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Places

John Pedder (centre with chain of office) as chairman of Lynton Urban District Council in its final years).

Man on the moor

Philip Dalling recalls the battle 40 years ago to keep government as local as possible in Exmoor’s twin towns

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A portrait of William Cookworthy

The china chemist

In the latest of his series of features for Devon Life on Great Devonians, Ian L. Handford reveals it was an apothecary from Kingsbridge who discovered how the Chinese make its porcelain - and soon Britain would supply the world

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Holiday E-Editions

Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2013 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Events

Cock Redstarts like this bird can be seen on the nature trail

Dawn Chorus Walk at Pentillie Castle

An essential event for bird enthusiasts - Pentillie Castle is holding a Dawn Chorus Walk on Saturday 26 April, as part of its ‘Nature Weekend’.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra performing

Volunteers needed for Philharmonia Orchestra’s exciting music project

Get involved with iOrchestra and participate in a fun musical project this Summer

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Walks

Cock Redstarts like this bird can be seen on the nature trail

Dawn Chorus Walk at Pentillie Castle

An essential event for bird enthusiasts - Pentillie Castle is holding a Dawn Chorus Walk on Saturday 26 April, as part of its ‘Nature Weekend’.

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Paths for a Poet

You will find yourself following in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as you take this lovely walk containing many contrasts, reveals Simone Stanbrook-Bryne

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Celebrity interviews

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A Friend in demand

Devon was in the spotlight in the run-up to Christmas as Teignmouth boy Luke Friend stormed into the final of one of the biggest talent shows ever. Kate Haskell met him for Devon Life as he returned to the West Country to perform a surprise gig for fans

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Mary Berry

Mary Berry Queen of baking

Why not treat mum on Mother’s Day to tickets for the Big Cake Show at Exeter and the chance to see Mary Berry?

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Arts

The Philharmonia Orchestra performing

Volunteers needed for Philharmonia Orchestra’s exciting music project

Get involved with iOrchestra and participate in a fun musical project this Summer

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Bradworthy Arts Festival

Bradworthy Arts Festival is returning on 3, 4 and 5 May 2014, offering people of all ages a free opportunity to enjoy the work of more than 80 artists from around North Devon

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A positive future for Devon tourism

Why North Devon based company Holidaycottages.co.uk is keen to continue investing in the region

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Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

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Devon Life Home Cook of the Year 2014

You’ve watched Masterchef and thought … I could do that. Your family want you to enter the Great British Bake Off. And secretly, you’ve gone to bed at night dreaming of winning a big cookery competition.

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Learn from the best at the Exeter Food Festival; pictured here baking with Manna from Devon cookery school

Exeter Food Festival 2014

It’s back - bigger and better and with a new tourism award tucked under its belt - so join us at this celebration of the very best food and drink from the South West

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Restaurant reviews

Kentisbury grounds

The Coach House Restaurant and things to do in North Devon

There is lots to enjoy in North Devon and the Coach House Restuarant at Kentisbury Grange is one place not to be missed out

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Interiors

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Objects of desire: Bespoke beauty

The term ‘bespoke’ has become so over-used, it has lost its true meaning and significance. But at Barnes of Ashburton, they still use the word to describe a kitchen that has been sympathetically designed to work with the architecture of the house, not against it.

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The kidney bean shape of Keppel Gate means no rooms within are a boring shape

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Master cob expert Kevin McCabe built Keppel Gate to stand the test of time, as KATE WILLIAMS discovers when she visits a stunning home which is certainly not a ‘mud hut’

Photos by Matt Austin

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Food & Drink Awards

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Gardens

Jim Buttress filming the Big Allotment Challenge

‘Go on, have a go’ says Jim Buttress

With the Great British Bake Off the BBC turned cake making into a national obsession and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood into household names. Now the same formula is being applied to gardening in a new BBC show, The Big Allotment Challenge, which starts tonight on BBC2 at 8pm

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Rosemoor Shows off Beautiful Blooms

RHS Garden Rosemoor will be bursting with blooms when it hosts the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) National Rhododendron Show and Competition on 26 – 27 April.

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Recipes

Chocolate Pudding in a Teacup

Recipe: Chocolate Heaven

Baked dark chocolate pudding with Baileys & vanilla ice cream

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The wafting scent of the gorse flowers inspired Susan to create this delicious ice-cream. Photo by Scott Liddell

Cooking with Gorse: Foraging for the Kitchen

How would you capture the wafting coconut-like scent of a coastal gorse bush? By turning the flowers into a stunningly delicious ice cream says Susan Clark

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Discover

Devonshire Homes

Devonshire Homes

Devonshire Homes is an independent award winning house building company who pride themselves on delivering a quality house that every purchaser is proud to call their “home”.

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Miniature Pony Centre

Miniature Pony Centre

Finding a great day out that is fun and engaging for the children, yet safe, clean and friendly on the pocket is exactly what you get when you visit the Miniature Pony Centre up on beautiful Dartmoor National Park.

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Life TV

The completed Devon Life nude sculpture

Meet Amethyst Josephina The Devon Life nude sculpture

To mark Devon Life’s April edition being themed The Arts Issue, the magazine commissioned its own artwork – The Devon Life Nude.

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Dean Clarke House £8 million refurbishment

Formerly the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, Dean Clarke House is undergoing an £8 million refurbishment.

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