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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk...

The Family Law Co.

The Family Law Co.


110,000 dogs in the South West still unchipped

Authored by News Desk

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has announced ambitious targets to offer free microchipping for all dogs thanks to its biggest award to date raised thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

In advance of microchipping becoming compulsory for dogs across England in April 2016, Dogs Trust is offering free microchipping at its 20 rehoming centres for all dogs and...

Find a Winter Wonderland at your library

Authored by Mary

Plymouth libraries are counting down to Christmas with stories, crafts and puppet shows that are guaranteed to get families feeling festive.

Children aged five to 11 can snuggle up and enjoy some polar storytelling and heart-warming stories of winter, with cosy favourites such as Big Bear, Little Bear by Jane Chapmen and Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found.

There are cool craft...

Frozen fun skate sessions

Authored by Mary

For the first time ever this Christmas holiday, Frozen’s Elsa will be arriving at the Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink on Sunday 28 December for three fantastic Frozen Fun Skate sessions!

Each session will see Frozen fans take to the Ice dressed as their favourite Frozen characters, to take part in a mass Let it Go sing-a-long led by Elsa herself, before skating off amidst a flurry of...

Look for the bear necessities at your library

Authored by Mary

Don’t let the kids get grizzly this October half-term – head to your nearest library for some bear-faced fun.

Families are invited to go on a bear hunt to unearth some furry interesting facts, enjoy favourite stories of loveable bears such as Winnie the Pooh and Paddington.

Youngsters can get their paws dirty and make a bear mask or teddy bears’ picnic basket to take away with...

Half term fun for all the family

Authored by Mary

Half-term is now upon us and Plymouth has lots going on that will keep the kids happy and occupied, but won’t break the bank.

The outdoor ice rink is open on the Piazza in the City Centre, offering a fun day out for the whole family. Open to the public from 9am to 8.15pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 6.15pm on Sundays with skating starting at 9.30am, this provides a must-do...

Make Christmas special for disadvantaged kids

Authored by Mary

Children’s Christmas wishes are evolving as today’s kids show awareness of the less fortunate and consider what they could give to a disadvantaged child, according to new research released today.

Rather than seeing other children go without toys in the festive season, the research from Argos and Barnardo’s shows that 95 per cent of children would happily give up some of their Christmas...

Discover two-wheeled adventures

Authored by News Desk

Saltram is hosting its first cycle festival on Saturday 4 October, from 11am to 3pm, to showcase to visitors as well as locals across Plymouth what incredible places the National Trust has to offer cyclists.

Whether you like to pootle down the track or prefer haring around bends, did you know that both Saltram and the Plym Valley have miles of traffic-free paths, mountain bike trails...

A Service of Remembering Together

Authored by News Desk

There will be a special service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the loss of a pregnancy or death of a baby. The service will take place on Sunday 5 October at 2pm and will be held in the chapel on level 7 at Derriford Hospital.

The Chapel will be also be open from 1.00pm for the opportunity to meet other parents and talk things over with a chaplain, as well as for...

It's the Spanish Art-mada!

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be holding a fun family event on Saturday 27 September inspired by the Spanish Armada.

Two art and craft sessions will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm and children will get to show their creative sides as they work with a guest artist to design their own ship for a giant collage.

‘Here Comes the Armada’ is inspired by...


History gets horrible at the Central Library

Authored by News Desk

There’s gruesome fun for all the family on Saturday 20 September as Plymouth’s Central Library hosts an afternoon of ‘Horrible Histories’ activities.

Staff in the children’s library will be transformed into Rotten Romans and Smashing Saxons and there may even be an appearance from Henry VIII so hold on to your heads!

The costumes are on loan from Mount Edgcumbe and from the...