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Average Yield over the last five years for Plymouth Buy to let property has been 4.5% a year … and average Property Values in over the same period have risen by 17.1%. Using these averages, the Plymouth landlord’s property would be worth £224,200 and they would have received a total of £45,000 in rent – making the total return £269,200. Meanwhile, whilst our 22,643 Plymouth Saver’s, using the average savings rates for the last 5 years, even if they had reinvested the interest, their £200,000 would only be £221,184. There are risks as well as benefits to buy to let though. As followers of our articles know, at Mansbridge Balment we tell it like it is and investing in buy to let means locking up capital in a property that may fall in value. Another option would be stock market income based investment funds, which are paying around 5%, especially if put your nest egg into a tax free Stocks and Shares ISA. Although you can only add £15,240 a year into an ISA, but you would also have the ability to sell up quickly if you want ... but one last thought…

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Natalie loves to be lost in translation One day it might be a complex business document, the following, oysters. Plymouth-based translator Natalie Soper never knows what will arrive in her email inbox next. “I do become a temporary expert in lots of things as part of this job,” said Natalie, who studied French and Spanish at university before completing an MA in Translation Studies. She now translates from French and Spanish into English specialising in business documents as well as the arts and culture sector. “Most translators have their niche, mine is business and corporate documents and I have an interest in arts and culture too, mostly because of my work at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.” After returning from university Natalie worked as a bilingual training co-ordinator at Hemsley Fraser as well as being an usher at the theatre where she continues to live-caption certain performances in a voluntary capacity. “It’s nice to still have that link with the theatre and it’s another way of indulging my love of language,” said Natalie. Setting up her business Bellingua Translations 18 months ago, Natalie used to combine translation work with her theatre shifts but she has now decided to take the plunge and concentrate all her energies on building her business. “I wouldn’t want to do anything else, I love language and every day is a challenge and every day offers something new,” she said. “Lots of people I know have moved to London to work as translators but I want to make it work in Plymouth which is where I’m from and where I love living,” she said. “You can do this kind of work anywhere as long as you have your laptop and the internet and Plymouth is a great place to have a small business. “I’m a member of the Devon Chamber of Commerce too which is a good way of networking and sharing ideas.” There is also a very active online community of translators which Natalie is an enthusiastic part of. “It’s great because if you’re stuck on something or just want some general advice people are really willing to help.”


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In October she appeared on Translators on Air - an online talk show for translators and interpreters, sharing hints and tips about how to work with translation agencies. Has she ever encountered a word she has been unable to translate? “Just once, in an extremely complex geology report which had already been translated from Chinese into French,” she said. “I was then translating it from French into English and there were some words for fault lines that I just couldn’t translate. None of my fellow translators could help – so I had to go back to the agency who had given me the work and say I was stumped!” Natalie’s work comes via a variety of translation agencies as well as personal recommendation and her plan is to expand her client base over the next few years and she doesn’t see online translation sites as much of a threat to her business. “Things like Google Translate have their place but a computer can’t add context so, while it might be ok for a bit of help on holiday, important documents need the input of a skilled translator and I can’t see that changing.” Business may be Natalie’s niche but if she could choose just one project to land in her inbox it would be a children’s book. “It’s a really delicate art, translating writing for children, my MA was about the particular challenges of translating Alice in Wonderland and I’d love to get into that area one day.” Brexit is one word which is certain to be coming up a lot in the future and Natalie hasn’t yet come across a foreign language version of it. “So far French and Spanish newspapers have also been using the word Brexit or le Brexit in the case of the French,” said Natalie. “I anticipate seeing it in a lot of translation work in the future - it’s become quite the buzzword!”


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A caring environment is child’s play for Jack and Jill Childcare! Jack & Jill’s Childcare isn’t like any other childcare service you’ll find in Plymouth. Run by the charity, The Royal Naval Pre-School Learning Organisation, it has, for the past four decades, provided a caring environment for military, ex-military and civilian families alike. With staff specially trained to look out for and respond to children and parents who might be struggling to cope with separation or loss, Jack & Jill’s is uniquely qualified when it comes to offering support to families when they most need it. Set up in 1972, the charity today has seven sites around the city, most of them in homely settings and all of them with secure outdoor spaces designed for play. Jo Jenkins, area co-ordinator, said: “Our staff don’t just know all of our children, they know their parents too. And this is important because it means they are able to recognise if anyone needs any extra support. We have 40 highly qualified and dedicated staff who go out of their way to make sure everyone is ok.” An integral part of this increased understanding is the charity’s recognition of the Emotional Cycle of Separation that both civilian and service families can experience when a loved one goes away.   “We are empathetic to service life and many of us who work here have family members who are in the services,” said Jo. “But the issues faced by service children can apply equally to a number of situations and circumstances that any child might go through. There are times when all children will miss someone.” The charity has put together an ‘Emotions Box’ at each of the seven childcare settings, a sort of ‘tool box’ of carefully selected books and games to help children cope with sad times. A local charity has just provided a £1,000 grant to pay for seven more boxes so that each site has one that can go out to families in times of need.  The seven Jack and Jill’s childcare settings are at Plympton, Radford, Goosewell, Crownhill, Eggbuckland, Trevorder and Widewell, where the admin office is also based. All seven are


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BUSINESS MATTERS rated ‘Good’ by the schools inspectorate, OFSTED. While some are for pre-school children aged 2-4 years, others, like the purpose-built day nursery in Hillcrest Close, Plympton, take in children aged 0-8 and are open from 8am to 6pm, 50 weeks of the year. Places are currently available at Jack & Jill’s at Plympton, which was completely refurbished in 2013 and accommodates a maximum of 20 children.  As well as a large, bright play room, there is also a smaller room for up to three babies and a secure outside play area. Spaces are also available for children aged 2-4 years  at Jack and Jill’s Radford, a purpose built premises next to Radford Family Centre in Plymstock, where there is a bright, open play room and a large safe garden. All of the Jack & Jill’s settings offer free flow play, while meal times are a social occasion where staff and children sit down at the table to eat and chat together. The day is deliberately flexible and can take unexpected turns if the children decide on a particular theme: “We want our children to be engaged and learning and we encourage them to have their own ideas,” said Jo. “One of our sites had an impromptu The Radford Family Centre space-themed day because one of the children pretended they were on a space ship. That sparked the imagination in the other children so the staff went with the flow and extended the play through additional resources.”  Jack and Jill’s endeavour to keep children safe and healthy in everything they offer and do.  Healthy eating, good manners, life skills and becoming school ready are all part of the ethos, while the mission statement sums up what they do in a nutshell: “To provide quality childcare facilities to military and civilian families both in times of peace and conflict, ensuring all children are safe and stimulated through

activities provided through play.” Being a not-for-profit organisation ensures that childcare fees are very competitive for all families, and the charity reinvests back into the childcare settings with the help of a cuddly toy character called Guzz.   “Guzz is designed by a local company and is used to raise funds to support children and families to provide excursions and social events throughout the year,” said office administrator Jane Sherrard. “We launched him on Armed Forces Day in June and we’ve sold 200 of him so far.” Guzz – who is named after an old call sign for Devonport Naval Base – is made in South Devon and costs £5 plus p&p.  Contact Jane in the Admin office if you’d like a Guzz of your own. Visitors are welcome to view the facilities at any of the Jack & Jill’s childcare sites: “We have an open door policy for parents who want to come and take a look around any of our settings,” said Jo. “It’s very important to us that children and parents are happy and feel welcomed and settled in our groups. Some people think that we are only for military families but that’s not the case; we are here for ALL families.” Morning, afternoon or full days are available, along with school holiday play days and before and after school provision at the Plympton Jack and Jill’s. Parents can use childcare vouchers, pay as you go and take Government funded sessions in all the settings. Contact the office for a chat or visit the website for information on the seven sites.


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How your business could benefit from fresh young talent at no cost! An award-winning vocational college in Plymouth is calling on more local businesses to get involved in a European initiative which gives enthusiastic young adults the chance to gain invaluable experience and provides employers with talented people who are eager to contribute. Tellus College on Mutley Plain finds work placements for vocational students from across Europe on a short term basis as part of the EU-funded Erasmus Programme. Some 37 countries have signed up to the programme including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Austria and Romania. The idea is to give young people the opportunity to spend a short time living and working in another European country. In return, employers benefit from the energy and fresh perspective which the students bring. The majority of the students are here for anything between four weeks and three months – although some stay for up to a year. While here, they get to learn about the area, with weekend and evening events organised by the college. Many of the city’s best known companies have been participants for some time, such as Debenhams, River Cottage Canteen, Simply Lets, Rocksalt restaurant, Kitley Pick Your Own, and The Range. The voluntary sector is also a keen partner, with Oxfam, Shekinah and Scope among those who have provided work placement for the students, who are aged 17-25. The programme was launched in the 1980s and Tellus have delivered it in Plymouth for the past 10 years, matching students


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with appropriate employers. Twice in the last four years – including last year – Tellus won Student Travel Magazine’s ‘Work Placement of the Year’ Award. As a result of the college’s success, more employer partners are needed. Some have recently stepped up, including Rockfish, Element Design Solutions, Dura Manufacturing and WITT Renewable Energy. In the week that Plymouth Magazine visited Tellus at the beginning of October, 136 students were out and about, working in the city. But, says Kerry Gibson, the college’s work placement development co-ordinator, there are many more who are awaiting placements: “The students are there, the funding is there, we just need more companies who can offer quality placements,” said Kerry. “I think a lot of companies just aren’t aware of the programme. But those who are aware and do work with us have nothing but praise for the students.” WITT Renewable Energy on Plymouth Science Park has just taken on two engineers through Tellus. Mairi Wickett, from the company, explained why they’ve got on board: “As we advance the technology, we will need in-house expertise in transmission design and electronics. I had the great pleasure to discuss our needs with Kerry and she was immediately on the case. Although it is early days we feel this is a great opportunity for WITT Limited.” All of the Tellus students can speak good English, although some will have a short refresher course in the college’s classrooms before heading out to work. “The aim is for everyone involved to find value from the programme,” explained Kerry. “Employers are benefiting from


potentially new ideas or a different way of doing things. For some, with pinch periods during the year, it’s good to have some extra help and our students have a terrific work ethic. “For the students, they are learning about work and life in another country, they’re able to use and improve their English and they’re getting an experience which will be with them for the rest of their lives. “Some of our employer partners are looking for students who have a specific skill or language and this is where we match the skills of each student to their placement,” added Kerry. “The best possible outcome is to have the right person in the right position at the right time!” Tellus currently have students booked to come to Plymouth until 2018, all of them with something to offer: “I know, for example, that we have nine students who will be here in January who want experience in the care sector,” said Kerry. “Others areas are business administration, logistics, mechanical engineering and IT. “Others want to work in hospitality or the charity sector because this gives them the chance to meet the public and to use their English. The voluntary and charity sectors are


especially good partners for us. They provide a caring, nurturing environment and we are also able to help them, which is important to us because we are very much a part of the community here in Plymouth.” The students stay with host families while they’re here and the cost of public transport and lunches are all covered, too. With Tellus providing 24-hour welfare support for each student, Kerry says: “The only thing we ask from employers is that they offer the students a genuine work experience and that they have employer liability insurance.” Potential employers should in the first instance contact Kerry, who will arrange a meeting at the workplace: “If the employer is appropriate, we could place a student with them within a few days,” said Kerry. “It’s as quick and easy as that.” Host families receive a small weekly cash gift for providing a caring environment for the students – contact Kerry if you’d like to offer this.

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Dad Andy prepares for the toughest challenge of his life Plymouth father of four Andy Sacker faces the challenge of a lifetime later this year - rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. He will be joined by two friends - Andy Styles and Andrew Cameron - to take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic

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Challenge, known as the world’s toughest row. The trio have been training and preparing for the race for more than a year and will be one of up to 30 teams - solos, pairs, trios and fours - from all around the world who head out from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on December 14. It will take upwards of 50 days battling storms, 40 foot waves, adverse weather conditions, hunger and sleep deprivation, before the teams cross the finish line on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Andy, 46, faces another major hurdle in the race - he suffers from sea sickness! Online marketing expert and entrepreneur Andy said: “I had only been on the Torpoint Ferry before, so I’m dreading what we may have to face in the Atlantic!” Andy and his team mates have already been training on the Mediterranean in their specially built boat, which measures just eight metres by two metres. They have also undergone sea survival training and taken part in a range of other activities designed to prepare them for the task ahead. He is spending as much time as possible on the rowing machine at his Plympton home, as well as putting in plenty of weight training. Andy said: “We are three ordinary dads who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others through the charities we support. We also want to be an inspiration to our children and encourage the younger generation to believe that nothing is impossible.” Andy hopes to raise £20,000 for the National Autistic Society - a charity close to his heart as one of his sons is autistic. “The race is the opportunity of a lifetime to raise awareness of autism and how it affects individuals and families,” said Andy. “About one in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum - which means 2.8 million people are affected by autism every day,” he said. The Atlantic Challenge is not the first test of endurance for

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Donna Phillips and her partner Lee Cameron took over the historic Fisherman’s Arms in the Barbican in December 2014 - and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since. With page after page of positive reviews on Trip Advisor and a faithful following of regular customers, Donna and Lee will have plenty to celebrate on their second anniversary in the pub next month. “It was a huge leap of faith when we bought the Fisherman’s, “ said Donna. “It had been closed for several months and everybody thought we were crazy when we sold our home to secure the property.” Donna’s dad Barry was a publican in Plymouth for 35 years and he always told his daughter: ‘Never take on a pub.’ But even Barry admits he was wrong. “They have Donna Phillips with Mr Jones and the ale named after him been extremely astute and I’m delighted they have succeeded by getting back to basics.” The Fisherman’s Arms, which is one of the oldest pubs in the city, is now a real family affair. Lee’s sister Clare is bar manager, while her partner John Paul Rimmer is one of the chefs - along with Lee, whose parents were in the catering trade. Barry is very much a part of the team as well, helping out in many different ways, while Lee’s eldest son Andrew also works part time at the hostelry. Success at the Fisherman’s Arms has been achieved by a combination of good wholesome


The Fisherman’s Arms team (from left) Lee Cameron, Donna Phillips, Donna Phillips, Clare Cameron and John Paul Rimmer Inset: chef John Paul with one of the eatery’s daily specials

pub food, a warm and welcoming environment and a great selection of ales and wines. One of the pub’s beer has actually be named after Mr Jones, the couple’s miniature Schnauzer. Produced by Plymouth’s Summerskills Brewery the ale is, appropriately, named ‘The Famous Mister jones’ and is a firm favourite with customers. While the pub’s real ales attract a growing number of customers, its food is also proving a big draw. Food is served from 12 noon to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm and from midday until 8pm on Sundays. An extensive menu - including lighter meals at lunchtime - is available weekdays, but on Sunday it’s just the traditional roast - at just £6.95. Lee said: “Everything on our menu is freshly cooked from scratch and the Sunday roasts, in particular, are hugely popular.” The main menu includes British pub favourites such as beer battered cod and chunky chips, slow cooked gammon egg and chips, home made curry or chilli, mussels in white wine and garlic sauce and Cumberland sausage and mash. With mains starting at just £7.95, and a selection of vegetarian dishes from £6.95, the Fisherman’s Arms has succeeded by offering good food at affordable prices. There’s not only a children’s menu - but also a special dog’s dinner menu for customers who take their canine companions to the hostelry! A daily specials board invariably features a choice of seafood dishes and a selection of home made desserts are also available at £4.50. The Fisherman’s team are gearing up for a really hectic Christmas period when their two or three course festive menu will be available lunchtimes and evenings from the


middle of November onwards. Donna said: “We’ve already taken a huge number of Christmas bookings, which is really encouraging. “We are thrilled with how quickly the business has grown and have absolutely no regrets about taking the plunge.”


The Fisherman’s Arms, Lambhay Street, The Barbican, Plymouth Tel 01752 268243 www.

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WHAT’S ON The Lyric Royal Parade Plymouth Box Office 01752 267222 Nov 5 to 12 BIG: THE MUSICAL Be the first to see Big, the heartwarming and hilarious Broadway musical based on the classic movie starring Tom Hanks. Big is a joyous musical spectacular that will enchant audiences of all ages as it brilliantly brings to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time.

Dec 3 BBC BIG BAND Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances. Dec 4 THAT’LL BE THE DAY: CHRISTMAS SHOW Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit, get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns with its Brand New 2016 Christmas Show! The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! .CO.UK

Nov 21 to 26 A MATTHEW BOURNE PRODUCTION: THE RED SHOES A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes , has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

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Nov 30 to Dec 2 RAMBERT - A LINHA CURVA Rambert brings the riotous, colourful, sexy A Linha Curva to Theatre Royal Plymouth. This percussion fuelled explosion of samba-flavoured dance helped the company win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2010. An evening of contrasting works which share Rambert’s trademark quality: combining virtuoso dancing and live music to thrilling effect.

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Mamma Mia!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical is coming to the Theatre Royal from January 17. Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world and now the party continues at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, so there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical. Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! Dec 6 to 9 GLYNDEBOURNE DON GIOVANNI Not many comic operas begin with a cold-blooded murder and end with the hero’s consignment to hell – but Don Giovanni swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect. Mozart’s irresistible music follows suit, its famous highlights ranging from Don Giovanni’s sparkling Champagne aria to the seductive duet ‘La ci darem la mano’. Dec 7 to 10 GLYNDEBOURNE MADAMA BUTTERFLY Puccini loved to portray ‘great sorrows in little souls’, as he put it, and never did he do so more stirringly than in Madama Butterfly. Derived from a true story of a Japanese geisha married and abandoned by an American sailor, Puccini’s popular masterwork unfolds a disastrous clash of East and West.

Dec 8 GLYNDEBOURNE BEHIND THE CURTAIN Whether you are completely new to opera, or simply curious to find out more about this uniquely beautiful art form this special performance presented by Paul Rissmann is for you. This brand new special event has been created especially for Tour 2016 to provide a behindthe-scenes exploration of what goes into putting an opera on stage, while at the same time demystifying opera itself with an inspirational look at Don Giovanni, one of our touring operas this season. Dec 16 to Jan 14 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS With star of stage and television Lesley Joseph and Blue pop sensation Duncan James leading a sensational cast, the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s pantomime will be the fairest pantomime of them all! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to

Theatres & Shows music and interactions with a performer. Nov 10 to 26 WORLD WITHOUT US Forming the final part to an epic trilogy that began with A History of Everything (2012) and Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era (2015), World Without Us returns to Plymouth following the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Co-production with the internationally acclaimed Ontroerend Goed: one of the most dynamic, innovative and exciting theatre companies in the world.

life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and special effects. Jan 17 to Feb 25 MAMMA MIA! Join the ultimate feel-good party at Mamma Mia!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget.

Drum Theatre ROYAL PARADE PLYMOUTH Box Office 01752 267222 Nov 1 to 5 MOBILE Mobile is The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain. Made for audiences of up to 9 people at a time, this is an intimate 40 minute theatre show set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK. Mobile explores our sense of home, belonging, aspiration, and the realities of social mobility. Powerful true stories and dreams for the future are revealed through video projection, recorded interviews, original

Nov 29 to Jan 14 THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Following sell out performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Stuff and Nonsense return to the Theatre Royal Plymouth with their latest production. Populated with puppets, music and song, this inventive and energetic production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style; with unending energy, great storytelling and, as always, a show for all the family. Nov 30 to Dec 23 GLORIA IN THE MIST French actress and Animal Communicator Gloria Delaneuf returns this Christmas to share her life-changing experience with the gorillas of the Kungalunga Jungle. A hilarious new show, following on from the award winning Gloriator.

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WHAT’S ON Theatre this Christmas with their fun and energetic take on The Jungle Book. Join us to see Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, Kaa and probably an ape or two for an unforgettable fools’ retelling of the classic tale. A really accessible show, suitable for the whole family!

. CASTLE STREET, PLYMOUTH 01752 242021 Nov 2 & Dec 7 COMEDY NIGHT Some light relief with the best stand-ups on the UK circuit. Nov 3 STOMPIN’ DAVE Making his debut at B-Bar, Stompin’ Dave is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist and dancer. With twenty five years of performing experience Dave has worked exclusively as a musician and performed across the UK and beyond. Nov 5 BIG JOE BONE Big Joe Bone (aka Danny Wilson) plays what he calls ‘Blue -Grass’ music - a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing, and finger-picking skills on five string banjos, all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! Nov 9, 23, Dec 14, 28 CAFE ACOUSTICA B Bar’s fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen. Nov 10 STEVE JAMES Depending on who you ask, singer, stringster, songsmith and storyteller Steve James is everything from legendary to notorious. Nov 11 GARETH HEDGES & JEFF HORSEY Gareth Hedges is a blessing to music lovers everywhere. With dexterity, adaptability and deep-felt soul, Gareth skilfully draws from his six and twelvestringed guitars melodies that cut to the heart of blues, jazz and folk traditions Jeff has re-


invented himself as a guitar playing, harmonica howling, foot stomping, one man show. Nov 12 THE GRENAWAYS Cornish band The Grenaways take their name from one of North Cornwall’s hidden treasures, and this mighty altfolk band are touring all summer long in support of their new album Be Still Young Heart. Nov 16 ANDY QUICK Andy Quick is a sensational singer and songwriter with a rich, soulful voice and a reputation for wild live shows.

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Nov 17 ROBERT ELLIS Since releasing his first LP, The Great Rearranger, in 2009, Robert Ellis has blended his calm southern coo, mindbogglingly capable guitar skills and narrative writing into something keenly sophisticated and engrossing, an unusual path from his early days playing George Jones covers at his local Houston bar. Nov 18 CROW PUPPETS Bringing their own unique style of homespun folk, Crow Puppets are a Devon based female folk duo; Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall. Singing close harmonies and blending a hotpotch of instruments, they weave mysterious imagery and tender lyrics into their warm and heartfelt performances. Nov 24 GEOFF BLAKE-LOBB Foot-tapping singalong tunes. Nov 25 TOM BAKER & GUESTS Tom’s writing talents have been noticed by many a producer, with some recent material of his being used on ITV’s popular Saturday show ‘Take Me Out’. Nov 26 THE SOUL STROKE Four piece soul funk jazz danceband from South-East Cornwall and South Devon. Nov 27 KEITH JAMES - DUENDE The surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and Federico Garcia Lorca. Performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements.

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Panto stars Ben Nickless, Duncan James and Charlotte Haines

The stars of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs brought some early Christmas cheer to Plymouth as they officially launched this year’s spectacular Theatre Royal Plymouth pantomime. Duncan James, perfectly cast in the role of The Prince and Ben Nickless, as Muddles, were joined at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel by Charlotte Haines who will play the title role of Snow White. Duncan James can currently be seen playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. He has also recently starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Duncan rose to fame in boyband Blue in 2001 who racked up forty number one singles worldwide, three number one albums and sales of over 16 million records. Ben Nickless career took off in 2006 when he appeared on the BBC television series Let Me Entertain You alongside Brian Conley and Christine Bleakly. Since then, Ben has become popular on the comedy circuit and has played Muddles, this comic role in pantomime, numerous times. Charlotte Haines trained at the Guilford School of Acting and since then has appeared in various productions such as My Cousin Rachel, Stone Cold Murder and Sleeping Beauty. This will be Charlotte’s second time playing Snow White for Qdos Entertainment. Also starring, as The Wicked Queen, will be one of the nation’s best-loved actresses Lesley Joseph. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and special effects.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Theatre Royal Plymouth from Sunday December 18 to Saturday January 14. Tickets can be booked on 01752 267222 or online at


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Jungle Book will appeal to family audiences After the sell-out successes of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood & His Merry Men, Barbican Theatre and Le Navet Bete are excited to present their latest co-produced Christmas show, The Jungle Book, from December 13 to January 15. See Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, and undoubtedly an ape or two for an unforgettable fools’ retelling of the classic tale of true friendship, whatever life (or the Jungle) throws at you! Bring your own man-cubs and enjoy Le Navet Bete’s family friendly and utterly sidesplitting performance. You’ll laugh, want to sing along and certainly feel part of the show. Barbican Theatre’s artistic director, Mark Laville, who is directing The Jungle Book said: “We first met Le Navet Bete in 2008 and we’ve worked closely with them ever since on six co-productions. “Following our sell out versions of The Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood and His Merry Men the past two Christmases, I’m looking forward to fooling about with the Le Navet Bete guys once again. Nov 30 BLIND RIVER SCARE Tim Manning (aka Blind River Scare) is a South Wales based singer songwriter playing original Americana, Alt-Country and Roots.

MILLBAY ROAD, PLYMOUTH Box Office: 0845 146 1460 Nov 1 THE LUMINEERS Platinum selling Denver outfit, The Lumineers continue to receive critical and public acclaim for their live show, with their recent Brixton Academy gig being described as a ‘triumphant, barnstorming performance’ (Daily Telegraph); yet another signifier that this band is a force to be reckoned with, especially in the live arena. Nov 5 TOM ODELL Tom Odell has just announced UK tour support acts on the No Bad Days Tour. Joining him in Plymouth are Rag n Bone Man and Johnny Lloyd. Nov 7 CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN Following a triumphant summer festival run at BBC Radio 1’s Big


“The Jungle Book is a classic family tale and we really want to give it our own inimitable twist to create an equally unique and highly entertaining festive show for audiences of all ages will love. A total of 46 performances will be held in the theatre’s intimate auditorium in Plymouth’s historic Barbican including matinee and evening performances.

Weekend, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Boardmasters and countless others, Catfish and the Bottlemen announce an extra stop on their UK Tour at Plymouth Pavilions. Nov 8 ROMESH RANGANATHAN Romesh Ranganathan is back with a brand new show exploring the rationality of his worldview. ‘Irrational’ will see Romesh examine the issues close to his heart, and explains why everybody else is wrong about them. Nov 9 MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE Two of the greatest voices in the world, the nation’s leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball and the nation’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, today announce that they are joining forces for the first time, to record a brand new album as well as take to the stage for a unique UK headline Tour. Nov 11 REMEMBRANCE FESTIVAL 2016 On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of

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Tickets for Jungle Book can be purchased at www., in person at the Barbican Theatre (11am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or by calling 01752 267131 (11am - 6pm Monday to Friday).

hostilities the previous year. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died. Nov 15 CATHERINE TATE The critically acclaimed, awardwinning comedian and actor Catherine Tate, will take ‘The Catherine Tate Show - Live’ across the country this autumn, with a 21 date UK tour starting on 1 November. In never seen before sketches, the tour will unite some of Catherine’s bestknown characters from her hugely successful BBC series ‘The Catherine Tate Show’. The cast will include ‘Nan’ Taylor; Irish nurse Bernie; Geordie Georgie; Essex girl Sam…and the return of a certain argumentative teenager… Nov 17 PROFESSOR BRIAN COX Brian Cox is perhaps the world’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. His innate ability to make highly complex matters enormously entertaining and easy to contemplate has made his science television shows ground breaking in their audience reach and accessibility. The show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. A second date has been announced for May 10 2017.

Nov 18 EINAUDI Ludovico Einaudi has quietly become one of the most successful musicians in the world. His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music tops the charts in the UK and Europe, and he was BAFTA-nominated for his score of This is England ‘86. Ludovico’s latest album Elements was released to critical acclaim. Nov 19 DEACON BLUE Following their triumphant comeback four years ago, Deacon Blue have gone from strength to strength, with sold out tours in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Alongside over six million album sales, twelve UK Top 40 singles and two UK Number One albums, Deacon Blue are also one of the most passionate live bands around. The tour announcement coincides with the 25th Anniversary of their platinum selling 1991 album ‘Fellow Hoodlums’ which includes Top 10 hit and live favourite ‘Twist & Shout’ and the beautiful ‘Your Swaying Arms’. Nov 22 PASSENGER With his hit single “Let Her Go” reaching a staggering one billion you tube views, UK based singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) is set to announce his eighth studio album in the coming weeks. For almost a decade this unique troubadour has been

Volunteer Vivien is all smiles again - thanks to Foot Solutions Retired accountant Vivien Warne is a keen walker who regularly treks dozens of miles every week. But her favourite pastime was brought to a standstill earlier this year when she started to experience severe pain in her knees, ankles and feet. It not only affected her ability to walk very far, but also had an impact on her work as a volunteer in the Exhibition Centre at Ford Park Cemetery, where she was used to spending long periods of time on her feet. Vivien had a knee replacement seven years ago and everything had been fine until last year when her knee started to ache and then a few months later she experienced severe pain in her ankle as well. Vivien, who lives in Woodford, said: “As a result of the pain I was suffering, I had a rheumatology review of my knee, which identified that I had arthritis in my ankle along with fallen arches in my feet.” Vivien was also having regular physiotherapy treatment to help ease the condition. She said: “The pain was so severe that I could hardly walk at all. I had heard of Foot Solutions and decided that I needed to do something more to try and overcome the situation. Vivien Warne pictured in the Exhibition Centre at Ford Park Cemetery

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WHAT’S ON performing his much loved one man show across the globe. Nov 25 LEVELLERS Brighton folk punk band Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second fulllength, and now classic album. Nov 26 JACK GARRATT British artist-producer Jack Garratt could not have wished for a better start to 2016 - winning both the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, the BBC Sound of 2016 poll, selling out his Spring UK Tour and releasing his acclaimed debut album Phase. Nov 28 JESS GLYNNE Chart-topping singer and MTV Crashes Plymouth headliner Jess Glynne is bringing her 2016 live tour to the Plymouth Pavilions. Dec 2 FORBIDDEN NIGHTS A classy new all male variety show with full theatre production and explosive choreography FORBIDDEN are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with charisma, undeniable talent, sparkling personalities and honed physiques in equal measure. Dec 3 ROYAL MARINES CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Festive military splendour will return to Plymouth Pavilions when the world famous Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular heads back to the arena. Dec 6 KEVIN BLOODY WILSON The Kevin Bloody Wilson show is not just a concert performance; for most, it’s a full on event and an opportunity to tick from your bucket-list, a chance to see Australia’s most unique international comedy legend. Dec 7 REEVES & MORTIMER Back by huge popular demand, comedy legends Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will be taking their critically acclaimed live show – ‘25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: The Poignant Moments’ – back on tour this autumn. Dec 9 JOOLS HOLLAND Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much loved


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Treat in store for Craig David fans It has been the most talked about and relevant return to music by an artist in decades! Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 Top Ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries, taking over festival stages around the world, selling out headline tours in seconds, to securing a residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks’s official, Craig David is back and in a big way! After the release of his highly anticipated new album, ‘Following My Intuition’ Craig has announced the his biggest UK arena tour in 15 years. The ‘Following My Intuition Tour’ will see Craig perform at 15 venues throughout the UK between including Plymouth Pavilions on March 21 next year. Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are renowned as one of the UK’s most popular tours. Now in it’s 21st year, these shows are not to be missed and will this year feature special guests The Selecter’s Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Dec 10 ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. Dec 11 THE HUMAN LEAGUE British Synth legends, The Human League return to Plymouth Pavilions. With special guests Blancmange and +Ekkoes.

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Craig said: “I’m beyond excited to announce this tour! It’s been 15 years since I did an arena tour here in the UK and I want to enjoy every single second this time around. I don’t take anything for granted and this tour honestly means the world to me.” Demand for Craig’s live shows are higher than ever following the incredible success of his world famous, critically acclaimed ‘TS5’ shows. He took over Glastonbury’s Sonic Stage, bringing over 25,000 people to the tent and achieving the record for the biggest crowd at the stage in Glastonbury history.


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Dec 15 RIZZLE KICKS Rizzle Kicks, one of the most popular, engaging, and singularly English, success stories of the last decade, who mark their very welcome return to the music world with a brand new tune named ‘Always Late’ will play the Pavilions. Dec 16 SOLID GOLD 70S SHOW Reviving the golden age of pop, it’s the latest live concert show from the creators of the Magic of Motown. Glamrock greats, disco hits, power ballads and party anthems from Sweet, T Rex, Queen, Elton John, 10CC, David Essex, Suzi Quatro, David Cassidy, ELO, The Carpenters, Osmonds, Bay City Rollers and more, its super-cool band have performed with Mike Oldfield, Asia and Ultravox. Have fond memories of Pans People and Eurovision, Luke Skywalker and Saturday Night Fever, Danny and Sandy. . . Dastardly and Muttley? This is the show for you. . . come

and have the top of the pops time of your life. Platforms, flares, cat suits, tank tops, boob tubes and air guitars welcome, plus plenty of room for Choppers and Space Hoppers in the car park. Dec 20 THE BOOTLEG BEATLES With over 4000 performances in over 40 countries, The Bootleg Beatles are the number 1 all British Beatle band! Jan 14 ICONS OF THE 80S The 80s are back as three legendary stars join forces for a truly incredible concert experience. With millions of albums sales and iconic hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, King Of Wishful Thinking, Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Heart and Soul and the classic China in Your Hand, this authentic eighties triple header is not to be missed.

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Music Oct 30 CARLTON BIG BAND Duke of Cornwall Hotel Swing / Jazz / Ratpack / Latin. Tickets from Duke of Cornwall Hotel. Tel 275850. Nov 6 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill The Ronnie Jones Quartet Mainstream/modern jazz from a talented group. Details 01752 721179 or Nov 12 PENINSULA ARTS SINFONIETTA St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth Gerald Finzi: Discovering his musical passions. Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta, conductor Simon Ible, with Elaine Cocks - clarinet. Works by Boyce, Bach, Finzi and Haydn. Tickets and details 01752 585050. Nov 12 SCRATCH Stoke Damerel Church ‘Scratch’ concert under the baton of Trefor Farrow. Rutter: Requiems & Anthems. Tickets for concert £5 Nov 15 PLYMOUTH CLARION CHOIR Maple Court Flats, Plymstock Plymouth Clarion Choir performance for the residents. Nov 16 23RD INTERNATIONAL LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES Duke of Cornwall Hotel Guo Yue - flute . Tickets £10 from the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. Tel 275850 Nov 16 NOWHERE TO GO, SO HERE WE GO The House, Plymouth University A collection of contemporary classics and newly commissioned pieces, vocalist Sara Stowe and percussionist Chris Brannick present music by Scelsi, Cage, Satie, Berio, the Argentinian Jorge Vidales’ Four Basho Haiku, Pete McGarr’s Haunts about the Moors Murders and new pieces by Phil Baker and Paul Burnell for


Plymouth Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a gala concert of the most popular British music.

Philharmonia Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra performing in major venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Bath and Gstaad Festivals. The Battle of Agincourt from the Henry V suite is Walton’s second appearance in the programme followed by the very recognisable and rousing ‘bringer of war’ – Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets suite. Edward Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations were composed between 1898 and 1899 as an orchestral piece with 14 variations. After the premiere of the work in London in 1899 the variations were immediately popular and helped to establish Elgar’s international

The concert takes place on November 23 in the Plymouth Guildhall at 7.30pm. The opening work, Walton’s immediately recognisable Crown Imperial march was first performed at the coronation of King George VI in 1937. The work was then revised and performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953 and at other significant royal events since. Clive Jenkins was born in Plymouth and his West Country roots are evident in many of his compositions. Clive’s Majesty was composed for a concert at the Victoria and Albert Violinst Benjamin Baker Museum, London given by Peter Fisher and the Chamber Ensemble of London to complement reputation. an exhibition of photographs of the Royal Family. The Plymouth Symphony Orchestra is one of the The following work - Palladio for String Orchestra longest-established orchestras in the country and - was inspired by the 16th century Italian architect the present conductor, Anne Kimber, is only the sixth Palladio and written by Welsh composer Sir Karl conductor to have taken up the baton in 140 years. Jenkins who is now one of the most performed living The orchestra attracts many distinguished soloists, composers in the world. with Ralph Kirshbaum, Guy Johnston, Tasmin Little, Violinist Benjamin Baker joins the orchestra for The Joanna MacGregor and Jennifer Pike amongst the Lark Ascending which has become a quintessentially most recent performers to play with the orchestra. English romance for violin and orchestra and one of the most popular pieces of British classical music. For ticket information visit www. Born in New Zealand in 1990 and having studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music, Benjamin has recently appeared with the


vibraphone and pandeiro. Tickets and details 01752 585050. Nov 20 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill Roger Mark’s Cornish Armada Jazz Band - One of the West Country’s finest traditional jazz bands led by the popular local trombonist. Details 01752 721179 or www.plymouth-jazz-club. Nov 23 CELEBRATION IN MUSIC FOR THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY Plymouth Guildhall Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anne Kimber, with Benjamin Baker - violin. Includes Clive Jenkins: Majesty; Carl Jenkins: Palladio for String Orchestra; Holst: Jupiter (from The Planets) and Elgar: Enigma Variations. Tickets Kerry’s Music, 01752 22712, or on the door Nov 26 OCEAN CITY SOUND Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill Ocean City Sound (Male harmony

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chorus) - Cabaret Concert. Information from Roger Williams, 01752 500500. Nov 27 CARLTON BIG BAND The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Carlton Big Band - Swing/Jazz/ Ratpack/Latin. Tickets from Duke of Cornwall Hotel. Tel 275850 Nov 27 PLYMOUTH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Plymouth Guildhall Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, conductor Christopher Fletcher. Handel’s Messiah and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light. Dec 3 PLYMOUTH PHOENIX CHORALE St Peter’s Church, Plymouth Concert of Carols and Christmas music . Further information 07971169335 Dec 3 SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS CHOIR St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth Rutter’s Magnificat with director Jenny George. Admission free retiring collection

Dec 4 23RD INTERNATIONAL LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES Duke of Cornwall Hotel Christmas Gala Concert with the Chamber Ensemble of London, directed by Peter Fisher - violin. For tickets call Tel 275850 Charlie Hearnshaw

Dec 4 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill Charlie Hearnshaw’s Munjenta Cafe. Leading West Country saxophonist brings his exciting Latin jazz and swing band to Pymouth. Details 01752 721179 or

WHAT’S ON Dec 5 THE FOLK DIMENSION Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University Plymouth University Music BA students with Alice Perrot and Sam Richards perform music by Vaughan Williams, Bartok and other 20th century composers. Introduced by Dr David Bessell, Head of BA Music at Plymouth University. Dec 5 FOLK SINGING WITH JAKE SONNY ROWLINSON Bread & Roses, Ebrington Street Originally from Staffordshire, Jake Sonny Rowlinson graduated from Plymouth University in 2011. His interest in folksong was sparked by leading folk revivalists and for some years he has been interested in ‘carrying a story with only the use of your voice’. He runs the monthly session at The Dolphin and will host this session in an informal and inclusive style. Anyone wanting to sing will be given a spot. Dec 6 WORLD MUSIC AND MINIMALISM Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University Plymouth University Gamelan Orchestra, conductor Saj Collyer, with Mike McInerney - shakuhachi Dec 6 THE RECURRING MUSIC BAND Rolle Building, Plymouth University Comprising highly accomplished musicians in their own right, The Recurring Music Band, director Lona Kozik, was formed to mainly specialise in minimalism, postminimalism and new compositions by its members. Their programme includes ‘classic’ minimalism as well as music by ensemble director Lona Kozik using visuals and electronics. The programme also includes work by Philip Glass and Louise Adriessen. Dec 8 PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA Davy Main Hall, Plymouth University Works by Sibelius, Arnold, Prokofiev, Anderson and Williams: Music from Harry Potter and music for brass, strings and woodwind ensembles. Admission free; parting donations towards concert costs welcome. Dec 9 SAM RICHARDS - PIANO Rolle Building, Plymouth University Jazz: Freedom songs for solo piano, includes songs from The Digger Song of the 17th century


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The latest in Jeanie Moore’s International Concert Series features a flute recital by Guo Yue at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel on November 16. Guo Yue is a virtuoso of the Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) and bawu Chinese free reed pipe (bawu). He was born in Beijing, China and as a young boy experienced the Cultural Revolution. In 1982 Yue left China for England, where he went on to study the silver flute at the Guildhall School of Music. He plays many kinds of bamboo flute and currently lives in London, recording for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. His music is inspired by the images and sounds of his childhood in China.


Tickets £10 available from The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Tel 01752 275850 and event/362621.

English revolution to Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up, by the way of Guantanamera from Cuba and Nkozi Sikalele. Dec 9 JAZZ: ALEX LLOYD TRIO Sherwell Centre. Plymouth University Material by Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus and other greats of the post World War Two progressive jazz scene. The Trio also plays improvisations and original material by Lloyd.

The Palace Theatre Philharmonia and Chorus, musical director Marcus Alleyne. Enjoy the nation’s favourite festive music from Plymouth’s newest award winning choir and orchestra. Dec 10 SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS CHOIR Harewood House, Plympton Annual Christmas Concert, director Jenny George. Booking essential - www.

Dec 10 UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH CHORAL SOCIETY St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth Christmas Concert with conductor Simon Ible featuring Haydn’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. The concert also includes traditional carols for audience participation.

Dec 13 PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY CAROL SERVICE St. Matthias Church, North Hill, Plymouth Featuring University of Plymouth Choral Society, conductor Simon Ible. Free admission. Parting donations in aid of the Shekinah Mission welcomed.


Dec 16 CHRISTMAS CONCERT St Mary’s Church, Brixton Featuring the Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir, director

Jenny George. Details www. Dec 17 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT CHORAL FOUNDATION Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth Tickets £10 from 01752 365580. Dec 18 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill New Orleans Heat - Plymouth Jazz Club’s Christmas party with a highly popular and entertaining traditional jazz band. Details 01752 721179 or Dec 31 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill Plymouth Jazz Club New Year’s Eve Party with the ‘Enjoy Yourself’ Jazz Band - an evening of fun and lively traditional jazz with a bar and buffet. Tickets £15 includes buffet. Details 01752 721179 or

Touchwood Theatre’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears Touchwood Theatre Company’s annual pantomime this year is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Directed by Karen Lambert and produced by David Bailey, accompanied by Emma Bean, the production will be performed at the Devonport Playhouse from Wednesday December 7 to Saturday December 10, nightly at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Choreographed by Jane Hooper and Sophie Tulley with musical direction by Ryan Procter, the show

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stars Sophie Tulley as Goldilock, Adam Curtis as Ronnie the Ringmaster, David Bailey as Dame Sadie Spangle, Stuart Allen as Bloodthirsty Black and Janet Robson, David Townsend and Izzy Ackerman as the Three Bears. Tickets are £10 for adults, £9 for concessions, plus further reductions for family tickets and block bookings. Touchwood Box Office: David Hunter on 07999 639888

Jungle bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way! After the sell-out successes of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood & His Merry Men, Barbican Theatre and Le Navet Bete are excited to present their latest co-produced Christmas show, The Jungle Book, from 13 December to 15 January. Join Barbican Theatre to see Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, and undoubtedly an ape or two for an unforgettable fools’ retelling of the classic tale of true friendship, whatever life (or the Jungle) throws at you! Bring your own man-cubs and enjoy Le Navet Bete’s family friendly and utterly sidesplitting performance. You’ll laugh, want to sing along and certainly feel part of the show. While you’re at the show why not book a table at the B-Bar and enjoy some of the city’s best Thai food. With an extensive menu including favourites such as Pad Thai noodles, Thai green curry, soups and some house specialities the B-Bar’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere is perfect for a pre show meal. And of course if Thai food isn’t for you they also serve a selection of delicious cakes, brownies and bar snacks. The experienced bar staff can create a variety of cocktails as well as offering a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and hot drinks. To reserve a table (highly recommended to avoid disappointment on the day) please call 01752 242021. Here are just a handful of reviews of previous Barbican Theatre and Le Navet Bete co-productions: “What a great theatre, lovely helpful staff and a delicious noodle bar…so hilarious, we laughed so much our sides were aching!! Le Navet Bete are great guys. Roll on The Jungle Book for the Christmas performance! ★★ ★★★” (Trip Advisor) “Absolutely brilliant, as always. Very clever adaption to suit adults and children. A must to see. Good value

for money in an ideal, classic venue. Full of surprises. ★★★★ ★” (Trip Advisor) “ Ingenious and effortlessly hilarious, they deliver a cracking mix of wit and slapstick tomfoolery. ★★★★ (The Stage) “We visit the show every Christmas with our family and wouldn’t miss it for the world! It never fails to have us in tears with laughter and the cast have as much fun as the audience. Such a special show. We feel proud to support such amazing local talent. ★★★★★” (Trip Advisor) A total of 46 performances of The Jungle Book will be held in the Theatre’s intimate auditorium in Plymouth’s historic Barbican, which includes matinee and evening performances (please see the website for full details). As ever tickets are great value at just £15.50 full and £13.50 concessions (under 16s, over 60s, students and disabled). There is also a great value family ticket at just £49.50 (for two adults and two under 16s). Plus if you’re coming with a large party there’s a group saver discount: buy 10 tickets get the 11th FREE! Book tickets 24 hours a day at, in person at the B-Bar or by calling 01752 267131 (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday). For details of forthcoming B-Bar or Barbican Theatre events and performances, including the B-Bar monthly Comedy night and Café Acoustica please visit or Barbican Theatre and Le Navet Bete’s co-production of The Jungle Book is kindly sponsored by Plymouth Audi www. and Wolferstans Solicitors www.

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Christmas countdown under way Plymouth’s festive celebrations will get under way on Thursday November 17 with the big Christmas lights switching on event.

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Thousands of people will flock to the city centre for this popular annual event, with entertainment starting from 4pm. There will be something for all the family as the city prepares for another bumper yuletide. Plymouth’s Christmas Market returns to the heart of Plymouth City Centre from December 1 to 18  and will see over 50 stalls in the style of traditional pretty log cabins selling the best arts, crafts and foods from around the South West. New for this year is the Bavarian style bar with heated seating area where shoppers will be able to sit and soak in the atmosphere. Also new for this year and in the heart of the market there will be a large marquee which will be host to a selection of entertainment in the form of choirs and singers performing all your favourite Christmas songs Thursday – Sunday every week. Visitors will also be able to pick up a real Christmas tree from Rise Garden Centre who can also be found in the marquee. They are offering a deliver to car service for a donation to charity. Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy an array of local produce to sample or to pick up that unique Christmas gift for that special someone. Trading Hours will be: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm (late night until 9pm on Thursday); Sunday 10am to 5pm. Parents and children can visit Santa’s Grotto in Drake Circus Shopping Centre from November 17 to December 24. Make the children’s dreams come true by taking them to visit Santa in his magical grotto. Meanwhile Plymouth will host the third Illuminate and Thanksgiving event on Thursday November 24. The event organised by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Mayflower 400 Leadership Group and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership commemorates the Pilgrims voyage to the New World. The Illuminate event continues the official countdown to

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the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing in 2020. The aim of the event is to ‘share the light’ and inspire a sense of unity between Plymouth and America. Crowds will gather at the Mayflower Steps at 4.45pm for a choir performance from the Mayflower 400 Legacy Choir followed by Illuminate and thanksgiving speeches starting at 5pm. At 5.40pm the Illuminate lantern parade will depart from Commercial Wharf, ending with an Illuminate projection show on the Guildlhall at 6.30pm.






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Major Events Various dates LEAGUE 2 FOOTBALL Nov 19 Argyle v Grimsby Nov 22 Argyle v Barnet Dec 10 Argyle v Doncaster Dec 26 Argyle v Wycombe Dec 31 Argyle v Crawley NATIONAL LEAGUE RUGBY Nov 12 Albion v Moseley Nov 26 Albion v Macclesfield Dec 10 Albion v Blackheath Dec 17 Albion v Hartbury Coll Jan 14 Albion v Esher BRITISH LEAGUE BASKETBALL Nov 6 Raiders v London Lions Nov 20 Raiders v Worcester Nov 27 Raiders v Newcastle Dec 18 Raiders v Leicester Riders Dec 28 Raiders v Manchester Nov 5 BONFIRE NIGHT The Hoe Fairground rides and catering stands will be open from 4pm and entertainment, courtesy of Heart FM will be provided from

6pm. As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. The fireworks display will be set off from the Citadel at 8pm. Nov 17 DRAKE CIRCUS SANTA’S GROTTO Drake Circus Shopping Centre Visit Santa daily in his Grotto. Let your children’s wish come early this Christmas by taking them to visit Santa in his magical grotto. Nov 17 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Armada Way Celebrate the start of the festive season with the Plymouth City Centre Christmas lights switch on. Nov 19 ALL THINGS VINTAGE & FESTIVE SHOW Plymouth Guildhall 10:30 - 4:30. Over 60 Vintage, Artisan & Gift stalls perfect for unique Christmas gifts. Carols with the Rock Choir, workshops, tearoom and beauty parlour. Entry £2.00 (under 12’s free) www.


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Plymouth wrestling ‘Showdown’ event Plymouth Wrestling Association are debuting a brand new event in the city in November. Entitled ‘Showdown’ the event promises an encounter of epic proportions, as ‘The Belgian Bull’ Robin Lekime challenges Plymouth Wrestling Association heavyweight champion Tyler Hawke for his wrestling crown. The main event will be about much more than the title after the events that unfolded at PWA’s September Slam, with ‘The Belgian Bull’ choking out the champion before then going on to beat down PWA ring announcer Luke Parnell. After the destruction that was caused by ‘The Belgian Bull’ in the September Slam, organisers were keen to get the match on as soon as possible and arranged the event for November 13 at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts in Millbary, starting at 6.30pm. The event will feature a fantastic undercard, which will include up and coming PWA star Max Alexander getting his first opportunity at PWA gold, as he wrestles Grayson Reeves for the PWA British Championship.


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Dec 1 to Dec 18 PLYMOUTH CHRISTMAS MARKET Armada Way Plymouth’s Christmas Market returns to the heart of Plymouth City Centre and will see over 50 stalls in the style of traditional pretty log cabins selling the best arts, crafts and foods from around the South West. See centre pages. Dec 3 to 23 RADIANT CHRISTMAS GROTTO Radiant Gallery and RumpusCosy As ever, the Grotto is a foot high with snow and the show includes audience participation, singing, dancing, arial acrobatics, and a

heart-warming story. Featured as one of the ‘Top Ten Best Christmas Attractions in the UK’ in The Guardian last year. The show follows the story of Snowy the Fluffy Snow Creature and the frightfully charming deer as they work with the audience to save Christmas and remember how it can bring joy to all. The 20 minute micro-theatre performances are devised by the Plymouth-based cultural laboratory Effervescent. Director, Eloise Malone said “The Christmas Grotto is a celebration of kindness and thoughtful acts at Christmas. There’s an emphasis on having a lovely time together”. For more information visit www.



Classic Victorian elegance with a 21st century twist Mark and Alison visited the KF Kitchens showroom in Faraday Mill and were immediately impressed with the huge range of kitchen styles available. They discussed their requirements with the KF Kitchens team - Nathan and Derinda Damarell and fellow director Simon Rice – and began working on design ideas. The Ashwell’s spacious new kitchen features units painted in soft grey with antique bronze handles and knobs and white Unistone worktops in Carrara Letano. A centrepiece island accommodates a breakfast bar and features a contrasting Colonial White granite worktop with units coloured Slate. Also incorporated in the island is a marble sink with Quooker boiling water tap, which provides hot, cold and constant boiling water from one tap.

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A range of units along one wall include two built-in eye-level NEFF ovens and a NEFF induction hob. One oven is a compact NEFF Steam Oven and the other a conventional NEFF oven with slide and hide doors. Along the facing wall a stylish range of units incorporate a full length SMEG freezer and fridge each side of a large larder cupboard specifically designed to accommodate the different types of foodstuffs that Alison and Mark use the most. The larder also features two large soft closing drawers which can hold a huge amount of packets, tins and ingredients. A double Belfast sink built into a further range of cupboards and drawers completes the transformation.

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Oct 27 WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: BATS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT An exciting evening adventure where we’ll be using special equipment to attract moths and look for bats. There are 18 different species of bats in the UK. How many different types will we discover? Soup and hot chocolate will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing as it may be chilly and bring a torch if you have one. Adults £3 Children £2 (3 to 16 years) Under 3s go free. Advance booking and payment by Oct 21 are essential due to limited numbers. Book online now. On the day meet us at the fountain next to the tennis courts, just south of the Life Centre. There is a large car park right next to Central Park as well as lots of on-street parking in the Milehouse and Peverell areas around it. Call 01752 304774 Nov 5 WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: DARTMOOR ZOO SPECIAL Join us for a very special guided tour around Dartmoor Zoo. We will see the Siberian tigers, the lions, jaguar and much more! After lunch we will get the chance to see some snakes and lizards close up in the zoo’s special Education area. There will be a free hot drink during lunch. The zoo cafe will also be open for hot pasties. Adults £6 Children £4 (3-16 years) Under 3s go free. Advance booking and payment by Oct 28 are essential due to limited numbers. Book online now. On the day please meet us in the car park so we can walk up to the zoo together. There is a free car park at the zoo. Call 01752 304774

Nov 19 FAMILY EVENT: ARCHIVE VOYAGERS Plymouth And West Devon Record Office. See the historic Queen Mary Charter which dates from 1554, plus lots of items relating to Sir Francis Drake. Create a wonderful map inspired by Ptolemy’s Atlas which was possibly used by Drake on his travels around the world! Free parking onsite. 10.30am to 12.30pm. Dec 10 WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: CHRISTMAS STARS Mayflower Museum, The Barbican. Get in the Christmas mood with specimens from Plymouth Museum’s spirit collections including festive pickles, sea horses and star fish. The curator will bring along other items that he’s collected from the winter foreshore too so you can work with out guest artist to make


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Nov 26 & 27 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Feel Christmassy as the garden transforms into a festive craft and food fair. Then explore the enchanted house, magically decorated for Christmas.

Oct 29 & 30 THE PUMPKIN CARVE OFF Think you’ve got what it takes to send shivers down the spine? Go along and carve a scary beast into one of our locally grown pumpkins - just in time for Halloween.

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Nov 26 to Jan 1 FESTIVE FAMILY TRAIL Pop into the Welcome Centre and pick up this year’s festive family trail around the house and garden.

Until Oct 31 SPOTLIGHT TRAIL Because grown ups like trails too! Pick up a trail and explore a series of our treasures left behind by the Parkers. From an incredibly rare coloured bureau to a medieval manuscript.

Nov 28 to Jan 1 ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS Brighten up dark winter nights with a stroll around the enchanted illuminated gardens and see the house magically decorated throughout with inspiration taken from some well-known fairy tales.

Nov 12 & 13 CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR The annual Christmas craft and food fair returns with over 40 stalls of the finest local produce the ideal place to pick up a gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself.

Oct 22 to Nov 1 PESKY PUMPKIN HALLOWE’EN TRAIL Those pesky pumpkins are hiding throughout the park. Can you help us find them ready for Hallowe’en and win a prize. Follow the map and clues and find each pesky pumpkin and find the letter they are each carrying. Find the letters, unscramble them and work out the mystery word. Find the spooky word and win a prize.

Dec 9 to 24 STORYTIME WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS Have you ever wondered what Cinderella got for Christmas? Sit down and join Father Christmas in the stables as he shares magical stories of what some of his fairy tale friends got for Christmas. Includes a keepsake.

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Oct 22 to 30 HALLOWE’EN HALF TERM FUN Different activities every day of half term including wild art, pumpkin carving, spooky stories and mini chef in the Great Kitchen.

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Buckland Abbey Yelverton 01822 853607 Until Oct 30 MEDIEVAL BEAST HUNT March past a moldiwarpe, catch a coney and hunt for a herinacius. Come along to Buckland Abbey

Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11 FESTIVE FAMILY FELT Get ready for Christmas as The Wet Felting Company arrives to help you create tree decorations, gifts and more. Dec 1 to Jan 2 CHRISTMAS AT BUCKLAND: THE FIRST NOEL Celebrate the Christmas season as local NAFAs groups fill the barn with festive joy with their seasonal interpretation of the carol, The First Noel. Dec 1 to 23 AN ELIZABETHAN CHRISTMAS AT HOME Step back in time to experience an Elizabethan Christmas at home. See the kitchen getting ready for a festive feast, admire the greenery in the Great Hall and discover peace and tranquillity in the Chapel.

Cost-effective boiler replacements Gas boilers account for more than half of what homeowners spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference - that’s the message from Steve Short of Plymouth-based A Boiler 4 U. Steve said: “Most modern boilers are guaranteed for 10 years, but there are literally thousands of older boilers out there which are inefficient and probably coming to the end of their useful life. “In recent years there have been lots of schemes appearing to offer boilers replaced for free, particularly the Government’s ECO scheme, or grants towards a new boiler. However, there are strict criteria involved and many homeowners - particularly pensioners - can find it all very confusing. “I have come across quite a number of elderly homeowners whose boilers have broken down and they simply can’t afford to replace them. They may not qualify for a free boiler replacement and that leaves them in a pretty desperate situation.” He said that at A Boiler 4 U they are committed to bringing the cost of a new boiler down by offering great value for money. “We offer £400 scrappage on the old boiler and free 10 year parts and labour guarantee on the new appliance,” said Steve. “Choosing a new boiler to provide the most energy and cost-efficient solution to heating and hot-water needs can be a daunting affair, which is why we offer a free assessment to help homeowners choose the best solution for their particular needs. “In today’s climate of rocketing energy prices, homeowners need a solution that will not only provide them with the level of heat and hot water that will meet their

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WHAT’S ON Dec 7 & 14 CHRISTMAS DINE OUT AT BUCKLAND Enjoy a festive meal at the heart of the Buckland Abbey estate, as the Ox Yard restaurant opens its doors late for seasonal meals to celebrate the year gone by. Dec 19 to 23 AN AUDIENCE WITH OLDE FATHER CHRISTMAS Rediscover the Christmas magic as Olde Father Christmas invites you into the Great Hall for tales of Christmas past. Dec 27 to Jan 2 POST-CHRISTMAS WALKABOUT Walk off the Christmas dinner with friends and family with a festive walk about the Buckland Abbey estate. Mount Edgcumbe Cremyll 01752 822236 Oct 30 HALLOWEEN HUNT Put on your most spooktacular costume and come and join in the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe scary event this Halloween. There will be a fancy dress competition for all ages - young and old held at 2pm in front the house, followed by a scary scavenger hunt down through the woods. £2.50 to take

part, registration from 12 noon at the Belvedere room in the Barrow Centre. Prizes for the scariest costume. Nov 6 REFLECTIONS This versatile choir draws its members from around South East Cornwall, and are here making a welcome return visit. Tickets & Information from Tony Hutchings Nov 12 CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - NEEDLE FELTING FOR BEGINNERS In this workshop you will learn how make your own Christmas Robin using 100% carded wools and a special barbed felting needle. If you don’t wish to make a Robin there is the option to make 6 hanging tree decorations. The tutor will supply a workshop kit at the cost of £5/participant. No previous experience is required. Dec 10 & 11 CHRISTMAS FAYRE Back for the thirteenth year, and still fabulous! The fayre will run 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Inspirational cookery demonstrations from leading west country chefs, local produce will be available for your culinary

delight, lots of entertainment and Christmas Carolling. If your looking for that special Christmas gift, there will be a wide variety of crafts and gifts available, and even a visit from Santa Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm. Admission: Adults £3 each, Children £1 each. Cotehele Calstock 01579 351346 Oct 24 to 30 FREAK WEEK AT COTEHELE Get ready for spooky trails, ghostly goodies and all sorts of eerie goings-on in the house, at the mill, in the restaurants and on the quay. A fun-packed freak week in the house, mill, restaurants and on the quay. Oct 29 FRIGHT NIGHT IN COTEHELE HOUSE Explore the house in the dark and experience the spooky side of Cotehele. Wander around atmospheric Cotehele House by torchlight for this event suitable for children and families. It is essential that everyone in your group brings a torch please. Timed tickets will be issued on arrival. Oct 30 BEHIND THE SCENES Look behind the private doors,

meet the staff and volunteers who look after Cotehele House. Extra areas of the House will be open for you to explore. Nov 1 to 11 CHRISTMAS FLOWER GARLAND 60TH ANNIVERSARY When the residents of Cotehele first hung a modest, floral, Christmas display in the hall six decades ago, little did they know

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Garland is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is sure to attract huge numbers of visitors until the end of December. Little did the residents of Cotehele dream that what they started 60 years ago would turn into the magnificent and famous tradition it is today. Nov 19 & 20 COTEHELE CHRISTMAS FOOD FAIR Stock up on all of your season’s favourite meats, seafood, cheeses, spirits and puddings at this annual Christmas food fair in partnership with Taste of the West.

how their simple decoration would turn into the magnificent and famous tradition it is today. This year to celebrate the garland’s 60th, the gardeners have secret plans to give it a new look. Visitors are welcome to watch them build their masterpiece between November 1 and 11. Nov 5 & 6 WINTER CRAFT FAIR

Join The Cotehele team for this annual winter craft fair and enjoy early shopping for Christmas. The fair features contemporary art and craft makers exhibiting and selling a selection of handmade and affordable gifts. Nov 12 to Dec 31 CHRISTMAS FLOWER GARLAND 60TH ANNIVERSARY The famous Cotehele Christmas

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Nov 25 to Dec 24 CHOIRS AND MUSICIANS UNDER THE GARLAND The garland is complete, the log fire is burning - join us to admire this 60th anniversary 60-foot masterpiece in the Great Hall until 31 December and enjoy a variety of local choirs and groups performing under it. Nov 26 to Dec 24 LYRICAL LINKS IN THE LIBRARY An exhibition in the Library where you can explore how some of Cotehele’s collection link to your favourite Christmas carols. Discover some items in Cotehele’s collection, and some aspects of its history, that link with the lyrics of Christmas carols and songs.

Family Events Dec 3 to 24 THE FATHER CHRISTMAS TRAIL Follow the Father Christmas trail from reception, through the woods to the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay finding clues along the way. Collect your Father Christmas biscuit at the end of the trail. Your dog is welcome too. Dec 17, 18, 22 & 23 AT HOME WITH MOTHER & FATHER CHRISTMAS Come and meet Mother and Father Christmas in their grotto at Cotehele. Mother and Father Christmas will be receiving visitors in their grotto before they return to the North Pole to start their Christmas deliveries. Timed tickets will be issued on arrival. Dec 17, 18, 22 & 23 FESTIVE ART & CRAFT FUN Have fun making art with garland flowers, glue and paper. Father Christmas will pop in too. We’ll have arts and crafts supplies ready for children and families to create some festive art. Father Christmas and his helpers will be dropping in during these sessions to give a hand too. There is no charge for making art; Father Christmas gifts for children will be available, £3 per gift.

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Rita’s work on show at the Artmill Gallery

Talented contemporary artist Rita Smith’s latest one person show runs until November 5 at the Artmill Gallery in Hyde Park Road, Peverell. Rita is a contemporary artist whose career began as an abstract painter, making large oil paintings based on urban landscape, architecture and interior spaces. During this period she also began experimenting with watercolours, both abstract and figurative, exploring mood and atmosphere, attempting to bring a richness not normally found in the medium. Speaking about her latest show Rita said: “I have drawn together a selection of work which appears to come from two very different approaches to painting - still life and abstract but which share the theme of ‘Interior Views.’ “Still life is my everyday meditation on the tangible objects of domestic life, seeking poetry and purity in the lovely transparent medium of watercolour, while abstract painting allows me to contemplate the inner life beyond the tangible outer world and gives me freedom to explore the richness and texture of both oil and watercolour paint.” The show is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information visit


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Exhibitions and Other Events

Local exhibitions Until Oct 30 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Cotehele Gallery This exhibition features a general showcase of talent including painter Michael Hill, metal artist Spencer Larcombe and glassware artist Ed Burke. Nov 11 to Jan 7 ASTRO RAGGI Megan Broadmeadow Plymouth Arts Centre In the 1970s Pasquale Quadri invented the Astrodisco, a disco light with lenses, mirrors and a motor that produced a web of beams and movement the disco world had never seen before. For her solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre Megan Broadmeadow’s installations takes us into the magical world of the Astrodisco. Welsh artist Megan Broadmeadow lives and works in Bristol. Her immersive installations and sculptural work include combinations of videos, lights and illusions. A graduate of The Slade and Goldsmiths College, Broadmeadow was awarded the 2015 -16 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Free entry to the exhibition. Gallery Opening Times Tuesday-Saturday 1-8.30pm. Additional events associated with the exhibition: A.R.T at the D.I.S.C.O on Saturday November 12 from 1–4pm. Families of all ages, £5 per family. Join us as we trip the light fantastic. After exploring Megan Broadmeadow’s Astrodisco in the gallery we will then build our own disco light machines. Advance booking essential on 01752 206114. Bringing In Baby: To The Disco Tuesday December 6 11am–12 noon Adults and under 1s. £2 includes a hot drink. Drop in for a guided tour of Megan Broadmeadow’s Astro Raggi with our visual arts team and your little ones. Criss cross the dancefloor as we adventure into the world of Italo Disco and take in the music and mirrors of the galleries. Post-party we’ll rest our dancing feet in the comfort of the cafe and have a chance to meet other parents with a passion for culture over a coffee. Disco naps allowed! The box office is open from 1pm Tuesday–Saturday 01752 206114

Until Nov 17 DOUGLAS GORDON: SEARCHING FOR GENIUS Peninsula Arts Gallery Explore ideas about talent, skill and genius with this exhibition featuring a selection of acclaimed works by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. Gordon’s works are shown alongside some personal items of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). The Plympton-born portrait artist and founder of the Royal Academy who believed that genius could be acquired through dedicated study and hard work. From the skill of an international footballer, to the glamour and aura of pop stars, the talent of a composer and filmmaker, to the vision of a famed artist, this exhibition poses questions about what genius is and how it is achieved. See the acclaimed moving image installation ‘Feature Film’ (1999) alongside a selection of works from Gordon’s ‘Self Portrait of You + Me’ series alongside Reynolds’ spectacles. An accompanying series of talks and films further explores notions of genius and its impact on history and the present. It includes a special film screening of ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’ (2006, Douglas Gordon with Philippe Parreno) in the Jill Craigie cinema. ‘Feature Film’ is presented as part of The Artangel Collection, a national initiative in association with Tate, supported by Arts Council England, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The John Ellerman Foundation. This is a History Centre partnership project delivered by Peninsula Arts and Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage). Admission to the exhibition is free. More information is available via Nov 5 to Dec 31 ALL WRAPPED UP Cotehele Gallery A Christmas exhibition filled with unique gift ideas for someone special, your home or yourself. This exhibition includes Jane Eyers with her intricate fairies and angels, Margaret Johnson’s garland glow pots, Spencer Larcombe with a stunning wrought iron and copper chandelier and Margaret Burke with a limited edition vase of Cotehele, garland baubles and more.


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She’s 23ft tall and 30ft wide and she’s made out of bronze… meet the new ‘star’ who Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) hopes will be making her debut appearance soon. Theatre bosses have unveiled plans for a giant sculpture inspired by a character from one of Shakespeare’s best known plays to be sited outside the theatre’s main entrance. At the time of going to press, Plymouth City Council was due to consider a planning application from the theatre for the sculpture. If you’re finding it hard to visualise, imagine the top of the sculpture reaching the second floor of the theatre and the lower section forming an archway for people to walk through. The sculpture is a collaboration between the theatre, award-winning London theatre company Frantic Assembly and Cornish-born sculptor Joseph Hillier. If all goes to plan, Joseph is ready to start work in December, with the grand unveiling taking place in 2018. The £450,000 piece of public art would be funded from TRP’s £7.5m regeneration project. The statue is inspired by Bianca from TRP and Frantic Assembly’s co-production of Othello. At a media launch of the project, the chief executive of TRP, Adrian Vinken OBE, said it was “very exciting news for the city of Plymouth and the journey it is currently on.” He said: “As part of the theatre’s regeneration we wanted to make a statement that this is a centre of ideas and of creativity. We wanted a public, tangible statement of that.” And he said that the theatre’s regeneration was part of a wider picture that could be seen across Plymouth as a whole: “For a while there was a feeling that the city had lost its way and had lost its sense of ambition. But in the past 10 to 15 years there has been a resurgence of ambition. There’s now a sense of pride and confidence.”

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The idea for Bianca grew – quite literally – as a result of an earlier commission in 2014 when Joseph was asked by TRP to produce 21 small sculptures based on the Othello production, which was one of the first to be staged at the venue following the refurbishment. The tragedy had originally had its World Premiere at the theatre in 2008. These 21 pieces can be found dotted throughout the theatre. The original, small Bianca – based on the performance by Frantic Assembly’s Nicola Kavanagh – can be found under the stairs. Joseph explained: “I said to Adrian: ‘This piece would work really well as a big, public sculpture where you could walk through it’. It all came out of that conversation.” For his research, Helston-born Joseph has spent time on stage in rehearsals with the actors so that he could “get a feeling of freezing that motion and depicting time and movement” through a piece of sculpture. Joseph, who lives near Newcastle, usually works in his own studio but for this piece he would have to work in a converted foundry. A team of around 15 people would be needed to work on the sculpture at one stage or another. The sculpture will be made in three or four sections before being put together. This isn’t the largest public sculpture Joseph has ever been asked to create, however. In 2009, he made the 55ft steel piece, ‘In Our Image,’ in County Durham. Director and co-founder of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham, said the plans were another example of TRP’s “bravery and ambition”. For TRP, the statue would be an “eye-catching landmark to rival other cities in the UK” and would reemphasise the theatre’s reputation as a big player in the arts. Adrian Vinken also believes it will give the city something to be proud of: “There is always a difference of opinion when it comes to public art,” he admitted, “but when pieces become established, you try taking them away again!”

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Love flooring? Then you’ll love Natalie’s new shop! Natalie Wooldridge

A new independent flooring shop has opened in Plymouth – and it’s already proving a hit with customers looking for something that’s just a little bit different. Love Flooring in Weston Park Road, Peverell, was opened in August by Natalie Wooldridge and it’s very much a family affair as her husband Matthew does all the carpet fitting with his company, Vista Flooring. The shop, just off Hyde Park Road, has a range of quality contemporary flooring by some of the country’s top designers, including Cath Kidston, Neisha Crosland and Dee Hardwicke as well as a selection of more traditional carpets. Throw into the mix the sort of personal service that only an independent shop can offer and you can see why it’s already proving to be such a winning combination. “We really wanted to offer something new and eyecatching,” explained Natalie. “So we’ve gone for suppliers and designers that have a little extra ‘something’ that sets them apart.”


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Among the brands in store are Harvey Maria – which has the Kidston, Crosland and Hardwicke designs, Brintons, Alternative Flooring and Karndean. Materials include wool, naturals, wood, rubber and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). “The designers are really popular with our customers – especially the ladies,” said Natalie. “The Dee Hardwicke designs on LVT are perfect for the traditional homes we have in Plymouth in areas such as Peverell and Stoke. We’ve supplied and fitted a lot of halls with her designs already.” Everything in the Harvey Maria range comes with a 20-year guarantee, while the high quality Karndean LVT flooring has a lifetime guarantee for residential customers. “Their floors are just stunning,” said Natalie. “They look like wood but they last for decades. They’re non-slip and durable so they’re ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.” The carpet, runner and rug range from Alternative Flooring is tailor-made for homeowners wanting something a bit quirky. The company also has a ‘mix and match’ offering where you can create your own bespoke rug with a border. “I love their designs, they are such fun,” said Natalie. “They have a Quirky B collection which is great for stairs or for areas where you might like to have a statement piece. The bespoke rugs are also a brilliant way of putting your own individual stamp on a room. You just decide the size, which material you want for the rug and a border to go with it and we have it made up. We can even show customers on our computer what their design will look like.” For those wanting a traditional wool carpet, Love Flooring has plenty to choose from, too. A lot of the flooring is designed and manufactured in the UK – a conscious decision by Natalie and a response to an increasing trend. Although primarily serving the residential market, Love Flooring also supplies and fits at retail units and for property landlords. The shop has samples and brochures and can also source the brand of your choice. All the flooring is compatible with underfloor heating. For Natalie, opening the shop is like a dream come true. For a start, she loves all the designs she stocks! And, after a career in HR, she’s enjoying the change: “Matthew has been a fitter for about 15 years and has run Vista Flooring for seven years. I was working in HR and we thought it would be nice to get a shop,” explained Natalie. “We wanted to open it in the Hyde Park area because it’s full of lovely independent shops, so when this place became available, we jumped in. It took us a couple of months to get it looking just the way we wanted it but we’re really happy with the shop and where we are. The other traders have been very supportive and we’re really pleased with the response we’ve had from our customers. We couldn’t have asked for a better start.” Natalie runs the shop from Monday to Thursday, with Matthew coming in on Fridays and Saturdays while Natalie looks after their two young sons. Matthew provides a free, no obligation survey and quote at your home and all the work is carried out by him and his team of fitters, which includes his brother Charlie. Pop in for a chat about your home project or give Natalie and Matthew a call.



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Havana great time By Travel Expert

Anthony Goord

My recent visit to Havana fulfilled another of my 'bucket list' must do trips before I hang up my travelling shoes. In truth I knew very little about Cuba, but somewhere at the back of my mind I was sure the week ahead was going to be a bit of an eye-opener.

Before I launch into any detail I think it’s worth mentioning that there are three distinct sides to this vast island and it unlikely that all of them will appeal to you. I ended my stay with a couple of nights in Cuba’s largest beach resort, Varadero, and that is where I will begin. The beaches here are stunning by any measure. Miles of soft white sand, blue skies and a warm inviting sea add up to a picture perfect sunshine holiday destination. Accommodation within the resort ranges from modest 4-star holiday hotels right up to top-draw couples only 5-stars. Personally I feel the more basic hotels are where the true value lies, after all you’re visiting a new country and it seems a shame to closet yourself away in sterile luxury. I don’t think anyone could say Cuba is the place to visit for haute cuisine and trading Photo: Fotolia © kmiragaya up your hotel choice food standards should rank high. Generally though expect good size swimming pools, buffet style eating and amazing beaches. Out of interest, branded soft drinks seemed much harder to come by than mainstream spirits, a real turn on the head from much of the world’s allinclusive offerings. My stay at the modern Melia Marina Hotel was comfortable and I think it represented a great mid-range choice. The bottom line here is that my enduring memory of Varadero is relaxing on the sand and swimming in the clear blue sea. If that’s your idea of a perfect holiday stop reading now. If you’re still with me it’s time for some culture Cuba style. The


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first thing you will notice is that the cars are old – and I mean old. We all have that vision of the pristine antique American cars parked outside vibrant coloured Havana houses. They do exist, but outside the capital vehicle standards slip to an almost pitiful level. This is your first reminder that this Communist controlled society has shut itself away from the Western World for decades. Cars are a privilege of the few and the majority of locals travel around packed into ageing charabancs or perched precariously on the back of  flatbed lorries. The law in Cuba is simple: if you have a vehicle and you have space then you are obliged to take passengers. Just in case you don’t fancy sharing with others, a Government official is positioned every mile or two to enforce the rules. Thankfully tourist and party members are exempt. Surprisingly the roads are well maintained and traffic flows quite freely. A hire car would be a viable option to get the best out of Varadero, but I would advise against touring the countryside unaccompanied. The lack of commercialism here is best illustrated by a total lack of advertising. Can you imagine a day without encountering McDonalds or Coca Cola along the way? In Cuba, apart from the occasional roadside poster-board bearing the name Fidel and maybe the national flag, there is no branding to be seen.  What you are left with is long straight roads bordered by lush tropical greenery and a surreal feeling of calm. I never at any time felt unsafe. I spent my time between Havana and Veradero taking in some small towns viewing Casa’s (privately run guesthouses) and more boutique style properties. Hotel space is at a premium in Cuba so your budget and availability may dictate that a Casa is the only viable overnight option. These family-run lodgings are relatively basic, but the owners are extremely accommodating. Because of the distances involved I feel a night or two at a Casa would be perfectly acceptable as a means to an end for an adventurous holidaymaker seeking an authentic taste of the Island. Cuba boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the Valle de Viñales spectacular limestone mountains rise up through a sea of green tobacco fields to create a stunning landscape, while a visit to the old city of Trinidad rewards visitors with striking colonial architecture and museums. I was particularly fortunate that my overnight stay in Spanish

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influenced Remedios coincided with a local festival. This opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and savour their warm hospitality will live long in my memory. Photo: Fotolia © rgbspace It is often said that a country’s history is determined by those who control its present and Cuba is certainly a prime example. The official mantra isn't complicated;  • Christopher Columbus discovered the island on 28th October 1492  • The Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway took-up a boozy residence of Daiquiri’s and  Mojito’s  between 1940 & 1960  • Fidel Castro ably assisted by Che Guevara led the Cuban Revolution (1953–59)  There are many sites to seek out devoted to this condensed view of the past and visiting them helped me in my understanding of why the Cuban people seem so remarkably content with their lot. I am not sure they really know what their country has been saved from, but they passionately worship their liberators none the less. Cuba is large, but it would still be possible to take in many of these places on extended day trips if the thought of a rural Casa stay was a little daunting. My own thoughts are that the average Brit would get most out of a twin centre Havana/Beach combination with perhaps the odd excursion. I started my stay at The Parque Central Hotel which as its name suggests is bang in the centre of Havana. It wasn’t very long before I fell in love with the place. Havana oozes attitude combining a glorious colonial past with a buzzing capital city vibe. It doesn’t seem to matter that half the buildings are falling down, why worry when the sun is shining and the cocktails are flowing? One morning I was lucky enough to take a tour of the town courtesy of a vintage convertible Chevrolet. I would have happily spent the whole day cruising the seafront and drinkingin that exhilarating feeling only truly iconic cities exude.  I got a glimpse of the scale of the new building projects now underway and I hope with all my heart they get it right. Havana is quite simply unique. American citizens will be descending on Cuba for the first time in over 50 years from this November. I fully expect they will be accompanied by all the merchandising and branding which Cuba has resisted for so long. My advice – go now before the face of Colonel Sanders smiles down on you from every street corner! Happy holidays!


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Hands up who’d like a sparkling oven and hob in time for the arrival of family and friends for the festive celebrations? Most of us will probably be putting our hands up to that! The good news is that you don’t have to spend all day up to your ears in chemicals, scrubbing away at all those nooks and crannies to seemingly little avail; you can put your feet up and let Keith Zachlod from Oveanclean Plymouth do the job for you – and without the use of caustic materials. Keith even removes all of the parts that can be taken out and deep cleans them in a tank of boiling water in his van, using the advanced Ovenclean system. The result, say his customers, is an oven that looks almost as good as new. Keith has been the Ovenclean franchise holder for Plymouth and the surrounding area since May and already has over a dozen reviews on the Checkatrade website, scoring an almost perfect average rating of 9.98. The reviews, all verified as genuine by Checkatrade, include comments such as “absolutely outstanding,” “brilliant,” “looks as good as new and a very good price,” “very good and I will be using him again,” and “Keith was meticulous; using a head torch to help show signs of dirt. I paid the price quoted and the oven looks like new again. Thank you, very happy.” To prove the point, before and after photos can be viewed on the Checkatrade site. And it’s not just ovens and hobs that are left looking sparkling; Keith also cleans barbecues, microwaves and extractor fans and will replace worn extractor filters, too. Plymouth Magazine visited one happy customer in Plymstock to see Keith’s work at first hand and to interview the householder, Michelle. Michelle called in Keith to clean her range, grill and hob – and was blown away by the results: “I was very impressed by the attention to detail,” she said. “He didn’t miss a thing. And taking out everything that wasn’t fixed – including the

oven fan – and putting it through the deep clean system resulted in a far better clean than I imagined. “There were no abrasive materials and because no caustic chemicals were used either, it meant there were no smells and I could use my oven straight away. “I’m amazed at how the Range looks now,” she added. As well as the shining results and the less environmentally damaging materials used, Keith says another selling point with customers is that he offers a fixed price in a pricing structure, irrespective of the oven’s condition. The prices range from £45 for a single oven to £95 for a range. The work takes 2-4 hours. Keith advises people who are thinking of buying a new appliance to contact him first: “I’ve had some customers ask if their oven can be salvaged and they said they were considering chucking it out! But after it’s been cleaned it looks almost new again.” Keith also advises householders to have their ovens, grills and hobs cleaned once a year. A build-up on grills and hobs can even be a fire risk: “Regular cleaning prolongs the life of your oven and keeps it safe and hygienic.” At the moment, Keith is busy doing pre-Christmas cleans: “People don’t want their ovens looking grubby with visitors

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Why dentists are a little weird!

Watching Poldark recently there was a scene where he was wondering around an underground Cornish mine with only a candle lamp to light the way, struggling to find a thin vein of copper somewhere on the wall of the mine. On a different scale it reminded me of the difficulty for dentists looking around in the dark trying to find minute cracks in teeth or other tiny problems that are causing pain, but just how lucky we By are nowadays to have great technology available to help of John Moore Dental with this sort of thing. You might have noticed your dentist wearing a funny headlamp light and odd looking spectacles with big lenses in front of his or her eyes: the lenses are to magnify what is being looked at and the light is of course to make it easier to see clearly and it is remarkable how effective (and necessary!!) this is in helping both you and your dentist or hygienist to achieve good quality care. But just try this simple experiment: hold a mirror in your hand and use it to look at a clock on the wall. Telling the time is quite awkward as everything is back to front! Now imagine that the mirror is only 2cm wide and then having to do precision work using an image that is both upside down AND back to front AND in a dark place! Although with time and practice it does of course become second nature for your dentist, it is one of the things that makes dentists slightly weird, as not many other jobs require this odd way of working.

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I am told that bomb disposal experts have to acquire similar skills for the incredible tasks that they are required to do. So don’t be put off by your dentist if he or she puts on these slightly weird glasses called ‘loupes’ or something similar, as it really is necessary for accurate work. Some dentists use even more powerful magnification microscopes for certain treatments, that enable us to be able to see really tiny things like the nerves inside teeth which can be thinner than a human hair. These microscopes can be a little unnerving for patients as they are maneuvered over you, and I have to admit that because it is so normal to us we often forget to explain to


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people what they are for! Using these types of instrument then will greatly increase the chances of successful outcomes for you and a more relaxed experience for both you and the dentist! If you are now thinking ‘well my dentist wasn’t wearing anything like that at my recent visit’ – that is okay as well, because sometimes we need to see the bigger picture and look at all of your teeth at once. An orthodontist, for instance, might do this most of the time and only put the loupes on occasionally. To get an idea of how much of a problem it is, try walking around your living room using just binoculars! you will quickly understand just how challenging a task it is.




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Key milestone in development of £13 million STEM centre Pictured at the laying of the foundation stone (from left): Nick Holman, chair of College Corporation; Chris Garcia, chief executive, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; Tracey Lee, chief executive, Plymouth City Council; Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader, Plymouth City Council and Phil Davies, principal and chief executive, City College Plymouth


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A significant milestone has been reached in the building of Plymouth’s new Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) with the laying of the foundation stone. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, laid the stone at City College’s Kings Road site. The £13 million state-of-the-art facility, funded by the City Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) and the Regional Growth Fund, has seen more than 50 employers involved in shaping its development. The Centre will provide a flexible learning environment An architect’s impression of the new building that simulates ‘real work’ scenarios with industry-standard workshops, laboratories and studios. It will be equipped with support job creation in high growth sectors and drive the City’s high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant productivity. I’m extremely honoured to lay the foundation stone STEM curriculum. today.” “The laying of the foundation stone takes the construction Chris Garcia, chief executive, HotSW LEP, said: “I am delighted of the Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM a step closer to to see the Regional Centre for Excellence in STEM starting to completion,” said Phil Davies, City College principal and chief take shape. Addressing the skills gap and enabling sustainable executive. employment is a priority for HotSW LEP. This project is a real “STEM is a local and national priority for addressing a predicted asset to the area and I am very positive about its ability to future skills shortage in related industries; maximise economic growth.” building the Centre is a direct response Work on the Centre, which is being built to that. Our commitment is to train and by Kier, started in February this year and develop young people and adults that is due to be completed in autumn 2017. employers and the economy needs. The five-storey building is starting to rise “We want to stimulate interest and upwards with formwork and reinforcement support for higher-paid STEM jobs, while for the third floor in place. at the same time encourage students to Brian Rice, operations director of Kier remain and develop their careers in the Construction Western and Wales, said: local workforce. Our vision for the Centre is “The construction team are delighted to see the foundation stone being laid today; to enable more cross-curriculum learning they are immensely proud of the building that embeds enterprise, employability and and have enjoyed showing students STEM into everything we do.” Construction work is well under way around site. Councillor Bowyer said: “The Regional “I very much hope that seeing the project during construction Centre of Excellence for STEM is integral to Plymouth’s Local has been an inspiration to the potential careers that their STEM Economic Strategy and its Plan for Employment and Skills. studies can lead to.” Both highlight the need to develop the STEM-related skills to

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Horizon programme will help put Plymouth on the cultural map Plymouth Culture is a body that exists to develop the city’s cultural scene. Its simple mission is to nurture creative talent, help to engage more Plymothians with arts and culture, support major culture projects and also help facilitate international projects. In partnership with Plymouth City Council, Visual Arts South West, city arts organisations and local artists, Plymouth Culture has been helping to develop an ambitious visual art plan for the city.  ‘Horizon’ is Plymouth Cultures two-year initiative for Plymouth and has been awarded £635,000 from Art Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ funding programme. Starting this November, the two-year Horizon strategy will develop four major arts festivals and events, support a talent development programme for artists and visual arts producers, and will enable communities to commission visual artworks. The ambitious Horizon programme will feature the ‘Atlantic Project’, a major international public

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art festival (2018); two editions of the ‘Plymouth Art Weekender’ festival (2017 and 2018) and the ‘Three Towns’ project, a cross-city art exhibition working alongside communities in Stonehouse and Devonport (2017). The Three Towns project seeks to find ways of connection and engagement from different environments and communities in the city. Working on the historic fact that Plymouth used to be three towns, it will be set up within a geographical area that contains the city centre and its prominent symbols of Plymouth’s past and current prosperity, together with Devonport and Stonehouse. Three Towns will take the visitor on a journey through Plymouth’s varied social and physical Art Matters fabric – from prominent heritage sites to littlewith Kerry Cole known historical oddities; from reminders of

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decline to contemporary development; from retail centres to residential districts and from cultural institutions to community projects. The skills, community engagement and international partnerships acquired through Three Towns and Plymouth Art Weekender will ultimately work towards the development of the Atlantic Project in 2018. Talent and organisational development and community engagement will underpin all projects to achieve a sustainable legacy for Plymouth’s visual arts future. Historically, there are areas of low engagement with arts and culture in the city. This is connected to the most deprived wards in Plymouth. The visual arts sector will work with communities to engage with the benefits of major events and the opportunities involved with Horizon. This will be achieved through a new and innovative model of community commissioning. With more of the local population enjoying high quality art projects, there will be strong benefits to place-making and the positive development of civic pride. The ‘Horizons’ collaborative enterprise has been developed with the help of Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, KARST, Plymouth City Council and Visual Arts Plymouth. Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture said: “Horizon will be a game-changing programme of activity for Plymouth, placing the city firmly as a leading cultural destination and developing major international festival expertise in the lead up to Mayflower 400 and the opening of the £34 million History Centre in 2020. “Not only this, Horizon will develop the skills of artists in the city as well as enabling communities to participate in and commission high-quality visual arts. Alongside Arts Council England, we would like to thank Plymouth University for their total support of Horizon, allowing this ground- breaking project to happen and further enhancing their supportive reputation to the cultural growth of Plymouth.”


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Young mum Na out for Gold Du Young mum Naomi Temple has abseiled off the roof of the Holiday Inn hotel in Plymouth to help raise vital funds for the children’s wards and the ‘brilliant staff’ who cared for her son, Jenson. When Jenson was just six weeks old he was very poorly with bronchiolitis and was rushed to Derriford Hospital. He was cared for on Woodcock Ward but his condition deteriorated and he was moved to the children’s high dependency unit. He was later transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital, where he was treated for two weeks. He recovered well and all was fine until June this year when he developed the infection again and, due to the damage to his lungs from the previous episode, he was admitted to Derriford’s Woodcock Ward for treatment. This time he remained in hospital for four days. “When Jenson was admitted to Derriford, it was the single most terrifying experience of my life,” said Naomi. “The staff on Woodcock Ward were brilliant and very caring. They kept me and Sash [Jenson’s dad] very well informed of any changes in his treatment. “Unfortunately he nearly went into cardiac arrest. The staff were very quick to respond to this but decided he needed more specialised care, hence he was transferred to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital. “When he returned to Woodcock Ward the second time

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WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY Wednesday 5 October 2016, is World Cerebral Palsy Day.

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cerebral palsy suffer from this condition as a result of complications that happen at birth. In some of those cases it is possible to prove that different management of the birth may have avoided this type of injury happening.

Wolferstans’ expert Medical Negligence team is recognised nationally and has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases where children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy following difficulties during their birth and has recovered millions of pounds in compensation. In one particular case our client suffered a period of severe and prolonged oxygen deprivation during his birth which resulted in him sustaining permanent brain damage. Our client has severe dystonic athetoid cerebral palsy. He is wheelchair dependant and reliant upon others for all aspects of daily life. His parents were reluctant to pursue a claim against the hospital as their main concern whilst he was an infant was his health and well being. However when he was 15 his parents realised how severe his injuries were and wanted to ensure that he would always be well cared for. Wolferstans obtained Public Funding for our client and investigated the claim. The investigation was made even more difficult as the obstetric records and records of his birth were

not available. Wolferstans obtained supportive reports from a number of experts and a Letter of Claim was sent to the Defendant Hospital.

The Defendant initially denied all aspects of liability but shortly before proceedings were commenced we were able to settle the claim achieving in excess of £5 million pounds for our client providing him with financial security for the rest of his life. If you believe that you or your child have suffered an injury during pregnancy or childbirth our specialist solicitors could help you not only to make a claim for compensation but also by providing you with the support and assistance to cope with this life changing condition. For more information on how Wolferstans could help please contact Elizabeth Smith on 01752 292309 or To see more information about our specialist team please visit our new website at www. For more information on World Cerebral Palsy Day visit their website www.

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with bronchiolitis the staff made sure they were up to date with the details from his last admission and did everything they could to prevent another trip to Bristol. They were very attentive and understanding and Jenson recovered quickly. I am so thankful for their wonderful care.” Jenson has a few more trips to Derriford to come in the next few months, as he needs surgery, unrelated to the bronchiolitis, but other than that he is now a fit and active baby, keeping mum Naomi on her toes! Naomi, who works in the Cardiology department at Derriford Hospital, read about the Superhero Abseil in the staff weekly newsletter. “I’ve wanted to do something to give Naomi with her son Jenson something back but didn’t know where to begin. I had never thought about doing an abseil and saw this as the right opportunity; this was my little way of saying thank you for looking after him,” said Naomi. The Superhero Abseil was held to raise money for the Gold “I really enjoyed the abseil and would definitely do it again. Dust Appeal, which joined forces with the Children’s Happy I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has Hospital Fund (CHHF) and Derriford Children’s Cancer Services supported me so far. I would love to reach my target of £500 (DCCS). to help make the children’s wards a bit brighter and a little The Gold Dust Appeal aims to raise £100,000 to create a less scary for the poorly kids that come in.” bright, exciting and welcoming environment throughout the To help make life better for children in hospital, you can still children’s and young people’s areas on Level 12 of Derriford show your support to Naomi and Jenson by going to https:// Hospital.

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Fir the best trees So it’s that time of year again and I have been out to the plantations looking for lovely Christmas trees! Take a look at some of the pictures - anyone for a 20 feet tree? Perfect for a top floor apartment! Basil particularly enjoyed our trip to the plantation‚ running in and out of rows of trees, chasing lots of smells from wildlife including some deer we saw in the distance. It was a lovely sunny day and the trees looked great. Really good shapes and when the grower says ‘this is your type of tree Fiona’ you know it’s going to be a good year for getting what we want and what the customers want. This year we will get a lot of Norway Spruce from this supplier as they will be cut fresh and delivered within a couple of days, exactly what you want. We have some really big trees available and actually some larger Frasers which we

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haven’t had a for a few years. Next month we will give you more information on how to take care of your tree, but here is the brief run down on varieties for those who may not be experienced fresh tree buyers. There are three types of Christmas trees which we stock and each look and feel different. The first is the Nordmann Fir which is the most popular. This is a gorgeous tree, with deep green, long, waxy needles. The needles are soft to the touch and densely packed on the branches. Nordmann Firs are wide bushy trees that form the typical Christmas tree, triangle shape. They have densely packed branches that are strong and sturdy, making them great candidates to be heavily decorated and will support your lights with ease. They are the best for holding on to their needles. The most popular sizes are the six foot and seven foot trees; these sell out quickly, so either order from us in advance and we will choose a great looking tree for you or come down early before they sell out. Our next needle retaining tree is the Fraser Fir. These are still a relatively new tree to be offered, and many people still do not know about them, but they are gaining in popularity. These are known as slim line trees. They have a narrower shape to them than traditional trees, but still retain that iconic conical shape. They are great trees for those where space is limited, or perhaps want a more modern, contemporary Christmas tree. The needles are bluey green colour with an almost silver sheen to them. They are slightly stiffer than a Nordmann Fir’s needles, but are not prickly. They also have an extremely pleasant scent that will waft throughout your home. The branches tend to be full and dense, giving the tree a full appearance. The last type of tree we stock is the traditional Norway Spruce. This the good old fashioned tree that people have been decorating since Victorian times. It has the classical conical shape and the delicious pine scent we all associate with Christmas. It has stood the test of time and many of our customers will not choose anything else. It’s a beautiful tree, but it does shed its needles and the needles are very prickly. However it is a great tree to use in a cool room, and they are very good value for money. The needles are fine and narrow, and cover the branches and arms. These are very bushy, full trees. Wear gloves when decorating. If it’s all too early for you still to think about Christmas then

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