How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea
Mar20

How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea

Son of working class greengrocer, Cardiff-born Tim Penrose has reinvented himself several times during his 55 frenetic years. From moonlighting at a local radio station to an ‘enjoyable’ career as an undertaker, owning a resplendent coffee house to being crowned King of the hostas, you can add auctioneer to Tim’s eclectic CV. The Moorlander looks back at this highly personable and entertaining entrepreneur’s formative years and...

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Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2
Mar12

Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2

In the last part of this serialised Histories and Mysteries investigation into the legends behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, we noted that people have recorded stories of phantom dogs for many hundreds of years. We also explored some of the history of the physical dog and saw that it has been domesticated since early prehistoric times. It is little wonder that the archetype of the actual dog is such a strong one, and also...

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Organ donation law to come into effect
Mar11

Organ donation law to come into effect

“Yes I donate” NHS organ donor card. Card in hand. The Government has announced that, subject to parliamentary approval, Max and Keira’s Law – the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act – will come into effect on 20th May 2020. From the time the law changes, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision to ‘opt out’, or are in one of the...

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Funding secured to tackle rough sleeping
Mar10

Funding secured to tackle rough sleeping

Three local councils have secured funding of £150,000 to continue outreach work for rough sleepers. South Hams District, West Devon Borough and Teignbridge District Councils are all working closely in partnership to provide another year of essential support for rough sleepers. The funding will help to continue the valuable work of three outreach workers helping vulnerable people who sleep rough or at risk of doing so. It will also...

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‘Farmers are the  new miners’
Mar09

‘Farmers are the new miners’

The Government’s plans for UK agriculture post Brexit could wipe out traditional farming in Devon, putting farmers out of business and leaving our fields empty of cattle and sheep, says David Chalmers, Parliamentary spokesperson for the Torridge and West Devon Liberal Democrats. Stephen Middleton, whose family have been raising cattle and sheep at their farm near Ashreigney for four generations, says that farmers are still reeling...

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