Category Archives : Glenn Jordan – Culture


Libraries and CATERed team up to feed children’s tummies and minds this summer

Our library service has been awarded £56,026 from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to work with CATERed to increase access to library services and a healthy meal during the summer holidays. Library staff will be joining CATERed on its Big Summer Food Tour at locations across Plymouth to promote the benefits of library […]


Plymouth Central Library up for major award

Plymouth’s Central Library has been shortlisted for the Bookseller magazine’s Library of the Year award. It is the second year in a row that a Plymouth library has been up for one of the British Book Awards. The Central Library, which moved to its current location in March 2016, has proved a real success, with […]


First acts announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth

MTV UK have announced the first round of performers for this year’s MTV Crashes Plymouth. The first acts to play Day One of the biggest music event in the South West on Thursday 27 July are chart toppers Sigma (who will be playing a full live set) and pop princess Louisa Johnson. If that isn’t […]

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Register office site explained

Some proposals outlined in our Joint Local Plan are making headlines, including the Register Office site. The land at Lockyer Street is allocated as a mixed use development, including a hotel, in the Joint Local Plan, which is a long term look at what sort of development we would like to see and where in […]


Plymouth says This Girl Can – with free prizes and taster sessions

Free sports taster sessions and a range of great prizes and vouchers are just some of the ways Plymouth is supporting a campaign to encourage women and girls to take part in sport and physical activity. This Girl Can is back for 2017, backed by Sport England and the National Lottery. Locally the campaign is […]


Councillor Jordan and Karen Walker with the award

Plymouth Armed Forces Day wins gold at South West Tourism Awards

We’ve scooped our second gold award for last year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day, beating off stiff competition to win a top spot at the South West Tourism Awards. Having won gold at the Devon Tourism Awards in late 2016 the event went on to the regional awards in Bristol on Thursday 2 February, where it […]


Dates announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth 2017

MTV Crashes Plymouth will return for its fourth year on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July and is set to see thousands of people enjoy two more nights of chart-topping acts on Plymouth Hoe. Tickets for the live music event, organised by MTV in collaboration with Plymouth City Council, will go on sale on Friday […]


Plan for Libraries – have your say

Consultation has now begun on proposals to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to modernise the city’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. We have a network of 17 libraries […]


Support for Waterfront BID confirmed

Plymouth City Council has confirmed its support for Waterfront businesses to help regenerate Plymouth’s Waterfront, through the renewal of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s (PWP) Business Improvement District (BID). Councillor Glenn Jordan introduced the report and explained that as “Plymouth prepares for Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020, PWP’s new BID would be well placed to be […]


Ground breaking moment for ground breaking project

We marked a major milestone for our History Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony in Tavistock Place. Councillor Sam Davey, Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth put the first spade in the ground as part of the official ceremony, which  was attended by representatives from the Council, construction firm Willmott Dixon and other key partners and stakeholders. […]


Have your say on plans for Plymouth’s libraries

People are being asked to share their views on plans to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. We have produced a draft Plan for Libraries that aims to modernise Plymouth’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. Plymouth […]


New event partner for half marathon in Plymouth

We’ve appointed a new event partner for the city’s popular half marathon.  Event West, which is based in Plymouth and already runs the Britain’s Ocean City 10k, is teaming up with us to host the race from 2017 following a recent tender process. The new event will be called the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon […]


Vital Sparks marks third anniversary with new bursary awards

Four more Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kickstart their community arts projects. North Prospect Community Choir, Red Velvet Cinema, Devonport Lifehouse and Mutley Matters will all benefit from funding for their initiatives which include combating isolation, tackling mental ill health and championing community cohesion. Vital Sparks is a […]


Plymouth awarded £80,000 to improve veterans’ health and wellbeing

Plymouth has been awarded £80,000 to improve the health and wellbeing of service veterans in the city over the next two years. The funding comes from proceeds from the LIBOR fines which were announced by the Government in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November 2016. The new Veterans Care Navigation Service is the result […]


Dates revealed for next year’s Plymouth History Festival

The dates for the next Plymouth History Festival have been confirmed as Saturday 6 May to Sunday 4 June 2017. This will be the fifth time the annual celebration of the city’s heritage has taken place. So far more than 600 events have been enjoyed by thousands of people, all of whom have had the […]


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Smeaton’s Tower goes Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

We will be lighting up Smeaton’s Tower twice next month to show our support for the ‘Purple Lights’ Campaign, raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. For the last few years, landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower and Edinburgh Castle have been lit up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. This year, we’re joining […]


History Centre through to next round of CCF bid

Plymouth’s landmark history centre continues to make waves by reaching the next stage of a major Coastal Communities funding bid. The project has been given the green light to put in a more detailed submission for £2.9 million from this national funding pot that was set up to encourage economic development of the UK’s coastal […]


The poppies are coming home

Plymouth is to host a wave of the iconic ceramic poppies as part of a major national initiative, 14 -18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced it will present Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at its Plymouth Naval Memorial. […]


More council services available on new mobile friendly website

Plymouth residents can now use the City Council’s online services using their phones and tablets, as well as PCs. The Council has launched a new mobile-friendly website with easy-to-use online services such as requesting and paying for services and reporting problems such as missed bin collections. The site has more online services, a simple, uncluttered […]


Plans are developed for increasing recycling in Plymouth

Plans to modernise the way Plymouth deals with household waste and increase recycling in the city are to be considered by the Council’s Place and Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee. A report to the committee says the city needs to modernise its waste collections in order to reach targets for recycling and make sure services can […]


Massive weekend for the arts coming up!

A series of small grants are adding a vital spark to this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place this weekend (23 to 25 September). Over 90 events, involving 500 local, national and international artists, will be taking place all over the city from the water’s edge to people’s houses, the Athenaeum to the Mayflower […]


Big Friendly Read a big hit

More than 4,000 Plymouth children signed up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Big Friendly Read is celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl and children have until Saturday 17 September to read their six books. Our libraries staff are encouraging everyone to finish so they can be presented with a medal […]


Historic plaques get some TLC

Some of Plymouth’s historic plaques are being given a facelift thanks to a city-wide refurbishment programme. Existing plaques commemorating stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons (1840-1913), T E Shaw – otherwise known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1888-1935)­ – and the possible Mayflower Pilgrim associations with Island House have been removed, repainted in a more familiar blue and […]


Marking a momentous voyage

One of the most momentous voyages to be made by man is being celebrated in Plymouth. Exactly 50 years to the day Sir Francis Chichester KBE departed on his first single-handed voyage around the globe, will be a formal unveiling of a plaque to replace one lost during the winter storms of 2014. Giles Chichester […]


Council awards two Art Weekender grants to local artists

Two local artists have received funding support from our Arts and Heritage Service to enable them to take part in this year‘s Plymouth Art Weekender. Katy Richardson with The Imperfect Orchestra and LOW PROFILE have each been awarded £500. They will now feature on the programme for the Art Weekender which will run from Friday 23 […]


Gearing up for summer

British Cycling and Sky are celebrating another successful year of delivering cycling in partnership with the Council. We teamed up in 2012 and since then the Sky Ride recreational cycling programme has had 21,000 sign-ups, with more than 100 people going on to train as lead riders themselves. In recognition of the achievements made over the last […]

British Cycling infographic

HLF gives green light to History Centre funding

Plymouth’s incredible past looks set to have an amazing future with confirmation of a whopping £14.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, HLF has just announced an investment of £55m for heritage projects across England – with Plymouth receiving £14.8m for the delivery phase of the […]


Pitches at Staddiscombe ready following revamp

Playing fields that have been dogged by drainage and condition problems have been officially opened today following a major revamp. Staddiscombe playing fields are ready for the new football season after the eight full-size senior football pitches had high specification drainage and new goal posts installed. Other works carried out by the contractors include soil […]


Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze at Rio

Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, who trains at the Plymouth Life Centre, have won bronze in the men’s 10-metre synchro event at Rio. Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “What an amazing result for Dan and Tom – and for Plymouth Diving. We’re so proud to have so many of our […]