Freemasons stock the community larder

Authored by Mary

W.Bro. Brian Hampson recently presented (at a distance!) a cheque for £200 on behalf of The Rolle Masonic Lodge who meet in Exmouth, to Mr Craig Jolly, one of the volunteers at the Exmouth Community Larder.

The Exmouth Larder is a store of non-perishable food to help individuals and families experiencing a food crisis, who have no food and no money to buy food. This is an initiative...

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...

Devon’s Director of Public Health issues a new plea to "keep our wits about us"

Authored by Mary

Steve Brown, Devon's Director of Public Health (Designate) has issued a new plea.

"There's so much to distract us at the moment with one thing or another, and a lot of it positive.

“We have Christmas approaching and talk of families being able to come together.

“We have new rapid test pilots happening across the country, Devon included, enabling people to see their...

Travelodge keeps Devon hotels open to support key workers

Authored by Mary

Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain is currently supporting communities from Plymouth to Elgin including Devon - by providing accommodation for workers who need to travel for work, local authorities and other vital groups that are allowed to stay overnight.

The hotel chain that celebrates 35 years of making hotels accessible to everyone this year, has selected Devon as one...

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Devon County Show organisers announce new July dates

Authored by Mary

The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted to announce that the 125th Devon County Show will take place on Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July 2021.

The County Show, that was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will move from its usual mid-May dates for next year only. Mary Quicke, DCAA Chairman said ‘we are absolutely committed to holding our Devon...

Urgent call for 500 Plymouth volunteers to take part in a new Covid-19 vaccine study

Authored by Mary

Six thousand UK volunteers will from today (Monday 16 November) be called upon to join another leading phase three Covid-19 vaccine study, as researchers around the world continue to work to secure a range of vaccines to help tackle coronavirus.

The latest study, co-funded by the UK government’s Vaccine Taskforce, will test the safety and effectiveness of a new two-dose regimen for a...

Devon businesswoman launches petition to stop essential retailers capitalising on non-essential items

Authored by Mary

A Devon women has started a petition as part of a bid to raise awareness of the plight of small independent businesses selling non-essential items.

Nicky Edmunds, along with her husband Paul, is the owner of two independent shops called Insideout, based in Exeter and Tavistock, selling gifts and homewares.

She is calling on the Government to recognise that large retailers...

Devon Councils are ready again to support the most clinically vulnerable throughout the national lockdown

Authored by Mary

Councils across Devon are working together to support people identified as being ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ through this second lockdown.

During the first lockdown beginning last March, around 34,000 Devon residents were considered to be ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ based on their long term health conditions and vulnerability, and they were advised to ‘shield’. Many spent...


Director of Public Health Devon calls for one more big effort to stop the second wave of coronavirus

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As Devon enters a second national lockdown, the county's Director of Public Health is making a last appeal for one more effort and urging everyone to “Act now to stop the virus in its tracks” and help prevent local health services from being overwhelmed this winter.

"Local people and businesses made huge sacrifices during the first lockdown and this really helped to keep the number...

Major call for volunteers in Plymouth to support through COVID winter crisis

Authored by Mary

Royal Voluntary Service, one of Britain's largest volunteering charities, is today calling on Plymouth residents to volunteer for an 'hour per week' or more to see us through the difficult COVID winter.

Months on from the start of the pandemic and the groundswell of volunteer support that followed, the charity is urging people to pull together and support one another again by...