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Well, the school holidays are well and truly here presenting every parent with the usual challenge of finding ways of keeping their youngsters happy and amused over the next six weeks. Fortunately, here in Plymouth there’s a fantastic choice of activities for every age group - from toddlers to teenagers – and if you’re prepared to do a little research, it’s amazing how many free events there are. Plymouth City Council’s highly-successful Summer Mix programme offers literally hundreds of courses and experiences for youngsters aged from 11 to 19 (and up to 25 for those with a disability). There’s everything from archery and bushcraft to jewellery making to roller disco. Full details can be found at National Play Day takes place on The Hoe on August 2 with lots of free things for youngsters to do, while Plymouth’s Mount Wise swimming pool is open every day during the holidays - and it’s totally free. The Plymouth Museum team has a series of family events during August - again most of which are free. You can find full details of these in the Family Events section of our comprehensive What’s On guide. There are family films on the Big Screen in the city centre during August - just turn up, take a seat and enjoy! Meanwhile, the Active Neighbourhoods team have organised a series of free outdoor events in Budshead Wood, Efford Marsh, Ernesettle Creek, Kings Tamerton and Teats Hill. Go to and search for Active Neighbourhoods. And last, but by no means least, August also brings the amazing spectacle of the British Firework Championships on The Hoe, another great free event which attracts tens of thousands of people over the two nights. Enjoy the holidays!

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Our comprehensive What’s On section has details of all the big events in the city along with details of activities for all the family.



Richard Rabin, one of the city’s best known names in property is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of his lettings business.





Citybus managing director Richard Stevens talks about the company’s latest multi-million pound investment in a new fleet of buses.

Laura Joint meets Carlos Crespo and his family, who have recently opened the Lisbon Bakery and Restaurant in Frankfort Gate.




The family of Connor Walters, who has a rare illness, are setting up a charity to pay for trips and treats for local children with life-long conditions.


Plymouth College of Art student Jake Williams has won a top design award for his illustrated book called ‘Resilient Reptiles.’

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Joseph Pritchard and Melissa Dickerson serving in the new Column Bakehouse café

Tasty new addition to the Royal William Yard menu A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse has opened at Ocean Studios in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – Column Bakehouse has in recent years cemented its position as Plymouth’s premier artisan bakery, supplying a range of restaurants and trade customers as well as real bread fans right across the city and beyond. RIO’s head of enterprises Claire Burgess explains: “We are thrilled to open the doors to the new Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios. Since we took over the running of Ocean Studios in April we have worked hard to create a café offer that supports the community of artists and makers


in the building as well as contributing to the food and visitor offer on the Yard. “As well as a café, the new outlet also features Column Bakehouse Stores – a small shop featuring local products alongside those from social enterprise suppliers – where customers can purchase and take home many of the ingredients used in our café menu to recreate their favourites at home.” Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Royal William Yard also houses a tourist information point, a collaboration between RIO and Plymouth City Council to create an information point for visitors to explore what else the city offers beyond Royal William Yard. Cllr Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture at Plymouth City Council said: “Introducing this new tourist information point at Ocean Studios is really exciting. Plymouth offers so much to see and do, and this additional outpost for tourist information will help visitors to Royal William Yard discover even more of what our great city has to offer. “We are delighted to welcome Column Bakehouse to Royal William Yard,” said Emily Handslip, director of Urban Splash. “Royal William Yard has become the best place to work, rest and play in the South West. The new enterprise is a fantastic addition to the Yard food offering. We’re excited that it will draw footfall down to Factory Cooperage and add a new dimension to the visitor experience at Royal William Yard. We look forward to seeing more visitors using it to discover all of what Plymouth has to offer.”

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There have probably never been more factors at play in the UK property market than there are right now. The national market is pausing for breath as it reaches the end of the cycle which started with the credit crunch. 2016 saw stamp duty changes as well as the Brexit vote, and the Tony Carlton impact is very much still MNAEA being felt. The result North Plymouth of the election has Branch Manager added to the uncertainty surrounding the levels were economy. 1.6 per cent Now that Brexit negotiations higher than the are getting properly underway, first half, which it will be interesting to see if it is even more has any further direct effect on impressive the market. Since the original when we vote, interest rates were account for the dropped to 0.25 per cent to stamp duty rise support the economy. This has in April of that resulted in property prices rising year. Based on nationally by 7.2 per cent - and market trends, we expect them to grow by a further 6.6 per cent over the next we expect the price of the 12 months. Locally, prices in average home Plymouth have increased slightly here to reach £173,300 by the too due to the lack of property end of 2018. The above chart available and buyers competing shows the amount of properties to gain a purchase. This is of Sold stc since the start of the course good for sellers but not year in Plymouth postcodes so good for buyers – especially PL1 – 6. Whilst this is only a if you are in a chain – as often properties are being sale agreed section of the market available, we’ve had great success at the to those without a chain, thus £200,000 and over level as you presenting a lesser risk to the can see and there really does seller. seem to be a demand and ample So why are we so bullish potential purchasers at the about the market in Plymouth? moment which is true of most Well the data shows us that in price bands – reasons to be the second half of 2016, sales

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Helen is top of the UK when it comes to independent financial advice! If you would like one of the top Independent Financial Advisers in the UK to take care of your pension and investments - and who wouldn’t? - then look no further than Plymouth’s very own Helen West. For the past 18 years she has been a member of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the global association of financial professionals. In the past year, Helen has qualified for a very exclusive club of financial advisers in the UK. The top 1% qualifies for the association’s Top of the Table membership: “I always said that I wanted to make it to the Top of the Table before I die!” said Helen “and now I’ve done it this year, I want to do it again next year!” Helen has been in the industry for 27 years and established West Financial Management in 2004. Today, she manages a £50 million investment portfolio for over 350 households from her office in Hyde Park Road. “Our motto is ‘priceless peace of mind’ said Helen. “People do worry about money and their futures and the worst thing they can do is sit and do nothing. They need to be taking action as early as they possibly can, and definitely taking advice within five years of retirement.” Helen specialises in investments, retirement planning for business owners and individuals, inheritance tax mitigation and long term care.


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Another member of the team, Chris Finan, specialises in pensions. “Our unique selling point is that we understand where people are now with their money and what their goal is. We ask them: ‘Tell us what you have now and what you want from this. Do you want to leave it to your children, so you might need help mitigating inheritance tax? Do you want a pot of money so you can live comfortably in later life? Or do you want to spend the money now? “By understanding this, we can ensure the money is in an appropriate fund to match their goal and their attitude to risk.” Good news for those who have placed their trust in Helen and her team, and the great service they deliver means that some of her households now cover three generations: “I have clients who have been with me from the start and I now help their children and they want me to help their grandchildren as well.” Each financial plan depends on unique circumstances and all are regularly reviewed: “We simplify everything and then we do the work for them,” said Helen. “I love unravelling people’s finances and putting a plan in place to enable them to meet their aspirations for the future. What appears complicated and a headache to them isn’t complicated to me. I have so much experience; I know how to help them. It comes back to that ‘priceless peace of mind’

WOMEN AT WORK I was talking about. When they walk out of the door, they have that peace of mind.” Most clients opt for lower risk investment plans, where their money is spread across a number of pots - many of which can be viewed online: “And because we’re not tied to any bank or insurance company, but are independent, clients know that we’ll make the decisions that are in their best interests.” Many people are currently seeking assistance to ensure the taxman doesn’t take 40% of their assets when they die: “Individuals with direct descendants who have an estate (including a main residence) above the inheritance tax threshold (or nil rate band) of £325,000, need to plan ahead or their estate will face a nasty tax bill. Do you want a large chunk of your wealth to go to the taxman? There are ways to mitigate inheritance tax and we can help with that.” Another issue is interest rates. With rates at an historic low but with inflation now creeping up, returns on cash ISA savings are currently disappointing. Helen says that for those willing to take more of a risk, the rewards are potentially much greater, whilst always bearing in mind that investments can go down as well as up and you might not get back the original investment amount: “This year, the returns on a low risk investment ISA average 4-5%

so it’s definitely worth having a chat about.” Advice for younger people is one of Helen’s specialisms. In 2013 she wrote a book, Secrets of a Financial Adviser, which she gives to clients to pass on to their children or grandchildren. Written for young people, it provides the financial basics and has tips on forward planning. For those with limited finances who are worried about the future, Helen can help them too: “The important thing is to make sure you have protection in place so you’re covered if anything happens, especially if you have a family. We can help with life cover, income protection and funeral plans.” The success of the business has enabled Helen and her team to invest time to support charities. The firm volunteers and fundraises for local good causes, including Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home. Helen, a member of Roborough Rotary, also volunteers for overseas projects: “The business is part of the community and we’re actively involved in the community,” said Helen. “The charity work we do is very important to us.”


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Connor the inspiration behind a new charity that’s helping families to make memories Tracy and Gareth Walters’ world was turned upside down in the summer of 2015 when their young son Connor was diagnosed with a rare condition that causes tumours to grow along the nerves. The couple, from St Judes, suspected that something was wrong when Connor, then eight-years-old, started to have seizures that were increasing in frequency and severity. After a number of phone calls and visits to the doctor and a visit to A&E at Derriford Hospital in the spring and summer of 2015, finally, in August 2015, the seriousness of Connor’s illness was realised when he was referred to an opthamologist at the Royal Eye Infirmary. “The seizures started in April and we became worried when they got worse, probably around June,” said Tracy. “At first we wondered if it was epilepsy but then became worried it might be something else. “Then, one day in August, Connor had about five seizures and the final one was really bad. So we took him to A&E again and basically sat there until someone would see him.” It was then that Connor was sent to the eye specialist and she noticed something was wrong: “She was absolutely amazing. She spotted something behind the eye and said Connor had to be kept in hospital and needed to have an MRI scan.”

The scan revealed a tumour on Connor’s brain and he was taken immediately by ambulance to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for an operation to remove it: “That was when they diagnosed that the tumour was caused by a condition called Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2),” said Tracy. “It’s usually genetic but it can also occur in children with no family history of the condition, which is what has happened in Connor’s case.” NF2 is much less common than NF1, affecting one in 33,000 people in the UK. Connor, now aged 10, is one of only 20 in the South West with the condition and the only child. NF2 causes tumours to grow along the nerves and tends to affects the brain, spinal cord and ears. There is currently no treatment for NF2, only monitoring and the treatment of any symptoms as they occur. In the long-term, the condition can lead to imbalance, gradual hearing loss, headaches and weak muscles, potentially requiring the use of a wheelchair. Connor attends the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for check-ups and tests. Currently, he has five tumours in his spine and two on nerves in his ears: “They’re tiny at the moment, so it’s a case of keeping an eye on them, looking out for symptoms, and addressing those symptoms as and when they arise,” said Tracy. One of the signs could be a worsening of Connor’s hearing, which is why the family is looking for someone who can teach

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CHARITY MATTERS them sign language - including Connor’s little brother Owen, who was born in Bristol when Connor was recovering from his operation in 2015: “I was eight months pregnant when Connor had to go to Bristol and we were up there for quite a while,” said Tracy. The time spent in Bristol and on subsequent hospital trips affected Tracy’s business - her party and special occasions shop, The Perfect Package - and Gareth’s full-time job as a bar supervisor at a local venue. The impact wasn’t just financial, it was also in terms of quality family time together. Their own experience and meeting others in similar situations is why they’re in the process of setting up a charity called Walters Wishes, which is a Community Interest Company (CIC) until the charitable status is granted. Walters Wishes has already raised £1,000, which is paying for trips and treats for local families who have family members with a life-long condition: “It’s not about sending people to Disney or holidays abroad,” explained Tracy. “The aim is to enable families to make memories with day trips, a visit to the zoo, a night out at the bowling alley, or just doing what they enjoy. “We know that if you have no money coming in because you’re at the hospital all the time, then doing these things



can be very difficult. And we also appreciate how precious time together is and how important it is to make memories.” The first beneficiary is a local woman with cystic fibrosis, who is having a family photoshoot with a professional photographer to celebrate her 30th birthday. Gareth explained: “We’re organising fundraising events and all the money raised will go towards local people here in Plymouth. And our NF2 adviser is helping us to connect with families who need and deserve a treat. We just need people to know we’re here so we can help more families.” Local business are also being urged to get involved. For Connor, his biggest concern isn’t for himself, but for his little brother Owen - “they’re inseparable!” says Tracy - and for other families: “I think Walters Wishes is a good idea,” he says, “because it can help children to spend some really nice time with their parents and their brothers and sisters.”


Walters Wishes can be contacted through the Facebook page - - or by phoning Tracy on 07827 966197.

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Citybus moves up a gear with its Spark-ling new fleet

Plymouth Citybus is continuing with major investment in its fleet with the launch of a new range of eye-catching double deckers. The fleet of 16 state-of-the-art Enviro400 City buses will hit the streets of Plymouth at the end of July - bringing a real spark to the company’s latest operations. The fleet is branded with the distinctive new metallic Spark livery and will be introduced on the 21 and 21A routes between Barne Barton and Plympton – the company’s busiest – on July 30. The buses have been purchased at a cost of £3.5 million and bring new standards of comfort, capacity and performance. The vehicles have been manufactured by Alexander Dennis in Scotland to the precise design of Plymouth Citybus and feature USB charging points - for the first time - Wifi, executive leather seats, under seat lighting and a host of other bespoke details. The vehicles are environmentally friendly too, with a carbon reduction pack and fuel emission controls, making them more than 10 times cleaner per passenger than a new diesel car. The specification and branding of the new buses was a joint effort by Plymouth Citybus managing director Richard Stevens and head of commercial and marketing Mark Collins. The latest spend brings the total invested in the fleet to nearly £15


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million in the last four years, introducing 91 new buses, many double deck to increase capacity and the first alternative fuel gas powered buses in the South West. With the introduction of the new fleet on the 21 and 21A routes, the existing RedFlash double deck buses will move to the busy northern corridor of the city, replacing the single deck BlueFlash vehicles on the 42 services. Richard Stevens said: “The latest investment will significantly increase our capacity on the Barne Barton to Plympton routes as the new vehicles can carry 108 passengers, seated and standing, which is more than the RedFlash buses. “Transferring the RedFlash double deckers to the No 42 services will also mean we will be able to carry more passengers, on newer buses in greater comfort.” Since taking over the helm at Plymouth Citybus five years ago former bus driver Richard and his team have transformed the business, making it one of the most successful bus operators in the country. Richard revealed that Plymouth Citybus is bucking the national trend when it comes to passenger numbers and reliability. While most bus operators have seen a drop in passengers in the last two years, Citybus has recorded a remarkable 11 per cent increase, through additional services and passenger growth on existing routes. The company carried just over 17.5 million passengers last year with its fleet of just under 200 buses

determined to go one better this year,” said Richard. covering a total of 7.2 million miles. Passenger satisfaction Plymouth Citybus is now also deeply involved with the currently stands at 93 per cent, with 91 per cent of services running on time according to the traffic commissioner community, supporting and sponsoring a number of city events and teams as well as giving guidelines. The company is not only investing in hundreds of school children the its vehicles - but also in its employees opportunity to learn new life skills through its Go-Inspire programme. and the community at large. Plymouth Citybus now employs 550 Richard himself is also playing a key role in local organisations: he is chair of people - 20 per cent more than five years ago – and has recently been the Devon Chamber of Commerce, joint chair of the Plymouth Area Business awarded the new Investors in People Gold standard - the first bus company Council and also a member of the Plymouth Growth Board, Mayflower in the country to achieve the distinction. “Our success as a business is entirely 400 Leadership group and Local down to the fantastic dedication and Enterprise Partnership - to name but a few. commitment of the whole Citybus team. Our success has been achieved He is not only passionate about Plymouth Citybus - but also the city it due to improved productivity and serves. “Plymouth is a fantastic city a total obsession with delivering a Citybus managing director Richard Stevens with so much potential and so many quality service, making sure every positive things happening here. We are proud to be one of journey is taken care of,” said Richard. Plymouth’s success stories and want to continue to play our The company has also finished as runner-up in the large bus part in helping to keep Britain’s Ocean City on the move.” operator category of the National Transport Awards. “We’re

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Family restaur authentic tast A little bit of Portugal has arrived in Plymouth city centre, with the opening of The Lisbon Bakery and Restaurant. The Crespo family - mum Maria, dad Carlos, daughter Tania and son Rafael - have transformed 22-24 Frankfort Gate into a traditional Portuguese restaurant, complete with its very own bakery. While chef Maria cooks up the delicious meals, lifelong baker Carlos is busy making beautiful bread and cakes. Tania and Rafael, meanwhile, take care of everything front of house. The family moved to Plymouth seven years ago from their home city of Lisbon, where they ran a number of businesses including a bakery that distributed bread and cakes to supermarkets and restaurants. But, although cooking is in their hearts, Rafael says they had no plans to open a restaurant and bakery here - until he spotted that the spacious premises had become available: “It just came about because I saw the opportunity to embrace the possibilities. We felt there was an untapped market here because there was no-one else doing what we’re doing, creating Portuguese food from scratch, all made on the premises,” said Rafael. “Even in London, some of the Portuguese places don’t make their food and bread and cakes in-house. What we are offering is an authentic Portuguese experience.” It’s proving to be a good move. Although they’ve only been open since April, they’re already busy with eat-in diners and coffee-and-cake to go customers. To create the look and ambience they wanted, they had to refurbish absolutely everything and start afresh. The result is a welcoming interior with a cafe feel around the counter area and an informal dining area in the main part of the restaurant. The restaurant seats 50 inside and another 40 outside, where the al fresco area was set to be enhanced further as we were going to press. “We’re really happy with the vibe we’ve created,” said Rafael, who manages the restaurant with Carlos: “We wanted it to be simple, open and just like the restaurants that people visit when they’re on holiday in Portugal. “The outdoor space has really added to


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FOOD MATTERS it’s because Carlos uses ingredients from Portugal. The Camelo coffee is also from Portugal. The restaurant is open until 9pm - a long day! But, says Rafael, the hours aren’t a problem because of the love they have for their work: “We enjoy what we do because of the passion we have for the food. And we enjoy seeing people enjoy our food.It’s a nice feeling when they come up and tell us how much they like our food.” Rave reviews on Tripadvisor include comments such as “great food, amazing desserts, authentic wine,” “a perfect taste of Portugal,” and “without a doubt a great place to eat”. The business is going so well that the family are already talking about future plans … it’s looking as though the Lisbon Bakery and Restaurant could be just for starters!

rant offers the te of Portugal what we are offering and it has been very popular this summer. It gives us more visibility and it makes the whole area look nice, with the Camelo tables and chairs ” The food itself certainly conjures up the taste of Portugal. Alongside the main menu, there is a fresh soup, fish and meat dish which changes every day. Among the most popular dishes on the menu are the Portuguese stew, Portuguese chicken, salted cod and, the best seller, Bitoque, which is Portuguese fried steak marinated in wine and “lots of special ingredients,” served with fries, fried egg, rice and salad. Mains range from £7 to £12 and include salads and vegetarian options. And you can enjoy a bowl of Juliana soup for just £2. If you love your Portuguese wine, then you’re in luck because the restaurant has a selection of them: red, white, green, rosé - of course - and blue! Prices are from under £6 for a 375ml bottle and from £9.50 for a bottle. Lisbon Bakery and Restaurant can also be booked for special occasions and parties. Carlos can even make a celebration cake of your choice: “We’ve done a few parties where people have asked us to make the cake for them,” said Rafael. “But they’re welcome to bring their own if they prefer.” Running alongside the restaurant, the bakery is proving a real hit with shoppers and city centre workers as well as customers who simply want a coffee and cake. Carlos and Maria are in the kitchens at 3am and by the time Tania and Rafael arrive for the 8am opening, the first batch of bread and cakes is ready to go. The most famous pastry from Portugal is the traditional egg custard tarts, which, together with all the cakes and bread, sell out every day. And if you are wondering why the cakes appear a richer shade of yellow,




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Aug 17 - 26 CRAZY FOR YOU Crazy For You charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show. Sept 8 and 9 SPIRIT OF THE DANCE The international smash hit Spirit of the Dance celebrates its record-breaking 20 year anniversary as one of the most successful dance shows ever. Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart-pounding Irish Dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of Flamenco and Red Hot Salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. Sept 12 - 16 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Theresa Heskins’ celebrated production comes to Plymouth as part of a major six month UK tour. A hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

Sept 19 - 23 BEAUTIFUL - CAROLE KING MUSICAL The Olivier award-winning West End show comes to Plymouth as part of its first ever UK tour. Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

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angry on Facebook. Patricia has turned forty and is worried her son will hate her for not making more of a difference. Dan thinks it’s all connected to bees and Thomas… well, Thomas is the only real musician in the show, and guess what 80% of it is? Music. An unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter protest. A show about changing the world, with a live rock band. Welcome to the revolution. It’s gonna get messy. Sept 19 - 23 FROGMAN A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking, world first theatre experience, experienced in VR headsets from double Fringe First-winners, curious directive.

about addiction, and the lives of those it touches. Sept 12 - 16 DERAILED Merce used to protest in the streets but now she just gets

Sept 26 - Oct 7 ME & ROBIN HOOD Me & Robin Hood is Hoipolloi’s brand new show about Shôn DaleJones’s longstanding relationship with his favourite fictional friend. Me & Robin Hood seeks to raise money for Street Child United, a charity that uses the power of sport to change the way the world negatively sees and treats street-connected children. Robin suggests you might want to bring cash on the night…

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Castle Street, Plymouth BOX OFFICE: 01752 267131 Various Dates ROPEWALKS Let your imagination set sail, for adventure awaits, on a pioneering theatrical walking tour of Plymouth’s historic Barbican. Step over the cobbles and go back in time, as you are guided through a journey of discovery – encountering some salty characters along the way! Follow in the footsteps of the people who have helped connect Plymouth to the rest of the world. From Drake’s voyages to the creation of Plymouth Gin; the Bread Riots to Jacka Bakery, this story takes you through hundreds of years of history. Aug 2 - 20 TWELFTH NIGHT Barbican Theatre is delighted to return to the stunning Royal William Yard with a joyful, highly visual and accessible version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, perfect for the whole family. Twelfth Night is the third production in our popular ’Bard

in the Yard’ series, following our successful summer productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015) and Romeo & Juliet (2016). This production is part of Barbican Theatre’s commitment to creating high quality, accessible work while supporting and developing local talent. Aug 9 - 10 RUSTLE PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you to help set up camp outdoors at the Royal William Yard so that we can tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets. Join us for an interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises. Aug 12 - 13 FIRST LADIES The First Ladies of history are a force to be reckoned with. On this day we are invited to bear witness to the inauguration of a new member of their prestigious tribe, the very first female President of one of the world’s most powerful countries. Amplified by recent political events, this poignant all female musical production from Youth Music Theatre celebrates


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and breathes life into the fascinating characters of some our most pioneering women of history. Aug 26 - 27 CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST Against the backdrop of Civil War, Edward and his siblings are tragically orphaned. Fleeing, they adopt a new life and begin the fight to save their home, their country and their future, but will their quest tear them apart? This musical adaptation for a new generation is brought to life through breath-taking movement and live on-stage instrumentation - a powerful, dark and atmospheric production like no other. Sept 8 CRAIG CAMPBELL The majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie brings his

guitar and entertainment full of passion and energy,’ Nick Tudgey is a young solo guitarist. Unlike a lot of similar guitarists, he focuses just as much on his playing as he does on being entertaining, whether he’s telling funny stories, one liners or playing two songs at the same time. thrilling show ‘Easy Tiger’ out of the Fringe jungle and onto the world stage for his third solo tour. Queens and Toms pack some nip and prowl on down to screech and howl the night away!

. CASTLE STREET, PLYMOUTH 01752 242021 Aug 2, 23 COMEDY NIGHT Monthly comedy night with some of the best stand-ups on the circuit. Aug 3 NICK TUDGEY Described as ‘live finger style

Aug 4 HAMER & CO Hamer & Co are a smokin’ hot jazz outfit with a difference. Experienced guitar-players, Rich Hamer and Frank Hamer, blend everything from hot and swinging to cool and mellow jazz. Frequently featuring special guests, this time including the amazing Ian Pettit on flugelhorn and ‘King Cajon’ Mike Trevarthen, playing percussion. Aug 5 THE CABARATS Using a collection of intriguing instruments, the Cabarats concoct a spell-binding musical potion designed to thrill and entertain audiences far and wide. The potion combines the haunting eastern sound of the oud with the delicate beauty of the accordion. The magic is embellished further with the addition of guitar, brass, percussion and glockenspiel.

Throw in a solid rhythm section and captivating vocal melodies and it’s nearly there. Aug 9 CAFÉ ACOUSTICA Fortnightly local talent night encouraging musicians to perform their original compositions. Aug 10 ANDY QUICK Land of the Giants frontman performs his soulful material in an intimate solo setting. Aug 11 LOTTIE BOLT Lottie Bolt’s material is a fusion of pop, soul, r’n’b and with influences of drum and bass, reggae and indian style. Lottie works with a range of talented musicians to help transform her vocal ideas into full productions. Her performances ooze character, energy and a down to earth charm. Performing with a full band. Aug 12, 26 FREE CUBA PARTY Friendly salsa fun for all abilities! Aug 17 OLLY PARKER AND LUKE ENGEL Olly Parker is an artist inspired

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Aug 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.

the party and keep the dance floor jumping. Expect groovy bass lines, heaps of percussion, funky horn riffs and soulful female vocals.

Aug 19 JAMIE YOST BAND The exceptionally talented B-Bar regular performs for the first time with his full band.

Aug 31 AARON DOUGLAS Aaron Douglas first picked up a guitar at 16 years old. He became hooked and within a week he’d harrassed his parents into purchasing him his first guitar, then without really knowing how to play it, he wrote his first song. He soon became well known as a multi-instrumentalist in the Plymouth music scene, having moved from Portsmouth to Plymouth for university. Aaron’s approach to songwriting is all about honesty. “If you don’t believe in what you’re singing about, who else will?”. His honest and passionate song writing is coupled with a live performance that blends elements of different genres, story telling, and use of technology to create a sound that is more than just “a guy with a guitar”.

Aug 24 JAY CARTER Jay performs all over the UK, playing a variety of songs from different artists including Paolo Nutini, John Mayer, Passenger, Ed Sheeran, Paul Simon and many more.

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by soul, blues and folk music that effortlessly blends them together in his original style. Supported by Luke Engel, a contemporary folk musician who started singing in an alleyway near Bristol, and is now playing Nick Drake and Bob Dylan inspired original songs in big stages around the UK.

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Aug 18 LAND OF THE GIANTS An exclusive and intimate show with special guests to boot (to be announced!). Expect an acoustic start followed by a ramped up second half - with all the usual Giant’s madness and trimmings.

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Aug 30 MATT PRICE Busters leader and Plymouth musician extraordinaire brings his solo project to the stage. With support to be announced.

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special filmed footage and original animation onto a huge high resolution LED screen, inflatables such as Skippy (our Pink Kangaroo), The Teacher and Pig and a 10 piece band playing the songs with note for note attention to detail and sound that has been honed of almost 30 years of performances, it’s say to say you can expect a night to remember with the Aussies’ take on the legendary ‘Floyd.

MILLBAY ROAD, PLYMOUTH Box Office: 0845 146 1460 Sept 2 SUMMER’S END CIDER FESTIVAL This year’s Cider Festival promises to squeeze a little of something in for everyone. Sit back and relax or get your jig on till late with the huge selection of British ciders. There’ll also be a variety of gourmet food offerings to keep those tummy rumbles at bay, as well as live local music talent throughout the day. Need something for the kids? With a whole assortment of fun activities including fun face painting and gravity defying fun with Bouncing Crazy bouncy castles.

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Sept 27 ROB BRYDON: I AM STANDING UP Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie to You? and The Trip. The impressionist, comedian, actor and television presenter brings his first stand up show since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009 to Plymouth in September.

Sept 25 THE LIBERTINES The Libertines are bringing their highly anticipated third album ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’ to Plymouth Pavilions. Despite their own releases and projects, the Libertines will be headlining a number of festivals this year, so watch out for Pete, Carl, John and Gary, as they do like to be beside the seaside.

Oct 3 THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD With a laser and light show,




Oct 6 JON RICHARDSON Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves Jon Richardson asking one question: why does it seem that no-one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words when has has more than thirty seconds to work with. Or should that be ‘with which to work’? Oct 7 TEXAS Sharleen Spiteri returns to Plymouth Pavilions with her first studio album since ‘The Conversation’ in 2013, nothing short of a pop classic. Her new single has been playlisted at

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Comedy superstar John Bishop brings his Winging It tour to Plymouth Pavilions in October

‘Winging It’. It will have been three years since his last tour and his new tour is gearing up to be his biggest and best yet. John is very much looking forward to his new adventure and can’t wait to be back on the road again. With his own number of comedy, entertainment and documentary shows, you’ve seen him chatting one on one with some of the UK’s biggest names. Oct 13 JIMMY CARR Jimmy is gathering a selection of his best jokes along with brand new material for his ultimate comedy show, ‘The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. See all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show - this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. Oct 20 PLACEBO For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, as well as an impeccable way with covers, Placebo celebrates 20 years of music with their upcoming tour.

Oct 28 COLLABRO The world’s most successful musical theatre group, Collabro met in 2014 above a pub in London for their first rehearsal and only a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance in their first audition for Britain’s Got Talent. In the two years since the competition, Collabro have released a number one debut album, a number two follow up album and have performed at the Royal Variety to name a few. Oct 29 LIVE ON MARS - A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie with stunning big screen visuals and animation. Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong Bowie fan Alex Thomas, with a hand picked world class band, and covering the Bowie backcatalogue from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and everything in between, Life on Mars is sure to become the definitive musical tribute that all generations of Bowie fans have been waiting for.



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Music July 30 LIVE MUSIC Devonport Park Bandstand Local brass bands, jazz, blues, celtic, folk, choirs and local soloists. Admission free. Aug 2 GABRIELLE LEWIS St Andrew’s Minister Church. Playing organ. Admission free.

Aug 22 JAZZ CRUISE ON THE TAMAR TO CALSTOCK 4.30 pm from Commercial Wharf, Plymouth Featuring ‘Graham’s Gang’. Tickets £19.50 to include welcome drink. Pasties available at Calstock £3; order when booking Full info via 01752 721179 or www. Over 18s only.

Neil Maya who is appearing with the Brubeck Project at Plymouth Jazz Club in September

Sept 17 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill. Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants with John Hallam. For details call 01752 721179 or visit

Aug 23 SEAN SWEENEY St Andrew’s Minister Church Playing organ and piano. Admission free.

Aug 6 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion, Crownhill Karen Sharp with the Craig Milverton Trio. Call 01752 721179 or visit www.plymouth-jazz-club.

Aug 27 MUSIC IN THE PARK Devonport Park Bandstand Live music from 12 noon to 5pm local brass bands, jazz, blues, celtic, folk, choirs and local soloists. Admission free. Details 01752 318087 or www.

Aug 9 BRIAN THURSTON St Andrew’s Minister Church. Playing organ. Admission free.

Aug 30 KRIS EMMETT St Andrew’s Minister Church. Playing flute and piano. Free.

Aug 16 JEREMY CLARK St Andrew’s Minister Church. Playing organ. Admission free.

Sept 3 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill. Neil Maya’s Brubeck

Music Sept 17 THE GALEAZZI ENSEMBLE Duke of Cornwall Hotel 24th International Concert Series presented by Jeanie Moore. Tickets £12.50 from the Duke of Cornwall Hotel on 01752 275850

Sept 20 PORTLAND SQUARE BRASS QUINTET St Andrew’s Minister Church. Admission free. Project with Matt Carter. For details call 01752 721179 or visit Sept 6 MADELEINE PERRING St Andrew’s Minister Church. Soprano. Admission free. Sept 9 LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS Plymouth Guildhall South West Philharmonia and Chorus, with conductor Marcus Alleyne. Music from film, screen and stage including music of a classical, rock and pop genre with all your favourite Last Night of the Proms music. Tickets £10, £12.50 or table for two plus bottle of wine £47.95, all plus booking fee. Details Sept 13 THE ALLERTON ALL STARS CHOIR St Andrew’s Minister Church. Admission free.

Sept 24 LIVE MUSIC Devonport Park Bandstand. Local brass bands, jazz, blues, celtic, folk, choirs and local soloists. Admission free. Sept 24 CARLTON BIG BAND Duke of Cornwall Hotel Tickets £9 on the door, £8 in advance from Duke of Cornwall Hotel on 01752 275850. Sept 27 ELAINE DAVIES AND FRASER WEEKS St Andrew’s Minister Church. Playing guitar and saxophone. Admission free.

Choirs join forces for fund-raiser

The Plymouth Area Police Choir (above) will be joining forces with the Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir in September for a fund-raising concert for Roborough and Tavistock Rotary in their support of Plymouth & District Leukaemia Fund and Literacy in a Box Trust. The concert takes place at St Eustachius Church in Tavistock on September 29. The Police Choir recently held their summer concert with an audience of more than 400 people. The concert was compered by Craig Rich and supported by the internationally renowned trumpeter John Barker. A collection in support of Devon Freewheelers EVS raised over £1,190.


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A spectacular programme of musicals, drama, dance and opera

Theatre Royal Plymouth autumn programmes features the best of musicals, drama, dance and opera. New musical Son of a Preacher Man featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield and the West End hit Beautiful The Carole King Musical both grace the stage. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures return to Theatre Royal Plymouth with Cinderella, one of their most loved productions. Glyndebourne bring the first tour of new piece, Hamlet after it premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer receiving multiple four and five star reviews. Critically acclaimed plays such as National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler, opens its UK Tour in Plymouth, while audiences will see the final performances of Ninagawa’s Macbeth. Theatre Royal Plymouth continues to strengthen and grow its reputation for producing and co-producing with Elf, a Theatre Royal Plymouth production, returning to The Lyric stage following a sell-out run in the West End. Highlights of the programme at The Lyric incude: Around The World In 80 Days: A hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical: Telling the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Hedda Gabler: Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre, the Hedda Gabler begins its UK tour in Plymouth. Ninagawa Macbeth: First seen in the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985.The production has since become to be recognised as an epoch-making piece and Ninagawa himself as a word-class director. Shirley Valentine: The heart-warming comedy which took the world by storm and was adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Now on its 30th anniversary this is the first major revival of this national treasure.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin: Aimed at a family audience, the ballet is a large and spectacular production, designed for touring, and complete with a host of technical tricks, including a flying carpet. Grease: An electrifying extravaganza, packed with fun, energy and vibrant physicality. Elf: The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Private Lives: Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives, remains Noel Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Nativity! The Musical: Every child Elf in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Glyndebourne: A brand new opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of three productions taking to the road for Glyndebourne Tour 2017. Peter Pan: With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the lost boys and set sail in the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat. Starring Steve McFadden as Captain Hook and Andy Ford as Smee. Hairspray: The big, bold and beautiful production of Hairspray returns to Plymouth in 2018. Son of a Preacher Man: Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, a sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play. Cinderella: Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.


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Major Events Various dates LEAGUE ONE FOOTBALL Aug 12 Argyle v Charlton Aug 26 Argyle v Scunthorpe Sept 9 Argyle v MK Dons Sept 12 Argyle v Blackpool Sept 23 Argyle v Doncaster NATIONAL LEAGUE RUGBY Sept 9 Albion v Esher Sept 23 Albion v Fylde NATIONAL LEAGUE SPEEDWAY Aug 4 Devils v Buxton Hitmen Aug 11 Devils v Birmingham Sept 1 Devils v Lakeside Sept 8 Devils v Mildenhall Various Dates FAMILY FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN The Piazza Buckle up for an exciting adventure with this year’s fantastic schedule of blockbusters on the big screen. Film timings are 11am, 1pm and 3pm on each of the following dates: August 3 Beauty and the Beast; August 17 The Boss


Baby; August 24 Smurfs: The Lost Village Aug 2 NATIONAL PLAY DAY Plymouth Hoe A huge free event on Plymouth Hoe for children, young people and their families with craft, sport, music and games. A fun day with bouncy castles, magicians, balloon modelling and mascots. Come along for a fun day out! 11am to 4pm. Aug 3 PLYMOUTH BIKE NIGHT Plymouth Hoe Plymouth Bike Night on Plymouth Hoe Promenade in support of local charities Jeremiahs Journey and the Chestnut Appeal. Hundreds of motorcycles on

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display along with motorcycle trade and motorcycle club trade stands,fast food and a live band. Gates open at 6pm a donation of £1 per person would be appreciated. Details www. Aug 5 PLYMOUTH PRIDE FESTIVAL Plymouth Hoe The Plymouth Pride Festival is a free family friendly event and all are welcome to embrace and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ communities. The Colourful, Loud and Proud Pride Parade through the city centre to Plymouth Hoe will depart at midday. On the Hoe there will be a diverse mix of musicians, singers, and bands on the main stage from 1.30pm to 8.30pm along

Aug 6 CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND SUMMER FAYRE Mount Edgcumbe Back for another year, join the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe and Cornwall Hospice Care for this ever popular event at Mount Edgcumbe. Entry free, £5 parking all day. 11am to 5pm. For further details go to Aug 9 - 10 ROLEX FASTNET RACE Plymouth Hoe The 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race, will be starting in the Solent from Cowes, Isle of Wight, finishing in Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, the symbol of the race, located off the southern coast of Ireland. Boats are hoping for a good breeze in order to be in Plymouth in time for the British Firework Championships! This race is on every sailor’s bucket list, and for good reason, as it challenges the mental and physical abilities of crews and the technical ability of the

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yachts. To complete this race is an achievement in itself! The race village will be full of pop-up stalls, retail outlets and live music. The marina will open pontoons to allow the public to see the boats and soak up the post-race atmosphere. Aug 9 - 10 BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS Plymouth Hoe The British Firework Championships return once again

to Plymouth Hoe for two nights of spectacular displays and world class fireworks for all to enjoy. Thousands of people fill the Hoe seaftront to view the incredible sights as the top professional firework companies compete to be crowned the British Firework Champion. This year also sees an extra special title up for grabs as it is the Champion of Champions - the last six years of winners are coming back to compete for the ultimate accolade.

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Aug 11 - 13 OCEAN CITY BLUES N JAZZ FESTIVAL The Parade, The Barbican Returning for it’s second year, the Ocean City Blues and Jazz Festival is proving to be a line up to remember with such acts as The Sultans, Andy Quick Band, Becca Langsford, the Louise Parker Quartet, Thomas Ford and The Doghouse Rhythm and Blues band all on the line up. A huge musical event for the people of Plymouth, you can enjoy some of

Aug 19 PLYMOUTH RUM FESTIVAL Plymouth Guildhall It’s time to party with the widest selection of rums in the UK. Visitors will be given a complimentary glass, rum atlas and taster card. Take a rum journey around the world, tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America and the USA. The event features carnival dancers, live reggae with touring bands and steel drumming. Meet distillers, talk with trade stands and enjoy Caribbean food. All tickets are valid from 3pm-11pm. Over 18s only. Tickets £13.50. Details Sept 2 - 3 WEEKEND OF WONDERS Royal William Yard The Invisible Circus comes to the Yard for it’s third year running, with a promise to be a huge crowd pleaser. Street entertainers work seven pitches around the Yard and the award winning Good Food Market will be in the Factory Cooperage. A high wire walker wows the crowds by crossing the Harbour, on foot and by bike,

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as well as a grand finale which involves two performers on the wire ten metres above the ground. Not to be missed! Sept 2 - 3 VINTAGE MARKET Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Join the intimate vintage event at the stunning Mount Edgcumbe’s Barrow Centre. We have an exclusive selection of exhibitors selling vintage and retro products, plus live demonstrations and music to entertain throughout the day. Entry is free. 10.30am to 4pm Sept 2 - 3 MOUNT EDGCUMBE AT WAR WEEKEND Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Cornwall Military Vehicle Trust and Rolling Thunder will be bringing their road show here to the park for the 13th annual event at Mount Edgcumbe. With over 30 military vehicles from the Second World War, Vietnam and up to the modern day, there’s something to satisfy everyones taste. There will be timed displays of firing howitzers, M16 A1 assault rifles and AK47 assault rifles. Admission to the event is free (parking charges apply in the car parks). 11am to 5pm both

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days. For details visit www. Sept 7 - 9 OPEN AIR CINEMA Royal William Yard Blockbusters movies Back to the Future, La La Land and Wonder Women are screened at the Yard on successive evenings, starting at 7pm. For details visit www.

really like. Experience the sights and sounds of a soldiers camp from the mid-17th century. There will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of pike, muskets and artillery as well as encounter the activities of the soldier’s base camp. The event is free in the lower park (parking charges apply). 11am to 4pm. For details visit uk

Sept 9-10 SEALED KNOT WEEKEND Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Join members of the Sealed Knot Society and see what the life and times of an ordinary Civil War soldier and their families was

Sept 16 - 17 PLYMOUTH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL The Barbican Plymouth Seafood Festival is back for its sixth year and is set to bring the Barbican and Sutton

Harbour alive with entertainment, activities and dishes to celebrate the city’s fantastic locally caught seafood. Plymouth is the first city in the world to be awarded the Fish2Fork Blue City status for its commitment to sourcing sustainable fish. There will be opportunities to watch inspirational regional and celebrity chefs who will delight you with their tantalising dishes at the Cookery Theatre as well as the chance to wonder the array of local food and craft stands. Sept 22-24 PLYMOUTH ART WEEKENDER Various venues city wide Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. The third Weekender will be held between September 22 and 24. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. The Weekender showcases a wide and diverse range of activities for all ages including a large array of events and exhibitions throughout the city by local, national and international artists. For details visit www.plymouthartweekender. com

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Aug 3 BERYL COOK CHARACTER BONANZA Council House Have fun creating your very own collaged Beryl Cook character or portrait. Get your inspiration with a tour of the exhibition led by on-site Learning Officers. Bring along photos of your family, pets, favourite places or scenes to work from. There’ll also be a selection of objects and dressing up items from the handling collection to give you even more ideas!

Aug 23 CRAFT WITH CLAY Plymouth Guildhall Can you make a character that would fit in with Beryl Cook’s famous curvy ladies? Sculpt your own clay figure in this fun family workshop. You can even take your creation home to paint! At 12.30 there’s an optional free visit to the Beryl Cook exhibition, so you can compare your masterpieces with the ones on display! Saltram House Plympton 01752 333500

Aug 9 WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WEMBURY Wembury Marine Centre See some weird and wonderful natural history specimens and enjoy some quick and easy fishy things to make! Then, if you wish, you can join in with one of Wembury’s Marine Centre’s Rockpool Safaris. Aug 18 SUMMER PICKNIT Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Join in the fun in front of the beautiful Mount Edgcumbe House and have a fun time making paper party hats. You can even have a go at some knitting with members of the Traditional Craft Group who will be involved at the event - or you can watch and learn from them. Remember to bring your own picnic, blanket and that all important teddy bear!

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Jul 29 - Sept 3 1950’S SUMMER OF PLAY TRAIL Kids, grab a trail sheet from the welcome centre and go on a 1950’s inspired trail around the garden. National Trust has been caring for Saltram since the 50’s and you are invited to step back in time with some good old fashioned games. Put away the screens and have a go at classic games like leap frog, red light, green light, before finding the Serpentine lawn that’s been taken over by a giant tipi and hobby horse race track to continue inspiring 50s games of imagination. Booking not needed, this event is free, but normal admission charges apply.

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Aug 6 CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND SUMMER FAYRE The 20th annual Classic Car Show and Country Fayre will include classic, American and kit cars along with military vehicles. You are invited to bring your pride and joy vehicles along with there being a large number of trophies up for grabs as well as a certificate of attendance for all exhibitors. The event will formally be opened by the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Alongside the cars there will be a large number of stalls, car boot sales, caterers and entertainment. Aug 12 - 13 CORNWALL PETFEST At this stunning location, there will be over 30 stalls selling pet related

products and services, as well as loads of entertainment in the form of ‘have a go’ agility courses, a dog show, animal related workshops for the kids, behaviourist workshops, grooming demos, a Pet’s Got Talent competition, a dog walk, first aid workshops and plenty of refreshments to keep you going. Entry £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children (aged 5 - 12). Family tickets are £10 per day. Aug 18 - 19 OUTDOOR CINEMA Why not make a trip to the cinema extra special and come to the beautiful setting of Mount Edgcumbe to see either Bridesmaids or Star Wars in an open air setting. Films start between 9.30pm and 10pm (as soon as light levels drop enough). See to book your tickets. Aug 27 ARTISAN AND FOOD MARKET Visit the stunning Mount Edgcumbe’s Barrow Centre and enjoy the Artisan and Food Market, where there’ll be an exclusive selection of food and artisan exhibitors selling local goods, produce and artisan foods. There will also be live demonstrations and music to entertain you throughout the day. Entry is free so make sure you join in this event for a wonderful summer’s day out. Sept 2 - 3 MOUNT EDGCUMBE AT WAR (MILITARY VEHICLE TRUST WEEKEND) Cornwall area Military Vehicle Trust extends a warm welcome to exhibitors and traders at their annual show. Military vehicles of all areas are welcome, as are military and wartime displays, reenactors, memorabilia and trade stalls.

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Exhibitions and Other Events

Talented local artists open their studios to the public An exhibition of the work of talented local printmakers is being held at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth throughout the summer. The free exhibition in the theatre’s gallery runs until September 18 and features the work of around 40 artists ranging from traditional to contemporary printmaking. The print makers are all members of the artists’ cooperative, Drawn to the Valley, which has 160 members - all artists working across all mediums and living and working professionally within five miles of the River Tamar. The coming weeks will be a busy time for the artists with another major exhibition in Tavistock in August and the popular annual Open Studios programme in September. The Tavistock exhibition is being held in the Town Hall between August 2 and August 6 and will feature the work of more than 70 artists. It is the perfect prequel to the Open Studios event between September 2 and 10 when 100

members of the Drawn to the Valley group will throw open their doors to visitors. This will give the public the chance to see the artists at work and also get the chance to buy one-off or limited edition pieces. Among the artists people can meet are Georgie Bruce, whose mosaics studio is literally only metres from the South West Coast Path at Rame Head in Cornwall, and painter, printmaker and mixed media artist Gay Kent, from Plymouth. From Rame to Plymouth, art lovers can travel the length of the valley to visit artists in their studios. Details of the artists involved, the location of their studios, opening times etc can be found in the Open Studios brochure which can be found on the Drawn to the Valley website.


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Local exhibitions Until Dec 2018 PLYMOUTH - FROM DESTRUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION Council House, Armada Way Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II. The docks and naval base made it a target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians. The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of post war planning. This exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collection of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction. Until Sept 9 OUR BERYL: BERYL COOK AT HOME Council House Beryl Cook (1926 - 2008) is one of Britain’s best loved artists. Often referred to as ‘Rubens with jokes’, her work is instantly recognisable and is represented in private and public collections around the world. Although shy, Beryl took a great interest in people. From nightlife of all varieties, to the more innocent pursuits of line dancing and sunbathing on the beach, her paintings reveal a diverse spectrum of human activity - and her strong sense of humour. Co-curated by her family, this exhibition is crammed full of insights into Beryl and her outlook on life.


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Until Aug 4 SIGNPOST 6: A STRING OF THEORIES Cube3 Gallery Pioneered by the art department at Devonport High School for Girls, the Signpost exhibition is now in its ninth year and enables students from across Plymouth to showcase their work alongside professional artists in a public gallery. As art students, they have explored concepts that are an integrated part of creative thinking and practice. They have investigated different processes and looked at the intangible and unconscious dialogue that creative thinkers bring to their work - which continues to excite and motivate the Signpost projects. Until Sept 2 PLYMOUTH CONTEMPORARY Peninsula Arts Gallery, KARST Now in its second year, the Plymouth Contemporary, run in partnership with Plymouth City Council, is an open submission exhibition, providing a platform for new, up and coming creative talent alongside artists working nationally and internationally. The artists, selected by a panel of curators, art directors and artists were asked to respond to the theme ‘Visions’, a pertinent subject at a time when the world, on the surface at least, seems to be going through turbulent change. Artists have explored what the concept ‘Visions’ might mean for us now - from the political and social, to alternative realities and other dimensions, imaginary or absurd, utopian or dystopian, concrete or literal.

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DCL delivering a service that puts customers in the driving seat! The past six years has been quite a ride for Rupert Wills, boss of the DCL group that includes Devon Couriers, DCL Vehicle Hire and now, his newest venture, Plymouth Taxi Van. When Rupert set up the company from his spare bedroom in Plymouth in 2011, it was simply a courier business with a handful of drivers and three or four vans. Six years on, and he’s sitting in the spacious office at his new 2,500 sq ft HQ at Lee Mill, the proud owner of a 51-strong fleet of vehicles and in charge of 40 staff. And, with the range of services on offer to domestic and business customers expanding all the time, the fleet is set to grow further, with five more new vans arriving in September. Not bad for local-guy-made-good who’s already achieved one of his ambitions: “I always said my aim was to grow the business to a £1 million turnover and we’ve exceeded that,” said Rupert. “But I’m not going to just sit back. I’m constantly looking for opportunities to diversify and grow and I’m hoping to be able to double our space very soon.” The business moved to its current location last year after outgrowing its previous premises in Plympton. Just off the A38, it’s proving ideal and is enabling further growth.


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To find out what’s behind the success, you need only look at the ‘all-in-one’ vehicle and storage services on offer under one roof. Whether you’re a business or a private customer, whatever you need when it comes to van hire, local and national collection and delivery, and storage, the DCL group has got it covered. Plymouth Taxi Van, launched just a few months ago, is the latest part of the business to make an impact: “It’s dead easy, it’s just like booking a taxi,” explained Rupert. “Customers call us and we get to them with a van within the hour or to their specified time. So if someone needs something delivered or collected, we’re right there.” The Taxi Van covers Plymouth and the surrounding area and is charged at a flat rate of £25: “We just need to be able to load or unload in five minutes, otherwise it will be a little bit more,” said Rupert. “People can pay over the phone with a card or by cash. We’ve found that it’s a service that’s really needed.” All of the drivers are professional, vetted and wear uniforms and all the vehicles are tracked minute by minute via GPS satellite: “You know your goods are in safe hands and will be delivered professionally and timely. Our customers are also sent electronic updates with the ETA, a captured signature on delivery, and a notification email.” The vehicle hire service was launched last year and offers the sort of flexibility that the national companies struggle to match. A self-drive Ford Transit can be hired for £49 a day, £69 for a weekend from Friday evening to Monday morning, and for £169 for a full week. For bigger jobs, a modern Luton van with a tail lift can be rented currently in a special deal of £99 for the weekend. The prices include VAT, insurance and roadside assistance. All the vehicles are less than a year old and are valeted and if you need an extra pair of hands, there’s the option to hire a DCL team member, too: “It comes back again to giving the customer what they want. Our hours are also much more customer-friendly than with national firms. We’re available 24/7, with out-of-hours calls going to on-call staff. And you can collect the van earlier and drop it back later because our office hours are 7am to 8pm. That makes a huge difference.” Among the courier options on offer are a rapid-response same day mainland UK service from £30, and a nationwide economy 1-week service, where the focus in on budget rather than speed. “For the same day service, we’re part of the UK’s largest courier network of independents which means we have access to over 30,000 vehicles,” said Rupert. “So we can collect from anywhere in the UK within the hour.” The firm also delivers overseas. But it’s not just the domestic side of the business that’s booming. Devon Couriers get much of their delivery business from national parcel networks, acting as a sub-depot to deliver onwards. And a growing part of their work is now coming from furniture stores: “We’re now partnering with local branches of national firms and with local firms to deliver their goods to customers. We can also offer to do light self-assemblies. “We’re also working with builders, storing and delivering kitchens for new homes until they’re ready for them. Where we have an edge is that we can offer short or long-term storage. You name it, we can do it!” Rupert says he’s amazed at how the company has grown so quickly - and that it’s all down to putting the customer first: “We’re good at what we do and we bend over backwards for our customers. We have a ‘can do’ attitude. Customer service, reliability and a trusted reputation is everything to us.” All that hard work and customer care is clearly paying off. Most of the 40 reviews on Facebook are 5-star, with an average rating of 4.7: “That’s what we’re all about,” said Rupert, “making sure we keep our customers happy.”


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Italian delights on my maiden river cruise

I’ve been on many ocean cruises over the years, mainly in Europe and the Caribbean but recently I have seen a massive increase in clients asking to go on river cruises. Some of these clients had not cruised before, while others wanted a change from their regular ocean cruises. I didn’t have a summer holiday booked this year, so when I was given product training by Uniworld River Cruises I decided to take the plunge and book a river cruise with them. The most popular river cruises tend to be based on the Rhine, or the Danube, with fascinating itineraries stopping in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. One of the most attractive features of a river cruise is that your boat is docked right in the centre of the city. So, even after dinner, you can take in the nightlife and atmosphere of your destination walking from your ‘floating hotel’. I chose to do a river cruise in Italy. I’ve always loved Italy and a chance to see Milan, Venice and cruise at the same time was just too tempting. Our holiday began with two nights in Milan flying directly from Bristol Airport. This was part of the cruise itinerary, staying in a central four star hotel. The next morning, we were up early to beat the crowds on a guided tour, to see ‘The Last Supper’ by Da Vinci. The Last Supper is a


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late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci, in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is one of the world’s most famous paintings. We eventually got to see the painting after passing through three temperature controlled rooms, to make sure that no moist air damaged the painting. I have to say I felt very privileged to be able to see an amazing work of art from such close quarters, a must for everyone visiting Milan. The rest of the day was at our leisure, although you could have visited many historical sites, including the incredible Duomo Cathedral Milan. The following day we were on our way to Venice by coach, but stopped in the beautiful city of Verona on the way. Verona, again steeped in history, is most renowned for being the city where Shakespeare based ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Walking through the busy streets we were Expert guided to a small courtyard which housed the 14th century residence of Juliet with its infamous small balcony. Verona also has a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances. Another few hours’ drive took us to Venice where the ‘River Countess’ was docked. We were met on arrival with champagne and cold towels, preparing us for the luxury that

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lay ahead. The first thing that struck me was how much smaller river boats are compared to ocean cruise ships. I know it sounds obvious but the River Countess was only three decks high, with a massive sun deck on top. The suites (as they like to call them), no matter which deck, are all the same size, with ample storage space and very comfy beds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the beautiful ‘Savoy Restaurant’. Lunch and breakfast were buffet, but dinner was a five course a la carte menu with a sumptuous choice of meals that could cater for any diet. If you preferred lunch or dinner in a more relaxed manner the ‘Osteria Siena’ restaurant offered you pizzas and salad on the sun deck. Uniworld cruises are all inclusive, and when I say all inclusive, it really is. All drinks, food, tips, and guided tours are included in the price. The quality of the wines, beers and spirits were all top brands, plus they encourage you to taste local wines from the area you’re in. A nice touch. I spoke to an American gentleman on board one evening and he said he preferred to cruise with Uniworld as, although the initial cost was more, he didn’t have to keep putting his hand in his pocket for extras such as tips, excursions and transfers. The other major plus for me is that the dress code was casual. Polo shirt and trousers for men and summer dress or blouse for ladies was perfectly acceptable, meaning there was no need to pack heavy DJ’s and dresses. One of the main highlights of our cruise was an exclusive after-hours visit of St Mark’s Basilica with a famous art historian called Susan Steer. We were treated like royalty as we sat in the darkened cathedral. Lights were gradually switched on to display the most dazzling array of gold ground mosaics on the ceilings. I can see why this is a must for all visitors to Venice, and greatly appreciated the after hours visit, as during the day the queues to get in were extremely long. I would definitely put Venice on your list of cities to visit. The whole city is like a film set with the ‘Grand Canal’ Venice’s equivalent to the M25 on water. The Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Square are all landmarks that are totally unique to Venice. If you don’t want to be with the crowds it was easy to just explore, and get lost walking around the hundreds of narrow streets, finding little restaurants and bars much cheaper than those in the centre. We left Venice to cruise to Chiogga, a coastal town, with a cycle ride around the town and its beautiful beaches. We returned to Chiogga later in the week for its famous Thursday market and a boat trip to see the farming of their ‘black gold’ mussels. The following day we entered the River Po and cruised to a point where we could all spend a memorable day in Bologna, famous as the hometown of tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle and ragu. We were treated to a pasta making demonstration followed by a superb pasta lunch, of course all included. We headed back to Venice with a full day excursion to its magic islands of Torcello, Mazzorbo and Burano, all full of history, ancient mosaics and demonstrations of lace making. For the final part of our trip we docked in Venice again and had plenty of time to explore this beautiful city. We were taken by water taxi to the Rialto Bridge to explore more of the city, and nd our last excursion was to see the making of ‘Murano Glass’, where the workmanship was just out of this world. Although we were docked in Venice for four nights in total, this cruise was perfect for exploring the city. Staying on a luxury ‘boutique style’ floating hotel, with everything included, plus a cruise exploring parts of Italy many would never see, was the perfect combination. The staff on board were very attentive. When our memorable cruise was over we flew directly from Venice to Bristol with fantastic memories of wonderful food, service and experiences. I for one will return to Venice and Italy many times in the future: I think you should too! Happy holidays!



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At a time when many estate agents are resorting to cut price commission deals in a bid to secure instructions, Mansbridge Balment have stuck firmly to their policy of providing outstanding customer service. It’s an approach to business which has secured the company more house sales in the PL1 to PL6 post code areas between January and June this year than any other estate agent in the city. It secured nearly 10 per cent of all property sales in that period, significantly ahead of its nearest competitor. During the same six month period the company reported a year-onyear increase in the number of sales completed - at a time when the property market nationally is experiencing a fall in the number of completions. Added to this, Mansbridge Balment is rated among the top 30 estate agents in the country on the website allAgents., based on five star customer reviews. Managing director Darren Lawson said: “It has been a particularly pleasing first half of the year, given the highly competitive nature of the property market at the moment. “We have refused to be drawn into the cut-price commission war, instead relying on our total commitment to first-class customer service. “We could not have achieved the success we have without the total commitment, hard work and dedication of our staff, many of whom have been with the company for a significant period of time,” said Darren. “We aim to provide the most responsive service at every stage of a property transaction - from valuation, instruction, sale and completion. Our highly experienced sales team is supported by an experienced sales progression team, who manage the whole process, keeping the customer fully informed at every stage.”

Darren said that the emphasis on customer service, because research has shown that they will, on average, supported by the company’s nine point money-back move up the property ladder after seven years. This is in guarantee and seven day a week opening had all combined to contrast to buy-to-let investors, who tend to hold on to strengthen Mansbridge Balment’s reputation and position in properties for a lot longer.” the local property market. Darren had some timely advice for potential vendors who “With the shortage of properties coming to market, were attracted by ‘no commission’ promises made by some sellers are in a relatively strong position - provided their companies. property is sensibly valued. Unrealistic prices inevitably He encouraged homeowners to deal only with estate lead to disappointment and frequently result in aborted agents who were registered with the National Association sales,” he added. of Estate Agents, whose “Buyers are Propertymark scheme sets definitely more standards for the industry. discerning these days “There are a number and are invariably of national companies looking for value advertising extensively for money. Equally, on TV who are not estate surveyors are being agents - they are simply more cautious and are marketing companies. not afraid to downFrom our experience value a property if when these companies they believe it is overare involved in a property valued.” chain sales often fall Darren said that one through because vendor’s of the main reasons expectations are not business had been being established from the brisk in the first half outset and financial checks of the year was the are either poor or nonsharp rise in the existent.” number of first time He said that it was Figures released by Zoopla showed that Mansbridge Balment completed more buyers looking to get sales of properties valued at over £200,000 in the PL1 to PL6 postcode areas in time for the industry to on the property ladder. the six months to the end of June 2017 than any other estate agent. Its total of be properly regulated The growth in the 91 properties was nearly 16 per cent of all those sold and more than double any and hoped that in future number of first time Government would take other estate agent. buyers was one of the action through legislation. key predictions by Mansbridge Balment for 2017, following the Mansbridge Balment 6 Mannamead Road, Plymouth big rise in Stamp Duty for the Buy to Let and second homes 01752 229292; 3-5 Woolwell Crescent 01752 791333. sector last year. Web “First time buyers are good for the market, mainly

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Time for celebration as Richard marks 20th anniversary of lettings business One of the best-known figures in the Plymouth property scene is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his successful lettings business. Richard Rabin launched Town & Country Lettings in August 1997 and over the last two decades has overseen the company’s continued growth, establishing it as one of the most respected letting agents in the city. It was no surprise when Richard entered the property world in his early 20s after studying surveying for four years. Property had been in his blood from childhood, with his late father having spent all his working life in property. On completion of his qualifications Richard spent a short time working for a national estate agency chain, before joining a leading Plymouth letting agents. In less than five years he became a partner in the business, but it was not long before he took the plunge and set up his own company. “My passion had always been for the lettings market and I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to run such an operation,” said Richard. He teamed up with well-known property expert Chris Forrest - a family friend - and established Town & Country Lettings at the age of 28. Operating initially from an office in Yealmpton, Richard’s real heart was in the city and within two years he had established a presence in Plymouth by opening an office in North Hill - which has where the business has remained ever since.

In 2011 Town & Country’s success continued with the expansion into property sales and the creation of Town & Country Estate Agents, located next door to the lettings business in North Hill. Experienced estate agent Gareth Forrest – son of Chris Forrest – headed up the new team. Four years later Town & Country joined forces with Lang & Co – one of Plymouth’s most respected estate agents - to create Lang Town & Country, which now has four offices in the city. Richard said: “Although the North Hill office is very much the lettings hub for Lang Town & Country, we also handle lettings at our other offices in Mannamead, Plymstock and the Barbican. “The merger with Lang & Co has enabled us to expand the lettings side of the business while maintaining our longstanding commitment to the highest quality of customer service. Although the domestic rental market has changed dramatically over the years, Lang Town & Country Lettings has stayed at the forefront in terms of professionalism and quality of service. Richard said: “There were literally just a handful of letting agents when I launched Town & Country - now there are approaching 100 if you include those specialising in the student market. “The market has become extremely competitive, with a growing number of people setting themselves up as letting agents without any qualifications or experience. This is not a

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Success and continued growth for award winning Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic Now in its 45th year in the city, the award-winning Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic continues to grow from its serene home in Mannamead. Over the past year the clinic has made real progress on all fronts: staff numbers are at their highest ever; two prestigious national accreditations have been gained;

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investment and diversification has been high; medical research has been published – and it has played its part in supporting Plymouth Raiders to get to the BBL Trophy Final! Owned by the Whittingham family, and now on its 3rd generation of chiropractors, the clinic has made a significant contribution to the lives of four generations consisting of over 950,000 patients aged from newborn to 95 years old, whilst donating over £100,000 to local charity causes. Ever since Canadian chiropractor Kenn Whittingham and his German wife Elisabeth decided that Plymouth was a great place to raise their three children Wayne, Bruce and Yvonne and start a business, the chiropractic genes have remained firmly rooted in Plymouth whilst extending around the world. The late Kenn Whittingham’s famous career advice to his children: ‘You can do whatever you want in life as long as you ar a chiropractor!’, clearly lives on with Wayne leading Plymouth Chiropractic whilst Bruce and Yvonne are practising in Australia and Sweden. Granddaughters Bonnie and Ariana are studying the profession in Melbourne and Mikaela in Bournemouth. Grandson Isaac will be joining Bonnie and Ariana in Melbourne next year. The clinic is managed by Wayne’s wife Tracey with her sister Vicki working as a chiropractic assistant. The clinic is a family business in more than just name. A family ethos is shared by all staff and patients which explains why staff loyalty and retention is high. Staff numbers are now at a record high 16. This year, it is the only clinic in Devon & Cornwall to be awarded the Clinical Management Quality Mark from the Royal College of Chiropractors which recognises excellence in patient satisfaction, outcome measurement and risk management. The award sits alongside the Patient Partnership Quality Mark also gained by the clinic for patient education and communication. Improving patient wellness is at the centre The Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic of all decision making at in Mannamead the clinic and over the

past year it has diversified its range of services by welcoming a counselling, kinesiology, psychotherapist, sports rehab, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and a nutrition expert to support that aim. It has also continued to invest in state of the art x-ray equipment and patient management systems. Charitable giving is also a key part of the clinic’s family ethos. It recently raised over £700 for a Down’s Syndrome appeal from its popular annual patient’s’ kids Christmas Party and Easter Egg Hunt. Staff are invited to choose charities each year and many have picked causes that have directly affected their families including breast cancer, bowel cancer, St Luke’s Hospice and Jeremiah’s Journey. Dr Wayne Whittingham has continued his commitment to research into chiropractic treatments and has had two research papers on cervicogenic dizziness with Professor Gary Shum of Plymouth University in peer review journals. Trials have found that upper cervical spine adjustment can lead to 10% improved blood flow to the brain which improves conditions such as headaches and dizziness. Both the clinic and Plymouth University is applying for more grants for further research. In addition to this work, the clinic is one of only a few in the UK to obtain Research Status from the Royal College of Chiropractors which feed into a national database for improvements. The clinic is a very active member of the local business community. As a member of the Devon Chamber of Commerce, it is dedicated to contributing towards reduced absence and improved productivity for local employers including Plymouth Citybus, Lang Town & Country, Ashfords, Algram, Princess Yachts, Michael Spiers, Balance for Business and Fuel. In addition, as a former nurse, Tracey Whittingham offers special discounts for local NHS staff.


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By Derek Anderson of Plymouth Garden Centre August is a great time in the garden. All that hard work in spring and early summer is starting to pay off as many plants reach their peak and erupt in a riot of colour. Summer flowering shrubs, herbaceous perennials and summer bedding are all flowering their socks off right now, and will continue to do so for the next few months. There is one group of plants that really come into their own at this time: the family Asteraceae, which is one of the largest groups of plants there is and one of most floriferous. It is the daisy family and includes everything from the humble lawn daisy to the statuesque sunflower. They are undoubtedly the highlight of the September garden. Asters, Rudbeckias, Echinaceas, Dahlias, Leucanthemums, Helenium and Anemones are all part of the Asteraceae family and are at their best at this time of year. The member of the Asteraceae family that I would consider to be the best at this time of year are the Dahlias. Dahlias provide fantastic foliage and colour through late summer and autumn and are a superb addition to any border. Dahlias were once considered to be only suitable for allotment growing and fell out of fashion for a number of years, but are now enjoying a huge renaissance in popularity as gardeners realise their value in providing a riot of colour from mid-summer to the first frosts. Just as many perennials are beginning to flag in the heat of summer, Dahlias are coming into their own, revelling in the warmth to produce wave after wave of their brilliant blooms. Give them a sunny position with a rich soil and they cannot fail to please. In recent years the breeding in Dahlias has resulted in many new varieties coming onto the market that are unique and interesting. There are many cultivars reaching various heights which makes them very versatile. Flower size and shape can vary enormously from dainty 5cm single blooms to large 30cm spikey blooms in pretty much any colour except the blue spectrum. Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff is probably the most popular variety and shorter than some, reaching 90-120cm (3-4ft) and can be used to great effect at the front of the border where its dark purple foliage and bright red flowers contrasts wonderfully with other plants. Plant in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun for best results. There are a great range of plants that flower in harmony with Dahlias that look great growing amongst them. Crocosmia like similar growing conditions to Dahlias. They are easy to grow and maintenance free, flowering from mid to late summer in strong shades of red, orange and yellow. It is very reliable, a great border plant with lovely bold flowers in strong colours that compliment Dahlias beautifully. The flowers resemble miniature Lilies, but are actually more closely related to Irises, they also have long thin, green, sword shaped leaves. They will grow to an approximate height of 75-120cm depending on variety with a spread of 60cm (2ft). Rudbeckias commonly known as Black Eyed Susans, (see photo above) are late summer flowering perennials that look great planted amongst Dahlias. They produce large daisy flower heads with yellow petals that surround a black central cone.


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Flower They are versatile plants and can be grown in a formal herbaceous planting or a naturalistic scheme where its seed heads add further structure and interest. It looks impressive between groups of grasses and other herbaceous perennials. They grow to a height of 60-90cm (2-3ft) with a spread of 60cm (2ft). Recently new varieties have been introduced offering new, bold colours that are incredibly free flowering. The Rudbeckia Summerinas are available in yellow, orange or a rusty brown colour. They can flower from July into early winter. Give them full sun and free draining soil and they will come back year after year. They are slightly smaller in height and spread than traditional Rudbeckias, and they will grow to approximately to 45-60cm in height and spread. Agapanthus are great showy, garden flowers, They have tall stems with exotic looking flowers in striking blue, mauve, white and pink, which to their peak in July and August. They flower on long thin, but sturdy stems, high about their grass like foliage and will look fantastic growing through and among Dahlias that have darker foliage and pink or yellow flowers. There are two distinct type of Agapanthus, the deciduous species come from colder regions and are generally hardier.

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