Histories & Mysteries: Thomas Stukeley – Devon born pirate, double agent, forger and traitor
Dec02

Histories & Mysteries: Thomas Stukeley – Devon born pirate, double agent, forger and traitor

Sir Thomas Stukeley Thomas Stukeley was a soldier, pirate and adventurer, who was born in 1525 to Sir Hugh Stukeley in Affeton, North Devon. Though there are rumours that still circulate today that Henry VIII was actually his natural father. Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan age, whose exploits brought him fame and notoriety throughout Europe. Described variously as picturesque, quixotic, cloudy...

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Connect Bude stay positive despite a refused bid
Dec01

Connect Bude stay positive despite a refused bid

An artists impression of what the future could hold While the focus of attention has been directed towards the reinstatement of the Dartmoor Line, Connect Bude held its AGM on Saturday, 30th October, at The Falcon Hotel Bude. There was a strong turnout, despite continuing COVID-19 concerns, with over 30 members and supporters treated to three excellent and encouraging short talks by Dr Michael Ireland the Chair of OkeRail, Bruce...

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Cogs and Wheels ladies morris dancers celebrate their 25th anniversary
Nov29

Cogs and Wheels ladies morris dancers celebrate their 25th anniversary

Cogs and Wheels dancing around Sally’s Tree, planted in memory of Sally Reason, a founding member Last Saturday, 20th November, the South Zeal-based ladies morris dancers group Cogs and Wheels celebrated the 25th anniversary of their founding with a series of dances around Sticklepath, starting off at the National Trust-owned Finch Foundry. Cogs and Wheels were set up when some of the original founding members were inspired by...

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Preserving the heritage of Sticklepath
Nov28

Preserving the heritage of Sticklepath

Two major events have happened in Sticklepath recently. The first was that Tom Pearse’s grey mare, Bessie, returned to the village from which she was borrowed. She comes back every Hallowtide as part of the tradition for crowds of local children to find her and the seven ghostly riders. These are encouraged to show their repentance for their careless treatment of her on their way to Widecombe. This year, Bessie arrived a week before...

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Fire service opens consultation on draft plans for keeping people in Devon and Somerset safe
Nov27

Fire service opens consultation on draft plans for keeping people in Devon and Somerset safe

© DSFRS Draft plans to further develop services to prevent fire and rescue emergencies and improve how the fire service responds to incidents are being consulted on by Devon and Somerset’s Fire Authority. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, which delivers services on behalf of the Fire Authority, is carrying out a consultation on its five-year Community Risk Management Plan. The plan outlines the risks that communities are...

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Sustainable power generation key part of Local Plan consultation
Nov26

Sustainable power generation key part of Local Plan consultation

A major milestone has been reached in the delivery of the Teignbridge Council’s commitment to reduce the district’s carbon footprint as environmentally sustainable power generation options have been launched for consultation as part of the Local Plan review. The proposals come two years after the Council signed the Devon Climate Declaration: a commitment to working with Devon’s residents and businesses to use more renewable energy...

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