Dartmoor looks set to benefit from improved mobile coverage
Mar20

Dartmoor looks set to benefit from improved mobile coverage

Since mobile phones have become an essential part of everyone’s daily life, users in many parts of Devon, and especially Dartmoor, have generally suffered from erratic and unstable mobile coverage depending on their network provider. For several years many rural communities across the moor have lacked mobile coverage altogether but have pragmatically resigned themselves to living in a virtual wasteland after being met with total...

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How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea
Mar20

How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea

Son of working class greengrocer, Cardiff-born Tim Penrose has reinvented himself several times during his 55 frenetic years. From moonlighting at a local radio station to an ‘enjoyable’ career as an undertaker, owning a resplendent coffee house to being crowned King of the hostas, you can add auctioneer to Tim’s eclectic CV. The Moorlander looks back at this highly personable and entertaining entrepreneur’s formative years and...

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The BURNING issue – don’t panic
Mar06

The BURNING issue – don’t panic

Plans to phase out the sale of coal and green/wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home have been confirmed by the Government in a recent report issued by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). To help improve the air we breathe and ensure householders choose cleaner fuels, sales of coal and green/wet wood – the two most polluting fuels – will be phased out...

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Central Devon loses 81% of banking network in five years!
Feb21

Central Devon loses 81% of banking network in five years!

This is the staggering figure revealed in a recent Which? report analysing how bank and building society closures have impacted in each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies since 2015. It is widely accepted that over the past few years, bank and building society branches have been disappearing from our high streets at a frightening pace and blamed by many as one of the key reasons behind the high street’s worrying demise. The...

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Government announce £500m Beeching Reversal Fund
Feb07

Government announce £500m Beeching Reversal Fund

Bob Rush and Chris Bligh have been campaigning for the reopening of the Okehampton-Exeter line for years Readers of a certain vintage will remember the ‘Beeching Report’, an eponymous analysis originally published in 1963 by Dr Richard Beeching, then Chairman of British Rail. It effectively reshaped the railway network throughout the UK and resulted in the closure of 2,363 stations and 5,000 miles of railway line being declared...

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