Armed forces charity recruiting tour

Just over two hundred years ago, if an army regiment was short of volunteers, recruiting parties were sent to towns and villages where they would bang on a drum to gain attention, then liberally distribute gin and the “King’s shilling” to eager, arguably gullible young men who were prepared to join the colours. Fast forward to the present day and this tactic is being resurrected by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, because there is a...

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Hatherleigh Carnival an incredible success
Nov16

Hatherleigh Carnival an incredible success

Despite the threat of stormy weather in the build-up to Hatherleigh’s annual Carnival which was held over the weekend of 8/9th November, Carnival organisers who had spent months preparing for the town’s autumn spectacle were determined that the show would go on. The event was opened on Friday evening by Five Times Nightly, the first live band of the weekend who thrilled a packed audience in the town square. At 8pm a brilliant turnout...

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TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter
Nov15

TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter

Having grown up amidst the troubles in Belfast in the late 1960s, Johnny Rutherford’s life and later career hasn’t been without excitement and life changing moments. Having built up his experience across various organisations before joining the BBC, Johnny tells of how the scariest moment of his career was whilst filming the unrest in his own home town for Ulster TV in Northern Ireland. “I can remember going to an IRA funeral and...

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Fire station closures – decision delayed
Nov15

Fire station closures – decision delayed

The all-important decision on the future of certain fire stations across the moor and in Devon and Somerset as a whole, has been delayed until January. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service announced earlier this year that they were looking into ways in which to streamline the service and maximise resources. They presented that certain stations were deemed as low risk/low activity, and the money would be better spent in community...

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DARTMOOR REMEMBERS
Nov15

DARTMOOR REMEMBERS

Photo by Lucy Fisher Dartmoor marked Remembrance Sunday with moving services taking place across the national park including Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Okehampton, Tavistock and Chagford. People gathered from across the Moor to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflicts from the First World War to the War in Iraq. In addition to the special services at war memorials across the county, there was a special ceremony at Exeter...

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Okes hold their nerve against Maidenhead
Nov07

Okes hold their nerve against Maidenhead

After last week’s disappointing showing, the Okes needed a strong performance back on home turf against first time visitors Maidenhead. The visitors received the kick off playing down the slope, an incline against which both sides would play better than when it was in their favour. Initial stages saw Maids threaten but Okes resisted and made their way upfield through various penalty awards. Okes were back on the attack themselves...

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