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August 2013 | Issue 031




Summer holiday What’s On Lots of things to do for all ages

Harriers up for the challenge It’s been a busy time for club’s athletes


Also this month: New dog controls Turbine objections Win a magic show Clubs & groups Regular columns

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inside this month

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Magnificent Les Mis


An amazing production Plus: Sell-out concert, & monthly musings Page 6

House of Lords honour Ivybridge Community College recognised Plus: September Song back by popular demand & News in brief Page 9

Wind turbine proposal – letter Plus: Win a magic Christmas show, New dog controls, Come and sing, Morag in final

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News from The Watermark

What’s On calendar

Harriers up for

Plus: Latest from the town council


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Clubs and groups

Pull out and pin up challenge Plus: August films @ The It’s been a busy time for the Erme Valley Harriers Watermark Plus: The heat of Page 16 competition, Football More summer and Cricket

Exhibition change, Happy smiles, Summer sailing Plus: Clubs’ directory

holiday what’s on

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Lots of things to do for all ages

Harriers up for the challenge It’s been a busy time for club’s athletes


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Woodlands Park Primary School choir performing with the U3A choir

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A fabulous evening of music was enjoyed by a sell-out audience at a concert in aid of Ivybridge Dementia Support Group at the end of June. There were performances from the U3A choir, Odyssey and soloists Andy and Robyn Westcott and Frances Green, but the undoubted stars of the show were the children of the Woodlands Park Primary School choir, who performed on their own as well as joining with other performers for a number of songs. The evening raised £700 for the Ivybridge Dementia Support Group and a cheque was accepted by Frances Green on behalf of the group.

Magnificent Les Mis Amazing, spectacular and certainly not “miserable” by Lesley Andreassen FROM THE FIRST bars of Look Down to the 10 minute standing ovation, the audience was completely enthralled by Ivybridge Community College’s fantastic performance of Les Misérables. With the popularity of the recent film version, and having experienced the show in various guises (including London’s West End), I was intrigued to find out how the college would pull it off. I was not disappointed - this was one of the best versions I have seen. The scenery was simple but effective and the whole cast, from primary school children to 6th formers were well rehearsed and believable, particularly in some of the more challenging ‘adult’ settings such as the Lovely Ladies set. Frazer Wearne and John Archer as arch enemies Jean Valjean and Javert deserve a special mention for the maturity and professionalism they brought to both parts – it was easy to forget they are both so young, particularly during the iconic Bring Him Home.

It is hard to single out any one person because the whole cast were fantastic, but I have a soft spot for Fantine and Vicki May in that role with that voice was worthy of a West End show. However, the unsung heroes must surely be the college orchestra – the show would be nothing without the music and the hard work that must have gone into their apparently effortless performance must have been incredible – they were amazing. Included in the category of unsung heroes are the behind the scenes people who rarely get a mention – Amy Clarke, as the director, must be nothing short of a genius to organise so many young people and produce such a spectacle. As the old London tagline said: “Fight to get a ticket” – I hope you did just that otherwise you missed a truly memorable night.

If, like me, you were fortunate enough to see Ivybridge Community College’s production of Les Misérables, are you struggling to find a superlative that does justice to the young people who put on such an incredible show? It was a production of the highest, highest quality in every respect – atmospheric sets, brilliant orchestral music and superb singing performances – which thoroughly deserved the rousing standing ovations which started with the dress rehearsals and greeted all five performances. The maturity of the performances by the leads ensured the emotions of this iconic show were as taut as any professional production. Very well done to all involved. School’s out, so we have a special summer holiday what’s on section this month. There is lots to do in and around Ivybridge for all ages over the next month, from sport and leisure, craft and art, to days out. Do you know someone who makes an invaluable contribution to the community? If so, show your appreciation by nominating them for the town’s Citizen of the Year Award - entry details are on page 10.


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The pickpocket gang with Fagin and Oliver

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Thank you The organisers of Christian Aid Week for Ivybridge Bittaford and Harford would like to thank all who contributed in any way. £5,880.12 was raised.

Civic service A service to celebrate life in the town is being held at St John’s Parish Church on Sunday, 11 August, starting at 10.30am. The civic service will also see the formal dedication of the Colonel Hartley memorial and mark the launch of a consultation on the future of the Victorian parish church.

Ivybridge on map A new website is putting Ivybridge on the cycling map. Explore Dartmoor - Cycle the Dartmoor Way is a new website for the 95-mile circular cycling route with maps of all sections of the recreational track. (

Matron’s milestone Anne Taylor (right), matron at Beaconville Nursing Home, is celebrating a decade in the role. Said Anne: “We specialise in dementia cases and even now we still see examples of how people don’t really understand the disease. Huge progress has been made over the last 10 years, and hopefully this will continue over the next 10.” 6

Stowford Year 6 children amazed staff, children, parents, friends and family when they showcased their performance skills in their end of year production of Oliver. Their version of the classic musical, which included every pupil in the year group, was prepared in just two weeks, and included musical solos and some wonderful group dances. Impressive stage sets were produced by an extremely creative props team, who made everything on a shoe string budget, sprinkled with a large amount of natural talent.

House of Lords honour THE POSITIVE IMPACT of physical education on schools was celebrated at a VIP reception at the House of Lords attended by Ivybridge Community College principal Rob Haring. Mr Haring was selected by the Youth Sport Trust to attend the event as one of 15 ‘Headteacher Ambassadors for Sport’ thanks to Ivybridge Community College’s strong record of sporting and academic excellence. Hosted by Baroness Sue Campbell, the event also gave an insight into how schools can build on the success of the 2012 Olympics, and highlighted key aspects of PE best practice that can be put into practise to raise student aspirations. “I’m honoured that, as principal of Ivybridge Community College, I was one of a select few that were chosen to attend such an exclusive event,” said Rob. “We were one of the first specialist sports colleges in the UK in 1996, so our students have benefitted hugely over the past 17 years from the contribution that physical education has played in both their enrichment and academic success. “At the reception, Baroness Campbell spoke passionately about how last year’s Olympics can be used to further motivate young people and improve their lives through PE and sport.” Mr Haring also had the opportunity to hear from key government officials about the latest developments in educational policy and discuss initiatives with headmasters from other leading schools across the country.

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September Song back by popular demand FOLLOWING THE enormous success of their previous two musical evenings, the Ivybridge Friends’ Group of Children’s South West are busy organising another music-filled evening. September Song 3, which will include performances by Three’s A Chord, Odyssey and Jigsaw, is taking place at St Austin’s Priory, Cadleigh, on Friday, 20 September, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets are just £5 each. To book, contact Diane on (01752) 892223 or Maggy on (01752) 698041.

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New dog controls

Morag in final MORAG ROWSE, activities organiser at Beaconville Nursing Home, has made it through to the final in the Employee of the Year category of this year’s Devon Venus Women in Business Awards. There was huge support for Morag during the public vote, who will now attend a gala dinner at Exeter University in September, where the overall winner will be announced.

NEW DOG CONTROL Orders are due to come into force from October 1, 2013. The South Hams-wide orders will replace existing byelaws and legislation which currently cover dog fouling and dog walking and will regularise the rules on where dogs can and cannot go, including parks and beaches. They will also make it clear when and where dogs must be on leads and formalise the council’s anti-fouling policy. Town and parish councils can also introduce their own Dog Control Orders if there is a specific need, but would need to consult the District Council first. The plans have been welcomed by many of the residents and organisations who took part in a recent consultation. To find out more, visit or call 01803 861234.

WIN A MAGIC CHRISTMAS SHOW Win a FREE magic show for your cause this Christmas. One last slot remains for a FREE performance by French magician Christophe Lombardi as part of his Christmas “A la Carte” tour. Christophe has close links with Ivybridge and he is offering the last of his free performances to a deserving community group or good cause based in the town.

To enter, email, before midnight on 15 September, saying, in less than 300 words, why your community group or good cause deserves a free performance. You may include a link to a website (on top of the word limit) and attach other information about your nomination. The winner of the free show will be drawn on Monday, 16 September, 2013. The “A la Carte” tour is from 9 December, 2013, to 4 January, 2014.

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news Come and sing “OPERA CHORUSES” is the theme of the fourth Come & Sing all-day workshop taking place this September. Simon Ible, director of Music at the University of Plymouth and conductor of the Ten Tors Orchestra, will again lead the workshop at The Watermark on Saturday, 28 September, 2013, which is followed by an informal public performance. Come & Sing runs from 10am and costs £14 per singer. Copies of the music will be available on the day. The performance is free, but donations will be accepted for St Luke’ Hospice. Seats are limited so, if you want to come and listen, reserve a place via the Watermark box office (01752) 892220. Application forms are available from Ann Laity, or by telephone (01752) 691648.

letter: Objections to wind turbine plan Dear Sir – An important planning application has been submitted to South Hams District Council by developers REG Windpower, who wish to erect a single, large commercial wind turbine at Luson Farm, Ley Green, Westlake, Ivybridge – application No. 21/1640/13/F. The application is for a “wind energy development comprising of the erection, up to 25 years operation and subsequent decommissioning of 1 no. turbine with an overall tip height of 86.5m above existing ground level, together with access tracks, temporary works, hardstanding areas, electricity substation and cabling and alterations to the existing vehicular access off the junction at Ley Green”. This project will affect the visual amenity of everyone living in Ivybridge and the surrounding districts. Communities are objecting to this application because: • The enormous visual impact the proposal will have on the character of the surrounding landscape. The site is overlooked by Dartmoor National Park, the Erme Valley and the South Devon AONB. • The 86.5m (284 ft) high turbine will dominate the skyline, with a loss of visual amenity for thousands of people. • The turbine is in very close proximity to homes, just 600m from the closest village.

• The turbine will have a highly detrimental impact on the Heritage Assets of Ermington Parish, as well as the historical artefacts of Dartmoor National Park, the South Devon AONB, and Flete Estate. • There is a proven danger to wildlife. REG has identified eight bird species of ‘high conservation concern status’ and greater and lesser horseshoe bats. • This is purely a commercial venture. None of the electricity will feed directly into local homes. • We believe in the right renewables, in the right location, which also provide a lasting community benefit. We would urge you all to formally object to the proposal by writing individually to: Ms Kati Owen, The Planning Department, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE The application reference number is 21/1640/13/F and letters have to be received by Friday, 9 August, 2013. It is important to write individual letters, and if you choose to go online, you should tick the “Object” button, as this will be counted. G Elliott & S Martin sent on behalf of SHOUwT (residents from Ermington & surrounding villages/towns opposed to the development) August 2013 The Ivybridge magazine


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Latest news from Ivybridge Town Council THE DAVID BRITTON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013 Ivybridge Town Council is once again delighted to announce that it is seeking nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award 2013, which has been renamed The David Britton Citizen of the Year Award. This prestigious award will be given to the person whom the Council feel has provided an invaluable input into the community and have made a difference through their involvement in the town. The criteria includes those who solely volunteer within the community and, as in previous years, the award does cover people living outside the town although they must have provided a service valued by people in Ivybridge. Last year, the award was given to the late Mr David Britton posthumously in recognition of his volunteering and dedication to work within the town. If you know of any person please write to Ivybridge Town Council, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ (or email the information to susanhocking@ivybridge. giving details of their name, address and reasons why they should be put forward to receive such an award and also include your own name and address. The nominations will be considered by the Town Council in October and the winner will receive a presentation from the Mayor in late Autumn. All entries must be received by Monday 23rd September 2013.

BUSINESS IN IVYBRIDGE Ivybridge Town Council is looking for innovative ways to support small businesses in Ivybridge. We will shortly be announcing the return of the Breakfast Networking Event which is open to all businesses in Ivybridge and the surrounding area. It should become an opportunity to learn from other enterprises in the area, as well as a chance to discover what services are available locally. We also have some available units in The Watermark Business Centre. They offer excellent value as they include your own phone line, electricity, heating and 24 hour access. The lease is on one month, easy in, easy out terms, so if you are just starting out or are looking to take the first steps into expansion, you can do so with no long term commitments. We can put you in touch with various free or low cost business support providers and you will be working in a thriving business environment. Contact Ivybridge Town Council for more information. CONTACT THE TOWN COUNCIL

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Children’s cinema Mums and Dads, Nans and Grandads, and younger people of Ivybridge should enjoy the summer season of children’s films showing every Wednesday morning throughout August. The Watermark’s normal Wednesday daytime offer still applies, so you get free tea, coffee or squash and biscuits with these films too. Call in to The Watermark or visit us on Facebook to vote for which film you want to see.

Christmas at The Watermark Christmas Party Night is on Saturday, 14 December, and includes welcome d r i n k , nibbles, hot fork buffet, decorations, crackers and disco! Ideal Christmas ‘Do’ for work, clubs and groups. This offer is also available for exclusive bookings any day of the week in November, December and January. All for just £20 per person. If you prefer a traditional Christmas dinner, you can enjoy a festive lunch or evening meal with a choice of two or three

courses with all the trimmings, table service, decorations and crackers. Available throughout November and December and just £16.95 or £19.95 per person. The Watermark is able to tailor any of these packages to your requirements, please call Babs on 01752 892220 to discuss a booking.

Tuneful times There are lots of upcoming music events to watch or take part in at The Watermark. Musical Comedy ‘Pitch Perfect’ is showing in the cinema on 2 August as a food and fun event, the film is full of plenty of popular songs to sing along to. Popular band ‘ahab’ make a welcome return on 10 August. The annual ‘Come and Sing’ event takes place on 28 September with Simon Ible and is in aid of St Lukes Hospice and Friends of Our Performance Space.

Time to shake things up The Watermark Coffee Shop will be getting a new lease of life over the next few weeks, with a revamped menu and new extra special offers. The changes have already begun with the introduction of the Black Diamond Milkshake range, really tasty, four flavours, no artificial colours or flavours and gluten free.

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Exhibition change

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The Ivybridge & District Camera Club’s exhibition of photographs in The Watermark will shortly reach its third changeover of images, when the current pictures are changed at the end of July. The images represent some of the best photographs taken by members of the camera club over the last year or so. Often, members and visitors see their photographs at club meetings just the once only, so an exhibition is an excellent way to study them for longer. Ivybridge & District Camera Club meets on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Jubilee Terrace Hall at Bittaford. Visitors and potential new members are very welcome. The club is currently having a summer break, so the next meeting is a practical evening on Tuesday, 3 September. FIND OUT MORE:

that many of the flowers and much of the foliage she used came from her new garden, which is just 18 months old. After a summer break, Ivybridge Flower Club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, 10 September, at The Watermark, starting at Happy smiles 7.30pm, with a demonstraJulia Harrison’s demon- tion entitled ‘East Meets stration ‘It Will Make You West’ by Sachiko Smale. Happy’ certainly brought New members and visitors smiles to the faces of Ivy- will be most welcome. bridge Flower Club mem- FIND OUT MORE: Contact Janet bers at their July meeting. Weston (01752) 894643 An area demonstrator, judge, speaker and teacher Summer sailing of many years standing, Ivybridge Probus Club Julia created some beauti- members took to the seas at ful displays in a relaxed, the beginning of July for the club’s annual sailing trip. but instructive, manner. Skipper Paul Thomas Not a lover of yellow flowers, her displays were had been monitoring the mostly a mix of pinks, Shipping Forecast and deblues and purples, but cided the conditions were were nonetheless different as good as could be exin shape and style, with in- pected, so, after the yacht teresting foliage to provide was victualed, fuelled and contrast in texture and all systems checked at form. Julia kept everyone Queen Ann’s Battery, Plyamused with the tale of her mouth, an intrepid trio house move and members plus the skipper set sail on were astonished to learn the voyage.

Ivybridge Art Group Ivybridge Arts & Crafts (01752) 897024/344096 Ivybridge Community Choir Ivybridge & District Camera Club Ivybridge Flower Club (01752) 894643 Ivybridge Garden Association (01752) 894867 Ivybridge U3A Ivybridge Theatre Company Ivybridge Twinning Association (01752) 893726 Ivybridge German Society

The Rotary Club of Ivybridge (01752) 898906 Ivybridge Lions Club Ivybridge Trefoil Guild (01752) 895833 National Women’s Register 01752 698041 Ivybridge WI (01752) 893851 Erme WI (01752) 892998 50+ Club (01752) 691974 Ivybridge Probus Club (01752) 892255 PL21 Community Computer Club 07979 998 949

This month’s Erme WI meeting is on Monday, 19 August, at Waterside House, Keaton Road, starting at 7.30pm. New members are very welcome. FIND OUT MORE: Tel: (01752) 895875

Ivybridge Walking Club Cleeve Angling Club (01752) 895241 Erme Valley Harriers Ivybridge Tai Chi Group 07972 846443 Ivybridge Cricket Club Ivybridge Rugby Club Ivybridge Town Football Club Ivybridge Bowls Club (01752) 691061 Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Club (01752) 402658 Ivybridge Tennis Club

As the boat cast off, an early technical problem needed to be put to rights before an easterly course was set for Salcombe and Monday night’s mooring. Alas, the nautical gremlin returned and the dauntless matelots had to return to base on Tuesday morning. Battered by wind, rain and rough seas, the sickly crew limped into the shelter of Plymouth harbour. Repairs were completed on Wednesday, but Skipper Thomas decided Thursday’s weather was no better than Tuesdays, so a change of plan was needed. Undeterred, the crew decided that a voyage of discovery up the Tamar River was a comfortable compromise. Friday saw the final berthing in Queen Ann’s Battery with slightly less acclaim and ceremony that greeted Captain James Cook on his return from epic voyages of discovery to the Southern Ocean. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Bob Mailing on (01752) 892255 Manstow Football Club Air Cadets Fire Cadets Boys Brigade (01752) 892756 Girls Brigade (01752) 892756 Scouts (01752) 893277 Explorer Scouts (01752) 346866 Erme Valley Girl Guiding Senior Council of Devon Ivybridge area group

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What’s On

14 Pull-out What’s On calendar ● 15 August films @ The Watermark ● 16 More What’s On ●


Table tennis Ivybridge Table Tennis Club will meet every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays. Junior coaching is from 6:30pm until 8pm, with an open session 8-9:30pm. The club meet in studio two, Ivybridge Community College. Sessions are £2.

Crafty time Children can craft themselves a creative time this summer holiday at a range of craft workshops in Ivybridge. Ivybridgde Crafters are running children’s workshops every Friday (except 9 August) at the Home from Home Community Hub in Glanvilles Mill from 10am until noon. The themed sessions will include ‘Ahoy there Crafty Pirates!’, ‘The Enchanted Forest’, ‘Sun Sea & Sand’, ‘Bug’s and Blooms’ and many more. Ivybridge Crafters run weekly adult and children’s craft workshops and parties on a weekly basis. Find out more about Ivybridge Crafters by visiting their website or on Facebook – TheIvybridgeCrafters

Give fishing a go You can have a free go at angling at Filham Park fishing lake at a fun and social day on Saturday, 10 August. Plymouth & District Coarse Angling Club are inviting people to the lake to try their hands at angling, with their experienced members on hand to offer tuition, 12

guidance and advice throughout the day. The day will include a rig and bait clinic, tackle maintenance workshop, angling demonstrations and tuition and competitions and games. There will be a barbecue and refreshments available all day or bring a picnic. Find out more at PADCAC Facebook page or call Martyn on 07595 302182 or Chris on 07740 404719.

Picnic with the donkeys Bring your teddy and a blanket to The Donkey Sanctuary, Ivybridge, for a picnic with the donkeys on Thursday, 15 August. There will be donkey cart rides, fun and games, bouncy castle, competitions and more! It is £6 for children, to include a donkey cart ride and a lunch box, adults go free. 10am to 2pm, with lunch from 12-1pm. Everyone welcome. Tickets are available from the centre, or call (01752) 690200 for more information. All proceeds to The Donkey Sanctuary.

Tickets are £15 to include food and entertainment. Dress code optional. The sleuthing starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Home from Home Community HUB, Ivybridge Community Market and The Riverside Café.

Eyes down Cash and other prizes can be won at bingo at The Watermark on Tuesday, 20 August, eyes down 7.15pm. It is just £4 for 10 games, plus £1 for a flyer. Raffle tickets are also on sale and refreshments are available. (Please note that due to licensing restrictions no one under the age of 18 can play.) Bingo at The Watermark is every third Tuesday of the month and run by volunteers to raise funds for the 2014 First World War commemorations.

Sports galore see page 16 for details of great sport and leisure activities

Hub of mystery

Holiday fun

Murder mystery will stalk Glanvilles Mill this month. Black Ivy Mysteries (affiliated with Ivybridge Theatre Company) is hosting a Murder Mystery evening in aid of the Home from Home Community HUB. The 1960s/70s-themed event on Saturday, 17 August, includes a barbecue catered by Riverside Cafe (bring your drink of choice).

A range of value-for-money holiday activities for young people have been organised by Ivybridge Youth Venue. Their summer programme runs from 29 July until 7 August, and includes: 29 Jul: Ghost Hunt - 711pm. 13+. £3. 29-30 Jul: Skate Park Residential - Cornwall. 13+ £30. 30 Jul: Rock Climbing Dartmoor (good weather)

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or Dart Rock. 13+. Times TBC. £5. 30 Jul: Woodlands - 9am5pm. 8+. £16. 31 Jul-2 Aug: Forest Skills Residential - 3 days, 2 nights, Sharpham, near Totnes. 13+. £35. 31 Jul: Cupcake Making @ the Junction, Newton Abbot. All ingredients supplied. 13+. 10 am2pm. £5. 1 Aug: Scuba Diving based at the Lido, Teignmouth (participants will come away with a DSD qualification). 13+. Times TBC. £17. 1 Aug: London Shopping 8am-11pm. 13+. (*pick up point Junction only*) £30. 2 Aug: Mountain Biking Haldon Forest. 13+. Times TBC. £10. 2 Aug: Zombie Survival 13+. 5-10pm. £7. 3 Aug: Emirates Cup Watch two games between Arsenal, Galatasaray, Napoli and FC Porto. 13+. 7am-11pm. £37. 5 Aug: Archery @ Dartington. 13+. Times TBC. £20. 5 Aug: Canoeing Times TBC. 13+. £5. 5-7 Aug: Butlins 3 days, 2 nights, breakfast and evening meals provided. 13+. Times TBC. £35. 6 Aug: Kayaking Times TBC. 13+. £5. 6 Aug: Shopping trip to Cribs Causeway 9am5pm. 13+. £7. 7 Aug: Caving 13+. AM & PM sessions. £10. To find out more, contact Ivybridge Youth Venue on (01752) 893040 or pop in (it’s opposite the leisure centre) or see the display in the window. More What’s On - page 16

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The Wright Group Coffee Morning,The Sportsmans Inn, 10.30am-12 noon. Baby Bounce & Rhyme Library, 10.30am-10.50am Knit and Natter, Ivybridge Library, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Two-day Fishing Course Filham Lake – see page 16 Film @ The Watermark – Behind the Candelabra [15] 7.30pm – see film listings

Memory Loss Reading Group Ivybridge Library, 10.30am - 12 noon Betty’s Memory Cafe The Sportsmans Inn, 2-4pm. Contact 01752 893952 Ivybridge Table Tennis Group Juniors 6.30-8pm. Open session 8-9.30pm. Studio 2, Ivybridge CC 0-18 months group, Seamoor Children’s Centre 1-2.30pm. 01752 896356 Display Gymnastics 10am -3pm, £15 – see page 16 Children’s Film @ The Watermark 10.30am Film @ The Watermark – The Great Gatsby [12A] 2pm – see film listings Film @ The Watermark – The Master [15] 7.30pm – see film listings

FRIDAY 2nd Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, the Scout hut next to the Leisure Centre Ivybridge Work Club 10am12noon, The Watermark. Free Friday @ the Library Seamoor Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Activity Wembury Beach, 2-3.30pm – see page 16 Film @ The Watermark – Pitch Perfect [12A] ‘Pyjama Party’ Food and Fun Night, 7pm – see film listings

SATURDAY 3rd Ivybridge Community Mkt Glanvilles Mill. 9.30am-2pm Storytime Ivybridge Library, 11.30-11.45 Cricket @ Filham – 2nd XI v Bideford, Littleham & Westward Ho! - 1.30pm

SUNDAY 4th Cricket @ Filham – Corinthian Finals - 10.30am

MONDAY 5th South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 12 noon M@x’s Book Dreamers Ivybridge Library, 4-5pm. Bikeability Levels 1 and 2: 10am-3pm, free. Two-day course – see page 16

TUESDAY 6th MS Exercise Group 1011am, Harbertonford Village Hall. Contact Nick Gratton on 0845 602 0805. Puppet Theatre – Dogworthy’s Summer Magic, Ivybridge Library - see page 17 14

THURSDAY 8th Ivybridge Community Bikeability Level 3: 9am3pm, free – see page 16 The Wright Group Coffee Morning The Sportsmans Inn, 10.30am-12 noon Seamoor Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Activity, Sparkwell Zoo – see page 16 Baby Bounce & Rhyme Library, 10.30am-10.50am Knit and Natter, Ivybridge Library, 2.30-4.30pm Film @ The Watermark – The Great Gatsby [12A] 7.30pm – see film listings

FRIDAY 9th Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, the Scout hut next to the Leisure Centre Over 50’s Social Group The Sportsmans Inn, 10am12 noon. 07589 781155 Bikeability Level 3: 9am3pm, free – see page 16 Film @ The Watermark – The Great Gatsby [12A] 7.30pm – see film listings

SATURDAY 10th Ivybridge Community Mkt Glanvilles Mill. 9.30am-2pm Storytime Ivybridge Library, 11.30-11.45 Fishing fun day 10am, Filham Lake – see page 12

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SATURDAY 10th cont Abbeyfield Family Fun Day Trehill Road, 2-5pm Cricket @ Filham – 2nd XI v Barnstaple & Pilton - 1.30pm Live @ The Watermark – Ahab 8pm. £12 / £11 concs.

WEDNESDAY 14th cont Film @ The Watermark – Populaire [12A] 2pm & 7.30pm – see film listings Firework Championships Plymouth Hoe


Baby Bounce & Rhyme Library, 10.30am-10.50am The Wright Group Coffee Morning The Sportsmans Inn, 10.30am-12 noon Seamoor Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Activity Walk in Longtimber Woods, 10-11.30am – see page 16 Summer Club Evangelical Baptist Church. Ages 6-12, 10am-12 noon. Tel. 568941 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Donkey Sanctuary – see page 12 Knit and Natter, Ivybridge Library, 2.30-4.30pm Adult Reading Group Ivybridge Library, 6-7pm Trampolining 10am-12 noon / 1-3pm, £6 – see page 16 Film @ The Watermark – The Bling Ring [15] 7.30pm – see film listings

Civic service St John’s Parish Church, 10.30am Megaride 11.30am

MONDAY 12th South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 12 noon Summer Club Evangelical Baptist Church. Ages 6-12, 10am-12 noon. Tel. 568941 Beginners’ Indoor Rock Climbing: 9.30am-12.30pm, £8 – see page 16 Intermediate Indoor Rock Climbing 1-3pm, £6 – see page 16

TUESDAY 13th Summer Club Evangelical Baptist Church. Ages 6-12, 10am-12 noon. Tel. 568941 Firework Championships Plymouth Hoe Just Play Badminton 10am12 noon, £4 – see page 16 Rocketball 1-3pm, £4 – see page 16 Author Visit - Leyland Perree – see page 17 Football – Ivybridge v Saltash Utd, KO 7.30pm, Erme Valley

WEDNESDAY 14th Summer Club Evangelical Baptist Church. Ages 6-12, 10am-12 noon. Tel. 568941 Beginners’ Rowing 10am3pm, £15 – see page 16 Childrens Film @ The Watermark 10.30am Devon Senior Voice Ivybridge Branch Meeting - Ivybridge Youth Venue, 10am-12 noon Memory Loss Reading Group Ivybridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon Cricket @ Filham – Club XI v Ugborough - 6pm Ivybridge Table Tennis Group Juniors 6.30-8pm. Open session 8-9.30pm. Studio 2, Ivybridge CC


FRIDAY 16th Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, the Scout hut next to the Leisure Centre Seamoor Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Activity Parenting Session, 1.30-3pm – see page 16 Summer Club Evangelical Baptist Church. Ages 6-12, 10am-12 noon. Tel. 568941 Just Play Rounders 10am12 noon, £4 – see page 16 Junior Gym 1-3pm, £2. – see page 16 Film @ The Watermark – The Bling Ring [15] 7.30pm – see film listings

SATURDAY 17th Ivybridge Community Mkt Glanvilles Mill. 9.30am-2pm Storytime Ivybridge Library, 11.30-11.45 Writing Group Ivybridge Library 10am-12noon. £2 per session Cornwood Horse Show Cadleigh Farm, Ivybridge Cricket @ Filham – 1st XI v Thorverton - 1.30pm

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South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 12 noon Erme WI Waterside House, 7.30pm Just Play Tennis 10am- 12 noon, £4 – see page 16 Dodgeball 10am-12 noon, £4 – see page 16

Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, the Scout hut next to the Leisure Centre Over 50’s Social Group The Sportsmans Inn, 10am12 noon. 07589 781155 Own A Donkey Day Donkey Sanctuary, 10am-2pm. £15. Booking on 01752 690200 Film @ The Watermark – Much Ado About Nothing [12A] 7.30pm – see film listings

TUESDAY 20th Children’s Centre Summer Holiday Activity, Messy Play, Methodist Church, 10am-12 noon – see page 16 Bingo @ The Watermark 7.15pm Art Workshop – Shadow Puppets 10am-4pm, £16 – see page 16 Ivybridge Library Summer Reading Challenge Ghostly Tales 10am-12 noon – see page 17

WEDNESDAY 21st Memory Loss Reading Group Ivybridge Library, 10.30am - 12 noon Athletics Academy 10am3pm, £12 – see page 16 Children’s Film @ The Watermark 10.30am Film @ The Watermark – Much Ado About Nothing [12A] 2pm – see film listings Betty’s Memory Cafe The Sportsmans Inn, 2-4pm. Contact 01752 893952 Ivybridge Table Tennis Group Juniors 6.30-8pm. Open session 8-9.30pm. Studio 2, Ivybridge CC Film @ The Watermark – Frances Ha [15] 7.30pm – see film listings

THURSDAY 22nd The Wright Group Coffee Morning The Sportsmans Inn, 10.30am-12 noon Two-Day Plymouth Argyle Football Festival 10am3pm, £20 – see page 16 Baby Bounce & Rhyme Library, 10.30am-10.50am Knit and Natter, Ivybridge Library, 2.30-4.30pm Film @ The Watermark – Much Ado About Nothing [12A] 7.30pm – see film listings

SATURDAY 24th Storytime Ivybridge Library, 11.30-11.45 Cricket @ Filham – 2nd XI v Kingsbridge, 1.30pm Football – Ivybridge v St Austell, KO 3pm, Erme Valley

SUNDAY 25th Cricket @ Filham – Club XI v Old Boys/Chairmans - 1.30pm

TUESDAY 27th Cricket @ Filham –Club XI v Cudham Wyse - 1.30pm

WEDNESDAY 28th Memory Loss Reading Group Ivybridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon Ivybridge Table Tennis Group Juniors 6.30-8pm. Open session 8-9.30pm. Studio 2, Ivybridge CC

THURSDAY 29th Baby Bounce & Rhyme Library, 10.30am-10.50am Knit and Natter, Ivybridge Library, 2.30-4.30pm

FRIDAY 30th Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, the Scout hut next to the Leisure Centre

SATURDAY 31st Storytime Ivybridge Library, 11.30-11.45 Cricket @ Filham – 1st XI v Lewdown - 1.30pm Football – Ivybridge v Torpoint, KO 3pm, Erme Valley To list your event, supply details by the 12th of each preceeding month: Tel: (01752) 892220 or email details to

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The Watermark booking office – (017 52) 892220 CHILDREN’S CINEMA EVERY WEDNESDAY 10.30am Call in or visit us on Facebook to vote for which film you want to see BEHIND THE CANDELABRA [15] Thu 1st 7.30p m Based on the autobiographical novel of Libera ce, the true story infamous pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. Starring Michael Doug las and Matt Damon. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. PITCH PERFECT [12A] Fri 2nd 7pm Musical comedy following a college a cappe lla group as the new girl takes the group out of their world of traditional arrangements and they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. THE GREAT GATSBY [12A] Wed 7th 2pm, Thu 8th & Fri 9th 7.30pm Film follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glitter ing jazz and bootleg kings. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, To bey Maguire & Carey Mulligan. Directed by Baz Luhrman THE MASTER [15] Wed 7th 7.30pm A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as 'the Maste r' whose faithbased organization begins to catch on in Ameri ca, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. Starrin g Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman POPULAIRE [12A] Wed 14th 2pm & 7.30pm Set in 1958, Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world. ‘Mad Men meets The Artist!’ THE BLING RING [15] Thu 15th & Fri 16th 7.30p m Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obses sed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabout s in order to rob their homes. Starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and directed by Sofia Coppola MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING [12A] Wed 21st 2pm, Thu 22nd & Fri 23rd 7.30pm A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic come dy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on roman ce and a way with words. A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happi ness, but then again perhaps love may prevail. FRANCES HA [15] Wed 21st 7.30pm A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwind les. BREATHE IN [15] Wed 28th 2pm, Thu 29th & Fri 30th 7.30pm When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives foreve r. Starring Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan & Amy Ryan I’M SO EXCITED [15] Wed 28th 7.30pm When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves. August 2013 The Ivybridge magazine

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Sports galore! An exciting range of sport and leisure activities has been organised by Ivybridge Community College Community Sport this summer holiday. To find our more about activities and to book, call (01752) 698315 or email comsport@ivybridge. (unless otherwise stated) ■ Thurs 1st - Fri 2nd: Two-day fishing course at Filham Lake - 10am3pm, £20. Learn the basics of coarse fishing, including how to set up equipment, baits, fishing techniques, fishing landing and handling. ■ Mon 5th - Tues 6th: Two-day Bikeability Levels 1 & 2 - 10am-3pm, free. Youngsters will gain the skills and confidence to be able to ride on the road. To take part, children must have a roadworthy bike, a helmet fit for the road, and have good control and balance. Participants must be 9years-old (Year 5) or over and complete both days. Run by Plymouth School Partnership – to book visit: by-date/2013/8. ■ Weds 7th: Display gymnastics - 10am-3pm, £15. Aimed at beginners and those with some experience, the day will focus on gymnastics, acrobatics and display skills, working towards a display at 2.30pm. ■ Thurs 8th: Bikeability Level 3 - 9am-3pm, free. One-day course designed to further road cycling skills. Participants must be 11-years-old (Year 7) or over, and have completed Level 1 and 2. Run by the Plymouth School Sport Partnership – to book visit: by-date/2013/8 16

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Fri 9th: Bikeability Level 3 - details as the 8th. ■ Mon 12th: Beginners’ Indoor Rock Climbing 9.30am-12.30pm, £8. Perfect opportunity for you to learn the basic skills. Intermediate Indoor Rock Climbing - 1-3pm, £6. Develop your climbing techniques. (Must have previously completed a beginners’ course.) ■ Tues 13th: Badminton 10am-12pm, £4. Rocketball - 1-3pm, £4. Fancy trying something different? ■ Weds 14th: Beginners’ Rowing Session at Dart Totnes Rowing Club 10am to 3pm, £15. Learn basic rowing techniques. ■ Thurs 15th: Trampolining - 10am12pm / 1-3pm, £6. Take your ability to the next level. ■ Fri 16th: Rounders 10am-12pm, £4. Junior Gym - 1-3pm, £2. Use the college’s 42station fitness suite under the guidance of a qualified instructor. ■ Mon 19th: Just Play Tennis - 10am-12pm, £4. Dodgeball - 10am-12pm, £4. Fast and furious fun. ■ Tues 20th: Art Workshop – Shadow Puppets: 10am-4pm, £16. Invent some characters for a story and bring them to life in a puppet show. ■ Weds 21st: Athletics Academy - 10am-3pm, £12. Improve your athletics across a wide range of track and field events. ■ Thurs 22nd & Fri 23rd: Two-day Plymouth Argyle Football Festival 10am to 3pm, £20. Funfilled football sessions, small-sided games, skill development, competitions and merit awards. Ivybridge CC is the venue but to reserve your place call Plymouth Argyle on 01752 562561 (Ext no 4).

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ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? There is lots on at Ivybridge Library this month, with a host of fun activities planned for the school summer holiday. The library’s regular events are ongoing, too. The Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) has been set. This year’s theme is Creepy House and children (aged 4-11) are asked to read six books of their choice throughout the summer holidays. They will receive a game board when they register, then collect stickers and rewards as they read their books. There will be a Zombie Party on 14 September when the children who have completed the challenge will receive their medals and certificates. There are loads of fun activities lined up to support the SRC. All take

place from 10am until 12 noon. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. ➤ Tuesday 30th July Make your own Creepy House (no charge). ➤ Tuesday 6th August Dogworthy’s Summer Magic, a puppet show for 4-8 year olds. This is the story of Dogworthy’s visit to the seaside with his imaginary Shell. Join Dogworthy on his adventures. £1 per child, adults free. ➤ Tuesday 13th August Join author Leyland Perree for a reading of his brilliant new children’s picture book, ‘Which Witch Is Which?’ He’ll also be on hand to answer questions and sign copies. ➤ Tuesday 20th August Come and hear spooky tales to give you the shivers and make you laugh! A mysterious

Fabulous food can be healthy RUNNING BEACON Outdoor Fitness (BOF) is a lot of fun and supporting members to get fit and healthy is very rewarding, but getting the message across that the nutrition side is equally important as the exercise is not always an easy task, writes Kara Thompson. Working with Masterchef winner Anton Piotriowski over the past year has really helped members realise that you can still enjoy great tasting, healthy food, therefore, we decided that a Healthy Food Festival might be a good idea to help promote the healthier way of life, support local producers and use it as an opportunity to raise money for local charities. BOF’s first Healthy Food Festival took place on Friday, 5 July, at The Treby Arms, Sparkwell. Local produce by local producers was on sale throughout the day and an amazing Treby barbecue of mackeral, jumbo prawns, burgers and sausages, all with the Treby signature flavour and twist, was cooked up by Anton and one of his chefs. Anton also treated the kids to some beautiful homemade ice creams, which went down a storm! Ivybridge Fish Company ran a stall offering one-to-one filleting lessons, with guests able take their filleted fish to the barbecue to be cooked by Anton. In the evening, there was a VIP meal for BOF members, with even more amazing courses to satisfy the taste buds. Live music from Three’s Company finished off the evening, a perfect note on which to finish a great day.

➤ Free Fridays - two hours free computer use for those seeking work, applying for benefits, a passport or driving licence etc with support. ➤ The Work Club meets every Friday, 10am-noon, in the Learning Suite offering support, guidance and signposting for those seeking work. ➤ M@x’s Book Dreamers, the book group for young readers aged 7-11, is meeting on Monday, 5 August, 4-5pm, and will include a visit from author Royston Wood. ➤ The library Writers’ Group is meeting on 17 August, 10am-noon. ➤ The Devon Stop Smoking Service is in the learning suite every Monday afternoon offering free advice to help you to give up smoking for good. For an appointment, please ring 01884 836024.

Victorian gentleman by the name of Dr Ezekial Cadaver will be spinning yarns about ghosts, monsters and things that lark in dark wardrobes! All the things you might expect at a Creepy House! £1 per child, adults free. ➤ Tuesday 27th August Make some Creepy Spiders to go in your Creepy House. No charge. Regular library activities ➤ The Memory Reading Group, for those suffering from memory loss and their carers, is on Weds 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 10.30am -noon. ➤ Baby Bounce and Rhyme is from 10.30-10.50am on Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th. Enjoy traditional songs and rhymes. For parents/carers and their babies and toddlers. ➤ Knit and Natter is every Thursday, 2.30-4.30pm.’




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A monthly guide to the wonderful wildlife you may see in Ivybridge




erpetophobia – the fear of snakes. Are you one of these unfortunate people, or have you heard of someone who suffers with this phobia? Is it the slithering movement of these reptiles, a fear of being bitten, or their apparent moistness (actually they are quite dry) which contributes to this fear? There are three varieties of native snakes in the British Isles. They are the grass snake, the adder (or viper), and the extremely rare smooth snake, the latter not being found in this area. Snakes, as with other reptiles, bask in the early morning sun so as to reach a body temperature at which their muscles, senses and digestion are fully active. This is the time when you may be lucky enough to see one. Otherwise, they are timid creatures, far more frightened of us, moving away when they sense danger. The adder is our only native poisonous snake. They like open places such as moorland, scrubland and heaths. They mostly eat small mammals such as mice and voles, one meal lasting a week or so. Each snake grows up to 65cm long, varying in colour from grey to brown, and sometimes black, but the distinguishing features are the zigzag markings along the back, and a large dark V shape on the head. Adders hibernate in a cool, dry place from October until March. A sight occasionally seen are the males ‘dancing’ – rearing and swaying – trying to force each other to the FIND OUT MORE 18

prey to hedgehogs, rats, kestrels, buzzards, and our own cats. Their one defence is that, if caught by their tail, they are able to shed it, and wriggle away to safety. The stump will grow again, but never to its original length. The moorland to the north, and surrounding fields, plus the many hedgerows forming highways for these creatures, make ideal habitat, with the possibility that they will be seen. Please remember that they are all protected by law. A grass snake seen in an Ivybridge garden

ground. They are wrestling to win a female. She will give birth to 10 or more fullyformed youngsters in August or September. Adders have few enemies apart from man, but if provoked will bite. For humans, bites are rarely fatal, but dog owners should be aware that their free-running inquisitive pets do face the danger of being bitten. Grass snakes are longer. To distinguish these, look for the two yellow or white patches on its neck, and the black bars along the flank. They will be found in damp grass, ditches, streams or maybe garden ponds. They are excellent swimmers, eating mostly amphibians. The female lays her eggs in a place where heat is generated, such as grass or compost heaps, the young emerging now in August. Several Ivybridge residents have discovered and photographed grass snake eggs and the youngsters. The picture above was taken in a Blachford Road garden.

These young snakes are often taken by birds and hedgehogs. The most common ‘snake’ we hear about is not a snake at all, but a legless lizard. It is the slow-worm, and for some reason sometimes called the blind snake. You are privileged if you have slowworms in your garden, as they are the gardener’s friend, eating slugs. As with the snakes, they also hibernate, and seek warm spots where they sometimes bask in the sun, although they do prefer to lie under warm metal such as corrugated iron. Slow-worms have a shiny appearance, their colours ranging from brown to grey. The females incubate their eggs internally. In the late summer, each golden young slow-worm is born in the membranous egg which breaks open in seconds. These tiny creatures have many predators, such as birds, frogs and toads, and they take about three years to mature. Their parents also have a precarious life, being

At the time of writing, the four radio tagged Dartmoor cuckoos, Dart, Ryder, Tor and Whortle are in France heading south. Log on occasionally to see their progress. A couple of peregrines, one of each sex, have successfully fledged at Plymbridge. Their parents are teaching them how to catch prey, mostly pigeons. There have been several forced landings. Our local dippers and grey wagtails have also had a successful year. Watch out for them from the town bridges over the River Erme.

Next walk The next DWT event is on Thursday, 15 August, starting at Drakeford Bridge, Pullabrook, near Lustleigh at 10.30 am. It is a circular walk looking out mainly for butterflies and dragonflies. Contact 01364 642007. Margery and Celia are volunteers with the Ivybridge and South Brent local group of the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT)

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WHY WILLS FAIL t is quite amazing the number of Wills that are written and are never acted upon. A good question to ask yourself is; will my wishes ever be carried out after my death? There are a by David number of reasons why intended beneficiaries frequently lose their Richardson of inheritance completely, or at best have Richardsons to go through a lot of stress, work and Legal Services cost getting probate which can take years without a valid Will. who drew up the Will, let alone where to find it. A properly run legal storage sysThe first thing to consider is where your tem overcomes this common problem. Will is kept and has it been correctly signed and witnessed? All Will signing Many times a Will is invalid because a should be overseen by a professional person has re-married, and did not person, and all Wills should be kept and know that a Will becomes invalid on rerecorded in secure flood and fireproof marriage! An ex-spouse who has not legal document storage with retrieval re-married may also be entitled to an incards held by the executors, who will heritance. And a child left out of a Will then always know where the Will is kept can contest it. Many risks can be minand can retrieve it when the time imised with proper professional advice. comes. Putting it in a drawer is not good enough. With time, people forget, Wills There are also many cases where the get moved and no one can remember estate is left to a spouse or partner on


first death, then on to the couple’s children on second death, but very often after first death, things happen, time passes, and the remaining partner changes their Will, with someone else getting the benefit. Or there is a falling out with a child who is then excluded from the new Will. In most cases, the children who were in the original Will can be protected by writing a trust into the original Wills, guaranteeing that the wishes of the first to die are carried out after second death. A simple Will does not guarantee that this will happen. For further information contact David Richardson of Richardsons Legal Services on 0800 014 803. ________________________________ Richardsons Legal Services has been approved by Trading Standards under their “Buy with Confidence� scheme.

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More tips on how to improve the images you take using your digital camera


INSECTS MAKE interesting subjects to photograph and are plentiful at this time of year, appearing in almost everyone’s gardens. If you have a small pond you are especially fortunate, but if not, Filham Park provides a wonderful source of insects around the lake. Insects are small though, and so we have several conflicting photographic requirements. We’ll start by setting the camera to aperture priority, as depth of field will need to be controlled. There are two ways to get the insect reasonably large in the image. One way is to use the telephoto end of your zoom range and the other is to use a ‘macro’ setting, if you have one. Both have their own issues. Telephoto settings result in the camera having to be held further from the subject before focus can be achieved. If you have a FIND OUT MORE 22

thread on your lens the simple remedy is to fit a low-cost ‘dioptre’ filter, which will allow you to get closer. If not, simply take care not to go too close. The macro setting provides a great way of focussing at close distances, but it gives a very shallow depth of field – often unusable for some insects. It also puts the camera so close that the insect is in shadow and is scared away. Try it out, but revert to using tele-zoom for larger, timid insects. We’d like to have the background out of focus, but ideally we want the entire insect sharp. The natural idea of using a wide aperture is not always the best. It is often a good idea to use a middling aperture, of say f8, to help keep the insect sharp and simply rely on getting close up to put the background out of focus.

Getting close does increase the size of the insect in your image, but brings issues of it’s own in that it is easy to scare off the insect before you can press the shutter. The trick here is to be patient. Insects often return to an almost identical place after a few minutes. Also, if you move slowly and keep your shadow off the insect it will often stay in place. Another depth-of-field trick to use is to place the camera sideways on to long insects, or flat on to insects such as butterflies that have wings open. That way, the majority of the insect will be in focus. At close distances to the subject, the slightest movement of the camera will be critical. You won’t feel comfortable using a tripod, so take extreme care to hold the camera steady for a good time after pressing the shutter.

Press the shutter halfway to activate the focus and once focus is achieved complete the press as soon as possible. The slightest movement of the camera between achieving focus and the image being captured will result in an outof focus subject. Insects and birds are nearly always on the move and the slightest jitter of a wing or body will appear soft or burred in the image. We need a high shutter speed to counteract this, and a high shutter speed will also help to achieve a blur-free image when hand-holding the camera. We’ve already been constricted with the aperture as seen above, so our remedy is to increase the ISO setting to help increase the shutter speed naturally. Go as high with ISO as your camera will allow without causing objectionably noisy images. |

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By Jane Hitchings BVSc MRCVS – veterinary surgeon

Pets’corner Pet advice from Woodlands Veterinary Group

HOW SAFE IS YOUR GARDEN? We are all hoping to enjoy a long summer of sunshine in our gardens, but how safe is your garden for pets and wildlife? Top of the list for gardenrelated pet fatalities is slug bait poisoning; active ingredient metaldehyde. If you must use it, buy the soluble kind that you water on, or if using pellets, hide them under plastic containers that can be pegged into the ground. This way, slugs can still crawl into them, but pets can’t see them and be tempted to eat them. Do not rely on the label saying the pellets contain a repellent for pets. Slugs that have died after consuming the bait are toxic to hedgehogs that feed on them. Dogs are more likely to succumb to slug bait poisoning than cats, which are famously fussy about what they eat. If the amount ingested is not too large and the animal is presented for treatment quickly, then it may be possible to save your pet’s life. Metaldehyde causes continuous, severe convulsions in pets which, if untreated, rapidly causes death. I remember treating a little collie cross dog in Ivybridge and we had to keep her in a medically in-

duced coma for nearly 48 hours before she stopped fitting and against all the odds recovered and is alive and well today. Most weed killers are toxic to pets and should be treated with respect. Always read the label and follow instructions, keep the packet out of reach and safely dispose of any unused solution immediately and rinse out your watering can or sprayer. Preventing pets’ access to treated grass or plants is important and this applies to rabbits and guinea pigs, too. Shut your pets inside whilst you use weed killers and pesticides so that they cannot walk through spilt products that they will then lick off their feet or coat. Another hazard is uncovered water butts. We have experienced two tragic cases of owners finding their cats drowned in the water butt. Usually this is either an old cat that slipped in or young cats whose curiosity got the better of them and they died as they couldn’t get a purchase on the steep smooth sides and get out – exhausted, they drown. Also, if you have a garden pool make sure that there is a shallow end or rocks to en-

Rescuing a grass snake

able an unwitting thirsty creature from tumbling in and being unable to get out. If you are strimming be mindful of slow worms, frogs and hedgehogs that may be in the undergrowth. I have treated many hedgehogs with amputated limbs and other horrific injuries caused by strimmers. Be mindful when using garden netting, as small animals like grass snakes and hedgehogs can get entangled and often perish. Grass snakes like water and so may become entangled in pond netting. They are not toxic and if you hold them behind the head with the finger and thumb of one hand, you will be able to cut them free and release them. They eat many garden pests so are to be treasured, not

feared (see Wild About Ivybridge on page 27). If you do come across an injured or ill hedgehog in your garden, it is definitely worth putting on a pair of thick gardening gloves and putting it in a box with hay or shredded newspaper and taking it to you local vets. We will treat the hedgehog and have a list of dedicated hedgehog rescuers who will nurse them back to health and rehabilitate them. (Maybe back to your garden if you can show that it is hedgehog friendly and you don’t use slug bait.) With a little thought, your garden can be a haven for birds and native wildlife and safe for your pets, too. I hope you have an excellent summer and manage to spend lots of time relaxing in your garden.

Woodlands Veterinary Group is on Cornwood Road, Ivybridge, and offers a friendly veterinary service for all your pets. See their advert on page 4

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HARRIERS UP FOR CHALLENGE ● athletics IT HAS BEEN a busy time for Andrews had a great run Erme Valley Harriers’ athas she was first lady, while letes in recent weeks. Jo Edwards was second feCraig MacAlpine sucmale vet 45 and Ken Sumcessfully completed the mers was second male vet Dartmoor Discovery 60. Cleo, Jo and Claire Ultra Marathon, a disJones won the ladies’ tance of some 32 miles team prize. across Dartmoor, in a The Erme Valley Relays very respectable time of again proved popular, with 4hr 51min 55sec. some 80 teams of four A long trip to Essex to competing over a 2.5 mile compete in the Southend circuit starting and finishHalf Marathon for Alison ing at the rugby club. The McEwing was rewarded Cleo Andrews and Neil Holmes at the Plym Valley Challenge Harriers performed well, with a fantastic run. Aliwith the male vet 40 team of son was first lady in a time of 1hr Challenge, ran over a tough 7.5 mile Allister Bristow, Simon Swift, Neil 24min 56sec and was 54th overall course, mainly ‘off-road’ in Plym- Holmes and Andrew Perry and the bridge Woods with plenty of hills, ladies’ team of Emma Lake, Alison out of 1,875 finishers. Nearer to home, Harriers’ athletes and it was hot! Neil Holmes was fifth Thorn, Cleo Andrews and Alison had great success at the Plym Valley overall and first male vet 45, Cleo McEwing winning their categories.

● football THE NEW FOOTBALL season kicks off this month, with Ivybridge Town FC starting their South West Peninsula League Premier Division campaign with a trip to Cullompton on Saturday, 10 August, (KO 3pm). The club’s first home fixture is on Tuesday, 13 August, when Saltash United visit Erme Valley for an evening fixture (KO 7.30pm).

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The heat of competition ● golf THE SUN CERTAINLY shone on club president, and senior vet, Bill Purser’s recent golf days, which were a tremendous success, raising more than £700, most of which will go to fund essential work on the course, writes Vets’ captain Len Simpson. The vets have enjoyed many competition and matches, which have been brilliantly supported, with several members improving their handicaps. Competition secretary, Maurice Mercy, is renowned for his varied and imaginative programme, and as well as regular rollups, open on the day to all vets, he presides over the many annual competitions. The prestigious Bill Dove Cup was won by Bob Andrews, with a magnificent net 64 The Medford, a fiendish mixture

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of medal and stableford, was played in searing heat. Twenty-two pairs braved the mid-day sun, but, despite their best efforts, no pair could match the stunning performance of Pete Swift, playing medal, and his stableford partner, John Fox, who defeated their closest rivals, Terry Tyler and Len Simpson, by a clear nine strokes. July’s vets’ matches proved equally competitive and successful. Victory against Staddon Heights at home was followed by a draw away to Elfordleigh, but the home fixture against Dartmouth, as always extremely hard-fought, proved a hurdle too far. Another closely-contested match was the annual fixture against the ladies, which resulted in a friendly, morale-boosting 31/2 to 21/2 victory.

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