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ISSUE 257 / FEBRUARY 2020 / £3






ABOVE: Lunching at

Sacred Grounds, see page 36 ; LEFT: All things blue on page 32


his is my first issue of Exeter Living since taking over from the wonderful Anna Britten so hello and greetings to you all! As someone who went to uni here, it’s great to see that so many things have stayed the same since I graduated (Timepiece still going strong I see!) but that there’s also been huge changes and developments all over the city. I’m thrilled to be working on the magazine and look forward to bringing you the most exciting content about what is going on in your city. But on to this issue and it’s a bit of a foodie special. We go for lunch at the tucked away and brilliant Sacred Grounds, we chat to The Five Bells chef Charlotte Vincent (check out her tips on how to get the best roasties) and there’s atmospheric and candle-lit restaurants galore in our Valentine’s Day feature – and we’ve chucked in a recipe for delicious mussels for good measure. Elsewhere, if you’re one of the many startups in Exeter do check out the cool and quirky co-working spaces in Exeter – if you’ve always dreamt of an office with a foosball table and underground bar you’re in luck. And for those dreaming of new interiors but not sure where to start, get inspired with our beautiful collection of 2020 trends. Enjoy!

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Issue 257/February 2020 COVER Sacred Grounds café, turn to page 36 for more


SPOTLIGHT All the latest local news JP HEDGE On why we should be celebrating Exeter


11 INTERIORS Redecorating? Check out the new

looks of 2020



21 INTRO Get your arty fix 22 WHAT’S ON Music, theatre, comedy and more 26 ART GALLERY We take a look at what’s happening

down at Quay Side Fine Art Gallery


31 INTRO The jacket to see you through winter 32 EDITOR’S CHOICE True blue, we love you



35 FOOD & DRINK NEWS Culinary updates from

Exeter and beyond

36 RESTAURANT We try out the nosh at Sacred


38 CHEF’S INTERVIEW We chat to The Five Bell’s

chef Charlotte Vincent

41 VALENTINE’S DAY Lovely places to eat, drink and

be merry


51 EXETERWORKS New businesses, interviews and

news from the local corporate world

55 CO-WORKING SPACES Cool, quirky and growing

in numbers – check out Exeter’s co-working spaces


60 SHOWCASE A whopper of a rural property


47 SOCIETY Party land 60 EXETER LIVES What’s it like to work at

Powderham Castle?

Editor Harriet Noble harriet.noble@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 Contributors JP Hedge, Jemma Stewart, Paul Marland Advertising manager Carolyn Southcott carolyn.southcott @mediaclash.co.uk Account manager Paula Miller paula.miller@mediaclash.co.uk Production/Distribution Manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy Production Manager Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk Production Designer Gemma Scrine gemma.scrine@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, and Exeter. 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

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Everybody’s talking about…

Happy helpers at Team Smith

What do a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a weatherman, an interior architect, the CEO of a top Exeter matchmaking agency and a mental health campaigner all have in common? Answer, they are all members of Team Smith, a group of people who have come together to support a larger-than-life, straight talking wine merchant in his hour of need. Bon viveur, Iain Smith, is known and loved by many of Exeter’s wine drinkers. Anyone who has ventured into his independent wine shop on Magdalen Road will understand Iain’s passion for what he does. Iain’s world was rocked when he was diagnosed with non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Whilst the long term prognosis is favourable, Iain knew that his intensive chemotherapy treatment would mean long spells away from the shop and inevitably impact his beloved business. On hearing his plight, a number of customers and locals came together to form Team Smith to help Iain keep his business going during this time when he would be laid low. Members of the team signed up to cover shifts in the shop and to provide support in all sorts of ways. As word of Iain’s illness spread, the number of members of Team Smith grew: the WhatsApp group currently numbers 44. “I feel so fully blessed to have such amazing people in my life,” says Iain. “It blows me away to see how a group, with no connection, has come together to help. I couldn’t go through this without them”. For more: www.iswine.co.uk

Huge congrats to all our finalists! But who will win..?



KEY DAYS FOR THE DIARY: 18 February: Finalists‘ and Sponsors‘ Reception 12 March: Exeter Living Awards, The Great Hall


AWARDS SELL OUT LOOMS AS FINALISTS ARE REVEALED The all-important finalists for the Exeter Living Awards have now been announced on the Awards site as excitement is ramping up ahead of Exeter’s biggestever business awards. Once more it looks set to sell out. Social media went into overdrive on grand reveal day earlier this month with Exeter companies congratulating those deserving businesses making the shortlist. Tickets to the uberglam event have been in high demand for some time, with the recent announcement of finalists now in even shorter supply. “All companies wishing to join this celebration on 12 March should secure their tickets soonest – as they’re expected to sell out once again,” says Steph Dodd, event director at MediaClash, Exeter Living’s publisher. “The latest position will

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be updated via Twitter and email. We’re overwhelmed by Exeter’s support for the Awards and we’re excited for what will be another top-notch night of Exeter at its best.” The Awards will be held at the University of Exeter’s Great Hall. Before the big night, finalists are invited to meet their fellow finalists and sponsors at a unique Sponsors’ and Finalists’ Reception on 17 February. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, all of which feature a multichannel marketing campaign and media coverage. To benefit from the Awards, please contact Rosanna Hood on rosanna.hood@mediaclash.co.uk For more: www.exeterlivingawards.co.uk @ExeterLivingAwd

Cheery chaps: John Cleese and Daniel Buckroyd



A new farce from comedy veteran John Cleese is coming to Exeter as he makes his stage-writing debut with a new adaptation of classic comedy Bang Bang!. A delicious blend of French farce and Fawlty Towers, the play opens at Exeter Northcott Theatre on 6 February and tours until May. Cast will include Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters. For avid fans of the Monty Python star, Cleese will sit down with artistic director and chief executive Daniel Buckroyd on 9 February to discuss a career which has spanned six decades, and to help raise money for the theatre. The conversation will be intercut with clips from some of his most famous scenes, including anecdotes from the classic series Fawlty Towers and Monty Python. For more: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

SPOTLIGHT There’s a trio of walking events happening in Exeter in the coming months. Get your joggers on and get moving for charity…


ow do you fancy ying over the Blackdown ills at mph strapped to the top wing of a vintage bi-plane. What could be more romantic As a hospice, we see how difficult holidays like Valentine’s can be after losing a loved one, says Becky Botfield, events fundraiser at ospiscare. Taking on a challenge during this time can really give the sense of remembering your loved one. It’s also a brilliant way to have fun while raising funds for an incredibly worthwhile cause. The opportunity for this exhilarating adventure comes on and February and 2 uly when ospiscare will be holding Wing Walking days at Dunkeswell Airfield, near oniton. The local hospice charity will be chalking up a first that day, as the first charity in Devon to o er an exclusive Wing Walking experience. For more: www.hospiscare.co.uk

When your outfit matches your mode of transport

RUNNING HIGH For the first time, everyone is invited to the 2020 Cancer esearch ’s ace for ife in Exeter. The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Westpoint on and uly but are no longer restricted to female participants. This means everybody can be part of the empowering ace for ife movement – and show support for the , 00 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South West. This year, our ace for ife events are open to everyone, says Sophie eath, Cancer esearch ’s event manager for Exeter.

We’re sending a heart-felt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it. This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register in anuary and become part of the ace for ife community. Sophie adds, ur events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. articipants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the ace for ife is literally a walk in the park. For others, it’s a jog or a run. For more: www.raceforlife.org Everyone’s invited to the 2020 Race for Life

Walk, pints and a hot pasty



n a rainy and blustery day in arch 20 , over 0 men walked in aid of local charity ospiscare, making it the most successful en’s Walk to date. Back for its ninth year, ospiscare are aiming to attract over 000 walkers, calling on all lovers of rugby to join en’s Walk 2020 on arch. ow will the day shape up As before, the eight-mile route will start at the Double ocks canal-side pub and follow the picturesque riverside Exe Valley Way as far as iller’s Crossing Bridge, where it will cross the river and then return to the Double ocks, via ill on the Exe. There will be plenty of entertainment and refreshment stops along the way. After the walk, the chaps get a pint, a hot pasty, and can watch all three of the final Six ations matches on large ED screens in heated marquees. The event will be raising funds for ospiscare a local adult hospice charity, providing high quality care and support to people with any type of terminal illness, in Exeter, id and East Devon. For more: www.hospiscare.co.uk

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Celebrate good times…come on! Despite JP’s sometimes gloomy outlook, he’s all for celebrating Exeter’s successes


hen it comes to day to day cynicism, my default position is slightly to the right of Jack Dee. For someone who heads up the city wide ‘Exeter Live Better’ mantra and whose job includes delivering on vision and aspirations, it might come as a surprise to hear I do not have a sunny disposition by default. If I’m not careful and mindful about things I become Victor Meldrew’s mopey teenage nephew. Just ask my wife. My particular Achilles’ heel seems to be around the notion of organised fun’. For me, premeditated wackiness tends to send my chuckle muscles into shutdown. I’m the first to admit it’s an irrational adverse reaction. ffice Christmas umper Day

aside, I rarely feel less joyful than anticipating a highly organised but seemingly spontaneous ashmob. Other ‘crazy’ fundraisers like sponsored leg shaves and sitting in baths of baked beans come a close second. A novel hashtag comes a close third – #nofun. I don’t know when this happened, or why I can’t just be benign about events, but my inner mood-hoover is likely to vacuum up the sunniest of dispositions if I’m not careful. Yet for some reason celebrating success has the complete opposite reaction. I can’t think of anything better than taking time out to be happy for others – especially in this fine city where people are too busy simply getting on with the job. I’ve hosted awards, presented them, occasionally won them, but I’m

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only just beginning to understand just how important it is to stop and celebrate others. I’m determined that 2020 becomes a chance to celebrate like it’s 1999. I’m redoubling my e orts this year despite my natural sceptical nature. Who’s with me? It’s been a cracking start to the year, and with the Exeter Living Awards in the offing, it’s going to get even better. The buzz around nominations was brilliant. Not only is it a fantastic event, but the awards themselves are highly prized. It really matters. When we did the initial work around Exeter ive Better, we discovered there is daily brilliance going on. I mean some outstanding stu . But by comparison, we don’t seem to be always very good at marking that success. One of the strands of Exeter Live Better is that we continually capture some of that brilliance and gather it under one roof, so residents identify with the best bits of this fine city, and our reputation spreads. There’s already been a lot to celebrate. I was so pleased to see Professor John Campbell from Newcourt receive an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. I know John on a personal level, but he is a brilliant mind doing extraordinary things in his professional life to improve GP services and care when people need it most. He’s also typical of being extraordinarily humble about

being outstanding as standard. He is based at the University of Exeter who also do a huge amount annually to take time to say thanks for being amazing. Exeter City Council continues to recognise things that are important to the city. Our Alderman and freedom of the city continue to take time to say thanks to people who make this city what it is. The Exeter Festival this July will also celebrate success and should be a good knees up too. The City Council still runs its own annual sta awards and long service awards. In this day and age it is increasingly tricky to a ord, but with a city service workforce of over 00, a chicken supper once a year to recognise some people putting public service before that of their own families seem so valuable. We should celebrate success. It’s important as a city, especially for one that tends to ‘hide its light under bushel, and then hide the bushel’. I’m very much looking forward to the award season and the Exeter Living Awards. My shoes are shined. Let’s just hope there isn’t a ashmob. n Jon-Paul Hedge is a director at Exeter City Council where he currently looks after tourism, communications and culture. He is a former newspaper editor and lives in the city with his wife and two young children. www.exeter.gov.uk



What’s new in the world of interiors for 2020? Well, beautiful colourhappy tiles and bold and daring patterns for starters. If this is not your bag, perhaps it’s time to hop aboard the de-cluttering phenomenon for a space that is designed to help you feel calm and happy. We chatted to a handful of local interiors and design experts to find out more By Imogen Wilde www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 11


Bathrooms and kitchens have become a lot more fun recently due to the surging popularity in gorgeous tiles. There’s something very simple about this kind of decorating; once you’ve got a bright wall of tiles there’s very little you need to do as it sets the colour and tone all in one fell swoop. The trick is not to go overboard when choosing your tiles though. “With so many tile choices it’s often hard to choose and you want to use them all,” says Louisa Morgan from Mandarin Stone. “Don’t make this mistake, less is more. Keeping the surface backdrop simple will create a more timeless look.” Depending on what material you go for, tiles are also a sustainable option. “Ceramic tiles are much less affected by fast moving trends as consumers are less likely to update their bathrooms or kitchens annually unlike other interior finishes – on average we update them every 10 years” says Jane Addis, new products and design manager at Original Style.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Original style new heritage trend tiles;

astrid navy porcelain and oska shell porcelain from Mandarin Stone; blue/green tiling from Devon Tiles and Bathrooms; Glacier green scallop mosaic, paintbox bone from Mandarin Stone

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“Using bolder colours is already becoming more popular and we think this is set to increase in 2020,” says Louisa Morgan from Mandarin Stone. “Warmer shades such as beige and sandy colours are being favoured again over grey, they call these colours the ‘new neutrals’. I think materials that will offer more character and movement to a space such as terrazzo and luxe marble effects will become more desirable as well as adding that fun element to an interior. Laying patterns such as herringbone continue to be popular as well as more unusual tile shapes such as hexagons.” What else? “Monochrome palettes and geometric designs continue to go from strength to strength,” says Natasha Howson, regional and international manager at Fired Earth. “One of the wonderful things about monochrome is that it’s such a timeless, tried-and-tested palette that it will work in any style of home.”

CLOCKWISE: From Fired Earth – magenta and prehnite paint; black and white wallpaper; gold shell patterned walling

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Many people are seeking to create calm havens in their abodes with designs and colours that soothe rather than jar. This doesn’t have to be boring though, but it does mean being a bit more disciplined with how you plan your colours and designs. “Colour trends have become an even more important aspect to the mood of the home and people are wanting to create colour schemes that are more consistent, skirting boards being painted the same colour as walls or cabinets being painted the same colour as the walls, using the shadows and angles to create the contrast rather than contrasting colours,” says Ruth Andrews, administrative manager/ co-director at Lowe and Bespoke. “When redesigning kitchens we see there is a tendency of overcrowding,” adds Ruth. “People think that they need more and more storage, cupboards all over the walls. A well designed and considered kitchen can utilise your space, some large pan drawers, a larder for all you food are much more practical and pleasing than walls and walls of floor to ceiling cupboards which will also inhibit light reflecting through your living space.” CLOCKWISE: Cream tiles from Fired Earth; drawers from Lowe and Bespoke; kitchen image from Mandarin Stone; Aga and storage from Lowe and Bespoke

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Discussions around climate change and how we can be more eco-friendly with our buying habits are prevalent, and has meant that sustainable furnishings are now sought after. “We feel that in 2020 people are wanting to understand what they are buying, what it is made from, where it was made and importantly if it is going to last,” says Ruth Andrews, administrative manager/co-director at Lowe and Bespoke. “We feel that throw away cheap bought furniture is on its way out. Trends can change so rapidly and with that come products that are not built to last. People are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment and wanting to invest in quality that is made to last, whether that be an existing old piece of furniture, re-homed or reconditioned or a newly built and well considered purchased piece.”

Kitchen designs from Lowe and Bespoke


CHUNKY MONKEY Weircliffe Park, St Andrew’s Rd, Exeter EX4 2AF; www.chunkymonkeyfurniture.co.uk LOWE & BESPOKE 2 Commercial Rd, Crediton EX17 1ER; www.loweandbespoke.co.uk

DUSK LIGHTING 1 Lancaster Court, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2DP; www.dusklights.co.uk TOUCH DESIGN GROUP 6 Marsh Green Road North, Exeter EX2 8NY; www.touchdesigngroup.com

FIRED EARTH Dart Farm Village, Exmouth Rd, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0QH; www.firedearth.com ORIGINAL STYLE 1 Apple Lane, Sidmouth Road, Exeter EX2 5GL; www.originalstyle.com JUST SHUTTERS www.justshutters.co.uk

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Meet the architect

Meet the local professionals making waves in the property market JULIE-ANN CLEMENTS


What’s the most important quality required to be a successful architect? You have to have empathy. Without empathy how can you truly get to the heart of what your clients need? They often come to you with a brief, but they don’t necessarily understand why they want those things. That’s where an architect’s skill really come in. What has been your proudest professional moment? Plucking up the courage to go it alone! I set up In Ex Design so we could deliver a design ‘one stop shop’. We offer all design aspects of our projects without needing to send our clients off to different consultants. This way we know all parts of a project are well considered from the very start, be that the building, the landscape or the interior design. What are the biggest challenges facing your profession over the next few years? Working with suppliers and clients to make our projects as environmentally friendly as possible. I mean this in many ways; be that efficiencies in terms of construction, use of sustainable materials, low running costs for the user and that when something has reached the end of its life that it’s recyclable. Whole life sustainability! What sets you apart from other architects? In Ex Design is different, because our approach different. Our passion comes from the understanding that our environment affects our lives. Therefore, the better the spaces around us are designed the better our experiences will be.

What sets you apart from other architects? Though a small practice, Living Space Architects’ portfolio is diverse as we have worked on a variety of community, commercial and domestic projects of varying sizes. Our focus on conservation and sustainability alongside contemporary architecture makes us stand out. Which individual project have you most enjoyed working on? Our award-winning conservation work on Staddons House. It appeared at first to be just another Dartmoor Longhouse – but as we investigated the building further it emerged that it had actually been a much higher status home and was from the 14th century. What are your green and environmental credentials? Nearly all of my work is retrofit – reusing and adapting existing buildings to enable them to be more efficient and future-proof. I integrate sustainable elements, using natural building materials like sheeps wool insulation. A lot of our work involves considering airtightness in order to eliminate carbon input required. What are the misconceptions about being an architect? That we only draw pretty pictures – architects actually need to know how buildings work in order to be able to construct them on site. Another crucial part of our work is bringing projects in on time and on budget.

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and beyond. It’s an opportunity to articulate the cultural role of architecture, often framing our daily lives and experiences. As architects we have the privilege and civic responsibility to sensitively consider how the built environment contributes to health, prosperity and well-being. What are the most rewarding aspects of the job? One of the most rewarding aspects of being an architect is sharing with clients the process of a project’s transformation, from vision through to reality.


HILTON BARNFIELD ARCHITECTS, EXETER 01392 349222; www.hiltonbarnfield.co.uk What areas of architecture do you specialise in? We specialise in bespoke residential and civic projects. Our residential portfolio ranges from single homes to multiple dwellings and mixed-use projects in and around the city, often working with complex sites, conservation areas and heritage or listed buildings. We’re also working on some exciting civic projects in Exeter

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We see the majority of our designs through to progress on site, helping clients to co-ordinate the construction of their project. Consequently, we foster good relationships with builders, whilst ensuring attention to detail and minimising stress for our clients. Which awards have you won? We were delighted to win the national Future Place design competition with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Exeter City Council. We’re illustrating a sustainable future for Exeter that emphasises the benefits of

car-free development for the future of the city. We’ve also recently been commended by Devon Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) for the design of a locally listed city centre townhouse. Adjacent to Exeter’s Roman city wall, the project also delivers significantly improved environmental performance. What are your green and environmental credentials? I’m a Passivhaus Designer and we emphasise a fabric first approach to building design with a focus on construction quality and thermal performance. In 2020 we hope to further explore how construction can better respond to the challenges we face with climate change and how the circular economy can be adopted in design and construction. It’s also important to take a holistic approach to environmental design; to consider how the relationship between buildings and their surroundings can support healthy, sustainable lifestyles by fostering a sense of place and community. Hilton Barnfield Architects offer a free initial consultation.

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EARTH SONGS The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton – the home and studio of the well-known Bath-born landscape artist, and now an award-winning public art gallery – has secured the Tate’s Artist Rooms Richard Long Exhibition to run for three months this winter-into-spring. ne of the most in uential artists of the second half of the 20th century – no-one else, after all, has ever been short-listed for the Turner Prize four times – sculptor Richard Long would walk the remote landscapes of the world, taking pictures, making maps, and returning to make large pieces based on them. His art can be seen as earthy (rocks and mud are often his materials) and he mixes the

idea of traditional sculpture with experimental or performance elements. This exhibition – a collaboration between National Galleries of Scotland and Tate – covers 40 of his most active years, from the mid-’60s until the early nounties, beginning with early experiments here in the South West. In essence, it is about his personal way of being with nature and invites a moment of re ection on our own relationship with landscape and the natural world. Artist Rooms Richard Long Exhibition runs from 22 February until 23 May at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton; www.thelmahubert.com www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 21

W AT’S ON 24 January – 14 February

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is on at Exeter Phoenix


SEA GARDEN If you rarely give seaweed much consideration, this beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition of contemporary art is a must-see. RAMM, Queen Street; www.rammuseum.org.uk

Until 2 February

ANTHONY SHAPLAND: A SOUND NOT MEANT TO BE HEARD Solo exhibition by the Cardi -based artist exploring “the gaps between what is seen and said, heard and understood in narrative filmmaking, no less. Exeter Phoenix; Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Until 15 February

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE SHOW Expect sleep gliding elegant forms, organic textured vessels and highly technical pieces. See arts feature on page 26 for more.

Quay Side Fine Art Gallery, Haven Road, Quay; www. uaysidefineart.co.uk

Until 25 February

SOUTH WEST ACADEMY EXHIBITION Established names such as Prof. Alan Cotton, FRSA together with new academicians including Martin Proctor and Laurel Keeley bring together a new body of work focusing on paintings, photographs, prints and ceramics. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton; www.thelmahulbert.com

28 January

WET ON WET WATERCOLOUR COURSE WITH SWAC ARTIST VIN JELLY Exhibiting artist Vin Jelly will deliver a workshop that experiments with watercolours on wet paper. Vin will guide you through producing a striking image of a cat which will show you the nature of the process. You will then be able to experiment yourself to make your own creations. 11am - 3pm, Thelma Hulbert Gallery; Dowell Street, Honiton; www.thelmahulbert.com

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GHOST: THE MUSICAL Show based on the ’ 0s film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, courtesy of Exeter University Footlights. All together now onely rivers ow, to the sea, to the sea...” 7.30pm, orthcott Theatre; Stocker Road; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

25 & 28-31 January

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Join the Cygnet Company for Oscar Wilde’s classic satire about social obligations. Various times, Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate; www.cygnettheatre.co.uk

25 January

FIREWORKS Experimental new play by Alex Robins exploring “love, faith and the science behind CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” Exeter Phoenix; 7.30pm, Exeter Phoenix; Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

28 January

ONCE UPON A TIME Gonzo Moose are back with a comedy adventure packed full of hilarious slapstick, verbal wit, live music and a sensational death-defying finale. Think exican elves, a biscuit eating badger and the world’s worst marriage guidance counsellor. Ages 7+. 7.30pm, Exeter Phoenix; Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

28-29 January

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY The exceptional dance company pay their last visit to Exeter, celebrating 25 years with a programme packed with new work, including Alston’s own Shine On. 7.30pm, orthcott Theatre; Stocker Road; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

29 January-2 February

PINOCCHIO THE PANTOMIME Exeter Police & Hospital Players bring the adventures of the teller of tall tales Pinocchio, along with some great songs and all while helping raise money for our chosen charity this year – FORCE. arious times, Barnfield Theatre; Barnfield Road; www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk

WHAT’S ON 30 January

FRIEND Comedian Brendan Murphy brings you the entire Friends narrative as seen through the eyes of Central Perk’s head barista, Gunther. 7.30pm, Northcott Theatre; Stocker Road; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

31 January

IAIN DALE The LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and host of the podcast For The Many talks to Jonathan Dimbleby. 7.30pm, Northcott Theatre; Stocker Road; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

5 February TOP: Kinky Boots will be screened at the Exeter Picturehouse MIDDLE: Catch Once Upon a Time at Exeter Phoenix BOTTOM: Stephen Fearing will be strumming his stuff at Exeter Phoenix

SALMON Set in a small Scottish town, where a lack of prospects leaves the young people looking for more, Salmon follows Angus and his self-destruction in the aftermath of his dog’s death. This performance blends spoken word, music and surrealism to ask of its audience: why is it so hard to admit you’re not okay? 7.30pm, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

8 February

ROCK AND A HARD PLACE Based on a true story, combined with true life experiences shared by other women, the play explores the complex nature of domestic abuse and reveals the impact of funding cuts. 2.30pm, Cygnet theatre, Friars’ Gate; cygnettheatre.co.uk


4 February

KINKY BOOTS Strutting onto the big screen is the joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit, taking you from the factory oor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, with pop fantastic music courtesy of Cyndi Lauper. 8.30pm, Exeter Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew Street W; www.picturehouse.co.uk

6 February

SASHA DIGIULIAN – BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE Adidas athlete, Sasha DiGiulian, is one of the world’s best climbers, with multiple first ascents and is the first North American woman to climb the hardest sport grade achieved by a female. She will be telling her favourite climbing stories and present her film

of the history-making ascent of The Trilogy, where she became the first female, and only the second person, to climb the Rocky Mountain triple big walls in a single season. 7.30pm; Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

7, 8 February

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Join the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic humanpowered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen. An adrenaline-fuelled event that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. 7.30pm, Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

14 February

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (15) Set in Brittany in 1760, Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent; intimacy and attraction grow between two women. This film was one of the hits at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it won both the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay. 6pm; Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

MUSIC & OPERA 25 January

STEPHEN FEARING A mesmerising blend of roots, folk and pop in this solo show from the co-founder of Canadian supergroup Blackie And The Rodeo Kins. 7.30pm; Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

1 February

THE SIMMERTONES Infectious ska and reggae from the South West outfit, with support from the similarlyminded The Embezzlers and The ighty beats. 7pm, Exeter Phoenix; Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

1 February

TOM MCCONVILLE eturn of the award-winning fiddle player and singer, who was winner

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PHILLIP HENRY New show from the virtuoso English folkie, whose many instruments include the 22-string Indian chatturangui, dobro and harmonica. 7.30pm, Exeter Phoenix; Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

4 February

OH WHAT A NITE! – JERSEY BEATS Matt Andrew leads the vocal quartet

as the tribute to Frankie Valli – telling the story of the band and how they formed the group which took them to the dizzy heights of television appearances, fame and fortune. Sing along to hits like Walk Like a man, Big girls don’t cry, Sherry and lots more. 7.30pm; Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road; www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk


of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009 and blends traditional music from his native Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish in uences. 7.30pm, Cygnet Theatre, Friars’ Gate; www.cygnettheatre.co.uk

8 February

I’M STILL STANDING Joel Buckingham and his fabulous band The Jets perform all of Elton’s hits including, Crocodile Rock, Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Sacrifice, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and many, many more. Grab

Catch a film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Exeter Corn Exhange

your most out-there glasses. 7.30pm; Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road; www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk

13 February


EMILY MACAULAY shares the latest from Exeter Library We’re hoping for another good year of books, both fiction and non-fiction. The long-awaited final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy The Mirror and the Light is coming from famed Budleigh Salterton based author Hilary Mantel. The author of Wolf Hall has a dedicated following and we know this book will be popular across all our libraries in 2020.   I am looking forward to Maggie O’Farrell’s next book Hamnet, an author I discovered in 2019 (I read Instructions for a Heatwave which was an excellent book about family bonds). Her next offering is an imagined fiction of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet and his wife Agnes Hathaway.  There is also a much anticipated debut novel from Nazanine Hozar, Aria, which is about a group of Iranians in the lead-up to the revolution of 1979. I’ll be sure to be reserving this from the Devon Libraries stock when it is available.  In non-fiction there’s two notable books about women due for publication in 2020. Francesa Wade has written Square Hunting about the lives of five women in London between the wars and early reviews suggest she masters the tricky genre of group biographies. Difficult Women by Helen Lewis offers a history of feminism from the context of eleven fights.  And a non-fiction book I am particularly looking forward to Dear Life by Rachel Clarke. Rachel is a doctor working in palliative medicine and this book will cover her experiences in that field including what matters to someone in their last weeks and how that time can be made more bearable. I loved reading Dr Kathryn Mannix’s With The End In Mind in 2019 and welcome more conversation starts about this often taboo subject.  www.libraries unlimited.org.uk

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION The famed British folk-rock band have been knocking about for over 50 years with no signs of waning. Expect a mix of long-established Fairport favourites, some surprises from albums old and new and their trademark close harmony singing. 7.30pn; Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

OTHER EVENTS Until 14 March

QUAY WORDS WINTER A second season of events celebrating words and stories, with loads of readings, workshops and courses. Custom House Visitor Centre, 46 The Quay; www.exetercustomhouse.org.uk

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CHINESE NEW YEAR TRAIL Celebrate the Year Of The Rat with an interactive trail around the museum’s Chinese and Chineseinspired objects. RAMM, Queen Street; www.rammuseum.org.uk

30 January

A QUESTION OF SPORT Pierce Sweeney and Jake Taylor from Exeter City FC, Somerset County Cricket captain Tom Abell, former lympic rower Annie Vernon, Exeter Chiefs’ Amy Garnett and Stuart ogg all have their sporting knowledge tested by quizmaster ark Tyler. Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way; www.sandypark.co.uk

1 February

COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP Learn how to make a comic book with SWAc artist ed Falby. ed will

show you how to build a story into a sequence of comic strips that then make sense within a book. Two workshops running, 0. 0 2. 0 or . 0 - . 0, suitable for ages 11+; all materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring along any of your own pens, paper or sketchpads. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton; www.thelmahulbert.com

2 February

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS The biggest event of its kind in the city: starts with a pm parade from George Street, through Cathedral Green, and onto the A . erformances, stalls and more in the Great all and Forum. Various venues; www.exeter.ac.uk

9 February

AN EVENING IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CLEESE/ BANG BANG! (6 FEBRUARY) Comedy legend John Cleese will be chatting about his glittering career at a special charity fundraiser – he’ll also be talking about his play Bang Bang! – a new adaptation of Monsieur Chasse by Georges Feydeau which is his stage writing debut and opens at the orthcott on orthcott on February. 7.30pm; Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

9 February

ARMED FORCES’ RACEDAY As well as the racing, there’s a myriad of activities. Dig deep for elp For eroes, the nominated charity on the day, and cheer on the horses in the seven races, preceded by the Dartmoor illies whose tiny hooves will carry them down the home straight as they vie for the honour of fastest pony born on Dartmoor in the world! Exeter Racecourse; Kennford, www.thejockeyclub.co.uk n

ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS NEEDED Theatretrain Exeter are looking for additional cast members to take part in one of our summer shows. If you love to perform, why not join one of our classes and learn to dance, act and sing whilst working towards a production.

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Windrush by Antonia Salmon

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op up galleries or government sponsored exhibitions are fine for showcasing talent, but we want to create permanency,” says Scott Calvert of Quay Side Fine Art gallery. “The best way to protect and develop the arts is to provide artists with a commercial platform.” Which is exactly what they’re doing. If you haven’t been yet, Quay Side Fine Art Gallery is a new addition to Exeter’s art scene – it opened in early December of last year – and features investment art from the British Modern and St. Ives movements, as well as locally and nationally acclaimed living artists. All their artists have either exhibited in the Tate, VA, Biennale, or are part of a permanent museum or private collection. So, what’s on at the moment?


This collection sees works by some of the UK’s leading ceramists and sculptors, from sleek gliding minimalist forms (Antonia Salmon), organic and textured vessels (Geo rey Swindell), to elegant and highly technical

CLOCKWISE: Love Tree by Sir Terry Frost; Orange Field by Sandra Blow; Cosmic Friends by Geoffrey Swindell

pieces by Tim Andrews. Antonia Salmon’s work plays with the ideas of chaos and order, holding and letting go, of stillness and dynamism. “Some works represent bridging moments of time, other works capture experiences of being in nature listening to sounds of wind, water or silence; walking through landscape; touching rock and moss” says Antonia. “I seek to make sculpture that stands as if poised in space, inviting you to reach out and touch. The sculptures ask you to contemplate space, form, light, shadow; stillness and dynamism, silence, poise. They ask you to find within them both personal meaning and a sense of unity beyond yourself.” Geoffrey Swindell was inspired by the 1960s beatnik/bohemian lifestyle. He studied painting until a summer job at Alton Towers

Some people say my ceramics are like washed up sea creatures

theme park pottery inspired him to become a potter. What was the result? “Some people say my ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some remnants turning slowly to dust says Geo rey. thers see unidentified objects from a far away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent.” The ceramics and sculpture exhibition is open now and runs until 15 February.


The British Modern/St. Ives Movement is an on-going and evolving exhibition which features some of the ’s most in uential colourists (Sandra Blow, Terry Frost), as well as constructionist images and forms by Victor Pasmore. The British Modern collections showcases some of this movement’s most recognisable pieces, with a strong focus on composition and use of colour as a visual language. Among her accolades, Sandra Blow (1925 – 2006) was a visiting tutor to the Painting School of the Royal College of Art, where David Hockney, her “golden boy” was one of her students. She is held up as a major contributer to the development of post-

modernist painting in postwar Britain. “I have had an inner compulsion to paint since I was 15, and I’m very aware of being free. I feel ready to spring o I feel an upsurge, like a bird” said Sandra. Terry Frost’s (1915 – 2003) work re ects his gratitude and joie de vivre at having survived wartime incarceration – he served in Palestine and Greece, before being captured in 1941. Frost remained a prisoner until the end of the war, an experience that changed his outlook on life and introduced him to the possibilities of art. In prison camp in Bavaria, Frost began to paint and draw, encouraged by young artist and fellow prisoner Adrian Heath. “In the prisoner-of-war camp I got tremendous spiritual experience, a more aware or heightened perception during starvation, and I honestly do not think that awakening has ever left me,” said Terry Frost. On his return to Britain, Frost moved to St Ives to be amongst the burgeoning artistic community there. He was knighted in 1998 and a retrospective of his work was held at the Royal Academy in 2000. uay side fine art Gallery ia a Terracina, The uay, Exeter E GT; www. uaysidefineart.co.uk

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PARKA LIFE If you’re keen to blow away the winter cobwebs on Dartmoor National Park you couldn’t go far wrong with this beauty – the contemporary take on a purposeful mountain parka. Designed to shield o the elements, it’s got a plush polartec eece, protective hood, adjustable waist, and a shed load of zips for your banana, nuts, compass and other hiking essentials. This is proof that, such is the appetite for outdoor activities, hiking gear has really transformed into something quite stylish, gone are the anorak’ stereotypes this green parka will have you rocking handsome, outdoorsy vibes all over Devon. This Battenwear orthfield arka is currently 0 and can be bought from lways in Colour, 37 ore Street, Exeter E 3 ; www.alwaysincolour.com www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 31

HARE NECKLACE, £26 Ditch the sausage dog accessories, it’s all about hares now don’t you know From 69 Magdalen Road, Exeter; Facebook @Leelagifts

CORDUROY DUNGAREES IN NAVY, £168 00 per cent organic cotton, ethically made, sustainable fabric and cute as a button From www. sanchosshop.com


Classic blue is Pantone’s colour of 2020 – here is a selection of local finds in that deep, rich hue TEAL TRIMS BELT, £455 This belt is handmade by an award-winning craftsman and typically contains around 00 stitches. es, really From TBM The Belt Makers, 147 Fore Street, Exeter; www.thebeltmakers.com

BLUE GLAZED CUPBOARD, £450 Shabby, chic, and totally gorgeous – we can see this working in the kitchen as storage for all those jugs you’re accumulating From Tobys Reclamation, Station Road, Exminster; www.tobysreclamation.com

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BLUE SUEDE COURT SHOE, £150 Clippety-clop along Exeter’s streets, pair with a sharp brightly coloured suit and you’ll be winning all the way From Elizabeth Ann Shoes, 3 Cathedral Close, Exeter; www.elizabethannshoes.co.uk

ED’S CHOICE ‘I SEE THE SEA’ TEXTILE ART PIECE, £40 Inspired by the beautiful Devon coastline with it’s lovely beaches and coves, this’ll remind you that summer will come From AlisonWhateleyDesign; www.etsy.com

BLUE HOOP EARRINGS, £39 Shimmering blue earrings with detachable 24 carat gold plated wishbone charms. Careful, JLO will have them o you in a ash From www.shhbysadie.com

OPTIC VASE, £25 ou can put owers in this Dartington Crystal vase if you fancy but we think it looks the bomb on its own From Fox Collective; www.fox-collective.com

PERSONALISED MUG, £10.99 You can’t go wrong with this gift – give to your bestie in the office From Pukka Gifts; www.pukkagifts.uk

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Buying fresh produce locally just got a bit easier. Mount Boon Farms has just created a round the clock vending machine outside their farm gate so that locals can pick up their milk in the knowledge it is fresh and ethically sound. Mount Boon Farm, which is owned and run by Ross and Carilyn Govier, sits just outside Longdown on the B3212 – a key route home for people living in the Teign Valley, Moretonhampstead and East Dartmoor, and a short drive for Exeter residents. “At its heart, farming has always been about providing for communities and we felt it was time to create a more direct link between our produce and the people who live in our local area,” says Ross. Carilyn adds,“We’ve had lovely feedback from early customers who tell us our milk ‘tastes like milk used to’ and we firmly believe this is down to the slower pasteurisation system we’ve invested in, which takes a couple of hours from start to finish. With a food mileage of less than 00 metres and no plastic waste, it’s the best way to enjoy our milk.” Branded one litre bottles are available to buy for . 0 which can then be filled – and refilled – by the vending machine for . 0 per litre of milk. Alternatively customers can bring their own bottles. The milk vending machine will be open 24/7 and operates on a cashless system – payments are made using contactless cards or Apple/Google Pay. For more: www.wire-creative.com Mount Boon Farm is part of the Culver Estate in Longdown

Bready or not: Carol and Chris Wright with artisan bread at Otterton Mill

ONE FOR THE DIARY! Otterton Mill, the 1,000-year-old water mill in east Devon where wheat has been turned into flour since 1068, is hosting artisan baking courses designed to turn you into a baking superstar. “The class teaches the principles of traditional bread making techniques and is taught by our expert bakers, Zac Laverick and Sam Castle,” says Chris Wright, who runs Otterton Mill near Budleigh Salterton with his

wife Carol. “It is a very hands-on and practical course that also covers the theory of bread-making. At the end of the course, you will take home the loaves you have made that day.” The artisan baking courses include lunch and refreshments, costs £65, and the next one is on 12 February with more to follow throughout the year.

For more: www.ottertonmill.com


Winning cheese: Sharpham Cremet

Local food producers Sharpham Cheese have recently won two outstanding awards in the food industry: UK Supreme Cheese at the Global Cheese Awards for their smooth and creamytextured Washbourne and British Product of the Year in the Great British Food Awards for their Cremet. “We’re over the moon to see Cremet recognised as the Best Cheese by industry leader, Marcus Wareing,” says Greg Parsons, managing director of Sharpham Cheese. “For Cremet to then go further and win the overall British Product of the Year by the expert judges at Partridges was staggering. It is especially encouraging to see the judges pick up on points that we pride ourselves on at Sharpham Cheese, particularly our innovation, careful craftsmanship, avour and ambition to create unique products. Great British Food Awards represents some of the most outstanding produce across the nation, so we are beyond delighted to stand out.” For more: www.sharpham.com

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SACRED GROUNDS Simplicity and outstanding food win the day at this plant-based café By Harriet Noble


eviewing cafés is not always the easiest thing to do, nor is it the most exciting thing to read about. Cafés are great, and a staple in our lives, but they are often a bit small or unexciting, have a pretty basic menu and, well, there’s sometimes just not much to say about them. It was with this feeling that I ventured to Sacred Grounds, next to The Real McCoy, Exeter’s much-loved vintage shop inside McCoy’s Arcade (by the way I nipped in there and bagged a cashmere jumper in pristine condition for £25 there, amazing). Anyway, as I entered the café I was praying for zany interiors or ‘witty’ pictures of scantily clad rugby players in the loos – anything to provide a bit of wordy padding. And, well, there was no such thing. And the café was small and so was the menu. But that is where the

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predictability ends. Why? Because the food was really really good. The menu was simple, with two choices of wa es, two lunch choices, and a few toast and Smørbrød options. I spotted savoury wa es on the menu, which was a new one for me so opted for this. The brownish wa es came with creamy pommes purée, caponata, marinated and grilled artichoke heart, confit tomatoes and watercress pesto. I was intrigued to know whether the savoury aspect was going to make my head spin, rather like it did when I ate blue cheese ice cream – your eyes tell you one thing and your taste buds another and it’s all a bit more of a gimmicky experience rather than enjoyable. This was not the case with this wa e it was actually the best thing I’ve tasted in months. You can taste the freshness straight out, like the tomatoes which popped and burst with avour, the potato pur e which was as light as you


“There is such imagination in the choice of ingredients” like, and the far reaching avours busting through from the vinegary taste of the capers to the depth provided by the cardamom. It was just stu on a wa e really, but there was such imagination in the choice of ingredients and everything was beautifully cooked. y other dish was the Sm rbr d, which came with orean bbq-glazed tofu, satay p t , kimchi, miso chilli mayonnaise, picked red cabbage and chilli. This was a delightful zingy a air, with citrus and chilli notes taking you o to Asia and the p t and tofu feeling healthilyhearty. It was a delicious, warming plate of food. Sacred Grounds opened in late 20 but, and perhaps this is where its success comes from, the owners ayley and athan aker and Becca Allen are long-time Exeter entrepreneurs, who know a thing about the local community and how to run a business. The three friends have worked together on creative projects since 20 0, and own o Guts o Glory the independent lifestyle

store that’s celebrating its tenth year. They’ve put their stamp on everything in Sacred Grounds, from the complete refurbishment they did which sees a cosy and contemporary look with Scandi vibes, hanging baskets, plenty of plantlife, high ceilings, exposed brickwork – to getting a great chef, Ben Cottam, and team to create and execute the exciting menu. The gang here are also big on community, and host many events. This year they’ve got an array of workshops, talks, feasts, and sacred socials with folk singer achael Dadd performing in the caf in ay. This place is absolutely not your usual caf fare. It may be small in size but the owners have been super smart with everything they’ve done here. There is care and attention in everything and they’ve put food at the heart of it all. Beautiful food and a blinding deal on a cashmere jumper from next door. ot a bad afternoon in Exeter by all accounts. n

DINING DETAILS Sacred Grounds, McCoy Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AN; www.sacredgrounds.co In a nutshell Beautiful plantbased food in a small, cosy café I ate savoury waffles that came with creamy pommes purée, caponata, marinated and grilled artichoke heart, confit tomatoes, watercress pesto; Smørbrød, Korean BBQ-glazed tofu, satay pâté, kimchi, miso chilli mayonnaise, pickled red cabbage and chilli Drinks I drank ginger ale, but there’s plenty of teas/coffees/ juices, smoothies Prices Lunch menu is £6-£8.50

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Charlotte Vincent


Exeter born and bred Charlotte Vincent has racked up 20 odd years cheffing in high end establishments around Devon. Last year, she was made head chef at th century gastro pub The Five Bells Inn in Clyst ydon – becoming their first female chef. We caught up with her to find out how to make the perfect roasties, what it’s like cheffing in a male-dominated world and why gold chocolate is an absolute must Interview by Ross Hayward

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f you haven’t been to The Five Bells near Cullompton yet, you’ve probably heard of them by reputation. They’ve won a deluge of awards recently, have been included in the much-read ’s Top 0 Gastropubs’ for 2020 and are gaining a loyal following due to their popular Sunday lunches – not bad for a pub that was threatened with closure back in 2013. eading up the kitchen since last summer is Charlotte Vincent, whose impressive CV includes a decade as pastry chef at both Gidleigh ark and the oyal Clarence otel. Tell us a bit about your experience...

y background is in rosette and ichelin level food at an exclusive hotel here in Devon, mixed with love, passion and creativity and a genuine need to do justice to the produce I’m lucky enough to work with. How would you describe your cooking style?

Classic French inspired cooking with a modern twist. I love to pay homage to the classic dishes while drawing on them for inspiration when writing or creating my own menus.

What made you want to cook professionally?

An inward need. I have a degree in psychology and human biology and tried to take a di erent path but the ‘spark’ of my love for cooking would not go out. This spark is now a roaring fire as I cook and create at the Five Bells – I have absolutely found my career path and love it! What ingredients have got you excited about recently?

Venison. I am very lucky to be using a fantastic supplier local to the pub and it’s so soft and delicious. Moving onto new ingredients it has to be gold chocolate, it’s so versatile and I make the Five Bells fudge out of it. Also acha green tea – it’s a superfood with a super avour and I’m looking forward putting it on the menu in early summer. What other chefs/food heroes do you admire?

I have no shame in admitting I love the ‘oldies’, I grew up watching the likes of Delia Smith and the late, great Gary Rhodes. Both very di erent but so inspiring – all at once true passion came out in their cooking and it imprinted on me. More recently I admire and follow Michelle Roux Jr, his calm approach to cooking is something I aspire to. What is proudest career achievement to date and what would you still like to achieve?

Hands down my current appointment. As head chef at the The Five Bells, to be excited to go to work each day is the best feeling – it’s soul food

Charlotte in the kitchen

Hay smoked Elston Farm lamb rump

Kitchen work is not for the faint hearted but that does not mean a women should not do it isn’t it? It means you have found your niche, nothing can beat that feeling of achievement. For the future, I would love to help ames and Charlie (the owners) achieve a Bib Gourmand and a rosette or two here at the pub. I think we’re going in the right direction – the pub was named in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs just before Christmas. No pressure then!

character – the bond created among your work colleagues is very special and this is something that I feel we can use to promote the positive side of catering. And the fact it’s one of the few professions where women can stand equal, side by side with men, and earn the respect of them, is something to be highlighted and used to draw in new blood to the industry.

Gluten free is a big thing these days – how does catering for this influence your menus?

We have heard great things about your Sunday roasts – can you share some of your secrets?

My approach is simple; if I can make my dishes gluten free I will and I’ll do it from the outset too - no having to ask for it to be gluten free, instead just prepared with mindfulness. It’s something that is here to stay so it’s time for us chefs to think outside the box in regards to preparation and planning. Our menu at The Five Bells is 0 per cent gluten free because it’s entirely doable without compromising on avour – our ourless chocolate fondant is the perfect example, you won’t even notice the di erence. Cheffing still seems to be very male dominated, especially at the top level. What can the industry do to get more females into cooking?

Pay more attention to us ladies! Let’s see a few more top chefs on TV, or being highlighted for their achievements, and make those women relatable too – kitchen work is not for the faint hearted but that does not mean a women should not do it. It builds confidence and

Secrets no but hints and tips yes! Duck fat on the roast potatoes, along with bay leaves, thyme and crushed garlic. Low and slow on the rare beef; we roast ours overnight on a low setting and finally a good gravy to bring it all together – rich, avourful and full of meat juices and lovely natural avours. Desert island meal and why?

Ah now this is something that may surprise a few – I love Asian food so it would have to be Ramen, Wagyu beef, or Pho… or wait, maybe a platter of Bao buns?... and for dessert?... Mochi. When you are not in the kitchen what do you to relax?

Martial arts is something I’m very passionate about – I taught Aikido for 10 years and inspired many women along the way to pick up a sword! or more www.fi ebells.uk.com

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VALENTINE’S DAY Southernhay House Hotel has got the memo on romance

EAT YOUR HEART OUT Whether you’re after a sumptuous cocktail, a hearty meal or just fancy staying in with your other half, here is our guide on how to spend a foodie Valentine’s Day in Exeter

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ome of us love Valentine’s Day; but some of us, it’s fair to say, hate it. It’s hard enough knowing what to get or do with your husband or wife or long-term keeper – somebody you know back to front and inside out – let alone someone you’ve just started dating. How do you make it touching, and fun, but not over-the-top? It’s hard, right? To that end, we’ve got a selection of wine bars and restaurants – plus a few other ideas to make sure you enjoy the day.


It’s famous for having England’s highest manmade waterfall but this Valentine’s Day Canonteign Falls will be opening up their lakeside café for a full on romantic dining experience, where guests will be treated to a roaring fire and cosy tables. n the menu, among other tempting winter options, are Cornish hake, River Teign mussels, Topsham chorizo croquette, leeks and crackling shards of crispy pork belly, sticky red cabbage and burnt apple sauce. Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Exeter; www.canonteignfalls.co.uk


The family run restaurant is in the heart of Kenton near Powderham Castle and is run by husband and wife team Matthew (chef) and Lizzie (front of house). They’ll be putting on a five course tasting menu – they’re ichelin Guide recommended – with an optional wine ight. Expect an intimate, welcoming restaurant with top notch food and candle-lit ambience galore. The Triangle, Kenton, Exeter; www.rodeanrestaurant.co.uk

If you fancy staying in, here’s a recipe to woo your other half with... CANONTEIGN FALLS STEAMED RIVER TEIGN MUSSELS WITH WINE, PARSLEY AND GARLIC


Ingredients 1kg of mussels 5 garlic cloves or the whole head, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 small carrot, chopped 1 celery stick, chopped 50g butter 100ml dry white wine Handful of parsley leaves, coarsely chopped Toasted sourdough bread and some fresh lemon, to serve

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Method 1. Wash the mussels under plenty of cold, running water. Discard any open ones that won’t close when lightly squeezed. 2. ull out the tough, fibrous beards protruding from between the tightly closed shells and then knock o any barnacles with a large knife. Give the mussels another quick rinse to remove any little pieces of shell. 3. Soften the garlic, onions, carrots and celery in the butter, in a large pan big enough to take all the mussels – it should only be half full. 4. Add the mussels and wine, turn up the heat, then cover and steam them open in their own juices for 3-4 minutes. Give the pan a good shake every now and then. 5. Finish with chopped parsley and remove from the heat. Serve. For more: www.canonteignfalls.co.uk


“The lakeside café will be transformed to o er a romantic dining experience” THE SALUTATION INN

Even the food is pink at The Salutation Inn

The Topsham based restaurant is a creating a special six course tasting menu with additional wine ight for the evenings of , and February. Their special Valentine’s Day menu includes a tru ed scallop, a course of wild mushroom cannellini, followed by Greendale Farm beef sirloin with acob’s ladder, confit onion and a adeira sauce. To finish o , a special Salutation chocolate dish and co ee and petit fours. If you fancy upping the romantic vibes, the gang at The Salutation Inn suggest taking a hip ask and blanket so you can bundle up with your love on Topsham’s Goat Walk’ along the estuary. Get cosy as you watch the cormorants dry their wings on the bobbing boats. 68 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter; www.salutationtopsham.co.uk


Southernhay ouse has been voted most romantic hotel 2020 by readers of The Good Hotel Guide for a good reason. It’s a, pretty as a peach, Georgian town house not far from the cathedral, with elegant cosy rooms and a cool, colourful bar. Go there for cocktails, drop in for their grazing menu or go the full hog and stay for their Valentine’s mini break to enjoy romantic us-time in central Exeter: a two day package includes fizz on arrival, a la carte breakfast each day and a tutored wine tasting on Saturday. 36 Southernhay E, Exeter; www.southernhayhouse.com There’s drinks to be had at Southernhay House Hotel


Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa Perched on a hillside, this boutique hotel has sweeping, unbroken views across Lyme Bay and the magnificent Jurassic Coast – perfect for a proposal if the mood takes you. There’s also a heated swimming pool and restaurant on site. Seaside getaway sorted. Manor Road, Sidmouth; www.harbourhotels.co.uk


If it’s early days in the relationship – or perhaps you just want to do drinks with pals on the night – the dark and always atmospheric Doctor Inks may be your best bet. Between 2 – February the gang here are creating a special sharing cocktail for two called the ogue ita, drawing its inspiration from the argarita cocktail. While you’re there, why not opt for one of their romantic-sounding cocktails, like the Emerald Eyes beverage which includes green chartreuse, or the Fallen Star with peach and orange blossom. n Customs House, 43 The Quay, Exeter; www.doctorinks.com

Pi Society Pi Society is Exeter’s matching making service and they are hosting a special Valentines meal at the Hour Glass in Exeter for a singles Valentine’s supper. If you’re feeling a bit on the shy side, check out their testimonials on their website; everyone raves about the friendly atmosphere at the events. www.pisociety.co.uk De, Bora of Exeter For nice undies. 34 South Street, Exeter; www.deboraofexeter.co.uk Trugs Don’t forget the flowers. 18 South St, Exeter; www.trugs.co.uk Rendezvous Underground cosy wine bar/ restaurant. 38-40 Southernhay E, Exeter; www.winebar10.co.uk

Cocktails and dreams at Southernhay House Hotel

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Katherine Spencer and Florence Biss

Martin Sterly-Hayes and Tom Bedford

Julia Makepeace, Alan Makepeace, Evelyn Burton and Simon Burton

Sally Hays, Richard Brooks, David Wild and Raymond Hays


Willa Lucas and Bella Chick

Home buyers, sellers and investors in the South Hams gathered at Michael Sutton’s Cellar in Riversbridge, near Dartmouth, for a drinks reception hosted by Savills Exeter recently. The occasion was an opportunity for guests to hear the latest on the local residential property market from the Savills pros. Guests enjoyed a delicious selection of drinks and canapes and relaxed in the beautiful countryside surroundings. Photos by Spencer Cobby; www.spencercobby.co.uk

Charles Kislingbury, David Taverner and Emma Osmundsen Richard Braokes-Carter, Ellen Braokes-Carter, George Nares and Sarah-Jane Bingham-Chick

Madeline Marchant, Sally Hay and Rick Marchant

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Going separate ways


This time of the year is the busiest for divorces. Legal expert Rebecca Procter from WOLLENS shares her specialist advice to couples whose relationships are going through a rocky time.

he stress and financial burden of trying to create the perfect Yuletide may be why many married couples head for divorce with family lawyers and support organisations receiving more enquiries in the New Year than at any other time. The Office for National Statistics latest figures show that overall rates of divorce have reduced, but experts say this does not directly translate into more couples experiencing a ‘happy ever after’. There were 90,871 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2018, a decrease of 10.6 per cent compared with 2017 and the lowest number since 1971. Couples are also staying married for longer – 12.4 years for those divorcing in 2018, up from 9.6 years in 1996. But analysts suggest that these figures are due mainly to marriages taking place later in life and often following a period of living together. The figures also reflect that there are far fewer marriages taking place overall, at nearly half the number of 1974. Administrative delays at Ministry of Justice divorce centres have also driven down latest figures. Unreasonable behaviour remains the most

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common reason for divorce. In opposite-sex couples, 51.9 per cent of wives and 36.8 per cent of husbands petitioned on this ground. At present, the only grounds for divorce are that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, through adultery, unreasonable behaviour, the rarely-used ground of desertion, two years of separation where both parties agree to divorce, or five years’ separation in which case the consent of the other party is not required. Rebecca Procter, head of the Family Team at Wollens, says, “There has been much discussion about changing the law to allow for no-fault divorce, without the need for a long separation, and we are pleased that a Government Bill for divorce reform is now finally proposing change. Meanwhile, we need to support couples in navigating the process and help them avoid a recriminatory approach, which is even more important when children are involved.” This echoes guidance from support organisations such as the NSPCC who encourage parents to talk to their children and prepare the ground for separation and divorce, by avoiding accusations and blaming or asking children to take sides.

Rebecca says, “Talking things through is always best, and you don’t have to do it all on your own, as someone can sit in to help focus those conversations on positive negotiation, whether it’s just between the two of you, or as a family with your children. “It doesn’t have to be a professional at this stage, although it’s a good idea to get some expert input before you make any agreement over asset sharing or custody arrangements, to be sure it is fair for both sides. “Approaching separation on the basis of collaboration and mediation may ease things and make this very difficult phase of life just a little less tough.” If you need expert legal family advice please contact the Wollens Family Team. n

Visit us in the heart of the city centre: 22 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, EX1 1HB 01392 274006; info@wollens.co.uk www.wollens.co.uk

It’s the city’s business


Two major Exeter organisations – Exeter City Futures and Exeter Northcott Theatre – have just been awarded funding and grants from The National Lottery. So what are they going to spend it on?

Exeter Northcott Theatre


he National Lottery funds have just been announced, revealing Exeter City Futures will receive almost £250,000 while Exeter Northcott Theatre will receive a grant of £143,500. Helping to build strong relationships in and across Exeter’s communities and generally champion a more collaborative approach across the city – this is the main aim when it comes to how Exeter City Features wishes to spend the £250,000 funding. In particular, the next three years will see the funds build on its popular Connect events (these are the quarterly get togethers where locals can come together to share ideas, converse and network with each other, to spark ideas, build partnerships and develop projects). It’ll also go towards developing a social development programme to supports communities. Lowering carbon emissions is a big priority, with the ECF planning to design and publish a toolkit that will enable local communities and individuals to respond to local issues in a way that supports the city’s ambition to be carbon neutral and align with Exeter’s 12 Goals. “I am excited to hear the news that ECF CIC have been successful in our bid to The National Lottery Community Fund,” says Liz O’Driscoll, managing director of ECF. “This is a superb step forward that will enable

us to undertake a wider scope of activities and also validates our innovation approach to engage with communities and businesses. “To achieve a carbon neutral Exeter we must have the community, organisations and local businesses on board. Over the next three years, this grant will enable us to maximise engagement across the city and create collaborative solutions that meet local needs.”

“TO ACHIEVE A CARBON NEUTRAL EXETER WE MUST HAVE THE COMMUNITY, ORGANISATIONS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES ON BOARD” As part of ECF’s wider commitment to empowering individuals, businesses, and organisations to take direct actions to be more sustainable, ECF will be hosting Net Zero Exeter in March. This will be a festival of sustainability bringing together diverse communities to share understanding of the challenges, and what everyone – institutions, communities and individuals – can do to help meet the city’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. Also receiving funding is Exeter Northcott Theatre which has been awarded a grant to engage the local community in a new project to

explore its archive. A unique collection including photographs, posters, programmes, stage plans, press cuttings and scripts has been gathered, stored and recently catalogued. Now, the Audience Makers project will allow Exeter communities to delve into this rich history, its stories and voices, to expand the archive by generating new memories. “The archive is a veritable treasure trove which spans more than half a century in the theatrical life of Exeter and Devon,” says Daniel Buckroyd, the Northcott’s artistic director and chief executive. “Theatre, like society, is constantly evolving so the collection also o ers a fascinating view of the world through the lens of performance. “We felt the best way to make use of this amazing resource and to turn it into a lasting legacy was to let local people interpret the contents and identify the elements which they think stand out. The archive is a valuable piece of South West theatre history and is currently being catalogued by the University of Exeter Special Collections. The two-year scheme will open up this resource to new audiences, sparking debate into the relevance of its stories and the role of regional theatre today. For more: www.exetercityfutures.com/ www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

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Founding members of Topsham Darts Design Hub

NEW BUSINESS! aunching this arch is Topsham Darts Design ub, a design destination on the outskirts of Topsham which will see a plethora of design-led businesses including aturalmat, Sapphire Spaces, Amos ighting ome, A Interiors located at Darts Farm, Dart Business ark and dhams Wharf. What can customers expect The various locations in the The Topsham Darts Design ub will provide everything from interior design to lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, beds, mattresses, tiling, paint, cooking appliances, and accessories all within its collective – and is set out to be a one stop design destination. ark Tremlett from aturalmat says, We have discussed for a long time the fact that we have such a wealth of quality, design-led businesses all in one place here at dhams Wharf and Darts, and it seemed to make sense to team up and provide customers with a destination for great interior design and expertise. For more: www.wire-creative.com

JAM Interiors

Number Nine Exe are new open plan offices


A new agship office space has just opened in central Exeter. umber ine Exe is a Georgian townhouse in central Exeter’s business district, remodeled for the 2 st century. Drawing on their experience in working with listed buildings at Burgh Island, Southernhay ouse otel and in their personal property, Tony rchard and Deborah Clark have developed four open plan offices and o er shorter lease terms of three years and transparency on service charges. ur aim is to create a space that is beautiful as well as functional because we think that people need an attractive environment if they’re going to achieve their best, says Deborah. For more: www.numbernineexe.com

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Congratulations are in order as Jayne Cherry, from Exmouth was recently recognised as Home Instead Exeter and East Devon’s Caregiver of the Year.  Elsewhere, local insurance firm The Exeter have had an incredible year of fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West. They raised nearly £22k in 2019. Change is afoot for Exeter based travel company, STC Expeditions, who have just announced that they are conducting a 12-week trial of a four day working week. The trial will involve all full-time employees cutting their hours by 20 per cent whilst retaining full pay. Exeter Eagles BMX Club has received a new defibrillator thanks to a donation from housing developer, Burrington Estates New Homes. The donation means the club can offer further assistance and peace of mind to the riders and spectators at the club. Finally, Jean-Paul Quertier, a Lt Col in the Army Reserves and partner at Exeter-based Chartered Accountancy firm Simpkins Edwards, will be taking command of Army Training Unit (West) for the next two and a half years.

TOP POSITION Exeter Chiefs consolidated its position as England’s only profitable top- ight rugby club after chairman and chief executive, Tony owe BE, heralded another fantastic year – on and o the field Exeter ugby Group produced a pre-tax profit of almost . million in the year to the end of une, up from 0,000 in the previous year, but turnover rose per cent to a record figure of 2 . m. At the same time, the club’s net assets also saw a sharp rise in value, from just over 2m in 20 to almost 2. m in the latest figures. r owe says, The figures produced are hugely encouraging and show that the club’s Board of Directors continue to run the club very much as a business. Supporters, as ever, remain at the core of the club and we are proud to say that during the 20 season, Sandy ark welcomed a record average number of spectators, with attendances and financial key performance indicators were bolstered by a home semi-final in the Gallagher remiership play-o s. ooking ahead, the club have also outlined plans to add 2,000 seats above its East Terrace next summer, giving the stadium an increased capacity of around ,000. For more: www.exeterchiefs.co.uk

Sandy Park


“EMPLOYEES NEED TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AND CALM IN THEIR PHYSICAL WORK SETTINGS” work with is vast. Seeing a business go from a tatty or tired cramped space they are sometimes embarrassed about to a cool, funky, professional space they are proud of. I love that.


Mark Dowse

And what are the challenges? We deal with many motivated high ying humans who are passionate. That can be challenging but rewarding.

Managing director of MD Business Interiors chats trendy office spaces, going green and playing in a rock band Tell us about MD Business Interiors and what you do? We have a long serving team of skilled tradesmen who build office refurbishment and fit out projects across Devon. From initial concept ideas to full design and build services. ffice furniture supply and installation works alongside the fit out. We nurture all the latest ideas, trends and products to make e ective for Exeter and Devon businesses. How did you get into the sector and what was your background? ottingham was my home town, in my partner now wife moved to Exeter which is now firmly called home. I moved looking for employment and having worked in the mezzanine oor and warehouse fit out industry previously I was lucky enough to secure a job in the office fit out sector. I started my first business in 200 . Did you always want to work in design and interiors? o, I wanted to be a professional musician but alas no! I still play guitar

locally in bands. Running my own business in office refurbishment is a close second and is a great way to earn a living. How has the way offices are designed changed over the years? As technology has changed the workplace has changed with it. Desk sizes have become smaller and more space efficient and e ective use of storage space is key. Wifi has also become more secure so the data cabling installation ratio is also changing as some clients don’t want or need them. What’s currently on trend in terms of office interiors? Being green. Businesses want more environmentally compliant premises so they look at how they heat, cool, purchase and use electricity and how sustainable their office furniture is. ffice furniture has been going green for many years now with the FSC initiative. The Forest Stewardship Council mission statement is to promote

environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. In relation to products the meeting pod is the thing’ to have. They are a fantastic addition to any office giving meeting space exibility. The meeting pod is demountable so can be moved to a new area at no cost or indeed to a new site or office. What impact do you think good office design/planning can have on productivity and general wellbeing for the employees? uge! appy sta are more productive sta . A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. It’s essential that employers take the physical work environment of their employees into consideration. Employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to produce their best work. What do you love about your job? Every business we work with is di erent. The variety in industry we

Any career highlights? any successful projects completed are the highlights but our recent projects at the Exeter Science ark have to rate highly. Out of work, what makes you tick? I have three amazing kids who are now growing into young adults. Seeing them grow into the next generation of dynamic business and sports people inspires and amazes me. ther than that I try, like many on the high side of 0, to keep in shape and enjoy walking and cycling. ast year I cycled with friends from ondon to aris raising money for ac illan Cancer. What are you most proud of? y kids. What is the most surprising thing about you? I play guitar in a rock band and have walked the Great Wall of China! What are your favourite things to do in Exeter? Cycle training in the morning, a few beers watching Exeter Chiefs with the kids in the afternoon! For more: www.mdinteriorsdevon.com

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WORKING IT Creative, versatile – and just a bit on the cool side – it’s not difficult to see why co-working offices are on the rise in Exeter By Harriet Noble

C Sitting pretty at Foundry 17

o-working spaces are on the up. ot surprising with the growth of small businesses, start-ups and self-employed workers around the city and beyond. Typically they’re more popular with tech and creative sectors, where hubs are the ideal place for a developer, designer, digital specialist or writer. The appeal of co-working offices is obvious you’ve got low cost office spaces in an atmosphere that is all about interaction and networking, whilst also providing a great alternative to the isolation that can come from working at home. But the thing that is most noticeable about these spaces, of course, is the look and atmosphere of them. Companies are being smart about how they design these places, bringing a lot of creativity to create fun, productive places to work – places where people will actually want to come into every day. We went exploring

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Opening in May of last year this one has made quite an impression with its cool, quirky interiors – and emphasis on creating a sociable and informal setting. Based at The Mount it offers private meeting booths alongside big lounge areas. Anything different? Yes, it’s all about the basement here with a working booth that not only looks like a jungle but sounds like one too, with relaxing sounds of nature and tweeting birds coming out of speakers. They’ve also got their own bar downstairs too for after work drinks. Sounds good to us. The Rabbit Hole, 72 Paris Street, Exeter; www.venaspace.com


Jelly was established in 2006 when two New York freelancers were talking about a major drawback of working alone. They decided to invite a group of freelancers to bring their laptops and work together in their apartment for the day, and called it Jelly as they were eating jelly beans at the time. Jelly grew into Jelly Southwest, with events in Devon providing a place where freelancers, start ups, small businesses could meet up to chat, work and collaborate. Currently, there are six Jelly meet-ups a month, with locations in Honiton, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Cullompton and two in Exeter, down at the Quay and the other at Grow Café.

“The boom of the co-working ethos has been welcomed in Devon, with 90 per cent of businesses being micro businesses”

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“The boom of the co working ethos has particularly been welcomed in Devon, with 90 per cent of businesses being micro businesses, this concept removed the loneliness of working alone,” says founder Louise Turley. What’s the vibe? It’s all about community and inclusivity here. The events are free, as is the wifi, with a just a small charge for food. “It’s an ideal place for start ups to also come along, bounce ideas, gain advice and feel less intimidated to start their venture,” says Louise. Various locations and events; www.jellysouthwest.org


Exeter City Space is a co-working hub based in Southernhay and is designed for freelancers and start up businesses to help achieve their business goals. It is home to Exeter City Futures and Exeter Velocities so it’s all about local enterprise and growing local business. “The co-working scene in Exeter seems to have exploded,” says Marie Wybourn, office manager at Exeter city Space. “A few years ago, it seemed as though there was only one or two co-working spaces – max – now they are popping up everywhere in one form or another” says Marie. Anything else? There’s a variety of big and small rooms available – and if you’re part of their community membership, you get one free day of hot desking a month – plus they hold networking events regularly. Exeter City Space, Broadwalk House, Southernhay West, Exeter; www.exetercityspace.com Down the Rabbit Hole

Go classy at The Library meeting room at Nettl; INSET: The Rabbit Hole’s jungle-themed booth


Upstairs at McCoys Arcade is Foundry 17, a shared workspace that houses a whole bunch of tech start ups, businesses and entrepreneurs. As for the look, it’s cool, slick and contemporary, with the structure of the building lending itself to a very spacious working area. Down the length of the building, you can look over the balcony to overlook the arcade with little booths for private meetings and long open-spaces for sofas. The essentials are sound here too – you’ve got huge desks, free scanning and printing and tea and co ee, while there’s extras with the ping pong and foosball tables to happily while away your lunch break. Anything different? You can have access to this place literally 24/7 so, if creativity hits you at dawn on a Sunday morning, you can go there and get those juices owing. McCoys Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter; www.foundry17.co.uk

Roman and Greek mythology that were built into the walls. Barnfield Crescent, Exeter; www.o cesatnumber .com

NETTl of Exeter

This is less a co-working space and more a place to go to if you need to hire a meeting room. But forget plastic chairs and heinous, lighting – the meeting rooms in Marsh Barton are big on old school style. You’ve got three rooms here: the library, a cosy vintage room that sits up to eight the billiard room fits eight and is complete with rolling hills decor and fireplace and the Downton bbey style drawing room, an 18 seater in a boardroom style. Anything else? Free parking, all you can drink tea and co ee. n 3 Marsh Green Road West, Exeter E ; www.nettl.com


ocated on Barnfield Crescent, just o Southernhay, these co-working spaces o er rooms of all sizes and provide breakout spaces for meetings and events. The market is changing quickly both in Exeter, nationally and internationally,” says owner Stuart Hoddinott. “I have noticed a trend of people who have been living in London deciding that there was no need for them to live and work there and instead coming down to Exeter and relying on technology to communicate with customers and suppliers elsewhere in the country and the world. If you could work anywhere in the UK, why wouldn’t you choose somewhere like Exeter Anything different? A soulless office block this is not. In fact, it is a pretty old building positively bursting with character. Expect a beautiful sweeping staircase that goes up from the reception to the first oor, large marble fireplaces and plaster mouldings of various scenes from

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Meet the recruiter

The local employment experts talk about the job industry in Exeter and beyond MICHELLE EL-DIN

KME SPECIALIST RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS LTD 01392 344924; www.kmerecruitment.com


Why should companies use you as an agent to find their staff? We are a specialist sales recruiter who pride ourselves on our up-to-date sales knowledge and we are able to offer clients honest and expert advice regarding all aspects of their vacancy. We don’t just offer recruitment solutions, we are able to provide a range of services through our experienced Sales Consultants including sales training, sales audits, interview services and role and candidate profiling. Are there any areas you specialise in? We specialise in sales roles from entry-level to c-level positions across all sectors throughout the UK. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love being able to help people. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I have placed someone in a role that I know that they will love and be successful in, and also to provide our clients with high calibre candidates who I know will be a great asset and of value to their company. What is your career highlight? Last August when KME Specialist Recruitment Consultants was awarded the ‘Specialist Recruitment Agency of the Year – Sales’ by a global media company.

What sectors do you recruit for? Human Resources, Marketing, Accounts and Finance, IT, Executive, Clerical and Management. Why should a candidate enrol with you? I am passionate about helping our candidates fulfil their career potential and believe that the way to do this is by offering a tailored consultative approach and the right tools to make the most of every opportunity, whether that be advise on perfecting a winning CV, writing a credible covering letter, interview tips and being a better jobseeker. Are there any areas you specialise in? Financial, Executive and Managerial. How long have you been in recruitment? 10 years (with a mat leave break in between)! Juggling a career and being a mum isn’t always easy, but who likes easy anyway! Tell us about recent changes in the sector? There has been a greater focus on companies hiring talent acquisition specialists to manage their recruitment and brand perception. Employer branding is key in order to attract the best talent. Advertising opportunities on social media and brand engagement has increased in 2019 and has been one of the biggest trends of the year. We have also seen shifts to a more automated recruitment process with larger clients.


OFFICE ANGELS 01392 426200; www.office-angels.com

Michelle El-Din

Charlotte Lawes

CATHEDRAL APPOINTMENTS 01392 413577; www.cathedralappointments.co.uk What sectors do you recruit for? Sales and Construction. Why should a candidate enrol with you? We have long-established relationships with many key local businesses and often work on vacancies not available through other agencies. Most importantly, we are proud to be a business who views candidates as more than just a KPI and we feel this is wellreflected in our reputation in the market. How long have you been in recruitment? I have over 20 years’ experience, initially in the city of London and more recently in Devon. What do you enjoy most about your job? Getting to understand what makes a business tick and finding the key people to move that business forwards. Why should companies use you as an agent to find their staff? We are 31 years old and have established ourselves as a trusted name for skilled candidates across the region. This excellent network of candidates and understanding of the local market means we can save clients a lot of time and trouble to find the right person. Tell us why Devon is a great place to work? Living and working within an hour of fabulous countryside and terrific beaches.

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SETSQUARE RECRUITMENT 01392 346218; www.setsquarerecruitment.com

Andrei Shelton

Harvey Morris

How has your first year been? We have grown from 1 - 8 consultants, have experienced record breaking profit and enjoyed getting to know our local Clientele and Candidates. We sponsored a CIOB quiz while also hosting days out at Exeter Chiefs and Woodbury Golf Club. What have been the challenges in the current market? Skills shortages in construction are an on-going challenge and one that we are looking to help. We have organised up skilling courses providing amongst others Banksman/Traffic Marshall Qualifications to our candidates. Other challenges include new legislation around IR35 and insecurity over Brexit, although this has been much better moving in to the New Year. What value does Setsquare bring to the construction sector? We have been established for over 30 years in the South west and specialise in construction at a local level. We now also offer digital recruitment solutions. What is the strategy for your second year? Learn from lessons in first year and build on our current success. Hire further consultants in Exeter and diversify our sectors. We’ll also be looking to open an office in Plymouth.


UPTON HELLIONS BARTON The perfect, sprawling family farm house for extended tribes, mad inventors, or anyone with lots (and lots) of hobbies, says Paul Marland 60 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


n 1566 Nostradamus died (bet he didn’t see that coming), King James I (“the wisest fool in Christendom”) was born, Pope Pius V kicked most (but not all!) the prostitutes out of Rome, and a Japanese unfortunate called Mimura Iechika became one of the first people to be shot dead by the justinvented personal firearm. ver in alta, the foundation stone was laid for what would later become Valletta, the capital city, and here in south Devon – just outside Crediton, in fact – Upton Hellions Barton was built, a Grade II* listed farmhouse, originally intended for one Doctor Carew. nsurprisingly, impressive period features abound – not least an original Elizabethan door, dating back to the year the main portion was built. Looking down at the house from above, it’s shaped somewhat like a giant spanner there’s an -shaped main farm house, then a long line of stables leading o at an angle to both create the ‘handle’ and almost entirely enclose a central courtyard. There’s a cider barn, a stable barn, a regular multi-purpose barn, plus a timber barn, a store room and no fewer than three ‘cob barns’, for all your cob-keeping needs. ost of these are over 20 ft x 20 ft each, and in various states of repair (generally,

the corrugated iron roofs get progressively more rusty, and the doors more rickety, the further you get from the main house), but as potential garages, offices, gyms, studios, stables or goodness-knows-what they’re a pretty amazing resource. The house itself is mostly built of local stone and has been extensively modernised numerous times – first in 2, and later in the th and 20th centuries – with mighty stone chimney stacks standing proud, and a hugely impressive thatched roof covering most of it. Inside are plenty of well proportions rooms, most with high ceilings and original features galore, from exposed beams to mullioned windows and brick or tiled oors. Bedrooms There are no fewer than nine of them, one with a dressing room, plus three bathrooms upstairs to share between them. All the bedrooms are of decent size, and some are huge indeed, one is no less than 2 ft long. Downstairs are the original Elizabethan doors, a glorious cross passage hall, and a range of sitting rooms, dining rooms and studies there’s that almost entirely enclosed courtyard in the middle of the space, and views from most windows look across either this, the gardens, or the wide, rolling countryside beyond. Almost inevitably, there’s a massive AGA cooker in the kitchen. Because it’s so big, pton ellions Barton is hugely

exible too you can either use the whole lot as one giant home, or easily divide it – as has been done in recent years, in fact – into two, a five bedroom house and a four bedroom annex. utside two paddocks, with a private driveway between them and a large parking area at the end. lus you get that lovely courtyard with its own gardener’s loo and freezer room – attached to the building, though you have to go outside to enter it – and the main lawned garden, hidden behind impressive iron gates, and other garden areas behind. The views are stunning from the higher areas, and overall you get about . acres, so plenty to explore. The cider barn and stable barn, the two nearest the house, are worth exploring too built of stone, with solid slate roofs, they’re impressive in themselves, but packed with quirky details – the cider barn, for instance, still has a huge, ancient apple press in the middle of it. All in all, this is quite some place a sprawling family homestead with real history and charm. Caractacus otts would love it, not least as there’s plenty of room here to manufacture Toot Sweets, or to transform an old, crashed racing cars into something ying, semisentient, fine four-tendered friends. n

HOUSE NUMBERS Guide price £950,000 Bedrooms 9 Grounds 4.6 acres Barns and outhouses 8 For more: Helmores Estate Agents, 111-112 High Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3LF; 01363 777999; www.helmore.com

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Guide Price £500,000

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Beautifully refurbished and cleverly extended 5 bed, Edwardian detached house with spectacular sea and coastal views in a small select development in one of Exmouth’s best addresses. Boasting a wealth of original architectural features. Generous versatile accommodation with fabulous living space, lovely terrace gardens, double garage and ample parking.

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“It’s a treasure chest of exciting new discoveries here” 2020 season. Whilst going through cupboards and boxes you often literally have no idea what you might find. Also getting storage rooms more organised and creating a catalogue of objects in the castle. My team are great at getting a room sorted, organised and cleaned, they are a hard working group of ladies with a lot of heart for the work they do. What’s the atmosphere like at Powderham?

BRITTA RUDNER Britta is the house and accommodation manager at Powderham Castle. Here she talks about the joy of working at a castle, sorting through endless boxes and her love of honey and peanut butter When does your alarm go off?

6am, 6.15am, 6.30am – the snooze button is used every day. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Have a cup of tea! There is no other way. My boyfriend, the cats and I lie in bed with tea and chat and listen to the news. What do you have for breakfast?

I’m very lucky. As I take ages in the morning to get ready, my boyfriend makes me breakfast every morning, either eggs and toast or toast with honey and peanut butter. How do you get to work?

I drive every day from Bridgwater to Exeter. It is far but I like driving and it’s ‘my time’. I solve the world’s problems, plan my workday, plan

supper all – before 9am. What’s the first thing you do when you get in to work?

Co ee and a quick hi’ to everyone and then get going with work. What does a typical morning look like?

No two days are the same when you work in a castle. Some mornings start with a quick team meeting or catch up with other teams or it could be a mad rush to get things ready for the arrival of guests. But my favourite is starting a project; it’s always a treasure chest of exciting new discoveries here. Are there any exciting projects you are working on at the moment?

Helping the Visitor Experience team with creating new displays for

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It’s lovely, relaxed and friendly. It’s a family home that makes you feel part of the family. What are the challenges of your job?

Knowing when to stop. When it comes to cleaning, it’s very easy to scrub every mark o , but you could potentially be washing away its ‘story’. So, learning to draw that line. What are the rewards of your job?

Discovering things that haven’t been seen for the last 20-70 years or more. Organising a space gives me great satisfaction. Learning, I love learning about new things, processes and the history of the objects we find. What do you do for lunch?

I’m not very organised with lunch so usually it’s a shop bought soup or I’ll grab something from our café or the farm shop. I am always eating while on the run. What does your afternoon look like?

Depending on the day, if I’ve been at my computer all morning I’ll go and check things in the castle and check on my team. If I’m working on a project, I’ll try do as much as possible and then start tidying up as much as possible so we don’t leave too much of a mess and it’s ready for us to continue the next day.

Do you fit in any time for exercise?

I am very active, so will often join colleagues on a dog walk after work or a class at the gym. Otherwise my boyfriend and I will do most of our exercise on the weekends. What do you get up to on a typical evening?

After driving home, if we aren’t going to the gym I normally get into the bath and chill out, followed by cooking and telly. The simple things make us happy. What do your supper plans normally involve? 

I love cooking and I love experimenting with it too. We very rarely eat out or get takeaway. I don’t usually follow recipes but use them for inspiration. The kitchen usually looks like a bomb has gone o after I’ve cooked but I think the result outweighs the mess. (I tell myself, my boyfriend would probably disagree.) When is bed time?

It’s usually 9.30pm-10pm. A cup of rooibos tea and then we snuggle in with a show ready on the iPad and probably watch five minutes and fall asleep. I can’t remember the last time I finished a whole episode of a show in bed. n www.powderham.co.uk

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