Homes & Gardens

Getting to know the benefits of assisted living

Assisted living options provide care, comfort, and an emphasis on supporting the independence of the retired. For an idea of the privileges you can expect in assisted living for you or a family member, below we’ve listed some of the main benefits.

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Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker


Not a lot of bottles in the banks

Authored by Mary

Cheers! Residents efforts to recycle bottles through their doorstep collection has been so successful, some areas no longer need bottle banks.

A total of 18 bottle banks will be removed by the end of the month as a result of a drop in amount of glass going in them – it is down from over 200 tonnes a month to about 60 tonnes.

Stickers have been put on the banks that will be...

Independent developer opens showhome in Axminster

Authored by Glen King

Independent developer C G Fry & Son Ltd., with multi-award winning sites across the south west, officially opened its new three-bedroom detached showhome with a ribbon cutting ceremony at ‘Lea Place’ development in Axminster. The small, and exclusive development of just 13 private new-build homes, is built in two adjoining cul-de-sacs with the first properties available for sale this...

Thousands risk death from electrical fires at home

Authored by Mary

Older people in the UK are disproportionately at risk from electrical hazards, according to research by leading charity, Electrical Safety First.

The Charity has found that a person over 60 is ten times more likely to die in a fire than somebody aged 17 to 24i. And more than half of the accidental fire-related deaths last year in Great Britain were people aged 65 and olderii.


Is your chimney ready for winter?

Authored by Mary

With summer drawing to a close, and the evenings starting to get noticeably cooler you might be tempted to light a fire, rather than put the central heating on.

Are you be sure your chimney is clean and ready to light?

From 7-13 September, Chimney Fire Safety Week takes place providing a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead. Devon...

Tenants safer under new law

Authored by Mary

New fire safety measures will help save the lives of tenants and ensure all rented property is equipped with a smoke alarm, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today.

From today (1 October), landlords will be required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under new Government measures coming into force.

It is estimated this could help prevent...

Are you the Owner of Britain's Ugliest Carpet?

Authored by MFoster is on the hunt for “Britain's Ugliest Carpet” and is offering a prize of a £150 Red Letter Day to the winner. Posh Flooring are inviting Plymouth to summit what you believe is Britain's Ugliest Carpet to @poshflooring

We Brits are known for our love of carpets around the world, and although carpets are a common feature in most homes here in the UK - some...

Does your oil tank leak?

Authored by Mary

It is also the time of year when the Environment Agency urges people to check their oil tanks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses.

Leaked oil can end up in drains, many of which lead directly to rivers, streams, lakes and even garden ponds, having the same effect as pouring it directly into the watercourse.

Oil is poisonous to...

Over a third of Plymouth residents considering alternative to bricks and mortar

Authored by Mary

With average house prices in Plymouth now reaching a staggering £177,000, over a third of people in Plymouth (36 percent) are avoiding the property ladder and looking for other means of shelter to call home.

A survey carried out by LOOK Insurance, the boat and caravan insurance specialists, found a whopping 36 percent of residents in Plymouth still don’t own their own home.


Plymouth Pots and Pans Amnesty

Authored by Sarah Parker

A ‘pots and pans amnesty’ is being held in Plymouth as part of our Grow, Share, Cook initiative to get more people cooking fresh food.

The event has been organised via the Our Plymouth volunteer scheme in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Tamar Grow Local, Food is Fun and Plymouth Community Homes.

You can take down your old pots and pans to the Grow, Share Cook marquee...

More Plymouth homes get disabled adaptations

Authored by Mary

More homes in Plymouth are getting disabled adaptations, including the conversion of two houses into one for a severely disabled teenager.

The teenager and their family (who do not want to be named), will move into the latest house which has been adapted at Cherry Tree Gardens, Plymouth on Friday 3 July.

Plymouth City Council, Taylor Wimpey and Westward Housing Group had to...