Openreach’s pledge to upgrade ‘harder to reach’ areas brings broadband boost to Okehampton
Aug12

Openreach’s pledge to upgrade ‘harder to reach’ areas brings broadband boost to Okehampton

Photography by Emily Whitfield-Wicks Openreach – The Victorian Arcade-Okehampton. L-R Openreach engineer Rob Camies, Conservative MP for Central Devon Mel Stride, Dep Mayor Dr Michael Ireland and Cllr Kevin Ball. An Openreach pledge last October to make ultrafast, ultra-reliable and future-proof broadband available in several market towns and villages across the South West has become a reality in the Devon town of Okehampton....

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Banks suspend mobile branch services
Apr06

Banks suspend mobile branch services

Following the Government’s curbs to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, Lloyds Bank, NatWest and RBS have each suspended their mobile branch service until further notice. Gareth Shaw, Head of Money at Which? said: “While it’s vital that all businesses listen to government advice, the suspension of mobile bank branch services will be worrying for people in affected communities, particularly for elderly and vulnerable customers in rural...

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British WWII bomb  discovered in Belstone
Apr05

British WWII bomb discovered in Belstone

A World War II bomb is probably the last thing you’d expect to unearth when preparing a patch of impoverished soil for a new chicken run, but that’s exactly what Kelly Gilbert discovered to her amazement last weekend at her home in Belstone, near Okehampton. “My husband Lee and I were digging over this old dumping ground which was full of tin cans, bottles even old fireplaces when I hit something quite hard with my...

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How The Gulls are coping with isolation
Apr01

How The Gulls are coping with isolation

Gary Johnson Manager of Torquay United celebrates after winning during the Vanarama National League match between Torquay United and Halifax Town at Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon on Saturday 22nd Feb – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK With fixtures throughout the entire sporting world (with the bizarre exception of Belarus) postponed until further notice and sportsmen forced to train at home in isolation, The Moorlander spoke exclusively...

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Lockdown Living with The Hummingbirds
Apr01

Lockdown Living with The Hummingbirds

Just a week into partial lockdown and I for one have already had my fill of cringe-worthy YouTube videos posted by tired and forgotten so-called celebrities ‌in a vain (apt) attempt to ‘entertain’ us and resurrect their ailing careers. Oddly we’ve been spared the embarrassment of any at all from BBC presenter and ex footballer Gary Lineker, who usually never misses a chance at self-promotion on these occasions. Unfortunately there’s...

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