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New nature training grants for Exmouth residents

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...

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Sideshore, Exmouth

‘Sideshore’ Exmouth’s new watersports centre launches website to guide visitors

Authored by Mary

Sideshore, Exmouth’s exciting new watersports centre has today announced the launch of its new website showcasing the exhilarating activities available at the centre, both on and off the water.

From kitesurfing, to stand up paddleboarding (SUP), the new watersports centre will not just provide ocean and beach-based activities, but also cater to those looking to dine for breakfast,...

Exeter Airport

East Devon MP secures financial support for regional airports

Authored by Mary

Regional airports including Exeter Airport will be able to apply for dedicated financial support after a campaign by East Devon MP Simon Jupp.

The new support package for regional airports in England will provide business rates relief and cover fixed costs up to £8 million per airport.

The scheme will open for applications in January and follows calls by East Devon MP Simon...

Family owned Devon company challenges UK market to reduce plastic

Authored by Mary

A company from the heart of Devon is celebrating after winning Innovation of the Year at the 2020 UK Packaging Awards for its unique eco-friendly packaging.

Furthermore, Newton Abbot based Westaways sausages has been shortlisted as one of five finalists - including four goliaths of pork, beef and poultry processing in the UK - for the Meat, Poultry and Seafood Manufacturing Company...

Churches get ready to take Christmas cheer online

Authored by Mary

We may not be able to gather together for the traditional Christmas carol concerts and school nativity plays this year, but schools and churches from across the South West have joined together to create a unique online Christmas extravaganza instead.

The first ever online South West Carols event will see thousands of people across the region tuning in to the LIVE online event from...

World of Books Group and British Red Cross seek to reunite piece of World War 2 history with its owner

Authored by Sarah Parker

On a winter’s day in February 1944 from Italy, a Lance Corporal named ‘John’ took to pen and paper to thank a schoolgirl in High Wycombe for her small yet valuable contribution to the war effort – knitting mittens for anonymous troops in the trenches. 76 years later, this piece of World War 2 history was rediscovered by World of Books, the UKs largest seller of used books and media, tucked...

Plymouth is top global recruiter for Covid-19 vaccine trial

Authored by Mary

University Hospitals Plymouth is currently the top recruiting site across the world for the international Covid-19 vaccine trial which launched on Monday this week.

The research team at the Trust have so far seen record numbers of volunteers register their interest to participate in the trial, and have been taken aback by the willingness of over 1500 residents of Plymouth and the...

999 call handlers speak out about abuse

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding the public to respect its people when calling 999 for an ambulance this winter. Figures from the Trust indicate abuse against its 999 call handlers has more than doubled since the beginning of the full UK lockdown in March. Control room staff reported 77 verbal abuse incidents from callers between 23 March and 23...

Postcode Lottery

Yelverton Neighbours Celebrate with Lottery Win

Authored by Mary

Three people in Yelverton are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Axtown Lane neighbours netted the windfall when PL20 6BU was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Friday 20th November 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “...

Chance for businesses to join Made in Devon for a year for FREE

Authored by News Desk

Fifty Devon businesses have the chance to join trading standard’s Made in Devon scheme with their first year of membership free.

Consumers need to be confident that they are buying genuinely Devon sourced products, which in turn is a selling point and source of pride for businesses.

Scheme membership will enable businesses to demonstrate that any claims made about a product’...

The Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant has used lockdown two to cook 250 meals a week for local community food charities

Authored by Mary

Organic restaurant The Riverford Field Kitchen has turned its kitchen into a community resource to serve 250 meals a week from surplus organic produce for local people in need.

Buckfastleigh-based organic veg box company Riverford has been supplying surplus veg to their long-term charity partners FoodCycle and Food in Community for years, both of which have seen demand surge since...