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EXETER speedway fans will gather on Sunday, September 10th to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Exeter Falcons launching as a league team back in 1947. The Falcons 70 Retro is being held at Longdown Village Hall (commencing at 2.00 pm) and admission is free. The afternoon will feature an impressive display of speedway bikes …

PLYMOUTH has been named as one of the best value university towns, according to research from ‘student affinity network’ UNiDAYS. But Bath polled among the most expensive places. Polling 3,000 student members to find out what students really spend their money on, UNiDAYS analysed the cost of student purchases and ranked them city by city. …

ORGANISERS of carts being prepared for this year’s carnival season in Somerset are being warned to ensure their headquarters and work areas are secure. It follows a break-in to secure premises of a Bridgwater-based carnival club between August 21 and 22. PC Samantha Legg said: ‘This club had taken security seriously and set up their …

OTTERS can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new West Country research shows. Scientists created a series of puzzles baited with food, and found smooth-coated otters watched and copied each other’s problem solving techniques – with young otters more likely to copy than their parents. But another species – Asian …

WEST Country ghost gear campaigners are behind a new range of swimwear – made of fishing nets. Nets and marine plastics have been recycled to make the cossies – in a bid to highlight the global ghost gear problem. Cornish diving specialist firm Fourth Element and global animal welfare charity World Animal Protection have teamed …

A TOP pro surfer has joined the RNLI’s team of lifeguards in the West Country. Pro-surfer Mike Lay first got involved with the RNLI after spending his summers on his local beach, Gwenver in Cornwall, after leaving school. But he’s spent the last two years being paid to travel, surf and write as a global …

RESIDENTS are being warned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to beware of scammers demanding payments in the form of iTunes vouchers, after a lady in Bath was tricked out of £500. iTunes vouchers appear to be becoming scammers’ currency of choice, say consumer experts. Typically, the victim receives a phone call instilling panic …

A TAUNTON carer received a prestigious award endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales. Jill Byford, who manages the Abbeyfield Somerset Society, is one of just five people chosen from among 10,500 volunteers and staff throughout the UK to be recognised in Abbeyfield’s 2017 Royal Patron’s awards and was presented with a certficate at a …