Armed forces charity recruiting tour

Just over two hundred years ago, if an army regiment was short of volunteers, recruiting parties were sent to towns and villages where they would bang on a drum to gain attention, then liberally distribute gin and the “King’s shilling” to eager, arguably gullible young men who were prepared to join the colours. Fast forward to the present day and this tactic is being resurrected by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, because there is a...

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DARTMOOR REMEMBERS
Nov15

DARTMOOR REMEMBERS

Photo by Lucy Fisher Dartmoor marked Remembrance Sunday with moving services taking place across the national park including Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Okehampton, Tavistock and Chagford. People gathered from across the Moor to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflicts from the First World War to the War in Iraq. In addition to the special services at war memorials across the county, there was a special ceremony at Exeter...

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Okes hold their nerve against Maidenhead
Nov07

Okes hold their nerve against Maidenhead

After last week’s disappointing showing, the Okes needed a strong performance back on home turf against first time visitors Maidenhead. The visitors received the kick off playing down the slope, an incline against which both sides would play better than when it was in their favour. Initial stages saw Maids threaten but Okes resisted and made their way upfield through various penalty awards. Okes were back on the attack themselves...

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‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’
Nov01

‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’

Pulling up to Brian and Sheree Segdbeer’s self-built home on Dartmoor, with Haytor on the doorstep and with the wind and rain lashing it down, I couldn’t help but think it was a house made for two wildlife photographers. A house built encompassing and surrounding the very best of nature. The contrast between the Devonian weather outside and the interior of their house, which they use for the photo exhibitions, couldn’t have been...

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Domestic violence: a national crisis
Nov01

Domestic violence: a national crisis

© (U.S. Air Force photo- Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps) The UK is currently facing a national domestic abuse crisis as it is now reported that the number of people killed as a result is at its highest level in five years. Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained from 43 police forces across the UK – an increase of 32 deaths on 2017. Devon is not isolated from this...

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