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Published quarterly by: Hoar Oak Publishing, Martinhoe Cleave, Martinhoe, Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4PZ Tel: 0845 2241203 email: hoaroakpublishing@googlemail.com web: www.theexmoormagazine.co.uk Editor: Hilary Binding (hilary.binding@btinternet.com) Designer: Naomi Cudmore (naomi@naomicudmore.co.uk/ www.naomicudmore.co.uk) Colour management: Colin Matthews Advertising sales: Zara Media: Grant Harrison, Susie Walker. Tel: 01392 201227; email: info@zaramedia.co.uk Printing: Warner Midlands PLC, Bourne IMPORTANT NOTICE We do our best to ensure that all advertisements and articles appear correctly. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by this publication. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher or editor. Copyright © Hoar Oak Publishing. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission. We welcome contributions that fit into the magazine’s general ethos but, while every care is taken, all such material is sent entirely at the sender’s risk.

contents

Issue 45 Winter 2008

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In the News

44 ASK BOB Bob Deville

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Letters

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Moorland Mousie Elaine Pearce

46 BOOKS Christopher Tull’s new novel

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Nettlecombe Grand Christmas Fair

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PROFILE: Stanley Johnson

52 A Wreath for Winter Susia Logan

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St Margaretʼs Hospice Sandy Francis

56 Tea Time Treats with Bob Deville

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Jack Frost Jane Mares

58 Christmas Shopping

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COUNTRY MATTERS Little Owl, Wise Owl with Trevor Beer

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Childrenʼs Exmoor Tales Mark Young

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Exmoor on the Catwalk Naomi Cudmore in conversation with Dean Thomas

FOR A SPECIAL

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EXMOOR

WALKING ON EXMOOR Minehead to Cornwall in a week

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PROPERTY James Green

THE COUNTRY MAGAZINE

SUBSCRIPTION OFFER SEE PAGE 79

Cover photo, this image and inside back cover: Neville Stanikk.

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50 Antiques Chris Binding visits Snapdragon Antiques

60 EATING OUT Take a break whilst out shopping 64 PUB GRUB The Lion Inn, Timberscombe 66 GARDENS Rosemary Lauder 69 JONʼS JOTTINGS 70 IN THE STABLEYARD Cindy Cowling 73 FARMING NEWS Sean Beer

74 EXMOOR DIARY GAME ON Brian Pearce visits a deer farm and 77 CROSSWORD Fred Pitfield looks at traditional game recipes for the festive season 80 TAILPIECE Norma Huxtable

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Winter 2008