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Buckfast Abbey’s popular Christmas Market returns

Buckfast Abbey, in South Devon, has this week announced the line-up for its first Christmas Market in over two years. Taking place on Saturday 11th (10am-5.30pm) and Sunday 12th December (12.30-5.30pm), the market features more than 40 independent stalls ranging from crafts to local artisan food and drink producers.

Free to enter, and with limited free parking, the family-friendly...

Foot Anstey launches electric car scheme to over 600 employees

Foot Anstey , the national law firm, is taking a big step to reduce its carbon footprint by incentivising its over 600 employees to drive electric vehicles (EV) or ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). The firm, which has offices across the South West, London and Southampton, has struck a deal with Tusker, the car benefit company, to offer an affordable way for its employees to lease one of...

Nutcracker story to sparkle with over 48,000 lights at Saltram this Christmas

The National Trust’s Saltram will be bringing some festive sparkle to the ground floor of the Georgian mansion near Plymouth. A staggering 48,460 lights will be adorning the huge Christmas trees inside the house, with the grand rooms elaborately decorated to tell the story of the Nutcracker. Booking will be essential with limited tickets to visit the display inside the house and garden until...

Greg Parsons, new chair of Food Drink Devon

Greg Parsons appointed chair of Food Drink Devon as membership reaches record levels

Food Drink Devon, one of the county’s leading food and drink organisations, has announced Greg Parsons, managing director of Sharpham Cheese, has been appointed its new chairperson. The announcement comes at a time when Food Drink Devon has recorded its highest ever membership numbers, meaning that it now represents more than 330 food and drink producers, retailers, hospitality venues and...

Environment Agency urges action as Met Office warns of above average likelihood of a wet winter 

Nearly two in three households at risk of flooding don’t believe it will happen to them, new analysis revealed by the Environment Agency today (Tuesday 23 November) has warned. It comes as the Met Office has said there is an above average likelihood of a wet winter. Members of the public are being urged to join their friends, family and neighbours who have already taken action to help prepare...

Old school friends club together to give The Box an early Christmas present

A group of lifelong friends have joined forces to make a donation to The Box.

Plymouth-based Derek Wood, Malcolm Elliott, Ali Gilhespie and Linda Stott have been friends since they were pupils at Burrington School in Pennycross in the 1960s.

They met up again in 2019 and decided to put feelers out to old school friends to see who would be interested in attending a reunion....

A helping hand for armed forces veterans to find jobs

Employment and health expert Seetec Pluss is urging armed forces veterans in Devon and the South West to use the bespoke support available to help them find civilian jobs.

Leaving the armed forces and adapting to civilian life can provide real challenges, explains Seetec Pluss Operations Manager Chris Martin, who served in the Royal Navy after leaving school, but there are a wide...

Co-op relaunches following major investment in Exmouth

Co-op is serving up an improved food store in Exmouth this Thursday (25thNovember) following a £1.2 Million investment to refurbish and overhaul the store to better meet the needs of the community.

The near 8,300 sq ft transformed store runs on 100% renewable energy and is open from 07:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am – 16:00pm on a Sunday.

As part of the...

Devon optometrist remembers sight-saving career

Popular Devon optometrist Margaret Davis has hung up her retinal camera after helping generations of patients with their sight – and even saving lives.

Margaret, who worked at the Specsavers Paignton store, has diagnosed everything from glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration to tumours and pressure on the brain, often referring people for early treatment to avoid serious...

Devon ready for winter

With temperatures tumbling this week, Devon is prepared and ready to cope with the challenges of winter on the county’s roads.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below -2C in some parts of Devon tonight and gritters will be out on all of the county’s primary salting routes from 6pm this evening.

The County Council is starting the season with its gritting depots...

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