Miniature  Pony Centre  to re-open
Feb22

Miniature Pony Centre to re-open

Dartmoor’s Miniature Pony Centre, which closed at the end of last season has announced that they have found a buyer for the attraction and it will open its gates again. A very welcome Facebook post read: ‘We are super delighted to have saved The Miniature Pony centre from closure. ⁠ ⁠ ‘We have been incredibly lucky to find a new buyer for the centre so late in the season!⁠ ⁠ ‘Our doors to the public will be opening a little later than...

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Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’
Feb21

Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’

The exponential rise in fly-tipping incidents has been blamed on a new type of organised crime network. The network has even been called the ‘new narcotics’. Experts researching the issue have concluded that criminal gangs are setting up fake businesses to collect waste, before dumping it in hired buildings. The cost to local authorities is said to be almost £60m in clean-up costs since 2012. Recent research has found that, across the...

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The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter  what happened.”
Feb21

The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter what happened.”

It is seemingly quite fitting that someone who has written several substantial books on various historical topics would be situated just a stone’s throw away from the National Trust’s Antony House, in a quaint English cottage dating back to 1601. Joe Plant’s works have included histories on Malaya, National Serviceman and life as a soldier’s wife in the 20th Century, using his mother’s diary as the basis. What is even more impressive...

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Okes felled by All Blacks
Feb21

Okes felled by All Blacks

On a highly successful day off the pitch, Okehampton fell to a second consecutive home defeat on it, as the visitors dominated possession for long periods. In front of the largest crowd seen at the showground for some time, the Okes lost the toss and played down the slope first up for the first time this season. Spectators’ expectations were high for what promised to be a hard-fought encounter on an excellent surface. However, the...

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Central Devon loses 81% of banking network in five years!
Feb21

Central Devon loses 81% of banking network in five years!

This is the staggering figure revealed in a recent Which? report analysing how bank and building society closures have impacted in each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies since 2015. It is widely accepted that over the past few years, bank and building society branches have been disappearing from our high streets at a frightening pace and blamed by many as one of the key reasons behind the high street’s worrying demise. The...

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