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Row for the Ocean finish Atlantic Challenge (Photo, Ben Duffy)

Devon's rowers finish Atlantic challenge to build plastic-free legacy

Row for the Ocean has completed the world's toughest row to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution for South West charity Surfers Against Sewage. 

The four-woman team, three of whom belong to Exeter Rowing Club, were the first all-female crew to reach the finish line of the 2018/19 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

With 3,000 miles behind them, the ocean adventurers arrived in Antigua after 43 days, 2 hours and 20 minutes at sea. 

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New leadership team for the Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association

Authored by Cameron Hodder
Posted: Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:27am

Alexandra Penn, Head of Sales at Event Exeter, University of Exeter will be taking the helm as chairman for the Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association.

A Commercial Manager with over 15 years’ experience in the industry, and having been with Event Exeter since 2014, Penn brings with her a wealth of knowledge and passion for the  hospitality industry.

BULLSEYE! VIP hospitality packages available for Devon darts fans

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:54pm

** UNIBET Premier League event at Westpoint is CANCELLED due to adverse weather ** 

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There is good news for dedicated Devon darts fans as the newly sponsored UNIBET Premier League is set to roll again in February 2018, hot on the heels of the Christmas Tungsten Fest that is the World Championships. 

With Phil Taylor having retired and a new breed of exciting talent such as Darryl Gurney emerging, there is little doubt that the competition will be as fierce and electric as ever before.

ITV journalist Alex Beresford launches ‘Breaking Into News’ competition

Authored by AdminJh
Posted: Mon, 02/26/2018 - 5:42pm

ITV News and Media Trust have launched ‘Breaking Into News’, a unique initiative that has been successfully running for six years and fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White and Alex Beresford for ITV West Country with the aim to unearth the next generation of diverse broadcast journalist talent from across the UK.

Search is on for the South West’s Best Bridesmaid

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:46pm

The hunt is on for the South West’s Best Bridesmaid with stag and hen experts Red7 leading the search.

Did your Bridesmaid go above and beyond to make your big day the best it could be? Perhaps she created a perfect bridal survival kit or took charge of the wedding to ensure that bridezilla did not surface.

Whatever the reason, if your Bridesmaid brought the essence of #squadgoals, Red7 wants to know!

This £2.3m mansion could be yours by next Christmas for a tenner

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 12/26/2017 - 8:53pm

You could be living in this stunning £2.3m Devon home by next Christmas - for just a tenner*!

It is just part of a competition prize, worth some £3m in total, which also includes £50,000, all the Stamp Duty paid and funding for a gardener and housekeeper for a year.

The property, near Tiverton, features a sweeping driveway, 10
acres of immaculately landscaped grounds,
three-hole golfing greens, a separate leisure complex with a swimming pool and gym and a
self-contained apartment with its own garden.

Ex burglar reveals how to keep your home safe this Christmas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:35am

Posting our plans on social media, leaving gift boxes we have bought in outside bins and forgetting to lock doors and windows… the simple mistakes that are inviting burglars into our homes.

As Christmas approaches, homes become filled with expensive gifts and gadgets. This sadly means that the festive season is also the peak time that domestic burglary increases due to opportunistic intruders.

Rare dormice discovered at Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve near Seaton

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:51pm

A dormice nest box scheme in Holyford Woods, near Seaton, has discovered a number of rare dormice living in the woods as well as other small mammals.

The East Devon District Council’s countryside rangers who run the scheme, check the boxes on a monthly basis, under licence from Natural England. They look for evidence of dormice as part of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species National Dormouse Programme.

Devon Contract Waste helps holiday park bridge the gap to Zero to Landfill

Authored by SarahatAbsolute
Posted: Thu, 08/03/2017 - 9:45am

Exeter-based Devon Contract Waste has secured a new contract worth circa £3,000 per year with Harford Bridge Park Ltd of Tavistock. The innovative waste management company now provides a full Zero to Landfill waste management service for the award-winning camping and touring park set in Dartmoor National Park.

RSPCA and Gumtree uncover true shocking scale of illegal puppy trade in England

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/17/2017 - 6:00am

The RSPCA saw its busiest year tackling the underground puppy trade in 2016, receiving more calls than ever before from people reporting questionable breeders and dealers.

The UK’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity is seeing a steady rise in the number of complaints* coming in about the underground puppy trade. In 2016, the RSPCA dealt with 6% more calls than the previous year, and 132% more than five years before - 87% of those calls came from people who purchased the puppy online.

Devon Contract Waste celebrates launch of new distribution hub

Authored by Gill Vosper
Posted: Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:30pm

Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste is celebrating the launch of its new £1.2 million Distribution Hub on Matford Business Park.

The construction of the 1.2 acre facility has been supported by the South West Growth Fund with a grant of £80,000, and ensures the company continues to drive its market leading position as the only provider of Zero to Landfill services in the South West.