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New partnership to help Bay’s underwater rainforest

Two local names with international reputations are joining forces to help a very special - but largely unknown - species. Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, is linking up with Valeport, the Totnes-based underwater measuring instrumentation specialists.

The focus of their...




Duchess gives birth to a baby girl

Authored by Mary

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl.

The baby was delivered at 8.34am and the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

A statement from Kensington palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.

"The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.

"The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.


New independent furnishings store opens in Topsham

Authored by Glen King

An Exeter-based independent retailer has opened a new furnishings store called ‘CASA’ located opposite Topsham’s quay area, formerly known as ‘Brights of Nettlebed’.

Family-owned Queenstreet Carpets & Furnishings based in Alphington, has been operating in Exeter for nearly 50 years. The expanding business run by brothers, Gary & Mark Dixie opened ‘CASA’ its second furnishings...

50% of drivers admit flouting road laws

Authored by Mary

A report released on Tuesday (28 April) by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line has revealed worrying and widespread disregard for traffic laws among UK drivers, with half (49%) admitting to breaking them.

Half of drivers who admit breaking traffic laws (25% of all drivers) say they do so through inattention, while the other half (23% of all drivers) admit doing so deliberately,...

Award winning chartered accountants launch new website

Authored by Glen King

Chartered Accountants, Haines Watts, one of the UK’s leading accountancy firms, has unveiled its new website. The new site is designed with business owners in mind, offering a multitude of resources and showcasing real business owners sharing their stories and challenges and how they have overcome them.

Haines Watts North Devon based in Bideford announces the new Haines Watts website,...

Red Cross aid workers arrive in Nepal

Authored by News Desk

British Red Cross aid workers are arriving in the region to assess the damage wreaked by the devastating 7.9 scale earthquake, which struck just outside the Nepalese capital on Saturday.

These teams will join British Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross teams already in Nepal to help coordinate relief effort on the ground.

Aid is being sent to Nepal from Red...

Independent developer announces preview weekend At new development was a success

Authored by Glen King

C G Fry & Son Ltd., based near Dorchester, launched its new ‘Grey’s Field’ development, Chickerell with a preview weekend at Easter. The release of the first phase of 12 plots was a resounding success for the award-winning independent developer, with three homes reserved by first time buyers using the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.

The *‘Help to Buy’ Equity Loan scheme (*see Notes to Editor...

Independent shop in Topsham unveils new name

Authored by Glen King

Independent, family-owned retailer Queenstreet Carpets & Furnishings, which has operated in Exeter for nearly 50 years, has unveiled the name ‘CASA’ on their second new retail shop in Topsham, to open on 1st May.

Brothers, Gary & Mark Dixie signed the lease last month on ‘The Old Gaol’, a listed building located opposite Topsham’s quay area, formerly known as ‘Brights of...

Preview weekend at Poundbury development

Authored by Glen King

The award-winning builder is renowned for its extensive portfolio of quality build ranging from high-end individual houses to major developments including the prestigious Poundbury development in Dorchester for The Duchy of Cornwall.

The special open weekend event is being hosted by local estate agents, Symonds & Sampson at Queen Mother Square on Friday 17th 3pm-6pm, and at the C G...

Government set to ban legal highs

Authored by News Desk

Five “legal highs” are set to be banned by the Government.

The drugs will be made illegal from tomorrow (10 April) for up to 12 months while the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) decides whether they should be permanently controlled.

The government accepted the ACMD’s advice to make a Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO) on five compounds related to...

Outstanding initial air test results for Exeter City Council Passivhaus housing development

Authored by Glen King

The first in a series of initial air tests at one of Exeter City Council's developments of Passivhaus homes has delivered outstanding results of 0.19 air changes per hour (depressurisation) and 0.2 air changes per hour (pressurisation) at five0Pa.

The development of six houses near Newport Road, Exeter, which will be known as ‘Reed Walk’ is being built by independent contractor, C...