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Have your say on East Devon’s Public Spaces Protection Orders for dogs, seagulls and anti-social behaviour

Authored by News Desk

East Devon District Council is proposing to extend its three existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which it made in May 2017. The PSPOs largely incorporated existing controls relating to dogs.

Each order has a life span of three years, which is due to expire shortly. So the council is proposing to extend the existing orders for a further three years and at the same time...

Plymouth children will get first visit to the beach thanks to Tesco funding

Authored by Mary

Plymouth youngsters are being encouraged to feel the sand of the beach between their toes for the first time, thanks to a £4,000 grant from Tesco.

The money has been awarded to the Marine Biological Association, whose members were inspired to bid for the funds after discovering that some Plymouth children have never been to the beach despite living so close to the coast.

The...

All aboard the beach bus to Bovi

Authored by Mary

Beach lovers can take a bus from Plymouth straight to the seaside again this summer.

From Saturday 25 May families will be able to hop on board the number 54 to the popular beach of Bovisand, which overlooks Plymouth Sound.

The ‘beach bus’ will be operated by Target Travel and run until Sunday 1 September – daily during the half term and summer school holidays and at weekends...

Loving the Beach Festival a Huge Hit

Authored by kath@raw

The sky was blue, the water looked crystal clear and the beach was rocking. Set against the most idyllic setting imaginable, The Venus Company’s first ever Loving the Beach Music Festival on Saturday was an unprecedented success. Blackpool Sands was buzzing with families enjoying a first-rate day out. The afternoon got off to a lively start when ‘Mafia 4’ took to the stage. Another local band...

Get Down Presents: Summer Beach Party

Get Down Presents: Summer Beach Party ----------------------------------------- We are back for a summer special at Factory with a full club summer beach theme across both floors of the venue. Factory have added a BRAND NEW FUNKTION-ONE system to the warehouse so expect it to sound amazing! Top up your tan and get your beach bodies ready as we have handpicked some of the best local DJ's available to keep you dancing all night long! N ----------------------------------------- FUNKTION - ONE SOUND SYSTEM DRINK DEALS FULL CLUB DECOR AND THEME FREE GIVEAWAYS...

Fun family beach festival promotes serious environmental message

Authored by kath@raw

The Venus Company’s first ever beach music festival will take place at Blackpool Sands on Saturday 8th July and, in line with The Venus Company’s strong commitment to the environment, the theme for the festival is ‘Loving the Beach’.

Michael Smith, co-owner of The Venus Company explains: “Our mission is to be the greenest café and shop operator and we are always looking for ways to...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

Authored by Mary

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources...

Minute's silence for Tunisia dead

Authored by George Dawson

A national silence of one minute will be held today at 12pm in a mark of respect who lost their lives in the Tunisia beach attack.

The bodies of 17 of the 30 British victims have been returned to the UK and more are expected to be repatriated on today and tomorrow.

They were among the 38 holidaymakers who were killed by Seifeddine Rezgui when he opened fire in the resort of...

Make sure you’re ‘Loving the Beach’ this summer

Authored by Danielle Camp

What could be better than relaxing at a beautiful West Country beach with breath-taking views and tucking into scrumptious, premium produce? The Venus Company count themselves extremely lucky to be located at some of Devon and Cornwall’s most stunning and sought after beaches including Devon’s Blackpool Sands, Bigbury on Sea and East Portlemouth and Cornwall’s Watergate Bay and Tolcarne....

Appeal for volunteers to tackle beach litter

Authored by Mary

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is calling on volunteers from Plymouth to descend upon Wembury Beach to help pick up litter as part of the retailer’s 4th annual Big Beach Clean Up.

Taking place on 8 May from 11.30am, the event will be hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and invites local residents, businesses, students and societies to join them in helping...

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