The Rowing Marine finally gets home
Mar23

The Rowing Marine finally gets home

The Rowing marine and amputee Lee Spencer and has smashed the record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 60 days. Lee rowed solo 3,500 from mainland Europe to the American continent arriving in Cayenne, French Guiana where he was welcomed by his wife Claire, son Billy and a call from Prince Harry. Lee from Horrabridge rowed unsupported in a record time beating the previous able-bodied record of 96 days. He arrived back at Heathrow...

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In Defiance of a Dictator
Mar22

In Defiance of a Dictator

PAUL CONROY – at the London Bridge Hospital with Joss Stone, Thursday March 1 2012. Kosovo, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Sadly, those countries when uttered in succession instantly paint a picture of bombs, bullets and death. Paul Conroy is a war journalist who dedicated his work to finding the human stories amongst the chaos of warzones. Paul was a friend and colleague of Marie Colvin, the famous eye-patch wearing War...

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Happy 100th birthday Tony McCrum
Mar22

Happy 100th birthday Tony McCrum

Captain Tony McCrum, a former naval officer, celebrated his 100th birthday last week. The square of the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford was lined with hundreds of well-wishers who sang happy birthday, accompanied by two pipers. This was followed by the bells of St Michael’s Church ringing across the square. With ancestors involved at the Battle of Trafalgar, and his father being, at one point, the Commander of HMS Hood, it is...

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Run 4 Rosie a Huge Success
Mar22

Run 4 Rosie a Huge Success

Last weekend saw over 200 runners aged between 2 and 78 years of age participate in the Run 4 Rosie sponsored run in Chagford, raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and in memory of lifelong Chagfordian Rosie Webber. A swathe of blue and orange Roy Castle Run 4 Rosie vests headed off at 9am as the event was opened by Rosie’s husband Rod Webber. Throughout the next 24 hours, runners braved the elements to take on 5k,...

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More horses killed on  Devon’s roads
Mar22

More horses killed on Devon’s roads

Devon has seen a substantial increase in collisions between horses and cars, new figures have shown. 36 horses were killed on Devon’s roads in 2018, compared to no recorded horse deaths the previous year. The figures represent both roaming horses in National Parks and horses ridden on roads. Figures from the British Horse Society reveal that the overall number of ‘incidents’ ranging from traffic passing with too little room to full...

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