Devon & Cornwall railways – Beeching fund latest
Feb23

Devon & Cornwall railways – Beeching fund latest

Bude community groups bid for Government funds toinvestigate restoring the rail line from Bude to Okehampton An artist’s impression of what the future could hold – a modern train is superimposed on a retro image of old Bude station Three Bude community groups have united to seek Government funding to support the reintroduction of a railway line between Bude and Okehampton via Holsworthy. Connect Bude, Bude Climate Partnership and Bude...

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The COVID-19 vaccination rollout: a triumph of logistics and NHS staff pulling together for local communities
Feb22

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout: a triumph of logistics and NHS staff pulling together for local communities

PIP RUBBRA, NURSE PARTNER AND NURSING TEAM MANAGER AT OKEHAMPTON MEDICAL CENTRE, GIVING A COVID-19 VACCINATION TO A PATIENT LAST WEEK – Copyright Mike Rego By Mike Rego The rollout of the Government’s mass vaccination campaign across the country has by all accounts been a triumph of logistics, with some 17 million vaccinations having been given so far, approximately 25% of the UK population, and a very real chance that by the...

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The fire that started in a bakery
Feb20

The fire that started in a bakery

I imagine when you read the title of this week’s Histories and Mysteries, you instantly thought of the Great Fire of London. Well, actually, a very similar event occurred in Chudleigh almost 150 years later. At around noon on 22nd May, 1807, a small fire broke out in pile of gorse stacked near the ovens at a bakery in Culver Street (now New Exeter Street). After the fire, only the church and seven houses were left standing. When...

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The Dartmoor fire – an accident waiting to happen
Feb19

The Dartmoor fire – an accident waiting to happen

Adrian Colston I’m sitting in Exeter. I’m nowhere near Dartmoor. I’m not really sure where the fire actually is, I don’t how it started, but am I surprised? Ok, yes, I’m surprised it was last night, because I thought Dartmoor was covered in snow, but apparently it is not. However, this was an event which has been waiting to happen for many years. There are those who will tell you that Dartmoor is overgrazed and as a result there is...

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A short walk to a better day
Feb19

A short walk to a better day

By Rich Green The clouds are moving quickly this morning, revealing pools of bright, blue sky as they roll across the Meldon Hill. I’m out early, determined to at least start my walk before the rain arrives. Not that I mind walking in the rain; not any more, I should say. The restrictions placed on travel, since the start of the coronavirus disease outbreak, have meant that many people, myself included, have been forced to...

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The Big Interview with Clive Richards – “I couldn’t wait to try my hand at blowing things up and scaling cliffs”
Feb09

The Big Interview with Clive Richards – “I couldn’t wait to try my hand at blowing things up and scaling cliffs”

Clive Richards, artist, fromer Royal Marine and publicity manager for SSAFA – pictures copyright of Chris Saville I have said previously in some of my previous Big Interview pieces, the people with best stories to tell are not necessarily the TV personalities, sportspeople or authors, but actually those who might be classed as ‘ordinary’ – whatever the heck that means! As someone who has studied History at postgraduate level, I...

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