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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Dartmoor Farm piloting new Regenerative farming certification scheme
Feb19

Dartmoor Farm piloting new Regenerative farming certification scheme

Mark Owen, Challacombe Farm,Dartmoor. Mark with his dogs Nukka,Moss and Scarlett , and livestock on the moor above his farmhouse. Challacombe Farm, a nature friendly Dartmoor farm, has been selected as one of just 50 farms across four continents to be one of the inaugural pilots for a new farm accreditation scheme – ‘Certified Regenerative’ run by the non-profit organisation ‘A Greener World’. This new certification covers...

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Council agrees to £9 million Ivybridge regeneration project
Feb19

Council agrees to £9 million Ivybridge regeneration project

Ivybridge. Following the report in the last edition of The Moorlander, councillors have now voted to move forward with £9 million regeneration plans for Ivybridge which will include a new Aldi for the town. At a meeting on Thursday, 11th February, South Hams District Council voted in favour of taking forward the proposals which they hope will result in an economic boost to reinvigorate the town. The regeneration plans include...

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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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