Green Issues: It’s our duty
Oct02

Green Issues: It’s our duty

My brother and I were huge Michael Jackson fans when we were young. My brother would spend hours in front of the TV, watching the music videos and trying to copy the dance moves. He got quite good in the end. But what made me think of this now is Michael Jackson’s song, Heal the World. As a young person already deeply concerned by what was happening to the earth, I was a member of WWF (World Wildlife Fund, as it was then) and used to...

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Ivybridge host first county softball tournament
Oct02

Ivybridge host first county softball tournament

It was a beautiful day as the teams arrived at Ivybridge Cricket Club. The club looked glorious – pitches were marked, gazebos out for scorers and teams and most importantly, coffee was on the go! We were looking forward to a great day of cricket for the ladies’ softball and after such a strange season, it was great to see six teams in the tournaments, separated into their playing bubbles for the day. The cricket was competitive, but...

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It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College
Sep18

It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College

Okehampton College returns after lockdown. At the beginning of the month pupils across the UK returned to their classrooms for the start of a new school year. Despite many months of uncertainty, a summer of discontent coupled with mixed and confusing messages emerging from Westminster, one man already had it nailed. Mr Derrick Brett and his formidable team at Okehampton College had been planning this day with military precision. Mr...

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A very British farming revolution:  Challacombe Farm
Sep18

A very British farming revolution: Challacombe Farm

Despite the vocal nature of Brexit over the last four years, on the sidelines, there has been a quiet revolution occurring in British farming. Earlier this year the Government set out in the Agriculture Bill its radical proposals about how farmers will be supported. It is proposed to be one of the largest changes in farm support since the Second World War. Under the new system, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for farming...

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Folkmoor: Is Widecombe really the Otherworld?
Sep18

Folkmoor: Is Widecombe really the Otherworld?

Along with many other long-standing traditional events which take place on an annual basis (Ottery St Mary tar barrels being the latest to fall) Widecombe Fair is having to take an enforced hiatus this year. Twelve months ago in this column I wrote about the traditional song associated with the fair. At the end of that piece, I stated that there was a theory that placed the song about Tom Pearce and his old grey mare not at Widecombe...

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Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?
Sep18

Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?

Quite helpfully, I’ve left writing this column to the last minute. I normally have some idea of what I’m going to write about but this week was one of those ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ weeks. As it turns out, just as we are about to go to press, I have received a message from a town councillor about some potentially breaking news that could have a huge impact on the commons. Currently, this claim is unsubstantiated and I would...

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