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Smile! It’s National Smile Month

Dental practices may be operating differently at the moment, as non-essential routine check-ups are postponed due to coronoavirus (COVID-19).

So parents of younger children are being asked to pay particular attention to their child’s teeth, to ensure that they...




Under Loch and Quay Inn invites you to ‘Far Away Folk Festival’ for #distantsocialising across the miles

Authored by News Desk

A mum of two in Torrington, North Devon has come up with an idea to encourage her friends, family and neighbours to take part in #distantsocialising by creating ‘pub-tastic’ family fun in the comfort of their own homes.

After a few weeks of lock down, Jen Cooper had the idea for ‘Getting Together, Miles Apart’ events at her cyber pub Under Loch and Quay Inn , where weekly themes and...

ConnectedCities invites Devon to discuss rail ambitions

Authored by News Desk

Devon’s rail ambitions will be discussed at a sustainable growth event on Wednesday (20 May).

ConnectedCities has invited Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, and Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, to talk about the Devon Metro at its online seminar.

ConnectedCities is a non-political initiative which proposes...

Good progress on repairs to Austin’s Bridge at Buckfastleigh

Authored by Mary

Repairs to Austin’s Bridge at Buckfastleigh are underway and progressing well. The Grade Two Listed Bridge, which dates from 1749, was damaged during Storm Dennis in February and has been closed since then as a safety precaution. Two separate scaffold platforms have been erected over the course of the past week. These scaffolds are not only supporting the men’s working platform, but they have...

Key workers in Devon are paid less than the real Living Wage

Authored by News Desk

Research has revealed that five key worker roles, essential to keeping Devon running, earn less than the real Living Wage of £19,344.

During the Covid-19 crisis there has been an influx of appreciation for the UK’s key workers. A variety of companies are offering a range of free or discounted food, drink, phone contracts, app subscriptions and clothing all to celebrate those who are...

Delivering safety in style: Senior Nurse’s biker husband delivering PPE to her team across Devon 

Authored by Mary

Richard Wiseman from Devon is hitting the road delivering vital PPE to frontline Marie Curie Nurses across Devon on his pride and joy – his bright green Kawasaki 650 motorbike.

Richard, 49 is married to Marie Curie Senior Nurse, Emma Wiseman, who is part of a team of Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants that provide essential end of life care in people’s homes across North...

Great Days Out in Devon this Summer

Authored by Mike Page

It looks like no one is going to be flying anywhere far away this summer. With everything that is going on in the world right now, it may be a good idea to stay home anyway!

Thankfully, Devon is one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the world, especially in the summer months. There are plenty of things to see and do in Devon, and they’ll keep the kids entertained too....

Your holiday is on us, Devon park tells crisis heroes

Authored by Mary

Seventy-five nights of happy holidays have been handed to NHS workers by Devon's Ladram Bay Holiday Park as a "thank you" for their dedication and bravery.

The family business said it wanted to give away a free night's stay for every one of the past 75 years it has been welcoming guests to its seaside park in Budleigh Salterton.

It means that when the park is allowed to re-...

Brook Inn stays connected to local community with virtual pub and takeaway meals

Authored by Mike Page

Local pub, the Brook Inn, Plympton, has been supporting its local community during the pandemic by launching ‘The Virtual Brook Inn’ for customers as well as working with Plympton Team Ministry to fulfil its food takeaway service.

The news, which comes after the Government requested the closure of all pubs, with the exception of those offering takeaway services, clearly demonstrates...

East Devon plans to reopen key toilets across the district in line with new Government measures

Authored by Mary

Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relaxing some of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions, East Devon District Council have undertaken a review to see whether it would be possible to re-open any of its toilets across the district.

From Wednesday 13 May 2020 people in England have been able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of...

The Box to mark original opening weekend with special digital programme

Authored by Mary

The Box will spend this weekend sharing a series of insights across its digital platforms to mark its original opening date.

The city’s major new museum, gallery and archive was set to open to the public on Saturday 16 May, but was forced to sadly postpone its launch due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The venue was only two months away from opening when the lockdown came into...