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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“Dartmoor is one of the nicest parts of England” – Lord Tebbit
Jan28

“Dartmoor is one of the nicest parts of England” – Lord Tebbit

My interview with Lord Tebbit didn’t get off to the most auspicious of starts. Working in the Palace of Westminster for some of the week, I was able to meet Norman in London. I just had to walk from my desk, up into Central Lobby and then across into the Lords Lobby. We had a room booked and I just had to wait to be picked up. Simple. I got there characteristically early and waited. As the clocked ticked closer, Lord Tebbit came...

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