English Riviera Magazine February 2017

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Enticing Events

Gail Trezise Cockington’s Ceramic Artist


Torbay Lifeboat


A Fabulous Feast for 4

Become a




to Berry Head Restoring

Paignton Picture House with Paul Hawthorne


Harry Brearley

Man of Stainless Steel

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...to our February-March issue! It’s quite chilly as I write but I’ve seen lots of snowdrops around and my daffodils are coming up nicely so I’m looking forward to the magic of spring. In case you’ve made a resolution to be more active in 2017, Julian reports on the local badminton scene and I’ve been to try a ‘Back to Netball’ session at Churston. We’ve also got a walk for all to enjoy in Torquay plus lots of events and theatre suggestions to tempt you out in February and March. We meet Gail Trezise, creating some wonderful ceramics at Cockington, Paul Hawthorne, who is a great ambassador for Paignton, and Duncan Brignell and Symon Cater who are busy getting us afloat in Brixham. We also celebrate our wonderful Torbay Lifeboat Station with some truly spectacular photos from local photographer Chris Slack. We discover working with wood at Sharpham and hear about this year’s ever-popular Delicious Dart Trail. And if you fancy a helping out with a cluster of cosy cats hoping for new homes then why not sign up to volunteer with our local Blue Cross at Watcombe? Please keep sending us your news, photos and story ideas to editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We always enjoy attending receptions and all kinds of events, so please feel free to invite us along if you’d like your event featured.

Enjoy our beautiful springtime and stay local!

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In this issue February/March 2017


28 For Those In Peril

6 Openers

Local news snippets

12 Meeting Paul Hawthorne

Paignton Picture House restoration

18 Arts - Gail Trezise

Ceramicist at Cockington

22 Heritage - Harry Brearley Inventor of stainless steel

24 Escape to Berry Head

Explore our National Nature Reserve

28 For Those In Peril

73 Gardening

34 Heritage Skills

76 Social Diary

37 Delicious Dart Trail

80 Business Breaks

39 Reader Competition

82 The Briefing

A picture special of the Torbay Lifeboat Hone your woodworking skills at Sharpham Foodie day out to spectate Win a fantastic dinner for 4

40 Give It A Go - Netball

Try something new this spring

42 Give It A Go - Badminton

Lis Wallace’s green-fingered column

Local people at local events Local business news in brief Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore

12 Meeting Paul Hawthorne

A sport with history in the Bay

44 Walk

Exercise for all around Torquay

46 What’s On

Our pick of February and March events

61 Education News

Updates from our educators

62 Brixham Ahoy!

Meeting Duncan Brignell and Symon Cater

66 Arts News

Creative events around the Bay

68 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

70 Charity & Volunteering

Time for pets at the Blue Cross

Cover: Torbay Lifeboat © Chris Slack chrisslack.com englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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‘Team NightCopter’ Heads to Base Camp English Riviera Magazine’s Co-Publisher and Editor, Anita Newcombe, has taken on the challenge of a lifetime, trekking to Everest Base Camp in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. Anita has been a trustee for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) for the last 6 years and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the last 3 years. Her tenure will come to an end in May 2017. To celebrate this and her 60th birthday, she, together with husband Richard will undertake an intrepid trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Anita and Richard will fly into Kathmandu then take a flight to the world’s most extreme airport, Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. 16 people will be crammed into a Twin Otter aircraft for the short trip into the mountains. Here they will land on a very short runway, hidden between the towering peaks. From Lukla they will be undertaking an 8-day trek to Everest Base Camp followed by a 4-day trek

Pirate Themed Sleep Walk

Rowcroft Hospice’s pirate-themed Sleep Walk 2017, which takes place on Saturday 8 July, is now open for registration. English Riviera Magazine readers will be able to sign up online for the discounted price of £15 per adult using discount code RIVIERA17. Participants complete their choice of five or ten mile circular walks along Paignton and Torquay seafronts from sunset into the night. Organisers are expecting more than 2,000 ladies to ‘hoist the main sail’ and sign up for the most swashbuckling night of the summer. This year’s Sleep Walk is more important to Rowcroft than ever, as the hospice continues its battle to regain financial stability following a drastic funding shortfall in 2016. Acting Chief Executive of the hospice, Jon Hill, explained, “For 6

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back to Lukla. After arriving at Base Camp they will summit the peak of Kala Patthar, a mighty peak at 5545 metres overlooking Base Camp. Altitude sickness is a big challenge here as they climb above 3,500 metres. Acute mountain sickness and the famous Khumbu cough needs to be overcome if they are to successfully reach their destination. Team NightCopter are doing this to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance’s night flying. Flying hours have been extended to midnight, which is vital but carries significant extra costs. As ‘Team Nightcopter’ Anita and Richard will go to the top of the world to help Devon Air Ambulance carry out rescues in the hours of darkness. To donate to this worthy cause please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/NEWCOMBES and leave your special message of support. o all the ladies who’ve always considered taking part in The Rowcroft Sleep Walk but haven’t – we ask that you please join us this year and support your local hospice and local families who need our help.” The hospice is also inviting all those who’d like to volunteer to help at the event to register their interest. o rowcroftsleepwalk.org.uk


Apprenticeship Awards

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust held an Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony in collaboration with South Devon College. A total of eight awards were presented on the night for clinical and non-clinical roles as well as leadership and management roles. These included six awards to apprentices themselves and two further awards to mentors from the College and the Trust: Narnia Kestell, Level 2 Team Leading, Sarah Robinson, Level 3 Healthcare, Elaine Wilson, Level 4 Healthcare - Assistant Practitioner, Kylie Titchard-Jones, Level 4 Management and Leadership, Megan Clemence,

Introductions for the Over 40s The Next Chapter, Devon’s latest Introduction Agency opens its door for business on 14th February. The idea for the new Torbay-based business came from two local ladies Judith Payne & Julie Mackay whose friends always complained of being unable to find a significant other. After extensive research both locally and nationally they decided to concentrate on the over 40s. Their findings showed this was an age group who were more likely to be disillusioned by online dating than the more fearless 23 44 age group. Their brand will deliver a more personalised service through one-to-one introductions for those looking to build a long-term relationship. Believing that through their method they can prevent dating disasters, Judith and Julie are holding a series of chapter seminars in Torbay in March. This will start with Let the Journey Begin for englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Level 5 Management and Leadership, Sureekanthi Dodd - Outstanding Achievement Award, Tracey Collins, Associate Director of Nursing Workforce for TSDFT – Apprenticeship Ambassador, Nikki Hayes, Assessor/ Training Officer, South Devon College – Special Award. Apprenticeships have been part of the Trust for a number of years, but this is the first year that awards have been presented, and the Trust is now planning to make the ceremony an annual event. The Trust currently has 122 apprentices working towards qualifications in a wide range of roles; including healthcare, digital media, laboratory technicians and customer service. o

those who feel the time is right to make that leap of faith or those who haven’t been lucky enough to find that someone special through traditional methods. Cost of this event will be £55 including lunch. For further information please call The Next Chapter 07860 279854 email judith@ nextchapter.global o

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Tortoise Invention

Animal staff members at Paignton Zoo were struggling to x-ray some hefty giant tortoises so called in Zoo Technician Don Nielsen to help. The female Aldabra giant tortoises weigh the best part of 14 stones – 90 kilos - and it takes four people to lift them. The males weigh even more. Vet nurse Celine Campana said, “We were sliding the digital x-ray plates under the tortoises, but they would stamp on them or poo and pee. They’re worth £900 each and they were getting quite scratched and damaged!” So vets and reptile keepers came up with the idea of a simple wooden frame, like a table without a top. Don then created the sturdy tortoise frame to solve the problem; the tortoises are lifted onto it and there is a slot into which the vets can slide the x-ray plate. Celine explains, “The table means they are lifted off the ground for only a moment or two, they can’t wander off as they are unable to reach the ground with their toes. The x-ray is taken in a quarter of the time it used to take.” Paignton Zoo’s Aldabra giant tortoises were rather smaller when they arrived at the Zoo in 1986 after being confiscated from an illegal shipment by Customs & Excise. o

Energy Is All There Is Wise words from Albert Einstein but to learn how to start the day thoroughly energised we talked to Sue Mutlow who offers energy and relaxation classes in Paignton on Tuesdays. From April to September she also enjoys barefoot walks at Goodrington where you will see her doing her exercises, for all to join. Sue teaches a feel-good daily energy routine, which consists of 12 techniques.


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Each class is varied and can include techniques to help with pain, hormones, diet, detox, eyes, confusion, dizziness and different relaxation techniques to help ease stress. Sue says, “Many of my ladies have been so pleased with their improved balance which in turn has given them greater confidence.” Sue is an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, a method pioneered by American Donna Eden. 01803 391628 sue.mutlow@gmail.com o


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Paignton Paul Hawthorne is born and bred in Paignton and has invested all his energies into his hometown, which he loves. Anita Newcombe finds out more.


aul Hawthorne is a busy man. He runs his family and described it as ‘a gem’. The front of the building is business, Devon School of English as Managing Art Nouveau and the interior is Art Deco. Director and Principal and as a keen historian, he The famous circular-shaped front doors are now is also a tireless campaigner for the restoration of both covered for their protection so we enter via a side Oldway Mansion and Paignton Picture House. door. The old ticket office is still there looking sad and I’m meeting Paul Hawthorne at Paignton Picture neglected since the cinema closed for the last time in House in Torbay Road as this is one of the local projects 1999. We enter the main auditorium and the elegant closest to his heart. Paul is Chair of the Trustees for lines of the house are both striking and sorrowful. Paignton Picture House Trust, the charity set up to restore The eye immediately goes up to the barrel-shaped and reopen this wonderfully historic building. vaulted roof supported by pilasters and some perfectly Now sadly closed and desperately in need of major preserved, if rather dusty, sculpted faces from the world restoration, the building, now Grade II* listed, opened as of entertainment. Paul points out one that is a mask Paignton Picture House in March 1914. It originally had of Douglas Fairbanks as Moses. There are also some 500 seats plus 3 private boxes used by the rich and famous magnificent art deco lights that were originally made of the time including Paris Singer (of the sewing machine right here in Paignton. family). Another regular patron was none other than Prior to the Trust’s purchase in Nov 2015, the building world-famous Agatha Christie had suffered from leaks and Historic England has placed it in the outbreaks of dry rot; there who would always sit in row two, seat two of the elegant top 5 of any UK cinema in terms of its was considerable damage to upper circle. the front few rows of seating architectural importance and Over the years, there have and part of the stage but this described it as ‘a gem’. been various expressions of has all been properly treated interest in regenerating the building but these have come now. The floors have been safely levelled and a fire alarm to nothing. So in 2014, Paul and his fellow directors installed so the public can be brought in for regular tours established the charitable trust to fundraise for the of the building. This is part of a plan to raise funds and proposed works. The building itself was purchased by a awareness for the £2 million the trustees will need to grant from Historic England and a 5-year programme of preserve this very special place. fundraising is currently underway. We walk up to the circle with its gracious curved We enter the picture house and the evocative nature of balcony and private boxes and look out towards the this iconic building is immediately apparent. It’s like being screen where the four-piece orchestra with piano would wafted back in time to a more gentle and gracious era. It’s accompany the silent films of the cinema’s earliest days. a bittersweet experience though as the cinema is obviously Next we enter the projection room, which looks as in urgent need of funding to rescue it and restore it to its though it has been frozen in time with a huge projector former glory. Historic England has placed it in the top 5 and film reels and even some dusty old loose film tangled of any UK cinema in terms of its architectural importance up and left abandoned on a side table.


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We visit a number of other rooms where we see some old letters laid out. These are in surprisingly good condition. Paul explains that for most of its life, the Drewe family owned the cinema and kept meticulous records of everything. These records have all been preserved and they give us a remarkable insight into the daily life of the cinema in its early days, such as records of the pianist asking for longer rest breaks. I spot an invoice dated 4 September 1917 from Harris and Sons Builders requesting payment of £14.2s.6d for plastering work to the boardroom. Another letter dated 6 August 1942 from Cadbury Bros. Ltd regrets the directors’ decision to suspend sales of confectionary in the cinema due to consumer rationing. There are many more charting the life and times that this fascinating little cinema saw before it closed. On the way out Paul shows me the exquisite stained glass window designed to be lit and viewed from the outside. Hopefully one day, this beautiful sight will welcome cinemagoers back into the newly restored Paignton Picture House. The trust is currently working on a 2-stage Heritage Lottery Fund bid plus a public fundraising campaign. Once refurbished, the Trust’s vision is that the building will become a true community hub, offering an inspirational space in which to watch films, socialise and enjoy other creative activities. The building will provide an educational and training resource for all age groups. The trustees are hoping to work closely with the National Trust at Greenway and the Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat Company, using links with Agatha Christie to draw in international and national visitors to ensure the restored building remains commercially viable and protected for future generations. We lock up the cinema with these pleasing visions in our minds and pop into Paignton Library where we inspect an exhibition of large panels, which explain the role of the American Women’s War Hospital, establshed at Oldway from 1914-1918. Paul researched this fascinating era and designed the panels to create awareness of the little known military hospital, funded by the Americans and which treated 5,000 soldiers during the war. The uncertain future of Oldway is another important issue for Paul who has been Chairman of the Friends of Oldway since 2007. Now, to see how Paul spends his working days, we drive over to Devon English School in Lower Polsham Road. Paul represents the second generation of Hawthornes who have run the school. His parents, Brian and Joan Hawthorne founded Devon School of English forty-five 14

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Riviera People years ago. In the school’s first year, when he was barely 2 years old, his parents had 30-40 students from Iceland to summer classes at their home in Paignton. They lived nearby in home stays but Paul fondly remembers student spaghetti parties and outings to the coast and countryside across the South West. Paul studied French and History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and after teaching for a year back home at the family school, he went to London to start a career at accountancy firm Cooper’s and Lybrand. After just 12 months the pull of home was too great – he missed the beauty of the South West and taking the students out on visits. So he returned to work in the family business in 1994, becoming Managing Director and Principal on the retirement of his parents a few years ago. One of his brothers, Bret, joined the school in 2000 and the other brother, Chris joined in 2007, both as directors in charge of the academic side of the business. Paul’s sister Nicola is also a director of the school but currently lives in Milan teaching English. Paul recalls, “There used to be lots of school family businesses but there are fewer now and certainly a second generation family-run school is less common these days. It was wonderful to work alongside my mother and father for 15 years and absorb the true values of the school.” Paul runs and markets the school and this involves a considerable amount of travel. He has recently been to Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Czech Republic, Korea and Japan. His trips involve trade fairs and visits to language travel agents. He explains that new markets constantly need to be established as other markets decline. He says, “You never have all the language markets working well at the same time.” Some students come for a year and others for 4-5 weeks but the average stay is about 2-3 weeks. The school teaches classes at all levels plus Business English. In the low season they employ about 20 staff and this rises to around 70 staff in the peak season (Easter and summer) with a combination of teachers and activity leaders. The school has 20 classrooms over 2 buildings and in the summer they also hire Queen’s College, Taunton for 4 weeks. Most students are on homestay plans but at Taunton they live-in. In addition to the teaching, the school has good contacts with local businesses and arranges various interfaces with local firms for the students. Devon School of English has trebled in size since 1994 and is currently maintaining a steady level with approximately 1,500 students per year. The main building in Lower Polsham Road was an old vicarage, which the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Riviera People family bought from the Church at auction in 1991. If it hadn’t sold, this historic building would have been demolished. It had been divided into 3 flats so took 6 months of renovation before the school could be opened. The school’s distinctive apple logo was established in 1985 and was designed to include concepts such as: ‘an apple for the teacher’, ‘a is for apple’ and to celebrate Paignton as a renowned cider-apple growing area. Paul feels that, in terms of language tourism, Torbay is well equipped to compete with Bournemouth and other south coast destinations because of the excellent quality and availability of friendly local homestays for the students. The school works with around 200-250 homestays. Younger students from 13-17 years old are always on full board and the school makes them packed lunches. In the homestays, they live as one of the family. Homestay providers can choose only to take adults if they wish but the majority of the students are younger. Between April and October there are also a number of courses running with many students over 50 years of age. Families can take up to 4 students if they have 2 twin bedrooms available. They will be allocated either boys or girls – the school doesn’t allocate a mix when placing students. Many students come back year after year and develop a real affection for their homestay families. When Paul isn’t working he is busy researching local history. Apart from his role as Chair of Paignton Picture House, he is also Chair of Friends of Oldway. He explains, “I have a passion for historical research – that’s how I relax.” Paul is very keen to promote the attractions of Paignton. He believes that projects like Paignton Picture House and Oldway will lead the much-needed regeneration of the town. He says, “We should aim high. I think that we have reached

a plateau and are on the way up. There are lots of interesting and dynamic people who have moved to the area in the last 10 years who have the drive that can inspire us all.” Paul believes that there’s a tendancy the see Paignton as rather overshadowed by Torquay and wants to help drive recognition of its fascinating history and positive assets such as the Picture House, Oldway, Paignton Zoo, the Steam Railway and the Agatha Christie connections. He tells me, “The investment in redeveloping Paignton Picture House will be good for Brixham and Torquay as well as Paignton – what’s good for one is good for all but local people have to give their full support – no project can succeed without that.” Paul’s wife Josephine is a heritage consultant and works as the south-west regional advisor for the Architectural Heritage Fund, alongside other more locally-based heritage projects. They first met at Oldway Mansion during the initial conservation studies completed there back in 2007. The couple loves to explore the South West and both enjoy the sea and coast, now joined by their two-year old son. Perhaps this new branch of the Hawthorne family may one day be part of the third generation of Devon School of English directors. In the meantime if you are interested in Devon School of English or in supporting Paignton Picture House or Oldway then you are welcome to email Paul direct at: paul@devonschool.co.uk You can also be part of the restoration by donating and/or booking on a tour at Paignton Picture House. o devonschool.co.uk paigntonpicturehouse.org facebook.com/paigntonpicturehouse facebook.com/friendsofoldway

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Gail Trezise is a ceramic artist based at Cockington Court where she makes her trademark boats, harbours, wall hangings and driftwood pieces. Anita Newcombe pops in to take a look.


am meeting Gail in her studio at Cockington. Her shop and display area are at the front of the space with her workbench and kiln at the back. Cockington Court Craft Centre is designed so that you can watch the makers at work. Gail’s dog Skipper, a Parson Russell Terrier, is with her today and he makes himself nice and comfortable beneath her desk. As I admire some of the lovely, quirky pieces, Gail explains that she always liked making and exploring things. She tells me, “Mum was a very big influence on me; she was always making things: clothes for my Sindy dolls, a Sindy doll bedroom from a cardboard egg box and even my very own miniature private garden with a small border and a little boathouse and pond.” Gail’s childhood sounds idyllic with her Mum and Dad (Gladys and Bill) encouraging her creativity. From a very young age, she loved painting by numbers and sewing kits. At school, Gail gained much praise for her delicate needlework, her art, her domestic science skills and all hands-on activities. However, it was a different story in her academic subjects. She tries to explain. “I can visualise things in my head really well – that’s how I manage to be so creative – but I can’t get them down in the right order and so I always struggled at reading, writing and maths.” Gail vividly remembers doing sums at school and believing that she was on the right track, only to be told that she had got it all wrong and was lazy and stupid. I ask her if she thinks this has held her back and she nods and tells me that it probably has.


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Riviera People Having waited until she was 50 to realise her dream, Gail’s story does provide inspiration for others to follow their heart and see where it leads!

Gail with her Stargazy Pie

She doesn’t seem too worried about this and I am sensing a person who always looks on the bright side of things. Gail has a very happy family life with her husband Derek, their children Kelly and Gareth plus grandchildren but until a few years ago she had been muddling along in what she calls ‘dead-end jobs.’ Then at the age of 50, she went along to South Devon College to see about a course for her son and ended up touring the art department. She tells me, “I was blown away by the facilities and just wanted to see what I was capable of doing.” Her lovely mum-in-law Barbara, treated her to a one-year part time art and design course, which ran two days per week. Not being able to work the art days around her catering shifts, she decided to give up her job and concentrate entirely on her art. Following completion of her course, Gail discovered that as she had left school without qualifications, she was entitled to government funding. So she then undertook a two-year, full time foundation degree, also at South Devon College. It was an integrated craft course, which included ceramics, textiles, 3D modelling, jewellery and metalwork. Fellow Cockington Craft Studios maker Trish Woods was her englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

metalwork teacher and also the head of her course. Gail enthuses, “I just loved the ceramics.” As part of her course, she developed a way of ‘slip casting’ into soft, stitched moulds. She stitched everyday sponge dishcloths together to make pod-shaped forms and then poured liquid clay into them. The clay sets and the dishcloth is then burnt off during the firing process so you end up with a beautiful pod that looks a bit like a sea urchin. During her course, Gail bought her own kiln and initially just made ceramic pieces of art as a hobby. After completing her foundation course, she could have gone on to Plymouth to do her BA but she tells me, “I just couldn’t face another dissertation.” The writing part was always hard for Gail but she surprised her classmates by being able to design processes that worked without any preliminary sketches at all – she could just see it all in her head. This ability to visualise a process has stood Gail in good stead and she is always experimenting with new ideas at her studio. Amongst her most popular themes are the ceramic harbours she creates. Taking some flat clay, she uses a cocktail stick to draw the design in freehand. She tells me, “I just draw it from my head.” Once the design February/March 2017


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Riviera People is on the clay, she cuts around the edge with a craft knife. The boats are made separately and then stuck to the scene with wet clay (slip). When the piece is partially dry, she stands them up and shapes them to create the trademark curved harbour shape. Initially Gail just made pieces for fun but her friends and family loved them and she started selling at the Arts and Crafts Market on Brixham Harbour. Then she managed to get her work into a couple of regional galleries and things looked like they might be set to grow. At this point she took a small business course with Outset Torbay and it was Outset’s tutor (at the time), Liz Edwards who encouraged Gail to look at the available units at Cockington. Gail was uncertain but says, “Outset made it sound possible.” So she applied for a Cockington Court Studio, had an interview and was told the next day that she had been accepted. This was in 2012 and she has been running her business at Cockington Court since then. She tells me, “I settled into Cockington brilliantly. It was nice to be able to work on evolving my products all day whilst also displaying them for sale and then, at the end of the day, just turn the key and head home.” Gail also loves making wall pieces and her iconic Stargazy pie hanging has been very popular. She moulds each piece by hand and then fires it to 930 degrees (the biscuit firing). Then she hand paints and glazes each piece, some with matt and some with gloss and fires them again to 1080 degrees. She doesn’t only use ceramics. Harbour wall hangings are mounted on wood, which have to be shaped, painted and dyed (Gail’s husband Derek helps her with cutting and shaping all the pieces of wood which she uses). The sails and bunting flags on her


boats are all painted with acrylics, starting off just as plain calico. She also uses string and beads and little wooden skewers for masts. Recently Gail has been working on some lighthouse models and other favourites include bow maidens (mounted on wood) and her delightful skyboats. These are ceramic boats that are hung from the ceiling or windows on clear plastic strings. They look amazing and each has a saying or evocative line of poetry painted on it. The name ‘skyboat’ is genius and Gail explains that she had the idea when displaying her boats at the Afloat Exhibition a few years ago at Torre Abbey. She now has galleries selling her work in Sidmouth, Topsham and Brixham and would like to expand into more as her goal for 2017. Gail feels that galleries are not keen on cold calling artists so she just drops by with a card and if they are receptive, she will pop back to her car for a couple of samples to show them. She explains, “I never pester. I just don’t have the confidence to come on too strong.” Gail is able to make personalised pieces but this can take 2-3 weeks as it takes a while to fill up to the kiln before firing can take place. However, that’s not long to have a beautifully handmade commissioned piece to take home. Gail is obviously delighted with her venture even though she works what she calls, “a full time job for part-time pay.” She tells me, “I’m content now and I love what I do.” Having waited until she was 50 to realise her dream, Gail’s story does provide inspiration for others to follow their heart and see where it leads! o art-ceramics.co.uk

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Harry Brearley Inventor of Stainless Steel

Harry Brearley created stainless steel, an invention that changed our lives, and yet in retiring to Torbay became completely anonymous. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society brings us the fascinating story.


arry Brearley, one of nine siblings born into poverty in The Wicker at Sheffield in 1871, would nevertheless by age twelve be working as a ‘cellar boy’ in the famous Thomas Firth & Sons crucible works. Someone had noted that his “face was cleaner than another’s” and it was not long before as a ‘bottle washer’ in the chemical laboratory he was spotted by its chemist James Taylor. James had also been born in the infamous Sheffield slums, but had won a Whitworth scholarship, so was sympathetic to Harry, when through sheer hard work, he also won a scholarship. Living in Spital Street with its small back yards and attendant external toilets and ginnells (alleyways between the terraced houses) was hardly an ideal start. However, Harry went on to become an apprenticed laboratory assistant where he would learn the skill of producing steel and its chemical methodology. He married Helen Crank in 1895 and by 1901 the couple were living at Mickley Lane, Totley with a son Leonard. Much later Harry’s autobiography would confirm he was dreaming of the day of being “in a cottage on the edge of the Derbyshire moors” where the air quality was of a degree of purity he would never experience in Brightside. After leaving Firth & Sons, he worked at the Kayser Ellison & Co laboratory, also in Sheffield, for just two years before returning to Firth’s. He spent the next three years experimenting with steel composition and being appointed 22

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Works Manager of the company’s steel plant in Riga, Russia. On his return to Sheffield in 1907 he was put in charge of the new research laboratory at the Firth Brown Steel Company; Firth’s had merged with John Brown & Company. His family was now living at Elmswood House in Old Whittington, a far more affluent area, and even employed a domestic servant Anne Bennett. Harry was commissioned by Firth’s to investigate rifle barrel corrosion and found it was mainly due to heat and the discharge of gases when rifles were in regular use. He set out on a personal crusade to find a resistant steel. He avoided the term corrosion, preferring the term - erosion resistant. Having experimented with many alloys containing chromium (known to have a higher melting point than ordinary steel), he eventually settled on a range of alloys with 6% to 15% chromium. In adding carbon, he achieved an alloy sample that, when etched with acids, created a grain-like structure. By August 1913 Harry Brearley confirmed that he had created a steel alloy of 12.8% chromium and 0.24% carbon. Today this is still recognised as being the first sample of what we call stainless steel. Firth Brown’s failed to understand the armament potential of Harry’s new so-called ‘rustless steel,’ which was why he approached the Sheffield cutlery industry. Firth’s did allow two samples to be tested. The Cutlers Association, having taken no instruction about the special temperatures needed, subsequently issued a report stating englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Riviera Heritage confirms that stainless steel was initially seen by Firth’s the rustless steel alloy would be difficult to forge, grind as having little commercial value, rust being an accepted and harden. fact. At the time no one, including scientists, believed it Sheffield people were recorded as saying - “Harry could be eliminated. Brearley remarked, “I hope I will not Brearley the man who invented knives that won’t cut.” be taken amiss if I say that workmen are often much wiser This might have been the end of all his work but this than their masters.” obstinate scientist and entrepreneur decided to purchase After leaving Yorkshire and Derbyshire for South a hundredweight of chromium steel to undertake his Africa, the Brearley family eventually went to Australia, own tests. He did this with a cutlery foundry courtesy where his son Leonard married and produced five of a new friend Ernest Stuart, Manager of R F Mosley children. The Brearleys came to Devon in 1930 and & Co. Together they successfully tested the steel against settled in Livermead where during 1928 Harry built corrosion from “fruit, condiments, food marks and Walton Cottage in Mead Road even vinegar” before Ernest “I hope I will not be taken amiss if I say Torquay; here he resided until suggested - “maybe the more marketable name than rustless that workmen are often much wiser his death on July 14th 1949. Leonard had remained in steel was “stainless steel” - a than their masters.” Australia but pre-deceased his eureka moment indeed. father in 1945. There was to be a second eureka moment when just In June 2013 the University of Sheffield held a Harry before the outbreak of the First World War, a Firth Brearley Stainless Steel Conference in celebration of the Director visiting the German Krupps factory at Essen, 100th Anniversary of this remarkable invention, although was astonished to see a bar of Brearley’s rustless steel in Torbay he is virtually unknown. sitting on a desk in front of him. His ‘eureka moment’ Torbay Civic Society were in favour of a commerative came as the man realised that Firth’s had missed their plaque being unveiled at Walton Cottage following golden opportunity in failing to patent the invention. It meant that the Germans had won the armament potential an enquiry from the North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society (NEDIAS) but to date this remains against rust. unfulfilled. o But as the company was still treating Brearley as an torbaycivicsociety.co.uk employee, he left Firth’s in 1915 after a dispute about ownership of his new steel. He became Works Manager at Brown Bayley’s Steel Works in Sheffield. Here he was allowed to continue his experiments until lady luck intervened. A 75-year-old American entered his life with a proposition they take the product to America. Like so many British inventions even today, the USA registered the patent making future production of stainless steel in America legal. Brierley came home to go into partnership with Firth’s as the Firth Brearley Stainless Steel Syndicate. At the end of the First World War, he had invested in a new property - the Riggotts Plantation, on the south side of Matlock Road. Now named Walton Ridge, this home was near Chesterfield Tube Works on Derby Road, a factory where he would later be employed as Consulting Metallurgist. Brearley returned to America in 1921, a witness in the patent rights case against Firth Brown. They continued to insist the invention was theirs and this later saw a breakdown in all connection with Harry. Meanwhile, awarded the Iron and Steel Institute’s Bessemer Gold Medal, Harry became a Director of Brown Bayley. His autobiography Knotted String published in 1941, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Escape to

Berry Head The weather can be very brisk in February and March but it’s delightful to muffle up in coats, hats and scarves, put on our boots and head out to spectacular Berry Head National Nature Reserve.


his Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust nature reserve with its ‘wow factor’ views is an exceptional place to see birds and other wildlife, and a stroll around the wonderfully evocative restored forts is always a treat. Berry Head towers 60 metres (200 feet) above the English Channel and is one of the most southerly points on the English mainland, creating a regular bird rarity and migration hot spot. The mix of grassland, scrub woodland, rocks, quarries and sea caves provides an excellent variety of habitats for birds. About 200 species have been recorded and 50 species breed within or close to the reserve. The high cliffs are host to the largest breeding colonies of guillemots on the south coast of England and these are Berry Head’s most famous residents. The award-winning nature reserve is also home to a small breeding colony of cirl buntings. In addition regular sightings include sparrowhawk, goldcrest, occasional firecrest, wheatear, razorbill, black redstart and occasional eider duck. Guillemot numbers, best viewed from the sea-cliff facing hide, averages 1,200 birds over the season. Countryside Officer, Noel Hughes manages Berry Head, part of the UNESCOrecognised English Riviera Global Geopark, on behalf of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. He leads a team of seasonal and part-time rangers who manage the site and co-ordinate volunteer working. o countryside-trust.org.uk/berryhead


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We Love to Watch Guillemots Breeding Breeding on the cliffs, up to 1,200 guillemots can be seen from March to early July. Note: From the 1st March - 31st July (breeding season) there is an Area of Special Protection Order covering the sea in front of the colony and the colony itself. Climbing restrictions are in place during this time also. This is to prevent any disturbance to the birds and their young during this important time. You will also be able to watch their progress on the brand new cliff camera (see more below). Greater Horseshoe Bats Flying Within the Berry Head caves, the greater horseshoe bats have an internationally important maternity roost. These highly protected mammals are at the top of the food chain and a good resilient natural environment will contain these night-time predators. During the day you will see evidence of these majestic animals through the Trust’s management of the site. The North Devon cattle that graze here provide the perfect material for some of the bats most important prey, dung beetles. Plus, the well maintained hedgerows, paths and woodland edges provide foraging habitats or commuting routes. You can also attend one of the ranger-led evening Bat Walks, where you can find out about their life cycle, the Trust’s work to support them and, hopefully, see them as they emerge from their roost. Check the Trust’s events calendar for details englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Photo: Chris Slack chrisslack.com

Out and About

Peregrine Falcon Diving The majestic peregrine falcon can be seen all year round on the main headland and are often seen in and around Berry Head’s quarry, hunting for prey. David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II filmed this iconic bird diving at speeds of up to 180 mph. This is faster than skydivers and must be seen!

In the winter enjoy them reeling in the air off the end of the headland. They breed in the quarry and on the guillemot cliff from May and are often still on chicks in August. The Fulmar is not in the gull family but the petrel and shearwater family. If threatened when on a nest it will regurgitate a very smelly oily fishy substance over the perceived predator – including unsuspecting climbers!

Photo: Mike Langman

Cirl Bunting Singing Known affectionately as the ‘hedgerow highwayman’ because of its distinctive black mask, the cirl bunting is one of Britain’s most threatened songbirds. They’ve enjoyed careful protection here at Berry Head and in other parts of the Bay and their population is now on the increase. You can see these delightful birds year round on Berry Head particularly look out for winter flocks feeding on the seed Trust Rangers provide on path edges. They are often seen singing high on top of a bush, feeding on insects and seed throughout the mixed scrub and meadow areas – a great photo opportunity! Fulmars Swooping Fulmars are an ever-present sight off the cliffs of Berry Head, numbers build in the breeding season from May. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Soay Sheep Grazing This small, hardy and highly distinctive breed of sheep, usually brown or tan in colour, is expert in grazing those hard-to-reach areas. They munch away at scrub and rougher grasses that overshadow the important rare plants found here and thus are a considerable help in the conservation work of the Trust. They are to be found grazing in various compartments across the site including the North Fort and it’s important that you keep your dogs on leads to protect the flock (check gates for signs).

the bird, the first positively identified in British waters, back in 2008 but it has only recently been accepted as a first for Britain. Noel Hughes said, ‘’This is great news not just for Berry Head NNR, and the many birders that come here, but also testament to the rich diversity of wildlife that use Torbay and Lyme Bay. Whether it is the many varieties of seabird and cetacean, or rarities such as the long-snouted seahorse, basking shark or sunfish now the Yelkouan shearwater can be added to the list. We are truly lucky to have such natural bounty on our doorstep.”

NEW! Cliff Camera A brand new cliff camera is being installed this year at Berry Head National Nature Reserve and will overlook the Reserve’s guillemot colony. Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust have been keen to replace the original camera since it stopped working in 2012. The installation will be in time to capture the new guillemot breeding season and will have the ability to relay images back to the Visitor Centre and later will be live on the Trust website. Whilst the Trust has provided capital towards the project, a number of other organisations have offered help in raising capital or providing funds towards its annual maintenance. Premier Park, who manage the Trust car parks at the NNR, Cockington Court and Anstey’s Cove, and the Trust’s insurance company, WPS, were keen to be involved in the project and have both made significant contributions. Most recently, the Friends of Berry Head made a very generous donation to the Trust. Through their various fundraising activities the group has raised £2,100, which will not only help to purchase the new camera but also a new projector for the Visitor Centre. Countryside Officer, Noel Hughes said, “The guillemot colony here at the reserve is regionally, if not nationally, significant and to have the use of a HD camera such as this is a tremendous boost. This camera will allow us to show the birds in all their glory, especially in the breeding seasons. In addition, the technology is there to allow us to engage with people without them even visiting the site, either as an interested member of the public or to grant access to students to use the camera for studies. It is then hoped these studies will help us better understand and protect these special birds”.

Tropical Seas & Napoleonic Forts The heart of the headland at Berry Head is 400 million year old limestone and was once a reef in a shallow tropical sea south of the equator. You can find evidence of dramatic climatic events in the cliffs, as well as fossils in the limestone of the fort walls. People, as well as geology, have shaped Berry Head, most significantly by quarrying its limestone over the last 300 years. Used to build the Napoleonic forts, quarrying continued right up to the 1950s. Today the quarry’s quiet seclusion is an ideal home for some of its protected wildlife, from seabirds to bats.

Berry Head Discovery of Britain’s 600th Bird Species Last year the British Ornithologists’ Records Committee (BOURC) announced the addition of the 600th species to their British List, a Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan). Local experts Mike Langman and Mark Darlaston spotted 26

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Out and About Berry Head Goes to Bollywood! An Indian production company recently filmed in parts of Berry Head, creating the stunning backdrop for a forthcoming ‘Bollywood’ blockbuster. The film, with a working title of ‘Ek Hassena Thi Ek Diwanna Tha’, is due for international release in 2017. Sudipto Sarkar, EHEDT Films Line Producer said, “No Bollywood movie has ever been shot in the West Country before.” Noel Hughes said, “It is a fantastic opportunity for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust to showcase the beauty of South Devon, especially here in Brixham, to an international audience.” Filming of The Coroner Berry Head’s Guardhouse Café became the village hall for the fictional village of Lighthaven where the popular BBC1 series the Coroner is set. The episode was screened in November.

Photo: Chris Slack chrisslack.com

Friends of Berry Head NNR The Friends of Berry Head are an independent group of volunteers from the local community with a passion and pride in Berry Head National Nature Reserve. The Friends hold regular meetings throughout the year at the Berry Head NNR Visitor Centre. There is a Friends’ Wall at Berry Head’s Guardhouse Café. Contact Countryside Officer, Noel Hughes if you would like to get involved with the Friends of Berry Head noel@countryside-trust.org.uk

Berry Head National Nature Reserve - How to Get There: Opening Times: Berry Head National Nature Reserve is open all year round and free to visit. Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome – certain areas require leads – please observe signage. Visitor Centre: Opens 7 days from Easter. Winter Opening Saturdays and Sundays only 10am – 4pm. Car Park: Pay and display (free for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust members). Guardhouse Café: Open daily throughout the winter months from 9am to 4pm. Distance and time: This is a compact site occupying a coastal promontory but allow plenty of time to see the birds and explore the geology and history of the site. Disabled Users: There is no vehicle access to the Cafe or Visitor Centre at Berry Head, however two mobility vehicles are available for hire (just a deposit charged) please book in advance on the main office number 01803 882619. This will enable you to explore a large area of the site easily. Alternatively, the walk is very level and suitable for non-motorised wheelchairs. The visitor centre and cafe is around 300m from the car park on a tarmac path which is mostly level, with a slight rise from the car park. Public Transport: The number 12 bus serves Brixham running approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the bus to Brixham and either follow the signs to Berry Head (30 minute walk, part of which is steep) or, from Brixham Town Centre take bus no. 17 (hourly service) which runs to Victoria Road. From here it is about a ½ mile walk to Berry Head, signposted from the bus stop (and still with steep sections). englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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For Those in Peril Brixham Lifeboat Station (now Torbay) was formed after the Great Storm of January 1866 in which over 50 vessels were lost and over 100 men lost their lives. The vessels lost were mainly in the South West corner of Tor Bay and Brixham Harbour. RNLI Torbay has now completed its 150th year. Photographer Chris Slack brings us some memorable photos of the volunteer crews in action, seen here on exercise with RNLI Teignmouth’s Inshore Lifeboat. Photos: Š Chris Slack chrisslack.com


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n the last 150 years, the voluntary lifeboat crews of Torbay have selflessly raced to launch a lifeboat on just over 4,000 occasions bringing a similar number of people ashore to safety. The volunteer crew at Torbay lifeboat station now operates an all-weather Severn class lifeboat, Alec and Christina Dykes and a smaller D-Class inshore lifeboat Leslie & Mary Daws which is highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for operating close to shore and in shallower waters. Torbay remains one of the busiest coastal stations in the country. In 2015, the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew at Torbay Lifeboat Station launched 83 times, rescuing 87 people. As only one in 10 volunteer RNLI crewmembers has a professional maritime occupation, the RNLI provides rigorous training, which is a further commitment for the volunteers and their families. In 2015, the Torbay crew spent a staggering 688 hours at sea training. As Torbay is a bustling holiday resort, with a large leisure sailing and boating community, alongside a thriving fishing port, the volunteers encounter rescues of similar themes, including mechanical failure, walkers cut off by the tide and water sport enthusiasts caught out by weather or equipment. Aside from the station’s operational team of volunteers of crew and shore crew, Torbay RNLI also has a dedicated team of coastal safety volunteers. While the RNLI will always launch to anybody in need, an important part of the charity’s work is preventing people from getting into trouble in the first place. Flanked by Teignmouth’s inshore, Atlantic 85 lifeboat to one side and Dart’s inshore D-Class to the other, Torbay’s crew often work alongside their volunteer colleagues on joint operations or exercises. These include rescue displays on Lifeboat Day, a highlight in the station’s calendar and its success a result of the hard work of the Brixham Fundraising Guild.


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Alongside the Paignton Branch and Torquay Fundraising group, the Guild is made up of enthusiastic volunteers who organise events throughout the year to raise the funds needed to provide the crew’s training and equipment. The lifeboat station is open to visitors from Easter to late October, and the souvenir shop, which is also run by volunteers, is open almost every day of the year from 10am to at least 4pm selling a wide range of souvenirs. There are many types of volunteers who make up the team at Torbay RNLI and the station and fundraisers are always eager to welcome new members. Anyone interested in helping with the fundraising, should contact Ellie Walker, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, ellie_walker@rnli.org.uk. Those looking to join, as crewmembers should contact Nick O’Brien, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, torbay@rnli.org.uk o torbaylifeboat.co.uk respectthewater.com 32

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Working with Wood

at Sharpham

The Sharpham Trust is working with artist and furniture maker Peter Lanyon and a group of volunteers to make a green (unseasoned) oak bench for the Carriage Drive, the foot and cycle path that runs from Totnes to Sharpham.


eter will be working with up to 8 volunteers for 7 days in March and April 2017 to create the bench. It will be quite hard but satisfying work as they cleave a giant oak by hand, wielding tools used by Viking boat builders. Maya Herbolzheimer, Volunteer & Engagement Officer at the Trust explained, “This will create an outstanding piece of art that can be used by visitors to the Sharpham Estate.” She added, “Sitters on the bench will be able to see wonderful views down the River Dart valley and it will create a contemplative resting-spot on the Carriage Drive.” The project is part of Discovering Sharpham – a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project to improve access to Sharpham Estate. The project also encompasses the Trust’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence scheme. Sharpham is an ancient place and people are known to have lived here from at least 1260. The name exactly


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describes its situation in the Saxon words schearp (meaning sharp) and ham (referring to the bend in the river). The first known inhabitants here were a family called de Schearpham, taking their name from where they lived. Thomas de Schearpham was the owner of the original manor house that was located here in 1260. Peter said, “We’ll be using techniques similar to the Viking longboat builders. We will cleave a giant oak by hand using simple tools: froes, beetles (giant wooden sledgehammers), gluts (wooden wedges), wedges and axes.” Volunteers will work outside on The Sharpham Estate with these traditional woodworking tools under Peter’s expert tuition. Peter’s work brings together the skills, tools and technology of the fine furniture maker and fuses this with ancient ‘bodging’ traditions of working unseasoned timber, where nothing is straight, or predictable. He


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chniques similar “We’ll be using te boat builders.” to the Viking long

likes to combine green (unseasoned) wood with modern materials and furniture techniques to bring something fresh and new to the world of bespoke furniture. He works mainly with locally coppiced wood and fallen trees. Split along the natural line of the grain, this produces fluid curves, which are then shaved by hand to produce organic furniture and lighting. His philosophy is one of minimum intervention - imposing as little as possible on the materials, leaving the gentle curves as nature intended. Peter trained initially at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, and later completed an MA in Furniture Design with distinction at Bucks College in High Wycombe. He runs green wood furniture courses for both adults and children, and community projects for those wishing to make something special for their local area – his recent work can be seen in The Rotherfold Square in Totnes. At the end of the 7 days, the group of volunteers will help install the bench at a beautiful spot along the Carriage Drive between Sharpham House and Totnes for all to enjoy, and there will be a celebration at the end of the project. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Each day will run from 10am to 4pm, and the Trust will provide refreshments and a lunch. Volunteers must be over 16 and a reasonable level of fitness and strength is required for this project, particularly for the first two days. The days are: Thursday 2 & Fridays 3, 10, 17 & 24 March, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April Anyone interested in this project should email Maya on volunteer@sharphamtrust.org or call 01803 731802. Peter runs green wood furniture courses for both adults and children, and community projects for those wishing to make something special for their local area. His courses include: Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making, Green Wood Chair Making, The Table Course, Creative Seating and Build a Shave Horse. He also works on various community projects and you can commission a piece of bespoke furniture. His workshop is located at Newton Ferrers. The Sharpham Trust is an educational charity based in and conserving Sharpham House and the 550-acre Sharpham Estate on a stunning three-mile stretch of the River Dart. o sharphamtrust.org February/March 2017


Eating Out Guide EST D 1904


Occombe Farm Café

Redcliffe Hotel

The Babbacombe Inn

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

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

Occombe Farm Preston Down Road PaigntonTQ3 1RN 01803 520022 info@countryside-trust.org.uk

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

The Babbacombe Inn on Babbacombe Downs enjoys one of the most fabulous views around. Open daily, it offers a great range of tasty pub food in a cosy, welcoming environment. Whether you’re after a light snack or looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion the Babbacombe Inn has plenty of buffet and function options on offer. With live entertainment and a weekly quiz, it’s also ideal for a pre-theatre meal or drink. Free parking on site.


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


Food & Drink

DELICIOUS DART TRAIL a food fest on the run...

Hundreds of fun-loving foodies will eat and drink their way from Totnes to Dartmouth when the Delicious Dart Trail returns for a final time on Saturday 25 March 2017.


he popular food-festival-on-the-run sold out in record time after organisers announced their decision to make this year’s event their last. Event founder, Kate Treleaven, said, “After five years it seems like the right time for us to take a break and to give the many local businesses who so generously support the event a break too! We’re looking forward to making this the best one yet and hope participants will help us raise a record amount for our charity partner, CHICKS.” Pubs, cafés, hotels and restaurants which line the route along the Dart Valley Trail will be welcoming participants with an astonishing selection of bite-size tasters made with the finest local produce. By the time they reach Dartmouth, the strong-stomached gastronauts will have clocked up 15 miles of riverside trail and tasted more than a dozen different beers, wines, liqueurs, savouries and puddings. There’s also an alternative 10-mile route, which stops short in Dittisham and includes transportation by ferry to the finish in Dartmouth. The spectacular route runs from Totnes to Sharpham, Ashprington, Tuckenhay, Cornworthy, Dittisham, Greenway, Noss, Kingswear and Dartmouth. This year’s Delicious Dart trail offers up a variety of


new tasting opportunities from Dartington Dairy, New Lion Brewery, Salcombe Gin and the Kitchen Table, alongside old favourites including the Waterside Bistro in Totnes, Sharpham Vineyard, The Maltster’s Arms and Café Alf Resco. The run, which is sponsored by Coast and Country Cottages and Caterfood, finishes in the Old Market Square, Dartmouth, where there’ll be live music and a fundraising raffle in aid of CHICKS charity from 1.30pm. The Delicious Dart Trail is now sold out but those who have missed out on a place can still join in the fun. Kate Treleaven said, “The Delicious Dart Trail makes for a really entertaining day out for spectators with a great carnival atmosphere. Take a seat at one of the pubs or cafés along the route and toast the exuberant runners as they pass by or head straight to the finish in Dartmouth and cheer the runners home.” The Delicious Dart Trail supports CHICKS, a local charity which provides respite breaks at its centres in Devon and Cornwall for disadvantaged kids from all over the UK. For a full course map and more information about the event visit deliciousdarttrail.co.uk/trail o

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Torquay hotelier, Keith Richardson has brought two Michelin starred chef John Burton Race on board to headline the Brasserie and Terrace at Torquay’s newly refurbished Grosvenor Hotel. Enter our competition to win a fabulous dinner for four.


oping to bring some ‘Michelin magic’ to his Richardson Hotel Group, Mr Richardson has said, “We’re very excited to be working with John. His background is in world-class dining, and that’s something we want to promote in The Grosvenor’s Brasserie and Terrace. We aim to make the hotel a real destination, not only for tourists, but for locals too.” John Burton Race will be involved in every aspect of the restaurant, from the actual kitchen design to menu planning and preparing dishes. Although many would be daunted at the task of turning around the hotel’s somewhat infamous reputation, John is adamant about what needs to be done, and knows that he’s up to the task! He says, “We’re so fortunate with the produce that’s on offer locally. The animal husbandry, the pastureland and the seafood of the county allow my menus to have a real seasonal focus.” At present the hotel is undergoing refurbishment, but will relaunch in early 2017. Burton Race is keen to emphasize the importance of quality in producing food, which won’t be forgotten, “I’m already proud of the dishes we are planning to serve.” Born in Singapore in 1957, John Burton Race spent his formative years travelling extensively alongside his diplomat father. These influences are still visible within

his food, which combines his innovative ideas with the best of British produce. Trained in a number of London’s top restaurants including Quaglino’s, Hotel Meurice London, and La Sorbonne; Burton Race has worked alongside some of the world’s most celebrated chefs including Raymond Blanc. It was as Head Chef at the renowned Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, where he was awarded his first Michelin star in 1983. Since then, Burton Race’s star has continued to rise, after opening his own restaurant, L’Ortolan in Berkshire. He was awarded an additional two Michelin stars, an achievement he repeated at the John Burton Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in 2000. Two years later, John was introduced to the public conscious with his role in the Channel 4 documentary series French Leave, and after a sabbatical spent in France, he returned to the culinary fraternity, launching The New Angel restaurant in Devon in 2004. Within a year the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star, which it retained until Burton Race’s departure in 2010. Most recently, Burton Race has opened The New Angel in Notting Hill, which was widely acclaimed, gaining three AA Rosettes, a place in Harden’s Top 10 new openings 2015, as well as a slot in Open Table’s Top 100. o

Win! 3-Course Dinner for 4 Richardson Hotels is offering one lucky reader (plus 3 guests) the chance to win a superb 3-course dinner to include a bottle of house wine plus tea or coffee in the Grosvenor’s Brasserie and Terrace in Torquay. To enter just answer the following question: How many AA Rosettes was John Burton Race awarded at his last restaurant, The New Angel in Notting Hill? Email your answer, along with your name, telephone number and postcode to: editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk or enter online at englishrivieramagazine.co.uk We also accept written entries to: English Riviera Magazine, 69 Davies Avenue, Paignton TQ4 7AW. All entries must be received by 12 noon on 31 March 2017 and the winner will be the first correct entry selected at random. Table reservation subject to availability at the time of booking. Prize must be taken by 30 Septembe 2017. Full terms and conditions on website.


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Inside the Shooting Circle

Do you ever look back nostalgically on the days when you dodged, played and pivoted your way around a netball court? Now you can rediscover the fun and camaraderie of the game with Dart Netball Club’s ‘Back to Netball’ sessions. Anita Newcombe finds out more.


am meeting Charlie Haigh, Chairwoman and Netball Coach for Dart Netball Club at Churston Grammar School’s sports hall on a frosty winter’s evening at 8pm. This ladies training session is the very last one to be held before New Year. Many of the regular members are away playing matches, so we have plenty of time to chat. Although Dart Netball Club, as a non-profit-making sports club, is entirely separate from Churston Grammar School, Charlie also happens to be one of the six PE teachers working at the school. The netball club was founded in February 2015 when Charlie and a couple of friends, all England Netball Level 2 coaches, got together to make it happen. The idea was triggered because provision in the Bay was poor and there was a lot of interest from girls at the school to provide a playing environment. Take-up was very good at launch and from the start there were 50 members, all under-18 juniors. Now, after just 20 months, there are 9 junior teams and


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4 senior teams playing in the Torbay Netball league with over 200 members, a figure that is expected to keep on growing. The ladies training started after two independent ladies teams approached Dart Netball Club and asked to join so that they could benefit from the high quality training on offer. Ladies sessions subsequently started in September 2015. Then in April 2016, Torbay Council asked the club to run a ‘Back to Netball’ course as part of their ‘Go For It’ campaign. ‘Back to Netball’ proved by far the most popular sport in the council-run campaign. Around 50 ladies joined Dart Netball Club at the time and most have stayed on. Initially, the ‘Back to Netball’ ladies were mostly aged from their 30s to their 50s but now a good number of ladies in their 20s are playing regularly as well. Training sessions are on Wednesday evening from 8 – 9.30pm and this is designed to be convenient to mothers with young children and families. There are also plenty of players englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Give It a Go! Netball whose children have grown up and who are relishing the opportunity to become more active. Charlie says, “Interest in netball is showing a major increase at the moment.” She explains that apart from ladies returning to the game after a long break, netball is expanding and being played much more at a professional level, and for the very first time this year there will be 10 superleague teams across the UK. Charlie also tells me that England played Katie Harris and Jamaica last night and Charlie Haigh many of the girls at school told her excitedly that they had seen the game on Sky Sports – this level of interest is apparently quite a new phenomenon. To enjoy ‘Back to Netball’ you do need to be reasonably fit but you can build up your stamina by playing. A netball game is split up into 4 quarters of 12 minutes each so you don’t have to play the entire game at first. Also you’ll be coached in netball skills as well as simply playing games. The ladies’ sessions are fun and sociable and members have met many new friends through playing here. Although the winter sessions are always in the sports hall, in summer playing takes place on the outside courts in the fresh air. Last summer a ‘Back to Netball’ league was set up and ran for 8 weeks across the summer. Teams playing came from many areas including Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Exeter, Abbotskerswell and Torbay. Dart Netball has now linked up with Torbay Leisure Centre at Clennon Valley to offer high intensity ‘Fit for Netball’ training sessions and these take place on Mondays from 5-6pm. They are very netball specific and are great for ‘returnees’ to netball. Charlie herself plays in a Division 2 netball team called Dart Force but she can’t actually play at the moment

as she fractured her ankle a few weeks ago. “But I can coach”, she says. Charlie is married to Paul who works as an assessor at South Devon College and they have two young boys aged 3 & 5 years old. I also meet Katie Harris who is coaching alongside Charlie at these sessions. Katie is currently training to become a Level 2 coach. She is married to Stuart and has 3 children aged 8, 6 and 3 (2 girls and a boy). Katie tells me, “Our families are very understanding of us whizzing all over the place to attend matches.” Together Charlie and Katie also run a business called Netball Kidz, which offers netball sessions to girls and boys aged 3-11 years old at Clennon Valley. This has been hugely popular and they already have 60 members. Charlie’s expertise and skills have been recognised further afield. She won Netball Teacher of the Year in the 2016 England Netball Awards South West. More locally she was shortlisted as Coach of the Year in the Torbay Sports Awards. Dart Netball Club was also nominated for Club of the Year. With all the training and a huge schedule of matches, Charlie, Katie and their colleagues are clearly kept very busy. As well as welcoming new players to the club, sponsorship opportunities are available to local businesses to help with the many costs such as kit, league fees and so on. New members are always made very welcome at Dart Netball Club, you can get in touch via the website. It’s a fun and friendly atmosphere and I do feel quite inspired! After the year end break, the Ladies ‘Back to Netball’ gets going again in January so get your trainers on and ‘Give it a Go!’o dart-netball.com

Did You Know? Netball began in England in the 1890s. The first Netball World Championships were held in Eastbourne in 1963. Netball was first played at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 in Auckland. A netball goal post is 3.05 metres high. Players are not allowed to run with the ball. Players can only hold the ball for 3 seconds. Netball is not played at the Olympics – yet! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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The Art of Deception Torbay has been at the heart of badminton since it became popular in the late nineteenth century. With 13 clubs affiliated to the Torbay & District Badminton Association there should be one to suit all abilities. Julian Rees goes along to Paignton Badminton Club to find out more.


a visitor’s fee for the evening was 3/6p. The club also has go along to Cuthbert Mayne School on a cold and a large archive of newspaper clippings from the 70s and blustery Monday night in December and meet up 80s when newspapers followed the local leagues avidly. with Gareth Pearse the club secretary of Paignton Karen explains that it’s important to find a club that Badminton Club. To my surprise Gareth tells me plays at one’s level. People often move around the clubs he’s come from Plymouth tonight, but as the evening looking for a standard that will challenge their game and progresses, the enthusiam and dedication of the people help them improve. I meet shows that travelling a few miles to play more The Paignton club has a good standard of play and badminton is not uncommon. during the period Gareth introduces me between 1977 and 2015 to long-time members has won the Medley Karen Major and Wendy League 32 times, the Hinchcliffe, Treasurer Ladies League Division and Match Secretary One 28 times and the respectively, who talk me Men’s League Division through the history of One 19 times. the club and how one can The Medley League is become a member. made up of mixed pairs Karen explains that the who play together based club in its current form on their rankings. Senior was established in 1944 member and club racketand its original home was restringer Tony Drury Badminton Hall, behind explains the complicated the Palace Theatre in ranking system that Paignton. In 1999 when governs tournament the future of the hall was Karen Major, Wendy Hinchcliffe & Gareth Pearse players throughout the in doubt, it moved to country. This applies to local leagues right up to the likes Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, then a few years later to of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, the pair who won its current home at Cuthbert Mayne. Most of the local Great Britain’s first Olympic badminton men’s doubles clubs now use school or public sports hall venues as the medal at the Rio Olympics last year. Players are awarded sprung floors provide protection from once-common points for their performances within banded age groups. badminton injuries. Tony himself featured high in his age group rankings and In 1967 Mrs Rosemary Whitworth formed the the Paignton club is also home to Mark Trebble who is Paignton Junior Badminton Club so she could teach currently ranked 3rd in the UK over 40s. her son and other youngsters to play. Junior players Tony explains how the club’s league players are paired who reached a required standard moved up to the adult off in ranking order to make up mixed mens and ladies section. Although the junior club is no longer running, teams. All the league fixtures are for doubles games and it’s testament to the club that Rosemary’s son Dave still it’s not often you’ll see games of singles, this is to ensure plays at a high level for Paignton. as many people as possible get time on court. Wendy shows me the club’s minutes book from 1964 Tony explains that badminton is a game of fast which records meetings in beautiful handwriting when 42

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Give It A Go - Badminton Mark Trebble (currently ranked 3rd in the UK over 40’s) and Gareth Pearse playing in a league fixture.

decision making, explosive power and mastering the art around £40 for a reasonable beginners one and over £100 of deception. If you’re good then your opponent won’t for a senior level one), a good pair of badminton-specific know whether your next shot will be, a 150mph smash trainers, which will protect you from injury as well as or the most delicate of drop shots enhancing your play plus basic shorts If you’re good then your and t-shirts. Annual membership at that sees the shuttlecock trickle gently oponent won’t know over the net! At the top of the sport, the Paignton Club is £90 for adults, whether your next shot will £50 for students and the visitors’ fee shuttle speeds of 220mph have been recorded. This makes me wonder be a 150mph smash or the is £5. why the sport has never achieved If you’re interested in a visitor’s most delicate of drop shots the popularity of tennis as it’s session at Paignton Badminton Club clearly exciting to watch. Maybe now we have Olympic get in touch with Gareth Pearse on 07896 321618 or champions this will change. email: gareth.pearse@gmail.com o To get involved, you’ll need a racket (expect to pay For a list of local clubs visit torbaybadminton.co.uk

Did You Know? The game of Poona was first played in the UK in 1873 on the Duke of Beaufort’s country estate at Badminton. It gained in popularity and became known as the Badminton Game. Originating in India the game, first played without a net, involved a wooden paddle or battledore and shuttlecock, often referred to as the bird. A group of players would aim to keep the bird aloft for as long as possible. It wasn’t until 1901 that the court officially became rectangular. Originating as an outdoor activity the game grew in popularity played indoors in large salons within Victorian houses. Players from Torbay were instrumental in the formation of the Badminton Association in 1893. The association was formed from 14 clubs, three of which were Torquay, Paignton and Teignmouth. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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A Torquay Walk for All Distance: 2.5 miles Exertion: Easy Time: Allow 2 hours Terrain: Pavements and walkways Access: Pushchair and mobility friendly Dogs: On leads Refreshments: Torquay seafront and harbourside Start postcode: TQ1 2BG


pring is in the air and the chill is subsiding. The beds and borders of Torquay’s famous and beautiful ornamental parks and gardens are freshly planted and starting to burst forth in a rainbow of colours - a tonic to the long dark nights! On this walk, which is suitable for all, prams, pushchairs, mobility scooters et al, we take a wander around Torquay Seafront and take stock of many things that we take for granted and that bring so many people to our beautiful town in the summer months. As we rush around in our busy lives it’s easy to overlook some of the more beautiful spaces on our doorstep. Take a couple of hours out and enjoy! o 1 Starting at Beacon Quay car park admire the cross-bay views as far as Berry Head before taking the steps down to the harbourside passing by the preserved D-Day landing ramps. Don’t forget to follow the Morse code embedded in the decking and peer through the Vanishing Point arch. 2 Turn left onto the short pier and cross the striking pedestrian Millenium Bridge, towards the Pavilion and past the crab pots and fishing nets piled high on the quays at either end. Continue through Cary Gardens passing the ornate fountain, War Memorial and restored Rotunda. 3 Take a stroll along Princess Pier, built in 1890 and always a wonderful place to sit and take in the Bay


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view or watch the comings and goings of the busy marina. Follow the sea wall to past the theatre and restaurants along to Torre Abbey Sands. Stay on the prom or take to the sands until you reach the crossing opposite the iconic Grand Hotel. 4 Cross the road here and wander through the ornamental gardens adjacent to the King’s Drive. As the gardens narrow and come to an end, cross the road carefully and go through the gate towards the Spanish Barn and Torre Abbey. 5 There’s plenty to see here with history spanning 800 years, the abbey ruins, tropical Palm House, Agatha Christie’s Potent Plants display and awardwinning organic gardens. Pass by the front of the main house and follow the path that skirts the golf course and takes you back toward the sea and Torre Abbey Meadows. 6 The planting here is some of the best in the Bay and the gardens are also home to many classic Torbay




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Palm trees. A wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by! Exit the gardens at the bottom of Belgrave Road and cross over to pass by the Abbey Sands complex of restaurants and bars. If you’re feeling energetic at this point you may wish to detour up Shedden Hill Road and take the footpath behind Abbey Sands that leads up to the top of the Royal Terrace Gardens for amazing views across the Bay (this involves quite a few steps though). 7 Follow the footpath past the Abbey Sands complex and enter the Royal Terrace Gardens. The planting here is very contemporary but equally as inspiring as the more traditional gardens. Where the gardens end, cross back over the road to the Pavilion and pay a visit to the bust of Torquay’s most famous former resident, Agatha Christie on Cary Parade. 8 Skirt the inner harbour with its plethora of restaurants, bars and pavement cafés to return to where you started.

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February & March Around the Bay Tots Go Wild Outdoors, Occombe 1 February Tots come along to Occombe for a winter’s morning of discovery; they get creative with clay and join in with some muddy games! Cost: £5.00, suitable for: toddlers to 5 yrs old, babies can come at no charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

the shredder or bonfire. No gardening skills are necessary. Taking part in a garden blitz is a great chance to meet like-minded people, burn a few calories and explore parts of Greenway garden. Tea and cake as well as garden tools are supplied. Time: 9.30am to 4pm. Booking essential. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 661905 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Torbay Film Club, Babbacombe 2 February Torbay Film Club are showing Beautiful Lies, a lighthearted comedy starring Audrey Tautou. Door opens at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets: non-members £5.50. St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW torbayfilmclub.co.uk

Behind the Scenes at Paignton Picture House 4 February Devon Place Names, Torquay Museum 1 February Local writer and photographer, Robert Hesketh, explores the origins and evolution of Devon place names and shows how they relate to the landscape. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Greenway Garden Blitz 1 February and 1 March On the first Wednesday of each month the garden team blitz an overgrown or neglected area of garden - can you help? The work involves cutting down or digging out weeds, brambles, overgrown shrubs and moving debris to


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Come and see behind the scenes of this time-capsule historic cinema, where the doors were last open to the public almost 20 years ago. The Paignton Picture House is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in Europe. It opened in 1914 and today many architectural features in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style survive beneath layers of dust (see main feature in this issue). Cost: £8.50 (standard), £10 (Gift Aid). Children 10-16 yrs free. Time: 10am – 12 noon. 2, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF paigntonpicturehouse.org

Volunteer Recruitment Drop-in, Greenway 4 February You are invited to come along and find out about a wide range of volunteering opportunities at National Trust


What’s On English Riviera’s four sites; Greenway, Coleton, Bradley Manor and Compton Castle. Drop in to have a chat with staff and existing volunteers about their experiences over tea or coffee. Meet: Greenway Café, no booking needed for event or carpark. Time: Drop in 11am-3pm. Greenway House, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

3000 Years of History From the Sea, Torquay Museum 7 February For the last 21 years Ron Howell has been diving the Internationally Important Protected Wreck Sites in the Erme Estuary and off Salcombe. In this talk he discusses finds ranging from the Bronze Age until the present day and including the seventeenth-century Gold Wreck. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

The Threat of Man-Made Climate Change, Torquay Museum 8 February Dr Claire Burke, a climate change scientist at the Met Office, investigates how climate change influences our weather. In this talk, she outlines the evidence for manmade climate change and looks at the extreme weather we can expect in the future if man-made global warming continues. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Valentine’s Trail, Cockington 11-19 February Find the trail of love hearts around beautiful Cockington Court and then enjoy a stroll around the country park and craft centre. Cost: £1 for a trail sheet. Free for under 2s. Cockington Court Craft Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org


Cockington Horses Exhibition 11-19 February Enjoy a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust exhibition of all things horsey, past and present. Time: 11am-3pm daily. Cost: free (donations welcome). Suitable for all ages. Linhay Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Spring Flower Walks, Greenway 11 February – 2 March Join the gardeners at Greenway for a free walk and talk through the glorious woodland gardens filled with spring flowers. Greenway’s romantic woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. This walk and talk is a great way to find out all about what’s in flower, and the history of the garden. Free event but admission charges apply. The walks are suitable for adults and children. Dogs on leads are welcome. Time: 2-3pm. Parking spaces must be prebooked. Greenway House, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Stone Age School, Kents Cavern 11 - 19 February Join the Stone Age School gang this Half Term for some prehistoric themed fun. Learn about Stone Age artefacts and even handle some. Make a leather pouch and

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scavenge through the woods for resources that might help you survive the Stone Age. Make and decorate your own Stone Age necklace. Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Chestnut Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham TQ5 0SA Tony Key 01803 858018

Beside the Seaside, Living Coasts 11-19 February

Kids join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust on a winter’s day to cook up a storm in the kitchen! Youngsters will make some favourite winter warmers including; a hearty stew, dumplings, tomato soup, delicious bread rolls and a fruit crumble. Cost: £30, suitable for: 7-12 years old. Paperwork must be completed prior to the day; children can be left unattended. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Head on down to Living Coasts this February half term for a host of seaside activities including; a shipwreck trail, puppet shows, crafts and more. Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Cold Blooded Creatures, Paignton Zoo 11-19 February Join Paignton Zoo this half term to celebrate the launch of Cold-blooded Creatures 2017. There will be special talks, trails, Cuba the Croc mascot appearances and more. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Kids Winter Warmer Cookery, Occombe 13 & 15 February

Occombe’s Natural Treasure Hunt 13-17 February Can you find the natural treasures around Occombe Farm? Solve puzzles and clues to unlock the hidden treasures of Occombe! Booking not necessary just turn up on the day. The trail runs from 10:00am - 3:00pm, cost: £2.50, suitable for all ages - children must be accompanied by an adult. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Torquay Museum 14 February

Valentine’s Dinner & Dance, Berry Head Hotel 11 February Treat your loved one to a candlelit 4-course gourmet dinner and dance at this stunningly located hotel overlooking Tor Bay. Bubbly and canapés on arrival, red rose for ladies, dancing to live music. Cost: £32 per person. Overnight packages available. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Brixham & Paignton Stamp Club 13 February & 13 March Informal meetings and philatelic presentations on the second Monday of each month. Time: 7.15 – 9pm 48

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To accompany the exhibition of Victorian Valentines Cards in the Museum’s possession, Chris Nicholls explores some of the traditions associated with this most romantic of days. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Is Your Love for Rill? 14 February Float a love boat to your special someone down Coleton’s romantic Rill garden stream. Chance your luck and choose one of the ready to use love boats, or take some time to write your own personal message for that special someone, before floating it down through the Rill garden. Time: 11am – 1pm. Free event but normal admission applies. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre


What’s On The Romantic Side of Agatha, Greenway 14 February Under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie wrote six ‘bitter-sweet stories about love.’ At her spectacular holiday home Greenway, storytellers will be reading excerpts from these stories in the House Kitchen, where you will be able to buy a high tea to enjoy while you listen. Time: 2-3pm, free event but admission charges apply. High tea will be available to purchase. Why not travel romantically by steam train to Dartmouth and thence to Greenway Quay by the Christie Belle riverboat? If travelling by car, parking must be prebooked. Greenway House, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Meet the Occombe Farm Animals 14 & 16 February Meet the Occombe Farm animals and get a taste of what it’s like to feed and care for them! In these special hourlong sessions, run by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust you will get to meet the Occombe Farm animals in a small group and say hello to all your favourites including goats, pigs, alpaca and more. Time: 10:00 - 11:00am, cost: £2.50. Please note all attendees must pay and all children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Suitable for ages 3+. Limited group numbers, book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

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Rockpool Ramble, Seashore Centre 17 February Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust’s marine ranger in exploring the incredible life that lives in Torbay’s rock pools. Discover daring crabs, wriggly starfish, slimy anemones and speedy prawns in the rockpools at Middlestone. Cost: £3.50 per child, suitable for: 4-18 years old. Booking is essential and an adult must accompany all paying children. Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington Sands, Paignton TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The National Coastwatch Initiative, Torquay Museum 21 February Paul West, a volunteer with the NCI, discusses the work of the organisation nationally, and in particular, at its station at Froward Point, Kingswear. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Chirruping in the Meadow, Torquay Museum 15 February Dr Roger Avery, former lecturer in Zoology at Bristol University, discusses the Natural History of British grasshoppers. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Spring Garden Walks, Coleton Fishacre 17 & 24 February plus 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March Would you like to find out more about Coleton Fishacre’s beautiful garden and see the best bits as it bursts into life this spring? Why not join a member of the garden team for a free walk and talk? Time: 12.30-1.30pm. Dogs on leads are welcome. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Plants, Gardens & Landscapes of Madeira, Torquay Museum 22 February RHS Gold Medal award winner Howard Wills shares his knowledge and love of Madeira, that ‘floating garden in the Atlantic.’ Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Maidencombe Winter Wildlife Ramble 22 February Bring your binoculars and join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust for a circular ramble along the coast February/March 2017


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What’s On path at Maidencombe and then back across the farm. You will look out for winter birds in the hedgerows including the rare Cirl Bunting, enjoy the fantastic sea views and learn more about this lesser known trust site. Paths will be uneven and may be muddy, the pace will be gentle. Cost: £7, suitable for all, time: 10am – 12 noon. Maidencombe Carpark, Maidencombe, Torquay TQ1 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

La Vie en Rose, Gypsy Jazz & Swing, Torquay 22 February The fiery swing, romantic waltzes, Latin beats and lilting melodies of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette du Hot Club de France are still as engaging now, as when they first burst onto the stage in the 1930s and 40s. A duet of guitars, a hot fiddle, soulful clarinet and upright bass come together to play music inspired by those ‘hot jazz’ musicians, but of course, with a few surprises from the band thrown in. Tickets: Advance Adults £7, Concessions £6, Door: £8. Tickets from Torbay Bookshop, English Riviera Tourism Company or on door. Speakeasytorquay, Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS 01803 898570 speakeasytorquay.com

Save the Children Bridge Drive, Paignton 22 February The Kingswear & Dartmouth Branch of Save the Children will be holding a Bridge Drive in Paignton. There will be a sandwich lunch with glass of wine/soft drink plus tea with homemade cake. Tickets: £12. Hookhills Community Centre, Freshwater Drive, Paignton TQ4 7SB 01803 842140 or 01803 752212

Spiritual Features of Devon, Paignton 23 February Enjoy a Paignton Society talk by Nick Pannell. Cost: members £3, non-members £4. Refreshments are included. Time: 7.30pm. Gerston Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton TQ3 3DX 01803 523434 paigntonsociety.webs.com

A Very Downton Murder, Torquay 24 February Enjoy a murder mystery at The Grand Hotel as Lord englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

and Lady Downton invite you to join them for dinner with their esteemed family. You will find yourself subtly immersed in a world of drama as an evening of deceit and intrigue surrounds you. As the night draws in, relax and enjoy a 3-course fine dining experience in their AA rosette award-winning restaurant. Your dinner will be accompanied by tales and motives shared by the evening’s mysterious guests and at some point, a blood-curdling scream! Tickets: £34.95. Fancy dress optional. Grand Hotel, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6NT 01803 296677

Friday Late Tour at Paignton Picture House 24 February

Come and see behind the scenes of this time-capsule historic cinema, where the doors were last open to the public almost 20 years ago. The Paignton Picture House is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in Europe. It opened in 1914 and today many architectural features in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style survive beneath layers of dust (see main feature in this issue). The late tour is leisurely and includes a glass of wine. Cost: £12.50 (standard), £15 (Gift Aid). Time: 7-9pm. Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF paigntonpicturehouse.org

Macmillan Mammoth Quiz, Beverley Holidays 24 February Join this family run holiday park for the world’s largest simultaneous quiz when Beverley Holidays plays host to its first-ever Mammoth Quiz in aid of Macmillan. Quiz takes place in the Starlight Cabaret Bar – doors open at 7pm and quiz starts 7.45pm. Tickets: £5 adult, £2 under 16s. Goodrington Road, Paignton TQ4 7JE 01803 843887 beverley-holidays.co.uk February/March 2017



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What’s On Sausage Making Workshop, Occombe 26 February From chipolatas to chorizo the world of the sausage is incredibly varied and versatile. Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust on this fun hands-on workshop with a professional butcher from Gribbles Butchers at Occombe Farm Shop. You will learn the art of making delicious sausages using local ingredients. There will also be the opportunity to taste the sausages by cooking them afterwards, and you will leave with lots of your creations to take home with you. Cost: £75, suitable for: 18+ years. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Wedding Showcase, Cockington 26 February Explore the award-winning wedding venue at Cockington Court and visualise your special day in one of the most romantic venues in Torquay. Discuss Cockington’s bespoke wedding offer with their coordinators and craft makers. The ceremony rooms are beautifully situated on the first floor of the Grade II listed manor house, which is set in 460 acres of stunning parklands, gardens and water meadows. Cockington can accommodate up to 55 guests for wedding ceremonies and special celebrations. Watch the wedding video on their website. To make your day even more memorable, Cockington’s craft makers can create handmade wedding gifts, flowers, favours, cards, cakes and jewellery just for you. Memories & Milestones Photography, Rustic Love, Torbay Wedding Car Club, K & H Cockington Carriages, Flower La Vita and Nethway Hotel are some of the suppliers that will be present on the day. Open Day Times: 10am – 4pm. Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Trust10 Run, Coleton Fishacre 26 February & 26 March englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

A monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. Free, fun, informal, forever and for everyone. Time: 9-10.30am (registration 9.30am). No booking, parking charges for non-NT members. The course has two 5K loops. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Gourmet Vegetables History & Cultivation, Torquay Museum 28 February National Trust’s English Riviera Gardens Manager, Simon Akeroyd discusses his book, RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener: Old, New, Common and Curious Vegetables to Grow and Eat. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG torquaymuseum.org/events

The Newfoundland Connection, Torquay Museum 1 March Marilyn Smee, along with two of her Torbay U3A colleagues, tells the story of the Teignmouth fishermen of the 18th century who sailed to the Newfoundland fishing grounds in search of that most prized catch – cod. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Tots Go Wild Outdoors, Occombe 1 March Tots come along to Occombe for this morning of discovery; they will look for signs of spring through colours and get creative inspired by Occombe’s natural treasures! Cost: £5.00, suitable for: toddlers to 5 yrs old, babies can come at no charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at: Occombe Yurt. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torbay Film Club, Babbacombe 2 March Torbay Film Club are showing The Verdict, a powerful courtroom drama starring Paul Newman. Door opens at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets: non-members £5.50. St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW torbayfilmclub.co.uk February/March 2017



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What’s On Indian Regional Cookery, Occombe 5 March

Conservation Conversation, Paignton Zoo 9 March

This Indian cookery day will include allow you to try out some favourites such as Rogan Josh or Chicken Tikka Masala, as well as some less well known dishes like Keralan pea & mushroom curry and Gujerato green beans, and some Daal dishes with some different flavours. Cost: 75.00, suitable for: adults. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Attend an exciting evening of talks on all aspects of conservation, from local to global, from the zoo to the wild. There will be six inspiring speakers throughout the evening including Paul Martin from Devon Wildlife Trust, Stewart Muir from Save Vietnam’s Wildlife and Paul Cox from the Sharktrust. There will be stands from many local organisations and a chance to chat to the speakers and other people involved in conservation both locally and globally. The evening will be great for anyone interested in conservation around the world and especially for A level, Btec and degree students. Refreshments will be available. Cost: £10, time: 6.30pm. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Nature Connection Walk 11 March

The Healing Garden, Torquay Museum 7 March In her 2001 book The Healing Garden, Gay Search explored the multiple ways in which gardens and gardening can provide healing for the mind, body and spirit. Gay was a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners World for several years. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

The Spies in the Bungalow Over the Road, Torquay Museum 8 March Gay Search presents: Peter and Helen Kroger - The Spies in the Bungalow over the Road. When Gay was a teenager, her world was turned upside down by an extraordinary and dramatic turn of events. It began one November Day in 1960, when her Mum answered the door to discover MI5 on the doorstep. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

A chance to take more time to connect with the natural environment – by bringing our full attention to the present moment, using our senses, some silent walking, short meditation & nature observation. We will do some winter tree identification including learning about their uses, look for signs of spring and sample some early wild foods. Cost: £15, suitable for: 18yrs +, time: 2-5pm, meet Occombe Farm Yurt. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The World, History & Aims of the Twentieth Century Society, Torquay Museum 14 March Furniture and exhibition designer, Tony Stokoe and architect and former Chair of Plymouth Arts Centre, Tanya Griffiths, talk about the local focus of the Twentieth Century Society, dedicated to safeguarding our architectural and design heritage post-1914. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Ann Widdecombe: My Life and Times, Torquay Museum 15 March Former MP, Strictly Come Dancing star, author, TV programme maker and Dartmoor champion will be talking about her book My Autobiography. A book February/March 2017


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What’s On signing will follow the talk. This is a ticket-only event with a limited capacity so book early. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

The Problem with Churches, Torquay Museum 21 March As a follow up to her recent talk, How to Read a Church, conservation architect, Sue Spackman, examines the key issues for ensuring the longevity of our churches and what happens when we get it wrong. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Philip Henry Gosse, Torquay Museum 22 March

Greenway Garden Question Time 16 March Celebrate spring by coming along for this talk about Greenway’s spring garden followed by a question time with a panel of expert gardeners. Guests on this event will enjoy a talk about Greenway’s renowned spring garden over refreshments. An expert panel of gardeners, including Greenway’s Senior Gardener Colin Clark and author of ‘The Good Gardener’ Simon Akeroyd, will be on hand for a question and answer session, where guests can ask any questions about their own or Greenway’s lovely garden. Booking essential, cost: £5, admission charges apply, parking spaces must be booked. Time: 3-4.30pm. Greenway House, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Roger Wooton presents: Torquay’s Famous Natural Historian: The Moving Story of Philip Henry Gosse. Roger, Emeritus Professor of Biology at UCL, reveals his admiration and affection for Gosse, ‘the David Attenborough of his day,’ a conflicted man who moved to Torquay in 1857 where he remained until his death in 1888. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

The Life and Times of Weston Villa, Paignton 23 March Enjoy a Paignton Society talk about Weston Villa by its resident David Watts. Cost: members £3, non-members £4. Refreshments are included. Time: 7.30pm. Gerston Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton TQ3 3DX 01803 523434 paigntonsociety.webs.com

Optimist Class – Single Handed Boat Championship 25 & 26 March The annual weekend event draws competitive members of the class together following the winter season training and attracts over 250 of the country’s top young sailors. For those that have not seen over 200 ‘oppies’ on a start line it is a sight to behold. Competing in these ranking events is tough. The National Squad and Team all compete for places in the new round of rankings to obtain renewed squad places in the forthcoming year; it is hugely competitive. Royal Torquay Yacht Club, Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH 01803 292006 rtyc.org


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What’s On Torbay Singers, Torquay 25 March Torbay Singers will be giving a concert with full choir and orchestra. Tina Guthrie will conduct Bach Mass in B Minor. Tickets: £12 (free for under 25s in f/t education). St Mary the Virgin Church, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QY torbaysingers.com

Meet author and local history expert Brian Read for an illustrated talk about Cockington’s past, ancient and recent. Brian will be holding a Q&A and book signing after the talk. Cost: Free (donations welcome). Suitable for adults and 13yrs +, time: 1.30 – 3.30pm. Linhay Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Reptile Ramble, Paignton Zoo 29 March Join Paignton Zoo for an after-hours guided tour of Reptile Tropics and Crocodile Swamp and get an exclusive opportunity to watch the crocodiles being fed. Enjoy a rare chance to meet experienced keepers and experts in reptile conservation. Also, enjoy a bowl of chilli con carne, a presentation and Q&A session with the keepers. Cost: £30.00, time: 6.30-8.30pm, booking essential, minimum age: 8 yrs. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Mother’s Day, Berry Head Hotel 26 March Why not treat your dear mother to a special Mother’s Day 3-course carvery & coffee? Cost: £17.95 per person. Includes box of chocolates for each table booked. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

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Herbert Whitley & Paignton’s Primley House, Torquay Museum 29 March In this talk Society Trustee, Angela Watson, explores the life and home of the millionaire and animal breeder Herbert Whitley who established Paignton Zoological Gardens at his home Primley House in the 1920s. Time: 10.45am, Cost: free to Torquay Museum Society members, or £5.00 for non-members. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

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South Devon College Victories Two students at South Devon College have won medals at the recent WorldSkills Will Malcher competition. These are held around the world to showcase and inspire world-class excellence in skills and introduce youth to a variety of skilled careers. Will Malcher won a silver medal in the Health and Social Care category. Will said, “Throughout my time at South Devon College I have received an outstanding level of support from all my lecturers and tutors who have always pushed me and other students to strive for great grades and best practice techniques. My workplace, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, has also helped with training and support. Ricky Collyer, Ricky Collyer won a bronze medal in the national final of the SkillBuild competition in the Carpentry category after winning a gold medal at the regionals. Ricky progressed from the full-time Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry to a full-time Level 3 Apprenticeship and is currently working with Bovey Construction. o

Bearnes ‘The Builder’ Primary Pupils from the Oaks class at Bearnes Primary School visited the building site at Linden Homes’ Kings Gate development to find out more about house building, as part of their school project. The children were learning about different job roles, including people that help them, and the visit provided a valuable opportunity for the company to talk about health and safety. As well as a tour of the site and the show home, the pupils were shown safety clothing and discussed how to be aware of their surroundings. The site team arranged for an assortment of materials to be available including bricks and insulation samples and discussed the variety of work done on site, from plumbing to carpentry, bricklaying to decorating. Teacher Helena Malpas from Bearnes Primary School said, “The children are learning about different jobs and they englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


loved hearing about the work involved on a building site. Four-year-old Sophie volunteered to get dressed up in all the safety clothing to demonstrate how builders protect themselves, which was very popular! Being able to see a house in construction and a forklift carrying bricks is much more memorable than us talking about building in the classroom. The children were very excited and really enjoyed exploring the development.” o

Abbey School Open Day Abbey School in St Marychurch, Torquay is holding an Open Day for their nursery and school on Friday 10th March. Guided tours will be taking place throughout the day; there’s no need to make an appointment. You can meet the teachers and see the children at work. Abbey School has outstanding academic results, excellent facilities including a holiday club, before and after-school care, a heated indoor swimming pool and attractive grounds. Its motto is “Individuality Enriches Life.” The Principal, Mrs Sylvia Greinig and her team aim to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment for all their pupils. Visitors are also invited to join the school’s spring concert, which takes place following the Open Day, from 6 – 7pm. o abbeyschool.co.uk

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Duncan Brignell and Symon Cater

Brixham Ahoy!

Duncan Brignell and Symon Cater took over Torbay Sea School in 2014 and have embedded their ethos of ‘learning in a comfortable environment whilst having fun’ into all the RYA courses they run here. Anita Newcombe meets the team to find out more.


orbay Sea School is located on the picturesque quay overlooking Brixham Marina and I’m heading over there to meet owners Duncan and Symon on a crisp winter’s afternoon. I expect it to be rather quiet but there’s lots going on. Inevitably in the depths of winter there is more focus on shorebased courses and this week they’ve been running Diesel Engine

Courses, VHF Radio courses and a range of RYA theory courses including Yachtmaster. I see from the school’s Facebook page however, that there are still hardy students prepared to get out on the water and there are photos of cheery, well wrapped up students who have recently completed sailing, powerboat and motorboat courses. I start off by chatting to co-owner and Chief Instructor Symon Cater (known as Tank). Symon is a qualified instructor in sailing, power and motor. How did he get into boating as a career I wonder? He chuckles and says, “Well, GCSEs went very wrong so I couldn’t do A-Levels!”

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Riviera People Whilst still at college, at the age of 19, Symon joined Salcombe Lifeboat crew; he has volunteered with them ever since and is now Senior Crew and Navigator as well as Inshore Lifeboat Helm. Over the years, Symon achieved his qualifications as RYA Dinghy Instructor, Powerboat Instructor followed by Senior Dinghy Instructor and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. After a few years at Island Cruising Club he moved to South Sands Sailing and taught on catamarans for a year before a season working on superyachts in the Mediterranean. Another stint at South Sands Sailing saw him working as Chief Instructor on catamarans and 2 years later he came to Dartmouth and took his Yachtmaster followed by Cruising Instructor with Devon Sailing. By now he was working with Devon Sailing as an instructor based at Dartmouth and he subsequently qualified as a Yachtmaster Instructor, the pinnacle of RYA training. Working alongside Symon at the time was fellow instructor Duncan Bridgnell. They hit it off right away, so when its old owner moved on, Duncan and Symon decided to join forces and take over the school themselves. This was in December 2014 and the pair reverted to the school’s original name of Torbay Sea School. Duncan’s background is very different from Symon’s with a long career in the Royal Navy. Following his initial


training at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth and a stint in Fishery Protection, he spent most of his career specialising in Underwater Warfare with the Royal Navy. In his last 5 years he taught Potential Officers at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in seamanship, safety, sailing and navigation. In 2011, after 25 years devoting his time to The Royal Navy, Duncan felt it was time for a change so started working alongside Symon as a freelance instructor, he then became Chief Instructor, a fantastic foundation to become a School Principal of Torbay Sea School. Duncan tells me, “I have always wanted to run a business like this with a strong ethos for good quality training through an enjoyable learning environment. After all, people are on holiday and this is their leisure time, so it’s got to be fun!” Jumping onboard for 2017 is Jill Beckett who has just become a co-owner with Symon and Duncan. She has been working with Torbay Sea School for the past year and tells me she is very excited about her new role as Marketing Director. Jill began her time on the water much later in life, starting her working life as a secondary school teacher followed by a long career as a midwife. She learnt to sail in 2011 as she circumnavigated Britain with both Symon and Duncan as instructors, so their association goes a long way back. Her passion for sailing fuelled by this life changing experience, she has since sailed many thousands of miles around the world including The Caribbean, Mediterranean, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

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Jill is also a Scuba Dive Instructor and has worked on dive boats on The Great Barrier Reef, and has crewed on racing yachts in numerous regattas, including an All Women’s Keelboat Regatta in Melbourne in 2016. Now a commercial skipper, she is a keen photographer and heads all the publicity for the school, taking action shots both on the water and in the classroom. Jill wants to combine her love of teaching with her passion for sailing and hopes to qualify as an instructor in both sail and power this year. Symon, Duncan and Jill are very proud of their facilities at Torbay Sea School, which has two classrooms, a relaxing lounge area, workshop as well as a galley. The classrooms are spacious and comfortable and have computers set up for electronic simulation. Here you’ll see a wide array of teaching aids including a diesel engine, lifejackets and their component parts, safety harnesses, flares, VHF radios, location beacons and various other pieces of safety equipment. This can’t compare to instruction using photos as teaching aids! Apart from the excellent shore based environment and proximity to the harbour, the school’s boats and equipment are of a very high standard. The school currently operates a 36-foot yacht called Nashira (but they constantly have their eyes on the next upgrade so watch out for changes). On their sailing courses, they work with a ratio of 3 or 4 students to 1 instructor, whilst many other sailing schools have 5 to 1 ratio. Students get their own comfortable cabin aboard, 64

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complete with freshly laundered sheets, pillowcases and towels. Many schools charging similar fees will make students share cabins and even sleep in the saloon – not here! Duncan says, “We’re very different from the old-school environment you might find elsewhere – we believe that people want comfort, their own cabin, hot water and so on, so we provide it!” All food and snacks, safety equipment including lifejacket and waterproofs are provided whilst aboard and mooring fees are also included in the price (some schools charge extra for this). The instructors work hard to ensure everyone feels comfortable, safe, and have an enjoyable experience whilst learning. They offer a full range of RYA certified courses from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster Offshore and they welcome customers to pop in and chat about which course best suits them - they may even do a lifejacket health check at the same time! Duncan tells me that many people contact them for instruction onboard their own boat as they want to gain confidence under the watchful eye of a professional. This means they not only stay safe on the water in their own craft, but they can then get so much more out of their big purchase! In addition to a wide choice of sailing courses, I discovered that powerboat courses are available in the school’s own RIB - a Ribcraft 7.8m boat with a 200hp Suzuki 4 stroke outboard engine. She is purpose built englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Riviera People for instruction on RYA Powerboat Level 2 (entry level for adults) plus Intermediate and Advanced Courses. For shore based theory classes, whilst they are able to teach a ratio of 12 students per instructor, they keep their absolute maximum to just 8, with many courses running with just 3 or 4 students to 1 instructor, so there’s plenty of personal attention given and students of all abilities can work at their own pace. Torbay Sea School has a wide client base, many travel far and wide – last year saw students from Poland, Germany, France, Spain, USA, China even Australia and New Zealand. Of course, many of their students have some connection to the Torbay area, but such is the reputation of the school that lots of students do travel many miles. The road network has vastly improved over the past year and students find it much easier to travel from other areas of the UK to attend courses at their base in Brixham. Now I meet the final member of the team - Charlie North. At just 21, Charlie is already a commercial skipper and is hoping to be a powerboat and cruising instructor later this year. Apart from helping to manage the school’s administration, he also completes yacht deliveries for customers. Charlie, who studied marine engineering with South Devon College, joined Torbay Sea School in 2015 and is working his way up from scratch under the watchful eye of Duncan and Symon who are both very proud of the giant strides he has made. Charlie says, “I came to Torbay Sea School 18 months ago, with zero knowledge of sailing and I’ve been working and training hard since then. It’s been a very steep learning curve but I’ve really enjoyed it and I wouldn’t have believed that I could come so far in such a short time. I’ve now got a clear focus and career path


ahead.” His hard work is clearly paying off and he is a well valued member of the team at Torbay Sea School. The school also employs freelance instructors from time to time. These are carefully vetted and required to operate within the positive ethos and philosophy of the school. The approach is to always support and encourage whilst providing a safe and enjoyable environment, students become part of the family once they join the school, many keeping in touch, phoning the school for advice from the experts if needed. It’s clear from my own observations during my sailing trips and time spent in their classroom, that this is a very happy school with a calm and welcoming environment, no shouting but plenty of encouragement. Therefore, anyone unsure of their abilities can attend and have a go with the knowledge they won’t be made to look silly or uncomfortable. As Duncan says, “There really is no such thing as a stupid question.” I can certainly vouch for the fact that it’s easy to go completely blank sometimes, forgetting a simple boating skill, but with Torbay Sea School you’ll find yourself in safe hands, and before long new skills become second nature. Maybe 2017 could be the year that you get into boating or want to further develop your skills. As Charlie says, “Everything feels different when you’re afloat. You forget your day-to-day worries and see your life with a completely different perspective. Sure, it can be challenging learning the skills, but it’s actually easier than you think and you should definitely give it a go.” So maybe it’s time for you to give it a go with Torbay Sea School! o torbayseaschool.co.uk

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Feeling creative? We bring you a round up of some arts, crafts and antiques events and workshops happening locally. Torquay’s Artizan Gallery & Café

More great events

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BBC Antiques Roadshow, Torquay Museum 3 February

There will be a series of solo shows at Artizan’s two main gallery spaces with a wide body of work being shown for each artist. Check website for details.

Stanza Extravaganza 20 February & 20 March Drop into one of Artizan’s monthly poetry nights with host Robert Garnham bringing you a fantastic line-up of headliners and local performers. Doors Open 7.15 pm Performance 7.45pm - 10 pm Tickets: £5 Advance £6 on the door.

Acoustic Nights 27 February & 27 March Talented musician Robert Spence curates an evening of acoustic entertainment from local performers. 27 February includes a set from Michael Baker. Doors open 7 pm, performance 7.30pm - 10pm. Tickets: £4 Advance £5 on the door. 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626 artizan gallery.co.uk

BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum will give an entertaining and informative talk about the world of art and antiques. Marc is known as a very entertaining speaker and he has very kindly donated his time for this event, with the proceeds raised being used to care for Torquay Museum’s unique collection of 350,000 objects. Guests are very welcome to bring a small object, which Marc may choose to discuss. So take a look at what’s lurking in your attic – it may be a lot more unusual than you think. Please note that Marc will not be valuing items. Time: 7pm, tickets: £10 to include a talk, a question & answer session, a glass of wine and nibbles. Booking is essential. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org/events

Love Lingerie! Dartington 4 February With Valentine’s Day around the corner why not make your own set of lovely underwear? Learn new sewing skills in this one-day upcycling workshop, transforming your favourite fabrics into something spectacular. Emma Kidd is an international lingerie designer with over 15 years experience in designing and making undies. She has designed for brands including Collette Dinnigan, Calvin Klein and Victoria Secret. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £30. Chicken Shed, Schumacher College, Dartington TQ9 6EA 01803 847070 dartington.org


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Arts Timber Framing, Dartington 4-5 & 18-19 February, 4-5 March

Stone Letter and Number Carving 11 March

Timber framing with Ambrose Vevers & friends. Whether you are planning a timber-framed project of your own or are interested in trying your hand at a new skill, you will gain an insight into this ancient craft whilst having a relaxed and enjoyable time. Using local redwood, you will be building a large communal building, finishing with a grand barn-raising in March. Times: 10am-5pm, cost: £50 each weekend, bring a lunch to share. Schumacher College, Dartington TQ9 6EA 01803 847070 dartington.org

Get introduced to the joys of stone carving with Dartington’s resident stone carver Maria Moorhouse. On this one-day workshop you will learn traditional handcutting methods by creating a simple block with your initial or house number. Time: 10am- 4pm, cost: £50 plus materials (average £10). Bring a lunch to share. Studio 40, Shippon Studios Dartington Hall Estate TQ9 6EA 01803 847070 dartington.org

Architectural Garden Bench Weekend, Dartington 11 & 12 February Learn basic traditional woodwork by building your own stylish architectural garden bench from local wood. The bench will be a two-seater with chunky legs joined with wedged tenons. You will also have the chance to use Shou-sugi-ban, the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to preserve it. Time: 10am, cost £300 including all materials. Please bring a lunch to share on both days. Chicken Shed, Schumacher College, Dartington TQ9 6EA 01803 847070 dartington.org

Artist in Residence, Coleton Fishacre Selected spring dates from 12 February Coleton’s Artist in Residence, Jo Turner will be in the garden, capturing the lovely views. Materials to draw with will be available for visitors of any age who are inspired by Coleton Fishacre and Jo’s work. Time: 11am – 2pm, weather dependent, free event but normal admission applies. Dogs on leads are welcome. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Weave your Own Grocery Basket, Dartington 25-26 March On this course with Hilary Burns you will make a round grocery basket suitable for shopping, harvesting fruit and vegetables or kindling. This size and complexity you will achieve will depend on whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous experience of the craft. Hilary is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and of the New Craftsmen. Times: 25-26 March, cost: £150 (materials included), bring a lunch to share. Chicken Shed, Schumacher College, Dartington TQ9 6EA 01803 847070 dartington.org

Monday Evening Life Drawing Sessions On till 29 May Relaxed and welcoming sessions open to both amateur and professional artists. Some tutor support if required. A mixture of poses from 2 to 30 minutes. Bring your own materials, basic materials provided for small donation (easels provided). Time: 7pm – 9pm, cost £7 per session. Contact rachel.farrell@discoverhannahs.org The Demo Hall, Hayter Hames Building. Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325800 discoverhannahs.org


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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick TREASURE ISLAND 16 FEBRUARY Children’s TV stars Callum Donnelly, Richard Franks and Robin Hatcher are the stars of the popular hit CBeebies TV show ‘SPOTBOTS’ and they will be appearing in their touring show, Treasure Island. The audience will be taken on an amazing and memorable trip into a world of pirates, treasure and mermaids as one of the nation’s favourite children’s novels is brought to life with a lively (and very child friendly) modern twist. See the intrepid trio bring to life Jim Hawkins, Old Ben Gunn, Billy Bones, Sneaky Beaky the pirates’ parrot, mythical creatures and of course Long John Silver - with action and adventure aplenty on the horizon.

Also worth seeing… Magic of the Stars Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 7 February Omid Djalili – Schmuck For a Night 5 & 6 March

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick ROHLIVE – THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 28 FEBRUARY A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet‘s The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess

Also worth seeing… NTLIVE HEDDA GABLER – 9 March JO CAULFIELD – 10 March

Omid Djalili SCHMUCK FOR A NIGHT Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick ALADDIN 15 – 18 FEBRUARY

Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick HAY FEVER 20 – 25 MARCH

BOADS present this well-loved pantomime by Alan P Frayn. The story of Aladdin and his wonderful lamp in panto makes for a great family evening out. Note: This pantomime uses strobe lighting and pyroflash.

Set in 1925, the Bliss family is ultra Bohemian. One weekend each family member has invited a guest for the weekend, which doesn’t go down well! After an uncomfortable dinner, they play a word game that only the family members understand which results in the terrified guests leaving the next morning! A TOADS season production by Noel Coward, directed by Jill Farrant.

Also worth seeing… Joe Stead presents The Life and Times of Paul Robeson – 24 February Teignmouth Players present Three OneAct Plays – 24 March 68

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Also worth seeing… The Witches – 22 February-25 February


Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick ALAN AYCKBOURN’S CONFUSIONS 15 – 18 FEBRUARY These are 5 interlinked plays, which deal riotously with various subjects familiar to all of us: shyness, loneliness, overbearing, organising social climbers and the bungled attempt at picking up girls. This is Ayckbourn at his best. He is making the point but keeping the audiences in stitches at the same time. Great fun. A Bijou Theatre production.

Also worth seeing… Torbay Brass Band Concert – 4 February The Simon & Garfunkel Story – 8 February

Y OU Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8.15pm February 7th - 18th October Incl Matinee: Wednesday 23rd August 2.30pm Tickets: £20, Seniors £19, Children £10


Starring CBeeBies SPOTBOTS Thurs 16th February 2.30pm Tickets: £12. Family (4) £40


Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT 21 – 25 FEBRUARY

Friday 3rd March 7.30pm Tickets: £20, Seniors/children £18


X-Factor winner Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat! Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

Sunday 5th March & Monday 6th March 7.30pm Tickets: £24 (16+ years only)

Saturday 18th March 7.30pm Tickets: £16 Children £15

Also worth seeing… The Woman in Black 28 February – 4 March Brendan Cole: All Night Long – 19 March



Joe McElderry

G4 Live in Concert Multi-platinum vocal harmony group

Friday 24th March 7.30pm Tickets: VIP (Meet & Greet) £75, Adults £25.50, Child £22.50

PRINCE REVELATION starring Mark Anthony

Saturday 25th March 7.30pm Tickets: £19.50 Senior/Child £17.50

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TIME FOR PETS The Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Ashley Priors Lane, Watcombe has accommodation for 50 cats. Whilst they’re waiting for new homes, a large team of staff and volunteers ensures their lives are as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Julian Rees visits the centre to find out more.


’m meeting Kelly Hennequin, the Volunteer Coordinator for Blue Cross Torbay at the rehoming centre which is tucked away in a quiet country lane in Watcombe. There has been a boarding cattery here for many years and Kelly tells me how it was left to the Blue Cross in 1988 after the previous owner passed away. Kelly has worked at the centre since 2005. She studied for a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management at Paignton Zoo, a course run at the time by Bridgwater College. During the final months of her studies, a position became available at the Blue Cross centre where she already volunteered. Kelly got the job and worked all hours to complete both her studies and the new role. She is now one of 11 permanent full and part-time staff and coordinates the activities of a team of more than 100 volunteers. However this is only 50% of her role; the other half of her time is spent as an Animal Welfare Assistant. Kelly shows me around the site which comprises the original house, now home to offices and staff facilities, and the two purpose-built catteries which were constructed in 2000 and 2004. These replaced the temporary buildings that had up until that time been home to the cats. The catteries are warm and clean and each cat has its own indoor and outdoor space. There is also a special care unit where the visiting vet sees animals and where they spend time recovering from procedures. Each cat that is rehomed by the centre will be neutered, chipped, and treated against fleas and worms. Kittens will have had their first vaccinations and every animal is given four weeks free Petplan insurance. The centre has space for up to 50 cats and kittens and at the time of its 25th anniversary in 2013 had helped over 10,500 cats to find new homes. Cats spend on average 31 days at the centre before being rehomed. New residents are admitted on a needs priority basis but the charity prefers that animals stay at home whilst a new owner is sought. Under the Homes Direct Scheme the Blue Cross can rehome dogs and rabbits as well as cats. Even though the animals may not spend time at the centre they will still go through the charity’s careful assessment and matching process. At times when the


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Kelly Hennequin

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Did you know? The Blue Cross was established in 1897 to take care of working horses in the capital. It opened its first animal hospital in Victoria, London on 15 May 1906. Originally called Our Dumb Friends League (ODFL) the charity launched the Blue Cross Fund to care for horses during the Balkan War in 1912. The fund was relaunched in 1914 at the outbreak of WW1 as thousands of horses and dogs crossed the channel to join the war effort. By armistice day in 1918, the fund had raised the equivalent in today’s money of £6.5m from public donations. The Blue Cross distinguished the service from the Red Cross and in 1950 the league offically changed its name to The Blue Cross. bluecross.org.uk


Charities & Volunteering cattery accommodation is full, cats can go to one of the many volunteer foster carers nearby. Kelly tells me about the daily routine. Feeding is the first duty of the day; once this is complete it’s time for cleaning and changing litter trays. During the day each cat gets to spend some time outside its space to explore. There are many volunteers interested in animal care and they typically come in for one three-hour session per week between 8am and 4.30pm or 4 and 7pm on Thursdays. Animal care depends entirely on individual needs and can be as simple as sitting in with the cat whilst reading a book. Each cat is carefully assessed and socialised to ensure it can be matched with the right sort of new home environment.

At the time the centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 it had rehomed over 10,500 cats and kittens Volunteers can also find themselves involved in many other tasks around the centre including DIY, gardening, van driving, cleaning and assisting with events. Kelly tells me she also has team of volunteers who knit a steady supply of blankets, as residents often take theirs with them to their new homes. As well as volunteers, the charity relies heavily on public fundraising and is always keen to hear from businesses and individuals who would like to put on an event or do something daring to raise money. The charity can help with fundraising and offers a free fundraising pack that covers everything you need to know to organise your activities. The Torbay centre holds several events during the year including an open day, tea party, mince pie day and a quarterly coffee morning. One of its most popular events is the annual Dog Show and Fun Day at Oddicombe beach that always draws a large crowd - look out for dates in the What’s On section in our next issue! o

Catherine Caunter Volunteer since 2015

How you can help... Blue Cross Torquay has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities: Helping to keep the rehoming centre clean and equipment sterilised Meeting customers, dealing with their enquiries, and giving them the information they need to re-home pets Helping out with projects, admin, gardening and DIY Helping to organise and run community events Giving talks to local community groups about Blue Cross history and the services on offer Providing short-term foster care for recovering animals and animals seeking a permanent home If you are interested in volunteering or fundraising for the Blue Cross visit bluecross.org.uk/support-us (Note: Volunteers must be over 16 years old) englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Under the Cloak of Winter

Lis Wallace of Dobies of Devon inspires us to get out into the garden and start preparing for the miracle of spring. Bees in Winter

Zinging Zinnias Zinnias have been declared the flower of the year for 2017. With their huge range of colours, heights and flower sizes there’s at least one zinnia suitable for every garden. Zinnias originated in Mexico. The Spanish found their prolific, gaudy colours offensive and named them “mal de ojos” or “sickness of the eye”. In the 18th century, Dr Johann Gottfried Zinn brought the first seeds to Europe and the flowers were given a welcome name change and developed by breeders into the attractive blooms we know today. Easy to grow from seed, Zinnias are great for children. The seeds are quite large and so easy for tiny hands to handle.

Unless you’ve been asleep or on another planet you will be aware that bees are having a hard time. We gardeners can and do help by growing nectar rich plants and wild flowers during the summer. But we also need to take steps to help our bees to survive the winter months. On mild winter days, bees will emerge and search for food. Any or all of the following selection of evergreen plants will provide the answer and will also give your garden some late autumn and winter interest: Winter-flowering Clematis Chimonanthus Pyracanthus Coronilla Hamemelis Daphne Erica Viburnum Mahonia Cotoneaster Cyclamen Skimmia Fatsia Ivy

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

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Gardening What Jobs Need Doing Now? The gardening season has started and the keen ones amongst you will no doubt already have started sowing both flower and veg seeds. If you haven’t started yet, then it’s not too late but best you start ordering your see

Other jobs include: • Deadhead hydrangeas cutting back last year’s growth by about a third, to a strong pair of buds. • Get on top of weeds now before they take hold. It will make your life easier later in the year. • Order seed and plug plants now, you’ll find a wide range online. Prune roses to encourage strong new growth. • Sow sweet peas now so that come summer you can fill the house with both colour and scent. • Move any shrubs that are simply in the wrong place. • Order your summer bulbs.

Houseplants In 2002, the organisation Plantlife led a nationwide campaign to identify and designate a native wildflower to each county. The people of Devon voted for and elected the primrose and being based in Paignton it is of special significance to all of us here at Dobies. If you don’t already have primroses growing in your garden, then now is perhaps time for a rethink. Preferring cool semi-shaded areas of the garden these plants are ideal for woodland edges, banks and for growing under hedgerows. In a well-drained yet moist soil, primroses will flower year-on-year and will readily self-seed and naturalise.

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Torquay & District Horticultural Society All talks are held at 7.30pm at the Livermead House Hotel. 1 February – AGM followed by brief history of the society with President Mr Don Cockman 22 February – Creating a Naturalistic Garden with Keith Wiley 15 March – Some more unusual bulbs – A Nurseryman’s Choice with Chris Ireland-Jones

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Steve Bulman (Managing Partner), Tracey Pearce (Partner) and Richard Blair (Partner) all WBW Solictors

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The partners of PKF Francis Clark held a Christmas drinks reception at Kents Cavern in Torquay.

Clockwise from top left: James Huxtable (Francis Clark), Alison & David Merrick (Watermota Ltd) and Andrew Perkins (Ashfords) Tony Stevens (Handelsbanken) with Gill & Martin Rogers (Savills) Nick Powe (Kents Cavern), Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo) and John Rowe (Francis Clark) Nigel & Liz Petas (Nirvana Homes) with Colin & Jo Champion (Champion Engineering Brixham) Michael Jeavons (Whitehill Country Park), Peter Cliff (Warm Welcome Management) and Richard Smith (Dartmoor Brewery)

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serving member of the law firm is Chairman, Michael Cosgrave who completed 45 years of service on 2 January 2017. Michael joined law firm Harold Michelmore in Newton Abbot dealing with property law in 1972. Chris Hart, Chief Executive, said, “It is incredible to have so many years of service within the firm. I and all of the management team are very proud of the commitment and dedication everyone shows within the firm and it gives us a real pleasure to take this opportunity to say thank you to so many long serving members of staff.” Over 110 people attended the party travelling from the five offices across Devon to join the festivities. o

Unique Torbay Sites Torbay Council is making available unique Torbay sites that could provide some new experiences for local residents. A portfolio of concessions was released for tender and a number of new businesses are expected to be open for

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Scott Drew, owner of David’s Fish and Chips in Brixham has won gold at London’s FreeFrom Awards for eateries serving food to coeliacs and customers with other food intolerances. This is the highest award available in the Fish and Chip Shop category. David’s offers a choice of fish dishes cooked in a batter, which is suitable for coeliac sufferers and those with a wheat allergy or intolerance. It was one of only eight fish and chip shops nationally to have made it on to the shortlist of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. The takeaway has been providing gluten-free meals on request for the last five years. They are prepared in a separate area and cooked on a separate fryer, away from the main range, to reduce the risk of contamination. All ingredients used in the meals are certified as gluten-free and staff members have completed a course by the charity Coeliac UK. o

1,182 Years of Service! Over 50 members of staff from Devon law firm Wollen Michelmore have been recognised with long service awards at the annual Christmas party held in Torquay. With an impressive 1,182 years of service between them, the 53 staff members were presented with individual recognition pins, a gift of their choice and a monetary gift voucher to mark their continuous service. The longest


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Easter. The available concessions included some unusual sites such as Brixham Breakwater Lighthouse and Torquay Recreation Ground Entrance Gate Houses. Other opportunities offered for entrepreneurial locals to explore included boating and floating rights, powerboat concessions, mobile catering, stores, shelters, kiosks, beach offices, trampoline sites, mobile car cleaning sites and ice cream concessions. TDA’s Estates Team, working with colleagues from Torbay Council’s Beaches, Harbours and Natural Environment Team identified these opportunities across the Bay. Paul Palmer said, “As the TDA Estates Manager, it is essential that I regularly keep abreast of opportunities that could provide a return and income for the Council. Making these new sites available for tender englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


... is an exciting opportunity for Torbay’s residents and businesses.” o

Networking Directory

Get involved with Torbay business! Torbay Business Forum First Tuesday of every month 7.30am RICC Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ Contact: Angela George 07717 316641 info@torbaybusinessforum.org.uk torbaybusinessforum.org.uk @TorbayBusiness

Cavanna’s New Show Home Family owned, Westcountry house builder Cavanna Homes has opened a new show home at their Fusion development in Paignton. This marks the third phase of the development off Brixham Road. The development consists of a variety of two, three and four-bedroom homes with 12 choices of house style. The show home is a four-bedroom Fluder townhouse. Arranged over three floors, the Fluder offers a spacious kitchen/dining/family room, utility area, a separate living room, en-suite master bedroom with three further bedrooms and two parking spaces. Fusion has already collected top industry awards including Southern Development of the Year (51 properties or more) in the 2015 LABC Warranty Awards, known as The Bricks. Lynn Wardle, Sales Manager at Fusion, said, “With many homes already sold, Fusion forms a fantastic extension to Paignton’s already thriving community. As well as providing new homes, Fusion also offers retail space including a new Aldi store and veterinary practice, and a hilltop park.” o

Torbay Business Network Last Friday of every month 7.30am Pierpoint Restaurant Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HA Contact: Anthony Blackaby 01803 299935 events@torbaybusinessnetwork.co.uk @TorbayBizNet SOS Club Second Tuesday of every month 7.30am Livings Coasts Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG Contact: Jenny Paton 01803 697509 Jenny.Paton@paigntonzoo.org.uk Breakfast Networking Club Torbay Every other Tuesday 7.15am The Grand Hotel The Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT Contact: Andy Coleman 07830 150615 andy@deatorbay.co.uk @BNC_torbay


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

A FIELD FOR GRAZING OR A MINEFIELD? I have always shared the view of Ian Fleming that, a horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. Perhaps that should be amended to “expensive in the middle” as they have a voracious appetite and need for grazing land. However, with a pony-mad daughter I became cautiously involved in helping her keep horses and then, inevitably and more comfortably, advising clients on equine matters and Grazing Agreements. When letting land for grazing for horses a decision needs to be made as to whether a horse owner is given an exclusive right to the land under a Grazing Tenancy or, when a Landowner allows horses of other owners to graze the land, then a Profit of Pasturage Agreement is recommended. When an exclusive right to graze is granted care needs to be taken as to the form of the Tenancy Agreement, which will depend on the terms of the tenancy, the nature of the use of the land and whether the land is let to an individual or a business. There are three types of tenancy: • Common Law Tenancy • Farm Business Tenancy under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 • Business Tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 These three types of tenancy are crucial for the Landowner to be able to recover possession of the land. A Common Law Tenancy (known as a Grazing Agreement) is for grazing for purely private or recreational purposes. It must be for private use by an individual and not a Club nor for a business or trade and the Agreement should prohibit such use. Where land is just let for grazing but this is done in connection with a trade or business then a Farm Business Tenancy will be required, even if the trade or business is nonagricultural, provided that the non-agricultural use is not on the land. It is therefore important to restrict the use of the land to grazing only. However, where the land is let for grazing and it is also used for a non-agricultural purpose, in connection with a business, such as for the training or exercising of horses or the land is used for a commercial Riding School, then this will need to be a Business Tenancy. A Business Tenancy can

confer a greater degree of security of tenure (unlike a Farm Business Tenancy) on the tenant. Finally, there may be occasions where a Landowner may allow horses of one or more owners to share the grazing on the land. There can be no tenancy of the land since no one person has exclusive possession of the land. This would need a Profit of Pasturage – Non Exclusive Grazing Agreement. Under this Agreement one or more graziers are given a right of pasture for a fixed term but the Land Owner is still regarded as being in possession of the land and having the land “at his disposal” and to be responsible for keeping the land in good agricultural and environmental condition by observing the cross-compliance obligations under the BPS Scheme. The above letting arrangements should be distinguished from Contracts of Agistment whereby a Land Owner takes in another’s animals to graze or for pasturage but for payment. No tenancy is created. The Land Owner or “Agister” is obliged to take reasonable care of the animals and to supply them with food and water. However, sometimes the Agister could be a tenant of the land but that is another story! In essence therefore, the letting of land for grazing can be a legal minefield. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any query relating to this article, I feel with my own experience there’s a lot riding on it! This article was written by Simon Wilson, partner, who is located in our Dartmouth office. Simon can be contacted on 01803 396604 or by email: Simon.Wilson@wollenmichelmore.co.uk

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Events 2017

Oh we do like to be Beside the Seaside! Visit us in 2017 and help us to celebrate everything great about the beach, with talks, trails, fun facts and games.

Eggs-cellent Easter Weekend

Join us for Easter fun including an Easter egg trail, talks and activities.

Beach Bonanza!

Visit in May half term for beach-themed fun. Take part in sandcastle-making, crafts, talks and discover our amazing marine creatures.

14th – 17th April

27th May – 2nd June

Coastal Clean-ups Various dates (see website for details)

Deep Sea Nightmares 21st – 31st October

Festive Weekend 9th & 10th December

Help us keep the shores clean! Litter can be very harmful to our environment and the animals that live on the coast - it’s vital that we keep these areas clear. Come along to these FREE events and be part of our coastal crew! See website for dates and locations. Are you afraid of the dark? Visit Living Coasts this Halloween to discover the CREATURES YOU MAY ÚND LURKING IN THE deep. Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for a weekend full of festivities. Santa will be stopping by along with special characters. Experience a Christmas trail, carol singing, festive food and more!

www.livingcoasts.org.uk 01803 202470 Registered charity No: 1099076

Please note: all details are subject to change, check our website for the latest update.

Events 2017 Visit in 2017 and help us celebrate Cold-Blooded Creatures. Join us for talks, exclusive evenings, trails, crafts and much more.



HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Reptile Eggstravaganza! 14th – 17th April Discover weird and wonderful reptile eggs and receive a chocolate treat.

Snappy Summer Fun! 24th July – 1st Sept Hop along to learn about slithering snakes, snappy crocodiles and fun frogs! Enjoy talks, activities and crafts.


Halloween Horrors 21st – 31st October Take part in our ghastly Halloween Horrors trail, will you receive a trick or a treat?

Meet Santa 16th – 24th Dec Meet Santa in his magical cabin.

JOIN US FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENTS Reptile Ramble 29th March 6.30pm-8.30pm Join us for talks, tours and food! £30 per person.

HELP RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR CONSERVATION Golf Day 15th September Join us at Dainton Golf Club and help raise vital funds for the Zoo.

Will Week 2nd – 7th October Write your will in return for a small donation to the Zoo.

Mistletoe Ball 2nd December Kick start the festive season at our charity ball at The Grand Hotel, Torquay. Enjoy a 3-course meal and dance the night away!

Amphibian Adventures 6th September 6.30pm-8.30pm Hop to our frogthemed evening. £30 per person.

Find out more and book tickets

www.paigntonzoo.org.uk Please note: details are subject to change and some events must be pre-booked, please check our website for details.

01803 697500

Registered charity No: 300923