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Is your child age 4-11?

Devon and Cornwall Police are inviting children aged 4-11 years living in Devon or Cornwall to enter its competition to design a Christmas card.  The winner and 2 runners up will also win a visit to meet the police dogs.  Children will be encouraged to be as creative as they like and include ‘Happy Christmas from Devon and Cornwall Police’ in their design.

Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 3 December 2017. Please include:

Entries can be sent to: (jpg / PDF upto 5MB)


Corporate Communications, Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, Exeter, EX2 7HQ.

The winning design will be announced on Devon & Cornwall Police's social media pages and turned into a 2017 Christmas card.


Eight free places available at Exeter School 

Exeter School is delighted to offer eight free places to children from the local community. The co-educational independent school for children aged 7 - 18 has received sufficient donations and legacies from former pupils, in addition to ongoing grants from a local charity, to create eight bursaries.

Headmaster Bob Griffin said: "We are keen to attract more bright young people to our school by offering eight free places for entry in the Senior School and Sixth Form in September 2018." For more information visit


Primary Science Quality Mark for Exeter Junior School

Exeter Junior School is delighted to announce it has been awarded a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). The Silver Award celebrates the co-educational independent school's commitment to a high quality of science teaching.

The PSQM is the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.  Schools achieve a PSQM award through a process of initial audit, followed by planning, action and reflection, lasting 12 months. It is a demanding programme requiring robust evidence of excellent practice and learning. For more information visit


Coffee Morning Mayhem at The Riviera Centre

This year’s coffee morning at The Riviera Centre was a roaring success, with the grand total raised almost doubling the amount raised at the centre last year. Cakes were donated from suppliers, the Riviera Centre, the Riviera Centre staff and Bridget as well as the wonderful gym members in her aerobics classes. The final total raised was £1,183.69. The charities that will benefit are Rowcroft and Macmillan Cancer Research. The Riviera Centre are hoping to help more charity events in the future, so if you’re looking to raise money and think the RICC can help get in touch with the marketing team via email:


Big Top Renovations now complete at Woodwater Academy 

Pupils at Woodwater Academy in Exeter are now able to enjoy the outdoors a little bit more, under their newly restored Big Top, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of its PTA.

After so many years being out of action, everyone was delighted that the Big Top was completed in time for the start of this new academic year. The children can now use the area during break times and as an open classroom.

Renovation of the Big Top was Woodwater Academy PTA’s (WAPTA) main project and in order to raise the funds required, it hosted several events including a summer extravaganza, a Christmas fete and bingo. Plus, the hugely popular, and highly competitive, monthly class cake sales brought in a whopping £1,120. WAPTA would like to thank everyone who contributed.


Chudleigh Knighton CE Primary School gains School Games Gold Award 2016/17 

For the second successive year, Chudleigh Knighton CE Primary School has been awarded the ‘School Games Gold Award’. The government led award scheme is given to schools for their commitment to sports.

The staff at Chudleigh Knighton Primary School value the importance that sport plays in a child's physical, mental and social development and well-being. Their belief is that all children should have access to sporting opportunities: whether that be as part of the curriculum with good first quality PE lessons or extra-curricular activities. Equal opportunity in accessing and participating in a wide range of sporting activities is at the forefront of Chudleigh Knighton’s beliefs.


Speedwell Kia Donate Car to Hannah’s 

Speedwell Kia in Paignton has generously donated a car to Hannah’s Car Draw. The prize is a Kia Picanto and the winning ticket will be drawn at Hannah’s Amazing Christmas Children’s Party on December 16th.

Speedwell Kia was founded two years ago when Managing Director, Martin Richards, took over the dealership. Martin has been aware of Hannah’s for some time through his sister in law who is a member of the Ivybridge Supporter Group.

The Car Draw is being run as part of Hannah’s Big 250 fundraising campaign to mark the 250th anniversary of the charity. The motivation for the campaign is based around the hugely important subject of combating loneliness, particularly for people with disabilities.

Emma Boulton, Hannah’s Individual Giving Fundraiser, said “Everyone at Hannah’s is so grateful to Martin and his team at Speedwell Kia Paignton for their extremely generous donation. The Picanto is a great little car and a fantastic prize. The car is already proving to be a huge draw! We are hoping to sell more tickets than ever”. Visit


Free Fishing Family Fun

Families are being encouraged to give the kids something excitingly different to do this half term by taking them fishing… for free! In recent years the late October weather has been great, and the warm memories of fun fishing will last through the colder months of the winter ahead, and longer. Best of all – it won’t cost a penny!

The special promotion is part of the annual Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association in partnership with the Environment Agency.

It’s easy to participate - cut out or print off a rod licence voucher, fill in your contact details, validate it online at, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher, and go fishing with a family member or a friend.

To ‘Take your kids fishing for free’ between 14th October and midnight 29th October 2017, download the voucher from:


£10,000 Healthy Heart grant now available to your community

Funding of up to £10,000 is now available for communities in the West Country region for projects that promote heart healthy initiatives. The application period closes on 14 November 2017 - so don't miss out on this great opportunity.

Funding is awarded for original, innovative projects that promote heart health and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. They could address a variety of issues such as healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation and mental well-being, all with a focus on the heart. Grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports groups. To apply for a grant, visit the Heart Research UK website –


BBC Children in Need urges UK’s schools to go Spotacular

Schools across the UK are being urged to join the 2017 BBC Children in Need schools fundraising campaign ‘The Big Spotacular’ and help once again raise a record breaking total for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

To get started, schools and nurseries are invited to register for the 2017 Big Spotacular fundraising kits which are full of tips, tools and treats to inspire young fundraisers across all age ranges. Those interested in more information about the Big Spotacular fundraising campaign or registering for a The Big Spotacular Fundraising Kit can visit


Imagine, Invent and Create at FabLab Devon 

FabLab is an open-access community makerspace offering digital and design equipment for anybody to use, invent and make almost anything. In Devon, there are two FabLabs, located in Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries that offer everything from 3D printers and scanners to laser and vinyl cutters, laptops and design software. There are also mobile FabLab workshops and events.

FabLabs are open to anybody who wants to learn about digital making to invent and create almost anything. From Digi Makers weekend club and holiday club for children to bespoke workshops, courses and induction events, FabLabs provide a welcoming, innovative and stimulating space for everyone to learn and get creative. For more, see or email


School workshops from the author of Henry the Hedgegnome 

They say there's a book inside all of us, and Plymouth based author Richard Heddington is offering children the opportunity to bring it out. The creator of Henry the Hedgegnome children’s books is running school workshops for KS2 pupils that allows them to publish their very own children's picture book. Not only will the workshop fire the creativity of the pupils involved, but it will cause a buzz for reading and writing around the school. Go to for details and book a visit to your school now.


New £2.9 million primary school for South Hams village 

Work has begun on a new £2.9 million primary school for Loddiswell. The new four-class school will be built on land next to the Bloor Homes development and is due for completion by March 2018. For the first time, the school will have all its facilities on site, including a playing field and hard play area.


Stage by Stage moves to new premises in Exeter 

Exeter's own performing arts school is unique. Stage by Stage refuses to be part of any franchise, but now in its 24th year it is just about to move to new, bigger premises on South Street in the centre of Exeter. Senior students have just performed a huge, spectacular production of The Phantom of the Opera at Exeter's Barnfield Theatre, and the junior classes are currently rehearsing The Little Mermaid, to be performed in November. For details see or call 01392 211244.


Raise money for your school with Riverford’s organic veg boxes

Riverford Organic Farmers’ new ‘Veg Fund’ allows families to raise money for their school while eating really well. For every family that signs up for veg box deliveries, Riverford donate £15 to the school’s PTA. They also offer classroom visits where children can learn about vegetables and healthy eating in a fun and interactive way. To find out more and sign up your school, visit or call your local veg team Jo and Phil Limb on 01364 661635.


Dip ‘n’ Dine at Cofton – a perfect after school or weekend treat

Cofton Holidays’ Dip ‘n’ Dine offer just got a whole lot more delicious, as Amelia’s Pantry has been shortlisted for the Love Food and Drink Best Café in Devon 2017. Take the plunge and go for a swim in the indoor pool, working up an appetite for a tasty meal in Amelia’s Pantry afterwards, for an all-in price of just £12 for adults and £8 for children. See or call 01626 890111.


Enjoy fun and friendly times at Planet Play

At Westward Business Centre in Crediton, there’s 5400 sq ft of premises packed full of fun, indoor play activities that are suitable for children of all ages. At Planet Play the main focus is on creating a clean, fun, safe and friendly environment for you and your little ones to enjoy. Planet Play has fantastic soft play equipment, baby bouncers, Jumperoos, a toy basket, and for the adults; magazines, free WiFi, and a café offering Barista coffees, delicious cakes, and freshly cooked meals. See


30% off 2018 bookings at Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park 

Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park is the closest holiday park to the award winning Woolacombe Beach, and it is offering 30% to everyone in 2018 when booking before 18 December 2017. Visit or call 01271 870569 for more details.


Magic, mystery and mayhem with Anna Banana

Top children’s entertainer, magician and ventriloquist, Anna Banana provides a show with a ‘difference’ – perfect for parties and events! Children engage instantly with her bubbly character and colourful magic. Roly Rabbit, Zee Dragon and Zany Dog “Reg” create mayhem during 60 minutes of unforgettable mystery and fun. Call 01803 658094 or 07778 426653 or email


The Need to Speak out and Stay Safe

Thanks to the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe service, children are being empowered to speak out and seek help. It delivers essential safeguarding information to children aged four to 11 in a lively, memorable way. Child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops teach children about abuse in all its forms and how to spot the signs.

The service also helps children understand who they can turn to for help, including the NSPCC’s Childline service. It is delivered by specially trained volunteers who know how important it is for children to have this knowledge. Now the NSPCC needs your help to reach even more children. For more information visit or call 0121 227 7577


The South West Coast Path Challenge is back! 

The South West Coast Path Challenge is back and there’s still time to get involved! Join the magical torch lit walk on Friday 27 October taking place around Coleton Fishacre and Froward point in South Devon or head over to Durlston Country Park near Swanage on Sunday 29 October to walk the last 10-mile leg of the 630-mile route. Registration is just £10 and includes an official 2017 Challenge t-shirt. For more information visit:


Can you find suitable childcare that meets your needs?

Devon County Council Early Years Children Services (EYCS) is asking parents of pre-school age children to get in touch with them if they can’t find suitable childcare. EYCS is asking this for a couple of reasons - they want to help parents arrange the childcare hours they need; and because they want to know where there’s not enough provision to meet demand.

So, if you’re having difficulty in identifying an available nursery or childminder, complete the form at or see



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