Help your ambulance service this festive period

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging communities across the region to use its services responsibly this festive period, as it prepares for a challenging and busy time.

The Trust is expecting a period of significant and sustained demand across its 999 services - a position that is reflected across other health and care organisations locally,...

Donkeys enjoy festive enrichment

Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth have been enjoying some festive enrichment this week and are pictured munching on some specially made Christmas wreaths

The garlands were carefully crafted by staff at the sanctuary using willow, herbs and selected pieces of cut up fruit and vegetables.

Enrichment is very important for the resident donkeys and provides them with...

Westbank’s community Christmas celebrations

The run-up to Christmas has been busy for local health and wellbeing charity Westbank Community Health and Care, with a full calendar of events for members of its community and its team.

The festive celebrations got off to a heartwarming start when Year 2 children from Exeter Pre-Prep School visited Westbank’s Day Centre at Exminster to sing a melody of Christmas songs for regular...

Christmas dinner still the most joyful event of the festive season, finds survey by Dartmoor charity

Age-old Christmas traditions are flourishing despite various campaigns this year to “do your own thing” a survey has found.

But people are questioning the number and cost of presents and many are ditching Christmas cards.

The survey was conducted for mental health charity Mind Over Mountains, who are running a wellbeing retreat on Dartmoor. They were keen to find out what was...

Enhanced patrols and initiatives underway to tackle violent crime this Christmas and New Year

Devon & Cornwall Police is reminding people to take care of themselves, their friends and family while celebrating the festive period in its latest drive to tackle violent crime.

Officers will be carrying out enhanced patrols and a range of initiatives in the main towns and cities across the two counties in a bid to help keep people safe.

In Exeter, there will be...

Let's get cracking – Devon housebuilder offering FREE sustainable Christmas cracker kits

Redrow- Romansfield, Blundell's Grange, St Michael's Meadow Developments
Event Date: 
Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 10:00 to Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 17:30

A housebuilder in Devon is encouraging the local community to get into the festive spirit by offering free Christmas cracker kits.

Redrow South West is welcoming local house hunters looking for a merry good time to pick up their very own sustainable Christmas cracker kits* at its Romansfield, Blundell’s Grange and St Michael’s Meadow developments, from Thursday 14th December.

Wait – there’s myrrh! Visitors can also take a tour of the development's popular show home, which forms part of Redrow’s award-winning Heritage Collection and has been transformed into a magical...

Give a gift to charity or donate instead of sending Christmas cards

It’s traditional to send seasonal greetings at this time of year but a Devonwide health and wellbeing charity is encouraging people to make a donation instead of giving Christmas cards.

Westbank Community Health and Care has launched its ‘Donate in Lieu of Christmas Cards’ campaign, asking people to make a charitable gift rather than spending money on buying and posting cards this...

Parkdean Resorts crafts ‘rubbish’ Christmas tree from Croyde Beach waste

Parkdean Resorts, the UK’s leading holiday park operator, is showcasing a ‘Rubbish Christmas Tree’ structure at Croyde Beach, made using beach waste collected by the Ruda Beach Team throughout the year.

Made from a collection of disposed fishing nets, recycled tent poles and guy ropes, the festive structure stands at more than 9 feet tall, and aims to highlight the widespread issue...

Devon hotel launches Christmas charity campaign to support its local community

Christmas cheer will be spread to children, families and elderly residents in Devon as part of a festive campaign launched by a local hotel.

Bovey Castle has launched its ‘Giving Back’ initiative to support good causes in the area and to help people in need in the community over the Christmas period.

As part of the campaign, the hotel will donate food to Moretonhampstead...

Donkeys in their barn at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

A festive bray out with the Sidmouth donkeys  

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has the festive season all wrapped and is the perfect winter’s day out for the whole family.

With a new winter trail, free admission and parking, an award-winning gift shop and restaurant, the sanctuary in the heart of the East Devon countryside is open every day except Christmas Day. There is lots to see and do, both indoors and outside, and dogs on...