Okes fall short in close match
Jan30

Okes fall short in close match

Following last week’s excellent performance against the Exe University students, the Okes welcomed Exmouth to a sun-drenched Oaklands. Playing up the slope for the first period, the score board was soon in action when a scrum free kick to the Okes in mid-field saw Richard Bolt tap and go with Joey Bruce supporting. This took the play to the visitors’ twenty-two where several phases saw the Exmouth midfield stray offside with Dan...

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Cirl Bunting revival
Jan29

Cirl Bunting revival

I’ll admit I’ve never had a huge interest in birds but the sight of a buzzard or kestrel flying overhead is always a treat and I’ll always remember spotting what I believe was a Hen Harrier whilst on a winter walk near Winchester – the only one I’ve ever seen. I get a good variety of birds in my garden, most of which are easily identified and pretty common. I have a lovely hand made bird table and my bedroom window looks down into my...

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Hatherleigh’s ‘Hairy Vicar’ Uncovered
Jan28

Hatherleigh’s ‘Hairy Vicar’ Uncovered

By Peter Embling Leigh Winsbury arrived in Hatherleigh with his wife Lynn, about a year ago as our new vicar. He arrived to great excitement and not a little apprehension. Who would they send us? What would they be like? Well, he didn’t disappoint. This huge stack of hair with a man underneath arrived to look after: Meeth, Jacobstowe, Northlew, Exbourne, and Hatherleigh. The buzz around the villages soon gathered momentum: he’s got...

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Histories and Mysteries: Devon and the English Civil War
Jan27

Histories and Mysteries: Devon and the English Civil War

This month marks 371 years since the execution of King Charles I. He met the executioner’s axe on the 30th January, 1649, outside Banqueting House in London. This followed years of war with his fellow countrymen. However, what people tend to forget is that Devon actually played a fundamental part during the English Civil War (1642-1651), as one of the key battlegrounds during the war between the King and Parliament. The war began as a...

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How the new blockbuster ‘1917’ started in Devon
Jan26

How the new blockbuster ‘1917’ started in Devon

You may have recently seen the quite spectacular adverts for Sam Mendes’ new First World War blockbuster ‘1917’. Perhaps you’ve already taken a trip to the cinema where you have watched it in all its glory. If you haven’t – please go. Soon. It tells the story of two young British soldiers during the First World War who are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, including a...

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