Peter Shearn

A ray of light out of tragedy.

Following the heartbreaking death of Reuben Williams in a car crash this time last year, his grieving grandparents have made every effort to generate positivity from real tragedy. Reuben, 3,  was in a car on Plymouth Road, when it was hit by a drink-driver, Andrew Vass who is now in prison on a charge of…

Positive action despite adversity

The past few years have been eventful for Pa Arding. In the wake of her last incident she is still working her way through a long recovery but it’s not getting in the way of her crusade to clean up our oceans. Fortunately, Charlotte Farrer, recently appointed as a personal assistant, is also passionate about…

The Return of the Bull

Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is searching through the rooms with Rick who sells reclamation furniture in the Market at the weekend. We are upstairs and the place is a wreck. Rick scans for any items left behind in the building. Geetie claims to be Rick’s best customer and will be using reclaimed and re-purposed furniture throughout…

What can you recycle?

Recently, we have seen questions about recycling and there appears to be some confusion on what can and cannot be put in the clear plastic SHDC bags. South Hams District Council have committed to improving the systems and say theyt will be able to process more materials over the next couple of years, so we…

Be-Wilded

An immersion into a world of art. A walk up the wooden stairs to the Angel Gallery in South Street will land you in a world of artistic peacefulness. Lebanese born Azul-Valerie Thome and Katz Cowley the creator of the childrens book that has become a hilarious viral you-tube sensation. Azul is weaving a colourful…

Humanising the High Street

The town of Totnes is a tourism magnet and quite rightly so. It’s beautiful. But the one thing that crops up over and over again is just how un-friendly it is to those valuable visitors. We have a high street where the car is king and that is so obviously wrong that this subject will…

Innovation and Tradition in the centre of Totnes

Conker shoes – a Totnesian institution, goes a long way back. 1977 in fact. Originally a co-operative of several people and inevitably having several changes is now owned by Simon Gwilt and Yvette Worrall. Passing through the immaculate showroom takes you into a thoroughly functional factory space where the handcrafted work gets done. Simon explains…

Anti-Fracking March “Let Communities Decide”

The 3 imprisoned anti-fracking protesters …have now been released, having previously been given custodial sentences on “manifestly excessive” punishment terms, by a judge with alleged links to a firm profiting from fracking. One of the protesters, Rich Loizou, a nature connection and land-based learning facilitator at Schumacher College in Dartington and a tutor at a primary…

The Totnes Holistic Bus Service

As you would expect in a land of crystals, generic healing and wooden mushrooms, Totnes’ very own Bob the Bus is considerably more than two yellow mini buses chuntering around town. Totnes Pulse decided to find out more and during October, we will be highlighting this truly innovative service. We sought out the coordinator, Lyn…