why folk from that part of the world are called Moonrakers
It's either because they like that particular brand of butter or because they all enjoyed the Bond films with the Jaws character.
Okay, so it is in the 'oo-ar' part of England where pretending to be a simpleton village idiot is, and has for a long time, been treated an an artform. Supposedly when hiding contraband booze, they would use village ponds. If they were caught in the act of hiding barrels underneath ducks or the beloved English royal swan, they would claim to be trying to rake the moon out of the water for a tasty cheesy snack.
Here are my favourite counties that don't exist due to various accidents of geology:
Viking, Cromarty, Forties, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Thames, Dover, Wight (not Isle of), Portland, Plymouth, Lundy... Faeroes and South-East Iceland. Ireland can have Shannon, Bailey and so on, whilst I will allow... I will allow Norway to keep North Utsire and South Utsire.
I think that you're roughly the same age as me (early 30s, right?) and I grew up outside of Bath
I couldn't tell a lie... Westbury. Under the White Horse, not far from the corn circles (and the cement factory).