Time to celebrate in Okehampton!
Mar08

Time to celebrate in Okehampton!

Gilbert Stephens solicitors are celebrating one year at their Market Street, Okehampton office with an informal gathering for drinks and are inviting clients and fellow professionals to join them. Gilbert Stephens, who already had 5 offices in Devon, decided to expand in to Okehampton having noticed a need. “Even before we opened we already had instructions from local residents” said Philip Horlock a property solicitor based in the...

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Tavistock hotel named one of the best
Feb08

Tavistock hotel named one of the best

The Tavistock House Hotel has been named the second best small hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor 2018 Traveller’s Choice Awards. By finishing second overall, that makes it the best small hotel in Europe. It was also voted the best hotel for romance in the UK, finishing fifth in the world in that category. The six room townhouse hotel is run by husband and wife Bradley and Gill Walker, who live in the property with eight-year-old...

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Staff shortages and drug problems at Dartmoor Prison
Jan26

Staff shortages and drug problems at Dartmoor Prison

Staff shortages at Dartmoor Prison have led to a range of problems including increasing levels of self-harm among inmates and prisoners being locked in their cells for long periods of time, according to a new report. Difficulties surrounding the import of new psychoactive substances – also known as Spice – and struggles in dealing with the ageing prison population are also highlighted in the latest report by the Independent Monitoring...

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Trains are returning to Dartmoor
Jan26

Trains are returning to Dartmoor

In a paper called Connecting People: A Strategic Vision for Rail, the Department for Transport said the line between Exeter and Okehampton was one of those being looked at. Now passenger trains could also soon be running on a disused rail line from Newton Abbot to Heathfield. The four mile stretch of line was closed in 1959, and in recent years, use of the line has dwindled to just the occasional freight train. But the permission to...

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Gidleigh Park name new head chef
Jan26

Gidleigh Park name new head chef

Chris Simpson has been appointed as Executive Head Chef at the world renowned Gidleigh Park Hotel near Chagford. Chris, from Lancashire, took over the position from Michael Wignall who held the position for two years after taking the place of celebrity chef Michael Caines who has recently opened the Lympstone Manor Hotel. Chris, who was the head chef at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw which has retained two Michelin Stars since 2011 said:...

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Frank’s motor museum nominated for top award
Jan26

Frank’s motor museum nominated for top award

A motor museum set up only a few years ago has been nominated by one of Britain’s top selling classic car magazines as one of the favourite places to take their classic cars. Practical Classics magazine have published a list of 30 places which include museums, castles and tourist hotspots. Moretonhampstead Motor Museum was started by classic car enthusiast Frank Loft in the old bus garage in the town a few years ago. Danny Hopkins,...

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