East Devon Coast and Country April 13

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April/May 2013

Covering East Devon, Exeter & West Dorset


Situated in the beautiful conservation area of Budleigh Salterton, Pinewood Residential & Nursing Home provides stunning views of the Jurassic coast and a level of care that is second-to-none. Pinewood Home Care is an independent Domiciliary Care Agency, established by Pinewood Residential & Nursing Home, providing a wide range of care services to assist people in their home, on a one-to-one basis, allowing them to live independently. Why not get in touch with us today to find out what we can do to help you or your loved ones retain their freedom, dignity and independence. Call us on the number below or visit our website for more information.

“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

“Your carers have been looking after my mum Laura Fletcher for a while now. I would just like to say a huge thank you. They are kind, thoughtful, and actually take an interest in their work. Well done Pinewood.” – Peter Fletcher

“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

Pinewood Residential & Nursing Home and Pinewood Home Care 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 Apr-May


6. Forthcoming Events

53. Flatbeare Views

78. Business Advice

Find out what's not to miss.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

Valuable tips from Katina Styles.

12. Live Music Roundup

57. Tales of a Yokel

79. But here's the thing

Get the info on local live music!

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

14. Art Exhibitions

58. Tide Timetables

80. Financial Matters

Forthcoming events & art blog.

Tide times from Lyme to Exmouth.

From local IFA, Helen Mulvaney.

25. Nelson's Column

60. NEW - Yellingham Farm

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Vivid farming tales from Janet East.

26. Fashion and Beauty

64. Come Fly with Me

CONTRIBUTORS Nigel Jones, John Fisher, Judi Spiers, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, FCR Esgen, Ardley Chic, Tony Jackson, Janet East, Amanda Crump, Averil Quinain, Hanneke CoatesHoorn, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Jill Cooke, Hazel Fergie.



April/May 2013

Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones East Devon Coast & Country Ltd

tel. 01395 513383

Retail therapy for women.

Gyrocopters by Guy Peters.


32. NEW - Star Gazing

66. Faraway Walk

Production: Charlotte Fergie

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Illustrated walk with the Editor.


34. Eating Out

70. AONB - 50 years

Great places to dine in the region.

An important birthday for East Devon.

For advertising call: 01395 513383 or email:

38. Fishing in East Devon

72. Horse Care - The Spring

By noted local historial Ted Gosling.

Equine advice from Natalie Bucklar.

42. Vintage Kitchens

74. Life Matters

Amanda Crump talks shabby chic.

Health & wellbeing issues.

nigel@prestige-media.co.uk All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited Covering East Devon, Exeter & West Dorset



Cover photo: N.Jones The Old Bakery - Branscombe 2012 Š

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Editor's Letter A warm welcome to the April & May issue of the East Devon Coast & Country magazine.

We are always looking for new properties to add to our portfolio. Please call for helpful tips, advice and a full marketing appraisal, free of charge.

Spring is here at last and it's a real joy to see all the spring flowers after what seems like such a long winter. Spring is my favourite season, full of hope for the summer and there's simply no better county to enjoy spring than Devon.

Welcome to Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays

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From Beer and Branscombe to Sidmouth and onto Budleigh Salterton our properties very well and arethrough here to assist with all your holiday requirements.

and Exmouth - you can be sure you are never far from the famed Jurassic coast. Visit England assessed and Star Graded - with the majority achieving either 4 Exmouth - you can be sure you are never far from the famed Jurassic coast. Visit and 5 Stars; some cottages having obtained the coveted Gold Award. From Beer and Branscombe through to Sidmouth and onto Budleigh Salterton and England assessed and Star Graded - with the majority achieving either 4 or 5 stars; some cottages having obtained the coveted Gold Award.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our beautiful holiday cottages soon!

In this edition we welcome Judi Spiers with her regular column "Star Gazing", which provides unique and behind the scenes stories about the lives of some of the stars that Judi has recently interviewed. Judi, as you know, is a true Devonian, well-know for her television career encompassing her days on "Pebble Mill at One" and also as a presenter on BBC Radio Devon. I hope you enjoy having a little glimpse into the lives of some of our best loved stars. If you haven't yet used the hub, then you're missing out ! The hub goes from strength to strength after its launch at the beginning of this year. Our new, dedicated

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our beautiful holiday cottages soon!

Tracy Gwillim- Managing Director Tracey Gwillim - Managing Director www.sweetcombe-ch.co.uk www.sweetcombe-ch.co.uk Tel: 01395 512130 Email: enquiries@sweetcombe-ch.co.uk Tel: 01395 512130 Email: enquiries@sweetcombe-ch.co.uk

What's On website now has nearly 2000 events organisations registered on the website and by using the site you can find out about everything that's happening in East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset. Not only available on your computer, it's also on tablet and smartphone versions, so for those of you on the move, it should prove really useful. If you're an event organiser, then please register - it's a completely free service, easy and fast to add your events which go online instantly. You have full control over your online event promotion.

www. eastdevonhub .co.uk Here's to a warm spring and the promise of a scorching summer to follow? Kind regards Nigel Jones (Editor)

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We have a number of dealers on site offering an interesting variety of stock. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm Also on site: Model Garage for Handbuilt Model Cars www.modelgarage.co.uk

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Curious to know if you have something of value? It could pay to talk to Bonhams. - Insurance and Probate Valuations - Home Visits - Specialist Valuation Days

Consigned in the West Country, sold in London for ÂŁ31,250. A rare late 17th/early 18th century seaweed marquetry inlaid table clock.

Bonhams The Lodge Southernhay West Exeter, Devon EX1 1JG

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EAST DEVON PROPERTY REVIEW 2013 STARTED WELL The property market has started well in 2013 with January seeing good activity that slightly slowed in February due to the incessant cold weather, followed by a very strong Easter market in March. The next three months will be some of the busiest of the year as it is the time when most owners decide to put their property up for sale. Sidmouth £1,100,000

PHOTOGRAPHS SAY 1000 WORDS We believe that in order to get the best sale your property has to be shown in the best possible light. Photography is the key, as you see with the pictures on this page. We are forensic in our attention to detail and use the latest digital equipment and go that “extra mile” to ensure that your property has the biggest visual impact. Stockland £695,000

SHORTAGE Of THE ‘RIGHT STuff’ We are finding that there is good demand for property of all types, sizes and prices, whether it is a bungalow at £300,000, a cottage at £450,000, or a larger property at £800,000 and there is always a shortage for that exceptional property. For instance period farmhouses with outbuildings and a few acres, or classic former rectories/vicarages are always in keen demand.

Near Honiton £590,000


Chardstock £695,000

Chesterton Humberts 105 High Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1PE 01404 42456

We believe that selling houses is as much about people as property. Bespoke personal service is our norm. Director Ian Lange FNAEA is the most experienced estate agent in East Devon with over 45 years in the business locally. Alex Coates MNAEA has been selling property in East Devon for over 10 years. Our Honiton office staff have a combined total of over 75 years serving clients and selling property in our area.

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Forthcoming Events April & May 2013

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Fairs POLTIMORE HOUSE GARDEN FAIR 28 Apr - Poltimore House Garden Fair, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 11.00am.

THE GARDEN FAIR AT COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL 04 May - Plant Stalls, Indoor Craft Stalls, BBQ, Bar, Cafe, Cakes, Children's Area, Colyton Grammar School PA, Colyton, 10.00am.

STOCKLAND FAIR 27 May - Stockland Fair returns after a break last year - on late spring bank holiday, Stockland Fair, Stockland, 1.30pm.

Festivals FAIRPORT CONVENTION AND FRIENDS 18 May - Fairport Convention & Friends in the Park at Bicton College Saturday 18th May, Bicton College Events, East Budleigh, 1.00pm.

EXMOUTH FESTIVAL 23 May to 01 Jun - Vibrant and contemporary festival in its 17th year, Exmouth Festival, Exmouth.




18 Apr - Engaging multi-role WW2 comedy-drama written by Natalie Wilcox, Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Until 01 Apr - Can you find one of our very special Golden Easter Eggs hidden around the park, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.



19 Apr - Doc Brown is a North Londonbased comedian, actor and former rapper, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter.

01 Jun to 06 Jun - Come to see our exhibition with flowers at Crediton Parish Church, Crediton Parish Church, Crediton, 10.00am.

Until 31 May - Daily displays at 11.30am and 3.30pm take place at Escot - weather permitting, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

BUGS, PONDS AND DENS 02 Apr to 03 Apr - Spend a morning at ESCOT pond dipping, finding minibeasts and building dens!, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary, 11.30am.


Are you Fed up with missing local events?

04 Apr - For children, Camp Wild is pure enjoyment. It really is as wild as it sounds!, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.


PIRATES TREASURE HUNT 19 May - Are ye up to joining Captain Jack Sparrow and his dastardly crew for the hunt?, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

BUSHCRAFT WEEK 27 May to 02 Jun - Release the spirit of adventure in your children to discover the natural world, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

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CAMP WILD EXPERIENCE - KIDS GO FREE! 31 May - Free entry for all children at Escot and come and check out our Yurt Village, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

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April & May 2013

Forthcoming Events The Budleigh V Music Festival




30 May - Patterns 'Silent Witness' to music theatrical thriller www. fsadevon.co.uk, Farringdon Society of Arts, Farringdon, 7.30pm.

18 May - Come and sing the Vivaldi 'Gloria' from scratch. Nigel Perrin directs, Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton, 9.30am. For more events see display p11.


Theatricals and Musicals


Honiton Festival



Until 06 Apr - Family favourite performed by Sidmouth Arts Operatic Society, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

09 May - A former BBC Young Musician of Year, now one of our most popular pianists, Honiton Festival, Honiton, 7.30pm.



03 Apr to 06 Apr - Production of Brandon Thomas' Charley's Aunt, Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter.

15 May - One of Britain's leading harpsichordists, Honiton Festival, Cotleigh, 7.30pm.



12 Apr - The Magical Musicals, GB Promotions, Tiverton, 7.30pm.

25 May - This Australian born guitarist presents FANTASY TO FLAMENCO, Honiton Festival, Honiton, 7.30pm.

AN AUDIENCE WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES 26 Apr - An Audience with Sherlock Holmes, GB Promotions, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

THE MATCHMAKER 14 May to 18 May - A farce set in New York and Yonkers in the early 1880's, Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

BERKELEY ENSEMBLE 31 May - Lunchtime concert with clarinet, cello and piano, Honiton Festival, Honiton, 1.00pm. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

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THE NEXT GENERATION RANGE ROVER A bold evolution of an iconic design. The next generation Range Rover is the most refined and capable Land Rover ever.

The All-New Range Rover is available in our showroom now to test drive.

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April & May 2013

Forthcoming Events the natural place



Conc erts

At Escot there’s a natural surprise waiting around every corner - come and visit soon!

TOBY KEARNEY - PERCUSSION 25 Apr - The skills of a solo percussionist will be demonstrated with great panache! Seaton Music, Seaton, 8.00pm.

EMG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 25 Apr - Marion Wood, conductor and Clare Smith, leader, Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra, Exeter, 7.30pm.

MUSIC IN MAY - EXETER BACH SOCIETY 11 May - A celebration of summer by the EBS choir including madrigals, folk songs, etc, Exeter Bach Society, Exeter.

AXE VALE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR 19 May - Axe Vale Orchestra & Choir will perform Hadyn's Harmonie Mass & more, Axe Vale Orchestra, Axminster, 3.30pm.

CLASSICAL ORCHESTRAL CONCERT 01 Jun - Evening concert for Save the Children, ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

Childrens' Entertainment EASTER HOLIDAY HUNT Until 14 Apr - Easter egg hunt using wooden Easter eggs, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 9.00am.

Until 01 Apr - A great weekend of entertainment! Pecorama, Beer.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY DAY 01 Apr - Activity day with ponies for children from 4 years, inc Easter Egg hunt, East Devon Riding Academy, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

GO POTTY FOR EASTER AT ARK POTTERY Until 08 Apr - Exhibition,demonstrations, visitor pot making on the wheel. Enjoy a cream tea, Ark Pottery, Wiggaton, 10.00am.

TALES TO TELL - STORYTELLING WITH CLARE VINER 09 Apr - Stories and legends inspired by the East Devon AONB landscape, East Devon AONB, Honiton, 10.00am.

Choirs COME AND SING FAURE - OTTERY PARISH CHURCH 13 Apr - Come and sing Faurés "Requiem" with The Coleridge Chamber Choir, The Coleridge Chamber Choir, Ottery St Mary, 10.00am.

ST GEORGE'S DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT 23 Apr - Special Concert to celebrate St George's Day, Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

THIS SCEPTERED ISLE 27 Apr - Music from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, including Bob Chilcott's 'Requiem', The Sheldon Singers, Honiton, 7.30pm.

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BUDLEIGH SALTERTON MALE VOICE CHOIR 11 May - Male Voice Choir Concert, Seaton & District Lions Club, Seaton, 7.30pm.



Mackarness Hall, Friday, 9.30-11am.



Every 3rd Sunday, Lyme Regis Farmers Market, Lyme Regis.

23 May - Budleigh Salterton Ladies Choir Spring Concert, Budleigh Salterton Ladies Choir, Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm.





Land of Canaan Car Park, first Friday, 9am-1pm.


23 May - Vivaldi -Gloria, Pergolesi Magnificat, Handel - Chandos Anthem No 9, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter, 7.30pm.

The Institute, Ottery St Mary, last Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.

STOCKLAND COUNTRY MARKET Last Saturday, Stockland Victory Hall, 10am-12 noon.


BRIDPORT FARMERS MARKET 13 Apr - Variety of local fresh, often organic goods, Bridport Farmers Market, Bridport.

PECO PIRATE DAY 14 Apr - Featuring a living history display from the 18th century, Pecorama, Beer.


MARKET DAYS Trinity Square, Thursday, 8.30am-3pm.



29 Apr to 04 May - Art Exhibition by local artist Ursula Pratt, Pecorama, Beer.

Town Hall, Wednesday, 9am-1pm.


Exeter Livestock Centre, Monday and Friday, 10.30am.

29 May - Bonhams Valuation Day - FREE Entry to Gardens and Free valuations, Pecorama, Beer, 11.00am.

CRAFT FAIR AT PECORAMA 01 Jun to 02 Jun - Craft Fair at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

Join us for a programme of wonderful concerts by national and international artists.


15 Apr to 03 May - FREE entry to the Pecorama Gardens, Pecorama, Beer.



HONITON STREET MARKET Every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am.

Country Markets BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FARMERS' MARKET Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday, 9am-1pm.


Collectors 27 Apr - 25 Dealers selling postcards, stamps, photos, cigarette cards, ephemera, Exeter Postcard & Stamp Fair, Broadclyst, 10.00am.

OPEN MEETING HONITON POTTERY COLLECTORS' SOC 28 Apr - 'Pottery uncovered' talk, painting discussion & Toby jug display Buy & sell, Honiton Pottery Collectors' Society, Offwell, 10.30am.

Top of Fore Street/South Street, Thursday, 9am-2pm.

EXMINSTER MARKET First Saturday every month, 9.30am-12.30pm.



29 May - Bonhams Valuation Day - FREE Entry to Gardens and Free valuations, Pecorama, Beer, 11.00am.

The Strand Gardens, Exmouth, alternate Wednesdays, 9am-1pm.

Friday July 12th Voces8 ‘British Invasion’ A thrilling programme covering 500 years of music with this top choral ensemble. Saturday July 13th Erdem Misirlioğlu (piano) Recital (including Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata) by the talented BBC Young Musician of the Year piano winner.



The Budleigh Music Festival takes place from Friday 12th July to Saturday 20th July.

Monday July 15th Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (piano) Award-winning duo play works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schnittke and Grieg. Tuesday July 16th The Festival Orchestra Joined by international soloists for a varied programme of works from Purcell and Handel to Britten and Dvořák.

Wednesday July 17th James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Anneke Scott (horn) A wonderful programme by three world-class soloists including works by Schubert, Beethoven and Fauré. Thursday July 18th Academy of St Martin in the Fields Ensemble This top sextet, drawn from the famous Orchestra, plays Brahms, Borodin and Tchaikovsky. Friday July 19th Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed by Merry Opera Opera with a delicious twist guarantees an enjoyable evening. Saturday July 20th At the Drop of a Hippopotamus The mud, madeira and music of Flanders & Swann.

FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS MOST DAYS FEATURING LOCAL PERFORMERS AND YOUNG STARS VENUES: The Temple Methodist Church and St Peter’s Church in Budleigh Salterton. The Opera is performed at Exmouth Pavilion. BOX OFFICE: Budleigh Tourist Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6NG (tel: 01395 445275) FESTIVAL FRIENDS BOOKING: opens on Tuesday 2nd April. Miss Saigon ®School Edition Performed entirely by Students

Miss ®School Edition MusicSaigon by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG Lyrics by RICHARDentirely MALTBY JR and BOUBIL Performed byALAIN Students

Adapted from the original French lyrics by ALAIN BOUBIL

material by RICHARDSCHONBERG MALTBY JR MusicAdditional by CLAUDE-MICHEL Orchestrations by WILLIAM DAVID BROHN Miss Saigon ®School Edition LyricsOriginal by RICHARD MALTBY JR andMACKINTOSH ALAIN BOUBIL Stage Production by CAMERON Performed entirely by Students Adapted from the original French lyrics by ALAIN BOUBIL School Edition specially adapted and licenced by JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG Lyrics by RICHARD MALTBY JR and ALAIN BOUBIL on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH Adapted from Additional material by RICHARD MALTBY JRthe original French lyrics by ALAIN BOUBIL Additional material by RICHARD MALTBY JR Orchestrations by WILLIAM DAVID BROHN Orchestrations by WILLIAM DAVID BROHN Original Stage 2013 Production by CAMERON MACKINTOSH Monday April 8th ‒ Saturday 13th April School Edition specially adapted and licenced by JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD Original StageatProduction by CAMERON MACKINTOSH on behalfat of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH Nightly 7.30pm. Saturday matinee 2.30pm School Edition specially adapted and licenced by JOSEF WEINBERGER Monday 8 – Saturday 13LTD April 2013 The Exmouth Pavilion Tickets at the Box Offi ceApril 01395 222477 Nightly at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH www.ledleisure.co.uk www.centrestage-exmouth.co.uk th

PUBLIC BOOKING: for all tickets opens on Monday 15th April. Opera tickets also available from Monday 15th April from Exmouth Pavilion (tel: 01395 222477). PRICES: All concerts £15; early discounts available until 19th April. Opera £16, £19 and £24.


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Live Music

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CELINE DOS SANTOS 4 Apr - acoustic covers and originals, Hatt’s Bar & Restaurant, Exeter, 9pm.

THE LATESHIFT 5 Apr - popular party band, The Beach Hotel, Exmouth, 9pm.

EXETER'S COUGARS 06 Apr - Exeter's Cougars, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.40pm.

CHILL 12 Apr - 3-piece band with music from 60s through to now, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9pm.

LIVE MUSIC 19 Apr - Dave Rich entertains with an evening of live music, Dave Rich, Lympstone, 9.00pm.

WHITE SPIRIT 20 Apr - Indie/pop rock, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9.15pm.

GUILTY PLEA 26 Apr - Covers band, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.

THICK AS THIEVES 26 Apr - pop and rock anthems, The Ship & Pelican, Exeter, 9-11pm.

THE DARLINGTONS 02 May - new group with an artillery of life-affirming tunes, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

ROD STEWART TRIBUTE SHOW 04 May - Rod Stewart Tribute Show, Seaton Tramway, Seaton, 7.00pm.

ALED JONES 10 May - a voice loved by the nation, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm.

MIDGE URE 15 May - needs no introduction, Exeter Phoenix,8pm.



APRIL & MAY 2013

BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB 03 Apr - Pete Canter & Friends Jam session, The Bridge Jazz Club, Exeter, 8.30pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN' 07 Apr - Swing Jazz and Sunday lunch at this popular pub on the seafront, Take4 Jazz, Exmouth, 2.00pm.

CHRIS GRADWELL AND FRIENDS 14 Apr - At the Blue Ball "Just Jazz", Chris Gradwell & Friends, Sidford, 7.30pm.

DYJO CONCERT 19 Apr - Concert by the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra to open Budleigh Jazz Festival, Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm.

A.J'S BIG BAND AND VOCALIST 19 Apr - Classics from the Glenn Miller era and beyond, GB Promotions, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

TAKE 4 JAZZ FEATURING LYNN THORNTON 26 Apr - Jazz Music, Take4 Jazz, Sidmouth, 8.00pm.

BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB 01 May - Pete Canter & Friends plus jam session, The Bridge Jazz Club, Exeter, 8.30pm.


19 May - At the Blue Ball "Le Jazz", Sidford, 7.30pm.

31 May - popular party band, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9pm.

THICK AS THIEVES 31 May - The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple, 9-11pm.

The Blues Band

24 May - DYJO perform as part of the Exmouth Festival, Exmouth, 5.30pm.



24 May - rock/blues, The Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth, 9-11.30.

31 May - Live Jazz in the restaurant, Take4 Jazz, Sidmouth, 8.00pm.




11 May - formed in 1979 by exManfred Mann band members, Exeter Corn Exchange, 7.30pm.


25 May - covers from the 60s thru to now, Volunteer Inn, Honiton, 9-11.30pm.

Japanese drumming sensation Waidako Tokara bring their Kazakoshi show to the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, on 25 May as part of their World Tour. In Kazakoshi (“Mountain Wind”), Tokara has created the jazziest most exciting style of Taiko Music you will ever have experienced. The fast and powerful drumming combines with the eloquent movements of dance and the circular fluidity of Chinese martial arts and akihido to touch rhythms and signatures of other cultures around the world. “I felt pure primal joy as the beat reverberated through my body,” says one member of the audience. This is more than just music, more than just a show, it’s a whole new cultural experience. Tickets £15/£10 in advance. Barnfield Theatre Box Office 01392 270891 www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk

01 May - Winner of Folk Awards 2012 Best Musician, and a virtuoso on melodeon & guitar, Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, Seaton, 8.45pm.






25 May - Popular local band playing an exciting mix of jazz and swing standards, Take4 Jazz, Exmouth, 8.30pm.

25 May - sensational Japanese drumming, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm KAZAKOSHI - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

05 May - Swing jazz and Sunday lunch at this popular pub on the seafront, Take4 Jazz, Exmouth, 2.00pm.

20 May - a rising star on the music scene, The Lemon Grove, Exeter, 7.30pm. 24 May - covers band, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9.30pm-12 Midnight.

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03 May - Popular open mike night in theatre setting, in heart of Exeter. All welcome!, Barnfield Music Club, Exeter, 7.45pm.

20 May - Sid Vale Folk Choir sing at The Sidholme Hotel's magnificent music room, Sid Vale Folk Choir, Sidmouth.


03 Apr - Lucy wowed us last year to a sell-out house, and a year on she's even better, Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, Seaton, 8.15pm.

10cc’s Graham Gouldman and Friends


26 Apr - funk, pop, hip-hop, soul and dub all freshly squeezed for your delight, Mama Stone’s, Exeter, TIME.

05 Apr - Very popular open mike night, theatre setting, every first Friday, all genres, Barnfield Music Club, Exeter, 7.45pm.


The Motives 25 May - blues band featuring Matt Taylor, The Gateway, Seaton, TIME.




Adam Sweet

21 Apr - Heart Full Of Songs Tour, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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THE CULPRITS 05 Apr - Rock/covers, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.

COVERHEAD 20 Apr - Rock/blues, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.

LAND OF THE GIANTS 03 May - loud, loud sound, Mama Stone’s, Exeter, TIME.

4 ROCK’S SAKE 17 May - classic rock and blues, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9-11.30pm.


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Saturday 20th April, 8pm LYNN THORNTON, with Just Misbehavin’ SOUTH WEST SWING Matthews Hall, Topsham www.lynnthornton.me.uk

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Jazz and Soul singer Lynn Thornton is gifted with a voice that can beguile, shock, and delight, so great is her range and so exciting the way she can make any song her very own. She sings regularly with her own band, Just Misbehavin’, with Take4, the quartet that gives you cool jazz with a touch of class, and with the 9-piece group Souled. She has sung with big bands, gospel and blues groups too. But perhaps her first love is swing music, and with her powerful voice she creates the rhythms and shapes that’ll sweep you off your feet. So if you love swing and you love to dance.. You’re in for one of the most exhilarating evenings of your life. Tickets £10 Matthews Hall, Fore street, Topsham, EX3 0HF Tel 01392 875332 www.southwestswing.org.uk

Sunday 21st April, 7.30pm 10cc’s GRAHAM GOULDMAN & FRIENDS Exeter Corn Exchange www.grahamgouldman.info

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Graham Gouldman, gifted songwriter and co-founder of Art Rock band 10cc, brings Heart Full Of Songs to Exeter on 21st April. Now touring with bandmates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, and Mike Stevens, he presents a 90-minute acoustic performance that will stir your heart and bring teenage memories flooding back - there’ll be ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday, etc.

Saturday 13th April, 7.45pm BRAGATANGA Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.bragatanga.co.uk

Cornwall-based BragaTanga, a four-piece band famed for producing an exhilarating and vibrant mix of world music, bring their show to Lyme Regis on 13th April. Jim Carey, Dan Hughes, Pete KubrykTownsend, and Chris Roberts gel together to make inspirational music on accordion, clarinet, violin and upright bass. Their secret is simple that at the heart of the wildest dance sits the soul of the dancer. This belief emanates through their music, which draws on the traditions of Romania, Macedonia, Brittany, Malta, Mexico, Scotland, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Bulgaria, and more. As one critic has put it There is no way a body can stay still in the presence of BragaTanga.” Tickets £10 advance/ £12 on the door. Email info@bragatanga.co.uk Tel 07446 387825. Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB Box Office 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.org.uk

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

Tickets £22.50 in advance £24 on the door. Exeter Corn Exchange, George Street, Exeter EX1 1BU Tel 01392 665866 www.exeter.gov. uk/cornexchange Email cornexchange@exeter.gov.uk photo courtesy of Joel Anderson


BLACK HORSE INN - SIDMOUTH “The family-oriented pub where live music is always free” The Black Horse in Sidmouth’s Fore Street is a family-oriented pub just yards from the beach. It prides itself on its delicious, healthy fresh food, which is locally-sourced and served in the smart newly-refurbished restaurant or, if you prefer, to take away. The Black Horse can cater for events large or small and is also available for outside catering. Food is served from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, to 9.30pm at weekends, and to 10pm on some summer evenings.

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On Friday and Saturday evenings, when the food is gone, live music takes over. There’s a great atmosphere, the music is free, and Under 18s may play, which is all helping to make the Black Horse the most popular live music venue in Sidmouth. This is the place to see function bands on the local circuit. If you are looking to book a band for a special occasion, perhaps a wedding or a party, why not treat yourself to some evenings at the Black Horse and hear some of the available bands.

CHILL, a Dorchester-based function band that plays all over the South West, will be at the Black Horse on 12 April at 9pm. This all-male three-piece band plays songs from the 60s through to now. They perform at private functions and corporate events, and are delighted to have provided the music on Living TV’s fantasy wedding special in 2010.

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Black Horse Inn, 30 Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8AQ Tel: 01395 513676 www.blackhorseinn-sidmouth.co.uk CHILL www.chillthepartyband.co.uk Contact Paul Graham Tel 01308 482183


Forthcoming Art Exhibitions April & May 2013

David Chambers - 'Trawler in Rough Sea' - Coastal Art

Michael Morgan - 'Quarry Edge' - Marine House at Beer

'March barn' - South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts

GALLERIES JEAN HAINES SOLO WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION Until 10 Apr - Exciting solo exhibition from Jean Haines at James Gallery, Budleigh Salterton. STORM THORGERSON EXHIBITION Until 14 Apr - The creator of some of the most iconic album covers today. Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton. EASTER EXHIBITION Until 14 Apr - West Country Artists display their latest works, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am. SPRING EXHIBITION Until 20 Apr - Spring Exhibition, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am.

STILL LIFE Until 20 Apr - Three artists of differing ages and experience all practice within this area. Hybrid, Honiton.

SPRING EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS - ISCA GALLERY 1 to 30 Apr - New works by selected artists. Isca Gallery, Budleigh Salterton.

NEW PAINTINGS - SLADERS YARD UNTIL 21ST APRIL Until 21 Apr - Landmarks - by Paul Jones. Sladers Yard, Bridport.

COASTAL ART EXHIBITION HONITON 6 to 27 Apr - On the 6, 13, 20, 27th April. Coastal Art, Honiton, 10.00am.

PAINTING THE EVERYDAY Until 27 Apr - Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Thelma Hulbert (1913 - 1995), Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton.

IAN MACKAY, JANE RYAN AND SHIRLEY FOOTE 13 Apr to 11 May - Two automata makers, Jane Ryan and Ian MacKay, with paintings by Shirley Foote, Lantic Gallery, Tiverton.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012 Until 30 Apr - The very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. RAMM, Exeter. BRITISH NAIVE ARTISTS Until 04 May - Preview Fri 8th March, gloss-Art Gallery, Exeter.

TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5.00

Sun 2.00 - 4.30


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EXHIBITIONS Storm Thorgerson

Until 14 April - The creator of some of the most iconic album covers today, including Pink Floyd’s instantly recognisable Dark Side of the Moon. Many of Thorgerson’s classic album covers have become masterpieces in their own right and will be showcased at this exhibition.

MARY MABBUTT EXHIBITION 14 Apr to 05 May - Exhibition of paintings by Mary Mabbutt, The Art Room, Topsham.

75TH EXHIBITION - SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS 16 Apr to 25 May - Work from over 100 members of the Society at The Marle Gallery, Axminster. EDWARD KELLY SOLO EXHIBITION 26 Apr to 25 May - The infamous Edward Kelly comes to Dorset for a major Solo Exhibition. Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am. EAST DEVON ARTISTS FOR CHARITY AT PECORAMA 29 Apr to 04 May - Artists between the river Exe and Axe are invited to join this exhibition at Pecorama, Beer. BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012 01 May to 19 May - The very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. RAMM, Exeter.

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EXHIBITIONS 75th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers 16 April to 25 May Private View 13 April 3pm to 7pm Demonstration Day 20 April 12 to 4pm Work from over 100 members of the Society, all elected or invited to membership on merit. Wood engraving is a distinctive and delightful art form. Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ art@themarlegallery.co.uk 01297 639970 www.themarlegallery.co.uk


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

Still Life Until 20 April - Three artists of differing ages and experience all practice within this area.


11 May to 8 June - Three artists respond to the season of new growth.

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Painting the Everyday Until 27 April Centenary exhibition of the late Thelma Hulbert 1913-95 - Free.

The Beekeeper and The Bee 11 May to 29 June Charcoal drawings and oil paintings by Kate Lynch - Free. www.thelmahulbert.com

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Storm Thorgerson - 'Division Bell' - Brook Gallery

Neil Hampson - 'Peregrine Falcon' East Devon Art Academy

EVENING LECTURE: WHAT MAKES A GREAT PORTRAIT? 07 May - Sandy Nairne will talk about the portraits in this year’s exhibition. RAMM, Exeter, 6.30pm. ART FOR LIFE AUCTION AT ABODE EXETER 11 May - In aid of Childrens' Hospice South West, Art for Life Auction, Exeter, 10.30am.

'Bernstein Sky Spirits' - The Marle Gallery

Linda Felcey - 'Japanese Plum' - Hybrid

Shirley Foote - 'Stepping Stones' - Lantic Gallery

BUD 11 May to 8 Jun - Three artists respond to the season of new growth. Hybrid Gallery, Honiton. ACADEMICANS' EXHIBITION 2013 SWAC 18 May to 08 Jun - South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts main exhibition at Gloss Gallery, Exeter.

Robin Rae - 'Milly in the shingle' - The Art Room

Edward Kelly - 'Dawn for Stargazers' - Artwave West

TOM BARRETT, ROBERT ORGAN & ROBIN RAE 19 May to 09 Jun - 'Man and Dog' Paintings by Tom Barrett, Robert Organ and Robin Rae. The Art Room, Topsham. EAST DEVON ARTISTS FOR CHARITY SPRING EXHIB'N 25 May to 02 Jun - Artists between the river Exe and Axe are invited to join this exhibition at Kennaway House, Sidmouth.



Spring Exhibition

Annabel Menheneott

1st April to 30th April

Dynamic sailing and sea scenes

Cristina Ulander

Big skies and bird flocks - pure escapism

Louise Waugh

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Paul Jones new paintings

Easter Exhibition Until 14 Apr (then open at

Robin Rae new paintings with Janette Kerr sea studies

Selected West Country Artists.

May Exhibition 25 May to 09 Jun A selection of West Country artists exhibit their latest works.

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-4.30pm (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LX


Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS www.eastdevonart.co.uk 01395 516284 info@eastdevonart.co.uk weekends until 19 May)

Fresh compositions in a Hockney style And more from Charlie O’Sullivan Just simply sensational

GALA EXHIBITION 27 May - Budleigh Salterton Art Club's exhibition at the Public Hall, 10am 4pm. Local emerging artists, free admission, refreshments.

Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft. Licensed Café. gallery@sladersyard.co.uk


Exciting new artists now at the galleries

MAY EXHIBITION 25 May to 09 Jun - A selection of West Country artists exhibit their latest works. East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

Craig Askew - 'Evening Regatta' - Isca Gallery

Paul Jones - 'Towards South Down' - Sladers Yard

ISCA www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk www.steamgallery.co.uk

Thelma Hulbert 'Green Leaves, Blue Window'

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Art tuition available throughout the year A selection of work may be viewed on-line at www.eastdevonart.co.uk www.facebook.com/eda.academy Open every day 11am-5pm, including Sunday

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Landmarks - until 21 April

from 27 April Furniture by Petter Southall. Sculpture, craft and accessories by leading British artists & makers. Evening events please see website.

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We’re the official coordinators for EXETER OPEN STUDIOS which we are delivering in Spring 2013 - with a series of exciting pop-up exhibitions and film screenings across the city. Please make contact if you wish to be involved. Tel. 07786 326298 dolbycusdin@gmail.com

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24 Good quality, double sided, free standing 4 x 4 foot art display screens for sale on behalf of East Devon Artists for Charity. Call: 01297 553980

Can be viewed during Easter at Branscombe Village Hall

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THE IN-BETWEEN STAGE: MOVING FROM GRADUATE TO PROFESSIONAL A few weeks after my degree show I was fortunate enough to be invited to a preview on the Southbank in London. My housemate Charlotte volunteered in a quirky little commercial “Tongue & Groove”- kinetic sound sculpture

gallery called Bicha and told me to come along to a preview so she could introduce me to the director. After a few glasses of red wine and a cigar the director suggested I gave him a call the following day to arrange a meeting. Shortly after, I took a portfolio of work down with a few small pieces; he liked my work and wanted his partner to see the work too, which was great. Eventually we got down to the nitty gritty stuff and started talking prices. He wanted my price list to reflect the wall price, but I was adamant that the prices should be trade. I had sold work before and wanted to make sure I did not ‘undersell’ myself. This was my first rookie mistake in the big wide art world and eventually lost me the opportunity. I realise now it was completely arrogant to think that I knew better than him.


Like any professional career path, it can be difficult to break into the art scene. It is that chicken and egg situation where you need a show to get your work and name noticed, but without

any galleries, shows or innovative projects on your CV, no one will give you an opportunity. Particularly in tough financial times commercial galleries are taking less risks and often go for the most sale-able work. Artist Lizzie Watts graduated from Brighton University in 2011 and is in this very situation. She says, “it is difficult to value our work and status fairly at this early stage. The question that needs to be asked is What are we really doing it for? Is it the money, the kudos or the passion? Personally, I am driven by passion with the hope that the other two will soon follow.” So, how do we tackle this? First, you need to find a gallery whose current stable reflects your style. Second, you need to learn to trust the gallery’s judgement. They know the market better than you do and, most of the time, are not trying to rip you off, but trying to find the best way to promote your work so everybody wins. Third, do not let your Ego stop you from exhibiting in all kinds of weird A rythmic sketch produced and wonderful by one of places-it is more Lizzie’s kinetic sculptures important to get your work out of the studio and into the public eye so you can start meeting people and get some feed back. Finally, and most importantly, do not give up; be patient and enjoy the sociable, creative, wine-filled, eccentric journey of The Artist.


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Cristina Ulander - ‘I Fly to you’ - Oil on canvas, 90cm x 90cm £1295

Annabel Menheneott - ‘Driving Through’ - 90cm x 90cm £1395

TWO FINE MODERN ARTISTS UNVEILED AT STEAM GALLERY Wistful large mood paintings are becoming increasingly popular and Marine House at Beer and sister gallery, Steam Gallery have been conducting extensive research to find artists in this genre with the quality of painting which meets the high standards we set ourselves. The first fruits of this exercise are the introduction of Wiltshire based sea and sail artist Annabel Menheneott and Cristina Ulander with her series on bird flocks and big skies. Both artists produce fine , bold statement works full of light and

movement. They are painted in oil on canvas. Annabel comes from a family with a sea faring tradition and has that sure instinct that conveys the dynamic between boat and waves. Cristina’s haunting sky scenes find their focus in beautifully observed bird flocks depicted in gold. Steam Gallery have a selection of these works. They can also be viewed on www.steamgallery.co.uk but they really deserve inspection for real!

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MICHAEL MORGAN RI - MASTER OF WATERCOLOUR Re-acquired early originals for resale Last November saw the last Michael Morgan solo show of new works that will be staged. Michael has become unwell and we were fortunate that he was able to complete a body of work for this sell out event. Hope was expressed by all that Michael will remain comfortable and contented in the next stage of his life. Keeping the flame of his genius alive, Marine House will remain the centre for his paintings and limited editions and will continue to acquire works for resell.

In addition the definitive book on his paintings and influences is now on sale at the gallery as a limited and individually numbered and beautifully boxed set of 100 copies for £120 each, the ultimate record of Michael’s distinguished career. We have also launched new limited editions of six of his most noted works in editions of only fifty. Contact the gallery for more details of re-acquired paintings as illustrated above. for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk

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info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com Artwave West is one of the leading Contemporary Art Galleries in the South West. The gallery has been carefully designed to make viewing and buying art an enjoyable experience. Shows

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focus around professional artists who have an impressive national and international exhibiting profile. Visiting artists are selected to exhibit in mixed shows, bringing diversity and new ideas to

the programme. This large stylish gallery is sited conveniently on the A35 in Morcombelake and has ample parking. Appointments to view work outside opening times can be easily arranged.

Suchi Chidambaram - ‘Spring’

SPRING EXHIBITION APRIL Open Wed to Sat 10am-4pm

Heather Duncan - ‘Peak’

The Spring Exhibition this year at Artwave West features ten major artists with a record of outstanding professional achievements. Among them Suchi Chidambaram; following last year’s hugely successful solo show in Bombay and Delhi, Suchi will delight us in Dorset with her latest coastal paintings. Claire Wiltsher whose exceptionally popular work has been selected for the House of Lords permanent collection and Heather Duncan with her commanding paintings full of vibrant colour and graphic marks that depict the landscape.

Claire Wiltsher - ‘Coastal stage’

EDWARD KELLY - SOLO EXHIBITION MAY Open Tues to Sat 10am-5pm Edward Kelly’s powerfully expressive paintings composed of rhythmic marks and emblems reflect his long standing engagement with the relationship between the elemental force of nature and the dynamic of abstract painting. Kelly was born in Liverpool and trained at Liverpool College of Art between 1963 and 1967. His work has been exhibited internationally in group shows as well as in public and private galleries including MOMA in Oxford, Museum Werft Kronhout in Amsterdam and Culture Gallery in New York.

Edward Kelly - ‘Showtime’ EAST DEVON

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Whilst I was swimming, a mermaid leapt over my head. by David Brooke


Cevennes Magic Hour - Winter. by Laura Hudson

Asleep. by David Brooke


In the thirteen years since its foundation the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts has established an enviable reputation for excellence built around the annual Open Show and Children’s Exhibition – now the Young Artists Award - the Academicians Show and Drecki Lecture. With its sights now set on a more expansive programme of complementary events across the year, the Academy is set fair for the next decade in its charitable mission to promote the fine and applied arts in the South West. In the arts world there has been an explosion of forms, images, methods and media with never ceasing new (and then even newer!) classifications of art competing for attention in an already crowded and visually bewildering space. An Academy of the visual fine arts in the early twentieth century, confined to painting, drawing, sculpture and architecture would find itself swimming against the inexorable tide of change and innovation in what may today be seen as fine art. Similarly the early champions of the Arts and Crafts movement would no doubt be amazed at the extraordinary proliferation of what today goes under the label of applied arts. The South West Academy has worked hard to broaden its scope to accommodate change in its chosen fields by revising its aims and objectives and then seeking out new

A Day in the Garden. by Charlie O'Sullivan

exhibitors and elected members with fresh ideas and new perspectives, to complement the distinguished practitioners who have made the Academy what it is today. Change, however, has not been accomplished by abandoning commitment to excellence. The Academy, remaining constant to its original values, asserts that ‘contemporary’ must not mean the end of craft, skill, knowledge and application. Volume of production should not mean the end of carefully developed and worked original forms and images. Speed of manufacture should not prevent work from demonstrating development and continuity. Experiment with form and media or exploitation of modern technology should not prejudice any consideration. Social or political comment using the medium of art does not preclude the art in question being of a quality comparable with those practitioners of the past more interested in the pure aesthetic. This refinement of the Academy's original aims extends our range to encompass work beyond the traditional scope of the definitions 'Fine' or 'Applied Art' whilst retaining our commitment to the promotion and encouragement of the integrity, honesty and accomplishment always inherent in the very best work. Every elected Academician, from whatever era, has created a body of work that demonstrates development, continuit y and dedication to

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excellence and exemplary skill and craft. We show here three paintings by new Academicians that exemplify precisely this achievement and

No organisation, commercial or charitable, can claim to have an exclusive understanding of the reasons behind the astonishing explosion in popularity of the visual arts

consequent quality. Greg Ramsden’s skills as a draughtsman are fully on show in this drawing from a recent series of farm building and implement studies, Charlie O’Sullivan’s exquisite collage/paintings offer a new and unique take on our landscape while Laura Hudson’s exceptional use of colour and form throw us all back to the first experimenters in modern painting looking with new eyes at the mountainous French hinterland. No organisation, commercial or charitable, can claim to have an exclusive understanding of the reasons behind the astonishing explosion in popularity of the visual arts. However, for those seeking out quality for appreciation or even

Moment. eastdevonhub .co.uk by Jelly

investment purposes, the Academy does offer a clear and cogent rationale behind its work and a rewarding and fulfilling fellowship to those artists who share its aims and objectives. The current membership of the Academy is the strongest in the thirteen years of its existence. We show here recent work by Colin Allbrook, Jelly and David Brooke, representative of the wide range of media, forms and genre offered by this talented and recognised grouping. In an exciting new exhibition staged by the photographer Michael Carter SWAc, partnered by the Academy, all current academicians have been captured in their homes and studios by Michael’s perceptive and revealing methodology. These portraits, alongside Michael’s narrative describing his visits and impressions of the artists and a single representative work by the subject, are gathered together in the Ariel Centre, Totnes, from the 17th to the 29th April under the banner ‘The Lens and the Easel’. This innovative format precedes the annual Academician’s Show to be staged in Exeter from the 18th May to the 8th June at the Gloss Gallery. Full details of both of these events may be found on the Academy’s website at:. www.southwestacademy.org.uk. Alan Fynn. Chair of Trustees. South West Academy

Winter Quay - Instow. by Colin Allbrook


to the Children’ Hospice. Children’s Hospice South West takes care of children with limited life expectancy. They do tremendous work and are always in need of ongoing financial support. In addition to caring for the children, the hospice also provides accommodation for parents and siblings to enable the whole family to be together for precious periods of time.

Patricia and Alan Cotton, Alison Summerfield. and Phil Creek


An auction of paintings to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West will be held at The Royal Clarence Hotel (Abode Exeter), on Saturday 11th May from 10.30 to 12.30. Internationally acclaimed Artists, whose work command


very high prices in London, such as Ken Howard RA OBE, Rose Hilton ARCA, Alan Cotton FRSA, D.Litt SWAc Peter Brown NEAC, and Peter Randall-Page Hon SWAC, whose sculpture for the Eden Project is the largest carving ever done in the UK,


have contributed to this auction. They, together with well known academicians from the South West Academy and other invited artists, have donated their work, so there will be tremendous bargains to be had and the entire proceeds will go

The auction will be conducted by Robin Barlow, formerly of Bearne’s Auctioneers and currently High Sheriff of Devon, Do come along to this prestigious event, which has already attracted tremendous interest, because of the range of artists and the quality of the work to be auctioned. A lavish, full colour catalogue of all the paintings, with biographies of the artists, has been made possible through the generosity of our sponsors, particularly our major sponsors Prydis Financial and Legal and Pyne & Lyon, Property Consultants. A catalogue can be obtained from Alan Cotton, Patron of Art for Life, who is organising the event. Email alancotton1@btinternet.com

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‘Hauling the Lifeboat’ - David Chambers ‘Racing Barges’ - David Chambers

‘Trawlers Leaving Port’ - David Chambers

Coastal Art Exhibition 130 HIGH STREET HONITON ‘Hauling the Nets’ - David Chambers

FEATURING: Karl Taylor - Wildlife and the modern world Howard Birchmore - Coastal and Venice scenes David Chambers - Marine art Emma Bowring - Wildlife Nigel Wills - Wildlife metal sculpture Also work by local artists. Open Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th April. 10am - 5pm

You can also visit: David Chambers Marine Art Studio - open by appointment.

19 Monmouth Street, Topsham 01392 877723

‘Seagull’ - Howard Birchmore

‘New Venice’ - Howard Birchmore

Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor

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‘Shady Spot’ - Emma Bowring


Ursula Pratt MBE - outside her gallery in Seaton

Prince Charles presenting. Ursula Pratt with her MBE. at Buckingham Palace


ast Devon is renowned for art galleries and exhibitions; in particular, the numerous galleries to be found in the coastal towns attract art lovers and collectors from far and wide. One character at the heart of this local scene is a lady called Ursula Pratt, who was recently awarded an MBE for her outstanding work raising money for charity through art. Ursula has an interesting life story, having been born in Hamburg, Germany and who has now settled in Colyford. As a child, Ursula experienced the war years in Germany and aged just thirteen her interest in supporting charities began. Through her tenacity and will to succeed, Ursula found many innovative ways to collect money for charity and this was recognised by Hamburg Social Services, who rewarded her efforts with a new pair of boots. A few years later when leaving school, it was very hard to find employment but being a resourceful young lady, Ursula became an apprentice to a master butcher in Hamburg. To develop her career as a butcher, she moved to Switzerland aged 18. Ursula became keen to learn the English language and culture, so at the age of 20 she moved to London, where she initially found work as a children’s nanny in Golders Green. Her first impressions were how welcoming and friendly the family that employed her were and she settled very quickly. Another striking impression for Ursula was how beautiful England was. Certainly not a

URSULA PRATT MBE - the driving force behind

East Devon Artists for Charity grey industrial country where men wore bowler hats and pinstriped suits, which was the impression learnt in her earlier years at school. Ursula married and had four children: two girls and two boys. It was unfortunate that the marriage to the father of her children broke down and Ursula struggled with her young family, with no support from either her husband or social security. She worked at several jobs to put food on the table, yet even through these difficult years, Ursula managed to carry out her charitable work. When working for the Xerox corporation her strength and determination raised money through the sale of her paintings and the company were so impressed with her efforts that they doubled the money she had raised for local charity. Ursula then met her second husband, Gerry, who was head of training at Xerox. They married and moved to Colyford shortly after retirement. With his full support, it was in 1992 that Ursula took over the arduous task of running the East Devon Artists for Charity group, which had been formed a year earlier. The group held art shows at Seaton each year and biannually at Branscombe. EAST DEVON

During the following 20 years the art shows, directed by Ursula and with the assistance of numerous helpers, have raised over £170,000 for charitable causes. It was Ursula’s relentless efforts to raise money for charity that led to her being proposed to receive an honour from the Order of the British Empire. In February last year, after she took British citizenship, Ursula was awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

As a child Ursula experienced the war years in Germany and aged just thirteen her interest in supporting charities began

Ursula is open minded about the different styles performed by artists, although her own preference is to work with oils, where

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she feels she is able to be more creative. Even through the difficult years in her life, she would relax through painting, once the children were in bed. Ursula’s much admired work is instantly recognised as she portrays a story through various creatures; with scenes of local pubs, villages and shops involving hedgehogs, frogs, beetles and birds. Her depiction of the Napoli ship incident in Branscombe sold to go all over the world. Ursula is passionate about East Devon and chose Seaton in which to open her own gallery, aiming to provide artists with a platform to display their work and also to bring visitors in to the town. Gallery Usala has gone from strength to strength and Ursula acknowledges that her friend and renowned historic marine artist Barry Mason has provided unstinting support for her endeavours to promote high class painting. Her charity work will continue in 2013, with an exhibition at Pecorama in Beer at the end of April and another at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, in May, from which the money raised will be for the Devon Air Ambulance. Previous exhibitions have seen art enthusiasts and collectors alongside locals and tourists visit for the opportunity to view and purchase quality work from professional and amateur artists. And of course to chat to the friendly, enthusiastic host with a great sense of humour, Ursula Pratt MBE.


East Devon Artists for Charity ART EXHIBITIONS In aid of

Devon Air Ambulance

More than 50 artists will be displaying their work Invited artists living between the river Exe and Axe, both professional and amateur

Sidmouth by Bob Bradshaw

Ruby Sunset - Helen Workman

Atlantic Pursuit by Barry Mason


Rolls Royce Cavalcade - Ursula Pratt MBE


Contact Ursula Pratt Gallery Usala Seaton Tel: 01297 21482

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

Spring Loaded Whoever said that one swallow does not a summer make was clearly not as desperate as most of Devon is right now for a break and a half decent spell of warm, dry days and unbroken sunshine leading to a terrific summer. With any luck this will be heralded traditionally this month by that most welcome of all returning migrant birds Hirundo rustica, the Barn Swallow – all the way from Africa. They return to the same nests, generation after generation. Many are still in use – suitably patched up each season – over ten years. The record for a Devon swallow’s nest still in use

Photo: DARTMOUTH CASTLE Nick Shepherd©

is 48 years.

Oh, to be in Devon, now that April’s there

Swallows of course are the ones with the long, deeply-forked tails and curved, pointed wings

UTTER IT NOT in the hearing of our

immortalising Hurley as “the schipman” in

vacationing visitors but April in Devon has

The Canterbury Tales and April in Devon as

and not to be confused with their stubbiertailed cousins the Swifts, due to swoop in

always been something of a fickle month. It

a “time of sweet showers”.

in May.

never seems to make up its mind whether to be the last month of winter or the first of summer.

BROWNING Avoiding the issue

days but a Devon Wildlife Trust spokesperson

T.S. Eliot called April

said that he can remember seeing his first

Not to put a damper on thoughts of warmer

CHAUCER Remembering Dartmouth

“the cruellest month”

swallows of the year ‘only a few years ago’

in his poem The Waste

arrive exhausted into Exeter, blown in on a blizzard.

It’s nothing new of

Land, and laid the wet,

course, as Geoffrey

mud and gloom on

Chaucer fou nd to

with a trowel, whilst

his cost when he was

by contrast Robert

charged by Edward

Browning, who could

Aristotle never mentioned summer

III to come down to

have got himself a job writing ads for the

Dartmouth in April 1373 (in his day-job he

West Country Tourist Board, never mentioned

talked of swallows and spring

was a customs officer) to sort out one John

April’s dodgy weather at all in his Home

was Aristotle, who said it in

Hawley, a licensed privateer and one-time

Thoughts From Abroad.

his Nicomachean Ethics: ‘For as one swallow

mayor of that fair town.

Instead he adjusted his rose-tinted spectacles

or one day does not make a spring, so one day

*The oft-misquoted sage who

and waxed lyrical about “the lowest boughs

or a short time does not make a fortunate or

It being April and this being Devon, Chaucer

and the brushwood sheaf round the elm tree

happy man.’

got wet. But like all good poets he reached

bowl are in tiny leaf” before moving on swiftly

not for a towel but for his pen and set about

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Marie Mero Chapter

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Outstanding marquees for exquisite locations

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Now registering new patients due to continued expansion & additional dentists.

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Judi Spiers

We’re delighted to announce that well-known presenter, broadcaster and dyed-in-the-wool Devonian Judi Spiers, now writes for COAST & COUNTRY magazine

A s a Patron of the Appledore

Book Festival I get to read the books and interview some of the authors appearing each year. They are a wonderful bunch of people from ʻHorse Whisperer’ Nicholas Evans to ʻOnly Fools and Horses’ Boycie, John Challis. Last year whilst chatting in the bar, a youngish author, on hearing what I did for a living asked somewhat condescendingly, “Do you enjoy what you do? ” I must admit I laughed in his face and asked if he was serious. When he said he was, I explained what it is that I actually ʻdo’. “I am privileged, on a daily basis on the radio, to talk to some of the country’s most talented playwrights, authors, actors, musicians, explorers and adventurers as well as those people who step out of the ordinary to achieve great things through charities and the military.” I am pleased to say that he had the grace to look a little embarrassed! Someone who had actually overheard this exchange winked at me and said “I think that put him in his place!”

John Nettles It was the Second World War that John Nettles and I spoke about recently. He’s written a book about the German occupation of the Channel Islands called Jewels and Jackboots. John of course lived in Jersey for many years whilst making Bergerac and has written several books about it. He read history and philosophy at university or as he likes to put it,

I read philosophy and history, Penthouse and Playboy for three years and they were very graceful - they gave me a degree for that”

He now has three honorary degrees but says he’s not getting boastful because he has a friend who has fourteen! He likes to play it down but nevertheless last September he was made an honorary Doctor of Arts by Plymouth University in recognition of the documentaries he has made, most notably The Channel Islands at War. Since saying goodbye to DCI Barnaby, John has relocated to Devon to the Holsworthy area. His reason? “14 years as a policeman, 250 people killed in that time that’s why I came to Devon there’s no one left in Midsomer! ” Actually he’s bought quite a few acres for his ponies and Hector the donkey despite admitting, “I know nothing about the countryside and nothing about farming! I need all sorts of help and the locals have been exceedingly kind! ” He might know nothing about farming, but knows how to dress the part, looking

“My best work” he replied wryly!

Petula Clark Talking of best work, at 80 years of age Petula Clark has recently brought out a new album - ʻLost in You’. It is incredible ..and I don’t just mean for someone who is 80! Petula Clark has been a star all of her life, “I don’t remember being famous” she told me “I don’t really know what famous is it’s always been there.” The fi rst time she played the Royal Albert Hall she was just 10.

Actually he wasn’t too damaged and agreed to what turned out to be a very entertaining interview on the very same radio show! In the coming months I hope to be able to bring you some of those people, so I hope you like dipping into a Jamboree bag because that’s what a week in my job is like! Well how would you describe John Nettles, Petula Clark and Bernard Cribbins?

every inch the countryman nowadays. John is currently involved in setting up a Film School in the Westcountry with his particular area of expertise being the voice over. Fans will be pleased to hear, that he hasn’t retired from acting and that there are a couple of things in development. After 30 years in television and 5 seasons at the RSC, it would be a terrible waste to say nothing of his panto prowess. He was the fi nest King Rat I have ever seen.

A pensive John Nettles - his recent novel - Jewels and Jackboots, about the German occupation of the Channel Island, is an interesting read to say the least!


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“I was reading a comic someone said ‘you’re on Petula.’ I put my comic down, I went on, pulled the place apart and went back to reading my comic …the whole thing was a bit of a lark” adding “I’m a little more nervous now.” One of the funniest things she told me was of a girly night out on the town with Karen


Carpenter.. the town being Vegas. They went to see Elvis and he introduced them to the crowd.. by the way she does a pretty good impression of the King… then he took them back to his dressing room, which is where “ things started getting a little personal as they say.” She wouldn’t be drawn further but she does cover Love Me Tender on the new album! Elvis wasn’t her only fan, she

Petula was invited to the famous Lennon/Ono bed-in

was John Lennon’s favorite female singer and was invited to the famous Lennon/Ono bed-in and where she joined in on the recording of Give Peace a Chance.

Bernard Cribbins Bernard Cribbins’s voice is many things to many people. To some he is the voice of The Wombles, Winnie the Pooh and Busby. There are those who grew up listening to his stories on Jackanory. The part of Perks the stationmaster won him a BAFTA nomination in The Railway Children..and let us not forget he’s had three top ten hits all produced by George Martin pre his Beatles days! It gets even more bizarre. Bernard told me that Noel Coward, when asked by Roy Plomley which one record he would take to his desert island, chose Hole in The Ground saying, “I could walk up and down the beach translating it into French! ” Well at 84, Bernard is still working and entertaining a whole new generation of children in ʻOld Jack’s Boat’ a

Dear Bernard, he’s such a large part of our landscape, incredible to think he’s 84 and still in demand. Just love that dog!

haven’t because the morning I spoke to Bernard he was busy answering fan mail sent from behind the Iron Curtain! He explains his longevity in what is a notoriously fickle business quite simply. “Its because I’ve spread myself about a bit.”

At a time of life when he might be expected to take it easy and perhaps write an autobiography he admitted, “It’s a question of finding some time! ” Not a bad position to be in is it? Judi X

Petula Clark’s new album Fred Astaire was apparently more nervous of singing with her than she was of dancing with him, in Finians Rainbow. “The day came and it turned out to be easy …perfection. Then we had to record our duet Look to the Rainbow and after the first take he leapt in the air and said, ‘hey I just sang with her! ’” As for that voice, she assured me, “I don’t warm up or do exercises it’s just that way.”

series on CBeebies. “I don’t know where I go in between” he told me “ but I keep coming back! ” Russell T Davies who wrote for Dr Who, which is where they met, has written two of the episodes. I had almost forgotten that Bernard played Wilfred Mott during David Tennant’s tenure as the Doctor. I might have forgotten, but thousands for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk

The ever-youthful Petula Clark - a ‘true’ icon wih an astounding catalogue of songs. She’s recently released a new album ‘Lost in You’


Eating Out

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elcome to East Devon Coast & Country's eating out section which we hope will give you inspiration. After all, everyone enjoys a meal out - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the Southwest with many lovely CURRY NIGHT: PIE NIGHT: Every Wednesday. Every Thursday. countryside and coastal eateries - enjoy! Selection of authentic A choice of two pies and curries from £10.95

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Traditional roasts served Sunday lunch times and evenings For enquiries or to book call 01395 513047 or email: info@befordhotelsidmouth.co.uk www.bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk

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The Cinnamon Tree

Premium Quality Indian Cuisine

One of the very best Indian restaurants in East Devon! Using the best recipes and the finest ingredients, we offer faithful, authentic Indian cuisine. With stylish and comfortable decor and the warm hospitality of our staff, The Cinnamon Tree is the ultimate dining experience.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is the perfect setting for an Afternoon Cream Tea which can be enjoyed in our beautiful lounges or on the terrace, with fantastic views across Lyme Bay.

Enjoy a Cream Tea or Full Afternoon Tea and get a second for your friend free! Cream Tea - £6.00 per person Full Afternoon Tea - £15.00 per person To receive this exclusive offer fill in your details below, and hand to a member of the team when ordering. Name: Address:

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What if?

What if you lived in Devon and could look into the future? What if someone developed a very special kind of web site that was easy to access and put you in touch with what events are taking place in Devon - or better still that are going to take place in Devon. A web site you could access from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone?

Now wouldn’t that be useful?

What if you lived in Devon and wanted to promote a forthcoming event - for free? And who are ‘you’? You are the small local organisations promoting an event. You are a business promoting an offer. Maybe you’re a part of the tourism industry or a church promoting the use of its hall for meetings. Whoever you are, if you are Devon-based and promoting an event to Devon you are welcome to use East Devon Coast & Country magazine's very own ‘hub’!

And did we mention that it was free?

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Chocolate makes us smile

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Fun Chocolate Courses For All Ages You’ll take home at least 30 beautifully wrapped chocolates, (unless you eat them all first).

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Local historian Ted Gosling writes about the decline of the fishing industry

Fishing in East Devon

Bedford Hotel Sidmouth Beach c 1880


e know little about the fisheries off the East Devon coast be-fore the 16th century, although Leland, during the reign of Henry VIII, noted fishing towns including Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Otterton, Beer, Seaton and Ax-mouth.

catches of thousands of fish. Mr G Mutter, the fishmonger, purchased the fish and they were sent in boxes via Seaton station

to large towns. However, by 1925 the local fishing industry was already failing, partly due to the sudden disappearance of

By the 19th century, fishing was a major industry in East Devon with over 20 fishing boats operating from Seaton beach and a similar number from Beer. In Sidmouth, the foreshaw was the undisputed domain of the fisher-man who could keep his boats on and bathing machines there with-out hindrance. Unfortunately, the almost total decline of the fishing industry in East Devon is a part of a great tragedy repeated all over Britain. Before the 1920’s fishermen caught Mackerel and Herring in shoals. They kept three large boats which were each towed by four men with a huge net in each boat. The nets were pulled onto the beach with the

Herring Catch Seaton Beach - 1924


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the Herring, the main source of income in the winter. In Sidmouth, following a time honoured right, all the families of Sidmouth fishermen had their own sections of the beach to work Fishing in East Devon by Ted Gosling Old Ben on Seaton beach circa 1960 and many of them operated ladies’ bathing machines. These bathing machines had 2 compartments, one for disrobing and a wet section for putting on the costumes. The machine was wheeled down to the sea until the wheels were half submerged, the ladies then went down three steps to stand in the sea. At the end of the 19th century, notable Sidmouth fishermen included Turk Cordey, Reder Pike, Sam

Old Ben on Seaton Beach c 1960.

Ware, Fred Bartlett, Punch Woolley, Fred Ware, Bill Ware, Banty Hook, Jim Bartlett, Jack

Tapley, George Horn, Charles Soloman and Dick Soloman. The descendants of these fisherman

live in the town today. Ted Gosling

Looking west from the Esplanade c1895

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Swallows by Tony Jackson Africa and India, swallows will tend

Unlike the swallow which tends to

to rest and recuperate in reed-beds

prefer barns for its nesting site,

and similar locations, feeding on

the white-rumped house-martin

any available insect life, before

chooses to build its mud nest under

departing to find their previous

the eaves of a house and, being a

nesting sites. Steel blue, with long

sociable little bird, numerous nests

tail streamers and red throat, these

may be built in the one location.

DIARY DATES: BIRD HIDE ON WHEELS 27 Apr - Bird Hide On Wheels, Seaton Tramway, Seaton, 5.00pm

friendly twittering little birds have This spring we are waiting in

long been associated with folk

The last to arrive and the first to

anticipation. Will they come or will

sayings and minor legends. To

leave, April is well advanced

they, as they did last year, arrive,

destroy a swallow’s nest or kill the

before the first swifts arrive, those

inspect and then depart not to be

bird was long thought to bring

screaming, darting birds which are

seen again? For the past 15 or so

ill-fortune, while a swallow falling

commonly mistaken for swallows.

years swallows have patronised

down a chimney portended death.

In fact, despite their superficial swallow-like appearance and similar

the stable block and tack room

In Norfolk it was long believed that

with up to five nests one summer

a flock of swallows flying round a

habits, their nearest relatives are

and double broods, but last year

house forecast someone’s demise

tropical humming birds! Sadly, their

proved a disaster. A pair of birds

and their spirit would leave with the

numbers have fallen dramatically

did arrive, but in the middle of April,

birds’ departure.

due, it is believed, to modern

stake a claim and departed. No more

For hundreds of years the exodus

allowance for the holes in rafters for

swallows arrived. Was it perhaps due

of these birds on migration in the

nesting sites.

to the dry spring and lack of mud for

autumn was not understood and

building or a dearth of insect life?

even the 18th century naturalist

surveyed the premises but failed to

The barn or chimney swallow, sickle-

building methods which make no

Always seen on the wing, darting

Gilbert White believed that whilst

and swooping high and low in

some swallows did migrate, a

search of insects, it has long been

winged and dashing, has always

number of hid in crevices and holes

believed that these aerial aces

brought spring in its cheerful wake,

during the winter, emerging in mild

sleep on the wing, only landing to

although the smaller sand-martin

weather to feed, while Dr Johnson

nest. Sociable, screaming between

tends to be the first arrival from

was of the opinion that a gathering

houses as it wheels and soars, the swift is always a dramatic sight.

overseas and, like the primrose

of swallows “conglobulate together

“comes before the swallow dares”,

by flying round and round” and then

By late July and into early August

some putting in an appearance in

throw themselves under water

these “devil birds” as swifts were

the middle to late March. April 10 is

where they remained for the winter

once known, depart for southern

an average date for the arrival of the

months, while other observers

Africa and warmer climes.

first swallows in substantial numbers,

believed the birds flew to the moon!

though there are invariably reports of “the first swallow” during March,

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I can only hope that this spring “our” The third “swallow”, the house-

swallows will once again choose to

though I suspect that sand-martins

martin, tends to arrive after the

take up residence in the barn. This

are sometimes a cause of mis-

swallows, though stragglers may be

year they cannot complain about


seen much earlier from their winter

lack of mud to build their nests!

After their long trek from southern

quarters in tropical and North Africa.

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

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The final touch for any room is to add some striking accessories. Lighting, tableware and soft furnishing can all play an integral part in creating the homely feel you are hoping to achieve in your kitchen. Local home and gift shops (of which we have many in Devon) stock an array of unique products, such as mis-matched crockery, picture frames, quirky clocks – such as the one feature here, which I spotted in a shop in Sidmouth only recently!

Small Versailles Mirror OKA It is true, kitchens can be a very expensive investment; however, with an open mind and a bit of creativity, you can achieve a timeless and original space without spending a huge amount of money.

Keeping a neutral colour scheme will allow you to crazy on colour elsewhere. Picking a bright fabric for the kitchen blind or a happy wallpaper print for a wall, can really create a focal point. Choosing paints and accessories taken from the colours in the fabric, will leave you with a light, fresh and balanced area where you can enjoy quality time at a fraction of the price you’d always believed it would cost you..

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No Fools in Flatbeare


h, the joys of spring! Our picture postcard little township will soon be overrun by ravening hordes of camera wielding visitors from upcountry and even further afield. Not to mention Morris dancers wielding swords, sticks and hankies.

April is traditionally known for showers, lambs and fools. These days the showers seem to be deluges and lambs can be spotted in January but the April Fool is not ʻdead and gone’, except in Flatbeare. By the time you read this it’s likely that many unsuspecting folk will have suffered the embarrassment of being well and truly duped on 1st April. I myself was subjected to such a fate when I fi rst moved here nigh on ten years back but I shall spare you the lurid details. In fact, I’ve fallen for quite a few jolly japes in my lifetime; I’ve learned the hard way that there is no such thing as striped paint, elbow grease does not come from a pot or tube and spaghetti, like money, doesn’t grow on trees. The sadistic tradition seems to have started way back in 1582 when the Gregorian calendar was introduced. Before this New Year was celebrated over eight days, 25th March - 1st April, which must have led to some massive hangovers and a huge number of sicknotes. Despite protests, 1st January was officially declared New Year’s Day and those who resisted the change and still celebrated on 1st April were branded as ʻfools’. I’d go along with the dissenters for it’s quite a few degrees warmer by April which is a consideration for those of us who tend to end the festivities semi naked in a pig trough. As I mentioned, however, Flatbeare has been a ʻfool free zone’ since 2006 when Jack, the Pig & Trampoline landlord, pulled a stunt that was completely beyond the pale by failing to open at the usual 11am and

leaving an official looking notice on the door indicating that the business had closed down due to fi nancial problems. The news spread like wildfi re and caused mass panic hereabouts until the doors were flung open at midday - this being the time when japes were supposed to end – and Jack brazenly called out ʻApril Fool’. His customers’ sense of humour was severely strained; an emergency meeting of townsfolk was called and a ʻfool ban’ declared. The fi rst lambs and daffodils are always a promising sign but to many it’s the Day of the Aardvark that really signifies the coming of spring. It traditionally occurs on the second Friday after the third full moon following the winter solstice. A large crowd gathers at noon beside the entrance to the animals’ burrow on the Dimble estate, waiting for one to appear. Being nocturnal this is unlikely but when a black sheet is placed over the entrance to the burrow and a sound effect of marching soldier ants (their favourite snack) is played outside the entrance one may just be tempted out. Emerging slowly backwards signifies reluctance indicating that spring will be late but springing out forwards is a good sign. Of course none may appear which may or may not signify that it’s going to rain for the next forty days or thereabouts. I don’t believe in such nonsense so I can’t vouch for the exact meaning of its appearance or not but it’s something along those lines. Some may find the idea of Aardvarks roaming the British countryside a little farfetched but over the time I’ve lived here I’ve seen a large influx of monied folk from the big cities. Many of these decided to buy repossessed farms. Tarquin Dimble was one such incomer, retiring to Lower Bathwater at the close of the last century. He had acquired a substantial fortune in his working life for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk

and decided to breed Aardvarks, possibly because they came fi rst in his ʻBreed Your Own Rare Breed’ manual. Most incomers have been content to leave the actual farming to a manager but some wished to be more hands-on, though it’s often something they came to regret. Either way, they frequently decided that traditional animal herds were outdated and much more cash could be earned from rare breeds. Unfortunately, his uncanny knack of reading the market deserted Tarquin on this occasion as the bottom dropped out of Aardvarks shortly after he had purchased a couple. Since then we’ve had an outbreak of ostriches, crocodiles, llamas and iguanas, mostly obtained from my old sparring partner Edna Grudge whose ʻWild Things’ company supplies alleged exotic imported animals. Many of the gentleman farmers have been duped by Ms Grudge but Tarquin was not fooled by her cut price offer of a breeding pair of naked mole rats. She claimed they were a great delicacy in some parts of the globe and would soon take off over here. Possibly, but he was tipped off that Ms Grudge had recently been spotted coming out of her old barn with a cage and razor. Tarquin was nothing if not a shrewd business man. Discovering Aardvark meat was not popular with consumers he set about convincing people that Aardvarks were mystical creatures that could predict the weather. The Day of the Aardvark has proved a very profitable supplement to his pension. Should you wish to supplement your’s, beware. Don’t fall, like I did on 1st April last year, for a caller who phones pretending to be a glossy magazine editor and offering untold riches for commissioned articles. I should have known it was too good to be true.


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Tales of a Yokel

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen

Farmer Steer


Many years ago, I knew an old farmer called, of all things, Mr Steer. He lived in a three hundred year old farmhouse way up in the hills of southern Dartmoor. Unsurprisingly, Farmer Steer and his extended family of hangers-on raised cattle; South Devons to be exact, which seemed a good breed considering their location.

Most of us have seen the newspaper cuttings of Swampy, the man with the bedraggled ringlets who almost single-handedly held up the Ministry of Transport’s plans for a new road in Devon sometime ago. Well, I have met his twin brother, if that’s possible.

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By FCR Esgen

Of course, tending stock all day is thirsty work, so Steer and his farming contemporaries would go down to the Fox and Hounds of an evening. In those days, before the breathalyser, many agricultural folk from labourer to landowner would regularly take their chance to drink themselves senseless once or twice a week. It was said that the gentry drank like fishes, though those lower down the social scale could drink cider until it came out of their boots too. Farmer Steer liked to keep up with his companions in the evening and parked his enormous car in the old apple orchard at the back of the Fox and Hounds. He did this to keep the car away from prying eyes as he called them (he actually meant the police). At throwing out time, which was sometimes just that, Farmer Steer would find his old Ford among the boughs of sweet Pippins and drive home with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding his car door open to look how close he was to the white line in the middle of the road. Like many good farmers in those days, Steer could just as soon stay at home and imbibe. They made vintage cider from the apple trees in the lower valleys and every October all helped at crushing time. One year though Farmer Steer told me of a particular wooden barrel of cider that was the best he and his friends had ever made. Eventually, they found out why it tasted so good. When nearing the end of the barrel, they saw the farm’s Jack Russell, they had lost the previous Autumn.

It all started when I was forced into court on some whim of a business conglomerate trying to part me from money I didn’t have, still don’t have and probably never will have, but I’m being charged interest anyway! On walking into the court house half an hour late, having missed the bus, I was confronted by this Swampy and his confederates, pie-eyed on super strength cider; it was half past ten in the morning ! As I sat in what passed as the reception area, I marvelled at the contrast between the aforementioned increasingly happy band and the legal briefs defending them in their dark flowing apparel. While Swampy’s children tore round the room asking everybody for money to buy sweets, their father tramped into the courtroom to receive his sentence at the hands of the Establishment; his band followed to learn their fate. As I sipped my polystyrene cup of well-sugared tea, I glanced at the clock and saw that it was over an hour past the time of my court appearance. Cornering one of the legal beagles, I was told I had already been “found against” in my absence and ordered to pay £3663.51 in costs. I could scrape the 51p I thought and as I pondered on the rest, my musings were interrupted as a triumphant Swampy and friends burst through the double doors of the courtroom to be greeted by their respective girlfriends. Why the elation ? I thought, as they were sure to be detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a few days at least. Swampy turned to explain, “You see Mister, the judge said as it’s Christmas he’ll bang us up on Boxing Day!”.

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by Janet East of Yellingham Farm

The best time of year… lambing Most people have a vision of lambing as a typical springtime activity with long green grass waving in the warm breeze with little lambs jumping for joy….nice but add in a bit of damp wet weather, mastitis, lameness, rejected lambs and we’re nearly there. Oh and this year a dose or two of the dreaded Schmallenberg virus. That sounds so pessimistic and unkind and actually we sheep farmers do work so hard for this truly wonderful time of year…honest. One of the highlights of my year is when the local primary school visits the farm during lambing, a yearly activity which always brings some surprises. We lamb in March as it does increase the chance of some green grass and the odd ray of sunshine. In fact, with the 2 breeds of sheep that we keep, the beautiful coloured Jacob and the hardy old Black Welsh Mountains, they don’t “come on heat” until early Autumn, which means a spring lambing – the ewes lamb pretty much on time as well, 147 days to be precise. When the rams, which are kept out of sight and reach, start to put their nose in the air, curl their upper lip and show the only teeth they have got (like my dad, bottom ones only !!) and start to smell disgusting, then you know that the ewes are ready for action. Interestingly when a ewe is ready, she just stands and takes what’s on offer, no chasing around. Animals are so different to humans! Back to the children’s visit. They come in 2 groups, years 3 and 4 – the little ones - and then the older, more inquisitive years 5 and 6 (10 and 11 year olds for those of us oldies). So when our new Head Teacher asked what actually the children would learn, I said, “that is entirely up to you”. To which the reply came… “What exactly do you mean Janet?” “Well, they can have a little talk and lots of cuddles with lambs, a biscuit, a drink and a complete disinfection of feet and hands, or I can go the whole hog,” she laughs at the pun! With no holds barred, it was agreed that the older children should know exactly how lambing actually happens. They all arrived, wellies on, an assortment of good old farm

Mr & Mrs Sheep with raddle! clothes and the odd” Cath Kidston” coat and matching pumps! Never mind, we’ve always got a bag full of clothes and wellies left by my B and B guests (probably Cath Kidston as well!). So down the yard we all go and the first stop is to have a good old ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the newly born lambs in pens, knee deep in barley straw, contentedly suckling their mums with mum contentedly chewing her cud, wishing she was out searching for that lovely green grass which she hasn’t seen in 2012, because it never stopped raining and everywhere on the farm was either flooded or a quagmire. Moving on, I start to explain to the children how it all starts. The ram. “Before putting the ram in we give him a good MOT, particularly the 3 “T’s” teeth, testicles and toes, and then put a harness on him called a raddle. And just where the harness nestles on his breast bone, we fix a coloured crayon... “Just like you use at school but a bit bigger”. So when the ram mounts the ewe he leaves a coloured mark on their bottom. A few giggles. We then tour the big pens where the sheep are housed before they lamb, hopefully a few ewes do the business and pop out a perfectly presented couple of lambs, nose first with 2 front feet nestled either side (please, nothing backwards, head and no legs or half-dead !).Then on to the new-borns, which are put into small individual pens whilst they “mother up” and we can keep an eye out for any problems. The children are shown how we ear tag them and, needs must, EAST DEVON

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how we castrate the males. A few squeals at this point and the odd pitiful cry – from the kids not the lambs! The visit is always a joy and the picture on the children’s faces when they hold a beautiful clean, warm, new-born lamb always makes me genuinely smile. Let’s hope they have learnt something. The following afternoon in the playground, one of the mums came up to me and thanked me so much for having the children at the farm. “No problem” I said, “I just hope they learnt something”. “Oh yes, “she said. “We were sat having tea and my son said to me… Mum, does dad wear one of those raddles?”

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The more luxuriously appointed Cavalon, it’s a slick looking machine


The cockpit looks very high tech

lying is a popular pastime. There are gliders,

The Gyrocopter is capable of safely flying lower

hang gliders, paragliders, light aircraft and

and slower than most other aircraft making it an

pilot like a motorbike in the sky. The Cavalon is a fully enclosed model with side by side seats and

microlight aircraft. There are even 1943 Tiger Moth

ideal vehicle for aerial photography, surveying,

adds a touch of sophistication to what was quite

bi-planes available. However, a form of flying that

traffic observation and reporting etc. Our editor,

literally flying by the seat of one’s pants.

is really ‘taking off ’ these days is the Gyrocopter. It

Nigel Jones, recently went up in one, staying aloft

is far smaller and lighter than a helicopter but the

long enough to produce several spectacular aerial

Gyrocopters can be used in weather conditions

big difference is that the overhead rotor arm blades

photographs! During WW11 similar aircraft were

that would keep other aircraft grounded and, with

are not connected to the engine! Without being

used for aerial surveillance, calibrating coastal radar

the enclosed cockpit, one does not get blown

too technical, it’s the relative airflow which passes

stations, artillery spotting and anti-submarine use.

to bits or freeze to death. In some models, like

‘up’ through the specially shaped and tilted rotor

It was an ideal observation platform. In the U.S.A.,

the Cavalon, they even have heaters! The other

blades that keeps them turning. This is known as

Gyrocopters have been used for postal deliveries.

advantage of the enclosed cockpit is that noise

‘autorotation’. Forward thrust is supplied by the rear

They had a perfect safety record.

propeller. Therefore, unlike a helicopter, it doesn’t

from the engine and rotor blades is reduced. It is said that Gyrocopters cannot hover. However,

lift strait up in the air but requires a short run like an

In the U.K we are very lucky. The Gyrocopter

I have seen a demonstration where one hovered.

aeroplane. Once up in the air, it is extremely safe.

community is well organised with a network of

The technique involved flying into the wind. Also, they are very stable. For instance, if one takes

If the engine of a helicopter cut out, it would need

schools covering York (head office), Perth, Oxford,

to go quickly into autorotation or it would plummet

Salisbury and Devon. At each of these centres,

hands and feet off the controls the Gyrocopter will

to the ground. In the case of a Gyrocopter, if the

one can receive professional training and gain

continue in a straight line. They can be landed in very small areas. Believe it or not, the Gyrocopter

engine cut out, the overhead blades would simply

a pilots licence as well as simply flying for fun.

continue autorotating. Without the thrust of the

Here in Devon, we are particularly lucky at the

was invented in 1921 by Spanish engineer Juan

rear engine driving it forwards, the overhead rotor

moment because Farway Common Airfield is the

de la Ceirva. Since those days, the aircraft has

blades would automatically alter their tilt so the

only centre to receive the next generation model

had many incarnations. Today, they are one of the

airflow was still travelling up through them allowing

of the Gyrocopter known as the ‘Cavalon’. Up to

safest and most versatile forms of flying. Work or

them to keep turning. Then, the pilot could bring

now, Gyrocopters have had mostly open cockpits

play, the Gyrocopter is the way.

the Gyrocopter down to a gentle landing.

where one literally sits in a bucket seat behind the


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Above - Nick Wright at the controls, heading SW The construction is interesting, a flat four Rotax directly drives the propellor and although the rotor isn’t powered in flight, there’s a facility to engage a drive shaft which can then be used to spin the rotors up to about 2/3rds of the operational flight speed (if you look carefully, you can see the drive shaft rising vertically and then at the bottom of the rotor hub, a large diameter gear can be seen, which takes the input drive). The rotors are high-strength extruded aluminium profiles.

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The engine model in both the Rotorsport MTO3 (in which the editor flew) and the Cavalon is the ‘912S’, made by Rotax, an Austrian company. They also make a turbo charged version, the ‘914’ that is mainly used in places that are hot or high, like South Africa. They have made over 30 thousand of this type and are in virtually every new light aircraft these days, even in some unmanned aerial drones in places like Afghanistan. They are serviced every 100 hours and are completely rebuilt after 2000 hours. They have an excellent safety record. Gyros hold 70-90 litres of normal unleaded fuel. They burn between 11 and 18 litres per hour, depending on weight carried and how fast you fly, so can fly for up to 7 hours. They can fly at 120mph or zero!

Pushing the gyrocopter out ready for our photographic mission. It’s very light, one person’s enough to manhandle it from the hangar onto the takeoff strip. Editor Nigel Jones took the back seat, complete with camera.

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The wall surrounding Netherton House

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hat a glorious month is the month of

path through the gateposts takes you along the

I took the photos for this walk on the 22nd of

May. Luminous greens predominate,

original entrance to the old Netherton estate,

May last year. If you leave it too late, you risk

but surely the most magnificent sight of all at

next to the millpond and leat). It's short but

missing the colour show as the copper beech

this time of year has to be the lofty copper

lovely, particularly if you like walking under

dulls down until the following year.

beech trees that radiate intense colour when

trees (if you're taking a dog, make sure you

One of the things I really enjoy over the warmer

the sun appears.

take the lead for the permissive path - there's

months are the village fairs, fetes & small local

For a short space of time, the copper beech

livestock nearby).

events. Now, at long last, there's a place where

trees provide an incredible display of colour - it's

Farway is a peaceful village with a sparse

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well worth including a walk past some mature

scattering of dwellings, it has immense charm,

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You can browse village events from across this

The walk we feature this issue is a gentle walk


When walking in places like this, I

region (in fact every type of event). By the way, if

that's suitable for everyone. It takes you along

always consider how lucky we are in East Devon

you represent any local organisation, it's free to

lanes, over a delightful ford, next to the old mill,

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Culver Hill

Netherton House

Farway River Coly

The Mill House Ford

Thorn Farm

DISTANCE: Just under 1 mile in total.

DOGS: Please take your lead with you.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: There are lots of footpaths around this area to investigate. Ideally, take an OS map with you. You could also take sandwishes and a flask.

PARKING & START: There are no car parks as such, just pick somewhere that won't obstruct traffic.

CHURCHES: Don't forget to visit some of the delightful churches whilst in the area.

GOING: Trainers, shoes fine if it's dry.

Getting to Farway

Hardly what you'd call a yokel, but a welcome and colourful sight none the less

It's down country lanes, so ensure you plan the route

carefully. There are passing places along the route, the best way is to approach

from the Hare & Hounds side as the lane lengths are minimal from this end.

Food & Drink

It's reasonably remote, so the Hare & Hounds pub is

your best bet for decent food

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Thatch and wistaria, just lovely

The delightful ford on the river Coly


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Let's not forget the spectacular show given by the oak trees, it's all bronze and gold

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Gate entrance to permissive page along mill pond

I'm fairly sure that this used to be the Post Office

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Natural Beauty (AONB) landscape has a rich and diverse historic environment in terms of the density of known sites or buildings and the range of periods represented, from early prehistory to modern times. April 8-13 sees the return of the East Devon AONB Heritage Week. It is a great opportunity to showcase, the often hidden, heritage which is the very fabric of the landscape we cherish today. Guided walks around the Sid Valley area have been organised so you can learn more about the

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Alan Bruford teaching woodturning at Escot

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Netherton House's behind the wall Glorious copper beech and oak

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Horse Care The Spring by Natalie Bucklar-Green

Natalie Bucklar-Green gives valuable advice on various aspects of horse care and welfare...

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

Natalie has owned horses for over 20 years and owns East Devon Riding Academy near Sidmouth. She has previously lectured in Equine Science to degree level and produced research for preparing Great Britains' equestrian teams for the Olympics. Natalie provides consultations in all aspects of Equine Science, and has fitted saddles for competitors at Badminton International Horse Trials.

For those who were too busy fishing

here the dominos start to fall because

Limiting spring grass intake can be

instead of being at school (like my

as a result of this swift digestion of

done by making paddocks smaller

dad), or if you’ve forgotten (it’s hardly

sugar in the large intestine, lactic

or strip grazing.

something you need to remember

acid is produced, this consequently

grass on the other side of the fence

every day), here is a quick biology

acidifies the gut, the bacteria

to where the horses graze to see

lesson: Photosynthesis is the process

needed for digestion get killed off

how much they have eaten. If your

by which green plants produce

and toxins are released into the

lawn mower seems to be out every

food. It can be summarised by the

bloodstream. One symptom of this

five minutes, then that’s another

following equation:

digestive disturbance is the horse

indication that your horse will have

starts producing cow pats! So if you

access to lots of grass too. Another

notice loose droppings at this time of

way to reduce the amount of grass

year,a prime culprit is too much grass.

the horse can eat is to use a grazing

carbon dioxide + water (+ light energy) → glucose + oxygen

muzzle. Some people think they are cruel but if introduced gradually

Temperature is a factor that can

and with the horse trained to wear it,

limit or speed up photosynthesis, if

The horse’s digestive

wearing a muzzle is always preferable

it gets too cold or too hot, the rate

system isn’t designed

to laminitis. Firstly, it must be fitted

of photosynthesis decreases. Grass needs the temperature to be at least

to digest an excess of

correctly. Then the length of time the horse wears it should gradually be

5oC to grow, but it really starts to get

sugar, so if the horse

going at 12oC, with optimum growth

eats too much spring

the horse will happily drink with it on.

at around 20oC. The amount of light

grass, the sugar

Check the paddock for anything the

available also has an effect, with the rate of photosynthesis being boosted

Spring Grass

Just look at the

can reach the large

by increased light intensity. So it is

intestine without

spring with the warmer weather and

being fully digested.

increased and it is vital to ensure that

horse can get stuck on and remove the muzzle regularly to check the health of the skin and to make sure it isn’t rubbing. If possible allow the

longer daylight hours when grass

horse some time each day without

After what seems like months of rain,

thrives, photosynthesis increases and

it on. A grazing muzzle can reduce

spring is finally here and hopefully

so the grass really begins to grow.

with it some warmer, sunnier

With this increased growth comes

A much more serious problem caused

are worth considering if you have a

weather. Bulbs start flowering and

an increase in sugar production and

by the release of toxins is laminitis.

horse at high risk of laminitis.

with the birds singing, who isn’t

it is more sugar in the grass that can

If your horse starts shortening its

cheered up by the brown, muddy

cause problems to the horse.

stride, goes lame or is reluctant

As with every time of year, the spring

to move then your vet must be

gives us management challenges

fields drying out and becoming green

grass intake by up to 80%, so they

again? Horses certainly seem to get

The horse’s digestive system isn’t

called immediately; laminitis is an

for our horses. I will leave you with

a spring in their step at this time of

designed to digest an excess of

emergency and prompt veterinary

one final sobering thought; from

year, the freedom of being allowed

sugar, so if the horse eats too much

care is needed if the horse is to stand

eating spring grass, the horse could

more space after a winter spent with

spring grass, the sugar can reach the

a chance of recovering from this very

potentially get as much energy in one

long hours confined to the stable is

large intestine without being fully

painful condition. A huge amount

day as it would from eating several

enough to make many horses chase

digested. This part of the digestive

of careful management, farriery and

bags of competition mix!

about and kick up their heels with

system has evolved to breakdown

veterinary assistance is needed for

exhilaration. Another reason is the

the relatively indigestible fibre from

laminitic horses, so not just for the

new grass growth, which is full of

grass and other plants, so if presented

welfare of the horse but also for the

nutrients and in particular, sugar.

with the more easily digested sugars,

welfare of your bank balance, try to

they are broken down rapidly. From

avoid it!


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Happy riding.




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One of the best served towns in the South TRIP Honiton For a relatively small town, Honiton stands head and shoulders above much bigger towns and cities when it comes to the range and variety of community transport services available to its residents.

Life Matters Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation

Life Matters Editor - Averil Quinain coachingholistic@gmail.com tel: 01395 513383 07891 447710 Averil is a Personal Life Coach and Business Development Coach. She works voluntarily for the Princes Trust as a mentor for young people, and for Oxfam as a school speaker. With a passion for inspired and responsible living, she also runs an organic natural remedy business. Averil trained at the internationally renowned CoachInc.com and is a member of the ICF.

Do you know an inspiring person who would share their story? Are you involved in a project that is making a difference to people’s lives? Contact me using the details above. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Do you have anything interesting to tell us about? We re particulary keen to hear from local charities and voluntary organisations about the good work they carry out in the com munity. We d also like to hear from practitioners in the East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset area about

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(left to right) Val Royle (Chair), Nikki Dawkins, Julie Tame and Sandra Fox

Honiton based charity TRIP Community Transport was initially set up in 1997 to resolve transport issues experienced by people needing to attend mental health appointments - the charity developed to offer space and support for other local groups and further expanded following the merge with Honiton Ring & Ride and Honiton Voluntary Car Service. As a forward looking group that can react quickly to the needs of the area, TRIP is often at the front of the field when it comes to developing new services. As an example, TRIP was instrumental in setting up one of the first ‘2 wheels to work’ moped loan schemes in the country for young people needing transport to find work.

• Sales of disability aids for daily living. • Hospital transport bookings for eligible people. There is a common misconception that Community Transport services are only available to either the disabled or very old people, however this is NOT always the case. Almost anyone can take advantage of some of our services as we are here to help people of all ages. With our Ring and Ride community minibuses we can provide transport for school groups, young mums stuck at home, clubs, groups & societies wanting to go on outings, the rurally isolated and,

Though receiving some financial assistance from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and some Parish and Town councils, TRIP is an independent local charity that depends on local people for their help and support - both financially, through donations and through people using the services that are available. There are a wide range of services to both residents of East Devon and people here on holiday. These include: • Voluntary Car Services based in Honiton, Seaton & Lyme Regis, taking people to medical appointments both locally and throughout the Southwest. • Ring & Ride buses taking people shopping or out for the day. • Wheelchair accessible vehicles taking people to daycare, for trips out and to medical appointments. • Mobility scooter, wheelchair hire and sales.


them carry their goods indoors. But, as a result of changes brought about by the introduction of the concessionary bus pass, TRIP has changed to offer additional services and give passengers more choice as to where they go. TRIP now offers a wide range of weekday destinations with trips to places of interest as well as shopping and at the weekend buses are out to all sorts of destinations, with at least one outing every weekend. Recent destinations included days out to Wells, Looe, Cardiff, Beaulieu, Shaftesbury and regular visits to National Trust properties. There are also monthly weekend pub lunch trips and TRIP is planning to launch a midweek lunchtime carvery trip in spring 2013. For the more adventurous, TRIP also offers short breaks with a three night break in Jersey planned for April. That will be the second visit to this destination this year. Other locations have been Stratford, Falmouth and the Isle of Wight. At the core of TRIP's services are their volunteers, without whom TRIP would find things almost impossible to cope with. Volunteers provide essential assistance by taking people to medical appointments throughout the area and also by driving the Ring & Ride minibuses for the weekend days out trips. Their greatly appreciated help enables TRIP to keep the costs down and makes services more accessible to those on limited incomes. New volunteers are always welcomed

Neil Hurlock with Tony Stephens

of course, older people and the disabled. TRIP also enables families without suitable transport to use our vehicles to bring a disabled or wheelchair-bound relative or friend home or take them out for events such as parties and Christmas. Traditionally, Ring & Ride services consist of collecting people from their homes, taking them shopping and them bringing them home again, plus helping

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to either drive their own cars or in the TRIP accessible vehicles and there is no regular commitment as to the number of hours or days per week. Full training on using the equipment is always provided. If you have any spare time and want to put an extra something back into the local community please contact Tony or Neil at TRIP on 01404 46529. TRIP is managed by a committee of around 12 volunteers - chaired by Val Royle, and has 15 part and full time paid




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It is well-known that Acupuncture is very effective for physical health problems. However, you don’t have to be ill, in the conventional sense, to benefit from Acupuncture. Many clients come to me for help with low energy levels, fertility issues, weight management or

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the available services, why not suggest TRIP to them or give TRIP their address, and information can be put in the post.

PR ACTITIONERS Acupuncture For general health problems, fertility, addictions, sports injuries, facial revitalisation acupuncture. Val Davis, B.Sc., M.B.Ac.C., Lic.Ac. 01395 578050 Chiropody Pamper your feet at The Foot Friendly Clinic, 3 Miltons Yard Axminster EX13 5FE. Phone for an appointment on 01297 625515 or 07946213310. Open Tues/Wed/ Thurs and for evening appointments by arrangement.

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drivers and office staff with over 40 volunteer drivers, though, as already mentioned, really needs more volunteers to help spread the load.

Chiropractic For gentle, effective holistic chiropractic treatment for the whole family, the Chiropractic Health Centre 01297 35844 or 01404 549270 Cognitive Hypnotherapy Let Michelle Hague help you gain control of your life. Tel 01297 20144. See display advert. Promote your practice Appear in this section for only £12 Call Nigel on 01395 512166 or email nigel@prestige-media.co.uk continued on the following page

Day to day operations are managed by Neil Hurlock, ably assisted by Tony Stephens and Nikki Dawkins, with Julie Tame focussing on Ring & Ride and Sandra Fox dealing with Voluntary Car Services. As a small independent local charity, fundraising to enable services to continue is of prime importance. Regular events are held to generate additional income, including weekly coffee mornings held in the office on Tuesdays. 2 bigger events are planned for 2013 including an Antiques valuation fair (in association with Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood ) being held in the Honiton Mackarness Hall on 17th August and a Variety Show being organised jointly with Honiton Memory Café on October 12th.

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For more information on scheduled outings and destinations for the Ring & Ride service or for information on using any of the services available, contact the office by calling in to 29-31 New Street Honiton. EX14 1HA or telephone 01404 46529. TRIP also has a website www. tripcta.org which has full information on all available services as well as information on weekly outings. TRIP Honiton are now registered with East Devon Hub for promote their services on this free web platform. See www.eastdevonhub.co.uk

One of TRIP's breaks to Falmouth in their new mini-bus



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Babies born with EB will suffer throughout their lives. The genetic condition causes blistering and shearing of the skin and internal linings from the gentlest friction, often from simple day to day activities. Children suffering from this disease need constant care and support Whilst considerable progress has been made in recent years in understanding EB and identifying the genes that cause the condition, there is as yet no effective treatment or a cure. On Saturday, 27th April three sisters and two friends are sacrificing their long hair to raise awareness and funds, for this debilitating disease. The intention is that their hair will go to Great Ormond Street to make wigs for children. Whilst the hairdressers get to work, coffee will be served and there will be stalls and music. The funds raised will go to the charity DEBRA which supports research into the cause and treatment of EB. The hairdressers will start snipping from 9.30am at St. Andrew’s Church Sunday School building in the middle of Colyton, or if the weather is fine outside on the grass. To find out more about DEBRA, the charity supporting EB research and care, visit http://www.debra.org.uk

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this magazine is copyright. The publishers are not responsible for any costs, 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.


Pinhay House Residential Care Home Lyme Regis, Dorset

How do you choose a future home for yourself or your loved ones? How can you tell if the home you like will give the right level of care? At Pinhay House we know the problems you face finding the right home, we understand your worries. Which is why at Pinhay you can be assured of receiving a warm sympathetic welcome. After twenty four years caring for the elderly at Pinhay, we feel able to advise you and your family about the care that you are looking for. Our staff are trained

to the highest standards, both in-house and in gaining the new Diplomas in Health and Social Care (QCF). We specialise in the care of people with Dementia. We have an Activities team working seven days a week to encourage the continuation of Life Skills amongst our residents; motivation and enthusiasm is high. Our excellent relationship with

local practitionerʼs assists us in planning and implementing our residents care, the satisfaction we feel from our success results in a highly motivated team and contented residents. At Pinhay we can answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. Talk to us before you make any decisions.

Leading the way in Elderly Care Tel: 01297 445626

Email: info@pinhayhouse.co.uk

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LOCAL COURSES & CLASSES JOHANNA DANCE FIT THURSDAYS ZUMBA SIDFORD Until 10 Apr - Johanna Morgan Dance Fit - Thursdays Adult Zumba Fitness classes in Sidford, Zumba Fitness & Dance, Sidford, 6.45pm

JOHANNA DANCE FIT FRIDAY ZUMBA IN SIDMOUTH Until 11 Apr - Johanna Morgan Dance Fit Friday Mornings Adult Zumba in Sidmouth, Zumba Fitness & Dance, Sidmouth, 10.30am

JOHANNA DANCE FIT MONDAY ZUMBA SIDMOUTH Until 06 May - Johanna Morgan Dance Fit - Adult Zumba Monday morning class in Sidmouth, Zumba Fitness & Dance, Sidmouth, 10.00am

PILATES CLASSES Until 31 May - Pilates classes ideal for any age or ability. Running every wednesday morning, Immerse Fitness, Sidmouth, 11.00am

PILATES CLASSES Until 31 May - Pilates classes suitable for any age or ability. Running every wednesday night, Immerse Fitness, Sidmouth, 7.30pm

ADVANCED FRENCH CLASS IN SIDMOUTH 01 Apr - Advanced French Club, Sidmouth, 10.00am

DIVORCE & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP WORKSHOP 03 Apr - Starting on the 3rd of April, this is a 6 week course, Divorce & Loss Support Group, Sidmouth, 1.00pm

CHOCOLATE MAKING ADVANCED WORKSHOP 13 Apr - Come and learn chocolate making and take home your creations. Relaxing & fun, Chocolate Amour, Axminster, 10.00am

RIVER COTTAGE FISH BITES 14 Apr - River Cottage Fish Bites, River Cottage HQ, Axminster, 2.00pm


INTRODUCTION TO THE ENDORPHIN EFFECT (PART 1) 20 Apr - Discover the power of endorphins to relax, renew & create selfcare, Creative Transformations, Exmouth, 9.00am



Until 10 Apr - Beginners Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes, Tranquility to be, Seaton, 2.00pm

08 Apr to 31 May - A highly professional and practical 8 week course, Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis, 8.30am

22 Apr to 23 Apr - A practical introduction to the core aspects of railway modelling, Pecorama, Beer





Until 31 May - Pilates classes suitable for any age or ability. Running every tuesday night, Immerse Fitness, Sidmouth, 7.30pm

12 Apr to 13 Apr - A hands-on course, where you'll cover the basics of pizza & bread making, River Cottage HQ, Axminster, 10.00am

27 Apr - Come & make luxury chocolates in our bespoke kitchens. Relaxed & informative, Chocolate Amour, Axminster, 10.00am

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SEICHIM EGYPTIAN HEALING LVL 1 04 May - Learn this ancient art of hands on healing in a one day practical course, Tranquility to be, Axminster, 10.00am

MAY DAY FETE DEMO & CAKE STALL 05 May - Demo by the Club at the Local May Day Fete, and a homemade cake stall, Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club, Lyme Regis, 12.00am

RIVER COTTAGE BUILD & BAKE 10 May - River Cottage Build & Bake, River Cottage HQ, Axminster, 8.30am


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Written by Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd

It pays to advertise...

A few marketing tips on how to help your company grow

• Identify your customer and target them. You could have the best advert in the world but if you’re putting it in the wrong place, it won’t create the impact it deserves. Work out who your current or targeted customer is and how they tend to act. It may be a tradesman who has a radio on site during the day, so a radio advert could be the way forwards. Perhaps there’s a trade magazine if you’re targeting a specific sector.

can deliver what you promote. You are going to be spending a great deal of your budget on marketing to grow your business so it is key that your adverts carry the right message to the right people and that it really does pay its way.

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• Measure, measure and measure Unit 2, Dotton Farmstead, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth. again. If you don’t put in place a way of measuring your advertising how to do you know if you should from £130 (plus VAT) do it again? There are a variety of CHARTERED techniques you can use – quoting TAX ADVISER an offer code, using a voucher, from £210 (plus VAT) offering a specific product or Covering all areas of accountancy - accounts preparation, tax returns, VAT, deal purely in one place, even book-keeping, payroll, company and new business set-ups. asking customers what brought ProvidingHoniton a friendly service for a variety of1businesses large and small. Page 1 91x133_Layout 09/01/2013 10:04 them to you. After every piece of COL-AD-HC1 Fixed fees, free initial consultation. advertising you put out, evaluate what went well, what didn’t and ask yourself if it gave you a good return on your investment.

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egardless of what your business does or its size, without some form of public exposure you’ll struggle to thrive and grow. From a word of mouth recommendation to an advert you’ve put out yourself, every time your company is mentioned people are hearing and forming an opinion about your brand so it’s important they form the right one.

The simplest form of publicity is advertising; anything you have paid to put out to the public. Whether it’s a printed advert in a magazine, a slot on the radio or a banner on a website, it all counts as advertising. You (or someone you’ve paid) decide the content, the message and the style of the advert; you control it and the impact it has on your brand. In order to get the most out of your advertising there are a few key things to remember: • Identify what your brand is and how you want it to be perceived. If you’re selling something at a higher price point than others you’ll want to ensure you come across as a ‘luxury’ brand to avoid seeming expensive and sell the benefits or lifestyle your product gives. Make sure that the wording and imagery of your advert give the same message and reflect your brand aspirations.

• KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid (attributed to the US Navy in 1960). Decide what you want your advert to achieve and put it across in the clearest possible way. A clear, concise message with a single minded proposition will give you the most effective advert. Your advert can be funny and unique but the customer still needs to understand who you are and the call to action, otherwise it’s a waste of your time and money. • Be consistent. If your adverts always push your company slogan and have a certain style, people recognize and remember them and you. You won’t achieve that recognition by just advertising once or by giving out mixed messages. • Decide a budget and stick to it. It’s easy to spend thousands on web advertising, pay-per-click adverts, magazines, radio – set a budget and plan how you intend to use it. Advertising has been described as ‘legalised lying’ so be honest in what you put across and make sure you


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Independent Financial Adviser Celebrating 21 years of Business in East Devon

Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 21 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and 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 website at: www.richmondindependent.co.uk


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An increasing tax burden for the future? It appears that death duties first came to the UK in 1796, some years after Benjamin Franklin first talked about death and taxes being the only two certainties in life. Those death duties brought an even stronger link between the two dreads in Franklin`s words; and what we now call Inheritance Tax (IHT) still combines a love-one`s departure with a potentially large tax bill payable from the deceased`s estate before probate can be granted and distributions made to beneficiaries. IHT is levied at 40% on estates valued over a certain level, though only on the amount over the threshold - in simplified terms, £325,000 for a single person and £650,000 for married couples and civil partnerships. This includes property; so many people whose estates suffer IHT are not immensely wealthy. It is only natural that you want your successors to gain maximum benefit from your estate and there are various legitimate ways to plan for and to mitigate the impact of IHT. A relatively simply way to reduce the size of your estate, and

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therefore your IHT liability, is to give assets away to younger generations. There are possible snags with this. Firstly, IHT may still be payable if death occurs within 7 years of making this gift. Other issues surround whether the recipient might fritter away their windfall and whether you need to retain your capital against the possible later need for care fees.

IHT planning should not be delayed as its success can often be time sensitive. IHT being payable before probate is granted can be awkward for your heirs if the estate is locked into property and other illiquid assets, so they could need a loan to pay the taxman and release the estate for probate and distribution. Accessible money to pay IHT can be released from a whole of life policy written under a trust. A sole or joint life second


Helen Mulvaney

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death policy, according to circumstances, placed in trust for beneficiaries and thus excluding its proceeds from the deceased`s estate, can provide the cash required to pay IHT and therefore release the estate for probate. Writing a policy under a trust is not necessarily an extremely expensive solution. We can provide independent financial advice on this aspect of your financial planning. The current amount of nil-rate band of £325,000 was first frozen for the tax year 2010/11 and now a recent government announcement in December has proposed that the IHT threshold will continue to remain frozen until 2019 in order to help fund the proposed care fee reforms. The care fee reforms will mean that from 2017/18 the cost of personal and nursing care will be capped at £75,000 per person. Many of you will remember that there was a promise back in 2007 before the current government came into power to increase the threshold for IHT to £1,000,000. Difficulties with our economy would seem to make this a rather distant aspiration and it now seems inevitable that

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more and more estates will pay IHT over the coming years. IHT planning should not be delayed as its success can often be time sensitive. Inheritance tax planning, taxation and trust advice are not regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

For independent financial advice on retirement options please contact Helen Mulvaney on 01395 512166. Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority

As more Independent Financial Advisors are leaving the industry, put off by a rapidly changing sector and an ever increasing burden of compliance and continuing professional development, Sidmouth based Richmond Independent Financial Advisors are delighted to be celebrating twenty one years of business in East Devon.


Independent Providing Specialist Retirement and annuity Advice for the last 20 years in East Devon VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

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