The BURNING issue – don’t panic
Mar06

The BURNING issue – don’t panic

Plans to phase out the sale of coal and green/wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home have been confirmed by the Government in a recent report issued by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). To help improve the air we breathe and ensure householders choose cleaner fuels, sales of coal and green/wet wood – the two most polluting fuels – will be phased out...

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A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence
Mar06

A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence

Distressing figures have revealed that a woman or girl is killed in Britain every 36 hours due to domestic violence. The number of female deaths from this type of crime is now at its highest since 2006. Up to March 2019, there were 241 women and girls that were victims of murder or manslaughter during the 12 months previous. This is an increase of 21 from the year before. Of the 214 adult victims, 80 women died at the hands of their...

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We want to bring about positive change because   Devon is a glorious place to live and work
Mar06

We want to bring about positive change because Devon is a glorious place to live and work

By Sharon Goble Countryside campaigner Penny Mills is never happier than when she’s at home with her donkeys or walking on Dartmoor with her husband Paul, but her life was very different before she escaped to Devon’s countryside seventeen years ago. So, what made the former ‘city girl’ up sticks and become a vocal advocate for countryside charity CPRE Devon? You bump down an unmarked lane to reach Penny Mills’ Devon longhouse. Her...

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Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy
Feb26

Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy

unknown artist; General George Monck (or Monk), 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670); National Army Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/general-george-monck-or-monk-1st-duke-of-albemarle-16081670-182924 Almost exactly 360 years ago, in the spring of 1660, the new ‘Convention’ Parliament was called. The job of the members was to set in motion the restoration of the monarchy which had been abolished following the Civil War (1642-1651)...

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The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter  what happened.”
Feb21

The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter what happened.”

It is seemingly quite fitting that someone who has written several substantial books on various historical topics would be situated just a stone’s throw away from the National Trust’s Antony House, in a quaint English cottage dating back to 1601. Joe Plant’s works have included histories on Malaya, National Serviceman and life as a soldier’s wife in the 20th Century, using his mother’s diary as the basis. What is even more impressive...

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The Devon man who hunted Nazis
Feb08

The Devon man who hunted Nazis

The architect of ‘the final solution’, Adolf Eichmann On 26th January, 1945, the Nazis did their utmost to hide from the world the atrocities they had been committing for the previous five years. They blew up Crematorium V, the last of the five joint furnace/gas chamber complexes they had used to indiscriminately murder Jewish people at Auschwitz. Why? The Russian Army was quickly moving in from the East. It was only a matter of hours...

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