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Issue 009 OCTOBER 2011

Life is local

CLASS OF 2011 Photo special of the children starting school for the first time




Your views on the issues affecting the town

News from the town’s varied & vibrant groups

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month, too. Letters to the editor (page 8) start in earnest, with residents having their say on a broad range of issues in the town. Some happy occasions are celebrated on the new Family announcements page (page 18) and you will find at the back of the magazine a directory of essential information, which you can cut out and fold into a handy booklet (see below) to keep in your handbag or wallet, or by the phone. I have also expanded the What’s On calendar to include events outside the town. The magazine will remain devoted exclusively to the town area for news and features, but I appreciate that people will travel outside the town for a good show, concert or day out, therefore, you will now find dates of a wide range of events in the centre pages. I hope you enjoy reading this issue.


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sure sign that autumn is upon us is when the children start going back to school. I am sure all the parents among you still remember vividly the day your child started school – I certainly do! It is a time of many and mixed emotions – apprehension, worry, yes, but also pride as you watch as they file into class, smart and smiling (there are some tears sometimes too!) to embark on their school life. To celebrate what is a special occasion for parents, the children and the staff at our primary schools, this issue carries the first of the Class of 2011 photos (page 20), lovely class photos of some of the boys and girls who have started school for the first time this new academic year. There are some ‘new beginnings’ for the magazine this

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News Christmas invitation Letters to the editor Swimming pool plans halted The ‘forest’ foragers What’s On Events calendar More What’s On Club and groups Family announcements School reports Class of 2011 News Take better photos Sport Ivy rocks






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Have you got a story? Send it to

Group wants to boost tourism

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Masterplanning is your opportunity to influence how the town develops

A NEW GROUP is looking at

The town should attract more walkers

how Ivybridge can benefit more from tourism as a way to boost the town. The town council’s tourism group, which is chaired by deputy mayor Chris Childs, incudes representatives from the council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ivybridge Regeneration Group. Its inaugural meeting in August highlighted the need for a hotel, or hotels, in the

town, more restaurants and improved signage in the town and at the station. The group was told of exciting new developments at The Watermark, which would allow big screen entertainment more nights, and about discussions which are underway to expand and improve facilities at the leisure centre. The tourism group also set out its goal to increase the number of day visitors, weekenders and walkers coming to Ivybridge. • If you have any comments or expertise to contribute, the group would like to hear from you. Send them to the town council, marked Tourism.

Have your say on town development proposals IVYBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL and South Hams District Council are preparing a programme of community events for two proposed Ivybridge developments. Working with representatives from the local community and other key groups, the councils are assisting with the progress of the masterplans for the town centre and the area to the east of Ivybridge. Masterplanning workshops and public meetings are due to be held in November.

If you would like to find out more about the Ivybridge masterplanning process, contact your district councillors (see the free Ivybridge directory at the back of this issue for contact details), the town council on (01752) 893815 or email townclerk@ Alternatively, contact the South Hams forward planning team on (01803) 861202 or email forward.planning

Library hours are cut AS REPORTED in the August issue of The Ivybridge magazine, the opening hours of the town’s library are being reduced from October. The new times, which come into effect from Monday, 3 October, see the library opening 30 minutes earlier in the mornings, but it will be closed all day on Wednesdays and

will shut an hour earlier on Mondays and Thursdays. The changes, which are part of Devon County Council cost-cutting plans, have been made after a study of when people preferred to use the library. See the free Ivybridge directory for the library’s new opening times October 2011 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE



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A Christmas invitation from the mayor LAST YEAR, for the first time, the town council hosted a Christmas Day event in The Watermark for elderly people and for those who would otherwise be on their own on this special day. The event was magnificently supported, with over 50 guests treated to entertainment and a mouth-watering festive lunch, and volunteer hosts appointed to each table to ensure that everyone was looked after royally. All the guests had a marvellous time and we were truly touched by the lovely letters and cards of thanks received. Having witnessed the genuine enjoyment of our guests there was no way we could let that event be just a one-off. Therefore, it’s my absolute pleasure to extend the Town Council’s warm invitation to those who are elderly and alone to spend their Christmas Day at The Watermark. We will again, of course, need the help of the wonderful community here in Ivybridge to ensure this year’s event is as special as before – businesses may like to make donations or individuals or groups might like to consider volunteering on the day to help with serving our guests, giving lifts etc. Similarly, if you are a musician or other performer you may wish to give of your time on the day to entertain our guests. If you or someone you know is dreading the thought of a solo Christmas Day then please do get in touch. To book a place contact the Town Hall on (01752) 893815. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss how you could contribute to this really worthwhile event please contact the Town Hall and ask to speak with either Sue or Dawn. 6


Happy first birthday for popular shop LIME SQUARE Gallery and Giftware in Glanvilles Mill celebrates its first anniversary this October. To mark its first year of trading, and to thank everyone for their support, they are running a special draw during the month. Customers will get a free draw ticket for every purchase over £10 during October 2011, and on 1 November the draw will be made to see who has won a specially-commissioned piece of fused glass of Ivybridge (or £25 in vouchers). For Mark and Jan, owners of Lime Square, the venture (or even adventure) was a bit of a step into the unknown but they both had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish and believe they are someway to achieving it. “We would never have guessed a year ago we would be celebrating our first year of business but here we are and what a year it has been.” Mark says: “Since the doors opened, there is not a day that goes by when someone doesn’t make a positive, complimentary remark. From the ‘wow, what beautiful and unusual things you have’ to ‘what a bright, uncluttered and airy space’.”

Word has also spread about what Lime Square has to offer and it attracts customers from Plympton, Plymstock and Plymouth, to name a few places. Mark and Jan are constantly looking for new and unusual items and, as regular customers and passersby will know, they frequently change the window display to show off the latest additions. The exhibitions are regularly changed, too, which adds to the constant development and updating of what Lime Square has to offer.

NEW WALK LEAFLETS Revised self-guided walk leaflets for Ivybridge are now available. They come in a handy pack of four comprising the Town Trail, Longtimber Woods and the River Erme, Henlake Down and Western Beacon – a total of 15 miles of beautiful and inspiring walks focusing on local history and buildings, ecology, moorland, river and woodland scenery, and superb views. They are available from The Watermark priced at only £2.50.




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Have your say Letters to the editor is an open forum for you, the reader, to express your opinions. Letters can be on any subject related to the town and life in the town. • Send your letters: By email: letters@the By post: Letters, The Ivybridge magazine, 6 Claymans Pathway, Woodlands, Ivybridge PL21 9UZ Your name and address must be supplied Deadline is 12th of each month. House rules: Be concise – priority will be given to letters under 200 words. Letters may be edited. Stick to the issue(s), don’t get personal. Publication IS NOT guaranteed.

Make the parents pay Dear Editor – In response to the article in September’s issue, “Parents must take responsibility”, I find it shocking and disturbing that children of these young ages were found in this state. Having chatted about this subject with many friends, our observation is that it is more of “those with” than “those without” that cause these problems. Just take a look at the irresponsible and erratic driving that some of the teenage car owners do in the evening. This is not about unemployment or lack of things to do. They are too young to work and they have more on offer today than ever before. Some are just too lazy to take opportunities given at taxpayers’ expense and volunteers’ time. Libraries, youth



clubs, parks, after school clubs, summer clubs, Scouts, 10 Tors, Duke of Edinburgh scheme, Air Cadets, allotments, fishing lake. Or what about the moors or the beach? I have to disagree that the main cause of drinking-related problems are due to cheap alcohol. It is without a doubt that these people will still do what they do, irrespective of cost. Cheap beer? I don’t see why I can’t enjoy a beer or two at a reasonable price without feeling guilt that I’ve somehow contributed to the actions of some reprobate or the collapse of someone’s marriage because they’ve beaten up their family, or that our town has become littered and vandalised. Could we not make the parents pay for the wrongdoing of their children? That would be good. Seeing parents clean up the mess by doing community service in their neighbourhood, in a bright tabard with “my children misbehave” blazened across it. Oh, the very thought... Name and address withheld on request

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the police spent less time ‘getting to know them’ and more time apprehending them for their actions. If police officers claim that the perpetrators of criminal acts are ‘known to them’, doesn’t this suggest that they haven’t dealt with them properly in the first place? Andrew K Cleeve Drive

would definitely use it, and imaginative, practical ways to allow these people, who, afterall, are in the vicinity of the the town centre, to know what the town offers and easy access to them. But I suppose knee-jerk, big business bashing was so much easier. Christina Rae, by email

Super-fast broadband?

Dear Editor – Parts of Filham Park, a wonderful community amenity, have been damaged, all for the sake of a three-day music event which probably attracts more people from outside the town than within it. Who is paying to put the damage right? And should one of our public spaces be sacrificed like this? Barry Walsh by email

Is it worth it?

Dear Editor – It was interesting to read in September’s Ivybridge Magazine about the new super-fast broadband coming to the town. I really hope the ‘up to’ in the promised ‘speeds up to 40Mb/sec’ becomes a term broadband providers are prevented from using. I pay BT for ‘up-to 8Mb/sec’ but rarely get anywhere near that. Shouldn’t they be made to use the phrase ‘at least’ Dear Editor – Is The Waterinstead? Mike McLoughlin mark in danger of becom2 Claymans Pathway ing a white elephant? It still doesn’t pay its own way, yet who knows what is coming up? The marketing of events is pathetic. Its ‘What’s On’ leaflet seems to sit in bundles in the inDear Editor – What hap- formation centre rather Dear Editor – The Mayor’s pened to the horrors that than be sent to residents. report on his experience of were predicted to be inAnd who decides what is a night on the beat with flicted on shops in the town held? Have residents ever the police (Parents must when the new Tesco Ex- been asked what they take responsibility – Sept press opened?. Shops would like to see? issue) contained an inter- would close en mass, apThe Watermark should esting line, ‘Most of these parently, as the big, bad be the hub of our commuyouths were known to monster sucked all busi- nity, buzzing with activity them (the police)’. ness away from local shops. every day and night. This suggests that these It hasn’t quite turned out It is clear that those inare not one-off incidents like that, has it? What a volved with it at the mobut that the individuals in- shame that, when this ment cannot make this volved engage in this type store was proposed, there happen, but will change of behaviour regularly. wasn’t a more grown-up re- happen before it’s too late? If this is the case, per- action, one which recogCliff P haps it would be better if nised that consumers Holman Way

Are the police doing enough?

Watermark a white elephant?

The monster that didn’t bite

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Wh your vie at’s swimm w on the ing poo l?

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PLANS FOR a new swimming pool in Ivybridge have been abandoned by South Hams District Council (SHDC). The need for better swimming facilities in the town was identified by SHDC’s own district-wide swim study in April 2008, which recommended the provision of a six lane, 25 metre pool. But following the consideration of a report on the leisure centre and swimming pool at a recent meeting, and citing the current financial situation, SHDC has now abandoned the quest for an improved swimming pool. Following its 2008 study, the council had allocated £1million in its capital budget towards the provision of a new pool, but the balance of £1.5 million had to be raised through other avenues. As this additional money could not be raised, the plans never left the drawing board. The meeting did recognise, however, that the leisure centre needed considerable investment to meet the needs of the community. The executive decided to retain the current capital allocation of £1million as a financial contribution to support an alternative proposal to enhance the

No new pool for our town

leisure facility at Ivybridge. It will authorise the development of a new proposal to be formulated in partnership with Tone Leisure and submitted to a future meeting of the executive for approval, and will review other possible opportunities that may emerge following the outcome of the Ivybridge Masterplanning process this autumn. One town resident and keen swimmer, who wished not to be named, said: “The current pool fa-

Eden for St Johns AN IVYBRIDGE woman is running the Eden Project Marathon to raise money for St Johns Church. Patricia Stringer, who has only been running for two years, will tackle her first marathon on 9 October at the famous biomes. If you would like to sponsor Patricia, you can do so using the sponsorship form at the back of St Johns Church. 10


cility is pretty poor and completely inadequate for a town of this size. Perhaps if the council had shown more urgency at the time its own report said the town needed a better pool, they wouldn’t have had the convenience of the current financial situation to drop the plans.” South Hams District Council said that, by committing £1million to improving the overall leisure facility, it clearly has an ongoing commitment to leisure services in Ivybridge.

Winter weather volunteers wanted THE RECENT severe winters have highlighted just how poorly prepared the town was to deal with adverse winter weather. To try and change this, the town council has signed up to a community self-help initiative with Devon County Council (DCC). It is designed to help people work together in preparing for, and coping with, winter weather. A first step has been the appoint-

ment of two snow wardens, Cllr Dave Gray-Taylor and council groundsman Andy Harman-Taylor, who are now keen to recruit a team of volunteers. If you are interested, contact the town hall on (01752) 893815 or email your details to deptown Relevant training will be provided and volunteers will be covered by DCC’s Public Liability insurance cover.




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The ‘forest’ foragers


ids, and kids-at-heart, turned into intrepid explorers when they set off in Longtimber Woods for the PL:21 Forest School. The group braved lashing rain as they started the day with a leaf identification walk, where the youngsters discovered and named a wide range of tree species. Other notable finds were a pigeon egg shell, a badger skull, various fungi and a number of edible plants. On arrival at base camp, a number of temporary shelters were hastily erected, using rope and tarps. The group quickly found shelter and tucked into biscuits and snacks. They also enjoyed reading Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson, under their cosy shelters and talked about the many uses of wood and sticks. They cre-

Due to the success of the Forest School days more are planned for the October half-term. ated their own stick people, which came in many shapes and sizes, by whittling a space for faces and then dressing them with recycled materials, sourced from the Plymouth Play Association. The kids (and grown ups, too) showed great imagination and creativity to create a diverse community of stick people. As the rain steadily got heavier, it was time to warm up. Using the Kelly kettle, they toasted marshmallows, which were described as “delicious, yummy and amazing”. They heated water to make a much-needed hot chocolate and the children hunted for plums that had been hidden in the woods. The group then put their hot chocolate 12



October events: cups to good use by creating magic potions on the return journey to the viaduct. The youngsters found various water sources and explored them as they collected different natural colours and textures for their potions. Names were created for spells and then poured onto the trees with a magic wish for the future... let’s hope some of the wishes come true and that these young people create paths to help us sustain our woodlands for future generations to come.

Tues 4th: 3rd Local Food Forum - Thornham Bridge, Ermington, 2-5pm. Fri 21st: Film - The End of Suburbia. Chapel Place. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Suggested donation £3, concs £2. Thu 27th: Autumn Fun In The Forest – Positive Learning, Longtimber Woods, 10am-2pm.




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What’s on

IN OCTOBER Larger-than-life politician, novelist and TV celebrity Ann Widdecombe delights audiences across the land with her witty and controversial speeches. Now she brings her show to The Watermark on Monday, 10 October, in a special performance in aid of the Friends of Ivybridge Library. All tickets: £6

Autumn glory at garden opening Enjoy a riot of autumnal colour at Lukesland Gardens when it opens its 24 acres of exceptional gardens by a tumbling Dartmoor stream between 16 October and 13 November. The gardens will be open Sundays and Wednesdays from 11am until 4pm. Dogs are welcome on a lead and there will be a children’s trail. Parking is free. After a relaxing stroll around Ivybridge’s best kept secret you can enjoy home-made soup and cakes in the tea room. FIND OUT MORE: (01752) 691749 Send details of your event(s) to editor@the by the 12th of the preceding month

For details of more events, including films in October at The Watermark, see page 16

Concert and supper evening One of Britain’s leading violinists will be giving a recital of works by Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Smetena at a special evening at Lukesland House, Harford, Ivybridge. Gina McCormack, accompanied on piano by Nigel Clayton, will be performing on Thursday, 6 October from 7.30pm.. The concert will be followed by a delicious buffet supper with wine. Tickets cost £27.50 and pre-booking essential on (01752) 893390. All proceeds will go to St Petroc’s Church, Harford.

Talk by leading gardener The head gardener at one of England’s leading gardens, Exbury Gardens, is giving a talk at Lukesland, Harford, Ivybridge, on Wednesday, 12 October, at 7.30pm. John Anderson has been head gardener at one of Ireland’s leading gardens (Mount Usher), one of Scotland’s leading gardens (Inverewe), and now one of England’s leading gardens. A larger-than-life Irishmen, he will give an illustrated talk on the three gardens and take questions afterwards. Tickets are £10 and includes a glass of wine and nibbles. Pre-booking is essential from Robert Howell (01752) 896011. In aid of Harford Church and The Gardeners Royal Benevolent Fund.

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Spellbound – An exhibition of paintings Earth, Sea and Sky of the South West Peninsula – Heidi Koenig and Amanda Pellatt. Until 16 October 2011, Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, Princetown.

1 Saturday Morning Market, outside of The Watermark, 9am – 12.30pm.

3 Meeting of Ivybridge Town Council, including public participation session, 7pm, The Watermark.

4 PL:21 Local Food Forum 2-5pm, at Thornham Bridge, Ermington. Meeting of Town Council Planning & Infrastructure Committee, 7pm, including public participation session, Town Hall. Ivybridge & District Camera Club meeting, 7.30pm, New Hall, Bittaford. Talk “An evening with Sheila Haycox & John Perriam”.

5 Ivybridge Theatre Company, 7.30pm, Chapel Place.

What’s On previews for October can be found on page 13





Fungus Foray, Plymbridge and the Upper Plym Devon. Meet at Plym Bridge, grid ref SX 524 585. Times:1-3pm, adults £4, child £2. Booking advisable: 01752 341377.

The Dartmoor Challenge, Keep Fit and Support Marie Curie Nurses! Marie Curie Cancer Care annual 13-mile trek over Dartmoor. Details from Matt Carruthers on 01884 703536.

Goose Fair, Tavistock. Film – Senna (12A), 7.30pm, The Watermark. Tickets £4.50, £3.50 concessions.

Live @ The Watermark Jackie Oates Band, 8pm.


Plymouth Eco Business Fayre National Marine Aquarium. Free to attend.

Live Event - Ann Widdecombe, 7.30pm, The Watermark. See page 13 for details.

8 Saturday Morning Market, outside of The Watermark, 9am – 12.30pm. Haytor Hoppa Dartmoor evening excursion 4, Dartmoor Legends. Must be booked in advance – call (01822) 890414, /vi-haytorhoppa Black Ivy Mysteries present a 1920’s Murder Mystery at The Glazebrook Hotel, South Brent. 7pm. Arthritis Research UK – Concert Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir St Petroc’s Church, South Brent 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Contact Liz Hoare 01364 72561 or

9 PDSA WALKIES - sponsored walk in aid of Plymouth PDSA Pet Hospital Appeal, Central Park, Plymouth. Starts at 11am. Tel 01752 229619/ 07766420335.


11 Betty’s Memory Café, Ivybridge Methodist Church, 2-4pm. Ivybridge Flower Club AGM, 7.30pm, The Watermark. Ivybridge & District Camera Club Meeting, 7.30pm, New Hall, Bittaford. 4th Merit Competition.

12 Pentillie Castle & Estate Concert, The Story of the Harp, Fiona Moore & Elizabeth Jane Baldry, 6.30pm wine and canapes, 7.30pm concert. Details: tel 01752 845804 or email One-day drawing and colour pencil workshop (10am – 4pm), Ivybridge Town Hall. Cost £37.50. Spaces are limited so strictly first come, first served basis. Tel 01752 893852. Ivybridge Theatre Company, 7.30pm, Chapel Place.

14 U3A Meeting, 2pm, Ivybridge Methodist Church, AGM with celebrity guest speaker Adam Hart-Davis. Crohns & Colitis Red Hot Quiz and Curry Night, 7.30-10pm, Chaddlewood Community Centre, Plympton. Tel 0845 130 6802 for details.

15 Saturday Morning Market, outside of The Watermark, 9am – 12.30pm.

16 Lukesland Gardens, Harford, autumn openings: Suns and Weds 11am to 4pm until 13 November. Contact 01752 691749 or Plymouth Jazz Club, The Survivors Jazz Band. Charity concert in aid of British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. Admission £8. Jazz at the Matchroom, 12 Newnham Rd, Colebrook, call 01752 774343

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NWR South-West Area Day Conference, 9:30am to 4pm, The Watermark.

Dartmouth Food Festival, until Sunday.

Film – Potiche (15), 7.30pm, The Watermark.


Ivybridge Garden Association, 7.45pm, Methodist Church Hall.

Horticulture for Hardy Perennials, (Autumn 8 sessions – Stage 1), 9.30am-12noon, Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Woolwell. Telephone Yvonne on 01752 666265.

18 Meeting of Town Council Planning & Infrastructure Committee, 7pm, including public participation session, Town Hall. Ivybridge & District Camera Club Meeting, 7.30pm, New Hall, Bittaford. Four-way interclub digitally projected image battle.

19 Learn to Sing – free 7week course for men at Evangelical Church, Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1PG. Details: tel: 01548 856528 email: Ivybridge Theatre Company, 7.30pm, Chapel Place.

20 Film – Submarine (15), 7.30pm, The Watermark.

Saturday Morning Market, outside of The Watermark, 9am – 12.30pm. Gem n Bead Show, Newton Abbot Racecourse, 10am-5pm (and Sunday 23 10am-4pm). Plym Head to Saltram, Plymbridge and the Upper Plym Devon. Meet at the Scout Hut at Gutter Tor - SX 579 674. Booking essential: 01752 341377. Devon Hedge Week 2011, Saturday 22 to Sunday 30. Details: uk/hedge-week.htm


29 Saturday Morning Market, outside of The Watermark, 9am – 12.30pm. Spooky Halloween Evening, 4pm to 7pm, Village Hall, Cornwood. Details: Janet Milligan 837566 or Beth Littlemore 837611.

Get your event in the community diary Call (01752) 892220 with the details of your event(s), alternatively, you can email information to To make sure your event is included in the diary, please supply details by the 12th of each preceding month All details believed to be correct at time of going to press Ivybridge’s best kept secret, Lukesland Gardens (below), is open this autumn – see page 13 for details

31 Hallowe’en at Saltram, Saltram, Plympton, 69pm. Adult £5, child £6.50. Booking not needed.

Haunting Halloween, 10.30 am – 1pm, The Donkey Sanctuary, Ivybridge. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Details: Contact Seamoor Children’s Centre on 01752 896356. Betty’s Memory Café, Ivybridge Methodist Church, 2-4pm. Ivybridge & District Camera Club Meeting, 7.30pm, New Hall, Bittaford. 3rd Digital Shield League.

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Folk starlet with crystal clear vocals ONE OF the key female performers in today’s Traditional English Folk scene is appearing at The Watermark this month. BBC Folk Award winner and Mojo Top Ten Album of the Year artist Jackie Oates is known for her crystal clear vocals and beautiful arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. Touring with her full band, her concert on Thursday, 6 October, forms part of the album launch tour for the hotly-anticipated fourth album, Saturnine, OCTOBER’S the follow up to awardCINEMA nominated Hyperboreans. @ The Tickets cost £13, conc Watermark £11, and they are available Films start at from The Watermark box 7.30pm Tickets: £4.50, office. conc £3.50 –––––––––––––– Thurs 13th Senna (12A) Thurs 20th Submarine (15) Thurs 27th Potiche (15)

‘Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming yet another young celebrity in the new folk scene.’ The Guardian




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A caring carol concert PLANNING IS underway for the inaugural Ivybridge Caring carol concert. To be held in the Methodist Church on Friday, 25 November, the group are hoping the concert will become an annual event. All proceeds from the event will go to the group, a charity which helps vulnerable people in the community and is manned entirely by volunteers. See next month’s magazine for more details. FIND OUT MORE: 07791 239357

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Veg growing tips for gardeners A TALK ON “growing delicious vegetables”, by Don Cockman, is the focus of the next Ivybridge Garden Association meeting on Thursday, 27 October, at the Methodist Church hall. The meeting starts at 7.45pm and there will be the usual Bloom of the Month competition, refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held. Meetings are free for members, visitors are charged £1.50. New members are always welcome. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Mrs Acheson on (01752) 894867

clubs&groups Lions looking to help THE LIONS CLUB of Ivybridge are looking for a community project that they can get involved in and help out with. It could be tree planting, helping with a person’s shopping or another kind of project. If you have a project that is in need of Lions’ help and time, please contact the Lions Club on 08458 339834 or email

Curtain goes up for Impressive imposed theatre company’s demonstration next act IVYBRIDGE THEATRE Company (ITC) returned to normal activities in September after a two-week break with play reading, social events and a get-together with members new and ‘old’ (in the best possible sense!) and all the cast of the forthcoming pantomime. Rehearsals for Snow White get underway this month so members are turning their attention to line learning; performances take place from 16-18 February 2012, at The Watermark. Black Ivy Mysteries are once again performing at the splendid Glazebrook Country House Hotel, South Brent. Tickets for the evening, which is on Saturday, 8 October, and is a 20s evening with a twist, are £25 per person and includes a sumptuous three-course meal. You will interrogate the suspects and name the guilty party. Dress for the 1920s to add to the fun. Call 01364 73322 (Glazebrook) or Ron Davis (01752) 893308. Get involved ITC meet every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Chapel Place Community Centre. In October, meetings are on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. If you have an interest in any aspect of drama, why not call in? Newcomers are very welcome and new members are joining all the time. FIND OUT MORE: ITC website is or telephone (01752) 893308

AT THEIR first meeting following the summer break, members of Ivybridge Flower Club were treated to a demonstration with a difference. Fiona Hammond, area demonstrator from Cornwall, did an imposed demo – that is, members of the club committee provide a large selection of different containers and accessories, together with a selection of fruits, flowers and foliage. Fiona arrived an hour and a half before the start of the meeting and created a fantastic display of traditional and contemporary exhibits from the items presented for her use. To arrange five or six designs, using plant materials and containers which you provide is hard enough, but to arrive at a destination, not knowing the type of materials or even how much has been provided for your use is more than somewhat daunting. • Details were confirmed for the forthcoming visit to the NAFS National Exhibition at the Riviera Centre, Torquay, on 23 September. • Next month’s meeting will be the AGM. It is on 11 October, at The Watermark, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcomed to club meetings, the cost is just £5. FIND OUT MORE: Call Hilary Newcombe 892647 October 2011 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE





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Lady Drake, Mr Baxter and Sir Francis Drake with Harry, Olivia, Josh and Jess


Aegean qualifies for Worlds

Sir Francis Drake sails into Stowford THE ELIZABETHAN ERA and culture was sat down to eat! brought to life at Stowford School when Sir Francis and Lady Drake visited Year 5 pupils. In full costume and with some authentic Tudor artefacts, they took the children back in time at the start of their new project. Sir Francis showed the children a variety of items from Tudor times, including a French sword of the kind used to dispatch Anne Boleyn, for specific use only on those with royal blood, some armour and a variety of battle swords. He explained how his dagger served not only as a weapon but also as his cutlery, although he did stress that it should be thoroughly cleaned after use in battle before you

The fascinated children then got the opportunity to handle some of the weapons and try on the armour, as well as learning some unusual facts, such as Tudor ladies wore no underwear. Sir Francis explained that we know this because a Spanish Ambassador in Elizabethan times wrote a letter home explaining how, during energetic court dances, the ladies bottoms were briefly on display. Year 5 teacher Joe Baxter said: “At the start of our new project, it provided an opportunity to allow the children to experience the Tudor period “firsthand” and they were really engaged throughout the visit. It was a fantastic way to start our topic.”

A YEAR 5 pupil from Stowford Primary School is set to represent Great Britain in the Biathle World Championships in Bulgaria at the end of September. Aegean Bramley qualified for the GB squad after finishing sixth at the National Biathle Championships, held in Manchester in August. Biathle is a combined discipline sport. For Aegean’s age group, the event starts with a 500m run, followed by a 50m swim, which can be in a swimming pool or open water, before running another 500m to the finish. Aegean took part in the National Biathle Championships along with her older brother, Travis, and her dad, who also qualified for inclusion in the GB team, so the family will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria, to compete in the World Championships on 25 September. Aegean’s dad, Mark, said: “With three of the family set to represent Great Britain, Aegean’s mum is now under severe pressure to take up the sport, although she is at present content with a managerial and supportive role!” October 2011 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE





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Methodists have new music-loving minister A SPECIAL musical service, including an orchestra performance from the various musicians within the church, welcomed the new minister to Ivybridge Methodist Church. The Rev Ralph Ward conducted his first service on Sunday, 4 September, and was officially welcomed to the church with an evening service the following Wednesday. Ralph entered the church in 1993 and has been a minister for 15 years, firstly in Lancashire and latterly for 10 years at the Methodist church in Verwood, near Wimbourne, Dorset. Before joining the church he was a professional musician, and after getting involved in Christian music he worked to promote faith and music to young people and children. Since moving to Ivybridge in August, Ralph, 51, and his wife Adele have been heartened by the extremely warm welcome they have received from the community as a whole. As well as music, Ralph’s other interests include walking, swimming and mountain biking, and he is delighted that his new surroundings will give him so many opportunities to pursue his leisure interests, especially with the moor so easily accessible.

The town’s Methodist Church has a new minister

Workshop to help grow your family tree Ivybridge Library will be holding a workshop on researching your family history, using, on Tuesday, 15 November. Contact Ivybridge Library (01752) 893140 for more information.

Cadet scheme to fire youngsters imaginations A FREE SCHEME aimed at youngsters aged 13-17 years who wish to learn about the role of a fire fighter in the community and to join a uniformed youth organisation to develop themselves has started in Ivybridge. Fire Cadets is based on the job of a fire fighter and includes using fire hoses, climbing ladders, operating fire pumps, first aid and dealing with mock emergencies. Youngsters are issued with a polo shirt and black trousers (to keep) and a replica fire fighting uniform on loan for use during training activities. The group meets at Ivybridge Fire Station every Thursday from 6.30-8.30pm. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Leigh at Ivybridge Fire Station on


THE CITIZENS Advice Bureau (CAB) has expanded its indemand drop-in service at The Watermark after receiving funding from the town council’s localism budget. Every Monday morning CAB will now be offering a two-hour drop-in service between 10am to 12 noon, as well as appointments by arrangement throughout the afternoon. The drop-in service has the flexibility to be increased to three hours if demand requires it. A drop-in session provides an initial 10 minute assessment, allowing CAB to diagnose your problem and arrange for the appropriate follow up with an experienced adviser when needed. If you need to access the CAB at other times, you can speak to a South Devonbased assessor on 08444 111 444, Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. You can also email advice@ Much advice is also available on the CAB website – www.

Day celebrates 100th anniversary of Scott’s journey to the South Pole A ONE-DAY conference, ‘Life in the Antarctic’, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Scott’s journey to the South Pole, is to be held at The Watermark on Monday, 17 October, for the South West NWR Groups. Speakers will be Paul Coslett on ‘Antarctic life in the 60s’, Dr Henry Guly on ‘medicine in Scott’s Antarctic’ and Jenny Coverack on ‘A father for my son’ (the first act of a one woman play on Kathleen Scott). The cost is £23 to include a lunchtime buffet. Contact Nicole Iles on (01752) 892462 for details. October 2011 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

CAPTURING TIME is one good way of describing what photography does. Every picture we take captures a slice of time, but even so, we don’t always have the skill to make best use of the wonderful ability our camera has to depict movement, passage of time, time of day or even the seasons. Action shots are frequently how we see time represented in our photographs; the footballer’s foot on the ball, or the splash of the diver for example. Scene modes for action shots found on many cameras optimise the settings so as to keep the shutter speed high to freeze the action. Clever cameras on scene mode also monitor subject movement and readjust the shutter speed slightly lower, in order to capture a small blur so that the subject does not look 24

like a cut-out. Many cameras have an S (or Tv) setting allowing you to decide the shutter speed, and it’s easy to experiment to find an interesting photo. But however we set the camera, for action shots the skill is frequently in pressing the shutter button at the right moment. Frustratingly, many compact cameras have an appreciable time lag between pressing the shutter and actually taking the picture, so the ‘action’ is missed! Clearly, one tip is to anticipate the action. Another tip is to pre-focus on the place the action is going to happen. Most of the shutter ‘lag’ is in achieving focus; so if you have the shutter button half pressed down already, that part of the photo-taking is already done. When you complete


the press of the shutter there will be minimal delay. Finally, if we want high shutter speeds we should ideally be looking for welllit subjects and a bright day, but if you are adventurous you may increase your ISO setting. One of the pleasing types of ‘time’ photography is when the camera records and suggests events we can’t see with our eyes. The photo above could easily be called the Mists of Time, as although the camera has recorded a point in time on a foggy Dartmoor afternoon; it has also recorded the flow of water over the rocks in a rather pleasant way that we can’t see with our eyes. The old clapper bridge also suggests an era in the mists of time when this was a pathway over the river. Slowing down time in a

photo requires a slow shutter speed; so slow that the camera must be rested on a tripod or a rock or something equally solid. You might not have a scene mode for this but ‘fireworks’ should do. Otherwise you should opt for the lowest ISO and the highest aperture number on the A (aperture priority) setting. Finally, turn off your flash – or cover it up. A bonus is that the lower the light levels the better, so foggy days (or nights) are ideal. Waterfalls are often under tree cover and that helps reduce the light level too. Autumn is with us already and misty days and earlier dusk can be wonderful times to get creative with your cameras, so don’t let me hear you say the weather is too bad to take photos, especially in this wonderful part of Devon!




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Harriers duo rise to challenge ERME VALLEY HARRIERS’ annual Beacon Challenge Race on 11 September set competitors a very challenging course covering around 7.5 miles of woodland and moorland paths, including the ascent of Western Beacon. The dry and windy conditions were much better than had been anticipated, with the forecast rain thankfully holding off. The race was won by Arran Tocknell, of Torbay AC, in a time of 53.56. The Harriers’ duo of Ben Trigg and Matt Brown ran well. Trigg was 3rd in a time of 56.57 and Brown 8th in 59.10. A 1.5 mile family fun-run through Longtimber Woods took place alongside the main race, the proceeds of which will go to St Lukes Hospice. Next The Harriers now expect a large contingent to compete in the ‘6 Moor Miles’ in readiness for the forthcoming cross-country season. A group of athletes have also entered the New Forest Half and Full Marathons.

Matt Brown on the ascent of the Beacon LEFT Ben Trigg running through knee-high water on the Beacon Challenge


RIGHT Beacon Challenge winner Arran Tocknell, of Torbay AC FAR RIGHT Runners set off up the Beacon October 2011 THE IVYBRIDGE MAGAZINE


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Internationally-recognised rockers Reef kicked off the 2011 Ivylive music festival at Filham Park with a entertaining headline set on the Friday night. Festival goers were in high spirits throughout the weekend as crowds up to 2,000 strong enjoyed a host of music, entertainment and activities. As well as the other headline acts The King Blues and Sandi Thom, local talent was showcased on a variety of stages. Groups performing included Mad Dog McCrea, The Computers, Cosmo Jarvis and The Skints. The festival attracted people of all ages, who not only enjoyed the bands but also a range of activities; the silent disco proved a very popular attraction, enabling the party to go on much later than in previous years. The three-day annual festival, now in its fourth year, was hailed a success by organisers, and police reported no issues and praised the organisation. Friday night headliners Reef

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Town councillors

Your councillors County councillor Ivybridge Town Council Town Hall, Erme Court, Leonards Road Tel: (01752) 893815 Email: townclerk@

Michael Saltern (Con) 98 Cleeve Drive Tel. 01752 896878 Mob. 07770 419431 Email: Cllr.Saltern@

• Ivybridge Central Louise Jones (Con) 8 Nirvana Close Tel. 01752 893693 Business. 01752 69811 Email: Cllr.LJones@

• Ivybridge Woodlands

District councillors

• Ivybridge Filham

David May (Con) The Beeches, Yeollands Farm Tel. 01752 698500 Mob. 07970 090 603 Email: Cllr.May@

Tony Barber (Lib Dem) Rathgar, Exeter Road Tel. 01752 892703 Email: Cllr.Barber@ Kathy Cuthbert (Con) 42 Julian Road Tel. 01752 893628 Email: Cllr.Cuthbert@

Cllr Christopher Childs Ermecote, Exeter Road Cllr Mrs Bridy Malin 28 Sumner Road, Bittaford Wood Cllr Trevor Parsons 7 Paper Makers Lane Cllr Mrs Frances Reeve 37 Mill Meadow Cllr Eric Robbins 3 Harford Road Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Silsbury 22 Brook Road

• Filham Ward

Mayor Cllr Trevor Parsons Deputy mayor Cllr Christopher Childs

Roger Croad (Con) Higher Newlands Godwell Lane Tel: (01752) 892223 Email: roger.croad@

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• Central Ward Cllr David Amphlett 39 Fernbank Avenue Cllr Phillip Dredge 34 Cole Lane Cllr Melvyn Vincent 27 Western Road • Woodlands Ward Cllr Lydia Farmer 128 Cleeve Drive Cllr David Gray-Taylor 24 Julian Road Cllr Anthony Khong 71 Trematon Drive Cllr Jim Lloyd 57 Holtwood Drive Cllr Mrs Katie Reville 39 Boringdon Park Cllr Alan Spencer 7 Claymans Pathway

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Ivybridge Health Centre ................ (24hr) 01752 690777 Highlands Health Centre ................ (24hr) 01752 897111 Derriford Casualty ..............................................0845 1558155 Plymouth Eye Infirmary ..................................01752 315125


The Watermark ....................................................01752 892220 Youth Centre ..........................................................01752 893040 Ivybridge CC ..........................................................01752 691000 ICC absence line ..................................................01752 891777 Social Services, Ivybridge ................................01752 891030 Royal British Legion............................................01752 892782 Chapel Place Community Centre................01752 894394 The Seamoor Children’s Centre ..................01752 896356 RNIB Transcription Unit ..................................01752 690092 South Hams District Council............................01803 861234 Trading Standards ..............................................01752 304580 Employment Job Centre..................................01752 336800

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Depart Plymouth to Ivybridge Plymouth Ivybridge Destination 14.06 14.21 Exeter (St Davids) 15.49 16.07 Exeter (St Davids) 16.38 16.53 Bristol (Temple Meads)

Ivybridge to Plymouth Until From Destination 23 Oct 30 Oct 10.09 10.08 Penzance 13.21 13.04 Plymouth 17.23 17.08 Penzance

First Great Western: 08457 000125

* Service formed of a High Speed Train. All Eastbound trains call at Totnes. Information from Ivybridge Rail Users’ Group (IRUG). Contact the group via The Watermark Information Centre on 01752 892220 or apply online at Full and mini timetables are also available from The Watermark Information Centre.

Depart Plymouth to Ivybridge Plymouth Ivybridge Destination 08.06 08.21 Exeter (St Davids) 10.02 10.16* London (Paddington) 12.00 12.14* London (Paddington) 15.32 15.47 Newton Abbot 16.57 17.11* London (Paddington) 17.38 17.53 Exeter (St Davids) 18.51 19.06 Exeter (St Davids) 21.15 21.30 Exeter (St Davids)

 Sundays from 18 September until 4 December 2011

Ivybridge to Plymouth Ivybridge Destination 07.56 Penzance 09.03 Penzance 10.19 Penzance 12.08 Plymouth 13.50 Plymouth 16.47 Plymouth 17.10* Penzance 18.51 Penzance 19.11* Penzance

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Depart Plymouth to Ivybridge Plymouth Ivybridge Destination 08.06 08.21 Exeter (St Davids) 08.53 09.07* London (Paddington) 09.48 10.02* London (Paddington) 13.41 13.56 Newton Abbot 15.08 15.23 Newton Abbot 16.57 17.12* London (Paddington) 17.45 18.01 Exeter (St Davids) 18.44 18.59 Exeter (St Davids) 21.25 21.40 Exeter (St Davids)

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Ivybridge to Plymouth Ivybridge Destination 07.59 Penzance 09.05 Penzance 10.27 Penzance 12.26 Plymouth 15.19 Plymouth 16.28 Liskeard 17.21 Plymouth 19.12* Penzance 23.11* Plymouth

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The Ivybridge magazine - October 2011  

The community maagzine for Ivybridge, packed with news, features, events, school reports and more