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Firefighter and football fan! Steve Ward, a retained firefighter from North Tawton, has served with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for the last 13 years. Now 42, he was educated at North Tawton Primary School and Okehampton College... more

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A lady whose roots run deep Rosie Yells runs to meet me at her farmhouse. I get the feeling that a lot of Rosie’s life is lived on the run - she is a busy farmer who is passionate about the land, her animals and the community in which she lives... more

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A busy man with a strong love of the community Councillor, Reverend, Mayor, President - this year, Okehampton resident Mike Davies is certainly going to be wearing quite a few hats! Mike is a ward member for Okehampton North on West Devon Borough... more

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Sarah Howard is a director of Warm Welcome Hotels, but a large part of her life has revolved around her passion for horses, equine issues and giving her time to help other people benefit from riding. As a director of Warm Welcome Hotels, better known more

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Samantha Clark has a passion for bloodhounds and their amazing capacity to follow a scent. She has little time or patience for the two-legged, but plenty for the four-legged. Sam has always enjoyed watching dogs work and was particularly interested more

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Helen Harris retired from Tavistock College in July this year, after 40 years of teaching, but before she left the classroom for the last time, Kaye went to talk to her about her many roles, including one in particular with Shola, the college dog. O more

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An interesting newcomer to Princetown, is David Lemon, who completed a 3,200-kilometre trek along the length of the mighty Zambezi River three months before his 70th birthday. In his time David Lemon has managed to fit in working as a police office more

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After winning TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Small Hotel’ in Europe and the UK, The Tavistock House Hotel is one of Tavistock’s newest gems. Nichola really didn’t need much persuasion to go and visit it and see what it takes to win such an accolade. Born in Al more

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Simon Dell’s interest in the way people lived, along with his love of the outdoors have combined to make him an ardent supporter of local heritage. When I asked Simon Dell if I could interview him for the heritage issue, I knew he would have a lot of more

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38 years ago, Chris Grove was living and working in London as a chartered surveyor, when he spotted an advertisement in The Times for the auction of a station house at Bere Ferrers… He was familiar with the area and had always had a keen interest in more

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One of the youngest Dartmoor National Park Authority sector rangers, Andrea Roberts has been looking after Dartmoor for nearly fifteen years. She explained to Nichola why she and her fellow rangers love this remarkable and diverse profession - often more

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A former soldier with a passion for the moor Tony, a youthful 73, was brought up in Okehampton and despite going to boarding school and travelling the world through his life in the army, he has managed to stay pretty close to the town and moors that more

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A farmer who is Dartmoor born and bred but enjoys just a touch of the wild west! Born and raised on the fringes of northern Dartmoor, it is plain that the moors are embedded deep within farmer Phil Heard’s soul. It may sound poetic and whimsical but more

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‘Every day is different’ says the Dartmoor walker Life is a bit of a jigsaw for Okehampton’s Paul Rendell. Not only does this busy man edit a bi-monthly magazine, he writes books, gives talks and guided walks, clocking up around 2,500 miles a year more

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Val is the manager of Oxfam Books and Music in Tavistock, which she has worked hard to turn into a thriving and attractive shop, aided by a very willing band of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. I meet up with Val in the shop – it’s her day of more

Sophie Allen recently spent a year volunteering with Project Trust in Nepal after finishing her A levels. In the following account she shares some of her experiences and insights into a very different culture which she found hard to leave at the end more

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Margaret Garton has spent a large part of her life serving the community in voluntary roles. However, for the most part her roles have not been what you might consider conventional volunteering. Practical volunteering tasks have never been Margaret’ more

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If you are connected with Tavistock Rotary, the Sensory Garden, the Memory Café or Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance, you will almost certainly know Catherine Bailey - for despite living and working in Plymouth she has made Tavistock her home. She more

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Bryan Podmore has been a key volunteer and trustee with TASS for many years – he explained to Nichola why his work with TASS has become so important to him… Born in the small Welsh village of Maerdy nestled in the Rhondda Valley, Bryan had a charmed more

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