Join in the Big Butterfly Count
Jul25

Join in the Big Butterfly Count

President of Butterfly Conservation, Sir David Attenborough is urging the people of Dartmoor to take part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying...

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Jenny is 1197th Portreeve
Jul25

Jenny is 1197th Portreeve

Jenny Giles is the new Portreeve of Ashburton, the 1197th in the position which dates back to 820 AD. The Portreeve is a Port Warden who supervises the quality of the beer and bread in the town and historically represented the King in legal transactions, often being the only person who could read and write. The ale tasters visit the alehouses in Ashburton and give sprigs of evergreen to each landlord who serves satisfactory ale. The...

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Digitalk: Pro Gaming
Jul25

Digitalk: Pro Gaming

Gaming, as I’ve said before, is no longer just a mere hobby but a bustling global industry that rivals the big media giants of cinema and television. Competitive gaming, known as Esports, now garners as many and frequently more viewers than big sporting events. As an example, the average Premier League Football match gets approximately 1 million viewers per match. Fortnite Friday, the weekly Keemstar Tournament, garners nearly 8...

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Victorian cottage hospital saved
Jul25

Victorian cottage hospital saved

The Landmark Trust has raised £1.5 million in just over a year to secure the future of the Winsford Cottage Hospital at Halwill Junction near Okehampton. Contractors will make a start to restore the former cottage hospital which was built in 1914. The Landmark Trust saves notable buildings at risk and transforms them into holiday accommodation which will bring visitors to the area. Anna Keay a director of the Landmark Trust said:...

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Chagstock – the UK festival with the   most stunning view
Jul25

Chagstock – the UK festival with the most stunning view

With the huge number of new smaller local festivals being launched, it’s tough for festival organisers these days, but Chagstock attracts a faithful following. Kelly Oliver opened the main stage with some excellent and interesting self-penned songs. Saturday headliner Imelda May went down a storm, along with her excellent band. Imelda owned the stage – along with guitarist Donny Little – and gave her all with those...

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