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M&S foodhalls remain open to serve the community

Your M&S Foodhalls in Devon are open, so you and your community can get the fresh food and essentials you need

Stores open include: Barnstable, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Crownhill, Dartmouth, Exebridges Exeter, Tiverton and Exmouth Royal Avenue.


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Extra access for patients to GP practices and pharmacies over Easter bank holiday weekend

Authored by Mary

Special arrangements are in place to make sure people in Devon can access GP and pharmacy services over the Easter weekend.

To respond to the current high demand from patients, GP practices across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth will be opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday as if they were normal working weekdays – from 8am to 6pm. Since the start of the outbreak, practices across the...

Stay home – Save lives

Authored by Mary

As the Easter weekend is approaching, East Devon District Council is reminding people and businesses of the Government advice against non-essential travel.

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Ben Ingham, said: “We know that East Devon is a great place to visit and if we were in normal times we would welcome you with open arms.

“However we are not in normal times and...

Hundreds rally to help care for Devon’s vulnerable residents

Authored by News Desk

Hundreds of people from across Devon have answered the call to help care for the county’s most vulnerable residents.

It followed an appeal last week by Devon County Council, as it launched an urgent campaign to recruit Healthcare Assistants – a vital role to support social care providers and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 600 people have so far registered...

Shaldon Wildlife Trust is closed because of coronavirus but the work continues!

Authored by Mary

Despite shutting on the 23rd March due to the coronavirus outbreak, work at Shaldon Wildlife Trust continues. The zoo, based in Shaldon, houses over 50 species and is renowned for its success with endangered species and for the conservation work it does.

With the doors closed all visitor income has ceased and so a fund raiser has been launched to keep the zoo going through the...

Helping self-isolators to manage financial affairs during COVID-19

Authored by Alison Jobson

Self-isolating at home brings many challenges, not least how to manage typical everyday tasks such as visiting the bank, paying bills and withdrawing money.

With vulnerable members of the community on a 12-week lockdown and an increasing number of people having to self-isolate for 14 days, managing financial affairs has become a major concern for many. However, help is at hand with a...

Stay at home and save lives this weekend

Authored by Mary

With warm weather expected over the weekend and temperatures in some areas set to hit highs of 20C, councils are urging people to continue following the Government’s guidelines on social distancing.

Unless essential travel is required, households should continue to follow the Government’s advice and guidance to remain at home and help to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus....

Inspirational Devon schoolboy raises almost £2,000 for the NSPCC with his Grandad

Authored by Mary

A remarkable Devon schoolboy has raised almost £2,000 for the NSPCC after years of dedicated fundraising to help other children.

Henry Murdoch, who is 10-years-old, first started raising money for the children’s charity after its Schools Service team visited his school with its ‘ Speak out. Stay safe ’ programme.

The safeguarding initiative is offered free to all primary...

Devon school staff on duty over Easter holidays to support key workers

Authored by Mary

Teachers and staff in nearly 170 Devon schools are working over the Easter holidays to provide care and support for the children of key workers.

The Government ordered schools across the country to close their doors a week early for Easter because of the coronavirus crisis but asked staff to remain open for the children of key workers such as NHS staff, care workers, delivery drivers...

Stagecoach South West temporarily withdraw Falcon coach service during Covid-19 lockdown

Authored by Mary

Bus company Stagecoach South West has announced that it is temporarily withdrawing its Falcon coach service that operates between Plymouth and Bristol. The service will be withdrawn from Sunday 5th April. The decision has come following the latest government and public health advice to stay at home and only travel if your journey is essential.

Stagecoach are working hard to maintain...

East Devon Coronavirus Community Support Hub hotline launched

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council’s Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline is here to help local residents, communities and organisations access information and support such shopping, or volunteer their time and resources to help their local community.

From Monday (30 March) people have been calling the district council's Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline on 01395 571500 and we...