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...to our October/November issue! Autumn is rapidly approaching with bountiful apple harvests, quiet beaches and coast paths plus sparkling first frosts. We think you’ll love our autumn photo essay with breathtaking images taken by renowned local photographer Chris Slack. There’s a huge choice of events taking place around the Bay in the next couple of months and we bring you 11 pages of What’s On plus a big roundup of theatre, food and arts events. Dip in and enjoy something new! We chat to the wonderful people at the Arts Society Torbay and the Riviera Singers who are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries and we’re inspired by Shakepeare in the Caves, marking their 10th anniversary with an exciting performance of Macbeth. We hear from blind power boater Mike Newman who has set a world speed record in Tor Bay and from Devon-based polar explorer Antony Jinman who is giving a talk at Torquay Museum as part of their Explorers Season. Sylvia Greinig reveals the fascinating story of how she bought and opened her own school in St Marychurch and Mark Hawkins explains how he is future-proofing Rowcroft Hospice. This month we ask you to complete our annual Reader Survey so we can make English Riviera Magazine even better – it’s your chance to tell us what you think! We hope you enjoy reading this issue 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

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32 Antony Jinman

6 Openers

Local news snippets

14 Meet Sylvia Greinig

Principal of Abbey School

18 Meet Mark Hawkins New CEO at Rowcroft

22 Photo Essay

Autumn glimpses of Paignton and Churston

26 Heritage - William Froude Keeping things shipshape

24 Heritage - The Reverend Lyte

72 Theatre

32 Devon’s Polar Explorer

75 Gardening

36 Celebrating 10 years!

79 Social Diary

39 Record Breaker

80 Business Breaks

41 Celebrating 50 years!

82 The Briefing

Abide with Me and Ash Hole Cavern

Antony Jinman talks to Torquay Museum Shakespeare in the caves

World speed record broken in the Bay The Riviera Singers

43 Food News

News morsels for foodies

44 Culinary Delights on the Dart

Who’s treading the boards? with Lis Wallace Local people at local events Local business news in brief Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore

39 Record Breaker

Dartmouth Food Festival

46 Give it a go - Yoga

Julian Rees looks for enlightenment

48 Walk

A Churston circular stroll

50 What’s On

Our selection of autumnal events

63 Raft Race Returns

This year’s River Dart Struggle

65 Tells Us What You Think? Our 2017 reader survey

68 Arts Roundup

Creative Events around the Bay

71 A Change at 50!

TADFAS celebrates its new name


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Multiple Award-Winning Cockington Country Park Cockington Country Park has once again been recognised as one of the very best green spaces in the UK. The Green Flag Award indicates to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust is responsible for looking after the park and does this with the help of its many regular volunteers. Director

Damian Offer said, “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the dedication and effort that goes into maintaining Cockington Country Park to such a high standard. We could not achieve this without the huge commitment and help of our volunteers.” Cockington Country Park is one of only 5 sites that have held the award for the past 21 years.

New Crime Thriller By Bay Author Author Nick Fletcher has published a new crime thriller set in Devon and featuring Dartmouth, Brixham and Exeter. The Long Sunset starts with a brutal murder in Dartmouth, which sparks off an international hunt for the killer. It sees private detective Max Slater on a one-man mission to unravel a complex case, which has defeated the police. Max is a a journalist turned private eye and he makes up for his lack of experience with sheer perseverance. He is driven by the need to see justice done even if occasionally he has to step outside the law. The novel is Nick’s ninth book and the fourth to feature his creation Max Slater. Nick says, “As I live in South Devon, I featured it as the location for the murder precisely because the area has a relatively low crime rate, so it is all the more shocking when the contract killing of an elderly woman takes place.” Published by Classic Books on 3 November. 6

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The Beverley Log Cabin Beverley Holidays is helping two brave souls take on the challenge of a lifetime by acting as the official accommodation provider for a rowing duo in training for the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Brixhambased Mike Gibbons and his rowing companion Craig Hunter will be staying at the park once a month as they embark on a gruelling 16-month training programme for the ‘world’s toughest row’. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will see rowing novices Mike and Craig join 30 other teams rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s largest ocean from the Canary Islands to the West Indies in late 2018. Together they will battle against extreme weather conditions and near starvation as they make the epic crossing in their rowing boat ‘Patience’ in aid of The Orlando Rogers Foundation and Above Water. As a thank you to Beverley Holidays for being its official accommodation provider during their training, the rowers have named the sleeping compartment of their rowing boat ‘The Beverley Log Cabin’.

Antiques Valuation with TV Expert

Torbay Civic Society is hosting an Antiques Valuation Afternoon with Henry Nicholls in the Grace Murrell Suite at the Riviera Centre in Torquay on 3 October, 2.30pm. Henry, who is one of the experts seen on ITV programme Dickinson’s Real Deal, will talk about his life in antiques. He will also value your silver, jewellery, costume jewellery, scrap gold, wrist & pocket watches, fountain pens, clocks, postcards, coins, medals, ivories, bronzes, furniture, paintings, evening and handbags, textiles, china and porcelain, oriental items and objects d’art. Furniture and paintings can be valued from a photograph. If you are happy with the valuation and wish to sell, Henry will buy on the day or a home visit can be arranged. Cost: £5.00 to include tea/coffee plus £1 donation per item valued (pay on the day) for a charity of Henry’s choice. Free parking. Tickets from: Torbay Civic Society, 137 St Marychurch Road, Torquay TQ1 3HW (enclose SAE) or contact via website torbaycivicsociety.co.uk

World’s Strangest Creature? This could just be the strangest animal on the planet. With its swivelling gun-turret eyes, tong-like gripping feet and rapid-fire tongue, the chameleon has an appeal that’s all its own. Volunteer Cathy Oetegenn took this wonderful photo of a male Parson’s chameleon, which lives in Paignton Zoo’s Reptile Tropics. The largest chameleon species in the world by weight, Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii)is found only in isolated pockets of humid forest in north and east Madagascar. Although Paignton Zoo’s pair resides in separate enclosures in the Reptile Tropics, they have mated and keepers are hoping they will breed. But don’t get excited just yet; female Parson’s chameleons lay as many as 50 eggs at a time – but they can take up to two years to hatch. The chameleon’s tongue - it can be longer than the animal’s own body - hits the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Fishy Funds for BrixFest!

Rockfish Brixham has donated £3,500 of the sum it raised this year for local charities to BrixFest, the annual Brixham festival. The Brixham restaurant suggests diners donate £1 to local charities when paying their bill. This year, BrixFest and Pride in Brixham shared the sum raised. Rockfish owner Mitch Tonks has promised to support BrixFest in 2018 too. He says, “I love the idea of a community celebrating all that’s good about life and BrixFest captures the very spirit of Brixham, its heritage, music, food and people.” Outgoing BrixFest chairman Sophie Bower says, “The BrixFest team gets a real morale boost when local people and companies support our efforts. And Rockfish has been with us all the way, not only in choosing us as one of its charities, but in staging cooking displays every year and hosting fundraising evenings.” Planning for BrixFest 2018 is already underway and the popular Dragon Boat Challenge will be back. Although it is early days, the BrixFest Committee is asking individuals and businesses to call 01803 858488, or email sophie@fclnet.comcom as soon as possible if they wish to reserve a boat.

transformative effects of place, travel and unconditional love inspired me to write my first book, Into Eden.” Initially published as a Kindle download it has since become available as a paperback available in local bookshops and on Amazon. Cate is currently writing a novel and her next adventure is a Kilimanjaro climb.

Busy Year for Quay Harmony This has been the busiest year for Quay Harmony, the Brixham Ladies Harmony Choir since they formed in the spring of 2012. The choir has supported several local charities: Brixham’s Rotary group, Rowcroft Hospice, Friends of Brixham Library Defibrillator Fund and the churches of St Mary the Virgin Churston and St Mary’s Brixham. They have welcomed several of Torbay’s talented young musicians as guest soloists at concerts. Several members enjoyed a trip to Berlin where they sang with Torbay Police Choir and Berlin Police Choir. In August, Quay Harmony’s Musical Director Jane Anderson-Brown led an enjoyable singing workshop. Choir members have had 3 social gatherings during the year. Look out for their Christmas concerts at Lupton House on 11 & 12 December and concerts with BOMVC and Torquay Police Choir next year. If you love to sing and would like to join a hardworking, friendly group, pop along to a rehearsal at The United Reformed Church most Tuesday evenings at 7pm. quayharmony.com

Into Eden Newly published author, Cate Frances grew up in Brixham with itchy feet, travelling whenever possible. She has always scribbled stories, pored over atlases and dreamed big. In 2014 she trekked through the Grand Canyon to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Cate said, “I left the UK alone, getting to know my fellow trekkers through the highs and lows of the trip. The journey became an emotional and mental one as much as physical for us all and brought us together in ways I could never have predicted. The 8

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What’s on at Cockington Apple Day 2017 Join us for Apple Day at Cockington. Free admission on Sunday 15th October. Stalls, live music, family activities and much more. 10am-4pm come and enjoy apple themed food and drink and enjoy a range of entertainment.

Halloween Festival

Monday 23 - Sunday 29 October 10.30am - 4.00pm Enjoy our Halloween trail around the Court for £1 per child, come in fancy dress and collect a double treat! Also new is a for this year – Halloween Party, Saturday 28th October from 6pm. Includes themed food, activities and fire glow juggling finale. Pre-booking essential, £10 for adults and £5 for children. See website for details. Cockington Court Craft Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA Tel: 01803 607230 www.cockingtoncourt.org Cockington Court Craft Centre



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Paignton Cyclists Do the JOGLE

Two Paignton friends have completed the arduous John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) cycle ride, taking two weeks and raising funds for charity. Mike Inness and Nick Reed raised funds for Brixham Junior Sailing Club and Dementia UK on their North South 2 Ride challenge. The target was to cycle unaided, each towing a trailer and to camp overnight along the way. Several weeks of preparation ensued, not least in finding a safe route to cycle and undertaking training rides in Devon in the months leading up to the start. The fundraising target was £1000, to match the mileage they would be cycling. Funds raised for the two charities totalled £3,349.08, exceeding all expectations. Nick raised a further £661 specifically for Dementia UK through the support of his family members and work colleagues. Mike and Nick would like to say a big thank you to family and friends for all the support they received. northsouthtoride.wordpress.com

Tea for Toucans Bird keeper Nikki Watt is rearing two toco toucan chicks at Paignton Zoo. The zoo is the only collection in the UK to have hatched toucans this year. It’s hard to believe that these two, looking more like comical puppets than growing chicks, will turn into the most striking and familiar birds in the world. The toco is the largest and probably the best-known member of the toucan family. At just a few days old, the chicks were blind, naked and helpless, with faces only a mother could love. Yet, at one month, they already look more like the famous Guinness toucan with its large, colourful bill. The chicks are demanding: their first feed is at 7am, then every two hours 10

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or so until 10pm. Each meal of special baby bird formula and fruit has to be prepared and delivered by hand. The two are being hand reared because their parents have hatched but failed to rear previous chicks.

Wayward Anchors

Two important discoveries made beneath the protected waters of Tor Bay have brought renewed calls for safe and responsible anchoring by boat owners. The first find was a pregnant seahorse; the second, close by, was damage to the seabed caused by the anchors of small boats. Both were inside the Torbay Marine Conservation Zone. Designated in 2013, the Torbay Marine Conservation Zone is an inshore site running from Oddicombe Beach to Sharkham Point. Beginning at the shore, the boundary extends between 1 to 2.5km out to sea and includes Hope’s Nose and Berry Head.Clare Rugg, the Curator of Living Coasts, said, “Anchoring in the wrong place damages the seagrass beds and threatens the seahorses. Our seagrass areas are voluntary no anchoring zones – they are marked with buoys. There are plenty of places where you can anchor safely. Boat users can also find out where the seagrass beds are in Torbay by using the Torbay app.” The Tor Bay Harbour App is available from the iTunes or Google Play stores.


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Sylvia Greinig

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Sylvia Greinig has owned the private and non-selective Abbey School in St Marychurch for almost four decades. Anita Newcombe and Sabrina Konrad drop by for a chat about her life’s work, inspiring young minds.


the first iron ship (with an early steam engine) occupied e settle down in Sylvia’s study to listen how it. In the 1947 census, a lady owned the house and lived she bought and developed Abbey School there with her children, a housekeeper, nanny and a maid. from very small beginnings into the highly successful and renowned educational establishment that it The gentleman of the house had reportedly gone mad and is today. Having been a principal for an amazing 47 years, was listed as ‘imbecile’ on legal documents of the time. The property continued as a private home until 1920 she gives us a fascinating insight into how young children and then became Hampton Court School. It was not learn and thrive as well as the ups and downs of running until the 1950s that Abbey School was born. Prior to an independent school. Sylvia’s arrival in Torquay, a nanny, who had partnered Sylvia tells us that she used to own a prep school in with a teacher, ran the school. The building was mostly North Yorkshire for nine years. At some point in the decorated in a low-key palette of browns. Sylvia describes late 1970s she felt the need for a change and decided it it as “dull” but explains, “there was such potential”. They was time to move on. Sylvia and her husband Geoffrey decorated the school in 1979 with had fallen in love with Devon over “We were turned out of one much use of stepladders and pots a number of holidays and now decided to choose Torquay as their room per year until we were of paint. It took them the whole new home. crammed into a flat in the first summer to make it bright and cheerful but Sylvia enjoyed having Sylvia describes Torquay as a very floor wing.” free rein over the design. quiet place to be in 1979 when they Initially Sylvia was responsible for the 42 pupils and first arrived in search of the perfect property. She explains 6 children in the nursery, all of them inherited from that around this time private schools were becoming the previous school owners. Sylvia also kept on all the increasingly popular. She had targeted six places, which teachers who wanted to stay. One of these was Mrs Eileen were for sale and might suit her vision. However, after Barber who was married to the local vicar. She was a viewing Abbey School, the first on her list, she knew that fi ne teacher and musician and stayed at the school for she had found her perfect new project especially after many more years becoming a real stalwart of the place. Geoffrey made the legendary remark, “I could drive my Meanwhile, Sylvia threw herself into the task of attracting Austin 7 through that door!” The other choices on offer more pupils and growing the school. She and her family, were all very much town schools. Abbey School with its which included daughters Fleur and Hattie, lived together quiet grounds felt remote enough and you could not hear in the school but were gradually squeezed out. Sylvia any vehicles passing by. It was love at first sight and she tells us, “We were turned out of one room per year until and Geoffrey did not hesitate to snap it up. The Abbey is a beautiful building with a rather majestic we were crammed into a flat in the first floor wing.” At this point they moved out and built their own home in double staircase and we wonder how the building looked the nearby village of Stokeinteignhead. The school had before Sylvia set about her refurbishment plans. She grown well and every time a class size reached 20 pupils, explains that the building is almost 200 years old and was a new class was started. For the younger ones, 16 pupils a family home before it was transformed into a school in is the maximum Sylvia prefers - this allows children the the 1920s. In the 1840s, the Taylour family who owned 14

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Riviera People Parents often get involved and activities have included an individual support they need to thrive. The nursery also Abbey School Parents’ Sailing Team, which competed at expanded, becoming highly popular at a time when most the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. nursery provision was rather basic in village halls. We wonder how Sylvia has managed to steer her school Sylvia tells us that she used to walk around the school through the difficulties that can beset any family business. in a black academic gown. There is no doubt that Sylvia’s She explains, “There are always hard times but you have approach still has a very strong element of the traditional to focus on what you are doing.” She keeps her focus but she is beloved of her pupils and has pioneered some entirely on the pupils and the quality of their education very progressive and heartwarming ideas over the years. and this speaks for itself as the school’s reputation has It’s clear that she believes in helping children to develop grown. In the summer holidays, the school runs a holiday their own personal strengths and to become wellclub, Abbey Adventures, which is open to all. rounded, happy individuals. The school’s bio-garden Sylvia’s personal interests are diverse and give her plenty has won many prizes – here the children grow delicious of balance. She is a trained singer and has travelled far food in an environment that uses no insecticide and and wide with her hobby including encourages bugs, butterflies and to America where she performed She loves to go to Paignton snails. Children plant strawberries, Gilbert & Sullivan in Berkeley and melons, beans and potatoes - Sylvia Zoo early in the morning to San Francisco. She is a longstanding enthuses, “Children just love to eat watch the monkeys open trustee of The Whitley Wildlife what they’ve grown.” their food boxes at breakfast. Conservation Trust, which owns Abbey School is an IAPS Prep Her interest in the zoo even Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts. school and today has 150 pupils inspired her to attend Exeter She loves to go to Paignton Zoo from toddlers in the nursery to University to complete an MA in early in the morning to watch the 11-year-olds. The nursery has monkeys open their food boxes at become very popular over the Anthrozoology. breakfast. Her interest in the zoo decades and the youngest ones are even inspired her to attend Exeter University to complete just five months old. Sylvia tells us that she now has parents an MA in Anthrozoology. who attended the school themselves as pupils before But what will the future of Abbey School be like? enrolling their own offspring. ‘Word of mouth’ has been Sylvia’s daughter Fleur Greinig has just become Deputy the biggest driver for new pupils. Sylvia tells us, “Parents Head. She started at Abbey School doing administrative in this area want their children to attend one of the three work but over the last decade has assumed more and excellent local grammar schools and over the past four more responsibility for the school. She is the brain behind years our 6th form cohort has averaged 95% successful 11+ the hugely impressive typing skills lab where pupils attain pass rate.” Far fewer of the Abbey’s pupils now go on to exceptional speeds. Sylvia believes that this will help them boarding schools, once the traditional route. tremendously at university – more time for research and In the late 1990s, Sylvia spent six years working less for typing up the work! Fleur became a qualified for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate as an Ofsted Inspector, teacher three years ago and taught Year 6 before becoming leaving a Head Teacher in her place. She came back to Deputy Head; she is also in charge of pastoral care. the school in 2003 brimming with new ideas that she There’s an impressive team of teachers with three wanted to implement at the Abbey. That same year she holding Masters degrees. One has a degree in marine installed a swimming pool and multi-purpose gym with biology, one started a forest school, one has a degree in climbing wall and retractable theatre seating. The school creative writing – they are all interesting and high calibre now holds 6 teatime concerts a year – “children need an people who just love the ethos of the school. audience” – and they are all encouraged to play music Nevertheless, Sylvia assures us that she does not and sing. All the children are able to pursue what they plan to retire soon – if at all. Abbey School is strongly love and do best – Sylvia’s approach to learning is not woven into the fabric of her life and her many former only successful academically but it’s a very happy and pupils and their families still love to keep in touch. fulfilling environment with children winning prizes in She is a great advertisement for the school’s own motto sports, music, maths, drama and much more. At Open ‘Individuality Enriches Life.’ Day, every child is recognized for the achievements, great and small that they have managed to make that year. abbeyschool.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Mark Hawkins Future-proofing Rowcroft

Last summer, well-loved local charity Rowcroft Hospice experienced a major shortfall in its funding. With its successful appeal to fill the gap and a new, highly experienced CEO, things are definitely looking up. Anita Newcombe & Sabrina Konrad go along to see how they’re doing.


e are meeting Rowcroft’s new CEO Mark Hawkins at the charity’s base in Torquay, which it leases from local charity, The Pilmuir Trust. It’s an idyllic site with beautiful gardens, majestic trees and lovely views. But this site represents only a small part of the work Rowcroft does to support people in the very last stages of their lives. The charity reaches out right 18

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across the region from Dartmouth to Dawlish and up onto Dartmoor with its Community Team and ‘Hospice at Home’ support. In fact three-quarters of patients are cared for in their own homes. It’s wonderful to know that, should the need arise, that Rowcroft is there for us. We arrive at Mark’s office, which has a balcony overlooking the grounds. It’s tranquil here but Mark is englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Riviera People life. However, when a patient is in the last 2 weeks of bursting with energy and ideas. He tells us, “There’s still life, the Hospice at Home Team can step in and provide a big job to do in developing the Rowcroft service for very intensive support at home. In addition, Rowcroft the future. We are financially on a sound footing again, handled over 5,945 phone calls last year. which is due to the tremendous support of everyone The fundraising team runs many big community events across our community, and now we need to build on this like the ever-popular Sleep Walk. More than 1,400 ladies and focus on greater external engagement.” participated this year, all dressed as pirates in keeping Mark explains that Rowcroft currently raises over £8 with this year’s theme. They completed their choice of five million a year (that’s over £22,000 a day) for its caring or ten-mile night walks and raised a total of £120,000 for work but that they must plan carefully for a significantly the hospice. Other popular events include the Ride for increased demand in the future. Unbelievably, there will Rowcroft, a cycle challenge and Jail or Bail, where people be more 80 years olds than 20 year olds by 2030. get locked up until they’ve raised enough funds to be let Mark is very much a business high flier - well qualified out. Overall, supporters raised over £5.7 million last year to future-proof the Rowcroft operations and drive income (that’s more than £15,600 per day) via their shops, their to meet its needs. He only started his new job in March lottery, legacies and other forms of income. this year but is already putting the finishing touches to a Mark says that he is exploring a wide range of options new 5-year plan. Mark started his career as a Unilever to meet future demands on their finances. More income graduate and was promoted quickly, showing great skill generation through the estate might be possible and in sales, marketing and business development. After new social enterprise businesses could be launched to a successful career that included corporate finance, in generate income that then 2001 he became a director and Mark greatly admires the passion of comes back to Rowcroft. He’s subsequently Group Managing all Rowcroft’s fundraisers, staff and also looking at ways to secure Director at award-winning Twofour Group presiding over volunteers and thinks working for more major donors, develop the retail operations and improve major aspects of their evolution the hospice is a real honour. efficiency in a wide range of and growth. He has no fewer areas. He plans to get to an income of £9.5 million by than 3 degrees: Maths & Physics from Durham, a the end of 5 years and says, “That’s quite a leap in terms Masters in Management Science and Operational of income generation growth but perfectly possible with Research from Warwick and an MBA from Bath. the right approach.” Mark believes that it’s important to After a hectic career thus far, he was considering some diversify income streams widely so they are not so reliant time out for a bit of well-earned leisure when a ‘head on just one channel. hunting’ consultant approached him suggesting that he Mark greatly admires the passion of all Rowcroft’s would be perfect for the role of CEO at Rowcroft. He’d fundraisers, staff and volunteers and thinks working for been living in Totnes for many years, commuting to the hospice is a real honour. He wants the patients and London and travelling a lot so working more locally did their relatives to spend their last months together in a have appeal. He says, “I’d already heard of Rowcroft and way that is rewarding and memorable. Mark reveals that was very impressed by the huge difference it makes to he loves joining the nurses and meeting patients and people’s lives. I felt that here was an opportunity for me explains that the culture of the hospice is very open. In to invest my skills and expertise to help Rowcroft thrive his first 100 days he wanted to personally meet all staff well into the future.” and volunteers. He hasn’t completely managed this but Mark explains that, like many hospices across the the intention is there and he has visited all 16 Rowcroft country, Rowcroft had been too reliant on legacies, shops. He also ran in Rowcroft’s popular Colour Rush a notoriously unpredictable income stream. He’ll be and the Bubble Rush. looking to develop many new forms of income and to Mark plus the senior leadership team and trustees increase the £8 million annual income significantly in including new Chair of the Trustees Dr Cathryn Edwards future. have been working hard on the new, five-year plan of At present there are 12 in-patient beds at Rowcroft action, which includes planning for more sustainable and the Community and Hospice at Home Teams made income plus streamlining operations and processes. 9,338 home visits last year. Community Team visits are Mark’s aim is to empower and educate the community by generally made to those in the last 12 months of their englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Riviera People becoming a ‘community beacon’ in end of life care. Mark explains that businesses that want to support Rowcroft are not restricted to donating cash. They can also help with creating ‘Magical Moments’ for patients. This could include anything from a trip on the steam train to making it snow outside the window in summer. One patient was visited by her granddaughter on horseback, in the hospice grounds. Mark says, “It’s important to have touch points like this where the community can help make a difference and become supportive of what Rowcroft is doing.” To ensure maximum support for Rowcroft, Mark is already attending various networking events and talks to local businesses and ‘movers and shakers’ as much as possible. Although Mark works long hours for Rowcroft, he no longer commutes to London, and so manages to spend more time with his wife Denise and two young sons, Zach aged 10 and Finlay aged 12. They enjoy visiting the beach at Goodrington South Sands with their 5-month old Border terrier Toby, hiking and cycling on Dartmoor and walking the South West Coast Path. The family likes the Bay, Dartmouth and Totnes for eating out. Mark says, “Living and working locally is important to me now. I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.” There will be a launch event in October to unveil the new 5-year plan and there are lots of ways to support on the website or just give them a call. rowcrofthospice.org.uk

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Last year 500 volunteers gave up their precious time and saved the hospice in the region of £400,000

Did you know? • Rowcroft’s services reach out far from its base in Torquay, covering 300 square miles from Dartmouth to Dawlish. • A focus of Rowcroft’s is to create ‘Magical Moments’. • Over 60% of the patients cared for are able to stay at home. • The Rowcroft Hospice at Home service provides enhanced direct nursing care in the last two weeks of life. • The total cost of supporting and delivering the services is £8 million per year. • About 70% of the funding to meet these costs comes from the generosity of the supporting community within South Devon, with approximately 30% coming from the NHS. October/November 2017


Autumn in the Bay Autumn is fast coming upon us but it’s a season of great beauty as the temperature cools and we start looking out our winter woollies. We can enjoy the apple harvest, bonfires, fireworks, early frosts, secluded beaches and blustery walks along the coast path. Courtesy of acclaimed local photographer Chris Slack we take a look at some beautiful autumnal images of Paignton, Preston and Churston. You can see more of Chris’s work by visiting his shop, Chris Slack Photography at 2 The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW or by visiting his website. chrisslack.com

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William Froude Torquay’s Hydrodynamicist & Naval Architect who Changed History William’s Froude’s legacy is as important today as when this scientist lived in Torquay. Every major vessel launched relies on his mathematical charts and yet few locals know his name. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells the story.


illiam Froude, born on November 28th 1810, would survive long enough to see his visionary ideas change history forever. It would be his son Robert Edmund that reaped the true benefit from his work although father and son, when in Torquay, worked together. Long after his father’s death, Robert would become Superintendent of the naval facility at Gosport, Portsmouth. William was born at Dartington Parsonage, a son of Archdeacon Rev. Robert Hurrell Froude and his wife Margaret Spedding. Family ancestors had been formidable and included numerous technicians and academics. Even Margaret, his mother, was an academic, rare indeed in the Victorian era. At the age of eight William lost his mother Margaret to tuberculosis - yet even then her influence was apparent. Having attended primary school at Buckfastleigh in 1824 William went to Westminster School and then having won scholarships ought to have gone to Christ Church Oxford or Trinity Cambridge but refused both. He wished to attend Oriel where his older brother Hurrell Froude and the now famous John Newman (soon to be a cardinal) were teachers. Hurrell and Newman were leaders of the rising Anglican Reform Movement and though initially imagining William an ally they soon discovered how wrong they were. Hurrell had spotted William’s penchant for maths and classics and assumed he was destined for the Church. William however, was little interested in theology preferring sailing, mechanics or chemistry. With a wicked reputation as a practical joker, 26

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here was a man never destined to walk cloisters. Having graduated in 1832, he went to work with Henry Palmer who at the time was surveying the railway cutting for the London to Ashford line. One of the most respected engineers of the era, Henry now with William, would build accurate scaled models of vessels and barges to test how they would react to pressure on canals. This was a new skill used later by William Froude at Torquay. After leaving Palmer in 1837, William worked with the famous engineer Isambard Brunel, then working in the West Country. Numerous investors backed Brunel, the largest being William’s father, Archdeacon Froude residing at the Dartington family estate. William Froude married Catherine Holdsworth a daughter of the Governor of Dartmouth Castle and local MP. For William, an Anglican with an Archdeacon father, marrying a devout Catholic was contentious - yet there were soon five children. With his family residing at Cullompton, William was working on the Somerset, Dorset and North Devon railway surveys for Brunel when, in 1846, his father’s health failed. Now forced to return and run the Dartington estate, William had to resign, although he always continued to help Brunel on difficult projects. It was while at Dartington that Froude formed his theories about the movement of ships by making models in wood, which would be tested on the River Dart. He even created an accurate dynamometer and many scientific instruments whilst becoming an avid writer. Active in local affairs, he served on numerous trusts, was a JP and for a while, took on the Harbour englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Heritage Commissioner role at Dartmouth. But invention was his towed across his long tank when pulled by a rope passing through the wall to the heavy weight suspended at its joy and having designed a fence post capable of resisting end. It was crude maybe, but effective. a cow’s weight, he even made the special leather seal for The family later built a large manor house atop Brunel on what later became the infamous atmospheric Chelston Cross Hill where Froude then built a second railway. But his best invention to me was the water pipe tank at ground floor level. He produced a second scraper he created for South West Water and our Torbay technical paper and in Board, which could clean That tank was the first Naval Model Testing 1861 his book Froude’s out rust from large pipes and extend the life of Tank in the world and the AEW was born Law of Comparison Devon’s water pipes. – Admiralty Experimental Works - Torquay. incorporating his theories on ship hull design was In 1856, Froude was published. Today his book is still the leading authority asked by Brunel to investigate the dynamics of ship on this subject. roll on high seas as the Great Eastern was suffering Eventually, academics, scientists and mathematicians the problem of ship stability. As a youth Froude had of the world were in awe of Froude’s achievements. witnessed this issue when sailing on the Dart. However, it was seven long years before the Chief In 1859 Brunel and his father died and now Froude Naval Constructor convinced the Admiralty in 1868 to moved from his estate to Elmsleigh Road in Paignton. grant funding for Mr Froude to construct a huge tank He started to undertake experiments using models in opposite his property in Torquay. That tank was the first his new water tank installed in the attic. Models were The tank at Torquay


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why, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, scientists Naval Model Testing Tank in the world and the AEW flocked to a special Conference at Gosport in 2010. was born – Admiralty Experimental Works - Torquay. The AEW having been sold by the Government to Froude’s new tank tested models up to 12 feet long. QinetiQ today still tests every new ship’s resistance and Although the AEW was commissioned in May 1872 propulsion effects, its propeller shapes and so on, using this experimental laboratory only survived seven years Mr Froude’s charts. They are also used to calculate before the Admiralty transferred it from Torquay to motion, vibration and Haslar, their coastal base anchor type of all Royal at Gosport Portsmouth. Today, William Froude’s pioneering Navy and merchant ships Today their tanks are research is accepted by 300 countries as well as RNLI boats enormous and QinetiQ around the world plus large private vessels. a private company with a Torbay Civic Society erected a Blue Plaque to workforce exceeding 2000 now does all the tests. Mr honour Mr Froude at his Chelston Cross home, Froude never made it to Haslar - he had died while on while special plaques in the Torquay Town Hall and holiday in South Africa. It was his son Robert who was on Seaway Lane also honour him. Today, scientists appointed first Superintendent of the facility and he involved in rocket propulsion, nuclear facilities and remained in post until his retirement in 1919. During space flight use the Froude charts while Gosport retains that long period he and his team tested over 500 a bottle of Torquay water, used to bless every Naval warships. vessel launched. Today, William Froude’s pioneering research is accepted by 300 countries around the world, which is torbaycivicsociety.co.uk Water from William Froude’s original Torquay tank was added to the No.1 tank in Haslar in Hampshire in 1886 by Robert Edmund Froude.

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Reverend Lyte

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Rev. Henry Francis Lyte lived in Brixham from 1824 until his death in 1847, delivering sermons aboard fishing trawlers, keeping an eagle, exploring Ash Hole, a natural cave near Berry Head House and completing his famous hymn ‘Abide With Me’. Dr. Philip Armitage, Curator of Brixham Museum tells us more.


Behind the house there was a tablet fixed to a large stone, r Basil Skinner, a former Brixham vicar, wrote an bearing a poetical inscription composed by Lyte dedicated article on Rev. Henry Francis Lyte for the July to the memory of Var, a much-loved lapdog which had 1975 issue of a local magazine, with the opening belonged to Lady Farnham, a family friend (this tablet is observation that “Few men can have had such a fascinating now on display at Brixham Heritage Museum). Finding life story”. Although certainly true of Lyte’s early years Burton House did not suit his family needs, Lyte in 1833 that saw him progress from a penniless orphan to respected churchman, it is the twenty-three years he spent in Brixham took up residence in Berry Head House (formerly the Napoleonic garrison hospital, now Berry Head Hotel), which really illustrates just how fascinating and amazingly which was destined to be his home until his untimely diverse were his activities. death, in 1847. In April 1824, Henry Francis Lyte arrived in Brixham At Berry Head House, Lyte, a keen poet, assembled an to take up the temporary position of priest-in-charge of extensive library of old poetry books. Following his death, the lower Brixham church (All Saints Church). Two years the dispersal of a selection from this very large collection by later, the Bishop of Exeter officially appointed him the first auction in London took over seventeen days to complete. incumbent (vicar) of the church. Dr Skinner remarked It was probably access to this library during attendance at that to Lyte’s contemporaries it would have seemed that the fishing town of Brixham held little attraction for a gentleman Sunday school sessions at Berry Head House that ten-year old Priscilla Shrives, daughter of of a refined nature and literary He also provided Bibles for all Lyte’s coachman Samuel Shrives, first and poetical tastes such as his. An skippers for use on board their became acquainted with poetry. This earlier visitor to the town, Tiverton merchant Martin Dunsford (1800), vessels and frequently rowed was an experience that prompted her had observed that the houses in out to the trawlers in the Bay to own efforts at poetry composition lower Brixham “were compacted into deliver sermons to their crews. describing her life in the cottage on the edge of Berry Head Common narrow streets made more unpleasant where she and her eight siblings plus parents lived. Her by the stench of putrid fish” brought into this thriving notebook of poems (dating from 1841) is now in the fishing port. His new posting, however, did not daunt Lyte, Brixham Heritage Museum archives where it is currently who took an especial interest in serving the local fishing being researched. The site of the now demolished cottage community. On arrival, he organised a Sunday school for is the subject of ongoing archaeological excavations by the the local children, the very first such in the Torbay area. His Museum (2000 to present). object was to teach writing and reading as well as religious Despite his many religious duties and obligations, Rev. instruction to children of the poorer families who (in the Lyte found time to explore Ash Hole, a natural cave in the early Victorian period) would otherwise have not received any schooling beyond the age of ten. He also provided Bibles Devonian limestone, near Berry Head House. Assisted by scientific author Mr George Bartlett (a “native of Brixham”) for all skippers for use on board their vessels and frequently he began exploring this cave in 1829. It is likely that Lyte’s rowed out to the trawlers in the Bay to deliver sermons to own cave exploration had been motivated by his earlier their crews. occasional experiences of participating with other venerable At his first residence, Burton House in Burton Street, clergymen (including The Bishop of Bath & Wells) in Lyte kept an eagle, much to the delight of visiting children. 30

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Heritage the Kents Cavern excavations, conducted by Rev. John MacEnery (Chaplain at Torre Abbey). Digging a shaft, twenty-five feet down into the floor at Ash Hole cave, Lyte and Bartlett came across several human skeletons, “considerable quantities of charcoal and ashes”, as well as “sling stones, bits of brass and ivory, and pottery.” All of this

good evidence of the past existence of reindeer discovered in Britain. A drawing of this important specimen (drawn by Colonel Hamilton Smith) was featured in Owen’s 1846 book A History of British Fossil Mammals and Birds, which also included a drawing of the intact fossil polecat skull discovered by Lyte and Bartlett in Ash Hole (“exceeding in size recent skulls of this species”). The later years for Lyte in Brixham were marred by increasingly ill health due to tuberculosis. To alleviate his suffering during the damp Devon winters he took to periods of convalescence on the continent in a warmer climate. Feeling somewhat better during his return stay at Berry Head House during July and August 1847, Lyte wrote the finishing lines to his famous hymn “Abide with Me”. Travelling on the continent later that year, however, he finally succumbed to the complications of influenza and dysentery, dying at the Hotel de la Pension Anglaise in Nice on 20th November 1847. Undoubtedly Lyte’s most enduring legacy from his time in Brixham is the universally popular hymn “Abide with Me,” a popular choice in many Christian churches today - and sung before the start of every FA Cup Final since 1927 and at the 2012 Olympic Games. But he should be remembered not only as a hymnist but also as an accomplished poet and surprisingly, a pioneer cave excavator. Entry to Brixham Heritage Museum, The Old Police Station, Bolton Cross, Brixham TQ5 8LZ is free (open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm). brixhamheritage.org.uk

Ash Hole northern entrance

material has since been lost and so cannot confirm or refute Lyte’s interpretation that this was evidence that the cave had in Roman times served as a sepulchre (natural burial chamber). However, Lyte’s description of much of the pottery he found does seem to closely match the over 2,000 Middle Bronze Age sherds (dating from 1500 – 1100 BC) recovered by Graham Head who excavated in the cave 1958 to 1967, on behalf of Brixham Museum; where examples are now displayed. What has survived today, now in the collections of the Natural History Museum London, are several fossil animal bones discovered by Lyte and Bartlett digging through a stalagmite floor at much greater depth below the human skeletons. Here, buried beneath a limestone block “many tons in weight” that had fallen from the cave roof was the broken calvarium (part of the skull) of a reindeer. This, according to the eminent Victorian anatomist and palaeontologist Professor Richard Owen, provided the first englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Did you know? • Brixham was called Briseham in the Domesday Book – its population was 39. • Lakeman’s Brewery supplied Lyte at Berry Head House with a firkin (9 gallons) of their XX Ale every fortnight. • There was a reservoir in Brixham used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. • Brixham was traditionally known as two areas; fish town (where the fishermen lived) and cow town (where the farmers lived).

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To the Ends of the Earth

As part of Torquay Museum’s Explorer Season, you can hear Devon-based Polar Explorer, Antony Jinman talking about his expeditions to the geographic North and South Poles on Saturday 14 October.


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ntony Jinman from Plymouth is renowned as the which saw him leave the navy, Antony can proudly say 12th Briton who skied to both the Geographic that he has achieved his dream of becoming a polar North Pole and the Geographic South Pole. With explorer. He’s now an expedition leader and a qualified an amazing 16 expeditions into the Arctic as well as the International Mountain Leader and leads teams in many Antarctic he is full of inspiring stories of these dazzling challenging environments, including seismic survey icy landscapes. operations in Libya, Egypt, Kurdistan and Yemen. Antony Jinman is a modern day polar explorer Antony says, “You may believe that there is nothing and educational entrepreneur who is pioneering how left to explore, that the world has been mapped and that technology can be used to share experiences and the age of exploration and explorers on our planet is at credible information through ‘live-learning’. In 2014 an end. But you’d be mistaken; there is a need today as Jinman skied 730 miles solo to the much as there has ever been, if only With 16 expeditions into both to inspire the hearts and minds of Geographic South Pole in just 46 the Arctic and Antarctica Antony future generations about the world days, whilst interacting with over 8000 pupils in schools around the brings a wealth of fascinating around them.” world, allowing them to share in Antony holds the title of experience and knowledge. the experience and debate issues Explorer-in-Residence at Plymouth online with ‘Live Learning’ scientists and educators. University and received an Honorary Doctorate in Upon reaching the pole he made history by becoming the Education (Ed.D) from the University of the West 12th Briton ever to have reached both the Geographic of England. He founded the Education Through North and South Poles. With 16 expeditions into both Expeditions (ETE) initiative, which promotes polar the Arctic and Antarctica Antony brings a wealth of science and education to schools all around Devon. fascinating experience and knowledge. ETE is now a permanent feature in regional schools, Through his work as a Fellow of the Sir Winston encouraging students to learn more about climate change Churchill Memorial Trust promoting Inuit Culture and sustainability in these remote regions. and the Polar environment within schools, Antony was Antony is looking forward to visiting Torquay recognised by the Queen and gained Royal Patronage Museum. He says, “I am delighted to be involved in the from HRH The Prince of Wales following an expedition Explorers Season at Torquay Museum and to highlight to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. my experience of polar expeditions and educational As a boy Antony dreamed of the day he could follow projects with Education through Expeditions.” in the footsteps of fellow Plymothian and Antarctic The afternoon talk is a fundraising event for Torquay explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott. When he served Museum. Tickets cost £5 and are available from reception as a surveyor in the Royal Navy on board the captain’s at Torquay Museum either in person or over the phone. namesake ship HMS Scott, his wish started to become Pre-booking is advisable; call 01803 293975. true. Since then, having overcome a period of ill health, torquaymuseum.org


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Celebrating 10 Years of

Shakespeare Underground

The majestic and evocative Kents Cavern is celebrating 10 years of hosting Shakespeare plays underground. We take a look at why it is so perfect for Shakespeare performances.


ents Cavern is one of Europe’s finest prehistoric Stone Age cave systems with a breath-taking labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. As you stroll through the Vestibule Chamber towards the Long Arcade, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites surround you – there’s already a frisson of excitement! Would the Bard approve? We think so. Butterfly Theatre Company is returning for its 10th year to perform Shakespeare’s thrilling and sinister tragedy Macbeth (6 - 18 November). For one of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays, Kents Cavern is certainly an awe-inspiring setting. The atmosphere for the audience will be intense underground with the witches’


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prediction a terrifying and inescapable reality. Macbeth and his dark deeds will surround you and perhaps you’ll no longer be able to differentiate between myths, superstition and reality. Aileen Gonsalves, artistic director and company founder of the Butterfly Theatre says, “I was 15 when I first came to Kents Cavern to be in a production of Macbeth. We went round it by candlelight and it was the most mysterious place I had ever experienced. I think I decided then I would come back when I was older with my own theatre company. And this is what I did 10 years ago.” Aileen trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and works professionally englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Arts in film, theatre, television and radio. She has been the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) International and National Youth Ensemble director since 2008, as well as an RSC education practitioner. Having founded the Butterfly Theatre Company, she has brought many Shakespeare plays to Kents Cavern over the last 10 years including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. She tells us, “The caves are a natural wonderland and the joy for me now is taking the actors in for the first time and seeing their amazement at the surroundings. As I go around I see each scene from the different plays, the bits where things went wrong and we have to re-enact the time we all sang a wrong note then tried not to giggle, the bit where someone slipped and ripped their trousers, when the only candle lighting the murder scene is blown out plunging the cave into total darkness!” She reveals, “We are always experimenting with how to get the audience to move effectively around the caves whether it’s Puck poking them forward while he riffs in iambic pentameter or the witches sniffing and terrorising them or a two headed Ariel beckoning them in, whispering “follow”. The experience of a Shakespeare play underground is extraordinary. You’ll be part of a performance that draws you in as you wander though the entire cave system, making the event responsive, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Aileen Gonsalves Butterfly Company founder

Macbeth and his dark deeds will surround you and perhaps you’ll no longer be able to differentiate between myths, superstition and reality.

memorable and vibrantly alive. The actors take the audience with them on their journey and make them feel like they are hidden characters, eavesdropping and spying the unfolding events. Aileen says, “It is wonderful when Shakespeare’s natural imagery coincides with the drips of water like drops of blood in Macbeth, the deep silence as Prospero contemplates, “We are stuff which dreams are made on” or the fairies materialising through the smoke and their singing echoing through the chambers. Shadows and light take on a whole new meaning. The joy of putting Shakespeare into a place where it has never been done, allowing different resonances is very rare.” Each performance is unique because it emerges from the reactions of the audience and from the natural backdrop of this spectacular location. Being in the dimly lit and shadowy Kents Cavern whilst listening to the chanting incantations of Macbeth’s witches will definitely make your nerves tingle. Shakespeare’s famous witches scene opens in a cavern with a sinister bubbling cauldron and we hear the eerily classic lines, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Macbeth Underground is an hour-long walking show through the entire cave system so there are no seats. It is unsuitable for children under 8 years. Tickets are £16 and can be booked online: kentscavern.co.uk or call 01803 215136. October/November 2017



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Blind Legend

Out & About

in the Bay

In July this year, a man who was born blind created a Guinness World Record on the open waters of Tor Bay. Mike and his team celebrating in Torquay harbour


espite his disability, Mike Newman had never let go of a dream to be a racing driver, and having achieved eight world records on land, sea and sky already, now wanted achieve the ‘impossible’ dream of piloting a powerboat at 100mph. Supported by friends, family and ambassadors for his own charity, Speed of Sight, Mike raced all the way into the record books at a breath-taking 105 mph. This beat his previous record of 93 mph. Mike Newman is the fastest blind man on earth, and currently the holder of multiple Guinness world records for both land and sea. Mike and his charity Speed of Sight believe that these world records act as a beacon of light for anyone regardless of ability; that you should chase your dreams - through land, sea or sky. Mike was keen to thank the support and trust of Drew Langdon, who co-piloted the record runs having loaned his wonderful 43ft outer-limits powerboat ‘Silverline’ for the momentous task. Sponsorship support from Scan UK, Intel,

Caunce O’Hara, Datron, Jigsaw Medical and TWBT were all also hugely important in the event taking place. Mike Newman co-founded the charity, Speed Of Sight, which provides life enhancing driving experiences for any blind or otherwise disabled participants across the UK. A popular ‘predict the mph’ sweepstake organised by the charity helped to kick-start the fundraising proceedings on what ended up being a fast paced, emotional and record-breaking day for Mike and the Speed of Sight charity. Speed Of Sight has had three cars specially designed and built - two racing cars and one off-road buggy. They allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of motorsports. The cars, named after Mike’s guide dogs, are specially designed with dual controls, twin steering wheels and hand controls. The charity’s experiences take place countrywide at racing circuits, off road tracks or any venue with a large enough car park or area where a circuit can be created. speedofsight.org

Mike’s Previous World Records 2001 Motorbike speed record: 89mph on an Aprilia bike 2003 Car land speed record: 144mph in a Jaguar XJR 2005 Car land speed record: 176mph in a BMW M5 2011 Aerial record flying the most loop-de-loops 2013 Car land speed record: 186mph in a Porsche GT2 2013 Water speed record: 93mph in a Silverline Racing Boat 2014 Car land speed record: 200mph in a Nissan GTR 2015 Truck land speed record: 120mph in a Man Racing Truck


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The Riviera Singers 50th Anniversary

Out & About

This year marks five decades of singing for The Riviera Singers. Anita Newcombe and Sabrina Konrad meet choir members Margaret Johnstone and Betty Gillard.


e meet new Musical Director Margaret at her home and enjoy tea overlooking her beautiful garden. Chairwoman Betty, the longest serving member has also popped in to tell us about this wonderful local choir’s past. The Riviera Singers is a local female voice choir with about 25 singers plus pianist Audrey Taylor who has been a stalwart of the group for 30 years. The choir usually sings in four parts: first and second soprano as well as first and second alto. There are no auditions – you just need to enjoy singing and there are practice tracks on the website to give you a good introduction to the music. Betty tells us that the group was originally known as Brixham Towns Women’s Guild Choir and over their fifty years has had just seven Musical Directors and two pianists. In 1968 Stella Hemming retired and came to Brixham with her husband Maurice. Stella had enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a singer, pianist and accompanist. She was the musical director of Newbury Operatic Society for 10 years and head of music at Sandleford Priory School Newbury for 20 years. Under Stella’s stewardship the group known as Brixham Ladies Choir quickly built the up their membership. Over the years the choir won many trophies and sang in many festivals. In 1993, it was decided to change the name of the choir into The Riviera Singers because its members were joining from different parts of the bay. Current and seventh Musical Director Margaret Johnstone was a teacher at White Rock Primary School where she had a choir of 85 children, a recorder group and an orchestra. Margaret tells us that she missed her choir very much after having retired. So when she read in the local paper that The Riviera Singers desperately needed a new musical director, she thought, “Right, I can do this.” Not only did Margaret teach but she is also an accomplished singer and musician. Having entered the Torbay and South West of England Festival for many years she has won many trophies plus the Rose Bowl for the most accomplished singer in the festival. Margaret tells us that during the first rehearsals she englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Musical Director Margaret and Chairwoman Betty

was terrified because the ladies sounded so good but she quickly settled in. Current Chairwoman Betty has completed an astonishing 45 years with the choir. She reveals, “I would be lost without it - music has always been an important part of my life, even as a child.” Betty served as the choir’s Chairwoman for 16 years in the 80s & 90s and has taken office again in 2017. All new members receive a very warm welcome. So if you enjoy singing as much as Margaret and Betty do, then just pop in a rehearsal or call Choir Secretary Chris on 01803 883886. No audition is required. The choir meets every Wednesday at Brixham Methodist Church, Fore Street, 7:15-9pm. 50th Anniversary Gala Concert & Supper The 50th anniversary of The Riviera Singers will be celebrated with a Gala Concert & Supper. The event takes place at the Berry Head Hotel in Brixham on Friday 20 October. The performance will include songs from Mamma Mia, Unchained Melody, A Gaelic Blessing, All You Were and All You Are, It’s a Grand Night for Singing and Alleluia Gracia Deo. Soloists are saxophonist Katherine Amey as well as bass baritone singer David Taylor. Time: 7 for 7.30pm, cost: £15 (to include fish and chip supper). Tickets can be purchased via chris. davies99@btinternet.com riviera-singers-brixham.co.uk

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Occombe Farm Café

Three Degrees West

Redcliffe Hotel

Family-friendly café set on an organic working farm. Famous for farmhouse breakfasts, hearty lunches and seasonal specials. 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.

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.

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

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Food & Drink News

Foragers and Foodies Rejoice!

Apples to be gathered, berries to be picked, markets to visit and dishes to sample - we’re celebrating autumn abundance. Apple Day, Cockington Cockington’s 24th Apple Day promises to be a showstopper, and this year it’s free.On Sunday 15 October between 10am and 4pm, Cockington will be awash with all things apple. Visitors can taste or take home a variety of locally sourced, delicious food and drink. The traditional cider press will be in action as it turns the autumn windfall into juice and you can watch demonstrations showing how apple juice is transformed into scrumptious scrumpy. The whole family can take part in a range of activities from creative crafts to apple themed challenges and games, while being wowed by children’s entertainers and cooking demonstrations. There will be an abundance of live music with local bands featuring on the stage. Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Craft Centre Director, said, “This year’s Apple Day is going to be truly spectacular. The team at Cockington Court has worked hard on getting a fantastic range of stallholders featuring high quality, homemade products across food, vintage and crafts.” You can also visit the resident craft makers who will be showcasing their creative skills with the glassblowers, blacksmith and chocolatiers among many treats not to be missed. cockingtoncourt.org.uk

Mitch Tonks Opens The Cantina Chef, restaurateur and author Mitch Tonks has opened The Cantina behind the Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth, a private dining room, complete with its own separate entrance. The Cantina can seat up to 12 guests around a beautiful walnut table and has its own open kitchen where the Seahorse chefs will cook you a delicious menu. Pre dinner drinks are taken in Joe’s bar. The food at the Cantina is Italian with a wide range of seasonal anti pasti, pastas and risottos. If you book The Cantina you’ll be invited to select you menu from choices on the website. Fresh seafood from the day’s market will be a focus such as whole roasted turbot, sea bass in ocean salt and Cacciucco, the rich seafood stew of Livorno. For guests wishing to eat meat The Cantina can prepare whole suckling pigs, Pyranean lamb or englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Foraging for Wild Foods Today, Torquay Museum On Tuesday 21 November, wild food expert David Harrison will give a talk about foraging for the food in our hedgerows, fields, woodlands and coasts. David was recently featured on BBC Spotlight running a course for sixty of the region’s top chefs at Hotel Endsleigh. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. torquaymuseum.org

Food & Craft Market, Cockington On Sunday 29 October sample the delicious wares at Cockington Court’s food and craft market featuring fresh locally farmed produce and handmade crafts. Time: 10am-4pm. cockingtoncourt.org.uk

charcoal grilled beef ribs from their outside grill. There is no room hire charge to dine in the Cantina, but you do need to commit to a minimum spend of £600; the room is available for parties of 2 to 14. seahorserestaurant.co.uk/cantina

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A Weekend of

Food Heaven Dartmouth Food Festival will be tempting us along to the beautiful riverside town once again from 20 – 22 October with a huge array of foodie delights. We bring you a taster of what’s on offer.


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artmouth Food Festival is an annual non-profit event now will be there to host some wine seminars. Susy will be familiar as a in its 15th year. The Guardian newspaper has named wine expert and presenter on BBC1’s flagship cookery programme, it “One of the top ten food festivals in the UK”. The Saturday Kitchen. Telegraph says it is a “heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food Eat Your Words is the festival’s programme of debates, talks and markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations”. discussions with food journalists, writers, chefs and other experts Dartmouth will be simply buzzing with foodies and good cheer on Saturday 21st October. Many sessions will be fuelled with some with over 20,000 visitors expected over the 3 days. Pop in on Friday, delicious tastings! Saturday or Sunday; there’ll be a wide selection of food & drink stalls, Once again, Dan Saladino from Radio 4 will be coming to host celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, street entertainers and other some of the talks, including a fishy debate with Mitch Tonks and a activities. discussion with Allan Jenkins about his memoir, Plot 29, which recalls You’ll be wowed by an abundance of locally produced, high his childhood in Devon. quality ingredients and a growing reputation for world-class food; Orlando Murrin will be chairing a talk with the founders of The Dartmouth is a wonderful setting for what has been described as a Mindful Chef about the latest craze in recipe boxes, and Mark ‘feast for the senses’. Diacono joins the lovely Catherine Phipps to create some citrusy In dynamic hospitality mode will be chef, writer and restaurateur, concoctions with exotic Otter Farm produce. Mitch Tonks, one of the original founders. Mitch describes the Tom Hunt and Oliver Rowe join Shane Holland to discuss festival as having “a party atmosphere from start to finish.” seasonal eating and how best to put root-to-fruit eating into Mitch is one of the most respected and knowledgeable seafood practice. Anna Turns will be chairing a family-friendly Q&A session experts in the country and an acclaimed restaurateur, chef and with Jenny Chandler and Olia Hercules titled Fussy Eaters and Table author. His Seahorse restaurant Tantrums, so head along to get There are stalls aplenty with something some top tips from the experts has won the Observer’s Best UK to suit everyone’s taste including Bad Boy about how we can engage our Restaurant’ award; his Rockfish takeaway restaurant chain has Chilli Mash, Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka, children better in the kitchen twice claimed Best Independent Café Alf Resco, Taco Shack and Miso Tree. from a very young age. Restaurant at the National Fish & Plus, on Sunday 22nd Chip Awards. One of his books, Fresh, scooped Best Fish Book at October, Dan will host another lively Kitchen Confidential panel the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. And his achievements session with top chefs including Mitch Tonks, Romy Gill MBE, Matt and influence have been further recognised with a nomination Tebbutt, Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix. for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and inclusion in The The festival takes place on the banks of the River Dart, which Caterer’s prized Top 100 Most Influential Foodies list. flows into one of the busiest waterways of the world and the Mitch plus renowned chefs Angela Harnett, Michael Wignall, organisers are trying to play their part in tackling the growing Romy Gill and Matt Tebbutt, JP Bidart, Jenny Chandler, Mark Hix, environmental issue caused by unwanted plastics. Therefore, 2017 Simon Hulstone and Matt Norton among many others, will be sees the festival reducing use of single use plastics and moving showcasing some fabulous cooking skills. The festival plays host towards 100% use of compostable cutlery, cups, plates and to over 20 chef demonstrators from TV chefs to other talented, packaging. inspirational figures. Dartmouth Food Festival is hugely worth supporting, not only You can visit and sample the wares of over 120 producers, because it’s crammed with fun and delicious things to eat and drink including around 75% from Devon. There’ll be a wide selection of but also because it’s very much a product of the local volunteers sumptuous food and drink to buy direct from the growers, makers, working tirelessly to create a highly professional event. bakers and brewers. Stands selling breads, cheeses, meats, drinks, The festival is free to attend and with over 120 handpicked wines, beers, chocolate, flapjack, cake, chutneys, oils and much more exhibitors and 40 new exhibitors. Don’t miss the Business Start Up will be available from 10am each day. Award 2017 winner – Open Sesame, which serves up tasty Persian Taking over the town from the South Embankment, through the street food with a difference. heart of the Royal Avenue Gardens, to the old Market, the festival For those who’d like to try some of the chefs’ delicious celebrates some fantastic culinary art. There are stalls aplenty with recipes, there’s a wonderful selection on the website including: something to suit everyone’s taste including Bad Boy Chilli Mash, Black Mushroom Tartine, Vodka & Beetroot Gravadlax, Red Gurnard with Cow Pure Milk Vodka, Café Alf Resco, Taco Shack and Miso Tree. Pepperonata & Salsa Verde, West Country Mussels, Sourdough Susy Atkins, the famed author and broadcaster who is known Chocolate Muffins and Labneh Cheesecake with Honey. Yum! for her no-nonsense, down-to-earth and often humorous approach, dartmouthfoodfestival.com


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o t e m i t ind... unw The cut and thrust of magazine deadlines can proof a stressful time so English Riviera magazine’s co-publisher Julian Rees goes looking for inner calm.


often cited for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease and arthritis ’ve often thought about trying yoga as a means of especially post joint-replacement surgery. relaxation but never managed to rationalise images of The session starts with some breathing exercises to allow balancing in unnatural positions with relaxation so off us to focus on ourselves and the exercises to come. The to Marldon Village Hall I trot, my good lady wife in tow, atmosphere is calm and peaceful with low-level coloured to give it a go with an open mind. lighting and gentle ambient music. Not knowing what to expect I was surprised to see Julia introduces elements of mindfulness to the session a very busy hall with around 20 people already in which are designed to conquer the anxiety we all feel in attendance 20 minutes before the class started. More new and unusual surroundings and allow us to take that would follow packing the floorspace with a chequerboard step inside ourselves, close our eyes and concentrate fully of brightly coloured spongy mats that would be our on the experience. These take the exercise space for the next hour. Kundalini Yoga originated form of breathing exercises where We introduce ourselves to Julia Antenbring, our teacher for the amongst Aboriginal Australians we concentrate on feeling the evening, who puts us at ease and as a means of keeping in touch breath entering our bodies, feeling its temperature as it fills our lungs explains that every group session with ancestral spirits and exhaling with a long sigh. is taught with beginners in mind At first I feel very self conscious but as I’m aware of the but that with each new exercise introduced would come collective sounds from those close by I begin to relax. variations for the more or less experienced (or more or From our basic cross-legged sitting position we start less energetic). The group was split 70:30, women to men, with a wide stretching exercises combined with more breathing. As each exercise starts Julia explains the benefits to the spread of ages and shapes. Julia tells us later that children body, both in familiar muscle terms but also how they as young as 8 have attended and enjoyed the sessions are linked to other internal systems and organs. The and that there is no upper age limit. In fact benefits are


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Give It A Go - Yoga

kundalini yoga - the benefits

It would be impossible to list all the benefits of practising kundalini yoga as it will affect each individuals mind and body in a unique way but the following benefits are most commonly reported. Ease muscle & joint pain Lower stress & anxiety levels Combat depression & increase self-esteem Boost immunity & raise metabolism Aid relaxation of the body & mind... and induce a great night’s sleep! session carries on with exercises in a variety of positions, on our backs, our fronts, standing and seating all though maintaining a focus on combining breathing rhythmically with movement in a way that seems to involve and invigorate the whole body. I find the back stretching and strengthening exercises really beneficial as I suffer with lower back spasms and the exercise challenges that area without over-stressing it. As we complete each exercise we return to a calm position with a rolling of shoulders and some focused breaths. To finish we are encouraged to enter a state of deep relaxation, some have blankets and cushions with them and we snooze for 10 minutes and I have to say I haven’t felt further away from the stresses and strains of everyday life than I have for a very long time! Kundalini Yoga originated amongst Aboriginal Australians as a means of keeping in touch with ancestral spirits. Literally translated it means the ‘yoga of awareness’. It was practiced by highly spiritual individuals in India and was considered too powerful for everyday people. In the later 1960s the renowned spiritual leader Yogi Bhajan travelled to California to introduce the

practice as a natural alternative to the growing popularity of psychedelic drugs popularised by the hippy movement. Julia is very keen to play down the hippy or new-age tags that are often applied to yoga as the practice is so relevant to all of us and can bring happiness and balance to people in all walks of life facing all sorts of situations. Hatha Yoga is the practice we see more often and associate with unlikely posture. Translated, hatha means ‘force’ and native Americans used it to master control of their entire bodies whilst overcoming the restrictions of the mind. After our session we both feel a little nauseous and have a quick read online to see if this is common. It turns out that people report a wide range of after effects ranging from tears, anger, and tiredness to nausea and elation. I call Julia the following day to discuss these feelings and she explains that this is the beginning of the healing process where all stored ailments come to the surface and the body starts to detoxify. I was a little sceptical at first but know a few days later I do actually feel far less stressed despite the looming magazine deadline!

Julia originally trained as a graphic designer. After completing her studies she was bitten by the travel bug and spent many years travelling the world facilitated by teaching English as a foreign language. Hailing from London she eventually settled in Oxford. After taking on a management job that made her quite unwell through stress she decided to relocate and having been a fan of the television show Location, Location, Location she knew that all the great places to live were in the south west. A TEFL job came up at the Riviera School of English and she made the move and has never looked back. Julia subsequently worked part time at Stover School for a year whilst writing a children’s book and it was at this time she injured herself kickboxing and was told to not exercise for two weeks - Julia says, “That seemed unimaginable at the time as I was such a gym bunny, but it was through letting go, that I discovered Kundalini yoga”

Julia Antenbring

Yoga Loveliness Kundalini Yoga with Mindfulness classes run 5 times a week at either Marldon Village Hall, Furrough Cross Church Hall or Daddyhole Plain (weather permitting). For times and further information visit yogaloveliness.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Broadsands & Churston Cove Circular Walk Distance: 3.1 miles Exertion: Moderate Time: Allow 1.5 hours Terrain: Coastpath, pathways and a short road section Access: Steep, rocky and rooty coastpath Dogs: Free to roam where safe Refreshments: Broadsands Kiosk and Churston Court Inn. Start postcode: TQ1 2BG


ne of our favourite local circular walks starts and ends at Broadsands Beach. The obvious attractions are the glorious sandy beach, the steam railway running behind and the wonderful views snatched between the ancient trees of Marridge Wood that line the coast path. However, this is also a wonderful area for birdwatching with a chance to see egrets, grey heron, woodpeckers, various birds of prey and lots of smaller species. Keep an eye out for grey seals frolicking in the shallows. A great walk for dogs, they can roam and swim freely on Elberry and Churston Cove. Two thirds of the way round there’s a chance to stop for refreshments at the ancient Churston Court where one can shake off the autumnal chill alongside suits of armour and a roaring fire.

1 From the Brixham end of Broadsands beach, stroll up on to Elberry Common keeping close to the water’s edge with its sparkling, rocky inlets. On a windy day watch out for small birds of prey hovering in the updraft at the low cliff edges whilst scouting for food in the undergrowth. Drop down the grassy hill, going through the kissing gate towards Elberry Cove. This is a good spot to photograph birds before taking the left hand path down some steps to the beach.


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2 Here the pretty pebble beach of Elberry Cove is a wonderful place to sit, paddle, or just gaze across the Bay. Lord Churston’s 18th century salt-water bathhouse can still be seen at the end of the beach, a fascinating ruin, lapped by the waves. 3 At the far end of the beach take some steep steps up into Marridge Woods. At the top of the steps take the left fork to follow the coast path towards Brixham. The path is stony and criss-crossed by ancient root systems so take care during the autumn leaf fall. Fleeting glimpses right across the Bay to Torquay offer an unusual perspective. 4 As the path turns inland take the left fork downward to pretty Churston Cove home to the Bay’s most often viewed grey seal and also site of delicate seagrass beds. 5 The coast path rises steeply away from the cove on the far side leading up into the Grove woods. Follow the path as far uphill as possible until clear of the woods you cross open pasture. 6 The path joins an ancient bridleway and skirts the ancient Grove and Ball Copse before coming to Copythorne Road. 7 Turn right as you leave the bridleway and take the next right into Churston Village via Church Road. At the end of the road you will find the ancient Churston Court Inn formerly Churston Ferrers Manor. The ancient house is



rumoured to house smugglers’ tunnels that lead to nearby Elberry Cove and as far as away as Berry Pomeroy! Follow the road past the church of St Mary the Virgin resplendent with its recently restored tower then carry straight on ignoring the next two roads to the left. 8 Follow the pathway beside the houses and out across

the Churston golf links - dogs on leads here! As the path descends into the woods turn left onto the gravel path and follow this back down towards the headland at Elberry Cove. 9 As the path joins Elberry Lane take the central path through onto the headland and return to Broadsands. N

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October & November Around the Bay English Riviera Wheel, Torquay On till 28 October

07821 601658 shiphayamdram.co.uk

With a height of nearly 60 metres, the wheel gives breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay. During the 12-minute ride is commentary given on the Bay’s history and on its events and attractions. The wheel has 40 enclosed lit gondolas which can also take wheelchairs. Princess Gardens, Torquay TQ2 5EQ englishrivierawheel.co.uk

Spots and Stripes Day, Paignton Zoo & Living Coasts 6 October

Seeing Myself: the New Science of Out-OfBody Experiences, Torquay 3 October In 1970 Professor Susan Blackmore had a dramatic out-of-body experience that she has spent a lifetime trying to understand. In her new book, Seeing Myself, Sue explores current research into this puzzling aspect of consciousness. Meet her for a talk and book signing. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Bletchley Park: Then and Now, Torquay 4 October Dr Ted Coles discusses both the legendary wartime work and the current activities at Bletchley Park. Ted is a volunteer demonstrator of the rebuilt Colossus computer at Bletchley Park – which represents the world’s first large-scale electronic digital programmable computer. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Last of the Summer Wine, Torquay 5-7 October This hilariously funny play was written by Roy Clarke, directed by Richard Arscott and is a Shiphay Amateur Dramatic Society production. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £7 from Shiphay Post Office, online or by phone. St. John’s Church Hall, Cadewell Lane, Torquay TQ2 7HP 50

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This will be the zoos’ first Spots and Stripes Day. The idea is for everyone to either wear something spotty or stripy to support rare and endangered species whilst fundraising. All funds will go towards the Zoo’s vital conservation work. Register online. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

The Lost City of Z Film Screening, Torquay 6 October This movie deals with the incredible story of Torquay-born explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett who journeyed into the Amazon in search of a lost city. His quest grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long obsession that took a toll on his reputation, his family life and his very existence. Time: 6pm, cost: £5. Torquay Museum 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Autumn Photography Workshop, Greenway 7 October Greenway’s volunteer photographers will help you learn more about the art of photography while you take photos in the garden. A warming lunch in the House Kitchen will be part of the day. Booking essential. Time: 10.30am4pm, tickets: £25, suitable for adults. Parking spaces need to be prebooked. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Apple Day & Autumn Festival, Sharpham 8 October The day will include a host of apple-themed activities for all the family, including taster sessions, arts and crafts and games. Try the fresh juice grown at Sharpham’s organic orchards - straight from the press. Wander through the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On formal and woodland gardens of historic Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown parkland landscape. Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7UT 01803 732542 sharphamtrust.org

The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Torquay 10 October Peter Brooks, an engineer, research scientist and forensic analyst, challenges conventional wisdom and offers an alternative account of Ancient Egyptian archaeology. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum,529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

A Sense of Place Reading Circle, Greenway 10 October, 7 & 26 November

The Edible Ornamentals Garden Tour, Greenway 8 October Join a Greenway gardener for a walk around Agatha Christie’s garden, looking at the less obvious edible plants that grow there. Booking essential. Time: 11.30am-1pm, suitable for adults and 12+. Dogs on leads welcome. Parking spaces need to be prebooked admission applies. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842383 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Greenway’s writer-in-residence is hosting a series of gatherings at Agatha Christie’s riverside residence looking at poems, stories and passages. First date focuses on land & nature, 2nd date on trees and woodland and 3rd date on river. Please bring with you any relevant writing you would like to discuss with the reading circle. Booking essential. Time: 2-4pm, cost: admission applies, suitable for: adults and 12+. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Ride for Rowcroft, Newton Abbot 8 October The 2017 fundraising Ride for Rowcroft starts at Newton Abbot Racecourse and snakes up to Bovey Tracey through Chudleigh Knighton. The route combines smooth asphalted roads with country lanes and cycle tracks for speed, variety and stunning views. Registration required. Time: 8am2pm, cost: adult £20, child (12-15 yrs) £12. Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01803 217641 rowcrofthospice.org.uk


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Fish Market Tour, Brixham 11 October

Brixham Yacht Club Open Day 14 October

A final chance this season 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. Not suitable for wheelchairs or children under 14 years. Booking essential: bfmt2014@gmail.com. Time: 6am, cost: £15 to include breakfast. Brixham Fish Market, The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW englishriviera.co.uk

Interested in sailing, cruising, racing, volunteering, or just somewhere lovely to come eat, drink and be merry? Pop in and find out all about the club and how to join! Open all day from 10am - 11pm with food available at lunchtime and in the evening. Overgang, Brixham TQ5 8AR 01803 853332 brixhamyachtclub.com

Autumn Haiku Workshop, Greenway 11 October Greenway’s writer-in-residence Roselle Angwin is leading this workshop focused on writing haiku about autumn. Booking essential. Time: 11am-1pm, cost: admission applies, suitable for: adults and 12+, parking should be prebooked. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

The 1688 Glorious Revolution of William Prince of Orange, Torquay 11 October Torquay Museum’s Trustee Phil Badcott follows the journey of William, Prince of Orange, from Holland to Brixham, Paignton and Newton Abbot. Phil reveals who the prince met, what he did and where he stayed in South Devon at the dawn of the Glorious Revolution. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Birds on the Move, Brixham 14 October Bird expert Mike Langman guides you through the, sometimes, tricky identification challenge facing birdwatchers. October is the month of the rarity so anything could turn up and it is also the perfect time to see birds in all sorts of plumages. You will be helped to recognize birds by both sight and sound. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £35 suitable for: adults. Berry Head, Gilard Road, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 882619 countryside-trust.org.uk 52

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Artisan Dough Made Simple, Occombe 15 October Sourdough is the most ancient and best way of making bread. Discover how to get just the sourness and the ‘holeyness’ you want and create a wide range of gorgeous breads, from the mildest ‘bloomer’ to the tangiest Devon Leaven. Suitable for adults. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £75. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Wedding Showcase, Torquay 15 October Anyone planning their special day should pop along to The Imperial Hotel for their wedding showcase. You’ll be met with a glass of bubbly. Imperial Hotel staff will guide you through the showcase. Free entry. Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01803 294301 theimperialtorquay.co.uk /weddings

Bernard Shaw: Playing the Clown, Torquay 17 October Playing the Clown is a staged biography of George Bernard Shaw. In his entertaining one-man show about the life, loves and writings of the prolific playwright, Brian Freeland is both narrator and player. He tells the tale with respect and a wistful sense of humour. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Lundy: the Enchanted Island, Torquay 18 October For many of us the Shipping Forecast is the limit of our knowledge of Lundy. Not for Torquay Museum Society member, Janet Dann however, who is as captivated by the island now as she was when she first visited it many years ago. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Book Club, Greenway 19 October Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the café while you relax and informally discuss Agatha Christie’s book Absent in the Spring? Even if you’ve never read the book, you can find out more and enjoy good company in the cosy café. Booking essential. Time: 4.30-6pm, cost: free event, no need to prebook parking. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Cockington’s Skellingtons Exhibiton 21-29 October Visit this exhibition revealing the spookier side of Cockington. From ghosts and plague pits to tree skeletons and other natural spooky wonders, find out what haunts this special place. Time: 11am-3pm, cost: free entry. Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Hunting for Gold Trail, Kingswear 21-29 October Avast me hearties, there’s a hunt for gold around the garden at Coleton Fishacre. Can you search for the golden symbols hidden in the garden and claim a small prize as your reward? Children and dogs on leads are welcome. Parts of the garden are steep, with steps and narrow paths. Dress for the weather. Time: 10.30am5pm. Booking not needed – admission applies. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Halloween Half Term Fun, Kents Cavern 21 – 31 October There’s lots to do this October Half Term at Kents Cavern with cave tours, the Witch’s Hat joke trail, Spooky Dig and the Underground Pumpkin hunt. No need to book englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

just turn up! Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Deep Sea Creatures Halloween, Living Coasts 21 – 31 October Visit Living Coasts this Halloween to discover more about the weird and wacky creatures that live in the darkest depths! Enjoy the Deep Sea Creatures Trail, spooky animal talks and creepy puppet shows. Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Dinosaur Halloween Horrors, Torquay 21-29 October Face the wicked witch, the ghastly ghosts and ghouls as well as the deathly demons. Plus from 3.30pm every day, visit the ‘Lights Out Torch Tour’ to explore the exhibition in the dark and listen to a scary ghost story. Will you be brave enough? Time: daily 11am-5pm, cost: £5.95. Dinosaur World, Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB 01803 298779 torquaysdinosaurworld.co.uk

Halloween Hunt, Torquay 21-31 October Come along in fancy dress and take part in the spooky skeleton hunt at Bygones, if you dare. Normal entry applies – members free. Fore Street, Torquay TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Halloween at Paignton Zoo 21 - 31 October Head to Paignton Zoo for some spook-tacular fun. Take part in the Trick or Treat trail, enjoy ghost train rides, a wolf talk, a bug challenge and a slime workshop. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Pumpkin Poetry Trail 21-29 October Pumpkins will be dotted around the garden, carved with poetry as part a special creative trail this half-term, encouraging families to discover words around the garden and write their own poetry. Cost: £1 child, dogs on leads welcome, parking must be prebooked, event booking not needed, time: 10.30am – 4.30pm, admission applies. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway October/November 2017


Ceilidh, Paignton 21 October

Halloween Kids Cookery, Occombe 23 & 24 October

Join a boisterous evening of country dancing with music by Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Crisps and soft drinks will be on sale; BYO alcohol. Time: 7.30pm, cost: £10 adv, £12 door. All proceeds go to National Coastwatch, Froward Point. St Georges Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton. 01803 842481

Leave the kids at Occombe for a hands on cookery day with a Halloween theme. Suitable for children aged 7-12 years old. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £32.

Autumn Stars and Planets, Occombe 21 October

Gruesome Bugs and Beasts Quest, Occombe 23-27 October

Join astronomer Chris Proctor for a night under the autumn sky. You will tour the constellations and the beautiful Milky Way, and use telescopes to look at sights including the great Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters and the distant ice giant planet Uranus. If cloudy the group will walk around the reserve to look for moths, bats and other night-time wildlife. Hot drinks will be provided. Booking essential. Time: 8-10pm, cost: £9.50. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Photography Workshop, Brixham 21 October Learn how to make digital photographs of Berry Head’s wildlife and coastal landscapes with expert Phil Hemsley. Get the most from your camera. Please bring your digital camera, a notebook and a pen. Wear stout footwear and ensure you are dressed for the weather. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £35. Berry Head Main Car Park, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 882619 countryside-trust.org.uk

Trust10 Run, Coleton Fishacre 22 October, 26 November A 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. Registration at 8.30am in Coleton Fishacre car park, run starts: 9am, free event but parking charges apply. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

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

Learn the most disgusting slimy and smelly facts about Occombe’s bugs and beasts this half term on our Gruesome Occombe Quest. Time: 10am-3pm, cost: £2.50. Occombe Farm Kiosk, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Halloween Festival, Cockington 23-29 October Spooky family fun at Cockington. Halloween Trail for £1 per child, come in fancy dress for a double treat! Also new is a special ticketed Halloween night on 28 October with themed food, activities & fireglow juggling finale. Booking essential; £10 adults, £5 children. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Cockington Court, Cockington Lane, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org/whats-on

The Fire Within: My Life with Dragons, Torquay 24 October Chris d’Lacey is a bestselling children’s author of over 35 books. He will be talking about his writing life and the slightly unusual way he came to be a fantasy author writing predominantly about dragons. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Pirate Day, Coleton Fishacre 24 October Raise the main sail and climb the rigging. There’s pirate fun to be had at Coleton Fishacre. Please come dressed in your pirate best and join the creative pirate school, making pirate treasure crafts and pirate crowns with 54

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What’s On autumn leaves. Time: 2-4pm, cost £3 child, normal admission applies. Dogs on leads welcome. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Halloween Evenings of Mini Horrors, Torquay 25-31 October The Model Village takes on a spooky twist. There are miniature Halloween scenes and displays around the gardens, but the main Halloween theme and activities start from dusk. Time: 10.30am to last entry 7.30pm. Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 model-village.co.uk

The Lost City of Z Exhibition, Torquay 25 October -17 February This exhibition on the legendary Torquay-born explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett charts his incredible and desperate search for The Lost City of Z in the Amazon Jungle. Also on display are props from the recently released Hollywood Film The Lost City of Z as the Museum was involved with the production of the film. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Meet the Occombe Farm Animals 25 & 27 October Get a taste of what it is like to feed and care for the Occombe Farm animals. Suitable for children aged 3 years and older. Time: 10-11am, cost: £2.50. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Pigs in Art, Torquay 25 October Museum society member Roger Hamilton presents a celebration of pigs in paintings, ceramics, tapestries and sculpture, from the original wild boar to the enormous variety of modern breeds. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Cook on a Campfire, Greenway 25 October Greenway’s rangers know that there’s nothing better than cooking over an open camp fire. Budding explorers can come along to roast marshmallows and pick up some handy bush craft tips. Time: 2-4pm, cost: £2 child, admission applies, dogs on leads welcome, parking must be prebooked. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Rockpool Ramble, Goodrington 25 October Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust’s marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay’s rock pools. Discover feisty crabs, slimy anemones, wriggly starfish, sneaky prawns and more in the rock pools of Middlestone. Booking essential. Time: 3-4.30pm, cost: £3.50. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Pirate Thursday in Brixham 26 October Enjoy piratical fun for the young and young at heart, for residents and visitors alike. Their naughty deeds include Soak the Pirate as well as balloon modelling, puppet shows, arts & crafts workshops, fancy dress competitions, photo shoots and live music. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ brixhambuccaneers.co.uk

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Countryside Walk, Coleton Fishacre 26 October Explore a rugged stretch of coastline in the company of a countryside ranger. You’ll hear about the wildlife that thrives on this stretch of coast and the work that the National Trust does to care for it. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Time: 11am-1pm. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Kids Holiday Club Day, Occombe 26 October Take the children at Occombe for a day of discovery and fun. They’ll start the day by helping to feed the animals then build a den and light a fire to toast marshmallows. Get arty crafty in the yurt in the afternoon. Suitable for 7-12 years old. Children can be left unattended, please give them a packed lunch as well as warm and waterproof clothes. Time: 8.30am-4.30pm, cost: £40. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Gun Batteries and Gardens by Flaming Torchlight, Coleton Fishacre 27 October This evening flaming torchlit walk takes in the South West Coast Path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge. Carry your own flaming torch and navigate along this beautiful piece of coast path viewing it in a whole different light. Booking essential. Time: 6-9pm, suitable for: adults and 12+. Dogs on leads are welcome. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

EdFest South West, Paignton 27 October Saving Our Planet One School at a Time is a one-day education festival for teachers, parents, children, or those who are passionate about the environment. The festival includes workshops, fun activities and inspirational talks from some of the southwest’s leading and most impressive organisations. Time: 9am-5pm, cost: adult £10, accompanied child up to the age of 16 free. Tower House School, Fisher Street, Paignton TQ4 5EW 07713 169785 edfestsouthwest.co.uk

Halloween Ghost Tour, Kents Cavern 28 & 31 October

Italian Night, Brixham 26 October Enjoy a themed Italian evening with a delicious ‘all you can eat’ buffet at £13.95 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Walk with a Ranger, Greenway 27 October Why not join the countryside rangers for a walk through the garden to see the Autumn woodland colours? Time: 11.30am-12.15pm, cost: free event but admission applies, car parking must be pre-booked. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes. Dogs on leads are welcome. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842383 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway 56

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Head underground this Halloween for a seriously spooky Ghost Show. Can you hold your nerve as you walk around the dimly lit passages of these ancient caves with stories and supernatural events? Not recommended for the fainthearted and not suitable for children under 8 years. Booking essential. Times: 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm, cost: £10. Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Love Skate, Torquay 28 October Enjoy a roller skating Halloween spectacular from Revolution Skate. Time: 6.30-9.30pm, cost: £5 entry, 50p skate hire, safety equipment provided. Refreshments available. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 07989 418712 revolutionskate.co.uk


What’s On Explorer Talk and Book Signing, Torquay 28 October Jacki Hill-Murphy has been to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring women adventurers from the past. She will be talking about and signing copies of her recently published book on Kate Marsden who has travelled across Siberia by sledge and horseback in winter 1892. Time: 2pm, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road,

English Ghosts 1500-1700, Torquay 31 October In her talk Spirits of Health and Goblins damn’d: English Ghosts 1500-1700, Dr Laura Sangha of Exeter University will explore the traditional catholic belief, the folklore and the protestant theology that shaped Early Modern understandings of ghosts. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Horses in Art, Torquay 1 November

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Tree Skeletons, Torquay 29 October Meet some of the park’s special trees and listen to some tree stories as you wind our way around the ‘tree zoo’. Suitable for 4-11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 1-2.30pm, cost: £4. Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Tots Go Wild, Occombe 31 October Calling all little vampires and zombie tots, come and see what spooky surprises Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust has in store. Suitable for: toddlers - 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for outdoor weather. Booking essential. Time: 9.30-11am, cost: £5. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Children’s Halloween Party, Torquay 31 October A night of spooktacular mayhem with a disco, party games, competitions and a bar for the adults. The dress code is fancy dress – it’s not compulsory but encouraged even for adults. Time: 5pm, cost: £5 juniors, £2 Adults. Entry plus meal: £8.25 children, £6.25 adults. Booking essential. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 299992 rivieracentre.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Roger Hamilton takes a closer look at horses which are an enduring subject in both fine art and folk art. Horses have been important to man for thousands of years and we’ve been painting pictures of them for most of that time. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Firework Displays, Galmpton 2 November Enjoy this bonfire and fireworks display. Time: from 6.30 pm, fireworks 7.45 pm. Galmpton Touring Park, Greenway Road, Galmpton TQ5 0EP 07879 442416

Brixham Folk Night 6 October & 3 November Share an evening of folk music, in all its wonderful varieties. The evening starts and ends with music from regular performers, with an open floor slot for all comers to show their folk music talents - song or instrumental. Admission £3 on the door (performers £2). Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Black Tie Charity Ball, Torquay 4 November This is Wood’s 1920s themed ball to raise funds for charities. The night will be full of glitz and glamour with live music, dancing, auctions, roulette and a raffle. Dress code: Black Tie. Booking essential. Cost: £48.50 including a three-course dinner. The Imperial Hotel, Parkhill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01626 336633 woodshomes.co.uk October/November 2017


Autumn Migration Watch, Brixham 4 November Early November can produce some of the most spectacular overhead movements of birds. Local bird expert Mike Langman guides you through what is going on and helps identify the birds by shape and calls. Afterwards we warm ourselves up at the Guardhouse Café with a hearty full breakfast. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Time: 7.30-10am, cost: £16, suitable for: adults. Berry Head Main Car Park, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Macbeth Underground, Kents Cavern 6 -18 November Experience Shakespeare’s sinister tragedy Macbeth, in the evocative underground world of Kents Cavern. Tickets: £16 (unsuitable for children under 8). Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Remembrance Concert, Brixham 8 November The local brass band Brixham Town Band gives a concert at St. Mary’s Church. Time: 7pm, cost: free with collection. St Mary’s Church, Milton St, Brixham TQ5 0BU 01803 669158 brixhamtownband.org.uk

Filmmaker Talk - The Space Outside, Torquay 11 November Jessica is a South West based filmmaker working and filming with a team of female explorers. Jessica will talk about the trials and tribulations of being a film maker, how to follow your passion and how she ended up on a 4-year adventure documenting women explorers. There will also be a screening of the award winning short film, The Space Outside. Time: 11am, cost: £5 Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Armistice Parade, Brixham Cenotaph 12 November Holmes, Poirot and the British Detective Story, Torquay 7 November Anyone who attended Professor Jeremy Black’s barnstorming talk, The Politics of James Bond, last autumn will know to what to expect. Author of some sixty books – from the history of maps to the American Revolution – Jeremy wears his scholarship lightly. Prepare to be informed, amused and thoroughly entertained! Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Brixham Town Band will play from 10.30am. Brixham Cenotaph, Berry Head Road Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 669158 brixhamtownband.org.uk

Italian Cookery, Occombe 12 November Inspired by recent visits to Italy, Tim Harris takes you on a journey through Italian cuisine. Try out making real pasta and turning it into delicious tortellini as well as risotto con pisello. How about crostana, a classic Italian dessert? We will also make some traditional Venetian cichetti. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £75, suitable for adults. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The Natural History of Birds, Torquay 8 November

The Beaver Project, Torquay 14 November

Tony Whitehead from RSPB South West, shares his knowledge of this vast and richly rewarding topic. Time:

Four hundred years after England’s beavers had been hunted to extinction a wild breeding population has been found on Devon’s River Otter. Ed Parr Ferris of Devon


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What’s On Wildlife Trust’s Beaver Project tells the story so far and outlines the longer-term aims of the project. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

A Sleuth in Wellies: Dishing the Dirt on Dartmoor, Torquay 15 November Following his retirement as a soil scientist in 2001, Tim Harrod began single-handedly mapping the soils of northeast Dartmoor. The map has been described as ‘epic’. It is. And it is beautiful, too. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Winter Wonderland Grotto, Torquay 18 November - 24 December Experience this sparkling festive wonderland attraction which every year welcomes thousands of visitors through its door and raises funds for local Rotary charities. The grotto is run entirely by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Babbacombe and St Marychurch, Tormohun. Gallery Level, Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, Torquay TQ2 5EA

Explorer Talk, Torquay 18 November Explorer, media trainer and writer Belinda Dixon will give a flavour of her adventures, both for British Exploring in the Himalayas and Canadian Yukon, and for the Ordnance Survey in Devon. Time: 11am, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

A Chorus of Fashion, Torquay 16 November Enjoy a fashion show and concert presented by Torbay League of Friends. Music by the Style Serenaders. Booking essential. Time: 7pm, cost: £12.50 to include a welcome drink. The Grand Hotel, Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT 01803 290230 thlof.co.uk

Spanish Night, Brixham 16 November Enjoy a themed Spanish evening with a delicious ‘all you can eat’ buffet at £13.50 per person. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Murder Mystery Dinner, Torquay 17 November The evening starts quietly enough but, as the threecourse dinner is served, a story unfolds before you. The people you meet may not be as they seem. Tensions and arguments soon surface eventually resulting in murder. All the clues will be there to lead to the correct conclusion, but will they be correctly deduced? Cost: £45. Orestone Manor, Rock House Lane, Torquay TQ1 4SX 01803 328098 orestonemanor.com englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Tots Go Wild, Occombe 20 November Tots come along to Occombe Farm to discover the sights, smells and colours of autumn. Suitable for: toddlers & up to 5 years old. Time: 10-11am, cost: £5. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torquay Museum Society Annual Open Forum 22 November An event at which society members debate matters of interest or concern to the society. Non-members are welcome to participate in the discussions but only members are entitled to vote. Time: 10.45am-noon. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org October/November 2017



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Thursday 26 October, 8.30am - 4.30pm Feed the animals, build a den and lots of arts and crafts too. £40 per child. 7-12yrs. Booking Essential.

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Monday 23 - Friday 27 October 10am - 3pm A hunt across the farm for the most disgusting, slimey and smelliest animal facts ever told! £2.50 per person. All ages welcome.

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adult & family events

Autumn Stars and Planets Saturday 21 October - Occombe Farm

Photography Workshop

Saturday 21 October - Berry Head NNR

Autumn Migration Watch Saturday 4 November - Berry Head NNR

Italian Cookery Course

Sunday 12 November - Occombe Farm

Christmas Stollen Workshop

26 November - Occombe Farm TorbaySunday Coast and Countryside Trust See our website for more. Booking Essential.


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What’s On Lupton’s Christmas Craft Fayre, Churston Ferrers 24 & 25 November Enjoy Lupton’s Christmas Craft Fair. Lupton House, Churston Ferrers TQ5 0LD 01803 845800 discoverlupton.com

Candlelit Dartmouth 24 & 25 November You’ll find market stalls, late night shopping and Christmas entertainment, Santa’s arrival procession in the Boat Float (6pm Friday) plus the magical Candlelit Lantern procession (5.30pm Saturday). Enjoy a cup of mulled wine and get into the festive spirit. Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth TQ6 9PJ 07811 383411 candlelitdartmouth.co.uk

Writer in Residence Exhibition, Greenway 25 & 26 November The work of Greenway’s writer-in-residence, Roselle Angwin will be on display in the House Kitchen as part of a writing places project. Meet Roselle on 26 November. Free event, normal admission applies for the venue, parking must be prebooked. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Maritime Items Valuation Day, Torquay 25 November Bring along your maritime themed collectible items and find out their value from expert Brian GoodisonBlanks (Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood). Time: 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm), cost: normal museum admission charges plus £1 per item valued. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Brixham Christmas Market 25 November What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than enjoying the sparkle of a Christmas market?

Scala Hall, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 859678

Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations, Brixham 25 November Brixham will celebrate its Christmas Lights Switch on with a ‘Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ parade including entertainment and food outlets. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 859678

Christmas Stollen Workshop, Occombe 26 November Bake your own traditional German festive bread with fragrant spices, rum-soaked fruits, almond paste and rich, yeasty dough. Also learn how to make brioche for a wonderful Christmas breakfast. Suitable for adults. Booking essential. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £75. Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Christmas in Victorian Torquay 28 November Drawing on old Torquay directory newspapers and contemporary diaries, local historian John Risdon presents an account of the festive season across the social spectrum of Victorian Torquay. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

What has Happened to our Seas and What Can we Do? Torquay 29 November Professor Martin Attrill, Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University looks back to what our seas were like before the era of industrial fishing and discusses what can be done to replace what we have lost. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: £5. Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

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The River Dart Struggle The gloriously wild and wacky River Dart Struggle, also known as the Totnes Raft Race, is taking place on Sunday 1 October this year. It is one of the great river challenges and great fun to watch.


he 14km long paddling route starts at Dart Bridge in Buckfastleigh and makes its way along the picturesque River Dart and through a challenging mixture of white water, fast flowing weirs and some calm stretches down to the finish at Vire Island Totnes. There are three weirs and numerous other obstacles for the ‘strugglers’ to negotiate with their rafts of all shapes, sizes and colours. Depending on the water level, the participants will also have to pull, push or carry their rafts at certain points on the course. The rafts will be launched in arrival order at approximately one minute intervals from 8.30am. The Struggle is a perfect exercise for corporate or group team building or to have a challenging and great day out with friends. Crews between two to ten people per raft are able to join this exciting challenge paddling down the River Dart on a homemade raft (over 18s and approved materials only!) Trophies can be won in five categories: fastest male or mixed crew; fastest female crew; best-dressed crew; crew raising the most sponsorship overall and

crew raising most sponsorship for Totnes Rotary Charities. The competition is organised by The Rotary Club of Totnes, which is a registered charity and the event is managed in association with Totnes Canoe Club, Totnes Sub Aqua Club, St John Ambulance, Totnes Sea Scouts and Raynet. Last year, there were 46 teams and almost 300 paddlers who helped raise a record-breaking £13,000 for local charities. The Finish Line Event at Vire Island offers the chance to view the amazing rafts, cheer on the competitors and enjoy a fun afternoon. There’ll be a scrumptious BBQ, cakes and tea plus live music. You can monitor the race progress chart to see how your favourite team is getting on and visit stands run by the supported charities. There is also a special guest this year. Michael Chequer from BBC Radio Devon will give a live commentary as teams cross the finish line with plenty of amusing comments about the crewmembers and their rafts, which may be suffering considerable wear and tear by this point! totnesraftrace.co.uk

Where to Watch The best places to see the spectacle are limited but the organisers suggest: Staverton Bridge A recommended viewing point where cars can be parked for free. Refreshments are available at the Station Café. Please do not obstruct the road or the bridge. It is only a short walk from the bridge to Staverton Weir where the crews have their refreshment stop. Vire Island Totnes Perfect to see the exciting finish of the race and to enjoy englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

the Finish Line Event. Bring the family and enjoy the day. Dartington Estate Those who do not mind walking a little bit can also head to Dartington Estate. There is parking (fee payable) available on the estate. A network of public footpaths gives access alongside the river. The areas around Austin’s Bridge and Riverford Bridge offer very limited parking along the A384. Please do not obstruct the bridge itself. Never enter onto the railway line, which follows the river for much of the race route. Trains will be running all day. October/November 2017


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We bring you a roundup of arts events and workshops happening locally. Torquay’s Artizan Gallery & Café Solo Exhibitions:

Mark Wallis – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: America through Cornish Eyes. 2-28 October Meet the Artists Preview – 6 October 6-8pm Having garnered acclaim in his native country as a poet and performance artist, New York resident Mark Wallis has never let go of his English roots. His photography shows scenes from Hew York and around America through the eyes of a Cornishman.

Susan Cavaliere – Introducing a series of new works. 30 October – 24 November Meet the Artist Preview – 3 November 6-8pm Susan attended the Salisbury School of Art and has lived and worked in Torquay since 1986. She produces unique surrealist abstract works in oil and wax, drawing inspiration from folklore, mythology and fantasy.

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Join a networking event without the early start! In October, Dr Kevin Dixon speaks about the ‘Torquay Peculiar’ whilst Pier Point provides whisky themed cocktails and Artizan brings you artwork from photographer Mark Wallis. Guest speaker at the November event will be confirmed on the Artizan website, Pier Point will be providing brandy themed cocktails and Artizan brings you artwork from surrealist artist Susan Cavaliere. Tickets £15 Booking Essential. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Arts An Introduction to Creative Writing with Harula Ladd Mondays 2 October and 6 November 7.30-9pm 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. Tickets £7. Contact harulaladd@yahoo.com

Stanza Extravaganza 23 October & 20 November Drop into one of Artizan’s evenings of wisdom and whimsy with host Robert Garnham and some of the South West’s finest poets. In October the gallery welcomes Jamie Harry Scrutton; he’s from West Yorkshire and takes his inspiration from nose jobs, man buns, and public farting. Doors Open 7.15 pm Performance 7.45pm, tickets: £5 advance, £6 on the door.

Acoustic Nights 5 October From Bristol, Artizan welcomes talented duo Circe’s Diner as they play their way around the South West coast. These dynamic acoustic alchemists draw inspiration from Country, Americana, Folk and Pop to create honest, rootsy tunes to feed the soul. They’ll be supported by South West festival favourite, Sadie Horler. Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 advance, £9 door.

30 October and 27 November Hosted by talented musician Robert Spence, the Artizan Acoustic Nights are unplugged, openmic evenings of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers. Artizan presents Si Barron on 30 October and Nicky Swann on 27 November. Si Barron is a self-declared folk-fanatic who offers a pure interpretation of traditional folk music, all accompanied by his exceptional playing of the guitar, dulcimer and harmonium. Nicky Swann is an award winning singer songwriter, who will be showcasing her new album Tell Them Of Us, a dark simmering journey through her family history. Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets: £4 advance, £5 door.

All at: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626/07522 509642 artizangallery.co.uk f artizangallery Other Great Arts Events: Torbay Festival of Poetry 19-23 October Torbay’s Festival of Poetry will be bursting onto the arts scene once again with a packed programme of events. The festival’s popular Thursday evening, party-style opening event is entitled Poets’ Laureate: The Good, The Bad and The Mediocre. It takes a wry look at their work, their thoughts and their amusing anecdotes. Venue: Torre Abbey, time: 7.30 – 9.30pm, cost: £10 to include wine

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and nibbles. Another highlight is the Wine and Supper on Saturday 21 October with special guest reader Martyn Crucefix. Amongst his masterful and heartfelt poems, he will include readings from his seventh full collection The Lovely Disciples. Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, time: 7pm, cost: £35 to include welcome drink, reading plus 3-course dinner with wine and coffee.

The Arts Society, Torbay The Life and Times of the Sundial 12 October Join the Arts Society, Torbay to discover and understand sundials as objects of art, craft and science. The Life and Times of the Sundial is a lecture given by Kevin Karney. Time: 2.15pm, tickets: £8.00.

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The Age of the Pyramids 9 November This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Cornish poet, Charles Causley, and the Festival will be marking the occasion with an event entitled Life, Times & Poetry of Charles Causley on Saturday 21 October. Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, time: 10 – 11.15am, cost: £5. This year’s Torbay Poetry Competition judge, Penelope Shuttle will be hosting the results event on Saturday 21 October at 4.30pm. All shortlisted poets will be reading their works – Penelope Shuttle come and see if you agree with the judge’s verdict. Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, time: 4.30 – 5.30pm, cost: free.

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Janet Diamond tells the story of pyramid building: The steps to Giza: the Golden Age. Time: 2.15pm, tickets: £8.00

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50 Years after its launch, The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFAS) has been renamed The Arts Society and it’s not just for artists.


ifty years ago a group of young women from the Home Counties, found that the restrictions of family commitments and work prevented them from enjoying the arts. Eager to change this and with considerable inspiration and vision, they started inviting visiting speakers to bring the arts to them. The group was known as The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts and became a much-loved organisation right across the country. Now in a bid to make its purpose clear to an even wider audience, it has been relaunched as The Arts Society. It’s very much an organisation that brings together enquiring minds with a love of all the arts through the route of visiting experts sharing their fascinating stories and specialist knowledge. From its modest beginnings 50 years ago, the newly named Arts Society now boasts 380 branches, with men and women in the UK, in mainland Europe, New Zealand and Australia and around the world enjoying its benefits. It is the largest Arts Society of its kind in the UK. There are many excellent meetings giving members the opportunity to discover a wealth of art and culture, including a broad range of topics from early history up to the present day. The Arts Society Torbay meets from October to June, on the second Thursday of each month at 2.15pm at The Peter Larkin Hall, St. Matthias’ Church, Babbacombe Rd. Torquay TQ1 1HW. The cost of annual membership is £45.00 with lectures given by brilliant speakers from the best of Britain’s galleries, museums, universities and the media. Through the national Arts Society the local group has access to its directory of eclectic and diverse lecturers who are of the highest calibre. Visitors are welcome at a charge of £8.00, which is refunded if they join. Meetings are relaxed and informal and are always followed by time to chat and a welcome cup of tea and some cake. Between October 2016 and June 2017, The Arts

Jean Ogden, Mary Kerrell (Secretary), Elizabeth Rae (Chair), Margaret Leggott (Treasurer) and Sheila Mackay.

Society Torbay examined the skills of architects and map makers; appreciated the art of stained glass and illuminated manuscripts; admired the compositions of Raphael and were engrossed by the art and music inspired by the story of Dido and Aeneas. The 2017-2018 programme will include: The History of Sundials; the Age of the Pyramids, the Steps to Giza; Tribal Rugs of the Near East, Persia and Central Asia; Cornish Women Artists 1880 to 1940; and relevant to the Centenary of 1918, The Battle Paintings of Lady Butler. There are also coach outings to art galleries and historic venues and the group recently held its Magical Extravaganza and Tea Party at The Palace Hotel with illusions and the history of magic, presented by Bertie Pearce, an outstanding lecturer from the NADFAS Directory. Within The Society there are opportunities to become involved with the arts and historically related activities, which are both interesting and sociable. These include: recording the contents of local churches, restoration of books, fabrics, images and documents and lots more. torbaydfas.org.uk or telephone Penny 01803 298440 or Elizabeth 01803 200703.

The Arts Society Relaunch Event Celebrates Shackleton On Thursday 11 January 2018, to mark the relaunch of The Arts Society Torbay, there will be a complimentary lecture entitled: A Photographic Oddysey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera given by Mark Cottle who will also be leading a Study Day on The Treasures of the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial on Thursday 15 February 2018 (£35.00, lunch included). 01803 200703 to book. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick Elaine Paige 12 October

This wonderful family variety show features spellbinding Illusions, comedic classics, hits of yesteryear and today, interspersed cleverly to deliver a show that will leave you brimming with good cheer. The professional cast of eleven will deliver side-splitting original humour as well as a bountiful punch of musical moments.

Elaine has performed live in concert all over the world and as a recording artist has worked with legendary producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz, & Phil Ramone, has released 22 solo albums and had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory (Cats) and I Know Him So Well (Chess.) She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation. Also worth seeing…

Also worth seeing… A Night of Dirty Dancing 8 October Michael Portillo - Life: A Game of Two Halves 11 November

Vienna Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty 15 November Van Morrison 24 November Elaine Paige

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Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick The Heiress 16-21 October Set in the 1850s, young Catherine Sloper lives with her adored father Dr Austin Sloper, her mother having died in childbirth. Dr Sloper makes no secret of his disappointment with his shy, plain daughter. When she meets the charming Morris Townsend, they fall in love and plan to marry. However her father believes Townsend only to be after her inheritance. A TOADs season production.

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Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick BOADS presents The Wizard of Oz 25-28 October Treat yourself to this enchanting classic where Dorothy is swept away from her Kansas farm by a tornado ending up in the magical land of Oz. With music and lyrics from the MGM film.

Also worth seeing… Moscow Drug Club 17 November


Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick Candlelit Arias 24 November



Celebrate the start of Yuletide with the Little Opera Company when this vibrant young company returns to the Flavel for a popular evening of opera favourites. Between them members of this Company have worked for all the major English Opera Companies, including Glyndebourne, Opera North, ENO, and the English Touring Opera.

Also worth seeing… ROHLIVE Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 23 October Professor Mark Horton - Coasting Around The South West 10 November The Little Opera Company

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Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick Dangerous Obsession 11-14 October Dangerous Obsession is a gripping psychological thriller: Sally is watering her plants in the conservatory of her luxurious home when suddenly a stranger knocks at the door. Is he selling double-glazing? Is he looking for someone? What unfolds over the next few hours uncoils with the stealth of a python. There is tension, shock and ultimately a twist that no one sees coming.

Also worth seeing… Bublés and Diamonds 3 November The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes 17 November englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Autumn Tasks in the Garden Lis Wallace of Dobies of Devon helps us to put the autumn garden to bed. “ Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower ” Robert Camus The vibrant summer blooms have faded and the crops have mostly been harvested. The days are shorter and the temperature has dropped. Autumn has arrived which means it’s time to tidy up the garden. Not so much as to leave no food or shelter for wildlife but enough to prevent disease and to give some semblance of order. Some refer to this time of year as being when we “put the garden to bed.” Yet include some evergreen shrubs in your planting scheme and your garden will remain awake and just be interestingly different during the winter months, rather than sleeping.

What to Do • Pull up and compost any remaining annuals. Replace them with winter and spring flowering pansies, wallflowers, bellis and primulas. • Spring flowering bulbs are still available to buy and to plant so make sure you have enough for a blaze of colour next year. Empty tubs are such a missed opportunity! • Remove spent summer veg from the greenhouse and then give it a good clean. You want the glass to be clear enough to allow maximum light penetration and you also want to get rid of any fallen foliage that might harbour disease. • Sow broad bean Aquadulce Claudia or De Monica now for an early crop in May/June and you may also avoid blackfly. • Bare root shrubs and trees will start to be delivered this month, the perfect time for planting. • Sow some herbs to grow on windowsills during the coming winter months. You’ll need them to flavour all that scrumptious comfort food!

Autumn Sown Sweet Peas October to early November is the ideal time for sowing sweet peas. The long growing period will enable strong root growth, which will in turn produce vigorous top growth. Not only will autumn sown sweet peas flower earlier than spring sown, the plants will be stronger, the flower stems longer and the blooms more abundant. Dobies Rootrainers are perfect for sweet pea sowing as they allow deep root run with minimal disturbance come planting.

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

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Gardening Evergreens Evergreens give structure to a garden. They will add interest in winter and in summer will form a good backdrop to set off all that colour. In addition to their interesting foliage, some evergreens will also flower and a number, including Viburnum Anne Russell and Escallonia Iveyi, are strongly scented.

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Now is the time for planting bare root trees, shrubs, roses, hedging and fruit bushes. The soil is still warm yet the temperature is cool. This means the roots will spread and establish with very little energy going in to the production of top growth. Chances are there will be a reasonable amount of rainfall and that too will help those roots to reach down and out, creating a network to support a long life. • Prepare your ground by forking in plenty of good garden compost. • Water the plant whilst still in the pot. • Dig a planting hole, wide and deep enough to fit the rootball with space to spare. • Pop the plant in the hole and backfill around it, including some slow release fertiliser. • Firm the soil around the plant leaving a shallow indentation. This will help when it comes to watering. • Give the plant a good drink.

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Artizan Gallery in Torquay held a private view for its exhibition of works by renowned Devon artist Martin Bush. Clockwise from top right: Jan Knowlson and Eve Wignall Evee and Simon Toyn Julie Brandon, Martin Bush and Jacob Brandon

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BusinessBreaks... New Associates at Wollen Michelmore Wollen Michelmore Solicitors has promoted eight staff members from across the firm’s five Devon offices to associate status within the firm. Amongst them are three solicitors located at the Torquay office: Jaime Denega, a solicitor specialising in trusts and estate planning; Edward Lee, a private client solicitor and later life expert; and Brigit Nolan who specialises in personal injury work. At the Newton Abbot office, four promoted solicitors have been named as David Morgan-Wynne who is a commercial property specialist; Natalie Pouya, a solicitor specialising in child care; Carol Wycliffe-Jones who deals with wills and lasting powers of attorney and Jonathan Wharmby, a senior commercial property solicitor. Chris Hart, Chief Executive at Wollen Michelmore said, “The expertise of these individuals is paramount to the success of the firm and our longer term business strategy. This status commends these individuals for the significant work they have done for their clients and their commitment to the firm. Well done to everyone!”

with their bespoke desk tidy. One of the key aims of the MADE project is to inspire more girls into engineering engineering and 85% the Manufacturing Challenge Day finalists were female. Phase 2 of the MADE project will include a Techbay – Engineering Your Future event on 9 November. If you are a business interested in supporting the MADE project by offering mentoring or work experience please email Debbie Passmore on Deborah. passmore@tedcltd.com or call 01803 208378.

Motorcise Move

Torbay MADE Five local schools presented their projects to a panel of independent judges at the Torbay MADE Manufacturing Challenge Finals. Pupils from Paignton Community & Sports Academy, St Cuthbert Mayne School, The Spires College, Torquay Academy and Torquay Boys’ Grammar School demonstrated the skills and expertise they had learned by working with local engineering companies as part of the MADE project. The winning team was from The Spires College, who partnered with Paignton-based Spirent. The award winners included: Lauren Layne, Sophie Woodcock, Sophie McCuaig, Gracie-Lou Gillard, Catalina Georgescu, Katlyn Davies-Shaw and Keira Vango 80

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After 14 years in Fleet Street, the Torquay Motorcise Exercise Centre has moved to 19 Lucius Street. The new premises are on the ground floor, and right next to the bus stop, making it much more easily accessible. Unlike other equipment, the Motorcise machines allow the user to work to their own body strength, and include a cardiovascular effect that strengthens heart and lung function, improves circulation and burns fat. The machines were designed by fitness experts with the help and guidance of physiotherapists and sports therapists so, fit or frail, any age group can safely use them. In just 30 minutes you achieve a full body workout. Motorcise helps you to reach your goals with regular assessments, and offers a healthy eating plan, which is included in the membership. There are separate ladies and gentlemen’s sections in Torquay Motorcise; Paignton Easy Movers is Ladies Only. Motorcise’s friendly



... team are always on hand with help and guidance. Call 01803 294080 to book your free week with Motorcise.

New SW Office for Imperial International Yacht Brokers Imperial International Yacht Brokers have announced that their new office has opened in Brixham covering the South West. Imperial are a highly respected brokerage offering new and pre-owned yachts of all sizes. They have over 20 years experience in delivering a high quality professional services to their clients. Imperial have continued to evolve their business in today’s marketplace to optimise your boat’s exposure to potential buyers whether locally or internationally aiming to reduce the time from instruction to completion. Branch Director Dave Whitehouse said, “We are thrilled to be able to extend the same high levels of service to customers across the South West with our brokerage and the superb range of new sailing yachts, motor yachts and RIBs.” Imperial have a number of dealership arrangements with Steeler Motor Yachts (www.steeler.co.uk), Saffier Yachts (www.saffieryachts. co.uk) and Rib-X (www.rib-x.co.uk). If you are thinking about selling or would like more information about new boat sales please contact david@imperial-yachtbrokers.com or call 07775 978087.

Networking Directory

Get involved with Torbay business! Torbay Business Forum First Tuesday of every month 7.30am RICC Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ Contact: Angela George 07717 316641 info@torbaybusinessforum.org.uk torbaybusinessforum.org.uk @TorbayBusiness Torbay Business Network Last Friday of every month 7.30am Pierpoint Restaurant Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HA Contact: Anthony Blackaby 01803 299935 events@torbaybusinessnetwork.co.uk @TorbayBizNet SOS Club Second Tuesday of every month 7.30am Livings Coasts Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG Contact: Jenny Paton 01803 697509 Jenny.Paton@paigntonzoo.org.uk Breakfast Networking Club Torbay Every other Tuesday 7.15am The Grand Hotel The Sea Front, Torquay TQ2 6NT Contact: Andy Coleman 07830 150615 andy@deatorbay.co.uk @BNC_torbay


October/November 2017


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isease: The silent killer that still surrounds us

It’s been illegal for decades, but asbestos is still embedded in our homes, hospitals, schools, offices and shops and it’s predicted that asbestos related deaths will not peak until 2020. Before legislation was tightened in the early 1980’s and finally banned in 1999, asbestos was widely used in public places and was known for its great insulating and flame retardant properties. Many will not know that they have even come into contact with it and may never suffer any ill effects. Others may not however be so fortunate and between 15 to 60 years after exposure symptoms can suddenly appear. Asbestos was often used in industry. Ship building, house building, telephone exchanges, power stations, the manufacturing of household appliances, and the motor industry to name just a few. And statistics show that asbestos related illnesses affect five times as many men than women because they were more frequently exposed to asbestos during their employment, often dating back to before the 1950’s. Exposure can also occur through secondary exposure through the washing of clothes or coming into contact with asbestos on overalls or similar. Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres. These can be inhaled and can cause damage to the lungs. In the most serious conditions they can irritate the Pleura and can cause gene changes that lead to the growth of cancer. Exposure can cause a number of different conditions which include, Pleural Plaques, Asbestosis, Diffuse Pleural Thickening and the most serious fatal condition, Mesothelioma. Most of the conditions start with the onset of unexplained breathlessness and it is extremely important to be aware of such symptoms if you have had some previous exposure. Mesothelioma is becoming more common with over

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2000 people being diagnosed in the UK each year. It does not usually develop until 40 years after exposure which is why there is a current peak in the diagnosis of the condition from exposure before the 1980’s. Other asbestos related illnesses are also at a peak and it’s important to be aware of symptoms. Despite the exposure taking place many years ago there are provisions in place for victims to be able to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer or organisation that caused the exposure. There are however time limits in place from the date of the asbestos diagnosis so it’s important to seek advise about making a claim as soon as possible. Brigit Nolan is an Associate Negligence Lawyer FCILEx specialising in Personal Injury and is recognised by APIL as a Senior Litigator for her expertise in this area. Her cases range from road traffic accidents, accidents at work, disease claims, product liability and trips and slips and falls. If you would like to know more about this article or require any personal injury advice please contact Brigit Nolan, on 01803 213251 or Brigit.Nolan@ wmlegal.co.uk

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