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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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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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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Staying hydrated
Sep02

Staying hydrated

Photo copyright of Emma Cunnis Emma Cunis is a Health & Life Coach www.emmacunis.com and Walking & Nature-Connection Guide www.dartmoorsdaughter.com As our climate changes, the prediction is for Dartmoor to experience wetter winters and hotter summers. This spring and summer have been no exception with long, hot, sunny days interspersed with just a few days of rain. I love the sun but the moor is so dry that there is a greater...

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The Moorlander Guide to Shopping in Okehampton
Sep01
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