Exeter News

Worth the Weight: Vintage Kilo Sale returns to Exeter

Shop with a clear conscious at Worth The Weight, Exeter on Sunday 23rd July. Next weekend Worth The Weight is returning to The Corn Exchange, with nine tonnes of handpicked vintage and pre-owned stock to have a rummage through.  There will be 60 rails of clothing, where shoppers can pick and mix from the best Denim, Sports, Ladies fashion, Men’s fashion, Outerwear and accessorises and pay on the scales at the end. It costs £20 per kilo, with prices starting as little as £1. It’s a cost-effective way of getting bulk sustainable clothing and helping the environment at the same time. Based in Sheffield, Worth the Weight was founded in 2018 as a way of fighting fast fashion. Since its inception, the company has taken the UK by storm travelling the length and breadth of the country with tonnes of amazing vintage stock every weekend. Chris Davies, Worth the Weight Organiser, said: “We’re excited to be coming back to Exeter next weekend as we know that the area is full of eco-conscious fashion lovers.” Worth The Weight will return to The Corn Exchange next Sunday 23rd July from 10am until 4pm. Entry is £3 for early…


What Could Apple’s Vision Pro Change in Your Entertainment Lifestyle?

Apple is famous for how it approaches the releases of its new technology. It’s never really the first in the game, but when it does design and release a new product, it swings for the fences. This was the case with the iPhone, the iPad, and EarPods, and now it’s shaping up to repeat with Apple’s new AR headset, the Vision Pro. Illustrating what could be a significant leap up over the competition, the Vision Pro represents immense potential, but how could this potentially affect the way you experience entertainment? What is the Vision Pro? The Vision Pro is what is called an augmented reality (AR) headset. Unlike virtual reality (VR) headsets which display entirely digital landscapes, AR works to overlay real life with digital elements. These elements can take any form imaginable, acting on a spectrum of helpful tools to entirely entertainment-driven creations. We’re looking at the latter, where, as Ars Technica reports, the Vision Pro’s processing power and comfortable form factor place it above the competition. What Could the Vision Pro Do? Basic applications of entertainment systems for the Vision Pro could be a simple replacement for existing screen technology. For example, the Vision…


Three medals for Honiton gymnasts at national acrobatic finals

Three medals for Honiton gymnasts at national acrobatic finals Honiton gymnasts returned from last weekend’s National Acrobatic Gymnastics Finals in Stoke-on-Trent with three bronze medals. The podium places were achieved by Jessica Treen, Hollie Moulton and Olivia Wotton in International Development Plan 2 (IDP 2) women’s groups; Coen Cooke and Oscar Felice in Youth Men’s Pairs; and Clark Burnett and Thomas Berry in Grade 4 Men’s Pairs. Coen and Oscar with their bronze medals The national success follows the recent South West Prelims – the most successful qualifiers in Honiton Gymnastics Club’s history – where seven partnerships qualified for national finals and many more were selected for inter-regional finals. In addition to the medal positions, Emma Hay and Daisy Moore finished in 7th in the country in Youth Women’s Pairs; Chloe Hutsby and Lottie Daborn came 9th in Grade 3 Women’s Pairs; Sophie Sanders, Molly Gibson and Chloe Lawrence were 9th in Grade 3 Women’s trio; and Ottilie Donovan and Oliver Clist finished 10th in Grade 3 Mixed Pairs. Tom and Clarke – Grade 4 Men’s Pair bronze medalists “It was a great honour to have so many gymnasts selected to represent the South West region at the…


Special constables and other police volunteers receive a big thank you 

Special Constables and police support volunteers got together at Exeter Police Station last week to share experiences and receive personal thanks from senior officers.   The gathering was organised to show appreciation for all the unpaid hours that volunteers give to their local communities. Superintendent Antony Hart, who heads up the Exeter, East & Mid Devon Local Policing Area, Chief Inspector John Shuttleworth and Citizens in Policing Champion Inspector Dave Turner were on hand to say thank you in person. The volunteers invited along work across Exeter, East & Mid Devon and help out at local events, as well as supporting regular police officer colleagues and staff in a variety of situations. Superintendent Antony Hart told those present: “I really take my hat off to you. The contribution you make is fantastic and it’s a massive thanks from me. The difference you make every day is immense and this is even more important as we enter our busy summer policing period.”    The guests included vehicle check volunteers, a wellbeing volunteer, Police Cadet leaders and role player volunteers who help with scenarios for police officer and Special Constable training. Martinne Rowland, Development Officer for Citizens…


Dates announced for Taste East Devon food festival

For the third year running, the hugely popular Taste East Devon food festival is taking place from 9-24th September 2023.  The 16 day celebration sees award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants across East Devon join forces again to celebrate the incredible food and drink on offer across the region. Founder members include River Cottage, THE PIG-at Combe, Darts Farm, Mazzard Farm, Otter Brewery, Deer Park Country House, East Devon AONB, Donkey Sanctuary, Jack in the Green and Lympstone Manor. The region’s well-known celebrity chef and television personality, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, comments on the food festival: “Our commitment to seasonal, local and ethically produced food is at the heart of everything we do at River Cottage, and the producers and makers who contribute to Taste East Devon embrace this message too. So we are delighted to be involved again this year in this hugely popular Food Festival.”  He continues: “We are looking forward to some new producers making a first time appearance alongside some old favourites, and I’m sure the packed programme of events will draw people in from near and far.” Another key player on the East Devon food scene, Michael Caines, chef and patron of Lympstone Manor,…


Wales & West Utilities links with Exeter charity

Wales & West Utilities has linked with an Exeter charity to provide support to homeless and vulnerably housed people across the city. The gas emergency and pipeline service has partnered with St Petrock’s to provide ‘Keep Warm’ packs for homeless individuals, whilst carbon monoxide safety alarms are being distributed to vulnerably housed people known to the charity. Each ‘Keep Warm’ pack contains hand warmers, a thermos flask, hot water bottle, blanket, socks, hat and gloves and are usually given to vulnerable customers whose gas supplies are affected for a short period of time. Louise Alfaresi, First Line Manager for Exeter at Wales & West Utilities, is responsible for establishing the partnership. Louise said: “We are happy that this partnership will go some way to helping local homeless and vulnerably housed people stay safe and warm and away from the deathly dangers of carbon monoxide.   “In providing the ‘Keep Warm’ packs we are hopeful that we will be able to reach and help those in the city who need it the most.  “The carbon monoxide alarms will help those individuals who are in accommodation to stay safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide. Having an audible carbon monoxide alarm…


Garden expert Joe Swift to make appearance at Devon County Show 2023

Those visiting Devon County Show on Friday 19th May will be able to pick up some gardening design ideas from gardening expert Joe Swift, who will be making an appearance at the Show for the first time. Just in case there is anyone in the world who hasn’t heard of Joe, he is, of course, a familiar face on gardening themed TV programmes, having been a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners World since 1998. Joe also anchors The BBC coverage of The Chelsea Flower show and other RHS shows and has presented several gardening series over the years.  He also writes a weekly for the Times and Radio Times Magazine and has written no less than eight books – the most recent a series of Expert Guides for Collins.  He has won many design awards including a Chelsea Gold Medal and Society of Garden designer awards.  With his expert designer hat on, Joe will be giving a talk on Garden Design in the demonstration area in the Crafts & Gardens Marquee. Offering a sneak preview of the content, Joe said: ‘Most gardeners can’t see beyond their rectangular plot. I’ll be considering layouts, plants and planting design…


Final call for Mobile Boost applications

Final applications to Connecting Devon and Somerset’s successful Mobile Boost scheme should be submitted by tomorrow (Tuesday 28 February), ahead of the scheme drawing to a close at the end of March. The initiative has so far invested more than £1,031,000 to help those in the region who cannot receive an adequate indoor 4G mobile signal. To date, more than 1,490 homes and businesses across Devon, Somerset, Torbay and Plymouth have benefited from the scheme which provides vouchers worth up to £1,200 to support applicants with the cost of installing a mobile signal booster from registered suppliers. Final installations need to be completed by Friday 31 March. This includes anyone who may have already received a voucher through the scheme but not yet used it. Councillor Mike Rigby, CDS Board Member and Somerset County Council Lead Member for Transport and Digital, said: “The Mobile Boost scheme has been a tremendous success and it’s enabled almost 1,500 people and businesses across the region to benefit from a better 4G mobile signal. That’s a great result which can make a genuine difference to our local economy.” Councillor Rufus Gilbert, CDS Board Member and Devon County Council Cabinet Member for…


Reused, recycled, reborn: New exhibition at Killerton explores how circular fashion from the past can inspire what we wear today 

‘Thirsty for Fashion’ a new exhibition at Killerton house just outside Exeter, will showcase over 50 items from the National Trust’s largest fashion collection, highlighting pieces that demonstrate the techniques used to repair, remodel, reuse and rewear clothing from the 18th century to the present day.    The exhibition, running from 11 February to 5 November, will also feature some of the ways contemporary designers and makers are rethinking our approach to fashion as our collective understanding of the environmental impact of the fashion industry grows.    Highlights from the historical element of the exhibition include a child’s dress made of precious silk brocade, recycled from an adult’s silk gown in about 1750; a darning sampler of 1814; a sumptuous silk wedding gown of about 1840 remodelled to rewear in the 1940s and an embroidered parachute silk nightdress made in 1944 when clothing and material were rationed.    Other items include two patchwork quilts made from recycled fabrics and repairs to continue the life of a pair of mid-18th century leather stays.   Also on show will be vintage films from the 1940s and ‘50s with advice on how to ‘make do and mend’ and photographs of National Trust staff,…


Exceptional Exeter College once again awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted 

Exeter College is celebrating after a full Ofsted Inspection, which has resulted in the College retaining the impressive accolade ofOutstanding.   Eight years since its last inspection Ofsted again confirmed that Exeter College is an Outstanding College. The College also scored the top assessment of ‘strong’ for its approach to meeting the skills needs of the area. This makes Exeter College the first college in the country to achieve the highest judgement in both elements of Ofsted’s new enhanced inspections.   The 21-strong Ofsted inspection team visited every College site and reviewed every facet of the College offer from 29 November to 2 December 2022.  Exeter College Principal and CEO, John Laramy CBE said: “At a time when the national press is talking about Ofsted raising the bar for their top grade the team at Exeter College has demonstrated that we have sustained Outstanding, even in the new rigorous enhanced framework.   “I would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who contributed to this exceptional sector-leading outcome, especially our amazing learners, apprentices, staff and governors. Ofsted has recognised what I see from our students, apprentices and staff every single day.”  Bindu Arjoon, Chair of the Board of Governors, added: “We are delighted that the hard work of everyone at the College has been recognised in this way. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all the students, staff and stakeholders for their personal contribution to our Outstanding College.”  The College achieved the top Ofsted…