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city of culture bid could be the real catalyst for future success By the time you read this we will know whether or not Plymouth has been shortlisted in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017. Frustratingly, the short list was due to be announced the day after this issue went to press. It would have been impractical to delay publication as the print and distribution schedules for the magazine have to be maintained. It will be disappointing if Plymouth is not in the final four – but the bookies were rating Plymouth as one of the outsiders just a day before the announcement with Swansea, Chester, Leicester, Hull and Aberdeen (among others) all ahead of our city. Whatever the outcome of the short list, there is much to celebrate in Plymouth’s bid. A huge amount of work went in to preparing the city’s submission and the real positive that came out of the whole exercise was the way in which the private and public sectors along with the university and business leaders worked together to present Plymouth in its most positive light. According to Adrian Vinken, chief executive of the Theatre Royal and chair of the Plymouth Culture Board, the work that has been undertaken in preparing the bid will not be wasted. He told members of the Plymouth Area Business Council at its recent meeting that there was now a much clearer understanding of the city’s amazing cultural assets and its ability to stage and host national and international events. Talking of cultural assets, it’s good to see that the plans for the redevelopment of Home Park have been submitted to Plymouth City Council. My football-mad greentint glasses husband is excited about what it means for Plymouth Argyle – but I’m looking forward to the addition of another multiplex cinema, complete with big screen IMAX – and shops and restaurants in the heart of Central Park. Alongside the magnificent Life Centre it means Plymouth will have some of the best leisure and sporting facilities in the whole of the South West. You can read about the plans on pages 40 to 44.


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Peggy Douglas is the founder of Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled Group which is appealing for more volunteers to help with their vital work with people with disabilities.

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Plymouth Argyle supporters are being encouraged to make their views known about the £50 million plans to regenerate Higher Home Park.


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Kerry Cole meets up with Paula Hocking, founder and director of Wheelfever Projects which provides dance therapy for young people with disabilities.

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balancing family life

Award-winning seafood chef Mitch Tonks tells us why he chose Plymouth as the next location for his highly successful RockFish Restaurant concept.

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louise is ideal extra help for claire’s enterprise A franchise business launched locally little more than a year ago is proving so successful that a manager has been recruited to help cope with the growth of the enterprise. Extra Help was originally launched in Milton Keynes by Claire Robinson, who now lives near Saltash, and her friend Sarah Jackson. They first met when Claire was publishing a series of local magazines and Sarah – who ran a cleaning franchise – was one of her regular advertisers. Between them they have well over 40 years’ experience serving the community, including more than 25 years in the care industry and 20 years running their own businesses. Claire said: “A lot of Sarah’s customers were elderly and wanted extra help over and above cleaning. She felt there was the potential for a new business offering not only cleaning, but also home help services such as shopping, ironing, dog walking and basic companionship.” “The idea for Extra Help was born and Sarah asked me if I would like to run the business with her. I felt that a new challenge was just what I needed, so I sold my publishing business and joined forces with Sarah.” The business was launched in October 2010 and Milton Keynes was the first area to be established and is now being successfully run as a franchise.

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The opportunity arose for Claire to move to the West Country with her three children and she established the Extra Help franchise in Plymouth and South East Cornwall at the beginning of 2012. A total of 10 franchises are now up and running in various parts of the country including Leicester, Hertfordshire, Essex and Northamptonshire. The local Extra Help business has grown rapidly since it was introduced particularly in Plymouth. With more than 50 clients taking advantage of Extra Help’s services Claire decided she needed to recruit a manager to help oversee the business in Plymouth and South East Cornwall. She met qualified dietician Louise Pen-Collings at a networking meeting when Louise was running her own business. Soon after, the opportunity arose for Louise to become a home help for the company. Claire said: “I needed someone with a caring background and a business brain. Louise fitted the role perfectly. She is now assisting me with admin and also recruiting new clients and home helpers.” Louise, who lives in Plympton, said: “I am really passionate about my work and having run my own business as a dietician I believe I can help Claire to develop Extra Help.” Claire said it was a recession resilient business with low overheads and proven systems and procedures ensuring not only top quality service to clients, but also a viable, profitable business model. “More and more elderly people continue to live independently in their own homes, but need a helping hand. We recognise that they don’t need a full-time or live in carer, but having a little help with tasks such as shopping, gardening and transport to appointments and social events can significantly extend the time that they are able to stay in their own homes.”

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paula’s all-inclusive dance This month’s Art Matters turns its attention to dance. I caught up with Paula Hocking, the Plymouth based choreographer, community dance practitioner and founder director of Wheelfever Projects. This local gem is also the national co-ordinator for the Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain. She has been invited to teach and perform at the International Christian Dance Conference this summer in Puerto Rico. Paula recently attained an MA in Choreography at Dartington College of Art where she researched inclusive practice. This served to enhance her passion for providing an equal opportunity to young people who often feel excluded from mainstream dance. She had already set up Wheelfever, which started in 2007, in response to a need expressed by parents of disabled children. Paula said: “Parents were coming to me sharing that they were uncomfortable and sad about their children thinking dance was something they were not able to take part in. Paula Hocking of Wheelfever Projects


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“So I organised a day event which

put on workshops for young wheelchair users. There was an enthusiastic response from the young people, their families, carers and friends, and as they showed an interest in participating in regular dance activities Wheelfever Projects was set up. “We began by running monthly workshops, which included siblings, friends and family members with the aim of providing opportunities for disabled and nondisabled children and young people to explore dance together. “We also started holiday dance clubs to encourage independence and give short breaks for families. Soon after our work began, some of the young people worked on performance skills and were involved in local performance events. “Although the project started off by introducing physically disabled young people to dance, things have expanded and we now employ dance support workers so others with additional needs can get involved. We have young people with learning difficulties and autism, as well as children who are in care, attending our sessions. We are all different and enjoy creating dance in our unique non-competitive environment.” Paula added: “We would like to keep

project the consistent provision so that disabled young people have the same opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being in a dance group that their peers are offered; that sense of belonging and being part of the wider dance community. We have participated in School Tour. “We were part of the Olympic Torch opening ceremony and we performed at the Paralympics opening in Plymouth as well as presenting on other community dance platforms. “Our methods of practice cultivate transferable skills - we encourage confidence in children to share their ideas and so they learn that their creative ideas and opinions are a valid contribution to the devising process - we hope that this influences their approach to life.

Wheelfever offer training and development, mentoring and coaching as well as providing a broad dance programme which includes:

“We believe dance is a fundamental human expression and consider the essence of what we do changes people’s perceptions by about both disability and dance. A common perception of dance is that it belongs to those Kerry Cole with a certain body type and only works as an athletic spectacle but dance can be an outward expression of our inner voice – when crafted that inner voice can be an artistic expression of a personal voice or a social comment.” For further details visit or email Or call 07815 285208.

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hotel chefs kept busy 150th anniversary Chefs and kitchen staff at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel prepare thousands of dishes each year for diners in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. In 2013 their work has increased significantly as the hotel celebrates its 150th anniversary. Head chef Darren Kester and his team have not only been catering for special anniversary events, but are now adding a signature dish to the restaurant’s a la carte menu reflecting different eras from the hotel’s history.

local fishermen’s catch-of-the day. Alongside our a la carte menu we offer a table d’hote choice offering a starter and main course for just £15,” he added. “We hope that many new customers will come and share in our anniversary celebrations by dining with us in the restaurant.” One of the main attractions of the 150th anniversary celebrations is the ‘Tea at the Top’ promotion which includes a two-hour afternoon cream tea in the hotel’s famous viewing tower, complete with champagne. The £35 charge per person includes a £5 donation to charity. The unique promotion will continue until the end of September – but has proved so successful that it will be available next year as well between May and September.

Not surprisingly, the first dish celebrates the Victorian era during which the hotel was built. The dish – Roti de Poussin Crapaudine – appeared on a Royal Menu in November 1899 when Queen Victoria entertained the German Emperor at Windsor Castle.

Hotel director Jon Morcom said: “Tea at the Top is already fully booked until the end of August with just a few places left in September. It has been so popular that we decided it would become an annual promotion and will also be available as an additional option for guests who stay in our luxury Tower Suite, located under the tower.”

Translated into modern day English the dish is roast spatchcock chicken with chipolata, rosemary jus and chateau potatoes. It will be on the AA Rosette restaurant’s menu during the whole of July with a new signature dish added each month until the end of the year. The beautifully appointed restaurant, which also boasts two RAC Blue Ribbons, may be formal in style reflecting its Victorian heritage, but it is certainly not stuffy. Each table offers a relaxed, elegant way to enjoy some of the best food Plymouth has to offer.

Funds raised during the 150th anniversary celebrations will be shared between three local charities: Jeremiah’s Journey, St Luke’s Hospice and Plymouth-based Friends and Families of Special Children. Nicholas Reed preparing

A series of themed events, each reflecting a specific era in the hotel’s history, are being staged during 2013.

Darren said:”We are serious about the food we serve and our menu one of the a la carte dishes The next big event is A Big Band Night on Saturday August 24 with is influenced by fresh West Country farm and game produce and the Sharps and Flats nine-piece band reflecting the war years when


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the Glen Miller sound was the music of the day. The event will be held in the hotel’s recently-refurbished ballroom and starts at 8pm. A tea dance was held in June bringing back memories of days gone by when the Duke’s tea dances were a big part of the social scene in Plymouth. Other events have included ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the hotel and a talk by Paul Davies, chairman of 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’ proved particularly popular. Jon said: “The Big Band sound remains as popular as ever and we hope the event on August 24 will prove a big hit with local people – and money raised will help three very worthwhile local causes. It’s a black tie event with tickets costing £15, a third of which will go to charity. “The hotel does have a special place in the life of the city and many people have fond memories of times spent at the Duke of Cornwall, particularly weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. “We have received a lot of historical items, menus, brochures and other material, a lot of which will be included in the commemorative brochure we will be producing later in the year to mark the hotel’s 150th anniversary. “We have also had feedback from lots of customers about their memories of the hotel, including some fascinating stories and anecdotes.” For more information about the Big Band Night and other events contact 01752 275862 or visit

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appeal for help disabled A charity providing vital therapy and support for people with a variety of disabilities is appealing for more volunteers to help with its work. Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled Group is a unique equestrian facility based at Bittaford near Ivybridge, which aims to give disabled people of all ages the chance to both enjoy the sheer exhilaration and therapeutic benefits of horse riding in a safe and structured environment. The group was established 30 years ago by Peggy Douglas, who was recognised for her work with the disabled with an MBE in 2011. She was also honoured by carrying the Olympic Torch through the village of Brixton last year. It is a totally voluntary not-for-profit organisation relying entirely on donations and support from the local community, and currently giving over 4,000 rides each year to up to 120 disabled people, young and old alike. Riders spend 30 minute or hour-long sessions, usually on a weekly basis. They come from all over the South Hams and further afield. Scores of volunteer helpers assist with rides and lessons, sometimes three to each disabled rider, as well as helping to run the centre. Peggy is also supported by a team of instructors and a board of trustees, who work with the charity in a variety of roles, including fund raising and administration. Originally Peggy Douglas (right) pictured with volunteers, operating from riders and horses at The Brook a commercial stables, Erme Valley moved to The Brook 11 years ago and after a major fund raising campaign now boasts a purpose-built indoor riding school, stable block, toilets, parking and access to fields and lanes for riding out. It is a member of the National Riding for the Disabled Association and not only provides opportunities for riding, but also dressage and show jumping. The charity has a total of 10 horses involved in its work. Former PE teacher Peggy, who has a disabled son, said: “It all started in 1983 with three parents, two children and two ponies. Our move to The Brook in 2002 gave us three fields, a barn and outdoor riding school. Our Raising the Roof campaign brought in £120,000 which enabled us to create the indoor riding school, stables and other facilities. “What we try to do at Erme Valley is to build people’s confidence and to help them broaden themselves. It’s a holistic experience. Riding offers a new visual perspective of the world, while encouraging independence and self confidence. “Many of our clients are unable to take part in traditional recreational and sporting activities. Riding offers an opportunity to succeed at a unique activity while receiving educational and therapeutic benefits.


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“The relationship riders develop with their equine and volunteer partners promotes unique emotional and social growth. We work with people from the broadest spectrum of disability, including those who are undergoing rehabilitation after accidents or major illnesses.”

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Peggy Douglas with one of the horses working at the Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled Group

She said that Erme Valley was always looking for more volunteers who were willing to spend just a few hours each week working with the disabled, most of whom need up to three helpers during their sessions at The Brook. “Ideally, volunteers should be able to commit to providing help on a regular basis as this enables us to ensure we can provide the right level of support for all our riders. They need to be comfortable in an equestrian setting and have good communication skills. They will also need to have their own transport as The Brook is not easily accessible by public transport.� The Dartmoor Pony Club is also based at Erme Valley and Peggy instructs and helps to run the summer camp. Peggy said she is as passionate now about the Erme Valley Riding for Disabled Ltd as she was when it first began. The group recently took five horses, 12 riders and 12 helpers to a regional dressage event in Cornwall and has helped eight riders to the national RDA dressage finals later this year. If you are interested in volunteering with Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled Group call 01752 894348.

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restaurateur chris launches a mexican wave of enthusiasm Plymouth’s restaurant sector has never been more competitive with a growing number of outlets opened by national chains and celebrity chefs.

Arribas owner Chris Christophi pictured in The Havana Bar and (below) three of his chefs get in a Mexican mood

It all represents a big challenge for the city’s independent operators – but at least one Barbican-based restaurateur is determined to take the fight to the big boys. Chris Christophi runs Arribas Restaurant and Havana Bar, the city’s first and only independent Mexican restaurant, and he is adopting a range of marketing techniques to ensure that his Notte Street eatery remains competitive. Launched nearly 10 years ago Arribas has always been a popular venue for diners but Chris recognises that increased competition requires a determined response. “There are over 300 restaurants in Plymouth now, including one or two new Mexican outlets, but we believe we have something special. We offer excellent food, a vibrant atmosphere and a warm family-friendly welcome,” said Chris. Since becoming the sole owner of the business six months ago he has refreshed the menu, introduced new dishes and re-launched The Havana Bar, which is situated on the first floor above the colourful 80-seat restaurant. He has also introduced a range of special promotional offers designed to attract more customers to the restaurant between Sundays and Thursdays. Customers can download vouchers from the Arribas website to take advantage of offers such as a free bottles of house wine or free jugs of cocktails and sangria. “We’re also using customer feedback to create a new database which will enable us to e-mail special offers and promotions to customers,” he added. “We’re promoting The Havana Bar as a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink before or after dinner or visit to the theatre. It’s open from 6pm to late on Fridays and Arribas owner Chris Christophi preparing one of Saturdays and is the many cocktails available also a great place for special parties or functions. We can accommodate up to 100 people and offer a choice of Greek, Mexican and vegetarian buffets for private parties.” He said that people often believe that all Mexican food is either hot or spicy. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Our authentic Mexican dishes can be prepared to suit all tastes. So, whether you like your food hot and spicy or prefer mild and tasty we can prepare dishes to suit every taste.” Starters feature a selection of dishes ideal for sharing, including a Mexican combo with ribs, wings, jalapeno poppers, potato skins with chilli and onion rings, a Greek combo with meatballs, vine leaves, calamari, grilled halloumi, taramasalata, tzatziki and pitta bread.


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Also on the menu for starts are nachos, chicken or beef tacos, stuffed vine leaves and traditional choices such as soup of the day, mussels and prawn cocktail. Mexican main dish favourites including enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, chimichanga alongside wraps, steaks, home made burgers, pizzas, pastas, seafood dishes and salads. Specialities include Havana chicken royal (pan fried chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomatoes, basil, ham & cheese, served on a tomato based sauce with fresh vegetables and sautéed potatoes); pancho pork (pork loin fillet stuffed with mushrooms, cheese, fresh red and green bell peppers, lightly pan fried and finished in the oven, served with crushed potatoes and fresh broccoli on a base of honey and mustard sauce). The restaurant’s signature dish is beef steak chilli – made to Arribas own traditional recipe. Other favourites include banditos lamb shank (seasoned with garlic, herbs and a touch of Guinness, slowly cooked in its own juices, served with crushed new potatoes and Mexican bean sauce) and Mexican omelette with chorizo sausage, red peppers, spring onions, potato and cheese and served with homemade chips and salad. Diners can also choose from a wide selection of vegetarian dishes and there is also a special children’s menu. To complement the diverse menu Arribas has an extensive selection of wines, beers and champagnes, as well as a full cocktail menu, including pitchers of sangria and ice cold margaritas. Chris and his eight-strong team look forward to welcoming customers old and new to Arribas, which is situated in a prime location on Plymouth’s historic Baribcan. The Restaurant is open Sundays to Thursdays 5pm to 10pm; Friday from 12 noon to 10.30pm and Saturday 12 noon to 11pm. Arribas Restaurant and The Havana Bar, 58 Notte Street, Plymouth. Tel 01752 603303 website or visit the Facebook page Arribas Restaurant and Havana Bar

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seafood supremo mitch tonks on why he’s casting his net in plymouth Award winning food writer, restaurateur and fishmonger, Mitch Tonks can only be described as a seafood champion, recognised as one of the leading seafood chefs and restaurateurs in the UK.

Why Plymouth? I have always liked the Plymouth waterfront since sailing here a number of years ago. It has some of the best fish in the country here and I think it is a vibrant city with plenty going on.

Mitch has four restaurants, the newest of which RockFish Seafood opened at Sutton Harbour in the shadows of the National Marine Aquarium on June 28. His other restaurants are in Bristol and Dartmouth, where he operates they Seahorse Restaurant and RockFish Seafood.

Why another RockFish? RockFish in Dartmouth has been a huge success, guests really enjoy it and I’m always being asked to open more. I guess I just liked the location in Plymouth so much I thought why not! Opening RockFish in Plymouth feels like such an obvious thing to do.

He is UK Ambassador for Norwegian Seafood, a consultant for Young’s Seafood, has written five books, appeared on numerous TV shows and has opened the Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy at South Devon College. Here he talks to the Plymouth Magazine on the eve of the opening of Plymouth’s newest eatery.


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A sustainable seafood restaurant alongside the National Marine Aquarium and opposite Plymouth fish market and of course the sea. Our first RockFish in Dartmouth won the National Best Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant award, so when this site came up in Plymouth I thought this was the perfect opportunity. Will you be sourcing anything from Plymouth fish market? Apart from white fish like cod and haddock which we source from MSC approved fisheries in Norway, everything will be from Plymouth where possible. Are you recruiting locally? Everyone will be from the City!

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We hear that there is a new breakfast service coming up on the First Great Western Pullman train from Plymouth, is that something you’ve been working on? I haven’t had that much to do with it except to make sure we get a kipper on the menu. The breakfast train is an institution and I guess due to the recent success of the food on the Pullman it has inspired the return of the breakfast train I heartily recommend it, the Pullman team are fantastic. Will you be in the new restaurant cooking yourself? I will most certainly be there regularly, I like to enjoy my restaurants and look after the detail! Tell us what’s on the menu Fried oysters, soft shell crab rolls, great fish and chips, roasted scallops, cured herring, cracked crab, lobster and lots more. There is a crab day in Dartmouth on August 4, do you plan to run similar events in Plymouth? I would love the area around the fish market and Sutton Harbour to become a national destination along Britain’s seafood coast (which is what I call the South West!). I’ll be doing doing a crab cracking demo as part of the seafood festival on Saturday September 21 in Plymouth too so that is a date for the diary of any seafood lover! For a chance to win a meal for 4 at the new RockFish in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, email, quoting PLYM-MAG-01 For more information on the new restaurant visit and

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Girls Like That will be performed at TR2 in August

the show goes on at TR2... With the Theatre Royal undergoing a £7 million makeover, a ‘pop-up’ theatre has been installed at TR2, the Theatre Royal’s production and education centre in Cattedown. An exciting programme of work is taking place at this award winning, unique location. Jul 10 to Jul 12 Playhouse 2013

Playhouse 2013 will see six groups of young people in Plymouth and the surrounding area performing four new plays in a three day festival. Playhouse gives teachers from schools a chance to direct a play by one of the country’s most exciting playwrights, with professional support from the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Local schools taking part include College Road Primary, St Paul’s RC Primary and Marlborough Primary School.


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Jul 18 to Jul 20 Our Space - The Edge

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. Jul 29 to Aug 2 and Aug 5 to 9 Summer Stakeout – A Play in a Week

Fun and creative activities over the summer holidays with the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Make new friends, learn new skills and create your own Play in a Week! At the end of the week you will perform your very own play to your family and friends. 10am - 3pm. A Play in a Week is open to all children aged 7 - 10 years. Aug 14 to Aug 17 Girls Like That

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at school everyone has an opinion, rumours run riot through the corridors and Facebook, but Scarlett remains silent. This challenging and explosive new play explores the pressures facing young women today in the wake of advancing technology. Following the sell out success of Blood Tie, the Young Company return with a new play written by Evan Placey

(winner of the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play For Young People) especially for the young people at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. For bookings contact the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01752 267222 or visit

barbican theatre launches new dance and theatre performance training programme for young people Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre is launching an exciting new programme of dance and theatre performance training in September. The programme is designed to inspire young people aged from eight to 25 who are interested in developing their skills in dance or theatre or who want to try something new and meet like-minded and friendly people. No experience is required and all styles are welcome. Youngsters aged between eight and 11 years old can join Barbican Theatre’s Dance or Theatre Moves sessions. Have fun exploring a variety of theatre disciplines or learn some new dance moves, develop confidence and make new friends. Taster sessions are running on Monday September 16: Dance Moves is from 5pm to 6.15pm and Theatre Moves is from 6.15pm- 7.30pm. Those aged from 12 to 15 years old can go along and get creative making original performances, train in a professional theatre and get advice from leading industry practitioners. Taster sessions are running on Thursday September 19: Dance Junction is from 5pm to 6.30pm and Theatre Junction is from 6.30pm to 8pm. For 14-25 year olds, there is the opportunity to audition to be part of Company B Dance or Theatre, an exciting new performance training company at the Barbican Theatre made up of the most talented young dancers and actors in the city. Productions twice a year give youngsters the chance to develop skills which can help them go onto bigger things – students from the Barbican Theatre’s training companies have successfully gained places at some of the best dance and drama higher education schools in the UK. New for 2013, the Barbican Theatre is offering 15-25 year olds a chance to gain teaching, technical and arts management training skills with accreditation and mentoring. In Dance and Theatre Force (Tues/Wed 5pm to 6pm), learn how to teach dance/theatre workshops and then lead your own workshops. In Tech Force (Mon 7pm to 9pm), learn a range of technical skills and out them into practice. In Arts Force (Wed 5pm to 6pm), learn how to campaign for the arts you want to see and help make event happen. The Barbican Theatre provides opportunities for young people to develop their skills in order to excel and expand their horizons. Catherine Thompson of the Barbican Theatre said: “We continually strive to raise the standards of dance and theatre performance being produced for, with and by young people. We grow and develop talent, providing pathways into professional training and the arts industry.” Fees for the Barbican Theatre Performance Training start at just £20 a month. Any youngsters interested are invited to along to an Open Evening on Tuesday September 10 from 6pm to 8pm to find out more. To book a place, register for the taster sessions or audition workshops or find out more information on all of the sessions above, visit, call us on 01752 267131 or email us at the plymouth magazine


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Weekly sessions to develop theatre skills. Jul 18 and Sept 12 Hip Hop Stage

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and over and interested in getting together to share and develop skills. It’s a chance to meet like minded people and perform on stage with audience feedback! Hip Hop Stage is a new collaboration between the Barbican Theatre and the Street Factory. Jul 24 to Jul 26 2 Houses

The Barbican Theatre’s Young Apprentices present ‘2 Houses,’ a new dance theatre performance about the gap between wealth and poverty in Plymouth and our collective responsibility to do something about it. It’s a difficult subject to talk about, but now more than ever it is one that affects all of us.

to train and perform in a professional theatre environment and use digital technology to analyse performance skills. Participants will practice your newly acquired skills at the end of the week when you have a chance to perform at the Barbican Theatre for family in friends. B-Bar at the Barbican Theatre Castle Street, Plymouth 01752 242021

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Some light relief with the best stand-ups on the UK circuit. Jul 29 to Aug 1 Frame Your Future – Barbican Theatre Summer School

A unique opportunity to improve dance and theatre performance technique by taking part in the Barbican Theatre Summer School. 10am-5pm for 12-18 year olds. No specific skills or experience are needed and classes are open to the dancers and performers of all styles, beginner and advanced level. Frame you Future is a chance

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Jul 19 Tango Sonoro

An evening of tango music and dance. Jul 25 Jeff Horsey

of the Mad About Swing Lindy Hop weekender.

Superb South-West bluesman who’s toured The Delta (and we ain’t talking the Tamar). Enjoy his solo blues musings.

Jul 10, Jul 24 and Aug 14 Café Acoustica

Jul 26 Hamer & Isaacs

Fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen.

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

Jul 12 Lost in Space

Jul 28 Thomas Ford Album Launch

A stomping seven-piece party band, with raunchy female vocals, a full brass section, funky bass, rocking guitar and more percussion than you can shake a stick at, playing funky ska and retro grooves, all with an edge of jazz and soul. Jul 18 Dennis Elsworth Americana Night

Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter and Americana artist. Lately, he’s been in the rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year.

Special album-launch event for this electrifying blues talent. Thomas Ford, a harp-playing, hard blues singing solo performer, releases his latest album ‘Breaking Everything But Even.’

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Jul 12 and 13 Plymouth Beer Festival

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Due to overwhelming demand, Micky Flanagan has added even more Plymouth dates to his mammoth Back in the Game tour, following on from his three shows in March this year. Sept 24 Bill Bailey

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From the exquisite Sophistipop soundings of Go West and Hue and Cry to the powerful soulful emotions of The Christians, this winter sees the three critically acclaimed legends join forces for this spectacular one-off UK tour which will land at Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday November 3.

co-written with Tony Hadley, is released in June. Fantastic performers with a huge repertoire of hits, Go West are a real treat live.

Hue and Cry burst onto the UK music scene in the late 1980’s with the outstandingly successful albums Seduced and Abandoned and Remote. This period saw the band produce some of their most auspicious hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love’, ‘Violently’, and ‘Looking for Linda’. Their award winning style of intellectual, yet appealing pop songs, fused with their United on the same bill for the first time unique brand of soulfulness gave rise ever in a series of not-to-be-missed shows, to their continued success as the band witness pop music at its very best with advanced ‘full-steam-ahead’ into the hit after hit. With millions of albums sales nineties, releasing acclaimed work which and iconic hits plus decades of perfecting their craft, performing to audiences at sold Garry Christian (top) with Hue and Cry (above left) and Go West includes the chart-storming Top Ten album ‘Stars Crash Down’. out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between, this authentic Merseyside stars The Christians were eighties triple header kicks off in October. prime movers in the soul scene that emerged out of England’s North West at Celebrating over 25 years together, Go West had their first hit ‘We Close Our Eyes’ in 1985, the first of many including ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’. They won a BRIT Award for Best Newcomer in 1986 and this was followed by tracks on the multi-million selling soundtrack albums - Rocky IV, Nightmare On Elm Street & White Men Can’t Jump. In 2012 they released their Greatest Hits DVD Frame By Frame which entered the UK DVD charts at No 5 and 2013 sees the release of their latest CD – ‘3D’ – a unique album released in three parts. The first single from the album Skin Deep,

the end of the 80s. Along with other iconic bands they brought a distinctive soul edge to the charts at the end of that heady decade. Now The Christians are back – with frontman Garry Christian still sporting the Raybans and very deserving of his description as having ‘the voice of the decade’. Expect the hits sounding better than ever ...’Harvest For The World’, ‘Words’, ‘Born Again’, ‘Hooverville’, ‘Forgotten Town’ and of course the massive ‘Ideal World’. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 0845 146 1460 or visit www. for ‘print at home’ ticketing

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looe’s big music just gets bigger and Place your hands on tickets to see Brit rockers Reef and The Darkness on Looe beach this autumn. Looe Music Festival 2013 promises over 80 bands, three stages and one big party on the beach over the weekend of September 27 to 29. The Darkness, Reef and Dizraeli & the Small Gods will head a hefty line-up of rock, punk and modern ska talent that includes The Damned, Sham 69, Missing Andy and Simon Townshend fresh from his UK tour with The Who. Folk fans can look forward to a busy weekend of performances from celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman (making the short journey across the Tamar to take Looe beach by storm on the Saturday night), plus BBC 2013 Folk Duo Award winners Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, singersongwriter Judy Dunlop, and folk-pop starlet Lisbee Stainton. If Latin-American gypsy blues is more your style, Congo Faith Healers are one to catch. Carnival outfit Tankus The Henge have a reputation for whipping crowds into a frenzy too. Named as one of Glastonbury 2011’s top 10 bands, check them out for yourself at Looe Music Festival 2013.


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Rockney heroes Chas & Dave will close the weekend in style supported by the pioneers of ‘oom-pop’ the lederhosen-clad, Londonbased Oompah Brass. Last year sold out – don’t miss the boat. Now in its third year, Looe Music Festival 2013 is set to be the best yet, with bands from glam-rock giants to new talent reinventing the The Damned genres of dance and hiphop. If rock’s your favourite there are plenty of bands to wrap your ears round like Brit rockers Reef, who have their roots firmly planted in West Country soil. local talent Joining Reef are Land of the Giants, PJP Band, James Robinson, Empire of Fools, Vince Lee & the Big Combo, Becca Langsford Trio, and Freshly Squeezed to name

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ecov is all se big splash in Hundreds of people will be making a splash for charity when they take to the sea at this year’s Ecover Blue Mile in Plymouth. The event takes place off Plymouth’s historic Barbican waterfront on September 14 and 15, with money raised going to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).


Last year saw no fewer than four Olympic gold medal winners compete in the onemile ‘Race for the Environment’ – Plymouth-based Lithuanian swimming sensation Ruta Meilutyte, canoe slalom C2 winners Tim Baillee and Etienne Stott and double rowing gold medallist Andy Triggs Hodge.

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calendar. It is organised by Plymouth-based triple round-the-world racing yachtsman Conrad Humphreys. Conrad explained that the fun event has a serious message behind it: “My overriding feeling was that if we were going to get more people to care for our oceans, then we’d have to find greater ways of connecting people with the issues that our blue environments face. More people will care for the planet if they learn to enjoy what it can offer. “The Blue Mile is still very young and I am pleasantly surprised at the momentum it is gathering even at this early stage. In the space of a few years, we’ve built up a great following with the public and we’ve caught the eye and ear of established organisations such as Ecover, MCS and national sports bodies. “I’d like to think that in the next 10 years we can do for the blue environment what Red Nose Day has done for communities in Africa.” Plymouth’s Olympic silver medalist and Commonwealth double gold medal winner, Sharron Davies, has given her backing to the event. Sharron, who is a patron of the Marine Conservation Society, hopes it will raise awareness about the marine environment and encourage more people to take up water sports. “This is a fantastic way to get people into the blue environment whilst raising money for the Marine Conservation Society,” she said. Find out more the Ecover Blue Mile – including training tips and event prizes – by visiting the website at

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great family day out at this year’s totnes show This year’s Totnes & District Show takes place on Sunday July 28 and promises a great day out for all the family.

and intrigue! Starring intrepid ponies, sheep and Hettie the cow, organisers are delighted that Amanda Saville and her team will be travelling from Scotland to entertain.

The annual event, held at Great Court Farm, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, promises a feast of fantastic attractions to suit all ages.

There’s lot more on offer including a display of tractors, agricultural machinery and vintage cars, along with the Andrei Burton Events Team performing mountain bike trials shows throughout the day.

Families are encouraged to go along and enjoy everything the beautiful South Hams has to offer, from fascinating farming traditions to awe-inspiring entertainment, quality crafts and the best local produce.

There’s a Dog Show and try terrier racing which is fast, furious and not just for terriers. The racing will be started this year by celebrity guest Lucy Siegle, presenter of the BBC One Show.

The Grand Parade is one of the highlights of the day, showcasing prize-winning sheep, cattle and horses.

Youngsters can cuddle the animals in the pets corner, support the hilarious ferret racing and enjoy the traditional swingboats.

Visitors can see top performing lamb shearers, watch the horse show and with carriage driving, pony club mounted games and show jumping and see amazing falconry demonstrations, woodland and rural skills.

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Plymstock United Reformed Church Concert for senior citizens. Contact Doreen Brown 01752 406131 Jul 5 Jazz at the Fleur

Duke of Cornwall Hotel Free entry for live jazz from 9pm to 11.30pm. Jul 7 Plymouth Jazz Club

Amy Roberts with the Craig Milverton Trio at the Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill. Call 01752 721179 or visit Jul 12 Classical Masters Series: Mozart

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University Featuring the Ten Tors Orchestra, Simon Ible - conductor, Arta Arnicane - piano, Will McNicol - acoustic guitar. Tickets and information 01752 585050. Jul 12 City of Plymouth Concert Band

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mannamead Road, Hartley Concert in aid of Nordoff Robbins, a national music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of autistic children and adults across the UK using music therapy and other music services. Featuring mostly Gershwin including Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. Admission free but there will be a collection in aid of the charity.

Jul 13 Dante Festival

Yelverton Parish Church Featuring the Dante Quartet with Angela Garcia - viola, and the Dante Festival Orchestra. Tickets from 07583 050581. Jul 19 Tamar Concert Choir

Rock Methodist Church, Yelverton Tickets £5 on the door Jul 20 Singing Workshop Day

St Paul’s Church, Yelverton With Simon Ible - musical director, Mary Mazur-Park - organ. Choruses from Haydn’s The Creation. Workshop fee £13, £10 members of University of Plymouth Choral Society Admission free to the informal performance with donation invited in aid of the Memory Café. Jul 20 Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir

Saltash Wesley Church Tickets from Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation 01752 843073 Jul 20 Plymouth Jazz Club Summer Picnic

Saltram House With Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada and Mike Cox’s All Stars Ticket info: 01752 721179 or visit Jul 28 Charles Cross Concert Band

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Jul 13 English Choral Classics

Cathedral Church, Wyndham St West Featuring the West Devon Chorale with conductor Michael Johnson and organist Christopher Moore. Tickets and information 01752 776479, or online at westdevonchorale

Aug 8 The Benyounes String Quartet

Harford Church, nr Ivybridge Featuring cellist Philip Higham. Quartets by Haydn and Dvorak and the Schubert String Quintet.

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Jul 5 Devils v Rye House Jul 19 Devils v Workington Aug 3 Devils v Redcar Aug 10 Devils v Somerset Aug 23 Devils v Scunthorpe Aug 30 Devils v Sheffield Throughout July On the Hoe

Merchant’s House, 33 St Andrew Street, Plymouth See a new display of black and white images of Plymouth Hoe from the city’s photographic collections. The images date mainly from the late Victorian and Edwardian times. A small number of them also show the Hoe in the 1950s - a period when Plymouth rebuilt itself after the devastation of the Blitz. Open 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). Jul 4 to Jul 7 Plymouth Race Week

The Sound The multiple courses, purposefully laid to suit the different styles of the class and taking into account the wishes of the sailors, allow this regatta live up to the slogan, ‘The Yachtsman’s Regatta’. Also timed to coincide with the Plymouth Sail and Power Festival, a full calendar of events will ensure that the shoreside entertainment is every bit as spectacular as the sailing, with a dedicated, fully licensed race village on the Barbican offering food, live entertainment, tradestands, open-air market and daily prizegivings.


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Royal William Yard The market showcases some of the best local food and drink in the South West. Visit www.royalwilliamyardnews. Until Jul 7 Wimbledon on the Big Screen

The Piazza, City Centre Feel the tension from Centre Court live from Wimbledon on the big screen. Jul 13 Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit

Plymouth Sound 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 culminates 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. For entries and information, go to the website at Jul 20 to Jul 28 Port of Plymouth Regatta

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Seashore Safari Special Jul 7 12 noon to 3pm Cawsand Beach, Cawsand. Admission to main event free with no booking required. Snorkelling is £4 per adult and £3 per child over 8 yrs – payment and booking essential. Explore the local coastline for marine creatures with the Blue Sound Project. For confident swimmers and over 8s who want to, there is also an opportunity


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to get a rare glimpse beneath the waves with a snorkel session led by trained professionals (booking and payment essential – call 01752 304774). Please bring a swimsuit, towel and warm clothes if you are snorkelling. Meet on Cawsand Beach. Batten Beach Art Aug 4 10am to 12pm, Batten Bay, Mount Batten, Plymouth. Admission Free. Please call 01752 304774 to book. Bring your imagination, a digital camera and a sandwich to Mount Batten and collect natural objects with us to create some seashore-inspired art that will be photographed and displayed on the Museum’s Flickr photostream. Meet at the bottom of the beach steps. Make and Take

Make something then take it home with our seasonal creative sessions aimed at children aged five to 11 (all of whom 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. British Festival of Archaeology: Roman Army July 27 11am to 12pm, 1.30pm to 2.30pm Make a Roman shield, helmet and flag as we mark the British Festival of Archaeology. Holiday Activities for Families

A range of family-friendly activities aimed at primary school aged children although younger siblings are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tuesday Film Screenings Screenings will run from 1.30pm.

Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance. Seating is first come, first served. Bring a cushion with you if you can! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wreck-It Ralph - Aug 6 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - Aug 13 Ice Age 4: Continental Drift - Aug 20 The Croods - Aug 27 Handling Tables and Objects Thursdays throughout August, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Admission free – no need to book. Come and take a closer look at a selection of what our Curators have in their collections!

Wedding & Prom Packages Available Wednesday Drop-Ins 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm). Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance. Activities are organised on a first come, first served basis. These are drop in sessions and sometimes get busy! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sketch and Colour - Aug 7 Use the objects in our ‘Stories from the Stores’ exhibition as a starting point to colour and sketch to your heart’s content. Magic Mancalas - Aug 14 Learn how to play this easy and fun board game which originates from Africa. Landmark Lighthouses - Aug 21 Make a lighthouse from craft materials based on our very own Smeaton’s Tower or your imaginations. Come Fly With Me - Aug 28 Create a simple sea bird and see how far it can glide. Thursday Workshops 10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm Admission is £2.50 per child. Places are limited. Advance booking and payment are essential at the Museum Welcome Desk. Payment can be made by cash or cheque – sorry, no credit cards. The minimum cheque value is £10. Please make cheques payable to ‘Plymouth City Council’. Please note we will not be able to refund any monies unless we have to cancel the workshop. Younger children are welcome to come along but seating priority will be given to paying children. Make a Mancala - Aug 1 (Suitable for 3+) Take a look at the wonderful mancala board game in our ‘Bringing the World to Plymouth’ gallery and make one of your own. Sail Away - Aug 8 (Suitable for 3+) Let your imaginations sail away as you make and decorate a ship inspired by our ‘Plymouth: Port and Place’ gallery. Egyptian Headdresses - Aug 15 (Suitable for 8+) Make a dazzling Egyptian headdress and collar. Amazing Masquerade - Aug 22

(Suitable for 3+) Visit the museum’s natural history and world cultures galleries and use what you see as a starting point for a fantastic mask. Curator’s Curiosity Box - Aug 29 (Suitable for 8+) Be the curator of your own curiosities and memories box. Find curios or family history objects to place inside it. Why not bring in some small items and photos to the workshop to start your collection off?

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9pm to midnight. Over 2,000 kinds of moth inhabit the British Isles, most of which you’ll only see if you go trapping at night. Join the experts at this night time event and see what moths they can trap and identify, you never know we may find some rarities! Meet at the park gates at Cremyll at 9pm. The event should last around three hours and tea and biscuits will be provided. Suitable shoes should be worn and bring some warm clothing, it can get chilly during the night. Cost is £4 per person. Aug 11 Ancient Tree Hunt

Help find and record ancient and veteran trees around the park. With the help from members of Cornwall’s Ancient Tree Forum you will learn how to identify, measure and record ancient and veteran trees. Event starts at 10am, meet in Barrow Centre Courtyard.

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Join the rangers here at Mount Edgcumbe for an outdoor adventure. Starting with a scavenger hunt in the lower park you will collect all the materials you need to build your own den. The event starts at 11am and lasts for approximately two hours. Tickets cost £5 per child and are available in advance (all children should be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children per adult).

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Discover Saltram brought to life with the characters of it’s past and take a peek into some of the favourite past times of the family and their distinguished guests. An evening of costumes and stories spanning three centuries of the Parker family. Listen in to conversations about the hobbies, past times and extravagances typical of the Parkers and their friends from 1743 right up until 1927. This guided tour will take visitors on a journey through the House meeting costumed characters and narrators alike. Various dates in June, July and August Themed Guided Tours

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A range of activities to keep the boredom at bay and help you tick off your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ list. Including dressing up, crafts, trails, games, den building and self-led activities. See website or telephone for details of activities on each day. Small charge may apply for some activities. July 20 Jazz Picnic

A real favourite: Join the Plymouth Jazz Club for another evening of jumping jazz. Bring your picnic and dine, dance and listen to the music of two great bands on the lawns of Saltram House. Refreshments and bar available. Tickets in advance, or on the gate. Aug 6 and 20 Mini-Beast Safari

Join the warden team to explore the pond and hunt for the mini-beasts that live in and around its watery depths. Aug 2, 16 and 30 Wild in the Wood

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Detect bats at Saltram with the National Trust wardens. A chance to learn about the habits and calls of each species on a bat watch around the grounds. Have a go at identifying which species are present using a bat detector. Take a torch. Sorry no dogs. There’s also a Family Bat Walk on September 14.

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Fancy spending your lunchtime taking a bite-sized look at the museum’s collections and changing exhibitions – then join us at 1pm for a 30-minute tour. Unless stated otherwise, no two tours are the same - so even if you’ve been before there is always a reason to come back! Admission is free but places are limited. Please collect a ticket from our Welcome Desk or contact us and we will post or put one aside for you. Everyone who attends receives a voucher for a 20 per cent discount in our café afterwards, so you can grab yourself a quick bite to eat too!

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Find out more about the life of Nancy Astor including her career as the first female MP and MP for Plymouth Sutton, a supporter of many causes and high profile acquaintances. Her roles as a wife and mother, friend and foe, politician and personality will be highlighted using images and objects from the City’s permanent collections. It is also hoped to include some loan items from a selection of national institutions.

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See a real store in the gallery as the museum undertakes the largest-ever review of the social history collections. On certain Nancy Astor 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. Jul 12 The Big Knit

Special Open Day for all would-be knitters and knitting enthusiasts! The City Museum and Art Gallery’s Women’s Craft Group will be on hand to teach anyone with an interest in this recently revived skill. Complete beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. A number of beautifully knitted and crocheted items will be on sale. Admission is free and there is no


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Celebrate the end of the summer holidays at this special event, inspired by the exhibition about Nancy Astor, who was renowned for the parties she held at her Cliveden estate in Buckinghamshire. A full timetable will be published on the museum’s website nearer the time and will include tea, swing dance demonstrations and creative activities. The café will also become the ‘Astor Tea Room’ for the day. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Come along for as little or as long as you like. 11am to 4pm, last admissions 3.30pm


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Food lovers flocked to the Moorland Garden Hotel to enjoy a free day of cookery demonstrations and industry know-how from some of the region’s top producers on Friday June 7. The inspiration of the hotel’s new head chef, Bruce Cole, the West Country Producers’ Day was designed as a celebration of ‘paddock to plate’ cuisine, an opportunity for diners to meet and chat to the people behind the ingredients appearing on the hotel’s new menu. Demonstrations included a session on beef butchery with Dartmoor Farmers Limited and fish cookery with S&J Fishery and Bell & Loxton rapeseed oil. Bruce also shared cheeseboard tips and tasters courtesy of goodies from Quickes West Country Cheeses along with Moorland Garden Hotel homebaked bread, with delicious sweet treats provided by Owens Coffee and Honey’s Bakery.

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one of the producers at the Visitors were able to tuck in to pulled pork baps with apple sauce, Moorland Garden Hotel event and strawberry jam and clotted cream filled scones prepared by Bruce and the team.

The day culminated with a Gourmet Wine Supper in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, with a donation from the ticketed dinner and proceeds on raffle tickets sold throughout the day for a grand prize draw going to the charity.

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a serious question of will power Families rarely discuss what will happen to their property and possessions when they die. There is often the assumption of an inheritance which can lead to bitter disappointment and resentment. However there is no legal duty in the UK to provide for family and heirs. We enjoy testamentary freedom to do with our possessions as we wish. We can choose to follow a moral duty to provide for our family or leave all our possessions to provide for a cherished pet or to help a charitable cause close to our hearts. In fact the law has recently made it more advantageous to leave money to charity than to relatives. There is an increasingly narcissistic view in our younger society of aspiration and entitlement. The need for material wealth has lead to consumerism and a buy now pay later approach. This approach is often disappointing and distasteful to the older generation, who have scrimped and saved for decades to provide for their futures. The stark reality is that fewer people save for their futures and the double dip recession has lead to financial crisis and crippling debt. An increasing number of young people rely on receiving a substantial nest egg from close relatives when they die which can lead to bitter disappointment if the windfall does not materialise.


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And yet times have been tough for everyone and it is estimated that up to half of parents aged 50 or above have already had to spend a significant chunk of their savings to see them through the financial crisis. Property prices have crashed and there is simply less to go around. Added to that is a general change in attitudes. People are living longer. Gone are the days of traditional retirement and the perception of slowing down and taking it easy before you quietly shuffle off this mortal coil. Our over 65s are happily rediscovering their youths and enjoying the freedom their retirement brings. With this comes broadening their horizons; travel, dance classes, socialising and fun.

By Catherine Canham Chartered Legal Executive at Wolferstans

Our retirees are avid consumers, computer literate and financially savvy. They are enjoying the fruits of their labour and using their hard earned savings to kick off their heels and to feather their own nests. You only have to take a peek at the organisations traditionally associated with older people such as Age UK or Saga to realise many of our over 50s are enjoying life to the full. They are more confident in their choices and more likely to set about the task of estate planning emotionally rather than morally. They may feel less inclined to be persuaded by their moral duty to provide for an estranged relative when they could pass their assets to a close companion or carer. They may also feel distanced from their family by changing moral attitudes or concerned about how an inheritance would be spent. And with an ageing population comes increased cost. Social care is reducing and council budgets are overstretched. More people are having to pay for their own long term care, often having to sell property to meet the costs. Many take the view they would rather enjoy their wealth while they can than see it go to the Government in taxes and care costs. So it is almost inevitable, in some cases, that when the time comes and the will is read there will be bitter disappointment, fear for the future and anger about apparent injustice or inequality. How can we avoid this? Careful estate planning by an experienced adviser is essential but also communication and foresight during your lifetime can certainly help. Having an open and honest discussion about your plans and talking through any issues can stop an estate being decimated by legal costs. If you worry about the future of your cherished pet when you die and want it to be provided for in the manner in which it has become accustomed, make your feelings clear in person or in a letter of wishes. Similarly if you feel strongly that a particular charity should benefit because its cause is close to your heart, make your wishes known. That difficult conversation now could ensure your will is not challenged in the future. And if a dispute can’t be avoided seek early advice from a specialist solicitor who is sensitive to your needs and the issues in your case. In many cases disputes can be resolved without going to Court. Wolferstans’ private client department offer a full range of wealth and tax planning initiatives to protect property and other assets through wills, trusts and lasting Powers of Attorney and a dedicated inheritance dispute team who advise on all forms of Inheritance, Will and Trust disputes. For a free no obligation initial discussion please contact us on 01752 663295 or visit


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setting the standard for honeymoons, long-haul and tailor made holidays

It has already been two years since Peter Goord Travel established their formal partnership with Kuoni Holidays.

re-branding, we have become the leading ‘Long Haul and Tailor-Made’ travel agent, not only for the Plymouth area but also the entire South West region.

As many of you will be aware, this coincided with an extension and complete refurbishment of our premises, which has hopefully made visiting our office a much improved experience.

Also, with the help of my incredible team, we were recently voted ‘Kuoni Agent of the Year’ for the whole country and we were short-listed for the ‘Plymouth Retailer of the Year’ in the recent ‘Business Awards’.

I often read about businesses that re-brand and renovate their premises and I was concerned about the impact this would have on our existing customers. Being such a well established and trusted local business, we were careful to ensure that any image change did not affect people’s perception of the services we offer and our reputation. My father, Peter, always used to say, ‘don’t change a winning team’ and, to be fair, for over 30 years, this advice proved to be very appropriate. Plymouth Mag Advert_2013.pdf




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delights of the caribbean courtesy of sandals • continued on next page map and increased the incentive for people to visit us. The travel industry has changed significantly in the past few years and we have been determined to ensure that our business has changed with it. The traditional seven and 14 night package holiday is certainly here to stay, but those looking for shorter breaks now usually look online to book their lowcost flight with companies like Ryanair and often stay with friends or relatives in accommodation abroad. We can, of course, still book Flybe (from Exeter) and Easyjet (from Bristol) flights as part of a package with accommodation – this not only provides you with the perfect holiday in terms of cost and convenience but peace of mind as our ATOL & ABTA bonding will keep your money protected. There are numerous ways in which our partnership with Kuoni has already had a positive impact on our business but one of the greatest benefits is the education and training they have been able to offer our team in relation to their products and destinations. Their programme features many destinations that our staff were previously not too familiar with such as the Maldives, Mauritius, Vietnam and The Caribbean. Thanks to Kuoni, we now have a wealth of product knowledge on holidays to these areas and many more. At least one member of staff will have visited all they key destinations in their programme and they will be happy to share their experiences with you. The largest growth sector for us recently has therefore been long-haul holidays with a particular emphasis on honeymoons. It is by no means a coincidence that over two years ago, we would book only a handful of honeymoons in a year to long-haul destinations. Currently, we are handling the equivalent of this in just one week. We have attended a number of wedding shows and events recently, which has undoubtedly improved our profile in this area and helped us to become a ‘honeymoon specialist.’ However, I am also confident that our product knowledge, exclusive offers, relaxed environment and the overall booking experience has contributed greatly to our significant increase in honeymoon bookings. The Caribbean is without a doubt one of the most established and popular destinations for newly weds and is the home of Sandals Resort. One of our team, Kelly James, has just returned from an educational visit and we have pleasure in sharing her report and insight in to this product as follows; My Sandals Experience My name is Kelly James and I have worked for Peter Goord Travel for the last five years; I previously worked for Peter Goord Insurance for fourteen years. I have recently returned from a Sandals trip to Jamaica and what an experience it was! There are seven Sandals hotels in Jamaica and I had the pleasure of sampling the Whitehouse and Royal Caribbean properties. If you are looking for a luxury all-inclusive adults only holiday then any of the Sandals properties are the place to go as everything is included from meals and drinks to nonmotorised water sports 24/7 and even tips. It really is service on demand! Landsports included basketball, giant chess, pool, shuffle board, squash, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. Watersports included glass bottom boat, Hobie cats, kayaks, knee boarding, snorkelling, paddle boarding, wake boarding, water-skiing and wind surfing.


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There is certainly something for everyone. The hotels are generally refurbished every two years to keep up with current trends, so no matter how old the hotels may be they still feel really new – it’s like a home from home! The Red Lane Spa facilities are second to none and only use Dermologica products. Other Caribbean locations for Sandals hotels are Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada and St Lucia. Depending on which hotel you stay at you can also use the facilities of the other Sandals hotels in that resort area. If you are travelling as a family and would like to experience the quality of Sandals, I would recommend their ‘Beaches’ properties as the facilities for the children are excellent and the Aqua Parks are great fun too.


The room categories can be quite confusing at Sandals properties so when looking to book please feel free to give me a call to go through them with you. Generally though, there are three room styles available: deluxe, concierge and butler suites - all with different specifications. I think choosing the correct room category for your requirements is quite crucial at Sandals, so I would always try to ensure that we match the facilities with exactly what you are looking for. As Sandals are a hotel group, your holidays with them can be booked through many different tour operators, giving us the opportunity to shop around and secure you the best deal. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Jamaica with Sandals and I can’t think of a better way to start married life than spend a honeymoon in any of their resorts or, of course, as somewhere to actually get married! Ask about their free weddings offers for under £3500 for two, including flights, all inclusive accommodation and your wedding. Happy Holidays!

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why family life is such a big balancing act We are a family of five and this is our average week Monday: choir, cricket and after-school club. Tuesday: mosaic club and sailing club. Wednesday: after-school club followed by football in the evening. Thursday is homework. Friday: KidzKlub and youth. Saturday off and then church on Sunday. Phew!

By Liz Crudgington of Roundabout Nursery

This is before we add in parties, having friends and family around and anything the adults might like to do! It’s tiring just thinking about it all, let alone actually doing it! Life has become a bit of a juggling act.

considering the why. The saying goes: ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. How important that is in our role as parents. We must stop and take time to consider what we want to teach our children about themselves and life and why we spend our time as we do.

I’m sure life wasn’t this busy when I was a child. Perhaps it’s just part of getting older, of being the parent and not the child, but it feels like life is in fast forward. My husband and I both work full-time and the children seem so busy with their activities. Why are we so busy and how do we put the brakes on?

The story is told of the stones in the jar. It goes like this. A jar is set in front of a group of students and filled with stones. The lecturer asks if it is full. ‘Yes,’ they say. ‘Really?’ he answers. He picks up some gravel, puts it in the jar, shakes it, and the gravel makes its way through the stones to settle in the jar.

Leading American broadcaster Josh Levs, speaking on the subject of ‘overscheduled kids, anxious parents’ on CNN in America earlier this year, suggests that we are making childhood too stressful.

He asks them again if it is full. ‘Yes‚‘ they say. So he picks up some sand, puts it in the jar and shakes it until the sand filters through the stones and gravel. ‘Now is it full?’ he asks. ‘Yes!’ they reply. Then he pours water in.

He questions if we’ve forgotten what childhood should and could be like. He said: “I couldn’t care less whether they can run an eight-minute mile, play the violin, or set up a tent. I care that they know they can achieve anything, that they understand big rewards come from perseverance and hard work, that they treat others as they’d want to be treated.

The point of the story is that if you put the sand and gravel in first you’ll never get the big stones in. If the jar represents our life what are the big stones? They are our priorities, what we want to teach our children and what memories we want to create.

“I care that they fill their lives with positivity, love and friendship, and take time for those things. I realized I had gotten caught up in the means, not the end.” Levs is saying that sometimes we can get too involved in the what, without


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Teaching them to treat others as they want to be treated, to persevere, to work hard, to love others and be loved, the value of friendship and faith. Big stones for us look like family holidays and celebrations, time with friends and time for hobbies. Gordon MacDonald (Ordering your Private World. Nelson, 2003) talks about our soul being like a garden that needs tending. Like any garden the gardener needs to

remove the weeds that have grown and give space to plants that he wants to grow. He suggests we regularly look at what has appeared in our life over the course of a year. What are we doing that we don’t want to be, what weeds have grown? To go back to the jar analogy, we need to make sure that we are not filling our jar up with sand and gravel first. A club too many, working too many hours, too much screen time? And then we need to put the big stones in the jar, for if we don’t put the important things in the diary first, you can be sure that, in the busy-ness of life, they won’t just happen.

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busy month with abbotsbury Roses again feature as one of the stars of the garden this month.


As I write, they are just beginning to break bud. Every so often you get a waft of the delicious scent of Gertude Jeckyll. This is one of the David Austin Roses that I mentioned last month. I also spoke about the Rambling Rector (the rose, not a local vicar!) in my garden that had taken a bashing in the winter. I didn’t expect to get anything from this one this year after its battering, but I am happy to report that it is now covered in tight buds.

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This one also looks great growing through trees and requires very little attention. Eglantyne is another great performer and mine is starting to flower and there are loads more buds coming. Well worth a space in the garden. As I said, the roses are just waiting to burst into glorious colour. We received plants from our new Cornish supplier and among the highlights are Proper Job (well they are Cornish!) which has a beautiful deep red bloom with excellent scent. The collection includes Sweet Child of Mine which is named in memory of the young people who lost their lives in a flash flood at Zennor in 2009. Royalties from this rose go to the Coastguard Association. So what else can we expect to look forward to in July? Dahlias make a great splash of colour. They come in all shapes and sizes and are pretty easy to grow. The things you need to watch out for are slugs and support. Don’t let this put you off, as both can be dealt with very easily. We have a range of products that will keep slugs at bay. There are always the tradional blue pellets, but if you prefer to garden organically, we have a product called Slug Gone. It is a pelleted product made from sheep’s wool but slugs won’t go over it as the wool dries up their foot. If you want to try dahlias in pots there is also the copper tape that you put around the pot. Slugs won’t go over this as they get an electric shock.

For support, there are a number of products designed to keep your plants upright. The type of support depends on the eventual size of dahlia. It is important to stake them early and it’s also much easier. You can always ask any of us for help to make sure you get the right sort of support. Dahlias make great cut flowers and the more you cut, the more they flower. At the end of the season when the frosts return you can lift the tubers and store them dry until next year. During the spring and summer we run coach trips from the Garden Centre to various destinations in the south west (details can be found in store). In May I went on the trip to Abbotsbury in Dorset. First we visited the Swannery and saw the swans being fed. The swans were so calm. Their nests were alongside the paths and many of them had cygnets. There were signs up warning of possible aggression, but I saw none of it even when some noisy children came tearing past. There were lots of little fluffy young swans in the rearing ponds - so cute! One of the Abbotsbury swans with The highlight of the day for me was the visit to the Sub Tropical Garden at a young cygnet Abbotsbury. It rained pretty much all day and as I walked in I was a little disappointed by the first area of planting - not much going on yet but there were signs of things to come. In fact it looked like they had just finished doing some planting and gap filling.

Anyway, I found a map and got my bearings and off I plodded along one of the paths. As I got further along, I felt I was wandering along in a lost world. It was so peaceful and the planting was divine.


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Stephen Griffiths, curator of the Sub Tropical Gardens pictured in the Jurassic Swamp

Lots of plants that should have finished were flowering their socks off. Evergreen rhododendrons and azaleas were in full flower along with Azalea mollis. Lots of fresh new growth on the ferns and Gunnera Mannicata taller than me, it was definitely a garden to get lost in. As I rose from

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visit and tavistock festival can also help you decide what to move and what might need to be taken out. If you need any help or advice on filling gaps or planting up problem areas, why not call in and have a chat with us? Dare I say it, but now is also the time to start thinking about the spring as spring bulbs such as crocus and daffodils will be in store soon. I promise not to talk about Christmas just yet! Well that’s all for now. Happy gardening and here’s hoping the sun shines all the way through!

Cornus Controversa - the Wedding Cake tree

the more lush plantings of Japan, the jungle and the Himalayas the atmosphere changed and I discovered one of my all time favourites - Cornus Controversa Variegata - the Wedding Cake Tree. It’s a medium to large tree so not suitable for all gardens, but if you have the space it’s well worth it. The restaurant was lovely and very much in keeping with the feel of the planting. I will certainly be making a return trip to this garden, it has so much to offer all year round. At the end of May we went along with our stand and our plants to Tavistock Garden Festival. We got sunburnt on the Sunday and soaked on the Monday - well it was a Bank Holiday! We met lots of old friends and made plenty of new ones. We also had the opportunity to work with Christine Walkden from BBC’s The One Show and Gardeners’ Question Time. We supplied the goods and she did the demonstrations in her ‘no nonsense’ way. It was a pleasure to meet her and she is a great ambassador for the horticultural trade. She said some very nice things about us and was impressed at the price and quality of our plants.

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So what else to do in July? If you have hedges, by now you will see how full they are and if you need to fill any gaps. We have plenty of containerised hedging plants in stock both evergreen and deciduous, all of which can be planted at any time. Conifers can be trimmed now but take care not to cut into the old wood as they will not re-grow from that area. The exception to this is Taxus Bacchata (Yew). Cutting back hard into a yew hedge will regenerate it. Escallonia is looking good now. It’s a great hedging plant that stays evergreen, has small scented flowers and is good for wildlife. It stands up well to extreme coastal weather conditions. Do you record how your garden is looking now? It is useful to take pictures of your garden throughout the year so that you have a record of which plants are there. It Plymouth Garden Centre in Fort Austin Avenue,  Crownhill is open from 9am to 5.30pm weekdays and 10.30am to 4.30pm Sundays Tel: 01752 771820. www.plymouthgardencentre. the plymouth magazine


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