Thousands attend Contemporary Craft Festival
Jun13

Thousands attend Contemporary Craft Festival

The Contemporary Craft Festival took place last weekend in Bovey Tracey bring together hundreds of crafts people from all over the country. The craft festival, now celebrating fifteen years of making, is the West Counties biggest craft festival attracting thousands of visitors to the town and is a major boost to the local economy. The festival was blessed with beautiful sunny weather, has recently won a number of awards including the...

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Return of The Summer Rail Service from Okehampton to Exeter
May30

Return of The Summer Rail Service from Okehampton to Exeter

The Sunday rail service from Okehampton to Exeter started recently. Last Sunday was a lovely sunny morning and I had not got much to do, so took myself off to Okehampton Station to catch the first train of the summer season to Exeter. I was greeted by array of beautiful MG motorcars from the Devon and Cornwall MG Owners Clubs out on their Atlantic Coast Rally. The platform at Okehampton Station was buzzing with people; Janet Carpenter...

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Young too heavy to ride
May30

Young too heavy to ride

An attraction on Dartmoor is to close because its young riders are too fat for the horses and ponies. For years children have visited Babeny Farm near Poundsgate to ride. But recently youngsters have become too heavy. The farm recently had to turn away a 13 year old who weighed 12 stone. The owner of the business Dee Dee Wilkinson has said that she will concentrate on the farm side of the business will be selling off her ponies after...

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Brennan and Daisy win the Two Hills Race
May30

Brennan and Daisy win the Two Hills Race

Bank holiday Monday saw one of the most exciting events of the year for Chagford – the Two Hills Race. The forecast had been concerning; thunderstorms and rain which would have surely put a dampener on the whole thing. But in the end the sun came out, the route was fairly dry and the participants had to worry more about sunburn than getting a soaking. The range of people who take part in this race is incredible, from tiny 10 year olds...

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Flowers for Chagford
May30

Flowers for Chagford

Flowers are everywhere in the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford right now. The initiative was started last year by Angela Emberson who raised around £600 by holding a coffee morning and donations from townspeople. This year Angie and her partner Patrick have been putting up hanging baskets, replanting planters and granite troughs around the town, having raised over £1,000 for new plants this year including a generous donation from...

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