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Trust's 2020 vision

Wild Planet Trust is the Devon-based charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, plus several nature reserves in Devon. While 2019 was not a great year for the charity, there are, says Trust boss Simon Tonge, some reasons for optimism:

“Last year...

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Champagne launch for Plymouth's new designer store

Authored by Mary

Flannels arrived in style last week, opening its doors to Plymouth for the first time with an exclusive champagne preview party on 12th February.

The Apprentice stars Charleine Wain, Brett Butler-Smythe, Plymouth Argyle players, models and a host of local dignitaries attended the opening of the cutting edge store on Armada Way.

One lucky guest won a Golden Envelope for a VIP...

Chewing sugarfree gum could save NHS £8.2m a year

Authored by Mary

The NHS could save £8.2 million a year on dental treatments – the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups - if all 12-year-olds across the UK chewed sugarfree gum after eating or drinking, thanks to the role it plays in helping to prevent tooth decay.

So says a study involving researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry published in the British...

Have you seen missing Neil Mackenzie?

Authored by News Desk

Police are trying to find a missing 52-year-old man last seen in Bristol.

Neil Mackenzie (pictured) was last seen in the Stapleton area of Bristol at around 10am today, Thursday 11 February, and he spoke to a relative by phone shortly after.

Police are concerned for Neil's welfare and would like to find him as soon as possible.

He may be using public transport and...

Search is on to find Britain's best volunteers

Authored by Mary

Gabby Logan and Together Mutual Insurance search for Britain’s ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Community Hero of the Year’ celebrating local volunteers with national prizes of £25,000 per category

Today, TV favourite Gabby Logan launches ‘Britain Has Spirit’, a new campaign searching for Britain’s best individual and group volunteers. Gabby is calling on the British public to...

Junior doctors go on strike

Authored by News Desk

Tens of thousands of junior doctors are today taking industrial action over their contract dispute with the Government.

Trainees in England are providing emergency care-only cover — similar to a Christmas Day service — in the first of three planned periods of industrial action.

Doctors are taking the action over the Government’s failure to address junior doctors leaders’...

Man drowns trying to rescue dog from sea

Authored by News Desk

A man has died after trying to rescue his dog from the sea on New Year's Day.

The emergency sevices were alerted to people in difficulty in the water off Portmellon near Mevagissey at around 11am.

Two people were subsequently recovered from the sea.

One was recovered by a member of the public and brought to shore, the second person was recovered from the sea by the...

Woman seriously injured in Plymouth quad bike crash

Authored by News Desk

Police in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision involving a quad bike.

Just before 10pm on Thursday 17th December police were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision on the A38, Westbound carriageway on the on-slip from Marsh Mills towards the Parkway.

It appears that the rider of a quad bike in lane two lost control, collided with...

On #GivingTuesday #GiveMoreLocally

Authored by LauraHew

We should give more locally, is the overwhelming response to #GivingTuesday from supporters of local charity Devon Community Foundation.

On December 1st people are taking a break from the Christmas consumer frenzy to donate their time, money or voice to support a good cause. Devon CF is among 1,300 charities and businesses across the UK backing #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving...

Nationwide search for “Lost Songs” launches

Authored by Sarah Parker

Nationwide search for “Lost Songs” launches The Lost Songs campaign aims to seek out the very best songs that have been written but never published or recorded, thus running the risk of being “lost”.

The competition organisers are appealing to any songwriter, young or old, who has penned a song that has never been brought to the attention of the public. This could be your chance to let...

Community projects to support people into work, training and education

Authored by Sarah Parker

Communities across the South West are set to benefit from nearly £40.5 million after the Big Lottery Fund and EU have joined forces.

The Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to provide joint investment in 61 local projects tackling poverty, promoting social inclusion and boosting local economies.

Projects will provide learning and...