It is with very great sadness that we have heard of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

It was in Devon as a young naval officer, training at Britannia Royal Naval College, that Prince Philip met and later married Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not surprisingly therefore the County has been important to them both throughout their lives and they have visited us here many times.

We give thanks for a wonderful life. May he rest in peace.

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Best foot forward at StarTrek 2017

by | March 20th, 2017

The 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge included VIPs, wind, rain, mud and good humour.

Walkers braved wind, rain and mud last night (Saturday) for the 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge.

The night time charity walk on Exmoor was this year based at Hunters Inn near Parracombe.

It saw hundreds of walkers set off into the darkness to take on an orienteering challenge of 16 or eight miles along a route that took them on roads and cross country.

The walkers were set off by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon and his wife Catriona.

As ever, North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West were the beneficiaries, with Devon Air Ambulance as the third chosen charity.

It is organised by both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs and StarTrek chairman Paul Williams said an estimated £35,000 had been raised this year.

He added: “All of the volunteers – more than 100 of them – did a sterling job in supporting the event. The walkers were phenomenal completing the course with determination and raising that amount of money for the charities.

“There was a real buzz at base camp with the Lord Lieutenant spending a great deal of time talking to volunteers and walkers. He toured the facilities as well as visiting two outer checkpoints showing a good interest in the event and the people. We are now looking forward to next years event.”