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Tourism chiefs are confident the summer is under control and health bosses say they are well prepared if a second virus spike strikes. In a media briefing this week, Visit Cornwall’s chief executive, Malcolm Bell, said last weekend, when many pubs re-opened for the first time since lockdown, went well. “A lot of businesses have …

Silverhill School in Winterbourne has announced that it will not be reopening for the start of the next academic year in September. Head Jenifer Capper and her husband Julian, who is principal and bursar, say they have reluctantly decided to close the independent preparatory school and day nursery after 14 years in charge, due to the deteriorating …

Plans to temporarily pedestrianise Topsham to make it safer will not take place, following the results of a snap poll. Officers at both Exeter City Council and Devon County Council had been working on an option to keep businesses, shoppers and visitors safe from covid-19. Despite their appeal, the footways in Topsham are too narrow …

Cornwall Council has revealed that its bill in tackling coronavirus has topped £74 million. The latest figure was revealed at a meeting of the full council this week after a councillor asked whether the government had kept to a commitment to reimburse costs incurred by local authorities. Leigh Frost posed the question to council deputy …

Anxious families facing a summer struggling to feed young mouths in Bristol have been handed a “vital lifeline” by the city’s United Communities and Solon South West housing associations. People living in some of the most deprived parts of Bristol will now have access to essential supplies throughout the summer thanks to a £5,000 grant …

University of Exeter scientists have developed a revolutionary new device that could allow health professionals to test patients’ antibody response to covid-19 in as little as seven minutes. The pioneering new covid-19 Triple Antibody Test, has been produced by the University of Exeter spin-out company Attomarker Ltd and  is set to spearhead the next-generation of …

Cornwall’s harbourmasters have warned against the dangers of ‘tombstoning’ as towns and villages prepare to welcome holidaymakers back after the lockdown. Tombstoning involves jumping off cliffs, seawalls and harbours into deep water, but has claimed 20 lives across the UK since 2007. Now Truro and Penryn Harbourmaster Mark Killingback, who has worked closely with HM Coastguard and Police over many years to highlight the dangers, has added his voice …

Great Western Railway has this week unveiled a special livery thanking key workers for their incredible efforts during the covid-19 pandemic, inspired by the company’s design a train competition. With a theme of ‘the nation says thank you’, the special design features words of gratitude in 116 different languages used by those living across the …