Major boost for Devon as Plymouth named as a Freeport
Mar22

Major boost for Devon as Plymouth named as a Freeport

Plymouth has been announced as one of eight Freeport locations across England. In a Budget speech Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Freeports were designed to help the UK respond to the ‘extraordinary economic situation’ arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Plymouth and South Devon’ has been selected as a Freeport alongside locations in Liverpool, Essex, the Solent, East Midlands, Felixstowe, Humber and Teesside. The introduction of...

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I never defined myself as a sportsman or a pilot
Mar11

I never defined myself as a sportsman or a pilot

For all you rugby fans out there who are feeling a little forlorn following England’s result in the rugby this past weekend, I have something that will cheer you up. This edition’s interview features England and British and Irish Lion legend, Tony Underwood. Along with his brother, Rory, the Underwoods took the rugby world by storm in the 1980s and 1990s. As usual though, we shall go right back to where it all began for Tony. His...

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Sticklepath’s ancient church looks forward to a new lease of life
Mar05

Sticklepath’s ancient church looks forward to a new lease of life

Community projects have been adversely affected by the restrictions during the coronavirus disease pandemic, but with Spring emerging, there is hope that energies can rise again. There’s some new vision as to how we want things to look in the future. In Sticklepath there have been plans to redevelop its small church, St Mary’s, to include a Heritage Centre which will attract visitors and residents alike to explore the fascinating...

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Okehampton to Exeter railway line secures more than £40m funding
Mar04

Okehampton to Exeter railway line secures more than £40m funding

In what felt like a significant milestone in the journey, and a vindication of the months and years of hard work that so many people have dedicated to the project, this week the Chancellor of the Exchequer released his Budget for 2021 and committed to more than £40 million worth of funding to reinstate passenger services on the Okehampton to Exeter rail line. In his Budget 2021 document, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, referred...

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Government inspectors praise Fire service’s response to the pandemic
Feb25

Government inspectors praise Fire service’s response to the pandemic

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell Government inspectors have praised Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to maintaining its emergency response to the public during the coronavirus disease pandemic. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) also praised the Service’s support to the NHS and communities. This included working with the ambulance service to enable firefighters to...

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