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Topsham’s latest business makes a splash!

One of the most active community organisations in the west country has made a splash by securing its 100th business supporter – a new watersports company. Shaka Watersports has signed up to Love Topsham, the high profile community interest company that acts as a cheerleader for the East Devon estuary town. Love Topsham already has scores of independent local firms as business supporters, ranging from food shops and fitness professionals to artisan craftspeople and even estate agents and holiday let owners, all based in and operating from Topsham. Recruiting Shaka to the fold took the numbers of local businesses over the 100 mark. “Topsham is small but packed with entrepreneurs, start ups, shops and creatives that have mostly thrived despite the pandemic – indeed, they’ve helped the local economy  emerge healthier and more lively than before” explains Paul Berman, a director of non-profit Love Topsham, which promotes the town as a destination. Shaka Watersports, based in the town since its creation last year, runs paddle board hire, guided tours, lessons and windsurfing tuition. “If you don’t know the tides in Topsham, it can be a bit daunting taking your board out. That’s where we come in. We want to help people be confident and safe exploring the estuary” explains James Muggridge, who runs the firm with his partner Emma Forrester. They’re both in their 20s and already live in Topsham. They selected the town as a business base too because it’s got such an active community, because the estuary is well managed and not overused making it a perfect location especially for beginners to paddle boarding, and because the town is more accessible than traditional water sport destinations on the south Devon coast. “The estuary and canal pair up to make the perfect loop for a paddle board adventure. We time our sessions with the tide, so you can ride the estuary out to Turf and then hop back on the canal for a glassy paddle to Topsham” James continues. Love Topsham is building on its strong business support by running a networking event for local companies and staff in late September, and a Local Business Fair on October 3 in the town’s Matthew’s Hall, where over 20 producers, artisans and retailers will be on display. Business supporters donate to help fund a string of events and activities putting the…


Diabetes UK looking for people in Devon to saddle up for autumn cycling challenge

People from Devon can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge. The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout September and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way. Challengers can pick from one of four virtual distances, ranging from 150 miles for beginners through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and they have the entire month to clock up the mileage. The aim is to challenge yourself – at your own pace – and pedal towards a stronger, healthier you. Phaedra Perry, Regional Head Diabetes UK South West said: “Cycling is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Autumn is on the way and, with the slightly cooler weather arriving soon, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try. “Demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels across the past 18 months or so and we need your support to be able to continue fighting for people living with the condition. So please sign up and get pedalling – your support can change lives.” You can cycle the miles however you wish over the 30 days of September, by embracing the outdoors, staying home and using an exercise bike or a mix of the two. There are four ‘coast to coast’ distances to choose from:  Route 1: 150 miles, the equivalent of Seascale to Whitby Route 2: 220 miles, Margate to Weston-Super-Mare Route 3: 500 miles, Scottish North Coast route Route 4: 950 miles, Land’s End to John O’Groats
Those taking part will get their own fundraising profile page and can join a Facebook group where event ambassadors and challengers discuss their progress and share tips. There are fundraising incentives, with anyone raising £50 or more receiving a medal. Diabetes UK-branded cycling caps and jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively. There are an estimated 4.9 million people living in the UK with diabetes − a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed carefully, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight…


Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is back

The Muddy Dog Challenge is back in Exeter for more mud, sweat and cheers helping to raise money for the dogs and cats at Battersea.  Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is one of the UK’s biggest obstacle courses you can take part in with your dog. The aim of the challenge is simply to have fun while raising money for Battersea. Participants can enter solo, in a team with the kids, with or without a dog, and there is a distance of 2.5km or 5km to choose from. All registered participants will receive a Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt and dog bandana to take part in, and a medal and rosette for crossing the finish line. Event details: The Muddy Dog Challenge Exeter Date: Saturday 30 October 2021 Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Location: Escot House, Devon, EX11 1LU Cost: £35 – £55 Jasmine Monk, Senior Challenge Events Officer at Battersea, commented: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to one of Battersea’s biggest fundraising events. Last year was tough for everyone, but we’re so happy and grateful to see that so many supporters have stuck with us. “All the money raised goes back into the care of the dogs and cats in the UK and beyond. There are limited places left, so please do register if you’re interested in taking part. We can’t wait to see everyone tackle our obstacle course again!” Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge is proudly supported by Seresto Flea and Tick Control collar. Registration for places close on Sunday 10 October. If taking part isn’t your thing, Battersea is always looking for volunteers for the event, for more details and how to register for the Muddy Dog Challenge, visit https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/   The Exeter Daily …


Old Mill announces youngest ever head of office

Lucy Bennett, an adviser at Exeter financial experts Old Mill has become the firm’s youngest ever head of office. The 24-year-old has been announced as Old Mill’s new head of office for the sister office in Yeovil where her role is to encourage collaboration and engagement amongst the teams and support Old Mill’s work within the local community, alongside her role as client adviser. Lucy has worked at Old Mill for six years, and during that time has built up strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike, meaning she is perfectly placed to take on the role of office head. However, she knows it will not be plain sailing as we return to the new normal and plans to learn from what the pandemic has taught us. Lucy said: “Bringing everyone together and providing another level of support has always been important, but now it feels more important than ever. Whether people are working from home, the office, or both – they will require different levels of support to make them feel comfortable with the transition, which I hope I can help provide.” Lucy says the pandemic has really pushed mental health to the forefront in all walks of life, and that Old Mill’s response from a wellbeing perspective has been on point, but it is important not to forget what we’ve learnt from the pandemic and grow from it. She said: “Being open minded during times of change not only links to Old Mill’s values, but also seems the most sensible plan of action and I hope to be as inclusive as possible.” Speaking about the fact she is the youngest person to have taken on one of the four office role positions; Lucy said: “I see my appointment as a perfect illustration of how forward-looking Old Mill is when it comes to offering exciting opportunities for career development. We are most definitely not ‘old school’ in this respect, and hopefully me being slightly more junior will be beneficial in encouraging others to take a ‘leap of faith’ and put themselves out there” Lucy has always been heavily involved in the Yeovil Social Committee and was also instrumental in the launch of The Old Mill Fund – the home of Old Mill’s charitable giving – so feels her new role is a natural next step up. “I hope to invigorate the…


Youth Hub Devon – Results Day 2021

This week, thousands of students will be picking up GCSE and A Level exam results, after a most extraordinary and unsettling year in education.  Regardless of what results you, or your children, are anticipating, Youth Hub Devon is on hand to help navigate this next step.    Although students might not have taken physical exams for A levels or GCSEs during the pandemic, in most cases, they still won’t know what results they’re likely to get until they log on or drop into their schools next week.   Advisers at Youth Hub Devon are ready to help people and have lots of information and advice at their fingertips.  Rhian Hawthorne, Youth Hub Devon Coordinator, said: “The key message from us here at Youth Hub Devon is not to panic about your exam results. There are literally hundreds of options available to school and college leavers. Whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship, or perhaps entering the world of work for the first time, we would urge people to make an appointment and come and talk to us.” Youth Hub Devon, which operates its advice hub from within the Exeter Works Princesshay space, is aimed specifically at those aged 16-24 in or near the Exeter area which includes East and Mid Devon. It says that its service, funded by Devon County Council, the Department of Work and Pensions and Exeter City Council, is for the many young people whose plans might have changed as a result of the pandemic and that includes those who aren’t sure which direction to take this summer.  Rhian added: “It’s been a tough time during the pandemic and young people in the area have missed out on a lot. But we are keen to show them that there are plenty of opportunities out there and that all is most definitely not lost if they don’t get the results that they might have been expecting.” Youth Hub Devon has a list of top tips for anybody making decisions about their future this summer: Be as flexible as possible – plans change, and can lead to fantastic opportunities further down the line Keep your CV up to date – Youth Hub Devon can help with this Practice those all-important interview techniques with a friend  If you’re aged 16-24, make an appointment to speak to an adviser at Youth Hub Devon: www.youthhubdevon.org.uk
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