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We’re celebrating bringing you five years of English Riviera magazine and we’ve had lots of feedback from readers who are enjoying the magazine so here’s to the next five years! We’ve met some really interesting local people over the years and this month we are ‘treading the boards’ with Jon Manley, Deirdre Makepeace and Maureen McAllister. Two inspirational members of the Torbay Lifeboat crew are featured: Mark Criddle and James Hoare and we head down to some of Torbay’s best beaches to see what the locals are up to. There’s a bumper roundup in our what’s on, theatre and arts sections plus the amazing England’s Seafood FEAST with its dilemma of delicious seafood events. We visit Clennon Lakes, try gig rowing in Paignton and chat to Harry the Spaniel. We hope you enjoy reading this 5th anniversary issue and if you respond to any of our local advertisers do give us a mention – it helps us to bring your English Riviera magazine to you!

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In this issue

August/September 6 Openers

Local news snippets

12 Meet Jon Manley

Chairman of TOADS

16 Jazz Hands at the Palace

Paignton’s treasured Palace Theatre

20 George Soudon Bridgman The Maker of Paignton

22 Torbay Royal Regatta The oldest in the country

25 Meet Mark Criddle

OBE forTorbay Coxswain

27 Meet James Hoare

RNLI Torbay’s new Deputy Coxswain

28 Dartmouth’s Royal Regatta

Fun and festivities in Dartmouth

30 Give it a Go! Amateur Rowing Anita gets ready to row!

32 Clennon Valley Lakes A hidden wildlife haven

35 Food and Drink News

40 Life on the beach 66 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

68 Charities and Volunteering

Karing - Pembroke House Support Group

71 Gardening

Liz Wallace’s green-fingered column

74 Social Diary

Local people at local events

79 Managing your Wealth

Adrian Howard tells us how

80 Business Snippets

Local business news in brief

82 The Briefing

Legal topics from Wollen Michelmore

Lots to tempt your tastebuds

37 England’s Seafood Feast Top chefs cook up a storm

40 Life on the Beach

Award-winning beaches - amazing people

42 Arboretum Discovery Walk Cockington Sculpture Trail

44 What’s On

Our pick of August and September events

59 Festival’s 50th

Torbay Sea Angling Association celebrates

61 Dashing Down The Dart It’s raft race time!

63 Woofstock

Fun for four-legged friends

64 Arts Roundup

Creative events around the Bay


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Electric Taxi The first taxi licence for an all-electric vehicle has been issued in Torbay. Torbay Council’s licensing team has recently awarded this new licence to Airport Transfers Torbay based in Preston Paignton, and the Nissan Leaf vehicle is now operating as a Hackney Carriage around the Bay. Councillor Vic Ellery, Executive Lead for Environment, said, “It’s known that electric vehicles can enhance a good transport network.” Steve Guttridge, from Airport Transfers Torbay said, “Nationally, the move from petrol and diesel powered cars to electric is growing, and you can see why. As well as the impact it has on the environment with regard to emissions, the cost of running a vehicle like this is considerably cheaper.” In May the car made a saving of CO2 emissions of just over 600 kg and costs only 3.8 pence per mile to run compared with 17 pence per mile in a diesel car. o

Cllr Vic Ellery and Steve Guttridge

Family Friendly

Speaking Up for Carers

Torquay Museum is celebrating after being shortlisted for a national museum award. The Family Friendly Museum award, organised by www.KidsinMuseums.org.uk is the largest museum award in the U.K. it’s also the only one where children and families nominate their favourite museum and decide the winner. Only 11 museums in the UK have been shortlisted for this prestigious award this year, so it represents a major achievement for Torquay Museum. Basil Greenwood, Torquay Museum Director said, “I am honoured and delighted that our museum has received such a vote of confidence from the families who visit us. This is testimony to all the hard work and effort put in by everyone here who strives to make the Museum a top attraction for Torbay and the local area.” The winner of the 2018 Family Friendly Museum award will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1st October. Torquay Museum has a packed programme of exciting family events planned throughout the year. o

The new National Union of Carers (NUC) has been formed in Torquay in order to serve the needs of carers and their families right across the UK. The initial aim of the NUC is to try and secure 100,000 signatures for their petition to get ‘Mandy’s Law’ debated in parliament. Mandy’s Law is a Carers’ Charter, to try and provide more financial and physical support for carers. Mandy was the late wife of Terry Bayliffe. She was a young mother who suffered a damaged heart during the delivery of her child leaving her terminally ill. The turmoil, frustrations and extreme hardships encountered by Mandy, and her carers during this awful experience were tremendous. Mandy decided to spend the time she had left rallying around the disabled, their carers and children to campaign for change. She made many achievements towards those changes, but sadly she died in 1994 before her works were completed. Her former husband Terry Bayliffe, who has now been a carer three times is continuing her work and now serves as Managing Director of the newly established not-for-profit company, the NUC. o nuc.org.uk


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Freedom of Torbay RAF Brize Norton has been granted Honorary Freedom of Torbay under the Honorary Freedom of Boroughs Act 1885. A ceremonial service outside Torquay Town Hall, gave, by tradition, the service personnel from RAF Brize Norton the right and honour to march through the borough bearing arms. A parade was led by the Band of the RAF Regiment, through Torquay Town Centre to Torquay Seafront and an RAF flypast also took place. Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Torbay to say their big thank you to all the past and present personnel of RAF Brize Norton.” RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire is the largest RAF Station. With its mixed fleet of aircraft, RAF Brize Norton provides rapid global mobility in support of UK overseas operations and exercises, as well as AAR support for fast jet aircraft both on operations and in support of UK Homeland Defence.

Rotary Needs Your Books Rotary Club of Tormohun (Torquay) would love your pre-owned books to help them raise money for the charities they support. They are keen to receive novels, fiction, non-fiction, books about hobbies or any other subjects. They can be hard-backs or soft-backs – all sorts are welcome. If you would like to declutter, they will be pleased to take them off your hands as they hold bookstall sales throughout the year. There are book drop-off points at: Conroy Couch jewellers in Torquay, Devon Garden Machinery at Kerswell Gardens or the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay. o

On the Cards Torbay Culture Board has launched Torbay Care Charter with an interactive toolkit for use by care homes across the area. It is the result of a creative project that set out to discover the secret of good care. Torbay Culture Board and Torbay Council commissioned Devon-based arts organisation Encounters to run creative consultations with residents and staff of care homes and develop a set of well defined principles. The interactive toolkit consists of a set of illustrated playing cards, which outlines the ten principles of good care. These are: Purpose & Meaning, Community & Belonging, Nature & Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Freedom, Care, Identity, Learning, Respect and Relationship. Kate Farmery, Executive Director of Torbay Culture said, “When you bring artists into a conversation, some kind of magic happens and with Encounters’ creative approach to the new Care Charter project, we found that people in care were able to express their thoughts and feelings much more openly and honestly.” o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Children’s Dance Auditions Open auditions are being held for parts in a performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Princess Theatre in Torquay. The auditions will be held on Saturday 22 September 2018 at All Saints Church Hall in Bampfylde Road, Torquay as follows: 12 noon – Boys & Girls aged 7 years and over – maximum height 4ft 10inches, 2.30pm – Boys and Girls to audition as seniors – minimum height 5ft 2inches. Candidates will be auditioned in groups and taught a short dance routine. Applicants should ensure they are available for all rehearsals commencing Thursday 1 December, mainly after school and weekends. This is a competitive children’s dance audition and those selected will perform as dancers in the pantomime. Positions are unpaid. Pantomime dates are 14 December 2018 – 6 January 2019. o August/September 2018


The Bogota Connection Dan Cross grew up in Paignton, currently lives in Bogotá, Colombia and is an aspiring author. He has just had his debut novel shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Out of 250+ entries from 30 countries, his novel, Caesar of Mercenaries, has been selected in the final five. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in London in September. Dan attended Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and most of his family still live in the Bay with mum, sister and brother working at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School. A keen historian, Dan’s novel follows the adventures of Roger de Flor, sold as a child by his mother into the service of the Knights Templar. Dan may have a blossoming writing career and international connections, but he still loves coming back to the Bay and visiting his family with his Colombian wife Carolina. They hope that one day they may return to live here. o dan-cross.com

Scarlet Ibis Chicks One of the most striking birds in the world has bred at Paignton Zoo. The scarlet ibis is famous for its bright red feathers and curling beak. At this stage, keepers don’t want to disturb the birds, so are leaving them to get on with the parenting. Curator of Birds Jo Gregson explains, “We don’t know how many eggs or chicks there are at the moment, because we don’t want to go in there, alarm the birds and make them abandon the nests. We’ll find out in time.” Paignton Zoo has a flock of 15 scarlet ibis. The species comes from South America and the Caribbean. To attract a female, the male will perform a variety of mating rituals such as preening, shaking and head rubbing. Pairs then build platforms in trees using sticks. After a successful courtship, pairs remain together, sharing parental responsibilities for the young. In the wild they probe soft mud looking for food with their long, thin bills. Shrimp and other red shellfish help produce the birds’ red colouring; Paignton Zoo keepers feed them pellets with the ingredients to maintain their stunning plumage.o 8

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Jon Manley

Escaping to the Theatre Jon Manley, Chairman of TOADS Theatre Company, loves the camaraderie of the theatre world. Anita Newcombe takes a peek behind the scenes.

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’m meeting Jon at the Little Theatre in St Marks Road The plays for each season are usually decided well in Torquay, which TOADS Theatre Company has owned advance and these are finalised by February/March for since it was deconsecrated as a church around 1987. It’s the annual season, which kicks off in July. The plays are a beautiful building with a spacious car park, the whole chosen by a panel and based on members’ suggestions. plot surrounded by trees, and it’s now home to a 240-seat Jon says, “We usually get to six or seven plays quite easily, theatre with a foyer, box office, coffee lounge and bar. then spend a lot of time agonising over the last one or Although TOADs Theatre Company is an amateur two.” Following the selection of the play, which will run drama society, the quality of their productions is very for a week, a director is chosen. He or she runs the show high, close to professional level at times. They perform and decides the rehearsal schedule. There’s a four-five an impressive eleven plays a year including a junior month lead-in time and then rehearsals get going in production by their earnest about two months The commitment level and workload is before the show goes on. Tadpoles group. Jon himself is a keen actor who has With so many plays quite high but I soon realised that I quite been involved for the last every season, there is a like the applause – it’s really rewarding! eleven years. He tells me, “I streamlined process to how am very lucky to possess a near-photographic memory so the two rehearsal rooms are allocated. These rooms are learning lines has always been easy for me.” quite spacious and have furniture and props so that the Jon first got involved with drama at the age of seventeen players can start to ‘relate to the space’ before they move or eighteen and then did a lot of public speaking for to the stage rehearsals. TOADS Theatre Company has a local charities. He tells me, “The commitment level and core of people with good acting ability who are reliable workload is quite high but I soon realised that I quite like and can learn lines quickly. These are generally the people the applause –it’s really rewarding!” who will take the larger roles in each play and will be cast Jon was forty-three years old when he joined and was first. Then the people who prefer smaller parts or walk-on told he would be able to take, “the younger men’s roles.” roles will be allocated. Since joining, Jon has become thoroughly immersed But what of new members who aspire to break into in the theatre world, to the exclusion of pretty much acting I ask? Jon tells me, “They will need good diction, everything else. He loves it though, telling me, “For plenty of confidence and the ability to get out there years I’d never found anything as a hobby where I really on stage. It’s perfectly ok to give it a go and see what fit in. In a theatre, ‘the gang’ looks after you, it’s a great happens. It’s useful to be purposeful with your speech – escape and you can easily share your personal issues.” projecting but not shouting.” Jon became Chairman last October but had been active Aspiring new actors will usually start with a small role on the committee before then. He also has a full-time to see how they get on. There are plenty of good female business; he’s self-employed, providing IT support to local actors but the company has a shortage of male actors and residents. so they tend to get overloaded with parts to play. Jon


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explains that lots of good plays were written many years ago and seemingly written by men for men. However they do strive to find plays with good parts for women. The casts work hard and the quality of their plays is really good. Jon tells me, “We are really proud of our standard of acting and production.” Auditions are often in two parts. The first will be a straight reading and then you may get to have a go in the role. Some aspirants are good at one aspect and then not so good at another. Jon’s advice is, “Don’t be hammy – it’s not panto – ‘keep it real’ because you have to make the audience believe that you are really that person.” Every play means three nights per week of rehearsals building up to a full week of rehearsals the week before the show and then, of course, the performance week itself. Somewhat surprisingly, the company doesn’t use understudies and don’t seem to get problems or illness very often. Just occasionally someone has to go on with a discreet copy of the script tucked away – well the show must go on! Jon says, “The only time I can remember a show being cancelled in the eleven years I’ve been here was when there was the heavy snow and neither the actors nor the audience could get here.” In its lovely location, this beautiful theatre is putting on a huge variety of high quality performances for a standard ticket price of just £13. The auditorium is quite intimate compared with many theatres so you can englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

experience a really close connection with the actors on stage. As the theatre is located in a popular retirement area with locals having quite a high disposable income, the theatre has a ready audience for their shows, which is important, as they are entirely self-funded. Although it sounds as though Jon has his hands full with his role as Chairman of TOADS Theatre Company he is also playing Inspector Craddock in Agatha Christie’s play, A Murder is Announced, at the Palace Theatre in Paignton. It means doing shows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He likes playing the Agatha Christie season because only playing three nights a week gives him time for his other theatre-based activities. He says animatedly, “We have so much fun. Theatre is an escape from the drudgery of real life. At the theatre, everyone is on your side and when things go wrong you get lots of support.” New members at TOADS Theatre Company can join for £28 per annum and they will be expected to perform a minimum of four duties of some kind each year other than acting (“the glam bit”). This could be: serving in the box office, running the bar or coffee shop, helping with wardrobe or props, acting as prompts or undertaking one of many other vital roles that keep the theatre running. You get a free ticket for every play and coffee, tea and biscuits when on duty plus a £1 voucher towards a drink or ice cream. Just get in touch if you fancy getting involved. o toadslittletheatre.co.uk August/September 2018


jazz hands at the palace

Paignton’s treasured Palace Theatre, which was constructed back in 1890, has received a new lease of life thanks in great part to local professionals Maureen McAllister and Deirdre Makepeace. Anita Newcombe pops in to say, “Break a Leg!”

Deirdre Makepeace and Maureen McAllister


t must be 20 years since my children used to perform here at the Palace in the various schools’ festivals they attended with singing, piano, public-speaking and ballet competitions. The 128-year-old theatre actually looks a lot better now than it did in those days and the 368-seat auditorium is now raked for far superior viewing. The Palace’s magnificent location overlooking the teardropshaped gardens, now known as Palace Avenue Park gives one a lovely sense of the history and traditions of the area. The 14th-century Bishops’s Palace originally dominated 16

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Paignton and the well-known ‘flat-poll cabbages’ were grown here for at least 800 years until the 1880s. The theatre was originally built as an 800-seat public hall in 1890 and after some debate, was placed at the west end of Palace Avenue, offset rather asymmetrically opposite the top of the teardrop rather than within the gardens. This did create a wonderfully self-contained crescent in which the theatre could thrive and offered a much larger gardens area with delightful vistas. The Paignton Public Hall Company Limited was englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Riviera People incorporated with £3500 of capital divided into 3,500 shares of £1 each. In 1919 an American-run film company, named Torquay and Paignton Photo-play Productions planned to buy out the Public Hall Company with the intention of building its film studios on the site of the hall to make “clean pictures for clean-minded people”. This did not proceed, however, and Paignton Council bought the hall in 1920 Glenn Miller performed here during WWII when the theatre was used as a Garrison Theatre to entertain the troops stationed in Torbay; there was a big camp at Clennon Valley. Other famous performers include:

with Torbay Council to take the Palace forward. Along with third director Colin Halsey, they are taking a 25-year lease that allows their Community Interest Company Jazz Hands to raise the curtains on a whole new theatrical era for the Palace. I’m currently sitting in the theatre’s bar with Maureen and Deirdre and they tell me, “We’ve inherited a strong backbone of established performances with Bijou Theatre, Paignton Pantomime and Doorstep Arts all basing their seasons here.” There is also a long-established and hard-working supporters group called Friends of the Palace. The Friends number an impressive 1,000 plus people who

Danny La Rue, Midge Ure, Michael Barrymore and Ted Rogers. The Palace has been home to Paignton Pantomime since 1936 except a 4-year gap in the late 1970s when they moved to the Festival Theatre and in 2006 when the Palace was closed for refurbishment. Maureen McAllister and Deirdre Makepeace would appear to be truly great news for today’s Palace Theatre with their extensive business, tourism and arts experience. They have a real vision for the future and their confidence has been unwavering as negotiations have taken place

care deeply for the Palace Theatre and its future, raising large sums to undertake vital works such as: improved disability access, repairs to the roof and fabric of the building, new seating in the auditorium, improved box office and a bar area extension. In fact, Maureen has been Acting General Manager for the theatre since January 2017 (initially for 6 months and then extended). She has already achieved some major coups for the show programme with some big names and exciting new acts now planned. There has been confidence


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Riviera People in the Palace amongst touring shows. Swansea City Opera has now been rebooked for the second year, the ever-popular Demon Barbers are back and well-known personalities like Kathy Lette, Henry Blofeld and Dan Cruickshank are now gracing the boards here. Once Torbay Council decided to put management of the theatre out to tender, Maureen and Deirdre didn’t hesitate. They knew that the council required a serious proposition to ensure the theatre was future-proofed and it took the best part of a year to agree detailed proposals and contracts. It’s all in place now though and Maureen has become Operations Director with Deirdre as Commercial

Era-based bands are becoming more popular and the Palace will be welcoming the Zoots (who are masters at recreating the classic sounds of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s) back by popular demand. Also on the menu will be more Shakespeare and opera choices. I ask Maureen how she knows what people want to see and she explains that they spend a lot of time talking to theatregoers on the door as they leave and also in the bar and on Facebook and Twitter. I am intrigued by what attracted two rather highpowered businesswomen to take on this theatrical labour of love. Maureen says, in true theatrical style, “There’s

Once Torbay Council decided to put management of the theatre out to tender, Maureen and Deirdre didn’t hesitate. They knew that the council required a serious proposition to ensure the theatre was future-proofed and it took the best part of a year to agree detailed proposals and contracts ” Director. Deirdre explains, “It was easy to decide who does what – we’re just playing to our strengths.” Maureen tells me, “We know it will be hard work and that things will need to change but there’s a really excellent team spirit here – it’s quite amazing to see.” Deirdre says, “ Torbay Council wants us to breathe new life into this lovely old theatre. We’ve already got the World Premiere of Agatha Christie’s rediscovered play, The Lie plus well known names like Jason Donovan and Paul Gascoigne so we’re very pleased with progress so far.” Deirdre and Maureen explain that tributes and music plus comedy will be increasingly important in the future.


just no business like show business. What other job can you be shaking hands with Peter Andre one minute, then chatting to a child or a person from a care home the next?” And Deirdre says, “I’m not an actor, nor do I have any theatrical background but my marketing background means I’m very clear that it’s important to give people what they enjoy. The buzz of the theatre is simply wonderful.” Why not discover, or rediscover this wonderful Paignton landmark that has so much variety on offer? o palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

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Soudon Bridgman T H E M A K E R O F PA I G N TO N Nicknamed the Maker of Paignton, architect and civil engineer George Soudon Bridgman was responsible for building Oldway Mansion, Paignton Pier and many other important buildings. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells us his story.


orn in 1839, George Soudon Bridgman was a descendant of the Soudons of Edginswell, a family traceable as far back as 1728. His youthful years were spent in Torquay, then while still a teenager, he left to seek his fortune in London. He returned in 1854 when offered an opportunity to complete his architectural articles with Mr John T Harvey at this well-established firm of architects in Torquay. Builder Jacob Harvey had established the family firm and now his two sons John and William went on to build most of the mid-Victorian villas around the seven hills of Torquay, plus larger properties in the town, including Higher Terrace above the Strand, Beacon Terrace and then Osborne Crescent and Wellswood Park. George, now working with these early visionaries, would once qualified, set up his own practice in Paignton. Over the next four decades, two of Paignton’s most prominent citizens, retired solicitor


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Arthur Hyde Dendy and later Isaac M Singer, gave George opportunities to build some of the town’s largest properties. Locals eventually named him the - The Maker of Paignton. George Soudon Bridgman married Miss E Norman in 1863 and they took up residence at Courtland House in Torquay’s Courtland Road where eventually they were blessed with eight children. A Mr Maclean had donated the low-lying adjacent area of Polsham to the local authority, so that its swamp area could be drained. A commission was now given to Bridgman to design and build a new sea wall in 1867; we know this wall today as Paignton Esplanade. During his long career, Bridgman built an astonishing number of properties including town halls, Masonic buildings, public halls, a boarding school at Brixham and even a hospital at Paignton. His business also created a number of banks, a Baptist church and even some Wesleyan churches.


Heritage Radicals and through the partnership, Paignton and But Bridgman’s most notable buildings were to be Paignton Pier and Wigwam House (today Oldway Mansion Preston developed rapidly. Large properties like Dellers Restaurant and Rossiters Department Store (both now and the Rotunda). The pier commission came through Mr gone) dominated other businesses in the town. Isaac Dendy, who having retired, had decided his hometown of Singer met George Bridgman while he was working Paignton should become the lead resort in Torbay. It seems on the Victoria and Albert Hotel build in Torquay. that his avowed intention was to be sure that everything he Now Isaac, having purchased the Fernham Estate, commissioned would be “quiet and refined” which drew in commissioned Bridgman’s to design his new home the more investors to Paignton. These investors included Mr ‘Wigwam’ - an American name for a house. It would not Fletcher, Mr Belfield and finally of course Isaac Singer all be completed in Isaac’s lifetime and it was left to his son wanting to help with the town’s growth. Paris Singer to complete the mansion and Oldway estate. With the arrival of “God’s Wonderful Railway” in Paris, along with his brothers, left various properties 1859 (courtesy of Brunel), Mr Dendy asked Bridgman to in Paignton due to their philanthropy. These included design the Gerston Hotel, which was completed in 1871. the Cottage Hospital, Steartfield House, the Esplanade Dendy intended his railway Hotel to be not just another Hotel and even the red brick terrace houses for the poor hotel, but a real focal point to improve the social scene in in Totnes Road. Paignton. The hotel had: a billiard room, supper rooms With major redevelopment from Winner Street and a saloon with numerous oil paintings and quality down to Paignton Railway sofas, creating what Arthur The pier commission came through Mr Station complete, it was Dendy called an area of “splendid ostentation”. Dendy, who having retired, had decided his George Bridgman who The saloon would later be hometown of Paignton should become the oversaw the planting of the Great Oak in Avenue developed into the first lead resort in Torbay Gardens in 1888. A few public theatre in the town. years later, having served as past Master of the Torbay The Bijou opened in 1872 when Dendy named it the Lodge of Freemasons, George Bridgman donated land in Royal Bijou. The name was painted along the external Courtland Road so that a Trust could build what was to wall although it was not by ‘Royal Appointment’. be his last Masonic Hall in his own town. By 1877 Bridgman’s had been commissioned to With the Paignton Improvement Bill recognising the construct the Dendy New Pier, but it took some time area was a risk to public health, the end of the Paignton before various investors came into partnership and set “Flat Poll cabbage” came that year as Victoria Park was up a private company enabling the new Paignton Pier being established. The area had been mentioned in to be completed in 1878. Although recognised as the Hansard in 1898, confirming that Paignton was - the town’s largest promotional asset, it was never financially most rising place in all of Devon. Its only drawback a viable. With its multitude of facilities for: swimmers, roller skaters, promenaders, bathers, fishermen and others, ten-acre, low lying marshy area of uncultivated, unfenced and uncared for central land, which contributed nothing it was also used to accommodate passenger boats from in local taxes. Torquay and Brixham. Mr Dendy believed it rivalled the Mr Bridgman, now a widower, married Eliza (Lizzie) piers of Blackpool, Brighton, Margate and Ramsgate. Black on March 28th 1900 before moving domicile In 1886, Messrs Bartlett, Couldrey, Lambshead to Torquay in 1902. He remained here in complete and Isaac Singer created a four-man partnership to retirement until his death on April 3 1925 aged 86. o purchase large tracts of land between Winner Street and the railway station. They were known as the Four torbaycivicsociety.co.uk


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Torbay Royal Regatta is the oldest royal regatta in the country and the Bay has some of the ďŹ nest sailing waters in Europe. This year there will be three days of competitive sailing from 25-27 August. 22

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orbay Royal Regatta originated when an advertisement appeared in Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post offering ‘Two handsome silver cups and other prizes’ to be ‘sailed for’ by ‘gentleman’s boats’ and ‘other boats’. Over 200 years later the regatta is a big highlight of the Bay’s busy and highly sociable sailing scene. This year over 100 yachts and sailing dinghies are expected. The sailing regatta offers competitive championship racing over the Bank Holiday weekend with classes for IRC Yachts, Cruisers, Sportsboats, Asymmetric / Non-Asymmetric Dinghies and Junior Dinghies. This year’s event will be further enhanced by the presence of the VX One Nationals and the 29er Class Summer Championship. The Royal Regatta Anniversary Challenge Cup Races for all classes and Junior Team Race will follow on the Tuesday. With its huge stretch of glorious coastline, it is unsurprising that the English Riviera is a sailing hotspot and was selected as the venue for the 1948 Olympic sailing events. Major sailing championships are frequently hosted here in Tor Bay and the English Riviera has been a venue for some of the world’s most prestigious long distance yacht races such as France’s La Solitaire du Figaro. Over many years Royal Torbay Yacht Club has gained a

well-deserved reputation for first class race management, competitive racing, cordial hospitality and shoreside entertainment during the regatta and other competitive events. Torquay Yacht Club was originally formed in 1875 and the new club was granted an Admiralty Warrant to fly the defaced Blue Ensign. Later that year, a Royal Warrant was granted and the name changed to Royal Torquay Yacht Club. In 1885 the name was changed to Royal Torbay Yacht Club following a merger with another local club. Although ladies are warmly welcomed to Royal Torbay Yacht Club nowadays, it was men-only in the early days. Ladies were only admitted to conditional membership in 1932. The club suffered bomb damage during the Second World War and more seriously (according to the members) whisky was rationed in 1945 and 1946. Members could only order two singles or one double whisky per day with no whisky at all on Tuesdays or Fridays. The annual regatta fireworks are hugely popular and will be taking place from Corbyn Head on the Monday evening 27 August from 9.30pm (weather permitting). Good viewpoints include Princess Pier and right along Torquay Seafront. There’s also the popular Torbay Royal Regatta Rowing Races taking place on Saturday 25 August. o

With its huge stretch of glorious coastline, it is unsurprising that the English Riviera is a sailing hotspot and was selected as the venue for the 1948 Olympic sailing events ”

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Joining Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Many everyday expressions have nautical origins: Any port in a storm – a safe haven in bad weather. Three sheets to the wind – sailing with unsecured sails. Bitter end – the last part or link in a rope or chain. Chock-a-block – rigging blocks that are as tight as possible. Cut of his jib – the shape of sails could be used to identify friend from foe. Batten down the hatches – hatches must be closed before going to sea. Sailing too close to the wind – this stops the boat moving forward. Hand Over Fist – describes climbing the rigging of large sailing ships. Zig-Zag – the action of a sailing boat tacking.

For anyone who loves the water, whether sailing, powerboating, cruising or rowing, a yacht club is always a great place to meet liked-minded people and make new friends. The club is a Royal Yachting Association recognised training centre offering a wide range of RYA courses. There is regular racing, an active junior & youth sailing section plus a popular ladies’ sailing group called Torbay Tiller Girls, which allows females of all ages to come along and give sailing a go in a relaxed environment. There’s plenty of après-boating with a bar, restaurant and terraced garden.


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Torbay Coxswain Honoured


ark Criddle, who is Brixham born and bred, modestly says he is “humbled and honoured” to be named in the Queen’s birthday honours. His OBE is clearly hugely well deserved as Mark has given almost 30 years of unwavering support to the RNLI. During this time he has performed various roles, including mechanic and trainer, taking on the role of Coxswain in 2002. He has launched on service more than 400 times, to a series of dramatic rescues and is the RNLI’s most decorated serving coxswain. He says, “You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with and I am extremely lucky to have such a supportive family and outstanding crew to serve alongside at Torbay RNLI.” In 2008 Mark’s courage, leadership and outstanding seamanship resulted in him being awarded a silver medal for gallantry for the rescue of eight crewmembers from the cargo ship Ice Prince, bound for Egypt from Sweden. The Greek registered vessel was in difficulty 31 miles out in the English Channel with over 5,200 tons of timber aboard. The ship was pitching and rolling severely in southwesterly force 9 winds and the horrendous conditions shifted the timber cargo, causing her to list by an alarming and dangerous 45 degrees. The Torbay crew aboard the all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes was initially tasked to attend and stand by on scene, assisted by Salcombe RNLI and a Coastguard Rescue helicopter. However, as the RNLI volunteer crews


made their way towards the Ice Prince, the situation became increasingly serious. Lives were in immediate danger. It took the lifeboat and its crew, led by Mark, more than 50 runs alongside the vessel to get the crew of the Ice Prince safely on board. Mark and his team were subsequently awarded the Pride of Britain Emergency Services Award for their outstanding efforts that night. Later that same year, his quick thinking saved the lives of three local teenagers whose capsized canoe was found near Thatcher Rock. The force 5/6 northeasterly winds had swamped the canoe and the now-hypothermic teenagers had been in the water for a life-threatening 35 minutes before he brought them to safety. Nigel Jones, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager says, “Mark is a true leader, his professionalism and fair manner mean that he has the utmost respect of not only his crew and station volunteers but of those around the country.” Alongside his commitment to the RNLI, Mark volunteers with and inspires young people with his work at Brixham Rugby club, Brixham Sea Anglers Club and takes great pride in helping with school visits throughout Torbay. RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Boissier said, “The RNLI depends on the commitment, courage and skills of its volunteers, fundraisers and staff and I am delighted to see Mark among the RNLI volunteers recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.” o rnli.org.uk torbaylifeboat.co.uk August/September 2018


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Mark Criddle, the Coxswain of Torbay RNLI has been awarded with an OBE by Buckingham Palace for his outstanding service to maritime safety. We take a look at a couple of of his most dramatic rescues.

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The lifeboat as drawn by James, aged 9

RNLI Torbay’s New Deputy Coxswain 9-year-old James Hoare loved watching the Torbay lifeboats at work and used to daydream about the day he might be sailing out of ri ham on the ying bridge of the big boat . ames would often draw the vessels he loved to watch. Later, as a young man, he successfully applied to join the RNLI Torbay volunteer lifeboat crew. He was soon training hard and expanding his knowledge to become the ‘Helm’ of the inshore lifeboat, Leslie & Mary Dawes along with other volunteer crewmembers on ‘shouts’ in all weathers here in the Bay. For the past 18 months, James (who is a local financial advisor) has taken further training to become a Coxswain at Torbay Lifeboat Station, Brixham. Both Mark Criddle OBE (full time Coxswain) and Richard Fowler (2nd Coxswain) mentored James throughout, not only on how to drive the boat in all conditions, but also to manage the many emergency situations a lifeboat crew can face, working with the crew and resources efficiently, effectively and - most importantly - safely. After 11 years as a volunteer crew member, the last 18 months have required a completely new dimension and level of dedication to hone these skills, requiring James to study

Torbay Lifeboat Day Sunday 12 August 2018 10am-10pm

The day is centred on Brixham’s Breakwater and Lifeboat Station and is organised by RNLI volunteers to raise funds and awareness and to provide a day of fun. The day kicks off with the Two Lighthouse Run (5K) followed by a Paddle Grand Prix plus the popular giant Water Ball Challenge. The lifeboats will be open to view with tours from 10am – 3.30pm. There will also be lots of stalls, Ron’s BBQ and WAGS tearoom (from englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

from home, at the boathouse and whilst afloat. Now all the hard work has paid off and he has successfully ‘passed out’ as a Deputy Coxswain. The ‘L’ plates may now come off, but from this point the learning really starts. Almost immediately after qualifying, James had the opportunity to put his hard-earned skills into practice with his first solo service as Duty Coxswain, tasked to assist the 30ft fishing vessel True Grit which had suffered electrical failure and lost engine power 8 miles from shore. James and the other volunteer lifeboat crew were able to return True Grit safely under tow into Dartmouth. James said, “I would not have been able to achieve this result without the help of Mark, Richard and all the crew at Torbay, past and present. I would therefore like to thank everyone in helping me achieve such an incredible milestone, and taking me from the drawing of a dream at 9 years old to the reality 25 years later.” o rnli.org.uk torbaylifeboat.co.uk 10am) and live music from 11.30am. You can ‘have a go’ at paddling with IBEX Canoe Centre from 1-4pm. There are flyboard displays at 2pm and 3pm and a jetski display at 4pm. The highlight of the afternoon is the Search and Rescue demonstration at 5pm. The evening commences with the annual Service of Dedication by the Lifeboat station, an evening cruise and local band Rage headlining at 8pm.The day ends with a Candle Lit Walk and firework display. Also don’t miss Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers’ Week from Sunday 5 August. August/September 2018

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The annual Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta sees the picturesque River Dart even more vibrant than usual as yachties start arriving cramming every available pontoon. Enjoy the fun of the fair, the land-based events and the action on the water from 25 August – 1 September.


he river will be alive with the fluttering of dress flags a Caribbean delight on Thursday 30 August with the and bunting. Competing crews will be swapping Regatta Sundowner, an open air festival style evening for nautical yarns and getting ready for the racing. Rowing all the family, with music, food and dancing. crews will be receiving their final pep talks and the standThe Bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens also has a up paddleboarders will be ‘girding their loins’ for some lively music programme throughout the week. The popular fierce and fun competition. The occasional glass of rosé Shopping Village with many craft stalls and delicious food may come into the equation somewhere! and drink will now be accommodated in the more intimate This is an historic event established in 1834 with the surroundings of the town’s Old Market. There is also a first ever regatta on the Dart recorded in 1822. It became vibrant Street Market on the North Embankment, which a Royal Regatta in 1856 when Queen Victoria, along with operates for the whole week as well as other diverse food Prince Albert and and drink outlets Over 50 yachting events take place in Start Bay in Royal Avenue the Prince of Wales visited Dartmouth with an anticipated 250 boats, ranging from older Gardens. in a flotilla of nine Out on the river, a classics to high-end racing machines boats. Apparently feast of rowing takes it was an unscheduled visit due to bad weather and the centre stage with the final regatta of the West of England Queen bestowed the title of Royal Regatta before leaving Amateur Rowing Association’s ten-regatta championship the next day. Royal patronage has continued ever since. series, attracting rowing clubs from around the region Alongside the water-based competitors, the riverbank and right along the south coast. You’ll see three days will be vibrant with visitors – Dartmouth has a long of local rowing events in whalers and cadet boats with tradition of running their regatta alongside a fair in the over 700 competitors plus gig rowing amongst South town. The whole of Dartmouth will be alive with fun and Devon pilot gig clubs. There’s also a waterborne tug-offrolics kicking off with the popular Royal Regatta Fete in war in the Boatfloat between crews rowing in whalers Royal Avenue Gardens, opening at 11.30am on Saturday with a ladies and a men’s competition. You can also see 25 August. standup paddleboarding races over a course just off the There’s also a fabulous Regatta Ball taking place Embankment. this year in the Guildhall on Tuesday 28 August with The Embankment in Dartmouth is a favourite place from the theme of Great Gatsby. Coronation Park will be which to watch the events and the commentary over the


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Regattas regatta’s public address system keeps spectators up to date. Volunteers from the three local clubs, The Royal Dart Yacht Club, Dartmouth Yacht Club and Dittisham Sailing Club, organise the sailing events, which are spread over the eight days of Regatta. The dinghy racing for the junior sailors takes place on the lower reaches of the Dart and for the senior competitors in the waters between Dittisham and Galmpton. Over 50 yachting events take place in Start Bay with an anticipated 250 boats, ranging from older classics to high-end racing machines providing for some very exciting and competitive racing. In addition to the rowing and sailing there are a number of other well established sporting events. Athletics has been part of the Regatta since 1937 and is represented now by the Regatta Road Race, which will be run over a very testing five-mile course. There are also fun runs for children and young adults. This year sees the 50th anniversary of the Regatta Tennis Tournament and a week long celebratory programme is being held at the tennis courts in Coronation Park. There’s a closed event for local players plus an open tournament, recognized and supported by the Lawn Tennis Association. Don’t miss could be the most picturesque tennis tournament in the country and see every game set and match. Other events on the river are the Illuminated Boat Procession held after dark on the Friday and the Classic Craft review and steamboat rally on the Saturday afternoon. There are a number of activities for children including crab fishing, a colouring competition and fancy dress (this year’s theme is Sea Creatures). Families can enjoy many fun events such as trolley racing and waiters and waitresses races and the ever-popular competition, Spot the Oddity. Firm favourites of the regatta, the Newfoundland Dogs will again return to show their prowess in the water and there will be two fantastic flyboarding displays from local man James Prestwood on Saturday 1 September. An extreme sport, flyboarding will take you on a spectators adrenaline rush as James performs amazing stunts and tricks 50 feet above the River Dart! One of the favourite parts of the whole of regatta week will be the spectacular Saturday firework display, guaranteed to leave lasting memories for those who come to enjoy all that the 174th Dartmouth Royal Regatta has to offer. A souvenir programme packed with all the regatta details and timings will be on sale from 1 August from Pillars, Holliss Filling Station and Dartmouth Visitor Centre plus Kingswear Stores and Kingswear Post Office. o dartmouthregatta.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Getting There There is no parking in the town centre of Dartmouth during Regatta Week and there will be restrictions in Kingswear as well. Please use Park and Ride services and buses. You can also travel by picturesque steam train from Paignton or Churston. Please check regatta website for latest information before travelling. August/September 2018



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It’s lovely to be on the water, especially during the summer months. Paignton Amateur Rowing Club has had enduring popularity since 1890. Anita Newcombe went along to give it a go!


t’s Tuesday evening at 6pm and I am meeting Club Captain Rob Harris at Paignton Amateur Rowing Club’s premises on South Quay at Paignton Harbour. Rob explains that for gig rowing the club has 2 Cornish pilot gigs, which are beautiful wooden vessels, plus a training boat. The Cornish pilot gig is a six-oared rowing boat, 32 feet long (9.8m) with a 4ft 10 inch (1.47m) beam, traditionally built of Cornish narrow leaf elm. Its original purpose was to take pilots out to assist incoming vessels. The gigs would race to get their pilot on board first in order to secure the job and payment. The Cornish pilot gig was also recorded as one of the first shore-based lifeboats. Paignton Amateur Rowing Club also has a selection of ‘fine boats’ or skiffs, which are extremely long, thin rowing boats specifically designed for racing. Some of them are single-seat, some double and some quad. Rob tells me that these elegant boats go considerably quicker than the heavy, wide beamed gigs. You can tell they are swift, just by looking at them but maybe a bit wobblier


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till you get the hang of it. They have sliding seats like rowing machines with foot stretchers, which are like builtin shoes (to me they resemble Crocs). So with these ‘fine boats’ you are relying more on your legs as opposed to gigs where you’re using more upper body strength. I’m wondering how you get out of a fine boat if you capsize, when your feet are strapped into these ‘stretchers’. Rob shows me the quick release that is designed for the purpose. Clearly the gigs being lovely and wide with comfortable looking seats, are much more forgiving and unlikely to overbalance. It’s into one of these gigs that I am having my taster session this evening. We head over to the water’s edge where a group of mainly female members is preparing one of the gigs to go out on the water. Rob tells me that the club is currently 75% women members (even though overall in the sport the male/female balance is generally around 50/50). In the past they’ve had quite a lot of male rugby playing members – apparently they tend to play rugby in the


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why this could become a passion. It’s certainly been an winter and row in the summer. The club would clearly idyllic evening on the water and Paignton Harbour really like to drum up a few more male members but new is quite a delightful little haven. women members are equally and warmly welcomed too. Membership of Paignton Amateur Rowing Club is just The gig boat is now being cautiously lowered into the £85 a year for social members who row and a little more water off its trailer and I am invited to jump in, sitting if you want to enter races. You get three trial sessions towards the bow. I am passed two ‘thole pins,’ which I before you need to commit must place into handy slots The club would clearly like to drum to membership so there’s that hold the oars on the plenty of opportunity to gunwhale (top rail of the up a few more male members but see if it’s really for you. The gig). The seat is quite comfy new women members are equally rowing club also has a bar and I am shown how to and warmly welcomed too. with lovely views of the place my feet and hands and how to pull the oars correctly. In all there are 6 rowers harbour and bay. Rowers can use it or you can become a bar member for a token annual fee of £5. It’s also available plus a cox who operates the rudder to steer the boat. for functions with seating for around 30 people. I try to keep in synch with the other rowers but quite Rowing training on the water takes place on Mondays often miss a beat initally – still, it’s strangely therapeutic and Wednesdays for juniors and Tuesdays and Thursdays out here on the calm water enjoying the sunshine with for adults and sessions generally run from 5.30-7pm. New wonderful views all around. members are super welcome and will be offered a taster I chat to a few of the members and many of them seem session so why not give it a go? o to enjoy the social side of things, just getting on the water and having some fun. Others are keen competitive rowers paigntonarc.co.uk and the club enters many regattas and races. The Paignton crews are noted for attending regattas right across the Did You Know? South West and every year two racing gigs are taken to Bow - the pointy end of the boat and also the Isles of Scilly to race in the Cornish Pilot World Gig the number 1 seat rower. Championships. With its rather fetching racing colours Bow Side - actually means the port side of old gold with a royal blue stripe, Paignton ARC is very of the boat. visible so you can give them a cheer if you see them on Thwart - the bit of the gig you sit on. the water. Training here is very much an all-year-round Bung - stops your feet getting too wet. activity, although in the winter, when the weather is poor, The Cox - in charge, sits in the stern. there’s more rowing indoors on the rowing machines Seagull - is a passenger in the bow. where members work on their technique. Engine - refers to the power positions in Now we are coming back alongside the slipway – seats 3 & 4. everyone has been very jolly and friendly and I can see


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Clennon Lakes A Hidden Wildlife Haven

The Friends of Clennon Lakes are a local volunteer group that has been working hard to restore and maintain the wetland nature reserve that’s right on our doorstep in Paignton. Anita Newcombe went along to meet them.


oday I am meeting The Friends of Clennon Lakes’ Chairman and noted wildlife artist Mike Langman as well as fellow volunteers Bill Coulson, Lloyd Gray and Brian Prentice. I must confess to knowing very little about Clennon Lakes even though it’s right behind the playing fields next to Torbay Velopark. Mike explains, “The whole of Paignton and Torquay would have been marshland in the past but now there are only tiny pockets left due to urban development. Marshland is a fantastic habitat for birds and other wildlife but you’ll only find it here, at Broadsands and at Youngs Park these days.” It’s beautiful here at Clennon Lakes with lots of bird life including regular residents such as mute swan, mallard, coot and grey heron. Kingfishers, teal and water rail are also regularly seen here and bittern has been seen in the reeds on several occasions. After 21 nest boxes were installed in 2015, 63 young blue tits and great tits were fledged – a notable success for the volunteers. There are also many mammals like badgers, foxes and stoats as well as bats. You’ll see reptiles and amphibians plus beautiful insects like dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Clennon Lakes is actually a man-made amenity created by Torbay 32

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Council in the early 80s. The lakes area provides a key wildlife corridor running from (almost) the coast, to the countryside via Paignton Zoo and the resident wildlife and seasonal visitors depend on this. The volunteers group has worked hard clearing the overgrown lakes of sprawling willow and also taking out invasive Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, creating walkways, installing benches and designing information boards. The lakes have become shallow and silted up and it is hoped that Torbay Council will be able to arrange for de-silting in the not-too-distant future to protect the lakes and the rich wildlife that is found here. The group tells me a story of a volunteer in the 80s who decided to bring diving equipment to help install a nesting platform but the lake water only came up to his waist! Suddenly the group stops dead. We’ve (actually they’ve) spotted a heron catching an eel just across the lake from us. Quick as a flash Lloyd has captured a wonderful photo and Mike tells me some fascinating facts about the heron as he hands me his binoculars for a closer look. Apparently when herons eat an eel they become rather greasy and so they use a cunning comblike device they have on one of their toes to remove englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Out & About clearance projects that we are working on right now.” Paths and benches have been installed around the lakes to provide opportunities for people to stroll and enjoy the lovely views. The group has seen 400 Southern Marsh Orchid heads appear this year plus the smaller more delicate Pyramidal Orchids and this is a direct result of clearance work. Mike tells me that these orchids can survive dormant for up to 20 years before reappearing when exposed to the light. The group has also rediscovered and cleared the aqueduct that runs under all the four lakes. The group wants more people with an interest in wildlife to enjoy the lakes. Current users are mainly dog walkers but Mike says, “Children need a connection with wildlife and this is a great place for them. Since our group’s formation and hard work we have been pleased to see Brownies and Cub groups coming down on fine summers evenings to pond dip and explore the lake’s nature.” But one message is important if you come along – please don’t feed the ducks bread! Did you know that it makes them ill? Turns out that if we want to feed them, we should bring peas, sweetcorn and chopped lettuce, which they love and which are good for them. Why not pop along and see for yourself? o clennonlakes.org

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slime and oil. If that’s not amazing enough, they also use a powder puff – this is powder concentrated in their small feathers that they can use for grooming. The volunteers meet on the first Sunday of each month from 9am to 12noon. The group has been recognised by the council and is covered by council insurance. They have a secure container full of gardening tools and equipment including a boat, which is located on the edge of the meadow behind Torbay Velopark. If you want to help, get outdoors and enjoy meeting like-minded people, then you’ll need to join as a member. Fear not, as you’ll only need £2 to join although a little extra donation is always welcome. Of course you can be a non-volunteering supporter too. It all helps and you will be invited to the occasional guided walk or social event. The Friends also apply for grants and have had funds from the mayor and Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster to buy tools. Their largest grant so far has been from Tesco to restore paths, a bridge and to install an interpretation sign. In addition to receiving support from the council, they have a good working partnership with Groundwork South. Mike explains, “We need to get the lakes to a state where we can focus on regular maintenance rather than the major

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New this month...Sticky Toffee Truffles and special Unicorn Cupcakes! Plus our usual scrumptious menu of sweet treats and desserts. From homemade cakes, liquid tiffin, triple chocolate croissants to Chocella’s homemade chocolate spread on toast. Pop in for Italian coffee and cake or indulge in an Afternoon Tea - chocolate or traditional! Our chocolate cabinet features a beautifully crafted selection of glorious Belgium chocolates, choose your favourites or a gift for someone special. Book a party, chocolate workshop or demonstration for an unforgettable experience!

The Babbacombe Inn on Babbacombe Downs enjoys one of the most fabulous views around and has a great beer garden. Open daily, it offers an impressive range of tasty pub food in a welcoming environment. Whether you’re after a morning coffee, light snack or meal with family and friends, The Babbacombe Inn has a menu to suit all tastes and budgets. With live entertainment and a weekly quiz, it’s also ideal for a pre-theatre meal or drink. Free parking on site.

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

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Summer is a great time to get out and taste some of the delicious seafood and refreshing tipples we have on offer here on England’s Seafood Coast. Seahorse is the Best in Devon

Brewer Strikes Gold!

Dartmouth’s Seahorse restaurant has scooped the highest placing for a Devon restaurant in this year’s National Restaurant awards and was one of only two restaurants listed from the county. The restaurant, number 40 in this year’s UK top 100, was included in the awards for the 10th year running and this seems fitting as it’s the 10th anniversary of the Seahorse restaurant opening. Owner Mitch Tonks said, “In such a competitive market keeping a restaurant full for 10 years is no mean feat; restaurants are a whole bunch of daily moving parts and consistency is everything. Head Chef Jake Bridgwood and the team at the restaurant share the passion and belief and love of great food and good hospitality that Mat and I felt on day one back in 2008. We are so happy to have be included in such a prestigious list of UK restaurants and help keep Devon on the foodie map.”

Devon Rock Craft Lager and Devon Dumpling both won Gold at the Taste of the West Awards. Two of the brewery’s beers, Gold and Topsail were highly commended. Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK and aims to promote and support fantastic local food and drink from the region. Devon Rock and Devon Dumpling will both be judged again at a later date to decide upon the coveted Supreme Champion - best of luck to them! baysbrewery.co.uk


Torquay Food & Drink Festival Enjoy a delicious selection of locally supplied food and drink plus live music throughout the day. Exhibitors include Bays Brewery, Riverford Home Deliveries, Yarde Cider, Sharpham Wine & Cheese, the Gin & Sin Company and many more. Date: 2 September, time: 11am5pm. Managed by Prim and Proper Events. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6RQ 07717 754240 primandproperevents.co.uk

Rockfish Crab Fest Rockfish Crab Fest in Dartmouth is back for the 7th year. There’s a pop-up Seahorse restaurant hosted by Mitch Tonks and Angela Hartnett with live music all afternoon, a taco stand, a dressed crab stand, a wine bar, a bloody mary and gin bar plus a kid’s crabbing competition. For non-ticketholders there is also a free area to enjoy the live music and bar with access to the food stands. Date: 12 August. Dartmouth Embankment TQ6 9BH therockfish.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Prosecco & Fizz Festival Enjoy a celebration of bubbles! Try up to 20 different types of Prosecco plus great live bands on stage and delicious Italian Street Food. VIP tickets with drinks package and guaranteed seating in VIP area are available. Dates: 3 & 4 August, time: 6.30-11pm. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ proseccofizzfestival.co.uk 35

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Food & Drink

Top Chefs Cook Up a Storm...

at England’s Seafood FEAST Celebrated Michelin-star chefs Mitch Tonks and Simon Hulstone are among the many top names putting on a simply delicious new seafood feast in the Bay this autumn. England’s Seafood FEAST will take place right across the English Riviera from 22 September to 7 October.


’ve eaten seafood all over the world” said Mitch Tonks, “and the quality of the fish caught off our coast is the finest anywhere in the world.’’ The whole of the English Riviera including Brixham, Paignton and Torquay will be going seafood crazy, with a great choice of stylish seafood events, from gourmet seafood menus to simple treats like mussels, being organised by individual businesses across the resort. In addition, visitors to the feast will be able to enjoy a range of related coastal activities, including Catch and Cook events and Heritage Fishing Boat Trips. Anna Trant, England’s Seafood Coast Project Coordinator, said “The two-week programme is continually evolving, and exciting new events are being added by the local businesses every day. There is a real buzz about the first England’s Seafood FEAST taking place here on the English Riviera.’’ The launch has been inspired by Brixham’s legendary fish market, famous for landing the highest value catch in the UK. The unique Brixham Early Morning Fish Market Tour has been included in VisitEngland’s Bucket List as one of the Top 101


Things to Do in England, and visitors to the feast will be able to pre-book behind-the-scenes tours to view the catch and meet the buyers (25, 26 & 27 September and 2, 3, 4 October). Trawlers operating out of Brixham regularly land over 40 varieties of fish and seafood and the quality is prized in top restaurants in the UK and Europe. England’s Seafood FEAST is expected to attract visitors from around the world and is an integral part of the England’s Seafood Coast Project. Managed by the English Riviera BID Company and supported by VisitEngland and the Discover England Fund, the aim is to attract more domestic and international visitors to come and stay on England’s Saefood Coast in shoulder seasons and to showcase our world-class fish and seafood. Other well-known seafood chefs behind the feast are: Oliver Stacey at No 7 Fish Bistro, Barry George at Cantina in Paignton, Jordan Hatfield at Pier Point in Torquay, Ash Hamilton at Curious Kitchen and many more. There are so many memorable events that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are just a a few of them to tempt your tastebuds (full updated listings on the website): August/September 2018


Prim and Proper Events

Torquay Food & Drink Festival Livermead Cliff Hotel Sunday 2nd September 11.00am - 5.00pm

Come along and join in the fun at our first Torquay Food & Drink Festival. We will have lots of local suppliers along with live music throughout the day.

07717 754240 primandproperevents.co.uk

ready, set, summer! Occombe Farm KIDS’ SUMMER CLUBS

Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August & Monday 13 - Friday 17 August 10am - 4pm A whole week of kids-only, farm filled fun. Be a nature detective; hunt for bugs and other wildlife. Make bug boxes and bird feeders. Feed our animals. Build a den. Cook around the campfire. Explore. Discover. Challenge! £150 per child per week. 8-13yrs. Booking essential.

Kids’ Summer Cookery School

Cockington Country Park COCKINGTON DOG DAY Sunday 19 August 11am - 4pm

Cockington Park’s very own day for dogs! A celebration for all our doggie visitors with a fun dog show, stalls and much more!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 26 July - 30 August, 10am - 4pm £34 per child. 7-12 yrs. Booking essential

Farm to Fork Day

Wednesdays 8, 22 & 29 August, 10am - 4pm £34 per child. 8-13yrs. Booking essential.


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Food & Drink Vigilance Open Day, Brixham 22 September Hop aboard the heritage sailing trawler Vigilance moored up at Brixham’s Heritage Pontoon. Enjoy a complimentary guided tour between 10 & 4pm and learn about her fascinating history. Mussels in Vigilance Ale will served on board from 12noon2pm at £7.50 per person.

Mussels & Wine @7, Torquay 22, 24-29 September & 1-6 October Upstairs at No 7 Fish Bistro is Wine@7, a relaxed dining experience with a focus on great wine. Enjoy local mussels with a glass of Sharpham wine. Booking advised.

Curious Kitchen Tasting Menu, Brixham 22, 23, 28 & 29 September Enjoy a spectacular 7-course seafood tasting menu at one of Brixham’s most innovative restaurants. Time: 7.30pm, cost: £35, BYO alcohol, booking essential.

Forage and Feast with Cantina, Paignton 30 September Enjoy an expert-led foraging walk and supper on the seashore. You’ll bring back some delicious goodies back to Cantina and work with their chef to prepare a very special, light supper. Cost: £20, time: 4.308.30pm booking essential. Paella & Pitocco, Torquay 27 September Head over to the Below Decks Seafood Marquee for paella from a giant pan plus live music from the talented Christian Pitocco. Cost: £15, booking essential. Fish & Chips at Hanbury’s, Torquay 24-29 September and 1-6 October Team Hanbury’s award-winning fish & chips with a cool pint of Hanbury’s Amber Ale, or a G & T from their extensive list or a glass of Prosecco. Cost: £14.75, Times: 11.45am-1.45pm and 5.309pm, booking recommended. theseafoodfeast.co.uk

Signature Experiences Seafood Sculpture, Cockington 27 September – 7 October To celebrate England’s Seafood FEAST, Cockington Chocolate has created a magnificent chocolate shark. Discover ‘The Silent Revenge’, wallow in the delicious aroma of chocolate and treat yourself to a handmade chocolate fish or two to take home! Time: 10am-4pm.


You’ll have to move quickly to get tickets for the very special Agatha Christie Birthday Menu of local lobster followed by blackberry ice cream (plus some surprises) in an exclusive evening in her dining room at Greenway House on 22 September. At The Elephant, Simon Hulstone is inviting one of the UK’s finest chefs to create a seafood extravanganza – the website will reveal who.There will also be an array of tantalising seafood events at Rockfish throughout the feast.

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Life on the


Devon’s English Riviera has again been awarded a raft of national Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2018. The English Riviera BID Company has launched a new digital marketing campaign, called ‘Award-Winning Beaches - Amazing People’.


otential beachgoers have been invited to find out more by viewing and sharing spectacular new aerial drone footage, images and inspiring blog articles. The focus is on fascinating real-life stories of the people and businesses that operate across the Bay. With nine beaches featured, the campaign has highlighted one beach a week through their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. Chief Executive Carolyn Custerson said, “The English Riviera has an amazing 22-mile coastline and is really upping its game in terms of offering year-round, worldclass facilities and food.” We take a peek at four of the featured beaches: Oddicombe Beach Three Degrees West is a stylish haven for beach lovers on beautiful Oddicombe Beach and boasts one of the most spectacular views in the bay. Opening in 2015 it soon became a huge hit. Offering all the obvious seaside snacks, this Mediterranean style bar and bistro also has a fabulous breakfast, lunch and tapas selection. Although just entering its fourth year, Three Degrees West already has quite a traumatic history. Storm Emma caused huge damage with tree trunks and all sorts of debris 40

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being hurled through the shutters, smashing windows and pretty much everything else in its wake. However,

incredibly, a mere six weeks later it was open for business once again. Mark Buck, co-owner and manager says, “This is the best job in the world. Every day, we open those shutters to reveal a simply stunning view. On a glorious day, as they sit with a platter or two of tapas, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Out & About something sparkling and refreshing to drink, soaking up the view and the sunshine, people cannot believe they’re in Torquay. But we are!” Meadfoot Beach Meadfoot Beach is a beach steeped in history with links to Charles Darwin and Agatha Christie. More recently it was used as a filming location for a music video of Metronomy’s popular song The Bay. Meadfoot Beach Cafe is perched on the south side of this majestic, crescent shaped beach. In an elevated position, the cafe enjoys sun all day and has wonderful views over the bay, looking out towards Hopes Nose, Thatcher’s Rock and the Orestone to the East and Brixham to the West. The cafe has recently changed hands. Helen, the new owner, is now well into her second year and has been working hard to establish a great team for this little gem of a cafe. She has introduced a new summer menu with lots of fresh, local produce on offer. You can enjoy such delights as a full English breakfast, coffee & cakes, open prawn sandwiches with lemon & dill mayo and yummy ice creams. Helen says, “Working in this stunning location is fantastic, and receiving such positive feedback makes the whole team realise that the effort and hard work is all worth it!” Anstey’s Cove Anstey’s Cove is the perfect spot for a little adrenaline rush due to the opportunities it presents for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and coasteering. It is quiet, peaceful and incredibly beautiful. Local business Reach Outdoors provides sea-based outdoor activity for all ages and abilities. The company was started by three long term friends: Ashley Hone, Rachel Mayhew and Richard Hanbury. Since setting up the business in 2012, with their first customers coming a year later, you will see

Reach Outdoors operating all over Torbay and beyond. Now, after five years they have a team of 16 enthusiastic englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

full time instructors. The team hangs out quite a bit at Goodrington Sands too where its main hub can be found at the Seashore Centre. Rich says, “We pride ourselves in being able to support people to achieve things that they may not have thought possible. Our equipment is first class, our instructors are top notch, the English Riviera provides the playground... and there lies the perfect combination.” Goodrington Sands Goodrington Sands is the ultimate beach location with everything from a waterpark to a beautifully run beach cafe, pedalos, and water-skiing. New on the scene is the

recently developed Cantina Kitchen. The team took over the business almost two years ago. Charlie, busy mum-of-two and keen wild swimmer says that they love being right by the sea in a peaceful area that is safe for families and also great for walking dogs all year round. One of best things about their work location is the ability to easily go for a swim after a busy shift. Charlie said, “Wild swimming in Goodrington is glorious after a busy weekend, in fact we have some of our meetings waist deep in the sea!” Cantina Kitchen offers some of the finest produce in Devon. They serve local beer from Bays Brewery and cider from Hunts Farm. Bread comes from Paignton and coffee from Torquay. Fish hails from Brixham and crab from Paignton. Cantina Kitchen has also recently started producing and selling their own gin! It’s small batch gin, made right on the beach and has hints of beachlife running right through it. In fact, it’s aptly named Mermaid’s Ruin. The whole list of featured beaches is: Oddicombe Beach, Anstey’s Cove, Meadfoot Beach, Torre Abbey Sands, Paignton Beach, Preston Sands, Goodrington Sands, Broadsands Beach and Breakwater Beach. o englishriviera.co.uk August/September 2018



Art Path

In My Garden There’s A City - Janet Ventre

SCULPTURE TRAIL AT COCKINGTON COURT Distance: Less than a mile Exertion: Easy Time: Allow 1-2 hours Terrain: Paths and gardens Access: Parking at Cockington Court Dogs: On leads. Refreshments: Cockington Court Tea Rooms Start postcode: TQ2 6XA


his issue’s walk is a little different; we suggest you give this wonderful sculpture trail a go and take the time to enjoy 26 individual creations from 21 artists. And what better place to appreciate creativity than at Cockington Court, its craft studios and Walled Art Garden? Artists all applied to be included on the trail and many of the works were crafted especially for the occasion or have a connection to the local flora or fauna. Each sculpture is accompanied by an artist’s statement that helps one understand the work’s meaning and the processes and materials that went into their construction. There is also a biography of the artist that outlines their background and training. On arrival I head to the gallery shop in the manor house to pick up a trail map and follow the route to the first sculpture. Sculpture number one is Donald Knaack’s Journey, an artwork of recycled items to be played as a percussion instrument - I take particular pleasure venting my frustrations on the artistically arranged parking signs, I don’t think I was the only one... The trail continues through the manor house with delightful canine sculptures from Vera Stride and thoughtprovoking work from Nicholas Bellamy, before continuing outside into the Stable Yard. It’s interesting to note that some of the artists only took up sculpture after completing their working careers or following a life re-evaluation; their work often reflects their earlier lives - engineering, design, and fabrication to name a few. The trail continues into the Walled Art Garden where more than ten sculptures nestle amongst vines and creepers; 42

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if they stay for long the natural materials may well be reclaimed. It’s here in particular that the sculpture materials and subject matter seem particularly at home, with Peter Stride’s Celtic Bardic Throne rising from the wood pile and Bridget Arnold’s colourful Cow Parsley flags fluttering gently in the breeze. Jo Golesworthy’s Pollen Drift sits amongst the flowering grasses from whence they came albeit 10,000 times the actual size of pollen. The last section of the trail is within the Sea Change Craft Studios and features: more flags, bold and almost life-size creations from Malcolm Curley, flowers from students at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and something rather special in chocolate! The last task before I leave is to return to the Court shop to ballot my favourite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award - my vote goes to Luci Cole’s The Many, a piece making a very strong statement that has become even more poignant by its tranquil setting in the Walled Garden. After you’ve had your say don’t forget to visit the Kitchen Gallery installation which features musical instruments made from recycled materials by the ‘Junkman’ Donald Knaack. o cockingtoncourt.org


Red, Russ & Ali - Vera Stride

Pollen Drift - Jo Golesworthy

Feijoa - Zoe Singleton

Swallows on the Wing (detail) - Jane Clift

Treasuries of the Innermost (detail) - Marissa Wakefield

The Unborn - Rik Pitman

The Artists Donald Knaack Vera Stride Nicholas Bellamy Zoe Singleton Deborah Treliving Marissa Wakefield Peter Stride Bridget Arnold Louise Dixon Jane Clift


Celtic Bardic Throne - Peter Stride

Janet Ventre Jo Golesworthy Luci Coles Allan Poxton Phil Dixon Malcolm Curley Torquay Girls’ Grammar School Bridget Arnold Tony Fagan Rik Pitman August/September 2018


August & September Occombe Summer Activity Pack On till 31 August Come and explore Occombe Farm with your very own activity pack! Discover mega and mini beasts, brass rubbings, fun and more. Available Monday to Friday throughout the summer holidays. Time: 10am - 3pm, cost: £2.50, suitable for: all ages. No booking. Occombe Farm Kiosk, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Sculpture Trail, Cockington Court On till 9 September Follow the Art Path and discover sculptures created by local artists placed within the Court site, including the studio areas, Walled Art Garden and Manor House. A supporting exhibition takes place alongside in the Kitchen Gallery. 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org/whats-on/ sculpture-trail

Cockington Fayre 1 August Enjoy a traditional English village summer fair. It’s a great family day out in the beautiful grounds of historic Cockington Court. Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org


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around the Bay

Meet the Animals, Occombe 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 24, 27, 28 & 31 August Come and discover the farm animals of Occombe, and even get the chance to feed some of them. All attendees must pay and all children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Group size is restricted. Time: 10-11am, cost: £3, suitable for: all ages. Book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Brixham’s Famous Fish Market Tours 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August & 5, 12, 25, 26, 27 September Go behind the scenes on England’s Seafood Coast to view the hustle and bustle of Brixham’s world famous Fish Market. Marvel at the early morning fish auction where over £25 million worth of top quality fish is landed and auctioned daily before heading for some of the finest fishmongers and restaurants across the UK and Europe. Your tour will be followed by a delicious breakfast at Rockfish. The market is regretfully unsuitable for wheelchairs. Over 14 years only. Time: 6am prompt, cost: £15 includes breakfast and donation to the Fishermen’s Mission. Email: bfmt2014@gmail. com to book. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW


What’s On Kids Summer Cookery School, Occombe 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 August Drop your kids off every Tuesday or Thursday for a fun filled, themed cookery day at Occombe Farm Cookery School. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £34, suitable for: 7-12 years, booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

B14 National Championships, Paignton 2-5 August Marvel at the spectacle of B14 sailing dinghies launching from Paignton beach for some fast and highly competitive racing. An 18-foot skiff, the B14 is fast and offers high quality international two-handed racing. Paignton Sailing Club, South Quay, Paignton Harbour TQ4 6DU b14.org

One Thousand Years of History, Cockington 2 August

Join local history expert John Risdon for a tour of this historic corner of Torbay. John will guide you from the heart of the village through the landscaped parkland,


providing his usual mix of intriguing facts and stories about how Cockington came to be as you see it today. Time: 3pm-4.30pm, cost: £4.50, suitable for: adults & children over 11. Book online. Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Pirate Thursdays, Brixham 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August Enjoy some piratical fun for the young and young-atheart. It’s a great opportunity to join in the amusing antics and have a great free day out. The naughty deeds include Soak the Pirate as well as balloon modelling, puppet shows, arts & crafts workshops, fancy dress competitions, photo shoots and live music. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ brixhambuccaneers.co.uk

Torbay Steam Fair 3-5 August Enjoy this hugely popular annual event with working steam engines, vintage & classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls, children’s entertainment, catering, beer and tea tents. Tickets Saturday & Sunday: adults £8, seniors £7 children over 5 £2, family ticket (2 + 2) £20. (Friday ticket prices are lower – see website). Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0JT torbaysteamfair.co.uk

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2000 Class National Championship, Torquay 4-11 August Look out for championship sailing hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club with 30 adult dinghies expected in Tor Bay, noted for some of the finest sailing waters in Europe. The 2000, formerly known as the Laser 2000 is a 4.4-metre, one-design class dinghy that offers some exhilarating and exciting sailing. Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH 2000class.org

Brixham Gig Club Regatta 4 August The races will take place off Breakwater Beach where there will be excellent viewing along the Breakwater itself. Brixham Gig Club will be hosting the prestigious Veterans Championships this year, the first time it has been held in Brixham. Brixham Gig Club is a community gig-rowing club run by volunteers. Brixham Breakwater TQ5 9AF brixhamgigclub.com

Holistic Festival, Brixham 4 & 5 August The festival promises a wonderful array of stands, healers, therapists and practioners offering advice on health and wellbeing. There will also be about 40 talks and workshops plus music performances all weekend. The ‘Children’s Reservation’ will include a non stop programme of activities such as: drumming, woodwork, circus skills, performances, woodland walks, making wands, street arts and the super camp fire. Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0LD 01803 845800 luptonhouseholisticfestival.com

RNLI Proms, Brixham 5 August Enjoy an RNLI Fundraisers’ proms concert in the Berry Head Hotel’s Mulberry Garden. The concert features the Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band and the soprano Kate Walker. Time: from 7pm, cost £18 per head. Tickets: available in advance only from Lynn Spillett on 07716 117875. Food will be available during interval for additional charge on the night. It’s a great way to support the Torbay lifeboat. Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ. 07716 117875 torbaylifeboat.co.uk or email rnlitlf@ gmail.com

Torbay Open Tennis Tournament, Torquay 5-11 August Torquay Tennis Club is hosting one of the country’s leading tennis tournaments, The Torbay Open, established 1887. Regular play and coaching is also available throughout the year. Membership club but court hire and ‘Pay and Play’ sessions are also available to non-members. Torquay Tennis Club, Rear of Shedden Hill Car Park, Torquay TQ2 5TY 01803 209500 torquaytennisclub.co.uk

Summer Fayre, Newton Abbot 5 August Set in the beautiful Grade 1 listed Jacobean former manor house; Forde House in Newton Abbot is the perfect setting for this delightful Summer Fayre. Browse over 60 exhibitors throughout the house, enjoy live music, and find lots of fun things to do for the children. Time: 10am-4pm. Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX primandproperevents.co.uk

Tots Go Wild, Occombe 6, 13, 20 & 27 August & 2 September Fun on the farm for tots! Events are run by independent conservation charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Cost: £5, time: 9.30-11am, suitable for: toddlers-5 yrs, (babies can come free). An adult must accompany 46

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What’s On children. Book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Farm 2 Fork Day, Occombe 8, 22 & 29 August Enjoy whole day of fun on the farm learning where our food comes from and what makes an organic farm so special for wildlife! With baking in the kitchen and helping feed the farm animals, to growing vegetables in the garden and getting involved with wildlife projects. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £34, suitable for 8-13 years only. Children can be left unattended – booking essential. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Paella Evening, Torquay 8 August, 6 & 27 September Enjoy a Spanish experience at Below Decks. Delicious paella is cooked in a giant pan with chicken, chorizo and seafood, served with crusty bread. There’s also a local live musician playing some relaxing Spanish music to give you the full Mediterranean experience. Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 411106 belowdesks.co.uk

Coastal Clean Ups with Living Coasts 8 August & 15 September Join in with one of Living Coasts’ Beach Cleans. The August event is at Torre Abbey Sands from 9-11am. The September event is at Beacon Cove in Torquay from 2-4pm. These free events will give you the chance to help the environment and learn more about local species, biodiversity and the shores around us. 01803 202470 livingcoasts.org.uk

Brixham Town Band Proms on the Quay 9 August Stroll along the quayside and watch Brixham Town Band performing with Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Time: 8pm. The band also plays here every Monday and Thursday evening from 8-9.30pm (weather permitting). Brixham Quayside TQ5 8AW brixhamtownband.org.uk

Rockpool Ramble, Goodrington 10 & 29 August

Wild Wednesdays, Coleton Fishacre 8 & 22 August On selected Wednesdays during the school holidays is a Wild Wednesday at Coleton Fishacre, where the team of National Trust Rangers lead ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities in the garden. Time: 2-4pm, normal admission charges apply. Dogs on leads welcome. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Join Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust’s marine ranger in exploring the incredible marine life that lives in the Bay’s rock pools. Discover daring crabs, wriggly starfish, slimy anemones and speedy prawns in the rockpools at Middlestone. Suitable for age 4-18years. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Times: 10 August 10.30am-12.30pm, 29 August 1.30-3.30pm. Cost: £3.50 per person. The Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington Sands TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

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Lupton House, which dates back to the 1500s. Try your skill at musket drill or sword fighting plus displays, talks, music, food and a bar. Note: there will be loud cannon fire at this event. Time: 10am-5pm, tickets are: Adults £7, Children £5, Under 5s free, family (up to 2 adults & 2 children) £20. Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0LD 01803 845800 luptonfestivalofhistory.co.uk

Seabirds and Paella, Berry Head 11 August Learn more about sea watching and migrating seabirds, for keen birdwatchers. Trawlers regularly return from a day’s fishing in Lyme Bay during the evening sometimes with flocks of seabirds following them. Skuas, Shearwaters and Terns are all likely to be found among the gulls but identification can be tricky and local expert Mike Langman will pass on some of his 40 years’ experience of watching seabirds and indeed marine wildlife including the resident Harbour Porpoises. Enjoy a delicious paella and a cold drink at the Guardhouse Café after the watch. Time: 4-8.30pm, cost: £28, suitable for: adults. Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9EG 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org

Skiff and Gig Regattas 11 & 12 August Paignton Amateur Rowing Club’s skiff teams will be competing on 11 August and their gig teams on 12 August. South Quay, The Harbour, Paignton TQ4 6DT paigntonarc.co.uk

Torbay Lifeboat Day, Brixham 12 August Enjoy a Seaside Special day of events for all the family including: lifeboat tours, pedalo racing, a range of stalls, live music, search & rescue demonstrations, annual service of dedication and an evening cruise around the Bay, all culminating in a grand firework display launched from the Breakwater at 9.15pm. The aim of the day is family


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enjoyment, raising awareness of the RNLI, coastal safety and fundraising for the charity. Time: 10am to 10pm. Brixham Breakwater, Beach & Lifeboat station. Nearest car park: MDL Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AF. 07716 117875 torbaylifeboat.co.uk or email rnlitlf@ gmail.com

Paignton Heritage Society Talk 16 August David Scott looks at the causes of the First World War. Cost: members £3, non-members £4, refreshments included. Time: 7.30pm. Gerston Christian Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton TQ3 3DX 01803 523434 paigntonsociety.webs.com

Open Air Cinema Festival, Torquay 16-27 August After the huge success of last year’s festival, Torre Abbey will again be working in partnership with the Barn Cinema and Dartington Arts to bring an amazing programme of al fresco screenings under the stars. Expect 8 nights of cult classics, family favourites and the latest blockbusters, all hosted in the stunning grounds of Torre Abbey. Time: Doors open 7.30pm, films start at 8.45pm, tickets: £8, wrap up warm and bring chairs or blankets. Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE torre-abbey.org.uk

Bat Walk, Berry Head 17 August & 21 September An exciting opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head National Nature Reserve, actively protected here by independent charity Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. The bats live in the caves formed in the 400 million year old limestone cliffs. The evening will begin at the Visitor Centre, to see the bats in their roost using the cave camera. You’ll then head out onto the reserve to see how the cows help to feed the bats, before moving on to watch the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost, using bat detectors to hear their calls. Times: August 7.45-9.15pm, September: 6.45-8.30pm, cost: £5, suitable for adults and over 13s. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Book online. Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9EG 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Wild Kayaking Expeditions 18-19 August Treat yourself to a wild kayaking trip. You will paddle along the stunning coastline, exploring sea caves and spotting wildlife. Then you’ll pitch up at a secluded camp and enjoy a rustic meal of mackerel and foraged shellfish, cooked on the open fire (sausages & chutney to supplement if they are not biting). A glass of red will help to wash the meal down before a night under the stars on the remote beach. Enjoy a gentle paddle back the next day. Reach Outdoors, The Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington Sands TQ4 6LP 01626 873625 reach-outdoors.com

novels. To celebrate the publication of her latest Poirot novel The Mystery of Three Quarters Sophie will be talking about continuing Poirot’s legacy, in the Walled Garden at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home. Time: 3-3.45pm, tickets: £5. Booking essential. Car parking must also be prebooked. Following the event there will be a book signing in Greenway’s shop. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationatrust.org.uk/greenway

Countryside Walks, Coleton Fishacre 23 August & 14 September The National Trust ranger team will be leading spring countryside walks from Coleton Fishacre to Pudcombe Cove, along the South West Coast Path to Ivy Cove, and back to Coleton Fishacre via Coleton Camp. Time: 11am – 2pm, free event, admission applies for venue, dogs on leads welcome. Meet by Courtyard Café. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Trust10 Trail Runs, Coleton Fishacre 26 August & 23 September Cockington Dog Day 19 August Enjoy a day of doggy shenanigans in Cockington Country Park run by independent charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Free entry, £1 per class for the dog show. Time: 11am-4pm Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

A free monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. Free, fun, informal, forever and for everyone. This route has a number of steep ascents and descents throughout, which will get the heart pumping. There are two 5K loops so you can stop after one if you wish. Free event, no booking, please self-time if needed. Time: registration at 8.30am, starts 9am. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Torbay 10K – The 5 Bays Challenge 19 August The Five Bays Challenge is a multi-terrain race that starts and finishes at the picture post card setting of Broadsands Beach. The course will follow the trail uphill to Churston Village and crosses land which made up the old Churston Estate to the edge of Brixham. In Brixham it will pass the fish market and head back along the coast path via Oxen Cove, Fishcombe Beach, Churston Cove, Elberry Cove to the finish at Broadsands Beach. Organised by Torbay Athletic Club. Time: 9.30am. Broadsands Beach, Paignton TQ4 6LL torbay10k.org.uk

An Audience with Sophie Hannah, Greenway 21 August Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of crime fiction and the author of the new Hercule Poirot englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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What’s On Build a Robot Workshop 29 August Build a two-wheeled robot in this exciting computing and electronics workshop. With expert guidance on construction and programming, and a kit of motors, wheels and electronics, you’ll be a robotics pro in no time. Materials provided but price does not include taking the robot home. You will be provided with a bespoke ‘ingredients’ list to grab your own kit and show off your robot building skills at home. Time: 1pm-4pm, cost: £15 per child, suitable for 12 years plus. The Learning Lab, Torre Abbey’s Spanish Barn, The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

50th Torbay Sea Angling Festival 31 August-9 September This long established event attracts well over 3,250 entries from anglers drawn to some of the finest fishing in the country. While the sheltered waters of the Bay are the focus of the Festival the actual fishing limits extend many miles in each direction to allow anglers to fish their favourite marks. The Eastward limit is Pinhay Bay at Beer and the Western limit is Bolt Head at the mouth of Salcombe estuary. This means that you can fish the tidal estuaries of the Exe, Teign, Dart and Kingsbridge. Boats fishing out of ports within this area can also fish the Festival. torbayfishingfestival.org

Fishstock Brixham 8 September A popular event celebrating Brixham’s fishing heritage. Enjoy fresh seafood stalls, live music and cooking demos with well-known chefs. Visit the iconic Brixham fishing trawlers and heritage vessels on the quayside and browse the fascinating maritime display stands on show. The world-famous Brixham Fish Market is noted for the fine quality of its fish and the highest value catch in the country. Find lots to keep children entertained too. Brixham Fish Market, Brixham TQ5 8AJ

Last Team Standing, Babbacombe 8 September Back for its 3rd year this Oddicombe Beach event is a hoot for the whole family. There’s music, laughter and a fantastic atmosphere. Teams of up to 8 people are given a space on the beach. They have one hour to build a mound or castle, which they think will withstand the tide for the longest. Teams bring their own tools but the mounds are to be made from natural elements of the beach only. After the hour is up, there’s time for a little rest before all team members have to mount their mound and cling on while the tide comes in. Register by emailing info@babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk Cost: £10 per team (free event for spectators). Prizes and a trophy to be won. Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LF babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk

Women of Worth (WOW) Charity Ball, Torquay 8 September This is an annual charity ball now in its 8th year. Tickets include a three-course meal, entertainment from Three Bags Full plus a DJ raffle and auction, with Crème de la Crème fun casino tables and a photographer at the event. All profits go to help women and children living in extreme poverty. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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What’s On Dress code is strictly black tie & long dress. Time 7.30pm, tickets £38 each - £360 for a table of ten. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ wowuk.org

Heritage Open Day, Coleton Fishacre 9 September Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to discover Coleton Fishacre, the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family (now National Trust) nestled in a coastal valley near Brixham? Then why not make the most of free entry of Heritage Open Day? Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free entry but car parking charges apply. Dogs on leads welcome on the designated dog route in the garden. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Agatha Christie Literary Dinner, Greenway 13 September

Heritage Open Day, Greenway 9 September If you have been longing to explore Agatha Christie’s famous riverside residence (now National Trust), Greenway, then why not make the most of free entry on Heritage Open Day? Explore the fascinating house and stunning gardens plus the Boathouse, scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly. Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free entry – parking must be pre-booked by phone or online. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationatrust.org.uk/greenway

Walk with a Ranger, Greenway 13 September Why not join the countryside rangers for a walk through the garden to see the early Autumn woodland colours? Free event but admission applies for the venue. Time: 11.30am-12.30pm. Parking must be pre-booked by phone or online. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationatrust.org.uk/greenway englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Guests will be able to enjoy bubbly and canapés on arrival, followed by a tour of Agatha Christie’s holiday home. A three-course dinner with white wine and soft drinks will be accompanied by a chaired discussion of Agatha Christie’s literary works, including Dead Man’s Folly, which Agatha based at Greenway. Wear your vintage best or smart casual attire. Time: 7-9.30pm, tickets: £100 per person. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationatrust.org.uk/greenway

International Agatha Christie Festival 14-16 September In celebration of Agatha Christie’s birthday IACF is hosting a weekend of art, talks, films, outdoor fun and special events at Torre Abbey, Torquay Museum, the Palace Theatre and the National Trust’s Greenway, including a special world premiere of a neverperformed early play, The Lie. Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE iacf-uk.org

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The National Trust is celebrating the anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birthday with a 1950s fête in the style of Dead Man’s Folly. Enjoy the traditional fun and games in the Walled Garden. There will be a small charge at the stalls such as the coconut shy; the money raised will be helping to care for Greenway. Time: 11am-4pm. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Car parking must be prebooked. Greenway House, Kingswear TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationatrust.org.uk/greenway

Celebrate Agatha Christie’s birthday weekend with a charming garden party in the stunning grounds of Torre Abbey. Period costume is most welcome. Expect jazz music, decadent drinks, tasty treats, a murder treasure hunt, garden games, outdoor dance and a talk by Head Gardener Ali Marshall about her Agatha Christie Potent Plants Garden. Tickets include entry to house & garden, a performance of Elephants Can Remember and a first drink: adult: £8, Concession: £7, Up to 4 under 19s per paying adult go free, group rates available. Time: 1-5pm. Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE torre-abbey.org.uk

Brixham Heritage Rally 15-16 September Look out for a gathering of classic and heritage sailing vessels gathering in Brixham for their last sailing event of the season. The event follows on from Brixham Heritage Regatta which takes place earlier in the year and has its roots in the long established Brixham Trawler Race, which dates back to the early 1800s. Brixham TQ5 9AG brixhamheritagesailing.org.uk

Christie Mystery Day, Torquay 16 September Harvest Festival Cookery 16 September Celebrate the harvest from Occombe’s organic garden and nature’s hedgerow bounty with a day of autumnal cooking. Learn how to prepare the all-important Sloe Gin and seasonal chutney to hide away for Christmas, a spiced pumpkin soup with savoury herb scones, elderberry and lemon drizzle cake and host of other seasonal ideas. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £75, suitable for: ages 18+. Book online. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Torquay Museum is celebrating Agatha Christie’s birthday in style this year when it opens its doors exclusively for a special Christie Mystery Day. Enjoy exclusive access to five rarely seen classic film adaptations of Christie novels, eight radio plays, fascinating talks by six Christie experts plus a special event. Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, will launch the Christie Mystery Day. There will also be tours of the Christie Gallery, which includes furniture, props and costumes from ITV Studios’ adaptations of the Poirot stories and some of Christie’s personal effects. Tickets: £30 including a buffet lunch. Time: 9am – 5.30pm. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org August/September 2018




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Enjoy the two-week England’s Seafood FEAST, which celebrates the incredible quality of the English Riviera’s seafood. Centred on world-famous Brixham Fish Market, the English Riviera is now recognised as England’s Seafood Coast. There will be a huge range of events and stunning seafood menus. Don’t miss an early-morning tour of the only live fish auction in the country, followed by breakfast at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant next door. See separate feature on the festival within this issue. theseafoodfeast.co.uk

Enjoy an interesting RNLI Fundraisers’ talk given by Nigel Smallbones, who was Head Ranger at Berry Head National Nature Reserve for some 27 years. Time: 2.30pm, cost: £4 - pay on the door. It’s a great way to support the Torbay Lifeboat. Brixham Rugby Club, Astley Park, Rea Barn Road, Brixham TQ5 9ED. 07716 117875 torbaylifeboat.co.uk or email rnlitlf@ gmail.com

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Beach Clean and Music, Goodrington 23 September Join a beach clean on Goodrington Sands and help keep our beaches beautiful. Afterwards head along to Cantina and enjoy a free hot drink. There will be live music too. Time: 12 noon-2pm. No booking. Cantina Kitchen & Bar, Young’s Park Road, Goodrington TQ4 6BU

Pop the date into your diary for this fabulous wedding show filled with ideas for your very special big day. There’ll be glamorous wedding and bridesmaid dresses, dashing menswear, sparkling jewellery, professional photography, exciting honeymoon destinations, fun hen/stag ideas, spectacular cakes, wonderful venues, elegant hair designs, stylish makeup, creative floristry, live music and much more. Time: 10am-4pm. Free entry. Disabled access. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6RQ 07717 754240 primandproperevents.co.uk

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Launched in 1968 to promote sea fishing the Torbay ea Angling estival is celebrating its 5 th anniversary with pri es worth in e cess of 2 .

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his year’s festival runs from 8pm on Friday 31 August until 8pm Sunday 9 September. There’s a wide range of prize categories, which caters for adults, ladies, juniors and visitors catching fish from the shore, from a boat and over wrecks. Each fish can only win one prize and this increases the chances of more anglers winning a prize. Every year funds are raised for the RNLI and a cheque will be presented following the end of the festival at a free presentation evening for anglers. For this special 50th year the budget for prizes has been increased to make the anniversary pot the largest to date. While the sheltered waters of Tor Bay are the focus of the festival, the actual fishing limits extend miles in each direction to allow anglers to fish their favourite marks. The eastward limit is Pinhay Bay at Beer and the western limit is Bolt Head at the mouth of Salcombe estuary. Therefore, anglers can enjoy fishing the tidal estuaries of the Exe, Teign, Dart and Kingsbridge. Boats fishing out of ports within this area can also fish the festival. Weigh in stations will be located at Dartmouth, Brixham, Paignton, Torquay and Sidmouth. From shore you can choose to float fish, spin, or cast from the rocks or beach. Shore marks are many and varied, offering a broad choice of fish including mackerel, garfish, pollack, plaice, thornback ray, wrasse, flounder, conger and bull huss. For the specialist, mullet and bass are the prime targets. Afloat, competitors have the best wreck fishing to be found anywhere. Inshore marks include the Skerries Bank, renowned for its plaice fishing and blonde ray. The British Record Blonde Ray was caught here in 2006 and weighed in at 39 lbs 10 ozs. Reef fishing is also available. Boat enthusiasts can expect great sport from charter boats, or their own craft, with catches as diverse as conger, pollack, cod, ling, pout and bream from wrecks, and bass, plaice, dab, conger, bull huss, wrasse, bream, Blonde, Small-eyed, Spotted and thornback ray from inshore marks. There’s a huge collection of glittering trophies that has grown over the years. Many thousands of pounds worth of tackle and other prizes are also won every year, along with the main cash prizes - £750 for the winning fish and £350 for each of the three sections. Torbay Sea Angling Festival offers a friendly welcome and the angling clubhouses at Brixham, Paignton and Dartmouth always look forward to welcoming anglers as guests during the nine-day festival to hear the inevitable tales of the ones that got away. o britishseafishing.co.uk August/September 2018


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TOTNES RAFT RACE Participants are invited to ‘paddle their rafts briskly’ along the picturesque River Dart. In fact the annual Totnes Raft Race is a lot madder and quirkier than that with dressing up, themed rafts and plenty of havoc aboard. This year’s event is Sunday 30 September.


he Rotary Club of Totnes is running this exciting charity event again in 2018 with over 60 rafts expected. The beautiful 14km long paddling route starts at Dart Bridge in Buckfastleigh and crews will experience a challenging mixture of white water, fast flowing weirs and calm stretches down to the finish at Vire Island Totnes. Depending on the water level, participants will also have to pull, push or carry their rafts at certain points on the course. With your team of 2-10 paddlers (over 18s only), you’ll need to build your own homemade raft. It should not be longer than 9 metres in length and plastics or materials that could harm the environment are not allowed. The rafts will also be inspected to ensure there are no dangerous protrusions that could harm other paddlers. Other than that, you can let your imagination run riot when designing your craft. Remember it’s got to survive some very wobbly water and getting to the finish can be a struggle! Last year, there were 51 teams and almost 300 paddlers who helped raise £15,000 for local charities. The cost is £40 per crewmember (raises funds for Rotary’s charities) and the teams also fundraise directly for their own favourite charities. It’s a brilliant day for the hundreds of spectators who turn out in support every year. The Finish Line Event at Vire Island is a great place to see the fantastic variety of rafts, cheer on the competitors and enjoy a fun afternoon. There’ll be a scrumptious hog roast, food stalls, live music and entertainment for the kids. You can monitor the Race Progress Chart to see how your favourite team is getting on. There will be lots of prizes for different size teams in categories such as: Fastest All-Male or Mixed Team, Fastest All-Female Team, Best


Fancy Dress and Greatest Sponsorship Raised. The Rotary Club of Totnes manages the event with help from: Totnes Canoe Club, Totnes Sub-Aqua Club, St John Ambulance, Totnes Sea Scouts and Raynet. Rotary’s own charities for this year’s race are: Rowcroft Hospice, Devon Air Ambulance, Totnes Caring, Cherobyl Children’s Life Line and Children’s Hospice South West. o totnesraftrace.co.uk

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The best places to see the spectacle are limited but the organisers suggest: Staverton Bridge A recommended viewing point where cars can be parked for free. Refreshments are available at the Station Café. Please do not obstruct the road or the bridge. It is only a short walk from the bridge to Staverton Weir where the crews have their refreshment stop. Vire Island Totnes Perfect to see the exciting finish of the race and to enjoy the Finish Line Event with entertainment, stalls and refreshments. Dartington Estate There is parking (fee payable) available on the estate. A network of public footpaths gives access alongside the river. Austin’s Bridge and Riverford Bridge The areas around Austin's Bridge and Riverford Bridge offer very limited parking along the A384. Please do not obstruct the bridges. August/September 2018


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Spaniel Harry is the face of Woofstock. It’s a tail-wagging festival set up by his owner Heather Nesbitt to celebrate the incredible love and joy that dogs bring. Dog lovers will be heading for Dartmouth’s Coronation Park on Saturday 4th August to join in the fun.


oofstock UK is returning to Dartmouth, offering a day out with a difference to four-legged visitors and their two-legged companions. This is the fourth Woofstock to be held in the UK and the second in Dartmouth. Coronation Park will be rocking to the sound of live music, while dogs strut their stuff in the show ring and spectators enjoy a variety of demonstrations, including agility, the new doggy sport of Hoopers and the ever-popular Devon and Cornwall Police Dog Training School. There’ll be awards for top dogs in a number of categories and there’s a treat in store for every dog, in the shape of an organic, edible entrance ticket! Winners of a competition for the UK’s best dogfriendly day out in 2017, Woofstock UK finds a natural home in a town, which is renowned for welcoming dogs. Cafes and shops right around town are regular haunts for our doggy friends. Doggy sausages and doggy biscuits for well-behaved pooches are never far away. Delightful doggy diversions start at 10am, with The Countess Bathurst, devoted owner of five dogs, opening the festival. Events include a fun dog show with categories including Appealing Eyes, Cutest Puppy, Waggiest Tail and Bad Fur Day. These shows will conclude with the much-anticipated Best in Show Award, Inspiration Award, Bravery Award and Service Dog Award. The fun dog show is open to all dogs. To enter the classes, simply turn up at Gunner’s Arena directly in front of the main entrance. There will be a bucket at the entrance for voluntary donations. Among a delightful mix of trade stands, there’ll be tasters and fun things to do, with the inflatable pub once again keeping humans happy and The Wag and Sniff Inn serving pawsecco and dog beer to canine customers. All englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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winners will receive rosettes. The winners of the first nine categories will win a glass award too. All first placeholders will be entered into the Best in Show category where the winner and runner-up will win a glass trophy. These two overall winners will walk away with a multitude of prizes. Mascot Harry, top dog of Woofstock, has become a social media star in his own right with nearly 14,000 followers on Twitter. He refers to his owner, Heather, as ‘the boss’ although Harry clearly takes charge when balls or mud are involved. Heather actually owes Harry a great deal as he has been steadfastly loyal and comforting to her during her road to recovery from a serious illness. Getting Harry on Twitter, starting a blog and subsequently launching the hugely popular Woofstock UK has helped her tremendously. A friend asserts that her brain is now half-dog! Not a bad thing as far as Heather is concerned. So she and Harry invite you to celebrate life and the joy dogs bring with a delightful doggy day out at Woofstock. Woofstock UK is a proud supporter of charity and every penny made at this year’s event will be donated to Animals Asia, Dogs on the Street (DOTS) and local animal rescue centre, Animals in Distress. Ticket prices are £6 for adults and £4 for children on the gate with discounts if purchased on-line in advance. o twitter.com/SpanielHarry woofstockuk.co.uk August/September 2018



We bring you a roundup of arts events and workshops happening locally. Torquay’s Artizan Gallery & Café Aspects of Abstraction 4-24 August Monday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm

With an extensive background in design, Douglas Bardrick has held a long-standing international career in the arts. Now retired, he paints from his home in Devon. Influenced by the Suprematist works of Kazimir Malevich, abstract expressionist works of Richard Diebenkorn and works of Gerhard Richter, Bardrick produces abstract works with occasional movement towards geometric abstraction, experimenting with the movement of paint and pattern making.

Distraction 3-22 September Monday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm Regular exhibitors together, Chantal Ashwell, Sandra Lissenden and Roger Lissenden all live and work from their bases on the English Riviera. Their diverse styles span sculptural wildlife studies, elemental abstractions and impressionist landscapes, but are nonetheless inherently complimentary through their handling of natural forms and forces.

Devon Open Studios 8-23 September Monday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm Artizan Gallery will be participating once again in Devon Open Studios with the work of three talented ceramicists and potters on display in the Basement Gallery.

Douglas Bardrick

Flash August Exhibition 26-31 August Monday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm Artizan Gallery will be welcoming artists represented by the group Creative Coverage for a short one-week group show. Creative Coverage selects artists from across the UK and takes them on tour throughout the year.

Artizan Summer Open On till 16 August Monday-Saturday 105pm, Sunday 11am-4pm This year, the Artizan Summer Open is welcoming more than 100 artists and displaying over 200 original works of art including ceramics and sculpture for a big celebration of Torbay’s visual arts. This event is held at: Artizan PopUp Gallery, Unit 5, Fleet Walk, Torquay TQ2 5DZ.

Artist Previews 4 August & 7 September 6-8pm Pop in and enjoy these preview evenings with a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive preview evening commission reductions, should you be in the mood to buy.

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are sure to sparkle! You will be able to exclusively preview exciting monthly exhibitions before they open to the public. You’ll enjoy bespoke cocktails and canapés. In August guest speaker is Kevin Foster MP for Torbay. September guest speaker will be confirmed. The evening closes with a cocktail demonstration. Tickets include a welcome ‘Bubbles’ cocktail and drinks token for a second drink from the menu. Every month, there will be a new menu of four cocktails. Non-alcoholic options will also be available. Tickets £12 in advance - £15 on door.

Stanza Extravaganza 27 August & 24 September With monthly poetry at Artizan Gallery welcoming a wealth of local talent and national headliners, Stanza Extravaganza is a real highlight of the Torbay poetry scene. With regular hosts Robert Garnham and Becky Nuttall at the helm, these events are always guaranteed to be a night of wonderful whimsy! Doors Open 7pm Performance 7.30pm, tickets: £5.

Galmpton Barn Art Group Annual Exhibition 18-27 August The exhibition will have works by the 16 members in the group. There will be original paintings for sale in watercolour, oil, pastel and mixed media as well as unframed paintings, prints and cards. Refreshments will be available. 10.30am - 6pm daily Barn Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0LT Becky Nuttall

Acoustic Nights 20 August & 17 September Curated by the fabulous Robert Spence, the Artizan Acoustic Sessions are, an unplugged, open-mic evening of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets. Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.

Annual Summer Art Exhibition, Brixham 18-25 August Pop in to Brixham Art Society’s annual exhibition to browse and buy. Enjoy a rich diversity of subject matter and media; all paintings, many of local scenes, are original works by local artists, and for sale at very reasonable prices. Time: 10am-6pm (last day till 4pm), free admission. Enquiries to secretary, email: dee.jardine@ btinternet.com Scala Hall, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU brixhamartsociety.co.uk

All at: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626/07522509642 artizan gallery.co.uk f artizangallery Also check out art-hub.co.uk

Other Great Arts Events Print Nights, Torquay Museum 16 August Join the Squircle Arts team for an evening of printmaking. Take inspiration from the museum’s galleries and collections. Learn various printing methods and create beautiful prints. All abilities welcome. Cost: £10 per person, per session. Booking is required as spaces are limited. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick WEST END AT THE MOVIES Thursdays until 4 October

Leo Sayer

With extracts from 30 musical scores, West End at the Movies is a fabulous show produced and directed by Colin Matthews.

Also worth seeing… The Bon Jovi Experience 10 August ABBA – Take a Chance on Us 17 August Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick CINDERELLA Every Thursday in August

Get swept away by one of the most enchanting fairy tales of all time in this much-loved pantomime.

Also worth seeing… World Premiere of Agatha Christie’s forgotten play THE LIE 15 September An Evening with Dan Cruickshank: Road to Palmyra 16 September Dan Cruickshank

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick LEO SAYER 12 August Leo Sayer is known the world over for his hits which include: Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You, and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Also worth seeing… Richard Thompson 10 August Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 18-22 September

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick GLYNDEBOURNE: VANESSA 14 August A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prizewinning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.

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Get me to the doc’s on time... For some people the availability of affordable transport might mean the difference between getting medical help or not. ulian ees goes along to meet the office team at Karing in Preston, a local charity that focuses on providing transport and befriending services for people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Bay.


arrive to meet Karing’s manager Mark Faulkner and his to drive the service in the right direction. office team at their premises in Torquay Road. The door As its longest standing volunteer, Lesley explains is already open and smiling faces welcome me in just in that when the surgery moved to its new premises above time for coffee. Tesco in Preston, the charity also moved from its small Karing, the Pembroke House Support Group was office to its current premises just a few doors along established over 40 years ago when Pembroke House the road. It was shortly afterwards that the surgery Surgery was located in Fortescue Road, Preston. Karing merged with two others in Paignton making it one of was established by doctors and surgery staff to provide a the largest in the area. At this point the charity took befriending service and meals it upon itself to relaunch on wheels for patients of the with a focus on providing surgery. One of the founders, affordable transport for Doctor Philip Green, is medical appointments still with the surgery and is and befriending and social currently the Chair of the activities; it had become charity’s trustees. Karing impossible to provide was registered as a charity services such as meals on During the last year the Charity in 1983 and currently has wheels due to the growing provided 2181 affordable journeys one full-time employee along burden of regulation. The with four office volunteers which was almost double that of the relaunch was inaugurated in and 21 drivers. There is also previous year, covering 34,563 miles and July 2015 with a visit from a volunteer management Dame Esther Rantzen. travelling as far afield as Bristol. committee, which meets five Mark joined as Manager in times a year plus a board of trustees made up of the September 2017 having worked in an administrative role doctor partners at the Pembroke House Surgery. at the surgery. He was ideally suited to grow the charity’s In the office today are Mark, the charity’s manager and driving service as he has a background in transport. He sole paid employee, along with Lesley, the treasurer and proudly shows me recent figures showing record breaking Sandy the office volunteer. My hosts are sitting at desks months. During the last year the charity provided 2181 but the office also has a large meeting table and chairs, affordable journeys to its users which was almost double which is regularly used for coffee mornings, knitting that of the previous year. In total its drivers covered 34,563 sessions (knitting hats and jackets for the Special Care miles,travelling as far afield as Bristol. Mark tells me that Baby Unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary) and board game another benefit of their driving service is that the volunteer afternoons. Lesley tells me the charity is a very user-led drivers remain with patients for appointments and take service so interaction within the office is very important them home afterwards allowing bonds to form. This is so


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Charities & Volunteering important for lonely or isolated people and often leads to users getting more involved in the charity’s social activities. As well as providing transport services, the charity also focuses on relieving loneliness and isolation by providing social opportunities for its users. These include sewing and knitting groups, a watercolour painting group, skittles and Boules sessions often accompanied by a picnic in fine weather, organised talks and craft workshops. There are also regular lunches and afternoon teas at various venues such as the Redcliffe Hotel, Preston Conservative Club and Victory Tearooms as well as trips further afield. The office team works hard organising these weekly events and is always open to suggestions for new activities and outings. Lesley tells me they are currently in the planning stages of providing their first overnight trip away. The charity is mainly grant-funded, which means that although it has a strong affiliation with Pembroke House Surgery it does offer its services to people throughout the Bay. It also receives assistance from local businesses such as T&I Stockman which prints 700 copies of the Karing Chronicle quarterly newsletter. Sandy tells me that some of the service users also make a contribution by helping with mailing of the charity’s newsletter. Other fundraising activities include a monthly lottery, a Grand Raffle plus a refreshment stall at the surgery’s flu clinic. The Pembroke House Surgery staff puts on an annual concert at the Palace Avenue Theatre ‘Carry On Karing’. The last concert sold out and was a great success with comedy and music from the staff and their families and friends. Promotion of Karing’s services is generally by word-ofmouth and referrals from Pembroke and other surgeries. If you know someone in your community who could benefit or if you could spare some time to volunteer see the contact details at the foot of the page or visit the website for further information. o karing.org.uk

Get involved! Driving - If you can spare some time to drive people to hospital or GP appointments within the Bay or further afield then get in touch with Mark Faulkner. There are no fixed hours, routes or requirements; drivers can choose when and how far they wish to drive. All that is required is a fully insured car (business insurance isn’t required but you should tell your insurance company you are volunteering), a clean driving licence and a DBS check. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage at the current Inland Revenue


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Welcome to the Karing Newsletter Karing is a local Registered Charity that supports the community

of Torbay

The office is covered by a manager and volunteers Everyone welcome to drop in for a coffee and chat, to book transport

or activities

The Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am – 4pm Thursday 9am – 1pm Karing provides an affordable transport service to medical appointments at the Doctor’s Surgeries, all the Hospitals including Exeter, Plymouth and the greater South West Karing also arranges lots of fun activities – look inside for our exciting programme Including coach trips, lunches, bingo and lots more

rate of 45p per mile. A basic level of fitness is required in order to assist users in and out of the vehicle. Social Volunteers - Contact Lesley or Sandy if you have some free time to help at social events and trips. The charity is always interested to hear from people with ideas that will aid and encourage befriending of lonely or isolated people throughout the Bay. Get in touch Email: office@karing.org.uk Telephone: 01803 524799 Or drop in: 260 Torquay Road, Preston TQ3 2EZ

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Garden Payback Time! Lis Wallace of Dobies of Devon celebrates enjoying the fruits of our labours in the garden.


t’s payback time! After all the work put into the garden over the preceding months now is the time we get the chance to cut flowers for the house and enjoy feasts of home-grown fruit, veg and herbs. But perhaps most importantly, this is when we can sit out and enjoy what we have created. And in the evening, it is a chance to really benefit from those scented flowers we’ve nurtured and to drink in their perfume. The most important gardening tip at this time of the year is to find time to just sit and enjoy what you have created. After all, “What is this life if, full of care, we have no chance to stand and stare?”

Off with Their Heads! As blooms begin to fade you’ll be doing your plants a favour by carefully removing them. This applies mainly to bedding plants, roses, geraniums and sweet peas. However even plants li e fuchsias will benefit. hen deadheading fuchsias why not have a nibble? All species of fuchsia have edible seed heads although some are tastier than others. The best tasting is possibly Fuchsia splendens with a citrus/ pepper taste that works well in jams. To eep your sweet peas owering it is important to pic the owers regularly. aving sweet peas both in the garden and in the house is one of summer’s many delights. It’s best to pick sweet peas in the early morning or late evening and to plunge them up to their necks in clean cold water. Leave them like this for a few hours before cutting the stems to the length to fit your vase and arranging.

August/September Jobs • Late summer is a good time for planting perennials. The soil is still warm, and the autumn rains will help the roots to establish. • Continue picking tomatoes, courgettes, beans and other tender veg. September is pickle and chutney making month. • Order and plant spring bulbs; there’s always room for a few more. Consider planting in an area where the bulbs can be left to naturalise. Remember that the planting hole needs to be roughly three times the height of the bulb. • To maximise on reducing light levels remove all shade paint from your greenhouse glass and give it a good wash. • Keep sowing salad leaves and use on a cut-n-comeagain basis. • Summer prune your wisteria. • Birds will have finished nesting by now, so hedges can be tidied up and trimmed. • Prune rambling roses that have finished flowering. • Sow hardy annuals in situ and they’ll bloom early next year.

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

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Gardening Deadheading can be done between finger and thumb or by using secateurs, scissors or purpose made shears. I use the floral shears supplied of course by Dobies. Sharp, light and small they make the job easy and are also perfect for cutting blooms to bring indoors.r

Reasons for deadheading: • Keeps the plant looking tidy and with plants such as roses, it stops the petals from scattering. • Encourages the plant to produce more flowers (which in turn leads to more deadheading). • Directs energy into stronger growth.

Worth deadheading: • • • • • •

Bedding plants Roses Sweet peas – keep filling those vases Geraniums Bulbs Some perennials such as Delphinium, Lupins, Yarrow and Rudbeckia

Not worth deadheading: Plants that bear autumn berries Roses with attractive hips Plants with attractive seed heads Sunflowers – leave them for the birds Plants such as lobelia that produce numerous tiny flowers • Plants that you want to self-seed and spread

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Tips for Effective Watering • A good water supply is essential for the development of roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruit and at this time of the year that supply, in the form of rain, may be scarce. In these days of water meters, it can be expensive to keep your plants happy and this is where the introduction of a water tank or butt to the garden will help. • Water butts don’t need to be ugly; Dobies supplies a wide range of shapes and sizes. • Water early in the morning or, better still, in the evening when the sun’s gone down. Less water will be lost through evaporation and the plants will have until the next morning to absorb the water. • Always water thoroughly. A good soaking down to the roots every few days is better for your plants than just teasing them with a small amount every day. • Plants in containers will need more water than those planted direct in the garden. • In very dry weather avoid disturbing the soil around plants as hoeing or weeding will make it lose any moisture it still holds. A great excuse not to weed!

Spring Bulbs A garden bursting with colour is a garden that has been carefully planned. And now is the time to start thinking about your spring garden. The Dobies Autumn catalogue is available now, 100 pages of fabulous spring bulbs and plants plus a wide range of autumn veg. This essential free catalogue is available from 1st August. To contact Dobies please call 0844 967 0303 or email gardening@dobies.co.uk

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Seven chefs from Torbay on England’s Seafood Coast, cooked seven spectacular courses at a unique seafood evening at South Devon College. The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy allows students to work alongside top chefs and focus on world-class fish dishes. The evening, which was held in the college’s Horizons restaurant, raised funds for the Friends of South Devon College. The seven chefs were Simon Hulstone (The Elephant), Barry George (Cantina), Ollie Ward (Hamiltons), Kirk Gosden (Rockfish), Tom Ward (Rumour), Jordan Hatfield (Pier Point) and Ash Hamilton (The Curious Kitchen). The seven chefs

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winning FTSE 100 company, which hires and manages am meeting Adrian in his offices in Preston where there’s an active team hard at work. This is also one of the offices highly experienced fund managers. Clearly all investments can go down as well as up, and for Howard Financial, which specialises in mortgages. much depends on timescales and other factors. Here in Adrian is a director of this company as well, established Paignton, Adrian will explore clients’ attitude to risk, look at 16 years ago and going from strength to strength with the length of time remaining before retirement and provide further offices in Teignmouth and Exeter. Adrian explains, ongoing monitoring, all with a view to outperforming “So many clients wanted additional financial planning to inflation and fees. Adrian is a fully qualified financial advisor help boost their investments that we decided to create a dedicated separate company to provide this service. Getting and can assist with pensions, ISAs, unit trusts, bonds, venture capital trusts and many other investments. He works sensible advice can really make a big difference." on intergenerational financial Adrian is the uncle of Lee We’re a family business. It’s not planning for families as well Howard who founded Howard pleasant having to deal with a faceless as with private and business Financial 16 years ago with clients of all kinds. his wife Lisa, and Lee is also a organisation – personal service has The company is keen to director or Orestone Wealth often been lost. We treat people how support local charities and has Management. They are all here we would like to be treated. sponsored various events and in the office today too and we fundraisers in the past. In November the firm is hosting its have a brief chat. Adrian tells me, “We’re a family business. annual client event in the Great Hall at Dartington and has It’s not pleasant having to deal with a faceless organisation – guest speaker Dan Looney from the private client team & personal service has often been lost. We treat people how we discretionary fund managers, Rowan Dartington, coming would like to be treated.” along to speak on a number of key topics. Adrian tells me that Orestone Wealth Management doesn’t On the personal side, Adrian lives in Torquay with provide off-the-shelf advice, preferring to understand people’s his partner Shelley and his young son Arthur aged three. individual or family finances and create a tailored plan. They The family enjoys an outdoorsy lifestyle and walking on strive towards creating long-term relationships based on giving Dartmoor and the South West Coast Path. He enjoys big face-face financial advice, monitoring investments effectively, large or small, and listening to their clients’ views. Appointments hikes, has climbed Snowdon and is planning a trip to Ben Nevis plus a hike to Everest Base Camp in October 2019. can be held either in their Torbay offices or via home visits. Clay pigeon shooting and sea & river kayaking are also on Orestone Wealth Management is a Senior Partner Practice his activity list. He drives a Defender and absolutely loves the of St James’s Place Wealth Management. Whilst Adrian and the Orestone team will work directly with you to ensure your countryside.o personal plan is working for you, St James’s Place is an award- orestonewealth.co.uk


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BusinessBreaks... New Curator Paignton Zoo has appointed Nic Dunn, previously head of Shaldon Wildlife Trust, as its new Curator of Mammals. Nic Dunn was born and bred in Shaldon and pretty much grew up at his local zoo. He’s well connected in the zoo world as Chair of the Living Collections Committee for the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums and an active participant in animal management activities at a European level. As a zoologist, his area of expertise is in small primates such as callitrichids – a family of New World monkeys including marmosets and tamarins - as well as Asian primates like the slow loris, the world’s only venomous primate. Paignton Zoo Executive Director Simon Tonge said, “His mix of managerial skills, animal management experience and an understanding of the practicalities of running a zoo-based wildlife charity in the modern world are all characteristics that will be well suited to his new role.” o

the new scheme. Speakers included: Adrian Howe from Stormforce Roofing, Lucy Langmaid from Source (part of the Pennon Group) and Laurence Frewin, Vice Principal Corporate Services and Deputy CEO at South Devon College. To learn more about South West Business Partners email: employers@southdevon.ac.uk o

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South Devon Business Partners South Devon College has announced the launch of South Devon Business Partners, a new reward scheme designed to recognise employers who actively support apprentices with the college. The scheme will reward employers who choose South Devon College as their preferred training partner. Benefits offered are dependent on the category awarded: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Businesses from across South Devon attended a launch event for 80

August/September 2018

University Centre South Devon (UCSD) has been awarded the first and only Royal Society of Biology (RSB) foundation degree accreditation for its FdSc Biosciences programme. The RSB Accreditation programme champions excellence in the biosciences, by not only recognising degree programmes that offer a high standard of teaching, curriculum provision and practical skill set development, but also those that enhance graduate employability skills. Gaining accreditation involves a rigorous process of analysis across the programme delivery. Factors taken into account include: work based learning prospects & employer links, team-working opportunities, use of practical and technical skill, evidence of transferable skills and creativity and innovation. The team at UCSD has been working with the RSB over the last two years to develop the standards for the accreditation of the foundation degree. A parliamentary reception celebrating the latest accreditation cohort took place with academics, industry representatives and bioscience students in attendance. o southdevon.ac.uk/university



... Taking the South West by Storm Wollen Michelmore has agreed a 2-year sponsorship deal, as front-of-shirt sponsors for the West of England KIA Super League Franchise, Western Storm, in the 2018- 2019 seasons. The Devon-wide law firm also sponsored Western Storm in 2017 when the team ‘stormed’ to victory to become the KIA Super League Champions. The new sponsorship brings additional marketing opportunities for Wollen Michelmore, with training kit and ground branding at both Somerset and Gloucestershire County Cricket Clubs, as well as the playing shirt branding. The KIA Super League teams will play each other both home and away in 2018, so double the fixtures means double the action! This also means more coverage for Wollen Michelmore, with Western Storm expecting to have at least 3 games featured on Sky Sports. Last year 200,000 people watched the KIA Super League final and 960,000 tuned into the KIA Super League during the competition, providing great coverage for Wollen Michelmore and other sponsors. o

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21st Century workplaces – closing the gender pay gap £ Closing the gender pay gap would deliver significant economic benefits for businesses and the wider economy. This stands to reason: our people are our biggest assets and our point of difference. Enabling men and women alike to thrive equally is fundamental in modern, 21st century workplaces. A main obstacle to eliminating the gender pay gap is the inequality of treatment to men and women when it comes to balancing parental responsibilities with work – historically women have been entitled to more maternity leave, and at higher rates of pay. To address these disparities, and to encourage a sharing of parental responsibilities, the government introduced a system of shared parental leave in 2015. So far, the take-up rate is estimated at less than 2% of couples. Possible reasons for this are as follows: • The eligibility rules are not straightforward; • There remains a cultural issue that taking leave as a new father indicates a lack of commitment. • The enhanced pay schemes that may employers offer are often not extended to shared parental leave, which acts as a financial penalty for those wanting to apply; • Unlike the protection from discrimination that is afforded to mothers on maternity leave, currently there is no equivalent protection afforded to men on leave. • Some mothers wish to take the whole of their maternity leave themselves. In March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published its Father in the Workplace report, in which a series of recommendations were set out to encourage workplaces to keep up with social changes. The key ones were: • Statutory paternity pay should be paid at 90% of the father’s pay to help ensure that all fathers, regardless of income, can be at home around the time of their child’s birth; • A new policy of 12 weeks’ standalone fathers’ leave in the child’s first year could be introduced as an alternative to shared parental leave;

• All jobs to be advertised as flexible from day one, unless there are solid business reasons not to; • The Government should harmonise workplace rights for fathers who are agency workers or self-employed with those for employed fathers where practical – for example, by introducing paternity allowance similar to maternity allowance. In its response published on 14th June 2018, the government accepted that change was required, but rejected the proposals. Nonetheless, the direction of travel is clear (if slow): it is only a matter of time before a system with a take-up of less than 2% is replaced. In the meantime, modern workplaces can themselves take a pro-active approach, by taking the time to ensure that future fathers are aware of their rights and options, by introducing flexibility in working practices where possible. It should also be noted that case law is currently unclear on whether offering enhanced maternity pay but not enhanced shared parental pay is indirectly discriminatory. With that in mind, employers should also consider harmonising parental benefits for all. If you have any queries about this or would like to talk to Simon about any business or employment related issues please contact him on Email – Simon.bean@wmlegal.co.uk Or in the first instance call – 01803213251 Visit us at www.wollenmichelmore.co.uk

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