A day at Exeter races
Dec22

A day at Exeter races

After weeks of torrential rain, the going was heavy for the Exeter event with the wintery weather persisting throughout the day. At almost a thousand feet above sea level, the picturesque Haldon Forest racecourse takes all the weather Dartmoor can throw at it. From the first race it was clear that some surprises were in store with 8/1 shot Kalarika snatching victory from hot favourite Get Wishing, who came trailing in third place. For...

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Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe
Dec18

Santa’s workshop for sale in Widecombe

If you’re crazy about Christmas and have a cool £1 million spare, this Grade II listed home could be for you. This three-bedroom farmhouse boasts over twelve acres of land and even a 2000 strong Christmas tree plantation, although the new owner isn’t expected to decorate all of them. Longhouse Farm near Widecombe-in-the-Moor also features large agricultural buildings and even a studio which ‘may’ have been used as a toy factory. The...

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How the Christmas we know came to be
Dec17

How the Christmas we know came to be

As more doors on the advent calendar begin to open, you could be forgiven for thinking that Christmas was a purely commercial endeavour. But the traditions we all know, both religious and cultural, have had a curious history of their own. For centuries we have celebrated Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ but in truth there is no actual record of Christ’s date of birth. Throughout Europe a mid-winter festival has been...

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Okehampton currency proposal
Dec15

Okehampton currency proposal

Despite recent recession, austerity measures and its rural location, Okehampton is a vibrant town. The last few years has seen an increase in initiatives to boost the town – the weekend markets, new events and self-help groups have all contributed to the vibrancy. But on the other hand, businesses have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a reasonable level of economic viability. The town has seen the closure of three of its...

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Police dog Bowser looking for a new home
Dec03

Police dog Bowser looking for a new home

PD Bowser, age seven, is retiring at the end of the year. After many years of loyal service Bowser has a tail or two to tell. The police dog has served with Firearms officers, maintained public order and has even tracked high-risk missing people. “Ideally we would like to re-home him in Devon”, said Alison Cruwys of Devon and Cornwall Police. “We always visit the house to make sure its suitable so keeping him in Devon would be ideal....

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