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Work starts on Enterprise Centre for northern Devon

Authored by Mary

The Enterprise Centre is the “gateway building” at Devon County Council’s emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple.

The centre, which will offer high quality office and collaboration space, is expected to be completed by the end of this year (2020). It will provide tailored support for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses that have potential...

Countryside campaigner CPRE Devon flags up concerns over plans for a huge new solar farm near Barnstaple

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Devon) is urging its members in North Devon and other interested parties in the area to attend a public exhibition next week to find out about plans for a massive solar installation to the south-west of Barnstaple.

CPRE Devon has learnt that Bristol-based Aura Power is considering developing a huge new solar farm on a site...

Winners of four gold awards to attend Plymouth Pavilions Wedding Fayre

Authored by JSmith

Ocean Kave wedding venue offers a completely unique experience for those who want to indulge in a little slice of Devon’s coastline on their special day. Set in a secluded location in Westward Ho! within 60 acres of private headland and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The unique and magical ‘Kave’ and outside gazebo available for wedding ceremonies have so much to offer and truly are...

Scripts for Supper present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Coming to Tapeley Park barn this Friday and Saturday 8th and 9th December at 7pm and 10th December at 2om!

Brought to you by MasterChef Semi-Finalist Annie McKenzie Scripts for Supper present 5* theatrical dining experiences. Our Christmas production, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will follow Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy through the wardrobe and into the land where it is always winter and never Christmas.

Expect a six course Narnia themed feast featuring toast and butter with Mr Tumnus, hot chocolate and Turkish Delight with the White Witch, freshly caught fish and...

Dodgy DVD eBay seller prosecuted

Authored by News Desk

A Barnstaple man has been handed an eight month sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting to selling fake DVDs, phone covers and clothing online.

Appearing at Exeter Crown Court, Shaun Ryan, aged 34 of Wool Barn Road, pleaded guilty to six charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods.

The case was brought by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service after a...

A dark day and bright night at Meeth Quarry

Authored by Mary

Devon Wildlife Trust together with the North Devon Astronomical Society are inviting members of the public to join them for a unique viewing of the solar eclipse followed by star gazing at Meeth Quarry nature reserve.

The event will take place on Friday 20 March. Experts will guide visitors through the solar eclipse using professional equipment.

From 8am onwards the North Devon...

‘Fairy’ found on North Devon coast

Authored by Mary

A new variety of sea anemone has been found off the coast of north Devon. Just 6mm tall, the tiny animal was spotted by retired teacher Robert Durrant in Hele Bay, near Ilfracombe.

But it took an international exchange of emails and photos before the anemone was identified as a new variety. As it lacks a common name, Robert has proposed calling the small, pretty creature the ‘fairy...

Surf boards caused serious crash

Authored by George Dawson

Police attended a serious road traffic collision on the A361 North Devon link road on Friday morning, 22nd August, at around 11.30am near South molton.

Three vehicles were involved in the collison, a Peugeot 206, a Triumph Spitfire and a Renault Megane.

The Peugeot was travelling towards Barnstaple followed by the Triumph. The Renault was travelling in the opposite direction...

A romantic gesture for Devon nature lovers

Authored by News Desk

Nature lovers in Devon are giving an alternative gift this year – not content with a bunch of roses, they are opting for a whole acre of wildflowers in north Devon.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Meeth Quarry nature reserve, near Hatherleigh, is a 370-acre wildlife haven and is DWT’s newest site. The Trust has given supporters the chance to Adopt an Acre of the reserve as part of an appeal for...

Woman dies after being swept out to sea

Authored by Mike Page

A woman has died after entering the sea in Croyde, North Devon, despite best efforts by emergency services, including the police, HM Coastguard and the RNLI.

The coastguard were called at around 11.24am on 31 December 2013 after receiving reports that a woman had been swept out to sea at Croyde Bay, Braunton.

Despite search attempts by the coastguard helicopter and lifeboat...