A very British farming revolution:  Challacombe Farm
Sep18

A very British farming revolution: Challacombe Farm

Despite the vocal nature of Brexit over the last four years, on the sidelines, there has been a quiet revolution occurring in British farming. Earlier this year the Government set out in the Agriculture Bill its radical proposals about how farmers will be supported. It is proposed to be one of the largest changes in farm support since the Second World War. Under the new system, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for farming...

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It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College
Sep18

It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College

Okehampton College returns after lockdown. At the beginning of the month pupils across the UK returned to their classrooms for the start of a new school year. Despite many months of uncertainty, a summer of discontent coupled with mixed and confusing messages emerging from Westminster, one man already had it nailed. Mr Derrick Brett and his formidable team at Okehampton College had been planning this day with military precision. Mr...

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Devon duo shine against the Stars
Sep18

Devon duo shine against the Stars

Devon duo Emma Corney and Steph Hutchins were ‘mentioned in dispatches’ following Western Storm’s seven-wicket win over South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Sophie Luff hogged the headlines after fashioning a top score of 104 not out as the hosts chased a target of 213 and cruised to victory with 23 balls to spare on the County Ground in Bristol. Georgia Hennessy, who played for Devon last season while studying in the...

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Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?
Sep18

Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?

Quite helpfully, I’ve left writing this column to the last minute. I normally have some idea of what I’m going to write about but this week was one of those ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ weeks. As it turns out, just as we are about to go to press, I have received a message from a town councillor about some potentially breaking news that could have a huge impact on the commons. Currently, this claim is unsubstantiated and I would...

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Folkmoor: Is Widecombe really the Otherworld?
Sep18

Folkmoor: Is Widecombe really the Otherworld?

Along with many other long-standing traditional events which take place on an annual basis (Ottery St Mary tar barrels being the latest to fall) Widecombe Fair is having to take an enforced hiatus this year. Twelve months ago in this column I wrote about the traditional song associated with the fair. At the end of that piece, I stated that there was a theory that placed the song about Tom Pearce and his old grey mare not at Widecombe...

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