Police launch state-of-the-art Motorcycle Safety Simulator to drive down deaths and serious injuries

Devon & Cornwall Police have announced the arrival of a motorcycle simulator, which will be used to engage with inexperienced riders, in an effort to reduce the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads.

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups. Despite making up just 1% of total traffic, motorcyclists account for almost 21% of road...

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Can you beat this whopper? Otter Garden Centres launches 2024 sunflower competition

A South West garden centre business is sending out a challenge to green-fingered children across the region to beat the winner of last year’s sunflower growing competition.

Otter Garden Centres is once again providing free packets of sunflower seeds to encourage children to have a go at growing their own sunflowers at home. But outdoing 2023 winner Lucy Randall’s towering flower is...

Keeping tight-knit on the pitch! World’s longest multi-club scarf launches Kellogg’s football camps

The world’s longest multi-club football scarf, featuring more than 70 football clubs across England, Wales, and Scotland, has today been revealed to mark the launch of the Kellogg’s Football Camps programme.

In partnership with the English Football League, Manchester City, Celtic and Rangers, the football camps for girls and boys aged 5-15yrs will reach from Plymouth to Peterborough...

Share your views on the South Western Ambulance Service

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is encouraging people to join their next Patient Participation Panel meeting to share their views about the care and service provided to patients and members of the public across the South West region.

The next Patient Participation Panel meeting is on Friday 12 April at 1000-1130 on Microsoft Teams and future meetings...

Devon awarded £5.3 million for zero emission buses

A fleet of 41 electric buses are set to take to Devon’s roads in Exeter, North Devon and Torridge. A successful joint bid by Devon County Council and Stagecoach has secured £5.3 million from the second round of the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme. Stagecoach will be investing a further £15 million into the project to roll out new EV buses in Exeter...

Book Launch: Publishing and Literary Networks in the South West

Join us for an exciting free launch event celebrating the release of non-fiction book Publishing and Literary Networks in the South West. This new anthology, created by students at the University of Exeter, explores the rich literary networks of our region.   

Event Highlights:  

Craft Workshop: Bring out your creative side with a workshop led by Anne Le Brocq, author of The Art of Landscape Knitting , published by award-winning Exeter-based publisher David & Charles.  

Industry Panel Discussions: Explore key industry topics with two insightful panels...

Cranbrook calls for volunteers

An exciting series of events is being planned in Cranbrook this year with the aim of supporting residents to be more active and helping the town to celebrate its 13-year anniversary.

The events are being planned by Move More Cranbrook, the Sport England supported programme that aims to help residents in the town to lead more active lives.

And following the success of events...

Low emission waste collection vehicles

South West Zero to Landfill recycling firm celebrates arrival of new low-emission vehicles that drive down carbon footprint.

DCW, a leading independent commercial waste management firm, has invested £600k in four new state-of-the-art, low emission vehicles for its fleet operating across Devon.

The Zero to Landfill firm has taken delivery on two front end loader trucks used for skips and two hook-loader trucks used to collect general waste from commercial customers which feature the very latest in sustainable...

Westbank's newest trustee Marc Astley

Westbank's newest trustee is a man on a mission

Marc Astley, a well-known local journalist and news editor, is the latest trustee to join the board of Westbank Community Health and Care and says he’s on a mission to spread the word about the work of this fantastic, community charity.

As an experienced media professional and a former editor of the Exeter Express & Echo newspaper, Marc is well-placed to do this.


Stagecoach SW introduces timetable changes across the network this spring

Local bus operator Stagecoach South West announced changes across their regional bus network. Bus timetables across Devon will see improvements to offer customers a more reliable and punctual service.

In addition to providing more robust timetables, some routes will offer more frequent connections and in some areas journeys to new destinations are provided.

Stagecoach South...