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Issue 017 JUNE 2012

Ten Tors triumph No place like Home from Home

Youngsters can have a summer to remember

Jordan’s amazing day


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Community is at the heart of our town Monthly musings from the editor UNDOUBTEDLY the biggest community event of the year takes place this month when the nation celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The town council has organised what promises to be an excellent event in Victoria Park (see page 17), we are all invited, so let’s go along and make it a party to remember. Community is very much at the heart of a new market-style initiative which is held fortnightly in Chapel Place. I went along to one of the Home from Home Community Days and you can read all about it on page 10. One of the reasons for starting the magazine was the belief that there are many people in our community doing amazing things for good causes, and that they deserve some publicity for their efforts. I can safely say that I was right on that score! This month I have the story of a couple who support a school in a very poor region of India, and who starred on a hit TV show to raise much needed funds. Read their story on page 31. The Ivybridge magazine is printed by

STOWFORD SCHOOL has become the first of the town’s primary schools to gain academy status. The academy programme is very contentious and arouses strong feelings on both sides, but for me coverage of this very important subject in the national media disappoints, tending to generate more heat than light. To get a better understanding of the issue, I met Stowford School headteacher Helen Tipping to find out why they made the change, and you can read my interview on page nine.

ALSO INSIDE THIS MONTH Strong community groups are nothing new, as I discovered when I went along to Ivybridge Country Market. It has been going for 26 years, yet still some residents claim they don’t know it takes place! Read about it on page 14 – and then go! Youngsters have the chance to have a positive impact on their community, as well as have fun and make lasting friendships, with an exciting new scheme – see page 13. Ivybridge Community College boasted four Olympic Torch bearers (page 24) and ICC students again excelled at Ten Tors (page 26). There is also the regular clubs & groups (30), schools (23), sport (34) and What’s On (18). I hope you enjoy this issue.

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Life is local

Issue 017 JUNE 2012

Ten Tors triumph No place like Home from Home

Youngsters can have a summer to remember

Jordan’s amazing day Our very special cover picture this month is of Ivybridge teenager Jordan Anderton proudly carrying the Olympic flame. Jordan, 18, overcame a rare form of cancer and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity and plays rugby at a high level. He carried the torch on the first leg of day two of the relay, starting off from the Life Centre in Plymouth. He said: “It was just amazing. I cannot describe the feeling. It was the most exciting thing I have done in my life.” You can read Jordan’s story – and that of three other torch bearers linked to the town through Ivybridge Community College – on page 24. All information, advertised or provided, is accepted in good faith as being correct at the time of going to press. Opinions expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher and editor. The publisher accepts no responsibility for products, goods or services that may be advertised or referred to.

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JUBILEE JOY

Thelma Tolchard receives her vouchers from Martin Coard, Ivybridge First project chairman, and project committee member Deborah Reeves (centre)

THE TOWN IS getting set for a bumper bank holiday of Jubilee celebrations. See page 17 for details of events.

PLAY A PART IN HISTORY

An Ivybridge resident is £100 better off after being drawn as the first winner of an exciting new scheme to promote the town’s businesses.

THE TOWN’S HISTORIC Bridge Ceremony is being held on Saturday, 23 June, and you can play a part – see page 20.

• Four pages of What’s

First winner Thelma Tolchard was picked from nearly 500 entries to the Ivybridge First initiative and will now be able to spend her vouchers with any of the participating businesses. Ivybridge First is a marketing scheme set up by the Chamber of Com-

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merce to promote the businesses in the town. At its heart is a free monthly draw with a prize of £100, and entrants can also opt-in to receive an email newsletter of special offers from participating businesses. There is a new draw

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each month and the project committee is keen to stress that people must enter each time to be in with a chance of winning. To enter, visit one of the participating businesses (no purchase is necessary) and fill in a draw ticket.

Showing you how to love food, hate waste A ROADSHOW showing you how to cut Costly problem down on the amount of food you throw away is rolling into town this month. South Hams District Council’s recycling and waste team will be spreading the message – Love Food, Hate Waste – on Thursday, June 28, at Ivybridge Market in Glanvilles Mill Car Park from 8.30am until 4pm. The team will be offering tips and ideas on how to reduce food waste and save you money, too. You will also be able to take the “big chill quiz” to discover how friendly you are with your freezer. As well as finding out how to save on your food bill, there will also be the chance to win a hamper full of food storage and kitchen gadgets.

An average family could save £50 a month by reducing the amount of often good food – most of which can be saved and eaten later – they throw away. In the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, costing £12bn. As well as wasting money, it has an impact on the environment, too. Reducing food waste could save the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same as taking one in five cars off the road. The recycling and waste team will also be on hand for any of your recycling service enquiries… so why not go along and see them.

Nursery anniversary fun day ONE OF THE town’s most popular nurseries is celebrating a special landmark and is inviting past, present and future children, parents and staff to help them celebrate. Millswood Nursery School has been at its present site at St Austin’s Priory, Cadleigh, for 30 years and to celebrate is holding an Anniversary Fun Day on Saturday, 23 June, 10.30am-2.30pm. The day will have fun and games for all the family and there will be a wall where people can share their memories of their time at Millswood. A display depicting Millswood over the last 30 years is being put together and the nursery would love to hear from anyone who has any photographs they would like included. If anyone has any photographs or would like to help in any way, please contact Rachel Nicholls on (01752) 894737 June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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Longest ride challenge AN IVYBRIDGE CYCLIST

Don’t forget, you can now drop us a line If you have news, a letter, a club report, anything for the magazine, you can now drop it in our box in the Ivy Cabs office in Fore Street (opposite the Glanvilles Mill entrance). The deadline is the 12th of the month – we look forward to hearing from you!

with a passion for the natural environment has set himself his toughest challenge for 2012 – to complete his longest-ever one-day cycle ride. Graham Wilson plans to ride a massive 150 miles from his Ivybridge home to as far north of Bristol as possible to raise money for Devon Wildlife Trust. The route he will follow is mostly on quiet country roads using the National Cycle Network and he hopes to finish close to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge, of which he is also a member. Graham values the natural environ-

ment so is keen to protect and restore Devon’s wildlife and wild places, hence raising money for DWT. People can support Graham at http://uk. virginmoneygiving. com/GrahamWilson 150 – where they’ll also find links to his blog and Twitter page. As if this wasn’t challenge enough, Graham is then set to cycle 127 miles from Stafford through Snowdonia to Llandudno in Wales on 7 July. As a regular cyclist, Graham believes that Ivybridge is not only a wonderful place to live but also a haven for cyclists, with many good rides nearby.

Singers sought for Haydn work

The Ivybridge 10K gets underway

Dealing with eating disorders A SEMINAR EXPLORING eating disorders and the issues involved in eating problems is to be held at The Watermark. The eating disorders workshop on Saturday, 23 June, is being facilitated by Diane Faulkner and Yvonne Canning from Ivy Low Cost Counselling Service and is suitable for all, whether you have no knowledge, have an interest in the topic, or merely want to revisit the issue. The all-day event will cover what eating disorders are and some of the issues involved in eating problems, as well as the characteristics and symptoms of these disorders. It will also allow participants to explore their own personal issues around food and eating. The day costs £20 and will run from 10am until 4pm in the Henlake Suite at The Watermark. For bookings and more information call (01752) 891929 or email Ivy counselling@aol.co.uk 6

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THE THIRD IVYBRIDGE ‘Come & Sing’ is being held this October. The workshop, on 6 October, at The Watermark, will again be led by Simon Ible and this year’s work is Haydn’s Nelson Mass. The cost to singers is £13 and application forms are available from a.laity@btinternet.com, from The Watermark or by telephoning (01752) 691648. Singers will work together to learn the piece from scratch during the day before performing it at 5pm. To watch the performance is free, with donations taken for St Luke’s Hospice.

STORAGE Free training REQUIRED course for WITH AN ever-expanding groups range of costumes and props, Ivybridge Theatre Company is in urgent need of good, local storage facilities. Do you have suitable storage space (a single garage perhaps) that they could hire? If you can help, contact chairman Ron Davis on (01752) 893308.

THE PREVAILING financial climate makes fundraising for voluntary groups extremely challenging. If this sounds familiar, a free course on generating income for your group could help. It is on Wednesday, 13 June, in Plymouth – see page 20 for details.


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Stowford School has become the first primary school in the town to be awarded academy status. The academy programme divides opinion inside and outside of school, so with this local example of a contentious national policy, editor Steven Vincent met headteacher Helen Tipping to find out why they decided to change and what it will mean for the school

Academy status is best for Stowford

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t no time during my visit to Stowford School did I see any outward sign that the school had become an academy, and early in my discussion with headteacher Helen Tipping it was clear that the change was not about status – ‘we’re better than you’ – but about what was best for the children of Stowford School. The changing educational landscape was also a major factor. “There is rapid change in education at the moment,” explained Helen. “But the challenge for the British education system – the divide between the attainment of different groups in our society – remains and we have given a lot of thought as to how to address this at a time of such change.” The debate about the status of the school was initiated by the governors and they, along with the school’s leadership team, invested a great deal of time and effort into researching the best way forward, in full consultation with staff and parents. It was only after this process that it was decided to apply for Academy Status. “At all times, the options considered were tested against the criteria ‘what is best for the children’,” said Helen. “In the case of Stowford School, we decided that it was to apply for Academy Status.” The change process was a steep learning curve, and demanded the involvement of outside experts, who challenged, Helen admits, their thinking in many areas. “I have learned a lot from the process and one thing I am keen to take from it and apply as we go forward is the awareness that perhaps we do not have all the answers. “Many times we were challenged to think very hard about what we do,

and why we do it, as well as consider that there may be people outside the school who are better placed to achieve our goal.” Helen admits that this change in outlook must come from the top and that under the local authority model it was perhaps too easy to pass difficult decisions on to the bureaucracy at County Hall. Now that this safety net is no longer there she is determined that a wider circle of expertise will be consulted in future. While the school is no longer within the local authority remit, far from seeing the change as pushing Stowford away from other schools in the town, Helen is keen to build on the existing links – she has put out an offer to support other schools so that they can share best practise. She also wants the school to link better to the local economy and is investigating ways that it can source more supplies and services locally. “We have great links with local businesses, who support us in so many ways, but I want that to be a reciprocal relationship and I hope we can buy locally so that we are giving something back, too.” Decision-making freedom was one of the key reasons to make the change. “We asked ourselves ‘what is the future for Stowford?’,” explained Helen. “Our answer was that we could stay the same and hope it goes well, or we could be proactive and try and make things better. “There are many changes coming and we must be able to respond to them quickly. “We also have the chance to clear away some of the ‘clutter’ that has grown up around schools so that we can focus on teaching, which is, after all, the core purpose of the school.”

ANSWERING THE CRITICS Opposition to academies is fierce in some quarters, and I challenged Helen Tipping with their main objections: 1) As an academy, you are outside the local ‘family’ of schools. Ivybridge has a group of school leaders who are committed to providing a good education for all children, and who recognise that schools working together help best achieve this. Good collaboration is much more to do with people than the status of a school. 2) You are no longer accountable to the local community. We are absolutely accountable – to our children to ensure high standards, and for the fact that we are responsible for the education of people’s children. In many ways, I think we are now more accountable to our local community – under the local authority model, to all intents and purposes we were answerable to officials at Devon County Council in County Hall, Exeter. 3) You can set your own curriculum. There is clearly a move to focus on core numeracy, literacy and science, and good standards in basic skills, which, rightly, should be key primary school objectives. Having said that, we do think that the curriculum can be enhanced by having a locality element to it – after all, living in Ivybridge is different than the London-centric world curriculum writers tend to inhabit. 4) You can now set your own terms and conditions for staff. This is probably the most contentious issue which, understandably, leads to some anxiety. All of our staff have moved over on the same terms and conditions and no-one is worse off. We do have the potential now, however, to make some better off, as we can set pay and terms to reflect enhanced skills and responsibilities. 5) “There is insufficient evidence to make a judgement about academies as a model for school improvement.” This is probably right. The first schools to change were underperforming, and/or had other challenges, so the scope was always there for significant, rapid improvement. We have stressed from the outset that we made the change because we think it is best for the children at Stowford School – the model may not be the best one for another school. June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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Mayor’s message from Cllr Trevor Parsons By the time you read this hopefully we will be enjoying good weather! June is set to be a very busy month for me, starting with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in Victoria Park on Tuesday, 5 June. Other engagements include: 6th – Visit to Dame Hannah Rogers school 8th – Abbeyfield Jubilee Garden Party 12th – Town Team Group 14th – Ivybridge Caring AGM 15th – St Austin’s Priory Centenary Celebration Finishing off the month, on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, 30 June, I am holding my civic buffet at The Watermark with a film, The Bedford Boys, hosted by Radio Devon presenter David Fitzgerald. Proud ambassador I really enjoyed representing the town council on the 40th anniversary trip to St Pierre-sur-Dives, in Normandy, to celebrate the town’s link with our French cousins. We met some lovely people, who made us so welcome – my thanks to those who organised the trip. Where does the time go? I was so pleased to see editor Steven Vincent in May’s issue opening the town’s bowling green. This was one of my sports and I played for the bowling club for a number of years before being struck down with arthritis. I can’t believe the magazine is already over a year old! Well done to Steven and his team – keep up the good work. 10

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No place like Home from Home I HAD A pleasant surprise when I called into the Home from Home Community Day at Chapel Place a couple of weeks ago – what was intended to be a quick visit became a very enjoyable two hour stay! John and Sally Hamlett came up with the idea for Home from Home Community Days after attending Ermington Sustainable Saturdays, where the ‘everyone pitches in, open to everyone’ feel inspired them to want to create something similar in Ivybridge. The result is a day that puts a modern twist on an olde world village market and radiates a warm, friendly community feeling. Held fortnightly, there really is something for everyone, with stalls, children’s activities, gifts and crafts, local food producers, a Fairtrade teashop, music and share/swap/freecycle. The format is not fixed, however, and John and Sally are receptive to fresh ideas to ensure that there is a unique mix of stallholders and activities each time and that no two days will be the same. Jennifer Pearce, who has a jewellery stall, and is delighted that they have started: “I really enjoy it, the atmosphere is lovely. I don’t drive, so it’s great to have this in the heart of the town.”

Jennifer Pearce with daughter Chloe

June’s Home from Home Community Days are on the 2nd, 16th and 30th – 10am-1pm, at Chapel Place John and Sally are passionate about Ivybridge and have heard too many times that nothing goes on. “If you think there isn’t anything going on, take the blinkers off,” says Sally. If that sounds like you, make the Home from Home Community Days your first port of call to discover the thriving community in your town. I Local producers and anyone interested in getting involved with the Home from Home Community Days should contact John or Sally Hamlett 07972846443 / 07837340742, email john.h@email.com

A coach party on a mystery tour to Lukesland Gardens were transported back in time when their visit coincided with a Victorian Costume Day to mark Lukesland’s 150th anniversary. Despire a fierce north-easterly gale which brought trees crashing down in the area, friends and neighbours bravely turned up in Victorian costume for the day, to the delight of visitors.


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Countymatters by Ivybridge’s County Councillor Roger Croad

As summer beckons (hopefully), I want to tell you about two events from May and one coming up in June.

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On May 16, alongside the Lord Lieutenant, I had the honour of signing the Covenant on behalf of the residents of Devon and this is what I said at the time: “As a former soldier of some 25 years, it gives me great personal pleasure in participating in the signing ceremony of this Covenant. “Those who serve in our Armed Forces sacrifice civilian freedom, face danger and sometimes suffer serious injury or death as a result of their duties protecting the Realm and our liberty. “As well as recognising and remembering the sacrifices made by our Armed Services, the Community Covenant aims to bring together organisations to help communities benefit from greater integration with the armed services, both serving and retired. It is about encouraging activities which will assist service personnel to integrate into local civilian life through participating in events, joint projects and other activities that involve the wider community, as well as encouraging people to support the service community in their area and to promote understanding and awareness of the issues affecting service personnel and their families. “The Armed Forces Community Covenant also presents an opportunity to bring the knowledge, experience and expertise of present and former servicemen and women to assist communities across Devon and, to me, represents an excellent basis in order to benefit all society.” Find out more at http://devonarmedforces.wordpress.com

Arts Council visits Ivybridge The Watermark was put on the national map on 14 May when I hosted the Arts Council of England on the start of their tour of the country consulting on ‘Envisioning the Library of the Future’. Experts from across the region took part in the consultation and we received many plaudits for the library and The Watermark in general.

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Sixty years of the Queen’s reign will be marked on 5 June by several street parties in the town. The town council is putting on a party at Victoria Park so, if you haven’t a party in your street, why not go along to Victoria Park and join in the festivities? ---------------------------------------------------------WHAT DO YOU THINK? Contact me: By phone: (01752) 892223 By email: roger.croad@devon.gov.uk By post: Higher Newlands, Godwell Lane, Ivybridge PL21 0LE


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Make your summer one to remember

GO FOR IT!

Learn new skills

INTERESTED? Fun and friendship is guaranteed

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vybridge youngsters have the chance to spend the summer enjoying fun, friendship and making a real difference to their community with an exciting national programme taking place in the town. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is looking for 16 and 17 year olds who want to have a summer they’ll never forget. The NCS programme is a free three to four week initiative that will enable young people to take part in adventurous outdoor activities, meet new people and plan and implement a community project that will make a real difference in their locality. The first week is a residential outdoor activity team building break in north Devon, when youngsters will have the time of their life taking part in exhilarating outdoor pursuits like kayaking, coasteering, abseiling, bushcraft skills and more. The programme moves back to Ivybridge for the second week but is still residential, with the youngsters having to cook their meals and manage a budget. The focus of this week

is to get to know their local community, but there will also be skills sessions, with the chance to pick up new skills in film making, public speaking, event planning and more, and opportunities to visit local businesses – skills and experience which will be invaluable for job hunting or college and university applications. For the remaining time of the programme, the youngsters will stay at home but the project is structured so that it emulates going to work – Monday to Friday, with set start and finish times and clear, measurable objectives for them to compete. Week three is the crucial planning stage of the community project – planning which is done entirely by the youngsters and includes fundraising. Now is the time for action as they go out and complete their chosen project. “Young people can make a real difference to their local community when they get together,” says Ellenor Gray, lead worker of Ivybridge NCS. “They will really impress themselves when they realise what they can achieve and will look back

Entry to the NCS ‘This is Your Summer’ programme is on a first come, first serve basis, so if you, or someone you know, would like to apply, contact Ellenor in the first instance – ellenor.gray@youngdevon.org – who will send you an application form. on this time as something to be very proud of.” Once the programmes have run, there is a graduation ball, which will celebrate all the good work done and be a chance to catch up with friends and have fun with live music, awards and prizes. The NCS is running two sessions of the programme in Ivybridge, one starting on July 9 and the other August 13. They are open to anyone aged 16 or 17 years old and the NCS is keen to stress that there are no barriers to taking part. They all looking for youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities, and for those with mobility issues there is assistance available and all the activities will accommodate those with a disability. All they ask in return is that the youngsters commit to the programme and have the initiative and enthusiasm to make the most of the opportunities the programme offers. FIND OUT MORE: visit www.ncssouthwest.co.uk June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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ABOUT IVYBRIDGE

he peregrine is probably the world’s fastest living thing and one of the best places to see it is right on our doorstep at Cann Quarry in Plymbridge Woods. They nest here every year and volunteers keep a constant watch on the nest from the viaduct. You can watch through their telescopes and also monitor progress on their website. The best time to see them is late afternoon or evening when the light is on the quarry face. Peregrines also nest at regular intervals along the cliffs of the south west and can often be seen and heard from the cliff path. If you are really lucky you may see the stoop, their special method of catching birds on the wing. They fly up to a great height, retract their wings and then descend at over 100mph on to their unsuspecting prey, killing it with their talons. During the 20th century, the peregrine was brought almost to the verge of ex-

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Although their natural habitat is cliffs and quarries, they are increasingly found in our cities and breed in Plymouth, Exeter and Truro, attracted by tall buildings providing nest sites, street lights making it possible to hunt at night and a ready supply of dinner in the form of A peregrine feral pigeons. Studies of the nest site at St Michaels’s Church in Exeter have tinction. During the Wars they were shown that they also take a wide variety seen as a threat to carrier pigeons and of other birds and often target migrating were deliberately killed. Gamekeepers flocks passing through at night. and pigeon fanciers killed them for the same reason, egg collectors prized their eggs and the widespread use of A gentle three-mile stroll around the cliffs pesticides got into the food chain and at Thurlestone on 21 June is our next made those at the top, such as the walk. All welcome of course – meet at peregrine, unable to breed successfully. 10.30am at the end of the golf course However, it’s not all doom and gloom. car park. Free parking for participants. Those pesticides are now banned, Margery and Celia are volunteers with peregrines are protected and they are the Ivybridge and South Brent local group of the Devon Wildlife Trust making a good recovery.

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Discover a hidden gem

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here is a place in the heart of our town where you can buy sumptuous home-made baked goods, local produce, art, plants and more, yet many Ivybridge residents say that they were not aware that it existed. Ivybridge Country Market definitely falls into the ‘hidden gem’ category. Held every Friday in the scout hut next to the leisure centre between 8.30am and 11.30am, it has been running in the town for 26 years, which makes people’s lack of awareness of this terrific market even more puzzling. Every Friday, when the doors are opened to the waiting customers, tables groan under the weight of home-made cakes, biscuits and 14

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Tables laden with goodies

Ivybridge Country Market in the scout hut, next to the leisure centre

Fridays, 8.30-11.30am more, garden produce, plants, crafts, art and gifts – the variety of things on offer is amazing. For regular customers the market is much more than a place to buy things. “For many people, particularly our older customers, the market is a social hub where they meet up for a good gossip with friends,” says Alison Burgess. “People tell us that it is a good way to meet new people and we have seen over the years how

groups have grown up, who use a visit to the market as an excuse to meet up.” One of the strengths of Ivybridge Country Market is the consistant, healthy number of producers attending every week, but they are always looking for new local producers to join them – and introduce new ideas to the market. “We are a co-operative, and work together for the good of the market, so new producers with new ideas are very welcome,” says Alison. Producers do not have to commit to every week – their offering may be seasonal, for instance – and the committee and other stallholders are only too willing to help a newcomer get set up. As well as the regular market, they also hold special themed markets, which include apple day, bees and honey and, of course, a Christmas market, where you can get the full range of festive treats. I Anyone interested in joining the market as a producer should pop along on a Friday morning and have a chat.


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IT’S TIME TO PARTY There is going to be a superb event in beautiful Victoria Park, in the heart of the town, and everyone is invited! also the Friends of Don’t forget, there isd Big Lunch, too! MacAndrew’s Fiel

VICTORIA PARK will host the town’s main Jubilee event on Tuesday, 5 June, when a massive party will be held to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The fun gets underway at 2pm and the entertainment and activities are planned to go on long into the night until 9pm. Free entertainment is very much the focus of the day. An eclectic mix of dancers and singers will be performing on stage in the marquee during the day, and young and old alike will have the chance to join in with some classic old songs (songsheets provided for those who need help with the words!) with Sandy’s songbirds. In the evening, there will be a change of pace when local young bands take to the stage. Children will have plenty to keep them occupied, too, with traditional party games and songs aboard the Seamoor Children’s Centre Playbus. Children’s small fairground rides, Emazdad, sand art and birds of prey complete a varied line-up of things to see and do for the little ones. The Devon Artists’ Network is hosting a free family craft workshop in St John’s Church Hall until 5.30pm, where you can create monoprints centred on the theme of the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Family. Something a little bit different will be a real-time, mock emergency exercise by the police and fire cadets. Poetry written specially for the event, crown making, and the re-creation of the setting of the Edward VII Coronation photograph in Victoria Park will all add to a memorable day. A celebration cake, made by the talented youngsters from the community college, will take pride of place! You are welcome to bring along a picnic, and refreshments will be available all day, with groups fundraising for good causes, so you can top up your food supplies in the park and help a good cause.

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Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, Scout Hut next to leisure centre Careers Advice for Adults 19+. The Watermark - call 01752 892220 to book an appointment. Ivybridge Community Association AGM, 7pm, Chapel Place. Cricket @ Filham – Twenty /20 v. Plympton BBQ. 6pm. Film @ The Watermark – The Artist (Cert PG) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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Home from Home Community Day Chapel Place, 10am-1pm Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark - Princess & The Frog, 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Cricket @ Filham – v. Kingsbridge from 2pm. Film @ The Watermark – The Queen (Cert 12A) 5pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc. Film @ The Watermark – The King’s Speech (Cert 12) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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Jubilee Big Lunch - 12.30pm MacAndrews Field – page 17

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Event 2-9.30pm – see page 17 Betty’s Memory Café, Methodist Church, 2-4pm. Contact Frances Reeve 01752 893952.

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Ivybridge Work Club The Watermark, 10am-12noon. Tel 01752 892220 or visit the club’s website – www. ivybridgeworkclub.org.uk Ivybridge Theatre Company, 7.30pm, Chapel Place.

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Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – The Lion King, 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Film @ The Watermark – Le Havre (Cert PG) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc.

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Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, Scout Hut next to leisure centre Careers Advice for Adults 19+. The Watermark - call 01752 892220 to book an appointment. Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – The Lion King, 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Cricket @ Filham – Twenty/20 v. Plymouth BBQ, 6pm start. Film @ The Watermark – Le Havre (Cert PG) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc.

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Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – The Lion King, 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Cricket @ Filham – v. Plymouth (IV) from 2pm. Film @ The Watermark – Le Havre (Cert PG) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc.

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Cricket @ Filham – v. Chudleigh from 2pm. Plymouth Megaride www. plymouthmegaride.co.uk. War Horse Film Walk Visit the major film locations for ‘War Horse’ – www. moorlandguides.co.uk

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South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 1pm, call 08 444 111 444 or www.adviceguide.org.uk Meeting of Ivybridge Town Council, including public participation session, 7pm, The Watermark.

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Cricket @ Filham – Twenty/20 v. Holbeton from 2pm. Bar and refreshments. Ivybridge Flower Club, 7.30pm, The Watermark. Meeting of Town Council Planning & Infrastructure Committee, 7pm, including public participation session, Town Hall. Ivybridge & District Camera Club Meeting, 7.30pm, New Hall, Bittaford.

Wednesday

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Ivybridge Work Club The Watermark, 10am-12noon. Tel 01752 892220 or www. ivybridgeworkclub.org.uk Ivybridge Theatre Company, 7.30pm, Chapel Place. Training for your Community Group – see page 20

One Day Pencil and Watercolour Workshop (10am-4pm) Town Hall. £37.50. Tel 01752 893852. Toybox Chapel Place Community Centre, 9.3011.30am, semi-structured toddler group for children with their parent or carer. £1.50 per family. Film @ The Watermark – Monsieur Lazhar (Cert 15) 7.30pm. French with English subtitles. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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War Horse Film Walk www.moorlandguides.co.uk

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Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, Scout Hut next to leisure centre Careers Advice for Adults 19+. The Watermark - call 01752 892220 to book an appointment. Cricket @ Filham – Twenty/20 v. Cornwood 6pm onwards, followed by BBQ and England v Sweden.

Saturday

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Home from Home Community Day Chapel Place, 10am-1pm Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – A Cat In Paris, 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. EST Donkey Sanctuary Summer Fair – see page 20. Dame Hannah Rogers Summer Fair – see page 20. Cricket @ Filham – v. Chagford from 2pm. Film @ The Watermark – Monsieur Lazhar (Cert 15) 7.30pm. French with English subtitles. Tickets £6, £5 conc.


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South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 1pm, call 08 444 111 444 or www.adviceguide.org.uk

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Betty’s Memory Café Methodist Church, 2-4pm. Contact Frances Reeve 01752 893952.

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Toybox Chapel Place Community Centre, 9.3011.30am, semi-structured toddler group for children with their parent or carer. £1.50 per family. Ivybridge Work Club The Watermark, 10am-12noon. Tel 01752 892220 or www.ivybridgeworkclub.org.uk Ivybridge Theatre Company 7.30pm, Chapel Place. Film @ The Watermark – Headhunters (Cert 15) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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Ramblers Group Walk – 8 miles, Avon Estuary. (starting point Grid Ref: SX650457 Devon TQ7 4HR) 10:30am. Contact: Colin & Ann – 01803 524143. Film @ The Watermark – Headhunters (Cert 15) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc.

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Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, Scout Hut next to leisure centre Careers Advice for Adults 19+. The Watermark - call 01752 892220 to book an appointment. Film @ The Watermark – Headhunters (Cert 15) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 Conc.

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Bridge Ceremony 10am – see page 20. Rotary Club Duck Race 11am, lower Glanvilles Mill bridge – see page 20 Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – Up 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Cricket @ Filham – v. Clyst Hydon from 2pm. Eating Disorders Workshop 10am-4pm, Henlake Suite, The Watermark. See page 6. Stowford Pre-School Open Day 11am-3pm. See page 20. Woodlands Park Friends Association Summer Fair 2-4.30pm, Woodlands Park Primary School. Film @ The Watermark – Delicacy (Cert 12A) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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Cricket @ Filham – v. Torquay from 2pm. Cornwood Show Fun Day 11am-4pm, school field. www.cornwoodshow.co.uk. Ramblers Group Walk – 10 miles, Erme estuary, including Tor Wood. (starting Grid Ref: SX650457, TQ7 4HR) 10:30. Contact: Bob – 01803 605147. War Horse Film Walks www.moorlandguides.co.uk

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South Hams Citizen Advice Bureau Drop in at The Watermark, 10am to 1pm, call 08 444 111 444 or www.adviceguide.org.uk Ivybridge U3A 2pm, Methodist Church. Speaker will be Christine Moray – ‘street pastors’.

Tuesday

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Charity Jazz in the Garden 6-9pm, Lukesland Gardens, Harford. See page 20. Meeting of Town Council Planning & Infrastructure Committee 7pm, including public participation session, Town Hall. Ivybridge & District Camera Club Meeting 7.30pm. Evening Out With The Camera – contact for exact times and venue ivybridgecc@tiscali.co.uk

Wednesday

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Toybox Chapel Place Community Centre, 9.3011.30am, semi-structured toddler group for children with their parent or carer. £1.50 per family. Ivybridge Theatre Company 7.30pm, Chapel Place. Film @ The Watermark – Delicacy (Cert 12A) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc.

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Love Food, Hate Waste Ivybridge Market, Glanville’s Mill Car Park, 8.30am-4pm. See page 5 Film @ The Watermark – Delicacy (Cert 12A) 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5 conc. Ivybridge Garden Association 7.45pm, Methodist Church Hall.

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Ivybridge Country Market 8.30-11.30am, Scout Hut next to leisure centre Careers Advice for Adults 19+. The Watermark - call 01752 892220 to book an appointment. Live @ The Watermark – The Dave Hankin Big Band presents Stan Kenton at 100. South Brent Carnival 2012 7.45pm-11.30pm, South Brent Village Hall. Dancing to the music by Ray Denning. £7 per ticket.

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Home from Home Community Day Chapel Place, 10am-1pm Children’s Cinema @ The Watermark – Happy Feet 2 10.30am. Tickets £5 for a child, then 1 free adult. Cricket @ Filham – v. Plympton III from 2pm.

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what’s on

Catch the football – at the cricket club! YOU CAN follow England’s Euro 2012 campaign at Ivybridge Cricket Club. They will be opening the clubhouse to show all of England’s matches – v France on 11 June (ko: 6pm); v Sweden on 15 June (ko: 5pm); v Ukraine 19 June (ko: 6pm); and the knockout matches, too (quarter finals on 23-24 June - ko: 19.45 - and semi-finals on June 27-28 - ko: 19.45.) The club is also planning a host of other social events throughout the summer, and is set to hold special Olympic nights in July and August.

THE RE-ENACTMENT by local primary lowed to cross the Ivy Bridge and school children of the Battle of the Bridge between the parishes of Ivybridge and Ermington is at 10am on the Ivy Bridge on Saturday, 23 June. The ceremony sees a forfeit of a ream of paper, a duck and a red rose being paid to the villagers of Ermington before Ivybridge residents are al-

people are encouraged to come along to witness the proceedings. The ceremony will be followed by the judging of the gate dressing competition. To find out more contact Louise Jones, tel: (01752) 698111, or email her – louise_jones@btconnect. com

THE DONKEYS at Filham are STOWFORD PRE-SCHOOL is having a summer fair and they want you to join them! The EST Donkey Sanctuary Summer Fair is on Saturday, 16 June, from 10am until 4pm at the Filham Park centre. The fair will have lots to do for all ages, including donkey cart rides, displays, stalls, traditional games for all the family, inflatables and much more. There will also be a fun family dog show and have-a-go dog agility, as well as a barbecue and refreshments.

holding an open day on Saturday, 23 June from 11am until 3pm. As part of the Pre-School Learning Alliance Playweek 2012, people are invited to join them and meet the playleaders to enjoy yummy cakes and a cuppa while the children play with toys and join in some craft activities. Go to www.stowford preschool.co.uk for more information or tel (01752) 896320. Stowford PreSchool is at Prideaux Road.

AN EXCELLENT EVENING of Jazz in the Garden is lined up at Lukesland Gardens to raise money for Food for Thought, a Devon-based charity supporting projects in Uganda. The Big Band and other bands of Ivybridge Community College will provide a great evening of entertainment in the lovely setting of Lukesland Gardens on Tuesday, 26 June, between 6-9pm. You can bring your own picnic and chairs, and the tea room and a bar will also be open. Tickets can be bought from Lukesland or the college – adults £8, children/students £6. For further details go to www.lukesland.co.uk or phone (01752) 691749.


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Olympic tickets competition

Sebastian, Mathew, Rob Haring, Jack and Laura Plane

TICKETS FOR the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in September was the prize for the winner of a competition to design and make an Olympic Torch at Stowford School. The school were lucky enough to win tickets to the games, and PE co-ordinator Laura Plane thought the fairest way to pass on the tickets was to hold a competition. As an official Olympic torch bearer, Laura challenged the children to design and make their own Olympic Torch. A huge response followed, and it was felt that, given the magnitude of the prize, the only fair way to judge the entries was to have a totally impartial judge, so Rob Haring, principal of Ivybridge Community College, was invited to make the final three selection. In third place was Sebastian, who had used a variety of materials to create his flame. Second went to Jack, who had used a selection of Olympic images to decorate his torch, but in first place was Stowford reached the next stage of the Devon County Tag Rugby Competition after finishing in the top two Mathew, who had of the Ivybridge Learning Community competition. communicated the Ten teams from eight schools battled it out at IvyOlympic message strongly and used re- bridge Rugby Club in a keenly contested day of tag rugby for the chance to get a step closer to the cycled materials to County finals. create his torch.

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Enriching maths Neve and Emma, year 5s at Stowford School, set up a maths challenge session for their classmates to share some of the things the girls did on a maths enrichment day at Plymouth University. The girls prepared a 30 minute investigation session, during which they shared some of the advice and strategies they had picked up during the enrichment day.

Big dance record attempt On the day the Olympic torch arrived in Britain, children at Stowford School joined thousands of children in the UK and across the world at 1pm to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the ‘largest dance routine - multi-venue’. The schools had learnt the same piece of choreography created especially for them by Wayne McGregor CBE and based on the Olympics. The dance took place simultaneously in over 1,000 schools throughout the UK and across Europe, USA, South America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Far East. At Stowford School, all the children, from Foundation upwards, took part. They had all practised the dance in the run up to the world record attempt and the children from the Street Dance Club helped out by leading the routine. June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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Quartet of flame carriers Ivybridge Community College is proud to count four Olympic Torch bearers amongst its ranks

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JORDAN ANDERTON, 19, is

torch bearers is Year 9 student Chris Baker, 14, who carried the torch through Yealmpton on 20 May. Chris, who writes for the monthly Academy Gazette pages in the local newspaper, was nominated by his father, who is extremely proud of his fantastic fundraising efforts. He has raised in excess of £1,300 for various charities over the past eight years. It all started in 2004, when Chris was inspired to bake cakes and sell them in his neighbourhood to raise money for the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. Since then, he has helped many charities through different fundraising events such as sponsored bike rides and running a ‘Kids come Dine with Me’ competition and more cake sales. He said: “It makes me really happy to help other people and I hope that my recognition in carrying the torch will inspire others to do the same.”

a young cancer survivor who has helped to raise nearly £100,000 for Cancer Research – and he was the first to carry the torch through Plymouth on day two of the relay on 20 May. Family friend Louise Parker nominated him and Jordan was both surprised and delighted when he heard that he had been chosen to carry the torch. He said: “It was a massive shock to get nominated, I never thought I would get chosen.” Jordan was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in his knee when he was just 14. While undergoing treatment he realised there was a lack of support for teenagers in similar situations. “I didn’t see anyone my age when I was being treated, so I felt alone and I lost my self-assurance, but then I went along to a session called ‘Find Your Sense of Tumour’ and there were 400 people there who had been through cancer and that really helped boost my confidence. I then wanted to help out and give something back.’ Jordan has since aimed to raise the profile of the Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity focusing on the needs of teenagers and young adults suffering from the disease.

RYAN CHRISTOPHERS, 30, who is a former college student and teaching assistant, carried the flame through Sticklepath on 21 May. Ryan’s proposer said of him in her nomination: “Ryan is our inspiration! He is a special young man who gives generously of his time, energy and passion in helping troubled young people gain a chance in life. “His dedication to working with vulnerable teenagers, seen through his enthusiasm to encourage and promote positive behaviour and learning, is commendable. He is a role model – youngsters in his care look to him for help and guidance. “Ryan is a ‘supported living’ carer and an overnight support worker for homeless and troubled teenagers. A local lad, Ryan supports Argyle and plays for a local football team. For all of us who know Ryan, we think he truly represents everything that is brilliant in unsung heroes.” 24

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A POPULAR teaching assistant at the college and a former student, Alex Pitcher, 23, carried the torch through Great Torrington on 21 May. Alex has always given a lot of his time to others, particularly in encouraging young people with special needs to play football. At only 17 he re-started Modbury Rovers football team with his friends and cousins and he now manages a team in Plympton. Alex has always had a compassionate nature and has been a special carer to his autistic brother and his mother, who is partially sighted. Everyone who knows Alex is extremely proud of him.


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Ten Tors triumph for ICC FIVE TEAMS FROM Ivybridge Community College completed the annual Ten Tors Expedition over the weekend of 12-13 May. Two teams, one covering 35 miles, the other 45 miles distances, walked under the college name and there were three further teams representing the Erme and Yealm Valley Hill Walking Club, covering the 35 mile, 45 and 55 mile distances. The event is a challenge rather than a race, and performances over the distances cannot be compared. Nonetheless, as is now customery, the performances were excellent, with each team performing well on their routes:

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Rotarians go quakers IVYBRIDGE’S Rotarians are set for a busy June. It gets off to an energetic start with a virtual triathlon at McCaulay’s, Dinnaton, on Saturday, 9 June. The challenge encompasses 2,000 metres on a rowing machine, 10km on an exercise bike and is rounded off with a one-mile run around the health club. Entry is £5 per person, with a first prize of £50, second place gets £30 and third £20, plus other cash prizes on the day. Wonder what The Rotary Club do? Find out at a recruitment evening at The Watermark on Wednesday, 13 June, at 6.30pm. The annual Duck Race is on Saturday, 23 June, starting as usual from the lower Glanville’s Mill bridge around 11am. Ducks are just £1 and are on sale from Ivor Jones & Co Ltd, 1b Costly Street, and Saturday mornings in Glanville’s Mill leading up to the day. MORE: Contact Louise Jones through Ivor Jones & Co Ltd, 1b Costly Street, email louise_jones@btconnect. com or call (01752) 698111

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Vive la France!

THE TOWN’S TWINNERS celeTHE CEREMONIAL PLANTING brated, shared and compared similar but excitingly different cultures on a special visit to Normandy. Thirty-two lucky members of Ivybridge Twinning Association travelled to France to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the town’s link with the Normandy town of Saint Pierre. Old and new friendships were quickly renewed at the first of a hectic round of celebrations, with parties going on long into the night as the French hosts lavished their traditional hospitality on their visitors. Saturday was a mixture of formal and informal ceremonies, including the planting of three English-grown apple trees presented by Ivybridge twinners to commemorate 40 years of entente cordial. The weekend’s organised outing was to the famous port of Cherbourg and the delights of its purpose-built La Cite de la Mer. The chance to go on a nuclear submarine was arguably the highlight for many of another hugely successful day, which naturally included a EILEEN WILLEY will give a talk about ‘Summer three-course meal and more flowing wine. Birds’ at this month’s meeting of Ivybridge The sun came out on Monday morning, when the group were Garden Association on Thursday, 28 June treated to the joys of a genuine bank holiday French market, before at the Methodist Church Hall. it was sadly time to make the return journey. All members enjoyed There will also be a Bloom of the Month a great trip of wonderful experiences and blossoming friendships. competition and refreshments. The meetNext May, it is Ivybridge’s turn to host the festivities, a trip which ing starts at 7.45pm and visitors are wel- will mark the 40th anniversary of the first visit by our French friends. come, with a small charge of £1.50. FIND OUT MORE: Contact chairwoman Jane Britton on (01752) 893245 FIND OUT MORE: Contact Mrs Acheson on 01752 894867

Feathered friends

Perfect ladies’ lunch

Classic tale to be told

A Dutch master

THE ANNUAL Ladies’ Spring Lunch, held this year at the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove, was the perfect way to celebrate spring for Ivybridge Probus Club. Members and their partners enjoyed a delicious lunch at this beautiful South Hams location. Also at the lunch, it was announced that Philip Mann had accepted presidency of the Club. The club’s May meeting was Philip’s first as chair, where he put forward several interesting ideas for future group visits, and which had as its fascinating speaker Ed Welch, who writes theme and incidental music for TV and films. FIND OUT MORE: Contact secretary Bob Mailling on (01752) 892255.

PREPARATIONS FOR the summer production And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie at The Watermark on Friday 20 and Saturday 21, July, are well underway for members of Ivybridge Theatre Company. This classic ‘whodunnit’ has been delighting and confounding audiences for over 70 years, so why not go along and join the sleuthing! ITC meet at Chapel Place every Wednesdays at 7.30pm. They are pleased to welcome new members and encourage anyone who has an interest in the ‘performing arts’ to visit them. FIND OUT MORE: Contact chairman Ron Davis (01752) 893308 or visit the company’s website: www.ivybridgetheatrecompany.co.uk

DUTCHMAN CHRIS KOLLEN, a former engineer who now owns a florist shop in Totnes, wowed members at Ivybridge Flower Club’s May meeting. From the start he had the audience in the palm of his hand. All his arrangements consisted of structures which he made from scratch in front of the members and the flowers for each arrangement would cost no more than £5 or £6 to replicate. June’s meeting is on the12th at The Watermark and will see Katherine Kear, a national demonstrator, present ‘Passport to Adventure’. Visitors are welcome , the cost is £8.50. Doors open at 6.45pm and the evening begins at 7.30pm. FIND OUT MORE: Janet Weston (01752) 894643

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Join a club or group Ivybridge Art Group esinforster@groups.facebook.com Ivybridge Arts & Crafts (01752) 897024/344096 Ivybridge Garden Association (01752) 894867 Ivybridge Flower Club www.iwc.org.uk Ivybridge U3A www.ivybridge-u3a.org.uk Ivybridge Twinning Association (01752) 893726 Ivybridge German Society alanjwright1@btinternet.com The Rotary Club of Ivybridge (01752) 898906 Ivybridge Lions Club lionsivybridge@gmail.com 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 PL:21 www.pl21.weebly.com Friends of Ivybridge Library kathy@julianstockwin.com Community Computer Club 07979 998 949 Ivybridge Walking Club www.iwc.org.uk Cleeve Angling Club (01752) 895241 Ivybridge Cricket Club www.ivybridgecc.co.uk Ivybridge Rugby Club www.pitchero.com/clubs/ivybridge Ivybridge Town Football Club www.ivybridgefc.com Ivybridge Bowls Club (01752) 691061 Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls Club (01752) 402658 Air Cadets www.339sqn.org.uk Fire Cadets ljulian@dsfire.gov.uk Boys Brigade (01752) 892756 Girls Brigade (01752) 892756 Scouts (01752) 893277 Explorer Scouts (01752) 346866 Erme Valley Girl Guiding ermevalleyguides@live.co.uk Manstow Football Club www.manstowfc.co.uk All details believed to be correct at time of going to print

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The children at school in India

Indian school gets couple’s cash from attic

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n Ivybridge couple were the stars on hit BBC daytime show Cash in the Attic when they turned hidden treasures into much-needed cash for a school in rural India which they support. Elizabeth and Anil Ahir raised more than £1,300 by auctioning a varied collection of antiques and belongings left to Elizabeth by her aunty. Presenter Jennie Bond and expert Jonty Hearnden spent a day at Elizabeth and Anil’s home in Julian Road rummaging through the possessions to uncover hidden treasures, before they met up again at the auction house for the all-important sale. Gems uncovered included a silver tea service from the 1800s, an English army officer’s sword, an arithmetic book from the 1500s and a samurai sword. Instead of keeping the cash for themselves, Elizabeth and Anil pledged to donate everything they raised to the Dr B R Ambedkar (Model) School in Nakodar, in the Punjab in India. Anil’s family has a long connection to the school, which is where his mother grew up, and are enthusiastic supporters. The Dr B R Ambedkar (Model) School educates more than a 100 children in very basic conditions and the money is helping improve the conditions in which the children learn. The stoney, dirty playground has been resurfaced so the children can play safely and, when the temperature gets too hot to stay in the classrooms, learn

outdoors in a Elizabeth and Anil on the show dust-free environment. Sanitation has been improved, with toilets provided and drainage installed that can cope with the monsoon rains, and the classrooms spruced up with new blackboards and new tables and chairs added. Some of the money has also provided uniform for children whose families are too poor to buy it themselves. Even with the generous support of Anil and Elizabeth and their family, the school is still far removed from what we take for granted in this country. “It has little or no resemblance to the schools we know, because of the poverty,” says Anil. “But we think it is vital that we do all we can to try and stop the children in the area being lost in the cycle of poverty.” You do not have to become TV stars to help. There are a number of ways people can support the school, including sponsoring a child. Just £35 provides uniform and books, and covers fees for a whole year. Anil would be delighted to visit any group, club or school in the town to show what a difference your support can make. “You do get a tremendous amount of reward and satisfaction because you know that it makes a real difference.” If you would like Anil to talk to your group, contact him on 07990 551772 or email anilkahir@hotmail.co.uk To find out more about the Dr B R Ambedkar (Model) School go to www.nakodarschool.com June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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Take BETTER PHOTOS More tips on how to improve the images you take using your digital camera from David Rayner of Ivybridge & District Camera Club

WHEN TAKING portraits, the guideline ‘filling the frame’ may not always be appropriate. Generally, the fill-theframe rule is good advice, and easy to do with modern cameras as they nearly all have zoom. We are all used to seeing frame-filled posed studio portraits and regular wedding group shots but sometimes this traditional way of taking portraits lacks context and so lessens the impact of the photograph. As a portrait, we would certainly not like to see our friends and family too small in the frame, so we should always think about using our feet or our zoom control to bring them forward into the main area of the photograph. But often the background and what is around the subject is important to the context, and certainly carries information that would not be conveyed in a straight portrait where your subject filled the frame. A recent competition at the Ivybridge & District Camera club asked for images that were both a portrait and showed people working. ‘The Guard’ shown above was my entry and I used the idea of not filling the frame as a way of showing the context of the guard in his working environment. The photo was taken at the Plym Valley Railway at Coypool, Marsh Mills, where everyone is a volunteer but in my view, not being paid makes no difference to the importance of the work. The guard is clearly looking at the camera in classic 32

portrait style and his jaunty angle adds an element of humour and shows his friendly character. His hands are wrapping his flag, ensuring that there will be no inadvertent signal given to the driver, so we learn something about his job. I’ve focussed right on the guard, which is pretty essential for a decent portrait, but I’ve not used a wide aperture that would normally be used for a portrait (it was actually f9) so some detail, although not sharp, is left elsewhere in the image so as to supply the context about his working environment without being distracting. The judge of the competition evening thought the water on the left is offputting and I agree with her, particularly as it does not show anything specific about the guard or his job. It is not always easy to get

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a balance between the subject and the photographed environment, but when that balance is achieved you will make images with power and genuine interest. Of course, many times you’ll be taking portraits of people you know, but if not, don’t be afraid to shoot first then ask afterwards if the situation demands it. ‘The Girl on Fly Jumpers’ shown here is another example of an environmental portrait using this don’t-fill-the-frame rule. There’s a lot to this image that would not be able to be enjoyed if it were a full-frame portrait.

There was no time to ask for this image, whereas the guard was photographed once and then asked for another. He replied with no hesitation and was pleased to do so. It worked out well on that occasion but often a posed photograph does not have the same quality as one that is snapped immediately. Most people don’t object to being photographed in the street, and if they do you can simply say “sorry” and move on. It’s not illegal to photograph anyone in a public place but polite to acquiesce. So, next time you’re shooting a portrait take a moment to consider the context of your subject before you zoom right in and fill the frame. It will often make the photograph more interesting to leave some of the surroundings showing.


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Pets’corner Pet health advice from Woodlands Veterinary Group By Jane Hitchings BVSc MRCVS - veterinary surgeon We are still in peak season for ticks, which can be picked up from all sorts of places. Ticks are not just a nuisance, but can transmit serious blood-borne parasitic infections that can prove fatal, for instance Borreliosis, known as Lyme disease. These diseases are zoonoses – transmissible to man. The risk is even more serious if you travel abroad with your pet; for more information look at the BADA-UK website. The most common tick species are the sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus), and the hedgehog tick (Ixodes hexagonus). Preventing tick attachment and correctly removing them if they have attached is the key to preserving your pets’ health. Of the confusing array of flea and tick treatments available, only a few have repellent properties, that is, they prevent the ticks from attaching and feeding in the first place. Many are not water resistant, so become ineffective if the dog swims or frequently gets its coat wet. Of the products on the market that are li-

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censed to kill ticks (acaricides), only three have repellent properties: Advantix is a spot on product for dogs, whose tick repellency lasts three-four weeks, but it is not water tolerant and cannot be used on cats; Scalibor Protector band is a collar for dogs which is an excellent repellent of flies, sand flies, mosquitoes fleas and ticks and lasts five-six months, but it is toxic to aquatic organisms and has to be removed if swimming; In April, an innovative product was launched – the Seresto collar. For dogs and cats, it is odour free and the advanced technology of the polymer allows slow release of controlled doses of two proven insecticides. The

collar lasts for up to eight months, is water resistant and need not be removed for swimming. It is safe for use on cats and will stretch to come off. Frontline spray and spot on (and its generics) kills ticks after 48 hours of attachment, can be used in dogs and cats but is not water resistant. The others, Promeris duo, Practic and Certifect are only licensed for dogs. Traditionally, tick activity is seasonal in spring and autumn, but recent mild winters mean that we are seeing tick infestations for longer periods each year. If your dog or cat has an engorged tick attached to it, it is important you remove it correctly. Either spray it with Frontline and leave it or use a special tick hook that your vet or vet nurse would be happy to show you how to use. The above effective tick treatments are all prescription only medicines which can only be obtained with good advice from your own veterinary surgeon or purchased with a prescription written by your vet.

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

No change THE TOP TWO at Ivybridge Town Council were reelected for another year at the council’s May meeting. Cllr Trevor Parsons will continue in his role as mayor, and his deputy will again by Cllr Chris Childs.

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FAMILY RUGBY FESTIVAL IS BIG HIT DISAPPOINTMENT AT the

players. There were also cancellation of the Ivy some dads who were putRugby Sevens Festival was ting on a pair of rugby soon forgotten when the boots for the first time in club held a fabulous rugby several years. Six teams family fun day instead. played a round robin A group of the club’s competition, with the senior players, led by aptly named “ChampiToby Borrow, decided to ons” team emerging as organise the day, which overall winners. was open to all members. Family rugby action “It was a great morning Despite only having four of rugby and fantastic to days to get the event up and running, see players of all ages having so much the inaugural club Family Fun Tag Fes- fun,” said a club spokesperson. “Spetival was a resounding success. cial thanks go to Toby, whose idea this Members spread the word about the was, everyone who supported the festival, which involved teams of mixed event at short notice and all the senior ages, and younger players were en- and older players who not only joined couraged to get their parents to join in. in with enthusiasm, but went out of On the day, about 40 competitors took their way to ensure that our younger part, ranging from U8s to senior team players had such a good time.” June 2012 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE

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SPORT Winning swimming YOUNG SWIMMERS have been in the medals during a busy month for Dinnaton Swimming Club. The club enjoyed a onetwo in the BAGCAT awards (best overall swimmer in the recent Devon County Championships) with Molly Northmore first in the nine-year age group and Vicki Wilkins second in the 10-year age group. Megan Bowen starred at the Regional Championships, winning gold in the 14-years 800m freestyle. Other good performers were Chris Farmer and Harriet Tuck. In Round 1 of the Cornwall and West Devon League, hosted by Bodmin, Dinnaton had to move a number of its younger swimmers up an age group due to the absence of several of the Asquad, but tremendous performances from everyone saw Dinnaton win the round convincingly.

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Junior Harriers land Devon titles SEVERAL IVYBRIDGE youngsters

Luke Riou

came home with Devon Champion titles from the Devon County T&F Championships at Exeter Arena on 12 and 13 May. U20 Sam Trigg maintained top spot in the South West triple jump rankings with a PB of 14.02m, while U17 Carie Robertson hurdled her way to gold. Miranda Hardacre raced to a winning PB in the 200m and then took 300m gold, establishing her at the top of the South West U17 rankings. U23 Sam Peters won the 400m, while Nathan Brown set a new PB to take the boys’ U15 800m title. Other good performances saw silver for U13 Robert StockMiranda Hardacre dale in the 100m, U15 Luke Riou taking bronze in his debut outdoor triple jump and Jacob Abraham claimed bronze in the 100m and silver in long jump and gold in his debut over the hurdles. On the road, Alison McEwing had a great run in the London Marathon to set a new PB and senior women’s record in 3.06.17. The sun certainly shone on another highly successful Ivybridge 10k on 12 May. Alan Ryder was the first Harrier home in a new V45 club record of 35.14, while Jaine Swift broke her own club record to be first V40W in 38.17.

BRAVE BRAMLEY BURNS UP BURNHAM AN ICC YEAR 8 student braved gale force winds and heavy rain to take part in his first triathlon – well, almost. Travis Bramley, 13, travelled to Burnham On Sea for the Spring Triathlon, which unfortuntely had to be curtailed due to the severe weather, with the cycling stage being cancelled. The swim and run did go ahead and Travis posted good times in both and 34

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finished second overall in his age group. Travis, who swims with Dinnaton Swimming Club and runs with Erme Valley Harriers, is looking forward to better conditions when he competes in his next scheduled triathlon. Travis said: “Despite disappointment at not being able to compete in the cycling, it felt good running along the Esplanade and I really enjoyed it.”

All forms of cricket POPULAR Twenty/20 cricket gets into full swing in June, with the accompanying razzmatazz and barbecues making matches a great family event. There is also plenty of other limited-over evening matches, and for the purists, longer full-day matches on Saturdays and Sundays. The club’s junior teams will also be in action throughout the month. The club is keen for residents to come along and join their community cricket club. The clubhouse is opening on match days and evenings, and will also be open for key games in the Euro Championships (page 20). “We really want people to come along and enjoy the facilities at Filham Park,” says chairman Steve Ansell. “We think Ivybridge Cricket Club has lots to offer them. With under 11, 13 and 15 teams, and more and more social activities planned in the clubhouse, we think that there is plenty on offer for all the family.”

I Filham fixtures in June 1st 2nd 4th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 15th 16th 17th 17th 19th 23rd 24th 26th 27th 30th

v. Plympton (Twenty/20), 6pm 1st XI v. Kingsbridge (DCL), 2pm U/15s v. Plympton St Mary, 6pm v. Plymouth (Twenty/20), 6pm 2nd XI v. Plymouth (IV) (DCL), 2pm v. Chudleigh (SDL), 2pm U/15s v. Plymstock, 6pm v. Holbeton (Twenty/20) 6pm U/11 Eagles v Cornwood Girls, 6pm v. Cornwood (Twenty/20), 6pm 2nd XI v. Chagford (DCL), 2pm U/11 Falcons v. Plymstock, 10.30am Club XI v Plymouth Corporate Officers, 2pm U/13s v. Plymouth Mount Wise, 6pm 1st XI v. Clyst Hydon (DCL), 2pm v. Torquay (SDL), 2pm U/11 Eagles v. Yelverton Mosquitos, 6pm U/15s v. Tideford, 6pm 2nd XI v. Plympton III (DCL), 2pm


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