“…And the next thing I knew all  hell broke out” – Eric Gelder
Apr19

“…And the next thing I knew all hell broke out” – Eric Gelder

Almost exactly 75 years ago, on the 6th June 1944, the liberation of Europe from the Nazis began. It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of German domination. Operation Overlord was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6th, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over 150,000 servicemen. Despite suffering...

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Firefighters set  become crime fighters
Apr19

Firefighters set become crime fighters

Firefighters across Devon are being trained by police in order to boost the number of officers in rural areas. Firefighters from Devon and Somerset have been trained for two months to take on the roles of community responders with Devon and Cornwall Police. The seven that have been trained so far can now arrest suspects, but must prioritise fighting fires when needed. Police and fire unions have criticised the scheme as a ploy to...

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Okehampton shine in fast-running game
Apr10

Okehampton shine in fast-running game

The Okehampton 1st XV travelled to Weston-Super-Mare to visit Hornets RFC in the Tribute South West 1 league. Hornets opened the scoring. Almost right from the kick off, the Okes were penalised for a dump tackle and Hornets kicked to the corner. Their pack gathered the ball from the resulting lineout and moved the ball quickly to score in the corner. A few minutes later the Okes were on the attack and were awarded a penalty in front...

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Happy 100th birthday Tony McCrum
Mar22

Happy 100th birthday Tony McCrum

Captain Tony McCrum, a former naval officer, celebrated his 100th birthday last week. The square of the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford was lined with hundreds of well-wishers who sang happy birthday, accompanied by two pipers. This was followed by the bells of St Michael’s Church ringing across the square. With ancestors involved at the Battle of Trafalgar, and his father being, at one point, the Commander of HMS Hood, it is...

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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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