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Foot Anstey announces three partner promotions

National law firm, Foot Anstey, which has offices located in Bristol, Exeter, London, Plymouth, Southampton, Taunton and Truro, has announced the promotion of three new Partners. Bristol-based Zahir Nayani and Alexandra Hammond, as well as Exeter-based, Edward Venmore have been promoted to Equity Partner. The promotions are part of Foot Anstey’s continued organic growth, investment in the South West and its dedication to nurturing legal talent through its Career Framework for Lawyers. Zahir Nayani is a key member of the firm’s growing Islamic Finance team. His promotion to Equity Partner is recognition of his knowledge and expertise in high-level real estate investments, alongside his collaborative approach to working with the firm’s clients. Zahir also plays a significant role in Foot Anstey’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Group. As Head of General Counsel Services, Alexandra Hammond has coordinated with in-house legal teams and helped Foot Anstey develop and grow new client relationships across multiple industry sectors. Alexandra’s extensive in-house experience allows her to understand the demands on stakeholders and help them prioritise business risks and strategic goals. Edward Venmore has led the Farms, Estates and Rural Land (FERL) team and is an integral part of the firm’s offering in property litigation and property related disputes, acting for public bodies and leading on partnerships with High Net Worth individuals. To find out more about Foot Anstey’s services and sector specialisms please visit https://www.footanstey.com/ or get in touch with us here https://www.footanstey.com/contact/. The Exeter Daily …


£3.1 million lottery win for Exeter locals

THIRTEEN neighbours from the same street in Exeter are over £110k richer, after winning a share of £3.1 million with People’s Postcode Lottery. The good news came after their postcode sector, EX2 4, was announced as a winner with the lottery on Friday 30th April. 12 players in the full winning postcode of EX2 4RL won £110,714 each, with a 13th doubling their win to £221,428 thanks to playing with two tickets. The residents found out how much they’d won via video calls with lottery ambassador Judie McCourt. Linda Staddon (74) and her husband, John, were delighted when they found out she’d won over £110k. Linda said: “Wow! That’s amazing. I want to say what Hastings said on Line of Duty, ‘Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey!’” Linda and John will treat their family, as well as themselves with the winnings. Linda said: “We have three daughters and six grandchildren so we’ll surprise them. We had holidays planned that we’ve had to postpone. We’re hoping to go to Hawaii later in the year and this will really help with that. She added: “There’s been a lovely feel of the neighbours coming together over Covid so it’s lovely to hear so many of us have won.” When asked how they’d celebrate, Linda said: “Recover! We’ll have to have a bottle of something!” John added: “We’ll need to let Ken Bruce on the radio know what we’ve won as Linda text into his show the other day to say we’d be talking to you!” Manda Sharp (51) was another winner of £110,714. Manda said: “No way! Oh my goodness; I can’t believe it, oh my goodness me, oh blimey! I’m blown away and in shock.”   The mum-of-two plans to make more living space for her 17 and 5-year-old, as well as visit her sister who has lived in Australia for 14 years.   She said: “I’ve got a couple of children and the house never feels big enough, so maybe an extension would be nice, and a new kitchen. “I’ve never visited my sister where she lives, so that will be really exciting, we’ll take the whole family.” Like Linda, Manda was delighted that many of her neighbours had also won.  She added: “That’s incredible, I’m really pleased. It’s a really close-knit community,…


A handy guide for helping babies sleep better

Whenever you watch movies or series where a parent just had a newborn in the house, it usually involves scenes of the baby crying at night. For the first 6 months of the baby’s life, they will be waking up at night for more food and they cry to signal mom or dad that they need milk. This is very common for babies to do as they are adjusting to life outside the womb. It will take time for babies to sleep through the night or settle in by themselves- that will only come later as they grow. Sometimes, some babies can take more than six months because it depends on their developmental readiness. That said, there are things that you can do to help your baby sleep better and settle into a sleeping schedule. These should be done at the start of their first six months as it sets the foundation for them to settle on their own. Keep in mind that every baby is different and their response will be different too. As a parent, you need to be flexible and remember to take it easy on yourself too. If your baby is not responding the way parenting books say, you need to be mindful to know that every baby develops differently. So giving yourself and your baby time is the best way forward. For the early months For the first few months of your baby’s life, here is what you can do to help them get a good night’s sleep. Make it clear between daytime and nighttime.
As your baby’s eyes adjust to light and color, helping them ease into these differences is essential. They will not know the difference between day and night. This is why it’s common for them to be wide awake at night and sleepy during the day. To help them get used to the idea of the time difference, here’s what you can do: Keep the room dark or dimly light and quiet during the night When you need to attend to your baby during the night, keep the lights dim. Try not to turn on bright lights. During the night, respond to your baby’s cries quickly and settle them as soon as you can. Do night feeds and daytime feeds differently. At night, keep feeding brief and, during the day, you…


Exeter Craft Festival cancelled

With great disappointment and sadness, the volunteer committee that organises the renowned annual Exeter Craft Festival has announced that the Festival will not take place this year. The current Chairman, Madeleine Millington said: “We were very hopeful earlier in the year, with the roll-out of the vaccination programme, that we would be able to stage the Festival in July, but after careful consideration, we feel that there is still insufficient guidance as to the safety of doing so. Our event, which was planned for 1–3 July, would have been a matter of days after the government hopes to lift most or all of Covid-19 restrictions, and if this proves to be over-optimistic, it would cost us a great deal to cancel at such a late stage. As a non-profit organisation, that would severely affect our ability to stage future festivals. “One of the reasons for our thinking is the appearance of new variants of the coronavirus and the uncertainty as to whether currently available vaccines will be fully effective against them, and our other main concern is that we would have the responsibility of securing the venue against excessive numbers of visitors. “Since admission to the Festival is free, we have no way of knowing how many people will be visiting, and in any case we would not be able to restrict people from entering the site because the land is owned by Exeter Cathedral, which wants, understandably, people to be able to access the Cathedral. “We feel we have a duty to ensure the safety of our stallholders and members of the numerous support services we commission, such as security guards, first aid personnel and the various entertainers, as well as the general public, and cannot see a feasible way of doing so. “We are deeply saddened to have had to come to this decision, especially on behalf of the wonderful craftspeople who have already suffered a very difficult year, but all who were accepted to exhibit this year will be guaranteed a place for 2022 if they wish to exhibit then. Further information about the 2022 Festival, including how to apply, will be published on our website (www.exetercraftfestival.co.uk) later this year. “We look forward to seeing everyone and welcoming the public again next year.” The Exeter Daily …


Exmouth RNLI called to rescue Kayaker

Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched today to rescue a female kayaker who became unwell and capsized in the River Exe off Lympstone Manor. At 08:59am today Wednesday 14 April 2021 the Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II was tasked by H.M. Coastguard to a report of a female kayaker who had capsized and was in the water in the River Exe off Lympstone Manor. The lifeboat, crewed by Scott Ranft, David Preece and Andrew Stott, launched immediately and was able to quickly locate the casualty. Due to her condition, she was immediately taken aboard the inshore lifeboat and taken to the safety of shore at the Imperial Recreation Ground where the lifeboat crew were met by Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team. She was given immediate first aid treatment at the location. An H.M. Coastguard rescue helicopter was summonsed to the scene but was stood down once the casualty was safe on shore. An ambulance was called and upon it’s arrival the  inshore lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station where it was back on service a short time later. The condition of the casualty is unknown, though it is not thought she suffered from any serious injury or health concerns. The Exeter Daily …


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