Monthly Archives: April 2018

Residents are being urged to take advantage of the beautiful countryside Devon and Somerset offers this month.

Residents are being urged to take advantage of the beautiful countryside Devon and Somerset offers this month.

May marks Naturally Healthy Month and The Devon Local Nature Partnership (LNP) and the Somerset LNP is encouraging all of us to #StepOutside this month to gain the mental and physical health benefits of being active outdoors.

With iconic scenery, uninterrupted seascapes and diverse wildlife the South West has some of the best natural environments in the country, and it’s right here on our doorstep. And being active in the natural environment can cause a significant improvement in our health and wellbeing.

The Wildlife Trust, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Forestry Commission and many other partners have lots of fantastic events going on throughout the month for people of all ages to get involved in.

Why not go for a coastal wildlife walk at Northam Burrows, try some Forest Tai Chi in Okehampton or even head out for a canoe safari at Seaton wetlands.

The new chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership is North Devon GP, Dr James Szymankiewicz.

Speaking on behalf of both the Devon and Somerset LNPs he said: “It isn’t a pill or a potion, but consider reconnecting with nature as a prescription. One that costs nothing, has no side effects, is guaranteed to make you feel better, and, unlike taking a tablet, is actually fun!.

“It can be as simple as going for a walk around your local park, or as adventurous as kayaking down the River Dart. The most important thing is that you enjoy it. The more you do, the greater the benefits and the more you will want to do. Think of it as an opportunity to invest a bit of time in looking after yourself and your family in this amazing place we call home.”

If you are getting involved in Naturally Healthy month this May, share your events and stories by using #StepOutside on social media. For some inspiration and to get involved in a wide range of events across Devon and Somerset this May, visit www.naturaldevon.org.uk and www.slnp.org.uk

 

The things no one prepares you for motherhood

The things no one prepares you for motherhood

It feels like with the number of people on the planet, we should know everything there is to know about having children but there are a whole heap of things that might surprise you even after spending nine months researching and preparing yourself. We asked some lovely mums to tell us the things they wish… Read More…

Stop idling and help Bath’s air quality

Stop idling and help Bath’s air quality

Clean air champions are urging drivers to stop idling, switch off their polluting engines and help Bath’s air quality as part of a new campaign. Community group Bath Living Streets has its second event on Saturday 28th April from 10:15 am to help to improve air quality in the city. The group launched its anti-idling… Read More…

Event celebrates seven years of sportive success

Event celebrates seven years of sportive success

Cycling experts Iconic Cycling Events (ICE) hosted a VIP reception for key partners and supported charities to officially launch popular annual cycling sportive, Bike Bath. Held at Graze, Bath on 24 April, the event which is championed by Redrow Homes, celebrated the seventh Bike Bath and was attended by long standing key partners including Hawke… Read More…

Top award for council’s bereavement services

Top award for council’s bereavement services

Staff at Bath’s Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium have been acknowledged for their high standard of service with an industry gold award. The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Managers (ICCM), which provides policy and best practice guidance to burial and cremation authorities, has given the award. It has given the cemetery and crematorium, in Whiteway Road, a… Read More…

RAF100 – The Red Arrows headline tribute to the Royal Air Force’s centenary at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

RAF100 – The Red Arrows headline tribute to the Royal Air Force’s centenary at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

There are five hours of incredible flying displays and extensive static displays planned for RNAS Yeovilton’s International Air Day. Participation from 14 nations is expected – the largest international involvement in nearly 20 years, as well as spectacular demonstrations and unique flypasts from Royal Navy air craft, past and present including the first air day… Read More…

Whitsun Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

Whitsun Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace will continue its hugely popular season of Holiday Family Activities this Whitsun Half Term with a week of family fun from 26th May-3rd June. The focus for Half Term will be ‘A Bishop’s Life’ and a new family picture trail will be created around the Palace & Grounds, with clues for all… Read More…

Making Shakespeare accessible on World Shakespeare Day

Making Shakespeare accessible on World Shakespeare Day

April 23rd marks World Shakespeare Day and with so many children preparing for their exams having to read and analyse Shakespeare plays, it is the right time of year to talk to your family about the Bard himself. Many students find themselves overwhelmed when presented with Shakespeare for the first time and parents also find… Read More…

Somerset primary school shortlisted for two national awards

Somerset primary school shortlisted for two national awards

Brookside Academy in Street has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious Times Education Supplement (TES) School Awards, it was announced today (Monday 23 April). The awards recognise the most outstanding individuals and institutions from both the private and public sectors across the UK. Brookside is Somerset’s largest primary Academy, educating more than 600… Read More…

Camerton school closure formally approved by Council

Camerton school closure formally approved by Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s cabinet members have signed off the formal closure of Camerton School  which only seven children on the books. Paul May, B&NES Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said it was a “sad day”, but that Camerton Church School was no longer viable, either financially or educationally. The children from… Read More…

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