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Treasure Island: a swashbuckling family comedy for Christmas!

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• Meal for 4 at The B-Bar on Thursday 2 January • Treasure Island programme signed by Le Navet Bete • Set of Treasure Island badges • Meet Le Navet Bete and have your photo taken with them on the Treasure Island set

Treasure Island – a hilarious rip-roaring comedy adventure encountering swashbuckling pirates, tropical islands and high seas. Join the four lads from Le Navet Bete as they play out the legendary tale as you’ve NEVER seen it before. Set

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Win a meal at the B-Bar and tickets for Treasure Island at the Plymouth Athenaeum See page 12

It’s Christmas Eve in the Admiral Benbow sail with Long John Silver and some other characters you may not expect and Inn. Jim Hawkins is serving ale to the one and only customer the pub ever has. prepare for a belly laughing journey to the Caribbean and back. X will mark the spot Suddenly the door slams open and in this Christmas!! strides Billy Bones, the infamous pirate, to change Jim’s life forever… This is your only chance to see the funny foursome’s latest show in Teaming up once again with Plymouth so don’t delay and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth book tickets soon: favourites Le Navet Bete return to the city for their 9th Christmas 12 December 2019 – 5 January production, following their recent 2020 at The Plymouth Athenaeum smash hits The Three Musketeers, Aladdin and Dracula: The Bloody Truth.

Please send your completed entry coupon to Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Chronicle, 28 Old Park Road, Peverell, Plymouth, PL3 4PY by the closing date of 13th December 2019. Please answer the question and enter your name and contact details below. By entering your data, you agree with Cornerstone Vision holding and using your data for the purpose of running this competition, and for the duration necessary to complete this competition, but not longer than 6 months. Meal for 4 at The B-Bar excludes drinks. Treasure Island is co-produced by Le Navet Bete and Barbican Theatre and performed at The Plymouth Athenaeum.

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New culinary  care cook book is launched in Plymouth Care home residents and staff, Commissioners and health partners across Plymouth have come together to produce a very special cook book.

The city’s very first Culinary Care Cookbook was launched at City College Plymouth’s PL1 Restaurant and features recipes that have been developed by Culinary Care Teams and people who live in care homes, and produced in partnership with the City Council, City College Plymouth and Plymouth’s Creative Design Professionals. Councillor Kate Taylor, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social care said:  “This book is a fantastic idea, it’s really great to see so many people working together to produce something that helps support some of our most vulnerable residents. “Ensuring that older people have sufficient and nutritious food to eat and having a healthy diet is important within a care home and this cook book supports enhancing good nutrition and hydration. “Food and mealtimes are an important aspect of a care home resident’s daily routine, encouraging socialising with other residents and playing a significant part in their quality of life and health and wellbeing. Residents have shared their individual experiences of the importance of food, as well as innovative approaches towards supporting a healthy, seasonal and nutritional diet. The Cook Book has also supported the development of chefs working in care homes. Working with City College Plymouth, the council have developed an NVQ Level 2 for Culinary Care Teams who work in care homes. The NVQ has been developed to recognise the importance of culinary care teams in the care sector, and to enhance the skills of Culinary Care Teams across the City. The first cohort of students for this qualification will begin their course in January 2020. This follows a full day of training delivered to 100 care home chefs earlier in the year by a nationally renowned dysphagia chef, Gary Brailsford from Dining with Dignity. Mike Jones, business and engagement Manager from City College said: “We are very excited to be working with the care sector to develop the skills of their culinary teams. This project has enabled our students and lecturers to look at the less traditional side of hospitality and gain an understanding of the valuable service delivered by care home teams. “They have enjoyed finding out about the needs of care residents and designing a programme to support with further development of their skills, and will be incorporating some of the recipes into their practical sessions.” Providing more than just recipes, the Culinary Care Cook Book is a resource to ensure people stay fit and well. In doing so, it considers people’s wishes, their dignity, and shows them the respect to provide them with a great dining service.

Anyone for tennis? Thornbury Primary School has launched an innovative programme to encourage and develop sporting talent amongst their youngsters.

Clare Hardisty, headteacher at Thornbury Primary School said: “We are lucky enough to have lovely, spacious school grounds and we had room to create six mini-tennis courts. “We’re giving our children the opportunity to play mini tennis under the guidance of Laura James and Josh Brown, tennis coaches from Nuffield Devonshire Health & Racquets Club. Those showing aptitude are also receiving coaching at an after school club. “We’re hoping that by

encouraging children to play tennis at primary school, we can develop a love of being active, and we might even develop the tennis stars of the future.” As part of this partnership, children from the tennis club will also get the opportunity to take some lessons at the Devonshire Club. The take up from the children has been impressive, with all the spaces at the lunchtime sessions and after school club being snapped up very quickly. Thornbury Primary School has an active programme of sports and clubs for children of all abilities and interests so if tennis isn’t their passion, they can choose from a wide and flexible

range of sports including disc golf and Boccia, an ancient game rather like bowls, amended for the Paralympics. The school has achieved the Gold School Games Mark for five years by the Plymouth School Sports Partnership, and is one of very few schools now awarded the Platinum School Mark, in recognition of the school’s commitment to sport for all. Thornbury Primary School is part of the Connect Multi Academy Trust and is currently offering prospective pupils and parents the opportunity to see the school in action on a tour with the headteacher. Contact the school on 01752 302600 to book a tour.

Council to spend £450,000 to help solve traffic bottleneck Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks.

Plymouth City Council have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often queues and delays at peak times, caused by traffic having to merge over very short distances. Last year the council announced plans to replace Woolwell Roundabout with a signalised junction and deliver a new junction at Woolwell Crescent. Tavistock Road will also be widened to provide a dual carriageway on this section. A significant amount of development work has already been done and this funding will support the next stages, including detailed surveys and assessments, mitigation plans and a design update to take account of any new information. This will enable a more accurate assessment of the impacts of the scheme.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure and Planning said: “This stretch is a well-known hotspot for traffic hold-ups. It’s vital we deliver infrastructure improvements on our key routes if we are to keep Plymouth moving and support new jobs and homes in the north of the city. “This scheme will help to reduce congestion and provide better, safer journeys for everyone – including bus users, cyclists and walkers. The funding will enable us to carry out more detailed assessments, ensure the designs reflect our most up-todate information and investigate options to increase capacity at The George Park and Ride.” The Woolwell to the George scheme is part of a masterplan of highway improvements that will complement other schemes in the area such as the Derriford Transport Scheme and the new Forder Valley Link Road, where construction is expected to begin very soon. The decision to allocate funding for the Woolwell to The George scheme will be published today and may be subject to call-in for scrutiny.


The North Plymouth Neighbourhood Police team have warned local residents to ensure their vehicles are kept secure at all times.

This follows a spate of thefts from motor vehicles in the Roborough/Belliver/Widewell and Southway area. Police are actively working to identify and deal with the offender or offenders for these offences. They have reminded residents to keep their vehicles locked, to ensure all valuables are out of sight and for all van owners to remove valuable tools from vehicles when parked overnight. Anyone with information regarding these incidents can contact the police via the Devon and Cornwall Police website, via 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigating reports of a road rage assault in Crownhill have appealed for information.

The incident took place in a layby off Forder Valley Road on the B3413, near to the Leigham roundabout, between 5.50pm and 6pm on November 7. Occupants of two vehicles had pulled into the layby following a minor road traffic collision before an argument ensued between two men. The victim, aged in his 40s, alleged that he was punched in the face, suffering a facial injury. Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward. Call 101, or email, quoting crime reference number CR/100889/19.

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The Box, Plymouth’s major new cultural attraction, has received another massive funding boost ahead of its opening in the spring next year.

Children from Eggbuckland Vale Primary School learn a very special language as part of their school life.

From nursery age upwards, pupils are encouraged to learn sign language. Wendy Cording, headteacher at Eggbuckland Vale Primary School said: “We provide an inclusive education for 18 deaf children from nursery age to Year 6. All deaf children are placed in a mainstream class with support as needed, so we encourage their class mates to learn signs too. “We run lunchtime signing clubs which are very popular. At Christmas, our children put on three signing carol concerts at our local church and in school. Each age group does their own carol for the audience, it’s a lovely experience to have both deaf and hearing friends singing and signing. “Our school values inclusion and this is a wonderful way of making all the children feel included in school life, as well as teaching them a skill for life. British Sign Language or Makaton and Cued Speech are all well used in the UK and you never know when you might be grateful to know a few signs!” The children also take their carol singing out into the community, signing and singing at

a local care home. The school carol services are on December 4 and 5 and the service at St Edward’s Church is on December 3.

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50 YEARS ON AIR FOR HOSPITAL RADIO PLYMOUTH Members, guests and friends of the charity Hospital Radio Plymouth celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a dinner dance at the Future Inn.

Hospital Radio Plymouth (HRP) is celebrating five decades of visiting patients, collecting requests and broadcasting to Derriford Hospital and its offshoots this year. Attendees included some familiar faces (and voices) from across the decades such as BBC Spotlight’s presenter Justin Leigh and weatherman Dan Downs, plus former Plymouth Sound presenters Sally Reader, Martin Mills and Gavin Marshall. Outgoing HRP chair Andrew Hill said: “Fifty years is a remarkable milestone to reach, and we’re thrilled to be able to share the celebrations. It’s been great to catch up with friends past, present and future.” The evening also included the 50th Anniversary prize draw, with prizes kindly donated by

Foot Anstey LLP, Brittany Ferries and Future Inns among others, which raised over £1,000. Some members were also presented with long-service awards by Hospital Broadcasting Association President June Snowden. The multi-award winning station has a team of volunteers who visit patients in hospital, collect requests, put together programmes and make sure there is a friendly voice at the patient’s bedside 24/7. Incoming chair Keith Jolley said: “Hospital Radio has touched the lives of thousands of people over the past 50 years. It’s a privilege to take the helm during this anniversary year and build on our successes into the future.” There will be a series of events to raise funds and celebrate the anniversary, including a 50 hour broadcasting marathon. Any businesses interested in donating or sponsoring any Hospital Radio events can get in touch on 01752 784300.

Andrew Hill being presented with a certificate marking Hospital Radio Plymouth’s 50 year anniversary by Hospital Broadcasting Association President June Snowden

The Box is celebrating a new grant award of more than £380,000 from Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) Capital: Small Grants fund. The programme supports building improvements for arts and cultural organisations – helping them create enhanced spaces to produce and present their work, collaborate with artists and audiences and build their resilience and sustainability.  The funding for The Box will support the installation of Bluetooth lighting fixtures in all its galleries, a flexible lighting system in one of its exhibition spaces and the fit-out of an extended kitchen and bistro bar so it can provide an evening meal and drinks offer to both the public and corporate hire clients.  The funding is part of an £12m investment across the UK revealed by ACE this week. The overall award will see more than £1.7 million invested in the South West and also includes a £270,000 grant to Plymouth’s KARST gallery for an eco-efficient heating system and a fully accessible main entrance.  The improvements to both The Box and KARST’s infrastructure come as Plymouth’s visual arts scene continues to flourish and as the city starts its preparations for hosting British Art Show 9 in autumn 2021.  Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader said: “I’m blown away by this news of yet more funding support for The Box from ACE, who really seem to understand how hard we’re working to create a leading heritage and cultural attraction for the city, the region and beyond.  “The improvements this funding will enable will increase the high design quality of the building and enrich the gallery experience for everyone who visits and works with us. It will also enhance The Box’s long-term financial viability through additional catering and venue hire opportunities. What great news!”   Much of the lighting and fit out works will be completed by spring 2020 in time for the opening of The Box. Some additional lighting improvements will then be made in the summer of 2021 before British Art Show 9 is installed.  Phil Gibby, area director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We are extremely pleased to invest in The Box through our Capital Grants funding programme. We are looking forward to next year’s Mayflower 400 commemorations when The Box will open as the flagship venue for Plymouth and beyond. This building project will support St Luke Church’s role as a prominent visual arts gallery for visitors in 2020 and for many generations to come.  “We’ve also announced an award to the city’s independent art gallery, KARST, which will equip them with the necessary infrastructure to become a key British Art Show 9 venue – yet another contribution to Plymouth’s growing cultural reputation.”  To stay up to date with all The Box’s news and developments visit www. or follow the project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @theboxplymouth

4 December 2019


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

Plymouth Railway Circle Various dates All meetings take place at St Edward’s Church Hall, Home Park Avenue, Peverell starting at 7.30pm. Admission charge £1 (members), £2 (visitors). Visitors are very welcome. Dec 16: The Mills Railway Year 2019. Our annual celebration of the year’s railway events, as always presented by Bernard who continues to enthuse with this year’s travels, and with his camera reminds us to observe the local as well as national railway scene. Jan 6: Barry Jones: ‘Westcountry Blues’. Devon and Cornwall railways with a focus on the Rail Blue era of the late 70s and early 80s - also including some topical updates. A digital presentation. Plymouth Global Book Club Dec 4 Long-awaited joint meeting with fellow book lovers in Brest discussing a book they recommended, Small Country (Petit Pays) by Gael Faye. A prizewinner when it was published in the original French, it takes the reader from the small world of a boy’s happy childhood in Burundi to the horrors of genocide in Rwanda and civil war in Burundi. It’s a beautifully written and powerful novel, drawn from the author’s own experiences. Plymouth members will be joining the French group by Skype and the discussion will be in English. Meeting meeting: 6.30pm to 8pm, at Plymouth University in Babbage 002. Christmas Crafts Fair Dec 5 Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell 5pm to 8pm. A Christmas Fair with local, eco-friendly, responsible businesses with hand-made, recycled, reusable and wildlife focused products. Mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas snacks will be served in the restaurant. An indoor event. Free entry. Charity Christmas Concert Dec 6 Stoke Christian Centre 7pm to 10pm featuring the MBC Harmony Group, supported by the Meltones and other artists in aid of Cancer Research UK. As well as the entertainment there will be a grand Christmas draw, Christmas hamper and Christmas cake auctions. Christmas at the Musicals Dec 6 Concert with the Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship at Stoke Damerel Church at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door or in advance 01752 564847. Refreshments. Plymouth Flower Club Dec 6 Trinity Church Hall, Torr Lane, Hartley, Plymouth starting at 1.45pm. Pamela Lewis, a national demonstrator, will be giving a demonstration entitled Wishing You a Happy Christmas. Guests welcome at a charge of £7 per person. For etails 01752 265242. Santa in Plymouth Market Dec 7, 14, 21 and 22 visit Santa in his grotto in Plymouth Market this December. On Saturday December 7 he’ll be joining the Market for a free story telling session (11am to 2pm), then on Saturday 14 and 21, and Sunday 22, parents will be able to buy a ticket for youngsters to meet Santa in his grotto between 11am and 4pm. His elves will be on hand too as there’ll be special activities to make Christmas goodies. Sterts Choir Dec 7 St Mary’s Church Tamerton Foliot. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Festive refreshments will be available on the evening. £5 entry, tickets will be available to purchase on the night. Christmas Coffee Morning Dec 7 St Thomas’ Church, Royal Navy Avenue, Keyham 10.30am to 12 noon, in aid of church funds. Plymouth Area Police Choir Dec 9 Carol singing at Torr Home, Plymouth 6.30pm

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Plymouth Christmas Market Nov 28 to Dec 19 Head to the Piazza in the city centre and browse to your heart’s content! More than 50 traders from across the South West will be selling their wares in traditional wooden cabins, festooned with fairy lights. Pick up unique gifts for friends and family, with everything from handmade jewellery and artwork to sweet treats and liqueurs to choose from. Warm up with a mulled wine from the Bavarian Bar, tuck into festive food from one of the many street food stands and snap a festival selfie in front of the giant illuminated bauble. With entertainment including gospel choirs and vintage vocalists, your visit to the Christmas market will certainly put you in the festive spirit! Penguins: A LEGO® Brick Trail Nov 30 to Jan 5 The LEGO® brick penguins are returning to Plymouth The penguins are back, spreading their Christmas magic over the city! Join in the festive family fun trail and seek out all 20 life size LEGO brick penguins which will be hidden in shops and businesses around the city centre. Start your adventure to find the names of all 19 Rockhoppers and one special Emperor Penguin. You could win fantastic prizes, including a weekend family trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort courtesy of Plymouth Citycoach, or a Penguin Feeding Experience at Living Coasts for four people! Look out for special offers and discounts on the shop window stickers of the participating shops and businesses. Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On Dec 1 Round up the family and enjoy the festive celebrations on Southside Street as the Barbican is lit up for Christmas. Father Christmas will be arriving on the RNLI lifeboat to switch on the lights – but watch out, as the Grinch will be roaming the streets and causing chaos! There will be a range of children’s activities and entertainment to enjoy from 12pm, with the switch-on taking place at 5pm.

Plymouth Area Police Choir Dec 13 Rock Methodist Church, Yelverton at 7.30pm. In aid of church funds. Tickets contact Pam Hare at pmhare48@ Christmas Concert Dec 14 Music of the Night Choral Foundation at Stoke Damerel Church at 7.30pm. tickers £5 on the door or in advance at or call 01752 564847. Christmas Fair Dec 15 YMCA Plymouth, Honicknowle Lane from 10am to 2pm. Craft and gift stalls, Santa’s Grotto, inflatables, food and drink. Free entry, free parking and free canvas bag for first 50 entrants. Stalls for sellers available from £15. Contact Stacy on 01752 201918. Table Top Sale Dec 15 Tothill Community Centre at the end of Knighton Road, St Judes from 10am to 1pm. Admission 50p, refreshments available. Jewellery, make up, cards, home made items and lots more. Money raised for picnic tables in Tothill Park next summer. Christmas Fair Dec 15 Plymouth Guildhall from 11.30am to 3pm organised by Frog Fest Events. Festive stalls, food and refreshment. Festive mini golf for children, Wishy Washy magician from 2pm to 3pm, face printing and inflatable Snowglobe. Free entry - first 50 children through the doors will receive a gift.

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Polar Bear Explorer Dec 1 to March 1 Set off on an exciting journey across Plymouth’s waterfront this winter, in search of the 20 polar bear cubs hidden in businesses from the Barbican to Royal William Yard. Download your trail map from the Visit Plymouth website or pick it up from a participating business. Learn lots about climate change along the way and by finding the cubs, you’ll be in with a chance of winning some brilliant prizes! Santa Fun Run Dec 8 Hundreds of Santas of all shapes and sizes will be taking to the streets of Plymouth City Centre for the annual fun event organised by Saltram Rotary Club. Money raised will go in the main to Hannah’s and Shekinah Mission. For more details or to register go to

Wonder Nights Dec 12 to Jan 5 Mount Edgcumbe. Amazing light shows, themed Wonderlands, mulled wine and even a surprise appearance from Father Christmas will all be at Mount Edgcumbe this festive season. The stunning formal gardens at Mount Edgcumbe will once again be illuminated as part of this after dark Christmas adventure. The visitors’ journey starts with a special effects show - journey beyond a secret door and find yourself in an enchanted grove adorned with over 25,000 fairy lights and the soothing sounds of a garden alive with life! Don’t miss the all new show - Finding Wonderland. Discover a spectacle like no other as you’re literally surrounded by an unforgettable kaleidoscope of colourful lights, lasers, special effects and a soundtrack overflowing with emotion. For more information, visit

Plymouth Area Police Choir Dec 18 Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth. Grand Christmas Concert with the children of Montpelier School and young people of The Legacy Choir. Tickets. Contact Rod Fowler 01752 339788.

the Stanborough Chorus, conducted by Christopher Fletcher with guests from the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir and the choirs of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and The Cathedral School of St Mary. For more information contact Madeleine Matthews on 01752 975217.

Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard club Dec 18 Featuring Chris Powell, a former resident organist at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Don’t be late if you want a lovely evening of live musical entertainment. Broadway Community Centre, Plymstock at 7.15 pm. Admission £5 including tea/coffee (and mince pie as it’s Christmas). Free parking. All welcome. 01752 706712.

Manor Street Market Dec 28 Union Corner 10am to 2pm. Bric-a-brac bargains, quirky performances, crafts, music, joy and food. To book tables or for more information call 01752 229608.

Christmas Carols & Grotto in Devonport Park Dec 20 Annual carol service around the Bandstand in Devonport Park along with Santa’s Grotto for the first time. Children will be given a special gift from Santa plus a reindeer hunt through the park for with prizes for the lucky children who find them! Extras include raffle, mulled wine and cake in the cafe, tombola, bric-a-brac, kids rides, sweet and cake stalls, games, hot food, craft stalls and much more. Tickets £3 per child, adults free. The price includes Reindeer hunt, Grotto entry and raffle entry. Grotto open 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 5pm to 6pm. To pre book email us on or search Plymouth Devonport Park events on Facebook. Celebrate Christmas Dec 20 Carol service in aid of the Primrose Foundation at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Plymouth at 7pm. Featuring

Plymouth Green Book Club Jan 6 Discussion on Who Owns England by Guy Shrubsole. From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people. Room 003, Babbage Building Plymouth University 6.30pm to 8pm. Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club Jan 15 With guest organist Andrew Varley from Hampshire who plays for clubs and festivals throughout the UK. Come along and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment in Broadway Community Centre, Plymstock at 7.15pm. Admission £5 including tea/ coffee. Free parking. All welcome. 01752 706712.


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Volunteers needed to help make festive wreaths

Volunteers at Ford Park Cemetery will be making Christmas wreaths between December 2 and 18 and are always grateful for more help.

They will be busy in the Visitor Centre each day from 10.30am to 3.30pm and any help would be appreciated. Pop in and ask for Maggie. The annual Carol Service will be held in the Victorian Chapel on December 4 from 6.30pm with the Burraton Boys and renowned organist Phil Taylor to entertain. The Revd Peter Warland will officiate. Tickets for the event cost £6 (to include refreshments) and can be purchased in advance from the Cemetery Office (weekdays only) or by calling 01752 665442. The last event in December is the Christmas Tea Party and grand Christmas draw, which will take place in the Visitor Centre from 2pm to 4pm on December 7.

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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 first Monday of the month prior. VOLUNTEERS Local charity Hearts Together is looking for willing volunteers with a little time to spare to help out at Derriford Hospital. If you can assist with general gardening, bed making and transport then we’d love to hear from you. The time you give to us can be totally flexible and we will cover your out of pocket expenses. Contact 01752 315900 or e-mail rachel@ For more information go to ROYAL VOLUNTARY LIBRARY SERVICE  Derriford Hospital needs help for the book trolley ward rounds weekdays between 10 am - 12 noon. If you are interested in the service and can spare the time, please contact Pat Hamilton on Thursdays 9.30 am - 3.30 pm on 01752 430880 for further information.   VOLUNTEER DOG CUDDLERS WANTED Offer a short break to some of our pawsome dogs.  Due to high demand we are looking for dog lovers to have a doggy home board with them while their owners are away. You will be fully insured, licensed and supported 24/7 by us. One dog at a time, guest dogs come with everything they need and only at times to suit you. It’s the perfect way for retired people , work at home and stay at home parents with school  age children to have a ‘part time pooch.’ You must have a secure garden.  Please contact Jennifer or Carolyn to discuss. 01752 769453. EXPERIENCED CLEANERS £9.50 an hour. Regular work, with the same clients, in the same place and at the time each week. Ability to fit your work life around family and other commitments. You pick the hours, the places of work and we do the rest. Call Plamen on 07414 675998. COMMISSION PAID SALESPERSON The Emotional Logic Centre charity has a children’s book series designed to make sense of emotions to prevent anxiety and mental illness and help autistic children to communicate. Materials for schools and businesses also. We need someone on a mission to promote this. or 01752 892455.

Widey Court Primary School invited children from other Military Kids Clubs to watch their junior field gun crews training.

Very conspicuous in their bright yellow hoodies, children from Widey Court were put through their paces in front of an admiring audience. Shaun Nicholls, headteacher at Widey Court said: “We have a lot of children in our school from military families and we put a lot of time and effort into supporting these children, so that they can

overcome any disruption from moving regularly. “One of the ways we support them is by having an active field gun team who compete in the Junior competitions. “We invited children from our partner schools in the Connect Multi Academy Trust to come along to watch the training exercise and to talk to each other about what issues they face being part of a military family. “The event was a great success and we are already planning more opportunities to bring these children together.”

Teachers prepare for ocean studies on school curriculums

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Five schools in Plymouth are completely changing their curriculums to reflect the importance of the world’s oceans - which make up 70 per cent of the planet. Connect Multi Academy Trust are investing in a new ocean-based curriculum for all five primary schools in the Trust, which will be launched in September 2020. As part of the curriculum development phase, 100 teachers from across the Connect schools

took part in a workshop with Stu Higgs from the Ocean Conservation Trust learning about ocean literacy. The teachers are now going back to their schools to share this knowledge with their teaching assistants and to start to plan their new curriculums. All the Connect primary schools will be teaching literacy, maths, science and conservation using ocean themes to all the children in their schools

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A further 500,000 visitors are expected to visit Britain’s Ocean City during 2020, as the city takes a leading role in the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The city’s annual tourism and visitor economy conference on November 28 will encourage local tourism businesses to make the most of the opportunities offered by Mayflower 400, with the overarching theme of the conference being ‘It’s all about the experience’. High profile keynote speakers including Andrew Stokes, England Director at Visit Britain who leads on the development and delivery of the £40 million ‘Discover England Fund’, and Phil Gibby, the South West director of Arts Council England, will share their perspectives on the ‘experience economy’ and how culture and digital is changing tourism globally. Running from 10.30am to 4pm, the conference will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth and delegates will hear from a variety of different speakers giving perspectives on how customers - and the experiences they are looking for – continue to change. Amanda Lumley, executive director of Destination Plymouth, said: “This year’s conference takes place as the Mayflower 400 commemorative year officially begins with the light-based festival Illuminate. It’s the perfect time to reflect on our exciting year of culture here in the city and to explore in detail the opportunities that the commemorations will bring to businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. “Last year was especially successful for Plymouth’s tourism businesses with a five per cent growth in visitor numbers, and we hope to increase this even more during 2020.”

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Top performers including Jack Laugher, Tom Daley, Lois Toulson, Grace Reid and Plymouth Diving’s Matthew Dixon are expected to compete not only for national titles but places on what is likely to be a highly competitive British Olympic team. And in April there’s a chance to see some of the young diving stars of the future in action, with the British Elite Junior Diving Championships also confirmed for the Plymouth Life Centre. Plymouth City Council, Everyone Active and British Diving are teaming up once again to stage two fantastic events, with the British Diving Championships taking place from January 24 to 26 and the British Elite Junior Diving Championships from April 6 to 8 Julian Egan, Everyone Active’s contract manager in Plymouth, said: “We are all excited to be welcoming the country’s top divers to Plymouth once again. We’re honoured that the Life Centre has been selected to host two prestigious events in the 2020 domestic diving calendar. Tickets will go on sale towards the end of November at

8 December 2019


Babcock apprentices awarded for excellence

Babcock apprentices based at Devonport Dockyard have been formally awarded for their efforts and achievements at its annual Apprentice Awards Evenings held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The ceremonies were hosted over two evenings, where more than 500 guests came

together to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have completed apprenticeships in the past year. Sarah Gosling from BBC Radio Devon hosted the events, during which hundreds of apprentices across many trades, were presented with certificates from Babcock’s

Stuart Leonard, managing director, Submarines and Will Erith, managing director, Surface Ships. Each of the seven trade groups named a winner of the prestigious Apprentice of the Year category, as voted for by their Apprentice Development Manager.





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Hendrik Koornhof, HR director, and Richard Stephens, managing director Major Projects, presented the trophies to the deserving winners. Two apprentices, Rachel Selby and Robyn Parsonage, each from separate Business & Administration intakes, were awarded with the Apprentice’s Apprentice of the Year accolade after their peers voted for them. A group of apprentices were also recognised for their achievements in the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering (ISME) competition. Mike Homer, managing director of Devonport Dockyard, extended his congratulations, saying: “Well done to every individual who received an accolade during these events. “Completing an apprenticeship is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. It is fantastic to see so many committed and talented individuals with promises of a great future and excellent career prospects with Babcock. A huge thank you for your efforts and many congratulations.”

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Citizens Advice Plymouth and EDF Energy win national award EDF Energy and Citizens Advice Plymouth have a double cause for celebration. They have reached their tenth year of working in partnership on the EDF Energy Helpline and won the Corporate National Partnership Champion award at the national Charity Times Awards in London.

FareShare and Honest Crust and Sustain, the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Heathrow Airport. Daniel Gill, utilities manager said: “Citizens Advice Plymouth are delighted to have scooped this prestigious award for our national partnership work with EDF Energy. I would like to recognise the important and The Charity Times Awards showcases the fantastic work of the other nominees in our very best work from across the UK and is category, the range of superb partnership the leading awards for the charity and third work for the judges to choose from was sector. incredibly strong. Citizens Advice Plymouth and EDF Energy “I would like to thank every member of came out as eventual winners from a very staff who makes this partnership what it strong category with other contenders is, I am hugely proud of the impact and life including The Country Trust and Warburton’s, changing outcomes our team deliver for clients. “It is especially pleasing Representatives from Citizens Advice Plymouth and EDF to win this during our tenth Energy with their award year in partnership, which has been the strongest to date. Citizens Advice Plymouth continue to be very proud to partner with EDF Energy.” In the last financial year nearly 11,000 EDF customers were spoken to by Citizens Advice Plymouth staff, all of whom were provided with self-help materials. Over 2,000 of these were then allocated an advisor who helped them through holistic advice to gain over £2 million

The award winning EDF Energy team

of income they are entitled to and writing off £72,000 of energy debt via chartable application. Matthew Brown, warm home discount operations manager at EDF Energy said: “To have won this award is incredible recognition of the amazing work that goes into the Citizens Advice Plymouth and EDF Energy partnership. “It is a privilege to work with Citizens Advice Plymouth and I am extremely proud of the value this partnership offers our customers who need further support in what can be extremely difficult times. I

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Proposals for a new city centre health hub have been given the green light by Plymouth City Council.

Are you eligible for worry-free motoring with the Motability scheme? Owning and running a vehicle provides significant freedom, independence and opportunities. It is a vital part of life for many people, whether it is used to get to and from work, for trips to and from the shops or appointments, or to visit family and friends. In fact there are now approximately 30 million motorists in the UK alone.

Thanks to the Motability scheme, having a vehicle is now more accessible than ever before. The Motability Scheme helps people get mobile by exchanging their higher rate mobility allowance to lease a new affordable car. The Scheme is run by Motability Operations Ltd, and overseen by Motability, a registered Charity. The Motability scheme provides an easy, worry-free and affordable option for anyone who receives any of the following mobility benefits: •

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would also like to say a massive well done to all the organisations shortlisted and the incredible work they do.” This long running partnership between EDF Energy and Citizens Advice Plymouth started when a member of EDF Energy’s senior leadership team visited and was impressed to learn what Citizens Advice Plymouth were doing to help energy customers in accessing bespoke holistic advice over 10 years ago. The Charity Times Award comes after two award nominations for the Debt Team of the Year and Best Partnership categories at the Institute of Money Advice Awards earlier this year.

Why is it worry-free? The scheme is designed to make everything straight forward and worryfree. Your mobility allowance allows you to lease a car of your choice and with that lease comes insurance for up to three named drivers, servicing, maintenance, tyre and windscreen repair or replacement and breakdown cover - all included! You just have to add the fuel. You don’t even need to be a driver to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme. The scheme allows you to lease a vehicle for other named persons to drive on your behalf, such as a family member or a carer. As long as you are in receipt of a qualifying mobility benefit and the vehicle is going to be used by you or for your benefit, you can lease it as a passenger. Motability has made a massive improvement to the lives of many people across the UK and now over 600,000 people take advantage of it - but there are still a further 600,000 people eligible that could benefit too. You may have never considered running your own vehicle or always thought your condition for which you receive a mobility benefit made it an impossibility. This could not be further from the truth! Motability exists to support anyone receiving any of the aforementioned mobility benefits; whether you have a physical condition, a cognitive or a neuro-diverse condition, Motability is there for you. Where to find out more? The Motability charity and the Motability scheme are online at or at a local level you can visit If you want to speak to someone face to face who can help explain the details, visit your local Vospers. In Plymouth you can find several Vospers showrooms at Marsh Mills.


Vospers have a wealth of experience in helping local people in the South West achieve worry-free motoring through the Motability scheme. They have several showrooms from leading manufacturers that boast a massive range of vehicles in all shapes, sizes and prices including Ford, Nissan, Fiat, SEAT, Renault, Mazda and Peugeot to name only a few. When buying any vehicle it is vital you go to a dealership you can trust. Family run since 1946, Vospers have certainly gained the trust of the local community and have a reputation that has stood the test of time. When it comes to Motability they have specialists on site in all of their showrooms who are there to answer any questions you have about the Motability scheme and help you to get on the road. To take the first step towards worry-free motoring with Motability, visit or simply pop down to their showrooms at Marsh Mills Retail Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8AY.

The new ‘one stop shop’ health hub will be located in Colin Campbell Court and has received funding of £13 million from the council. Cllr Kate Taylor, the cabinet member for health and social care on Plymouth City Council said: “A hub hosting not just GP services, but pharmacy, mental health, sexual health and dental services in the very heart of our city is exactly what is needed to try and address some of the challenges being faced in Plymouth. “In particular, I am so pleased that we are taking action on addressing the huge – and growing – waiting list for dental services, something which is so important for residents right across the city, but particular those in deprived areas. I can’t wait to see it open.” Cllr Mark Lowry, the cabinet member for finance added: “I”m delighted to say that I have already signed the business case to make sure this happens, and planning has already begun. In May next year we will submit a planning application to start work on the Super Health Hub in October 2020. This is an investment in our city centre, to provide desperately needed primary care right at the heart of our city. The City Council has worked with partners to develop the proposals for the city centre health hub including Derriford Hospital, the Peninsular Dental School, NHS England and local GP and dental surgeries. The new development will be on the corner of Market Avenue and George Street that backs onto Colin Campbell Court. Now that the City Council has given the green light to the project it is hoped that work will start on the project in 2020 and will be completed and open to Plymouth patients in 2022.

10 December 2019


Surprise for shoppers as big yellow dinosaur visits Matalan store Customers at Matalan in Transit Way, Crownhill were greeted in store by a giant yellow pants-wearing dinosaur as part of the city’s #TalkPANTS campaign.

pretty simple and it will help keep them safe.” NSPCC’s local campaigns manager Julie Campbell said: “We understand that parents, carers and professionals may find broaching this topic with children in their care Pantosaurus is the mascot for the flagship challenging, which is why our #TalkPANTS NSPCC campaign which was launched in campaign in Plymouth is so important. Plymouth in September under the Together “It aims to give them the confidence and for Childhood partnership, which aims to language to start those conversations, and prevent child sexual abuse in the city. by sharing consistent and simple messages #TalkPANTS provides parents, carers with children it empowers them to feel more and professionals with a simple and agecomfortable sharing any concerns they may appropriate way to talk to children aged 3-11 have with a trusted adult. in their care about sexual abuse, without “We are hugely grateful to Matalan for the using scary words like ‘sex’ or ‘abuse’, and continued support the company has shown uses this acronym: us. Our campaign has benefitted widely from P - privates are private their help, and we hope we can continue to A - always remember your body belongs to you make a difference to children’s lives across N - no means no the country.” T - talk about secrets that upset you As well as raising awareness of the S - speak up, someone can help campaign, Matalan is selling exclusive Matalan has been supporting the charity’s merchandise, including a Pantosaurus nationwide rollout of the awareness initiative keyring, with all proceeds going to the NSPCC. that will help keep children safe from harm. Paul Reed, Plymouth store manager, said: During the store visit Pantosaurus shared “We are so pleased to be able to support his catchy song with customers, who had the NSPCC in raising awareness of their PANTS opportunity to find out more about how the campaign and helping to equip parents with campaign’s tips and resources give adults the hints and tips to keep their children safe. confidence to know “We have two where, when and how colleagues from to #TalkPANTS. the Plymouth store Mum-of-two running the London Natasha Pasmore, who Marathon on behalf was shopping in store of NSPCC next year with her daughter too, this is a charity Isla, said: “It’s great very close to our to see Pantosaurus hearts.” in Plymouth – my Brad Harrison children think he’s and Colette Kerton great, and my eldest is will be taking on going to be taking part the challenge to in a PANTS week at her raise money for school soon. the children’s “I’ve heard the charity. They’ve PANTS song and have found it to be a really Matalan employees Colette Kerton and Brad Harrison already started engaging way to start are taking part in the London Marathon next year to their training and to follow their having very basic raise funds for the NSPCC progress or make a conversations with my donation you can visit the fundraising pages girls about what could seem quite a serious of Brad or Colette. subject to discuss with them otherwise. It’s

Pantosaurus pictured with Plymouth mum Natasha Pasmore and her daughter Isla

The #TalkPANTS campaign in Plymouth forms one element of the Together for Childhood programme, which has seen organisations across the city partner with the NSPCC to explore the best ways to prevent child sexual abuse in communities. Partners include Plymouth City Council, Plymouth & Torbay Safeguarding Children Board, Devon & Cornwall Police, Livewell South West, Barnardo’s, community groups,

and the voluntary, health, early years and education sectors. Workshops and information sessions will be available for professionals, parents, and carers as part of the year-long campaign, and a Devon and Cornwall Police car is displaying the PANTS message to help raise awareness across the city. To find out more about the PANTS campaign, visit the NSPCC website.

Coastguard team’s water safety lesson for St Boniface students Plymouth Coastguard Rescue Team have visited St Boniface’s Catholic College in Manadon Park to teach students about HM Coastguard and their role as the fourth emergency service. Concerns about being safe near the water were made clear, using real life examples of local people who have been involved.  The team talked about their duties, the importance of being available and ready to aid those in need, and the impact their job has had on their own lives. Year 11 student Owen Godfrey said: “I was really interested in the role the Coastguard play in making our coastline safe. Listening to their stories really made me think how fortunate we are to have access to such a service.” Tombstoning - a popular, if controversial, pastime for

some in the summer - was discussed, and repercussions not only on their own safety, but the impact on family and friends.  A mixture of storytelling, photographs and newspaper articles, along with a video news report, really helped students understand how dangerous the activity can be. One fact that stuck with the children was that 50% of adults don’t know to call 999 when they need the Coastguard, and the children were asked to test their parents to make sure as many people as possible know. Students tried on their gear - including wading suits, harnesses and helmets. The team will be returning to the school later this year to talk to the remaining students, and also promote positive coastal activities such as coasteering.

December 2019



Bursaries worth over £38,000 awarded in latest Mayflower 400 Community Sparks funding Fifteen different community groups have secured bursaries that will bring their projects to life in the third round of funding from ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’.

From music and performance, to exhibitions and events, to murals and mosaics, the projects will benefit from an overall investment of £38,473 from the scheme, which was set up to support grassroots community, arts and cultural activity in the city.  All the projects will be delivered by November 2020, connecting many of the city’s neighbourhoods with the Mayflower 400 anniversary and ensuring that a range of diverse and inclusive events are part of the Plymouth’s extensive commemorative programme.  These new awards bring the total number of projects funded by ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ to an amazing 43!  The life of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, an important figure in the early links between Plymouth and America will take centre stage in an extra-ordinary community production. Ernesettle residents will create, act, build props and steward this performance free to local residents. The award of £5,000 will be managed by Four Greens Community Trust.  North Star Study Group has secured £3,948 for a touring educational digital resource exploring contemporary narratives around migration and home.  Hamoaze House has been given £3,000 to create a ship’s figurehead of planting and trading post activities. The trading post established in an unused part of the building will provide a place to trade stories, history and experiences as well as explore Plymouth’s maritime legacy.  £3,000 will help Prime Skate Park’s Youth Forum explore skate culture through art with the aim of improving the public’s perception of skaters.   Mayflower Our Voice will be honouring the

North Prospect Community Choir received a Mayflower 400 Community Sparks bursary

reconciliation work currently being done in Canada. £3,000 will pay for an exhibition, talks and workshops about the experience of First Nations people. Plymouth Design Forum’s (PDF) Mayflower 400x400 Design Challenge has been encouraging local artists and designers to produce artworks inspired by the Mayflower past and present. £3,000 will support PDF to produce an exhibition of the top 400 entries.  Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council’s Integration Group has secured £3,000 for its ‘Welcome?’ project, which will design and produce a series of garments and artefacts reflecting on colonialism and the impact it’s had on their cultures.  Plymouth Folk Roots have been awarded £2,925 for a two-day folk weekend celebrating the life of folk legend Cyril Tawney’s both as a Royal Naval seaman and a folk singer/song writer in Plymouth. The festival will coincide with the 90th anniversary of his birth on October 12, 2020.   Stoke Fun Day received a Mayflower  Efford Community Network 400 Community Sparks bursary and High View School will receive £2,900. The community, led by the local school will produce a film exploring the values of Mayflower 400. Young people will examine what the themes of freedom, humanity, imagination and future means to them and their neighbourhood.  Another bursary of £2,900 will support the Signing Choir in Plymouth. Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and hearing signers aged nine to 86 years young will learn and rehearse six songs translated from English into British Sign Language for the ‘1000 Voices Big Choir Event’ at the Mayflower 400 Ceremony on Plymouth Hoe next September.  YMCA Plymouth have secured £2,850 to host a Mayflower Mural Project for young people and residents in Honicknowle. In partnership with Plymouth College of Art, a series of workshops for community groups will create a public mural that will be installed on a large wall overlooking the YMCA community garden.



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Did you know that Turnchapel Dockyard was used by the US 29th division troops as a debarkation point for the Normandy landings in June 1944?  £1,300 will go to Turnchapel History Group to produce a film celebrating 400 years of history of this little know corner of the city.   In a tradition extending back to the 1950s, the Pembroke Street estate has held streets parties. £1,000 will fund a big Mayflowerinspired get together along with creative sessions with the local youth group in the run up to the event to create fancy dress costumes and cardboard tall ships.  Artist Kate Entwistle has been awarded £900 to commemorate everyday people. Her ‘Pink Plaques’ project highlights the fun, cute and bizarre memories of Plymouth through temporary plaques located around the city.   The people of Millbay and residents of Mayflower Court will benefit from a unique garden mosaic celebrating the journey of the Mayflower and the maritime history of Plymouth. To make this happen the Abbeyfield Society has been awarded £750.  Hannah Harris, CEO, Plymouth Culture said: “The quality of applications for this round was very impressive and there’s a real energy amongst local communities to engage with the Mayflower anniversary. This made the job of selecting projects challenging but those who’ve been awarded funding represent a diverse range of proposals, all of which will respond to the Mayflower 400 commemorations in their own unique way. “These projects will ensure that the Mayflower programme of activity reaches into every community and offer opportunities for some brilliant and meaningful engagement.”  The fourth round of funding is now open. Community grants of up to £3,000 are available with grants of £5,000 in exceptional circumstances. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.   More information and an application form can be downloaded from www.  For help and support with your project idea contact Fiona Evans at Vital Sparks on fiona.    ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ is a partnership between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth and Vital Sparks.



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New mentoring scheme for students at Marjon boosts job prospects High-profile mentors are helping students at Plymouth Marjon University to become game-changers. The BA (Hons) Social Science programme has launched an innovative new initiative designed to enhance both student employability and learning experience at the university. The scheme benefits from the experience and expertise of people from many different sectors and backgrounds. Dr Gregory Borne, lead for the Social Science BA (Cons) programme said: “I have been privileged enough over the past 20 years to work with some really inspiring people – and I include my current and past students in that statement. “It’s a real testament to the quality of the programme that these leaders in their organisations and respective fields have agreed to act as mentors for our students.”

Paula, a Social Sciences student said: “I think the programme is a fantastic and exciting prospect to gain more knowledge and insight into my chosen area of interest. Leading on from the experience, I will be able to discover if this is the right pathway for future employment, post university, developing more skills and positive attributes along the way.” The brand-new mentor scheme draws together people and organisations from government, business and the third sector. Currently participating organisations include: the United Nations, Virgin Media, Shekinah, Network Rail, the NHS Leadership Academy, Surfdome and Surfers Against Sewage. In addition, consultants and activists will be able to advise students on their experiences in many different sectors. “A programme mentor scheme, for me,

One of the new mentoring sessions at Plymouth Marjon University

would be an amazing opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and experience that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to do. To make connections so early on, in the social sciences programme would be beneficial for confidence. “It will be a fantastic opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone,” said Katy, a student on the BA (Hons) Social Sciences course at Marjon. Whilst the programme mentor scheme is specific to the BA (Hons) Social Sciences programme, Marjon offers students other significant employability opportunities. Futures, the Plymouth Marjon University careers and employability service, provides support to ensure that the university experience is just the beginning of a life of opportunity for students. Futures offers students enriching career, travel, volunteer, enterprise and professional development opportunities. Support from the Marjon Futures team doesn’t stop at

graduation – the team is there to help graduates to achieve their employment goals at any time. Sarah Stevenson, head of careers & employability at the University said: “The Futures team offer friendly, accessible and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. From thinking about CVs through to supporting students with applications and interview preparation or becoming selfemployed, our team is here to help, in person or through our fantastic Futures on-line career portal.” The BA (Hons) Social Sciences course at Plymouth Marjon equips students with high level knowledge and skills that enable them to respond effectively to the challenges and contradictions of the modern world. “Issues such as climate change are complex phenomena that effect all aspects of life, the solutions to which require an interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approach‚“ said Dr Borne.

Treasure Island: a swashbuckling family comedy for Christmas!


• Family ticket to performance at The Plymouth Athenaeum on Thursday 2 January at 2:30pm or 7:30pm

• Meal for 4 at The B-Bar on Thursday 2 January • Treasure Island programme signed by Le Navet Bete • Set of Treasure Island badges • Meet Le Navet Bete and have your photo taken with them on the Treasure Island set

Teaming up once again with Barbican Theatre, Plymouth favourites Le Navet Bete return to the city for their 9th Christmas production, following their recent smash hits The Three Musketeers, Aladdin and Dracula: The Bloody Truth. Treasure Island – a hilarious rip-roaring comedy adventure encountering swashbuckling pirates, tropical islands and high seas. Join the four lads from Le Navet Bete as they play out the legendary tale as you’ve NEVER seen it before. Set

sail with Long John Silver and some other characters you may not expect and prepare for a belly laughing journey to the Caribbean and back. X will mark the spot this Christmas!! This is your only chance to see the funny foursome’s latest show in Plymouth so don’t delay and book tickets soon: 12 December 2019 – 5 January 2020 at The Plymouth Athenaeum Tickets £18 concessions, £20 full, £72 2 full + 2 under 16s Book at or call 01752 267131



It’s Christmas Eve in the Admiral Benbow Inn. Jim Hawkins is serving ale to the one and only customer the pub ever has. Suddenly the door slams open and in strides Billy Bones, the infamous pirate, to change Jim’s life forever…

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Winter of family fun coming to Plymouth’s Waterfront Families can wrap up warm and enjoy wintry fun along the waterfront with the return of the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on and the Polar Bear Explorer trail.

On Sunday December 1, Southside Street will be filled with festive cheer for the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on. There will be free family entertainment from 12pm, including biscuit making with CaterED in the Tourist Information, a Christmas Grotto from Higher Beings and performances from local choirs.  Father Christmas will arrive on the RNLI lifeboat outside Cap’n Jaspers at around 4.30pm to spread festive cheer, but watch out for the Grinch who will be roaming the streets and looking to cause chaos.  The Lord Mayor will then join the popular festive characters aboard an open top bus,

courtesy of Plymouth Citybus, on Southside Street to switch the lights on at 5pm. This year, the Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place on the same weekend as lightbased festival Illuminate, which is expanding this year with activity on the Barbican to enjoy too.  Also beginning on December 1 is the Polar Bear Explorer. Following its popularity last year, the trail will return with 20 polar bear cubs hidden in businesses from Royal William Yard to Millbay, the Barbican to Sutton Harbour and Bretonside.  Trail booklets, available from participating retailers, the Tourist Information Centre or the Visit Plymouth website, include a comic strip which tells the story of George the polar bear cub and how climate change is affecting his environment in a way that is easy for children to understand.

Each section of the comic book is missing a key word, which you’ll be able to fill in when you find the matching polar bear cub. There are some great prizes up for grabs depending on how many of the polar bear cubs you find, from a BMX bike to a behindthe-scenes tour of the National Marine Aquarium or an Eco-Kids starter kit. Young explorers have until March 1 to find all the cubs and enter the competition.  There will also be an extra special golden polar bear waiting to be found in Southside Street. Find him to enter an additional competition to win one of three WWF polar

bear adoption packs, by sharing a selfie and making a pledge to help the environment. Sarah Gibson, waterfront manager and chief executive of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership BID, said: “The Waterfront is so much more than just a summer destination. With fantastic, unique and independent retailers, some of the city’s best eateries and brilliant family friendly events, there’s plenty to see and do throughout the winter months, whether you’re Christmas shopping or just looking to spend quality time with your family.”  For more information about Christmas in Plymouth, please see 

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The community of Ernesettle is leading the NSPCC’s flagship Together for Childhood programme with organisations across Plymouth working with local residents to develop and test ways to best protect children. The Together for Childhood team provide the latest monthly update on its work to keep children safe from sexual abuse.

Together for Childhood workshops help parents to keep children safe online For some children who are sexually abused, it happens online. They may be forced to make, view or share child abuse images or videos or take part in sexual activities via online chats, texts, apps and websites. It’s why protecting children online is just as important as safeguarding them at home, at school, and in the community.

As a parent or carer, keeping up with the digital world of children can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be an amazing place for them to play, learn, create, and connect, but it’s changing all the time, and so not being left behind is important. Under our Together for Childhood partnership, we are offering free online safety workshops in primary schools and communities across Plymouth to provide practical tips to parents to help increase their confidence in having open and regular conversations with their children about their online activity that will help them keep pace with the digital world. The TEAM acronym provides a useful reminder of simple steps that can be taken to help keep children safe online. T – Talk about staying safe online E – Explore their online world together A – Agree rules about what’s okay and what’s not M – Manage your family’s settings and controls The workshops bring together the NSPCC’s

expertise in protecting children and O2’s tech know-how, so they are full of practical tips and information on how to help keep children safe online. Parents don’t have to be O2 customers to attend! The workshop increases parents’ understanding of apps, sites and games children may be accessing, helps them navigate them, and builds their confidence to have conversations with their children. One parent who attended a workshop said: “After coming to this workshop today, I realise

the importance of having conversations with my child rather than avoiding the subject. “I didn’t know there were things I could

do to make it better, I’m so glad I came to this workshop. I will definitely be calling the helpline or going into store to get some help.” The Net Aware site provides simple, bitesize information and advice for parents and carers about the apps, games and social media sites kids are using. Expert advice is also available via the O2NSPCC Online Safety Advice Line on 0808 800 5002 and from O2 gurus in store, online, and over the phone – find out more at help/nspcc. Follow us on Twitter @TFCPlymouth or on Facebook via Together for Childhood Plymouth (Ernesettle). If you want to find out more about Together for Childhood contact the NSPCC in Plymouth at or 01752 422577 or visit the NSPCC website. Adults with a concern about the welfare of a child can contact the NSPCC’s Helpline for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or 24/7, 365 days a year.

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“A happy heart is good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing.” Those words are straight out of the Bible, which is full of wisdom that has stood the test of time over thousands of years and it’s more than just positive thinking.

Against a backdrop in our news and social media about the problems of mental ill-health, how do we apply those words? When everything looks bleak, is it realistic to expect a happy heart and cheerful mind? The answers, of course, are as varied and complex as the issues that face us in our time here on this planet. There is no ‘magic bullet’ to cure our depression; no miracle drug; no ‘one size fits all’ quick fix. But there is hope and it lies in the opposite direction to the pursuit of happiness. Usually it surprises us when we are the most selfforgetful, giving out rather than looking to consume. I battled (and it is past tense, which itself may give hope) with depression on and off for

By Ian Pilkington, Presenter on Cross Rhythms Plymouth

twenty years. And my wife battled with living with me in all that too. So I realise there are deep issues involved here that a little article like this isn’t going to touch. But there are equally deep yet surprisingly simple principles that can make a huge difference. Let me try to illustrate what I mean: What makes me happy and relaxed may be the very thing that you try to avoid because it makes you bored or edgy, and vice versa. In relationships Ian Pilkington this is either going to cause tension and frustration if I try to get my needs met; or lead to grace or generosity if I try to meet yours, depending on how we choose to deal with it. My wife and I are wired almost totally, completely opposite in many ways – for instance, I love to do the same thing over again, like walking the same route through woods and over moorland; she wants to go find a new route and a new destination every single time. Her choice sets me on edge as I gear myself

up for the unknown, ready to deal with it but not exactly enjoying the rest. My familiar, regular route, with what I see as an ever changing complexity of nature through different seasons and weathers, is to her not worth doing twice because there’s so much more out there to discover. Who is right? Both, of course, and neither. What makes us happy is as unique as our fingerprints. So, we compromise. In that compromise, someone gives the other the gift of the thing that makes them happy at the apparent cost of pursuing their own happiness. And another piece of wisdom from Jesus comes into play: it really is better to give than to receive (and note, Jesus has no problem with receiving!) Giving of ourselves is often undermined in our western culture, which emphasises the idea that ‘getting what I want’ will somehow bring me fulfilment. Yet love leads us out of our isolation into a spacious place, where others

live with us, as we seek to meet some (not all) of their needs. Even something as simple as going for a walk where others would prefer, and not us, can be an act of love. It’s how we learn to share life together, and you could ‘multiply’ it up to the major issues of life between any people in any relationship, and the principle still holds true. Giving out for the purpose of enriching another person’s experience, from a heart that is securely loved and when we rightly love ourselves, is the route to happiness and a cheerful mind. For many of us, this begins in a loving relationship with God who is Love, who is also with us in the tough, sad and very unhappy times that will inevitably come our way. He gave Himself, and we celebrate this, appropriately, with giving at Christmas. All of us here at Cross Rhythms hope that you will find the Gift of Christmas in all its forms, more than ever before, this year.

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Rhymetime Tuesdays, 10.30am - 11am and 2.15pm - 2.45pm Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular story times for under 5s.

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.

Chatterbooks Tuesdays, 4pm - 4.45pm Chatterbooks are reading groups for children aged between 8 and 12. Book Group Second Thursday of the month, 2.15pm - 3.15pm Meet up to talk about what you’ve been reading. Each month there will be a different book to read and discuss. Memory Café Tuesdays 10am -11.30am. Drop in for reminiscence, arts and crafts, singing or to see a friendly face and have a cuppa. IT for beginners Tuesdays 11am-12noon. Aimed at beginners, find out what you can do online by signing up to “Learn My Way”. Our staff will be on hand to help. Family games session Saturdays 10am-3pm. Join other families for a variety of games every Saturday. Lego Club Saturdays 2pm-4pm. Do you have a big imagination and like making things? Why not join our Lego group for families?We provide the Lego, you provide the building skills! Craft group Mondays 10am-12noon. For anyone who enjoys sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet or any other crafts. Bring along what you’re working on or drop in for a chat. Share your skills or learn something new in a friendly and fun setting. Times Tables Club Weds (every 2 weeks) 4pm-5pm. Join us every other Wednesday to make and play games to help you learn your tables! Feel Better with a Book Mondays 2.15pm-4pm. Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group. Estover Library Knit and Natter Second and last Monday of the month, 10.30am 11.30am For anyone who enjoys sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet or any other crafts. Bring along what you’re working on or drop in for a chat. Reading Café Last Saturday of the month 10.30am-11.30am. Meet up last Saturday of the month to have a cuppa and talk about what you’ve been reading. Family History Help Saturdays 10.30am-12 noon. Drop in for help and advice on tracing your family history. Rhymetime Tuesdays 10.15am-10.45am. Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Southway Library Work Club Mondays, 9.30am - 11.30am Get help with searching for jobs, CVs, basic IT skills, interviews and more. 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. Book Group First Tuesday of the month, 2pm - 3pm First Wednesday of the month, 4.45pm - 5.45pm Meet up to talk about what you’ve been reading. Each month there will be a different book to read and discuss.

Coffee Afternoon Thursdays Mainstone Community Centre hold a weekly coffee afternoon every Thursday at 2pm

Lions visit to the BBC Studios Members of Plymouth Lions Club were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the BBC Studios in Seymour Road, Plymouth recently.

The tour was arranged by Lion Jill Owen and both television and radio studios were visited by a group of around 20 Lions, partners and friends. The visitors found that the technical equipment now employed in all the studios and adjoining control rooms was mind blowing! And although the atmosphere seen from living rooms is tranquil and serene, the presenters are backed up by a team of engineers, sound technicians, controllers and producers in Rhymetime Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am - 10.30am Songs and nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers. Libraries also run regular story times for the under 5s. Memory Café Thursdays, 10am - 12pm Drop in for a reminiscence, arts and crafts, singing or to see a friendly face and have a cuppa. Lego Club Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm The Lego is supplied, you supply the imagination and building skills. Writers Group On the second and last Thursday of the month, 6pm - 7.30pm For anyone with an interest in writing stories or plays. Drop in. Family History Group Fridays, 2pm - 4pm Get help and advice on tracing your family history. Knit and Natter Wednesdays 2pm-3.30pm. Do you enjoy knitting? Come along to our weekly group and meet new people who enjoy a chat. IT for beginners Mondays 2.30pm-3.30pm. Aimed at beginners, find out what you can do online by signing up to “Learn My Way”. Our staff will be on hand to help. Code Club Tuesdays (term time only) 4.30pm-5.30pm. Code Club is a national network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children. Children follow modules of projects to learn about and develop coding skills using Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python. Chatterbooks Fridays 4pm-5pm. Chatterbooks are reading groups for children aged between 8 and 12. Ernesettle Toddlers Group Meets Wednesday mornings 10am-11.30am at St Aidans Church, Ernesettle during term time. email for more info. Events at Mainstone Community Centre Beginners line dance class 6.15 pm -7.15 pm Thursday evening. Cost £4; Bingo every Wednesday night,cost £6; healthy activities hour, Monday 11 am to 12 noon. Free to all ages, all abilities.

order to achieve the smooth running of the programmed events. Andy Breare was on hand having just delivered the lunchtime edition of Spotlight, who together - with the programme producer answered questions about last minute adjustments made to the presentations and passed on some secrets from behind the scenes. Also available was Dan the weather man, who surprised the group by confiding that the weather forecasts are made live without the use of autocues. The visit was very informative with all involved having had a good time. Plymouth Musical Activities Club Thursdays Youth music group for nine to 18 year olds. Meet at Courtlands School Eggbuckland (term time). Staffed by volunteers who teach guitars, keyboards, drums, singing and flutes and clarinets. We support local events and twice a year hold concerts in the Devonport Playhouse. The children are only charged £1 per week. Dancing Duo Fortnightly Saturdays With Henry and Jeannie at Elm Community Centre in Estover (near Asda) for ballroom, Latin and sequence, old time and more. Time 7.45pm to 10.45pm free parking. Entry £6. Bring your own drinks and and snacks. For more information call Jeannie Clark on 01803 325905 or visit the website at www.dancingduo. SPECIAL NOTICE: New Year’s Eve Ball

December 31 starting at 8pm. £6, bring your own food and drink.

Coffee Morning and Book Stall Thursdays Crownhill Methodist Church hall from 10am to 11.30am. Join us for a cup of tea or coffee, biscuit and a chat. All welcome. Plymouth Dog Training Club Meets at St Edward’s Church Hall, Eggbuckland on Wednesday evenings. For details call 01752 350788. Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club Hockey for all ages and abilities from age 5 through to 60+ with weekly coaching and regular matches based at the University of St Mark & St John. Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm age 7-11 boys and girls. Girls age 10+ and senior ladies Tuesday evening. Men’s Club training Wednesday 7.15-9pm. Boys age 10+ and senior men Thursday evening. Sunday mornings  boys and girls aged 5 to 14 years. For details visit Parents, Babies and Toddler Group Tuesdays and Fridays Come and join us, meet new friends during term time at Crownhill Methodist Church Hall, 10am-11.30am. Booking recommended as places are limited. Call Anne 07791332503. Plymouth Striders Running Club Twice weekly Meet at Widewell School, Lulworth Drive, Widewell (behind The George at Roborough). Mondays and Thursdays 6.30pm. Over 16 years and all abilities welcome. For info contact widewellstriders@yahoo.

Lets Work It Out! Mondays Weekly drop-in at the Efford Youth and Community Centre (Blandford Road PL3 6HU). Friendly help and support for all ages and abilities in a relaxed environment Mondays 2-5pm. Basic computer skills, job searching and CV/application writing, voluntary/ work placements and training courses, benefits advice and free tea and coffee! Starting March 14. To find out more call Becky on 07933916513 or email Bumps & Babes Group Fridays Make new friends with other parents and parents-tobe. A weekly group welcoming all parents, parentsto-be and carers held in Crownhill. Organised by NCT Plymouth and West Devon branch. Refreshments, chat and toys. £1 donation to the NCT Charity. More information Sally Hall 07702 738757 The Filling Station, Yelverton Every fourth Thursday Top up spiritually: we are not a church but an informal way of expressing the Christian faith at monthly meetings. Everybody is welcome. Meet at Clearbook Village Hall at 7.30pm. For details visit or contact Les and Di Wood 01822 854877. Singing 4 Fun Thursdays We welcome new members. St Pauls Church, Torridge Way, Efford from 2pm to 3.30pm. For details call Janette 07854 850830. 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. Socially, we will be enjoying ‘High Tea’ at Yelverton Golf Club and our date for Xmas Lunch has been set for December 15. Details of our Groups etc can be found on the Moors Edge website, Facebook and reminders are now put on Streetlife. Whitleigh: Tea, Toast and Timebanking Wednesdays 10-12.   Four Greens Community Trust Hub, 15 The Green, Whitleigh.  Share a cuppa and a chat with local people. Everyone welcome.  01752 875916 Whitleigh: Mini Allotment Group.   Alternate Wednesdays 12-1pm.   Four Greens Community Trust Hub, 15 The Green, Whitleigh.  Come and potter in our little garden.  No experience necessary. 01752 875916 Bingo at Leigham Community Hall Fridays at 1pm. Refreshments available. Barnardo’s Children’s Centre, Whitleigh Monday: Parenting Groups. Call 875933 for more information; Garden Time - come and play outside 11.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday: Sensational Babies - sensory experience for pre-walkers 9.30am to 10.45am; Bump Buddies - for pregnant ladies and partners 1pm to 2.30pm. Booking essential. Wednesday: Garden Time - come and play outside 11am to 12 noon; Thursday: Midwife clinic appointments only 9.30am 4pm; Latch-On group 10am to 11.30am; Step by Step for children with additional needs 1pm to 2.15pm; Friday: Community cafe 9.30am to 11am. For more information call 01752



Messenger tribute to the Armed Forces

875933. Regular Events at William Sutton Village Hall, Crownhill Mondays: New Age Kurling for over 50s 12.30pm to 2pm; ACT Community Theatre group 7pm to 9pm; Tuesdays: Knit & Natter 1.30pm to 3.30pm; Wednesdays: Lace making 7pm to 9pm (except summer holidays); Fridays: Yoga 10am to 12pm (except school holidays); Saturdays: Bingo 2pm to 4pm; Katie Su School of Dance Mondays 10am to 11am and 4pm to 6.30pm; Wednesdays 4pm to 6.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm. Every second Sunday 11am to 1pm Plymouth O Gauge model railway group. Derriford Townswomen’s Guild Second Tuesday of the month at 2pm (except August) We meet at Derriford Church Hall, Powisland Drive Drive, Derriford, Plymouth. Visitors are very welcome to come to our meeting to see if they are interested in joining our Guild. We usually have a speaker and if you decide to join our guild we also have a gardening club, craft group and social studies group.  A coffee morning is held each month and there is also a scrabble group and bridge club. For further information you can contact our Secretary Jenny Homeyard on 01752 781291.

Messenger pays her respects: In appreciation of Plymouth’s close, centuries-old relationship with the armed forces, Messenger, the UK’s largest bronze sculpture commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth, proudly wears her poppy.

Sensational Babies Tuesdays and Wednesdays A baby group with some sensory experiences for prewalkers. Tuesdays at Whitleigh Children’s Centre 9am to 10.45am; Wednesdays at Southernway Children’s Centre 9.30am to 10.45am.

Car Boot Sale Every Sunday George Park & Ride PL67HB Sellers 7am Buyers 7.30am. Cars £7 Vans £10-£15. Refreshments and toilets on site. All funds raised go to Colebrook Community Centre which is a totally self funding charity. For further details please contact Kay 01752 200046. Plymouth Miniature Steam Plymouth Miniature Steam is a group of like minded enthusiasts who have an interest in steam engines, model engineering , or any interesting engineering artefact or machine, the club runs a miniature railway in Pendeen Crescent, Southway. for the benefit of members and the local community, Pictures of our activities can be seen on our website (www. Some members are able to build their own miniature railway engines and traction engines as well as a wide range of other large scale models, these are often seen in use at the railway, the club caters for both junior and senior members of all abilities and can train new members in engine management and construction. We run an apprenticeship scheme for junior members under 18, and welcome new members of all ages that want to get involved and learn new skills. Contact Rob Hitchcock on 01822 852479 for further details. Flamenco Beginners Lessons Thursdays Friendly and social group with a passion for Flamenco and Spanish culture. Lessons are for beginners but more experienced dancers are welcome as we use a range of levels where students can develop their technique through hand and arm movements and foot tapping.  Flamenco is a fun way to exercise whilst learning this fiery and emotional dance. Meet at Plymouth School of Creative Arts (dance studio) 6-7pm Sevillanas Rumbas & Castanets 7-8pm Compas of 12 & Rumbas. For details call Mercedes on 07848836630 or FB Mercedes Romero Flamenco Salsa and more. RAF Association (Plymouth Branch) Dates of branch meetings for 2019 are as follows: Oct 23 and Nov 27. Meetings are held at held at Raffles Club, Ermington Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth and start at 10.30am. Other dates for future events include: Sunday Sept 15 at 11am for ‘Battle of Britain’ Service at St Andrew’s Minster, Royal Parade (all welcome); Saturday December 14 at 12 noon, annual Christmas lunch at Raffles Club. We look forward to meeting members old and new. Please try to come along to these meetings and show support to your Branch and the committee and help to keep the branch alive! RASC/RCT/RLC Association (Plymouth Branch) Will members please note that the bimonthly meetings have changed to Wednesday evenings at 7pm: Sept 11 and Nov 13, still held at the Army Reserve Centre, Derriford. The AGM will now be held on Wednesday January 15 2020 at 7pm at the same venue and the Corps Annual Dinner will again be held at the Boringdon Golf Club, Plympton on a Friday towards the end of January 2020. Further details to follow. Please try to attend these functions to show support to your Branch and the Commitee and help keep your Branch alive! Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings

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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. 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. 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. Plymouth Inter Varsity Club (IVC) Part of a national network of similar clubs across the UK - most cities and large towns have an IVC branch. It promotes social and cultural events, with events organised by its members for its members, including pub nights, meals out, theatre visits, film nights, parties, book club, pub lunches and country walks. Prospective new members of all ages are always welcome, with current membership age 50+. For more information visit the national IVC website at or the Plymouth IVC website by typing ‘plymouth ivc’ Plymouth Philatelic Society. Meet at St Edwards Hall, Home Park Avenue, Peverell on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9pm. Events include displays from local and visiting speakers,  an annual auction and competition nights. At some meetings there will be a dealer present. Visit for details or contact David on 01752402981. Country Dance Plymouth Meet on Tuesdays, 8pm -10pm in Trinity United Reformed Church Hall, Torr Lane, Hartley. Wide range of country dances, from  the 17th century to the present day, beginners are most welcome and  partners not needed, good exercise for the body and mind. Please call 07866980752 for more details. Rambling The Plymouth branch of the National Ramblers welcomes new members on any of its extensive programme of walks. Details from the website A less extensive programme is offered by the local Dartmoor Rambling Club, including Wednesday walks using only public transport. Phone John Skinner on 01752674230 to be sent a printed programme. Both groups love meeting

new people and enjoying a chat as we walk through interesting places on seacoast, moor and river valley etc. RASC / RCT Association (Plymouth Branch) Branch meeting times have again been changed, the start time will now be at 7.30pm on a Wednesday evening (bi-monthly). The first meeting in 2020 will be the AGM on January 15 (7.30pm) at the Army Reserve Centre as normal. The Corps Annual Dinner will be held at Boringdon Park Golf Club, Plympton on January 31 (7pm for 7.30pm). Fishing Club Local club have salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing memberships available on Rivers Plym and Tavy. Contact 07866 315195 or see website searching for Plymouth and District Freshwater Angling Association. Devon Family History Society Fourth Tuesday of month Come along to our meetings and hear interesting and varied talks. Occasionally, we hold members evening where people can give a resume on their family history. If anyone is hitting a brick wall, members will offer advice on how to resolve it. Meetings take place at Sturgeon Hall, Mutley Plain, (parking is free),starting at 7.30pm. Light refreshments are available. Any queries on membership or meetings please contact My Health, My Way Various dates Free four week courses running throughout 2019/20. Helps participants develop knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage the challenges of living with a health condition. Workshops are delivered by volunteers who are also living with a long-term health condition themselves. For more details contact Lorraine Grave at Improving Lives Plymouth on 01752 201892 or visit

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College students help with vital research into vaccine for meningitis More than 50 sixth form students at Scott Medical and Healthcare College in Stoke have been taking part in a national study to see if immunising teenagers with a Meningitis B vaccine could reduce the risk of others getting meningitis across the whole community.

The Year 13 students volunteered while in Year 12 to take part in the Be On The Team study. They received two doses of the MenB vaccine and had two throat swabs taken, one year apart. The college is one of 16 sites in the UK taking part in the study. The research team recently visited the school to gather the final swabs. All the students who took part in the trial received a certificate of thanks for participating in the study. Meningitis is a rare but potentially lifethreatening infection around the surface of the brain. It mostly affects babies, young children and adolescents. The meningococcus bacteria is an important cause of bacterial meningitis. About one in 10 teenagers carry these bacteria at the back of their throat at any one time without causing any symptoms. The research is supported by Oxford University, Public Health England, University of Bristol, Cambridge University, Department of Health, NHS National Institute for Health Research, Pfizer, Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now. Scott Medical and Healthcare College is a small and specialist state school for 13 to 19-year-olds with a medicine, social and healthcare specialism. Headteacher Martyn Cox said: “We are proud that our students are helping with this vitally important research. Hopefully, the study will show that the vaccine is effective and will help to protect people from this serious illness in the future.”

18 December 2019

Plymouth litter pickers inspire launch of ‘clean our patch’ group in Zimbabwe


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A group of community minded residents of a Zimbabwe town, inspired by Clean Our Patch’s Facebook page, will launch with their first litter pick at the end of November.

In August, Clean Our Patch were contacted by Pardon Maguta from Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Clean Our Patch co-founder El Clarke said: “Pardon informed us that he had been following our work for a while and was so inspired that he wanted to start a Clean Our Patch initiative in Chimanimani. “I am impressed and moved by the clean ups that you are doing in your country. You are inspiring the world. You are changing the globe,” said Pardon Maguta.  Pardon informed COP of the massive devastation that his region was experiencing after Cyclone Isai struck in March. Pardon highlighted not just structural devastation but the massive amount of plastic pollution that was stirred up by the cyclone.    “We have massive pollution after Cyclone Isai destroyed properties. The council don’t seem to know what to do so I want to gather volunteers to clean our environment,” said Pardon. After much advice from the Clean Our Patch team and hard work on the part of Pardon, he has managed to gain community and council engagement in his hometown. Pardon spoke to his local councillor and highlighted the urgency and importance of a clean up campaign in the area.  He sourced a company that have agreed to donate bags for collecting the rubbish and has arranged a collection service from the council.  Clean Our Patch co-founder Ash Samuels said: “We are proud and humbled to support this community in their aims and goals in creating a safe and clean environment for their future generations and are looking forward to their first clean up being held on November 29.  “Clean Our Patch began as couple of people with the aim of cleaning up our street - to be inspiring another individual in Africa to launch his own group is incredible! The Clean Our Patch movement’s gone global! We are hopeful that this can spread wide and far and give people the knowledge and understanding to maintain a clean and safe environment for all of our futures.”


Clean Our Patch is a Plymouth based community litter picking initiative that has taken the city by storm. Founded in March 2018, the group have collected over 6500 bags of litter across the city amounting to just over 65 tonnes.  Since beginning its war on litter, Clean Our Patch have successfully founded 20 groups across the city, recruiting 30 ambassadors who lead teams of volunteers in their communities on monthly litter picks.  This has resulted in litter picks running every single week across the city, clearing all types of terrain from pavements, hedges, drains and embankments, in parks and also along the coast.  To find out more, get involved or to create a Clean Our Patch group in your community, get in touch via CleanOurPatch, twitter @cleanourpatch or by email at

...including a visit from Santa himself Visitors to Royal William Yard can get into the spirit of the season, with much to see and do for all ages, as the popular Plymouth destination launches a series of festive events for December.

From an array of merry shopping sessions and seasonal night markets, to Christmas crafts, a winter wine tasting and a special visit from Santa, the Yard will have a packed winter event calendar. The popular Festive Good Food and Craft Market returns to the Yard’s historic Melville building on Sunday December 8 and 15 from 10am to 3pm. Visitors can expect an abundance of festive food, treats and unique handcrafted gifts from some of the region’s top traders and artisan makers.  There will be a special visit from Santa on both Sundays at the market when he will greet children by the Yard’s Christmas tree at Firestone Arches from 12.30pm.  Children can also write a letter to Santa as part of a range of Christmas craft activities set to be held in the Melville Building on December

8 and 15 between 11am and 3pm. Shoppers on December 8 will also be treated to a performance from barbershop choir, Kingsman Barbershop Chorus, from 1.30pm while there will be seasonal songs from St George’s Primary School Choir at 2pm on December 15 and a pop-up pantomime by Plymouth University students.  Visitors can also experience the Yard’s Late Night Shopping Market, from 5pm to 9pm, on December 11 and 18. As the evenings draw in, the Yard will be buzzing with local food, drink and craft stalls, offering shoppers a retail experience like no other.   Unique gift seekers will be spoilt for choice as the Native Makers Market makes its return on December 7 and 8 from 10am to 5pm. Offering incredible handcrafted, bespoke wares by independent South West makers, it’s a chance to meet the creators and choose a gift with a distinctive story.  Hailey Cattle, regional marketing manager for Urban Splash, said: “The Yard has a bustling array of things to see and do this season, to make

a truly merry atmosphere. There are a range of winter activities available, including Christmas wreath making and wine tasting evenings – something to keep everyone in good spirits. “We really are pulling out all of the stops this December with plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift at the various Christmas markets. From festive feasts to handmade wares, an abundance of seasonal favourites will be on offer… we’ve even heard that Santa himself will be making an appearance!  “Home to over 70 diverse businesses, there is sure to be something for everyone at the Yard this Christmas, including gifts that don’t fit under the tree, like a pampering session at YOKE salon, paddle boarding experience with South West SUP, a group jewellery making session at Identity Fashion, or a creative crafting course with Make at 140. When you’ve successfully nailed the Christmas shopping, stay and relax at one of our resident restaurants or wine bar!” For more information visit www.

Sailors deliver STEM lessons at Crownhill Library Sailors from Devonport Naval Base kept school children busy with an afternoon of learning about STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths - at Crownhill Library.

The local children, aged between four and nine years old, were hosted by STEM ambassadors from HMS Drake who took them through their paces with a series of fun and stimulating challenges. They were joined by some of their parents and even one grandparent, who enjoyed the snap circuit tests that introduced them to electronics. On hand to give engineering advice as well as guide and inspire the young curious minds, were Royal Navy Petty Officer Lynsey Wilkie, Able Seaman Eve Morley and leader of the group, Lieutenant Commander Linda Lawrence. Working with specially designed electronic circuit kits containing a plethora of numbered connectors, wires, lamps and batteries with over 500 connection possibilities, they happily constructed circuits to power flashing intruder alarms, buzzing sirens, spinning rotors and even Happy Birthday tunes! “I wanted to make sure we had an audience,” said Lt Cdr Lawrence, who also brought her own daughter Abigail, who attends Widey Court Primary School, along. “It’s a great opportunity to get kids thinking methodically and work together in pairs and achieve an aim, especially with others they’ve never met before. “Will the light glow and set the alarm sound? If not, what is wrong with the set up? It’s all about allowing them to ask, WHY? and relating STEM

St. Edward’s team – Lt Cdr Linda Lawrence with Mum Clare Osborne, Harry and Maddie who attend St Edward’s Primary School

subjects to things around them in everyday life.” Crownhill Library has an excellent facility to host such events, with a specific classroom and a recently landscaped outdoor area which doubles up as an al fresco reading space and play area. But that afternoon we used it to create towers with

giant Meccano sets. For the younger ones there were STEM colouring activities on offer and being an all female RN team, it was an opportunity to inspire older students to the variety of roles they are employed in, both in the Royal Navy and the equivalent civilian workspace.

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Discovery College students launch appeal to refurbish community changing rooms Students from Discovery College, part of local charity YMCA Plymouth, have launched an appeal to refurbish the changing rooms at the YMCA centre in Honicknowle Lane. The space, which is used by up to 1000 people each day, is in need of an upgrade due to its well-worn facilities and old-fashioned style, according to the young people leading the campaign. The students, all aged 16-19 petitioned through their student council to the YMCA to improve their facilities, however they were made aware that the charity had little funds to do this in the short term. Therefore, the young people decided to take matters into their own hands and start the fundraiser. One of the students, Dan said: “We think it’s important that people in our community, who use this centre each day, can have inviting and modern facilities. We understand that the charity doesn’t have the funds right now, so that’s where we thought we could step in as students and make this appeal.” Opened in 1974, YMCA Plymouth’s ‘Kitto Centre’ is situated opposite All Saints Academy Plymouth school in Honicknowle. The centre has remained a hub of activity for over 4 decades and is host to a number of local sports clubs, fitness facilities, as well as its post-16 provider, Discovery College. However, time has taken its toll on the 70s building with the changing rooms being just one of the parts of the centre in need of a bit of TLC. Operations director, Vic Hibbert, said: “Being an old and large building we’re always trying to keep on top of the maintenance, and at the same time we are a local independent charity, so funding is always tight. We were delighted that the students came to us with their proposal for an appeal to improve the

Persimmon Homes Cornwall has donated funds from its Community Champions fund to the research team at the University of Plymouth. Rachel Brown, who made the funding application, said: “The University of Plymouth is one of only four Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence in the UK, and we are unique in our focus on low-grade brain tumours. “No one knows why these slow-growing

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changing rooms. With their support and from our members we think this is a project everyone who uses the centre will benefit from.” Oscar, one of the students leading the appeal, said: “We are really proud of our college and know many people benefit from coming to this centre, so we really hope

local people can support us and make this fundraiser a success.” The student led appeal aims to raise roughly £10,000 for the refurb and students from the college business course have set up an online donation page for the cause which can be found at appeal.

Community fund backs world class tumour research Scientists carrying out world-class research into the devastating effects of brain tumours have been awarded a share of funding from a leading housebuilder.


tumours become malignant. It’s a question we’re getting closer to answering. We’re identifying biomarkers to detect this progression and to test drugs first in human primary cell cultures, then progressing into clinical trials with patients. “We need to raise £2,740 a day to cover the cost of our research and are grateful for the support Persimmon Homes in Cornwall is giving us.” Jane Cartwright, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: “When we discovered that researchers in Plymouth were leading the way in world-class research we were very keen to offer our support and make them our Community Champions. It was startling to read that only one

Busy year for RAF Association

The Plymouth Branch of the RAF Association has had a busy time this year not only raising funds for RAF Wings Appeal and attending to welfare issue, but also taking part in a number of major events. The Branch Standard was present at many parades including the D-Day Service at the US Memorial, Saltash Passage; Armed Forces Day on the Hoe, including the morning service at the Allied Air Forces Memorial, VJ Day Service at the Belvedere, unveiling of the merchant navy monument on the Hoe, in the presence of the Princess Royal. The Battle of Britain service at St Andrew Minster in September was a great success, with a good turn out from the Air Cadets and Federation of Ex Services, Standard Bearers and not forgetting the unveiling of the Torpoint War Memorial on September 22. The Branch Christmas Dinner will be held at Raffles Club, Mutley, on December 14, to which many members of the federation have been invited. The Branch would like to see younger RAF and former RAF members attending functions to keep the Branch alive and to assist the ageing committee.

per cent of cancer research funding nationally is spent specifically on studying brain tumours, yet brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. “We are proud to be able to support this research with our £1,000 donation.” Each month Persimmon Homes donates up to £2,000 to community groups in each of its 32 business operating areas. This means up to £64,000 is dished out every month – a total of £768,000 a year, and more than £2 million since the scheme started in 2015. Visit to apply for funding.

£8,181 boost for community group Southway Community Group CIC has received a massive boost - thanks to the local Co-op store.

The group has been presented with a cheque for £8181 as part of the Big Co-op Payout which nationally raises £17 million to support thousands of local causes. When Co-op members shop in their local store, 1 per cent of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products goes to support local causes through its Local Community Fund. The donation to Southway Community Group will benefit its many groups and activities.

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20 December 2019


Ground-breaking education project Crackdown takes ocean conservation into schools on anti-social behaviour across city

Plymouth ocean conservation charity, the Ocean Conservation Trust – which runs the National Marine Aquarium - has teamed up with the Connect Academy Trust to launch an exciting curriculum learning project which aims to put the ocean at the centre of education across Plymouth. A large-scale planning event at the end of October

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we are all inextricably connected to it, just as it is to us.” Stu Higgs, schools programme manager for the Ocean Conservation Trust, added: “In England, the National Curriculum is very flexible, and it can be translated in many ways by different schools, allowing dynamic teacher input.  However, as it has always had a terrestrial bias and is still currently framed towards terrestrial ecosystems - and in the primary science curriculum, excludes ocean related topics altogether - many teachers have limited previous experience in teaching marine topics.   “With this in mind, we are delighted to have been approached by the Connect Academy Trust to work with them on this exciting planning session. Getting a cross-curricular ocean themed learning programme into Plymouth schools will be a huge step in the right direction – not just for ocean conservation, but for the blue economy too. There are many STEM career opportunities related to the ocean and ensuring that school children are made aware of these from an early age will broaden their horizons when choosing a career path to follow later in life. We hope that many other schools will follow suit in future.”  The Ocean Conservation Trust is a charity dedicated to connecting people to the ocean and has been working with people across the city for the past 21 years via its centre of ocean excellence, the National Marine Aquarium, as part of its programme of public and community engagement. The charity also delivers curriculumbased learning sessions to 30,000 school children a year in the South West, North East, and South Wales, both through the

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Aquarium and its national outreach hubs. Stuart Bellworthy, chief executive of the Connect Academy Trust, said: “All five of the Connect Academy Trust schools are very excited to be working with the Ocean Conservation Trust on the first project of this kind, introducing an ocean-based curriculum for four to 11-yearolds into our schools. As a Trust, we are highly ambitious for all the children in our schools and see this as a wonderful opportunity to develop their understanding of Plymouth, our Ocean City, as well as deepening their knowledge of essential subjects such as ecology, science, geography and environmental issues.  “One of the advantages of being a MultiAcademy Trust is that we can work with organisations and charities such as the Ocean Conservation Trust, together with each school in the Connect Academy Trust, to develop our curriculum in exciting ways like this, and this collaboration will allow us to use cross-curricular topic work, which every year group will be undertaking as part of the ‘Connect with our Ocean’ project, officially starting in September 2020.”

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Covering the entire city, the order will make it an offence for any person to refuse to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any bottles or cans which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by a police officer or authorised officer who, in their view, believes this would assist in preventing further anti-social behaviour, public nuisance or disorder. The order will replace smaller PSPOs currently in place in Stonehouse, the city centre, Devonport, North Hill, Mutley, Tothill Park and Freedom Fields. Those found in breach of the order will be placed on the anti-social behaviour escalation process, a system that ensures not only that enforcement is considered for repeat offenders, but also looks at what support can be offered by services to address any underlying issues. Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Plymouth is a warm, vibrant and welcoming city where residents and visitors have a right to feel safe. “We want all people to be able to enjoy our beautiful scenery and make the most of our outdoor public spaces and that means clamping down on the kind of behaviour that makes that difficult. “It is important to clarify that this PSPO is not a blanket alcohol ban. It is entirely focussed on anti-social behaviour, not picnics in the park.” PSPOs can only be issued by local authorities and replace the Designated Public Place Order and Gating Orders. They give the police and Local Authority additional powers to clamp down on antisocial behaviour It is hoped that the new PSPO will provide a consistent approach across the city, leaving no room for confusion over boundaries. It means that alcohol dependent individuals are dealt with exactly the same wherever they are and are signposted to correct agencies. A four-week consultation of the proposals is now open and residents are invited to share their views using this link https://plymouth-consult.objective. pspo_consulation

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saw 240 teaching staff from across the South West Academy area descend on the aquarium where they spent the morning working together to create a first-of-its-kind (in the UK) learning programme designed to integrate the ocean into everyday teaching. Teachers from five Plymouth schools took part in the planning sessions, including Eggbuckland Vale, Leigham, Manadon Vale, Thornbury and Widey Court Primary Schools – all of which are members of the Connect Academy Trust.  The Connect Academy Trust was formed in 2016, with the aim of providing a firm foundation for developing teachers and leaders in order to secure the best learning opportunities for its pupils. It operates a dynamic system in which each school is a giver and receiver of support – and this latest project, which will also be supported by the Marine Biological Association, is one of its most ambitious yet.  Dubbed the ‘Connecting us with our ocean’, project, it aims to develop a love and understanding of the importance of the ocean in pupils, whilst inspiring and enabling staff to design their subject curriculums around the topic. It’s one that is notably absent from the current National Curriculum - something that the ocean Conservation Trust finds concerning.  Nicola Bridge, head of conservation education and communications for the charity, said:  “Despite the ocean representing the largest living space on the planet and being essential for the survival of all of us, it is notably missing from the current English National Curriculum, which is something we, as an ocean conservation charity, feel strongly needs to change. The UK is a national and global leader in marine science, and ocean related teaching should be an essential part of the core curriculum offering for all schools.   “The ocean provides half of the oxygen we breathe, drives the weather and climate and is a valuable food source for much of the world, and to look after it for future generations, we need to create an ocean literate generation – that is to say, a generation that understands the ways in which

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