Mindless vandalism shuts Okehampton play area
Aug25

Mindless vandalism shuts Okehampton play area

The popular children’s play area in Simmons Park, Okehampton, has been forced to close until further notice by the Town Council after a spate of wanton vandalism to swings and other equipment rendered the playground unsafe. “This was not a spontaneous attack,” park keeper James McGahey told The Moorlander. “Whoever did this knew the special tools they would need to loosen the swing seats and undo the zip wires on the cable-way as they...

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Darts Farm supports UK artists with new sculpture trail
Aug25

Darts Farm supports UK artists with new sculpture trail

Topsham-based Darts Farm has collaborated with some of our country’s best sculptors to create its first ever sculpture trail around the farm and wetlands. Visitors can weave their way around the iconic farm and bird-hide, spotting 30 incredible handmade sculptures as they go; from willow to wire, driftwood to iron, there is so much to discover! With many shows and events cancelled this year and galleries still struggling to open,...

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What is the future of green energy?
Aug24

What is the future of green energy?

In previous editions of The Moorlander, we have been looking at the future of green energy in Britain. So far we have covered: wind, solar and tidal power. Now, in our last piece in this series, we turn our attention anaerobic digestion and the production of biogas. What is anaerobic digestion? The term anaerobic digestion (AD) refers to a special treatment applied to organic materials. It can be applied to a range of natural...

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VJ Day bells in Chagford
Aug22

VJ Day bells in Chagford

Bell ringing at St Michael’s Church,Chagford ,to commemorate VJ Day.L-r Ruth, Gabe, Joe and Tower Captain Jon Bint. St Michael the Archangel Church in Chagford was set to celebrate VJ Day on 15th August, but obviously all such celebrations had to be cancelled. However, their Tower Captain Jon Bint didn’t let the virus get in the way of marking the occasion and rang a full peal of the bells at 11am on that day with each bell...

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Dartmoor call boxes  – save our rural lines
Aug21

Dartmoor call boxes – save our rural lines

In Issue 103 we published an article alerting the public to the fact that BT had placed notices of removal in 17 phone boxes around Dartmoor, nearly all of them in areas with little or no mobile phone signal. Although the time for the public to havetheir say has now passed, the consultation is ongoing with West Devon Borough Council and the outcome will not be known for another month. However, we can report that currently, the public...

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