First community landing site in Torquay now operational 

A partnership project between Devon Air Ambulance and Torbay Council has established a new ‘community landing site’ at Steps Cross Park in Watcombe, Torquay.

The site at Steps Cross Park is now operational following the recent installation of floodlighting which is remotely activated using mobile phone technology prior to Devon Air Ambulance arriving by helicopter at night. Once the...

Ben Hur - the theatre show

Brixham Theatre Bolton Cross Brixham TQ5 8TA

April 8th 7.30pm April 9th 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets £10 (£8) Bookings: Tel: 01803 415987

Based on the classic 19th Century novel by Lew Wallace, Ben Hur is a meticulously crafted stage drama, packed with drama, action, and hope, set across the 1st Century Roman Empire. The story follows a young prince who is accused of attempted murder, sentenced to die as a galley slave, but survives, eventually returning to his homeland, to find that his mother and sister are missing. Despite exacting revenge...

Residents reject Newton Abbot-wide 20mph limit - but back lower speeds near schools

Proposals for a 20mph speed limit across Newton Abbot have been withdrawn after the majority of people who responded to a public consultation said that they did not support it.

However the consultation, which attracted 1,489 responses, also showed that there was overwhelming support for 20mph limits outside the town’s schools, nurseries, and pre-schools.

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Devon artist creates poster in support of MIND

£1 for every Seas the Day artwork purchased will be donated to mental health charity MIND

A Devon artist, inspired by the presence of cruise ships in Torbay, has created a stunning, motivational quote poster in support of the Mental Health Charity Mind.

Award winning artist Becky Bettesworth says: "Seas the Day was created for two reasons, firstly to capture the stunning cruise ships...

Plans for Devon Air Ambulance community landing sites take off in Torbay

Plans for Devon Air Ambulance community landing sites take off in Torbay

A new partnership project between Devon Air Ambulance and Torbay Council is set to establish six additional ‘community landing sites’ across Torbay which will help patients facing life-changing or life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

These surveyed floodlit sites will enable Devon Air Ambulance to land in the heart of Torbay’s communities during the ‘hours of darkness’ where...

Overturned gritter at Holne

Devon preparing for an icy Monday morning

Snow showers and freezing conditions swept across Devon in the early hours of this morning and Devon County Council is warning of a significant risk of ice on Devon’s roads, particularly into tomorrow (Monday 25 January) morning.

Devon’s fleet of gritters have been working around the clock to treat the County Council’s salting network, but the authority is urging people to avoid all...

Adoption, Adopt. Adopt South West

Torbay residents urged to consider becoming adoptive parents

A shortage of potential adopters in Torbay is making it difficult to give children permanent homes, according to the south west region’s adoption agency, Adopt South West.

Kath Drescher, Service Manager of Adopt South West , says: “In some parts of the region we have a concentration of approved adopters, but we don’t have sufficient numbers in Torbay and surrounding areas and having...

Skills bootcamps set to enhance employment opportunities in the region

The Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW LEP), Digital Skills Partnership , has launched ten free Digital and Technical bootcamps, providing people in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the opportunity to access free training worth up to £3,000.

The Government-funded #Train4Tomorrow bootcamps will help adults develop digital and technical skills that lead to higher-paid roles...

Mike and Lesley Morrison at Hyperspace Paignton, Parent and toddler group

Gov says yes but local council closes parent and toddler group at a time when support services are needed the most

Environmental Health has instructed a new parent and toddler group to close during lockdown2, three days after saying it could stay open. Hyperspace in Paignton, Devon, had two visits within three days from the Environmental Health Team. After the second visit, Hyperspace founders Mike and Lesley Morrison were told to shut because they had soft play at the premises and all soft play was banned...

National Trust reopens Agatha Christie’s holiday home

On Saturday 5 September, the National Trust in the South West will see Greenway House open its doors daily, for the first time in more than four months - with several new safety measures in place.

Last month two South West properties; Barrington Court and Kingston Lacy, reopened as part of a phased reopening of 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March....