Devon's Best Churchyard 2020 winner's plaque in the churchyard at Northam

Northam named Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2020

Authored by sharon goble

Local countryside and conservation charity Devon CPRE is delighted to announce that St Margaret’s Church at Northam is the Winner of this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. At the weekend a sustainable oak plaque and a cheque for £200 was awarded to representatives of the community of volunteers who help maintain this beautifully biodiverse churchyard on the north Devon coast....

A New Normal’ photography competition winners revealed by The Box

Authored by Mary

The winners of The Box’s ‘A New Normal: Life Through a Lens’ photography competition have been chosen and presented with their prizes.

The competition ran throughout the summer and entrants were invited to capture submit an image that best captured their experiences of life during lockdown. What does the ‘new normal’ look like?

The quality, quantity and range of topics...

Melling Hall

Two weeks left to win £930,000 mansion

Authored by Mary

Guy and Julie Vass are offering their beautiful country home, Melling Hall, which sits at the gateway to the Lake District in a prize draw because they want to support Lancaster charity St John’s Hospice, the NHS and other worthy charities.

Not only will the winner take the house, the prize also includes a generous £7,000 to cover the first year's expenses. Current owner of Melling...

Unsung Heroes: New competition launches to honour the nations’ best

Authored by Mary

UNSUNG HEROES of the pandemic – such as NHS workers, delivery drivers and supermarket workers – are at the top of Britain’s new pecking order and the most respected in society, a study shows.

 Research into attitudes during the coronavirus crisis shows a remarkable change in the social pecking order of how people who do different jobs are now regarded.

 Almost all those in...

One of the winning paintings 'Mannings Pit' by Graciella Sillence-Dreyer from Barnstaple's Pilton Bl

CPRE Devon inundated with competition entries from children in lockdown who showed they care about the countryside

Authored by sharon goble

Devon’s schoolchildren have shown how much they care about the countryside by entering CPRE Devon’s 2020 Art and Writing competitions in their droves. This year the Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE received more entries than ever before and from all corners of the county.

In both competitions, held throughout the months of lockdown, primary schoolchildren demonstrated how...

National competition opens to find UK’s best beach hut for life

Authored by Mary

Life’s a Beach Hut: A brand new competition celebrating the UK’s iconic and much-loved coastline Beach Huts has been launched by Ipswich-based insurance specialist firm, Ryan’s Insurance - with over £600 of prizes up for grabs.

In collaboration with Millie’s Beach Huts, the inaugural competition is calling on the UK’s 20,000-plus beach hut owners to come together and compete to...

Devon school pupil wins wildlife poetry competition

Authored by News Desk

Winners of the national poetry competition launched by environmental charity Earthwatch have been announced, with Jamie Carlton from Devon winning a prize in the 8 - 11 year olds category for his ‘Deer’ poem. The poetry competition was launched as part of a range of events organised by Earthwatch to help families cope with lockdown and remain connected to nature, including a popular online...

Castle Fine Art draws up competition to find next Young Fine Artist

Authored by Mary

Leading retail art gallery, Castle Fine Art, is inviting children to channel their inner Jackson Pollock by taking part in its Young Fine Artist in Residence competition. Adapting to the ‘new normal’, Castle Fine Art has hosted the competition online for the very first time, gathering entries so far from children across the country.

Since launching in 2017, Castle Fine Art’s Young...

Devon countryside charity’s 2020 competitions provide a creative outlet for stay-at-home schoolchildren

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England hopes its 2020 art and writing competitions, open for entries from 18 May, will provide a creative outlet for primary schoolchildren across the county, many of whom are spending more time than usual indoors this spring because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to...

Silentnight launches 'The Pet Factor' for your four-legged friends

Authored by Mary

Silentnight is launching a nationwide competition, The Pet Factor, ahead of National Pet Day on 14 April to search for a set of four-legged faces for its collection of pet beds.

Brits are invited to enter by simply sharing a ‘paw-fect’ portrait of their pet on social media. Silentnight’s judging panel will be looking for the ideal mix of personality and good looks amongst their three...