Oscar winners from Devon
Mar08

Oscar winners from Devon

Devon can make claim to a little bit of Hollywood today after two of the county’s stars won Oscars at the 2018 Academy Awards. A film starring a profoundly-deaf Plymouth girl was the first local winner to be revealed. Maisie Sly made her acting debut in The Silent Child playing a deaf girl born into a middle-class family and living in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. The...

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Time to celebrate in Okehampton!
Mar08

Time to celebrate in Okehampton!

Gilbert Stephens solicitors are celebrating one year at their Market Street, Okehampton office with an informal gathering for drinks and are inviting clients and fellow professionals to join them. Gilbert Stephens, who already had 5 offices in Devon, decided to expand in to Okehampton having noticed a need. “Even before we opened we already had instructions from local residents” said Philip Horlock a property solicitor based in the...

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Dartmoor storyteller & conservationist’s  new Botanical Folk Tales book
Mar08

Dartmoor storyteller & conservationist’s new Botanical Folk Tales book

Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is a collection of folk tales with a difference: all the stories involve trees and plants. The book was written on Dartmoor by storyteller and conservationist Lisa Schneidau, with stunning cover illustrations by the talented Chagford artist David Wyatt. The book is the result of a storyteller’s search for traditional folk tales about the botany of these islands: the wild trees and plants...

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Devon’s ‘pothole king’
Mar08

Devon’s ‘pothole king’

A retired builder and Tory councillor -turned “pothole vigilante” has completed his 200th pothole repair. Since 2015, Reg Winsor has repaired at least one pothole every week meeting all current standards. Back in 2014, the pensioner got so fed up waiting for a huge pothole on his street to be repaired that he took matters into his own hands. Council road workers were so impressed by his handiwork they offered him a full-time position...

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Uncommon birds arrive as bread and milk disappears
Mar08

Uncommon birds arrive as bread and milk disappears

Well it’s gone, The Beast from the East, just as quickly as it arrived. There was snow and arctic conditions, but by Sunday evening our shops looked like something out of the Soviet cold war era, with shelves empty of just about everything. With many roads on Dartmoor impassable, food distribution was almost impossible. Many shops closed as workers could not get into work. The children got a couple of days off school and got to play...

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