Category Archives : Glenn Jordan – Culture


Work starts on new sports facility for Manadon and Honicknowle

Work to transform old artificial football pitches into a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is now under way. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to create a new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre that will be one of the best in the city. Based on the site […]


New memory café at Southway Library

A new memory café will launch at Southway Library on Thursday 11 January. The café is open to anyone worried about their memory loss or someone else’s memory loss, those living with dementia and their carers. The weekly session will provide support and information, activities including quizzes and puzzles and guest speakers. Refreshments are provided. Councillor […]


New exhibition will mark 200 years of civil engineering excellence

A new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is set to open in the Sherwell Centre on the University of Plymouth campus on Monday 8 January. The ‘Lighthouses, Bridges and Breakwaters’ exhibition is part of the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme, which is taking a range of […]


Plymouth’s progress report for Mayflower 400 commemorations

Plymouth is marking 1,000 days to go until the Mayflower 400 anniversary with a campaign to highlight the opportunities to #GetOnBoard2020. As the year 2020 looms on the horizon and more details about the preparations are being shared, organisations across the city are being encouraged to ‘Get on Board’ to create their own celebratory events. […]


Register Office to remain in Lockyer Street for time-being

Plymouth’s Register Office will remain in Lockyer Street for the time-being and get a makeover while the search continues for a suitable new site. The Council plans to invest £190,000 in structural repairs to the building over the period of three years. A delegated decision has been signed this week authorising officers to look at […]


Research into Bretonside coffin uncovers Cookworthy connection

The lead coffin recovered during the demolition of the Bretonside bus station last week has been revealed to be Elizabeth, daughter of well-known Plymouth porcelain manufacturer William Cookworthy. Investigations carried out by South West Archaeology, with support from the Council’s historic environment officer, have found that a name plate on the coffin identifies the remains […]


Elizabethan House set for work

Specialists architects DHV Architects (Dittrich Hudson Vasetti) will be carrying out investigative works on Plymouth’s Elizabethan House project. The Bristol based firm will be carrying out an explorative programme of work to get the full picture of the extent of the repairs required. This initial phase could take up to six months and will mean […]


‘Museum On Tour’ moves to House of Fraser

Shoppers and visitors to one of Plymouth’s flagship stores will get the chance to experienc the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme from 9 December. Objects, images, film footage and what’s on information will be displayed in selected areas on floors 4 and 5 of House of Fraser, Royal Parade and will remain on show throughout 2018. […]


Warm welcome at Central Library this Christmas Day

Plymouth’s Central Library will open its doors on Christmas Day, providing a warm welcome to those who may be on their own and would like some company. There will be free mince pies, tea and coffee, along with a festive film show and library computers for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family […]


Borrow a micro:bit from your library

Our library service is helping to inspire the next generation of computer programmers, with free-to-borrow micro:bits. More than 100 BBC micro:bits have been donated by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and will be available at libraries across the city from Thursday 7 December. Starter kits, which can be borrowed for up to three weeks, contain a micro:bit, […]


Plymouth to remain home of the British Firework Championships until 2029

Plymouth City Council and The Event Services Association (TESA) are set to sign a contract that will see the British Firework Championships remain in Plymouth for a further 12 years. The spectacular two-day event, which celebrated its 21st anniversary in August, has been held on Plymouth Hoe ever since it began in 1997 and attracts […]


Discover something new at your library during Libraries Week

From famous authors to bedtime stories, coding clubs to online resources, there’s lots to discover in Plymouth during Libraries Week. The event, which runs from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, is an annual UK-wide showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. One of the highlights of our week will be a visit by bestselling […]


New lease of life for historic Mount Batten Tower

One of the city‘s key landmarks is to get a new lease of life – as a wedding and events venue. The imposing tower that stands at the entrance to Cattedown Water has been handed to the Mount Batten Watersports and Activity Centre, who will run it as a venue and educational venture. Plymouth City […]


New job, new you! One week to go until the Veterans’ Jobs Fair

There’s only one week to go now until the 2017 Veterans’ and Dependents’ Jobs Fair for people in Plymouth who have left or are leaving the Armed Forces, as well as their families and their dependents. The second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant (coordinated by Plymouth City Council) takes place […]


A better experience for residents during key life events

Plymouth’s Register Office could move to a new home as part of a package of improvements designed to give people a better experience during key life events. The registration service, which every year registers over 4,400 births and deaths, could have a new base in the Council House. Place and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee […]


Bid for Heritage Action Zone submitted

Some of Plymouth’s unique buildings could be protected and preserved as part of an initiative designed to protect the city’s heritage as well as build new homes. The Council has applied to Historic England for grant funding and protection under a new ‘Heritage Action Zone’, which could unlock thousands of pounds to protect and restore […]


Life after the Armed Forces: Veterans recommend Plymouth’s Veterans’ Jobs Fair

Veterans who have successfully transitioned to new careers after leaving the armed forces are recommending a jobs fair in Plymouth next month. The event, which is the second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, coordinated by Plymouth City Council, takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 12pm […]


Seeking development partner for St Budeaux library

Plans to create a new library for St Budeaux have moved a step forward with the current library site now being marketed as a development opportunity. The Council is seeking a development partner to transform the half acre site in St Budeaux Square. As well as providing a light and airy library with a flexible […]


MTV Crashes Plymouth – all you need to know

With just one day to go until MTV Crashes Plymouth, organisers MTV and Plymouth City Council are asking everyone to make sure they plan ahead for a fun, safe and hassle-free event. Tens of thousands of spectators will be heading to the Hoe on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July for two nights of incredible live […]

MTV Crashes Plymouth crowd 2016

Lunch at the Library launches

Children can feed their minds and tummies this summer as our library service joins up with CATERed and its Big Summer Food Tour for Lunch at the Library. Every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a pop-up library at the Four Greens Centre in Whitleigh, children and families can enjoy a […]


Plymouth school pupils meet comedian and author Julian Clary

Comedian and children’s author Julian Clary visited on Friday for an event at the Guildhall organised by our Library Service to Schools. Julian was talking about his series of books featuring The Bolds, about a family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in an ordinary suburban street. Over 800 children attended the event, which also […]

Julian Clary talking to children at Plymouth Guildhall

Animal Agents – Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Libraries in Plymouth are inviting children to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and help the Animal Agents solve a mystery. From Saturday 15 July, children can visit their local library and register for free. Every child who signs up will be given a special collector folder to keep track of their challenge […]


Back updated Plan for Libraries council leader urges

  The leader of Plymouth City Council has made an impassioned appeal to fellow councillors to vote for the updated Plan for Libraries to unlock £250,000 investment, create a fairer access to services across the city and a more modern offer for users. Speaking ahead of the Full Council on Monday, Council leader Ian Bowyer […]


Plymouth hosts another summer of Ping!

It’s a hit! Ping! is back and bigger than ever, bringing outdoor fun and activity to public spaces across Plymouth and all over England. Twenty-four towns and cities are welcoming table tennis tables this summer, providing free equipment and encouraging everyone to grab a bat and ball and get playing. Ping! makes table tennis more […]


Plymouth at cutting edge of culture nationally with huge funding boost

Plymouth’s vision of powering the regeneration of the city through culture is paying off with £16 million worth of Arts Council funding coming to the city. The amount of ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ investment from the Arts Council England coming to Plymouth is set to almost double with 10 thriving arts organisations to receive regular funding […]


Plymouth’s updated Plan for Libraries could reach new users

Plymouth’s Council leader has reassured library users that the revised Plan for Libraries could see the service reach parts of Plymouth that have not had any service before. Speaking at Cabinet, Council leader Ian Bowyer gave more detail about the outreach service which aims to bring books, activities for children as well as support services […]


Plymouth says #ThisGirlCan

Plymouth is once again supporting the national This Girl Can campaign, which kicks off this month. This Girl Can was the first campaign of its kind to feature women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise. It seeks to tell the real story of women who play sport by using images that are the complete […]


Baby holding library balloon

Revised Plan for Libraries launched

We’ve listened to the people who are passionate about Plymouth’s libraries – that’s the message from the City Council as it launches its revised Plan for Libraries. Following a comprehensive consultation, the new plan is to be presented to the Cabinet on 20 June. While the new plan still delivers original proposals, it also sets out […]


History Centre prepares to sign building and construction contract

The team behind the city’s ground breaking History Centre project is preparing for the start of a new chapter in the journey towards a 2020 opening. Following a series of in-depth negotiations, Plymouth City Council is set to sign a contract worth £22.6 million with Willmott Dixon for the major building and construction work. A […]


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Charli XCX and Duke Dumont join MTV Crashes Plymouth line-up

If it wasn’t exciting enough that Martin Garrix, Sigma, Louisa Johnson, Wilkinson, Busted, Gorgon City and R3wire and Varksi are all heading to MTV Crashes Plymouth in July, MTV UK have announced today that UK music superstars Charli XCX and Duke Dumont are also on the line-up .  Joining some of the biggest names from […]