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Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals for innovative programme in Devon

Authored by Mary

Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals from Devon to lead improvements in diabetes care. The charity is searching for healthcare professionals with a special interest in diabetes to take part in its Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, is to address the significant variation in patient care and...

Stagecoach appoints new Managing Director of South West bus operations

Authored by George Dawson

Stagecoach has announced a new managing director for its bus operations in the South West of England.

Mike Watson has been confirmed as the new Stagecoach South West Managing Director after taking the role on an interim basis in November.

Mike has almost 25 years’ experience of the bus industry and has held a number of senior positions within Stagecoach, including time spent...

Over £290,000 awarded to diverse-led arts organisations in the South West

Authored by News Desk

Arts Council England has today, Tuesday 21 January, announced that £294,210 of National Lottery funding will be invested into three diverse-led organisations in the South West. The organisations are being funded through the Arts Council’s Elevate programme, which was developed to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector by strengthening the resilience of diverse-led organisations...

Avoid fast fashion and help good causes

Authored by Mary

The RSPCA’s Charity Shop Challenge aims to encourage people to show off stylish second hand finds and save the planet whilst raising money for charity.

Fast fashion is clothing that moves quickly from catwalk to stores in order to meet new trends. The items are often cheap and disposable and ultimately end up in landfills.

The Charity Shop Challenge (January 20-26)...

National Trust launches 125th year with beacon lightings

Authored by Mary

The National Trust will be lighting beacons across the South West on Thursday 9 January as part of a national network of beacons to celebrate 125 years since the conservation charity was founded.

They will be lit at dawn to mark the moment that the charity was founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley to give people access to nature, to beauty and to...

Look back on 2019: Animals do the funniest things...

Authored by Mary

RSPCA officers never quite know what they’re walking into from one job to the next.

The charity - which rescues more than 110,000 animals every year - is often called out to shocking, and upsetting incidents of animal cruelty and neglect. But the RSPCA ’s rescuers are also on the frontline when it comes to helping animals who find themselves in a spot of bother - and these can often...

Emergency services unite to tackle #unacceptable abuse on staff

Authored by Mary

Emergency services from across the South West are working together to highlight the unacceptable rise of violence and abuse towards their 999 Emergency Control hub staff, with the continuation of the #Unacceptable campaign.

With Easter being one of the busiest times of the year for emergency staff, the services are expecting a sharp increase in incident calls over the holiday period...

CPRE Devon announces ministerial visit to address growing concerns over new housing developments in the county

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has announced that the Minister for Housing and Planning, Kit Malthouse MP, will be coming to Devon next month to address growing concerns amongst local people about the scale and appropriateness of new homes developments across the county.

At the opening of CPRE Devon’s housing seminar in Tavistock on Friday (8th Feb),...

Bruton Knowles Celebrates Five Years of Growth in Plymouth

Authored by Kathryn Webster

National property consultancy, Bruton Knowles, is celebrating its 5th year anniversary of the opening of its Plymouth office and is set to instigate plans for further growth in 2019.

The firm, which has 12 branches across the UK, opened an office in Plymouth as part of its expansion into the South West region. Since launching five years ago, it has already proved a success, seeing...

Kitley’s cuisine goes from strength to strength with the award of an AA Rosette

Authored by sharon goble

Kitley House Hotel in South Devon has been awarded One AA Rosette in recognition of the high standard of its food. The award comes hot on the heels of the appointment of a new Head Chef, Ben Davies, and a revamped menu focused on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

Only about 10% of UK restaurants are of a standard worthy of One Rosette and above. The award signifies a...

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