Okehampton shine in fast-running game
Apr10

Okehampton shine in fast-running game

The Okehampton 1st XV travelled to Weston-Super-Mare to visit Hornets RFC in the Tribute South West 1 league. Hornets opened the scoring. Almost right from the kick off, the Okes were penalised for a dump tackle and Hornets kicked to the corner. Their pack gathered the ball from the resulting lineout and moved the ball quickly to score in the corner. A few minutes later the Okes were on the attack and were awarded a penalty in front...

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Moor Trees  celebrate 20 years
Apr10

Moor Trees celebrate 20 years

A Dartmoor tree planting charity has celebrated its twentieth birthday. Moor Trees have planted over 90,000 native trees across Devon since 1999 with a small team and with the help of volunteers. On Saturday 23rd March 2019 a special ceremony was led by Patrons Stephan Harding (a founding member of Schumacher College, Dartington) and Kevin Cox (Chairman of the RSPB). They were joined by founders of Moor Trees and current trustees,...

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No profit in a dead world
Apr09

No profit in a dead world

You may have come across a story from the BBC recently about housing and property developers covering trees and hedges with netting. Jeremy Vine also tweeted about it and in having a look online, I saw that this practice has actually been going on for ages. Maybe people didn’t understand what it was all about before now. Maybe more contractors are using this technique or maybe the country is so swamped with new houses going up in this...

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Biggest housing development on dartmoor
Apr07

Biggest housing development on dartmoor

It’s the biggest housing development on Dartmoor and very soon people will start to move into the 90 houses in Chagford, the former stannary town. There have been concerns and reservations around the project from the start which has changed the face of the lower part of the town, with a new primary school which was opened last year, new fire station and the new Bellacouch Meadow. With housing, or lack of it, becoming a major issue in...

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Literary giants take centre stage at Chagword 2019
Apr06

Literary giants take centre stage at Chagword 2019

Chagword, the Dartmoor Literary Festival, brought national and international authors, poets, actors and commentators to the festival held in Chagford. It also brought in audiences from far and wide. Just about every event sold out, with Friday evening’s opening event with Jo Brand talking about her life thoughts and her book, selling out within minutes. Sam Willis and James Daybell explained their book ‘Histories of the Unexpected’,...

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“Why should a disability define  who you are?”
Apr05

“Why should a disability define who you are?”

Former Marine Lee Spencer just rowed solo from mainland Europe to South America in just 60 days, beating the able-bodied record for the route by 36 days. An astonishing feat of endurance that Lee puts down to “good weather”. This wasn’t the first time Lee has crossed an ocean using only manpower. In 2015 he set off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. The Row-to-Recovery team, a British military all amputee team of four, they...

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