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Devon company wins national business award

A Devon-based company has been named one of the best businesses in rural Britain after winning an Amazon-backed Rural Business Award.

Natural Design Studio from Cullompton received The Triumph Over Adversity Award at the first ever virtual national final of the Rural Business Awards, in association with Amazon.

Natural Design Studio specialise in designing sustainable...

Plans to look at using council car parks for evening entertainment and to install electric charging points revealed

Plans to install electric vehicle charging points across seven car parks in the district are set to go before East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Cabinet.

This is one of a number of exciting projects, recommended for approval or investigation by the authority’s ‘Car Parking Task and Finish Forum’ (TAFF).

An investigation into how the car parks can be used at off peak times...

Life-saving ‘early warning system’ device offered to eligible patients with coronavirus in Devon

People with Covid in Devon, who are over 65 or are clinically extremely vulnerable, are being encouraged to ask their GP about using a potentially life-saving device at home to check their blood oxygen levels are not getting dangerously low.

Under a new NHS scheme called Covid Oximetry at Home, eligible patients can be given a pulse oximeter – a small and simple device that measures...

Vaccine roll-out “a great success” in Devon

More than 375,000 people in Devon have received a coronavirus vaccine so far – 31.3% of the county’s population.

In its weekly data release, NHS England has published vaccination figures by constituency for the first time.

Totnes ranks third among the 55 constituencies in the South West, with an estimated 39.2% of its population having received at least one dose.

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Rapid test centre opens in Tiverton this Saturday

Devon's third community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, opens in Tiverton on Saturday and is now taking bookings.

It's in the car park of Tiverton's Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Bolham Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon, and will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week with extended hours 7am to 7pm Mondays and Thursdays.

It...

Jack Russell and students on the North to South Dartmoor Challenge

Devon coach warns of glaring gap in back to school plan

Children in England will return to schools on 8 March, and the government has pledged £700 million in funding to ensure "no child is left behind" due to the pandemic. But a South West personal development coach warns that the long-term impact on children's mental health is not being addressed.

Jack Russell , a personal development coach with over 30 years' experience supporting young...

Free government-funded training courses available to 250 adults in the South West

An additional 250 learner places have been announced on the #Train4Tomorrow Digital bootcamps which are open to adults in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Cornwall and Dorset.

The #Train4Tomorrow programme is designed to help people enter highly paid growth industries in the region, such as cyber security, data science, software development, digital marketing and IT. The Bootcamps...

10k Your Way Open for Entries

Keen Plymouth runner and fundraiser Leesa Pethick is organising a virtual 10k event to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in it’s 30th anniversary year.

Leesa is encouraging people to complete 10k however they wish; running, hopping, skipping, walking, even paddle boarding between 7 – 21 March 2021. There is a £7 entry fee for the event, everyone taking part...

Butterfly Lodge, Camelot Care, Plymouth Foodbank

Care home staff and families support Plymouth Foodbank

Staff and families of residents at dementia care home Butterfly Lodge in St Budeaux, Plymouth, have been coming together to collect items for Plymouth Foodbank.

Abby Wiseman (pictured right), manager of Butterfly Lodge was inspired to start the collection after seeing local news stories about the difficulties some local parents have been experiencing in feeding their families during...

Recycle Devon launches new Girlguiding badge

Devon’s Guides, Rangers, Brownies and Rainbows now have the chance to be recognised for helping to protect the environment with the launch of the new Recycle Devon badge.

The new badge aims to encourage groups across Devon to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It follows the successful launch of the same badge for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in 2019.

There are 3768 girls and young...