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Animal welfare crisis looms as Plymouth lockdown eases

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth animal charity is bracing itself for an unwanted pet crisis as lockdown restrictions ease this month.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust has seen the number of animals in its care climb from 145 to 190 since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Now the Sanctuary, at Elfordleigh, on the edge of Plympton, fears it will struggle to cope in the coming weeks and months, as lockdown eases...

Plymouth neighbours celebrate with lottery win

Authored by Mary

Eight people in Plymouth were celebrating over the weekend after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Tailyour Road neighbours netted the windfall when PL6 5DJ was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Saturday 13th June 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “...

NSPCC expands service to help keep Plymouth school children safe online during COVID-19 crisis

Authored by Mary

Children across the city are spending more time online as a result of being asked to stay at home, and so the NSPCC in Plymouth is adapting its In Ctrl service that helps safeguard children and prevent online sexual abuse

The service was launched at the start of the year and was being piloted in a group-work setting at Marine Academy Plymouth under the charity’s Together for...

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Major improvement works complete on traffic-free cycling and walking route joining Plympton to city

Authored by Emma Cooke

People travelling between Plympton and Plymouth can now do so on a much-improved cycle and walking route, well away from traffic on the usually busy A38 and B3416.

With more than £380,000 of funding from Highways England, cycling and walking charity Sustrans has revamped the traffic-free route into the city, and has improved its accessibility too.

Sustrans has resurfaced the...

‘We need more women engineers to fuel Plymouth’s economic growth’

Authored by News Desk

A leading Plymouth civil engineer says encouraging more women into the profession is vital for re-booting the city’s economic growth after the COVID19 pandemic.

Katy Toms, South West Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a senior engineer, based at WSP in Exeter, is highlighting the importance of greater diversity of talent ahead of International Women in Engineering...

‘The Box on The Box’: digital reminiscence service for city’s care homes now live

Authored by Mary

The Box has launched a free live streaming service for care homes in and around Plymouth.

‘The Box on The Box’ takes place from 2pm to 3pm each Wednesday and features a weekly reminiscence session with live commentary from a curator or learning officer alongside film footage from the archives.

The Box piloted the scheme during May and has had a fantastic response from the...

Ollie Hall completes his fancy-dress marathon challenge

Authored by Mary

Six-year-old Ollie Hall has completed his 30 day marathon challenge for Plymouth Hospitals Charity.

Ollie’s fundraising journey began a few weeks ago when he decided to take some cakes to his friends and teachers who were still at school to cheer them up. After seeing how happy it made them, Ollie wanted to do something else to help others and set a goal of raising £50 for Plymouth...

The Box selects 20 projects from across the South West for contemporary art commissioning programme

Authored by Mary

28 artists from Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall have been selected by The Box for its ‘State of Emergency’ contemporary art micro-commissions.

Applicants were asked to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on our notion of freedom and invited to submit proposals for new work in response to this.

Proposals could be based around any medium or discipline and The Box...

Innovative new book launched linking our past, present and the future, post global pandemic

Authored by Mary

Lockdown, economic meltdown, the great dying, the great dying of boredom - when the publishers of an innovative new book set out to tell the story of the Mayflower and its impact - not just on America, but on the place of its launch, Plymouth, and its effect on global history, little did they know that the launch of the book would be into the teeth of one of the greatest seachanges the world...

Stagecoach South West announces major uplift to bus services

Authored by News Desk

Stagecoach South West has announced that, in light of the recent government announcement to relax retail restrictions, from 14th June 2020 they will be introducing a major uplift to their services with some of routes returning to their normal timetables. The bus operator has confirmed changes have been made on board their vehicles to enable social distancing to take while travelling with them...

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