Rapid test centre opens in Tiverton this Saturday

Devon's third community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, opens in Tiverton on Saturday and is now taking bookings.

It's in the car park of Tiverton's Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Bolham Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon, and will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week with extended hours 7am to 7pm Mondays and Thursdays.


David Wilson Homes

Plans for new South Devon housing development brought forward

Following the unprecedented success of one of South Devon's newest housing developments, leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes is scoping out plans for an additional new community alongside it.

More than 40 of the new homes are now occupied at David Wilson Homes' Braid Park, Tiverton and only seven of the total 60 homes are left for sale. Construction work is due to complete this...

Tiverton is at the centre of space age climate action says Labour contender

Tiverton West's Labour Party contender for the May County Council elections gave Tiverton resident Shelly Rolinson an unexpectedly futuristic answer when she asked "What is your vision for zero net carbon in Tiverton?" Peter Hill who is a Director at major Tiverton employer, Heathcoat Fabrics, says his team is already developing fabrics for manufacture and export in the production of hydrogen...

National Trust reopens Knightshayes house

At the end of July, the National Trust reopened seven properties in England and Northern Ireland as part of a phased reopening of its 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March. Knightshayes has now joined that list, opening its doors to the public after more than four months, with several new safety measures in place.

One-way systems and limited numbers...

Blundell's School

93% of Blundell's School pupils secure places at the university of their choice

In what has been a particularly challenging time for all school leavers, we are very pleased to report that 93% of our pupils have secured places at the university of their choice.

The disruptions to the exam programme caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has required pupils’ results to be produced based on grades submitted by the school and verified by a moderation process by Ofqual...

Ash dieback infected trees near Bickleigh to be felled

Almost 200 Ash dieback infected trees in Mid Devon will be felled later this month (March).

Devon County Council has identified 190 infected trees in the Bickleigh area that need to be removed for safety reasons.

The County Council has been liaising with private landowners and will carry out the tree felling on their behalf in order to minimise disruption to the travelling...

New look for South Devon tourism

Visit South Devon has today unveiled a new look brand and refreshed website for tourism in South Devon, embracing tourism businesses and destinations across East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and South Hams. Created following its merger with Heart of Devon, the new brand, developed by Exeter brand agency, ‘Believe in’, is designed to create an evocative link between the shores and countryside...

Fugitive drug trafficker captured in Spain

A fugitive drug trafficker who headed a crime group that supplied huge amounts of heroin to the South West of England has been arrested in Tenerife.

Stephen Blundell, aged 36, of Leathers Lane, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin but fled to Spain before he could be sentenced in April 2013. He was later jailed for nine years eight months in his absence.


Two arrested in 'courier fraud' probe

Zephyr, the south west’s regional organised crime unit, has made arrests in Scotland as part of its ongoing probe into courier fraud.

Detectives from Zephyr were joined by officers from Police Scotland to execute search warrants on properties in the Castlemilk and Crosshill areas of the city of Glasgow.

They are the first arrests made north of the border and follow arrests...

Local GP Surgery Holds Grand Opening Event

Cllr. Susan Griggs, the Mayor of Tiverton attended an evening event to celebrate the completion of the new £1.8m extension to Clare House Surgery located in Newport Street, Tiverton. The substantial building programme which has significantly increased the size of the surgery was overseen by lead consultants Haldons Limited and built by contractors Morgan Sindall.

More than 100 guests,...