Amateur photographer with an eye for a view
Oct16

Amateur photographer with an eye for a view

Copyright Margaret Spittle Amateur photographer Margaret Spittles captured this delightful photograph of the sun rising whilst out walking on Dartmoor recently. She shared a little about her interest in photography and the moor: “Since I was in my teens I have always been interested in images, and nature, and initially I tried to capture these by painting. Being part of the wonderful countryside that surrounds us encouraged me to...

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Oke rail UPDATE – light at the end of the tunnel?
Oct16

Oke rail UPDATE – light at the end of the tunnel?

BEFORE 1 september 2020, Tors Road Bridge Credit Network Rail Over the course of the last few years this newspaper has, in association with all of the various action groups and other interested parties, been campaigning incessantly for the reinstatement of the Okehampton to Exeter railway line, which was axed as a result of the ‘Beeching’ cuts in 1972. More recently run as a heritage service by Dartmoor Railway – operated by Dartmoor...

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Dartmoor ponies as popular as ever
Oct16

Dartmoor ponies as popular as ever

Pony Sale, Chagford. Each October, people travel from far and wide to attend the annual Dartmoor pony drift sale held by auctioneers Rendells at Chagford Market Field. After the closure of the Tavistock sale, Chagford is the last remaining drift. Fears were high last October that even Chagford would fall foul of bureaucracy when, with just over a week to go, DEFRA tried to enforce new rules. “We had a system that worked very well...

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Ringing the changes
Oct16

Ringing the changes

The ringing of the magnificent Buckfast Abbey bells has been much missed during the many months of lockdown. An integral part of life for the monastic community, the congregation of the Abbey Church, tourists and of course, the volunteers who ring them, the bells have been silent for longer than those at many other churches. This is because ringing traditionally stops at the Abbey during Lent before joyfully pealing on Easter Sunday....

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The Great Goosey Gander meets Fiver Fest
Oct16

The Great Goosey Gander meets Fiver Fest

Tavistock has launched its own high street shopping campaign based around the famous goose fair that coincides with the Totally Locally National Fiver Fest. The history of Tavistock Goose Fair is part of the fabric of the town and, for the first time in living memory, the event will not be taking place. Tavistock BID (Business Improvement District) has been working with all the businesses of the town to put on a promotion in place of...

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Hatherleigh Carnival parades cancelled
Oct16

Hatherleigh Carnival parades cancelled

Following many rumours around the town of Hatherleigh, the Carnival Chairman, Mark Reddaway posted a notice on the Hatherleigh Carnival Facebook page confirming: “… that there will be NO Tar Barrels or Carnival procession on the 14th November, 2020. ‘This statement is in response to the rumours that have been going around Hatherleigh and surrounding areas that an event is going ahead on the 14th November. The matter was raised at a...

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