Dartmoor Pony research revealed
Nov30

Dartmoor Pony research revealed

Dartmoor ponies are among the most iconic species of any British moorland but a dramatic decline in population since the 1950s has led to widespread concern about their long-term survival prospects and an urgent requirement to recognise their value as conservation grazers. A research project – the initial findings of which were recently released – suggests that ponies not only make a positive contribution to conservation...

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TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter
Nov15

TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter

Having grown up amidst the troubles in Belfast in the late 1960s, Johnny Rutherford’s life and later career hasn’t been without excitement and life changing moments. Having built up his experience across various organisations before joining the BBC, Johnny tells of how the scariest moment of his career was whilst filming the unrest in his own home town for Ulster TV in Northern Ireland. “I can remember going to an IRA funeral and...

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International Tractor back  running on home soil
Nov07

International Tractor back running on home soil

A Shaugh Prior-based small holder, who has gazed longingly at international tractors ever since she was a child, has “bit the bullet” and taken on her first restoration project some 30 years later, lovingly restoring an International B275 Tractor to its former glory. Having been previously sat outside un-started for 4 years, Nay Proctor, who bought the tractor originally from Cornwall, describes how in buying the motor she was “really...

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Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary
Nov01

Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary

Markets have been a key staple for local rural communities for hundreds of years, and Bovey Tracey is no exception. Celebrating the 800th year since the town was first granted its charter for a market, a whole host of stall holders and local people came together to mark the occasion on Wednesday, 23rd October. With the anniversary event’s official opening being held at Dartmoor Whiskey Distillery, a great gathering of people witnessed...

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Dartmoor Prison to close
Nov01

Dartmoor Prison to close

The Government has announced that Dartmoor Prison – a staple of the Moor since 1809 – will close. Lucy Fraser, the Minister of Prisons, had said that Victorian-era prisons were needed when she addressed a parliamentary committee earlier this month. This therefore gave a glimpse of hope that the prison may be saved. She said: “If the numbers… stay the same we need to be prepared to house people who come to prison and that will mean we...

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