GOLD MINIATURE STOLEN
Apr18

GOLD MINIATURE STOLEN

A valuable gold and enamel miniature picture has been stolen from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey after a locked display case was prised open in broad daylight. A police CID spokesman said: “the piece is 18 carat gold and measures 128mm x 78mm and is of high value.” A spokesman for the Guild said: “The exhibition contained a small number of unusually high value items. The thief forced open the top corner of the cabinet...

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Wildcats could be back
Apr18

Wildcats could be back

Could we see wildcats return to Dartmoor? That is the plan of millionaire Ben Goldsmith who funded the reintroduction of beavers to Devon and is ready to fund the return of the wildcats to Britain. Wildcats roamed the country up until the 1700’s but were wiped out as farmers thought they would kill livestock. There is now a small population in Scotland. Ben Goldsmith is an adviser to Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Mr Gove is...

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South Zeal Classic Car & Bike Show at The Oxenham Arms
Apr18

South Zeal Classic Car & Bike Show at The Oxenham Arms

The 3rd South Zeal Classic Car & Bike Show organised by The Oxenham Arms Hotel took place recently, with more vehicle entries than previous years. The passion of the owners shone through on what turned out to be a damp but bright spirited day for all those competing. Organiser Simon Powell, landlord of the Oxenham Arms said, “We added a new class this year to enable owners of cars of more recent manufacture to be entered, namely...

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Soup for Syria
Apr18

Soup for Syria

Penny Simpson the well-known ceramicist who lives on Dartmoor is to hold another ‘Soup for Syria’ in Moretonhampstead in the Community Club on 21st April from 12.00 to 2pm. The last ‘Soup for Syria’ event she held last year raised over one thousand pounds. “The Community Club is better able to cope with the numbers than my studio, people can sit down more comfortably” said Penny. Penny and her apprentice will be making a 100 bowls for...

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Intriguing WWII Album found in Dartmoor Cottage
Apr05

Intriguing WWII Album found in Dartmoor Cottage

“I remember Grandpa giving the album to my father at some point in the 1960s,” says Patrick McCormack, grandson of John. “But at the time I was too young to be interested, and it had slipped my mind until I was clearing out my late parents’ house in Chagford a few years ago. ‘When I rediscovered it, all work stopped while I sat on the floor and browsed through this fascinating treasure trove!” John McCormack survived Dunkirk and then...

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The Man Behind Dartmoor Prison Choir
Apr05

The Man Behind Dartmoor Prison Choir

Prince Charles visited the iconic Dartmoor prison a couple of weeks ago to see part of a performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen by members of the Prison Choir Project. The choir were joined by professional singers and musicians. The Prison Choir Project was started by Adam Green, a musician who came up with the idea for a prison choir project in January 2017. Adam then approached the Governor Bridie Oakes-Richard last March to see if a...

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