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ISSUE 169 JULY 2018

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Breast screening recall fails cancer patients by Frances Morgan

In a speech to the House of Commons earlier this month, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted that 450,000 women aged 68-71 have failed to receive invitations for breast screening since 2009, Frances Morgan and as a result, computer modelling has suggested that between 135-270 women may have had their lives shortened, or have even died. Of the 450,000 women affected, 309,000 are still alive and in their 70s. Mr Hunt has announced an independent review and apologised “wholeheartedly” to the women and their families. He said oversight of the NHS screening programme had “not been good enough”. Breast cancer screening is currently offered once every three years to women aged 50 to 70 in England. However, due to a computer algorithm failure, women approaching their 71st birthday were not sent an invitation for a final breast scan as they should have been, and this will affect women in the age 70-79 age bracket. All women affected will now be contacted by letter by the end of May 2018 and those under 72 will receive an appointment for a catch-up mammogram. Women aged over 72 can contact a helpline to talk through the pros and cons of having breast screening as scans in older women sometimes pick up cancers which do not require treatment, and any woman who wants a mammogram will get one within six months, Mr Hunt said. One in nine women will develop breast cancer, and it is more common in women over the age of 50 years. The NHS Breast

Screening Programme in England was set up in 1988, and provides 3-yearly routine breast screening to women. Breast screening uses mammography radiography to detect small changes in the breast before other symptoms or signs of breast cancer. Breast screening detects about 30% of breast cancers and is estimated to save 1300 lives per year in the UK. If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there is an increased chance of breast-conserving surgery and a better prognosis of long-term survival. However, breast screening carries risks too: false-positive mammograms can lead to unnecessary further investigations; women can be falsely reassured due to missed cancer and incorrect diagnosis, and many women report pain and discomfort due to mammography. Other unintended outcomes can include psychological distress, such as anxiety or uncertainty, for example following a false-positive result, and radiation exposure, which may increase the risk of breast cancer. Clearly there are pros and cons to breast screening and a balance must be struck when weighing up the benefits and risks, but what is undeniable is that failure of the NHS to offer an invitation for screening has denied a large number of women the opportunity to make this choice. The NHS has set up a breast screening helpline number 0800 169 2692 and if you feel you or a family member has been affected by a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of breast cancer, please do get in touch with us for a free, no-obligation and completely confidential chat. Frances Morgan is a Solicitor Advocate and Accredited Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Roper James and can be contacted on 01752 546448 or email

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Plymouth people are the happiest! A press release arrived in my inbox a few days ago which revealed that Plymouth has been voted the happiest city in the UK. The results of a survey by Boundless, a membership club for people who want to get the most out of their free time, showed that more than eight of ten people in Plymouth were happy in life - with more than one in five saying they were ‘very happy.’ That put Plymouth top of the happiness table ahead of Liverpool and Edinburgh - and streets ahead of Southampton where only 56 per cent of respondents said they were happy in life. The research by Boundless which has over 200,000 members - aimed to uncover the secrets to happiness by finding out who is happy, both at home and at work and what makes them feel good about themselves and their lives. Plymouth came top in terms of overall happiness, but was also second when it came to being happy at work - with more than two out of three saying they were. Well, it just confirms what we have felt about Plymouth since moving here 18 years ago. It’s got so much going for it, yet somehow Plymouth never gets the credit it deserves. Let’s hope this research will encourage everyone in the city to feel happier in life. Plymouth also hit the headlines with its iconic waterfront becoming the first in the UK to be given accreditation by Plastic Free Communities. You can read all about that good news on page 44. We also have some helpful advice from mortgage expert Stuart Powell. He offers useful tips for homeowners on how to save up to £1000 a year simply by switching from the lender’s standard variable rate. You can read his column on page 40. Meanwhile finance expert Helen West gives some important information on how to make the most of your investments. You can read her column on pages 46 and 47. Hope you enjoy this edition - and stay happy! Publishers: Chris Girdler and Ian Pilkington Editor: Debbie Girdler Design: Naomi Girdler and Leah-Maarit Jeffery Photography: Roy Perring and Laura Joint Contributors: Laura Joint, Victor Goord, Stuart Powell, Helen West & Fiona Newton Advertising sales: Karen Pilkington, Dave Simpson, Nathanael Logan, Jessica Bennett, Ali Alexander and Jim MacGregor Artwork: Sarah Simpson Finance: Karen Pilkington and Kim Strachan Front cover: Harbourside Fish and Chip Shop owners Charly Harding and Sarah Lock who have opened a second outlet offering gluten free food. Photo Laura Joint Contacts: Editorial Tel: 01752 225623 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 45,000 homes across Plymouth each month, with a further 2,000 copies strategically placed in leisure and retail outlets in Plymouth, Saltash and other locations.

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The work of Plymouth eco artist Laura Edmunds is proving increasingly popular - Laura Joint finds out about her success.



Local mum turned to art when she was made redundant - and now she has won a top award as well as gaining royal approval!





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Sophie sets her sights high for Makers HQ Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Trust have appointed Sophie Glover as the studio manager for an ambitious new venture called Makers HQ. It is a unique and visionary community interest company created to provide sampling facilities to the fashion industry and emerging designers, with a strong focus on achieving ethical, British manufacture. Sophie has a BSc in clothing product development from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has worked as senior technologist at TopShop, head of the Technical Department at ASOS, and head of garment technology at Finery London. She has also worked for big-name brands including GAP and M&S. During a career in fashion that has taken her all around the world, from Europe and North Africa to China, Morocco and Tunisia, Sophie has been involved in the manufacture of garments worn by fashion icons including Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Kate Moss. She has been interviewed by the BBC and Financial Times as an authority on UK fashion manufacturing. Sophie completed a PCGE teaching qualification during her time at Finery London, acquiring invaluable skills that will help in her mission to reignite the fashion sector within the South West and use Makers HQ as a platform to increase fashion and textiles training and employment opportunities within the region. Sophie said: “I was born in Brixham and always intended to return to the South West eventually, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back with so much experience of the fashion and textile industries, so that I can share the things that I feel most passionately about, with a part of the world that I love so much. “I have a huge amount of experience that will help me to ensure that Makers HQ is a success. From my role as head of the technical department at ASOS, managing around 30 garment technologists and around 60 people in our quality control department, to specialising in denim at Topshop’s


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head office and even setting up fashion brands from scratch, I’ve specialised in clothing product development and textile manufacture my whole life. “My intention for Makers HQ is that we’re going to offer a commercially-viable, functioning sampling unit, alongside education and training facilities that can help to reinvigorate the fashion industry in the South West. "My first priority will be to make a success of the sampling unit, which at its simplest level is here to support anybody interested in starting their own clothing brand. To do that you’d need a range of samples to take out to wholesalers and show to clients, essentially to allow them to make a choice about whether to stock your collection or not. And we’ll help to create those samples. “More than anything, I want the local community to know that Makers HQ is now a resource for them to use, and that we’re here to support the growth of their businesses.” A joint venture from Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Trust, establishing Makers HQ was made possible through £184,000 of funding from Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and £96,000 from Plymouth City Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund. The city of Plymouth has a rich heritage in fashion and textile manufacture, with the Millfields Trust HQ building on Union Street formerly acting as home to the Jaeger clothing factory, until its closure in 1997. Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Trust hope that Makers HQ will help to re-establish the city’s historical links to the fashion industry. Makers HQ will bring together academic institutions, businesses, designers, makers and members of the local community to create a sustainable and innovative new business model for the fashion and textiles sector in Plymouth. The company aims to drive community regeneration, initially within the Stonehouse area, through job creation, increased retention of highly-skilled graduates and training opportunities.

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Life’s a beach for Laura as demand for her eco art soars

Plymouth eco artist Laura Edmunds arrives at the little beach down from the Hoe Promenade and her eyes immediately light up. She heads off in different directions – often in mid-sentence – scooping up pieces of sea glass here, bits of plastic there, and lots of other stuff inbetween. “No beach is safe!” she says, as she picks up what’s left of an old paint brush: “That’ll come in handy.” And then a small piece of red plastic: “This will make a brilliant sail for a boat. I try not to look a gift horse in the mouth.” It’s the first time she has scoured the beach below the Coffee Shack, and it’s just become one of her new favourite places. Laura, from Plympton, set up her Serendipity Sea Crafts business in 2016, making unique artwork from things she’s collected from beaches. At the time, she was still working as a primary school teacher but last year, she took the plunge. After 17 years as a teacher, she became a supply teacher so she could spend more time as an artist – and she’s loving every minute of it. “I go to the beach a couple times a week, in all weathers, and although it’s lovely on a nice day, I actually prefer it after a big storm because you can find some amazing things on the beach then.” Her work is now sold at 10 galleries in towns and villages


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across Devon and Cornwall – Padstow, St Ives, Polperro, Mousehole and Porthleven among them. In Plymouth, you’ll find her art at Rockpool Trading in The House That Jack Built in Southside Street, where shop owner Helen Woolley gave Laura her first big break: “Rockpool was the first place that sold my work,” said Laura, “and Helen has been an ambassador for me, really supportive.” The focus of Laura’s artwork has changed in the past 12 months. She started off doing pictures of birds and although they still feature in her work, she is now doing scenes that reflect real places: “I love doing special commissions for people,” explains Laura, “but I’m very busy at the moment, supplying the shops and galleries – especially in Cornwall – because the pieces are in such demand.” It explains her frequent visits to the beach to find more material. This trip to the Hoe didn’t disappoint. Items collected in the space of a few minutes included a shoe sole, a bright green piece of plastic, some ceramic, the top of a drinks can, lots of glass of various colours and a wooden lolly stick: “The last time I found one of these, I used it as a pathway for a St Michael’s Mount picture. “I like bits of strange rubbish because I can use them differently, like tooth brushes. They make good props for birds to stand on. And I find loads of circuit boards for some reason. What I really like is glass with writing on. People love seeing remnants of writing. It hints at a

WOMEN AT WORK story. Around here, we find a lot of glass from Plymouth Gin.” The Hoe beach came up trumps. One of the first things she found was a fragment of sea glass with a letter on it. Brown glass for birds’ beaks and white glass for the sea were also eagerly gathered up, together with several pieces of green glass: “I can never have too much green glass, I use it for grass and leaves.” There’s even some turquoise glass – a rare find that will be used in one of Laura’s new pieces. Collecting items for her art also taps into another of Laura’s passions – archaeology: “It’s fascinating, seeing the differences in the pebbles and rocks. To be able to combine that with art is fantastic.” But Laura isn’t just making eco art. She’s also cleaning beaches at the same time: “Any rubbish that I can use is cleaned thoroughly before I use it. Any rubbish I can’t use, I pick up and recycle. And friends clean beaches as well and drop things in to me.” This element of her work earned her a nomination in the final of the Green Business Category in this year’s Venus Awards for businesswomen. Laura sometimes has the assistance of a couple of helpers

on her beach cleans – her husband and daughter. “You soon get your eye in and learn where to find things. The most interesting finds are usually in among the smaller pebbles or in nooks and crannies and corners, such as here today.” There was another unexpected ‘find’, too – a new seascape to create. The view from the beach has a different perspective to the one higher up: “I’m going to recreate it, from Drake’s Island, across the Sound to the Breakwater.” And using pieces collected from the beach that offers that view will make the picture even more special. Next on the agenda for Laura is a new studio at her house and to build a website. For now, visit the Serendipity Sea Crafts Facebook page for information or pop into Rockpool Trading.


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The Shark Trust – the global charity that feels right at home in Britain’s Ocean City Tucked away in an office in The Millfields, a small charity is making big waves in global marine conservation. The Shark Trust is working with other conservation organisations around the world to influence governments to take positive action to help safeguard sharks and rays. This year, the Trust turns 21, and it can certainly claim to have come of age. And yet, despite its global impact, many people don’t realise the charity is based here in Plymouth. “It feels right that we should be here, in Britain’s Ocean City,” said managing director Paul Cox. “But it could be argued that we are the city’s best kept secret. People tend to assume that because we do work on a global scale, we must be based in London or somewhere else.” In its early years, the Shark Trust focused its work on UK shark issues before widening its sphere. As a founder member of the Shark Alliance, it successfully campaigned for the introduction of the European Community’s Plan of Action for Sharks and for the strengthening of the European Finning Ban. Then, two years ago, the Trust and its international conservation partners launched a global strategy plan for sharks and rays: “The strategy has really upped our influence


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and that’s had a knock-on effect on our ability to tap into more funding,” said Paul, who heads a team of seven. The biggest threat to sharks is unmanaged and unsustainable fishing in some parts of the world, notably the Atlantic. It was in response to this threat that the Trust launched its latest campaign, No Limits? The campaign centres on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako Sharks – Makos are the fastest swimming sharks in the ocean, but not even they are fast enough to evade fishing nets. A major part of the Shark Trust’s work is to raise awareness and gather support from the public – and they have just taken on board a very special ‘helper’ in their No Limits? campaign. Meet Mako, the shark built just like a Formula 1 racing car. The Shark Trust Carbon Mako is a one-off sculpture made specially for the charity by renowned international sculptor, shark supporter and former F1 engineer, Alastair Gibson. The body is constructed of carbon fibre twill and given a F1 makeover with the Shark Trust colours in the Mercedes Paint Shop. The nostrils are made using Honda F1 parts and the eyes from modified fuel tank flap plugs. The mounting, meanwhile, is made with the torsion bar from the rear suspension of a Force India F1 car. Alastair, whose studio is in Brackley, grew to love marine

wildlife as a boy in South Africa. A Alastair Gibson talented sculptor, he decided instead to become an engineer and worked in England as a F1 chief mechanic for Benetton, BAR and Honda. Finally, he returned to his other passion – engineering-inspired sculpture. When Britain’s former World Champion Jenson Button retired, Alastair presented him with a carbon sculpture of a Manta Ray. So how did this collaboration come about? Alastair explained: “I have a great passion for my relationship with sharks and for me, to put something back into this relationship is really important. If I can in a little way influence what people do with the ocean and try and look at it through my love for sharks, then it would be a great thing to play my part.” Paul added: “Alastair has a lifelong love of sharks and he knows the challenges they face. He’s a big supporter of the Shark Trust and last year, he said he wanted to do something for us. His limited-edition pieces sell for £17,500 so we’re hoping this one-off will sell for much more when we auction it next year.” Before being auctioned off, The Shark Trust Carbon Mako will be touring aquariums, art exhibitions and other venues – hopefully culminating with the 2019 British Grand Prix. “We’re using the sculpture to reach different audiences and potential new supporters, and it’s having an impact straight away,” said Paul. “Just by putting photos on social media, it’s getting a great response.” And, says Paul, the cause needs all the publicity it can get: “Sharks are stunning, charismatic creatures. There are over 1,000 different species and they come in all shapes and sizes.




Some are so tiny, they can fit in your hand. But shark conservation has to work very hard to get itself heard. “That’s beginning to change now, because the internet is helping to get the message out there. The younger generation totally understands the need for shark conservation and I think we’re also now seeing a more sympathetic view towards sharks from the wider population. “We’re very keen to communicate positive messages, by showing people the beauty of sharks and talking about how amazing they are. They’re also vital for marine biodiversity. Our approach has always been very much rooted in science, in doing what is right in the long term for sharks – and that takes time.” The charity’s work is made possible by fundraising and grants totalling around £350,000 a year. But the public’s support is more than just financial: “The public has a huge role to play because their vocal support helps to make solutions come to fruition.” The story of the Shark Trust Carbon Mako sculpture is to be told in a short documentary film being made by Paul’s wife, Vikki – hopefully to be screened in the city next year. For those of us who don’t have the spare cash to take part in the auction, Alastair has also crafted Carbon Art Shark Mako keyrings (£95) and paperweights (£185), which can be bought from the trust’s online shop.


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ART MATTERS Danielle Davis

Danielle’s paintings earn her a top award – and the royal seal of approval Story by Laura Joint

From losing her ‘dream job’ through redundancy, to becoming an internationally-known artist with royal and celebrity customers – it’s been a remarkable few years for Plymouth-born artist Danielle Davis. And 2018 is proving no different. Danielle, who lives in Ivybridge and is best known as Danielle D, has just won the 2018 Fine Art Guild Up & Coming Artist Award. And to think, she had to be persuaded by family and friends to showcase her work to the public! Danielle went to Plymouth High School for Girls and did her degree in Fine Arts at Plymouth University. It was while studying at Uni that she decided she wanted to work in the field of art therapy. But she found herself at a crossroads when she went back to work after maternity leave, only to be told there was no work. “I was employed by Plymouth City Council, using art as therapy,” she explained. “I was based at the Reach Day Centre at Whitleigh, working with people with MS, stroke survivors in recovery, people diagnosed with terminal cancer, cerebral palsy, a whole range of conditions and disabilities. “I loved that job and I loved the people. But when I tried to go back to work in August 2014, there were no clients and the place was being shut down because of huge cuts to


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adult social care. It was very sad.” Danielle still had to go into work during the redundancy process, even though there was no work to do: “I thought, ‘right, I’ll take my sketch pad in and do some drawing’ and this character came into my head. For some reason, it was a cow! I was in the unit, on my own a lot, and he was keeping me company, so I called him Buddy.” And so the ‘star’ of her paintings was born. Buddy the cow has since been joined by a female character, Bo – “I wanted to introduce a love interest and Bo is my daughter’s middle name,” said Danielle. The sketches turned into paintings for her walls at home: “The next thing I know, family and friends are saying ‘oh I love that’ and someone said: ‘you should set up a Facebook page’. I laughed when they said that, but I did it and it just went crazy!” The page now has over 6,000 fans, who Danielle enjoys ‘chatting’ with. It seems her fans – who fondly refer to her as DD – share her lighter take on life: “I’d rather have a laugh than a cry, and my paintings are definitely for people who like a bit of fun. A lot of people have said to me that it’s like putting a ray of sunshine on their wall. And people put them at the bottom of the stairs, so they see them every morning and it makes them smile.” Zara, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, is among her collectors. Danielle’s daughter, Daisy Zara and her husband, former

England rugby player Mike Tindall, discovered her work while browsing in a gallery in Cirencester: “They bought quite a few prints of my work and then Zara saw the big original of ‘True Love Never Dies’. Apparently, she didn’t stop talking about it for the next three weeks, saying how much she liked it, so he went back and bought it for her as a surprise birthday present. How lovely is that?” Another well-known customer is Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge. The painting that won Danielle the Up & Coming Award is called All Routes Lead To You: “I’m very specific with the titles of my work, because the title means a lot. All Routes Lead To You is a really simple concept and people just seem to get it. I think people relate to the themes as well as to the paintings.” It’s Danielle’s second award at the Guild. Last year, she won the public-voted Best in Show at the exhibition at the Guild Gallery, with a painting called Where’s Bo? “Given that it’s a painting of a cow, I find it quite hilarious that the award is called Best in Show. It sounds like something you’d get at the Devon County Show!” Danielle has an original style all of her own, and although she has changed how she works, she has been careful to retain that style: “At first I worked in oils but it’s impossible to be prolific because they take so long to dry. Now, I use mixed media, with spray, ink, pastel, oil and acrylic.” She is now also creating porcelain sculptures of her characters and writing her first book, called Back to Bed Buddy. And she does pieces for charity, including ‘fivers4artistic’ which supports talented young artists with autism. Looking back, Danielle now describes her redundancy as a blessing in disguise: “It meant I was able to be with my daughter Daisy, right up until she started school. And she’ll be sitting next to me, doing her little thing whilst I’m working away at a piece. “This wasn’t something that I just fell into, because I told myself I had to make it work,” she added. “But nobody is more shocked than me that is has worked. It’s bonkers, to be honest. I’m doing it for the love of it, and if I can make a career out of it, then that’s wonderful.” Visit the website to view a gallery and for information on how to buy Danielle’s work.



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Owners Charly Harding and Sarah Lock decided to open Harbourside Gluten Free at 12, The Barbican, just a few doors along from their main takeaway and restaurant, to remove any risk of cross-contamination. And it seems they’ve done the right thing because the feedback has been overwhelming – and not just from customers with dietary requirements. People who’ve gone into the shop unaware that it’s a gluten-free zone have said they prefer the batter as it’s 'lighter and crispier'. One of Sarah’s jobs is to sample the batter – and she’s in no doubt which she prefers: “I love the gluten-free batter, which is just as well because I eat it every day!” Charly and Sarah opened their second shop in May, in response to a growing demand, and after speaking to some friends: “They have a young boy who has Coeliac Disease and he gets very sick if he eats anything with gluten,” said Sarah. “They come in here now and say it’s the first time as a family that they’ve been able to share their food while eating out. A lot of fish and chip shops offer a gluten-free option, but because of the risk of cross-contamination, they’ve never felt able to share their food before.” Among the first customers were Mark and Dennis, on business from Aberdeen: “I saw the gluten-free sign, which is why we came in,” said Mark. “My partner is coeliac and eating out is risky for her because of the fear of cross-contamination. We could do with a chippy like this where we live. “If people tried glutenfree fish and chips I think they’d always choose it because it actually tastes


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and Chips opens a ’s 100% gluten-free better,” he added. Two other customers at the same time agreed. Marie, who used to work in a fish and chip shop in Plymouth, said: “It’s much nicer, really crispy,” and Claire, on holiday from Northampton, said: “I prefer it, it’s definitely crispier.” The feedback on the Facebook page is similarly glowing, especially from families affected by gluten intolerance. One customer wrote: “It actually makes my 14-year-old son want to come out with us!” Charly believes they will eventually go 100% gluten-free at both shops: “This is the way to go. I think once people try it and see that the batter is even nicer, they will switch to it. I hope that’s the case. “At the moment, there are some misconceptions about gluten-free food and it is slightly more expensive – although that might not always be the case. For now, we will have both shops, to offer people the choice.” The gluten-free fish is 10p or 15p more than at their traditional shop and restaurant. The takeaway offers a delivery service by Deliveroo – and Charly says customers will notice a difference here, too: “It travels better and retains its crispiness for longer.” The gluten-free shop is where the former Platters takeaway used to be. Work has been taking place on the exterior of the listed building and scaffolding will be up until the end of June. Then, Charly and Sarah are expecting to be even busier. Sarah opened the original Harbourside Fish and Chips on Southside Street in 2009, since then it has picked up several awards. So, are the Great British public still in love with fish and chips? “You bet they are!” said Sarah. “If anything, fish and chips are even more popular now than ever. Maybe that’s because we’re by the sea. Whatever the reason, long may it continue!” Harbourside Gluten Free is open from 12 noon to 9pm, seven days a week.


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THE LYRIC Royal Parade Plymouth Box Office 01752 267222 Jun 18 - 23 TITANIC: THE MUSICAL In the final hours of April 14 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and the ‘unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives. Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers. Jun 26 - 30 SUMMER HOLIDAY The hit iconic 1960s film starring Cliff Richard is now the feel good musical of the year, bringing music, laughter and fun to the stage as it becomes the happiest hit musical around. Don (originally played by Cliff in the film) and his friends are going on a fun packed boys trip on a London bus visiting Paris, The Alps, Italy and Greece, in search of a good time and a brilliant summer. This is the story of their amazing


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Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Aug 14 - 18 EVITA Following its smash hit runs in London, Ben Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webbe’s Evita is thrilling audiences once again. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately leads her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Aug 20 - 25 AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN The world premiere of a new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When he rolls into boot camp with a bit too much swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then that he can truly become an Officer and a Gentleman.

Drum Theatre ROYAL PARADE PLYMOUTH Box Office 01752 267222 Jun 19 - 23 RUMOURS When eight guests arrive for dinner at a large house in Surrey, their hosts are missing. Do any of them really know what’s happened or, as their increasingly zany theories start to snowball, are they just working on rumours? Rumours is a wonderful, side splitting force by one of the funniest playwrights of recent times. Jun 28 - 30 ALL YOUR GOLD Ros is on a quest to remember her value. She organises a living wake for herself and invites the town. Through this unique event, the community and those closest to her come together to celebrate one life, in all that it’s worth. This funny and thought provoking new play promises to be an exciting, bold theatrical exploration of the value we place on ourselves and each other. Jul 3 - 7 OLIVER TWIST 2018 marks 70 years since the release of David Lean’s classic movie version of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece and 50 years of the Oscar winning film musical, so what better time to revisit the original story that has delighted and enthralled generations since the 1830s? Plymouth’s longest

Theatres & Shows in the UK but in Europe as well, delivering a stunning show of technicolour harmonies that will take your breath away! Jul 31 - Aug 11 MACBETH Barbican Theatre return to the Royal William Yard for their fourth open air production. Macbeth is a good man, a courageous war hero, respected and loyal. He recognises an opportunity for advancement, he is talented, ambitious and his wife even more so. But what lengths will he go to secure his power and what will he do with this power? Set in a war torn country, Macbeth is a powerful metaphor for our times. This a breath taking and bloody story of ambition, treachery, power and guilt.

established drama company have crafted an exceptional piece of theatre bringing vividly to life such beloved characters as Oliver, Dodger, Fagin, Sikes and Nancy - and featuring all of the drama, comedy, pathos and mystery found within the pages of this classic novel. Aug 22 - 25 THEY This is going to be brilliant. Really brilliant. We can’t tell you what’s going to happen, because we’re not exactly sure ourselves. But it’s going to be alright. Probably. The rest, THEY say, is history. An experimental and explosive new production created by, with and for young people. A show for anyone who’s ever wondered why we say what we say, what that really means and after all that, what comes next? turn indeed…

Aug 11 - 12 CAUTIONARY TALES Playful yet profound, Cautionary Tales is a magnificent new musical extravaganza for all the family. A classroom of quirky characters, who together, as a team of comic rebels, decide it is time to rewrite the rule book and create a new set of cautionary tales. Inspired by the delightfully playful and poetic, miniature stories of Hilaire Belloc, join in the fun for a riotous, irresistible adventure of unlikely morals, brilliant antics and charming eccentricities. Aug 24 - 25 WILD Inspired by myths, ancestral rituals and legends, Wild boldly explores the instinctual nature and quintessential wildness within every woman. A breathtakingly powerful and fiercely tender, newly devised musical production, created and performed by a 40-strong allfemale ensemble cast. Featuring irresistible harmonies, exquisite a cappella singing and vibrant dance, Wild is a celebration of all women.

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WHAT’S ON hear the singer and concertina master’s musical take on the West Country, American and Irish folk, and even 20s and 30s jazz. Jun 21 PUCKER POETS - SUMMER SOLSTICE Regular spoken word and poetry showcase featuring guest performers and a poetry slam. Jun 22 HAMER & CO Hamer & Co are a smokin’ hot jazz outfit with a difference. Experienced guitar players Rich and Frank Hamer blend everything from hot and swingin’ to cool and mellow jazz using a combination of silky smooth basslines, powerful improvisation and groovy rhythms. Shows frequently feature special guest players who join the guitar duo in their improvisational eruption of jazz. Every show is different and every show is special. Jun 23 MARTYN CROCKER Martyn Crocker is a musician and songwriter based in Plymouth. With experience performing across the region supporting bands including The Sherlocks, Black Foxxes and Meadowlark, Martyn Crocker is an exciting live

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Theatres & Shows and Ric Byer on drums. The groove heavy hard swinging trio will be playing a selection of Blue Note gems and originals, followed by a jazz jam session afterwards. Jul 11, 25 CAFÉ ACOUSTICA Hosted by superb local songwriter, Jessie Mullen, the bimonthly night invites musicians to come and perform a few of their own original compositions. Have something to share? Come along and see what they do!

Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs a year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. Jul 6 THE HOT HOUSE FOUR Since swapping the television for a piano in August 2013, The Hot House Four progressed from jamming in the lounge to a band in a matter of months. Willy Briggs, together with his wife Lisa Briggs teamed up with daughter Lola Gaskin-Briggs and Dan Morley to play some early American roots music. They blend a creative mix of Western swing, early jazz, blues, swing and ragtime with twin guitars, accordion, lap steel, harmonica, mandolin and upright bass. People are always impressed and thrilled at the energy and passion that flies off the stage when The Hot House Four do their thing, exciting times ahead! Jul 7 JAMIE YOST Alternative folk singer-songwriter based in the South West. His sound has been compared to artists such as Noah Gundersen, Matt Corby and Daughter. Yost switches between lap style acoustic, electric guitar and keys on stage, presenting a mix of alternative, indie rock and folk. His sound has been highly influenced and inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Noah Gundersen and A Blaze of Feather. Yost states that ‘soulful voices stood out to me as a kid’, which is mirrored in his sound and live performances. Jul 8 THE SUNDAY SERMON Featuring the Neil Burns Organ Trio, featuring Neil Burns on guitar, Martin Jenkins on organ

Jul 12 KATE FERGUSON Kare Ferguson is a folk singer songwriter from Devon. With a distinctive soprano vocal style which she accompanies with finger style guitar, she is greatly influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Cara Dillon. Jul 13 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. Swingology will be performing as a quartet of two guitars, double bass and clarinet. Jul 14, 21 FREE CUBA PARTY Latin tunes and cocktails with the resident DJ playing the best in salsa, merengue, bachata, son and more. Jul 19 BECCA LANGSFORD & ALEX HART Alex and Becca perform the perfect blend of country and blues music. Both established solo singers in their own right, they decided to collaborate for a duo project after being asked to tour with Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre in the winter of 2015. So far they have toured the UK and Europe as a duo and played extensively in other projects including their band The Trees. Jul 20 SOULSTONE Superb violinist and vocalist paired with expert guitarist and multi-instrumentalist to form a dynamic pop duo who perform covers and originals. Jul 26 CALVIN THOMAS Calvin’s songwriting has been described as honest and poetic, with a voice that has been noted as one that transcends generations. Calvin’s influences @PlymMag



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Theatres & Shows or writing them for other people, such as his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall. Jun 29 GIN FESTIVAL PLYMOUTH 2018 The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making its first visit to Plymouth and there’ll be an enormous variety of different gins to choose from. As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else), there will be live music, great food, a gin cocktail bar, gin masterclasses, free samples and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person and chat about their gin.

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range through many genres including folk, blues and punk, but maintains a universal audience for all musical backgrounds. Jul 27 BIG JOE BONE Big Joe Bone plays ‘blues-grass’ music, a mix of fast, furious Delta blues, bluegrass, old-time, gospel and hillbilly music with raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica

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Jun 28 ELVIS COSTELLO Elvis Costello began writing songs at the age of 13, with 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the release of his first record album, ‘My Aim is True’. His record catalogue of more than thirty albums including the contrasting pop and rock and roll albums, as well as two collections of orchestrally accompanied piano ballads, Costello is one of the biggest names in pop whether he’s recording his own material, having them recorded by a number of great recording artists

Jul 5 KEVIN & KAREN: DANCE LIVE TOUR 2018 Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show. Expect a sultry, hip swinging journey through the waltz, cha cha, fox trot, tango and salsa. It is a high energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart pounding choreography and sparkling costumes. Backed by a supporting cast of dancers and a live 12 piece show band, Kevin and Karen’s most famous, edge-of-your-seat routines are brought to the stage propelled by passion. Aug 1 JASON MANFORD: MUDDLE CLASS He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up working class, then finding, over the years, that part of him has become middle class - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. Aug 11 - 12 PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music.



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Aug 1 CHRISTINE LEWIS St Andrew’s Minster Church Playing organ and piano. Admission free, donations welcomed. Lunch available to buy from noon.

Jun 20 PLYMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Plymouth Guildhall Conducted by Anne Kimber. Playing Rossini: The Barber of Seville Overture, Bizet: Suite from Carmen, Verdi: Grand March from Aida, Glazunov: Symphony No.5. Tickets from Mannamead News. Jun 30 PLYMOUTH GILBERT AND SULLIVAN FELLOWSHIP Stoke Damerel Church ‘Trial by Jury’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’ in concert. Details from www. events

Aug 1 BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Plymouth Guildhall Conducted by Victor Aviat. Playing Smooth Classics, Fauré: Pavane, Debussy: Clair de Lune, Mendelssohn: Nocturne, Handel: Largo, Grieg: ‘Morning’ from the Peer Gynt suite, Bizet: Carmen excerpts and sublime adagios from symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky. Tickets £16, £20 (concessions available) from Theatre Royal Plymouth or online at

Jul 1 PLYMOUTH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Plymouth Guildhall Featuring: Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise and Coleridge Taylor: Hiawatha. Ring 01822 853791.

Aug 4 RICHARD LEA AND MATTHEW SEARLES Buckfast Abbey Organists. Tickets £10 from or the Abbey Bookshop.

Jul 1 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill. Maggie Reeday Quartet: Maggie Reeday is the finest exponent of the Ella Fitzgerald style of jazz and blues singing in the West Country. Details 01752 721179 or visit www. Jul 4 PLYMOUTH CLARION CHOIR Plymstock United Church Day Room, Plymstock For the Good Companions. Contact Doreen Brown on 01752 406131 for more information. Jul 4 OLWEN KNOWLES St Andrew’s Minster Church Playing clarinet. Admission free, donations welcomed. Lunch available to buy from noon. Jul 7 THE DIVERTIMENTO PIANO TRIO Sherwell United Church, North Hill Debussy, Chen Yi and Beethoven. Tickets £15 on the door, £13 in advance from the Topsham Bookshop 01392 877785. Under 18s go free.


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Jul 7 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT CHORAL FOUNDATION Plymouth Central Methodist Hall Musical director Scott Angell. Annual concert: ‘Then and Now’ Tickets £10 from 01752 365580 or on the door Jul 7 PLYMOUTH PHOENIX CHORALE Plymouth Guildhall Directed by Marcus Alleyne. Summer concert in commemoration of the end of WW1. Playing The Armed Man: Karl Jenkins and Tunes from the Trenches: arr. Peter Lawson. For more information visit www. Jul 11 FIONA AUSTEN St Andrew’s Minster Church Playing harp. Admission free, donations welcomed. Lunch available to buy from noon. Jul 14 VINCENT DUBOIS Buckfast Abbey. Organist from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

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Tickets £10 from www.buckfast. or the Abbey Bookshop. Jul 18 ANNA RYLAND-JONES St Andrew’s Minster Church Playing cello. Admission free, donations welcomed. Lunch available to buy from noon. Jul 20 JAZZ AT TAVISTOCK Tavistock Town Hall Featuring Graham’s Gentlemen of Jazz, with some of the cream of traditional jazz musicians in Cornwall and Devon. Plus Ocean City Sound’ male close harmony choir. Tickets on the door or in advance from The Bookstop, 3 Market Street Tavistock, or 01752 721179. Jul 21 PLYMOUTH GILBERT AND SULLIVAN FELLOWSHIP Wembury Church Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore in concert. Details from www. events

Aug 5 CITY OF PLYMOUTH CONCERT BAND Mount Edgcumbe Fayre Aug 5 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Royal British Legion Club, Crownhill Derek Nash and Martin Dale with the Craig Milverton Trio. Derek Nash is a featured saxophonist with Jules Holland’s Rhythm & Blues band. All welcome. Details 01752 721179 or visit www. Aug 8 CAITLIN MCANDRY St Andrew’s Minster Church Playing cello. Admission free, donations welcomed. Lunch available to buy from noon. Aug 12 PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB RIVERBOAT SHUFFLE Commercial Wharf, Barbican Landing Stage A jazz cruise up the Tamar to Calstock and back with John Shillito’s Select Four. Tickets £19.50, includes free welcome drink. Over 18s only. Tickets from Plymouth Boat trips or call 01752 253153

Foot Solutions come to the rescue for oven man Neil Businessman Neil Thurston is no stranger to rescue situations. As the proprietor of Oven Rescue in Plymouth he spends his working day putting life back into tired ovens. But when Neil began to suffer severe pain in his feet it was Foot Solutions who came to his rescue. Neil said: “I have had problems with my feet for many, many years. I have had high arches for as long as I can remember so If I am on my feet for any length of time I experience real pain.” In his work with Oven Rescue he is either on his feet or on his knees cleaning ovens most of the day. And by the end of the day Neil couldn’t wait to get home to take off his work boots and put on his slippers. “I just had to put up with it,” added Neil, who has been the Oven Rescue franchisee in Plymouth for more than five years. Prior to that he was a driving instructor for 10 years, after spending more than 20 years in the Navy. “I used to get occasional problems with my feet in the Navy, but nothing as severe as during my work with

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Smash hit rock and roll musical Buddy The Buddy Holly Story will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year by making a triumphant return to its original opening venue and spiritual home the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The show has just completed a hugely successful six-month tour of the USA and Canada maintaining its huge appeal following its inaugural opening at the Theatre Royal in August 1989. Buddy will play for one week in Plymouth opening on September 3 2019 before embarking on a UK wide tour. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, there will be a special gala performance on Monday September 2 2019, with a limited number of tickets being offered at the original 1989 prices - from £7 to £10.50. Further details of this exclusive event will be released at a later date. Fittingly, the Plymouth run will also see Buddy being


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Major Events Jun 17, Jul 14, Jul 29, Aug 6, Aug 11, Aug 26 NATIONAL MARINE AQUARIUM BOAT TRIPS New for 2018, these unique trips will take place throughout the year. Setting off from Shepherds Wharf (behind the NMA) they’ll take visitors on a trip around Plymouth’s historic Sound lasting around one hour. Everyone welcome - just bring your sea legs! The National Marine Aquarium is the nation’s largest public aquarium and an independent conservation charity.

What better way to connect with our oceans than going out on them! Join the NMA on a boat trip exploring the famous Plymouth Sound. Discover the wonders of the ocean, learn about its habitat and the animals that live and visit it. Adults £15, children £10, under 3s free. Visit the Aquarium’s website at Jun 21 and Jul 5 PLYMOUTH HOE BIKE NIGHTS Plymouth Hoe Bike Nights on the Hoe Promenade by kind permission of the Plymouth City Council in support of local children’s charity, Jeremiah’s Journey. The gates open at 6pm until 9pm with a requested minimum donation of £1 per person in the charity buckets, which will allow you to see

hundreds of motorcycles, trikes and quads of all types. There will also be motorcycle trade stands, fast food catering and a live band on the G and C Catering stage. Jun 29 GIN FESTIVAL PLYMOUTH 2018 Plymouth Pavilions The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making its first visit to Plymouth and there’s going to be enormous variety of different gins. As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else), there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar. There will also be gin masterclasses, and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, try free samples and chat about their gin. Jun 30 PLYMOUTH ARMED FORCES DAY 2018 The Hoe Celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition at the annual Armed Forces Day, which this year will also be commemorating the RAF’s 100th anniversary. It will showcase the services with static and arena displays and parades. The exciting arena programme will return this year, with a highlight being the Field Gun competitions and the Parade of Standards will see cadets and veterans alike march across the Hoe Promenade. There will also be military vehicles, equipment


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and static helicopters on display to see up close as well as the opportunity to meet the Royal Navy, Army, Marines, RAF and veterans’ organisations in a variety of villages set out across the Hoe. During the evening, an exciting stage programme is being planned, sponsored by C & G Catering, offering a night of free live music for audiences to enjoy. Confirmed acts so far include swing pop group Jack Pack and a tribute act of one of rock’s most outstanding stars, Freddie Mercury. Headlining the evening will be the lively eightmusician Capitol Motown and Soul Band, who will be performing classic Motown tunes against the stunning backdrop of Plymouth Sound. Jun 30 PLYMOUTH MODEL SHOW Plymouth Guildhall Two large displays will commemorate 100 years since WWI finished and also the centenary of the Royal Air Force. There will be static and radio control models, model railways and a variety of displays from South West model clubs and winner model clubs from Brittany. Jul 8 DRAGON BOAT EVENT Mount Batten Centre Take on a 2,000 year old Chinese tradition and have a go at dragon boating while supporting The Royal British Legion. Whether you’re looking for a team building exercise, a

Totnes Show is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. Held at Berry

Pomeroy, on Sunday July 29, the show boasts a fabulous selection of live entertainment, music, stands and food demonstrations. There are two exciting main ring headline events this year - The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team – The Red Devils - and the British Scurry Teams challenge, which is a fast paced carriage driving sport offering family entertainment at its thrilling best. Watch ponies and carriages fly around an obstacle course all against the clock. The best drivers from all over the country will head to Totnes aiming to be the 2018 Totnes Show Champion. And all of this along with a host of other exciting attractions! Lamb shearing, rural skills, terrier racing and vintage cars and tractors combines with attractions such as a music stage, food hall, family dog show, ferret racing, cycle shows & falconry, to make a fantastic varied fun event. Visitors can marvel at the cattle, sheep, horses, poultry and rare breeds in their glory. Have a cuddle in the pet’s corner and watch the hilarious ‘Sheep Show’ where the sheep actually dance. See the magnificent heavy horses too. And specially to mark the 100th show there is more than ever on offer for children with ferret racing, exotic animals and reptiles, Sylvan Adventures providing have a go at wood carving and archery in the family area together with circus skills. We are also looking forward to welcoming the Two Bridges Flyball Club, so bring your four legged friends along to join in the fun. Andrei Burton cycles and Parkour experiences and free running are also gearing up to meet visitors! Visit for discounted tickets and up to date information on a full day of superb entertainment for everyone! In celebration of the show’s 100th birthday, every 100th person through the gates will be awarded with a free goody bag. networking opportunity, a chance to push your competitive limits or just fancy a fun day out with friends, family or colleagues, take part in the Dragon Boat race while raising money for charity. Teams go head to head

in long boats decorated with magnificent dragon figureheads, it’s a test of team work as well as a physical challenge. There’s great atmosphere too, so get your friends and family to line the shores and cheer you on!


Major Events Jul 21 NEON MIDNIGHT WALK The Piazza Get ready to shine bright, ladies! Sponsored by Nash and Co Solicitors, St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk is a charity walk across the city of Plymouth. Join thousands of women, lighting up the night to remember their loved ones, creating new memories with friends or just enjoying the electric atmosphere. There will be plenty of entertainment to kick start your night on the Piazza, then you can begin your route, choosing from a 3, 6 or 13.1 mile course. Jul 26 - 27 OCEAN CITY SOUNDS The Hoe The two day event builds on the success of MTV Crashes Plymouth and is part of the MTV Presents series. Indie titans Bastille will headline Day One, performing a full 90 minute set, supported by Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI, whilst Day Two will be headlined by Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra performing Ibiza Classics conducted by Jules Buckley. Aug 8 - 9 BRITISH FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS The Hoe The world famous British Firework

Championships is set to return to Plymouth’s Waterfront in August. Each year, six professional display firework companies are selected by a draw to take part, and despite varying weather conditions over the years - and even a World War II bomb being found on the site - the event has successfully taken place every year since it started in 1997. In addition to the dazzling display of fireworks, there is entertainment on the Hoe including a fun fair with thrill rides, Heart FM providing live music and a number of catering facilities available to stave off any hunger during the show. Aug 10 - 12 OCEAN CITY BLUES N JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 The Parade, The Barbican The Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival returns for a third year, sponsored by Rowes Honda, delighting blues and jazz fans around the city and further afield with another great weekend of live music in one of Britain’s most stunning locations. Acts this year include familiar faces such as Andy Quick and his band, The Rumblestrutters, Benny Guitar Carr, Midnight Blues Train, Vince Lee’s Big Combo and loads more to boot.


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Jul 7 BOULES ON THE HOE Hoe Promenade Enjoy a game of boules with Sir Francis Drake, 430 years after he spotted the Spanish Armada from Plymouth Hoe. Drake will also be telling tales of his adventures at sea and answering questions about his voyages. Lots of fun for all the family! Free, no need to book.

Celebrate all things archaeological and be inspired by the Finding Prehistory display and create Bronze Age accessories and tools. You’ll also be joined by the Plymouth Archaeological Society and Devon Finds Officer who can chat to you about the important archaeological sites across the region and help you sort out the real archaeological objects. Free, no need to book.

Jul 14 WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: WOODLAND WANDER AND WILD BAKING Meet at the bus stop at the top of Deer Park Drive and Military Road Reconnect with nature alongside Plymouth City Council and Avon Wildlife Trust’s Active Neighbourhoods Project. Discover curious creatures while pond dipping and walking around one of Plymouth’s hidden gems, Efford Marsh Nature Reserve. Wear suitable clothing and footwear, and bring some lunch. Don’t worry about pudding though, because there’ll be an opportunity to have a go at wild baking! Free, no need to book.

Jul 21 - Jul 27 CAPTAIN COOK’S MAKE AND TAKE: CAPTAIN COOK’S TRAVEL BOX House of Fraser, 5th Floor To celebrate 250 years since Captain Cook set sail from Plymouth on the first of three amazing expeditions, there’ll be a range of arts and crafts activities in the Community Hub throughout the summer. Find out more about Captain Cook and what he took on his voyages. Create your own pocket sized travel book to take on your own summer adventures.

Jul 21 FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2018 Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre

Jul 28 - Aug 3 CAPTAIN COOK’S MAKE AND TAKE: BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION BOOKLETS House of Fraser, 5th Floor A range of arts and crafts activities in the Community Hub throughout the summer. Make your own booklet to fill with

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drawings of plants just like the voyage’s official botanist, Joseph Banks, did. Jul 28 ALL ABOARD THE ENDEAVOUR House of Fraser, 5th Floor Travel back in time to 1768 and hear how Captain Cook and his crew set out on their first voyage aboard the Endeavour. These storytelling sessions are part of the Cook 250 celebrations running throughout the summer. Donations, no need to book. Saltram House Plympton 01752 333500 Until Jun 27 GARDEN TOURS Ever wondered how the gardeners keep the lawn so nice, or grow a particular flower? Join one of the friendly gardeners for a stroll around the garden, see what’s looking good at the moment or hear a little about the gardens history. It’s your chance to ask them for some tips for your own garden too. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Jun 18 - Sep 30 CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS Join in as the fun begins to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts which was partly founded by Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman. Did you know that Joshua Reynolds lived just down the road from Saltram, and had a relationship with the Parker family which is believed to have inspired some of their fabulous collection and appreciation of

the arts. Part of the collection includes fabulous artwork by Angelica Kauffman who was one of the only two women to be a founding member of the Royal Academy. Find out more about her struggles as a woman in a man’s world. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Jun 24 TRUST 10 A free 10k run around Saltram Park. Come along and enjoy a fully marked and marshalled course for fun, training or as a fitness goal. No official timing system in place, so if you would like a time, please bring some form of timing device and you can track your own progress each month. Dogs welcome on leads and buggys also welcome (but a tough task up some of the hills!) This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Mount Edgcumbe Cremyll 01752 822236 Jun 15 - 17 3 WISHES FAERY FESTIVAL Welcome one and all to the gathering of the faery clans and the mortal realms in Celtic Cornwall, for three fairytastic days, where human and faerie folk can walk (or fly!) side by side in harmony, in celebration of the magical time of midsummer. Step into the fairy ring portal and into the realms of the Fae. Glimpse into fairyland, and experience how they celebrate their love of the sacred land, for they are the guardians and carers of our earth.

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Garden Fete. This fabulous family friendly day out is brought to you by Miss Ivy Events and will provide a whole host of fun and entertainment for the young and not so young alike. With artisan craft stalls, workshops, performances, live music, a bouncy castle, games, a charity dog show as well as delicious food and drink served throughout the day.

Jun 30 - Jul 1 BIG MIND BODY AND SPIRIT WEEKEND Organised by AromAware, this is a free event with lots of things to see and do. There’ll be free talks and workshops, The Devon Bird of Prey Centre with their amazing owls, falcons and hawks, singing drum workshops, fabulous craft and holistic stalls,

therapists, health and wellbeing stalls, as well as a seating area and great food available, including vegetarian and vegan options. Jul 22 GREAT BRITISH SUMMER FETE Turn back the clock and enjoy English tradition at its best at the Great British Summer



Aug 5 CLASSIC AND AMERICAN CAR EVENT This popular family day out will feature in excess of 700 American and Classic cars to see, as well as a craft fair and 150 stalls selling crafts, clothes and accessories, a car boot fair, a bouncy castle, family friendly entertainment (from magicians to jazz singers), refreshments, a licensed bar and live music. It will be raising much needed funs for Cornwall Hospice Care and The Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Buckland Abbey Yelverton 01822 853607 Until Sept 23 ART OF REFLECTION - THE COSMIC EGG Andrew Logan’s giant Cosmic Egg on show to reflect the peace,

tranquility and spiritual side of Buckland Abbey’s unique spirit Until Oct 28 THE WORLD ENCOMPASSED FAMILY TRAIL Discover quirky facts about Drake’s famous voyage. Collect your passport to the past from visitors’ welcome to help you follow Drake’s route and become a Tudor explorer. Follow his famous circumnavigation on a voyage of discovery. £2 for each passport trail booklet. Booking not needed. Jun 19 WALK AND TALK - AROUND SENSORY AND PHYSICS GARDENS A guided tour around the public Sensory and Physics Gardens with the Abbey’s head gardener. Cotehele Calstock 01579 351346 www. Jun 22 SUMMER PUDDING CLUB AT THE EDGCUMBE TEA ROOM A seasonal pudding club inside the historic Edgcumbe Tea Room on the banks of the river Tamar on Cotehele Quay. Start with a bowl of soup then indulge in four homemade desserts created from the best of the season’s ingredients. If you love puddings,

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this is a night you won’t want to miss. Try different recipes every season. Booking essential. Tickets £20pp. Jun 28 COTEHELE UNLOCKED Cotehele throws open the doors allowing visitors to explore areas that are usually closed to visitors and meet the staff and volunteers who care for Cotehele. Meet the staff and volunteers, peek into offices, enter the sixteenth century dovecote, the old potting shed, and climb the spiralling 55 stone stairs to the roof of the house. (weather permitting). This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Jul 1 - Oct 28 ‘SEASONS OF CHANGE’ IN COTEHELE GALLERY Cotehele Gallery exhibits and sells the work of West Country artists and craft makers. This exhibition features the work of local landscape watercolour painter Peter Dollar and handcrafted mirrors created by Joan Bose. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Jul 14 - Aug 5 THE BUTTERFLY COUNT Pick up your count sheet and head to a quiet spot either in the

Family Events bladed weapons that usually hang on the walls. Don’t forget to bring your camera, you’ll be able to amaze all of your friends. Booking not needed. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Jul 29 COSTUME SUNDAYS AT COTEHELE MILL Meet the mill team dressed in Victorian costume. You’ll be able to watch milling and baking demonstrations and buy a bag of Cotehele Mill flour to take home. Booking not needed. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.

garden or around the mill to see how many varieties of butterfly you can see enjoying such a special place with you. Booking not needed. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.

Jul 26 LOOK SHARP! Not just for the kids. Take a close look at the bladed weapons in Cotehele House. This is your chance to handle some of the

Until Aug 17 NANCY BELLE BOAT TRIPS FROM COTEHELE QUAY Climb aboard the 22ft Nancy Belle and take a ride up the river. Starting from Cotehele Quay, the Shamrock support boat Nancy Belle will head up the river Tamar past riverside woodlands, under the railway viaduct, past Calstock and deeper into the valley towards Morwellham Quay. Throughout the trip, there will be commentary on the valley’s fauna, flora and history. The trip will last approximately two hours, please wear suitable clothing for the predicted weather. £15pp.

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MANAGING HOLIDAY CONTACT Associate Chartered Legal Executive Carrie Laws from The Family Law Company looks at ways of agreeing summer holiday arrangements for separated parents School will soon be finished for the summer and holidays are being planned. This is sometimes a complicated process for parents who are separated – but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips to help take the pressure off. Communication is key Always discuss your plans with the other parent to avoid the awkward situation of both booking holidays during the same dates. There is no hard and fast rule in terms of length of notice, but it is advisable to at least agree the dates a month or so in advance. If it is likely that this will take some Carrie Laws negotiation, then begin the process sooner. If you are concerned about holiday arrangements and safety, you will need to air this with the other parent in advance in order that reassurance can be given, and safeguards put in place in plenty of time.

Share key information As a minimum, you should tell the other parent where you are going, where you will be staying and how you can be contacted in an emergency. It is advisable to share the dates and times of travel, but you do not need to share the minutiae of your holiday.

Agree your indirect contact during the holiday in advance and stick to it Children need to be able to have quality time with the parent taking them away. If the absent parent is constantly calling or texting, this is likely to cause anxiety in the children and heighten tensions between the parents during the holiday or on the return home. Rather than risk ruining the holiday for the children and damaging relations, agree when the indirect contact is going to take place beforehand, so each parent knows where they stand and stick to those arrangements (except for emergency situations).

What happens if arrangements cannot be agreed? In this situation, a referral to mediation may enable you to reach an agreement. If mediation isn’t successful, a parent can apply to the court for a ‘Specific Issue Order’, a court order that determines a specific set of facts and is limited to one narrow point. The court will always have the child’s welfare as its paramount consideration and will always

make the order it feels is in the child’s best interests. The court will rarely determine that a holiday is not in the child’s best interests. However, there may be scenarios that give cause for concern – for example, if the destination is unsafe or outside of the Hague Convention, or there is very real concern that the parent will not return the child. Strict safeguards can be put in place and endorsed by the court. The reality is that holidays and quality time spent with the other parent are usually good things for children. Any tricky issues will mainly be between the parents - and that is why communication is vital. These can usually be resolved, and any concerns allayed if aired and discussed in advance.

How we can help? At The Family Law Company, we are firm believers in the importance of communication to resolve issues as soon as they arise, which underpins our ethos. Our experienced private law teams can assist you if you find yourself unable to agree a way forward. Call 01752 674999 to make an appointment. Your first appointment with us is free.


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The programme has expanded due to popular demand, with two weekends at Tinside Lido. The first weekend, from July 20 to 22, will be a musical one, with the majestic The Piano, a 50th Anniversary screening of The Beatles’ iconic Yellow Submarine and 80s classic Dirty Dancing. The cinema will return to Tinside for the bank holiday weekend, from 24-26 August 24 to 26 with Oscar winning The Shape of Water, and, in what has become something of a tradition, Jaws. The weekend will be rounded off with Some Like it Hot.


Local exhibitions Until Dec 21 2018 PLYMOUTH - FROM DESTRUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION House of Fraser, Floor 5 Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II. The docks and naval base made it a target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians. The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of post war planning. This exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collection of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction. Jun 9 - 23 SYNESTHESIA: ALUMNI SHOW Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth Synesthesia - the sparking of a sensory or cognitive pathway that leads to a new way of thinking. A function that is the very basis of creativity, where one ideas leads to another and inspiration is fired through testing, experimenting, making and doing. Running alongside the University’s Degree Show, this exhibition brings together some of the finest alumni from the University of Plymouth’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, including artists, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers and architects, who since graduating have built successful careers within their respective fields. From social enterprises to surfboard designs, hard-hitting social documentaries and memorable brand campaigns, come and see how creatives are changing the world.


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Jul 6 - Sep 1 COLLECTED SHADOWS Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University This exhibition of 200 photographs is drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. It has since grown to a total of eight million images encompassing a plethora of subject matter - not solely defined by war and conflict - collected from diverse sources all over the world. This eclectic display includes scientific, astronomical and botanical studies, studio sittings, portraits and private snapshots, press photographs, film stills and aerial photographs from several wars, as well as a rich and unpredictable array of works we would simply have to call art. Jul 10 - Aug 4 SIGNPOST 7 - FUTURE PATHWAYS 2018 Cube 3 Gallery, Portland Building, University of Plymouth Showcasing a selection of works from Devonport High School for Girls and established artists. Now in it’s eighth year, Signpost 7 - Future Pathways is an annual exhibition which explores how we process and communicate as creative thinkers. Whether we meditate, sketch, go on long journeys or take short walks, we are inspired by different things and motivated in different ways. This exhibition is curated by the Rhizome Artists’ Collective for students and artists living and working in the community who wish to celebrate and share the visual experiences of their work.




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TRAVEL MATTERS Victor outside the Taj Mahal

A land of contrasts that is India I’ve often heard it said that India offers an eclectic mix of culture and flavours but had not considered how to plan a visit. It was only when the opportunity arose to join a tour group the sheer size of the country came into focus.

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India is about 13 times bigger than the UK and it quickly dawned on me that it would be impossible to see the whole country in a week. Wendy Wu offer award winning holidays to the whole of Asia and I was confident that their Golden Triangle of India Tour would give me the perfect introduction. The temptation when writing about any touring experience is to rattle off a list of hotels, sights and experiences without taking a breath. Apart from being quite boring to read, doing so would destroy the sense of adventure. Instead I will focus on just one day, the penultimate of my trip…. I had slept like a log and the 5.30am alarm call came as a bit of a shock. Staying in different hotels every night can be quite disorientating and it took me a couple of minutes to spring into action. I find it quite hard sometimes to get going in the mornings, but with the prospect of the Taj Mahal at sunrise awaiting I was down at reception first and raring to go. Our hotel was only a five-minute drive to the entry gate and we had been assured that the early start would help to avoid the crowds and heat of the day. I was a little disappointed to see a large queue forming at the main entrance; not to worry our wonderful tour manager Vishal called us to one side, lifted a corner of the fence and ushered us through. Well this is India! As you might expect with one of the Wonders of The World there were still security checks to clear, but we were ahead of the game and soon taking in the breath-taking Taj Mahal sparkling in the rising sunlight. I have seen thousands of photographs over the years and I can honestly say none of them came close to replicating the sense of fulfilment I felt being there. That doesn’t stop you taking a ridiculous number of pictures and there’s always that iconic Lady Diana bench shot to replicate. Top marks to anyone who spotted that I’m posing on the wrong bench. I suppose at least I’ve left myself with an excuse to go back one day. Vishal painted a vivid picture with his tale of a heart broken Emperor, his cherished wife passing too soon, and the ultimate symbol of love lost. In truth he summed the experience up best by saying 'Taj is Taj' and I get it, there really is nothing to compare. After breakfast back at our Agra hotel we set off for a visit to a charity project in Delhi called 'Project Arman' which focuses on the wellbeing and education of children from poor families. The bus ride took several hours and after such an early start I think all of us took the chance to close our eyes and rest. There had been plenty of opportunity to take in all the sights and sounds of the Indian countryside over the past week and I felt confident nothing could surprise me, how wrong you can be. We had been asked to bring along

TRAVEL MATTERS some books and pencils for the children, so armed with my Poundland supply of goodies, we made our way on foot through one of Delhi’s many slum areas. I have never experienced abject poverty and deprivation of this kind before. I felt so uncomfortable intruding into this alien world of desperation, misery and despair. I have visited staged orphanages and schools in many countries where in truth they are simply tourist traps designed to grab your heartstrings and grab your cash. There was nothing staged about these streets, I was surrounded by utter hopelessness. The school was situated down an alley between two shops and I use the terms school and shops extremely loosely. My first and enduring memory is the row upon row of tiny, wornout shoes which the 'pupils' leave at the door. As I peered into the two classrooms, each no bigger than a box bedroom, dozens of bright eyes stared back. I felt distraught and my optimistic carrier bag of cheap stationery certainly wasn’t going to be changing these little lives. We learned from the charity organiser that the children would probably be picking through rubbish tips if it weren’t for the haven of a few hours at school. At the end of the school day each child received a piece of fruit or a juice carton and I wondered if perhaps that was the only reason they were there at all. Although I hardly felt in the mood, I had agreed to attend a Bollywood style theatre performance in the evening with some of the group. I’m embarrassed to say I was relieved to leave our school visit earlier than the rest of the group to get across town in time for the show. As we drove past the neighbouring, luxurious US Embassy the stark inequalities of life in India could not have been more



graphically illustrated. Wendy Wu are working with Project Arman to reach more children. I wish them every success. The Kingdom of Dreams modestly proclaims itself as the ultimate entertainment and leisure destination. In a country of such extremes it certainly lives up to its billing and comparisons with the squalor of earlier was unavoidable. Imagine a Donald Trump inspired Taj Mahal 2 and you’ll have the idea. In front of us was a façade resembling an Indian styled casino with vast golden elephants arching their trunks to form the opulent entrance. It all seemed in rather poor taste, but with a deep breath we headed inside. The foyer is themed on a boulevard of quaint shops, bars and restaurants complete with its very own luminous indoor sky. The actual theatre reminded me of one I visited at Radio City in New York a few years ago needless to say with the addition of copious amounts of gold-leaf. Although the show was performed in Hindi I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Zangoora the Gypsy Prince is a simple pantomime style story of a virtuous prince falling on hard times only to win in the end. The actual spectacle was mesmerising with the traditional head slide dancing almost lost in an extravagant laser and light show. In the interval I was approached by a young Indian couple who were fascinated to know how, as an English speaker, I was enjoying the show? They asked in passing if I knew a little town in England where their brothers were studying politics. Yes…… I had heard of Plymouth! India certainly delivered a rollercoaster ride of emotions and for me that is the beauty of the country. I believe travel should be about adventure and discovery; did I mention the tigers…….

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Plymouth has a fantastic, modern business centre, right in the heart of the city. The Genesis building, on Union Street, is seen by thousands of passing motorists and pedestrians, most of whom recognise it as “the building with green plants on the wall.” That green wall is just one of many innovative features of this award-winning building. It is owned and run by the Millfields Trust, social landlords who invest the rental income from three sites - Genesis, HQ (the former Jaeger building) and parts of the Millfields - into regeneration of the Stonehouse area. Over the last two decades, 1.5 million pounds has gone into projects like Widening Horizons, enabling approximately 1,500 primary age school-children to engage with inspiring local businesses and develop belief in their own potential. Other initiatives include Grow Stonehouse - a community led gardening project encouraging people to learn skills, socialise and make a real, positive change to their local area; and provision of residential housing for the people of Stonehouse. This is business with a heart for community. Mandy Toze and Sadie Chambers are business development managers at Millfields Trust, based at Genesis looking after the needs of companies who lease space. Mandy explained what they do in one sentence: “Whether people are relocating as an established business, moving up from a home office, or just starting out it’s our job to provide affordable, adaptable business spaces that work for them from the start.” Lei Turner, director of Drake International recruitment agency, moved into an office at Genesis when she and husband Mitch took on the business. “When Mandy showed us around Genesis we were impressed. The office space is modern, everything is ready for you to move in, and the building lends a professional prestige to your own business. Our initial interest was definitely price-led, but we were convinced by what we saw.” Whether co-working or leasing space, there is instant IT and telecom connectivity with high speed broadband, which

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was a big plus for Lei: “The fact we could just move in and it was ‘plug and play’ as far as all our IT was concerned was amazing. It meant we could get on with our business straight away. On top of that Mandy and Sadie are on site to give just as much support as we need.” The support available includes free legal, financial, HR and marketing advice. There is free visitor parking, a cycle store, lockers, showers, kitchen facilities on every floor, 24/7 access, comprehensive security and video entry system. Conference rooms can be hired by the hour or for as long as a week. There’s even an electric bike which can be used (free) for short trips to meetings and right outside the door are public transport links.

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Options for leasing space are deliberately flexible, starting with coworking in the Plant Room, and moving on to business spaces from 175-2,000 square feet. Costs are transparent with no ‘hidden extras’ - lease terms are monthly, and they are charged per space not per number of people or desks. It is this adaptable approach to making the space work for local companies that is key to Millfields making businesses feel supported from the outset. A recent customer satisfaction survey produced overwhelmingly positive results, which is perhaps not that common among rent-paying business owners responding to their landlords. Lei Turner is also the tenants’ rep on the Millfields Trust Board of Directors (all voluntary) and she echoes those findings: “I have not yet received a single complaint.” A partnership approach to making Plymouth a great place for businesses and communities is becoming more common nowadays, and Millfields have pioneered this approach since 1999. “Our aim is to support business growth,” said Mandy, “and without income from our tenants we wouldn’t be able to continue the regeneration of Stonehouse.” “All the staff here are obviously passionate about this work,” added Lei, “I would encourage anyone looking for first class business space to just enquire at Genesis – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”


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Mortgage rate switch key questions answered In this feature, Stuart Powell, managing director of Shore Mortgage and Insurance Services answers questions on topics including remortgaging, life cover and critical illness insurance. Send your questions for future issues to and Stuart will answer a selection of questions in future editions.  This time Stuart answers questions frequently asked of Shore Mortgage and Insurance Services. What is Rate Switch? When you take out a mortgage to buy a property or remortgage, your lender will often give you a discounted rate. When the initial deal comes to an end, it is usual for the lender to move the mortgage onto the lenders Standard Variable Rate (SVR).This rate tends to be between 4% and 5%, depending on the individual lender.  This often leads to an increase in monthly payments. As an example, a £100,000 mortgage on a repayment basis and 20-year term would go from £506 at 2% to £606 at 4%, an increase of £100 per month. According to a report issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in May 2018, around 800,000 Mortgage


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holders could save an average of £1,000 a year by moving from their lenders Standard Variable Rate (1). The Rate Switch plan is intended to encourage those on their lenders SVR, to use our free Rate Switch service. Why would I change rate? Industry figures show that 68% of homeowners have never remortgaged, so are likely to be on their lenders SVR (2). There are many reasons for this. One is that there were particularly high mortgage rates in the early 2000s which subsequently dropped and led to lower monthly payments. People felt satisfied with the lower repayments and consequently have not considered the idea that they could be overpaying unnecessarily.  Using the example above with a £200,000 property value, if that homeowner could get a rate of 2% fixed for two years again, their monthly payment would reduce to £506. This would represent a £100 per month saving. Switching is so expensive, complicated and time consuming to do. I do not want to do it. That is the beauty of Rate Switch. It will not cost you

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Innovation and green credentials are key to Langage Farm’s award-winning business success Dairy producer Langage Farm may be best known for its ice cream and clotted cream - but behind the wellloved brand is a multi-award winning company with a passion for innovation, conservation and protection of the environment. The company is proud of its green credentials and has won countless awards - not only for the quality of its products, but also for its approach to sustainability and green energy. Major investment in an anaerobic digester means that Smithaleigh-based Langage Farm is the UK’s first carbon neutral dairy with the digester generating electricity from food waste which supplies the farm and dairy with its energy needs. Anaerobic digestion uses bacteria to break down organic matter into a methane rich gas. Production waste from the dairy products factory and food waste from local businesses such as schools and restaurants goes into the digester. It produces electricity and heat for use in the dairy products factory, and residual fertiliser which goes onto the fields to grow forage for the herd of nearly 300 Jersey cows. The milk returns to the products factory for processing and the cycle begins again. Managing director Paul Winterton, who has been at the helm for 17 years said: “We are always looking at ways to





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innovate - it is the key to ensuring that we continue to grow the business.” It was this ethos which led to further major investment last year in a glass line for its new range of luxury yoghurts - and helped secure a multi-million pound contract with Aldi. “There are a few reasons for glass,” said Paul. “One is to offset the plastic pollution of the world’s seas and oceans. “I think that plastic is going to become less and less popular with consumers. We are one of the greenest companies in the UK and our green credentials are at the forefront of our decision making.” This passion has led to a close working relationship with Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium to develop new ways to increase awareness of plastic pollution. And behind the development of the new yoghurt range was an extensive Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Plymouth University which looked at the science behind yoghurts and other dairy products. It all adds up to a highly-successful business which supplies not only many of the country’s leading supermarkets, but also farm shops, ice cream parlours and other retail outlets. Langage Farm has seen its workforce increase to more than 50 people with a growing turnover set to top £5.5 million this year. Langage Farm’s own retail outlet on Plympton Ridgeway is a shop window not only for its own products, but also for other locally-sourced goods. One of the shop’s most popular lines are its range of hampers. Originally introduced for Christmas they are now available all year round. Langage Farm have partnered with other artisan producers to create the ultimate in quality, personalised hampers. What makes these so unique is that you get to choose which of the items available in the shop, go into the hampers. Alongside the range of Langage Farm products, the produce choice includes jams and preserves from Waterhouse Fayre, fudge from the Devon Fudge Company, hand-made seasonings from The Greedy Fox, and Birdy’s Honey, as well as teas, cakes and biscuits. The hampers come in three sizes and on their own they cost £3.95, £4.95 and £5.95, which includes the box, filler and wrap. Customers then choose what goes into them so the hamper is designed to the customer’s own preference and budget. The hamper service is proving increasingly popular and retail manager Tracie Germain said: “We carefully select the producers we partner with to ensure that what we Langage Farm managing director Paul Winterton with trophies the company won at this year’s Devon County Show


Langage Farm shop manager Jane Parkinson (left) and supervisor Elizabeth Grix with one of the popular hampers

are offering is of the highest quality. Much of it is sourced from Devon. We strongly believe in showcasing the wonderful produce we have in the region and making it available through our farm shop.” The shop celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 - but the farm’s history goes back much further than that, to the 1950s when Len and Elizabeth Harvey started making cream from their dairy herd, initially for their own use. In those days the farm was at Langage. The cream side of the business grew almost by accident with friends and relatives asking if they could have some, and the word spread farther afield. Finally, in 1980, they decided to launch it as a business. Today the company is run by son James Harvey and his son Ben, supported by the senior management team and a



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City waterfront is first in UK to be awarded plastic free status On the same day that Plymouth became the first UK city district to announce its accreditation with ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status for its iconic waterfront, a major new plan to tackle single use plastics and plastic pollution in Plymouth has been launched by key partners in the city. The Plan For Plastics is a partnership plan developed by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce. The launch came during a week of action on plastics in Plymouth, in which the city has hosted major events such as an International Marine Park Conference, the launch of citywide initiatives including reusable plastic bottles and cups, as well as a series of smaller events to tackle plastic litter such as beach cleans and litter picks. The Plymouth Plastic Free Communities accreditation issued by charity Surfers Against Sewage is the first to be awarded to a city waterfront district in the UK and marks the first step towards the delivery of the citywide Plan for Plastics.  The announcement came after the application, led by Environment Plymouth, and supported by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Council and the National Marine Aquarium, secured 70 business pioneers and 50 community ambassadors who have all pledged to give up at least three single use plastic items such as

straws, cups or cutlery, as well as making other pledges to reduce single use plastics. It doesn’t mean that plastic has been eliminated completely or that it’s banned. It means that a huge step has been taken towards preventing future damage. There are four main principles in the Plan For Plastics, which are: • Avoid - encouraging residents to avoid single use plastics, and to find alternatives such as reusable coffee cups • Recycle - continue to work to increase recycling rates in Plymouth • Innovate - support academic and industry led research into plastic free alternatives. • Connect - developing an education programme to encourage people to visit and connect with the natural environment. The Plan For Plastics is available to download at Rachel Yates, Plastic Free Communities liaison officer at Surfers Against Sewage, said: “We’re so pleased to add Plymouth Waterfront to our growing list of Plastic Free Approved Communities. We have 300 communities across the UK working towards the status and Plymouth is the first city to make a major inroad into tackling single use plastics and the impact they have on our environment. “The application from the Plymouth team was very strong and shows an ongoing

The Meal Ticket for Life – is this an end of an era? regarded in the future. William Waggott and Kim Waggott separated in 2012, following a 21 year marriage. Within their divorce, the Court ordered a financial settlement of 9.76 million in favour of Mrs Waggott and in addition £175,000 per year in maintenance payments for the remainder of her life. Mrs Waggott applied back to the court for an increase of maintenance. Mr Waggott in response, applied to the court to bring an end to the requirement for him to pay spousal maintenance for life. Rebecca Giles Solicitor

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Mrs Waggott argued she should continue to share her ex husband’s income post separation, as it had been attained with her support during the course of the marriage. The Court of Appeal confirmed that earning capacity is not an asset to be divided and there is no entitlement to share post separation earnings, although it is a factor to take into account when determining a fair settlement and so may be relevant in some cases to a fair division of capital. The Court reiterated it has

a duty to try and achieve a clean break where possible and so directed that the maintenance payments should cease after 3 years rather than continue for life under the original court order in 2012. Importantly the Court rejected Mrs Waggott’s argument that all of her capital should be preserved and not used to meet her income needs and found that in 2021 Mrs Waggott could invest a proportion of the lump sum already received to raise income or seek employment. Does it mean the end of a meal ticket for life? The Court acknowledged there will be cases where there isn’t a capital sum to invest to generate income and so there may still be a requirement for long term maintenance. However the case does suggest a move towards a less generous approach to spousal maintenance than previously. Wolferstans have a team of experts who specialise in divorce. If you require legal advice regarding a divorce, please contact Leah Dawkins on 01752 292288 for further information.

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commitment, not just from the community and businesses in the Waterfront area, but also across the rest of the city. We look forward to seeing how this develops and one day hope to award Plastic Free Communities status to Plymouth as a whole!” Penny Tarrant, chair of Environment Plymouth and co-chair of the Britain’s Ocean City Taskforce said: “Environment Plymouth is a network of over 70 organisations from all sectors, plus individuals, working together to offer a unified and independent voice for strategic environmental and sustainability concerns in the city, so it was only right for us to take action on the challenge of tackling single-use-plastics. The Working Group which was created to lead on the SAS accreditation has worked very hard and is delighted with the result just six months after our very first marine plastics meeting in December 2017.” For more information visit or search #PlasticsPledgePlym on Facebook and Twitter

Plymouth launches new reusable drinking bottles A new reusable drinking bottle has been launched by partners in Plymouth as part of a campaign to reduce single use plastics in the city. The new Britain’s Ocean City and One Plymouth branded bottles are now available to buy at shops across the city. They were officially launched by delegates at the International Marine Parks Conference, organised by the Blue Marine Foundation. The bottles are one of a number of projects, led by the multi-agency Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce, to tackle plastic pollution in the city. The bottles follow the success of the reusable plastic coffee cups which were also developed by One Plymouth and Redrok. Scott Grenney from One Plymouth said: “Since the launch Mandelai Wolfe of the Blue in April 2018 of the universal Marine Foundation with the reusable One Plymouth Cup, new bottle David Williams of Redrok and I, have been overwhelmed with the response. “The One Plymouth Cup campaign is helping to highlight the issues and reduce the number of single use throwaway cups in the city, whilst also encouraging footfall to local shops who are offering hot drink discounts. “Furthermore, 25p from each cup sold is donated to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) to support their marine conservation agenda. Businesses are also providing cups to their staff to help tackle the ever growing mountain of waste produced by the 2.5 billion coffee cups that are thrown away every year in the UK with only 1 cup in every 400 being recycled. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for StreetScene and the Environment for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are delighted to help launch the new reusable plastic drinking bottles for Plymouth – the reusable cups that were recently launched have already sold 3,000 so I hope the bottles will be equally popular. “Residents and our partners in Plymouth have really taken on board the importance of getting rid of single use plastics and this is just one of the ways you can get involved – if we all do our bit it can make a huge difference. We hope that as many people buy the bottles as possible and move away from disposable bottles.” For details of stockists in Plymouth visit www.oneplymouth.



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Making the m Everyone wants a good return on their savings and investments. Paying for the expertise of a qualified and experienced financial advisor can help make the most of your savings and investments and plan for the future. Many people perceive cash as a ‘no’ risk investment, however its value can reduce when you factor in the impact of inflation. Savings accounts are also subject to interest rates which have typically been below 1.0% since March 2009. There are alternatives to cash, for example investment ISAs, Open Ended Investments, Investment Bonds - all of which could offer a better return on your money for those willing to take more of a risk and do not need access to the money in the short term. Whilst always bearing in mind that investments can go down as well as up and you might not get back the original investment amount, this year the returns on investments have been strong, so it’s definitely worth having a chat about. If the rate of inflation is high and you are receiving a low interest rate, you could find it difficult, or even impossible, to beat inflation. The rule is simple - after tax, the rate of interest you earn on your savings must be greater than the rate of inflation, in order for your money to actually be growing." Many people are also seeking advice to try and minimise the amount of Inheritance Tax they will pay. The Inheritance Tax main nil rate band of £325,000 has been frozen since March 2009, however a main residence nil rate

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most of your investments band was introduced in April 2017 for qualifying individuals i.e. Individuals with direct descendants who have an estate (including a main residence) above the Inheritance Tax nil rate band of £325,000. With careful planning there are ways to help mitigate the 40% Inheritance Tax. We can help with that. Tax treatment will depend on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future. Currently in Devon the estimated annual cost of nursing care in a nursing home is £48,200 per person* and whilst there is some funding available from the government, it may not be enough to allow you the choice of care home. Again, with a Financial Plan in place, we can help you make the most of your investments to help provide an income to cover these costs should they arise. As you would expect there is a charge for the advice, but many people are worried about paying this. However, I hope this has helped to show how even with these, the potential benefits are often worth it, as well as the reassurance that your assets are invested where you are happy, with regards to your current and future requirements. We would make any costs clear to you at the initial Discovery meeting which is free, so you can make an informed decision. Here at West Financial Management we believe it is essential to offer a service that our clients are looking for. We recently asked our clients ‘What’s important to you from your Independent Financial Adviser’, here are some of their responses: ‘Could not live without you’ ‘Truth, honesty, sensible advice, understandable’ ‘Tax implications advice where to put cash’ ‘Continuity of same person for 10 years, ongoing relationship’

‘Clarifying the complicated arrangements, Good advice & honesty’ Maximum profit, min tax liability I have been a financial advisor for 28 years and owner of West Financial Management for the past 14 years. The office is in Hyde Park Road, opposite Hyde Park school. We are an experienced team who strive to get the best for the client and company. Priceless peace of mind is at the heart of what we do. The success of the business has enabled Helen and her team to invest time to support charities. Once a year we close the office for a day and volunteer at a local charity. Last year we helped out at South West Equine Protection, including cleaning three stables to give shelter to some of the ponies they were housing. I am also a member of Roborough Rotary. The charity work we do is very important to them. * Paying for care If you would like to learn more about how we may be able to help please, join us at our Succession and Investment Planning seminar which we are running in conjunction with Kitson solicitors, at the Thurlestone Hotel Kingsbridge on Thursday 2 August 2pm – 4pm. The event is free, but booking is essential, to reserve your place please contact us on 01752 228382 or email Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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GARDENING MATTERS By Fiona Newton of Plymouth Garden Centre As I write this, we have been enjoying some lovely weather throughout May and June after such a cold and late start to Spring! There has been lots of sunshine mixed with some showers (which is good for the garden) which has enabled everyone to get out and Get Into Gardening. The weather was great for the week of the Chelsea Flower Show which always inspires people to get gardening. This year there were some really strong themes based on smaller gardens and container gardening or Urban Gardening to be posh! Woodlodge Pots, which we sell here, were featured too. All of us here and you, our customers, particularly love their Heritage range (see picture below). Pop into the centre to see it on display!

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You may have seen a selection of plants in our plant area which were grown by the Hillier Nursery. Hillier (who also have 12 garden centres of their own) joins forces with a designer every year to create a wonderful show garden for the RHS Shows. Since 2016, the garden designer Sarah Eberle has collaborated with Hillier to design their much-anticipated show garden. She is the most decorated designer in Chelsea history having won gold in more categories than any other designer. A little known fact which some of you may or may not know is that Sarah Eberle actually worked here at Plymouth Garden Centre back in the early 1980s. Some of you may have had some design work carried out by her! Hillier’s show garden was named the ‘Stihl Inspiration Garden’, designed to incorporate their own mission statement ‘To inspire the creation of green living spaces for now and the future’. The idea that no matter what size garden you have or type of gardener you are, everyone can have an outdoor space that fills them with pride and ensures they can have a little slice of paradise right outside their own backdoor. At Plymouth Garden Centre the Urban Gardening concept is something that is important to us being surrounded by ‘city living’. Container gardening in particular is an important part of our own market, and we can help you choose the right plants and pots for your outdoor living space. Another strong feature at Chelsea were Herbaceous Perennials. So, what does Herbaceous actually mean? Herbaceous refers to any plant which has a non-woody stem and perennials are plants which will come back again the following year (depending on frost temperatures!). So, I have put together a list of our favourites which add style, colour and most are great for the bees. As we go through the summer months more and more herbaceous perennials become available too! Sunny areas: • Salvia and Nepeta – blues , purples, whites • Geum – yellows and oranges


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• Dianthus and Astrantia - pinks and whites. Dianthus ’Pink Kisses’ is fab! • Agapanthus – great in the ground or in a pot • Lupins – out of this world. Tolerate most soils and they make nitrogen so they feed themselves! Dappled Shade - the plants that see sun for part of the day • Hostas, Digitalis – foxgloves Light Shade – Hardy Geranium Rozanne Deep Shade – Ferns

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Many of the tasks at this time of year are designed to maintain the health and flowering period of your garden and flowers. You can now enjoy the garden as all the hard work from previous months pays off! The garden is full of bloom and all the senses are alive with colour, scent and taste in your own garden oasis. As you harvest all your fruit, veg and herbs follow these few tasks to keep your garden looking blooming marvellous through the Summer months! Deadheading your plants: This is often a big but gradual task and it will allow your plants to flower again and again. Most plants including summer bedding, herbaceous perennials and roses will really benefit from a continued attention to faded and wilting blooms. Once removed the plant puts its energy into creating more buds and flowers. Deadheading also allows you to have a little ‘potter’ around your garden, enjoying see the efforts of your labour! Lawncare: Lawns are really frustrating aren’t they?!! I shouldn’t say that really but they seem like a never ending project! Does anyone else have to listen to their partner go on about the lawn, go out for an inspection of the stripy ‘flymo lawn’ that’s been long awaited and then just when you think they have spent all the time on it and finally cracked it, it needs mowing all the time or the dog waters it and makes a brown patch again!!! We have done battle with our lawn for 12 months now and finally we are getting somewhere. We decided to just tackle the weeds head on with a specific lawn

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Wet Areas: Zantedeschia – great in a pot. Iris, Astilbe A few other plants I think are looking great at the moment too are Hardy Gerberas, Gazania’s, Rudbeckia, Erysimum and Echinacea. As with all plants, if you do have pets please do read up as some are toxic to pets and children in different ways. Often they would need to consume a large quantity of foliage or seeds but if you have a puppy like mine who likes to help with the gardening be mindful of what you put in the garden and where.

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weed killer and then fed it later with a lawn feed. We have used Westland’s Safe Lawn because we have two Labradors and I have to say the lawn has done really well! Sadly there is no product out there that stops the puppy digging a hole in the lawn! Make sure you don’t cut your lawn too short so that it retains moisture and nutrients which it relies on if the weather is hot and dry. New lawns will need periodic watering too while turf or new seeds develop. If it’s dry we give ours a water anyway when we do the borders. Watering and Feeding: Water your plants in the evenings as temperatures cool down if you can. If not, early morning but avoid the main sunshine as plants dry out quickly and leaves can get scorched. Baskets and containers will dry out more quickly. If you haven’t planted yet you can use a gel product to help retain moisture. Incorporate a weekly or fortnightly liquid feed into your watering programme as this will allow plants and flowers to flourish and well-fed plants can fight pests and diseases better. Roses can be vulnerable if they dry out. Keep an eye out for aphids at this time of year. Enjoy your gardening, please keep an eye on our Facebook page as we are sending out special offers and tips for gardening all the time. Also, members of our gardening club are emailed vouchers regularly too so if you aren’t a member join for free (in-store or on our website) and if you are a member already, make sure you have given us your email address!


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Day Two will be headlined by the legendary Ibiza Classics show presented by Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, on their only South West tour date. Tom Findlay, one half of cult DJ duo Groove Armada, and BBC Radio 1 presenter Danny Howard will also be DJ’ing on this Ibiza inspired night of music, sure to transport concert goers back to happy holidays of the 90s.


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Plymouth Magazine July 2018  

The 169th edition of Plymouth's popular and biggest circulation "lifestyle" magazine delivered to 45,000 homes every month.

Plymouth Magazine July 2018  

The 169th edition of Plymouth's popular and biggest circulation "lifestyle" magazine delivered to 45,000 homes every month.