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We meet Colin Matthews & Trudi Knapman

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...to our April/May issue! Spring is here and we have a magazine packed full of exciting festivals and events to make the most of sunny days ahead on the English Riviera. In this issue we meet Colin Matthews, proprietor of Babbacombe Theatre and find out about his 30 years at the forefront of local entertainment. At the helm of Torquay’s premier fashion outlet, Hoopers, is Trudi Knapman, a true fashionista whose enthusiasm is taking the store to new heights. You won’t be stuck for something to do over the next couple of months as there are festivals, celebrations and events to please everyone. Whether you’re looking to dance the hornpipe at Brixham Pirate Festival, sample the latest foodie delights at Dartington Food Festival or track the ancestors of your favourite feline at Torquay Museum’s Claws! exhibition. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet then take a stroll around the pretty village of Marldon or get busy in the garden planting low-maintenance style - don’t miss Dobies’ reader offer too. Thank you to everyone who sent in a completed reader survey from last issue. We really value your feedback and ideas, and will endeavour to act on your suggestions wherever we can.

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In this issue

28 Cats have mummies too

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12 Riviera People - Colin Matthews


What’s On

18 Riviera People - Trudi Knapman



22 Brixham Pirate Festival


Rowcroft Hospice

26 Heritage - Brunel



28 Claws!



30 Dart Music Festival


Social diary

32 Jazz Age Lawn Party


Business - Tourism BID

35 BMAD Festival 2016


Business Breaks

39 Geopark Festival


The Briefing


Local news snippets 30 years at Babbacombe Theatre

At the helm of Torbay’s glamour hub Piratical plundering persists!

More blue plaques than most

Cats of all shapes and sizes at Torquay Museum Raves and recitals over the river Dress for jazz at Coleton Fishacre Bikers make a difference in Paignton A geological celebration

41 Dartington Food Fair

A gourmet celebration of local produce

Take a stroll around Marldon Our pick of April and May events Who’s treading the boards Find out about Rowcroft’s work Abbeyfield Society Lis Wallace’s green fingered column Local people at local events Local businesses decide the Bay’s future Local business news in brief Legal news from Wollen Michelmore

22 Pirate time!

42 Brixfest

Brixham’s annual family friendly festival

45 Aqua Adrenaline Tour 2016 Powerboats and waterski racing

46 Doggy Days Out

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Reader Memories For English Riviera Magazine reader Geoffrey Beckett of Torquay, our history article about the town’s links to the Great Train Robbery of 1963 rekindled memories of his personal association with one the most notorious of crimes of British history. Our writer Richard Newcombe went to meet him and heard the story. For postman Beckett, the night shift at Crewe sorting office in Cheshire started like any other, though rather busy on account of the recent Bank Holiday resulting in larger than usual volumes of post and cash for onward delivery. As Geoffrey loaded the mail bags of used notes onto the train, destined for the London clearing banks, little did he know that 4 hours later they would be unloaded again, somewhat short of their intended destination, by Reynolds’ gang. The night shift at Crewe was stopped abruptly by the news flash announcing the £2.6 million robbery. “We just couldn’t believe what we were hearing,” said Mr. Beckett now retired and living in Torquay. The story does go full circle, as when postman Beckett himself moved to live in Torquay in 1973, he delivered post to the house known as Cap Martin, the one time home of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds. o

Cruising Success

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) South West held a highly successful South West Cruising Conference at South Devon College. All seven South West counties were represented on the day. The event was hosted at the University Centre at the College’s Paignton Campus and featured a packed agenda full of guest speakers and specialist workshops. College staff and students were on hand to ensure the conference ran smoothly, including some of the College’s own industry experts from the Noss Marine Academy. Workshops included navigation, buying and selling yachts, engine maintenance and on board cooking. The guest speaker was Robin Elsey, who described his offshore short-handed sailing, including the fantastic 1st Rookie position he achieved in the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro, which is widely considered the world championship for single-handed yachtsmen and women. Torquay harbour was the penultimate leg in the 2015 race, an incredible success and a huge boost for the local area. o

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Rare Species Discovery

A conservationist from Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust has made a crucial discovery in the rainforests of East Africa. Elena Tonelli has discovered a new population of a rare species of toad previously only found in a single patch of forest less than half the size of a football pitch. Elena is a PhD student from Manchester Metropolitan University working for the trust in the Uzungwa Scarp Nature Reserve in Tanzania. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo. Elena has found the rare toads over 20 kilometres from their only previously recorded location. Wendy’s forest toad, Nectophrynoides wendyae, is a species of toad endemic to a single forest in Tanzania and listed as Critically Endangered.

Helicopter Flights

One lucky winner has won two helicopter flights as part of a competition for Torbay Airshow, which is taking place on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June on Paignton Green. Natasha Hope-Brown, from Torquay, won a ride in a helicopter to view some of the finest sights across the English Riviera. You can also experience an exciting helicopter ride as it lifts off and climbs to 1,000 feet above the Bay during the airshow. Helicopter rides can be booked subject to availability. The helicopter can take up to 4 passengers per flight and tickets cost £45. Flights will take off and land from Torbay Velopark. torbayairshow.com/ visitors/helicopter.o

Elena reported from the field: “We found dozens of adult wendyae at the new site in a remote part of the nature reserve. It was a great way to celebrate the New Year after enduring such tough field conditions.”o

Torbay Air Show Launch

Torbay Airshow will take place 10-12 June at Paignton Green and a launch event was held at the Palace Hotel, Paignton. A spectacular weekend of air displays will be complemented with a large event village, musical entertainment, trade stands, good quality food and VIP enclosures. Flights include the Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, King Air B200 and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Aircraft – the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster and The Spitfire. Saturday 11 June will be Armed Forces Day with a range of military displays and a parade including military veterans.o

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Shipwreck, Scandal and Madness

Fiona Freer spent eleven years teaching at St Marychurch’s Abbey School and after five years of research has now published her novel, A Long Time Dying about the family who lived there during Victorian times. Fiona said, ”The building started life as a fine Georgian mansion, originally called Hampton House. I fell in love with it.” Fiona was soon trawling through census records, death certificates and old newspapers. She discovered that a Victorian celebrity had purchased Hampton House in 1851. Charles Tayleur amassed a huge fortune building locomotives during the Industrial Revolution. In 1853 his foundry constructed an iron clipper, advertised as the largest, fastest, safest merchant sailing ship ever built. But RMS Tayleur struck rocks off Lambay Island and sank on its maiden voyage, killing nearly three hundred people. Fiona then unearthed the family papers in the Devon Record Office. Nobody had looked at them since the law firm had deposited them there – the documents were still tied with Victorian tape and grey with the dust from the clerks’ coal fires. She was shocked to see “IN LUNACY” stamped in red ink on most of them. Fiona was aghast at the story she uncovered – the Tayleur family had a tumultuous past. William Houlbrooke Tayleur inherited the mansion in 1854 and he must have been hoping that the snooty members of Torquay society had short memories. Just a few years earlier he had divorced his wife after she had a scandalous affair with Lord Arthur Lennox, and denied that he was the father of her youngest son. Divorce in the 1840s was difficult and expensive, and all the details were reported salaciously in several newspapers.

William did not live in Hampton House for very long. After fathering three children, he suddenly and dramatically lost his sanity. The circumstances of this are described in detail in the family papers because he wrote a will at the beginning of his illness, and the solicitors knew this would be challenged after his death. He lived on for twenty long years, while his family bickered over his estate. After his death, his son Charles William Tayleur moved in with his five children and created the happy family atmosphere, which still fills the house today. Fiona’s novel was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2015. o fionafreer.co.uk

Superhero Rhino A Devon artist is creating an extraordinary superhero – in his garage. Stuart Wright, from Exeter, is creating a perfect replica of the famous Iron Man body armour for a life-size model rhinoceros. In a scene straight out of a blockbuster movie, Stuart stands surrounded by tools and materials including fibreglass, polyester resin and carbon fibre. It’s all part of The Great Big Rhino Project, a major free public art event to raise awareness and funds to help Critically Endangered rhinos. The project, run by Paignton Zoo and Wild in Art, will put a trail of amazing painted rhino models into the streets, parks and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera, encouraging thousands of people to enjoy the spectacle. The Great Big Rhinos arrive on Saturday 30th July and funds raised will be channelled through Save the Rhino International. 8

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Colin Matthews

30 Years at Babbacombe Theatre

Colin Matthews is celebrating 30 years at Babbacombe Theatre where he has perfected a crowd-pleasing menu of in-house variety performances plus touring shows that keep the 600-seater theatre a truly vibrant and thriving part of the community. Anita Newcombe meets up with Colin to find out more.


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am meeting Colin in his office at Babbacombe Theatre to chat about his 30-year winning formula and his plans for the future. “More of the same,” he says. “Our own productions are very much our ‘bread and butter’ and these are complemented by popular touring shows.” When Colin says, “our own shows” he really means it. He devises the ideas, writes the scripts, selects the music and personally directs and manages rehearsals for each show. This year’s special is ‘Starstruck’ with great vocals, side-splitting comedy and gorgeous costumes all overflowing with irresistible feel-good factor. It’s about the 120th show that Colin has produced but even at the age of 70 he is still constantly seeking new creative ideas and fine-tuning the performances so they are the very best they can be. Of course, he does have a talented team to help him but the tremendous driving force that ensures the theatre’s long-standing popularity is quite clearly down to Colin. It wasn’t always easy however. Colin took over the theatre in 1986 and had a few bad years especially after TOADS moved into the Little Theatre in 1991 and were no longer renting Babbacombe Theatre each winter. The theatre was in danger of closing and new ideas were needed. Colin also had the challenge of a change in holiday habits at this time – people were going abroad more and local hotels were trying hard to extend their season into the winter months. Colin decided that an updated version of the traditional variety show would help the theatre tap into the important holiday market. He said, “We had Dana in our first season and some other names but it was very costly and too much money was going straight out of the stage door.” So in the early 90s Colin started putting more money into his own productions, investing more in costumes, lighting and staging, rather than in paying for big names. The idea was a modern variety blend with much more pzazz, glamour and humour. In order to fill 600 seats daily throughout the year, he needed to give people what they wanted and provide a fun and thoroughly enjoyable evening out. Colin says, “It may not be cutting edge but it is very entertaining and people do love it.” Now Babbacombe Theatre is thriving and extraordinarily, is the only unsubsidised theatre in the West Country. This is a big achievement for a seaside town where as Colin says’ “half the catchment area is just sea.” Many of the theatregoers are over 50 and the theatre does rely extensively on the holiday trade to sustain their long season, closing only briefly in January for repairs. However his more recent shows with a more contemporary content are now attracting a younger audience including local families and Colin says, “In


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Riviera People addition we are also now enticing more touring shows and Hotel (now part of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School) and turning it into a nightclub where live groups performed getting people like Lulu and TV names who seem to like including Empty Vessels, later known as Wishbone Ash. the intimacy of our theatre. We’ve always had a warm and He went on to own other clubs and pubs with his brother intimate feel to the place.” and learned the business quickly. In the 60s and 70s Babbacombe Theatre has grown from small beginnings. people went out a lot and expected a good evening out. In the 20s a bandstand was built on the site where bands Live bands gradually gave way to records and DJs started had already been performing for some time. Then, in 1938 a permanent theatre, the Babbacombe Downs Concert Hall to become entertainers in their own right. Doodles was one of the nightclubs and a 17 was built. Soon afterwards with the advent of World War II, the Colin decided that an updated version year old Lenny Henry appeared theatre was commandeered for the of the traditional variety show would here as well as acts like Jethro. Later, Colin got into war effort and became a lecture help the theatre tap into the important promoting at the Festival theatre for the RAF who were holiday market Theatre, Paignton and The stationed at The Palace Hotel. Princess, Torquay and around 1984 booked a relatively After the war ended, shows started up again and the unknown Jaspar Carrott. He toured a show called Andrew theatre hosted emerging talents such as Bruce Forsyth. Lloyd Webber and the Great British Musicals and went Brucie did a couple of seasons here before being talent spotted and securing Sunday Night at the Palladium. Colin as far as Bristol, Manchester and Eastbourne. He put the show into the Babbacombe Theatre where he was already remembers, “I was taken as a child to see Bruce by my involved and things grew from there. He was the first in grandfather who told me, ‘I think he will be a star’.” Bruce the area to try ‘Songs from the Shows’ as a concept and paid an unannounced visit to the Babbacombe Theatre in the early 2000s and did a routine on the stage to the delight worked with performers from Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. This gradually evolved into a new kind of the unsuspecting audience. Bruce remembered the place of variety format, which is still bringing in the audiences fondly. “The atmosphere in this place, you can’t beat! Stay today. Undeterred by the very challenging times throughout kind to it and treasure it all you can ...” the late 80s, Colin took on a new lease for Babbacombe Colin Matthews has lived in Torquay since he was 5 Theatre in 1990 and subsequently turned it into one of the years old; his father was a teacher at Audley Park (now most successful theatres in the country. Torquay Academy). In his early working years, he joined Of course a good team is essential and among these are: forces with his elder brother, leasing Shiphay Manor


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Riviera People Musical Director Pete Leonard, Choreographers Georgia Lee and Sadie Oliver, Front of House Manager Marie Chapman, Stage Manager Mike Gornavs, Katie Skeggs who manages the office and of course Sharon Waring the theatre’s indefatigable General Manager. Apart from managing the place, Sharon is something of an expert in costumes and adept at working with the costumiers. The theatre has a big wardrobe; at Christmas, costumes are generally used from stock and new ones are ordered for the main shows. Colin says, “I’ve now got people I can really rely on but will continue being hands-on because I love it.” Over the years Colin has discovered lots of outstanding local acts and likes to bring ‘new blood’ in regularly. Some performers are spotted when in the area for seasonal shows and then decide to move to the area. Others apply direct and some come through the Trevor George agency in Torquay. Many young performers who have appeared in Colin’s shows have gone on to enjoy success nationally and appeared in the West End. Colin is also a great believer in the Babbacombe community as a whole. He says, “We are very much part of the local community and bring a buzz to the area, particularly with our touring shows. Babbacombe has its very own, very special cachet as a resort.” Colin tells me that he has been going to the Cary Arms since he was “too young to go there” and loves what they have done there recently. He also believes that Martyn Strange’s new restaurant on Oddicombe Beach is really good for the area. He highlights Hanbury’s who are always in the press for winning awards and Bygones, the Cliff Railway and the Model Village, which are some of the best Babbacombe & St Marychurch attractions. He works very closely with local hotels to complement their own entertainment programmes and bring visitors to the theatre. In spite of being very hands-on at the theatre, Colin has a big family with grandchildren and makes sure that he has enough time available for them. He has 4 children: Lee, Fay, Ben and Eve plus 6 grandchildren. Colin’s wife is Margaret who was well known for founding Maggie at Park Lane, a successful restaurant in Torquay and although she sold it 15 years ago, she is still in business doing outside catering and cookery workshops for all age groups. No-one in the family has yet expressed any interest in joining the business or taking it over but this doesn’t worry Colin. He says, “I have no plans to sell. It’s a profitable business and I’m proud that I’m still here after 30 years. Laughter is the best medicine – a cliché but true – and as long as I can continue, I will.”o babbacombe-theatre.com 16

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Trudi Knapman, General Manager of Hoopers is a self-confessed fashionista, quite the devoted follower of fashion. She puts her passion to good use at Hoopers, Torquay Harbourside’s exclusive fashion, beauty and homeware store. Anita Newcombe met her to find out more. 18

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am meeting Trudi in the attractively designed restaurant with its astounding views at the top of Hoopers. Trudi is unmistakeable when she appears from a side door. She is rather glamorous and wearing a fitted Joseph Ribkoff dress with a gorgeous tropical flower print.


She tells me, “I try to wear something that’s available in the store every day - so do all our managers. It’s good to model the clothes and it gives us a much better understanding of how well the individual pieces will wash and iron.” April/May 2016


homeware, cookshop and stationery items. One thing I Trudi has been General Manager of Hoopers for didn’t know was that there is a Beauty Room for facials 18 months although she spent the first 3 – 4 months and makeovers. You can book a beauty session via one of shadowing the previous incumbent, Annie Roberts. the consultants at Sisley, Clarins or Lancome for example. Running a big store like this has many different facets. The store has some concessions such as Jaeger, Basler, In addition to such things as planning what will be likely Crew and Kurt Geiger and these brands rent space and to sell well in future seasons, she must ensure that the customers are pampered, preside over the staffing, keep an staff their own areas. The non-concession areas are also set out in brands and these include classic fashions such eye on the health and safety, manage the finances, oversee as Joseph Ribkoff, Gerry Webber, Olson and Betty & the restaurant and lots more. It sounds like a huge job. Co. Then there are ‘attitude fashions’ such as Ted Baker, Trudi tells me, “ Yes, but I have a great team and each French Connection, Benetton and Esprit; Mulberry and department has its own managers. I also work direct with Michael Kors are also really popular. The store is starting our professional buyers in accessories, ladies’ clothing, to get younger customers taking account cards and many men’s clothing and homeware.” of these will become long-term customers. Trudi says, Buying the glamorous clothing and accessories sounds “Someone can walk through the door, no matter what age rather exciting but how do they decide what to stock? or size and they will find something wonderful that suits Trudi tells me that they work far ahead on clothing lines. them.” The store’s buyers are currently working on the spring/ Hoopers is very much a destination store which draws summer 2017 collections. Range reviews are undertaken people in from all around the region. I am amazed between Trudi and the head office buyers. To prepare when I hear how far people will travel to shop here. for these conversations, she works with her department Some customers travel as far as 400 managers to review what worked well, When Trudi last miles and visit a couple of times per year what customer feedback they received moved house, her whilst visitors from places as far as Wales and the most requested brands during the previous period. The department Dad was roped in to are fairly common. Regular visitors managers each prepare a visit report that build her additional come from places like Saltash, Bristol, delves into the latest results in more wardrobe space for her Dartmouth and of course right across the Bay. detail. They will highlight what has been ever increasing fashion I wonder how Trudi came to be in successful such as dresses, single pieces and collection. her role and she tells me that she had so on. previously worked at Cath Kidson, Armed with this information, Trudi Seasalt and New Look but before that she had been in can look at more general trends, comparing Torquay’s management at various local branches of Woolworths for experiences with the family business’s other outlets in ten years. She tells me, “It felt like a very big job indeed Tunbridge Wells, Wilmslow and Harrogate. As a coastal when I first came to Hoopers and I had a very steep store, Hoopers Torquay is rather different – it is busiest in learning curve in terms of product knowledge.” Her key the summer months due to the influx of tourists, whereas objectives include ensuring the reputation of Hoopers is the other stores tend to be busiest at Christmas. maintained, providing the best levels of service, keeping The buying is often done in ‘stories’ or themes so that the staff happy and well trained and turning in the outfits can be built. The ‘stories’ might be based on expected profit levels. complementary colours or a current theme such as ‘rockTrudi settled in quickly to her new role. She tells chick.’ There are also NOOS items (never out of stock) me, “Hoopers is family owned and it’s nice to feel part such as men’s basics, florals/pastels for spring and ranges of something special. Unlike bigger organisations, you such as NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans), which are get to meet everyone – owners, directors, buyers – I ever popular. love that I can have a direct impact on what the store Trudi explains that Hoopers, Torquay has two fashion sells.” Hoopers is unusual in retail in having mostly full floors. One is very much for special occasion wear – the time staff and there are many key staff members who more expensive, luxury items. The other floor is more have been working there for many years. Trudi explains lifestyle or day-to-day clothing ranges but still very that this is very important in terms of providing the stylish. The ground floor hosts the cosmetics, accessories highest levels of service as these staff members know the and the Kurt Geiger shoes concession. The top floor has 20

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Riviera People products so well. They also get lots of training, often provided in store by suppliers and brand ambassadors. Hoopers had just completed a major refit when Trudi started her role as General Manager so she was certainly starting on a high. She says, “The second year is likely to offer more of a challenge. I’ll need to keep up the momentum and interest we have generated with more weekly events and regular fashion shows.” The store has lots of account cardholders and loyalty cardholders and they communicate with them about what’s on by email and phone. For example they may contact their contemporary customers who love the floaty, comfortable fashion epitomized by brands like Masai, Sahara and Oscar when new stock comes in. Trudi works 5 days in 7 but is always around on Saturdays unless she is on holiday. She says, “This is one day that I wouldn’t want to miss as there is always a real buzz in store.” However, she tells me that Hoopers is very supportive of the staff’s family life and the shop’s hours are generally a sensible 9am – 5.30pm with only occasional late nights for special occasions. Last year they opened on Boxing Day because it was a Saturday and it was extremely busy so they might do this again.


How does she resist all this delightful fashion, which is all around her? Well it seems she doesn’t. She reveals, “I’m a shop assistant’s dream – I love fashion.” When Trudi last moved house, her Dad was roped in to build her additional wardrobe space for her ever increasing fashion collection. Trudi now lives in Shiphay. She loves walking and when she is off work enjoys visiting Dartmoor and Exmoor with her family and two dogs Bono and Larry. More locally she loves walking on Preston Beach in the winter when dogs are allowed to roam there. Trudi tells me, “Sunday is a family day – we adore eating out, often on the moors but also at the Boathouse in Paignton, Las Iguanas, the Drum at Cockington, Coombe Cellars, the Linny at Coffinswell and many more.” But work is always calling - the store has two Basler fashions shows coming up in the next few days and there’s a whirlwind of activity planned. Trudi says, “There’s always something different happening and you never know how a day might go – that’s what makes it so interesting. There seem to be no rhyme nor rhythm to the fashion business, it’s constantly changing, but that’s one of the things I love about it.” o

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Pirate Invasion Every year, in memory of the corsairs of the seas, Brixham becomes a town reborn into the heady atmosphere of the 17th century. This year the festival runs from April 30 – May 2. Lina Finger finds out more.


rixham takes its pirate festival very seriously and dedicated piratical folk come from far and wide to join in the fun. The quality of the costumes and weaponry is quite extraordinary and everyone is encouraged to dress up even if it’s just an eye patch and a bandana. The place will be teeming with pirates. Military and period reenactors with guns will be making plenty of noise and there will be lots of music with shanties and pirate rock. Buskers, jugglers and other entertainers will perform around the streets and harbour of Brixham. You can also enjoy shows, reenactments and events around the town through the weekend. The festival takes place throughout the town with main stage right next to the Golden Hind ship in the inner harbour. The family stage will be in the Central Car park area. Brixham Pirate Festival is a glorious event for the whole family. There will be plenty of exciting events specially for the young pirates. Tiny swashbucklers can watch shows, take part in street acts and fancy dress competitions and have lots of piratical fun. The whole family will have fun as the crew of the Sheppey Pirates carry out their skirmishes and enactments on the Golden Hind. They have been entertaining and educating the public for over 20 years. With their stunning and exciting acts, you can learn how people in the 17th Century lived. They show us how life on board ship really was, how ships’ cooks worked and how to understand 17th century navigation. Do you know where the expression ‘to swing a cat’ came from? Join in and find out! Sheppey Pirates’ Ed Fox is well-known on the international pirate scene as a respected historian as well as singer, storyteller, fiddle-player, and rum-disposal specialist. Author of many books, teller of many tales, and survivor of many honourable retreats, with a huge bank 22

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of songs and tunes between his ears Ed brings the soul to even the piratiest of parties. The Pirate Festival in Brixham is also renowned for its big music lineup. There will be different programmes for each stage, the pirate filled pubs will be singing and carousing throughout the evening.o brixhampirates.com

New! T he Smugglers Run

The Smugglers Run is an exciting new addition to the Festival! Visitors will get a Smugglers Run map to visit different locations. Wannabe smugglers have to visit the locations, where they’ll get a stamp. When smugglers have collected every stamp, they can enter a prize draw.

New! T he Shanty Town

The Shanty Town is also new. It will be host to exotic market stalls, in which dealers from all over the world will sell a variety of piratical rarities and treasure from all over the globe!

Getting T here!

Brixham Pirate Festival is one of the largest of its kind, and so attracts thousands to the small fishing town each year! You can come by ferry, one of the most affordable and delightful ways to travel from Torquay to Brixham. It’s a 35-minute ferry ride across the Bay to Brixham and returning to Torquay. The Western Lady will be operating at an increased frequency during the festival, as well as providing a special Pirates Only trip across the Bay. Parking will be very difficult so please use the Park and Ride or the bus service.




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Piratical Music! Saturday April 30

Pirates of St Piran - a shanty-singing, dramatic band and piratical presentationists of the 18th century variety. The Salts Captain Morgan’s Rum Do - their music is the mixture of folk-rock or pirate-rock and entirely original compositions by Roy Mette, which tell the stories of the authentic pirates of the Golden Age of piracy. Blunderbuster - a 5-piece folk/punk band. Their sound mixes elements of traditional British folk music with punk and metal. The Pyrates - armed with guitar, bass, drums and fiddle this is a sea faring band of musical marauders with its own brand of pirate themed electric folk rock music.

Sunday May 1

Captain Morgan’s Rum Do Old Gaffers - since 2010 Old Gaffers have played with their own brand of humour, no nonsense, no gimmicks acapella sea shanties and other sea songs. Captain’s Beard Yarrr! - the Captain’s Beard be a company o’ travelin’ troubadors on a quest te bring the finest o’ sea shanties and forebitters to the ears of all who’ll listen. Seas of Mirth - a nautical crew of rugged, misplaced corsairs with a vigorous galleon of sound. Blunderbuster

Monday May 2

Exmouth Shanty Men Devon’s favourite “boy band”, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the county’s rich maritime heritage, are in demand at home and abroad. Bonsai Pirates a 5-piece folk-pop-indie-pirate act whose aim is to get people up dancing, singing and smiling singing songs of love, the sea and pirate grog. Old Gaffers Gurdy Bird - a Cornish artist/illustrator/poet/designer and craft maker who has been playing her beloved Symphonie since late 2010. She loves to perform in costume and frequents relaxed events and festivals, playing on the sidelines and talking about her instrument. Black Friday - a high energy Celtic folk punk band. Their music is a fine mix of original songs, traditional Irish jigs, reels and ballads.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Torbay’s Blue Plaque Record Holder

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the only famous person to have lived in Torbay who has been honoured with four blue plaques celebrating his extraordinary life achievements and local links. The plaques are located at: Barn Close at Barton, Bishops Place at Paignton, Hookhills Viaduct and Vomero Villa in Torquay. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells us more. eventually be a collapse and flooding. At one point Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born at Portsea was lowered from a boat to check the riverbed and its near Portsmouth on April 9th 1806. He was the only materials, before later being floated by boat along the son of Marc Brunel who subsequently built the first tunnel. underground tunnel below the River Thames. His wife For the diminutive Brunel (he was just 5ft tall), it was and Isambard’s mother, Sophia Kingdom was an amazing a both brave and dangerous act, but this outstanding woman whose father had been a naval contractor in engineer, designer and inventor always wanted to get Plymouth. Frenchman Marc was a royalist and after personally involved, being tough, single-minded and very finding himself residing in a republic, he left France for America in 1793. He then arrived in Britain just six years obstinate. Nothing was allowed to stand in his way and if he was alive today he would have later, as a highly qualified engineer. been every health and safety or During the 1830s, Brunel While in America, Marc had planning officer’s worst nightmare. married Sophia and on moving was much involved in the His actions in the tunnel were to England they initially settled construction of the London to especially hazardous and on his at Portsmouth where Isambard Bristol Great Western Railway final visit he was lucky to survive, was born. At the age of six he had boarded at Hove and later went to often working a twenty-hour day. others having to drag him out His surveying slowly brought him just alive. The episode would Caen and then Paris to complete take its revenge, as Brunel never his education. In Paris, Isambard ever nearer Devon. fully recovered from this incident was apprenticed to Louis Bregut, becoming so ill he had to convalesce in Bristol. To prove at the time one of world’s finest makers of timepieces. the tunnel was safe he arranged that his directors and However, more relevant to Isambard was that Bregut friends would attend a dinner held in part of the still was a quite extraordinary inventor of dozens of scientific incomplete tunnel. Then, while still convalescing, he instruments. entered a competition for a new suspension bridge over By the age of sixteen, Isambard was working with his the Avon Gorge, and eventually won the contract for father in London and by 20 had been recognised as so the construction of what would become the Clifton talented that he was appointed the Chief Engineer of Suspension Bridge. During the 1830s, Brunel was much the Rotherhythe Tunnel project, under construction involved in the construction of the London to Bristol below the Thames. It was a unique undertaking involving Great Western Railway often working a twenty-hour day. numerous untested methods of construction. This made His surveying slowly brought him ever nearer Devon. it extremely hazardous and dangerous work. No one In July 1836, he married Mary Horsley a highly yet knew how to test when soil became chalk, or when cultured lady from Kensington and they eventually chalk became rock and it was inevitable there would 26

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Heritage produced three children. That year, two of his earlier designs for railway extensions were abandoned due to high cost; another hard lesson learned. But then the rail link from Exeter to Newton Abbot commenced in 1844 and it would take ten years and numerous new companies before finally, the next project that of the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway Company cut their first sod to bring a railway line to Paignton and finally Kingswear. It was whilst Brunel was surveying the Bristol to Exeter line, that he became involved in our coastal route from Exeter to Newton Abbot via the Dawlish difficulties. Newton Abbot opened in 1847 and then he worked on the plan for a branch line to Torre, but he was still using his preferred broad gauge atmospheric system with its cast iron pipes using a revolutionary “atmospheric powering system”. Torre opened in 1848 but Brunel’s preferred design for a passenger system operating on his broad gauge would eventually be a disaster for a number of reasons not least, it would only operate on a single track making it impossible to link up with any National system including the GWR. Mary and Isambard were regular visitors to Torbay, eventually taking lodgings at Vomero Villa in Stitchill Road Torquay, which today sports a blue plaque at its entrance. But by 1848 and on thinking about retirement in Torquay, they moved to No 4 and then No 11 Hesketh Crescent, while noting their in-laws “The Horsley” family also visited Torquay. Mary was now much involved in the local social scene with her husband generally away looking after his many dozens of projects including bridges, tunnels, and ships like the Great Western and Eastern vessels. He was also constructing new houses for his employees in our area - at a time known as the “hungry


forties”. When he could, he would join her at regattas and fairs and interestingly he was made Patron of the 1853 Poultry Exhibition. In 1849 the Brunels purchased Watcombe Villa. However, with plans for a hilltop home in progress, he sold this property in favour of Portland Villa in 1857 (being nearer his hilltop). The family retained Portland Villa long after his early death. It eventually became Maidencombe House Hotel, which was demolished in 1990 to make way for modern apartments. While working with GWR, Brunel had built a railway village at Swindon to house workers on the London to Bristol line and maybe this was a precursor to the Brunel homes in Barton and at Bishops Place Paignton, each having a blue plaque today. Sadly, Brunel would not survive long enough to build a school and a church, which Mary was left to complete. Our last blue plaque to Isambard Brunel was at the Hookhills Viaduct in 2006, which honours his final work and drawings in the year of his death. Brunel envisaged a wooden viaduct at Hookhills, although thankfully for us, two years later engineers constructed it from limestone blocks. Brunel visited Plymouth to see a stage of his Saltash Bridge being put into place. Now seriously unwell, he survived to see the Exeter to Paignton line opened on August 1st 1859 before two months later on the September 15th 1859 at the age of 53, he died. In spite of having an impressive four blue plaques in his memory around the Bay, there is still no blue plaque at his proposed hilltop castle site - now “Brunel Manor” which would have been his retirement home had he lived.o torbaycivicsociety.co.uk

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The Human History of Cats Exhibition at Torquay Museum The perfect day out for cat lovers at Torquay Museum chronicles the history of ferocious felines and timid tabbies.


Dead cats were also mummified – an example of which is laws! The Human History of Cats, tells the on display in the exhibition. extraordinary story of the relationship between Cats in Ancient Rome were less fortunate. Big cats humans and cats, from distant prehistory until the present day. Spanning 40 million years, the exhibition such as lions, tigers and leopards were often used as entertainment in arenas, either for executing criminals or features the enormous awe-inspiring skulls of extinct fighting gladiators, and the capture and transportation sabre-tooth cats and cave lions, an Egyptian cat mummy, of big cats from Africa and India was conducted on an wildcats, stories of cats throughout human history, manalmost industrial scale. eaters, dozens of fascinating cat-related artefacts, and The oldest archaeological evidence for domestic cats much more. comes from a 9,500-year-old human grave on Cyprus, Claws! The Human History of Cats uses Torquay where the relationship between this human burial and the Museum’s extensive natural history and human history cat suggests it may be the oldest known pet cat. Around collections, as well as artefacts from other museums, to 10,000 - 12,000 years ago wild cats may have been illustrate the evolution and history of cats - a species that captured as people settled down and began to farm in has a special place in the hearts of millions of people the near east, and would have been worldwide. Humans and big cats have When a cat died of natural ‘recruited’ to help farmers by killing evolved side by side during the last causes its owners would shave mice that would have plagued fields two million years, and even Devon their eyebrows as a sign of of crops. For the last 3,000 years cats has been home to some of the most mourning have played a significant role in the terrifying big cats to have stalked the folklore of many countries. In the late Middle Ages they Earth – including huge Scimitar Cats (of the Sabre Tooth cat family) and enormous cave lions, the remains of which were thought to be associated with witchcraft and bad luck, and as a result were persecuted, tortured and cruelly have been discovered in Kents Cavern. However, despite killed by Christians. our inferior size, power and agility, humans emerged The exhibition also explores the story of man-eating as the top predator through a combination of superior big cats, probably the most notorious of which was the intelligence, technology and team work. In ancient Egyptian society, cats were considered sacred man-eating leopard of Rudyaprayag in the Himalayas. and were worshipped as gods. Cats were so significant that Between 1918 and 1926 the leopard terrorised a pilgrimage route through the Himalayas, killing 125 anyone causing their death was liable to be lynched by people. It survived numerous attempts to kill and capture an angry mob, and when a cat died of natural causes its owners would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. it, but finally met its end after a hunt that lasted months.


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Popular culture over the past century and a half has abounded with cats. Many great 19th century writers and poets were cat lovers and referred to felines in their writings, including Mark Twain who kept a company of up to 19 cats at a time, and Charles Dickens, who had a paw of his beloved cat, Bob, stuffed and incorporated into an ivory letter opener as a constant reminder of his old friend. Enormously successful films and animations such as Felix the Cat, Tom & Jerry, The Lion King and Puss in Boots were produced in more recent times, and in 1981 Cats the Musical was first performed, which is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Claws! The Human History of Cats runs until 3 englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

September at Torquay Museum, which opens from Monday to Saturday.o torquaymuseum.org

Local best-selling author, Tom Cox, who has written several humorous books on cats, gave a talk at Torquay Museum in March and his recently published book Close Encounters of the Furred Kind is available in the museum’s shop. April/May 2016


Dart Music Festival Dartmouth

Celebrating its 19th year, the annual Dart Music Festival creates a magical atmosphere right across beautiful Dartmouth from 13-15 May with music flowing through the streets and a performer around ever corner.


ree and inclusive to all, there are over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre throughout the town over three very special festival days. Dart Music Festival is a not-for-profit organisation and the organisers have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ whereby young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression. A good place to start is to bag a spot in front of the main stage at The Bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens where you’ll find great music, happy crowds and a very relaxed atmosphere. Another favourite spot to gather and listen is at picturesque Bayards Cove. However, you can pick and choose - performances will be taking place at around 20 different venues all around this beautiful riverside town.


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Venues include: The Bandstand/Main Stage in Royal Avenue Gardens Bayards Cove Fort St Petrox Church and Castle Tea Rooms The Flavel Arts Centre The Flavel Church The Guildhall The Old Market Square Café Alf Resco Dartmouth Yacht Club Royal Castle Hotel St Saviour’s Church Dart Marina Hotel Spice Bazaar The Windjammer


Out and About The 2016 line up will include something for everyone – here are just a few of the huge range of performers to give you a teeny flavour: Friday 13 May Rock/Pop/Dance: Tankus the Henge at The Bandstand Classical: Reiko Fujisawa, International Concert Pianist at St Saviour’s Church Jazz/Swing: Gordon Campbell & Martin Dale Quartet at The Flavel Blues/Soul: Louise Parker & The Funkatronic Four at The Guildhall Concert/Big Band: BRNC Volunteer Band at The Bandstand Saturday 14 May Jazz/Swing: Dart Valley Stompers at The Market Square Folk/Country: Gary Quinn at The Bandstand Big Band: David Hankin Big Band at The Bandstand Blues/Soul: Ben Carr & The Hot Rats at The Guildhall Acoustic: Will McNicoll & Luke Selby at The Flavel Sunday 15 May Blues/Soul: Catfish at The Guildhall Acoustic: Judie Tzuke & Chaz Thorogood at The Bandstand Sea Shanties: The Nauti Boys at The Castle Tea Rooms & St Petrox Church Folk/Country: Ninebarrow at Bayards Cove and Market Square Classical: Dart Festival Chorus at St Saviour’s Church

There are also various workshops including the Vicky Hadland Singing Workshop at the Flavel Church. The festival costs a huge amount of money to put on so the team of volunteer organisers are reliant on a long list of very generous sponsors. You can help by popping your donation in the yellow fundraising tins and buckets you’ll see around. Programme Sales Programmes are available to purchase via the website – sales of these are vital to help to fund the Festival so you’ll need to buy one to get the full schedule along with performance timings. o dartmusicfestival.co.uk

Parking: Unless you are sure of your space, Dartmouth during the Music Festival is pretty much a no-go zone for ad-hoc parking. It nestles in a rather steep valley, the town is compact and most of the roads in the town are narrow, steep in places and covered in yellow ‘no parking’ lines, which are rigorously enforced. There is a very good Park ‘n’ Ride facility situated at the top of town. You can cross from Kingswear to Dartmouth on the ferry. Check the steam train and bus timetables. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Jazz A

Lawn Party at Cole

Enjoy dressing up for a decadent escape back to the jazz age with Coleton F


ne of the most elegant events of the season, you are invited to come dressed in your best 1920s clothing or smart casual attire for a very special evening at the D’Oyly Carte’s Art Deco country home (now National Trust). Tickets will be in high demand and cost £20 per person. You’ll be able to sip cocktails on the bowling lawn and eat canapés whilst listening to a live jazz band perform from the Loggia and you’re welcome to bring a picnic. Party-goers will be immersed in the high life of the Jazz Age, just as the D’Oyly Cartes with their famous Gilbert and Sullivan connections did here. Rupert D’Oyly Carte was the son of Richard D’Oyly Carte, the impresario behind the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He developed the business empire he inherited, including the Savoy Hotel and Claridges in London. Dressing up for the Lawn Party is always great


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fun. Ladies can create the iconic flapper look with a richly coloured slip dress, either loose or drop waisted, beaded or fringed and often draped to one side. Add to this some long pearl necklaces and drop earrings, a sparkling headband with feather, beaded skull cap or fancy turban hat. Slip on some fancy t-bar shoes in gold or silver, a feather boa and possibly an ornate fan and you’ll knock ‘em dead! Gentlemen – think Downton Abbey and you’ll not go far wrong. White gloves, a white silk scarf and black patent leather oxford shoes will add some serious 20s style. Coleton Fishacre is an arts and crafts style house with a stunning Art Deco interior. The D’Oyly Cartes favoured a minimalist design, which can be seen throughout the house in the use of pale rooms and strong accent colours. The house was built in 1926 for Rupert and Dorothy D’Oyly Carte, who were inspired by the beautiful valley running down


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What’s On

Coleton Fishacre Coleton Fishacre’s Jazz Age Lawn Party on the evening of Saturday 21 May. to the sea as the perfect setting for an elegant home. Here they could entertain in style and enjoy their outdoor pursuits. There are some interesting pointers to the family’s lifestyle at Coleton Fishacre; look out for the wind dial, which indicated good sailing weather, and the bell on the side of the house, which could be rung to call the family in from the cove at the bottom of the garden at meal times. If you are inspired to make a separate visit to the house, don’t miss the views. From Lady Dorothy’s room enjoy views of the Rill Garden, where the pastel shades of the plants reflect her taste. From the East Bedroom you can see the hot borders filled with the fiery colours that Rupert loved. While enjoying the views, you might notice the bat screen in the central window of Lady Dorothy’s Room, which is original to the house. You can get a real insight into the era when

visiting the house. In the handling room you can try on clothing and hats from the 1920s and 30s. On Tuesdays in the school holidays the laundry room gets rather soapy as children experience life as a 1930s laundry maid, having a go on the washboard and mangle. Coleton Fishacre has an RHS accredited garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley. The garden, which was originally planted by Lady Dorothy Carte, runs down a narrow combe from the house to the sea at Pudcombe Cove and features rare and exotic plants. There are guided garden walks every afternoon from Easter to November and there’s an Art Deco inspired, licensed café.o nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Jazz Age Lawn Party - Need to Know Please park in the visitor car park and make your way to reception, where a member of the Coleton Fishacre team will meet you. Bring a torch as the car park will get very dark. You may wish to consider bringing low-backed chairs or a blanket if you wish to sit down. Two cocktails are included in the price of your ticket (£20 per person). Further cocktails will be available to buy. Timing: 6.30 – 9pm. Children over 12 are welcome and assistance dogs are also admitted. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ.


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Gleaming Bikes & Glorious Fun

Every year the local organisation Bikers Make A Difference (BMAD) hold a 3-day festival to raise money for local charities. Not just for those who are mad for motorbikes, BMAD has a full programme of exciting, breath-taking and stunning acts, shows and entertainments! Lina Finger finds out more.


ikers Make A Difference was founded by Kelvin Halloran and his wife Jane in 2002. Kelvin is now heading up the festival again after a break to pursue other interests including music and art. This year’s festival will take place from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May. 100% of monies donated to BMAD go to charity projects like Devon Air Ambulance, St John Ambulance, Devon Freewheelers (Blood Bikes) and Torbay Young Carers. In addition, BMAD donates equipment, toys and other items to improve the quality of life for sick,disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of nineteen within the Torbay and South Devon area. Large crowds are expected to attend the award-winning event over the Bank Holiday weekend, with bikers, locals and holiday makers joining in the fun. The BMAD Arena will be alive with lots of exciting events including Steve


Colley and Lee Musselwhite, champion riders who are able to give you goosebumps just by watching their stunts and seemingly impossible motorbike moves! There is a range of 2016 Festival Bike Show categories including: Custom/Chop/Cruiser, Streetfighter/Sports, Trike/Combination, Classic/Vintage, Best Paint and Best in Show. Each category winner will receive a cash prize of £100 and an individual hand crafted trophy indicating their class. Best in Show will receive a further cash prize of £900. And for anyone, who needs a break from all the breath-taking stunts and the legendary mile of bikes, why not have a stroll over to the Festival Trade Stands? There will be lots of fascinating stalls to browse including major motorcycle dealers. Entry to the festival green is free of charge but donations

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What’s On are required to park bikes on the sea front. Cost is £3 on the Friday, £5 on the Saturday and £4 on Sunday, a weekend pass is £8. Prices are per person and allow free entry to the Festival Bar and Band Tent with all funds raised going direct to the nominated charities.

The Plymouth Harley Davidson Band Tent will be filled with a great lineup of musical acts. The latest line-up is right here! The entry fee for those who have not paid to park bikes is: Friday evening £3 per person, Saturday £5 per person, Sunday £4 per person.o

The Line Up Friday April 29 MAIN STAGE 7.00pm - 7.45pm


FIREKIND MAIN STAGE 9.45pm - 11.00pm


Saturday April 30

MAIN STAGE 12.30pm - 1.30pm

TIGER BLOOD MAIN STAGE 2.00pm - 2.45pm

EAT THE RICH MAIN STAGE 3.15pm - 4.00pm


DEPARTED MAIN STAGE 5.45pm - 6.30pm



SQY MAIN STAGE 9.45pm - 11.00pm


Sunday May 1

MAIN STAGE 12.15pm - 1.00pm

ULTIMATUM MAIN STAGE 1.30pm - 2.15pm




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Out and About

Geopark The English Riviera’s Global Geopark status brings year round international interest to Torbay. You can discover more about our fascinating heritage during the Geopark Festival (28 May to 5 June). Nick Powe, director of Kents Cavern and Chair of the English Riviera Global Geopark organisation tells us more.


miles away, when there were only two continents on the ay half term (28 May – 5 June) is English planet. The Permian sandstones are red because, as the Riviera Geopark Week, celebrating Torbay’s amazing geological heritage with lots of family continents pushed north over the equator, some 260 odd friendly events every day that will excite and amaze, giving million years ago, the surface conditions turned to what the Sahara is like today, a sandy desert with rocks turned you some great local stories to tell! It’s a measure of how red by the heat of the equatorial sun. These desert rocks important the English Riviera is internationally, that our Geopark has full UNESCO (United Nations Educational, are now here. Then came the age of the dinosaurs but, in Torbay, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) status alongside 120 we don’t have any dinosaur remains although we do Global Geoparks in 32 countries around the world. have fossils of creatures at Goodrington that are older. The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark covers the entire area of Torbay, from Maidencombe in the north Mammals and humans then evolved and the Geopark has some of the Europe’s most important prehistoric caves to Galmpton in the south and includes the coast, the with evidence of Stone Age ancient natural environment, and all the It’s one of the world’s smallest, human occupation, hundreds urban areas and the marine area extending beyond the shoreline. the most densely populated and of thousands of years before Over 135,000 people live in the the only Geopark with 50% of its the Neolithic people that built Stonehenge about 5,000 years ago. Geopark and this makes the English territory under the sea! Humans occupied Torbay’s Riviera unique amongst the other Global Geoparks; it’s one of the world’s smallest, the most prehistoric caves hundreds of thousands of years before Stonehenge was built. densely populated and the only Geopark with 50% of its The caves in Brixham and the prehistoric caves at territory under the sea! Kents Cavern were carved out of Devonian limestone In Torbay we have seen how having a Geopark is about 2.5 million years by underground rivers at the attracting more overseas visitors, opened up funding beginning of the Quaternary Period. At Kents Cavern, sources to create, for example, cycle networks and the three of only four different species of humans ever to have hugely popular Paignton GeoPlay Park, (it’s the world’s lived in Britain have been found: Homo heidelbergensis, largest geologically themed children’s play area). The Neanderthals and early modern humans. four geological periods represented in the play park are Over May half term, a wide range of events will be the Devonian, the Carboniferous, the Permian and the available to visitors and residents at a number of locations Quaternary. across the bay including Torbay Museums, Kents Cavern The Devonian limestones are those pinky, greyish rocks and Berry Head. Information on the activities can be we see at Berry Head and Hope’s Nose, in the cliffs and found at englishrivierageopark.org.uk. in walls. The Permian rocks are the red sandstones in the The Geopark is open all year and there are plenty of cliffs at Paignton, Babbacombe and Maidencombe. Berry activities going on every day to discover the English Head and Hope’s Nose, the two headlands that form the Riviera, including walks along the South West Coast Path, Bay, are made of this 400 million year old limestone, a coasteering and kayaking, visits to the museum, boat trips sedimentary rock that formed at the bottom of warm tropical seas, not here but south of the equator over 3,500 and adventures underground.o


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Eating Out


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

Harbour Kitchen

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.

Perched on Torquay Harbourside, there are few more idyllic spots to enjoy dining than at Harbour Kitchen. Sourced from the local area, the food is exceedingly fresh, seasonally-changing and affordable.Try our Cocktail Bar, Lunch Offers, A la Carte Dining, Sunday Roast and Tasting Menus. Crab & Cocktail Tuesdays £13 Beer & Burger Wednesdays £13 Fish & Fizz Thursdays £13 Spring Opening Friday 12 February.

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

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Three Degrees West

Occombe Farm Café

Three Degrees West has just reopened for the Spring season at Oddicombe Beach offering a touch of the Mediterranean with a tempting array of tapas and freshly cooked dishes plus some of the most spectacular views in the Bay. Catch the cliff railway down to the beach and soak up some rays on the terrace or, if it’s too chilly then tuck in behind the floor to ceiling glass windows and enjoy some al fresco coffee and cakes from the inside!

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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Dartington Food Fair

Food & Drink

Noted for its food and farming plus a stunning location, Dartington is the perfect place to celebrate local produce. Dartington Food Fair is back for the Spring Bank Holiday, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May.


he Shops at Dartington are hosting their 6th annual Food Fair with over 40 of Devon’s finest food and drink producers showcasing and selling their wares both in and around the dedicated Food and Drink marquee. It promises to be a fun day out for the whole family with food producers, live music, cooking demonstrations, workshops, competitions and children’s activities. Previous fairs have welcomed over 7,000 visitors. There will also be plenty to browse in the expanded Food Shop. Try vegetables and fruit grown on Dartington Estate by Landworks and School Farm, artisan bread made by Almond Thief in the village of Dartington, local unhomogenised organic milk, butter and cream from Riverford Dairy, yoghurts from Stapleton Farm and lots more goodies. You can enjoy chef demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre with Mal Harradine, the talented TV chef back to cook alongside regional foodie heroes. Big Fire will be demonstrating alternative ways of cooking outside and Rachel Lambert will be taking groups to forage on the wider Dartington estate (Sunday 29 May only) and explaining how

to use the delicacies they discover. This year sees the return of the popular Dartington Cider Bar – it’ll be serving Elmhirst Ale, made specially for Dartington by Hunter’s Brewery. You’ll also find a celebration of all forms of Devonian refreshment (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) nearby in Dartington’s Devon Drinks shop. There’s a huge range of local tipples like wines from Lyme Bay, Lily Farm, Pebblebed and Sharpham Estate and the only local grappa made in the UK from Devon Distillery. Younger visitors will love the special children’s activity area with pot throwing, face painting and performances by balloon magician Cosmo plus visiting friends from Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Devon Birds of Prey (weather dependent). Thrill-seekers of all ages will be swept off their feet by exciting zip wire rides through the trees with Dynamic Adventures. Dartington’s on-site eateries Cranks Kitchen and The Venus Café and Takeaway will be offering locally-sourced dishes – or enjoy a stroll up through the estate to the award-winning White Hart bar and restaurant at Dartington Hall.o

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A Celebration of Brixham An award-winning, free family festival, BrixFest celebrates all that is best about this iconic fishing town with its fascinating heritage and strong community values. This year’s Chairman, Sophie Bower tells us more.


rixFest attracts thousands of visitors, and locals also flock to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that pervades the town with live music, fireworks, children’s activities, cooking and heritage craft demos and for the very first time, a truly international flavour with the addition of Dragon Boat racing. Building on the success of last year’s festival, Brixfest 2016 is set to deliver 5 days of family fun and entertainment over the Bank Holiday weekend, 28 May to 1 June. The town band will kick off proceedings on Saturday 28 May at 11am, followed by cooking demonstrations by local chefs including Mitch Tonks and Andy Sewell plus heritage craft demonstrations. There will be live music throughout the day and evening topped off with a spectacular firework display at 9.50pm. The BrixFest committee are thrilled with the new Dragon Boat Challenge open to local businesses, clubs and organisations. This exciting event will be centred around Breakwater beach and there will also be music and entertainment throughout the day. Back in town the craft market will be under the Old Fish Quay. Monday 30th May sees the return of the ever-

popular Children’s Day with free activities for families including; boat building, craft activities, petting zoo, Treasure Trail, Melody The Mermaid, Magicians and more. Off the beach there will be a thrilling acrobatic jet ski demonstration. The theme for this year’s Afternoon Tea is ‘Back to the 60s’ and we are looking forward to welcoming Sandy Sparkle with her sixties pop tribute act. A mini vintage rally with authentic 60s minis will be assembled under the Old Fish Quay. On Tuesday and Wednesday. families are invited to take part in the crabbing competition for a chance to win £50 for the heaviest crab! The festival comes to a close on Wednesday 1st June with the annual vintage car rally in the beautiful setting of Shoalstone beach. Sophie says, “Brixfest couldn’t take place without the generosity and support of local businesses and in particular our key sponsors Brixham Cottages, WBW Solicitors, Splashdown Water Park, Simply Fish. We also have a team of over 30 dedicated volunteers who are integral to the success of the weekend.” If you would like to get involved, please contact Sophie Bower, Festival Chair on 01803 858488.o brixfest.com

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Out & About

Did You Know? • BrixFest began at the end of 2011 when the Brixham Heritage Festival ceased to exist. A small group of local business people gathered together to re-vamp and re-energise the concept, rebranding and renaming it. • Each year, BrixFest has grown. Thanks to grants from various lottery sources and a very generous Brixham community, the committee is able to spend over £15,000 on a mind-blowing weekend! • The Grand Fireworks Display alone costs just over £3000 each year. • The festival website was relaunched in January 2015, designed by the committee themselves, and over the BrixFest 2015 weekend received over 5000 page views and attracted thousands of clicks. • Each year the event raises approximately £4000 through sponsorship. • The festival’s Community Street Party in 2015 actually began as a Jubilee Street Party for the first ever BrixFest back in 2012, but people loved it so much - it stuck!

Need to Know – Dragon Boat Challenge – Sunday 29 May For the first time ever, BrixFest is bringing a Dragon Boat challenge to the shores of Breakwater Beach, encouraging local people to take up the opportunity to raise money for their charity of choice, and row for victory! Teams can be made up of a maximum of 11 people and each team will be rowing within a 30’ classic Dragon Boat - as part of the ancient Chinese tradition. No experience is needed...just plenty of team spirit! Teams will compete along a 200m course in view of the spectators on the beach and breakwater itself. Entry is £25 per person in each team of 11. Teams can be comprised of less than 11 members, but the full boat fee of £275 must be met. Teams are then encouraged to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity. Visit the website for more information.

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Out & About

Tour 2016

The annual Offshore Powerboat Racing returns again to Torquay over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend for a weekend of high-octane thrills.


acing takes place very close to the shore so spectators as well as the drivers can enjoy the excitement of the racing. Teams and boats will begin to arrive on Friday 27 May to start practising on Saturday 28 with the first race around 2pm. The action will continue throughout Sunday 29 May with Offshore WaterSki Racing and two more Powerboat Races. These will be best viewed from Haldon Pier. A variety of local and national teams in powerboat racing will be competing in boats ranging from 5–7 metres with 90-350hp reaching speeds of up to 70mph. Offshore Circuit Racing (OCR) is a very spectator friendly powerboat category, administered by the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association. The sport combines the seamanship of offshore powerboat racing with the multi-lap infighting of inshore circuit racing. OCR is often said to be, “To the world of offshore powerboat racing what go-kart racing is to motorsport”. OCR events run from April to October throughout the UK

each year, and the sport is once again rising in popularity. The waterski racers will compete with similar sized boats with engines ranging from 150hp to 1000hp and can reach speeds in excess of 100mph. All of these boats and teams race on a circuit with a waterskier being towed behind. Waterski racing is very much a team sport with a driver, observer and skier. Equal responsibility on each team member is required for teams to be successful. With most teams having two or more family members in the team, it is also a very family orientated sport. The races in Torquay are part of the regional series but with a national and European series as well most teams are kept very busy during the summer. Regional racing for some competitors is an entry level into the sport and we will be clapping along some new skiers this year. Check out the racing schedule and if you can, come out and watch the races, meet the teams and join in the fun.o ocrda.info

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Saturday 28 May Teams start arriving from 7am Boats launch from 11.45am Course familiarisation from 2.30pm Race 1 starts 3pm Sunday 29 May Boats launch from 10am Waterski Race One: Ladies, Seniors & Juniors starts 11.45am Offshore Race 2 starts 12.30pm Waterski Race Two: F1, F2 & F3 starts 1.25pm Race 3 starts 2.30pm Waterski Race Three: Fun Open Race (10 mins) starts 3.20pm Prizegiving at 5pm englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Doggy Days Out... As the winter draws to a close and the sun shows its face we went to Broadsands Beach to see who was taking advantage of the fine weather.

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Apple Pie Walk Marldon

Distance: 2 miles Exertion: Easy Time: Allow 2 hours Terrain: Pathways, green lanes and pavements. Suitable for more robust pushchairs. Dogs: On leads in lanes and where there is livestock. Refreshments: Church House Inn and The Olde Smokey House Start postcode: TQ3 1SL


e head off to explore another English Riviera satellite village - Marldon. Having done a little research beforehand we drop into the village post office on Marldon Cross Hill to pick up a self-guided walk leaflet produced by the Marldon Environment Group. This will take us on a circular walk around the village taking in footpaths, green lanes and local Rights of Way. Marldon is home to around 2100 people and church records date the old part of the village back to the 1600s and it’s here in the village car park, in between the pub, the church and the village green that we start our walk. o

1 From the car park take the upward leading road to the left of the steps that lead up to the church and turn right as you reach the t-junction with the old schoolhouse ahead of you. Pass the church to your right and carry on up the hill. 2 After just 20 yards turn left through a wooden gate to take a higher path with stone walls either side uphill


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to a playing field. Follow the tarmac path accross the field, taking in the long views down the valley towards Compton, to the far end of the playing field. 3 Walk through the kissing gate and take the rocky path on the left down onto Love Lane and turn right. Then, as the road bears left uphill, take the turning right into Kiln Road. Keep going for a few hundred metres down this leafy lane, past the old lime kilns on the right and turn left at the t-junction. Although the village roads are usually quiet we kept our dog on a leash here. 4 After 100 metres turn off the road into a green lane signposted Smallwell Lane and continue uphill between the tall and ancient hedgerows. The lane meets the road Moorview. At this point bear left and continue uphill. 5 As Moorview meets the main road to Berry Pomeroy cross straight over into Westerland Lane (beware of the traffic) and turn almost immediately left onto another unmetalled road signposted Leader Lane. Stay on this path, past the right-angled turn, and turn left over a stile towards the bottom of the hill. 6 Follow the path in an easterly direction as it skirts


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Brockhurst Park and take in the views down through the Westerland Valley . 7 The path leads out to Churscombe Road, cross safely and follow Vicarage Road up past Ye Olde Smokey House and along to the next roundabout. 8 Approaching the roundabout on the righthand pavement cross the road safely and carry straight on to the public bridleway ahead - formerly the old ring road. Follow this path for 300 metres until you come across a sturdy oak bench. 9 Turn left here and follow the path down the hill, around the field boundary, until it comes out onto Vicarage Hill. Cross the road and turn into Meadow Park and follow the road right. At the end of the cul-de-sac take the cut through onto Love Lane and back to the village centre.


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April & May

Around the Bay

Easter Fun at Greenway House 25 March – 10 April Join National Trust Greenway for a host of exciting activities, including a trail round the garden leading to your own Cadbury’s Egghead. Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

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Easter Fun at Coleton Fishacre 25 March – 10 April

Bygones Easter Egg Hunt, St Marychurch Until 3 April

Join National Trust Coleton Fishacre for a host of exciting activities, including a trail round the garden leading to your own Cadbury’s Egghead. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Hunt for hidden Easter eggs amongst the displays at Bygones.Find them all to claim your own delicious chocolate egg. Normal admission applies. Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Babbacombe Model Village Easter Egg Trail Until 10 April Can you find the hidden eggs? A chocolate treat for all successful young explorers! Time: 10am-4pm. Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Golden Hind Golden Egg Hunt, Brixham On till 10 April Find the golden eggs on board and claim your free Easter gift. Normal admission charges apply. The Quayside, Brixham TQ5 8AW 01803 856223 goldenhind.co.uk

Super Easter at Living Coasts, Torquay 25 March – 8 April Join Living Coasts for Easter fun including creating your own Easter animals and Easter cards plus ‘design your own superhero’ competition. There will be daily activities taking place throughout Easter - please ask for more details upon arrival. Torquay Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 474 2226 livingcoasts.org.uk

Dinosaur Quest, Kents Cavern, Torquay 25 March – 10 April

Enjoy the fun of a traditional fair. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6BW

Go underground this Easter! Enjoy fun cave tours all day every day with lots of Easter activities to complete. Piece together the dino facts to see if you can win an Easter surprise! Includes: Ice Age Animal Hunt, Stone Age trail, Woodland Quest, Kids Fun Dig and Rock Art. Last tour at 4pm. Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Torquay 25 March – 10 April

Meet the Occombe Baby Farm Animals 25 March – 8 April

Torquay’s Dinosaur World needs brave Dinosaur Egg hunters during the Easter holidays!! Someone has stolen the dinosaur eggs and we need your help to find out who did it. Use the clues to solve the mystery and win a Dinosaur Expert Certificate. Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB 01803 298779 torquaysdinosaurworld.co.uk

You can help to bottle feed Occombe’s lambs, feed the piglets and hold the fluffy chicks. Time: 10am -11am, cost: £1.75 per person (children must be accompanied by a paying adult), booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair, Paignton On till 10 April

Hopping Bunny Easter Trail, Occombe 25 March – 7 April Come along to Occombe’s Hopping Bunny Easter Trail. Follow the trail that the mischievous Easter bunny has 50

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What’s On left and solve the clues to win a yummy chocolate prize! No need to book - just turn up! Time: 10am - 4pm, cost: £2.50 (5 - 14 yrs). Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Riviera Singers Concert, Torquay 29 March Riviera Singers present a concert in aid of Children’s Hospice SW with special guests Kurume Shin-ai Jogakuin High School choir from Japan. This is an award winning girls choir of 50 strong from Japan aged between 14-18 years. They will be performing choreographed songs in both Japanese and English. For more info and ticket prices contact Children’s Hospice SW on 01271 325270 or email rivierasingers@outlook.com. Time: 7.30pm. Torquay Central Church, Tor Hill Rd, Torquay TQ2 5RF

Zoo Academy: A Day in the Life of a Zoo Vet 31 March & 5, 7 April Spend the day amongst the vets, keepers and educators of Paignton Zoo. The day includes a guided tour of the Vet Centre, using a range of veterinary equipment, practising blowpipe techniques, taking part in animal CPR training and more. This event is suitable for 13 to 16 year olds. Cost: £45. Paignton Zoo’s Zoo Academy, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697510 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Brixham Folk Night 1 April, 6 May Share an evening of folk music, in all its wonderful 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. The programme is organised by Anne and Steve Gill, with help from John Miles. Time: 7.30pm, cost: £3 (£2 performers) on the door. Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Spring Flower Walks, Greenway 1, 9 April Join the gardeners at Greenway for a walk through the glorious woodland gardens. This garden is renowned for its spring flowers. A walk and talk through the blossoms is a great way to find out all about what’s in flower, and the history of the garden. Time: 11.30-1pm, booking essential, cost: £5. Nomal admission charges apply. Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Pirate Days in Brixham 31 March & 7 April Enjoy the amusing antics of Brixham’s famous pirates and have a great free day out at the Old Fish Market on Brixham harbour side. Their naughty piratical deeds include Soak the Pirate as well as balloon modelling, puppet shows, arts & crafts workshops, fancy dress competitions, photo shoots, live music, plus much more. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ

An Evening of Paranormal Investigation, Brixham 2 April This is an evening of demonstrations by a medley of local mediums, followed by a vigil in the notoriously haunted Brixham Theatre. New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA brixhamtheatre.org.uk

South Coast Festival of Rugby 2 – 3 April Junior & youth rugby teams from all parts of the UK and from many exotic regions around the world come to play rugby. Clennon Valley, Paignton, TQ4 5JR Tel: 08456 761166 rugby.teamtoursdirect.com englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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What’s On Quiz Night – Brixham Heritage Museum 2 April The winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award (2013) offers a fun quiz night. Time: 7 for 7.30pm, cost: £5 to include a drink and nibbles. Brixham Museum, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LZ 01803 856267 brixhamheritage.org.uk

90th Anniversary Celebrations at Babbacombe Cliff Railway 2 April Babbacombe Cliff Railway will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in style with live music from: The Old Gaffers Sea Shanty Crew, Riviera Sound and High Society. Time: 11am onwards. Free to enjoy but usual railway ticket prices apply. Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQI 3LF 01803 328750

Britannia Royal Naval College Tours, Dartmouth Various dates April & May Enjoy a guided tour of this iconic building, which allows you to fully appreciate its history, role and relevance and gain an insight into the naval training that is undertaken here. Cost: adult £12, senior/student £9.50, family (2 adults/2 children) £32.50, photo ID required for access. College Way, Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ 01803 677565 britanniaassociation.org.uk

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Spring Garden Open Day, Sharpham 3 April Sharpham Trust’s annual Spring Garden Open Day is this year celebrating the 300th birthday of famed designer Capability Brown who laid out the Georgian Palladian Villa’s beautiful grounds. Visitors will be able to enjoy the vista designed by Brown – flowing parkland, magnificent trees and breath-taking views of the River Dart. They’ll also enjoy spring flowers in bloom and blossoming trees in the historic and beautiful gardens of Sharpham Estate, as well as ornamental gardens designed by 20th century landscaper Percy Cane, woodland walks and the 18th century walled kitchen garden. Free Bob The Bus shuttle available from Seven Stars, Totnes from 10.15am. Guide dogs only. The Garden Open Day is free and runs from 10.30am – 4pm. Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7UT 01803 732542 sharphamtrust.org

Join the gardeners at Greenway for a muddy ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenge. The Greenway gardeners are busy planting seeds to grow beautiful flowers and vegetables this year. Drop by and they will help you plant your own pot of vegetable seeds, then take them home and watch them grow into tasty vegetables in time for summer. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Time: 1-3pm, no booking needed. Meet at Visitor Reception. Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Kids Chinese Cookery, Occombe 7 April Leave the kids at Occombe Farm for a day of cookery fun! They will enjoy preparing spring rolls, sweet and sour noodles, egg fried rice and many more tasty treats. All ingredients are included and there will be goodies to take home and share. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: booking essential, suitable 7 – 12 year old, cost: £30. This is a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust event. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk


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What’s On Cook on a Campfire, Coleton Fishacre 8 April National Trust rangers know that there’s nothing better than cooking over an open campfire. Budding explorers can come along to roast marshmallows and pick up some handy bush craft tips. Time: 1pm – 3pm, cost: £3. Normal admission charges apply. Meet at Visitor Reception. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

mansion Sharpham House. The price for the three-night retreats is £295 (full-board) and includes a singleoccupancy, furnished bell tent equipped with comfortable bedding. Sharpham House, Totnes TQ9 7UT 01803 732542 sharphamtrust.org

Brixham & Paignton Stamp Club 11 April & 9 May 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

Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival 14 – 16 April Enjoy and taste more than 250 of the finest beers. There’s an all-weather family marquee and hot food available plus live music and entertainment. All tickets on the door. Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA edwintucker.co.uk

Music in the Castle – The Mass 15 April Music in the Castle aims to create a regional centre of musical excellence in Powderham Castle. Powderham Voices directed by Philip Arkwright present selections from a 13th century “Missal” in private ownership locally. This magnificent book will be on display to the audience. The concert will also include Little Organ Mass by Haydn. Time: 7.30pm. The James Wyatt Music Room, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ 01626 890243 musicinthecastle.co.uk

Stone Age School – Hunter Kents Cavern 16 April

Mindfulness Woodland Retreats, Sharpham 14-17 April & 26-29 May Also 5-8 May (women only retreat) Make an inner journey outside on a series of woodland retreats on the beautiful Sharpham Estate beside South Devon’s River Dart - taking mindfulness practice into the Great Outdoors. The retreats combine mindfulness and nature connection in cosy, comfy, furnished bell-tents, pitched in tranquil woodland far from the noise of traffic or city life, in the grounds of Grade I listed Georgian englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Find out which materials were used by Stone Age people to make their hunting tools. Then make your own bow and arrow or spear. You can also take what you built in addition to a badge which confirms your new Stone Age skill. Times: 10am – 12noon or 2-4pm, suitable for children aged 6 – 12 accompanied by an adult, cost: £5 (annual passes available). Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Oddicombe Dog Day 17 April A great family (and dog) day featuring dog races, relay races and a fun dog show. Oddicombe Beach, Torquay TQ1 3LF 0300 7771550 bluecross.org.uk April/May 2016


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What’s On Torbay Country Bowling Club Open Days 17, 23 & 24 April The three Open Days are to encourage people to try out the sociable pastime of bowls. You are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet some of the members in very pleasant surroundings. The Club will provide bowls for you to try, but please wear flat-bottomed shoes. The club is located in the grounds of Oldway Mansion. The Pavilion, Torquay Road, Oldway, Paignton TQ3 2TD 01803 407346 torbaycountrybowls

St George’s Day Dinner, Torquay 23 April Friends of Rowcroft Hospice are holding their popular Annual St. George’s Day event with a three-course dinner with entertainment and traditional patriotic singing. Patriotic dress is invited. Tickets: £12.50. Open to all. St. Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 297656

cover music fitting with Brixham’s maritime heritage. Bring your tappin’ toes. Time: 7.30pm. Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 882717 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Psychic Night, Brixham 29 April This is a psychic mysticism event, with medium, Nikki Kitt. A member of the Spiritual Workers Association, Nikki is a spiritualist medium who travels the UK doing psychic and mediumship experiences. She aims to provide evidence of life after life by giving messages to people in the audience from their loved ones in spirit, along with amazing accuracy in descriptions, personalities and all sorts of information. Strictly 16 yrs+. Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 882717 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Garden Festival, Powderham 29 – 30 April Learn more about your garden and their plants at the Garden Festival in Powderham Castle. By joining practical workshops and listening to inspiring guest speakers you will find out more about the benefits of the greener part of your home. In addition to this there’ll be outdoor cooking, the best of garden accessories, food and drink and an abundance of exceptional flowers and plants. Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ 01626 890243 powderham.co.uk

Save the Children Black Tie Ball 23 April Enjoy an evening filled with entertainment from legendary comedian, singer and impressionist Bobby Davro. There will be a three-course meal and a charity auction with all proceeds from the event going towards the charity providing help for child poverty in the UK and overseas. Cost: £38 Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 0792 0421285 iancoulton.co.uk

World Thai Chi Day 30 April Be a part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day! Last Saturday of April each year in 100s of cities, spanning 80 nations, people come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world. Time: 10am Youngs Park, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6LP

Brixham Rotary Club Charity Concert 23 April Brixham Rotary Club present their fourth annual charity concert, Songs of the Sea. Brixham Town Band, Brixham College Big Band and shantymen, Missin’ Tackle will englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Music Makers at Torre Abbey 30 April and 28 May Join the Music Makers with voice or instrument and get together with the other members to rehearse joint April/May 2016


Spring Events 2016 Sense the creativity Craft studios l Tea rooms l Play area l Weddings and room hire l Manor House l 460 acre award winning country park and gardens l Arts and crafts workshops l Visitor Welcome Point and galleries Free admission, open daily from 10am Cockington Court Craft Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA Tel: 01803 607230 www.cockingtoncourt.org Cockington Court Craft Centre @CockingtonC @CockingtonCourt

25 - 28 March Easter Event A fun Easter trail for the family around the craft studios ending with a chocolate treat in the Visitor Welcome Point. Enjoy the trail 11am-4pm all weekend and a free Easter family arts activity on Saturday 26 March from 10.30am – 4.30pm. April - September Food and Craft Markets (last Sunday of the month) *NEW FOR 2016* The studio makers’ unique, handmade crafts will be complemented by fresh, locally farmed produce. Join us on the 24 April to sample and buy quality Devon foods including flavoured mustards, cheeses and preserves, handmade Scotch eggs, sweet and savoury artisan flapjacks, multicoloured French macarons and breads, buns, lardy cakes and cheese straws. Details correct at time of print, but please visit the website for the most up to date list of events.


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What’s On songs, solo songs and even write your own. This is an opportunity for those who want to develop their solo singing, instrumental and performance skills. Torre Abbey, The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.co.uk

Visit of MV Albatros 2 May MS Albatros, a cruise ship, operated by the Germanybased travel agency Phoenix Reisen arrives in the Bay. Torquay TQ2 5SW 01803 292429 tor-bay-harbour.co.uk

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Paignton Open for Single Handed Dinghies 7 & 8 May The Paignton Spring Regatta lasts over two days with three races scheduled each day. The South Quay, Paignton Harbour, Paignton TQ4 6DT 01803 525817 paigntonsailingclub.com

Dawn Chorus Walk, Greenway 7 May Join for this wonderful opportunity to listen to and identify early morning bird song, whilst taking a walk on the beautiful Greenway estate with one of the National Trust’s countryside rangers. The walk finishes with coffee, tea and bacon sandwiches. Greenway House Car Park, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Brixham Fish Market Tour 4 May

Doggy Day, Coleton Fishacre 14 May

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, as featured in the Sky Atlantic series ‘Fish Town’. Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents will be your guide. After the tour you will enjoy a delicious 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. Booking essential. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW 07973 297620 or email bfmt2014@gmail.com

Fun dog competitions will run throughout the day. Pick up a programme from visitor reception as you arrive. From best-dressed duo to cleverest trick and cutest puppy, there’s sure to be something your pooch will be top-dog at. Costs: £2 per competition. No need to book. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

YellowFest2 – Party on the Pitch 7 – 8 May The second ever YellowFest, a music and beer festival will have a great lineup of live bands including the legendary Steve Craddock Band plus Duke Johnson & The Scorchers. Breweries include Red Rock, Hunters and Exe Valley and Torquay’s own Platform 5 Brewing Company. Launa Windows Stadium, Plainmoor, Torquay TQ1 3PS 01803 328666 torquayunited.com

Thatcher Rock 8K Rowing Race 7 May An 8-kilometre offshore course race for skiffs with prizes for the winning crews. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Queen’s Birthday Celebration, Powderham 15 May The Sidmouth Steppers will be dancing at the castle on the Queen’s Birthday. Powderham Castle inviting all nonagenarians to visit for free when accompanied by a paying person, and in honour of her majesty’s corgis, they are extending the invitation to dogs too (well behaved dogs on leads will be offered gardens only admission for £1). Powderham Castle, Powderham park, Exeter EX6 8JQ 01626 890243 powderham.co.uk April/May 2016


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What’s On Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust – Bread Making Workshop 15 May Learn the essentials of bread making in this hands-on workshop at the Occombe Farm Cookery School. Get to grips with a range of simple loaves using different flours and shaping techniques including wholemeal, white, millers or granary, soda bread, cinnamon rolls and foccacia. Leave armed with plenty of baked goods to take home and a bags of confidence. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Stone Age School – Artist 21 May Come and learn how to make paint the Stone Age way, with rocks pigments for paint and a seashell as your palette, the cave wall can’t be drawn on but some other big rocks will be decorated! All children leave the session with what they have made and a badge confirming their new Stone Age skill. Time: from 10am to 12noon or from 2pm to 4pm, suitable for children aged 6 – 12 accompanied by an adult, cost: £5 (annual passes available). Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Paignton Open for Double Handed Dinghies 21 – 22 May Visit the Paignton only event just for Double Handed Dinghies. After racing has finished for the day the Paignton Sailing Club Bar will open, perfect time to catch up the days racing and check out the results. Paignton Sailing Club, South Quay, The Harbour, Paignton TQ4 6DT 01803 525817 paigntonsailingclub.com

This festival of triathlon will feature both junior races and adult races on the Sunday. The totally off-highways event is the perfect way for anyone to start in the sport, with a pool based swim, followed by Velopark ride and parkland run. Clennon Valley, Penwill Way, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 5JR 07974 243965 geoparkadventure.com

The Devon Soccer Challenge 27 – 30 May Watch the Devon Soccer Challenge, which has developed an enviable reputation as one of the most organised and successful football tournaments in the South. It takes place in Clennon Valley because of its big space for 4 x 11-a-side, 3 x 9-a-side and 5 mini pitches. Also provided at the venue are numerous food and drink outlets and bouncy castles. Clennon Valley, Paignton TQ4 6LN footballtournaments.co.uk

RYA Push The Boat Out Days, Torquay 28 & 29 May The RYA Push the Boat Out initiative is a national campaign. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club will be promoting sailing and the club’s activities on the harbourside over the weekend. There will be opportunities to try sailing on a range of sports boats and yachts and members will be on hand to assist. The club offers a range of RYA training courses and introductory sessions for all ages. Royal Torbay Yacht Club, 12 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH 01803 292006 rtyc.org

English Riviera Triathlon 22 May English Riviera Leisure and Boat Show 28 – 30 May Visitors to the show will be able to see a great array of boat and leisure equipment. Exhibitors will show products ranging from motor homes, sports equipment and all the accessories you can dream of. It will be a great weekend out for both boating and outdoor leisure novices and englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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What’s On enthusiasts from all of the family. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6ED 01962 870355 leisureandboatshow.com

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta 28 – 29 May The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held in Torbay since the early 1800s. In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the ‘King George V Cup’ or the ‘Kings Cup’, to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons. This was competed for annually from 1919 until 1939 when the war ended racing, it was not re-started for almost 60 years. Brixham Yacht Club, Overgang Road, Brixham TQ5 8AR 07990 591126 brixhamheritagesailing.org.uk

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Fairy Day at Greenway 29 May Come along for Greenway’s annual Fairy Day, with fairy trail and craft activities. Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Spring Fete & Water Carnival, Shaldon 30 May Enjoy the Shaldon Water Carnival Spring Fete and Crowning of The Water Carnival Royal Party. Funds raised go towards Shaldon Water Carnival Day and local good causes. The Green, Shaldon TQ14 0DN 07717 003576 shaldonwatercarnival.co.uk

River Dart Canoe Expedition 30 May This exciting expedition is perfect for all abilities - canoes and an instructor are provided. Learn a great new skill and find out all about the River Dart and its flora and fauna. Starting at Stoke Gabriel, an instructor will take you down to Greenway where you will be able to enjoy light refreshments on the battery - with a chance to have a look around the house and gardens - before heading back up the Dart to Stoke Gabriel. Greenway House, Galmpton Road, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Super Hero Week, Living Coasts 28 May – 3 June Visit in May half term for some superhero madness! Take part in trails, crafts and fancy dress competitions. Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366 livingcoasts.org.uk

Bygones Coin Mystery, St Marychurch 28 May – 5 June Search Bygones for 10 different Victorian coins to claim your treat. Normal admission charges apply.

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick RICH HALL 17 April Rich Hall is the star of the critically acclaimed BBC 4 documentaries ‘Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters’, ‘Rich Hall’s The Dirty South’’ and ‘How The West Was Lost’. His critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit.

Also worth seeing… Music of The Night Thursdays From 28 April Seasons of Love 7 May

Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick BRIXHAM COMEDY GROVE 9 April & 7 May In partnership with Comedy Grove, who successfully promote Comedy Clubs across the West Country, Brixham Theatre stages another night of quick fire wit and humour, directed by resident compere, Cerys Nelmes.

Also worth seeing… Beau Brummel – An Elegant Madness 28 April Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick LADIES IN LAVENDER 20-23 April

An evocative heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams and love when the Waddington sisters find a handsome, talented youth washed ashore near their cottage. This delightful play is based on the film starring Maggie Smith and Judy Dench.

Also worth seeing… You’ve Got a Friend 30 April

Theatre Review: Starstruck Babbacombe Theatre With spring in the air we thought why wait for the holiday season? So we headed to Babbacombe Theatre for a bit of traditional variety. This season’s twiceweekly showstopper features a host of comedy, dancing and singing. And variety really is the word, with popular and classical vocal numbers from the charts and the West End, slapstick and Pythonesque comedy routines, amazing energy from the dance troupe and seasoned host, Andy Oakley who kept the whole performance moving along at a pace! We were either laughing or mesmerised all the way through. This is what being at the seaside is all about, a bit racey, a bit risque and certainly beats sitting in front of the TV on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.


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Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick WINTER’S TALE 27 May The Actor’s Wheel returns with a re-telling of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic work of love, jealousy and redemption.

Also worth seeing… ROH Live - Frankenstein 18 & 22 May

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick CHICAGO – THE MUSICAL 25 – 30 April




This is an international award winning Broadway and West End musical about murder, greed, corruption and treachery. Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Also worth seeing… Ultimate Bowie 6 May Bill Bailey 20-21 May

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Rowcroft Hospice

Love Life Every Day It takes time, compassion, medical expertise and money to help patients and families make the most of every day, but every year Rowcroft helps over 2,200 people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon to do just that.


y providing comfort, support and specialist services in patients’ homes, in the community and at Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit in Torquay, the hospice enables families to share precious and joyful moments when they are needed most – whether it’s a beautiful wedding, remarkable reunion, simple thank you or gentle cuddle. At Rowcroft’s premises in Torquay, a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and a range of other health and social care professionals provide specialist care in a 17-bed inpatient unit. The hospice also cares for out-patients and their loved ones, offering therapies, a chronic oedema service, bereavement support and medical consultation in an environment that helps patients and families make the most of precious time together. From Dartmouth to Dawlish, Rowcroft cares for 75% of patients in their own homes.

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mum was able to spend time at Rowcroft Hospice. She loved going out into the immaculate gardens and seeing the stunning wildflower meadow. We were lucky to have some sunny days where we were all able to go outside. We even joked that we couldn’t keep up with mum in her electric wheelchair as she zoomed off in front of us! We were very grateful to be allowed to bring the dogs in to see mum and this always bought a smile to her face. So too did her visit from Puzzle, my niece’s new horse. Rowcroft is a truly amazing place which has managed to provide us with some memories to treasure.” Jack Marley

Paignton-resident Jack Marley was recently able to visit Fingle Bridge on Dartmoor, a place he once visited regularly with his wife. “When I was fitter and younger my wife and I used to spend a lot of time on the moors, we would go up every week for lunches. I was referred to Rowcroft because I have an incurable lung disease, which means I have difficulty breathing. I attended Rowcroft’s breathing course, BOFA, and now a Community Nurse Specialist, Tracey, comes in to see me regularly. It was Tracey and one of Rowcroft’s volunteer drivers who took me up to englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


Kezia and her husband

musician but had lost the confidence to play before he met Rowcroft’s Music Therapist, David. “When I was referred to Rowcroft I couldn’t walk in a straight line, I had suffered a massive heart attack that left me with memory loss and problems with my balance and breathing. The hospice organised aids for my mobility and introduced me to Occupational Therapists for my breathing. I was also introduced to Music Dennis Tresidder

the moors. I hadn’t been out of the house for months so I was terrified but I knew I’d feel panicky and they helped me to overcome that. It brought back fond memories but I was quite tearful. I’m very grateful to Tracey and the driver who took me. I was scared of going out but spending a couple of hours chatting with those two has made a big difference.” Kezia Ruxton’s Mum was admitted to Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit in 2011, two weeks later Kezia and her husband were married in the hospice’s chapel, enabling her Mum to be at their wedding. “A fortnight after her admission to Rowcroft it became clear that my mum would not be making the trip to Bristol for our wedding so just thirty-six hours after first mentioning it to Reverend Gill we were married in the Chapel in front of our closest family. A volunteer called Beryl played Swan Lake as I walked down the aisle and lilac from Mum’s garden scented the room. We posed for photographs in the beautiful gardens and enjoyed champagne and canapés in the chapel. It was a wonderful, joyful day, made possible by the tireless commitment of everyone at Rowcroft to support their patients and their families. We feel very lucky to have made our vows there.” Dennis Tresidder from Torquay was a professional

Therapist, David, because I used to be a professional musician, but hadn’t played for a long time. I have a lot to thank the hospice for, they have helped me with my moods and David has re-installed my confidence and co-ordination so I can play the keyboard again; I’ve even joined Rowcroft’s choir!” Last year it cost £8.3 million to provide Rowcroft’s services. As an independent charity, more than 70% of its funding comes from the generosity of local people, without whom it would not be able to fund its work. By making a regular or one-off donation, no matter how big or small, you’ll be helping Rowcroft to make every day the best day possible for families who need their help in South Devon. Visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/ monthly-donation o

Did you know? 2205 people with life-limiting illnesses received care and support from Rowcroft last year. 1510 patients were supported at home by members of its Community and Hospice at Home Teams. Rowcroft has to raise £19,000 every day to run its services. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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16th–20th May 2016 Make your Will, support your family, support your hospice During Make a Will Week, South Devon solicitors waive their entire fee for making or updating your Will, in return for a donation to Rowcroft. Every donation received as part of the week helps to support families living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon to make the most of every moment they have together.

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Support your Family and your Hospice with Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week


Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week, from 16 – 20 May, gives you the opportunity to make or update your will with a local, South Devon solicitor who will donate the fee they’d normally receive directly to Rowcroft Hospice.


Rowcroft; the care and support in that time was wonderful. The staff were so lovely and his every need was given its full attention without hesitation. Since, I’ve tried to support the hospice as much as I can and last year I took part in Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week when I decided to leave a gift in my will to the hospice; a painless way of helping Rowcroft in the future.” Every penny the hospice receives from Make a Will Week goes directly towards supporting patients living with lifelimiting illnesses to share precious time with their family and friends; helping to make every day the best day possible for thousands of people across South Devon. Louise Grant, Rowcroft’s Deputy Inpatient Unit Manager, explains: “More than 70% of Rowcroft’s funding comes from the local community, and a huge proportion of that comes from gifts in wills, but however much you can donate to Rowcroft during Make a Will Week, no matter how big or small, is gratefully received and hugely appreciated by all of us.” Rowcroft supports three quarters of patients at home, and also provides care for patients and their family members at its 17-bed Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Centre in Torquay. o


aking a will is important for you and your family, bringing the peace of mind and knowledge that whatever the future might bring, your loved ones are financially protected. To make or update your will, simply book an appointment with a participating local solicitor and mention Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week. During your appointment, you will be asked to provide all the necessary information for the firm to write your will, and also to make your donation to Rowcroft. The suggested donation for a single will is £100 or £150 for a pair of mirror wills. Though there is no obligation to do so, you may wish to donate more than the suggested fee, or choose to leave a gift to Rowcroft in your will. However much you choose, 100% of your donation will come directly to the hospice. By taking part in Make a Will Week, and perhaps choosing to remember Rowcroft in your will, you’ll be helping families like Jasmine’s to face the most challenging days of their lives with the support of Rowcroft’s dedicated health and social care teams. “My husband Brian passed away at Rowcroft in October 2014 after battling with Multiple Myeloma for ten years,” explains Jasmine, “his last three weeks were spent in

Secure your family’s future while supporting your local hospice; for more information about making or updating your will during Make a Will Week, and a full list of local participating solicitors, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/will-week.


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The Abbeyfield Society Turns 60

The Abbeyfield Society celebrates its 60th this year and has two houses in Torbay: one at Park House in Paignton and one at Sanders Court in St Marychurch. We find out more about how the charity helps the elderly enjoy their later years.


he Abbeyfield Society was formed as a charity in 1956 and enjoys the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Prince of Wales. It was created with the key objective of alleviating loneliness in older people. The founder, Richard Carr-Gomm, saw this as one of the underlying causes of illness, depression and premature falling into total dependency in old age. He believed that preserving self-esteem and self-confidence in the elderly enables them to enjoy a meaningful life and helps them continue to make valuable contributions to the community. Soon after purchasing a house in Bermondsey and inviting two local residents to move in, Carr-Gomm had purchased five more properties and formally set up The Abbeyfield Society. Before long, volunteers around the county had formed their own societies and the dream of a nationwide charity providing high quality housing, support and companionship in later life had become a reality. From those humble beginnings, the charity has developed wonderful facilities that include over 500 houses and homes with committed staff and 4,000+ volunteers in the UK. Worldwide there are now around 9,000 residents living in 850 houses and homes across Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Jersey, Mexico, South African and New Zealand. The Abbeyfield South West Society was formed in 1994 with houses in Kingsbridge, Torrington, Paignton, Torquay and Mawnan Smith. The charity achieves its

objectives by providing small-scale sheltered housing accommodation, extra care and residential care homes. In a typical sheltered house, each resident has his or her own self-contained room or flat with its own locked door. It’s very much their own home and they furnish it themselves. Everyone is encouraged to become part of the family offering valuable friendship and everyday enjoyment. Independent living and self–sufficiency is warmly promoted and the house provides two nourishing cooked meals daily in a communal dining room. There are also communal lounges to allow plenty of socialising. Residents have far fewer of the usual worries of the elderly and receive help to maintain good health. This makes it considerably easier for them to be able to pursue their interests and enjoy a vigorous independent old age. Research has shown that many elderly people do feel vulnerable and insecure. Many living alone fail to maintain adequate heating in their homes and do not eat properly. Abbeyfield has been successful in removing the weight of these worries from their residents and providing a family atmosphere; this is how they achieve that all-important objective of ensuring loneliness is no longer a concern. In addition to the paid staff at the Abbeyfield Society, unpaid volunteers support the house for, on average, about three hours per week. Volunteers are able to bring a wide experience of life, diverse skills and their friendship to the residents.o abbeyfield.com

Get involved The Abbeyfield Society in Torbay have volunteering opportunities on their House Committees and welcome applications from people with a variety of skills.


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Easy Maintenance Gardening Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon gives us some useful tips on how to minimise the time spent working in the garden and maximise the time spent relaxing!


pril and May are key months in the gardening calendar. Time spent now, weeding, sowing, pruning and planting will mean more time come summer to just relax and enjoy what you have created. Unless you go for concrete there is no such thing as a zero-effort garden but certainly you can choose those

Bring me a Shrubbery! OK, so maybe only fellow Monty Python fans will remember that raucous demand and maybe a whole shrubbery is a bit much. However, these versatile plants do form the backbone of many a successful garden. If you don’t have oodles of time and want a reasonably low maintenance garden that nonetheless looks great throughout the year, then shrubs are the answer. Shrubs can be used as specimen plants, groundcover, climbers, to provide privacy and to act as windbreaks providing shelter for more tender plants. A shrub is defined as being a small to medium sized woody, evergreen or deciduous, plant with many branches. As you can imagine, a vast number of plants fall into this category meaning that there really is a shrub for every situation. Before taking a browse through the huge range of shrubs available give some thought as to what type of shrub you fancy. Here are a few suggestions:

plants that require the least amount of fuss. A mixture of shrubs, conifers and grasses will create an interesting, low maintenance coastal garden and you can always add seasonal interest and colour by sowing annual flower seed direct where you’d like them to flower.

Shrubs for Groundcover

Chaenomeles • Cotoneaster Horizontalis Hebe • Heather • Euonymus Juniperus Horizantalis

Scented Shrubs

Roses • Sambucus • Citrus Cornilla • Sarcococca • Syringa

Climbing Shrubs

Jasmine • Lonicera • Hydrangea Solanum • Wisteria • Hedera

Evergreen Shrubs

Camelia • Azalea • Rhododendron • Ilex Choisya • Pyracantha

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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At Abbeyfield people are at the heart of everything we do and we’ve been doing it for nearly sixty years!

Are you looking for secure but independent living? What we can offer: • Self contained studio apartments • Places for single people and couples • A fee structure that is ‘Fully Inclusive’ - So no bills to worry about • Companionship and support when you need it • Your continuing independence

If you are interested in becoming a resident call

Paignton 01803 557732 Torquay 01803 316164 or visit www.abbeyfield.com for more information We also have opportunities for volunteers on our House Committees

The Abbeyfield Society in Torbay

Abbeyfield Park House, Paignton | Abbeyfield Sanders Court, Torquay Registered Society No: 23413R under the Co-operative and Community Benefit SocietiesAct 2014

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Gardening Half Price Exclusive Offer! Bring hints of the Mediterranean to the English Rivera with the prolific and long-blooming Hibiscus Chiffon. This tough yet stunning little shrub is perfect for growing in the Bay, either in pots or direct in the garden. With double and semi double tissue-paper-like flowers Hibiscus Chiffon will create a real wow factor in your garden. Exclusive to readers of English Riviera, Dobies are offering a Hibiscus Chiffon plant in a 3-litre pot for just £8.99 plus carriage. That’s half price! Simply quote offer code ER416 and Dobies will send you either a lavender, white or pink flowered plant. Sorry, but at this very special price we can’t give you a choice of colours, instead you’ll get a nice surprise! To order visit www.dobies.co.uk or call 0844 and quote offer code ER416 and product code 256250. But hurry, this offer will close on 31st May and is subject to availability.

Looking After Your Shrubs Labour saving and great looking, shrubs really do require very little ongoing care. Keeping them weed free, giving them an occasional water and mulch plus an easy-to-do prune are all that is needed. The timing and amount of pruning required depends on the type of shrub so do check before reaching for the secateurs. The following is a general guide:

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Deciduous shrubs that flower before May Prune as soon as flowering finishes Deciduous shrubs that flower after the end of May Prune between January and March, before new growth starts Evergreens Prune in May

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Ladies’ Night at Riviera Wellbeing Riviera Wellbeing in Paignton held its first ladies’ night with presentations from therapists and health providers focusing on women’s health.

Annie Ley, Heather Hamilton and Jane Carter

Janet Astle, Dr Phoebe Bavin, and Diane Pritchard-Davies

Collette Loftus, Kirsty Brady and Gurpreet Pandher

Elizabeth Raikes, Jackie Carkeek and Lisa Portman

Dr Ashleigh Ley, Jackie Coles and Julie Thomas Sharon Birchall and Jane Phillipson Marian Mitchell and Paul Mytton

Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine) and Dr Paul Hindle


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SOS Club Networking

Social Diary

Members of the Save Our Species networking group met for a business breakfast at Living Coasts in Torquay for a presentation on apprentcieships from South devon College.

Clare Rugg (Living Coasts) and Jenny Paton (Paignton Zoo)

Maria Coton (Haldons Ltd) and Sally Cope (Koru Connections)

Richard Hussey (Francis Clark) and Sharon Johns (KJ Thulborn)

Jane Keys and Emily Tucker (South Devon College)

Gareth Watton (Ocean BMW) and Glen Northover (Masterclass Education)

Caroline Milner (Combe Pafford School) and David Collins (David Collins Consulting)

Kevin Thulborn (KJ Thulborn) and Kevin Hext (Pavey Group)


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Big Question for

The Tourism Industry The tourism industry turned out in force for the English Riviera Tourism & Business Exhibition at the Riviera International Centre.


e hear from tourism delegates on the brand-new, tourism-only BID (Business Improvement District), which is designed to create funding for national promotion and tourism services in our resort. With budget cuts meaning that tourism promotion will cease without alternative funding,

there is no plan B for this vital local industry. Tourism businesses are rallying round to ensure Torbay continues to be properly promoted and maintains its status as a major tourist resort. This is the very first tourism-only BID on offer in Torbay and voting for this new funding opportunity is expected to start in May.

Martyn Strange, Babbacombe Inn and Three Degrees West “We need representation that will wave the flag. Torbay is now a year-round, short break/weekend destination so we must have regular national promotion. If you fail to promote, you fail. We need one big voice and professionals to get our message across and the new tourism-only BID can give us that.” James Hull, General Manager Kents Cavern “Kents Cavern as an individual organisation cannot promote the English Riviera. We need to come together to gain national promotion and compete effectively with other resorts.”

Barry Cole, Owner The Resultant4U “We’ve seen the improvement in destination marketing over the last few years. Without the BID there will be no destination marketing whatsoever. How do we then compete with other destinations, which have already embraced a tourism BID?”

Richard Cuming, Bygones and English Riviera Attractions “The new tourism BID can guarantee funding for the next 5 years for destination marketing and can enable the Bay to compete with domestic and international destinations on a level playing field.”


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Business Sophie Bower, Owner Millie & Me “We’ve just celebrated our 4th year at Millie & Me. My business relies on the loyalty of locals but without the extra trade that visitors to Brixham bring, we would struggle.”

Helen Scholes, Marketing Manager Stagecoach South West “To ensure that we can continue to attract significant numbers of visitors to the Bay, we need to have a wellfunded and strong tourism organisation in place.”

Kim Risdon, Marketing Manager Princess Theatre “We absolutely, wholeheartedly need a tourism company to invest in visitors to the area, both new and repeat.”

Nicky Allen Babbacombe Cliff Railway “We need destination marketing to get people into the resort. The attractions can take it from there and we’re good at that. However, people often don’t realise how important and valuable good destination marketing is and what it means for the success of our businesses.”

David Hill, Owner Torquay’s Dinosaur World “Out of resort marketing is vital to a small business like ours that has neither the expertise nor the budget for this.”

How to Vote If you are an eligible tourism business, you will need to vote using the designated ballot paper that you will receive in the post in May. Even though you may have responded to surveys in the past, you will need to complete this and return it in the prepaid envelope for your vote to count.) englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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BusinessBreaks... First Birthday For Aqua Lounge

Staff and customers celebrated the 1st Birthday of the Riviera Centre’s Aqua Lounge recently. In February 2015, the RICC unveiled its new café bar at a pirate themed family fun day, presided over by the infamous Jonty Depp. This year the Aqua Lounge toasted its first year by cutting a themed cake and sharing it with members and customers. Linda Wettergreen, manager of the Aqua Lounge said, “We are all delighted with the success of the Aqua Lounge. It has become a popular place with families, our regular customers love it and see it as a big improvement, and we welcome lots of pre-school children and their friends”. The Aqua Lounge was designed as a modern open plan facility with a children’s soft play area and new layout to complement the terrace. It offers a breakfast, lunch and snacks menu and serves Starbucks coffee. o

Law Society Awards

Hake on the plate!

Devon law firm Wollen Michelmore won three awards at the first ever Devon and Somerset Law Society 2016 awards. Almost 400 people attended the awards dinner at Sandy Park, Exeter. Wollen Michelmore, which has offices in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Barnstaple and Bideford, was shortlisted in 6 of the 12 categories. They went on to win three of those awards, along with the inter office regional Challenge Cup. Solicitor of the Year was won by Torquay based, Rachel Carter. Chief Executive, Chris Hart was awarded Leader/Law Manager of the Year. Chris said “Winning three awards at the launch of this fabulous event is so exciting for everyone in the firm. I see how much effort people put in to working with our clients and providing the best levels of service every day and it’s not always an easy job. But the team really make a huge effort to get it right time after time and these awards reflect that.”o

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Mitch Tonks, one of Britain’s leading seafood chefs and local Devon restaurateur championed hake in a national campaign for the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation (NNFO). The Brixham and Plymouth hake fisheries have now received MSC certification. Mitch Tonks whose award winning Seahorse and Rockfish restaurants feature local hake said, “Anything we can do to encourage people to try more fresh, sustainable fish whilst supporting UK fishermen can only be a good thing. Hake is always a popular option at my own restaurants and it’s readily available through fishmongers and retailers. It’s a white fish which is simple to adapt different recipes and flavours to and as such I hope more people give it a try.” o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


... New Road Boost for Cavanna

The completion of the long-awaited South Devon Highway has triggered a surge of interest in Cavanna Homes’ latest development at the gateway to Torquay. Since the opening of the £110 million road, Cavanna Homes’ Primrose Hill has received a significant increase in enquiries from homebuyers. There are 38 homes in the first phase of the 155-property development, ranging in size from two-bedroom coach houses to four-bedroom detached properties. The Cavanna sales team has reported high levels of interest among buyers, in particular among people who already live nearby, with more than 20 properties either sold or reserved already. Work is now well under way at Primrose Hill, which lies off Plantation Way, with easy access to The Willows shopping centre. Cavanna Homes’ Sales Manager Lynn Worley said, “The South Devon Highway means places such as Primrose Hill on the edge of Torquay are increasingly attractive to a wide range of buyers, especially those who need to commute to neighbouring towns and cities.”o

Cockington Court is Top Wedding Venue!

Cockington Court hosted an incredible 98 weddings last year, making it Torbay’s busiest wedding venue for 2015. The ceremony rooms are situated on the first floor of the Grade II listed Manor House, which is set in 460 acres of stunning parklands, gardens and water meadows. The rose garden to the rear of the Court provides a very special spot for photographs. Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Craft Centre Director said, “We love having weddings here at Cockington Court. It brings an eloquent vibrancy to the venue.” Cockington craft makers can create bespoke wedding gifts, favours, cards, cakes and jewellery for the big day.
The Carey Room accommodates up to 55 guests for wedding ceremonies. The team at Cockington Court work closely with partners to provide other services to make each day even more special. 

Marissa explained, “Having experienced so many beautiful weddings here we have a good understanding of the fantastic services local businesses can offer to enhance the weddings.”o cockingtoncourt.org/weddings

New Appointment for Paignton Zoo

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust’s new Director of Guest Services is Helen Warren, who has come to the Trust from the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. The new role encompasses the charity’s trading company, visitor services and front of house activities. Executive Director Simon Tonge said, “Helen has a strong background in operational and strategic roles in retail, catering, licensing, entrepreneur support and organisational development.” She spent 16 years working for the University of Exeter Students’ Guild with operational roles in licensed trade and latterly overseeing a range of catering and retail operations. She is also a keen conservationist. “I’ve always had an interest in both animals and conservation. I was lucky enough to do work experience with a National Trust warden as a teenager and that really ignited a passion for all things environmental, which has never left me. Plus, growing up watching David Attenborough documentaries leaves a lasting impression.” o


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the brieďŹ ng straightforward and honest legal advice to take the stress out of tough situations

Guiding you through your next project The law relating to local government decision making is challenging and when dealing with issues such as bias, predetermination and Member interests they often need particular attention. Wollen Michelmore has extensive experience of working with local authorities throughout Devon. One relatively recent decision concerning planning permission was overturned due to the decision making process and not because of the actual merits of the relevant application. It was regarding an outline permission for a 35-home development on land near the River Wylye in Wiltshire which was quashed in the High Court. The background to the case concerned a social housing provider (Selwood Housing Association) which had expressed serious interest in working with the potential developers of the property by offering to deliver the affordable housing aspect of the development. One Member of the planning committee received ÂŁ3,000 a year as a director of Selwood and it was found that their vote in the committee ultimately led to outline consent for development being granted. The decision to grant planning permission on the grounds of their involvement in the decision making process was challenged and despite receiving monies from Selwood, the High Court found that he had obtained no personal benefit from his involvement in this process and was regarded as having no direct financial interest in the planning application. Due to the existence of a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (i.e. a financial interest directly relating to the relevant item at the Planning Committee), the decision was not quashed. However, the decision of the High Court concerned the separate issue of bias. In determining the application for Judicial Review the Court held that he should have considered whether his interest was likely to be seen as

prejudicing his impartiality before participating in the debate or taking part in any subsequent vote. The High Court therefore determined that he should not have been part of the committee and accordingly quashed the planning permission previously granted by the local authority. It is almost certainly the case that if he was just a director of a housing association (rather than one which had been heavily involved in this particular project), it is unlikely that such a finding would have been made. It is well established that councillors have a right to have an initial view and can freely discuss, publicise their view and/or voting intentions as they see fit. However, this is on the basis that councillors must be prepared to listen to all of the arguments and evidence before making their decision. In this case the decision of the High Court was concerned with the decision making process rather than the merits of the planning application concerned. If you would like to know more about this article or you are about to embark on your next project, Wollen Michelmore have a dedicated team of property lawyers to assist you. Contact James Oram - james.oram@ wollenmichelmore.co.uk or call 01803 213251 for expert advice.

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