Ashburton fire station set to be saved
Jan10

Ashburton fire station set to be saved

After the meeting to discuss the future of Devon’s fire stations was delayed, members of the Fire Authority met on 10th January to hear the recommendations from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS). It currently appears that Ashburton Fire Station, our most moorland-central station, is to be saved from the axe. During a public consultation exercise held last year which was made up of 27 drop-in sessions, the service...

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Lloyds Banking Group announces lending commitment for South West businesses
Jan10

Lloyds Banking Group announces lending commitment for South West businesses

Jeremy Hayward, Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the South West As part of Lloyds Banking Group’s national pledge to lend up to £18 billion to UK businesses in 2020, the Group expects to support South West firms with up to £1.5 billion of lending this year, highlighting its commitment to be by the side of British business whatever the future brings. The Group’s support for UK businesses is an integral part of the Group’s current...

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Funding for farmers confirmed
Jan10

Funding for farmers confirmed

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid recently confirmed the government’s plan to support UK farmers and rural communities by announcing nearly £3 billion of funding. The money will be used to help farmers through the Brexit transition period once the UK has left the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments scheme, which supports farmers across Europe with subsidies. This will be replaced by a new system based on public...

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Music’s loss was politics’ gain
Jan08

Music’s loss was politics’ gain

On a May morning in 1997, an overnight revolution had occurred. Tony Blair walked up to the steps of Downing Street having swept to a landslide victory, heaving the Conservatives out of power after 18 years. Indeed, in Blair’s own words, a ‘new dawn’ had broken. This ‘New Labour’ government could easily be argued to stand alongside Attlee’s in 1945-1951 and Thatcher’s 1979-1990, as being one of the most radical in British postwar...

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Late kick seals victory for Okes
Jan01

Late kick seals victory for Okes

Bracknell visited the Showground for the very first time, boasting a solid set piece they frustrated the Okes throughout and very nearly held on for what would’ve been a rare away win. Okes commenced up the slope, but were immediately disrupted when centre Bevon Armitage and flanker Ollie Frances clashed heads in a first minute double tackle attempt. Armitage was able to continue, but was obviously feeling the effects...

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Green Issues: Positive climate change news
Dec31

Green Issues: Positive climate change news

This year was the hottest year on record. Temperatures reached 38.7 degrees in Cambridge – the hottest ever recorded in the UK. Fires devastated California, Greece, the Arctic and continue to burn in Australia. In fact, data from the Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas shows that there were almost five times as many wildfires in August 2019 compared to August 2018. And David Bellamy died. However, this is the end of 2019 and I believe it’s...

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