Dartmoor garage to go
Feb08

Dartmoor garage to go

The old Northfield Garage in Chagford is going to be demolished in the next week or two and with it a little bit of history slips away. There has been a garage on the site for over a hundred years. It was started by Thomas Fitzpatrick, a keen horseman who came to Chagford from Ireland in 1910 to ride with the Mid Devon Hunt. He opened the garage soon after, catering for the new form of transport – the motorcar. Thomas became an...

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SAVE OUR NHS
Feb08

SAVE OUR NHS

Save our NHS demonstrations took place all over the country last week to protest the cut backs in the health service. In Exeter hundreds turned out with placards and banners to voice their feeling about the closing of hospitals and services and demanding more cash for the NHS. Jan Goffey the Mayor of Okehampton spoke to the crowds of demonstrators about the cut backs at Okehampton Hospital, including the closure of all the in-patient...

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Exeter boy youngest to die from flu
Feb08

Exeter boy youngest to die from flu

A nine-year-old boy has died of flu just 48 hours after showing symptoms. Coby Simons, from Whipton near Exeter, is believed to be the youngest person to die in the latest outbreak of flu. His heartbroken parents Jamie Chrichard and Louise Simons have paid tribute to their son. A post mortem examination has confirmed Coby had type B flu virus and streptococcus pneumoniae, a common cause of pneumonia. The number of people to have died...

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Fond farewell to Britain’s longest serving steam engine driver
Feb08

Fond farewell to Britain’s longest serving steam engine driver

A man believed to be the longest serving steam engine driver in Britain was taken on one final trip down his favourite train line – in his coffin. Dave Knowling, who died just before Christmas at the age of 78, first joined British Railways in the summer of 1954 and was still driving trains until last year. South Devon Railway, where he was employed as an engine driver for decades long after they were taken off main lines, laid...

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Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover
Feb08

Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover

Trees are being cut down at Stover Country Park to help improve the water quality at the Nature Reserve. Over the years, water run-off from the A38 and Drumbridges roundabout has carried pollution from traffic, such as oil and metal residue from vehicle brakes, into the lake at the Country Park. This, along with other factors, has contributed to the poor water quality of the lake and reduced the diversity of wildlife in the park, says...

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