St Andrew’s in Ashburton named CPRE Devon’s Best Churchyard 2021

Devon’s Moorland Team Ministry is celebrating its success after St Andrew’s in Ashburton (Teignbridge) was named the winner of this year’s Devon CPRE ‘Best Churchyard’ award.

St Peter’s Burial Ground in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon) was runner-up.

Three churchyards were Highly Commended: St Swithuns in Shobrooke (Mid Devon), St Swithuns in Woodbury (East Devon) and St Mary's...

Exmouth team tops leaderboard at RGB’s South West charity golf day

RGB Building Supplies’ was delighted to bring back its annual charity golf day on Wednesday 29th September after having to cancel the event last year. Held at Bovey Castle, this was the builders merchant’s tenth golf event and raised a fantastic £2,470 for RGB’s chosen charities Cornwall Mind, Devon Mind and Mind in Somerset. The tournament was won by a team representing RGB’s Exmouth branch...

The development site for 59 new homes at Chivenor Cross, for which permission was granted on appeal

Dismay after housing application in North Devon refused by the Council is allowed on appeal

Devon CPRE has voiced its utter dismay that a planning application for 59 new houses near Braunton, which North Devon District Council refused earlier this year, has now been allowed on appeal.

In February, the Devon branch of the countryside charity was pleased that North Devon’s planning committee had emphatically refused permission for more new homes at Chivenor Cross. Councillors...

Devon charity wins £10,000 Movement for Good award

A charity based in Devon will receive a £10,000 windfall as part of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group’s annual Movement for Good awards.

Transition Network is one of 301 charities chosen by a panel of judges that will benefit from the money.

The fund will allow the charity, which creates community-led change for a sustainable future, to kick-start its new project, ‘Train the...

Devon builders merchant calling out to charities

For its latest Surprise Supplies giveaway, RGB Building Supplies is inviting charities from across the area to get in touch and explain how a donation of £1,000 worth of building materials would be of benefit to them.

Whether a charity needs to complete some essential repairs, update an outdoor area, give their space a lick of paint, or create an accessible bathroom, RGB would like to...

Scope charity shops call for ‘goods and garms’ from the people of the South West

New polling from Scope charity shops reveals the average adult from the South West has on average 29 unworn items of clothing and footwear in their wardrobe [1]. That’s potentially 1.5 billion items taking up valuable space throughout the UK [2].

Tops top the list of unworn items as people from the South West have an average of seven in their wardrobes and a foot-stomping 31 per cent...

120-mile coastal challenge to raise funds for charity that supports retired police dogs

A Devon man walked 120 miles across the whole county to raise money for a charity that supported his dog – a retired Ministry of Defence police sniffer dog – in his time of need.

Chris Parsons, 37, from Ivybridge, embarked on the challenge on Sunday 22nd September starting out in North Devon and finishing on Thursday 26th September – springer spaniel Atos's ninth birthday – in...

Cash-strapped animal sanctuary launches look-a-like cuddly toys to fund ‘bear necessities’

A Plymouth animal sanctuary is looking for new homes for adorable cuddly toys modelled on some of its long-term residents.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, at Elfordleigh on the edge of Plymouth, has launched Woodside Gems to raise desperately needed funds.

Each soft toy is a look-a-like of the charity’s long-term residents who, for various reasons, are unlikely to ever find a...

Diabetes UK looking for people in Devon to saddle up for autumn cycling challenge

People from Devon can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge.

The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout September and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way.

Challengers can pick from one of four virtual distances, ranging from 150 miles...

Devon Air Ambulance makes a plea for your pre-loved items to support the service

Throughout the pandemic, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) shops have exceeded the minimum level of Covid-Safe precautions recommended by the Government and have achieved an even higher level of protection to ensure the safety of their staff, volunteers and customers.

Now, following the most recent lifting of restrictions, the charity's 19 shops, although they remain cautious, are fully open...