New bus service being launched to connect with Okehampton rail services

A new bus service is being launched by Devon County Council to coincide with the re-opening of the railway line to Okehampton. From Saturday 20 November, Service 118 will link Tavistock to Okehampton, via Mary Tavy and Lydford, to provide an integrated connection to the rail services between Okehampton and Exeter during the day. As the 118 runs hourly and the rail service approximately every...

When the Lions Roar! Publican of the Kings Arms Okehampton pens football anthem for EURO 2020

Tenant, Rob Bass, of the Kings Arms Okehampton has rewritten his hit anthem for this year’s EUROS. The 2018 World Cup song, “When the Lions Roar!”, has been given a timely update with a new intro and final verse, to support England’s inspiring EURO 2020 campaign.

Credited to The Kings Arms Collective (KAC), the lyrics were written by Rob himself, and then produced by Richard Brown,...

A view of open countryside beside the A30 where a retail development has been refused consent

Campaigners jubilant as Planning Inspectorate dismisses appeal for controversial Whiddon Down ‘farm shop’ development

Countryside campaigners Devon CPRE are celebrating along with local residents after they joined forces to oppose a controversial retail development on greenfield land next to the A30 near Okehampton.

In the final twist in a long-running saga, the Planning Inspectorate today announced that an appeal by the applicant Jack Mann against West Devon Borough Council’s refusal to grant...

Plans approved for 220 new homes for Okehampton

Plans have been approved for 220 much-needed new homes on the outskirts of Okehampton, Devon along with substantial public, open green space and play areas.

Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes will also build the long-called for ‘Southern Link Road' to serve the whole of Okehampton and reduce traffic in the town centre. The new road will feature Devon banks and a beech tree-lined...

Essential safety repairs will get underway on the A3079 near Okehampton next week

Around 11 miles (18km) of the road from Fowley Cross to Cookworthy Farm, via Halwill Junction, will be resurfaced, starting from Monday 6 April.

The seven-week scheme will be carried out using a series of day-time closures with signed diversions in place. Some overnight work may be needed when temporary traffic lights will be used.

All of the work will be undertaken Monday...

Festival promises a weekend of folk, food and fun

All roads lead to Dartmoor on 23- 25 October, when one of the country’s best loved folk festivals hits the streets, halls and pubs of Okehampton.

The 17th Baring-Gould Weekend, organised by Okehampton-based music charity Wren Music, combines intimate concerts by established acts alongside community orchestras and choirs, impromptu street performances, dancing, and plenty of local food...

Rock band Downfall need your votes!

Young up-and-coming rock band Downfall from Okehampton are needing your votes as part of nationwide competition 'Brand New Artist'. They take influence from Stone Sour, Black Stone Cherry and Black Label Society.

Along with 99 other acts, they are competing to win prizes to the value of 100k.

The band consist of 25 year old Karl Little on lead guitar and vocals, 18 year old...

Suspected drugs seized in Okehampton

Police have seized a large quantity of suspected drugs and £30,000 cash from an address in Okehampton.

Officers executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on 19 February and seized the cash, more than 1,000 tablets, white powder and a large quantity of suspected cannabis resin.

A 56-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to...

Delays on A30 after two lorries collide near Okehampton

One lane remains closed on the A30 near Okehampton after two lorries collided at around 6.10am on Thursday 10 October.

The drivers of both drivers were taken to hospital; both are believed to have leg injuries which are not thought to be life threatening or life changing.

The collision occurred between the B3260 turning and Sourton Cross, westbound. Police say the recovery of...

Motorcyclist killed in collision near Okehampton

A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision near Okehampton at the weekend.

Police are appealing for witnesses into the fatal collision which happened shortly after 4.20pm on Sunday 6 October on the A386 outside Lower Lodge, Merton, near Okehampton.

A 44-year-old local man, riding a Suzuki GSXR, was travelling in the direction of Torrington from Meeth with a group of other...