BBC sets out plans to transform its local services 

Authored by News Desk

The BBC has set out plans to transform its local services in England as it seeks to serve audiences better, respond to lessons learnt during the COVID-19 crisis and make savings to tackle its financial challenges.

BBC England, home of the BBC’s local radio stations and regional TV news, will undergo a significant reinvention.

The new vision for regional and local services...

Devon and Cornwall’s creative communities invited to show that “home is where the art is”

Authored by Mary

A playful and innovative set of new small-scale arts commissions, designed to harness Devon and Cornwall’s creative talents by showing that ‘home is where the arts is’, have been launched.

Arts and Culture, University of Exeter has partnered with the Exeter Phoenix, Kaleider and Exeter Northcott Theatre to unveil this new initiative to encourage freelance artists across Devon and...

New editors join BBC Spotlight and BBC Radio Cornwall

Authored by Mary

Daisy Griffith is now leading the most popular regional news bulletin in the country, Spotlight, which reaches more than 50 per cent of the South West each week.

Meanwhile Emma Clements is running BBC Radio Cornwall, a station with more than 100,000 weekly listeners.

Stephanie Marshall, head of the BBC in the South West and West, said the experienced journalists would bring...

Charity zoos: business as usual

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The three South West zoos run by regional conservation charity Wild Planet Trust have a defiant message for coronavirus: “It’s business as usual”.

Staff and volunteers are prepared for the impact of coronavirus, but at this time the charity zoos remain open. Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely and will naturally continue to follow the advice of...

The South head South West!

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Having celebrated their 10th year anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’ in 2019’, The South are back with a 2020 UK Tour and will be playing the Acorn Theatre in Penzance on 19 and 20 March 2020!

The South are an impressive 9 piece band who feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player...

Charity Calendar Raising Funds for British Lung Foundation Research

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The iPlymouth Photography Group on Flickr has united with the South West Mesothelioma Support Group to produce a 2019 calendar which is raising funds for the British Lung Foundation's Mesothelioma Research Scheme.

A full preview can be found here .

The calendar was produced for free by Plymouth University Cartographer Jamie Quinn, in his spare time, and features the work of 41...

New Street League to launch across Devon and Cornwall

Authored by Mary

An innovative new street league will be launched across Devon and Cornwall aimed at the growing urban sport scene.

Street Series South West will feature skateboarding, scootering and freestyle BMX events at facilities across the region next year.

The series will begin at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on 4 January and include events in Saltash’s Junkyard Skatepark, Prime...

The commemorative garland gets its first flowers in honour of First World War Centenary

Authored by Mary

The gardening team have just picked the first flower for their annual garland at Cotehele near Saltrash and this year, the centenary of the end of the First World War, will be marked with an extra special display.

West Country artist, Dominique Coiffait (pictured), is working alongside the garden team to transform the Great Hall into an artwork to commemorate the end of the war....

Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards semi-finalists announced

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Alexis Bowater, Regional Partner of the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 was host to over 100 people at the Treasury in Plymouth, welcoming guests that included nominees and sponsors from all corners of the counties, and where the names of those progressing to the Semi-Finalist stage were announced.

The successful Semi-Finalists will be invited to the Finalists Announcement on 1st...

Armed officers to patrol key festive locations across Devon and Cornwall

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Police in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset will be patrolling key locations and events over the festive period and the New Year with support from armed officers.

Officers will be visibly carrying long-armed weapons to help offer further security and reassurance during this busy time of the year, as well as having support from our dog unit.

Head of Alliance Operations, Chief...