Learning the skills for regenerative farming
Nov26

Learning the skills for regenerative farming

Duchy apple agroforestry, Copyright Phil Sumption organic research centre By Nathan Einbinder – Regenerative Food and Farming lead – Schumacher College Regenerative farming has been gaining increasing support in the last few years, as it is acknowledged that ‘sustainable’ agriculture, in other words, sustaining a broken system that is harming the land and the farmers who manage it, is no longer a viable option. Instead, regenerative...

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Villagers ramble to raise funds for Children in Need
Nov26

Villagers ramble to raise funds for Children in Need

Sampford Courtenay villagers recently put their best foot forward to raise funds for the Children in Need appeal. A merry band and their dogs gathered to undertake the challenge of the Super Hero and Full Monty rambles from the Village Hall. The rambles used green lanes and footpaths in and around Sampford Courtenay and Honeychurch. The combination of good company, sunshine and home-made cakes back at the hall clearly helped the...

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An historic day for Dartmoor
Nov26

An historic day for Dartmoor

The re-opening of Okehampton station on the GWR route, Devon took place today with the RT Honorable Grant Shapps, Transport Minister as the guest to officially open the line. Photographs by Jack Boskett By Mike Rego At 7.30am on Saturday, 20th November, the first regular daily scheduled passenger train departed from Okehampton railway station to Exeter after an absence of 49 years. The train, a four-coach Class 150 Diesel Multiple...

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It’s been a very long journey
Nov17

It’s been a very long journey

A decade ago, I sat down with a number of key local figures in Okehampton, including Dartmoor Railway’s Operations Manager, to put a campaign plan in place for a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter. It was an optimistic discussion to say the least, given that our economy was still recovering from the financial crash and securing funding was going to be the single biggest challenge. We also didn’t just need to...

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Morning Post – Saturday 9th March 1850 – Taken from Devonshire Chronicle
Nov16

Morning Post – Saturday 9th March 1850 – Taken from Devonshire Chronicle

REMARKABLE OCCURRENCE On Saturday week last, Mr William Rattenbury, of Hatherleigh, having occasion to attend Okehampton market, during the time he was there he often felt as if some person was touching him on the shoulder, which made him look round several times to the bystanders, wondering to himself that he could not pass along the market quiet without being annoyed in such a manner. On his return home in the evening he called at...

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Folkmoor: Red Hair
Nov15

Folkmoor: Red Hair

As I quickly write this column late (sorry Editor Laura!) I note that it is 5th November. As everyone will be considering the Gunpowder Plot and fireworks as being associated with this date, I thought I would instead note that it is also International Love Your Red Hair Day. Stereotypes based on appearance are all too common. But redheads certainly seem have a raw deal. Where might some of these ideas have come from? Often, we might...

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