Literary giants take centre stage at Chagword 2019
Apr06

Literary giants take centre stage at Chagword 2019

Chagword, the Dartmoor Literary Festival, brought national and international authors, poets, actors and commentators to the festival held in Chagford. It also brought in audiences from far and wide. Just about every event sold out, with Friday evening’s opening event with Jo Brand talking about her life thoughts and her book, selling out within minutes. Sam Willis and James Daybell explained their book ‘Histories of the Unexpected’,...

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Land of the Giants
Apr05

Land of the Giants

Giants have arrived at the Miniature Pony Centre at Moretonhampstead. The two Mammoth American Donkeys, Jackson and Colorado, are massive with Jackson standing at 15.2 hands high. Mammoth Donkey’s ears can grow up to nearly three foot in length. The Mammoth American Donkeys were developed from a variety of European donkeys, including the Poitou from France, which were imported to the USA to improve the American livestock as large,...

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Worrying drop in vaccinations
Apr05

Worrying drop in vaccinations

Doctors across the South West are getting extremely worried about the drop in the uptake of the MMR vaccine and Public Health England are urging parents to get their children protected with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Nick Young, Consultant in Communicable Diseases for Public Health England for Devon and Cornwall said: “Measles is a very infectious virus and can spread rapidly among communities such as schools if...

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The Dartmoor Writers’ Hotel
Mar26

The Dartmoor Writers’ Hotel

By Karen Farrington Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival, starts this weekend with big named authors coming to the festival in Chagford, but literary links go much further back, including to the 1940s to when Evelyn Waugh wrote ‘Brideshead Revisited’ at the Easton Court Hotel a mile outside of town. After that, many well-known literary figures stayed at the ‘Dartmoor writers hotel.’ Already a well-known novelist, Waugh was...

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Run 4 Rosie a Huge Success
Mar22

Run 4 Rosie a Huge Success

Last weekend saw over 200 runners aged between 2 and 78 years of age participate in the Run 4 Rosie sponsored run in Chagford, raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and in memory of lifelong Chagfordian Rosie Webber. A swathe of blue and orange Roy Castle Run 4 Rosie vests headed off at 9am as the event was opened by Rosie’s husband Rod Webber. Throughout the next 24 hours, runners braved the elements to take on 5k,...

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