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Free online courses for Devon residents

From Devon County Council: We know these are challenging times for many people in our communities, therefore, we are offering all of our courses free of charge to Devon residents. Whether you are looking to pick up a new hobby, increase your wellbeing and combat social isolation or trying to […]

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Bideford College asks year group to self-isolate

A letter to parents on the Bideford College website has asked all students in Year 9 to self-isolate until Friday 25th September. Although no one at the school has tested positive for Covid-19, it follows a letter sent to parents yesterday saying a close family relative of a pupil had […]

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Aldi joins national free school meal voucher scheme

Aldi has confirmed today (Tuesday 21 April) it has signed up to the national voucher scheme, which is one of the ways the Government is supporting children on free school meals during the Covid-19 outbreak. Aldi joins a range of supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S where […]

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Learn to read with Read Easy, Barnstaple

Do you know someone who can’t read? Well, they’re not alone, as 7% of adults in England never learned to read at school. But it’s never too late to learn.   What does not being able to read mean in practice? Things many of us take for granted are a […]

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Hardy letters to go public as Exeter University digitises them

One hundred letters sent to Thomas Hardy are to go public for the first time, says university of Exeter. Info from University of Exeter: Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their […]

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Exeter remains one of the best universities in the world

  The University of Exeter has retained its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019, published on Thursday August 15, has seen the University retain its place amongst the top 200 ranked global institutions. […]

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Astronaut to be Exeter Uni Hon Prof

From Exeter University: Dr Mike Barratt has orbited our planet 202 times, travelling 5.3 million miles in 307 hours. From 1995 to 1998 he served as Medical Operations Lead for the International Space Station (ISS). He operated as Mission Specialist on the iconic Space Shuttle Discovery’s final mission, in 2011. […]

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Exeter research suggests women prefer more athletic men

From University of Exeter: Top male biathletes are more attractive to the opposite sex, according to a new study by scientists at the universities of Exeter and Bristol. This result, say the team, fits with the theory that women have an evolved preference for more athletic men, who in past times were […]

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Rare map gives glimpse into 18th century Exeter life

  From Exeter University: A rare map found in an attic gives an extraordinary glimpse into 18th-century life in Exeter before radical changes to the landscape and industry transformed the city. The mysterious engraving was not known about by experts or archivists until now. It is now incredibly unusual for new […]

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Inside Hartland’s remarkable new Resurgence Centre

Following the first event at the new Resurgence Centre last week, an interesting talk on the North Devon biosphere by Andy Bell, I was invited to tour the new building. Previously known as Hartland’s Small School, this historic space has been renovated to an extremely high standard while retaining its […]

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