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Excited pupils and staff arrive on the opening day of the new Sherford Vale School. • Full story and more pictures on page 2

2 October 2018

Sherford Life

A group of Plymouth children spent their school holidays litter-picking. That’s the local news headline as I write.

Local group Clean Our Patch got together over July and August and collected over 700 bags of rubbish from the streets of Keyham and the surrounding areas. Isn’t that great? It gives me cause to be a very proud godfather, as my eldest goddaughter and her family are key members of the group. She was even on BBC Radio Devon to talk about it! Reading these stories gives us hope. It gives us hope that our streets can be restored to their former beauty. From there we dare to dream that our city, our country, even our world, could be restored. If you are anything like me, it also By Revd Tom Brassil presses on your conscience. You may find yourself asking, ‘What could I do? What should I do to make a difference in my neighbourhood?’ What will you do? Could your local neighbourhood be the next good news story in Plymouth? But are our hopes all for nothing? We may read that news story and wonder cynically to ourselves how long it will be before those streets are covered in litter again. Perhaps we are level-headed enough to know that it will take more than a bin bag and a grabber arm to sort out our world. Take the current ‘war on plastic’, for example. Back in June the UN reported that more than 50 nations around the world are now taking major steps to cut back on plastic. But will it be enough? Maybe we are honest enough with ourselves to know that we need to be cleaned up and restored. That the world will only change as much as we ourselves change. A national newspaper once ran an editorial inviting famous authors to answer the question, “What’s wrong with the world today?” One writer, G. K. Chesterton, wrote back a very simple reply: “Dear Sir, I am.” The great news is that the Bible shows us again and again how God can transform people from the inside out. In fact, it says that this is the very thing that Jesus came to do. People were changed when they met him. On one occasion Jesus met a paralysed man. Jesus had a reputation as a miracleworker, and everyone expected him to heal the man from his paralysis. And that is precisely what he did! But first he announced that the man had a bigger problem: he needed forgiving for the mess he had made of his life. And so before Jesus sorted out the man’s body, he sorted out the man’s soul. The wonderful thing is that Jesus offers that same forgiveness to us today! At Sherford Community Church this month we will be following the story of Jesus as he began his work. Why not come along and find out about him? If you have any questions about Sherford life, or if you would like to know more about Sherford Community Church, please contact me at tom@sherfordchurch. net


Residents turn out in force for opening of new school

Marking a monumental milestone in the development of the new Devon community, Sherford’s first primary school – Sherford Vale – is now officially open and welcoming pupils.

To celebrate the landmark occasion, local dignitaries and members of the Sherford Consortium joined pupils and their families as they walked through the streets of Sherford to the new school for the first time. Located at the heart of Sherford and taking just a year to complete, with construction and infrastructure firm Morgan Sindall leading its construction, the children aged between two and 11 years old are the first of 420 pupils set to attend the new school. Entering the main school building for the first time with teaching staff, pupils were greeted by high-quality facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces. Sherford Vale is set to offer a rich and balanced curriculum, with an emphasis on providing outstanding teaching across science, technology, arts, maths and PE, in addition to a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Teaching will also focus on sustainability, taking advantage of Sherford’s extensive Country Park, woodland and wildlife habits.

The new school represents a £6m investment into community infrastructure and has been funded by the Sherford Consortium – the partnership of award-winning homebuilders, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey – with £1m also pledged towards its creation by Devon County Council. The school is sponsored and run by the Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST), which has a proven track record in education excellence locally, also running neighbouring Ivybridge Community College. HMS Drake Personnel Support Group (PSU), which consists of Royal Navy personnel who are currently in between drafts or have recently finished training, also helped to prepare the school in the days leading up to the opening. This included washing the surrounding area, as well as putting together some of the school’s furniture. Rob Haring, CEO of WeST said: “It is fantastic to greet the very first Sherford Vale pupils and their families, as well as celebrating the landmark moment with those who have helped make the new school a reality. It has been an exciting journey to see the plans for Sherford Vale come to fruition, with the firm aim of providing outstanding education to the children of Sherford and its surrounding area. “Our vision is focused on

academic excellence and success for all children, who will be encouraged to think creatively, while being given opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities and sports, which has a proven track record in local educational excellence.” Nigel Whelan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work alongside our partners and staff at the school during the construction of Sherford Vale. The new school is an outstanding facility that

will create an inspiring and motivational space for pupils to come and learn in every day. “It’s been a fantastic journey so far and the new timelapse footage demonstrates the scale of work that has gone into creating a school of this highstandard and quality. “We hope that everyone at Sherford Vale is delighted with their new home, which we’re sure will become a much-loved part of the community it will serve for many years to come.”

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Plympton road improvements delayed until next year

Kingfisher in line for another top award Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Chaddlewood has been named on the shortlist for the Good to Go award at the Food Made Good Awards 2018, the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) annual industry accolades for the most progressive purveyors of food and drink.

The award is one of 17 that will be presented at a special ceremony on October 1 at FEST Camden in London. The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses whose extraordinary accomplishments in the last year are helping diners use the power of their appetites wisely. Kingfisher Fish & Chips co-owner, Craig Maw, said: “Responsible sourcing is at the heart of Kingfisher. Quite simply, if it’s not sustainable, it doesn’t go on our menu. We also regularly review our packaging to reduce our environmental impact and recently introduced our own branded insulated bags for life and reusable cups. It’s an ongoing challenge but something we’re determined to crack.

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Kingfisher proprietors Craig Maw and Nikki Mutton

“We’re proud to be flying the flag for the takeaway market and to be recognised alongside such great names in the SRA Food Made Good awards shortlist. We’re really excited for the ceremony!” In recognition of the huge ongoing growth of this part of the sector, already worth £10 billion a year, The Good to Go award, sponsored by Just Eat, is designed to reward a business whose main focus is takeaway (more than 50%), and which is helping to drive the sector forward in a positive way. Kingfisher is one of just three takeaways shortlisted in the Good to Go category, the other two being Brunch in Merseyside and

Joe & Za in London. The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and food service businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable. The shortlist is a treasure trove of concepts proven to make a positive difference. Every operator can find at least one great idea to try in their business. Plymouth University has also been shortlisted – in the Source Fish Responsibly category, which is for businesses doing most to help ensure plenty more fish in the sea.

Big birthday surprise for ‘Mr Plympton’

Notices at Marsh Mills and Glen Road were put up at the beginning of year informing motorists that the works would be starting in Spring 2018 and residents have been waiting ever since for evidence of the works getting underway. Now, though, it has emerged the main work will not start until some time in 2019, a year later than the previously published start date. A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: “The detailed design for the proposals for each of the junctions along Plymouth Road has been progressing and construction on the main works is now planned to start in the new year subject to confirmation of the required budget with enabling works planned to be carried out in the autumn. “The details of when the works for each of the junctions are to be carried out is still being finalised and will be publicised ahead of the main works starting.” This explanation has however caused consternation among some local residents. Paul Jarvis posted on social media “So our councillors didn’t even have detailed plans or an agreed budget...yet they told us the work would start in Spring.” Plympton Erle ward councillor Terri Beer however blamed the delay on the change of political control at the May 2018 local elections. She said: “We did have the funds and the planned works in place. Everything was ready to go in the Spring. The new administration have put it on hold.” As the Chronicle was going to press it emerged the matter is to be debated further at the full meeting of Plymouth City Council scheduled for Monday September 17.” (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

Water company responds to latest ‘pong’ problems

John Boulden (centre) pictured with all the guests at his surprise birthday party Below: the special cake made by Gert Landers

A Plympton historian got a big surprise when he turned up at Harewood House on his 85th birthday. John Boulden MBE thought he was going along to a routine meeting to discuss a heritage room he is involved in setting up there, but instead he was greeted by over 80 people for a surprise birthday cream tea. As well as the cream tea people were able to enjoy a special cake made by Gert Landers. John is known locally as ‘Mr Plympton’ and the cake was decorated with a Mr Plympton shield and an item depicting Plympton Priory which John has been involved with for many years. Speaking afterwards John said: “I have just about come down from cloud nine after what was a very emotional but enjoyable afternoon. I was overwhelmed by the number

of people who turned up to celebrate my birthday, it’s amazing. I cannot believe so many people turned out.” Stannator Natalie Harrison was among those who turned up for the surprise event. She said: “It’s been a real pleasure to have been here today to celebrate with John Boulden on his 85th birthday. He’s an amazing advocate for Plympton and I was thrilled that I was able to be here to be part of this lovely occasion and I wish him all the best for many more years.” Past Youth Ambassador Isaac Hudson, current Youth Ambassador Molly Disney and many previous Stannators were also among those who went along to the celebration. A total of £71 was also raised which will be shared between the Plympton Priory Fund and the fund for the new heritage room at Harewood House.

South West Water have responded to complaints from local residents about the return of the ‘Plympton Pong’ in recent weeks. Sandy Franklin was among those commenting about it on social media. She said: “It smells so regularly. It’s disgusting and we shouldn’t have to put up with it. When we have guests come to visit it’s embarrassing!” Andrew Trust added: “I travel over the Marsh Mills flyover going towards Cornwall and have done every morning at 5am for the last 20 years. This summer and particularly the last few weeks when it’s been warm are the worst I’ve known it for the stink.” In response to the concerns South West Water media officer Becky Moran said: “We do our best to prevent the inevitable odours that occur with sewage treatment processes. As part of routine odour management at Marsh Mills Sewage Treatment Works we currently have four odour misters over the primary settlement tanks. “The failure of a valve at the end of August may have contributed to some local residents noticing an increased odour from the site. The valve has been replaced and the site is returning to normal operation. We received four complaints about odour from Marsh Mills during August, compared to one in July. “We would urge customers to contact us promptly with any odour complaints on 0344 346 2020 so we can investigate promptly.” The company denied there was any issue arising from the extra sewage it is now having to treat as a result of extra buildings coming on stream from new developments. (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

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Out and About Your guide to events in the local community and beyond

Hope 90 Flower Festival Sept 20 - 23 Hope Baptist Church is celebrating its 90th anniversary at Peverell Corner. A Flower Festival will be held in the church, opened by the Lord Mayor at 11am, with the festival running from 11am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Various groups from within the church and from the local community will contribute displays on the theme ‘All Good Gifts Around Us’. Entrance is free and tea and coffee will be available.

2018! If you’re intrepid enough to take the rough with the smooth and pit yourself against the wilds of Dartmoor in this mixed-terrain biking event, sign up now! Last year, places went fast. Choose between the intermediate 23km route or if you’re feeling brave enough, tackle the hills up to Princetown on the 52km route, putting your cycling skills to the ultimate test. For a more gentle, family-friendly experience, try the 11km ride along Drake’s Trail, suitable for anyone with a bike.

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Moscow State Circus Oct 5 to 21 One of the most spectacular circus displays returns to Plymouth’s Central Park. The circus will bring its latest and greatest production Gostinitsa - a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the whole family. Nowhere else will you witness all the magnificent ingredients served up in this truly great show, an experience that you won’t want to miss! The circus has been planning this event for the last two years and the artistes have been in training ready for this world-beating performance, which promises to be breath taking. Details www.

Table Top Sale Sept 22 Trinity United Reformed Church, Tor Lane, Hartley. 10am to 12 noon. To book a table (which will be provided) ring Jill on 01752 249337. Autumn Fayre Sept 22 St Budeaux Parish Church Community Hall, The Green, Crownhill Road, 12pm to 3pm. There will be several tables selling goods, including childrens toys, cards, gifts, handbags, jams, jewellery, beads, bric a brac and more. Refreshments available. Limited number of tables to hire at £5, to book call 01752 362161. Wild Tribe Children’s Festival Sept 22 and 23 Soapbox Theatre, Devonport Park. A fun packed festival brings art, science and the environment together in the form of entertainent, workshops and activities. The theme for this year is tiny to huge exploring the tiniest things in life from insects and plankton to the bigger picture including dinosaurs and space. For more details visit Introduction to Relationship Workshop Sept 27 The Introduction to Relationship Workshop, is aimed at helping us to understand why relationships can become combative, and will introduce some strategies to deal with conflict in a healthier way - hopefully enabling more harmonious times ahead with loved ones. At Personal and Relationship Counselling, 36 Looe Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL4 0BE from 6pm to 8.30pm £15 pp. Contact Karen on 01752 266000 or visit Macmillan Coffee Morning Sept 28 Southway Community Centre, Hendwell Close 9.30am to 12 noon. Everyone welcome and bring your friends to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Hosted by Southway Community Group and supported by the Youth Service and Southway Play Care. Coffee Morning Oct 6 Crownhill Methodist Church from 10.30am- 12 noon in the church hall with various stalls including cakes, gifts, toys, jewellery, books, and a raffle. All monies raised will be used to support the Methodist medical mission in Brikama, The Gambia, which runs three village clinics. All welcome to the coffee morning where they will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and admission is free. Entrance to the church hall is from Crownhill Road or the car park behind Crownhill shops, with free parking. Plymouth Proprietary Library Open Week Oct 6 to 13 To celebrate the move to the new premises at St Barnabas Terrace, the Plymouth Proprietary is holding an ‘Open Week’ during which the library will be open every day (times to be finalised). There will be a number of special events and lectures running during the event. So make a note of the dates in your diary. We would particularly welcome first time visitors and will be running tours of the new facilities. For more details visit Leigham Table Top Sale Oct 7, Nov 4 Leigham Community Hall, Thurlestone Walk, PL6 8QJ. 11am to 2pm. Autumn Lunch Oct 11 St Elizabeth’s House, Plympton. Hosted by the Plymouth Ladies Charity Club. Tickets priced at £35 per person/£30 for members. Tickets will be available to purchase via the website soon.

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Plymouth Treasure Hunt Until Sept 30 Back by popular demand, the annual Plymouth treasure hunt is back and ready to raise more money for St Luke’s Hospice! You will need to solve puzzles, crack codes, complete challenges, decipher riddles and read maps with clues varying in difficulty from easy to mind boggling. There are great prizes to be won along the trail as well as a fabulous trophy for the winning team. Just £20 to enter your team, and you can be safe in the knowledge that all those funds are going to St Luke’s Hospice. Look up Plymouth Treasure Hunt on Facebook for more information.

Bubble Rush Sept 23 Foam filled family fun as you walk, jog or run through colourful bubble foam stations! Children’s Hospice South West are bringing the brilliant Bubble Rush to the historic estate of Newnham Park – a fantastic new event for Britain’s Ocean city and its surrounding areas. Run, jog or walk through 5k of colourful bubble stations where foam cannons will shower you in frothy bubbles - something for the children and big kids alike! The course is 2.5k Sound House Brass Oct 12 All Saints Parish Church, Sparkwell at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 including light supper. Available from the Parish Office on 01752 878888 or 01752 837193. Broadway and Beyond Oct 13 Sounds Musical Theatre Company present a musical revue with a feast of memorable songs, dance and comedy sketches spanning six decades from Broadway’s award winning shows. Matinee 2.30pm, evening 7.30pm. Box office 01752 510934. Frank ‘n’ Stein’s Teddy Oct 13 - 31 Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park. Stiltskin’s new Tiny Theatre show is Frank ‘n’ Stein’s Teddy! Frank ‘n’ Stein have discovered that their Teddy needs to be repaired. With the help of some mad scientific experiences, they try and put Teddy back together again. Join them in their bonkers laboratory! Frank ‘n’ Stein’s Teddy is a perfect tale for pre-school children, with lots of whizzes, bangs and sensory delights! Book online at Apple Celebration Oct 20 Shaugh Prior Recreation Hall, 11am to 4pm. Free entrance. To be opened by Sarah Chesters, RHS Rosemoor. Come and see the orchard, meet the plant

circular route which means all of our participants get double the bubbles by completing the course twice, meaning double the amount of foam filled fun! Bubble Rush is open to all ages so why not get together a team of family, friends or colleagues and join the newest event in our colourful calendar. If you are taking part with a set of little legs can choose to complete just one loop. For details go to Plymouth Art Weekender Sept 28 - 30 Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. The Weekender showcases a wide and diverse range of activity for all ages, including a large array of events and exhibitions throughout the city by local, national and international artists. Tour de Moor Sept 30 Grab your bike and get that adrenaline pumping - the Tour de Moor cycling challenge is back for

experts, as well as apple juicing, apple-in-art and apple-bake competitions, apple produce and all things ‘appley’ including food and a cider bar. There will also be face painting and Morris Men. Between 7.30pm to 10.30pm - Dance with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band. Tickets £10, to include a pasty from Sponsored by Wolf Minerals. Halloween Ball Nov 3 The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth. Hosted by the Plymouth Ladies Charity Club. A spooky night of madness and mayhem. Fancy dress is optional but most people love to go with the Halloween theme - the scarier the better! Be prepared for the most amazing costumes if last year’s event is anything to go by. A fabulous dinner with dancing, entertainment, raffle prizes, etc. Tickets £45 per person. Tickets will be available to purchase via the website soon. Plymouth Green Book Club Nov 6 Guest speaker Dr Martin Stott, senior gardener at Saltram House, who will lead discussion on ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree. This tells the story of the ‘Knepp Experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Meeting from 6.30pm to 8pm in Room 303 Babbage Building, Plymouth University.

Plymouth 10k and 5k Oct 7 Plymouth 10k and 5k holds an undulating course, suitable for runners of all abilities. Starting in the City Centre, the 10k route will have you head out towards Marsh Mills along the embankment and back whilst taking advantage of closed roads and great scenery. The 5k route will have you starting slightly later in the day, taking the same route as the 10k, but minus the trip along the embankment. Bonfire Night Nov 5 Plymouth Hoe The Hoe once again hosts a bonfire and fireworks display on Bonfire Night. Thanksgiving Day Nov 22 The Barbican An annual ceremony to mark Thanksgiving Day is held on the Barbican usually near the historic Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers first set sail aboard the Mayflower ship to settle in America, back in 1620. Barbican Lights Switch On Nov 25 The Barbican and Sutton Harbour Christmas celebrations begin to take place as the lights are switched on for the Barbican and Sutton Harbour at the end of November. Plympton Fuchsia and Geranium Group Nov 13 Meeting takes place in the Main Hall at Harewood House, Plympton. 7.30pm start, lasts a couple hours. Guests are always made most welcome and there is also a raffle. Guest speaker is Nigel Pascoe, a distinguished plantsman and frequent panellist on the BBC Garden Line, will be giving a talk about horticultural matters generally between 7.30 and 8.30pm. We will then break for refreshments and the Annual General Meeting will then follow at 8.45pm This is generally quite a short meeting. South West Asbestos Support and Awareness Group Nov 15 Meeting at The Future Inn, SWASAG is a new charity that has been set up in the South West of England to provide help and support to anyone who is suffering with any asbestos related disease including mesothelioma. Carers Rights Day Nov 30 Drake Room, Lower Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PL1 2BJ. 11am to 3pm. Free Know Your Rights event. A great way to get a host of carers information including legal, advocacy, mental health and benefits advice. Free therapy taster sessions available throughout the day.

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All local businesses, voluntary groups, and individuals organisations and groups are invited to post their job vacancies in our Community Job Shop feature. This must be for part-time and voluntary jobs only and should contain no more than 50 words, including contact details. All you have to do is send the details via e-mail to Deadline for each issue is the 10th of the month prior. SUPPORT WORKER The Candle Trust are looking for a support worker who understands the needs of people with autism, works in a person centred manner, can engage positively with service users, can undertake personal care, can be flexible with their shifts and has got at least a NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care. For more details, please ring Linda on 01752 212168 BODY REPAIR/PANEL BEATER/SPRAYER Westover Bodyworks is looking for someone to help part time with accident repair, dents, scratch removal and bodywork repair. Based in a busy workshop environment, you will be required to be adaptable to all accident and vehicle repairs; car and light commercial. Experience in car repair is preferable. Email PART TIME BAR STAFF Mature, experienced and engaging P/T bar staff required at City Centre Social Club. Hours can be flexible and by negotiation must be able to work weekends and evenings. Ability to handle cash and cellar experience preferred. Phone Jade on 01752 311512 after 1pm for more information. ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER Healthwatch Plymouth is a local service to give the people of Plymouth a voice with regard to their experiences of health and social care services. We are looking for people to talk to other people about their experiences. We operate from various locations across the city. We provide training, expenses (out of pocket and travel), transport and you will be with a positive and supportive team. No experience necessary just the ability to listen to people and hear what they are saying. You will meet new people, have fun, build your confidence, build on your CV and gain new skills. Contact details are volunteering@ or 08009230039 for further information VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST Plymouth Natural Health & Healing Centre, Outland Road PL2 3PY, Looking for a part time receptionist at the centre. Experience not necessary as training will be given. For more information please phone Robert Parkins (Chairman) on 07980 581177. Charity no 288813 VOLUNTEERS WANTED The Primrose Foundation, Plymouth’s only breast care charity supports those going through the breast care pathway, and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers. You’ll be helping at coffee mornings and spending time with patients and their families - so you’ll need to be comfortable chatting and listening. Please contact Madeleine Matthews on 01752 975217 or email for more information. VOLUNTEER SCHOOL GOVERNORS WANTED Do you value the benefit of education? Could you support a local school by being a school governor? School governors work as a team and play an important part in being a critical friend. Governors also engage with the community. Full training and support is given and the commitment is approx 4 hours a month. Do make contact to find out more information. Karen Powell 07415 665841 DISTRIBUTORS Cornerstone Vision, publishers of the Plymouth Chronicle, are looking for distributors, to help deliver leaflets across the city and surrounding area. Transport an advantage, own phone number essential. We are particularly looking for people to help cover Efford, Ernesettle, Saltash, Ivybridge and Torpoint, although other areas may be available. Please email or call 01752 225623

To end the academic year in spectacular fashion, Plymstock School once again organised its annual Art Exhibition, writes Erin Downes.

Showcasing art work from students aged between the ages of 11 and 18, the show strived to celebrate the creative achievements of all students. This was further encouraged by the head of art, Olly Hurd-Thomas, who worked hard to create an inclusive show where everyone felt welcome to showcase their artwork, not only those who had studied art. The pieces of artwork entered for the exhibition could have been made in school or out of school, and in any media – whether that be 2D, 3D, textiles, photographic, digital, or any other medium students could think of. Whilst this show was an exciting opportunity for all involved, for many of Plymstock’s post-16 art students, this event was a final opportunity to celebrate their artwork before they head off to further education. When speaking to Ruby Nathan, who is now leaving Plymstock to study special educational needs and disabilities studies, she emphasised the positive impact the exhibition had on those involved. She highlighted the length of time taken to compile the eclectic mix of artwork on show, as some pieces (such as their coursework material) were crafted over a long period, whereas exam pieces were much stricter, with only three days to complete. The skill of many of these students to create such a beautiful range of artwork in these strict time restrictions simply added to the awe of the visitors. Ruby stressed this herself, commending the other students’ work and emphasising how nice it was to see everyone else’s artwork as [she] got to see their progress and development. When speaking about displaying her own work at the exhibition, Ruby said: “I enjoyed arranging my art work and it felt very rewarding seeing the public and friends compliment my photography.” However, she also emphasised that they ‘couldn’t have done it without the help and support from teaching staff.’ The eclectic range of artwork on display emphasised how subjective art can be, and how it doesn’t have to conform to traditional values of ‘good artwork’ to evoke emotion. This celebration of the beauty of art encouraged students to delve deeper into their own creativity, with students utilising a range of styles and influences. Some students even used their distinct voices to send political messages through the artwork they had created, with one in particular discussing the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. To continue to encourage this mindset of creativity inside and outside of the classroom, there were also awards presented based on a student and teacher vote. Many students were celebrated based on their efforts to approach lessons in an innovative way. These included awards for creativity in all subjects, including science, English and drama, among others. In the staff awards, religious studies teacher Debbie Slade was especially lucky, winning Most Creative Teacher for multiple years in a row. Congratulations to all students who displayed artwork in the exhibition, as well as all of those who won awards – we look forward to seeing how you use your creativity in the future. Work by Niamh Shalliker

Erin Downes Chronicle reporter Erin Downes is currently studying in the sixth form at Plymstock School.

Ruby Nathan, post 16 student with her exam photography Painting by Post-16 Student, Rebecca Lowden

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New business offers magical experiences for young ones A Plympton woman who has battled breast cancer has set up an innovate local business with her daughter.

Claire Norman and her daughter Nicole Shaw have set up Plym TeePee Parties. The business provides items to give a magical sleepover experience for young children having friends around to their own homes for a sleepover. Claire has been quite poorly over the last seven years, battling breast cancer at the age of 38, which has also caused her to become diabetic and insulin dependent Claire said: “I was looking round for small business ideas that we could get out there for the younger crowd.” She then came up with the idea of magical sleepover experiences. Claire explained: “Plym TeePee Parties provides fun tee-pees to have at your sleepover with your friends. We provide a tee-pee, fold-up bed, unicorn cushion, moon lamp, fleece blanket and a snack tray. “We will come and set up at your house, then come and collect the following morning.” Nicole is just about to start a course at Plymouth University so it will give her the flexibility to work alongside her studies. Nicole said: “We aim to bring a magical sleepover experience to the little ones of Plympton and the surrounding areas.” More about the pair’s new business can be found at: (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

£1000 boost for Elburton school’s anniversary playground project

A scheme to build a special anniversary playground at a Plymouth primary school have been given a boost by a local builder.

Elburton Primary School has been awarded £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Cornwall’s Community Champions fund as supporters look to raise another £15,000 to build the play area celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary. Parent Laura Wills explained: “Pupil numbers have increased by 75 per cent since the school was built 50 years ago and the children need more space to help their mental and physical health and to allow them to relax and socialise between lessons.“ The PTA has already raised £12,000 and we are aiming for another £15,000 and hope to be able to start work on the park in the autumn. “The Community Champions donation is brilliant news for us and takes us a step closer to achieving that total, thank you.” Jane Cartwright, sales manager for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: “We are extremely proud of our Community Champions scheme. It’s terrific to be able to support groups and charities across the region with thousands of pounds every year. “Enjoyable and active play times are essential to children’s learning and to making their schooldays even more memorable and we are pleased to be able to help.” The Persimmon Homes Community Champions initiative invites groups and charities who have already worked hard to raise money themselves to apply for match-funding of up to £1,000. Persimmon Homes Cornwall has two awards of up to £1,000 each available every month. To find out more or to submit a bid, visit www.

8 October 2018


‘Show like no other’ for Plympton gardeners Plympton Gardeners Association held their annual summer show in Harewood House and it certainly had a different dimension to it this year.

Show secretary Paul Hutchings described the accumulation of growing conditions this year as ‘unique’ and said: “It’s given us a completely different show to other years. It will be a unique show for years to come.” He was describing the challenging weather conditions for exhibitors in the flower and vegetable classes, with snow in the early part of the year, followed by probably the hottest and driest summer since 1976 and then heavy downfalls of rain battering local gardens in the week leading up to the show. Paul added: “I’ve had exhibitors who have shown every year for as long as I can remember and they are just not here this year because things have just gone to seed.” While the entries in the garden produce sections of the show may have been down on previous years there was a boost to the number of entries in the domestic science classes and an exceptional turnout in the handicraft section. Plympton Stannator Natalie Harrison formally opened the show and earlier on had set her hand to some entries in the domestic science classes. She later found herself being presented with a certificate for her subsequent win in the Novice Domestic Science section. Charlotte Willis impressed judges in the photography section with her picture of a purple flower taken during the 2017 Hidden Gardens event at Plympton St Maurice. This took first in its class and was named as the best overall entry in the senior photography section for which Charlotte was presented with an award. Past Stannator Andrew Hill notched up his first successes in the photography classes taking first place in the ‘Picture of Plympton’ section - an elevated view out over St Mary’s taken from the back of Hardwick Woods - and second in the ‘Action not Posed’ class for a picture of a helicopter action scene taken at the 2017 Yeovilton Air Show. The painting and drawing classes saw friendly rivalry between another past Stannator, Sally Luscombe, and Cynthia Crawford, with Mrs Crawford

Cancer lifeline for children Stannator Natalie Harrison presents Patricia Hill with her winning cup and (right) Gabriel Awan with his trophy

picking up two firsts and Mrs Luscombe two seconds. Ann Cormack put in an eye-catching entry in the handicraft section where she picked up the Douglas Trophy for the Most Original Handicraft Exhibit and a certificate for the Best Novice Handicraft Exhibit. One of those who did get some garden produce on the benches was Arthur Hext who was kept fit going back and forth to the stage when it came to the distribution of the prize trophies in the afternoon, picking up around a dozen items of silverware and certificates for both vegetables and flowers. Veteran exhibitor Roy Pook also did well clinching the National Vegetable Society Silver Medal for Best Veg Exhibit as well as the Plymouth Garden Centre Cup and the C.T. Twitchen Memorial Cup. Among those enjoying success in the flowers, plants and floral art sections was Chris Bishop who took the Curtis Challenge Cup for Best Freestanding Container. Patricia Hill followed up her triple success in the Cornwood Show a week before by winning all three floral art classes in the Plympton Show and clinching the Captain Joyce Cup for the Best Floral Art Exhibit. Dragonflies, tortoises and ladybirds were just some of the themes adopted by the young exhibitors in the children’s classes. One of nineyear-old Ollie Curtis’ entries was an apron which he made himself on a sewing machine. In a note with





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his exhibit he explained how his great-grandmother had taught him to use the machine and how he had put these skills into practice with his entry. It led to him getting first prize in the Children’s Handicraft Class. Ollie’s sister Sophia impressed judges with her teddy bear which she made to go into her baby cousin’s nursery and this scooped first prize in its class. Paul Hutchings said: “I get good feedback from the youngsters” and revealed that next year some new ideas will be injected into the children’s section of the show as the classes for it will be set by this year’s judge, Maria Romanski, who is head of visual arts at Plympton Academy. A new award this year was the June Shaw Memorial Trophy donated in memory of PGA life member June Shaw who had played a pivotal role in past shows and who passed away last year. This is to be awarded annually to the PGA member entering the best fruit cake. Jill Warren was announced as the first recipient of the trophy and it was presented to her by June’s son Adrian and daughter Amanda. Next year will also be the Association’s 70th Summer Show so it would not be surprising for there to be something extra special to reflect this. A longer audio interview with show secretary Paul Hutchings can be heard online in the October edition of the Plympton Podcast. (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

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The Primrose Foundation, the charity based at Derriford Hospital, has joined forces with Bobtails Nursery to offer a lifeline to children, whose parents have been touched by cancer.

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News from Sherford, Devon’s new community As we head into the Autumn, there is plenty of activity going on at Sherford as the community starts to flourish and the town continues to progress.

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Country Park is now open to visitors THE first part of Sherford’s Country Park is now open to all. Nestled into the Devon landscape, eventually the Country Park will span 500-acres and include open green space, parks, play areas, woodland, allotments and wildlife

habitats. The official opening of this first section of parkland was celebrated at a nature day for Sherford families and members of the local community. The town’s first community space is free to use, explore and

enjoy – come and see for yourself! Accessible from Sherford Road, use the dedicated car park, take a walk, enjoy the incredible views from benches at the top of the Park, and watch the woodland grow and mature.

Sherford’s first primary school welcomes the class of 2018 REPRESENTING a massive milestone for the town, Sherford’s first primary school opened its doors this month. Local dignitaries and the Sherford Consortium joined pupils, their families and teaching staff to walk to Sherford Vale on the first day of school. Boasting high-quality facilities,

Join our October drop-in session THIS summer, Sherford held its first ever Open House drop-in session, for those curious about life at Sherford and with queries about the community. Residents, those living locally, and prospective buyers attended, and many topics were covered in the busy session. See responses to some of the questions posed

at the event on the news page of the Sherford website. Join us at the next Open House, taking place on Tuesday 2nd October, from 4-7pm at the Bovis Homes show home. Meet the team behind Sherford, learn more, ask questions and give your feedback.

state-of-the-art equipment, and indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces, the school has 420 places for children aged between 2-11 years old. It is run by Westcountry Schools Trust, which is also responsible for Ivybridge Community College, and is locally known for its education excellence. It represents a £6m

investment into the community by the Sherford Consortium, with £1m also provided by Devon County Council. Visit the Sherford website for a video showing the scale of works and manpower involved in the school’s construction, by Morgan Sindall, in under a year.

Sherford Road reopens SHERFORD Road has been opened once again – and we would like to thank those living nearby for their patience. Work on the road took longer than planned due to unforeseen and unavoidable issues, but with any road works, we will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with Sherford traffic news on the website. The work on Sherford Road is necessary because, as work progresses, the town is expanding

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10 October 2018


Former Stannator presents cheque to charity Former Plympton Stannator Andrew Hill has presented a cheque for £1,855 to the Elder Tree, his chosen charity for his period in office last year. The money was raised by a combination of activities, including two stints running the Harewood House Coffee Bar and a quiz night at the Chaddie Social Club, as well as a draw at the Stannator’s investiture night in June 2017 and door takings at the Plympton Community Council’s Christmas and Spring Fairs. The past Stannator presented the cheque at one of the charity’s weekly Active Steps exercise events at Harewood House on September 7. As well as the £1,855 presented at this event, around a further £250 had previously been given over to the Elder Tree from the proceeds of talks and also their involvement with the Stannator in the Rotary Club of Plympton’s Christmas door-to-door collections. Mr Hill said he chose the Elder Tree in the hope that not only would some funds be gathered but also with the aim that being the Stannator’s charity for the year it might also help raise their profile and awareness of their activities in the community. The Elder Tree specialise in reducing social isolation among the over 50’s by putting on a range of community activities as well as one-

Andrew Hill presents a cheque to Denise Collinson, befriending manager from the Elder Tree, surrounded by some of those who take part in the charity’s Active Steps exercise events

to-one befriending in people’s own homes for those who find it difficult to get out and about to meet people. The Elder Tree is now in its 25th year. The charity has grown from humble beginnings as a small church group to now being a substantial organisation providing services to over 1,000 local people.

Networking event is big business for Plympton What is believed to have been Plympton’s biggest ever business networking event took place at Boringdon Park Golf Club on September 11. Plympton Chamber run their breakfast networking meeting on the second Tuesday of each month but at the September meeting they were pleased to welcome four other networking groups who came together to help raise some funds for St Luke’s Hospice. As well as Plympton Chamber’s own regulars and visitors there were also attendees from Plymouth Business Network, the Six O’clock Club, Network Plymouth and Down 2 Business. All those who went along had the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves to everyone as

well as then being able to provide more detailed information to those on the table where they choose to sit. Each of the five local networking groups gave a five minute presentation and there was a further mix and mingle networking opportunity at the end of the breakfast. Some 190 local business folk turned up for this great event and it proved so successful that organisers hope to repeat it on an annual basis. Plympton Chamber also have a golf day lined up for October 12. They are looking for all levels of golfers for a mixed golfing afternoon. Beginners and more experienced golfers will get together for a fun afternoon of Texas Scramble followed by 2 course meal and presentation. More details available at (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

They have 120 volunteers, 70 of whom are involved in befriending people in their own homes for an hour a week. The charity has now 72 regular activities which take place and another is soon to be added - a walking group, which will have walks of about a mile long at a sedate pace, possibly ended at a coffee shop.

Hele’s welcomes nine new staff members

Hele’s School in Plympton, has welcomed nine new members of staff this term.

New staff (from left) Matthew Reynolds (science); Scott Wakelin (science); Kayleigh Clark (learning support assistant); Beatriz Peris Sanz (MFL); Samuel Oakley (science); Jimmy Edwards (head of computing & ICT); Krystel Morris (science); Emma Berryman (business studies); Lisa McCarthy (science); with Principal, Justine Mason (front)

The Elder Tree is a referred into service and this can include self referrals and referrals from appropriate relatives. They are also always on the look out for volunteers, including those interested in being a befriender. More details about the Elder Tree can be found at

Principal Justine Mason said: “I’m delighted to be able to add strength and depth to the teaching and support team through these high-quality appointments. “I’m thrilled to have secured a Business Studies teacher, a French and German teacher and a head of computing and ICT to build on the success of these curriculum areas, as well as a learning support assistant to ensure barriers to learning are removed for our young people. “Adding five teachers to the Science Department is particularly pleasing, as we have in recent years fallen foul of the

national recruitment crisis in this curriculum area – especially for physics teachers – which caused a great deal of frustration for all involved. “A very strong set of GCSE results in the sciences this summer has provided the perfect spring board for our enthusiastic, talented new colleagues to bed in quickly and to add even more value to the Science department. “We wish all our new colleagues the very best for their Hele’s career and the opportunities afforded for their professional development through being part of the Westcountry Schools Trust.” For details visit

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12 October 2018

Charity receives lottery funding to help save local lives A Plymouth-based charity providing specialist medical care has been awarded a great of nearly £10,000.

BASICS Devon is a network of 12 emergency volunteer doctors who provide immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident or illness. They make themselves available around the clock throughout the year, responding to incidents at the request of the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. BASICS Devon receive no government funding and rely solely on donations. The project that the Big Lottery will fund made possible by the National Lottery players is Rural Emergency Medical Responders which will enable two additional professional medics to now volunteer and respond in Devon to help save local lives. Amie Bull, fundraising manager for BASICS Devon said: “We can’t put into words the difference this will make to our local community. The doctors volunteer as well as work full time and are so dedicated to this cause. “All of us at BASICS Devon want to say a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund and the National Lottery players and are so excited to show them the progress of the project and the impact it will make. “Our responders help to save lives to try and reduce mortality rates in Devon. They are often first on the scene be it at the roadside, in a field, on a farm or a home emergency. “More than a quarter of the 315 call outs in 2017 were cardiac arrests which need immediate medical help, therefore having rural responders with instant access to defibrillators and kit increases their chances of survival significantly.” Thanks to the funding from the Big Lottery Fund these two volunteers can access equipment and complete enhanced training to be fully equipped and prepared physically and mentally. The doctors respond in their own vehicles, being on the ground is critical especially if the local air ambulance is unable to fly. The medical grab bag and equipment they use must always be to hand, having vital pieces of equipment enhances the care they can give. One of the responders who will benefit from the funding is emergency medical consultant Clare Bosanko, (pictured) who works at Derriford Hospital. She is thrilled to join BASICS Devon and added: “I have worked with the ambulance service to provide immediate care to ill and injured people ever since I was a medical student, and, having recently moved to Devon, it is my ambition to continue this work here. “I work as an emergency medicine consultant and so have some advanced skills which can be used to help patients before they even reach hospital. It is a privilege to be able to volunteer for BASICS Devon; supporting the ambulance crews to give the best possible care to my local community.” Amie added: “The first priority for our team of doctors and the motivation and dedication they have, is for the people in need in their local community, the patients they help and their loved ones, this grant is an incredible opportunity, all of us at BASICS Devon truly appreciate the support from the National Lottery players and are excited to begin the project.” For further information, to donate or get involved please visit:


Scouting movement mourns the loss of one of its finest The Scouting movement and the wider community has said goodbye to a popular Cub Scout leader who has passed away after a short illness.

For more than 40 years Nan Willis was a prominent figure in the 1st Plympton Cub Scouts, first volunteering to help out when her own son Simon joined the 1st Plympton Boringdon Cubs in 1977. Nan fell ill over more recent months and sadly passed away in her sleep on the morning on August 18. As the shock news of her death spread through the community many people took to social media to post tributes. Susan Green said: “Many young people have got a lot to thank Nan for all the laughs and guidance through Scouts. My own son was one of these lucky children who will never forget what she did. She will be sadly missed around Plympton.” Darren Jones added: “A lovely lady and a great Cub Scout Leader who I remember fondly. 1st Plympton Scout Group was a great organisation for myself and many other local children of my era. Without doubt the leaders within it, and the experience they offered, have provided me with numerous life long skills that have helped me professionally in the military. Nan and John were ambassadors for scouting.” Helen Newton contributed: “Nan was a wonderful lady who helped our boys create such wonderful memories during their time in cubs. The scouting world has lost one of their best.” Nan was also keen on Pilates and regularly attended a local class. On the first meeting after her death they held a minute’s silence in her honour at the start of the class. After a private family cremation, a public service of thanksgiving for Nan’s life was held at Plympton St Mary’s Church on August 30. Hundreds of people turned out for it, including many involved in the Scouting movement which Nan had been part of for the past 41 years. Nan’s family came into the church to a recording of the ECCI Engineering Male Voice Choir singing My Love is Like a Red Red Rose. The Reverend Prebendary Robert Harris welcomed the congregation to the service and invited them to sing the opening hymn, Amazing Grace. Nan’s son Simon read ‘She is Gone’,

Paralympian to speak at fundraising lunch

Paralympian David Hill will be guest speaker at the annual Dame Hannahs autumn lunch. The fundraising event is being organised by Dame Hannahs Ivybridge supporters and will take place at Boringdon Park Golf Club on September 25.

David Hill is a Paralympic triathlete and will be giving an inspiring talk entitled ‘There is no such word as can’t’. David was born with no left forearm but was brought up to believe there was no such word as can’t. Through hard work and passion, David went on to represent Great Britain at the highest level for 15 years. Now David is inspiring young people across Devon and will be talking about his journey and how it relates to the work of the Dame Hannah Rogers Charity. Guests will be treated to a delicious lunch and all proceeds will go to the charity. Lunch will be served at 12.30pm and coffee will be available from 11am. Booking is essential. Tickets cost £25. To book tickets contact Ann Brooks on 01548 550300.

personalising the end of the narration with: “You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what Nan would want: smile, open your eyes and go on.” The congregation then sang “One More Step Along the World I Go” after which Prebendary Harris gave the eulogy. Those present heard how Nan had been born in London in December 1943 but she returned to the family’s roots in Cornwall just six weeks later. Subsequently the family moved to Plymouth where Nan attended Hyde Park Junior School and later she moved up to Burleigh Secondary Modern School where she went on to become head girl. It was at Burleigh at the age of 15 that she first caught the eye of the young John Willis, another pupil at the school. They started dating and this was to be the beginning of a love which would endure a lifetime. The couple got engaged on Nan’s 21st birthday in

December 1964 and they married two years later in 1966. The marriage produced two children Simon and Jo. It was when Simon joined the 1st Plympton Boringdon Cubs that this would lead to an involvement in the Scouting movement for Nan which would last the rest of her lifetime. She became actively involved in the cubs’ activities and went on to become a cub leader. Hundreds if not thousands of boys and girls received her kindly stewardship with numerous activities and away camps. For many of her young charges it would be the first time they had spent time away from their families and she would ensure they were not unduly stressed by the experience. Prebendary Harris recited details of one particularly muddy cub camp in the 1980’s which left Nan with ‘welly burns’ for many weeks afterwards. He also spoke of her husband John’s year as Stannator of Plympton in 2001/2 and the many events Nan accompanied him on, including on one occasion not noticing until after she had turned up to the event that she had put on an unmatching pair of shoes. Nan’s grandson Alex introduced the final Hymn - Kum By Yah - which rekindled many memories of evenings around the campfire. After the prayers and blessing a recording of ‘Take Me Home’ by the ECCI Engineering MVC was played before the congregation exited and were invited to a light buffet at the Plympton Conservative Club. Retiring donations were for Children’s Hospice SW (Little Harbour). The service struck just the right chord with the local community. Stannator of Plympton Natalie Harrison described it as ‘a fitting, beautiful service for a wonderful lady.’ She added: “She will be very much missed by the many who were lucky enough to have known her. My son was a cub with Nan looking out for him, asking after him even when he was grown up. She remembered them all and was so interested in how they were doing .” Lesley Bowden-Frost commented: “A very sad day, but a beautiful service for a wonderful lady. God Bless Nan, continue your sterling work in heaven.” Plympton Community Council committee member Carol Penhallurick remarked: “A lovely service for a lovely lady who has given so much to the youth of Plympton.” (Story courtesy of the Plympton Podcast)

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Gary puts his Commando experience to the test A former Royal Marine Commando from Plympton is celebrating his 10th anniversary with an events company – where he sets up simulated military operations to develop team work.

Gary Braim, regional director for Devon and Cornwall at ACF Teambuilding and Events, believes businesses can benefit from the marines’ values – where teamwork saves lives. Gary, who specialised in weapons and tactics and served on a number of high risk operations around the world, said: “I believe if you can become a Royal Marine Commando then you can achieve anything. “In the marines you eat, drink, fight and sleep with the same people. It’s a unique situation and you have to be able to work well together as your lives depend on it. “Teamwork is vital – be it in the military, sport or business – in order to bring out the best performance. It makes for a happier and more productive organisation.” Gary met Mark Fanning, who now heads ACF, at a business networking event at Westpoint in Exeter in 2008. Mark, a former firefighter, recognised they could offer a new form of teambuilding together and asked him to come aboard. They now offer military themed days – alongside their current activities - with scenarios such as survival in the wild, hostage

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Children needing emergency care can look forward to an improved experience after it was announced that Derriford Hospital will receive more than £2 million to upgrade parts of the Emergency Department.

The injection of cash was part of a £145 million fund to upgrade wards, A&Es and extra beds at NHS Trusts across England. Derriford’s Emergency Department was originally built for a maximum of 240 people attending every day. The average daily attendance across the last year has been 278 people, with regular attendances of more than 300 per day. This results in cramped facilities and sometimes overcrowding. The long-term ambition is to create a brand new, fit-for-purpose Urgent and Emergency Care Department but that will take time. In the meantime, this investment will allow: • An expansion of the paediatric area taking the unit from three children’s consultation rooms up to five, plus a bigger waiting area and toilets for families to use • An improved resuscitation unit which could

be double the size it is now. Currently there are four bays within the resuscitation unit. This could increase to seven or eight. Plans are currently being drawn up, in a bid to get the work complete in time for winter. Consultant Anne Hicks said: “The Paedatric Emergency Department currently only has seats for 14 people and we regularly have 20 patients here with their families at any one time. The scheme will double the size of this department and also provide for increased capacity in resus to deal with patients who are critically ill.” Chief executive Ann James said: “We welcome this investment. It is much needed and will be much appreciated by staff and patients. Our long-term aim is still to rebuild the department as one fit for the region’s Major Trauma Centre and a specialist hospital. But this investment will certainly help alleviate the growing pressure on our emergency unit in the meantime.” Plymouth MP Luke Pollard also welcomed the upgrade but said he will continue to campaign for a fully funded refurbishment of the Emergency Department. He said: “NHS staff in the Emergency Department are real life heroes for our city

every day and every night. It is only right that they have the first-class facilities that match their dedication and professionalism. “The £2m upgrade will help this winter but it isn’t the full refurbishment and investment the hospital and I have been calling for and so the campaign for that funding will continue. “I’ve spent a shift with staff on a busy Saturday night in the ED and I know that the facilities don’t have the capacity a hospital as busy as Derriford needs. “This upgrade is a good step forward and it is welcome but the lobbying must continue to ensure that Derriford gets the Emergency Department facilities we need and rightly deserve. “I’ve written to the Minister about the urgent need for a full refurbishment and expansion of Derriford’s Emergency Department in the past and I’ll redouble efforts now to ensure that the £2m investment is not the end of the funding, but the start. “Of course, we also need proper action to address the GP and social care crisis in Plymouth. This really is a case of needing both, not just action on one.”

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Written by Julia Donaldson and first published in 1999, The Gruffalo tells the tale of a mouse taking a walk through a forest where he meets a fox, an owl, a snake and finally the Gruffalo. During the week-long celebrations the children went on Gruffalo hunts, made Gruffalo masks, biscuits and shoes and made snake necklaces with pasta. They read The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child using story sacks and there were forest inspired sensory trays for them to explore. They even made a giant Gruffalo and a log pile house for him. Tracey Callan, nursery manager, said: “The Gruffalo is one of the children’s favourite books. As well as the Gruffalo himself they love the mouse character, who manages to make it out of the forest despite meeting a few scary animals along the way thanks to his quick thinking. The story really captures the children’s imaginations and it was lovely to have a whole week dedicated to bringing it to life for them.” For further information about Kiddi Caru please visit the website at or call 01752 330469.



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New home for Devon & Cornwall Food Action - for the time being

A Plymouth-based charity which collects surplus food and distributes it to people in need has found a new home - for the next few months at least.

Following an anxious couple of months while they looked to relocate, Devon & Cornwall Food Action are now up and running at their new premises in the north of the city. DCFA’s chair, Alan Dunne, said: “We are delighted with the move. It was hard work but this is the beginning of a new era for DCFA; with extended opening times, a bigger storage area and new projects with schools and, potentially, more rural areas of Devon coming on line. We are really grateful to all our suppliers and clients for their patience.” DCFA is now located at Unit 4, Porsham Close, Belliver Industrial Estate in Roborough - a little further out but still very accessible. The new Hub trading hours are : Monday 10am to 1.30 pm; Tuesday: schools only; Wednesday 10am to 1.30pm; Thursday: schools only; Friday 10am to 1.30pm; Saturday and Sunday: appointments only. The hours may be subject to change because the charity relies on volunteers to run the service. Any queries call 01752 651800. Alan said: “New community groups are always welcome – so if you support community members with meals or snacks just get in touch.” DCFA was established in 2010 and was formerly based in Stonehouse. The charity was advised that it had to move in June and was helped by Plymouth City Council in securing the new base. However, work is progressing to find a permanent home as, unfortunately, these premises are only available for six months.


Launch of new pathways into nursing The University of Plymouth has introduced two higher and degree apprenticeships to help boost nurse numbers in the NHS.

Both the Nursing Associate and Registered Nursing apprenticeship programmes are designed to help people in existing health care roles train on the job and obtain a workbased degree. Figures released by the NHS in 2017 revealed that over 85% of nursing vacancies remained unfilled across the South West. Many nurses across acute and community nursing are retiring – and the outlook suggests that a further third of practice nurses are set to retire by 2023. In short, these new initiatives allow the NHS to retain talent and expand skillsets to help meet the shortfall. As one of only a few organisations nationally running the degree apprenticeships in nursing, the university is offering the programmes on top of its existing BSc Adult Nursing, and welcomes its first students this month. The development of these programmes has been supported by projects funded by the European Social Fund. Caroline Jamison, apprenticeship programme lead in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, said: “It’s no secret that the NHS needs more nurses, with one third of practice nurses – those based in GP surgeries – set to retire within five years.   “There is no quick fix for the issue, but we are really pleased to be providing a structured career pathway here at Plymouth so that the NHS can retain existing talent and skills, while professionals within the

organisation can progress their careers.” Nursing Associate is a new role created by Health Education England to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Providing care and support for patients and service users, it is intended that the role will enable registered nurses to focus on more complex clinical care needs. The BSc (Hons) Registered Nursing programme is a three-year apprenticeship and is designed for individuals both new to and experienced in health care. The apprenticeship can be fast tracked; with Nursing Associates, for example, being able

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Work of Hearing Dogs showcased during Plympton coffee bar week Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has been one of the latest groups to run the Harewood House Coffee Bar.

A different community group runs the bar each week to help raise funds for their cause. Over the years the venue has become a community focal point each weekday where locals can meet and chat and enjoy reasonably priced hot and cold drinks, cakes and sandwiches. Volunteers from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People did their stint at the end of August. Some users of the service also came along on some days to explain at first hand the value a hearing dog provides to someone with hearing difficulties. Andrew Hill from the Plympton Podcast went along one lunchtime where he met with two profoundly deaf volunteers, Doreen and Joan, along with their respective hearing dogs Caspar and Clover.

Doreen lost her hearing after a childhood illness at the age of two whereas Joan lost hers comparatively suddenly during adulthood while she was still working. Now both ladies gain a degree of hearing with the help of cochlear implants but still rely heavily on their dogs for additional assistance. Caspar is Doreen’s second hearing dog and she has had him for six years now. “Caspar is my ears,” explained Doreen. “When the phone rings Caspar touches me and takes me to the source of the sound.” Telling Doreen that the cooker timer is sounding is apparently one of Caspar’s favourite jobs as he knows this means food is in the offing. Doreen informed Andrew that she found it especially difficult to get up on time in the few weeks between her first dog passing and getting Caspar as she was not able to

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hear the alarm clock going off. Now though Caspar enthusiastically awakes her every morning. “As soon as the alarm clock goes off he jumps up on the bed and starts licking my face,” added Doreen. For Joan she finds having a hearing dog with her when outdoor helps with issues of public perception. “I have had people coming up behind me and tutting because they’ve said excuse me and I’ve obviously not heard,” said Joan, adding: “With the dogs the coat is very distinctive then they realise and you get an apology usually.” She has also found having her dog with her when shopping is useful and results in shop workers looking at her when speaking to her. “They see the dog and they look at you and speak to you which is a great help because you can’t see deafness. It is very isolating. Deafness is a very invisible disability,” Joan added. One thing which might not be readily thought about is that not only do the dogs have to undergo training before they can take up their roles as hearing dogs but so too does the individual who is going to have the dog as their ‘ears’. Joan explained: “You need to be trained into the right signals for the dog and know exactly what they are doing. I found it quite hard actually but once you’ve got that it’s there forever.” There is a longer audio interview with Doreen and Joan online in the October edition of the Plympton Podcast.


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Preacher Ivor calls it a day after 60 years A popular preacher has given his final sermon after 60 years in the ministry.

Ivor Merrin qualified in 1958 and moved to Woodford six years later. He had preached regularly at Woodford Methodist Community Church ever since, but recently took his last service. Most people in Plympton and in church circles of Plymouth know Ivor to be an extremely welcoming, friendly face. Ivor has always taken pride in the fact that he tries to remember the names of every person he welcomes into a church or comes in contact with and indeed, most of the people he has come into contact with, do also remember his welcoming demeanour. Ivor cheerfully led the worship at his last service with carefully chosen hymns that he knew had meaning to people in the congregation. To coin one of Ivor’s favourite expressions, it was his turn to ‘Lead us to the Throne of Grace’. His warm banter made for a meaningful, though relaxed, service that fitted perfectly with Woodford’s reputation for being home from home. This was made a little more complete with Woodford’s youngest member (who is known and loved by everyone in the church), crawling and climbing at the altar steps and joyfully joining in with her limited, but clear vocabulary. Following the service, everyone was invited into the hall to join Ivor in a faith lunch to which many of the congregation donated food of all sorts. The festivity was made all the better by also welcoming some past as

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Ivybridge author Tony Rea took to the air on Hospital Radio Plymouth recently to talk about his book ‘Red Sky Over Dartmoor’.

Ivor Merrin (centre) pictured with his framed certificate well as present ministers and preachers with Reverends Simon and Donna Leigh, Reverend Colin Roberts and his good wife Margaret, Woodford’s own Reverend Kate Konrad and her husband Rick. After lunch Reverend Simon Leigh formally presented Ivor with a framed certificate to honour his 60 years of Service to the Methodist Church. Reverend Leigh then asked if anyone wanted to say anything to Ivor, at which point, various people thanked Ivor and reminisced on the impact he has had on them and on life

in Woodford over the years. Although Ivor has agreed to definitely stop working and retire from being a local preacher, everyone is sure that he will never stop witnessing and leading people to God, as being a Christian and an evangelist is in his heart and just as much part of him as being the loving husband, father and grandfather that he is. Everyone at Woodford will miss seeing Ivor take the steps to lead services, but know he will still be a big part of everything that Woodford does in the community.

He was a guest on Charlotte Willis’ Teatime Treats show. Tony, who was born in Salford, moved to Devon in 1987 to take up a post teaching history in Kingsbridge. Now semi-retired he is concentrating on his writing. Red Sky Over Dartmoor is not Tony’s first published work though. During his time as a history teacher Tony wrote some text books and in 2016 a book he wrote about South Devon in the Great War was also published. Red Sky Over Dartmoor, however, is his only work of fiction to date although listeners heard that there is also a lot of historic fact within the fiction. The book is set around local areas such as Cornwood, Diptford and South Brent and its basic plot revolves around a dastardly crime which was committed in the area during the last year of WW1 and efforts to investigate it. The hospital radio audience heard how it took Tony 15 years on and off to write the book and its ending has scope for a sequel which is already half written. Tony is bubbling with literary ideas. “I have more ideas than time”, he said. The next book he is likely to have published is called “In Step With The Devons” and is based on the Devonshire Regiment. More about Tony and his book are available from his website at and extracts from his hospital radio interview can be heard in the October audio edition of the Plympton Podcast.


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Successful return for Plymstock Festival The Plymstock Festival made a successful return on Saturday September 1 after an absence last year due to access problems to Downhorn Park where the outdoor aspects of the event are staged.

There were no such problems this year and Lord Mayor Cllr Sam Davey came along to formally open the event. In the front lounge of Plymstock Community Centre, members of the Plymstock Camera Club and the Plymstock and District Art Society were proudly displaying some their photographic and artistic handiwork. In the main hall there were performances by Emazdad the magician and Music Makers while outside in the main field there

were numerous stalls as well as entertainment from groups such as the Groovement Project, Plymouth Morris Ladies and Baccy Street Band. In the upper field Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home put on a fun family dog show. The City of Plymouth Model Boat Club brought along three of their model boats for the public to have a look at, these included ‘Charlotte’ a 1:25 scale Edwardian steam launch built from scratch by Ron Fry. The Club will be showing a wider range of their members’ models at Harewood House in October. A local clergyman also entered into the spirit of things by being put in stocks for ‘soak the vicar’. This attracted some eager sponge throwers and raised money for WaterAid.

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Often, people who care regularly for others don’t even consider themselves to be ‘carers’ and so miss out on a lot of support – if that sounds like you, or someone you know, please read on – it could literally change your life. Carers often become socially isolated, run down and even stressed trying to care for friends and family with an illness or disability. Help is available but most people do not have the time or knowledge to be able to access it. That’s where Caring for Carers comes in. Louise Olliver first contacted them in 2017, and says her life has been transformed as a result. Her husband suffered life-changing injuries whilst serving in the forces in Afghanistan. Formerly an active, sports-loving man, ranked in the top 35 fencers in the UK, he now suffers from constant pain and depression, cannot walk unaided or drive, and needs a lot of support from Louise every day. “For seven years I just tried to manage,” said Louise. “I did not know there was any


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Resurfacing work to get underway Fifteen more Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next two months as the council’s next phase of resurfacing gets underway. The works, which began on September 10, will take place along stretches where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its life. They are being carried out by the council’s road maintenance contractor South West Highways alongside its dayto-day road maintenance programme. Works are programmed to take place on the following roads during September and October (weather allowing): Billacombe Road (inbound) Sept 19 to 20 Embankment Road Sept 20 to 21 Slip road from Marsh Mills Roundabout to Leigham Sept 21 to 22 Charfield Drive Sept 24 to 28 Ernesettle Lane Oct 8 to 11; 12 to 14 and 15 to 17 Cumberland Road/Devonport Hill Oct 15 to 19 Western Approach Oct 15 to 19 Union Street Oct 16 to 17 Stonebarton Road Oct 22 Dingle Road Oct 23 and 24 Molesworth Road Oct 25 to 29 Tavistock Road outbound Oct 30 to Nov 1 For the latest roadworks updates follow @ plymhighways on Twitter or sign up for the council’s weekly roadworks roundup at www.

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Your guide to community events in your area Plympton Library Family History Help Desk Tuesdays, 9.30am - 11.30am Get help and advice in tracing your family history. Booking required. Rhymetime Tuesdays, 10.30am - 11.30am Thursdays, 2pm - 2.30pm Saturdays, 10.30am - 11am Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. IT for Beginners Wednesdays, 10.30am - 11.30am Aimed at beginners, find out what you can do online by signing up to ‘Learn My Way’. Staff will be on hand to help. Feel Better with a Book Wednesdays, 11am - 12pm Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. Book Group Thursdays, 6pm - 7pm Meet up to talk about what you’ve been reading. Each month there will be a different book to read and discuss. Board Games Evening Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm Drop in for an evening of gaming in a family friendly space. Games will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Hello World - Coding and Making Saturdays, 9.30am - 10.30am After school club for anyone interested in coding and digital making. For 8 to 13 year olds. Memory Conservatory Mondays, 2pm - 4pm Drop in for a reminiscence, arts and crafts, singing or to see a friendly face and have a cuppa. Plymstock Library Feel Better with a Book Tuesdays, 10am - 11.30am Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. IT for Beginners Tuesdays, 10.30am - 11.30am Aimed at beginners, find out what you do online by signing up to ‘Learn My Way’. Staff will be on hand to help. Classic Movie Monthly, second Tuesday of the month, 2pm - 4pm Join in the fun for a free showing of a classic film. Check with the library for this month’s title. Hello World - Coding and Making Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm After school club for anyone interested in coding and digital making. For 8 to 13 year olds. Rhymetime Thursdays, 2.15pm - 2.45pm Saturdays, 10am - 10.30am Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular story times for the under 5s. Lego Club for Grown Ups Thursdays, 6pm - 7.30pm Lego is not just for children! Why not join the Lego group for grown ups? The Lego is provided, you provide the building skills. No booking needed. Share a Story Saturdays, 10.30am - 11am A weekly drop in session where you can read stories and do activities together. Each week follows a different theme. Lego Club Saturdays, 2.30pm - 4pm Do you have a big imagination and like making things? Why not join the Lego group? For children aged 6+. Film Show Monthly, third Monday of the month, 2pm - 4pm Join in the fun with a free film show. Check with the library for this month’s title. Plymstock Library Writers Group Amateur authors of stories and verse seek similar minded people for the sharing and discussion of each other’s work. We meet in the Plymstock Library on the

first Thursday of every month for 2 hours starting at 5pm. Interested, then come along, or should you want more information on the Plymstock Library Writers Group ring Tom on 01752208735. Plymstock Gardening Society Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm at Plymstock United Church Hall, Plymstock Road Oreston. The Hall is open from 7pm and new members and visitors are very welcome.

Treat for dance fans

Plympton Gardeners Association First Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at Harewood House, Plympton. We have talks from visiting speakers on gardening topics, monthly and annual competitions for members and we hold two flower and produce shows every year. We also run a Trading Hut during the growing season where gardening supplies can be bought at competitive prices. Visit for more details. Plympton U3A Fourth Tuesday of the month The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Harewood House, Plympton. New members are welcome to come along from 1.30 p.m. to have a cup of tea/coffee and to find out more about Plympton U3A and the wide range of Interest Groups which are available for you to join. The meeting itself starts at 2p.m. with a guest speaker each month. For further information visit our website; plympton or contact Maggie on 01752 957044. Coffee Morning First Wednesday of month St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Larkham Lane, Plympton hold a friendly coffee morning 10am to 12 noon. Cost is £2 that includes a second cup of coffee and homemade cake. Everyone welcome. Come and make new friends. Age UK Activities Age UK Plymouth’s William Venton Centre in Plymstock provides a wide variety of regular, friendly activities for over the 50s and carers. A range of social and creative activities for all abilities: Freshly cooked lunches are available daily at just £6 for three courses. Mondays Card and Puzzle Group. £3. Art and Craft, also on Wednesdays, if you enjoy being creative, come along and join this friendly group. 1.30pm - 3.30pm. £3. Music for the Memory. 2pm - 3.30pm. Free. Busy Fingers Knitting Group, also on Wednesdays and Fridays. 9.30am - 11.45am. £3. Reading Group, every third Monday of the month. 10.30am - 12pm. £3. Tuesdays Tai Chi for beginners and improvers. 10am - 11am and 11.15am - 12.15pm. £4. Bingo. 1.45pm - 3.30pm. £5. Walking football run by Plymouth Argyle. 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Suggested donation £2. Wednesdays Relaxing Yoga. 10am - 11.30am. £6. Singing Group. 1.45pm - 3.45pm. £3 Thursdays Short Mat Bowls. 9.30am - 12pm. £3. Art Group. 1.30pm - 3.30pm. £3. Line Dancing. 2pm - 3.30pm. £5. Fridays Scrabble. £3. Computer Lessons. Come and learn new skills from getting online safely to reading emails. Booking required, free. Quilling. A unique skills rolling, shaping and gluing paper to create interesting designs on cards and paintings. 9.30am - 11.45am and 1.30pm - 3pm. £3. Memory Lane Group, for carers and the with memory loss. 1.30pm - 3.30pm. £3. For more information please ring 01752 405632 or visit Sequenced Dancing Tuesdays and Saturdays Plymstock Community Centre Tuesdays 2pm-4pm; Saturdays 7.30pm-10.30pm All welcome 01752 251313 or 668017 Plym Valley Sugarcraft Guild Meet on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm at Norley Hall, 70-74 Plymstock Road, Plymstock. We are a friendly group of likeminded people of varying ages and skills, from beginners to the very experienced. We hold various demonstrations and workshops each meeting from flower making to how to stack a cake. Contact chairman Ros Hawkins at roshawkins@ or secretary Carol Tweedie caroltweedie@

Fagin’s Twist Photo: Rachel Cherry

Barbican Theatre is bringing two professional dance productions to the Plymouth Athenaeum stage this autumn – James Wilton Dance’s ‘The Storm’ on October 5 and Avant Garde Dance’s ‘Fagin’s Twist’ on October 19.

Suzie West, lead practitioner for Barbican Theatre’s FUSE Diverse Dance project said: “We’re bringing two very unique dance productions to Plymouth this autumn - what a treat! From stunning athleticism to hip hop dance theatre. Both will be a blast and leave you wanting to try it yourself. What’s great is that, you don’t have to be a trained contemporary or urban dancer to appreciate these productions. They are so good, they tell the story for you”. James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, present The Storm – a whirlwind of lightning fast, athleticism, where acrobatics, breakdancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away. Seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound audiences with its athleticism and touch them emotionally in a way that words simply can’t. Avant Garde Dance first brought their production of Fagin’s Twist to Barbican More details at and Facebook page Plym Valley British Sugarcraft Guild. Sandy’s Plymchords U3A Fun Choir Tuesdays Chaddlewood Farm Community, Glen Road, Plympton 10am to 12 noon. Singing lots of popular songs in unison. No need for auditions or to be able to read music. For information ring Sandy on 01752 930524 Hooe and Turnchapel Ladies Group Meet on the first and second Tuesday of the month, 8pm at the Hooe & Turnchapel Community Centre. Call 01752 311931 for more details. Plymstock ‘Wednesday Wives’ An independent group of women who meet for a varied programme including speakers, workshop evenings, games, meals out and visits, and of course, chat!! We welcome all ladies (married or not) to the Hall at the United Reform Church Plymstock Rd, on Wednesday evenings (not first one in the month/and not school holidays generally) from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. We have tea/coffee and a light supper which we take it in turns to provide. For details/dates please contact Jacky Partridge 01752 231139 ansaphone on. Monthly Market Third Saturday of month St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Larkham Lane, Plympton

Theatre’s intimate stage in 2016 where it quickly sold out and had extensive waiting lists. So the decision to bring it to the larger Plymouth Athenaeum two years later was an easy one. Fagin’s Twist, based on the story of Oliver Twist, is an ambitious fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance theatre. It tells the story of Fagin and Bill Sykes’ childhood, imagining how it may have resembled Oliver’s. They are corrupted by greed, and worn down by poverty. When the audience meets Oliver – a vulnerable child – it seems impossible that he will be able to break out of this cycle, and indeed in Avant Garde Dance’s version there is no fairy tale ending. Oliver is heir to Fagin and Bill’s criminal enterprise, and it is ambiguous whether Oliver is more victim or victor. Tony Adigun’s Avant Garde Dance is at the forefront of London’s innovative hip hop/ contemporary dance scene. Commercially Tony has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’. Tickets are available now online at www., in person at the Barbican Theatre (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday) or by calling 01752 267131 (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday). hold a monthly market with crafts, jewellery, cakes, bric a brac and books etc. - Good refreshments available. Free entry. Why not pay us a visit? Sparkwell WI First Wednesday of month Sparkwell Parish Hall. Guest speaker this month Mark Rendell on the topic Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Come and see what we are about. No obligation but you are most welcome. Contact Heather Harvey 01752 893 249 Colebrook Community Centre Colebrook Community Centre is a totally self-funding charity. Regular Events Monday: Diabetic group, 4 - 5 Children’s Language class Tuesday: 2 - 4 over 60’s group 4 - 7 Dog Training Wednesday: 9.30 - 10.30 Pilates 4 - 5 Children’s Language class Thursday 2nd  week of month: 9.30 - 1 Fostering Thursday 3rd week of month: 10 - 1 Multiple Sclerosis  1.45 Pilates Friday: 9.30 - 10.30 Pilates; 11 - 12 Children’s Language class Friday: 1st and 3rd week of the month Country Dancing Car Boot Sales at Peacock Meadow & George Park & Ride March - October Available for hire suitable Children’s Birthday Parties Contact Kay for further details tel 01752 200046



Woodford Methodist Community Church Church and Worship Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club 10.30am 2nd-5th Sunday of every month. A guaranteed relaxed service, with friendly ministers and congregation. A team of wonderful Ministers keep each week fresh and rewarding. Experienced children’s workers in Junior Church teach and care for children from toddlers to teenagers with age-related activities. Those with babies and very dependent children are welcome to join in with this group. Prayer Team available to talk over your worries at the close of the Service. Drinks, biscuits and opportunity for friendly conversation in the hall after every service. We have grown to expect the unexpected in this modern, happy, friendly church. Monthly Early Traditional Service (followed by Messy Church) 1st Sunday of every month. 9.30am Traditional Service with hymn books, prayer and a sermon. This is a wonderful time of worship with the traditional contents of a Methodist Service with a modern joyful twist. Members of the Prayer Team are available for you to speak with at the close of the service. You are then invited to go into the Hall for hot drinks and biscuits. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the members of this church and stay for the Messy Activities or just relax and have a chat over a hot drink. Messy Church - begins at 10.30am with a session of arts, crafts, fun and mess in the Hall for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Hot drinks and biscuits are available and the opportunity to stay for lunch at the Church for a minimal cost. The items made are then taken into the Chapel for a very informal short Service. The children are asked about the things they have made, before heading back into the Hall for lunch, or more coffee etc. This is a great opportunity to get to know the church and the people involved in it. ‘Overflow Praise & Worship’ service 6.30pm - 8.30pm on 2nd Sunday of every month. Time in God’s presence:- worshipping, giving thanks, praying and sharing what God has laid on your heart in an awesome and amazing way. Refreshments will be served during the evening. Prayer Group Tuesdays 9.30am-10.30am (In the Lounge). In all the hustle and bustle of life these days, people struggle to cope, but look to fill that gap in their lives where something is missing. That gap can be filled with the loving family of God in a local church. Giving up a bit of time for regular prayer, together with others, can help you cope with the stresses and worry that life throws at you. We provide a non-judgemental circle of friendship and welcome everyone, regardless of background, luggage and history, to come and seek our friendship. We open our doors every week, for anybody and everybody to walk in freely and pray with us. Every word spoken is treated with the upmost confidence and privacy, along with unconditional friendship. Come along and pray with us - life is easier to cope with among friends. You can come in and out as you need and should you need to stay longer or talk to anyone at the end, you will not be turned away. If the doors are locked, knock on the window (room on right-hand end of the church). You do not need to attend any church to come and pray with us. For further information on Woodford’s church and worship events contact Sheila on 338517. Community Groups: Woodford Wives (1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30pm) This group of friendly women meet twice a month to listen to various speakers and meet socially. They also raise funds by holding a Coffee Bar at Harewood House and stalls throughout the year. There’s always time for a chat! Day trips away as a group of friends. In recent years they have raised much needed funds for Help for Heroes, Bowel Cancer West (Derriford Hospital) and Shekinah Mission. To find out more Telephone Anne Eames on Tel. 216643. The Linda Mortimore School of Dance Mondays 4.15pm8pm and Wednesdays 4.15pm-7pm. Linda trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and teaches RAD ballet and the ISTD tap, modern and jazz. The school holds a very popular adult tap class and produces stage performances, with regular productions. Dance is a great platform for socialising, learning posture and gaining confidence. Learning to dance can lead to a career or for just having fun. Call 01752 343791 for details. Women’s Fellowship (Tuesdays 2.30pm-3.30pm - In The Main Hall) Come and join this lovely group, with a vast programme of speakers, covering many subjects. They enjoy watching various films and slide shows, have annual outings and visits by choirs. The group also hold a regular Bring and Buy table to support designated charities. It is a really friendly, welcoming group with lots of stories to tell about living through

After more than 44 years with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Plymouth man Mike Berridge is stepping down from saving lives to enjoy his retirement.

Mike joined what was then known as the Plymouth Corporation Ambulance Service in February 1974. He had a two week induction before heading out on the road to help the people of Plymouth and the wider South West. Mike said: “I was 23 years old and had just been made redundant. One day I was walking down Greenbank Hill towards Mutley Plain and I stopped outside Greenbank Ambulance Station. I looked in the parking bays and there were all the ambulance vehicles and I thought to myself that I would like to have a job on the ambulances.” Mike progressed through the ranks from a Miller trained ambulanceman, technician, advanced technician, paramedic and ended his career as an ambulance practitioner.

Farewell to Mike

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Plympton Fuschia and Pelargonium Group Second Tuesday of the month The group meets at Harewood House, Plympton at 7.30pm please free to come along. New members always welcome. Full speaker programme to be found on Contact Sonia on 514119 for more info. Sandy’s Songbirds Wednesdays A thriving, happy mixed choir. No auditions. No need to be able to read music either. This is a fun-filled community choir meeting weekly with refreshments and raffle too. Wednesdays 10 am to 12 noon at Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre in Glen road behind the Coop. For details contact Sandy on 07737 461431. Hooe’s Place Cafe St John’s Church Hall, Hooe. Open to all. 10.30am 11.30am for coffee. Freshly cooked lunches from 11.45am - 1.30pm. St John’s Church open through the hall 10.30am - 2pm. The only bus now travelling to Hooe is No. 2B every 20 minutes stopping outside the church.

Throughout his years of service Mike has dealt with all kinds of incidents and he says ambulance staff in the UK are some the best trained and most professional in the world.
 He said: “I think I have dealt with every situation going. Murders, road accidents and

also many happy times such as delivering babies. I think the UK has the best trained ambulance staff in the world. The people in the service are very professional. We have to recognise many different situations and adjust to each case that we are dealing with.”

different situations and stages, as Christians. Some of the members may well be in their latter years, but have fabulous personalities and lots to share. They enjoy each other’s company and are most definitely young at heart! To find out more about this wonderful group of ladies Telephone Muriel on 345284 or Pat on 348672.

children from 8-16 where they can test their scooter and skateboard skills on the ramps and jumps. Air-hockey also available. Youth workers work alongside members of the church and other volunteers to support this wonderful project. Primary-age children session 6-7pm and Secondary-age children session 7-8pm.

Rainbow Girl Guides Rainbows is a section of the Girl Guides organisation which is all about developing selfconfidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Our group is not running at present, but there are other groups in the area. To find a group go to and register your details.

Laira Youth Band (Thursdays 7.15pm). The Laira Youth Brass Band started in 1972 from the members of the Sunday school at Laira Congregational Church, it has performed hundreds of concerts over the years, in every corner of the City and beyond. Scores of children have passed through its ranks. Most were taught to read music and to play their instrument whilst in the Band, and many have continued their musical hobby into adult life, some choosing a professional career in music. As well as part of the band performing (amongst others) in the weekly church service here at Woodford, the Band also put on regular concerts to raise money for local charities and take part in parades and perform at special church events. To find out more call Tony Hollick on 01752 216784.

Woodford Men’s Meeting 10am (2nd and 4th Wednesday month) The Men’s Meeting, welcome any men who wish to join this convivial group. Session start with a cuppa before a speaker gives an interesting and entertaining talk, sometimes accompanied by a slide show or film, for about one hour. The meeting ends at 11.30am. A small charge of £2 is levied to cover refreshments and fees. Guest speakers, specialising in a variety of subjects have enthralled those attending. Members and friends are always welcome to give a talk on a subject of their own choice! The group share a huge range of experience, knowledge and stories - why not come and share with them? We always welcome new friends and our group currently range from middle-age upwards. Come along you will be very welcome and have instant friendship in this cordial atmosphere. To find out more, ring Harold on 01752 337085. Pins & Needles Knitting Club 2.30pm (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month). This traditional hobby has bounced right back up in the popularity charts. People of varying ages are now picking up knitting needles and are all most welcome to come and join this group, which hand-produce and send knitted goods such as jumpers, blankets and hats for poor children in two areas of Romania and are sometimes asked to produce adult hats for Shekinah Mission, asylum seekers and refugees. One of the members makes cardigans, hats and small blankets for the Neo-natal Unit at Derriford Hospital. It doesn’t matter if you have been knitting for years, or have never seen a ball of wool before the group will openly welcome you and share their knowledge and skills! To join them, please contact Jean Milroy on Tel. 337578. Games 4 U 2.30pm-4pm (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month) A group of friendly men and women who meet during the autumn and spring school terms. The group play various board games from the easy to the quite demanding. No matter how much you need to concentrate, the club never lose sight that you are playing games and so there is always opportunity for light conversation during the tea and biscuit break! To find out more about this wonderful group telephone Joyce on Tel. 216343. ‘Woodys’ Youth Group 6pm-8pm. A new group set up for the community by the church. There is a good mix of

Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre Sundays: Church service 10am to 12 noon 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Square dancing 5.30pm -9pm Mondays: Salsa classes 10am to 11am. Chatterbox 1pm to 3pm. Table Tennis 6pm to 9pm 1st Monday of the month Federation of Pensioners 1pm to 4pm (Phoenix Club) Tuesdays: Baby sensory classes 10am to 12 noon. Valannes’s Dance School Children’s Ballet & Tap 4pm to 7pm. Line dancing 7.30pm to 10pm. Wednesdays: Over 60’s Club 1pm to 4pm. Dance Aerobics 6pm to 7pm. Latin Line dancing 7.30pm to 9.30pm Thursdays: Watercolour Art Sessions for Adults. Beginner and experienced artists welcome. Thursdays 10am to 12 noon. For more information call Janet: Mobile: 07742 983311 Line dancing 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Fridays: Evergreen Club 2pm to 4pm. Dance Aerobics 6pm to 7pm. Hall and lounge meeting room for hire telephone Lesley on 07952 465836. Licenced Bar - Open from 7.30pm week days and from 4pm weekends. Soft drinks and hot drinks also sold. All welcome. Energie Fitness for Women Classes at Lister Close, Plympton Tuesday 9.30am Ladies only Legs, Bums, Tums Tuesday 10.15am Ladies Only Pilates Wednesday 9.15am Ladies only BodyPump Wednesday 11am Ladies Only Pilates Friday 6pm Ladies only FatBlast Saturday 11am Gentle motorised exercise Sunday 9.15am Mixed Class BodyPump For more information call 01752 340044 Plympton Moving On Stroke Club Alternate Wednesdays Meet at Pocklington Rise, George Lane, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1JL 10.30am to 12.30pm. There is a small charge to cover the rent of the room, and for refreshments £2 per person. We tend to have a speaker one week, and an activity the next. Contacts Tony Stoneman 07834276371; Steve Fairbairn 07718749008.

Past Times Past Times group was started over 20 years ago to encourage people, especially those on their own or new to the area, to share their hobbies, knitting for charity, cross stitch, board games, quizzes or just pop in & enjoy some friendly company & a cup of tea. We also have a list of other groups, clubs & activities available in Plympton. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month, at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Market Road, Plympton 1.30pm until 3.30 pm. More details are available from the parish office Monday to Friday 9am until 1pm 01752 348525 Friday Night Bingo Fridays 7:30pm at Hooe and Tunchapel Community Centre. Tea, coffee and biscuits. Weekly raffles and late raffle once a month. Why not give us a try! Contact 01752 408441 for more details. Table Top Sale Second Saturday in the Month (not January) Plymstock Community Centre: Vintage, Collectables and Craft 9am to 2pm. These table top sales are held in Plymstock Community Centre (top of Plymstock Broadway Car Park). A friendly and welcoming atmosphere prevails and there is something for everyone from antiques to knitted gloves and hats to books and records and jewellery. We hope to bring something new each month. Entry is 20p per person but children are free. There is a selection of hot and cold refreshments. Enquiries to Paula 01752 342321. Circle Dance Thursdays Yealmpton Circle Dance Group. Yealmpton Community Centre, Stray Park, PL8 2HF. 7.30pm-9.30pm. A variety of dance styles from gentle and expressive to lively and joyful. Traditional and contemporary world music. Good for mind, body and spirit. Clearly taught and easy to learn. No partner needed. Friendly and fun. Call 01752 880196 for details. Mini Dance Machine Thursdays At Rees Youth Centre, Mudge Way, Plympton. Modern fun disco dance group for children. 4.15pm - 5pm for ages 4 to 6; 5pm - 6pm ages 6 to 10. £2 per session. Call Lisa 07896 105 479. Boxing Classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Carl’s boxing stable has opened a new gym in Colebrook training for all ages to compete or just get fit. 7pm to 8pm. Details from Carl on 07837 920150. Time Out Second and fourth Wednesday A group for individuals who are lonely and isolated. Come for a chat and make new friends. Plymstock United Church, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Refreshments £1. Contact Lin: 07818 254527. Woodside Animal Welfare Trust Your local sanctuary for most types of unwanted domestic pets. Good homes always needed - have a look at lovely animals, and what we do on www. We don’t destroy any animal unless it’s beyond veterinary help or dangerous and we have special units for elderly residents. Please don’t allow your pet to breed, ask us for friendly advice, or about our spay and neuter scheme for owners on benefit instead. Based in Elfordleigh. Tel 01752 347503.

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Ballroom & Social Sequence Dancing Various dates Plymstock Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon 2pm until 4pm and every other Saturday from 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Details 01752 251313 or 01752 668017. Off Key Singing Group Mondays For people who love to sing in the shower! Mondays 5.50pm to 6.50pm at Derriford Health & Leisure Centre, function room. Girl Guide Hut in Plympton 10.30am to 11.30am. Call 07770 683 314 for more info. Guitar Classes Guitar lessons for children aged from 6 - 12 years. Taught in small groups of 2 or 3. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3.45 or 4.30pm Fridays at 4pm Saturdays between 9.30 - 4pm For more details Tel: 01752 216456. Classes held in the Woodford area. Sounds Musical Theatre Company Wednesdays Founded in 1911, we are a friendly, diverse group of people who love Musical Theatre and produce two shows a year. In March/April we perform our annual full musical production, with a musical revue in October. Rehearsals are every Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Oreston Methodist Church Hall, Plymstock Road, Oreston. Visit www.soundsmusicaltheatrecompany. for more info. Plymstock & District Art Society (PANDAS) Pandas is a small friendly group of amateur painters meeting for two hours (7.30-9.30pm) every Wednesday fortnight at the Radford Family Centre, Plymstock. Members paint and draw in all media and enjoy occasional demonstrations and models. We are not a teaching class but help each other and have programme of themed evenings. Each year our annual exhibition takes place in Plymstock Library. New members are always given a warm welcome so please contact Mike on 794281.

Treat for opera fans Plymouth’s Vue cinema will be screening live broadcasts from the Royal Opera House between October and June 2019.

Celebrating 10 years of live cinema broadcasts, the Royal Opera House has sold over one million cinema tickets for the first time, featuring 12 productions broadcast in 51 countries. The Vue cinema is one of 1,500 cinemas around the world featuring a range of classic and contemporary repertory from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. The cinema screenings provide the best seat in the house with exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and closeups of the performers in action – audiences are transported into the world of opera and ballet, feeling something new with each screening. The Royal Ballet MacMillan: Mayerling Live: Monday October 15 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday October 21 (2pm) The Royal Opera Wagner: Die Walküre Live: Sunday October 28 (5pm) The Royal Ballet Petipa: La Bayadére Live: Tuesday November 13 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday November 18 (2pm) The Royal Ballet Wright: The Nutcracker Live: Monday December 3 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday

December 9 (2pm) The Royal Opera Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades Live: Tuesday January 22 (6.45pm); Encore: Sunday January 27 (2pm) The Royal Opera Verdi: La Traviata Live: Wednesday January 30 (6.45pm); Encore: Sunday February 3 (2pm) The Royal Ballet Acosta/Petipa: Don Quixote Live: Tuesday February 19 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday February 24 (2pm)
 The Royal Opera Verdi: La Forza Del Destino Live: Tuesday April 2 (6.15pm); Encore: Sunday April 7 (2pm)  The Royal Opera Gounod: Faust Live: Tuesday April 30 (6.45pm); Encore: Sunday May 5 (2pm)  The Royal Ballet: Triple Bill Pite: Flight Pattern /Wheeldon: Within the Golden Hour / Cherkaoui: New Work Live: Thursday May 16 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday May 19 (2pm)  The Royal Ballet MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet Live: Tuesday June 11 (7.15pm); Encore: Sunday June 16 (2pm) For further details of the worldwide screening of Mayerling, Die Walküre and the rest of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera cinema broadcasts visit

A scene from the Royal Opera House’s production of La Traviata Photo: Tristram Kenton

Fun Club Fridays in term time Fun filled club for primary school aged children from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Plymstock Chapel, Church Road, Plymstock. Games, crafts, stories, songs, tuck shop etc. 50p entrance. Friday Night Bingo Fridays 7.30pm At Hooe and Turnchapel Community Centre. Tea, coffee & biscuits. Weekly raffles and meat raffle once a month. Why not give us a try! Contact 01752 408441 for more details. SING Every Thursday in school term times Plymouth Community Choir at Pomphlett. Great songs, lovely people and loads of fun! Do you want to sing with us? We meet on Thursdays 7.15pm-9pm at Pomphlett Methodist Church Centre (just behind Morrisons in Plymstock). We sing songs at the soul funky/world music end of the spectrum. Visit www. Or ring Pete Scott on 07896 276577. First session free! Book online or by phone. Aden Veterans Calling all Aden Veterans. Did you know that the Aden Veterans Plymouth Branch meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at the RAOB Club in North Hill at 7.30pm. Why not go along and meet like-minded people. Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings Tuesdays 6pm – 7.15pm. St Barnabas Church, The Lounge (enter by separate entrance to left of surgery), St Barnabas Terrace, Pennycomequick, Plymouth PL1 5NN. Visit the website at National Phone 01590 610 936.

weather permitting. Call 07873 483001 for details or Google Dartmoor Flying. Eddystone Model Flying Club Provide help and free instruction for flying radio control fixed wing. Members fly 24/7 weather permitting. New members are welcome as well as experienced fliers. For details visit or phone Dave on 07941 040633 or Mike on 01752 403124. Families Need Fathers (FNF) Second Wednesday of every month Monthly support meeting 7.30pm to 10pm at the RAOB Club, 41 North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8EZ. If you are separating or divorcing and are worried about not seeing your children, please come to our monthly meeting for support, information and advice. Talk to people in a similar situation or who have been through similar experiences and understand the family court process. FNF is a registered charity founded in 1974 that helps thousands of parents every year. We believe that each parent has a unique contribution to make to their children’s development and that children have a right to enjoy a loving relationship with both parents after separation. Meetings are open to mothers and fathers and to family members and friends who would like to attend with or on behalf of a parent. For more information, please call Andrew Bull (general secretary) on 01752 793 325, e-mail us at, or visit our website at Harbour Centre Recovery Café Fridays Female-focused social group for those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Tea, coffee, regular activities promoting independence, empowerment and positive social/support networks in recovery. Child-friendly. 11am-2pm at Unit 2, 1st Floor, Hyde Park House, Mutley Plain. For more information and support to attend please contact Lynn McKenzie (Harbour Drug and Alcohol Services) on 01752 434299 or email lynn. Healing Rooms Meet at Shekinah Traning Centre, 24 Stonehouse Street, Plymouth on Mondays at 7.30 - 9pm (Not bank holidays)

Stay & Play Toddler Group Wednesday mornings during term time St Mary’s Church Pre-School, St Mary’s Church Parish Centre, Market Road, Plympton. 9.15am to 11.15am. Group is run by friendly and experienced early years practitioners from St Mary’s Church pre-school that was given an overall Outstanding outcome by Ofsted (July 2011). New and expectant parents welcome. A one-off donation per week to cover costs of £1.50 per adults (children under 12 months) £2 per adult (children over 12 months). Includes refreshments. Telephone 01752 348525. Beckly Centre Regular events at the Beckly Centre at Mayers Way, Hooe Road, Plymstock include: Mondays 7pm to 9.30pm adult social group with a variety of activities including crafts, life skills, cooking, quizzes, bingo and outings; Thursdays  7pm to 9pm youth group providing social activities in a small friendship mixed ages and ability groups for young people with additional needs; Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am to 3.30pm  weekend activity groups for mixed age and ability groups of children and young people with special needs offering a good range of social and group opportunities; school holidays weekdays 10.30am to 3.30pm holiday playscheme activity sessions for small friendship groups of children and young people with special needs. For details call  01752 484433 or 07780 662391.


National Trust Plymouth Centre (NTPC) The group helps members to make even more of their NT membership and meet like minded people. During the winter months there are talks as listed: April on Mrs Ronnie, the Royal Matchmaker by Janet Crawford. In addition there is usually coach events each month from April to September. Membership is only £4 or £6 for couples. For more information and application form call Russell on 01752 266608 Kreative Kidz Tuesdays Crafts, Science and cookery- age 6 months - preschool 12.30pm to 2pm. £5 or £4 if booked in four week blocks. To book email: Unit 34 Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth.

Badminton Club Fridays Non league club meets on Friday evenings at Whiteford Road, Plymouth to play casual badminton. All adults welcome including over fifties. For further details contact Book Stall, Social Call Second Saturday of month Join in the games and fun at Plymouth Unitarian Church, Notte Street. Books, tea, coffee and cake for sale. 2pm to 4pm. Proceeds to support the local Samaritans and the Smile train, an overseasd medical charity, repairing hair lips and cleft palates. Breathe Easy Plymouth First Tuesday of the month Breathe Easy Plymouth, a local support group for anyone with a lung condition, their carers or anyone interested in supporting the group, meets regularly at Tothill Community Centre at 1.30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Entry is free and there is tea and coffee with biscuits, then usually a speaker. All are welcome. For more details phone Anne on 01752 402310 or Christine on 01752 220919 Buddhist meditation classes Weekday lunchtime meditations 12.15pm - 12.45pm, Wednesday evenings - Introduction to meditation class - 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Thursday evenings - 7.30pm - 9.30pm Meditation - The Art Of Positive Thinking, Sunday mornings 11.30am - 12.30pm Find Inner Peace, Sunday mornings - Children’s classes - 10.30am 11.15am. Held at Ashoka Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 33 Sutherland Road, Plymouth. Tel 01752 224137 Clog dancing Thursdays A fun way to exercise! The Plymouth Maids clog dancers

are a small, friendly group of women who welcome new members. From the beginning of October to the end of April we practice at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, opposite the Life Centre, on Thursdays 8 - 9.45pm. During the summer we dance out on Thursday evenings at various pubs and other venues in and around Plymouth. We also dance at occasional folk festivals and days of dance. No previous dance experience is needed, just a sense of rhythm. Come along and give it a try. For details contact Shirley on 01752 407676. Club Focus Camera Club Mondays Meets at the Future Inn, William Prance Road, Plymouth. Meets first and third Monday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For details see www. Community Dance Classes Exim have weekly Toddle Together dance classes on Mondays at Plymouth School of Creative Arts on Mondays from 9am to 9.45am. Parent/carer toddler sessions open to all ages crawling to four years. £3.50. Children’s contemporary dance (6-10 years) Thursdays in term time at Plymouth School of Creative Arts 4.30pm to 5.30pm. £4.50 per class. Adult just for fun contemporary dance at the same venue 6pm to 7pm Thursdays. £4.50 per class. Also Spaceshot dance classes every Wednesday at St Aidan’s Church, Ernesettle every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. A mixture of street dance, fitness and contemporary. Free. Details e-mail Kerrie at Costa Healing Rooms Meet at Costa, New George Street, c/o Old Town Street every Wednesday 2.30pm - 4.30pm Dartmoor Gliding Friendly Flying on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,

Krafty Kidz Tuesdays Childrens activity workshops from ages 5 to 16. Cooker, crafts and STEM activities. £5 per session includes materials. 5.30pm to 7pm.To book email: info@wkuk. org. Unit 34 Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth. Wk’d Wednesdays Adults activity workshops - activities range from crafts, cooking, woodworking, furniture up cycling, sewing.  £10 per session includes materials.  Accompanied children welcome.  To book email: Every Wednesday 6pm to 8pm Unit 34 Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth. Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club Various dates We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm and Sunday mornings at 9.30am at Richmond Walk Devonport. We row out to sea, in The Sound and up the Tamar & Plym rivers. Ages from 14 and all abilities welcome. We run learn to row sessions. Contact or Jeff Keast 07865 228800. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Phobias Support Group Meets on Mondays at the Estover Elm Centre at 6.30pm. For details contact Daniel on 07500 837703 Pensioners & Fifty Plus Action Group If you are more than fifty years old and live in the Plymouth area we invite you to come to our regular meetings and meet some new friends. On the second Friday of each month we have free meetings and invite MPs, local councillors, local businesses, anyone able to speak on issues that affect older people, to come and talk to us. These meetings are held in the Wolseley Trust Community Building (next to Sheila’s Café in Wolseley Road), behind the Co-op just down from Milehouse traffic lights going towards St Budeaux. These meetings start 10.30am and end at 1pm, many buses stop outside the Co-op and if you come by car parking is usually available. We also have regular social meetings and would like to advise everyone that these will now be held at the Oak Villa Sports & Social Club in Ferndale Road, Plymouth (PL2 2EL) just down the road



from Weston Mill Cemetery. The No 13 Target Travel bus stops quite near it, and there is a large car park virtually next door to the hall. These meetings are from 2pm to 4pm and we supply a very good buffet and as with all of our meetings we do have a raffle. Members of our group have free access but non-members will be asked to pay £2. Anyone intending to come regularly to these meetings would find it more economical to pay the £12 single £20 double annual membership fee, and would also be eligible to take advantage of our subsidised taxi scheme (£2 each way). Members are also able to enjoy our regular meetings when we have short mat bowls, darts and other activities, and come to the two meals out every year. So anyone looking for good company and interesting meetings and would like more information please contact the Secretary Mrs Margaret Williams 01752 350498 or email

Can you help Little Kooky?

Plymouth Handball Club Thursdays Between 6pm and 7pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Come and play an Olympic sport. A fun/recreational session for adults 18+. All levels and abilities welcome. Session is £3 (1st session free) Contact Dave 07983605639, Facebook Plymouth Handball Club, email Plymouth Musical Activities Club Thursdays A music group for young people aged 9-18 supported by volunteer staff members. At Pmac we teach flute, clarinet, drums, keyboards, singing and guitar. Meet every Thursday at Courtlands School in Eggbuckland from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. The charge is just £1 a week and people of all abilities are welcome. The group plays at lots of different venues and events throughout the year such as Devonport Playhouse, Lord Mayor’s day, Eden Project and many more. If you are interested in joining please call our treasurer Angela fuller on 01752 773482 or check out the Pmac website Plymouth Numismatic Society Third Tuesday each month 7:30pm Coin collection and study can be an absorbing and rewarding pastime. New members are welcomed to informal meetings to share interest and knowledge of coins, providing the opportunity to give talks and presentations on any aspect of numismatics. This can range from studies of coins in historical, cultural or artistic context, to acquisitions, valuations and investment. Or members can just listen, learn and enjoy the company. Contact Bryan on 01752 480394 for more details and current location of meetings. Plymouth Lymphoma Support Group Second Thursday of the month The Plymouth Lymphoma Support Group aims to offer friendship and support to anyone who is affected by Lymphoma (Hodgkins or Non Hodgkins Disease), whether patient (past or present), carer, family member or friend, and meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Derriford Health and Wellbeing Centre from 3pm to 4.30 pm. For more information, please call Pam on 01752 785094 or Scott on 01752 661035 Plymouth Play Association For hire of resources for play, recycling scrapstore and arts and crafts. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm, Thursday 10am-7pm. Details 01752 256633. Plymouth Shakespeare Society Meets twice a month from September to May at the Burgess Hall (behind the Unitarian Church) Notte Street, Plymouth from 2.30 - 4.30 p.m. Everyone welcome. Further details call 257764. Plymouth Skywatch Meet at St Budeaux Parish Church Hall every third Friday of the month at 7.30pm. The meeting usually consists of highlights of the night sky for the following month followed by a talk on an astronomy-related subject. There is a break in between with tea and coffee available. Plymouth Visually Impaired Bowls Club We play in the Plymouth Life Centre at the bowls hall on Tuesday morning from 10.30am to 1.30 pm and Friday morning from 12 noon to 2 30pm. In the summer we play on Tuesdays and Fridays on The Hoe from 10 30am

all things related to Ancient Egypt. Between the months of September of one year to May of the next, we meet on the first Saturday of each of those months, including Day Schools, and long weekend visits to UK and European cities to view Museum Egyptology Exhibitions, enjoying the local sights etc. The Society meets at the The Quaker House on Mutley Plain. Timings 2 pm until 4.30 pm for a normal lecture. Contact Details: Pray Plymouth Every Wednesday morning Organised by Churches Together in Plymouth from 7am to 8am at Open Doors Language School, 1415, Woodland Terrace Lane, Greenbank, Plymouth. Breakfast from 8am to 9am. Details 01752 249187.

Performance Training (5-25s) Barbican Theatre’s dance and theatre workshops enable young people to build their confidence and learn new skills and techniques alongside professionals. Visit or call 01752 267131. Play-writing,Performing, & Creative Writing The Playwriters Organisation meets on Monday nights (6-8pm) for Creative Writing & Acting, Wednesday nights(6-8pm) for Acting & Theatre Production, Friday (10.15am-12.30pm) for Play-writing & Creative Writing. All sessions are at the Playwriters mini-theatre above The Noah’s Ark, Courtney St (behind WHSmith). Contact on 01752786777 for more details or go to

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Gables Farm Dogs & Cats Home has recently taken in a nine year old West Highland Terrier who has been named Little Kooky.

She arrived in a terrible state with over grown nails, very bad skin due to a severe flea infestation and skin allergies and is almost blind as she is suffering from end-stage dry eye, all caused from a lack of basic veterinary care. Little Kooky will need to be spayed to prevent her from developing a condition known as Pyometra, which is an infection of the womb that is more common in older animals and can be life threatening. She is also going to need plenty of TLC, medical baths and pain relief as well as eye

to 1.30pm .If you require any more information please contact Colin Harris on 01752 222184. Plymouth and District Advanced Motorists Group Monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month at the United Reformed Church Hall, Powisland Drive, Derriford. The meeting begins at 7.30p.m. with doors opening at seven. Guest speaker each month. Details 01752 405926 Plymouth Bridge Club We meet for sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7pm, or Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1pm. It is thought that learning a foreign language or playing bridge is conducive to maintaining a healthy brain. The former is difficult whilst the latter is much easier. We also offer teaching for beginners and intermediates either Monday mornings at 10.15am or Thursday evenings at 7pm. Why don’t you call Steven Lacey on 07990 521570 or email and come along and join our friendly and conveniently situated members owned club, just off Mutley Plain. Plymouth Magic Circle Every second Thursday We meet the second Thursday of every month at The Walrus, Athenaeum Street, from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to join us, come along to a meeting. A list of current events is at Plymouth Children’s Theatre Workshop Saturdays A theatre company for children and young people aged 6 to 18. Try your hand at performing, set design and construction, costumes and props, stage make up and much more. St Bartholomew’s Church Saturdays 1 till 4. Tots 3 - 5 years 12 till 1. or 07760467857 or see our Facebook page Plymouth Philatelic Society First Wednesday of every month St. Edwards Hall, Home Park Avenue, Peverell from 7pm to 9pm. For details contact David on 01752 402981. Plymouth Radio Club Second Tuesday of every month. The Plymouth Radio Club meets second Tuesday of every month at the Weston Mill Oak Villa social Club, Situated in Ferndale Road, Weston Mill, Plymouth. Commencing 7.30 pm. For all licenced Radio Amateurs and anyone interested in amateur radio. For those wishing to obtain a licence, email pippa117@hotmail. or telephone 07815542477. Plymouth West Country Embroiderers Various dates Started in 1972. A friendly group of enthusiastic needleworkers who enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. Trainees (age 8-15) meet first Saturday each month from 11am to 3pm. Adults meet

treatment for the rest of her life, which could hopefully be at least another five years. Gables is hoping to raise £1000 to cover the cost of her much needed surgery and the life time veterinary care she needs for her eyes. This will enable the charity to find a new loving home for her and cover the cost of the treatment needed for the rest of her life. If you can help by making a contribution call 01752 331602, text KOOK18 £10 to 70070 or visit littlekooky?success=true to donate online. If Gables Farm is lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in their care. on second Thursday and fourth Saturday each month from 10.30am. We welcome experts and beginners of all ages. Contact Mary 01752 200047 for details. Plymouth Woodturners Third Friday of the month Meet at Pilgrim Church, St Levan Road at 7pm. Also demonstrate and sell at Otter Nurseries, Brixton, the first weekend of every month. New members always welcome, just turn up on the night. Plymouth Meet Up Group First Tuesday of the month A social group for people with disabilities. Meets at Igrow Workspace 25 Phoenix Street from 4pm to 7pm for a chat and games and a short walk to the nearby Mount Pleasant pub for a meal. £2 for members and £3 for non-members. For more information call David on 017523 268777. Plymouth U3A Second Monday of the month If you are retired, looking for new interests and to make new friends, then come along to the next monthly meeting of the Plymouth U3a and listen to our speaker. We meet at The Holiday Inn from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Coffee available on arrival and an option to stay for a reasonably priced two course lunch in the restaurant. U3A (University of the 3rd Age) is organised and run by volunteers, there are over 60 groups to find out about and maybe join, creating opportunities for continuation of learning. A non member can attend as a visitor, further information can be obtained via the welcome and promotions desk on the day, or in advance by telephoning 01752 563551, joining on the day is also an option. We look forward to meeting you. Moors Edge U3A Second Thursday of the month New members welcome. Meets at the Woolwell Centre PL6 7TR. Guest speakers and a variety of social events. Growing number of interest groups including bridge for beginners, wine tasting, weekenders, jazz, Spanish, art appreciation and still more to start. Details of groups etc can be found on the Moors Edge website, Facebook and reminders are now put on Streetlife. Plymouth Fishkeepers Society First and Second Wednesday of the Month. 8pm at the Hyde Park Social Club. If you are interested in the hobby of keeping tropical fish and want to learn more, then why not come along to one of our meetings. Interests among members are diverse, and there is without doubt someone in the society who can answer questions covering most aspects of the hobby. The society caters for newcomers to people who have been in the hobby for a long time. Just bought your first fish tank? Then Plymouth Fishkeepers Society is the place for you. Plymouth & District Egyptology Society First Saturday of the month We are a society of some 50 members whose passion is

Plymouth Community Choir   Monday Evenings  Meet at Salvation Army Congress Hall, Armada Way, Plymouth from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome, just come along for a free taster session at the beginning of the term, or contact the choir leader. Terms are 12 weeks long and we sing a variety of music such as gospel, contemporary, sacred, world folk, pop, funky bass lines etc. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t need to be able to read music as we learn ‘by ear’ and repetition. Come and give us a try and see what you think! Our choir leader is Sarah Pennington and she can be contacted on 01392 437792 or by email plymouthcommunitychoir@gmail. com. We look forward to seeing you! Plymouth Cycling Touring Club Meet Sundays for a leisure cycle ride. For our latest rides list and meet time/place see www.plymouthctc. or contact Graham Black 01752 606650 or Andy Prideaux 01752 345170 for more information. Plymouth Die-Cast Model Collectors Club First Wednesday of the month A club for anyone interested in or a collector of old toys, Dinky, Corgi, Tinplate etc. Meetings are quite informal, any club business is discussed along with a good gossip over a cup of tea or coffee. The meetings are held at the Jan Cutting Centre, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth from 7pm - 9pm. New members are always made very welcome with no charge for a first visit. For further details or information please contact Paul Simmons, telephone 01752 846250, or check out the Club web site Plymouth & District Koi Keepers Society First Wednesday of the month If you are interested in koi keeping, or thinking of building a pond and want to learn more, then why not come along to one of our meetings. We have guest speakers, presentations, visits to club member’s ponds before finishing the evening back at the clubhouse. At the weekends trips are arranged to visit other koi club’s ponds and koi shows and these are excellent days out. Meet at 7.30 pm in the lounge of the Tamar View Community Centre, Miers Close, Barne Barton, Plymouth. New members always welcome. For more details of club activities please visit www. or ring Sandra Crocker on 01752 210118. Plymouth Pisces Swimming Club for all Disabilities Sundays 11.15am to 1.15pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Adults £2.50 per session, children £2 per session. Under 5s free. Annual membership £5. Plym Ramblers First and third Sunday in the month A well estab lished walking organisation offering regular walks by experienced leaders all within 20 miles of Plymouth. The group meets every first and third Sunday in the month and also hold interesting social events. For details contact the secretary on 344048 or the chairman on 405132. Plym Ramblers have now published their walking book “On the beaten track 4” the fourth book in a popular series of local walks.  Plymouth Inter Varsity Club We are looking for lively, interesting people who want variety in their social lives and would like to mix with others in a friendly, local social group run by its members, for its members. We enjoy a wide range of activities eg meals out, cycling, themed party nights, walking, canoeing, theatre, reading group and weekends away. Want to know more? You can go to our website , look at what we do and complete an enquiry or contact 01752 550492 or 07810065982. Boys Brigade Various dates For more information visit www.plymouth.boys-brigade. 1st Plymouth - Salisbury Road Baptist Church (Fridays); 2nd Plymouth - Ridgeway Methodist Church (Mondays); 4th Plymouth - St Jude’s Church Halls (Wednesdays); 5th Plymouth - Mount Gould Methodist Church (Fridays); 7th Plymouth - Pennycross Methodist Church (Fridays); 8th Plymouth - Ford Baptist Church

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(Wednesdays). New members welcome. Age groups: Anchor Boys (5 to 7); Juniors (8-11) and Company Section (12-18). The Boys Brigade can help your church in its mission to children and young people. Contact the development team at or call 01579 346218.

New kit for young Raiders

Plymouth Writers Circle Tuesdays Do you have a problem with plotting or characterisation. The Plymouth Writers Circle meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10am to 12 noon at the Plymstock Community Centre (except in the summer holidays). Plymouth Clarion Choir (Male Voice) Tuesdays Rehearsals between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Crownhill Methodist Church Hall with break in between for refreshments. Nice friendly atmosphere and a variety of music sung. Why not come along and see what it is all about. Musical director Catherine Davies, accompanist Olga Drougaleva. For details call Darell Jago on 01752 266434. Plymouth School of Aikido Non-profit well-respected community based Martial Arts club founded over 35 years ago. Classes at Woodview Learning Campus (off Lancaster Gardens, Whitleigh) on Mondays and Coombe Dean School, Elburton, Plymstock on Fridays. Times: 7- 8pm Juniors, 7-9pm Adults. Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art suitable for both Men and Women learning and working together. Enjoyable, interesting, useful, physical, family-friendly activity with Child Safeguarded/DBS Nationally qualified Instructors leading to recognised gradings appropriate for students of all ages 7yrs to 70yrs. Fees with concessions; excellent value. Quality equipment including clothing available for purchase at non-profit prices. Checkout www. or Facebook Page. Contact Tre or David Worsley 403325, or Phil Smith 219355 for more information. Plymouth Hockey Club Sundays Plymouth Hockey Club is the oldest junior club in the city and has recently achieved the highest award for organisation and safeguarding. The club is operated by parents for all children and young people. The club trains every Sunday between 10am - 1pm at Bull Point ATP. The club cater for young people from 4-16 years and no previous experience is required. The first 6 weeks are free to new members and everyone who trains gets to play. For more information, please see the website at or contact Rob on 07861 250682. Port of Plymouth Canoe Association Mondays , Thursdays and Saturdays May until September. Offering various introductory, taster and child ( 8-11 ) sessions throughout the spring and summer. For more information please contact Tracy Jones 01752 510653 email or visit www. RAF Association (Plymouth Branch) On April 1 2018 the Royal Air Force, will be 100 years old, (1918/2018), having been formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps. Special events to commemorate the 100th Anniversary, will be held throughout the UK. The Plymouth Branch of RAFA will be involved especially during the period between September 9 and 16. Watch this space! Dates of Branch Meetings during 2018 will be on Wednesday Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24 and finally Nov 28. Meetings will start at 10.30am followed by coffee break at 11am all held at Raffles Club Ermington Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth. The Branch AGM will be on March 7 at 12 noon followed by lunch at Raffles Club. We look forward to meeting members old and new. Please make the effort to join us during 2018. RASC/RCT/RLC Association (Plymouth Branch) This is to advise members that the Branch meetings will

own will be made especially welcome. Due to the nature of this particular disease, most of our members are from the older age group. We meet up once a month and take a trip out somewhere away from the clinical environment. We might also be able to help with transport if necessary. Please contact: Geoff Read on (01752) 563 800 or email Watercolour Art Sessions for Adults Thursdays Beginner and experienced artists welcome. Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre Thursdays 10am to 12 noon. The Burrator Inn, Dousland, nr Yelverton Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon. Easy car parking at both venues. For more information call Janet on 07742 983311

5th Plymouth Company Boys’ Brigade and Girls Association We meet at Mount Gould Methodist Church, term time, and are looking to recruit both boys and girls aged 5-8yrs (6pm-7pm), 8-11yrs (6.30-8pm) and 11-18yrs (6.30-9pm). Our programme is very varied and includes craftwork, cookery, games, computer work, interactive challenges, sports competitions, sponsored fundraising and much more plus the year ending event - summer camp (8yrs+). Many of the skills learnt here can help prepare them for adult life. Interested - then come along to the church on Friday or contact Hugh Porter, 01752 667513, or email porterbb@ 7th Plymouth Company Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Fridays We meet at Pennycross Methodist Church in term time, Anchors (5-8 years) between 6.15pm and 7.15pm; Juniors (8-11 years) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and Seniors (12-18 years) between 7pm and 9.45pm. There is a full programme of activities including crafts, games, drama, music, cookery, interactive challenges, national sport competitions and much more. The year culminates in a week-long summer camp. Our programme enables youngsters to learn many various skills and prepares them for adult life. Simply go along on Fridays to find out more or visit


Yankee Yoga Various days All abilities yoga classes set to sweet tunes. Tuesdays 5pm @ The Art of Dance (Mutley Plain) 8pm @ Coombe Dean School; Plymstock/Elburton; Wednesdays 6pm @ Merlin Fitness (Crownhill); Fridays 7.30pm Special Class - Yoga for Athletes @ Taurus Gym (Mutley Plain); Saturdays  10am Special Class: Yoga Sculpt @ Merlin Fitness (Crownhill). Contact Emily on 07478 257080.

A budding fashion designer has seen her latest designs come to life on the basketball court, after she was chosen as the winner of Plymouth Raiders Development’s competition to design their new kits. During her studies at Plymouth College of Art on

the BA (Hons) Fashion programme, Jade Rogers, 20, from Yelverton, worked on producing a series of fresh new styles for Plymouth Raiders Development teams following their announcement of a competition on social media. Supported by the college’s in-house agency, which facilitates direct industry experience and prepares students for a higher level of creative employment, she produced mood boards and kit designs to compliment the team’s exciting new rebrand.

now be held on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, in order that we may be able to meet up with the Army Reservists, after their drill session. The Branch Meeting will be held as usual at the Army Reserve Centre, Brest Road, Derriford, Plymouth and the dates for 2018 are: May 8, July 10, Sept 11 and Nov 13. The Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8 2019 at 8pm. Please attend as many meetings as you can, the committee needs your support, if you wish to keep the branch alive. Road to Recovery Group of Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting every Friday at St Matthias Church Hall, North Hill. Doors open 6.30pm. Meeting 7pm- 9pm. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend. Family, friends, health professionals etc also welcome. Contact: Matt 07766 006 153 or Jo 07918 141715. AA Helpline: 0800 9177 650. Snack ‘N’ Chat Tuesdays Friendship group for the bereaved and those who live alone. From 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Coffee Corner in the Minster Church of St Andrew in the city centre. A community project run by two trained Counsellors and two trained listeners. Come and enjoy coffee, tea and home made cake and talk through how things are for you. Only 50p per session. Solaris Yoga Enjoy vital relaxation, strengthening and toning muscles. Pregnancy yoga, mum and baby yoga and adult yoga held at Plymouth Swallows, St Andrew’s Cross, Church of the Holy Spirit Southway, Crownhill Fort and Jump. Please call Shilpa on 0771 1899 530 for times of classes. Soundhouse Brass and Soundhouse Youth Brass Academy Thursdays Want to play with one of the finest Brass Bands in Devon then why not come along and give us a try. We also have a thriving Youth Band for younger players which is supported by Plymouth Youth Music Service. Both groups practice at The Soundhouse, Torbridge High School, Estover on Thursday evenings (Juniors 6p.m. to 7.30p.m. and Seniors 7.30-9.45p.m) Come along any evening, visit our website or ring Alan 01752844108 (Senior Band) or Garry 0744618977 (Youth Band) for further details. South West Chamber Choir Wednesdays Marjon Chapel 7.30 to 9.30 pm. We are a friendly auditioned choir of 25 to 30 singers specialising in unaccompanied singing, with a programme of madrigals, partsongs and sacred works. We give four concerts annually as well as a weekend of sung services at a cathedral each July. A reasonable standard of sightreading is needed to join. We welcome enquiries. www. Shotokan Karate Club Shotokan Karate club in Devonport High school for Girls on Monday and Friday evenings for all ages and grades starting at 6pm. This is an authentic Japanese art, taught

Student Jade said, “Having my design chosen for the new kit is a fantastic experience for me; studying fashion has given me a wide range of knowledge and skills within the fashion process, covering areas such as design and concept, producing detailed technical packs, and sampling and garment construction.  “Taking part in this competition allowed me to utilise those skills I have learnt during my time so far at the Plymouth College of Art and apply them to a real-world experience.”  Plymouth Raiders Development team offer coaching and playing opportunities for children from the age of seven to seventeen. Suitable for all playing abilities, the development team offers an introduction to the sport and the opportunity to begin playing in a competitive environment with qualified coaches and support from the premier league Plymouth Raiders players.  in the same disciplined manner instilling personal responsibility for actions, promoting confidence and self esteem. Karate taught in this environment is deemed to be beneficial for all ages and genders. All Instructors DBS checked, safeguarding and first aid trained.Contact club secretary Steve on 07518471142 or Colin on 07968061887. Shotokan Karate Club in Eggbuckland Community college Drama studio on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 for all ages and grades. . An authentic Japanese art, all Instructors DBS checked, safeguarding and first aid trained. Contact Georgina on 07807184279. Children’s Shotokan Karate Class in St Budeaux parish church hall, specifically for ages 7 to 12 years old, parents can train alongside their children in a relaxed and friendly environment. All Instructors DBS checked, safeguarding and first aid trained. Saturday mornings 10am to 11am Contact Georgina on 07807184279 The Specials Wednesday Club For adults with learning disabilities. YMCA Plymouth, Honicknowle Lane from 6pm to 8pm £3 per week. Further information The Arts Society South Devon We are part of The Arts Society, the National Association, and have about 250 members. We hold monthly evening lectures on a wide range of Arts topics, occasional morning lectures, Study Days, Tours, Visits and Concert visits. We would be pleased to welcome new members and introductory guest visits are available. See website for programme information and other details (www. or contact Jim Stevens, Membership Secretary ( Tai Chi Beginners Classes Various dates Established in Plymouth since 1995. A friendly group covering all aspects of Tai Chi training for health and well being. Tai Chi is a gentle way to exercise and build strength. For those more keen, it is a complete form of body and mind martial arts system from ancient China suitable for all ages 5 to 95! To get more information, please drop into the class held every Tuesday 6.45pm at Mount Street Primary School, Greenbank, or any other class advertised on Tel. 07949 839088 The Pythagorean Society  First Friday of the month held at Plymouth Natural Health & Healing Centre, Outland Road, PL2 3PY. 7 pm – 9 pm. We have a different topic each month with a guest speaker, covering a wide range of esoteric subjects. Please see our website for details or email The Plymouth Regional Head & Neck Cancer Support Group Our group is specifically aimed at head and neck patients, their partners and/or carers. Our support group will also welcome anyone who wishes to join us for whatever reason. You don’t have to be a cancer patient to join us but those cancer patients without a support group of their

Plymouth Archers Tuesday and Friday Archers who are registered with Archery GB are very welcome to come along. We run taster and beginner’s sessions throughout the year and have very good indoor and outdoor facilities at Stoke Damerel Community College. For more information visit www.plymoutharchers. or contact the chairman on 01752 784051 mobile 07443432375. The club is open to anyone over the age of 10 and the school has very good disability access. We also arrange social activities throughout the year. Sessions take place between 7pm and 9pm. Plymouth Petanque Club A friendly club and a great way to be active for people of any age and ability. We meet for social games every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. Average attendance is about 25 -30 players. These sessions are suitable for new players as we play to basic rules with the emphasis on fun, and we always stop halfway through for tea and biscuits (or cake for celebrations!) and a chat. We play at Brickfields Sports Centre and further information can be found on our newly updated website. Dancing Duo Fortnightly on Saturdays The Elm Community Centre, Estover PL6 8EU 7.45pm to 10.45pm with Henry and Jeannie. Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Old Time and more. Free parking. Entry £6. Bring your own soft drinks and snacks. For more information call Jeannie on 01803 325905 or visit www. Tea Morning Wednesdays Plymouth Unitarian Cafe 10am - 12 noon. Why not drop in for a bit of relaxation, a cuppa, knitting, a game, some reading or colouring? Or just have a sit down and rest. Dementia friendly. Tea/coffee and a biscuit 60p. All money taken goes to our charities for the year, Plymouth Samaritans and the Smile Train GraceNotes Acapella Group Mondays, Burraton Community Centre, Saltash. 7.30pm to 10pm. GraceNotes Acapella is a ladies close harmony acapella chorus who sing a wide and varied repertoire from traditional barbershop songs, through to modern Disney classics! Competing both locally and nationally, as well as performing at many sing-outs throughout the year, new members are always welcome! Rock up to a rehearsal and see what we do! Email or find them on social media for more information. Coffee Morning Last Saturday of the month Emmanuel Church Annex, Mannamead Road. There is a coffee morning with yummy cakes and preserves on the last Saturday of every month. Funds are raised for Christian charities. All are welcome. The church is easily accessible by bus. There are no coffee mornings in December. Plymouth Karate Academy Various dates Based in Faraday Mill Cattedown the club is managed by Sensei Stuart Hick (4thDan), Sensei Jon Eaton (3rdDan) and Senpai Luke Irving (2ndDan). With more than 45 years combined experience all of the instructors are DBS checked, and teach Shotokan karate. Tuesday /Thursday Kids only Karate class 6.15- 7pm; Tuesday/Thursday Adult Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced from 7pm onwards ; Saturday Morning class Kids Karate class 10am onwards. For more info: Stuart Hick 07970379268 or stuart.hick@ CSPA Second Tuesday of the month The Civil Service Pensioners Alliance meet at the Raffles Club, 5 Ermington Terrace, Mutley from 10.30am to 12 noon. All members of the Plymouth and District branch are welcome to attend. For more information call 01752 946896.

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Principal ‘incredibly proud’ of outstanding students at Hele’s Hele’s School students are celebrating success in their A-Levels and Principal, Justine Mason, has offered warmest congratulations to all those achieving their results.

“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our Hele’s graduates and would like to wish each of them the very best of luck as they fly the nest and move on to university, training or employment. They have been superb role models for our younger students and great ambassadors for Hele’s School over the past 7 years.’ “Our top 12 performers this year achieved an impressive 19 A*/A grades and 17 B grades between them, which is just fantastic! We have some exceptional individual performances to celebrate and I am incredibly proud of all those associated with Team Hele’s for making this happen.” Katie Best leaves Hele’s to read Medieval and Modern Languages at Cambridge university with one A* and two A grades. Harrison Nicholls achieved an A* and two As, which will bode him well as he embarks on his Physics with Astro Physics Degree at Exeter University and Rachel Skinner leaves for the University of East Anglia with an A* and two As where she will study Medicine and realise her lifelong dream to become a doctor. Director of Post 16, Kairn Stone,

said: “We are incredibly proud of the results that our students achieved with their A level examinations. “The vast majority of our students have secured places at top universities in the country whilst others have secured highly competitive apprenticeships. “Students have worked extremely hard to achieve their grades and they also left a significant legacy for our school community. Our Year 13 students were the first group to benefit from a brand-new Post 16 building and whilst working hard on their studies they also raised thousands of pounds for charity. We’d like to congratulate our students and the team around them - parents, staff and governors - for this year’s outcomes and we wish our young people the very best for life beyond Hele’s.”

Proud Mum of the Davey twins. Oliver (left) is off to read Economics and Politics at York whilst brother William History and Politics at Warwick

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I thoroughly enjoyed walks along the waterfront, evenings in the park and barbecuing at any available opportunity. This is a wonderful part of the world to live in all year round but Plymouth really does sparkle in the sun! If you’re anything like me you may be feeling slightly Dave melancholic about the change Simpson from summer to autumn but in reality every season has its upside. In summer I love to be out and about doing various activities and spending time in the beautiful outdoors. Come the autumn and winter I often feel like spending time inside enjoying those comforting home cooked meals and spending time with friends and family. Maybe it is partly due to Christmas time but I definitely have an association with these months and time spent with those nearest and dearest to me. In my life this is mostly a positive experience


Relationships: Who needs them? but we all know that as well as being some of the most rewarding aspects of our lives, close relationships can also be some of the most challenging. Wherever we open our hearts up to love another person and have a relationship with them there is always the risk that they could hurt us. It is an inescapable reality and it is impossible to get all the benefits of close relationships without taking this risk. Not only that but in close family, especially in the seasons when we spend more time indoors in close proximity with each other, it is inevitable that fallouts will happen and from time to time we will wind each other up. Despite all the pain, annoying arguments and heartache, my point in writing this article is do not give up! Relationships really are worth it! In a recent event I was at, a speaker quoted a passage from Genesis and he stated that the first time God says anything is not good is that ‘it is not good

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for man to be alone’. We were created for relationships. They bring tremendous joy, security and love to our lives. It is also possible to navigate our close relationships well and move forward together rather than breaking apart. I believe a key for this is found in the words of Jesus as quoted in the book of Matthew where it says; ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ In other words it is so easy to pick fault with our friends and family when in reality we aren’t without our own faults! Bearing this in mind in day to day life helps us deal with each other more graciously and recognise the only person we can really change is ourselves. I am fully aware I am writing this with no knowledge of the possible difficulties you are facing in your relationships. Whether things are going well for you and yours or not, there is one relationship that will never disappoint or hurt us. That is our relationship with God. The message of the Christian faith, which many millions of people across the world believe to be true, is that we were not only created to be in relationship with each other but primarily with God. Through the person of Jesus Christ such a relationship is possible no matter who you are.

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Students and staff celebrate at Hele’s As over 200 students collected their GCSE results at Hele’s School, Principal Justine Mason was there to share in celebrations with other staff, governors and parents.

Justine said: “Today marks the first set of results whereby students are graded on the new numerical system in the majority of subjects. It is an important milestone in what has been a challenging time for both staff and students across the country, having had to get to grips with new specifications, content and assessment. “I am incredibly proud of the staff and students at Hele’s for the way they have embraced this change. It is extremely pleasing to see the school continuing to improve and with the addition of the new grade 9, designed to reward the very highest attaining pupils in a number of subjects, I am delighted with the number of students achieving at this level. “We have some exceptional individual performances to celebrate with Hannah Smith achieving five grade 9s and Victoria Rickard, Lauren Toogood and Alisha Bowman achieving three grade 9s apiece. Along with a bumper crop of grades 7 and 8, as well as A and A* grades on the subjects still following legacy specifications. “These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by all associated with Team Hele’s, from the students themselves to the staff, parents and the governing body. I am so proud of our students for what they have achieved; they thoroughly deserve their successes!” Raising Standards leader, Emma Clapham added: “We always talk to the students about GCSE results being the passport into the next phase of life, opening doors and creating new paths down which to walk. “It is always a joy on Results Day to see students reach their potential and prepare to take those well-deserved next steps. Hele’s A Level successes - see page 27

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