Member of Local Oddfellows receives highest recognition

Following a remarkable 52 years membership of the Oddfellows Friendly Society, Peter English from Redruth has been awarded the internationally recognised Unity Meritorious Service Jewel, one of very few such awards made in recent years with only eight people worldwide currently alive holding the prestigious decoration.

Following a lengthy formal nomination process, the award was...

Devon Work Hubs to mark National Women's Enterprise Week and National Freelancers Day

Coworking spaces in the Devon Work Hubs network will be marking National Women’s Enterprise Week and National Freelancers Day next week.

Two of them, The Tribe and Newton Abbot Library’s Work:Space , will be joining forces to celebrate both events.

National Women’s Enterprise Week , which runs from Monday 17 to Friday 21 June, is designed to support and encourage women to...

Charity helps put carers on the map during Carers Week

Devon Carers is ‘Putting Carers on the Map’ this week as part of an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise their invaluable contribution to society - estimated to save the Devon economy over £2 billion a year!

Devon Carers, a free service by Westbank Community Health and Care, is putting on a host of events to celebrate...

Dementia activist praises carers and tells them: 'You matter'

Over the past couple of years I have been advocating for families living with dementia in addition to leading the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

I have witnessed family carers on their knees at crisis point, desperate, isolated with overwhelming feelings of helplessness.

At times I have felt useless, but having immersed myself into the world of dementia over the past...

National Trust trial greener transport to Castle Drogo  

As part of Great Big Green Week (8 -16 June), Castle Drogo are offering a free Shuttle Bus service on selected dates, between Okehampton and the Castle, with visitors able to claim a free hot drink in the café if they use the service.

Busses will run on: Saturday 8, Monday 10, Wednesday 12, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 of June 2024.

On Saturdays, starting from Okehampton train...

Aldi shoppers in Devon help raise £2,100 for teenage cancer trust

Aldi shoppers in Devon have helped the supermarket raise around £2,100 for its dedicated charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Last month, shoppers were given the chance to purchase a £1 raffle ticket from the till at participating stores to be entered into a draw, with all proceeds going to the charity.

One winner from each store was selected at random to win a £100 gift...

Pet charity thanks Devon volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week (3 – 9 June), Blue Cross pet charity in Devon is thanking its team of dedicated volunteer pet foster carers who go the extra mile to care for homeless pets until permanent owners are found by caring for them in their own home. From small pets like degus and chinchillas to dogs, cats and even horses. The charity is also calling on local animal lovers to find out more...

97-year-old Phyliss goes riding again

An East Devon care home resident has ticked off her bucket-list dream of going horse riding again, thanks to a local charity.

Phyliss Johnson, who lives at the award-winning Seaton nursing home, which is part of the Southern Healthcare group, was a keen equestrian in her youth and despite her advancing years, had been longing to get back in the saddle one last time.

She told...

Harbour House supports pupils by funding after-school arts club

A group of pupils from Kingsbridge Primary School, part of Education South West , have recently had their directorial debut with a film screening at local arts and wellbeing centre, Harbour House.

The film named ‘The Fateful Feast at Castle Froglington’ was shown to staff from the school and families of the children at the school earlier this month. The children have dubbed their...

Locals' guide of things to do in Devon

From exploring the region’s moorland and coastlines to the quaint villages and charming towns, there’s a plethora of things to do in Devon. Those of us lucky enough to call this picturesque county home, know there’s outdoor adventures, foodie havens and rich cultural heritage spots to be explored and enjoyed, providing ample opportunities for solo exploration, for couples and for families....