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Dawlish's St Gregory's Church. Picture by Geograph

Devon's Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is inviting nominations for its 2021 'best churchyard' competition, and is expecting a large number of entries.

The charity says local people have appreciated the green spaces around their churches 'like never before' during the Covid pandemic, with many churchyards becoming 'real sanctuaries' for the local community to exercise and observe nature, not just for churchgoers.

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The Serpent Picture: BBC/Mammoth Screen

Crime drama series, The Serpent, has proved a great success since it came to our screens in January. But the man who produced the hit TV series advises you not to watch it on your own!

It was developed by Mammoth Screen for BBC One and Netflix and tells the story of how conman and murderer Charles Sobhraj, played by Tahar Rahim, was eventually caught with his girlfriend Marie-Andree Leclerc, played by Jenna Coleman.

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Over the last few years, I have made my position on the closure of Teignmouth Hospital clear, especially when it comes to the decision-making processes involved and the implications for health and care provision in Teignmouth and across the wider South Devon footprint.

First of all, as I have previously put on record, the new hub at Teignmouth bringing together some of the GP practices, the integrated services team, and the voluntary sector, is the right way forward. Our local primary care team are literally world leading exemplars of how to integrate services. However, this consultation process has been about much more than that. It's about the adequacy of that provision to cover residents needs more broadly and the future of Teignmouth Hospital. The CCG decision-making process does not adequately address all of this.

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Waves crashing over the railway track

Seven years ago today, Dawlish made international headlines when a massive storm destroyed the sea wall and left part of the railway track suspended above the wreckage.

Today, Network Rail is looking back at the events of February 2014 and the huge efforts of its 'Orange Army' to repair the track and re-establish the rail link to the rest of the south-west.

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Local MP Anne Marie Morris

Alongside the tragic loss of life and livelihoods, one of the most devasting impacts that the Coronavirus pandemic has had is on the life chances of children through the substantial disruption to education over the last year.

Whilst children haven't necessarily been physically in the classroom, schools have very much remained open over the last 12 months, not only providing on-site provision for the children of key workers and those classed as vulnerable, but also providing lessons online. Like other key workers, all those who work in schools and other education settings have done a phenomenal job over the last year of keeping things going and providing support for young people, and we should all be incredibly thankful for that.

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Anne Marie Morris, by Richard Townshend

So, the highly anticipated vaccine is here and going into people's arms as we speak. We have two centres which local GPs have organised, one at Dawlish Community Hospital and the other in Sherborne House in Newton Abbot. Having seen the Newton Abbot centre at work, I was very impressed. Each week a list is compiled of those in the priority categories who are most in need and invitations are sent out.

That said, this is a marathon, not a sprint. The arrival of several vaccines is great news, but not a quick fix. GPs and vaccination centres have lists of over 80s among the first in the queue for a vaccine. They are gradually working through their lists and contacting patients inviting them for a vaccine. Those who are the most vulnerable in that group are being prioritised. So, if someone younger than you has been vaccinated and you haven't – you haven't been missed – it is coming!

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