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Marilyn and Malcolm White with first employee Nigel Blackmore

First ever employee revisits garden centre 60 years on

With 60th anniversary celebrations well underway, the team at Otter Garden Centres were delighted to be contacted by the business’s first ever employee.

Nigel Blackmore visited the Ottery St Mary garden centre to meet up with founders Marilyn and Malcolm White, who employed him as a youngster.

Nigel, who will be 76 in August, grew up around Combelake and Fenny Bridges near...

Rowcroft Hospice celebrates ‘More than a shop’ Week

Rowcroft Hospice is joining the nation in celebrating ‘More than a shop’ Week – the Charity Retail Association’s campaign that aims to raise awareness of the significance of charity shops and their multifaceted contributions to society. Running between 22-29 April, ‘More than a shop’ Week draws attention to the fact that charity shops offer more than just a regular high street shopping...

Exmouth on-call firefighters to hike Jurassic Coast in full kit and breathing apparatus in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity

A team of on-call firefighters are preparing to hike 33 miles across the Jurassic Coast in full fire kit and breathing apparatus, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and Devon Mind.

The firefighters, all of whom are based at Exmouth Fire Station in Devon, include Hieth George, Nigel Snowshall, Annie Tinsley, Paul Rickard, Dan Tribble Chris James, Chris Gowing and Toby Taylor. They...

Coldharbour Field Kitchen in Ottery St Mary

Coldharbour Farm is highly commended in Rural Awards

Coldharbour Farm Shop and Field Kitchen in Ottery St Mary has been recognised in this year’s Countryside Alliance Award as a champion of local food and drink in the South West.

Coldharbour was awarded Highly Commended in the local food and drink category. It’s an impressive commendation as thousands of nominations were received.

Andrea Broadhurst said: “We were proud just to...

6 Unconventional Nights Out In Plymouth

Plymouth is a port city in Devon, and it attracts around five million visitors each year. It's well-known for its rich maritime heritage and the historic Barbican district. Plymouth Hoe overlooks Plymouth Sound's harbours and the city's historic dockyards. Nearby is Smeaton's Tower, a remnant of the city's old lighthouse. The Mayflower Steps mark the departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers...

Sidmouth Summer Play Festival looks forward to another fantastic year at The Manor Pavilion Theatre

The Paul Taylor Mills Summer Play Festival is in it's 11th year, running a repertory theatre season with over 60 years of history in Sidmouth.

Sidmouth is proud to host one of the longest running repertory theatre seasons in the country.

In repertory theatre, a company of actors rehearse and perform back to back plays in house for a season, often rehearsing the following...

Elaine Ashworth, shop manager at Flapjackery Tavistock

Free chocolate lollies and a food festival extravaganza as Flapjackery celebrates its fifth birthday

Flapjackery is celebrating the fifth birthday of its Tavistock shop during the first-ever eat: Tavistock, a food and drink festival sponsored by the renowned gluten free flapjack brand, with free chocolate lollies for children.

The festival takes place on Sunday, (April 21st, 2024) from 10am to 4pm along Duke Street and Bedford Square. Flapjackery's shop on Duke Street will be open,...

Tamar Valley celebrates the Festival of Blossom

The National Trust team at Cotehele near Saltash have joined forces with the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Food Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and Tamar Grow Local to coordinate the region’s Festival of Blossom and create a trail of blossom events accessible from the scenic Tamar Valley train line.

Between the 26-29 April visitors to Cotehele can take...

May Bank Holiday Annual Bluebell Open Weekend at Deer Wood, Loddiswell

A Woodland Well-Being Special Event 4th & 5th May 10.30am – 5.50pm

For just two days this May, you can walk alongside magnificent swathes of bluebells at the peaceful haven of Deer Wood, Loddiswell. Set amongst stunning native woodland this vast display of blue is now considered an annual event that nature lovers and locals never want to miss.

For 2024, the founders, Lisa Pugh and...

Sam Evans is the new head chef at Blackpool Sands, South Devon

Blackpool Sands announces popular West Country Chef will head the new kitchen team

Blackpool Sands in South Devon, known as one of the UK's most picturesque beaches, is thrilled to announce the appointment of a new head chef, Sam Evans. Sam will lead the kitchen team in both the established takeaway and the new restaurant, which will open in early summer.

Sam brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in some of Devon's top kitchens. His love of cooking...

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