The Toy Shop raises double their fundraising target
Oct30

The Toy Shop raises double their fundraising target

Jade Oliver, The Toy Shop, Okehampton. © Chris Saville Jade Oliver-Deacon from The Toy Shop in Red Lion Yard, Okehampton has spent the month of October raising money for the Hospicecare in Exeter, who provided end of life care for her mum Gilly. Jade invited all of her suppliers to donate a toy, book or game to her fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to the Hospice.Gilly used to work in the toy shop with Jade...

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Histories and Mysteries: Devon historian seeking to shed light on forgotten war
Oct30

Histories and Mysteries: Devon historian seeking to shed light on forgotten war

Joe Plant, author of Malaya 1948-60 2020 is the 60th anniversary of the end of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Malayan Emergency’ – a conflict fought between Commonwealth armed forces and pro-independence fighters of the Malayan National Liberation Army. This was the country’s attempt to escape from the clutches of the British Empire. Now, a Devon-based historian, Joe Plant – who had served briefly in Malaya – is trying to shed...

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Multicultural Heritage Exhibition opens in Okehampton
Oct30

Multicultural Heritage Exhibition opens in Okehampton

Greta button, a volunteer at the Museum of Dartmoor Life with the new banners for the Telling Our Stories project. © Chris Saville A new exhibition exploring and celebrating the multicultural heritage of Okehampton opened at the Museum of Dartmoor Life on Monday 26th October, 2020, but if you’ve missed it, never fear – from 2nd November the exhibition will be displayed around the town as a trail during November, 2020. The exhibition...

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Firearms and fatals – Thirty years at the heart of the British Police Force
Oct16

Firearms and fatals – Thirty years at the heart of the British Police Force

Ex Police office Harrye Tangye with his book about his time in the force. Copyright Chris Saville One thing that my work in journalism has taught me, is that some of the most fascinating people you’ll ever meet aren’t the ones on front pages of magazines or on the small screen. No, they are actually the ones that go out every day and do extraordinary things, that I think it would be fair to say that many of us take for granted. Our...

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Ringing the changes
Oct16

Ringing the changes

The ringing of the magnificent Buckfast Abbey bells has been much missed during the many months of lockdown. An integral part of life for the monastic community, the congregation of the Abbey Church, tourists and of course, the volunteers who ring them, the bells have been silent for longer than those at many other churches. This is because ringing traditionally stops at the Abbey during Lent before joyfully pealing on Easter Sunday....

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