Devon Life - - Upfront -

For crimes against danc­ing, the CEO of RGB Build­ing Sup­plies was thrown into Ex­eter Cas­tle’s prison as part of Chil­dren’s Hos­pice South West’s Jail & Bail fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

Kevin Fen­lon’s bail was ini­tially set at £999 and it was then down to him to in­vite friends, fam­ily, col­leagues and RGB cus­tomers to donate to the wor­thy cause so he could be re­leased.

How­ever, due to the se­ri­ous­ness of his danc­ing crimes, Kevin’s bail was in­creased to £1,500 – but it seems his sup­port­ers were keen to set him free and helped raise a fan­tas­tic £2,738.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from six other South West com­pa­nies joined Kevin in the cells.

In to­tal, the pris­on­ers raised over £11,000 for Chil­dren’s Hos­pice South West.


The most suc­cess­ful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie and his wife Lady Ainslie were an­nounced as Ocean Am­bas­sadors of the Na­tional Ma­rine Aquar­ium at a din­ner in Ply­mouth.

The funds raised will go to­wards the NMA’S na­tional school out­reach pro­gramme, which aims to bring the ocean into school class­rooms across the UK, help­ing school chil­dren to con­nect with the ocean wher­ever they live.

Ben and Ge­orgie join the NMA in its con­cern that in the UK, and many other coun­tries across the world, young peo­ple can go through their school life with­out learn­ing about top­ics re­lat­ing to the ocean, de­spite the ocean rep­re­sent­ing the largest liv­ing space on the planet.

Roger Maslin, CEO of the NMA said: “It’s great that Ben and his fam­ily have joined our grow­ing team of Ocean Am­bas­sadors and are pas­sion­ate about help­ing us on our jour­ney to sup­port teach­ers to in­clude ma­rine top­ics in their teach­ing of the cur­ricu­lum.”

Ben added: “As a fam­ily, we are ex­cited to be sup­port­ing the Na­tional Ma­rine Aquar­ium. We spend much of our time out on the wa­ter, so re­ally un­der­stand the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter the oceans and are pas­sion­ate about in­spir­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to de­velop pro-ocean habits.”

Many happy re­turns

You’ll never tire of vis­it­ing Dart­moor – and proof of that are Willi and Ur­sula Mesch, who since 1985 have re­turned twice a year to the River Dart Coun­try Park in Ash­bur­ton.

The Ger­man cou­ple, now in their 70s, used to bring a car­a­van but lately stayed in B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion at Holne Park House in the coun­try park.

Herr Mesch re­marked: “The tran­quil­lity and at­mos­phere of this lo­ca­tion is very spe­cial. Ev­ery time we re­turn, it feels like com­ing home.”

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