A former Royal Marine who's never happier than when out on the moor.... Former Royal Marine Rob Ewen, who lives in Okehampton, is a real outdoors man. It’s not surprising really after completing 25 years with the Corps, before serving another 17 yea more

9 Jan 2018 12:50 Local People

A journey from injury to international honours Andrew White always knew he wanted to follow the family tradition and join the forces - his granddad served in World War II and his dad in the Artillery. In 2012 young Andrew, a former Okehampton Colleg more

9 Jan 2018 12:40 Local People

Christi is tiny. Blond and fair of complexion, she looks like a puff of wind could blow her away. But looks are very, very deceiving. A professional Muay Thai kick boxer since her early teens, she is a dedicated athlete whose steely determination to more

9 Jan 2018 12:28 Local People

Why did you become Father Christmas? As a little boy I dreamt of one day being able to bring joy to the world as my Grandfather Christmas had done before me; seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they open their sparkly new toys on Christmas Da more

13 Dec 2017 10:24 Trade Secrets

Maria Floyd is a talented artist and illustrator, taking the inspiration for her artwork from the environment around her. Maria Floyd has always painted. Working mainly with oils, occasionally acrylics or a mixture of both she paints on wooden board more

5 Dec 2017 14:52 Local People

Sam is Helen’s hearing dog and has been with her for three years. In that time, he has become so much more than just an aid to alert her to the sounds she can’t hear – he is also a loyal companion, a trusted helper and a real force for good in her li more

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Elizabeth and her husband Jeremy, have spent 17 years cultivating organic produce and in 2016 the couple launched ‘The Bere Brewery’. Elizabeth, known to her friends as Buffy, and her husband Jeremy, believe in a principled, idealistic life, in tun more

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Ian Renwick Managing Director Jaded Palates Wines of Chagford and Ashburton How long have you been in the wine business? It’s such a cliché to say ‘x number of years, but I’ve always been passionate about wine’ isn’t it? I don’t attach that much im more

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An Okehampton girl through and through, Katie works on the family farm near Meldon with her parents, Martin and Sarah. Now aged 25, she wasn’t sure about taking the university route when she left Okehampton College and with Mum and Dad’s encouragemen more

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Jan might say that in her 70th year she doesn’t have the energy she used to have but Okehampton’s mayor most definitely still has the passion and commitment of a person half her age. This former teacher is putting in a good 37 hours a week on behalf more

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Alison lives in the heart of West Devon, the family farm forming part of the parish boundary between Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne. It’s a unique environment, an ancient quarry within the boundary even qualifying as a Site of Scientific Interest ( more

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One of many Okehampton public figures who undertook their duties with pride and diligence… A few years ago, Okehampton Town Council discovered in their archives photographs of a large number of mayors dating back to the 1880s. The council subseque more


Newlyn-born Geoff, patron of the Cornwall Folk Festival, has lived on Dartmoor for more than 40 years and been described as a ‘stalwart of West Country folk and father of a folk dynasty’. He likes to tailor his performances to the audience and so th more

17 Oct 2017 12:06 Music & Art

Lee survived three tours in Afghanistan and then a freak motorway accident changed his life… Fit, active and seeking an outdoor life, Lee joined the Royal Marines at 21; having grown up in Dagenham, he was drafted to Bickleigh in 1992, and he and hi more

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Andrew took up triathlons two years ago and enjoys them so much that he now trains every day… You may know Andrew Bowden who works in the Co-op in Yelverton, as a mild mannered, tall and cheerful man, but when off duty he is passionate about the out more

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Alex had never really climbed until he went to secondary school – just three years later he was a member of the GB training team and taking part in competitions all over the world. ‘Adventurous’ and ‘competitive’ are two words that really spring to m more

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Stephen Earp was an 18-year-old stoker on board HMS Ardent during the 1982 Falklands conflict. Now landlord of The Royal Oak Inn at Meavy, he visited The Falklands in 2016 for the first time since the war and returned again earlier this year for the more


Meadowlands Leisure Centre, run by leading leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle, is proud to announce its sponsorship of local sports star and GB representative, Samantha Lake, in her forthcoming GB races. Competing in the European Aquathlon Championship more

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An enjoyable hobby and desire to help her son’s skin condition, has led to Sophie Goodwin-Hughes, from Belstone now owning and running a thriving international business. Sophie Goodwin-Hughes lived in Essex until about ten years ago when she and her more

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A diplomatic globetrotter whose heart was stolen by Devon Alan Payne, 83, lives in splendid isolation deep in the heart of West Devon, between Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly. It’s a far cry from the embassies of Budapest or Mexico City, or the offices more

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