Prime Minister hopefuls share views on rural issues
Jul13

Prime Minister hopefuls share views on rural issues

Conservative leadership candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have set out their views on some of the biggest challenges facing rural communities. Both men were asked a series of questions on future rural policy during an interview with the Countryside Alliance. Mr Hunt pledged to “fast track” the delivery of a full fibre broadband network and claimed that rural post offices would be “one of the beneficiaries of my pledge to take...

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Rural communities demand change from next PM
Jun30

Rural communities demand change from next PM

Rural communities are demanding major change from the next Prime Minister as a new survey paints a sense of deep frustration with Brexit and general countryside issues. A major survey of over 3,000 people based in UK rural areas has found that only 8.5% of people think that life in the countryside has improved in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, only 30% of people think the Conservative Party understands rural Britain, the Countryside...

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The Big Picture – Nine Maidens
Jun18

The Big Picture – Nine Maidens

Photograph by Anna Curnow I am a landscape photographer based in Okehampton. I first picked up a camera many years ago while studying for my Art and Design A levels at Okehampton College. After many years of doing little with my camera I decided in 2013 that I needed a creative outlet so picked up my camera again and started photographing Dartmoor. I find Dartmoor a hugely inspiring landscape. It is wild and rugged with majestic tors...

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Ann Widdecombe  wins South West seat
May31

Ann Widdecombe wins South West seat

Dartmoor’s Ann Widdecombe won one of three seats for the Brexit Party in the South West of England. The former MP said the result reaffirms the 2016 referendum and warned that if there was a general election the main parties would face “carnage”. The Liberal Democrats took two seats, with the Green Party taking one. Martin Horwood and Caroline Voaden took the two Lib Dem seats, with Molly Scott Cato retaining a seat for...

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Leaving nothing to the imagination
Mar29

Leaving nothing to the imagination

RAMM, which has just taken the top trophy at the Exeter Living Awards, is holding a new art exhibition. It explores the strange phenomenon of aphantasia, a condition which is being researched by Exeter University. So, you have been working hard all day and not eaten anything but then remember there is the most delicious stack of chocolate eclairs in the fridge. When you close your eyes you can see that luscious glossy icing and the...

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Campaign for Hatherleigh market dealt a blow
Mar27

Campaign for Hatherleigh market dealt a blow

A campaign to preserve Hatherleigh market has been “forced” to withdraw an application to have the market registered as a community asset. The application for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) was made to West Devon Borough Council but was objected to by Kingswood Homes, who plan to redevelop the entire site and replace the current building with a smaller modernised market. The Hatherleigh Market Campaign has continually objected to...

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