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Devon's Best Churchyard 2020 winner's plaque in the churchyard at Northam

Northam named Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2020

Authored by sharon goble

Local countryside and conservation charity Devon CPRE is delighted to announce that St Margaret’s Church at Northam is the Winner of this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. At the weekend a sustainable oak plaque and a cheque for £200 was awarded to representatives of the community of volunteers who help maintain this beautifully biodiverse churchyard on the north Devon coast....

Plans approved for 220 new homes for Okehampton

Authored by Mary

Plans have been approved for 220 much-needed new homes on the outskirts of Okehampton, Devon along with substantial public, open green space and play areas.

Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes will also build the long-called for ‘Southern Link Road' to serve the whole of Okehampton and reduce traffic in the town centre. The new road will feature Devon banks and a beech tree-lined...

The BEST virtual activities in Plymouth you and the kids can enjoy from the sofa this half term

Authored by Mary

With much of the UK under restrictions, heading out for some half term fun with the kids seems to be off the cards.

To keep parents and their little ones entertained at home throughout the school break, Matalan has discovered the best virtual activities for kids that you can enjoy from the sofa this half term, including some underwater wonders in Plymouth.

Discover some...

Actress and TV presenter welcomes £1.9million “lifeline” for “entertainment heart” of South West

Authored by News Desk

A £1.9million grant for Theatre Royal Plymouth is a “lifeline” for “the entertainment heart” of the South West, says actress and broadcaster Lesley Joseph.

Meanwhile, TV presenter and comedian Brian Conley said: “More power to the government for giving them the backing they need.”

The theatre is one of 35 major cultural organisations and venues to receive grants of between £...

RNIB launches Sensory Scavenger Hunt activity pack for children across the South West

Authored by Mary

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched an exciting new Sensory Scavenger Hunt activity pack to keep children in the South West of England entertained over the half-term break.

The pack, which can be downloaded from RNIB’s website and is for children of all ages, helps young explorers understand their senses beyond sight through fun challenges. These include...

Bingo and Beyond: Devon’s Role in Reconnecting Players with a Revolutionised Gaming Industry

Authored by Mike Page

Throughout the 21st century, significant developments have advanced the gaming industry. The rise of digitalisation has affected web-based productions as well as the forward-thinking ideologies of real-world activities. Despite its population of approximately 795,000 people, as per statistics from 2019, the southwest county has been quick to embrace the ever-changing impact of technology and...

Huge comedy event announced for Devon

Authored by Mary

Prepare for a riotous summer evening of laughter as promoter M&B announces a huge comedy event for 2021.

Comedy In The Park, an exciting all-day comedy extravaganza, will take place at the stunning grounds on Powderham Castle in Devon on Saturday 14th August 2021. John Bishop headlines the event with support from Katherine Ryan, Jason Manford, Rob Beckett, Paul Chowdhry and host...

A New Normal’ photography competition winners revealed by The Box

Authored by Mary

The winners of The Box’s ‘A New Normal: Life Through a Lens’ photography competition have been chosen and presented with their prizes.

The competition ran throughout the summer and entrants were invited to capture submit an image that best captured their experiences of life during lockdown. What does the ‘new normal’ look like?

The quality, quantity and range of topics...

Theatre Royal Plymouth reopens for Local Artists Pop Up Performances

Authored by Mary

The doors to Theatre Royal Plymouth have sadly been closed to the public for over six months, the first time in its 37-year history, but preparations are now underway to welcome back audiences for five socially distanced small-scale pop-up performances. TRP are announcing these limited special performances as they highlight their Community Celebration Week which shines a spotlight on their...

More than 60,000 NHS patients in Plymouth now have evening and weekend access to remote GP appointments, as second wave builds

Authored by News Desk

NHS patients registered with any of the Waterside Primary Care Network (PCN) GP practices in the Plymouth area will now have free access to remote video consultations through Push Doctor during evenings and at weekends. This is a key move for the 63,000 patients in the area as a Covid-19 second wave builds, and will offer secure, convenient, and flexible access to NHS medical advice at the...