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Gardening Column

GOING UNDERGROUND! We try caving...

10 years of Flavel Arts


Celebrating Sculpture

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...to issue ten! February and March can be chilly but the signs of spring are in the air so we are suggesting that you wrap up warm and try something new. To inspire you we have been trying out a range of activities: dry slope skiing in Torquay (with tea and cakes!), caving near Buckfastleigh (damp but exciting), Velopark cycling (get those legs working) and early morning beach strolls at Goodrington (calm and relaxing). There’s also lots more suggestions in our What’s On and Theatre sections so why not plan something fun now? Getting sociable, in this issue we meet some wonderful locals, this time from Brixham: Elizabeth Hadley, noted local sculptor plus the Bence family who are celebrating 21 years at the beautiful Berry Head Hotel. There are more celebrations at The Flavel in Dartmouth who only 10 years ago were campaigning for a new arts centre (and look at them now!) We also meet Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon and garner her top gardening tips. We wish you a wonderful early springtime on the English Riviera. Please keep sending us your news, your photos and your story ideas to editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We love parties, exhibitions and all kinds of events, so please feel free to invite us along if you’d like your event featured in the next issue.

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Local news snippets

10 Elisabeth Hadley

Time well spent polishing brass

20 Winter Warmers Food & Drink

14 Meet the Bences

A 21st Anniversary Celebration

20 Food & Drink

Tasty tips and recipes for winter nights

24 Riviera Homes

A super home with a yoga retreat

28 Give It A Go Skiing

10 Elisabeth 28 Give It A Go Hadley Skiing

Anita tries dry skiing at Barton Hall

30 Cycling For All

We visit the Velopark and Scadson Bike Park

32 Give It A Go Caving

Julian goes underground at Pridhamsleigh

34 Walk

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37 Goodrington In Winter

Beach strolls and Young’s Park People

41 Riviera Weddings

Tyng the knot in Torbay

44 Flavel 10th Anniversary

Dartmouth’s arts centre celebrates

46 Theatre Round Up

Who’s treading the boards?

30 Cycling For All

49 What’s On

5 pages of springtime events.

57 Charities & Volunteering NEW! We meet the TPSA

59 Gardening


Top Tips from Dobies of Devon

60 Social Diary

Local people at local events

24 Riviera Homes

64 Business Breaks

Local business news

66 The Briefing

Legal news from Wollen Michelmore


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Race for Life Torbay


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2015, a womenonly 5K event will be held at Torbay Velo Park on Sunday June 7th. Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course. Maxine Bateman, Cancer Research UK’s Torbay Event Manager, said: “Race for Life is to celebrate those who are with us, and also remember those who are not. The atmosphere is electric, our participants are so inspiring and we’re calling on the women of Torbay to help make 2015 our best year yet.” Sign up now via raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.o raceforlife.org

Rare Jane Austen Letter on Show A rare letter written by Jane Austen to her sister Casandra in 1799 is now on public display at Torquay Museum for the first time in over 20 years. “This is probably the finest surviving example of correspondence from the novelist to her sister, and was acquired by Hester Pengelly, daughter of one of the founders of Torquay Museum, William Pengelly,” said Museum Curator of Collections Barry Chandler. “The letter contains the first mention of one of Jane Austen’s best known novels, Pride and Prejudice.” Hester Pengelly was an avid collector of autographs and letters from a huge range of famous people – from writers and artists to scientists, explorers and royalty - and bequeathed her collection to Torquay Museum in the 1930s. This may be the last chance for local people to see the Jane Austen letter, as Torquay Museum is considering selling it and three of the other letters from Hester Pengelly’s collections in order to create an endowment fund to enable the Museum to continue to look after its collections. Only those letters that have no connection with Torquay and the surrounding area will be considered for sale, and then only with the agreement of the Museums Association and Arts Council England. Torquay Museum has also launched The Mammoth 6

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Appeal to encourage local people to support the Museum with a gift, no matter how small, which will help to care for its internationally important collections, develop exciting new exhibitions and encourage children to explore Torbay’s rich past. Visit www.torquaymuseum.org or contact Hannah Hunter to find out more on 01803 293975. o



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A seal pup hand-reared by zoo keepers has been reunited with her mother at Living Coasts. Gemini, a South American fur seal was born at the coastal zoo in June to mother Grace. The pup had to be hand-reared because Grace was unable to produce milk. Now, staff have weaned Gemini and reintroduced her to Mum and the other adult seals. Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg said: “Gemini has been weaned off her fishy milkshakes and introduced to the joy of sprats. It took a while, as she had to learn how to swallow solid food! She is now eating 650grams of sprats three times a day.”o Yan Griffiths with the first round commencing on 14 February in the Forset of Dean. You can keep tabs on Chris’ progress at facebook.com/ CWRallying and on Twitter @Chrisrally o chriswheelerrallying.com

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A Definite Pluss for Edward Edward Rawcliffe at work

Pluss, a local Social Enterprise that is part owned by Torbay Council, won the national Social Champion Award at the 2014 Charity Times Awards. The awards are a preeminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Pluss customer, Edward Rawcliffe, 27, from Ashburton has recently found his first ever job as a Horticultural Assistant at Dame Hannah Rogers Trust at Seale-Hayne. Edward, who has dyslexia and is on the autistic spectrum, had previously found it very difficult to find work yet has proven to be an absolute model employee. The gardens at Hannahs are truly spectacular and Edward who, despite being a man of few words, is hard working and popular. Edward explains, “This is my first ever job with a proper working wage. Before that I had been a volunteer. My job involves sowing seeds, picking and harvesting. We do salads and herbs to sell in our restaurant and shop. I also do construction work like the propagation bench and fences.”o


Baby Giraffe for Paignton Zoo

A female Rothschild’s giraffe has been born to mother Janica at Paignton Zoo. Zoo keepers have been bottlefeeding the calf, which stood nearly six feet tall at birth, because Mum was not feeding her. Paignton Zoo Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said, “At this stage we don’t know why Janica has rejected her. Giraffe mothers are fickle beasts. Sometimes they will rear their calves, sometimes they won’t. Janica reared her first, Tonda, who is now the breeding bull at Chessington Zoo, Surrey, but declined to rear her second Valentino, who was successfully hand reared by the keepers, reintroduced to the family group and is now in Port Lympne Zoo, Kent.” Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb said, “Hand rearing a giraffe is a lot of extra work and commitment for the keepers. “She is fed 4 times a day. She could need milk for up to 9 months.” Rothschild’s giraffes are classified as Endangered and there is a European Endangered species Programme for the species. o

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Time well spent polishing bronze... Julian Rees meets Elisabeth Hadley, a sculptor of world renown, in her Brixham studio and meets her latest creation Man & Boy, a celebration of Brixham’s fishing heritage.


meet Elisabeth Hadley on a bright January morning in her loft studio in central Brixham. We are accompanied by her faithful companion Guinness who snoozes peacefully in the corner on a dog sofa. The room is tall with open beamed ceiling and large windows that flood the room with natural light, an essential tool for a sculptor’s work. I make myself comfortable alongside Guinness with a steaming cup of tea and we begin. There is a small heater which can’t hope to heat the space, but as Elisabeth sets about her work (whilst answering my questions), sporting thick woolly jumper and spattered overalls, one can see this is no sloth artistic pursuit but one that requires a great deal of movement, energy and hard work. Elisabeth tells me her life story. She was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire and studied for her first degree in ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic. During her studies she was commissioned to sculpt the head of Mr Bennett from the BBC children’s television programme Take Hart as well as winning a competition to design a trophy for Sports Personality South West, to be executed in silver and porcelain. After completing her degree she took a model-making job at Aardman Animation where she worked for a year on advertising projects for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs and Lurpak as well as Aardman’s Bafta nominated War Story and the cult Channel 4 animated series Rex the Runt where she applied her friendly Yorkshire burr voicing the character of Wendy. To some, a position at Aardman may have seemed


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a dream job but Elisabeth had ambitions to sculpt more traditional pieces on a grand scale and when the opportunity came to study sculpture at the now-defunct Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture in Stoke-onTrent, she jumped at it. Having completed her three years in Stoke she was made aware of a studio that had become available in Brixham where she had some friends. Having always been a fan of the outdoors, she decided to move south. In the early days, Elisabeth supported her sculpting projects by running classes in and around the Bay whilst spending her spare time indulging her favourite pastime of kayaking. She met her partner James whilst paddling down the Dart and now regularly coaches and leads kayaking expeditions around South Devon. Last year she paddled around Jura with James and is busy planning their next trip to Skye. Elisabeth’s favourite local place is Churston Cove where she regularly walks Guinness and likes to swim. Talk returns to sculpture and Elisabeth cites Alfred Gilbert, famous for the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, in Piccadilly Circus, as a great influence as well as Arts and Crafts sculptor Gilbert Bayes. Although not a fan of modern sculpture, she has always had a strong appreciation for the shape and form displayed in the works of Barbara Hepworth. If you’ve ever taken a boat to Dartmouth you will have probably seen, what is arguably Elisabeth’s most well known piece, Miranda - The Dartmouth Mermaid englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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which was commissioned by Dartmouth resident Heather Robinson in 2006. Some of the figures in the studio represent commercial enterprise, gargoyles and hares for garden ornaments that will be mass produced but each will still be a joy to touch and look at. There are many works in progress, they are all clay and nothing unfinished appears in bronze. This prompts Elisabeth to explain the process which takes the clay sculpture to a finished cast bronze. It involves taking a series of moulds from the finished piece, which go to produce a wax form. This is then used to create a further mould, into which the molten bronze will be poured. If the sculpture is particularly large, this will be done in sections that are then welded together. One thing that struck me as Elisabeth described the process was that the original work in clay bearing the actual tooling marks that give every sculpture its life were lost - recycled back to raw material to be used again. At this point Elisabeth showed me a collection of heads, gathering dust at their leisure, on a ledge that ran around the top of the studio wall. We move on to Man and Boy, the centrepiece of her studio, a grand traditionalist project of the type to which Elisabeth aspires. It is a tribute to Brixham, its history, heart and fishing heritage. It is due to

be sited on Brixham Quay, below the former Coastguard building in 2016 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the great storm of 1866. This was when more than 40 Brixham fishing vessels were wrecked in winds reaching hurricane force 12 and many lives were lost. The piece is no small thing, the figures are ‘life plus ten percent’ and mounted on a moveable plinth that is repositioned as daylight makes its way around the loft studio. At the foot of the piece lies a clay-clad steel ruler that ensures every measurement of life is faithfully transferred to sculpture. Man is at this point represented by a skeleton of carved insulation foam, thick wire bent to shape and polystyrene atop a frame of welded steel extrusions. Elisabeth will use a life model to take measurements when adding flesh to the skeleton and I am surprised to learn that the body is formed in its entirety before having the clothes added. Boy’s legs are based on measurements of Elisabeth’s partner, whereas his trousers belong to the artist, inspiring friend, model and technical assistant Peter Stride - my mind wanders in the direction of The Wrong Trousers... I ask Elisabeth about life as an artist and she tells me it’s great, tough to make a living at, but ultimately satisfying. ¨ hadleysculptures.co.uk

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Meet the Bences

2015 is the 21st anniversary of Edward and Sarah Bence’s arrival as new owners of Brixham’s Berry Head Hotel. Since then, with their family, they have transformed it into a much-loved jewel at the heart of the community; Anita Newcombe finds out more.


s a Brixham resident, I already love the Berry Head Hotel and the 21st anniversary affords me a chance to find out more and celebrate the life and times of this wonderful property. I arrive on a blustery winter’s day to meet Edward Bence, Managing Director and his daughter Lucy Chamings who is the hotel’s General Manager. I am ushered into the Library, which has a lovely 14

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welcoming fire and we settle in for a chat over a nice cup of tea. This historic and striking building has truly spectacular sea views, which must be among the most beautiful in the world so we locals are rightly proud of it. It was originally built as a military hospital in support of the Napoleonic War Forts on Berry Head. Later it became the home of Henry Francis Lyte who was best known for his hymns, ‘Praise my Soul the King of Heaven’ and his most famous englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Riviera People working here. One family has produced an impressive or just come here for a family gathering or simple lunch 7 members of staff and another even sent an alternative or evening out. That’s what defines us – our ability to give family member in to work when he was ill. Sounds like people what they want.” one big, happy family to me. Lucy explains that her Mum and Dad have always been Life is pretty interesting in such a large operation as very hands-on at the hotel and she worked here waitressing staff could be serving a burger one minute and then herself before gaining a first class Management degree at waiting on Prince Charles the next. Food and Beverage Bournemouth University. She then received a Young Guns accounts for 80% of the business and on a busy summer’s Award from Caterer Magazine whilst on management Saturday with functions on, they can do over 700 covers. placement at the Southgate Hotel, Exeter. Following four Long standing chef Rob Bateman retired recently and the years as Assistant Manager at the Grand Hotel in Torquay new Executive Head Chef, Dean Griffin, has filled his she came home to the Berry Head Hotel as its manager place. The local fish market is of course a superb source retired in 2006. of fresh fish and scallops come from the local mussel Her brother, also called Edward, completed a Hotel farm just a mile offshore. The aptly Management degree at Plymouth “We intend on staying, named ‘View’ brasserie, the more and following a period at P & O, formal Bonaparte’s restaurant and joined the Berry Head as Operations always continuing to function menus all use lots of Manager around 3 years ago. Edward improve. We do like to be the locally sourced Westcountry food Bence senior tells me, “I tried to seen as integral to the local and drink. put the children off the business; I There have been some famous certainly didn’t encourage them. You community and the port of visitors over the years including really do need to have your heart call for local people.” John Cleese, David Essex, Richard totally in it as it’s not a business in Wilson, (One Foot in the Grave), Princess Anne, various which you can work office hours; you are looking after politicians and Prince Charles who recently hosted a people 24/7, it is a way of life.” It seems that family chat 4-day conference here. didn’t work then, as the younger generation Lucy and “We’re very proud of our 21 years here,” says Edward. Eddie seem firmly ensconced and more than happy to look “We intend on staying, always continuing to improve. We after the clientele 24/7. do like to be seen as integral to the local community and Together, the family feel very strongly about their staff; the port of call for local people.” remarkably, they have never made anyone redundant They have certainly achieved that judging by the fact (quite an achievement in the hotel business I would that the bar and brasserie are both buzzing with locals have thought) and are probably one of Brixham’s largest today, a midweek, winter lunchtime when many hotels are employers. They train youngsters to join the staff and gloomy and empty. The success of the Berry Head Hotel they are then fully employed all year round. Indeed, after 21 years under the stewardship of the Bence family sometimes the winter is the busiest given the sheer speaks for itself. number of functions they manage and the business is The family also owns the Hannafore Point Hotel in Looe. ¨ now far too complex to run the place on seasonal staff. Lots of local families are involved through staff members berryheadhotel.com


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Winter Warmers

We’ve gathered some easy recipes together for you to try this winter. Perfect after a walk on the coast path or a stroll along the beach. Make plenty and invite some family and friends around – these dishes are made for sharing! Golden Parsnip Soup By reader Linda Jeyes

“Wonderful for lunch with crusty bread and a selection of local cheeses.” Cooking Time 40 Minutes - Serves 6 Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil a nob of butter 2 onions peeled and sliced 1 carrot peeled and chopped 1 stick of celery chopped 1 sweet potato peeled and chopped 4 large parsnips peeled and chopped 1 piece of ginger approx 5 cm peeled and grated 2 heaped teaspoons of mild madras curry powder 625 ml chicken or vegetable stock Method Place oil in pan on a low heat, add the nob of butter Fry the onions gently for a few minutes and add the grated ginger and curry powder, gently cook for five minutes stirring so as not to stick to the pan Add the rest of the chopped vegetables and stir for a couple of minutes Add the stock and turn up the heat, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked Season to taste Put in a blender and blitz until smooth Serve with a warm crusty roll and garnish with some coriander leaves. o


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Braised Beef Short Rib With caramelised onion and potato puree, purple sprouting broccoli, curly kale and natural braising reduction By Rhys Jackson, Head Chef Imperial Hotel Torquay

Rhys says, “This dish is one I have done variations of several times. I love it for its simple but intense flavours, its seasonality and its presentation. Curly kale and purple sprouting broccoli are two personal favourites of mine.” Prep Time 1 hour - Cooking Time 5 hours (oven does most of the work), Serves 4 Ingredients

Four bone-in beef short ribs 4 medium sized white onions 1 head of garlic 1 baking potato 1 carrot 250 grams purple sprouting broccoli 250ml red wine (more for drinking whilst eating is highly recommended) 1 stalk of celery Butter (I never really measure butter, everything tastes better with more!) 100 ml double cream 250 grams curly kale 2 stalks of thyme 2 bay leaves Small number of peppercorns (10-15)

potato is cooked. Add cream, reduce by 1/3 and then let cool slightly, puree in a blender until very smooth. Once ribs are cooked, set aside, reduce the braising liquid down until it coats the back of a spoon. Blanch the broccoli for 2 minutes in boiling water, chill immediately. Putting it all together Fry the broccoli with the kale in brown butter until hot. Re-heat the puree until piping hot and a smooth porridge like consistency. Make sure the beef is hot and the sauce too. Have fun with the presentation and enjoy! o

Method First start off with the ribs, I like to give them a lot of time in the oven, so they are literally falling off the bone. Rough chop one onion, the carrot, three cloves of garlic, the celery and the bay, thyme and peppercorns. Put into a pot with the beef ribs and red wine, cover with cool water. Place in the oven at 165°C for approx 4.5 hours, covered. For the puree Finely slice the onions, three cloves of garlic and small dice the potato. In a pot on medium heat with butter, add all ingredients and slowly cook until onions are golden brown and


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Pan Seared Cod Fillet with a Butterbean, Parsley & Smoked Bacon Cassoulet By Dean Griffin, Executive Head Chef, Berry Head Hotel, Brixham Cooking Time 15 minutes - Serves 4 Ingredients

4 x 7 oz cod fillets 2 sliced shallots 2 cloves of garlic 8 rashers of smoked bacon – diced 1 tbsp chopped parsley 2 tbsp white wine 800g cooked butterbeans ½ pt double cream 1 tbsp lemon juice salt and pepper

down first, then turn over and take the pan off the heat. In another pan, add a tablespoon of oil then the bacon. After it starts colouring, add the shallots and garlic. When the shallots have softened, add the white wine, then the cream and bring to the boil. Add the butterbeans and simmer. Season with the lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. To serve, place your bean cassoulet in a bowl and serve the fish on top. o

Method Pan fry your fish in a non-stick frying pan, using a little oil for 3-4 minutes on each side with skin side

Cranberry Cheesecake By Linda Jeyes

“A very moreish dessert – mmm...” Ingredients 125 grams unsalted butter 300 grams digestive biscuits 300 grams fresh or frozen cranberries Zest of two lemons Juice of 3 lemons 250 grams icing sugar 500 grams marscapone cheese 200 grams cream cheese

5 - 10 mins stirring. Taste and add more sugar if needed. The berries should be soft and are slightly thickened like a compote. Leave to cool. Mix the marscapone, cream cheese, remaining icing sugar and lemon zest and juice until smooth. Put half of the marscapone mixture onto the biscuit base, then a thin layer of cranberry compote and then add the remaining marscapone mixture. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the tin and top with remaining cranberry compote. o

Method Lightly butter a 23 cm spring form tin (loose bottomed). Melt the butter and meanwhile blitz the digestives in a food blender until they become fine crumbs. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and press the mixture evenly into the base of the tin then chill. Put cranberries in a pan with half the lemon juice and 175 grams of icing sugar on a medium heat for

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Over 50 years ago in 1963, Torquay pioneered the very first permanent dry ski slope in Britain after a prolonged period of snow in Devon had triggered interest in the sport. Anita Newcombe joins an adults-only ski coffee morning at the home of no-snow skiing.


we are now ready to hit the slopes. There are eight of us t has been raining heavily all night but the sun comes with 2 instructors and we are joined by Sophie Prestonout on cue as I arrive at Torquay Alpine Ski Club Ellis who has been a ski and snowboard instructor for at Barton Hall. I have skied before but never on a eight years and who is looking after me as ‘newbie’ today. dry slope and I am looking forward to having a go and As it has been raining, the slopes are well lubricated finding out who goes to ski coffee mornings and why. which increases the speed our skis When I arrive, I get chatting to will travel. Great news for some! Kevin and Sam Illingworth who have Newcomers all get the training and been members of the club for 2 years induction they need plus a safety and think the club is a great way to briefing. Complete beginners will learn. They are getting slope-fit for normally start on a flat part of the their forthcoming holiday in Soldeu slope and learn basic skills of moving in Andorra and have also skied in on the skis, how to descend, control France, Austria and Italy. I’m already speed and most importantly, how discovering that the club is not just for to stop. Of course falling over will beginners and youngsters. Everyone usually do it but there are better is very friendly and many are regulars methods to learn! at the weekly Thursday morning ski As I’ve been skiing before I just run coffee mornings, which turn out to be through a number of exercises before great fun. If you are going to attempting the slope and gaining Next I meet Mark Cleary, Chief come along to a some instruction on technique from Instructor who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the club. He coffee morning, having both Sophie and Rick. Joining the rest of the group we have fun practising has been an instructor at the club a couple of hours of long wide turns and then shorter since 1986, leading a team of 22 selfskiing thrown in is turns straight down the fall line. We employed ski instructors. They also teach are dragged back up the slope each snowboarding and were one of the first a wonderful way to time by a handy poma or button groups to teach the new boarding craze socialise and the second lift, alighting at various points on on ‘plastic’ slopes. Mark tells me that half of our session is the slope depending on the height normal skis are used on the dry slope at which you fancy starting your ski but they are shorter as this makes them relaxed and lively. down. After an hour, we break for easier to turn. The slope is covered with coffee, cakes and chat in the clubhouse. If you are going a kind of shorthaired brush material laid in a diamond to come along to a coffee morning, having a couple of shaped pattern and ski poles are not generally used as they hours of skiing thrown in is a wonderful way to socialise can get stuck into the matting and trip you up. and the second half of our session is relaxed and lively. It Now I am introduced to Rick McAuley, another has been great training, great exercise and a very enjoyable instructor who has been skiing here since he was 14 years session – I will definitely come again. old. Rick kits me out with a pair of ski boots and skis and


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Of course the club doesn’t only cater for adults partaking of coffee, schuss and chat. Mark tells me that the club welcomes around 3500 skiers a year and the instructors regularly teach lots of school and scout groups. Local schools that ski here include Trinity, Torquay Boys’ and Torquay Girls’ Grammar Schools, Westlands, Torre Primary and many more. Skiing and snowboarding sessions are available at all levels of ability with absolute beginners a speciality. On Saturdays a 12-noon session is run for 6 -16 year olds and there is Junior Racing on Monday evenings for over 8s. Helmets are worn for racing but are not a requirement otherwise. Open skiing is available for nine sessions a week during the winter months and you can either pay each time or buy a season pass for £100 that allows you to come as often as you like (plus a modest club membership fee). englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, youngsters can have fun on the Ringos, which are like great big colourful tyres that slide down the slopes. Ringo parties are hugely popular as guests need no experience and a half hour session is just £6 per person. You can hire the clubroom for a kids’ party for just £45 and bring in your own refreshments and cake. Perfect! So what about the real white stuff? Many members head to the slopes across Europe every winter and the instructors also visit numerous ski resorts. In fact Mark and several members of his instructors’ team are off to Obergurgl in Austria this very evening for a few days. So if you and your family would like to experience the joys of a skiing or snowboarding holiday in the near future or just enjoy some active fun in the fresh air, Torquay Alpine Ski Club is a brilliant place to start! ¨ skitorquay.co.uk

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Cycling for all...

Cycling’s never been more popular and there is a great variety of opportunities for all around the English Riviera. Whether you’re looking for fun, freedom or fitness it’s a great time to get on a bike.


radley Wiggins’s Tour De France win in 2012 and recent Olympic successes have rekindled the nation’s love of cycling. With bicycles already gaining in popularity as an environmentally friendly means of transport, providing an escape from the daily queue to work in the car, the local authority is very much behind provision of all manner of cycling facilities to both boost our fitness and improve the local environment. Having always been fans of everything two-wheeled, we decided to catch up on recent developments with a visit to the new Torbay Velopark and Scadson Woods Bike Park. The recently opened Torbay Velopark, at Clennon Valley in Paignton, offers seven day a week cycling away


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from busy traffic in an environment where serious racers can share a 1500m track with children taking their first tentative steps towards a lifetime of pedalling. It is the only outdoor closed circuit cycling facility in Devon and Cornwall. With links at strategic points, the circuit can be reduced to 1000 or 500m loops. The track is open from 8.30am until 4pm on weekdays and 10.30am until 4pm at the weekend. Prices Getting set for the off! are very reasonable for hourly sessions and can include hire of good quality bikes and helmets as well as ‘trailers’ for younger children. On arrival on a cold but sunny Sunday morning we were kitted out with hire bikes by the friendly and knowledgeable staff who ensured our seats were at the correct height and gave us a quick briefing before we


Cycling set off. The track is very cleverly designed to European standards with gradients no greater than 4% up or down. This means constant pedalling is possible with periods of recovery (going downhill!) following every incline. The track is silky smooth so tyres can be pumped up to maximum pressure making progress very efficient. Without steep hills to climb there was no puffing and panting and the whole experience was very sociable. Although our group was of mixed abilities we caught each other up from time to time for a chat and eventually managed 15 laps in our one hour session, that’s just under 14 miles. We all agreed this was a great way to get some exercise on a Sunday morning without having to be mindful of traffic, potholes or the inevitable steep hill. As well as general cycling, the track is available for other activities such as athletics, Nordic walking and in-line skating (see the information panel for details). Next stop is Scadson Bike Park, a set of three downhill trails built and maintained by a group of local cyclists called the TQ3 Riders in conjunction with Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. The bike park is located in Scadson Woods in between Livermead and Cockington and can be accessed either from Cockington Road (using the Occombe Farm car park) or from Old Paignton Road. This is cycling at its most extreme and participation requires both a bike and safety equipment fit for purpose. Like the Velopark, helmets are obligatory and membership must be acquired. Day passes or annual memberships are available from Dialled-In Bikes at 249

Bumps and jumps all the way at Scadson Bike Park.

Torquay Road, Preston. The three tracks are constantly evolving and feature steep downhill sections with banked corners and jumps not for the faint hearted! For safety there is a fourth route that is used solely for getting back up to the top. On our visit we met a surprisingly wide age range of people from teens to forty plus, so if you’re looking for thrills as well as fitness (with a liberal coating of mud) then the bike park is well worth a visit. Much work has also been carried out linking the Riviera’s on and off-road cycle paths and cycle lanes over the last 18 months in an effort to create a cycle network that encourages and allows safe cycling throughout the Bay and beyond. Route maps and signposting are expected soon. ¨

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Mud, mud, glorious mud!

On a dark wet cold winter night Julian Rees gets in touch with his inner caveman on a visit to Pridhamsleigh Cavern with the Plymouth Caving Group


t’s early evening and I’m standing in a dark wet lane within earshot of a busy A38 just south of Buckfastleigh. I squeeze into a fleece lined ‘onesey’ followed by a heavy nylon boiler suit, welly boots and a hard hat with a head torch. I’m thinking that this wriggling and squeezing is good practice for the adventure ahead whilst being thankful for the warmth generated on what is one of the few really cold nights of the winter so far. My hosts for the evening are the Plymouth Caving Group (PCG) which consists of about 50 members, between 20 and 30 of whom turn up to the regular Tuesday night session that happens throughout the year. My contact is Tara Beacroft, Cave Conservation Officer at Kents Cavern in Torquay and she introduces me to the two leaders of tonight’s trip, Skip Greenwood and Bernard Page. I warn them I’m getting on in years and am not as flexible as I once was. Bernard tells me he’s in his sixties and only started caving a few years ago; he has no problems - I pipe down... When everyone is kitted up we walk to the cave, stopping on the way to pay the local farmer his dues for access and to record our party’s presence on a chalk board for safety’s sake. Caving can be a dangerous sport with most accidents caused by falls or exposure. Rescue can be extremely difficult so before we venture underground there is a safety briefing. We split into two groups depending on experience and agree a meeting point at the deepest part of the cave. Although the club is fully insured, this is a dangerous sport and participation means an acceptance of the risks involved. In the case of Pridhamsleigh Cavern, no ropes or ladders are involved and the level of skill required would be similar to that of scrambling over a Dartmoor tor. That said, what brings the additional, more mental challenge is that it all takes place deep within the bowels of the earth! I imagine that many people reading this will be thinking, (in common with my wife), why on earth would you want to do this? Well for me it’s because I’ve always been slightly claustrophobic and challenging that situation seems the best way to overcome it. The excitement of adventure, being


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somewhere and seeing things that relatively few people have experienced is a great leveller of fear. And besides, after every narrow squeeze lies a wide open chamber, a vaulted rooftop and awe inspiring features that have been millions of years in the making. Devon’s caves were first fully explored by our forerunners in the early nineteenth century and many of the more delicate formations were plundered by these early explorers. Cavers today however, take conservation of their subterranean environments very seriously and there’s a strictly hands-off policy when it comes to formations. If it’s not strictly necessary to touch anything then don’t; this way the beauty and fascination remains for the future. On our trip we discover helictites, formations growing at all angles rather than just up or down. Nobody in the group has noticed these before, despite having visited the cave dozens of times. Within a few minutes of exploration everyone is plastered in sticky mud and it takes around an hour of squeezing, crawling and climbing to reach the bottom of the system. We take a break at the edge of the underground lake that lies at our deepest descent. Rainwater filters fairly slowly down and over the course of the year the level only varies by a few feet meaning the majority of the cave is always accessible. The water here is perfectly still and clear and after our exertions in the constant 14oC underground temperature, looks quite inviting! Devon has quite a large selection of dry caves formed by water travelling underground when the sea level was far higher but the group also ventures further afield to areas such as the Mendips, Wales and Yorkshire to experience sink hole systems that have active water courses running through them. These provide a less muddy but far wetter experience. The group also regularly explores mine workings throughout Devon and Cornwall. If you’d like to give it a go and become a caver, a potholer, or a spelunker email Dave Warne, Chairman of the PGC at dave.warne@blueyonder.co.uk. ¨ plymouthcavinggroup.org.uk trycaving.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Helictite formations high on the cave wall at Pridhamsleigh Cavern

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Soaring Towers and Lyme Bay Views Distance: 3.5 miles Exertion: Moderate with some steep sections. Time: Allow 2 hours Terrain: Coast path of varying quality - can be muddy. Not suitable for pushchairs or very young children. Dogs: Under close control on farmland. Refreshments: At Maidencombe. Start Postcode: TQ1 4SH


ith ground cover of ancient ferns and bracken, the tall and spindly elder and sycamore woodland gives way to soaring towers of much weathered red sandstone. One might expect to meet a prehistoric hunting party on a foraging trip from their Kents Cavern home at any turn in the path. Such is the feeling of ancientness one gets when entering the woodland at the beginning of this walk. The formations in the Valley of The Rocks are aweinspiring and make this walk an exciting adventure for families - watch out for the mud in the wetter months, welly boots are a must! The woodland paths are shaded and cool but carpeted with pretty wild flowers in the spring. Further along, the pathway deviates from the South West Coast Path along permissive paths and open access land under the Countryside Access Scheme. Take a break at Maidencombe and enjoy the picturesque beach or the ancient Thatched Tavern.

1Leave the Watcombe Beach car park via the stile in the north-east corner and follow the meandering path down through the woodland and into the Valley of the Rocks. The South West Coast Path joins from Watcombe on the right and the path continues downhill veering to the left where it rises fairly steeply on an uneven path with a steel handrail. There are long views above the treetops back towards Hope’s Nose and the Orestone and Tor Bay’s more familiar limestone formations. 2 At the top of the path take the right hand fork downhill until you leave the woods. 34

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3 Ignore the path to the left across open ground and

proceed downhill following the coastline then re-enter the woodland via steep wooden steps. 4 After 200 metres or so take the left hand turning to follow the coastline again. At this point one can either cross the stile into open farmland (dogs under close control here) or stay on the path that skirts the pasture along the cliff top. After more rise and fall the path descends into the thatched village of Maidencombe. 5 The path leads into the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust car park where one can turn right to detour down to the beach or proceed through the car park, following the metalled track uphill to the right, past several residences and back onto the coast path. 6 The path is steep and undulating here. After half a mile take the left turn towards Gabwell Hill Road then after 200 metres another left turn over a stile onto open farmland. 7 Follow the pathway back towards Maidencombe across fields and eventually over another stile onto a narrow pathway that leads back into the hamlet. There are stunning views across Lyme Bay to East Devon and as far as Portland on a fine day. 8 From the car park follow the road (Rock House Lane) up past the orchard and on to the Court House and the village ’s famous Judas Tree. Take the path marked as the start of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail which follows a higher, meandering route back across farmland and into the ancient woodland to join the coast path again above the Valley of the Rocks which leads back to Watcombe Beach car park. ¨ englishrivieramagazine.co.uk








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Goodrington in Winter Goodrington is a delightful place to go for a stroll in the winter months and an exploration of Young’s Park with its pretty boating lakes, lovely green areas and wildfowl conservation area is a must.


Sue tells us, “I love barefoot walking which I do from he area was formerly a marshland with a large March to end of September on Goodrington South, 7.30 lake called May’s Pool close to the beach. Local am - 8.30 am. It is such a great thing to do before going legend suggested that it was bottomless and to work and really energises you. I like to finish the walk children were warned to keep well clear. In 1667 a with some Energy Medicine exercises.” Richard Thorne drowned here after falling from his horse Sue explained why she loves and the myth was perpetuated. Hundreds of years later when the “I love barefoot walking. Goodrington so much, “I do love because each time park was being reclaimed, it was It is such a great thing to do Goodrington it’s different, due to the tide line, discovered that the ‘bottomless pool’ was only 2 foot deep! Now it before going to work, really different clouds, people, dogs and the vista to Brixham can change is a boating lake, idyllically peaceful energises you.” too. I love the Seashore Centre and at this time of year. I enjoy looking in the rock pools to see what is lurking In 1931, 80,000 tons of sandstone was moved in an together with seeing the natural wildlife around, swans, attempt to prevent coastal erosion. Herbert Whitley of egrets, seals, dolphins; a basking shark was just next door Paignton Zoo kindly provided many subtropical plants, shrubs and trees to enhance the zigzag paths that were put near Broadsands.” Sue also recommends the rock walk, “So many ways in. By 1935 the park, now known as Young’s Park was to ascend and descend and so pretty all lit up and with laid out in ornamental style. Since then Goodrington and Young’s Park have become all the different beach huts. From the top of Roundham you can see to Torquay and to Brixham - it is such a hugely popular with holidaymakers. Throughout the lovely place to be - the fir trees remind me of the Sound winter, however, it is much quieter and very popular with of Music, my favourite film. It’s great to see and hear the locals walking with or without their furry friends. steam train - it allows me stop and wave. It’s just a good We spoke with Sue Mutlow, a local reflexologist opportunity for me as a business woman to stop and look who visits all year round and has been leading free, at the direction that I am going.”w early morning barefoot walks for the last two years at Goodrington. Contact Sue Mutlow via positive-steps-reflexology.co.uk

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n a beautiful day in July, Lisa arrived together with her father Brian Rogers at Torre Abbey for her wedding to Martin. She said, “It was amazing! Walking down the aisle in the abbey’s ballroom and seeing Martin there was the best. Truly memorable.” Two Matrons of Honour, her sister Sarah Kell and her best friend Lois Morrissey also accompanied Lisa. A bridesmaid and two flower girls completed the procession as proud Mum, Catherine Elliott looked on. The bridal party and their guests then enjoyed a wedding breakfast for 60 followed by an evening party for 90-100 guests at the Headland Hotel. A stunning wedding cake was supplied by Dot’s Pantry in Torquay, Barton Bouquets supplied the flowers and the wedding dress was from The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood. ¨

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February/March 2015


The Flavel’s Anniversary


This year, the Flavel Arts Centre is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We look back at how the Flavel got started and how it will be celebrating its first decade.


he Flavel seems incredibly well established as the cultural centre of Dartmouth. It’s a vibrant meeting place with a big programme of events plus offering a superb venue for parties, meetings and even wedding receptions; a real asset to the town. However, just ten years ago, plans to build an arts centre in the town were very shaky indeed. The team that were trying to push the plan forward were beset with obstructions and difficulties from several quarters. Funding was a major problem, and it was only their sheer tenacity, and a phenomenal fundraising campaign, that meant the scheme reached fruition. The Flavel Centre Trust now owns and manages the freehold land on which The Flavel operates and the arts centre has a very special place in people’s hearts. This February, the Flavel celebrates ten years of hosting great music, theatre, cinema and live screenings. For the tenth birthday, there will be a wide variety of events on offer, so do please keep checking the website.

Week-long celebrations include: Saturday 21 February 11.00am-11.00pm Dartmouth’s 1st Beer Festival

Thursday 26 February 7.30pm BRNC Big Band

The much-loved volunteer band will be playing music from the big band era and recent dance classics. Tickets £8

Saturday 28 February 7.30pm Tina May Sings Edith Piaf Award winning vocalist Tina May brings to life the music of Edith Piaf, France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. Tickets £16.50

Plus children’s activities, exhibitions and raffles.

With more than 20 real ales from breweries in the South Hams, there will be live entertainment, food and an opportunity to meet the brewers. Tickets £7 to include festival beer glass and four half pint beer tokens.

Sunday 22 February 12 noon Flavel 10th Anniversary Lunch

Celebratory 2-course lunch served in the Ballroom by Cru at the Flavel. Tickets £15


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What’s On In March there is also the hugely popular Dartmouth Comedy Festival in its 9th year Tuesday 3 March 8pm Andrew Lawrence

He has won loads of awards, been on telly more times than he can remember, but none of that has bought him any joy...come and find out why! Tickets £12.50

Wednesday 4 March 8pm Tiffany Stevenson

Nice, likeable and girly fun with support from comedian Jack Blake. Tickets are £10 or £34 to include 2 treatments from the Cove.

Thursday 5 March 8pm The Noise Next Door

They will be delivering explosive doses of their trademark off the cuff comedy. Tickets £12.50

Friday 6 March. Supper 7 or 9pm, show 8pm *Curry & Comedy with Kernow King Tickets £20 to include your curry.

Friday 6 March, 8pm Pete Firman

Comedy and jaw dropping magic. Suitable 14yrs+. Tickets £14.50

Saturday 7 March 2pm James Campbell Comedy 4 Kids

James is a pioneer in stand up comedy for children. Tickets £7 or buy 3 get 1 free.

All events are at the Flavel, except where marked *


Saturday 7 March 7pm Alexei Sayle A preview of his second volume of his thought provoking and hilarious memoirs, with readings from ‘Thatcher Stole My Trousers’ and ‘Stalin Ate My Homework’. Tickets £14, £12 concessions

Saturday 7 March 9pm Tony Law

This show promises to be dangerously funny. 16yrs+ only. Tickets £12 Volunteering There’s lots of ways you can join The Flavel team as a volunteer. By getting involved, you will meet new friends, learn new skills, help a local charity, see some great shows, meet performers and the watch the latest films. Most days there are up to 15 volunteers at work at The Flavel and roles can include: Stewarding films, lectures and live events Box Office Clerk Bar Steward Marketing Maintenance/DIY/Decorating Administration Accommodating performers Fundraising Flavel Friends You can also support The Flavel by becoming a friend. This gives you: Monthly Flavel Friends’ Newsletters & events programmes Friends-only events Pre-show talks Art Exhibition Previews The Flavel Competitions Arts Centr e, Flavel Pla ce, D a rtmouth T theflavel.org.uk Q6 01803 839 9ND 5 theflavel.o 30 rg.uk February/March 2015


Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick STARLIGHT FROM 10 FEBRUARY (TUEsdAYs & WEdnEsdAYs) For those who love musicals old and new, Starlight will be a real treat with plenty of sparkle. Old favourites like Starlight Express and Love Never Dies are reassuringly present and there are some newer songs from shows currently doing well in London’s West End such as The Commitments and Memphis.

Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick nOEL And GERTIE 20 & 21 MARCH Playwright and composer Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, acclaimed actress, were a remarkable team and their friendship became show business legend. Sheridan Morley’s irresistable and sophisticated entertainment is crafted from diaries and letters between Coward and Lawrence and features songs, sketches and scenes from Coward’s best loved works. It promises to be a glittering evening of sophistication, delight, wit, song and dance.

Also worth seeing… Humble Boy 11 - 14 February The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 18 February Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick RsC LIVE - LOVE’s LABOUR’s LOsT 11 FEBRUARY Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive. Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy mischievously suggests that the highest of all academic endeavours is the study of the opposite sex.

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Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR – THE MUSICAL 17 – 21 MARCH


Joan Littlewood’s legendary musical has been revived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Originally produced by Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Oh What A Lovely War is a satirical masterpiece, which was made into a classic film in 1969, starring amongst others Maggie Smith, John Gielgud and John Mills.

Also worth seeing… Brendan Cole – A Night to Remember 14 March


SATURDAY 4th APRIL 8pm - TICKETS £16.50 Seniors/Children/Groups £15.50

Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick LETTICE AND LOVAGE 14 – 21 MARCH Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London’s stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice’s freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. (A TOADS season production)

Also worth seeing… The Crucible 14 – 21 February


SUNDAY 5th APRIL 8pm - TICKETS £16.50 Seniors/Children/Groups £15.50

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Your official English Riviera events calendar

www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on Brought to you by the English Riviera Tourism Company Further information about all of the events can be found by calling 01803 211 211 or visiting us in person at our Visitor Information Centre on Torquay Harbourside. There are also a number of Visitor Information Points throughout the resort.


February/March 2015


February & March Around the Bay The Assam Garden, Torbay Film Club 5 February

Torbay Film Club is a not for profit group run by volunteers who want to see the finest classic and world cinema in Torbay. Members vote for all of the films in the season. Membership of Torbay Film Club costs £30, includes entry to 9 films and is valid for 12 months (£25 for under 25s). £5.50 non-members per screening. St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW torbayfilmclub.co.uk

Brixham Folk Club 6 February

Organised by Anne and Steve Gill with help from Maggie Duffy and John Miles. Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 batsweb.org.uk

The Heritage of Torbay, Torre Abbey 6 February – 27 March

A series of eight Friday afternoon lectures by local historian John Risdon. Cost: £40 for the full course or £6 per event, time: 2 – 4.30pm. The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

Project Lydos by Louise Courtnell, Hannah’s 7 February – 15 March

A free exhibition showing a series of 50 oil paintings depicting two generations of local people from the nearby twin fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. This visual representation of a close-knit community also includes a childhood photograph, a brief history and memories of village life during the war years for each subject. The Gallery, Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325800 discoverhannahs.org englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On

The Devon Wedding Show 8 February

A visit to The Devon Wedding Show in Torquay is an absolute must for all those planning their perfect wedding! From dresses, to flowers, cakes, honeymoons and cars, find all you need under one roof. Lots of exhibitors providing thousands of inspirational ideas for your big day plus glamorous catwalk shows. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 299992 rivieracentre.co.uk

Italian Cookery Masterclass Occombe Farm 8 February

If you’ve acquired a taste for Italian cuisine and want to advance your culinary skills, then join Italian chef Giovanni Butto for a day of traditional Italian cookery. Giovanni will take you through antipasti, pasta, meat dishes, side courses and desserts. Try your hand at making a range of crostinis, pollo cacciatora, ricotta and spinach ravioli and pomodori ripieni alongside a dessert of torta di ricotta al limone with vanilla ice cream. Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £70 includes lunch, booking essential. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Valentine Dinner, Berry Head February 14

What better place to celebrate Valentine’s Night than the stunning, romantic headland of Berry Head? Treat yourselves to a top quality, home-cooked 3-course meal with a glass of bubbly on arrival plus coffee or tea served with petit fours. There’ll be romantic stargazing on your walk back to the car park (weather dependent!) Cost: £20 per person. The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 guardhousecafe.com February/March 2015


Valentine Dinner & Dance Berry Head Hotel 14 February

Spoil your loved one with a romantic dinner. Enjoy canapés & a glass of bubbly on arrival before sinking in to a mouth watering 4-course gourmet dinner followed by coffee, with a red rose for the ladies. There will be entertainment after dinner for those who may like to dance. Cost: £30.00 per person. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Occombe Kids Wild West Adventure Trail 17 – 19 February

Enjoy a family adventure trail with challenges to test the bravest cowboy and cowgirl out there. There’s also a fancy dress competition, hobby horse making and pony rides! Pick up a trail sheet from Occombe Farm Visitor Centre. Time: 10 am–3 pm, cost: £3.50 per child, no booking required. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Make Your Own Wild Art Coleton Fishacre 18 February

Come and create a piece of wild art in the Coleton Fishacre gardens as the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ fun continues this summer. Countryside rangers have beachcombed the South Devon coastline for bits and pieces to turn into wild art. If you’re an aspiring artist or a den builder, come and help turn their collection of materials into a work of art. Time: 2pm, cost £3 per child. Booking not needed. Normal admission charges apply. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Chinese New Year, Berry Head Hotel 19 February

Welcome in the Year of the Goat with a special oriental themed buffet at £12.95 per person. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com 50

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Let’s Go Mexican, Occombe Farm 20 February

Get your Mexican hat on and join in a hands-on cookery day making Mexican favourites including salsa, bread tortillas, polvorones (Mexican sugar cookies), quesadillas and nachos. With all ingredients provided, you just need to bring along your appetite and some Tupperware to take your goodies home with you! Time: 10am-4pm, cost: £30 per child, booking essential, children can be left without their parents. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Artists’ Conversations: Holly Davey Torre Abbey 24 February

Artists’ Conversations is a series of Open Dialogue conversations as part of the Smooth Space residency project at Torre Abbey. This month, invited artist Holly Davey, will talk on Memory, Object and the Archive. Event is free but places should be booked. Time: 6.30pm. Learning Lab, Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 293593 torre-abbey.org.uk

A Gastronomic Giro D’Italia Berry Head 27 February

Lucy will bring her knowledge and passion for authentic, regional Italian food and drink to Berry Head. This first evening is from the Toscana region. Cost: £15 for a 3-course set menu, including a welcome drink, booking essential. The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 guardhousecafe.com

Charity Variety Show in aid THHN, Torquay 28 February Enjoy a charity variety show in aid of Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. Rainbow International Hotel, Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HJ 07941 57318


Roller Disco, Hannahs 28 February

Expect family-friendly fun and games galore, a tuck shop, skate hire and all safety equipment provided as the Revolution Skate return for their monthly roller disco. Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm – Family Skate, 7pm – 9.30pm – Open Skate (everyone welcome!). Cost: £4 entry, 50p skate hire. The Sports Hall, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325825 discoversealehayne.org

Bread Making for Beginners Occombe Farm 1 March

Learn the essentials of breadmaking and discover how quick and easy producing delicious loaves of this everyday food staple can be. You will become hands-on in the breadmaking process during this workshop, getting to grips with simple loaves including wholemeal, white, millers or granary, soda bread, cinnamon rolls and foccacia - plus leave armed with plenty of baked goods to take home. Time: 10am to 4pm, cost: £75 to include lunch, booking essential. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

What’s On A Gastronomic Giro D’Italia Berry Head 6 March

Lucy brings her knowledge and passion for authentic, regional Italian food and drink to Berry Head. The second evening is from the Campania region. Cost: £15 for a 3-course set menu, including a welcome drink, booking essential. The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 http://guardhousecafe.com

Brixham Folk Club 6 March

Organised by Anne and Steve Gill with help from Maggie Duffy and John Miles. Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 batsweb.org.uk

Thai Night, Berry Head Hotel 12 March

Bicycle Thieves, Torbay Film Club 5 March

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Whether sweet, sour, hot or salty, harmony is the guiding principle behind Thai cuisine. Why not try a Thai buffet at the Berry Head. Cost: £12.95 per person. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

A Gastronomic Giro D’Italia Berry Head 13 March

Lucy brings her knowledge and passion for authentic, regional Italian food and drink to Berry Head. The third evening is from the Sicilia region. Cost: £15 for a 3-course set menu, including a welcome drink, booking essential. The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 http://guardhousecafe.com February/March 2015


An Evening at Fawlty Towers, Hannahs 13 March

Enjoy a night of comedy cabaret entertainment, as the staff from the most infamous hotel on the English Riviera take over the Bistro at Hannahs. In association with Moonstone Theatre Company, expect a unique and interactive comedy dining experience, perfect for fans of the TV show. Includes a gourmet three-course supper. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. £25 including food and entertainment. Advance booking essential. The Bistro, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325825 discoversealehayne.org

We’ll Meet Again Charity Weekend 13 – 15 March

Beverley Holiday’s 3-day We’ll Meet Again Charity Weekend will celebrate the glamorous 40s and 50s with classic cars, trade stalls, period costume hire, authentic 1940s make overs and some great musical entertainment. The event is in aid of The Royal British Legion and Sidmouth Lifeboat and tickets can be purchased admission only or a part of a stayover package. Goodrington Road, Paignton TQ4 7JE 07957 715884 wmaweekend.co.uk 01803 843887 beverley-holidays.co.uk (quote WMA)

What’s On Torbay Schools Festival of Performing Arts 18 – 25 March

Young Torbay musicians will showcase their talents at the Bay’s premier music event for young people. The festival is expected to attract over two thousand performers enabling them to experience the excitement and achievement associated with performing. Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 01803 299992 rivieracentre.co.uk

A Gastronomic Giro D’Italia Berry Head 20 March

Lucy brings her knowledge and passion for authentic, regional Italian food and drink to Berry Head. The fourth evening is from the Trentina / Alto Adige region. Cost: £15 for a 3-course set menu, including a welcome drink, booking essential. The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 http://guardhousecafe.com

Spring Flower Walks, Greenway 14, 19, 28 March

Greenway’s romantic woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. This walk and talk is a great way to find out all about what’s in flower, and the history of the garden. Finish your walk in the House Kitchen and enjoy soup and hot drinks to refresh you following an enjoyable and educational walk. Cost: Adult £10, Child £8 (under 12). Normal admission charges apply. Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Spring Photography at Greenway 21 March

Join Greenway’s volunteer photographer in the beautiful setting of the glorious spring gardens. Take away with you some useful tips to accompany your photos. Includes a delicious lunch of homemade soup. Booking essential, cost £18, normal admissions apply with NT members free as usual. Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Torbay Singers’ Spring Concert 21 March & 22 March

The Torbay Singers, a chamber choir that has been performing in South Devon for over 40 years presents Victoria Requiem with Lenten Motets. 7.15pm. 21 March 7.30pm Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh 22 March 3.00pm Crediton Parish Church, Crediton Tickets £10 - online, phone or on the door. 01803 269840 torbaysingers.com englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Italian Night, Berry Head Hotel 26 March

Buon Appetito! Try something different with an Italian themed buffet for £12.95 per person at the Berry Head’s Italian Night. Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Dinosaur Zoo, Torquay 27 – 29 March

Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings dinosaurs to the stage as you’ve never seen them before, up close and personal! Children can watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or dare to get right up close to the creatures. Suitable for ages 3+. Tickets from £13.50 to £16. Tickets available at English Riviera Visitor Centre on Torquay harbourside. Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ atgtickets.com

Feva Zone Training, Torquay 28 and 29 March

Dinghy sailing from Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Beacon Terrace, Torquay, TQ1 2BH rtyc.org

What’s On Easter Underground Fun, Kents Cavern 28 March – 12 April Fun cave tours all day every day with lots of Easter activities to complete. Piece together the Dino facts around the caves and solve the Cavog riddles to see if you can win an Easter surprise! Activities are included in the cave admission price, no booking required. Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Babbacombe Model Village Easter Egg Trail 28 March – 12 April A chocolate treat for all successful young explorers! Time: 10am to 4pm. Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3LA 01803 315315 babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair, Paignton 28 March – 12 April

The Anderton and Rowlands Fun Fair returns to Paignton Green. Paignton TQ4 6BW

Reptile Ramble, Paignton Zoo 31 March

Easter Fun at Coleton Fishacre 28 March to 12 April

Join a host of exciting activities including a trail round the garden leading to your own Cadbury’s chocolate ‘Egghead!’ and other fun things to do. £2 per child, parking spaces must be booked in advance, normal admission charges apply. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Join an after hours’ guided tour of Reptile Tropics and Crocodile Swamp and get an exclusive opportunity to watch the crocodiles being fed! Enjoy a rare chance to meet experienced keepers and experts in reptile conservation plus refreshments, a presentation and Q & A session with the keepers. Cost: £15 non-members, £13 members. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224 paigntonzoo.org.uk Holding an event in April or May? E-mail us at editorial@englishrivieramagazine.co.uk and we’ll list it in the next issue

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Riviera Charities

In the first of a series focusing on Riviera charities and volunteer organisations we meet Peter Hosking, chairman of the Torbay Prostate Support Association (TPSA).



ormer Brixham Lifeboat chairman Peter Hosking ‘buddies’ who support both patients and their relatives set up the TPSA in 1999 along with seven other throughout treatment and beyond, in person and over the cancer patients and their carers. This came about phone. There are two further volunteer members awaiting after his own personal battle to beat an aggressive form of Macmillan training. prostate cancer. Peter was diagnosed after a routine health The charity primarily creates awareness through its check in retirement and was lucky to catch the cancer early comprehensive website at tpsa.org.uk where details of the in its development. He was condition, its treatment successfully treated over a as well as patient stories In 2012 the charity’s seven month period at Torbay can be found. It holds efforts were Hospital and still receives quarterly meetings for recognised with the advanced treatment on a patients and carers as well monthly basis. as providing a newsletter to Queens Award for Peter recounts how he was supporters outlining recent Voluntary Service. humbled by the reassurance achievements. Peter tells me and moral support showed that the website has received by the medical team as well enquiries from individuals as his family and friends. as far afield as Canada and At the time, prostate cancer Australia. received very little funding The charity gives talks from central government and to local groups and clubs although that situation has and distributes pamphlets now improved, the disease throughout the Bay as receives little publicity outside part of its community the realms of those directly education programme. As The Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Peter Hosking (Chairman) affected. prostate cancer often has no and David Wakely (Trustee). As many as 4 out of 10 obvious outward symptoms, men will have prostate cancer but many will never know awareness is the key factor in early diagnosis. as the strain may be docile or benign yet the condition still The charity raises money by organising concerts and kills as many as 10,000 men each year. However, it does coffee mornings and via gift aid supported donations. ¨ feature in the list of top ten most survivable male cancers. tpsa.org.uk The main aims of the TPSA are to create awareness Get in touch... amongst the community, provide support to patients and If you’d like to nominate the TPSA as your their carers and to provide funding for the purchase of charity of the year or would like more equipment for patient treatment. Since its creation the information on volunteering or just making a charity has raised almost half a million pounds and has donation, call the chairman, Peter Hosking on purchased many essential pieces of equipment for Torbay 01803 842886 or email peterh@talktalk.net hospital as well as providing two Macmillan trained englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Early Spring in the Garden


Early spring can be a delightful time for planning the gardening year ahead. Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon, based in Paignton offers us some great practical tips. They’ve been in the gardening business since 1880 so they know a thing or two! Review and Plan At this time of year, gardening is often more about sitting down with a cup of tea and planning rather than actually getting out there with wellies, trowel and enthusiasm. The weather will dictate how much gardening we can do and there really is no point braving it on wet or icy days as you’ll just compact the soil and cause more harm than good. Planning is rarely time wasted and will result in maximum use of the space available with plants growing happily in the right place, producing flowers, fruits or veg in abundance. So have a think about what worked well in the garden last year and what perhaps needs improving. Which colours contrasted or complemented one another and what new plants would you like to try in this year’s tubs and hanging baskets? From the veg patch, what did you enjoy eating and what did you simply grow too much of? Growing from Seed To give yourself a head start, you can bring your gardening indoors and use a heated greenhouse, windowsill and/or conservatory for raising seedlings. Late February and into March is prime time for raising plants from seed – the cheapest and possibly most rewarding way of filling your garden.

Dobies of Devon recently came top in a vegetable seed trial conducted by Which? Their on-site seed testing laboratory and trial grounds at Occombe takes the risk out of seed sowing. All you need do is check on the seed packet for sowing dates and follow the detailed

instructions. Plants for Coastal Gardens Coastal gardens can be tricky with plants struggling to cope with wind and salty air so again some planning and research is needed. Tough plants are needed such as tamarisk, heather, lavender, sedum and California poppy. Sea pinks are perfect for coastal gardens and can be easily grown from seed sown from mid-February onwards, as can Red Hot Pokers. Many vegetables will grow happily in coastal gardens especially brassicas and cruciform. Those most tolerant of salty air include beets, kale, spinach and asparagus but potatoes, cabbage, peas and broccoli will also perform well. If you like the look of a plant but are unsure as to whether it will be suitable for a coastal garden, then check out the leaves. Tough, leathery and/or hairy leaves are a good sign as they will reduce moisture loss and protect against salt. Another option is to take a look in the beautiful public spaces around the Bay plus take a peek in your neighbours’ gardens and see what grows well for them. Chances are it will do the same for you. ¨ dobies.co.uk

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

February/March 2015


Cocktails at The Cary Arms

The Cary Arms, known as ‘The Inn on the Beach’ in Babbacombe celebrated the festive season with a private cocktail party in the hotel’s beautiful residents’ lounge.

Anita and Richard Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

Chrissie and Geoff Sanders, Michelle Carey (Cary Arms)

Mark Salmon (Bays Brewery), Peter Salmon (Bays Brewery) and Paul Hiles (Windward Supplies)

Richard Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine), Kate Haskell (ITV West Country) and Mark Haskell (Teignmouth Golf Club)

Steve Poyner (Cary Arms), Mary Holbrook, Anne Farzer, Sam Lucy (Cary Arms)

Sue Hallam, Ian Solkin (Cary Arms), Anne Broad

Breakfast Network

Members at the Breakfast Networking Club Torbay met at the Grand Hotel, Torquay. Andy Coleman (DEA Torbay), Jim Thomson (SWCL) and Ron Peterson (ADS Windows & Doors) Quentin O’Gorman (Q-Ball Media) and Sue Coleman (DEA Torbay)


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Above Right Tim Treneary (Skivvies Torbay) and Daniel Darlow (Devon Leather Care) Right Stephen Beasley (Village Property) and Vicky Seiflow (Eco Trades)


Miscellanea at Artizan Gallery

Social Diary

Artizan Gallery held a private viewing for guests to preview works by several local artists in an exhibition entitled Miscellanea.

David Cowell (artist)

Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine) and Peter Stride (artist)

Greg Newman (artist)

Lee Pover (artist) and Rachel Rees

Julie Brandon (Artizan Gallery), Cllr Nicole Amil, Anna Grayson (artist) and Jennifer Nicholson

Lisa Richards and Becky Nuttall (both artists)

Vera Stride and Julie Brandon

Winter Update The English Riviera Tourism Company held their Winter Industry Update at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay.

Ian Handford (Torbay Civic Society) and Chris Hart (Chairman ERTC)


Simon & Sarah James (Hob Nobbs) and Carolyn Custerson (Chief Executive ERTC)

Simon Read, Neil Worrell, Jackie Robinson (all Golden Hind), Richard Cuming (Bygones)

February/March 2015


Royal British Legion Christmas Lunch

Over 100 members of the Royal British Legion attended the annual luncheon at the Redcliffe Hotel in Paignton.

Ralph & Caroline Howard-Williams, Roger & Mary Garratt, John Prior and Sue Stevens

Gundel Bonfield, Major Ron Goodwin MBE (President), David Henshaw (Chairman), Doris Goodwin , Kevin Jeffery (Secretary)

Carol, Peter and Sheila Goldsmith, Ian & Lesley Brant and Nicola Monks

David Henshaw, Lesley Brant, Major Ron Goodwin MBE, Ian Brant and Nicola Monks,

Diggy, Jackie Kemp, Dave & Sue Hayward

Cathy Elliott, Tony Brown, Marie Gee, Irene Cleanthons, Alex Green and Sam Roberts

Carol & John Michell, Arthur & Claudette Coulton, and Pat & Peter Brown.

Jan Reid, Maurice Mann, Doreen & David Lewis, Katherine Box and John Steel.

Maria & Mike Norsworthy, Bethanie Taylor, Ronnie Carter and Karen Taylor

Jane Blewitt-Owen, Brian Jeffery and Keith Risby


February/March 2015


Carols in the Courtyard

Social Diary

Torbay Singers, Greenway staff and volunteers joined the local community for an evening of carols, mulled cider and mince pies in the courtyard at Greenway.

Alan Forster, Carol Forster, Heather Ball, Audrey Goddard

Anne Lunt, Sarah Giles, Claire Smith, Susan Page, Amy Page

Eve, Teresa, Stephen and Jessica Lewis

Geoff Worden, Carol Pryce, Andrew Pryce Vivien Henley, Sabina Collier, and Carly Mays (National Trust Greenway)

Roy and Dinah Matthews Tony and Suzanne Turner

Katherine and Jacqueline Ward

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BusinessBreaks... RICC’s New Aqua Lounge The Riviera International Centre is redesigning its Bay Brasserie, which will become known as the Aqua Lounge in early February. The new café will be of a contemporary and open plan design incorporating a new colour scheme, bespoke counters and bar, modern self-service fridges, new lounge chairs and dining furniture, plus a pirate themed soft play area for children. As well as light snacks, gourmet burgers, fresh cakes and an extensive children’s menu, the Aqua Lounge will be serving Starbucks coffees.

Simon Jolly, General Manger said, “We have been exploring options with Starbucks for a couple of years and the planned modernisation of our coffee shop presented the perfect opportunity for us to begin working with the Starbucks brand. We are therefore delighted to be joining others such as selected Marriot and Crown Plaza Hotels, Heathrow Terminal 5 and P&O Ferries.” There will be family launch day for the new café on Saturday 14th February, from 11am to 3pm. o

Designer Comes Home

Keeping the West Open for Business

Torquay-born jeans designer and entrepreneur, Sally Allen-Gerard, says she’s delighted to be ‘back home’ after moving her business from London to the English Riviera and creating a new shopping experience. Sally has opened her first Wizard Jeans factory outlet shop within Babbacombe Business Park. In addition to a full range of jeans, the new shop sells jackets, accessories, blouses and casual wear as well as one-off pieces by French and Italian designers, many at heavily discounted prices. Dubbed ‘denim spanx’, the jeans come in a range of styles and shapes to suit both men and women. They are sold online around the world, in shops in the United Kingdom and across Australia and New Zealand. Sally, who recently won a NatWest Venus Award for Lifetime Achievement, has had a varied career. She ran a boating and leisure business in Barbados and worked in banking, before starting a Marketing and Events Company dealing with high-profile clients, including Lord’s Cricket Ground and Guinness. o wizardjeans.com 64

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Stagecoach South West was awarded a Special Commendation at the 2014 UK Bus Awards held recently in London. The commendation was awarded for ‘Keeping the West Open for Business’ during the Dawlish rail closure. Following the unprecedented weather events of February last year which resulted in the closure of the main rail line into the South West, Stagecoach introduced a range of measures to help local residents continue about their daily business. These included extending the Exeter Megarider Plus to include Dawlish and the Torbay Ticket zone as far as Teignmouth. They also offered discounts of up to 50% on single and return fares on key routes, accepted rail tickets on bus services and provided free travel for local residents displaced from their homes. o



BusinessBreaks... RollerScoot Ian Gray, local inventor of a compact and manoeuvrable personal mobility vehicle, RollerScoot, has taken delivery of the first batch of products after a successful crowd funding campaign earlier this year. Ian, who has an office at Paignton’s South West Energy Centre, was inspired by a moving walkway in a supermarket. The stand-on mobility device has been designed for those who are less able-bodied including those who use a mobility scooter, a zimmer frame or walking stick. Advanced features such as lithium-ion batteries, an aluminium frame, two motors and a joystick controller make the RollerScoot the lightest, most manoeuvrable personal mobility vehicle in the world. RollerScoot has already scooped some awards including the Naidex New Product Award and a Small Business Sunday award from Dragon Den’s Theo Paphitis. Ian said: “When I invented this device I never dared hope that it would be the success that it now promises to be.” o

£1m Investment for Holiday Parks

Michael Jeavons

Beverley Holidays and Whitehill Park in Paignton, owned by the Jeavons family, is investing £1million in 2015. Beverley Holidays is offering guests 26 brand new Premier Plus and Platinum caravans, due to launch this spring. A Platinum Hot Tub lodge has also been added to its fleet of luxury lodges. Sister holiday park Whitehill has a brand new development of 14 boutique Bouja caravans which will open to guests at Easter. Whitehill Park’s latest accommodation offering will feature a VIP range with outdoor hot tubs. Described as ‘a new dawn in caravanning’, the boutique caravans will also come with funky outdoor bean bags, iPod docking stations, WiFi and Wii U, plus a dog-friendly option. o

90th Celebration for Tally Ho! Tally Ho! – was the cry of the early stage coachman arriving in town and bringing news from afar, but it’s also the name of a local holiday company, celebrating an impressive 90 years in business this year. Manager Don McIntosh explains, “Many Devonians know the Tally Ho name for our local bus services’, ‘but we did in fact offer holidays as far back as the 1920s, on the Tally Ho Sunshine Coach.” When the current owners took over, they took the opportunity to resurrect the mothballed holiday business and since 2009 Tally Ho has been gaining a reputation for excellent holidays and short breaks to the UK and Europe. Don McIntosh describes the Tally Ho experience, “We pride ourselves on offering a really top quality experience combined with friendly and efficient service. Convenient pick-up points, lovely people, great location, delightful hotels and fantastic experiences; a truly modern englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

experience, ‘Sunshine Coach’ holidays for the 21st Century!” So if you are tempted by the idea of Monet’s garden in France, the medieval architecture and mountain scenery of Cantabria or the Celtic legends of Scotland, start by browsing Tally Ho’s 2015 holiday brochure. o tallyhoholidays.co.uk

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Employment law – the changes ahead The law which governs our rights at work and the sickness absence and return to work plans will be obligations we owe our employees is ever changing drawn up in conjunction with the employer - the and 2015 looks set to be no exception. The General intention being to help the employee back into work Election in May only adds to the likelihood of more quickly. Participation will be voluntary, and further change ahead with the main parties each uncertainty still exists surrounding the operation of outlining proposals for reform. the service, whether a sufficient number of suitably Significant changes are planned for parents – for qualified staff can be appointed and the potential those with children born after 5th April 2015, benefits it will ultimately deliver. parents will now be able to choose how they want to Concern remains at the number of employers share arrangements for care who are not paying staff the The government is of their child for the first 12 national minimum wage months after birth by ending so the penalty for each introducing a national Fit maternity leave and sharing worker is to be for Work Service which will underpaid the remaining leave between increased to £20,000 and them as flexible parental leave. offer free advice to employers, the names of employers We are to see a change found to be in breach of their employees and GPs. in the rules on statutory obligations will be published. adoption leave and pay with the current 26 week The controversial subject of zero hours contracts – qualifying period being removed bringing adoption where an employee is not guaranteed any minimum pay into line with maternity pay. working hours – will almost certainly be subject From 5th April, the right to take unpaid parental to change. Proposals have already been set out to leave is being extended - currently only available for prevent employers restricting zero hours workers children aged under 5, it is to be extended so that it from working elsewhere but in time restrictions may will be available to parents with children up to the go further - this is a subject all the main political age of 18. parties are likely to address in the months ahead. The cost to the state, business and individuals of If you have any questions arising from this article long term sick leave has been a matter of concern please contact me on 01626 332266 or by email: for some time. Nearly a million employees a year are david.scarrott@wollenmichelmore.co.uk absent from work due to illness for 4 consecutive weeks or more. Employees have felt inadequately supported and employers have been concerned David Scarrott about taking action for fear of facing a claim. The Solicitor government is introducing a national Fit for Work Private Client Law Service which will offer free advice to employers, @wmlegal employees and GPs. An occupational health assessment will be offered to employees after 4 weeks Wollenmichelmore

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