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with great views and lots to keep the children interested as well as some exciting festive recipes to try this winter from local chefs and readers, both featured in this issue. If you’re doing something exciting over the holiday season don’t forget to post it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/englishrivieramag.

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Micro Modellers


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Local news snippets Meet the makers at the Model Village Why trains never made it to Dartmouth We meet photographer Chris Slack

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Paignton Zoo director Simon Tonge

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Festive Recipes


Food & Drink News


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Your guide to festive activities

Galmpton Creek and Dart views Local theatre dates for your diary Local pantos for the holiday season

Local Books


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From local chefs and readers Tasty morsels for foodies

Social Diary

Who’s been out and about?

Business Breaks

Local business news

The Briefing

‘A day in the life’ at Wollen Michelmore

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Learn how with Cockington Chocolate

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Brixham Heritage Museum Wins Top UK Award

Brixham Heritage Museum is officially one of the most family friendly museums in Britain. Although small in size, judges decided that Brixham’s vibrant local museum punches well above its weight in offering fun and educational experiences for children. Undercover judges crowned Brixham Heritage Museum the joint winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award alongside The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. Both museums beat 140 entrants nationally to the coveted top spot for providing outstanding and stimulating experiences for the whole family.

Bringing Home the Bacon for Charity Guests at the Brampton Court Hotel's Irish Cabbage and Bacon Night enjoyed spectacular food and entertainment at an event which raised over £3000 for the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN). The evening was organised by Gerry Gilraine of Galliford Try along with the staff of the Brampton Court Hotel and revellers were treated to an incredible evening of delicious food, a live ceilidh band and a raffle. Founder

Brixham Heritage Museum inspires the minds of young children with their Mini Museum Project. The project, co-ordinated by the museum, focuses on teaching young children about Torbay’s heritage through a range of early years activities such as mini digs, storytelling, trips and guided walks to sites of local historic interest. The activities are delivered by Torbay Childminders in partnership with Brixham Heritage Museum, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and Torquay Museum and is supported by Torbay Council.o brixhammuseum.org.uk and Chairman of the charity, Luke Tillen, said “It was a truly incredible evening. I have never witnessed an atmosphere like it. The generosity of people had to be seen to be believed. I really can't thank all those involved enough.” He added “As a charity we are getting quite well known now for the holidays we provide to families who are having a tremendously difficult time. This year we announced our plans to build a bungalow specifically to cater for those families with very high level care needs so that we are able to offer holidays to a whole host of fantastic families that we simply cannot cater for at the moment. The money raised at Brampton Court will go towards that vital project.” o

Cockington’s Green Heart The Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal has been launched to improve and protect Cockington Village and Country Park and preserve it for future generations. The English Riviera community has been asked to 6

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Openers... Openers... rally round to ensure that Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust can raise the £150,000 it needs, which will help open up major support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Three lucky winners will be receiving their copies of Hamble & Jemimia’s craft project book Abbygale Sews, they are - Susan Hinchliffe and Judy Bagnall from Torquay, and Sharon Coyde from Brixham.

The Appeal has secured a very high profile Patron in the hugely popular and well-known Sue Barker. Sue grew up with her family in Paignton before going on to have a successful tennis career, which included winning the French Open. She is now well known as the host of Question of Sport and the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon. Sue said “I am delighted to become the Patron of the Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal. Growing up in Torbay I have fond memories of Cockington as a green oasis and wholeheartdedly support the Trust in its desire to restore it for future generations to enjoy.” The project aims to restore the Linhay and create a brand-new Visitor Centre, repair the Gamekeeper’s Cottage and restore the beautiful medieval lakes and surrounding Victorian ornamental planting. To make a donation visit countryside-trust. org.uk o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Fun and Fundraising at Hanbury’s Fish and Chips

Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe raised over £800 for Rowcroft with a special event in aid of the charity as part of Rowcroft’s Dine at Mine campaign. The famous fish and chip takeaway and restaurant had cod and chips on offer all day and then gave over 25% of the proceeds to Rowcroft Hospice. At the same time there was a silly hat competition and the best 25 silly hats were awarded a £25 Hanbury’s restaurant voucher each. David Hanbury said “As always we had great support from our customers. Everyone seems to be very happy to support our charity days and I am extremely grateful for that. I have a fantastic team here and everyone really pulls out all the stops when we do this kind of event. Rowcroft is an amazing place and I’m only to happy to be able to support it in this way.”o

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Snow Business... 50 years at Babbacombe Model Village is being celebrated in style this Christmas


he long distance weather forecast predicts it will snow at Babbacombe Model Village this Christmas. Not only will there be a dusting on roof tops, trees and grass, there will be snow falling for the first time. “Well it’s not actual snow. It’s biodegradable paper and water,” General Manager Simon Wills tells me when I meet in his office which, along with the shop and the café, are just about the only architecture that is not made to the scale of one inch to a foot at this particular Lilliput. “We don’t do the Winter Wonderland every year.” Simon tells me, “And we don’t cover the whole site with snow. But this year is going to be extra special, it’s our 50th anniversary.” Creating the Winter Wonderland requires a huge amount of effort from the 10-strong maintenance team at the Village. First a membrane needs to be laid, then the ‘snow’ which is sourced from a specialist supplier


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in Gloucester (who created the wintry scenes in both Harry Potter and James Bond films) is blasted with some force onto the diminutive buildings, pocket sized gardens and the many hundreds of figures that populate this bonsai world. Altogether the process takes around 10 days. There’s a ski slope to be constructed (which is actually skiable), toboggans to be spruced up and snowballing figures, carol singers and multiple father Christmases (with reindeer of course) to be given a fresh coat of paint. A living life-size Santa will also be installed in a magical ice cave from where he will dispense gifts and kind words to the delight of small visitors. “I have just ordered a new palette of 20,000 lights,” says Simon. “So we will be using about 100,000 in all this year.” He seems quite undaunted by the project. After all he’s an old hand like so many of the Village employees. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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“I came here for a summer job between college and university. My training was in engineering and I was planning to go to sea. Towards the end of the summer Mr Dobbins asked me to stay on to train as a manager. That was in 1973.” So how have things changed? “When I first came here there were five or six attractions within an hour’s drive. Now there are in excess of 70. Forty years ago domestic tourism was virtually the only option for the masses. Then people started to go abroad. However there is still a hard core of tourists who come here every year. In fact 2013 has been a very good year for us.” Founder Tom Dobbins dreamt up the idea of the Babbacombe Model Village fifty years ago. An exserviceman and architect, Tom had already created two model villages in Southport and Great Yarmouth with his brothers Harry and Bill before arriving in Torquay. “Having already built two on flat ground he could see this was the perfect site,” Simon explains. “It is a natural 10

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valley setting. This allowed you to go around twists, turns and pathways and discover different scenes as you go.” From the start Mr Dobbins (as he is still referred to by staff) had a very clear vision of the layout of his miniature landscape. Painter John Castlebury recalls: “It was December 1962 and I was standing with Mr Dobbins at the top of the site, which was little more than a muddy field. He pointed out exactly where everything was going to be: ‘This will be countryside, and then the holiday chalets will be here. The path will wind down to the village, before arriving at the town centre.” “He had it all in his head. And that was exactly how it turned out. I had answered an advertisement for painters in December 1962. After a few months Mr Dobbins asked if I would like to be taken on as a permanent member of staff. He paid £16 a week. This was good money, and it meant no more climbing up ladders!” englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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John still works in the painting workshop – now part time. He was giving a fresh coat of paint to model pumpkins - Halloween is huge at the model village (in a small sort of way). John remembers when the first ‘white’ Christmas came to Babbacombe in 2006. He was out on his rounds driving the distinctive van, which supported a very fine thatched cottage on its roof. “ ‘There’s been snow in Babbacombe!’ I told everyone on my round. ‘Yes I think it’s quite a heavy fall.’ Everybody came to see it. It had quite an impact.” John clearly still loves working at the Model Village: “It’s a family business. They look after you here, and I get satisfaction from my work. I can stand at the top of the hill, look down and think ‘I helped to make that.’” John’s long service hasn’t gone unnoticed. This year a new hospital building in the Village has been named The Castlebury Clinic in his honour. “Yes my name is on it,” he says. “People say when they see me ‘oh it’s the celebrated Mr Castlebury!’” “I think the last time we recruited was about ten englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

years ago,” notes Simon as he leads me past the 1960s holiday camp, a roof-top swimming pool fringed with sunbathers, and a cricket match on the village green, above which a newly married couple emerge from the village church to the sound of bells. Part of the delight of this immaculately kept four-and-a-half acre fantasy is its innocent seasidepostcard humour. Playful street and shop names hark back to another time: Walter Wall (carpets); Annie Seeball (confectioner); Neil Twist and Pullam (dental practice); Letsby Avenue. Nudity is about as naughty as it gets. A streaker is halfway across the football pitch, a naked lady in an upper bathroom is confronted by the window cleaner, and naturists sunbathe on Petitor Beach, but not on the day of my visit “It’s too cold for them now,” says Simon considerately. I wonder which model is the most popular. “It’s the burning building. People love it. It has a real fire, the firemen use real water, and there is smoke. It never fails to entertain.” Although techniques and materials have changed over December/January 2013/14




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Amazing realistic snow effects and snow flurries, as used by TV and film, immerse you into our Winter Wonderland experience. Enjoy the magical lights & illuminations, meeting Santa, Alpine Skiing for kids and our NEW Christmas Mini Panto.

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50th Anniversary the years, some traditional crafts are still used. David Ellis is halfway through thatching a new roof for the Tudor Village. “Master Thatcher Ernie Anstey from Totnes taught me to thatch in 1967,”he tells me. “The roof is made from white deal - red deal is better but it costs more. The thatch itself is coconut fibre, which is sourced from a brush manufacturer. It’s the right scale and texture.” David is the only member of staff to have been employed continuously for 50 years at the Model Village. He came as an apprentice carpenter and made his first model – a small railway wagon in 1963. “The fibre has to be fixed very tightly,” he says. “If it’s not, the birds will take it – string and all for their nests. It can be a devil of a job, but once it’s done it’s very satisfying. Mr Dobbins was quite a stickler, if you were one eighth of an inch out, he would look at you hard, and you knew you had to do it again.” As well as sourcing coconut fibre for the thatched roofs, it’s Simon’s task to track down specialist kit including old-fashioned hand mowers to trim the diminutive lawns, and little rechargeable cordless trimmers to maintain the neatly trimmed edges. “Finding model vehicles is very difficult as kids don’t play with them any more. Recently someone bought a model car back from a holiday in the Far East and it’s perfect. They produce all the latest models, so I am having 3,000 of them shipped across. All we have to do is fit them with lights.” I ask Simon if he is looking forward to Christmas. “There have been a few hiccups along the way. Two years ago a fox kept coming in and walking across the display, which was very irritating. Then in 2008 there was an almighty storm the first weekend that completely destroyed all the trees. A few years ago the wind was so strong it blew away the snow, and another year the red pigment of the soil seeped through. Then after it’s over the clearing up takes about three weeks we have to use brush and dustpans!” Simon stops to think a moment. “But it’s worth it. It does look magical in the dark evenings.” o


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a hard frost, the ground was frozen solid and his efforts aving lived the first twenty years of my life came to nought. Mr. Charles Seale Hayne, a fellow and within 200 yards of this unique stretch of stronger railway director, came to his aid but to no avail in railway line, the ultimate nostalgia is that of the that the shaft of the spade now splintered in two! sound of a steam-powered locomotive today still working Work on the first section of the line as far as Paignton the gradient from Goodrington to Churston Station. A cherished memory from childhood was being woken early Station, took until 2nd August 1859. The short section of line down to the new Torquay Station had been every morning by the paper train (the first train of the opened for business three weeks earlier. The local morning bringing newspapers from London) straining up Torquay newspaper of the time, The Torquay Directory, the incline. reported that there were many complaints regarding the The railway originally arrived at the outskirts of positioning of the station and its draughty nature whilst Torquay on 18th December 1848. This is what we know waiting for one’s carriage! today as Torre Station. It was Up to the arrival of the railway From Torquay, the line surveyed and constructed under the supervision of famous engineer it was PAINGTON; thereafter, through Livermead was tunnelled, only being Isambard Kingdom Brunel. due to a spelling error by the originally opened into a cutting when the With railway mania widespread throughout the country, the desire station sign-writer, it became track was duplicated in later to extend the railway on through PAIGNTON and so it remains years. Passing under the main Torquay/Paignton road bridge to the port of Dartmouth gained the track began its descent towards Paignton, dramatically momentum, in fact not only to Dartmouth but on along named ‘Breakneck Hill!’ the coast to Plymouth! However, this grander objective The opening of the railway to Paignton was was put on hold and on 27th July 1857 The Dartmouth understandably to be celebrated in grand style with the and Torbay Railway Act received Royal Assent. Capital investment was raised through the criterion of three major official presentation and cutting up of the Paignton Pudding on the Green. It was reported that over objectives for the proposed line. 18,000 people attended the chaotic cutting up of the 1. To develop the small town of Paignton as a seaside 4,000 lb. pudding with numerous greasy parcels being resort for the middle classes. dispatched from the Post Office for the next few weeks. 2. To increase the access of the Brixham fishery to the In addition, the official spelling of Paignton was to nation’s centres of population. change for posterity. Up to the arrival of the railway it 3. To stimulate the redevelopment of Dartmouth as a was PAINGTON; thereafter, due to a spelling error by major international seaport. the station sign-writer, it became PAIGNTON and so it Work on the extension to the line was commenced remains. on 21st January 1858 with Sir Lawrence Palk cutting, or During September, engineering work began on the trying to cut the first ceremonial ‘sod’. In fact, due to 14

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next section of the line to the summit of the climb at Churston. Sadly, Britain’s greatest railway engineer, Brunel, was not to take any further part in proceedings due to his untimely and premature death. This section was physically challenging in its construction but on completion, provided breath-taking views over Torbay. Just under 2 miles in length, rising from sea level to 160 ft, it was to involve the excavation of four cuttings and the construction of three embankments, four bridges and two viaducts with 16,000 cubic yrds of masonry to be built! Much of this was within close proximity to the shoreline and destructive forces of the sea. And yet it still remains - a working railway. What a tribute to its designer and the navvies who built it 150 years ago! The raw material for the masonry work was largely Devonian limestone, supplied by Lord Churston from his Brockenbury quarry, specifically initiated for the purpose, today the hidden site of Torbay’s water treatment works.


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The line to Churston Station opened on 14th March 1861. In its early days it was known as ‘Brixham Road’, relating to its proximity to the town. This now became the terminus for the line until August 1864. Considering that the fishing port of Brixham was one of the objectives of constructing the line in the first place, it is interesting that Brixham was not to be linked to the mainline until January 1868 and even that branch line being constructed, depended on the personal and financial initiative of a local Brixham man, Richard Walter Wolston. Work on the final stage to Dartmouth could now begin until, rather abruptly, Squire Richard Harvey of Greenway, placed the proverbial spanner in the works! It was planned to bridge the Dart at Greenway until Squire Harvey, detesting all things associated with the railway, obtained an Act of Parliament banning the construction of any bridge across the Dart below Totnes. That Act stands today safeguarding the sanctity of the Dart estuary. The deviated line now had to be constructed down the Kingswear side of the estuary. This required the excavation of a 500-yard tunnel, cut ‘under’ Squire Harvey’s Greenway estate! Then having crossed the superbly constructed Maypool viaduct it gradually descended along the line of the valley through the oaks of Long Wood with the tidal waters of the estuary below. The iron rails reached their final destination at Kingswear with the first train running on 10th August 1864. This was not the end of the official line englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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however. For both the Railway Board and the people of Dartmouth, Dartmouth was the intended terminus and that is where it was to be, with a railway station and a short estuary crossing to reach it. Dartmouth Station became the only station in the country that never received a train! It might reassure readers to know that, even the Victorians, did not have the ability to always estimate costs on major engineering schemes. The original estimate of the construction of the Dartmouth & Torbay Railway was £90,000. Its final cost - all of £262,000! And yet the construction of those brief 11 miles of line were to join Dartmouth and much of Torbay to the rest of the country in a way that the people at that time could not have comprehended. It was a masterpiece of engineering and even after its closure as a main railway route on 30th December 1972, the infrastructure was saved to continue its life as a major, and one of the most popular, tourist attractions within Devon. Today, the Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton runs for seven miles along the spectacular English Riviera coastline to Churston, then along to the new Greenway Halt and down to Kingswear. The steam trains run Thursdays and Saturdays throughout December. o

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Brixham’s Storm Chaser Well-known Brixham photographer, Chris Slack talks to Anita Newcombe about the attraction of storm-force weather conditions, moonlit beaches at midnight and sunrise over the sea – all to get the perfect shot.


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hen I met Chris Slack at his home in Brixham he had already been out to St Mary’s Bay early that morning to watch the sunrise and capture some new images. “It was great weather today and there was a fishing day boat coming in just as the sun came up – gorgeous!” For Chris, the weather and the changing seasons are his livelihood. Starting photography at the age of 14 with a pocket camera he got his first ‘proper camera’ at 17, a Chinon CE4 SLR and has always been entirely self-taught. Photographing air shows in the early days gave Chris a taste for getting photos that can’t be repeated and his love of action photography has also led to him becoming a great supporter of the RNLI in Brixham. Chris said, “I’ve seen Mother Nature at her worst, though for me it’s her best and most dramatic. The RNLI crews can get called

I find myself trying to imagine where he was standing when he captured huge waves crashing over Brixham Breakwater and how cold and wet he must have been out at any time of the day or night. On a cold winter’s night the waves could be crashing against Berry Head and the conditions atrocious and the crews repeatedly risk their lives to rescue total strangers.” But Chris is no stranger to treacherous weather; actively heading out when the conditions keep the rest of us firmly tucked up at home. He reckons he can outstay most photographers in the fiercest storms due to the quality of his foul weather gear, covering himself warmly from head to toe with only a slit for his eyes. This March the wind chill was down to minus 4 degrees and he was still out. “I’m prepared for the winter onslaught. You’ve got to stay next to the camera in the full force of the weather – there’s no way round it. As soon as you turn your back, that’s when the giant wave will appear and you’ll miss it.” I asked Chris about his photography business and the sort of photographs that people like to buy. “I’m living the dream,” he says. “What I love to photograph, storms, moonlight on the beach, sunrises and sunsets – they all sell well and create a livelihood for me.” Chris does paint a tempting picture of his professional life. ‘Sometimes it’s just the experience of being completely 20

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on your own,” he says. There have been some amazing times like when I was at Churston Cove at midnight watching the moonlight and an owl appeared and was flying around my head. The place and the silence is really special and it feels like a real privilege to be there.” As well as a flair for photography, it seems that you need a real dedication to get the dramatic shots in difficult conditions that Chris regularly achieves. “The trick is to look at your results and seek ways to improve. I’m never satisfied. When I’m out, I’m constantly moving around to look for a great shot. I can cover half of Brixham in one evening!” Chris shows me some of his favourite photographs and I find myself trying to imagine where he was standing when he captured huge waves crashing over Brixham Breakwater and how cold and wet he must have been. “And sometimes I don’t even get what I’m after,” he says. During the recent electrical storm Chris was out most of the night and failed to get that perfect shot he wanted. If there’s a meteorite shower expected, you’ll probably find Chris on the watch at Berry Head. Chris reveals that his success as a photographer wouldn’t have been possible without the unswerving support of his wife, Sue who helps in the business, packing up the framed and unframed prints for sale and managing the suppliers. “Sue has a great eye for what people will like and we really work as a team.” The main gallery for Chris’s work is at the delightful Breakwater Bistro in Brixham and there are a number of other outlets including the wonderfully located Guardhouse Café at Berry Head National Nature Reserve. You can also find Chris throughout the season at Brixham Art and Craft Market every Saturday from Easter to October. He also appeared at Brixham’s Christmas Market and will be at Candlelit Dartmouth (6-7 December). Chris regularly supports RNLI in Brixham with volunteer photography and said, “It’s so important not to forget the RNLI at Christmas, they do such amazing work and their shop in Middle Street Brixham is well worth a visit.” o Chris’s favourite viewpoints for photography are: above Broadsands Beach, Thatcher Point, Berry Head, St Mary’s Bay and Churston Cove. You can see more of Chris’s photos at chrisslack.com and he also provides a full professional mounting and framing service. Why not follow Chris on Facebook, Chris Slack Photography to see what he gets up to day and night? A stunning 2014 Brixham calendar featuring Chris’s photos is now available in shops.


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Anita Newcombe discovers the secret world of Simon Tonge on a voyage of discovery at world-renowned Paignton Zoo.


imon Tonge calls his work as Executive Director at Probably the most important is its Paignton Zoo, “The best job in the world.” education programme, which focuses on inspiring To many people, locals and holidaymakers alike, people to love wildlife. The other three strands are: field Paignton Zoo is simply a great day out. But behind the conservation work, some captive breeding and an advocacy scenes is a dynamic conservation charity that’s working role working to change behaviours in people and politicians. both in the UK and overseas to help endangered plants and The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is the charity animals. set up in the name of Paignton Zoo founder Herbert When I met Simon in his office at Paignton Zoo with Whitley. It boasts one of the most important zoological its bird’s-eye view of the walk-through aviary, he was research teams in Europe. Staff based at Paignton Zoo, getting ready to attend the World Association of Zoos and Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo supervise dozens of Aquariums conference in Orlando. students, lecture at local universities and run a masters Simon revealed, “The challenge of running a charity degree course in partnership with the University of which is also a business can be scary at times. Marrying Plymouth. There are experts in animal behaviour, welfare, up the needs of running the Zoo whilst at the same time nutrition, ecology and genetics. delivering our conservation objectives is an ever-present The Trust co-ordinates seven regional conservation balancing act.” programmes in the UK and overseas. It’s a side of the Paignton Zoo has one of the greatest varieties of staff organization that is largely hidden from public view but roles on the English Riviera. There are keepers, plumbers, every time you visit Paignton Zoo you are contributing to electricians, teachers, scientists, its work. It’s a side of the organization that is caterers and many more. In The programmes cover fact, it’s a great big wildlife city largely hidden from public view but South West England, coastal that has to be kept running highland East Africa, every time you visit Paignton Zoo and smoothly. Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Vietnam you are contributing to its work. and Sulawesi in Indonesia. Simon explained, “Paignton Zoo was the first zoo founded In the UK, the charity works purely for educational purposes. Founder Herbert Whitley with cirl buntings (in partnership with the RSPB, Natural famously refused to pay entertainment taxes and even closed England and the National Trust) and dormice. Staff sit for a time, so strong was his belief in its educational role.” on the Torbay Biodiversity Partnership, which promotes When I asked how the Zoo balances the needs of the biodiversity and geodiversity around the English Riviera. animals with the needs of their visitors, Simon told me, The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust also manages “Keeping animals is a science; exhibiting animals is an art.” two nature reserves in Paignton, Clennon Gorge and For example, the new Monkey Heights Building is eight Primley Park, and owns Slapton Ley National Nature times the size of the old Monkey House but there is a Reserve, a large fresh-water lake surrounded by an viewing area where visitors can see the animals up close. The impressive array of important habitats. animals can choose to engage with visitors or retreat but Zoo staff work with partners in Kenya, mostly focusing their curiosity keeps them on show much of the time. on the critically endangered small antelope Aders’ duiker. Intriguingly, very few of the Zoo’s mammals are now fed Simon Tonge is also Chairman of the Dambari Wildlife any sort of fruit. This is because today’s fruit has much more Trust in Zimbabwe, which is noted for its work with black sugar than it used to, so they are given vegetables instead. rhinos. He and his team have been supporting the Trust, The Zoo’s approach has gradually changed over the based near Bulawayo since 1997. years as research has progressed and new methods adopted. In addition, the Zoo has a long history of support for Simon said, “In 1980, breeding in boxes and releasing back conservation education in the Omo Forest in southwestern into the wild was what it was all about, now education has Nigeria. In 2012, the first-ever photograph of the secretive much more importance.” forest elephant was taken by the project. There are four strands to the Zoo’s work these days. Sulawesi is an area of amazing wildlife where Asian


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and Australasian flora and fauna meet and it is estimated that 25% of bird species and 62% of mammal species are unique to the island. Paignton Zoo has troops of critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques and manages the international breeding programme for the species. The Trust supports other projects such as coastal seabird care in South Africa and other one-off schemes. In all, the Trust puts around a quarter of a million pounds worth of funding and support into conservation project each year. I asked Simon what his favourite animals were and he grimaced at being asked to make such a choice. However, he did say that as a Zoo Director he favoured animals that were more challenging husbandry-wise. Black rhinos, which the Zoo supports both at the Zoo and in the wild, were his first choice. He said, “I like the way they seem rather prehistoric and give a sense of the unspoilt world 50,000 years ago. They are more delicate than you would think; they are very sensitive to diet and conditions and quite temperamental.” I certainly wouldn’t want to get in the way of a temperamental rhino and this does explain why the Zoo’s Rhino House is such an oasis of calm. Simon’s other choices were intriguing: the cherry crowned mangabey, red-headed monkeys, which are new at the Zoo and the hooded pittas, which are small, stunningly beautiful birds, with vivid green plumage and a red vent under their tails. The most recent addition to the Zoo family is the West Caucasian tur, a sturdy goat similar to an ibex with rather majestic horns. They are very rare and the Zoo expects to start breeding them soon. My final question to Simon before he dashed off to Orlando was a bit mischievous. “Is there an animal you really don’t like?” I was expecting to hear a flat rebuttal of this idea from someone who has been passionate about animals since childhood but Simon surprisingly says, “I’ve never really liked horses…but I do love zebras!” How mysterious…o


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Festive Towns ✩ around the ❆ English Riviera ❆

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There’s no place like home and we’re really excited about all the fantastic festive fun to be had around the English Riviera this year. From Babbacombe to Brixham there is a wealth of delightful shops and lots of family fun. Treat yourself to cakes and hot chocolate in our cafes, a little lunch or supper in our fabulous restaurants and enjoy the attractions right on our doorstep. Don’t forget that parking in all council-run car parks is now only £2 for the whole day!

Torquay, Babbacombe & St Marychurch

Torquay really sparkles at Christmas with enchanting Christmas lights, great shopping and the hustle and bustle of its beautiful harbourside. Babbacombe and St Marychurch are simply delightful at Christmas so make sure you pay a visit.

Christmas Beach Hut Market Torquay Town Hall 30 November to Christmas

For the first time, enjoy the new Christmas Beach Hut Market which will be situated at the top of town outside the Town Hall. 10am - 4pm every day.

Bygones Victorian Christmas, St Marychurch from 1 December The street is transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with snow, festive music and a real twelve-foot Christmas tree. Children’s Christmas crafts to make and take home – all included in the entry fee. Fore Street, St Marychurch, TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Torquay Late Night Christmas Shopping 5, 12 & 19 December

Pick up all your festive gifts and enjoy the Christmas lights. Free parking from 5pm in all Torbay Council car parks. Shops open till 9pm. Torquay Town Centre, TQ2 5JG torbaytowns.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

A Victorian Christmas, Torquay Museum 7 December

Join Torquay Museum for a special Christmas Monster Saturday with activities for all the family from 11am – 4pm. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s very own Devon Farmhouse, you’ll find out how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803-293975 torquaymuseum.org

Mistletoe Ball, Grand Hotel Torquay 7 December

Kick start the festive season with this popular Christmas black-tie dinner and dance. Enjoy a champagne reception and a delicious four course dinner. Make some bids at the charity auction then dance the night away to Filthy Gorgeous. Ticket Price is £46.00 and tables of 10 are available. Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6NT 0844 474 2222 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Santa in the Caves, Kents Cavern 8,14,15,21-24 December

Join the Christmas Gang on an underground fun filled adventure in search of Santa. Enjoy a pantomime show around the decorated caverns with interactive “piemaking” and live “present-wrapping”. There’s no better place to meet Father Christmas. Come rain or shine the caves are always dry and warm! The Elves have something Christmassy for everyone. Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk December/January 2013/14


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Christmas in the Park, Torre & Upton 14 December

This event has been organised by local churches, traders, residents and councillors and will provide plenty of free entertainment and a chance for children, families and friends to take part in lots of activities to celebrate Christmas. The fun starts on Brunswick Square at 4pm.

Babbacombe Model Village Winter Wonderland 14 December to 5 January

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop 15 December

Babbacombe Christmas Street Party 14 December

St Marychurch Christmas Street Party 17 December

This famous Winter Wonderland is back with its amazing, realistic snow effects covering much of the gardens. A truly stunning winter landscape complete with picturepostcard thatched villages covered in snow. From dusk, the best time to visit, thousands of lights twinkle and sparkle turning this wonderland into a magical world. Visit Santa in his cosy log cabin on selected dates. Hampton Avenue, Torquay, TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

A festive atmosphere with stalls, food, entertainment, competitions, Santa and more from 10am to 7pm. Free parking in all local car parks from 10am. Reddenhill Road TQ1 3NT

Victorian Christmas at Torre Abbey 14 and 15 December

Join Torre Abbey for a festive day out for the whole family in a spectacular setting. You can enjoy wreath making, family Christmas crafts and a mini craft fayre and take the family trail to find ‘Lilo the Gorilla.’ Children can visit Father Christmas and receive a gift and adults will be offered mulled wine and a mince pie in the tearooms. Christmas carol singers will ring out around the Abbey. The inclusive price is £7.50 per adult and £3 per child. A Father Christmas visit only is £2. Father Christmas will also be at the Abbey on 21 and 22 December. The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Get into the festive spirit at this fun Christmas workshop and create an eye-catching wreath out of natural materials to adorn your door or as a stunning table piece. Meet: Occombe Farm Visitor Centre. Time: Drop in between 11am and 3pm . Cost: £6.00 per wreath; no booking required. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 696255 countryside-trust. co.uk/occombe

Festive fun from 5pm until late with stalls, food, entertainment, competitions, Santa and a Snow Machine! Special guest Jonty Depp as Willy Wonka, Elfic the Juggler, Devon & Cornwall Police Pipes and Drums. Free parking in all local car parks from 10am. Fore Street, St Marychurch TQ1 4PR

Father Christmas Grotto and his Teddy Bear Grandstand Thursdays to Sundays in December ROTARY’S award-winning Santa’s Grotto welcomes visitors of all ages to Fleet Walk for a spectacular festive wonderland. Father Christmas and his elves have been busy preparing a fantastic grotto full of animated teddy bears that are ready to delight with their musical performance. Meet Father Christmas and take away a super Christmas gift. 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Gallery Level, Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, Torquay.

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Cockington is a delightful place to visit at Christmas with its stunning country park, historic manor house, welcoming tea rooms and wonderful craft studios where you can meet the makers, browse and buy some really special Christmas gifts.

Ice Skating Rink at Cockington 7 – 31 December

Christmas at Cockington Court has a special treat in store this year with a festive outdoor skating synthetic ice rink open from 10.30 am to 5 pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day). There are Skate with Santa sessions on weekday mornings in the run up to Christmas. Just £2 to park all day. Cockington Court, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 207915 cockingtoncourt.org

Cockington Christmas Caper 7 December

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Riviera International Centre 10 January

Come and celebrate the New Year with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s New Year Viennese Gala. Johann Strauss II is the king of the waltz and New Year celebrations have become synonymous with the elegance of Viennese style and grandeur. Join the BSO and Günther BauerSchenk and escape to a world of glittering dance-halls in a concert filled with memorable polkas, marches, gallops and waltzes. Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ 01803 206333 www.bsolive.com



Countryside Trust’s Cockington Green Heart Appeal and the Barnabas Sports Trust. Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803-520022 countryside-trust.org.uk/cockington

Cockington Christmas Craft and Food Fayre 8 December

A bright, twinkly Cockington will be magical to visit with Santa’s Grotto, craft stalls, food & drink, a lantern parade, mince pies & mulled wine. Visit the craft studios & galleries for that special gift and meet the makers. You’ll find painters, sculptors, ceramicists, glass blowers, a blacksmith, toy maker, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a chocolatier, jeweller, textiles, leather, furniture, bags, sewing kits and more. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org


The magic of Christmas shines brightly in Paignton with beautiful Christmas lights and lots of seasonal treats on offer. Enjoy a day out pottering round the shops and why not book a festive ride on the famous steam train?

Paignton Zoo’s Crafty Christmas 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24 December

Meet Santa and his Elves in his festive grotto and join in the fun. Children can meet Santa, receive a Christmas gift, ride the Jungle Express and take part in the Twelve days of Christmas Trail around the Zoo. Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EU 01803-697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Sing Christmas, St Andrews Church 14 December

Festive Christmas Carol Service with decorated church, lessons and carols. Compered by Capt. Bob Curtis, the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir and their guests Tregadillett Ladies Choir and Liskerret Male Voice Choir – 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.00 each available at the door Sands Road, Paignton, TQ4 6HA. 01803 856655 englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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❅ Father Christmas has sent his elves on a mission this Christmas to help solve the mystery as to why Rudolph has lost his red nose. Kids, can you help the elves on their adventure? Collect the secret ingredients hidden on the nature trail to help get Rudolph’s nose glowing again! If you succeed, you will be rewarded with your very own Christmas tree decoration, which you will be able to decorate in our elf ’s workshop with magical elf dust to take home to hang on your tree. There will also be the opportunity to decorate and send a magical letter to the North Pole for Father Christmas. Suitable for all ages Meet: Occombe Farm Visitor Centre Time: 10am – 3pm Cost: £2.50 per child, includes entry to the elf ’s workshop; no booking required. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 696255 countryside-trust.co.uk/occombe

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Brixham and Nearby

Brixham’s picturesque harbour is always a joy to behold. The town’s Christmas lights are always spectacular, twinkling brightly around the waterside and creating a festive atmosphere. You’ll enjoy exploring the shops as well as Brixham’s great eateries and watering holes. Don’t forget to sample the superb seafood from the famous Brixham Fish Market.

Santa Steam Train 14, 15, 21,22,23,24 December

Calling all children (young and old!), we need your help to drive away Scrooge and welcome Father Christmas and his helpers on the Santa Express. There are three trains a day on each of the dates. You will arrive at Paignton where log fires will be burning strongly. Board the train to Kingswear and return. During your journey a festive mince pie and a glass of mulled wine can be enjoyed (by the adults!). Children will receive a visit from Santa at their seat - make sure they chase off Scrooge and they will receive a gift! Paignton Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF 01803 555872 dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

Winter Bird Walk at Broadsands 8 December

Brush up on your Gull, Diver and Grebes identification skills at Broadsands with local expert Mike Langman. Torbay. Mike will take you through the identification of several gull species of various ages and any grebes and divers. The marsh is a great place for wintering chiffchaffs. The winter cirl bunting feeding station which Mike started 10 years ago will be visited for some great views of this ‘Devon Bunting’. Please bring binoculars, stout footwear and a waterproof jacket. There is a charge for parking at main Broadsands car park. Meet: By sea wall next to café at Broadsands Time: 10am – 12pm Cost: £6.00 per adult - booking essential. Broadsands Beach, Paignton, TQ4 6LL 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk/ englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Winter Concert at Lupton 4 December

Join Mary O’Shea with special guest Frances Waters in the stunning atmosphere and acoustics of the ballroom at Lupton House for mulled wine and music. A beautiful collection of classical pieces for the perfect winter evening. The Ballroom, Lupton House, Brixham Road, Churston Ferrers, TQ5 0LD 01803-845800 discoverlupton.com

Christmas Jazz Club at Coleton Fishacre 6 December

Enjoy a delicious two-course supper with a festive twist accompanied by local jazz trio, Art Deco Music. The classic tunes and elegant performance is in perfect keeping with the Art Deco elegance of Coleton Fishacre, December/January 2013/14


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Cocktails, Canapés and Chaos at Coleton Fishacre 7 December

You have been invited to the will reading of the late Felix Abercrombie, but is all as it seems? Step back in time to the 1920s for an evening of glamour and intrigue. Unravel the murder mystery and enjoy vintage cocktails and canapés, in the art deco surroundings of Coleton Fishacre. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 843235 nationaltrust.org.uk

Father Christmas Visits Coleton Fishacre 8 and 15 December

Father Christmas will be making an appearance at Coleton Fishacre again this year for all those last-minute gift requests! Follow the Christmas trail to visit Father Christmas in the library and to collect your goody bag from him (2 – 3.30pm). Normal admission charges apply.


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Brixham Town Band 17 December

Vigilance “Carols on the Quay” at 7pm. Brixham Quayside brixhamtownband.co.uk

Quay Harmony Christmas Concert at Lupton 17 December

A traditional Christmas concert with special guests and a few surprises. The Ballroom, Lupton House, Brixham Road, Churston Ferrers, TQ5 0LD 01803-845800 discoverlupton.com

Murder Mystery at Churston Court 26 December

An exciting Boxing Day Murder Mystery with fourcourse meal and festive entertainment. Churston Court, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0JE 01803 842186 heritagehotels.org.uk/churstoncourt

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Festive Feasts at Greenway 15, 20, 21 December

Celebrate Christmas in true style, with the exclusive opportunity to have a two course Christmas lunch in the fabulous setting of the Greenway house kitchen. With delicious food, enjoyed in the heart of Agatha Christie’s holiday home; what better way to get into the festive spirit? This event also includes a rare chance to see Greenway undercover, as you are guided round the house by knowledgeable volunteers before your meal. Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Adults - £20, Children - £15, booking essential. Greenway Road, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the holiday home of the D’Oyly Carte family and see it in its festive best. Just £5 entry. (Members and under 5’s go free). Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 843235 nationaltrust.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


Greenway Christmas Opening 27 to 31 December

Step back in time this Christmas at Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Walk up an appetite in the glorious gardens and explore the house decked out in its festive finery. Just £5 entry. (Members and under 5’s go free). Parking spaces must be booked prior to arrival. Greenway Road, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Murder Mystery at Churston’s Weary Ploughman 28 December

The Weary Ploughman Inn is celebrating the New Year, just a little early, with a glamorous Murder Mystery Dinner. Murder and suspense will be supplied by Candlelight Theatre company and whilst you work out the intriguing clues and have a go at solving the case, you’ll be served a delicious three-course table d’hote dinner with music and dancing to follow. Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham, TQ5 0LL 01803 844 702 wearyploughman.co.uk

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Boxing Night Dinner Dance, Berry Head Hotel 26 December

Enjoy a delicious four course dinner with dancing and cabaret from Eddie Bence. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803-853225 berryheadhotel.com


A three course Grand Gala Buffet followed by dancing to Freeway and DJ with bubbly and mince pies at midnight. Fancy dress or dress to impress. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803-853225 berryheadhotel.com

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Boatyards & Farmyards Distance: 3.2 miles Exertion: Moderate Time: Allow 2 hours with time to enjoy the views plus more to stop for lunch Terrain: Riverside, field paths and a short


his walk is always popular with the children as there are so many different things to see. It offers views of the busy boatyard at Galmpton and various rotting hulks in the creek, lots of mud to splash about in, geese and chickens on the farm, long views up and down the Dart, lots of interesting flora and fauna and, if you like, a short ferry ride over the river to Dittisham for a quick drink or a pub lunch. This route follows parts of the Dart Valley Trail, the John Musgrave Heritage Trail and the Greenway Walk.

1 From the car park at Galmpton Creek follow the path around the easterly shoreline and head up the hill on the tarmac road behind the boatbuilders’ yard. When the road comes to an end take the footpath on the left up over the hill at Mill Point. When you reach the crest there’s a fine view across the river to Gurrow Point near Dittisham.The river is at its widest point here at nearly 1000 metres across. Follow the path down the hill where it leads on to the riverbank at Old Mill Farm and follow the shoreline around the bay to a large ancient oak where the path takes to the fields. If you have young children or adventurous dogs be careful of the mud here at low tides as one can easily get stuck if you venture too far! 2 Climb over the stile and follow the path up over the hill past the mighty fallen pine tree and through the gate in the fence. Livestock is often grazing in these fields so dogs must be on leads under close control. Follow the path up to the five bar gate and through the yard of Lower Greenway Farm. 3 Once through the farmyard climb over the stone stile on the left, up over the field and over another stone stile then cross the road into the Greenway Plantation. Follow the path up through the woods to another five bar gate (don’t forget to shut it behind you!), past the route signposted for Greenway, then follow the path to the next gate and look out for the amazing paperbark trees on the edge of the Greenway Arboretum on the right. 4 Once through this next gateway you are greeted by the most fantastic view down the River Dart to Dartmouth and Kingswear and here you’ll find benches to sit and take in the 38

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As you start preparing for the most magical time of year make sure you take in a traditional visit to the theatre and book tickets for this all-new family variety show. Music and humour in all its guises is what ‘Christmas Stars’ promises, including sidesplitting comedy sketches and is sure to leave you wanting more.

Also worth seeing… Aladdin (see panto page) 17 December only

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick ROYAL MARINES CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 8 December only The world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will present a military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. This is a musical treat not to be missed.

Also worth seeing… Bowie Ballet 7 Dec only The Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight 26 Jan only Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - TOADS 7-14 December Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 9 Jan only This literary classic recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Prince Edward Island. It recounts how she makes her way in her new life and will most certainly have you reaching for the tissues. 40

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With their hearts of gold and sense of adventure, The Railway Children are as charming as ever. Follow Peter, Phyllis and Bobby as they form new friendships and fend for themselves in their new country home after their father has wrongly been accused of fraud.

Also worth seeing… A Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music 16 December only Life of Riley 11 – 18 January The Wit and Songs of Noel Coward 24 January only


Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick FESTIVE CHRISTMAS - A light-hearted concert by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Torbay Branch) 13 December only



Festive and other music to get you into the Christmas Spirit, with the Totnes Town Band.

Also worth seeing… Torbay Acting Factory -’We’re All In This Together’ 5-6 December Sleeping Beauty (see panto page) 21 December to 4 January Glittering Prize for Brenda! The Princess Theatre’s Brenda Walliss has won the UK Theatre Award for Theatre Employee/Manager of the Year at a glittering ceremony at London’s historic Guidhall. Brenda is the Front of House Manager at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, where she has worked at the theatre for an impressive 51 years. Over the past 12 months, Brenda has raised more than £10,000 for Ambassador Theatre Group’s chosen charity, Cancer Research and since 2007 has raised an amazing £88,000 for charity. Scan this code with your mobile device for a direct link to the theatre website

The UK Theatre Awards are the only awards to honour creative excellence and outstanding achievements both on and off stage throughout the UK. Speaking at the awards, Brenda said, “I’m over the moon and can’t believe that something I enjoy doing so much has been recognised in such a lovely way.” Princess Theatre General Manager, Wendy Bennett, said, “Brenda doesn’t just come into work to do a job. She lives and breathes the Princess Theatre. Year after year Brenda delivers strong, consistent results and she does so with an unwavering dedication and with the same pride and passion that she has always had. Brenda really is a remarkable lady and it is a privilege to work with such an exceptional ambassador for the theatre industry.” o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Academy Productions presents Aladdin. Will Aladdin steal the lamp from The Magic Mountain for Abanazer? What happens when Aladdin rubs the lamp? Will love conquer all and will Aladdin marry Princess Jasmine?


Paignton Pantomine’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ promises to be a truly spectacular show. There’s a full company of the best local talent, a professional script, scrumptious costumes, dazzling dance routines a live band and amazing special effects.


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Drfiter and Scully fly into town Writing under the names Ebb and Flow, Lisa Ford from Brixham, and Emma Green from Paignton have just published their first children’s adventure book.


he Adventures of Drifter and Scully are aimed at youngsters of 2-7 years. They tell of two mischievous seagulls that have all sorts of adventures around Torbay with their friend Dab the crab. The first book in the series, The Pink Flamingo, tells of the importance of wearing sun cream and is beautifully illustrated by Emma’s husband David Green. The idea for the books came when Lisa was reading to her son Coyde one night. The story reminded her of one that she and Emma had once written when they were children almost 35 years ago. She mentioned it to Emma, who found the original story and after hearing their childhood creation retold, Coyde told his mum they should write another. That was the seed and being a great believer in fate, Lisa decided to write some more stories with Emma. Like most mums, Lisa and Emma had both read to their sons every night, for several years, and knew what children their age liked and what got them giggling. They both agreed that they wanted the books to be educational, to rhyme, be humorous and have great illustrations. The writing side came quite naturally, and once they were on a roll they could think of nothing else. Many a sunny day at Emma’s Goodrington Sands beach hut was spent writing out their ideas, while the children played. Then the hard bit, the illustrations… enter David (Emma’s husband), a Project Manager, and as it happens, marvellous with a paintbrush and watercolours. It was hard to get across to him how they envisaged the characters should look, but he has captured their personalities perfectly. Now almost three years on, there are seven stories in the series, just waiting to be illustrated, and more on the way. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Lisa and Emma are very passionate about their books. Their families have been very supportive, have all been involved in some way and have given some great advice. So you may ask why it has taken them three years to complete The Pink Flamingo. Each has a full time job, Lisa is a Coastguard at Brixham Coastguard Station and makes homemade craft items for local shops, whilst Emma is a teacher. With young families, it was always going to be a real challenge to find the time. Inspired by their beautiful surroundings, they created stories about the local area. Then, in keeping with the local theme, the two writers sourced a local printer from Exeter to print the books. To have their first book published really is a dream come true. You can find copies of The Pink Flamingo at Another Chapter, 13 The Quay, Brixham, Dartmouth Community Bookshop, 12 Higher Street, Dartmouth and Fables The Bookshop, 72 Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay. Visit drifterandscully.co.uk for more information. o


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Cockington’s Chocolate Heaven

Linda and John Jeyes spent a delightful half-day at Cockington Chocolate’s Truffle Making Workshop. Sharing her creations with English Riviera Magazine, Linda tells us how she got on.


e found Cockington Chocolate Company ganache. The ‘quick’ version is ideal for chocolates that are nestled in a handsome double unit in the going to be eaten quickly as they only have a seven-day Sea Change Studios just behind Cockington shelf life. The cream and chocolate pieces were simply Court, the magnificent manor house at the heart of mixed together. However, with the ‘basic’ version, we boiled Cockington Country Park. the cream, pouring it over the chocolate pieces. The boiling Welcomed to the workshop with the offer of a hot process homogenises the cream and allows the chocolates drink, we enjoyed relaxing lattes whilst chocolatier Tony to be kept successfully for 6-8 weeks, making this method Fagan gave us some fascinating insights into the process great for preparing Christmas gifts well in advance. of chocolate making, then demonstrated how to make At this point, we got into a serious discussion about two different kinds of ganache. For flavoured oils to mix in – it was Chocolatier Tony Fagan starting to sound really exciting the uninitiated, a ganache is a sauce for filling chocolates or pastries, made from gave us some fascinating now. There was a wonderful chocolate and cream. choice including blood orange, Suitably refreshed, we were then taught insights into the process of which I chose and ginger, which chocolate making to make a ‘quick’ ganache and a ‘basic’ was John’s pick. However, you


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Give it a Go! white chocolate. Dipping was quite fiddly at first but we soon got the trick of it. I found doing the piping much more difficult than icing cakes. The mixture is much more liquid and control was far from easy but we managed it with help from Tony. I think that the whole process would be difficult to follow in a book – this is a new skill that you really need professional coaching to learn. Once our chocolates were ready, Tony showed us how

to box them and decorate with ribbons. This was really good fun and we ended up with some very pretty and scrumptious gifts. Tasting them was the best bit though! The chocolate we used is from Equadorian Arriba and is a blend of the Forestero and Trinitario bean, fully certified as Fair Trade. We’re now so inspired, we’ve signed up for a chocolate cake decorating course in a couple of weeks time.o

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could also try lavender, bergamot, basil or lime. Now for the first tricky bit. We were shown how to pipe the ganache onto greaseproof paper-lined baking trays. The piped ganache was then left to set whilst we got onto tempering the chocolate we were going to use for dipping. Tony explained how tempering chocolate prevents it from crystallising, which can lead to white patches. In the chocolate workshop Tony uses a special machine, which heats and spins the chocolate but the process can also be achieved using a home microwave. There were still more choices to make for the chocolate we used to coat the ganache. John had made a white chocolate mixture and decided to coat these in dark chocolate with milk chocolate piping. He also coated some of his chocolates with a hazelnut mixture. They looked and tasted amazing. I’d made a dark chocolate ganache, which I coated in milk chocolate and piped with

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FestiveFood&Drink...FestiveFood&Drink...Fe With Christmas approaching fast and the prospect of feeding family and friends during the next few weeks looming large, we asked some English Riviera chefs and readers to contribute festive recipes using local produce. Why not give some of these a go? Some will test your skills more than others! Don’t forget to post a photo of the results on English Riviera Magazine’s Facebook page. Honey roasted duck breast with celeriac puree and five spice jus Simon Hulstone The Elephant Torquay

The first of our festive recipes is designed for the really keen cook and is your chance to be a Masterchef for the day. You will need a whole duck (ask your butcher to remove the duck breasts and legs and keep the carcass), chicken stock, a sheet of Feuille de Brick (try Waitrose for this!), a Maris Piper potato, some honey, celeriac, butter, milk, double cream, veal stock, garlic cloves, shallots, carrot, fresh thyme, red wine, Port and five spice, corn flour (optional), large jacket potato, pak choi leaves and small mushrooms such as smiji or girolles. You’ll also need a japanese mandolin slicer. For the full instructions on how to create this masterpiece please visit englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


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Christmas Pudding Ice Cream with Mulled Red Fruits Andy Sewell Quayside Hotel Brixham

Serves a large family! Ingredients Ice Cream 12 egg yolks 12 oz sugar 1 tbs glucose 1.5 pints double cream Christmas pudding Icing sugar for dusting Red Fruits 1 kg of fruits of the forest 1 kg of caster sugar 1 x shot of brandy 1 x cinnamon stick 3 x Star Anise 6 x cloves Method Ice Cream Beat egg yolks until white. Boil the sugar & glucose with 150 ml of water until it reaches 121°C (use a sugar thermometer) slowly pour

Devon Crown Roast of Lamb Richard Haddock Churston Traditional Farm Shop

Serves 10 Ingredients 2 x 7 rib racks of lamb (ask your butcher to French trim them) Stuffing Approx 550g of lamb and cranberry sausage meat with a pinch of rosemary Decoration 400g dried apricots soaked in water 250g cranberries cooked with 2 tablespoon of sugar Method Preheat oven to 200°C/gas mark 6, season racks of lamb and tie together, keeping the eye of meat at the bottom. Brush all over with olive oil, place the stuffing mixture into centre of crown. Cover the surface and ends of bone with foil to prevent burning. Roast for 45 mins for pink, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

k...FestiveFood&Drink...FestiveFood&Drink... into the eggs, beat until cool. Whip the cream until soft peaks then crumble the Christmas pudding into the cream, fold in your egg mixture and freeze overnight. Red Fruits Put all the ingredients in a bowl overnight with a little water. Serve in a bowl with a ball of Christmas pudding Ice Cream & dust with your icing sugar.o

or an extra 15 mins for medium. Remove foil 5 mins before end of cooking time. Transfer to a serving platter and cover with foil and towel to let meat relax whilst making a gravy before serving. Decorate with apricots on top of the stuffing and cranberries around the bottom of the crown, sprinkle with chopped parsley.o


Brixham Crab Chowder Danielle Houlahan Crab Quay House Brixham

Serves 10 Ingredients 2kg crab carcass 1 Clove of garlic 250g chopped leeks 200g celery 100g onion Bunch of Thyme 75ml brandy 75ml white wine 1 bay leaf 1ltr double cream 500mls milk 200g cherry tomatoes 1 bunch spring onions 400g new potatoes 200g white crab meat Method Roast the crab carcass with ½ garlic clove and a nice bunch of thyme for 40 minutes at 180°C. Boil the wine and brandy rapidly until it reduces to about half of its original volume. Add this to the crab carcass and cook for a further 5 minutes. In a large pan cook down the leeks, celery and onion, then add the carcass and liquor from the roasting tin and the cream and milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Cut the new potatoes into small pieces and boil until tender. To serve spoon the chowder out into warmed bowls and add chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped spring onion, new potatoes, and white crab meat and garnish with micro herbs.o December/January 2013/14


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FestiveFood&Drink...FestiveFood&Drink... Chilli Jam John Jeyes Torquay

Makes 6 jars Ingredients 150g long fresh red chilli peppers (take out the seeds and cut into four) 150g red peppers (seeds removed and cut into rough chunks) 1kg jam sugar 600ml cider vinegar Method You will need 6 x 250ml jars with vinegar-proof lids, e.g. Kilner jars or jam jars. 1.Sterilize your jars and leave to cool. 2.Put the deseeded cut-up chillies into a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the chunks of red pepper and pulse again until you have a vibrantly red-flecked mix. 3.Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar in a wide, medium-sized pan over a low heat without stirring. 4.Once dissolved add the chilli-pepper mixture from the processor to the pan. Bring the pan to a rolling boil, for 10 minutes. 5.Remove the pan from the heat and allow it cool for 10 minutes. The liquid will become more syrupy, then it will become jelly-like as it cools. 6.After about 40 minutes, or once the red flecks are more evenly dispersed in the jelly (as the liquid firms up, the hints of chilli and pepper start being suspended in it rather than floating on it), ladle into your jars. If you want to stir gently at this stage, it will do no harm. Then seal tightly. Store in a cool dark place and once opened put in fridge and consume within a couple of weeks. Perfect with cold meats on Boxing Day! o

Chocolate Covered Christmas Cake Rachel Rees, Paignton

Ingredients 600g raisins 200g currants 100g glacé cherries 250g mixed dried fruits – I use figs, apricots and cranberries. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

400ml alcohol (all those bottles with just a little bit left in the bottom that you’ve been saving all year! - cherry brandy, Triple Sec and Tia Maria are favourites). 300g butter, at room temperature 200g Muscovado sugar 1 lemon 4 eggs 2 tbsp treacle 300g plain flour ½ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon A pinch of ground cloves 150g ground almonds 150g walnuts, chopped Method 1.The day before place the dried fruit in a saucepan with the booze and bring to a simmer. Pour into a bowl, cool, cover and leave to soften overnight.. 2.Preheat the oven to 150°C and line the base and sides of a 23cm round tin with greaseproof paper. Make the side lining a good 8cm higher than the tin. 3.In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Grate in the zest of the lemon and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the treacle. Sift the flour and combine with the spices and ground almonds. Mix into the butter mixture, alternating with the soaked fruit. Finally, fold in the walnuts. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and bake in the oven for about 3 hours. Check after 2½ hours and then every 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. 4. Once out of the oven wrap the cake in greaseproof paper and foil and store in an airtight container until a few days before Christmas. During this time ‘feed’ the cake with more alcohol once a week - about 50 mls each time. 5.Cover the cake in white marzipan and then melted chocolate and decorate with the help of the children! o December/January 2013/14



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Food&Drink... Brixham’s Newest Head Chef

Danielle Houlahan, a protégée of Michelin Star winning chef and author, Michael Caines, has been appointed Head Chef at Crab Quay House in Brixham.

Danielle commented, “The restaurant is absolutely superb with the most amazing views, probably, of any restaurant on the South Coast of England. However, what is more important is the access we have to the freshest fish. I have worked with some of the best chefs in the country and they would all literally kill for the opportunity to have one of the country’s most renowned fish markets literally within a few yards.”o

The journalists heard that Brixham has the highest value catch in the country, witnessed the exciting fish auctions, saw ice being loaded on to the fishing trawlers and watched the sun come up. During the visit to Crab Quay House, Christine and Dave Hodgetts (Brixham Fish Market Tours) presented a cheque to Brixham Fisherman’s Mission of funds raised from this season’s tours, which are non-profit-making.o

Food Find of the Month! If you’re West Country born and bred then you’ve probably eaten a pasty or two, and if you’re anything like me then it’s probably a regular occurence! Whether it’s lunch on the go, part of a picnic, or pub grub after a long walk with the dog on a chilly Saturday in December then they do hit that spot. I discovered this particular beauty at Churston Traditional Farm Shop - The Award Winning Homemade Beef Wellington Pasty. With a generous cut of local beef topped with a smooth mushroom paté all encased in a flaky pastry it really is a tasty treat.o

Brixham’s Fish Market Tours had a great final event of the season when some top foodie journalists joined the tour. The visit was part of a big Devon Foodie Tour organised by Visit Devon and co-ordinated locally by the English Riviera Tourism Company. The journalists stayed overnight at the Cary Arms in Babbacombe. The following morning at 6am, they descended on Brixham to discover for themselves the foodie credentials of the English Riviera’s famous fishing port. December/January 2013/14


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Food&Drink... South Devon’s Feast of Homemade Fayre Some of South Devon’s finest purveyors of food and craft items displayed their wares at a grand, two-day food, craft and music event in beautiful St Marychurch, Torquay. The venue was buzzing with fascinating stalls and stands offering delightful local produce and crafts. The Chairman of Torbay Council, Julien Parrott formally opened the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Tudors themselves were offering homemade pies, quiches and other delicious savoury goods as well as homemade cakes and Devon Cream Teas with their special homemade scones. The event celebrated the Grand Relaunch of Tudors, which the current owner has spent the last year renovating to bring the historic building and tearooms back to its former glory. Tudors is in the heart of St Marychurch has an amazing history, having been purpose built tearooms since the 1920s. The new owner Kamila Davis has started collecting memorabilia, the first being from a 1947 wedding on the premises. She would love to hear about other memories people have of this historic place, which still has the wonderful feel of being caught in time. o tudorstorbay.co.uk

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Great Gorillas Auction Paignton Zoo Great Gorillas Auction raised an incredible £100,000 to support gorilla conservation and Children’s Hospice South West. 27 large gorillas and two smaller cousins went under the hammer at a prestigious charity auction night at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. Robin Barlow (Auctioneer Robin Barlow Fine Art), Simon Tonge (Paignton Zoo), Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo)

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John Stephens & Rob Court (both Exeter University) Geoffrey Greinig, Fiona Tonge, Sylvia Greinig (Abbey School), Neil Bemment (Paignton Zoo)

Keith Richardson (Richardson Hotels), Pat Denham (Vice Principal, South Devon College) Liz Hart, Janet Rallison (Wollen Michelmore), Jim Parker (Herald Express), Chris Hart (Wollen Michelmore), Carolyn Custerson (ERTC)

Sally-Ann Wilkinson (Wild In Art), Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine) Malcolm Law (Artist – Cool Ice Cream Bananas), Mandii Pope (Artist – Darth Vader), Deborah Treliving (Hippocampus Gultulatus)

John Rowe & Colin Knight (both Francis Clark), Mark Salmon (Bays Brewery)


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A preview of Tracy Satchwill’s exhibition of collages of Devonian towns was held at the Nicky Stevenson Gallery in Brixham. Invited guests met the artist, viewed the works and enjoyed a drinks reception.

David Cowell, James Buchanan, Alison Porter

Nick Bellamy, Regina Lafay, Devon Bellamy

Tracy Satchwill, Nicky Stevenson Linda Jeyes, David Satchwill

Christmas Boost for Galmpton Primary Mike Snowdon from Churston’s Weary Ploughman Inn presented a cheque for £750 to Galmpton Church of England Primary School to help fund a new stage which will be used for their forthcoming Christmas Shows. Stuart Ruffe (Headmaster Galmpton Primary School), Mike Snowdon (Owner Weary Ploughman)

Spanish Tapas at the Torbay Festival of Poetry The opening night of the 13th Torbay Festival of poetry took the audience on a journey through Spanish creativity with poetry readings, translations, guitar music and folk singing. Brenda Hutchings, William Oxley.

Rod Scott Glyn Pursglove, Patricia Oxley

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Tourism Industry Autumn Update The English Riviera Tourism Company held their autumn update at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. About 200 delegates gathered to hear the latest industry news and enjoy some networking, followed by lunch.

Cllr Darren Cowell, Chris Hart (Chair ERTC), Cllr Vic Ellery

Marie Waters (Child Friendly Matters), Carolyn Custerson (Chief Executive ERTC), April Kingsley (Child Friendly Matters)

Richard Haddock (Churston Traditional Farm Shop), John Rowe (Director ERTC) John Bunce, Luke Tillen, Angela Bunce (all Torbay Holiday Helpers Network)

Louise Smith (ERTC), Lydia Stone (ERTC), Stuart Devlin (e-Strategy), Eddie Bent (e-Strategy)

The Angel in My Underwear

Acumen Publications held a reception and reading at Brixham Theatre’s Coffee Lounge to celebrate the launch of a pamphlet of poems entitled The Angel in My Underwear by Elaine Jarvest Miller. Julie Harris, Angie Weatherhead, William Oxley, Christine Burns, Avis Bruten (all Poetry for Pleasure) Elaine Jarvest Miller, Patricia Oxley

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Ian Chamberlain, Jennie Osborne, Graham Burchell, Susan Thompson (all Moor Poets)


Tourism Awards at the Palace

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The Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2013 were presented at a glamorous black tie dinner held at the Palace Hotel in Torquay. Eco-adventurer Monty Halls was guest speaker.

Jim Portus (Fishstock Brixham), Monty Halls

Lydia Stone (ERTC), Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

Karen and Laurence Murrell (TLH Leisure Resort)

Jim Parker, Michelle Pugh, Jon-Paul Hedge (all Herald Express)

Michelle Meredith, Clive Meredith, Liz Hart, Chris Hart (all Wollen Michelmore). Richard Humphreys, Rachel Carter, Elizabeth Cosgrave, Michael Cosgrave (all Wollen Michelmore)


Jason Poore, Simon Hulstone, (The Elephant) Gordon Gout, Brenda Gout, Vicky Prichard Davies, Jim Portus (all Fishstock Brixham)

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Haddon Galleries Charity Auction Haddon Galleries on Torquay harbourside staged a special event which raised over ÂŁ4,200 for the THHN (Torbay Holiday Helpers Network). Suppliers and artsits generously donated items for a charity auction. Invited guests were entertained by harmony duo Noteable and enjoyed a drinks reception.

Laura Wall (Artist), Diane Wheeler

Fiona & Paul Haddon (Owners Haddon Gallery)

Cameron Shaw (Photographer), Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine)

Mr & Mrs Pacey

Mr Wheeler, Theresa Shaw (Artist) Martin Brook, Luke Tillen, Izy Shaw, Steve Wright, Vicky Wright, Brian Lewis (all THHN)

David, Peter, Auriel and Carole Aldam

Cakes for Pudsey Children, parents and staff at Abbey School in St Marychurch sold delicious cakes to raise funds for BBC’s Children in Need.

Lillian Couch, Susan Repper, Sam Ashton, Sylvia Greinig (Principal Abbey School), Poppy Baxter, Nikki Hayter


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English Riviera Shines at Visit Devon Awards

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The prestigious Visit Devon Tourism Awards was held at the Grand Hotel in Torquay and there was a great showing of English Riviera winners:

• Sustainable Tourism Award - Compton Pool Farm, Marldon - Gold • Outstanding Services to Tourism, Carolyn Custerson - Special Award • Tourist Information Service of the Year, English Riviera Tourism Company – Gold • Tourism Superstar Award for Customer Service, Debbie Dugard of Beverley Holidays, Paignton • Bed & Breakfast and Guest Accommodation – The Elmdene, Torquay – Silver • Tourism Event of the Year BMAD Bike Festival, Paignton – Bronze • Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience, Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat Company - Bronze

Martin Shelton (sponsor Clockwork Hospitality), Carol & Andrew Gibbs (Elmdene, Torquay) , Judi Spiers Adrian Searle (sponsor Devon Hampers), Andy Hobbs & John Clewer (BMAD Bike Festival Paignton), Judi Spiers

Katrine Harrington, Louise Chapman, Angie Wright ( ERTC)

Nicola Furneaux, Debbie Dugard, Claire Jeavons (all Beverley Holidays) Paul Rose (e-Strategy), Ashley Chapman (Onshore PR), Eddie Bent (Lead Sponsor e-Strategy)

Robin Barker (Services for Tourism), Carolyn Custerson, ERTC and Visit Devon), Chris Hart (ERTC & Wollen Michelmore) The English Riviera Winners

Lydia Stone (ERTC), Anita Newcombe (sponsor Anita Newcombe Media & PR)


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The Secret Diary of a Family Lawyer– aged 42 ¾ 8am I arrive early in the office and enjoy the peace, which won’t last long. A chance to catch up on my notes from yesterday’s hearing. Two parents were at last able to reach an agreement and neither now have the daunting prospect of a long and costly hearing, where an unknown Judge will decide for them. An exhausting day but a very happy client. 9am I am now preparing for a Collaborative Law meeting. My client is anxious to agree financial matters following his separation and is attending the meeting with his wife and her lawyer. They have agreed to discuss the division of pension assets, their individual housing and income needs and the ongoing running of their business. I have obtained some tax advice and there are tricky aspects to discuss including the husband’s new partner and the wife’s recent inheritance. 11.30am During the meeting, we agreed who will divorce who and how it will be funded, and we now have a favoured option which may represent an eventual financial agreement. A long meeting, but substantial progress made. 12pm I have just come off the phone to a client who wishes to give money to her adult daughter to help her buy a house. She is unsure about her daughter’s relationship with her partner. She was reassured that there were ways in which the money could be protected in the event of a relationship breakdown. 1pm The valuation report has come in on a case and I can now draft some settlement options for my client. Keep the house? Sell the house? Keep the pension? I need to consider how my client’s immediate and future needs may be met. 2pm A client has reached a separation agreement over the weekend and wants it made legally binding before anyone changes their mind. I draft a full and final legally binding agreement.

3pm I am now ready for a ‘shuttle mediation’. The husband and wife have not communicated for some time and do not feel able to share the same room. However they both want to reach an agreement over the house, savings and the children’s schooling. I speak to both the husband and the wife, sitting in separate rooms, and hear their concerns, which I am able to relay to the other. Despite the conflict, they are in fact agreed on many points. 4.30pm Today’s letters have now been signed but two faxes have come in during my meeting. A client has been causing damage to her husband’s car and refuses him access to the property to collect his belongings. I will need to speak to her and see if I can diffuse the situation. Another client has been accused of failing to return the children on time at the weekend and I am told his future contact is now in jeopardy. Hopefully, we can resolve this so that there is no interruption to his limited precious visits with the children. 5.15pm I have prepared the paperwork for my client’s hearing next week, only to be informed it may now have to be adjourned. We can’t proceed without the business valuation report. 6pm A quick look at tomorrow’s diary. It looks like a free day – only two client appointments. I know it won’t be though. The telephone will start ringing and the fax machine whirring and the emails will start to fly in. Can’t wait!

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