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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

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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

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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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With a love of the outdoors and a huge sense of adventure, Nicky Selby is well placed to instruct young, new and enthusiastic talent in the ways of kayaking, gorge scrambling and even bush craft! A love of the outdoors and a passion for teaching me more

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At just 19 years old, she will be one of the youngest solo British hikers to complete the gruelling 2665 mile, Pacific Crest Trail. Most of us would agree that being outdoors and active is a positive lifestyle goal. Perhaps we walk the dog, play gol more

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This is a story of stars aligning and delightful coincidences set amid 40 years of Rambling. Graham Clarke was born and raised in Horrabridge. As a young adult he moved to South Wales to pursue engineering training then to London where in 1965 he w more

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Running has been an important part of Martin Exley-Deane’s life for as long as he can remember. As a schoolboy in Staffordshire he lived and breathed it, winning the Staffordshire Schools County Cross Country Champ more

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Cycling round Europe on a tandem isn’t everybody’s idea of a relaxing break, but for Emily Woodhouse and her friend Joe it was the perfect two-month holiday. Emily has always been keen on outdoor activities and previous family cycling holidays had wh more

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A young farmer in every way Many of you may know Sally Blowey or certainly one or more members of her extended family who have lived and farmed in this part of Devon for more generations than Sally can actually remember! And for someone who has on more

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Managing Tavistock’s Farmers Market In 2001 a group of town councillors, farmers and community members set up a new initiative: The Tavistock Farmers Market. From relatively small beginnings, the market has now grown to 21 stalls and meets every... more

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