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New Foyer Federation chief kicks off national tour in South West

Authored by DCHnews

As a leading regional housing association DCH has invested around £565m into the south west economy over the past five years.

DCH is committed to supporting growth in the region; from building thousands of new homes and working with partner organisations such as the Foyer Federation, to creating jobs and investing in communities.

In recognition of the great work being done in...

Hannah achieves Ballet West dream

Authored by jamesreddy

Hannah Llewellin, a student at Ivybridge Community College, is taking the next step towards her dream becoming a professional dancer, after being selected for Ballet West – one of the most successful dance training institutions in the world.

Based in Argyll, Scotland, Ballet West students leave with a BA (Honours) degree, and past students have gone on to perform or teach with...

‘Dream’ show is perfect combination of theatre, gymnastics and dance

Authored by jamesreddy


The scene was set – four ambitious Ivybridge Community College students embark on their journey to become Broadway stars – armed with just enough confidence, a huge amount of ambition, and their friendship to help them through.

This was the backdrop for DREAM – Ivybridge Community College’s most ambitious...

Devon bright sparks wanted for 'big energy ideas'

Authored by Mike Page

Devon’s brightest businesses and entrepreneurs have the chance to gain funding and support that could turn their innovative energy idea into a reality, after an accelerator programme opened for 2017 applications this week.

The Ignite ‘Big Energy Idea’ Accelerator Programme is looking for local businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations with an idea that will make a difference to...

Mini-film promoting rescue dog adoption goes viral

Authored by News Desk

A new mini-film that promotes the adoption of rescue dogs has generated 1.1 million views on Facebook, after dog lovers from across the UK shared the video over 29,000 times.

' When Harry Met Hero ' - created by dog grooming product company HOWND - documents the relationship between a boy and a rescue puppy as they grow up together. It aims to promote the adoption of rescue dogs,...

Number of people fleeing from global conflict highest since World War Two

Authored by Sarah Parker

The figures show that there are currently 65 million across the globe displaced from their homes due to unprecedented levels of conflict. It is not just Syrians and Iraqis who have been forced to flee; ongoing violence and instability in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Nigeria – among others – have resulted in the huge scale movement of desperate people. Most stay...

Royal Society of Biology launches poll to find the favourite UK Mammal

Authored by Mary

Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined in the past 50 years, including some of the country’s most charismatic mammals. The Royal Society of Biology has launched a poll to discover the Favourite UK Mammal.

A total of 101 mammal species can be found in and around the UK. Some of these species have suffered serious declines and require increased conservation effort.


Morrisons to slash food prices

Authored by News Desk

Supermarket Morrisons is to cut prices on meat, veg and fruit this week.

A spokesman said it would be reducing prices on nearly 160 products by an average 12 per cent on the items, in the latest round of its Price Crunch campaign. The latest move comes just a month after Morrisons trimmed the price of more than 1,000 products, including toiletries and seasonal fruit and vegetables, by...


SW Coast Path set to see more overseas tourists

Authored by Mary

England has seen record tourism spend in the past year from both domestic and international visitors. The number of domestic overnight trips taken in England grew by 11% in 2015 while visits from overseas tourists have shown strong regional growth in the South West of an extra 6%.

To capitalise on this growing trend of inbound tourism, the South West Coast Path Association, has...

Social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rise

Authored by Sarah Parker

The Local Government Association is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017.

It comes as new analysis reveals today that more than 70,000 social housing tenants could face rent rise bills of an average £1,000 a year from next year under government plans to increase rents for those...