Tom Cobley lend me your old grey mare
Sep24

Tom Cobley lend me your old grey mare

The world-famous Widecombe Fair took place last week in the pretty Dartmoor village. Thousands of people came along to see displays including sheep shearing, the Dartmoor Hill Pony Display team, a parade of Austin Seven motor cars, a hawking display, the Uncle Tom Cobley novelty race and a Tug o’ War competition. A fine display of vintage farm machinery entitled ‘Farming through the Ages’ organised by Rodney Cruze, demonstrated how...

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Rare watch causes a stir at auction
Sep23

Rare watch causes a stir at auction

At an auction run by Piers Motley in Exmouth on 17th September, one lot caused quite a stir. This was their online fine art sale – in fact, bidding was opened a week before the sale! The undoubted star in the sale was Lot 245, a rare Italian WWII Frogman’s watch, believed to be only the 28th specimen to have been discovered. It was made by Panerai, which is still an exclusive brand of watch today worn by both Stallone and...

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Households struggle to keep warm as Devon faces fuel poverty crisis
Sep22

Households struggle to keep warm as Devon faces fuel poverty crisis

36,970 households in Devon are living in fuel poverty and struggle to keep warm during the winter months, according to a new government report which reveals the extent of the crisis facing the county. The latest statistics show 11% of homes in Devon are classed as ‘fuel poor’ which means they cannot afford to adequately heat their home based on their income. The national figure has risen to over 2.55 million homes in fuel poverty over...

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It wasn’t long before television came calling
Sep21

It wasn’t long before television came calling

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Justin Leigh, as one of the presenters of the BBC Spotlight, the South West’s local news programme, has provided the narration to some of the most important moments in the history of our region. Whether it be the Foot and Mouth outbreak, the Boscastle flooding or the bomb in the Giraffe Café in Exeter, many of us will associate these events with the expert broadcasting of Justin and the...

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Children dealing drugs on the rise in Devon
Sep21

Children dealing drugs on the rise in Devon

New figures obtained from The National Crime Agency reveal that Devon, along with Norfolk and Dorset, has seen some of the biggest increases in children arrested for dealing drugs, adding to fears that the County Lines gang problem is growing in the region. Devon has seen a number of drug related deaths this year, with victims as young as fourteen dying from taking MDMA and other substances. Nationally, hundreds of children are being...

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