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Bear Grylls announces major new festival in Devon

Join Bear Grylls at the Gone Wild Festival on August Bank Holiday 2021. This new, action packed family festival is set to take place in the sweeping grounds of Powderham Castle, just outside Exeter.

Having explored the world and fostered a love of outdoor activities,...




Devon Air Ambulance to launch Shopify & New Community Zone in South Molton

Authored by Mary

Since the onset of Covid-19 hundreds of organisations have had to adapt and make significant changes to parts of their operation simply to survive. Devon Air Ambulance never stands still when it comes to the continuous development of their life-saving service and nor does their focus on income generation. It is that desire to survive and to continue to provide for the people of Devon, that...

Green Flag Awards for Stover and Grand Western Canal Country Parks

Authored by Mary

Devon County Council's two country parks have been presented with prestigious Green Flag Awards.

Stover Country Park and the Grand Western Canal Country Park are among more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award this year.

Both Stover and the Grand Western Canal remained open throughout the pandemic lockdown and they have seen an increase in visitors over...

New online hub launches to support communities in Devon

Authored by Mary

Grapevine Local is today being launched in Devon, giving local people the opportunity to join this free online hub and play an active role in making their community the best place to work, live and play. The launch has been designed to coincide with World Values Day on 15th October 2020, an opportunity to think on our most deeply held values, one of which is the way we interact with those...

Devon artist to be featured on BBC Documentary

Authored by Mary

Artist Emily Powell will be featuring in a new BBC Two documentary airing on Saturday 17 October at 8.15pm, that follows three artists as they apply for the RA Summer Exhibition 2020. Powell's entry work draws on the exhibition’s theme of global warming.

Powell uses a vibrant and juxtaposing colour palette to create works that inspire positive, emotive responses. Inspired by the...

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation appeals for public support for a project to help mental wellness through nature in the South West 

Authored by Mary

] Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Butterfly Conservation, the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and the environment, has launched a crowdfunded appeal for the Social Butterflies project, aimed at alleviating poor mental health in south west England through interaction with and care for the natural world. The project has been made possible by an award from...

Nicotine pouches are becoming increasingly popular

Authored by Mike Page

Despite the tobacco industry staying consistent in their offerings to the consumer market over the years, the last years have seen huge changes in the end-user behaviour for tobacco products. In recent years, consumers have already started drifting away from the classic tobacco products like cigarettes due to health reasons, but in the last few months, this trend has accelerated due to the...

EE, 5G

EE switches on 5G in Plymouth

Authored by Mary

EE announced today it has switched on its 5G network in Plymouth.

Plymouth joins more than 30 new towns and cities across the UK connected to 5G by EE since May this year.

The company, part of BT Group, launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has now expanded to a total of 112 towns and cities across the UK.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business ,...

Councillors consider Plymouth University research on coastal change in East Devon

Authored by Mary

A report on Plymouth University research, estimating future rates of coastal erosion in East Devon over the next 100 years, will be considered by the council's Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th October.

The research, which focuses on the eastern area of the district, is different from previous work on coastal erosion as it is for planning purposes only.

It maps a...

New coronavirus testing site opens in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Guildhall Lower Ground Floor, Armada Way, in Plymouth, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new,...

Charity receives boost from Government to support those bereaved from Covid-19

Authored by News Desk

The UK’s largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, has received a much needed financial boost from the Department of Health and Social Care to help it respond to an increase in demand for its services due to the pandemic.

The charity, whose Devon branch covers the whole of the county, was awarded funding by the Government in June to provide additional support through its...