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There’s been a definite chill in the air as the balmy summer months melt inexorably into autumn. But this is the time of apple harvests, lovely Devon cider, food festivals, refreshing walks, Sunday lunches and planning the festive office party. We’ve got lots of local heritage in this issue with the glamorous Baroness Mount-Temple keeping an eye on Babbacombe Downs, the story of the 1690 French attack on Teignmouth from their anchorage in Tor Bay and the recent gathering of the Mallock family at historic Cockington Court, home of their ancestors. British sailing teams struck gold at the recent J/70s Championships in Tor Bay, cementing our reputation as a historic sailing destination for the world’s best. Local people abound as we meet Lt Cdr Peter Beanland, Chief of Staff at Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College plus Kate Allnutt of Daisy Cakes at Cockington and Cathy Debenham who takes us mountain biking at Haldon Forest. We’re delighted to introduce the fabulous Mr Fox, our new gardening writer and we’ve photographed many of our lovely readers at a vibrant selection of launches and celebrations. There’s plenty to do with our big What’s On section plus our Arts and Theatre roundups so why not try something new this autumn?

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In this issue | October & November 2019 6 Openers

Local news snippets

14 Hogwarts on the Hill

Meeting Lt Cdr Peter Beanland RN

20 Amazing Cakes

Baker extraordinaire Kate Allnutt

24 Riviera Heritage

Social reformer Georgina Mount-Temple

26 Riviera Heritage

1690 – The French Attack Teignmouth

28 Historic Reunion

The Malllock family return to Cockington

31 Give It A Go - Mountain Biking

Hogwarts on the Hill 14

Get in the saddle at Haldon Forest Park

34 J70s in the Bay

World Championship sailng

36 Foodie Festivities

Visit the Dartmouth Food Festival

39 Food & Drink

English Riviera Film Festival


Apple flavoured events to try

41 Festive Planning

Book your Christmas Party!

44 Walk

A coastal stroll to Man Sands

46 What’s On

Hand-picked events for all

61 English Riviera Film Festival Like Cannes, but here!

64 Arts Roundup

Creative events around the Bay

66 Theatre

Who’s treading the boards?

68 Charities and Volunteering Animals In Distress

71 Gardens

NEW! Mr Fox’s Gardening Column

75 Social Diary

Local people at local events

80 Business Snippets

Local business news in brief

On the cover

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Openers... Openers... Openers... O South Devon College Successes Students at South Devon College have achieved a strong 97% overall pass rate, continuing the College’s streak of exceptionally high pass rates which include a broad range of technical and professional qualifications. Many will now be continuing to university destinations across the country including University Centre South Devon. Successes include Dominic Smith who achieved an A in Maths, B in Chemistry, and B in Physics. He has secured his place at university and wants to pursue a Masters in Chemistry, to then become a Professor, go into research, or go a completely different route and go into finance. Lucy Branton achieved an A* in Sociology, a B in Phsychology, and a B in English Language. She said “the fun and relaxed environment is what made me choose the course and South Devon College. The teachers supported me to a new level.” Lucy now has a place at Plymouth Marjon University studying a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy. ¢

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social care issues. A campaign is being launched to find neighbourhood champions and lots of volunteers who will be trained by Age UK Torbay. If you need help or want to give help, Staying Put can be contacted via Gill or Mark on 01803 446022 or email stayingput@ ¢

You’re Having a Laugh! A new drama improvisation class Improv Torquay, running every other Saturday morning, is bringing a smile to the faces of local residents. Actor, facilitator and life coach Jeff Sleeman started the classes earlier this year and says they are helping people of all ages and backgrounds to increase their self-confidence, get their creative juices flowing and learn how to be better listeners. The two-hour session is always entertaining, often hilarious and also offers practical ways to pep up your conversations. So, if you’re feeling life is a bit runof-the-mill, why not strap on your spontaneity and join in? No acting experience is necessary. The first session is free, then it’s £5-£10 a session (depending on your circumstances). Come and have a laugh – it could make all the difference to how you feel about yourself and others. For more, visit the Improv Torquay, call Jeff on 07977 272174 or e-mail ¢

A pioneering new scheme called Staying Put, which will help over-50s to stay in their homes for longer, has been launched in Torbay. Six organisations led by the Torbay Community Development Trust are being funded by Ageing Well Torbay to provide a variety of services to older people. The services cover everything from a low cost handy person service provided by Yes! Brixham, to cooking lessons, menu planning and online shopping from the Ellacombe Community Partnership. Additionally Healthwatch Torbay will be ensuring that everyone has the access to the health and care services they need and seAp Advocacy is on hand to make sure people have their voices heard on health, wellbeing and 6 | October/November 2019

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.. Openers... Openers... Openers... Disabled Sailing’s New Calendar The Disabled Sailing, a Torquaybased sailing charity, run for the disabled, by the disabled, has created its first glossy A3 wall calendar to raise funds. The charity ran a survey to determine what people wanted and came up with a 14 page (covers included) calendar with a series of glorious seasonal sailing views. Disabled Sailing’s Alec Munro said, “For a wider appeal (there are) no member portraits; the last thing you want is a skipper grinning at you for a month. It was a tuff (sic) decision to get the final 14 photos, I hope you agree these are stunning photos of the area all taken this year that will make a perfect gift.” The cost is £10 per calendar (plus P&P) and stocks are limited. To reserve one please contact Alec Munro on 07921 569194 ¢ 

Babbacombe Theatre Dancers Dancers at Babbacombe Theatre have been recognised as amongst the best in the world with amazing results at various major dance competitions. Danze Chique members Leah Perry, Amy Bell and Tayla Hayes won gold at the Dance World Cup in Spain last year. This year Amy competed at the Dance World Cup in Portugal alongside Lily Laight, winning gold for their song & dance group, Half A Sixpence. Lily also won a silver medal for her solo Song & Dance. Other members of their dance school, Totnes School of Dance won a host of medals, which contributed to the England team winning the overall title as Dance World Champions this year. The All England Dance Festival Finals saw many more Babbacombe Theatre dancers achieve awards including gold, as did the Plymouth Dance Festival. ¢

Geopark Revalidation The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Organisation has hosted international evaluators as part of a four-yearly revalidation process. The English Riviera first received international recognition as a Global Geopark for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage in 2007. Since then, UNESCO has formally recognised the contribution of Geoparks and there are now 147 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 41 Countries. Inspectors spent 4 days visiting key sites such as: Hopes Nose, Anstey’s Cove, Torre Abbey, Kents Cavern, Torquay Museum, Daddyhole Plain, Berry Head and Brixham Heritage Museum. They have spoken to subject-matter experts regarding their work, and the contribution their organisation makes to help support the Geopark. Nick Powe Geopark Chairman said, “Torbay is such a special place, our geology covers four time periods with discoveries being of such importance that it led to the naming of the Devonian Period, and archaeological finds that changed the understanding of the antiquity of man.” The UNESCO Global Geopark Council will reach its decision on revalidation in December. ¢

Golf Competition Winner Thank you to all readers who entered our Golf competition from last issue. The correct answer was 1909 and the winner was Mr N Sellick from Torquay. ¢


Red House Competition Winner Thank you to all readers who entered the Red house Mysteries competition, the correct answer was: Agatha Christie and the winner was Ms L Hunt from Torquay. ¢

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Openers... Openers... Openers... The Dartmoor Volcano Three runners from Torquay-based club Riviera Racers competed in the legendary Dartmoor Volcano 10.25 mile trail race across some of the most challenging and hilly terrain on the south moor. The tough route visited the high points of Pupers Hill, Snowdon and South Dartmoor’s highest point Ryder’s Hill before reaching the famous Red Lake Volcano (actually a very steep, and now grassed over spoil heap from the old china clay works). Competitors also successfully traversed 2 extensive bogs (one known to organisers Pure Trail as ‘The Bog of Death’). Riviera Racers members Anita Newcombe, Steph Jempson and Sue Heywood all received the coveted Dartmoor Volcano medal. Riviera Racers welcome new members at all levels from beginner to advanced. ¢ 

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Young Volunteers New funding to support and grow youth volunteering has been awarded to the Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Volunteers Service by the charitable Pears Foundation and the #Iwill fund. This is designed to encourage young people to take part in youth social action and build better communities. The £80,000 award has paid for two first-ever staff posts dedicated to developing the Young People’s branch of the Volunteers Service. Young volunteers, aged 16 – 25 are offered a range of roles including Hospital Ward ‘Buddy’ (patient befriender) and ‘Wayfinder’ (visitor/patient guide). One of the new staff is Fiona Jones, Youth Volunteer Co8 | October/November 2019

Bethesda Care Home in Torquay organised a funpacked intergenerational sports day with their residents and a group of early years children, cared for by local childminders. Linda Prain, Wellbeing Assistant, from Bethesda Christadelphian Care Home, who helped organised the event, said, “It was a fantastic day with participants ranging from one to 102 years old! Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Cordelia Law, said, “This was a great day and is a great example of the wonderful things that can happen when you bring young children and older adults together.” Having young children visit Bethesda Care Home has proved to be very popular with the residents and they are now planning to start a walking club with local childminders so that they can enjoy each other’s company. The residents will be driven to local places across the Bay, and the childminders and children will meet them there. ¢

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asily as spectacular as the famous Harry Potter castle, the awe-inspiring Britannia Royal Naval College even has a nicely polished steam train arriving just across the water. No need for protective enchantments here though, as I arrive there is a more traditional type of security on the gate. After presenting my photo ID, getting my photo taken and being issued with a pass, Peter Beanland joins me. Together we drive up the steep hill with the amazing views and settle into the Wardroom for a chat. Peter points out the ceiling here which has been signed by Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and more recently Prince William during their various visits here. Britannia Royal Naval College is where aspiring 14 | October/November 2019

naval officers go to undertake their early training. The college has been doing its magic since the 1860s when the training hulks Britannia and Hindostan were moored on the river alongside the hilly peninsula, largely owned by Sir Walter Raleigh. The present buildings were opened in 1905, having been designed by Sir George Aston Webb, the architect who counted Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace among his successes. Peter tells me, “I loved my time here at Dartmouth 20 years ago and I have loved being here again as Chief of Staff.” It took Peter a while to decide on a career in the Royal Navy; he studied Chemistry and Oceanography at Liverpool University and was a keen rugby player. He

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also get at least a week of yacht sailing and Britannia was also a talented Men’s Artistic Gymnast, competing owns 5 Contessa 38s, which are ideal for ‘learning the at an international level with his favourite discipline ropes’ particularly by experiencing and understanding being the Rings and his most successful being the Vault. the environment in which they will have to operate He tells me that his mother had been a national level during their chosen career. They are then encouraged to swimmer who wished she had chosen gymnastics so get out sailing as often as possible. perhaps he was tweaked in that direction. After completing basic training, officers move into Work-wise he became a special needs teacher and then Professional Training in a specialised role and in Peter’s a pub landlord. Feeling that perhaps he was spending too case he took the Principal Warfare Officer course. much time in the bar and needing a new challenge, he This role put him at the centre of the action, very decided to join the Royal Navy. He headed to Dartmouth much the focal point for tactical decisions on warfare for his initial 32-week training course in 1998. for a warship’s captain. Warfare Officers have to travel a As an aspiring officer at BRNC you start with the basics, which includes physical training, field-craft skills, great deal and Peter has certainly seen the world in his job. He has served on eight warships and has completed navigation, seamanship, navigation and boat handling. operational tours Britannia also Feeling that perhaps he was spending too much to the Middle has its own ontime in the bar and needing a new challenge, he East, Bosnia and site Leadership decided to join the Royal Navy. the Falklands. Academy where During the vital officer skills second Gulf War he spent a couple of years working on are taught. various ships around Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait. He also Visitors to Dartmouth can’t miss Britannia’s picket visited Muscat and Dubai and took part in counterboats. These are regularly used for training because they piracy missions in the area. In 2004 he was in Bosnia handle the same way as a warship, having twin engines. and Kosovo supporting British forces as part of a NATO Using these boats teaches how a large ship manoeuvres mission. He tells me, “It was exceptionally interesting when underway and the officer cadets can also learn work.” He was the last gunnery officer for the frigate to work together as a task group. Once trained, they HMS Campbeltown, decommissioned in 2011. will undertake a Maritime Leadership Exercise on the Peter tells me that Britannia Royal Naval College has water, which could involve one of a range of scenarios always been proud of its international alumni. It holds including disaster relief and restoring order. Cadets will

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the highest international status among world navies, with many countries sending cadets to be trained here. They come from as far afield as the Middle East, the Far East and Eastern Europe. The college has twinning arrangements with other nations to and this means that the Royal Navy benefits from many close relationships at strategic levels around the world. Peter has always loved yacht sailing and when he was taking his Professional Training at Gosport, lived on a 41ft Jeanneau Voyages yacht called Cascader. At the time he knew how to sail but hadn’t done any recognised qualifications so he later took his RYA Day Skipper certificate at BRNC. He’s now the Chair of Britannia Yacht Club, runs the committee and stands in regularly for the Commodore. Earlier this year a dinner was held at BRNC to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Britannia Yacht Club and the club welcomed worldfamous sailor and Honorary Commodore Sir Robin Knox-Johnston as Guest of Honour. In the late 1960s Sir Robin became the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world – an inspirational figure for the cadets and officers. In June, Peter sailed across the Channel to Normandy with a Britannia crew on college yacht Pegasus to mark

the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, arriving at Ouistreham. Here they participated in a Thanksgiving and a wreath laying and met some of the veterans. He says, “It was a very moving experience and a real honour to meet them.” Britannia Yacht Club also has close links with the Dartmouth Community and races with the Royal Dart Yacht Club every week. Peter tells me, “Racing epitomises the will to fight and win – and it’s great fun.” Peter is currently organising an international regatta with seven other European and US Naval Academies to mark the Mayflower 400 celebrations next year. There will also be a passage race from Dartmouth to Plymouth on the final leg of the historic route taken by the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. The college gets involved with lots of other Dartmouth community events offering practical support during Regatta, Remembrance Day, and the Food Festival. Peter says, “it’s important for the cadets to get involved with the community and this helps them to develop additional skills.” Peter tells me, “Our ethos is work hard and play hard. Our people want to serve and do good things; they will always find their niche if we give them the tools. We allow people to realise their potential.” October/November 2019 | 17


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Around six years ago Peter married his wife Jennifer who is a Forensic Psychologist. Although Peter has worked abroad for much of his career, the job at BRNC has enabled them to be together for the last three years. They have a four-and-a-half year old son called Theodore who starts school in September. Theodore loves tractors and so the family goes to vintage tractor shows and county shows when they can. They also love trips to the beach, especially Mothercombe and enjoy walks on Dartmoor with Holly, their German Shepherd Collie cross. Peter is keen on gig rowing and rows for the college at the World Gig Rowing Championships in the Isles of Scilly. But Peter’s time in Devon is shortly to come to an end as he finishes his posting at BRNC. He expects to be sent abroad next April for another operational tour. While he will obviously miss his family, Peter is looking forward to using his specialist skills as a Warfare Officer in the outside world again. He does teach warfare skills to the cadets here but the biggest part of his job as Chief of Staff is day-to-day planning, the running of the college and

implementing the Captain, Roger Readwin’s instructions. Peter will be going away for six to nine months. It could be out in the Gulf where the Royal Navy has a standing presence, or elsewhere. But Britannia Royal Naval College will always be close to his heart. He says, “I like to see the future developing here at Britannia. When officers pass out from here they have so much opportunity.” As I leave I am so inspired by the ‘magic’ that is taking place on this little island of naval excellence that I half expect to see a game of ‘Quidditch’ taking place in the skies above my head. But the magic that is happening here at Dartmouth is real and it not only prepares officers for the Royal Navy but also transforms the lives of those young men and women who come here. ¢ 

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Kate Allnutt was a stay-at-home Mum for twelve years before launching her artisan bakery DaisyCakes. Anita Newcombe popped into her studio at Cockington Court.


ate has a double studio at Cockington Court. It’s light and airy and there’s lots of room for the baking and preparation areas as well as an attractive counter with today’s tempting delights on display. Most of Kate’s work is from commissioned cakes. She specialises in spectacularly decorated wedding cakes but also creates a lot of birthday, christening and other special occasion cakes to order. Kate tells me that she has always loved baking as did her mother and grandmother before her. She didn’t learn the art from them though - telling me, “No, far too old-fashioned – tastes have changed.” Kate is entirely selftaught having learned a range of skills including making sugar flowers largely from YouTube videos. Then one day, once their children were all established at school, Kate’s husband John told the stay-at-home Mum, “Time you got a job Kate.” Her immediate response was, “Oh my – whatever shall I do? She did what she was good at – and that was baking. 20 | October/November 2019

At the time, the family of five including Daisy, Ella and Leo (now 13, 17 & 25), was living in a large house in Newton Abbot. John was a professional builder and converted a large room in their home into a commercial kitchen. Now the newly devised business DaisyCakes had a home. Kate’s first order was a cupcake wedding cake for a friend. Kate and John promoted the business via a website and a Facebook page and it soon became incredibly busy. They decided to buy a café on Babbacombe Road and John gave up his building work to retrain as a barista. They called the café DaisyCakes and were soon making delicious coffee to complement the yummy bakes. From here Kate could fulfil her celebration cake orders as well as baking for the cafe. The combined business took off and they became popular with ‘’the Wellswood crowd”. Before long they recruited a chef and started doing brunch as well. Now the kitchen was too busy to manage the cake orders so they bought a property next door and set up a new kitchen just

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figures that are popular on birthday cakes is timefor the baking. From here Kate sold her creations via the consuming but luckily John has a knack for making these, website and also through the café. Kate has had some exciting commissions over the years. helping when Kate is busy. He has produced penguins, frogs, dragons, rabbits, all kinds of flowers, unicorns and The day before she was due to exhibit at the Big Cake lots more. Show at Westpoint in Exeter, she got a call asking her to The DaisyCakes website has brought in lots of work make a birthday cake for Mary Berry. This with just one including a memorable commission from famous artist day’s notice! Sounds like a cake-maker’s nightmare but Damian Hirst Kate happily rose Kate has had some exciting commissions over the who ordered to the occasion. years, she got a call asking her to make a birthday cakes for his The cake was to cake for Mary Berry. This with just one day’s notice! children’s be presented to birthday party Mary at the show in Ilfracombe. It was a big order and she created some but Kate was too busy working on her own stand on the Ninja-bread men and lots of cupcakes. John, along day. In the end, John met the famous Mary Berry. She loved the birthday cake Kate had made, which was topped with their daughter Ella delivered them to Damian Hirst’s house in Ilfracombe and were welcomed to the with the Big Cake Show logo as well as some handfairground-style party he was hosting. modelled sugar spoons, a tiny bowl and mixer. The BBC filmed the DaisyCakes kitchen for an episode Kate tells me that she has an ‘edible printer’ so she of Marrying Mum and Dad, in which children decide what can easily make sugar logos for cakes. Making the sugar

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their parents should have at their wedding. Kate ended up making a Georgian wig-themed cake for the occasion. Now I want to know how Kate has ended up at this lovely studio at Cockington. She tells me that she had always loved the place, fancying a change of scene, but had been unable to secure a studio. Just 5 months ago, though, she was finally able to move in and tells me, “I have to pinch myself that I’m working here. It’s just 5 minutes from Torquay but feels like being in the countryside.” In addition to fulfilling private orders she also supplies the cakes for Pierpoint and the Riviera Centre so now has an assistant called Rhianna who helps with the selling and the baking. She opens DaisyCakes 6 days a week, usually taking Mondays off. Right now she is mostly focussing on weddings. This works well as brides get married at Cockington Court’s wedding facilities or at adjacent Cockington Church and come to the craft centre to browse all the weddings services on offer. Work starts at 8am and Kate generally leaves at 4.30-5pm. If there’s an imminent wedding though, it is often 6 or 7pm before she gets away. She delivers her wedding cakes right across the area to places like Exeter, Salcombe and Ivybridge as well as many more local spots. If she has time, she will make a day of it and enjoy the visit. She often delivers to Cliff House in Salcombe and loves pottering around the waterside town once she’s dropped off her cakes. Brides generally pop in for a chat before ordering their cake, often coming in with ideas from Pinterest. Orders can be just 2 months ahead or even 2 years ahead. The first thing that must be considered is how many guests are coming, but then the fun stuff starts. Do you fancy Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Lemon, Red Velvet, Carrot

or Traditional Fruitcake? Kate has lots of example cakes to choose from with edible flowers, fresh fruits and fresh flowers and all sorts of decorations. She says that ‘drip cakes’ where the icing is left to artistically drip down the side of the cake are having a ‘moment’. Kate says, “It’s especially important to make sure these are delivered cool, especially on a hot day.” Cup cake wedding cakes were once all the rage but are now not seen so often. This autumn, Kate will be restarting her popular baking courses and has run these for hen parties and other groups many times. She loves making roses from sugar – that’s a real skill, and fun to learn. She tells me, “Lots of doctors and nurses come to bake – I think it’s therapeutic for them and a bit of an antidote to the more distressing parts of their jobs.” After a hard day baking and delivering Kate looks forward to a nice cold G & T when she gets home. Husband John has gone back to the building trade and her eldest son Leo has joined the army and is off with the Paras. She tells me that her children have often complained that they never get birthday cakes because she’s always too busy to make them one. The most they will usually get is a cheesecake or some waffles. The family lives on Walls Hill and they enjoy walking here and on Babbacombe Downs with their two dogs Eddie and Murphy. They love eating out and enjoy sampling the local specialities and doing food tours when on holiday. They’ve got a campervan and will often head down to Cornwall for a relaxed break. They also like the gourmet burgers at The Shack and the Buccaneer Inn, both on the Downs and the Coppa Dolla at Broadhempston. Then it’s back to baking at DaisyCakes! ¢  @katedaisycakes October/November 2019 | 23

Baroness Georgina Mount-Temple She was a woman of faultless beauty and extraordinary dignity of presence and bearing. A statuette to honour her sits on Babbacombe Downs admired by all, but how many know her story? Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society tells us more.


any of us walk by that small bronze statuette with its pedestal and water basin near the entrance of a road leading down to the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, perhaps wondering, ‘who is Baroness Mount-Temple and why has her image, holding a small bird, even here?’ She was born Georgina Tollemache in 1922, the youngest daughter of Admiral Tollemache, First Lord Tollemache of Helmingham. She later married William Francis Cowper of Hertfordshire in November 1848; he was the second son of the fifth Earl Cowper. When William inherited the family estates in 1869, he changed his name to Cowper-Temple, after his late stepfather Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston. Educated at Eton, William was always an enthusiastic supporter of social reforms and temperance while Georgina was similarly against all cruelty and injustice, especially to the outcast or downtrodden of society. During her long life she would become a true philanthropist and a champion of many causes. Babbacombe House (later Babbacombe Cliff Hotel and then apartments) was purchased in 1879, yet after her husband’s death in 1888 Georgina spent a lot of time here when not in London. Eventually she took up permanent residence here and the house remained her

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main home until her death. Throughout their lives together, the couple were supporters of the rising Pre-Raphaelite movement. Friends like John Ruskin, Burne-Jones and William Morris visited Babbacombe Cliff, helping to create its unique decor, a wonderland of Pre-Raphaelite art. Although Ruskin was three years older than Georgina, he would often turn to her for advice and consolation and she even became a confidante and intermediary for him when in an unhappy courtship. Dante Gabriel Rosetti confirmed the Cowpers as most appreciative people and by 1876 when having stayed with them at Broadlands, their Hampshire residence for a month, he wrote a letter to his mother saying, “Mrs Temple is simply an angel on earth,.. I must tell you that my bodily state is a very suffering one... yet Mrs Temple who is providence of the neighbourhood in all helpful matters, has been herself able to suggest various ideas towards battling the evil. You would simply adore, all must, the noble beauty of Mrs Temple’s Christlike character.” Then when John Ruskin was taken ill in 1871 Georgina went up to Matlock to nurse him. At home Georgina and William shared their zeal for social reform, confirming they lived in an atmosphere where nothing mean or cruel would survive. In this

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Riviera Heritage social state our extraordinary lady saw “truth and justice, mercy and self-sacrifice as the vital air” and was eventually named “the soul and the sun” in this strange but unworldly society. William would serve as an MP until 1863 and became a Baron in May 1880 after being in Parliament for thirteen years. During that period, he had been Lord of the Treasury, Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, President of the Board of Health, Vice President of the Board of Trade, Paymaster General, and even Lord of the Admiralty. When raised to the peerage, he left the Commons to become Baron Mount-Temple, a title that would later be lost, as he had no heir. The Mount-Temple name was taken from one of his many properties, this time in County Sligo, Ireland. Baroness Mount-Temple had all the bedrooms at Babbacombe House named after flowers and matching wallpapers, with her boudoir becoming “Wonderland” sporting its magnificent views of the Babbacombe Valley down to the sea. Today, the apartments still retain many of her specially selected names. Throughout her life Georgina supported numerous organisations including the Temperance Society and anti-vivisection groups, more particularly the Band of Mercy - an institution that had been founded by her now late husband in partnership with the RSPCA. She was however not just a supporter and a philanthropist, but was passionate about birds and flowers and could often be seen feeding birds on the large terrace inside the archway of Babbacombe Cliff House, still visible today. Georgina’s cousin Constance Wilde (Mrs Oscar Wilde) would often visit as a teenager, accompanied by her

father. After Mrs Wilde’s marriage she even accompanied Georgina on a Grand Tour of Europe with John Ruskin, who was investigating the Pre-Raphaelite’s mission of embracing all art and culture. Having not been blessed with children, Georgina eventually welcomed death saying it would be “a merciful deliverance to a soul too sensitive to know happiness in a world where others still suffered.” After her death, the Baroness was taken from Torquay and buried at Romsey Abbey where she had once worshipped. There its Mayor and guests plus two hundred children from the Band of Mercy, together with representatives of the Mother’s Meeting and Women’s Total Abstinence Union, all attended. There were also many floral tributes from Torquay, sent by her past servants, traders and even the Vicar of Babbacombe Church. Today her commemorative memorial still sits on Babbacombe Downs. It was donated and unveiled in October 1903 by her many friends. It was made from green basalt found at Trusham in the Teign Valley and marble from Ashburton. Archdeacon Basil Wilberforce a friend of the Baron and Baroness, came from Westminster to lead the formal unveiling and he is recorded as saying, “By the provision of a fountain, the memory of a lady who throughout her life did much to quench the intellectual, moral and spiritual thirst of the people”. The finely carved statuette is said to be a true likeness of Georgina, standing upright in a stance of dignity while comforting an injured bird. The inscription around the plinth states simply “Baroness Mount Temple.” Flowers are still regularly left in her hand, over 100 years later. ¢ 

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The French Attack Teignmouth

In 1690 the French fleet was in Torbay, and while they were with us launched a devastating attack on Teignmouth. Kevin Dixon tells us more.


hey were there following the Battle of Beachy Head, which was fought on 10 July 1690 during the Nine Years War. While Protestant William of Orange was successfully fighting the usurped Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland, the French had gathered a large fleet in the Channel. Beachy Head was the greatest French naval victory over the English and Dutch during the war – the Dutch lost six ships and three fire ships, the English lost one ship of the line, while the French didn’t lose a single vessel. The English Channel then temporarily fell under French control. However, instead of following up their advantage, the French instead headed west and anchored in our Bay - the French Admiral Anne Hilarion de Tourville being able to moor unmolested. It was reported, “On the 13 of July the French fleet was seen riding in Torbay, where all the forces of Devon were drawn up to oppose their landing.” Presumably it was the presence of English troops and possibly the defensive gatehouse of Torre Abbey that dissuaded the French from landing. Instead, “several of

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their galleys drew off from the fleet and made towards a weak, unfortified place, called Teignmouth, about seven miles to the eastward of Torbay. Coming very near, and having played the cannon of their galleys upon the towns, and shot near two hundred great shots therein, to drive away the poor inhabitants, they landed about seven hundred of their men, and began to fire and plunder the towns of East and West Teignmouth, which consist of about three hundred houses.” The French ransacked the town for twelve hours and destroyed eleven ships, also, “killing very many cattle and pigs which they left dead in the streets.” Reinforcing the fact that this was also a religious conflict, they, “entered the two churches, tore Bibles and Common Prayer Books in pieces, broke down the pulpits, and overthrew the communion tables.” In another source, a petition to the Lord Lieutenant, it was declared, “On the 26th day of this instant July 1690 by four of the clock in the morning, your poor petitioners were invaded (by the French) to the number of 1,000 or

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Riviera Heritage English Channel and could have prevented King William thereabouts, who in the space of three hours time, burnt from returning from Ireland across the Irish Sea and even down to the ground the dwelling houses of 240 persons of our parish and upwards, plundered and carried away all our land an invading army. To oppose this possible invasion, 6,000 troops, along with the militia, were prepared by the goods, defaced our churches, burnt ten of our ships in the Earl of Marlborough. harbour, besides fishing boats, nets and other fishing craft.” The attack on Teignmouth was the last ‘foreign’ As an afterword on the attack it was reported that, as invasion of England when it was a nation alone - before the French fleet weighed anchor and sailed west, while the Acts of Union 1707 ‘invasion’ by Charles Stuart - and rounding Berry Head, “two slaves leaped from one of the galleys into the sea – one was recaptured; the second a Turk, the town’s French Street with its museum is named in memory of the occasion. In 1778 the American John after a desperate struggle for liberty, swam on shore, and was secured by the people who had witnessed the incident.” Paul Jones did raid Whitehaven but that attack only consisted of two small boats and 30 volunteers. There The Justices of the Peace investigated the damage was no intention of gaining local support for any kind of and found that, “By the late horrid invasion there were uprising, unlike Spanish and French Catholic intentions. within the space of 12 hours burnt down and consumed Yet, the burning 116 dwelling of Teignmouth houses and also By the late horrid invasion there were within the 172 dwelling space of 12 hours burnt down and consumed 116 was also an houses were rifled dwelling houses and also 172 dwelling houses were indication of the lack of a French and plundered rifled and plundered and two parish churches and two parish much ruined, plundered and defaced, besides the plan. The attack was churches much burning of ten sail of ships with the furniture symbolic but ruined, plundered thereof, and the goods and merchandise therein futile – diverting and defaced, the French from pressing their clear but short-lived besides the burning of ten sail of ships with the furniture advantage. And the day after Beachy Head, 11 July, thereof, and the goods and merchandise therein”. William decisively defeated the French King Louis’ ally, The Crown subsequently authorised the collection of King James, at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. James £11,000 for the aid of the town – churches from as far away as Yorkshire contributed, and the collections enabled fled to France but appeals to Louis for an invasion of England were not heeded. Indeed, the failure to exploit the further development of Teignmouth as a port. their success was recognised by the French king and The defeat of Beachy Head and the attack on Tourville was relieved of his command. Perhaps if the Teignmouth caused panic in England. The diarist John French had concentrated on the bigger picture, rather Evelyn wrote, “The whole nation now exceedingly than burning an insignificant coastal town, English alarmed by the French fleet braving our coast even to the history could have been very different. ¢ very Thames mouth.” The French had command of the

Admiral Anne Hilarion de Tourville

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Historic Mallock Family Gathering at Cockington Court Descendants of the Mallock family, who lived at Cockington Court from 1654 to 1932, returned to Cockington Court for the day.


he beautiful house and grounds of Cockington Court history on this trip, covering nearly 1,000 years.” were home to consecutive members of the Mallock Each branch of the family was invited to cover a family for 278 years. Susanne West (formerly Mallock) display board with their current family details, interests organised the family gathering that saw over 85 Mallocks and achievements plus another board about any other return to their historic home. Susanne is one of the family interesting family members that they have researched. members with the furthest to travel, from her home in New Famous Mallock family members include Arthur Mallock, Zealand. The Mallock reunion has provided a wonderful designer and builder of the Mallock U2 racecar, Richard snapshot of what family members are doing today. Mallock, MP for Torquay from 1886 -1895, Charles Susanne says, “My Herbert Mallock, a writer husband and I have been The Mallock family history provides and poet in the 1920s, and travelling around the UK Rawlin Mallock, inventor a fascinating insight into the and Europe for the last of the Mallock Machine (an heritage of Cockington Court couple of years looking up electrical analog computer family history and visiting that solved lines of linear sites relevant to the Mallocks. The event has been a great equations – a precursor to modern computers) in 1933. opportunity for us all to get to know each other better Agatha Christie was a friend of the family and and to get the younger ones interested in their roots and dedicated a book ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ to history in general. I have learnt so much about English Christopher Mallock. Agatha visited the Court in the

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Susanne West and Marissa Wakefield (Cockington Court Craft Centre Director)

Ben Mallock, Luca de Matteis and Melita de Matteis - grandaughter of Richard Mallock (from Bath)

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Jason Mallock-Long (from Frome), Dee Flower née Mallock (from Winchester) and Ben Mallock (from Banbury)

Charlie Mallock, Paul Clarke, Sam Hutchinson, Sarah Clarke née Mallock, Eleanor Hutchinson née Mallock, Gavin Hutchinson, Elliott and Millie Clarke (from Northampton & Rugby)

Vicky, Mary, Roger, Richard and Libby Mallock (from Arundel)

early 1900s and took part in amateur theatricals. After Charles Herbert Mallock DSO, Royal Field Artillery, died fighting in WWI the house was sold to Torquay Corporation, which turned it into a public space for all to enjoy. The family moved away to pursue different interests, careers and vocations and settled in different parts of England, Europe and beyond. Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Craft Centre Director, said, “The Mallock family history provides a fascinating insight into the heritage of Cockington Court. In 2017, I met

Susanne and suggested how lovely it would be to see more of the Mallock family back at the Court. This planted the idea of holding a reunion event here.” Visitors to Cockington Court joined the celebrations and met the descendants of the Mallock family, finding out more about their history by looking at displays in the Court and Cockington Church. Cockington Court is now filled with fascinating arts and crafts workshops and is well worth a visit with its beautiful country park, cricket green, restored lakes, arboretum, Norman church, Gamekeepers Cottage and idyllic village atmosphere. ¢ 

Did You Know? The beautiful, ornate clock tower on the corner of the Strand and Victoria Parade is properly known as the Mallock Memorial and was built to celebrate the life and works of Richard Mallock who died in 1900 while cycling in Scotland. It was paid for by public subscription.

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Give it a Go! Mountain Biking

Get Back On A Bike Haldon Forest is a spectacular spot for mountain biking and only 30 minutes from the Bay. Anita Newcombe joined British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader, Cathy Debenham to give it a go!


haven’t ridden a bike properly since I was a child and that was quite a while ago. Also I am terrified of traffic and don’t fancy riding a road bike. So I decide to join Cathy Debenham’s ‘Get Back on a Bike’ mountain biking session at Haldon Forest at 10am on a Tuesday morning. There’s a drop of rain first thing but then it brightens up as I pop on some old leggings, a long sleeved t-shirt, a thin waterproof and my trainers. I haven’t got a mountain bike but Cathy has told me that I can hire one at Haldon Forest. I leave Brixham at 9am and arrive at Haldon Forest with its 3,500 acres of beautiful woodland at 9.35am. It’s such a pleasure to be high up here in the forest with all its trails and fabulous views. After parking up, I head to Forest Cycle Hire, which is just opposite the café. There are also toilets here and if you don’t have change for the car park, you can buy a ticket from the Rangers Office. You can hire a mountain bike for either a half or a full day. You’ll have to leave some sort of photo ID with them (although they were happy to keep my credit card against return of the bike and will also hold car keys).

Once I’ve got my bike and my helmet, I head over to the meeting point opposite the café for my session. It’s a quiet morning and there is only one other rider on today’s outing. Vanessa has been riding in Cathy’s mountain bike sessions for over a year and just loves it. She tells me, “I simply wanted to get fit but the first time I came I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop chuckling – it’s the best thing ever!” Cathy knows that I haven’t ridden a bike for many years and my old bike certainly didn’t have the clever gears and suspension that this one has. After a chat and a bit of a briefing, we get going - heading straight into the forest. Surprisingly I find it’s just like ‘riding a bike’ and other than faffing with the gears to see what works, I’m feeling quite comfortable. Cathy reminds me that you have to be pedalling to change gears and this helps although I only have a hazy notion of gear change protocol and even how many gears I’ve got. There’s one button to make the pedalling easier and another to make it harder. Are you thinking, “Why would you want to make it harder?” Well, Cathy explains that you want to maintain a comfortable pedalling speed regardless of the gradient and October/November 2019 | 31




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British World-Class Sailing Wins In Tor Bay

The prestigious Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in early September was the very first to take place in the UK.


eventy-seven teams from twenty different nations competed in fourteen exciting races over five days, deciding the Open (professional) and Corinthian (amateur) World Champions, ratified by World Sailing. Countries represented were: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America. The wind speed, direction and sea state in the Bay were in a constant state of flux, testing the raw talent of the competitors and the race committee led by PRO Stuart

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Childerley. With all seventy-seven teams on one start line, and a tight windward leeward course of under two miles, the racing was thrilling in the extreme. Tor Bay delivered world class racing conditions and the international fleet, including numerous Olympic and World Champions, rose to the occasion. Both the professional and amateur world champion winners went to the wire, only settled on the last leg of the final race. Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat (GBR) with Paul Ward, Charlie Cumbley, Ruairidh Scott, Mario Trindade, became the first British team to win the Open J/70 World Championship, holding off a strong challenge from Joel

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Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, and Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible. Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, was fourth and best Open Woman Helm in the championship. Soak Racing (IRL) with Marshall King, Ian Wilson, Andrew Shorrock and Adam Brushett won the J/70 Corinthian World Championship in dramatic style. In the last race, Soak Racing was four places ahead of Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. A tie on points for the series was settled by countback, a single place after fourteen races gave Soak Racing victory. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull was third. Fiona Hampshire (GBR)

racing Elizabeth was best Corinthian Woman Helm in the championship. The Awards Ceremony was held in the Event Marquee. Event Director Bob Penfold introduced Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Nigel Wollen, to present the prizes and winners’ trophies. Darwin Escapes’ Chief Executive Anthony Esse described the event as a “complete triumph.” GAC Pindar, represented by Andrew Pindar, who has been sponsoring sailing events for 39 years, was also invited to the stage and was full of praise for an amazing regatta. ¢  October/November 2019 | 35

The beautiful riverside town of Dartmouth will be abuzz with foodies sampling the delights of this vibrant and joyful food festival from 18-20 October.


ver 20,000 people will flock to see well-known chefs in action. There will be a plethora of marquees and stalls groaning with food & drink all over Dartmouth from the South Embankment, through the heart of the Royal Avenue Gardens and along to the Old Market. The main festival days to visit are Friday, Saturday and Sunday when you’ll find a wide array of scrumptious wares, celebrity chef demos and other fun activities going on. With over 100 producers, including around 75 percent from Devon - the festival attracts visitors from near and far to browse and buy direct from the growers, makers, bakers and brewers. Stands selling breads, cheeses, meats, drinks, wines, beers, chocolate, flapjack, cake, chutneys, oils and much more will be available from 10am each day.

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Why not sample something different this year? We like the sound of Churtopia, original Spanish sausages with handmade sauces. Or Hopala Creperie for a taste of savoury buckwheat galettes. The South Devon Chilli Farm, Pipers Farm and Riverford Organic Farms stands are always must-visits and West Country Dim Sum sounds yummy. Hippy Happy Hoppers is the slightly psychedelic but fun name for what I’m sure is quite delicious Sri Lankan Street Food and Little Jack Horner’s sausage rolls are tempting too. Thyme & Tide is offering sustainable seafood and vegetarian food and we’ll definitely try Olives n Stuff for a bit of tapas. Now onto the vital tipple tasting; you can choose from a huge range including Torbay’s very own Bays Brewery plus Hunts Devon Cider, Sharpham Wine, Cornish Cream Liqueurs, Luscombe Drinks, Salcombe

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Food & Drink Eat Your Words The team are also bringing back their successful Eat Your Words event which will welcome back friends, old and new including Guy SinghWatson, the man behind Riverford. Henry Dimbleby Founder of Leon restaurants will be there alongside chef Tom Hunt and Slow Food Board Director Shane Holland. ‘Best UK Restaurant’ and his Rockfish takeaway Gin, British Cassis and Cove Vodka. restaurant chain has twice claimed ‘Best Independent On the sweeter side of things, you might pick up Restaurant’ at the National Fish & Chip Awards. Of his a fancy Christmas pudding from Georgie Porgie, try books, one of them, Fresh, scooped ‘Best Fish Book’ at some fudge from Edward’s Fudge Kitchen or enjoy the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. some Langleys Rocky Road – the choices are endless. Susy Atkins, the famed author and broadcaster who You can also buy some jaunty Dartmouth Food Festival is known for her no-nonsense, down-to-earth and merchandise such as shopping bags, tea towels, oven often humorous approach, will be hosting some drinks gloves, coasters, mugs, and glass boards. Kitchen items seminars at Browns Hotel. such as ceramics from Pink Mango, kitchenalia from The Festival is also introducing this year, the Monday Tresamble Trading and kitchen knives from Flint & Community Lunch – a Flame will be on sale too. Once you are replete Chefs’ demos from Mitch Tonks, Romy brand new initiative to use up any surplus food from and loaded up with Gill, Matt Tebbutt, JP Bidart, Jenny goodies don’t forget to Chandler, Jane Baxter and Mark Hix, the festival and have the local community enjoy it. check out the chefs’ all cooking up their favourite recipes For the first time, the demos with well-known Festival has installed an ‘Artist in Residence’ at the names such as Mitch Tonks, Romy Gill, Matt Tebbutt, festival. Emily Thomas is a young, local talent and JP Bidart, Jenny Chandler, Jane Baxter and Mark they’re delighted she has come on board – make sure you Hix cooking up their favourite recipes in the mobile say hello as you see her around the festival and her work kitchens. will be shared online for everyone to enjoy. Everyone loves the demos and Mitch describes the 2019 sees the Festival moving towards 100% use of Festival as having “a party atmosphere from start to compostable cutlery, cups, plates and packaging. They’ll finish.” Mitch has become one of the most respected also be encouraging visitors to be greener by offering free and knowledgeable seafood people in the country water refills throughout the town. ¢ and an acclaimed restaurateur, chef and author in the process. His Seahorse restaurant has won the Observer’s 

Need to Know The festival is free to browse. Parking will be quite restricted in Dartmouth. Try the local bus to Kingswear or the Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton, Goodrington or Churston. Check return times.

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

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

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Food&DrinkNews...Food&DrinkNews... Celebrating the Apple Harvest If cider or fresh apple juice are especial favourites, you are in luck with three delightful local events to visit in October.

Hunts Cider Festival 5 October

Celebrate some of the West Country’s finest cider at Stoke Gabriel’s Broadleigh Farm. Last year’s successful Hunts Cider Harvest Festival raised large sums for Rowcroft Hospice and Devon Air Ambulance and the same two local charities will be benefiting this time. There’ll be live music and delicious food as well as the scrummiest Devon ciders. You can dance the night away to popular party band I LOVE AMP. The festival is suitable for over-18s only. Tickets are £8 and can be booked online. The event starts at 6pm and you could be bopping till midnight, so make sure that you pre-book a taxi. Parking is available onsite but all cars must be removed by midnight so make sure you have a designated driver. There’s also a camping option with 2 festival tickets plus one night’s camping for two people at £25. ¢ 

Sharpham Apple Day 6 October Sharpham Estate’s Apple Day will include a host of applethemed activities for all the family, including storytelling, walks, arts and crafts and games. Try the fresh juice

grown at Sharpham’s organic orchards - straight from the press. Or bring your own apples to juice (just not windfalls from orchards grazed with animals in the last six weeks). In exchange for bringing the fruit, you will be given half of this delicious freshly-pressed apple juice back in new bottles while the other half will be kept to help support the charitable work of the Trust. If you haven’t any apples to bring, you can still buy bottles of this delicious juice on the day. Or wander through the formal and woodland gardens of historic Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown parkland landscape. Time: 10.30am-4pm. ¢ 

Cockington Apple Festival 20 October

After 25 years of Apple Day, this year the team at beautiful Cockington Court is introducing Cockington Apple Festival, a bite-size version celebrating all things apple. There will be games, craft, cider and apple-related stalls. You can visit apple sculptures and workshops and watch the traditional apple press demonstrations. Time: 10am-4pm, free event. Brian Carter, a popular writer,

poet and regular contributor to the local paper for 30 years, started Apple Day back in 1993. Cockington Apple Festival takes place in and around Cockington Court and the resident craft makers in their studios will be on hand to showcase their fabulously creative skills. You can also visit Cockington’s stunning country park, arboretum, lakes and historic Norman church. ¢  October/November 2019 | 39

celebrate the festive season

Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course lunch or dinner in the cosy surrounds of the log-fired Cary Arms & Spa. For large parties, our charming conservatory seats up to 22 persons. From 1st December until 23rd December 2019 £24.50 per person Monday-Friday Lunchtime £29.50 per person Saturday/Sunday Lunchtime and Sunday-Thursday Dinner £34.50 per person Friday and Saturday Dinner Lunch 12-3pm, Dinner 6.30-9pm Booking essential. Pre-orders only

For further information and bookings please call 01803 327110 or email

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It may seem early but if you want kudos for booking a great place for your Christmas party this year, then it’s time to get on with it!


e are very fortunate in having a huge choice of venues within easy distance around the Bay. First of all, figure out whether your group fancies a smart place where you can dress up a bit, or a more casual environment. Then location – where will be convenient for most people? After you have narrowed it down a bit you can start looking at menus to see if they look tempting. And extras – will you get a welcome drink, coffee, mince pies, hats, crackers and novelties? Do you need music and dancing or just a bit of quiet chat? Would you like to stay the night? Over in Brixham, the Berry Head Hotel is offering a festive menu from 18 November. Christmas Party Nights are happening throughout December with four-course dinner, coffee, table novelties, DJ and dancing. There are also many festive events planned, some with live entertainment and dancing during the Christmas & New Year period. The Cary Arms in Torquay is holding 3-course festive lunches and dinners from 1 December and for larger groups The Conservatory can seat up to 22 people. Exclusive Christmas House Parties are also on offer. Boogie away at the TLH Toorak and TLH Carlton Hotels in Torquay. You can book Party Nights with

3-course meals, a free drinks reception, hats, crackers, streamers and balloons plus DJ till 1am. Festive lunches and private parties are also options. For an intimate and stylish Christmas lunch or dinner why not try the Brasserie at the Meadfoot Bay Hotel? Another popular choice in Torquay is the ever-so-French restaurant Bistrot Pierre, which has Christmas Party lunches and dinners. Bistrot Pierre occupies a great spot on the seafront with plenty of Christmas atmosphere. Right on Paignton’s buzzing Esplanade, why not try the wonderfully historic Paignton Club? They have a choice of menus for Christmas parties and other functions, all including mince pies and Christmas crackers. Royal Torbay Yacht Club has prepared a selection of fixed-price packages, with a choice of buffets or a sit-down Christmas Dinner plus disco option. Brixham’s Breakwater Bistro with its wonderful waterfront location and relaxed atmosphere is now taking Christmas Party bookings. Hamiltons on Babbacombe Downs and The Redcliffe Hotel in Torquay are both great choices for a sophisticated celebration. Whatever you decide, make sure you get together with your friends and colleagues to have some super-sparkling festive fun this year. ¢

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Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Book your Christmas Party and we will ensure your staff have the party of the year! Prestigious Refurbished Venue with Excellent Facilities Range of Fixed Price Packages Buffet & Christmas Dinner Parties (with Disco Option) From 25 to 100 Guests (Custom Packages available)

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Looking for a venue with breathtaking views, period charm and a dedicated events team? Now taking bookings for Christmas Parties & Functions The Paignton Club, established in 1885. It’s perfectly placed to capture panoramic views across the bay and is open six days every week for wining, dining and relaxing.

Available for weddings and private functions.


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1 The Esplanade Paignton TQ4 6ED Membership applications are always welcome - see website for details

Joyeux Noël mber to 31st Decembe 26th Nove r

Book now and join us for Chrimas 3 course lunch £18.95 3 course dinner £27.95 † Abbey Sands, Abbey Crescent, Torbay Road, TQ2 5FB

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As ships steam by... Need to know Distance - 3 miles Exertion - Moderate with some steep sections. Time - Allow 2 hours Terrain - Coast path of varying quality - can be muddy. Dogs - Free to roam. Refreshments - Bring a flask! Accessibilty - Not suitable for pushchairs or very young children. Parking - Free car park. Start Postcode - TQ5 9QN


rom Sharkham Point to Man Sands is a well-trodden section of the South West Coast Path that was regularly patrolled by the coastguard in years gone by. Sharkham Point, now a managed nature reserve, has seen many changes over time and whilst there is still some evidence of adits and mine workings, the majority of the works were filled more recently as the headland was formerly the refuse tip for Brixham. The iron-rich middle Devonian shales that stretch back along the coast to Berry Head are fossil bearing, making a diversion down to St Mary’s Beach at the beginning of this walk an entertaining one, especially if you have excited youngsters with you! There are more than often light coloured plumes of silt

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washing out to sea as the gently sloping soft shales behind the beach are slowly leached away. This is a hilly walk in parts so plenty of opportunity to take a breather and watch all manner of craft passing by - sailing boats making passage along the coast to Dartmouth, trawlers bound for the Atlantic and freighters steaming their way up the channel. At the right time of year you might even spot a basking shark. Walking boots are recommended for this walk as the steep inclines can be slippery in wet weather!

1From the car park at the far end of St Mary’s Road take the path to the left of the car park as you face out to sea. After 150 metres one can take the path through the kissing gate on the left out around the headland or proceed downhill for another 50 metres to the steps that lead down to the beach under the watchful gaze of St Mary, a wood carving by local ar tist Isabel Coulton. 2 The coast path around the headland to Sharkham Point affords great views along the coast to Berry Head and off the silty out-wash that gave rise to the old name for this area, Mudstone Bay. 3 The path skir ts the promontory and on reaching the southern end there are benches to take in views of the coast toward Dar tmouth. The path goes eastward downhill across open ground to a stone stile and follows a narrow winding cliff top path. 4 Another bench is situated here before taking the switchback path upward on to the National Trust owned Southdown Cliff, the highest point on the route.

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5 At this point the path descends very steeply to Man Sands. Take care if it’s wet as the ground can be very slippery. 6 Man Sands has many points of interest. An inhabited coastal cottage and ancient lime kiln can be found at the southernmost end of the beach. Behind

Walk the beach a reed-surrounded ley of fresh water stretches out with pleasant views up the valley. The return route follows the same path for most of the way; however you might take the choice of a shor ter path directly to the car park once you get back to the Sharkham headland.

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October & November around the Bay

England’s Seafood FEAST On till 6 October

England’s Seafood Coast is playing host to a feast for all the senses. Enjoy a wealth of fun events, tasting some of the best seafood in the world. There will be visits to Brixham’s world-fa o s fish arket, catch and cook sessions.

Venues around the Bay.

Early Photography & Plymouth Talk, Torquay 1 October

Photographic pioneers ag erre and o al ot are well known. oin igel erton, City eritage C rator, Ply o th M se Galleries and Archi es, to disco er Ply o th s place in the history of early photography c . i e: . a -noon, cost: non- e ers .

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Brixham’s Famous Fish Market Tour 2 October

Go ehind the scenes on ngland s eafood Coast to iew the h stle and stle of ri ha s world fa o s ish Market. o r to r will e followed y a delicio s reakfast at ockfish. he arket is ns ita le for wheelchairs. er years only. i e: a pro pt, cost: incl des reakfast and donation to the isher ens Mission. ail: f t g to ook.

The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW

Britannia Royal Naval College Guided Tours Selected dates in October & November

A g ided to r of this spectac lar ilding offers a fascinating insight into the rich history, role and rele ance of the world-fa o s college and the na al training cond cted here today. Cost: Ad lt , Child . ,

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College Way, Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ

Bialowieza Forest Talk, Torquay 2 October

An e ploration y oger a ilton of the nat ral history of the largest remnant of primeval forest left in Europe, which straddles the order etween Poland and elar s. i e: . a -noon, cost: non- e ers .

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Torbay Film Club, Torquay 3 October & 7 November

cto er s fil is he li e ree panish t s titled and o e er s fil is he G ernsey Literary Potato Pie ociety nglish . Cost: . or per ann e ership, which incl des nine fil s. Paya le on the night.

St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW

Sea Themed Murder Mystery Night, Goodrington 4 October

n oy a s pt o s feast of local seafood y the each at Cantina, while local theatre co pany Moonstone pro iding a gripping tale of the seas. o r gastrono ic feast will incl de ingredients foraged fro the shoreline y the chef, who yo will eet on the night. ooking essential, cost: .

Cantina Kitchen & Bar, Youngs Park Road, Goodrington TQ4 6BU 01803 525377

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Riviera What’s On Seafood Supper Club, Brixham 4, 5 & 6 October

Enjoy the very best seafood in a special edition of The Curious Kitchen’s supper club. You can indulge in 6 delicious co rses the sa o ry co rses will feat re local fish and shellfish cooked with air and i agination. ring yo r own alcohol. ooking essential, ti e: . p , cost: .

The Curious Kitchen, Middle Street, Brixham TQ5 8ER 01803 854816

Berry Head Birding & Breakfast 5 October

erry ead ational at re eser e is one of e ons top irdwatching sites, and early ornings in the a t n are when it is at its ery est. oin a walk with local e pert Mike Lang an to see and learn a o t so e of the wonderf l sea irds and igrants sing the headland. After a orning s irding yo ll head to the G ardho se Cafe at . a for a hot drink and a delicio s reakfast of callops enedict or a traditional nglish or eggie reakfast if preferred . i e: - . a , cost: .

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 528008

Antiques Fair, Newton Abbot Racecourse 5 October

Wander a ongst the stalls in search of a hidden treasure in one of the any anti es stalls inside and o tside of the raceco rse. i e: a - . p , cost: free.

Newton Abbot Racecourse , Newton Road, Kingsteignton TQ12 3AF 01626 353235

Dyslexia and You, Torquay 5 October

his is an infor ati e workshop for parents and carers to help e power dysle ic children at school and at ho e. here will e a Parents Workshop with Liz Loly and ohn icks. i e: . a - . p . ickets: pl s ooking fee.

Brunel Manor, Teignmouth Road, Torquay TQ1 4SF

The Big Cantina Beach Clean 6 October

oin the Cantina crew for a each clean on Goodrington ands and help keep this local each ea tif l. Afterwards head along to Cantina and enjoy a free

hot drink. here will e li e at osphere. i e: - p .

sic too with a party

Cantina Kitchen & Bar, Youngs Park Road, Goodrington TQ4 6BU 01803 525377

Pilgrim Open Day 8 & 29 October

Pilgri is the oldest s r i ing trawler ilt and rigged in ri ha . Go a oard on one of their pen ays, see how they did things in and e plore ri ha s ni e fishing and sailing heritage. G ided to rs are free, donations welco e. i es: . a - . p and . . p afternoon session only on cto er .

Town Pontoon, Brixham TQ5 9BP 01803 858148

Sir Walter Ralegh, Patriot or Traitor? Torquay 8 October

r. eer e plores the contro ersial life of e ons Walter alegh also spelled aleigh . oldier, ad ent rer, poet and star of liza eth I s co rt, he was i prisoned y her successor on a charge of high treason. i e: . a -noon, cost: non- e .


Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

A Walk on Berry Head Wednesdays 9, 23 & 30 October, Thursdays 10, 24 & 31 October

Join a Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust volunteer who will g ide yo aro nd erry ead ational at re eser e. i e: Wednesday sessions . a to noon, h rsday sessions - . p , s ita le: years and older, cost: free, no ooking t a per to r.

Visitor Centre, Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022

RNLI Talk: Antigua or Bust 9 October (Brixham) & 10 October (Torquay)

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Time: 7.30pm, tickets £4 in advance (book online) on £5 on the door. Food will be available. All proceeds to Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers.

Head’s landscapes and wildlife this autumn with Outdoor Photography Tutor Phil Hemsley. Cost: £35, suitable for: adults, Time: 10am-4.30pm, booking essential.

Brixham Yacht Club, Overgang Road, Brixham TQ5 8AR (9 October). Royal Torbay Yacht Club, 12 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH (10 October) antiguaorbust

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022

Coins, Slate & Daub Talk, Torquay 9 October

Fieldwork in the Ipplepen area since 2007 has revealed a rural settlement of the Iron Age and Roman period unlike any yet found in Devon. Derek Gore describes discoveries at this remarkable site. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: nonmembers £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

An Audience at the Palace, Paignton 10 October & various dates in November Enjoy regular talks with interesting folk on fabulous subjects. October’s audience is with Chris Nicholls on Oldway’s Winnaretta Singer, toast of Belle Epoque, Paris and Venice. £5 per talk with tea or coffee included, Friends of the Palace Theatre: £3, time: 10am.

Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF 01803 665800

Supercars by the Sea, Torquay 12 October

A supercar meet with fundraising in aid of Rays of Sunshine, a charity for terminally ill children and their families. Expect stands from marques such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini plus food and drink vendors.

Torquay Marina, Vaughan Road, Torquay TQ2 5EQ 01803 200210

Caves and Cosmos, Kents Cavern 13 October

Join Dartmoor Skies for an astronomy themed evening! Gaze up at the stars and learn how our ancestors would have viewed them thousands of years ago. If the weather is bad then a guided cave tour will take place. Cost: £10 per person, booking essential, time: 7-9pm, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136

National Hunt Racing, Newton Abbot Racecourse 13 & 31 October Enjoy jump racing at Newton Abbot Racecourse. Discounts for booking online, children go free. See website for times and prices.

Newton Road, Kingsteignton Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235

Can Economic Botany Save our Health? Torquay 15 October Having held senior positions at Kew, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Eden Project, Sue Minter is well alified to talk a o t the i portance of plants in oth pharmaceutical and herbal medicine Time: 10.45amnoon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Judges Were Not Born Yesterday, Torquay 16 October A retired circuit judge, Alan Taylor explains what the legal profession is all about and what he has learnt from a career lasting 44 years. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: nonmembers £5.

Autumn Photography Workshop, Berry Head 12 October

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Autumn Flower & Vegetable Show, Brixham 18 & 19 October

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Riviera What’s On Enjoy Brixham Horticultural Society’s marvelous display of ho e grown egeta les, fr it and owers. o can enter these categories or the handicrafts, cacti or even cakes a s. i e: p - p on riday and a - p on at rday. ree entry.

Scala Hall, Market Street Brixham TQ5 8TA 01803 856531

talks, advice areas, stalls and a pampering and wellbeing area, incl ding a fashion show. i e: a - p .

RICC, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Dinosaur Halloween Horrors, Torquay 19-31 October

isco er the alloween orrors that ha e in aded or ays inosa r World. i es: a - p last entry . p .

Torbay Festival of Poetry 18-20 October

With eighteen events featuring twenty poets a full weekend of poetry is planned. he progra e incl des readings, workshops, and a presentation on the life and work of ohn et e an.

Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torbay Road TQ2 6RQ

Tea Time Trail, Greenway 19 October-3 November, 9, 10, 16,17, 23 & 24 November What do squirrels like for tea, and where does tea come fro n oy Greenway s f n ea i e Garden rail for fa ilies. ree e ent t nor al ad ission applies. ogs on leads welco e. i e: . a - p . o ooking for e ent t parking st e pre- ooked.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World, Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB 01803 298779

Leaf Patterns Trail, Coleton Fishacre 19 October – 3 November

his cto er half ter , why not look for patterns in the lea es in the garden on Coleton ishacres Leaf Patterns trail ree e ent t ad ission applies for the en e. Children are welco e when with an ad lt, not s ita le for dogs, no ooking, pick p trail fro reception.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Brixham Battery Open Day 20 October

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

Spooky Spotter Sheets 19-27 October

or ay Coast Co ntryside r st s spooky sheets will help you spot lots of amazing bugs and beasties hiding in the ea tif l co ntry park. Cost: p per sheet, s ita le: years . i e: a - p , no ooking.

Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022

Aging Well Festival 19 October

he progra e will incl de live music & comedy including ‘Ageing Well’s Got alent, a talent showcase for locals to oin. here will also e: a ariety of workshops, gentle exercise sessions,

Enjoy a special open weekend at Brixham Battery with weapon displays, living history displays plus free tours of the gro nds and g n oors. rowse the se and ilitary gifts. i e: a - p , cost: free e ent t donations welco e. Check we site for other opening ti es. og friendly incl ding gardens and near y co e and woods.

Battery Gardens, Fishcombe Hill Road, Brixham TQ5 8RU

Heroes & Villains Halloween Quest, Occombe 21-25 October ead o er to cco heroes and illains. co pleted. i es:

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sheet, no booking.

Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Marine Monster Mysteries, Living Coasts 21 – 31 October

preferences by David Smallshire. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Pick up a trail sheet to discover more about nature’s most weird and wonderful marine creatures, bust the creepy myths, uncover freaky facts and receive a ghoulish prize at the end. Trail sheets £1.50 while stocks last. Normal admission applies.

Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 01803 202470

The Wild Potions Trail, Paignton Zoo 21-31 October

Pick up a ‘Wild Potions’ trail sheet and discover the ingredients in the witches’ secret Zoo Brew, to receive a creepy crawly prize at the end. Trail sheets £1.50 while stocks last. Watch the animals receive pumpkins and other Halloween treats plus special talks, activities and face painting. Normal admission applies.

Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU 01803 697500

Cockington Halloween & Day of the Dead Festival 21 October-3 November

Enjoy some spooky fun at historic Cockington Court.

Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA

Meet Birds of Prey, Kents Cavern 21-22 October

Doing it the Riverford Way, Torquay 23 October

Local farmer, ‘veg nerd’ and ethical entrepreneur, Guy SinghWatson discusses how Riverford developed from three acres and a wheelbarrow to an employee-owned business with 700 staff packing a vegetable box every three seconds. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Wild Wednesdays, Coleton Fishacre 23 & 30 October

The ranger team leads 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ activities in the garden. Time: 2-4pm. Free event but ad ission applies for the en e. Ca pfire cooking: . Dogs on leads are welcome.

The Devon Bird of Prey Centre will bring to a selection of birds to Kents Cavern that are representative of those which would have coexisted with Stone Age man. Included in normal admission. Time: 11am-3.30pm.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136

Hampton Avenue, Torquay TQ1 3 LA 01803 315315

Devon Dragonflies, Torquay 22 October

Italian Night, Berry Head Hotel 24 October

Halloween Evenings of Mini Horrors 24-31 October

Babbacombe Model Village takes on a spooky twist with lots to see in the daytime plus full spooky Halloween in the evening. See full details on website.

n oy a fascinating talk on the iology of dragon ies, Devon’s species, their distributions and habitat

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Enjoy some Italian specialities in an all-you-can-eat buffet for £15.50 per person.

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Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225

Kids Halloween Cookery School 24 October

Kids! Stir up some mystical potions, spooky creations and goulish treats in time for Halloween. Cost: £36 per child, suitable for: 7-12 years, time: 10am-4pm.

Occombe Farm Cookery School., Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Countryside Walk, Coleton Fishacre 24 October

The ranger team will be leading a countryside walk from Coleton Fishacre to Pudcombe Cove, along the South West Coast Path to Ivy Cove, and back to Coleton Fishacre via Coleton Camp. Time: 11.30am-2pm. Free event but admission applies for the venue. Suitable for: adults, accompanied children and dogs on leads.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Riviera What’s On Ghosthunters Murder Mystery, Imperial Hotel 26 October Legend has it that in this very venue 100 years ago someone killed the ancestors of Miss Darling. Now on the anniversary of these killings, Dr Clark Eldrich and his team of Ghosthunters investigate the ghastly goingson. Tickets: £40 to include drinks reception, 3-course dinner, tea, coffee & mints plus murder mystery. Booking essential, time: 7pm.

Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01803 294301

Trust 10 Trail Run, Coleton Fishacre 27 October & 24 November

A free monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. 5K option available. Time: registration 8.30am for 9am start. Parking charges apply. Self time if needed.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Torchlit Walk, Coleton Fishacre 25 October

his e ening a ing torch lit walk takes in the coast path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point in the company of a member of the National Trust’s Ranger Team. Time: 6-9pm, cost: £10, suitable for adults and children over 12. Dogs on leads welcome, booking essential. A fairly strenuous walk.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Countryside Walk, Greenway 25 October

Why not join one of the countryside rangers for a walk through Greenway garden out to part of the estate? Time: 11.30am-1pm. Free event but normal admission applies. No booking for event but parking must be prebooked. Suitable for: adults, accompanied children and dogs on leads.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

The Man Who Founded the Empire, Torquay 29 October

Local historian Phil Badcott tells the amazing story of Sir Humphrey Gilbert of Compton Castle and how the British Empire originated from his vision. There will be musical accompaniment from Tim Trewin and Ryan Fincham. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Tots Go Wild at Halloween, Occombe 30 October

Occombe has some spooky and wild surprises in store for Halloween. Fancy dress optional. Children must be

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Georgia toilet & basin with every bathroom order

breakfasts & hearty lunches, seasonal specials, snacks & treats.

Bathing a problem? – we can help • Wet rooms • Walk in showers and baths • Waterproof wall panelling • Slip resistant safety flooring • Grab rails, shower seats & raised toilets • Discounts for over 60s and EX Service personnel • Disabled Facilities Grants

Look out for our special monthly supper night menus. Dates and menus in-cafe or on-line.

Call for friendly advice and free survey and quote

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Evenings of Mini Horrors

See the Model Village in a whole new light during Halloween... if you dare!


24th to 31st October 2019

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Riviera What’s On accompanied by one adult. Cost: £5 per child, suitable for toddlers-5years. Babies can come at no extra charge

Occombe Garden Yurt, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Hollywood on a Budget, Torquay 30 October

John Tomkins describes the highs and lows of being an independent fil prod cer in the o th West and e plains how the English Riviera Film Festival has grown into one of the most successful festivals in the region. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Autumn Tea Festival, Greenway 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 November

also be open for lunches catering for all tastes including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Entry, parking and all workshops are free.

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Kingsteignton Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235

Bay Excursion to Bridgwater Carnival 2 November

Visit the renowned Bridgwater Carnival by spacious, double-decker executive coach organised by The Rotary Club of Tormohun. Tickets are £18 return. Departing from Livermead House Hotel, Torquay (free parking) at . p or at t Matthias Ch rch in Wellswood at p . ickets fro : a id owe M: ail: da id k, onathan dgoose M: or at Conroy Co ch - ewellers Union treet or ay

Whether yo r choice of tea is a delicate white of Japan or a typical builder’s brew, Greenway’s Autumn Tea Festival is the perfect way to discover your new favourite. Time: 11am-4pm. Free event but normal admission applies. No booking.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

Autumn Migration Watch, Berry Head 2 November

Early November can produce some of the most spectacular overhead movements of birds, but only early in the morning. Local bird expert Mike Langman will guide yo and help identify these irds. tarts . - . a including a full breakfast at the Guardhouse Café at around 9.15am. Tickets: £18.50, suitable for: adults.

Shakespeare Underground, Kents Cavern 4-9 November

el e ndergro nd into hakespeares tantalizing tale he Tempest as it unfolds around you in a world of stalagmites and stalactites through limestone passageways. ickets: , s ita le for: years . Incl des a - in te promenade performance around the cave.

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022

Newton Abbot Wellbeing Show 2 November

Discover a wealth of ways to look after your health and wellbeing. There will be a selection of workshops. The restaurant will

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Riviera What’s On The Handsomest Young Man in England, Torquay 5 November Churchill made Rupert Brooke’s patriotic poems famous, but he was World War I’s ‘voice of the nation’ who died without seeing combat. Emma Seaman asks whether Brooke was a naïve golden boy or a more complicated writer. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

The Barn Owl – Restoring the Balance, Torquay 6 November

David Ramsden gives an introduction to the Barn Owl, the effects of changing farming practices, conservation measures and the work of the Barn Owl Trust. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Kids Cookery Club, Occombe 9 November

Only 6 weeks before Christmas, the Saturday morning cookery club gets festive. Suitable for 8-13 years, cost: £20, children can be left at the club once paperwork is complete. Time: 9.30am-12 noon, book online.

Paignton Parish Church, Palace Place, Paignton TQ3 3AQ 01803 555838 (RBL HQ and Poppy HQ)

Tudor Seafaring & Russia Talk, Torquay 12 November

Richard Chancellor was a master navigator and member of the Muscovy Company of Merchant Adventurers. He fo nded trade with ssia and ro ght the first ssian ambassadors to England in 1554. A talk by Sara Hudson. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Ticket to Ride, Torquay 13 November

Dave Norman gives a talk on the rise (to orbit and beyond) of commercial space ventures. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Indian Night, Berry Head Hotel 14 November

Enjoy some Indian specialities in an all-you-can-eat buffet for £15.50 per person.

Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225

Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Torquay Christmas Carnival Procession 16 November Remembrance Day Service, Paignton 10 November

The Royal British Legion’s Paignton Branch will hold its Remembrance day Service at 3pm, all welcome, be seated by 2.45pm. After the service contingents form up outside and march to the memorial, where wreaths will be laid. There will also be a short memorial service on Monday, 11 November at the War Memorial, Palace Avenue at 11am.

The Carnival Procession leaves Lymington Rd coach station, arri ing at Castle Circ s ti es to e confir ed. Please support, all monies collected go to local charities and groups.

Torquay TQ1 1DR

Gambia & the Smiling Coast, Torquay 19 November

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Riviera What’s On been independent since 1965 and is slowly evolving. Tansy Southall explains that we might learn a lot from their way of life. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

stalls at this antiques fair, and lunch is from just £5 per person with desserts and cake at just £2. Plus, the bar will be open. Time: 9am-2.30pm, admission free.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Newton Road, Kingsteignton Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF 01626 353235

Tots Go Wild, Occombe 20 November

Children’s Hospice SW Christmas Fair, Dartmouth 23 November

Occombe Garden Yurt, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

The Old Market, Market Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QD

Tots come along to Occombe Farm to discover the sights, smells and colours of autumn. Children must be accompanied by one adult. Cost: £5 per child, suitable for toddlers-5years. Babies can come at no extra charge

Lovely crafts, cards, jewellery, cakes, woven and felted gifts, children’s clothes and lots more, all ideal for Christmas presents. Proceeds go to CHSW. Time: 10am-3pm. Contact Sue Tweed on 01803 770730 or for further details.

The Acting Life, Torquay 20 November

An actress for over 20 years, Julie Mullen describes how she worked in tele ision, fil , theatre and radio. i e: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Lanterns, Lights & ‘Luminations, Brixham 23 November

Brixham will celebrate its Christmas Lights Switch on with a ‘Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ parade at 2pm. No lanterns are released during this event and only battery-powered lights are used. There will also be entertainments and food stalls.

The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8TA

Devon Flora, Torquay 26 November

he history of the pre io s and c rrent oras of e on will be brought to life by Bob Hodgson, followed by a tour of the highlights of the nati e owers of e on. i e: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

Frederick Douglass in Devon, Torquay 27 November

r ichard rad ry relates how, after escaping from slavery, rederick o glass eca e one of the most eloquent advocates of abolition. Time: 10.45am-noon, cost: non-members £5.

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Treats & Treasures, Newton Abbot Racecourse 23 November o

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Coleton Aglow From 29 November

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Santa Caves in the

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Occombe Farm

Join the Adventure this october! Kids Halloween Cookery Thursday 24 October 10am - 4pm £36 per child. 7-12yrs. Booking essential.

(After half term) Tots Go Wild at Halloween Wednesday 30 October 9.30am - 11am

Heroes and Villains Halloween Quest

Monday 21 - Friday 25 October 10am - 3pm Come on an incredible adventure on the farm in search of our very own wildlife heroes and villains!

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beckons to Christmases past, with a 1920s festive party in full swing. Time: 5.30-8pm, cost (applies to visitors & NT members): adult £12, child (5-17) £6, family (2/2) £30. Booking essential. Dress warmly & bring a torch.

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Winter Fest, Torre Abbey 30 November – 1 December

The Winter Fest offers you the chance to buy a range of unique handmade Christmas gifts, as well as enjoy some festive music and a glass of mulled wine. Time:10am until 5pm, cost: £2. Entry includes entry to the Abbey.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

Christmas at Cockington Weekends from 30 November -22 December

Drop into Cockington Visitor Centre for unique gifts, seasonal fun and crafting events. Check website for further details.

Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village, Torquay TQ2 6XA 01803 520022

The King’s Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE 01803 293593

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Greenway 30 November & selected dates in December

Expect Christmas puddings everywhere at Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home, where her short story ‘The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding’ has once again inspired the Christmas decorations and activities. Time: 11am-4pm. Free event but normal admission applies. No booking for event but parking must be prebooked.

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this Christmas Selected evenings between 29 November - 31 December 2019 Why not add some sparkle to your Christmas with a visit to Coleton Aglow. The garden at Coleton Fishacre is merry and bright with illuminations, and inside the beckons to Christmases past with a 1920's festive party.

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FILM The English Riviera Film Festival has been putting emerging talent in the spotlight for 5 years. In the process, it has drawn the attention of filmmakers both locally and internationally, as Paul Trainer discovered when he talked to Festival Director John Tomkins.

Out & About

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a real struggle for anyone with aspirations to work in the s the days begin to darken, trolls, witches and film industry here in Devon. Talent alone isn’t nearly Cornish demons will be in evidence in Torbay this enough. It’s a question of making the right connections October but, contrary to what you may assume, it’s got with the right contacts, and those connections don’t nothing to do with Halloween. Rather, they are part of happen unless people see your work. Film is a global, the highlights of the 2019 English Riviera Film Festival intensively competitive market, and without inviting the (1-12 October). The trolls, for instance, arrive with the rest of the world to the festival, we don’t get to join that South West première of Troll Bridge, Snowgum Films’ market.” eagerly anticipated adaptation of a tale from the late great The festival has upped the number of awards being Terry Pratchett’s Discworld canon. And it will be brought presented this year, a reflection of its increasing credibility. vividly to life in the state-of-the-art cinema at South But central to those awards, Devon College’s new £17 there are still specific honours million High Tech and Films submitted for awards Digital Arts Centre, which adjudication hail from across the for home grown talent; the the film festival this year world, with entries from Canada, English Riviera Film Award boasts as its headline venue. Japan, USA and mainland Europe will recognise a Devon Film / Film Maker, whilst the South Having reached its first Devon College Award recognises outstanding efforts by 5-year milestone, this home grown celebration of the the college’s Film and Media students. creative imagination and its associated industries in film, Tomkins himself is not local by birth (he originally has developed at a steady pace since its inception in 2015 hails from Crawley in Sussex) but it’s in Torbay that as a single day’s spotlight on local talent. With two years he has pursued his own struggle for an audience as an of the pivotal English Rivera International Film Awards independent film director, so he understands exactly what under its belt and a string of regular satellite venues hurdles aspiring film creators have to face. hosting their own film-themed events, Festival Director “I’ve been struck by how rich Torbay and the wider John Tomkins is justifiably proud that the festival now South West is as a source of raw talent, which is why I felt attracts global attention. This is evidenced by the fact that we deserved our own film festival in the first place. There films submitted for awards adjudication hail from across are people here with a great deal to offer the industry the world, with entries from Canada, Japan, USA and across all the filmmaking disciplines and because they’re mainland Europe coming in throughout the submissions all still striving to ‘make it’, they all help each other out. window. But that’s not to say that the festival’s local focus It’s a funny situation; technically you’re in a market where is any less important. you should be in competition with each other, but what “A central ambition for the festival was always to give actually happens is collaboration.” local film-makers an audience,” Tomkins maintains. “It’s

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Out & About Those collaborations are now beginning to reap results. His most recent creative project, the short-form Beard Envy, inspired by the work of celebrated local performance poet Robert Garnham, is getting short-listed at festivals abroad against stiff international competition. Masterminding the English Riviera Film Festival is a work of love rather than reward, but it is one Tomkins has been committed to for the past five years. Working as a freelance film producer and editor enables him to fit the work required between paying jobs. “We’re a small team and all the time and effort is voluntary. The festival’s expenses are supported financially by local business sponsorship or by donation of services, but we’re not at the point where any of us takes a salary from an Arts Council grant, for instance.”

Winning foreign directors, without bidding, almost invariably take the time to film a thank you speech and I know that they’d all fly here to accept their award, except that, like me, they aren’t big earners yet!

the next five years for our tenth anniversary.” So what does a bright future look like? How does John measure success? “What’s important for me is the effect the festival has on its audience and other filmmakers. Winning foreign directors, without bidding, almost invariably take the time to film a thank you speech and I know that they’d all fly here to accept their award, except that, like me, they aren’t big earners yet! And a family who attended last year made a point of seeking me out to tell me how much they had all enjoyed the awards day. That’s where I get my reward and how I judge success. This is the entertainment business first and foremost and if we keep on entertaining people, then I’m happy that what we’re doing is worth continuing and building on.” Boyce Hatton is this year’s English Riviera Film Festival Sponsor; Festival Partner is South Devon College. Events take place across the English Riviera from October 1 to October 12. Check the website for the full programme and booking information. ¢ 

Is that the next step? Where does Tomkins see the festival in a further five years? “I take each year as it comes,” he confesses. “ I love how the festival has grown and evolved through audience and filmmaker feedback each year. Can’t see where we are in

The South West première of Troll Bridge, Snowgum Films’ eagerly anticipated adaptation of a tale from the late great Terry Pratchett’s Discworld canon. And it will be brought vividly to life in the state-of-the-art cinema at South Devon College’s new £17 million High Tech and Digital Arts Centre (above)

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We bring you a roundup of arts events and workshops happening locally.

Latest from Torquay’s Artizan Gallery

The Hidden View 1-19 October Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm Rosemary Bonney, Diana Booth and Ann Chester King show their latest work of contrasting, harmonising and distinctive styles featuring the Devon landscape. Painting together for a number of years, the three have become close friends through their shared passion for the natural world.

rock and roll to the big screen working in costume design on ig dget fil s, and theatre. ickets a aila le ia link. iera-fil -festi al-special

My World 22 October-2 November Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm With the kind support of Cavanna Homes, Artizan Gallery is inviting students from across Torbay to participate in an exciting opportunity to exhibit their work. The diverse exhibition will showcase the talented work of aspiring artists and creatives with submissions from four categories: photography, sc lpt re, fine art and other edia. art-h .

Work, Breathe, Relax 6-22 November Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm Contemporary abstract artist Tamara Savchenko explores work from her ballet dancer series in this new exhibition. Exploring behind the scenes of ballet she captures moments of practising, resting, and stretching - of determination, tired bodies and minutes of quiet repose.

Gorse along the East Dart Rosemary Bonney

Lionel Digby – 35 Years of Film, TV & Film Costumes

Blue dancers Tamara Savchenko

1 October 6.30-8.30pm his will e the first e ent kicking off this year’s English Riviera Film Festival and features guest speaker Lionel Digby. Lionel was a legendary force in the local music scene in the 60s and 70s, bringing superstar acts from Pink Floyd to Jimi Hendrix to the English Riviera. In the 1980s Lionel moved from

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Arts Artizan Gallery Private Views

Daily 10am-4.30pm.

The Hidden View 4 October 6-8 PM My World 22 October 6-8 PM Work, Breathe, Relax 9 November 6-8pm

Cockington Court, Cockington Lane, Torquay TQ2 6XA

Pop in and enjoy these exhibition preview evenings with a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive preview evening commission reductions, should you be in the mood to buy.

Stanza Extravaganza 28 October & 25 November Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start Monthly poetry at Artizan Gallery welcoming a wealth of local talent and national headliners, Stanza Extravaganza is one of the highlights of the Torbay poetry calendar. With regular hosts Robert Garnham and Becky Nuttall at the helm, these events are always guaranteed to be a night of wonderful whimsy!

Artizan Collective Winter Open at Unit 5 Fleet Walk, Torquay Artizan Collective will be hosting a large Winter Open exhibition at their pop-up venue on Fleet Walk. We will be inviting artists from across the South West to be a part of this mixed show, which will run through November and December.

All at: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5NZ 01803 428626/07522 509642 artizan f artizangallery Also check out

The Arts Society Torbay 10 October & 14 November Enjoy two fascinating talks. In October Tobias Capwell presents Mars & The Muses, The Renaissance Art of Armour. This is an open meeting and all are welcome at no charge. In November Brian Freeman presents Richelieu, The Cardinal & his City. Visitors are welcome but the fee of £8 will apply. Both events start at 2.15pm.

St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, TQ1 1HW 01803 311648 or 01803 298440

Other Great Arts Events

Portrait of a Painter, Cockington Court On till 14 October Enjoy an exhibition of some of the rarest and most admired paintings by famous and controversial artist Robert Lenkiewicz In the Kitchen Gallery. Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court’s Craft Centre Director has partnered with Reuben Lenkiewicz, Robert’s son to curate the celebration of his father’s work. Artwork at the exhibition will include Mouse with Wool, The Painter with Anna, The Dance, Anna Standing and Anna with Lanterns. Some of the artwork will be for sale.

Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait, Torre Abbey On till 24 November Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait - A Life in Photographs features photos from the author’s private collection illustrating the life behind the works of the world famous author. Each image is accompanied by a quote in Christie’s own words, drawn from both published works and unpublished personal correspondence, beautifully capturing her thoughts and feelings from early childhood, through both marriages and her international adventures, to her years as an author. Entry is included with normal admission.

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Treading the boards... the editor’s pick of local theatre

Babbacombe Theatre

Little Theatre, Torquay

2019 marks a special anniversary at Babbacombe Theatre. This historic venue, originally a concert hall, opened its doors 80 years ago in May 1939. This family, variety production celebrates some of the most iconic names in music, TV and the movies, performed by a talented cast.

Womaniser, Mike Mason star of TV’s Bargain Basement and his wife Liz, were involved in a hit and run in which a teenage girl was killed. They thought they’d got away with it...but nothing, absolutely nothing is what it seems as the plot takes some unexpected twists and turns.

Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick STARBURST On till 23 October (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Also worth seeing… Just Gilbert UK Tour – 18 October Wonderful Christmastime – Selected dates from 30 October

Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick BLOOD MONEY 14-19 October

Also worth seeing… Grow Up Grandad – 11-16 November

Princess Theatre, Torquay

Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET – THE NUTCRACKER 6 November Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and story.

Palace Theatre, Paignton

Also worth seeing… Madagascar the Musical – 16-20 October The Lady Vanishes – 18-23 November

Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick DIAL M FOR MURDER 22-25 October

Bijou Theatre Productions presents Dial M for Murder, directed by Richard Bearne. Tony Wendice has married Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. A classic thriller full of suspense.

Also worth seeing… Three Billy Goats Gruff – 26 October Snake in the Grass – 26-29 November 66 | October/November 2019

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Box Office 01803 415987 Editor’s pick MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS 4 October Taking you on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back - celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love!

Also worth seeing… William Shakespeare’s Macbeth – 12 October

Y OU Swing Orchestra

Friday 11th October 7.30pm««««« Tickets £20/£18

Gilbert O’Sullivan in concert

Just Gilbert

Friday 1st November 7.30pm

Friday 18th October 7.30pm

Celebrating 50 years of Fleetwood Mac

Tickets: £27.50

Tickets £19/£18






Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth


★★★★ CHORTLE TICKETS : £19/£18

Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick NTLIVE – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 17 October

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured from the Bridge Theatre in London.

Also worth seeing… NTLIVE Hansard – 7 November


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From humble beginnings in 1981, the Ipplepen-based charity, Animals in Distress, now offers temporary care and a rehoming service for over 600 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs every year. Julian Rees pays a visit to meet some of the team, supporters and current residents.


’m visiting the Animals In Distress rescue centre on a sunny summer afternoon for a cheese and wine reception for corporate supporters. Some of them have spent the morning raising hundreds of pounds completing a Scavenger Hunt across the charity’s Torbay, South Hams and Teignbridge catchment area. We’re welcomed by fundraiser Rosie Oakes and after refreshments head off for tours around the centre. The charity provides shelter for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs who have lost their homes for one reason or another. The charity’s aim is to improve the lives of these pets by taking them in, caring for them and finding them their perfect new home. There is no ‘first come, first served’ policy for potential owners; instead, the charity works to identify what an owner is looking for in a pet then uses the information to find the perfect pet for that lifestyle situation. David Turner (Chair of Trustees) and Rosey Oakes (Fundraiser)

Every pet that finds itself at the rescue centre is examined by a vet and given any necessary treatments. It is vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, given worming and flea treatments and has a training plan designed to meet its specific needs to get it ready for rehoming as soon as possible. We are first shown around the facilities for cats, rabbits and guinea pigs which are all modern, warm and bright buildings providing comfortable and clean environments. Staff and volunteers are busy feeding and cleaning and some are just sitting and spending time with animals to maintain a suitable level of human interaction. What a lovely way to donate some spare time! Outside each building is a large noticeboard that records the names of all those who sponsored a brick to build these facilities. The next stop is the dog kennels where we find out about the charity’s next big campaign.

The winning teams from the Scavenger Hunt fundraiser

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The Big Bark is Animals In Distress’s new major appeal. Its focus is to raise sufficient funds to enable the dog kennels at the rescue centre to be rebuilt as the current ones are no longer fit for purpose. The original building, constructed in 1994 is very difficult to keep warm in winter and cool in summer and there is no suitable indoor training space. With its commitment to becoming a centre of excellence in animal welfare, the charity wants to be able to give the dogs in its care spacious and comfortable kennels with quiet spaces for nervous dogs, a grooming room, training area and a lounge. Here dogs can become used to carpets and sofas and get accustomed to household living and the noises associated with it such as vacuuming, television and microwave ovens. The current kennels can hold up to 25 dogs but there are usually around 20 dogs awaiting a place at the rescue so increasing the number of kennels is very important. However, the ability to improve a dog’s social skills through good training in a positive caring environment is key to successful rehoming. Although there is only a small percentage of unsuccessful outcomes when rehoming, these could be further reduced by the new facilities which will mean more happily rehomed dogs and shorter stays at the centre. Evidence shows that the time taken to rehome a dog that is mentally stimulated, better trained and less stressed, will reduce by approximately 30%. Based on these figures Animals in Distress would be able to take in and care for 30% more dogs – around 65 a year more than at present. ¢ 

Volunteering - The charity has a variety of roles fulfilled by generous volunteers - Support in the charity shops and warehouse, serving customers, working on a till, creating window displays or sorting, sizing and displaying stock. - Administration Assistant - PAT Tester - Kennel Assistant - Collection Box Co-ordinator - Events volunteer To find out what volunteer positions are currently available visit the Support Us section on the website.

Ways to help Sponsor a Pen - for a small regular donation you can ensure that there is always somewhere safe and warm for an animal in need. Visit the Shops - making a purchase in one of the charity’s local shops will not only help animals but also the environment! Donate to the rescue centre - they always need newspapers, towels, washing powder and empty toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes - they make great toys! Leaving a gift in your Will. Become a Corporate Partner - nominate Animals In Distress as your annual charity and challenge your employees to meet a fundraising target. There are many more ways to help. For more information - call or email the charity on 01803 812121 or email

Animal therapist Shimara Kumara and Neil Thomas (CEO Animals in Distress)

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Mr Fox’s Garden Page In this issue we introduce the fabulous Mr Fox who will be bringing us seasonal tips to make your garden a very special place.


ow what a summer; she’s given us everything, from the false start around Easter time, to the fear of a 2018 style drought somewhere in the middle - that massive storm in mid August. Just when we all thought it was finished, the sun came back in full force and gave us the best, hottest bank holiday ever. Needless to say the plants were confused and so was everybody else! Summer’s coming to an end and some might say October isn’t the best time to be taking over writing a gardening column but not me, I am absolutely thrilled. Torbay has a little microclimate and summer lasts quite a bit longer here. Judging by the weather in recent years, we might still have a fair bit of sunshine to come. Torbay’s former residents were well aware of the lovely weather on offer and evidence of this can still be seen all over the Bay, So, spades ready. Let’s get the English Riviera Blooming Great Again!

It’s been a busy year for me and I hope you’ve all had a fantastic year too. Now is the time to get out into your garden (maybe take a torch), harvest any fruit and veg, cut things back, tidy up and get ready for winter. Over the next year we’re going to be chatting with some local gardeners, visiting some local gardens and talking all things garden.

We are James and Catherine (Mr Fox’s Garden). We provide a garden maintenance and landscaping service around the Bay but the main part of our business is making plant supports, garden art and sculptures - and it’s all made right here on the English Riviera. After our display garden won the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Tavistock Garden Show, we can now happily say we are ‘awardwinning gardeners’. We’re also proud to say that this year we have pieces on permanent display at RHS Rosemoor and Buckfast Abbey.

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ABBEYFIELD SOUTH WEST SOCIETY Both Abbeyfield houses are situated in lovely areas, boasting their own attractive grounds.

dining room every day and breakfast provisions are provided for residents to have in their rooms.

Park House in Paignton is situated directly opposite a beautiful park and is a five minute walk from the beach.

Each house has a small and friendly committed team of staff, consisting of a Manager, cooks and a cleaner who all work together to ensure residents are happy and content.

Sanders Court in St Marychurch, Torquay, has a large private courtyard and the local precinct is just a five minute walk away, with all the amenities you would expect. Both sites offer good public transport services close by, so it is nice and easy to go and explore. Rooms are unfurnished with en-suite facilities and a kitchenette area. The houses have a communal laundry, dining room and lounge. Traditional home cooked meals are served in the

At our Abbeyfield houses residents find friendship and support without losing their independence and dignity. There are various activities, events and entertainment that take place throughout the year which the residents can join in if they wish. Each room has its own 24hr emergency call system for residents peace of mind.

To arrange a visit or for more information telephone the Manager at: Park House, Paignton 01803 557732 or for Sanders Court, Torquay 01803 316164. Or visit our website: a e fiel co Registered Society No: 23413R under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014


Mr Fox’s Fabulous Three:

These are my top three plants for October and November Japanese Anemones They are perfect for the no-fuss gardener. They have large, long-lasting flowers in pinks, mauves and white. They start flowering in August and those golden-centred slightly frilly saucers keep coming happily into October. They are very resilient and will put on an amazing show at this time of the year. The white varieties are magical but tend not to have as much floral abundance or vigour as the pink varieties. Be warned if you dig them up they will come back.

Rudbeckia laciniate Herbstonne For a towering zing of sunshine yellow, there’s little to better Rudbeckia Herbstonne, her daisy-like flowers are loved by bees and pollinators alike. After flowering, the seed heads are attractive into autumn and provide a valuable food source for birds.

Autumnal Leaves As good as any flower and October is the beginning of a kaleidoscope of nature. It’s filled with warm palettes of colour that contrast strikingly against crisp blue skies and the first frosts. Keep an eye out for Acers/ Maples, Ginkgo, Sorbus, Cornus, Peony Trees, Cherry Trees, Black Oak, Cercis Candensis, Hydrangeas and if you look closely you will also notice plants such as Hostas (if the slugs haven’t turned them to lace). This is to name but a few, as Mother Nature is giving her best elaborate finale before the onset of winter.

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Evening Soirée Claire Austin England held a summer evening soirée at their Cockington workshop to showcase wedding services to friends and customers.

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Lenkiewicz Private View Guests attended a private viewing of Portrait of a Painter, an exhibition of the work of Robert Lenkiewicz, one of the South West’s most celebrated artists, at Cockington Court’s Kitchen Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Lenkiewicz’s son Reuben and contains some of the rarest and most admired paintings by the famous and controversial artist. It runs until 14 October. u

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BusinessBreaks... BusinessBreaks... Bu Bringing Businesses Together An action-packed Business Growth Festival is set to draw over 500 delegates at Torquay’s Riviera Centre on Wednesday 9th October from 10-4pm. The event will have up to 58 exhibitors, 3 seminars from Google Digital Garage to help businesses with their social media and also an inspirational keynote speaker, Alison Cork, Government Champion for Women Entrepreneurs. Having built businesses across publishing, online retail, design, licensing and TV shopping, Alison has recently founded ‘Make it Your Business’ offering support to women starting their own business. With the aim of ‘Bringing Businesses Together’, the event is organised by the voluntary group, Torbay Business Forum (TBF), and sponsored by Torbay Development Agency, MercedesBenz and Bays Brewery. TBF Chair Steve Reynolds said, “This is the fourth year we are holding this major business event. Entry is free for all delegates and everyone is welcome. With 58 exhibitors in the main Forum from many areas including recruitment, construction, media, tourism, accountants, insurance brokers and education

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