English Riviera Magazine June/July 2015

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June/July 2015



Give It A Go!

Coasteering Gardening


with Lis Wallace

with Mitch Tonks

Dive Into our Marine Environment with Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust


Paignton Writer


Linda Mitchelmore

Torbay Motor Show

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...to issue twelve! Summer is here and with the English Riviera now officially boasting the cleanest set of beaches in the UK, we bring you an issue with a real maritime flavour. With more nearly100 fun and fabulous events there’s something for everyone in our guide to What’s On. If you’re feeling adventurous then why not try something new, like coasteering or messing around in motor boats? Come on in the water’s lovely! Find out about our marine environment and fragile seagrass beds that harbour seahorses and come along and get involved. This month the Bay sees the arrival of La Solitaire du Figaro, the Formula One of single-handed yacht racing - come and see us at the race village and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. We’ve interesting Riviera people for you to meet, top gardening tips, fishy barbeque ideas, theatre recommendations and much more...we hope it helps you have a great summer. We love to chat, so thanks to all our Facebook followers who have been celebrating the Riviera’s successes online don’t forget to share the good news with all your friends!

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In this issue June/July 2015



Local news snippets

14 From Qatar to the Quayside

46 Why We Love Seagrass

We meet Bridget and Chris Bowring

20 Our Daddy Classic Sailing


24 La Solitaire


Theatre Round Up

28 Visitor from France


Food & Drink

32 Berry Head Heritage Project


Torquay Ladies Circle

34 Give It A Go - Powerboating


It’s ACE

40 Give It A Go - Coasteering



42 Walk


Social Diary

44 Latest from Goodrington’s Seashore


Business Breaks

46 Why We Love Seagrass


The Briefing

With Steve Styles and Tim Sunderland International yacht racing comes to town

Napoleon’s historic visit

The signalling mast rebuilt

Anita Newcombe goes boating on the Dart Julian Rees takes the plunge in Torquay The coastpath from Roundham to Broadsands Marine news from TCCT A haven for seahorses

What’s On

10 pages of fun and fabulous summer events Who’s treading the boards? Seafood cookout with Mitch Tonks We meet Sarah Rowe

A Riviera charity supporting disabled adults Lis Wallace’s green fingered column Local people at local events Local business news Legal news from Wollen Michelmore

20 Classic Sailing


28 Visitor from France

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Adopting on the English Riviera Torbay Council has become part of a new partnership of adoption agencies based in Devon called Adopt South West. Michelin-starred, celebrity chef, Michael Caines, MBE, launched Adopt South West which includes the adoption agencies of Torbay Council, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, and charities Barnardo’s and Families for Children. Adopt South West, who are committed to finding and supporting stable and secure placements for children, are also launching a campaign to break down the myths surrounding adoption. The campaign will also focus on encouraging people who have not considered adoption before to come forward. o adoptsouthwest.org.uk


Future Proofing Torre Abbey Palm House

Torre Abbey’s historic Victorian Palm House will receive a brand new air control system allowing the exotic plants to thrive. Neil Coish, Torbay Council’s Principal Natural Environment Officer said, “Work will include installing a fully integrated control system, which will monitor temperature and humidity within the house, creating a stable environment suitable for different plant species. It will also make the glass structure more energy efficient.” The automated system will control the current boiler equipment that keeps the house just how the plants like it. Temperatures and humidity will be maintained at appropriate levels and the external temperature will also be monitored to minimise the energy used. While the control system will be fully automatic, it can be controlled remotely if necessary. It will also immediately flag up any problems with enabling corrective action to be taken quickly. o

Rivers of Wildflowers for Bees Help is at hand for our struggling bee population with a new project from Buglife and South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The South Devon B-Lines project will create rivers of wildflowers across the countryside connecting the South Devon’s best wildlife sites from the west to the east, and from the north to the south, linking Dartmoor to the coast, and linking our towns and urban areas to the countryside. Locally the B-Lines will follow the AONB along the coast from Brixham to Kingswear and the project is looking for farmers, landowners and the public to get involved by creating or restoring wildflower grassland on this section. Andrew Whitehouse, Buglife South West Manager said, “Bees and other pollinators are disappearing from our countryside because of a lack of wildflower-rich habitats. 6

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By creating B-Lines, we can help wildlife move across our countryside, saving threatened species and making sure that there are plenty of pollinators out there to help us grow crops.” Phil Stocks, Lead Advisor Natural England said, “It’s vital that a network exists and wildlife isn’t restricted to isolated islands. The grasslands will also help enhance the landscape which is enjoyed by both residents and tourists.” o buglife.org.uk/B-Lines englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


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Zoo Tigers Star on The One Show

BBC One’s flag-ship magazine programme The One Show featured Paignton Zoo tigers recently. The BBC1 team used small, hi-tech action cameras to capture dramatic footage of the Zoo’s Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers. Cameras were placed on top of the tigers’ feed pole, on the roof of the den and even inside hollowed-out logs, capturing moments never before seen on camera. Presented by TV naturalist Miranda Krestovnikoff, the film featured Dr Joanna Newbolt from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust’s research department and Senior Head Keeper of Mammals, Matthew Webb. However, the real stars were Sumatran tigers Shakira and Tenang. Jo explained, “The cameras gave us amazing close views of the tigers as they responded to unusual scents, novel objects and food.” o

Competition Winner The lucky winner of our April/May issue competition to win two VIP tickets to the Solitaire du Figaro skippers’ soirée at Torre Abbey on Friday 19th June, an exclusive guided tour of the Rockfish Red Figaro competing in the Solitaire du Figaro on Saturday 20th June and a meal for two at the Rockfish restaurant in Torquay was Emma Atkins from Torquay. o

Red is for Rubies A recommended read, Red is for Rubies, by local Paignton author Linda Mitchelmore, was published last year and is set in Dartmouth and Totnes. In the first flush of love, Jonty promises to buy Lydie a precious ruby necklace when his art career takes off. But the ruby never materialises and Lydie is left heartbroken when Jonty ends their relationship. Then, thirty years later, he makes a surprise reappearance in her life and she knows in an instant she still loves him. But there’s a snag – she is married to Ralph. Lydie is on a rollercoaster of emotions as a series of tragic circumstances shock her to the core and change her life beyond anything she could ever have imagined. But will love conquer all? Red is for Rubies is published by Choc Lit. o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Matthew Webb (Paignton Zoo), Dr Joanna Newbolt (Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust), and Miranda Krestovnikoff

Second look... Last issue’s mystery object was correctly identified by Isabel Annan from Torquay. It was the intricate wrought iron structure that forms the roof of the Sun Temple in Tessier Gardens in St Marychurch. If you think you recognise the object below then visit englishrivieramagazine.co.uk/competitions and let us know where you think it is and what it is? The answer will be in the next issue. o

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Collecting Bank Cormorant Eggs

A local bird expert has travelled to South Africa to help save endangered African seabirds. Lois Rowell, a Living Coasts bird keeper, practised in the delicate art of hand rearing, has spent six weeks working with bank cormorants. She is helping SANCCOB, a leading marine conservation charity specialising in threatened seabirds such as the bank cormorant and African penguin. They are a Living Coasts’ long-term conservation partner. Lois travelled to Robben Island, famous as the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to collect bank cormorant eggs under license from the government. Living Coasts has helped pay for the construction and equipping of a special building for the breeding and rearing of bank cormorants. Lois is helping to develop hand rearing and husbandry techniques in order to increase the successful release of birds back in to the wild. Bank cormorants are classified as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. o

Tempting a Tortoise Weighing giant tortoises is a problem. The clue is in their name; at anything between 75 and 200 kilos, they can be more than 200 times the weight of your average domestic pet tortoise. Paignton Zoo is home to six Aldabra giant tortoises. Catching up with these unhurried hulks is not an issue, but their sheer size is. Five fit zoo keepers can just about pick one up, but that’s not an especially good solution either for the keepers or the tortoise. Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates Mike Bungard has the answer, “Tomatoes! The tortoises are trained to walk up onto the scales by themselves. Target training means we can move them cooperatively – they follow the target to get a treat. Strawberries and tomatoes are 8

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Openers... their favourites – though as tortoises can see in infrared, it might just be that they are attracted to red things! It’s simple – and saves a lot of back-ache.” o

Red Sails in the Sunset Brixham Heritage Museum has just published a fascinating new leaflet entitled Rocks & Fossils of Brixham. One interesting snippet is how ochre, a mineral found in Brixham was used to preserve sails from the effects of salt water. The characteristic colour of the ‘red sails’ used on Brixham Trawlers was the result of a preservation treatment known as ‘barking.’ This involved brushing onto the sails, a mixture, created by boiling oak bark, beef tallow, wood tar and red or yellow ochre in large water filled cauldrons. There were two barking yards at Overgang. Local ochre was also used to make a rust-proofing paint. A specialist paint was invented in 1849 by John Rendall, a Torbay chemist. Ochre was mixed with linseed oil and turpentine to make rust-proofing paint. It was manufactured from 1858 to 1961 at factories in Oxen Cove and New Road, using ochre from mine workings at Furzeham, New Road and Rea Barn Hill. This “Iron paint” made in Brixham was highly effective for rustproofing cast iron used for bridges, railway tracks and many other purposes.o brixhamheritage.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Openers... New Cockington Book

Local author Brian Read is publishing a new Cockington book entitled Cockington Bygones, delving into previously unpublished, fascinating primary archival material and memories of local people which, coupled with his own topographical detective work, helps to unravel many enigmas veiled by the fog of time. A book signing is planned in June at Torbay Bookshop. Cockington Bygones is published by Portcullis Publishing. o

Bluebells Victorious at Agatha Christie’s Greenway National Trust gardeners at the much loved holiday home of Agatha Christie, Greenway, celebrated a huge swing to the bluebells after one of the finest showings in many years brought visitors to its woodland gardens. Last year Greenway gardeners were battling the invasive and unwelcome Three Cornered Leek which is similar in appearance to a white bluebell, but with a distinctive smell and a narrow green stripe down the centre of each petal. Noted for its delightful gardens, Greenway, which is open 7 days a week for the very first time this season, has a woodland walk which visitors to the property can


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Openers... enjoy. For those arriving by steam train from Paignton or Kingswear and alighting at the new Greenway Halt, the 30-minute walk allows visitors to immerse themselves amongst the romantic woodland paths before emerging at the Queen of Crime’s famous riverside residence. Every day during the season, there is a tour of the gardens, which starts outside the shop at 1pm and lasts for 30-40 minutes. Visitors can join one to find out what’s in flower and learn about the history of these very special gardens. o nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Zoo Terrapin Unmoved This remarkable photograph, taken at Paignton Zoo by student Abigail Hewings, shows a quietly determined tussle between a West African dwarf crocodile and a red eared terrapin. It seems they wanted to sit in the same spot. Mike Bungard, Paignton Zoo’s Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates, says, “It happens, but I think it’s pretty rare to photograph it. You might expect it to be the other way round, with the terrapin on top!” Are they competing for heat lamp space? Mike says, “We have multiple basking spots in the enclosure to prevent competition and allow plenty of choice, so why they decided to climb over each other, I don’t know!” The pair live in the Zoo’s Reptile Tropics exhibit on good terms. So who won in the end? Well, terrapins are tough characters. They eat plant and animal matter, worms, freshwater fish, molluscs and aquatic insects, and have powerful, toothless jaws with sharp edges to tear food. The hind legs are strong and muscular and the feet clawed, again for tearing food. But the terrapin was lucky that this was one of the smallest crocodiles in the world; the largest, an adult male saltwater crocodile, can grow to over 5 metres (17 feet) in length and weigh up to 1,000 kilos (2,200 pounds).o




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From Qatar to the

Quayside Bridget and Chris Bowring worked in Qatar, Brunei, Korea and London before discovering our quaint harbour town of Brixham 17 years ago. Anita Newcombe finds out more.


am meeting Bridget and Chris at the Quayside, the hotel they have owned and run in Brixham for 17 years. The striking, pink painted hotel, once a row of fisherman’s cottages, is perched jauntily on King Street surveying the harbour, always a hive of activity with boats galore. 14

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When I arrive at the Quayside, I settle into the pretty hotel lounge for a cup of tea with Bridget. The first thing I want to know is what possessed the two of them to move to Brixham and buy a hotel. The couple had been longtime expats in some truly far-flung places, Chris working for Shell and Bridget teaching in the local British Schools. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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They had only returned to the UK for the schooling of their three children Zoe, Penny and Paul and had settled in London. Bridget explains, “Till we came back to London it was like being in the diplomatic service with a new posting every 4 years.” However, although now based in London for Shell, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Chris found himself being sent on a weekly basis to places like South America, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. The couple’s work/life balance was getting worse and something had to give. Bridget tells me emphatically, “It was Chris’s idea to buy a hotel.” At this point Chris arrives and he agrees that he came June/July 2015


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for 22 years – in fact the Guinness Book of Records are up with the plan. I ask him what triggered his idea and about to recognise them for longevity. if he knew Brixham or had any experience of running a After renovating the Ernie Lister Bar, Chris and Bridget hotel at all. He replies, “Neither of us had ever been to turned their attention to the restaurant. They redecorated Brixham before and the only thing I knew about hotels it and improved the food with the objective of obtaining was my many years of staying in every Hilton and Hyatt an AA Rosette, which they feel helps tremendously in in every capital of the world.” attracting guests to come and stay. Many visitors in However, buying a hotel was now the agreed plan and the hotel’s 30 bedrooms stay on a half board basis with as an accountant Chris undertook the search for a suitable dinner included but the restaurant is also popular with premises with admirable diligence. Bridget remembers, local residents. “I had a vision of a lovely country house hotel, at the Bridget says, “For us as newbies to the hotel business end of a very long drive in the heart of the countryside.” it was an easy transition when we first arrived as we had However Chris’s methodical spreadsheet, with 50 options a hotel manager who could also cook plus an excellent duly listed led to the selection of the Quayside Hotel, a chef and a number of ‘old-school’ cleaners who took great well-performing business in a picturesque location with pride in their work.” an established manager and some good, long standing Chris continues the story, “Over time, the original staff. Chris said, “All this was terribly important as neither staff have gradually left and of us knew anything at all about running a hotel.” “You see what appears to be a we’ve found them quite difficult First impressions were good. pile of houses on a hill – to us, it to replace. This has led to us becoming more and more involved They liked the fact that the was like a little St Tropez.” and we now manage the staff Quayside overlooked the harbour ourselves.” – it was pretty and reminded them of the Greek Islands. Bridget and Chris try to be as ‘hands-off’ as Bridget says, “You see what appears to be a pile of houses possible leaving the various heads of departments to on a hill – to us, it was like a little St Tropez.” manage their own teams. The kitchen, restaurant, bar, As the hotel was running successfully, Chris and Bridget housekeeping and reception teams are competently could turn their attention to planning and the first thing managed on a day-to-day basis. However, the Bowrings they did was to refurbish the Ernie Lister Bar which was meet with them regularly to check standards and to rather run down and not making a proper contribution discuss customer reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking. to the hotel. The bar now serves food and has a regular com. They feel strongly that it is very important to programme of entertainment including Sunday evening nurture their staff, value and develop them and to keep sing-a-longs with a folk group and sea shanties. They have a them as long as possible. duo called Southern Comfort which has been playing there


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Riviera People Andy Sewell has been the Quayside’s chef for ten years and has been encouraged to become something of a celebrity chef in his own right. He does cookery demonstrations at BrixFest and Fishstock amongst others and often appears in local publications with his recipes and top tips. The Bowrings are on their third round of refurbishing the bedrooms which each have their own particular style. Chris says, “It’s very much like painting the Forth Bridge, you have to start again as soon as you are finished!” I wonder if Bridget and Chris feel completely settled in Brixham after 17 years at the Quayside. Chris explains, “For the first five or six years we kept a house in London and went back and forth. Then we decided to buy a hotel in Exeter, The Queen’s Court and ran that for ten years, selling it just before Christmas last year. It was all just too much work. The Quayside is definitely our home now.” Bridget tells me, “The guests here are very friendly, much more so than in Exeter where we had much more of a business clientele. The Quayside has a very happy feel - it must have a happy history. Even the ghosts that break all our glasses are happy ghosts!”

“The Quayside has a very happy feel - it must have a happy history. Even the ghosts that break all our glasses are happy ghosts!” They’ve had their fair share of exciting guests with film crews staying including Greg Wallace of Masterchef fame and the recent visit of Heston Blumenthal. Blumenthal was filming Heston’s Fantastical Food focusing on ‘dishes that built Britain’ with his Channel 4 crew. Episode One, “Fish & Chips” was filmed in Brixham. Apparently it was a bit like Willy Wonka coming to town – golden tickets were issued and the hotel were lucky enough to get five. These admitted them aboard the Golden Hind, which was turned into a floating fish & chip shop with a wonderful giant animatronic fish. In spite of all this excitement, the couple do get away quite often for breaks. Their children Penny, Zoe and Paul live in London so they go up regularly to visit them and to see other long-term friends. They also have friends in the South of France and in Poole where they will take short breaks. Coming back to Brixham is always a pleasure though. Chris tells me, “The best thing about Brixham is the beautiful scenery. We love the fact that it is a working harbour; it’s always busy and never feels like a ghost town, even in the depths of winter.” Bridget agrees, “It’s so small - there is definitely a real englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

community feel here - you know everyone and that’s a nice comfy feeling. The High Street is just like a village.” Bridget became a founding member of the popular annual festival, BrixFest, although she has just stepped down from that work. She is now supporting Brixham’s Chamber of Commerce as a committee member. When they have free time they have done some sailing locally. Chris used to sail dinghies and crewed in races in Qatar. He’s an RYA Coastal Skipper and occasionally rents a yacht and sails round to Dartmouth when the family visit. They both love Brixham for children and take their granddaughter Ruby Rose who is two, to the little bays along the Brixham coastline and along to Broadsands. Paignton Zoo is also quite a favourite.o

Did You Know? Ernie Lister – Brixham Legend The Quayside’s Ernie Lister Bar was named after one of Brixham’s best known characters. Ernie was born in Brixham in 1912 in a cottage, now part of the Quayside with the bar as his cellar. In 1954 he moved with his wife and two daughters to 77, Northview Road. Some of his exploits are legendary: • He joined the army in 1939 without his parents’ knowledge and was sent to France. • He spoke fluent French and German. • He escaped from a German prisoner of war camp four times. • He was a coastguard and a stuntman for John Slater in the 1957 film The Devil’s Pass. • He was known for his boating skills and bravery. • In 1966 he received a commendation for helping the Navy destroy wartime mines and torpedos caught in the nets of Brixham trawlers. • He would ferry Navy experts in his boat The Penlee to take the charges into deep water and Ernie had less than 3 minutes to get clear. • His score of live ones was at least 23 mines, 3 torpedoes, 1 homing torpedo and 14 squid depth charge bombs. • The Ernie Lister Bar was opened on 30 August 1972 and named after Ernie, who died in 1970 (at the age of 57), in recognition of his bravery and integrity. June/July 2015


Our Daddy Classic Sailing

Brixham is a real haven for classic sailing boats and there’s a great deal of love and care needed to bring an historic fishing vessel back to its former glory. Anita Newcombe talks to Steve Styles who is currently renovating Our Daddy right on the quayside, along with his business partner Tim Sunderland.


arrive at the HQ of Brixham Sailing School on Fore Street in Brixham to meet Steve Styles. His business partner Tim Sunderland is there too but he’s delivering some classroom sailing training. Luckily enough, the class is ready for a short break so I take the opportunity to head down to the quay with both Steve and Tim for a look round Our Daddy. She is looking majestic in the sunshine, right there alongside the wall in the inner harbour. Our Daddy is a 75ft-overall, 1921 Dandy rigged Looe Lugger built by R. Pearce and believed to be one of the last fishing boats built on sailing lines at Looe in Cornwall. Previously owned and skippered by Alfred John Pengelly, author of Oh, For a Fisherman’s Life, Our Daddy worked as a fishing boat along the Devon and Cornwall coast. She worked chasing pilchards, then long lining and in her later fishing years she was used as a shark fishing boat. In the late 80s and early 90s, Our Daddy had a major refit and was converted into a charter vessel, sailing from Looe visiting the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly. Steve and Tim will become the lead crew for Our Daddy when she starts her first season for them this year. They plan to take her, along with paying guests to some exciting places and idyllic anchorages far and wide. They will make the boat available for charter on a daily, weekly or longer basis. And there are already several scheduled trips to some of the classic festivals of sail that happen every season. But how did it all start I wonder? By now we are back in the Fore Street office and I am looking at various certificates on the wall indicating that Steve is a Chartered Marketeer and has many certificates relating to the construction industry too. He explains, “I was a Director for a construction company and was made redundant, being placed on ‘gardening leave’ for a year to prevent me competing with my old business. I’d sailed since I was a boy and as I wasn’t allowed to work I cruised the Med for a year.” Well, what hard luck that sounds!


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Riviera People The project has taken 18 months so far and has included woodwork, carpentry, metalwork, painting, engineering, sweeping, polishing and much more. During this time meandering the Med, Steve was approached for a contract to teach sailing in Gibraltar. However, whilst he was en route, the contract fell through, so he pulled into Brixham, which happened to be the port he was passing at the time in his Beneteau 42 yacht Zig Zag. Within three days he had secured a new charter with a local Brixham sailing business. Steve remembers, “My office was my yacht and I lived aboard too. I started taking out up to 6 students at a time and teaching them anything from Start Yachting through to Yachtmaster, for which I was already qualified.” Finding that he really enjoyed the lifestyle, Steve opened Brixham Sea School in February 2010 and was joined in the new business by Tim Sunderland. They are currently operating three yachts out of Brixham Marina: a Beneteau 40.1, a Sun Odyssey 36 and a Gib Sea 33. Together the two instructors offer a wide range of shore based and water based Royal Yachting Association courses. Both are qualified Yachtmaster instructors and Steve is a Yachtmaster examiner as well. They also have a pool of other qualified instructors who help them to run courses as needed. So why did they subsequently decide to buy a dilapidated classic sailing boat I wonder? Steve laughs, “It was my biggest impulse purchase ever! I’d heard it was coming up for sale and I purchased it privately here in Brixham. Tim was convinced and is now co-owner with me.” When the pair looked at what they had purchased in Our Daddy, they decided that the cabin layout was unsuitable for chartering so they decided on a complete refit. Steve says, “The easiest way to get to know your boat is to do the work yourselves.” So they set to work. The project has taken 18 months so far and has included woodwork, carpentry, metalwork, painting, engineering, sweeping, polishing and much more. The sails were in fairly good order although there was some sewing to be done. They replaced some of the running rigging and englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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there was lots of rope hauling and splicing involved in the process. Individual blocks were dismantled, renovated, varnished and then put back together. Some improvisation was required. Steve tells me, “We had to use old ha’pennies to secure the pins on the blocks because they required plates that were no longer being made.” Our Daddy is soon to be ready for her shakedown cruise and they are booked to participate in the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta. Will they celebrate this moment I ask? Steve says, “We’ll just jump on board and go off – we’ll celebrate when we win!” Our Daddy is going to be a whole new thing in classic sailing. Tim and Steve love cooking and pride themselves on their food so the students will be very well catered for on these cruises. They will only hire skippers who can cook and when sailing in foreign ports they plan to hit the local markets for fresh produce. They’ll be providing treats like home baked bread and chutneys too. It’ll be a major step up from the usual spagbol and beans on toast. Steve says, “Sometimes when we’re at sea, we won’t know what’s for dinner until we’ve caught it!“ There will only be 3 students per instructor and everyone gets their own single cabin (unless couples book together). You won’t have to bring a sleeping bag as all the cabins will be comfortably made up with duvets and there will be extra luxuries like cosy heating and music systems. All this costs a bit more than the average rate with a 5-day cruise costing £645 per person but it sounds as though it will definitely be worth it englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

for the added level of comfort and enjoyment. Steve explains, “We want our trips to provide both a learning environment and a really good holiday for people. Overall it’ll be a much better experience for people and a whole new thing in classic sailing.” Well, I certainly like the sound of the Sunset, Bubbles and Canapes Experience – I think that this will definitely be a popular choice and I waste no time in expressing my interest in a forthcoming trip. When he’s at home, Steve lives in Kingswear in a cottage on the cliffs with Kate who works for Britannia Royal Naval College. Tim is just moving from Stoke Gabriel to Galmpton - he lives with Fiona, who works locally in a doctor’s surgery. Steve’s Border Terrier Archie is the official ship’s bosun and regularly helps out with the refurbishment works aboard Our Daddy. Once Our Daddy is finally shipshape, it does very much sound as though Steve, Tim and Archie will be spending quite a lot more time on the ocean wave. They’ll be setting off for Falmouth Classic Regatta and Looe Lugger Festival in June. In July they’ll be in the Dartmouth Classic Channel Race which heads over to Pampol in France for Bastille Day followed by further racing around Sark and other Channel Islands. If you’d like to book a cruise, a day’s sailing or a Sunset and Bubbles trip, full details are on the website. All experiences are suitable for solo seafarers, couples or groups of up to 6 friends or family of any age (minimum age is 18 if unaccompanied). o our-daddy-classicsailing.com June/July 2015


La Solitaire Torquay Makes Sailing History 40 of the world’s top offshore sailors will race into Tor Bay with the Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire. To celebrate the arrival of this world-class sailing event in Torbay, a FREE public Race Village will be open for families to enjoy on Beacon Quay, Torquay between Wednesday 17th June and Sunday 21st June.


ow in its 46th year, La Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire is the world’s leading annual solo yacht race. An excitingly intense and grueling competition, La Solitaire provides a month of top-level solo racing for both the best and the brave. This year starting from the historic French city of Bordeaux on Sunday 31st May, the four-stage event will run between five top European host venues including Torbay. For the first time in race history, La Solitaire skippers will dock their impressive fleet of one-design 33ft Figaro Bénéteau IIs (identical 33ft boats made for solo sailing) in Torquay Harbour sometime late on Wednesday 17th, into the early hours of Thursday 18th June. By the


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time they reach Berry Head, the competitors will have already raced 1585 miles, with another 600 miles left to race. The Leg 4 Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire restart will take place in Tor Bay at 1600 BST on Sunday 21st June 2015. Free and open from 11.00am to 10.00pm on weekdays and 1000am to 11.00pm on the weekend, La Solitaire du Figaro Race Village offers five days of fun for the whole family to enjoy. There will be food experiences courtesy of local chef Mitch Tonks and South Devon College to great local live music, ‘try sailing’ with the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and British Disabled Sailing Association, face painting and climbing walls. Featured on Britain’s Got Talent, the Shaolin Martial Arts Team will be performing


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By the time they reach Berry Head, the competitors will have already raced 1585 miles, with another 600 miles left to race. along with expert talks for sailing enthusiasts, public fireworks (Saturday 2200), a Pro-Am race in the Bay (Friday 1500) and for the youngsters the Mare and Foal Sanctuary will be in the village with a pony petting zoo. It’s also an opportunity to dress up. Thursday 18th June is Ladies’ Day with the best hat winning a bottle of Pol Roger champagne so get your glad rags on for a Best of British welcome! Torbay Host Venue Manager Rebecca Barrie explained, “The Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire is an internationally recognised race, but is making only its second return to the UK in 12 years. Key to the success of this event is local engagement and enjoyment. It has been our aim in the planning process to involve and work with as many local businesses and people as possible, and to put on an event for the whole town to come and enjoy.” The event is expected to have a tremendous positive economic impact on the community too. Positioned along Beacon Quay next to Torquay Harbour, local englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

businesses and traders are getting involved with displays in the village, as well as coming on board as partners and suppliers to the event. Local businesses that are participating include: Rockfish, Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Brixham Ferries, Stagecoach South West, Living Coasts, Suzuki Quay Auto Centre, St Austell Brewery, Herald Express, Palm FM and English Riviera magazine, have all signed up to support the event. In addition, Torbay Council, English Riviera Tourism Company and Tor Bay Harbour Authority have come together under the banner of ‘Sail Torbay’ as the Host Venue for the event. The UK’s only training centre for solo offshore sailing, the Artemis Offshore Academy, is the Host Venue Main Partner. It’s not only businesses getting involved; local school children will take daily trips to the Race Village as part of an education programme and local volunteers are also getting hands-on with the event. They can all expect a great experience to learn and see what it’s like behind the scenes of a top class-sporting event. u June/July 2015


La Solitaire Race Village Daily Event Highlights Wednesday 17th June • The Race Village officially opens at 11am • Green peppers, or red tomatoes – it’s Race Village Ready, Steady, Cook! • Tasty cooking demonstrations with South Devon College • Test yourself on the ‘Oarsome Buoys’ rowing challenge all day • Live music and entertainment all day until 9pm

Thursday 18th June • Boat Arrivals! Welcome the Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire skippers to Torbay (timings subject to weather) • Take a tour of the Figaro – sign up at Royal Torbay Yacht Club • Ladies Day – best hat wins a bottle of Pol Roger Champagne • The skippers tell the tales of the race in ‘The story of the Solitaire’ • Make some new furry friends at the pony petting zoo • Live music and entertainment all day till 8.30pm

Friday 19th June • Figaro racing in the Bay with the Pro-Am Race • Race Village Ready, Steady, Cook! • Story of the Solitaire – skippers tell all • Live Pro-Am race in the Bay starts 3pm • Public Pro-Am prize giving at 6pm • Live music and entertainment all day till 11pm

Saturday 20th June • Try sailing experiences for all • Eat yourself silly with the Devon Food Market • Expert sailing talks • Face painting, magic shows and stilt walking • Help set a Devon Cream Tea Record! • Live music and entertainment all day • Public Leg 3 prize giving at 6pm • Celebratory fireworks at 10pm

Sunday 21st June • Race day! • Blessing of the fleet in a multi-faith service at 10am • Live race commentary all day • Shaolin Martial Arts Team display • Wave the Figaros out of the harbour at 2pm • Leg 4 Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire race start at 4pm • Race Village closes at 6pm

The Course The Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire competitors will race 2185 miles between five European host venues. The race kicks off from Bordeaux, France on Sunday 31st May and will arrive in Torbay, the only UK stopover for 2015, on the 18th June. The course: Leg 1 - Bordeaux to Sanxenxo - 461nm Leg 2 - Sanxenxo to La Cornouaille - 522nm Leg 3 - La Cornouaille to Torbay - 602nm Leg 4 - Torbay to Dieppe - 600nm 26

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The British Sailors said: Henry Bomby, aged 24 from Dartmouth, is hoping for a good place in this year’s race, the third time he has competed. Henry will sail Rockfish, sponsored by local chef Mitch Tonks. Henry said, “I am really proud of where I am from and unbelievably honoured to be able to compete on the Figaro Circuit. Sailing into Torbay in June is going to be a really special moment.” Sam Matson, 23, Exmouth - 2014 top British Solitaire skipper: “Torbay is yet again another local port that I have been sailing around for most of my life. It is incredible to think that we will be racing into a bay that I know so well and one that provides so much local support both me and the rest of the British team.” Nick Cherry, 29, Southampton: “Coming to Torbay during the Solitaire will feel like a bit of a homecoming for all of us British skippers. Seeing the welcoming faces of friends, family and the growing number of solo sailing fans in the South West will be a huge boost after a tough three legs. I really hope that with the support of the Redshift team and the Artemis Offshore Academy I can sail into Torbay near the front of the pack.” Alan Roberts, 24, Southampton: “It is great to have a stopover on English soil. It really makes a big difference coming in to a home port with the support of family friends and the public, it helps us to really engage

the British public inviting them in to a part of the race, as well as motivating us to do the best we can for our supporters back home.” Robin Elsey, 22, Truro, 2015 Rookie: “It’s a great opportunity to have the race coming to the south west and being from Cornwall, Torbay is a home port for me. With it the stopover will bring enormous pride, sailing into British waters representing the UK in one of the toughest ocean racing events there is. Torbay and the surrounding area is very beautiful, and the locals are really friendly and supportive.” Rob Bunce, 20, Wiltshire, 2015 Rookie: “Heading to Torbay is a fantastic opportunity for the British nation to get an insight into the sport of solo sailing. For so long it has been a French specialty, but with eight British skippers set to do this years race, more and more people from the UK are getting drawn in by solo sailing. Also being able to race into a port in England should continue to raise awareness for the sport and help give UK sailors the boost we need to succeed in this year’s event.” Andrew Baker, County Down - 2015 Rookie: “For such a proud maritime nation we really must get behind events like this and get back into a sport with is now predominantly ruled by the French. Obviously the race will never reach as close to my hometown in Northern Ireland, but it’s a huge honour to be part of the British team.”o

The British squad were in Torbay with Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver and Commodore of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club Bob Penfold to support our town’s bid to bring the race to the UK. From top left: Henry Bomby, Rob Bunce, Bob Penfold, Mayor Gordon Oliver, Andrew Baker and Robin Elsey. From bottom left: Nick Cherry, Will Harris, Alan Roberts and Sam Matson.


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Visitor From France It’s the 200th Anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous visit to the waters of Torbay. It was a truly Brixham event. John Risdon takes up the story.


t 8 a.m. on Wednesday 24th July His Britannic Majesty’s Ship Bellerophon dropped anchor off Brixham at the beginning of what was to be a momentous time, not just for the local population living around the waters of the bay, but for the whole of Europe. Up on Berry Head, adjacent to the powerful gun battery, the men manning the naval signal station no doubt confirmed the ship’s arrival even though they personally had no idea of the passenger carried on board. The moment marked the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte off the shores of Britain as a prisoner of the Royal Navy following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo on 17th June. So began an intense, if brief period of intrigue and secretive decision-making by the British government and men of influence over the future of a man who up to two months earlier had been the most powerful man in Europe. Incredibly this man, once identified as ‘The tyrant of Europe’ and now standing on the quarterdeck of Bellerophon, was of an opinion that he would be a welcomed guest of King George. He expected to be able to retire in peace to the country he once viewed as one to conquer by force of arms. Bellerophon (nick-named ‘Billy Ruffian’ by her crew), a 74-gunned ship of impressive stature, commanded by Captain Maitland, was accompanied by Myrmidon, also a 74. Immediately on anchoring, a security guard boat was to patrol around Bellerophon, keeping at bay the normal bevy of small vessels, often referred to as bum boats, that came out of Brixham to trade with visiting naval vessels. The ‘powers that be’ were paranoid about an attempt to ‘rescue’ Napoleon and his presence on board was to be kept top secret at all costs! Without delay three naval officers were rowed ashore with written dispatches and made their way to the London Inn in Fore Street. Here Lt. Fletcher boarded a yellow liveried express post-chaise and with a clattering of hooves set off on the first stage of his long and exhausting 28

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journey to London. The two remaining officers returned to Bellerophon. The presence of the guard boat and rapid movement of the ship’s officers caused considerable interest amongst those on the quay, amongst whom was a local baker called Michelmore. He set out for the Bellerophon in a rowing boat, as was the custom, with a supply of fresh bread especially for ‘jolly jack tar’ on the lower gun deck. With him was his apprentice together with three young boys, (it being a holiday to celebrate Wellington’s recent victory) Charlie & Dick Puddicombe and John Smart, ten years of age. On approaching the ship, Michelmore was warned off in no uncertain manner with a threat to sink him should he persist. However, whilst ‘lying off’, their attention was drawn to a sailor at a lower gun-port beckoning, then slipping an object into the water. Allowing the object, a small black bottle, to drift down to them, John Smart retrieved the bottle to find within it, a message, “WE HAVE BONEY ON BOARD!” No doubt falling over themselves in disbelief, they headed back to shore to broadcast the news. Within a day Brixham was inundated with curious visitors from as far away as Exeter, all come to see ‘The tyrant of Europe.’ Now that the secret was out, an armada of small boats encircled Bellerophon filled to the gunwales with expectant observers. The man who had been their archenemy was now a curious celebrity, there standing on the quarterdeck, both being admired and admiring, especially the ladies! “How very curious these English are. What charming girls! What beautiful women!” It was not only the women however who were to be charmed by him. The officers & men of Bellerophon over the period of his interment on board, also gained a considerable respect for this very special Corsican. Once their Lordships of the Admiralty realised that they were losing control of the situation Captain Maitland was instructed to leave Torbay. Therefore at 3 a.m. on englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


The man who had been their arch-enemy was now a curious celebrity, there standing on the quarterdeck, both being admired and admiring, especially the ladies! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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John Smart retrieved the bottle to find within it, a message, “WE HAVE BONEY ON BOARD!”

26th July Bellerophon weighed anchor and sailed for Plymouth where it was thought, with a far greater number of ships and men present, any attempt at rescue was very unlikely. Here Bellerophon and Napoleon would remain until 4th August. The scenes seen at Brixham were to be repeated off Plymouth but in even greater numbers. During this period ‘the die was cast’ in London but Admiral Lord Keith, Admiral of the Channel Fleet at Plymouth, had the task of informing Napoleon of his fate, exile to St. Helena for the remainder of his life! In his naivety and self- belief he found the decision unimaginable, as did especially the distraught female members of his entourage who were to accompany him. Captain Maitland was instructed to leave Plymouth and anchor off Start Point to await the arrival of a squadron of ships suitable for the conveyance and protection of their prisoner. Bellerophon, now a war weary ship, was not thought fit for the South Atlantic journey so was to be replaced with a more youthful warship, Northumberland. On Wednesday 7th August 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte was transferred to the Northumberland, at anchor in St. Mary’s Bay, Brixham, under the guns of Berry Head. Accompanying him were three of his most loyal generals, englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

their wives and children, a valet, cook, butler and eleven servants. It was at least to be a comfortable exile! To celebrate Napoleon’s departure, Sir Lawrence Palk, Lord of the Manor of Tormohun, supported by the Cary family of Torre Abbey, held a party for the poor of the town up on Daddyhole Plain where roasted ox and cider were liberally provided! To stand on unspoiled, magnificent Berry Head today, or anywhere along that spectacular stretch of coastpath to Sharkham Head, it is mesmerising to realize that beautiful bay of St Mary’s below, is where this moment in European history was played out and Napoleon Bonaparte commenced his last journey, into exile! o

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Berry Head Signalling Mast Project To mark 200 years since Napoleon arrived in Tor Bay and as part of the 2015 celebrations of the battle of Waterloo, a full-size replica of a Napoleonic-era naval signalling mast has been installed at the South Fort, Berry Head. We spoke to Dr Philip Armitage, Curator at Brixham Heritage Museum to find out more.


he installation of the mast marks Napoleon’s arrival in Torbay on board HMS Bellerophon, 200 years ago on 24th July 1815. The mast stands approximately 36 feet tall, with a base diameter of 10 inches, narrowing to 6 inches at the top. The project is the brainchild of Dr Armitage and his idea was realised with the help and expertise of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and other local partners. Traditional methods and local craftsmen were used to build the replica signal mast, the main part of which will eventually replace the lookout mast that was removed from Berry Head in 2013. The wood for the new mast has been sourced from three larch trees in The Grove woodlands at Churston, felled under direction of TCCT Countryside Manager, Chris Lingard and TCCT Berry Head Countryside Officer Noel Hughes.

The transportation of the mast took the project to new levels, with the felled trees being extracted from the woods by traditional horse logging under the guidance of local experts Dan and John Fisher from Noriker Horse Logging. It was then floated and towed, courtesy of Nigel Lihou and his boat Optimist, from Churston Cove to Galmpton (with an overnight stopover at Brixham Harbour). Here Brixham trawler mast makers Mike Ticehurst, Bill Wakeham and their team carved the wood to form the replica Napoleonic mast. Haulier Paul Shepherd transported the finished mast to Berry Head. Support for the project was also provided by a grant from the Torbay Mayor’s Fund. In the famous oil

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painting (dated 1817) by Thomas Luny, depicting HMS Bellerophon at anchor in Torbay with Napoleon on board, 26th July 1815, it is just possible to discern at the end of the Berry Head promontory, a signalling mast (with flag flying). In 1794, a year after Britain and France were at war, a chain of signalling stations was established by the Admiralty along the Channel Coast from Land’s End to Poole Harbour - which was later (by 1811) extended along the east coast as far as Calton Hill (Edinburgh). Berry Head station (designated as Station Number 14) was manned by a half-pay Naval Lieutenant, a midshipman and two able seaman who were tasked with observing and reporting on movements of any enemy (French) warships or merchant vessels off the coast and to be on the lookout for an invasion force. Messages were communicated from the Berry Head station to the neighbouring stations at Coleton and Dawlish Head by means of combinations of yellow and blue pennants and four black signal balls displayed at the signalling mast. Unlike the more technologically advanced shutter telegraph system, adopted for the inland communications line between Plymouth and London (set up in 1806) the method of signalling available to the men manning the coastal stations was extremely basic - with a

limited vocabulary of coded signal combinations using the flag-and-ball system. However, even this somewhat “crude” system would have allowed the Berry Head station to alert the neighbouring stations of any enemy force landing (for example) westwards of Torbay, by means of flying a pennant between two black balls in vertical alignment. Warning of an imminent enemy invasion would also be sent on horseback by Dragoon Guards (serving as despatch riders attached to the Berry Head station) to the nearest military defence forces: the Brixham Quay Militia, Brixham Sea Fencibles and Brixham Artillery Volunteers. Fortunately no invasion force materialised and messages sent between the coastal stations (including that at Berry Head) all concerned observations of passing enemy ships. When not sending messages concerning enemy ship movements, the Berry Head station would display the combination of flag and three balls shown in the reconstruction drawing by Rose Coulton (pictured). Commanding officers on board Royal Naval ships at sea would recognise this signal location, which aided their navigation along the coast. The other coastal stations similarly each had their own unique flag-and-ball recognition signals. o brixhamheritage.org.uk, countryside-trust.org.uk


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with Dartmouth Yacht Club If powerboating makes you think of high-octane racers, crashing across the waves at high speed with no time to look at the view then think again! Anita Newcombe investigates the true pleasures of messing about on smaller powerboats on the Dart with Dartmouth Yacht Club.


s a cruising sailor and definitely not a racer I have sailing jacket and boots plus a fleece hat and sailing gloves. Life jacket on and although now slightly overheating, I always thought that powerboats were not really am ready for anything! for me; but maybe it creeps up on you. I’m a The four of us head round to Bayard’s Cove where the member of Brixham Yacht Club and enjoy sailing up and boat is moored up to the harbour wall with an ingenious down the coast pottering in and out of safe havens with system of ropes, buoys and pulleys that allows the boat to sheltered moorings. Last year I had a go at kayaking on bob around happily whilst being quick and easy to bring the Dart, loved it and ended up joining Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC) specifically for its brilliantly sociable and fun alongside and get aboard. I had a look at the waiting times for these running moorings and Dart Harbour is currently canoe and kayak section. estimating 10 years so I felt really privileged to have access Then recently, the club’s Commodore decided that to one. Think that’s a long time? The shallow walk ashore canoe and kayak members should be upgraded to full DB Pontoon for a yacht under 8 metres has a waiting list membership and I’ve now discovered that I can borrow of 50 years! the club’s Beneteau Cap 400 Safety Boat once I’m We climb down a vertiginous metal ladder attached to competent to drive it. I’ve always fancied pootling up the the harbour wall and step aboard. Before setting off, some Dart with a little assistance from a finely tuned outboard checks are needed; first we must engine. The Dart is superb for Then there are the passenger ensure we have oars and a boathook exploring – maybe dropping into the Ferry Boat Inn at Dittisham for ferries and many smaller craft on board then we are shown how lunch, or heading over to Galmpton including yachts, kayaks, RIBs to prepare the engine. We check or Mill Pool at Stoke Gabriel or and even some rather assertive the fuel level and twist open the fuel tank’s air intake. It is vital for getting a really close up look at swans to avoid. whoever is driving to attach the kill Greenway Boat House. There’s always lots of wildlife including dolphins to spot – what could be cord before starting the engine as this instantly cuts off the engine if the driver is thrown overboard, protecting them more idyllic? from serious injury. Claire recommends that this should So when the chance comes along to take a powerboat always be attached round the upper leg so that the driver course offered to members by the DYC, I decide to can feel it all the time and be sure it’s doing its job. give it a go. The course offered is RYA Level 2 and Now we can lower the engine into the water and start although Level 1 can precede it, no previous experience is it up. As it’s the first run of the day, we open up the choke specifically required. and let the motor warm up – an important check at this The course is run over 2 full days and I rock up to point is to ensure that there is a steady stream of water DYC at 9am on a Saturday morning where I meet my coming from the engine. This indicates that the engine’s instructor Claire Smith and my fellow trainees Tim and cooling system is working. Teddy (the club takes a maximum of three students We can now cast off the two small orange buoys that at a time for this course). Part of the morning is taken are holding us to the running mooring at the bow and up reviewing how life jackets and buoyancy aids work the stern then head out into the river. Surprisingly for and how they should be serviced. Then we move on to those of us used to driving on the left, the rule is to keep discussing appropriate clothing – it’s always much cooler over to the right hand side of the river. But this is not the on the water, even on a sunny day so when we get kitted only thing to be aware of – Dartmouth is a hubbub of up I am wearing waterproof trousers, a micro fleece, a 34

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Give it a Go! Powerboating activity with some fascinating and historic craft that are highly restricted in their movements like the lower and higher ferries and the paddle steamer. Then there are the passenger ferries and many smaller craft including yachts, kayaks, RIBs and even some rather assertive swans to avoid. Happily the river is fairly quiet this morning and we head a little way downriver where we practise driving, getting the feel for the boat, turning circles and figures of 8 and reversing (always keeping a sharp lookout for other craft). This feels great and it’s wonderful just to be out on the river. Time to break for lunch and we moor up at the small craft visitors’ pontoon in front of the Station Café. After lunch we steer the boat upriver past the naval college where we learn how to moor up at designated visitor buoys. We do this by approaching upwind and slipping a rope through the hoop on top of the buoy, securing it to a cleat at the bow. We take it in turns,

This actually takes a bit of practice to get right but is a beautiful thing when it works. each having three consecutive goes at driving the boat into the correct position so that the deck crew can secure us to the buoy. Next, we head over to some pontoons at Noss Marine Academy on the Kingwear side of the river where our instructor Claire works in her ‘day job’ delivering marine courses to South Devon College students. There is a strong current running downriver as the tide is still rushing out, so we are able to practise the famous ‘ferry glide’ which is a great way to come alongside a pontoon. We head into the current and point the boat at a 45-degree angle to the pontoon. Once we are alongside our desired landing spot we bring the boat to a stop by having just enough engine power to counteract the current. This pushes the boat sideways and ‘hey presto’ we gently touch the pontoon and the crew spring ashore to secure the lines. This actually takes a bit of practice to get right but is a beautiful thing when it works. The cleating method we are using to tie up the boat is the ‘0800’ – that’s a loop round the cleat then a figure of 8 then 2 more loops round. We finish the afternoon by learning some useful knots and our homework is to make sure we can tie a clove hitch, a round turn and two half hitches, a sheet bend and a bowline. We’ve also been given an RYA ‘Start Powerboating’ book to study. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Give it a Go! Powerboating

On Sunday morning at 9am we start Day 2 by doing some basic navigation (the RYA’s Day Skipper Course is recommended for further development). We discuss tides, how to plan a passage (upriver to the pub was a popular choice) so that the tide assists us on the way up and the way back and how to plan for minimum depths where we want to go. We also talk about how to check and take account of the weather. We study a chart of the Dart, look at latitudes and longitudes, how to measure distance with dividers, how to use a chart plotter, how to set waypoints and how to fix our position from visual bearings on the land. We also discuss buoyage including danger markers to keep us away from the rocks and other obstacles. By now we are ready to get on the water again and this time we are expected to prepare the boat and move it off the mooring ourselves. This morning we are practising manoeuvring in a tight spot; it’s a bit like a 3-point turn but we are turning the boat a full 360 degrees in a tight circle. This is quite hard particularly when the wind keeps blowing you back round but we soon get the hang of it. Now we’re ready to practice Man Overboard – this is critical and we are reminded to practice this skill regularly. Luckily no-one has to actually go in the water (it’s quite cold) as we have an obliging blue fender named Bob that we throw overboard in turn, shouting “Man Overboard!” and pointing towards Bob. The practising driver immediately puts the engine into neutral and goes around so that we can come upwind and recover the victim safely alongside the boat. We practise a couple of different techniques for this, which are both successful in englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

rescuing Bob from his chilly and watery situation. After a break at the Yacht Club for lunch we head towards Warfleet Creek and talk about anchoring, discussing the different types of anchors and their uses. We learn how to assess the depth without a depth gauge and hear about how much anchor line we should use dependent on whether just chain, chain and rope or only rope is being used. Once we’ve anchored, Claire shows us how to check the anchor is holding by picking some transits to observe for a few minutes. I am lucky enough to be allocated the final drive of the course, up to the fuel barge in the middle of the river where we come alongside, fill up the tank and then return to secure the boat to the running mooring at Bayard’s Cove. It’s been an intensive but highly enjoyable 2 days and I feel very competent to take the DYC’s boat out for trips on the river in the future. Claire has been a great instructor because she has a real understanding of how her students learn, plus she has given us lots of opportunities to practise each skill until we’ve mastered it. She has also been great fun to spend time with. Back at the Yacht Club we debrief and finally we are issued with our RYA Powerboat 2 certification. A celebratory drink in the yacht club’s friendly bar is a must! o

Get in touch... Details of membership of Dartmouth Yacht Club and all its activities can be found at dyc.org.uk and new members are always made very welcome.

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start to warm up the layer of trapped water inside that will keep us insulated from aving grown up in the Bay, the sea had always the cold. Therefore the first thing we have had certain rites of passage attached - whether it to do is a forward roll under water. One was the first swim to a diving platform, or Shag by one we all take the plunge - the water Rock, or launching oneself off some rock, sea wall or is surprisingly mild but that might have other. That’s why I jump at the chance to try coasteering something to do with the heat that’s built up walking 200 with award-winning local adventure sports company yards from the car park in 4mm of neoprene! Reach Outdoors. The object of the exercise now is to make our way I meet up with the Reach Outdoors team and fellow along to the end of the bay at Long Quarry Point by group members at the Anstey’s Cove car park at 9.30am taking the most adventurous route possible. This involves on a cloudy Saturday during the last weekend in April. scrambling and climbing in the main but when the route For me that’s just in time to make my ‘first dip deadline’ dictates, we will take to the water from whatever height of April 30. Not too early in the year by today’s wild we find ourselves. swimming standards but still early As the Reach Outdoors We start with easy short ascents enough to experience the sea at its coldest van is opened to reveal an followed by small drops into the water after the long winter cool down. That said, as the Reach Outdoors van Aladdin’s Cave of extreme but as we venture further away from the is opened to reveal an Aladdin’s Cave of gear it’s clear that getting beach both the climbs and jumps get extreme gear, it’s clear that getting cold cold isn’t on the agenda! bigger. By the time we reach the tallest cliffs we have learnt how to jump safely isn’t on the agenda! from around 5 metres in height, each increase demanding Reach Outdoors directors Rachel Mayhew and Richard a different technique to stay safe. There’s even a special Hanbury, our guides and instructors for the next few technique for those who wish to hold their noses! hours, make sure we are all kitted out in thick winter I rather suspect that for many of us, the jumping-in wetsuits and the necessary gear, all adjusted for safety element of the activity will be the most exciting and and comfort. It’s clear that the focus is on having fun challenging part of the day but I soon discover the and getting the most out of the activity without having climbing and scrambling is equally as tough. The sharp to worry about trivialities such as getting cold. All the limestone makes for good grip despite the constant kit is top quality and in very good condition. We all get ravages of the sea but in places the traversing is long and together for a thorough safety briefing and a quick group tiring and often overhanging. Dropping into the cool sea photo before heading off to the beach. and bobbing around for a minute offers a chance to rest We make our way along to Redgate Beach, which and recuperate. although closed to the public, is open to licensed groups As we approach the end of our outward journey Rachel for the purpose of coasteering. This part of the Bay is disappears through a narrow gap at the base of the cliff home to some of the most spectacular limestone cliffs our and as the group follows we find ourselves dropping into Geopark has to offer. The tall cliffs on the northern side a hidden grotto lit by the sun’s rays through cracks in the of the Bay are a favourite place for local climbers and the cave roof. One would never notice this hidden gem from old workings at Long Quarry Point, the furthest point to the shore or boat. As the light dances around the walls come on our adventure, are favoured by local fishermen and reflects from the crystal clear water you really do feel for their peace and tranquillity. privileged to be somewhere so secret. We climb down to the beach and regroup in the sea. We reach Long Quarry Point after 90 minutes and Until we’re completely submerged, our wetsuits won’t



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Give It A Go! Coasteering

Julian Rees takes the plunge for the sake of research

stop briefly for water and a welcome chocolate bar before heading for the biggest descent of the session. At 8 metres above the sea, about the height of an average two storey house this is as high as it is safe to jump without significant risk to life and limb. As one hits the water it’s good to know your buoyancy aid is going to stop you going too far down into the murky depths. If you’re thinking you might enjoy this challenge but don’t fancy the big jumps then you’ll be glad to know there’s no pressure to do anything you don’t feel 100% confident doing. The instructors are constantly on hand to encourage but also to offer an alternative for those too far outside their comfort zones. We follow a similar route back to the beach and after the rigours of the steep slope back up from Anstey’s englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Cove, spend the next twenty minutes trying to escape from clingy wetsuits whilst sharing anecdotes. It’s clear that everyone has gained something from this experience whether it be a new skill, confidence or simply the joy of watching and helping others overcome obstacles. Next time I want to go further afield by trying their kayak and coasteering trips that take you to more out-ofreach parts of the coast. o

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Steam and Steps Distance: 1.8 miles Exertion: Easy but some steps. Time: Allow 2 hours Terrain: Coast path of varying quality - can be muddy. Not suitable for pushchairs. Dogs: On leads on some beach sections. Refreshments: Broadsands or Goodrington Start Postcode: TQ4 6DE


ometimes it’s nice to take a walk far from the crowds, however this walk, following a section of the South West Coast Path, is wonderful for its contrasts. With busy beaches followed by secret coves, caravan parks and steam trains, ornamental gardens and wild pastures, one is taken far from the hustle and bustle in a few steps and then back again. It really does remind you what a beautiful place the English Riviera is and how lucky we are to live here. It also gives a glimpse of those who choose to take their breaks here again and again in one of the Bay’s biggest static caravan parks. There’s an abundance of nature to see along the way so go prepared for paddling and take a camera to record the wonderful views. This is an A to B walk that can be tackled from either end. The main number 12 bus route runs along Dartmouth Road so can be picked up relatively nearby at either end.

1If you’ve come by car then there’s plenty of on-street parking in Roundham. Pick up the coast path on the south side of Roundham Head and follow the meandering paths down through the ornamental gardens to the sea wall. Enjoy the great views across the Bay to Brixham and Berry Head. Follow the promenade past the colourful beach huts or take to the beach. At the back of the beach in Young’s Park you’ll find a small nature reserve that’s well worth a wander through. 2 Half way along the beach is Middle Stone, if you have a dog with you you’ll need to take to the prom as the south end of the beach is dog-free between May and September. 3 The far end of the beach offers your last chance to 42

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pick up an ice cream (if you haven’t already) before the route takes to an uphill path. As you leave the beach, pass under the railway tunnel and turn left up the steps to carry on alongside the steam railway tracks. 4 As you reach the top of the hill there’s great views back across the Bay. After another 100 yards you can detour left over a stone railway bridge to a grassy headland that gives access to a small cove and in the righthand corner down to Saltern Cove - a beach designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its abundance of marine and birdlife. 5 Back on the main path, the gradient increases as you climb to the top of Sugar Loaf Hill. At 48m above sea level this is one of the highest points in the middle of the Bay and affords great panoramic views. It’s a great vantage point from which to view the steam trains. Downhill from here the path is very steep then becomes quite rutted and rooty so take care. If you choose to walk back you’ll be glad of the strategically placed benches on the hillside! 6 The path follows alongside Waterside Park then passes another railway bridge. If you turn left here, under the bridge, the path leads to another headland then onto the south end of Saltern Cove or to Armchair Rock. The main path carries on past the bridge staying on the inland side of the train lines. 7 Follow the path uphill (more benches here for a breather) and then along the wide open space above Broadsands Beach which affords lovely views towards Elberry and Churston coves. 8 The path drops down here via another flight of steps and leads down to the beach via a metalled path below the first of Brunel’s viaducts. 9 Refreshments await at Broadsands Beach!


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Latest from Goodrington’s Seashore Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) is working hard to protect the Bay’s wonderful marine environment. The Trust’s Laura Murch dives into our underwater world to bring us the latest news.


orbay has a rich and bio-diverse marine habitat and the Trust plays a key role in maintaining and protecting this special area for the future. Many people will know the Seashore Centre at Goodrington as the Trust’s marine hub, but as of last February the building has changed in use. The upstairs has been converted into a flat which provides much needed accommodation for long term volunteers based with the Trust and the downstairs is now run by Reach Outdoors, a company which provides the Bay with coastal sporting activities. Although TCCT rangers are no longer based at the Seashore Centre, the Trust still carries out all its marine education at Goodrington. Torbay’s marine environment is full of colourful species including cuttlefish, gem anemones, bottle nose dolphins and grey seals plus vibrant habitats such as rocky reefs and sea caves. The Bay is so special that it was designated a Marine Conservation Zone in the autumn of 2013 with much importance attached to such features as its seagrass beds and sub-tidal mud. Torbay’s seagrass beds provide nursery habitats for many species and homes for the spiny and shortsnouted seahorse. The Trust has recently become a partner of the Community Seagrass Initative (CSI) led by the National Marine Aquarium and partners in marine conservation, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The CSI is currently looking for volunteers including divers, kayakers, sailors and teachers (read more about this project in the Why We Love Seagrass article in this issue). The Trust also supports Sea Torbay, a coastal management partnership, which provides a forum for individuals and organisations that rely on and care for the marine environment. It has also been working 44

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on a project to produce codes of conduct for the Bay and its maritime users, as well as looking into trialing eco-friendly moorings to help reduce the impact from anchoring on the fragile seagrass beds. If you would like further information on Sea Torbay or to download its code of conduct visit seatorbay.org.uk


Wildlife Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust delivers social, emotional environmental education to around 4,000 children a and physical year across all of its sites. Activities include seashore development. The safaris, woodland ecology and much more. If you next course starts would like to book a visit for your school contact in October 2015. Chloe French, Education and Volunteer Officer at For further details chloe@countryside-trust.org.uk contact Heather The Trust also delivers the accredited Sea Green Carstens, Education Leader qualification that enables adults to develop and Adult Training their skills and knowledge in marine conservation, Officer at heather@ marine ecology and running environmental education countryside-trust.org.uk o for children and young people. This qualification is the first of its kind in the UK and has been rated outstanding by previous students. Sea Green School offers an educational journey that encourages Marine children and people of all related e vents fo A r 2015: ages to get involved in caring fordult Marine W il dlife Kay ak Tour their local coastal environment. ItSpend an unforg s ettable d m ay on a k promotes conservation and sustainable use oofst beautiful m ayak vis arine wil seabirds iting Tor dlife spo , peregrin the environment as well as providing links bay’s ts. Look e falcons towering o ut for se a nd cetac cliffs an to the curriculum. It also supports als, eans. Ad d specta abilities cular ge mire . £70 per o lo gy. Suita person. Sunday ble for a 28th Ju ll ne 9:30a Sunday m – 4pm 26th Ju ly 9 :30am – Kids Ro ckpool S 4pm afari Discover the wond er of roc Goodrin kpool m gton San arine life ds with th Parents at e Trust’s must att marine r end with Friday 3 angers. their chil 1st July dren. £3 11am – 1 Monday .50 per c pm & 1p 17th Aug hild. m – 3pm ust 11am Kids Lea – 1pm & rn to Sn 1 o p r m kel Join our – 3pm snorkell ing instr an unde u c tors at G rwater a oodringto dventure aged 8yr ! Childre n Sands s and up n attend for and be w lengths o ing mus ater con f a pool. A t b e fi d e nt, able to dults can shore. £1 swim tw accompa 2 per chil o ny childr d. Monday en from 10th Au th e g u st 2pm – Adult Sn 4pm orkellin g Safari A very s pecial to ur of Tor Zone wit bay’s Ma h Trust rine Con instructo up close servatio rs. See b includin n e autiful m g Tompo and the arine life t Blennie odd Spid s , e Wrasse, r Crab! £ Monday Anemon 25 per p 24th Au es erson. gust 1pm To book – 3 :3 0 pm a place o n any of out mor these ev e about ents, or the work Country to find of the To side Tru r bay Coas st, pleas country t and e visit side-tru st.org.uk or call 0 1803 52 0022. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Why We Love Seagrass Seagrass provides a really important habitat for seahorses and other fascinating marine wildlife. The English Riviera is involved with the National Marine Aquarium’s Community Seagrass Initiative via our very own Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and Living Coasts.


expedition business for TV adventurer, Monty Halls eagrasses are the only true marine flowering plant, in Dartmouth. This involved skippering boats and generally found in shallow sheltered tropical and organising diving expeditions around the UK whilst temperate waters around the world. They create educating the public on British marine life. Prior to this, complex habitats in otherwise featureless muddy sandy Rachel completed a BSc Hons Marine Biology degree at seabeds, which provides many services for the ecosystem. Plymouth University and has also completed the HSE Seagrass beds have a root system under the sediment and Commercial Professional SCUBA Diver qualification, long slender leaves above, which create a ‘canopy’. Both which she has used for scientific dives. It has even enabled the root system and the canopy are inhabited by a wide her to volunteer for the National Marine Aquarium as a variety of animals and algae. This important habitat has diver in the tanks. been recognised for its role in many commercial fish Rachel said, “I think a project like the Community species’ life cycles, acting as a nursery. It can also improve Seagrass Initiative has been long awaited in the South sub tidal coastal areas by stabilising sediments, reducing West and I’m very excited to be a part of it. So much of coastal erosion, and improving water quality. Due to the marine conservation efforts in the UK focuses on the coastal development and physical pressures, this fragile large charismatic animals that habitat faces many threats Torbay Project Officer Rachel Cole the general public relate to around the world. However but sometimes smaller and scientific surveys and marine very important habitats need conservation efforts have just as much attention. It is helped some areas to recover. habitats like seagrass beds that Community Seagrass provide food and ecosystem Initiative (CSI) is a citizen services for our coastal waters. science project led by the I look forward to working National Marine Aquarium with our coastal communities and contributing partners to launch new efforts in in marine conservation, and marine conservation here in funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Volunteers in Torbay “It is habitats like seagrass beds the South West.” The species that this and further afield will include that provide food and ecosystem initiative is aiming to protect sailors, canoeists, kayakers, services for our coastal waters.” is Zostera marina - the divers and even internet users seagrass plant itself, which who will be able to get involved will then help to support populations of these protected with the data analysis. species: spiny seahorses, short snouted seahorses, stalked Torbay Project Officer Rachel Cole has spent the jellyfish, fan mussels and undulate rays. o last three years managing an eco-tourism and diving Events: There are regular dive workshops and sessions taking place in Torbay from April onwards that members of the public/clubs are encouraged to join. Some key diary dates include: Torbay Diver Workshop (Living Coasts) – 4 June Torbay Dive Survey – 6 June, 20 June, 11 July, 22 August, 12 September, 26 September, 11 October, 7 November


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Fun Facts:


Seagrass is one of the world’s only flowering plants that lives in the sea. In the winter, seagrass can lose its leaves just like a tree and the roots lay dormant under the sand. Seagrass grows into large meadows acting as an underwater rainforest, creating a home for thousands of species in the ‘canopy.’ Seahorses can change colour to match their background for camouflage. Seahorses use their tails to hold onto seagrass leaves during strong water movemen. Male seahorses carry the eggs in a pouch to fertilise them, then gives birth to tiny seahorses. The seahorse’s cousin, the pipefish, lives in seagrass too - it looks almost like a straightened out seahorse. 70% of commercial fish species use the seagrass beds as a nursery in their younger years. Brightly coloured sea slugs called nudibranchs shelter and feed in seagrass beds.

Torbay’s Underwater World - Did You Know?

There are ten known seagrass beds in Torbay. Seagrass is such an important habitat that the presence of it helped Torbay get designated as a Marine Conservation Zone. Torbay is famous for its fish and shellfish. The scallops caught in the bay would have used the seagrass beds as a nursery habitat when they were only the size of a thumbnail. Torbay has a very sandy seabed; seagrass roots help to bind this sediment together to reduce coastal erosion. Many water users in Torbay don’t know where the seagrass is and boats anchoring on it cause damage, especially in areas like Fishcombe Cove, Churston Cove and Elberry Cove. Get In Touch: Members of the public can enquire and volunteer by getting in touch with Torbay’s CSI Project Officer, Rachel Cole on 01752 680100. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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June & July Around the Bay Contemporary Classics, Torquay On until 13 June

Live Comedy Night, Berry Head 4 June

This exhibition will feature the work of Anna Grayson, now famous for her pastiche photography, creating pieces that look like art, embellished with a touch of humour, and Des Maxwell Clark, a painter producing work of almost photographic detail. They are joined by Martin Dutton fresh from an exhibition in St Ives with the TQ Group, Tony Homer, known for his colourful coastal scenes, Elizabeth Rashley, a linocut artist, Lorraine Gilroy with her sculptural ceramics plus Elisabeth Hadley bronzes. Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW 01803 428626 artizangallery.co.uk

A chance to see Paul Richards’ latest show, on tour before ending up at the Edinburgh Fringe. Show starts at 7:30pm. Paella served at 6:30pm, and drinks are on sale before the show and during the interval. NB event finishes promptly at 9pm to ensure a local colony of rare bats are not disturbed. Booking essential The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 guardhousecafe.com

Mini Polar Bear Trail, Torquay On until 31 August Discover mini polar bears in Torquay this summer! Living Coasts are sending colourful mini polar bears to have fun around Torquay’s beautiful harbour. How many can you spot in shop windows? Pick up a trail sheet from Living Coasts to get started. Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366 livingcoasts.org.uk

Occombe Beer Festival 5 and 6 June Bring along a thirst for sampling from the best of the region’s beverages washed down with live bands and dancing in the farmyard at Occombe’s Annual Beer Festival. You’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds amongst the 60+ range of beers, local ciders, perry, wine and even Pimm’s on offer, accompanied by delicious local foods including a hog roast and BBQs. Held in aid of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Acrylic Painting Course, Cockington Court 2 June, 11 July The day will begin in the studio where your tutor Melanie Beer will demonstrate methods of composition, colour mixing and perspective. The group will paint direct from the landscape, (weather permitting) and in the studio from still life. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £85 includes use of paints, brushes and a canvas to take home plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Suitable beginners to imtermediates and 16 years plus. Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Indian Night, Berry Head Hotel 4 June Enjoy traditional and exciting Indian food with a themed buffet to include such delights as Goan style fish curry, Pork Dansak and Beef Dopiazi for £12.95. Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com 48

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Brixham Folk Club 5 June, 3 July Organised by Anne and Steve Gill with help from Maggie Duffy and John Miles. Admission £3. Lounge Bar, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 brixhamtheatre.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

What’s On Cockington Sketchbook Tour 6 June, 14 July

Galmpton Open Gardens Day 7 June

Your tutor Melanie Beer will guide you through this award winning Country Park and share tips and techniques on recording your impressions in a sketchbook. Throughout the day you will learn methods of composition, perspective and creating tone and contrast. Course includes a free A4 hardback cloth-bound sketchbook, a set of artists drawing pencils plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £65, minimum age 16, ability level: all, booking essential. Cockington Court, Cockington Village, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Come and celebrate summer in Galmpton, as many of the village’s finest gardens are throwing open to the public. A passport available for £4 will gain you entry with proceeds going to local good causes - available from Galleon Stores and the Manor Inn. Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham, TQ5 0LT

Jazz On The River, Totnes 6 June Evening riverboat trip on the Cardiff Castle with the High Society Jazz Band in aid of Torquay Operatic Society. Leaves Totnes Steamer Quay at 7.30pm and costs £20 (children £10) including supper and a drink. 01803 323801.

Kaskelot Tall Ship, Dartmouth 6 – 9 June The majestic tall ship Kaskelot will in Dartmouth. Visitors to Dartmouth will be able to step aboard for a three hour sail. Time: 10am – 1pm and 3 – 6pm, cost £45 per adult and £25 per child. tallshipkaskelot.com

Adoption Open Mornings, Buckfast Abbey 6 June, 4 July Families for Children is holding open days where you can talk with their specialist adoption social workers and experienced adoptive parents about all aspects of adoption. Their office is located in the grounds of Buckfast Abbey. Book a slot or just turn up. Time: 10am – 12 noon. Southgate Court, Buckfast, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EE 01364 645480 familiesforchildren.org.uk

Identifying Devon Bumblebees, Paignton Zoo 7 June This introductory course led by County Bee Recorder Stephen Carroll will enable you to learn more about common bumblebees and how to identify them. The course will cover: how to identify bumblebees, species found in Devon, the lifecycle of a bumblebee, how you can help them at home. Cost: £9.50, booking essential. Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EU 0844 4742222 paigntonzoo.org.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Race for Life, Paignton 7 June Paignton’s 2015 Race for Life will take place on the Sunday 7th June, starting at Clennon Valley. The race is in aid of Cancer Research UK - it takes place over 5K and you can walk, jog or run it! It is both a great way to raise money and a fun activity. Clennon Valley, Penwill Way, Paignton, TQ4 5JR 0871 6411111 cancerresearchuk.org

Brixham Fish Market Tours 10 June, 24 June, 8 July, 22 July, 29 July Why not try an exciting Fish Market Tour this year? Come and see the auctions in action, as featured in the Sky Atlantic series ‘Fish Town’. You will be guided around by Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents. After the tour the group will head off to Shipmates for an English breakfast. Cost: £12.50 includes tour, breakfast and a donation to Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Start time: 6am sharp. Unsuitable for under 14s or wheelchairs. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW 07410 617931 or email bfmt2014@gmail.com

Otter Chaos at Living Coasts 10 June Join Living Coasts for an exclusive evening to learn all about our playful otters. Meet their keepers, watch their feeding time and enrichment and experience a talk by Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg - all this plus mini portions of fish and chips! Cost: £15 non-members, £13 members, time: 6pm – 8pm, booking essential. Beacon Quay, Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 474 3366 livingcoasts.org.uk

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Fawlty Towers, The Dinner Show, Imperial Hotel 12 June

Life Drawing Workshop, Cockington Court 13 June

Experience Fawlty Towers - The Dinner Show and prepare yourselves for an evening of slapstick fun and high-energy, interactive comedy. The evening includes an arrival drink, 3-course meal and the Fawlty Towers experience. All the characters are played by a cast of Laughlines’ highly acclaimed professional British equity actors. Cost: £35 per person, booking essential. Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG 01803 206159 the hotelcollection.co.uk

Francesca Wyllie will be leading this relaxed and friendly life drawing workshop. The class is suitable for any level of ability and you will be encouraged to loosen up your sketching skills by producing ‘fast sketches’. Course includes charcoal and a set of artists’ drawing pencils plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £95, minimum age 18, booking essential. Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Paella Night at the Guardhouse, Berry Head 12 June Start the weekend with paella and sangria, hopefully in the sun on Berry Head. Food will be served at 7:30pm. NB – the evening finishes promptly at 9:15pm to ensure a local colony of rare bats are undisturbed. Booking essential. Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 guardhousecafe.com

Book Signings at The Torbay Bookshop Celebrating Independent Bookshop Week 13 June 10.30am Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse sign The Seahorse: The Restaurant and its Recipes. 20 June 11am Brian Read signs Cockington Bygones. 2.30pm Mike Holgate signs Napoleon’s Grand British Holiday. 23 June 11am Kate Ellis signs The Death Season. 27 June 11am Dan Metcalf signs two new books in his Lottie Lipton series: The Curse of the Cairo Cat and Secrets of the Stone. 2.30pm Alex Potter signs Torbay in the Great War 4 July 11am Michael Rhodes signs Devon’s Torre Abbey The Torbay Bookshop, 7 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 3DU. 01803 522011


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Torbay Sky Ride, Paignton 14 June Join the Torbay Sky Ride leaders for a free mass participation ride for all the family on the trafficfree Torbay Velopark . Do as many laps as you like. Certificates awarded for number of laps. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it. Bike, helmet and baby trailer hire available. Stabilisers welcome. Free hi-viz tabard for all riders. Torbay Velopark, Penwill Way, Clennon Valley, Paignton TQ4 5JR 01803 782732

Classic Motorcycles, Cockington Court 14 June The VMCC Dartmoor (The Vintage Motorcycle Club) will be displaying an array of vintage and classic motorcycles on the front lawn and in the Sea Change Craft Studios area. VMCC Dartmoor is a small group of enthusiasts who ride and preserve classic motor cycles. Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

Walls Hill Wildlife Walk 14 June Enjoy a summer stroll with a Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust ranger and learn more about the rare wildflowers and butterflies that live on Torbay’s coastal slopes! Meet: Ansteys Cove car park, time: 10am-12pm, cost: £3.00 per person, booking essential. Walls Hill, Torquay, TQ1 3LZ 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Rotary Babbacombe Fair 17 June Babbacombe Fayre promises fun and excitement. There is a packed programme of events in the main arena and in the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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centre of the Downs you will find fun stalls and attractions. The ever popular flea market will offer around 30 charity stalls, all bursting with bargains including plants, books, home made jams, clothes and knick knacks. Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LU rotaryevent.co.uk

Torquay Charity Concert 19 June A celebration of classical, musical theatre & timeless jazz hits featuring special guest, International Soprano Gemma Louise Doyle. Time: Doors Open 7:15pm, Concert begins 8pm. Tickets: £7, including refreshments & grand prize draw. St Matthias Church, Chelston, Torquay TQ2 6JA 01803 540089

Teignmouth Folk Festival 19-21 June The Teignmouth Folk Festival is a hugely popular event that takes place once a year and attracts large crowds with its wide variety of exciting entertainment. There will be concerts and performances, workshops, dance acts and even a ‘meet and greet’ with some of the artists. The main concert venue is Teignmouth United Reform Church in Dawlish Street, with free entertainment taking place in various venues across Teignmouth. Dawlish Street, Teignmouth, TQ14 8TB 01803 290427 teignmouthfolk.co.uk

Stone Age School, Kents Cavern 20 June, 18 July Come along to Stone Age School events. All children leave the session with what they have made and a badge confirming their new Stone Age skill. Sessions run from 10.00 - 12.00 or 14.00 - 16.00 whatever the weather and are open to children aged 6 – 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult free of charge for up to 4 children). Pre-booking is essential. Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Brixham Trawler Race 20 June Skippers dress the boats with bunting and battle it out with two lap race around the Bay and fun and festivities on the quayside all raising money for local charities. The winner is not always the first across the line as there is a very strict handicapping system. Time: 10am – 4pm. The Harbour, Brixham TQ5 9TH englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Torbay Armed Forces Day 20 June A great FREE day out offering lots of fun for the whole family, Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to meet and celebrate our sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and veterans. English Riviera magazine is proud to be a sponsor of this event. Programme From 10am: Event opens - stands and displays open all day. 10am: Torbay Brass Band performs. 11am – 12.30pm: ‘Steve Laister and Friends Remember When’ show in the marquee. 1pm Military Parade led by the South West Comms Band, will march out towards Chilcote Memorial, left towards Babbacombe and onto Babbacombe Downs Road. 2pm – 3pm: Big Band Swing Music from the Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band – in the marquee. 3pm – 4.30pm: ‘Steve Laister and Friends Remember When’ show in the marquee. Party Night in the Marquee – celebrations continue through until the evening with a party night featuring fantastic band, ‘Dave Can’t Dance.’ Free admission. A collection will be made on the day for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Getting There and Parking Complimentary transport for veterans is being generously provided by Torbay Taxis. Please book in advance (by 12 June) by calling 01803 211611. Patient transport kindly provided by Torbay Hospital, also bookable free of charge. To request this service please call 01803 208862 (by 12 June). There is no car parking available directly on site. Nearest pay and display at Princes Street and Walls Hill. Babbacombe Downs Road will be closed but you can drop off at either of these car parks. Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LP 01803 208862 torbayafd.co.uk

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World Giraffe Day, Paignton Zoo 21 June Giraffes are the tallest animals on planet earth and they can weigh as much as a pickup truck! Help Paignton Zoo celebrate these majestic creatures with special talks, quizzes and activities. Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Father’s Day, Greenway 21 June What better way to show your Dad that he’s the best in the world than with a delicious 2-course lunch at Greenway? Come along to the cosy house kitchen for a lovely seasonal lunch; there’s a complimentary bottle of ale for every father. Time: 12pm – 1.30pm or 1.45pm – 3pm (gates open from 10.30am). Cost: Adult £21.95, Child £12.95. Galmpton, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Father’s Day Lunch, Seale Hayne 21 June Treat Dad to a delicious three-course lunch in the Bistro before enjoying a lovely spring stroll around the beautiful grounds. Time: 12pm – 3pm, cost: £16.95 with coffee, booking essential. The Bistro, Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 01626 325825 discoverhannahs.org

Italian Cookery, Occombe Farm 21 June 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. Occombe Farm Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Family Fishing Event, Brixham 21 June Baywater Anglers, on behalf of the Angling Trust, will be holding a free Family Fishing Event at Brixham breakwater, the idea of which is to give families a taste of fishing. Time: 10.30 am and 4.30 pm, children must be accompanied by an adult. Brixham Breakwater, Brixham TQ5 9AF 01803 863279 seafishing4fun.org

Summer Solstice Breakfast, Berry Head 21 June Early risers! Welcome in the longest day of the year with an early (5am!) breakfast just after dawn on Berry Head. Tickets £7 (includes bacon sandwich, orange juice and a hot drink). Guardhouse Café, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW 01803 855778 guardhousecafe.com

Family Fun Day, Paignton Green 21 June A Rotary Club of Preston day of fun events is lined up with a focus on fathers. As well as Father’s Day sports events there will also be a Cubs Field Gun Run, Tugo-war, village green entertainments and the Famous Paignton Pudding. Time: 10.30am Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6AG

Glass Engraving Course, Cockington 23 June A wonderful opportunity to explore exciting ways of making marks on glass through drill engraving, one of the easiest styles of glass engraving. Course includes all materials and use of equipment plus tea, coffee and biscuits. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost £85, suitable for 16 years plus. Cockington Court, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

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What’s On Join in the fun with teams of 4 at £5 per person to include free book. Organised by The Torbay Bookshop. Time: 6pm. The Paignton Club, 1 The Esplanade, Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6ED 01803 522011

Chinese Night, Berry Head Hotel 25 June Tickle your taste buds with an oriental buffet at £12.95. Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225 berryheadhotel.com

Dine by the Dart, Greenway 26 June and 31 July Enjoy a celebration of local produce and fine dining in Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home by the River Dart. Includes a tour plus 3-course dinner in the House Kitchen. Time: 6pm, cost £32.50, booking essential. Galmpton, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382 nationaltrust. org.uk/greenway

Berry Head Bat Walk 26 June, 24 July A unique opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head. Cost: £5 per adult, £3.50 per child, booking essential on 01803 520022. Berry Head Visitor Centre, Berry Head TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Marine Wildlife Kayak Tour 28 June, 26 July Spend an unforgettable day on a kayak visiting the English Riviera’s most beautiful wildlife spots with Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. The tour will look out for seals, seabirds, peregrine falcons and cetaceans and spectacular geology. Suitable for all abilities. Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington, TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Torbay Half Marathon 28 June This will be the 24th running of this very popular seaside event. Early entry into this event is advised as it may well reach its limit before race day. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6ED 01803 690444 torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Murder Mystery Sunday Lunch, Imperial Hotel 28 June Can you guess whodunit?! The action begins over a drinks reception and concludes over coffee. Whilst you sit down to a delicious 3 course traditional Sunday lunch, actors from the Candlelight Theatre Company will lay the clues that you have to unravel. It is up to you to investigate & accuse a suspect. Time: 12 – 3pm, cost: £29.95 per person, booking essential. Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG 01803 206159 the hotelcollection.co.uk

Jazz Café at Smugglers & Pirates 29 June Jazz café at The Smugglers and Pirates welcomes back the Hot House Four, jumping jazz at its best. Dinner: 2 courses from £14.95, 3 courses from £17.95 to include a glass of house wine. Booking essential. The Quay, Harbourside, Brixham TQ5 9TF 01803 855658 smugglersandpirates.co.uk

Summer Evening Ghost Tour, Kents Cavern Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 01 July Not for the fainthearted..! Ghostly evenings set in the dimly lit caves as characters appear from the dark. This ghost tour of the caves is sure to make you jump. The tour takes just under 1 hour. You will walk the entire underground cave system but whether you’ll have your eyes open is another matter. Too scary for under 8s. Booking essential. Time: 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, cost: £10. Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Anderton & Rowland’s Mouse Roller Coaster, Paignton From 01 July The popular Wild Mouse Roller Coaster will be situated once again on Paignton Green. Paignton Green North, Paignton TQ4 6AG

RTYC Offshore Week 3 – 11 July The Offshore Week is a flotilla style race week combining racing, cruising and social activities. Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Beacon Terrace, TQ1 2BH 01803 292006 rtyc.org June/July 2015


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What’s On Ways with Words Festival, Dartington 3 – 13 July A 10-day festival of literary events with a large number of distinguished and eminent speakers in the beautiful setting of Dartington Hall. Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EE 01803 867373 wayswithwords.co.uk

rangers for a Big Beach Picnic on Paignton Green. Get involved with the Trust’s 50 Things campaign including jumping through waves, rock pooling and making a campfire on the beach. Time: 12 noon to 3pm. The Esplanade, Paignton, TQ4 6ED 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

Fascinating Rhythm, Torquay 11 July South Devon Choir presents a medley of songs and music by George Gershwin including songs from Porgy and Bess starting at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door £12. Under 19s free. Central Church, Tor Hill Road, Torquay 01803 846058 southdevonchoir.org

Brixham Hap’nin 10 & 11 July Mosaics for Beginners, Cockington 4 July This exciting one-day workshop offers the opportunity to create your own mosaic in the relaxed, creative environment of Cockington Court Craft Centre. Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230 cockingtoncourt.org

The main summer attraction in Cowtown is Brixham Hap’nin (Party in the Park). There will be plenty of live entertainment, food stalls and licensed bar. Time: Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 12 noon – 11pm, cost: £3 – profits to local charities. St Mary’s Park, Vicarage Road, Brixham TQ5 9RD 01803 855785 brixhamhapnin.org

James Bond Theme Casino Ball, Torquay 4 July

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An exciting James Bond Theme Casino Ball! Entertainment includes a fun casino, live singer and disco along with a prize raffle on the night as well as a 2-course carvery dinner. This event is in aid of Torbay Breast Care Unit. Cost: £35 to include dinner. Riviera Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ 07518 307084 rivieracentre.co.uk

Join hundreds of ladies for the wildest Sleep Walk in the West and help Rowcroft Hospice raise vital funds to support its work across the Deep South (Devon!). Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton, TQ4 5JR 01803 217641 rowcroftsleepwalk.org.uk

Barn Dance, Occombe Farm 4 July Join some fantastic music and Ceilidh dancing provided by the amazing Paddy Whiskers! This is a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust event for the whole family to raise funds for the Cockington Green Heart Appeal. BBQ included, plus lots more to keep you entertained! Time: 6.30pm, cost: adults £6.50, children £4.50, family ticket £20 (2 adults, 2 children), booking essential. Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Big Beach Picnic, Paignton Green 4 July Celebrate our stunning coastline by joining National Trust englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Classic Channel Regatta Parade of Sail, Dartmouth 11 - 18 July The Classic Channel Regatta is a special event with a unique blend of racing, passage making and informal parties, calling at three ports in the Channel and bringing together a collection of classic yachts and their crews. The boats have their Parade of Sail in Dartmouth on 11 July at 10.30am before racing in Start Bay. They then race to Torbay on 12 July before setting off for France on 13 July. South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY 01803 762448 classic-channel-regatta.eu

Totnes Canoe Festival 12 July Come and support sponsored crews of 10-paddle Longbow canoes race in full view of enthusiastic crowds June/July 2015



THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT On Sunday 21st June treat him to a 40 minute massage, a bottle of Peroni and 4 guests to accompany dad on the day when using spa facilities. Plus one ESPA Father’s Day gift set!


Indulge in a delicious afternoon high tea in the Compass Lounge brasserie whilst admiring the stunning views of the bay for £15.00 per person Selection of finger sandwiches • Homemade scones • Strawberry jam & clotted cream Freshly made patisserie • A pot of tea of your choice

SUNDAY LUNCHES Come and enjoy a hot & cold 3 course carvery buffet on the first Sunday of every month for £16.95 or a mouth-watering 4 course traditional plated Sunday Lunch for £15.95 To book please call 01803 296677

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What’s On on the bank of the River Dart. Relax and enjoy a family picnic, sideshows and entertainment. Explore a variety of charity and refreshment stalls. Free entry. Longmarsh, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes TQ9 5AL 01803 863920 totnescanoefest.co.uk

Choirs in the Barn, Occombe Farm 17 July Come to Occombe Farm for an evening of modern and lively choral entertainment. There will be limited seating, so everyone is encouraged to come along with their own chair. There will be a bar and food available on the night. Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Napoleon’s Grand British Holiday, Paignton 21 July Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Napoleon’s arrival in Torbay on board HMS Bellerophon (on 24th July 1815). Event is part of Paignton Library Prime Time for the over 50s. Words and music by Mike Holgate. Free - no booking required. Time 1.45pm. Paignton Library, Great Western Road, TQ4 5AG 01803 208321

Beer Festival, Kingswear 17-19 July The 3-day Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company’s Beer Festival will take place on the embankment at Kingswear. Sample a range of beers and ciders and enjoy great live music. Free entry if you arrive by steam train. Kingswear Station, Kingswear TQ6 0AA 01803 555872 dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

Torbay Guild of Artists, Torquay 18 July – 2 August An exhibition and sale of original artworks and cards. Furrough Cross Church Hall, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 3SB

Digital Wildlife Photography Course, Berry Head 19 July Learn how to take digital photographs of Berry Head’s wildlife with expert, Mike Langman. Berry Head provides a great mixture of wildlife to photograph including birds, butterflies, flowers and often a Grey Seal! Time: 10am – 4m, meet: Berry Head carpark, cost: £25, booking essential. Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix, Torquay 19 July Watch some very competitive pedal car teams all striving to win top trophies in this 2-hour endurance race using nothing but their own strength and fitness. There will also be an arts and craft fayre, live music and demonstrations plus a licensed bar and catering tent. Torre Abbey Meadows, The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE 01803 327154 rotaryevent.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Evening Garden Tour, Paignton Zoo 22 July With over 2,500 different plants this is a fantastic opportunity to see unusual and rare species, meet Paignton Zoo’s gardeners and ask lots of questions. Walk with an experienced gardener through Reptile Tropics to see plants such as the banana tree; past the lakes with the spectacular Gunnera plant and through Croc Swamp with the Giant Lily Pads and more. Cost: £15, book online. Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EU 0844 4742222 paigntonzoo.org.uk

Butterfly Walk, Occombe 22 July Join a lunch, presentation and meadow walk with Richard Fox from Butterfly Conservation in Occombe’s community kitchen. Enjoy learning about British butterflies, their conservation and what you can do to help them. This event is weather dependent. Time: 10.30am – 1pm, cost: £12.50 (including lunch at Occombe Farm Cafe), booking essential. Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust event. Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN June/July 2015




Saturday 13th June 10.30am Mitch Tonks & Mat Prowse signing their new book: The Seahorse The restaurant and its recipes A History of the Manors of Cockington and Chelston and the Parish of Cockington

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ockington Village is considered as perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in the Torbay area. The chocolate-box quaintness of its thatch-roofed cottages, watermill, forge and Sir Edwin Lutyens masterpiece the Drum Inn attract many thousands of visitors annually. Just a short distance from the village centre, one is free to wander among the delights of beautiful Cockington Park and Cockington Valley: tranquil ponds and sparkling streams, an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs, and woodlands carpeted with a profusion of wild flowers. The ancient and evocative Parish Church of St George and St Mary and nearby Cockington Court, the former residence of the various lords of the manor, each has a history reaching back perhaps nearly a millennium. However, Cockington is much more: the village and park are but a small part of the Parish of Cockington and the medieval manors of Cockington and Chelston. Little in-depth research has been carried out with regard to many aspects of the history, geology and archaeology of these several districts - that is until now. Brian Read delved into previously unpublished fascinating primary archival material and memories of local people which, coupled with his own topographical detective work, helped unravel many enigmas veiled by the fog of time. It is hoped that this book will prove interesting to not only local residents but also those holidaymakers who wish to retain a visual remembrance of their visit to historic Cockington.



Saturday 20th June 11am Brian Read signing his new book on the history of Cockington: Cockington Bygones

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Saturday 20th June 2.30pm Mike Holgate Napoleon’s Grand British Holiday The remarkable story of Bonaparte and his days on the English Riviera

If you are unable to attend a book signing please ring 01803 522011 or email us on thetorbaybookshop@lineone.net and we’d be delighted to reserve you a signed copy.

Tuesday 23rd June 11am Kate Ellis signing her new crime novel: The Death Season Thursday 25th June 6pm £5 per at The Paignton Club person The Hodder John Murray Teams Book Boffin Quiz of 4 Free book for each participant Saturday 27th June 11am Dan Metcalf signing his new ‘Lottie Lipton Adventures’: The Curse of the Cairo Cat and Secrets of the Stone

Saturday 27th June 2.30pm Alex Potter signing his new book: Torquay in the Great War

Saturday 4th July 11am Michael Rhodes signing his new book: Devon’s Torre Abbey

Saturday 4th July 2.30pm Johnny Kingdom & David Parker signing their new book: Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor

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Brixham Pirate Days 23 and 30 July The Brixham Buccaneers will be coming ashore for the summer holidays again with their free, family friendly “Pirate Thursday” events. Pirate Days bring all kind of activities, including music, dance, childrens games, workshops, exhibitions, fancy dress competitions. Time 10.30am – 3.30pm. The Old Fishmarket, The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW 07935 762876 brixhambuccaneers.co.uk

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust needs volunteers to take part in the 14th National Whale, Dolphin and Porpoise watch by giving just 2 hours of your time. As part of the watch you will be recording survey data that will help get a picture of the how these creatures are doing around our coastline! There will be a training session on 22nd July at 6:30pm on the end of the headland. North Fort, Berry Head, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 882619 countryside-trust.org

Torbay Carnival Week 25 July – 2 August Torbay Carnival has been running for over 100 years and offers 9 days of fun filled entertainment for the family. The Grand Carnival Procession is on Wednesday 29 July and some local roads will be closed from 7.15pm whilst procession is en route. Events held in various locations. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6BN 07709 092250 torbaycarnival.com

Marldon Apple Pie Fair 25 July The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show! Time: 12 noon – 5pm. The Village Green, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1SL 01803 559755 marldon.weebly.com

Riviera Classic Car Show 26 July The Torbay Old Wheels Club in partnership with Torbay Carnival Committee will be hosting this popular event. Up to 350 vehicles of all eras from the early 1900s to modern supercars are expected. Time: from 10am, entrance free. Paignton Green, Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6BQ 01803 400899 towc1.talktalk.net

Kids Summer Whodunnit Adventure Trail 25 July – end August A giant bone has been unearthed in the woods at Occombe Farm and Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust needs your help to discover who it belongs to and who buried it there! Pick up your explorer kit at the Occombe Farm Visitors Centre and take part in our survival challenges to unlock this mystery. Suitable for 4 – 12 years. Time: 10am – 4pm, cost: £2.50 per child, no booking. Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

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Totnes Show 26 July The Totnes Show is over 90 years old, is one of the biggest one-day shows in the Country. Enjoy exciting demonstrations, displays and parades in the Main Ring. Sheep, cattle and horses will compete for showing honours, there’s a sheep shearing competition plus some great show jumping. Don’t miss the Home & Handicrafts marquee, Craft Tent, Food Hall many trade stands. Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, TQ12 2QN 01803 821070 totnesshow.com June/July 2015


Join us at the new Visitor Welcome Point and Gallery at Cockington Court. Visit the new Gallery to see jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, paper flowers and purchase hand crafted gifts with a difference.

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Discover artists and craft makers at work in the Stable Yard and Sea Change Studios where anyone can commission or purchase high quality crafts directly from the makers.


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What’s On Torr-ible Histories Quest, Torre Abbey 27 – 29 July The Torr-ible Histories Quest will tell the thrilling story of Torre Abbey’s involvement in the Spanish Armada, bringing history to life with all the really nasty gory bits! Featuring beastly battles, starving prisoners and amazing myths, the quest will be packed with quizzes, sketches, music and jokes, as well as mini-dramas and real life re-enactments. A great day out for families with children under 14. The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE torre-abbey.org.uk

Cook on a Campfire, Coleton Fishacre 29 July Join National Trust countryside rangers for more ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ fun. Trust rangers know that there’s nothing better than cooking over an open camp fire. Budding explorers can come along to roast marshmallows and pick up some handy bush craft tips. Time: 2pm, cost: £3 (child). Normal admission charges apply. Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

dens in the woods, get creative with clay and make faces on the trees, play the wiggly caterpillar game and more! Time: 10 am – 12 pm, cost: £5 per child, age range: toddlers to 5 year olds, booking essential. Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org

Torbay Steam Fair 31 July – 2 August Come and view the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls and more. Enjoy children’s entertainment, craft and model tent, awning displays and charity stalls, catering facilities, beer and tea tents. Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0JT 01803 853989 torbaysteamfair.co.uk

Rockpool Safari, Goodrington 31 July Join the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust marine ranger in exploring the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay’s rock pools. Discover daring crabs, wriggly starfish, slimy anemones and speedy prawns in the rockpools at Middlestone. Time: 11am - 1pm and 1pm - 3pm, cost: £3.50. Children must attend this event with an adult, booking essential. The Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington TQ4 6LP. 01803 520022 countryside-trust.org.uk

Tots Go Wild Outdoors, Occombe 30 July Parents, come along with your little ones and experience the great outdoors at Occombe Farm with Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Bring along a teddy and make mini

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick MUSIC OF THE NIGHT ON TILL 01 OCTOBER (THURSdayS) A fun-filled evening with a programme that includes pop classics; amazing operatic arias interspersed with some of the most favoured and popular songs from the musicals, performed by a cast of nine vocalists & musicians.

also worth seeing… Toyah, Up Close and Personal 5 June only The Neil diamond Story 10 July only

Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick THE GRaNd dUKE 7 – 11 JULy The Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Torbay) present one of the rarer comic operas. When Ludwig becomes Grand Duke he finds himself with more wives than he can cope with! With fine music and witty dialogue the opera is a romping entertainment with farcical scenes and ridiculous situations.

also worth seeing… Billy Liar 6 to 13 June

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Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick THE HOLLOW 9 JUNE – 30 JULy (TUES, WEd, THURS) Bijou Theatre Productions has chosen to celebrate Agatha Christie’s 125th with a summer production of The Hollow. This is a thriller in true Christie style, full of intrigue, murder and red herrings. So many people had motives for shooting John Christow, but who pulled the trigger?

Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick THE 39 STEPS 9 JULy ONLy Fourthwall Contemporary Theatre presents The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Peter Dean. Four actors playing one hundred and thirty nine roles! 62

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Flavel arts Centre dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick CaRa dILLON 19 JUNE ONLy One of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has steered an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary.

also worth seeing… Summer Comedy aunty donna 30 July only NT Coleton Fishacre - Open air Theatre Box Office 01803 842382 Editor’s pick IOLaNTHE 17 JULy llyria bring us a top-notch performance full of laughter, capers and love in true style with the iconic opera of Gilbert and Sullivan. Expect the well-loved characters and music that have made the opera so successful to be brought to life by Illyria with the backdrop of the D’Oyly Carte’s country home. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk



Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 21 – 25 JULY EDITOR’S ThEaTRE REvIEw: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS aT ThE SavOY ThEaTRE, LONDON We were lucky enough to be invited along to see the West End version of this fantastic show before it starts its touring schedule for 2015. Based on the classic comedy 1988 film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will transported us to the French Riviera as two seasoned conmen attempt the swindle of a lifetime on a millionaire heiress. As the pair compete, they discover there is only room for one of them and a battle of wits ensues between the old master and larger-than-life young pretender. Olivier award-winning Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kinglsley were both electrifying on stage and carried the show along at a riotous pace with Lindsay’s comic timing being star of the show. We were kept guessing right to the hilarious end. The show finished a year in the West End in March and sets out to tour the UK for the next two years. For lovers of musical theatre the production has over 20 numbers so cannot be recommended enough.

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Food&Drink... Cuttlefish Cookout with Mitch Tonks Food writer, restaurateur and renowned chef Mitch Tonks is a huge fan of the wonderful fish landed at world famous Brixham Fish Market. Mitch tells us about his brand new Rockfish in Brixham and shares some top tips for cooking fish outdoors plus a favourite summer barbeque recipe from his book Fish Easy – mmm - give it a try! “Of all the things we eat, foods from the sea are the absolute finest; seafood itself is a celebration, something we really look forward to. Who, when they visit any of our wonderful fishing towns around the UK, isn’t drawn to the quayside to have to a look around to see if we can catch a glimpse of this seemingly mysterious business of catching fish? We are drawn to it and fascinated by it; if you see a boat landing a box or two of fish in the summer there will invariably be crowds of people looking on plus one or two trying to offer money for a piece of the catch. At our new Rockfish in Brixham it is going to become a regular pastime! When you visit you’ll also be able to see the fish that we’ve got from the day’s landings being prepared downstairs in our preparation area to be sent off to all of our restaurants. You’ll be able to see for yourself just how fresh it really is.

I’d highly recommend giving it a go. At Brixham Fish Market they catch a lot of cuttlefish and nearly all of it is exported to Spain and Portugal where they love it. If you live in the Bay and haven’t tried it you really should (see the recipe over the page and give it a go!). One of my favourite things is scallops, they are so quick to cook and get this great subtle charcoal edge if cooked in the half shell, add some garlic butter, it is quite delicious. Try the same for half lobster in the shell and king prawns. Also good to cook is squid; marinate in some olive oil, lemon, chilli and sea salt before chucking on the barbecue for a minute then turning for another 30 seconds; have some nice crusty bread and hey presto, the best outdoor lunch. Local monkfish from the Bay works well cooked on the barbecue too, as it is a bit meatier and not prone to falling apart; cook with rosemary, olive oil, lemon and sea salt and throw some extra sprigs of rosemary on to the coals for a great aroma.” o

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apart, first one way and then the other, on the inside of the cuttlefish, making sure the depth of the cut is just halfway through the thickness. Brush with olive oil and season with salt, then cook on the bbq with the cut side nearest the heat until charred and golden for about 8 minutes. Spoon the dressing liberally over the fish and serve. o

Method Preheat the barbecue. Make the nam jim, crush the coriander, garlic, chillies and salt to taste in a pestle and mortar; throw in the shallots and crush. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar to balance the flavours; you want salty, sweet and hot. Slice the cuttlefish from top to bottom and lay flat. Using the tip of a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts about 1cm

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Circle-ing the Bay After ‘bumping into’ Torquay Ladies Circle on the magazine’s Facebook page Julian Rees meets Sarah Rowe as she steps up to take the chair for a year in the Torquay group.


and exercise on offer that weren’t on a teenager’s radar. o some, Facebook is the fount of all ills but to Sarah loves the outdoors and spends a lot of time others it’s a place for serendipitous meetings walking the coast path especially in the Ilsham and that leads to all manner of developments. In this Babbacombe area where the route quite often takes in the instance it’s a chance ‘bumping into’ Torquay Ladies delights of the Cary Arms. She’s a seasoned walker and Circle on our magazine page that prompts me to delve last year, along with other members of the Ladies Circle, deeper into what the very contemporary-looking group completed a 26 mile walk from Stonehenge to Avebury gets up to on the English Riviera. for the Alzheimer’s Society. When not out walking, Sarah Sarah Rowe is the chairman for 2015/16, a position has recently taken up cycling, at first teaming up with she took up in April this year. I meet Sarah at her home groups from British Cycling’s Breeze women’s cycling in Ilsham, Torquay, to find out all about her, what the programme that puts people in touch with local groups group does, who the members are, and what her year as and regular rides. She’s now taking it a stage further by chairman has in store. joining the ranks of the Lycra-clad at the Mid-Devon Also joining us is Alison Uzzell who is the group’s PR Cycle Club for a more serious and Media Officer here to fill me in “The town I left as a teenager sporting challenge. on all things publicity related. With twelve-hour days in the Sarah is Torquay born and is very different to the one I surgery, Sarah says that making time bred and attended Torquay Girls’ returned to as an adult!” for pastimes and socialising means Grammar School before leaving being fastidiously organised. “I can leave the surgery at to study medicine at Manchester University. After her 7pm and be fed, changed and ready for the next thing by graduation she stayed in Manchester for a further five 7.30pm!” she proudly exclaims. years training before qualifying in her specialism as a Having myself moved away from the Bay for study I general practitioner in 2010. At that point, as had always identify with Sarah in that the majority of people don’t been her plan, she upped sticks and moved back to come back until later in life, at a time where making Torquay to be nearer her family who have been involved social acquaintances outside of work and safely, can be in retail in the Bay for many years. a rather hit and miss affair. This along with the fact she For the first year she worked for the out-of-hours wanted to get involved in community activities is what led service and in local prisons before joining the Chilcote Sarah to join Ladies Circle. The group’s ethos is all about surgery in St Marychurch in 2011. Along with her connecting with others, having a great time and giving GP practice Sarah also works with the NHS Clinical something back. Commissioning Group in Edginswell Park and is a Having been a member for 3 years, Sarah has this year member of the South Devon and Torbay Local Medical stepped up to become chairman. This means that she Committee. nominates the charity the group will support during her Sarah says, “The town I left as a teenager is very tenure as well as organising business and social meetings different to the one I returned to as an adult!” She throughout the year. cites many positive changes, the new Abbey Sands The group meets up on a monthly basis for a social development being a favourite place to meet friends and event and every six weeks for a business meeting. The socialise, but also the many opportunities for relaxation


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Charities & Volunteering

socials are organised by a different member each month and vary tremendously with outings at the Riviera Wheel, Battlefield Live, kayaking or Segway to name but a few. Above all it’s about trying different things and taking up the challenge of new activities that you might not normally do. One favourite fun event for both Sarah and Alison is the annual Safari Supper that sees the members travelling around the Bay to a different member’s house for each course of a meal! The group’s business meetings focus on its charitable activities. As members come from all sorts of backgrounds it means that the group can offer a variety of skills when it comes to giving something back. Sarah tells me “It’s not just about raising money for charities, we can also contribute via our own particular skills and talents. In the past we have had members help with cookery, childcare, tutoring, counselling and business support.” Each year the chairman nominates a charity that the group will support and raise awareness for through the term; this year’s charity, chosen by Sarah is Anode. Based in Paignton, Anode is a registered charity that provides support to individuals and

families who are experiencing challenging times. It looks to build a foundation that encourages self- belief, independence and responsibility. The charity provides support and advice as well as running food and furniture banks plus a handyman service. Find out more at anodecharity.org.uk or read more in our next issue. The group is also involved in long-running Bay events such as the annual Pedal Car Grand Prix, Paignton Carnival and the new-last-year but now eagerly anticipated Beat The Tide competition - an event where teams build the largest possible sandcastle near the low tide mark on Paignton Sands then compete to be the team who stays dry the longest on their castle as the tide comes in. Alison tells me the group are always on the lookout for new members and part of her PR and Media role is to shake off the ‘jam and Jerusalem’ image and present the smartly branded group as a modern, vibrant club that offers a great way to make new friends and network. Prospective members can visit several times before committing to membership and the level of commitment can vary as and when required. Ladies Circle started 79 years ago and there are now over 130 clubs around the country. The Torquay branch welcomes members from right across South Devon. o

Find out more... If you want to find out more about Torquay Ladies Circle torquayladiescircle@gmail.co.uk facebook.com/torquay.ladiescircle Twitter @torquayladiesci ladiescircle.co.uk/torquay


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Riviera Charities ACE is a local charity, working in partnership with South Devon College, which provides access to community education for less able-bodied adults. Why not get involved?


CE was formed in 1989 when disabled adults came to Brixham College for a social programme on Thursday mornings, followed by a hot lunch served by the school canteen. Gradually the building was modified, making it more ‘disabled friendly’ and in 1994 ACE gained charitable status. A new unit for ACL (Adult and Community Learning) was opened in 2006 behind Brixham College. The aims of ACE are to provide educational and leisure opportunities for adults with physical disabilities and to support their carers. ACE has been part funded by the Care Trust, until this year, providing affordable transport and 40% subsidy for class fees. Funding will cease this year and ACE will ACE members at a sports mobility class. have to run with increased fees and other fundraising, quite a daunting task. ACE funds the employment of an administrator and four part-time tutors, plus four care workers each term. It also organises a transport scheme from home to college. There are 60 members in total; 40 disabled members and 20 volunteers. Each week during term time, ACE runs the following classes: Monday – Swimming at Brixham Pool: This gives exercise, stimulation and a great element of fun and companionship. For some it provides an hour of freedom from a wheelchair. Thursday morning – Members group: Tea/coffee on arrival, a speaker (flower arranging, Agatha Christie, The Growing for Life Scheme, underwater photography, and sometimes members will talk on the work they did before they became disabled (often a very amusing source e.g. a dental technician, policeman, nurse). There are also quizzes plus cake and ‘bring and buy’ sales. Lunch is served followed by tea and coffee and then off to afternoon classes: Painting and Drawing: Artistic members enjoy being free to express themselves and learn new techniques. Sports mobility: A fun way to get some exercise and compete against each other. A skittles competition is not to be missed! The Write Way: Studying the poets and great writers of the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

world, with homework to see if you can do as well. (This group have produced a book of poetry, several plays and give poetry readings to the Thursday morning Group) Friday morning – The Gardening Club: They grow plants for the extensive garden and to sell on, as well as the never ending weeding and watering. They have gained many certificates in the Brixham Horticultural Society Shows in July and October. It is nearly always sunny Friday mornings and even in mid-winter the group often has coffee outdoors. Friday afternoon – Pottery: Learning how to use clay and other materials and ending up with something to be proud of to take home to show off to family and friends. ACE really is a unique group reaching out to support disabled adults, bringing a special meaning to their lives by replacing loneliness and boredom with friendship and learning. All members make friends and become outgoing, some moving on to be trustees and involved in policy making for the future. Last year ACE received a donation to take everyone to the Eden Project, a lovely day out. Previous outings have included visits to Dartington Hall, Seale Hayne and Torquay Fire Station to name but a few. For ACE’s 25th anniversary last July, a barbeque took place and those attending were entertained by the Black Bess Morris Dancers who got everyone joining in – fantastic, and then in the afternoon there was a conjurer. This year they have had a sponsored swim and raised £1,000. They were also very fortunate to be named as the sole charity for the proceeds from the inaugural Torbay Motor Show which took place on Easter Saturday on Paignton Green. ¨

Get in touch... If you would like to contact ACE to become a member or volunteer or to make a donation, please call Yvonne on 01803 853302 or email ace@southdevon.ac.uk For more information, visit brixhamace.org June/July 2015


Salad Time

...and the growing is easy

Summer is when the gardener receives their reward in the colour and fragrance of flowers they have nurtured and the taste, texture and flavour of lovely home-grown veg. Lis Wallace from Dobies of Devon gives us some tips.


ust about the easiest food to grow has to be salad, a packet of salad seed can provide you with crisp tasty meals throughout the summer and will cost the same as just one plastic bag of plastic salad from the supermarket. Cut-n-come-again salad leaves can be sown in just about any shallow container or direct in the ground if space is not an issue. I sow mine little and often in a variety of small containers so that when one is coming to an end another is just reaching perfection. And there really is no need to go shopping for such containers, an old saucepan with some drainage holes drilled or an empty sweet or biscuit tin will be fine and will add a touch of quirkiness to your garden. Of course if quirky is not your style then you can simply grow your salad in a purpose built rustic crate. A good salad is not just about crisp, crunchy leaves, so to complete your feasts why not sow and grow some cucumbers, beetroot, sweet peppers, spring onions and tomatoes? All of these can be easily grown in containers. If you’ve given up growing outdoor tomatoes due to the dreaded tomato blight then try Crimson Crush – the first

fully blight resistant tomato that also tastes delicious. And how about including some nasturtium flowers for a splash of colour? Just check inside first for tiny snails, they could be a crunch too far!

Other edible flowers perfect for salads include: Borage Bergamot Pot Marigolds Anchusa Hollyhocks Arugula Hibiscus Scented geranium Herb flowers such as chives, mint, dill, fennel and basil.

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! 72

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Gardening Wild Flowers Few people can be unaware of the plight of our bees and we can all help by including some nectar and pollen rich flowers in our gardens. The simplest way is to set aside an area for wildflowers. There are some 2,500 species of flowering plants native to Britain so your choice is wide! Just clear the area of weeds, water, scatter your seeds, lightly rake and then wait and watch for them to grow. You’ll be rewarded with a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can enjoy the gentle hum of bees and other beneficial insects feeding as you too enjoy an outdoor lunch of home grown salad. Giving the children or grandchildren the task of identifying the different species of butterfly will keep them happily occupied for a while. Summer Jobs Although summer is certainly the time to enjoy our gardens there are still jobs to be done. A nicely mown lawn with tidy edges sets off a garden beautifully and regular watering and feeding is needed to keep everything happily growing. All plants will now be in their final position in the garden and weeds need to be removed so they don’t compete for light and nutrients. There’s still time for outdoor sowing of both flowers and veg. Keep greenhouses well ventilated and if we have that much hoped for hot summer then be prepared to fix up some shading or to temporarily whiten the glass.

The most important “job” of the summer has to be finding time to just sit and enjoy what you’ve achieved. Perhaps with a good book or perhaps simply to sit and marvel at the view! dobies.co.uk englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Launch Rockfish Brixham

Invited guests celebrated the press and VIP launch of the brand-new Rockfish Brixham. Bubbly flowed and guests enjoyed a delicious fish supper whilst enjoying the spectacular views across the harbour.

George Bennett, Penny Noble, Mitch Tonks (Rockfish), NIcky and David Bomby

Jessica Dimbleby, Jonathan Dimbleby, and John Barnes

Cllr Nicole Amil (Torbay Council), Sarah and Edward Bence (Berry Head Hotel), and Kevin Mowat (Torbay Harbourmaster)

Susie Binmore, Janet and Joe Pengelly Matt Prowse (Rockfish), Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, and Laura Cowan

Jim Portus (SW Fish Producer Org), Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

Luxury Bouja Caravans At Whitehill Park Guests were invited to the launch of a luxury caravan development at Whitehill Park, Stoke Gabriel which was officially opened by Ruth Badger from the BBC series The Apprentice.

Chris Murray, Caroline Merry and Richard Steel


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Alan Jeavons, Ruth Badger, Katy Lamsin and Michael Jeavons

Claire Jeavons, Chris Hart and Lesley Jeavons


Las Iguanas Opening

Social Diary

Las Iguanas, the third restaurant to open in Torquay’s prestigious Abbey Sands development opened its doors for invited guests to sample Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Chris Sparkes, and Simon Rice

Dave and Carolyn King, Maddison Turvey and Joe Hawkins Nikki Rice, Wendy Brown, and Julie Sparkes

Donna Farr, Jodie Johnson, Laura Biercewicz, and Tracey Jeffery

Pop Up Gallery at Millie & Me

Toni Knights was the featured artist at a pop up gallery launch at Millie & Me in Brixham. Guests enjoyed, wine, Pimms and canapés whilst viewing Toni’s latest collection of originals and prints.

Richard Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine), Andrew and Sophie Bower (Millie and Me), Toni Knights and Jessica Knights Katrina Wade (Youth Enquiry Service) Stuart Cumberpatch and Anne Massey


Linda and Johnny Village

Karen and John Reading

Roy Taniguchi, Sue Taniguchi, Steve Guttridge, and Simon Toms

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The Great McGarry

Haddon Galleries hosted a private viewing for their exhibition of original oil paintings by renowned wildlife artist Pip McGarry on Torquay’s harbourside.

Pauline Kerslake, Fiona Haddon and Joan Kerslake

Elaine Pacey, Pip McGarry and Bill Pacey

Hazel Jackson and Claire Warde

Jan Boardman, Paul Haddon and Howard Boardman

Jan McGarry, Andy and Lesley Graham

Linda and Mike Paul

Phil Wheeler, Pip McGarry and Diane Wheeler

ROC Ball

Paul and Tami Harrison

Pip McGarry and Wendy Jones

Robert Owen Communities (ROC) celebrated 25 years in which it has provided care and support for local people with a learning disability, by holding a Ball at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay.

Samantha Avery, Brian Perowne and Ian Merritt Laurence Bowles; Gillian Cross; Janet Bowles and Nigel Bowles


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Pete Baker, Brenda Baker, Adam Windley and Marilyn Windley


Spring Exhibition English Riviera magazine’s co-publisher Julian Rees was invited to judge entries in the Devon Art Society’s first exhibition of 2015 at St Anne’s Hall in Babbacombe. There was a broad range of mediums and styles exhibited from local artists and presentations were made for several categories including works in acrylic, watercolour and pastels. The Devon Arts Society is a collective of artists from all over the county, with many members from Torbay, who exhibit twice a year to the general public. Members meet regularly to enjoy workshops and demonstrations from professional artists. Over the winter months they hold regular sessions to collectively create art.

Social Diary

Pam Hargest (Secretary), Jenni Pentecost (Chairman) & Mel Freeman


Bryan and Irene Hill Above: Brian Roberts and Julie Brandon

Left: Blue and Ron Dodd

Martin Dutton (Vice President) and Vivienne Plewes (Vice Chairman)

Maxine Adams and Barbara Taylor

Paul Boys, Lucy Carter, David Crome, Karen Crome, Sophie Ward, Vreni Wilson and David Wilson


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BusinessBreaks... Launch of Make Amends Project Torbay Council has launched Make Amends, a partnership project that uses a process called Restorative Justice to bring people affected by crime and anti-social behaviour together with those responsible for causing harm. The project was launched in April with a community engagement event in Torquay. Make Amends can now accept referrals from agencies, voluntary and community groups as well as self referrals. If you think that you would benefit from Restorative Justice, you can contact a trained practitioner by calling the referral line on 07826 903449 or email makeamends@torbay.gcsx.gov.uk o

Brixham’s Old Fish Market Trades Again Brixham’s Old Fish Market traded for the first time since the 1960s with a special Open Air Public Fish Market supported by Gordon Gout of Brixham Chamber of Commerce, Robert Simonetti of Roberts Fisheries, Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents, Sean Perkes and Derrick Piper of Perkes Wholesalers, David Meadows of Devon Fishcakes and Kevin Mowat, Torbay Harbourmaster. Robert Simonetti, Managing Director of Robert Fisheries Ltd said, “This market can only heighten the claim that Brixham Fish is the best that can be fished.” It is hoped that the market will continue weekly on Tuesdays throughout the season.o

New Offices for Wollen Michelmore Devon law firm Wollen Michelmore has announced its intention to move the firm’s Torquay office into the new Torwood Street development, which was recently granted planning permission by Torbay Council. They will be taking 12,000 square feet of high quality office space, which will be accessed from The Terrace just yards from their current offices. Chris Hart, Chief Executive of Wollen Michelmore, commented, “We’ve always been committed to practising law on the high street and a town centre presence is fundamental to us with offices situated at the heart of our communities. This new development will enable us to maintain our Torquay town centre presence while giving our clients and staff the best possible offering in modern, high quality office accommodation.” o Clive Meredith (Practice Director Wollen Michelmore), Chris Hart (Chief Executive Wollen Michelmore), Paul Bettesworth (Director Bettesworths Property Agents)


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New Appointment for Linden Homes Linden Homes South West has appointed Alison Kendall as its new Sales and Marketing Director for its Devon developments. Alison will work in the Newton Abbot office and will be responsible for overseeing the region’s sales and marketing function and managing over 20 people. Alison has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry and previously ran her own property consultancy with 30 employees. A trained chartered surveyor, she has also worked in estate agency, affordable housing and new homes, including as an associate for Knight Frank. o englishrivieramagazine.co.uk


BusinessBreaks... Torbay Museums Trust Launched A new venture in Torbay’s heritage sector was launched in April with the establishment of Torbay Museums Trust, with Elizabeth Raikes, former Chief Executive of Torbay, as its Council Chair of Trustees. The Trust will oversee and shape the further development of Torquay Museum, including improved exhibitions and galleries, events, fundraising, educational work and closer working with Torre Abbey and Brixham Heritage Museum. “Torquay Museum has made great strides over the past decade,” said the Museum’s Director, Basil Greenwood. “Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England there has been significant investment to improve the Museum’s facilities and galleries, which has resulted in a 40% increase in visitor number over the past six years.” Elizabeth Raikes, former Chief Executive of Torbay Council said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the post of Chair of the new Torbay Museums Trust. It is humbling to become part of the story of such

Cavanna Recruits Rhinos

Paignton Zoo is building on the success of its Great Gorillas project – and has enlisted Cavanna Homes to help out. Representatives of Cavanna Homes visited the zoo to meet the newest member of their team – an as-yet unnamed life-sized model of a rhinoceros along with its friends including the zoo’s own painted rhino, Stella and two baby rhinos; all to help launch the Great Big Rhino Project. The aim of the initiative is to raise money for the zoo’s work in Zimbabwe as well as that of Save the Rhino International. It will see up to 40 life-size models of rhinos, decorated by specially commissioned artists and sponsored by local supporters, on the streets of Exeter and Torbay in 2016. They will then be auctioned off to raise funds. o

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Cafe Alf Resco’s Respect the Aged Day Cafe Alf Resco in Dartmouth offered octogenarians a complimentary breakfast in April to celebrate the fifth Respect the Aged Day. Alf Resco’s Leanne Tucker said, “In all we had 30 octogenarians attend and are really happy with the turnout.” Over the years Alf’s have have enjoyed the company of over 100 octogenarians with local MP Sarah Wollaston popping in one year, to lend her support to the event. Respect the Aged Day UK, is the brainchild of Mike Cast who is co-author of the book ‘8000 Years of Wisdom’ which celebrates wise words from 100 eighty year olds. Mike is a champion of the older generation and has mounted a campaign calling on the Prime Minister to get the UK to follow Japan’s lead by adopting a “Respect for the Aged Day.” o

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