Fran awarded Pride of Devon Carer of the Year
Nov27

Fran awarded Pride of Devon Carer of the Year

In a virtual ceremony on 19th November, Frances Peake was named Carer of the Year in the Kütchenhaus Pride of Devon Awards 2020. Frances (known as Fran) was nominated for this award by Bev Hopkins for looking after her brother, Kevin Mears, at his home in Christow. Kevin was diagnosed with early-onset dementia five years ago at the age of 63. In a sad twist of fate he then died unexpectedly at the start of November – the day after we...

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What does a Green Revolution mean for Dartmoor?
Nov27

What does a Green Revolution mean for Dartmoor?

Electric Car Charge point Haytor. Copyright – Chris Saville The Prime Minister is trying to live up to his green credentials as the Government announced this month its ‘ambitious ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution’, which will ‘create and support up to 250,000 British jobs’. Part of the Government’s plan is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars as of 2030. While positive news for the environment, it may not be...

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BREAKING NEWS
Nov25

BREAKING NEWS

REINTRODUCTION OF OKEHAMPTON TO EXETER RAIL LINK GIVEN GREEN LIGHT IN GOVERNMENT’S NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY After years of campaigning by various interested parties, including The Moorlander, the much-publicised Okehampton to Exeter rail link, a victim of Dr Beeching’s swingeing cuts during the 1960’s has AT LAST been acknowledged as an important and vital link to the local community and businesses in the South West and will...

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The BIG Interview with Helen Balkwill
Nov21

The BIG Interview with Helen Balkwill

“Telling the story of the Boy from the Moor” Almost a year ago today, on 28th November, 2019, Helen Balkwill launched her debut book. A work of some 20 years in the researching and writing, it is a biography of her father, Peter Balkwill. This book paints a fascinating picture of life in 1960s Yemen, once a minor outpost of the old British Empire. The core story is about the unusual life and ultimately mysterious disappearance of...

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Histories and Mysteries: The disappearance of Agatha Christie
Nov20

Histories and Mysteries: The disappearance of Agatha Christie

Joop van Bilsen / Anefo – Photo of Agatha Christie Whether you believe that it was a publicity stunt or the result of a decline in her mental health, Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance in 1926 remains to this day one of her best unsolved mysteries. Christie is one of Devon’s own, born in Torquay on September 15th, 1890, to an American father and English mother. Despite living in a number of different places and travelling...

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