Community & Society
  • SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022

    Sidwella day celebration

    Devon Voice Group is co-hosting a celebration of Exeter's patron saint, the city's heritage and Devonian culture and dialect.

    ST. SIDWELL'S COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • SATURDAY 9 JULY 2022

    Kidical Mass returns to Exeter in July

    Kidical Mass Exeter is holding its second family bike ride and picnic as part of an ongoing global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    BELMONT PARK

  • MONDAY 27 JUNE 2022

    PRISM Exeter Pride month queer science celebration

    Devon network champions LGBTQIA+ STEMM contributors and the impact they have had on young people in queer science competition.

    UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

  • SUNDAY 15 MAY 2022

    Kidical Mass comes to Exeter

    Kidical Mass Exeter is holding its first family bike ride and picnic as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    BELMONT PARK

  • SATURDAY 11-SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

    Exeter Respect Festival 2022

    Exeter Respect Festival returns to Belmont Park for its 25th anniversary with live music and performance, food stalls, campaigners and community groups.

    BELMONT PARK

  • SATURDAY 14 MAY 2022

    Exeter Pride 2022

    Exeter Pride returns for an in-person celebration of LGBTQIA+ diversity and visibility after moving online in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    NORTHERNHAY GARDENS

  • SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022

    Fore Street Flea

    Fore Street Flea market returns for an Exeter Pride-themed special event.

    FORE STREET

  • SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022

    Traditional Italian music and dance

    La Tarantella and the Italian Cultural Association are holding a workshop exploring the folk traditions of Southern Italy in music, dance and song.

    ST JAMES' CHURCH

  • Exeter Ukrainian refugee support hub Conversation Café

    NEWS

    Ukrainian refugee support hub opens in Exeter city centre

    Conversation Café pop-up offers information, resources, events and meeting space to help cut through the confusion surrounding the Homes for Ukraine scheme and enable Devon's response to the crisis.

    Universities social mobility scatter chart showing University of Exeter ranking

    NEWS

    University of Exeter ranked bottom of Russell Group and 103rd overall in social mobility league table

    Landmark study by Institute for Fiscal Studies, Sutton Trust and Department for Education finds University of Exeter undergraduates are less likely to come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those that do are less likely to be high earners.

    Reclaim the Night march on Exeter High Street

    NEWS

    500 march in Reclaim the Night protest against sexual violence and harassment on Exeter streets

    Annual event promoting public awareness of male violence against women and girls in public spaces coincides with international human rights campaigns.

    St. Thomas Community Garden volunteers

    NEWS

    First St. Thomas winter market brings festival feel to "overlooked" area of Exeter

    A community-run event at St. Thomas' Church combines artisan traders with music, storytelling and craft workshops to create a family-friendly festival atmosphere.

  • SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021

    St Sid's holds double celebration of community centre's 20th anniversary and Sidwella Day

    Local residents are invited to an afternoon of live music, good food, heritage tours and garden discovery trail in honour of Sidwella, Exeter's patron saint.

    ST. SIDWELL'S COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • Kinder Exeter community festival on Cathedral Green

    NEWS

    Kinder Exeter community festival brings compassion and colour to city centre

    Week-long event bringing artists, academics, students and communities together for online and outdoor activities was first of planned annual festivals facilitated by Maketank artists' collective.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    No Exeter Pride parade this year

    Exeter Pride has confirmed that there would be no Pride march, festival or marketplace this year...

    COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

  • Great Western Hotel beside Exeter St. David's railway station

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter rough sleepers in COVID-19 emergency accommodation face uncertain future

    Exeter City Council has yet to confirm whether it will use any of the £2.15m Rough Sleeping Initiative funding it has received since 2018 to keep housing rough sleepers when government emergency accommodation funding runs out.

    Night shelter for homeless and rough sleepers in Magdalen Street, Exeter (front)

    NEWS

    Exeter rough sleepers night shelter to open all year round

    Exeter City Council has approved plans to extend Magdalen Street night shelter opening from April to the end of September.

    Exeter University & College Union strike third week rally at St. David's Church - Billy Bragg concert

    NEWS

    University of Exeter strike ends third week with rally and concert at St. David's Church

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in four weeks of national industrial action over pensions, equal pay for female and BAME staff, increasing workloads and the use of casual employment contracts.

    Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck

    NEWS

    University of Exeter PRISM network champions queer STEMM pioneers

    Exeter students celebrated the lives of polar explorer and botanist Elke Mackenzie, inventor, engineer and futurist Nikola Tesla and astronaut and children's author Sally Ride in winning LGBT+ network competition entries.

    Jubilee Beauty - Exeter Central library chidren's area rocking horse

    NEWS

    Exeter library children's horse to keep on rocking!

    A crowdfunding appeal has successfully raised £1000 to repair Exeter Central library's popular rocking horse, Jubilee Beauty.

    Striking University of Exeter history lecturers Dr Jennifer Farrell and Dr Gemma Clark

    NEWS

    University of Exeter staff strike over pay, pensions and working conditions

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in a national eight day strike for fair pay and pensions, including equal pay for female and BAME staff, and against casualisation and increasing workloads.

    Rhian Keyse speaking at Exeter UCU's anti-casualisation campaign launch

    NEWS

    Education union challenges university to address widespread casualisation of teaching staff

    Exeter University & College Union (UCU) launched an anti-casualisation campaign on Friday as a prelude to negotiation with the University of Exeter over academic staff contracts.


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    Transport & Mobility
    E3 cycle route Chard Road modal filter

    COMMENT

    Exeter cycling & walking strategy five years late and counting

    County council soft-pedalling on infrastructure plan which city council says will not form part of new Exeter Local Plan despite Department for Transport guidance.

    Stagecoach app showing Exeter bus service delays and cancellations

    ANALYSIS

    Bus back better? Exeter services expected to remain unfit for purpose without needed changes

    Government underfunding and bus sector challenges limit scope for improvement but county council failure to upgrade routes and policy ambitions plus high housing costs make Exeter difficulties acute, undermining net zero aspirations.

    Church Road traffic congestions

    ANALYSIS

    Alphington "enhancements" will not mitigate traffic impact from massive South West Exeter extension

    County council manipulates public consultation and allocates just 1% of £55 million grant to pedestrian scheme while spending 75% on new roads and increased road capacity for 3,500 new cars expected on greenfield housing estate.

    Planning & Place
    Exeter City Futures Exeter Development Fund presentation slide

    COMMENT

    Exeter Development Fund: rent extraction, unaffordable housing and gentrification, but not net zero

    Exeter City Futures' private debt-driven Liveable Exeter property development financing scheme is under fire from councillors who say it is based on insufficiently-evidenced assumptions and won't meet Exeter's housing needs.

    Liveable Exeter community engagement with council development director Ian Collinson

    COMMENT

    Property development promotion as community planning participation

    If the Liveable Exeter property development scheme and its Exeter Development Fund financing vehicle are already intended to "anchor and underpin" the new Exeter Local Plan, what will public consultation on the plan decide?

    Exeter Article 4 Direction area July 2011 map

    NEWS

    St. James HMO conversion refusal overturned at appeal

    Council failed to provide sufficient evidence to support 2012 planning policy introduced to limit impact of student occupation of residential housing stock.

    Arts & Culture
  • SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022

    Phonic Fest 2022

    Exeter Phoenix is hosting a day of live music from local artists plus DJs to raise money for Phonic FM, Exeter's community radio station.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • SUNDAY 5 JUNE 2022

    The Big Spork! Poetry Picnic

    Spork! is holding an interactive family-friendly indoor poetry and music workshop on picnic blankets.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • TUESDAY 24 MAY 2022

    The Shadow: a Devon for Ukraine fundraiser

    Soviet playwright Evgengy Schwartz' poetic and philosophical retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson tale is a subversive fable about choices we make for social and political gain and for love.

    MAKETANK

  • Climate & Environment
    Exeter City Futures website - vision & mission summary

    ANALYSIS

    University emissions study confirms Net Zero Exeter plan redundancy

    Council retains Exeter City Futures' services despite history of delivery failures and lack of capacity to support defined decarbonisation targets.

    Rob Hannaford and Karime Hassan at Exeter City Council's June 2022 strategic scrutiny committee meeting

    COMMENT

    Net Zero Exeter accountability under scrutiny

    Exeter City Council's response to the climate crisis has so far been characterised by numerous failings. Unfortunately its attitude towards accountability for its actions in this area is also cause for concern.

    Greenhouse gas protocol for cities - sources and boundaries of city greenhouse gas emissions (scale)

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter greenhouse gas report disregards hundreds of thousands of tonnes of annual city emissions

    Restricted scope of study misrepresents scale of city's impact to produce partial decarbonisation targets while ignoring opportunities to reduce emissions imported by residents, businesses and visitors, guaranteeing net zero failure.

    Democracy & Governance
  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Race in pole position

    Exeter Labour looks set to pick Steve Race as the party’s parliamentary candidate at the next general election after retiring incumbent Ben Bradshaw anointed his former assistant as his heir apparent in what has been a fairly safe Labour seat since the 1997 landslide...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Bundling boards

    The third in a series of city council scrutiny meetings intended to satisfy councillors that Exeter Development Fund is a way to put Exeter on the map rather than the council’s financial viability at risk took place last week...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • Exeter City Council 2022 annual meeting 17 May 2022

    ANALYSIS

    Labour councillors appointed to all fourteen city council committee chairs at annual meeting

    Council leader falsely claims "overwhelming majority" voted Labour in Exeter local elections while circumvention of council decision-making scrutiny continues.

    Economy & Enterprise
    Exeter 2020 net internal migration by age group bar chart

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter beset by unaffordable housing, low graduate retention and economically inactive over 50's

    Exeter City Council executive ignores key challenges flagged in major council-commissioned employment and skills research report.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    How to inflate housing costs and influence people

    Despite Exeter’s rapidly worsening housing crisis, the council has continued its relentless promotion of the city as a destination to potential incomers by commissioning a coterie of Instagram influencers to flog the place to their followers after spending a May weekend here...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Shops to let on Exeter High Street

    ANALYSIS

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part II: Economy & city centre

    The second in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about the city centre and Exeter's wider economy, including its misrepresentation of content marketing materials as authoritative sources of information about the city.