A dog rescue centre in Kent is taking the phrase “pampered pooch” to a whole new level. An anonymous donor left the shelter £50,000 which staff used to pay for underfloor heating and soothing music. Do your readers have a
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Some kids get a paper round, others pick potatoes for the local farmer. Not many become a mayor’s consort!! Keeley Allin, 12, is supporting her mum Sue Mills in her role as the new mayor of Great Torrington, Devon. Speak
The property market will always provide a good source of news and it would appear it’s taken another twist. Latest stats for May 2009 show the number of new properties available to let nearly halved: 34,088 in May compared with
Children of the noughties would scoff if you suggested they tried knitting, cake baking classes or some rock ‘n’ roll sessions down the local dance hall. But it appears good old-fashioned entertainment which typified the 1950s is making a comeback.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution attended, perhaps, the weirdest shout imaginable. A couple had to be rescued off the Cornwall coast after their yacht was attacked by a swarm of bees – read about it here. We often hear tales
Nothing is more amusing to tiger-like interviewers such as Jeremy Paxman than a bumbling politician who can’t answer a question on immigration. But Joe Normal wandering the streets of Britain may not do much better. According to new research by
Teachers working in the UK’s “toughest” schools will receive a loyalty bonus of £10,000, under new government plans. The cash windfall would be given after three years of service along with specialist training to cope with problem students. The package
A village in south-west England has been suffering a recruitment crisis for its annual carnival. Not enough women applied to be the carnival queen in the village of Stickler, Cornwall, so crossing-dressing men are now being invited to see if
Devon and Cornwall Police appear to be the first in the UK to use YouTube to catch a criminal. The force has posted CCTV images of a suspect it is seeking for an alleged assault in April 2009. So have
Almost a third of all internet users are too worried about online fraud to purchase goods using their credit cards via the web. Meanwhile, Office of Fair Trading research suggests of those who do shop online, 54pc feel it is
The number of unwanted pets has soared during 2009, according to the RSPCA. It seems animals are also not immune from the credit crunch as the charity reports a 60pc spike in the number of dumped pets – 1,432 in
Young people are often demonised as good-for-nothing layabouts and new research is doing little to dispel that reputation. The number of young people classed as ‘Neets’ – not in education, employment nor training – rose to 850,000 in 2008, a
The arts and antiques markets underwent something of a revival in the recession-hit first quarter of 2009. Those lucky enough to still have some spare cash are looking for investments away from banks and buildings societies. Every town has some
An elderly couple from Somerset are proving the theory that if you look after something it will serve you well for years. Eric and Nancy Kingston bought a rolling pin when they got engaged in 1938 for just 6d. Nancy
For centuries your local church was the place for sanctity from the outside world, offering a peaceful environment to pray or meet your fellow community members. While this is still available, you might also find some added reasons to drop