Torquay

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...

Mama Bear’s Nursery

Mama Bear’s voted best nursery in Torquay

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School has been named the best day nursery in Torquay by a leading national guide.

The nursery, which can be found on Barewell Road, has topped the list of Torquay nurseries compiled by DayNurseries.co.uk , with a perfect score of 10 – the maximum score available.

DayNurseries.co.uk is the leading UK nursery review website. The setting has...

Stagecoach South West announces major uplift to bus services

Stagecoach South West has announced that, in light of the recent government announcement to relax retail restrictions, from 14th June 2020 they will be introducing a major uplift to their services with some of routes returning to their normal timetables. The bus operator has confirmed changes have been made on board their vehicles to enable social distancing to take while travelling with them...

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins . Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a...

Torquay accountant in preparations to take on Rowcroft Hospice’s Male Trail

Andrew Price is beginning his preparations to take part in The Male Trail – Rowcroft Hospices’ annual charity walk.

Andrew is Managing Director at Andrew Price & Co, an accountancy firm based in Torquay that works with clients across the South West, which is raising money for the hospice as its chosen charity of 2020.

The 8-mile walk on 7 March will see Andrew join...

Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Keepers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, had to do a double-take recently when they discovered that European common lobster Homer had moulted for the first time in two years.

Aquarist Sam Worthington was particularly pleased, as it was the first time he’d moulted in her time at the charity zoo: “This exoskeleton is almost perfect - right down to the antennae and the eyes....

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in...

Devon Accountants pledge year-long support to Rowcroft Hospice 

Accountancy firm Andrew Price & Co has announced Rowcroft Hospice as its charity of the year for 2020.

The firm, based in Torquay, is committed to helping their local community and hopes to raise funds for the hospice, which supports more than 2,000 local people every year.

The hospice aims to make every day the best it can be for people with life limiting illnesses and...

Barton complex needs service reopens after £800k refurbishment

Westbrooke Grange, a Salutem Modus residential home in Barton, near Torquay, has reopened following a complete refurbishment and regeneration scheme.

The service provides accommodation for up to five individuals, living with complex needs in five self-contained flats. It enables individuals with needs including autism, learning difficulties or mental health conditions to live...

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