English Riviera Magazine August September 2015 online edition

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Walks Local Food Heritage Nature People Events Arts





August/September 2015




No, it’s Torquay’s Super Weekend

Enjoy Royal Regattas in Torbay and Dartmouth

Brixham’s Art Heritage - Pottery to Poldark


ON THE WALL we try bouldering

with the Disabled Sailing Association


Toni Knights

Harvest Time

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Oliver Heaviside

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...…to our August/September issue! This issue is packed with ideas and events to get you out and about in what will hopefully be a wealth of sunshine and blue skies. The English Riviera is really putting on some spectacular shows with Royal Regattas in both Torbay and Dartmouth bringing us sailing, air displays, fireworks and a carnival atmosphere. Also, don’t miss Super Weekend, which brings us high-octane glamour Monaco-style with supercars, superbikes and superboats. We are celebrating Agatha Christie’s 125th Anniversary with a very special Festival based at Torre Abbey in Torquay. There is a huge programme of literary delights aimed at local residents including dressing up and plenty of family fun – tickets are on sale now! We enjoy meeting Brixham’s salty adventurer Toni Knights and artist Becky Nuttall and hear from Torbay Rambling Society as they celebrate 65 years of walking. We also set sail with the Disabled Sailing Association and try out some indoor bouldering. There are over 100 events to choose from in this issue and we wish you a wonderful summertime on the English Riviera. Please keep sending us your news, your photos and your story ideas to editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We love parties, exhibitions and all kinds of events, so please feel free to invite us along if you’d like your event featured in the next issue. Happy reading and stay local!

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In this issue August/September 2015



Local news snippets

12 Brixham’s Art Heritage

34 Agatha Christie Festival

We meet Becky Nuttall

16 Last of the Hunters


20 The Super Weekend


Theatre Round Up

24 Torbay Royal Regatta


Food & Drink

31 Dartmouth Royal Regatta


A Day by River and Sea

34 International Agatha Christie Festival


Disabled Sailing Association

38 Local Visionary



40 Give It A Go! Bouldering


Social Diary

42 Walk


Business Breaks

44 65 Years of Walking


The Briefing

Meet Toni Knights

The super spectacle comes to town!

Yachting, fireworks and the Red Arrows

Sails and revelry on the Dart

Celebrating the Queen of Crime’s 125th Paignton’s mathematical genius Julian Rees tries out indoor climbing Cockington to Gallows Gate Torbay Rambling Club

64 Shaldon

70 Disabled Sailing Association

What’s On

9 pages of fun and fabulous summer events Indoors and al fresco

Keeping the heat at bay Head north to Shaldon and Teignmouth Opportunities afloat in the Bay

Lis Wallace’s green fingered column Local people at local events Local business news Legal news from Wollen Michelmore

20 The Super Weekend

16 Meet Toni Knights Cover composite image:

Red Arrows over Tor Bay © Crown Copyright/Colin Cadle www.colincadle.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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ACE Result for Torbay Motor Show The inaugural Torbay motor show was deemed a huge success by its organisers as thousands of spectators flocked to Paignton Green earlier this year to view the hundreds of vehicles on show and help raise £4,000 for Brixham based charity ACE (Access to Community Education). “It was a great day,” said Event Chairman Terry Butcher as he presented the cheque to ACE Chairperson Gill Clarke at the charity’s Brixham base. There was a good turnout from ACE members on the day of the event and at the two promotional days, which were held in Paignton town centre prior to the big day. Gill Clarke praised the organisers and said a big thank you to everyone involved as she explained what a big difference such a donation would make to ACE. She said that it would ensure that the charity’s taxi expenditure for the year was supported allowing members to enjoy classes and social events more easily at ACE.o brixhamace.org

National Photo Award for Zoo Volunteer


New Chairman for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust has appointed a new chairman Alan Tyerman. Outgoing chairman Nick Powe, Director of Kents Cavern, served on the Trust’s board from 2011 and was Chairman for the last three years; being instrumental in leading the Trust’s recovery from financial difficulties and putting in place measures to help the charity better manage its financial position. Alan Tyerman has been a trustee of TCCT since 2013. He has run businesses in Torbay and has also represented Goodrington with Roselands as a councillor since 2011. o Alan Tyerman and TCCT Director Damian Offer

us – his patience and dedication are extraordinary and his eye for the perfect picture second to none.” o

A local photographer has won a national zoo photography award. Ray Wiltshire, from Paignton, took the award with his picture, Forty Winks, showing Bornean orang utan mother Mali and baby Tatau asleep on their island at Paignton Zoo. The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) announced the winners of its annual photography competition at an award ceremony hosted by Woburn Safari Park. There were 63 entries, with shots conveying life in a BIAZA collection, work behind the scenes and zoo conservation work around the world. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “It is a delightful photograph showing the bond between mother and baby and one aspect of life in a modern zoo - sanctuary. Ray is a deserving winner, he has taken so many fine photos for 6

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Openers... Openers...

Giant Flower Opening at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo’s huge smelly flower, the titan arum delighted visitors when it opened recently. Titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum) have flowers that can be up to 3 metres high and 3 metres in circumference. Giles Palmer, Curator of Plants and Gardens at Paignton Zoo, said, “There are about 100 collections in the world where you can see this plant; they can go for years between flowerings so it’s not a common sight.” The plant, from the rainforests of Sumatra and a member of the arum family, is classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. It has one of the largest flowers in the world; the bloom, correctly known as an inflorescence, is green on the outside and bright red inside with ribbed sides and a frilled edge. Due to its odour, said to be like rotting meat, the titan arum is known as a carrion flower and has been dubbed corpse flower or corpse plant. It emits the strong smell at night to attract pollinators. o

Vanishing Point Public Art Vanishing Point, a public art installation to commemorate the embarkation of the United States 4th Infantry Division from Torquay Harbour on 5 June 1944, was officially opened by Mayor Gordon Oliver and Ian Handford (Torbay Civic Society) in the presence of the US Naval attaché. The installation features three elements. An illuminated cross set into the ground at the entrance to Beacon Quay leads the eye to the large steel ring at the top of the original D-Day embarkation ramps. Looking through the ring allows one to imagine the flotilla of craft vanishing over the horizon on their way to Utah Beach. The third element is set into the decking along Beacon englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Quay and comprises a set of lights, distributed in a Morse Code sequence spelling out Vanishing Point. On June 6 1944 21,000 troops landed at Utah Beach with 197 losing their lives. An interpretation plinth was unveilled, set into a Devonshire sandstone rock, near the entrance of Beacon Quay having been established by Tor Bay Harbour, the Normandy Veterans Club and Torbay Civic Society. o

Second look... Last issue’s mystery object was correctly identified by Mr G Wilson of Paignton. It was the Torbay Civic Society Plaque that can be found outside Barclays Bank in Palace Avenue Paignton and marks the one-time residence of mathematician Oliver Heaviside (see page 38). o

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Brixham artist Becky Nuttall has a truly fascinating family background. Her parents came to Higher Brixham in 1950 to open Milton Head Pottery and her late father Peter subsequently became a screenwriter, writing The System, filmed in Torbay plus several episodes of Poldark. Her current work strongly reflects this early inspiration. Becky continues her story…


led to him being offered a contract to write for ATV y parents, Peter and Jenny Draper, came to Television and he became one of the first pioneers of Brixham in 1950 and opened Milton Head television playwrights that established what is now Pottery in Higher Brixham. Dad was one of recognised as a golden era of television. He went on to three directors and the business produced homeware that write ‘The Power Game ‘and ‘The Perils of Pendragon’. was typical of the 1950s. The pots were hand thrown and He was also a screenwriter and his collaboration in decorated. Patrick Stroud also worked at the pottery and 1964 brought Michael Winner to Torbay to film ‘The still lives in Brixham. Dad was also friends with Michael System.’ They worked together on ‘I’ll Never Forget Skipworth who owned Lotus Pottery in Stoke Gabriel. What’s ‘Isname’ in 1970 starring Oliver Reed and Orson Together, Dad and Michael became founders of The Welles. He subsequently wrote six episodes of the original Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Dad was made a lifelong ‘Poldark’ series. member in 1995. As a child, my dad bought my first oil paints below There was a steady trail of creative people making the Overgang in Brixham near where the artists used their way to the South West in this period. Dad knew to paint. Dale Gough was an Hubert (Nibs) Dalwood, the sculptor. They had an idea about The recent series of Poldark has done amazing painter of boats and wonders for Cornwall but for me six the harbour; beautiful subdued exhibiting work at the pottery and having a supportive network of the original episodes are still firmly studies of working trawlers. Donovan busked at The Globe of crafts people; weavers and rooted in Brixham Inn. However, the artists that furniture makers, potters and dad knew felt that a commercial decision was made in the artists. Although this did not happen in Brixham, the sixties where money was spend on assisting commercial idea was taken up with other craftspeople and ultimately enterprises such as holiday camps and did not consider became the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Dad gave art supporting artists with funding to establish an artists classes and here he met Marianne de Trey, a noted community. Artists he knew went to St Ives to gain wider potter. He had been at art school in Bristol and this was recognition. where he met Nibs Dalwood as well as John Jones (who I grew up with my dad as a writer but as time passed, taught at the Slade, becoming Head of Fine Art at Leeds I notice his valiant attempts to re-engage Torbay in the University) and Peter Nichols the playwright who stayed arts and I recognise the contribution he made to local art. in Dartmouth for a while. However, Dad was really running the pottery to finance I only have to spend a moment in the company of Pat Stroud, (my Dad’s former pottery colleague) or remember, his writing and after I was born in 1957 he decided to as a child, watching the fishermen mending their nets on leave. One of his first plays in 1958 ‘And Humanity’ the quay, to have a sense of that integrity and honesty that starred Dame Flora Robson as Edith Cavell. Its success


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working with your hands brings. Art and artisans are forever in the present and never consigned to history. I know potters, printmakers, sculptors, digital artists, poets and collectors in Brixham and its surroundings. Brixham is a working port that rubs along with all its diverse citizens. People come for the beauty of the sea and the landscape. Fishermen work it and artists paint it or are inspired by it. The place where we are born influences us whether we leave or stay. I was more of a field roamer than a sea dweller having been born in Higher Brixham. The field bordering Summer Lane where I played as a child contained the oak tree reputedly planted to commemorate William of Orange landing. It was soon cut down for a housing estate. We all have little sadnesses regarding lost childhood places and Brixham has lost a lot in the progress of town planning. However the sea doesn’t change. The unexpected sight that I love above all others are the sails of an old Brixham fishing smack, red ochre against the blue sea and sky. Dad gave an interview in 1968. He said “I wouldn’t care to live anywhere else. I value the peace and serenity of this little town. And I believe that these are essential qualities if one is to be a success as a creative writer.” The recent series of Poldark has done wonders for Cornwall but for me six of the original episodes are still firmly rooted in Brixham. When I was nine, I announced that I was going to


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be an artist. When I left school I went to Torquay art school just as it moved from Newton Abbot. Two years ago I decided that I would become the artist I had promised to be when I was a child. I want to produce work that will illustrate my legacy to my children. I now work in collage, acrylics and drawing and have begun by examining the influence of my adolescence. It was while ruminating about the past that I looked through old photographs of Milton Head Pottery and realised that my sisters and I were part of something quite special and should be remembered. One theme I am developing is Family Tree, a series of painting that depict the threads of my family’s past that stay in the present. After speaking with Pat and his son Sean I am more than ever determined to bring together the works of Milton Head Pottery within my work and promote them in their own right.o beckynuttall.com


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Toni Knights

Last of the Hunters

Fisherman, artist, boat restorer, heritage skipper - Brixham’s Toni Knights manages to combine it all and always has an eye for the next adventure. Anita Newcombe tracks him down to find out more.


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in every twenty actually sticks to the job.” first came across Toni Knights at an exhibition of When his daughter Jessica was born, Toni decided his paintings hosted by Millie & Me and today I to take a break from fishing to spend more time with am meeting him at the same local coffee shop for a her as he had been away at sea a lot when his son cuppa and a chat. Toni has popped across the quay from Peter was growing up. Although he is definitely not an his latest labour of love, renovating the classic sailing establishment figure, he got a post working for Devon boat Iris. Iris is a family-owned, 75ft Cornish Lugger Sea Fisheries Protection Vessel, Drumbeat of Devon, built in 1921 and is currently nestling happily alongside enforcing fishing laws. the harbour wall at Brixham. This sudden change of direction caused much hilarity The ‘Iris’ renovation project is taking up most of locally with the front page of the local paper reading, Toni’s thoughts but occasionally he needs to earn some ‘Poacher Turns Gamekeeper’. money to refill his coffers. Therefore Iris can sometimes Showing great adaptability he continued in this job find herself left to her own devices as Toni takes on ad until Jessica was six or seven years old before returning hoc work as a freelance fishing boat skipper or mate. to fishing. He remembers, “I didn’t like all the civil Toni grew up in Sussex in a fishing family. As a child service paperwork. Fishermen are not paperwork people. he helped his father to unload his boats, mended nets We are much more hands-on.” Toni also joined the crew and subsequently worked his way up from deckhand to of the Torbay Lifeboat at this time. skipper. In 1979 the fishing family that Toni worked for In 1997 Toni saw the King George V Cup displayed at decided to move their operations to Brixham and Toni Brixham Yacht Club and decided to restart the famous came too. He tells me that Brixham had much better Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta (now held every May) infrastructure for landing fish and the port was suitable because he knew three original sailing trawlers: Leader, for larger beam trawlers. Fishing was definitely in his Provident and Vigilance who could be persuaded to blood. He explains, “Fishing is a way of life, not a 9-5 get involved. He also managed to get the owner of job. You are classed as ‘last of the hunters’ and there’s a Golden Vanity to join tremendous camaraderie, This sudden change of direction caused much in. Then seeing that just like a big family. Cornish Lugger, Iris You go to sea and catch hilarity locally with the front page of the local was available for sale your fish and it’s such a paper reading, ‘Poacher Turns Gamekeeper’. he decided to purchase good feeling, especially and renovate her. in winter when you get the crew home safe again.” Toni had always been interested in old sailing boats Toni used to have crews of 6 or 7 but this has and Iris was languishing upriver in Falmouth in quite gradually been reduced to around four to enable a sad state. He plans for Iris to become a cargo carrier reasonable earnings for everyone. Toni explains that the under sail, delivering cargo in a zero carbon environment running costs of a big beam trawler are very high with from Northern France and Spain across to England. Toni around £15 – 16,000 being spent just on fuel per trip. will skipper Iris on her travels and won’t fish anymore. Earnings from the trip are split and an individual crew He says, “I’ll be sailing the oceans, selling produce and member’s percentage depends on their skill level. Then, enjoying a relaxed life.” even if there’s an excellent catch, if 5 or 6 boats happen Iris could initially be used as a floating B & B at to come in together then the auction price will go down. Pirate Festivals around the country whilst awaiting “You can’t hang about waiting for a better auction day the maritime coding to enable her to start her cargo when there’s fresh fish on board,” says Toni. Things are deliveries. Toni explains, “Doing this type of work better for the bigger boats in the winter because the on Iris preserves the boat and gives her a purpose – smaller boats don’t go out and therefore supply is lower, hopefully for another 100 years.” lifting prices. Toni has had plenty of practice skippering heritage Toni explains, “It’s a great job for youngsters and some boats carrying guests as a part-time skipper for Trinity people are naturally good at this type of work but many Sailing. He mainly takes people to festivals and Tall can’t cope with life at sea at all. Nowadays it is much Ships Races in places such as Plymouth, Falmouth more difficult to get reliable crew. Youngsters find the and Looe as well as France and out to the Scilly Isles. hours, the sleep deprivation, the seasickness and other There are generally twelve holidaymakers aboard, plus hardships really tough to manage and probably just one englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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four crew members and Toni enjoys cooking for the visitors and agreeing destinations of their choice for the following day. Back in Millie & Me, I am looking at a selection of Toni’s nautical art (originals and prints) displayed on the walls. His earlier work in oils is very detailed and the level of skill is extremely impressive. More recently, however, he has developed a more contemporary style using a felt tip and watercolours to create a much funkier, modern look (he calls them artistic notes). These are very popular and sell well so it is easier for him to keep up with the demand. “The waiting list for my oil paintings is more than ten years,” Toni reveals. Toni is self-taught and has worked in oils, watercolours

His earlier work in oils is very detailed and the level of skill is extremely impressive and acrylics. His favoured subjects are mainly maritime scenes of boats and harbours, clearly painting what he knows. As a child Toni would go down to the river in Newhaven to get water in a jam jar and paint with watercolours. His father was very supportive and used to help him to stretch watercolour paper on boards and then framed his completed creations, subsequently selling them in his local fishing tackle shop. The unusual spelling of Toni’s name with an ‘i’ came in when he was just six years old and his Dad suggested that he adopt it as an artistic gimmick. He’s been known as Toni ever since and the Toni Knights signature is on every painting. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Toni is now also considering a contract to take people from Australia to Greenland on a 100-year old gaff ketch during the summer months. These will be high-powered executives who want to undertake survival trips, climbing mountains that have never been climbed and generally challenging themselves. Isn’t all this sometimes uncomfortable and even dangerous I wonder? He tells me, “As a fisherman you are in one of the harshest environments in the world. I’ve done over 40 years so there’s not much I can’t cope with, mountainous seas, wet oilskins, and damp bunks. Adventure is just brilliant and so much better than just sitting around!” o

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No, It’s Torquay!

Princess Gardens in Torquay will become a breathtaking boulevard of top marques exuding high-octane Riviera glamour that’s more reminiscent of Monaco when The Super Weekend returns To Torquay for the third year from August 8-9.


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e prepared to see some seriously super brands on display such as such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, Range Rover, Nissan GTR, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Sunseeker, Ribeye, Harley-Davidson,


and Triumph against the glorious backdrop of Torquay’s Princess Gardens and Marina. Also present will be Speed Culture, Airboat UK, Roughcut Racing, Sprint Boat Racing and many more. This is one of the most

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Riviera Events concentrated Supercar gatherings in the southwest and two days of joy for car, bike and boat lovers. This year also features the return of UK Garrison, an amazing Star Wars costuming group bringing Darth Vader’s dreaded Imperial Stormtroopers to town. There will be Aqua Adrenaline featuring the excitement of Zapcats (light and powerful inflatable catamarans), plus a F1 Simulator, Torquay Tinman and lots of other fun events. Event times are 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Matt Palmes from The Super Weekend said, “Owners’ Supercars displayed at the event are always

a major attraction for visitors. Sunday sees a Supercar Run taking place to raise money for the Just A Drop charity.” The supercars will take a route through Dartmoor and then on to Torquay. The Super Weekend is supported by Torbay Council and this year is raising funds for Just A Drop, a charity that works to reduce child mortality by delivering safe, clean water in some of the poorest and remotest regions in the world. Other partners include Triple Seven Charters and The Imperial Hotel.o thesuperweekend.co.uk justadrop.org

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Torbay Royal Regatta The 202nd Torbay Royal Regatta will bring yacht racing, water skiing, swimming, running, family entertainment, fireworks and the legendary Red Arrows to the Bay from 15 – 26 August.

The Sailing Yacht Racing 22- 26 August Sailed under the Burgee of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, the regatta will offer plenty of competitive yacht racing. It is one of the oldest sailing Regattas in the country with records dating back to 1895. Following tradition, when before the war the J Boats attended together with King George V on Yacht Britannia, this event will be sailed over five days. Many classes of boats attend from the large IRC fleet to the small dinghy classes. There will be Championship racing for IRC and unrated cruisers, courses for juniors, dinghies and asymmetric classes.

Over many years, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club has gained a well-deserved reputation hosting numerous regattas and championships, the 2015 Royal Regatta promises to be another great occasion.

The boats will race over courses, which can be viewed by spectators from Daddyhole Plain to Haldon Pier. This Regatta attracts many top sailors from all over the country and boats are expected from the Solent to Cornwall. 2015 will also see the launch of the UK Sportsboat Gold Cup, believed to be the first event of its type.


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The Swimming The Rowing Rowing Championships 15 August This year the West of England Rowing Championships will be held on Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Gardens. This is a great spectacle and visitors can get very close to all the action, boats and teams taking part. Races start at 10.30am.

Pub & Club Rowing Regatta 23 August This is a fun regatta for local pubs and clubs to enter novice teams to compete against each other. Torquay Rowing Club is inviting entries for four person crews. There will be four training sessions with a coach and a water safety evening prior to the race day. torquayrowingclub.co.uk


Swimming has been one of the three main events of Torbay Royal Regatta for well over a century. Originally the event was swum over a course of about 30 yards starting from a large harbour boat and turning on a telegraph pole. However, as the harbour became more commercial in the 60s and 70s, these events ceased to happen leaving the open sea event as the last to take place.

Regatta Swim 22 August Swimming through the natural splendour of the London Bridge Arch, Torbay Athletic Club & Tri Club and the Royal Torbay Yacht Club are organising the first Regatta Swim as part of the Torbay Royal Regatta. Swimmers will paddle out from Torquay Harbour and head along the coastline. Stewards in kayaks will marshal the course. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female as well as the first Torbay local entry. torbayaac.co.uk

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The Water Skiing Water Ski Spectacular 23 August The Water Ski Display, part of the regatta will take place between Princess Pier and Torre Abbey Sands between 7 and 8pm. The display has been part of the regatta for around 50 years and involves experienced local skiers who perform amazing tricks. There’s also a general exhibition of various watersport activities including wakeboarding, mono skiing and knee boarding. One of the very first local skiers to be involved was Arthur Green (now aged 90 and a veteran of the Russian Convoy who occasionally skied behind one of the navy ships!) Arthur stopped performing in the display in the 1970s at which time his son, Paul Green, became involved. Paul has been involved in most displays to the current time and last year his youngest daughter, Maisy (aged 6) took part. Other family members still involved are Paul’s wife Nadine and his two eldest daughters Sammy and Megan. For many years the water ski display was organised by the late Clive Bellinger before Paul took over the reins. Local Businessman Antony Birchell has been involved for around 20 years, and Ian Todd, like Paul has been involved for more than 35 years. Ian’s late father Gordon, like Paul’s father, was also one of the first participants almost 50 years ago when the display took place at Beacon Cove. Roger Vernon has provided the commentary for around 30 years.

The Running 10K Road Race 23 August, 6pm The limit for entries for this race is set at 700 competitors and advance registration is essential. It is always very hard to predict a winner. Can anyone ever break the course record of 30 minutes set by Rob Wise over 20 years ago? Claire Hallissey from Bristol & West Athletic Club broke the Ladies’ record in the 2010 Regatta with a fast 30 minutes and 12 seconds set. Awards will made at the finish on Corbyn Head, Torquay to the first three ladies and the first three men and the first in all 5-year age categories from 15 - 70, will receive their awards in the post when the full results are confirmed. This year’s race will start at 6pm from near the Big Wheel. The flat undulating course hugs the English Riviera as the runners race along Torbay Road to Paignton Green. After two flat and fast clockwise laps of the Green, they will return over the testing Hollicombe Hills to Torquay and finish on Corbyn Head. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

The Fireworks Torbay Royal Regatta Fireworks, 24 August 9.30pm The fireworks team has promised amazing new effects like a giant circular stained glass window, stunning waterfall patterns which cascade down the sky in trails of twinkling red and green, plus a reloaded version of the Sweeper rocket whose giant starburst magically sweeps from silver to red. There will be many old favourites as well like the Snail and Heart patterns, which always draw a gasp of recognition from the audience. Torbay resident Tony Smith will once again lead The Fantastic Fireworks team. He said, “As a local man I’m so proud to be associated with the Regatta fireworks. I’ve been in charge since we first started doing them and they get better and better each year. What my crew and I love most are all the hoots and cheers from all the boats in the bay when it’s all over. A sign of another job well done.” Regatta Secretary Debbie Selley said, ‘I’m delighted to welcome back Fantastic Fireworks because I know they will always deliver a great show. We’ve been working together for many years and it’s good for the town to have a nationally acclaimed company with such a strong local connection in Tony Smith and his team. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year. I just know it will be amazing.” August/September 2015


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The Flying The World Famous Red Arrows 26 August 6pm The grand finale of Torbay Royal Regatta is the world famous Red Arrows, enjoyed by thousands all over the Bay. The Arrows have been performing at the Regatta for over 25 years and the RAF team have been thrilling people all over the world since 1965. After months of training, the Red Arrows’ 2015 display season is officially underway, with a new Team Leader taking over this year. It marks the start of the 51st season for the team, which demonstrates the excellence of the Royal Air Force and represents the United Kingdom. More than 80 displays, involving precision flying by the Red Arrows’ nine fast-jet pilots, are expected to be performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people across the country and overseas between now and the end of September. The new season will be the first as Team Leader for Squadron Leader David Montenegro. The 38-yearold, who was previously in the Squadron as a team pilot between 2009 and 2011, has returned to the

team as Red 1. A number of exciting new manoeuvres have been added to this year’s show, which Sqn Ldr Montenegro believes will prove extremely popular with those watching. The former Tornado pilot said, “New for this year is the Whirlwind, where all nine jets are seen rolling, before going into the Blackbird loop. Also, watch out for the revival of the Mirror Roll, which has not been flown by the team for five years. It involves Red 6 flying an inverted barrel roll at minus-2.5G with Reds 7, 8 and 9 in formation.” He added, “In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Force’s continued role in 2015 in securing the skies, we fly the shape of a Spitfire. In this manoeuvre, Reds 4 and 5 trail smoke to represent the wing tip vortexes seen in the intense battle over the United Kingdom.” For 2015, the team’s BAE Systems Hawk T1 jets are carrying a new look – a Union flag-inspired tailfin to emphasise the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the UK and its industry at home and overseas.

You can also enjoy the Anderton & Rowlands Regatta Fair on Torre Abbey Meadows 22-31 August and the Savoir Fayre Continental Market in Princess Gardens 22 – 26 August.

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Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Dartmouth is very much a ‘yachtie town’ and regatta time sees the arrival of yachts from far and wide with moorings and pontoons crammed with boats, all dressed for the occasion.


here is always a joyous atmosphere during Dartmouth Royal Regatta with crowds lining the riverbanks to watch all manner of boats racing on the water, all kinds of aircraft performing in the skies and lots of entertainment on the land. The Regatta is based around a big programme of rowing and sailing events, but also incorporates many other activities including air displays, fireworks and a large fair. The first recorded competitive regatta was held on the River Dart at Dartmouth in 1822. Other informal regattas were held in some of the following years leading to the establishment of Dartmouth Regatta in 1834. The

The first recorded competitive regatta was held on the River Dart at Dartmouth in 1822 regatta later became known as the Port of Dartmouth Regatta and in 1856 the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. Queen Victoria granted the town regatta its royal charter, apparently because she had enjoyed her visit so much. Nearly 100,000 people visit Dartmouth during the Regatta period, swelling the town’s population of approximately 6,000 and making Dartmouth Regatta one of the largest public events in the South West, and the second largest Regatta after Cowes Week. Landlubbers can stroll around the Shopping Village with many local craft stores and food stalls. This year there will be a new, exciting children’s area with puppeteers, jesters, magicians, fire-eaters and animated characters. There is also a fun fair with exciting new rides and many traditional favourites.


Some Regatta Highlights: Regatta Sailing 22 – 30 August The sailing takes place in Start Bay and on the River Dart and there are lots of exciting races with around 300 boats expected. Royal Regatta Sailing Week, organised by the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee (JRSC), represents the sailing elements of The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. The JRSC is comprised of the sailing committees of Royal Dart Yacht Club, Dartmouth Yacht Club and Dittisham Sailing Club.

Regatta Jazz 23 August Regatta Jazz will be held in the marquee on Coronation Park. There will be a hog roast and full bar with real ale. Tickets: £20, Time: 7pm – 11.30pm.

Regatta Ball 25 August The 2015 Regatta Ball promises an evening full of top entertainment, good food, dancing and a casino! Tickets: £55, time: 7pm – 12.30am.

Regatta Firework Displays 27 August 9pm 29 August 9pm

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Regattas The Friday and Saturday programme includes the Pitts S25 Aerobatic Display, The RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the nation’s favourite, the Red Arrows.

A few air display favourites! Sea King and RNLI practice 27 August 6pm

Red Arrows Display 28 August 6pm

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 28 August 5.40pm 29 August 5.55pm

RN Raiders Parachute Team 29 August 1pm

Pitts S25 Aerobatic Display 29 August 5.45pm RAF Typhoon 29 August 6.15pm

Guard Ship The Guard Ship for 2015 will be HMS Somerset, a type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy.

Tall Ships Tall ships Pelican and Tenacious will be visiting the regatta this year.

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There is no parking in the lower town of Dartmouth during Regatta Week. The main car park is closed and there are also road closures. Check the website for Park and Ride details, ferry times and the Dartmouth Steam Railway timetable.

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Agatha Christie's Fans of the world famous Queen of Crime are preparing to travel to the English Riviera to celebrate her 125th Anniversary this September but local residents are at the forefront of plans for this year’s International Agatha Christie Festival.


he main venue at Torre Abbey is offering a major programme of events, Agatha Christie’s stunning riverside residence, Greenway, on the banks of the River Dart will be open every day and celebrations will take place throughout the English Riviera. Initially devised as a tourism initiative, the annual Agatha Christie Festival has evolved into an autumn highlight of the UK’s cultural calendar. Today, the festival is run by an independent board and gets national level support from Arts Council England. This year, visitor numbers from around the UK and overseas are expected to be the highest yet – partly because IACF

The Launch! VINTAGE LAUNCH PARTY, 11 September Venue: The Grand Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 6NT Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, and Festival Director Anna Farthing invite you to get this year’s packed Life, Literature and Legacy programme started by joining them at a vintage-style party. On offer will be music, live entertainment, a glass of fizz on arrival, canapés and a private preview of Viva: Vibrant Images by Vibrant Artists, a specially-commissioned exhibition of West Country inspired work by the Viva group of Torbay-based professional artists. A selection of 1920s era cocktails will also be available at the pay bar.

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2015 coincides with the 125th anniversary of Dame Agatha’s birth but also because new Director Anna Farthing is expanding the programme to offer 100+ events of appeal to all ages and interests and stretching the timetable to cover a nine day period (11-20 September). Anna hopes, however, that local people will be equally attracted by the chance to celebrate the life, literature and legacy of Torbay’s most famous native and has therefore planned a much greater choice of familyfriendly activities. There’ll also be many new materials relating to Christie’s early life in our area.o

Top 10 Events with Intriguing Local Links MAN OVERBOARD MYSTERY Oddicombe Beach 12 September Fun for all ages when a mystery death requires everyone present to test out their clue-finding and sleuthing skills. Plus live music.

UNFINISHED PORTRAIT Torre Abbey 12 - 20 September The story of the author’s life, told in previously unpublished photographs from the Christie family’s private collections and supporting text using Dame Agatha’s own words. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Literary Festival CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL Torre Abbey 12 September Devon-based children’s author Dan Metcalf hosts the first in a series of events designed especially for children and families, by leading his audience on a storytelling journey around Torre, inspired by the heroine of his Lottie Lipton books: a sparky nine year old who investigates and solves mysteries.

KATE ADIE on AGATHA & THE FIRST WORLD WAR Torre Abbey 13 September The renowned broadcaster looks at Agatha Christie’s wartime experiences, including as a hospital volunteer in Torquay, and the the impact of the conflict and its aftermath on Christie’s generation of young women.

AGATHA, ARCHIE & THE GRAND HOTEL Grand Hotel 13 September

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY central Torquay 15 September 125 years to the day of her birth, a double celebration of the Queen of Crime’s birthday – one, a very English garden party with luncheon; the other...? Well, in true Christie style, it’s a mystery.

WILLS & CODICILS Little Theatre 16 September A look at the quirky, and often funny, ways in which possessions are bequeathed, by solicitor Nigel Wollen whose family has been advising the Dame Agatha’s on legal matters since 1900. Includes readings from Christie works by the festival’s resident company of roving actors.

A DARK NIGHT AT THE ABBEY Torre Abbey 18 September Explore Torre Abbey and its past as you’ve never done before during an evening which combines a murder mystery game and dressing-up with walkabout theatre plus a five course dinner.

Newly-found information about the man who gave Miss Agatha Miller of Torquay the surname by which she became world famous and about their very different upbringings.

SOPHIE HANNAH Torre Abbey 14 September the best-selling novelist explains how she got the idea for her latest hit thriller A Game For All The Family while staying at Agatha Christie’s holiday retreat at Greenway near Brixham and working on the first-ever authorised new case for Poirot.

DISPENSING MURDER Torre Abbey 14, 16, 17 & 18 September Head Gardener Ali Marshall leads a tour of Torre’s potent plants garden, linking the plants to Agatha Christie’s work and her fascination with their special properties, benign and deadly. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Literary Festival

Greenway Events Cremes & Chatiments The Delicious and Criminal Recipes of Agatha Christie 16 & 17 September, 11am - 1pm Twilight Tours & Readings of First Editions 16 September 6pm - 9pm John Curran's Literary Dinner 17 September, 8pm - 10.30pm The Greenway Ball 19 September, 7pm - midnight To book tickets for Greenway events, please visit www.agathachristiefestival.com except for John Curran Literary Dinner, which must be booked direct with Greenway on 01803 842382.

More for Local Residents Following in Christie's Footsteps.. In a move which could give a start to the NEXT famous author from Torquay, the festival is working with Torre Abbey’s Learning Officer, Dee Martin, and Andrea Medway, the Young People's Services Librarian at Torquay Library, on a series of creative writing workshops for pupils from the Shiphay, Oldway, Priory and Tower House primary schools. A selection of the resulting stories will be presented at the festival on the afternoon of Friday 18th September, alongside other work produced by local students.

Local Ambassadors Needed The quest is now underway to find the volunteers who will become the IACF’s equivalent of London 2012’s much-loved and applauded Games Makers. With 10,000 or more people expected to attend the 125th anniversary festival, there’s a need to make each of them feel welcome and well looked after. To find out more, please contact Festival Co-ordinator, Sarah O’Connor by email: Sarah.O'Connor@englishriviera.co.uk

Tickets A single admission price to the Festival hub at Torre Abbey of £7.50 will grant admission to many free attractions including the Book Tent, pop-up performances and daily readings by the festival’s resident company of actor-musicians and an exhibition of previously unpublished photographs from the Christie family’s private collections. To book other ticketed events please visit the website or call the Box Office which is being managed by Torquay Visitor Information Centre. Many events are expected to sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Food to Die For! Students on hospitality and catering courses at South Devon College will get an exciting chance to prove their flair during the festival - planning, preparing and serving a five-course dinner at Torre Abbey on Friday 18 September as part of one of the festival’s highlight events – a Murder Mystery Night, inspired by the Abbey’s dark and dangerous history and combining the traditional format of a detection game with the very best of walkabout theatre.


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Oliver Heaviside Local Visionary

Oliver Heaviside was a world-class mathematician and scientist. There is a blue plaque at his former home in Palace Avenue Paignton (now Barclays Bank) and his memorial at Colley End Road Cemetery has become a place of pilgrimage for scientists. Alan Heather of Torbay Civic Society tells us more.


orn in the slums of London on May 13 1850, Oliver, a studious boy, contracted scarlet fever when young and was forever hampered by deafness. On leaving school at age 16 he was already able to understand both Morse code and languages. His first permanent job was as a telegraph operator in Denmark. He was plagued by poor health throughout his life with deafness and bouts of jaundice and this may be why Oliver remained reclusive and a bachelor. Nevertheless, he became an exceptional scientist and even a visionary. His controversial theories were later proved, making him one of the greatest mathematicians of the early 20th century. In 1837, his uncle Charles Wheatstone in conjunction with W.F.Cooke, had patented the Electrical Network for Measuring Resistance and by 1872 had invented the Wheatstone bridge. Oliver’s first academic paper, Comparing Electromotive Forces was published in 1871 after returning from Denmark to come and work with the Great Northern Telegraph Company (GNT), then dealing with overseas telephonic traffic. In 1873, a second Heaviside paper attracted another scientist James Maxwell, who like Wheatstone had studied electricity


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and magnetism. Maxwell incorporated Oliver’s theories into his next edition of Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. This drew another brilliant scientist and physicist, George Fitzgerald to write, “Maxwell’s treatise is cumbered with debris of his brilliant lines of assault, of his entrenched camps, of his battles…(yet) Heaviside has cleared these away, and opened up a direct route…” It was Guglielmo Marconi that eventually tested Heaviside’s theories in 1901 when successfully sending the first ever radio signals across the Atlantic to America. Marconi never understood quite how this could occur although Heaviside speculated wireless waves might cope with the curvature of the earth if they were ‘caught’ by something in the upper atmosphere. That theory was incorporated in the tenth edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1902 and later it was proved that a layer of ionised particles existed in the upper atmosphere. The proof came just one year before Oliver’s death. The alternating current of electricity was commercially established 15 years before Heaviside would formally establish an ordinary symbolic method of alternating current circuits (AC) in 1892, which are still in use today. But having resigned from the GNT Company, Heaviside continued his research and later suggested that metallic circuits were guides, rather than conductors of AC current. It had been between 1880 and 1887 that he developed an operational form of calculus, which is used in pure mathematics today. Now he suggested that induction coils should be inserted into long distance telephone lines and applied telegraphy circuits, which turned out to be another success that still applies today. Oliver even enhanced our knowledge of the relationship of the sun and earth as being a correlation of electromagnetism with gravitation. Today the Oliver Heaviside name is most associated with his earliest theory about radio waves englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


In June 1889, Heaviside together with his parents came to reside at Palace Avenue and the earth’s curvature, his name intrinsically linked to the phenomenon, The Kennelly-Heaviside Layer (off which radio signals are reflected). This was a joint recognition as Arthur Kennelly of Harvard had made a similar prediction in America. The eminent mathematician Edmund Whittaker described Oliver Heaviside’s operational calculus as one of the three most important discoveries of the late 19th century and therefore it was not surprising that Heaviside was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891, before a further honour came, being made the first recipient of the Faraday Medal from the Institution of Electrical Engineers. In June 1889, Heaviside together with his parents came to reside at Palace Avenue and after their death he moved to Newton Abbot where he lived alone. His final move came when returning to Torbay to reside in Torquay nearer his brother. He eventually spent twenty-six years in Devon and yet was always the odd englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

man out at any family reunion, being noted as seemingly unhappy and unsociable. In Newton Abbot however, people often saw him out cycling while continuing to live a self-imposed, hermit-like existence. He published his first volume of research on electromagnetic theory in 1893 with a second volume in 1899 and a third in 1912. The final fourth volume was published after his death. Oliver, who died from chronic prostatic enlargement, was found unconscious at his home at Highfield, Lower Warberry Road, Torquay and later this scientific genius died in a local nursing home on February 3rd 1925 age 74. He lies still in the family grave in Colley End Road Cemetery, Paignton. The headstone was refurbished and restored by The University of Newcastle in 2014; the grave had become a place of pilgrimage for a scientist with craters of the Moon and Mars having been named after him. o oliverheaviside.com torbaycivicsociety.co.uk August/September 2015


Although originating in the 1990s bouldering is still one of the fastest growing adventure and fitness sports available. Julian Rees drops in to Torquay’s Boulder Bunker to Give It A Go!


ocated in Torquay, just opposite the police station in problems from novice to expert standard. The problems are South Street, is The Boulder Bunker. The brainchild reset every six weeks to ensure the challenge is ongoing with of directors Polly Coaker and Matt Glover, the guest ‘setters’ from other centres creating the expert circuits. bunker was constructed over a period of three months and Although specialist climbing shoes are available for although only having been going a short time, already has hire, Matt tells me that no equipment is necessary to get over 1000 members. started, just comfortable clothes that allow full movement When I arrive I’m greeted warmly by Matt and as you will probably be using some muscle groups that are Polly. I’m going to join a group of foreign language rarely exercised. students for a one hour session of instruction. Whilst The second room is a warm-up and training we wait, Matt shows me around the bunker and gives facility. It features some standard gym equipment me some background information on the sport. He tells and 10 metres of low traversing wall. Covering me bouldering is a form of rock climbing that can be the remaining walls, plus hanging from the ceiling, done without the aid of ropes or are what look like items from “Think of it as a thousand harnesses. It started when freea medieval torture chamber. different ways to do pull ups!” Matt assures me they’re all for climbers (those who climb without ropes) looked for ways to practise building strength and stamina. techniques safely close to the Not only does bouldering increase ground. It developed as a sport in physical fitness but it also provides its own right as bouldering sites neurological challenges to overcome became popular and climbers started the pain of hanging on! “Think of competing against each other. As the it as a 1000 different ways of doing pull-ups,” Matt tells me. sport grew, indoor facilities started When the group arrives we start to appear in areas where the session in the training room there were no natural boulders. At first these with some very gentle movements were for training purposes only but now they that aim to loosen as many muscles as possible rather than are as popular as outdoor venues for competitions as the stretching particular ones. We try out a variety of apparatus number and type of routes or ‘problems’ that can be created and all spend some time on the traverse wall to get used to artificially is infinite. the handholds and basic movements. After much The Boulder Bunker features two main rooms. The first puffing and panting Matt calls everyone off the is the main bouldering area which is boarded from floor to wall and gives a demonstration that challenges ceiling. Some walls go straight up and others have varying the entire thought process of how to tackle the degrees of overhang. The walls are covered with artificial problems. He points out the relative strengths in our handholds which are grouped by colour for different skill legs and arms and shows us a technique where our upper levels and become progressively more difficult as one limbs remain straight and our legs are used as levers to moves around the room to complete a circuit. There are achieve each move by utilising the bodies largest muscles. levels suitable for very young children and 5 full circuits of This is a real ‘light bulb’ moment and we make our way


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through to the bouldering area with renewed confidence. For the next 45 minutes we make our way around the room tackling the novice problem circuit with varying degrees of success. The highest points are around 15 feet from the floor, which is covered with thick foam matting so there is never a feeling of danger. In fact some of the most challenging situations occur at the beginning of a problem when you are just inches from the floor. After the session, we have a shake down to loosen off any stiff muscles and retire to a soft-seated area for refreshments and a chat where Matt tells me more about bunker life. The facility is used by local school groups as part of PE activities as well as families and individuals of all ages. In addition to climbing for fun there are personal trainers available to aid with fitness and weight loss through bouldering. Matt tells me that amongst the membership are disabled people and people with restricted movement issues who use the walls to challenge their conditions and improve body co-ordination. The bunker also caters for young people with behavioural problems as the level of concentration required means distractions fade into the background. The Boulder Bunker has recently opened a sister site at the Parkfield Centre in Paignton called Up!Climbing. This offers roped climbing indoors. Unlike bouldering, where beginners can get straight on with climbing, this experience requires a level of training first. o

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walk early every morning and often see the sun rise over the sea but it isn’t very often that I see the sun set over the moors as I did as a child growing up in Edginswell. So on a dusky summer’s evening I set out to walk to Gallows Gate, one of the Bay’s highest points, to watch the day come to an end. I chose to walk from Cockington to explore the plethora of ancient bridleways and paths that criss-cross the hills and valleys. The route takes in sections of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail as well the the more modern Geopark Cycle Network. You may find yourself sharing the way with horses, walkers and cyclists but there’s always plenty of room even with summer at its most verdant. You’ll need time for a breather once you reach Gallows Gate as you’ll have climbed a good 100 metres from Cockington. Once the sun sets, it’s all downhill by twilight and before you know it you’ll be at the bar in the Drum Inn enjoying your favourite tipple.o

right. Take in the views of Cockington church and village rooftops nestling in the woods to the left of the path. 2 From here the gravel path follows field boundaries and reveals some panoramic views of the countryside all the way to the coast with London Bridge prominent in the distance. 3 At this T-junction take the path uphill. After another fall and rise the path enters Conqueror Wood, an area of woodland planted in 2005 as part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and also home toTorquay’s woodland burial site. 4 Gallows Gate picnic area is at the top of the path and offers views over Kingskerswell and towards the moors. Retrace your steps back to the T-junction and downhill another 100 metres to a junction of four pathways. 5 Take the right turn signposted to Cockington Village and follow the bridleway down to Cockington Lane. 6 The bridleway leads on to Cockington Lane which in turn will return you to the village via the Drum Inn.

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Torbay Rambling Club’s 65th Torbay Rambling Club is celebrating its 65th anniversary by recreating the club’s inaugural walk, which originally took place in 1950. Karen Howes tells us more.


orbay Rambling Club was formed in 1950 and Totnes, Exeter, East Devon and North Dartmoor in the is the longest established walking club in South summer. The annual membership is just £7. Devon. 2015 sees them into their ‘golden age’ The group varies their walks in content and distance, all as they celebrate 65 years of walking. Originally, a band interspersed with a social itinerary and there is an online of friends with a mutual love of rambling in Devon, they programme. There are history walks, walks combining walked every two visits to places of interest weeks. Before long and scenic walks. The they realised there was shorter walks are on demand for a regular Wednesdays and there are programme of walks Friday night pub walks in and social events. With high season. Also you will a subscription of 2s 6d, find a few longer walks a committee formed, (12-16 miles) plus a coach the distinctive logo of trip in summer, a beach Bowerman’s Nose on barbeque, presentations Dartmoor was adopted from local historians, and the club was born. sometimes a quiz, a Their inaugural summer meal and the ever walk was in November popular Christmas Party. 1950. In 2015 the Every spring there is a club plans to repeat weekend away; in 2014 it There is no pressure to attend every walk but was Porlock and in 2015 it, with a celebratory walk led by the current many members come regularly, rain or shine, for Salisbury. The club also committee. It will start has conservation events the exercise and the company. in Brixham Central Bus where members work Station at 10.00am on Sunday 22nd November. It will with a Dartmoor Ranger, clearing pathways and lanes on be a circular route of about 7-8 miles and promises to the Moor. However, there is no obligation to participate be a very jolly occasion if the current commitment and in anything more than walking. humour of club members is any indication. All comers are Some of the members undertake charity challenge welcome and 1950s dress is optional! walks, up to 20 miles in distance. This is well beyond the Torbay Rambling Club is friendly and very special. average club walk of 10 miles, but attractive to the young There is an active social programme and most members in mind and limb! You don’t have to be a marathon walker have become close friends. New members are welcomed to join them; they never go beyond the pace of the slowest warmly and invited to join three walks before committing and are always mindful of new members ‘testing their to membership. Members operate a car share arrangement legs.’ Wednesday short walks are the best way to begin. whenever possible. They endeavour to end each walk in The walk leader has a responsibility to ensure walkers a tea shop or occasionally a pub where the group chats, are suitably attired for the terrain and weather; plenty relaxes and plans future events. There is no pressure to within the group will offer advice on the purchase of boots attend every walk but many members come regularly, rain and clothing. New walkers should contact the leader, or shine, for the exercise and the company. In addition to or email the Committee if in doubt. Boots and coats Torbay, walks take place in the South Hams, Dartmoor, must be waterproof and warm enough for cold winds and


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Walking What type of person joins a walking club? Just about anyone! In the Torbay Rambling Club there are folk from a broad range of professions; education, local government, health, business, retail, manual, entertainment and more. The current members are active in other local groups such as the Torbay Film Club, the Civic Society, Torquay Museum, reading groups, Big Noise Chorus, photography, birdwatching, science – even Taekwando and rowing! Some also belong to other walking groups. It’s the friendly atmosphere and network of interests and activities to discover that makes the Torbay Rambling Club unique. sudden changes in the weather. Dartmoor has a unique climate and many walks take place there. Layers are best – it can get warm in the winter if the incline is steep and on the hottest of summer days the breeze on high ground can be cutting. A strong rucksack with sufficient food and drink for the day is essential. The Committee are all appointed democratically at the AGM. It currently comprises a Chairman, Secretary, 2 Walks Co-ordinators, a Programme & IT Developer and two other members, sharing their thoughts and suggestions to organise trips and social events. At the moment the committee includes: John Mellor (Chairman), Hilary Bick (Treasurer), Sue Harwood (Secretary), Karen Howes (Programme and IT Developer), Gail Johnson (Walks Co-ordinator), Jacqui Beevers (Walks Coordinator) and Mandy Lindsay. o

Get in Touch Torbay Rambling Club welcomes new members, just come along for a walk and see how you feel! All details are on their up-to-the-minute website Torbay ramblingclub.org.uk or you can email them at torbayramblingclub@hotmail. com or for the less technically minded - telephone the Chairman, John on 01803 612037 for a friendly chat. The social and walks programmes are available to download, or in hard copy from any Committee Member. One thing’s for sure - you won’t look back ! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Around the Bay Colour Road Rush, Torquay 1 August Celebrate the brand-new South Devon Link Road with this historic experience, a 3K run, jog or walk along the new route whilst being pelted with neon paint! The Colour Road Rush is in aid of Rowcroft Hospice and is open to everyone aged 13 and over of all abilities. Supported by Linden Homes and Galliford Try. Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay, TQ2 5LS 01803 217641 rowcrofthospice.org.uk/roadrush

atmosphere to Dartmouth with a marquee on South Embankment where you can join a sharing table. You can book the whole table or share! Renowned chef Angela Hartnell will join Mitch Tonks to host the party. Time: 12 noon to 4pm. Book online. South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH rockfishevents.co.uk

Geopark Triathlons, Goodrington 2 August Two challenging distances make up the options for the GeoPark Triathlons, which was first staged in 2014. Goodrington Sands, Paignton, TQ4 6LP 07974 243965 geoparkadventure.com

Family Animal Encounters, Occombe 2 August Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust will introduce you to lots of new friends at their Animal Encounters Day. Meet pygmy goats, weird and wonderful reptiles; enjoy pony rides, bouncy castles and lots more. Time: 11am – 4pm, cost: £1.50, booking: not required. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torr-ible Histories Quest, Torre Abbey 3 – 5 August & 10 – 12 August

Optimus Convention, Riviera Centre 1 & 2 August A film and TV convention where you can meet stars from film and television and buy all kinds of film memorabilia to include clothing, replica props, posters and collectable figures. There will also be talks, demonstrations and workshops. Tickets: £10 adult (12 yrs +), £6 child (5 - 11yrs). Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ optimusconvention.com

Into The Blue 1 - 29 August An Open Exhibition featuring 19 artists from Devon and Cornwall. Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW 01803 428626 artizangallery.co.uk

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The Torr-ible Histories Quest will tell the thrilling story of Torre Abbey’s involvement in the Spanish Armada, bringing history to life with all the really nasty gory bits! Featuring beastly battles, starving prisoners and amazing myths, the quest will be packed with quizzes, sketches, music and jokes, as well as mini-dramas and real life reenactments. Suitable for families with children under 14. Time: 1pm – 4pm. The Kings Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE torre-abbey.org.uk

Go Wild Holiday Club Week, Occombe 3 – 7 August & 17 – 21 August Spend a week exploring the wilder side of Occombe with outdoor activities including firecraft and simple campfire cooking, den building down, exploring off the beaten track looking for animal clues, team challenges and more! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink; lunch will be supplemented with campfire goodies. Time 10am – 4pm, cost: £30 per child per day or £96 per week, age range: 8 – 12 years, booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Torbay Lifeboat Week, Brixham 3 – 9 August Torbay Lifeboat Station based in Brixham close to the famous Breakwater becomes the centre of a series of events planned by the local volunteers and sponsors for the whole family. Torbay Lifeboat Station, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF 01803 854785 torbaylifeboat.co.uk

Mosaics for Beginners, Cockington 4 August, 1 September This exciting one-day workshop offers the opportunity to create your own mosaic in the relaxed, creative environment of Cockington Craft Centre. Over the course of the day you will translate your own designs into mosaic and master the basic skills needed to apply a variety of media including tesserae and reclaimed materials. Time: 10am - 4pm, cost: £85. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

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Why not try an exciting Fish Market Tour this year? You will be guided around by Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents, who has years of experience in the fish trade. After the tour the group will head off to Shipmates for an English breakfast. Cost: £12.50 includes tour, breakfast and a donation to Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Start time: 6am sharp. Unsuitable for under 14s or wheelchairs. Booking essential. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW 07973 297620 or email bfmt2014@gmail.com

Meet the Occombe Bees 6 & 20 August Meet Occombe bee keeper Gerry Stuart and find out about these incredibly fascinating insects. Get close up to the bees and discover how far a bee can travel? How much honey they can produce and what is the bee waggle dance? Time: Drop in 1- 3pm, cost £2.50, no booking needed. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Hot House Four, Brixham 7 & 17 August, 28 September

Join in a traditional Old English Village fair in the beautiful and historical village of Cockington. Time: 10am – 4pm. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Jazz café at The Smugglers and Pirates welcome back the Hot House Four, jumping jazz at its best. Dinner: 2 courses £14.95, 3 courses £17.95 to include a glass of house wine. Booking essential. The Quay, Harbourside, Brixham TQ5 9TF 01803 855658 smugglersandpirates.co.uk

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Enjoy some furious snail racing as part of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ at Coleton Fishacre this summer. There will be races throughout the afternoon for children to try their luck at this classic garden game. National Trust countryside rangers will help competitors to carefully find snails in the garden and after racing each child will get a new sticker for their ‘50 things’ scrapbook. Ideal for groups, children and dogs on leads are welcome. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

A wonderful opportunity to explore exciting ways of making marks on glass through drill engraving, one of the easiest styles of glass engraving. This technique involves the use of a small hand held drill engraver, which carves lines into the surface of the glass. Course includes all materials and use of equipment plus tea, coffee and biscuits. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost £85, suitable for 16 years plus. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Brixham Fish Market Tours 5, 12, 19, 26 August & 2, 9 ,16, 30 September englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Paignton Regatta 8 – 16 August Paignton Regatta is a good old-fashioned week of traditional seaside fun, mainly taking place on and around Paignton Green. Fireworks on 11 August. Paignton Green, Paignton, TQ4 6ED paigntonregatta.blogspot.co.uk August/September 2015


Family Fun Dog Show, Berry Head 8 August Join friends, family and furry loved ones for a fun filled day with the Friends of Berry Head. No advance booking required, turn up on the day and enter your dog for just £1 per class, with prizes and rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Gun dog and agility demonstrations, face painting, cake sales, tombola, childrens activities and local demonstration stalls. All proceeds towards replacing the Guillemot Colony cliff surveillance camera. Time: 11am – 1pm, cost: free but £1 per class entry for dogs. 01803 882619 countryside-trust.org.uk

Seabirds & Paella, Berry Head 8 August Learn more about seawatching and migrating seabirds, for keen birdwatchers. Trawlers regularly return from a day’s fishing in Lyme Bay during the evening sometimes with flocks of seabirds following them. Skuas, Shearwaters and Terns are all likely to be found among the gulls but identification can be tricky and local expert Mike Langman will pass on some of his 40 years’ experience of watching seabirds and indeed marine wildlife including the resident Harbour porpoises. Ticket includes a delicious paella, plus pudding and a cold drink at the Guardhouse Café. Time: 4.30pm – 8.30pm, cost: £19, booking essential. 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Paignton’s Big Day Out 8 August This will be the fourth year for this successful event; a free family fun day in Palace Avenue Gardens with singers and entertainment plus refreshments and local food stalls. It’s a great day to be enjoyed the sunshine while being entertained. Palace Avenue Gardens, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HB 01803 212270 torbaytowns.co.uk

Lupton House 1940s Weekend 8 & 9 August Lupton House is a grade 2 listed building nestled in the beautiful Devon countryside just outside Brixham. The 1940s weekend aims to show off the many heritage features that still remain in the house and gardens, as well as showing the important role Lupton House played in WW2 and in particular the D-Day landings of 1944. Enjoy period vintage cars and motorcycles military vehicles and living history displays, vintage fair ground rides, steam engines, local crafts and trade stalls, model exhibitions, tea 48

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room and much more. Time: 10am – 5pm. Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0LD 01803 852608 lupton1940sweekend.co.uk

Beat the Tide 9 August Come along to Paignton beach for Beat the Tide Competition! Teams have to build a sandcastle and then stand on it as the tide comes in. The last team standing is the winner. The sand hills this year are going to be bigger and better. Paignton Seafront, Paignton TQ4 6BW 07786 040808 facebook.com/Battlethetide

Acrylic Painting Course, Cockington 10 & 11 August, 19 & 20 September The day will begin in the studio where your tutor Melanie Beer will demonstrate methods of composition, colour mixing and perspective. The group will paint direct from the landscape, (weather permitting) and in the studio from still life. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £85 includes use of paints, brushes and a canvas to take home plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Suitable beginners to intermediates and 16 years plus. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Kids Learn to Snorkel, Goodrington 10 August Join this snorkel adventure and spot colourful fish, cheeky crabs and stunning starfish! Children will be given an introductory training session on safe snorkelling, then instructors will be with them throughout the session as they master the basics of using a mask and snorkel. Participants should be water confident and able to swim two lengths of a pool. Equipment provided. Adult must accompany child (from shore is fine). Cost: £12 (minimum age 8 years), booking essential. 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

What’s On Pond Dipping, Coleton Fishacre 12 August Join the countryside rangers at Coleton Fishacre to find some pond wildlife as part of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’. Budding explorers can drop by and try their hand at pond-dipping. Throughout the afternoon the rangers will be looking for newts, water beetles and other underwater creatures. No booking, normal admission charges apply. Dogs on leads welcome. 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Scarecrow Competition, Occombe 14 August Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust on the farm and take part in a family scarecrow challenge! There will be a prize for the most imaginative and humourous scarecrows and also the chance to make your very own mini scarecrow to take home. Time: 10am – 12 noon, cost £3.50 per scarecrow entry (up to 4 family members per entry), booking essential, scarecrow frame and clothes provided but bring extra items to make your scarecrow special! Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Comedy in the Barn, Occombe 14 August Get your friends together and come along to a comedy night in the barn! Not only will you get to belly laugh at some of the country’s best touring comedians, but you’ll also get a delicious BBQ dinner included in the price and the bar will be well and truly open! Time: 7.30pm, cost £20, booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Bat Walk, Berry Head 14 August A unique opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head. The event will begin by observing the bats in their roost using the Visitor Centre camera. Then the group will take a walk, looking at how cows help to feed the bats, before watching the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost – tuning in with bat detectors to hear their calls. Cost: £5 adult, £3.50 child. Berry Head Visitor Centre, Berry Head, Brixham, TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

NCI 10th Anniversary Open Weekend, Froward Point englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

15 & 16 August The public are invited to come and see what the National Coastwatch Institution watchkeepers do, how they do it (and have a go at doing it themselves). Froward Point is at the east side of the mouth of the river Dart and is accessible via a track from the Brownstone car park past the Daymark. Light refreshments will be available and there will be a free shuttle service between the National Trust’s Brownstone car park and Froward Point. National Trust Rangers also will be in attendance to support the Froward Point Team as part of their own “Coastal Festival 2015” which celebrates 50 years of the Trust’s fundraising campaign “Enterprise Neptune.” Time 11am - 4pm both days. Froward Point, Coleton, nr Kingwear nci-frowardpoint.org.uk

Paignton Harbour Festival Day 15 August Paignton Harbour’s very first festival consisting of the history of seafood and the people from the gem of Torbay. Celebrate the harbour’s history and traditions with family fun, food demonstrations, stalls and craft demonstrations. The Harbour, Paignton TQ4 6DT paigntonharbourday@gmail.com

Children’s Week, Paignton 17 – 22 August There’ll be fun and entertainment for all the family as Torbay Children’s Week returns to Paignton Green. Enjoy a packed programme of performances, workshops and events throughout the week. The majority will be free, however, some have a small charge. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6BG 01803 208861 childrensweek.co.uk

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What’s On slimy anemones and speedy prawns in the rockpools at Middlestone. Two sessions are available to book. Times: 11am – 1pm and 1pm – 3pm, cost £3.50, children must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential. Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington, TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Hill Rolling, Coleton Fishacre 19 August Drop by for a riotous afternoon of hill rolling as part of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ fun this summer. Have you ever rolled down a really big hill? Here’s your chance to try in a beautiful spot overlooking the sea at Coleton Fishacre. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife and pirates! Normal admission charges apply, booking not needed, dogs on leads welcome. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Brixham Regatta 21 – 23 August Come and visit the historical port of Brixham and see it as its very best during Regatta Time. The Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8AW 01803 853322 brixhamyachtclub.com

Sketchbook Tour, Cockington 22 August & 8 September Your tutor Melanie Beer will guide you through this award winning Country Park and share tips and techniques on recording your impressions in a sketchbook. Throughout the day you will learn methods of composition, perspective and creating tone and contrast. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £65, suitable for 16 yrs and over. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA cockingtoncourt.org

Queen Victoria Weekend, St Marychurch 22 & 23 August Queen Victoria will be paying Bygones a visit to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee here in 1897. Search for details of important events and prominent Victorians hidden in our shops and rooms. Find them all to claim your Victorian souvenir. Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Savoir Faire Continental Market, Torquay 22 – 26 August Enjoy French charcuterie, Dutch and French cheeses, Spanish paella, Italian confectionery and a great variety of fresh and dried garlic, seasonal vegetables, fruit and much more. Princess Gardens, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ 0845 6490120

Stone Age School, Kents Cavern 22 August & 19 September Come along to Stone Age School events and leave with what you have made an a badge confirming your new Stone Age skill. Times: 10am – 12 noon, 2pm – 4pm, ages: 6 – 12 years, booking essential, children must be accompanied by an adult. 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Visit of Ocean Majesty, Torquay 22 August Look out for a big ship when the cruise liner Ocean Majesty visits Tor Bay. Torquay, TQ2 5SW 01803 292429

NCI Torbay Station Raft Race & Summer Fair, Paignton 23 August National Coastwatch Institution Torbay Station and Friends of Torbay NCI are organising a Raft Race and Summer Fair on Paignton’s South Beach. The race will commence from Paignton slipway harbourend, taking a complete circuit towards the pier and back round marker buoys. A cup will be presented to the winners. Racing 10.30am to 2.30pm, fair 10.00am 4.00pm, booking by 6 July, raft race entry: £50 per raft. Paignton South Beach, Seafront, Paignton TQ4 6AG 01803 411145 torbaynci.org.uk

Adult Snorkelling Safari, Goodrington 24 August Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust Marine Rangers for a very special guided tour of Tor Bay’s Marine Conservation Zone - one of only 27 in the country. See beautiful marine life up close including tompot blennies, wrasse, anemones and the occasional spider crab! Discover more about the local marine life and before you head into the water you will be given a session on safe snorkelling with fully qualified BSAC snorkel instructors. As part of the session you will be given a free marine life August/September 2015


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Quayside Explorer, Beacon Cove 24 & 25 August The Community Seagrass Initiative will use an underwater robot to make the underwater seagrass habitats accessible to all. High definition footage will be streamed live from a camera mounted on a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to a video screen back on dry land in the CSI ROV marquee. Conducted by CSI Project Officer for Torbay, Rachel Cole. Torquay TQ1 2BG national-aquarium.co.uk

Wild Coasts Week, Living Coasts 24 – 28 August This summer playscheme is designed for children from 8 – 12 years and runs for the whole week. It includes activities such as rockpool fun, visit to Paignton Zoo, treasure hunt, penguin playtime, sand sculptures and more. Times: 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Early birds and late leavers sessions are also available at an additional cost. Early Birds 8.30 – 10.00am, late leavers 4pm – 5.30pm (Both include a drink and snack). Cost: £110 per child, £100 per child for members or 2nd child in family. Beacon Quay, Torquay Habourside, TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Chamber Philharmonia, Torquay 25 August Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. The popularity of the ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with these exceptionally talented musicians. Tickets available Visitor Information Centre, Torquay Harbourside. St John’s Church, Montpellier Road, Torquay TQ1 1BJ 01803 293926 www.kpk-info.de englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Kids Go Wild in the Woods, Occombe 25 August Explore the wilder side of Occombe with a day of fun, outdoor activities including firecraft and simple campfire cooking, den building down in the woods, exploring off the beaten track looking for animal clues, team challenges and more! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink; lunch will be supplemented with campfire goodies including marshmallows and popcorn. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £30, age range 7 – 12 years, booking essential, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Dine by the Dart, Greenway 28 August, 25 September Enjoy a celebration of local produce and fine dining at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home by the River Dart. Following a tour, enjoy a 3 course dinner in the cosy House Kitchen. Time: 6 – 9pm, cost: £32.50, booking essential. Greenway Road, Galmpton, nr Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Riviera Fringe Festival, Torquay 29 & 30 August The Riviera Fringe Festival is an entertainment and art festival featuring comedians, music and dance of all styles and many different cultures, drama, family shows, magic, street theatre, acrobats, jugglers, art exhibitions and more. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ rivierafringe.co.uk

Geoswim, Goodrington 30 August Enjoy some Geopark bay swimming. There are three distances on offer to challenge your spirit of adventure, 1, 3 or 5km. Spectators will be able to cheer on every stroke from the spectator promenade on North Beach. Registration will be from 9 to 10.30am on South Beach. Race starts 11am. Wetsuits recommended. Goodrington Sands, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6LP 07974 243965 geoparkadventure.com August/September 2015


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What’s On Supper with the Seals, Living Coasts 2 September Come along after hours for an exclusive opportunity to learn all about Living Coasts’ seals. Help their keepers with feeding time and enjoy talks on how they care for seals here and out in the wild. Mini portions of fish and chips included. Time: 6 – 8pm, cost: £15 non-members, £13 members, booking essential. Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbourside, TQ1 2BG 0844 474 3366 livingcoasts.org.uk

Torbay Sea Angling Festival 4 – 13 September This is the 47th annual Shore and Boat event. Prizes for ladies, gents, juniors and visitors. Free entry for Juniors (under 16s). Various locations across the English Riviera. 01752 895872 torbayfishingfestival.com

Brixham Folk Club 4 September Organised by Steve Gill with Maggie Duffy and John Miles. Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Occombe Cider Festival, Paignton 5 September Celebrate the wonderful world of cider at the second Cider Festival to be held at Occombe Farm. Enjoy tasting a wide range of ciders and perries from around the country, including Bays, Hunts and Sheppy’s ciders. There’s also a great programme of live music. Tickets: £12.50, over 18s only. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Preston, Paignton, TQ3 1RN englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Fishstock Brixham 5 September

This award winning festival celebrates the fishing heritage of this picturesque and quaint fishing port, which has the highest value catch in the country. The seafood show runs all day and the musical entertainment continues throughout the evening. A real hit for the whole family, thousands of visitors regularly enjoy tasting the delicious seafood and marvel at the live theatre cooking demonstrations with some of the English Riviera’s most famous chefs. There’s a big music stage with a vibrant programme of live entertainment, visits to working fishing trawlers and heritage vessels on the quayside plus lots of fun activities for the children. There will be local food and drink producers, a wide range of maritime display stands and lots of fascinating insights into the marine environment. The event is held in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission, which overlooks the Fish Market. There will be expert demonstrations; watch fishmongers and chefs prepare and cook fresh Brixham fish. Buy and try! Sample some of the ocean’s bounty with the finest of South West food and drink. Tickets: Adults £6, under 16s free. Brixham Quay, New Quay Lane, Brixham TQ5 8AJ 07860 542071 fishstockbrixham.co.uk

And Then There Was Art 5 – 19 September An exhibition dedicated to the life of Agatha Christie featuring work from a number of artists. Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW 01803 428626 artizangallery.co.uk

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Coleton Fishacre 6 September Step back in time with this celebration of the 1920s. Sip cocktails as the jazz band perform from the Loggia and soak up the magnificent surroundings on this special evening of elegance and music. Time: 7.30 – 10pm, cost £20, booking essential. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre August/September 2015


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What’s On Harvest Celebration, Galmpton 6 September

Torbay Sky Ride, Paignton 13 September

A village community day that warmly welcomes visitors from far and wide and includes four Open Shows: Flower Show, Vegetable Show, Craft Show and Cooks’ Show (Kids’ classes in the Craft and Cooks’ Shows). There will also be cookery, handicraft and rural skills demonstrations, a floral art exhibition, plant and pantry stalls plus music and dance, entertainment and refreshments. Galmpton Village Centre 01803 844103

Free mass participation ride for the whole family along the traffic free Torbay Velopark. Certificates awarded for laps completed. Bike, helmet and baby trailer hire available. Free hi-viz tabard for all riders. Torbay Velopark, Penwill Way, Paignton TQ4 5JR 01803 782732 goskyride.com

Oil Painting Outdoors, Cockington 12 September Starting the day in the studio using a limited palette you will learn the various skills necessary to try your hand at painting outdoors in one sitting. You will practice mixing colours from a limited palette, underpainting and various other tips. Weather permitting you will then practice what you have learnt by painting outside in the afternoon. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £85, recommended age 16+. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 07514 586390 cockingtoncourt.org

Rock the Bay, Living Coasts 12 September Enjoy an evening of great music in a very special location with headline band, These Reigning Days. Rock the Bay is a charity event for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Tickets: £20 to include hot pork roll and salad (veggie alternative). Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366 livingcoasts.org.uk

The Colour Rush, Paignton 12 September The Colour Rush is in aid of Rowcroft Hospice and starts with a fun, 5K paint-run. You can walk, run or jog the course and prepare to be pelted in powder paints from head to toe. Runners are also invited to the exclusive Colour Rush after-party at Paignton Green. This is a festival-style live music event with bands and acoustic acts performing across two stages. The line up will include some rising national acts including Treetop Flyers, Lonely the Brave and headliners, UK rock band, We Are The Ocean who are currently touring across Europe with Muse. Time: 1pm, tickets £25. Paignton Green, Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6BG thecolourrush.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

DAAT One Mile Swim, Broadsands 13 September Swim it for our lifesaving helicopters and our surf lifesavers; this event is in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Torbay Surf Lifesavers Club. The one-mile swim starts and ends at beautiful Broadsands Beach. Give it a go! Time: 2 – 5pm, cost: £20 entry fee. Broadsands Beach, Brunel Road, Paignton TQ4 6HY 01392 466666 daat.org

Bread Making for Beginners, Occombe 13 September Learn the essentials of bread making and discover how quick and easy producing delicious loaves of this everyday food staple can be. You will become hands-on in the bread making process. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £75 (includes lunch), booking essential. Occombe Farm Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN

Whiterock Primary School Festival of Learning 19 September To celebrate the opening of the school’s major extension the Festival will include hands-on activities, cookery demonstrations, the school’s choir and cheerleaders, live music from South Devon College, local bands, Holly Morwenna and a mystery celebrity guest. A great event for the whole community to get involved in the school’s regeneration.

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What’s On Acrylic Painting Course, Cockington Court 19 & 20 September This adventurous one or two day course will highlight the flexible nature of painting with acrylics. You will learn methods of composition, colour mixing and perspective. The group will paint direct from the landscape, (weather permitting) and in the studio from still life. Course: One or two days, time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £85 for 1 day or £135 for two consecutive days. Suitable beginner to intermediate and 16 years plus. Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Red Panda Day, Paignton Zoo 19 September

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Jam & Chutney Making, Coleton Fishacre 27 September Learn from a cookery expert how to make homemade preserves on the Aga in the 1920s kitchen at Coleton Fishacre. There will be coffee and homemade scones to sample with some of the preserves and also a jar to take home. Time: 5.30pm, tickets: £12, booking essential, normal admission charges apply. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

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Cider Making Workshop, Occombe 27 September

Big Beach Clean Weekend, Beacon Cove 19 & 20 September Join Living Coasts at Beacon Cove for our Big Beach Clean Weekend! Help to keep our shores clean, discover the marine creatures that live in our waters and take part in a variety of activities that will keep all the family entertained. Time: 10am – 2pm each day, free to attend. Beacon Cove, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366 livingcoasts.org.uk

Wild Forage, Greenway 26 September Join Greenway’s Head Gardener Simon (author of The Good Gardener) for a walk on the wild side. Discover which plants are suitable for harvesting and cooking on the beautiful Greenway estate. Time: 2pm, tickets: £3, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick SOUL LEGENDS 30 AUGUST Enjoy the voice of Rose Royce Gwen Dickey, as she performs Car Wash, Wishing on a Star and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Joining Rose is a huge, all-star cast of talented singers and musicians who will bring to life the hits by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and many more.

Also worth seeing… Starlight – on till 21 October (Tues, Wed) Music of the Night – on till 1 October (Thurs) palace Theatre, paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick BROADWAY SpECTACULAR 30 AUGUST Experience the sights and sounds of New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, bringing you a selection of songs including Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, The Jersey Boys, Rock Of Ages, Chicago, Cats, Mamma Mia, Joseph, The Bodyguard, Singing In The Rain, Copacabana and Mary Poppins.

Also worth seeing… Survivors of the Titanic 18 September The Hollow 14 – 17 September Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick BEST OF pHIL COLLINS 18 September

And Finally... Phil Collins, returns with The Best of Phil Collins tour (part 2). One of the UK’s leading tribute shows.

Also worth seeing… Here Comes Summer – 24 August Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick LOVE FROM A STRANGER 7 – 12 SEpTEMBER 60

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Cecily Harrington impulsively abandons her fiancé to marry a romantic stranger, Bruce Lovell. However, Lovell is not all he seems and Cecily is in grave danger – how will she escape? A TOADS season production.

Also worth seeing… The 39 Steps 3 – 15 August

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick NT LIVE THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM 3 SEpTEMBER A live screening of George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash. The Beaux are Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield where they aim to marry for money.

Also worth seeing… ROH LIVE Romeo & Juliet 22 – 27 September princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick THE FULL MONTY 21 – 26 SEpTEMBER Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation of his classic film, about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, opened to rave reviews with songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

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Also worth seeing… Emma 12 August

Cockington Court Box Office 01803 607230 Editor’s pick THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE 8 AUGUST Illyria returns with another classic staged on the front lawn at Cockington Court. The performance will be full of larger-than-life characters and many chances to join in!

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Summer Eating Latin American Style Latest in the collection of new restaurants to have opened within the prestigious Abbey Sands development in Torquay is Las Iguanas. This has a true Latin American vibe and the slogan on the menu reads, “Food is a Latin passion, as important as love, music and the sun.” Service was excellent and my husband, a non-drinker was pleasantly surprised by the choice of non-alcoholic cocktails. Once refreshed, we chose a Taco Sharing Tray with such delights as lamb braised in mint, tomato & chipotle and roasted coconut Butternut squash. These were all good. For our main courses I chose the XinXim, a very enjoyable Brazilian crayfish and lime chicken dish and my husband chose the Cordero, glazed lamb with a particularly delicious tangerine, chilli and herb salsa. We had no room for pudding but there were some yummy looking choices. Recommended for a relaxed summer meal. iguanas.co.uk If you’ve got a favourite recipe you’d like to share, drop us a line facebook.com/englishrivieramag or email editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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A Day by River and Sea Margaret and Chris Powling visit Teignmouth and Shaldon.


‘castle’ where once Mrs Homeyard entertained friends to seaman returning from Newfoundland with this tea, are views through broad-leaf deciduous and conifer cargo of salted cod a hundred and fifty years trees to the River Teign estuary. ago must have scanned the coastline for sight Our stroll down winding lanes takes us to Marine of the Ness headland just as the yachtsman does today.” Parade, which runs parallel to the river beach where, in Words recently written, but which clearly combine the August each year, the five-day regatta is held. Further twin industries of Teignmouth and Shaldon: fishing and along, the Strand is where the Newfoundland Fishing shipbuilding. For the seaman returning from the Grand Company built houses to accommodate their fishermen Banks off Newfoundland with his salted cod, the Ness or and their families, each one being allocated a small portion ‘nose’ which juts out into Lyme Bay would not only have of beach on which to store boats been a welcome sight but also a The trees which now cover its slopes and nets. Today these have been barren red cliff; the trees which now cover its slopes were planted in were planted in 1863 to celebrate transformed into attractive, individual gardens. Behind the 1863 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee Clock Tower War Memorial is Silver Jubilee. the very heart of Shaldon, the village green, once used as And it is among trees that our day begins, in Homeyards a drying area for fishing nets, surrounded by elegant 18th Botanical Garden. This small park on a hillside above and early 19th century houses where wealthy traders and Shaldon village was constructed in the late 1920s/early ships’ captains once lived. 1930s by garden designer William Sears and landscape We make our way to the river beach to await the ferry architect Thomas Ryder for Mrs Maria ‘Laetitia’ Kempe boat that will take us across the estuary (geologically a ria, Homeyard, the widow of William Homeyard. He had a coastal inlet formed by the partial submergence of an made his fortune as an inventor and as the manufacturer unglaciated river valley) to Teignmouth, its black and white of a cough mixture still in production today. I will leave design emulating the great galleons of the first Elizabethan you to work out its name, for on his gravestone in St era and which has remained unaltered save for the addition Nicholas’ churchyard in nearby Ringmore are the letters of a motor in 1909. Ten minutes later we step ashore at ATURFIUQIL, that very mixture spelt backwards. From Morgan’s Quay, named to honour Francis Charles Morganthis small park, with its pond, rill, and a romantic folly


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Giles (1883-1964) and the boat building yard he founded which formerly occupied this site. Reassuringly close by is the RNLI Lifeboat Station, an expedient reminder of that most volatile of elements. Teignmouth has been a port since the 13th century, second only in Devon to Dartmouth. But it was during


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with diverse handsome delightful buildings” it was where naval officers chose to settle and where they built fine houses for their wives and children. Fortuitously, as the Newfoundland fisheries declined, so tourism arose and by 1803 Teignmouth was described as a “fashionable watering place.” After lunch at an excellent fish restaurant with views upstream across the Salty to Shaldon Bridge, we stroll along Teignmouth’s spacious promenade, past the Victorian pier and ice-cream kiosks, towards the Teign Heritage

Centre, home to the Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum. The original museum, housed in an 18th century building, was given a £1.1 million transformation thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and various other institutions, supporters, and individual donors, and opened in May 2011. This award-winning building boasts not only interesting permanent galleries designed to appeal both to adults and to children but also has a roof terrace, a small shop, and a dedicated research area and archive room. Exhibits include a restored bathing machine and

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Places items from the nearby Haldon aerodrome, plus footage of the Beatles’ visit to the town in 1967 when they stayed for just one night at the Royal Hotel at the start of filming The Magical Mystery Tour. We retrace our steps to The Triangle, a pedestrian precinct, where herring gulls are cooling themselves in

the water of the ornamental fountain, and tables outside several cafes and bistros offer welcome shade under summer awnings. We decide to stop here and indulge ourselves in afternoon tea (clotted cream on the scones before the jam in Devon!) Once replete, we return to the ferry and our journey home. o

A Little History In the early hours of the 26th July 1690 and buoyed up by victory over the English and the Dutch in the Battle of Beachy Head, French warships sailed the relatively short distance along the coast and attacked Teignmouth. In the early hours, cannon balls fell upon the town followed by a raiding party of a thousand soldiers. Having been forewarned, the inhabitants gathered their belongings and fled to Haldon Hill from where they watched as their houses, fishing boards and nets burned. This was the last invasion of mainland Britain. A petition from the community resulted in William III issuing an appeal, which was read in 10,000 parish churches across the land and Teignmouth has the rare distinction of having been rebuilt by national subscription. Further reading: History of Teignmouth by Grace Griffiths. A Guide to Shaldon published by the Shaldon 1785 Committee englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Julian Rees catches up with members of Torquay-based charity the Disabled Sailing Association at the recent Solitaire du Figaro event where they are providing Try Sailing opportunities under the RYA Sailability scheme.


this year that was subsequently named Free Spirit and meet Dave Musgrove, chairman of the Disabled Sailing Association (DSA), at Beacon Quay and after commissioned on 11 July by the charity’s patron the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG. The new yacht was chosen a few minutes of conversation I learn that Dave, because it features a swimming platform on its stern who started sailing at the age of eight and lost his sight that doubles as a loading ramp allowing direct access for at 20, has led an extraordinary life. As well as having wheelchairs without having to use the charity’s pontoona successful business career in personnel, Dave was a champion blind water skier for 35 years. He has also run mounted hoist. The cockpit is also very spacious allowing more members to sail in comfort and security. five London Marathons, climbed the 6500m Mera Peak The charity offers sailing experiences to individuals in the Himalayas and met his wife Shirley (the charity’s with a range of disabilities both medical and physical. It Membership and Fundraising Secretary) whilst free-fall parachuting. Dave jokes that it was altitude sickness that actively encourages carers and family members to come along too so the experience can be shared and benefits as brought them together! many people as possible. Trips are usually between four Retiring to Torquay at the age of 60, he got together and five hours around the Bay but on occasion go further with a small group of friends and fellow sailors to set up afield, even crossing the channel to France and to the the DSA as a registered charity and limited company. Channel Islands, to give members the experience of life By March of 2006 the charity was up and running and afloat. Both yachts also took purchased its first boat, a 20ft The charity is staffed by a wholly part in this year’s Eddystone Felicity called Moonshine, unpaid team of 54 volunteer crew, Charity Sailing Pursuit. from local skipper Michael The charity is staffed by Harrison for the princely sum 18 skippers, and local engineers who of 1p. A small lottery grant give up their time to service the boats a wholly unpaid team of 54 volunteer crew, 18 skippers, and local fundraising provided equipment and engines for free and local engineers who give the necessary safety equipment up their time to service the boats’ equipment and engines and mooring fees. The volunteers then set out to share for free. All volunteers start as third crew members and as the thrill and freedom of seagoing sailing with as many well as learning sailing skills they are trained to work with disabled people as possible. disabled people and learn how to maintain the dignity of In June 2007 the charity purchased a second-hand 26ft Westerley Centaur called Sainte Foy, which it had adapted those who require physical assistance. The boats are crewed on a rota basis and at least two for less ambulant users. However, the charity’s big break crew accompany groups of up to 6 members. The charity came a year later, when in November 2007 it won the Big also works with school groups from around the Bay to Lottery Fund People’s Millions competition. The lottery give disabled children and those with learning disabilities grant paid for a brand new Class A ocean sailing 35ft a sailing experience. Hanse 350 yacht and for the additional work to adapt In 2014 the DSA took over 700 people out to sea and her for wheelchair users as well as other members with is looking to take that figure above and beyond the one disabilities. In 2008 she was officially named Freedom, as thousand mark with its new yacht. chosen by the members and commissioned by HRH The After speaking to Dave, I meet some of the charity’s Princess Royal. 200 members. Jane, who has been a member for nine The charity gained further lottery funding in 2014 years, is unable to drive due to her disability so sailing and took delivery of a second Hanse yacht in April 70

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Charities & Volunteering provides her with essential therapy. She also helps out with navigation and has learnt how to use the yacht’s electronic equipment. Gordon, who first came on board a year ago, enjoys meeting new people and says the sailing has changed his life. He helps with crewing the yacht and over the winter will start training for his Day Skipper award, funded by the charity. I also meet Liz, a member for four years, whose enthusiasm for sailing and her fellow members and volunteers is inspirational. Liz’s legs were damaged in a hitDSA member Liz and-run incident and she still receives regular treatment. The charity has helped her tremendously in coping with her disability and she is always ready to go at the drop of a hat if crew are needed at short notice or there are jobs to be done on board. I’m lucky enough to take a place aboard Free Spirit during the Try Sailing event and experience first hand the positive outcome that sailing on a yacht has on people. Once clear of the harbour and under sail, users are encouraged to get involved, hauling on sheets (that’s ropes to the uninitiated) and steering the yacht. The crew’s enthusiasm is infectious and by the time we return to the berth every passenger is grinning from ear to ear! The charity is affiliated to and accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) under the Sailability scheme and is also supported by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and Torbay Harbour Authority. o

Find out more... If you would like to find out more about sailing experiences or volunteering with the DSA visit disabledsailingassociation.org.uk The charity is always looking for sailing and administrative volunteers, please call 01803 408886 or email secretary@ disabledsailingassociation.org.uk if you can spare a few hours. The ongoing maintenance of two yachts and all the equipment needed to provide this free service is very expensive and the charity would be interested to hear from local businesses in respect to sponsorship opportunities. Call Dave Musgrove on 01803 408886 if you can help.


The Free Spirit naming ceremony at Beacon Quay

Free Spirit on her mooring in Torquay

The team help a user aboard

Julian Rees meets Dave Musgrove (left) and DSA member Gordon at Beacon Quay August/September 2015


Off With Their Heads! Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon brings us tips on deadheading and other seasonal gardening jobs.


s blooms begin to fade you’ll be doing your plants a favour by carefully removing them. This applies mainly to bedding plants, roses, geraniums and sweet peas. However, even plants such as fuchsias will benefit. When deadheading fuchsias why not have nibble? All species of fuchsia have edible seed heads although some are tastier than others. The best tasting is possibly Fuchsia splendens with a citrus/pepper taste that works well in jams. To keep your sweet peas flowering it is important to pick the flowers regularly. Having sweet peas both in the garden and in the house is one of summer’s many delights and possibly the most fragrant. It’s best to pick sweet peas in the early morning or late evening and to plunge the stems up to their necks in clean water. Leave them like this for a few hours before cutting the stems to the length to fit your vase and arranging. Deadheading can be done between finger and thumb or by using secateurs, scissors or purpose made shears.

Lis’s garden includes a wide range of flowering plants but it is the veg patch and greenhouse that receive the most attention. Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained from her father (a professional gardener) from working at Dobies and also from her own trial and error. Storm, the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do! 72

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Tips for Effective Watering • A good water supply is essential for the development of roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruit and at this time of the year, that supply, in the form of rain, may be scarce. In these days of water meters it can be expensive to keep your plants happy and this is where the introduction of a water tank or butt to the garden will help. • Water early in the morning or, better still, in the evening when the sun’s gone down. Less water will be lost through evaporation and the plants will have until the next morning to absorb the water. • Always water thoroughly. A good soaking down to the roots every few days is better for your plants than just teasing them with a small amount every day. • Plants in containers will need more water than those planted direct in the garden. • In very dry weather avoid disturbing the soil around plants as hoeing or weeding will make it lose any moisture it still holds. A great excuse not to weed!

Diary Dates

Tomato Feast This is the time of year when we veg growers get to eat what we’ve sown and grown. Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most rewarding of crops to grow and here are some thoughts on how to best to enjoy your harvest: • Pick your tomatoes regularly to keep the plant fruiting. •Placing banana skins in the greenhouse is believed to help tomatoes to ripen. • It’s best to pick in the late afternoon when the sugar content will be at its highest. • Tomatoes will continue to develop flavour for a few days after having been picked but put them in the fridge and this will kill off the taste. Instead keep in a bowl at room temperature. • If you have a glut of tomatoes then freeze them whole in a bag. Perfect for stews and sauces for pasta or pizza. • Adding a pinch of sea salt to salad tomatoes will bring out even more flavour. • Green tomatoes make wonderful chutney or maybe try frying them. Fried green tomatoes must be good – they named a film after them! Hopefully you won’t have suffered tomato blight this year but if you have then perhaps make a note to try Crimson Crush next year – the world’s first fully blight resistant tomato.

The most important garden tip at this time of the year is to find time to just sit and enjoy what you have created. After all...

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no chance to stand and stare?”

Torquay & District Horticultural Society. 16th September Ali Marshall, Head Gardener at Torre Abbey, will give a light-hearted talk on Agatha Christie’s use of plant poisons and herbal remedies used in her novels. Livermead Cliff Hotel, 7.30pm. Entry free for members & £5 for visitors.

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Claire Woodbine is a nursery woman & artist and this talk illustrates how Pinsla Garden has been created and maintained. It is a romantic garden set in woodland & full of interesting planting, landscaping & sculpture. Livermead House Hotel, 7.30pm. Entry free for members & £5 for visitors. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Cockington Reception Cockington Court held a reception for invited guests from the hotel business and tourism industry to celebrate the opening of their new Visitor Welcome Point and The Gallery. Drinks and canapĂŠs were served and guests enjoyed viewing the Cockington Court site, including craft studio areas, rose garden, kitchen gallery and the wedding ceremony room.

HE Peter Szabadhegy (Hungarian Ambassador in London), Mayor Gordon Oliver, Mate Pesti (Embassy of Hungary, London) and Ben Rhodes (Devon & Cornwall Business Council)

Pauline and John Roberts (Atlantis Holiday Apptmts) and Carolyn Custerson (Chief Executive ERTC)

Kevin Foster MP (Torbay) and Ashley Hoare (Communications Officer, Torbay Council)

Peter Heppa (Head of Creative Arts & Media, South Devon College) and Marissa Wakefield (Centre Director Cockington Court)

Cllr Nicole Amil (Torbay Council) with Paul and Karen Lloyd (Weavers Cottage)

Ben Rhodes (Devon & Cornwall Business Council) and Alan Denby (Director of Economic Strategy, TDA)

Tony Fagan and Simon Storey (Cockington Chocolate & Cockington Court Tea Rooms)

Susan and Sam Pearson (Oak Tag)

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La Solitaire du Figaro – Skippers’ Soiree

Social Diary Jane Anderson, Colleen Smith, Hannah Mattwood and Tor Hammond

After an afternoon’s Pro Am yacht racing around Tor Bay, La Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire held a soiree for invited guests at Torre Abbey. Champagne and canapés were served in the grounds.

Linda Hill, Cllr Nicole Amil, Mayor Gordon Oliver, and Cllr Robert Excell

Bob Penfold (RTYC) and Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

Katharine Bourke, Charles Brook, Julie Wheeler, John Wheeler, Pippa Craddock (Living Coasts) and Samantha Phare

Liz Baker, Alison Bunce, Julian Bunce and Rosemary Bunce

Mike Bishop (Stagecoach), Doreen Bishop, and Ian Garcia (East of Exe)


Kevin Mowat, Deirdre Stewart and Michael Stewart (Harbour Committee Adviser)

Constance Colboc, Alan Roberts, Nick Cherry, Anouk Collette and Jack Bouttel

Sue Penfold, Bob Penfold (Commodore Royal Torbay Yacht Club) and Kristine Williams

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Hospital Expands Mount Stuart Hospital, Torquay, held a turf-cutting ceremony attended by staff past and present to mark the beginning of a ÂŁ4.2million construction investment.

Adam Watts (Finance Manager), Stefan Andrejczuk (RD Ramsay Healthcare), Jeanette Mercer (General Manager), Jenny Stevens (Matron) and Mark Page (Ramsay Healthcare CEO)

Jeanette Mercer and Mark Page (CEO Ramsay Healthcare)

Pamela Gordon (Patient Ambassador) and Stefan Andrejczuk

Charlie Jordan (Health Service Advisor) and Charlotte Startin (Regional Business Development Manager)

Jaci Evans, Berry Bending (longest standing employee at Mount Stuart) and Jenny Stevens (Matron)

Digging Deeper at Kents Cavern Guests were invited to talks by the caves owner Nick Powe on the work of the Kents Cavern Foundation as well as geologists and archaeologists who are currently working on an excavation to uncover a third entrance to the ancient site.

Chris Proctor (Field Director) and Hal Bishop (Torbay Archaeological Officer)


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Phil Stocks (Natural England) Richard and Caroline Haddock, Cllr Nicole Amil and Mayor Gordon Oliver



Armed Forces Day – VIP Reception

Social Diary

A VIP lunch reception was held at The Babbacombe Inn for invited guests prior to the Military Parade at Torbay Armed Forces Day

Capt. Richard Allen (Royal Logistics Corp), Lt. Kate Witham, Commander Steve Henaghen (Dep. Naval Regional Commander Wales & Western England), Brian Cumming MBE (In-Pensioner Royal Hospital Chelsea), Capt. Bob Fancy (Captain (Submarines) Devonport Flotilla) and Maj. Ron Goodwin MBE (Royal British Legion)

Cllr Anne Brooks (Vice Chairman Torbay Council), Mayor Gordon Oliver and Cllr Nicole Amil

Kevin Foster MP, Hazel Noonan and Cllr Mark Kingscote

Phil Allen, Nicky Allen, Patricia Hill and Cllr Ray Hill (Chairman Torbay Council)

Sarah Fancy and Carol Henaghen

Conway Hoare, Sue Cheriton and Peter Coleman

Chris Reynard (Waitrose) and Alicia Coles

Nick Bye, Bernard Page (Plymouth Caving Group) and Brian Johnson (Devon Cave Rescue Organisation)

Chris Proctor and guests at the site of the excavations

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Family Businesses at Torre Abbey The Partners of Francis Clark held a family business event at Torre Abbey in Torquay. Champagne and canapĂŠs were served to invited guests.

Tony Stevens (Handelsbanken), and John Rowe (Francis Clark)

Christine Raymond and Laurence Murrell (both TLH)

Rose Colomb, Richard and Sue Vaughton (Discovery Holiday Homes)

Steve Reynolds (Barclays Bank), James Twigger (Francis Clark), and Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine)

Les Burnett (Managing Partner, Francis Clark), Hazel and Tony Bale (Bale Group)

Scott Bentley (Francis Clark), Lesley and Michael Jeavons (Beverley Parks Goodrington)

Peter Cliff (Warm Welcome Management), Vanessa and Sebastian Loram (T & I Stockman)

Fiona Luscombe (WBW Solicitors), Chris Wills (Wollen Michelmore), and Ruth Robinson (Francis Clark)


Janice Hill and Sara Thornton (both Bob Hill Haulage), and Jackie Brooks (Francis Clark)

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BusinessBreaks... Successful Business Move Torquay-born jeans designer and double award-winning entrepreneur, Sally Allen-Gerard, says she’s delighted with the response she’s received after moving her business from London to the English Riviera and creating a new shopping experience. Sally opened her first Sally Allen Designer Fashion discount store, located in the Babbacombe Business Park on the Babbacombe Road, in late 2014. Here she sells the full range of her international Wizard Jeans brand, which features over 50 styles for men and women plus daywear, occasion wear, accessories including handbags and shoes and one-off designer pieces by French and Italian designers. Sally says, “Our core customer base in Torbay and across the whole of the South West is growing rapidly as the huge benefits of buying exclusive fashion at massively discounted prices is obviously extremely attractive. We have free parking, which is a major bonus, and a unique shopping environment. Our mantra is High Fashion at Low Prices and the public love it.” o wizardjeans.com 01803 315666

International Women in Law Award Wollen Michelmore lawyer Katrina Vollentine has won a prestigious international legal award. Katrina, who is head of the private client department, has been chosen as a winner in the 2015 Women in Law Awards. The awards are run by Lawyer Monthly, and celebrate the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe. Katrina joined Wollen Michelmore in 2007 and became partner in 2009. She specialises in helping people who lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs either through illness, disability or acquired brain injury. She is one of only 60 professionals in England and Wales to be appointed to the Office of englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

the Public Guardian’s panel of last resort deputies. She was given the award for her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Contentious Trusts and Probate. Katrina said, “I’m of course delighted to have won this award, but, even more importantly, pleased that the work I and the team have done in helping those who can no longer manage their affairs has been recognised. Wollen Michelmore Chief Executive Chris Hart said, “The compassionate approach and successful track record of Katrina and her team in this challenging area of law is something of which we are already very proud as a firm. To have this recognised with an award is the icing on the cake.” o wollenmichelmore.co.uk

Focus Five Celebration Event

The Focus Five Celebration Event, presented by TDA, awarded 84 students at an inspiring graduation ceremony. In partnership with tSpace and the T4T (Together for Torbay) campaign, the event recognised young people for planning, evidencing and demonstrating core employment skills throughout the Focus Five Award programme. Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA said, “Focus Five rewards achievement for participants around the five key skills of communication, team working, problem solving, organisation and customer service, all of which are incredibly valuable to many companies. The Focus Five programme was delivered to a cohort of 100 year 10 students from Torbay Schools. These students, who are facing personal and academic challenges, benefit from the personalised 1-2-1 support that the programme offers. More than 200 people attended the ceremony to share the experiences of the graduates, mentors and assessors of the programme. To provide the students with an opportunity to explore potential career options, including up to date apprenticeship vacancies, the TDA has developed the tSpace web platform. o torbayspace.co.uk August/September 2015


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