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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...




Cash Win for Plymouth Neighbours

Authored by Mary

Ten people in Plymouth have received some good news today – they’ve each scooped a cash prize of £1,000 thanks to their postcode.

The Warwick Orchard Close neighbours landed the windfall when PL5 3NZ was announced as a People’s Postcode Lottery Daily Prize winner on Thursday 14th May.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well wishes and said:...

East Devon’s Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan funding gap of more than £1m now bridged following changes to criteria

Authored by Newsdesk

Following long-awaited changes to funding eligibility for flood and coastal risk projects from the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the funding gap for East Devon District Council’s Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) is now fully bridged following our assessment as confirmed by our consultant. This allows the project to proceed to the next stage,...

Twelve East Devon projects benefit from rapid response fund

Authored by Mary

Twelve fantastic East Devon Coronavirus-related projects have now been funded by the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund, a joint grants scheme from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.

The Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund is a small grants scheme which quickly provides small grants of up to £499. Community-led Coronavirus-related projects and activities can apply for the small...

Read all about it! RNIB launches new online library for people with sight loss in South West

Authored by Mary

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched a new online library offering people with sight loss in South West instant access to thousands of free books in formats they can read.

RNIB’s new platform already has more than 26,000 titles making it the UK's largest online library of Talking Books – the world’s first audiobooks, which were originally created by the...

Tour of Britain postponed until September 2021

Authored by Mary

The organisers of the Tour of Britain have announced that this year’s race has been postponed.

Devon County Council had been due to host Stage Two of this year’s race in September with a route that was planned to start in Sherford and finish in Exeter.

However, the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Sweetspot Group, which runs the Tour, to confirm that...

Council issues fresh appeal to recycling centre visitors not to queue on the roads

Authored by News Desk

The phased reopening of Devon’s Household Waste Recycling Centres for essential use only has gone 'relatively well so far' says Councillor Andrea Davis, 'but we are experiencing some problems with traffic queuing back onto the public highway causing a safety issue, which we're having to address.’

Public safety is paramount to Devon County Council, but despite their appeals for the...

Devon exploring temporary measures for walkers and cyclists

Authored by Mary

A series of temporary measures to support social distancing for walkers and cyclists is being explored by Devon County Council.

It follows the Government’s announcement of a £250 million emergency active travel fund – as the first stage of a £2 billion national investment in walking and cycling.

Although Devon County Council is still awaiting details of the funding, it is...

Highway maintenance budgets agreed but programme could be impacted by lockdown

Authored by Mary

The coronavirus lockdown and its after-effects are likely to impact on the delivery of the County Council’s highway maintenance schemes this year, councillors heard today (Wednesday 13 May).

The caution comes as Devon County Council’s Cabinet set out the authority’s capital and revenue budgets for highway maintenance for the current financial year.

The lockdown prompted many...

Devon Freemasons give £25,000 support to local charities and organisations

Authored by Mary

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations and charities who are require financial assistance, amongst those included are Schools, Youth Centres and locally based charities including Hospices, Hospital Services and Cancer Charities. This year sadly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are unable to meet in the usual manner to distribute the...

A sign of the times: Senior Healthcare Assistant gets creative to overcome PPE communication barrier

Authored by Mary

Catherine Steffens, a Marie Curie Senior Healthcare Assistant, from Tavistock, Devon, has been getting creative making hand-made signs to connect with a patient who relies on lip-reading to communicate.

Knowing that having to wear a face mask would make speaking to her patient Yvonne, 76 from Yelverton, almost impossible due to her hearing difficulties and reliance on lip-reading,...