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New nature training grants for Exmouth residents

Authored by Mary

Small grants are available for training to help wildlife or nature projects in the town. Grants of up to £150 will help Exmouth residents meet the costs of specialist training courses to help them develop and deliver action for wildlife in Exmouth.

East Devon District Council, through its Wild Exmouth project, is administering this new grant fund to help Exmouth residents cover the...

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Mindfulness Challenge receives amazing response

Authored by Mary

More than 5,000 people took part in Learn Devon’s Mindfulness Challenge last week.

The five-day challenge was launched to help people to look after their mental health and wellbeing during the current lockdown.

It featured a series of 20-minute videos, providing people with an opportunity to practice mindfulness – training techniques for your mind and wellbeing – on a daily...

Increased use of walking and cycle trails

Authored by Mary

Devon’s walking and cycle trails have seen increased use this year and with routes continuing to be busy during the current lockdown, the County Council is encouraging everyone to give each other plenty of space.

Compared with last year, the number of cycle trips recorded in 2020 has increased by 153% on the Exe Estuary Trail between Exmouth and Lympstone, 63% at Dawlish Warren, 36%...

Santas on a Bike will be a little different this year but keep an eye out between 4 - 6 December

Santas swap sleighs for bikes

Authored by caroline

Over the weekend of 4 – 6 December motorbike lovers across the South West are being asked to don their festive attire and take part in Santas on a Bike to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and its children’s hospices; Little Bridge House in north Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in St Austell.

Santas on a Bike is an annual festive fundraiser...

Freemasons stock the community larder

Authored by Mary

W.Bro. Brian Hampson recently presented (at a distance!) a cheque for £200 on behalf of The Rolle Masonic Lodge who meet in Exmouth, to Mr Craig Jolly, one of the volunteers at the Exmouth Community Larder.

The Exmouth Larder is a store of non-perishable food to help individuals and families experiencing a food crisis, who have no food and no money to buy food. This is an initiative...

Meet Holly, one of the cutest lambs in the world!

Authored by Mary

She was born on the Moorparks Farm in Devon earlier this month.

Holly is a Swiss Valais Blacknose, a rare breed in the UK. With their pretty black and white coats and friendly natures, they have earned themselves the title of ‘the cutest sheep in the world’ – and we can see why.

Holly’s owners, Erik and Michele Robinson, run a smallholding and two holiday cottages near...

A view of open countryside beside the A30 where a retail development has been refused consent

Campaigners jubilant as Planning Inspectorate dismisses appeal for controversial Whiddon Down ‘farm shop’ development

Authored by sharon goble

Countryside campaigners Devon CPRE are celebrating along with local residents after they joined forces to oppose a controversial retail development on greenfield land next to the A30 near Okehampton.

In the final twist in a long-running saga, the Planning Inspectorate today announced that an appeal by the applicant Jack Mann against West Devon Borough Council’s refusal to grant...

New control centre to monitor Devon's highway network

Authored by Mary

Devon’s highway network will be monitored from a new control centre this winter.

Along with its usual preparations for the autumn and winter months, Devon County Council has also relocated its control centre to Sowton in Exeter. The centre monitors Devon’s roads 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Network Operations Control Centre incorporates the Network Response Team (...


What are the most memorable tasks on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here?

Authored by Mike Page

This week marked the 20th year of us Brits displaying just how truly sadistic we are. As the nation seeks its annual dose of all things creepy, crawly, and animal anatomy-related, it can only mean one thing. Yes, it's the return of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

For 20 years now, we've watched our favourite Z-listers as they encounter all manner of horrors thrown at them by the...

Mama Bear’s children support Children in Need with lockdown-friendly fun

Authored by Mary

Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-Schools across Devon have had to get creative with their Children in Need fundraising efforts this year in order to abide by coronavirus rules.

Instead of the usual bake sales, raffles, teddy bear picnics and spare change collections, the tots have enjoyed pyjama days, crazy hair days, bear hunts and Pudsey crafts to mark the important...