Pony sale goes ahead – just
Oct22

Pony sale goes ahead – just

The annual drift sale took place last week, despite earlier fears that it may be cancelled. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the Dartmoor Commoners and the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), a compromise was agreed with Defra to bend the rules to allow the sale to go ahead otherwise the 200-odd ponies that had already been rounded up would have had to be shot. Defra had brought in new rules about pony...

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Okehampton to Exeter Rail Service
Oct21

Okehampton to Exeter Rail Service

“We need to speak with one voice” Dr Michael Ireland the Vice Chairman of OkeRail spoke to The Moorlander recently and gave an update on the progress of the proposed Okehampton to Exeter rail link. The words ‘three year trial’ have been dropped but talks are going ahead with the resumption of a service in the near future from Okehampton to Exeter and beyond. Dr Ireland said: “We need to speak with one voice if we are to get the...

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WARNING MAY CONTAIN NUTS
Oct20

WARNING MAY CONTAIN NUTS

Photographs by Mark Burley The Ashburton Charity Calendar is set to be launched next week and you will be in for a bit of a surprise as the whole town seems to have got naked for the 2019 calendar. The brainchild of postmaster Stuart Rogers, the idea proved so popular that not just twelve photographs, one for every month were taken by town photographer Mark Burley, but he ended up taking pictures of over 50 naked people, one for every...

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Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m
Oct19

Drake’s Island goes on for sale for £6m

You’ll need a cool £6 million to take on this six-acre property off the coast of Plymouth, once used to defend against France and Spain. Unfortunately, it’s not as yet a Caribbean-style paradise, thanks to its centuries-old derelict gun battery, former barracks, crumbling ablution blocks, commanding officer’s house and guardhouse. However, the current owners of Drake’s Island hope a buyer will be drawn to the site’s huge potential as...

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Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”
Oct19

Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”

Tim Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon pubs. Known for being politically outspoken, his taverns have been a campaigning tour de force, with Brexit beermats and British products all the way. We sit down together to commit the mortal sin of chatting politics and the “new religion of the EU” in the pub. We meet outside The Imperial in Exeter, a former manor-house overlooking St David’s station. He arrives on foot –...

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