English Riviera Magazine April May 2015

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April/May 2015




Paignton Writer


Damian Offer

Linda Mitchelmore


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...to issue eleven! It’s really starting to warm up now and the Bay is looking glorious with flowers bursting into bloom and our sea and skies becoming a lovely deep azure. To celebrate we are bringing you a bigger and even better English Riviera residents’ magazine with 16 fabulous extra pages. We’ve compiled a huge collection of events and have once again tried out some activities we think you might enjoy. Julian has been discovering the pleasures of racketball, a bit more gentle and forgiving than squash but just as much fun. Anita has had a go at pottery and is amazed at the joys of creating things with clay. Plus, we meet more fascinating local people including Damian Offer, Director of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and Linda Mitchelmore, a successful local novelist who lives in Paignton. There’s plenty more inside to read and enjoy too. Have fun on the English Riviera this April and May and please keep sending us your news, your photos and your forthcoming events to editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk . Do also chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We love parties, exhibitions and all kinds of events, so do invite us along if you’d like your event featured in the next issue.

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12 Reader Competition



14 Loving the Great Outdoors


Social Diary

18 How I Became a Writer


Business Interview


Business Breaks


The Briefing


Local news snippets Win a unique Solitaire Du Figaro experience Meeting Damian Offer from TCCT Paignton novelist Linda Mitchelmore

22 Year of the Bird

Celebrating the Bay’s avian collections

24 Geopark Festival Week

Geological activities at half term

26 Give It A Go Pottery

Anita Newcombe gets creative in Kingswear

31 Give It A Go Racketball

Lis Wallace’s green fingered column Schools and college news Local people at local events The Business Improvement District explained Local business news Legal news from Wollen Michelmore

14 Loving the Great Outdoors

Julian Rees tries out racketball in Torquay

33 Food & Drink News Local food snippets

37 Walk

Galmpton Village history walk launch

39 Torbay Motor Show

Another first for Paignton Green

41 Dart Music Festival

A weekend of music and song over the river

42 What’s On

Nine pages of fun and fabulous events

52 Theatre Round Up

26 Give It A Go Pottery

Who’s treading the boards

55 Celebrity Interview

We talk to Pasha from Strictly

57 Health & Beauty

Indulge yourself at the Aztec Spa

60 Lifelines

Shared Lives South West and Robert Owen Communities

65 Retirement

Pensions, how will you spend yours?

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Tiny King at Paignton Zoo

There’s been a royal birth at Paignton Zoo. A king colobus monkey was born in March to father Martin and mother Ivy. A single youngster is born after a gestation of around 180 days (6 months). Pure white at birth, it develops black markings at one month. The new arrival is important as there are only six collections in Europe holding king colobus. The species is listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. It is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for food. o


Brr! Dartmouth’s Sea Stars

Four intrepid members of Dartmouth Yacht Club’s Canoe section were celebrating passing their BCU 3 Star Sea Exam as part of their instructor training. They had quite a chilly winter’s day of it with lots of rescues to perform. The examiner was James Michelmore of Brixham’s Ibex Canoe Club. He ran 4 pool sessions at Brixham’s indoor pool to help the candidates get up to standard. Pictured left to right are Simon Anderson, Phil Hayward, Roger English and David Jones. o dartmouthyachtclub.co.uk/canoe.htm

Book Competition! Torquay author Alex Potter has produced the first ever book, which tells the story of his hometown during the First World War. Torquay in the Great War analyses the contribution that the town made to the war, and its experience of the home front. In the summer of 1914, Torquay was the crown jewel of the English Riviera, long the haunt of the rich and famous and one of the most exclusive resorts in Britain. The Great War would bring a shuddering end to this golden period as hundreds of Torquinians courageously gave their lives in the epic fight against the kaiser. This book meticulously documents the town’s experience of war through the extensive use of rare and previously unpublished letters from those who served and by following the career of General sir Herbert Plumer, commander of the British Second Army, who held extensive links with Torquay. o 6

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Sleeping or Dancing?

These funny little tenrecs are actually sleeping - pressed up happily against the window of their exhibit at Paignton Zoo in the Amphibian Ark. Regular volunteer photographer Jean Wiltshire took this adorable photo of these cute creatures, which are distantly related to hedgehogs. While it looks as though they’re having a great time hoofing away, in fact they are simply snoozing. Britain’s Got Talent contender? o

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conditions and funding worries, Wayne’s research trip was very successful. He managed to collect the data he needed by surveying three forests surrounding golden mantella breeding ponds. o paigntonzoo.org.uk

Last issue’s mystery object was correctly identified by R Hayne from Torquay. This bronze door ornament is one of a pair that can be found adorning the entrance to the elegant Harbour Point building on Torquay’s Harbourside. Formerly the St James’ Hotel, the building was used by the RAF during WWII for training airmen. If you think you recognise the object below then visit englishrivieramagazine.co.uk/competitions and let us know where you think it is and what it is? The answer will be in the next issue. o

In Pursuit of Frogs and Funding Paignton Zoo scientist Wayne Edwards endured a cyclone, dangerous wildlife and atrocious roads on his latest research trip when he travelled to the rainforests of Madagascar to study golden mantella frogs. His PhD work, based at Paignton Zoo’s Amphibian Ark conservation centre, is ground-breaking. Wayne, who lives in Torquay, is investigating the habitat preferences of the tiny and Critically Endangered golden mantella and how climate change might affect its survival. But even as he prepared to fly out, he was urgently seeking funding to help him complete his studies. In spite of the weather englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Bicton Arena Stages Devon’s First International Horse Trials

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Bicton Arena is readying itself for Devon’s first international horse trials, which take place on April 24-26. The trials are expected to attract a plethora of stars from the sport of eventing, including some of the world’s most famous names. Arena Manager, Helen West said, “It’s fantastic for Devon to have such a prestigious competition and Bicton is the perfect venue. It has fabulous courses set in Grade One Listed Parkland, along with the iconic Rathbones Main Arena where the dressage and showjumping phases will takes place.” Entry to the event is free on Friday and £10 per car on Saturday and Sunday. o

Presenting the latest fitness fad – the gorilla workout! Kivu, a 13 year old Western lowland gorilla at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is showing the gym fanatics how it’s done. Paignton photographer and regular Paignton Zoo visitor Chris Rockey took the photos recently. Chris said: “One minute he was just sat there and then he started climbing and swinging!” Born on 27th November 2002, Kivu arrived at Paignton in 2006. Described as a very smart gorilla, he loves showing off to the public. Despite his awesome appearance, keepers say his favourite food is lettuce – clearly a good diet is also part of his healthy lifestyle. o

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Loving the Great Outdoors

Damian Offer

On the anniversary of his first year as Director of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Damian Offer chats to Anita Newcombe about enjoying and protecting our natural treasures. 14

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his career. Abandoning the world of global asset orbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) management, he took an MSc in Conservation at is rather reassuringly there to look after a huge University College London before landing the first in swathe of our most delightful and treasured a series of conservation roles. There followed many public spaces. We all enjoy visiting them, to stroll, to years in land management and conservation, including meet friends, to take our children out and to walk our becoming the youngest ever trustee on the board of the dogs. Berry Head National Nature Reserve, perched Hampshire Wildlife Trust. Then one day he spotted an high up on the cliffs above Brixham, Occombe Farm in advertisement for the post of Director for TCCT. Paignton, Cockington Country Park and The Seashore Damian tells me, “My heart is very much in the Centre at Goodrington are among our favourites. conservation and voluntary sector. I’m a great believer Lots of creatures enjoy visiting Trust sites too and in doing things for the public benefit and we all need many make their homes in the nooks and crannies, organisations like Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust the cliffs, the caves, the trees and the hedges around to care for and protect our natural environment.” the Bay. Among the star cast of residents are the famed Damian admired the Trust for its holistic approach to guillemots chilling out on the cliff ledges at Berry Head countryside management and felt it had achieved a great and the rare Cirl buntings, known fondly as ‘hedgerow deal since its inception in 1999. He was very impressed highwaymen’ on account of their cheeky black ‘masks’. by the viability of its organic farm at Occombe, by the The petite Small blue butterfly, the ultimate picky eater range of things the Trust had undertaken and also by the that only feasts on kidney vetch with its pretty yellow calibre of the staff and the trustees. flower, is a delightful Bay resident. Seahorses, dolphins, Well, it seems that the trustees seals, basking sharks, cuttlefish “Extensive organic grazing also admired Damian’s vision and many other species live off our coast; how lucky we are to live is a very cost-effective way and experience and he started in in February 2014, just one here amongst our wonderful wild of managing the land within post year and nine days before our neighbours. its capacity and delivering meeting. Damian explains, “The To find out more, I’m meeting Damian Offer at Occombe Farm to worthwhile conservation trustees wanted to implement a new strategy to ensure that the chat about how his stewardship of benefits.” charity could deliver a full range of one year is going and how the Trust countryside and educational services whilst also adhering is managing to successfully protect these beautiful sites to that all-important financial discipline.” as well as providing well managed facilities for all the Director of the Trust is undoubtedly a very big job. people who visit. Firstly though, I am interested to know The charity is responsible for over 1700 acres around how a boy who grew up in London became such a keen the Bay including 152 acres of parks, over 400 acres champion of wildlife. Damian tells me that he often of woodland and 39 miles of footpaths (12 miles of went bird watching with his grandfather who lived on the South West Coast Path). Much of the land the the south coast and loved it. He thinks the Bay is a great Trust protects is exceptionally beautiful and important place to take up the hobby. to wildlife with a host of designations such as Site of He says, “You can be almost anywhere in the Bay and Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural see interesting birds. I’m not so keen on chasing the Beauty and National Nature Reserve adding layers of rarities but it’s a lifelong passion and everywhere I go I legal protection. keep an eye out for what’s around. Being at Occombe is Over 650 acres of this land are managed through great for me. I can’t fail to note the ravens carrying food farming. The Trust currently has 80 head of cattle (the past the window back to their nest and the kestrel that famous Ruby Reds!) plus calves and a sizable sheep flock. regularly hovers outside my office window hunting for These all come home to Occombe Farm (the base of voles in the Community Garden.” the farming operation) every winter. However, during In spite of his love of birds and wildlife, after the summer they graze around Trust sites including studying Geography at Exeter University, Damian Berry Head, Maidencombe, Occombe and Cockington started his career firmly within the business world. Country Park. He worked for Schroder’s in London and this early Damian tells me, “Conservation has recognised commercial experience has been valuable throughout


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that grazing is the best way to manage the land. Our work, not only for the benefit of us all, as local residents, Farm Manager Justin Cox has successfully built up the but also to protect our tourism economy. When the Trust farming operation; it’s a system that works – extensive was first created in 1999, Torbay Council contributed organic grazing is a very cost-effective way of managing 45% of the Trust’s total income. Through its commercial the land within its capacity and delivering worthwhile and fundraising activities, the Trust has sought to become conservation benefits.” For example, organic grazing less reliant on its support. Council funding now counts supports the highly endangered and internationally for only 12% of the Trust’s total annual income. However, important Greater Horseshoe Bats that reside at Berry it still provides a vital (36%) contribution towards the Head, which hunt dung beetles and depend on cow pats costs of managing land for the benefit of Torbay residents free from chemicals. and visitors. Looking after the Only 1.6% of the Bay’s Organic meat from the herd is council’s land would cost over sold to Tesco and the proceeds help population are currently £500k this year were it not for the to fund the work of managing the dedicated Trust volunteers who will members whilst some land. While the farm doesn’t make a contribute over £150k of labour huge amount of money it is at worst wildlife trusts are achieving for free. cost-neutral and in some years, even Occombe is a key attraction up to 4%. makes a useful profit. The farm is and it’s a vibrant hub for the Trust managed ‘extensively’ rather than intensively to limit with a delightful café, farm shop and regular school visits. financial risk, provide conservation benefits and work There are lots of events including the popular Beer and around public access needs. The whole system accords Cider Festivals plus a well-established cookery school. with the established patterns of usage on the estate. You can book a ‘Go Wild’ birthday party including pizza What many people don’t realise is that the Trust making or natural den building and other events; even is an independent charity that manages the majority weddings can be arranged. (over 88%) of Torbay’s natural green spaces, including Of course the farm is not just a showpiece. It is a substantial areas leased from Torbay Council. This is vital working farm and this is why visitors in the summer


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Riviera People won’t see the cattle in the barns; they are out grazing the fields. Damian would like to see many more things here for the whole family to enjoy. There are already activities like ‘walk the goats’ and ‘see the lambs’ but more events and activities are planned to attract more visitors and encourage new members. At the moment, the Trust has 2,200 members but Damian aims to double that within the next 10 years. Only 1.6% of the Bay’s population are currently members whilst some wildlife trusts are achieving up to 4%. This is important. For example if another 3,000 residents joined the Trust, that would provide around £90,000 per annum of additional income, which would allow the Trust to improve the services and activities it can offer. And free parking at all Trust sites means you’ve paid for your membership if you park more than 10 times per year – a bargain! You also get free entry to Kents Cavern, Coleton Fishacre and Greenway and 10% off in the Occombe café and most Trust events. Member-only events are always sociable and fun and the Trust is already planning to run more of these. Separate from day to day countryside and marine management costs, the Trust is making good progress with its high profile Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal. The appeal is raising funds to restore heritage in Cockington; it will renovate the Linhay in the heart of Cockington village and turn it into a Visitor Centre, convert the Gamekeeper’s Cottage into accommodation for 6 long-term volunteers and restore the wonderful lakes and water meadows. The cost of these projects totals £1.6 million with over £957,000 coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus a contribution of £100,000 from Torbay Council. £150,000 has to be raised by public appeal and this has so far raised £88,000. Therefore there is still £62,000 to be raised to allow work to start by October 2015. Damian has a plan for this and is looking for community support to push through to the final target. He explains, “Private individuals who can afford to donate £1,000 or more can have their names recorded for posterity on the special commemorative plaque in the finished Linhay visitor centre. These larger donations could also be dedicated as a fitting memorial to loved ones. Smaller donations are also hugely

appreciated. Donors giving £100 or more will receive a commemorative certificate and their names will be listed in the special ‘Book of Donors’ to be held in the Linhay. A valiant final rally is therefore needed right now to raise the remaining £62,000 so do donate now if you can. Of course, another great way to get involved and offer support is by volunteering and this can be great fun if you have the time. At the moment there are 110 regular volunteers but more are always needed. Much of the work is practical countryside management but volunteers are also needed to feed and care for animals, support and run fundraising events, assist in the Community Garden at Occombe. There are also volunteer roles within the office and reception and in education, leading talks, running events and helping with school visits. A big job indeed but what does Damian do in those rare moments when he’s not working? He tells me that he is married to Emma who works for the Association of British Ports in Teignmouth and he has a stepdaughter Sarah who is nearly 20. The couple have been married around 6 years and met at a modern jive dancing class in Winchester’s Guildhall. Having lived apart for much of the last year, they have settled in Newton Abbot and go dancing at Hannah’s nearby. After last year’s upheavals, they are keen to settle in and getting back to playing tennis and doing more together. Damian also loves mountain biking and is often out with friends on the trails in Haldon Forest, on Dartmoor and the occasional expedition to Wales. The couple share a love of countryside walks and birdwatching and have enjoyed exploring the beauty of Torbay. Favourite routes so far include Hope’s Nose to Watcombe, Broadsands to Churston Cove, Berry Head to Man Sands, and a circular walk from Cockington across the fields to Occombe with a stop for lunch at Occombe Café before returning down through Scadson Woods Back at the Trust, the hard working team led by Damian are doing all they can to protect our very own ‘great outdoors’ here on the stunning English Riviera. So let’s do all we can to help them by becoming members, volunteering, enjoying the facilities at Occombe and supporting the Green Heart Appeal.o

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How I became a writer...

Linda Mitchelmore Paignton born and bred Linda Mitchelmore is living proof that when a door closes, a window opens. She started writing as an escape when her hearing suffered a dramatic deterioration. Since then she has had over 300 stories published and become a successful author. Anita Newcombe finds out more.


stories in a wide range of magazines. When the agency espite having become a prolific short story later closed down, Linda was well enough known to sell writer and a much-published author Linda in her own work and her success grew. She tells me, “In Mitchelmore still describes her writing as a the early days there were about twelve magazines that hobby albeit “nicely paid.” I am meeting Linda at her would regularly take and pay for submissions. Nowadays, home in Occombe Valley and any concerns I have about however, there are only a few like Take a Break, Woman’s being able to communicate freely with her are quickly Weekly and The People’s Friend who who will accept dispelled. She can hear reasonably well now thanks to a cochlear hearing implant and soon gets used to the timbre unsolicited manuscripts.” I wonder how long it takes Linda to dream up and of my voice. Linda explains that her hearing deteriorated gradually, probably due to a virus, although no one knows write her short stories and she tells me, “I can write 1000 words in a couple of hours; the words just pour out of me. for sure. She tells me, “The high sounds disappeared first. I seem to think differently from I realised that I couldn’t hear the Despite this discipline, other people and luckily I’ve got a phone.” Then came various plateaux as her hearing dwindled to zero and people are more important great imagination.” Once she was well established as she found herself profoundly deaf. so if anyone calls round, a short story writer, Linda decided That Christmas, the family was Linda just stops and makes to progress to a novel writing course at home waiting for the Queen’s time to see them. with the same tutor Margaret, Speech to come on the television, who encouraged her to join the Romantic Novelists’ when Linda’s mother-in-law told her, “You won’t be able Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. This proved to be a to hear the Queen so have a browse of this magazine great move for her writing career and Linda’s first novel To article while we listen.” The article was a Woman’s Turn Full Circle was published by Choc Lit in 2012. Own writing competition and Linda thought, “Why To Turn Full Circle is based in Brixham and Torquay not?” So she gave it a try, entered and was amazed to be between 1909 and 1911 with the plot evolving from shortlisted in the top twelve with her story subsequently Linda’s family history, painstakingly researched by being published. Linda explains, “I was thrilled that I was her husband Roger. Roger’s great uncle George was a actually paid for my story and this definitely kick-started fisherman who owned two fishing boats working out of my writing career.” Brixham. Poor old George lost his first boat in a storm It wasn’t always easy though. After a good start in selling her stories, her progress started to slow. She reveals, and then had an accident at sea causing him to lose his livelihood and his tied cottage. When Linda heard about “I got rejection, after rejection, after rejection!” So she this sad tale, she had a ‘lightbulb moment’ and started took a course that was offered in Writing Magazine and thinking about what might happen if she transposed the started working online with her tutor Margaret. Margaret managed to find Linda a short story agent who placed her story so it became a young girl who was left alone in the


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Linda had already written To Turn Full Circle when she was asked by Choc Lit to turn Emma’s story into a trilogy.

world. Through Linda’s imagination, young Emma Le Goff came into being and a ‘coming of age’ story evolved with Emma struggling to survive in Brixham after the death of her parents and her brother. The young girl is left negotiating the challenges of her situation with callous landlord Reuben Jago, his attractive son Seth and mysterious fisherman Matthew Caunter all playing a part in her tortuous path from girlhood to womanhood. Linda had already written To Turn Full Circle when she was asked by Choc Lit to turn Emma’s story into a trilogy. Linda tells me, “Unknowingly, I guess I had already sown the seeds for the long haul.” Books two and three, Emma – There’s No Turning Back and Emma and her Daughter are also set locally, in Brixham and Paignton respectively. Emma and her Daughter was only published in January and is currently available as an e-book. All told, the trilogy comes to an impressive 280,000 words! Linda has written other successful books and novellas and has appeared in a number of anthologies too. Having lived in Paignton all her life, it’s not surprising that Linda’s stories were based locally. She explains, “I don’t want to be anywhere else; I love the Bay.” In fact Linda was so enamoured with her home that she didn’t stray far in search of a husband. Roger lived at number 12 and Linda lived at number 5. So local is definitely best! Linda and Roger have two children, James and Sarah and when their daughter left home, Linda converted a bedroom upstairs in her home where she writes every morning. She says, “I’m at my sharpest in the mornings, not too early though. I start at 8am and write till lunchtime.” Despite this discipline, people are more important so if anyone calls round, Linda just stops and makes time to see them. In the evenings, Linda comes downstairs to spend time with Roger and often writes 20

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away by hand sitting on the sofa. She explains, “It feels rather rude to be closeted away upstairs all day and all evening too.” When Linda is not writing she enjoys gardening and photography and spends a lot of time walking. From her home in the heart of Occombe she often strolls up through the woods and she also loves walking the coast path, being only 15 minutes from the sea. She also enjoys visiting Dartmoor. A very sociable soul, she seems to know absolutely everyone locally and is always stopping to chat to people along the way. Her children both live in Brixham and she has two grandchildren Alex and Emily so there’s always plenty going on. Linda is also a member of a local writing group Brixham Writers and has lots of non-writing friends too. Husband Roger owns vintage motorbikes and they belong to the Kickstart Club Torbay and the Torbay branch of the Norton owners club with Linda often enjoying riding pillion. Linda does wear her success very lightly and laughs with delight about the serendipity of having the name Mitchelmore, which has placed her in bookshops next to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and close to other high profile writers such as Nancy Mitford. Linda is currently working on a new contemporary novel called All the Blue Sapphires and is waiting for her publisher Choc Lit to get back to her with a set of edits to work through. She’s obviously anxious to escape our chilly weather on this occasion, as this book is set in the South of France in the Cannes and Antibes area – very glamorous! I leave feeling mightily impressed with Linda’s tenacity, joie de vivre, delightful family environment and her immense talent. I’m now looking forward with great anticipation to reading the first book in the trilogy. o facebook.com/linda.mitchelmore englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Year of the Bird 2015 is the Year of the Bird at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. At Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, the theme is Dive & Flight, so it’s going to be a great time to learn more about some of the extraordinary birds in the two collections.


oth zoos are conservation charities and members of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust family, along with Newquay Zoo in Cornwall and several nature reserves. To mark the Year of the Bird, Paignton Zoo staff are putting on extra events, such as Avian Adventures on 26 May. This special evening will include a guided tour of aviaries and a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ at the Avian Breeding Centre. There’ll be presentations by bird keepers about how they care for their charges and how people can help the native birds in their gardens. At Living Coasts, Dive & Flight is celebrating everything that flies in the air or dives in the water. Staff will use the theme in talks, quizzes, craft workshops and trails. On 25th April it’s World Penguin Day, when Living Coasts highlights this most characterful of birds with a variety of fun activities. Bird Conservation As well as keeping large collections of amazing birds and showing them to visitors, our two local zoos contribute to bird projects both at home and abroad. Living Coasts supports the care and rehabilitation of injured, oiled and orphaned sea birds in South Africa and a scheme to breed rare Bank cormorants there. Paignton Zoo has supported BirdLife International’s BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme since 2009, providing important funding to carry out conservation activities and raising awareness among our visitors of the problems facing the world’s birds. Sometimes the zoos contribute skills rather than money. Last year keeper Tom Tooley went to Mauritius to help set up a breeding station for the Mauritius pink pigeon, sharing his knowledge and expertise with local conservationists. The Socorro dove is officially Extinct in the Wild, but zoos around the world – Paignton included – have kept the species alive and have now sent birds to Mexico with the intention of releasing youngsters back into the wild. Paignton Zoo is also a partner with the RSPB, the National Trust and Natural England in a project to reintroduce Cirl buntings to West Cornwall, providing 22

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husbandry skills to hand-rear chicks for release. Avian Breeding Centre Paignton Zoo’s Avian Breeding Centre, known around the Zoo as the ABC, is a large, low, busy building that at different times of the year echoes to the squawk and call of birds. Here there are kitchens where bird keepers and volunteers prepare food plus winter quarters for birds that need extra care during the colder months and rooms set aside for hand-rearing youngsters. Experienced keeper Lesley O’Connor looks after the incubation facilities at Paignton Zoo, “Eggs come in from around March onwards. This is usually because they have been laid where they might be predated or simply abandoned. We usually prefer to leave incubation and rearing to the parents.” Different species have different incubation times. Many ducks and pheasants take 28 days. The Abyssinian ground hornbill takes 39 days, an ostrich 42 days. This has to be taken into consideration when the eggs are placed in the incubator; a few days before hatching the eggs are moved to the hatcher, which has a higher humidity, and we stop rotating the eggs in order to aid the hatching process. Some chicks are soon taking care of themselves, others take a lot of skill and time to rear, with many hours spent coaxing and feeding. They may eat little but often, with feeds starting from early in the morning and ending late at night. Food preparation can take several hours - liquidizing fish and making up special mixes for Chilean flamingos - or just a matter of minutes - dicing greens, carrots and apple for the Argus pheasant. At Paignton Zoo, the latest count showed nearly one thousand birds of 135 species. There are the famous flamingos, the ever-popular peafowl and the easilyrecognised ostriches. But what about all the others like the Southern screamer, the Rouroul partridge, Sarus crane or the Red-billed quelea? Then there’s the elegant Tinamou; that’s its name, not its description. It’s a small, secretive bird from South America; the family is one of the most ancient living groups of bird and is related to cassowaries and emus. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Natural World Curator of Birds, Jo Gregson started at Paignton Zoo in January 1974. She has seen zoos reinvent themselves as conservation refuges for the 21st century, taking on the care and breeding of some of the planet’s rarest species. “But there are other reasons for keeping species in zoos. Sometimes it’s because they are remarkably attractive and people deserve to see them. It can be because they are amazing creatures. The big strength of our collection is its diversity. It was set up with education in mind, so we have many different orders of birds.” Jo’s personal favourites include the Southern screamers, which originate in South America: “They are great family birds, they are very attentive to their chicks, people can see the birds rearing their young; often with birds this happens out of sight in nest boxes.” And yes, they do live up to their name – their call can be heard three kilometres away! There’s one species in particular she thinks deserves more public attention – it’s the cassowary. “It’s amazing we still have such a big bird running around the planet. It’s a dinosaur, it’s dangerous. Maybe we need more dangerous birds in zoos!” Jo is the vice-chair of the cassowary TAG – the Taxonomic Advisory Group – and is working with collections in the US and elsewhere on a study into the DNA of cassowaries in zoos.

On 25th April it’s World Penguin Day!

Meet our Feathered Friends There are ways to get closer to birds at both zoos. Each day at 11:30am, visitors to Paignton Zoo can gather at the lake to watch the pelicans being fed and to meet a keeper. Dalmatian pelicans are large and impressive, sailing up like galleons to catch fish in their voluminous bills. There are bird talks every day at Living Coasts; at 10:30am it’s penguins, 11:00am auks, penguins again at 2:30pm and waders at the Estuary exhibit at 3:00pm. And you can sign up for a Penguin Feeding Experience – it also makes a great gift for animal lovers. o

“The big strength of our collection is its diversity” englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Easter Fun At Living Coasts over the Easter weekend there will be live chicks and an Easter egg trail – and don’t miss the Scuba Diving Easter Bunny on Wednesday 8th April… Meanwhile, at Paignton Zoo there’s the Big Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April, with the added incentive of a large chocolate Easter egg prize donated by Cockington Chocolate Company. April/May 2015


Geopark Festival Week Nick Powe, director of Kents Cavern and Chair of the English Riviera Global Geopark organisation talks about the benefits the Geopark status brings to Torbay and the Geopark Festival taking place this May half term week (23 – 31 May)


ay half term is English Riviera Geopark Week celebrating Torbay’s amazing geological heritage and its recognition by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as one of 111 Global Geoparks in the world. Geopark Festival week celebrates the natural and built environment of the Geopark, highlights why we are a Global Geopark and showcases the resort’s membership of a unique international network of amazing places in 32 countries around the world. The English Riviera Geopark covers the entire area of Torbay, from Maidencombe in the north to Galmpton in the south and includes the coast, the natural environment, and all the urban areas and the marine area extending beyond the shoreline. Over 135,000 people live in the Geopark and this makes the English Riviera unique amongst the other Global Geoparks; it’s one of the world’s smallest, the most densely populated and the only Geopark with 50% of its territory under the sea! Geoparks are about creating social and economic benefits in local communities using the outstanding geological heritage as a foundation. In Torbay we have seen how having a Geopark has attracted many more overseas visitors, opened up funding to create, for example, cycle networks and the Paignton GeoPlay Park, the world’s largest geologically themed children’s play area. The four geological periods represented in the play park are the Devonian, the Carboniferous, the Permian and the Quaternary. The Devonian limestones are those pinky, greyish rocks we see at Berry Head and Hope’s Nose, in the cliffs and


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in walls. The Permian rocks are the red sandstones in the cliffs at Paignton, Babbacombe and Maidencombe. Berry Head and Hope’s Nose, the two headlands that form the Bay, are made of this 400 million year old limestone, a sedimentary rock that formed at the bottom of warm tropical seas, not here but south of the equator over 3,500 miles away, when there were only two continents on the planet. The Permian sandstones are red because, as the continents pushed north over the equator, some 260 odd million years ago, the surface conditions turned to what the Sahara is like today, a sandy desert with rocks turned red by the heat of the equatorial sun. These desert rocks are now here. Then came the age of the dinosaurs but, in Torbay, we don’t have any dinosaur remains although we do have fossils of creatures at Goodrington that are older. Mammals and humans then evolved and the Geopark has some of the Europe’s most important prehistoric caves with evidence of Stone Age ancient human occupation, hundreds of thousands of years before the Neolithic people that built Stonehenge about 5,000 years ago. The caves in Brixham and the prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern were carved out of Devonian limestone about 2.5 million years by underground rivers at the beginning of the Quaternary Period. At Kents Cavern, three of only four different species of humans ever to have lived in Britain have been found: Homo heidelbergensis, Neanderthals and early modern humans. Over May half term, a wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.


Out and About

• Fossil hunt and prehistoric life skills with the Stone Age School team at Kents Cavern, all week • Junior and senior triathlons at the English Riviera Velopark • Geopark Stand Up Paddle Board - free taster sessions at Goodrington • Art Sketching Evening Underground in Kents Cavern • A guided Geopark walk with local historian John Risdon • A Rock Stars’ trail and a behind-the-scenes look at geology at Torquay Museum • Stone Age stories and crafts for 4-11 year olds at libraries across Torbay The Geopark is open all year and there are plenty of activities going on every day to discover the English Riviera, including walks along the South West Coast Path, coasteering and kayaking, visits to the museum, boat trips and adventures underground. The benefit of having the Global Geopark status in Torbay will be strengthened over the coming year as we prepare to host the 7th International Conference on

Global Geoparks in Torquay in September 2016. The spotlight will then be on Torbay’s outstanding natural environment and its tourism offer when over 800 international delegates, from every continent on the planet, make their way to the English Riviera to experience our environment, food and hospitality. o englishrivierageopark.org.uk

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Wimbeck Pottery Anne Furness is living the dream with her very own pottery studio in her back garden at Kingston Cottages near Kingswear – now you can join in and discover your inner-potter! Anita Newcombe gave it a go!


Anne explains that beginners coming on a course ingston Cottages, where Anne runs her ‘Day with will learn basic skills such as how to make a thumb-pot, Clay’ events, is easy to find on the country lane working with slabs (rather like rolling pastry) and coiling that leads towards the National Trust’s Coleton (making ‘sausages’ with the clay to extend a basic pot). They Fishacre. I arrive to ‘give it a go’ on a bright winter’s morning and am invited to have a cuppa and a chat in her will also have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. She kitchen before we begin. I also meet fellow ‘trainee potter’ tells us, “You can make some lovely forms.” Her signature piece is a lovely trio of cylinders, cream in colour decorated Lyn Elliott who unlike me, has done some potting before with grasses in a dark grey copper oxide – stylish! and wants to learn more. But now we are going to do some work making ‘slabs’ Anne tells me that she took ceramics whilst training as a primary school teacher at King Alfred’s College, Winchester with the clay from which my dish and Lyn’s tiles will miraculously appear. Anne explains that ‘ungrogged’ clay and just fell in love with the craft. She worked throughout is normally used for throwing on the wheel but we are her career with primary school children, running pottery using ‘grogged’ clay, which has small pieces of fired clay clubs and craft days and developing her skills. Anne mixed in to add strength. First we get a large ball of clay revealed, “I’d always wanted my own pottery – I’ve never each and are invited to ‘wedge it’ not had my hands in clay.” So when she retired five years I take a particular fancy to by splitting it apart and putting together again. We drop it ago, she used a lump sum to some very pretty white dishes itrepeatedly onto a board (to expel set up her pottery studio in the garden and set to producing some that look far too difficult for a air bubbles) and to keep kneading beautiful sculptural work as well as beginner like me to make but it. Once she is satisfied, we drop our clay balls onto a canvas cloth simple but functional homeware. I’d love to try. and start to roll it out with what She sells these through craft looks like a standard rolling pin. The clever bit is that markets and through commissions, using the funds to the clay is placed between two wooden slats so that once further her hobby. we have rolled it fairly thin, the rolling pin is balanced Out in the pottery studio, we are joined by boisterous by the wooden slats and ensures that the clay is the same but lovable springer spaniel Archie who has his own thickness throughout. doggie bed in the corner. Archie settles down and I set to Once we have our nicely rolled out clay, Anne helps admire the ceramics that line shelving along the walls. The Lyn to cut out 6 evenly sized tiles with the use of a first thing I notice is that the colours are warm and the wooden frame to cut around with her craft knife. These designs very natural. Terracottas, soft blues, aquamarines, jade greens, pale yellows, creams and whites catch my eye. are now ready for Lyn to decorate with her silver birch design, the artistic bit. In the meantime, I choose a piece I take a particular fancy to some very pretty white dishes of embossed Anaglypta wallpaper and roll this onto my that look far too difficult for a beginner like me to make clay which now looks much more professional and very but I’d love to try. Anne says that it is great if you have pretty. Anne now shows me how to lay my rolled piece of some idea of what you would like to create but it’s fine if clay over an open wooden frame. I carefully lift this up you don’t. My co-trainee Lyn, however, has come armed and drop it a few times until the centre of the clay drops with a stunning image of silver birch trees, which she is down into the open centre of the frame. Then I carefully hoping to make into a series of tiles. 26

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Give It A Go - Pottery Anna takes to the wheel


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at 1080 degrees. The glazes transform within the kiln trim round the edge with my craft knife and amazingly, starting off powdery and then becoming glossy. Anne I suddenly have a pretty rectangular dish ready for firing tells me that most schools have got rid of their kilns so and glazing. Not sure why but I feel incredibly clever and children don’t often have access to real clay. As a school artistic at this point! teacher she used to arrange firing at China Blue in Totnes. Anne tells me that she wants her students to have fun Anne says, “It is such a joy to see the surprise and delight and spoil themselves for the day, the day-long course on the children’s faces when they see the kiln opened and being ideal for those who can’t necessarily commit their transformed treasures inside.” themselves to regular clubs. She says, “One lady told me We are now treated to a demonstration of how to she just loses herself in pottery and goes away completely relaxed.” Next, we move on to talking about glazes. Anne make a pot on the wheel, using a leather kidney-shaped tool to shape and to scrape off the slurry. Various other says, “I only work with terracotta and white earthenware and sponge sticks are also and I mix all my own glazes. My Anne says, “ The sign of a tools using for shaping. Once the pot favourite colours are influenced good potter is that they only has been made, the trick seems to by living in such a beautiful area – they bring in the colours get clay on their hands, not be getting it off the wheel in one piece. Anne feels that the electric of the sea such as turquoise and right up their arms!” wheel is easier than a traditional natural earthy colours with honey kick wheel for throwing pots and she uses a cheese wire tones.” Anne explains that she is always experimenting to cut the pot away from the wheel. She then slides it with different glazes and gains inspiration from landscape photos that she takes whilst out walking with her springer on to a damp wooden board and ‘hey presto’ our pot is done! Anne says, “ The sign of a good potter is that they Archie. only get clay on their hands, not right up their arms!” She uses oxides, buying opaque or transparent glaze I am not staying all day on this occasion, so I leave powders and mixing them with water and has her own Anne continuing to help Lyn with her tiles. Before I top-loading kiln, which looks like a giant silver tea caddy. The first firing, called the ‘biscuit’ firing is at 1000 degrees leave, Anne tells me that mainly local people come on her courses and she’s done around five of them so far. and the second, called the ‘glaze’ firing is slightly hotter She doesn’t think of herself as a professional potter but she loves teaching. “I’m a potter for myself really. I can’t Anita with dish ready for firing. believe how lucky I am sitting by my wheel with the sun shining through the windows and the birds singing. It’s like a dream come true.” n

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Give It A Go - Racketball

Read, Retrieve, Result! Racketball is making a comeback and ranks as one of the UK’s fastest growing sports, Julian Rees went along to Torquay Squash and Racketball Centre to give it a go.


longer rallies for the sake of fitness and enjoyment. meet Janet Lawlor, director of Torquay Squash and The ball is larger than a standard squash ball at 55mm Racket Ball Centre at Lascelles Hall in Barton Road, diameter, rather like a tennis ball without the hair. The Torquay. The building has an imposing air about it and racket is shorter and has a bigger head. Janet explains that many new visitors mention that they’ve We move on to the court and progress through the passed by many times not realising it was a sports facility. basics; the ball is dropped to bounce for service, which is The building, once a private residence, has been used as a different from squash but otherwise the rules are much the squash club for at least 35 years; that I can vouch for as I same. Scoring is to eleven or continues until the winner is played here as a youngster. Janet and her staff are very welcoming and she introduces two clear points ahead and the honour is determined by the spin of a racket. Peter checks my grip and helps with my me to Peter Hamlett, a senior club member who regularly stance and techniques for recovering introduces new players to racketball. I’m kitted out with a racket and we We progress on to a game the ball from tricky corners. He uses make our way to the courts. and Peter very kindly lets the three Rs to instil purpose in the Racketball came to the UK in the me take a couple of points game - Read, Retrieve, Result - read to watch your opponent, retrieve to early 80s; based on the American from him get into position to return the ball game with a few rule tweaks for UK and result to keep the ball in play and cause your opponent squash courts. It grew in popularity as a ‘lighter’ version to have to move to make the next shot. As we practice, this of squash that promised longer rallies and more than one starts to echo inside my head on every shot. chance to hit the ball as it travels faster and bounces more. We progress on to a game and Peter very kindly lets me As I already have a little squash experience, Peter explains take a couple of points from him, but that’s all. the differences, citing the analogy that if squash is physical After another game and a rallying session the fitness chess then racketball is physical draughts! benefits become clear - Peter tells me his daughter’s sports The spirit of the game is very different and although still a competitive sport with a Devon league hosting at least ten bracelet registers more calories burnt in 40 minutes of racketball than an hour’s exercise class and I can see why. teams, the ethos is very much to keep the game going with I fully expect my legs to confirm that tomorrow! Thanks Peter for a great introduction. The club has level 1 and 2 qualified coaches and also runs group sessions for beginners; prices are very reasonable. Club memberships are available but the facilities are also open to nonmembers. As well as squash and racketball, the club also has its own gym, solarium and sports therapy suite. The club actively promotes family membership and activities and has a busy bar and restaurant along with bar sports including snooker, pool and darts.o torquay-squash-and-racketball.co.uk


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Food&Drink... Rowcroft Big Bake Cookbook Cafes and patisseries across the English Riviera and South Devon have joined forces with Rowcroft Hospice to create a fundraising recipe book in support of the hospice’s Big Bake campaign. The Little Book of Big Bakes will be sold in Rowcroft’s shops and participating cafes for a minimum donation of £5 during The Big Bake, which runs from Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 April. It is hoped that the recipes will inspire people to host their own tea party, bake sale or bake off and donate funds raised to the hospice.

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New Menu for The Grosvenor’s Lawns Brasserie With the introduction of a new Executive Head Chef, Gavin Hobbs, the newly decorated Lawns Brasserie at The Grosvenor Hotel on Belgrave Road has just launched a brand new menu (from 1 April). There’s an emphasis on freshness and seasonality with ingredients taken from locally grown, caught and landed produce. Overlooking the gardens at The Grosvenor, there’s a choice of a 2-course lunch from £14.45 or you can order sandwiches or jacket potatoes for less. In the evenings a 2-course dinner is on offer from £17.50. There are some interesting new dishes including homemade pressed ham hock, slow roasted pork belly, fillet of hake and pan seared king scallops. Sounds like the new menu is designed to suit all palates and pockets. o grosvenorhoteltorquay.co.uk 01803 294373


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This year David and Holly Jones are taking a different approach to their popular pop-up suppers they hold on the deck at Manna from Devon Cooking School in Kingswear. This year they’ll be hosting Fire Feasts on the deck, cooked in the wood-fired ovens and over coals and the suppers will feature lots of wood-smoked deliciousness of every sort. You’ll be able to watch the cooking as it happens and David and Holly will get to enjoy their favourite sort of cooking in your company. Since running umpteen wood fired cooking classes at the school and through the popularity of their cookery book they have come to realise just how much everyone loves the taste of wood fired cooking. Each evening’s menu will be different, inspired by some of their favourite cuisines from Asia, The Americas, the Middle East and Mediterranean. Of course the food won’t come that far as they’ll be featuring plenty of fish from Brixham, local meats and vegetables and plenty of other local produce. David says, “We take the best meat, fish and vegetables; cook them with fire, flames and smoke to produce the best tasting food we possibly can.” Each supper costs £30 per person (they’ll ask you for a £10 per person deposit to confirm the booking which will be deducted from the final bill). Please bring your own wine and beer and make sure you wear something warm and appropriate for al fresco eating. Suppers will be at 7:30pm. Booking essential. o 2015 Fire Feast Dates are: 16 April 30 April 28 May 25 June 9 July 23 July mannafromdevon.com 01803 752943

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Historical Meanderings


English Riviera magazine was invited to the launch of the Galmpton Village Trail. There are three trails detailed within a handy guide that trace the history of one of the Riviera’s most important villages.


e gathered at the Manor Inn at Galmpton with walkers and members of the Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group. Our host and guide was local historian and long-time village resident John Risdon who introduced all present to the society’s brand new Village Trail and History guide. There are three trails following various routes around the village and surrounds, all of which take in a wide variety of historical sights that highlight the village’s importance as the gateway to Brixham and Kingswear, as well as being the main overland route to Dartmouth in times past. It is well documented in history that William of Orange’s invading army marched through the village on their way from Brixham to London in 1688. The village’s farming heritage is well illustrated with easily overlooked features pointing to a time when peasant farmers would bring stock and produce as payment in kind to the local landowner. Other points of interest include the rows of model cottages built by the then Lord of the Manor, Richard Harvey, in 1869. Harvey’s crest can be seen in the village and is notable for featuring the Cornish chough - rarely seen in Devon! Also identified are the old bakery, the cobbler’s house,


Distance: Three routes 0.5,1.5 & 2.5 miles Exertion: Easy Time: Allow 1-2 hours Terrain: Road, pavement and footpaths Dogs: On leash Refreshments: The Manor Inn, Galmpton Start Postcode: TQ5 0NL where wooden clogs were made for all and even a barn whose well worn wooden floors were favoured for ‘Jitterbugging’ by American GIs stationed locally during the war, much to the delight of the local girls! o

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Dart Music Festival is eighteen! Don’t miss this joyful event from 15 – 17 May when the streets of this historic town fill with music ! The annual 3 day Dart Music Festival is celebrating its 18th year. Their ‘Music for All’ ethos means that there are over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre throughout the town in a variety of venues as well as on the main stage of the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens and it’s all FREE to listen to! There’s a huge variety of music planned for this year - from The Wurzels to rock to a children’s live music puppetry concert, blues to folk to big bands, jazz to classical to gypsy swing to reggae and much more. There’s so much on that it might be hard to choose what to see first. The event actually costs £55,000+ to put on so the team of volunteer organisers are reliant on a long list of very generous sponsors, plus donations in the yellow fundraising tins and buckets from the many happy festivalgoers over the weekend! Fundraising goes on in the lead up to the festival too with a music quiz and a double classical concert

weekend on 17 – 18 April, which welcomes back acclaimed concert pianist Ji Liu with many other talented musicians. Dart Music Festival set up a foundation in 2010, which has since then helped a number of young people with various projects: funding music lessons, purchase of musical instruments, funding studio time and help with travel to lessons. They have now decided to fund instruments for local primary schools and were delighted to recently present Blackawton Primary School with a set of Taiko drums, jointly funded with the Devon County Council locality fund. It is proposed that the Dart Music Festival Foundation helps other local primary schools in the same way. Programmes are available to purchase via the website – sales of these help to fund the Festival so you’ll need to buy one to find out dates and times of specific events. o dartmusicfestival.co.uk

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April & May Around the Bay Easter Fun at Torre Abbey 1, 8 & 10 April Enjoy an Easter craft workshop, time 11am - 4.30pm. The Kings Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

Easter Fun at Compton Castle 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 April Enjoy Compton Castle’s first year of Easter Egg Trails. Time: 10.30am – 4pm, cost: £2 per child, normal admissions apply. Marldon, Paignton, TQ3 1TA 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/compton-castle

Easter Underground Fun, Kents Cavern On until 12 April Go underground this Easter! Fun cave tours all day every day with lots of Easter activities to complete. Piece together the Dino facts around the caves and solve the Cavog riddles to see if you can win an Easter surprise! Activities are included in the cave admission price, no booking required. Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt, Bygones On until 12 April Children’s Easter egg hunt. Come and find the 10 hidden Cadbury’s Creme Eggs to get your own! Included in entry price. Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Easter Fun at Coleton Fishacre On until 12 April Join a host of exciting activities including a trail round the garden leading to your own Cadbury’s chocolate Egghead and other fun things to do. Time: 10.30am – 4pm, cost: £2 per child, normal admission charges apply. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/ coleton-fishacre

Easter Fun at Greenway On until 12 April Join us for a host of exciting activities, including a trail round the garden leading to your own Cadbury chocolate Egghead, and other fun things to do. Parking spaces must be pre-booked. Time: 10.30am – 4pm, cost: £2 per child, normal admission charges apply. Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunter, Torquay On until 19 April Torquay’s Dinosaur World needs brave Dinosaur Egg hunters during the Easter holidays!! Someone has stolen the dinosaur eggs and they need your help to find out who did it. Torquay Dinosaur World, Victoria Parade, Torquay, TQ1 2BB 01803 298779 torquaysdinosaurworld.co.uk

Babbacombe Model Village Easter Egg Trail On until 12 April Can you crack the Easter Egg Trail? A chocolate treat for all successful young explorers! Time: 10am to 4pm. Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair, Paignton On until 12 April The Anderton and Rowlands Fun Fair returns to Paignton Green. Paignton TQ4 6BW

English Riviera Wheel, Torquay Here until 01 November The English Riviera Wheel is back! Taller than Nelson’s Column at the dizzy height of nearly 60 metres, the English Riviera Wheel will give breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay. Torquay Pavilion, Torquay, TQ2 5EQ englishrivierawheel.co.uk

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What’s On Trust this Easter and hunt for the hidden nests around Occombe Farm. Use your detective skills to work out who has laid the eggs for Easter and if you can solve all the clues, you will win yourself a tasty chocolate egg prize! Suitable for 4 – 12 year olds. Time: 10am-3pm; just dropin and pick up a trailsheet from the Visitor Centre. Cost: £2.00 per child. Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The Big Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt, Paignton Zoo 3 – 6 April Follow the Easter egg trail around the Zoo, spot them all and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a cuddly toy bunny and a chocolate egg the size of an ostrich egg! Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Easter Fun, Living Coasts 3 – 6 April Follow the Easter egg trail to get some chocolate treats and don’t miss the diving Easter Bunny on Wednesday 8th April! Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 0844 474 2226 livingcoasts.org.uk

Savoir Fayre Continental Market, Torquay 3 – 6 April

5 April Treat yourself to a traditional Sunday lunch in this Rosette award winning Regatta restaurant. All Under 14s will receive a complimentary Easter Egg. Cost: £18.95 per adult, £9.25 Under 14s, under 3s are free. Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG. 01803 206159 thehotelcollection.co.uk

Easter Activities, Cockington 5 & 6 April Free family workshops between 11am – 4pm, come and have fun making Easter bonnets and follow the egg trail. Resource Room, Seachange Studios, Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Plant it, Grow it, Eat it, Greenway 8 April Join the gardeners at Greenway for a muddy ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenge. The Greenway gardeners are busy planting seeds to grow beautiful flowers and vegetables this year. Drop by in the afternoon and they will help you plant your own pot of vegetable seeds, then take them home and watch them grow into tasty vegetables in time for summer. Parking spaces must be pre-booked. Time: 2-4pm, cost, £3 child, normal admissions apply. Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Fabulous flavours, mouth-watering morsels and all the colour and ambience of the Mediterranean will be returning to Princess Gardens. This highly popular market offers French charcuterie, Dutch and French cheeses, Spanish paella, Italian confectionery and a great variety of fresh and dried garlic, seasonal vegetables and fruit. Princess Gardens, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ 0845 6490120

Vintage and Retro Fair, Torquay 4 April Enjoy vintage and retro stalls, tea room selling sandwiches, cakes and Devon cream teas. There will be models wearing vintage and retro clothing, DJ Eddie Falcone, dancers and lots more. Cost: adults £1, children free, time: From 8.30am. Torquay Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3JQ. 07526 439389

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Brixham Fish Market Tours 8 April, 6 May & 27 May Why not try the early morning Fish Market Tour this year? Annually, more than £25 million of fish is landed and auctioned in Brixham. You will be guided around by Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents. After the tour you will head off to Shipmates for an English breakfast. Cost: £12.50 includes tour, breakfast and a donation to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. April/May 2015


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Occombe Fairy Tale Trail 8 – 10 April

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Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust on a fairy tale adventure trail to complete a quest to help Jack climb the giant beanstalk! To complete the quest you will need to solve challenges and help Goldilocks find the right porridge. You’ll need to run, run as fast as you can just like the Gingerbread Man! Complete your quest and claim your fairy tale prize! Fancy dress optional but encouraged! Suitable for 4 – 12 year olds. Time: 10am-3pm - just drop in and collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre. Cost: £3.50 per child (includes chocolate prize). Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Can you guess whodunit? Come along to an exciting murder mystery evening with Candlelight Theatre Company. The action begins over pre-dinner drinks and concludes over coffee. Whilst you sit down to a delicious 3-course dinner, actors will lay the clues that you have to unravel. Tickets: £29.95 per person. Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG 01803 206159 thehotelcollection.co.uk

The Cult of Gloriana, TDFAS 9 April Torbay Decorative & Fine Arts Society is holding a lecture given by Mark Cottle on art, music & politics at the court of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. Visitors welcome: £8 St Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 313546 torbaydfas.org.uk

Brixham ‘Pirate Thursday’ 9 April The Brixham Buccaneers will be bringing all kind of activities, including music, dance, children’s games, workshops, exhibitions, fancy dress competitions, combat shows, and more to Brixham Harbour. Suitable for: swashbucklers of all ages. Time: 10.30am 3.30pm, entry: free. The Old Fishmarket, The Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8AW. 07935 762876

Torbay Film Club 9 April & 7 May Rust and Bone – 9 April, A Late Quartet – 7 May Torbay Film Club is a not for profit group run by volunteers who want to see the finest classic and world cinema in Torbay. Annual membership of Torbay Film 44

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‘Allo ‘Allo - an evening at Café René, Hannah’s 10 April “Listen very carefully, I shall say ‘zis only once…” Book yourself a table at Café René for an evening of outrageous French-themed food and fun. In association with Moonstone Theatre Company, expect a unique and interactive comedy dining experience, perfect for fans of the classic TV show. Time: 7pm, cost: £25 including food and entertainment. The Bistro, Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325825 discoverhannahs.org

Head of the Dart Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge, Totnes 12 April The paddle starts at the Totnes Rowing Club and finishes just short of nine miles away in Dartmouth (near the Higher Ferry). This year’s event will see numbers potentially double to a spectacular 300 stand up paddlers. Totnes Rowing Club, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, TQ9 5AL headofthedart.co.uk

Spring Flower Walk, Greenway 18 April Join the gardeners at Greenway for a walk through the glorious woodland gardens filled with spring flowers. From camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. Greenway’s romantic woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. Booking essential. Cost: Adults £10, children £8, normal admissions apply for entry to house. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham,TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Stone Age School, Kents Cavern 18 April & 16 May Kents Cavern is running new Stone Age School events for children. They will leave the session with what they have made and a badge confirming their new Stone Age skill. Times: 10.00 - 12.00 or 14.00 - 16.00. Suitable for children aged 6 – 12, booking essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult free of charge for up to 4 children). Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay,TQ1 2JF 01803215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Coleton Fishacre Pop Up Museum, Paignton 18 April Do you have an object or something that has a connection with Coleton Fishacre, the D’Oyly Carte family or Gilbert and Sullivan? If so, the Coleton Fishacre team would love to see it. Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm. Paignton Library, Great Western Road, Paignton,TQ4 5AG 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Be a part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day! The event takes place in hundreds of cities, spanning 80 nations. People come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world. Time: 10am. Youngs Park, Goodrington, Paignton,TQ4 6LP worldthaichiday.org

World Penguin Day, Living Coasts 25 April Join Living Coasts for a variety of fun activities and help celebrate all things wonderful about its most famous residents! Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 0844 474 2226 livingcoasts.org.uk

Save the Frogs Day, Paignton Zoo 25 April Frogs are diverse, colourful and fascinating. For instance, did you know that the smallest frog in the world is tinier than a 10 pence piece or that the venom from a poison dart frog can kill up to 10 men? Frogs are amazing but also critically endangered which is why Paignton Zoo needs your help to save them! Join in the fun on in the Amphibian Ark for special talks, quizzes and activities. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Torbay ‘Donut’ Duathlon, Paignton 25 April

Gardeners’ Spring Workshop, Coleton Fishacre 22 April Join the gardeners in Coleton’s RHS certified gardens for a springtime workshop. Time: 2pm to 4pm., cost: £8.00. Normal admissions apply. Booking essential. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth,TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

World Thai Chi Day 25 April englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

The last time the GeoPark Adventure Riders were sprinting around the Velopark track, a seagull dropped a pink doughnut with ‘hundreds & thousands’ topping into the riders’ path almost causing a crash... the Donut Duathlon was born! Start: 2pm. Torbay Velopark, Penwill Way, Goodrington, Paignton,TQ4 5JR 07974 243965 geoparkadventure.com

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir 25 April A concert held in aid of Parkinsons. Time: 7pm, tickets £5 in advance or £8 on the door. St Andrew’s Church, Sands Road, Paignton TQ4 6HA 01803 856655 brixham-orpheus-choir.co.uk April/May 2015


Woodcraft Day, Occombe 26 April Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust invites you to spend a fantastic day out in the woods. You will learn safe tool use and how to make wood cookies and pendants and also how to turn wood on a pole-lathe and help make hazel hurdles for the farm. For adults and children (8yrs+). Cost: £12.50 per adult and £8.50 per child, time: 10am – 4pm. Bring lunch and a hot flask. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

The Lions Clubs of Torbay Grand Banquet & Ball 2 May The four Lions Clubs of Torbay, in conjunction with Rowcroft Hospice, present a Grand Banquet and Ball and Celebration of 50 years of Lions Clubs in Torbay. There will be live music from The Annika Skoogh Quartet and Ricochet Roadshow Disco plus a charity auction. Tickets: £30 to include 3 course dinner and entertainment. Black tie or Lounge Suit. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ 01803 292816

Dartmouth Spring Flower Festival 2 May Enjoy browsing a selection of plants for sale, ideal to prepare your hanging baskets. Refreshments are available. All money raised goes to Dartmouth Green Partnerships to help keep the town florally exciting and to raise money for the group’s proposed new pyramidal community greenhouse. Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QE dartmouthinbloom.org

BMAD Motorbike Festival, Paignton 1 – 3 May

Every year since 2005 Paignton has played host to a beach-front bike festival, raising money for numerous charities, as chosen by the organisers, BMAD (Bikers Make A Difference). BMAD is run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds going to a selection of charities, including Devon Air Ambulance, Devon Young Carers and Devon Freewheelers (Blood Bikes). Each year some local individual cases are also selected, focusing on disabled and disadvantaged children and young people. Since its creation, the festival has grown into a major event attracting locals, visitors and bikers from all across the country. The festival features live music, stunts, a beer tent, more stalls than you can shake a Harley Davison at and the stars of the show: the motorbikes. The Esplanade, Paignton Seafront, TQ4 6ED bmad.co.uk

Dawn Chorus & Spring Arrivals, Occombe 2 May Join local bird expert Mike Langman for a dawn chorus. The very best time to hear bird song is at sunrise, so it will be an early start. This is event is part of International Dawn Chorus Day. The event will be finished off with a delicious full breakfast at Occombe Farm Cafe. Time: 5.30-8.30am, cost £13.50 incl.breakfast, booking essential. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk


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What’s On Brixham Pirate Festival 2015 2 - 4 May

Doggy Day, Coleton Fishacre 4 May Bring along your dogs for this annual day of fun for all the family. Fun dog competitions will run throughout the day; from waggiest tail to cutest puppy, there’s sure to be something at which your pooch will be top dog. Normal admission charges apply. £2 per competition. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

Yellowfest, Torquay 9 May A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! There will be LOTS of pirates, military and period re-enactors here with guns and cannons to make plenty of noise! There is plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock to keep ye hoppin’. Buskers, jugglers and other entertainers will perform around the streets and harbour of Brixham. There will be other shows, re-enactments and events around the town through the weekend. Fancy dress competition for for children. Please dress up if you can, even if it is just an eye-patch! Brixham will be buzzing with pirates in costume right through the weekend. Special Piratical Events include: Skirmish on the Golden Hind Saturday and Sunday 5.30pm The pirates are attacking the Golden Hind in Brixham Harbour. See a crew of bloodthirsty pirates attack and watch the Golden Hind defended by troops and crew. There will be musket and cannon fire! This is always one of the most popular events at the Pirate Festival! Pirates at the Proms Sunday and Monday Afternoon You’ll have a chance to join the pirate gang by dancing the hornpipe and singing along such favourites as Heart of Oak and Rule Britannia. It’s a swashbuckling mix of fun and entertainment so make sure you join in! Brixham Town Centre, Brixham,TQ5 8AW brixhampiratefestival.co.uk

Headlining will be the legendary 10cc plus the magnificent Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford (Squeeze) as well as amazing local performances from These Reigning Days, Three Bags Full, The Simmertones, The Esplanades and Tesserae. Doors open at 12.00 noon. Launa Windows Stadium, Plainmoor, Torquay, TQ1 3PS 01803 328666 torquayunited.com

Dawn Chorus Walk, Greenway 9 May Join this wonderful opportunity to listen to and identify early morning bird song whilst taking a walk on the estate with one of the National Trust’s countryside rangers. Includes coffee, tea and bacon sandwiches. Time: 5.00 - 8.00am, cost: adults £8, children £4. Booking essential. Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Gardeners’ Question Time, Torquay 9 May A fundraising event held by the Rotary Club of Torquay; the public will be invited to put their questions to an expert panel chaired by Don Cockman. The three experts will be Pat Hill (organic gardening), Dr Maciek Pomian, (plantsman) and Ali Marshall (Head Gardener, Torre Abbey Gardens). There will also be a grand plant sale. Time: 2-4.30pm, cost: £5 (includes tea & biscuits). St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, TQ1 1HW 01803 329899 rotary-ribi.org

Peninsula Fair, Lupton House 10 May Everyone is welcome to the first ever Peninsula Fair at Lupton House. Come and celebrate the unique Brixham and Kingswear peninsula and all it has to offer. There will be local food grown and cooked by local people available to sample throughout the day as well as creative activities


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and workshops. Stories, drawings, and observations will be on display. Free event with South Devon AONB. Brixham Road, Churston Ferrers TQ5 0LD discoverlupton.com

How Do They Do That? TDFAS 14 May Torbay Decorative & Fine Arts Society is holding a lecture given by Charles Hajdamach on the techniques of glass making. Visitors welcome: £8 St Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 313546 torbaydfas.org.uk

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Coleton Fishacre 15 May Step back in time with this celebration of the 1920s. Sip cocktails as the jazz band perform from the Loggia and soak up the magnificent surroundings on this special evening of elegance and music. Time: 7.30pm to 10pm, tickets: £20 per person. Booking essential. Brownstone Road, Kingswear,TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk

South Devon 10k & Fun Run 16 May The South Devon 10k is a stunning route, involving quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways taking in views of the River Dart and Mill Pond at Stoke Gabriel. It is organised in co-operation with South Devon Athletic Club under UKA Rules. There is a race limit of 600 runners and a minimum age restriction of 15 years. A short fun run will also take place, which is open to all ages. Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ 01803 540554 sdcfriends.co.uk

Berry Head Bird identification Day 16 & 17 May Improve your bird identification skills with local expert Mike Langman. This two-day course corresponding with the busy spring migration period of the year will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. Time: 10am to 4pm both days, cost £55, booking essential. Note: car parking charge for non-members. Berry Head NNR Carpark, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Newton Abbot Beer Festival 16 – 18 May This year’s festival will be the 23rd festival to be hosted by Tuckers Maltings and will feature an all weather family marquee, hot food and more than 250 beers. Teign Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4AA edwintucker.co.uk

Occombe Farm Letterbox Trail 23 – 31 May Take your family on a hunt around Occombe Farm with a brand new Letterbox Trail! Explore the farm and follow the clues to collect the names of the mini and mega beasts that live at Occombe Farm. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £1.50 per child, no booking – collect your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir 16 May A concert held in aid of church funds. Time: 7pm, tickets £5 in advance or £8 on the door. St Andrew’s Church, Sands Road, Paignton TQ4 6HA 01803 856655 brixham-orpheus-choir.co.uk

Torbay Classic Offshore Power Boat Racing (ORDA) 23 & 24 May This is an annual event with 20 or more boats racing around buoys in the bay. See the boats and meet the crews from Friday 22nd May at Haldon Pier. Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 48

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What’s On BrixFest Brixham 2015 23 – 27 May Award winning BrixFest is in its fourth year having firmly established itself as one of Brixham’s leading festivals, bigger and better each year. Highlights include: Saturday 23 May - Official opening with Brixham Town Band - Heritage craft displays including knot tying and basket weaving - Live cooking demonstrations - Local food and drink market - Live music throughout the day - Grand Fireworks Display - 9:50pm around the Inner Harbour Sunday 24 May - The Yakolevs Aerobatic Display Team – approx. 3pm - Brixham Community Street Party (Fore Street) Heritage Sailing Trawler Regatta - Live music and entertainment - Arts and Crafts Market on Harbourside Monday 25 May - Kid’s day on Breakwater Beach with petting zoo, arts and crafts, puppet shows, mermaid storytelling, exhibitions and museum activities, live music, magicians and more – 11am – 3pm. - ‘Victory in Europe’ themed activities, demonstrations, live music with Sandy Sparkle, food/drink and exhibitions by Brixham Battery & Brixham Museum to commemorate both VE Day and The Battle of Waterloo (1815), when Napoleon was held in the Bay on HMS Bellerophon. - Crabbing Competition along Marina Walk by Moorings Reach – 12- 4pm. Brixham Harbour, Brixham, TQ5 8AJ 07808 653104 brixfest.com

May Half Term - Bygones 23 – 31 May Search for the 10 Victorian coins and guess their names. Treat for getting them all correct. Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 4PR 01803 326108 bygones.co.uk

Marine Wildlife Kayak Tour, Seashore Centre 24 May Spend an unforgettable day on a kayak tour visiting the English Riviera’s most beautiful wildlife hotspots. A Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust marine wildlife expert plus a kayak Instructor will take you to wildlife sites that are only accessible by boat. You will look out for seals, seabirds, peregrine falcons, harbour porpoise, jellyfish and see towering cliffs and spectacular geology. For lunch, the group will find a secluded cove and enjoy an Occombe Farm picnic. Time: 9.30am – 4pm, cost: £70, booking essential. Tanners Road, Paignton TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Meet the Animals at Occombe Farm 25 – 29 May Join an Occombe Farm Ranger on a discovery tour around the farm to learn more about the animals. Have the chance to meet ducks, pigs and chickens; plus groom the pygmy goats and discover more about the quirky Alpacas. Time: 10-11am, cost: £2.50, booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Family Sunday Lunch with Nutty Noah, Imperial Hotel 24 May Enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch this half term at the Imperial Hotel, whilst Nutty Noah entertains the children and adults. Tickets: Adults £14.95, under 14s £7.50, under-3s free of charge Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG 01803 206159 thehotelcollection.co.uk

River Dart Canoe Expedition 25 May Explore the River Dart by canoe. This exciting all day expedition is perfect for all abilities. Canoes and an instructor are provided. The trip starts at Stoke Gabriel and an instructor will take you along the beautiful Dart to finish at Greenway. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £60 per englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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What’s On person, booking essential. Greenway House, Galmpton Road, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

watch the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost, using bat detectors to hear their calls. Cost: £5 adults, £3.50 child, booking: essential. Note: car parking charge for non-members. Berry Head NNR Carpark, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Babbacombe Ukulele Festival, Oddicombe Beach 29 & 30 May

Avian Adventures, Paignton Zoo 26 May Experience the zoo’s fascinating aviaries and Avian Breeding Centre, followed by nibbles. Time: 7-9pm, cost: £15, booking essential. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Enjoy this fun, free event and listen to the various local bands that will be playing. There will also be various workshops. Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LU babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

English Riviera International Dance Festival, Torquay 31 May – 2 June The English Riviera International Dance Festival is a glittering annual dance extravaganza is open to everyone with an interest in dancing. So whether you want to join in with the social and leisure dancing, learn and improve your dancing prowess, watch champions in cabaret, or enter the competitions, don’t miss out on this spectacular annual event. TLH Leisure Resort, Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HS 01803 400500 dance.tlh.co.uk

Fairy Day at Greenway 31 May Superhero Dive Show, Living Coasts 27 May See the marine zoo’s superhero dive to the depths of the tank to feed the penguins! Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG 0844 474 2226 livingcoasts.org.uk

Berry Head Bat Walk 29 May A unique opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway Site. The Greater Horseshoe bats live in the caves formed in the 400 million year old limestone cliffs. The event begins at the Visitor Centre to see the bats in their roost using the cave camera, then you will head out onto the reserve to see how the cows help to feed the bats, before moving on to englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Calling all little fairies and pirates who would love to come to the ball for a fun filled afternoon of adventure. Join in adventures, craft and celebrations. Those pesky pirates have been causing the fairies trouble again!! Parking spaces must be pre-booked. Time: 2-4pm, cost: children £3, normal admission charges apply. Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick STARLIGHT ON TILL 21 OCTOBER (TuESdAyS & WEdNESdAyS) For those who love musicals old and new, Starlight is a real treat with plenty of sparkle (see Editor’s review).

dANCE 13 MAy ONLy Pasha and his sensational dancers will transport you into the world of Ballroom and Latin Dance (see interview overleaf ).

Also worth seeing… yamato drummers 28 April

Also worth seeing… The Music of the Night Thursdays from 30 April

Flavel Arts Centre dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick NT LIVE – MAN ANd SuPERMAN 14, 28 & 30 MAy Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Also worth seeing… ROH Live – La Fille Mal Gardee 5 May Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick IT RuNS IN THE FAMILy 22 – 25 APRIL

Doctor David Mortimer is about to address an important conference, which could earn him a knighthood. As he finishes writing his speech an old flame arrives and announces that the relationship they had resulted in a son who is downstairs waiting to meet his father. Frantic to hide this from everyone David has to invent all sorts of characters to prevent the truth from emerging.

Also worth seeing… Palstock – The darkside of Pink Floyd 17 April

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick PASHA KOVALEV – LIFE THROuGH 52

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Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick THE VICAR OF dIBLEy – THE SECONd COMING 27 – 30 MAy Brixham Operatic and Dramatic Society proudly present - The Vicar of Dibley - The Second Coming! Come and see the Dibley villagers embarking on new adventures in this sequel to their successful, original production last year.

Also worth seeing… Bob Fox - An Evening With the Warhorse Songman 15 May Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick dON’T dRESS FOR dINNER 11 – 18 APRIL

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? This is a TOADS season production.

Also worth seeing… Private Lives 9 – 16 May





Editor’s thEatrE rEviEw: starlight at BaBBacomBE thEatrE Starlight has brought a whole galaxy of star quality to the stage at Babbacombe Theatre with its celebration of musicals old and new. The show was fast paced with a fabulous mix of song, dance and quick fire comedy turns. Glamorous sets provided the perfect backdrop for the six main stars, the gorgeous Danze Chique team plus the adorable Kidz & Co. The packed house was mesmerised one moment and howling with laughter the next. Ben Nickless, who managed 26 hilarious impressions in 5 minutes, brilliantly complemented zany headline act Phil Lowen. Then there was the stunning singing voice and boyish charm of Paul Cobley, the superb comic timing of Wayne Champagne and the spectacular vocal stylings of Keedie and Lisa Walker. This is the epitome of a feel good show with plenty of glamour and sparkle and never a dull moment. There were lots of truly memorable highlights but I loved the Aladdin sequences with buckets of madcap humour, much-loved songs, eye-catching costumes and superb dance routines. The choreography throughout the whole show is wild and wonderful with Danze Chique’s talent and versatility shining brightly throughout. Hands were clapping, feet were tapping and at one point the laughter nearly brought the house down in good oldfashioned style. Starlight, brought to us by the talented Colin Matthews is definitely a show to see at least once this season. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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2015/16 SEASON The 39 Steps

3rd - 15th August 2015 (No Saturday matinee) Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan Murder has never been this funny

Love from a Stranger

7th - 12th September 2015 (Saturday matinee 2.30pm) By Frank Vosper based on a story by Agatha Christie A whirlwind romance with a charming stranger sweeps a traveller off her feet

On Golden Pond

12th - 17th October 2015 By Ernest Thompson A touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a lovable elderly couple

The Canterbury Tales

11th - 14th November 2015 Adapted by Martin Riley A Tadpoles production of some of Chaucer’s tales

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

14th - 19th December 2015 By Glyn Robbins adapted from the book by C. S. Lewis Open the door and enter a spectacular new world

Night must Fall

18th - 23rd January 2016 By Emlyn Williams Revival of the 1930’s psychological thriller

What the Butler Saw

15th - 20th February 2016

By Joe Orton A breakneck farce of disappearances, disguises and discoveries

Entertaining Angels

14th - 19th March 2016 By Richard Everett A very English comedy with real emotional undercurrents

Charley’s Aunt

11th - 16th April 2016 By Brandon Thomas The classic evergreen farce

Role Play

9th - 14th May 2016 By Alan Ayckbourn A dinner party from hell with moral confusions

Separate Tables

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from Strictly Pasha Kovalev, celebrated winner of Strictly Come Dancing is coming to Torquay on 13th May with his new show ‘Life Through Dance’. Anita Newcombe chatted to Pasha about his new show and his dance career. Tell Us More About the New Show I’ll be mixing everything up with classic salsas, waltzes, tangos, pasa dobles and so on – everything will be new with original choreography. I choose the music, which will be a mixture of newly selected plus existing favourites. My dance partner is Anya Garnis who I’ve been dancing with for 13 years and there’ll be other sensational dancers too. There’s also some fun audience participation where a few people will be invited up on stage. It doesn’t matter if you can dance or not – I will make sure you look good. It’s easy and fun. Do you live full time in the UK now? Yes I’m certainly here more than I’m away – Strictly takes 5 months and my tour another 5 months so with some holidays abroad that takes up most of my time. Your upcoming tour has 80 dates – don’t you get exhausted? englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Sure, last year we did 75 dates but the theatres ask for more and more. To be honest, once I’m on tour I just get into the ‘zone’ and it’s fine – I do tend to lose weight though so I need to keep eating. I have lots of protein shakes and eat plenty of meat and salad. Sometimes after the show there are few places open so I end up at the local kebab house fairly often. Have you Ever Been to Torquay Before? No, this will be my first time. Do you have any advice for boys who might get teased about learning to dance? It’s about educating people. Russians are probably more open to artistic expression and it’s as normal and as popular for a boy to be a dancer in Russia as a footballer. I started at the age of 8 years old and never had any problems with my classmates. It’s important for boys to realise that this is an intensely physical sport; rugby players and other athletes we’ve had on Strictly are amazed by the level of stamina and fitness needed – some have said it was the most difficult thing they have done in their life. And look at Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, they were masculine and very strong. Dance does also help you to communicate well with girls – you learn about yourself and how to express your emotions. What’s the Best Thing about Your Profession? The thing I love the most is how dance can touch people’s hearts, help them to express themselves; it teaches them to laugh and to cry – that’s the most precious thing for me. What’s Your Magic Formula for Success? My advice would be to find something you love doing, aim high and put in hours and hours of hard work. When I’m on Strictly I put my heart into everything I do – I try to connect with the meaning of the movement and it doesn’t matter whether I’m competing with anyone or not. Success is doing your very best at what you love. You’re Always Such a Gentleman on Strictly – How Do You Do It? There is a lot of pressure on the professionals but at the end of the day, it’s just a TV show so you do your best and take account of any negative comments to help you improve. You’ve got to keep it together, not only for yourself but more importantly to be strong and help your dance partner succeed.

Life Through Dance will be at the Princess Theatre, Torquay 13 May 2015, Box Office 0844 8713023.

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What could be nicer than an early evening swim and dip in a jacuzzi followed by some serious pampering in the spa? Anita Newcombe together with Angela Dawe checked out Aztec Spa’s brand-new evening indulgence sessions.


ngela and I arrive at Torquay’s Aztec just before 5pm on a Monday evening to try out the new Aztec Sunset package. After completing a health questionnaire, we are issued with smart chocolate coloured robes and flipflops and shown into the changing rooms to get our swimsuits on ready for the pool. We find a few people doing lazy lengths in the attractive 25-metre pool, part of the beautiful Aztec Falls pool area. Angela says, “Right twenty lengths!” and we set off at a moderate pace that quickly slows when we realise that right now we could be in the jacuzzi chilling and chatting. Upon completion of four lengths we agree that we have done our bit and trot off past the smaller pools towards the steaming bubbles. There are just two people in the jacuzzi when we arrive and we slide into the wonderfully steamy hot water where we stay for some considerable time until, emerging from our reverie, we decide to investigate the delights of the sauna and steam rooms. We are now looking forward to our treatments and after showering and shrugging on our robes again we head into the stunning and supremely tranquil treatment area. The décor has a rather exotic Mayan theme; there’s soft lighting, carved stonework, bamboo screens, rattan chairs, squashy cushions, some gorgeous lamps and lots of lush plants – idyllic!

I am shown into a treatment room by Katie who is doing my Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy, whilst Angela is having an Elemis Skin Specific Facial with Abbie next door. Katie explains that she will pop out whilst I remove my robe and lie face down on the pristine white towels on the treatment table and cover up with more fluffy towels that are topped with Mayan print covers. Now Katie re-enters and the next 30 minutes I enjoy heavenly warming massage to my back and legs with the use of hot stones and oils. It seems that warmed stones have been popular since ancient times for medicinal and spiritual purposes. The warmed stones are placed on key energy points of the body and the therapist uses the stones together with scented oils to massage away any tension. I drift off in the warm scented air filled with soft background music. After my treatment, Angela reappears and is delighted with her facial. Her therapist, Abbie has chosen the Elemis Active Fruit Glow for her treatment, which is designed to cleanse, moisturise and and revitalise dull skin and give it a wonderful glow. Also included was a wonderfully soothing head and neck massage. Sitting in the relaxation area after our treatments, we feel too blissfully relaxed to move but eventually manage to tear ourselves away to head home. Highly recommended for a mid-week treat! o

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18th–22nd May 2015 Don't leave it to chance. Make or update your Will during Rowcroft's Make a Will Week. During Make a Will Week, local solicitors waive their fee for Will-making, in return for a donation to Rowcroft. Every donation received as part of Make a Will Week will help to fund the hospice's specialist care to local people living in South Devon with progressive life-limiting illnesses. Participating solicitors in: • Bovey Tracey • Brixham • Dartmouth • Exeter • Newton Abbot • Paignton • Plymouth • Teignmouth • Torquay • Totnes

For a list of participating solicitors please call 01803 217642 or 210857 or visit our website: www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/will-week Registered charity no: 282723


Introducing Rowcroft Hospice’s Make a Will Week


Rowcroft Hospice provides a wide range of services to support and care for over 2200 patients living with progressive life-limiting illnesses in South Devon every year.

Rowcroft during our Make a Will Week campaign and are so grateful for the support of the local community.” To make a Will as part of the campaign, you simply need to make an appointment with one of the 16 participating firms across South Devon. During your appointment you will be asked to provide the information necessary for the firm to write your Will and also to make your donation to Rowcroft, either £100 for one Will or £150 for a pair of mirror Wills. More complicated needs can be discussed with your chosen solicitor. All donations go directly to Rowcroft. Christopher Linton, a solicitor at Wollen Michelmore, says, “Making a Will can be a daunting prospect, but the effect it can have makes it all worthwhile. It can enable you to support local charities like Rowcroft, together with supporting your family and ensuring their financial security. Without a Will there is no way to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled, particularly if you want to support a charity.” Sue Dayment, Partner Solicitor at Scott Richards, added, “Some jobs are worth doing properly. Making a Will with a Solicitor will give peace of mind to your loved ones at what can be a distressing time. Scott Richards is proud to continue to support Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week by raising funds and awareness, while at the same time encouraging people to make a Will.” Making a Will ensures that your family’s future is secure, and by making or updating your Will during Rowcroft Hospice’s Make a Will Week you’ll also be helping to secure the future of Rowcroft’s vital work. For more information on how Rowcroft can help you and your family, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk.


The hospice’s services, which also support the families and carers of patients, are provided by teams of specialist health and social care professionals as well as trained volunteers. About Make a Will Week Making a Will is important for you and your family, bringing the peace of mind and knowledge that whatever the future might bring, your loved ones are financially protected. Despite the benefits, research has shown that only 27% of 16-54 year olds have a Will and last year alone £8m went to the government because of this. Rowcroft Hospice is now giving you the chance to update or make your first Will at the same time as making a vital donation to its services. “Although Rowcroft’s services are provided free of charge to patients and their families, it is not free to provide. It is funded in the main thanks to donations and gifts in Wills,” explains Jill Stevens, Head of Supporter Development at the hospice. She adds, “Last year we managed to raise just over £26,000 for


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Helen Shepherd lives in Galmpton with her husband plus a fine collection of goats, chickens, pigs and dogs. She’s also a carer with Shared Lives South West.


is becoming more outgoing.” elen Shepherd lives and works in Galmpton, Helen says she enjoys the variety and choice: because running her own pet-care and dog-walking she offers short breaks, she can fit the work in around business. Along with husband Dave (a local her other activities. Would she prefer a nine-to-five job? property developer) she also keeps alpacas, goats, chickens, “No way!” Professionally, she says she finds it satisfying pigs and, of course, a couple of dogs! As well as her love to be able to provide consistent support and have a sense of animals, Helen has over 12 years’ professional caring of continuity in the way she works with people. Because experience and, after considering it for a while, she applied they’re not part of a large care-home they don’t have to to become a carer with Shared Lives South West. stick to a rigid schedule - instead they’re free to discuss and Shared Lives carers work in their own homes providing agree ‘house rules’ and the daily care and support for people who have “One of our young men routine in a way that suits them as additional needs – perhaps because of a learning disability, mental health really enjoys being outdoors, a family. But of course, it’s still a responsibility because, as Helen issues or needs related to older age, so he’s always pleased to be big says “at the end of the day, it’s not such as dementia. helping Dave out feeding just someone staying in your house What appealed to Helen was the flexibility the arrangement offers, the pigs or walking the dogs – it’s a vulnerable person that you’re for” - which is where the giving her a chance to use her caring with me. He’s a bit shy and responsible support from Shared Lives South experience in a way which fits in well with the family’s other commitments. can lack confidence, but you West comes in. Carers like Helen go through She’s really pleased with how things can see he finds time with a rigorous assessment when they are working out, and now there are the animals relaxing - it’s a apply to join the scheme. Once two young men who come and visit place he can really just be accepted, they complete a training regularly and are quickly becoming programme, working closely with a part of the family. himself.” dedicated member of Shared Lives “The animals have a therapeutic South West staff who will in due course suggest a possible effect” explains Helen. “One of our young men really ‘match’ with someone looking for care and support locally. enjoys being outdoors, so he’s always pleased to be helping The support worker arranges introductions and initial Dave out feeding the pigs or walking the dogs with me. meetings and, when an arrangement has been agreed, they He’s a bit shy and can lack confidence, but you can see he visit regularly to make sure everything’s going well. Shared finds time with the animals relaxing - it’s a place he can Lives South West also helps out with all the paperwork, really just be himself.” financial management and benefits administration – As for Dave, he’s thinking of spending less time building leaving carers free to get on with the most important part: and more time working with the animals – which is a great providing a ‘home from home’ care and support service for fit with the care work. And although he hadn’t had any someone who needs it. Helen says the best thing about it is previous caring experience, he’s finding he really enjoys it: the satisfaction of “being able to share our family life with “It’s nice to see how Andrew’s changed over the time he’s someone: seeing them grow as a person, trying out new been coming here – he’s definitely got more confidence and things and gaining new skills.” o

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Robert Owen Communities (ROC) is celebrating their 25th! Although they provide services right across Devon and in Cornwall there are some wonderful projects taking place right here on the English Riviera.


OC, based on Steamer Quay in Totnes, is marking its 25th year with a drive to promote work place inclusion for people with learning disabilities. The charity has been championing ‘Care in the Community’ for the past 25 years and they are now providing communitybased services to more than 400 people with a learning disability. David Wilson, ROC’s Chief Executive, has been with the charity from the beginning. Parents of students at a specialist learning disability college originally set it up. Their purpose was to create opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in normal Chris Milford day-to-day life in the community. at work While ROC operates in Devon and Cornwall, its heartland is South Devon where it offers a performing and creative arts service, a fitness and recreation facility and a wide range of courses in life and work skills including a farm. It also provides supported living accommodation and residential care. While Adult Social Care funds these services, ROC’s Work2Work programme will increasingly need public support. The challenge of extending ‘Care in the Community’ to the workplace is huge. Nevertheless, there are evident signs of partnership support to bring down the barriers. For example, on the English Riviera, the Railway Project, a partnership between First Great Western, South Devon College and ROC, has led to the complete makeover of Torquay station. This type of project is fuelling an ambition for employment among the people ROC supports. Now First Great Western is planning a training programme for the people ROC supports and this initiative could lead to real work opportunities. Chris Milford is an example of a person who is making good progress through ROC’s Work2Work. Chris does a paid job at ROC’s Life and Work Skills Centre three times each week and his confidence has really grown. He cleans the kitchen and bathrooms, vacs, empties the bins and mops the floors. He also works on the Railway Project and


is really looking forward to the next phase of the Railway Project at Torre Station. There are three elements to the Torre railway project: 1. A new shelter is currently under construction, the station is to be repainted and the picket fence repaired. 2. ROC’s gardening team will revamp the station border on the upside platform. First Great Western has already completed clearance of dead conifer shrubs and bramble from the station border. Work is underway to weed and prepare the ground for planting by the end of April. ROC’s project worker, Jessica Allen, has designed an attractive planting plan to incorporate herbs and other shrubs with sensory appeal. The planting is low maintenance, suitable for this unmanned station. 3. A high impact, locally themed, mural project is currently at the ideas stage. ROC’s 25th anniversary year began in style in January when it received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the new CQC quality inspection. Now it’s raising the stakes by championing workplace inclusion for people with learning disabilities. Through their Work2Work initiative, the person with the disability is thoroughly prepared for the world of work, as are the growing network of host employers who are partnering with them. David would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to support ROC in the roll out of Work2Work. Employers have a special role to play but so do schools, community groups and event organisers who may give ROC a platform to share their message and contribute resources. o roc-uk.org

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Splurge or Save? The government is introducing the most radical changes to pensions in almost a hundred years. From 6th April, individuals over the age of 55 with a defined contribution pension will be able to access their entire pension flexibly if they wish.


alking about pensions, once only for the dull and conversationally challenged, has become a hot topic in recent months. Debate has become intense about whether the waves of newly available grey pounds will drive an unprecedented, luxury spending boom. Will keeping up with the Jones’s be a major headache now that Aston Martins, cruises, treks to the Himalayas, designer clothing, watches, jewellery and kitchen extensions seem to be within reach? Will the seemingly dull Mrs Smith at number 12 suddenly roar out of her drive in a spanking new Maserati? Will all of this save the economy? After all, Steve Webb, the pensions minister has indicated that we should feel free to buy a Lamborghini if we fancy it (assuming our pension pots would run to such an indulgence). But our aspirations might be much more modest; perhaps a special holiday with the whole family, the chance to take up an exciting hobby or just a few new clothes – very tempting when the resources seem within reach. Perhaps it is more likely that people will take the opportunity to pay off those credit cards or help with their grandchildren’s expenses. The new rules allow people aged 55 and over to cash


in all or part of their defined contribution pension if they wish, rather than buy an annuity that guarantees an income for life. Unlimited choice it seems but that also comes with a big, scary dollop of extra responsibility – how do we know what might be best? This is perhaps where we enter the domain of the philosopher. How should I live my life – should I play things really safe or try and achieve my bucket list while I’ve got the chance? We all know that too much eating, drinking and lazing around can be harmful to our health but is discovering the wonders of our planet on a globetrotting (and ever so slightly hedonistic) adventure the way forward? Who knows? As with most things financial, a sensible sit down with a trusted expert to help you to negotiate the possibly shark infested pools of options open to you now seems advisable. Not only could you risk running out of money but you could also face a large and unexpected tax bill if you get things wrong. Still, if you do take care, ensure you get professional financial advice and weigh up all the options and potential pitfalls before deciding how to proceed, the new freedom of choice is certainly an exciting prospect. o

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Time to Get Gardening! Spring has arrived. The clocks have changed, the days have lengthened, the grass is starting to grow and the daffodils have flowered. All this means that the gardening year is well under way! Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon passes on some useful tips. Gardening in the Bay has many benefits over other situations, the rarity of frost and snow being just a couple. However coastal gardens can struggle with salt-laden winds that quickly kill off a wide range of the more tender plants. Some type of windbreak will enable you to widen your choice of plants. The windbreak can be a solid permanent structure or one that will soften the wind but still allow it to filter through. A hedge forms the perfect windbreak, can be a thing of beauty in itself and has the added bonus of providing shelter and homes for birds and insects throughout the year. Hedging rose, cotoneaster, berberis, holly, blackthorn and hawthorn are all salt tolerant hedging plants from which to choose. When it comes to selecting plants for your garden remember that those with tough, coarse or hairy leaves tend to do well in coastal gardens. Some suggestions to consider include:

Shrubs Broom Hebe Viburnum Mahonia Perennials Red hot poker Sedum Crocosmia Eryngium Erigeron Sea Pinks

The hedging, shrubs and perennials will all combine to give the garden structure but many of us want a blast of temporary colour in the summer and this is where annuals come in to play. During April sowings of hardy annuals and herbs can be made outside as can various vegetable seeds:

Annuals Californian poppy Calendula Alyssum Gazania Statice Godetia Virginian Stock Vegetables Peas Spinach Cabbage Broccoli Herbs Rosemary Thyme Pets in the Garden Looking at my Jack Russell, Storm, who is currently sitting on my foot, I feel the need to share a word of warning. I recently read that a much loved pet dog died through nibbling the leaves of a heliotrope plant. Many plants are toxic to our pets so do check and take precautions.

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! 66

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Gardening The Famous Torbay Palm Some Torbay Palms (Cordyline Australis) may be looking a little tatty after the winter and if you haven’t already done so now is the time to give yours a makeover. Remove dead leaves and correct any winter damage by cutting back to just above a new side-shoot or to any point on the trunk below the damage. If your Torbay Palm is past its best or if you simply want another, then Dobies of Devon is running a special offer, exclusive to readers of English Riviera magazine. You will receive a 10% discount off the price of a Torbay Palm (5 litre potted plant) bringing the price down to just £24.30 plus £4.99 carriage. To take advantage of this offer simply place an order, either online at dobies.co.uk or by phone on 0844 701 7625 quoting product code 248205 and offer code ER415. The discount will then automatically be deducted. This offer closes either on 5th June 2015 or when we run out of palms, whichever comes first.

English Riviera Gardens - Now Open Torre Abbey Gardens, Greenway and Coleton Fishacre Gardens are beautiful to visit at this time of year. Check websites for opening times before travelling. torre-abbey.org.uk nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Gardening Talk Torquay & District Horticultural Society has asked me to let readers know about their programme of interesting and informative gardening talks. The next is at the Livermead House Hotel at 7.30pm on 8 April 2015 - New Tricks for Old Gardeners with Katherine Crouch, 2013 Chelsea Gold Medallist. ths.btck.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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EducationNews.... Torquay Girls’ Grammar Centenary Celebrations This April, Torquay Girls’ Grammar School is celebrating 100 years of educating bright girls in Torbay. To mark this historic event, the school is building a commemorative amphitheatre, which they hope will last for another century. The amphitheatre will not only provide a stunning platform for music and drama but can be used as a wonderful outdoor space for lessons and relaxation during the summer. TGGS is also developing an Archive Corridor showcasing memorabilia from the

last 100 years. These projects will be officially opened on 25 April at an event for past pupils and staff, which will include tours of the school, a live production by the students and a cream tea. TOGA (Torquay Old Girls’ Association) has organised a reunion to take place on the evening of 24 April at the Trecarn Hotel in Torquay. Old Girls from all over the world will be attending, some from as far afield as New Zealand. They have also arranged a Church Service of thanks and celebration to be held at Central Church, Tor Hill Road on Sunday 26 March. More information about these events is available via the centenary section of the school website. o tggs.torbay.sch.uk

Abbey School’s Eisteddfod Abbey School held its annual Eisteddfod recently with every child in the school participating. Heats were held in school beforehand with heat winners performing in front of adjudicators. Standards were high and winners of the various classes, with other performers, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

created items for their Eisteddfod concert held, for the first time, in front of the public, friends and relatives, at the school’s Open Day. Winners included: Abigail Johnston (Infant Singing), Daniel Seaward (Junior Singing), Harvey McCoy (Senior Singing), Henry Batty (Infant Music), Alice Janzen (Junior Music), Monty Ashton (Senior Music), Charlotte Saraullo (Infant Poetry), Matthew Butler (Junior Verse Speaking) and Olivia Seaward (Senior Verse Speaking). Runners Up included: Ronni Hughes (Infant Singing), Lauren Deakin (Junior Singing), Archie Mason (Senior Singing), Serena Lin (Infant Music), Sofia Saraullo (Junior Music), Matthew Rutland (Senior Music), Andrew Gaffney (Infant Poetry), Archie Hayter (Junior Verse Speaking), Sophie Castillo-Palmer (Senior Verse Speaking). The Abbey School Award for Performance Endeavour was awarded to Aarin Belur. o April/May 2015


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EducationNews.... Cavanna Helps Out with Eden Park’s Science Lessons One of Cavanna Homes’ latest developments became a classroom for the day as it played host to more than 100 children from a nearby primary school. Year 1 and 2 pupils from Brixham’s Eden Park Primary School Academy were able to see new homes being built close-up when they visited Fusion on the outskirts of Paignton. The youngsters also had the chance to get their hands on building materials before being given a tour of the development by Cavanna Homes’ Project Manager Jamie Horton. Eden Park teacher Julie Dawkins said: “The Year 1 and 2 children have been working on a science project, based on the story of the Three Little Pigs and looking at the best ways to build things. Their visit to Fusion was very hands-on with them getting the chance to see and feel lots of different building materials.” o

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School Oxbridge Success! Seventeen TBGS students are celebrating receiving conditional offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. This could well result in an improvement on last year’s fantastic achievement of 10 TBGS students securing places. Six of the students received offers from Cambridge in: Engineering; Human, Social & Political Sciences; Natural Sciences (3); and Theology & Religious Studies. The other eleven students received offers from Oxford in: Biochemistry; Chemistry; Economics & Management (3);


History; Mathematics (2); Physics; PPE and Theology. Alice Donnellan follows in the footsteps of Ailie Kerr from last year and has also achieved an unconditional offer from Harvard whilst also receiving an offer from Cambridge. Alice will be our third student in a row to receive a place at Harvard after Nick Bonstow and Ailie. Of the group of seventeen students, four are currently studying the International Baccalaureate and thirteen are studying A-levels. o

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Linden Homes Launch

Linden Homes launched their White Rock development in Paignton with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Gordon Oliver and a cheerleading display by a team of children from White Rock Primary School. In addition to the provision of 350 new homes, there will be a brand-new training and education hub at the site.

Cheerleaders from White Rock Primary School.

Clare Crawford (Aster Homes), Cllr Derek Mills (Deputy Mayor), Mayor Gordon Oliver, Brian Deacon (Linden Homes), Karen Blacklaw (CITB)

Karen Meanwell, Michele Jones, Brian Deacon, Tim Douglass (all Linden Homes)

Rob Baker (Linden Homes), Anna Trant (South Devon College), David Dance (South Devon College)

Kevin Foster (Torbay Conservative Parliamentary Candidate), Cllr Mark Kingscote, Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine) and Cllr Alison Hernandez


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Big Rhino Launch

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The Trustees and Directors of Paignton Zoo held an official launch reception for The Great Big Rhino Project. Invited guests enjoyed drinks and canapĂŠs and heard about this mass public art event due to hit the streets of South Devon in summer 2016, all in aid of vital rhino conservation.

Peter Hodge (Marsland Nash Associates), Simon Tonge (Paignton Zoo), Sue Reed (Marsland Nash Associates) and Matthew Clarke (Torbay Bookshop)

Colin Knight (Francis Clark), Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo) and Sam Cook (Francis Clark)

Andrew Cooper (PZ Trustee) and Jeanne Cooper

Katherine Sobey (Paignton Zoo), Sarah James (RICC), Richard Cuming (Bygones) and Rachel Perry (RICC)

Becky Turner (Paignton Zoo), Cathy Dean (Save the Rhino), Matthew Webb (Paignton Zoo) and Charlie Langhorne (Wild in Art)

Vicki Cook, Ellie Smith, Janine Dixon (Cavanna Homes)

Dot and John Doherty (Dot’s Pantry)

Dr Amy Plowman (Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust), Pete Salmon (Bays Brewery), Andrew Bowkett (Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust) and Mark Salmon (Bays Brewery)

Simon Storey (Cockington Chocolate Company), Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo) and Tony Fagan (Cockington Chocolate Company)


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Flavel’s 10th Birthday English Riviera magazine attended a reception held by The Flavel in Dartmouth as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. Trustees, members, donors and community representatives were out in force to mark the occasion with drinks, canapÊs and a very special birthday cake.

Cllr Rob Lyon, Mayor of Dartmouth, Ray Bridges (Former Chair), Keith Pockett (Former Chair) and David Chapman (Chair of Trustees)

John Ellwood, Lindsay Ellwood (Trustee) and Jonathan Hawkins

Mandy Potter & Sarah Martin (Bartons Solicitors)

June Pockett, Steven Williams and Val Phillips

Peter Conisbee (Trustee), Lesley Turner and Mike Penn

Richard Alexander, Jane Mitchell, John Mitchell, Tracie Lange (Trustee), Ray Bridges and Margaret Bridges

Helen Deakin (trustee), Cllr Rob Lyon (Mayor of Dartmouth) and Jeremy Logie (Trustee)


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Aqua Lounge Launch

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A reception and special preview evening was held to celebrate the launch of the brand new café bar Aqua Lounge at Torquay’s Riviera International Centre.

Claire Jeavons (Beverley Holidays), Rob Robinson and Anne George (Trevor George Entertainment) Alex Rowe (RICC), Cllr Jane Barnby (Chair Torbay Council), Simon Jolly (RICC) and Richard Barnby

Liz Pippett (THA), Nicky Harding (RICC) and Sue Cheriton (Torbay Council)

Paula Whaley, Beth Daniels, Sarah James, Steve Pask and Louise Schofield (all RICC)

Laurence Murrell (TLH), Nick Powe (Kents Cavern)

Jenny Carter, Jane Anderson, Lisa Kirwin and Cllr Nicole Amil Ronnie Halden (Big Wave Media) and Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo)

James Tuckfield (RICC Ops Manager), Kim and Tony Lamar (Lamar Decorators)


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Torbay Decorative and Fine Arts Society Members of the society attended a monthly talk , this time given by Jeremy Black MBE, Professor of History at the University of Exeter on Italy and the Grand Tour. The society welcomes new members at its monthly events in Torquay. For more information visit torbaydfas.org.uk

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Peter Burke, Jutta Faygan, John Lawrence (Chairman), Jean Ogden, Margaret Vaughan-Bush, Liz Rae, Mary Kerrell and Margaret Leggott

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Galmpton Heritage Trail Launch

Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group launched a brand new leaflet celebrating the area’s unique heritage with a reception at The Manor Inn Galmpton. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapÊs plus an exhibition held in conjunction with South Devon AONB. A short, guided walk led by local historian, John Risdon followed. See our walks page for more about the trail.

Nicky Bailey (South Devon AONB) and John Risdon (Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group)

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Jonathan Smith & Chris Hobson (Owners The Manor Inn, Galmpton)

Dennis Sheen (Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group), Margaret Bradshaw (Brixham U3A), Jean Tregaskes (Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group) and Bill Kerr (Brixham Probus Club)


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The New Torbay Retail and Tourism Business Improvement District In June 2015, Torbay will hope to secure what will be the largest Business Improvement District in the UK generating sustainable investment of £5m over a 5-year period for Torbay businesses. Sarah Whitaker is managing the development of the TRTBID with the guidance and support of the TRTBID Task Group.


have BIDs in place injecting several hundred thousand etail and tourism businesses in Babbacombe, pounds a year into their location. In fact there are over Brixham, Paignton and Torquay have been 180 successful BIDs in the UK, generating around £300 consulted, through a series of workshops, about what improvements they would like to see happen in the million to improve towns and cities. A business plan is now being prepared based on the new Torbay Retail and Tourism Business Improvement consultations. This will include details on how much District (TRTBID). If successful, the TRTBID could each of the proposed projects in the business plan would provide better destination and retail marketing and cost to implement and the total sum of money that will promotion, more events, transport incentives, better need to be raised to achieve the plan. wayfinding and signage, safety & security, the reduction All eligible businesses then vote in a ballot that will of costs for small businesses through centralized take place in June to determine whether the TRTBID procurement and much more. will go ahead or not. If the Sarah Whitaker, TRTBID Project majority vote YES then it will go Manager (The Mosaic Partnership), In fact there are over 180 has worked primarily for M&C successful BIDs in the UK, ahead and ALL will have to pay. If a business is in an existing BID Saatchi in London and has over 10 generating around £300 such as Babbacombe, Paignton years experience in the development and implementation of project million to improve towns or Torquay and the TRTBID is voted in, they will not pay twice. based event and PR activity for and cities This funding is used to secure national, international and regional the improvements agreed in the business plan. The brands alike. She has worked across a broad spectrum TRTBID will last for 5 years and the levy will be paid of industries including retail, sport, entertainment, on an annual basis. In order for a BID to be voted in, tourism and not-for-profit and brings with her extensive over 50% of businesses that vote must vote ‘yes’. As knowledge on the planning and successful execution well as this, the businesses that vote ‘yes’ must in total of large and small-scale logistical projects. Sarah said, have a greater rateable value than the businesses that “Businesses will need to stand up for themselves in the vote no. The TRTBID is likely to generate £1 million future as they can’t rely on public funding.” per annum. BIDs are a mechanism by which a location takes In most cases the delivery of a BID is managed by control of its operational functions and thereby has a a not-for-profit company that is formed following a much greater influence on its strategic direction. It does ‘yes’ vote. The company is responsible for the successful this by agreeing a robust business plan and sustainable delivery of the projects outlined in the business funding. Torbay will need to continue to grow its plan. The Board of Directors will be elected from visitor numbers and spend by offering a high quality the businesses that will pay the BID levy. The BID destination and enjoyable experience. It will need to company is answerable to the businesses and directly do this against the background of public sector cuts responsible for implementing the business plan with key and increasing competition from competitors such performance indicators in place. as Bournemouth and Greater Yarmouth who already


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Business The TRTBID Team The TRTBID Task Group is formed of business owners and representatives from Torbay organisations that as a whole, are representative of businesses in the retail and tourism sectors across Torbay. They will be assisting the project team with administrative and planning support throughout the TRTBID process. Mo Aswat Project Director and Chair, Torbay Retail and Tourism BID Sarah Whitaker Project Manager, Torbay Retail and Tourism BID Gordon Oliver Elected Mayor of Torbay Sue Cheriton Executive Head of Residents and Visitor Services, Torbay Council Carolyn Custerson Chief Executive Officer, the English Riviera Tourism Company Chris Hart Chief Executive, Wollen Michelmore LLP Solicitors, Chair, The English Riviera Tourism Company Paul Howard General Manager, Torbay Town Centres Company Nick Winch Babbacombe BID and Owner of Rose Court Holiday Apartments, Babbacombe John Doherty Torquay BID and Owner, Dot’s Pantry, Torquay Ben Norris Paignton BID and Director of Mainline Fancy Dress, Paignton Gordon Gout Brixham Chamber of Commerce, Owner, Tides Restaurant, Brixham Jim Parker Editor, Herald Express Richard Cuming Owner, Bygones Museum, St Marychurch, Chair, The English Riviera Attractions


Partnership Tony Smyth Owner, Sonachan House Guest House, Paignton. Director, Torbay Accommodation Providers Tim Godfrey Partner, Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants, Vice Chair, Torbay Business Forum Emma Gibson Pub Manager, The Green Ginger JD Wetherspoon, Torquay Michael Watson Managing Director/Helen Scholes Marketing Manager, Stagecoach South West Laurence Murrell Managing Director, TLH Leisure Resort Bill Vincent Owner Coombe Court Hotel, Babbacombe, Chair, Torbay Tourism Association Mark Bevan General Manager, Hoburne Devon Bay Holiday Park, Paignton Lester Bowman Owner, Broadshade Holiday Apartments, Paignton, Chair, Torbay Self Catering Association Susie Colley Chair, Torquay Chamber of Commerce, MD West Country Healthcare Ltd. Martin Brook Federation of Small Businesses Simon Jolly General Manager, Riviera International Centre Alan Denby Director of Economic Strategy & Performance, Torbay Development Agency For further information regarding the Torbay Retail and Tourism Business Improvement District, contact the Project Manager, Sarah Whitaker at sarah@ themosaicpartnership.co.uk or 07713 771829 o trtbid.co.uk

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BusinessBreaks... Mayor Learns a New Trade

Torbay’s elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, wasted no time in getting his hands dirty and laid a row of bricks under the expert supervision of Neil College at the launch of Linden Homes ‘Open Doors’ event at its White Rock Training and Education Hub. Members of the public plus schools and colleges were invited in to the centre over a two day period to meet the team and to learn more about work and careers in construction. The event was designed to give young people the chance to explore the wide range of construction careers available. It included glimpses of traditional roles like bricklaying and quantity surveying, and also lesser known roles like site health and safety management, environmental management and interior design. o lindenhomes.co.uk

£5 Million Fund to Target Overseas Visitors

The government has announced a £5 million fund to boost international tourism in the South West. Chief Executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company and Visit Devon Chair, Carolyn Custerson said, “We are delighted at this really great news. Across the South West we have been lobbying to secure more support for the South West Tourism Industry following the award of £10m to the North and we are relieved that our voices have been heard. After London, the South West is the most popular destination for overseas visitors but we no longer have the budgets to target international markets. With 80

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significant international visitor growth forecast this new government fund could not be coming at a better time and will give us all an exciting opportunity to work together across the South West to achieve further international tourism growth.” Visit England will administer the Fund on behalf of the government, using the money to back initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the South West of England as a tourist destination in Europe and beyond. Money will be allocated for marketing activity, travel itineraries and to promote the transport links between Bristol, Exeter and Newquay. There will also be a focus on business development, with smaller businesses getting help to make their products and services relevant to international audiences. o

Design Lecturer’s New Venture at Cockington Court When the opportunity came to retire from teaching and take a studio in the Sea Change studios at Cockington Court Craft Centre, Trish Woods took it in both her creative hands. Trish, a highly respected lecturer in design at South Devon College for 35 years, is now doing what she has wanted to do ‘for a few years’. Her love of design has led to Trish making contemporary works from pewter and other metals, while creating prints and drawings. Trish said, “I wanted a studio away from home as it can be isolating. I knew Cockington Court well as my students exhibit here in the summer. The studios are very good and excellent value to provide me with a window to the world. I love being at Cockington as I can interact with people and I like what the Centre Director is doing here.” One of Trish’s aims is to introduce pewter to a wider audience, aiming to produce a new and desirable aesthetic to the traditional material through contemporary designs. Specialising in statement jewellery and giftware items such as table decorations, Trish is exploring adding colour, texture and incorporating other metals into the pewter, taking much of her inspiration from architecture around the world. o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


BusinessBreaks... Sid & the Golden Hind New Golden Hind owners Jackie Robinson and Neil Worrell ran a delightful ‘teaser’ campaign, using the mysterious Sidney Shellbone (aka Sid the Skeleton) to highlight their reopening of the museum ship in Brixham Harbour for Valentine’s Day. Sid was pictured on the move from his former home in Kent on the long journey back to Brixham where he had spent many a happy year in the 16th century. The story relates that he had worked on the English navy ships that were brought up the river from London to be ‘careened’ or cleaned of barnacles and refinished with tar. Various photos appeared online showing Sid catching lifts on a tractor and a boat to make his way home when he appeared in time for Valentine’s Day spotlit in the crow’s nest of the Golden Hind alongside a giant heart. Opening week was busy and Sid raised many a smile on the harbourside. o sidtheskeleton1600.wix.com/skeleton

Stagecoach to Reward Customer Service Champions Stagecoach Group has launched its 2015 Champions Awards for employees – and is inviting bus and coach passengers in Devon to nominate their favourite member of staff for the Customer Service Champions Award.This is the sixth year of the company’s Group-wide Champions Awards, which recognise staff achievements in a number of categories including safety, environment, health, innovation, community and customer service. Stagecoach South West is calling on the help of its customers to


nominate their favourite employee – it could be a driver, customer service assistant, inspector or any other member of the Stagecoach team. All employees nominated will be in with a chance of winning a gold, silver or bronze champions award along with a cash prize. In addition, customers who nominate a winning employee could also receive a cash prize. The first customer to nominate: a gold award-winning employee will receive £500 with prizes of £250 and £125 respectively for nominating the silver and bronze winners. Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, Michael Watson, said, “We know many of our staff have a great relationship with our customers and the job they do is appreciated by many local people. This is a chance for our customers to help local staff gain recognition at a national level as well as potentially winning a prize themselves. o

Brixham Marine Collectables Business Launches

The Brixham Steam Packet Company, specialising in antique and reproduction collectables, has launched in Brixham. The fascinating new business is the brainchild of Bob and Jill Higginson, owners of Blue Goose Marine Limited, a Brixham Holiday Letting Company. On display are an array of artefacts from vintage passenger and cargo vessels alike, including ships’ telegraphs, portholes, compasses, anchors, binnacles and wheels from ships long since gone from our shores, along with reproduction furniture from suppliers all over Europe. Over 100 retailers enjoyed champagne and canapés at a trade event at the new store and Jonty Depp, in character as Captain Jack Sparrow, led a cut throat gang through the narrow streets of the beautiful fishing port leaving everyone in Brixham in no doubt as to where all the treasure and booty was now hidden. o brixhamsteampacketco.co.uk April/May 2015


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