Dartmoor vulnerable to extreme fire risk
May04

Dartmoor vulnerable to extreme fire risk

© Mike Rego By Mike Rego A family day out of Dartmoor at the end of the school holidays ended in disaster for a family from Paignton when their car burst into flames near Postbridge on the afternoon of Tuesday, 20th April, at about 3.55pm. Two fire engines attended the scene from Chagford and Yelverton. The car was completely destroyed, along with about 25 feet of mainly gorse edge atop a granite wall by the side of the road, but...

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Four men and a dog take on the Tors
May03

Four men and a dog take on the Tors

Steve Hindley, Martin Procter, Mischa, John Holl, and Alan Deacon Four ‘elderly’ men and a dog have been walking on Dartmoor together for over many years. When John, aka ASM, the Ancient Submariner, entered his 80th year last August, it was decided that during that year, together, they would climb all of the tors on Dartmoor. Deciding which list of tors was a challenge in itself but finally they decided upon William Crossing’s 181...

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Special plaque brings together 48 names of fallen firefighters for the first time
Apr30

Special plaque brings together 48 names of fallen firefighters for the first time

Blue Watch Commander Rob Baxter with the plaque of firefighters’ names – Copyright Chris Saville To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz, a special ‘Red Plaque’ will be unveiled in honour of the World War II firefighters who fought the flames that engulfed the city. For the first time, the names of 48 firefighters, consisting of 45 men and three women, killed during the Plymouth Blitz, have been brought...

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Woodland Trust seeks help from the public to dig out memories of popular beauty spot
Apr30

Woodland Trust seeks help from the public to dig out memories of popular beauty spot

Dartington Axe Team. Credit: Moretonhampstead History Society Do you have fond memories of Fingle Woods that you can share as part of an exhibition? The Woodland Trust is looking for stories from people who have lived, worked in or loved this iconic Dartmoor wood. Contributions could include old photos, film or audio recordings, letters, postcards, or memories and quotes shared in person, via email or recording. Together they will...

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Blackpool School’s Massive 5000 Challenge
Apr30

Blackpool School’s Massive 5000 Challenge

Ethan Dulling – Completing 5000 jumps on his trampoline Over the past couple of years, Blackpool School in Liverton has been raising money to redevelop their very run down and sparse school playground. They are hoping to reach a total of £15,000, which will enable them to build a brand new climbing tower and activity trail for the children. So far, they’ve managed to raise £10,000 – a fantastic achievement, especially given the...

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Ashburton postmaster launches fund to extend town’s library
Apr30

Ashburton postmaster launches fund to extend town’s library

Ashburton Postmaster Stuart Rogers in the Community Library © Chris Saville Postmaster Stuart Rogers, together with his wife Jackie, recently celebrated eight years to the day since taking over Ashburton Post Office on 30th April, 2013. To celebrate their eighth anniversary the community-driven couple have launched an ambitious plan and a series of fund raising initiatives to extend the town’s library which is sited within the Post...

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