Bag which held Sir Walter Raleigh’s head is found in loft
Nov21

Bag which held Sir Walter Raleigh’s head is found in loft

A red velvet bag which was used to carry Sir Walter Raleigh’s head after he was executed has been found in a loft. The Devon-born explorer who brought potatoes and tobacco to Europe was executed in 1618 to appease the Spanish after he broke a peace treaty. After he was decapitated at the Tower of London his head was stored in a red velvet bag, which was thought to have been lost. But it is now believed that the bag has been...

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The fascinating life of Mary Hadow
Nov19

The fascinating life of Mary Hadow

‘Delightful Mary’ as she is known, has had a colourful life. Having been educated at Eton, she was a driving force in the adventures of her former husband, Polar explorer Pen Hadow. She now runs a luxury Bed and Breakfast on the Moor. The road to this solitary house, it seems, has more twists and turns than first meet the eye. “Well hello.” Mary welcomes me into her beautiful home, a remote house that manages to render the satnav...

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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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