Hatherleigh Carnival in the pink
Nov18

Hatherleigh Carnival in the pink

Swan Lake. Picture by Paul Hamlyn. Hatherleigh was the place to be last Saturday for the annual town carnival which started in darkness at 5am with the first run of the burning tar barrels from Oakfield Road via Market Street, High Street, Bridge Street to the Market. This was followed at a more civilised time of the 11am Hunt meet. That evening the main procession took place with Demelza Brock as the Carnival Queen. The 12 year old...

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Ghostly reflections
Nov05

Ghostly reflections

You don’t really see them at first, when you walk into St Michaels Church in Princetown, then your eyes adjust. You can just see the outline of two ghostly figures sitting in the pews of this church, with a poppy or a cross next to them. As you walk around the church they catch reflections of the stained glass windows. The two ghostly figures represent millions of soldiers who died more than a century ago in the Great War, some of...

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‘Hold on lads, let’s steal a pink elephant’
Nov04

‘Hold on lads, let’s steal a pink elephant’

Thieves will steal just about anything they can, but a life-sized pink elephant on a heavy plinth called Elizabeth is not something you can slip into your pocket. Questions have got to be asked of the thieves, like why steal a life-sized pink elephant in the first place? I can just imagine the conversation that went on between this gang of crooks when one pipes up and says, “Hold on lads I’ve got a great idea, let’s steal a life-sized...

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Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE
Oct26

Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE

Exeter student Matthew Hedges has been charged with spying “for a foreign state” in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old was detained in May as he tried to leave Dubai airport following a study trip to the region for his PHD at Durham University. For much of the last five months he has been held in solitary confinement and has been given few details of what he is alleged to have done. A statement by the attorney...

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Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story
Oct25

Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story

The famous author Michael Morpurgo opened the new Chagford Primary School last week and it was blessed by the Rt Reverend Robert Atwell, the Bishop of Exeter. Headteacher Liz Wiseman welcomed all the guests to the school; for many it was the first time to have a good look round. Michael Morpurgo, the author of books such as Warhorse and Private Peaceful, was the guest of honour but before cutting the ribbon to officially open the...

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