Jenny’s lockdown quilt a thing of beauty
Jun03

Jenny’s lockdown quilt a thing of beauty

Jenny Hutchinson has been making quilts since she was six years old, helping her Mother sew fabric squares cut from old dresses and curtain fabrics together to make quilts for relations. A lifelong interest was born. Jenny worked in the fabric department in the first Habitat in London where she met Alec. This was the Swinging 60s in London! In 1972, she and Alec opened Strawberry Fayre, a craft shop in Stockbridge, Hampshire, selling...

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Making a rescued dog’s journey a little less bumpy in Devon
Jun02

Making a rescued dog’s journey a little less bumpy in Devon

A bumpy lane in Devon is causing some real problems for dog rescue charity Forever Hounds Trust, which has recently set up a new Homing and Welfare Centre near Cullompton. The only access to the new Centre is via 438 metres of what could be the bumpiest lane in Devon! There are so many potholes, dips and ruts that it is proving a real challenge to get vehicles up and down there. Every visitor, both hound and human, gets shaken about....

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Do more on Dartmoor this half-term holiday
May28

Do more on Dartmoor this half-term holiday

Image from https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk May half term is all about maps! Families looking for some fun over half-term should go no further than Dartmoor National Park. The National Park has teamed up with local businesses to host some free family events and the theme is focused all on maps. From navigation and simple mapping skills to safety skills and treasure hunts, there’s something for everyone, whatever the ability. And with the...

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Garry and Roof-us take up running challenges for the Village Hall Roof Appeal
May28

Garry and Roof-us take up running challenges for the Village Hall Roof Appeal

Local gardener Garry Letheren is running in the ‘Conquer 24’ Endurance Race on behalf of the Sampford Courtenay Village Hall Roof Appeal. ‘Conquer 24’ is taking place on a five mile circuit in the grounds of Powderham Castle on June 5th/6th where competitors will be running to see how many laps they can achieve in 24 hours. Garry has decided to run on behalf of the Roof-us Appeal because of his close family connection to Sampford...

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RHS encourages families to grow together this summer
May28

RHS encourages families to grow together this summer

This Spring half term, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is encouraging families to Get up and Grow with a full raft of activities to inspire people of all ages. It follows a year which has seen millions more people take up gardening than ever before. Starting 29th May, it is a chance for families visiting RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon to have fun outside growing together. Whilst exploring the gardens in all their late spring glory...

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Actor John Nettles fights to protect Devon land from solar development
May28

Actor John Nettles fights to protect Devon land from solar development

By sharon goble One of TV’s best-known actors, Bergerac and Midsomer Murders star John Nettles OBE, is spearheading a campaign by countryside charity Devon CPRE against plans for yet another huge solar farm, right on his doorstep in northwest Devon. The veteran actor, author and narrator of Channel 4’s Devon and Cornwall series, who moved to rural Devon more than a decade ago, says if permission is given for the biggest solar farm in...

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