Hell-Tor film festival bringing the horrors  of Dartmoor to Exeter
Nov03

Hell-Tor film festival bringing the horrors of Dartmoor to Exeter

© Mike Alsford Photography A new festival celebrating Dartmoor’s rich history of ghosts, ghouls and witchcraft is taking place at Exeter Phoenix this month. The inaugural Hell-Tor film festival will present a weekend of Gothic horror, with films, talks and readings inspired by the folklore of the moor. Famous names from TV and film will be among the guests, including Sherlock and League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss, who will be in...

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‘We aim to make Hatherleigh an even better place to live – Paul Jones, Kingswood Homes MD
Nov02

‘We aim to make Hatherleigh an even better place to live – Paul Jones, Kingswood Homes MD

When Preston-based developer Kingswood Homes first announced their intentions to demolish the historic market site in Hatherleigh just over twelve months ago, to make way for 123 houses, there was uproar. To protect the traditions of the market and the traders’ livelihoods, a well-intentioned application was made through the Ruby Country Partnership (a not-for-profit organisation) to register the dilapidated market buildings as an...

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Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary
Nov01

Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary

Markets have been a key staple for local rural communities for hundreds of years, and Bovey Tracey is no exception. Celebrating the 800th year since the town was first granted its charter for a market, a whole host of stall holders and local people came together to mark the occasion on Wednesday, 23rd October. With the anniversary event’s official opening being held at Dartmoor Whiskey Distillery, a great gathering of people witnessed...

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‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’
Nov01

‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’

Pulling up to Brian and Sheree Segdbeer’s self-built home on Dartmoor, with Haytor on the doorstep and with the wind and rain lashing it down, I couldn’t help but think it was a house made for two wildlife photographers. A house built encompassing and surrounding the very best of nature. The contrast between the Devonian weather outside and the interior of their house, which they use for the photo exhibitions, couldn’t have been...

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Domestic violence: a national crisis
Nov01

Domestic violence: a national crisis

© (U.S. Air Force photo- Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps) The UK is currently facing a national domestic abuse crisis as it is now reported that the number of people killed as a result is at its highest level in five years. Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained from 43 police forces across the UK – an increase of 32 deaths on 2017. Devon is not isolated from this...

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Dartmoor Prison to close
Nov01

Dartmoor Prison to close

The Government has announced that Dartmoor Prison – a staple of the Moor since 1809 – will close. Lucy Fraser, the Minister of Prisons, had said that Victorian-era prisons were needed when she addressed a parliamentary committee earlier this month. This therefore gave a glimpse of hope that the prison may be saved. She said: “If the numbers… stay the same we need to be prepared to house people who come to prison and that will mean we...

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