Help Disabled Overseas
Mar22

Help Disabled Overseas

Physionet is a charity with headquarters in Yorkshire that collects discarded mobility and disability equipment from all around the UK and sends it to around 30 countries across the globe, at the rate of about one 40ft container a month. Harry Franks is the South West rep based in Dartmouth, who works with Dartmouth Rotary and with many volunteers who drive and collect or deliver the equipment. The first container sent from Devon will...

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Rare mediaeval documents identified by Exeter’s Bonhams
Mar22

Rare mediaeval documents identified by Exeter’s Bonhams

When an antiques dealer bought a box of 1930s royal memorabilia from a country house clearance he must have hoped there would be something of value in it. What he cannot have expected is to have unearthed a rare mediaeval manuscript. It has emerged that the manuscript was in fact a rare set of accounts ordered by Richard III from his lands and properties in the Duchy of Cornwall. The document is now going on sale at auction with an...

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Okehampton College to the Rescue
Mar22

Okehampton College to the Rescue

Okehampton College came to the rescue of 82 people, including a couple on honeymoon, who were forced to take shelter at college after being trapped on the A30 Exeter to Bodmin road after ‘significant snow’ fell on Sunday. Newlyweds Sara and John Lunt who got married in Bristol at the weekend set off on honeymoon on Sunday and became stuck. Sara said: “We set off and the M5 motorway was fine but we got stuck just outside Okehampton.”...

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The passing of the founder of Dartmoor Zoo
Mar22

The passing of the founder of Dartmoor Zoo

Ellis Daw who founded the Dartmoor Wildlife Park has died aged 89. Ellis turned the dairy farm on the edge of Dartmoor at Sparkwell near Plymouth into one of the largest collections of big cats in the West Country. He later sold the zoo to Ben Mee, the current owner who famously wrote the book ‘We Bought a Zoo’ which became a Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon. Robin Godbeer, former employee and friend, said: “Mr Daw was a hugely...

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View from the Whitehouse – Chickens
Mar22

View from the Whitehouse – Chickens

I may have a few talents but I’m definitely not a chicken whisperer. Last year, I purchased three bantams at point of lay. I thought that, being smaller, they’d be less destructive than the Marans we’d had before. Pardon me while I laugh bitterly at the wreck that once was the rockery… What I really hadn’t counted on was a) the lightness and b) the flat-out awkwardness of these mini-chickens as they conspired to get through,...

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