Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee
Mar09

Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee

Many of you may have stayed-up a couple of weekends ago to watch the probably the most highly-regarded awards show in the world: the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. As you can imagine, it was glitz and glamour galore and the stars turned out in en-masse. Nothing could feel more removed from the modest, quiet and low-key home towns of many of us on Dartmoor. However,...

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Devon women finish  ‘world’s toughest row’
Mar01

Devon women finish ‘world’s toughest row’

After six weeks at sea, four women from Devon have become the first all-female crew this year to reach the finish line of a race dubbed the world’s toughest row. They valiantly rowed 3,000 miles in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and were continuously challenged with early seasickness and power issues, and had to dig deep physically and mentally. However, Kirsty Barker, 28, Kate Salmon, 31, Rosalind West, 36, and Laura...

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Okehampton show grit to beat Newent
Feb13

Okehampton show grit to beat Newent

Backed by a large home gathering courtesy of the Vice President, volunteers and ex-players lunch, the Okes kicked off up the slope. Both Okehampton and Newent were missing a few regulars, but it was the visitors who applied early pressure, often courtesy of well placed kicks from their experienced number nine Dean. Newent were to prove a tough adversary throughout and they made their early ascendancy pay when they opened the scoring...

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Farming confidence at all time low
Feb12

Farming confidence at all time low

NFU president Minette Batters New statistics from the NFU show the effect ongoing Brexit uncertainty has had on farmer confidence, with mid-term confidence hitting an all-time low, emphasising the urgent need for clarity regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The latest member survey from the NFU of 732 farmers and growers across the country shows that: • Mid-term confidence has hit an all-time low, since the survey began...

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Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report
Feb08

Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report

A third-party review of the Royal Clarence Hotel fire report is to be conducted by The West Midlands Fire Service. Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel was destroyed in a fire in October 2016. The review comes after a former Fire Officer accused officials of covering up the handling of the incident. Devon and Somerset Fire Service denies any wrongdoing and says it hopes the review will reassure the public. Former Fire Officer David Jones...

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