Exeter Living - Issue 235

Page 1

Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property ISSUE 235 / AUTUMN 2018 / £3









ABOVE: Harry’s, Exeter’s happy place – page 60; LEFT: Wooden wonders – page 58


he energy of Exeter ripples ever outwards – and so, this issue, we’ve turned our gaze away from the city centre, and eastwards, through the leafy enclave of St Leonards and onto its often underestimated next-door neighbour Heavitree. We’ve pieced together the history of these sister neighbourhoods and talked to local traders to discover their stories and shopping tips – flick to page 18 – and get yourselves over that way as soon as you can, be it for a weekend brunch, a birthday present or just a bunch of roses. Also in this issue we consider all those issues that start to crowd the mind when one hits 50 – from the personal passions you need to indulge now to the serious business of your health and bank balance. 50 such issues, to be precise... You don’t need to have hit your half-century yet – or maybe you’ve already reached the other side of it? – to find our feature (page 43) an inspiring reminder of just how much advice, support and pure, unadulterated fun is there for the taking in and around Exeter. Happy leaf-kicking, pumpkin-carving, boot-polishing, glove-searching, apple-picking autumn!

ANNA BRITTEN Follow us on Twitter @ExeterLiving

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 3











Emergency appointments

Issue 235/Autumn 2018 Cover Part of The Voices of Heavitree, a sculpture by Michael Fairfax, Ralph Hoyte and Peter Osborne, shot by Matt Round – see it on Fore Street, Heavitree


9 Spotlight Remembrance Sunday art,

Halloween outings, Extagram and other news

13 julie Reid Her autumn schedule is on fire! 15 MY DESK Lisa Duncan at Sandy Park

MAIN features

18 Eastern promise Our homage to Exeter’s

exciting east end, St Leonards and Heavitree

43 50 things to think about at 50



Hit your half century? Congrats! Here’s our experts’ guide to appraising your health, wealth, goals and dreams

the arts

29 INTRO Exeter illustrator teams up with Folio


30 WHAT’S ON Your bumper guide to going out in

Exeter right now!

40 UNDEAD CERT Freak yourself out with

Substance & Shadow’s nerve-wracking new play


58 editor’s choice Wooden pieces to covet

food & DRINK

60 RESTAURANT Inside the new-look Harry’s


67 business insider News from the city’s

professionals and entrepreneurs


73 showcase Dulford House near Kentisbeare has

Yasmin Braddell dreaming


63 society 82 Exeter lives Charity founder Judith Smith

Editor Anna Britten anna.britten@mediaclash.co.uk Managing Editor Deri Robins deri.robins@mediaclash.co.uk Senior Art Editor Andrew Richmond Graphic Design Megan Allison Cover Design Trevor Gilham Editor’s Photo Emma Solley Contributors Julie Reid, Caroline Reid, Yasmin Braddell, Roxanne Duris Advertising manager Joss Phillips joss.phillips@mediaclash.co.uk Account manager Paula Miller paula.miller@mediaclash.co.uk Senior sales executive Craig Wallberg craig.wallberg@ mediaclash.co.uk Production/Distribution Manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy production manager/production designer Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk Chief Executive Jane Ingham jane.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Chief Executive Greg Ingham greg.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Exeter Living MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 www.mediaclash.co.uk @The MediaClash © All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without written permission of MediaClash. We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs (www.crumbsmag.com, @CrumbsMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact: info@mediaclash.co.uk

www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 7

spotlight Everybody’s talking about…

LEST WE FORGET On the eve of this year’s Remembrance Sunday, across the South West, two powerful animations by a local artist will come to life for one night to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by service men and women during World War One – and the loved ones they left behind. Supported by Arts Council England, Sleeping Soldier and Waiting Widow by animator and artist Leo Jamelli are hand-drawn animations that will be projected onto landmarks in Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol. “The locations were very important to the installations, as they help reinforce the impact of each piece,” Leo explains. “As it is a piece of public art, the projections had to be located on sites which are easily visible to the public.” In Exeter, the Cathedral – a location used to draw attention to the soldiers commemorated within – will serve as the backdrop to

Sleeping Soldier, a fallen WW1 soldier facing east, waiting for the sun to rise. Waiting Widow, meanwhile, an image of a young woman holding a letter from her fiancé fighting in France, will be projected across from Central Station – which was once on the line to Southampton port, where troops would return from France. “I hope they encourage some moment of thought and reflection,” says Leo of the artworks. “I wanted the hand-drawn animations to give an ethereal feel. The way each frame is drawn and shaded makes the animation flicker and jump, reinforcing the idea that these figures are in transition between two worlds and have only awoken for one night to find those they have lost.” The projections start at 7pm on Saturday 10 November and run until dawn on Sunday 11 November. For more: www.leojamelli.co.uk



Be sure to walk past the Cathedral, and Exeter Central, on the evening of 10 November

Take that, bindweed

Haven’t you heard? These days Halloween’s about much more than donning a Scream mask and pestering the neighbours for sweets. This year, across the Exeter area, you can indulge in all manner of horrifying happenings for days on end.

Escape the clutches of zombies, for example, at family assault course The Bear Trail, near Cullompton, on Sunday 28 October. Spinechilling scarecrows, meanwhile, are taking over Crealy from 22-31 October, luring you into a perilous maze – celebrate your survival with fireworks on 27-28 October. Spot the Bear Trail zombie Milder thrills, coinciding with who didn’t read the ‘look terrifying’ memo Museums At Night, can be found at Thelma Hulbert Gallery whose popular Halloween Party on Saturday 27 October, lets you create art, play around in the Caravan Camera, and stroke lizards, snakes and spiders. Also that evening, at RAMM, embark on a Night-Time RAMMble, exploring the museum by torchlight, making lanterns for an evening procession, and playing family code-breaking games. For more: www.thebeartrail.co.uk; www.crealy.co.uk; www.thelmahulbert. com; www.rammuseum.org.uk



Are you the sort of person who picks up crisp packets on a country walk, and loves nothing more than ripping up bindweed and building bonfires? Then do present yourself to the East Devon Conservation Volunteering squad – they meet every Thursday, from 10am to 3pm, at various sites across East Devon, to carry out tasks ranging from scrub clearance to surveys of wildlife, guided by experienced rangers. It’s free, and you don’t have to book. Get in touch at wild@eastdevon.co.uk or 01395 517557. For more: www.wildeastdevon.co.uk

www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 9


Discounts here are a membership perk



Love RAMM? Want to take your relationship to the next level? No, we don’t mean getting a tattoo of Egyptian mummy Shep en-Mut (though that would definitely be cool too) – rather, signing up for RAMM’s new, free online membership scheme. “This is a very exciting development for RAMM,” says Camilla Hampshire, museums manager and cultural lead. “Through introducing a membership scheme, we aim to get closer to our audiences, building on the emotional support for RAMM that exists in the wider community and developing a group of people who are more engaged in the work of the museum.” Members will receive a monthly e-newsletter tailored to their interests, personalised website pages, seamless ticket purchases and special offers on gifts at the Shop at RAMM, which is going to come in very handy indeed with Christmas on the horizon... www.rammuseum.org.uk/membership

SEVEN DEADLY SINS In our regular mini Q&A with visiting and local performers, singer and guitarist Neil Jones of STONE FOUNDATION (in the photo, he’s the one at the front), bares his wicked soul LUST: Who or what do you find yourself lusting after today?

A brand new Fender Jaguar guitar, I’ve really started falling in love with that guitar since playing my powder blue one on the new Stone Foundation album Everybody, Anyone. Johnny Marr was definitely on to something there!

GREED: What should you be cutting down on (non-food and drink!)

Jazz cigarettes! Touring seems to lend itself so well to that particular brand of fag.

GLUTTONY: What one thing could you happily eat or drink until you burst?

10 I exeter living I www.mediaclash.co.uk

Chocolate! Always had a very, very sweet tooth.

SLOTH: What should you be really putting your back into right now? I’m always active, that’s never been my problem. I can never sit still! I go for four 10k runs a week.

WRATH: What/who makes you angry?

People who love and are full of themselves and have no time, care or respect for other people.

ENVY: Who are you jealous of ?

Nobody, life is too short to be jealous of other people. Be thankful for what you’ve got, as the good song goes.

PRIDE: What’s your proudest achievement? Stone Foundation.

Stone Foundation perform at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 8 November; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Eyecatching recent Instagram pics from in and around the city #Exeter









MD Audio Bang & Olufsen 30/ 31 Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS 01392 424690 exeter@bang-olufsen.co.uk

Loewe bild 7 The latest OLED-technology. Razor-sharp pictures. Unbelievable colours.


Great balls of fire Julie can handle as many flaming tar barrels as the next East Devonian – but she’ll skip the funfair…


thought when I moved out of London that I would be struggling to find things to do with and without the kids. But East Devon really is a hive of activity. Once the Sidmouth Folk Festival is over and all the folkies have hauled their distressed patchwork arses back into their vintage T4s and got out of my parking spaces, the Red Arrows appear. The kids always want me to take them to watch but, as I am panic-stricken by anything going fast above sea level, I end up staring at the ground whilst everyone else is enjoying their performance in the sky. Even the sound of the planes triggers some kind of PTSD and, as I turn white, the kids shout out, “Please don’t throw up, Mum”, but the thought of anyone being sick makes me even more nauseous.

“I give them both £15 then scurry along to Dukes and drink as much pinot noir as possible”

Then, after the two-hour scurry to vacate the display by car dies down, it’s suddenly the Budleigh Literary Festival. This year I went to see a friend who has just published a book of short stories giving a talk about his work, being interviewed by professor Helen Taylor, who was an exceptional host, and the whole experience has made me want to go back next year. All very genteel and quiet and nothing left the ground. A few days later and my children are screaming at me to take them to the fair which rocks up for three days in September and sits outside the swimming pool. This, of course, is the worst time of year for me – loud music, high things going fast, people throwing up. So, I give them both £15 then I scurry along to Dukes in Sidmouth and drink as much pinot noir as possible, praying my children aren’t being mangled by dysfunctional machinery before I return to catch them at the snack stall carrying as many chocolate waffles as humanly possible and staring at me in a way that tries to hypnotise me into not seeing anything that is happening below their chins. That over, and the Science Festival starts. This is one of my favourites as it has lots of very intelligent people offering to teach me things about very stretchy

plastic and how many consecutive double sixes you need to throw to cause an earth tremor in San Francisco. The kids have fun, we all learn nerdy stuff, and there’s small explosions and electric shocks and no obvious health and safety. Which brings me nicely to the delicious, barbaric chaos that is the Ottery Tar Barrels. Teenagers, testosterone, alcohol and fire let loose on the general public. It seems to have no place in the sanitised, ordered world we live in but somehow still manages to get away with happening. Huge crowds squeezed into tiny dark streets, with no way of escaping, are all within inches of burning tar which comes hurtling towards them on the backs of people whose mental health is unknown. Yet hordes turn up every year to watch and partake and we all love it. OK, I take my full watering can just in case things get messy, but it has convinced me that you don’t have to be high to have fun. ■

Julie Reid is a photographer/writer and London exile who moved to Sidmouth with her two children and rock star husband. Instagram: @londondevongirl

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 13

PEOPLE The fixture list becomes our bible from September to June. I attend most games – the Saracens game on 22 Dec should be a fantastic day

I try to be a bit healthy! This is probably the most unhealthy office I have ever worked in, as most days people bring cakes to share

Exeter Chiefs gin – a new initiative with Salcombe Gin and very nice with grapefruit!

Pink fizz lip balm from my best friend as she knows I am quite fond of fizz

I am afraid I am toxic with writing lists and creating spreadsheets!

This is of my youngest son at the Chiefs final, Twickenham, in 2017

This was the boat me and my husband (with the two boys) sailed around the world in during 2012 and 2013. The best experience of my life


A necklace that needs to be fixed – when I get a sec


Giant pen. A Christmas present from my kids, as they said I am always making lists! I try and drink coffee until lunchtime and then water, but it’s hard to say no


ugby fans: prepare to turn green. As green, in fact, as the hallowed Exeter Chiefs turf over which Lisa Duncan gets to gaze every time she has a meeting. “All the offices look over the car park towards David Lloyd but all my meetings are in the corporate boxes so I can watch the boys training!” the head of sales and marketing informs us. There are about 30 people in Lisa’s workspace, backstage at Sandy Park, and it’s as banterpacked and teamwork-oriented as you’d expect from the home of an elite sports club. That said, you’d be mistaken to imagine it’s all kale smoothies and protein bars on the snacking front. “There are always cakes on birthdays,” says Lisa. “Or any day, to be honest…” ■ For more: www.exeterchiefs.co.uk www.sandypark.co.uk

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 15


EASTERN PROMISE Join us on a saunter through St Leonards and Heavitree, the busy, diverse artery running through Exeter’s eastern flank. We chat to local traders to find out what they love most about the place (and a couple of things they don’t…) Words by Roxanne Duris Photos by Matt Round

18 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


Words on the street: from public artwork The Voice of Heavitree on Fore Street

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 19



enturies ago, if you were going places in Exeter, you were going via St Leonards and Heavitree. Situated on the main road from Exeter to London, every mover and shaker passed this way, with their shillings, spare breeches and hope. If you think about it, this still holds true – hello, M5 junction 29. But these days, who needs London? There’s plenty worth settling down for on the long stretch between the Hotel Du Vin and Heavitree Pleasure Ground. Hard to imagine it now, but fashionable St Leonards was once an impoverished, overlooked little settlement – the smallest parish in the whole of Devon and quite separate from the city. Oh, it also stank, thanks to the apparently-rather-smelly Larkbeare Stream that flowed through it. The wellheeled suburb we know and love today took shape in the first half of the 19th century, and today St Leonards is a magnet for lovers of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and safe, familyfriendly streets. “Magdalen Road has a lovely rhythm to it each day,” says Annie Hargreaves, owner of ethical lifestyle store Leela. “Morning deliveries; neighbours meeting for coffee; NHS, St Luke’s and Devon County Council staff popping down at lunchtime,

What changes would you make to Heavitree? “We still have too many run-down or empty premises in Heavitree Fore Street. Investment by the City Council to support the recent local initiative in brightening up the area may attract suitable new business. For example, tree planting along Fore Street would be a worthwhile improvement.” Peter and Trina Searle, The Royal Oak Heavitree “More parking. More shops and reasons for people to come here.” Catherine Lennard, The Heavy Tree “I think the traffic can sometimes cause problems as the main thoroughfare into the city, but that also brings people through Heavitree so is a double edged sword – better parking for visitors could help.” Faye Laing, Daisy Café

20 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


ART AND SOUL You thought Banksy was controversial? Now ten years old and a much-loved landmark, public artwork The Voice of Heavitree caused quite the furore when it was first erected. A freestanding arch on Fore Street, it was designed by artist Michael Fairfax, with text from poet Ralph Hoyte and blacksmithery by Peter Osborne. Shaped to echo the door of nearby St Michael and All Angels Church, it features the writings of 16th century theologian Richard Hooker (who was born in Heavitree, and whose statue stands in front of Exeter Cathedral), and a poem about Heavitree. Across the road, you’ll also find some arty paving and an oak tree encircled by a specially designed wrought iron cage bearing words musing on the ‘heafod treow’ (head tree), said to have lent Heavitree its name. Matt Round captured it beautifully for this issue’s cover...

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 21

STREET LIFE school kids a bit later and then people on their way home from the city centre.” Fellow trader Rachel O’Connor of St Leonards Flowers agrees: “St Leonards has a real village feel and a sense of community. We all communicate and work together as neighbouring traders, giving each other help and advice. For example, this month we’re challenging the people of Exeter to shop locally for our ‘Shoptober’ challenge.” “Every shop offers something different with a personal service which hopefully gives shoppers a good shopping experience,” adds Emma Hayler of gorgeous gift shop Leaf Street. Thus, naturally, property here is fiercely sought after. “St Leonards offers a mix of substantial Victorian and Georgian villas on tree-lined streets and, more recently, a number of contemporary individual new build projects which would not be out of place on Grand Designs,” says Jonathan Baker of chartered surveyors and property consultants Baker & Baker. “Magdalen Road provides a parade of independent retail traders which is becoming an increasingly rare proposition within many towns and cities.

WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE TO ST LEONARDS? “I would love to see modern Indian cuisine in this area – I would be there most nights.” Annie Hargreaves, Leela “Parking has always been the biggest issue and lack of signage to our fantastic street to inform locals and visitors to the area that we are here. There are currently no signs at all directing people to our independent shopping street, and because we offer something a bit different I feel it should be implemented.” Emma Hayler, Leaf Street “We are looking forward to the exciting re-development of the historic former St Margarets School site. The proposed scheme will create a mix of good quality energy efficient homes for the area within the Grade II-listed development.” Jonathan Baker, Baker & Baker “The Magdalen Road Christmas Fair is so popular and has great attendance so we’d love to have more fairs, for example in the spring and summer. It’s a fantastic atmosphere when the road is closed to cars and shops, stalls, street food and music take over!” Rachel O’Connor, St Leonards Flowers

Pick up at posy at St Leonards Flowers

DID YOU KNOW…? • Tommy Cooper went to school in St Leonards Road • St Leonards is an official Conservation Area due to its many historic buildings and trees. • The people of Heavitree used to hold an annual street party, or ‘revel’, which one newspaper in 1871 reported as “a most disgraceful scene. A lot of roughs, men, women and boys, had been turned out of the public houses and commenced to fight, one across the other, neither of them apparently knowing why they were fighting and who they were fighting with.” • John Baring, whose sons went on to found the infamous Barings Bank, lived in Larkbeare House and later Mount Radford House, in the 18th century • There’s a mountain pass called Heavitree Gap near Alice Springs in Australia. Jamaica also has a Heavitree. Both were named by emigrants from Exeter’s Heavitree • England/Arsenal*/Exeter City footballer Cliff Bastin (19121991) was born in Heavitree (*The Gunners place him 18th in their Greatest 50 Players list, no less) • …so was Thomas Bodley (1545-1613), who founded the worldfamous Bodleian Library in Oxford.

22 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk





Leaf Street - Home of Beautiful Things 53 Magdalen Road, Exeter EX2 4TA t: 01392 253307 e: leafstreet@talktalk.net

Studio east prides itself on being a Salon for all clients young and old, from all areas surrounding Exeter and beyond. We offer a full range of treatments from hair cuts, colours and Men’s barbering to waxing and even Botox!

20% OFF FOR NEW CLIENTS ONGOING 10% OFF FOR NHS, PUBLIC SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS Plus monthly discounts on hair and beauty treatments. Pop in for a free consultation and meet the team!

Rebecca and her team love to meet new clients and have stylists on hand to match individual styles and personalities.

FREE NEARBY PARKING 1 East Wonford Hill, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 3BS Tel: 01392 273453 • www.studioeastheavitree.co.uk

Celebra ting 5th yea rs in busines s!

STREET LIFE Magdalen Almshouses

From St Leonards, keep going in the direction of Honiton and you reach Heavitree. The one fact everyone knows about Heavitree is the supposed grisly origin of its name – deriving from the Old English ‘heafod treow’ meaning ‘head (as in chief) tree’, as in the tree from which public hangings were carried out – including those of the last ‘witches’ in England. But is it true? We don’t know. But we do know Heavitree didn’t officially become part of Exeter until 1913, and still has a slight ‘outsider’ feel that bonds its inhabitants. “It’s a vibrant close knit community that is both close to the city but also to the main route out to explore around Exeter,” says Faye Laing of the Exeter Living Award-winning Daisy Café, opposite the Tesco Esso Express. “Up and coming,” adds Catherine Lennard of The Heavy Tree café/bar. “Friendly people and great community.” Peter and Trina Searle of The Royal Oak Heavitree also praise the “local community atmosphere. It’s a great feeling to know that any walk to the shops or pubs is guaranteed to include greetings from friends and neighbours. All are committed to promoting the friendly and welcoming Heavitree community spirit.” n

Who are your favourite local traders? “We enjoy our delicious treats from Bon Gout delicatessen next door and after a busy day we can’t resist a fresh burger at Meat59 (and their amazing dirty fries!)” Rachel O’Connor, St Leonards Flowers “We are part of the traders association so have many friends in the local shops, but I have to say, right from when we first arrived in Heavitree nearly three years ago, Graham and Steve from GW Key & Shoe Repairs have always been a massive support on so many different levels – there is no task they can’t help you with!” Faye Laing, Daisy Café “I love Maker Maker, they are a fantastic example of independent thinking out of the box and offering a fantastic selection of wonderful gifts and services.” Emma Hayler, Leaf Street

24 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

“Daisy Café – friendly owners (Faye and Matt) and good staff promoting a welcoming environment. Excellent breakfasts! Westward Rentals – helpful and friendly owners (Eddy, Nick and Tim) are always happy to offer help and professional advice. Other bars and clubs – as tenants of the Royal Oak, we appreciate and welcome the happy environment contributed to by all of the Heavitree bars and clubs. Together, we provide a good range of services for customers of all ages.” Peter and Trina Searle, The Royal Oak Heavitree “My opposite neighbours Gibson’s Plaice and Grocer on the Green provide me with the best/most interesting food – seriously delicious fish and great local veg.” Annie Hargreaves, Leela

“Obviously we are going to say The Heavy Tree because we are doing something different to bring new people into the town, but besides that, the Ghurkha is a great Indian restaurant and the FORCE charity shop is great, always busy and the volunteers that work in there are lovely. We also love the Royal Oak, it’s a lovely traditional pub, right next door to The Heavy Tree and we complement each other nicely.” Catherine Lennard, The Heavy Tree “St Leonards offers a well balanced and vibrant area providing a good mix of independent and artisan retail outlets, eateries and coffee shops. As an independent professional practice we try to support all local businesses and enjoy the variety offered whether this be a freshly made baguette for lunch or after work drink.” Jonathan Baker, Baker & Baker

Your Local Independent Community Cafe Serving Fresh Local Produce We are an independent, locally owned business serving freshly prepared, delicious breakfasts and lunches.

Could you lead the Exeter Living sales team? This is a challenging but rewarding role leading the sales team on Exeter's market leading lifestyle magazine. Leading from the front and representing our brand with the utmost professionalism and passion, the Advertising Sales Manager will have the autonomy and responsibility to deliver year on year revenue growth across our highly respected magazine and events, not least the Exeter Living Awards. Ambitious, conscientious and dedicated, our ideal candidate will already have demonstrable experience in managing successful sales teams, ideally within the media sector. A good, local knowledge of and passion for Exeter as a city would also be an advantage. If this sounds like your next career move, please email pat.white@mediaclash.co.uk with an up to date CV and a covering note explaining why you’d be our ideal candidate.


Our produce is all locally sourced and we offer specialty teas and great coffee. We are fully licensed and have a fabulous walled garden, with blankets for the cooler weather! We are now a ‘7 Daisy Week’ open Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm and Sunday 10am - 1pm

98 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, EX1 2RS Tel: 07769 695113 please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates

Premier Clock, Watch & Barometer Sales, Repairs, Restorations & Jewellery Repairs. We have a wide selection of Antique & Modern Clocks, Watches & Barometers for sale.

Left:: Handsome, 'George Payne, Ludlow' 8 day longcase. Fitted with a broken arch painted dial, with moonphase & calendar functions. Housed in a at top oak case. Circa 1850/60s

Left: Attractive, German, 'Kienzle' Granddaughter chiming clock. 8 day duration Housed in a serpentine top oak case, with barley twist columns and a visible pendulum. Circa 1930s

Left: Delightful, high quality, Left English, 'Sedan' clock. Of 30 hour duration. The silvered dial engraved 'Benj. Ward, London' Housed in a 5" fruitwood case. Circa 1780/1800

27 Magdalen Road, St Leonards, Exeter, Devon EX2 4TA Tel: 01392 207707. www.primetimeexeter.co.uk Email: cathy@primetimeexeter.co.uk www.timeforremembrance.com

THE ROYAL OAK HEAVITREE EAT • DRINK • RELAX We are an independent, family run, small animal veterinary practice with four branches distributed across the city, including our state of the art, 24 hour,Veterinary Hospital in Heavitree.The surgeries are conveniently located in Heavitree, Alphington, St Thomas, and Whipton. All our surgeries are Royal College accredited and all except our Whipton practice are fully equipped for all routine medical and surgical procedures.

Facilities and Services Include: • Medicine and Surgery Certificate holders. • Diagnostic Imaging. • Laparoscopy Surgery. • On Site Specialists Include: Small Mammals and Exotics, Cardiologist, Ophthalmologist and Physiotherapist. • FREE Flea and Worming Checks and Weight Clinics. • Health Care Plan & Puppy Parties.

Please see our website for further details: www.cityvets.co.uk Tel: 01392 250066 Email: enquiries@cityvets.co.uk

The Royal Oak in Heavitree is a fantastic community local boasting all the benefits of a traditional country pub located in the heart of Heavitree, Exeter. It is a beautifully kept thatched public house and the only one of its kind left in the local area. There is also an extensive outside patio area. The pub has an excellent reputation for its selection of real ales and holds regular festivals. It also has a relaxed dining atmosphere serving traditional pub food and Sunday roasts.

Opening Times

Food Served

Mon – Tues: 11.30am – 10.30pm Weds – Thurs: 11.30am – 11pm Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 12 midnight Sun: 12 noon – 10.30pm

Tues – Sat: 12 noon – 2.30pm Sun: 12 noon – 3pm N.B – we do not serve evening meals

Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, EX1 2RN Tel: 01392 431902 contact@royaloakpubheavitree.co.uk www.royaloakpubheavitree.co.uk

the arts

Illustr ation by Mark Smith from The Folio Societ y edition of Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey ©Mark Smith 2018

s n a p s h o t s o f e x e t e r ’ s c u lt u r a l l i f e

THE MYSTERY GIRLS Award-winning Exeter illustrator Mark Smith – whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Guardian and Financial Times – has illustrated two new books for deluxe London hardback publisher The Folio Society. The Daughter of Time and Miss Pym Disposes are both classic detective novels, published shortly after World War II, by Scottish-born author Josephine Tey. Here’s one of favourite images from the latter. Mark’s exquisite images are created with “a mix of pencil drawings and printing inks that are scanned into Photoshop and collaged together to make the final piece,” he tells us. “The digital aspect is something that’s very common amongst illustrators, as it helps with the short deadlines and other

demands an illustrator might face.” Exeter, Mark says, suits him perfectly as a place to live and work. “It isn’t clouded with all of the noise that goes hand in hand with life in a major cultural city. As far as my artwork is concerned, I’m more interested in communication than pure aesthetics, so having a bit of space to think is invaluable. Exeter provides a great platform for this, being connected but not complicit.” The Folio Society editions of Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time and Miss Pym Disposes, illustrated by Mark Smith, are available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com For more: www.marksmithillustration.com www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 29

What’s on 19 October – 19 November

Bleached by Tania Kovats at Exeter Phoenix

ART Until 27 October

EXPERIENCING THE LANDSCAPE Celebrating 25 years of the East Devon Way, through new work from local artists alongside that by local schools and the public. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton; www.thelmahulbert.com

Until 31 October

RALEIGH 400 See John Everett Millais’s famous painting The Boyhood Of Raleigh (normally in Tate Britain), and other Raleigh-related exhibits. Fairlynch Museum, 27 Fore St, Budleigh Salterton; www.fairlynchmuseum.uk

Until 4 November

GARY COLCLOUGH Exquisite small-scale landscapes integrated into wooden frameworks

from the rising Central Saint Martins graduate. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Until 11 November

TANIA KOVATS: TROUBLED WATERS Mesmerising work from the artist concerned with water, marine life and humanity’s impact upon them. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Until 6 January

CANADIANS IN DEVON 1914-1918: WAR PHOTOGRAPHS Exhibition exploring Devon’s links with Canada and Canadian soldiers. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; www.exeter.gov.uk/ramm

Until 6 January


30 I exeter living I www.mediaclash.co.uk

First-hand accounts of Devon life during World War One, from nurses to farmers to evacuees. Meet the Researcher talk 16 November. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; www.exeter.gov.uk/ramm

27 October-17 November

RICHARD ADAMS: SHEPHERD’S DELIGHT New scenes of rural richness by the popular Wiltshire artist. Hybrid Gallery, 51 High Street, Honiton; www.hybrid-devon.co.uk

Theatre, Comedy & Dance 23 October

CHRIS RAMSEY LIVE 2018: THE JUST HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE TOUR Affable Geordie stand-up hits town

with his take on modern domesticity. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

23 October

STEPHEN JAMES SMITH Dublin poet and playwright, whose videos have had over 2.5m views. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

24 October

GANDINI JUGGLING: SMASHED Stylish contemporary circus show, featuring “80 apples, 9 performers, 4 crockery sets...” Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

24 October

RUSTLE Paddleboat Theatre’s interactive family show for ages 4+. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

what’s on 25 October

AN EVENING WITH AGGERS The cricket legend takes a trip down memory lane, with film, audio and photographs enhancing his yarns. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

25 October

SUCK A LEMON COMEDY CLUB New comedy night, with up ’n’ coming stand-ups Rhys James, Jack Barry and Tom Glover. Lemon Grove, St German’s Rd, Exeter; www.exeterboxoffice.com

26 October

PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS Australian member-manglers celebrate their 20th anniversary with a “Greatest Bits Tour.” Ages 18+. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Salad Days at Exeter Northcott; left: Henry V courtesy of Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory below: Soprano Amy Carson visits Exeter Cathedral for a spot of Rutter

9 November

JOURNEY THROUGH CONFLICT: FROM THEN UNTIL NOW Major General Andy Salmon (rtd), from Exeter, shares the stories of servicemen and women, with renowned one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, alongside art and poetry. Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter; www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

13-15 & 27-29 November

YEZNO 1970s-set romantic, social drama from Plymouth theatre company Pilot’s Thumb. Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter; www.cygnettheatre.co.uk

13-17 November

28 October

MARK KERMODE: HOW DOES IT FEEL? The peerless film buff shares stories of his youthful bid for musical stardom as he launches his new book. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

30 October-3 November

SALAD DAYS Wendi Peters stars in Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ feelgood, criminally underrated musical. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

MADAGASCAR X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry stars as Alex in this brand new musical from Dreamworks. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

16 November

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE Speeches, sonnets and songs by, and inspired by, The Bard, via some of his biggest fans, Exeter’s excellent Sun & Moon Theatre. Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter; www.cygnettheatre.co.uk

16 November

1 November

PAUL FOOT: IMAGE CONSCIOUS Eccentric comedy from the British comedian often described by critics as a “comedy genius”. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

6-10 November

HOME FRONT REMEMBERED Unique promenade event inspired by life in Devon during World War One. Expect music, drama, readings, art and food tastings. Part of the Devon Remembers Heritage Project. See also Spotlight, page 9. Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter; www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

ONE FOR SORROW Spooky new play from Substance & Shadow. See page 38. Tuckers Hall, 140 Fore Street, Exeter (13-15 Nov) and St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, Exeter (27-29 Nov); www.substanceandshadow.co.uk

27 October above:

8 November

HENRY V Shakespeare’s exploration of power and heroism delivered by Bristol’s world-class Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

IVO GRAHAM: MOTION SICKNESS Enjoyable young stand-up talks big life choices. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

Music & Opera 25 October

PHILLIP HENRY Virtuoso Brit folk guitarist who can turn his hand to anything from a dobro to a 22 string chatturangui. Afternoon workshop, too. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 31

WHAT’S ON 2 November

CHRIS DIFFORD/ BOO HEWERDINE The Squeeze co-founder and fellow hugely respected singer-songwriter join forces. Kingskerswell Church, Church End Road, Kingskerswell; www.chrisdifford.com

8 November

STONE FOUNDATION Welcome to the Midlands-based funk and soul purveyors, airing new album Everybody, Anyone. See also Spotlight, page 10. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

10 November

EXETER PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Bruckner’s Mass In E Minor and John Rutter’s Requiem, performed by the venerated local choir, with soprano

Amy Carson and wind players from the Royal Academy of Music. Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter; www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

13 November

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Return of the Atlantan pioneers of non-sexist, non-violent hip hop. Expect People Everyday, Mr Wendal and Tennessee etc. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

15 November

CLUB BROTHERS New Exeter-based three-piece – Adam ‘In The Hat’ Moran, Richard James and Leigh Coleman – promising “electroacoustic pop with a focus on great harmony.” Doors 7pm. South Street Standard, 3 South St, Exeter; Twitter @ ClubBrosMusic

LIBRARY LIFE EMILY MACAULAY shares the latest from Exeter Library If you’ve never been to an author talk before, may I highly recommend it? We get consistently excellent feedback from members of the public who attend such events and love having colour and context added to the books they’ve enjoyed whilst learning more about the person behind them. With that in mind, let us give a celebratory whoop to

Nicola Upson

the people bringing Exeter’s literary festival to the city this November! Libraries Unlimited are one of the supporters of the festival, and Exeter Library is excited to be a venue (as well as a place from which you can borrow copies of featured authors’ work). The week-long festival boasts a packed programme and tickets are available now. For more information see the festival website at: www.exelitfest.com We are very excited to be hosting Nicola Upson on Saturday 17 November (11.30am-1.30pm) when she will be talking about Nine Lessons, the latest in her series starring Josephine Tey, one of the leading authors of Britain’s age of crime writing. Nicola has also worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the recipient of an Escalator Award from Arts Council England. www.devonlibraries.org.uk

32 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

WANT MORE? Sign up now for the Exeter Living newsletter... If you fancy an extra helping of Exeter Living, why not start receiving our popular Friday email newsletter? It’s the best thing you’ll get in your inbox all week, promise. If you haven’t yet signed up, please do, so that I may gently foist upon you my personal choice of the weekend’s best happenings. You’ll also get some money-saving special offers, the week’s most amusing Exeterbased tweets and a dollop of snoop-able local property. . . And your data is safe: we won’t share it with third parties! So if you’d like a friendly distraction in your inbox as the weekend beckons, simply sign up here: mediaclash.co.uk/eln

OTHER EVENTS 20-27 October

EXETREME IMAGINATION Festival of writing and stories for children and young people, with local authors including Tom McLaughlin and Philip Reeve, illustrators such as Exmouth’s Moose Allain. Various venues, Exeter; www.exetreme.org

27 October

HALLOWEEN PARTY See Spotlight, page 9. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton; www.thelmahulbert.com

15 November16 December

EXETER CHRISTMAS MARKET It’s that time again! Stalls selling festive fare, plus warming food and drink, all in front of the Cathedral. Exeter Cathedral; www.exeter-cathedral.rog.uk

16-18 November

EXETER LITERARY FESTIVAL See Library Life, left. Various venues, Exeter; www.exelitfest.com

17 November

THE ZOMBIE TRAIL See Spotlight, page 9. The Bear Trail, Cullompton; www.thebeartrail.co.uk

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE Exeter’s ‘alternative makers’ market, full of unusual, upcycled, locally made gifts. 10am-4pm. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

6 November

18 November

28 October

HALDON GOLD CUP Most prestigious date in Devon’s horse racing calendar. Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter; www.exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk

INEXETER CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON InExeter’s festive illuminations begin. Fun from 11am, switch on at 5pm. High St, Exeter; www.inexeter.com ■

advertising feature

Post-summer hair recovery with Smith+Denning, Exeter Teamworks, Exeter may have a new name, look and feel but still promise to deliver the same personalised hair education they have always given. Read on for their top tips on tackling post-summer hair damage and preventing upcoming winter hair woes


he salon formerly known as Teamworks has a new name: Smith+Denning Hair Education. This goes some way to explain the approach they take to their clients’ hair. The salon has helped to form the creative hair landscape of Exeter, with seven salons around the city opened by ex-stylists of Smith + Denning. Founder Joss Smith-Reynolds is a firm believer that there is no such thing as ‘bad hair’, it’s just about finding a personalised hair-care regime and style and then educating their clients on how to make the best of their hair type. Our hair changes with age, our environment and, inevitably, the seasons; and it’s important to continuously recognise these changes and adapt treatments and styles accordingly. With the longest and hottest summer on record coming to a close and colder nights drawing in, we start to think about top tips for injecting some moisture into those dried out locks and explore some of the unique hair care products on offer from Smith + Denning.

Get a trim Whether you are growing your hair or not it is important to regularly get your hair cut to prevent split ends travelling up the hair. Smith + Denning’s free in-depth consultations will help you get the most from your hair . We regard our consultations as our contract with the client, we like to create a plan for your hair taking into consideration - hair and scalp condition - natural movement - time constraints/lifestyle and budget. Change up your shampoo & conditioner Switch your usual shampoo and conditioner for

seriously moisturising formulas and finish your routine with a pea sized amount of hair oil or serum through the ends. It’ll work wonders on sun-parched locks. Smith + Denning suggest Windle & Moodie’s Utra Nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Put down the straighteners Between humidity and sun damage your hair is already thirsty. Try having a heated tool detox and opt for natural styling techniques that add texture without needing tongs and straighteners; soft layers using the hair’s natural movement and head shape will give you that all important texture. Phyto lisse serum will help to control any frizz. Try to prevent over-washing When you wash your hair every day it strips away the natural oils and proteins that you need to keep your hair and scalp healthy, so try to limit washing your hair to three times a week if you can. Windle & Moodie’s matte texturizing spray is the perfect product to give hair that little bit of oomph between washes. For 18 years we have sourced the most innovative and all-natural products. PHYTO believes beautiful hair can only come from a healthy scalp, so PHYTO takes care of hair from root to tip in full respect of the hair’s ecosystem, employing laboratories able to identify the most active plant extracts in order to reveal optimum health in your hair. Windle & Moodie is a pioneering British brand tailored to the modern health and eco-conscious consumer, offering a full range of additive-free products. Free from Sulphates, Parabens and Silicones. n

The best work PLACE. The best clients. The best products. Continuous training. We are committed to educating our clients about their hair and ensuring they get the best from each appointment. We are now looking for dedicated and self motivated stylists and trainees to join our team. Pop in for a confidential chat or get in touch.

01392 425542; smithdenning@gmail.com www.teamworks-hair.co.uk f Teamworks @smithdenninghaireducation www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 35

Chair vacancy, Libraries Unlimited Libraries changing lives Libraries Unlimited is the charity responsible for running Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries. Our life changing library services are vital in helping the people of Devon and Torbay to realise their potential. We are seeking an experienced, committed and dynamic Chair to lead and develop our organisation and shape our future growth. Applicants must have a passion and enthusiasm for libraries and culture, as well as an appetite for change, creativity and innovation. We are looking for someone who can provide Board level leadership and is willing to represent our organisation locally and nationally. This will be an exciting and challenging role with one of the UK’s leading library services. For an informal conversation about the role, please email caroline.battong@librariesunlimited.org.uk For more information on how to apply, download the information pack at librariesunlimited.org.uk/jobs Registered address: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ librariesunlimited.co.uk info@ librariesunlimited.co.uk Charity no: 1170092

Closing date: 17:00 Friday 9th November Interview date: Friday 16th November



THE SOUTH WEST ACADEMY OF FINE AND APPLIED ART’S annual Open Exhibition to be held at Exeter Castle 11th-23rd November


his exhibition will include contemporary and traditional 2D and 3D original works and prints with members of the public exhibiting alongside renowned Academy members such as Alan Cotton, Martin Procter, Jenny Pery, Annie Ward, David Brooke, Charlie O’Sullivan and Jo Dixon. The exhibition this year will be opened by Maria Friedman, actress, singer and West End Star. Maria is a great supporter of the arts and is a threetimes winner of the prestigious Olivier Award, recognised internationally as the highest honour in London theatre. All of the exhibition work is for sale along with a selection of cards, books and original prints. Visitors to previous shows have appreciated the high quality and diversity of the Open exhibition: “Amazingly diverse – many truly gifted artists”; “Had a brilliant time and loved the variety, left feeling inspired!” “So much talent. A beautiful venue!” Entry is free but as a registered charity the

Colours of the Fall, by Richard Thorn

Olive Hockin in her Studio

Glimpses of Dartmoor VI, by Judy Hempstead

38 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

“VISITORS TO PREVIOUS SHOWS HAVE APPRECIATED THE HIGH QUALITY AND DIVERSITY OF THE OPEN EXHIBITION” Academy welcomes donations to support the continuation of its educational and exhibition programme. Academy members will also provide a tour and talk about specific works in the exhibition. For the first time this year the magnificent Castle ballroom will also be used for the exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage with a special feature celebrating the work of the women members of the Academy. In Celebration of Women will include a talk by author Simon Butler on the life of Olive Hockin (1881-1936) – artist, suffragette and Dartmoor Land Girl. Hockin originally trained at the Slade School of Art, became an active participant in the suffrage movement and was implicated in the 1913

bomb attack on Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer. Come and find out more about the extraordinary life and work of this little-known artist and activist on Saturday 17th November at 2.30pm. The Academy is supported by a range of sponsors for prizes including the Brownston Gallery, Brewin Dolphin, the Sculpture School, The Artist magazine, Pegasus Art materials and Simeon Stafford. The Marine House Gallery sponsors the People’s Choice Prize where visitors are given a voting slip to vote for their favourite exhibition piece from ten works identified by the Gallery. So make sure you come along with family and friends and cast your vote – allow plenty of time as there will be over 300 works, but we guarantee that you will be inspired! ■

Exeter Castle, Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PU www.southwestacademy.org.uk


UNDEAD CERT Chills are guaranteed when a Victorian ghost story unfolds in Exeter’s most hauntable buildings this autumn Words by Anna Britten


upernatural horror has colonised the arts world like a zombie army over the last year – from the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT to TV’s Stranger Things to the current boom in horror fiction publishing. Now, Exeter-based theatre company Substance & Shadow are going all-out with the spooky – not only is their new, autumn production a Victorian-style ghost story but it’s being performed in two of the city’s most ancient, and spine-chilling buildings. Funded by Exeter City Council, One For Sorrow is the sixth play written by Midge and Rosie Mullin and uses performance, projections and soundscapes by local musician and songwriter Grice to tell the tale of a bride who goes missing on her wedding night. It’s the first theatre production ever to be performed at the stunning Tuckers Hall on Fore Street – renowned for its 15th century roof timbers and Jacobean panelling. After three nights, it’ll then have another run at

40 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

Exeter’s oldest building, St Nicholas Priory, which was founded by William the Conqueror in 1087. Bring a warm coat... Substance & Shadow, who were finalists in the 2017 Exeter Living Awards, always infuse their shows with a strong Exeter tang. “It allows us to write from our own experience,” explains Rosie Mullin, “having lived in the city for most of our lives. And at the same time, it gives audiences the opportunity to engage with theatre which relates to a familiar environment. With One For Sorrow we want to entertain audiences whilst also sharing the rich history of our wonderful city.” Sadly, the company haven’t witnessed any supernatural goings-on during rehearsals. And yet, says Rosie, “many people have reported encounters with an errant monk wandering the corridors of St Nicholas Priory – and who knows who might join the cast as uninvited extras during performances?” One for Sorrow is at Tuckers Hall from 13-15 November, and St Nicholas Priory from 27-29 November; www.substanceandshadow.co.uk


“Many people have reported encounters with an errant monk...”

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 41

5O THINGS @ 50

50 Things To Think About At 50 So you’ve reached your half century. Congratulations! Chances are the days of intense parenting and career-ladder-climbing are behind you, old age still feels reassuringly miles away, and the world is bursting with juicy possibilities. We’ve got the definitive list of matters you need to consider as the big Five-Oh rolls around…

Words by Anna Britten

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 43

5O THINGS @ 50

above: Jog on: enter Exeter Marathon; below: Stephanie Romiszewski of Sleepyhead Clinic


unwell, if your sleep is poor at night. Get plenty of light during the day and stop cancelling important wellbeing activities such as socialising and exercise because you feel fatigue (good sleepers who lead busy lives don’t get fatigue!). Don’t go to bed until you’re truly sleepy and stop worrying about how much sleep you’re getting – the worry alone will affect your sleep. Let go and let your body do what it was meant to do.”


Running a marathon

Not London. But right here. Entries are now open for the Exeter Marathon on Sunday 19 May 2019, hosted by Exeter City Community Trust – and as these things go it’s a great one for a beginner. Train for four months; be smug for evermore.


General fitness

This needn’t be drastic or expensive. Simply find a physical activity you love – walking, cycling, tap dancing? – and build it up steadily.



A full-body MOT

Don’t wish to make 12 separate appointments with your GP? Got some spare cash? “You can book a health assessment at Nuffield Health,” says Paul Taylor, hospital director at Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital, “starting at £267 for a Lifestyle assessment which focuses on common health issues and promotes healthy lifestyle changes, to a 360+ assessment – if you are concerned about cardiovascular health and cancer, this one involves 31 tests, takes three hours and costs £749.”


Changes to sleep patterns

“Sleep is supposed to be very similar from

44 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

the moment we turn into adults right through our entire lives,” says Stephanie Romiszewski at Sleepyhead Clinic in Exeter (above). “Unfortunately as we get older we have more physiological and psychological changes to cope with, and this can affect our sleep when not properly dealt with. “The most important things are getting up at the same time every day, maintaining consistency with daily exercise and healthy eating schedules, and trying not to succumb to napping during the day, especially when

your face

Looking knackered? Try something like “the Rejuvalift, a combination of a Silhouette Soft threadlift and wrinkle-reducing injections and dermal fillers,” says Dr Pradnya Apte, of Exeter-based Skin Southwest. The effect is a refreshed and rested appearance, to improve the texture and appearance of the skin itself. I might also recommend an inexpensive course of laser treatment in combination with a light facial peel.”


getting some work done…

Here’s Chris Wallace, consultant plastic surgeon at Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital: “Eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) is a great way to open and brighten the eyes, and tired-looking eye bags can be removed for a more rested look too. Facelifts can be beautifully natural and harmonious with cleverly hidden scars.”

5O THINGS @ 50 Dawn Lau


your hair products

“No need to panic!” says Dawn Lau of Exeter’s HQ Hair & Beauty (above). “If your hair is thinning, it may only be temporary and there are many hair care ranges that help stimulate new hair growth. The aim is to keep your hair growing well, looking as abundant as possible with shine and colour.” Don’t depend on TV ads; ask your hairdresser for advice.


Getting the chop

“A change of style makes you take a fresh look at yourself, and can improve confidence that is easily lost we age,” continues Dawn Lau. “Just because you hit 50 does not mean you have to have short hair, but it often looks better if volume is accentuated higher on the face. No one wants to advertise the droopy bits appearing around the jawline!”


Getting a tattoo

“No one is too old for a tattoo,” asserts Nic Smith of Songbird Tattoo in Exeter city centre, “and the bonus of leaving it until later is that you’ll be certain it’s what you want! We have customers of all ages and from all walks of life. Age is less important than how well taken care of a person’s skin is. A 30-year-old who’s spent their life abusing their body can have worse skin than a 70-year-old who’s always taken care of theirs.”


Getting rid of a tattoo

Can’t face another five minutes, let along five decades, with the lotus tattoo you got on the Khao San Road in 1989? Get rid – but first get a free consultation from local laser removal experts Exeter Medical.


Conquering a phobia

from top: Too old for tatts? Er, no way; the worries of middle age can affect sleep patterns

You are too old to be scared of clowns or spiders. James Holloway, who practises in Exeter and Torquay, will help you tackle what’s technically a type of anxiety disorder, using counselling and psychotherapy. And if you can’t get on a plane without four double gins, look no further than the nearby Virtual Jet Centre’s highly rated one-to-one Fear Of Flying course.

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 45

5O THINGS @ 50



Revising the will you made back in the ‘90s

Your personal and financial circumstances have probably changed a lot since the ’90s,” says Damian Gorman of Gorman Legal in Cullompton. “Even if your wishes haven’t changed, it’s advisable to review your will. This is because changes in the law, particularly the inheritance tax rules, may have affected it. View it as a ‘living document’ which needs to be regularly reviewed and updated from time to time.”


Reducing your kids’ inheritance tax obligations

“Considering inheritance tax early can often reduce or remove the tax liability,” says Susannah Bower, associate specialising in tax and trusts at WBW Solicitors (above). “Speak to a tax planning specialist to receive solutionled advice to ensure your family doesn’t pay more tax than it needs to.”



You’ve built up a little nest egg. But is 50 too late to start investing in stocks and shares? No. Contact Hawksmoor and Investec in Exeter for traditional investing; and Crowdcube for equity crowdfunding. Capital at risk, obviously.


Remembering the six Ps

And they are, independent financial adviser Martin Waistell of Strategic Solutions Financial Services reminds us: “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Actually work out your income needs in retirement now then get help to see how close you are and if there is a shortfall how you can efficiently fill it.”


Considering your tax allowances

“Utilise your tax efficient allowances first,” says Martin Waistell. “Pension annual allowance, ISA allowance, gifting allowance, capital gains allowance and more. Look for potential tax arbitrages to increase your net income in retirement.”

46 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

from top: Time to get wed, or renew your vows?; Life drawing at Exeter Phoenix or Exeter College

5O THINGS @ 50


Streamlining your pension plans

“Track down and consider consolidating all old pension plans for potential economies of scale but also ease of management and understanding,” says Martin Waistell.


Life insurance

How much cover do you actually need at 50? If the mortgage is paid off and the kids all fledged, not much. That said, the advantage of being your age is you’re looking at guaranteed acceptance and fixed pay outs. Talk it through with an independent local expert. Exeter boasts several.




“The Equality Act should prevent ageism in advertised vacancies, the recruitment process or in denying opportunities for training or promotion based on age,” says local career coach Becky Kilsby of Freestyle Careers. “If you feel you’ve been the victim of ageism, you should first consult your employer’s grievance procedure and if that fails, take expert advice and consider an Employment Tribunal.”


Changing career

“At 50, you have accumulated experience, strengths and successes,” says Becky Kilsby. “This is a great time to ask two questions: how will you use these talents next, and for whom? Perhaps the biggest question, though, is why – what will a new direction actually give you? By tapping into your values and purpose, you’ll make a confident choice that both fulfills you and delivers the wider contribution you’re seeking. A good coach can provide a framework and accountability to ensure you get the answers you need to make a successful career change.”


retirement (normal)

If you turned 50 in 2018 your state pension age is 67. But, remember, you can keep working past that – there’s no forced retirement age anymore.


retirement (early)

Sounds tempting, but only if you have an exciting plan for afterwards. Says Becky Kilsby: “Early retirement may not seem a good option if you love your work and hang your identity upon it, but perhaps taking your strengths to a new environment, or working independently will provide quality fuel to re-invigorate the next decade and beyond!”



Getting hitched or renewing your vows

‘Mature’ weddings have the edge over those of the younger generation in some ways:

be fearful of exposing themselves to such a concept. In recent years, many people have been searching for the safer, more confidential, more discreet alternative that working with a professional matchmaker can provide.”


Becky Kilsby of Freestyle Careers

more cash to splash, and all that hard-won life experience keeping trivial tensions from spilling over. And renewal ceremonies are the ultimate romantic gesture, whether it’s every year, or every 20. Here’s to you.



“Dating over 50 can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience,” insists Nicky Dunn of Exeter-based matchmaking agency Pi Society. “You know more about yourself, what you want, and other people you’re interested in. “If dating sites are new to you, it may well seem very confusing, as the dating marketplace in the UK has changed so much in recent years. The downsides of online dating sites have rapidly become clear and, as a consequence, many people may well


Learning a language

Exeter University’s Foreign Language Centre runs evening classes teaching languages from French to Hindi, as well as British Sign Language (BSL).


Taking up life drawing

Look no further than the ten-week courses at Exeter College or the half-day workshops and five-week courses at Exeter Phoenix.


Making your own Christmas cake

Somehow you’ve contrived to spend every Yuletide eating someone else’s carefullyconceived cake because, well, it’s easier ( just us?). News flash: it’s time to step up. Worried your efforts won’t be a patch on your mum’s? Sign up for Exeter Cookery School’s half-day Christmas Baking course on 2 December.


going to the University of Exeter

You local higher education institution extends

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 47

Have you reached a turning point and want to create a more meaningful career that fits the person you are today? I created Freestyle Careers to help you do just that!

We create special relationships PI SOCIETY offers an ideal way to find your perfect match, offering you a personal and friendly service to help you fulfil your social and personal lives. We combine a professional and discreet matchmaking service with local social events. For more information please call us on 07970825437 or visit us on line: www.pisociety.co.uk

a dating agency in Devon with a heart...

As a fully qualified career change specialist with 3 major career changes under my belt, I’ve developed a proven process that works for clients around the world.


• Get clear on your priorities, strengths and vision

• Create a realistic plan to build a more fulfilling future

• Explore and evaluate a broad range of possibilities

• Be confident that you have made a well-informed and aspirational choice

Isn’t it time to create a more inspiring future? Get in touch for an informal chat: Becky Kilsby becky@freestyle-careers.com | www.freestyle-careers.com

www.ssfs.co.uk Exeter Office 01392 876896 Martin Mobile 07446 874405


MARTIN WAISTELL DipPFS Independent Financial Advisor - Pensions and Retirement - Investments - Inheritance Tax Planning - Life Assurance and Protection


Strategic Solutions is a trading style of Strategic Solutions Financial Services which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, number 525733. Principals: Kevin Forbes: Jefferson Fawcett: Giles Wellington: Allan Cruse. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE

5O THINGS @ 50 a warm welcome to mature students who missed out on university at 18 for whatever reason. First you need to enroll on an Access to HE Diploma course at Exeter College. Next, book yourself onto an Exeter Uni open day. And you’re off…



an adult gap year

“No, it’s not madness!” says Rob Hitchings of Exeter’s Nomadic Travel. “Working relentlessly without fun is madness, so it’s quite the opposite. We help lots of people arrange an adult gap year and I’ve yet to hear anyone say they regretted it. “The most popular places for ‘mature gappers’ are USA and Canada – often a road trip around California or a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies – combining a visit to see relatives in Australia with perhaps a motorhome journey around New Zealand, an Antarctic voyage combined with a tour of Patagonia and an African safari, with relaxation in Zanzibar or Mauritius to follow.”


Your wine collection

You survived the years of Lambrini and Diamond White. Progressed through your mid-priced chardonnay and pinot grigio phases. Is it now time to become a wine bore? It is. Find some fine vintages and wisdom at Smiths on Exeter’s Magdalen Road and Grape & Grain in Crediton.



Why do older people love gardening so much? It’s meditative; it’s an escape; it’s about raising something that won’t write-off the car/ emigrate to Australia/put you in a retirement home… Find all you need at Bernaville and St Bridget Nurseries, and Otter Garden Centre.


Reading War & Peace

Or “Middlemarch by George Eliot, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham,” say booksellers Lucy and Paul at Waterstones in Exeter. Pop in and ask them for more bucket list literary classics.

from top: Pi Society’s Nicky Dunn; Rob Hitchings of Nomadic Travel on a polar voyage below: How does your garden grow? Probably a lot better now you’re 50...

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 49

5O THINGS @ 50


Eating at a Michelin star restaurant

See what all the fuss is about. Round here, you can choose from Gidleigh Park and Lympstone Manor.


As in, get a proper suit made. Not as pricey as you think and worth every penny. Men and women of Exeter, may we remind you of your very own city centre tailor, Zebel on Fore Street?

Investigate your geneaology at Exeter Library


Taste freeze

A terrible malady affecting everyone over 33, according to the data, and growing worse with every passing year. Prevent your own cultural tastes from going stale by letting Exeter Living introduce you to the freshest art/ theatre/music happenings in your fine city, every three weeks.


Sam Hunter Hunters Hairdressing, Honiton “My values have stayed the same – family first, and look after those close to you; treat others with huge respect, but more importantly look after yourself physically to stay strong and fitter than ever. “I never want to be weak: I lift weights, spin, lift more weights, train hard three to four times a week and would go without all sorts if I couldn’t afford my PT sessions twice a week! Some would say it’s selfindulgent, I say it’s like a life prescription; it keeps my mind and body on track. “I’m certainly not mega fit, and it’s all about balance: I’m a total foodie, and love chocolate, cake, and the odd G&T of an evening, accompanied by my partner, dog, and a rubbish movie! “In terms of where I’d love to visit, it’s really got to be India. I’ve been all over the world – I ride a Harley (I’m not your run-



Extended family

See more of them. Why not book a table at one of Exeter’s most family-friendly, all-tastes-pleasing restaurants one Sunday? See our Harry’s review on page 60.

of-the-mill salon owner) so I’ve toured Europe and the States. However, I’m now addicted to cruising and just about to go on my second Caribbean cruise… “I’ve always worked hard, and fully intend to continue doing so; I’m actually still so excited to learn my trade. I love courses, new fads, and new clients; 12 hour salon days still excite me. I’m absolutely not ready to slow down!”


Researching your family tree

It needn’t cost you a penny! Because “Exeter, like all public libraries in Devon, provides library members with free online access – and a PC to use for free for up to two hours/ day – to the subscription version of Ancestry Online,” says Emily Macaulay, Libraries Unlimited centre manager at Exeter Library. “This contains thousands of sources of information and records to help research your

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 51

5O THINGS @ 50 family history including censuses and birth, marriage and death indexes. In addition, we hold details of local community groups that specialise in genealogy. This is, of course, in addition to a range of books about various points in history and on the topic of genealogy itself.”



Damien Mills Goal Media & Marketing, Exeter “I’m not sure my priorities have changed a great deal, if at all. That said, you do become increasingly conscious that middle age is upon you and that, if you don’t want life to pass you by, time is of the essence; I feel like I need to start ‘making things happen’ before it’s too late… “Whilst it would be a dream to go back to Los Angeles, if it doesn’t happen I’ll cope with that. However, it would break my heart if I didn’t get to spend lots more quality time amongst friends and family in Sidmouth, the town where I was born almost 50 years ago. “My uncle retired at 40, my dad at 50, but, alas, I ain’t in a position to be slowing down any time soon! Admittedly, I enjoy my job, however, getting stuck late at work and consequently missing out on a game of golf pains me much more now than it might have done a few years ago! “I think, as I get older, I want to do more socially. Admittedly, it’s a few years now since I’ve hit the dance floor at Timepiece, but I’m not ready for a pipe and slippers quite yet!”

Making new friends

Check out cheerful, informal local friendship networks Exeter Social Group, and Exeter IVC. And we seriously dig Exeter Northcott’s Go Together Club – a chance to meet up with fellow theatre fans.


throwing a 50th party

Fact: 50ths are the new 40ths. Mainly because few of your mates need to book babysitters these days. If we were booking one today we’d definitely call The Terrace and try to bagsy that roof terrace…


Writing that novel

Exeter is teeming with creative writing types to coax you into tacking your longpostponed masterpiece. Even better? The city has it’s very own version of the Booker for when you’ve finished: the annual Exeter Novel Prize.



Equity release

You can access capital from the value of your home from the age of 55. The advantages of doing so, according to Martin Pratley, head of residential property at Exeter law firm Gilbert Stephens, are that it provides a tax-free cash or income; you have the right to remain in your home, and that they are highly regulated financial products. On the down side, equity release reduces the amount of your estate available for your beneficiaries, may affect social security benefits, can come with potentially expensive set up costs and fees and restricts further remortgaging. Your call.


becoming a buy-to-let landlord

Recent government policies and tax changes have slowed the boom in the buy-to-let market – however, becoming an amateur landlord remains a hugely popular way for the latemiddle-aged to boost retirement income. It pays to seek independent financial advice, and there’s plenty of that in and around Exeter.



Downsizing as you grow older is largely a positive lifestyle choice. Low maintenance home; less ‘stuff’; capital to spare – what’s not to love? But it’s essential you do it right. Says veteran Exeter estate agent Roger Wilkinson of Wilkinson Grant: “Our advice is, the closer you are to 60, the more you should give serious thought to

52 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

downsizing. Eventually, your health and well-being will almost certainly mean that you need less space, less maintenance and lower running costs, and it makes sense to not just plan ahead but take action when you can still reap the maximum benefit from the finance and lifestyle changes you can enjoy.”


Relocating overseas

Dreaming of finally getting that new life in a warmer clime? There were 204,074 Brits aged 65 and over living in the EU at the beginning of 2017. You’d be advised to join them before the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020, after which the typical British expat lifestyle is likely to get a lot harder to achieve.



Construct that conservatory or garden office you always wanted. Finally knock through into the box room to create a walk-in dressing room. You won’t relish the hassle after 60…


Grown-up children

Sure, you want to make their lives easier but... The biggest mistake parents aged 50+ make? “Making a gift that is too generous and leaving themselves in the future with financial difficulty,” say Exeter-based law firm Ford Simey. “It’s a natural instinct of every parent to help and support their children, but really important to ensure that children take responsibility,” add local bankers Handelsbanken.


your ageing parents

This summer, Bluebird Care Exeter, East Devon & Exmouth launched their #TalkCare campaign with series of short films encouraging a county-wide conversation on care. You can find them all on their YouTube channel ‘Bluebird Care Exeter’ now and they are the perfect starting off point...




Know a thing or two about life, work and the universe at 50, huh? And since your offspring probably don’t care, why not mentor someone who will? Offer yourself to Ebford-based Motiv-8SW, or the University of Exeter’s career mentor scheme.



Identify your pet cause, political or otherwise, and get involved. Rediscover the idealistic soul you were when Madonna released Vogue.



From Exeter Foodbank to RAMM to the RD&E, volunteers keep the city running. Troubled by recent environmental news? Plastic Free Exeter organise clean-ups across the city – find them on Facebook – or maybe help conserve and clean up the East Devon countryside? See Spotlight, page 9. Find out more at CoLab (formerly know as Exeter Council for Voluntary Service) on King William Street. Your city will thank you.



SAY HELLO TO THE NEW HQ PARTNERS ON 18TH OCTOBER Jones, Teresa, Dawn and Fei look forward to seeing you at: 9 Lower North Street Tel: 07988 715491 Like us on FB /hqhairandbeautyexeter

OFFERING RESULTSDRIVEN TREATMENTS FOR FACE, BODY & SKIN. NON SURGICAL TREATMENTS: • Silhouette soft® threadlifts • Ellanse® collagen stimulating fillers • Dermal fillers • Non surgical nose correction • Lip enhancement • Wrinkle relaxing injections (Botox®) • Microsclerotherapy • Non surgical eyelid blepheroplasty



• IPL Hair removal/ Electrolysis • IPL threadvein/rosacea removal • Radiofrequency skin tightening of jowls/ neck- Endymed 3 DEEP • Chemical peels to correct acne, pigmentation, sun damaged skin • Resurfacing treatments for acne scarring, sundamaged skin • Results driven skincare • Celebrity facials • Skin analysis • LED masks

is available to download. www.mediaclash.co.uk

30 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NS 01392 426285 enquiries@skinsouthwest.co.uk WWW.SKINSOUTHWEST.CO.UK * Offer valid from 30 days of consultation. Does not include Silhouette Soft threads.

Elizabeth Ann of Exeter


Smart, casual and occasion shoes. Large selection of HB loafers. Lisa Kay, Cefalu, Caprice, Van Dal. Hand made Spanish boots by Brenda Zaro and Italian boots by La Ross, Franco Russo and much much more.

Sizes 2 (35) to 8 (41) available and various fittings

3 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ Telephone: 01392 252876 www.elizabethannshoes.co.uk

advertising feature

SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Sound Gallery Studios is a professional recording studio situated in the basement complex at Exeter Phoenix in the cultural heart of Exeter


stablished since 2008, Sound Gallery has gained its reputation as one of the most productive and well equipped recording studios in Devon boasting in its client list a wide range of local, national and internationally acclaimed musicians and artists. Sound Gallery Studios design a diverse range of music technology and music production courses which go beyond the nuts and bolts of software education and aim to provide participants with the skills they need to create, record and produce their own music. Sound Gallery’s courses include: Creative Music Technology, Recording Studio Experiences, Audio Services for Film Makers, Music Industry advice sessions in association with Hungersleep records and Integrity Publishing as well as bespoke tuition in recording, mixing

and mastering techniques and the use of music production software (Ableton, Reason, LogicPro, ProTools). Sound Gallery’s recording studio is linked to neighbouring community radio station PhonicFM, which enables them to run ‘Maida Vale’-style live sessions as well as prerecorded sessions for local musicians and established artists. Past clients include: Raphael Ravenscroft (Pink Floyd, Gerry Rafferty), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Levi Roots, The Black Umfolosi, Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller) and more. Sound Gallery’s in-house record label Hungersleep Records operates in the genres of art rock, singer-songwriter and alternative with a distinctive British flavour. Propeller, the debut album by art rock musician GRICE, was shortlisted by the MPG Awards in the UK Album of the Year category. Recent releases on

the label include Alexandrine by GRICE which features a stellar cast of musicians including sonic innovator Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree, Japan), Steve Jansen (Japan) and B J Cole. Hungersleep Records recently signed folk-noir singer-songwriter Siobhan McCrudden, whose debut album Icarus Girl is out on 7 December 2018. n

Sound Gallery Studios, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS. Tel: 01392-495301; www.sound-gallery.net www.hungersleepproductions.com

Reach the best in the west Auent, active and inuential and just a call away

Exeter Living team 01225 475800

TEA LIGHT HOLDER, £13.50 Chilli-shaped oak, because why not? Insideout, 1 Bampfylde Lane, Princesshay, Exeter www.gottohaveit.co.uk

WOODEN BOWL, £24 Sensuous woodcraft from local maker Rob Cadman Georgie & Flo, 1 Upper Paul Street, Exeter; www.georgieandflo.com


SALAD SERVERS, £12 Artisanal utensils from Exeter’s importers of Moroccan crafts Se-Hara Bleu; www. seharableu.co.uk

We’re going natural with wonderful, local things handcrafted from trees SHELVING UNIT, £395 Reclaimed timber receptacle of your best books, bits and bobs. Also available in bigger sizes Chunky Monkey Weircliffe Park, St Andrews Rd, Exeter; www.chunkymonkeyfurniture.co.uk

YEW ROCKING CHAIR, £5,500 Nick Thwaites in Awliscombe loosely bases these beauties on the famous rockers made by Sam Maloof in California. Commission only Nick Thwaites Furniture; www.nickthwaitesfurniture.co.uk

58 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

ED’S CHOICE LEAF-STAMPED WOODEN HEART EARRINGS, £8 Handmade in Exeter for your lovely little lobes One Dotty Duck; www.onedottyduck.co.uk

MAGIC WANDS, £38 Of course they work. And even if they didn’t, they’d make completely addictive desk toys Georgie & Flo, 1 Upper Paul Street, Exeter; www.georgieandflo.com

MATT SEWELL WOODEN POSTCARD, £3.95 It’s the thank you/get well soon note that will never get chucked in the recycling! Hyde & Seek, 1 Paul Street, Exeter; www.hydeseek.co.uk

PAULA NOLAN BOX, £85 Perfect hiding place for special treasures – handcrafted from steam-bent pear, cherry and king wood then painstakingly engraved Devon Guild of Craftsmen shop, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF; www.crafts.org.uk

‘CHAKAL’ COFFEE TABLE, £395 Made from Indian reclaimed wooden herb grinders just for you to perch your teatray on Nkuku; www.nkuku.com

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 59

HARRY’S No fads, no fuss – everyone’s favourite has had a face lift but lost none of its classic allure, finds ANNA BRITTEN


oJoLe, the people of New York might call it. The bit of Exeter that sits north of John Lewis, that is, taking in New North Road, Howell Road and Longbrook Street. No, it probably won’t catch on. Anyway, it’s a footfall deadzone – don’t expect the student residents to bail you out – where only the strongest eating-and-drinking destinations survive. Destinations like Harry’s – whose place in Exeter’s affections is unshakeable. You’re more likely to find a unicorn cantering down Gandy Street than an Exonian with a bad word to say about Harry’s. Why? It’s partly the physical thrill of the place. The 19th century gothic red brick property – built for architect, sculptor and provider of the restaurant’s name, Harry Hems – is a traffic-stopper. Inside, it is the sort of comforting, chatty, semi-formal brasserie everyone wants on their doorstep. Did you ever eat at a Browns in the ’80s and early ’90s? The pioneering, university town-based small chain was one of chef-proprietor Samantha Pounds’ formative dining inspirations, and she’s magicked up for Harry’s that exact same vibe – extended families and old

60 I exeter living I www.mediaclash.co.uk

friends gathering for scintillating debate, and gallons of good house red, amid grandiose echoes of history. A recent refurb’s delivered a new bar, banquette seating, lots of marble, wood and brick, bespoke stained glass and wallfuls of black-and-white photos of the city. But the less obvious tweaks are just as important: mood lighting means every table is individually lit; the new Sonos sound system delivers the lightest shower of centrist pop. I’m putting Harry’s something-for-everyone ethos to the test today by dining with a 16-year-old. And from a menu that eschews every foodie fad going in favour of all your favourite Mexican, Italian, US, British, French and Greek dishes, we’re going to order dishes typically relished by people of our respective generations. So: tasty ‘trash’ for him; grown-up girly stuff for me. My starter of fig and goat’s cheese filo parcels impresses – four thin and crispy shells yielding to a generous squidge of soft, hot and perfectly balanced fillings, served with green salad, parmesan shavings and dried cranberries (the latter are superfluous but, of course, we eat them anyway). A white rioja, picked because it’s described as “Sam’s favourite!” on the reasonably priced wine list (which also


“A hugely competent plate of things real people want to eat in real life” helpfully suggests which tipples will match your chosen dishes), is a perfect, lemony-fresh match. We ask the 16-year-old how it’s going with the nachos – which Sam reveals were the first thing ever on the Harry’s menu. “Not now,” he replies, “I’m in the zone.” Pressed later, he praises the ratio and distribution of components, the portion size (won’t destroy your appetite), the lack of gloopiness, and the just-spicy-enoughness. Next, for him, is the titanic Mothership burger, one of six burgers on the menu. (NB: the Hot Chick is Samantha’s reverse-engineered homage to the KFC Zinger Tower). The brioche bun barely constrains a thick, beef patty enrobed in gooey cheese, slices of crisp, streaky bacon, fried onions, chunky gherkin halves. The chips are skinny, crunchy and fresh-out-the-frier – better, even, than McDonalds. A pot of home-made slaw arrives, cool and quiveringly fresh. On the adult side of our lovely window table, a juicy, heart-shaped Piper’s Farm chicken breast dressed with cranberry sauce vies for top billing on the plate with some Parmentier potatoes that look like golden dice and taste moreishly meaty. A jumble of vivid, daintily-cut steamed leeks, peas, green beans and broccoli sits on the other side, and there’s a little jug of great gravy. Nothing radical, not a statement, just a hugely competent plate of things real people want to eat in real life. Our shared vanilla crème brûlée is silky, egg-rich and flecked with real vanilla, and served with a shotglass of tart blackberry compote. Samantha’s family opened Harry’s in 1993 – neatly, she now has her four daughters working alongside her. They all had some time off during the recent refurb, she tells us, and spent it fidgeting at home, wondering what on earth they were supposed to feed themselves with – or, for that matter, do. That blurring of work/personal boundaries is what makes a restaurant feel good. And Harry’s is so feelgood it’s a George Harrison song rendered in bricks-and-mortar. Warning: may cause spontaneous hugging. n

Dining details Harry’s, 86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP; www.harrysrestaurants.co.uk Opening times Every day, 9am-2.30pm and 6-11pm Prices Starters from £5, mains from £11, puddings from £6 Vegetarian/vegan choice Several good options for the animal-avoiders Disabled access Good Service/atmosphere Cosy, convivial, and yet eating here’s still an event – think those buzzy restaurants in old Woody Allen films

www.mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 61


Kalkidan Legesse and Paul Nero

Bash Harry and Sam Boughton

Amanda Marsden and Hayley Williams

Jill Pollitt, Mark Barretto and Joshua Rowe


Fashionistas came out in force for the launch of the third annual Style InExeter, the city’s fashion week. Hair and beauty paradise Amanda Marsden on Queen Street played host to the event, which included fizz and canapés along with a professional styling session from Style InExeter’s key stylist, Jill Pollitt.

Molly Hohl and Kate Roubottom

Katrina Bennett and Charlotte Forrester Sam Hone and Grace Beal

Brenda Ball and Mark Barretto

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 63


South West Lindy hoppers

Mark Turner


A Dunkirk spirit prevailed at the 5th Annual Turner Locker Barnfield Revival on Barnfield Crescent, where storm clouds and rain eventually yielded to crisp blue skies. Along with lindy hopping, live retro tunes and street food, visitors got the chance to ogle a wonderful variety vehicles dating from the 1920s to the ’60s. Funds were also was raised for armed forces’ charity Blesma. Photos by Andrew Butler

Tiffany Turner and Fiona Glasspoole Hayley Crook

Fabulous British classics rubbed wings/fenders with Americana

The Siren Sisters

I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk 1964 MEDIACLASH.CO.UK

Arthur Cook and Zak Wright

Matthew Ford Tucker, Sam Tapp and David Nicholls Charlotte Heaver, Julian Tagg and Chloe Glencross

Amanda Bonnick, Leanne Yendell and Philip Keddie


Exeter’s property experts mingled at the launch of The Exeter Property Circle (EPC) – founded by members of Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, PSSW, Northcott Beaton and Clear Property – at the City Gate Hotel in Exeter recently. Exeter City Council chief executive and growth director Karime Hassan gave a talk, and future events are in the pipeline. Catherine Guerin, Freddie Shuttleworth and Amy Hart Jed Peacock and Darren Summerfield

Antonia D’Alessio, Sarah Heath, Karime Hassan, Dana Mulligan, Clare Northcott and Kelly Forrester Leanne Yendell, Cyndy Walker and Hannah Quick

Mike Noon, Emily Gibbons and Matt Gould

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 65

Intruder Alarms | Fire Alarms | CCTV Specialist installers of electronic security systems, tailored to suit your every need Existing systems maintained and updated

Call us for a chat about cost effective security solutions

01392 368830


businessinsider E XETER AND E A S T DE VON GET TO WORK

Less than six months to go…

Quote of the issue

“we hope we will be drawing customers from all over the world”

Who’s thinking globally after drastic changes? See page 68

The Big Number © REBECCA VALE


Bums on pews at the first Slow Fashion Show. More on page 68


Key dates revealed for biggest-ever Exeter Living Awards


xeter businesses are urged to make a note in their diaries, as key dates for the 2019 Exeter Living Awards are revealed. Tickets are also now on sale for the big night happening on 7 March. And a limited number of category sponsorships remain available, which guarantee a table in a prominent position. The latest sponsor is Regus for the Property category. If you are interested in joining them as a sponsor, contact Rosanna Hood: rosanna.hood@mediaclash.co.uk The 2018 Awards saw over 500 guests in attendance, with more on the waiting list.

For businesses looking to enter the Awards, organisers are offering extra information online in the form of ‘How To Win an Exeter Living Award’, a presentation explaining everything businesses need to know about what the judges are looking for and how to marshal their case for a winning nomination. Head to the Exeter Living Awards site to find out more. The winners are chosen by a panel of independent, well-known judges, newly selected each year. Nominations open on 9 November and companies can enter multiple categories. The website also contains full details of how to enter and includes

Top Tips to maximise your chances. The current roster of sponsors is led by Platinum sponsor Jelf, along with category sponsors Regus, Princesshay, Visit Exeter, Energy Hair, Cathedral Appointments, WBW Solicitors, Wilkinson Grant & Co, Dana Mulligan Consulting, Exeter College, Triangle Networks, and Warwick Event Services, with The Oddfellows returning as Silver Sponsors. n

The Exeter Living Awards are on 7 March in The Great Hall. www.exeterlivingawards.co.uk Twitter: @exeterlivingawd

Dates for your diary 9 November 2018 Nominations open 22 January 2019 Finalists revealed 11 February 2019 Finalists’ and Sponsor’ Reception 7 March 2019 Exeter Living Awards 2019

www.mediaclash.co.uk mediaclash.co.uk I exeter living I 115 67

business insider

Mark Godfrey focuses on a fun new chapter for the elegant Deer Park

DEER-LY BELOVED Deer Park Country House near Honiton is to cease operating as a restaurant and hotel in order to focus exclusively on being a luxury venue for weddings and other events. Says Mark Godfrey, MD of Deer Park Country House: “The demand for Deer Park as a wedding and event venue just keeps growing. One of the secrets of a successful business is to respond to what’s happening in the real world, so we feel it’s the right time to focus on that side of our business, and specialise in creating one-off celebrations for customers who are looking for something truly out of the ordinary. “The house and estate have never looked better, and the brilliant team behind the scenes are excited by this

change of direction. We have always regarded ourselves as part of the local community, and hope that we will in future be drawing customers to Devon not just from all round the UK, but from all over the world. “The hard part of the decision is that we’ll genuinely miss hosting guests for lunches, dinners and overnight stays. It’s been a real joy that so many of our local customers have grown into genuine friends. We don’t intend to lose touch, however. Deer Park Country House will still be hosting charity events and summer and winter balls, and we have just received planning permission for a new Cider Barn, so stand by for our first community wassailing event.” For more: www.deerpark.co.uk

SLOW AND STEADY Exeter’s first ever Slow Fashion Show – the flagship event of Style In Exeter Week, and hosted by Exeter-based ethical fashion and lifestyle brand Sancho’s and InExeter – saw over 500 people flock to Exeter Cathedral on 22 September to discover what the region has to offer when it comes to sustainable fashion. Says InExeter’s Ann Hunter: “There was a waiting list of people hoping to get in from a week before the event. We hoped the event would be popular, but the response has been beyond our expectations”. During the event, British sustainable swimwear brand Davy J, who are based in Newton Abbot, were named winners of the first Sustainable Design Awards, which uses 100% regenerated nylon yarn from waste, including spent and ghost fishing nets. Runners up were Storm in a Teacup artist and designer, Lisa Tricoteuse; fashion knitwear textile designer, Leanne Callon; and Exeter-based advocate of everything handmade, Arrietty. For more: www.sanchosshop.com www.davyj.org

68 I exeter living I www.mediaclash.co.uk

Kalkidan Legesse takes to the stage at the first Slow Fashion Show



EXETER CHIEFS NEWS Rachel Magee with predecessor John Davidson

Exeter School has appointed Rachael Magee (pictured) as its new director of development and alumni relations… Stacey Hedge has joined CITY Community Trust – Exeter City Football Club’s partner charity – as business development manager… Devon-based Lightfoot, the in-vehicle technology and driver rewards platform, has appointed Tiffany Bale as relationships manager… Terry Bridle and Robin Davis have been made heads of accountancy and corporate services respectively at chartered accountants Haines Watts, while Katie Wright and Jade Quaintance are now qualified chartered accountants.

MARK STEVENS brings you the latest from inside Sandy Park


MUSCLING IN Gemma and Nick study Exeter Living’s fitness stats

Half time at Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

A local ex-police officer and Rifleman are launching a new, innovative gym in Tiverton. The Physical Edge is the brainchild of Gemma and Nick Beresford who have, respectively, swapped the police and the armed forces for the world of fitness and wellbeing, delivering high-quality fitness training and nutritional guidance to members through appointment-only, group classes. “Lifestyle changes are what we promote,” says lead coach Gemma, “making the good choices habitual and keeping it enjoyable.” “Our approach is through a tried and tested process, adapting the most effective and innovative methods across the fitness scope.” The gym is located on Mountbatten Road in Tiverton, and launches are planned in Bristol and Cardiff in 2019. For more: www.thephysicaledge.co.uk

A new term may have begun for Exeter Chiefs, but Rob Baxter’s side have wasted little time in picking up from where they left off last May. Undone by Saracens in the end of season showpiece at Twickenham, English rugby’s two stand-out clubs are already up and running in their quest to return for the 2019 Premiership Final. Six games, six wins. With both having accrued 29 points out of a possible 30 on offer, rivals across the division are already playing catch-up to these proven thoroughbreds in the race for title success this season. With little change in the Chiefs playing stock – only Wales and British Lions winger Alex Cuthbert arrived this summer – it’s been very much business as usual for the Devonians. They opened up the new campaign with a real statement of intent, hammering English rugby’s most decorated side, Leicester Tigers, 40-6 in Round One. A week later, Wasps were also picked off by the Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena, before Sale Sharks

were undone here in West Country waters. Further victories over Newcastle Falcons, Worcester Warriors and local rivals Bath ensured it was the dream start for the Chiefs, who this month must take two of European rugby’s top performers in Munster and Castres in the Heineken Champions Cup. Away from the field, Sandy Park continues to attract plenty of business, playing host to a number of dinners, exhibitions, trade shows and conferences, while bookings for the busy Christmas period look set to again hit recordbreaking numbers. Next month also sees the hugely popular Ministry of Sound dance brand return to the venue for a special ‘Old Skool’ night featuring resident DJs Matt May and Tim Cullen. Next up at Sandy Park: 3 Nov – Exeter Chiefs v Bath 10 Nov – Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins For more: www.sandypark.co.uk

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 69



Mark and Vanessa McGlade, directors of Home Instead Senior Care – Exeter & East Devon, with their Award

So how did it feel to win an Exeter Living Award?

We were delighted for the team to have been recognised with this wonderful award in the community in which they live and work. We have an extraordinary team of caregivers and office support staff that feel passionate about going the extra mile for our clients to enable them to live well, their way. What makes you different to other home care providers?

Our focus on a very personalised care at home for the elderly service. We have a minimum of one hour visits, often longer, and do not believe you can provide quality dignified care in 20-30 minute care visits (the industry standard) with different carers turning up on the doorstep every day. We would not visit our own grandparents or parents for 15-30 minutes so why is this kind of care considered adequate for other elderly people? Companionship and careful matching of clients with caregivers is also a key differentiator for Home Instead, with a focus on our clients’ wellbeing rather than simply doing tasks.



East Devon is bursting with vitality thanks to a number of excellent experts and organisations in the health and wellbeing game. But one in particular caught our 2018 judges’ attention – Home Instead Senior Care, headquartered in Budleigh Salterton, which was the first home care provider for the elderly to be rated Outstanding by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) in the South West of England. Mark McGlade, managing director, tells us more… How do you attract and retain your homecare workers?

We recently were awarded a five-star rating in The Best Employer in Care Awards 2018 (the highest possible rating), based on feedback from our employees through independently validated surveys, with 100% of our staff saying they were proud to work for Home Instead. We look to recruit people who are caring, kind and passionate about quality care. We invest heavily in our employees to train and support them to be the best they can be. More than 50% of our caregivers had never worked in care before joining the company. We provide full training and support for all our staff and offer continuous learning and development with career progression. We actively support and promote our caregivers to get educational qualifications in health and social care. For someone looking to work in a sector where they will receive rewards they go far beyond the monetary value of any job, then a career in care should be considered. We have the most amazing clients, with wartime stories and life experiences that will soon be part of the history books.

What’s the nicest bit of feedback you’ve ever had from a Home Instead client?

We get the most wonderful feedback from our clients and their families every week. One recent review from the daughter of a client posted on www. homecare.co.uk reads “Home Instead has made the most wonderful difference to Mum’s quality of life. Nothing is too much trouble for the team, they are kind, compassionate and genuinely care about Mum and treat her with the utmost dignity. They are also incredibly supportive to me and have given me so much advice and information about Alzheimer’s Disease; we couldn’t be without them now. I am so relieved that I chose Home Instead to take care of Mum and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is looking for care at home for their loved ones. Thank you so much to the whole team.”


www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 71

The Devon Shutter Company Ltd British Made Shutters Since 2007 01395 578506 | www.devonshutters.co.uk

• Construction waste, garden waste and household waste • House and garage clearance • Demolition of sheds, greenhouses, walls etc • All the work done by us at competitive rates, fully insured and registered waste carrier For a free quotation ring Mark on

07944 580 775




FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER CHECK OUT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES FOR MORE OFFERS & DEALS Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 7.30am-5pm | Sat 8am-12pm Unit 1B, Filmer Way, Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8YX Tel: 01392 410842 | www.inter-line.co.uk


DULFORD HOUSE Woodland, wildflowers, gardens galore: YASMIN BRADDELL falls head over heels in love with this beautiful country home

www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 73

A place to call home property


t is easy to call this a fairytale find. From woodland to tennis court, orchard to swimming pool, Dulford House has it all. Built in the 1930s, this detached property exudes potential and welcomes visitors. It’s bound to be a crowd-pleaser, but more importantly, it’s the perfect family home. This stunning property is nestled at the heart of Charles Cootes, 7th Earl of Montrath’s, 300 acre estate; safe to say, Dulford House is anything but dull. With its wisteria-clad, red-brick walls, Dulford House’s exterior is beautiful. Inside, the property is airy and spacious, boasting high ceilings and large windows. It oozes both family comfort and dinner party potential, incorporating both the practical and the social. Similarly, the property combines tradition and history with modern necessity, entwining the two concepts with ease. The modern, oak kitchen will accommodate busy family life and sociable Friday suppers alike. Negotiating current demands with its own extensive history, the property’s original service bells remain. Situated less than a mile from the quaint town of Kentisbeare, which maintains a strong sense of local community, the essentials of typical rural life are easily accessible: a post office, a village hall, and not one, but two, pubs. The property is also just four miles from the larger town of Cullompton, where you’ll find an even greater range of shops and amenities, including supermarkets and healthcare facilities. Of course, situated in East Devon, the ways to spend one’s time are far-reaching; from hiking on Dartmoor to

74 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

sailing along the Jurassic Coast, this patch of England offers activities to suit all. Whether you’re a wetsuit-wearer, or a Sunday afternoon pub lunch-er, the local countryside and coastline are yours to explore, and indulge. It’ll never feel like a secluded, forgotten house in the countryside – this property offers the best of both worlds. Despite its high garden walls and ornate, Grade II-listed gates, the spacious interior, multiple cloakrooms, and countryside necessity of an AGA are ready to welcome a whole entourage of dirty paws and stray welly boots. Indeed, the garden, with its woodland and wildflowers, is perfect for a whole farm of animals, if you so wish. With the unique potential to reinstate a former water channel, the green-fingered scope stretches far beyond pottering with the borders, and cruising around on a sit-on mower. What better way to spend the weekends, gazing at your very own water feature, whilst the kids exhaust themselves in their own forest school, literally on the doorstep? Furthermore, the property’s potential doesn’t end at the bottom of the garden. Dulford House comes accompanied by extra buildings galore; there’s plenty of room for the in-laws or even tenants. With a summer house, studio, storage sheds – oh, and a whole three-bedroom cottage! – the potential for income does not need to come at the expense of space, or privacy. Speaking of potential, this extends to the impressive loft space and the possibility of turning what were once the servant’s quarters into a beautiful annexe. So, sharpen those pencils – Dulford House welcomes you, your animals, guests, lodgers, and plans. n

House numbers Bedrooms Acres Cottage in the Grounds Guide price


Miles from Exeter


For more: Strutt & Parker, 24 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1PR 01392 799092; www.struttandparker.com

1 £1.15M


www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 75

Savills Sterling Court, 17 Dix’s Field Exeter, EX1 1QA

01392 455755 exeter@savills.com

Regatta Court, Exmouth

Spectacular Lateral Living In This Landmark Waterside Development

Spectacular lateral living in this landmark waterside development with fabulous views across the Exe Estuary. Over 2,500 sq. ft. of accommodation including 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, open-plan living spaces, balconies, private garden and garaging. EPC: B Offers Over ÂŁ1,400,000

Savills Sterling Court, 17 Dix’s Field Exeter, EX1 1QA

01392 455755 exeter@savills.com

Hennock, Teign Valley Charming Grade II listed character cottage situated in the beautiful Teign Valley Enjoying complete seclusion, tranquillity and privacy. Kitchen/breakfast room, 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms and a garage/workshop and store. Set within extensive and beautiful walled gardens with an adjoining paddock. In all, the grounds extend to about 1.44 acres. Guide Price ÂŁ750,000


Price £1,100,000

This top of the range detached family home provides contemporary living space and flow with an abundance of luxurious comforts. Attractively finished with sleek external facades and cedar detailing. Impressive galleried reception hall. Under floor heating to the entire tiled, superb ground floor living space with 2 sets of bi-fold doors to the rear garden. The gardens are a particular feature providing a delightful setting. EPC: A.

For further details telephone Mike Shaw on 01392 427500 or email m.shaw@wilkinsongrant.co.uk



Price £850,000

A delightful four bedroom Grade II Listed former farmhouse with period features including two spacious reception rooms and adaptable accommodation with a ground floor bedroom. Potential (subject to Planning) for an annexe/letting unit above the detached barn. Outbuildings, including a double garage and stables. Beautiful grounds extending to nearly 2/3 acres with stunning views over neighbouring fields to High Peak.

For further details telephone Joel Moore on 01392 875000 or email j.moore@wilkinsongrant.co.uk



“I cry every day... when I am happy and when I am sad” was implemented as part of the UN’s Campaign for Water and Sanitation, which began in 2008. We began by raising funds in Sidmouth. Today, The Buturi Project is a small charity with a big vision committed to supporting the impoverished and underdeveloped Tanzanian Buturi community through a variety of self-sustaining programmes.

cry when I am happy and when I am sad – but you should see my grandmother.

Do you have a nickname/ nicknames?

Branscombe beach. It was my children’s favourite as it was the best place to fly a kite. But you could also get an excellent Devon cream tea served in a cottage in the village.

Yes I do, but only in the Buturi community. The name that everybody calls me is Dani, which in the Luo language means ‘Grandma’.

JUDITH SMITH She’s lived all over the world, but the founder and director of East Devonbased charity The Buturi Project thinks Exmouth takes some beating Judith Smith grew up in Tanzania, and has lived and carried out humanitarian work in various countries across the globe. As a volunteer in the refugee camps of Malawi and Mozambique she was struck by the powerlessness of women and children living in poverty, and how they could be empowered through better access to water, education and training. In 2008, Judith founded her own charity, The Buturi Project, for whose fundraising Gala Dinner on 10 November she’s preparing when we grab a quick word…

Whereabouts do you live, and what makes it special?

I live in Exmouth in East Devon. What makes it special is being by the sea and the endless sandy beach. Also, I like to look at the magnificent, panoramic views across the bay to Dawlish, Starcross and so on. I also enjoy long walks along The Jurassic Coast. Why did you establish The Buturi Project and what does it do?

The Buturi Project began as a one-off water project to sink a borehole for the local community in Buturi; this

82 I exeter living I www.mediaclash.co.uk

What piece of music would you put on at the end of a trying day?

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Idris Elba.

What has been your proudest moment?

Having my three children.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

Crying for two hours whilst watching the movie The Colour Purple in a movie theatre in San Francisco. What’s your earliest childhood memory?

The flamboyant and fiery African sunset. When did you last cry, and why?

I cry every day but maybe that is just the way I am. But it is also an African thing, I guess, as I

What issue, more than any other, makes you want to get up on a soapbox?

The injustice of the lack of clean water in the developing world. Share a secret/underrated part of East Devon that you love.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Thandie Newton.

Favourite places to eat, drink and shop in Exeter and the surrounding area?

Darts Farm, and The Rockfish Exmouth – a very good place to eat freshly caught and prepared fish; it brings back memories of eating fresh fish out of Lake Victoria when I was a child.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I would like to have the power to stop people fighting each other and thereby make the world a better place to live in. n

The Buturi Gala Dinner takes place on 10 November at Budleigh Salterton Public Hall, and includes a four-course East African meal, live entertainment and music, and the chance to vote on which project funds raised should be spent on. Tickets cost £35. www.buturi-project.org