Okehampton hospital ‘flooded’ again
Nov16

Okehampton hospital ‘flooded’ again

The Moorlander has learned that part of Okehampton hospital was forced to close last weekend for the second time in six weeks. The closure meant that treatment centres for out-of-hours patients were cancelled and patients were forced to travel to Plymouth or Exeter to receive treatment over the weekend. After the first incident of flooding which forced the centre to close, assurances were made that the leaks would be fixed to avoid...

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Light the lamp and lock the door
Oct24

Light the lamp and lock the door

Our ancient and rugged landscape can be a place of beauty in the summer but as the nights draw in and we head ever closer to All Hallow’s Eve, be aware of the ghosts and ghouls that are omnipresent, plentiful and sometimes deadly. Perhaps one of the best known on Dartmoor is Shuck, or Black Shuck, a huge hound said to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. He is seen in various places across the moor...

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Universal Credit fully implemented in West Devon
Oct23

Universal Credit fully implemented in West Devon

Any working age resident who needs to claim benefits will now have to make a claim for Universal Credit, unless they have three or more children or live in temporary or supported accommodation. Cllr Tony Leech, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at West Devon Borough Council, said: “Universal Credit has been rolled out slowly for all new claimants over the last two years around the country, area by area. ‘From this week,...

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Me and my meadow
Sep29

Me and my meadow

A new Dartmoor initiative, Moor Meadows, has launched recently in the hope of creating a ‘giant nature reserve’ across the Dartmoor area. Their website invites people to add their flower-rich meadows to a map which will then depict all the managed meadowland across the region, linking people and land in a common aim. The Moorlander recently ran an article stating that an estimated 97% of meadowland has been lost in the last 80 years,...

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Rare watch causes a stir at auction
Sep23

Rare watch causes a stir at auction

At an auction run by Piers Motley in Exmouth on 17th September, one lot caused quite a stir. This was their online fine art sale – in fact, bidding was opened a week before the sale! The undoubted star in the sale was Lot 245, a rare Italian WWII Frogman’s watch, believed to be only the 28th specimen to have been discovered. It was made by Panerai, which is still an exclusive brand of watch today worn by both Stallone and...

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