winners

RGB Building Supplies has selected the finalists for its first Surprise Supplies giveaway and it’s now down to the public to choose two winners to receive £1,000 worth of building materials each.

RGB had invited businesses and groups from across the region that had been affected by the pandemic to get in touch and explain how a donation would help.

The finalists are Gourmet...

MBE awarded to South Devon charity founder and CEO

The leading bereavement support charity, the Mariposa Trust, is delighted to announce that it’s founder and co-CEO, Zoe Clark-Coates BCAh, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. The announcement will be made in The Gazette on Saturday the 12th June 2021.

Zoe, who lives in South Devon, alongside her husband Andy, founded the charity the ‘Mariposa Trust’,...

Public to vote for favourite tech-for-good innovation designed by 11-16 year olds

Today, the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize, delivered by Nesta Challenges, announces the launch of its People’s Choice Award, calling on the British public to vote for its favourite tech-for-good innovation from the UK’s young inventors and innovators at longitudeexplorer .challenges.org .

Since November, hundreds of young people aged 11-16 years old have been designing and...

Celebrities urge the South West to play in support of the NSPCC's Childhood Day

Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder of the NSPCC run service Childline, TV presenting duo Ant & Dec and TV presenter Emma Willis are calling on the UK to play today in support of the NSPCC’s Childhood Day.

Thousands of children and adults have already signed up to play and raise money for the leading children’s charity, with communities from all corners of the UK and Channel Islands...