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Issue 118 April 2014

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return of popular jazz festival is boost for the barbican Lots of good news surrounding the historic Barbican this month. As a jazz lover myself I was delighted to hear that the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival is returning in 2014. It left a big hole in the city’s cultural calendar last year when a lack of funds meant that the festival could not be staged. Now the festival is back - and organisers are hoping that it will be the start of a new era for the colourful and entertaining event. Potential developments in the future could see the festival expand out to The Hoe and Royal William Yard. By partnering with the big single-handed yacht race La Figaro Du Soleil and supported by funds from the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and the City Council, the festival is back again between June 13 and 15. Let’s hope the sun shines throughout the weekend and thousands turn out to support this brilliant musical extravaganza. You can read more about the event and plans for the future on pages 28 and 29. Another popular attraction is also returning to the Barbican: the swashbuckling Pirate Weekend is taking place over the weekend of May 10 and 11. It’s a massive attraction for families, with the youngsters having the chance to dress up and experience what life is like as a pirate. Last but by no means least in the Barbican good news bulletin is that work is now under way on extending and upgrading the iconic Cap’n Jaspers eatery. It’s been one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks for more than 35 years and we talk to the current owner Georgie Curtin – daughter of Jaspers founder John Dudley – on page 14 of this issue. We also thought it was such an important story that we decided to mark the news by featuring Georgie and her beloved Cap’n Jaspers on the front cover. Hope you enjoy the latest issue - and look out for our May edition which will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first issue. There’s a chance for you to join our gala anniversary celebration at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel - turn to page 49 now! Publishers: Chris Girdler and Ian Pilkington Editor: Debbie Girdler Designers: Sven Lauch and Sam Francis Photography: Roy Perring Contributors: Jon Morcom; Anthony Goord; Kerry Cole; Bev Saunders; Fiona Newton; Derek Anderson; Mark Mears Advertising sales: Naomi Shearer, Sarah Simpson, Tendai Chetse and Dave Simpson Distribution: Tony Hodges and Sharon Hodges Finance: Karen Pilkington and Kim Craig Front cover: Georgie Curtin, daughter of Cap’n Jaspers’ founder John Dudley celebrates the start of work on a major expansion of the popular Barbican eatery 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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talented and creative Textile designer and illustrator Rosie Drake-Knight and knitwear designer and florist Sarah Hill have established a different kind of creative project

new look for iconic landmark



Cap’n Jaspers, one of Plymouth’s most famous landmarks is being refurbished so that it can cater for even more customers at its site in the Barbican

martin’s business venture


Martin Pomeroy is a flooring specialist with more than 10 years’ experience. Now he has taken the plunge and decided to set up his own business

tying the knot The Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Devonport Guildhall have joined forces to offer brides and grooms a unique range of wedding experiences

what’s on in plymouth

Our comprehensive What’s On section has details of all the events coming up in the Plymouth area over the next few weeks, including shows, music, sport and family activities

making waves in the city

Kerry Cole dedicates this month’s Art Matters column to the new Making Waves Trail which has seen specially-made fish sculptures located across the city

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women at work

talented pair launch creative workshops for kirstie allsop fans Two women who became friends after working together at a business in the Barbican have launched a new creative enterprise in the city.

Sarah, who is 27, said: “We realised that between us, our crafty knowledge covers a whole host of creative specialisms. Together we share a desire to teach such skills to people locally.”

Rosie Drake-Knight and Sarah Hill first met last year while working part-time at Rockets & Rascals. Rosie runs the cafe and Sarah works on the admin and accounts side of the business.

Rosie added: “Although there is a strong creative community in Plymouth, and certainly wider Devon, we wanted to produce an access point for people who just want to have a bit of fun by making something great.”

They are both talented graduates who have a wide range of creative skills and now they have pooled their talents to launch a range of contemporary craft workshops.

Along with knitting, embroidery, print, floristry, and Mother’s day gift courses, MAKE Devon offers DIY wedding workshops, teaching participants all they need to know to home-make their special day.

In her spare time Rosie, 23, is a textile designer and illustrator having taken a degree at Falmouth University. Sarah gained a jewellery diploma in London, designs knitwear and is also working towards a master florist qualification. Rosie said: “After meeting at Rockets & Rascals we started to socialise and quickly realised that we both shared a passion for arts and crafts. “After a typical evening of crochet and cake we hit on the idea of running a different kind of creative project.” They have established ‘MAKE Devon’, running a range of exciting creative workshops with Kirstie Allsop fans and the DIY generation in mind. Their relaxed and informal courses allow local crafters to learn new skills and take home a hand made creation.

Sarah said: “We like our makers to feel relaxed so all of our classes include unlimited tea and cake and bags full of patience. Gift vouchers are available for classes and we welcome all skill levels, beginners to veteran crafters!” They have promoted their new workshops at craft fairs, vintage fairs and other events. Sarah has also run pop-up florists at different venues. They have made the most of social media to spread the word and have been encouraged and supported by their families, friends and work colleagues. Forthcoming workshops include creating an Easter Table Runner (April 17); Easter Floral Table Centrepiece (April 18) and two three week courses covering an introduction to embroidery and knitting in May and June.

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According to one of the top bridal magazines, the average wedding in the UK now costs well over £24,000 with the bride’s dress typically costing around £1,350. However, many couples have to work with a much smaller budget, according to Bev Saunders of Plymouth’s Bee Bee Gowns. “There’s no doubt that some couples prefer to spend less on their wedding and save the money for a deposit on their first home together,” she said. “We find that there is plenty of demand for off-the-peg wedding dresses, especially with made-to-measure wedding dresses taking anything from six to nine months for delivery. “A lot of couples have to work with much shorter timescales in terms of planning their wedding, such as people serving in the armed forces.” Bev said that Bee Bee stock exclusive designer wedding dresses up to size 30 everything for the petite through to the fuller figure. “Although they are designer dresses the prices are extremely affordable from just £199 up to £499 and certainly comparable to High Street prices. We have plenty of styles to suit all tastes in stock for spring and summer brides this year. “We can arrange alterations if needed and also offer a payment plan to help with budgeting.” Bee Bee also stock a selection of bridal accessories as well as bridesmaids dresses Just two of the bridal dresses in the Bee Bee range. The dress above is priced at £269 with the (inset) dress £449. The ball gown below costs £289. Sets courtesy of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel

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Bev said that the team at Bee Bee were always happy to provide advice and guidance to bridesto-be. “We offer a very relaxed and informal atmosphere and have many years of experience. It means we can offer practical advice on styling and toning, which High Street stores simply can’t match.” As well as extensive range of bridalwear, Bee Bee also have a big selection of prom and ball gowns.

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Bev also warned of the potential pitfalls of buying wedding dresses on the internet. “We have helped out customers in the past who have bought online only to find that the style and material is of poor quality. It’s just not worth the risk,” she said. Bee Bee Gowns, West Park Shopping Centre, Crownhill Road, Plymouth Tel 01752 350305


Lucy’s back in the swing of things at work and on the golf course! Hairdresser Lucy New not only spends a lot of time on her feet when she’s working – but also plays two or three rounds of golf a week in her spare time.

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wedding matters

Claire Burgess (centre), commercial manager of Devonport Guildhall pictured with events manager Louise evans (left) and Melanie Williams, weddings and special events manager at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel

making the perfect match for weddings Two of Plymouth’s most famous historic buildings are being joined together - in holy matrimony!! Teams at the iconic Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Regency landmark Devonport Guildhall are collaborating to offer brides and grooms a unique selection of wedding options. The two locations have a range of differing and complementary facilities for wedding ceremonies and celebrations and have found that by working together they can meet the needs of more couples than by working alone. Devonport Guildhall is operated by the Real Ideas Organisation, a not-for-profit social enterprise, which is charged with the responsibility of maximising the potential of the 1824 building and the Devonport Column which stands alongside it. The Guildhall has two rooms licensed for civil ceremonies - the Mayor’s Parlour with its feature fireplace and glimpses of the River Tamar, and the Main Hall with its high ceilings, stained glass windows and period features.

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However, as a Grade 1 listed building it can only be used on a limited basis, with a maximum of no more than 10 full-scale wedding receptions a year.

The main hall at Devonport Guildhall is a spectacular setting for wedding ceremonies while the columned entrance is a fabulous backdrop for wedding photos

“Couples can have their ceremony here, have their picture taken at the top of the Column and then take the five minute drive to the Duke of Cornwall for their wedding breakfast or reception.

“The Duke of Cornwall can obviously offer accommodation as well, which gives us even more flexibility in terms of what the two locations can provide.” Melanie Williams, weddings and special events manager at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel said: “We have certainly found a real benefit in working together with the team at Devonport Guildhall. It is certainly growing in popularity as a special venue for wedding ceremonies and we have been happy to host their wedding breakfasts and receptions here. “We have a number of rooms available for wedding parties, ranging from the ballroom which can accommodate 300 guests, to Fleur de Lys Suite on the lower ground floor which is popular for smaller wedding receptions.

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Guildhall commercial manager Claire Burgess said: “The building is proving increasingly popular as a venue for wedding ceremonies, because it is such a unique and historic building.

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Weddings for up to 60 guests can be held in the Mayor’s Parlour, while the Main Hall can seat up to 110 guests with an entrance through the impressive columned facade. For evening receptions the Main Hall can host up to 200 guests and is the ideal space for a band or DJ.

“We also have bedrooms with four poster beds and the unique tower suite which has magnificent views across the city,” she said. For more information contact The Duke of Cornwall on 01752 275850 and Devonport Guildhall on 01752 395028


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Christmas and New Year are behind us, and many of us will be looking forward to Easter and the hope of better weather and longer days, giving us more time to do the things we enjoy and to spend time with the people we love. Time with our family and our friends people who mean so much to us and who we know love us in return and always have our best interests at heart. People who will always be there for us if we need them.

However, in an effort to protect the vulnerable, the law states that should you become mentally incapable of making your own decisions, then it is the job of the “system” to protect you against any, and all, persons who may wish to take advantage of your position. This includes your own family. Thus, if you were to fall and hit your head (as happened to Jacqueline Barber), your family would have no legal right to decide on what care you should receive. Jacqueline died in care as her daughter battled in the courts for the right to take her mother home and look after her. If you were to be diagnosed with dementia and placed in a care home, your family would not be able to remove you, even if they felt you were being mistreated. Well they could, but they may be met a few days later at the front door by policemen with a battering ram and a court order to forcibly return you to the care home - as happened to Betty Figg. The legal system is to be commended for their efforts to protect the vulnerable, but

unfortunately it does not have the time or the resources to make accurate judgements on every case in a timely fashion. So, should you become incapacitated, either through ill health or through an accident, the law requires that your family lose all rights and a “deputy” may be appointed as a neutral third party to manage your affairs. Your joint bank accounts, your property, and even decisions regarding the type of medical care you receive all become the remit of the court. For example a joint account is likely to be closed for all transactions other than for emergencies, until a deputy has been appointed. So while you may trust your friends and family to look after you, the law does not, and the only way to make sure your voice is heard is to have a Lasting Power of Attorney drawn up by a professional. With Spring in the air, we hope that this isn’t too depressing a read, but we believe that it is too important to wait - we hope you do too. - David Richardson -


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makeover cap’n Work to expand and upgrade Plymouth’s famous waterfront eatery Cap’n Jaspers started at the beginning of March. The café at Sutton Harbour, famous for its half-a-yard hot dogs and Jasperizer burgers, has become so popular with locals and visitors that it is growing in size to meet demand. A second serving area is being installed, facing the Mayflower Steps, and the existing serving area on the opposite side of the building will be revamped. Cap’n Jaspers will remain open while the work is being carried out. Each servery will open onto outdoor eating areas, covered by new permanent canopies made from zinc, steel and timber. Cap’n Jaspers was first opened in 1978 by John Dudley, affectionately known as ‘The Cap’n’, to raise money for the Barbican Regatta. The eatery started out as a DIY hut built from plywood and old hardwood doors which cost £200 to build, with rent of £10 a week paid on a goodwill basis to the Sutton Harbour Company. The current premises opened in May 1997, and has continued to attract many regular local visitors as well as tourists coming from around the world. Georgie Curtin, daughter of the late John Dudley and current owner of the business said: “It’s an exciting chapter for both Cap’n Jaspers and the wider Barbican. We’re doubling in size to meet demand but the menu, prices and character will remain the same. I think Dad would be proud of his legacy.” She said that the café had taken its name from Jim Holt who had loaned John Dudley the money to build the originial eatery. “Apparently, Jim’s nickname was Cap’n Jasper, so it was Dad’s way of saying thank you to his friend for providing the funds.” Georgie has been involved in the business since the age of 11 and took over the operation after her father died in 2001. She said that the eatery would stay open throughout the construction programme and expected work to be completed by June. The increased serving capacity meant that a further 10 staff would be recruited during the summer months, in addition to the existing team of 15. @thetreasurybar



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Planning permission was granted by Plymouth City Council to Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, which owns the building and leases it to Cap’n Jaspers. The improvements to Cap’n Jaspers follow the opening of three new food outlets at Sutton Harbour during the past year. In the summer of 2012 Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish Sutton Harbour restaurant opened at the National Marine Aquarium; the real food kitchen opened on the opposite side of the Harbour, and later in the year they were joined by Quay Café at Pinnacle Quay. Paul James, asset manager for Sutton Harbour Holdings said: “Cap’n Jaspers is a Plymouth institution, bringing many people to the Harbour who just want to try their world-famous food. The fact that demand has become so high they need to expand is great news, both for the business and for Plymouth’s waterfront economy. “The upgrades to Cap’n Jaspers tie in with our vision for the Harbour, to position it as a must-visit food and leisure destination. We want to attract more people

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to come to Plymouth’s dazzling waterfront, and experience everything Sutton Harbour has to offer, from cafes, bars and restaurants to exciting events and visitor attractions.” Damon Pearce from Le Page Architects added: “We were delighted to be appointed as architects for this exciting project. Thanks to the co-operation from Sutton Harbour Holdings and the vision of Adrian and Georgina Curtin, the future of one of Plymouth’s most famous cafes has been secured and will continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors as a destination in its own right.” For more information about Cap’n Jaspers, go to To find out more about Sutton Harbour’s food and leisure offer, visit www.

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Direct from the West End and starring Jason Donovan, the feelgood international hit sensation is coming to Plymouth. Winner of four awards, including Best New Musical, and based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. Apr 13 Morecambe

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theatres & shows Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall. Starring Marti Pellow and Madalena Alberto. May 27 to May 31 Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood is a work of genius; ripe with vitality, rich in humour and populated by sublime, eccentric, enchanting characters. This new production, directed by Terry Hands, marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 1914 and the 60th anniversary of the play’s British première. Drum Theatre Royal Parade Plymouth Box Office 01752 267222

Until Apr 5 Mad Man

Chris Goode’s dizzying new adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman retains all

of the original story’s timeless capacity to startle, confound, disturb and delight. Boasting an extraordinary orchestral score and featuring an unforgettable lead performance by the award-winning Lucy Ellinson, Mad Man is a bleakly beautiful and relentlessly gripping journey into a world spiraling out of control. Produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mad Man follows the recent success of Solid Air, Forever House and The Astronaut’s Chair. Suitable for aged 16+ Apr 8 to Apr 12 The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense

Inspired by the runcible works of Edward Lear, Soap Soup Theatre present another feast for the eyes, ears and imagination. With their delightfully unpredictable story telling style, beautiful puppetry, and immersive soundscapes, they round up a collection of nonsense and fun, bigger and better than ever before! Soap Soup return to the Theatre Royal Plymouth following the success of Little Red Riding Hood in summer 2013.

Apr 29 to May 3 Connections Festival 2014

Theatre Royal Plymouth is once again taking part and hosting National Theatre Connections. Each year the National Theatre asks ten writers to create new plays for performance by young theatre companies. The Theatre Royal Plymouth will be hosting Brannel Theatre Company, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Cornwall College, Court Fields Community School, Fowey Community College, KPAC at KEVICC, Stage by Stage, Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company, Young and Unique Theatre Company and Callington Community College who will between them be performing The Wardrobe, Angels, Pronoun and Heritage. May 7 to May 10 Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Award winning Matthew Xia directs this momentous, Tony-nominated play which exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa, unravelling the brutal absurdities of everyday life under oppression.

Featuring astonishing performances from Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu.

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May 9 Imperanence Dance Theatre

Experience a new way to listen to dance and a new way to watch music. Impermanence are developing a unique strain of dance theatre; the movement draws on a combination of technique and theatricality, mixed with live music. May 17 ‘The Crutch’ and ‘The Buttercup’

Seeking the extraordinary in all things ordinary and delivering original dance theatre across the UK and beyond, the Karla Shacklock Company present ‘The Crutch’ and ‘The Buttercup’. Created and performed using the company’s own distinctive practice, the performers decide the structure of the work live in the moment of performance - meaning that each performance is completely unique!

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May 23 to May 25 Le Navet Bete: Extravaganza

Join David, Keith, Hans and Romano on a quest to tell their individual stories and impose their so called cultural offerings on to an audience. A madcap show full of acrobatics, improvisation, live music, audience participation, circus history and a unicycle on fire...Suitable for the whole family, but remember...the clown can get away with murder. May 30 The Tempest

The Actor’s Wheel (the company which tours University of St Mark and St John’s professionally directed productions) presents a highly visual, ensemble version of The Tempest. This island has a story to tell. A versatile eighteen strong ensemble bring the isle to life in this high energy, physical interpretation of Shakespeare’s final play. This magical reinvention of the classic play utilises live music and choral song, alongside dynamic physicality, marking the first ‘Actor’s Wheel’ production.

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Some light relief with the best stand-ups on the UK circuit. Apr 3 Josie Lloyd

Josie plays blues and ragtime from the early 1900’s, along with more contemporary blues material delivered on a steel bodied National Resophonic resonator guitar. Apr 4 and May 2 Hamer & Co

Experienced guitar-players Rich and Frank Hamer perform their own unique brand of music, blending everything from hot to cool jazz. Apr 6 Andy Quick’s Flying Orchestra

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theatres & shows cocktail perfect for the festival stage. With the success of the Land of the Giants, frontman Andy Quick is showing himself to be one of the best emerging songwriters in the country right now and certainly one to watch in 2014! Apr 9, Apr 23, May 14 Café Acoustica

Fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen. Apr 10 Rita Hocking

Northern California’s own Rita Hocking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major U.S. festivals to Bob Harris’s BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice. Apr 11 Swingology

Swingology perform gypsy swing in the style of guitar legend Django Reinhardt. The swinging guitars and soaring clarinet solos are evocative of the soundtrack to 1940s Paris. Apr 16 Rhymewarp with Mama Tokus

Mama Tokus will be performing her own funky and funny compositions as well as selecting a few of the best poets and writers to perform at each Rhymewarp event. Apr 17 Malcolm Holcombe

Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is being recognized by the contemporary U.S and European folk/ Americana community as a performer of national stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist. Apr 18 Out to Grass

B-Bar’s favourite bluegrass boys mean business as they apply their amazing ability to well-known tunes. Like Plymouth’s Hayseed Dixie. But better! Apr 23 Craig Campbell

Comedian Craig Campbell returns on the tour of his Edinburgh show. Tolstoy this is not, it’s vintage Campbell, bold and brash with a dash of sass.


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Apr 24 and May 29 Thomas Ford

Electrifying blues talent in the form of this harp-playing, hard blues singing solo performer. Apr 25 Will McNichol

Will McNicol who has performed some breathtaking concerts in Plymouth in past years returns as part of his ‘Put Your Feet Up’ tour and celebrate the release of his limited edition EP of the same name. May 1 That Groove Thang

Performing a mixture of covers : jazz, pop, rock, reggae, soul, funk but giving everything a really modern twist with a bit of a lounge spin. May 8 Hot Club of Stonehouse Gypsy Jazz Guitars

Gypsy jazz of 1930s Paris featuring the searing lead of Dave Jones & the driving rhythm of Julian Isaacs. May 9 Rue Royale

Ruth and Brookln Dekker started making music together in their then home city of Chicago five years ago, inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow. May 15 Andy Quick

The excellent Andy Quick returns for his first show of the year at the B-Bar. May 23 Brooke Sharkey and Adam Beattie

A rare double headline show with two amazingly talented young musicians

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Brooke Sharkey and Adam Beattie, who also play in each other’s bands and on each other’s records. May 28 Nels Andrews & AJ Roach

The extraordinarily talented Nels Andrews returns to the UK, this time teaming up with his old buddy AJ Roach, who now lives in Scotland. These two go back a long way and guarantee an evening of absolute delights from two of the finest singer/songwriters of their generation. May 30 Diz Watson

One of the rockiest piano players in the world.

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Apr 2 You Me At Six 2014

Following a tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars where they played to an amazing 250,000 people in Europe and the UK, this will be their first UK headlining tour since they played a tremendous sold out show at Wembley almost a year ago. You Me At Six have already sold 400,000 albums worldwide, with 2011’s ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ reaching No 3 in the UK Album Charts and each release going gold. With support from Don Broco and Young Kato. Apr 10 and Apr 11 Peter Pan Easter Panto

Don’t miss another spectacular family pantomime from the same team behind last year’s brilliant Easter production of The Wizard of Oz. Featuring a star

cast, including comedian Bobby Davro as Smee, impressive music, energetic dance routines, lots and lots of laughter and flying. Apr 12 Susan Boyle in Concert

After a sell out Scottish Tour in the summer of 2013, global singing sensation Susan Boyle is returning to the stage in her very first nationwide live tour. The show will feature songs including the now legendary ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as well as ‘River Deep, Mountain High’, one of her all time favourites, plus a host of spectacular surprises on the night.



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what’s on? What was it like to experience an Elvis concert in Las Vegas? Those who were there say it was the pinnacle of entertainment – a ticket that was hard to be had – the biggest and best show in Sin City. Now, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Rock & Roll and Elvis’ first recording session that led to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, Plymouth Pavilions presents Elvis Presley - On Stage on May 11. Using the latest technology, Elvis performs via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band, singers and an orchestra.

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2014, the album is one of the rock era’s landmark achievements - a record that sold 15 million copies and rewrote the rules. Rick Wakeman and The New World Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by The English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble, will celebrate this anniversary with a state of the art, dramatic, live presentation of this epochal, classical-rock crossover work. May 3 John Butler Trio

This European tour celebrates the release in February of the Trio’s new studio album, Flesh & Blood. Support by Brett Dennen. May 11 Elvis Presley - On Stage

Using the latest technology, Elvis performs via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band,

singers and an orchestra. Together, this multi-media creation puts the audience inside an Elvis Presley concert presented exactly like one of his classic live performances in a Las Vegas showroom. See panel on this page. May 20 Paul Hollywood - Get Your Bake On

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood demonstrate recipes, reveal some of the secrets of being a TV chef and take the audience on a journey through his life in baking. The show will culminate with four lucky randomly chosen audience members coming on stage to bake with Paul. May 21 Sally Morgan

The pyschic returns to the stage. May 30 Little Mix

Within two years Little Mix have gone from obscurity to being one of the biggest bands on the planet, a steep trajectory about to go interstellar with the release of their new single Move, and their forthcoming second album, Salute.

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The Carol Gasser Band. Saxophonist Carol Gasser, formerly of the Ivy Benson Band and the Rod Mason Band, returns to Plymouth leading her own group from Cornwall. Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth. Call 01752 721179 or visit Apr 6 Plymouth Philharmonic Choir

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Apr 12 Charity Concert

Emmanuel Church, Mannamead, Plymouth Peter Cigleris - clarinet, and Anthony Gray - piano Charity Concert for Parkinson’s UK & Plymouth YMCA


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Apr 13 Carlton Big Band

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Madeira Road, The Hoe, Plymouth. Tickets from 01752 664327. Apr 15 and Apr 16 Love Divine

Sherwell United Church, Plymouth Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir, directed by Jenny George, accompanist Anne Kalas. Popular Music for Passiontide. Also at Crownhill Methodist Church, Plymouth on Apr 16. Both start at 7.30pm Apr 20 Plymouth Jazz Club

A Tribute to Trad Jazz by the Pedigree Jazz Band. Roger Marks and Chris Walker, co-leading a great band, recreate the Barber, Ball & Bilk classics from the 50’s and 60’s. Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth. Call 01752 721179 or visit April 26 Elaine Davies Quartet

Abbey Hall (St. Andrew’s Minster Church Hall), Plymouth Jazz Night. Details from 01752 767558 Apr 26 Choral Concert

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Ermington Tamar Male Voice Choir in concert.

Apr 27 Music in the Park

Devonport Park Bandstand Devonport Park Community Choir and the Laira Youth Band. Free May 2 Plymouth Clarion Choir

Higher St. Budeaux Church Community Hall, Plymouth. Contact 01752 362931 May 3 Brent Singers

Music by Palestrina, Dvorák, Britten and the Manchester based David Jepson form the programme for Brent Singers’ concert in Buckfast Abbey The main work is Dvoák’s Mass in D. The rest of the programme comprises Britten’s Antiphon, Palestrina’s Stabat Mater and Jepson’s Lord I will Sing thy Praise. The Abbey is looking stunning at the moment following a major refurbishment and to take advantage of this and the acoustic the choir will be singing in an exciting and challenging formation. Jason Smart will accompany and Trefor Farrow will conduct. Tickets can be obtained from choir members or at the Abbey door on the night. May 4 Plymouth Jazz Club

Jazzacadabra – recently listed as one of the top five jazz gigs in The Times, Jazzacadabra play a variety of smooth and mainstream jazz plus music from the ‘Great American Songbook’. Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth. Call 01752 721179 or visit May 16 International Music Performance

Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouthy University Gamelan Chandra Gita Suara (Orchestra of the Sound of the Light of the Moon) is Plymouth University’s Balinese Gamelan with Gong Kebyar instruments - a collection of tuned metallic percussion consisting of metallophones, gongs and drums. Directed by Saj Collyer, the group meets weekly to learn traditional and contemporary repertoire, both as complete pieces, and as studies for the development of practical technique. The Plymouth University Gamelan group will be joined by guest performers in other styles of world music for this event. Admission free. May 17 Gala Concert

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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir’s Christmas concert featuring the ever-popular Handel’s Messiah was a virtual sell out. For their spring concert at Plymouth Guildhall on April 6 the choir will be performing a less well-known work - Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. Conductor Christopher Fletcher said: “After the success of the Christmas concert it’s nice to do something not so well known. It’s vital for the life and future of the choir that we learn and perform pieces that are new and fresh to us and perhaps to our audience. “People may not know Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, but they are likely to be very familiar with the gorgeous melodies of his New World Symphony and Cello Concerto. This piece has similar hallmarks, with its exquisite easy lyricism.” Dvorak’s Stabat Mater is traditionally seen as a reaction to the death of three of the Catherine Hamilton composer’s children. These tragic events seem to have inspired this evocative musical setting of a text describing the suffering of a mother whose son is dying on the Cross. It is also a testimony of human sorrow and hope. Singing with the choir will be soprano Catherine Hamilton, mezzo-soprano Juliet Curnow, tenor Iain Milne and baritone Darren Jeffery. Information about tickets can be found on the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir’s website, or by calling the booking office on 01364 72429.

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music conductor Simon Ible, with Sarah Redgwick - soprano, Angela Simkin mezzo-soprano, Anthony Flaum - tenor. a popular programme of passionate arias, dramatic choruses and emotive orchestral intermezzi from the great romantic operas including: Puccini’s La Boheme; Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Nabucco; Bizet’s Carmen and Mascagni’s Cavalieri Rusticana. Tickets from Peninsula Arts Box Office, t01752 585050

Orchestra, conductor Rupert Bond and including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture; Handel’s Movements from the Water Music and Dvorak’s Movements from Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’. Plus music for strings, woodwind and brass. The concert also features Plymouth University student conductors directing movements from Dvorak’s Symphony ‘From the New World’. Free admission. Parting donations invited toward concert expenses May 23 Plymouth Area Police Choir

Modbury Church In aid of church funds June 13 to June 15 Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival

May 18 Plymouth Jazz Club

Great Western Jazz Company. Lively traditional jazz for listening and dancing by a fine band from CornwallRoyal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth. Call 01752 721179 or visit May 22 Summer Concert

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University Featuring the Plymouth University

Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival alongside the Solitaire du Figaro yacht race. Details on www. (See feature on centre pages). June 13 Plymouth Area Police Choir

Grand annual concert at Central Methodist Hall. Tickets 01752 510934 and at the door on the night. June 18 Plymouth Symphony Orchestra

Plymouth Guildhall The Spanish Collection featuring works by Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Granados, Chabrier, De Falla and Albeniz

yeomen of the guard at devonport playhouse Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship will perform the popular Yeomen of The Guard as this year’s major production. It will be staged at the Devonport Playhouse from May 13 to May 17 with evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Set in the Tower of London in the 16th century, this operetta has one of the finest scores Sullivan produced. The plot is more serious than usual, as the hero Fairfax is accused of sorcery by his cousin who will inherit his fortune unless Fairfax gets married. Enter a Jester and his maid who just might be persuaded to marry Fairfax for money as she knows he is about to be executed. The Fellowship has been invited to take the production to Yorkshire by the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. They perform it in the open air at Knaresborough on Sunday August 3 and the next day in the Harrogate Royal Hall as the Fellowship’s entry in the international competition. Tickets for the Plymouth production are available from the Box Office on 01752 225505 or book online and select seats at www.plymouthgilbertandsullivan. com Tickets are £14 with various concessions and group rates.


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popular vintage fair is back in city The ever popular ‘All Things Vintage and Lovely’ fair is returning to Plymouth this April giving lovers of vintage, hand crafts, fashion and anything lovely, the chance to enjoy a shopping experience with a difference. Miss Ivy Events will be holding the fair on Saturday April 26 at the Plymouth Guildhall, whose beautiful interior really sets the tone. The fair will house over 50 vintage and retro stalls including clothes, crockery, kitchenware and fashion accessories. There will also be top quality and unique handcrafted goods handpicked from top sellers from the South West. Retro DJs Loadz and LadyJade, will be playing all the old-time favorites on original vinyl throughout the day. Vintage dance troupe ‘Mad about Swing’ will be performing

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A special antiques and collectables valuation event is taking place Saltash in April. The experts of Lockdales Auctioneers will be providing free valuations to the public on Thursday April 24 between 10am and 3pm, at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road, Saltash. Free parking is available. There will be experts providing valuations on the following types of collectables: coins (including British and world, sovereigns, Krugerrands, Royal Mint commemoratives & proof sets), stamps, banknotes, medals & militaria, antiques, clocks, watches, jewellery, gold, silver, pre-1900 documents, books and maps, cigarette-cards, postcards, pre-1960 sporting programmes and tickets, scientific instruments, swords,

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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. Mar 29 to Apr 6 Plymouth in Fashion

Plymouth in Fashion returns this year with fashion shows in the heart of the city centre, showcasing the latest high street fashion.

Apr 4, May 16, Jun 13 Live Music Night

The Piazza Live Music Night sponsored by ‘C and G Catering’ is a new concept and will happen on a Friday evening once a month between April and October on the Piazza in Plymouth City Centre. With three local bands taking to the stage each night this show promises to be a fantastic free night out. With a bar and food available head into Plymouth City Centre and enjoy some great live music. April event features Michael Collings, Supersonic and Rusty Angels. Apr 6 Wedding Fair and Open House

Mount Edgcumbe Visit Mount Edgcumbe House, the Earl’s Garden and Barrow Centre free of charge. The garden marquee will host a wedding fair, showcasing just what is possible at this fabulous venue. See the estate as it was in 1914 populated with Edwardian ladies and gentlemen. 11am to 4pm.

The popular Plymouth Pirate Weekend returns to the Barbican on May 10 and 11

Apr 19 St George’s Day

The Piazza It’s all going to happen on the Piazza in Plymouth City Centre. There will be live bands, performances, fancy dress, food stalls, freebies galore, wine, ale and special guests. Apr 24, May 8 and May 22 Plymouth Bike Night


The Hoe Promenade Hundreds of motorcycles of all types, trade/club stands, fast food and a live band. In aid of Help for Heroes.

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Plymouth Guildhall Everything of interest to lovers of vintage including hand crafts, fashion and anything lovely, the chance to enjoy a shopping experience with a difference.. Apr 27 Plymouth Half Marathon

Thousands of runners of all ages will take part in an event which last year saw £130,000 raised by all the Half Marathon charity partners and many more thousands of pounds for other charities.

May 1 to May 31 Plymouth History Festival

This year’s programme features exhibitions, displays, family-friendly activities, talks, presentations, guided tours and walks plus a series of special events. for full details of events and venues visit the festival website at May 10 and May 11 Plymouth Pirate Weekend

A fun packed Pirate themed weekend of family fun on the Barbican including re-enactment displays, smugglers and splicing. Demonstrations talks and dressing up for children. May 15 Plymouth Film Festival

Plymouth Arts Centre is hosting the inaugural Plymouth Short Film Festival. The festival builds on the rich tradition of film in the city. June 14 Lord Mayor’s Day

This popular annual event will again be taking place, welcoming the new Lord Mayor into their role. We do our best to ensure the accuracy of our listings but please check first to avoid disappointment

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The Sanctuary gives an intimate insight into a working Sanctuary and there is lots to do for the whole family. Over the Easter weekend there will be lots of fun and games to get involved with. On April 19 its Earth Day so at the Sanctuary there will be lots of Earth Day activities such as recycling and plant workshops and earth warrior face painting. On Easter Sunday visitors can take part in all of the Easter activities such as an egg hunt at noon also find Murray the Monkey for the secret password and you can win a prize in the shop. For more information on opening times please go to:

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

Admission free. Booking essential. Free, fun creative learning sessions for pre-school 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

Morning Call Apr 25 7am to 9.30am Ham Woods, near Ham Drive, Ham, Plymouth. £2.50 per adult £1.50 per child under 3s go free. Are you brave enough for an early start? Come with us to listen to the early morning birdsong in one of the city’s nature reserves. Experts from the University will help identify the different


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songs. You will also be able to look at some small mammals in the woods including shrews, mice and voles! Bring your binoculars if you have them, and wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Hot teas and coffees will be available. Meet us at the entrance on the corner of Tewkesbury Close and Ham Drive. Tickets available from the Museum Welcome Desk. Bee Happy May 17 11am to 1pm Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University Enjoy a guided tour of the artworks at the University that have been inspired by the wonderful world of the bee! We will be drawing our favourites from the exhibition before heading to one of the labs to look closely and bees and discover more. You will learn more about the lives of bees than you ever thought possible - so bring a sketch pad, some pencils and lots of creativity. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Meet in the foyer of the Roland Levinsky Building. Make and Take

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family events 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. Easter: Perfect Peacocks: Apr 12 11am and 1.30pm The peacock is a beautiful bird with colourful feathers and a national symbol of India – a country that the Museum owns a number of objects from thanks to the brave female explorer, Gertrude Benham. Come in and make a paper plate peacock, a rocking peacock plus enjoy some seasonal Easter activities. Sessions last for 60 minutes. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. Advance booking on 01752 304774. Family Holiday Activities

Drop-In Workshop: Figures in Landscapes Apr 9 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm) Use a range of craft materials to make paper figures based on the portraits in our Laura Knight touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, London. No need to book. Drop-in for as little or as long as you like. Bookable Workshop: Egyptian Magic Apr 10 10.30am to 12 noon Have a fun time with one of the Education Officers discovering more about the Ancient Egyptians! See and handle objects from our collections and make an amazing Egyptian mask. £2.50 per child. Advance booking advised by visiting the Museum Welcome Desk. Drop-In Workshop: Beautiful Birds Apr 16 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm) Take some inspiration from the specimens in our natural history gallery and use our craft materials to make a beautiful bird mobile. No need to book. Drop-in for as little or as long as you like. Bookable Workshop: Creatures of the Deep Apr 17 10.30am to 12 noon Spend some time with one of the Education Officers finding out more about the ocean deep! See and handle objects from our natural history and maritime collections then create your own sea creature. £2.50 per child. Advance booking advised by visiting the Museum Welcome Desk.


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Storytelling Sessions: Cheeky Monkeys and Bouncy Bunnies Apr 19 1.30pm to 2.15pm and 2.30pm to 3.15pm Join our storyteller for some fun, interactive folk tales about all sorts of animals - and help him create and act out a brand new story! Sessions are mainly suitable for children aged 3 to 7 but younger wrigglers and older siblings are welcome. You can have a go at our ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ gallery trail afterwards too! Admission free. No need to book. Portrait Consequences May 28 10.30am to 1pm. Get creative and take your inspiration from the portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds – one of Plymouth’s most famous artists! We will give you the beginning of a portrait and you can finish it off. Great fun for all ages! Admission is free and there is no need to book. Setting Sail May 29 10.30am to 12 noon. Spend some time with one of our Education Officers discovering more about Plymouth’s maritime history! See and handle objects from our collections then create your own boats and sailing vessels from the craft materials available. £2.50 per child. Advance booking and payment is advisable through the Museum Welcome Desk although unreserved places will be available on the day.

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Mount Edgcumbe Discover why Mount Edgcumbe House was so modern and unique when it was built. Look at the collections to find out more about this fascinating period in history. Tickets £5 and including entry to the House and Earl’s Garden on the day. May 3 and May 4 Green Man Weekend

Mount Edgcumbe Celebrate the rebirth of the year with falconry displays, archery, willow weaving, wood turning and fun around the village stocks. The festival will include a craft fair and food market all woven around the huge central figure of a Green Man - the spirit of fertility and renewal. Event entry is free - all day parking £5 per vehicle May 25 Smugglers Market

Mount Edgcumbe See the amazing Phoenix tall ship moored at Barn Pool for this fun-filled event. The pirates of St Piran will be

Apr 14 to Apr 17 Make a Musical in a Week

Two workshops run by the Theatre Royal at TR2 Howl! for 5-7 year olds. Nobody likes visiting the dentist, not even the Big Bad Wolf! Join Little Red Riding Hood as she and her friends give the wolf something to howl about. Packed full of music, drama and movement and specifically written for 5-7 year olds, this new version of the popular story will make even grandma smile. 10am to 12 noon each day. Mummy Mia! for 8-11 year olds. Step back in time to the banks of the River Nile 5000 years ago, and discover how the pharaohs lived (and died) in this hilarious musical, crammed full of brilliant songs, mummy movement, and drama! 1pm to 3.30pm each day. NOW SOLD OUT joined by dastardly smugglers from across Cornwall and Plymouth who will set-up a themed market. With cannons firing, pirates singing and treasure being spilt a great day out for the family. Entry to the event is free of charge - all day parking £5 per vehicle.

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Step back in time and imagine yourself at Saltram 300 years ago with this family Garden tour.

Make and fly a natural kite, go on a bug hunt or plant something tasty for your table ‘ a variety of spring activities to discover for children of all ages.

Apr 10 and Apr 17 Things with wings

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Tour the House and children will discover some of Saltram’s winged inhabitants. Apr 11 and May 30 Wild in the Wood

Join Saltram’s Forest School leader for a creative day of woodland activities and games. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry no dogs. Apr 18 to Apr 21 Easter Trails

Go along and hunt around for the clues to earn your chocolate reward. Normal Garden admission applies, plus £2 per trail. Gates open: 11am Last admission time: 3pm Free event (normal admission charges apply) Apr 18 to Apr 21 Easter Games

Join in with Easter inspired games in the Garden all weekend. May 24 50 Things Activity Day

Free guided activities will be held in the Park such as pond dipping, wild art

Join local wool artist Claire Packer for a drop-in felting activity for families. Normal admission plus £3 per child. Apr 10 and Apr 13 Tudor Archer

Meet Buckland’s historical archer from the court of Henry VIII and his display for all ages with authentically made bows and arrows. You may even get to have a go! Apr 13 Mummers Play

Watch the Dartmoor Border Morris perform a traditional Mummers play in the atmospheric surroundings of the Great Barn. Apr 18 to Apr 21 Cadbury’s Eggtastic Easter Trail

This Easter, set out on an eggspedition and follow in the footsteps of Francis Drake as you eggsplore the estate on Buckland’s Easter egg trail. Hotfoot it back to base camp to claim your Cadbury’s chocolate Egghead prize. Free spring crafts also available. Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Children £2.

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exhbitions & other events Events at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus Until May 10 Peter Randall-Page: New Sculpture and Works on Paper

See a special joint exhibition between Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery that celebrates the work of internationally recognised artist and sculptor, Peter Randall-Page. Presented as one show displayed across the two city centre venues, ‘New Sculpture and Works on Paper’ is Peter’s first major exhibition in the region for twenty five years. Until May 10 Laura Knight Portraits

Dame Laura Knight (1877 –1970) was one of the most popular and pioneering British artists of the twentieth

century. Her artistic career took her from Cornwall to Baltimore and from the circus to the Nuremberg Trials. Knight used portraiture to capture contemporary life and culture, and her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings. This exhibition of portraits will reveal Knight’s highly distinctive and vivid work, and also illustrate her success in gaining greater professional recognition for women in the arts. Apr 1 to Sept 27 Diary of a Soldier

Merchant’s House 33 St Andrew St, Plymouth City Centre. See a display featuring transcripts and images of sketches by W O Reynolds, an artist, teacher and soldier from Lipson in Plymouth who served in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force during World War I. Two of his diaries and sketchbooks are held in the City archives and provide a fascinating first-hand account of his experiences. This display focuses on the diary of his outward voyage to Gallipoli via Malta and Egypt dated 16 July 1915 to 25 February 1916. For details call 01752 304774

scores of special events celebrate city’s unique heritage Plymouth’s second History Festival will take place in May, following the success of the first-ever event in 2013. Plymouth History Festival 2014 will take place from 1 to 31 May 1 to May 31 and aims to bring a number of historical events in the city under one banner. It’s a celebration of Plymouth’s unique heritage! This year’s programme features exhibitions, displays, family-friendly activities, talks, presentations, guided tours and walks plus a series of special events. Activities take place in many different locations including the city centre, the Hoe, the Barbican, the Royal William Yard, the Millfields and in many of the suburbs. Venues range from church halls and guildhalls to civic buildings and historic houses. Many events are free, although a number require advance booking. Contact details for all the event venues can be found on the History Festival website at This year’s Festival is also one of a number of ways in which the city will be commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War and celebrating 100 years since the three towns of Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse became one.

children’s holiday sculpture course at arts centre The human desire to use windbreaks to create a space of one’s own on a beach will provide the inspiration for children at a hands-on sculpture course. The theme of the course, run at Plymouth Arts Centre, is based on a forthcoming installation by artist Emily Speed. The work, by the 2013 Northern Art Prize nominee was filmed at South Milton Sands and the film shows the efforts of volunteers to create a temporary suburb from unwieldy windbreaks.




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It is recommended that participants attend all four of the sessions, which run from 10am to 3pm on Saturday April 5 to Wednesday April 9 April (excluding Sundayl. The sessions can also be booked separately. The Saturday session is a Drop In Session and costs £2 per hour, or £10 for the day. The sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday cost £10 per day, or £7 for concessions or if all three days are booked. Families will also be able to enjoy an Easter Art Family Lunch at the restaurant at Plymouth Arts Centre over the Easter weekend, with art materials supplied to entertain children during the meal, overseen by Jamie-Oliver protégé chef, Sammy Lounds. The art lunch costs £15 for two courses, or £20 for three courses, for adults and £7 for two courses for children.

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Over the four days of the course, children aged 8-13 years old will be encouraged by artists to build their own temporary shelters as well as shelters that can be worn. They will also be able to develop their 2D work into 3D and to film the spaces they create.

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Entry is free and there will be live music and prizes up for grabs during the day. The first 100 people attending will receive a free cupcake and goody bag. There will also be the opportunity to have photos taken with family and friends in a fun photobooth. The fayre runs from 11am to 4pm and proceeds from the prize draw will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Family activities during the festival include Salty Seadogs at Elizabethan House on May 10 and May 11. Local musicians ‘Tobacco Road’ will play their sea shanties with visitors will be able to join in with some fun activities including decorating a giant cardboard pirate ship and pirate figures and make pirate hats. An early-evening walking treasure hunt for all the family is taking place in Plympton on May 15. Meet at Plympton Library at 6pm. The library is also the venue for a children’s quiz between 10am and 3pm on May 17 based on the local history exhibition on display at the library. Meanwhile Saltram House will host an event called Things with Wings on May 22. This is a fun tour for children aged 6-11 discovering decorative objects and paintings with a ‘wings’ theme in the house.

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An action-packed summer of racing begins at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Tuesday April 1. The meeting marks the start of a new summer jumps season at Newton Abbot Racecourse and the first of 18 exciting fixtures to happen over the next coming months.

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April alone will feature three fixtures with an afternoon meeting on April 1, a Saturday fixture on Easter Saturday April 19 and an evening fixture on Friday April 25. This season will see the return of some of Newton Abbot’s most popular money-saving offers. Ever-mindful of the economic climate, the racecourse will welcome back its popular 2-4-1 Monday offer. The offer allows horseracing fans to enjoy two Paddock Enclosure tickets for just £18 on each Monday fixture throughout the season when purchased a week in advance. With families in mind, the racecourse is again extending its free entry offer at all fixtures for children aged 16 and under. Plus, for those families with older children, students with a valid NUS or student ID card can go free too. The St Austell Brewery’s Ladies’ Day, a highlight of the racing season at the racecourse, will return on Tuesday June 24. The glamorous fixture provides a great evening of entertainment with an exciting blend of summer jumps racing and fashion. Ladies’ Day is a great excuse to enjoy Fixtures at Newton Abbot Racecourse in 2014: Monday July 14 Tuesday April 1 Sunday July 20 Saturday April 19 Wednesday August 13 Friday April 25 (evening) Thursday August 21 (evening) Thursday May 8 Saturday August 30 Wednesday May 21 Monday September 8 Monday June 9 Friday September 19 Monday June 16 Monday September 29 Tuesday June 24 (evening) Friday October 10 Monday July 7

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join the colourful making waves trail across the city A bright array of colourful fish have arrived in town! Sixteen beautiful sculptures of sunfish made from fibreglass have been set up as a tourist trail under the banner of ‘Making Waves’. The Making Waves project is an initiative led by the National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth University. Highlighting how apprenticeships can encourage young people across the city, companies, artists and communities have been given the opportunity to work together on this unique project. The result of pooling together skills and talent has produced an array of attractive sunfish statues. Amy Cooper, project manager for Making Waves said: “It was amazing to see all the sunfish statues when they came together in one place for the launch of the Making Waves trail. It’s brilliant to see everyone’s efforts come to fruition. “The statues themselves have been made locally – the project is a testament to the whole community coming together to create something special.”


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Visitors and residents can follow a carefully thought out trail as they locate these beautiful sculptures installed around the city. The Making Waves project seeks to celebrate Plymouth – Britain’s Ocean City – as being a city of skills. Designed by Plymouth City Council apprentices, the sunfish were created as part of a national celebration to promote apprenticeships. Teams of Council apprentices designed each of the fibreglass sculptures which were then manufactured by Plymouth based Manuplus. They were then painted by specially selected Making Waves artists. Local South West artists, students and graduates of Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art were involved in this creative process. Sponsors for the sunfish include City College, Plymouth Art College, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the 1,000 Club which seeks to help young people into employment. The trail, which will be active until September 2014, promises to provide an interesting route of discovery. Imagine the amusement, especially for youngsters to come across the next fish on the map! Lots of fun activities revolving around the sunfish will take place over the spring and summer. The end of the project will see the auctioning off of the trail’s sculptures to raise money for a Plymouth based Marine Conservation programme coordinated by the National Marine Aquarium. The places where the fish have been installed include North Prospect, Mount Wise, the Theatre Royal and Sutton Harbour. (See the full list below). A copy of the trail can be downloaded at Special Making Waves leaflets are now available at many venues across the city with an observational test at each of the sunfish locations. Entrants have the chance to win family tickets to the National Marine Aquarium by answering the 16 observation questions. The sunfish sculptures are located at: 1.The National Marine Aquarium; 2.North East Quay, Sutton Harbour; 3.Jigsaw Garden, Drake Circus; 4.Apprentice Garden, City Centre; 5.New George Street; 6.Theatre Royal; 7.City Centre Piazza; 8.Armada Way; 9.Southside Street, The Barbican; 10.Commercial Wharf; 11. Millbay Park; 12. Plymouth Hoe; 13. Millbay Ferry Port; 14. Royal William Yard; 15. Mount Wise; 16. Community Beacon, North Prospect

Kerry pictured with her favourite sunfish. Below the sculptures on display outside the Guildhall and on the move to their new locations on the Making Waves trail across the city

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active health, first aid training, healing oils and lots more besides! I have not written for the magazine for some time as I have been working on some exciting (to me anyway!) projects. It’s been a really hectic few months for me, with the clinic now located at 15 Mary Seacole Road, The Millfields, Plymouth, PL1 3JY. Primarily this was for more space. In September 2013, I was successful in persuading the Active Health Group, Manchester, to allow me to teach their Level 5 Sports Therapy Diploma. This meant that I needed to find some premises. My wife, Katy, and I, looked at various places before we contacted the Millfields Trust. We looked at the conference rooms they have available and they seemed perfect, but then when we spoke more about what I did, Rosie (she works for the Millfields Trust and was showing us around), suggested we look at one of the units they had available.

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Mark Mears BSc, LLB, LLM

Advanced Clinical Sports Therapist Professional Standards Member of the Board of the Sports Therapy Organisation

I had not even considered moving the clinic, which had been in our home since I started, back in 2006. However, it was love at first sight for me. I still walk through the door each day with a smile on my face and have a brief one sided conversation with Brian, the resident skeleton. So, in October 2013, Mark Mears Associates moved to The Millfields, together with the new venture Active Health Plymouth. Active Health is the teaching part of the venture where we are offering courses in Sports and Remedial Massage at Levels 3 and 4, Sports Therapy at level 5, and then a host of level 3 courses such as Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage, plus several continuing professional development workshops in Muscle Energy Techniques, Electrotherapy, Soft Tissue Release, Deep Tissue Point, and Taping and Strapping. At the beginning of 2014 I took over the running of Healing Oils, which had been a Saltash based enterprise run by my good friend Jane Marshall. She wanted to move into other areas and it is something I have been interested in

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flooring specialist martin achieves his business dream A new wood flooring specialist company has been launched in Plymouth. Martin Pomeroy launched Pomdoo in March and is specialising in the sanding, refinishing and installation of solid, engineered and parquet wood flooring, both softwood and hardwood. For the last 10 years Martin has worked as a wood flooring specialist in the city and felt that 2014 was the right time to take the plunge and set up in his own right. “I have always wanted to work for myself,” said Martin, who lives in Chaddlewood. “The property market seems to be in a much more positive position and it looks like more and more people will either be moving home or improving their home. “There are so many period properties in Plymouth with original wood flooring that I feel confident there is room for another company like Pomdoo.” Martin has invested a five-figure sum in setting up Pomdoo, including state-of-the-art sanding equipment, new van and website. “It has taken up most of my savings so failure is not an option for me,” he said. “I will be giving the new business 100 per cent of my energy and my experience. “We use the latest 98 per cent dust free professional sanding equipment - not hire machines - and quality finishes such as Dulux Diamond Glaze, Bona Mega, Traffic and Naturale, as well as Osmo Hardwax Oils.

“I have always believed that if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Second best is not an option for me. Everything I do is with an immense amount of pride and attention to detail. “For me working with wood is very rewarding. There’s nothing like walking away from a freshly restored or newly-fitted floor having transformed a room or a house into something special. “My work ethic is simple, do what you said you were going to do, when you said you would do it and for the price you said you would do it for!” Martin said that as well as sanding, resealing, colouring and staining, Pomdoo are proficient in bonding to concrete, over under floor heating systems (wet systems only), secret nailing and laying floating floors, using only quality adhesives, glues and materials. “We also carry out gap fitting using wooden fillets to restore Victorian and Edwardian flooring to its original glory.” Martin offers free estimates and all his prices are currently VAT free. “We feel this will enable us to offer extremely competitive prices.” In the long-term Martin hopes to expand the range of services Pomdoo offers to homeowners, including floor and wall tiling and other home improvements. For more information contact Martin Pomeroy at Pomdoo on 01752 344200 or 07712 119536

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important changes in visa regulations The travel industry has enjoyed a busy start to 2014, not only because of the appalling weather at home but a revival in the economy, which has left many people more confident about booking their annual holiday.

Following submission of your medical exam report and Subclass 600 visa application, the Embassy will contact you to confirm acceptance or refusal, but this process can take up to six weeks. I would therefore strongly advise anyone aged over 75 who is thinking of visiting Australia to plan well in advance as it is important to have your visa acceptance before you confirm and pay for your flights.

Travel booking trends can be affected in so many ways; civil unrest in destination countries, adverse weather conditions and even poor exchange rates. However, I personally feel that the state of our own economy and a general feel good factor has the greatest influence when we make that decision to part with our hard earned cash!

If your visa application is refused and your flights are already arranged, the cancellation charges can be substantial so it is essential that you follow the correct procedure. Should you have any queries or need any additional information relating to this topic, the contact telephone number for the Australian visa office is (0207) 420 3690 and they are open from 1pm until 4pm Monday-Friday.

In previous articles I have highlighted the importance of ensuring the validity of your passport and checking that you comply with the correct health and visa requirements for the countries you are visiting.

The press has recently highlighted the difficulty and consequences facing parents with taking children out of school for holidays during term time. Up until recent guideline changes were implemented by the Department for Education, schools would reluctantly allow up to one week’s unauthorised absence during school term time for holidays.

I would like to start this month by informing you of two countries that have recently changed their visa rules and compliance with the new requirements that will be essential to avoid entry being refused at the border. We have been informed that, with effect from April 10, all travellers to Turkey must obtain a visa online prior to departure from the UK and will no longer be able to purchase a visa on arrival. Anyone travelling on a package holiday should have already received documents confirming the new rules from their travel agent or tour operator. However, some people who have booked just the flight only to visit family or stay in their own property may not be aware. All UK nationals who require a visa to visit Turkey must obtain this online from the special Turkish Government website – www.evisa. before commencing their journey.

This gave parents an opportunity to book holiday dates that fell partially or entirely outside the peak school holiday times at a significantly lower price. However, the new guidelines stipulate very strictly that schools must no longer authorize any absence at all during term time and that fines should be imposed on families who choose to ignore these rules. Legal action may even be taken if the school considers the case to be serious enough. This has left parents in a very difficult position and it also leaves the travel industry in a Catch 22 situation; virtually everyone is demanding price caps on holidays and flights outside term time but this is traditionally the time of year when tour operators make their money.

The cost is $20 per person but be vigilant as there are already various other websites offering a visa application service for you and charging a higher price. These websites should be avoided as it is not necessary to spend any more than $20 and the entire application process can be completed quickly using the official site mentioned above. If you are unsure as to whether you need a visa, if you don’t have internet access or if you are having difficulty with the application process, you should contact your travel agent or tour operator and they will be happy to assist you.

Returning a reasonable profit during the peak summer months, at Christmas and at Easter is how many travel companies support the remainder of the season. As a parent myself who has often paid a hefty premium to travel in school holiday time, I completely sympathise with the difficult situation facing families as a result of the new rules.

Another country which has recently changed it’s visa requirements is Australia. We book many holidays and flights to various destinations throughout Australia for clients who are visiting friends and relatives or travelling on tours and cruises as part of a much larger itinerary.

Many other businesses charge extra for goods and services at particular times of the year to capitalise on good weather, events etc., and I feel that price variations in reflection to demand are essential for many organisations to remain viable.

Several years ago, the process of obtaining a visa for anyone travelling to Australia for leisure purposes was simplified by the introduction of an online application service. The visa was called an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA for short), was valid for up to three months and could be issued instantly online at a relatively small cost.

However, I feel that it would be completely unfair on the travel industry if legislation were introduced forcing companies to cap prices.This whole issue is created by a supply and demand situation, which exists in virtually every other commercially viable business sector.

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Travellers of any age can still obtain an ETA but it has recently been brought to my attention that certain stipulations apply to people aged 75 and over so I contacted the Australian Embassy for clarification. They responsed that persons aged 75 plus must be in good health and of good character to enable travel to Australia on a valid ETA. If you suffer from ill health or have any pre-existing medical conditions, they recommend that you apply for a different visa called a Subclass 600. The difference with this particular visa application is that you are required to complete and sign a medical declaration form, which is then assessed by a department in the Australian Embassy who will either approve your application or advise that you should undergo a full medical examination by your local surgery. The cost of the Subclass 600 is $115 (Australian dollars), significantly more than the ETA, in addition to the cost of the medical exam, which can incidentally be done by the Nuffield Hospital in Plymouth for £150.


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The good news for parents is that one particular tour operator has added a peak summer series of flights and package holidays from Bristol to Tunisia covering the entire school summer holiday period.

Flights begin on July 19 with sociable daytime flights every Saturday direct from Bristol to Enfidha and package holidays are being offered at incredibly low prices. For example, a family of three (two adults and one child under 12) can stay for 14 nights in a 4 star hotel on an all inclusive basis for a total cost of £1915. The same holiday in a 5 star hotel would cost just £2185. For a family of four (two adults and two children), the same holidays would cost just £2640 and £2830 respectively. Tunisia offers some fantastic beaches and perfect warm sunny weather during the summer and with these deals on offer, I think it is a destination well worth considering for any family looking for a great value for money break during the school summer holiday. For a limited period only, I have also been able to secure free car parking at Bristol Airport in conjunction with these holidays... another excellent saving to be made so don’t delay! Happy Holidays!


celebrating a decade of plymouth magazines A local publishing milestone will be reached in May as the Plymouth Magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary.

table’ rather than a ‘coffee table’ magazine. “It’s aimed at families in general – and busy mums in particular – who want to find out what’s going on in the city in an easy-to-read format.

The monthly, full-colour magazine has been published by Cornerstone Vision since May 2004.

“Our editorial ethos is to provide a free magazine that is informative, entertaining and hopefully inspiring. There are so many success stories in Plymouth to report – from individuals who achieve personal success in their lives, to local businesses which are thriving despite the economic situation.”

While other sectors of the mainstream media have had to cope with falling revenues and circulation, the Plymouth Magazine has gone from strength-tostrength. Publisher Chris Girdler, one of the partners at Cornerstone Vision, said: “Our first edition of the magazine consisted of 32 pages and was delivered to 30,000 homes in the city. For the last three years we have seen pagination increase and now deliver direct to 40,000 homes in Plymouth. “We now also distribute a further 5,000 copies through hotels, restaurants and other outlets across the city, as well as making copies available at supermarkets in Saltash and Tavistock.” He said that the number of people living outside the distribution area who now subscribe to the magazine was increasing all the time, underlining the popularity and success of the publication. “We have seen our advertising revenues increase over the years and this has enabled us to steadily increase the editorial content and extend distribution to more and more homes in the city.” Chris said that the publication is designed as a ‘kitchen

He said that much of the success of the magazine was due to Cornerstone Vision’s team of more than 50 hard-working distributors who ensure that copies are delivered to tens of thousands of homes in the city whatever the weather. “We work very hard to ensure that our distribution is as effective as it can be. The fact that so much of our advertising is repeat business underlines the success of that commitment.” Cornerstone Vision also publishes the Shopper series of community newspapers which are delivered to 62,500 homes in Plymouth each month, as well as the Torpoint Advertiser, which has a circulation of 6,000 copies monthly. The company also offers a cost-effective leaflet distribution service, established more than 25 years ago, which currently handles more than four million items a year. For more information contact Chris Girdler on 01752 225623 or visit

your chance to join the celebrations at the duke of cornwall gala event Nearly five million copies of the Plymouth Magazine have been printed and delivered to homes across the city since its launch in May 2004.

That means laid end to end the Plymouth Magazine would reach further than Naples! Over 5,750 pages of advertising and editorial carrying hundreds of positive stories about business success and personal achievement. In the last decade the magazine has reported on some momentous events in the city, including the arrival of the Olympic Torch, the spectacular America’s Cup, the national Armed Forces Day and the Navy Days. The magazine has carried details of thousands of events as well as featuring the major annual landmarks such as the British Fireworks Championships and the Flavour Fest. The front covers of the Plymouth Magazine have featured many of the city’s favourite landmarks as well as some of the city’s best-known people, including Olympic divers Tom Daley and Tonia Couch. Cornerstone Vision will be marking the 10th anniversary in May by printing 50,000 copies, compared with the regular print run of 45,000.

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There will also be a celebration event at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel attended by many of the people who have helped make the Plymouth Magazine the most popular lifestyle publication in the city.

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As a ‘thank you’ to the local community who have supported the magazine over the years, £2,500 worth of promotion and publicity will be awarded to a local charity and £2,500 to a newly-launched business. The winning local charity and new business will be chosen from nominations made by Plymouth Magazine advertisers. There’s also a chance for a reader of the magazine to be a special guest at the Plymouth Magazine’s 10th Celebration party at the Duke of Cornwall on Wednesday May 7th. All you have to do is complete the phrase ‘I love the Plymouth Magazine because…’ (in no more than 25 words). To enter the competition go to the website at and follow the link to ‘I love the Plymouth Magazine because...’ The best slogan chosen by editor Debbie Girdler will receive two tickets to join the special celebration.

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armada set sail in A new kitchen, bedroom and bathroom company has been launched in Plymouth - run by two business colleagues with decades of experience in the industry. Jon Pope with his colleague James Ponting opened their new showroom in leafy Millbridge at the beginning of 2014 having worked all over the region for many years. Jon, who has lived in Plymouth for more than 25 years, has spent most of the last 10 years selling and installing kitchens and bathrooms all over the south west. James, from Cornwall, has a wealth of experience in building construction, specialising in the planning and surveying of all types of interiors. They have opened a showroom at 36-38 Molesworth Road alongside another local business C&R Lampshades. Jon has known Tom and Charlotte from C&R for many years and was delighted when they said that they had space in their premises which could be made available for a showroom. Armada can cater for every kitchen, bedroom and bathroom requirement, offering excellent service and advice from start to finish - from a simple worktop replacement or door refurbishment through to a brand new luxury kitchen. Jon said: “We have a friendly and laid-back approach as we don’t like to put people under pressure. We want to make customers feel at ease when taking on such an important project in the home,” “We oversee the whole project from beginning to end and offer kitchens and bathrooms to suit every budget and taste.

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supported by an experienced team of trades including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tilers and builders with whom they have worked over the years.

“Customer service is obviously paramount for us. If your tap is dripping or you have a chip in your bath and want some advice, then we are more than happy to help, just give us a call, or if you’re in the area pop in and see us,” added Jon.

Jon said: “We don’t have huge overheads and believe there is plenty of room in the market for a different kind of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom company in the city, one which is small enough to offer personal customer care, but big enough to handle major installations.”

Their showroom features a selection of kitchen and bathroom displays, Armada also have an exclusive range of colour co-ordinated rigid cabinets in nearly 90 different finishes as well as doors, accessories and appliances.

An installation for Mr and Mrs Coombes of Wembury prompted a glowing report on their Facebook page. “The installation started bang on time and despite an incredible amount of building, electrical and other work, finished on schedule too.

“All the cabinets are bespoke and made to our specific requirement and we also deal direct with kitchen door manufacturers and importers, cutting out the cost of distributors,” he said.

“We are absolutely over the moon with our stunning new kitchen and can’t stop showing it off.”

“We have a number of appliances available and can supply products from most popular brands such as AEG, CDA, NEFF and Franke.”

Jon added: “Anyone who is thinking of having a new kitchen or bathroom is welcome to come to our showroom for a no-obligation chat and a cup of coffee,”

Armada provide detailed estimates, itemised plans and full colour 3D pictures free of charge to anyone arranging a home visit. A small deposit is all that is then required to confirm the order.

For more information visit Armada Kitchens, 36-38 Molesworth Road, Millbridge, Plymouth Tel 01752 500953 www.

“We then ask for a part payment when the work starts, with the balance payable on satisfactory completion.” All of Armada’s installations are fully project managed,

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Vegetables and fruits are no different from your basic bedding plants, you give them the growing condition they like, and they will romp away. The most important thing to consider is what you are growing them in. Most fruit and veg use up a lot of energy growing, so they need a good, fertile soil to grow in and regular feeding.

I’d recommend using a multi-purpose compost with added John Innes or Organic Vegetable compost and mixing in a good quality feed such as fish, blood and bone or Growmore for growing crops such as cabbages, lettuces, broccoli, brussel sprouts, chard, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers, chillies, water cress and soft fruit. For greedy crops like potatoes Big selection of bulb packs available at and rhubarb, I’d recommend Plymouth Garden Centre digging in some well rotted farmyard manure into the existing ground, or if the soil is particularly poor, dig it in with multi-purpose compost as well to give it the best start you can. Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, swede, beetroot and onions prefer a poor, well drained soil, as a rich heavy soil causes them to run to seed and grow distorted, making them inedible. Peas and beans also like similar conditions. Digging in grit and horticultural sand will help improve growing conditions for them. A great way of growing vegetables is by doing crop rotations if you have the space. The idea is that you have four beds and can grow all your different vegetables at the same time despite having different growing conditions.

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chard, kale, broccoli and other leafy crops.

In the first bed, heavily feed it with farmyard manure and grow potatoes in it. In the second year, the soil will be poor as the potatoes have used all the nutrients up, so grow beans and peas as they like that type of soil. They will also put nitrogen back into the ground which creates perfect growing conditions in the third year for cabbages, lettuces,

They will then use up the nutrients again which in turn will create perfect growing conditions for root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, turnip, swede, beetroot, leeks and onions. Each year you rotate the crops growing in the beds so in the second year add manure to the second bed for potatoes, in the third year use the third bed for potatoes and add manure and so on. This will allow you to get the highest crop production from your veg beds. If that sounds a bit too much and if you have limited space, then you can grow fruit and vegetables in pots very successfully. Lettuces are great in pots, especially cutand-come-again varieties. Tomatoes also do very well in pots and the bush types do very well in hanging baskets, as do strawberries. Peas are successful in large pots as are potatoes. A wide, deep pot is better and can yield a heavy crop. If you have a pot that doesn’t have any drainage holes, use it for growing water cress as it likes to stay constantly wet. Growing in pots also allows you to grow things that have specific soil requirements such as blueberries, which require ericaceous soil. So grow them in a pot if your


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training in the garden (12ins). This encourages the plants to become bushier and produce more flowers. Regularly feed with tomato feed and this will also encourage more flowers to grow. When it is in flower, regularly pick flowers to enjoy in the home as this also causes the plants to produce a lot more flowers. Get your pots and hanging baskets started early for the biggest and best displays. Replace last year’s compost with fresh compost and slow release fertiliser and water storing crystals to help reduce watering. This will give your plants the best start. I would also recommend fortnightly feeding with a liquid feed such as Miracle Gro or Phostrogen. This will give you really magnificent displays. When planting your pots and baskets, always start with a centrepiece that usually has upright growth such as a geranium or a fuchsia, then plant around the edging with some trailing plants such as surfinias, verbena or begonias. To break up the colours and prevent your displays from clashing or being over the top, use trailing foliage plants such as helichrysum, nepeta or lysimachia as a foil or to soften displays. Any gaps you may have can be filled with filler plants such as bacopa, bidens, lobelia or alyssum. This will give you full, long lived displays. Plant up your pots and baskets so they look full from the start and then they will only keep getting better. Remember to keep them well watered and deadhead to keep them looking at their best. Happy Gardening Fiona & Derek

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garden has alkaline or neutral soil. Grow two different varieties together to get better crops. Baby carrots are an easy and quick crop to grow in pots and fun for children to do. Keep your crops well watered and fed, as they will dry out quickly in pots and will rely on you for feeding, use a good quality compost when planting and you should have great success. Now is the prefect Tomatoes and many other fruit and veg grow well in pots time to get out and get planting in the garden, plant now for wonderful, colourful summer displays. To get started, plant sweet peas in a pot and supports with bamboo canes, or use a sweet pea basket which already has the canes in place to support them. They can also be planted directly into a sunny border. Pinch out the tips when they reach 15cm (6ins) in height and continue to pinch out the tips after every 30cm

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.

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