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From the Editor MOMENTOUS TIMES 2019’s been an important year in many ways and for many people. From my own observations, I’d say that it’s the year everybody finally realised the global climate crisis is something real, no-longer a debate between eminent scientists - more the realisation that rapid global warming is definitely on its way, with all the associated problems it will bring to everyone across the planet. It's a sobering prospect, and I also have news to impart to you, it's that Devonshire magazine after February 2020 will be no-longer in existence. If you're aware of our movements, we abandoned print at the start of this year and moved into being wholly digital as a magazine. Our digital magazine will continue, but it will be a green-living magazine called GREENWAY covering the UK and will accompany our PROUD to be GREEN website, membership scheme and YouTube programmes. Your support for Devonshire magazine over the years has been very much appreciated, we've been privileged to have worked with many great companies, and some really lovely people. As a magazine, Devonshire was always about rich content, not the usual anodyne plugging-based content prevailing in the majority of glossies. As a result, we built up many, many avid readers over the years, who've enjoyed our countryside, wildlife and rich historical content (all subjects very close to my heart I have to confess!), as well as our extensive programme of events gathered from our What's On website, Hubcast. GREENWAY magazine means we move on to much more important issues, but we'll still continue with our rich UK countryside, wildlife and historical content as well as discussing green-living issues. Subscribe at our website to receive GREENWAY magazine by email, totally free.

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A scheme to get everyone thinking and acting ‘Green’ Now is the time to act, it’s never been more important for us all to take responsibility for our own environmental footprint. Please help us to achieve great change across Devon.

Sick of the lack of action? We all CAN do something positive, but how often do you look about in frustration! Where’s Government action you may ask, legislation on food packaging for instance - it just isn’t happening. But as consumers we can all exert pressure through our combined efforts and purchasing power - through buying green. Go to the website to find out more about the PROUD to be GREEN scheme

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Four green things to start business owners off on their green journey

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usiness owners have enough to think about, don’t they? Hiring, cash flow, regulations, deadlines, and in all of this there is the knowledge that the Earth is facing a climate crisis unlike anything in human history..

Throughout this year, green issues have been at the forefront of the news cycle and we are reminded through movements like the Extinction Rebellion, dire warnings from scientists, and the ongoing efforts of activists across the world that change is needed rapidly. On a personal level, we can all make small changes in the way we shop and the activities that we undertake each day. But the change must come from business leaders and corporations who are often the leading polluters, and ultimately the government itself who has made paltry attempts at green legislation.

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But where to start? Here are four things your business can start doing to green-up. This list is by no means the only things you can do, but they are suggestions for a starting point

1) Switch to LED Light bulbs According to simplyled.co.uk, LED bulbs have a greater upfront cost but will last up to 20,000 hours opposed to a paltry 1000 hours that you would typically get from a filament bulb. One LED bulb will last the lifetime of twenty regular bulbs, an immediate cost-saving right there! Over the lifetime of the LED bulb, you would use, according to simplyled.co.uk, £19 worth of energy under typical use.  Compare this to a normal bulb which would cost you, over the same period, £152 in energy costs. If you’re worried that it will cost you the earth to refit your whole business or house with LED bulbs, why not do it in affordable steps? Early LED bulbs didn’t emit quite enough light which hampered their early adoption, but LED technology has come a long way and you’ll see the difference as soon as you turn on the switch.

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2) Create a green strategy For sole traders, and small companies with a few staff, your green strategy might be a less formal affair but for bigger companies, having a strategic approach to greening up will be a must. There is no ‘fit-all’ solution as every business will be different but it is best to consult as many employees from all levels, as there might be some best practice that is taking place already that you can incorporate into a document. Not sure where to start? Switch to green or eco-friendly suppliers or maybe try changing your energy company to a green company?

over the years. It’s becoming more evident though, that there are environmental benefits to be had by allowing employees to work at home. By avoiding the car, workers are not emitting carbon, even better if they get their home power from renewable energy.  It’s not always appropriate or feasible to enable employees to work from home, but the benefits to environmentally and employee morale is well researched and documented. Global Workforce Analytics predicts if all the workers with compatible jobs in the US were allowed to work at home 50% of their time, we would save 54 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

3) Consider Telecommuting Although it’s been around since the 1970s, telecommuting has gone through a few bursts of popularity

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Businesses produce a lot of waste, and it costs. I don’t have to go into the details but as a business owner, this is often something that can be irksome, expensive and timeconsuming.   By producing less waste, maybe eliminating plastic as far as your company is able to, you’ll ultimately save money.  Think about reusing and repurposing in your business processes and if there is an opportunity to do this.

There are green waste management companies like one of our members, Devon Contract Waste, who mindfully manage commercial waste in such a way that they try and recycle and reuse as much as possible. Even food waste is sifted and sent to Langage Farm in near Plymouth, who use it by converting it into electricity for use on their farm and back to the National Grid. Chris Gower

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Do you want to be part of a Sustainable World? If the answer is yes, then get creative!

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proudtobegreen.org/join Two types of creative reuse are Upcycling and Raw Material Reuse and whether you keep your wares, gift them or sell them, you are making a sustainable choice and difference.

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Reusing materials is an awesome way to be resourceful and however you choose to reuse, you will feel a sense of satisfaction as you remove an item from the waste stream, create something thoughtful and save money. Reuse has Sustainable Development at its heart and can be as simple as washing out a bean tin and using it to keep pens in or grow some herbs, shopping and selling on Gumtree or creatively reusing materials.

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Upcycling is a fun way of reinventing something and raw material reuse is an exciting way of creating something totally new and unique. Reusing materials creatively is my favourite pastime and last year I launched ‘Saztainable - Cards &

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Being mindful of the waste materials we are sending to landfill and considering them for reuse is a positive step in the right direction for environmental change. However, if creativity isn’t your thing, it is easy to join up to sites such as Gumtree, Freecycle and even Freebie groups on Facebook, where you can freely list materials that could be reloved and reused by others. Eco Artists will love you! My absolute favourite material to work with is newspaper and once in

I reuse waste materials that I have at home, salvage on beach cleans or sometimes pick up second hand. The main materials I come across for reuse are paper, plastic and metal in different forms and I am always seeking creative alternatives where I see waste and I hope to inspire others to do the same. Recently I came across a Gumtree ad where someone was about to send a load of cassette tapes to landfill, so I rescued them and soon enough some new creations were born.

the future is looking brighter a while I get a big stash from a local residential home and I am always grateful for donations from friends and family. Some news can be awful so turning it into something positive can only be a good thing. Making cards is my forte but the creative reuse possibilities with newspapers and magazines are endless.

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Where I don’t recommend rescuing everything in sight and filling your house to the brim with waste, I do suggest taking some time to look at the waste you are producing at home and noting your themes. Alongside trying to reduce landfill waste and avidly recycling, reusing materials is the next best thing so here’s to a World of reuse offering environmental empowerment, freedom, creativity and positive actions for the benefit of the planet and for you. Saz

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Zion Lights is a science communicator known for her environmental advocacy work. She is author of the evidence-based book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting and the poetry collection Only a Moment. Zion has an MSc in Science Communication from UWE

RESILIENCE Zion Lights - Environmental Science Communicator and Activist

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t’s a tough time to be alive. Yes, humans have lived through, and continued to have children during, various periods of wartime. But these issues have seemed surmountable. We’ve had a good deal of hope during wars, either through knowing that our leaders are battling them, or because we’ve known that they can’t last forever. We’ve felt that there is hope for something better, once the fighting is over and the dust has settled. We’ve even – perhaps unfortunately – gotten used to them.

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While many world leaders still haven’t caught up with the science to address climate reality in any kind of meaningful way, the rest of us sit hopeless and often feel helpless

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The impact of a global crisis that shows no sign of going away, and that has no clear enemy, or easy solution, is something else to comprehend. The possible collapse of civilisation and life as we know it poses an existential crisis that’s much easier to ignore than to face. But ignoring it comes at a great price: that of the inevitability of species decline, collapse and so much more. Although COP25 is currently underway, leading scientists are still criticising the lack of action, one going so far as to say that the

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lack of mitigation will lead to ‘the end for humanity’. These are heavy words to hear and difficult truths to bear. While many world leaders still haven’t caught up with the science to address climate reality in any kind of meaningful way, the rest of us sit hopeless and often feel helpless. It makes sense then, to try to address the climate and ecological crisis. I know what you’re thinking: what hope is there, given what I’ve just told you? Yet doing the right thing is not necessarily about winning. Standing for something, or choosing to do the right thing, is not about having hope. Yes, it would be nice to bury your head in the sand. We are all guilty of it at times – the world can be an overwhelming place, full of inequality, injustice, and suffering. Admittedly there have been times when I’d have liked to be able to it. To look away from the world my children are inheriting, to ignore the stark warnings of scientists around the world that we are facing a planetary emergency. Only I just can’t be that selfish. I think of those around the world whose homes are already on fire, who are murdered for their work as Earth defenders, who face increasing extreme weather events, the loss of their homes, of their lands, and I realise that it isn’t a choice. It isn’t for our young people either, who are on course to inherit the mess we have

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made of our planet, the only home we know in the entire universe. It’s a duty; an obligation to choose the harder, but truer path.

The only question that remains is what we can do next. Eco-anxiety are depression are on the rise, including among groups of young people. Rising fears can also lead to apathy and head-in-sand scenarios. Only, those things don’t actually help our mental health, or the mental well-being of our young people. The real way to protect our children and help them to adapt to an increasingly unstable world is by building resilience in the face of climate reality. Recently, a number of headteachers and psychotherapists have stated that activism is reducing symptoms of mental ill-health among young people, many of whom have been galvanised by the climate strike movement Greta Thunberg started, Fridays for Future.

because it’s the right thing to do, and because it is human to try to make life better in some way. Taking action, whether through reducing your own carbon footprint, or getting involved in direct action to bring about system change, helps to reduce feelings of powerlessness, to build a sense of community, to combat some of the loneliness the population of the world currently faces – another driver of mental heath issues in the UK. Psychotherapist Caroline Hickman, who is also a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, says that “Activism or joining groups will reduce anxiety.” You don’t build resilience by looking away. You build it by facing things head on. Let’s roll our sleeves up and do it. Zion Lights

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e were thrilled to have a stand at this year’s SW Business Expo that took place on the 20th November at Westpoint Arena in Exeter. The huge space was chocked full of businesses, attendees and Santa. Yes, Santa made an appearance at this year’s Expo along with assorted elves too! Our message is strong and clear, the planet is facing an unprecedented crisis with the possibility of mass extinctions, weather phenomenon and global heating disrupting or destroying life on Earth if we don’t take action. The change has to come from governments, but also from individuals, and particularly businesses. Corporations create the majority of carbon emissions, so it is up to the business world to effect change.

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Proud to be Green was there in full force with our accreditation manager Trevor Child and membership advisors, Liz Bond and Ian Wherry joined by Chris Gower and Charlotte Fergie who were armed with a camera and covering the social media. One the highlights for us were giving away our Wildflower Seed packets, I am hoping lots of businesses will plant them and remember their time talking to us. Events like the Expo are really valuable as we get to meet businesses face to face, and talk them through some of the benefits of being members. If you want more information about membership and some of the benefits it would bring, visit www.proudtobegreen.org or call 01395 513383

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Sculptural Rings For more Jewellery, Online Shop and Jewellery Making Classes visit us at: www.victoriasewart.com 01752 220011 (Gift Vouchers Available) 39 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth

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An unusual rescue took place last week in Berrow. Photographs appeared on Facebook of a swan that seemed to be stuck in a hedge.

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ecret World Wildlife Rescue became aware of it and tried to find the location of the distressed animal. Marlies, at reception eventually got herself on to the Facebook platform that was discussing the swan. Even by the end of the day the problem hadn’t been resolved.

That night at 11.30p.m. a phone call to Secret World was taken by Pauline Kidner, the charity’s Founder. Lara Young had rung to say she had seen the swan in a hedge as she walked to work and had stopped on her way home having finished her shift. To her concern the swan was still in the same place. Pauline drove out to the location with her husband, Derek, with a cage, secateurs and blanket, thinking it would just be a case of cutting the briars of the hedge to release the swan. When they arrived it was obvious that all that could be seen was the head and neck of the swan with compacted earth all around him. It was a matter of calling Simon, Pauline’s son out with a spade and fork as the swan was going to have to be dug out. "In 30 years of rehab, I have never seen an incident like this one. I just couldn’t see how it had got itself in that position," Pauline said. Once Simon arrived and looked around the area, they realised that there was a deep rhine the other side of the hedge with a drainage pipe that should have

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taken excess water from the road into the rhine. Something had frightened the swan up inside the pipe, but the end of the pipe on the road was filled with earth so as it had pushed further and further in it was only able to get its head and neck out.

Digging very carefully, they were able to eventually pull the swan out of the pipe. It was very dirty and due to the time cramped inside the pipe, it was unable to stand. Taken back to Secret World, the swan was left quietly under a heat lamp to recover from its ordeal. It was Bonfire night so maybe fireworks frightened the swan. It took two days for Sydney to be able to stand and he’s now recovering well. He has been seen by the vet and is on a course of pain relief for his wounds and swellings from the compression of being in the pipe. Sydney has recovered well and has returned home in time for Christmas. Hopefully he will find a partner ready for the spring.

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Andy’s had a great interest in wildlife and nature and in recent years has developed a passion for wildlife and landscape photography, specialising in photographing the wonderful wildlife and varied landscapes of the West Country.

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his beautiful and characterful little bird seems to be part of our very being and lives its life alongside us, whether it be in the countryside, towns or cities and whatever the season or time of year.

Robins feeding out of my hand or the hands of others and we are all familiar with the sight of a Robin following a gardener around the garden in the hope of getting a tasty worm. Robins are entwined in the very fabric of our culture and is a bird that is part of our Britishness. They occur in other countries, but nowhere are they so tame and confiding as they are in the British Isles and nowhere are they as loved nor appreciated like they are by the British people. In 2015 they were voted, in a National Poll, as Britain’s favourite bird. They are always popular illustrations in numerous magazines, calendars and of course on thousands of Christmas cards where they seem to be associated with winter and snowy landscapes.

Voted Britain's favourite bird in a 2015 poll It is instantly recognisable, with its distinctive red/orange breast and there is no other British bird that is as confident or approachable as the Robin and sometimes its tameness can be quite remarkable. I have regularly experienced

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It is thought that they became popular on Christmas cards in Victorian times, when they were associated with Postmen wearing red tunics who were known as 'Robins'.

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Robins are also entwined with Christianity, where thir red breast feathers have been associated with the blood of Christ. Robins were originally woodland birds, where of course they still occur, but over the centuries have developed a close relationship with man and can now be encountered almost anywhere that man resides or frequents. Robins are unusual in the birding world in that they sing and hold territories throughout most of the year. Their lovely jangly song can be heard at its strongest in spring and early summer and a quieter shorter version can also be heard in autumn and in the depths of winter, and I have even heard them singing at night, throughout the year Robins nest low down in hedges, woodpiles, holes in trees, walls and also in porches and outhouses and they often lay clutches of 4 or 5 eggs and will often have 2 or 3 broods a year.

Robins hold territories throughout most of the year

They are early nesters and often commence nest building in early March. The young, fledged Robins can be equally as tame and confiding as their parents and are most noticeable in having no red breast. They are a speckled brown in colour and it is not until after they moult later in the year that their red feathers show through. Robins may be our favourite bird but the also have a dark side. They can be extremely territorial and they will often see off larger birds that enter their domain. Male robins have been known to attack and kill other Robins that threaten their territories and only last week I saw 2 Robins grappling and fighting each other on the

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wooden floor of a large bird hide! They were pecking each other and they were so engrossed with the fight that they didn’t notice me standing just a few feet away. It became so aggressive that I'm sure one of them would have been seriously injured or worse if I hadn’t intervened! Hopefully, this short essay will give you glimpse into the life of this wonderful little bird. Even with their aggressive streak, Robins still exude charm, character and friendliness, and their association and familiarity with us will always ensure a unique and special place in our hearts.

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Ken isislong longretired, retired, having having ceased ceased work work at the at age theof age 65of in 65 1992. in 1992. He hasHe been hasa been contributor a contributor for a number for a number of years of now, years sharing now and colourful sharing writings colourful about writings his experiences about his experiences as a vet working as a vet in the working industry in the from industry the early from1950s the early onwards. 1950s onwards.

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Well they are not really conversations as we know them, but there is no doubt that mammals and birds, particularly birds, can communicate with each other.

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his can also be supplemented by facial expression and body language as also seen in human exchange. Indeed these latter can even nuance the meaning of a simple statement. I give you the example of the raised eyebrow. From the vantage point of my kitchen window I can watch in wonder as the large flock

there and after a time it means that he has to drop back and let someone else take the strain. Is there a honk that means, “Lordy, I am knackered”? Pigs grunt a lot and are very social animals. They must have developed some meaning over time. What about mice. They live together in large

The conversations of birds is a study in its infancy, but research is providing some surprises of sheep across the valley decide to move across the field. Who gave the order and how. They move in well trodden paths, and often two paths merge into one. There is never any barging or fighting, but an orderly alternate file between the two lines. Is there any audible exchange, a sort of, “After you Claude”, or is it just body language. We shall never know because the moment man comes near the situation changes. When geese fly any distance they form into a vee formation so that each one benefits from the slipstream of the one in front; but what of the leader at the point of the vee. No benefit

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numbers in crowded conditions and apparently squeak in frequencies we cannot hear; must be some meaning there. What about the massed flights of starlings before roosting. Who gives the orders so that they don’t end up with the biggest mass collision of all time. It is said that each one instinctively follows the movement of the six or so immediately around it, but there must be some bird in that magnificent murmuration who is giving the lead. The cock pheasant who walks beside me every morning as I go up to the greenhouse where the food is kept talks to me the whole time. Still doubtful? I suggest you

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read some of the research on bird intelligence. Yet in some cases we are able to decipher the meaning because the animal in question shares our life. On a superficial level the stallion or bull which paws the ground with it’s forefeet while making that throaty rumble is either saying, “Phwoar, I could give her one,” or in different circumstances, “You want to make something of it?” Dogs and cats share our lives more closely and most conversation involves food or exercise. That look up at you while standing over the food bowl, with vocal accompaniment. You know it. My daughter’s Border Terrier has one vocal for wanting her ball thrown and another for an excited greeting. Dog barks can mean anything from, “Keep off,” to “I am having a whale of a time,” while everyone knows the purring of a cat denotes contentment. Do lions and tigers purr I wonder. The conversations of birds is a study in its infancy, but research is providing some surprises. The songbird singing his heart out is telling any listening females, “Listen up, I am a fine strong fellow. Choose me and your off-spring will be fine too”. Evolution has provided him with a special organ for this, the Syrinx, and if you look closely you can see it vibrating on his breast. The females are listening and are very critical of

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his performance. Any false notes and he is crossed off the list. I think the greatest conversations occur between man and dog, bolstered by circumstance and body language and close contact. The horse can commune with man by subtle means. While working on various farms I developed a great respect for the working horse, the Heavy Horse. The effort required to get a heavy load moving was obvious from the grunt which resonated

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through that magnificent frame as it leaned into it’s task. Between my first and second years at Vet College I worked on a mixed farm in Cumbria where every day started with hand milking a small herd of Shorthorns. Traction was by horse alone. My stay coincided with haymaking. There was one field, less than an acre in a beautiful spot bordering woodland, where the hay amounted to one heavy cartload. The gateway was in a sharp dip which meant that you had to lead the faithful old Percheron

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by holding onto the head harness and going into the dip at a fair clip to get enough momentum to climb out of the other side. The horse was obviously aware of this and that, for my own safety, I had to keep a stride ahead of him. When we were loaded up and ready to go the horse nibbled at my hand with his beautiful soft lips, whickered softly and looked at me as if to say, “Well, new boy, are you ready for it,” and I was.

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Chris lives with his wife, Brianne, in north Devon at the confluence of the Mole and Bray Rivers. Raised on a farm, with a degree in Agricultural Zoology, Chris moved into Farm Management, Estate Management and Consultancy. Over the past 50 years his passions cover all aspects of the countryside, wildlife, conservation, agriculture and country pursuits. Photos copyright C. Taylor

WINTER'S HERE Christopher Taylor

On the river Taw system, the salmon and sea trout fishing season of 2019 was one best forgotten for all but one fisherman and for many resaons

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ainfall levels were low and had been through the summer and winter of 2018 and this continued right through the 2019 season. The resultant lack of water flow meant few fish ran the rivers, a good spate is what encourages them to leave the sea, none occurred until late August, with only weeks of the season remaining.  The river Mole, the main tributary of the Taw, also suffered a devastating pollution incident wiping out most aquatic life in a 5 kilometer section.  Those closely involved with the river eagerly await information from the EA on the likely long term effects

All the salmon were returned and just the larger sea trout kept and eaten!

on the river system. So... back to that one fisherman, a great friend who had the chance to get down to Devon for a long weekend in August, the rains had come in abundance and the river rose and soon cleared. Perfect running

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conditions for these migratory fish and wonderful fishing conditions. Over a two and a half day period, fishing on three beats on the Mole, Russell landed 8 salmon, 3 over 20lbs and 6 sea trout and the best of these was 4lbs. All the salmon were returned and just the larger sea trout kept and eaten! For any fisherman from Devon to Scotland this was a time to be savoured for years to come. Those fishing the day prior and the day after his visit there was no such luck, the vagaries of this pastime! As soon as the fishing season finished the heavens opened and we have just had one of the wettest autumns I can recall. At last, conditions became favourable for the salmon and their migration to the spawning grounds on the smaller tributaries of our rivers. For the first time ever, I have actually seen them spawning on the River Bray in the last week of November, not just one brace of fish but several. Once again, I have no photo of the experience. Unfortunately I disturbed them even after a stealthy approach and some 20 metres away and way too far to see on any photo. The depressions the female fish

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cut in the gravel should be visible for most of December, noticeable at the tails of pools and as the gravel has been moved, it appears clean and is graded on the down-stream side of the depression. As most salmon die after spawning, this provides a plentiful supply of food for otters. Those that do survive will be easy pickings and evidence of salmon carcasses being eaten by them will be along riverbanks into January.

to fall into the river will be removed if physically possible manually or mechanically. Unfortunately most has to be burnt and only timber like ash, alder and oak are utilized for fire wood. Chipping/ shredding should be an option however, getting a chipper over waterlogged river meadows is not on and the chips would need removing from the river bank.  If the river is too high and dangerous then it is time to continue

Now is the best time of year to prune hedgerow trees and shrubs and I take this opportunity to clear the fishing beats on the Bray and Mole I have the fortune to look after. Armed with a 1959 Massey Ferguson 35 Tractor (right), link box and a variety of saws, I set about removing trees and branches and plastic rubbish from the banks. I have to say, this is one of the most satisfying tasks. From now until the end of February, all trees likely

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with laying hedges and pruning fruit trees, the by-product of this can be kindling - to good sized logs, with nothing going to waste. With January and February of winter still in front of us, now is best to enjoy our countryside. I personally enjoy a good bit a physical exercise digging the veg patch, driven by the anticipation of the growing season to come, ever increasing day light and growing bird song . Each year the effort seems to be greater but the rewards more meaningful. In a small way, I feel I am doing my bit to reduce our food miles. In an average year from May to February some 80 % of all our veg comes from this small veg patch. Unfortunately, twixt the Bray and Mole valley we suffer from being in a frost pocket and any brassicas that have made it to through the autumn often succumb to frost damage, nice tight savoy cabbages burst apart and brussel sprouts often do the same.  Maybe if you are thinking about a New  Year's resolution, then a veg patch will be

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BEFORE The bankside overrun with vegetation, preventing light from reaching the river

DURING Much to cut down, allowing access to the water and light to reach the river

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AFTER Job done, a big task, but many benefits to the river health

helping them engage with their food supply. The spin offs may include an appreciation of wildlife and an inquisitiveness as to how everything meshes together to create our natural environment is fascinating. That’s enough about gardening, as I have mentioned times before that we are blessed by wonderful countryside and the winter is the best time to enjoy a bracing walk. With the leaves gone and most ground vegetation like bracken and brambles dead and fallen, it is so much easier to see any wildlife. Last year at this time the shorted eared owls were easy to spot near Moles Chamber and if you were really lucky, then a hen harrier may also be around. Vast flocks of

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pigeon have recently been about feeding on the beech mast close to Moles Chamber, something I have

big stags and again many of my neighbours say they heard none this year at the rut not noticed before. Recent trips and a few good walks around this part of the moor have included good numbers of golden plover, huge flocks

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of starlings at first and last light and the occasional snipe. No woodcock as yet, but they are sure to be there just not seen . The number of red deer around this part of the moor seems to have decreased, not just my observation as a fellow walker in early December had also noted this. Here in Mole valley the number of red redds seem about normal, but in October there appeared to be no big stags and again many of my neighbours say they heard none this year at the rut as would be expected. However, groups of hinds were running with pickets. I fear that reporting on our wildlife especially on the salmon and deer may help those with another agenda. I understand the requirement to cull deer and do far less these days,

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but it is far more rewarding, as more skill is required to take a great photo. Which is a bit of a conundrum, I also enjoy a good venison casserole! On my last trip to Exmoor, whilst enjoying the chill of winter at first light on a crystal clear day, I had a perfect opportunity for a great photo. The sun had only just crossed the sky line and a red hind was ambling straight towards myself and Tipper (my fox red lab) the light and colours were exceptional.  She was oblivious to us both, even as we squatted down in the rushes, at 30 metres, out came the camera. Damn it,the lens fogged over as I got close to the frosted ground, so I had to get it wiped off before any shot. Still, she approached and, camera at the ready, NO CARD appears in my camera viewer! I can only think that the cold caused this

malfunction. My frustration was audible, at which she turned and trotted off and not barking! Strange,

something was not quite right this tranquil morning. They inched their way towards me, alertly turning their

three prickets had sensed something was not quite right this tranquil morning

just the one and she was walking with so much purpose. Double damn it! There to my left were a beautiful pair of antlers crossing the horizon followed by a series of heads against a brilliant blue sky. How had I missed them? Fortunately, not all had passed us by, three prickets had sensed

heads trying to gauge the situation... an intruder in their midst. It was cold on the frozen grass, damp and dumbness was setting in, but every now and then I got the mug shots of these three (above right).

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HIGH PRAISE FOR DEVON'S 'LIVING' CHURCHYARDS Penny Mills, CPRE Devon

Devon’s churchyards are peaceful havens for people and wildlife but one, in particular, merited special praise...

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ur competition to find Devon’s Best Churchyard of the Year has been gathering momentum since it was launched in 2018. Entries were up by a third on last year, which has been fantastic.

Finalists with Bishop of Exeter and CPRE Devon's Penny Mills. Photo by Steve Haywood The judges - myself and charity trustee, Ivan Buxton - inspected every entrant and very much enjoyed visiting every corner of our beautiful county in search of the ultimate green sanctuary for people and wildlife. It was a difficult task to single out one churchyard because each of them impressed us in some way. All Saints in East Budleigh was delighted to be declared our worthy

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winner at a prize-giving reception at Exeter Cathedral in late September. The prizes were presented by the Bishop of Exeter himself, the Rt Rev Robert Atwell, who chairs the Church of England’s Rural Affairs Group.

It was a case of perseverance and hard work paying off for the team of volunteers from East Budleigh. Last year, All Saints was a joint runner-up in the contest. Paul and Penny Kurowski, who collected East Budleigh’s award, were interviewed the following day by BBC Radio Devon and ITV Westcountry and said they couldn’t believe their ears when they were announced the winner. East Budleigh received a cheque for £200, membership of CPRE Devon for one year and a beautiful plaque, made in Devon from sustainable wood, to display with pride. Oak plaques were also awarded to Ilfracombe and

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Molland, joint runners-up, and to Kingsbridge, Dalwood and Littleham, near Exmouth, who were all highly commended. Throughout the judging, we found hardly any litter and we were particularly impressed by the careful management of these ancient burial grounds to create sanctuaries for the living. Measures to encourage wildlife and biodiversity included bug hotels, mini-beast trails, an amazing pond, bird boxes, composting areas, some beautiful wildflower meadows and even gardens producing fruit, vegetables and herbs for parishioners to enjoy. St Mary’s at Molland, on the southern edge of Exmoor, had even thought to provide a welcome pit stop for walkers and cyclists with water bottles, snacks and a bicycle repair kit. Churchyards are true oases of tranquillity in our increasingly busy lives. Hallowed grounds which deserve to be celebrated as part of the rich tapestry of Devon's landscape. We’re already looking forward to next year’s competition. Details will be on our website from January 2020.

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It's amazing how many people I speak to who say they've given up flying. The reason of course is the biggest environmental elephant in the room - it's flying, which produces massive quantities of CO2. This non-flying action shows extreme commitment undoubtedly, and is commendable to say the least. Travel is one of the great luxuries of course, it's always been seen as one of the great ways to achieve enlightenment in life.

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The Herzogin Cecilie cabin - actually made from the timbers of the ship that ran aground on Ham Stone in Soar Mill Cove in 1936.

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A traditional hotel situated in the perfect position, being a short amble down to the beach and also where you can watch the sun set over the sea. It can be really hard work sometimes, finding a hotel to fit the bill. What I mean is that if you're like me, a view certainly is going to be part of the experience, equally the situation in terms of proximity to the beach is another very important factor ( assuming a seaside holiday ). I had no such problem when booking a weekend stay at the Cottage Hotel because you're totally

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spoilt in these respects. The hotel is beautifully positioned, actually it's perched facing directly out over the beach affording truly delightful views. What's great is their garden path takes you pretty much directly down onto the Hope Cove beach. Of course, South Devon's renowned for beautiful countryside and certainly the

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rugged coastline ticks many boxes. With Salcombe round the corner walking eastwards, and Thurlestone to the west, there are many peaceful walks to be enjoyed without needing to get back in the dreaded car! Arriving at the Hotel, we were greeted warmly and the porter helped us with bags to the room. Many of the rooms have balconies with spectacular views and the rooms were well equipped. The Cottage Hotel is what I'd class as a traditional, family-run hotel. It has an interesting history over the

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88 years it's been run as an hotel. Of course, originally the property was a cottage that's organically grown over the years. The Ireland family that now run the hotel, took over the hotel in 1973, and it's now Sarah and William Ireland who preside over it. In terms of history, it's said that Emperor Heile Sellasie stayed at the Hotel whilst in exile. Also, the Herzogin Cecilie, a clipper, ran aground in 1936. This beautiful ship had run aground on Ham Stone in Soar Mill. It'd previously won the famous 'Grain Race', but it was the cargo that ultimately

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Dining is great at the Cottage Hotel, the food's lovely and the views are truly sublime. Their dining room looks directly out over Hope Cove.

The Cottage Hotel is ideally where you'd like every hotel to be situated, perched right on top of the beach - it's a premium spot!

Yes, that actually is an old boat that's been chopped in half for the bar. It was Chris Phippin's who passed away recently. It's was a well-know local crabber called Allora. Lovely views abound - the room above is the bar, a great place to watch the sun set over the sea.

was her downfall. Seaweed entered the holds and the swelling grain burst her apart! During the war, in 1941, a girls school in Eastbourne was evacuated to the Cottage Hotel. In 1944 the hotel was requisitioned by the RAF for fighter pilots that flew Spitfires and Hurricanes from Bolberry Down Airfield. You can see some of their graffiti cut into the panelling during one particularly boisterous evening spent in the lounge whilst enjoying drinks. The atmosphere at the

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the area. It's a really good idea and I'm sure many more hotels will be doing this sort of thing in future to enable guests to get the best from their stay. What's great about the Cottage Hotel is that you can leave the car parked and get out to enjoy the truly stupendous walks and vistas. It really does make your break totally stress free! Overleaf is a photographic feature, showing some of the glorious coastline right outside the front door >>

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Hope Cove - the view from the Cottage Hotel's garden. Path on left above takes you down to beach or onto the coastal path, either to Salcombe or Thurlestone beach.

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Youngsters enjoying a frollick in the briny!

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Lovely wild pathways abound

Getting close to sun down as viewed from The Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove

Hope Cove - the view from the Cottage Hotel's garden. Path on left takes you down to beach or onto coastal path

Part of the beach at Hope Cove. The causeway's good fun to walk at high tide.

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Birds spotted on the beach at Hope Cove. Don't forget to bring your binoculars or telephoto lens for your camera. Top - Egret Middle - Black headed gull. Bottom Cormorant

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AMALFI COAST Bird's eye view of the coastline from the Hotel Excelsior at Amalfi, lush with lemon groves and super yachts!

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FLORENCE AMALFI Having a cappuccino COAST Bird's eye view of the coastline from the Hotel Excelsior at Amalfi, lush with lemon groves and super yachts!

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Lovely villa in sunny South of France

Le Mimosa nestles in a tranquil sun soaked valley in Languedoc, a gorgeous area with traditional markets, vineyards and wonderful nature. We are now taking bookings for 2020 so please email me, susan.gebbie@hotmail.co.uk for details. A perfect holiday with family or friends. Private pool • Bikes supplied • Our guide to all the local hidden gems More information and photos of the house interior and surroundings can be found on the website:

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Susan Gebbie writes for both Devonshire magazine and The Budleigh Diary, living in the town of Budleigh Salterton

LIFE ON THE VINE Susan Gebbie

It’s a year since I first visited Pebblebed Vineyard and this, my final visit, is as enjoyable and informative as my first

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lex Mills, Vineyard Manager, is a mine of information and his love of winemaking is inspiring.

As we walk up into the vineyard, the wind is howling and it’s squelchy underfoot. Apparently last week the vines were still aglow with coloured leaves, but a few cold nights and a bit of wind have stripped them bare. I’m disappointed to have missed the Rondo. Alex describes how the leaves on that particular variety change to a bright crimson in autumn and goes on to explain: “The red ones (grape variety) tend to go red... the white ones tend to go an orange yellow colour. The vine knows its done its job with the weather changing.”

After the harvest the leaves still photosynthesise, creating reserves which are stored in the vine’s trunk and roots. With enough reserves stored, the chlorophyll begins to break down and you get these lovely colours in the leaves. I joined in with the harvesting this year, along with lots of other volunteers who turn up to pick grapes and enjoy a hog roast and a glass of fizz afterwards. Everyone is welcome and it’s great fun, so put a reminder in your diary for next year if you’re interested. Alex is philosophical about the yield this year. “We had about a third of what we got last year, so 12 to 15,000 bottles... no matter what you do you can’t magic up more grapes... the cellars are full from last year, this is a slightly less than average year but the quality is still good.”

Alex loading crates of picked grapes

Over at Hedger Valley of Harpford, Richard Hedger also saw his yield dramatically reduced. He explains that with a late frost his fruit was ripening later in the season, when the rain arrived. “The effect of osmosis on the grape causes the fruit to rupture.” However for Richard,

The sediment or 'lees' settles in the neck of the bottle this disappointment was tempered by the arrival of his first wine. “Receiving your first wine was truly a joyous feeling as it had taken four years to get to that point. Each sip tasting like sunshine in a glass! Twenty bottles of fizz due in Christmas 2020. Can’t wait!” His enthusiasm is infectious. Alex and I walk up to one of the bare vines and I can see that some stems are still green. Alex explains: “The wood is starting to ripen, a process called lignifying, so the lignin within the vine

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LIFE ON THE VINE ...continued turns this dark brown colour. You don’t want to snip green shoots because there’s a possibility that the sap is still flowing.” Creating an ‘open wound’ could lead to the sap pouring out and the vine losing its energy reserves for next year. Once the vines are dormant, the pruning process will begin, usually around the end of November. This week Alex will be busy bottling white sparkling, his favourite! He describes the pink and the white fizz beautifully and my mouth is watering. “The pink fizz has a lot more red fruits coming through, strawberries and raspberries and a more creamy texture, whereas the white has crisp green apples, limes and citrus notes and a toasty brioche finish to it.” If you ever wondered why sparking is more expensive generally than still wine, it’s because it goes through more processes and spends longer in the cellar. The white that is currently going into bottles won’t be touched for 3 to 4 years. A lot happens in the

A merry band of volunteers pictured with Anna Bowen bottle. “A process called autolysis takes place. Yeast cells, after they’ve done the second fermentation in the bottle, have consumed all the sugar and start breaking down. This softens and rounds the wine and you get more complexity coming in. That’s how we get the biscuity, toasty, brioche, buttery and creamy textures and flavours coming through. The idea is that the longer you leave it ageing on the lees, (the dead yeast sediment in the bottle), the better it becomes.” It’s actually the 2015 white and rose sparkling that are being disgorged at the moment. The fizz is going through its final processing. After 2 to 3 weeks in the wooden racks in the winery, being turned regularly, all the sediment will settle in the neck of the bottle. These bottles are then fed onto the disgorging machine by hand, “The machine flicks the cap off... tops it up, first of all with the dosage which is a fixed amount, which gives us our consistency, and then it gets topped up with the same wine, corked and caged. It’s put away for another 2 months before being labelled up, ready to drink.”

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“It’s a little bit of grape syrup and some reserve wine, so bottles of sparkling we’ve kept back from years and years ago; it can contain old wines, young wines, wines of all different ages. Again we are introducing that little bit of complexity without becoming too prominent. It’s our own ‘house blend’ if you like. “We get a little bit of vintage variation as no two growing seasons are the same, but having that reserve wine that has been ageing on lees for 8 to 10 years just adds a special something. All the champagne houses do this... they will all have their own house recipes and house styles. They are looking for consistency but we are looking to give that common theme with the wines whilst also promoting that every year is different... all our wines are vintage.” By contrast, the still wines go into the bottles filtered and sealed, ready to drink. It’s only the sparking that has to ferment again in the bottle to get that fizz. Alex feels that on the whole English wine is on a steady rise. “We’re making really good headway with the sparkling. A lot of the major supermarkets have some

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A place for eating, drinking & meeting • WITH A VIEW OF LYME BAY •

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of the bigger more commercial vineyards supplying English sparkling wine... We are a more artisan boutique producer.” Uncertainty over Brexit is still an issue, making getting hold of things a little trickier. “Lead times are longer, and everyone’s just being a bit more cautious… people don’t want to commit... and there’s also uncertainly over tariffs... fortunately we’ve got everything we needed for harvest and bottling this year.” Next spring is another matter! I ask Alex what he particularly enjoys about his life as Vineyard Manager at Pebblebed.

“It’s a lovely part of the world to be in. It’s hard work, but very rewarding when you see people enjoying your wine... also getting good feedback and winning medals in competitions.”

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Geoff Bowen, founder of Pebblebed, and Alex always worked very much in partnership. Geoff favoured letting things grow organically. We talk about his vision. “He used to say ‘take 5 minutes to sit there and look back at what you’ve achieved’... and then I think, look at the winery now, we’ve never had so many tanks in there. We are slowly expanding, with new areas of vine coming into production, adding to the stocks of wine so we can release it when it’s at its best really. I’m now seeing vines that l’ve planted starting to produce... it was a joint venture between us really and he made me feel that it was mine in part as well.”

The vineyard has really taken off over the past 8 years and it will be interesting to see where we are in 8 years from now... hopefully in years to come it will get a bit easier and our reputation will precede us. We’re very content with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

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A lot of the marketing is done through word of mouth, in particular through growing numbers who are coming on the tours. For Pebblebed, Alex feels that for now the Devon market is big enough. “It’s logistically easier to deliver to these areas, it reduces food miles and our carbon footprint.” And he is very upbeat about the future. “The more English wines on the shelf the better…if one does well we all do well.” So that ends my reporting on life in the vineyard over the course of the last year. I hope you have enjoyed the journey. And please do try the fantastic English wines!

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Unintended consequences hits the plastic bag tax An unforeseen factor behind the supermarket plastic bag charge means that people are buying more single-use plastic bags. It's the kind of thing that makes you slap your forehead with frustration, one of the UK's top waste and recycling companies says, and it's all because of a thrifty habit we still haven't shaken.

A great pub for every week of the year!

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What everybody who supported the plastic bag charge levied on supermarket customers forgot is that millions of people use their supermarket carrier bags as bin bags, Yorkshire-based Business Waste says.

"And as one study has found," Mark Hall says, "the cut in supermarket bags is now being offset by people buying more plastic rubbish sacks. "Our top tip to people now belatedly in the market for refuse bags is to buy the ones with the highest rate of recycled materials, or bags that are biodegradable. "And recycle more of your waste so you use fewer rubbish bags."

The one in Coleford, 4 miles outside Crediton, is 13th century and Grade II listed. As you meander through typical high-sided narrow lanes to this quiet and attractive village, it is very hard to believe that Coleford used to be on the main highway from London to Cornwall.

Church House Inn Churchstow

The highlight of this well-run and attractive pub are the beer, the interesting food, and the well-preserved interior, but there has to be a mention for ‘Captain’, the talkative parrot who always provides an affectionate welcome to locals and visitors alike.

A 13th Century village pub steeped in history& bursting with orginal charm & character, serving up award food. Why not head to us for Sunday lunch and be serenaded by our talented pianist whilst you dine? Or join us for Chef ’s curry club night on the second Thursday of the month. Three deliciously different curries, rice & poppadoms all for £14.

Check out our website for latest offers & events: www.churchhouse-churchstow.com hello@churchhouse-churchstow.com

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FAMILY EVENTS 14 Dec

TTHE HEAVENS ARE TELLING Christmas Music for ALL, Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir, Harewood House, Plymouth, 7.30pm to 9.45pm, £7.50 INC SEASONAL REFRESHMENTS.

14 Dec to 24 Dec

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Meet Santa in his underground grotto, Morwellham Quay, Morwellham Quay, Tavistock, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Please see the event tickets on our website.

15 Dec

SLEEPING BEAUTY Until 22 Dec

Until 23 Dec

CHRISTMAS AT THE GARDEN HOUSE

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEAS

We will be serving delicious seasonal lunches and treats!, The Garden House., The Garden House, Yelverton, 11.00am to 3.00pm, Varied.

Enjoy a festive inspired Afternoon Tea this Christmas, at Pentillie, Pentillie Castle, Pentillie Castle and Estate, Saltash, £22.50 per person.

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07 Dec to 24 Dec

'HOME SPUN' CHRISTMAS FELTING EXHIBITION

THE CURIOUS TALE OF JACK FROST

See the work of one of the finest felting artists in the South West, Sue Lewis, The Garden House., The Garden House, Yelverton, 11.00am to 3.00pm, TBA.

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Join us on this sparking adventure, The Soapbox Children's Theatre, The Soapbox Children's Theatre, Plymouth, 11.00am to 12.00am, £8.50.

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Award winning Paignton Pantomime Productions present this perfect family treat, Palace Theatre Paignton, Palace Avenue, Paignton, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Tickets from £12-14.

31 Dec

BUBBLICIOUS NYE FAMILY RAVE, The Soapbox Children's Theatre, Plymouth, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, £10.

18 Jan

WASSAIL Help us wake up the wood and then its back to the theatre for dancing!, The Soapbox Children's Theatre, Plymouth, 5.30pm to 9.00pm, From £6.50.

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A DARTINGTON CHRISTMAS CRACKER An evening of seasonal music, readings and carols., Dartington Sinfonietta, Great Hall, Totnes, 7.00pm to 8.15pm, £10/£5.

19 Dec to 04 Jan

ALADDIN This traditional family pantomime promises to be a magical adventure!, Exeter Little Theatre Company, The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.00pm to 10.00pm, All tickets £14.00 Children 16 & under £12.00.

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CHILDREN CHRISTMAS CONCERT

A relaxed evening of seasonal music and poetry with mulled wine and mince pies, Exeter Festival Chorus, St David's Church, Exeter, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, £18 (unreserved); Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1.

Christmas concert for children with the music from Tchaikovsky era, Violin & Piano Duo 'Elegance', Lupton house, Brixham, 2.00pm to 3.00pm, 12.00.

SCAW CLARINET, BASS CLARINET & PIANO Duo formed in 2003 to promote the repertoire of the bass clarinet and piano., NADSA Concerts, Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot, 3.00pm to 5.15pm, £15 in advance, £18 on door (students £5).

15 Dec 13 Dec

MUSIC IN THE CASTLE WEST BAROK West Barok Singers & Players present Handel & Corelli, Music in the Castle, Powderham Castle, Kenton, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Adult £16: Student £8.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FROM MOVIES

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Instrumental music from movies for piano and violin, Violin & Piano Duo 'Elegance', Lupton house, Brixham, 6.00pm to 9.00pm, 12.00.

21 Dec 14 Dec

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST STEPHEN'S Violin, piano and Mezzo soprano performance, Violin & Piano Duo 'Elegance', St Stephens Church, Exeter, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, 10.00.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH VIOLINIST JOEL MUNDAY Isca Ensemble special Christmas Classical Concert with violinist Joel Munday, ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth Parish Church, Sidmouth, 7.30pm to 9.45pm, £12 - £16.

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE CONCERT Russian Themed event with violin, balalaika, mezzo soprano and piano, Violin & Piano Duo 'Elegance', St John's Church, Totnes, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, 12.00. Sherwell United Church, Plymouth, 12.30am to 2.30pm & 2.00pm to 3.30pm, 12.00.

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SIDMOUTH MUSIC: FITZROY STRING QUARTET Fitzroy String Quartet: music by Haydn, Benedict Mason & Schubert, Sidmouth Music, Sidmouth Parish Church, Sidmouth, 3.00pm to 5.30pm, £17 (online & outlets; subscription and student discounts available).

Tabea Debus (recorder) Alex McCartney (theorbo): Handel Bach Vivaldi Corelli, Sidmouth Music, Sidmouth Parish Church, Sidmouth, 3.00pm to 5.30pm, £17 (online & outlets; subscription and student discounts available).

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Concert Series FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Coming back by popular demand with virtuoso balalaika player Sergei Kosov (Moscow Gnesin Academy), award-winning violinist, Yulia Northridge (Petrozavodsk Conservatorie) and classical pianist Ekaterina Shetliffe (Dargomizsky College of Music), presenting a new programme of works by Russian composers Modest Mussorgsky, Peter Tchaikovsky, Dmitry Schostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, as well as impressive arrangements of Russian folk tunes and songs. Traditional Russian refreshments will be served during an interval.

This year concerts will take place at: Saturday 1st February, 7pm St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AD Sunday 2nd February, lunchtime concert Sherwell Church, North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8ER Booking information www.ticketsource.co.uk/elegance ekaterinashetliffe@gmail.com 07505 884271

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5. Burgh Island

34. Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

62. The Donkey Sanctuary

6. Bygones Torquay

35. Raceworld

63. The Mare & Foal Sanctuary

7. Canonteign Falls

36. River Dart Country Park

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8. Cockington Court

37. Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre

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9. Devon Railway Centre

38. Southdown Adventure Centre

66. World of Country Life

10. Exeter’s Underground Passages

39. Splashdown Quaywest

67. Yarak Birds of Prey

11. Hannah’s at Seale Hayne

40. The Bear Trail

12. House of Marbles

41. The Big Sheep

13. Kents Cavern Torquay

42. The Milky Way Adventure Park

14. Lundy Island

43. The Quay Climbing Centre

68. Allhallows Museum

15. Lydford Gorge

44. Torquay’s Dinosaur World

69. Ashburton Museum

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45. Woodlands Family Theme Park

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46. A Touch of Wild

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22. Stover Country Park

48. Buckfast Butterflies & Otter Sanctuary

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50. Dartmoor Hawking Falconry Experience

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51. Dartmoor Zoological Park

79. Brixham Heritage Museum

23. Ashcombe Adventure Centre

52. Dawlish Warren Wildlife Reserve

80. Buckland Abbey

24. Atlantis Adventure Park

53. Devon Bird of Prey Centre

81. Burton Art Gallery and Museum

25. Babbabcombe Model Village

54. Exmoor Zoo

82. Coldharbour Mill Working Wool

26. Clip ’n Climb Plymouth

55. Ilfracombe Aquarium

83. Combe Martin Museum

27. Crealy Adventure Park

56. Living Coasts Torquay

84. Crediton Area History And Museum

28. Diggerland Devon

57. Miniature Pony Centre

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91. Exmouth Museum

130. Burrow Farm Gardens

92. Fairlynch Museum

131. Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

93. Finch Foundry

132. Gnome Reserve

94. Great Torrington Heritage Museum

133. Holbrook Garden

95. Holsworthy Museum

134. Homeyards Botanical Gardens

96. Ilfracombe Museum

135. Lukesland Gardens

97. Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

136. Marwood Hill Gardens

98. Lyme Regis Museum

137. RHS Garden Rosemoor

99. Lyn and Exmoor Museum

138. Stone Lane Gardens

100. Mortehoe Museum

139. Tapeley Park and Gardens

101. Museum of Barnstaple & N. Devon

140. The Elizabethan Gardens

102. Museum of British Surfing

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142. A la Ronde (NT)

107. Park Pharmacy Trust

143. Arlington Court (NT)

108. Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

144. Bradley Manor (NT)

109. Robey Trust Perseverance Iron Works

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146. Cadhay

165. Torre Abbey

111. Salcombe Maritime Museum

147. Coleton Fishacre (NT)

166. Ugbrooke House

112. Sidmouth Museum

148. Cotehele (NT)

167. Watersmeet House (NT)

113. Smeatons Tower Lighthouse

149. Fursdon House

168. Bayard’s Cove Fort (EH)

114. South Devon Railway

150. Greenway (NT)

169. Berry Pomeroy Castle (EH)

115. South Molton and District Museum

151. Haldon Belvedere

170. Bickleigh Castle NOP

116. South West Police Heritage Museum

152. Hartland Abbey House

171. Castle Drogo (NT)

117. Tavistock Museum

153. Hemerdon House

172. Crownhill Fort

118. Teign Heritage Centre

154. Killerton House (NT)

173. Compton Castle (NT)

119. The Valiant Soldier

155. Kirkham House (EH)

174. Dartmouth Castle (EH)

120. Thomas Newcomen Engine

156. Knightshayes (NT)

175. Exeter Castle NOP

121. Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

157. Marker’s Cottage

176. Hemyock Castle

122. Topsham Museum

158. Overbeck’s (NT)

177. Kingswear Castle NOP

123. Torquay Museum

159. Saltram House (NT)

178. Lydford Castle (EH)

124. Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

160. Shute Barton (NT)

179. Okehampton Castle (EH)

125. Totnes Elizabethan House

161. The Church House (NT)

180. Powderham Castle

126. Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre

162. The Merchant’s House

181. Tiverton Castle NOP

127. Whimple Heritage Centre

163. The Old Bakery (NT)

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Great Night Out

Enjoy FOOD and LIVE MUSIC at your local venue

LIVE MUSIC Beverley Beirne

PETE ALLEN'S JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON

22 Dec- Get the Christmas season started with full Pete Allen Jazz Band! Pay at door, Pete Allen, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, 3.00pm to 5.30pm, £15.50.

THE CRAVING

24 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

BAV'S KARAOKE

26 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

SIMPLE CHAOS AT THE CLARENCE

27 Dec- Live music from this popular homegrown duo! Simple Chaos, Royal Clarence, Seaton, 9.00pm to 12.00am.

STONEFOX

27 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

TWIXT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CÉILIDH SILVER BULLET LIVE

14 Dec- Silver Bullet are back to make you dance some more! Silver Bullet Band, The London Inn, Okehampton, 10.00pm to 12.05am.

RED PENDULUM JAZZ

14 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

18 Dec- Monthly jazz night with double bassist Pete Canter and guests, Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 8.30pm to 10.30pm, £9 (cash).

FOLK CONCERT WITH IAN BRUCE

BEVERLEY BEIRNE

THE MAGIC BADGERS

14 Dec- Folk Concert with Scottish Singer Songwriter Ian Bruce supported by Silvington, South Brent Folk, South Brent Village Hall, South Brent, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, £12.

18 Dec- British Jazz singer Beverley Beirne, raised on a diet of Jazz and 80’s pop, Fougou Jazz, Brixham, 8.30pm to 10.30pm, £12 adv.

CHRISTMAS SINGALONG WITH NEIL BARCLAY

20 Dec- Live music in Exmouth reaches a whole new level with our Band Night Boat Trips, Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth Marina, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, £10.

15 Dec- Swing, Rat Pack & all the classics. A great sound form one man and guitar, The Point, 14 Pilot Wharf, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, Free Entry.

TWO COUNTIES JAZZMEN

15 Dec- Christmas gig with a highly entertaining traditional jazz band, Plymouth Jazz Club, The Royal British Legion Club, Plymouth, 7.30pm to 10.10pm, £10 (members £8, students £5.

MIKE WESTBROOK'S COOL CHRISTMAS

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SILVER BULLET LIVE!

21 Dec- looking forward - our first visit the cat and fiddle - Christmas fun & dancing, Silver Bullet Band, The Cat And Fiddle, Clyst St Mary, 9.00pm to 11.30pm, free.

TIMEBOMZ

21 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

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27 Dec- South Brent Folk's great annual céilidh to dance off the winter blues, South Brent Folk, South Brent Village Hall, South Brent, 7.30pm to 7.30pm, £8.

ROCK THE NIGHT

28 Dec- The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

SILVER BULLET LIVE

31 Dec to 01 Jan- prepare yourselves for fun and festivities folk - dancing in the New Year, Silver Bullet Band, Tiverton Constitutional Club, Tiverton, 10.00pm to 12.30am, free.

SILVER BULLET LIVE AT PEAKY BLINDERS BAR

03 Jan- Bring your dancing shoes for a night of jigging and fun, Silver Bullet Band, Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, 9.00pm to 11.30pm, free.

ROXY MAGIC

04 Jan- lovingly recreate four decades, of incredible music, Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, £19.00 flat seating £21.00 raised seating £2.00 booking fee.

TALL SHIPS AND TAVERN TALES CONCERT

05 Jan- Afternoon with Exmouth's favourite buoy band, the Exmouth

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Friday 27th December

Saturday 1st February

Saturday 18th January

SIMPLE CHAOS

DEREK NASH & MARTIN DALE

LOUISE PARKER QUARTET

Royal Claernce, Seaton

The Tucker's Arms, Axminster

The Tucker's Arm, Axminster

Think Floyd

Shanty Men, Lympstone Entertainments, Lympstone Village Hall, Lympstone, 2.30pm to 5.00pm, £10, U16s £5.

SILVER BULLET LIVE - ASH AND FAGGOT FESTIVAL

06 Jan- Bring your dancing shoes for a night of jigging and fun, Silver Bullet Band, Squirrel Inn, Chard, 9.00pm to 11.30pm, free.

JUST MISBEHAVIN'

12 Jan- Swing jazz to finish your weekend in style, Just Misbehavin', The Point Bar & Grill, Exmouth, 6.00pm to 8.30pm, free.

LOS PACAMINOS FEATURING PAUL YOUNG

17 Jan- Los Pacaminos are now past their 25th year and show no signs of stopping, Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, £22.50 flat seating £24.50 raised seating £2.00 booking fee.

SILVER BULLET LIVE

18 Jan- Bring your dancing shoes again for a night of jigging and fun, Silver Bullet Band, Kirkham Club, Paignton, 9.00pm to 11.30pm, free.

LOUISE PARKER QUARTET

18 Jan- Louise Parker Quartet, The Tucker's Jazz Club, The Tucker's Arms, Axminster, 8.00pm to 10.00pm, £10.

RED PENDULUM JAZZ

22 Jan- Monthly jazz night with double bassist Pete Canter and guests, Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 8.30pm to 10.30pm, £9 (cash).

THINK FLOYD

31 Jan- This extraordinary band, dubbed the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, are renown, Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, £22.50 flat seating £24.50 raised seating £2.00 booking fee.

DEREK NASH & MARTIN DALE

01 Feb- Derek Nash with the Martin Dale Quartet, The Tucker's Jazz Club, The Tucker's Arms, Axminster, 8.00pm to 10.00pm, £10.

BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB EXETER

05 Feb- Pete Canter & Friends Jam Session, Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 8.30pm to 11.00pm, £9 (cash).

COUNTRY SUPERSTARS EXPERIENCE

SILVER BULLET LIVE

16 Feb- Get off the train.drop your bags and come on in to the Railway Inn for a jig, Silver Bullet Band, Railway Inn, Newton Abbot, 4.00pm to 6.30pm, free.

TOTAL POP PARTY

18 Feb- The perfect "Pop Party" for your little ones, Jodie Theatres Oliver, Ocean Soft Play, Exmouth, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, From £10.

RED PENDULUM JAZZ

08 Feb- Described as Europe's number 1, Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, £22.00 flat seating £24.00 raised seating £2.00 booking fee.

19 Feb- Monthly jazz night with double bassist Pete Canter and guests, Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 8.30pm to 10.30pm, £9 (cash).

JUST MISBEHAVIN'

THE ELVIS YEARS

09 Feb- Swing jazz to finish your weekend in style, Just Misbehavin', The Point Bar & Grill, Exmouth, 6.00pm to 8.30pm, free.

28 Feb- Bringing to life the incredible story of the 'king of rock n roll' - Elvis, Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Adults £22, Seniors, Children & Groups £20.

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SWAc

The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

THE ACADEMY'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY 2019 has seen the Academy grow from strength to strength with the involvement of the first Honorary Patron, Baroness Floella Benjamin; a series of vibrant and diverse exhibitions, and a new selection of Academicians and Associate members. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Academy and promises to be a year of celebration, furthering the work of the Academy and reaffirming its commitment to the South West arts community. Jan Phethean - Vice-Chair

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ooking back 2019 has been another successful year of exhibitions and workshops for The South West Academy of artists. At the start of the year, our members exhibited at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, and provided talks and workshops for families, schools and adults throughout the exhibition. The month of May saw the Academy exhibiting at the Stables Gallery in the idyllic setting of Delamore House, supporting Delamore Arts and their chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West. Each November, the exhibition programme ends on a high with the Academy’s Open exhibition at Exeter Castle. In 2019, the exhibition attracted regional, national and international artists and featured an additional gallery exhibiting sculpture and 3-D work including work by Guest Artist Peter Randall-Page.

A new initiative was also launched in autumn 2019 with a programme of “Friends Visits’ to Academicians’ studios, the first being to renowned watercolourist David Norman’s beautiful studio in the grounds of his historic Jacobean home. Friends of the Academy play a much-valued part in all our activities - if you would like to help and enjoy the benefits of being part of the SWAc community then please send an email to swac.contact@gmail.com. Looking Forward It is the twentieth anniversary of the Academy in 2020 and there will be a celebratory flavour to all of the exhibitions and events to mark this significant milestone. The Academy is already busy preparing for the Thelma Hulbert Gallery Exhibition which runs from January 11th till 8th February 2020, featuring the work of Academicians, and a selection of artist talks and workshops. Watch this space for information about the next celebratory events, including an exhibition of Academicians’ work at The Penwith Gallery, St Ives from 6th March - 5 April 2020; and the early summer exhibition at The Stables Gallery on the Delamore Estate, Cornwood from 1st -31st May 2020. Details of all of the Academy’s future exhibitions and some short films of past exhibitions can be found at www.southwestacademy.org.uk

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Andrew Coates -'Early Morning Mist over Loch Duich West Scotland' - Marine House at Beer

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Until 14 Dec

Until 23 Dec

A FEAST FOR YOUR EYES

ANNUAL OPEN CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION

Seasonal and tasty works from gallery artists and craftspeople, Hybrid, 51 High Street, Honiton, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Until 21 Dec

CATCHING THE LIGHT For the final Exhibition of our tenth celebratory year we have selected smaller works for the display. The opportunity to acquire a work on a more modest scale will appeal to those starting a collection as well as avid collectors who find themselves short of wall space! Precious, intimate, jewellike pieces can be a delight and this exhibition is sure to captivate and enchant., Artwave West, A35, Morecombelake, 10.00am to 4.00pm, free.

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Organised as a fundraising event by the Friends of the Burton, the Annual Open offers an opportunity for local artists, amateurs and professionals, to exhibit alongside each other. With no set brief, the Annual Open places no restrictions on content or choice of medium, and artists are encouraged to submit for selection work that best reflects their current artistic practice. Image: We swam into the dancing light Š Merlyn Chesterman, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, The Burton at Bideford, Bideford, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Free entry.

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John Hammond, ʻLight and Shade, Leadenhallʼ, 50x30cm

Mel Cormack-Hicks, ʻI hear a breathʼ, 60x60cm

Amanda Popham, ʻA Lot to be Frightened ofʼ, 46cm

OUR GALLERIES IN 2020 2020 is even better than 10 out of 10! Marine House at Beer and Steam Gallery are just finishing a buoyant 2019 and forecast an even better 2020. Here are our top 6 selling artists from 2019, out of the 100 we represent. We anticipate that their success will only grow in 2020. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2020. Check our website for a full list of available art, ceramics, studio glass, sculpture and jewellery.

Charlie OʼSullivan, ʻAutumn Richesʼ, 50x50cm

Adrian Sykes, ʻNight Marketʼ, 90x45cm

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Until 24 Dec

THE ART OF SKETCHING EXHIBITION From the Permanent Collection we’ll be focusing on the art of sketching and how the journey of a pencil sketch develops into a finished painting. Through the sketchbooks of Hubert Coop, Judith Ackland, Mary Stella Edwards and Bertram Prance we will bring the journey to life in this beautiful collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works by invited professional artists who demonstrate this process through their own creative language., Burton Art Gallery & Museum, The Burton at Bideford, Bideford, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Free entry.

the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination. Nature seems increasingly to be retreating from our children's stories and imaginations. 'Hashtag' was declared the UK Children's Word for 2015., Royal Albert Memorial Museum - RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am to 5.00pm, £6 (£4).

Until 26 Jan

SEA GARDEN This vibrant and intriguing contemporary art exhibition explores the femalegendered relationship with the sea and seaweed. 'Sea Garden' brings together RAMM's first South West Commission, a moving-image work by Bryony Gillard, alongside works by internationallyrenowned contemporary artists. Works include Dartmoor-based photographer Susan Derges's recent rock pool series; film and photography by Dorothy Cross; Mikhail Karikis's video installation ‘Sea Women’; and Turner Prize-nominee Lucy Skae, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Until 12 Jan

THE LOST WORDS Taking the form of both an exhibition and a book published by Hamish Hamilton, The Lost Words celebrates

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Donna Lawley Hopton - 'Hare with Feathers' - Harbour House, Kingsbridge

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Engine Extinction

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devonshiremagazine.co.uk

This is the final Devonshire magazine, from March 2020 onwards, this magazine will be superceeded by GREENWAY, a green-living magazine covering the United Kingdom

ENGINE EXTINCTION Devonshire Editor - Nigel Jones

nigel@proudtobegreen.org

For over 120 years we've had the internal combustion engine to do the hard work. It has revolutionised our modern life - perhaps the reign of this fire-breathing machine is coming to an end?

The sublime Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio. Much technology has been used to make it lighter and it's quite economic for a car with super-car performance! The big question is whether this type of vehicle will cease to exist in the near future - manufacturers may decide there's no future in this sort of automotive product range. The questions are 'should it exist in the future?' and 'is the end in sight?'

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’d bought an Autocar magazine, not my usual read I have to confess. The reason I’d bought Autocar was to catch up on new developments in the world of motor cars, particularly because we’ve arrived at a seminal point in the history of the internal combustion engine, which has been powering cars for over 120 years.

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been sold off and domestic building development has extensively ruled out the possibility of branch lines being resurrected. One thing is certain, manufacturers haven’t been quick enough reacting to the requirement for hybrid and electric powered vehicles, with public interest in A Ford Comuta electric purchasing anything at the car in 1967. Ford spent moment waning. Are there over £10 million pounds on massive stocks of petrol/ research before cancelling diesel vehicles out there that the public are not now the project buying you may ask? Looking at some of the car leasing I suspect the internal combustion deals currently available online (in engine was less a clever innovation, particular diesel cars), there are some and more a natural progression from really cheap offers popping-up, with the steam engine. The similarities the larger engined, luxury type of are obvious - a cylinder, piston vehicles showing some surprisingly and conrod, expanding gas in the low prices. chamber pushing the piston to drive the crankshaft. It’s easy to see how There’s no denying the place of the this is not too much of a departure motor car in the hearts of people from the original steam engine across the world - one of the rites design. It’s amazing to consider how of passage for teenagers being in so little has changed with the basic mastering the dreaded gear change principle of the internal combustion amongst other things, in order to engine, technology’s improved yes, pass the test. Our love affair with the but the basics are essentially the same. motor car certainly has involved much Many of the technological advances obsession with engine configurations have been in the metallurgical area and power outputs, in many ways of engineering, particularly in terms defining those exotic offerings. But of the engine and gearbox durability, with the EU's emissions roadmap, and really the engineer’s achievement the writing appears to be on the has been to turn something that’s wall for the internal combustion technologically fraught with intricacy engine, which could well be facing and complexity into something that’s extinction in the next couple of ultimately reliable. decades, certainly the large engined, luxury/sports end of the market is The motor car, when it arrived finally due for major upheaval. in mass-market form in the middle of the 20th century, heralded the Reading an article in Autocar by Matt contraction of our railway branch Prior was fascinating (23rd Oct 19 lines, ironically, something that we issue). If you have an interest in cars, now very much need to return to, you’ll know that the Mercedes AMG particularly if we are to lower our brand is one that’s established a name dependency on personal transport. for producing hotted-up versions of The problem of course is that the the larger engined Mercedes cars, majority of the old lines have tending to be extremely expensive,

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based around powerful and thirsty, multi-cylindered engines. Autocar reported that “when Mercedes AMG boss Tobial Moers heard the next C63 model would need to adopt a hybrid four-cylinder engine in order to meet its CO2 emissions, he walked out of the meeting”. What is certainly going to force change across the automotive industry are the EU’s carbon emission targets, which will basically mean that if vehicles fail to meet future CO2 g/km figures, then manufacturer will be liable to pay fines for each vehicle which exceed their targets.

The EU's emmissions roadmap Here are the EU’s roadmap for CO2 emissions - it's going to change the automotive industry forever: 2012 - CO2 target of 95g/km 2025 - CO2 target of 81g/km 2030 - CO2 target of 59g/km

Park and ride I would also say that another factor which will increase as we move into the future is that towns and cities are banning diesel/petrol engined vehicles from their centres, meaning that if you drive one of these, you may need to stop your vehicle outside the town centre and jump on to a ‘park and ride’ bus to complete your journey, which makes electric and hybrid much more appealing.

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beloved Revenue and Customs is going to replace the current tax levy on petrol and diesel? Glaring questions that need answering. I personally suspect that if we all switched to low-powered hybrid vehicles, then we could achieve a massive change very rapidly in a realistically achievable way, paving the way for the switch-over to electric in the future - but we do need to be able to build infrastructure for electricity supply.

'Chelsea Tractors' Size does matter One aspect of personal transport that needs revisiting it that of size. Please don’t think I’m pointing the finger here - but you have to ask if we really need to have such large vehicles driving around? Obviously, the larger they are, the more energy is used to propel them. So many cars spend the majority of their time under single occupancy - the driver. Shouldn’t this

So you thought the Hybrid was a new invention? A Mixtie created by Ferdinand Porche in 1901, the world's first hybrid and world's first 4WD!

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An advertisement for the Detroit Electric in 1912. Electric vehicles certainly aren't a new creation, it's surprising why it's taken so long to come back to them

type of driving require radically smaller, super-efficient vehicles. Many cars are literally built like tanks, some weighing in excess of two tons - in this time it’s certainly appears extravagant and wasteful. Certain uncomfortable socio/env ironment a l questions also crop up in terms of the use of highconsumption vehicles, which require us to question whether individuals have the right to produce more pollution than others by virtue of their affluence? A sensitive area in which to tread, yes, but we have to face and hopefully answer this type of question in the future, we no longer have the luxury of ignoring very obvious issues.

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Whatever the final form that our personal transportation takes, it will all require energy - we should concentrate very much on vehicle consumption and micro energy generation at local level. The over-riding conclusion from all this is that we're evidently living in a time of many questions, but thankfully we universally have recognised the earth’s resources are finite - there's a global climate crisis we're all rapidly approaching, we need to shrug off apathy and rapidly set about finding resolutions!

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Mary is a professional genealogist. She has cared for foster children with disabilities including spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and has spent many years campaigning for the rights of disabled children.

THE CARDS ARE ON THE TABLE... Mary Hyland

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have set the scene already for what my life has become with my PWD (Person With Dementia, for those not in the know!) and gradually the situation has worn me down to a point where only the other week I phoned the Samaritans.

Why? A seemingly innocuous remark by my other half. We were sat once more playing yet another game of scrabble - we seem to keep playing till he finally wins a game. He said he had something to ask me about the future. I wondered what on earth it could be from "Is he going to ask me to marry him?" or "Do I think his dementia is getting worse" to "Will he have to go into a nursing home?" Silly me, I was thinking like a normal, rational person.

peculiar old chap through no fault of his own. The lady on the other end of the phone made some supportive comments, sympathetic phrases, all she had been trained to do, she was lovely. But then she admitted there was no answer to the predicament. I have started to keep a diary of his behaviours at the behest of his son, as he feels that when the time comes that I simply cannot cope, the evidence will speak for itself to

I have started to keep a diary of his behaviours

So, what did he ask me? He asked if he would still get his pocket money each week if I was dead. Bit of a curved ball that one, because it made me realise that he was thinking like an adolescent, not like the intelligent, erudite older man, he used to be. Even an hour or so with the Samaritans on the other end of the phone did not make me better. I explained to them something of my previous life, which has not been a happy one, and then my life with my lovely partner, who has metamorphised into this

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Week beginning 11th November 2019 Malcolm continues to cycle each morning - but on one occasion went out without his glasses on. Another morning, he was much longer than I expected him to be, and I feared he had had another fall - but he had decided to take a different, longer route, which was a bit worrying as it was along the only main road in the village, used by buses, lorries, coaches, tractors as well as cars. He locked himself out of his emails and did not know what he had done. I spent about 1 hour trying to work out what had happened, and could not fathom it at all despite my wide experience with computers. I had to set up a different password and code via my computer, and email address, and then activate his Microsoft again. I then had to teach him how to open his emails via the new route. Altogether around 2 hours spent. He had also locked himself out of his 'pocket money' banking for about the 10th time this year. He had a long heated discussion with their customer services, frequently telling them he

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THE CARDS ARE ON THE TABLE... ...continued could not understand what they were saying, and could not follow their instructions. In the end they must have said they would post something to him - I did not get involved in this, as he has done it so often in the past. He then refused to have a shower more than once a week despite the need to be extra vigilant with hygiene due to his stoma, which he does not understand.

password - but then neither did he. This was a potential problem as I need him to carry his phone so I know he is safe. Eventually, I made several guesses at what his password was, and in the end got it right, and was able to get his phone back in action. During the week he played about 10 games of scrabble with me - and lost 9 of them, getting quite cross, because he cannot work out why he is losing when he used to win.

One day the doctor phoned for a 20 minute conversation about me, as she was worried about my mental health

During the week the BBC phoned me asking me to do a piece about Carers. They had my name via Carers UK of which I am a member. I discussed it with Malcolm, and after explaining it a good number of times he seemed to understand and be happy with the idea. The team leader from the Care Agency came to update Malcolms records electronically. She asked me to do this, and it took 2 hours. But she asked Malcolm to sign it, and he wouldn't, he wanted to read every word, even though we had both explained it was a long document, and only replaced what was already a paper copy. After a while of us both explaining this, he backed down. He then locked himself out of his phone. This was the most difficult one to try and sort out and was very perplexing, as when I contacted the help line, I did not know his special

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He said he was concerned about the future, and when I asked in what respect, he said he wanted to know if he would still get his pocket money, if I was dead. One day the doctor phoned for a 20 minute conversation about me, as she was worried about my mental health.

Every Day Malcolm continues to drink around 5-8 mugs of Horlicks before bed time, and consequently is up and down all night with his stoma bag, waking me each time. I often cannot get back to sleep. When not playing snooker, he will sit in front of the TV from around 10.00am - midnight, usually with old quiz shows on at a very high volume, unless I tell him I simply am watching something I want to watch in the evening, when he leaves me and goes

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to sit in his bedroom playing patience. He never sits and watches a 'proper' programme with me.

Week beginning 18th November Really bad day, when I told him I had cancelled the BBC interview after talking it over with Stuart. He started to shout in front of the stoma nurse and carer (who were here for a training session). After they went about 11.30, he told me he was furious at me, phoned Stuart, and has not spoken to me since other than to tell me he did not know how long he would be sulking at me for. After our evening meal, he brought me my usual apple and a knife, and instead of handing them to me, he threw them in my general direction - so unlike him. He sulked for 36 hours, during which time he decided he wanted to go and live with his son, if I left here. I got quite insulted by the sulking and his son, said he thought Dad still had the capacity to understand an explanation of the situation. So, I sat him down, explained that he actually needed someone living with him and he admitted this. We came to a sort of a truce, when I explained it was better us living together in our home, in a village we both liked, than the alternative. He announced that he was not going to sing in the Singers concert he has been rehearsing for since September, as it is not his kind of music. I have invited friends to watch the concert because Malcolm is in it and paid ÂŁ60 for 4 tickets which include a meal. Managed to persuade him to come and watch the concert so the ticket money was not wasted. He insists on putting food out for the

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hedgehogs on several occasion as he thinks they will be coming out of hibernation soon - in fact, they have only just started to hibernate. With the rain, the food is a sloppy mess all over the paving slabs.

21st November He called me into his room this morning to check his skin on which he thought was an hemorrhage - said he had just noticed it. He wanted to go to the Dr today, as he thought it was important. I know the rash has been there for months, and that he scratches at it occasionally making it worse. He made appt for Dr. (did not tell me when it was) then fell asleep and forgot about it. I phoned them up to find out what time it was meant to be - and he had missed it. Dr phoned back to say he could come later on this pm, but for me to go with him. Waited for an hour in Dr's - and she decided it was something and nothing and gave him some cream to put on it. She smiled at me and patted my arm as I left. This evening I made supper early so he could go to snooker - I had already asked him several times if it was on tonight, and he said yes. With him gone, I settled down for a quiet evening in front of Netflix. I got up to get some fruit to eat, and a light suddenly went on in another room making me jump. Were we being burgled? Well, no, of course not. Malcolm had come home, not told me he was home and was in his room. It seems he waited an hour for his snooker pal to turn up before remembering the guy was not coming this evening.

23rd November Stoma bag leaked faeces in bed,

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Malcolm just put a towel over it, and slept on it. Still refuses to take part in concert - has not told them though - concert in 7 days, and I am told they are depending on his bass voice. Tricky as the concert is less than a week away. I have decided to take the bull by the horns for Christmas. I contacted his son, and asked him to invite his father to stay with him - he has moved house, and now has enough room. I then contacted my son in Scotland to ask if I could come to

I thought all sorted. This week wrote to the care agency asking them to take him to the station, as we don't have a car - I had a letter back saying they couldn't! My son, who lives in Taunton, will be in Tenerife, and my daughter in Exeter will be at work. A taxi would not really do, as he needs someone to help him at the station. And the care agency cannot pick him up the following week, which is more of a blow, as last time I collected him from the station there was pretty much of an uproar when he lost a bag, and also got lost on the platform.

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them, and spend their lovely baby's first Christmas with them. To be honest, the last four Christmasses have been awful here, as Malcolm has been so ill and grumpy. Now the arrangements. Can he still travel by train to Derby? Yes, I think so. Look on timetables, must be a straight through train as he will not cope with changing. Find trains - forty odd pounds to get him there, nearly a hundred to get him back! Arranged Rail Assistance for him - all going well. Book my plane from Exeter to Edinburgh. There is one leaving after Malcolm leaves here - so that's good. But the return one is the day after he returns. I am sure that will be OK as care agency can come and do meals, meds, stoma care etc, and I am sure they can pick him up from station too. All well.

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We had a memorable phone conversation when I was stood at the barrier and he patently was simply NOT. He was on the other end of the phone, telling me he WAS at the barrier and it was me that was not! The railway staff did not want to let me onto the platform, as I was not travelling until I explained I needed to go and look for an old chap with dementia who thought he was at the barrier in front of us, and wasn't... So, as I write, we have no transport to get him to and from station, or come to mention it, me, to and from Exeter Airport, but I am sure I can sort out the latter... Probably time to start writing Christmas cards, and maybe, after all, they are on the table.

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Some years ago, the powers that be at The Eccentric Club awarded me the title: ‘The Most Eccentric Thinker’. To have received the award for writing about the everyday things that pass through my mind was like walking from a darkened room into bright sunlight. Being rewarded for who and what you are is heart-warming, to say the least. So, be free folks!

Then I told him to leave it and I began to walk away. I turned and called him to heel, but he took no notice. He’d picked up the can again and was now standing near a small group of lumps that resembled light-coloured stones. As I drew nearer to him he dropped the can close to the objects. To my horror, Phydeaux had discovered a small family of fatbergs! Thank

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I’m beginning to think that my dog, Phydeaux, is a keen conservationist. Hats off to him, but he does go a little over-the-top at times. Let me try to explain exactly what’s been going on. Phydeaux has always picked up small sticks and twigs. It appears to be a natural behavioural pattern for spaniels and other working dogs. I don’t mind him doing that as long as he doesn’t try to eat them. Recently things have changed. For instance, I was walking Phydeaux along a local beach recently and he made a sudden dive towards a dented beer can. The can had obviously been dumped there by an incoming tide. I immediately called to him, but he just ignored me and proceeded to pick up the can. The sound of his teeth grinding against the filthy aluminium was far too much for me to bear. I rushed over to him and told him to drop it. This he did.

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goodness he had the sense not to lick them or pick them up, but he obviously found them quite appealing. Apparently fatbergs are dangerous because dogs love the smell of the palm oil contained in the lumps. If eaten, it is extremely poisonous and fatbergs have already killed. Palm oil is a vegetable oil derived from the pulp of the fruit of African, American and Maripa palms. It's a waxy substance, yellow or white in colour and smells strongly of diesel fuel or firelighters. Devon’s largest ever fatberg was discovered in a Sidmouth sewer in January 2019. It was a mass of hardened fat, oil, wet-wipes and other unmentionable items. The lump was said to be longer than six double-decker buses. Yes, this is a different kind of fatberg, but it just goes to show that they can’t be messed with. Who knows how big

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they can grow if left to their own devices! It’s frightening to think about it for too long. Many experts and dog walkers are worried that there are undiscovered fatbergs bobbing about in our seas, ready to wash up on our beaches. Although you wouldn't want children putting bits of fatberg in their mouths, palm oil is found in many everyday items such as soap and shampoo and is harmless to humans. However, in its solid form, it can be fatal to dogs. Anyway, Phydeaux wouldn’t leave the area in which the fatbergs lay until I had carefully picked them up and placed them in a couple of the many Poop Bags that I always carry with me. Somehow, Phydeaux knew that fatbergs were dangerous, and that he wanted me to pick them up and dispose of them safely. It just goes to show that Phydeaux is switched-on, environmentally aware, and a keen conservationist.

Fatberg A local fisherman named, Ray tangled his tackle one day. He looked in the river and started to quiver, ‘cos a fatberg was headin’ his way.

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIGHT? Richard Taylor, Dusk Lighting

Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good home improvement. There can be little point in creating luxury surroundings if they cannot then be appreciated properly or if there is insufficient light to be able to carry out even the most basic of tasks.

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Do your homework! Prior research of what products and services are available and getting professional advice, both from electricians and specialist lighting retailers, is essential to obtaining the desired lighting solution for your home. Having a clear understanding of the mood, ambience and functionality of your lighting will be a great start from which you can endeavour to undertake the process of choosing the style, shape, colour and finish of the fitting. Lighting can be surprising expensive and with so many fantastic and diverse products available, it's easy to splash the cash. Set yourself a realistic budget and do not purchase impulsively.

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influence installation, the fitting and bulb selection. • Consider your budget and do not forget the cost of installation.

For best results Important must do’s • Visit a range of specialist showrooms and websites and get a feel for the products you like. • Select a fitting that complements the room shape and its furniture. • Consider your lighting needs i.e. functionality or mood lighting. • Research different lamps (bulbs) and become familiar with the terms; Lumen and Kelvin. • Think about how you use the space during different times of the year and during your daily life. • Seek advice from an electrician and discuss different options regarding hard-wiring and placement of potential fittings. • Dimmable lighting? You will need to decide on this early in your project, as this will

Dividing your space into three layers is the best way to plan your lighting. By following the three layer rule you can create a range of lighting effects, moods and functionality. With the use of table and floor lamps at the low-level, you can create a warm soft light in the evening as well as a mobile functional light for reading. The midlevel normally consists of wall lights and pendants which, with a variety of shades and diffusers, can create ambient and directional lighting. High-level lighting can contain a number of recessed downlights which can be used to illuminate the volume of the space as well as highlight features such as vaulted ceilings, shelving or concealed niches.

Bulbs grow in the ground! Once you have chosen your desired fitting, be aware there are many different types of lamps (bulbs) from which to choose. The fitting maybe an attractive feature, however, the lamp itself will deliver the light intensity and warmth you require. The majority of modern lamps are LED and come in a variety of different designs, colours and functions.

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What are Lumens and Kelvins? Lumen is the measure of brightness and Kelvin is the scale warmth of the light emitted from the lamp. Getting the correct lamp/fitting combination is essential and will give a quality look to the fitting as well as providing the perfect lighting solution for the space. Lighting is essential to any interior design project. Good preparation and research will ensure you select the correct products/services and will ultimately ensure your project runs smoothly, to budget and will give you the results you require.

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white bark of the ‘Himalayan Silver Birch’ – Betula var. jacquemontii or the rippled stems of the ‘Tibetan Cherry’ – Prunus serrula, or catch the garden on a frosty morning and

It is perhaps the best time of year to see the multi-coloured stems of many types of plants including the Cornus group, commonly known as dogwoods, or the young growth of the many varieties of willow (Salix). Winter is a time when Rosemoor displays its bare bones; as some of the foliage recedes, the garden appears in quite a different way; structural elements of the garden are more evident, trees and shrubbery more dramatically show off different bark textures such as the striking

A winter scene at Rosemoor see the ornamental grasses looking silvery and feathery. Snowdrops will come out and be ready to delight in late January and at Rosemoor there is a special celebration on Snowdrop Weekend 1 & 2 February dedicated to these little lights of the darker months. Winter colour and scent is also provided by Daphne, Viburnum, Mahonia, and Helebores to name a few.

Midwinter Beauty 'Cornus sanguinea'

The Winter Garden at Rosemoor in Devon is always a treat and one of the most beautiful sights in all seasons.

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Now an extremely popular event at Rosemoor with over 20,000 visitors who come and enjoy the garden as they have never seen it before: illuminated by innovative hi-tech, dynamic, colour-changing lights as Rosemoor glows with its magical trail around the trees shrubs, water features and sculptures starting on 14 November through to 4 January 2020 (excl. 26 December). Every year we change the route and this year is no exception going through the new Cool Garden for the first time. Here all the water features will be highlighted,

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this year will feature a constant changing look as the colours change

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from oranges and reds, through to greens, blues and purples. This year for the first time there will also be interactive elements as well as a few ‘light’ surprises. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the gardens will be open until 8.00pm to maximise the effects of the lighting into the evening hours and is included with normal admission (so free for RHS Members). The award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be serving simple family suppers, although booking is essential to avoid

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disappointment and the Rosemoor Shop will remain open until 8.00pm, for Christmas Trees and decorations as well as exclusive RHS gift ranges. Set against the backdrop of the more str uctura l horticultural elements, Rosemoor will be displaying its annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition. T h roughout t he ga rden , u n ique, individual creations in steel, glass, stone, copper and resin seem to loom out of the gloom of a winter’s day. The viewer is confronted with these dramatic material statements and often challenged by their enigmatic qualities. The low winter sun, or the pale quality of the light before snow fall, has the effect of dramatically

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highlighting the sculptures. Some of the sculptures also feature in Glow. As the early winter dusk starts to settle over the garden and the night promises to be a bitter one, head back to the comfort of Rosemoor’s award winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant to enjoy a hot drink and a tempting slice of homemade cake before exploring everything that the well-stocked Plant Centre and Gift Shop has to offer.

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Gardens, Plant Centre and Gift Shop open 10am – 5pm, Garden Kitchen Restaurant 10am – 4.30pm. Normal garden admission applies. For more information on events visit rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.

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Church of St. Michael, Garway

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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CHURCH AT GARWAY, HEREFORDSHIRE

Nestling amongst the hills in the middle of seemingly nowhere, sits the tranquil, one-time Templar Church of St. Michael at Garway The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was the Templars full title - they were required to take an oath of poverty upon joining the Order

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e are blessed with so much richness across England that the challenge is to see it all in our own lifetime. The church at Garway is particularly special, harking back to the time of the Knights Templar, an important religious fighting order with seemingly endless powers and fame throughout Christendom.

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Garway church - literally perched on the side of a hill, the tower is original with minor alteration evident

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GARWAY TEMPLAR CHURCH ...continued The Templar order was established in the 12th century by Hugues de Payens, with the purpose of creating a monastic order to protect pilgrims whilst in the Holy Land. French knight Hugues de Payens made approaches to the King of Jerusalem and the Patriarch of Jerusalem to found this order which was granted. But what particularly set the order on their way was the granting of a papal bull by Pope Innocent II, giving them a range of advantages that meant they became a truly European-wide order, recognised and respected by kings, nobles and bishops. The papal bull (a papal seal made out of lead - the Latin word for lead was bulla) granted the Templars incredible priviledges. If you’ve heard much about the Knights Templar, but want to piece it all together, you cannot do much better than reading Dan Jones’ book ‘The Templars’, which effectively brings to life their story in a most engaging way (below).

Charming early Norman carvings on capitals, atop arch pillars To quote from Dan Jones’ book:

ISBN 9781781858929

‘the bull placed the Templars under the protection and tutelage of the Holy See for all time to come’ The order was granted the right to be ruled by one drawn from their own order and exempted from paying tithes. They were also granted total independence across Christendom and the bull declared that any meddling from outsiders, including kings, bishops, barons, etc., would result in excommunication and being sentenced to suffer severe punishment at the final judgement.

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One of the conditions of the order was that individuals were sworn to poverty, although in reality, because of the donations that came from far and wide, the Templars actual property ownership as an entity was

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immense. They became owners of vast tracts of land, castles, manors, vineyards, farms, and they held major influence to the point where they received support from kings across Europe. But, not only that, it became common practise for people to make donations to the Templars in order to help ensure their path into heaven!

Outsiders meddling with the Templars could be excommunicated! Garway church was one such place gifted to the Templars, who owned property widely across England.

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GARWAY TEMPLAR CHURCH ...continued

The bare circular foundations (above left) show where the original round nave of the Templar Church was situated - discovered in 1927 The tower was built in the 13th century and it’s evident that there’s a large defensive element factored into its construction

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Friday 13th proved unlucky in 1314 for the Templars - The Grand Master and several others were burned at the stake in Paris - the beginning of the end for the mighty Templars Garway church is mentioned in Dan Jones’ book, in which it states that a writer at the time, Walter Map, refers to Garway, stating that the grand Templar house was built with the Holy Sepulchre-style round nave and was sustained by 2,000 acres of fertile Welsh borderland, something that obviously irked Walter Map, who was born quite close to Garway.

The Templar Order came crashing England’s ageing King Edward I. to an end in the early 1300s when France’s pompous King Phillip IV, after The Templar Knights came to Garway, expelling the Jews (and seizing their situated in the Monnow Valley, in assets), decided that the Templars around 1180. This was part of the were next on his list in order to resolve ancient kingdom of Archenfield. his monetary problems following the lengthy wars both he and his The classic Templar church posessed father, Louis IX, had waged against a round nave and a square chancel neighbours in Aragon and with - it’s possible to see the foundations

Rough hewn bench seats - you can see adze work as well as the saw marks in the bench planking - no ‘machine’ working’ in sight and all the more beautiful for it! Don’t think I’ve ever seen such rustic church seating (see overleaf)

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It’s a beautiful, historic and serene - Garaway’s Templar unique church it’s an absolute gem!

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GARWAY TEMPLAR CHURCH ...continued

Above - the original mensa (Latin table), it’s a medieval altar, something that’s incredibly rare in England. After 500 years of continuous use, it, along with many other alter stones were destroyed - blame the Reformation and King Edward VI. This stone had been hidden by villages, in 1872 a visiting clergyman recognised it and in 1967 it was reinstated, with Bath stone supports

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where the round nave walls originally existed.

apertures leaving you in no doubt as to the intent of the Welsh.

The robust tower would have been detached when originally built in the early 13th century, and it’s evident that it was used as a refuge against hostile Welsh raids, the strength of the walls and narrowed window

Following the collapses of the Templar Order in 1308, the Commandary of Garway was passed on to the Knights of St John, the Hospitallers.

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Garway’s church is a truly fabulous, and historic edifice - visiting provides an immensely rewarding experience, amidst the serene and inspiring English countryside of Herefordshire. Nigel Jones

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A piscina used for washing sacred dishes used for the Eucharist Note the fish and eel decoration with a winged challice in the centre

The grand Templar house at Garway was sustained by 2,000 acres of fertile Welsh borderland, something that didn’t escape locally born writer Walter Map, at the time

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TREASURES

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The Common Seal of the City Historic wax seals from the Exeter Guildhall collection

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tʼs the most ancient of the Exeter Civic Seals, the Common Seal of the City of Exeter dating from the 12th century. Exeterʼs collection of seals are said to be amongst the finest in the country, due in part to the age of Exeterʼs municipal institutions and also down to pure good fortune where the many ancient documents stored by the City, bear the impressions of seals used

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throught the centuries down to within a century of the present day. Whatʼs shown above is the wax impression that was taken off an old document, the original silver seal is in the care of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The seal shows a pair of towers rather than any particular Exeter building, towers being known as

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symbols of security and prosperity. A seal was a powerful way to gain authority for transactions, demonstrating that the city had authorised whatever request was contained within the sealed letter. The silver seal is known to be the oldest surviving example from any of the English towns and cities. Editor.

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Extracts from Derrick's book, Across the Cobblestones, reminisces about his childhood in rural East Devon before the 2nd World War.

ACROSS THE COBBLESTONES Derrick V. Rugg

Miss Christie who was in her thirties, had rather a pale oval face. I used to think she looked Spanish.

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he had a quiet manner, and I remember she was very keen on nature study, giving lessons about the parts of flowers, writing up such words as pistil and calyx. I felt we were really beginning to learn things, and I daresay it was my enthusiasm that caused me to be a favourite with teacher, to the extent that some of the children teased me about it.

Another factor that brought me nearer to Miss Christie has to do with a prophecy made as Dennis and I were returning across the fields from the allotment with Mother, where we had been egg-collecting and cleaning out poultry houses. On the outward journey Dennis went to climb over a gate, which was not properly hinged, and fell forward on top of him. There was immediate and loud bawling, which Dennis was good at, while Mother and I had quite a job lifting the wooden gate off him. On the return journey came the prophecy: "Don't run down over that bank! You will break your leg!" I disobeyed the instruction, and fulfilled the prophecy; except that it was my arm and not my leg that was badly fractured. My arm pained, grew swollen, and hung heavily down. Slowly, we all made for home, and then there was a search for someone to take me to Exeter Hospital. Only

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a few folk had cars, of course and it was some time before Fred Manning, a friend of Father's drove up in his canvas-roofed jalopy and did the transportation. I learned in later years that because of this excitement Mother had a miscarriage.

Miss Christie was a splendid teacher As for me, in due course I went back to school with my arm in a sling and fairly well subscribed with boils. It was a low period, shall I say, and Miss Christie was very sympathetic and considerate. I feel sure, though, that I also gained favour through the stories I wrote. One day, we were invited to write about a picture I have mentioned earlier, in which children were picking primroses, and a squirrel sat in the branches of a tree. I found I could make a lot of that subject, and my attempt was shown to Mr Painter and, I believe, to the Rev E. S. Chalk, who came to talk to Miss Christie and the Class. I remember another story about the cuckoo that was thought meritorious; and teacher wanted to see what I was writing on subjects she gave, almost before I had finished the job.

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I remember how pleased Miss Christie was by the way we responded to the examining of the Diocesan Inspector. We chopped our hands through the air and properly guillotined his questions. At the end of the process the Inspector, whose bald dome I decided looked like an egg, was as bucked as he was exhausted. And Miss Christie's eyes lit up with a light you do not often see. Miss Christie was a splendid teacher. She moved from lodgings in village to the hamlet of Dulford and walked to-and-fro school with the children each day. Then at the end of summer term, she was getting ready to go away with her father, when she received a letter from a nephew she was going to visit during the holiday. (Years later a man at the Four Horse Inn told me.) Excitedly, she read the letter. Then she sat down, fell ill, and in a few hours was dead. I heard she had died - but I could not believe. It wasn't true. But it was.

Derrick Rugg Published by Tabb House, available at ÂŁ2.95 tabbhousebooks@talktalk.net 01841 532316

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