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Issue 107 May 2013

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make sure you back the bid! Plymouth’s bid to become City of Culture 2017 will have been submitted by the time you read this issue. The city is up against 10 other bidders and we will know in June whether or not Plymouth has been selected for the final shortlist of four locations. Between now and then there is still a lot that Plymouth people can do to reinforce public support for the bid. A social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook has produced literally thousands of followers and big name support has come from the likes of Tom Daley and top chef Gary Rhodes. You can do your bit for the bid by ‘liking’ or following Plymouth’s bid on Facebook or Twitter. More importantly, go on to the website of the Department for Media, Culture and Sports and click on the Plymouth fireworks picture to show your support. Visit and click on Photos then scroll down to the Plymouth image of fireworks on the Hoe and click on the ‘Like’ icon. Better still, leave a positive comment too. Plymouth was clearly winning the online battle as we went to press and we need to keep up the effort over the next few weeks to ensure Plymouth is on the shortlist. Being chosen as City of Culture 2017 would not only be a huge economic and reputational boost for Plymouth, but would also provide the perfect platform for the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s depature from the city in 2020. As Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans comments in this issue, the city already has a huge cultural heritage and has demonstrated over the years its ability to host and sustain major national and international events. If Plymouth is selected as City of Culture 2017 it will be a massive endorsement of the city’s unique place in the nation and a fantastic opportunity for the people of Plymouth to show what a great deal we have to offer. To keep up-to-date with progress on the bid and the race to be selected as City of Culture 2017 you can visit the special website created to promote Plymouth’s bid at Hope you enjoy the latest issue!

Publishers: Chris Girdler and Ian Pilkington Editor: Debbie Girdler Designers: Sven Lauch and Sam Francis Photography: Roy Perring Contributors: Anthony Goord; Kerry Cole; Liz Crudgington; Sue Williams; Maria Ashurst and Derek Anderson. Advertising sales: Naomi Shearer, Sarah Simpson, Stefanie Clifton-Sprigg and Shakira Floyd Distribution: John Kowalski Finance: Karen Pilkington and Kim Craig Front cover: Bruce Cole, newly-appointed head chef at The Moorland Garden Hotel enjoying the spring sunshine. Photo by Roy Perring. Contacts: Editorial Tel: 01752 268635 e-mail: Advertising Tel: 01752 225623 e-mail: The views expressed in the plymouth magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers. Every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of all information contained in this magazine. However, the publishers do not accept any liability for any advice or information included in the magazine. the plymouth magazine is distributed free to 40,000 homes across Plymouth each month, with a further 5,000 copies strategically placed in leisure and retail outlets in Plymouth, Saltash and Tavistock. Published by Cornerstone Vision, 28 Old Park Road, Peverell, Plymouth PL3 4PY Tel 01752 225623 Fax 01752 673441 e-mail web: the plymouth magazine



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may 2013 edition

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tracey leads the bid



history in the making


Louisa Mann, director of Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival has helped the Duke of Cornwall with its 150th anniversary celebrations

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Tracey Guiry has been responsible for pulling together Plymouth’s bid to become City of Culture 2017. We look at the way things have been shaping up...

Leading Plymouth estate agent Darren Lawson has given a positive response to the new mortgage iniatives announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Budget.

A Plymouth-based training company has helped literally thousands of youngsters to find employment by providing apprenticeships in a wide range of occupations

Our big What’s On section has details of a vast range of events taking place in and around Plymouth in May and further ahead.

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plymouth confident of making bid shortlist

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Plymouth is fully confident that it will make the short list in its bid to become City of Culture 2017.

The city’s official bid document was e-mailed to the Department for Culture Media & Sport at the end of April.

That’s the view of city council leader Tudor Evans who said: “Plymouth is leading the way in online support, and we have been overwhelmed by the enormous energy, creativity and positivity of everyone who has helped to make this happen.

Executive lead for the bid, Tracey Guiry said: “We had to get everything into a 30page A4 document, including pictures so it’s not actually a large piece of work but it has involved talking to a lot of people to make sure we have got everybody’s ideas.

“We are extremely positive about our chances of making the shortlist when it is announced in June. But we still need to the people of Plymouth to get behind the bid and impress the judges with the level of support there is for Plymouth.

“This is to give an indication of what we can do with the programme and what it might be able to achieve. Lots of people are working on this to pull consultation groups together and work on what different sectors might do for different parts of the bid.”

“Winning would give us a programme of high quality events, performances and exhibitions that will attract a huge, world-class audience and their spending power, plus give local communities a wonderful opportunity to get involved in exciting cultural projects.”

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Coun Evans said: “Plymouth already has a huge cultural offering and we have shown over the years that we can host and sustain major regional, national and international events. There is a huge amount of enthusiasm out there for the bid and we have certainly seen a groundswell of support developing in recent weeks. “We want as many people as possible to get involved by ‘liking’ or following Plymouth’s bid on Facebook or Twitter. We want to demonstrate that there is widespread support for our bid.” An official Plymouth City of Culture 2017 website was launched at the beginning of April as the city’s ambitious national bid gained momentum. Over 1000 people from across Plymouth and nationally have joined city luminaries in ‘backing the bid,’ voicing their support and joining the cultural debate as part of a vibrant and lively social media campaign. This has been further supported by the local media with picture competitions, ‘why I back the bid’ commentaries from every corner of the community and live radio appearances. The new Plymouth City of Culture 2017 website was inspired as a result of the overwhelming support. Tracey Guiry said: “It will give the community in Plymouth, across the region and the rest of the country a united voice and a one-stop-shop information hub and will shine the cultural spotlight on Plymouth.” Carrying all the latest news, events, debate, photographs and videos, everyone can stay up to date and involved with what’s going on plus share thoughts, stories and images via the fully integrated social media functions including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Linkedin. Bid Chairperson and chief executive of the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions, Adrian Vinken said: “Bidding to become the UK City of Culture 2017 is already galvanising Plymouth, uniting people and inspiring them. “Launching the official website was further testament to our commitment to what this bid stands for - connecting communities, giving everyone a voice and uniting as one in our support for Plymouth’s unique cultural offer and what this opportunity would mean for us.”


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Kathleen finds peace of mind Retired nurse Kathleen Hill was heartbroken when Bill, her husband of 34 years, died in 2010. Apart from dealing with her loss, she also had a number of urgent legal issues to resolve after he passed away.

act for her both for financial affairs and other health and welfare issues if she was unable to act for herself. David also prepared a Home Protection Trust to protect her home, which she established in her maiden name as the Boyd Family Trust.

Kathleen said: “I had a solicitor at the time, but I felt I needed to get my affairs in order with expert advice on issues such as my Will, Lasting Power of Attorney, Medical Directives and so on. “I saw an advertisement for Richardson Legal Services in the Plymouth Magazine and contacted David Richardson for some initial advice. David came to see me and we chatted over a cup of tea, discussing all my concerns. He was most helpful and I knew immediately he was someone I could trust completely,” she said.

Last year Kathleen decided to sell her home in Woolwell, putting the proceeds in the Trust and move back to her home town of Carlisle to be nearer members of her family. “I have some wonderful memories of Devon and still have members of Bill’s family there,” said Kathleen. “I am enjoying life in my new flat in Carlisle and see many of my relatives on a regular basis.

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history in the making at the Plymouth’s Duke of Cornwall Hotel will host a number of special events in May as part of the city’s first-ever History Festival. The hotel’s directors have been working closely with Louisa Mann, the festival’s director, in drawing up plans for special ‘behind the scenes’ historical tours of the hotel, which are part of the hotel’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society and author of the book ‘From South Devon to South Pole’ which includes a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. His talk, entitled ‘Sir Ernest Shackleton: Antarctic explorer and Plymouth visitor’ starts at 5.30pm and visitors can linger longer and stay on for dinner in the restaurant if desired. Hotel director Jon Morcom said: “We visited the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office earlier this year to do some research into the hotel’s history and were amazed at the amount of archive material that was available.

Louisa, who is archives and information manager at the Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, has also supplied extensive archive records which have proved invaluable in the production of a commemorative anniversary brochure.

“Louisa has helped source a lot a records, some dating back to Victorian times soon after the hotel was first opened in 1863. We have been able to incorporate some of this in the special brochure which we are producing.

Interest in the historical tours of the iconic hotel has been such that extra tours have been organised for May 4 and May 19.

“There was a table plan from the annual dinner of the Plymouth Incorporated Mercantile Association in 1888 and a notice for a ‘supper and smoker’ in March 1940 on behalf of the Seven O’Clock Regulars Swimming Club, who apparently used to swim every evening in the Sound.

The tours will be led by hotel director Walter Combstock, who joined the hotel as an apprentice more than 50 years ago, and Jason Hirons, a walking artist. He will provide a narrative journey through the Victorian hotel, while Walter will share memories from his time working at the Duke. The walking tour will take in hidden rooms, corridors, passageways and give the public the chance to explore the building, including a visit to the tower at the top of the hotel, which has been completely refurbished as part of the anniversary celebrations. Events at the hotel in May are based on the theme of ‘Explorers’ to celebrate the fact that Sir Ernest Shackleton stayed at the hotel. The key event will be a talk on May 30 by Paul Davies, chairman of

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“We also saw maps which showed where all the bombs fell on the city during the bombing in 1940. We are publishing two of the maps in the brochure from nights when the bombs fell desperately close to the hotel. “We have also received a lot of historic material, such as old brochures, from customers for which we are extremely grateful.” He said that the brochure had grown in content and size and would

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“This helped us to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in 2011, which means we are among the top 25 private training providers in the country to join the ranks of Rolls Royce and BAE Systems in terms of Ofsted recognition.

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skills group – helping thousands of young people into employment • continued on next page opportunities available locally. “It’s not unusual for us to have up to 100 vacancies for young people on our books, everything from trainee hairdressers to trainee estate agents,” said Mark. “A lot of the people we work with now providing apprentices were trained by us in the past. They have seen the benefits of apprenticeships themselves and don’t need convincing about the benefits of training young people in this way.

Ofsted published report, July 2011 “Skills Group’s engagement with a wide range of partners is excellent. It is a responsive and supportive partner valued by schools and employers. It uses its links to the world of work very effectively to provide access for learners whose previous experiences and attainments may not have encouraged them to believe they could achieve.”

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“At Skills Group we help young people overcome the hiatus of making the transition from education into employment – which includes helping them to find a company to work for and training them. “With the raising of the school leaving age to 17 this September we anticipate more and more youngsters will want to follow a vocational training programme rather than stay in secondary education.” Mark said that while apprenticeship numbers were beginning to fall in other parts of the country, Plymouth and the South West continued to see growth. “Plymouth is one of the best performing cities in the country in terms of apprenticeships and we want to see that position maintained,” he added. Trainees either spend one or two days a week at Skills Group training centres while gaining on-the-job work experience with their employers, or carry out longer blocks of training in specific skills. Skills Group currently employs more than a dozen staff who have come through its apprenticeship programme. One of them is Mary-Rose Sowden, who joined the Skills Group three years ago as a business administration apprentice. She achieved her NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and gained experience in reception, office management and recruitment before recently being made responsible for the company’s marketing activities. “I have learned so much by being with the Skills Group,” said Mary-Rose, “and I’m really enjoying my new post.” A recent recruit is 20-year-old Michaela Blake from Plympton, who joined the Skills Group at the end of last year as a business administration apprentice. She previously worked for a firm of solicitors after leaving sixth form, but wanted to get into customer services. “I applied for a job and got down to the final two candidates out of nearly 300 applicants. But the other person got the job because they had formal qualifications. It was then that I decided to start an apprenticeship.” Michaela is currently working on reception at the Drakes Court training centre and knows that she has plenty of potential career opportunities in the future. “There are so many different career paths that I can follow in business administration. I’m really enjoying learning while working,” said Michaela. Mark reminded employers that grants of £1500 are available to employers who take on apprentices. “We will do all the interviewing of candidates and oversee their training to the required standards,” said Mark, “so it’s a real win-win for employers.” For further information contact the Skills Group on 01752 335921 or visit


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stunning art and show at guildhall A piece of music, a certain scent or a place re-visited, can evoke memories that somehow and for some reason got etched into your soul. They can stir deep emotions. Significant times and events get recalled whether they were good or bad. There’s a certain part of the country I don’t enjoy travelling through because when I lived there my circumstances were particularly hard. On the other hand, the sight of the majestic building tucked away in Plymouth’s back streets reminds me of the joyous day I passed my driving test. The statue of Britannia seated with a lion on top of the Devonport Guildhall inspired me to press on with courage when my driving instructor used to take me around that route. May 11 sees the official re-opening of the historical and ancient Devonport Column alongside the Guildhall and a special painting by Brian Pollard has been commissioned to celebrate.This coincides with an exhibition of breathtaking landscape photography which will be on display within the main building.

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The Barbican’s Kaya Gallery has brought together five of the South West’s leading photographers: Richard Downer, Antony Jinman, Pete Boyce Gilbert, Tony Fitzsimmons and Neil Holden, with the task of illustrating the artistic challenge of the theme, ‘location, location, location’.



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One of the photographers, local explorer Antony Jinman, will also be giving a talk at some point during the exhibition. He will explain the stories behind his work

photography on in devonport in the hope of raising money for his future expeditions. Neil Holden has worked as a professional photographer in London. He escaped to the country, as it were, by coming down to the South West to live and has taken some great shots of Burgh Island. Norman Holmes of Kaya Gallery is very enthusiastic about all of the exhibitors work. He said: “Some of Brian Pollard’s paintings will be on display in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Devonport Guildhall for a few days following the opening of the Column. The specially commissioned piece to celebrate also features the Guildhall and is available from Kaya Gallery. “I really hope people will get along to the Location, Location, Location exhibition. Any of these five photographers could stand alone but when their work is shown together there is such a wow factor. “ Norman told me that photography can often be viewed as the ‘ugly sister to proper art’ but he is convinced that any of the work that will be on show would not look out of place hanging alongside art pieces at home or in office surroundings. For more information you can contact him at Kaya Gallery, 53 Southside Street. The Barbican, Plymouth 01752 267474

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mushroom, potato and roasted pepper galette By Kirsty Hale of Riverford Cooks: makes two galettes for two hungry or four less hungry people Preparation: 90 mins, cook: 15 mins For the base: 7g dried instant active yeast or 15g fresh 1 tsp honey or caster sugar ½ tsp sea salt 200ml lukewarm water 3 tbsp milk; 3 tbsp olive oil 320g plain flour, plus more to dust For the topping: 4 medium potatoes, sliced thinly 6 mushrooms 1 red pepper, roasted whole until the skin blackens, put in a plastic bag to cool, peeled, deseeded & sliced 2-3 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp dried oregano or marjoram; fresh thyme leaves Put the yeast in a large bowl (crumble it if using fresh). Add the honey/sugar and salt. Pour over the water and leave in a warm place until it looks frothy, about 15-20 mins. Add the milk and olive oil. Stir in the flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour or so. Heat the oven to 230°C. Dust two non-stick baking trays with a little flour. Knead the dough briefly on a well floured work surface – if it’s very sticky, add a little flour. Divide into two. Using your hands, or with a floured rolling pin, roll out each piece to a thin irregular round shape. Transfer to the trays. Lay the potato over the dough. Scatter over the mushrooms and peppers. Sprinkle with dried herbs, salt and pepper. Bake (one tray at a time if necessary) for 10 mins. Remove, sprinkle over the fresh herbs and bake for another 3-5 mins, depending on your oven. Serve slightly warm, or at room temperature, drizzled with a little more oil.

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chef bruce set to make his mark at the moorland garden hotel Award-winning chef Bruce Cole has joined the team at the Moorland Garden Hotel, completing the top line-up at the newly revamped hotel. His appointment as head chef comes at the culmination of an extensive refurbishment programme for the hotel, bought by Brian and Sonia Meaden in July 2011. A £750,000 programme of improvements has been carried out at the hotel, which has transformed the Moorland Garden into one of the plushest venues in the area. The hotel’s 44 bedrooms, all but a handful of which have balconies, have been given a complete make-over, while the hotel’s restaurant, ballroom and other public areas have been extensively refurbished. New recruit Bruce will oversee a team of six in creating a traditional British menu with a modern twist at the elegant Wildflower Restaurant. Originally hailing from South Africa, Bruce has most recently been making his mark at leading West Country establishments including The Polurian Hotel and Retallack Resort & Spa. He has previously held the executive chef role at Cape Town’s five-star Cape Grace Hotel, which was listed during his time there as Small Luxury Hotel of the world by Conde Nast Traveller. A former member and advisor to the South African National Culinary Squad, Bruce has held a number of posts in some of the top hotel restaurants in South Africa and the UK. Formally trained in South Africa under Walter Ulse in one of South Africa’s longest standing restaurants, Linger Longer, Bruce is passionate about sourcing local produce. “These are exciting times at the Moorland Garden and I’m delighted with my new role here. I’m looking forward to working as part of a vibrant team, designing a

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menu that will put a modern twist on quality ingredients while showcasing some of the fantastic produce available in Devon and surrounding counties,” he said. “I want the menu to be about taking the best local produce and adding a bit of flair and imagination to traditional recipes,” he continued. “We have access to some of the finest ingredients here in West Devon, exceptional fresh fish from Plymouth, and meat, poultry, game and vegetables from Dartmoor and the Tavy Valley. “The Moorland Garden Hotel is a stunning and unique venue with a great team and a fabulous atmosphere. We’re dedicated to making sure that when guests come here they have an experience that they simply couldn’t get anywhere else. We’re really looking forward to busy times ahead,” he added. A new-look for the menus in both the impressive Wildflower Restaurant and Dartmoor Bar is being launched in May by Bruce and his team.

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• continued from previous page “Diners are already served some excellent food at the Moorland Garden, but we are planning to bring in some additional ‘wow’ factor that we hope will really impress our customers.” With the addition of a brand new terrace fronting the Wildflower Restaurant, diners will be able to enjoy fine dining al fresco when the weather improves, enjoying the breathtaking views across the hotel’s nine acres of landscaped gardens and the backdrop of the moors. The restaurant is currently open every evening of the week and also at lunchtimes from Wednesday to Friday as well as Sundays. The Dartmoor Bar and Lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere where four legged friends are also welcome. It is open daily for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with bar food and real ale the order of the day.

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bruce’s appointment is ‘icing on the cake’ Guests can unwind by the fire on the comfy sofas with a newspaper or a good book, meet a friend for a catch up over tea or enjoy a glass of wine after a hard day at the office. The hotel is also a popular venue for weddings, conferences and other events. There are three rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, catering for between 20 and 160 guests. The exquisite ‘Crystal’ ballroom has been entirely refurbished in the last year and is proving to be a big favourite for weddings. Most weekends in 2013 and many in 2014 are already booked. Welcoming Bruce, Andrew Jenkins, general manager from the Moorland Garden Hotel said: “This is a very exciting time for us. The appointment of Bruce really is the icing on the cake in terms of the re-birth of the hotel. His credentials, enthusiasm and commitment were just what we were looking for to help drive the dining to the next level. Visitors to the Moorland Garden Hotel are going to be in for a real treat.” Bruce said that he wants to build strong links with the local community and share his passion for fine food with young and old alike. “I look forward to meeting local groups to chat with them and get them interested in local produce.” As part of this process a Producers Day is being held on June 7 between 12 noon and 4pm when local people will be invited to meet local producers, enjoy free tastings and demos. Bruce will also be preparing a special gourmet dinner in the evening to mark the occasion. “We plan to have regular events like this which will enable us to invite local residents to learn more about food and the wonderful produce available here in the South West,” he added. For more information contact The Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton, near Plymouth Tel 01822 852 245 or visit

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what’s on? theatre royal closes but the show goes on at TR2... The Theatre Royal closed its doors at the end of April as work on the £7 million refurbishment project gets under way.

People’s Company members each taking a unique look at gender. Jun 28 and Jun 29 Oxygen

Cornwall, June 1913: fifteen women gather. They want to end child poverty, they want to end white slave traffic, they want to end sweated labour. But they can’t do this unless they have the right to vote. Oxygen is a new play produced by Dreadnought South West Association, who work with arts and heritage to champion women’s voices and stories.

This will see the transformation of the front of house areas of the theatre including an extended main entrance and foyer area and a new performance space in the basement of the theatre. While the Theatre Royal gets its makeover, a ‘pop-up’ theatre is being installed at TR2, the Theatre Royal’s production and education centre in Cattedown, enabling an exciting programme of work to take place at this award winning, unique location. The pop-up theatre will see one of the rehearsal spaces at TR2 transformed into a performance space with seating and staging that will enable a full programme of work to be presented. This will include both professional theatre productions that would normally be in the Drum Theatre and a range of community and Creative Learning projects. Other facilities will also be available including a licensed bar and a cafe serving light pre-show suppers which will be located in the Green Room with its stunning views over the River Plym. The venue also offers free parking and in addition, the theatre is offering free transport to the venue from the City Centre. Full details about the pop-up theatre programme at TR2 and how to get there are available on the Theatre Royal website www. Highlights of the programme of work at TR2 are: May 7 to May 11 National Theatre Connections

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Jul 18 to Jul 20 Our Space - The Edge Chapel Street and Bitch Boxer is a double-bill of award-winning plays at TR2 in June

– an evening of innovative and contemporary theatre and dance performance work. May 28 to Jun 1 The Forest and the Field

A gently seductive, immersive piece of non-fiction storytelling which asks us to consider what we’re all doing when we meet in a theatre space. Using live demonstrations and video clips, with examples from Shakespeare to O.J. Simpson, The Forest and the Field creates a space for reflecting on theatre. Writing, direction and sound design from Drum favourite Chris Goode.

brings you a night of carnage in the lives of Kirsty and Joe. In Bitch Boxer, Chloe trains for the fight of her life and she is left winded by two life-changing events. Jun 26 Platform 13

Our Space is an emerging theatre company that aims to challenge perceptions of social exclusion. Members come from all walks of life, some of whom have faced challenges in their lives; all of whom have a passion for making theatre. For tickets or further information contact the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01752 267222 or visit

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May 29 to Jun 1 Little Red Riding Hood

Meet Ethel and Sam as they get ready for bed with a not-so-sweet bedtime story of a girl with attitude, a wolf with an appetite, a larger than life woodcutter with an axe (and a very real fear of wolves) as well as other more friendly woodland creatures! Jun 4 to Jun 8 After the Rainfall

A tribute to 2,500 years of oration, Valentijn Dhaenens ingeniously weaves together fragments of the seminal speeches of the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, showing the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed.

Navigating between the arid Egyptian desert, the British Museum and a quiet village green, this extraordinary Edinburgh Fringe First winning company uses multimedia, movement and sound to conjure up an epic and passionate story, questioning our relationship between past, present and eternity.

May 22 to May 24 University Student Showcase

Jun 11 to Jun 15 Chapel Street and Bitch Boxer

Students from the Theatre and Performance Department at Plymouth University will showcase an exciting range of dance and theatre practice

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The Theatre Royal will be presenting seven different plays by 10 different schools and young theatre groups from across the South West between May 7 and May 11 as part of the National Theatre’s Connections.

Dorchester Youth Theatre present Don’t Feed the Animals by Jemma Kennedy. When a local gang of bored youths volunteers to help a family circus from going under, acrobatic twins Zack and Missy are faced with the task of training an un-trainable mob in circus skills. Queen Elizabeth’s, Dorset present I’m Spilling My Heart Out Here by Stacey Gregg. It’s the daily scramble across no-man’s-land: you flinch as you pass those even more clueless than you strewn from the barbed wire of exams, first dates, evil former best mates… but hell’s ok if you stick together.

Every year, ten brand new plays are written exclusively for Connections by some of the most influential British playwrights, giving young people aged 13 to 19 all over the country access to the best new writing for theatre. The plays will be presented at the Theatre Royal’s ‘pop up’ theatre at TR2 in Cattedown. From Plymouth to Aberdeen and from Belfast to Norwich, Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers. Redruth School and the Theatre Royal Young Company present Ailie and the Alien by Morna Pearson. When space alien Finn takes a shine to human being Ailie, things suddenly start going right in Ailie’s life. But when Finn is summoned to return home, everything begins to unravel.


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Lyme Youth Theatre, Dorset and Tower House School, Paignton each present Mobile Phone Show by Jim Cartwright, a communication cacophony and a fully charged-up chorus line of chaos in a rhapsody of rap, text, tweet and gabble. Young and Unique Theatre, Callington Community College present What are they Like? by Lucinda Coxon. Adolescence is a rough ride. You’ve got existential angst, mood swings,

never enough money... And that’s just the parents! How well do you know yours? Kingsley School, Bideford and Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymouth each present We Lost Elijah by Ryan Craig. Elijah’s older brother and two friends were charged with getting him home safely while the riots were raging. Did Elijah get caught up in the events or was there another reason for his

Fowey Community College present The Guffin by Howard Brenton. Four young people hanging out in a derelict house find a strange object; it’s the Guffin. Touch it and your life is changed forever. Ten companies chosen from around the country will go on to perform at the National Theatre July 3 to 8. For more information or to book tickets please contact Box Office on 01752 267222 or online at

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Top jazz pianist Jonathan Gee is appearing with his Trio at the B-Bar on May 17

theatres & shows Barbican Theatre Castle Street, Plymouth Box Office: 01752 267131

Mondays Voices 4 Change

Voices 4 Change is a free weekly session for 12-18 year olds that explores many of the challenges that young people face today. Tuesdays Dance Young Apprentices

Weekly sessions to develop dance skills.

May 8 and 22 Café Acoustica

Fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen. May 9 Lukas Drinkwater

Lukas is best known as bass-player with 3 Daft Monkeys, the folk power-trio. Lukas regularly performs solo, playing strong original material and choice covers from a broad musical spectrum. May 10 The Flamenco Thief

Craig Sutton, aka The Flamenco Thief is a fast rising star of the UK acoustic scene. May 17 Jonathan Gee

Wednesdays Theatre Young Apprentices

The Jonathan Gee Trio is ‘a brilliant gem’ of contemporary jazz piano, and its leader has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz.

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May 24 Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman

Weekly sessions to develop theatre skills.

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May 1 and Jun 5 Comedy Night

Some light relief with the best standups on the UK circuit. May 2 and Jun 6 Ladykillaz

May’s show features Lena Smith - a local piano-based singer-songwriter, with a wide range of pop, rock, blues, jazz and classical influences, her music ‘ticks all the boxes and, thankfully, is fresh and original enough not to fit into any of them.’ June’s show features Lily & Meg, an alternative folk duo blending banjo, guitar, harmonica and vocals. Part of a new strand of programming featuring female musicians exclusively. May 3 Noel Harrison

Noel Harrison is best known in the UK for his Oscar Winning performance of The Windmills of Your Mind in the original Thomas Crown Affair. Noel and Phil Rossiter play country, folk, swing, tex mex and other eclectic delights!

Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman combine powerful acoustic guitar and ukulele with their own take on the genres of folk and Americana. Live shows also feature unique versions of well known and often unexpected covers.

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May 30 and Jun 27 Thomas Ford

Electrifying blues talent in the form of this harp-playing, hard blues singing solo performer. May 31 Hamer & Isaacs

Hamer & Isaacs play swinging gypsy jazz under the influence of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club Of France.

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May 18 Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis is touring the UK for the first time in three years. Since her meteoric

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daniel o’donnell set for return to plymouth pavilions Easy listening legend Daniel O’Donnell is returning to Plymouth Pavilions in October, following his hugely popular 2011 performance. Three decades into his sparkling career as a top entertainer, Daniel’s star is still shining bright and he will be returning to entertain his passionate local fans on Friday October 18. His popularity among people of all ages and walks of life hasn’t diminished with the passing of time. Fans simply love his easy-listening vocal style and his songs of life, love and inspiration that he sings with genuine warmth and passion. Most of all, they love Daniel the man, his charm and great sense of humour. Daniel has sold millions of recordings worldwide and is the only artist in the world to claim at least one hit album every year since 1988, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. His music DVDs have all been No1 best-sellers ahead of some of the greatest stars from around the globe. He is the most successful easy listening-country singer in the UK and Ireland, and is officially one of the UK’s Top 60 Best Selling Album Artists of the last 21st Century. For tickets contact the Box Office on 0845 146 1460 or visit

theatres & shows rise to global fame, Leona’s incredible voice has captivated millions of people across the world. She’s broken countless sales records and smashed chart records universally. Performing hits from her two No.1 albums Spirit and Echo, as well as her latest CD Glassheart, this tour promises to showcase Leona Lewis at her very best! May 19 Snooker Legends

Seven time world champion Stephen Hendry teams up with six time champion Steve Davis, to take on The Whirlwind Jimmy White and 1986 world champion Joe Johnson! Doubles and singles, only one team can win! A once in a lifetime chance to see, and meet, four legends of the game. John Virgo will be on hand to provide expert analysis and generally keep the crowds entertained and leading referee Michaela Tabb will officiate on this special night. May 30 Sally Morgan

Psychic Sally is back on the road. Jun 12 and 13 Strictly Confidential


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Strictly Confidential will give audiences an insight into what drives these Strictly stars, why dance is the biggest love of their lives and what led them to their Strictly Come Dancing journey.

Jun 18 The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, will continue to entertain audiences with their timeless music on their brand new 14 date tour, which includes Plymouth. Jun 19 Al Murray

Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a brand new show of epic proportions. Jun 21 and 22 Jason Manford

The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. Jun 23 Shaolin Warriors

This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu show vividly depicts the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. Jul 21 to 23 Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE!

Everyone’s favourite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure. Search for the City of Lost Toys is heading to Plymouth Pavilions this July. Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along.

status quo and 10CC in big double header Britain’s best-loved rockers Status Quo will undertake the ‘Bula Quo!’ UK winter tour in 2013 and return to Plymouth Pavilions on December 10. ‘Bula Quo!’ is the title of the band’s forthcoming debut feature film and soundtrack album. The film premieres in London on July 1 and goes on general release on July 5, whilst the 2CD album is released on June 10. The tour also features very special guests, the mighty 10CC, on all UK dates – two truly classic bands on one bill. A Platinum-selling band, 10CC achieved massive success during the 70s with classic hits like Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, I’m Mandy, Fly Me and Dreadlock Holiday. The current line-up, helmed by Graham Gouldman and Paul Burgess, are constantly in demand the world over; these UK dates are going to be really special. For tickets contact the Box Office on 0845 146 1460 or visit

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treat for youngsters as dora searches for lost toys Everyone’s favourite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure in Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys, heading to Plymouth Pavilions from July 19 until July 21.

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music May 3 and Jun 7 Jazz at the Fleur

Duke of Cornwall Hotel Free entry for live jazz from 9pm to 11.30pm. May 3 Clarion Choir

St Budeaux Parish Church Contact Mrs Blackler 01752 362931 May 5 and May 19 Plymouth Jazz Club

The Chris Walker Swingtet – popular swing band with hits from 30s and 40s The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill. May 19 John Maddock’s Jazzmen, one of best bands in the New Orleans style. Call 01752 721179 or visit May 9 Sydney Male Voice Choir

Saltash Wesley Church with the Saltash Ladies Choir. Tickets 01752 843073


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May 9 Plymouth University Orchestra

St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth Conductor Rupert Bond with Nadia Lasserson - piano. Featuring Borodin: Excerpts from Symphony No.2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole; Rupert Bond: Piano Concertino Premiere; Saint Saens: Danse Macabre; Britten: Simple Symphony for Strings ...and music for strings, woodwind and brass. Tickets free. Parting donation invited towards concert costs. May 11 Will McNichol The Wake Up

University of Plymouth Sherwell Centre The Wake Up is the new album by award-winning guitarist and composer Will McNicol and features original compositions played on both nylon and steel-strung guitars. Described as ‘flawless’ by Guitarist Magazine, Will’s playing takes inspiration from a large variety of genres from Celtic melody and rhythm to intricate classical phrasing and technique. Details from 01752 585050 or

May 16 The Chamber Ensemble of London

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery Director Peter Fisher and the Ensemble as part of the 21st International Concert Series. Tickets £20 from the Museum Shop (Tue - Sat) or from May 16 D’Arcy Trinkwon Organ Recital

St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth Programme will include works by Louis Vierne; Liszt; Bach; Alexandre Guilmant and Percy Whitlock. Tickets £10 at the door, or from Kerry’s Music Shop on Ebrington Street, Plymouth. May 18 Proms Concert: England’s Green and Pleasant Land

St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth Featuring the Ten Tors Orchestra & University of Plymouth Choral Society, Simon Ible - conductor, Sally Harrison soprano, Sarah Pring - mezzo-soprano, Nathan Vale - tenor, Alexander Robin Baker - baritone. Includes traditional

proms anthems Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Tickets 01752 585050 or visit www. May 24 Encore

Plymouth Guildhall Music of the Night Choral Foundation Remember – Motion Picture Troy; World War 2 selection; selection from Sound of Music; Steal Away to Jesus – by Hugh S. Roberton; selection from Les Miserables and more. Tickets 01752 362677 or online at May 26 and Jun 23 Carlton Big Band

Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, The Hoe, Plymouth Tickets from 01752 664327, Kerry’s Music - 01752 227120 or Elaine 07973 600190. Bookings available for carvery and light lunches available. Jun 14 Plymouth Area Police Choir

Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth Grand Annual Concert

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June 19 Movie Night

Will McNichol - appearing at Sherwell Centre on May 11

The Guildhall, Plymouth With Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anne Kimber. Excerpts from: Apocalypse Now (Ride of the Valkyries), Henry V, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, ET, Indiana Jones and more! Tickets online at

With the Gavin Martin Jazz Quartet. Cruise across the Sound and up the River Tamar with good company, food, drink and music. Tickets to include buffet supper, from 01752 844519.

Jun 22 Midsummer Nights Dream Ball

Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, The Hoe, Plymouth Featuring the Elaine Davies Quintet. Contact Elaine on 07973 600190 Jun 28 Jazz Cruise

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Jun 29 Plymouth Phoenix Chorale

St Peter’s Church, Wyndham Square Informal concert on the theme of ‘Sea’, including vocal and instrumental solos and readings. Jun 30 Plymouth Philharmonic Choir

The Guildhall, Plymouth Featuring Handel’s Dixit Dominus; Vivaldi: Gloria and Schubert: Mass in G Tickets from 01364 72429.

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history festival

will be an annual event Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival which features a massive selection of over 170 events will run throughout the whole of May. The festival aims to highlight Plymouth’s unique heritage and encourage local residents and visitors to experience the city’s historic environment and buildings. Nearly 50 different local organisations and heritage providers are contributing to the festival, which is being coordinated by Plymouth City Council’s arts and heritage service. Festival director Louisa Mann said: “We’re delighted with the way the programme has continued to grow and grow. We have been receiving requests literally every day from new organisations wanting to get involved. “We have events and activities this year to suit everyone of all ages, particularly families. It’s been fantastic to see the response and a number of events are already fully sold out.”

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She said that such was the success of this year’s launch programme that plans were already in hand for the Festival in 2014 when the focus will be on marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the merging of Stonehouse, Devonport and Plymouth to form the City of Plymouth. Events this year include film screenings exploring festivals and cultural activities throughout the years and the plans to rebuild Plymouth at the end of the Second World War, as well as performances of Morris dancing and traditional folk and organ music. Nearly 30 different talks are on offer throughout the month covering topics as wide ranging as art history and archaeology, marine science and shipwrecks and the history of areas such as Plymstock, Plympton and Stonehouse, as well as the development of the Marine Biological Association and the naval base. For those who want to venture out and about, the festival programme also includes lots of guided tours and walks highlighting places such as Plymouth’s synagogue, the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, the Royal William Yard, the Millfields, Sutton Harbour, Elliot Terrace, the Naval Heritage Centre, the Royal Citadel, the Central Library, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the Council House. The festival falls across two bank holiday weekends and a half term so a selection of family activities are also on offer, including storytelling sessions at Mount Edgcumbe, a quiz at Plympton Library and arts and crafts workshops at the City Museum and Art Gallery. A number of venues will also be organising some special displays featuring historic maps and photographs, life in early Victorian Plymouth, Torpoint’s connections with the Royal Navy, the history of Plymouth schools, Plympton and


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North Prospect. The City Museum and Art Gallery will also be opening a brand new exhibition called ‘The Making of a Modern City’ which will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of Abercrombie’s Plan for Plymouth – the document that set the blueprint for the rebuilding of Plymouth after the devastation of the Blitz. The final element of the programme is a host of special events including open days at local churches and Crownhill Fort, Local Studies Day, Family History Day, Archives from the Attic and Museums at Night. The opening ceremony for Devonport Column on May 11 is one of the highlights of the festival and visitors will be able to take in the breath-taking views 120 feet above the city.

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It will be the first time in more than 50 years that the public have been able to access the viewing platform, offering the finest views across the city, Dartmoor, Cornwall and the Sound. A £700,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant was secured by the Real Ideas Organisation which enabled a 12-month restoration programme of the iconic Devonport landmark. The celebration event is free to the public and there will be heritage, performances, entertainment, music and food for all ages. Well-known Plymouth based artist Brian Pollard will also be exhibiting his artwork from Saturday May 11 at Devonport Guildhall, and some of the artwork is available to purchase for a limited time only. Full details of the 2013 History Festival programme can be found online at www. Bookings are now being taken and additional new events will continue to be added to the site. Stay up to date with developments at and

Ever wondered what it was like to be a sailor in the 18th century? Or wanted to explore the murky depths of Plymouth Sound, then why not visit our new exhibition and find out more. A fun, family friendly exhibition at Mount Edgcumbe House opens 28th May 2013. Check for more events Tel: 01752 822236 email: the plymouth magazine


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major events Premier Speedway League

May 10 Devils v Scunthorpe May 18 Devils v Edinburgh May 24 Devils v Leicester Jun 7 Devils v Glasgow Jun 14 Devils v tbc Jun 21 Westernapolis (individual) Jun 21 Raiders v Berwick May 1 to May 31 Plymouth History Festival

Over 100 special events celebrating Plymouth’s heritage and history. See centre pages. May 2 Campus Market

Roland Levinsky Building The finest products from local traders, with everything from chutneys and jams to fishcakes. For details visit www.

May 3 Craft Fayre

Roland Levinsky Building A range of local handmade products at fantastic prices, with unique gifts that you won’t find on the high street. For details visit May 4 and May 5 Traditional May Fair

Mount Edgcumbe Maypole dancing, morris dancing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, medieval jousting, coconut shy and lots of stalls selling goodies. Starts at 10am until 4pm. May 5 and Jun 2 Good Food Market

Royal William Yard The market showcases some of the best local food and drink in the South West. Visit www.royalwilliamyardnews. May 11 and 12 Plymouth Tattoo Convention

11 and 12 May The Guildhall 100+ artists, trade booths, tattoo competitions, custom car & bike show,

plans unveiled for june Air, sea and land displays will once again wow crowds on Plymouth Hoe as plans are unveiled for Armed Forces Day 2013. The city is honouring its military connections and will build on the hugely successful Armed Forces Day national event last year that attracted tens of thousands of visitors. The event on Saturday June 29 will be a wonderful opportunity to see the armed forces up-close and will feature displays from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, support agencies and charities. A major attraction will be the Veterans’ Village. Organisations and charities who support services for veterans are invited to come along and promote their activities. Service associations are also being invited to a Parade of Standards across the Hoe. Armed Forces Day honours Britain’s armed forces past, present and future and recognises not only their personal sacrifices and outstanding service to their country but also the contribution they continue to make to their community and civilian employers, through the transferable skills they have acquired. Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans said: “Plymouth is immensely proud of its long naval and military history and we look forward to once again honouring our service men and women by coming together to celebrate Armed Forces Day. The national event in 2012 was a fantastic showcase for the city and we plan to build on the success of that this year.” 10 live bands. For details visit May 11 Dawn Chorus

Mount Edgcumbe Awaken to the delights of the avian world here at Mount Edgcumbe. Join our expert guide to experience the amazing sounds of dawn birdsong within the gardens of the estate. Meeting at Barrow Car Park at 4:30am, the walk will take approximately two and half hours and finish off with breakfast and cost £6.50 per person. Suitable walking shoes and warm clothing is a must, and don’t forget the binoculars! May 12 Sky Ride 2013

Central Park The free event is part of a national campaign to get more people cycling regularly, inspiring and helping people to get back on their bikes to re-discover the fun they can have. Last year 7,000 people took part in the event and due to its popularity it will return again this year. More information at www. May 18 Lord Mayor’s Day


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City Centre This popular annual event will again be taking place, welcoming the new Lord Mayor into their role. ‘Plymouth’s Hidden History’ is the theme for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day and will see the whole city centre come alive in a celebration of music, fun and a colourful carnival costumed procession.

May 24 to 26 Volksfest

24 May to 26 May Newnham Park, Plympton Festival line-up includes The Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Alabama 3, Hazel O’Connor, Mad Dog Mcrea and many more. For details call the ticket hotline on 07547 358 686 or visit Jun 2 Jaguar Classic Car Show

The Barbican Explore Jaguar cars from across the years and enjoy a relaxing weekend in this historical location. Jun 15 and 16 Plymouth in Fashion

The Piazza, City Centre Style Plymouth returns this year with two days of fashion shows in the heart of the city centre.Showcasing the latest high street fashion from Plymouth stores such as House of Fraser, ebenhams, Marks and Spencer and Moss Bros as well as many independent stores. New for this year, there will be a vintage fair in collaboration with Miss Ivy Events. Keep an eye out for more details nearer the time. Jun 24 to Jul 7 Wimbledon on the Big Screen

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eddystone charity sailing pursuit increases prize pot and nets the national marine aquarium RNLI. By raising £4,525, the highest amount of sponsorship the Pursuit has ever seen, The Island Trust also received a special prize of £500.

Having raised over £300,000 for more than 120 charitable causes since its inception in 2002, the Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit is once again calling on ordinary sailors, who normally steer clear of a racing buoy, to sign up for this year’s 26 mile sailing marathon in Plymouth. Billed as a ‘chase’ and very definitely not a ‘race’, the 12th Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit will be held on Saturday, July 13, culminating in an evening of supper, entertainment and prize giving which will be hosted by the National Marine Aquarium for the first time. This year organisers are adopting a new formula for awarding prize money from the ‘prize pot’ which has been increased to a bumper £15,000. “If you’ve got access to a boat and a charity close to your heart, then sign up for a fun, rewarding day out on


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This year Plymouth Yacht Haven, Yacht Haven Quay and Blaster Master have joined forces to raise the public profile of the event.

the water which always adds a thrill to fundraising,” said organiser Julia Creeke who, in memory of her mother, is responsible for creating one of the most successful charity fixtures on the South West yachting calendar. “The chase always captures the imagination of supporters and can boost a charity’s coffers through sponsorship as well as prize money,” she added.

Last year, 73 cruising and racing yachts raised over £41,500 for 40 different charities, which were crewed and skippered by individuals, entire families and charities providing an exhilarating experience for the participants, from nine year old youngsters to octogenarians. ‘King Magic’ sailed in at the top of the prize ladder, scooping a grand for the

Dr David Gibson, managing director at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit, and to be welcoming the successful crews to the Aquarium in July. It’s great to be able to support events such as this, which help raise money for charity and share our views on protecting the seas. Our visitors will have a perfect vantage point with all the sailing action taking place just outside the Aquarium, and we are greatly looking forward to the event.” This year yachts will start from a line off the Hoe, from approximately 8am, at intervals depending on their handicap which is based on Portsmouth Yardstick. The course takes them out to

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round the Hand Deeps buoy, three miles west of the Eddystone, and back to finish at the same line off the Hoe. Early bird entries for the individual event and the three boat team event (where all three boats sail for the same charity) began on April 1 and will continue online ( until July 9. Entries cost £15 with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £50. As the main aim of the event is to fundraise for charities that ‘benefit the human condition’ the new points system should incentivize participants to raise as much sponsorship as possible for their nominated charity. Now with points aggregated for sponsorship, sailed position and date of entry, boats will buy a proportion of the ‘prize pot’. There is an opportunity for businesses, charitable trusts or individuals to help support the Pursuit by becoming a ‘friend’ and donating prizes, goods in

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Towards the end of July, Plymouth will host more water based entertainment with the Port of Plymouth Regatta and the Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally. In August the bi-annual FastNet race returns to Plymouth. The powerful summer events programme concludes with the re running of the champion of champions British Firework Championships in August with the same six teams as 2012 competing for the coveted title. August also celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of the city’s best events, Flavour Fest. The vibrant food market which draws more than 100,000 visitors across the three days promises to be bigger and better this year.

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family stuff Events at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus The Imaginators

Admission free. Booking essential. Free, fun creative learning sessions for preschool children and their parents/carers. 10.30am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2pm on Wednesdays (term time only). Advance booking is essential. Call 01752 304665 to reserve your place. Wild About Plymouth

Creatures from the Past May 11 11am to 2pm Buckfastleigh Caves, Buckfastleigh, Devon. £5 per adult £2.50 per child/under 5s free. Advance booking is essential. Join the team to see and hold fossil bones of hyenas, rhinos, bison and hippos that lived around Buckfastleigh Hill 120,000 years ago when the climate was very warm. The caves are part of a conservation

area and home to over 1000 bats. Learn the secret lives of our bats, walk ancient pathways, see where earthquakes happened, volcanoes erupted and enjoy some family friendly activities. Refreshments will be provided, but bring a packed lunch. Please wear long trousers and sensible shoes. Parking is available at the Caves site. Meet at the William Pengelly Museum entrance at Buckfastleigh Caves (TQ11 0DY). Plymouth’s Buzzing Jun 8 1am to 2pm, Central Park, Plymouth Admission Free. No need to book Come and help ‘Buglife’ find out what bees, butterflies and other buzzing wildlife have moved in to our new urban meadows. Hunt in the grass, explore the plants and discover the huge number of insects which move pollen from one plant to another. Experts will be on hand to identify your finds. Meet in Central Park at the pedestrian roundabout with the clock, behind the Life Centre. Bug Hunt June 30 10am to 12 noon Ford Park Cemetery, Ford Park Road, Plymouth. Admission Free. No need to book. Hunt for beetles, spiders and other little creatures in the

undergrowth with experts on hand to help identify any mini-beasts you find. This is an annual event with a twist! The bug finds will be recorded to discover the diversity of insects in the Cemetery. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, and remember to sunscreen if it’s sunny. Meet us in front of the Old Chapel at the Cemetery. Holiday Activities

Family friendly drop-in workshops aimed at primary school aged children although younger siblings are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Stay for as little or as long as you wish.

A’Hoy There Me Hearties May 29 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm) Drop in for some fun creative activities inspired by Plymouth’s maritime heritage at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Re-Mapping Plymouth May 30 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm). Look at old maps of Plymouth and help create a joint 3D one in this half term workshop at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Make and Take

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family stuff must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Sessions run from 11am to 12 noon and 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission is free. Advance booking is essential on 01752 304774. Call on the day to see if any last-minute places are available - although there is no guarantee any will remain. Daddy Cool June 15 11am to 12pm, 1.30pm to 2.30pm Father’s Day is on June 16 this year. Come in and make little hand made gifts to give to your dad on his special day. Family Events

Smeaton’s Sea Shanties May 11 Smeaton’s Tower 10.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Listen to local salty sea dogs ‘Tobacco Road’ perform some authentic sea shanties while you look around our landmark lighthouse. Standard admission applies but there is no need to book.

Museums at Night: Tudors at Twilight May 17 6pm to 9pm Admission free - no need to book. Meet re-enactors and find out more from them about what life was like in Tudor times. Enjoy a range of fun arts and crafts activities including helping to create a giant 3D map of Tudor Plymouth. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Drop in for as little or as long as you like. Hidden History Hats May 18 10am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm) Admission free - no need to book. Plymouth has links to many famous people throughout history including artists, entrepreneurs, seafarers and explorers. Find out more about some of these fascinating characters and make a hat inspired by them before the Lord Mayor’s Day parade begins. Drop in for as little or as long as you like but please be patient if sessions are busy as activities are organised on a first come, first served basis! Musical Merriment May 28 2.30pm to 3.30pm at the Elizabethan House; May 30 10.30am to 11.30am at the Merchant’s House. Listen to local

weekend of pirate fun for families on the barbican Plymouth’s Barbican will be hosting a weekend of pirate themed fun for all the family on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. At the heart of the activity will be the fantastic tall ship The Bessie Ellen, which will be berthed in Sutton Harbour for the weekend. Visitors will have the chance to go on board The Bessie Ellen to explore the ship and get a taste of life as a pirate. Launched in 1907, Bessie Ellen’s story started in Plymouth. It is one of the last remaining examples of the schooners and ketches of the West Country, which in the latter part of last century, and up until the 1930s carried cargo around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Europe. Destination Plymouth in partnership with Plymouth City Council, City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership BIDS is putting on a packed programme of entertainment to coincide with the Bessie Ellen’s visit, with plenty of swashbuckling activities for everyone to join in with. People are encouraged to turn up in Pirate fancy dress for this event. Included in the schedule are re-enactment displays, stilt walkers, demonstrations (including sword fighting and interactive craft workshops), face painting, a treasure trail and a best dressed pirate competition with some great prizes for under 16s, judged at 3pm each day at the Bessie Ellen. There will also be a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike, Jonty Depp on the Saturday making mischief amidst the crowds on the Barbican. On the Sunday Jacko Sparro will there to entertain crowds. Be on the lookout for other Pirates walking throughout the Barbican throughout the weekend. Chris Arscott, Chair of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “We’re very excited to welcome The Bessie Ellen to Plymouth and would like to thank Sutton Harbour Marina for supporting the event by letting her berth there. Building on the success of the visit of The Matthew last year, we wanted to celebrate the Bessie Ellen’s arrival with another weekend of Pirate themed family fun. This great event will bring lots of visitors to the Waterfront and create a fantastic lively atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.” The Bessie Ellen will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. It will be free all weekend. Activities on the Barbican will run from 10am to 4pm on both days. For a full programme of activities taking place on each day, check the Visit Plymouth website or the Tourist Information Centre. folk band ‘Tobacco Road’ perform some of their favourite songs as you soak up the atmosphere in one of the city’s most historic properties.

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Explore the creatures of the deep, and not so deep at Mount Edgcumbe. Starting at 1pm the event will run across low tide. Explore the huge amount of sea life that lives above and below the low water mark. Appropriate footwear and wet weather gear is a must for this event. Tickets £4 per child (all children to be accompanied by an adult, max three children per adult).

Jun 15 Family Bushcraft Day

Enjoy a family adventure learning all about the great outdoors. Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire without matches and even forage for food! All children to be accompanied by an adult: no more than two children per adult. Meet at Cawsand car park at 10am wearing suitable clothing and footwear. Bring a packed lunch and drink. Jun 15 Going Bats

A nocturnal adventure with the colonies of bats. Meet on the terrace at the front of the house at 8pm. The walk will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and will finish off with hot soup. Wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear for the walk.

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exhbitions & other events Events at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus Various dates Art Bite Tours and History Bite Tours

Fancy spending your lunchtime taking a bite-sized look at the museum’s collections and changing exhibitions? Then join the museum team at 1pm for a 30-minute tour. Admission is free but places are limited. Please collect a ticket from the Welcome Desk or contact the museum and they will post or put one aside for you. Everyone who attends receives a voucher for a 20% discount in the café afterwards, so you can grab yourself a quick bite to eat too! Art Bite Tours

Jun 5 Women in Art: Behind the Canvas Jun 12 Changing Spaces: Uncovering


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the History of the Cottonian Collection Jun 19 Artworks in ‘The Making of a City’ History Bite Tours

May 1 From 17th Century Portraiture to the Pre-Raphaelites May 8 Plymouth Uncovered May 15 Plymouth: Port and Place May 25 Stories from the Stores Until May 11 Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape

This major touring exhibition from York Museums Trust celebrates the achievements of Gordon Baldwin OBE, one May 9 and May 11 Meet the Expert: Coins, Medals and Tokens

Thursday 9 May and Saturday 11 May, 10am to 1pm Admission free - no need to book Bring your coins, medals and tokens in for numismatics (the study of currency) expert John Cumbers to identify. You can also see a small complementary display about coins and coin collecting. Free entry.

of the most important ceramic artists of our time. It will include around 100 works shown alongside related drawings, collages and photographs. Until June 29 The Making of a Modern City

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Abercrombie and Watson’s ‘Plan for Plymouth’ and get a unique insight into the reconstruction of the city following heavy bombing during World War 2. The museum’s staff will be delving into the archive collections for this exhibition to reveal previously unseen documents, plans and images that record the people, politics and places that shaped the city we know today. Jun 8 to Aug 24 Stories from the Stores

See a real store in our gallery as we undertake the largest review of our social history collections we have ever done! On certain days you will be able to meet our curators and conservators. Come in and look at the objects we care for and get involved by adding stories, commenting on the collection and even helping to pack or conserve objects.

Art@Delamore, the South West’s leading sculpture and arts exhibition has announced its eleventh annual art and sculpture show. The Delamore Art and Sculpture Exhibition will be held every day in May from 10.30am to 4.30pm on the stunning Delamore estate in Cornwood, near Ivybridge. In previous years more than 100 artists and sculptors, from renowned British Pop Artists to Henry Moore prize winners, have been selected to exhibit at the annual Art@Delamore exhibition in the stunning gardens of the Delamore Estate in the foothills of Dartmoor. The gardens, originally laid out in the Victorian era, are home to an array of stunning century old rhododendrons. “We allow the sculptors to curate their exhibits in the garden, so that they can be ‘discovered’ by visitors as they explore our grounds,” said Delamore’s founder and director, Gavin Dollard. “It gives quite a magical feel, which is more representative of how sculptures can enhance a garden or estate, than just a display in a gallery. Delamore presents a once a year opportunity to showcase a large selection of some of the year’s most outstanding

finest sculpture and art featured at delamore outdoor sculpture by living sculptors, all in one place.”

artists Glynn Macey and Nicholas St John Rosse.

The exhibition is open to the public, and features an eclectic mix of regional and national names in the art and sculpture world, who exhibit their work in the exclusive setting of Delamore Estate’s beautiful rooms and grounds. Painters showcasing at Delamore in 2013 include recent entrant to the ‘Who’s Who of British Contemporary Art’, Richard Snowden and renowned

“Our art exhibition is proving to be a continued attraction” said Gavin. “Last year we had over 7,500 visitors, purchasing over 300 pieces of art and sculpture, including work from child genius artist Kieron Williamson and British Pop Artist Colin Self, who will also be exhibiting in May. We pride ourselves on bringing a fresh, thoughtprovoking, diverse, collection of Art to the public each year and 2013 will be no exception.” Based at Cornwood, near Ivybridge in South Devon, the Art@Delamore exhibition is hosted on the Delamore estate, home to the family since 1688. Two of the principal rooms of the house (built in 1859) are used as galleries for hanging paintings. Meanwhile the gardens provide a striking backdrop for sculpture

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large and small. It’s a rare chance to see the gardens which were designed by St Aubyn and feature old rhododendrons brought by Sir William Parker, who was one of Nelson’s captains at Trafalgar and are viewed as a landmark of stunning Dartmoor traditional architecture. Whilst on the Delamore sculpture trail visitors can also explore the estate’s spectacular Victorian gardens and the main hall whilst viewing the various works on show. The trail also offers an opportunity to view an exhibition of over 200 historic Dartmoor photographs from the Dartmoor

Trust Archive on show at the nearby purpose-built gallery at Delamore Park. More news is available on Twitter @DelamoreArts The Art at Delamore 2013 exhibition is open 10.30am to 4.30pm every day throughout May. Entrance fee £6.50 per adult with under 16’s free. Opening hours 10.30am to 4.30pm every day in May including Bank Holiday. This year’s supported charity is Jeremiah’s Journey and the exhibition is supported by Mercedes-Benz South West.

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central park choice for sky ride Sky Ride is coming back to Plymouth for a second time in May, following its huge success last year. Sky Ride is a free event that encourages people to get on a bike and have fun cycling on traffic free paths. Last year Plymouth City Council, in partnership with British Cycling, hosted the cycling event which saw over 7,000 people taking part. This year will see Sky Ride Plymouth taking place in the city’s largest park, Central Park on Sunday May 12. The Park was originally created in 1928 as a park devoted to the improvement of the health of city residents. Wide boulevards go through the park’s open meadows and woodlands, with fantastic views over the city towards Plymouth Sound and Cornwall. Star guest at the event is local professional rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, a member of the Great Britain team and one of Europe’s top cyclists. The cycle ride opens from 10am and allows people to travel through the park at their own leisure and speed. Everyone’s invited - on bikes and trikes, adaptive bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. People can join the ride anywhere along the route at any time during the event and British Cycling trained ride leaders will be on hand throughout the day to provide support and tips as well as leading rides around the park. There will be lots going on throughout the day including bike rides, fun interactive workshops and free taster sessions in the Plymouth Life Centre. Organisers will be showcasing all the great ways you can get on a bike in Plymouth including Sky Ride Local led rides which will again be taking place on weekends from May to September. World class riders from BMX flatland will be wowing the crowds with their incredibly fast spinning skills. People will be able to try their hand at Rollapaluza, a unique cycle sport where contestants can battle it out on a pair of custom-built rollers reaching speeds in excess of 50mph! If that wasn’t enough, the Plymouth Life Centre will also be providing free taster sessions, including badminton, table tennis, squash, Zumba, body combat and body pump, bookable through the Centre reception on the day. Kicking off at 10am the two mile circular off road cycle route will start at the Clock Tower before heading off past the Plymouth Argyle’s ground. The route will then pass near the Plymouth Life Centre before heading through the park past the pitch and putt green and returning to the clock tower. The circular route allows for people to cycle it as many times as they would like making it suitable for all abilities. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke said: “I’m honoured to be able to attend this Sky Ride event taking place on my home turf. The excellent thing about this day is that anyone can join in – kids can bring their balance bikes or stabilisers, adults can dig out their old bikes and people who have never cycled before can hire a bike and join the thousands of others by taking their first step into the world of cycling. “I look forward to seeing lots of people there – fingers crossed the weather will be as nice as last year.” Councillor Philippa Davey, Plymouth’s Cycling Commissioner said: “2012 was a great year for cycling and many people in the city have taken advantage of what we can offer through Sky Ride. The city event launches the beginning of the Sky Ride local programme which provides free group bike rides every weekend. It’s a fantastic way to get out and about having fun for no cost! “I’m really looking forward to getting involved and meeting many of you. Let’s make 2013 just as much a cycling success as 2012. See you at Sky Ride Plymouth!” Brian Johnston, British Cycling recreation manager said: “British Cycling and Sky are delighted to be working with Plymouth City Council. It’s an exciting time for cycling in Plymouth, including this summer’s second Sky Ride event. Our shared commitment and passion for cycling is inspiring people to get on their bikes and achieving more remarkable results.” To find out about all the great ways you can get back on your bike this summer and to register for Sky Ride Plymouth and Sky Ride local rides visit the Sky Ride website


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chancellor’s initiative is by leading estate Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcement of a new scheme to help first time buyers and existing homeowners secure a mortgage has been welcomed by one of the city’s leading estate agents. The new ‘Help to Buy’ scheme will be launched in January next year and will help buyers of all homes, not just new-build properties. This important initiative follows the expansion of the ‘First Buy’ shared equity scheme for new-build properties, which will now run until April 2016. The ‘First Buy’ scheme is now available to everyone, not just first-time buyers. In announcing the scheme, George Osborne said: “The biggest barrier to people entering the housing market at the moment is not their inability to service a mortgage; interest rates are historically low, after all. It is the 20 per cent or higher deposits that the banks and building societies are demanding before agreeing to loan the money.” The moves received a positive reaction from Darren Lawson, director of Mansbridge & Balment, who have offices in Mannamead, Derriford, Woolwell and Torpoint. “If the Government deliver what was promised in the Budget statement, this is good news for the property market in the city. Borrowers will need a five per cent deposit, the Government will lend 20 per cent, and the remaining 75 per cent will come from mortgage lenders,” said Darren. “It was good to see that the Chancellor has been listening to the concerns of house buyers and through the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme is offering some much-needed financial support. “I hope this time they deliver what they promise, as some previous initiatives have failed miserably.” The new mortgage guarantee scheme means buyers will need a deposit of between 5 per cent and 20 per cent, meaning they will be able to borrow up to a 95 per cent loan to value (LTV) mortgage. The Government guarantee will cover the remaining amount above 80 per cent LTV with the maximum purchase price capped at £600,000. Adding a note of caution, Darren said: “Question marks will no doubt be raised as to whether or not it is appropriate for the state to underwrite the risks. “After all, mortgage guarantee used to be commonplace for advances in excess of 80 per cent of value. But the guarantee was underwritten by a commercial company and a premium was paid by the borrower. Some will question whether lessons have been learnt from the past 20 years of easy credit or from the sub-prime disaster in America? “It would appear that the Government intends to encourage easier lending than the banks themselves are willing to advance, which is likely to keep prices robust when many will argue that prices need to soften to the point where first time buyers can realistically find the deposit. “The most crucial requirement for buyers, sellers and the industry as a whole is that these new measures are fluid, accessible, uncomplicated and widely available: sadly these ingredients have been conspicuous by their absence in previous failed initiatives.” He also warned that the new scheme could lead to a rush of new buyers into the market which would force up prices and potentially make it more difficult for firsttime buyers to get on the property ladder. “We have a reasonably balanced market at present with supply and demand pretty much in equilibrium. We certainly don’t want to see a return to the boom and bust days of the past, which led to a lot of homeowners ending up in negative equity.”


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mortgage companies and banks continued to tighten up on their lending criteria. “We have seen examples recently of perfectly acceptable buyers being refused mortgages for a variety of different reasons. This is particularly frustrating for buyers and sellers alike.” Darren said that despite this, the property market in Plymouth remained relatively buoyant, with some signs of prices firming in recent months. “The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) latest survey shows that activity in the housing market hit a three year high in March, which is further encouragement for everyone involved,” he said. Darren added that growing confidence in the property market was also underlined by the increased activity at the higher end of the market. “Plymouth is an extremely attractive choice for buyers from London and the Home Counties and we are seeing definite signs of increased sales of property selling at over £500,000. Our Plymouth offices have achieved several sales of up to £700,000 already this year and in Yelverton, where we have another office, a number of sales between £500,000 and £1.2 million have been agreed recently.

“Sales at this level were extremely rare in the last 12 or 18 months, with the market seemingly throttled by inertia. “Prices in Plymouth are often considered pretty conservative by those used to living in other parts of the country, which is obviously attractive. “However, in the last couple of years, high profile reports covered by household commentators such as the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, BBC, ITV and the well known property portal Rightmove have all singled out Plymouth as an area that not only delivers value for money, but also as an area that scores extremely highly for quality of life.” For more information: Mansbridge & Balment 6 Mannamead Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 7AA 01752 229292

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Last Year, Philip Burch, a member of our team here at Peter Goord Travel, was lucky enough to travel to the Arctic with the cruise line Hurtigruten in search of the Northern Lights. His insight into such a wonderful experience generated a great deal of interest amongst our readers and is mentioned by many people when they visit us at the agency. For us here in the South West, the only negative aspect of these cruises is that the voyages leave from Tromsø in Norway and direct flights are currently only available from Gatwick. I have been canvassing tour operators and cruise lines to offer more regional departures for these special itineraries as flying from London or Manchester can add as much as two days to the holiday duration for people living in Devon and Cornwall. My persistence appears to have paid off and Hurtigruten have added an exclusive departure for a six-day ‘Arctic Highlights’ cruise flying from Bristol Airport on February 3 2014. You will arrive directly from Bristol in to Tromsø, the cruise gateway to the Arctic where your ship will be waiting to take you North. On the first day, you will have a chance to take in the sights of this lively, compact city before boarding the ship and departing late in the afternoon. On day two, following a scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape. At 71° N, it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the geographical North Pole. This evening, you pass Finnkirka, a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sami people and now also the



enjoy spectacular cruising in norway site of an impressive light show. On day three, we call at the last port on the Voyage North before the ship turns around - Kirkenes. At a longitude of 30° E, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The terrain, culture and geography of Kirkenes offer the opportunity to take part in some fabulous Arctic excursions. Departing Kirkenes at lunchtime, you retrace your steps along the Varanger peninsula reaching Berlevåg in the evening. Your first major stop of day four is Hammerfest. Here, you can enjoy an optional excursion including a visit to Hammerfest’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the Meridian Column, commemorating the conclusion of Struve’s historical measurement of the globe.

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Expert From here, the next port of call will be back in Anthony Goord Tromsø where your voyage comes to an end. You then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay and on day five a choice of optional winter excursions are available. Alternatively, you will have a further opportunity to enjoy this lively and colourful city, surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps. Tromsø has many sights to offer, including Arctic history, architecture, culture and exciting excursions. Visit a coastal farm and enjoy reindeer sledging or perhaps visit the Polaris centre. On day six, you will transfer to the Airport in Tromsø for your flight back to Bristol. This voyage has been carefully planned to ensure that on the return leg of the cruise (after the turning point in Kirkenes), you pay daytime visits to the ports that were shrouded in darkness on the way north. Many excursions can be added to this fabulous experience including a snowmobile safari in Kirkenes, a visit to the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a husky dog adventure and a snowmobile trip in the polar night. The cost of this exclusive departure from Bristol starts from just £1119 per person based on two sharing an inside cabin or £1336 for a single.

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sleepless in plymouth? to beat those nightime blues Sleep: A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body – and that’s not just for children! When a child sleeps well, the whole family benefits - and when there are multiple children in the family, a good sleep routine is even more important. Helping a child to establish a good sleep habit has always been a hot topic amongst parents of preschoolers. Starting with the ‘leave them to cry’ versus the ‘cuddle them to sleep’ debate for babies, tackling the bedtime routine is something that affects all parents, and how we go about this has a long-term effect on the whole family. The recent Channel 4 show ‘Bedtime Live’ focused on the absolute importance of sleep. Sleep experts on the show helped a number of families in their bedtime battles. Using simple routines that anyone can implement, they were able to modify the habits of the families featured. And, ultimately, it is about the family! For as anyone with a child knows: if they have not slept well, the whole family is affected. “Sleep is vital to a baby’s development, but it is also essential for the parents too, as insufficient sleep, especially over a prolonged period, can affect their relationship with their baby and each other, as well as other aspects of life including performance at work, general well-being and overall quality of life, says sleep expert, Professor Gregory Stores. And yet nearly half of families questioned confirm that they have no regular routine in place.


Liz Crudgington Director of Children and Families Plymouth Christian Centre As parents, one of the most loving things we can do is to establish boundaries which enable children to feel safe and secure; this is especially important at bedtime. A child who does not get enough sleep (including a daytime sleep for the under 3s) will be tired, having a knock-on effect on their behaviour. They may, for example, become hyperactive or disengaged from activities and other people. As they enter pre-school and school, this can mean that they are not benefitting fully from their experiences and therefore not learning as much as they could. A lack of sleep can cause other problems too, including difficulties with anxiety, stress and appetite. As a child gets older, the problems do not go away, so it is vitally important that our children get enough sleep. The truth is that most of us know what a bedtime routine should look like: a bath, a book, a dark room, a consistent bed time - but the reality can be very different: parents who have been at work all day, busy social schedules in the evenings, irregular mealtimes, the constant noise of the TV or games console. Life is hectic! Sometimes it is just easier to ‘go with the flow’ and let the routine slip.

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The Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford For those who need help with routines: very sound, detailed ‘no-nonsense’ approach to establishing feeding/sleeping. Good advice on how to set up and equip your nursery

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theatre royal regeneration Plymouth Council leader Tudor Evans joined chief executive Adrian Vinken to take a peak behind the hoardings as the curtains close - for now - at the Theatre Royal. The stage is now set for a dramatic transformation through the £7 million generation project to redevelop the theatre and revive the West End of the city. The redevelopment will see the re-cladding of the building which will improve energy efficiency by up to 40 per cent; an extension to the front of the building allowing level access; a new Box Office, shop and cafe area which will significantly

improve customer experience; an outdoor terrace area and an extended restaurant and a new studio space within the theatre basement which will provide a city centre location for work with young people and community groups. Plymouth City Council approved a £1,995,000 funding package to put in a lump sum for procured capital work instead of three years of revenue. It also restructured the lease on the council-owned theatre to help unlock a £5 million Arts Council England commitment. The theatre has launched a major fundraising campaign to raise the additional £2 million. Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “From my office in the Council House, I can see lots of activity to prepare the site. I can watch one of our Plan for Jobs projects develop right on my doorstep. “We have 19 projects in our Plan for Jobs and this particular scheme will not only enable the theatre to continue its incredibly successful path, but it will create opportunities for people to work - both at the construction stage and beyond. “But this goes further. The rejuvenated theatre will bring in money to the cafes, the bars, the taxi and bus companies, who all benefit from the theatre’s presence in Plymouth.”


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is just the job! The work is being carried out by BAM, which has offices here in Plymouth. Senior site manager Clive Horsnell was born in Plymouth and has visited the theatre since it opened in 1983. He said: “I’ve seen some great shows, including Buddy and Evita way back in the 1980s before they were in the West End. “More recently I’ve been on a BAM social trip to see Aladdin. The theatre is always busy and is fully booked for War Horse in September - so no pressure! “It is a great buzz to be involved in redeveloping this local landmark, and the whole community will really see the benefits when we are finished.” As well as refurbishing the exterior and front of house areas of the theatre, the project will also involve work on the backstage and basement areas, as well as new mechanical and electrical plant. The project will see up to 80 operatives on site at any one time, and BAM will use local suppliers and sub-contractors where possible. BAM provides apprenticeships and work experience placements across the South West through its National Skills Academy for Construction programme, which is supported via local schools, colleges and Plymouth University. For more information on the project:


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chamber organises business showcase event Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 200th anniversary by hosting the Plymouth Business Show at Plymouth Pavilions in June. The event, which is open to all and free to attend, is being sponsored by City College Plymouth and will aim to promote the South West as a great place to do business.

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It will expand on the success of last year’s Business Expo, held during the inaugural Marine City Festival, and will offer a range of activities and opportunities to suit businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Following its announcement, the show on Wednesday June 26 has already attracted a huge amount of interest from South West businesses keen to book an exhibition stand for the event, with over 60 companies now signed up to exhibit at the event.

Suzi Cumberland, events manager at Plymouth Chamber, said: “The show will be a unique opportunity for businesses to showcase the products and services they have to offer. “We are expecting over 500 visitors at the event so there will plenty of opportunities for companies to meet potential customers and to network with other local businesses. Booking an exhibition stand is the best way for businesses to ensure that they have a high profile at the event.” A list of confirmed exhibitors is available on the business show website, which will be regularly updated as stands are booked. There is also information on exhibiting and a booking form which can be downloaded. Businesses who have signed up to exhibit include: Moorland Garden Hotel, Gill Akaster LLP Solicitors, British Marine Federation South West, Exeter International Airport, Barclays Bank Plc and the National Marine Aquarium and University of St Mark and St John. Moorland Garden Hotel, who attended last year’s Marine City Festival Business Expo, were one of the first companies to sign up to exhibit at the Plymouth Business Show 2013. Jo Di-Carlo, marketing manager for the hotel, said: “Moorland Garden Hotel exhibited at the Business Expo event last year on the Hoe and it was great exposure for us. As a business now under new ownership and with new goals it was a great way to reach the local business community.  When we saw that Plymouth Chamber were organising the Plymouth Business Show this year, we didn’t hesitate in getting involved. “Our business has changed dramatically over the last two years, so I feel it is important for us to get out and meet and talk to the local business community. The Plymouth Business Show will give us a great opportunity to do this.” Knight Scientific (KSL), will also be exhibiting at the show in June. At last year’s Business Expo, KSL offered a free antioxidant test at their exhibition stand, something that the will be repeating this year. Dr Jan Knight, managing director of Knight Scientific (KSL) said: “Last year’s Business Expo was a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about KSL’s highly innovative and unique products for well-being, over-training in sport and infection.”


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Plymouth Chamber recently announced that ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions will be running from 2pm to 4pm at the show. Anyone at the show will be able to claim a free 15 minute one-to-one consultation with an expert during which they will receive personalised expert information and advice for their business. The free advice sessions will be held in 11 different specialist topics: regeneration and planning, funding, IT, advertising, pensions, marketing, employment law, architecture, lower back pain, starting a business and international trade. As the lead sponsor for the event, City College Plymouth has been working closely with Plymouth Chamber on developing the variety of activities which will run throughout the day of the event. Sharron Robbie, head of corporate relations at the college, said: “The Plymouth Business Show is an exciting opportunity to showcase the vibrant and innovative business community that exists here in the South West. “The College plays a major role within the community and part of that role is to ensure we are supporting wealth creation and job outcomes for the local population, whilst supporting industry to access a pool of work-ready labour. “College staff and students will be in attendance throughout the day with event delegates being able to enjoy a range of mini treatments from our hair and beauty students.” Exhibition stands are available at £249 +VAT and those who exhibited at last year’s Marine City Festival Business Expo are entitled to a 10% discount.

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important checklist to avoid costly delays when selling your home Are you thinking about selling your house this Spring? If so there are a few things you can do now which will help your solicitor prepare the contract papers quickly and help avoid unnecessary delay.

• Central heating, burglar alarm or similar services paperwork for most recent service

The Law Society is updating the Property Information Form which is completed by the seller to give information to the buyer and his solicitor.

• If you have installed solar panels you will be required to provide the lease (if you have leased your roof to a company) or a receipt (if you’ve bought the panels outright)

The form, which is due to be published in the Spring, contains the usual information required about a property and some new questions dealing with solar panels and the Green Deal. You can save time if you get together the following documents which show that any works have been done to the required standards.

• If you have converted your loft, removed supporting walls or converted your garage into a room you will require a building regulations completion certificate

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• Current guarantees for windows and doors • Current guarantees for timber and damp treatments – together with the Survey Report and Specification • Window and glazed door installation certificates from FENSA or building regulations where installed after 1 April 2002 • If you have had a new boiler or water tank installed since 1 April 2005 you will require a Gas Safe certificate (CORGI if before 2009) or building regulations certificate • Electrical rewiring since January 1 2005 requires a certificate issued by a qualified engineer or building regulations certificate

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We have a lovely selection of pots and hanging baskets carefully and lovingly made up by our staff here at the Garden Centre.

The highlight of the horticultural world takes place this month with the centenary of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This will be the time where growers show off their new introductions and designers just show off! I, for one, will be glued to the box in the evening hanging on Alan Titchmarsh’s every word..and yes I record every episode so I can watch it all again. And there’s the red button too for the extra highlights. Rest assured I will be picking up tips and ideas to pass on to our customers. So exciting!!

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Maria Ashurst and Derek Anderson of Plymouth Garden Centre

Here at Plymouth Garden Centre we are gearing up for summer in the garden. With two Bank Holidays and lighter evenings, there is so much more time to get out in the garden. If you want to get your hands dirty we have plenty of beautiful plants just waiting to be appreciated and admired in your garden. If you need inspiration, we have our Boutique areas set up. We have ideas for shade, sunny spots, colour themes, attracting wildlife and lots more. We have a new and developing information point where you can pick up leaflets and browse through some of our reference books. All of the Plant Team are very knowledgeable about our plants and can give advice and information on what to plant where. If it’s an instant fix you’re after, Derek has put together some ideas for containers. If you don’t want to or haven’t the time, remember that you can always pick up a ready planted container or three from us.

Our own highlights this month include a Growing in Containers event on the weekend of the May 18 and 19 with the launch of the Proven Winners range of plants. At the end of May (26 and 27) we will be at the Tavistock Garden Festival showing off some of our products. You may have already seen in the Plymouth Evening Herald a feature about Christine maria ashurst Walkden, gardener from the BBC’s The One Show, who will be showing how to plant up ‘No Nonsense Containers’. We are going to be working with her! How exciting is that? I am confident that the sun is going to shine but Derek has some top tips for you regardless of the weather this summer to help you keep your garden looking great and full of flower and colour. Derek writes: The relentless rain we had last year has left the ground waterlogged and in may cases has washed out the nutrients in the soil. One of the easiest ways to combat this and to avoid the same issues this year is to grow plants in pots. There are many other benefits to growing plants in pots , for example, large plants can be restricted in size, you can grow plants that have different soil requirements and you can create an instant feature or focal point in the garden or patio. There is a huge range of plants that will happily live in pots so if you have a compact garden then maybe this will be the ideal solution. Pots can cheer up tired or neglected areas and they can be used to hide ugly features such as drains or man hole covers. Using planted pots can add to the drama of a doorway framed by an impressive phormiums (centre) plant in an attractive container. For the best possible display you should select a plant that looks good for a long period and underplant with seasonal plants. When choosing your pots it is important that the pot is large enough for your plant, preferably the larger the better. It should have adequate drainage holes and will fit in with the style of your garden. Frost-proof terracotta pots are ideal for planting drought tolerant plants as their porous quality means the compost will dry out quickly. Glazed pots look good planted with most plants and are especially great for standard, lollipops and specimen plants as their weight gives them great stability, while stone pots are excellent for a classical look great planted with Roses and Lavenders. Plastic pots are cheap and retain moisture well, but may need wrapping with bubble wrap over winter to prevent plant roots from freezing (pots only, not the plant). Fruit trees look good in wooden half barrels. For a modern and contemporary effect, architectural plants such as Phormiums, Cordylines and grasses look great in metal or glazed pots. These can be under


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summer approaches For a sun baked patio with a Mediterranean theme try a standard Olive in a large terracotta pot underplanted with lavender and trailing pelargoniums or alternatively a standard bay underplanted with osteospermums and diascias will also thrive in a sunny position. Geraniums (pelargoniums) look classically Mediterranean when grown in a terracotta pot, and single colour geraniums look really effective on staircases when repeated on each step. For a shady corner a large glazed pot with a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) underplanted with ferns and trailing begonias looks great all summer long. Camellias make a great evergreen alternative, but can look a bit plain in summer, so grow some annual climbers through then such as Nasturtiums or Thunbergias for summer flowers, underplant with Fushcias and Lysimachia for seasonal colour. That’s all for this month. Look forward to seeing you in the Garden Centre. Happy Gardening, Maria & Derek

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planted with New Guinea Impatiens, Heucheras and Bacopa and best of all never need dead heading. Just keep an eye on them for watering and they will look great with minimal effort. Good preparation before planting is the key to having successful pots. The first step is to add extra drainage in the bottom of the pot. This can be an inch layer of gravel, crushed polystyrene or pieces of broken terracotta. The next step is choosing your compost. If you are growing annuals, then fill pots with fresh multi-purpose compost or if you’re growing shrubs or long-term plants, use John Innes No.3 compost. For alpines or plants that like to be on the drier side, used John Innes No.2 compost as has more drainage in it.


Ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons, Camellias and Japanese Maples need acidic soil to thrive, so use John Innes Ericaceous compost. To help your pots retain moisture and to help feed your plants, mix some water retaining crystals and some slow release fertiliser in with the compost before planting.

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