Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line
Dec01

Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has announced that the rail lines closed during the infamous 1960s cuts are under discussion to be reopened. Mr Grayling said he wants to identify which routes would boost the economy, encourage house-building and ease overcrowding. The most promising part of the announcement was that the route from Okehampton to Exeter has been included in the proposal. The route could provide a vital...

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The story of Fox Halt Farm
Dec01

The story of Fox Halt Farm

Celia Moore published her debut novel, Fox Halt Farm, in November and will be taking her book on a tour of Dartmoor. In the next few weeks she has book signings in Totnes, Crediton, Tedburn St Mary, Okehampton and Widecombe, where she is selling and signing her new book. She says through the book she is meeting new people and catching up with a few friends who she hasn’t seen for years. Celia grew up on a farm midway between...

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Boarded up pub to reopen
Dec01

Boarded up pub to reopen

For nearly ten years The Plume of Feathers pub right in the centre of Okehampton has been shut, however it is due to is to reopen in the new year. The historic pub, which dates back to medieval times, has been barred and shuttered making the town centre look unloved. Steve Ticknell and Geoff Cawse have exchanged contracts and they hope to complete the sale and begin the work on the 12th of December. The plan is to reopen The Plume of...

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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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Castle Drogo energy system restored
Nov02

Castle Drogo energy system restored

The National Trust has restored a 100-year-old renewable energy system at Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton, thanks to public support. The hydropower system, which was originally designed in the early 1900s by the celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens, has been carefully restored over the past ten months, including both original turbines. It was switched on on Friday, October 20, and will be supplying green energy to the estate.  Julius...

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Local florist recognised in National Awards
Nov02

Local florist recognised in National Awards

Amy’s Flowers in the Dartmoor town of Chagford was nominated for the ‘Retail Florist Shop of the Year’ by the British Florist Association Industry and came third against florist shops from across the UK. Customers were asked to vote for their favourite flower shop, with Amy’s Flowers getting 223 votes, 14% of the vote. The award winners were announced last week at ‘FleurEx’ the national flower show in Birmingham. Alice Herrington who...

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