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…to our October-November issue! This is the season of mellow fruitfulness with the evenings beginning to draw in and the trees taking on their autumn hues. It’s a good time to get out and visit a foodie festival such as Cockington’s Apple Day or Dartmouth’s Food Festival. It’s also a time to take stock and make some fun plans. Always wanted to sail a glamorous yacht? Look no further – we tell you how with our Start Yachting article. Not played tennis for years? We’ll inspire you with our Give it a Go! Tennis feature. We also bring you a huge roundup of events including the arts, a bracing autumn walk and some great theatre performances. In this issue we meet South Devon College’s Adele Dawson and quiz Wollen Michelmore’s Chris Hart on his recent return from the Olympics at Rio. We’ve also got all the latest local news snippets in our Openers, Social Diary and Business pages. Please keep sending us your news, photos and story ideas to editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We always enjoy attending receptions and all kinds of events, so please feel free to invite us along if you’d like your event featured.

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In this issue October/November 2016


12 Meeting Chris Hart

6 Openers

Local news snippets

12 Chris Hart

Wollen Michelmore’s Chief Executive

18 Adele Dawson Education for all!

25 Heritage - Elizabeth Barrett Browning Convalescing in Torquay

28 Start Yachting

Sailing into the sunset

28 Get Your Bearings

36 Give It A Go - Tennis

Game, set and match at Torquay Tennis Club

41 Hoopers Autumn/Winter Fashion Show Meet the 2016 Face of Hoopers winners

44 Dartmouth Food Festival Foodie fun over the river

50 Food News

Local foodie events and eating out guide

52 Walk

Decoy to Abbotskerswell

44 Dartmouth Food Festival

54 What’s On

Our pick of autumn and Hallowe’en events

64 Arts News

Creative events around the Bay

66 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

69 Gardening

Lis Wallace’s green-fingered column

72 Social Diary

Local people at local events

78 Charity and Volunteering

The Torbay Community Development Trust

80 Business Breaks

Local business news in brief

82 The Briefing

Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore

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Surf-Fitness Waves Leisure Pool at Torquay’s Riviera Centre has a popular new Surf-Fit class offering a fun, new way to exercise. Surf-fit is a circuit-based fitness class in the wave pool, focusing on a total body workout. The class takes place in the water, so it’s low impact and therefore suitable for all fitness levels (over 16s). It incorporates water resistance, paddleboards and weights all aimed at improving balance, strength and endurance. Jon Sims, Personal Trainer at the Riviera Centre and brains behind Surf-Fit, said, “I was keen to find a new and exciting way of working out that incorporated the water sports I love and the unique qualities offered by the Waves Pool at the Riviera Centre. The simulated Waves machine was obviously my first inspiration!” o

(CCU) has reached its target in less than two years of fundraising. Recently appointed Chairman of the League, Peter Welch said, “It’s a tremendous milestone in the League’s history.” A key step in reaching the target was a contribution of £300,000 from Paignton Hospital League of Friends and there have been many imaginative community fundraising events and individual donations. The £15m project will deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art CCU with 14 beds and dedicated facilities for relatives. o

Lion Cubs

League of Friends Raises £1.6 Million Torbay Hospital League of Friends is celebrating the successful achievement of their second biggest fundraising campaign since their foundation in 1954. The ambitious This is Critical campaign to raise £1.6million for the Hospital’s new Critical Care Unit


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Paignton Zoo’s rare Asiatic lion cubs have made their public debut. Two male cubs were born in June to mother Maliya and father Lucifer. The species is officially classed as Endangered with just fifteen having been born in zoos around the world so far this year. Maliya has been tucked away caring for the cubs with her mother, Indu, who was born at Paignton Zoo and who is now a granny. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said, “We have been really pleased with how Maliya has been getting on with being a new mum - she has done a good job so far. We hope visitors to Paignton Zoo will get to see the cubs soon, but they will need to be patient – they have access to the public enclosure but Maliya may choose to keep them indoors or take them to a more private part of the paddock initially. We do have video footage of the cubs playing on site.” o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Midnight at the Oasis?

Rowcroft Hospice is encouraging adventurous fundraisers to sign up for a six-day trek across the Sahara Desert from 16-21 February 2017, to help raise vital funds for families with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon. Rowcroft’s six day Sahara trek starts and finishes in Ouarzazate, Morocco, offering the chance to climb to the peak of the Chigaga Dunes to witness a stunning sunrise, view the incredible High Atlas Mountains and sip authentic mint tea with the locals. To take part, the hospice asks that participants pay a one off, nonrefundable £199 registration fee and then agree to raise £1800 for the hospice. The extreme challenge is part of Rowcroft’s emergency fundraising appeal, which aims to raise an extra £585,000 over the next 12 months. The hospice recently announced it faces a funding shortfall and needs to reduce costs and raise additional income as

South Devon College Celebrates

South Devon College students had cause for celebration after collecting this year’s A Level results. The students worked very hard to achieve an exceptional 99% overall pass rate. There were numerous success stories throughout the College as students excelled over a range of subjects, the majority earning high A*- C grades. Principal of South Devon College, Stephen Criddle said, “Congratulations all students who have put in a huge amount of work this year and who are progressing in their chosen directions

part of a three-year business plan to return the hospice to financial stability. More information at: rowcrofthospice. org/uk/challenges or contact Hayley Norrish 01803 210835 hayley.norrish@rowcroft-hospice.org.uk. o

including to higher education or great local apprenticeships. We are delighted for them.” o

Sophie Burgess, Tallulah Bird, Isobel Hughes and Emma Poole celebrate exam success

Pop Up Shop’s Birthday Torbay’s Pop Up Shop recently celebrated its first birthday. To date, Pop up the High Street has given over 30 retailers the opportunity to interact with customers on a personal, one-to-one level, receive valuable feedback and gain a better understanding of their target markets. A total of 6 have gone on to open their own shop. The project is aimed at new businesses or those without a physical presence on the high street that would like the chance to experience what it takes to become a successful retailer. In addition to the retail space, each tenant is offered free business support and advice from Business Advisor Liz Edwards whilst retailing in the Pop up Shop. Liz Edwards said, “I am extremely proud of the success of the project and look forward to working with more independent retailers across the year to help explore and realise their retail potential.” o popupthehighstreet.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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New Dance Academy Locally trained dancer Wesley Waring has opened World Wide Academy, a new performance based academy, in Torquay. Wesley’s international dance career started here in Torbay where he trained with Pamela De Waal in Paignton, following which he worked around the world for 16 years. Term started at the new World Wide Academy in September, with classes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; these include jazz, contemporary, conditioning, partner work & line dancing and are held at Pyramid Studios in Torquay. He will also be bringing West End stars to the Bay to conduct musical theatre workshops. Contact wesley_ waring@hotmail.co.uk, call 07739 584 496 or find World Wide Academy on Facebook. o

Tiger Cub Debut

Paignton Zoo’s rare Sumatran tiger cub has made his public debut. Paignton Zoo Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said, “Shakira is being an attentive mother and at first she may choose to take the cub to the far end of the paddock for some privacy, but no doubt when she carries it about or it ventures away from her side, visitors will get some good views. There are also screens showing video footage at the tiger viewing area and in the main entrance hall.” This is the first tiger cub born at Paignton Zoo since 2009. Mother Shakira gave birth to three cubs on 31 May. Sadly, two subsequently died. The new tiger cub had the same routine check-up as a domestic kitten and received the same vaccinations – but at around 10 weeks old this cub is the size of a large domestic cat and destined to get much, much bigger. He could be a handful for even the most experienced of animal keepers. o

Challenging Adversity

Dudley Rae and Josh Trebilcock were at Torquay Museum to promote their 3,000-mile fundraising journey across 12 countries in the 2016 Motoscape car rally. Dudley has suffered a brain tumour, which has left him severely visually impaired. In spite of this he will be navigating the whole trip for driver Josh in a bid to prove that people with disabilities can still undertake worthwhile challenges. He is also raising funds and awareness for the Think Amy driver safety campaign, the Royal Marines Association and Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. o vikingwarriors.co.uk

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Chris Hart

Professional Problem Solver Chris Hart has just celebrated 30 years at Devon-wide law firm Wollen Michelmore where he is now Chief Executive. He’s also just returned from the Olympics at Rio where he was an arbitrator and met members of Team GB. Anita Newcombe meets Chris to find out more.


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five years of funding for the promotion of the Bay as a am meeting Chris at Wollen Michelmore’s offices desirable destination to visit. at The Terrace overlooking the harbour in Torquay Chris has also been a long-term advocate for Torbay’s and am keen to hear about his recent trip to the Rio new link road and was Vice Chair of the Pro-Bypass Olympics where he was working with a team of official Campaign Committee, which was founded by the arbitrators. Chris had also performed the same role at Sochi and London and whilst I couldn’t get the lowdown Chair Ian Handford with initial support and funding from the Federation of Small Businesses. Chris tells me, on any of the disputes from him (confidential), he did “The committee was an absolute catalyst for keeping enthuse about the success of Team GB. Arbitrators the long-awaited road scheme on the political agenda. at the games are accredited and can enjoy access to all We attended countless meetings with politicians and the sporting venues. He tells me, “The atmosphere in ministers over the years trying to harness the various the velodrome was electric and the GB Cycling Team different agendas they had adopted on transport policy.” were just amazing.” Chris also got to watch some of In the end, the coalition government approved the the diving, swimming, hockey and triathlon and saw scheme with Devon County Council, Torbay Council Mo Farah win both his gold medals – tough work and former local MP Adrian Sanders all playing a big obviously. He says, “As an event it’s just extraordinary. part. Overall it was more than 50 years in the coming It’s difficult to appreciate the scale of the event without but is finally here. Chris says, “The new road does help understanding the logistics behind its organisation.” business to flourish and has improved the reputation Chris explains that the Olympics work does have a of the Bay, which was regarded as big element of pure enjoyment to it “We encourage all our people difficult to reach. It has removed but, as a firm, Wollen Michelmore to get involved in supporting the uncertainty over travel times has always been very supportive of their partners taking up interesting community organisations. The and makes Torbay just a few opportunities and playing a key key to being a good lawyer is minutes drive from Newton Abbot role in their communities. He says, being approachable and a good and the A380.” Chris believes that we now “We encourage all our people to get communicator.” need to get on with some more of involved in supporting community the big projects that are waiting in the wings to move organisations. The key to being a good lawyer is being forward. He says, “I know that we’ve had the brilliant approachable and a good communicator.” Most of the Abbey Sands development and the restoration of the partners have links to local organisations, charities or banjo on Torquay Seafront but now we need to get on educational establishments. with redevelopment of the Pavilion, Torwood Street and As Chief Executive with responsibility for the Oldway Mansion. strategic direction and finances of the firm, Chris does He explains that with the new road we need to focus less ‘fee earning’ than before, concentrating mainly on on becoming the ‘coastal playground’ for visitors from some corporate work and the licensing activities where Exeter and the West Country. He tells me, “We’ve got he has a strong reputation as one of the region’s real spectacular scenery, wonderful attractions, great food specialists. He was originally a litigation lawyer but and drink, beaches, restaurants, theatres and historic with his other responsibilities, can’t undertake longproperties. We need to keep up the momentum and running cases these days. attract new day and weekend visitors.” Chris doesn’t Even though the legal world may have modernised think that long-staying visitors will reap the benefits as over the years, from the scratching of a quill to much but the new road should definitely be a magnet electronic communications, good client and community for the short stay market. This offers a huge opportunity relationships have always been the key to success. for local businesses. And Chris does ‘put his money where his mouth is’ It seems that Torbay businesses are working together supporting a number of local and regional groups. For much more effectively now. The tourism sector has years he has been Chairman of the English Riviera Tourism Company and steered them through very tough certainly been more united in the last few years, having times when their budgets were being cut to zero. He has rallied around the English Riviera Tourism Company and Chris expects the new Tourism BID Company been an ardent campaigner for the tourism industry and to build on this success. However, other businesses a primer mover in the Tourism BID, which will offer englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Riviera People are also working well together and there’s lots of networking going on. Chris has been on the Executive Committee of Torbay Business Forum for a number of years. This provides a focal point for businesses in the Bay, enhancing business cooperation and undertaking lobbying of local and central government. There are monthly business networking events and the popular Pie and Ale Nights. They’ve also hosted ‘hustings’ style events on topics such as the mayoral elections and Brexit. Chris says, “The Bay is working better as a whole than it ever has. Our geography doesn’t help as travel times can be a barrier but there is much more willingness for businesses at opposite ends of the bay to work together.” However Chris doesn’t only move in business circles, he is a trustee of the Friends of South Devon College and the President of South Devon Cricket Club in Newton Abbot. Chris reveals, “I love watching but I don’t play anymore.” He’s also on the board of the Agatha Christie Festival, which in some part reflects the

It’s with some trepidation that I ask Chris if he has any time for relaxation and leisure pursuits – doesn’t sound like it! long standing links between Wollen Michelmore and the Christie family. On the legal side, Chris is also active in his role as Honorary Secretary of the Devon and Somerset Law Society and a past President of the Devon and Exeter Law Society. In March 2016 he was awarded the Leader/Law Manager of the Year at the inaugural Devon and Somerset Law Society awards and he is the immediate past Chair of the Law Society’s Law Management Section. I ask Chris what the best thing about his work is and he says, “I love seeing the real growth in our practice and the day-to-day variety makes life interesting.” He tells me that the job presents many challenges but understanding your client and creating a good relationship is absolutely key to the firm’s success. It’s with some trepidation that I ask Chris if he has any time for relaxation and leisure pursuits – doesn’t sound like it! However, surprisingly, he confesses to a keen love of philately and recently hosted an event to launch a special anniversary set of Agatha Christie stamps at the Birthday Celebrations at Torre Abbey. He also has a large aquarium and tends marine fish. These englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Riviera People are saltwater fish like the jolly, orange stripy clownfish of Finding Nemo fame. Chris lives in Newton Abbot with his wife Liz and has two children, James and Becky. James has graduated from Reading University and works for a tech firm in Bracknell and Becky is in the 6th form at Torquay Girls Grammar School. Liz and Chris enjoy travelling – especially cruising and have recently sailed around the Middle East to such exotic places as Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai. They also love Venice and the Adriatic and especially Kotor in Montenegro, which has the southernmost fjord in Europe. It’s good that Chris and his family can sometimes escape but it’s clear that Chris loves the business he’s in and genuinely cares about the local communities he serves. He says, “Technology and the pace of life is hugely different now from when I started 30 years ago –


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Did you know? • Wollen Michelmore has 5 offices in Devon • There are 16 partners • It employs 130 staff • Its turnover is £6.25 million • It’s the 5th largest law firm in the Devon/Somerset Law Society area • The firm is planning to move to the newly restyled Torwood Street in 2018

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Adele Dawson

Business Matchmaking & Studying for Everyone South Devon College Assistant Principal, Adele Dawson is getting ready for the new academic year. She has great success in creating compatible partnerships between students and local businesses. But it’s not just for youngsters – there are fascinating courses for everyone. Anita Newcombe meets up with Adele to find out more.


t is mid August when I meet up with Adele Dawson at her office in the college’s South West Energy Centre. There are no students about as it’s holiday time but Adele is still hard at work and two of her young apprentices, Ross and Sophie, greet me at the reception desk. Adele tells me that South Devon College offers its own apprenticeships as well as encouraging a wide range of local businesses to participate in the programme. She explains, “It’s very important that the education provided by our college offers what employers need. We work very hard to provide ‘demand-led’ courses, working closely with employers to assess their evolving needs and to tailor and update our content accordingly.’ And although the majority of students are 16-18 years old, there are also 600 Higher Education students doing degree courses here. These are delivered in partnership with Plymouth University. In this way, undergraduates studying at the college are enjoying an intimate university environment with small class sizes and lots of staff support whilst gaining a prestigious degree from a major university. Adele says, “I often hear, ‘What Torbay needs is a university’ - but there is one, right here in Paignton and it’s thriving!” What I hadn’t realised though is that you can get a student loan to study one of this local college’s interesting degrees at literally any age. And you don’t have to pay anything back unless you are earning more than £21,000 per year – this applies equally well to ‘oldies’ as to the youthful 18 year olds. I quite fancy the sound of the Yacht Operations foundation degree that takes place at Noss on Dart Marina and includes lots of sailing plus full Yachtmaster training, leading to career options such as Skipper, Coastal Adventure Guide, Centre Manager or Sailing Instructor. As well as the usual 18+ undergraduate intake, many students are in their 20s, 30s and some are older – all are welcomed here.


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Riviera People you’re good and ready. But how did she acquire the Adele says, “It’s never too late to study and there are French to enable her to study in that language I wonder? lots of part time options to choose from too.” In fact the She tells me, “I picked it up as a youngster camping college has a very large number of part-time students and regularly with my parents in Brittany and then I had some you can study very flexibly to suit your personal agenda extended holidays in Paris too.” and lifestyle. Adele’s son Louis was 6 at the time she was taking her Other foundation degree courses you can take include: degree in France and she sent Law, Marine Science, History him to a local primary school with English, Psychology with South Devon College by Numbers over there. Adele remembers, Sociology, Sport & Exercise 150 staff in Adele’s department “He started in September Science, Digital Marketing, 720 staff overall and was fluent by Christmas Criminology & Psychology, 2700 Full Time Students (16-18 year olds) – it was real immersion with Tourism Hospitality & 8,000 Part Time Students intensive study of the French Events Management, Film & 600 Higher Education Students language.” Photography and Adventure On her return from France, leadership. You can also do Adele worked in an economic regeneration consultancy full honours degrees and these include: Healthcare Practice, in London for 3 years but her son Louis was now 11 years Child Development & Education, Extended Science and old and she felt that his education was likely to thrive Digital & Technology Solutions. more in Devon than in Hackney. So she ‘upped sticks’ Adele tells me that she didn’t become an undergraduate and moved, getting a job at City College Plymouth where herself until she was 28 years old. She did a European she worked on projects with local employers. Moving on Business degree, spending 2 years at Middlesex Polytechnic to Exeter University, she became Continuing Professional in London and a further 2 years studying in the French Development Officer and developed a highly structured, language at the Centre des Etudes de Commerce in Reims modular, Masters in Professional Development programme in France, coming away with a 4-year joint award. So she’s that is still running today. a great example of the right time to study being when Adele with apprentice Ross Pople


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Riviera People Adele has been a member of the Senior Management Team at South Devon College for 11 years and in addition to her cross college responsibility for partnerships, also oversees about a quarter of the overall curriculum that the college offers. She is Head of a very big section including Business Advantage, Professional Programmes, Construction, Hospitality and Tourism. The academic year starts in September with 1500 students to induct – a huge task. At this time Adele and her team can be found grappling with the logistics of all the new timetables and problem solving all the issues that arise when settling in the newcomers. Adele was also project champion for the new South Devon University Technical College in Newton Abbot, a new engineering and science school for 14-19 year olds that offers specialist programmes alongside traditional subjects such as English and Maths. It is run in partnership with Exeter University and South Devon College. She tells me that the vision came from Anne-Marie Morris MP for Newton Abbot but Adele wrote the funding application, which secured the £10 million funding to build the college. She took on the role of Project Manager working closely with the construction company and then going on to help recruit the Principal Ian Crews and the senior team. She says, “I’m really proud of that – it’s a fantastic legacy for Newton Abbot.” In fact it only took 2.5 years from the time of the funding application until the college opened – an amazing achievement. Adele is also rightly proud of two other projects she championed (although I’m sure there are many more). One is the Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy, which trains chefs and hospitality experts and is now an important part of the college’s Hospitality Department. She tells me, “I really admire Mitch – he has been a huge support to us and he has a great vision for promoting our area as Britain’s Seafood Coast.” The second project, hot off the press, is the new ‘Step

In, Step Up’ project, which launches in September and is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board and run in partnership with Midas, Kier and ISG. It involves 12 months of intense work placements and training towards a career in construction, especially for those who may be stuck in jobs where they can’t progress any further. Adele explains that the construction sector always has a skills gap. She says, “It’s not just the ‘biblical trades’ – there are lots of roles in administration, surveying and more. 26% of women are expected to work in the construction industry by 2020 and 230,000 well-paid new jobs are expected to become available in the next 5 years, particularly for quantity surveyors. When not working at the college and in the community, Adele spends lots of time with her 86-year-old mother Betty, who she adores. She enjoys visiting her son Louis who lives in London, has just got married and works in PR. Adele also has a Californian boyfriend who she met on a whale-watching trip in California and now manages a very successful long-distance relationship. She’s a serious hiker, enjoying long walks across Dartmoor and along the South West Coast Path. She also loves food, telling me “Food in Devon is absolutely fantastic.” Her favourite restaurants are the Seahorse in Dartmouth, The Oyster Shack in Bigbury and Number 7 Fish Bistro in Torquay. When she first left London she missed art galleries, classical music events and opera and now often attends events at Dartington. Reading is a great love and Adele enjoys novels such as the My Brilliant Friend series and Donna Tarte’s The Goldfinch. Adele describes herself as “a glass half-full kind of person with a can-do attitude.” She finds South Devon College an exceptionally supportive environment where people are not afraid to try new ideas and take some risks. She says, “This is quite unusual in a big organisation – there’s no blame culture and everyone works hard. I’ve never worked within such a great team and that’s why I’ve stayed for 11 years.”o

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Benefits of Torquay’s Sea Air Torbay Civic Society’s Ian Handford explores the story behind Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s lengthy convalescence in Torquay that led in 1988 to a Blue Plaque being unveiled in her memory at No. 1, Victoria Parade.


where Aunt and Uncle Hedley lived with their three ragedy is rarely a lifelong experience and yet for children at The Braddons on Braddons Hill in Torquay. Elizabeth Barrett tragedy seemed her destiny Having an income through successful writing and with until, at age forty, love and contentment were inherited money, Elizabeth moved the whole family to triumphant. Elizabeth Moulton Barrett was born at Torquay in order to convalesce. Coxhole Hall Durham on March 6th 1806, the first of Aged 32 with her sister Henrietta, brothers George twelve children. For such a large family to be wealthy was and Edward and her servants in tow, they left London unusual but owning sugar plantations in Jamaica made for Plymouth in August 1838. After two nights in them rich. Devonport, a coastal steamer brought them to Torquay Elizabeth in modern parlance was ‘a tomboy’ and by where they planned to spend the winter months. They age fourteen her sporting prowess was legendary. Sadly, actually remained in Torquay for three years. Initially, they her first tragedy came because of this enthusiasm when boarded at Aunt Jane’s and Uncle John’s until Elizabeth she was thrown from a horse and incurred a major spinal moved everyone to No 3, Beacon Terrace, a residence injury that damaged her left lung. This haemorrhaged, offering better views and balconies leaving her forever with restricted Having an income through near the harbour. In a letter to a breathing and eventually a weakened successful writing and with dear friend in London, we learn, heart. “in just a few days we are to move She was able to write from the inherited money, Elizabeth to Number 1 of this Terrace, and age of five and had a commanding moved the whole family to intellect which was rewarded by her Torquay in order to convalesce there won’t be too much risk for me in the removal for so short a father Edward who would pass her an distance, for my brother means to fold me up in a cloak envelope simply addressed, “To Elizabeth – a future poet and carry me there.” Laureate” and enclosing a ten shilling note. She would The move from No 3 to No 1 for the Barretts and actually never achieve this literary honour in spite of Hedleys proved very successful, as the rent was less. The many contemporaries believing her worthy. property today is known as Hotel Regina. In 1839 her Already in poor health, Elizabeth witnessed her widowed father Edward brought many other members of mother dying leaving her weaker and a reclusive teenager. the family to Torquay, bringing joy to Elizabeth, until she Doctors prescribed ever-larger quantities of digitalis and learned he wished to get brother Edward involved in the opium and although she survived on coffee and brandy estates in Jamaica. and would work long into the night, she suffered from For a while life was normal although Elizabeth spent insomnia. Her next tragedy was a burst blood vessel most of her time in a small upstairs room. She thrived on leading to her doctors stating she could not survive a the stories brought in by her brothers, now immersed in further winter in the capital due to the poor air quality, the joys of social activities in Torquay. inadequate sanitation and the suspect water supply of When her poem “Crown and Wedded,” dedicated to London. Fortunately the Barretts had relatives in Devon,


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Heritage the Royal Wedding of Victoria to her cousin Albert, was published in 1840, many thought Elizabeth deserved to be made Poet Laureate. But now fate intervened as tragic news confirmed her younger brother Sam had died of yellow fever in Jamaica. Worse was to follow. Her kindred spirit, brother Edward, who had remained in Torquay, was drowned in our bay. With three friends, he had set out for a day at sea on the vessel La Belle Sauvage and all had been lost. His body was discovered washed up on Thatcher Rock; today he lies in an unmarked grave in Torre Churchyard. In November that year, William Wordsworth came to ask Elizabeth to help him modernise Chaucer’s published works, which became the turning point in her tragic life. That year, Christmas was memorable as most of the family were with her including Charles and Octavius who were back from the West Indies. With the Wordsworth commission complete, her long convalescence was nearing its end and in September 1841 the group all returned to Wimpole Street London. Elizabeth now read and approved a poem entitled Lady Geraldine’s Courtship written by an aspiring poet, one Robert Browning. He visited the invalid Elizabeth 91 times and sent her no less than 600 letters before, against the wishes of her beloved father, she accepted his proposal of marriage. In accepting his proposal, more tragedy, her obsessive father disinherited her.


The couple married at Marylebone Church on September 12th 1846 and after leaving England, travelled across France to Robert’s favourite country, Italy. Few friends expected Elizabeth to survive the journey but life she said, was to be lived not missed. Her father never contacted his daughter again and in spite of reams of letters to him he never opened any. A solicitor, decades later, having purchased Edward’s bureau, discovered the secret drawer in which the bundle of letters was hidden all unopened and outlined in black, with the wax seals intact. When Tennyson not Barrett-Browning became the next Poet Laureate it mattered little to Elizabeth, she had her new love and a life in Italy. She was pregnant four times before in 1849, three days after her forty-third birthday, she was blessed with a son, Robert Weidemann BarrettBrowning, later called simply “Pen”. One last tragedy awaited her when Italian doctors incorrectly diagnosed a chill, not her weakened heart, leading to her death on June 29th 1861. Clasped in her husband’s arms at their Florence apartment her last words but one were, “oh what a fine steamer and how comfortable” and on being asked how she was feeling she replied simply, “beautiful”. It would not be until 1988 that Torbay Civic Society unveiled its Blue Plaque at No 1 on Victoria Parade to honour Elizabeth’s stay in Torquay. o torbaycivicsociety.co.uk

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Have you ever thought that you’d like to sail off into the sunset and leave your worries behind? It may be easer than you think. Anita Newcombe travelled on a Torbay Sea School Start Yachting weekend to check out the options.


f you dream of getting afloat on a glamorous yacht and experiencing life on the ocean wave then why not give it a try? Yacht clubs in the Bay and in Kingswear and Dartmouth are very welcoming to new members, and boat owners are often looking for additional crew for both cruising and racing. You may find yourself pottering off down our beautiful coastline towards Cornwall or even get to the Isles of Scilly or France. If you hope to own a yacht in the future then it is wise to take some sailing lessons to see if life afloat is for you and to understand the world of boat ownership. One of the best places to start might be on a weekend Start Sailing course as a taster before progressing to Competent Crew and then, if you are smitten, to Day Skipper and maybe even through to Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster. Sailing can be quite addictive and provides a whole new world of escapism, fun and social activity that could totally change your life. In my quest to explore the options for would-be yacht sailors, I decide to join one of Torbay Sea School’s popular Start Sailing weekends, arriving at Brixham Marina at 6.30pm on a Friday in July. Here I meet up with our instructor Jim Mitchell and my two fellow crewmembers, Laura and Adrian. Laura is an Event Manager living in London and Adrian is a barrister and judge living in Devon; he is poised to embark on a 6 month sabbatical in which sailing is likely to play a big part. Dropping our kit bags into a handy trolley, we learn the key code to the marina facilities and gain access to the private pontoon where our yacht Nashira, a 36-foot Bavaria, is moored. Having only 3 students plus instructor aboard this good-sized yacht means that we each get our own comfortable cabin. What a joy! The facilities are great


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with fresh sheets and pillowcases, clean toilet facilities (known aboard as ‘the heads’), hot water and showers and a decent galley and fridge with easily accessible lockers for tea and coffee, snacks and food. There’s something about yachting that makes you especially hungry and we are looking forward to dinner after our welcome and safety briefing. Jim’s safety briefing is very thorough and includes precautions to take to avoid the possibility of fire, flood or gas leaks. He also runs through the programme of learning that we can expect over the weekend. We are going to learn a range of nautical terms including parts of the boat, rigging and sails. We’ll come away knowing how to tie 4 useful knots: figure of 8, round turn & 2 half hitches, bowline and oxo. We’ll practise the safe use of winches and rope clutches (or jammers) to help us control the ropes (sheets and halyards). We’ll gain an understanding of the points of sail, which is a sailing boat’s orientation in relation to wind direction, for example Close Hauled, Beam Reach, Broad Reach and the excitingly named No Go Zone. We’ll learn to steer under both sail and power and learn the rules of the road so we don’t collide with anything (or have other boat crews shaking their fists at us!). We’ll learn where to obtain suitable weather forecasts and tidal information, practise Man Overboard drills and talk about clothing, life jackets, harnesses and emergency equipment. We’ll get a basic briefing on radio use and have a go at some nifty power manoeuvring, forward and astern. Exhausted but inspired by the thought of all these new experiences to look forward to, we lazily decide to pop into town to dine instead of cooking on the yacht (although all on-board food is provided for the weekend). Jim is a member of Brixham Yacht Club so we all stroll round there for a pre-dinner drink in their delightful bar, which has the best view in the world; they have huge plate glass windows overlooking Brixham harbour, stunning at this time of day. Once refreshed, we wander down the hill to Rockfish, the seafood restaurant owned by celebrity chef and fishmonger Mitch Tonks. Again the huge windows give us astonishing views, this time over Brixham Fish Market where we can watch the fishing boats for which Brixham is renowned, plying their trade. After dinner and some post postprandial chat back on Nashira, we retire to our cabins for the night.

In the morning, after breakfast, we are on parade at 8.30am for a session on lifejackets. Jim shows us exactly how the sea school’s automatic life jackets work including a look at the automatic inflator, whistle and light that are tucked inside until they spring to life in an emergency. Jim reminds us of the adage ‘lifejackets – useless unless worn’ and explains that it is sea school policy to wear ours at all times when on deck at sea. Clip on safety lines are also issued to us and we are shown how to attach these to the webbing jackstays that run along the sides of the deck. These are useful when leaving the cockpit and are particularly important in rough weather and at night. However, as it’s great weather this weekend, calm and we’re not doing any night sailing these are not essential for now. After this initial training session we walk along the quay, into the sea school’s classroom where we watch a video on ‘Cold Water Shock,’ which gives a lot of useful background into the risks of falling into the water and the actions needed to preserve life in this situation. It is clear that health and safety is of paramount importance to all the sea school’s students. However, now having absorbed these important messages, we set off on a dry but slightly cloudy morning into Tor Bay to gain some sailing practice. After a session on knots, and how to tie up the yacht alongside, we are reassured that our instructor, Jim, has a real knack for putting people at their ease and showing us exactly what to do in a way we can easily understand. Knots are sometimes pretty hard to learn but it’s much easier when you are shown so clearly and have a chance to put your newfound skill to immediate practical use. Jim backs Nashira out of the marina and the fun begins. We learn how to start the engine, how to operate and trim the sails, how to tack and jibe and how to protect our fingers from the ropes and winches. Right on cue the wind gets up, the sun comes out and we enjoy some ‘proper sailing.’ After everyone has had a chance to practice the various crewing tasks, the wind drops, again right on cue to allow us to halt the boat, goose-wing the sails and enjoy a spot of lunch on deck. Revived by this ‘soupwich’ stop we then set sail for Dartmouth. The wind is now a fresh breeze or Force 4/5 on the famous Beaufort Wind Scale and the conditions, timings and positions are duly

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Give It A Go! Yachting however and we learn how to rig springs as well as the bow and stern warps, so that the yacht cannot move forward or back along the dock. Although once again dinner is available aboard, we all agree that we’d like to sample the delights of Dartmouth’s restaurants and hostelries. Once the yacht is secure with all lines checked and the whole boat shipshape to Jim’s satisfaction, we venture ashore and end up at the bar of the super-friendly Dartmouth Yacht Club for a couple of pre-dinner drinks. Club members come over and chat to us making us really welcome. Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC) is inexpensive to join and membership here confers use of a whole range of equipment including kayaks, sailing dinghies, paddleboards and powerboats plus regular social events and outings. In fact members were just on their way out for a club barbeque upriver, using a variety of club craft to reach the evening’s sunny spot on the riverbank. After a cold glass of Pimms, we head upstairs to Sails Restaurant for dinner with its fabulous view of the river and tasty menu. After dinner we pop into Dartmouth’s oldest pub, the Cherub for a nightcap before retiring fairly early to bed. After breakfast we cast off and head upriver to the spectacularly beautiful village of Dittisham. Here we practise mooring up to a visitor buoy and then to celebrate our success Jim cooks us bacon sandwiches, which we munch on deck whilst soaking up this amazing location. By now our little crew is like a welloiled machine and under Jim’s guidance we are feeling comfortable that we have achieved an insight into the basics of sailing and an understanding of how to progress through the RYA’s various levels of yachting competency. Leaving beautiful Dittisham, we head downriver past Britannia Royal Naval College and Dartmouth, out to the mouth of the river Dart where we turn to port and head back to Brixham. The wind is now behind us so


Jim teaches us how to rig a preventer, a line attached to the end of the boom to avoid an accidental jibe. This is when the boom swings unexpectedly across, because the stern has crossed through the wind; if uncontrolled this can cause injury or damage to the boat. So with the wind behind us we sail back into Tor Bay, keeping clear of a large group of sailing dinghies and find a suitable space to practise our Man Overboat drills. By using a round buoy that Jim tells us is called Bob, we are able to simulate this process, shouting Man Overboard whilst Bob is unceremoniously cast into the waves with a big splash. We practise keeping eyes on the casualty whilst readying flotation devices, making emergency calls and finally picking Bob up over the side with a boat hook. Obviously, with a real casualty other methods of retrieval would be necessary and we discuss these before finishing and heading back into Brixham Marina. Jim now presents RYA Start Sailing Certificates, and then we clean the yacht, pack up our kit and head home. This course is ideal for complete beginners. However, the course instructors for Start Sailing will always find out the level of any previous sailing experience the students have and adapt as needed (as Jim did on our trip). A lot of people never think of starting yacht sailing because they don’t have access to a boat but most yacht clubs will have cruising or racing sections and will welcome crew to sail with them on an occasional or regular basis. There are courses all year round and you can pick your preferred dates on the website. The principal of Torbay Sea School is Duncan Bridgnell who spent his career in the Royal Navy concluding as instructor at the Royal Naval Officer Training College at Dartmouth. Symon Cater (Tank) is the Chief Instructor and together Duncan and Tank own the school. Why not give it a go and sign up for RYA Start Sailing at Torbay Sea School today? o torbayseaschool.co.uk

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Torquay has a hidden jewel in Torquay Tennis Club where £1.2 million has been invested in the last 10 years and where the friendly welcome, tennis sessions for all levels and great social activities are very appealing. Anita Newcombe meets Steve Maslen to find out more.


’m meeting Steve Maslen who is Head Coach and Manager of Torquay Tennis Club, which is tucked away behind Shedden Hill Car Park. Entering the grounds I’m amazed by the number of tennis courts including a domed indoor section and an attractive clubhouse with a large terrace, quite stunning in today’s beautiful sunshine. Steve has been a member here for many years (since he was just 10 years old) and he’s been the full time manager for the last 11 years. The club was founded right back in 1932 and has played host to tennis greats such as Tim

Henman, Andy Murray, David Lloyd and Sue Barker. I’ve only just been able to meet up with Steve, as he’s been flat-out managing the famous, annual Torbay Open Tennis Tournament, which has been going strong since 1887. Tennis clubs visit the Bay from all over the country and this year they welcomed over 400 players with 819 individual entries. Steve explains, “It’s a very prestigious week-long event and provides a wonderful boost to the local economy as people book hotels, restaurants and other services.” Indeed many people return year-to-year and book their hotels for the following year before they leave.

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Nowadays, Torquay Tennis Club is one of the largest clubs in the South West and has 12 courts including 5 allweather artificial clay courts, 4 astro courts and 3 indoor acrylic courts in The Dome. Steve describes The Dome as, “a fantastic all weather facility that supports our successful coaching programme.” In the days before the indoor facility was built, coaches had to cancel or re arrange coaching sessions or squads because of the weather.. Now if you book a coaching session you are guaranteed that

Torquay Tennis Club is one of the largest clubs in the South West and has 12 courts it will take place.Steve says, “As a dedicated tennis club, there are not many better ones, especially in the south.” The club is very self-sufficient earning revenue from membership, coaching, indoor court fees and food and beverage. There are also large sponsors such as Ocean BMW and Pro-Direct Sport and all income is invested back into the club. Full membership here is £290 per annum and this gives you unlimited outdoor tennis and various members’ sessions with an hourly fee to pay for reserving the indoor courts. There are various concessions and restricted memberships and you can also join purely as a social member (non-playing) for £20 per annum.


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Turn Up and Play! Adult Social Sessions For these sessions, just turn up and get a game of doubles on a ladder system. They take place on Thursday and Sunday mornings and Saturday afternoons (includes indoor courts). They are free to members and guests can join in for £6. Singles Boxes The coach will get an idea of your ability at the outset and you’ll then be put in the right group with 8-10 players of similar ability so you can arrange to play against each other at mutually agreed times. Cardio Tennis This is a Tuesday morning aerobic fitness class based on tennis. It’s a fun drop-in session with music and costs £5. Non-members are welcome too. Adult Beginners These Monday morning sessions are a great way to get started and meet fellow tennis enthusiasts. The fee of £5 includes coffee. Individual Lessons Private coaching is available for players of all ages and standards and this costs between £15 and £25 per lesson according to standard. The club has produced juniors right up to a national level here. Squads There are around 140 youngsters and adults on tailored coaching programmes. These consist of small groups and are bookable per term (12-13 week block). The club coaching programme offers something for everyone. It begins with the LTA Mini Tennis Structure which will be the red, orange and green mini tennis system (under 10s). The club then offers development and academy sessions for juniors aged between 11 – 18. For adults there are also structured sessions available dependent on standard. Personal Trainer and Physio This is a service open to both members and non-members


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Dartmouth Food Festival will be tantalising our tastebuds once again from 21 – 23 October attracting over 20,000 people to the beautiful riverside town. We find out what’s on the menu this year.


Let’s face it; they all sound amazing! oodie stalls will be springing up right along There’s also practical stuff to buy to get creative the South Embankment, in Royal Avenue in your own kitchen. Look out for hand decorated Gardens, around the Boat Float and in wooden boards from Cathy Hilton Artisan, Make Market Square with a joyful atmosphere, delicious Your Own Chutney Kits from Gran Awkins aromas, exciting displays and scrummy tastings on Chutney, attractive ceramics from Maison Rustique every corner. With over 100 producers, including and steel knives from Flint & Flame. around 75% from Devon, you can browse from a One of the many reasons that Dartmouth Food wide selection of sumptuous food and drink and Festival is so appealing is because it’s very much a buy direct from the growers, makers, bakers and product of the talented local brewers. Stands selling breads, Try Nepalese dumplings at community volunteering cheeses, meats, drinks, wines, beers, chocolate, flapjack, cake, Little Pig Food Company, artisan their skills, time and key chutneys, oils and much more breads from Bread of Devon, contacts to create a highly professional and largely free will be available from 10am fresh fish and mussels from each day. Sou’wester Fish Bites, authentic event. The whole thing is a very local triumph with oodles There are some very special Thai food from Thai Delight, of enthusiastic support from treats on offer. Try Nepalese beef jerky from Privateer Jerky, some impressive quarters. The dumplings at Little Pig Food Mexican fish tacos from Taco happy band of organisers has Company, artisan breads from Bread of Devon, fresh fish Shack, Bad Boy Chilli Mash and the monumental task of coordinating the arrangements and mussels from Sou’wester the Emilia Calamari Bar. for an exciting line-up of Fish Bites, authentic Thai food internationally renowned chefs, food writers, from Thai Delight, beef jerky from Privateer Jerky, patrons, sponsors and exhibitors. Mexican fish tacos from Taco Shack, Bad Boy Chilli Celebrated chef Mitch Tonks will be in action Mash and the Emilia Calamari Bar. again as Festival Advocate and he describes the Drinks haven’t been forgotten either. Taste festival as having “a party atmosphere from start Dappa, a grape-marc-spirit from Devon Distillery, to finish.” The atmosphere is certainly joyful, the Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka, British Cassis, food and drink delicious and the special events strawberry, fudge & chocolate cream liqueurs from Cornish Cream, traditional farm ciders from Hunts, masterful. No wonder the Guardian called it one of the top ten food festivals in the UK. The Telegraph some delicious Sharpham wines, handcrafted gin was also impressed, calling it a “heady mix of and pastis (made the old fashioned way) from celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks Southwestern Distillery and the newly launched and demonstrations. Salcombe Gin from Salcombe Distillery Company.

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Join us Over Christmas & New Year 2016 Party Nights from £22.50 per person Christmas Day (7 Courses & Coffee) £78.00 per person Boxing Day 3 Course Carvery Lunch £24.50 per person Grand New Years Eve Party £70.00 per person

01803 853225 www.berryheadhotel.com | stay@berryheadhotel.com

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A Taste of the Chefs A Taste of the Chefs

Mitch Tonks Mitch has become one of the most respected and knowledgeable seafood people in the country and an acclaimed restaurateur, chef and author in the process. His Seahorse restaurant has won the Observer’s ‘Best UK Restaurant’ gong; his Rockfish takeaway restaurant chain has twice claimed ‘Best Independent Restaurant’ at the National Fish & Chip Awards. Of his books, one of them, Fresh, scooped ‘Best Fish Book’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. And his achievements and influence have been further recognised with a nomination for Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and inclusion in The Caterer’s prized ‘Top 100 Most Influential Foodies list. Romy Gill MBE Romy is one of the few female Indian chef/ owners in the UK, having opened Romy’s Kitchen Restaurant in September 2013 in Thornbury. She has since been nominated as a BBC Bristol Food Hero, shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement Award, was one of five women listed in the inaugural Bristol and Bath Business Awards in the ‘Woman of the Year’ category, was nominated in three categories in the Bristol Good Food

Awards, and as ‘Best Newcomer’ in The British Curry Awards 2014. Tom Parker Bowles listed Romy among his top ‘fabulous female chefs in the UK’ in the Daily Mail and she was an ambassador for Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. Matt Tebbutt Matt’s culinary career began with a diploma from Leith’s School of Food and Wine. He completed a traineeship with Marco Pierre White, then moved to the kitchens of Chez Bruce, followed by a stint at Clarke’s, where he learned the art of bread-making. He returned to Wales in 2001 after an absence of eight years and, with his wife Lisa, has transformed the former Foxhunter pub at Nantyderry into an acclaimed restaurant, winning AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004. Matt had previously also worked with pioneering chef Alastair Little at his Lancaster Road and Soho restaurants, and the chef ’s influence is evident in Matt’s menu at the Foxhunter.

Plus! Tom Parker-Bowles, Mark Hicks, Simon Hulstone, Matt Norton and many others, will also be whipping up a storm in the festival kitchens. The festival plays host to over 20 chef demonstrations from TV chefs to other talented, inspirational figures and local food heroes. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Food & Drink

The Wine Expert A Taste of the Chefs

Susy Atkins The famed author and broadcaster who is known for her no-nonsense, down-to-earth and often humorous approach, will also be returning. She says, “I love Dartmouth and I totally volunteered to be part of it. The South West is so great at promoting its best produce and I’ve made it my personal business to try and promote drinks more. I’ll be hosting some drinks seminars at Browns Hotel which I love.” Susy appears regularl on BB 1’s flagshi cooker rogramme, Saturday Kitchen, and speaks at food and wine festivals around the UK. She writes the weekly Sauce drinks column for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and is wine columnist for the

new National Geographic magazine supplement Green. She has won awards for her writing, including the lenfiddich Book of the ear for Drink! ham agne anson Book of the ear for the Which? Wine Guide (twice!) and International Wine and Spirit Competition Communicator of the ear.

Eat Your Words – Special Events The festival’s series of conversations with food journalists, writers, chefs and other experts continues this year with an exciting programme of events. Many sessions will be fuelled with some delicious tastings! Sessions will take place in the Flavel Church, opposite the Royal Avenue Gardens on the Saturday while the Sunday morning Kitchen onfidential session will be at oodroast caf on Smith Street. Book signings with Dartmouth Community Bookshop: following selected talks, book signings will take place in the Flavel Church. Books related to the talks (and more besides) will be available for purchase at the book stand in the Old Market Square area so pay them a visit and support this local independent bookshop. Saturday 22 October 10.30 - 11.30am The future of Farming and Fishing in Devon BBC Radio 4’s Dan Saladino examines the future of farming and fishing with award winning restaurateur and seafood champion, Mitch Tonks and local farmer Peter Grieg of Pipers Farm. Expect a lively discussion especially when the impact of leaving the EU is tackled!


11.45 – 12.45pm Smoke & Fire Baker and cookery tutor Charlotte Pike and David Jones (Manna from Devon Cooking School) discuss why older methods of preservation and cooking are becoming popular and demonstrate how to use smoking and wood fired cooking techni ues at home. ect some delicious tastings. 3.45pm A Life in Food Dan Saladino in conversation with people he looks up to about their varied career in food. 4.00 – 5.00pm Food for all Seasons Oliver Rowe (chef & author) takes us on a personal and informative wander through the food year. Oliver is passionate about seasonality and local sourcing and is best known for his restaurant Konstam at the rince Albert, ondon’s first locall sourced restaurant with over 80% of the produce sourced from in and around London. Sunday 23 October 11.00 –12.00pm Kitchen Confidential Sunday morning question time – get your culinary queries answered by the experts. Dan Saladino (BBC Radio 4) hosts a lively Question & Answer session with the likes of Mitch Tonks, Romy Gill MBE and Matt Tebbutt. Hosted by Woodroast, this session will take lace in their caf on mith treet.

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Eating Out

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The English Riviera is fast establishing a fantastic foodie reputation. With more and more high quality restaurants establishing themselves in the Bay there’s never been a better time to hang up your apron and sample what’s on offer!

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Redcliffe Hotel

The Babbacombe Inn

From light bites to a main meal, the Redcliffe Hotel offers everything you need for a perfect luncheon treat. Enjoy the superb views from our sea view terrace overlooking the beach and choose from our extensive lunch time bar menu. On Sundays a 3 course traditional sunday lunch is available in our Paris Singer Restaurant, which again enjoys panoramic sea views. The Redcliffe is also an ideal venue for all types of functions.

The Babbacombe Inn on Babbacombe Downs is the perfect place for all your Christmas get-togethers. If it’s a cosy Christmas lunch you’re after or a fabulously festive evening with plenty of seasonal sparkle the Babbacombe Inn has something to suit. All festive menus now on-line at www.babbacombeinn.co.uk or why not pop in and pick up a booklet for a host of great ideas on how to celebrate the season? Free parking on site.

The Redcliffe Hotel 4 Marine Drive Paignton TQ3 2NL 01803 526397 www.redcliffehotel.co.uk

59 Babbacombe Downs Road Torquay TQ1 3LP 01803 316200 www.babbacombeinn.co.uk

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Occombe Farm Café Family-friendly café set on an organic working farm. Famous for farmhouse breakfasts, hearty lunches, seasonal specials and Sunday roasts. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor adventure play area and why not explore the farm and walk the 2km nature trail after lunch? All profits from the café go to local charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Open daily from 9am – 4:30pm.

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Autumn – A Time of Plenty Whether your idea of foodie heaven is dining out with a top chef doing the cooking, devising your own recipes with delicious local produce or learning some new recipes, we’ve got something for you.

Orestone Manor’s Winning Recipes Sensational recipes from Orestone Manor’s awardwinning restaurant, run by two chefs, Neil and Catherine D’Allen, have been chosen to feature in a stunning new foodlovers bible, Relish South West Second Helping. Orestone takes its place among other award-winning eateries across the South West, ranging from Ston Easton Park nr Bath, Port Isaac’s Nathan Outlaw to Matt Follas’ Dorset-based Wild Garlic Restaurant. Orestone Manor’s mouth-watering recipes featured in the book include a sensational duck and pistachio terrine with plum puree and apple & truffle salad, noisette of lamb in a herb crust with navet puree, pomme fondant and rosemary jus and a stunning duck egg custard tart with apple puree and cinnamon ice cream. Neil D’Allen said, “Being based in South Devon, we are blessed with some of the country’s finest and freshest produce available.” orestonemanor.com

Cockington Apple Day Cockington’s Apple Day on Sunday 16 October offers the finest local foods, drinks and handmade crafts to taste and buy. You’ll see the traditional cider press in action as it turns the autumn windfall into juice and learn from the demonstrators how to transform apple juice into scrumptious scrumpy. There’ll be a range of activities from creative crafts to apple themed challenges and games plus music from the Simmertones, children’s entertainers, and cooking demonstrations. Don’t miss a visit to Cockington’s resident craft makers in the stable yard, sea change and cob barn craft studios. There will be two free buses running via Hyde Road in Paignton and the Strand in Torquay to and from Cockington every 30 minutes. Time: 10am - 4pm. Tickets: £3.50 adult, £1.50 children. 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

The Imperial Hotel’s 150th Black Tie Dinner To celebrate the Imperial’s 150th anniversary, there will be a Black Tie Gala Dinner on Friday 28 October. Tickets priced at £55 per person include an arrival drink, four-course meal and entertainment by The Rat Pack is Back Duo. For further celebratory events during the week, see our What’s On section. 01803 294301 thehotelcollection.co.uk

Powderham Food Festival Powderham Castle’s Food Festival on 1 & 2 October is well worth a visit with some top chefs and cooking demos, the Theatre of Fire and Smoke, the Royal Marines Field Kitchen, wonderful food and drinks stalls, children’s activities and some great music. Do you dare take up The Great Devon Chilli Challenge? If not, perhaps you’d prefer a potter around Powderham’s famous Victorian Kitchen. Tickets are available at a discount online or on the gate. powderhamfoodfestival.com

Occombe Farm Cookery School Managed by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, Occombe Farm Cookery School has a range of courses you may enjoy this autumn. Try Vietnamese Cookery (30 October), French Rustic Cookery (27 November) and a Cider Making Workshop (9 October). countryside-trust.org.uk/occombe/cookery-school October/November 2016


Decoy Park to Abbotskerswell Distance: 4 miles Exertion: Moderate Time: Allow 2 hours Terrain: Pathways, green lanes, field paths and roads. Dogs: On leads for farmland. Refreshments: Decoy Country Park and the Court Farm Inn, Abbotskerswell Start postcode: TQ12 1EB


ecoy Park has long been a favourite dog-walking haunt of mine but I’ve neglected it over the past few years as access has been difficult from the Bay. Now trips inland are so much quicker I headed Newtonward for this circular walk. Decoy Park is a popular with walkers, families and watersports enthusiasts. The lake plays host to kayaks, paddleboards and sailing dinghies throughout the warmer months and the well maintained trails make it a year round attraction and a wonderful place to observe the seasons. o

1 From the country park car park proceed toward the lake and take the left hand path as if you were going to skirt the lake in an anticlockwise direction, passing the play park on your left. Dogs should be on leads until one sees the green signs. 2 After approximately 300 metres and just after a wildlife viewing panel on the right, turn left over a small wooden bridge and stream and walk away from the lake. Follow the path for a similar distance and where it forks, take the right path for a short stretch along a field border. Dogs on leads here as there may be farm animals grazing. 3 At the corner of this field you will come to a green lane, signposted Magazine Lane (so called as it led to one of several local gunpowder magazines that served the local quarries). Turn left and follow the track for 100 metres until it forks at a galvanised metal five-bar gate. 4 Just before the gate turn right and follow the footpath to a stile then proceed uphill following the boundary of the woods (this is quite a hill so take time to turn and enjoy the view!). At the corner of the field climb the stile. Look straight up the hill and at its peak you will just see the top of the footpath marker. Once you’ve reached this sign continue straight on the same course to reach a


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further stile that leads onto Stoneman’s Hill. 5 Turn left on the road then right, over a stile, 30 metres further on. Head downhill past the three magnificent oaks and over another stile into the village of Abbotskerswell. 6 Head downhill over one crossroads. At the bottom of the hill you will reach a T-junction with Slade Lane (the main road through the village). Turn right and follow the lane through the pretty stone cottages at the village’s centre and as the road starts to climb, turn left into Court Grange Lane. 7 Climb the hill and after 150 metres take the pathway on the left that brings you out onto Court Park Road. Turn left then almost immediately right into Court Road which then leads into Wilton Way. Pass the church on your left and then the Court Farm Inn - a good halfway point for refreshments and reputedly haunted! 8 Just past the driveway that leads to the inn’s car park is a cut through path that leads back to Slade Lane and the centre of the village passing the ancient Church House on the way. Turn left on Slade Lane and then right up Priory Lane taking the high pavement on the left hand side. Keep



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to this lane as it bears right and continues uphill. After 100 metres take a break from the exertion of the hill on the bench set back from the road on the left which offers views over the village and also celebrates the reign of George V from 1910-1936. Follow the road for another 200 metres then follow the footpath sign left across one field, over a stile into a field with a cob barn. Carry on downhill aiming for another stile through the hedge opposite equidistant between the gates at either end of the field. Turn right and follow along the field boundary then uphill for 20 metres before another stile on the right takes you into a field which at time of writing is sown with maize. Follow the lower field boundary to the far corner of the field where it meets the woodland of Decoy Park again. At this point follow the track as it skirts the woodland rather than the footpath that turns left. 10 As the end of this track comes into view turn left over a stile into the woods (approximately 100 metres before the end of the main track) and then right again onto the woodland trail that passes Magazine Pond then returns to the car park.


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October & November Around the Bay Britannia Royal Naval College Tours, Dartmouth Monday afternoons & some Wednesdays Tours of this iconic building will offer an informative narrative allowing you to appreciate the rich history, role and relevance of this building and the naval training conducted here today. College Way, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0HJ 01803 677565 britannniaassociation.org.uk

ages and levels of ability from a seafront stroll to a clifftop climb– every mile counts! It costs £10 to take part in the Challenge, which helps to cover the cost of logistics and sending a registration pack in the post containing your Challenge 2016 t-shirt! 01752 896237 southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/ challenge-2016/

English Riviera Wheel, Torquay Daily till end October Taller than Nelson’s Column at the dizzy height of nearly 60 metres, the English Riviera Wheel will be sited in Princess Gardens, Torquay, next to the Pavilion and give breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay. Princess Gardens, Torquay TQ2 5EQ englishrivierawheel.co.uk

Aging Well Festival, Torre Abbey 1 October The festival is a free, storytelling event aimed at Torbay’s older generation (over 50s). All events take place at Torre Abbey and include drama, music, local history, flashmob, Question Time, a tea dance, storytelling and crafts plus sociable lunch events. The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 212638 ageingwellfestival.com

South West Coast Path Challenge 1-31 October The South West Coast Path Association are partnering with the National Trust to raise funds for much needed improvement and repair projects to our beautiful Coast Path, which is enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. It doesn’t matter how fit you are – there’s a walk to suit all 54

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Greenway Garden Blitz 5 October, 2 November Help out at beautiful Greenway cutting down or digging out weeds, brambles, overgrown shrubs and moving debris to the shredder or bonfire. No gardening skills are necessary. Taking part in a garden blitz is a great chance to meet like-minded people, burn a few calories and explore parts of Greenway garden. Tea and cake as well as garden tools are supplied but bring lunch. Time: 9.30am- 4pm. Greenway House, Galmpton TQ5 0ES 01803 661905 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Brixham Folk Night 7 October & 4 November Enjoy an evening of folk music in all its varieties. The evening starts and ends with music from regular performers, with an open floor slot for all comers to show their folk music talents - song or instrumental. Organised by Anne and Steve Gill with help from John Miles. Admission: £3 (£2 performers) on the door. Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

History of the River Dart, Torre Abbey 7 October – 9 December Enjoy a series of 8 lectures by master storyteller John englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Risdon exploring the River Dart catchment from the high moorland of Dartmoor to the sea airs of Dartmouth and looking at the interrelationship of geology, landscape and communities that have developed and been influenced by this ancient, riverine landscape, past and present. Dates: 7 October, 14 October, 21 October, 4 November, 11 November, 18 November, 2 December, 9 December. Times: 2-4.30pm. Ticket for all 8 lectures costs £40 (£5 per lecture). ‘Drop in’ single tickets cost £6 each. Booking advisable, but drop-ins welcome if places are available. The LearningLab, Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

The Edible Ornamentals, Greenway 8 October Join a Greenway gardener for a walk around Agatha Christie’s garden, looking at the less obvious edible plants that grow there. You will sample berries, leaves and other delights from the edible ornamentals in the garden. Cost: £5 (over 12s only), time: 11.30am – 1pm. Dogs on leads are welcome. Booking essential, admission applies. Greenway Road, Galmpton TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Birds on The Move, Berry Head 8 October Migration time can be very confusing for birdwatchers but with bird expert Mike Langman this one day event will guide you through the identification challenge. October is the month of the rarity so anything could turn up and Berry Head has a great reputation for unusual migrants. The autumn is also the perfect time to see birds in all sorts of plumages from juveniles to adults. You will be helped to recognise birds by both by sight and sound with a mixture of indoor and field activities. Time: 9.30am-4.30pm, cost: £30, suitable: all ages. Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9EG 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org

The River Dart Struggle 9 October A legendary raft race that takes place along the river Dart starting at Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh, and on through a mixture of white water, fast flowing weirs and calm stretches, and makes its way down to the finish in Totnes, a distance of some 14 kms. This is one of the great river challenges and attracts 40 or more rafts. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JR totnesraftrace.co.uk

Cider Making Workshop, Occombe 9 October Discover the art of cider making in this practical one-day workshop. You will learn how to work out the sugar mix and gravity, get an introduction to the equipment required and see a hands-on demonstration of the equipment for milling apples, making the cheeses, pressing and storing the apple juice. You’ll also taste some samples of local cider. You will leave the workshop with a demy john complete with a fermentation lock and a gallon of apple juice to ferment into cider at home. Cost: £60, ages 18+ only. Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Brixham & Paignton Stamp Club 11 October & 14 November Informal meetings and philatelic presentations on the second Monday of each month. Time: 7.15 – 9pm Chestnut Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham TQ5 0SA Tony Key 01803 858018

Brixham Fish Market Tour 12 October See over 40 different types of fish on this Fish Market Tour in Brixham. More than £25 million of fish is landed an auctioned. The fish is then supplied to top restaurants in London and Europe as well as locally. You will see the auctions in action and Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents will be your guide. After the tour you will enjoy an English breakfast. Time: tours begin at 6am sharp, cost: £12.50 including breakfast and a donation to Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Start time: 6am sharp. Unsuitable for under-14s or wheelchairs. October/November 2016


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races and a fun dog show. Oddicombe Beach, Torquay, TQ1 3LF 0300 7771550 bluecross.org.uk

Evening Torchlit Walk, Coleton Fishacre 14 October

Japanese Night, Brixham 20 October

Join this magical evening torchlit sponsored walk along the South West Coast Path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge. The walk will be four miles and will take in the WWII gun battery at Froward Point and the stunning garden at Coleton Fishacre. The walk starts and finishes at Brownstone car park. Cost: £10 (over 12s only), dogs on leads are welcome, time: 6-8pm, booking essential. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Enjoy a Japanese themed ‘all you can eat’ buffet. Time: 7-9.30pm, cost, £12.95 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Stone Age School - Chef, Kents Cavern 15 October Previous sessions have been on gathering and fire making, put the two together and we can cook up something tasty. What did Stone Age people cook? All children leave the session with what they have made and a badge confirming their new Stone Age skill. Times: 10am-12noon or 2-4pm, cost £5 (children 6-12), 1 adult free for up to 4 children, booking essential. Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

The Ultimate Cabaret Ladies Night, Torquay 15 October Enjoy international performers plus a 3-course dinner. Four Masonic Lodges in Torbay will host the event and all proceeds are in aid of 3 local charities: Devon Air Ambulance, THHN and Children’s Hospice South West. Dress: gentlemen black tie, ladies long or cocktail dress. Cost: £40. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ torquayladiesnight.co.uk

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Hallowe’en at Greenway 22 – 30 October The pumpkins that have been growing in the vegetable patches have all disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Can you follow the clues to track them down? Claim your small prize when you’ve found them all. Booking not needed. Event cost: £1 per child. Admission applies. Dogs welcome on leads. Greenway Road, Galmpton TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Spooky Hallowe’en Hunt, Bygones 22 -31 October Why not go dressed up and explore the spooky skeleton hunt? Solve the clues and a treat awaits you. Normal admission applies. Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Hallowe’en Fun, Kents Cavern 22-31 October There’s lots to do over October Half Term at Kents Cavern with cave tours, spooky dig and the underground pumpkin hunt. Activities included in the cave admission price. No booking required. Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Pirate Day, Coleton Fishacre 22 October Raise the main sail and climb the rigging. There’s pirate fun to be had at Coleton Fishacre this half term. Come dressed in your pirate best and join the pirate quest around the garden for hidden treasure. Time: 2-4pm, cost: £3 per child. Booking not needed. Admission applies. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/ coleton-fishacre englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Hallowe’en on the Golden Hind 22 - 30 October The Golden Hind goes spooktastic with scary fun. Enjoy Spot the Skulls and a guest appearance from Shirley the Skeleton to reunite with skeleton Sid, the ship’s mascot plus Walk the Plank! The Quayside, Brixham TQ5 8AW 01803 856223 goldenhind.co.uk

Imperial Hotel 150th Anniversary Events 23, 25,28, 29 & 30 October 2016 marks a significant year for The Imperial Hotel in Torquay. The magnificent 19th Century Victorian hotel, which first opened its doors to guests on 3 November 1866, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in style; starting with a series of special events in October as part of its prebirthday ‘Celebration Week’. 23 October Sunday Lunch - 3-course Sunday lunch with Nat King Cole Tribute by Paul Sylvester. Tickets: £23. 25 October Jazz Tea - Enjoy afternoon tea and jazz with the City Steam Jazz Band. Tickets: £19.95. 28 October Gala Dinner – Get your glad rags on for a black tie gala dinner to include a welcome drink, 4-course dinner and live entertainment from The Rat Pack is Back Duo. Tickets: £55. 29 October Candlelit Buffet – an elegant evening to include welcome drink, candlelit buffet and entertainment from AJ’s 8 piece Caravan Band. Tickets: £49. 30 October Murder Mystery Dinner – Murder on the Home Front includes welcome drink, 3-course dinner and murder mystery. Tickets: £35. Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01803 294301 thehotelcollection.co.uk

Half Term Fun, Coleton Fishacre 23-30 October Follow the pirate trail around the garden to hunt for hidden treasure. X marks the spot! Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm, cost: £1 per child. Booking not needed. Admission applies. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

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Super Villains Week, Living Coasts 24-30 October Enjoy some ghastly super villain fun at Living Coasts. Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Cockington Hallowe’en Festival 24-30 October Enjoy a Hallowe’en Trail at £2 - wear fancy dress and collect a treat. Take a spooky horse and carriage ride from the manor with Dracula and the wicked Court witch (charges apply). Cockington Court, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Hallowe’en Hob Goblin Trail, Occombe 25-27 October Occombe’s Hob-Goblin Trails are for brave young adventurers to join an urgent quest to save Occombe from the naughty hob-goblins & their monsters who have stolen the heart of Occombe. Drop in: 10am-3pm, cost: £2.50 per child, suitable for: 5-12 years old. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Hallowe’en Evenings of Mini Horrors, Babbacombe 25-31 October A spooky Hallowe’en theme starts at dusk with eerie illuminations, fire & sound effects plus Workshop of Horrors Tour. Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Hallowe’en Horrors at Paignton Zoo 24-30 October Join Paignton Zoo this Halloween for some spooktacular fun! Hop on board the ghost train, enjoy trick or treat, catch spooky animals talks and try bug-eating challenges! Cost: £1.50 per trail sheet. Standard zoo admission prices apply. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Zoo Quest, Paignton 26-28 October Join an exciting, interactive quest with drama, arts and crafts. This amazing adventure involves a completely new view of Paignton Zoo’s history and has been devised by young people with practising artists. Performance time: 2.00 pm- 4.00 pm, tickets: £5 for adults, £3.50 for children (aged 5-15 years). Booking essential. Children aged 5-15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Normal prices apply for entry to the zoo prior to the performance. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Torbay Festival of Poetry 27-31 October Immerse yourself in poetry at this popular and joyful annual celebration. With 25 events, poetry will fill the weekend. Listen to readings, learn more at workshops and meet the poets. Thursday evening brings a partystyle opening event with 5 Amp Fuse, a group of 5 poets at Torre Abbey. Most other events will be held at The Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6RO torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk

Pirate Day, Brixham 27 October Piratical fun for the young and young at heart, this is a great opportunity to join in the amusing antics and have a great free day out. Their naughty deeds include Soak the Pirate as well as balloon modelling, puppet shows, arts & crafts workshops, fancy dress competitions, photo shoots and live music. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ

rock pools. Discover daring crabs, wriggly starfish, slimy anemones and speedy prawns in the rockpools at Middlestone. Suitable for 4-18 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm, cost: £3.50, booking essential. Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Optimus Hallowe’en Convention, Cockington 29 & 30 October A Comic Con style Hallowe’en event with stars from film and television to meet fans and sign autographs. There will also be all kinds of film memorabilia on sale with bespoke posters, clothing, replica props and collectable figures. Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and workshops from the talents that bring many of our beloved films to life. Cockington Court, Torquay TQ2 6XA optimusconvention.com

Autumn Photography Workshop, Greenway 29 October Join Greenway’s volunteer photographers for a chance to learn more about the art of photography and to take photos in Greenway garden. Bring your own camera. Booking essential, admission applies. Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm, cost: £20. Greenway Road, Galmpton TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

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What’s On Hallowe’en Ghost Tour, Kents Cavern 29-31 October Journey around these ancient caves by your storyteller as they unearth local folklore about ghostly experiences in South Devon. With dim lighting and candles you never know who may appear from the dark. You will walk the entire underground cave system. Not for the fainthearted and unsuitable for children under 8. Times: sessions from 6pm. Cost: £10. Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Vietnamese Cookery, Occombe 30 October The cooking of Vietnam combines the fragrances of other South East Asian countries and the spices of Chinese food. Join Tim Harris for a day of Vietnamese Cookery, Tim has been taught at the Highway 4 restaurant in Hanoi. He will introduce you to Pho Bo, Hanoi’s signature dish, as well as fresh Spring Rolls, Shrimps with Cashew Nuts, Bun Cha and Lemongrass Spare Ribs.

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Tots Go Wild Outdoors, Occombe 2 November This event is especially for little ones from toddler size to around 5 years old. Explore Occombe with your little ones, collect wood, light a fire, and toast marshmallows. Time: 9.30-11.30am, cost: £5 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult), babies are free. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The Great Big Rhino Project Auction 3 November Each Great Big Rhino sculpture will be auctioned at a gala charity evening with funds raised being used by Paignton Zoo to support rhino conservation projects. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 697504 greatbigrhinos.org.uk

Autumn Migration Watch, Berry Head 6 November

Adults only; cost: £75 including lunch. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Hallowe’en at the Berry Head Hotel 31 October Enjoy a Spooktastic menu if you dare! Treat or Treat? There will be spooky goings-on. ‘Witch’ will you be dressed as... go on be a Devil! Gory Specials available or choose the 3-course menu at £19.95 per person including coffee. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Early November can produce some of the most spectacular overhead movements of birds and given the right conditions, thousands of birds could be on the move in huge flocks. Redwings and fieldfare will be freshly arriving back from their breeding grounds of Scandinavia and in 2015, thousands of thrushes were seen. There should be a supporting cast of finches, pipits and perhaps even a passing short-eared owl or merlin. Local bird expert Mike Langman will guide you through what is going on and help identify these birds by shape and calls. At about 10am after a good morning’s birdwatching, the group will warm up at the Guardhouse Café with a hearty full breakfast and tea/coffee. Time: 7.30-10am, cost: £13.50, suitable 12+. Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9EG October/November 2016




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What’s On Toyah – Up Close & Personal, Torre Abbey 6 November This is a special chance to experience Toyah up close and personal. A lively unplugged/storytellers style gig, it will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. Toyah will be performing alongside musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds and hits include It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe. The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE toyahwillcox.com

conversation with David Fitzgerald, BBC Radio Devon & Spotlight presenter. Time: 6.30-11pm, tickets: £37.50 each or £350 table of 10.

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Caribbean Night, Brixham 10 November

Romeo & Juliet Underground 7 November As an archaeologist guides you through the historic ruins of Verona, he shares the tale of the beautiful love story surrounding the only statue still intact - the famous beauty, Juliet. Suddenly the statue breathes with life, along with all the people in the tale. Hate versus love, death versus life. Shakespeare’s enduring story remains as powerful as it was 400 years ago, and will remain so long into the future. Kents Cavern makes the perfect setting for this atmospheric production. Candles glow in the dark, singing echoes throughout the labyrinth as life, light and love pours through the cave and into our hearts. Tickets £16, booking essential. Part of Shakespeare 400 celebrations. Kent Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Waft your senses away to the Caribbean with this ‘all you can eat’ Caribbean Night. Time: 7-9.30pm, cost: £12.95 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Identification of Whales, Dolphins & Sea Birds 12 November Join MARINElife and Torquay’s Zoo and Aquarium at their training day to learn how to observe and identify whales, dolphins and seabirds together with data recording methods used for scientific research. Learn how to report your sightings for conservation or become a MARINElife volunteer ship-based surveyor in your spare time. Time: 10.00 am - 4.30pm, tickets: £50 (£45 for Living Coasts staff and members). Bookings via: Tricia Dendle - bookings@marine-life.org.uk Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG livingcoasts.org.uk

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What’s On Beekeeping Course, Paignton 14 November – 13 March

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The Torbay Beekeepers Association is running an Introduction to Beekeeping course consisting of eight fortnightly, 2-hour sessions. You will learn about the life cycle of bees, have experience in handling bees and ensure you are confident and competent, before getting your own beehive and colony of bees. Time: 7.30-9.30pm, cost: £120 to include a year’s membership of the British Beekeepers Association plus an invitation to attend apiary sessions on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm to 4.30 pm at the club apiary at Cockington. The Gerston Christian Centre, Gerston Place, off Torbay Road, Paignton TQ3 3DX 01803 855420 lizwestcott@me.com

French Rustic Cookery, Occombe 27 November French food has defined how many of us think of ‘good food’. But it is the local food that is perhaps the most flavourful, ranging from fisherman’s fish stew, classic onion soup, ratatouille, skate with black butter, as well as classic beef ‘daubes’. Adults only; cost: £75 including lunch. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Takeover Day, Torre Abbey 18 November Takeover Day is a day on which children and young people take on meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of our museums. The Torre Abbey team will be working with children and young people through October and November, to prepare them for the big day, when they take the reins! The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

Brixham Christmas 26 November Enjoy browsing for gifts and other items at Brixham’s Scala Hall and enjoy the Christmas Lights Switch On with a Lanterns, Lights and Luminations Parade.

The Mistletoe Ball 3 December Kick start the festive season and join Paignton Zoo at the Grand Hotel, Torquay for our annual fundraising Christmas ball! Enjoy a champagne reception and a beautiful four course dinner. Take part in a charity auction then dance the night away with the fabulous band Filthy Gorgeous.Times: 7.00 pm - 1.00 am Tickets £49.50 per person Grand Hotel, Sea Front, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 6NT For more details or to book call 01803 697509.

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Feeling creative? We bring you a round up of some arts events and workshops happening here in the Bay. Torquay’s Artizan Gallery & Café Words & Pictures Exhibition 4 – 21 October Enjoy a celebration of all things literary with the popular Words & Pictures Exhibition, which welcomes collaboration between visual artists and wordsmiths from around Devon. Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30 pm Plus! Private View – an opportunity to meet the artists. 8 October 6 – 8 pm.

Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm 17 October Multi-award-winning poet Dominic Berry (BBC, Channel 4), fresh from Canada, USA and India with this hilarious but deeply moving spoken word show about what happens when you turn to pop culture to solve the problems you have in the real world. Berry examines failure and escapism through poetry, comedy and music. Supported by Saboteur Award long-listed spoken word artist Robert Garnham. Doors Open 7.30 pm Show starts 8pm. Tickets £5 advance £6 on the door (18+ only).

The In-Visible Project 22 October – 30 October

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Totnes based artist Lili John will be bringing her ‘InVisible’ Exhibition to the gallery for one week. Produced in collaboration with members of Totnes Women’s Institute, the exhibition examines people’s visibility in today’s society. Monday to Saturday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Film Exhibition 1 November – 12 November A short exhibition exploring the world of film. Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Plus! Private View – an opportunity to meet the artists and filmmakers. 31 October 6 – 8 pm.

Dominic Berry Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm

Running for Home David Stamp

Landscape Exhibition 14 November – 3 December With our rich and varied landscape all around us Artizan will be showing a series of work from five artists featuring: Dawn Brimacombe, Rik Pitman and David Stamp. Monday to Saturday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Plus! Private View & Art Talk – an opportunity to meet and hear from some of the artists taking part. 14 November 6 – 8 pm.

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Arts headliners and local performers. Doors Open 7.15 pm Performance 7.45pm - 10 pm Tickets: £5 Advance £6 on the door. Robert Garnham

the mathematics behind his ceramic designs. The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

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Acoustic Nights 3 October & 7 November Talented musician Robert Spence curates an evening of acoustic entertainment from local performers. Doors open 7 pm, performance 7.30pm - 10pm. Tickets: £4 Advance £5 on the door. 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626 artizan gallery.co.uk

More Great Arts Events: Inspired Art, Hannahs On till 12 December (Mondays) Interested in becoming an artist/maker? These weekly sessions are open to everyone and give you the opportunity to work with experienced practitioners to make original art. No previous experience needed. Time: 10am to 3pm. First session free - booking required. Hannahs, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325800 discoversealehayne.org/events

Sublime Symmetry, Torre Abbey On till 4 December The Sublime Symmetry exhibition showcases the work of William De Morgan, the celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer and colleague of William Morris. Discover englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Torbay Festival of Poetry 27-31 October Immerse yourself in poetry at this popular and joyful annual celebration. With 25 events, poetry will fill the weekend. Listen to readings, learn more at workshops and meet the poets. Thursday evening brings a partystyle opening event with 5 Amp Fuse, a group of 5 poets at Torre Abbey. Most other events will be held at The Livermead Cliff Hotel. Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6RO torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk October/November 2016


Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick THE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW 6 OCTOBER ONLY This breathtaking production, featuring the impeccable vocal talents of Belinda Davids, is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. Accompanied by a full band and dancers, the show includes 20 of Houston’s most popular tracks taken from the full span of her career, including: I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, I’m Every Woman, Exhale (Shoop Shoop), Million Dollar Bill and more.

Also worth seeing… Starstruck – on till 19 October Starman – David Bowie 28 October

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick DEVON OPERA RIGOLETTO 14 OCTOBER ONLY Devon Opera presents Verdi’s Rigoletto, a tragic story revolving around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful innocent daughter, Gilda. This is the company’s first fully staged production of the opera in an abridged version. It is sung in Italian, with a professional cast and piano accompaniment, under the direction of Ruth Bettesworth.

Also worth seeing… Branagh Theatre Live – The Entertainer 27 October only ROH Live Anastasia 2 & 6 November

Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick OLIVER THE MUSICAL 26 – 29 OCTOBER Brixham Operatic & Dramatic Society’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel, ‘Oliver Twist’, tells the story of young orphan Oliver as he travels through the dark underbelly of London society, searching for a home, a family and, more importantly, love. The musical score features many famous numbers including Consider Yourself, Food, Glorious Food, As Long As He Needs Me and It’s A Fine Life.

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Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM 10 – 15 OCTOBER A delightful farce where three people borrow a friend’s flat all unbeknown to the other, resulting in three couples converging on the apartment expecting to find it empty; chaos and confusion ensue. This is a TOADS season production directed by Alan Tanner.

Also worth seeing… Macbeth 7 – 12 November


Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick WHEN WE ARE MARRIED 19 – 22 OCTOBER



The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Scappitts were all married twenty five years ago by the same parson on the same day. They are gathered together to celebrate their silver weddings when the new organist tells them the parson was not qualified so they have been living in sin for twenty-five years. Pandemonium breaks out with hilarious results.

Also worth seeing… The Cavern Beatles 13 October only Outside Edge 30 November - 3 December

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY 12 OCTOBER Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50 Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more.

Also worth seeing… South Pacific 25-29 October Ellen Kent’s Nabucco 17 November only

Wednesdays 26th October 7th December 2.30pm & 8.15pm Wednesday 14th December 2.30pm Boxing Day 26th December 12 noon & 3pm. Wednesday 28th December 3pm. New Year’s Day 1st January 12 noon & 3pm.. Tickets: £20, Seniors £19, Children (-16years) £10 Boxing Day & New Year’s Day £21/£20/£11 Online booking incurs a £1 per ticket transaction fee (£2 from 24/10/16)

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“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower” Robert Camus Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon celebrates the arrival of autumn with its mellow fruitfulness. Autumn is a time for digging and for moving tender plants under cover before the first frosts arrive. October and November can be the wettest months and one of the most consistently stormy times of year. So, batten down the hatches and on those wet days you can make a brew, study your catalogue and start planning what to sow and grow for next year. Success in gardening is mostly down to good planning.

Spring Bulbs Spring bulbs need to be planted by the end of November, at the latest. Remember to plant them in a hole about 3 times the depth of the bulb. How about planting some crocus, daffodil, snowdrop, cyclamen or anemone nemorosa bulbs and allowing them to naturalise? This is best done either in grass or beneath deciduous trees and will create drifts of colour. The key things to remember wherever you decide to naturalise bulbs are: • Chose the right bulb for the right place • Planting holes need to be about 3 times as deep as the depth of the bulbs • Scatter and plant the bulbs so that they look natural (no rows!) • Once flowering has ended allow the leaves to die back naturally

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Lis’s garden includes a wide range of flowering plants but it is the veg patch and greenhouse that receive the most attention. Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained from her father (a professional gardener) from working at Dobies and also from her own trial and error. Storm, the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Sweet Peas – The Queen of Annuals A member of the Leguminosae family, the sweet pea is indeed a pea. The Greek name is Lathyrus odoratus meaning literally, fragrant pea. Yet whereas peas are of course edible, the sweet pea is poisonous and can cause convulsions, paralysis of the legs and unconsciousness. Sowing sweet peas in autumn will result in early flowering, strong plants for next year. When sowing sweet peas rootrainers are ideal, as are the inner cardboard tubes from toilet rolls. Use standard seed compost and sow 2 or 3 seeds together. Do not thin these out but plant them, when the time is right, as a small clump. Some people like to soak or chit their sweet pea seed prior to sowing to aid germination but others feel that this can cause the seed to rot and isn’t necessary. As always with seed, it’s best to follow the instructions on the individual seed packet. Mice seem to be particularly keen on sweet pea seed and will be hungry at the time, so watch out!

Autumn Garlic Autumn is the time to plant garlic if you fancy an early crop next year. A member of the onion family, garlic is a staple of the Mediterranean and Asian diets and considered by many to be a super food. Full of vitamins and minerals, garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic and is thought to protect against colds and flus. Of course it also wards off vampires and Scottish midges! There are two major types of garlic, soft-necked and hardnecked. The main differences being that soft-necked have a stronger flavour and store better than the hard-necked.

So, if you like a mild garlic and intend to use it soon after harvesting then select a hard-necked variety, otherwise go for soft-necked. It may be tempting to break up and plant the garlic bulb you bought from the supermarket a couple of weeks ago and haven’t yet used. Avoid this temptation. The variety may be completely unsuitable for our climate, the bulb well past its best and will also not be certified as disease free. So, buy your garlic bulbs from a reputable source, such as Dobies, and plant away.


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Winter flowering houseplants will have enjoyed their summer ‘resting’ out in the garden but now is the time to bring them in. Repot them if necessary or maybe just topdress them and start giving a weekly feed once flower buds appear.

Torquay & District Horticultural Society All talks are held at 7.30pm at the Livermead House Hotel. 5 October: Winter Cheer & Spring Tonic 19 October: The Cecil Heard Lecture 2 November: “Gardens of Paignton Zoo” with Mr Giles Palmer 16 November: Cacti & Succulents with Barry Reid 30 November:The Holly & The Ivy, A seasonal talk with Mr Roy Cheek

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Private View A private view of Sublime Symmetry, an exhibition highlighting the mathematics behind William De Morgan’s stunning ceramic designs, was held at Torre Abbey. The exhibition is showing over 80 magnificent works and runs until 4 December.

Gordon Oliver (Elected Mayor of Torbay) and Sarah Hardy (Exhibition Curator, De Morgan Foundation) Claire Hockaday, Bob Letcher, Tricia Powe, Gillian Westell and Cllr Nicole Amil

Cllr Ray Hill (Chmn Torbay Council), Fran Hughes (Asst.Dir. Torbay Council) and Patricia Hill

Philip Badcott (Trustee Torquay Museum) and Chris Nicholls (Torquay Museum Society)

Simon Akeroyd (Natl Trust), Kate Richards, Heather Adams, Carole Cresswell (Trustee} and Judith Read (Chair) all Torquay Museum

Ana Masters, Ali Marshall (Torre Abbey) and Claire Longworth (De Morgan Foundation)


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Cllr Nicole Amil (Torbay Council) and Dee Martin (Torre Abbey)


Plaque Unveiling

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Torbay Civic Society held a plaque unveiling at Torquay Museum dedicated to one of the world’s most renowned explorers, Percy Fawcett, who was born in Torquay and whose remarkable life is the subject of a Hollywood film The Lost World of Z produced by Brad Pitt and due for release at the end of 2016. Lieutenant Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett was an artillery officer, archaeologist and South American explorer who disappeared in the uncharted jungles of Brazil in 1925 during an expedition searching for an ancient lost city. Some of the personal possessions of Percy Fawcett are displayed in Torquay Museum’s Explorers Gallery, along with an account of his life and explorations. Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver and Percy Fawcett’s granddaughter, Rolette de Montet-Guerin, unveiled the stainless steel plaque.

Percy Fawcett Basil Greenwood (Torquay Museum), Gordon Oliver (Elected Mayor of Torbay), Rolette de Montet-Guerin (Granddaughter of Percy Fawcett), Ian Handford (Torbay Civic Society), and Barry Chandler (Torquay Museum)

Carl Smith (Torquay Museum), Adam Hart (Gloucestershire University), and Paul Trainer (Torbay Libraries)

Frank Turner (Blue Badge Guide), and Brenda Loosemore (Torbay Civic Society)

Alan & Joan Henshaw and John Watt (all Torquay Museum Society) June & Dick Goffin Roy & Chantal Ashwell and Colin Webster (all Torbay Civic Society)

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Torbay Business Festival The Torbay Business Forum held its inaugural business festival at the Riviera International Conference Centre. There were over 40 exhibitors from the local business community and the event was sponsored by the TDA and Bays Brewery.

Tim Godfrey (Chairman Torbay Business Forum) and Gordon Oliver (Elected Mayor of Torbay)

Chris Hart (Wollen Michelmore) and Barry Cole

Kim Thornton, Nick Williams and Liz Edwards (TDA)

Ashley Bevan and Kim Hall (WBW Solicitors)

Chris Coombes, Mark Green and Louise Hart (Fruition)

Dave Churchill and Simon King (Lloyds Bank)

Thomas Winfield and Rod Walmsley (Winfields)

Nick Sanders, Carly Tombs and Melanie Birchell (Pavey Group)

Mike Alexander and Jim Thomson (FSB)

Julie Kniveton and Katherine Allday (Torbay Council)

Angela Wright and Carolyn Custerson (ERTC)

Jenny Bindon (TBF) and Clive Perry (Big Ant)

Chantell Ashwell, Sandra and Roger Lissenden (Torbay Business Forum)

Helen Puddicombe and Charlotte Bonas

Lynette Dare and James Dare (Flossy & Jim)


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Social Diary

Torquay’s Artizan Gallery held a private view for their retrospective exhibition of works from two South West greats, linocut and pastel artist Arthur Homeshaw (1933-2011) and impressionist landscape artist Richard Slater.

Kim Freeman, Richard Slater, Wendy Homeshaw and Geoff Sloan

Julia and Paul Ormsby

Lydia and Jo Sloan

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Mike Inness and Julie Brandon (Artizan Gallery)

Rachel Rees and Cllr Nicole Amil


Wendy Homeshaw and Neil Homeshaw

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Tea at the Palace Torbay Civic Society hosted an afternoon talk at the Palace Hotel, Paignton. The presentation, entitled ‘Torbay Is A Myth’ was given by Chairman Ian Handford. Ian & Pat Handford and Russell Buckingham

Eunice Nichols, Francine Rogers, Helen Buckingham, Patricia Best and Joyce Mitchell Jean & Bob Vincent and Carolyn Howkins (seated)

Nigel Hawke Racing Club

We were invited to mid-Devon National Hunt trainer and Grand National winning jockey Nigel Hawke’s racing yard to view the facilities and horses that are available for part shares in the yard’s new racing club.

Eddie Buckley (Assistant Trainer), Steve Winfield (Nigel Hawke Racing Club) and Nigel Hawke

Ian Lindsay, Lionel Bagg, Cyril Moate, Chris Boulter and Derek Mead

Warren Main, Mark Phillips, Perry Wright and David Mitchell

Fiona Osborne, Jack Greenhalgh, Neil Osborne, Lee Drowne and Poul Andersen

Steve Winfield (Nigel Hawke Racing Club) and Katherine Mead (Thorne Farm Racing)


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Brixham Business Show After a resounding success at its first show last year, the Brixham Chamber of Commerce and Brixham Means Business held their second business exhibition at the Berry Head Hotel.

Social Diary Alison Benney (Enlighten HR) and Julie Harrison (Improve Your Health)

Mark Boyce (Boyce Brixham) and Carole Burke (Barclays Bank)

Louise Crocker (South Devon College)

Sue Prudden and Vernon Coon (Seaway Financial)

Mark Boyce (Boyce Brixham) and Carole Burke (Barclays Bank)

Dean Cartwright (Corona Coffee)

Ronnie Halden (Big Wave Media) and James Twigger (Accounting 4 Everything)

Kate Barton and Janice Courtenay (Boyce Hatton Solicitors) Pamela Cartwright (Touch of Life) and Guy Thompson (Roger Richards Solicitors)

Dexter and Jen McLaughlin (EWS Clinic)

Lesley Allinson and Anthony Blackaby (Scribble & Ink)


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Hidden Talents Torbay Community Development Trust is reaching out to local residents who, for one reason or another, have become isolated and is encouraging them to embrace their community and reveal their hidden talents. Julian Rees finds out more.


with the wider family. Without friends or family who head off to Paignton Library’s café to meet up with could have done this? Sophia Sheridan, Marketing and Communications This is where Ageing Well Torbay comes in. It’s a Big Officer and Katherine Fallon, Paignton Town Lottery funded project that aims to reduce social isolation Community Builder, both employees of the Torbay and loneliness for people aged over 50 living in the Bay Community Development Trust. Sophia tells me the and it was launched in October 2015. As a Community trust was launched in 2014 to build the capacity of Builder, Katherine tells me how she works with her voluntary organisations and community groups to be network of colleagues to find isolated people and help able to do more. The trust aims to develop communities to reintegrate them. This often starts at the other end of by uncovering hidden assets and talents, and bringing the spectrum by finding the most connected person in them together to build a stronger and fully inclusive an area, who can likely point out the lonely and isolated. community. Isolation happens for many complex reasons but for many In its role as a support agency, the trust supports it might just be because they’ve major ongoing projects within the Bay such as Ageing Well Torbay It fully embraces the fact that got out of the habit of socialising and the Torbay Timebank. It small groups of thoughtful and through family breakdown, also provides essential support to committed individuals are the retirement or incapacity. Katherine tells me a knock on the door can local groups and individuals that ones that bring about change uncover a person who at first will want to engage in community tell you they ‘don’t want to be a burden’ but then reveals support activities by helping them navigate decisiona whole host of skills, stories and knowledge that need to making processes and assisting funding searches and be celebrated. She says, “It’s important to realise that it’s applications. In its first year, the trust helped secure not just the old person living in a run down property with almost £500,000 in grants for local social enterprise. It an overgrown garden; it can just as often be a successful fully embraces the fact that small groups of thoughtful and committed individuals are the ones that bring about person living in a smart home who took early retirement, who is isolated.” change through community action. Katherine and her colleagues can introduce people to Sophia goes on to tells me some facts about our community that really opened my eyes as to why the trust many charities that offer support under the umbrella of Ageing Well Torbay like Age UK, Mencap, the Red Cross is needed and how its major projects aim to help. and more local groups such as Brixham Does Care. For instance, did you know that a conservative The unearthing of all these skills and talents led the estimate shows that almost 50% of Torbay’s inhabitants Trust to establish the Torbay Timebank. Timebanking are over 50? Within that group at least 6,000 people are isn’t new and has its roots in the nineteenth century where considered isolated, meaning they don’t have any regular it was used as a means to reduce recidivism rates but contact with family, friends or social groups. For many of the common theme is that every person is an asset. The us today with our social media, smartphones and tablets current system was established in the US in 1990 by Dr and more importantly, our busy lives, this seems unlikely, Edgar Kahn, civil rights activist and former speech-writer but I expect many readers will also be familiar with time for Bobby Kennedy. It is now established in 22 countries spent introducing relatives and older family members around the world and allows people to exchange skills and to means of communication that they considered were experiences within a community. Dr Kahn, now in his 90s beyond them. Personally, after several years of resistance my mother now enjoys Facebook and the contact it brings visited Torbay in November last year for the launch of the 78

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Charities and Volunteering Torbay Timebank. The Timebank is open to anyone aged 12 years and up; if you’re under 16 you’ll need to be accompanied by an adult whilst you perform your tasks but this is one of very few rules. Katherine tells me it’s simple to join up, just visit timebanking.org and select the timebank local to you from the blue Times & Talents tab (top right). Once at your local page then click the Become A Member button (top left) then fill in the membership details, later you will be asked to supply the names and contact details of two people who would be happy to provide references. Once your membership has been accepted you’ll receive

Matching offers to requests

a confirmation and you’ll be a Timebank member. Don’t worry if you’re not computer savvy, you can sign up with paper forms too by contacting your local Community Builder. Then it’s time to add your offers and requests. Katherine says, “Giving is easy but many people find it harder to take. However, without requests the whole system doesn’t provide the intended benefit for the whole community.” So think as hard about what you really don’t like doing or can’t do, as well as what you have to offer. You can select a time period for your offers and requests or they can be ongoing. Also indicate the distance you can travel plus the days and times you are available. Once you’re done then matches and opportunities will be sent to you. The system caters for both individuals and groups. This gets me thinking...I really dislike gloss painting so if someone can paint my doors and skirtings then I’ll design a poster for your event, show you how to use your smartphone or give you a paddleboarding lesson...I’m off to join the Timebank! o

Brixham Community Builder Victoria Campbell and Dr Edgar Cahn

TCDT’s Lead Officer Simon Sherbersky giving time gardening

Timebank member Glynis using her artistic talents

Get Involved If you feel you have skills to donate or need help establishing a community venture visit torbaycdt. org.uk. Alternatively call 01803 212638 or email info@torbaycdt.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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BusinessBreaks... SDUTC Works with Industry

New students at Newton Abbot’s South Devon University Technical College visited Linden Homes’ Kings Gate development in Kingsteignton. Sales and Marketing Director Brian Deacon, Site Manager Chris Braley and Senior Site Manager, Bob Mitchell welcomed them. The 20 pupils, all aged between 14 and 15, started at the college in September. The group, who will be studying engineering and science, enjoyed a tour of the development and were introduced to the site team, learning about the different roles within the housebuilding company. Alison Hannah, Assistant Principal at South Devon UTC said, “Gaining on-the-job experience is invaluable and really complements what the students learn in a classroom setting. We’re very grateful to Linden Homes for taking the time to pass on their knowledge and expertise – the pupils absolutely loved it.” The SDUTC is working closely with local industry in the fields of engineering, the environment and water to offer GCSE studies for pupils from Year 10, plus A-Levels and BTECs for those aged 16-18. o

together with other companies, Stagecoach is able to once again step in and support Children’s Week.” o

Kitsons’ New Talent

Stagecoach Sponsors Sci-Fi Day For the third year running, Stagecoach South West sponsored Sci-Fi day at Children’s Week, the longrunning, free week of events for young people in Torbay. Stagecoach employee Dave Hall dedicated much of his spare time to organising the event and also showed off some of his collection of replica movie cars and costumes on the day. He has been taking his cars to charity events for a number of years and said, “I love arranging this event as it puts smiles on the faces of the people that come and see the great cars and the characters. Film and TV sci-fi is something I love and I enjoy all the props involved.” Helen Scholes, Marketing Manager at Stagecoach South West, said, “I’m so pleased that, 80

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Rhoda Honey, Rosie Evans and Lexi Climie who have undertaken training seats at Kitsons offices in Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth have qualified as solicitors. All three are being taken on as newly qualified solicitors. Lexi Clime will join Kitsons’ Employment Team in the firm’s Plymouth office, whilst Rosie Evans joins Kitsons’ Commercial Property Team in Exeter and Rhoda Honey will be joining the firm’s Litigation Team in the Torquay office. James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons said, “Part of our growth strategy is to train and develop our own and we are delighted to have such talented and capable trainees qualifying with us with more coming through our trainee programme.”o



... Solicitors shortlisted for Law Society’s 10th Excellence Awards

Wollen Michelmore Solicitors have been shortlisted from among the brightest and best of the legal profession for the Law Society of England and Wales’ Excellence Awards. The awards, now in their 10th year, are a recognition of the commitment, enthusiasm and passion that solicitors dedicate to serving their clients, and – in the process underpinning our world-renowned legal system. The firm has been shortlisted in three categories: Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Excellence in Client Service and for Excellence in Private Client Practice. In 2015, solicitor Rachel Carter was shortlisted to the final for the category of Solicitor of the Year. The finalists for the prestigious awards are selected by a panel of experts from within and beyond the profession, and demonstrate the expertise and values shared by solicitors working across England and Wales. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 October 2016 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London. o

Torbay Museums Trust Appoints New Chair Judith Read has been appointed to help steer Torquay Museum through some challenging times ahead. Torbay Museums Trust is a new groundbreaking venture in Torbay’s heritage sector and was launched just over a year ago to oversee and shape the further development of Torquay Museum. Judith holds an MSc in Education Management from the University of Wisconsin and has had a distinguished career in further and adult education in Greater Manchester. o


Networking Directory

Get involved with Torbay business! Torbay Business Forum First Tuesday of every month 7.30am RICC Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ Contact: Angela George 07717 316641 info@torbaybusinessforum.org.uk torbaybusinessforum.org.uk @TorbayBusiness Torbay Business Network Last Friday of every month 7.30am Pierpoint Restaurant Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HA Contact: Anthony Blackaby 01803 299935 events@torbaybusinessnetwork.co.uk @TorbayBizNet SOS Club Second Tuesday of every month 7.30am Livings Coasts Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG Contact: Jenny Paton 01803 697509 Jenny.Paton@paigntonzoo.org.uk Breakfast Networking Club Torbay Every other Tuesday 7.15am The Grand Hotel The Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT Contact: Andy Coleman 07830 150615 andy@deatorbay.co.uk @BNC_torbay

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