“I thought I would take up hang gliding and surfing”
Sep22

“I thought I would take up hang gliding and surfing”

Not that long ago, I remember reading the title ‘The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon’ and thinking that it was the coolest job title I had ever heard. Other than maybe ‘space cowboy’, as coined by Joey from the television series Friends. I sought to find out more… The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s personal representative in the county and is appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister. This role is non-political and unpaid and he or she...

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The evacuated children of the Second World War
Sep10

The evacuated children of the Second World War

On the day that this edition of The Moorlander goes on sale across Devon, it’ll be 3rd September, and the anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany. The rest, they say, is history. At the time, there was a fear that German bombing would cause mass civilian deaths and this prompted the government to evacuate children, mothers with infants and the infirm from British towns and cities. The evacuation took place in several...

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All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway – UPDATE
Sep03

All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway – UPDATE

Public Dinner in Fore Street, Okehampton, for 500 to 600 guests on 30th August, 1871, marking completion of the line from Okehampton Road (nowadays Sampford Courtenay) to Okehampton. While work to reopen the Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter later this year continues, over the coming weeks, as reported in the last edition of The Moorlander, a programme of events and exhibitions will celebrate 150 years since the railway...

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The rewilding of Dartmoor  – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 1
Aug27

The rewilding of Dartmoor – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 1

Although ‘wild’ in a remote sense, the spread of Molinia over much of the northern High Moor through lack of grazing does not encourage biodiversity, and conceals much of the archaeological heritage that is an important feature of the national park. By Mike Rego In these times of climate change, ‘rewilding’ of the landscape has become a popular topic of discussion, and whilst in various instances there are clearly good reasons for...

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Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton
Aug20

Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton

The very first train arrives in Okehampton 3rd october 1871 Since our inception in 2016 The Moorlander has been a key supporter of those volunteer groups who have tirelessly campaigned for the return of the railway to Okehampton during the last decade and more. Amidst all the furore following the momentous announcement in March that, after an absence of almost 50 years, passenger services to Exeter are to recommence by the end of the...

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South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway
Aug06

South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway

© Bournemouth News & Picture Agency (BNPS) ‘Love Your Railway’ aims to shine a spotlight on not only the important work that heritage railways do with regards to historic conservation, education and research, but also highlight how the nation’s heritage railways have all been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of reduced capacities and income, which have threatened their very existence. The SDR is collaborating with...

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