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Pub’s heart – and tea – warming support for children’s hospice

Mango the springer spaniel and the tea cosies knitted by Tors Inn local Margo Cockell.

Knitted tea cosies have been keeping the tea warm and raising money for Children’s Hospice South West at the Tors Inn in Belstone.

Mango, the pub’s springer spaniel, was the inspiration behind a baker’s dozen of tea cosies made by local Margo Cockell – 12 for the pub and one for the charity’s Little Bridge House hospice near Barnstaple in North Devon.

Enjoy a taste of spring at stunning Snowdrop Sunday

Get ready for spring at Andrews Corner, near Belstone, on Sunday, February 17.

People are being invited to enjoy an early taste of spring in a colourful corner of Dartmoor this month.

Thousands of snowdrops – as well as early crocus, dwarf daffodils and hellebores – are expected to be in bloom for the 12th annual Andrews Corner ‘Snowdrop Sunday’, near Belstone, on February 17.

The woodland garden, situated high on the northern slopes of Dartmoor, offers spectacular views across the Skaigh Valley. It was created over the last 50 years by the Hill family and is now home to around 100 different snowdrop cultivars, both common and the more unusual.

Instow marines’ festive fundraisers in aid of hospice neighbours

Royal Marines based at Instow have been stepping up their fundraising support for Children’s Hospice South West.

The 11 Amphibious Trails and Training Squadron, which raised more than £500 during a family fun day last summer, has now presented a further £671.71 to the charity following some festive fundraisers held on December 19.

Christmas puds and raffle boost fundraising at Bideford car dealership

Mary Blight and Blights Motors service advisor Hannah Esau present the fundraising cheque to Children’s Hospice South West community fundraiser Josh Allan at Little Bridge House in Fremington.

Blights Motors in Bideford has raised £615 for Children’s Hospice South West.

The family-run MG dealership in Clovelly Road held a Christmas raffle in the showroom, and also collected donations to the charity from customers, staff and family members.

Around 1,000 raffle tickets were sold and Mary Blight, who ran the garage for many years with husband Fred, also made her own Christmas puddings and sold them to help boost the garage’s fundraising efforts.

Marathon man Andy put though his paces with the Somerset CCC first team

Former Somerset County Cricket Club chairman Andy Nash training with players Josh Davey, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, Paul van Meekeren and Tom Lammonby at the County Ground in Taunton

If you’re taking your training for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon up a notch this January, you’re not alone!

Former Somerset County Cricket Club chairman, Andy Nash will be among many running their first ever marathon on Sunday, April 28 – and he returned to the County Ground in Taunton yesterday (Wednesday) to train with members of the Somerset first team.

Award-winning Masterchef to inspire charity lunches at Bude hotel

Peter Gorton and Aaron Vanstone (left) at the Falcon Hotel in Bude

Award-winning Masterchef Peter Gorton will add a touch of Michelin Star quality to the Falcon Hotel in Bude this winter.

The top West Country chef will be working with the hotel’s head chef Aaron Vanstone to create special two- and three-course menus for a series of charity ‘lunch and learn’ events taking place at the waterfront hotel.