2020 Dartmoor Folk Festival postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic

ORGANISERS of the annual Dartmoor Folk Festival have announced that this year's event, which was due to take place over three days at South Zeal in August, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on April 29, the Dartmoor Folk Festival Association said: “It is with much sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Dartmoor...

Don’t wait until it’s too late, say Devon cancer doctors

Doctors in Devon are concerned that people with cancer symptoms are not coming forward due to the coronavirus pandemic, following new findings that suggest four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to...

Determined supporters vow to Race for Life at home

DETERMINED fundraisers across Devon and Cornwall are set to Race for Life at Home as they refuse to let the fight against cancer falter in these unprecedented times.

Organisers Cancer Research UK have postponed events for this spring and summer to protect the country’s health during the coronavirus outbreak – and this includes the Race for Life events in Exeter, Plymouth, Exeter,...

Your NHS is here for you: GP practices in Devon provide reassurance they are still open

Doctors in Devon are reassuring local people that the NHS is still there for them if they are unwell and need help.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health.

The message comes as new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to...

Testing more staff to help them back to work caring for local people in Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Organisations across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are working together to improve COVID-19 testing for health and care staff, so more can get back to work helping local people in vital frontline health and care roles.

Led by the Peninsula Pathology Network, they have agreed a shared approach using a combination of locally and nationally run testing sites (as below), which...

Charity’s free Activity Packs will help children to get thinking, moving and creative

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has produced a unique collection of FREE weekly Activity Packs to get children and young people thinking, moving, and creative during the coronavirus lock-down.

The packs, developed in response to the feedback the charity has received from the families that...

Rangers and police ask people to love Dartmoor and stay at home this weekend

Groups of people visiting Dartmoor for barbecues and people driving over 15 miles to walk their dog– these are just a couple examples of the issues Dartmoor National Park Rangers are with dealing with during the Covid-19 emergency.

As the weekend draws near, Dartmoor National Park and the police are once again asking people to continue to stay home to limit the spread of covid-19 and...

Community equipment collected from household waste recyling centres - Barnstaple recycling centres

Donated equipment, including commodes, walking frames, perching and shower stools, is being collected from households across the county following an appeal by Devon County Council for community equipment which is no longer being used.

The call went out last week to avoid potential shortages of such items, which are used by people to remain independent at home during the Coronavirus...

Millie, 19, signs up to help vulnerable

Nineteen-year old student Millie Doodson is one of more than 1,300 people who have answered the call to help support Devon’s most vulnerable.

Since an urgent appeal was launched earlier this month people of all ages and backgrounds including lawyers, students, hairdressers, engineers and retired soldiers have registered to become Healthcare Assistants.

At a time when...

East Devon re-opens majority of its parks sites

Some small sites with restricted access/egress points will remain closed in order to support Government’s social distancing guidance

Councillors at East Devon District Council have reviewed their decision to close parks and gardens at the commencement of lockdown and have agreed that the majority of the district’s large or easy to access park sites should be reopened to the public,...