£250,000 Gift to Syrian refugees
Dec01

£250,000 Gift to Syrian refugees

A quarter of a million pounds has been donated to the West Devon Safe Haven, a newly formed charity that helps Syrian refugees. A number of refugee families from the ongoing Middle East conflict are currently living in West Devon. One family, who are living in Okehampton, that I met recently had lived in a refugee camp in Lebanon for four years with their two children before being brought to the UK during the summer. Their children...

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Award for volunteer Derek
Dec01

Award for volunteer Derek

Derek Collins, from Princetown, a volunteer with Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) has become the winner of the National Parks UK volunteer awards. Derek, who has been a member since 2004 has been recognised for the amazing work that he has done in the Dartmoor National Park over the past years. Phil Hutt a director of the DPA said: “This recognition is richly deserved, Derek’s dedication, enthusiasm and leadership has made a...

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Ring of Bells, Gutted by Fire to Reopen
Dec01

Ring of Bells, Gutted by Fire to Reopen

Article & Photographs by Mike Rego One of Dartmoor’s most loved pubs, the Ring of Bells in North Bovey, is to reopen this month almost 2 years after the calamitous fire in January 2016 that saw it reduced to an empty shell. The fire broke out in the roof space during the morning of January 13th and saw the main part of the Grade II listed, 13th century pub devastated by flames in just a few hours, despite the efforts of more than...

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£819m in parking fine profit for councils
Dec01

£819m in parking fine profit for councils

Profits from parking fines and tickets have swelled council coffers by 10 per cent in a year, reaching a high of £819 million, research has found. The money was generated from the on and off-street parking activities of the 353 local authorities in England during the 2016/17 financial year, research found. It represents a 10 percent leap on the 2015/16 surplus of £744 million. Income was up six percent and costs rose two percent in...

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The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football
Nov16

The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football

Watching the football friendly match between England and Brazil the other day reminds me of a story I found during the 1998 World Cup. I came across a story about a chap called Charles Miller, he was a railway engineer and a rather good footballer who played for St Mary’s (now Southampton FC). In 1894 Charles got posted to São Paulo in Brazil to build a railway, with him he took two footballs, a pair of football boots, a pump and a...

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