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  • Vote for the referendum

    THE media has not covered itself in glory trying to capitalise on Nigel Farage's employment of his German wife centring upon his European work. That said, this...

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  • Looking for my ancestors

    MY great-great-grandfather was John Labbett, the son of Charles Labbett and Phyllis Robbins.They were married in Braunton on the April 1, 1825. John had two...

  • Velociraptor causes a stir

    THERE have been double-takes aplenty here at North Devon Hospice recently, as people stop to admire the 6ft tall inflatable dinosaur which has take up residence...

  • Questions of UKIP MEPs

    FOLLOW up to "Appalled by Miller's Case", April 24.I approve the majority of Mr Sargent's comments on this subject.However during my ongoing face to...

  • I will never forget help

    FOLLOWING up on Janet Stanley's letter, I would like to add my own accolade to the treatment of stroke patients in North Devon.I suffered a massive stroke while...

  • Party record is not good

    THE local UKIP chairman has written to you complaining about a Conservative minister "overclaiming" her expenses.It was quite disgraceful what Maria...

  • Museum is worth a visit

    ON behalf of the Trustees of Braunton and District Museum and everyone concerned with the museum, Jane (manager) and myself would like to thank Barry Hodgson,...

  • Voters want beds opened

    AS you reported in the Journal on April 17, a parish poll was held here in Torrington which proved beyond doubt that Torrington residents wanted the beds...

  • Signs aren't very hi-tech

    DRIVING along the A386 between Bideford and Torrington the other day, I encountered a short stretch of roadworks and was required to stop.At each end of the...

  • Fight to save our libraries

    THE proposed closure of the Northam and Appledore Libraries as they are now run is detrimental to the community, and will ensure the loss of assets both for the...

  • Poll showed town's spirit

    FOLLOWING the landslide victory on April 9 at the Great Torrington Town Council's parish poll when the townsfolk of Torrington voted yes by an astonishing 1,380...

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  • Bill has not had a chance

    A FEW weeks ago I heard on the BBC that the current parliamentary session of our government in Westminster was to be ended early this year because there wasn't...

  • Hub service is a lifeline

    THE Quayside Hub at Bideford is being pressurised to close due to cost.As parents we are very concerned for our children, who are now middle aged with the needs...

  • School offers more choice

    THOSE opposed to Route 39 Academy argue that a new secondary school is not required.Linden Homes has submitted plans to Torridge District Council for 550 new...

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  • Defending private care

    I am writing in response to the letter from Mike Creek in the Journal on March 13 headed "It's time for cuts to stop".While not contesting his...

  • Healthcare under threat

    WE are faced with a Government which has already decided to cut the national health budget by 20 billion pounds which will affect Devon county health provision...

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    Orace Otter birthdays

    Orace Otter is delighted to wish all his friends a very happy birthday.March 29 Libby Jean Bryan, Barnstaple.

  • Trimmings are rubbish

    PERHAPS, because the item on fly-tipping was in the Farming section, it mentioned many of the usual suspects but failed to include the depositing of hedge...

  • Changes are happening

    WHEN the Tory/Lib Dem coalition came to power they reduced the Environment Agency's capital budget by almost one third and just a few weeks ago they made 500...

  • Disgusted by outsourcing

    I was disgusted to read that Devon County Council has chosen to outsource the fight against domestic violence abuse in this county to a charity based in...