View from the Whitehouse
Apr18

View from the Whitehouse

It’s time to admit once and for all that I am an Old Fart. Once you’ve realised that every single pocket contains Polo mints, dog kibble or chicken feed there really aren’t any other options. All I can aim for now is becoming a magnificent Old Fart. Horsey people are probably the best at that; farmers are pretty good and dog-owners a close third. Cat people are, of course in their own category of bonkers but a previously...

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Soup for Syria
Apr18

Soup for Syria

Penny Simpson the well-known ceramicist who lives on Dartmoor is to hold another ‘Soup for Syria’ in Moretonhampstead in the Community Club on 21st April from 12.00 to 2pm. The last ‘Soup for Syria’ event she held last year raised over one thousand pounds. “The Community Club is better able to cope with the numbers than my studio, people can sit down more comfortably” said Penny. Penny and her apprentice will be making a 100 bowls for...

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Intriguing WWII Album found in Dartmoor Cottage
Apr05

Intriguing WWII Album found in Dartmoor Cottage

“I remember Grandpa giving the album to my father at some point in the 1960s,” says Patrick McCormack, grandson of John. “But at the time I was too young to be interested, and it had slipped my mind until I was clearing out my late parents’ house in Chagford a few years ago. ‘When I rediscovered it, all work stopped while I sat on the floor and browsed through this fascinating treasure trove!” John McCormack survived Dunkirk and then...

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The Man Behind Dartmoor Prison Choir
Apr05

The Man Behind Dartmoor Prison Choir

Prince Charles visited the iconic Dartmoor prison a couple of weeks ago to see part of a performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen by members of the Prison Choir Project. The choir were joined by professional singers and musicians. The Prison Choir Project was started by Adam Green, a musician who came up with the idea for a prison choir project in January 2017. Adam then approached the Governor Bridie Oakes-Richard last March to see if a...

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Unwanted NHS equipment destined for Africa
Apr05

Unwanted NHS equipment destined for Africa

A massive empty container lorry pulled into the car park of the Young Farmers HQ in Cheriton Bishop on Saturday morning. The area was used to load the tons of unwanted NHS equipment, which would then be transported to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa where rotary clubs there would give the equipment to different medical organisations. Harry Franks, the SW Organiser for PhysioNet, a charity that helps disabled people overseas, had called...

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