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EAST DEVON

COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

2010 SPRING

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Situated in the beautiful conservation area of Budleigh Salterton, Pinewood provides stunning views of the Jurassic coast and a level of care that is second-to-none

“I enjoy being at Pinewood. I feel like I’m at home rather than in a nursing home and I’m well looked after” – Rosemary Humphries

“I try to join in the activities at Pinewood every day of the week. It keeps me young and nimble. I really love bowling on the Wii” – Judy Lindley

“To all the staff at Pinewood, thank you all so much for all the care & kindness I have received whilst recovering from my op in Pinewood. How fortunate that there was a room available for me and my goodness I shall indeed miss the most excellent meals.” - Shelagh McNeill

Pinewood Residential & Nursing Home 33 Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6JP Call us on 01395 446 161, email us at mail@pinewoodonline.co.uk or visit our website at www.pinewoodonline.co.uk

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Contents Mar-May

3. Quarterly What's On guide. 6. The English Garden - discussing

places to visit for spring displays.

12. Get Ready for Spring - we take a look at the spring fashions scene.

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39. Equine Club & Rider - this quarter, Natalie visits East Devon Riding for the Disabled. 42. Walk around Lympstone Village A beautiful walk with illustrated map.

14. Forthcoming Art Exhibitions

50. Looking for Bats in East Devon By Peter Youngman from EDAONB.

18. Fred's Kitchen Garden

52. The Early Years of Transport By local historian Ted Gosling.

20. Food in East Devon

56. Health & Wellbeing - NEW With Jan Brand.

Art gallery events for March to May. Making preparations for growing. Discusses buying food locally.

60. Distribution Map

22. Lyme Regis Feature - we visit

this world renowned seaside town.

Outlets where you can pick up your free copy of the magazine.

32. The Old Inns of East Devon Guy Peters raises a glass to these forgotten historic buildings.

63. Managing your Money Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney of Richmond Independent.

36. Horse Fitness Natalie Bucklar-Green gives some pointers on getting your horse fit for the new riding season.

64. Tales of a Yokel From the inimitable F.C.R. Esgen.

CONTRIBUTORS

Anne Hoggan, Nicola Skudder, FCR Esgen, Guy Peters, Peter Youngman, Helen Mulvaney, Ted Gosling, Jan Brand, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Samantha Lawton, Alex Duckworth, Hanneke Coates and Fred.

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Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones tel. 01395 513383 / 01395 512166 email. nigel@prestige-media.co.uk Advertisers call: tel. 01395 513383 By post: Beech Royd, 6 Bennets Hill, Sidmouth EX10 9XH. EAST DEVON

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Editor's Letter A very warm welcome to the spring issue of East Devon Coast and Country Magazine. In November, we launched the first issue of this magazine and we're very pleased to say that it's been well received by everyone we've spoken to. The 10,000 copies we printed disappeared from shelves within a very short space of time and there were many requests for extra copies. We're now the only high quality glossy for the East Devon area and from the strong feedback we've had through talking to people, it's very much needed. If you enjoy receiving this free magazine, please help support it by mentioning the magazine when you use advertisers, it helps immensely.

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upils at St Peter’s prep school in Lympstone installed a new bird box in the school grounds to celebrate National Nest Box Week.

Is your child ready for a learning adventure?

The school site lends itself well to local wildlife, with 28 acres of beautiful grounds overlooking the Exe Estuary, including fields and woodland. The children regularly see robins and wagtails and they even have a pair of nesting buzzards in residence. Pupils at St Peter’s are also lucky enough to be able to take part in Forest School, a Scandinavian concept which focuses on building up a child’s self esteem and introducing them to the natural environment. Sessions are held outdoors and activities range from nature hunts, constructing shelters, artwork, observation and listening games, through to use of hand tools and cooking on a campfire.

OPEN DAY Thursday 18th March 10am to 3pm Come and meet staff and pupils and find out why ISI Inspectors think “The educational experience at St. Peterʼs is outstanding” St Peterʼs Preparatory School, Lympstone, EX8 5AU Tel: 01395 272148 www.stpetersprep.co.uk Email: admissions@stpetersprep.co.uk

Forest School helps children develop self-confidence, communication skills, physical strength and coordination, and a positive attitude towards learning. They also have a lot of fun! A big thank you to Otter Nurseries, who offered a free nest box and feeding kit to local schools. For further details, contact Sam Lawton, Registrar on 01395 280334

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Forthcoming Events March April May 2010

THEATRES MARCH 10th Mar - Boyce & Marlene. John Challis & Sue Holderness at Exmouth Pavilion. 16th - Prescription for Murder performed by Sidmouth A D Society at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. 20th - The Fishermen - Storybox Theatre. Age 5+ at Gittisham Village Hall. 01404 850051. 26th -The Arabian Nights - Theatre of Widdershins at Stockland Village Hall. 01404 881207.

Princess Theatre, Torquay. 29th - Magic of the Beatles at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. Contact venue for further details.

Festivals 9th Apr - Exeter South West Food & Drink Festival at Northernhay Gardens, Exeter. 6th-22nd May - Honiton Music Festival 2010. See Concerts for further details. 22nd-29th May - Devon Wine Week at Yearlstone Vineyard.

27th - London Concertante String Quartet at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth.

29th May - Colyton Annual Vintage Tractor Run.

29th - Any questions about the Arts. Chaired by Johnathon Dimbleby at the Northcott theatre, Exeter.

29th May - Stockland Fair held in the Victory Hall grounds.

APRIL 2nd - How the Koala Learnt to Hug - Family show of Songs, Stories & Hugging by Steven Lee. At the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 2nd - Elvis on Tour. Starring Lee (Memphis) King at Princess Theatre Torquay.

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6-10th - Fiddler on the Roof - performed by Centre Stage at Exmouth Pavilion.

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7th - Swan Lake - performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet at Princess Theatre Torquay.

13th Mar - AJ's Big Band at the Manor Pavilion Sidmouth.

10-18th - One Act Play Festival at Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth.

Disclaimer - you are advised that before attending any of the events listed in the "Forthcoming Events" section of this magazine, you should contact the venue in advance to double check that the dates and times are correct.

27th Mar - London Concertante String Quartet at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. 2-10th Apr - My Fair Lady - performed by the Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. Contact the Box Office at the Theatre for further details and booking tickets.

Concerts MARCH

15th - Rob Brydon Live at the Princess Theatre Torquay.

12th - Mark Bebbington - Piano. A selection of 20th Cent work at Seaton Town Hall. Tkts -Eve Gallery, Seaton.

15-17th - James & the Giant Peach at Exeter Northcott Theatre.

13th - The Neil Maya Quartet at Awliscombe Village Hall. Smooth mellow jazz.

MAY 21-1st May - Whipping it up - Funny Political Comedy by Steve Thompson at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 15th - John Edward - Clairvoyant at the

15th - Cello Classics & Piano music at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. Concerts in the West. 17th - Parnham Voice directed by John Mingay. Organist Alex Davies at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis.

26th - Opera Gala Evening - English Touring Opera at St. Paul's Church, Honiton. MAY

4th - Easter Egg Hunt at Seaton Tramway. 8th - Birds for Beginners at Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve.

1st - Budleigh Male Voice Choir at All Saints Church, Exeter Rd. Exmouth.

10th - Birds from the Tram at Seaton Tramway.

6th - Fenella Barton - Violin. Bach with a twist at Seaton Town Hall.

29th - An Intimate Evening of Songs & Stories by Benny Gallagher at Otterton Mill.

6th - Sirinu - from Bawds to Bards at Cotleigh Church, Honiton Festival event.

29th - Birds for Beginners at Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve.

8th - Lyme Bay Chorale directed by Alex Davies at St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis. 8th - Noel Harrison -'The Windmills of his Mind' at Dunkeswell Village Hall. 01404 891607 8th - The Academy of St. Martin's in the Field performing at St. Paul's Church, Honiton. Honiton Festival event.

MAY 2nd - May Day Fete in Lyme Regis. 3rd - Lost Toys Treasure Hunt at Crealy Park. 3rd - Birds from the Tram at Seaton Tramway. 9th - The Walk or Ride - Charity Event by Exmouth Rotary Club.

14th - Finzi Quartet performing at St. Paul's Church, Honiton. Honiton Festival.

16th - Devon Bear Fair at Exmouth Pavilion.

15th - John Lill Piano, performing at St. Paul's Church, Honiton. Honiton Festival event. See display box for details.

29th - May Fair at Cadhay, Ottery St. Mary Parish Church.

21st - Laura Virtanen - Violin, Simon Lane - Piano performing at St. Paul's Church Honiton. Honiton Festival event. 22nd - European Union Chamber Orchestra with Natalie Clein performing at St. Paul's Church Honiton. Honiton Festival event, see display for details 25th - A Night at the Opera. Andrew Millington Conductor at St. Peter’s High School, Quarry lane, Exeter. 29th - Ian Tracey Organ Recital (Liverpool Cathedral) Admission by ticket at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis.

MAIN EVENTS 13-14th Mar - West Country Game Fair. At Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. 20-22nd May - Devon County Show at Westpoint Arena. SEE DISPLAY ON PAGE 4 FOR DETAILS. 30th - Annual Vintage/Classic Vehicle Rally at Pecorama, Beer.

LOCAL EVENTS APRIL 4th - Easter Bonnet Parade in Lyme Regis.

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30th - Birds from the Tram at Seaton Tramway.

FARMERS MARKETS Budleigh Salterton at Brook Rd Car Park on the last Friday of month 9am-1pm. Cullompton 1st Sat in month 10-4pm. Exeter at South Street / Fore Street every Thurs 9am-2pm. Exmouth at Strand Gardens on the 2nd Wed of the month. Honiton at St. Paul’s Church, High Street on the 3rd Thursday of the month 8.30-1pm. Ottery St Mary at Hind St Car Park, 1st Friday in month, 9am-1pm.

Community Market Sidmouth Community Market - All Saint's Church Hall. Sidmouth. 13th Mar - 10th Apr - 8th May. 10.00am-12.30pm.

MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market at Trinity Square every Thur 8.30-3pm. - continued page 4

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Forthcoming Events March April May 2010

Exeter Craft Day on 1st Sat in Month MaySept. Fore St/South St, Exeter.

24-25th Apr - Woolbridge Motor Club annual event at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb.

on Sea & Taunton MC) Championship Hill Climb at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb.

Exmouth Country Market, Tower St Methodist Church Hall, Fri 8.30-11.15am.

8th May - 500 Owners Association, racing cars, Motorcycles & sidecars at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb.

30th May - Ladies Evening with Live Music at Exeter Racecourse.

Honiton WI/Country Market at Mackarness Hall every Friday 9.30-11.30am. Honiton Street Mkt every Tues & Sat 9am.

SPORTS EVENTS 13th Apr - Children's Day at Exeter Racecourse.

9th May - Vintage Sports Club - annual event at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb. 12th May - The Season Grand Finale at Exeter Racecourse.

27th-1st Mar - Caravan & Motorhome Show Westpoint Exeter.

16th May - Wildlife AutoSport (Burnham

6th-8th Mar - SouthWest Quilt Show -

21st-22nd Mar - Real Brides Show - Westpoint, Exeter. 30th-31st Mar - Taste of the West - (Trade Only) Westpoint, Exeter. 4th Apr - Toy Collectors Fair - Westpoint. 29-30th Apr - Tool Fair 2010 -Westpoint. 5-6th May - Boden Clothing Sale - Westpoint.

The Honiton Festival 2010 26 March English Touring Opera Opera Gala 7.30pm St Paul’s, Honiton Recital of Opera highlights from Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Gounod, Berlioz.

6-22 May Honiton Festival 2010

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15th May - Torbay Motor Club annual event at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb.

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31st May - Exeter City Centre Grand Prix Cycle Race. Tour Series 2010.

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May 6th Sirinu: From Bawds to Bards Music from Shakespeare’s England May 8th Academy St Martin’s in the Fields May 14th Laura Virtanen, Violin and James Baillieu, Piano May 15th John Lill, Piano May 21st Piatti Quartet May 22nd European Union Chamber Orchestra with Natalie Clein, Cello Tickets from £7.00 - £13.50

Honiton Tourist Information Centre 01404 43716

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DISCLAIMER - All material in this magazine is copyright. The publishers are not responsible for any loss or damage suffered by any person, persons, or company as a result of any advertisement or article in this magazine. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given by the owner for use in this publication. The opinions and comments expressed are purely those of the originators. We do not endorse any products or services advertised within this magazine. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that information is correct, the publishers take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Any person or persons undertaking the circular walk featured within this publication does so entirely at their own risk. If you take children or dogs on the walk, they will require supervision. We strongly advise that prior to travelling to any of the events listed in our What's On sections, that you call the event organisers to check that the event is running at the times and dates specified.

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fter suffering what must be one of the coldest and most prolonged winters I can remember for many years, you find yourself heaving a sigh of relief as the spring finally arrives. On warmer days you can get out and about to visit some of the excellent gardens that we have in this region.

n future issues of this magazine, we'll be featuring gardens from East Devon. If you've created something out of the ordinary we would like to hear from you! Call 01395 513383

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ne of the finest institutions we have in England is the National Trust which has developed the activity of visiting gardens into an art form. It combines the whole experience of ambling round gardens and historic houses so well, it's no wonder it's ever popular. I would say it's the ultimate garden experience, as many of the unusual varieties of plants growing in the grounds can be seen at their full size and habit and you can usually purchase these plants at their mini nursery.

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ravelling further afield into Dorset, a visit to Abbotsbury Gardens is well worth the drive. The range of sub tropical plants on display is truly excellent. Again, of particular note is the courtyard area, where semi tame birds will eat the crumbs off your table whilst you enjoy your refreshment.

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The Dune bed is a little luxury in the garden The Barlow Tyrie Dune Daybed and Ottoman has an aluminium frame covered with a synthetic resin wicker material that is colour fast, exceptionally strong, completely weather resistant and requires the minimum of maintenance. The cushion covers are made from Sunbrella fabric, a 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarn so a guarantee of easy care. They dry quickly, give excellent fade resistance and have the ability to withstand vigorous cleaning which is made easier due to a stain repellent.

Fairy tale Tree’s Sidmouth Garden Centre started importing old Olive trees into the UK about 6 years ago and continue to hand pick these fairy tale trees for people to enjoy in their gardens. Some are up to 150 years old and all have their own individual markings on the trunks. When a tree reaches maturity it stops producing high volumes of fruit so the Olive Farms sell them. They are completely hardy to our winters and will survive on the coast in the sea air. There’s a lovely stock to choose from and assistance can be given with delivery and planting.

Something Completely Different If you are thinking about a new summer house or gazebo then take a look at this ! The new contemporary sphere brings a new concept to the garden seating and resting environment. It offers the unique qualities of being a dining, lounging, studying or even camping area, with the added advantage of rotation to position the entrance in the sun, shade or out of the wind. Sidmouth Garden Centre is lucky enough to have one on display so feel free to pay a visit and take a look. RRP £7,499 including fitting and front cover.

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Our new eating out scheme is designed to give you more information about the facilities available in our eateries and this can be very important if you have special dietary needs. It's fairly easy to understand, the key is at the top of the right hand page.

Exceptional Value... The Harbour Inn

Both restaurant and pub, the Jack oozes honesty, panache and that rare four letter word - CARE.

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New for 2010 is a fantastic bar menu and a stylish courtyard for al fresco dining. There’s also live Friday night jazz (every second Friday of the month) beginning in May. Always exceptional value for money.

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Rockbeare, Near Exeter, Devon EX5 2EE.

Quality food & service at sensible prices

Food 12-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm Drinks 11am - 11pm

Lal Qilla Indian Restaurant

Telephone: 01404 822240. www.jackinthegreen.uk.com

The Kings Arms

01297 442299

Family room restaurant with superb views of Lyme bay. Local fresh fish. Well stocked bar, teas and coffees, outdoor eating area situated on the beach.

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Superb Sunday Carvery

Going out? Head for Sidmouth’s premier Bar and Restaurant. Pyne’s offers a choice of eating styles with extensive menus prepared using fresh and local produce, much of which is sourced from the family farm.

Smaller Appetite Menu every Thursday Bed & Breakfast, en suite, from £25.00 pp

Open daily for morning coffee, lunches and evening meals. Speciality curry night every Wednesday and pie night every Thursday (booking advisable).

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A stylish, informal, Free House on Sidmouth seafront, providing comfortable en-suite accommodation and a relaxed continental atmosphere.

EVENING BISTRO TRADITIONAL TEA ROOMS & PRIVATE GARDEN

Al fresco eating and drinking Lovely bedrooms with great sea views

Tel 01404 815751

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open daily from 10am food is served from 12 noon onwards

“The trendiest joint in town!” Anna Shepard, The Times May 2009

Dukes • The esplanaDe • siDmouTh • Devon • eX10 8aR Tel: 01395 513320 • email: dukes@hotels-sidmouth.co.uk • www.hotels-sidmouth.co.uk

• Award winning tearooms. • Traditional tearooms & garden plus evening bistro. • Freshly cooked home made food, fresh fish, meat, pies & steaks. • Licensed *Open Mother’s Day • Easy wheelchair access. • Open Tues - Sat 10am to 5pm and Fri/Sat Bistro 6-9.30pm - bookings adviseable. • Open all Bank Holidays. Private functions. L

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As featured in The GOOD PUB Guide From Honiton, come through Fenny Bridges, turn right at Fairmile, and through Talaton. From Sidmouth come through Ottery, past Cadhay, across the old A30 at Fairmile, and through Talaton. From Exeter, come via Pinhoe and Broadclyst towards Cullompton; opposite Fagin’s turn right to Clyst Hydon, then two more right turns to reach the pub. OPEN

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Two popular labels are in this year’s Spring collection at Mia in Church Street, Sidmouth. Noa Noa has modern clothes based on times gone by. Feminine and delicate, the colours and styles can be mixed and matched and are perfect for special occasions or everyday wear. Soaked in Luxury aims to bring affordable designer wear to women of all ages. Using a variety of fabrics and vibrant colours, the collection includes dresses, skirts, cardigans and silk blouses. Their concept; to make women feel glamorous and luxurious. Soaked in Luxury

Get ready for

Spring Noa Noa

Say goodbye to Winter with the latest classic and contemporary designs from East Devon boutiques.

Situated in the heart of Sidmouth, Chapter is a place where you can be sure of a relaxed and friendly shopping experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday crowds. With that in mind, Yvonne and her team, Lynn and Christine, have created a welcoming environment where their enthusiasm and love of clothes, along with their friendly honest advice, will make you feel at ease. With collections sourced from all over Europe, whether it’s Tummy Tuck jeans from NYDJ or a quirky outfit from French designer Cocomenthe; from everyday to special occasion, Chapter has something for everyone in its Spring/Summer collections to enable you to achieve a totally individual look. Sandwich combines fashion with comfort suitable for all age groups. Its key look is all about layering, tunics worn with leggings and fine knit long waterfall cardigans for chilly spring days, using soft colours and fabrics in misty green, coffee and cream. Marie Mero introduces two collections each year. This season’s collection includes elegant and feminine designs using subtle prints with jackets in linen, silk dresses and skirts and soft jersey tunics and flowing trousers. Chapter also offers an exciting range of accessories to enable you to complete that individual look for any occasion. Sandwich

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Rachael’s Rose in Sidmouth has a wonderful collection of contemporary and classic fashion this Spring. With labels such as Viz a Viz, Elizabeth Scott, Marble, Poppy and Alice Collins, there will be something for every occasion in the Fore Street shop. This family business also sells beautiful jewellery and handbags to complement an outfit.

Oska at Angies in Budleigh Salterton has individually dyed linen clothes that are designed to look casual and feel comfortable. The individual pieces can be mixed and matched in many different ways so that a unique look can be created. In addition to Oska, collections at Angies this Spring include: Passport, Tina Taylor and Taifun.

List of Stockists Chapter, Church St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LZ Tel: 01395 579181 Urban Republic in Exmouth has a great selection of designer brands including Golddigga, Chilli Pepper, Fullcircle and French Connection. Featured right is a Morrocan Suede Bag by French Connection, just one of the latest accessories in their stylish Spring Collection.

Mia, Church St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LY Tel: 01395 519050 Angie’s, 12 High St, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6LQ Tel: 01395 443117 www.angiesofbudleigh.co.uk Urban Republic, 18 Chapel St, Magnolia Centre, Exmouth EX8 1HS Tel: 01395 222828 Rachael’s Rose, Fore St, Sidmouth Tel: 01395 576670

Sandwich Marie Mero Cocomenthe Passport Fred Sabatier Adini Brax Seasalt of Cornwall NYDJ

for a relaxed & enjoyable shopping experience Tel: 01395 579181

email: info@chapterclothing.co.uk Chapter  Church Street  Sidmouth  Devon  EX10 8LZ A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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Greendale

FARM SHOP

Affordable, local food at Greendale Farm Shop

You can always see their chickens running freely as you travel along the main coast road to Exeter. A lovely sight, they also have llamas and sheep amongst the hens.

Come and visit Greendale and discover the refreshing alternative of affordable local food. Browse around our shop or enjoy a relaxing lunch in our cafe. Greendale Farm Shop’s Fish

Counter was one of three finalists in this years BBC Radio 4’s Food & Farming awards ʻFood producer of the year’. Operating their own fleet of fishing boats gave them a distinct advantage over all of the other 600

Below, an old Fordson tractor greets you outside.

competitors. With only 6 miles to travel from their fishing boats in Exmouth to the counter at the farm shop, they were able to guarantee absolute freshness and because the fish comes straight from their own boats it doesn’t go through any wholesalers or middlemen it is in perfect condition at even more perfect prices. Available species can vary from day to day but the popular species are nearly always available Cod, Bass, Mackerel, Mullet, Gurnard, Monkfish, Plaice, Sole and the ever-popular Crab & Lobster. The fish counter is run by chef and master fishmonger Simon Riddler.

Greendale has its own local fishing boats in Exmouth supplying their excellent fish counter

What is really surprising about Greendale is their range of local foods. Fish from their own fishing fleet at Exmouth, vegetables grown on their own 1500 acre farm, beef, pork, lamb and poultry all from stock raised on their own 1500 acre farm. Greendaleʼs stock is raised to strict standards

without the use of growth hormones. They use a strictly controlled diet, with all feeds given to stock being grown at Greendale farm. If you live in East Devon and travel along the coast road to Exeter, you canʼt fail to have seen their hens running free in the field fronting the shop.

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A great shopping experience at Greendale, if you want truly local and affordable produce this is the place to shop for it!

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Food in East Devon

Supporting your local food producers and shops Whichever way you look at it, eating locally produced food is good for you, good for your local community and much greener for the world.

The Bay Heather Seager - Waitrose Delivery Administrator

Fresh to Your Door

Enjoying lunch outside The Bay Hotel & Bistro

Sourcing local food at the Bay Hotel's recently refurbished bistro in Lyme Regis. If you haven't sampled the food at the Bay, their kitchen is run by head chef Iain Gutteridge, who is known for his range of international cuisine. Iain is passionate about sourcing food locally and believes that this is the only way to operate, in order to not only support local businesses, farmers and the economy, but also on a sustainability basis. All meats are bought from Complete Meats at Axminster, who themselves source as much meat as they can within their locality. The Bay provides a range of fresh fish regularly within their menu and again they source locally from Davy's Locker at Bridport who buy from many of the ports across the Westcountry. They were the first fish merchant to get SALSA approval (Safe & Local Supplier Approval) from SEAFISH.org. Vegetables are bought from P. Huish at Chard, who again specialise in sourcing locally. The Bistro is opens at 6.30pm daily, offering stylish, contemporary dining and excellent value, with superb panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline. British food using only the finest locally sourced ingredients and the highest quality fresh local produce. The fish menu consist of mainly fish brought to us fresh on a daily basis.

Waitrose, sources food direct from farms in the South West of England. Each item on the vegetable stand marked ‘Regional Food’ has a label containing the name of the provider. You can see beetroots, parsnips, cabbages and potatoes from Tim Paget or Brussel Sprouts from Martin Haines. Four Elms farm in Newton Poppleford provide apples while the Black Farmer in St. Giles on the Heath supplies premium pork sausages. Local produce is fresh and, like fine wine, is best consumed in its natural environment. It stands to reason, food which has been stored and travelled half way around the world can not be as fresh as local produce. There’s a green issue here too. Transporting food around the world burns fuel that produces environment harming CO2. Now, Waitrose in Sidmouth are offering customers the opportunity to have fresh local food delivered direct to their

front doors. On the 26th of January, a new service began. The highly efficient system which has been tried and tested in other Waitrose outlets since the year 2000 is simple to use. One only has to log on to Waitrose and enter your post code. You are automatically routed to your local branch ordering line. Once you have placed your order, it quickly goes down-line to Waitrose in Sidmouth. The computerised system in the Sidmouth branch has to be seen to be believed. Each customers purchases are itemised and categorised in what can only be described as a fool proof system. They are neatly packed, put onto the delivery van and delivered fresh to your door. Manager, Jon Pike says, “Now the branch has re-opened, we are very excited about the next phase of services we can offer including home delivery for which, we know, our customers have been waiting.”

Have a taste of Waitrose on us. Save £5 when you spend £50 or more at Waitrose Sidmouth on or before 17 April 2010.

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions March April May 2010

GALLERIES

26th June - 25th July - Clifford Fishwick and Michael Garton RWA The Art Room,

12th March - 24th April - SPRING SHOW A mixed exhibition featuring invited artists from across the country. Artwave West. (see display)

Topsham. (see dislay far right) 1st May - 12th June - Nature Tamed Paintings from several artists whose work is inspired by gardens and gardening.

20th March - 2nd April - Mike Bernard RI - New works solo show by this

2nd May - 12th June - 8 GALLERY ARTISTS An exhibition featuring all of

acclaimed artist. Marine House at Beer.

the Artwave West Gallery Artists.

20th March - 24th April - Contemporary Works Exhibition - A showcase of original paintings and prints from artists in East Devon. The Attic Gallery (see display) 20th March - 9th April - Bob Crooks & Siddy Langley - Joint show by renowned glass makers at Steam Gallery, Beer. 27th March - 7th May - Back2Back; Anthony Frost preceeds his late father Sir Terry Frost in a six week exhibition that IS life-enhancing. Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton. (see display)

Mike Garton - "Stoke Woods"

oil on canvas The Art Room

17th April - 16th May - Robin Rae at The Art Room, Topsham. (see display)

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 5.00

Donna Goold - "Dawn over Golden Cap II" Artwave West

Sunday 2.00 – 5.00

www.brookgallery.co.uk 01395 443003 Barbara Green - "Inlet"

artwavewest GALLERY AND STUDIOS info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com artwave west | 01297 489 746

Bringing to Devon and on-line one of the strongest collections of Original Prints in the UK.

morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

Exhibitions

Saturday 27th March – 7th May Back2Back; Anthony Frost preceeds his late father Sir Terry Frost in a six week exhibition that IS life-enhancing.

12/03 – 24/04 Spring Show 02/05 – 12/06 8 Gallery Artists

Barbara Green - "Buttercup Fields"

Artwave West concentrates its exhibiting around a small collection of selected artists who have shaped a distinctive personal vision around the discourse between abstraction and figuration.

www.barbaragreen.co.uk Studio/Gallery, Manscombe Abbey, Taylors Lane, Morcombelake (1/4 mile from A35)

T: 01297 489438 Work in oil, collagraphs, etchings, and mixed media. Prices between £50 and £500 Studio/Gallery 1/4 mile from Art Wave West along the road signed to Whitchurch Canonicorum. Open at all times but please check first by telephone.

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Hybrid - "Garden View"

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01297 625257

THE ART ROOM Topsham

www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk

Principal gallery in Devon for contemporary painting

EXHIBITIONS Mike Bernard RI, 20 March - 2 April New works solo show by this acclaimed artist at Marine House.

Bob Crooks & Siddy Langley, 20 Mar - 9 April Joint show of new works by renowned glass makers at Steam Gallery. Contact galleries on 01297 625257 for colour catalogues and private view invite or view on the web from early March.

Mike Bernard RI - "Bay View - Beer" Marine House at Beer (see overleaf)

Edward Kelly - "Ghosts" Artwave West

Robin Rae "Light House II"

Suchi Chidambaram - "Audience" Artwave West

hybrid art & design for your home and garden

51 High Street Honiton t. 01404 43201 www.hybrid-devon.co.uk

Gallery showing the work of artists, sculptors, ceramicists and crafts people in monthly changing exhibitions. Limited edition prints and applied arts in stock. Show garden for Hybrid Garden Design.

The Art Room

S.Lance - "Beach Strollers" - ISCA Gallery

Cathy Osbond - "Sunrise"

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ISCA GALLERY

www.iscagallery.co.uk Exhibiting all year round original work by selected West Country Artists Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-4.30pm (winter) Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (summer) (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6AF

01395 444193

Libra Court, Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8AJ www.eastdevonart.co.uk gallery@eastdevonart.co.uk A show case of original paintings and prints from artists in East Devon.

76 Fore Street,Topsham, Devon EX3 OHQ Tel 01392 877737 Email theartroom@eclipse.co.uk www.theartroomtopsham.co.uk

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm 20th March-24th April

Open Weekends 11am to 5pm

East Devon Art Contemporary Works Exhibition.

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artwavewest

The ARTWAVE WEST gallery and studios at Morcombelake

morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

Left, owners Martin and Donna Goold. Above - gallery interior

Owners, Martin and Donna Goold decided from the outset to exhibit a small collection of selected artists who have shaped a distinctive personal vision around the discourse between abstraction and figuration. This ensures that a close working relationship with the artists is

maintained and clients can be assured of well chosen portfolios and thorough knowledge of work. Whilst half of the Gallery artists live in East Devon and Dorset, the rest come from right across the country thus creating incredibly refreshing exhibitions for the South West.

GALLERY AND STUDIOS

info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com

Artwave West opened last June after an enormous redevelopment project at the former public house in Morcombelake. It’s hard to believe that in such a short time it could become one of the most important Contemporary Art Galleries in the South West.

artwave west | 01297 489 746

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ehind the glowing colour and carefully layered texture of Jon Adam’s paintings lies a profound relationship with his environment, in particular Cornwall and Dorset where he now lives. In beautifully crafted works the abstract activity of paint finds equivalents to his observations and recollections. Each work captures a particular ambience: atmospheric colour suspended in mist, cloud or vapour, or the radiance of sunlight reflected on water. Sense of space and pure saturated colour are sometimes tempered by smaller sharply delineated accents that correspond to other observations of the beach environment: flora, seaweed, rusty oil drums. ‘Drawn to the Horizon’

Boo Mallinson

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oo Mallinson’s paintings are inspired by her Dorset surroundings and are compelling evocations of her sense of being within the landscape. They bring together feelings and experiences triggered by observations of the terrain, and are personal expressions of an encounter with the elemental. A euphoria about being in these places is expressed in the exuberance of the painting action. Location drawings develop organically into larger studio paintings in a process that constantly assesses the balance between the considered and the accidental. Working in the area between abstract and representational, Mallinson creates deeply expressive atmospheres and moods with paint. ‘Water Margin’

Jon Adam

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xperience of place is central to Martin Goold’s artistic activity. The dramatic coastline of Lyme Bay provides powerful reference points for his work: the movement of air, vapour, current and tide, and the constantly shifting character and atmosphere of the sea. Moments of transition that mark the passage of time have special importance. This engagement is strongly felt but his city roots have equal prominence. In his London riverscapes he transforms iconic skylines into personal motifs.

‘Solitude’

Kathy Ramsay Carr

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‘Reflection and Vapour II’ by Martin Goold

athy Ramsay Carr composes evocative landscapes and seascapes from fragments of memory and emotional responses to places. Her paintings express a desire to journey through the terrain, to explore and discover, to extend known boundaries; a sense of elevated viewpoint as if from flight is often present and horizons are rarely fixed, instead they melt into unending distance. She is particularly drawn to the powerful coastlines of Cornwall and Devon, and the solitary openness of Dartmoor, walking in these places alone her imagination is stirred. She prefers quiet reflection to making location sketches or taking photographs; this allows her to become absorbed in the ambience of the place later becoming the motivation behind the studio work. East Devon Coast & Country

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New exhibition of renowned artist’s work in Beer

www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257

INSPIRATIONAL PLACES Mike Bernard RI hosts a major solo show at Marine House at Beer starting on Saturday 20th March. Mike Bernard’s career as an artist has followed a rapidly climbing path to success and recognition. Now is an appropriate time to explore some of the background to his success, especially as he is shortly about to stage his sixth major solo show at Marine House at Beer. What then are his secret ingredients, the alchemy that produces great paintings which do become noticed and sell readily? I asked some collectors for comments. Bob Neale from Bristol quickly put his finger on things. “They’re unusual, unconventional, you don’t quite see what you get. I find this exhilarating especially when it relates to

ing make them both great from a distance and close up. He truly captures the spirit of a place.” So Mike’s work transcends realism and taps into the heartbeat of a place. How has Mike achieved this? Firstly raw talent. This talent was recognised by Royal Academy Schools which Mike attended. Recognition came quickly. He won four prizes in his first year and first prize in his final year winning the Stowells Trophy Exhibition which was open to all art colleges throughout the country. Secondly, his success emerged through his adoption of the collage

The Grand Canal - Venice 15” x 20”

subjects with which I am familiar”. Similar sentiments were echoed by Caroline Astles from Buckinghamshire. “Even after a year of seeing them every day, I still find something new. The texture and detail-

Bay View - Beer 30” x 48”

style. As an Art Teacher for adults at the Southampton Art School he saw how students fought shy of committing brushes to virginal white paper. His solution was to encourage them to cut and paste pieces of paper, newsprint, railway tickets even supermarket bills in a very rough approximation of the composition they were proposing to paint. So successful was this that Mike adopted the approach himself, dropping ”the boring rather traditional paintings in oil” Since working with collage, Mike has adopted a looser style. “I try to start painting in a semi random way” he says, “following the col-

Jacobs Ladder - Sidmouth 14” x 18”

lage structure, I apply colour aggressively, usually only two colours at this stage, then white acrylic to create texture and strong shapes like roof tops. Further colours are then added using paints and inks.”

at Marine House at Beer. Mike’s talent was recognized with his election to The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours [RI] - an august body of approximately sixty fellows with The Queen as patron.

The work at times can be verging on abstract and at other times boldly drawing the viewer in, for example leading them down a steep and tumbling alley to a sparkling Italian sea. You wouldn’t think an orange sky would work for a Devon scene, but it does!

Mike Bernard’s exhibition of 45 new works starts at Marine House at Beer on Saturday March 20th and runs until Friday April 2nd. The work can be viewed on the web site, www. marinehouseatbeer.co.uk under solo shows or by contacting the gallery for a catalogue on 01297 625257. Paintings are for sale on release of the catalogue.

Another skill is his choice of locations. People like artistic interpretations of places they have visited or indeed long to visit, hence the enduring popularity of his studies of Devon and Cornish fishing villages and Italian scenes, still Mike’s favourite haunts which he focuses on in his new solo show

Cafe Ostuni - Puglia 16” x 22”

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Don’t miss Mike on video talking about his work by visiting the web site. Mike Lambert

Sidmouth Seafront 14” x 21”

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Kitchen Garden Gardening without using chemicals

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reetings my fellow gardeners.

How is your garden growing? I trust you are swapping seeds and generally bartering with your friends. The more we swap seeds, plants, food and ideas, the more we foster a warm growing community, quite literally.

those parsnip seeds. Sow the seed 15 cms apart in rows of 30 cms width. Use ground that has not had farmyard manure on it for sometime, otherwise the parsnips will produce forked roots. Tender with a sweet, creamy yellow flesh, although white gem is excellent too and it has a very good resistance to canker. If the weather is too wet and miserable, sowings can be left until March.

In the open ground, warming up the soil is difficult but possible. This can be accomplished by introducing cloches or a fleece. Cloches can be used in conjunction with what are called HOT BEDS. A heap of farmyard manure, squared off, with soil on top. The manure will produce bags of heat and the cloche will trap it. Early radishes such as the crimson French breakfast are fantastic grown in this way. Alternatively, get the whole family to roll out some warming fleece over prepared ground in readiness for sowing in March.

We had a wet autumn so hopefully any broad beans you have sown are surviving. Remember to start holding the rows together with 2 lines of canes and tied twine outside the rows. The garlic should be well up by now. Hoe carefully What could be better than growing your way back to health between the plants to stifle and fitness in the fresh air with the sun on your back and early weeds. Shallots too will then eating cheap, chemical free, gorgeous tasting fruit and

Gardening

is for everybody

vegetables. In this way and by following this series, you will find out what to do, when, and how in your own garden, month by month, while experimenting and having fun at the same time.

Fruit Hoe between your fruit bushes and raspberry canes to thwart early weeds. Prune the gooseberry bushes, with gloves of course and think hard of your forthcoming gooseberry pie and clotted cream.

Greenhouse Cloches & Windowsills Jerusalem Artichokes

need a hoe as they should be peeping through the soil. More early plantings of onion sets can also be made here in lovely warm Devon as the growing season starts much earlier. All these members of the onion family will benefit from a spring dressing of fishmeal or bone meal.

FEB/MARCH Parsnips If you love roast parsnips with our Devon Ruby Red beef, as I do, then now is the time to sow

One of the most prized of all gardening skills is being able to extend the growing season by artificial means. The greenhouse is foremost in the gardener's armoury in the endeavour. If your greenhouse is heated, hopefully you will have started off your tomatoes. If it is not, then perhaps you can make good use of yours or a friend's windowsill to get them going. Peppers and chillies can now also be sown in the same way as tomatoes. In what is termed as a cold or unheated greenhouse, the soil should now be dug out and replaced with top quality compost for the season to come. Some early potato varieties can be sown in this fresh soil. Charlotte Orratte for instance are early waxy potatoes and marvellous hot or left to cool for use in spring picnics.

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MARCH/APRIL Land

The Irish say that land is a man's very own soul. We are, of course, literally just a handful of earth with water added. I say this because if you have no land or access to land then try to get some. See if you can dig a patch of that sweet little old lady's garden at the end of the lane. Rent an allotment or a piece of ground that a local farmer is not using. Alternatively, go to your council. If twelve or more of you get together they have to provide you with land to make allotments out of. Channel4.com's land share also has some great tips for budding gardeners.

The Seed Bed March is considered the month for seed sowing. Lettuce, carrots, beetroot, radish, potatoes ... the list is endless, can all be sown now. First though, you need a seed bed. Seed beds are multi-functional, their seed is sown in situ. Secondly, you can sow seeds for later transplanting to their final location .i.e. cabbages. As soon as you can, in March, prepare the seed bed. March dust is worth a king's ransom the Victorians claimed, so workable soil this time of year is priceless. If it sticks to your boots, it's too wet. Otherwise, dig your soil over a couple of times, rake it through, finally use the back of the rake to get a good, fine tilth, then you're ready. Using a garden line, sow the seeds thinly from your hand, not the packet, as

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this gives you more control over their distribution.

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This time of year is sometimes referred to as the HUNGRY GAP, because food available from the garden can be limited. As a child living on Dartmoor, people back there looked to the hedges and fields for fresh, natural, unsprayed produce. Early nettle tops were, and still are, a favourite of mine. Packed with iron and other vitamins and minerals, they're a great spring tonic. Just pick the tops with gloves and steam lightly for a few minutes until cooked, and yes, the heat does kill the sting.

Dandelion leaves too are delicious in salads. Pick them young and fresh and in April make heady wine from the flowers. If you are fortunate enough to live near the sea, try the excellent sea kale. It tastes like the best spinach you've ever had in your life but with a gorgeous salty tang. Fresh or cooked it's versatile and free. This really is the whole point of the series. Growing your own food or picking it for nothing enables you, your family, neighbours and friends to be free from fluctuating market prices. You also have total control over what sprays and chemicals are put on what you eat. Plus you save shed loads of money and shop in peace in the natural world.

Sea Kale

APRIL/MAY April is the time for taking infusions of warming sun and contemplating your growing vegetables larder. I normally do this while sipping Wesson's vintage cider but, of course, the choice is yours.

Companion Planting Plants have their best friends, just as we do. True companions to help them through life and from which to draw strength. Carrots, for instance, are friends with onions as the smell of onions deter the carrot fly. Cabbages love sage, rosemary and thyme near them as

these herbs repel the dreaded cabbage white butterfly. Plants and animals are our friends too. Mint, garlic and the beautiful nasturtium will keep aphids off your runner beans and broad beans. Hedgehogs and frogs will eat slugs and snails so befriend them too by leaving wild areas in your garden for them to live in cosily.

Unusual Vegetables It's so exciting every year to grow vegetables that you have never tried or perhaps even eaten before. The exotically titled American land cress is a classic example of this. It looks and tastes almost exactly like ordinary watercress but it doesn't need running water in which to grow. Sow the seeds in April in double rows and just cut and it will come again. Try rocket too, if you haven't already, as its individual flavour adds a snap to salads and the Turkish variety is as easy to grow as cress and is also slow to bolt. For root vegetables, how about Jerusalem artichokes, they are so very easy, just put a few of the tubers in the ground and watch the plants grow as high as an elephant's eye.

Refreshing cider is one of Fred's favourites when toiling in the garden If you are growing tomatoes you can start planting them out in the open bed of the greenhouse or put the small plants 3 to a grow bag, but try to buy organic ones. Feed them with liquid seaweed extract, tomatoes love it. and you'll love them This is the beauty of growing your own, just being able to slip out the back door and pick vegetables to go with your Sunday joint or a juicy, crisp lettuce to make a salad for the family. It's all so healthy and stress free, giving you the freedom to take time out of your life to enjoy it. Happy growing ...Fred

It's so much more enjoyable eating your own grown veg

Greenhouses, Cloches & Windowsills Greenhouses, cloches and windowsills really come into their own in early spring. Start runner beans and peas off in trays or pots for planting out in May. The scarlet emperor runner bean is still considered by many to be the finest flavoured bean, even though it was first introduced a hundred years ago. These seeds can be obtained from Edwin Tucker & Sons of Ashburton and Crediton, which specialises in organic seeds. Also look out for seeds to sow now at farmers' markets and seed swap schemes.

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ne of the great pleasures of living in the southwest is that we're surrounded by stunning countryside, lovely towns, picturesque villages and seasides - all of which are within striking distance for a day out. The historic town of Lyme Regis is one of my favourite destinations for a day out and has loads to offer. It boast one of the most picturesque and historic sea fronts dotted with Georgian gems and Victorian cottages,

as well as the charm of the fishing port. The iconic Cobb, much described by Jane Austin and John Fowles still dominates the sea front, drawing the tourist to its very extremes and revealing the stunning vistas across Lyme Bay towards the Jurassic clays surrounding the Blue Liase. Located on the Dorset coast line, Lyme Regis is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast which covers 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset. In fact, the

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Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage site covering 95 miles of stunning coastline with rocks recording 185 million years of the earth's history. World Heritage status was achieved because of the site's unique insight into the Earth Sciences as it clearly depicts a geological "walk through time", spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. World Heritage sites are places of outstanding universal value.

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Pelly Gallery 7a Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QD Tel: 01297 444701 www.pellygallery.com Email: william.pelly @dial.pipex.com

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HOTEL

1 POUND STREET LYME REGIS DORSET DT7 3HZ

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01297 442499 www.hotel1lyme.com

There is more in Pelly Gallery than beautiful paintings... Luxury boutique B & B located in the ...Superb sculptures by Tom Greenshields, Paul Gardner and Helen Lewis. Stunning jewellery by French American designer Michael Michaud and of course all the oils, watercolours, prints and cards you could wish for?

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heart of Lyme Regis, close to the beaches, Langmoor Gardens and restaurants.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL 01297 442499

Great Entertainment. Delicious Food. Fantastic Wine.

By day...

Dedicated to delivering freshly produced dishes with flair and a smile, By the Bay is an unmissable Lyme Regis dining experience. Open all year round for drinks, traditional seaside meals, afternoon teas and evening dining.

Check out our website or visit us on Facebook for our current opening hours and forthcoming events.

By night...

r e s ta u r a n t & wine bar Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, Dorset. DT7 3JH Tel. 01297 442668 www.bythebay.co.uk

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Marine Parade - Lyme Regis

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he town itself is full of narrow, windy streets, and unique little shops including fossil shops because, of course, Lyme Regis is famous for its fossils ever since Mary Anning back in the 1800s first discovered these treasures. Indeed, before this discovery, Lyme Regis was once an industrial place, a port with much sea-fishing and a place where

there was quarrying of the cliffs for limestone for cement. When Mary discovered the fossils 200 years ago, Lyme became famous and developed into town which attracts tourists because of its unique, antique, character. Don't miss the Fossil Festival in Lyme which celebrates this legacy. The fifth Fossil Festival will take place in Lyme Regis and Charmouth over

the May Bank Holiday weekend and will take up the theme of Dead and Alive to link in with the International Year of Biodiversity. There's nothing more relaxing than an easy stroll along Marine Parade on a sunny morning. If you like to linger and people-watch you can rest at the eateries mentioned on our map which provide really lovely views across the bay.

The Guild Hall

The Guild Hall dates back to the Stuart period, it was once the local court house. The main use of this unusual building is as the council meeting chamber.

If you're interested in fossils, you're spoilt for choice in Lyme Regis. There are museums with fossils, shops selling fossils, you can even arrange guided tours along the shoreline to look for fossils! FOSSIL FESTIVAL 29th April to 2nd May - not to be missed, Google "fossil festival Lyme" for details. These two specimens were on display in the Old Forge Fossil Shop on Broad Street.

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hose with a more energetic disposition, like anglers, can arrange deep-sea fishing trips to catch Mackerel in the bay. Skipper Harry May has over 30 years of experience in Lyme so you'll be sure not to come back empty handed ! As you walk towards the Cobb, don't miss the Aquarium. I've been visiting Lyme Regis for

many years and completely missed this little attraction. Here you'll find fish caught exclusively in Lyme bay and of special interest must be the truly vibrant Ballen Wrass - a fish which you'd think was tropical. The kids will love the very comical, little Bleenies which poke their funny heads out at you through their underwater castles. Even your dog can enjoy coming

with you to this one. In Cobb Square you'll find the Old Watch House with all the fresh, locally caught fish you could want. If you're planning to visit Lyme, you can try out their web cam to see what fish is in today. There are loads of interesting little shops along the high street in Lyme Regis and you can browse for many hours. If you're looking

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They look like tropical fish, but these ballan wrasse are some of the many species you can see in the Marine Aquarium, all of which have been caught in Lyme Bay.

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Containing a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils. The collection grows each year and is now probably the best fossil collection on public display in SW England. 3

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Artist with studio opposite St Michaels church.

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Fishing trips from the Cobb (skipper has over 30 years experience).

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Restaurant & wine bar. Meals, teas, evening dining, fresh produce.

Lyme Regis is probably known by most for its historic Cobb, a feature made famous in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion (1818) and in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Marine Parade is a charming walkway taking you along the seafront to the Cobb - it displays some fine English architectural styles. 6

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Pelly Gallery

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The BAY HOTEL & BISTRO

An great gallery with an interesting array of sculpture, paintings, jewellery. A lovely shop with an interesting range of designer childrens wear. Stocking main ranges as well as interesting local titles. Have a coffee & croissant, or dine whilst enjoying the unrivalled views across the bay.

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Cashpoints

Bottom of Broad Street, Holmbush Car Park, Monmouth Beach , Woodmead Hall, Marine Parade.

Built on the site of the family home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the building has great idiosyncratic charm and is packed with fascinating displays. £5.00

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for unusual or artistic gifts then the Pelly Gallery (mentioned on our map) can provide you with inspiration. I think part of the charm of Lyme Regis is that the shops are mainly small, independent traders each with its own speciality, charm and unique character. The friendly

service and the unique character is something that most seaside towns have lost. For those interested in Lyme's history, then there's a charming museum built on the site of Mary Anning's home. It's full of fascinating fossil displays as well as exhibits about the

early days of Lyme Regis during the bronze age, Roman and Medieval times. There are also displays on the Monmouth Rebellion and Seige of Lyme. There are even guided fossil walks available from Museum geologist, Paddy Howe.

Fully Restored Working Watermill and Courtyard Complex in the heart of Lyme Regis Escape to our oasis at the Town Mill, watch a demonstration of milling using water power or simply enjoy the atmosphere, browse the shops and take some refreshment Art Galleries ~ Craft Studios ~ Pottery ~ Shop Cheesemonger ~ Bistro ~ Brewery ~ Walled Garden Open April to Oct 11am ‒ 4 pm, Tues to Sun November to March 11am ‒ 4 pm, Sat and Sun

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Please visit website for further details www.townmill.org.uk The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU

Enjoying the Cobb with your meal Lyme Regis isn't short of excellent eating places, what's particularly great is when you can enjoy good food and drink in stylish surroundings and at the same time enjoy outstanding views of the bay. Visit us in Lyme Regis for the very finest cheeses from near and far and a fantastic selection of accompaniments: preserves, biscuits, cheese books, cheese boards and knives - not forgetting our famous Swiss cheese door stops.

The Bay Hotel offers all this as well as a wide range of international cuisine made with ingredients sourced locally. The Bay's bistro has recently had major refurbishment carried out and now provides an excellent eating-out experience. See display advert right.

We’re at the historic Town Mill, off Coombe Street and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Easter - thereafter daily (except Monday)

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The interesting Town Mill is well worth visiting on your trip to Lyme Regis.

LYME REGIS TOWN MILL If you love history, Lyme Regis is full of interest. The Old Town Mill is generating its own electricity from the millstream that runs by the river Lym. I understand that it even sells its surplus back to the national grid. You can visit the mill, which has been fully restored to its former glory and is in working order and see the flour being ground. In the Old Town Mill are a number of independent, craft businesses, a gallery, shop and eatery and walled gardens. If you love cheese then don't miss Town Mill Cheesemonger which boasts "best new cheese retailer 2009" and stocks both fresh local products and a fantastic selection of cheeses. If you're following the suggested walk down to the mill from Woodmead car park, when you walk down to the bridge over the river, turn sharp right onto the millstream footpath. You need to take care at there is a drop to the right of the millstream. Children should be supervised closely and dogs kept on their leads. This walk is very unusual one and is well worth the effort. It's a great way to stroll into the town centre and onto the seafront.

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THE OLD WATCH HOUSE Fresh Fish, Crab and Lobster

50 Broad St Lyme Regis BRIGHT STUFF FOR COOL KIDS Joules - Emile et Rose Wow! - Lizzie Shirt

All year round, we are open 7 days a week - except mondays! Phone 01297 444205 to reserve your fish, or check the FISHCAM at www.theoldwatchhouse.com We pack your fish in sealed ice boxes for the journey home! SatNav : DT7 3JF

The Marie F and Sunbeam Fishing Trips from the Cobb at Lyme Regis. Skipper Harry May has over 30 years mackerel and deep sea fishing experience. Licensed, full safety equipment.

The view from the Cobb back towards the town with the blue lias cliffs is truly unique.

t. 07974 753287

There are some real architectural gems to be seen along Marine Parade. Look for this beautiful sundial and the intricately detailed rainwater collector (right)

Places to eat in Lyme Regis The Harbour Inn

01297 442299

Family room restaurant with superb views of Lyme bay. Local fresh fish. Well stocked bar, teas and coffees, outdoor eating area situated on the beach. OPEN

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Some of our most historic buildings . . .

The Old Inns of East Devon Photo by Nigel Cheffers-Heard

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English pub probably existed in some form before the Roman invasion. However, it was during the occupation that pub signs first appeared giving a real identity to the institution of the pub. In Italy, the Tebernae was recognised by vine leaves which were hung outside to show that they sold wine. In England small evergreen bushes replaced the vine leaves in short supply over here! If both ale and wine were available, the evergreen bush would be accompanied by a long pole or ‘ale stake’.

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who decreed that the heraldic red lion of Scotland should be prominent on buildings of ‘importance’. There are many pub signs with royal links, The ‘White Lion’ sign dates from Edward 1V while the ‘White Boar’ was the emblem of Richard 111. Pubs have been named after notable people too such as Shakespeare and the Duke of Wellington. In more recent times, pub signs have been a snapshot of the zeitgeist. In the industrial revolution for instance, ‘The Railway Tavern’ appeared. Then again, the English love of their national sport was reflected in ’The Cricketers’.

The English pub probably existed in some form before the Roman invasion

By around the 12th Century, the naming of taverns or inns had come into being. However, at that time, much of the populous could not read or write. So, In 1393, it was King Richard who passed an Act which made it necessary for inns to have an illustrated sign outside. The King’s own emblem, the ’White Hart’ was displayed on London signs to make the inns recognisable to the official Ale Taster. Since those days, inn signs tended to reflect the attitudes of the British people. Religious emblems, such as the crossed keys, were prevalent up to the time of King Henry V111’s Reformation. Following his split from the Catholic church, names were changed to ‘more appropriate’ ones such as ‘The King’s Head’ or ‘The Rose & Crown’. Probably, the most common name for a pub is the ‘Red Lion’. It was James 1 and V1 of Scotland, succeeding to the throne in 1603,

The art of the English pub sign is a subject in itself. Sadly, the ‘art’ is giving way to contemporary signs produced on machines and made of perspex or other synthetic materials. Yet, hand made and hand painted signs are an integral part of our traditional pub heritage. Perhaps, there should be a movement for the protection of our old pub signs! No doubt, conservation officers ensure that listed buildings are protected and that includes pub signs on old pubs . . . or do they?

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I phoned a conservation officer at the EDDC who told me that pre 1948 buildings which are listed would need planning consent to change the sign. Listed buildings after that date would not need planning consent if the sign was not actually attached to the building. Apparently, each case is treated individually and there is no blanket rule. In the case of old English pubs, they certainly predate 1948 but, it seems, the future of their signs still hang in the balance. The history of pub signs is, in effect, the history of our pubs which have traditionally been community centres in villages and towns. Places where people from diverse backgrounds find common ground helped by a relaxing pint or two. They are a vital part of our heritage and need to be preserved in all their traditional glory for generations to come.

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The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood.

- wow! You can stay here too, the modern wing is comfortable and state of the art. One could have a very romantic and relaxing weekend. This is the heart of Sir Francis Drake country and the pub is overlooked by Danes Hill where marauding Vikings built a fort long before the Norman conquest. It’s all reminiscent of a bygone age. A time when the pace of life was much slower, the air much cleaner, noise pollution didn’t exist and one’s nerves were calmer.

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f I had to choose one word that would sum up this pub, it would be ‘ingredients’. Firstly, there are those things which make up a traditional English pub like: Low, beamed ceilings, inglenook fire with logs burning in the grate, stone flag floors and a charming atmosphere which is about antiquity. Next, there are the ingredients of the food on offer, locally sourced and fresh as the morning dew. Everything is expertly cooked, very well presented and served with charm. The eating experience here is simply excellent. The building is thought to have come into being around the 14th. Century, when the local St. Peter’s Church was being built. It became the home of the artisans responsible for the construction of the church. It has been described as “a typical Devon Longhouse”. However, there is evidence that the present building grew piecemeal as many properties did long before the planning laws came about. It is said that, a few hundred years earlier, there was a hunting lodge on this site built for the Duke of Beaulieu. All this history seems to have been absorbed into the fabric of this fine old pub. It reeks of history. Like many country pubs since the advent of the drink/drive laws, it is mostly a restaurant but there is a separate bar for people who simply want to drink. Apparently, it’s very popular with the locals. There are always local brews on tap namely: Branoc Ale and Otter Bitter. The clever bit, is the fact this pub/ restaurant always feels like a fine old pub first and foremost. The present owners proprietors and her son Craig McGowan (the chef) will give you a typically warm Yorkshire welcome. And, you should try Craig’s Yorkshire pudding

The Bridge Inn,

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1897. So, one is assured the ales are in good hands, well maintained and served in top condition. There is one bar with inglenook fireplace and a tap room across the hall. There is a malt house at the back. This large atmospheric space is furnished with artefacts from Caroline’s family’s past. There are one hundred and thirteen years of possessions displayed including Caroline’s grandmother’s china. In this room one can see the remains of the hop drying floor adjacent to a large brewing chimney.

Queen Elizabeth II's first "official" visit to a pub was in 1998 to the Bridge Inn

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ere is a truly unique pub. It does not make any concession to economics. Hence, no restaurant and only traditional bar food. For instance, lunchtimes there’s a simple choice of bread and cheese, sandwiches with home cooked ham, ploughman’s, local pork pies or local pasties and that’s yer lot! In the evening, up to 8.30pm you may be able to have a pork pie if available. However, The Bridge is renowned for promoting real ales and the choice of cask ales is outstanding. Usually, there are up to ten ales available. There are ales from local breweries always on tap plus select ales from the rest of the country; these vary from week to week. When I was there, local brews included: Ex Valley’s ‘Winter Glow’ - Teinworthy’s ‘Martha’s Mild’ - Branscombe Vale’s ‘Branoc’ , ‘Hells Bells’ and ‘Summa-that’ - O’Hanlons ‘Storm Stay’ - Otter Brewery’s ’Otter Amber’ and Yeovil Brewery’s ‘Somerset’. This is definitely a pub for connoisseurs of fine ales. Caroline Cheffers-Heard is the fourth generation of her family to own and run The Bridge Inn. Caroline is the great-grand daughter of William John Gibbings from Clyst St. George. He moved into the Inn during

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There may have been a dwelling on this site as far back as 1086 in the time of the Domesday Book. It is thought, the stonemasons constructing Exeter Cathedral may have stayed here. The present building is essentially 16th Century. Most of the fabric is local stone while the malt house is traditional Devon cob. The pub occupies an enviable site on the banks of the river Clyst at Topsham. It was in 1998, while preparations were being made for celebrating the 101st anniversary of great-grandfather moving into the premises, that they received a phone call from the Lord Lieutentant. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, would be making her first ‘official’ visit to a pub and it would be The Bridge Inn! It was a momentous occasion and Her Majesty went away with a case of ‘101’ Special Ale for Prince Phillip. Perhaps, now, it should be renamed the Royal Bridge Inn! continued overleaf

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Bonhams, your local gateway to the international Fine Art & Antiques Market

Providing local access to Bonhams fast growing network of national and international salerooms, and our strong range of specialist departments and regional sales, we can offer the ideal market place for any items you may wish to enter into sale.

The Exeter office has a general valuation day every Friday between 10.30am and 4.30pm, with specialist picture and jewellery valuation days monthly. Bonhams also hold monthly valuation days in Lyme Regis, Bideford, Okehampton, Taunton and Totnes.

Bonhams in Exeter are pleased to offer a wide range of services including auction valuations, probate and insurance valuations either in the office, at one of our valuation days, or in the privacy of your own home or bank.

For further information about our specialist departments or to make an appointment at Exeter, please contact Hazel Johns on 01392 425 264 or you can email: hazel.johns@bonhams.com Bonhams The Lodge Southernhay West Exeter, Devon, EX1 1JG www.bonhams.com

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architectural history. It is one of only eight medieval houses in the village. The medieval origins of which have been described by English Heritage as "high quality". The building was remodelled in the 17th century and the north-west end of the building was partly rebuilt in the early 18th century following a fire.

The Drewe Arms, Broadhembury.

Before one even enters this pub, the history is evident. An 18th century pub sign with a wrought iron frame, houses armorial bearings whilst sitting atop the frame is a red lion; a remnant of its former name. One enters by a 16th century gabled porch and a large 17th century planked door with a Tudor arch.

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t was Julius Drewe of Castle Drogo in Drewsteignton who purchased the pub and half the village of Broadhembury at the turn of the 20th century. His descendants still live in the village and it was his great granddaughter, Ingrid Drewe, who introduced me to the Drewe Arms. Here is a jewel of

Inside, the public rooms have recently been extended. Now, a large bar area replaces what were the kitchens creating a far more spacious feel to a once cramped space. However, the ancient features remain. A magnificent 17th century open fireplace with logs steadily burning in the grate welcomes the visitor. Light shines through a fine mullioned window glazed with square leaded panels. A separate dining room with modern but sympathetic furniture offers a more formal eating experience to the other rooms. Unfortunately, I

didn’t have an opportunity to sample the food. Suffice to say, they have been mentioned in the Michelin Pubs Guide. At this juncture, it might be a good idea to include the eating experience of one of the pub's ancient visitors! W.H. Hamilton Rogers, visited the pub in 1888, while researching the biography of Toplady, Vicar of Broadhembury 1768 - 78 and author of ‘Rock of Ages’. He wrote, “We were ushered through several large rooms into the special parlour for strangers where we were refreshed with a dainty spread and sparkling cider, a huge homemade loaf and a roll of sweet butter. The whole evidently manufactured on the premises.” I can say that cider is still on offer with no less than three draught versions available: Addlestones, Stowford and Aspalls along with draught ales: Sharps Winterbury, Otter Bitter, O’Hanlons and Exmoor Gold. The ales vary from time to time but they always include local Otter Ales. Finally, it needs to be said, the drink drive laws and ban on smoking has caused the demise of many fine old country pubs. Ancient pubs like this are part of our rich heritage. It is up to us to ensure that they continue and thrive. We can only do this by frequenting them.

An ancient craft that we can not allow to die out If you don't want to see traditional, hand-painted signs replaced with plastic ones, please let your publican know your preference. Many pubs in East Devon have been in use by their local communities for centuries and their signs are part and parcel of this tradition. All the illustrated signs in this feature are from photos of hand-

painted signs by artist Jerry Pitcher. The amount of work that goes into one of these hand-painted signs is tremendous. Jerry tells me that his signs last many years more than vinyl and provide much better long-term value for money. Jerry's number is 01395 579474

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Horse Care Equine Fitness by Natalie Bucklar-Green

Natalie Bucklar-Green gives valuable advice on getting your horse fit for the new season ahead...

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

Natalie has owned horses for over 20 years and breeds pedigree Shetland ponies. She has previously lectured in Equine Science to degree level and produced research for preparing Great Britains’ equestrian teams for the Olympics. Natalie owns Jorrocks Saddlery near Sidmouth and has fitted saddles for competitors at Badminton International Horse Trials.

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To reduce the risk of injury to both horse and rider is important that both partners are fit enough for what activities they are taking part in. At best, it is unfair to expect a horse that is only ridden once or twice per week to attend a hunter trial, at worst it risks serious injury to the horse and drastically increases the chances of a rider fall. For those with horses and ponies attending pony club and riding club camps this summer, now is the time to start thinking about getting them fit. It takes approximately 3 months to bring a horse from being turned away or only ridden occasionally to being fit enough to safely compete in a one day event and horses that will be working several hours a day at camp need plenty of time to get fit too. For those who don’t compete and just take part in hacking, fitness is just as important if you want to do faster work or ride for longer at the weekends. Could you happily go for a two hour run on Saturday if you had stayed in bed all week eating?! Fittening requires a gradual increase in work intensity; too little work and fitness won’t improve, too much too soon and you risk injury and stress. A stepwise progression is required with regular monitoring to see how the horse is coping with the workload being adjusted accordingly. Whatever the activity, training aims to increase stamina, increase muscular strength, improve skill, delay fatigue, reduce the risk of injury and maintain the horse’s willingness to work. The more demanding the activity, the more important training becomes for all of these objectives and any form of competing at any level requires a considered training programme for fitness and skill.

For those that don’t compete and just take part in hacking, fitness is just as important if you want to do faster work or ride for longer at the weekends

Response of a fit horse to exercise 1. Good or acceptable performance. e.g. Smooth jumping, horse willing & forward. 2. Normal physiological response, e.g. light sweating. 3. Quick recovery post exercise (heart rate & breathing). 4. Normal behaviour. 5. Alert expression, sound movement, normal appetite.

Response of an unfit horse to exercise 1. Poor performance. Refusing to jump, unwilling to go forward, slow. 2. Abnormal or extreme physiological response, e.g. Foamy white sweat, breathing heavily. 3. Slow recovery post exercise (heart rate & breathing). 4. Stiffness, lameness or illness. 5. Depression, altered appetite, lethargy movement, normal appetite. There are three main stages to a training programme:- 1) Long, slow distance exercise, 2) Improving strength and skill and 3) Fast work. Long, slow distance exercise starts conditioning the heart and blood vessels and also the musculoskeletal system, which is very important to minimise the risk of injuries such as strained - continued page 38

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Emma Vine  Bicton Arena  East Budleigh Budleigh Salterton  Devon  EX9 7BL Telephone +44 (0)1395 441162  Facsimile +44 (0)1395 446126 ev@clintondevon.co.uk

The perfect venue in any event

Situated in the heart of East Devon, Bicton Arena is one of the South West’s premier equestrian venues 60 acres of beautiful parkland with six show rings including the main ring with sponsor’s stand and commentary box A versatile facility available for hire for both equestrian and other events, such as management training, trade fairs, sports and charity events or car rallies.

This winter has seen a further extension of the course into Blackberry Fields as well as some new features including a sunken road and an additional water feature.

2012 Olympics It has already been designated an official preOlympic training centre for international teams and individuals in the run-up to the London 2012 Games, and this August it will see the return of the British Eventing Horse Trials after a break of three years.

New developments Entrants, spectators and visitors will be able to enjoy the results of an extensive programme of investment including a spectacular new cross country course, built by the internationally renowned Willis Bros’, stretching across 145 acres of Grade 1 listed parkland and featuring over 150 fences with ditches, steps and water features. Last year the cross country course was chosen as the location for Olympian Mary King’s latest DVD Enjoying Cross Country with Mary King.

Two new all-weather ménages with a Sport Track Pro and Gel Track Surfaces now provide year-round facilities for schooling and competitions and with six grass show rings, stabling for 116 horses and a new facilities block, Bicton Arena is very well equipped for a broad range of competitions, from local Pony Club events to British Eventing Horse Trials. A brand new sponsor’s pavilion with adjoining judges and secretary’s box plus a new 200 cover restaurant are planned and hope to be erected over the coming seasons. Designed by Brixham based MTA Architects, they will be timber built to match the award winning Rolle Estate Office that overlooks the main show-ring.

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really top class which is why I’m very keen to make the most of them. Riders of all levels can expect a challenging competition with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. “

Training Clinics Throughout the year Emma takes bookings for cross country schooling and for the all-weather arena. There are also regular training clinics run by Mary King and also by Nick Gauntlett, currently ranked 19th in the world and on course for the Senior British Eventing Team. Regardless of the weather, Emma is looking forward to a busy summer and autumn season at Bicton; “Not only do we have our two new all-weather ménages, we also boast one of the very best terrains for cross country. The going is always good here thanks to the sandy loam soil and old, established turf. The slopes are gentle and the scenery is spectacular all year round. “It’s a real privilege to have a facility that’s equally fit for professional equestrians as it is for local riders and our young local pony club members,” says Emma.“And as for our regular cross country riders, there’s never a dull moment because we alter the direction of the course frequently to keep it fresh, challenging and fun.” 37


tendons. It consists of walking and trotting and gradually increasing the distance covered. At least a month (several months for a young horse) of this type of exercise should be carried out before going any faster. From there, training to improve strength and skill continues to develop the cardiovascular system and bring about positive changes to the muscles, including improving suppleness and balance. This stage includes sport specific exercise (such as jumping) and increasing the work effort, such as introducing exercise up, down and

across hills. Even horses that don’t compete should do strength and skill training specific to the demands placed on them because having a horse that is a safe, enjoyable hack still requires training! The final stage of a training programme is fast work (fast cantering & galloping), this isn’t needed by all sports but is certainly needed by any horse that will be going cross country.

need to be monitored as the horse's work load changes and the correct adjustments made. Fittening correctly is part of the art of owning a horse and it results in a healthier horse, more able to comfortably carry out the required activities with a reduced risk of injury.

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Very few horses stay the same shape all the way throughout the year. Changes in grass, feed, weather, fitness, exercise and training can all affect how much muscle and fat the horse has and this will affect how a saddle fits. It is therefore wise to check the fit of your saddle at least once a year (preferably twice) to make sure it still fits and that the flocking isn’t hard or lumpy. Good saddle fitting is an important part of your horses welfare and rider safety. If a saddle doesn’t fit or needs re-flocking it will cause discomfort, pain and physical restriction. The horse's behaviour will change to try to cope and the horse won’t be able to perform well, even just out hacking. A comfortable saddle that is checked regularly is as important as regular farriery, worming, dental checks and veterinary treatment. - continued page 40

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EQUESTRIAN EVENTS March to end May

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Sunday 7th March- Unaffiliated Dressage, Bicton Arena. Saturday 13th March- Affiliated Dressage, Bicton College.

by Natalie Bucklar-Green The movement of the horse has been used for many years as a therapeutic tool for physical and mental benefit.

Sunday 14th March- East Devon Pony Club Hunter Trial, Bicton Arena.

The walking horse produces approximately 100 movements in three dimensions - in just one minute. This unique way a horse moves cannot be replicated by other methods or equipment and just one example of how it can help is to develop the rider's body and head control, enhancing their ability to achieve a symmetrical, upright posture and to normalise muscle tone. The horse's warmth and movement also provides opportunities for the rider to develop balance reactions and reduce muscle spasms, which can greatly improve someone’s quality of life. The therapy offered by horses does not stop there and there is one group helping people to make a difference to their lives via their four legged friends.

Sunday 21st March- Unaffiliated Dressage, SOVRC at Bicton College.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was founded in 1965 and today helps over 26,000 people participate in riding and driving, with 500 member groups across the UK. East Devon has its own group, which was founded twenty years ago and it helps local people access the many benefits that can be

Sunday 21st March- Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bicton Arena.

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may experience sensory disability, have difficulty with hearing or have little or no sight. Some riders may have special needs ranging from behavioural to emotional problems but all are welcome to take part and they enjoy the exercises and social contact with the volunteer leaders and side walkers and, especially, contact with other riders. The group meets twice a week and has up to 24 riders split over several sessions. They ride horses and ponies hired from a local riding school and because one rider may need up to three people to support them there is a strong reliance on volunteers. Like the riders, the volunteers come from all over East Devon and they are vital to the success of the group, without them the RDA’s aim to improve lives could not be fulfilled. New helpers are always needed and are ensured a warm welcome and an enjoyable time taking part in the fun and laughter. The horses used by the group are specially selected for their good temperaments, so volunteers don’t always need to be experienced horse people.

East Devon RDA is a registered charity and they need to continually raise funds to support their activities. One of the main uses of money raised is to subsidise the Helpers Lesley and Daphne receiving well earned certificates! riding fees by 50%. This significant contribution makes gained from riding. The list of benefits is exten- the session fees more accessible to a wider sive but includes learning new skills, increas- number of people and enables some people ing physical fitness, promoting independence, to ride who otherwise couldn’t afford to take encouraging communication and also offer- part. Sponsorship or financial support is natuing an avenue for the rider to relax and enjoy rally gratefully received as it is used to enable themselves. The riders at East Devon RDA are people to take part in an activity that makes children and adults of all ages and disabilities, such an important difference to their lives. they may have physical or learning disabilities,

Sunday 21st March- Exe Equestrian Club Fun Ride, Woodbury Common. Sunday 28th March- Mini ODE, Bicton College. Saturday 3rd- Sunday 4th AprilAffiliated Dressage, Bicton College. Sunday 11th April- Axe Vale Pleasure Ride, Wiscombe Park, Southleigh. Sunday 11th April- Pleasure Ride, Bicton Arena. Tuesday 13th April- Childrens Day at Exeter Racecourse. Saturday 17th April- Unaffiliated Dressage, Bicton Arena. Sunday 18th April- Unaffiliated ODE, Cotley Pony Club at Bicton Arena. Sunday 18th April- Combined Training, Bicton College. Sunday 18th April- East Devon Hunt Hunter Trial, Straitgate Farm, Ottery. Saturday 24th April- Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bicton Arena. Sunday 25th April- Axe Vale Point to Point & Pony Racing, Stafford Cross, Seaton. Sunday 9th May- Shetland & Miniature Pony Show, Crealy Park, Exeter. Sunday 9th May- Unaffiliated Show Jumping, Bicton Arena. Sunday 16th May- Axe Vale Horse & Dog Show, Elverway Farm, Branscombe. Thursday 20th- Saturday 22nd MayDevon County Show, Westpoint, Exeter. Saturday 22nd May- Unaffiliated Dressage, Bicton Arena. Sunday 23rd May- SOVRC Open Team Show Jumping & Dressage Show at Nutwell Court, Lympstone. Monday 31st May- Axe Vale Pony Club Show, Stafford Cross, Seaton. Monday 31st May- Fun Cross Country & Show Jumping, Bicton College. More Information On Events www.sovrc.co.uk www.bicton-arena.co.uk www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk www.crealyshow.co.uk

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with wild garlic, so if you pick one of those lovely warm and sunny spring days, the smell can be amazing. You also follow the route of a tree-lined stream which you cross at several

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At the junction, turn left along the road and then a small way along you'll see the entrance to the path opposite, then follow the path down Stone Lane. This section of the walk is particularly beautiful, there's a little bridge over the stream next to the ford, further on down, the path is lined with wild garlic.

bigger one, turn right and follow the path down a track, you can then see a stile and gate, go through this and into the field. (Livestock can be grazing in this field, so please keep dogs on a lead). Follow the path along to nearly the end of the field.

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Looking out for bats in East Devon

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f you look across the East Devon countryside by day and you will see a mosaic of fields, Devon hedgebanks, woodland copse and fertile river valleys that make up this predominantly pastoral landscape. You will not be surprised to learn that this rich tapestry makes it one of the finest landscapes in the country, the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - nationally protected since 1963. But look across by night – which I know is tricky-and you may be more surprised to learn that this landscape is great habitat for bats. In fact sixteen of the seventeen species of British bat have been recorded here. A recent new record came from a joint East Devon AONB and Offwell Woodland Education Centre event in 2009, where Leisler’s bat was identified at this woodland reserve for the first time. Other rarities in the area include Grey Long Eared and Bechstein’s bat, known to use the Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve.

The current owners are mindful of the need to work hand in hand with Natural England to manage the caves in ways which minimise disturbance at the most sensitive time of the year and enhance areas for bats where possible. But what happens to these bats during the rest of the year? Where do they have their young? Where do they feed?

‘Looking out for bats’ is a 3 year landscape scale project, led by the East Devon AONB Partnership, working with local conservation groups, statutory bodies and more importantly many farmers and landowners, to help shed more light on the nocturnal activities of these special mammals and to find ways Dr Fiona Mathews demonstrates how a special harp trap can be Bat friendly landscape in the East Devon Area of of enhancing the used to identify bats (Offwell Woodland Education Centre) Outstanding Natural Beauty, Farway valley environment they rely on for their survival. The project is also working with local The surveys revealed the preferred feeding people and schools and helping them areas and the hedgerows or routes the bats to understand and learn more about use to get from their summer roost to their these often maligned creatures. favourite dining areas! This information is now being used by Natural England to target key In the summer of 2009 a team of landowners and offer them a Higher Level volunteers and AONB staff carried out Stewardship agreement to further help with a programme of radio tracking across bat conservation. the project area. This work has revealed We know that significant numbers of bats exciting new information about how our local The ‘Looking out for bats’ initiative has now hibernate in the Beer Quarry Caves complex colony of rare Greater Horseshoe bats uses the trained over 21 individuals – our very own bat over winter, including Britain’s largest bat countryside. A huge army of local volunteers men and bat women - to use bat detectors to the Greater Horseshoe. The caves are such an also gave up over 2000 hours of their valuable help us find local hotspots of Greater Horseshoe important site that they are protected under sleep time to come out and help with this activity. Over 30 farm and church surveys have European law as a Special Area of Conservation. survey! been completed and these will help identify

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improvements that may be made to roosting areas. Five local primary schools have got to see bats up close, Colyton Scouts have got to hear ‘swarming’ behaviour – part of the mating activity – using bat detectors and several talks, guided walks have been offered to conservation groups and landowners, with many more planned. ‘Looking out for bats’ is funded by SITA Trust, with additional contributions from East Devon District Council, Devon County Council, Axe Vale and District Conservation Society, Sid

Vale Association and Natural England. SITA Trust makes awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. SITA Trust provides funding to improve biodiversity and the environment around landfill sites throughout England. SITA Trust receives its funding from the waste management company, SITA UK. If you would like to find out more about ‘Looking out for bats’, or if you fancy trying out a bit of bat detection, contact me, Pete Youngman, at the East Devon AONB on 01404 46663 or visit www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk

Above: Greater Horseshoe bat at rest (Simon Horn Sidmouth Herald) Left: Sidbury Primary School visit to Beer Quarry Caves with our very own bat man – Pete Youngman! (East Devon AONB)

Top tips for looking out for bats .... What can you do? Dr Fiona Mathews, lecturer at Exeter University and our very own local bat expert, has some useful tips that might just keep our special friends that little bit safer when they come out at night and help provide extra sources of food. 1. Minimise your light pollution. Although a few types of bats enjoy feeding on moths that congregate around lights, many of the rarer bats found in East Devon hate the light. They have evolved to emerge only in complete darkness, so an outside light left on all night can severely disrupt their behaviour. Some will even abandon their roosts if a new light is installed close by. 2. During mid-summer, feed your cat in the evening and keep it indoors overnight.

Cat predation is one of the most serious threats to bats, as they have no native mammal predators. When the youngsters are learning to fly they are easy prey for cats: for example, some try to feed on Daddy-Long-Legs close to the ground, or are caught as they come out of their roost at night. 3. Plant night-scented flowers, such as stocks and honeysuckle in your garden. These will attract the insects on which all our British bats feed. Having a 'wild' area of garden with brambles will do the same thing. 4. Retain old trees. Many bats roost in crevices in trees. The trees do not necessarily have to be large. For example, I know of a breeding colony of bats that live in an average-sized apple tree in a back garden.

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5. Avoid using insecticides. These will not only kill off many of the insects on which the bats feed, but may also accumulate in the food chain to affect the bats themselves. Even a tiny pipistrelle, which weighs about the same as a £1 coin, has to feed on about 5,000 midges a night. Bats therefore need all the help they can get in having a rich supply of insects available. 6. Create a pond. Even a small pond, particularly if it is still, will help to attract bats. They will not only drink the water but also feed on the many insects associated with water. For more information on bats visit the Bat Conservation Trust to find out more about bats. Alternatively if you have got a bat in your building...call the Bat Helpline 0845 1300 228 as they are a protected species.

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Trevetts Garage staff in 1938

The Early Years of Transport in East Devon by Ted Gosling

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efore the invention of the lorries and cars which now pound their way day and night along our roads, Devon was a county for the horse. From the packhorse trains of the middle ages to the lumbering stage coaches of the early nineteenth century, the horse was supreme and was also the main means of transport for the rider, for private carriages and for horse drawn carts. Although the coming of the railway brought great changes to East Devon life in the 19th century, much of the countryman's life still depended on the muscle power of the horse. The coming of the railway contributed much to the development of Devon's seaside towns and for countless generations of holidaymakers. Exeter became the gateway to their destination. Before reaching Exeter, the southern railway travelled via Axminster and Honiton with branch lines pushing down to the seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton through to Exmouth. The railway network

mph was also enforced. The increase in motor traffic was measurable by 1908 and by 1911 there were no fewer than 72,000 registered private cars in use in the UK. By 1939 the car had advanced beyond the wildest dreams of its pioneers and the holidaymakers travelling to Devon by car in those pre-war days would encounter their first traffic jams. Dagworthy's Austin coach, affectionately know as the "toast rack"

in East Devon was to remain virtually intact until the reshaping of the British railways under the Beeching report of 1963 which advocated the closure of most of the branch lines throughout the country. The result was a disaster for Devon. The first motor cars made their appearance in Devon at the end of the Victorian era and the Motor Car Act of 1903 made the registration of cars compulsory as was the licensing of the drivers. A speed limit of 20

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It is doubtful whether anyone could have foreseen the total disruption in the pattern of English rural life which has probably been more changed by the internal combustion engine than by any other single influence in the last six hundred years. It was during the Edwardian period that men like William Albert Dagworthy (1873-1951) realising the importance of the automobile changed from repairing horse-drawn vehicles to servicing cars and opened the first garage in Sidmouth. It was during the 1930's that Dagworthys operated the famous Austin coaches, affectionately nick-

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Local historian Ted Gosling tells looks back at the early years of transport in East Devon

Diments Garage, Station Rd, Seaton 1904

Trevetts, Seaton 1961

named the "toast rack", which took passengers between Peak and Salcombe Hills every half hour during the summer months.

and Gerald, he gave a first class service to all motorists and the name Oburn became a byword for integrity.

The motorist and the motor car came into their own in East Devon early in the 20th century with local garages catering for their needs. Fred Diment opened the first garage in Seaton in 1905. The premises were in Station Rd (now Harbour Rd) and he was the agent for Sunbeam and Star Cars. The business was bought by Ben Trevett who lived with his family in the adjoining house. His son, George, took over the garage in 1936 and ran the business until his retirement in 1978.

By the 1920's the number of small and cheap cars in East Devon very largely used for pleasure meant an increasing demand for petrol and oil with garages like Martin and Staddon in Budleigh Salterton and Downs in Ottery St Mary meeting the demand.

Mr W L Oburn founded the Townsend Garage in Beer in 1922 and was still very much involved in the business when he died in the 1970's aged 82. With his 2 sons, Stanley

Downs in Ottery, Mill Street was first named East Devon Motors and in the early 1920's supplied petrol to motorist in ten gallon cans. The business in Colyton to sell petrol was J Tolmans Cycle Depot. The early motorist in Devon invariably carried a spare can of petrol. Garages were few and far between and depots like Tolman's would sell petrol in 2 gallon cans.

Train crash at Seaton Junction 1929

The pioneers of the motor industry in Exmouth was Mr S Burrow who, assisted by his son, carried on a cycle repair business in Exeter Rd, but with the coming of the motor car they moved to a garage in Church Rd. The first car they owned was a five horsepower single cylinder engine which bore the registration number T 156. It was over one hundred years ago that Karl Benz drove his first horse-less carriage out of his workshop and at the present time it has become normal if not essential to own a car and enjoy the independence, freedom of movement and ease of travel it brings. But no one examining pictures of horsedrawn vehicles can dispute the fact that they have an aura of romance sadly lacking in the modern car.

A timber wagon in Awliscombe circa 1890

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Health & Wellbeing Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation

Your New Guide to Complementary Therapies

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ello! I am Jan Brand, sub-editor and I am joined by the East Devon Coast & Country team in welcoming you to our exciting Health and Wellbeing Section. Our mission is to provide you, our readers, with outstanding articles about how we can all optimise our health and wellbeing. We hope you will find the section interesting and informative. Our aims are twofold. Firstly, we want to provide features giving detailed explanations about the many therapies which are available throughout this area. Secondly, we want to provide the therapists amongst you with a forum where you can introduce yourselves to new clients, where you can network with other like-minded professionals and where all our readers can access information about the latest training, seminars and workshops. The other morning it suddenly struck me that many of us have different views on the meaning of ‘health and wellbeing’. That encouraged me to ask a few people for their understanding. My son said ‘feeling well and happy’ a friend answered ‘feeling fit and at peace with myself’ another said ‘not being ill and being safe’. In 1948 the World Health Organisation stated ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ Here are some tips which I hope will help you on your way to good health and wellbeing: • Get plenty of fresh air. Breathe deeply as oxygen helps your body function well. • Laugh daily. Laughter produces endorphins which are natural anti-depressants. • Listen and respect your body, it will tell you if you need to rest or take time out. • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Drink before your thirsty as thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated. • Eat a proper breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day. If you can’t face a cooked breakfast, at least eat something light

such as a bowl of yoghurt with fruit. • Take regular exercise, at least thirty minutes three times a week. Walking, dancing, tennis, swimming etc. The most important thing is to do something active to get your heart and lungs working. • Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruit. Green vegetables contain lots of antioxidants which help to fight cancer. • Get plenty of sleep and relaxation. Ideally at least 7 hours sleep. Also take time to relax, listen to music, read, meditate or do yoga. • Eat and drink in moderation. • Have regular health checkups, it is much easier to deal with a problem early rather than late. I believe that we need to refresh and replenish regularly as we travel along life’s challenging paths. To help us along the way I intend to provide you with information to enable you to make informed decisions about your own health and wellbeing, whilst also providing you with up-to-date information about the treatments and where they are available throughout East Devon. Looking forward to talking to you again in the next edition, in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your thoughts and suggestions.

Jan

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Chiropractic Health Centre Gentle effective holistic treatment for the whole family Richard Stenning D.C. Michael Norris D.C. Louisa Wootton D.C.

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COGNITIVE HYPNOTHERAPY Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Clinical Hypnotherapy Helping you to take control of your life

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What is MLD? The Independent in November 2008 explained Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) “…stimulates the lymphatic system, the thing that’s responsible for transporting nutrients around the body and eliminating waste and excess fluid. Using light, rhythmical strokes, therapists clear areas of congestion to reduce puffiness and boost the immune system. …. MLD is a favourite among French women, who swear by its cellulite-busting effect”. MLD is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialized, light, gentle rhythmical pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow.

sinus disorders – acne – puffy ankles in pregnancy – fluid retention – tired, puffy eyes – reducing cellulite – minimising / reducing stretch marks – promoting healing of wounds, burns and scars

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A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body’s immune responses. Lymphoedema Management MLD in combination with Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a recognised treatment to aid in the management and control of both primary and secondary lymphoedema. To ensure high standards are maintained, therapists are required to update their skills biannually and are registered with MLDUK (www.mlduk. org.uk). Nicola Gillespie BSc (Hons) is a Vodder qualified Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complex Decongestive Therapist (CDT) practicing in Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth at prices that are fair and affordable to all age groups. To request further information about MLD and its benefits, lymphoedema and CDT or to book an appointment, call: 01395 444305 www.nicolagillespie.co.uk

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In the early 1930’s, Dr. Emil Vodder created a unique set of movements which he successfully used to clear chronic catarrh and facial acne. He termed this technique manual lymph drainage. He went on to devise treatments for the whole body. Since his pioneering work modern research has looked at the effects of this technique on the lymphatic and nervous systems. As a result, MLD has spread worldwide and is a popular treatment in many European hospitals.

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What are the benefits? MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well being. It is a deeply relaxing treatment which improves skin tone and is particularly relevant for chronic conditions including, but not limited to, the following:

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Health & Wellbeing Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation NLP THERAPY Problems? NLP offers real help with relationships, confidence issues, habits, self esteem, decision making, fears, change. To talk to Sali Mustafic Sidmouthʼs NLP Master Practitioner ring 01395 516053 For more information visit www.NLPDevon.co.uk

PILATES

MODIFIED PILATES NEW FOR 2009/2010

Modified Pilates Classes will be held at the Temple Methodist Church Hall in Budleigh on Thursday mornings. EDPSIC Ltd plans to offer a local Budleigh Salterton Clinic / Physiotherapy Service including, Acupuncture, Pilates and Home Visits will be available in the near future.

Physiotherapists Registered with the Health Professions Council

East Devon Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Ltd, Church Street, Sidford, Devon EX10 9RL Tel: 01395 578656 www.eastdevonphysio.co.uk

Gentle, safe, drug free treatments Sidmouth Chiropractic Centre has now been open for 6 years. There are 3 chiropractors working at the clinic to improve the health of the residents of Sidmouth and its surrounding areas. Chiropractic is primarily a treatment aimed at treating muscles, joints, nerves and soft tissue problems. Most commonly known for treating lower back and neck pain, chiropractic can also be used to treat rib injuries, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, knee pain, ankle sprains, foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis, headaches, sports injuries and much more. There is a vast amount of research to support chiropractic treatment and NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has recently advised that manipulation should be considered as a

first line treatment for acute lower back pain. The treatments are gentle, safe and drug free. Patients range from children to the elderly and from people who do no exercise to athletes, who often find that chiropractic can benefit their overall performance. Treatment aims to eliminate or reduce pain, discomfort or stiffness, return the patient to normal activity and show ways to prevent the recurrence of the injury or problem or manage it in the future. Treatment consists of a care package depending on the needs of the patient which may include manipulation, soft tissue work, dry needling ( using acupuncture needles) and trigger point therapy to name a few.

info@eastdevonphysio.co.uk

During and following treatment an exercise programme will be developed which includes stretching and then strengthening exercises to help speed your recovery and prevent the injury's recurrence.

SIDMOUTH CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE Treating the cause, not the symptoms

Chiropractors not only treat back pain, but also a whole range of conditions affecting all parts of the body related to joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Whether your problem is new or long-standing, chiropractic may help. If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic could help your condition, telephone us to arrange an informal discussion.

To help prevent problems starting, it is always of benefit to keep active and keep the muscles of the body toned to support the underlying skeletal structure. Exercised such a Pilate's and back school will help improve the core muscles to reduce the risk of injury. Sidmouth Chiropractic Centre offers the opportunity to have an initial complimentary chat with a practitioner to find out if chiropractic may be of benefit for your condition, or to make an appointment Simply call reception on 01395 578714, and mention Coast and Country. Sue Moore BSc (Hons) Chiro, RGN

Our chiropractors are Julie Englefield DC Susan Moore DC Lars-Ola T₀stie DC

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Margaret Kuyper M.Sc, M.B.R.C.P., Y.B.T. Dip. Qualified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Practitioner

Your chance to stretch and strengthen your body. Pilates focuses on developing core strength and flexibility, and it helps improve posture and balance.

General Yoga Classes - groups or individual Yoga Therapy - for most conditions, e.g. back pain, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, migraine, parkinson’s, heart, addictions, stress etc.

It is low impact and gentle, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

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Positive Thinking

Tips which will help us through to the end of this period of recovery from recession. Positive thinking can have a very powerful affect, it can bring inner peace, better health, improved relationships and happiness. Believe it, or not, it's contagious. Other people pick up on your mood and their mood is affected. Here are some tips to help you to develop positive thoughts and in turn help to improve your life:

• • • • • • • • • •

Use positive phrases, like ‘I can’ and ‘it is possible’ Try to ignore negative thoughts and consider meditation Keep a record of things that have gone well for you. Try to visualize positive outcomes Try positive affirmations like ‘I am happy’ ‘I am healthy’ repeat them to yourself regularly during the day and before you to go sleep. Use up to 5 different affirmations each day. Associate more with positive people and take time to play and relax. Smile and watch how many people smile right back – it’s catching! Adjust your posture by standing and sitting straight. Engage in exercise, physical activity helps to develop a positive attitude Watch programmes that make you happy, avoid distressing/sad programmes.

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POSITION VACANT Busy new salon, Lexys in Sidford are recruiting a new member of staff. They are looking for an enthusiastic stylist with flair and experience to join their friendly team. Salaried position, top rates paid to the right candidate. Speak to Catherine on 01395 512336

A Zen saying – Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. Jan Brand

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MANAGING your MONEY

Bursting the inflation bubble....

Helen has been advising clients

How you can protect your income against higher inflation

in the East Devon area for the

T

the provision of retirement and

his month saw a surprise rise in the inflation rate, in fact, to a 14 month high, which is quoted as 3.5% (Consumer Price Index). The official rate of inflation is to some extent misleading because inflation tends to hit those on fixed incomeS much harder. You can check your own personal rate of inflation by using a number of on-line calculators available on the Internet - you might be surprised by your own personal rate of inflation. On the other hand interest rates remain low with the bank base rate remaining at only 0.5%. For those investing most of their capital in building societies Fixed interest, gilts a leap in inflation is not very helpful. Obviously, shopping around might and cash have throw up better deals for instance you always suffered could earn 3.15%* on an instant access badly during account which would pay a net return inflationary times of 2.52%; or, if you can tie your money up for 1 year, then you could earn up to 4%* in the building society this would provide a net return of 3.2%. Average building society rates tend to be much, much lower - around 1% so it's vital to keep shopping round and watch your savings accounts. Try to maximise your ISA allowance wherever possible and remember the new allowance is £5,100 into a cash ISA (from Oct 2009 for those aged over 50). Next year's allowance is £5,100 for cash ISAs and £5,100 for stocks and shares ISAs - or £10,200 if you invest your whole allowance into a stocks and shares ISA (for everyone). Even achieving these competitive rates, it's not hard to work out that after tax, many savers will actually be losing money when returns are adjusted against inflation. The main culprits have been the increasing cost of oil, the devaluation of the pound and For those looking the increase in VAT and stamp duty at retiring shortly which were reintroduced from the beginning of the year. the dilemma is also

currently very apparent

The outlook for inflation is murky there would appear to be 2 schools of thought from the economist- with one camp predicting sharply rising inflation in the medium term (as a direct result of the quantitative easing programme) and another camp saying that we will face persistent stagflation. With this uncertainty on the horizon, investors need to be alert to the dangers of higher inflation and be ready to make changes to their portfolio if higher inflation rears its head. Fixed interest, gilts and cash have always suffered badly during inflationary times. Obviously, everyone should have ready, contingency cash available but very large cash holdings are extremely vulnerable in during high inflationary periods. Inflation beaters for investors have commonly been property, commodities and equities and these are asset classes which are pretty easy to invest in via investment bonds or collective investment schemes. Alternatively, you could opt for multi-asset collective investments which can

past 18 years and specialises in investment advice. Her firm also provides a specialist annuities service for people approaching retirement and newly retired which operates nationally. To find out more about her practice, you can view her company websites at: www.richmondindependent.co.uk For pension annuities visit:

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make the asset allocation calls for you whilst spreading your risk across number of asset classes. In order to keep up with inflation, a real return needs to be derived from the underlying investment and fixed interest will struggle to do this over the years and in some conditions funds can become depleted - especially if you need to take significant income from your capital. For the investor, I guess it's probably Hobsons choice - you either remain cautiously invested and accept the inflation risk or you invest your capital into real assets and take the investment risk. For those looking at retiring shortly the dilemma is also currently very apparent. By taking a fixed income you may have a higher starting income and a guarantee, but over the years your buying power might be severely reduced. There are alternatives to annuity purchase and indeed a wider and wider range of investment annuities which have the potential to provide increasing income - providing the annuitant can take an investment risk. Making these decisions can be difficult in any circumstances, but as the financial landscape continues to look significantly threatening, professional help could be invaluable.

Helen Mulvaney 01395 512166 * Rates from MoneyFacts - Feb 2010 This is our understanding of current tax and HMRC regulations which can and do often change. Richmond Independent is an appointed representative of John Ellis IFA Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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Tales of a Yokel Nana Cuckoo By FCR Esgen

The massive horse chestnut tree seemed so elusive as it stood snugly behind the ancient cob wall of the vicarage. Whether the vicar was in or out, we children knew that it was well worth running the risk for the chance of finding the conker that would beat all-comers in the school yard.

Our satchels full of round, brown beauties, we cycled down to the end of the vicarage lane where Nana Cuckoo’s old flint cottage stood. The smell of wood smoke made our nostrils twitch as we walked into her front parlour.

We all loved Nana Cuckoo who was the grandmother of my best friend Stephen. Sat, as she was, in her wooden rocker by the open fire that burned all year whatever the weather, her silver hair tied back in a

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tight bun, she was what she looked like, a survivor from another age.

As children do, we pushed our luck and a week later we were back throwing sticks and anything else we could find at the conkers still left on the vicar’s tree. This time he saw us and candescent with rage flew out of the vicarage intent on capturing at least one of us. We instantly dropped our bounty, tore through a side gate, jumped on our bikes and headed post haste for Nana cuckoo’s. Unfortunately, I hit the only large pothole in the lane and careered over my handlebars hitting also the rough stone of the road with my head. Nana Cuckoo’s face lit up as we children entered her quaint Victorian world. She did what she could to patch me up and sustained us all with tea and crumpets. Over forty years later I still have a scar under my right arm to remind me of Nana Cuckoo and those long-off escapades.

Tramping Joe By FCR Esgen

I met Joe recently, sitting on a park bench munching his way through a fourth coconut slice. Joe is one of the last of that honourable band of men we used to refer to as gentlemen of the road.

In his mid-seventies, ruddy cheeked and sporting a week’s growth of beard, he has the clearest eyes of any man I have ever seen.

He passes through our town once a year on his way through southern England from Sussex to Cornwall. Joe likes us here in Devon, he says, because we are so friendly. He left London some twenty years ago for what he candidly refer to as the real life; a life of no rent, council tax, electric light, gas or water bills where he is free to eat coconut slices all day.

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