Exeter Living - Issue 284

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ISSUE 284 / LATE SUMMER 2021 / £3

ISSUE 284 / LATE SUMMER 2021 / LIVING HEALTH

HEALTH AND WELLBEING SPECIAL BODY AND SOUL CLASSES AND EXPERIENCES TO TAKE YOU TO ZEN POWER PERIOD MOVEMENT COACH ABI ADAMS ON THE HEALTH REVOLUTION HOME FROM HOME EXPERT GUIDANCE ON MOVING HOUSE SLICE SLICE BABY DINING AT NO 93 PIZZERIA & COCKTAIL BAR LAUGH STORY COMIC ROB AUTON COMES TO EXETER IT’S BACK! CRAFT FESTIVAL BOVEY TRACEY LINE-UP REVEALED DEAR COD FISH-FRIENDLY GIFTS FROM THE INDIES



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EDITOR’S LETTER

ABOVE Guildfest launch, see page 41; BELOW Craft Festival Bovey Tracey,

see page 16

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’m loving the new addiction to my news feed. No, it’s not today’s numbers – but, instead, how we are doing in the Olympics. Peppering my day are inspiring videos of GB’s Charlotte Worthington smashing the women’s BMX freestyle, or an effervescent Emily Campbell making history in the women’s weightlifting. I know that any chances of me winning an Olympic medal are somewhat improbable, but watching these sporting victories is inspiring – and makes me think more about getting away from the computer screen and moving my limbs a bit more. In this issue we have a special wellbeing section, on page 23, designed to help you do just that. We bring you the latest on the new local sports facilities in the city, while also showcasing the yoga, retreats, spas, and medical experts in Exeter – basically all stuff that can help you to do a bit of self-care. We also chat to movement coach Abi Adams on page 30; if periods are the bane of your life you’ll definitely want to read this. Elsewhere, there’s a bumper property section on page 52 as we get top advice from Exeter’s experts on how to move house without breaking into a sweat; and then there’s our mighty food section on page 34 where we welcome Gandy Street’s new bar, The Mermaid, and we go dining at No 93 Pizzeria and Cocktail Bar. Eating pizza is all part of selfcare, right? Enjoy! #ExeterTogether

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Issue 284 / Late summer 2021 COVER Gavin Teague from yoga studio Luna & Wolf, see page 23

REGULARS

6 SPOTLIGHT Royal visits, sailing heroes, the autumn

theatre line-up and award-winning local writers

9 JP HEDGE on how a little book shop is making him happy 41 SOCIETY Party life in the city 66 LIVES Comedian Rob Auton chats about life back on

the road

THE ARTS

11 ARTS INTRO Local dancing legends are coming to

Exeter Northcott Theatre

14 WHAT’S ON Get the diary out... 16 CRAFT FESTIVAL It’s all going on in Bovey Tracey

SHOPPING

19 INTRO One for the interior nuts 20 ED’S CHOICE Pretty little fishies

HEALTH & WELLBEING

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23 BODY & SOUL Time for some self-care 30 THE BIG INTERVIEW Movement coach Abi Adams on

understanding the powers of menstruation

FOOD & DRINK

34 FOOD & DRINK NEWS Foodie festivals and two brand

new bars in town

36 RESTAURANT The knead-to-know stuff about Exeter’s

new pizza place

39 RECIPE Get that pinnie on

BUSINESS

46 EXETERWORKS Exeter’s movers and shakers from the

corporate world

PROPERTY

52 MOVING HOUSE Don’t panic, here’s how 60 NEWS New developments and hot property 62 SHOWCASE Fancy a medieval mansion?

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A warm welcome for the royals at Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

ROYAL VISIT

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall dropped in on Exeter during their Royal Visit to Devon in July. Their arrival at Exeter Cathedral marked the first official Royal visit in the country since the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The Prince and The Duchess met with NHS Trust representatives and local community groups, before taking a tour of Exeter Cathedral, escorted by The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter. Inside, Their Royal Highnesses viewed a collection of the Cathedral’s historic treasures, including the Exeter Book – thought to be the world’s oldest surviving book of English literature and

a key element of Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature status. One of the local groups that met with HRH Prince Charles was Park Life Heavitree, which became the first Urban group to be awarded the Prince of Wales Award at the Devon County Show back in 2016. This award has acted as a launch pad for multiple funding bids and applications, resulting in the charity raising over £800k to build a community café and hub in Heavitree Pleasure Ground. With Park Cafe & Hub nearing completion and due to open early this Autumn, the presentation to royalty was a milestone moment for the team.

“We started the build of our highly anticipated Park Cafe & Hub in January which has been a decade in the planning,” says Kath Hadden, Park Life Heavitree Founder and Chair of Trustees. “Then months from officially opening the new community café and hireable hall we meet HRH Prince Charles. It was a wonderful honour and His Royal Highness had read all about us and was very supportive and encouraging, not just to us personally but to our wider group of volunteers who are instrumental in all that’s happened in the last 10 years.” For more: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

Literature

Mohamed Yahie, one of the winners of the young writer competition

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Local literature development charity Quay Words recently announced the publication of their first ever new writing anthology, Quay Voices #1, featuring established writers alongside new voices, and the winning entries in the Trading Places young writers’ flash fiction competition. To celebrate, writer Sir Michael Morpurgo joined the team at Exeter Quayside and presented the young winners with their copy and to hear them read. The publication, out now, is packed with sparkling stories, poetry, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, celebrating the many and varied voices calling out from this new hub for literature in the landmark building on Exeter Quayside and includes work by writers-inresidence, performers and tutors, ranging from the pilot resident writer, Louisa Adjoa Parker, to Patrick Gale, Monique Roffey, Raymond Antrobus and many more. For more: www.literatureworks.org.uk

Sir Michael Morpurgo came to listen to the young writers

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WORD UP


SPOTLIGHT Theatre

Exeter’s Northcott Theatre has announced its autumn season of performances, plays, musicals, comedy, opera and dance. Almost every night the theatre will host an event to welcome audiences back to live entertainment. The season includes big name comedians including Geoff Norcott, David Baddiel, Rob Brydon, Ellie Taylor and Alistair McGowan plus smash hit musical, Rock of Ages. Classic titles such as Hound of the Baskervilles and Absurd Person Singular are on offer for drama lovers and talks by celebrities including Dr Richard Shepherd, Alice Roberts and David Suchet will give interesting insight into unusual careers. World class contemporary dance comes to Exeter with Jasmin Vardimon, Rambert2, Ballet Cymru and Northcott Associate Richard Chappell whilst English Touring Opera returns with Handel’s Amidigi. Families will be entertained by Josephine on the inspiring life of Josephine Baker and will welcome the return of the ever-popular Stick Man. ‘It’s wonderful to be able to offer such a broad range of experiences to our audiences once more,” says Daniel Buckroyd, artistic director and chief executive. “We’ve all missed the thrill of live theatre – those moments where we’re all sharing something special in the same place – and we look forward to welcoming everyone back.” For more: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

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The story of Josephine Baker will be performed

CURTAIN UP

Funny man Rob Brydon is coming to the city

Family fun with Pinocchio

Derek Hathaway celebrates his solo challenge

Charity

GOING SOLO

70-year-old Derek Hathaway from Exeter has realised his personal challenge to sail solo around the coast of Britain – and including gift aid, raised £4,141.25 for local charity Rainbow Living. Derek launched from Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe, sailing anti-clockwise around the coast of Britain; in total Derek spent almost 13 weeks at sea and covered 1,917 nautical miles. “I’m thrilled at how much has been raised for Rainbow Living, which is a local charity that supports adults with learning and other disability,” says Derek. “Thank you to everyone who made a donation and thank you to everyone who supported me on this adventure, in particular my wife Ruth.” For more: www.rainbowliving.org.uk

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OPINION JP HEDGE

Happy readers: JP’s little ones

Word on the street Opening a little community library has got JP feeling joyful

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s part of a personal mindfulness and wellbeing drive to get one over on the pandemic my family built a little library for our community in Newcourt. My friend asked if I had run out of ingredients for baking banana bread. Rude. Before we put the small adapted greenhouse on a patch of wild grass in the middle of the new builds, my wife and I discussed all the merits and pitfalls of starting the scheme. In all the excitement, optimism and obvious benefits, my biggest fear was that it wouldn’t take off. I could see it just sitting there like an ode to half-baked projects (see the ab-flex trainer). My second fear was that it would be a magnet to unwanted copies of the The Da

Vinci Code (currently four). Stacey was worried about vandalism. The main gist is, if we put our hearts into something and put it out in the wild, that it would get trashed. How we, the residents, view Exeter is something I think about a lot in my working day. It’s been a fascinating time to think about what people think and how those opinions are formed. If you Google crime stats in the city for instance, and use something like Numbeo, crime is shown as relatively low and safety is relatively high. There is crime of course, tons of it, and it is appalling when it happens. I’ve seen some tragic gut wrenching instances. But less happens here than in many other cities. Relative is the key word. We are relatively better than others. However, even if you are lucky

“My faith in families and residents has been nailed to the wall”

enough not to have experienced crime in the city first hand, that benefit is often not captured in a positive outlook. This happens in so many other areas. I’ve noticed a shift during the pandemic about people being anxious about a whole host of things. Social media is largely antisocial now. Fear and negativity spreads super quickly, isolated incidents are often magnified. Most online news outlets have to chase things that cause reaction and division of opinion – often in the name of the same communities. And there is a reason the Daily Mail is the most successful online newspaper or that Piers Morgan gets so much air time. These people and organisations aren’t driving this change, they are serving it to the audience who demand it. I mention it here because if you don’t have a balance of news outlets or even a bunch of good friends and a safe space to talk about a range of opinions, there could be trouble. “I told you that life was awful” risks being an oversubscribed epitaph of my generation. That’s if cancel culture doesn’t get them first. I’ve been in this online pit myself – doom-scrolling to find the nurture that can’t easily be found online. For me, having a regular update of the ‘data’ that forms my own options is incredibly useful. Asking ‘do I know this to be true’ and ‘are things this bad in my own experience’, especially around the

pandemic, has been a simple tool to tackle the onslaught. The little library is a tangible, mindful thing. It’s an anchor to the community in which I love. My faith in families and residents who love it as much as I do has been nailed to the wall. It’s reinforced on a daily basis, every time mums, dads and toddlers come for their regular walk to see what offerings are in store today. What started off as all the books we had, now has well over 100. This makeshift semi waterproof shelving unit has delivered real smiles, real joy and real benefits. In a Zoom laden world, I don’t think I’m over-egging how lovely it has been. Exeter has UNESCO City of Literature status. For me, the most exciting part of that is getting a better understanding of what that means to everyone in Exeter today. Last week the library collapsed. It collapsed as a kind-hearted person had brought so many books it couldn’t handle the weight. What a fantastic problem to have – literally a victim of its own success. Version 2.0, a wooden weatherproof one, is coming next week. With any luck the neighbours will help build it and take co-ownership. You’ll find The Da Vinci Codes on the bottom shelf. ■ Jon-Paul Hedge is a director at Exeter City Council where he currently looks after leisure. He is a former newspaper editor and lives in the city with his wife and two young children. www.exeter.gov.uk

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e at Space Adventurers Indoor Play centre in Taunton, Somerset have been busy landing in your universe having launched and opened our doors in July 2021. The centre is completely ‘out of this world’ in theme and is set to make your little one’s dreams come true. So, make sure that you are all set and get booked in for your session at ‘Space Adventurers’ which is only 45 minutes away from central Exeter! Space Adventurers will be following in the footsteps of our centre Ocean Adventurers’ ethos by being dedicated to providing an interactive and immersive environment for children up to the age of 12 to set their

imaginations free. With three individually dedicated areas based upon age, from 0-2, 2-4 and 5-12 years old, Space Adventurers will provide amazing features all with an exciting space theme. And laser tag sessions will be bookable too! Striving to always be at the top of the game for soft-play centres and to lead the charge for change and unique development in the industry. We focus on how our centre can benefit children, help them develop new skills and set their imaginations wild. Role Play and explorational activities are viewed as an extremely important part in any child’s development as it has the capabilities of helping develop confidence, creativity, communication, physical development, and problem-solving skills.

Our unique cleansing fogging system, that our customers have all come to rely upon to create a COVID-safe environment over the past year at our Ocean Adventurers centre in Cheddar, has also been implemented in Space Adventurers. This means both you and your little ones can relax and have fun, feeling safe in your surroundings. Owners Tom and Laura Filer are excited at the prospect of having opened their newest centre with the goal of getting young people into an environment with activities that will stimulate them both mentally and physically. ■

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THE ARTS S N A P S H O T S O F E X E T E R ’ S C U LT U R A L L I F E

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DANCING IN THE DARK Exeter-based company Richard Chappell Dance are bringing their most ambitious work to date, Infinite Ways Home,, to Exeter Northcott Theatre on the Home 24 – 25 September. This new work will explore human connection and shared group experiences and will look at the links between old Celtic traditions of ritual and modern day rave culture. Featuring five dancers, the show is set to a new score by electronic music duo Larch and will feature live violinist Enyuan Khong. Richard is also working on a large-scale participation project that will see him deliver workshops to school groups, older people and ROC Creative who work with young disabled people, to produce an original, inclusive and inspirational dance film all about togetherness and community empowerment that will be projected onto the Princesshay Shopping Centre in September. For more: Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

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Exeter, are you ready? The countdown is on to join the CANCER RESEARCH UK RACE FOR LIFE in Exeter

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eople across Exeter are being urged to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the city but with socially distanced measures to keep participants safe. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, saving lives as the charity fights back from the impact of the pandemic. Organisers are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to join the 3K, 5K,10K and Pretty Muddy events which take place at Westpoint, Exeter on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29. Sam Morris, Race for Life spokesperson in Exeter, said: “We’re making a final call to the people of Exeter to sign up today, as their participation and contribution is so important. Race for Life offers the perfect opportunity to run, walk or jog and raise money for life-saving

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research. All 400 mass participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. So this year, more than ever, we need people to enter the Race for Life - for the people we love, for the people we’ve lost and for the one in two of us* who will get cancer.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is an inspiring series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding 200 types of the disease including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. This year, participants will set off on the Race for Life course either alone or in small, socially distanced groups. Hand sanitiser will also be provided with participants encouraged to use it before and after the event. Sam added: “We’ll ask participants to respect social distancing before, during and after the event. But we promise our events will remain colourful, emotional and uplifting. The safety of our Race for Life participants is our absolute priority. We’ve been constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have developed ways to ensure our events can operate safely, following government guidance. It may be that events look a bit different this year but we are working proactively with our venues and suppliers to deliver a socially distanced but great experience. Sadly, cancer touches almost every family at some point. Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. That’s why we need as many people as possible across Exeter to join us, to stand united and do something extraordinary.” People can visit raceforlife.org to enter. ** If

any Race for Life events are cancelled, people will be entitled to a refund of their entry fee or can choose to donate the fee to help fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. ■

Enter now at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770



The Three Musketeers at the Northcott Theatre

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WHAT’S ON 13 August onwards

THEATRE / COMEDY Until 15 August

EXETER PHOENIX: A CELEBRATION OF OUR CULTURAL COMMUNITY With a focus on spotlighting Exeter artists and creatives, this pop-up showcases the incredible versatility, resilience and creativity of members of Exeter’s cultural community. Expect free, low cost and pay-whatyou-like events spanning theatre shows, comedy, music, film, art and networking events Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

18 – 29 August

TREASURE ISLAND Featuring dastardly pirates, tropical islands and a mermaid, set sail on the Jolly Todger with Devon’s favourite funny men Le Navet Bete as they return with their swashbuckling, smash-hit comedy for all the family. Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

22 August

CARL HUTCHINSON: I KNOW I SHOULDN’T BEHAVE LIKE THIS... From buying a house to having kids, Carl takes his unique adolescent approach to grown-up issues.

He’ll be sharing his stories and observations that’s had crowds laugh their heads off year after year. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

1– 5 September

THE THREE MUSKETEERS Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumas’ 700-page classic into two hours of non-stop comedy gold. Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

5 September

PROFESSOR BRIAN COX: HORIZONS WORK IN PROGRESS Expect a dazzling cinematic journey; a story of how we came to be and what we can become. Venues will be filled with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

12 September

DAVID BADDIEL: TROLLS NOT DOLLS David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically

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Always check COVID-19 restrictions and instructions with venues before your visit

absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

15 September

MARK THOMAS: 50 THINGS ABOUT US In his new show, funny man Mark combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup and mischief; it is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, and unicorns. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

25 September

BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WHO AM I? Brand new show from the Edinburgh Comedy Award winning comic. Bridget has gained a huge following, from her BBC Radio 4 series Mortal, which Harry Hill declares to be the “funniest, most original thing I’ve heard on the radio for a long time.” Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

MUSIC 17 August

SEAMUS FOGARTY Old tunes, new tunes with the odd yarn thrown in for good measure and as much sonic mayhem as he can muster, imagine the splendour of Elvis’ comeback show in Las Vegas relocated to Exeter, and you’ll start to get an idea of what to expect. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

26 August

ENGLISH FOLK EXPO PRESENTS SAM SWEENEY Founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and “one of the defining English fiddle players of his generation”, so says Mark Radcliffe, Sam is at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

11 September

LET’S ROCK AT POWDERHAM CASTLE The rescheduled festival will feature favourite retro acts such as Adam Ant, Wet Wet, Wet, Kim Wilde and T’Pau. Time to sing your heart out with gusto. Powderham Castle, Exeter; www.powderham.co.uk


WHAT’S ON see artists including Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Ministry of Sound Classical, Melanie C, Scouting for Girls, and Morcheeba. www.powderham.co.uk

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Shake it out! Visit a cub at Wildwood Escot; below left: Comedian Bridget Christie at Exeter Corn Exhange; below right: David Baddiel at Exeter Northcott Theatre

3 – 4 September

SHEB FEST Ash, Ella Henderson, Republica and Exeter’s very own Pattern Pusher will be belting out the big numbers at this popular over-16s Devon festival. Sheb Fest, Allacott Farm, Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon; www.shebfest.com

10 – 12 September

CRAFT FESTIVAL BOVEY TRACEY Workshops, demos, beautiful produce for sale – all from artists and crafters such as ceramicists, print makers and furniture makers. A must for art and craft enthusiasts. See page 16 for more. Craft Festival, Mill Marsh Park, off St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon; www.craftfestival.co.uk

15 – 18 September

ART

Until 15 August

SUMMER EXHIBITION AT THE GLORIOUS ART HOUSE CAFÉ A group show by talented local artists to relaunch the Glorious Gallery in its new home on the first floor. Drinks and snacks will be available at the café bar to be enjoyed downstairs and outside in the courtyard. The Glorious Art House Café, Fore Street, Exeter; www.thegloriousarthouse.com

Until 30 August

EXETER CATHEDRAL: DENSITY & LIGHTNESS This exhibition features 75 sculptures from 24 artists, inside and outside Exeter Cathedral. The diverse exhibits include pieces made from stone, wood, ceramic, bronze, plaster and glass. Careful curation and juxta-positioning highlight links between these guest sculptures and the Cathedral’s own permanent works. Don’t forget to look up! Exeter Cathedral, Exeter; www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

Until 5 September

A LANGUAGE OF SEEDS Devon photographer Leonie Hampton captures both the beauty

of the natural world and draws our attention to the urgent climate crisis through images that connect hand, body, and the food she grows. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter; rammuseum.org.uk

2 – 5 September

TOO LONG IN THE LOBBY Two artists, painter Amanda Jewell painter and sculptor Caroline Saunders, have lived and worked in Devon for 25 years; this lockdown collaboration will see a colourful display of their work. Make Tank, 3-5 Paris Street Exeter; Instagram: @carolinesaunders.art/ @amanda_jewell_art

11 – 26 September

DEVON OPEN STUDIOS Over 300 artists around Exeter will be throwing open their doors and inviting people to look behind the scenes at their studios. Expect a diverse and exciting range of free exhibitions, workshops and opportunities to see artists at work. Various locations around Devon; www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk

11 – 26 September

CANONTEIGN FALLS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EXHIBITION

Printmaker Helen Skidmore will be showcasing her nature-inspired work at the idyllic setting of Canonteign Falls; they’ll be the opportunity to purchase individual works of art. Canonteign Falls, Lower Ashton, Near Exeter; www.canonteignfalls.co.uk

FESTIVALS 14 August

EXETER RESPECT FESTIVAL This festival is all about diversity and inclusivity – the celebratory message is All Different, All Equal. There will be film showings, food and entertainment, followed by live music in the auditorium in the evening. This year the festival will be dedicated to all front line NHS staff and key workers. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeter-respect.org

26 – 29 August

NATURE VALLEY GONE WILD FESTIVAL WITH BEAR GRYLLS By day, you and your family can join Bear and the team of adventurers and learn new skills on how to survive in the wild, or try one of the many adventure activities such as quad biking, climbing, paddle boarding and many more. By night,

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON LITERARY FESTIVAL The line-up this year includes ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, actress Celia Emrie and biologist Richard Dawkins. There’ll be hordes more inspiring writers, experts, thinkers and opinion formers, along with lively panel discussions and dozens of children’s events. Various locations in Budleigh Salterton; www.budlitfest.org.uk n

FAMILY FUN Until 5 September

SIX WEEK SUMMER SPECTACULAR AT WILDWOOD ESCOT The East Devon park will be hosting activities such as interactive crafts, bushcraft classes, including fire-lighting, shelter-building and foraging, as well as the chance to make like a beaver building dams on the stream. Kids can explore the woodlands where there’ll be a variety of outdoor adventure play spots including the tree-top drop-slide and 30m zip line, plus you can meet the new arrivals – rescued bear cubs Mish and lucy. Wildwood Escot, Ottery Saint Mary; www.devon. wildwoodtrust.org

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CRAFT FESTIVAL BOVEY TRACEY This September sees the welcome return of the award-winning Craft Festival, featuring some of the finest makers in the country. Here’s a taster of what to expect…

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ntering into its 18th year, the extravaganza of craft returns to Mill Marsh Park in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor, from 10 –12 September, showcasing over 200 contemporary designer makers. The Craft Festival features a range of makers, demonstrations and workshops for all ages, topped off with a packed feasting arena filled with creative food selections from around the county to satisfy the most demanding foodie. Music will drift from The Bar by Exeter’s Margoux, presenting exciting live performers drawn from throughout Devon. Visitors can meet and buy from interesting and inspirational makers, with a variety of demonstrations including pottery, printmaking, textiles, woodworking and willow sculpture. The Out of the Woods Tent, curated by basket maker and recent MBE recipient Hilary Burns, will return this year. The tent will feature makers working in willow, hazel, oak and ash, demonstrating spoon carving, and basket making. Participating in making has always been an important part of Craft Festival and visitors get involved each year making jewellery, throwing

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pots, binding books, weaving baskets and creating lithographic prints. Nurturing young talent is a also a key aim at the Festival and children from two –18 can enjoy free, drop-in workshops in the Craft Den. Here are some of the local crafters who will be at the festival... TERESA GREEN From her workshop in Ide, Teresa works with clothes, making garments with loose shapes that drape naturally from the body to create simple silhouettes. Each piece is thoughtfully embellished with a little print or embroidery detail. Her collection includes a range of reversible skirts that create a lovely a-line silhouette, loose batwing and boxy tops, dungarees, wrap trousers, wool capes and a waxed rain coat or two. www.teresagreen.co.uk REBECCA FURZE Living very near to Bovey Tracey, in the village of Hennock, Rebecca makes beautiful jewellery in silver and gold. Her passion for jewellery started from a very

Sew and behold: Teresa Green


CRAFT FESTIVAL young age, growing up in London where her mother owned an antique and collectables shop. Subsequent travels to different countries have directly influenced the narrative of her distinctive designs. She loves creating contemporary wearable pieces with a nod to history. www.rebeccafurzejewellery.com HILARY BURNS A leading member of Bovey’s Devon Guild and the Heritage Craft Association, Hilary has been weaving baskets for over 30 years and was awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Honours List for her services to craft. Based near Paignton, Hilary makes both functional baskets and sculptural pieces, working sustainably and seasonally. Working mainly in willow, with additional locally harvested, natural materials including hedgerow materials, hazel, oak and ash. www.hilaryburns.com TAKAHASHI MCGIL Based in Torquay, the husband and wife team behind Takahashi McGil create functional homeware and furniture made from a mix of local or sustainable hardwoods. South African born Mark McGilvray and Kaori Takahashi from Japan, both graduated in Fine Art at the Wimbledon School of Art. Though they started making simple pieces for themselves, their craft has now happily become their livelihood. In their Devon studio, they combine time-honoured Japanese traditions honed in Tokyo with western techniques. Together they plane, chisel, turn, wax and lacquer with great precision and attention to detail. www.takahashimcgil.com WARRINER LEATHER You’ll find Katy Warriner of Warriner Leather, in the StartUP section of Craft Festival, an area dedicated to fledgling businesses. After a career that spanned professional equine grooming, eventing and festival management, Katy began designing and making leather goods from her workshop near Okehampton. Using traditional tools and techniques from days of old, Katy works hard to design and craft items that are simple and traditional, robust yet practical. www.warrinerleatherworks.co.uk ROSIE BREWER Another maker working in wood is Rosie Brewer. An artist and designer-maker, she creates a range of functional products as well as one-off art pieces. Working from her workshop in Buckfastleigh, using sustainably sourced wood, locally grown where possible, Rosie creates thoughtfully considered, minimalist and sleek homewares from spoons and spatulas to chopping boards of all sizes. www.rosiebrewer.com

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JACOB WOOD Carpenter and green wood worker Jacob Wood lives in South Devon and will be joining Hilary Burns in the Out of the Woods Tent. Jacob has been working with wood since he finished college in 2015 and started green wood working several years ago after being given a carving knife by his mum, quietly learning these traditional skills and developing his understanding of the craft. He turns bowls and other wooden ware (plates, cups and lidded pots) on a traditional pole lathe that he built himself. Instagram @jacob_wood_turning RUSSELL KINGSTON Potter Russell Kingston makes Devonshire

Slipware. His vibrant take on traditional slipware, a style of earthenware pottery rooted in North Devon, is decorated with liquid slip and fired with a glossy glaze. A highly traditional kind of usable pottery, Russell decorates his robust kitchenware from his workshop in Lydford with fluid and spontaneous sloshes of highly appealing earthy colours, giving it a modern and contemporary finish. www.russellkingstonceramics.co.uk Craft Festival Bovey Tracey, 10-12 September, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey. Open 9am-5.30pm Daily, advance tickets only; book now at www.craftfestival.co.uk

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SHOPPING LIVE WELL, BUY BETTER

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If you’re looking to deck out your digs Scandi style this living chair from Sidmouth’s interior store Bøde Living would be an excellent addition. It’s handmade, using teak and cane webbing, and is low to the ground, creating a relaxed, stylish look for your home. A design classic. Webbing Lounge Chair,£325, from Bøde Living, Alexandria Trading Estate, Sidmouth, Devon; www.bode-living.com

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LARGE CHOCOLATE FISH & CHIPS, £14.50 A classic seaside treat with a twist, this milk chocolate fish is made with 45 per cent Venezuela chocolate and comes with a side of white chocolate chunky chips in a paper cone. Just make sure you don’t douse it in vinegar… From Chococo, 22 Gandy Street, Exeter; www.chococo.co.uk

METAL HANGING FISH ORNAMENT, £5.95 Up the nautical vibes in your bathroom with these pretty hanging fish ornaments; available in a collection of colours. From Hyde and Seek, Unit 1 Harlequins, 1 Paul Street, Exeter; www.hydeseek.co.uk

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Fish-inspired goodies from the local indies

FISH GARLIC PRESS, £12.50 Easily crush garlic without any residue or mess. From Moko, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.mokoexeter.co.uk

KIND BAG, £10 This bag is water-resistant and made with high-quality stitching to help carry loads. The big turn on though, is that it’s made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. From My Zero Lifestyle, 127 Fore Street, Exeter; www.myzerolifestyle.co.uk

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PEARL GOURAMI FISH, £6 EACH Yes, a real one! This beaut of a creature will be a fin-tastic addition to your aquarium. St Bridget Aquatic Centre, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter; www.stbridget.uk

JOY PORCELAIN FISH TABLE LAMP, £148 This traditional Chinese table lamp base is finished by hand, with a shoal of fish motif picked out in cream on a deep blue background. Gorgeous. From Amos Lighting, 6 Dart Business Park, Topsham; www. amoslighting.co.uk


ED’S CHOICE MARCELLAFISH JUG, £35 This beautiful white ceramic jug has a contrasting multicolour dripping glaze effect to catch the eye. From Bøde Living, Alexandria Trading Estate, Sidmouth, Devon; www.bode-living.com

FISH COLOUR CHANGING LED MOBILE, £22 These magical hanging LED acrylic ornaments change colour independently from one another. Lie back in bed and drift off under the sea. From Toot Garouk, 19 Queen Street, Exeter; www.tootgarook.co.uk

LIGA CORK TRIVET, £15.99 Each beautiful piece is crafted using only sustainable materials, including ethically sourced cork – which continues to absorb CO2 even as a coaster, placemat or trivet. From Darts Farm, Topsham, Devon; www.shop.dartsfarm.co.uk

RECYCLED PLASTIC SWIM SHOE FISH PARTY, £6.50 Cutesy nautical shoes for your little one – perfect for a day at the beach. From Kapbula, 17 Paris Street, Exeter; www.kapbula.co.uk

TURQUOISE FISH TEA TOWEL, £9.95 These cheerful handmade tea towels are made from 100 per cent cotton. Kitchen’s probably the best plaice for them. From Distinctly Living, 35 Lower Street, Dartmouth, Devon; www.distinctlyliving.co.uk

BLUE FISH PLATE LARGE, £21.99 This hand cast and decorated ceramic fish plate comes in a pale turquoise blue and is perfect for sharing platters at parties. From Insideout, 1 Bampfylde Lane, Princesshay, Exeter; www.insideouthome.co.uk

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HEALTH & WELLBEING Gavin Teague from yoga studio Luna & Wolf

LIVING HEALTH The ultimate guide to self-care in the city By Harriet Noble

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he idea of self-care and checking in with yourself has, encouragingly, gained so much momentum recently that it’s (hopefully) becoming something that is both ordinary and essential, like going to the dentist every six months or getting your car MOT’ed. We’ve had a good look across the city to find places, people and experiences that will benefit you and your head, body and soul. Whether it’s a yoga session in a forest, a full body check-up or seeking a bit of therapy with a professional. This industry is booming for a reason; there is a need for us all to prioritise our health and wellbeing and luckily, we have an abundance of organisations in Exeter to help us do this.

YOGA

“There had been a massive spike in new yogis and people wanting to find some sense of wellbeing to calm the mind from anxiety, stress and depression,” says Gavin Teague, owner of Exeter yoga studio Luna & Wolf. Gavin set up the studio in August 2019 after going through a hard time with anxiety. He was introduced to yoga by a local teacher in Devon and fell in love with the impact it had on him physically and mentally. Inspired by this positive experience, he set up his own yoga studio, Luna & Wolf. “All our classes are designed to cater for all abilities and we have broken them down into simple names to help people understand what they are coming to,” says Gavin. “For example, Relax and Restore is a class that does just that – unwinds the mind and body and restores your balance in life.” Gavin also runs workshops and yoga retreats throughout the year, many of which are outdoors. “I’m so pleased more people are focusing on themselves,” says Gavin. Luna & Wolf, The Dutch Barn, Dawlish Road, Exeter; www.lunaandwolf.co.uk left: Gavin Teague proving you can do yoga anywhere; above: Stretching it out, Emma Saunders of Luna & Wolf

More movement classes?

Topsham-based Revitalize offers a huge range of classes including pilates, aerial yoga flow, barre fitness and dance HIIT and stretch. Lots of the classes are child-friendly and take place outside in the warmer months. Revitalize; www.revitalizestudios.com Every Monday and Wednesday, yoga classes take place in the grounds of Powderham Castle. Open to all levels, these classes aim at helping you find the balance between building strength and relaxation. Powderham Castle; www.powderham.co.uk

RUNNING (AND TALKING)

A branch of Run Talk Run, the peer mental health and running initiative, recently arrived in Exeter. Not heard of it? Run Talk Run is a global mental health support community which aims to use weekly, volunteer-led runs to create a safe, confidential and compassionate space for people to open up about their mental health whilst exercising. After starting out in 2017, they now have over 100 runs across the world; a global community all supporting each other, running together and reminding each other that it’s okay not to be okay. The Exeter group, run by Jon Creedy, provide a safe and supportive space to talk about how you’re feeling whilst also getting some fresh air and doing some exercise. The group meet every Thursday evening outside the front entrance to Puerto Lounge on Commercial Road Exeter at 6.20pm, before heading out for an all-abilities 5km run. There is also time before each run for people to meet the rest of the group and chat to the run leader. Everyone is welcome. Instagram: @runtalkrunexeter

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HEALTH & WELLBEING RETREATS

After the success of its first retreat weekend in June, The Outdoors Group is offering more dates over the next few months. The retreats offer a mix of yoga and nature activities. Yoga sessions includes meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), postures and relaxation, and are suitable for every level of experience. In addition there’s time to get immersed in nature and bushcraft activities with forest bathing, barefoot walking, foraging, fire lighting and campfire cooking. Accommodation and food is included, with fresh seasonal and locally produced vegetarian meals, hot drinks, fresh fruit and cakes. Dates TBC but are likely to be in October 2021, January, July and September 2022. The retreats run from 1pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday. www.outdoorsgroup.co.uk

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SPA TREATMENTS

above: The potting sheds at The Pig; below: Chill with a meal and massage at The Pig

The hotel and restaurant The Pig at Combe offers a whole range of massages in their quaint potting sheds, so you can visit for lunch or tea and take in one of their treatments at the same time. Choices include hotstone massages, bespoke facials, plus a mum-to-be treatment which provides a peaceful and uplifting experience for mother and bump that also relieves fatigue and aches at the same time; and then there’s the men’s signature treatment blending traditional Shiatsu and Swedish massage techniques with stretches and hot stone therapy followed by a mini facial. The treatment stimulates blood flow whilst reducing the build-up of tension. Perfect for a me-time treat day. www.thepighotel.com/at-combe

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“The treatment stimulates blood flow while reducing the build-up of tension”

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FACILITIES IN THE CITY

July saw the reopening of the Riverside Pool following a massive rebuilding and repair programme. The huge transformation programme has created new changing areas and first floor changing rooms, with new tiling, wall cladding, cubicles, a new health suite which has been rebuilt with a steam room, sauna, whirlpool and spa pool, and new coinless lockers as well as a fresh new look throughout.

LOOKING AHEAD…

Exeter’s brand new state-of-the-art leisure centre St Sidwell’s Point will open in the city centre later this year. The new centre will be dedicated to health and wellbeing and will be the perfect place for some ‘me time’ – to exercise as well relax, revive and rejuvenate. So, what can we expect?

Take a dip in the pools

The state-of-the-art 25m main swimming pool has eight lanes, there’s also a 20m confidence pool – both with moveable floors, meaning that learning to swim will be accessible to all who visit. There’s also a third pool, for learners.

“The new leisure centre will feature a hydro-bath, foot spa, hot beds and a salt vapour room” Hit the gym or take part in a class

The fitness facilities at St Sidwell’s point are designed to give visitors every opportunity to get moving and increase physical health. The gym at St Sidwell’s Point will feature over 100 stations with incredible views across Exeter, a free weights area, and functional training rig. There will be two fitness studios where visitors can choose from a range of virtual and live group exercise classes from the extensive programme, including indoor cycling.

Bring the children

The new centre will feature a crèche – allowing parents to take some time for themselves within the pool or gym, while giving them the peace of mind that their child is in safe hands.

Unwind at the spa

The new leisure centre will feature premium spa facilities including a hydro-bath, foot spa, hot beds plus a salt vapour room, private bar and relaxation area, private roof terrace and a sauna and samarium. The spa at St Sidwell’s Point will have a manicure room, pedicure room plus four treatment rooms. Visitors will also be able to purchase the products from the spa to take home.

The bar

The Spa has its very own private bar and relaxation room – including hanging seats! Visitors can sit on the private terrace and enjoy a refreshing drink, relaxing with a spectacular view of Exeter’s skyline. n www.exeter.gov.uk above: The gym space will feature over 100 different stations; below: St Sidwell’s Point is due to open later this year

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

St Sidwell’s Point will also have its own bar

LOCAL EXPERTS TO HELP WITH ALL THINGS BODY, MIND AND SOUL NUFFIELD HOSPITAL

AESTHETICA MEDICAL SPA

Many of us have delayed going to doctors in the past year, not wanting to take up time with the NHS. The Nuffield Hospital in Exeter has an array of services if you have any concerns over your health. Notably, they do full body health checks where you’ll get a personalised report with a breakdown of your results and plans for the next steps. www.nuffieldhealth.com

Aesthetica is based in Exeter Castle and provide a variety of treatments including dermal fillers, facials, botox and body contouring. If you’re not really sure where to start with these kind of treatments you can go in for a consultation, where the experts will discuss your skin care concerns and offer treatment options to make your skin healthier. They’ll discuss in detail, take images and provide various bespoke treatment plans to suit your skin care needs. www.aesthetica-medicalspa.co.uk

THERAPY SERVICES AT PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATES The independent multidisciplinary practice of expert clinicians specialise in providing a wide range of evidence-based and effective therapeutic interventions. The therapy services include working with children, adults, families and couples to address the full spectrum of mental health difficulties. They also have a specialist support to education team that delivers therapeutic services directly to schools. www.psychologyassociates.org.uk

THE VEIN CENTRE The Exeter vein centre opened in May of this year offering a range of treatments to eliminate varicose veins and thread veins. All the treatments are minimally invasive – walk-in, walk-out, require no general anaesthetic, no surgery and no time off work. www.veincentre.com/clinics/exeter

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THE BIG INTERVIEW

PERIOD PIECE Abi Adams is an Exeter-based menstrual cycle, mindset and movement coach who is on a mission to help women have a positive relationship with their bodies and their periods By Harriet Noble Photos by Anja Poehlmann

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hankfully, and at long last, periods are no longer are a taboo subject and have become an accepted (ish) part of conversation. But, have we made any progress with dealing with them? Severe, and debilitating, physical and emotional menstrual symptoms are commonplace and yet most women just try their best to get on with it, enduring the pain in silence. Abi Adams wants to change all of that. Through her consultation practise, Prøject Wøman, she seeks to help women understand their bodies and eliminate those symptoms that cause menstrual pain. We chat to Abi to find out more… Tell us a bit about you and your journey to setting up the business.

My childhood taught me that no matter what life throws at you, life is exceptional and you have a choice to live it well. This led me to studying the art of Thai Abi believes movement and exercise are a big part in getting in tune with your menstural cycle massage in Thailand and yoga/yoga therapy in Rishikesh, India. I started a small exercise in alignment with my menstrual cycle with phenomenal results yoga studio in my home in London (after a corporate stint in a large on a mental, emotional and physical aspect. And then Prøject Wøman property company for 10 years) which I loved for many years. And was born! then in 2016, life decided to offer me a few lessons; my cousin died unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage, I had a miscarriage at her funeral, my mum had skin cancer and my husband’s oldest friend died Did you yourself feel that periods were setting you back or of a virus. impacting your life considerably? My usually stoic, resilient self cracked and I couldn’t seem to keep The symptoms I had considered normal and had simply put up with myself together, which then began to impact my relationship with all my life weren’t; the incredible pain, emotional rollercoasters and my husband. So I took myself to a mixed movement camp in Miami, passing out were a conversation from my body and hormones that where we moved for up to 8-10 hours a day through martial arts, animal something within my lifestyle wasn’t supporting me. But because I locomotion, calisthenics, sparring and yoga. We didn’t have time to didn’t know this, I carried on doing what I always did. Because that’s the think, which is what completely reset my mind and my periods! It was only choice I thought I had. So so wrong! whilst I was there that my usually painful and emotionally draining periods became the complete opposite. This really caught my curiosity, Tell us about the work that you do? so upon my return I began to dive deeply into the menstrual cycle and Prøject Wøman is bridging the gap between science and women’s was blown away at how little I knew about my body and the impact wisdom. And what I mean by women’s wisdom is their intuitive that it was having upon my life (and in all fairness my family’s life). I knowledge of their body. Feeling what is right for them by giving them began studying and researching, and started putting movement and the time to explore the latest research we now have. For so many years

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“We don’t need to ask permission anymore”


THE BIG INTERVIEW we have been considered little men, whereby approaches to health and wellbeing have been adapted from research on male bodies. We know now that due to our change in hormones, we require a different approach at certain times of our cycle and times of our lives (perimenopause and menopause). By understanding and creating a solid relationship with our menstrual cycle whilst we have it, this reduces the stress response that creates the symptoms many women experience during their evolutionary phases. You talk about understanding our ‘natural powers’ – what are these and how can we get in tune with them?

Our natural powers are our emotional cues to action (or not depending where you are in your cycle and hormones). In every phase you have a natural power that allows you to tune into that specific phase and become more intuitive towards your needs. For instance, a cue that your period is coming could be a sense of detachment; that feeling of needing distance from others. When you feel that, you know what you can do to make your period less stressful and chaotic. Our natural powers create clarity within our choices and direct us where we need to go. Your website mentions a ‘female health revolution’; what are you hoping to change?

I want to redirect women’s attention towards living an exceptional life in THEIR body (not a body they’ve been told is acceptable) by offering them the space, information, trust and support they need to thrive. When a woman is confident in her body, she can set boundaries and speak with clarity. For big firms and corporate companies to openly engage and discuss topics such as the menstrual cycle, periods, hormones, perimenopause and menopause, we have to have the confidence to start them. We don’t need to ask permission anymore if we have the confidence to start it ourselves. A lot of women feel there has been a put-up and shut-up attitude towards periods. What needs to change here?

Abi believes corporations need to support women more and get involved in the discussion about periods

For us to stop fighting to be like men. I worked in the corporate world for many years, entertaining and trying to outdrink my male colleagues. Whatever they could do, I could do better. But why would I want to do that when I’m not a man and have so many other fantastic attributes? I see so often women denouncing the patriarch and yet squeezing every last second out of the day as they smash through their to-do list. There’s so much confusion and illusion currently spearheading our attempts at life, add that to the emotional mix everyone is feeling and it’s no wonder women are forcing themselves to do things they don’t have the energy for. Women need a space like Prøject Wøman to feel supported and encouraged, to voice their needs and exert their boundaries towards evolution. And forcing yourself to do anything, whether you feel awful or not, always takes you away from your intuitive needs. From your clients (and yourself), what sort of positive changes have you witnessed from women who are managing their periods in a better way?

I’m currently supporting a female athlete swim around the Balearic Islands over the course of four years. When she came to me, her periods were flooring her; so heavy she couldn’t leave the house, fainting fits, emotional overwhelm as well as stirring up her PTSD. She joined my PW online course as well as having 1:1 support with me and it’s completely changed her life. She now welcomes her periods with ease knowing how she needs to eat, move and work to maintain her mental, emotional and physical health. I’ve supported founders of companies struggling in their work and homelife achieve a sense of self-importance and understanding

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that they count for so much, and how their period is a vital sign of their health. As soon as any symptoms arise, they now know what to do about it. Absolute freedom. Do you feel that people are still very much in the dark about understanding their bodies and periods?

I think the physical body is still an anomaly to most. In this current climate we’re being told that our bodies aren’t capable of survival and that money and success are more important than health. When that’s been your education for most of your life, you can see how conflicting emotions and hormones can be when it comes to choice. No strong choices can ever be made when emotions are running the road. Periods (and menopause) have been a whispered word of shame for a long time which has seen so many women suffer symptoms unnecessarily. PMT, heavy bleeding/no bleeding, anxiety, depression, migraines – these are not normal, but common due to lifestyle conditioning. Our current medical practice doesn’t have the resources to offer the support needed for this, which can be as simple as adding magnesium and zinc to your diet or changing the way you exercise to support your blood sugars. When you talk to women about their periods, what are the common things that come up in conversation?

“I just get on with it” is the most common comment I hear. And I think this is at the crux of most women’s mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Why are you putting up with (fill in blank) and how is this impacting your health and the life you would like to live?


“I want to redirect women’s attention towards living an exceptional life” Abi hosts her consultation classes in her studio and online

MY CONSULTATION WITH ABI

I have an initial 1-2-1 consultation with Abi via Zoom (you can have these in her studio space at her home in Exeter though). She asks me about my periods and how they impact my life. Right off the bat Abi is incredibly warm, lovely, calm and knowledgeable. Crucially, you feel you can completely open up and tell her everything. To my surprise, I actually feel a bit emotional as I talk her through my experiences and regale how one doctor gave me the rather limited options of either anti-depressants or a hysterectomy to manage my PMT. She tells me that every woman is different, as are their periods. Through her courses and consultations, she asks questions about your lifestyle and can then pinpoint where there are areas you can alter – with amazing results. Diet is a good place to start and we chat about my eating habits and Abi makes some suggestions to minimalise inflammation. We also chat about the bigger emotional stuff. She says that the women she speaks to are so hard on themselves, feeling like failures a lot of the time; her work is not about creating extra chores but, instead, understanding our bodies so we can create a fulfilling life of joy for ourselves. I’m left with lots of ideas about how I can look at my diet and exercise and a different outlook on my periods. I know it’s the tip of the iceberg in understanding how I can get on better with my periods but I come away with loads of suggestions of things to look at and totally inspired but Abi’s passion for helping women enojy their life to the max. For more information about Abi and her Prøject Wøman courses, head to www.abiadams.co.uk

Periods are different for everyone, but are there any common things we can do to make them a little easier?

Learn how to rest. Rest is the hardest form of exercise there is (women would prefer me giving them 100 pull ups than rest!), but by incorporating a small amount of time to de-loading from life in your luteal phase you recharge your batteries for the next cycle. This bit of advice has given so many women a refreshed perspective of their cycle along with more energy and clarity. As a society do we need more to understand periods? What things could be done to make work-life more period-friendly?

Making periods, menopause and hormones inclusive, female and male, so everyone can understand and evolve our mindset. Let’s include men in this conversation, not by pointing our finger with blame and anger, but with a confident voice of what we need and how we can achieve it. Let’s hear how men are feeling because they have hormones too! Inclusivity is the way forward and it doesn’t matter if that’s corporate bankers to farmers, let’s make it accessible to all and then the period-work-fromhome days won’t be seen as something that has to be done, but a necessity for everyone to live well. Do you think we should be teaching girls and young women about periods in a different way?

Teach girls as young as 10! Why not? These young humans are starting puberty as young as 8 now due to the environmental load that’s being placed upon them. I worked with a charity that helps disadvantaged adults get a better start in life and these young women were angry, confused and at the core of it all afraid with all of these powerful hormones running through them with no understanding of how to live in their bodies. And we wonder why they end up in the stereotypical situations they do. It’s time to stop judging and get our hands in the mix and elevate the next generation. Most of us think about periods in a negative way; is there a different way we can think about them? Some positives?

Your period is a vital sign of your health. It’s an intricate dance of chemical exchanges that effectively make you more you. Do you not want to be more you? To find out what you’re really made of and capable of ? My period has given me the opportunity to forgive myself, forge an amazing relationship with my body, create two wonderful children, love my husband deeper and live an exceptional life. Because life is exceptional and we all have the freedom to live it.

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FOOD & DRINK NIBBLES FROM EXETER’S FOOD SCENE

FEAST FROM THE EAST

Celebrating the very best of the region’s thriving culinary scene is Taste East Devon, a nine-day food and drink festival taking place across the whole of East Devon from 11 –19 September. This festival is a true ‘field to fork’ experience with participants including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Michael Caines MBE, Darts Farm, THE PIG-at Combe, River Cottage, Deer Park Country House, Mazzard Farm, Jack in the Green, Otter Brewery, Lympstone Manor and the Donkey Sanctuary. Ottery St Mary in the heart of East Devon will kick things off with its own Food & Families Festival on the 11th – from then on all manner of tastings, demos, producer visits, special menus will be staged across the area, culminating in a grand finale at THE PIG-at Combe’s Summer Party in Gittisham on 19 September. “We needed to have something in the calendar that said we are going to celebrate this wonderful region,” says Michael Caines MBE. “Our own identity is shaped by the places and the people who live here – so come and be a part of it!”

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall adds, “The productivity – the entrepreneurial spirit of small growers and producers – it has become a bit of a Mecca.” Some events will be ticketed, some will be open freely for all; www.tasteeastdevon.co.uk

above: The gang at Darts Farm will be part of the festival; left: Join Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Michael Caines MBE at the festival

FEST IS BEST

Dartmouth Food Festival returns from 22 – 24 October and promises to be a jam-packed celebration of local culinary talent. The feast of entertainment features live chef demonstrations, workshops, seminars, tastings and competitions. More than 120 hand-picked exhibitors will also be showcasing their delectable wares along Dartmouth’s iconic harbourfront, with South West restaurant Rockfish being announced as the headline sponsor. Founder of Rockfish and neighbouring Seahorse restaurants, Mitch Tonks says the decision to support the event over the next three years is a commitment to the long-term future of the festival and will help promote and rebuild Dartmouth’s hospitality industry after an especially tough 18 months. “Even though it’s been very difficult for us as a business recently, we want to be part of helping our town to bounce back,” says Mitch.

Standing shoulder to shoulder: Mitch and the team

“Dartmouth Food Festival is the highlight of the town’s social calendar. It’s put on by locals who want to celebrate the food culture of our wonderful town and the many producers and chefs in the area who make South Devon the very special foodie destination that it is.” The event is free for everyone to attend but some events are ticketed; www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com


Big drinks, and even bigger plants

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The Mermaid on Gandy Street has finally opened! Some 18 months in the making, this new standalone city centre bar is owned and managed by multi-arts venue Exeter Phoenix and will be open five nights a week, offering a range of cocktails and other drinks from across Devon with food supplied by Circa and How On Earth that will include vegan and meat sharing platters. The name, The Mermaid, pays homage to a long-lost coaching inn of the same name off South Street, the legendary lure that sirens have over travellers and also the remarkable prevalence of mermaid sightings in the River Exe. The overall concept was to restore, celebrate and promote a stunning example of mid Victorian classicalstyle architecture, re-purposing it for a very modern use; an evening and late night bar with a unique ambience. “Our café bar at Exeter Phoenix has always been very popular but I felt there was another, different style of bar that Exeter was missing out on,” says Patrick Cunningham, director of Exeter Phoenix. “The vision I had though was specifically for this building – it wouldn’t have worked elsewhere. “I didn’t want the place to feel identikit or ordered off a shelf but have a unique feel to it, including locallysourced materials We didn’t want to ‘bleach’ the inside of the building, obliterating the past and presenting it as new but instead were keen to preserve the character so, for example, you can see where there was a fire 10 years ago. This is a building with a story to tell.” For more: The Mermaid, Gandy Street, Exeter; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

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NEW TO GANDY STREET

The Mermaid is the latest addition to Gandy Street

HELLO SPORT

A live sports, live music and entertainment venue has just arrived in the city. Castle Street, located next to Timepiece nightclub, is akin to an American sports bar with food, beers on draught, cocktails on tap, live music every weekend and iconic sporting moments on loop. “Expect lively, unruly nights with dancing on tables and singing your heart out,” says Amelia Pike, marketing and events manager. “There won’t be room for a dull moment at Castle Street.” Castle Street Sports & Entertainment, Little Castle Street, Exeter; Instagram: @castle.st_exeter

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NO 93 PIZZERIA & COCKTAIL BAR Where can you find the best pizza in Exeter? This restaurant may be a contender… By Harriet Noble

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’m never entirely sure what restaurants mean when they call their pizzas posh. Presumably it alludes to posh ingredients like, I don’t know, guinea fowl on a pizza? Roquefort on pizza? But posh pizza is where I am headed on a recent sunny day in Exeter. No 93 Pizzeria & Cocktail Bar is the new restaurant on Fore Street; it’s owned by the same proprietors of high-end gin bar Crocketts (Gandy Street), and newish venue No.5 (Cathedral Green), and this is their latest offering to the city, located in the former bridal shop. It has undergone a dramatic transformation since taking over this space. Set across two floors, 93 sports a rustic botanical theme, with neon signs and wood panelling throughout; a fun informal hangout spot rather than fine dining. There’s an intriguing cocktail menu which I’ll definitely be coming back to try on an evening – solar eclipse, posh peacher, and pornstar martini grab my attention – but it’s lunchtime on a working day so I opt for one of the many mocktails, an apple mojito with fresh mint, lime and brown sugar muddled together, with

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crushed ice, cloudy apple juice and soda. It’s a delicious summery explosion which goes down to a treat. I order the outsider pizza, which comes with pulled smoked ham with caramelised pineapple toppings and honey dressed leaves. I never ever ever ever order pineapple on a pizza; like many, I have tummy-turning memories of cold, achingly sweet straight-from-a-tin chunks of the fruit and always think, why, oh why, does anyone have pineapple on a pizza? But this pizza has me converted and I am now feeling positively evangelical about it. The caramelisation is a game-changer, bringing a smoky, subtle and deep flavouring that I absolutely love. You can tell the quality of ingredients here, it might just be ham and pineapple but it’s nothing like any ham and pineapple topping I’ve had before. It is delicious. My dining companion opts for the plant pizza, which comes with roasted spiced aubergine, lemon zest courgette, olives and pesto and is light, zingy and really flavoursome. For puddings we opt for a zesty polenta cake with orange zest cream and crushed pistachios and a lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and raspberries. They


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“The caramelisation is a game-changer; this pizza has me converted” are super pretty, popping with colour and the perfect summer puddings. When we have to leave early – my dining companion has to run to the dentist and I have to hot foot it to interview someone – the friendly team kindly put our puddings in boxes to go. As well as serving up really decent pizzas, it’s the simplicity and informality about this place that appeals. The team have been smart here and kept it simple with a menu that, while offering interesting pizza choices, is succinct – there are eight choices of pizza, a few sharing platters and salads and four choices of dessert. Bish bash bosh. I think back to my uni days here in the city when we never could really afford to go out – but if we did grab some pre- or post-pub nosh it would have been a slightly stodgy sandwich or burger from a chain. We would have loved a place like this. It has no pretensions of being an upmarket kind of place but it has a broad appeal – I’d say it would be as popular with students grabbing some nosh before a night on the tiles as it would to a couple having a pre-theatre cocktail and bite to eat. It’s easy and accessible, serving up really delicious no fuss food – the perfect posh pizza place. n

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DINING DETAILS 93 Pizzeria & Cocktail Bar, 93 Fore Street, Exeter; www.ninety-three.co.uk Food Options Pizza, salady side dishes, sharing plates and desserts Drinks A great selection of cocktails, local ales/beers and wine Prices Sides are £5, pizzas £14, desserts £6.50, cocktails are £8.50 Atmosphere Friendly and informal

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RECIPE

GIN & TONIC POLENTA CAKE WITH ELDERFLOWER SORBET Recipe from The Cadeleigh Arms This light gluten-free cake is infused with Wicked Wolf gin from Exmoor and served with elderflower sorbet using elderflowers from the garden at The Cadeleigh Arms Ingredients for the polenta cake A loaf tin Butter and gluten-free flour for greasing tin 110g polenta 110g caster sugar 110g beaten egg 110 g unsalted softened butter Zest of 4 limes 1tbsp baking powder 50 ml Wicked wolf gin (any gin will work with this recipe) 50 ml tonic water 50g unsalted pistachios

Method 1. Pre heat your oven to 180ºC (gas mark 40). Start by greasing and flouring your loaf tin. Then beat your butter and sugar until light and creamy. Gradually add the beaten egg, followed by the Wicked Wolf gin, tonic, limes and lime zest. 2. Gently fold your polenta and baking powder into the mix. It is vital not to overwork the mix or you will knock all of the air out that you have worked in and will end up with a very dense cake. Place mix into cake tin and place into the oven for 20 – 22 minutes. Check with a skewer. If the skewer is clean when removed from the cake, the cake is ready. Transfer to a cooling rack. 3. Bring a small saucepan to the boil with the liquid glucose and 225ml of the water. Simmer gently for 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Allow to cool a little before adding the elderflower cordial, the remaining water and lemon juice. Leave mixture to chill down in the fridge.

4. Add the mixture to an ice cream maker and churn; as it starts to freeze add the egg whites. Transfer to a container and into the freezer ready for serving. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can pop the mixture in the freezer and keep removing every hour or so and mixing until you have a sorbet consistency, adding in the egg whites halfway through the process. 5 .Trim the ends of the polenta cake and blitz with pistachios. 6. Plate a slice of the cake with a generous scoop of sorbet and sprinkle with polenta crumb. Nice served with a Wicked wolf gin, elderflower and prosecco cocktail! Recipe from The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh, Tiverton, Devon; www.thecadeleigharms.com

For the elderflower sorbet 100g liquid glucose (this can be found in the baking section of most supermarkets) 225ml undiluted elderflower cordial ( from the supermarket is fine) 450ml water Juice of 4 lemons 2 egg whites whisked until light and foamy

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ACROSS E XE TER, ONE S H I N D I G AT A T I M E

Philippa Davies and Hannah Corfield

Ash Weir and Fionn Connolly

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SEEN!

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Tony Orchard, Deborah Clark and Sue Holland

Exeter Cathedral hosted a private viewing of the Density and Lightness exhibition in July. Sculpture artists and guests wandered around the Cathedral and Cloister Gardens, enjoying the 75 sculptures on display. Artist and exhibition organiser Martin Staniforth made a welcoming speech and guests were treated to a piece of modern dance and piano recital. The Density and Lightness exhibition is open until 30 August. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

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Stephen and Caroline Kolek Jean Lock’s piece Freedom in the cloister gardens

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David Woodford and Kelly Ennals

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DENSTY AND LIGHTNESS EXHIBITION

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Fiona Page-Turner, Pippa Unwin, Rob Oliver and Martin Staniforth

Evening sun on Exeter Cathedral

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Martin Staniforth’s hanging sculpture

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Gabrielle Mikurenda and Taylor Ryan

Luke Westle, Caroline Burkie, Steph Rouse and Henry Rouse

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Otis Cottle and Lauren Ingledew

Candice Webber, Ami Wyllie and Chris Pearce

THAT’S THE SPIRIT!

Linda Horner, Vic Williams and Andrew Ellis

No.5, the restaurant in Cathedral Close, has revealed a new addition to its venue in the wake of restrictions being lifted. The Lounge, a new cocktail destination located on the first floor – overlooking the pretty courtyard and private gardens – is officially now open offering a swanky new drinking hole for Exeter’s residents. To celebrate the launch, No.5 hosted an intimate celebration, filled with cocktails and canapés which guests devoured while taking in the new cocktail setting. Featuring a bespoke design with velvet sofas, glittering chandeliers from Italy and antique inspired wallpaper, The Lounge exudes glamour reminiscent of bygone eras. No.5, Cathedral Close, Exeter; www.no5-exeter.co.uk Photos by Attention Marketing

Amy Martin, Sarah Turpin, Lisa Mills and Sarah Taylor

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SOCIETY

GUILDFEST LAUNCH This summer sees the launch of Guildfest, the city’s first rooftop market festival. Kicking off the festivities was a launch party at The Terrace where brands, press and Exeter personalities rubbed shoulders over champagne and beers while devouring copious amounts of tacos from Tortilla and baked goods from Big Bakes Bakery and Baker Street Marshmallows. Guests enjoyed samples by Devon Cove Vodka, Atlantic Spirit Gin and Thunderflower, décor by Prop Factory and a visit from the Big Grass Bear. www.guildfest.co.uk Photos by Tempo Media

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It’s the city’s business

EXETERWORKS The latest from Exeter Chamber

James Caan CBE

Helen Plumridge

EXETER CHAMBER CELEBRATE TOUR OF BRITAIN RACE Yvan Williams, board director of Exeter Chamber shares details of the biggest cycling event in the country coming to Exeter. “Devon will host Stage Two of the 2021 Tour of Britain – a multistage cycling race, conducted on British roads, in which participants race across Great Britain to complete the race in the fastest time. Competitors will be covering the 185km Devon Stage Two route from Sherford to Exeter on Monday 6 September. The hilly Devon route includes 3,500 metres of ascent, from the South Hams town, crossing over Dartmoor and finishing on Queen Street in Exeter city centre. “Exeter Chamber is inviting members of the business community to join them at city venue Pink Moon on Queen Street from 3pm to see the cyclists over the finish line and enjoy a celebratory drink. It’s fantastic to have an event of this scale come to Exeter and give many something exciting to look forward to. “This is a free event for all to attend but spaces are limited so places will need to be booked quickly. “The event is part of Exeter Chamber’s ‘Reignite the City’ series of events. Celebrating getting back into our beautiful city, these summer events are a showcase of the amazing variety of places to go and exciting things happening in Exeter.” To book your place, visit www. exeterchamber.co.uk/events Exeter Chamber Team www.exeterchamber.co.uk

Exeter’s businesses will be cheering on the cyclists

Invest is best

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ames Caan CBE’s award-winning investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur is pleased to announce the partnership of its newest joint venture, with Exeter-based King Recruit. The entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den will be working alongside the recruitment agency as it works to help SME businesses in the South West. Following a successful 10+ year career in recruitment, MD Helen Plumridge launched King Recruit from her small home office in 2015 whilst also raising two young children. In partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur Helen now plans to develop the group even further with the addition of King Tech, King Sales, King Finance and King Digital over the next 12 months. “I’ve always had this unrelenting passion to build a multi-award winning recruitment and search business for the South West business community and now with investment and backing from James Caan and the expert team at Recruitment Entrepreneur we are well on our way to achieving that,” says Helen. Chairman James Caan CBE adds, “The past year we’ve seen a huge shift in city dwellers wishing to relocate to the South West post lockdown and I think that King Recruit are perfectly placed to assist businesses adapt and attract top talent, and provide a much needed service to candidates, helping them to relocate out of major cities without taking a step back in their careers. I’m really excited to see the direction Helen takes her business, she is certainly the one to watch in this space, and I look forward to working with her as she takes King Recruit to the next level”. For more: www.kingrecruit.com

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BABY TALK

Owner of Eco Baby Box, Nicci Simpson with her family

Ottery St Mary welcomes a new store this September. Eco Baby box will sell baby clothes, toys and furnishings and is due to open on 4 September. Owner Nicci Simpson has been selling the baby products online since January but was keen to invest in bricks and mortar, creating a place in the community where families could come. “We are having a play zone for children with wooden role play kitchen, green grocers etc and various sensory toys to play with so kids can stay and play,” says Nicci. “We will be active in the community and offer various clubs and events from nibble and natter, baby and toddler groups, story telling, book clubs, baby yoga/ massage, mini photo sessions including gender reveal themes and we are looking at the option of offering casting classes to do foot and hand casts family and baby.” For more: Eco Baby Box,19 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary; www.ecobabybox.co.uk

Cute babygrows at Eco Baby Box

NEWS AND EVENTS IN BRIEF BEAN THERE!

Exeter Chamber of commerce runs Coffee in the City events every Wednesday. The meet ups take place from 8:30am – 9:30am at different venues in the city, the coffee is free and all businesses are welcome. The next two are at Sacred Grounds in McCoy’s Arcade (18 August) and Exe Coffee Roasters on Heavitree Road (25 August). To rsvp head to www.exeterchamber.co.uk

SKILLING UP

The Heart of the South West LEP has secured £750,000 of funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to extend its current programme of Skills Bootcamps across the region. Comprising flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks’ duration, the eight additional Skills Bootcamps offer adults aged 19 or over the opportunity to build up or retrain in specific digital skills required by employers in the local area; they are open to people who are unemployed, self-employed, returning to work, or to independent learners who are looking to advance their digital skills into higher paid employment in sectors that urgently require those skills. www.heartofswlep.co.uk

THE GRADUATE

The CitNOW Group has launched its first ever Graduate Programme to recruit graduates interested in a career in the digital software space. The global market-leading software provider for the automotive industry is currently looking for six graduates to join the programme with openings available at CitNOW and Dealerweb. All successful applicants will have the opportunity to work remotely and from the company’s Exeter, Wokingham or Stirling offices. www.citnow.com

Join in on the coffee action every Wednesday

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The winning team

EXETER LIVING AWARDS 2020 PLASTIC SURGEONS won the Home & Interiors award at last year’s Exeter Living Awards. Here, marketing executive Sarah Dumont talks local repair stories, Joe Wicks, and business getting back to normal For anyone who doesn’t know your business, can you tell us a bit about what you do?

We are the UK’s largest hard surface repair company, working with leading house builders and construction sites as well as residential and insurance clients. We work on a massive range of accidental damage and our customers are constantly amazed by how good our repairs can be. Anything unusual about your business?

We get to work on repairs all over the place – from the biggest football clubs in the country and hospital operating theatres to luxurious villas and ancient statues. Basically, anywhere that needs a repair or some TLC! Life is very different to last March when you won your award – how is business faring at the moment?

We are currently performing well and reaching our targets, although the past twelve months have obviously been a challenge as we rely on visiting homes and sites to carry out repairs. Our workforce are all now back from furlough and trade is picking up to where we left it last March.

HOME & INTERIORS WINNER

Did the events of last year cause you to alter your business in any way?

Our office staff all worked remotely for a while, but we are seeing a return to our office now. Our team work in clients’ homes and so we have had to implement strict Covid safety procedures but in general we have all rallied round to keep each other safe and ensure we are still providing a great service What was the most challenging part of the last year for you?

Obviously, many building sites had to close and we were unable to visit homes for quite a while so a lot of our jobs were put on hold. Logistically it was a challenge, but we worked with our clients to ensure we were ready just as soon as sites began to reopen.

Do you think there has been an increase in people wanting to repair parts of their home during and since the lockdown? What has been a very popular request?

We work with insurance

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companies, repairing accidental damage around the home and we noticed more and more accidents as a result of people staying at home more and having to entertain themselves – Joe Wicks PE at Home had a lot to answer for! The increase in home cooking also caused lots of accidents to worktops as hot pans caused burn marks and the sour dough craze saw lots of scorch marks from hot tins coming out of the oven.

What does summer look like for your business? Are there any new developments?

We are very optimistic about the future. We work with lots of House Builders on the final phases of

“THE SOURDOUGH CRAZE SAW LOTS OF SCORCH MARKS”

sites, ensuring homes are in perfect condition for the new owner. With the house market booming, sites are anxious that we carry out repairs and so we are extremely busy working towards meeting their deadlines. Have there been any positives from this time for you and your team?

As many businesses have struggled to get the raw materials they need on site due to supply chain issues, we have been able to offer solutions to assist them in sourcing resources. One of our main benefits is that we can repair items that might otherwise have been sent to landfill and so we offer a great sustainable solution – we saved over 180,000 doors going to landfill last year alone. It’s great to see more customers looking for a green alternative than simply replacing damaged items with new ones.

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THE CADELEIGH ARMS won Best Restaurant at last year’s Exeter Living Awards. Owners Tina King and Nicholas Hack talk us through the rollercoaster of last year and brighter days ahead Congratulations on your win! Why do you think you won?

Thank you so much! We were so honoured to pick up the award for best restaurant. We try to keep everything on the menu as seasonal and as local as possible. The majority of our suppliers are within a stone’s throw of Exeter. We also have a relaxed and chilled ambience here, we’re super dog-friendly and just love to welcome people. For anyone who hasn’t visited The Cadeleigh Arms, how would you describe the place in a nutshell?

It’s a quaint countryside pub set in the rolling hills of mid Devon. Stunning views, fairy lights, log fires for the winter and the Cadeleigh terrace for al fresco dining in the summer. Super seasonal menus that literally change from week to week. Anything quirky about your business?

Every section of the pub is decorated differently. We have converted the old barn in the car park into a saloon style bar with upcycled furnishings, the Cadeleigh view is decorated with pallet furniture designed by Tina’s dad. Life is very different to last March when you won your award – how is business faring at the moment?

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Smiley happy winner Tina king

RESTAURANT WINNER We literally won the award and locked down. We were gutted. The opening and closing over and over has been stressful for everybody. Business now is fantastic. Although without the correct number of staff we find we are turning people away – lots of people all meeting up for celebrations and catch ups they have missed out on. Did the events of last year cause you to alter your business in any way?

generally the unknown. Will we be ok financially? Will we survive another closure? Will our customers return?

Do you think there has been an increase in people wanting to support local by dining at independent businesses like yours?

We have definitely seen an increase in business levels, there has been a lot of emphasis on supporting local. We have been championing this since way before Covid.

What does summer look like for your business?

We are looking to have a super busy summer. We may have a couple of tasting menus lined up and a potential guest chef appearance. Maybe the odd BBQ on the terrace. Have there been any positives from this time?

It has bought us closer together as a team. We all support each other in our various roles within the business. For more: The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh, Tiverton; www.thecadeleigharms.com

We felt Covid was a reset button we all needed in the industry. We have changed our opening hours, the way we work and trying to create a better work/life balance. Takeaway, which became our business during lockdown, has now become a regular feature for customers wishing to grab a cheeky takeaway. What was the most challenging part of the last year for you?

Definitely the stop starting and

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The countryside pub now offers takeaways

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The countdown is on…

Party venue. The Awards are all about celebrating Exeter and its thriving business community and we will be handing out the coveted awards across the full range of sectors from retail to property, charity to civic. It’s not all about the Awards though, for many people this will be the first time Exeter’s businesses

have united for over a year. “This year’s awards will be a much-needed occasion for friends and colleagues to come together and celebrate how amazing Exeter and its people are,” says Claudia Butler, events and brand manager at MediaClash. “We can’t wait to see everyone there and to raise a big glass of bubbly to our beautiful city.” Remaining tickets are on sale now but they are limited so please book now to make sure you don’t miss out. For more: www.exeterlivingawards.co.uk; @exeterlivingawds

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AWARDS The uberglam Exeter Living Awards will be held on 2 September 2021 at The Great Hall, The University of Exeter. The night kicks off at 6.30pm with a Champagne reception, followed by dinner and the Awards.

ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW? You can book tickets and tables with confidence for our Awards. Here’s our guarantee: If the Government’s venue restrictions due to the pandemic mean that we cannot accommodate your booking this year, you will have the option of either: • A full refund; or • You can defer your tickets or tables until next year’s event We take our responsibility to our attendees, our partners’ teams and our own teams very seriously, so that we can all have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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DRESSCODE As utterly uberglamorous as you wish… AFTER PARTY Confirmed at Queen Street’s restaurant and event space Pink Moon, from 10.30pm onwards. SOCIAL MEDIA Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for all updates.

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The Oddfellows in full celebration at last year’s event

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s we edge closer to the Exeter Living Awards on 2 September, the big night in all its glitzy form is taking shape with Exeter restaurant and bar Pink Moon newly announced as the After

SPONSORS We thank our Sponsors so far on board for 2021, led from the front by our Platinum Sponsor, Marsh Commercial. And then also our other Category Sponsors: Exeter Science Park, Powderham Food Festival, Regus, Warwick Event Services, Yellowtail Financial Planning; and of course, Exeter Living itself. Also including our Feature Sponsor Triangle Networks and Pink Moon. PARTNERS Bluebird Care, Burrington Estates with Coreus Group, Exeter City Council, Exeter College, Fowler Financial Planning, Girling Jones, Griffin Chartered Accountants, The Mortgage Quarter, Nexus, Otter Financial Services, The Outdoors Group, Stovax.

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MAKE YOUR MOVE Whether you’re buying or selling, here is our guide to moving house in Exeter

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avigating the complex procedures involved in buy or selling a property is notoriously challenging. Here, we ask Exeter’s property and mortgage experts exactly what work and research needs to be done, what questions need to be asked; in short, how to get all your ducks in a row before completing on any sales. And with the increase in demand in property in the South West in the last 18 months, we also ask the experts what their predictions are for the for the coming year.

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sales and marketing manager at Burrington Estates, Dean Clarke House, Southernhay E, Exeter; www.burringtonestates.com What is a common mistake people make when trying to buy a property?

All too often people start looking at properties and booking viewings before they have a realistic budget nailed down. Particularly now when house sales are moving so fast, it’s always best to make sure that you know what you can afford before booking viewings – or you might be disappointed. After all, if you view your dream home and then discover you can’t afford it, it can be really disheartening, and any other home you look at might not match up. Our key advice is to know your budget, strike up a relationship with a financial advisor or a mortgage advisor. Be prepared! What’s the property market in Exeter like at the moment?

In July 2021, the average price of property in Exeter stood at £342,273. This has risen a massive 9.17 per cent in just one year. And even since April 2021 there’s been a price increase of 1.79 per cent. The Exeter property market is extremely buoyant and it’s the lack of supply that is pushing prices up. There’s a huge demand for three- and four- bedroom family homes, whether that’s because there are people still moving to the area from other parts of the country looking for a lifestyle change in the wake of the pandemic, or the local population wanting more space for growing families. What do you predict for the next six months in terms of property opportunities in Exeter and prices?

It’s pretty impossible to forecast pricing in the current property climate but we’re confident that the outlook remains strong with prices in Exeter set to hold and perhaps even increase slightly due to lack of availability. Our own development in Exeter, Home Farm, is selling well and we have new three- and four- bedroom homes available starting at £335,000, with more homes launching soon.

This picturesque property near Exeter is currenlty for sale through Strutt & Parker

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MOVING HOUSE ISABEL CLIFTON, associate director at Strutt & Parker 24 Southernhay West, Exeter; www.struttandparker.com What are the pitfalls when selling a property and how can they be avoided?

Always check with your solicitor that the Deeds to your home are in order, that the boundaries are correct and that any building work/alterations have been signed off by building control as this can cause delays. Also make sure you complete all the Law Society and Property Information forms in advance and definitely use a good, efficient solicitor. Any predictions for the next six months?

We expect it to remain busy, the heat may subside a little but we expect high demand to remain as there are still so many buyers wanting to move. How has the pandemic impacted the Exeter property market?

Demand is extremely high as people from outside the area are changing their lifestyles due to being able to work from home or simply because they’ve realised that life is short and they want to move to Devon. There is, however, a shortage of houses on the market and those selling are finding that they are struggling to find a house to move to. Those purchasing are up against many other buyers and there is therefore a lot of competitive bidding going on.

JAMES MILES, director and mortgage and protection adviser at The Mortgage Quarter I’m looking to get a mortgage but I’m overwhelmed by the choice. What tips can you give?

I would always recommend speaking to a mortgage broker who can search the market for you and provide you with the right advice based on your individual circumstances. Mortgage brokers are able to search through thousands of products to find the very best deal, whilst talking away all the stress that comes with picking the right mortgage. The great news is that there are more and more products available on the market, giving buyers many options to help finance their purchase – more competition and favourable conditions are also driving down interest rates to help make the payments affordable. What guidance do you provide for people wanting to get a mortgage?

Essentially preparing to get a mortgage is all about understanding what the lenders are looking for. Do your homework or lean on a professional to help you. Ensure your credit report is accurate and up to date. Can you reduce any debt to help with the affordability checks? below: A local property available through Burrington Estates;

right: Pretty kitchen at an Exeter property for sale through Strutt & Parker


When it comes to mortgages, what do I need to check before signing on the dotted line?

Working with a mortgage broker means that the terminology and terms of the contract will be explained and broken down into easy to understand terms, but I appreciate that it can be confusing if you are doing this independently. It’s important and often overlooked to check the basics of your mortgage agreement, including the loan amount, term, monthly payments and fees. It’s also good to check the end date of your mortgage so you know when to start looking for another deal.

I’d like to buy a property in a few years and I want to get all my ducks in a row. What do I need to be ready?

Primarily you need to have a good deposit and realistic expectations when it comes to budget. Some lenders will accept a five per cent deposit but it’s better to have 10 per cent (or more) of the total house value before you are ready to buy. It’s also important to factor in moving costs, estate agent fees and solicitors’ fees into your savings pot. Any tips for saving for a property?

The Mortgage Quarter (TMQ) has recently launched a new Home Buying App, which helps you save up, plan and track your home buying journey. This free app is perfect for people in the early stages of home buying or for those who would like some support and guidance to get themselves into the best position to buy or move at some point in the future. The app covers all the tasks you’ll need to complete to buy your new home, including working out how much you will have to save each month and how much you can borrow on a standard mortgage or a Help to Buy

“Since the pandemic, people have re-evaluated their choices and are choosing to commute into the city now” Equity Loan, depending on your personal circumstances. As your savings progress, there are tools to help you choose the right savings accounts and deposit builder. The Home Buying App is completely free to use and when you are ready to progress to an appointment you can contact a Mortgage Broker directly through the app. What’s the property market in Exeter like at the moment?

Booming! We’ve just had a huge spike due to the Stamp Duty Holiday promoted from the Government, which is still applicable for first time buyers up to £300,000 and home movers up to £250,000. Pricing has increased due to the supply of stock being reduced and so many people looking for property. Since the pandemic, people have reevaluated their choices and are choosing to commute into the city now to obtain properties at a slightly lower price, although this remains very competitive.

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MOVING HOUSE PETER WATKIN, head of conveyancing, Rundlewalker Solicitors, Exeter; www.rundlewalker.com How can I get my sale off to a quick start?

If you are thinking of selling your home, speak to a conveyancer when you first put it on the market, or even before. We will tell you what our fees will be for a sale at your anticipated selling price, and importantly, we can get formalities like identity verification out of the way. At this stage we can also ask for the information that we will need when preparing the contract pack, which could save time later. We can also review your title to make sure there are no potential issues you are unaware of. What information will I need to provide for my sale?

Your buyer will expect you to answer some standard questions about your property and the more information that you can give at the outset, usually the fewer questions later. So, dig out those papers you received when you bought the property yourself. There may well be copies of planning permissions, building regulations certificates and guarantees, that your conveyancer will want to see. If you have had any works done to the property since you bought, such as new windows or a conservatory, see what papers you can find and give them all to your conveyancer.

What can I do to prepare my property ready for sale?

There are always jobs that we have put off, now is the time to get them done. So, paint that wall or mend that fence, you want your home to look its very best when buyers come around. First impressions can mean so much. Also make sure that the property is in “apple pie” order so far as the documentation is concerned. There may be legal issues that could cause delay. For example, if you do not have a documentary title to an area of land in your garden, your solicitor may apply to the Land Registry for a possessory title or advise you on an appropriate insurance policy. Cowley Place, a property available through Strutt & Parker; above: One of the properties available through Burrington Estates

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Meet the directors at The Mortgage Quarter Meet James Miles and Michael Tilston, co-founders and directors of THE MORTGAGE QUARTER

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anatical about mortgages, with a deep-rooted dedication to providing their clients with a service that is second to none, we wanted to find out more about brains behind the business.

Explain a bit about your background, previous jobs... Both: We were colleagues and friends for 10 years whilst working at Halifax and Lloyds Banking Group, covering numerous roles over many branches. We both left in 2017 as senior mortgage advisers and saw an opportunity to offer something different to our clients. Our working styles are very different but we believed that they would merge well to form a solid foundation for the business. James: I love my job but also enjoy networking; coaching colleagues and striving for the next opportunity whilst Michael is passionate about helping clients gain financial freedom through investing in property and sharing his wealth of knowledge with new colleagues in the industry. Michael: We both had funny jobs. One of us was a fishmonger whilst studying at College and the other was a bar supervisor enjoying his youth. Can you guess who? What made you want to set up The Mortgage Quarter together? Both: We want to be approachable and bring back the enjoyment in buying a home, whilst taking away the stress. With the shackles off we opened our first office, welcoming in new clients, although we have always offered phone and video calls so that we are as accessible as possible. What was your mission at the start of the company? James: It’s always been our intention to differentiate ourselves from the corporate world and be approachable to every client, whether they are a first time buyer, homemover, landlord or simply looking for a bit of advice. Our door is always open and you are always welcome. Michael: With a down to earth approach and hard working, honest ethos, it’s always been really important for our clients to feel at home when they visit us. You’ll receive a warm welcome, a cup of tea (or a beer) before we begin taking care of your homebuying journey. There are no stupid questions and we strive to

James Miles and Michael Tilston

continuously provide a 5* experience throughout the process. What services and products do you offer? Both: We offer over 12,000 products from 90 different lenders so there generally is a product for every situation. From first time buyers to remortgages, buy to lets, home movers and more. Starting with a free consultation we get to know your individual circumstances before we do the hard-work for you and strive to make your homebuying experience as stress-free as possible. What goals do you have for The Mortgage Quarter? Both: We want to challenge the perspective on financial services. Reach out to as many clients whilst still maintaining the same level of service. How would you describe your company’s workplace culture? Michael: Being rewarded and recognised for the work and commitment you put in. Exceed in your career based on meritocracy. James: Most importantly, enjoy the job and work

collaboratively to achieve the best outcome for the client. And at the end of day pop down to the staff bar and celebrate. Where do you hope to be in 10 years time? Both: Barbados? Who knows… We aim to create an atmosphere of work where our colleagues want to strive for the best results for our clients. With this in mind we have no doubt we can help further clients across Exeter and further a field with new offices. ■

The Mortgage Quarter, 23 Richmond Road, Exeter, EX4 4JF; 01392 660219; info@tmq.org.uk; www.themortgagequarter.co.uk *Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. There may be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend upon your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.

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PROPERTY P L A C E S T O L I V E , W O R K A N D P L AY

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INNER SPACE

Flexible workspace operator Clockwise has just opening its newest building in Exeter. Clockwise Exeter provides a functional space for businesses to collaborate and features private offices and desks, breakout areas and club lounges, created to support different styles of working. Members will also have access to meeting rooms, a podcast recording room and onsite artisan café, Two Hands. The offices are set to attract a client mix of entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and established businesses from a cross section of sectors, welcoming individuals and businesses from both within and beyond the tech sector; the intention is to create a community that can support each other. Situated in the middle of the city in the Castle Quarter – at the office space at Broadwalk House on Southernhay – it spans 38,600sqft in total and is set over three floors, with outdoor terraces. The space also reflects the changing nature of work, with flexible leases and technology enabling seamless communication between those at home or in office spaces, including the Clockwise portal and in-house A/V.

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“Exeter is one of the most exciting cities in the UK for tech and innovation – it was a natural choice to open a space here,” says Alexandra Brunner, chief operating officer at Clockwise. “The government’s levelling up agenda is in full swing, and we’re here to accommodate the huge number of startups that have formed in the last year, up and down the UK. “It will come as no surprise to anyone that after a year at home, more flexible working practices have become increasingly important – although businesses still need central spaces that allow for productivity, collaboration and employee wellbeing, all in equal measure.” For more: workclockwise.co.uk

Preparations are ramping up for the very first Exeter Property Awards. The awards will take place at Sandy Park on Friday 19 November with awards going to the property companies that have made a big impression on our judges in the last year, whether they offer residential or commercial spaces, lettings or new builds, civic buildings or bold re-imaginings – these awards are all about shining a light on every aspect of this thriving sector and recognising how thoughtful developments are contributing to the look, feel and soul of Exeter. There are 20 different categories and you can enter for as many as you like. The categories are: Winner of Winners, Architect, Civic Development, Commercial Agent, Commercial Development, Consultancy, Commercial Interior Designer, Contractor, Developer, Employer, Financial, Funder, Green Initiative, Legal, Residential Agent, Residential Development, One to Watch, Residential, Interior Designer, Suppliers and Services, and Transformation. We thank our sponsors so far on board for 2021, led from the front by our headline sponsor Close Brothers Property Finance plus category sponsors Avalon Planning & Heritage, Halsall Construction, International Tiles & Bathrooms, Original Style, Vickery Holman, Willmott Dixon, Exeter Living and feature sponsors Redrow Homes, Triangle Networks and YBS Commercial Mortgages. To discuss how Sponsorship might benefit your business, please talk to harriette.dixon@mediaclash.co.uk or paula.miller@mediaclash.co.uk; www.exeterpropertyawards.com


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left: Perfectly nestled in Devon countryside; below left: Hefty proportions at this mansion

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GOING GREEN

The development of the latest and greenest new building in Exeter Science Park has reached a major milestone. The team behind the £5 million Grow-Out Space, which is net-zero carbon for operational energy, has announced there will be up to 100 jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine sectors (STEMM), helping to drive the South West’s economic recovery post-Covid. A ‘topping out’ ceremony has taken place at the new threestorey building to mark the key stage of the build. Due for completion in November, the first tenants are expected to take up residence by the end of the year. The 14,000 sq ft building has been designed to provide flexible office and laboratory space for up to 11 firms. Construction work began at the Park approximately five months ago and the project has seen the fastest turnaround of any building scheme undertaken there. The Park has also responded to a growing demand in the last 12 months for laboratory space, with the building’s design being changed so all three floors can accommodate laboratories. “Getting to this point has required outstanding collaboration,” says Dr Sally Basker, CEO of Exeter Science Park. “Everyone has played their part and the hard work of colleagues at Exeter Science Park, Morgan Sindall, NPS South West Limited and the Southern Construction Framework, has really made this happen.” For more: www.exetersciencepark.co.uk

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PEAMORE HOUSE Grand, epic and brimming with historic features – this property excites at every turn By Imogen Davidson-Smith 62 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


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oes the idea of having your own library and ballroom take your fancy? Yes? Then call off the search, we have the property for you. Peamore house is the largest portion and grandest section of this Grade II listed historic manor house, situated on the south western outskirts of Exeter, just three miles from the city centre. Thought to date back to the medieval times with some original Tudor features, this semi-detached property retains ‘character’ features galore, including an oak panelled great hall and an exceptional cantilevered hardwood staircase. Thankfully, the current owners have extensively renovated and re-furbished the house over the last few years; the property now consists of beautiful, elegant

and flexible accommodation for seven, mainly over two floors, with an attic providing further accommodation if required. Outside, there are well-tendered gardens and a private courtyard, with stunning views over the surrounding farmland and countryside. Like any self-respecting house of grandeur, Peamore House is approached via a long private drive. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with rooms of epic proportions. There’s the reception room, where you’ll see an exquisite atrium roof with stained glass and a carved natural stone open fireplace. There’s the dining room, which boasts two built-in glass fronted display cabinets and a superb hard wood staircase with iron balustrade winding to the galleried landing with barley twist spindles. Elsewhere on the ground floor is the inner hall, reception hall and the great hall. Are three halls enough? The biggie is the great hall, the original ballroom, which comes in at 6.07m x 10.14m. This beauty of a space features a 20ft high ceiling with original mouldings, huge stone mullion windows overlooking the private courtyard, a carved fireplace inset with marble, and ornate oak panels running throughout this full height room. You’ll be thrilled to learn, the kitchen is definitely not medieval; it’s been beautifully re-modelled and fitted with an enamel sink unit with mixer tap, set into wood block work surfaces with a stylish range of cupboards

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and deep drawer units beneath, matching range of wall cupboards, an Everhot Aga oven and a topnotch view over rolling hills; it’s a beaut. You’ll approach the galleried landing upstairs by the period staircase, and here on the first floor are four of the bedrooms, and three of the bathrooms – one of which has a roll top bath and marble tiled walls and flooring. Upstairs to the second floor are three more bedrooms – they’re really spacious and are perhaps the doer-uper rooms in this property. They might need a little remodelling but would offer superb space for offices, a studio or even a self- contained flat. History buffs with a sense of adventure, this one’s for you.

HOUSE NUMBERS

Bathrooms

Where? On the south western outskirts of Exeter, just three miles from the city centre. Exeter St Thomas train station is 2.4 miles away

Outside Well-tended gardens plus a private courtyard and double garage

Bedrooms 7 but potential for more in the attic

Guide price

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£1,500,000

For more: Wilkinson Grant & Co, The Old City Library 1 Castle Street Exeter; www.wilkinsongrant.co.uk

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“Even the faintest shaft of light is lifting my pen up” difficult not to, wasn’t it? I was quite productive but I spent most of my time just wondering what on earth was going to happen.

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Have the events of the past year been fruitful for you creatively?

ROB AUTON Rob Auton is bringing his comedy/ theatre/spoken word show to Exeter Phoenix on 11 September. Here, Rob chats about his podcast, being deadpan, and what it’s like to be finally back on the road Hello Rob! Tell us about your Exeter show...

You can expect a poetic comedy/ theatre show about time from a man who hasn’t spoken to strangers for over a year. After a year of being at home, how are you finding being back on the road again?

I am experiencing the nerves I felt when I first started performing. Before lockdown I was quite a battle-hardened performer. I had built a force-field of confidence around me from gigging solidly since 2009 and then BOOM, a beeping noise and the words “force-field failure” have been

ringing in my ears quite a lot. I think it’s a positive thing though. Complacency killed the unprepared cat and all that. I love travelling around and trying my best to leave the place with a good memory. Your tour got suspended last year because of Covid – how did you fill your days?

I spent most of last year working on my daily podcast called The Rob Auton Daily Podcast. Had I been on tour I don’t think I’d have been able to commit as much time to it as I did. I also spent a fair bit of time thinking about the situation the world found itself in. It was

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My notebooks fill up when I’m on the move, on trains, overhearing people and seeing people live their lives. I love seeing what people do and how they do it. That all went out the window due to a massive group effort of controlling a virus. I don’t think I wrote one thing in my notebook about the pandemic as it’s not a part of life I’m excited about. I want to celebrate the world through my work. I did manage to get a book together though and I was lucky to have the podcast to work on most days. Your shows have been described as ‘enchanting’ and ‘tender’. What’s the best feedback you get?

Your spoken word/ poetic prose about grave stones (from one of your recent podcasts) was really moving. What stirring stuff is inspiring you at the moment?

Thanks for saying that. I was at a book festival once and a lady said she had one of my pieces framed above her desk, I’d never imagined anybody liked that one apart from me, but knowing someone else got something from it made me value it more than I had been. In answer to your question, the return of life is having an affect on me. It’s been so dark for so long I think even the faintest shaft of light is lifting my pen up.

For anyone that hasn’t tuned in to your podcast, what do you talk about?

Anything from dogs to bubblewrap to optimism to pigeons to bread.

I think my favourite feedback is when people come to the show who have been dragged along and they speak to me after and are surprised that they enjoyed it. I get a thrill out of converting people, not in a weird culty way, just by making them enjoy something they didn’t want to be at in the first place.

Who are your comedy and writing heroes?

Your delivery is quite distinctive. How similar is your performance style to everyday Rob?

I’ve got this tour happening and my new book coming out. I’m excited about hopefully putting this time we’ve had into a jar and putting it on a shelf and being proud of the fact we got though it.

When I’m at the pub with my friends I’m normally quite quiet. I like speaking to people one-on-one or two people max. I feel like I’ve got a lot to say when I’m on stage but when I’m living my everyday life I don’t feel like I’ve got much to say to people very much. I think some people might have it the other way around, so they are very loud and funny in a group of mates but they are more shy and retiring when speaking to (sometimes) large groups of people. I’m probably as deadpan in the supermarket as I am on stage to be honest.

Spike Milligan. Ivor Cutler. Cormac McCarthy. Kathy Burke. Bob Mortimer. Leonard Cohen. Mitch Hedberg. What does 2021 look like for you? What are you excited about?

Lastly, who would play you in a movie about you?

My dad, he’s not an actor but he knows me pretty well. n Rob Auton will perform ‘The

Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Time Show’, at Exeter

Phoenix on 11 September. His book,

I Strongly Believe in Incredible Things is out on 16 September;

robauton.co.uk


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