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Buckfast Abbey helps kids across the country cope with mental wellbeing

Buckfast Abbey is readying itself to lift the mood and mental wellbeing of primary school children across the UK with the launch of its largest ever festival to help children cope with the stresses of daily life.

Starting on Monday 11th October, the Take 5 Festival - a virtual event created by the Abbey’s Education Department - builds on the success of last year’s inaugural, week-long...

New report shows over two thirds of people believe culture on High Streets creates a better place to live

Arts Council England has published a new report which shows the value of culture to high streets - A High Street Renaissance: How arts and culture bring people and pride back to our high streets . The research shows that 69% of people believe having cultural spaces such as theatres, museums, libraries and music venues on their high street makes their local area a better place to live....

Devon’s real housing needs revealed in major new independent report

Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade, most of them are to be built on greenfield sites, and a staggering two-thirds will be bought by people who have moved into the county. These are the key findings of an independent study, commissioned by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which exposes the stark truth behind ‘official’ assessments of Devon’...

'Forgotten generation' of veterans

A “forgotten generation” of working age veterans, who have approached SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) for help, is surviving on an average annual household income of just £13,800. Suffering from long-term physical and mental health problems they say they feel let down by their country.

Living in fear of debt, they are experiencing depression as a result of their circumstances with...

D&C Police given a good bill of health by HMIC

Devon and Cornwall Police has received a ‘Good’ rating of performance from independent inspectors.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, (HMIC), today, Thursday February 25, 2016, publishes its Annual PEEL report looking at policing effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy.

The report says Devon and Cornwall Police keeps people safe, reduces crime, understands the needs of...

Ridgeway pupils take part in BBC News Report

A group of students from Ridgeway School in Plympton are taking part in this year’s BBC News School Report.

It gives 11- 16 year old students across the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials available from a dedicated website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers can help students develop their journalistic...

Report ranks D&C Police as 'good'

A report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary released today (Tuesday, October 20, 2015) shows Devon and Cornwall Police has an overall ‘Good’ level of efficiency, but has financial challenges on the horizon.

The efficiency strand of the PEEL report, (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy), graded Devon and Cornwall ‘Good’ in terms of using resources to meet demand,...

Plymouth fights for better jobs and more of them

Plymouth is one of the areas leading in the fight for better jobs and more of them.

Business, council and social enterprise leaders in Plymouth are among those supporting the city in asking the Government to devolve powers to help get more people into work. Plymouth is one of 23 local authorities leading a national report - 'Unlocking our Wealth'- which is published today (Thursday)....

Plymouth Argyle 0 Oxford 2

A goal in each half from fellow play-off contenders Oxford United put the biggest dent yet into Argyle’s hopes of escaping Sky Bet League 2, writes Rob McNichol.

Experienced frontman Dave Kitson scored a facile opener for the U’s midway through the first half, before his strike partner James Constable scored a goal of real quality after 15 minutes of the second half.

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Report provides verdict on Devon’s wildlife winners and losers

Devon’s wild beauty is one of the county’s greatest assets. Its environment provides us not just with amazing landscapes and wildlife but with food, fuel, pollination, flood control and great recreational and business opportunities. It is therefore important that we know how our environment is faring.

These are some of the major conclusions of a newly released ‘stock-check’ on the...

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