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THE BIGGEST coastal defence project yet undertaken by the Environment Agency in the West Country will help save thousands of homes from flooding as well as rescue a famous dune system rich in wildlife, say its creators. To help make it all happen a giant 460-metre long “sausage” was filled with local sand and covered …

A TEAM of four are tackling the Jurassic Coast – with a twist. Instead of walking or running the route, they will be racing an ocean rowing boat 60km in the sea below the cliffs, to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The team, named Atlantic Discovery, are doing the Jurassic Coast Challenge in …

ONE OF the West Country’s favourite stars has been enlisted to teach children about history’s real-life heroes. Actor, comedian and writer Edward Rowe – better known as Kernow King – has been enthralling school children with tales of the past with the help of Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service. Using copies of original …

FILM-maker Yazmin Joy Vigus has looked to her roots to inspire a new short movie putting a modern twist on West Country legends. After a series of personal and professional setbacks, Yazmin decided to channel her frustrations into a short film script entitled Mermaids and, having created a trailer and attracted an award-winning team to …

ANDREA Ayres is aiming to become only the second person ever to complete one of the West Country’s most daring swims. Devon-based Andrea will be attempting to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly at the end of July to raise funds for sea bird conservation. Andrea, who works for the RSPB, said: “I …

CAMPAIGNERS behind a West Country project to save the honey bee are buzzing after winning £35,200 of support from the National Lottery. The B4 Project aims to conserve the remnant of the dark European honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, while encouraging Cornish bee-keepers in particular to develop their own local stock. The project will enable …

A FULL-sized replica Spitfire took centre stage at the weekend as World War Two enthusiasts, military vehicle owners and people reminiscing about times past join forces at a 1940s weekend. Troops prepared for action have been digging trenches and taking to the rails to give the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh the look and feel of …

IF YOU’VE not been on holiday for a year or two, steel yourself for a nasty surprise when you go to get your travel cash. Exchange rates are pretty rubbish these days so don’t expect loads of euros or dollars for your hard-earned dough. Exchange rates are one of those things in life that people …