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FOR THE first time, the four Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the Tank Corps in World War One will be brought together and put on display. The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, has managed to secure them all and will unveil them on Monday, August 6 in a special exhibition. The museum owns one …

ENVIRONMENTAL charity Surfers against Sewage is set to benefit from a collaboration between a bespoke brewery and a supermarket giant to turn bread into beer. The team will then donate some of the the profits to fund the charity’s beach clean-up campaign. Tiny Rebel Brewery has teamed up with Iceland to make the most of …

CHIN chin! A pioneering West Country company is standing up to be counted with a new type of holiday getaway. The Stand Up Paddle Board company and a bespoke Scottish gin producer have joined forces to offer adventure travellers a unique type of Highlands trip – a gin and stand-up paddle boarding micro-adventure. Devon-based SUP …

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 …

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 …