Five South West farming deaths in just 12 months
Nov18

Five South West farming deaths in just 12 months

An agricultural expert is urging farmers to be extra vigilant after five people were killed on farms across the South West in just 12 months. Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive show that 33 people across Britain were killed in agriculture in 2017/18 – three more than the previous year. These findings have further fuelled agriculture’s risky reputation for industry safety, with it reporting the highest fatal injury...

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Hatherleigh Carnival in the pink
Nov18

Hatherleigh Carnival in the pink

Swan Lake. Picture by Paul Hamlyn. Hatherleigh was the place to be last Saturday for the annual town carnival which started in darkness at 5am with the first run of the burning tar barrels from Oakfield Road via Market Street, High Street, Bridge Street to the Market. This was followed at a more civilised time of the 11am Hunt meet. That evening the main procession took place with Demelza Brock as the Carnival Queen. The 12 year old...

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Meet nine-year-old ‘DJ Jessie Lou’ now taking bookings
Nov17

Meet nine-year-old ‘DJ Jessie Lou’ now taking bookings

A nine-year-old DJ from Hatherleigh is now taking bookings after performing at a number of events in the town. Playing sets lasting between two and three hours, Jessica Lewis, or, DJ Jessie Lou as she likes to be known, has been spinning the decks for under a year after receiving the equipment as a Christmas present. After playing a full set at the Hatherleigh Festival UV disco, Jessica has now been invited to play at next year’s...

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‘A HUNDRED YEARS ON – DARTMOOR AND DEVON REMEMBERS’
Nov16

‘A HUNDRED YEARS ON – DARTMOOR AND DEVON REMEMBERS’

This Remembrance Day marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. It is difficult to comprehend the number of lives lost – an estimated 16.5 million military and civilian deaths. In this country, every city, every town, and nearly every village lost someone in that war. Across Devon, thousands left and never returned to see our rolling green hills again. This is the sacrifice that people turned out to honour en masse this...

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Okehampton hospital ‘flooded’ again
Nov16

Okehampton hospital ‘flooded’ again

The Moorlander has learned that part of Okehampton hospital was forced to close last weekend for the second time in six weeks. The closure meant that treatment centres for out-of-hours patients were cancelled and patients were forced to travel to Plymouth or Exeter to receive treatment over the weekend. After the first incident of flooding which forced the centre to close, assurances were made that the leaks would be fixed to avoid...

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