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The Great Big Brick clear-out

If you're having trouble making room for all your kids' new toys after Christmas, then Paignton Zoo can help.

The Devon zoo is hosting the Great Big Brick Safari from 28th March to 1st September. And before that it’s holding a great big brick amnesty, when people can donate unwanted...




Over £290,000 awarded to diverse-led arts organisations in the South West

Authored by News Desk

Arts Council England has today, Tuesday 21 January, announced that £294,210 of National Lottery funding will be invested into three diverse-led organisations in the South West. The organisations are being funded through the Arts Council’s Elevate programme, which was developed to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector by strengthening the resilience of diverse-led organisations...

Mammal charities identify worst areas for hedgehog road deaths

Authored by News Desk

If you are driving in the suburbs of Leeds, Manchester, Stoke on Trent or Birmingham this year, look out for one of Britain’s iconic and most threatened mammals.

In research just published, the Mammal Society details when, where and why hedgehog roadkill is most likely to occur, with the outskirts of cities in central Britain emerging as particular blackspots. The charity intends to...

Give disabled Eleanor the best chance to walk

Authored by News Desk

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor Freeman has beaten the odds to survive and defied doctor’s expectations – but now because she has a shared walking frame at school she’s forced to miss out on funding for one at home – and the chance to walk, be more independent and have fun with her friends.

Eleanor, from Eggbuckland in Plymouth, has a genetic condition so rare parents Donella and Mark say...

Up to £20,000 in funding available for local projects

Authored by Mary

Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from 21st January until 4th February, and a whole host of good causes from voluntary groups to community interest companies, as well as registered charities can apply for grants between £500 up to £20,000...

Make 2020 the year to visit South Devon

Authored by News Desk

South Devon is simply bursting with action packed events for 2020. This year will see South Devon showcasing an impressive and diverse calendar of events, including spectacular festivals and regattas, dazzling food and drink, as well as offering beautiful locations to stay.

Anna Roach of Visit South Devon says ‘2020 is shaping up to be very special for South Devon, with a number of...

The most fuel-efficient cars in 2020

Authored by Mike Page

As we enter a new year and a new decade, the issue of global warming and climate change continues to dominate headlines all over the world. It is undoubtedly a global issue, with wide-ranging and far-reaching consequences. So, how can we do our bit to address the problem?

A huge contributing factor is fuel emissions, with millions of us all over the country relying on motor vehicles...

Work starts on Enterprise Centre for northern Devon

Authored by Mary

The Enterprise Centre is the “gateway building” at Devon County Council’s emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple.

The centre, which will offer high quality office and collaboration space, is expected to be completed by the end of this year (2020). It will provide tailored support for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses that have potential...

The Box annouces full opening programme

Authored by News Desk

The Box is the largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage museum space opening anywhere in the UK in 2020. Originally three separate buildings, its ground-breaking design has completely transformed, extended and combined Plymouth’s former City Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library buildings and St Luke’s Church to create a cutting-edge, interactive cultural centre with 13 new galleries...

RSPCA reveals funniest calls of 2019 in bid to cure to January blues

Authored by News Desk

From toy spiders to tigers, the RSPCA reveals its funniest calls to cheer up the nation this Blue Monday (20 January).

‘Help! There’s a tiger in the garden.’ This is just one of the craziest calls the RSPCA has received over the last 12 months.

The animal welfare charity responds to more than 1.1m calls every year across England and Wales, with officers rescuing more than...

New village could help Torbay meet housing shortfall

Authored by Sarah Parker

Abacus Projects and Deeley Freed Estates have applied to the Planning Inspectorate to determine their planning application for the proposed 373 dwelling Inglewood development.

The scheme has the potential to provide much-needed new homes for the Torbay and Paignton area whilst bringing a range of ancillary benefits including substantial improvements to the highway network and bus...