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EnglishRiviera magazine

April/May 2019



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Spring has definitely sprung now and there are lots of wonderful events coming up for Easter and the two May Bank holidays, with plenty going on in between. In this issue, we have a go at Dartmouth Steam Railway’s Footplate Experience, try a bit of calming Hatha Yoga and propose a cycle ride or walk around 3 delightful nature reserves. We’re marking the D-Day celebrations with a look at the wartime history of Lupton House and by recalling the distinguished life of Torbay resident Stan Pearson. We chat to Jill Farrant and Wendy Caplan about Bijou Theatre’s 65th; celebrate Greenway’s 10th anniversary of public opening and mark Babbacombe Cliff Railway’s 10th birthday under community ownership (get May 11th into your diary now!) Don’t miss the chance to tour magnificent Oldway Mansion during their forthcoming Open Days. Check out the latest news on Brixham Pirate Festival, Rowcroft’s Sleepwalk & Make a Will Week, Occombe Festival, the Heritage Sailing Regatta and many more Bay happenings plus a wealth of art exhibitions and theatre performances.

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6 Openers

Local news snippets

14 Bijou’s 65th Birthday Local theatre celebrates

18 Greenway Anniversary

10 years at Agatha Christie’s home

21 RTYC Rules the Waves

National award for Torbay club

22 Riviera Heritage

Playwright Sean O’Casey at Villa Rosa

24 Eulogy for Stan

A Bay resident sorely missed

26 D-Day Remembered

American GIs at Lupton House

28 School Renovation Tower House Reborn

31 Oldway Opens its Doors


A school reborn

Take a tour around the historic mansion

33 Heritage Sailing

Junk sailors in the Bay

37 Brixham Pirate Festival Break out that pirate kit!

39 Cliff Railway Anniversary

10 years of community ownership

40 Give It A Go! Hatha Yoga Time to get flexible

42 Give It A Go! Train Driving Sampling life on the footplate

44 Cycle Ride

Out and about on 2 wheels (or more...)

47 Food & Drink News Local foodie snippets

51 What’s On


Life on the footplate

Our pick of April and May events

70 Arts Roundup

Creative events around the Bay

73 Book Review

Three local authors

74 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

76 Charities and Volunteering Read Easy, tackling adult literacy

79 Social Diary

Local people at local events

80 Business Snippets

Local business news in brief

82 The Briefing

Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore



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Openers... Openers... Openers... O Becky Bettesworth & the Bakeoff Local artist Becky Bettesworth has officially opened the newly decorated kitchen at the NHS Albany Clinic in Newton Abbot. Becky presided over a celebratory bake-off, judging the best cakes and also donated one of her popular prints to be hung in the new kitchen. The League of Friends raised funds to have the artwork framed. Becky said, “It was an absolute pleasure to be asked to open the newly decorated kitchen facilities for the Community Services Team.” She explained that the busy team at the NHS Clinic do an amazing job and she was honoured that they chose her ‘Go with the Flow’ artwork. Becky’s vintage style seaside prints, travel posters and retro quote posters are available to buy from her website. beckybettesworth.co.uk

Vampire Crab

the true size of this tiny crab. The spooky name was only coined because of its startling appearance; the good news is, they don’t actually suck blood at midnight. The vampire crabs will be among the species visitors will be able to see when the revamped Investigate bug house opens later in the year. ¢

New! Haldon Forest Parkrun Haldon Forest Park managed by the Forestry Commission held their first-ever 5K Parkrun. The event now takes place every Saturday morning at 9am and is free to all (charges for parking). The course is two loops along wide trails through the forest with one steep but short hill. Early morning mist lifted to reveal stunning blue skies and sunshine for the 195 runners who participated. Local Torbay running club Riviera Racers sent a team of 6 runners of various abilities and all completed and thoroughly enjoyed the run. It’s a good new Parkrun location for Bay runners being just 20 minutes drive from Torquay. Post-run coffee is available in the Ridge Café. ¢ parkrun.org.uk/haldonforest

This is a vampire crab. With its purple body, orange pincers and piercing pale eyes, it’s a nightmarish vision. Paignton Zoo’s Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates team has bred vampire crabs for the first time. Keeper Lauren Lane is a big fan, “They are totally amazing! They’re small, active, colourful crabs that live in freshwater in the forests of Java and Indonesia. They are threatened by over-collection for the pet trade. The species was only formally described in 2015.” As alarming as it looks, this amazing photo, taken by Paignton Zoo photographer Eleanor Stobbart, betrays 6 | April/May 2019

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.. Openers... Openers... Openers... New! South Devon College Sports Centre

South Devon College has officially opened its brand new, state-of-the-art sports centre with an event attended by students, key partners and supporters. Comprising a latest generation all-weather 3G pitch, changing rooms, community room teaching space and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch, the new sports complex has received investment from South Devon College, Linden Homes and the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation. Designed with a strong emphasis

on the local community, the South Devon College Sports Centre will be operated by 3d Leisure in partnership with the college. It will act as a central sports hub for college students as well as residents from across South Devon who will be using the facilities for a wide range of sports and activities including football, basketball and netball. The centre will also become the official home to the College’s resident Pro:Direct Devon Football Academy. The growing academy currently has over 55 students training several times a week playing matches all over the country. ¢

Stephen Criddle OBE Principal and CEO of South Devon College officially opens the Sports Centre

League of Friends Hub Torbay Hospital’s League of Friends is celebrating the opening of a newly refurbished area near the hospital’s Outpatients Reception on Level 2, where they can fundraise and distribute information. The new hub is located near their successful Butterflies Café and was codesigned together with the help of Eagle Signs. The charity has made significant contributions towards improving levels of care through fundraising events and donations. This includes funding towards the Critical Care Unit at Torbay


Hospital and purchasing new high-tech medical equipment. Chairman of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Sir Richard Ibbotson and Chief Executive Liz Davenport officially opened the new space. Philip White, Secretary and Vice President of the League of Friends said, “We are absolutely delighted with our new ‘home’. Now that everything is in place we can look forward to continuing to help patients and supporting Torbay Hospital from our much improved and very smart area at the centre of the Outpatients Department.” ¢

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Openers... Openers... Openers... Singing for Trinity Quay Harmony, the Brixham-based ladies’ harmony choir has raised £500 for Trinity Sailing Foundation by hosting raffles at their shows during 2018. Quay Harmony’s Chair Janet Pettit said, “We perform a variety of songs in support of local charities with the help of a band of loyal supporters. One of our members suggested Trinity, who we thought would be a great cause as they help disadvantaged young people.” Quay Harmony members presented Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk with the cheque at a recent rehearsal evening at the United Reformed Church in Brixham. Harry said, “We are incredibly grateful for the support from Quay Harmony; we have attended two of their performances and we were delighted to show them around Provident and tell them about the sail training work we do for young people across the country.” Trinity Sailing Foundation provides sail training for disadvantaged young people and conserves the nationally important historic sailing vessels in its care. ¢

manufacturing drugs to treat diabetes. Luke Harding, Paignton Zoo’s Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates says, “It’s good to start 2019 with another breeding success.” Adult beaded lizards can grow up to 91 centimetres (36 inches) in length. Youngsters are rarely seen, spending their early years underground. ¢

Major Donation to Rowcroft

Buckfast Abbey surprised five Devon hospices including Rowcroft Hospice with a cheque for £30,000 each from their Millennium Fund. This historic abbey, whose monks follow the Rule of St Benedict, raised £150,000 through collections, concerts, gifts from the monastery, and the sale of a rare antique table. Abbot David Charlesworth presented the funds to Mark Hawkins Rowcroft CEO and to four other Devon hospices at a special presentation. He said, “Last year was our Millennium year and it was a great year for all of us. We wanted to celebrate this through thanksgiving.“ ¢

Harry Gottschalk receives the cheque from Janet Pettit

Beaded Lizard Hatches Paignton Zoo has bred a species of venomous lizard for the first time with the birth of two Mexican beaded lizards. Incredibly, Zoo photographer Elliye Stobbart captured the moment one of the eggs hatched. This CITES-protected lizard (Heloderma horridum) is a venomous species found principally in Mexico and southern Guatemala. Heloderma means ‘studded skin’, and with its dramatic black and yellow beaded body, this predator is quite a sight from the moment it hatches. Animal experts are unsure why it has venom at all, but scientists have found that it contains enzymes useful for 8 | April/May 2019

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Bijou Theatre based at the Palace in Paignton is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Originally launched as a private members’ theatre club by Greta Huggins in 1954 it has survived against the odds and is now beloved by many. Anita Newcombe finds out more.


oday I’m meeting Jill Farrant the current owner of Bijou Theatre Productions along with Theatre Manager Wendy Caplan who works alongside her daughter Sarah. Jill tells me that Bijou’s founder Greta Huggins was an inspirational character who drove fire engines and fought fires during the war, as well as playing hockey for England. Greta set up Bijou Theatre along with her friend Helena Forrest, her cousin Dora Dellers and Dora’s husband Bill. Greta’s Bijou Theatre started life as an exclusive 50-seater, members-only club, which offered ‘limited interest’ theatre. It was designed to fill a gap in the local artistic scene, showing plays from Ibsen, Chekhov, Pirondello and Shakespeare. Greta’s ethos was firmly against offering ‘commercial plays’ purely to create profits – she wanted full control to stage some of the world’s best but perhaps rather more rarefied plays. Current Bijou owner Jill Farrant inherited the theatre from Greta in 1983, this coming as “a bolt from the blue”. One day, soon after Greta’s death, the doorbell rang and a solicitor’s letter arrived on fancy headed paper. It informed Jill that Greta had bequeathed Bijou Theatre to her ‘lock, stock and barrel’. After initial shock turned to delight Jill

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Greta Huggins

took up the challenge and has striven to do justice to the wonderful ethos of Greta Huggins ever since. The long history of the Bijou Theatre is quite fascinating. There was originally a Royal Bijou Theatre (albeit named without royal approval), located within the Gerston Hotel in Hyde Road, Paignton. In 1879 it hosted the first-ever performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. This, now world-famous show was due to have its opening night in New York on 31 December, but at the last moment the authors were informed that they would forfeit their copyright unless a performance could be staged in England the previous day. Gilbert and Sullivan’s earlier show, HMS Pinafore had lost a large part of its royalties due to copyright issues so it was vital this should not happen again. HMS Pinafore was playing in Torquay. D’Oyly Carte needed a theatre that was open on a Sunday; the only one available was The Bijou Theatre in Paignton. So the HMS Pinafore company came over in full costume and sang through The Pirates of Penzance so securing the copyright. Handbills were rushed out at the eleventh hour and the show went on stage. Fifty years later, in 1929, another

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Riviera People club to a 380-seater auditorium. production of Pirates of Penzance was staged to mark the Bijou’s Theatre Manager Wendy Caplan tells me, “We 50th anniversary of the event. No doubt, this time the kept the Palace Theatre’s Circle closed for ages as we tried performance was a little less rushed. In 1979 the 100th to build up the numbers attending.” Anniversary was celebrated with a further performance Jill explains, “When the public was invited in, we had and there is a blue plaque on the site commemorating the a slight change of plays as the less mainstream choices are original world premiere here. difficult to fill. I’ve learned that I can’t always do what I Greta Huggins’ father had owned the Gerston Hotel want to do.” Having said that, Jill and Wendy have both until it was sold to Woolworths to pay death duties on his estate. Nevertheless, Woolworths said that Bijou could remained fiercely loyal to the ethos and inspiration of the original founder Greta Huggins. continue to use the property’s stables for a theatre and Jill says, “ I want the ostlers’ flats as to carry on what storage facilities Greta started – I until they were find it hard not to needed. So in 1954 choose the plays (65 years ago) she’d like. This Greta Huggins set season she would up a new exclusive definitely have liked members’ club our choices.” called the Bijou Over the years, Theatre. It offered membership and 4 shows a year, public attendance usually running has grown and Bijou for 7 nights each. stages four plays per The site of the year plus running converted stables is a highly popular now occupied by a annual Agatha Superdrug store. The 100th anniversary performance of Pirates of Penzance Christie season. Jill tells me that Wendy tells me that when she inherited it’s really hard to predict which plays are going to sell out Bijou from Greta in 1983, the theatre club continued in and which are a slower sell. She says, “We’re quite often the same, tiny premises until 1985 when Woolworths surprised by which plays do the best.” wanted it back for a warehouse. The search was on for a In terms of acting parts, Bijou is very different from new home. Luckily, a certain Eric Parnell who was then other amateur companies in that there are no acting Entertainments Officer for the council, offered the Palace memberships. Once a play and a director have been Theatre in Paignton for a very low rent on the basis that chosen, the director will select a cast from amongst their it was not being effectively used. This was a godsend for own contacts. This means that the pool of potential cast Bijou as they could now take all their scenery, costumes and props and store them at the Palace. They moved there members is larger and a director is free to seek the right person for a role that requires a very specific type. Anyone in January 1986. The big challenge, however, was that they were going from a ‘bijou’ 50-seater, members’ theatre acting in a Bijou play knows that they are only committed


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Riviera People for that particular play. This has the benefit of attracting people from further afield who might not be able to commit more regularly and it keeps standards high. Actors can express interest but formal open auditions are not usually held. Jill says, “Greta was very keen on teamwork – if you weren’t a team player you weren’t invited back. I’m a bit the same really. We have a lovely working environment.” Wendy and Jill both agree that the newest Palace Theatre Directors Maureen McAllister and Deirdre Makepeace are simply marvellous. Wendy says, “I take my hat off to Maureen and Deirdre who have been brilliant; they’ve introduced a really wide range of new performances to the Palace.” Jill agrees, “They’ve done wonders at the Palace and are to be congratulated.” On the theme of teamwork, individual cast members will regularly help to promote their own shows using handbills, social media and ‘word of mouth’ to get the word out. Wendy explains, “We’ve got to get bums on seats and when the cast get behind a show in this way it works really well.” Bijou also has a very loyal backstage crew of volunteers who build, paint, create and then often head off for a drink together.

The stage size was only 13ft x 11ft so for a man it was just three strides and you were right across it. You also couldn’t ‘exit stage left’ – there was a brick wall there so you just had to wait there!

For the 65th Anniversary of Greta and now Jill’s Bijou Theatre, they would love to have performed An Inspector Calls by English dramatist J.B. Priestley but they can’t get permission at the moment. This is a shame as it was the very last play that Greta directed and it would have been a wonderful tribute to her. Her first ever play was Lady Precious Stream, a Chinese-style theatre drama by S.I. Hsiung. This thought triggers a wave of memories of the ‘old’ Bijou in the original small stable venue on Hyde Road. Jill says, “The old Bijou had no bar so they had cups of tea taken round at the interval. Theatre-goers’ names were handwritten on a list and these were ticked off as people arrived.” Wendy remembers, “The stage size was only 13ft x 11ft so for a man it was just three strides and you were right across it. You also couldn’t ‘exit stage left’ – there was a brick wall there so you just had to wait there.” Jill and Wendy also remember carrying a coffin down Hyde Road – whilst it was only intended as a prop for Dracula, they hadn’t anticipated the stir it would cause. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Jill tells me that her new Bijou Theatre became a training ground for young people. Glyn Kerslake was one of these and he went on to play the iconic role of the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. In this 65th Anniversary year, Jill continues to grapple with the conflicting demands of filling a large theatre whilst remaining true to the legacy of Greta Huggins. She tells me, “I don’t want to lose sight of what Bijou is all about. I do think that Greta, Dora and Helena would be pleased, shocked and amazed that Bijou is still successful and thriving 65 years on though.” Jill, Wendy and Sarah have had lots of fun running Bijou over the years. Wendy chuckles and says, “And we’re still having so much fun.” Bijou’s next production is classic thriller, Wait Until Dark written by Frederick Knott and directed by Anna Reynolds. It’s a brilliant tense thriller filled with sinister twists. A drug filled doll has disappeared from a London flat and three petty crooks try to find it. They plot to compel the owners to give away its whereabouts. The owner’s wife is blind; the crooks try to get at her by spreading lies about her husband but she simply won’t fall for it. A rollercoaster thriller with a terrifying climax – can she defeat the thieves despite her blindness? ¢

Wendy Caplan and Jill Farrant

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National Trust Celebrates


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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Trust’s public opening of Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday residence. As part of the celebrations they are running a twoweek literary festival in May.


orld-famous crime novelist Agatha Christie bought Greenway with her husband Max Mallowan in 1938. It was a dream house for Agatha who had grown up in Torquay, enjoying the social life, roller skating along the pier and bathing in the sea. The beautiful Georgian house and spectacular grounds leading down to the River Dart were to be a holiday haven where the whole family could relax. Sometimes it even served as inspiration for her books, such as Dead Man’s Folly and Five Little Pigs. The Greenway estate was gifted to the National Trust in 2000 by Agatha Christie’s family and shortly afterwards the garden was opened to the public. The house remained private and home to her daughter and son-in-law, Rosalind and Anthony Hicks. However, after the couple passed away in 2004 and 2005, the house was also given to the National Trust and Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, gifted the contents along with it. A £5million restoration project began to bring what Agatha called, “the loveliest place in the world” back to its former glory. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised from the public, the renovations began. Inside the house it was obvious that substantial works were needed. Large cracks were visible in the walls and ceilings; lintels had become detached and subsidence 18 | April/May 2019

needed to be addressed. Extensive masonry stitch repairs were undertaken to stabilize the structure, which due to subsidence over a long period, had developed full height cracks in several locations. Several chimneystacks were rebuilt and major timber repairs were carried out to the floor joists. The roof structures had completely decayed in the damp walls leaving the whole structure resting on internal walls - truss ends were repaired with new timber onto re-made bearings, the whole now well ventilated. The roof coverings of lead and slate were replaced throughout the various wings with enlarged parapet gutters. All external ironwork was replaced, many wrought iron gutter brackets being renewed. The house exterior was carefully stripped of layers of masonry paint and cement slurries before undertaking the repair and replacement of lime renders. The house’s exterior was then painted with limewash. Several ceilings had to be re-fixed to their joists before a careful programme of decoration started. The building’s services were fully modernised. A conservation heating system partly powered by a ground source heat pump plus solar thermal water heating for the apartment was installed. New alarm systems, electrical wiring and extensive pipework were undertaken and the

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Riviera Heritage former coal store adjacent to the house was rebuilt and converted to use as additional WC facilities. In the grounds, a broad range of landscape interventions were undertaken to complete the project under the watchful eye of archaeologists. These included renewal of the drainage systems and mains services, the construction in wrought iron of exact replicas of the main gates, the re-surfacing of driveways and the creation of a new visitor reception building The contents of the house became an almost separate project in itself. Elaine Ward, House and Collections Manager for the National Trust, explains, “The collections were all catalogued within the portakabin by volunteers, under the project conservators’ instruction. When we were open, visitors were able to come in and look at what was happening, be it conservation, cataloguing or photography, and we still have volunteers with us today who helped during the project. We wanted the project to be an experience, so visitors were able to handle a few bits of the collection to understand the enormous task at hand. As the collection was from many generations and not all was in mint condition, it was felt the right thing to do was take the collection back to the acquired state not original state, meaning not everything was looking perfect. The house was a lived in holiday home, somewhere comfortable to relax and enjoy a holiday, very much as it still feels today, 10 years on.” Greenway was officially opened to the public on 28 February 2019. Over the past decade this special place has welcomed an array of different guests. These have included acclaimed actor David Suchet being filmed in his role as Poirot and presenters from Countryfile discovering the gardens. Fans from all over the globe have avidly explored the house, the contents and the grounds. Open-air theatre audiences have been wowed with magical productions and dedicated volunteers are regularly on the scene getting involved with a wide range of activities. Conservation teams have worked on restoration projects on the Boathouse (scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly) and the glasshouses in the garden. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the National Trust is running a season of festivals at Greenway. Earlier this year the Camellia Festival celebrated all things camellia, Greenway being noted as one of seven UK ‘International Camellia Garden of Excellence’ by the International Camellia Society. In May you can enjoy two-week celebration of all things literary. Greenway Literary Festival will offer workshops, talks and activities that explore the literary heritage of Greenway. There will be a children’s book week in the May half term, followed by a week exploring englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

crime writing and other types of literature. To finish off the 10th Anniversary season of festivals, a special Autumn Tea Festival will take place at the end of the year. Whether your choice of tea is a delicate white of Japan or a typical builders brew, it’s the perfect way to discover your new favourite. If you haven’t visited Greenway before, it makes a superb day out; you can also treat yourself to lunch or coffee and cakes at the delightful Barn café and browse the delightful National Trust shop.¢  nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Did You Know? • Greenway house has unique collections including pristine first editions of Agatha Chrisite’s books (many signed) and archaeological artefacts collected by her second husband, Max Mallowan. • The Library is adorned with a ceiling frieze painted by US Naval Officer Lt Marshall Lee – left over from the years when Greenway was requisitioned during the Second World War. • In 2013, ITV filmed David Suchet in his final episode as Hercule Poirot for Dead Man’s Folly, and used Greenway as the location. April/May 2019 | 19

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Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC) has been named as the winner of the 2019 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award. Commodore Adrian Peach explained, “Members he historic club on Torquay harbourside was one of love the refurbishment, they bring their friends to the 11 finalists selected by the RYA Awards Panel and restaurant or social events who then often join or want to ultimately crowned by the public vote. British Sailing book the facilities for their own events – we continue to Team sailor, James Peters presented the coveted trophy at grow. It is a snowball effect.” the RYA Dinghy Show in March. Acknowledged for their He told us, “The club now hosts loads of fantastic achievement in embracing modern facility development, sailing and social events. With our new licence upgraded the club were also awarded the ‘Fantastic Facilities’ from a Club Licence to a full Premises Licence, we are recognition. now hosting wedding receptions, birthday celebrations The Torbay club has worked hard over the years to and Christmas parties, therefore driving the excitement have a broad and extensive offer for its members. From and buzz around the club. the RYA OnBoard programme, to hosting several major On winning, Adrian commented, “This award means sailing events each year and more recently the launch of such a lot to us as a club, it’s been a great experience. ‘Squadron 13’, a pay We’re a club of This award means such a lot to us as a club, volunteers, and as and play initiative for it’s been a great experience. We’re a club of volunteers it’s so 8-18 year-olds, the volunteers, and as volunteers it’s so nice to club has been creative nice to have the in keeping members have the recognition that this brings. recognition that this engaged. brings. Winning is Over the past two years, RTYC volunteers have fantastic, but there are a lot of categories, sub-awards and undertaken a programme of modernisation to make opportunities for recognition. I’d definitely encourage their grand and historic clubhouse a more welcoming, other clubs to get involved next year.” appealing and friendly place for the whole community. As well as laying claim to the prestigious title of Club The renovations and relaunch of the club to the local of the Year, RTYC will have access to a generous coaching community, a successful RYA Push the Boat Out and boats package from RS Sailing for one week this campaign, open days and improved communications summer. The club was also presented with a prize bundle have seen increased engagement within their current awarded to all of this year’s finalists, with products from membership plus an influx of new members. RYA Reward Partners; Yachts & Yachting, Gallagher, Datatag, Spinlock, ICOM, Techniblock, SACQUA, Overboard, Dryrobe and Sail Mates. RTYC will be hosting the prestigious J70 World Championships, RS 200 Nationals and Laser Masters this year. They have also expanded their offer of RYA training courses, increased capacity and implemented an online booking system for courses and low-cost dinghy hire. ¢


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SEAN O'CASEY Irish author, playwright and dramatist Sean O’Casey was the first playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes. His final years were spent in Torquay and two blue plaques mark his residence at Villa Rosa in Trumlands Road. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells us more.


ean O’Casey was born John Casey in Dublin in 1880 and on leaving school at fourteen was employed in numerous jobs of little skill. At age twenty-two he began nine years of employment with the Northern Railway of Ireland; this gave his family a regular income so they might eat properly. These were difficult times and for Sean they became part of his life, such that he would emulate the poverty in much of his written work. John, as he was called until 1906, became involved in the Irish Gaelic Revival Movement and, having learned the Irish language, chose to change his name to Sean O’Casey. By then he was writing journalistic papers and by 1918 he had written a ballad, Songs of the Wren followed by More Songs of the Wren - both were published. Slender paperbacks now followed before his first play, The Robe of Rosheene and then The Frost in the Flower, The Harvest Festival, The Crimson and the Tri-Colour before finally Cooing of the Doves. He continued writing plays and short stories until in 1926 his play, The Plough and the Stars created acrimonious debate after he mentioned the subject of prostitution in Ireland. This resulted in

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public rioting by those that felt his play insulted Irish heroes of 1916. In 1926 in London, he met his wife, she twentytwo and he forty-six. They married in 1927 before honeymooning in Ireland. Sean would return once more in 1935 and never again stayed in Ireland. Living at a variety of homes in London they mixed with a virtual “who’s who” of famous people. Many were retained as lifelong friends including: George Bernard Shaw, Ramsey MacDonald, H G Wells, Cyril Cusack, Sam Wannamaker, Lord and Lady Asquith and, from Downing Street, Harold and Dorothy MacMillan. By September 1938 the O’Casey family had left London for Totnes, mainly to ensure that his sons Breon and Niall could attend its independent and progressive school at Dartington. Devon suited them well, although after leaving London Sean had initially found countryside living difficult. His autobiography states, “He feared the country, for it robbed him of much, his eyes were losing a lot of the power they had. In a city, the view was a short one, and his eyes hadn’t to travel far to see things; all was at his elbow”. Eileen later confirmed he was always a

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Riviera Heritage companies to St Marychurch including the NBC from townsman and yet, “has taken to deep country Devon America, who wished to preview plays filmed in his small much better than I had guessed”. ‘studio’ at home. That disruption saw his wife “Eily” Debt and lack of money eventually brought a tax booking a room at the Links Hotel across the way, where inspector to their door. The emissary from “Head Office they joined American friends staying over. in London” even threatened to call the bailiffs. Eventually Later, life saw an easing of any financial struggle, he personally undertook to examine the affairs of this although by now Sean was unfortunately in poor health. world-renowned dramatist. Now he discovered although His last play, Under a Colored Cap came in 1963 followed the Dubliner owed £50 to the Revenue, they owed him by a series of articles and selected stories entitled Blasts £100; mislaid war tax credits were found. That resulted in a rare treat for the family and the official, as all were taken and Benedictions published posthumously. His most successful plays had been, The Shadow of a Gunman and to a local Totnes hostelry. Juno & Paycock, which interestingly were the first two With the arrival of daughter Shivaun, the O’Caseys in 1925. Bishops Bonfire (1955) had once again brought continued to reside in Totnes, but in 1954 their protest when stink bombs were even thrown. landlord gave them notice. As only Shivaun was now At home he at Dartington, now read Irish the family came He feared the country, for it robbed him of much, to reside in St his eyes were losing a lot of the power they had. In newspapers Marychurch in a city, the view was a short one, and his eyes hadn’t and watched TV, especially Torquay, having to travel far to see things; all was at his elbow sport and nature rented a large programmes. He also adored the music of Mozart and first floor flat at Villa Rosa in Trumlands Road. The Mendelssohn, while consuming copious amounts of house is still there and it has, not one, but two blue tea, which we believe had to carry six or seven spoons of plaques unveiled by Torbay Civic Society in 1986 to sugar. Sean O’Casey died on the way to Torbay Hospital honour Sean O’Casey. on the 18th September 1964 at age 84. After a service In spite of his deteriorating eyesight and the tragic at St Martin’s Church in Barton, our famous star was death of his twenty-two year old son Niall in 1957, cremated before his ashes were taken to Golders Green in Sean continued to write plays, essays, a diary and an London, to be scattered near son Niall. ¢ autobiography. His London physician meanwhile stated, “Sean, I have done all I can. One eye is useless as you torbaycivicsociety.co.uk know, but I do not believe you will lose the sight of the other completely, it should last you”. Thankfully he was right although Sean was left with restricted sight and much discomfort. Americans and Russians were always enthusiastic for Sean O’Casey’s work and so he undertook many overseas trips, especially in support of opening nights. But as in Ireland where his work was controversial, even the Wesleyans and Jesuits in America banned his play, Within the Gates, while one theatre even banned Silver Tassie. Nevertheless, Americans were in general kind to the Irish playwright. Although earning in Russia was always difficult, they remembered his 80th birthday by sending a gift of eighty red roses. Sean lived for ten years in Torquay, while publishing a comedy and plays like: Behind the Green Curtains, Figuro in the Night and The Moon Shines on Kylenamoe. Famous personalities of film like: Mai Zetterling, Adrienne Corri, Sybil Thorndike and Sam Wannamaker, Alfred Hitchcock, Arthur Miller (married to Marilyn Monroe) and his long-term friend and comedian Barry Fitzgerald all visited him at home. He also welcomed two television


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Happy Days David Roberts recalls the distinguished life of Torbay resident Stan Pearson, fearless bomb-aimer and pilot, successful hotelier and joyful bon-viveur.


y first recollection of Stan Pearson’s tales of his extraordinary life was about his experiences with the Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard). It was 1939 and Britain had declared war on Germany. Stan was issued with a .303 rifle and a bandolier with 50 rounds of ammunition and ordered to stand guard outside the September 1939 when Great Britain declared war on church, opposite the Coverdale Pub (now the Limetree) in Germany. In 1942, at age eighteen, Stan was offered a Paignton. At 16 years of age he stood ready to defend his commission in the army, but declined in favour of joining country against the anticipated invasion by Germany. the RAF. “More bloody fool you” was the recruiting Stan had been born in Darjeeling in 1923, the youngest sergeant’s response. of three siblings but returned to England aged five when his So Stan began the intensive training that would father Stanley retired. The family moved to Paignton and eventually qualify him to become a bomb aimer in one of purchased a plot of land from the Singer Estate; here they the Air Force’s heavy bombers. Much of that training was built a substantial house, which they called Raja Bagan. conducted at various locations in Canada. He had crossed The American family, the Singers, famous for the the Atlantic in the MV Mauritania and been given the Singer sewing machine, owned much of the town of duty of manning one of the Orlecon 20mm anti aircraft Paignton, and had built Oldway Mansion. Their estate cannons for the nine day crossing; it followed a devious was essentially an exclusive country club and Stan’s route avoiding the U boat packs. parents had been attracted to the area by the idea of While in Canada Stan gained knowledge of the New enjoying outdoor sports, particularly tennis. Life in South World (North America), which broadened his outlook, Devon in the early 1930s offered a gracious living. Prices and was able to spend two one-week leave periods were low with with his sister A tall man of impressive bearing always smartly inflation nonChum, and her dressed. He was full of fun and with a ready twinkle husband who existent. Although in his eye. His toast was always ‘Happy Days’. his father had worked in the accepted a lump British Embassy sum rather than a pension on retiring, the family was in Washington DC. He recalled these times as being able to live to a relatively high standard. For a holiday fee ‘extravagantly social’ of 10s (50p) Stan could make use of all the facilities at Safely recrossing the Atlantic to war torn and Oldway and learned to swim in the pool in the Rotunda. impoverished Britain for further training, Stan started His favourite sport was tennis and in the summer of 1939 flying Wellington bombers. Stan’s crew flew several sorties he reached the semi final in the South West of England day and night, dropping leaflets deep into France giving under 18s tournament. information about the D Day landings. They also flew Stan recalled taking regular trips with his parents three “hairy” diversionary raids over Germany to draw off on GWR’s famous ‘Torbay Express’ steam train to enemy fighters, once being harassed by a night fighter for Paddington, a journey that took exactly three and half several minutes before being chased well over the North hours. A 3-course silver service luncheon would be served, Sea. Eventually evasion tactics paid off as Stan’s pilot did as good as any that could be obtained in a first class hotel. a violent corkscrew and the rear gunner was able scare off This wonderful lifestyle came to an end on 3rd their attacker.

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Riviera People Stan was next posted to the Heavy Conversion Unit where he joined a group of Canadian airmen flying Halifax bombers. The bomber crews became tight knit units and Stan completed 23 bombing raids over Germany. In Stan’s words “We learned to live with the expectation of violent and sudden mishap”. Eventually victory in Europe was declared and Stan was sent on ‘indefinite leave’ returning home to Paignton. After 6 weeks he was tasked to the retaking of Singapore and the invasion of Japan as a second pilot in Dakota aircraft. They trained to drop parachutists, tow gliders and drop supplies. They set out for Tilda, a jungle clearing in the Central Province of India, but the whole operation was called off when Japan surrendered following the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stan was finally demobbed in 1946. In 1950 he met Joan in Torquay and they married the same October. He and Joan converted a two-storey terraced house into the Lincolns Hotel. With Joan doing the cooking and Stan waiting at table it soon became a very successful business, which they sold in 1958. For many years they worked successfully in hotel management roles around the country but when their daughter Feppy was born Joan and Stan started looking for a less frantic life. They were able to buy their first homes, first Little Chalfont, then The Grey Cottage where both their mothers came to live. Their work in the hotel business had been extremely successful and Stan was able to retire in 1981 aged 58, moving his family to the Cornish village of Perranwell. In 1988 they returned to Devon to be nearer their many friends. Sadly Joan died in 1996 after 46 years of marriage. Through some friends Stan met Corinne whom he married 2 years later. They had 14 years of happiness living a very active social life, with excellent evenings at establishments such as the Premier Cru or The Fountain


restaurant in Wellswood, or entertaining friends in their apartment that overlooked Meadfoot. Stan was a true bon viveur, and an excellent host and a chivalrous gentleman. A tall man of impressive bearing always smartly dressed. He was full of fun and with a ready twinkle in his eye. His toast was always ‘Happy Days’. On 28 June 2012 daughter Feppy took Stan, aged 88, up to the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial by Her Majesty the Queen in London’s Green Park. This was a memorable day for Stan and he received his Bomber Command ribbon and bar. It had taken 70 years for the bravery and sacrifice of the men of Bomber Command to be recognised. In 2013 Stan moved to Shropshire where he lived in some considerable style, looked after his devoted daughter, until his death last December aged 95 years. Stan was a true patriot, immensely brave, loyal to Queen and country. He kept abreast of what was happening in the world and sometimes regretted the passing of the Britain he remembered from his early years. “In those days” he recounted, “you knew who the enemy was.” Stan Pearson’s funeral was a gathering to celebrate and give thanks for his life, and was very uplifting. Flight Lieutenant Mick Gilmore, RAF Liaison Officer, BRNC, Dartmouth read The Prayer for the Foundation of The Royal Air Force and gave a final salute. The Chairman of the Torquay branch of RAFA, Steve Colhoun, dipped the RAF standard. Mr Chas Deacon conducted the service. ¢

Cheers Stan!

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Lupton House Brixham Heritage Museum is marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a major transformation of its Second World War display. Curator Philip L. Armitage tells us more and explains the wartime role of Lupton House.


ed by Christopher Macauly, the museum’s dedicated volunteer exhibition team of Jim Lambourne, Otto Schneider and Roy Wilkins has created a new Second World War display illustrating the Brixham Home Guard, the Emergency Coastal Artillery Battery at Battery Gardens, evacuee children, Belgian refugees, and life on the home front. In recognition of the forthcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June this year, the display also covers the part played by Brixham in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion and liberation of German-occupied Western Europe. Among the newly displayed WW2 artefacts at the museum are some fascinating pieces recovered during an archaeological investigation of the former site of the 1944 American D-Day encampment in Lupton Park. The park forms part of the estate of Lupton House (then the country home of the Fourth Baron Churston), on the outskirts of Brixham. The museum’s volunteer Field Research Team, in collaboration with Mike Ford of the First Wave 44 Living History Group (who first suggested the project) carried out the investigation in 2015/2016. The location of the site was determined with reference to a contemporary photograph, taken in May 1944 by 26 | April/May 2019

Life Magazine photographer Frank J. Schershal (LIFE collection/Getty images), showing US army pyramidal tents lining the roadway in Lupton Park. The choice of the archaeological site proved successful, yielding evidence for the former presence of the American military including, unexpectedly, an Icelandic 2 Aurar coin dated 1942. This was presumably accidentally dropped by an American serviceman who, before being posted to the Lupton camp, had served with the American Army of “Occupation” in Iceland. In July 1941, US Marines took over from the British Royal Marine garrison responsible for the strategic defence of the vital Atlantic convoy route. Inspired by the results of the archaeological investigation, historical research by Brixham Heritage Museum is beginning to reveal the major role of Lupton House in events leading up to and during D-Day, when the house and estate were requisitioned for military use. On the night of November 11 1942, a small combined force of British army specialists from No.12 Commando and No.62 Commando, based at Lupton House, left Kingswear in MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat) 344, on an intelligence-gathering raid (code-named Operation Fahrenheit) in advance of the D-Day planning. Their

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75th Anniversary objective was capturing German servicemen alive at a signal station at Pointe de Plouezec on the north Brittany Coast. The commandos got on shore and climbed the steep cliff. But detected by enemy sentries, they exchanged fire before retiring back to the MTB. By next morning all the commandos were safely back at Lupton House. In January 1944, Lupton House and estate again became a focus for military activity, this time for the American units based in Britain. Among these was the 1st Special Engineer Brigade that had been selected for Operation Overlord. Designated as Camp E, Lupton House formed one of five staging centres established in the West Country for a series of amphibious assault training exercises on local beaches in readiness for the Normandy invasion. At Lupton, four camp areas were set up, each with 39 pyramidal tents, a mess tent, a kitchen and latrines, with accommodation for 230 enlisted men. There were spaces

activity, as the D-Day marshalling Area K-6 for Force U, the units attached to the US 4th Infantry Division of VII Corps tasked with landing on Utah beach. Among these were the 746 Tank Battalion (equipped with Sherman tanks) and a unit of the Chemical Warfare Service. The latter was responsible for decontamination measures in the event of an attack with chemical weapons by the Germans – and also for providing covering smoke screens for the landing US troops. The US Quartermaster Corps set up a POL (petroleum, engine oil and lubricants) distribution centre, as well as providing mobile 4-wheeled laundry and bathing trailers. Across from Lupton, at Churston Ferrers, were the 562 Ambulance Company (Motorized), 3859 Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company, and Company A of the 375 Engineer General Service (African American) Regiment. Before midnight 3 June, the tank brigade, engineers, medical units and other support sections had left Lupton, Mike Ford (right) with volunteers from the Field Research Team

Artefacts found at the site

for 200 vehicles. Three preliminary training sessions, code-named DUCK I, II and III, took place early January to early March; followed (April 27 – 30) by Exercise Tiger, the ill-fated, D-Day full-dress rehearsal (duplicating actual battle conditions). At the times planned for each of the exercises, vehicles and troops from Lupton were loaded at Brixham and Kingswear onto landing ships – LSTs (landing ship tanks), LCTs (landing craft tanks) and LCIs (landing craft infantry) - for transporting to the assault-training grounds at Slapton Sands, five miles south of Dartmouth (chosen as a thinly-populated area with a beach resembling to a degree the Normandy invasion beaches). To facilitate the loading of heavy tanks and trucks onto landing craft, the Brixham and Kingswear slipways had been provided with reinforced concrete “hards” (hard standings). In early May 1944, Lupton continued to be among the key locations in the south west for American military englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

moved along the roads to the Brixham and Kingswear/ Dartmouth embarkation points, and were aboard LSTs and LCTs and on the way to their rendezvous points beyond the harbours. Actual D-Day was intended to be on the 5th June but the slow-moving ships of Force U got under way a few days earlier because they had the greatest distance to go compared with the rest of the invasion flotilla. However, a delay caused by a storm on the night of 4 June meant postponement of the date of landing on the Normandy coast to 6 June. Today, apart from the absence of any surviving visible signs of the American D-Day encampment, the Lupton Park landscape appears very little changed from the days when it was the scene of bustling military activity, populated by so many men whose lives were to change for ever when they participated in what was to be the “largest seaborne invasion in history”. ¢ brixhammuseum.uk April/May 2019 | 27


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The Learning Academy Partnership will open a brand new Church of England primary school on the site of the former Tower House School in Paignton in 2020. Anita Newcombe chats to CEO Lynn Atkinson about the project.


’m meeting Lynn Atkinson at Ilsham C of E Academy state-of-the-art facilities for local children. The new where she had been a highly successful Head Teacher for school, called St Michael’s Church of England Academy, many years before taking up her current role. She was asked will open in September 2020. to assist with Ellacombe C of E Academy, which had been The building started out in life as a private residence. struggling and within two years had helped to transform it In 1890 a local businessman, Henry John Bailey, built a into the high quality place of learning that it is today. It’s private residence on the Fisher Street site, which became World Book Day and children both here at Ilsham and known locally as Bailey’s Mansion. It has a commanding right across the country are dressed up in position on the hillside, overlooking the their favourite story characters. town with stunning views towards the Whilst Executive Head of both sea. The house was designed in a typical schools, Lynn worked together with Victorian Villa layout over four floors, the community to launch the Learning complete with a large driveway (now Academy Partnership; it now has eight Mable Place) and with steps leading schools and is in the top ten of 240 down into the garden on one side. multi-academy trusts across the country. Many of the house’s beautiful features Lynn is now CEO of the Learning still remain today including lavishly Academy Partnership and a National decorated doorways, cornices, grand Lyn Atkinson Leader of Education. staircases, tiled floors and stained glass There is currently no Church of windows, and the main building is now England School in the centre of Grade II listed. Paignton and demand for places is After only eighteen years as a growing due to all the new homes private residence, the Marist Sisters being built in the area. bought the building and set up the Lynn tells me, “We were looking Marist Convent School for juniors for a site to build a new, free school and seniors. During their seventy-four in Paignton as part of the Free School years at this site, the Marist Sisters Programme but no suitable site was carried out numerous building works available. Once we heard about the to expand the school and provide more closure of the Element School (formerly Tower House), outside space for the 300+ schoolchildren, including we had to move fast; we applied to the Department for purchasing extra land to build a new gymnasium. Education and received a positive response.” From the 1950s onwards the numbers of In 2017 the Learning Academy Partnership gained schoolchildren steadily declined due to other schools approval to open a new Church of England Primary opening in the local area, and eventually in 1982 the school, and in July 2018 the Department for Education decision was made to close the Convent School. Tower purchased the old Tower House site at Fisher Street in House School opened shortly afterwards and offered nonPaignton for this new free school. The historic site will selective schooling for boys and girls aged 2 - 16 years. In undergo a multi-million-pound refurbishment to provide 2017 the school was renamed The Element School but

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Riviera Community went into administration later that same year and fully closed in early 2018. Once refurbishment of the building and site is complete, St Michael’s will provide free, excellent quality education for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years old. It will have a Church of England designation and be fully inclusive, welcoming those of all faiths and those of none. Expressions of interest are being taken now for the first wave of nursery and reception pupils to start in September 2020. Lynn explains, “The intake will gradually build by one year group annually until all years up to Year 6 are in place. This will happen by 2026.” Admission applications will officially open in November 2019 for reception places for children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (to start in September 2020). The nursery will also offer highly competitive, paid childcare places, 2 year-old free childcare and 15 hours free early education for all 3 and 4-year-olds. St Michael’s Church of England Academy is expected to be a very popular choice for parents. Lynn tells me, “Getting enough pupils won’t be a problem. There is plenty of demand and our reputation as a Trust means people will have confidence in the school.” Karen Barnett who started working at Ilsham School in 2000 is now Project Manager for the new school, managing the running and setup of St Michael’s. She is also the Trust Governance and Compliance Lead and Chief Finance Officer. The whole project will be developed in partnership with the Diocese and the community. The Trust is also a Teaching School and runs a programme of development via All Saints Teaching School. Tracey Cleverly, Director of Education and Teaching School Lead, has just popped in and tells me, “The teaching school provides teacher training, professional development and school support and mainly works across the South Devon area.” The Trust has just been designated a National English Hub working with over 175 schools to address the vocabulary gap that affects children with disadvantaged backgrounds. She explains that the key is early reading and exposure to rich language experiences; they aim to create a lifelong love of reading and vocabulary. They have also had


great success in raising achievements in maths and other subjects. St Michael’s Church of England Academy opens in September 2020. ¢ stmichaels-lap.co.uk

How to Apply and Further Information You can make an expression of interest for a Reception or Nursery place for September 2020 at St Michael’s Church of England Academy by emailing the Admissions Officer on admissions@lapsw.org or visit stmichaels-lap.co.uk/about-us/admissions There will be consultation events at Paignton Parish Church as follows: Thursday 2 May 6-7.30pm & Friday 3 May 1-2.30pm You will be able to speak to Lynn and members of the Trust team about the new school. April/May 2019 | 29

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Paignton Heritage Society is holding open days on 6 & 7 April with guided tours at Oldway Mansion.


aignton Heritage Society is offering a wonderful opportunity to view and learn more about Oldway Mansion. It’s a gracious and historic building, which was built as a private residence for Isaac Singer founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. His son Paris Singer then had it rebuilt in the style of the Palace of Versailles with large formal gardens. It is expected that a large portion of the mansion including the grand entrance area, sweeping staircase, ballroom and other principal rooms will be available to view with a large team of trained volunteers including many Friends of Oldway to guide visitors. The building is not normally open to the public. There will be a collection of heritage photos on display. Visiting times are 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Entry is free but donations are invited on the day or in advance. Should you wish to send a voluntary donation to Paignton Heritage Society to cover costs for the day please send a cheque, noting that it is for Oldway Open Days to: David Watts, Chairman, PHS, Weston Villa, 34 Totnes Road,


Paignton TQ4 5JZ. Call 01803 523434 or email David: dwdw.cw@blueyonder.co.uk for further information. Surplus funds collected will go towards future renovation works with plans currently being discussed to find ways to preserve historic Oldway Mansion for the future, including the setting up of a charitable trust. ¢ paigntonsociety.webs.com

Need To Know Wheelchair and mobility scooter users are asked to note that there will be no lift operating between ground and first floor but that special arrangements will in place for you to access the first floor from the outside. Parking at Oldway will be very limited but there are a number of car parks in the area. A regular number 12 bus passes nearby and Paignton station is about 1 mile away with taxis available. Please check the website before travelling. Oldway Mansion, Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 2TY

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Brixham Heritage Regatta

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Chopsticks, Hui Mar, Tao and Weaverbird are names that might conjure up the mystic East rather than South Devon. This year’s Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta (25 & 26 May) welcomes the Junk Rig Association’s AGM. Penny Jolley, Brixham Heritage Regatta Secretary tells us more.


hose familiar with the Brixham Royal Heritage Sailing Regatta may be surprised this year to see a fleet of junk rigged boats sailing alongside the Brixham trawlers, the traditional work boats and luggers, as Brixham Yacht Club hosts the Junk Rig Association’s AGM. The oriental theme is echoed over the BrixFest weekend with the hugely popular Dragon Boat racing taking place off Breakwater Beach; have a look at the BrixFest website if you and your mates would like to enter (boats provided, but I’m not sure about dragons!) Junks were used as seagoing vessels as early as the second century and were developed throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. This ancient Chinese sailing ship is still in use today. Now they are found more broadly amongst a growing number of modern


recreational junk-rigged sailboats. The structure and flexibility of junk sails make the junk fast and easily controlled giving particular advantage down wind. Although the sails can be sheeted in to be close hauled, junks do not sail well into wind. The traditional gaff-rigged boats that are the backbone of the Regatta fare much the same under similar conditions and so it will be interesting to watch them during the Corinthian Sail in Company on the Sunday afternoon (26 May). Other boats taking part this year include several venerable Brixham ladies of over 100 years old. Pilgrim and Vigilance of Brixham have an annual tussle, with traditional trawlers from the Trinity Sailing Foundation, Golden Vanity and Provident, all hoping to be awarded the King George V Perpetual Challenge Cup. Boats from

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Out & About the East and West Coasts of England and across the Channel will be arriving from Thursday 23 May and berthing on the Heritage (Town) Pontoon. This is open to members of the public if you would like to get a closer look at the boats, chat to the crews and have the opportunity to take some stunning photographs. Don’t forget that these larger vessels are available for you to book a sail and enjoy an unforgettable experience out on the water amongst a fleet of classic boats. Just check their websites. Boats continue to arrive over the next couple of days with viewing opportunities from the Breakwater and Battery Point in Brixham, as well as Berry Head. Crews and friends gather at Brixham Yacht club on Saturday evening 25 May for a traditional fish pie and sea shanty supper. We then adjourn to watch the fabulous firework display over the inner harbour courtesy of BrixFest at

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9.50pm. Sunday 26 May is the main event with the Parade of Sail at 11.30am. The trawlers then lead off the whole fleet at 12.45pm, following a marked course several times around the bay between Paignton and Berry Head, finishing about 4pm. We expect to have about 40 boats of all shapes and sizes at the Regatta this year, including the smallest dinghies, trailer sailers, traditional working boats from around the country, pilot cutters and luggers as well as classic Bermudian yachts (over 30 years old). It’s quite a spectacle – not to be missed! ¢ For more information please visit the Regatta website: brixhamheritageregatta.uk and our Facebook page. We look forward to giving you a real Heritage welcome! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Ahoy There Me Hearties!

Yes it’s time to get your piratical kit out for a bit of swash and buckle at this year’s Brixham Pirate Festival, running from 4 – 6 May.


irates of all ages will be dusting off their cutlasses, donning their pirate outfits, adjusting their bandanas, fixing a jaunty gold earring or two and heading to Brixham Harbour for the world-famous, gold awardwinning, free-entry festival held around Brixham’s spectacular inner harbour. Everything kicks off with Saturday’s Grand Opening ceremony at the head of Fore Street by the traffic lights. Muster here in your finest pirate kit at 10am for the opening, before taking part in the Pirate Parade as musicians lead the way down Fore Street to the Main Stage under the Old Fish Quay. And if you really like being part of the Pirate Parade on Saturday, you can do it again on Sunday. Assemble in shipshape fashion at the top of Fore Street at 10am again, and march down to start the day. What could be more fun? There’s a big new attraction, Mermaids Cove with mermen, and mermaids swimming under water in their very own Mermaid Tank. They’ll put on their show several times a day, and you might win the chance to meet and greet them behind the scenes. Mermaid Cove will be in Grenville Square, on the promenade towards the marina. By the inner harbour, professional re-enactors will entertain you twice a day on Saturday and Sunday. Get ready for loud bangs and booms from cannon at 11.45am with skirmishes and a display of firepower. At 4.15pm


you’ll hear more bangs and booms when there is another skirmish, on The Golden Hind. There’s lots of live music to enjoy. This year’s headline band is The Dolmen, a Celtic pagan pirate rock band, which has been a European award winner three times. There are eleven other bands to hear too. The music programme starts at 10.45am on Saturday and Sunday and 11am on Monday. It finishes by 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and by 5pm on Monday when the festival comes to a close. Want to buy some piratical gear? Make your way round the various traders offering an exciting choice of wares. Never tried pirate cocktails? Want to know what a bison burger is like? Do you fancy talking to a coin striker or a surgeon from times past? It’s all here for you. You’ll find wandering buskers, street entertainers and games around the harbourside and some up through the town too. There will be a Pirate Ball in Scala Hall on Saturday evening featuring live entertainment from The Dolmen. Doors open 7pm, music from 8pm. Tickets are £10. A very piratical way to travel is by ferry or if you want to join the landlubbers, try using Brixham’s park and ride facility. Brixham Pirate Festival is a not-for-profit festival entirely funded by sponsors and donations from the public. To donate towards the running costs or to volunteer, please visit the website. ¢ brixhampirates.com April/May 2019 | 37





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he Babbacombe Cliff Railway community takeover was designed to ensure that the historic cliff railway that has been running since 1926 survives well into the future. A Community Interest Company was created with a Board of voluntary Directors who oversee the running of the railway and it is this organisation that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over that time Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been lucky enough to have an amazing team of passionate, dedicated people who have all been committed to their role as custodians of this fabulous, historic piece of engineering. There is a team of paid staff who run the railway on a day-to-day basis plus a host of volunteers, all equally keen to ensure the famous ‘cliff lift’ continues to transport a wealth of happy passengers from Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach. Although no longer in existence, mention should also be made of the charity, The Friends of Babbacombe Cliff Railway, which was set up in 2005 and was a huge part of the successful takeover of this very special railway. The last 10 years have been highly successful. Traveller numbers were around 90,000 in 2009. By 2018 numbers had grown to 130,000. These days Babbacombe Cliff Railway runs more often than ever before. It’s open seven days a week virtually all year round and stops only for a few weeks of maintenance at the beginning of each year. During the ten years of community ownership, there have been many changes, major investment and a host of great events. The railway now boasts a Visitor Centre down on Oddicombe Beach, which is free to look around. This fascinating centre offers storyboards charting the history of the railway as well as interesting exhibits and a film to watch. Manned entirely by volunteers the centre is open from early spring right through until the onset of winter. In 2017 brand new carriages were installed at a cost of over £100,000. This kind of investment is vital so that the railway can continue to thrive for future generations. Built in 1926, Babbacombe Cliff Railway is not only a tourist attraction it is a feat of engineering, a means of transport and an important englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

and well beloved part of the community. Locals and visitors can enjoy beautiful Babbacombe Downs, stunning Oddicombe Beach and the views in between; Babbacombe Cliff Railway is at the very centre of that experience. The team at Babbacombe Cliff Railway has created a host of new events over the past decade with celebrations, live music, murder mysteries and all sorts of other fantastic, family goings-on for everyone to enjoy, most of them completely free to take part in. Particularly popular events planned for 2019 include The John Ayres Ukulele Proms on Saturday 8 June when Oddicombe will be home to a host of ukulele bands and players and the air will be filled with live music all day long. This event was originally known as Babbacombe Ukulele Festival but was re-named in 2018 after its founder and then Chairman of Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC, John Ayres, sadly passed away. John was a big influence on the railway and largely responsible for so much of the work and investment that has been undertaken over the past ten years. His enthusiasm and passion was second to none and he was an inspiration to all. The increasingly popular Last Team Standing takes place on Saturday 14 September. To kick-start the celebrations free travel all day is being offered to all on Cliff Railway Day – that’s Saturday 11 May. So pop along and join in the 10th anniversary celebrations! ¢ babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk April/May 2019 | 39

HATHA YOGA for beginners

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Have you always been intrigued by the idea of learning yoga? Maybe you would love to give it a try but are worried that you’re not stretchy enough, too unbalanced or just plain unsure what it’s all about? Yoga Torquay’s beginners’ class could be for you. Anita Newcombe gives it a go!



’m meeting James Russell this evening at Yoga Torquay’s the 1940s and 50s but only became really popular during studio in Park Lane, a haven of tranquillity tucked away the 60s and 70s. in an historic lane, close to Torquay’s famous clock tower. I ask James about the benefits of yoga and he explains James and his partner Alice opened Yoga Torquay in that it’s good for joint mobility and strength; it helps with October, having spent a couple of months renovating it. flexibility if practised regularly, and is very effective in I’ve arrived early for tonight’s session and while we developing self-discipline, focus and motivation. It is also are waiting for people to arrive, James gives me a bit a very powerful way of de-stressing. of background about one of the world’s most popular James says, “ It gives me clarity. Originally I was doing leisure activities. James explains that there are hundreds Tai Chi and Qi Gong but I was introduced to a yoga class of different types of yoga in the West but they all derive and was amazed to find that it completely fixed a nagging from Hatha Yoga, which has its root tradition in ancient pain I was having in my leg. It was literally the first class India. The oldest forms of yoga were based around and I just thought ‘wow.’ It had a much more direct meditation as described in benefit for me than other James explains the postures and texts such as the Yoga Sutra. disciplines and now I’ve been technique in a very calm and clear teaching yoga for the last 12 The Sanskrit word, ‘yoga’ or way and his voice is very soothing years.” ‘union’ is about calming the mind. Well, the only work James met his partner in (translated) Sanskrit I’m familiar with is the Bhagavad Alice in India where they were both doing a course and Gita and this slim volume still resides in my library with they now have two sons. Yoga Torquay is very much a a very old bookmark inserted between pages 70 & 71. family business that works for them. James looks after Does this mean I actually read this much – many years the boys while Alice is taking her yoga classes and vice ago? I really can’t remember but now I am intrigued to versa. Alice tends to focus on her pre and post-natal learn more. yoga classes. Other classes you can take here include: James tells me that Hatha Yoga developed about Yoga Nidra (which is a form of deep relaxation and 1000 years ago and instead of trying to completely meditation that is practised lying down – sounds bypass awareness of the the body through the practice amazing), Holistic Yoga (which includes postures of meditation, Hatha’s idea was to include the body and deep relaxation) and Vinyasa Yoga (a much more using special postures (asanas) and breathing techniques dynamic and energising form of yoga). (pranayama). Hatha Yoga originally came to Europe in But now people are arriving and it’s time for my

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 Beginners Yoga class. Everyone is very friendly and we get chatting as we collect our mats, foam blocks and wonderfully soft and colourful blankets. Who knows what we are going to do with all this? Most people are wearing leggings and t-shirts and it’s usual to do the class in bare feet. We start by sitting on the mat using the foam blocks as a low seat; this makes sitting in the cross-legged position much more comfortable. The blankets are left aside for now. The idea of Beginners Yoga is to learn the foundations of yoga progressively within an inclusive and gentle class environment. This means that it is suitable for everyone, regardless of age, fitness or previous experience. James explains the postures and technique in a very calm and clear way and his voice is very soothing. We try a few of the key postures, breathwork and movement. He gives us different options for each position to ensure we never exceed what is very comfortable. There are some rather exciting names such as the famous Vrikshasana (Tree Pose), Adho Mukho Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose) and Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) and we practise some basic sequences, which are quite easy and good fun. He reinforces the classic principle that being comfortable and never over-stretching is important – it’s really a meditative practice. We learn how to practise Ujjayi breathing – this slows the pace of the breath and is said to promote mental clarity and focus. It must be destressing as you really can’t focus on anything else while you’re doing it. James originally trained in India in a very englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

traditional way so he believes that breathing is equally important, if not more important than the postures. The class is 90 minutes long but it passes quite quickly and we finish with 10 minutes of deep relaxation – yes this is where those soft, cosy, colourful blankets come in. We lie on the mats, using a blanket as a pillow and another to cover ourselves from head to toe. James turns the lighting down very low then very quietly and slowly takes us through a process of relaxation helping us to focus on each, individual part of the body in turn. When we are completely relaxed there is a period of complete stillness (Savasana - the corpse pose) before he brings us back to reality with some very pretty sounding Japanese bells. It’s been a super relaxing session and I’d have happily gone to sleep for a few hours in my cosy cocoon but the session is over and we are all going home. James says that many people like to come to a class a couple of times a week and then perhaps practise at home as well. If you like the sound of yoga why not give it a go? ¢ yogatorquay.co.uk

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When the chance arose to try a Footplate Experience with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company Julian Rees jumped at the chance to live the schoolboy dream.


ou know you’re getting older when the steam train drivers are looking younger...As I’m introduced to loco driver Seb and fireman Jack I’m heartened to see that passion for heavy engineering and all things steam is still alive in the younger generation! I climb aboard the engine for my Footplate Experience, travelling from Paignton to Kingswear on the footplate (in the driver's cabin) and back in the comfort of First Class on a pleasantly sunny day in March. As a long-term Bay resident and a frequent visitor to my local beach at Broadsands I'd say I was a little blasé about the hiss and whistle of passing trains so getting this close was a great opportunity to get reacquainted. Jack, my driver, who has been with the company for nine and a half years and a driver for two, gives me some background on our engine. The Lydham Manor, one of six engines owned by the company, was built in Swindon in 1950 for the Great Western Railway and was in active service until 1965. It then went to scrap at Woodhams Yard in Barry, South Wales from where it was rescued five years later and brought to Newton Abbot for restoration. It returned to service in 1973, ready for the first main season of the then Torbay Steam Railway. At just over 62 foot long and over 108 tonnes it’s a substantial engine that provides 26,500lbs of tractive effort - this is how a locomotive’s output is measured and relates to its ability to get its rolling stock moving from standstill. The engine carries three tons of coal, 3,500 gallons of water and its boiler operates at 225psi. Jack, who’s in his fifth year with the company, nurtured a love of steam trains growing up on the Isle of Wight where he volunteered on the island’s steam railway. He originally started work for the company on the paddle steamer in Dartmouth but prefers life on the trains with the challenges of getting the best out of the engines. 42 | April/May 2019

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As we move off from Paignton the shovelling starts; we’re burning a mix of coal from Shotton in County Durham and from Russia. Jack tells me that there’s plenty to learn and that the perfomance and efficiency of the engine rely on getting the fuel into the best position for burning in relation to the position of the dampers; GWR trains like a wedge of fuel under the boiler. The speed of burning the fuel is controlled by the dampers (air inlets) under the fire as well as the amount of air coming in above the fire through the doors. Along the entire journey adjustments are being made and as we make our way up the 1:60 gradient to Churston (one of the steepest gradients anywhere in the country) the fire is roaring like a blast furnace and we’re getting up to about 18mph - it feels and sounds like 100! As well as stoking the fire there’s the small matter of keeping the boiler pressure at its most efficient. Valves are opened and closed to control water coming in as the steam does its work in the giant 30 inch cylinders. Everything on the engine is controlled by steam; there are no modern electrics. Steam powers the wheels, the brakes, the heating for the carriages and even has a circuit that inducts oil to lubricate all the moving parts. The noise and heat are incredible but the team tell me its usually either too hot or too cold - had I come on a rainy day then travelling backwards generally ends up with a good soaking! Although there is a turntable in the yard at Churston, the engines always shunt in one direction then pull the carriages on the return. Seb tells me they are turned every few months to ensure every component wears at an equal rate. As we crest the slope at Churston the engine quietens down and we make our way down the gradient. I feel a few icy drips down my neck going through the atmospheric Greenway tunnel. Then we emerge to beautiful views over the Dart as we steam majestically into Kingswear. ¢ To Give It A Go! visit dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

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Need to know Distance - 14 mile round trip Exertion - Easy Time - Allow 2 hours Terrain - Mainly metalled pathways and quiet country lanes Dogs - Shared route for walkers and cyclists so with care Refreshments - Love Food @ the Town Quay, at Bovey Tracey and MT Tums at Teignbridge Lock Accessibilty - robust pushchairs. An all terrain mobility scooter can be hired Parking - Newton Abbot Town Quay, Forde Road, Newton Abbot Start Postcode - TQ12 4EW

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pring is in the air, so this issue we’re going a little further afield to visit some local nature reserves by bicycle. The whole route is on well maintained paths and some short stretches of country roads so is also suitable for mobility scooters and walkers with pushchairs. For ease of parking we’re starting at Newton Abbot Town Quay at the bottom of the Brunel Industrial Estate. The route follows shared cycle paths and a section of the National Cycle Network Route 28. There’s plenty of wildlife to watch as we pass through Teignbridge Council’s Jetty Marsh nature reserve and access routes to Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) nature reserves at Teigngrace Meadow and Bovey Heathfield. If you’re going by bike then take a lock as pathways within the DWT reserves are not all suitable for cycling. Part of the route follows the disused Stover Canal which is in the process of being restored. There are interpretation boards at points along the way describing the trade that once passed along the route. Do take care on the short sections of country road along the way; although they are very quiet they are open to traffic.

1Start your cycle at Newton Abbot Town Quay; pass the food kiosk under the railway bridge and follow the cycle path until it reaches The Avenue. Turn right and stay on the pavement routed cycle path to the end of the road and take the crossing towards B&Q. The cycle path continues on the left hand pavement. Follow the cycle path to the Jetty Marsh roundabout and carefully cross the road where marked to take what is in effect the third exit from the roundabout. 2 20 metres from the roundabout go through the gate marked Jetty Marsh Nature Reserve - listen and look out for greater spotted woodpeckers. This is the start of the shared route. Follow the route for a mile or so. You’ll pass by a wildlife spotting hide along the way. Carry on until you reach the MT Tums café and road junction at the end of this section of the route. 3 At the Junction with Exeter Road turn right and go over the hump-backed bridge and after 20 metres turn left onto the cycle route - take extra care here with children and dogs as traffic can be busy. Follow the canal side path for a couple of miles until it finishes under a railway bridge. There are several areas of restored canal

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workings on this section which are well worth a visit. 4 Turn right onto the road then immediately right onto Summer Lane, signposted for National Cycle Network oute . Follow this lane past the ood post then past the cottages following the road as it turns right then left. 5 After another half a mile when the road bears right, turn left onto the shared path. This passes through the DWT Teigngrace Meadow Nature reserve and there are footpaths available on the left hand side of the path should you wish to explore further - look out for ylar s and marbled white butter ies. n interpretation board is sited further along the main path. Further along this section cross the footbridge over the A38. 6 Once over the bridge take the road straight on following the cycle route signposting. Again, take care on this quiet road section. 7 As the road comes to an end, pass through the gateway onto the shared path. Entrances to the DWT o ey eathfield nature reser e can be accessed on



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the left hand side of the main path. It’s a great place to look out Heath Potter wasps and common lizards. 8 After another half a mile the path comes to an end at Pottery Road roundabout on the outskirts of Bovey Tracey. You may choose to start your return journey here or take the road on the right for a short cycle down to the small town. 9 Our favourite refreshment stop sits at the junction at the bottom of the hill. The Brookside Café is particularly cyclist friendly and has a fine selection of ca es to fuel your return journey. Other cafés are available! ¢

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Food&DrinkNews...Food&DrinkNews... Feast of Food & Food, Drink & Fun! ADrink Plus Live Enjoy some great treats and offers as the foodie season gets into full swing! Going Ape for Bays Latest Brew Bays Brewery has brewed a special beer for Paignton Zoo. Orangutan Amber Ale (4.5%) is a slightly sweet, deep ‘orangutan orange’ coloured ale. A blend of carefully selected malts is paired with one of the UK’s most aromatic hops, Godiva to create this flavoursome ale with an intriguing tangerine and gooseberry character. It will be available as a draught beer in selected local pubs until the end of May. Bays Brewery is donating 10p from every pint sold to wildlife conservation. ¢ baysbrewery.co.uk



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Occombe Festival is back on 14 & 15 June at Occombe Farm. Treat yourself to a superb range of beers and ales, a feast of local food and of two days of live music. Some of the area’s most loved local street food vendors will be serving up a mouthwatering assortment of traditional festival foods such as gourmet burgers and hot dogs, handmade pizzas and delicious noodle dishes. There will be over 40 varieties of beers and ales to try alongside plus local ciders, a choice of wines, Pimms and Prosecco. This year’s musical line up of rock, pop and blues includes top regional and national cover bands and original artists too, guaranteed to get the farm rocking like never before! Occombe Festival is organised by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Torbay’s independent local conservation charity. 100% of festival profits go towards helping the Trust to protect and care for the local places we all love - Berry Head, Anstey’s Cove, Occombe Farm, Cockington and a host of wildlife friendly woodlands, meadows, stunning cliffs and coastlines. ¢ occombefestival.co.uk

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Leave more than memories, give the gift of care for the future During Make a Will Week, local solicitors waive their entire fee for making or updating your Will, in return for a donation to Rowcroft.

Every donation will provide care and support to patients and families in South Devon living with life-limiting illnesses, enabling them to make the most of every moment they share.

For more information: rowcrofthospice.org.uk/will-week Call 01803 217405 With thanks to all our local supporting law firms

Registered Charity No: 282723


Give the Gift of Care for the Future with Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week, from 13 - 17 May, gives you the opportunity to make or update your will with a local, South Devon solicitor who will donate the entire fee they’d normally receive, directly to Rowcroft Hospice.


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 £175 or £225 for a pair of mirror wills. Did you know that 1 in 5 patients have their care funded by gifts in wills? So pledging the gift of care for the future of Rowcroft is such a meaningful way of ensuring that more patients and their families will be able to access the hospice’s services for generations to come. By taking part in Make a Will Week, and perhaps choosing to remember Rowcroft in your will, you’ll be helping families like Lorraine’s to face the most challenging days of their lives, with the support of Rowcroft’s dedicated health and social care teams. Every pound Rowcroft receives from Make a Will Week goes directly towards supporting patients in South Devon living with life-limiting illnesses to share precious time with their family and friends, helping to make every day the best day possible. Sue Harvey, Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit Manager explains, “More than 70% of the care Rowcroft provides is thanks to voluntary donations and supporters who leave a gift in their will, but however much you choose donate to Rowcroft during Make a Will Week, no matter how big or small, it is gratefully received and hugely appreciated by all of us.”


Leave more than memories and give the gift of care for the future of your family 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 rowcrofthospice.org.uk/ will-week. ¢  Rowcroft supports three quarters of patients at home, and also provides care for patients and their family members at its 12-bed Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Centre in Torquay. “My dear Aunt and Godmother, Maureen Mahoney, lost her battle to ovarian cancer 20 years ago. The love, care and compassion Rowcroft showed to her motivated me to support this wonderful charity, and taking part in Make a Will Week was a great opportunity for me to convey that gratitude. It’s such a relief that my final wishes have been put down on paper and that I’ve been able to thank Rowcroft with a gift in my Will for their kindness during what was such a difficult time. With the valuable advice and support of a local solicitor, I was able to write my ‘Last Will and Testament’ knowing that the entire donation would go directly to the hospice. Please support Rowcroft today, as no one is promised tomorrow”. Lorraine Bowie,Torquay April/May 2019 | 49


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April & May around the Bay Exhibition: Ipplepen, Torquay Museum On till 8 September

Earlybird Diary Date Rowcroft Sleep Walk 6 July Sign up to Rowcroft’s legendary Sleep Walk by 30 April using code RIVIERA19 and secure an earlybird discount. The ladies of South Devon are set to shimmer this summer as they step out together for the region’s biggest girls’ night out, in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Fizzing with fun, the ninth annual Rowcroft Sleep Walk on Saturday 6 July will see hundreds of women and girls aged eight and over enjoying the buzzing party atmosphere of the sponsored nightwalk, choosing a five or ten-mile route. There’s a new start and finish venue – the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay with set-off times at 7, 7.30 or 8pm - just in time to catch the beautiful sunset over the Bay. Every step taken will support Rowcroft in continuing to provide specialist care for local patients and families living with life-limiting illness. As well as some exciting new surprises along the way, ladies familiar with the event will see the much-loved ‘Lights of Love’ candlelit display return.


Ipplepen: New Discoveries on the Edge of the Roman Empire has been created with the British Museum and the University of Exeter to interpret some of the finds from the recent excavations at Ipplepen for the first time. In the past 20 years an increasing number of Roman period finds (many housed in Torquay Museum) are slowly rewriting our understanding of this region of Devon, which was believed to have been relatively untouched by the Roman invasion. Admission fee applies.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org.uk

Easter Underground, Kents Cavern 30 March – 28 April

Go underground this Easter! Fun cave tours all day every day with lots of Easter activities to complete including the Dinosaur Quest - will you become a Dino expert?

Kents Cavern, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Spring Flower Walk, Greenway On till 31 May

Every day a member of the National Trust’s garden team lead a free walk and talk around the garden. Why not join one to find out more about the history, see the spring highlights and pick up some tips? Time: 2-2.45pm, cost: free but admission applies for the venue. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads welcome.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Move it or Lose It! On Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

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Riviera What’s On and well being . Cost: £5 to include tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking not essential. Wednesdays are: 2-3.15pm at Esplanade Hotel, Sands Road, Paignton TQ4 6EG. Thursdays are: 10.30-11.40am at The Memorial Hall, 17 Parkhill Road, Torquay TQ1 2AL. Fridays (Excludes Good Friday) are: 10.15am-11.15am at All Saints Church Hall, Cary Avenue, Babbacombe, TQ1 3NY.

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Riviera Dart Steamers, Torquay Museum 3 April

Chris Phillips became fascinated by steamships as a child. Still, enthusiastic, he tells the story of the steamers on the River Dart. A Torquay Museum Society Public Lecture. Time: 10.45am-12 noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

The Cry From the Workhouse Steps, Torquay 2 April

Local historian, John Ellis, tells the often heart-breaking story of Newton Abbot Workhouse & the treatment endured by those who entered its forbidding doors. A Torquay Museum Society Public Lecture. Time: 10.45am-12 noon, cost: nonmembers £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Easter Egg Hunt, Coleton-Fishacre 2-22 April

Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Coleton Fishacre. To make sure you have loads of fun along the way, take a map and follow it to find the wild owers dotted around the garden. Bunny has been hopping around chasing the bees as they look for pollen and all the eggs have been dropped near the owers can you find them all? ou may get a chocolate treat at the end. Time: 10.30am-4pm, cost: £2.50 per child. No booking, admission applies, dogs on leads welcome..

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Cockington Letterboxing Trail 6-22 April

Scout around Cockington Country Park in search of hidden letterboxes. What spring secrets will you find on your adventure? ick up your packs from the visitor centre in the village) between 10.00am and 4.00pm and set off on an adventure. Cost: £2 per pack (includes clues and a map plus an ink pad to record your visit to each letterbox). Suitable for: fun for all ages – best for 6 years and up.

Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village, TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Antiques Fair, Newton Abbot 6 April and 18 May

Wander in search of a hidden treasure in one of the many antiques stalls inside and outside the racecourse. Time: 9.00am - 2.30pm, admission free.

Easter Egg Hunt, Greenway 2-22 April

Newton Abbot Racecourse , Newton Road, Kingsteignton Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235 newtonabbotracing.com

Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Greenway. The Easter bunny has been running around the garden hiding his eggs, dropping special words about nature as he goes. Can you find them all and work out what they mean? ou may get a chocolate treat at the end. Time: 10.30am-4pm, cost: £2.50 per child. No booking, admission applies, dogs on leads welcome.

Easter Activities at Cockington 6-22 April

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Cockington Court, Cockington Lane TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org


Enjoy some fun Easter activities at Cockington Court with its thriving craft centre, tea rooms, walled art garden, Tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area.

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Riviera What’s On Top Trumps Trail, Paignton Zoo 6 April-31 October

Follow the giant Top Trumps Trail at Paignton Zoo. Pick up a Super Top Trumps Card when you arrive and go on a quest to be the best - compare your scores against the giant cards to see if you can trump them! There are 6 exclusive Super Top Trumps card available: Sumatran tiger, Black rhino, Komodo dragon, Maned Wolf, Red panda and Western lowland gorilla. They are randomly assigned upon purchase. Cost: £1.50 per card and trail sheet.

Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Wild Coastal Explorer Trail 6 April-31 October

Pick up a pair of binoculars and trail sheet from the main entrance to go on a voyage of discovery. Stop at the ‘wild spotter stations’ around Living Coasts and use them to spy the secret animals hiding in our enclosures - from penguins to seals, birds to crustaceans. Hand back your binoculars and trail sheet at the Tradewinds gift shop when you’ve finished to receive a fantastic prize. Plus you’ll be entered into a monthly draw to win some amazing gifts. Cost: £1.50 for trail sheet plus £2 binocular deposit (you can also bring your own).

Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Oddicombe Dog Day 7 April

Enjoy a dog show in aid of Blue Cross with races and goody bags. Time: from noon, cost: registration £3 plus £1 each for Have a Go Agility and Temptation Alley.

Oddicombe Beach, Torquay TQ1 3LF bluecross.org.uk

A Millenium of Monarchs, Torquay Museum 7-11 April

Enjoy a family show about the British monarchy from 1066 to the 21st century – 45 kings and queens in 45 manic minutes. A performance brought to Torquay Museum by the highly talented Pocket-watch Theatre Company. Tickets: £10 adults, £8 children, time: 1.30pm. Call to book.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

The Great Big Dinosaur Hunt, Occombe 8-22 April The Dino-Bunny has dropped dinosaur eggs all over the trail at Occombe Farm. Can you help to solve the clues to find out which egg belongs to which dinosaur? Just pick up a clue sheet and get hunting. Please note access to the nature trail and orchard will be restricted to those participating in this special fundraising event. Times: 10am-3pm. Prizes for everyone who completes the trail; to avoid disappointed children, this does mean one prize per trail sheet. Cost: £2.50 per trail sheet. A Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event.

Occombe Farm Kiosk, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Meet the Animals, Occombe 8, 12, 15, & 19 April

Meet the Occombe Farm animals and get a taste of what it’s like to feed and care for them. In these special hour-long sessions, you will get to meet the Occombe Farm animals in a small group and say hello to all your favourites. All attendees must pay and a paying adult must accompany all children. Spaces are limited due to animal welfare and ratios. Please dress for the outdoors. Wellies are highly recommended for all ages. Cost: £3, time: 10-11am, booking essential. Suitable for 3 years plus. A Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event.

Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Kids Easter Cookery, Occombe 9 & 11 April

Easter is nearly here, so leave the kids with at Occombe for the day to make some Easter themed goodies to take home. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £36, suitable for: 7-12 years only, paperwork must be completed in advance of the day, booking essential. A Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event.

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Riviera What’s On Fungi: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Torquay 9 April

Galmpton Village Hall, 26 Greenway Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0JN. 07716 117875 torbaylifeboat.co.uk

Without fungi there would be no fertile soil, no plant life, no herbivores, no carnivores & no humans. Professor Lynne Boddy of Cardiff University is on a mission to transform our preconception of fungi. Eyeopening. A Torquay Museum Society Public Lecture. Time: 10.45am-12 noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Wild Wednesdays, Coleton Fishacre 10 & 17 April

Why not join the National Trust’s ranger team as they lead 50 things to do before you’re 11¾? On the 10th you’ll be cooking on a campfire and on the 7th you’ll get to hold a scary beast. Booking not needed. Cost: £3 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), normal admission applies, time: 2pm-4pm, dogs on leads welcome.

Families for Children Adoption Event 10 April & 8 May

Pop into a special meeting about becoming an adopter with Families for Children and how they can support you for life. The organisation places vulnerable children from all over the UK with new adoptive families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly. Time: 10am-12 noon.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Higher Mill, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EE 01364 645480 familiesforchildren.org.uk

The Cuckoo Project 10 April

Indian Night, Brixham 11 April

University of Exeter PhD student, Lowell Mills, has been studying cuckoo ecology on Dartmoor for the last four years and in this talk he shares his findings about its food and habitat plus the highlights of studying this amazing bird on the moors. A Torquay Museum Society Public Lecture. Time: 10.45am12 noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

John Risdon Talk, Galmpton 10 April

Come along and enjoy a Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers’ illustrated talk by renowned local historian John Risdon entitled The Maritime History of Torbay. Time 2-4pm, cost £4 including refreshments; pay on the door. It’s a great way to support the Torbay Lifeboat. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Enjoy an Indian-themed all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at £14.95 per person.

Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Photography Workshop, Berry Head 13 April

Learn how to make expressive digital photographs of Berry Head’s landscapes and nature with outdoor photography tutor Phil Hemsley. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a true expert, with a mixture of classroom and fieldbased activities - also discovering how to get close to your subject using field craft techniques. Berry Head provides a great diversity of wildlife to photograph including ying birds, butter ies, coastal owers and possibly marine mammals – in an area of fascinating geology and history. Suitable for: 18 years up, cost: £35, time: 10am-4pm, booking essential. A Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event – the charity that cares for Berry Head.

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Fitness instructor Anne George is on a mission to keep older adults moving with a specialised and well-established MOVE IT OR LOSE IT! exercise class known as FABS (Flexiblity, Aerobic, Balance & Strength) focusing on all areas of the body and mind. Anne explains, “These classes have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives because they can enjoy company while keeping fit with regular sessions, improving overall confidence and well-being. I run sessions in Torquay, Babbacombe and Paignton that are interactive and fun with uplifting music and a warm welcome. They can be done seated or standing so people with all levels of fitness enjoy benefits as they work together. It’s an absolute joy to witness the weekly improvements and winning smiles of participants!”


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Riviera What’s On Wild Flower Wander, Cockington 14 April & 12 May

Wondering about wild owers? Join in Torbay Coast Countryside Trust’s exploratory walk through Cockington to enjoy and identify some of the parks beautiful wild owers. Wear walking footwear and consider bringing a note pad and camera. Time: 2-3.30pm, cost: 3.50 per person, suitable for 2 years plus – an adult must accompany children, no dogs please, booking essential.

Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

from the 70s to the 0s. arilyn Bishop demonstrates how this artist with no formal training became the most distinctive the most popular artist of her generation. A Torquay useum Society ublic Lecture. Time: 0.45am2 noon, cost: non-members 5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Kids Spring Bakeoff, Occombe 16 April

Are you a star baker? Can you complete the technical challenges that will test your baking skills and bake a showstopper cake to impress your friends and family? Complete the challenge and receive a certificate to celebrate your baking achievements. Time: 0am-4pm, cost: 36, suitable for: 7- 2 years, paperwork must be completed prior to day of event. A Torbay Coast Countryside Trust event.

Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The Essence of Eggs, Torquay Museum 15-20 April

Before Wallis, Torquay Museum 17 April

ad scientists, rofessor Al Bumen and Dr ichelle Crack’d, are back by popular demand with their crazy, family-friendly interactive show all about eggs. A performance brought to Torquay useum by the highly talented ocket-watch Theatre Company. Tickets: 7, time: .30pm. Craft sessions from 2.30pm for a small additional fee. Call to book.

Hear about Edward III’s other women in this talk by Rachael Trethewy. She discusses her book in which she uncovers the love life of Edward III prior to Wallis Simpson’s arrival in his life. The book was recently serialised in the Daily ail. Expect exhilaratingly scandalous stories. A Torquay useum Society ublic Lecture. Time: 0.45am- 2 noon, cost: non-members 5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Artizan Acoustic & Poetry Sessions, Torquay 15 April & 20 May

Rockpool Ramble, Goodrington 17 April

Curated by the fabulous Robert Spence, the Artizan Acoustic oetry Sessions offer an evening of laidback music and spoken word, featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets. Featured acts for April: Robert Spence aul arry, Simon Coverdale, The Woodward Brothers and Andy Brown. Featured acts for ay – Sarah eo and Jim Watts with others to be announced. Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30- 0.30pm.

Artizan Gallery & Café, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 07522 509642 artizan gallery.co.uk

Join Torbay Coast Countryside Trust’s marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay’s rock pools. Discover feisty crabs, slimy anemones, wriggly starfish, sneaky prawns and more in the rock pools of iddlestone. Time: 0.30am- 2noon, cost: 3.50, suitable for: all ages. A paying adult must accompany children. onslip footwear that can get wet and clothes suitable for the elements are needed. Book online.

Goodrington (Opp.Reach Outdoors), Paignton TQ4 6LN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Beryl Cook Lecture, Torquay Museum 16 April

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Coming up this Easter Sense the creativity Craft Studios Visitor Welcome Point and Galleries Tea Rooms Weddings and Room Hire Manor House Arts and Crafts Workshops 460 acre Award-Winning Country Park and Gardens 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 Cockington Court is operated by TDA which is a trading name of Torbay Economic Development Company Limited, a company registered in England and Wales No. 7604855 Registered Office Tor Hill House, Union Street, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5QW

Easter Trail 6 April - 22 April, 10am-4pm Follow the Easter Trail and hunt around Cockington Court. £1 for trail sheet and a treat -free for under 2’s. Sculpture Trail 19 26 May - 8 September Follow our trail and discover sculptures created by local artists placed around the Court’s grounds, including the studio areas, Walled Art Garden and Manor House. After the Trails, why not pop into the Court Tea Rooms for tasty homemade food using locally sourced ingredients?

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Riviera What’s On Daily Garden Walk or Talk, Coleton Fishacre 19 April – 31 May

Every day at 2pm you can join a 45 minute garden tour or a 5 minute talk. Find our more about the plants in ower and the history of this beautiful place. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult, dogs on leads welcome. Time: 2-2.45pm.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Stone Age School, Kents Cavern 20 April & 18 May

The April event is Stone Age Doctor when you will learn about natural remedies discovered by ancient people that have been passed down through the ages and are even still used in some cultures today. Make your own lip-balm and a shaman stick. The ay event is Stone Age Builder. Stone Age people didn’t always live in caves. They needed to be able to make shelters using only what they had around them. See if your shelter can survive the Stone Age School waterproof test. Each child will leave every session with something that they have made and a badge to show their new Stone Age skill. Time: 0am- 2 noon or 2-4pm, cost: 7. An adult must accompany children. Booking essential.

Kents Cavern, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Good Friday, Brixham 21 April

Celebrate Easter at the Berry Head Hotel with a Devon cream tea at 6.25 or a High Tea at 5. 5 per person. Time: 3pm onwards. Food service available from 2noon to .30pm daily throughout Easter and there will be garden games on the lawn.

Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Spring Migrants at Berry Head 20 April

Enjoy a morning walk with ike Langman during the busy spring migration period of the year. The uillemot colony will be in full breeding mode and many of our summer migrants englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

will be on territories around the scrub on top of the headland. A high percentage of spring birdwatching is knowing the migrants calls and songs you will be helped to identify some, often, confusing warbler songs and perhaps overhead migrant finch calls. Time: .30am- 2 noon, cost: , suitable for: adults, booking essential. Bring binoculars, good footwear and waterproof. A Torbay Coast Countryside Trust event.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

National Hunt Racing, Newton Abbot Racecourse 20 April, 8, 15 & 29 May

Enjoy a day of jump racing at one of the country’s leading summer jumps racecourses. April event entry cost first meet of the season with free Easter egg for first 200 children : addock 22, Course 4. ay entry cost: addock 8, Course 0. Discounts for booking online, children go free.

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Kingsteignton Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235 newtonabbotracing.com

Brixham Battery Heritage Centre 21 April &12 May

Enjoy free entry and free tours to celebrate Easter Sunday and E Day. There’s lots to see and do including weapons displays, living history displays, tours of the grounds and gun oors. useum and military gifts. Times: appreciated.

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Easter Sunday, Brixham 21 April

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Riviera What’s On Stanza Extravaganza, Torquay 22 April & 13 May

With monthly poetry at Artizan Gallery welcoming a wealth of local talent and national headliners, Stanza Extravaganza is a real highlight of the Torbay poetry scene. With regular hosts Robert Garnham and Becky Nuttall at the helm, these events are always guaranteed to be a night of wonderful whimsy! Doors Open 7pm Performance 7.30pm-10.30pm.

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Brixham’s Famous Fish Market Tours 24 April, 8 & 29 May

Go behind the scenes on England’s Seafood Coast to view the hustle and bustle of Brixham’s world famous Fish arket. arvel at the early morning fish auction where over 25 million worth of top quality fish is landed and auctioned daily before heading for some of the finest fishmongers and restaurants across the UK and Europe. Your tour will be followed by a delicious breakfast at Rockfish. The market is regretfully unsuitable for wheelchairs. Over 14 years only. Time: 6am prompt, cost: £15 includes breakfast and donation to the Fishermen’s Mission. Email: bfmt2014@ gmail.com to book.

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World Penguin Day, Living Coasts 25 April

Celebrate World Penguin Day with a visit to see these cheeky chappies with lots of penguin fun in store. Penguin feeding at 10.30am and 2.30pm, appearance from penguin Mac follows feeding and penguin treats and snacks will also be on sale.

Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

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Spring Walk With a Ranger, Greenway 26 April & 23 May

Why not join one of the National Trust’s countryside rangers for a walk through Greenway garden out to part of the estate? n the walk you will find out about the work that the National Trust rangers do to care for this special place. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Free event, no booking, normal admission applies for the venue. Time: 11.30am – 1pm. Car parking must be prebooked.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Torbay Country Bowling Club Open Days 27, 28, April & 4, 5, 11, May

Have you ever thought about playing bowls? Torbay Country Bowling Club is situated in the grounds of Oldway Mansion in Paignton. The members invite you to come and try out the game of bowls on their Open Days between 10am and 1pm.These sessions are free of charge. You can also enjoy a free cup of coffee and meet some of the members in very pleasant surroundings. Find out more about Torbay Country Bowling Club and this most enjoyable, sociable game. Bowls will be provided but please bring at bottom shoes.

The Pavilion, Torquay Road, Oldway, Paignton. TQ3 2AJ 01803 407346. Website: torbaycountry.bowlsclub.info

Trust10 Trail Run, Coleton Fishacre 28 April & 26 May Paignton Heritage Society Talks 25 April & 23 May

In April, David Scott will give a talk entitled, The Joys & Sorrows of Public Speaking. In May David Wichell will give a talk about Bells. Time: 7.30pm, cost: members £3, nonenglishrivieramagazine.co.uk

A free monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. Free, fun, informal, forever and for everyone. Time: registration 8.30am, start 9am, dogs on leads welcome. Wear trail running shoes and bring your own timing device if you want to record a time.

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Riviera What’s On Pop Up Dance Workshop, Coleton Fishacre 29 & 30 April

Put your best foot forward and celebrate International Dance and International Jazz Day with the National Trust this April. Drop in to a pop up dance workshop to learn the Charleston in the beautiful surroundings of the Saloon at Coleton Fishacre. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Children welcome (best for over 5s), assistance dogs only. Times: 11am or 12 noon.

Aqua Adrenaline & OCRDA Powerboat Racing 4 & 5 May

The sound of speedboats will resound around Tor Bay when the 2019 OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Series kicks off with Round One in Torquay.

Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG ocrda.com

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Quiz Evening, Brixham 29 April

Join Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers for a quiz evening at Brixham Cricket Club. Cost: £3 on the door. Food will be available from 6pm. Contact Andy Young to book.

Brixham Cricket Club, North Boundary Road, Brixham TQ5 8LH 07519 975811 brixhamcricketclub.co.uk

BMAD Bike, Beer & Music Festival, Paignton 3-5 May

The Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) Festival was started in 2002 by a group of bikers who decided to arrange a social event on the beach and raise money for local charities. During the May Bank Holiday weekend each year, Paignton Green is transformed into a thrilling mix of spectacles that will appeal to all ages, whether they have an interest in motorbikes or not. Entry cost: £5 (plus extra £5 to watch main acts on Saturday from 6pm and Sunday from 4pm).

Paignton Seafront, The Esplanade, Paignton TQ4 6ED bmad.co.uk

May Day Craft Market, Brixham Lifeboat Station 5 May

Enjoy a craft market with cakes and lifeboat tours all in aid of Torbay Lifeboat.

Torbay Lifeboat Station, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF torbaylifeboat.co.uk

Italian Night, Brixham 9 May

Enjoy an Italian-themed all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at £14.95 per person.

Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Coffee, Cake & Combat Stress, Torquay 9 May

Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity, is holding a series of fundraising awareness events in the South West of England. Join them for a hot drink, a slice of cake and talks on how they support veterans and how you can help fund this work. Time: 12noon-2pm. Register your attendance with Sarah Seddon 01372 587144 or email sarah.seddon@combatstress.org.uk

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Riviera What’s On Cliff Railway Day, Babbacombe 11 May To celebrate the 10th anniversary of community ownership of the railway, all transport on the famous cliff railway will be free on 11 May.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, TQ1 3LF 01803 328750 babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

Dawn Chorus Walk, Greenway 11 May

Join the National Trust rangers on a very early start to identify early morning bird song, whilst taking a walk on the beautiful reenway estate. The walk finishes with coffee, tea and bacon sandwiches. Cost: adult £10, child £5, time: 5am8.30am. Children welcome when accompanied by adult. Assistance dogs only. Booking essential.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Young at Heart Fundraiser, Paignton 19 May

Enjoy a garden party in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). There will be Devon cream teas, a bar open all afternoon, bar snacks available, a raf e with prizes worth over £150, plus live music and entertainment from Harrison, artyn addon, Twin ame, Crooked Tempo Samba Band, Riviera Ukulele Band, and Pendulum 5. Time: 1pm-7pm. Free entry - £5 suggested donation.

Redcliffe Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2 NL 01803 526397 redcliffehotel.co.uk

Tea With the Tigers 22 May

Come along after hours for the opportunity to learn all about our majestic Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions. Watch them at feeding time, meet their keepers and enjoy a presentation. Includes tea and a delicious slice of cake. Time: 7-9pm, cost:£25 per person, suitable for: over 8s only.

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The Moon Wrapped in String, Torquay 23 May

To complement Artizan allery’s mixed exhibition ur lace in Seven Heavens, this is a long poem written and performed by Robert arnham with violin accompaniment by Sharon Hubbocks. The poem is in memory of his father and is about family, memory, history, the moon and the Australian outback. Time: 7.30-9.30pm.

Artizan Gallery & Café, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 07522 509642 art-hub.co.uk/geo19

Berry Head Bat Walk 24 May

A unique opportunity to see the rare greater horseshoe bats at Berry Head. The greater horseshoe bats live in the caves formed in the 400 million year old limestone cliffs. The tour will begin at the Artillery Store at the end of the headland, where a short talk will be given about the greater horseshoe bat before heading out onto the reserve. Cost: £5 (plus car park fee), suitable for: adults and over 13s (children must be accompanied by a paying adult), book online. Wear warm clothing and stout footwear.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

BrixFest Brixham 25-29 May

BrixFest is a celebration of this charming fishing town. Highlights of this award winning festival include live music, cooking demonstrations, an arts and craft market, a vintage car rally, crabbing competitions, heritage craft exhibitions, a children’s day, dragon boat racing and huge firework display at 9.50pm on 25 May.

Brixham Harbour, Brixham TQ5 8AJ brixfest.com

Green Heart Project Exhibition, Cockington 25 May-31 August

As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June 20 visit this exhibition showcasing Torbay Coast Countryside Trust’s fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: free, suitable for all ages.

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Riviera What’s On Tree Guardians Spotter Sheet, Cockington 25-31 May

Grab a spotter sheet and head out in search of Cockington’s tree-mendous trees. Look out for the tiny tree guardians hidden in the Arboretum to help you. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: 50p per sheet, suitable for: 5 years +.

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UNESCO Geopark Festival 25 May – 2 June

Celebrate our designated UNESCO Global Geopark at this year’s Geopark Festival. A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay. The English Riviera’s breathtaking landscape has been designated UNESCO Global Geopark status, one of only seven in the entire UK and 140 in the world. A place where you can touch a very special part of the Earth’s story and be amazed by the extraordinary landscapes, mountains, coastlines, places and people. UNESCO Global Geoparks share the story of our Planet.


Nature Designs Trail, Coleton Fishacre 25 May – 2 June

Is there a budding designer in the family? This May half term why not look for buds and designs in the garden on the Nature Designs Trail? Following a trail sheet you can explore the garden by looking for some of the best natural features. At each place you will find a design motif for the nature design rubbing trail. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads welcome. The garden has steep and narrow paths and steps. Times: 10.30am-4pm.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Marvellous May Kids Cookery 28 & 30 May

Get Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust at Occombe because summer is coming, so join us in the kitchen to make a

perfect picnic ready for the beach or countryside. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £36, suitable for: 7-12 years, booking essential, paperwork must be completed prior to the event.

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Kids Bake & Create Club, Occombe 29 May

Head to Occombe Farm and get busy in the kitchen, making a delicious bake and a creative craft for you to take home at lunchtime. It’s a Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event. Time: 9.30am-12noon, cost: £8-13 years, booking essential, paperwork must be completed prior to the event.

Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Wild Wednesdays, Coleton Fishacre 29 May

Why not join the National Trust’s ranger team as they lead 50 things to do before you’re 11¾? In May you’ll be tracking wild animals. Booking not needed. Cost: £3 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), normal admission applies, time: 2pm-4pm, dogs on leads welcome.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Sea Shanty Evening, Churston 31 May

Join the Torbay Lifeboat fundraisers at a sociable evening of sea shanty songs featuring Missin’ Tackle and Seagalls of Brixham. Finger buffet. Time: 7pm, tickets: £10 in advance from Lynn Spillett on 07716 117875. It’s a great way to support the Torbay lifeboat.

Churston Golf Club, Dartmouth Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0LA. 07716 117875 torbaylifeboat.co.uk

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We bring you a roundup of arts events and workshops happening locally.

Latest from Torquay’s Artizan Gallery Luminescent Nature 30 March - 12 April Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm Artist Jo Salmon was born and spent her formative years in Padstow, Cornwall and there is a clear influence from the Cornish art movements visible in her work. These allusions have subsequently been added to by years of living and working in the Far East where she also studied at La Salle college of Arts in Singapore. Now settled in Devon, a life underscored by explosions of colour is laid bare in Jo’s art, surrounded by landscapes, which in her words offer “extraordinary breadth” and are “unbeatable”.

I Happen to be Here 16 April - 4 May Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

Our Place in the Seven Heavens 8-31 May Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

TuesdayFriday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm Jeremy Diggle is an abstract painter working across a multiplicity of media in old and new technologies. His works within this exhibition represent his interest in living in a time of profound technological change. “I have, by an accident of birth grown up in the relative peace and prosperity of post war Western Europe and have been able to straddle the transit-line or prime meridian between a machine age and a space age, between the analogue and the digital.”

In May, Artizan Gallery opens its first mixed show of 2019 curated by local artist, poet and curator Becky Nuttall. This exhibition will encourage artists and audiences from across Torbay and South Devon to take a closer look at their home on the English Riviera, observing its heritage and history as a creative destination whilst also considering our wider significance (or perhaps insignificance) in the Seven Heavens.

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Arts Artist Private Views 30 March, 18 April & 10 May 6-8pm Pop in and enjoy these exhibition preview evenings with a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive preview evening commission reductions, should you be in the mood to buy. All at: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626/07522 509642 juliebrandon@artizangallery.co.uk artizan gallery.co.uk f artizangallery Also check out art-hub.co.uk

Other Great Arts Events Lectures - The Arts Society, Torbay 11 April and 9 May The April lecture by Imogen Corrigan is A Child’s Life in the Middle Ages – Where are Children in Medieval Art? The May lecture by Paula Nuttall is Breugel: Peasants, Proverbs & Landscapes Including The Peasant Dance, The Peasant Wedding and the lyrical Months of the Year, which rank amongst the greatest achievements of Netherlandish painting. Time: 2.15pm, visitors welcome, cost: £8 (deducted if joining the society). The Peter Larkin Hall, St Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Rd Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 298440/311648 torbay.theartssociety.org

Brixham Art & Craft Market 20 April – 26 October (weekly on Saturdays weather permitting) Brixham’s popular market is colourful and a-buzz with atmosphere showcasing some of the best art and craft in the West Country on around 20 stalls. The Old Fish Market, Brixham TQ5 8AW brixhammarket.co.uk

Craft Revolution – Spoon Day Sunday 5 May Spend the day around a fire in the woods with Felix englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Kary carving wooden spoons or small vessels from the branch of a tree using traditional woodcarving tools. Suitable for ages 12+ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 10am-5pm, cost: £45. Booking essential. Email: crafted@dartington.org Northwoods, Dartington Hall Estate TQ9 6EH dartington.org

Sculpting from Life Weekend Course, Dartington 11 & 12 May Renowned sculptor Elizabeth Hadley will be using a life model allowing you to sculpt the human form in clay. You will learn sculpting techniques as well as basic anatomy. You’ll also explore ways to breathe life into your sculpture, helping you to create a beautiful figurative sculpture. Cost: £125 includes all materials. Booking via elizabeth@hadleyscupltures.co.uk The Shippon Artists Studios (Studio 40), Dartington Hall TQ9 6EL hadleysculptures.co.uk

Cockington Court’s New Sculpture Trail Launches 26 May Sculptors from across the South West will be featured in Cockington Court’s hugely popular sculpture trail curated by local artist Phil Dixon together with Cockington Court Centre Director, and artist, Marissa Wakefield. Featured artists are: Helen Bacon, Luci Coles, Malcolm Curley, Louise Hensby Dixon, Phil Dixon, Tony Fagan, Jo Golesworthy, Laura Harvey, Angela Holmes, Terry Hopkins, Stephen Jobe, Paul Pibworth, Allan Poxton, Peter Stride, Vera Stride, Vita Sumeiko, Marissa Wakefield, Tony Weaver and Victoria Westaway. The Sculpture Trail leads around the grounds of Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden. It extends inside Cockington Court, into the Kitchen Gallery and Manor House. Cockington Court, Cockington Lane, TQ2 6XA cockingtoncourt.org



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Literary Festival 25 May - 9 June Celebrating the house at Greenway being open for 10 years. Bestselling writers and children's fairy tale makers, crime and murder or travel and nature, there's something for every booklover. #LoveGreenway

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Local Authors...Local Authors... A Trio of Talent... The English Riviera has a wealth of local authors. We take a look at three of their latest reads. Struggle and Suffrage in Torbay Torquay-based Melanie Crump’s book looks at the role of women during the mid 19th to mid 20th century as Torbay developed into a specialised winter resort. The growth and popularity of seaside resorts after 1850 was a pivotal factor in influencing women’s lives and the population fluctuated as temporary residents arrived for seasonal opportunities as entertainers, domestic servants and lodging house keepers. There’s a selection of fascinating photographs, an eyewitness account of how a future tennis star survived a wartime bomb that fatally struck a local Sunday school and details about how a criminal trial against a Torquay woman led to reforms in the law. It also tells of some of the unusual relationships of Torbay women who refused to follow convention. Published by Pen and Sword. ¢

The Basel Account

The Basel Account is the third book in The Basel Trilogy by Paignton author Ian Lane. At a private bank in Basel a client’s telephone call is overheard and Swiss Security are alerted to a terrorist threat against the State of Israel. Captain Erik Blum is sent to liaise with Mossad and insists in dealing with Sam Kagan whom he has previously met as a result of Mossad action in Basel. Drug smuggling is funding the threat and Sam and his wife are sent to Cassis, a port near Marseille, to keep the smuggling operation under surveillance. The date of the expected attack is known but a few days earlier the Security Services are still without the information they need to thwart the attack. Time is running out fast. ¢

Brandy Sours – Seven Years in Cyprus Torquay author Bryan Hill writes an entertaining memoir of the early retirement years he spent with his wife Irene in Cyprus. Those who love Bill Bryson, The Durrells and Peter Mayle should enjoy this tale. With retirement fast approaching Bryan Hill was searching for at least one more big adventure. In late 2004, he and his wife Irene sold their home in Devon and moved to Northern Cyprus. It proved to be a life changing experience with an abundant share of frustrating, downright hilarious and sometimes scary happenings. Also included are some of the legends and folklore of the country, sometimes more believable than reality. Published by Matador. You can contact Bryan direct for a copy: bryanandirene@gmail.com ¢ englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Treading the boards... the editor’s pick of local theatre

Babbacombe Theatre

to find it. They plot to compel the owners to give away its whereabouts. The owner’s wife is blind; the crooks try to get at her by spreading lies about her husband but she simply won’t fall for it. A Bijou Theatre production.

Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick I ♥ MUSIC 2 May - 3 October (Thursdays) Enjoy a fun-filled show with music from across the musical spectrum including: Queen, Take That, George Michael, Paloma Faith and John Legend. There will be songs from favourite movie sound tracks like Skyfall and Mamma Mia and from musicals: Les Misérables and Billy Elliot. Prepare to be starstruck by the performances of a cast of ten extremely talented vocalists.

Also worth seeing… The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio April 18 Treasure Island May 26

Also worth seeing… Stewart Francis – Into the Punset 18 April

Little Theatre, Torquay

Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick TRAP FOR A LONELY MAN 15 - 20 April A psychological thriller. Set in an isolated chalet in the French alps, a man has apparently lost his wife and is

Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick WAIT UNTIL DARK 24 - 27 April

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Theatre rapidly losing his mind. After having reported his wife’s disappearance to the police, Daniel Corban is visited by a priest who claims to have found her! But has he? A TOADS season production.

Also worth seeing… Daisy Pulls It Off 13 - 18 May

Princess Theatre, Torquay

Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET - COPPELIA 9 April

Brixham Theatre

Box Office 01803 415987 Editor’s pick LES MISERABLES 31 May & 1 June South Devon Players presents a powerful adaptation of Victor Hugo’s hero Jean Valjean. His trials and tribulations are recounted in this classic tale of love, hope, redemption and revolution.

Also worth seeing… The Darkside of Pink Floyd 27 April

Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick RSC - AS YOU LIKE IT 17 April

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

A lively production infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical and comical classic that warms and entertains from start to finish. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.

Also worth seeing… ROHLIVE – Mixed Triple Bill 16 May FLOOK – Folk at the Flavel 2 May

Also worth seeing… In the Night Garden Live 8 & 9 May Bowie Experience 26 May englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Susan Young

at Read Easy Torbay

We all know people who say, “I’m hopeless at maths” but how many of us know someone who might say, “I’m hopeless at reading”? With 1 in 14 adults in the UK being functionally illiterate you probably do know someone. Julian Rees meets Susan Young, from Read Easy Torbay to find out more.


usan is Publicity Officer and also a reading coach at Read Easy Torbay. She tells me that the stigma associated with not being able to read is such that many people will go through their entire lives hiding the fact. Often a myriad of complex strategies are developed for dealing with simple everyday tasks involving reading and writing, which most of us take for granted. Susan says it’s rarely a lack of ability that leaves people in this situation but just a case of slipping through the educational net or having other priorities at the time when reading is embedded. Read Easy was established in 2011 in Dorset by Ginny Williams-Ellis who was, at the time, a literacy tutor at Dorchester Prison. She was responsible for developing a peer mentoring reading scheme within the prison environment, the success of which highlighted a need for a one-to-one reading scheme to tackle literacy in the wider community. The Torbay group was established in June 2015 as an independent local organisation affiliated to Read Easy UK. Read Easy aims to make it straightforward for adults who want to learn or improve their reading to engage with a volunteer reading coach in a relaxed atmosphere in selected venues across Torbay. Contact is always on a one-to-one basis and generally for two 30-minute sessions per week. Completing the course takes between one and two years. Reading is taught using the most up-to-date phonics techniques as used in schools and Susan tells me that although writing isn’t taught, it generally follows. Adults have the manual dexterity to pick it up quickly once familiarity with letter forms has been learnt as part of the reading process. 76 |April/May 2019

Since 2015 the group has had 14 graduates and there are 14 pairs currently working together with more readers coming onto the scheme all the time. The group is keen to make links with local businesses and organisations, which can both assist with the charity’s development and act as referrer. Susan says there are many organisations that have interactions with people who need to read complex paperwork or fill in forms. They may recognise reading and writing difficulties and could refer those in need of assistance. Those seeking help can get in touch by calling Team Leader Mary Woodard on 07786 541 286 or by email torbay@readeasy.org.uk. The group hopes to develop links with other adult education providers locally to provide an ongoing programme for its users. Susan tells me that graduates of the course have described their new abilities as akin to winning the lottery and tells me of two recent success stories. Lawrence’s story: Lawrence is 26 years old and is a geological bore-driller, working all over the South West. He is one of six children, and at the age of eight, his mum found it difficult to get all the children to school so decided to home educate Lawrence. This didn’t really happen so development stopped. He began secondary school but after less than a term his family moved to France where he didn’t settle and again didn’t receive any education. The eldest three children stayed in England. Lawrence, on a visit to his sister, ran away on the day he was to return to France. He had to live rough for a short while but got a job cutting grass and saved for a flat. At 18 his family returned to England and Lawrence

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Charities and Volunteering joined them to live in Devon. He got a job dishwashing and was offered a job as a waiter but he knew it would involve writing orders and reading menus so he left. He then got a job in a shop but when writing and reading crept into his duties he left. A friend’s father asked him to help out with some drilling work. Doing well at this, the firm offered him promotion - being in charge of a drilling rig. He knew again this would mean filling in logs and following procedures and as no-one knew of his reading difficulties it was a path he felt unable to take. His step-father knowing his potential and capabilities, wanted to help and found out about Read Easy. Lawrence says: “I started Read Easy when I was 26 and have been attending sessions for two and a half years now. When I started the programme I had convinced myself that being dyslexic meant I’d never read and write but after two sessions I realised there was a way of learning. I started at the very beginning and found where I needed help. Now I have the confidence to attempt most of the paperwork in my job and even enjoyed reading my first newspaper!”

did very well. So well in fact that the salon owner put her forward for a college course. Mary was frightened that everyone (including her parents) would find out that she couldn’t read so she told her Mum that she wanted a job with more money and got a job at a local shop. Mary met a boy, Tony; they got married and had two children and everything ticked along fine for 50 years although Mary found it hard to cope with her two children who were disabled. Then Tony sadly died two years ago of pneumonia. Mary had a niece who lived in Dartmouth. She knew that Mary struggled with reading so put her in touch with Rowcroft Hospice who helped her with her physical and bereavement needs as well as recommending Read Easy.

Lawrence and Sally Coach Flip with Mary (right)

Mary became comfortable with reading within twelve months and says: “In all my life I never picked up a book. Now that I can read, I go to the library and the people there know me and help me choose books. I don’t watch much TV now as I’m always reading. My reading coach was lovely and had the patience of a saint.” ¢ And from Sally: “Working with Lawrence has been so rewarding. His commitment has been 100%, always on time and so grateful. He has achieved qualifications, and now reads and writes well. He truly is a great success story and it has been a privilege to have been part of it.” Mary’s story: Mary was born on 31 January 1945. England was generally short of teachers and classes were large. This meant that Mary didn’t get the support and help she needed to improve her reading at the age when reading is embedded. Private lessons were available but her parents couldn’t afford them. As a young adult, Mary knew she wanted to become a hairdresser and got a job in a local salon in Paignton working Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Mary englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Get involved... Local management team - Read Easy Torbay is currently looking to recruit volunteers to help with fundraising and networking. Reading Coaches - the charity is always pleased to hear from potential reading coaches and these positions are particularly suitable to those with an educational background; however the skills can also be taught. Get in touch Call Team Leader Mary Woodard 07786 541 286 or email torbay@readeasy.org.uk  readeasy.org.uk April/May 2019 | 77

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obtain a balanced overview of their customer service levels. Saunders and Lingard performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period. They have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards, which will be announced later in the year. The British Property Awards provide agents throughout the UK with a valuable opportunity to compare the service they offer against the service provided by their local, regional and national competition. ¢ saundersandlingard.co.uk Sara Fiddes & Sue Saunders

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Torquay Winners Saunders & Lingard has just won The British Property Award for Torquay. The British Property Awards are one of the most inclusive estate agency award providers, as they do not charge to enter. This has enabled their award to be structured in a manner that ensures maximum participation. Mystery shoppers review estate agents against a set of 25 judging criteria to 80 |April/May 2019

Employer feedback has proved that the Torbay Jobs Fair continues to be one of the most successful ways to match would-be employees with local recruiting businesses.The free event took place at Riviera International Conference Centre, a new home for 2019. It saw around 700 candidates attend, and over 900 jobs on offer from 60 employers. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Derek Mills, said, “The Jobs Fair is a unique event that enables job hunters in the area to talk to a vast number of employers face to face, all under one roof and all with live vacancies to fill. Businesses attending commented on the high calibre of candidates on the day, and many positive outcomes including interviews and job offers will follow.” TDA in partnership with JobCentre Plus delivers the Jobs Fair

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Wollen Michelmore Fundraiser Chris Hart, Wollen Michelmore’s Chief Executive and his wife Liz have been recounting the story of Liz’s lifesaving donation of her kidney to her husband (see next page). They hope that this will help to encourage more people to go on the Organ Donation Register – and, importantly to let their families know of their wishes. The Harts gave staff regular updates on how they and ‘Sidney the Kidney’ were doing during their recovery from the transplant operations. Staff at Wollen Michelmore’s offices took part in a sponsored walk on World Kidney Day and the team is now well on the way to its fundraising target in aid of Kidney Research UK. If you’d like to donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ wmsidneythekidney ¢

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our story Chris and Liz Hart’s appeal after life-saving transplant


ollen Michelmore’s Chief Executive Chris Hart and his wife Liz have decided to tell their story to encourage more people to go on the Organ Donation Register – and to let their families know of their wishes. Liz donated a kidney to husband Chris who was on the transplant list and required a lifesaving kidney. The couple are still on the road to full recovery after transplant operations at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital last November. Now both are back at work at Wollen Michelmore, the couple can look back on the past few life changing months. Liz recalls, “Ten years ago Chris went for a routine asthma check. They suggested he had a blood test. The following day he was told that he’d been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. The renal consultant predicted that Chris might be on the transplant list within 18 months and would need a transplant within five years.” With careful management, care, drugs, the right diet and monthly blood tests it was more than nine years before Chris went onto the transplant list. He says, “There is a national kidney transplant waiting list which is operated according to strict criteria as to how donations are allocated. Once on the list you could be contacted at any time, day or night, if a kidney becomes available.” Liz had volunteered to be a living donor, but there was a difficulty, “All of the initial tests were carried out and I was told I was not a good enough match.” Chris’s brother had also offered to be a living donor. He was a better match but after several months of tests was told at the 11th hour that he wasn’t suitable to donate. However, in August Liz received a call from Southmead Hospital saying that she was now able to donate a kidney direct to Chris due to improvements in management and drugs available for transplants of kidneys that weren’t a perfect match. With Chris’s kidney function at 13% and the fact he had a relatively rare blood group, the chances of finding a suitable match via the deceased donation route in a sensible time frame was becoming remote. Liz said, “Everything happened so quickly. We went through all the necessary checks and tests and then I got a date for the operation – November 6th.” Liz went down into the operating theatre first. Chris remembers, “They removed Liz’s kidney and checked all was well. At the time I knew nothing about Liz’s condition

and her op. After some hours I was just told, “Let’s go”. After Chris Liz & Chris Hart came out of theatre they both spent the first three days on different high dependency wards with their family flitting between the two. The good news is that Chris’s new kidney started to work immediately and within a couple of days his kidney function had improved significantly. Regular checks followed along with antirejection drugs, which Chris will remain on forever. Liz will also have regular checks to ensure her remaining kidney is working well. Chris describes what his wife has done for him as amazing. In typical, tongue-in-cheek fashion Liz retorts, “Amazing makes me sound like a circus act. It just saved me buying him a Christmas present!” Chris and Liz are now urging people to consider signing up for the Organ Donation Register and they are welcoming a change in the law regarding organ donations. Previously, the law said that you must consent by ‘opting in’ to donate an organ. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, which has just been given Royal Assent after being passed by Parliament, will assume there is consent to donate unless there is a known objection directly from the person concerned or through their family or next of kin. Chris says, “The new ‘opt out’ will be fantastic news. It is not for us to preach as to whether an individual should be prepared to give organs or not. That has to be a personal decision. But the pendulum has swung with the change in presumption and the new opt out.” However, Chris says it is vital that people still let their families know exactly what their wishes are. Wales adopted the new law three years ago but are only now seeing an increase in donations because families are still asked for consent and it has taken some time for the message to spread that the wishes of their loved ones must be made clear for them to have an effect. “People must make sure their wishes are known to their families or next of kin,” says Chris.

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