National honours for ORC runners
Mar29

National honours for ORC runners

It was a weekend of great performances by Okehampton runners, from juniors to the most senior members. The National X-Country Championships took place over an incredibly muddy and sticky course at Loughborough, which made for very tough going. Jo Page ran a strong 10k Ladies Race to come 4th of the Devon runners, with Matthew Richards also running very well to be 4th in the team in his race and Sam Priday 8th. Geoff Hill returned to...

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Bee positive
Mar28

Bee positive

It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know! But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months. The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a...

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Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings
Mar27

Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings

A plan to build 187 new homes close to Paignton is approved for Barratt Homes, but not without cost. The scheme includes Barratt Homes paying for the rehoming of five pairs of cirl buntings. The species is only found in the south of Cornwall and Devon, but mostly Devon and especially around Kingsbridge. It was first identified in this area by pioneering ornithologist George Montagu and recorded in his book from 1802, Ornithological...

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The Big Picture
Mar26

The Big Picture

Chagford from Meldon Hill by Eleanor ludgate

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Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery.  Founder of Toronto.  Laid to Rest in Devon.
Mar24

Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery. Founder of Toronto. Laid to Rest in Devon.

Travelling a few miles North East of Exeter, just outside Dunkeswell in East Devon, you’ll come across a small, charming chapel. What is most unusual about it, however, is that it flies the Canadian flag despite being situated in the middle of the English countryside. Why, I hear you ask? Well, Wolford Chapel is the burial site of Lord Simcoe, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and it is the property of the Canadian province of...

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