English Riviera Magazine June/July 2017

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Vita Sumeiko

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..to our June/July issue! We’re really looking forward to Torbay Air Show and we look at some of the aircraft that will be zooming across our skies in June. We also find out more about Brixham Trawler Race, English Riviera Film Festival and the amazing Star Wars exhibition at Torquay Museum. Unsurprisingly, as it’s summer, we have a huge What’s On section and lots of theatre choices for you. Ladies Cricket and Bowls are given a go in this issue and we celebrate the big anniversaries of two popular local groups. We’ve profiled three very different local people this issue; we have two inspiring young entrepreneurs: Vita Sumeiko, a talented florist who has set up her business at Cockington and James Twigger, rising fast in his new accountancy firm in Paignton. We also meet Ron Campion who is a real stalwart of the Brixham community with his long established family interiors business and life-saving lifeboat work. There’s plenty more to enjoy in this issue but if you don’t see your favourite topic covered, please tell us! Just email editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We always enjoy attending receptions and events, so please feel free to invite us along if you’d like yours featured. We hope you enjoy reading and if you respond to any of our local advertisers do give us a mention – it helps us to bring your English Riviera magazine to you!

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In this issue


June/July 2017 6 Openers

Local news snippets

12 Meet Vita Sumeiko A Passion for Flowers

16 Meet Ron Campion

Stalwart of the Brixham community

20 Heritage – Richard Mallock

34 Trawler Spectacular

The Unexpected Heir

22 Torbay Air Show

70 Guillemot Cam

29 Celebrating 125 years

73 Social Diary

33 Brixham Probus Club

76 Profile – James Twigger

34 Brixham Trawler Race

80 Business Breaks

37 Food & Drink News

82 The Briefing

Bravo Zulu!

Torquay & District Horticultural Society On their quarter century A spectacular sight

Snappy crocod-ales and nippy crabs

38 Give it a Go! Ladies Cricket

Spot the jumplings Local people at local events It’s all about people

Local business news in brief Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore

Do the reverse Benny Hill!

40 Give it a Go! Bowls Chasing the jack

42 What’s On

Our pick of June & July events

55 Feel the Force

Torquay Museum’s Star Wars exhibition

56 Ways with Words

Fire your imagination at Dartington

58 Arts News

Creative events around the Bay

61 English Riviera Film Festival Never mind Cannes…

62 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

6 4 Charity – Vigilance Sail a classic yacht

67 Gardening

Lis Wallace’s green-fingered column


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Babbacombe’s historic cliff railway has reopened after a major £100,000 refurbishment including the purchase and installation of two new carriages. Manufactured in stainless steel they are of the same design as those being replaced but are expected to have a much longer life and will stand up better to the environment. While the carriages themselves are brand new, various other parts have either been sent away for refurbishment and adjustment or serviced on site. A lot has also been done to improve the efficiency and safety of the running gear together with re-cabling the top section of the hauling ropes. The cliff railway has been transporting people from up on Babbacombe Downs to secluded Oddicombe Beach since 1926. Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC Chairman, John Ayres, said, “The CIC took over the running of Babbacombe Cliff Railway nearly 8 years ago. We are delighted that the business is thriving and that we were in a position to be able to afford to carry out this considerable project. In 2016 we carried around 120,000 passengers. Not a bad way to celebrate our 90th anniversary.” babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

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Rowcroft Hospice has launched its family friendly, sponsored 5K where families with children over the age of three can run, walk, dance or toddle their way around an easy 5K route while being showered with thousands of colourful bubbles. It takes place at Torbay Velopark on Saturday 9 September at 11am. Daniel Robson, Rowcroft’s Events Manager, explained, “We’re planning a 6

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full day of frothy fun for the whole family, with cannons blasting bubbles along the route, music from The Breeze and a delicious selection of food and drinks stalls.” Tickets will cost £20 per adult £8 per child (aged 3-16) and £40 per family (two adults and two children). All families taking part will be asked to raise as much in sponsorship as possible to help local families living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon to share precious time together. rowcrofthospice.org.uk/bubble-rush

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Over 250 invited guests attended Cockington Court for the preview of its first ever sculpture trail and exhibition, The Art Path. The trail leads around the grounds of Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden. Cockington Court Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield worked in partnership with Brixham-based artist Phil Dixon to create the path. James Derwin, the Court’s artist in residence, caused a real ‘wow’ on preview night, working on his huge caterpillar in his studio and chatting to people about his creation. Visitors, especially children, are delighted and intrigued by Sophie Reshad’s Moving Heads, and Phil’s majestic sculpture Pathway will be a talking point, being created from Zimmer frames. There is a great mix of art, from Rik Pitman’s funky yellow cactus to Bob Dawson’s architectural gothic spirit. There’s even an edible chocolate sculptural swan Odette by master chocolatier Tony Fagan. The trail extends inside Cockington Court with more of the participating sculptors’ work. The sculpture trail and exhibition runs until 10 September. You can pickup a trail map in the manor house. cockingtoncourt.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


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Devon Air Ambulance Trust has received a highly commended for the Education and Training Skills’ Employer of the Year Award. The Annual Apprentice and Employer of the year Awards ceremony were held during National Apprenticeships Week, which was also celebrating ten years of the National Apprenticeships Scheme. Staff member Catherine Walker nominated the Trust. Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance said, “Investing in the training and development of our team is extremely important to us. It’s essential whatever your business that your team has the right skills to be able to do their job. When Cat asked if she could further her knowledge, by undertaking the Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration, we were delighted. This apprenticeship includes the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration, and Functional Skills Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT. Cat has recently passed her ICT exam.”

to other collections and three females, Joanna and Otilie (both born to Sangha) and Eliska remain at Paignton Zoo with their parents, making a herd of six. One calf died and three sadly had to be put to sleep for different veterinary reasons. This good record in breeding giraffes is in no small part due to the patient hard work and dedication of animal and veterinary staff. Rothschild’s or Baringo giraffes have recently been reclassified as Northern giraffes. They are officially Endangered; Paignton Zoo is part of the European Endangered species Programme for the Northern giraffe.

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A baby giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo. The calf was born to mother Sangha and the moment was captured on video by staff. She has been described as lively, boisterous, bold, confident - and, of course, incredibly cute. Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling added, “She has long wobbly legs, a big soft nose and the biggest, darkest eyes you’ve ever seen. She is a totally gorgeous youngster!” The gestation period for a giraffe is between 400 and 460 days. The mother gives birth standing up – the fall breaks the umbilical cord. It’s an unceremonious way to enter the world, a head-first drop to the ground, but the calf is on its feet within a few hours and is nearly six feet tall at birth. This is the tenth giraffe calf to be born at Paignton Zoo in seven years. Two males, Tonda and Valentino, have been moved on englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


In our February/March issue competition, Tara Fowler from Torquay was the lucky winner of dinner for 4 at John Burton-Race at the Grosvenor. For a chance to win an afternoon sail for two around the Bay on historical Brixham trawler Vigilance go to page 66.

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Tatau Gets the Sack!

A young female Bornean orang utan at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park celebrated her 4th birthday by showing off her acrobatic skills with a few tricks involving a sack. The natural fibre hessian sack was one of a number provided by local firm Coffeeman Devon - a family-run business based in Kingskerswell - as environmental enrichment. Enrichment is the science of stimulating animals mentally and physically – and it certainly seems to be working for Tatau.

in June 2016 as a legacy of the 150 year celebration of the foundation of the club. The charity aims to help young people to benefit from being able to sail and especially those who might otherwise not have the opportunity. As well as supporting RDYC Junior Sailing it makes it possible for more local youngsters to have a chance to try sailing. This year it will support school taster days for local year six children and sponsored places on sail training boats. royaldart.co.uk

Murder on the Herald Express Torquay author and journalist, David Scott has published his fifth book, Murder on the Herald Express. It is set against the backdrop of the buzz of the regional newspaper world and is a sequel to The Standard Bearer, published 11 years ago. For those who remember when reporters used typewriters rather than computers, and the printing press was in the same building, this book will bring back memories of happy days for the regional newspaper industry when advertising revenues and profits soared. If you’d like to purchase a signed copy contact David by email: DScottTorq@aol.com.

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Vita Sumeiko

A Passion for Flowers

Vita Sumeiko has always loved flowers and after coming to Devon from her native Latvia in 2009, she now has a thriving floristry business at beautiful Cockington Court. Anita Newcombe popped in to see her.


am meeting Vita at her large flower studio, Flower La Vita at Cockington Court. She tells me, “I grew up with flowers. We lived in a small village farmhouse and my Mum was a great gardener.” Vita describes how she used to wander off into the fields and come back clutching bunches of weeds and wild flowers. She remembers, “I fell in love with flowers and they have always been close to my heart.” Back in 2009 after leaving the University of Latvia in Riga where she studied Finance and Insurance, Vita hoped to work in a bank. However, it was the summertime and she decided to visit a friend who was living in Torquay for a short holiday. The fact that she’s still here, is running her own floristry business and is engaged to be married speaks for itself. She tells me, “I love the life in Torquay – the place is wonderful and the people are happy and kind – it’s so calm and relaxed.” Vita got a hotel job and found she enjoyed working with people. Later she studied City and Guilds Health and Social Care on a scheme run by a local care home. She then decided to join some flower arranging classes run by South Devon College. She describes her tutor, Tracy Johnson as amazing and Vita did really well, winning Best Arrangement for a difficult, triangular creation in her very first class. She reveals that her tutor asked, “Are you sure you have never worked in a florist shop before?” Vita subsequently took further courses each one focussing on a different area of speciality. She started doing wedding flowers plus baskets and gifts for family and friends, working from a garden shed. Soon the word went round and she was receiving lots of requests. She tells me, “So I thought ‘right’ and decided to take a risk, setting up my own florist business.” She started meeting with the Torbay Development Agency (TDA) and received one-to-one business support. One of the meetings was held at Cockington and Vita loved the place, the grounds and the church and thought it 12

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would be the perfect place to work. She opened a studio in the Stable Yard alongside some very well established creative businesses and subsequently moved into the Sea Change studios. Here she has a lovely big space to work, meet clients and display her creations. Cockington Court is very much noted for the large number of weddings they host and Vita tells me that she is very grateful for the support of Centre Director Marissa Wakefield and her team. Vita does flowers and decorations for the Court’s delightful wedding ceremony rooms including magnificent pedestal displays and table top arrangements plus gorgeous bridal bouquets. She also offers elegant, colourful sashes in a huge range of soft and vibrant shades. In addition to an increasing number of wedding enquiries, Vita also undertakes funeral flowers and floral gifts of all shapes and sizes for birthdays and many other occasions. Visitors to Cockington Court’s Craft Centre will walk by and drop in to discuss their ideas with Vita and many of her enquiries also arrive via her beautifully designed website. One of the things I liked about the Flower La Vita website is the detailed price options to choose from which make deciding how to work within your budget much easier. Like many businesses today, she is also very active on Facebook; she explains that there are lots of online wedding groups where you can show your work. Another string to Vita’s bow is the development of her floral workshops where would-be flower arrangers can learn to make all kinds of displays. Her first workshop took place last December and more recently she ran one in April – both received some excellent feedback and more will be coming. The workshops take place either in the Flower La Vita studio or The Space Room, a facility that is available to englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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real flowers of course but nowadays artificial flowers are so realistic that there is often a place for them at weddings.” She shows me a giant floral heart that is hanging on the wall and which is often hired out for weddings. She says, “People always think it is made of fresh flowers and are June/July 2017


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

Sculpture Trail & Exhibition 23rd April - 10th Sept, 10am-4pm Follow our Art Path and discover sculptures created by local artists placed within the Court site including the studio areas, Walled Art Garden and Manor House also with a supporting exhibition in the Kitchen Gallery. After the trail why not pop into the Court Tea Rooms for tasty homemade food using locally sourced ingredients. Food and Craft Markets Last Sunday of every month Stunning, unique handmade crafts complemented by locally farmed foods. In the beautiful grounds of Cockington Court, experience crafts makers at work and sample some of Devon’s finest foods.

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Riviera People amazed when they realise that it is not – it is so beautiful.” I am wondering what happened to the young girl who studied finance at university and wanted to work in banking. She reveals, “There is plenty of brainwork and administration in floristry with quotes, invoices, negotiating with suppliers and so on – working with flowers as well is the perfect balance.” Vita loves getting new ideas to share with people and last year she worked with Philip Corps, arranging flowers for Mamhead House. Phillip Corps did the flowers for Poldark and many other productions including Call the Midwife and Silk as well as Peter Andre’s wedding. Vita did one wedding with Phillip and helped to prepare huge pedestals Court. This year is busier than last year and she already has and arrangements. She tells me, “Phillip Corps worked really many bookings for next year so business is looking good. fast – I wanted to take notes but had literally no time. But Vita also offers a weekly and fortnightly flower service for he said I was really good and told me not to be scared – he local businesses with speciality arrangements to reflect events really motivated me and I learned a lot.” and seasons such as Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas. A typical day for Vita starts with checking her diary, She finds working at Cockington both inspiring and emails and making real confetti petals, which are, of course, supportive saying, “The chocolate shop, Cockington biodegradable. Lots of venues nowadays don’t allow paper Chocolate Company, is brilliant confetti to be flung around and so the real confetti petals have been “ There is plenty of brainwork and I sometimes include their very successful. It’s not all made and administration in floristry chocolate in my gift bouquets – their chocolate heart on a stick is from traditional roses; she also uses with quotes, invoices, negotiating popular.” She tells me that all the delphinium, lavender, spray roses with suppliers and so on – other Cockington business owners and apple blossom. working with flowers as well is have been exceptionally kind Wedding meetings are often in and helpful to her with everyone her diary and she has to talk with the perfect balance. ” working together as one big team. her suppliers regularly for her flower Vita is now 28 and has been here in Torbay for orders. These are ordered online a couple of times a week eight years. Seven years ago she met Russell and they and come from Holland. She explains, “There are no big are now engaged. They both enjoy cycling and getting flower markets around here. If I was in London I’d be up at out into nature. Stover Country park is one of their dawn and visiting the flower markets all the time.” favourites and they have lately been along the Camel She’s in the Flower La Vita shop 5 days a week and on trail in Cornwall. Saturdays is often to be found at wedding venues such Vita sounds quite English so I’m interested to know as The Imperial and Torre Abbey as well as Cockington whether she learned the language in her native Latvia. She tells me, “I only knew how to say a couple of sentences when I first came eight years ago.” She tried to learn from books but these ended up in the bin. She says, “You really only learn properly by talking and of course Russell helped me a lot.” Russell also built the splendid florist’s counter that Vita has in her studio. Vita means ‘life’ in Latin and that’s where the name Flower La Vita came from. She modestly says, “I’m surprised when other Cockington Craft Centre people say that I am amazing because that’s normally what I think about them – we recommend each other.” flowerlavita.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Ron Campion

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Ron Campion is a true stalwart of the Brixham community; he manages his successful family interiors business, is an RNLI Torbay Station Officer, goes sailing and powerboating and still finds time to be guest chef at Brixham’s Fishstock Festival and other local events. Anita Newcombe went to meet him.


he Campions have been styling our interiors since in 2015 and the Brixham store had a complete revamp and a full rebrand with new logos and signage. At this the swinging sixties when Ron’s father Elbirt time, the team also completed the business’s integration (but known as Ron) started E. Campion at 33 into other areas offering bed linen, lighting, pictures Bolton Street, Brixham. He sold his car for £200 to fund and gifts. They provide an interior design service plus the business and after initially renting the premises, a year full holiday home refurbishment, often putting a full later he bought the freehold and extended the property, design scheme together with everything from reflooring tripling the showroom space. It seems that the Campion’s and recarpeting to providing attractive pictures and brand of furnishing was already going down a storm with even down to the cutlery. Knowing all the holiday home the locals. regulations means that they can help and advise their It didn’t stop there; in 1969 Elbirt (Ron) invested clients accordingly. Ron explains that they now have £4000 and bought the house next door expanding both a loyal following of customers mainly in and around upwards and backwards into a spanking new 3-storey Torbay. Their products can be found online but most of showroom. their customers like the personal approach. They also have The second generation Ron, who I am chatting with some major contracts coming as far afield as Cornwall, today, joined the business as a carpet fitter in 1970 at Plymouth and Exeter. the age of 15. By 1974 he had Ron has no family to follow in started working in the shop and “ I’ve spent all my life on or around his footsteps. He tells me, “I’ve when his father died suddenly water as a sailor, racing sailor and always been really independent in 1975, Ron, now aged just 20 Powerboat Level 2 Instructor. ” and the business has been all and with hardly any experience, encompassing.” But there’s an took over the business. experienced team in place to continue the traditions of He tells me, “It was pretty rough at first. I barely knew excellence including Peter Bromfield Furniture Manager, how to fill in a paying-in slip and had to have everything Nick Hart Carpet & Flooring Manager, Simon Breese Senior explained to me by the bank staff.” Sales Advisor and Alan Wheeler IT and Marketing Manager. He must have been a quick learner though because But Ron doesn’t spend all his time working. He serves he carried on expanding the business and in 1990 the community as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) opened an oriental rug shop in Torquay’s Union Square, for Torbay Lifeboat and is on 24-hour call for 5 days plus subsequently expanding into Market Street and adding 1 weekend every 5 weeks. This means that if a May Day furniture and beds. (grave & imminent danger to life) or Pan Pan (urgent Two years later he took over Interiors of Totnes and assistance needed) comes in on his watch, then Ron has to carried on running the 3 businesses. In 2000 with evaluate the facts and determine whether to authorise the business still booming, he had hoped to expand in launch of the All Weather Lifeboat, the Inshore Lifeboat Torquay by purchasing the old MFI building but he or both. discovered that the roof would need replacing and this Ron explains, “I’ve spent all my life on or around water became a deal-breaker. So he said to himself, “blow it” as a sailor, racing sailor and Powerboat Level 2 Instructor.” and instead extended the Brixham store still further, He keeps an Impala 28 sailing yacht at Brixham expanding into number 37 which had been a fishmonger Marina, racing her on Thursday evenings with Brixham and then 39 & 41 which had been a butcher’s shop. Yacht Club and also competes in regattas such as Torbay Ron Campion Interiors celebrated its 50th anniversary


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and Dartmouth. He also owns a 6 metre RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with a 100 HP engine which he mainly uses for cruising, although he does still waterski and broke his ribs only last year when he came off at high speed (30mph). When not hurling himself at speed into the ‘beautiful briny,’ he loves to cook. Every year he runs a seafood stall at Brixham’s Fishstock Festival in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission. Delicacies include: scallops and chorizo, squid with chilli dip, pan-fried fish fillet in a roll and moules marinère. Last year with a team of 8 volunteers he served 700 portions and raised £2000 for the Mission. He also runs the barbeque for Brixham’s Lifeboat Week and was the guest chef at Brixham Yacht Club’s 5-course Valentine’s dinner. I express my amazement that he can fit everything in. He says, “My life is flat-out all the time.” It certainly sounds like it. But, in fact, that’s not all he does - he reveals, “I also do the odd bit of property renovation, buying and selling.” Ron is a huge fan of life in Brixham. He says, “I just love Brixham; it’s an amazing town with amazing people; the community just buzzes with camaraderie; there’s lots going on and it’s a really special and vibrant place with its marina and fishing port.” Ron enjoys eating out but admits to being rather picky englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

as he does love his food. He has a long list of favourites including Sunday lunch at Salcombe’s South Sands Hotel; Berry Head Hotel with its fabulous views, Simply Fish (“I love fish”) and Beamers. He enjoys a drink at the Newquay Inn and The Manor. This triggers a memory; he says, “I also ran a pub in 2006/7 – The Castle at Stoke Gabriel – it was when I was Rear Commodore House at Brixham Yacht Club – I only did it for 12 months though – it was too much work.” You do have to get up early to outrun Ron though; he trains 3 to 5 days a week at the gym at 6 am and has a regular personal trainer. So what are the latest trends for the Ron Campion interiors business? 40% of the business is in flooring including carpet and oak. A growing area of popularity is painted furniture in Farrow and Ball colours, especially grey. Beautifully designed lift and rise chairs are always popular. Beds are important too with Ron’s own brand of Devon Beds specially made on Dartmoor using locally sourced, natural fillings such as wool, cotton, hair and alpaca. They also have many other brands and now are offering Remfit, a state of the art mattress with integrated sleep and recovery technology. So no one can accuse the Ron Campion brand of failing to keep up with the latest trends. But can anyone keep up with Ron himself? I doubt it! roncampion.co.uk June/July 2017


Richard Mallock The Unexpected Heir

The Mallock Clock Tower on the Strand Torquay, erected 115 years ago by private donation, remains one of our most visible icons, yet how many know why the memorial was built? Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells the story.


Elizabeth Emily Maconchy and in time she also presented his month my biography looks at the life of him with two children, Roger Champernowne and Richard Mallock, second son of eight children Rawlyn Richard Maconchy. In 1882, Richard learned produced by Charles Herbert Mallock and his of the difficulties the Devon Agricultural Society were wife Maria. Two centuries had passed from the moment having in finding a site large enough to hold their next the Mallock family purchased the Manor of Cockington Annual Agricultural show and immediately stepped from the Cary family in 1654, until Richard inherited forward to offer three of his fields. This required him to the estate. During this time, numerous Mallocks had remove fences, stone walls and a cattle yard, as well as inherited but none was as worthy as Richard. Following diverting a stream to create a new large exhibition arena. his father’s death, Charles Herbert (II) inherited but died The generous offer became an early sign of his Christian just two years later; his younger brother Richard was willingness to assist his fellow man, without there being next in line. As a Lieutenant in the army he now had to any question of personal financial gain. resign his commission in order to return to manage the As a churchman and now a Church Warden he built Cockington family estate. two new Mission Rooms and Richard was born in “ Richard arranged for the Torquay a Wesleyan church within his 1843 and married Mary Rifle Brigade Band and two hundred local Cockington Estate, whilst Jones Dickson in April 1876. Having resigned his dancers to come to his estate to provide continuously donating plots commission in the Royal entertainment at a free afternoon tea for or sites for the authorities to create open spaces for the Artillery, he and his wife all tenants and residents. ” community to use on his moved to what was then land. Today we all still enjoy one of those areas, Victoria called the Manor of Cockington. Richard was a stalwart Park at Chelston, built to commemorate and celebrate churchman from an early age but more importantly to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year. us, he would become a major benefactor to Torquay. On In the 1880s, a Parliamentary Bill was enacted to create their arrival in Torquay, the couple received a tumultuous a new Torquay Division and during a second General welcome from residents and this seemed to set the scene Election in 1886, Richard would successfully oust the for much happiness for the couple in the years ahead. Liberal Union candidate by 80 votes and be returned as Shortly after their arrival, Richard arranged for the Conservative Member of Parliament for Torquay Division. Torquay Rifle Brigade Band and two hundred local He represented the town until his early death in 1895. dancers to come to his estate to provide entertainment at Richard was regularly donating his land to the a free afternoon tea for all tenants and residents. However, community through the Local Board but by the 1890s the early expectation of great happiness would be marred they started to refuse some gifts. It seems that like by tragedy two years later when at the age of just 22, today, they were concerned about the ever-rising cost Mary died. Today her memorial, a window comprising of maintenance, especially when formal covenants were three lights depicting the Blessed Virgin, can still be put in place. Lawyers, in trying to ensure all donated viewed in the Mallock Family chapel at Cockington land was “at all times used and maintained as open Church. spaces in perpetuity” saw some gifts as being a step too During those two years together at Cockington, Mary far. Indeed one site Richard donated, the two Parish produced two children, a son Charles Herbert (III) and Rooms in Sherwell Lane Chelston, was a good example a daughter, Helen. Later Richard would remarry, to one


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Heritage was laid on the Strand for the construction of a Memorial Clock Tower to place his name in history. Some 1700 individual subscribers of friends, tenants, family and business people donated money towards a new tower and it was officially unveiled by another famous Devon figure of our town, Mr William Kitson (solicitor). He officially accepted the memorial on behalf of the local authority in 1903 saying, “Mr Richard Mallock did his duty in that state of life to which it pleased God to call him; a man who did justice, loved mercy, and walked with his God.� The final irony for our local authority was that the tower, being a gift from the people to the town, would need to be maintained by the council in perpetuity. torbaycivicsociety.co.uk

of this. The Bishop of Exeter formally opened them and the Church used the rooms until 1969. However, when later offered for sale, the covenant was so restrictive that the Christadelphian Church took the rooms and not a developer, which may have been the better option. As MP for Torquay, Richard was also a ruling Councillor of the Primrose League, a Justice of the Peace, a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and also President and Trustee of Torbay Hospital. His tragic death came in 1900 while on a golfing and cycling holiday in Scotland with his wife and Roger. Tragedy struck as Richard pushed his bicycle, he was not even riding it; he stumbled and fell to the ground. Within minutes he was dead at the age of just 56. Following his transportation back to his family manor, the funeral procession took place on June 30 when a posse of police, eighty clergymen and 165 carriages plus literally hundreds of locals attended. The crowd was so large that it required the attendance of eighteen retired soldiers to line up and form a cordon. Charles Herbert (III) now inherited the Manor of Cockington and Chelston. Like his father before him, he saw action as a soldier in the Boer War. But in 1906 he resigned from the army and returned home to manage the family estate. In 1914 he rejoined the army but as with his father, death would come early. Having inhaled German mustard gas, he died in 1917 at the age of just 39. Torquay people would not forget Richard Mallock, our most generous benefactor. In 1902 a foundation stone englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Torbay Airshow is back with a spectacular line-up of displays in the air and fun on the ground. Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 June are must-dates for your diary.


he sky above Paignton Green and the sparkling waters of Tor Bay will once again thrill to the roar of aircraft engines as they loop, spin and roll their way across the vision of the delighted crowds below. Enjoy a festival atmosphere on the ground with entertainment, bars and catering plus a chance to meet some of the display pilots and teams and try your hand in a Red Arrow or Typhoon simulator. Air displays will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. Here are some of the aircraft:


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Red Arrows The breathtaking manoeuvres of the RAF’s famous aerobatic display team the Red Arrows are not to be missed as they perform their synchronised, formation ying and their heart-stopping opposition manoeuvres. Signature moves include the Wall to Short Diamond arrival, Shuttle Roll, Tornado, Cyclone, Hammerhead Break, Gypo Break and the ever-popular Heart and Spear. Their team leader is Squadron Leader David Montenegro, also known as Red 1.

Out & About Gerald Cooper’s Xtreme Air XA41

Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team

World aerobatic competitor Gerald Cooper will be performing in his Xtreme XA41. It’s a new, high performance monoplane in which he achieves highspeed aerobatics that will have you reeling with ama ement. Gerald e ame the rst-ever British pilot to receive a gold medal in Unlimited Aerobatics in the history o aero ati sport flying. He holds numerous British ational ero ati titles and is repeatedly ranked in the top ten at world championships.

The Army’s Tigers were formed over 20 years ago and are one of the ver y top parachute display teams in the United Kingdom. The Tigers are the lagship team or the rin ess o ales s Royal Regiment, whose seniority stems from the Tangier Regiment o 1 1. The Tigers drop out o the sky in dynami and e iting ormations with smoke trailing and flags flying. The team’s Officer Commanding is aptain an i ks.

Pitts Special Aerobatic Biplane

The Strikemaster

Lauren Richardson is one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK and will be performing in her beautiful and i oni modi ed itts Spe ial aero ati iplane. n 1 she e ame British emale ero ati hampion and started airshow flying. Designed and uilt or serious aero ati s, Lauren s ma hine, G-B DR, has over the years re eived a ew modi ations to in rease its per orman e and strength beyond that original design – over-sized control surfaces (ailerons, rudder and elevator) mean that she rolls listeringly ast, fli k rolls even aster and performs almost any conceivable aerobatic manoeuvre with style and aplomb.

British et-powered training and light-atta k air ra t, the Strikemaster is a development o the Hunting et rovost trainer, a et engineered version o the er ival rovost, whi h originally flew in 1 with a radial piston engine. The Strikemaster is an armed version o the et rovost trainer air ra t. The Strikemaster has a ustom uilt smoke system, whi h it uses during its displays.


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Out & About Piston Provost The iston rovost rst flew in 1 , with an initial order or pla ed y the R 1 months later. The rovost was introdu ed into R servi e as a new advan ed training s heme or potential R pilots.

The Gyrocopter The Gyro flying display is also known as a Gyro opter or Gyroplane is des ri ed as a flying windmill or a rotating para hute, whi h looks like a sy amore seed gently floating down as it spins. This unusual air ra t is great to wat h and is des ri ed y the pilots as un to fly. The rotor lades o the gyro are ompletely reewheeling in flight, eing driven solely y the air going up through the rotor disk.

The Raven Aerobatic Team Team Raven are a ormation aero ati display team eaturing an s R and R air ra t, whi h have een modi ed with smoke systems. Their displays in lude death-de ying manoeuvres su h as the Hal u an, the Big i ing ver, Thread the eedle, Downward Bom Burst, Bo with y lone and the Line reast Stall Turn. Raven 1 is Simon Sid Shirley, a serving R ast et pilot with around , hours flying time having flown the Tornado and the Hawk. Steve Lloyd and Barry Gwynnett, Raven and Raven ormed the team in 1 and the last Ravens omplete the team s line-up.

Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4 The Typhoon display will in lude some in redi le aero ati stunts. Royal ir or e Typhoons have a top speed o a out 1, mph and a wingspan o 11 metres. The Typhoon GR provides the R with a highly apa le and e tremely agile multirole om at air ra t, apa le o eing deployed in the ull spe trum o air operations, in luding air poli ing, pea e support and high intensity onfli t. The pilot an arry out many un tions y voi e ommand or through a hands-on sti k and throttle system. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight The flight in ludes the Hurri ane, Lan aster and Spit re these legendary air ra t served a vital role in the Battle o Britain, one o the most pivotal onfli ts in the Se ond orld ar.

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The Hawker Hurri ane is a British single-seat ghter air ra t that was designed and predominantly uilt y Hawker ir ra t Ltd or the Royal ir or e. t will always e remem ered or the vital role it played, with its partner the Spit re, in he ti attles during the summer o 1 . Hurri anes destroyed more enemy air ra t during the Battle o Britain than did all the other air and ground de en es om ined.

The Supermarine Spit re is a British single-seat ghter air ra t that was used y the Royal ir or e and many other llied ountries e ore, during and a ter the Se ond orld ar. The Spit re played a ma or part in a hieving ultimate vi tory in orld ar Two and truly deserves its pla e as pro a ly the most su ess ul ghter design ever, and ertainly as the most amous and harismati o all time.

The Avro Lancaster The vro Lan aster is a British our-engined Se ond orld ar heavy om er designed and uilt y vro or the Royal ir or e and is the most amous and su ess ul R heavy om er o orld ar Two. t is a legend that lives on today and the ontri ution made y the air ra t and its rews to the reedom o our nation will, hope ully, never e orgotten. The prototype Lan aster took to the air or its rst flight rom ood ord, Man hester, on anuary 1 1 the rst produ tion Lan aster flew later that year on 1 to er. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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125 Years of Horticulture

Torquay and District Horticultural Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an appealing series of events plus a grand birthday tea at Torre Abbey on 21st June.


he society was originally founded in 1892 as Torquay & District Gardeners Association to bring the gardeners of Torquay’s large houses and villas together and share their knowledge and experience. It retained this earlier name until the 1920s when its current name was adopted and at this point membership was opened up and anyone with an interest in gardening was welcomed. The first ever society meeting included a talk entitled ‘Gardens, Glasshouses and Flowers, Especially Orchids’ and a copy of that first programme is still carefully preserved. In November 1895, the Great Autumn Show was inaugurated and was subsequently held annually. This fitted well with the charity’s key aims of promoting horticulture as a creative, educational and artistic pastime and to make that knowledge available to as many people as possible. With this in mind, members enjoy flower shows, meetings and garden visits as well as a fascinating programme of talks. The very first record of society meetings is from October 1936 when after ‘considerable discussion’ about a proposal that ladies be asked to judge table decorations, the motion was put to the vote and carried. The Spring Show in 1939 was very poorly attended due to the international crisis and, following the outbreak of war,


regular meetings and the Autumn Show were cancelled. By February 1940, fortnightly meetings were reinstated but there were problems in arranging lecturers from a distance due to petrol rationing and blackout regulations. In September the same year meetings were again suspended due to the blackout, the constant raid alerts and many members being engaged in National Service work. In 1945 society activities recommenced with the removal of fire-watching duties, home guard and the partial lifting of black-out. In 1953 a Ginkgo Tree was planted in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in commemoration of Coronation of HM Elizabeth II. The tree was 18 ft high & cost £5.5s.0p, (worth considerably more in those days than now). In 1968, the society chartered a 400-seat train to the Chelsea Flower Show in London and all 400 seats were sold. The following year Torre Abbey Palm House opened and 120 dahlia plants were presented to the council. In 1992 the society celebrated its centenary in style. Special centenary mugs were produced, the society logo was laid out in bedding plants at Torre Abbey Gardens and there was a celebration evening at Pengelly Hall. The society presented a seat to the council’s Parks & Gardens department and this was placed in Torre Abbey, followed June/July 2017


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doesn’t have to be an active gardener to join - it is enough just to be interested in gardens and plants. There are coach trips to gardens and other places of interest in the spring and summer. The society organises a number of interesting and varied events in addition to the main lecture programme and coach trips. These include a winter/spring lunch (in memory of George Lidstone who bequeathed a large sum of money to the club in 2009) and a Christmas buffet dinner. For membership details, you can get in touch via the website. ths.btck.co.uk

Society Events Birthday Tea at Torre Abbey Gardens • 21 June 2.30 to 4.30pm Enjoy a tour of the gardens with Head Gardener, Ali Marshall followed by tea, which is either cream tea or cheese tea. Tickets are £5 each to include tea and entry. Lecture Meetings – Autumn 7.30pm at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay • 13 September Growing Veg in Small Spaces with Sally Nex. • 27 September Echinacea & Rudbeckia with Martin Young. • 11 October Growing Bonsai with Neil Hutchings. • 25 October - The Cecil Heard Lecture Greener Gardening with Pippa Greenwood. • 8 November Daisy Days with Helen Picton. • 22 November The Wonders of Willow with Angela Sanders. Coach Trip • 18 August RHS Rosemoor Flower Show – tickets are £17.50.


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Brixham Probus Club 25th Anniversary Brixham’s popular Probus Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Bill Kerr tells us more and extends a warm welcome to new members.


is suitable for them. After the three visits, a fee of £2.00 benezer Howard formed Probus, an acronym of is charged for each meeting you attend. The fee is used to PROfessional and BUSiness, in 1965 out of the cover the cost of the room hire, speaker and refreshments. Rotary Club in Welwyn Garden City; it first met Currently Brixham Probus has 100 members of which in 1966. The original purpose was to have a luncheon club to serve as a focal point for the development of social 60 regularly attend each week. New members are always welcome and the 30 people who have joined in the last activity among men of a similar age and background. 18 months reflect its popularity. The meetings are fairly This developed further as guest speakers on a variety of informal with no dress code as such to make things as fascinating topics were invited along. welcoming as possible. Probus clubs are autonomous and have no central Meetings are held in the Catholic Church Hall on New governing body. They normally meet monthly and some Road about 100 metres from the centre of Brixham. A are run on an informal basis. In 1871 there were 150 bus stop is directly outside and from here you can catch UK clubs. By 1974 Probus had expanded into New the number 12 in either direction. Zealand, by 1976 into Australia The hall has disabled facilities and and by 1987 into North America. several years ago the club installed There are also clubs in the United a deaf-loop system so that all States, Belgium, India, Portugal, members, able-bodied or not, can Holland, Germany, South Africa enjoy the talks. and Asia. In 2016 the UK had On 29 June the club is holding 2,000 clubs and worldwide there its 50th anniversary lunch at the are now about 4,000 clubs with Berry Head Hotel with a guest over 300,000 members. John Parr, Secretary; Colin Whymark, President; speaker. To get in touch you can Brixham Probus was formed Graham Bertinat, Chairman; Bill Kerr, Treasurer; email info@brixhamprobus.co.uk in June 1967 and was the fourth and Alan Davidson, Vice Chairman - Brixham and speakers are listed on the club to come into existence in Probus 25th website one month ahead. the UK and the very first in the Over the years wonderful speakers such as local historian southwest. One founder member was Dr Jim Morgan, a John Risdon have spoken at the meetings variety of Rotarian, and well known in Brixham. Sadly Jim passed subjects. There have even been members learning how to away not long after the club’s 40th anniversary. play a ukulele to the award winning set designer who won Brixham Probus meets every Thursday throughout the Oscar for Howard’s End. More recently, speaker Jane the year and the club is for retired and semi-retired Brunt gave a talk entitled One Woman, a Harem and 1,000 gentlemen. There are no barriers to joining; it’s a nonCows. Her story was about what happened when her political and non-religious group. Members meet and husband applied for a job to create a dairy farm in Saudi enjoy the company, friendship and fellowship of Probus Arabia after seeing a programme on the BBC in 1972. as well as listening and learning from the subjects given The variety at Brixham Probus Club is always by guest speakers. The meetings start at 10.30am and are tremendous and this, along with the warm welcome usually over by 11.45am with welcoming coffee/tea and accorded to all new members, explains its enduring biscuits served from 9.30am. popularity. There is no joining fee and the first three visits are free so that the person can judge whether this sort of gathering brixhamprobus.co.uk


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Racing Trawlers!

Saturday 17 June will see 53rd Brixham Annual Trawler Race – a spectacular sight, well worth viewing from Brixham’s many vantage points.


awards. Applicants have to give a nominated project for he race is a long held tradition that goes back a which funding is required. very long time in the days when sailing trawlers The Fishermen’s Mission is the major benefactor but would return from the North Sea, Bristol Channel, Irish sea and as far away as Newfoundland in August to race many other organisations receive substantial awards each around the bay. The tradition was brought to an abrupt end year. Supporting youth organisations is always an important aim of the Trawler Race Association. during the Second World War. Sailing boats were giving The association’s links with the fishing industry and other way to powered vessels and the industry was undergoing marine activities leads them to be in favour of supporting major changes. swimming; both the Admiral Swimming Pool and Friends The modern race started back in the sixties and has remained as one of Brixham’s prime annual events. In those of Shoalstone Pool were on the list as was the Brixham Swimming Club. early days the local trawler fleet was huge. Modern fishing Continuing with the marine theme, Brixham Junior techniques and technology has increased efficiency resulting Sailing Club, Torbay Sailability (offering disabled people in fewer trawlers going to sea. the chance to experience life under Another factor affecting days at “ The Fishermen’s Mission is sail), Brixham Gig Club (that has sea is the strange EU fishing policy. This legislation forces trawlers to the major benefactor but many had great success representing Brixham) and National Coast dump nutritious fish back into other organisations receive the sea where quotas are exceeded. substantial awards each year ” Watch, which operates alongside the Coastguard and Lifeboat services to Imagine you net some fine cod monitor safety at sea. amongst your catch and you are already up to your cod Awards were also made to A.C.E. and Brixham Blind quota, the law demands these fish, now dead, have to be Club, each assisting people with disabilities. Youth activities returned to the sea. included the 1st Brixham Girl Guides, 4th Brixham Owners, skippers and crew generously give up their time and ‘days at sea’ to enthusiastically support the race. Thanks Brownies, Youth Genesis Trust, Brixham Youth Rugby, Furzeham Primary School, Torbay Youth Carers, Busy Bee to their generosity the Trawler Race Association raises Toddlers, Margaret Clitherow P.T.A. substantial funds for distribution amongst local charities Brixham Town Football Club and Brixham A.F.C. and causes. Last year was another record breaker with are important to the local community and each was £25,000 being donated. Boats taking part are divided into three groups: Beamers, acknowledged in last year’s awards. Brixham Food Bank was allocated vouchers for local Day Boats and Crabbers.The Brixham Beam Trawlers shops to boost their Christmas contributions. P.A.T.H., originated in the port and over a period of many years the B.A.T.S, and F.I.S.H. each had projects in need of support. design was adopted throughout much of the world. The Torbay Street Pastors provide a useful service and make modern trawlers go to sea with a small crew for three to only modest requests. ten days at a time. Day boats tend to leave the port early in Brixham Rotary Club helps the association each year by the morning and land their catches late in the afternoon. lending their mobile office, so it was considered reasonable Crabbers do not trawl, they lay out baited traps for crabs to contribute some funds to assist in necessary repairs to and lobsters then pick up the pots a day or two later, this unit that is used by many local organisations. remove the catch and re-bait the pots again. Man & Boy, the new bronze statue dedicated to The purpose of Brixham Annual Trawler Race is to raise trawlermen is a feature in the town and it seemed money for local community activities. Community groups, appropriate to assist in helping with its cost as it is so charities and local organisations are invited to apply for 34

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closely allied to the local fishing industry that provides the race essentials. Friends of St Mary’s Church also qualified for an award. Pride in Brixham comprises an active group of volunteers that does a wonderful job in making Brixham a brighter town by painting and maintaining and the association are happy to assist in their minimal requests for assistance. There was one award made to an individual this year, a young lady with severe mobility limitations. Her family requested assistance in acquiring a special wheeled vehicle to allow her a degree of freedom that we all take for granted. The association felt disposed to make an award exceeding the requested amount, as this was so little. So! Now matters are well advanced in planning the 2017 event. Funds are generated by charging admission to the dock, advertising in the programme, raffles, auctions, the annual dinner, collection boxes, sponsored social events englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

(coffee mornings) and donations. Boarding fishing vessels is by invitation only and limited by the number of life jackets on board each boat. If there is spare capacity on a boat you could be lucky to ride along on the race. Whilst the race is essentially amongst local trawlers there are frequently entrants from other ports and one or two extra boats invariably represent the Dutch fleet. The course runs from the entrance to Brixham harbour, northwards along the coast towards Torquay, eastwards towards Thatcher’s Rock and southwards toward Berry Head before turning to the west back to the finishing line off the harbour entrance. Good vantage points to view the race are the Brixham Breakwater, Battery Gardens and along the coast of Torbay. Facebook: @brixhamtrawlerrace With thanks to John Traves, Port of Brixham Trawler Race Association. June/July 2017


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Occombe Farm Café

Nestled down on Oddicombe Beach, Three Degrees West offers a fantastic range of food and drink with the most spectacular views in the bay. You can either soak up some rays on the terrace or, if it’s too chilly then tuck in behind the floor to ceiling glass windows and enjoy some al fresco coffee and cakes from the inside! Full details of the menus, opening hours and gallery of images from this amazing new venue’s first two years in business are available on their website.

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.

Oddicombe Beach Torquay TQ1 3LB 01803 311202 www.oddicombebeach.co.uk

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

This summer, we have once again teamed up with our friends at Paignton Zoo to brew CROCOD-ALE. Be sure to SNAP UP a pint and help raise money to support vital conservation work!

f baysbrewery t @BaysBrewery As well as being available in good establishments throughout Torbay and Devon you can also buy online or by phone. Call us now to place your order 01803 555004 or visit www.baysbrewery.co.uk


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Food & Drink News

Landlord – More Ale!

Something’s brewing this summer with a snappy new ale from Bays in aid of Paignton Zoo plus some very special food and drink festivals. Crocod-ale, The Zoo Brew Bays Brewery has introduced Crocod-ale, another animal-themed ale for the summer in aid of Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. The Paignton microbrewery is a long-time supporter of the charity and its conservation projects. The 4.7% ale uses hops from Tucker’s Maltings. Bays will donate 10p per pint and 10p per bottle, while Wetherspoon’s will give £10 per cask (roughly 13p per pint) to Paignton Zoo’s general conservation fund. 01803 555004 baysbrewery.co.uk

Rockfish Crab Festival, Dartmouth 30 July Fresh crab and music on Dartmouth’s stunning riverside, the Rockfish Crab Festival will be even bigger this year. Single tickets are £35 and a full table (group of 14) is £455. They will be serving great fresh South Devon crab and there will be a welcome drink on arrival. South Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9YY rockfishevents.co.uk

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KingsBeer Festival, Kingswear 14-16 July Enjoy over 60 ales and ciders plus wines and soft drinks, all with glorious views of the River Dart. There will be live music and a BBQ too. If you travel to the festival via the steam train (valid, on the day ticket must be shown) then entry is free. Entry £5 (£3 Sunday) if you are not travelling by steam train. Kingswear Station, Kingswear TQ6 0AA 01803 555872 kingsbeerfestival.com


16 & 17 June Enjoy Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust’s hugely popular 2-day festival with live music, wonderful beer, cider and wine and delicious locally produced foods all in a beautiful setting at Occombe Farm. Line up includes Alex Dobson, O’Marleys, Mammoth plus Duke Johnson & the Scorchers. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk occombebeerfestival.co.uk June/July 2017


Paignton Cricket Club’s plans to launch ladies cricket in Torbay got off to a good start as 33 ladies attended their very first Wine & Wickets session. With laughter, chat and hugely fun cricket practice followed by a glass of Prosecco – what’s not to like? Anita Newcombe investigates.


reach for an impressive length of time and it’s one of the his summer, Paignton Cricket Club is offering a chance to enjoy the fast-growing sport of women’s most amusing warm up exercises I have ever done. Next, we are divided into 3 teams of around ten players cricket. The ladies’ game went from strength and each group is doing a slightly different exercise. My to strength in 2016 on the back of the exploits of the England women’s team, the inaugural domestic Kia 20-20 team has five fielding and five ready to bat. Those batting have to try and hit the ball, make a run and get back Super League and increased international media coverage to batting position before the fielders return the ball to ahead of England hosting the 2017 World Cup. the coach who immediately bowls again. He does this The club, which already fields the Bay’s only girls’ regardless of whether we are back in position so we are teams at u11, u13 and u15, plans to organise a variety of under pressure to make our runs ‘like the wind’. If we both softball and hardball friendly matches this season are caught out, then our team loses one of the three bats against other clubs in Devon, as well as entering local we have been allocated. When the bats are all gone, we festivals – with a view to setting up both a regular softball are out. social team and also a competitive “ Our coach invites those I should point out that we are hardball team to play Devon league cricket in the next couple of years. of us who are old enough to using a soft ball and a soft plastic So that’s why I’m here at remember Benny Hill (yes I do), bat which, presumably can do only Paignton Cricket Club at the to do a ‘reverse Benny Hill’ and a limited amount of harm if our aim is a little off. Nevertheless, invitation of organiser Nick chase him around the pitch in an when fielding and a ball comes Harman to experience the thrills, attempt to grab the beanie hat flying towards me at speed, I do the spills and camaraderie of this game he is wearing. ” only sensible thing and duck, much often thought to be the preserve of to the chagrin of my team mates the gentlemen. It’s a Friday evening who unaccountably expected me to catch it! at 7.30pm and these new Wine & Wickets sessions, I improve a little in the next two exercises, catching the including the Prosecco, are free to all. odd ball but still with a lot of fumbling. Luckily I have I’m amazed to see a large turnout of about 28 ladies the help of a couple of small boys on the sidelines rushing already on the pitch when I come over to join in, and to my assistance and handing me balls I’ve let slip through more arriving. We are all wearing a variety of tracksuits my fingers. and trainers and there’s plenty of chat and laughter. This The next exercise, with a different coach, packs a increases to quite a crescendo when, after some warm powerful exercise punch. Every time one of our batsmen up exercises, our coach invites those of us who are old (women?) hits the ball, our entire batting side has to make enough to remember Benny Hill (yes I do), to do a ‘reverse Benny Hill’ and chase him around the pitch in an the run ‘rounders-style’ around the bases. It is important to run fast so that we can get the bat back to the next attempt to grab the beanie hat he is wearing. This is very brave in the face of so many ladies but he keeps out of our player before the bowler delivers the next ball. It is fast


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Give it a Go! Ladies Cricket and furious and terrific fun. It certainly focusses the mind on making those runs. Finally, we move across to the charge of a third coach and this time we are mainly practising batting, trying to get the maximum number of successful hits whilst also making runs. Some of the ladies have become quite adept at catching the ball and I am caught out after about five balls. The atmosphere is very jolly and friendly and the music emanating throughout from the clubhouse’s Friday night’s jollifications make it even more of a party atmosphere. Finally we all repair to the clubhouse to add our names to the signup list and receive our free glass of Prosecco. It’s like a ladies-only cocktail party except we are all in tracksuits. No cliques, everyone is cheerful and chatty and it feels like I have suddenly made 30 new friends – can’t be bad! I speak to Lois Hussey, Captain of the Paignton Cricket Club Ladies’ team. She and Nick Harman and Trevor Massey have been promoting the Wine and Wickets evening on Facebook and in other places and have obviously done a fabulous job. She tells me that the idea is to get more ladies involved in cricket so all Wine & Wickets sessions are free including the Prosecco. Well that seems like a great offer and I am pretty sure that the


ladies’ game will take off with such great coaching, hard work and enthusiasm from the organisers plus plenty of socialising for the ladies. I will certainly be going again. Club chairman, Tim Ward said, “We want to offer both ladies and girls a fun environment to enjoy cricket – as well as enabling them to fulfil their sporting potential. No experience or specialist kit is necessary. Everyone is welcome to get involved as little or as much as they like.” Supported by the David Shepherd Trust, and the Devon Cricket Board, Paignton aims to provide both a social opportunity to play cricket as well as a chance to develop new skills and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By allocating significant coaching resources, the club already boasts league winning youth teams and a number of girls who represent both South Devon and Devon itself – so the future looks rosy. To enjoy ladies’ cricket at Paignton Cricket Club, come along and join in at Queens Park for Wine & Wickets sessions. Future dates are Fridays June 2, June 16, June 23 and July 7. Alternatively, contact Lois Hussey at lois.hussey@ francisclark.co.uk or Nick Harman nharman1@ virginmedia.com. Girls’ training is also available. paignton.play-cricket.com Facebook: @paigntoncc

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Roll up for a laugh... Bowls keeps a lot of people busy around the Bay come rain or shine. Julian Rees goes along to Torbay Country Bowling Club, in the grounds of Oldway Mansion, to unearth the mystery of the bowls bias.


arrive at Oldway in good time to meet my chaperone for the day, Daphne Cocker, who is Ladies Captain and Match Secretary at Torbay Country Bowling Club. The sun is shining and it’s dry, which after the previous day’s rain, is a relief. There’s a warm greeting and smiles all round as visitors have started to arrive, like me, to give it a go at one of the club’s annual open days. The surroundings are tranquil, flowerbeds very well tended and the clubhouse a picture against the great lawns (or rinks) spread before it. An oasis of calm hidden away in the middle of town. We decide to bowl first and talk afterwards as the 40

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rinks are free. I’m secretly glad to get going whilst there are not too many people present. I’ve always been mystified by the curving path of the bowls and imagine making a start might involve a few blunders. We’re also joined by the Ladies’ Secretary, Sue Devonport, who stands at the other end of the rink to observe. Daphne explains that the green is split into 6 rinks, each approximately 5 metres wide, along which we will bowl. The jack, the smaller target ball, is then rolled along the centre line to start the play. The player who rolls the jack will then centre it with the player at the opposite end so full advantage can be taken of the width. The idea of the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Give It A Go! Bowls

Photo: Nigel Dalby

game is to finish up with as many of your four woods surrounding Oldway Mansion. Up until the mid closer to the jack than your opponent’s. There are two 1950s it was also home to an extensive golf course on types of shot. The first is the Draw, a slow, measured, the land between Oldway and Windmill. The Singer finessed bowl trying to end closest to the jack. The family presented a silver jack that was rolled up at the second is the Drive, a harder, faster bowl used to try opening and this is still used every year at the first to knock other players’ bowls away. Points are awarded match of the season. for the bowls closest to the jack and this is judged by The club has 140 playing members and fields 4 eye or by tape measure where necessary. men’s teams in the Mid-Devon League and 3 ladies’ So it’s time for my first bowl. Daphne explains teams in the South Devon Ladies Bowling League. how the bias works - each set of woods has a Each day has a bowling programme for either bias weight inside, just off centre and the wood’s practice, league matches, internal championships and trajectory will curve toward that weighted side. The men’s, women’s and mixed play. The club also plays weighted side is marked on each wood so one always host to touring teams and it’s not uncommon for knows which way the wood will turn. Beginners’ luck visiting clubs to bring 60 players. Being the only club is on my side and my first wood rolls up within 3 in the Bay with two greens means it is very popular feet of the jack. I’m feeling pleased with myself but with visiting teams, which all helps contribute to it’s not long before luck deserts funds. Having recently replaced me and I’ve bowled my first “ Daphne tells me that the the surface of one of the greens at wood against the bias straight into sport is especially appealing a cost of £35k this is clearly very our neighbours’ rink. Had this to those in later life as it’s important. As well as raising funds been a match I’d have owed the through visitors, the club also has easy to achieve a reasonable a busy schedule of social events opposition a drink at the bar! level of play and women are including regular coffee mornings, We play several more ‘ends’ and with encouragement from Daphne every bit as good as men. ” fairs and a famously good and Sue I feel I’m getting the hang Christmas dinner, all prepared inof it. Daphne tells me that the sport is especially house in the club kitchen. appealing to those in later life as it’s easy to get to a The club has a long lease on the land from the reasonable level and women are every bit as good as council but all the maintenance of grounds and the men. That said, the club has members as young as buildings is carried out by the members including the 10 years old and in common with other local clubs, painstaking preparation of the rinks which starts well hosts a team in the Torbay Schools League. in advance of the season. There’s a real air of pride We retire to the clubhouse where Daphne about the place and it’s very clear people take great introduces me to fellow committee members who tell care of every aspect of the club. me more about the club. It would be fair to say that the game is well The bowls section of Torbay Country Club was represented by the older generation but there’s as established in 1930 on its present site by the Singer much competition as you’ll find in most sports clubs family and was part of the country club estate as well as a fun and friendly atmosphere for all. ¨

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June & July Around the Bay Geopark Festival On till 4 June Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this year’s Geopark Festival. There’s a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark. Various locations around the English Riviera englishrivierageopark.org.uk

Fossil Trail, Kents Cavern On till 4 June During Geopark Festival Week take part in the Kents Cavern Fossil trail and cave hunt. Take part in other activities, coastal walks and cave tours. Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Fairy Tales Exhibition, Torquay Museum On till 3 September The Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales Then & Now Exhibition draws on the museum’s impressive social history and natural history collections which illustrate many of the common items and animals found in traditional fairy stories including; Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Wish You Were…Exhibition, Cockington On till 4 June Enjoy a temporary exhibition celebrating Cockington and its draw as a popular tourist destination past and present. Daily 10am - 4pm, free event. Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

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stories! The nature trail and orchard is reserved solely for those attending the trail. Daily: 10am – 3pm, cost: £2.50, suitable for: all ages. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Volunteer Recruitment Day, Coleton Fishacre 3 June Meet Laura, volunteer officer for the English Riviera portfolio, and talk about opportunities to get involved at Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle and Bradley Manor; from butterfly counting, garden blitzing, buggy driving to Christmas crafts. Time: 11am-3pm. Booking not needed, free event. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Back in Time to D Day 3 June Greenway was requisitioned during the Second World War, and you will be sharing the history of this time. Why not come along dressed in your 1940s best to see vintage vehicles and find out about Greenway at war? There will be music and military vehicles from the era in situ. Time: 11am-3pm, cost: free event but admission applies, booking not needed, children welcome. Car parking must be prebooked. Greenway House Kitchen, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Babbacombe Ukulele Festival 3 June Enjoy Babbacombe’s fun-packed Ukulele Festival with 17 ukulele bands lined up for the day. It’s a free event in a beachfront festival marquee. Walk down to the beach or take englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On the iconic cliff railway (normal charge applies). Times: 10am till around 7pm. Festival Marquee, Oddicombe Beach, TQ1 3LS babbacombecliffrailway. co.uk

Jazz Sunday Lunch, Grand Hotel 4 June & 2 July Enjoy the swinging sounds of the Smooth Operators and an award winning 4 course roast Sunday lunch in the Grand’s elegant restaurant. Cost: £15.95 per person, £9.95 for children, under-3s eat free. Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6NT 01803 296677 grandtorquay.co.uk

English Riviera Dance Festival, Torquay 4-9 June The English Riviera International Dance Festival, based at the TLH Leisure Resort, is a glittering annual dance extravaganza is open to everyone with an interest in dancing. Join in with the social and leisure dancing, learn and improve your dancing prowess, watch champions in cabaret, or enter competitions. Tickets for those not staying at the hotel, call 01895 632143. TLH Leisure Resort, Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HS 01803 400500 dance.tlh.co.uk/dance-events-andfestivals

Newton Abbot Racing 5, 16, 27 June & 7, 23 & 31 July Newton Abbot is the home of summer jump racing and has an exciting programme of race day events. Enjoy the magic of seeing the horses thunder past towards the winning line. The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235 newtonabbotracing.com

D Day Talk and Tea, Greenway 6 June During World War Two Greenway was requisitioned by the US Coastguard, who left a souvenir of their stay. Local expert Alan discusses the library frieze over tea and biscuits in the House Kitchen. Time: 5-6.30pm, cost: adults £5, booking essential. Greenway House Kitchen, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Dartington Gardens Tours 7 June plus Wednesdays till mid October Join one of the volunteer-led Garden Tours to learn more about the heritage, beauty and historical features of the Dartington Hall Gardens. From the 14th Century buildings, to the much-loved Sunny Border, to one of the oldest trees in England, you’ll hear the stories behind individual features and learn about some of the garden mysteries, unanswered even today. Time: 11am-12.30pm. Booking not needed. Dartington Hall (meet under archway entrance), Totnes TQ9 6EL 01803 847070 dartington.org

Carpentry for Women, Dartington 7 June-July 12 A six-week carpentry course designed specially for women run by experienced carpenter Astrid Arnold. You will be making a bench or small side table. Times: 10am – 1pm, cost: £170 including materials. Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL 01803 847070 dartington.org

Families for Children Information Sessions 7, 14, 21, 28 June Families for Children Trust is a Specialist Adoption Agency and charitable trust based in the South West. They have a growing number of older children, sibling groups and children with disabilities waiting to be adopted and are looking for more adopters to come forward quite quickly. Time: 5-6pm. Southgate Court, Buckfast, TQ11 0EE 01364 645480 familiesforchildren.org.uk

Lemonfest, Newton Abbot Racecourse 9-10 June Lemonfest is a 2-day music festival; acts include We Are Scientists, Dreadzone, Shy FX, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Fenech Soler and Little Comets. Weekend Camping tickets, weekend entry or general admission tickets are available. Book online. Newton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235 lemonfest.co.uk

Walls Hill Natural History Walk 10 June Enjoy a summer stroll with a Trust ranger and learn more about the rare wildflowers and butterflies that live on Torbay’s coastal slopes! Walls Hill is a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest with the limestone soils June/July 2017


providing conditions for flora and butterflies such as the Marbled White and Common Blue. The Calcareous Grasslands at Walls Hill are perfect for rare and localised plant species - Small Hare’s Ear, Small Rest Harrow, Goldilocks Aster, Nit-grass, Little Robin, White Rockrose, Early Meadow Grass and Honewort among them. Time: 9.30-11.30am, booking essential, suitable: all, cost: £7, parking at Anstey’s Cove free for Trust members. Anstey’s Cove Car Park, Anstey’s Cove Road, Torquay TQ1 2QP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

South Devon Marine Academy Activity Day 10 June Join the team from South Devon College’s Marine Academy at their summer Activity Day. Try out some of the many on and off the water activities suitable for all the family. Activities include: free yacht and powerboat trips on the River Dart, workshop activities including marine engineering and boat building, Helicopter Challenge, Choppy Channel Challenge, Rowing Challenge and sea safety workshops. Time: 10am-3pm Premier Marinas, Noss-on-Dart, Bridge Road, TQ6 0EA 01803 839242 southdevon.ac.uk

Brixham Battery D Day Weekend 10 & 11 June A free weekend honouring D Day with a fascinating museum, living history groups, tours, weapons & bayonet displays plus re-enactors & displays in Battery Gardens. Here you can see the blast proof concrete-bunkered gun emplacements of Battery Grounds. Times: Sat.10am5pm, Sun. 10-4pm. There will also be a Saturday night 1940s dance with bar and hot food at Brixham Holiday park from 7.30pm. Battery Gardens, Fishcombe Hill Road, Brixham TQ5 8RU brixhambattery.net

Brixham Fish Market Tours 14, 28 June & 12, 26 July You’ll need to book quickly to get on one of these popular early morning fish market tours. This is a chance to see behind the scenes and the hustle and bustle of the world famous Brixham Fish Market culminating in a delicious fish breakfast at Rockfish overlooking the harbour. Time: Prompt 6am start, cost: £15 to include breakfast. To book email: bfmt2014@gmail.com

Japanese Night, Brixham 15 June Enjoy a themed Japanese evening with an ‘all you can eat’ buffet at £13.50 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

D-Zero Nationals, Torquay 16-18 June Approximately 40 dinghies will be racing off Torquay in the D-Zero national championships. The Devoti D-Zero is a single-handed sailing dinghy with a 4.2 metre hull length, designed by Daniel Holman. Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Beacon Terrace, Torquay, TQ1 2BH 01803 292006 rtyc.org

Drascombe Rally, Brixham 16 June Based at Brixham Yacht Club, Drascombe Rally brings these beautiful and iconic luggers into the Bay. Drascombe luggers were first built in the 1960s by John Watkinson, a former Royal Navy Officer. They were inspired by the working boats of England’s northeast coast, which themselves can trace an ancestry back to the Vikings. Brixham Yacht Club, Overgang Road, Brixham TQ5 8AR 01803 853332 brixhamyachtclub.com

Miniature Pony Centre Open Day 17 June Love those little ponies at this fun open day with special demonstrations, entertainment and a barbeque. Time: 11am-4pm, cost: free entry. Miniature Pony Centre, Wormhill Farm, North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RG 01647 432400 miniatureponycentre.com

Coastal Clean-Up, Paignton 17 June Living Coasts will be running a series of beach cleans around Torbay. These free events will give you the chance to help the environment and learn more about local species, biodiversity and the shores around us. Time: 3-5pm, preregister online. Goodrington Beach, Paignton TQ4 6LN 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

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What’s On with live jazz, 3 courses and coffee £18.95 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Tots Go Wild! Occombe 20 June Trees glorious trees! The woods at Occombe Farm will come alive in an exciting morning for tots! Time: 9.30am – 11am, cost: £5, suitable for: toddlers – 5 years old, babies free, adults must accompany, outdoor clothes needed, book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

by tales and motives shared by the evening’s mysterious guests. And at some point, a blood-curdling scream! Cost: £34.95 per person. Grand Hotel, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6NT 01803 296677 grandtorquay.co.uk

Shakespeare Underground, Kents Cavern 23 to 25 June Butterfly Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet underground. Kents Cavern makes the perfect setting for this atmospheric production. Candles glow in the dark, singing echoes throughout the labyrinth as life, light and love pours through the cave and into hearts. Suitable for 8 years+, cost: £16, times: 7pm and 8.30pm. Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Berry Head Bat Walks 23 June, 21 July

Babbacombe Rotary Fayre 21 June Babbacombe Downs comes alive with this wonderful community and charity based event. Stalls, activities, fun and games. Time: 10am-4pm. Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LN

Get to Know Trees, Dartington 22 June & 13 July Use your intuition, observation, drawing and meditation to ‘study’ or explore trees on the Dartington estate. You will start with meditation and use Goethean science to approach the trees from a holistic perspective. The method is both practical and spiritual, helping you to gain a connection with nature and to study potential uses of trees. Time: 1-4pm, cost: £10-£15. Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EL 07765 631877 liz@intoyogaandnature.co.uk

Murder Mystery at The Grand 23 June Enjoy an evening of amateur sleuthing with a 3-course fine dining experience in the Grand’s AA rosette award winning restaurant. Your dinner will be accompanied englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

A unique opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway Site. The Greater Horseshoe bats live in the caves formed in the 400 million year old limestone cliffs. You will begin at the Visitor Centre, to see the bats in their roost using the cave camera. You will then head out onto the reserve to see how the cows help to feed the bats, before moving on to watch the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost, using bat detectors to hear their calls. Times: 8.15-10pm, suitable for: adults and children over 13, cost: £5, book online. Berry Head, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Catch and Cruise, Brixham Harbour 24 June, 15 July Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust at Brixham Harbour for a summer boat trip with commentary, mackerel fishing and BBQ. Times: 4-6pm, cost: £25, suitable for: adults & over 12s when accompanied by an adult, book online. Brixham Harbour, Brixham 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Mediterranean Foods, Occombe 25 June Mediterranean cooking is heavily influenced by the warm climate and wonderful seafood that dominate the area. Join Tim Harris in cooking Mediterranean classics like taramasalata, Spanish garlic prawns, tapenade as well as June/July 2017


a Moroccan tagine and a sweet Swiss chard pie from the Côte d’Azur. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £75, suitable for: adults, book online. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torbay Half Marathon, Paignton 25 June The Torbay Half Marathon route starts and finishes on Paignton seafront. It starts with one lap of Paignton Green before heading towards Torquay, where the course will pass the historic Torre Abbey and Princess Gardens before turning back towards Paignton. Early entry advised. £450 prize for first male and female finisher. Paignton Green, TQ4 6ED 01803 690444 torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Coleton Fishacre 25 June Sip cocktails on the bowling lawn as the jazz band perform from the Loggia, and soak up the beautiful surroundings of the D’Oyly Carte’s 1920s summer home on this special evening of elegance and music. Two cocktails are included in the ticket price, along with canapes. Feel free to bring a picnic and dress in your 1920s best for this event. Time: 6.30-9pm, tickets: £25, suitable: adults plus children over 12. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 national trust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Muddy Monkey’s Forest School, Torre Abbey 25 June

Wedding Showcase, Imperial Hotel 25 June & 23 July For anyone planning their special day The Imperial has regular wedding showcase events. You’ll be met with a glass of bubbly as the doors at this historic hotel are opened to highlight some beautiful wedding options and to help inspire you. Staff will be on hand to guide you through the showcase, which will be held in the Haldon Room, all set up for a wedding reception. Free entry. Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01803 294301 theimperialtorquay.co.uk /weddings

Classic Motorcycles at Cockington Court 25 June The VMCC Dartmoor (The Vintage Motorcycle Club) will be displaying an array of vintage and classic motorcycles on the front lawn and in the Sea Change Craft Studios area at Cockington Court. VMCC Dartmoor is a small group of enthusiasts who ride and preserve classic motorcycles. Time: 10am-3pm. Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Food and Craft Market, Cockington 25 June & 30 July Pop over to Cockington for their food and craft market, featuring unique, handmade crafts and fresh locally farmed produce. Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Memorial Rose Garden Open Afternoon 27 June

Special Family Sundays include activities and incredible bookable workshops featuring theatre, forest schools, dance and play and technology for kids. Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

Meet Cockington’s Head Gardener and team of dedicated volunteers to learn more about how they look after the Rose Garden. Pick up some hints and tips on rose care, or simply enjoy the spectacle of the roses in bloom. Free event, Time: 1-4pm, suitable for all. Rose Garden, Cockington Court, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Trust10 Run, Coleton Fishacre 25 June & 23 July

Primates and Pasties, Paignton Zoo 28 June

A free monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. It’s fun, informal and for everyone. Registration: 8.30am, start: 9am, dogs on leads welcome, 5K route also available. Parking charges for non-National Trust members. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 national trust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Experience a guided tour of Monkey Heights and Lemur Wood and learn all about these charismatic creatures. Meet their keepers and enjoy presentations and pasties. Time: 6.30-8.30pm, cost: £22 per person, suitable for 10 years+, booking essential. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk


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What’s On Summer Evening Ghost Show, Kents Cavern Weds, Thurs, Fri from 28 June – 1 September Are you feeling brave? Can you hold your nerve as you walk around the dimly lit passages of these ancient caves with stories and supernatural events? This tour is designed to get the heart rate going and make you jump. It is not recommended for under 8s. It’s scary, really it is! Times: from 6.30pm, cost: £10. Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

African Cookery, Occombe 2 July Malcolm Riley, a self taught chef, recipe creator and entrepreneur behind The African Chef brand, was born and raised in Zambia. He moved to the UK fifteen years ago bringing with him a real passion for food, which comes from his mother’s great love of cooking. Join Malcolm for an inspiring travel through African food, with a variety of tasty dishes. Time: 10am-4pm, suitable for: adults, cost: £75, book online. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Evening Wildlife Walk, Cockington 4 July Join local expert Mike Langman for an evening stroll looking & listening for the park’s winged residents. Time: 7-9pm, suitable for: adults & children over 11 accompanied by an adult, cost: £7. The Visitor Centre, Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Greenway Garden Blitz 5 July The garden team will 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 the shredder or bonfire. No gardening skills are necessary. Tea and cake as well as garden tools are supplied. Time: 9.30am to 4pm. Booking essential. Not suitable for dogs. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 661905 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Spanish Night, Brixham 6 July Enjoy a themed Spanish evening with an ‘all you can eat’ englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

buffet at £13.50 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Magical Extravaganza & Tea Party, Torquay 6 July Come along to marvel at the magic of Bertie Pearce, Member of the Inner Magic Circle, Gold Star with a delightful afternoon tea to include tea, sandwiches, 2 scones, cream and jam. Time: 2pm, cost: £20. Palace Hotel, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 3TG 01803 200703 torbaydfas.org.uk

Rowcroft Sleep Walk, Paignton 8 July Enjoy a pirate themed swashbuckling ladies-only night walk and raise funds for Rowcroft Hospice. Set sail on your choice of five or ten mile walks that starts and finishes at Torbay Leisure Centre. Time: starts from 7.30 – 9pm. Registration fee: adult £18, child (8-15 years only) £12. Penwill Way, Paignton TQ4 5JR 01803 217641 rowcrofthospice.org.uk

Britannia Royal Naval College Open Day 8 July The Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth has been training officers on the River Dart for over 150 years, and to mark this occasion, they’re having an Open Day with a full programme of entertainment. Time: 11am-4pm, admission free, bus from Park and Ride, no parking on site. Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ 01803 677130 royalnavy.mod.uk

The Big Butterfly Count, Greenway 14 July – 6 August Visitors will be able to pick up a basic butterfly ID sheet and map with some of the best spots to sit and count butterflies marked on it. Once you’ve found a good butterfly spotting spot, take 15 minutes and write down all of the butterflies you see in that time. Please return your recording sheets etc. to reception before you leave. Free event but admission applies, no booking for event but car parking must be prebooked. Similar event at Coleton Fishacre – see nationaltrust.org.uk/coletonfishacre Greenway House Kitchen, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway June/July 2017


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REDCLIFFE SEA VIEW TERRACE & RESTAURANT 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*, or just enjoy a cold beer or bottle of chilled wine whilst watching the boats go by! MORNING COFFEES & AFTERNOON CREAM TEAS are available daily and served either on the terrace or in one of our lounges overlooking the Bay. On Sundays a 3 course TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH is available in our Paris Singer Restaurant, which again enjoys panoramic sea views. For FUNCTIONS the Redcliffe can provide the ideal venue, whatever the occasion. We can cater for up to 200 for dining with dancing after in our beautiful Ballroom, up to100 guests for WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS and we now have a new room suitable for more intimate DINNER PARTIES of up to 20 people. Menus can be downloaded from our website and we would welcome the opportunity to show you around. *Available 11.45 am - 2pm, Monday – Saturday

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What’s On Brixham Hap’nin 14 & 15 July The main summer attraction in ‘Cowtown’ is Brixham Hap’nin (Party in the Park). Enjoy live bands, theatre acts, dance acts, school performances, food stalls and a licensed bar. Entry costs £3 on the gate and every year profits are donated to local charities. St Mary’s Park, Vicarage Road, Brixham TQ5 9RD brixhamhapnin.org

Torbay Mods on the Green, Paignton 15 July Torbay Mods will be celebrating ten years on Paignton Green with a display of 60s scooters. Time: 10am-5pm. Paignton Green, Paignton, TQ4 6BW torbaymods.com

tender plants such as the banana tree; past the lakes with the spectacular Gunnera plant and through Croc Swamp with the Giant Lily Pads plus much more. There will also be cheese and wine, a presentation by Curator Giles Palmer and a Q&A session with garden experts. Time: 7-9pm, cost: £22, suitable for 10 years+, booking essential. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Flower & Arts Festival, Brunel Manor 20-22 July The manor house will be dressed with flowers, quilts, paintings, woodturning, pottery and crafts. Visit the tearoom, gardens and woodland walk plus workshops and demonstrations. Time: 11am – 4.30pm, free entry. Also family fun day on 22 July with face painting, art workshops, bouncy castles, bonfire activities, hog roast and more. Brunel Manor, Teignmouth Road, Torquay TQ1 4SF 01803 329333 brunelmanor.com

Paignton Festival 22-30 July

Bird Sketching Day 16 July This is an opportunity to learn how to draw birds with tuition from professional bird artist Mike Langman. During this daylong course you’ll start on some of the more sleepy farmyard ducks and then move onto the hens. Mike will guide you through the important feather tracts that make up the birds’ plumage and speeding up observational drawing skills trying to capture shapes and character. The feeding station at the hide may well be the day’s final destination for those feeling confident enough to draw some fast moving birds. Time: 9.30am-4pm, suitable for: adults, cost: £40, book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torbay Carnival has been running for over 100 years. It was originally held on just one night, procession night. Over the years it has grown and now runs over nine days of free entertainment for all the family, raising funds for local charities and organisations. The 2017 Carnival Procession will be held on Wednesday 26 July departing Paignton Green at 7.45 pm. Roads will be closed while the procession is on route. Paignton Green, Paignton, TQ4 6BN paigntonfestival.com

English Riviera Model Railway Show, Churston 22 July Enjoy an exhibition supported by clubs and modellers from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Kent. View up to 12 model railway layouts in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to O gauge. A layout of Hookhills Viaduct is making its debut in the country. There will also be trade stands. Free parking. Time: 10am-4.30pm. Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN

Evening Garden Tour, Paignton Zoo 19 July

Bygones Super Summer Trail 22 July to 3 September

With over 2,500 different plants this is a fantastic opportunity to see some unusual and rare species, meet the gardeners and ask lots of questions. Walk with an experienced gardener through Reptile Tropics to see more

Explore 100 years of history with Albert dog and Victoria cat trail activities. Normal entry applies. Members go free. Fore Street, St Marychurch TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk


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What’s On Tots Go Wild Summer Club Occombe 24 July – 28 August Bring your tot every Monday in the summer holidays for a morning of fun on the farm. Time: 9.30am – 11am, cost: £5, suitable for: toddlers – 5 years old, babies free, adults must accompany, outdoor clothes needed, book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Drop your kids off at Occombe every Wednesday in the Summer Holidays for a fun filled, themed cookery day at Occombe Farm Cookery School. Sessions include: bread week, dessert week, pastry week, pasta week, cake week & party food week. Times: 10am-4pm, suitable for: 7-12 years old, cost: £32 per session, book online. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Kids Holiday Club Days, Cockington 25 July – 29 August Every Tuesday in the summer holidays drop your kids off for a fun filled day of activities at Cockington Country Park. Activities vary per session but include: survival in the wild, shelter and bonfire building, orienteering, minibeasts and tree trail. Times: 8.30am – 5.30pm, suitable for: 7-12 years old, cost: £40 per day, book online. The Linhay Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Laundry Day, Coleton Fishacre 25 July Join Coleton Fishacre’s laundry to experience life as a 1930s laundry maid! Have a go washing linen from the period using a washing dolly, washboard and mangle, with the expert supervision of the National Trust’s knowledgeable volunteers. Free dropin event but normal admission applies. Time: 11am-3pm. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Occombe Summer Activity Pack 25 July – 1 September Explore Occombe Farm with your very own activity pack! Discover mega and mini beasts, brass rubbings, fun and more. Times: 10am-3pm, no booking required, meeting point: Occombe Kiosk, cost: £2.50, suitable for: all ages Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Kids Summer Cookery Club 26 July – 30 August englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Cockington Explorer Backpacks 26 July – 1 August Go on an adventure with your little explorers! Borrow a backpack full of things to do & look for in the park. Time: 11am – 3pm, cost: £2 (+£10 returnable cash deposit), suitable for: packs for under 5s and 6-9 years. The Linhay Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Kids Holiday Club Day, Occombe 27 July – 31 August Every Thursday in the summer holidays drop your kids off at Occombe for the day for a fun filled programme of activities at Occombe Farm. Times: 8.30am – 5.30pm, suitable for: 7-12 years old, cost: £40 per session, book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk June/July 2017


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What’s On Dartington Deer Park Opening 27 July

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Join the opening of this new visitor attraction. Try new accessible trails around the Deer Park, learn about the history of the Deer Park and its 18th century wall and meet the herd of fallow deer. Enjoy free medieval themed and musical family activities and guided tours. Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL 01803 847070 dartington.org

Marldon Apple Pie Fair 29 July

Family Explorers Club – Cockington Minibeasts 29 July Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust every Saturday in the summer holidays for the family explorer club across different sites each week! First event (July 29) is Cockington Minibeasts but see website for further details of August events. Time: 10am to 12 noon, cost: £5 per child (must be accompanied by adult), book online. Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week, Berry Head 29 July – 4 August Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust needs volunteers to take part in the sixteenth National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week. The Trust will teach you everything that you need to know. Suitable for: 16+ volunteers or over 13s when accompanied (1 to 1) by an adult. During the weekend of 29 & 30 July there will also be the opportunity to come and observe with the rangers on the end of the headland. Berry Head, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9AP

The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations. Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show. The Village Green, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1SL 01803 559755 marldon.weebly.com

Rustle Open Air Theatre and Workshop, Torre Abbey 30 July Special Family Sundays include activities and incredible bookable workshops featuring theatre, forest schools, dance and play and technology for kids. Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

Totnes & District Agricultural Show 30 July One of the finest one-day county shows around, Totnes Show is over 90 years old. You can watch exciting demonstrations, displays and parades and there’s even a sheep shearing competition. Sheep, cattle and horses compete for showing honours and show jumping is as popular as ever. Amongst a whole host of other things, there’s a home & handicrafts marquee, craft tent, food hall and a large trade stand section. Time: starts 9am, Park & Ride from Totnes & Paignton. Berry Pomeroy, Totnes TQ12 2QN 01803 732813 totnesshow.com

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Feel the Force at Torquay Museum’s

EXHIBITION From a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must-see for Star Wars fans this summer as Torquay Museum plays host to a blockbuster exhibition, May the Toys Be With You, which runs from 17 June until 3 September.


his exhibition will showcase one of Britain’s finest Star Wars collections, featuring some of the first toys, posters and memorabilia produced. An extremely rare Stormtrooper helmet used in the film Return of the Jedi will also be on show, along with exact life-sized replicas of Darth Vader, R2D2, a Stormtrooper and a Boba Fett helmet and chest armour. Visitors will even be able to sit in and play a full-sized Star Wars X-Wing Cockpit arcade video game. Torquay Museum’s Carl Smith said, “We’re really excited to be hosting this amazing exhibition. The museum staff are all sci-fi fans so we are delighted to be able to showcase some very rare and special toys, posters and costumes inspired by the early Star Wars movies.” Star Wars fans can even be a Stormtrooper or Darth Maul for the day as the Museum is looking for volunteers to dress as characters from Star Wars to entertain children during the exhibition. Carl explains, “We have three amazing wearable Star


Wars costumes, and would like volunteers to come and fill them for us during the school holidays. The Stormtrooper costume is awesome and the Darth Maul costume is just downright scary.” If you fancy yourself as a disciple of the Dark Side then the Darth Maul costume is for you, or if you’re purer in spirit then try the Anakin Skywalker costume – both of these come with amazing lightsabers. The fun isn’t just for the boys either – some of the Museum’s best volunteer Stormtroopers and Darth Mauls during past Sci-Fi exhibitions have been women. Carl continues, “You don’t need to be an actor, but a sense of humour certainly helps as you will be interacting with lots of families. It’s great fun being a Star Wars villain or hero for the day, and will really bring the May the Toys Be With You exhibition to life. The Museum doesn’t have enough staff to fill all of the costumes once the rush of visitors during the school holidays gets under way, which is where volunteers can play their part.” If you are a Star Wars fan and would like to help out at the museum, please contact Carl Smith on 01803 293975, or email: carl.smith@torquaymuseum.org. Stormtroopers need to measure between 5 foot 6 inches and 6 foot 2 inches tall, of slim to medium build. torquaymuseum.org

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r ou Y e ir F N O I T A N I G IMA ton at Darting

Dartington’s 10-day Ways with Words is a simply sublime book festival. Not only does it have one of the very best and most distinguished programme of speakers but it is set in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington Hall. This year’s event runs from 7 – 17 July.


ays With Words was launched in 1991 to promote both the written and the spoken word. The organisers wanted to bring people together in beautiful surroundings to make contact with writers, journalists and experts in various fields - to talk, to argue, to listen, to engage and to learn. If you’d like to broaden the scope of your experience, this is a great place to start. wayswithwords.co.uk Speakers The hugely impressive line-up of speakers includes: Tariq Ali, Simon Armitage, Matthew d’Ancona, Martin Bell, Charley Boorman, Marie-Elsa Bragg, Vince Cable, Tracy Chevalier, Nick Clegg, Rev.Richard Coles, Dominic Dromgoole, A.C. Grayling, Harriet Harman, Roy Hattersley, Natalie Haynes, Michael and Anne Heseltine, Alan Johnson, Penny Junor, Mark Lawson, Francesca Martinez, David Owen, Nicholas Owen, John Simpson, Joseph Stiglitz, Polly Toynbee, Salley Vickers, Terry Waite, David Walker, Sayeeda Warsi and Murray Lachlan Young. Penny Junor

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A Few Selected Events: Among the many entertaining and thought-provoking talks are: An Evening with Murray Lachlan Young Murray has recently published his definitive collection of poems in a book called How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You? He’s an acclaimed playwright, actor, screenwriter, poet-extraordinaire and BBC Radio 6 regular. He’ll be presenting his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy, satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty. Challenging Gender Stereotypes: The Weaker Sex – Angela Saini Science journalist Angela Saini highlights mistakes and bias that have plagued scientific research on women for more than a century. She reveals new work that promises to transform the way we think about women’s minds, bodies and their place in the human evolutionary story in her book Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong. The Catholics – Roy Hattersley Festival President is Roy Hattersley, whose latest book, The Catholics, was published this year. This year he is giving a talk entitled The Survival of Catholicism. In this fascinating account, he focuses on the lives, and sometimes deaths, of individual Catholics – martyrs and apostates, priests and laymen – telling the story of the men and women who faced the dangers and difficulties of being what their enemies still call ‘Papists’. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Out & About Motorbikes, Medicine and Mending – Charlie Boorman In February 2016, motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman was seriously injured in a major motorbike accident. In his book Long Way Back, he recalls his struggles to cope, and how the formative influences in his life – from his father, the film director, John Boorman, to his long-time friend Ewan McGregor – gave him strength. A Star-Crossed Love Story: The Prince and The Duchess – Penny Junor Royal biographer Penny Junor has written extensively on the House of Windsor and the senior members of the family. In her new book The Duchess she now turns her attention to one of the most remarkable love stories of the age: Charles and Camilla, a relationship that has endured against all the odds, and in the process shook the British monarchy. Surviving Captivity – Terry Waite Having spent five years imprisoned in Beirut, humanitarian and author Terry Waite, was released 25 years ago. To mark this important milestone he offers a glimpse into the depths of faith, hope and love that sustained him through his time of suffering in his book Out of the Silence: Memories, Poems, Reflections. Demystifying Syria – Diana Darke Middle East cultural expert Diana Darke has known Syria for more than 30 years. Using a range of seldom seen images, she gives a rare glimpse into the complexities of Syrian society, art and architecture, to dispel myths and misconceptions about the country. Her book is entitled My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution. On the Front Line – John Simpson Being a foreign correspondent is difficult, exciting and undeniably glamorous. World Affairs Editor of BBC News, John Simpson, explores pivotal moments in recent history through the eyes of some of the great foreign correspondents of ourtime such as Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, Don McCullin and Marie Colvin in his book We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent.


Love’s Demand’s – Salley Vickers Salley Vickers talks about Cousins, her novel weaving darkness and light, which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day. Salley Vickers explores the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of transgression, and the limits of morality and love. Understanding Lenin – Tariq Ali Lenin wrote, ‘We did not know everything.’ Film-maker and editor of the New Left Review, Tariq Ali explores Lenin’s first stirrings of revolutionary fervor, the political and moral crises he faced and finally the consequences of his decisions. His book is entitled: The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution. Post-Truth Politics - Matthew d’Ancona The art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public’s response to it and the ability of social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Political journalist Matthew d’Ancona investigates how we got here and why quiet resignation is not an option in Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back.

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Need to Know Location: Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6JG Parking: charges apply at Dartington Meals and drinks available on-site at: Food Groove Café, The White Hart Bar & Restaurant, The Green Table Café, The Roundhouse Café Ticket Sales: by phone (10am-5pm), in person (Dartington Hall Box Office) or online Concessions: under 24s, those on benefits. Carers (those in receipt of carer’s allowance) go free. Information: 01803 867373 wayswithwords.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 Main Gallery – Retrospective Jennifer Harris - Below the Surface 10-30 June Meet the Artist Preview – Saturday 10 June 6-8pm Jennifer’s beautiful landscapes are principally of the Southwest peninsula. Another theme is reflections, particularly when resulting in strange distortions and some ambiguity. The third category is quirkier and often has a humorous element.

Garden Gallery Marc Heaton - Extraordinary Gathering 10-30 June Meet the Artist Preview – Saturday 10 June 6-8pm Marc’s work includes a colourful mix of found objects and materials, paintings, drawings and sculptures. Influences such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Ronald Searle plus great comedians and writers such as Spike Milligan and Edward Lear have all shaped his art, resulting in colourful, whimsical, poetic and humorous pieces.

Artizan Summer Open Exhibition 3-29 July Meet the Artists Preview Friday 7 July 6-8pm The Artizan annual End of Summer Exhibition is back again and brings together artists from across Torbay, South Devon and beyond in an exciting mixed show that celebrates artistic talent.

An Introduction to Creative Writing with Harula Ladd Mondays 5 June & 5 July Enjoy a monthly evening of creative writing with poet, writer and workshop facilitator Harula Ladd. The workshop offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the power of artistic expression across different forms, and is open to all. You do not have to be a writer or artist to attend. Time: 7.30-9pm, tickets £5. Contact harulaladd@ yahoo.com

Stanza Extravaganza 19 June & 24 July 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 7.15pm Performance 7.45pm - 10 pm, tickets: £5 advance, £6 on the door. Performers £2.

Acoustic Night 12 June Elizabeth Jane Baldry – Women in Film 13 June Elizabeth talks about her work in film and music and passion for storytelling, in particular folk and fairy tales, that motivate her work. She will be showing her film The Laidey Worm of Spindleston Heugh. Doors open 6.45 pm, performance 7-9pm, tickets £10. 58

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Hosted by talented musician Robert Spence, but with the addition of a main set performed by visiting musicians both local and from a wider area. Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30pm - 10pm, tickets: £4 advance, £5 on the door. Performers £2. All at: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626/07522 509642 artizan gallery.co.uk f facebook.com/artizangallery englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Arts More great events Chagall & the Art of Stained Glass, Dartington 2, 3 & 4 June Mark Chagall created some of the most magnificent windows ever crafted in contemporary stained glass. Over three days you will explore Chagall’s glasswork, his design and use of colour, looking at breathtaking examples for inspiration to design your own piece. Ruth Adams will take you through the whole making process. Times: 10am – 5pm daily. Cost: £300, materials included. Courtyard 1, Shippon Studios, Dartington Hall Estate, TQ9 6EL dartington.org

Life Drawing, Dartington 8, 15, 22, 29 June & 6 July These classes present a contemporary feel to life drawing. Through imaginative styling, composition and consideration, surreal scenes are created for the figure. The aim of the class is to develop individual style and personal expression. More info via Isabel Coulton 07920 714387 info@isabelcoulton.com Shippon Artists Studios, Dartington Hall Estate, TQ9 6EL dartington.org

Blue Walnut Café Film Showings, Torquay 14 June & 15 June On 14 June you can see That Summer a 1979 drama filmed in and around Torquay and on 15 June Leviathan, a 2014 drama based on a Russian family living in a coastal town. Both films are part of the English Riviera Film Festival. Doors open 7.30pm for a start at 8pm. Tickets are £5 for non-members. Blue Walnut Café, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS 01803 394113 bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

Dartmouth Art & Craft Weekend 24 & 25 June Royal Avenue Gardens will be alive with artists and makers - all in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. There will be music, children’s entertainment plus teas and homemade cakes. Free entry. Dartmouth TQ6 9PS

Sculpture Trail, Cockington Court On Till 10 September Follow Cockington’s Art Path and discover sculptures created by local artists placed within the Court site, including the studio areas, Walled Art Garden and Manor House. A supporting exhibition takes place alongside in the Kitchen Gallery. Daily 10am – 4pm. Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Duty and Desire, Torquay 9 June Enjoy a lecture by Lois Oliver MA (Cantab) MA (Courtauld) entitled The Story of Dido and Aeneus in Art & Music. Time: 2.15pm, tickets: £8. Peter Larkin Hall, St. Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 298440 or 01803 311648 englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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2017/18 SEASON A Bedfull of Foreigners

by Dave Freeman Comedy in a French hotel where seductions and confrontations run rampant!

7th - 19th August 2017

The Hollow

by Agatha Christie Everyone has a motive and opportunity but who is the murderer?

11th - 23rd September 2017

The Heiress

by Ruth & Augustus Goetz. Based on the novel Washington Square by Henry James A tender love story with a wonderful comeuppance.

16th - 21st October 2017

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

by Neil Simon Comic results of three attempts at adultery, but lacking experience.

13th - 18th November 2017

Little Women

by Peter Clapham Adapted from the novel by Louise M Alcott by a previous Toads Member.

11th - 16th December 2017

The Perfect Murder

by Peter James If you have ever wondered this dark comedy thriller could be the answer.

15th - 20th January 2018


by Anthony Shaffer A brilliant whodunit where every event is bizarre.

19th - 24th March 2018

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling Hilarious and touching with six women in a beauty parlour.

16th - 21st April 2018

Tons of Money

by Will Evans and Valentine, revised by Alan Ayckbourn Farce from the 1920’s brought up to date with more comic results.

14th May - 19th May 2018

Rough Justice

by Terence Frisby Intriguing and emotional Court battle. Did James Highwood kill his child?

11th - 16th June 2018

Taking bookings from 1st July 2017 Why not become a Theatre Club member £95 for all ten plays? Details available online or at the Box office:

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Never Mind Cannes...

Out & About

This is the English Riviera The third English Riviera Film Festival runs from 12 to 18 June with a packed line-up of film and film related events taking place at cultural venues right across the Bay.


the Riviera Centre. In one area, audiences will be able to ighlights of the week long festival include talks enjoy films, talks, interviews and the awards ceremony. A and screenings by Devon based directors Luke separate interactive film suite will enable festival-goers to Jeffreys, Ashley Thorpe, Lucy Townsend and learn about the filmmaking process through workshops Elizabeth Jane Baldry (who is the only classical silent film harpist in the world). There’s a special appearance by Tony plus demonstrations of special effects, sound production, acting for screen, make-up and on-set photography. Bramwell, the director of the promotional music films of Festival Director John Tomkins says, “This really is the legendary Beatles, and the inaugural English Riviera Torbay’s very own film festival with a particular focus Film Festival awards, which has received entries from all on home-grown talent. It has been achieved with the over the world. cooperation and enthusiasm of local businesses and A special premiere is the first screening of Brixham community partners.” Memories, produced by the Tomkins, who runs his own Heritage Lottery funded Brixham “ This really is Torbay’s very Heritage Trail project, and featuring own film festival with a particular digital film production company, is reminiscences by local residents on focus on home-grown talent. also particularly keen to showcase Torbay and Devon based emerging the rich history of Brixham. It has been achieved with the talent. He says, “I’ve especially Attendees can also enjoy the cooperation and enthusiasm of enjoyed working with South Devon premiere of London-based Mini Productions’ latest film, Ellie Waits, local businesses and community College Digital Media students this year and it’s very important to me and official festival film selection partners. ” that the festival offers them the sort Edith starring Peter Mullan and of encouragement and exposure I would have appreciated Michele Fairley. The films’ producers will also be coming during my early days as an independent film-maker. to the festival from London to talk about their work. For that reason, in amongst the awards for national and There will be tours of the Picture House Cinema in international short films there will be a special trophy for Paignton (one of the oldest purpose built cinemas in the South Devon College Film-maker of the Year.” Europe), a showing of Ray Winstone’s big screen debut That The English Riviera Film Festival is organised on a notSummer (filmed in and around Torquay) and a talk and screening about 1930s Director Norman Lee by his grandson for-profit basis by Tomkins and a team of independent film practitioners and enthusiasts with the invaluable Kevin Ryland. The South Devon Players take you behind support of commercial sponsorship from local businesses. the scenes of their forthcoming feature film Mordred. Full programme and ticketing at erfilmfest.co.uk The climax of the week will be on Saturday 17 June at


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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick Henning Wehn 2 & 3 June

Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick Germaine Greer – Women For Life On Earth 16 June

Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. He tackles well-known staples of light entertainment and in this show will be taking an unbiased look at immigration.

When Welsh women turned up at the RAF base at Greenham Common in 1981, they were carrying a banner that read ‘Women for Life on Earth’. Feminists can be found wherever the planet and our fellow earthlings are in trouble. Feminist icon, TV and radio personality, author and acclaimed academic, Germaine Greer will take your burning questions, serious or light hearted, from politics to poetry, the role of women in third world countries, to Shakespeare’s women.

Also worth seeing… Gary Delaney UK Tour – 21 July The Opera Boys – 22 July

Also worth seeing… Guitarra Romantica 30 July

Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None 6 June-27 July An unknown host invites ten guests to a lonely house on a remote island. A mysterious voice indicates the fate that will befall them. First one then another is murdered.

Also worth seeing… Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf – 21 July Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick Patience 11-15 July

With the music of Sullivan at his best, and the wit of Gilbert at his sharpest, this opera is amongst the finest of the G&S repertoire. This production is sure to have you tapping your toes and roaring with laughter at the antics of poets, dragoons and besotted ladies.

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Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick Wonderland 6-10 June Wonderland is a modern day version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass starring Coronation Street favourite Wendi Peters, West End leading man Dave Willetts and Britain’s Got Talent star Rachael Wooding.

Also worth seeing… TOADS Stage Musical Our House 21-24 June Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock – 23 July

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Open Air Theatre! Wrap up warm for these outdoor performances...

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick The Pop Up Opera – The Secret Marriage 13 June A live opera performance of the 18th century Italian comic opera by Domenico Cimarosa with the Pop-Up Opera. Its premiere was the occasion of the longest encore in operatic history; Leopold II was so delighted that he ordered supper served to the company and the entire opera repeated immediately after!

Also worth seeing… NTLive: Peter Pan 10 June ROHLive: Othello 28 June


Dartmouth Castle Box Office theinntheatrecompany.co.uk Othello 25-29 July The Inn Theatre Company presents Othello in the haunting and evocative surroundings of Dartmouth Castle. You will be transported back to a time gone by with the ruins and grassy bank of the old castle as the perfect backdrop.

Cockington Court Box Office 01803 607230 The Lost World 28 July Enjoy an outdoor performance of The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Illyria Outdoor Theatre.

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Come Sail With Me Vigilance of Brixham was built in 1926, the last sailing trawler to be built in Upham’s Yard, Brixham. It is now owned by a group of locals who along with a team of volunteers aim to keep it working in the Bay and sometimes beyond. Julian Rees goes along for a sail and to see the ongoing restoration work.


Today the vessel is licensed to carry 12 passengers on his was a mission with a double-purpose. Visit short trips and usually sails with 4 or 5 crew plus the the heritage trawler in Brixham harbour for the skipper. grand opening of the ship’s new galley and to We set off from the Heritage Pontoon out into the Bay make a sailing acquaintance with the red-sailed ketch I so following the obligatory safety briefing from the skipper. often see from the shore serenely sailing the Bay’s waters. The new galley has been built from scratch by volunteer There are 6 other guests aboard all looking for adventure and keen to steer the ship once she’s under way. Vigilance Keith Taylor, a retired carpenter who was trained in the usually sails around the Bay at least 3 times per week for same yard that produced the ship in 1926. Everything visitors but can also be chartered for longer trips. As it's is brand spanking new and to test it out, local chef early in the season, new crew members are being trained and restaurateur Mitch Tonks has come along to cook and we watch from a safe distance as the bowsprit is hauled fresh Brixham mussels in Vigilance’s very own Hunter’s into place and locked off. Then work Brewery ale - what’s not to like? “ On leaving port the vessel starts to haul up the sails - we all get I meet up with ZÖe Hughes, would load on 5 tonnes of ice involved in this activity as even with volunteer and trustee, who introduces me to crew members and it was this that determined the mechanical advantage afforded both from the preservation how long it could stay at sea ” by various blocks and pulleys, the heavy canvas sails and solid wooden company (the owners of the ship) spars require huge effort to get to the top of the masts. and the recently formed charity ‘The Friends of the Back in working times, the sails would be left up whenever Vigilance’. The charity was set up in 2016 to support the possible. Now the engine is cut and we’re under way. owners in advancing the preservation and conservation of The wind is very light, perhaps only 4 or 5 mph and we the heritage sailing trawler for public benefit. make slow progress across the Bay. As I consider my usual The crew are a merry bunch and once we’ve recorded the moment for posterity with a photo everyone gets busy modern day, where everything hurtles along at a ferocious rate, I very happily submit to this gentler pace of life, turn making ready to set off. the phone off, and bask in the tranquillity with a cup of tea The interior of the vessel is sparsely furnished with and a biscuit. many original features still on show. In its days as a Much daydreaming later and it’s all hands on deck trawler it was certified to accommodate 4 to drop the sails as we head back to dry land. What a seamen, usually 3 men and a boy. The men wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon! fished whilst the boy maintained the course. The crew lived in a cramped cabin aft with Volunteer crew haul out the bow sprit most space below built to accommodate ice and fish. On leaving port, the vessel would load on 5 tonnes of ice and it was this that determined how long it could stay at sea. If all the ice melted then the cargo would perish so timing was critical. Machinery was limited; there was no engine to make way on calm days and only a steam driven capstan to winch the catch aboard. The boiler for the capstan was fed by the melting ice in the fish hold.


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Vigilance of Brixham Facts Length: 78ft but 101ft with bowsprit extended. Beam: 19ft Draft: 10ft Tonnage: 95 tons weight. Register tonnage 42 tons. Fishing boat number: BM76. UK Historic Vessel No. 741 Main mast: 71ft Mizzen mast: 46ft Sails: Foresail, Staysail, Mainsail, Topsail and Mizzen sail. Power 160HP/216Kw Daewoo MD136 6 cyl diesel. Passengers: Maximum 12 locally or 9 cross channel. Get involved: New crew members are always welcome - no previous experience required as training will be provided. Get in touch: Visit vigilanceofbrixham.co.uk or call 07764 845353


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Win! An afternoon sail for 2 people Vigilance of Brixham is offering one lucky reader (plus a friend) the chance to win an afternoon in Tor Bay. To enter just answer the following question: How many crew was the Vigilance originally designed to carry? 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.

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Saffron, Herbs & Lavender


Lis Wallace of Dobies of Devon celebrates some of the wonderful delights of summer in the garden. Summer Dreaming Now is the time to enjoy our gardens. To sit with a book and glass or cup and to simply enjoy what we’ve created. But I’m sorry, you can’t sit for long - there are still some jobs to do! • Dead-head bedding plants and roses to encourage further flowering and remove any fallen petals to prevent fungal disease forming. • Baskets and containers can dry out quickly in warm, sunny conditions and may need watering twice a day. Feed regularly to promote flowering. • Faded flower-spikes on lupins, campanula, delphinium, etc. can be cut down to just above a new shoot or leaf, apply liquid feed to each plant to encourage fresh growth. You may even get some later blooms. • Don’t allow onions to go short of water as this will affect the size of crop. Your onion hoe needs to be kept busy keeping down the weeds. Onions usually lose when competing against weeds. • Remove side shoots on tomatoes (unless they’re bush varieties) and feed regularly with a high potash liquid tomato fertiliser. • Regularly pick runner and French beans and courgettes to encourage further cropping. • Keep picking sweet peas for enjoying indoors and feed the plants every 12 days

I’m just mad about saffron, saffron is mad about me... Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice and is obtained from the stigmas of the saffron crocus, crocus sativus. A single flower has only three stigmas and these are so fragile they need to be picked by hand. So, the high price comes from the fact that a huge number of flowers are needed to produce just a few grams of saffron and much manual labour is involved. Considered an exotic spice, saffron was for many years produced in the UK, specifically in the area around Saffron Walden. The clue is in the name! So rather than sticking with the little plastic boxes of fake saffron that many of us bring back from Spanish and Moroccan holidays why not have a go at growing your own? Unless you plant a field, you won’t harvest a huge amount but enough to feel pleased with what you’ve produced and to enhance a few meals.

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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“ A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken ” James Dent

Growing Herbs Herbs are so easy to grow that with even the smallest garden there’s no reason why you can’t create your own small herb garden. Not only do herbs make attractive plants but there’s also something special about snipping your own leaves for adding to cooking or simply for dropping into a glass of something special. All the plants ask in return is to be placed in a sunny spot, some such as mint and parsley are happy in semi-shade, and to be kept fairly dry.

Lavender Lavender grows well here in Torbay and is one of those wonderful plants that has a myriad of uses. It looks fabulous in the garden, feeds butterflies, bees and is edible for humans, can withstand a drought is also amazing once cut and dried. Of course, lavender doesn’t have to be dried. Both the leaves and the flowers can be used fresh. The flavour of dried lavender is however stronger and so possibly better. A word of caution – avoid lavender if pregnant or breastfeeding. So, what can you do in the kitchen with your lavender?


Follow any traditional lemonade recipe but mix about 25g of dried lavender with the sugar before adding the water.


When making apple jelly include 6 tbsp of lavender buds for every 1.8kg of apples. The result will be a lovely fragrant jelly.


Whizz lavender in a food processor until fine and then mix with caster sugar. This can then be used to flavour cakes and biscuits.

Goat’s Cheese & Brie

Sprinkle a little lavender on the cheese before wrapping in greaseproof paper and baking. Serve with warm crusty bread and some sweet pickle.

Visit the Dobies website for saffron crocus bulbs, herbs, lavender plants and so much more! To contact Dobies please call 0844 967 0303 or email gardening@dobies.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Noel Hughes (TCCT Countrysid e Officer and Damian Offer (TCCT Director ) )

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Nature News

Guillemot Cam Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) unveiled their new guillemot cliff camera at a breakfast reception held in the Visitor Centre at Berry Head National Nature Reserve.


he new cliff camera overlooks the Reserve’s guillemot colony. A screen in the Visitor Centre relays live feed from the cliff so visitors to the reserve can view the birds up-close. The guillemot colony at Berry Head National Nature Reserve is of national importance. During the breeding season up to 1400 guillemots can be seen on the cliffs between March and early July. During this period there is an Area of Special Protection Order (ASP) on the waters in front of the colony. This is to prevent any disturbance to the birds and their young during this important time. The Area of Special Protection Order is the only one of its kind in this country.

The guillemot is an indicator species, which means it can tell us a lot about the unseen marine environment. Guillemots lay a single pear-shaped egg on the cliff and take turns in looking after it, without the need for a nest. When the chicks are old enough, before they can fly, they jump from the cliffs down to the water encouraged by their parents, these jumplings make for a great spectacle at the beginning of July. They then paddle out to sea with the adult males where they learn how to forage and survive at sea. They will spend about 6 weeks learning ‘how to be a guillemot’. Amazingly, guillemots can dive to depths of 170 - 230m. The guillemot is an indicator species, which means it can tell us a lot about the unseen marine environment. The reason for this is that they live a long time, only lay one egg per year and spend a great amount of time at sea throughout the year. So if their populations are doing well, it means the marine ecosystem is in good shape. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Noel Hughes (TCCT Countryside Officer) with the new camera

This demonstrates why the reserve’s guillemot colony, and the protection and monitoring of it, is so vitally important. The camera, provided by Plymouth-based Outersight which provides specialist wildlife monitoring systems across the UK. It is situated approximately 30 metres from the foot of the cliffs and is housed in a heavy metal casing and even has its own windscreen wiper. It is connected directly to the visitor centre via fibre optic cable. It provides stunning high quality footage of the colony, presenting the birds in all their glory, especially during the breeding season when the colony is at its busiest. In addition, the new technology installed with the camera presents the opportunity for people who cannot visit Berry Head to see the life of the colony via live streaming on their website. The new camera, therefore, offers more opportunities for TCCT to team up with academia and so understand more about the colony and the birds’ behaviour. It is hoped these studies will provide opportunities for better management and protection of these special birds. countryside-trust.org.uk

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The 25 - Torquay’s multi-award winning B&B celebrated being open for two years with the launch of a specially commissioned promotional video. Julian & Andy Banner-Price (Proprietors)

Cllr Nicole Amil, Andy Banner-Rice and James Twigger Sheena Powe and Liz Hart

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Private View at Artizan Gallery

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Artists Jo West (jowestart.co.uk) from Plymouth and Charles Somerton (charlessomerton.com) from Exeter exhibited works at Torquay’s Artizan Gallery

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James Twigger It’s All About People

The son of prominent local hoteliers, James Twigger went his own way, becoming a chartered accountant and champion networker. He now owns Torbay-based firm Accounting4Everything, which is growing fast. Anita Newcombe went along to find out what makes him so popular.


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am meeting James Twigger at his new offices at a management role. Although this was clear evidence of Manor Corner, although he may not be here long his success at the firm, he found himself rather distanced as the newly established firm is already outgrowing from the close client relationships he so enjoyed. the space. During his lunch breaks he went online, networking via James’s family have owned the Redcliffe Hotel since LinkedIn and Twitter. Then, he discovered Devon Hour 1979 and James grew up there until the age of 12 when on Twitter; this is a chat session that promotes Devon the family moved out into their own home nearby. and which is live online from 8-9pm every Wednesday. Having absorbed the fine art of hotel keeping in his Between 10,000 and 15,000 people were following this formative years, I would have expected James to at least social media channel at the time and tweeting merrily, consider this profession. But he tells me, “My Mum making partnerships and doing business. James found encouraged me to do something different. When I was these active conversations between all types of local sixteen and at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Mum businesses both useful and inspirational. At the time got me a work experience placement at accountancy firm Torbay was reeling from the catastrophic storms that cut Bishop Fleming.” off the Bay and its transport links from the rest of the At 18, James went back to Bishop Fleming for a year, world. The whole community was casting about for ideas having just missed out on a university place at Cardiff. to help. His fruitful conversations with Devon Hour The following year with an A grade in Business Studies he triggered the idea to launch Torbay Hour. James felt was accepted at Cardiff University that regular chat amongst Torbay “ That helped me a lot, giving businesses would help many of to read Business Management. Whilst at Cardiff he became a them to promote their wares, me some real experience of prominent member of the Students build relationships and cooperate, running a business. ” Union, taking charge of the business regardless of whether they were side of things and in 2005 was elected Vice President. large or small, start-up or long established – everyone He explains, “That helped me a lot, giving me some real could benefit. experience of running a business.” In fact James seems Happily Devon Hour weren’t miffed, supported the to have always been entrepreneurial; at only 15 or 16 and launch, promoted Torbay Hour’s tweets and this dedicated still at school he set up a disco / weddings business. Torbay Twitter channel is now live online on Mondays Having acquired his degree at Cardiff, he returned to from 8-9pm with an impressive 12,000 followers. Torbay Torbay on a sought-after 3-year Bishop Fleming graduate Hour also became the first Twitter chat session to have placement scheme, and subsequently qualified as a its own radio show, via Riviera FM. James then went chartered accountant. Later James decided that he wanted on to organise local social media awards and training to do auditing, so he moved to Peplows and was given a conferences and thanks to his efforts, Torbay Hour has portfolio of business and audit clients. It was here that now won ‘Most Innovative Company’ in the 2017 South he gained his passion for working closely with local people Devon Business Awards. striving to develop their businesses, large and small. He Whilst still at Francis Clark, James had started getting explains, “I have adapted what I learned from auditing the more involved in business development, which was so large companies to help smaller ones – businesses need obviously his passion. He joined Torbay Business Forum really good processes in order to grow.” and became a member of their executive organising the In 2010 James married Clare and their daughter Olivia events. He built up their monthly Business Breakfasts was born. Family life took on much more importance held at the Riviera International Centre from around so James decided to take what was effectively a demotion 35 attendees to a buzzing 60-70 regulars. James says, and rejoined Francis Clark as an Audit Senior. This gave “Breakfast networking is great; at one point I was a much better work/life balance because it was closer to attending 2 – 3 per week but I’m not doing as many now home and saved him the daily commute from Paignton because I’m so busy.” to Newton Abbot. James did well and was promoted into The reason that James is so busy is that his new business


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Accounting4Everything based at Manor Corner has really taken off. He launched at the beginning of May 2016 building on his 12 years of experience in large, well-established firms. He wanted his own business to be friendly and welcoming to all including smaller businesses and start-ups. His branding outside his premises is big, colourful and bold – rather different from some of the more traditional accountancy practices but certainly eye-catching. One of the reasons that James decided to go it alone was because one of his clients nominated him for the British Accountancy Awards Practitioner of the Year in 2015 and he won against stiff competition. He knew then that he was ready for the challenge. In addition to his main office in Paignton, the firm also has satellite offices at Harbourworks in Torquay and Seaworks in Brixham. And so far, it’s been a huge success. James tells me, “I was planning to start the business gradually but I took on an existing practice with 2 members of staff, the business took off and we already have 5 people working with us.” James is now looking to take on a further member of staff and wants to expand his premises to cope with the growing workload. He reveals, “I’ve been absolutely blown away by what’s happened. I couldn’t have predicted how successful we have been and things are continuing to evolve very fast.” James’s clients englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

range from very small start-ups to companies with a £5 million turnover but each of them is important. James says, “Many of our clients are owner managed businesses with 1 or 2 people working in them and it’s great to help them grow.” James’s wife Clare works 2 days a week at the firm so it’s already a family affair and James plans to develop his whole team so they can grow with the business. He says, “I’m very upbeat – we have a fantastic growing team.” Although James is super-busy at work, he doesn’t spend all of his time nurturing his clients. His family is very important too. Daughter Olivia is now 5 and James and Clare have a son named Alfie who is 2. James says, “It’s been a bit of a struggle but hugely worthwhile. I’m always there for family breakfast and dinner and then I often work late into the evening, once the children are in bed. The family lives in Paignton and love Paignton’s Geoplay Park. They often go to the Zoo and to Living Coasts and love visiting Cornwall for short breaks, walking on the beaches and seeing the sights. Accounting4Everything, although new, does seem to have attracted a very impressive following and James’s focus on working closely with the people who make some of our most dynamic local businesses tick, seems to be a popular approach. I can’t wait to see what James does next! accounting4everything.com June/July 2017


BusinessBreaks... ARC Marine Chooses Brixham Labs Artificial reef construction company, Arc Marine, has chosen Brixham Labs as a base to continue their ocean conservation work. Torbay’s Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said, “The unique Environmental Laboratory in Brixham provides opportunities for marine industries to access a cutting edge research facility with access to world class university research.” HSE-certified commercial SCUBA divers James Doddrell and Tom Birbeck cofounded the business with the aim of regenerating fragile and damaged marine ecosystems, starting by building the world’s first modular artificial reef and marine habitat at Vobster Quay in Somerset. This structure will be used to protect the UK’s indigenous white-clawed freshwater crayfish population. Tom Birbeck said, “Our plan is to create substantial reef sites throughout South Devon. Our priority is to complete the substantial reef plans in Torquay by the end of 2017.” After experimenting with various prototypes, Arc Marine has invented a number of products ranging from artificial reef modules to sea grass habitats, all of which will be constructed in Brixham. arcmarine.co.uk

Beverley Holidays Win Gold

and we have invested heavily in our accommodation and facilities in 2017 to ensure we offer the best possible holiday experience.” As well as investing almost £1million in a state-of-the-art fleet of ‘glaravans’ complete with their very own private bubbling hot tub, the holiday parks’ Jetty Lounge, Bar & Terrace was treated to a six-figure makeover transforming it into a stylish new space with unrivalled sea views.

Cosmetic Surgeon Retires Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Peter Saxby has retired from Mount Stuart Hospital as several new team members arrive. Peter worked at Mount Stuart Hospital for the past 25 years. During his career he worked overseas in Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Sri Lanka and Poland and also in Bosnia, where he spent 2 weeks as a visiting plastic surgeon during the war. He also worked with charities in Uganda & Trinidad. In 1991 Mr Saxby helped set up a new plastic surgery unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Soon afterwards he began working at Mount Stuart Hospital. Over a long and productive career he has taught, mentored and supported both doctors and nurses, and has received many accolades. The team at Mount

The team at Beverley Holidays has scooped gold at the South Devon Business Awards. The Paignton-based holiday park group overcame tough competition from a record number of entries across Torbay to take the top spot in the coveted Excellence In Customer Service category. Judges commended the Beverley Holidays’ Team for their commitment to continually improving customer service through a clear and well-implemented customer care policy and company-wide customer service training initiative. Director of Beverley Holidays, Nicola Furneaux, said, “All our team members undergo a thorough customer service training scheme entitled ‘The Beverley Road To Excellence’ 80

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New Head of Design for Cavanna

Devon homebuilder Cavanna Homes has appointed Michael Newman as its new Head of Design. Michael, who has 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, has been Cavanna’s Development Manager since he joined the company at its Torquay headquarters seven years ago. He has most recently worked on the award-winning Fusion development in Paignton, as well as Primrose Hill in Torquay and Greenspire at Clyst St Mary, near Exeter. He said, “Cavanna believe that it is vital to try to engage with local people throughout the planning process. New development can be very challenging and is not always universally welcomed, but by listening carefully to the views of local communities we can produce better plans to offer people the right new homes in the right places. Design is a hugely important part of this development process and I will be helping Cavanna continue to provide stylish and contemporary homes ideal for today’s families in some of the best locations in the South West.”

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