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COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon



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Contents Jun-Aug


3. Quarterly What's On guide

34. Horse Care - Rein Tension

Find out what's not to miss.

Natalie gives valuable equine advice.

8. Forthcoming Art Exhibitions

38. Walk Around Branscombe

Art gallery events for March to May.

A beautiful walk with illustrated map.

16. Hot Summer Fashions

42. Feature On Honiton

We take a look at summer fashions.

We pay an interesting visit to Honiton.


19. Axminster in the Blood

54. Heavenly Devon Cream Teas

A business & family success story.

By local historian Ted Gosling.

Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones tel. 01395 513383 / 01395 512166 email. nigel@prestige-media.co.uk

20. Eating Out

55. Joanna Southcott

Places to dine in east Devon.

24. The English Garden Summertime favourites by Nigel Jones.

26. Fred's Kitchen Garden Get growing with Fred's advice.

28. Out & About in Lyme See what Lyme Regis has to offer.

30. Vineyards in East Devon Guy Peters takes a look at a couple of east Devon wine producers.

Prophetess or profiteer by Suzy Bailey.

56. Health & Wellbeing With Jan Brand.


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

Advertisers call: 01395 513383 By post: Beech Royd, 6 Bennets Hill, Sidmouth EX10 9XH. EAST DEVON

COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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

62. Otterton & its Early History By Hanneke Coates.

64. Managing your Money Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney. 2010 SPRING


Cover photo: Beer beach May 2010

A Celebration of Life in East Devon

All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited


Editor's Letter A very warm welcome to the summer issue of East Devon Coast and Country Magazine.

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Following on from the spring magazine, this issue features Honiton, which I have to confess has been off my radar for a while. My recent visits to compile the Honiton feature have been pleasantly surprising. The atmosphere is very laid back, with many good quality eateries and coffee shops. The town retains a French feel, with the wide High Street and street markets. Many of the shop fronts have escaped the wholesale gutting that many towns have suffered, so retain a charming and intimate feel and the variety of shops and businesses makes for an excellent shopping excursion. A place of particular note for those interested in history is Allhallows Museum. Of course, Honiton is well known for its lace and the museum houses a particularly fine collection. We hope you enjoy the Honiton feature and take time to pay a visit.

Following the spring issue of the magazine, we've continued to receive very strong feedback for the magazine. We currently print a minimum of 10,000 copies (11,300 for last issue), but we have to say that copies fly out very quickly from the 300+ outlets, so if you can't get a copy from your local outlet, please go to page 60 (magazine distribution map). This will tell you where you should be able to pick up extra copies at any one of the other 300 outlets listed. If you enjoy receiving this free magazine, please help support it by mentioning the magazine when you use adver tisers, it helps immensely. We're a small independent east Devon publisher and in these recessionary times, need as much support as possible to keep this publication running. We are always interested in hearing from you, particularly if you have something to say about east Devon. Also, if you'd like to distribute the magazine, give us a call. Have a wonderful summer! Nigel Jones (Editor)

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Forthcoming Events June July August 2010


7-15th Aug - Lyme Regis Regatta week and Carnival Week.

29th Jun - Embroidered Summer Bunting. 10.30am-4pm.

6th Jun - Classic Car Show & Green Transport Gathering at Seaton Tramway.

21st Aug - Dalwood Fair. Starts 2pm. Procession, craft stalls, cream teas, etc.

12th Jul - Focus on Fashion. Cravats, Top Hats and Spats 11am-2pm.

6th Jun - Festival of Spring Lamb - at Combe House, Gittisham, Honiton - see Honiton feature further in magazine

28th Aug - 4th Sep - Seaton Carnival Week.

18th Jul - Planting for Autumn Colour.

6th Jun - Thomas & Friends - Celebrating the birthday of Thomas the Tank Engine at Pecorama, Beer.

2-4th Jul - Lyme Regis Jazz Festival.

13th Jun - Miniature Traction Engines in steam at Pecorama, Beer. 14th Jun - Birds for Beginers at Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve. 13th Jun - Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run vintage & veteran. Depart from Lyme Regis. 16th Jun - Thanksgiving Day in Lyme Regis to celebrate the end of the English Civil War. 19th Jun - Pixie Day at Ottery St Mary. See www.pixieday.org 20th Jun - Exeter Canal Cruise from Exmouth Marina to Exeter Quay. Stuart Line Cruises. 20th Jun - Fathers Day - free entry for dads and classic cars on display from the Bentley Owners Club at Pecorama, Beer. 27th Jun - Great West Classic Car Run to Pecorama, Beer. In conjunction with the Devon Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. 2,3,4th Jul - Seaton Festival of Cycling. Contact 01297 24557. 3rd Jul - Music for Life @ Beer. 12 hour music event with live bands at Beer. 11-12 Jul - Historic Vehicle Gathering at Powderham Castle nr Exeter. 16th Jul - Peco Playgroups Week with childrens entertainment daily at 12 noon. 17th Jul - National Town Criers Competition in Honiton.

MAIN EVENTS 23-31st Jul - Budleigh Salterton Music Festival.

17th Aug - The Tempest Outside Theatre.

5th Aug - Honiton & District Agri Show.

18th Aug - Wizards, Witches and Dragons Afternoon at Killerton.

12th Aug - Beer Regatta Day.

25th Aug - We're going on a bear hunt.

20-22nd Aug - Beautiful Days at Escot. A family camping weekend. It's a family music festival with five stages, spectacular site art, a huge children's area in the centre of the festival, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery, food, craft stalls.

29th Aug - Treemendous Journeys. 2-4pm. Smell the fragrant walnut leaf. Hold the seed of the largest tree in the whole world. Discover what Killerton's woodlands have in common with the sacred sites of the Yoruk peoples of North America.30th Aug - Punch & Judy 2-4pm.

29-30th Aug - Honiton Hill Rally. Held at Stockland, market stalls, light refreshments, vintage cars, vehicles and farming of yesteryear. Rural crafts, heavy working horses, commercial and military vehicles, trade stands, arts and crafts and much more.

Contact the National Trust at Killerton for further details on these events.

10th Jun - Le Petit Rien are appearing in A Concert in the West. Francesca Thonpon - recorder & Francesco Corti - Harpsichord at Lyme Regis Marine Theatre. 26th Jun - Greg Morris Organ Recital at St. Michaels Parish Church, Lyme Regis. 16th Jun - Organ Recital by Prof. Ian Tracey at Ottery St. Mary parish Church.

24th Jul - Honiton Market Charter Day. Shopkeepers wear historic constume, music and entertainment outside St Paul's Church, cream teas and other refreshments, children's events, Charter Run, town crier competition, town band.

24th July - An Audience with Jonathan Viera. Come and hear this international singer and great raconteur in his hilarious one-man show. Tel 577773. See display overleaf for more information.

2nd Wed in Aug - Southleigh Country Fair. 7-13th Aug - Beer Regatta Week. 7-13th Aug - Marine Week at Charmouth Heritage Centre.

12th Aug - Orienteering for Families.

30th Jul - 4th Aug - Sidmouth Folk Festival.


28th Jul - D'Arcy Trinkwon, international concert organist will be giving a concert at St. Michaels Parish Church Lyme Regis.

Killerton 21st Jun - Focus on Fashion. Lucy Locket's Pockets 11am-2pm.

9-10th Jul - South West Disability Show. 2-4th Aug - Paignton Dog Show. 8th Aug - Toy Collectors Fair. 28-29th Aug - South West Motorcycle Show. All above at Westpoint, Clyst St. Mary.

11th Aug - Fairy, Princess & Elf Day.

16th Aug - Focus on Fashion.

25th Jun - Maynard Concert Series present Crispian Steel-Perkins at Maynard School Hall, Exeter.

31st Jul - Axmouth Village Show at Coombe Field, open at 2pm.

5th Aug - Flesh eaters and giants.

25th Jul - Branscombe Air Show.

20th Jul - Honiton Hot Pennies. 12 noon start in the High Streeet Honiton.

29th July - Colyton Flower Festival at St. Andrew's Church. See display for more information (left).

4th Aug - Teddy Bear's Picnic at Killerton 2-4pm.


MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market at Trinity Square every Thur 8.30-3pm. Axminster Country Market at Masonic Hall, South St, Thurs 8.30am-3pm. Exeter Craft Day on 1st Sat in Month May-Sept. Fore St/South St, Exeter. Exmouth Country Market, Tower St Methodist Church Hall, Fri 8.30-11.15am. Honiton WI/Country Market at Mackarness Hall every Friday 9.30-11.30am. Honiton Street Mkt every Tues & Sat 9am.

Disclaimer - you are advised

Festivals 26 & 27th June - Axminster Vale Festival. Floral marquee, food hall, craft fair, art, trade stands, toys and hobbies, antiques, horticultural show, live bands, demos, children's entertainment, licensed bar.

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

25th Jun - 11th Jul - Exeter Fesitval. Events happening around the city. 2-4th July - Lyme Regis Jazz Festival. 26-27th Jun - ExeVale Festival of Gardening & Craft.

SPORTS EVENTS 24-25th Jul - National Championships at Wiscombe Park Hill Climb. 29-30 Aug - Honiton Hill Rally.

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

4-28th Jun - WI Flower Festival.

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THEATRES 5th Jun - Benny Gallagher in a concert at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 7th Jun - Jus' Like That - A night out with Tommy Cooper starring Clive Mantle at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 10th Jun - Mad abouth the musicals, West End & Broadway show tunes. Voted one of the best one night shows in the UK last year at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.


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There are residential packages in our new Yurt Village for 8 to 12 year olds and day programmes for those aged 6 and 7. From Jurassic Coast fossil hunts to otter feeding, summer was never this much fun!

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An Audience with JONATHAN VEIRA Come and hear this international singer and great raconteur in his hilarious One Man Show A superb voice ... a tremendous personality ... a unique ability across a range of musical styles.

All Saints Church, Sidmouth - July 24th at 7.30pm Tickets £8 available from All Saints Church Office 10-12.30 Tues & Thursday Tel 01395 577773 or The Mustard Seed, All Saints Rd, Mon to Friday I laughed so much that I cried! I cheered so much that my throat went dry! I applauded like there was no tomorrow! I haven t laughed so much in ages! A wonderful mix of the respectfully irreverent humour and world class voice of Jonathan Veira

Donʼt miss the opportunity to hear this larger than life character!

St. Andrew’s Colyton Flower Festival 2010 July 29th, 30th, 31st from 10am & evening concerts 7.30pm. Aug 1st from 11am and Flower Festival Evensong with Blessing of West Window. Refreshments every day until 4pm. Free admission to daytime festival. Concert tickets £6 (children free) or inc. festival ticket £15. Available Brainwave, Colyton from July 15th or on the door. Further details... local papers, posters. www.colytonchurch.co.uk 01297 552065

Axe Valley Heritage Association

The World Heritage Site and Jurassic Coast Information Centre Visit Seaton Museum on the top floor of Seaton Town Hall to find out about the World Heritage site of the Devon and Dorset Jurassic Coast. See the updated interactive display on the dedicated computer. Also new Information panels on the local geology. The Norman Whinfrey Geological collection and selected fossil display. Rare prints and books. ADMISSION FREE

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Forthcoming Events June July August 2010

THEATRES 18th Jun - Mari Wilson's Threesome an Intimate show with Adrian York - Piano & Matt Baker - Guitar at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 19th Jun - The Shell Seekers, a play by Rosamunde Pilcher at the Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth. 19th Jun - In the Flesh - The Pink Floyd Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 24th Jun - C'Mon Everybody at Exmouth Pavilion. 25th Jun - The New Amen Corner -'60's Revivalists group appearing at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 29th Jun-3rd Jul - TOADS present Singing in the Rain at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 4th Jul - The Furies & Davey Arthur at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 4th Jul - Raymond Froggatt appearing at Exmouth Pavilion. 5-10th Jul -The Calendar Girls. Starring Gemma Craven, Letitia Dean from the West End to the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 9th Jul - The Rape of Lucrece. A one man show by RSC actor Gerard Logan at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 12th Jul - Dolly - A celebtation of the leading lady of country at Exmouth Pavilion. 15-16th Jul - Lyme Regis Pantomime Society performing Showstoppers at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 15th Jul - Acker Bilk in concert at Exmouth Pavilions. 17th Jul - Bill Giles Weather Show at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis. 18th Jul - Bootleg Shadows appearing at Exmouth Pavilion.

22nd Jul - Renaissance Ladies Choir appearing at Exmouth Pavilion.

12th Aug -Joe Pasquale in his one man show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

23-24thJul - Edinburgh Preview Comedy Nights at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis.

12th Aug - Johnny Cash Roadshow at Exmouth Pavilion.

24th Jul - Back for Good - Recreating the Magic of Take That at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

13th Aug - DangerMouse saves the World at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

28th Jul - Dire Straits 10. A tribute to the popular group at Exmouth Pavilions. 29th Jul - Rob Kingsley - A Vision of Elvis at Exmouth Pavilions. 30th Jul - The Rat Pack -Vegas Spectacular at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 30th Jul - That'll be the Day 25th Anniversary Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 31st Jul - Jimmy Carr - Rapier Wit at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 3rd Aug - ABBA Mania - A tribute to the ABBA pop group at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

13th Aug - Get up and Go Show with Dave Benson Phillips, for children at Exmouth Pavilion. 14th Aug - That'll be the Day 25th Anniversary Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 16th Aug - Rock with Laughter along with Cannon & Ball at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 17th Aug - ABBA Mania - A tribute to the ABBA pop group at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 18-19th Aug - Postman Pat and his cat at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

4th Aug - The Everly Brothers & Friends at Exmouth Pavilion.

18th Aug - Big Box of Bananas with Andy & Mike at Exmouth Pavilion.

5th Aug - Jim Davidson - If I ruled the World, his new show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

20th Aug - Guns 2 Roses 10 - tribute band at Exmouth Pavilion.

5th Aug - Westcoast - Tribute to the Beach Boys at Exmouth Pavilion.

24th Aug - ABBA Mania - A tribute to the ABBA pop group at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

7th Aug - The Magic of Motown at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 11th Aug - Yellow Brick Road - Tribute to Elton John at Exmouth Pavilion.

26th Aug - Joe Pasquale in his one man show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

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20th Jul - ABBA Mania - A tribute to the ABBA pop group at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. DISCLAIMER - All material in this magazine is copyright. The publishers are not responsible for any loss or damage suffered by any person, persons, or company as a result of any advertisement or article in this magazine. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given by the owner for use in this publication. The opinions and comments expressed are purely those of the originators. We do not endorse any products or services advertised within this magazine. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that information is correct, the publishers take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Any person or persons undertaking the circular walk featured within this publication does so entirely at their own risk. If you take children or dogs on the walk, they will require supervision. We strongly advise that prior to travelling to any of the events listed in our What's On sections, that you call the event organisers to check that the event is running at the times and dates specified.

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26th Aug - Masters of the House sing the Musicals hosted by Nicholas Parsons at Exmouth Pavilion. 27th Aug - Back for Good - Recreating the Magic of Take That at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 29th Aug - The Buddy Holly Show at Exmouth Pavilion. 30th Aug - Nick Ross Orchestra - Sounds of the Glen Miller Era at Exmouth Pavilion. 30th Aug - That'll be the Day 25th Anniversary Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 31st Aug - ABBA Mania - A tribute to the ABBA pop group at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.



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The farm shop has an excellent fish counter which was one of 3 finalists out of 600 entries in the BBC radio 4’s Food and Farming awards. The fish counter was shortlisted because it is a unique situation not found any where else in the country whereby the fish sold in the shop comes directly from the farm’s own fishing boats based in Exmouth. This allows the public to buy day boat fish direct from the fishing GREENDALE FARM SHOP, A3052 Sidmouth Rd, boats in a farm shop. Greendale farm Shop owns 3 fishing boats in Exmouth which East Devon Coast & Country 6 Farringdon,Exeter EX5 2JU land a range of excellent fish and shellfish directly into its shop daily.


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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions June July August 2010 GALLERIES June - 10th July - Earthscapes - Six contemporary artists explore the landscape. Thelma Hulbert reopens - after major refurbishment. www.thelmahulbert.com 18th June - 17th July - Suchi

Chidambaram and Jon Adam at Artwave West. See feature page.

19th June to 2nd July - Michael Morgan RI - Celebration - A major solo show of 50 new works by the celebrated East Devon artist. Marine House at Beer. See display and feature page. Contact gallery for a full colour catalogue. 19th June - 17th July - The Significance of Simple Things. New meanings in still lifes by Sarah Ball, Beth Richardson, Rachel Ross, Michael Tarr. Hybrid. 26th June - 25th July - Clifford Fishwick and Michael Garton RWA The Art Room, Topsham. (see feature page)

Anita Klein - "May" Marine House at Beer

Until 11th July - Three Exhibitions in One :- Wild Call - sculptures and drawings of Clare Trenchard; Julian Bailey's Dorset Sketchbook; Yard Gallery - new work by Alex Lowery and Vanessa Gardiner. At Sladers Yard - see feature page further in art section. 17th - 30th July - Anita Klein New paintings and a special release of career spanning etchings. Full colour catalogue on request. Marine House at Beer.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 5.00

Sunday 2.00 – 5.00

Barbara Green - "Rooftops Lyme Regis"

23rd July - 11th Sept - Summer Exhibition. Mixed exhibition of artists alongside regular gallery artists resulting in a truly diverse show. Two new artists featured this year are Stephen Bishop and Sonia Stanyard. Artwave West.

Donna Goold - "Ray Across the Bay II" Artwave West

31st July - 14th August - A Showcase of original paintings and prints from artists in East Devon.

24th July - 21st Aug - Joy Ride - Richard Adams and Dawn Stacey at Hybrid. 7th - 30th Aug - From Here to There, exhibition in Town Mill Gallery with artists Barbara Green, Elizabeth Fortescue, Jan Callow and Sue Warren with ceramics by Mandi St. Clair.

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Kathy Ramsay Carr - "The Tide has Turned" Artwave West

Bringing to Devon and on-line one of the strongest collections of Original Prints in the UK. ‘A rolling exhibition of the best of the best. June through to August. Including artists Sir Peter Blake, Professor Chris Orr, David Hockney, Heidi Koenig, and Kathleen Caddick’ Simon Garden - "Mother" - Sladers Yard

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Jon Adam & Suchi Chidambaram Joint Show of new works by two of Artwave West’s most popular Gallery Artists. 23/07 - 11/09 Summer Show An exciting mixed exhibition for the Summer. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and on Bank Holidays.


Cliff Fishwick - "Still Life Fruit" The Art Room

'Sidmouth Looking West' by Catherine Osbond The Attic Gallery.

Barbara Green - "Sunlight on Distant Hills II"

Simon Garden - "Cat" - Sladers Yard

Julian Bailey - "Ringstead Regatta" Sladers Yard

Michael Morgan - "Red Sky at Night" Marine House at Beer Mike Garton - "Tree Against Blue Sky" The Art Room

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01297 625257

01395 444193

Libra Court, Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8AJ www.eastdevonart.co.uk gallery@eastdevonart.co.uk A show case of original paintings and prints from artists in East Devon. Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm 31st July-14th August

East Devon Art Exhibition of Land and Seascapes

A Celebration of Life in East Devon

SHOW OF THE YEAR Saturday 19th June - Friday 2nd July

MICHAEL MORGAN RI Presents 40 new works Contact the gallery for a catalogue on 01297 625257


The ARTWAVE WEST gallery and studios at Morcombelake

info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com It is now a year since Artwave West first opened its doors as a Contemporary Art gallery. It has been an amazing time for owners, Martin and Donna Goold. The Gallery has received huge support and has attracted a great deal of media attention,


Above - gallery interior Centre, owners Martin & Donna Goold.


artwave west | 01297 489 746

morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

including appearing in Vogue magazine alongside top London Art Galleries! High profile artists have also been attracted to show in the gallery and Artwave West now represents Sonia Stanyard and Edward Kelly on a permanent basis. As

the exhibitions change every six weeks, visitors can always be assured that there will be something new and exciting to see. With a coffee bar to relax in and soak up the ambience, it really is a stunning place to be able to look at and appreciate art.

SUCHI CHIDAMBARAM AND JON ADAM 18/06-17/07 In this highly anticipated exhibition, international artist Suchi Chidambaram shows alongside the highly acclaimed West Country artist, Jon Adam. New paintings by both artists can be viewed for the first time.

Suchi Chidambaram “Flow III”

Jon Adam “Eype Colour”

Suchi Chidambaram paints dynamic urban landscapes that express the energy, motion and vibrancy of cities that she has a close association with. She is drawn to the fabric of these places, the people, the architecture, the natural spaces, and the interminable stories behind them. She reveals the rhythm and directional flow of swarming crowds, the patterns they make as they gravitate towards a focus, or form a teeming mass, or disperse, or casually stroll. In dramatic and intense paintings, cities emerge as if in a vision out of the strokes and blocks of thick oil paint. Often using rich strong colour, the glow of electric light, phosphorescence, or the heat of the sun flood these atmospheric and mesmerising urban landscapes. Jon Adam chooses to create his own paints by grinding pure pigments and combining them with linseed oil. Just as the paintings are meticulously developed, and finely mediate between abstraction and figuration, the preparation of materials is also very particular. Exquisite surfaces are the result, the hand-mixed paint producing a magical quality that brings the colour to life. In paintings that are powerfully suggestive the viewer is directed into an inner emotional landscape of immense resonance.

Suchi Chidambaram “Grand canal”

Jon Adam “September Moon”

SUMMER EXHIBITION 23/07-11/09 Following the huge success last year of the Summer Exhibition, Artwave West is delighted to be repeating the same format once again this year. Invited mixed exhibition artists will show alongside the regular gallery artists resulting in a show that is truly diverse. Two new artists showing this year are:

and precise detail and definition melt away into diffusion. Sometimes titles, such as ‘Emerging Oak‘ allude to this suggestive presence where gentle prompts are made to find and know places that seem to be real, but are just beyond grasp. Artwave west is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Stephen Bishop An artist that is driven by a tangible need to be creative as a way of exploring the world and of realising himself. He works with an energy and conviction in his painting that is both impressive and daunting. Often employing the use of large palette knives and brushes to quickly capture fleeting moments of vision in oils directly from life. His work mixes a poetic painterly representation and an abstract aesthetic together with a profound love for colour. Sonia Stanyard Subtle and delicate shifts of colour, calm expanses of reflected light, or deeply glowing twilight atmospheres, characterise the moving and quietly contemplative landscape paintings of Sonia Stanyard. Reference points in the landscape, a tree, a bridge, a window, are caught between materialising and dissolving,

Stephen Bishop “Passing Shadows”

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Sonia Stanyard “Damson”

Art Galleries


www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257

Still Life with Landscape 14.5” x 14.5”

Lighthouse Six 10.5” x 10.5”

CELEBRATION! A major new solo show of work by the celebrated East Devon artist Michael Morgan RI. Saturday 19th June – Friday 2nd July


elebration is the word that springs to mind when thinking about Michael Morgan and his fine and influential paintings. First and foremost we should celebrate Michael’s very existence, for his contribution to the revitalising of the water colour medium over the last 15 years has been immense. He had the vision to recognise that the medium was in danger of being stuck in a time warp, the province of amateur art groups throughout the land and dismissed by leading artists. Despite the very real technical difficulties using this medium, despite its glorious heritage from Turner onwards it was in danger of being seen as a backwater down which serious contemporary artists sailed at their peril. Michael proved an agent for change. Breaking free from traditional watercolour work through experimentation with Gesso as a base, adopting new and bolder colours, working intensively with texture he created and continues to evolve powerful and evocative imagery in watercolour and of late inclusion of acrylic, watercolour’s close cousin in some of his new work. Celebration and pleasure also spring to mind when enjoying Michael’s iconic imagery. He has a love of remote British landscapes. His interpretations of isolated farmhouse in upland scenery, lonely lighthouses, stylised leafless trees, intriguing foreground texture and black skies are just some examples of Michael’s love of innovation

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and the breaking of new ground compositionally. His latest foray is the spectacular embedding of watercolour landscapes into Acrylic still lifes, two of which are in this catalogue. We must celebrate Michael’s productivity. Now in his ninth decade and with eight sell out solo shows to his credit. He has produced this celebration of remote rural landscapes that are moody and filled with drama. This body of work simply underlines his creativity and leadership in evolving the watercolour medium. He has many imitators worldwide, but none have found the key to unlock the visual presence of the master! Michael Morgan’s new solo show called “Celebration!” Starts on Saturday 19th June at 11.00am. and runs until Friday 2nd of July. Fifty new painting will be presented.

Landscape with Winding Path 12.5” x 12.5”

White House in the Woods 10” x 8”

Contact the gallery on 01297 625257 for your full colour catalogue and invitation to the private view on Saturday 19th June at Marine House at Beer at which Michael will be present. View a video of Michael talking about his paintings on the website

Blue Vista 5” x 15”

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Works are for sale on release of the catalogue and are also on our web site www. marinehouseatbeer.co.uk under solo shows. In addition you can view a video of Michael talking about his paintings on the Marine House at Beer website: www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk

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Clifford Fishwick and Michael Garton RWA 26th June to 25th July 2010


t first sight the paintings of Clifford Fishwick and Michael Garton seem totally dissimilar, but both stem initially from the analytical and non topographical approach of Cezanne. Both men were based in Devon, Cliff in Topsham, Mike in Exeter, both were men of the outdoors and their work was often inspired by the local landscape. Cliff with his sailing and climbing, painted the estuary and the moors, Mike painted a variety of land and seascapes and finally for his ‘woodscapes’ turned part of Stoke Woods into his ‘studio’. When Mike became Cliff’s student in 1955 the Art College occupied a small part of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. By the time Cliff, then the College’s Principal, appointed Mike as a lecturer, Cliff had started the process of change which would result in the College expanding to become a major cultural force in the city and the South West.

Cliff Fishwick - The Pink Funnel, oil on board 24” x 18”

Clifford Fishwick (1923-1997) Cliff was born in Lancashire in 1923, he studied at Liverpool School of Art between 1940 and 1947 with a four year break for war services with the Royal Navy. In 1947 he was appointed Painting Master at Exeter School of Art and in 1957 had his first solo exhibition in London. Mike Garton - Autumn Trees, oil on canvas

The two men had enormous respect and affection for each other and exhibited together in many group shows and had a two man show at the Greenwich Theatre Gallery. Their work can be found in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

Between 1958 and 1984 Cliff was Principal of Exeter College of Art; under his leadership the College became one of the first outside London to receive validation for the new Dip AD course which was introduced as a result of the Coldstream Report in 1960. In 1987 Cliff

Mike Garton RWA (1935-2004) Mike was born in Reading in 1935 and went to Guildford Junior Art School when he was 13. Michael’s art education was interrupted by National Service but in 1955 he resumed

Mike Garton - still life with apples & eggs, oil on linen 20 x 27cm Mike Garton - seascape, oil on board

was awarded Master of Arts by the Council of National Academic Awards.

Cliff Fishwick - self portrait oil on canvas 48” x 36”

The Art Room Topsham

Exeter 01392 877 737 EX3 OHQ Director: Deborah Wood www.theartroomtopsham.co.uk email theartroom@eclipse.co.uk OPEN WEEKENDS 11am to 5pm or weekdays by appointment

During his long career, Cliff had 22 solo exhibitions, including Dartington Hall 1959’ Essex University 1976, Fletcher’s Museum Woodstock, Oxon 1988, and Austin Desmond Fine Art, London 1990. He contributed to numerous group exhibitions in venues around the country such as:- the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Penwith Gallery St Ives, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Bruton St. Gallery London, the RWA Bristol, and The Kenn Group, Exeter.

his studies at Exeter College of Art. From 1957 to 1959 he completed a two year postgraduate course at the Slade School of Art where he was awarded the ‘Slade Diploma’ by Sir William Coldstream. In 1960 he took up a post as lecturer in Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art. Whilst there, he painted many large abstracts, one of which was purchased by the Welsh Arts Council. In 1963 he returned to Exeter College of Art as Lecturer in painting where he stayed until retiring in 2000 the year he also became a member of the Royal West of England Academy. Mike exhibited widely throughout his career in venues such as:- the Royal Academy, Royal West of England Academy, National Museum of Wales, The Mall Galleries London, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Exeter Cathedral.

Cliff Fishwick - Horizon, oil on board 13” x 4”

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A Passion for

His Craft

Nik at Turners, busy restoring an early C18th French table

Craftsman Mark Turner, undertakes expert restoration of decorative gilt wood furniture and frames at his unique workshop near the quay in Topsham.

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he mirrors surrounding Mark

skill as a craftsman. Ornate 19th century frames, in various stages of restoration, line the walls three deep in places. Mark describes himself as “a restorer and conservator of decorative gilt wood furniture and frames.� Antique pieces of furniture bear testament to the kind of work Mark undertakes. Nothing is beyond him in terms of quality. He is used to working on the finest pieces. It all began in the early nineties when Mark used to restore classic cars. He

then went to Manchester College of Art (part of Manchester University) where he studied Furniture Restoration and Conservation. All aspects of restoration were taught but, as the course progressed, it became necessary to specialise. Mark chose to work on his skills in finish, colour, paint and gilding. His tutor was so impressed with the quality of his work that he commented, “I’ll be working for you in five years!� In the event, Mark graduated with a first class bachelor of arts honours degree. He then joined the famous Italian workshop of Riccardo Giaccherini in London, W1. Mark, worked on restoration projects for prestigious institutions such as The National Portrait Gallery and leading picture dealers. After about two years, he decided that he wanted to work on furniture so he joined Partridge Fine Arts restoration workshops in Bond Street, Mayfair. By now, instead of wasting money on rent he’d acquired a mortgage on a place of his own. To help pay the mortgage, he started to undertake private commissions. Soon, his flat became his workshop. Finally, in 1999 he decided to set up in business on his own. He started out sharing a studio with an artist in Kentish Town, London. His business took off so he employed staff and grew the company. He did so well that Mark was able to indulge

his love of travelling enjoying long holidays in exotic locations like Brazil and Indonesia. It was while he was in Indonesia, he realised that he didn’t want to live and work in London any more. So, in 2004, Mark relocated to Devon were he had grown up and where his family live. He found an ideal location in Topsham. This time, he decided to keep his business compact and not to employ a large staff. Currently, Mark has one full-time and one parttime staff. Most of his business, in the beginning, continued to be his London trade. Even now, he still goes up to London, once a month, although half of his business today is local. Says Mark. “I like working on picture and mirror frames as they don’t take up so much room in my workshops and I can stack them in my van. Otherwise, I might only be able to carry one piece of furniture. If I’m heading up to London and carrying one piece it’s not ideal. Mark sells both to the trade and private buyers. The majority of his stock consists of nineteenth century period English and Continental mirrors constructed of carved wood or composition and plaster. Also, there is a selection of antique furniture and decorative items including antique picture frames. Mark says that he will offer a free appraisal of customer’s items with a

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condition report and include a visual analysis, a description of the design style, historical analysis, condition report and a proposed treatment report. He says, “so many items

have been badly restored in the past. However, these items were expensive originally and always hold their value so therefore warrant high quality restoration.� Guy Peters




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Above: Hare Affair by Clare Trenchard, approx 210cm high Below: West Bay 227 by Alex Lowery 56 x 122cm, oil on canvas

Sound Mirror by David Worthington in the exhibition he curated at Woburn with the Sladmore Gallery in 2009. Below: Pier and Dinghy, Tresco Alfred Stockham

Three Exhibitions in One. Until 11 July, the large exhibition spaces at Sladers Yard present three exhibitions. WILD CALL brings together the thrilling sculptures and drawings of Clare Trenchard, whose work becomes more ambitious with every piece she makes.

In the Yard Gallery, we are delighted to present new work by two of the West Country’s most sought after artists, Alex Lowery and Vanessa Gardiner. Both are at the top of their form producing dazzling confident work.

To celebrate the publication of JULIAN BAILEY’S DORSET SKETCHBOOK, the culmination of ten years painting and drawing the Dorset coast, an exhibition of the original pastel sketches with oils and linocuts he has developed from the sketches.

The paintings are shown with the unadorned Scandinavian simplicity of Petter Southall’s handmade furniture. Ceramics, jewellery, textiles, books, prints and accessories are chosen from the top designers and craftspeople working in UK today.

Opening July 18, VOYAGE explores the sense of yearning and discovery in the work of painters Simon Garden, Alfred Stockham and Stephen Jacobson, in the sculpture of David Worthington and in Petter Southall’s furniture.

Stephen Jacobson’s ultra-real paintings reveal a bizarre and beautiful other place within our known world of sky and sea. His use of flat planes of colour against the depth of mesmerising skies emphasise his edgy visionary style.

Simon Garden’s large works in oil on board have an intense dream-like quality, often showing lone travellers on roads through imaginary landscapes or vast structures approached only by spindly ladders. While transporting us into a subconscious world, his work describes the human condition in a touching humorous and profound way.

David Worthington’s new series of sculptures reach inside us to explore the microscopic form and function of the red blood cell or Erythrocyte. At the same time, and with the same concave forms, Worthington takes us to the furthest point our minds and imaginations can go, into space and the future. Shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize 2009, Worthington works in stone, for its physical beauty and the meanings it can represent.

Painting in similar glowing colours, Alfred Stockham is a master of the poetic statement. His jewel-like paintings often have the simplest of structures and yet they convey an emotional and imaginative force that only grows stronger the longer one looks at the picture. Alfred has a devoted following who collect his addictive paintings.

Above: A Lugger Off White Nothe by Julian Bailey, pastel, 14 x 14cm Below: Cliff Border 1 by Vanessa Gardiner 25 x 53cm acrylic on board

Above: Ship by Simon Garden Below: Tree of Birds Stephen Jacobson

Former boatbuilder Petter Southall makes his furniture using traditional boat building techniques combined with cabinetmaking expertise. His pieces often hold the echo of boat forms in their steambent curves.His unadorned distinctive designs reveal attractive Art Deco references.

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Aquila Gallery fine art

There is more in Pelly Gallery than beautiful paintings...

...Superb sculptures by Tom Greenshields, Paul Gardner and Helen Lewis. Stunning jewellery by French American designer Michael Michaud and of course all the oils, watercolours, prints and cards you could wish for!

Other works available including: Fred Yates, Terry Whybrow, Moulton Foweraker, Robert Jones, Sheila TifďŹ n, Michael Whitehand

Tel: 01363 777197

www.aquilagallery.com Left - Chickens roam free at Ark Pottery in Wiggaton. You or your kids can have a go at throwing a pot. They also do cream teas and home-made scones in the garden of an idyllic and very old Devon longhouse.

ARK Pottery

WORKING STUDIO SHOP & GALLERY Hand-made pottery for sale Potters Wheel - have a go Pottery Parties - adults & kids Cream Teas (home baked scones) 01404 812628 Open 10am - 5pm Wiggaton, Ottery St Mary EX11 1PY www.arkpottery.co.uk

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Summer fashion

A handmade hat or bag by Lynda Joy is a unique design that will never be reproduced. To create each of her five shapes, Lynda uses cotton fabrics in bold vibrant colours and cotton interlining. The result is an elegant shoulder bag or hat for everyday use or a special occasion. Since Summer 2009, Linda has designed bespoke hats and bags for weddings and special events including Royal Ascot. Lynda Joy Bags are available from Lynda herself and five outlets across Devon.

With Prom night fast approaching, girls all over East Devon will be thinking about one very special outfit. A local designer who caters for that occasion is Lynsey Nice at County Couture. Lynsey creates high quality handmade garments in a range of luxurious fabrics for very special occasions. From beautiful bridal growns to stunning prom dresses, all outfits are fully fitted to perfection.

Local dress agency, Angelz, specialises in new/nearly new clothes for stylish young women. Based in Ottery St Mary, Angelz stocks designer labels such as White Stuff, Boden, Joules, Jack Wills, Per Una, Abercrombie, Monsoon to name but a few. Angelz also stocks accessories, some gifts and new age products and is in the process of introducing work by local artists and craftspeople.

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The Summer Collections have arrived at Chapter. In cool fabrics of cotton, dobby, voile, silk and linen. Colour palettes range from soft tones of forest, white, cool grey and eclipse blue to vibrant hot pink, lime, watermelon, kiwi, waterfall, sky and peacock blue. There is something for everyone. Summer Collection is very easy to wear with dresses and wraps in cotton, linen trousers and silk tunics. Floral prints and geometric patterns in colours to make you feel Summer is finally here. has soft jersey tunics, geometric print maxi dresses and wraps in colours of pink, lavender, coffee, green and indigo. Simply beautiful. – The cotton used in Seasalt clothes is grown without the use of pesticides and was the first to be certified by the Soil Association. From skirts and dresses to crop trousers and t-shirts, Seasalt produces stylish practical clothes in a variety of colours and designs. has introduced a stunning and vibrant range this Summer. Floral print dresses and tunics, in cool cotton and linen. Jackets, skirts and t-shirts in hot colours complete this collection. – Original funky styles from France. Dresses, skirts and tops in vibrant colours and unique prints for that individual look.

New collections at Iris Boutique in Exeter, include ‘Charlie’ and ‘Elisa Caveletti’. Charlie is a versatile range of luxury jersey, flowing and sophisticated separates of camisoles, jumper dresses and yoga/palazzo trousers. Elisa Caveletti is an Italian line with intricate details of buttons, charms, lace work and ruffles in an array of beautiful colours blended with mixed denims; fabulous white blouses showcase the collection of dresses, waistcoats, jackets, and funky knits.

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

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The Swan

The Strand Lympstone

01395 272644

reservations @swaninnlympstone.com


elcome to East Devon Coast & Country's eating out section which we hope you'll give you inspiration, after all, everyone enjoys a meal out - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the south west with many lovely country pubs and also the chance to enjoy our meal with a sea view. Our new eating out scheme is designed to give you more information about the facilities available in our eateries and this can be very important if you have special dietary needs. It's fairly easy to understand, the key is at the top of the right hand page. The Royal Lion Hotel

01297 445622


Now serving morning coffee and cake in Monmouth Room, Sunday lunch served in the Oak Room. Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF

• Walkers and Cyclists Welcome (Cycle racks outside pub) • Excellent selection of Cask Marque Real Ales • Excellent lunchtime and evening menu • Daily Fresh Fish Board


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

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    ‘Best Restaurant in the South West’ (Taste of the West Awards 2010)

Telephone: 01404 822240. www.jackinthegreen.uk.com Rockbeare, Near Exeter, Devon EX5 2EE PYNE'S AD 87x62 1109 v1.2

The Kings Arms Quality food & service at sensible prices

Open all day Extensive Lunchtime & Evening Menus


Vegetarian & Vegan meals & snacks Served all day in a fully licensed relaxed and friendly atmosphere overlooking the spectacular Jurassic Coast.

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including Glass, Metals Ceramics, Jewellery and Paintings Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm ( open Friday & Saturday evening) Sun 11.30am-3pm

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Superb Sunday Carvery

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

Smaller Appetite Menu every Thursday Bed & Breakfast, en suite, from ÂŁ25.00 pp

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

Tel: 01395 568416 www.kingsarmsotterton.co.uk A dog friendly pub






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The Bedford Hotel, Esplanade, EX10 8NR Email: info@bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk or call 01395 513047



‘… the village restaurant in the heart of Exeter’ Whether you are looking to spoil that someone special or enjoy an evening with friends, award-winning @Angela’s Restaurant in Exeter’s New Bridge Street offers a unique experience in fine dining.  Sumptuous dishes and an intimate, welcoming atmosphere have won @Angela’s not just a place in the hearts of the city’s food enthusiasts but a recommendation in the prestigious Michelin Guide for a second year running. Also recognised for a commitment to sustainable practices, you can come and enjoy the freshest, highest quality local produce  such as local Ruby red beef and Iron age pork served with fresh local potatoes and steamed vegetables. Locally produced cheeses and ice cream provide a perfect end to a meal.

Husband and wife team, Richard and Angela, understand the properties of the fish or meat they are working with and the aromas  that will best enhance the individual dishes. You may try starters such as Pan fried scallops with balsamic dressing or Shredded crispy duck leg salad with plum and raspberry dressing then mouth-watering main courses such as Fresh fillets of John Dory with white wine butter sauce or Best end of Mid Devon lamb with tomato and sage crust served on seared spinach.     Why not round things off with a superb range of home-made  of puddings such as Dark and white chocolate cheesecake with coffee bean sauce.

for people who are passionate about food

@Angela’s Restaurant, 38 New Bridge Street, Exeter, EX4 3AH

Opening times Lunch ( by prior reservation )

Telephone: 01392 499038 Email: info@angelasrestaurant.co.uk www.angelasrestaurant.co.uk.

12.30 pm – 2 pm  Wednesday – Saturday Dinner 6.30 pm – 10 pm   Tuesday – Saturday

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hat heralds summer for me are plants like dahlias, sweet peas and roses. The yearly ritual of digging over the compacted clay is out of the way, and the dahlias and sweet peas are shooting up. It's truly amazing how quickly this all happens, in the blink of an eye, the little seedlings have turned into beautiful, flowering plants (that's if the slugs haven't intervened). For me, you can't beat having flowers in the garden, ready to cut to bring into the house and to be honest, the amount of effort once planted, is pretty minimal. The yearly bat tle with slugs commences in earnest, although once you get to a certain stage, they're not so much of a problem. I've experimented leaving dahlia tubers in the ground over winter, we do live in a very mild part of the country after all. What confounds me, with dahlias is how, after several seasons, you always seem to end up with more of the yellow flowering ones than the reds and oranges. Sweet peas for me, crown the

English Garden the

Summertime Favourites summer flowering season. The scent in the old varieties can be very evocative, especially if you've been growing them for many years. A tip for those of you growing sweet peas from seed is to use root trainer pots. They're made up in Scotland somewhere, and are good value for money as you can reuse for many years if you look after them. These are very deep pots that have ridges running down the sides, which help to promote long roots. They snap apart when planting out, ensuring

that you do the least damage possible when planting out. I've had by far and away the best sweet peas I've ever had using these, they really do make a difference. Another annual ritual for me is the growing of sunflowers and rudbeckia, which work very well together, giving a real shot of warmth in the garden. They're guaranteed to cheer you up and there are lovely varieties in both plants. Mixed varieties of sun flowers are great, you can get tangerine orange, right through to chocolate

A David Austin variety rose

I have more trouble with dogs than cats in my garden, they're a real nuisance!

brown in one packet. If your garden has a well lit aspect, then for structure along paths, lavender is a real winner, it can fill your senses with colour and scent. There's nothing better than walking up or down the garden, brushing past the lavender releases an invisible cloud of perfume that can be extremely uplifting. Don't forget to keep lavender well clipped at the end of the season as it's not great at sprouting new growth when cut back harshly if left to grow too high. If you wish to line your whole path with lavender, there are many mail order businesses that you can find online, where they'll send you out bare rooted plants at the start of the season. This keeps the costs down,

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so a bit of planning is required here. Hidcote is one of the best varieties, the rich purple blue of the flowers alongside the silvery bluey green of the foliage can make an impressive sight. Lavender is also a very insect friendly plant, hover flies, bees, butterflies, they all enjoy it. Whilst on the subject of wildlife, slugs are the perennial problem in the garden, especially when you plant out seedlings. I know it's very tempting to just strew the ground with slug pellets - we all have our moment of weakness, but think again, you not only poison your soil (and yourself if you're a veg grower) but also giving any wildlife in your garden, a very hard time. Do you remember when we used to get hedgehogs and song thrush in the garden, well they directly suffer from the application of pellets. If you do use pellets, consider using traps that invite slugs inside and keep the pellets and dead slugs from coming into contact with the soil and animals. If your garden, like mine, is of the heav y clay sort, then one range of plants that like clay soils are roses. What I really love ab o u t ros e s is the exceptional variety of flowers, growing forms and seasonal range, f ro m f l owe r in g once to all summer long repeating. If you're a seasoned clay soil gardener, you'll know that once plants go into the ground, it takes a fair while for them to get established the roots spend several years battling to penetrate the clay, but once they do, they provide such value. You can look forward to flowering every year with very little effort from the gardener. Sidmouth Garden Centre stock David Austin roses which are amongst the best rose growers in the world. If you're considering some longterm planting , dogwood seems to really enjoy clay soil. They not only provide great displays of creamy panacles of flowers which gradually change colour as they age, but also as the flowers die off, produce fruit which when ripe, looks very much like strawberries. Also, they provide a great source of food for birds, fattening up for the winter. N.J.


Dogwood gives a great show of flowers, as well as strawberry like fruits that the birds feast on in the autumn and early winter

Gourgeous dahlias, the highlight of summer

Insect frienly lavender is a great plant to have in the garden, not least because the bees, hoverflies and butterflies love it!

Top notch items for your garden Holkham Gazeebo from HSP Garden Buildings of Suffolk have a great range gazeebos, shelters and summer houses.

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Sidmouth Garden Centre also stock unique, reclaimed pieces. It's well worth browsing their extensive stock.

All these items are available from the Sidmouth Garden Centre. Come and browse their extensive range and enjoy a coffee or meal, on their elevated terrace. Tel 01395 516142


Kitchen Garden Gardening without using chemicals Runner beans

Love your food

Hi friends - Are you enjoying the outdoor life? The sun's strength makes us all stronger and free vitamin D too ! Talking of vitamins, have you got a garden full of them yet ? Many vegetables like garlic, onions and broad beans should be way up now with many others peeping their heads through the soil.

JUNE A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon or so goes country lore. Honey will come in very useful later in the month when the first juicy, red strawberries ripen. As soon as they become large enough, put straw underneath the developing fruits to protect against wet ground and slugs, also net them to stop bird perdition. If, by chance, your strawberries suffer grey mould, pick off affected fruits, burn and spray with good old fashioned Bordeaux mixture which is organically acceptable.

Runner beans and french beans sown in boxes or pots in April or May should be ready for planting out after all threat of frost is gone. I always sow directly into the soil making a wigwam out of canes for the runner beans or climbing french beans to grow up. The brightly coloured bean flowers look wonderfully decorative grown like this in a garden. Children also love the wigwams, though not as much as a bowl or freshly steamed runner beans with a knob of butter or grated cheese on top. Healthy, cheap, sustainable food for a growing family.

at bay. Rings of slat, soot, lime or crushed egg shells around my plants as they won't slide over these harmless substances. To attract slugs away from your precious charges try orange rinds or beer making sure

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you have drunk most to the beer yourself first! Another trick I always do is to place roof slates around my garden and pick the slugs up in the morning when they are fast asleep under them. My father's tip was to sow extra at the end of each row for transplanting if some plants were eaten.

As you carry on sowing things like lettuce, carrots, beetroot, radish, courgettes and any other summer crop that takes your fancy, you will notice that you are not the only one who is hoping to enjoy the fruit of your labours. Slugs and snails also have refined palates and will eat all you lay in front of them. The environmentally friendly gardener can do much to stem this tide - no pun intended. Slug pellets are poison and so will eventually kill thrushes, frogs, hedgehogs and other friends who want to eat the slugs and snails for us. I use rings to keep these critters

JULY It's July and I can already smell the freshly caught mackerel gently cooking on my barbecue, seasoned with some just picked rosemary.

Gasping Veg Outside the kitchen garden, some of your treasurers may be gasping too. Lettuce, courgettes, spinach and radish, among others, have quite a high water content. Keep the water flowing so that your veg and fruit swells nicely in the sun.

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Herbs Herbs and food compliment each other like Bonny and Clyde. The two can work separately, but together they are unbeatable. Old favourites like parsley, sage and thyme sown later in the spring, should be well up by now. Try to sow in pots initially, as these retain more of the warmth that these mainly Mediterranean plants demand. My favourite herb is Basil. They love sunny kitchen windowsills or pots in greenhouses. Seeds can be sown in spring and through the summer for a continuous supply. Always water in the mornings as basil hates wet feet at night. Try the excellent variety Genovese Sweet.

Watering and feeding Home-grown

Utterly mouthwatering home-grown strawberries

Home grown takes on a whole new meaning if you grow produce inside in pots, trays or grow bags. My parents bought me an inside minigreenhouse for my bedroom called grow greenhouse when I was twelve and I have never looked back. For my lettuce, herbs and mini carrots we used mole-hill soil mixed with compost. Mole-hill soil is the finest going, use it often, Mr Moley won't mind - honest !

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Plants, like humans, thrive in the summer sun and need feeding and watering just as we do. If you are growing indoors or under glass give attention to watering, especially in the greenhouse, as temperatures rise rapidly this time of the year. Tomatoes, for instance, must have their daily water ration together with a weekly feed as the fruit trusses swell. Use natural seaweed extract liquid for tomatoes, they love it. Outside the kitchen garden, some of your treasurers may be gasping too. Lettuce, courgettes, spinach


and radish, among others, as they have quite a high water content. Fruit bushes need water as the fruit swells, so do young fruit trees planted in the last year or two for their roots to establish properly. If you are giving the runner beans a drink in the evening and you notice black fly use a fine spray to remove them from the plants. This will also help the flower to set. Try to give your growing charges the best natural food you can. Organic chicken manure pellets are my favourite for this time of the year. They are safe, good for the environment and help give garden produce that superior taste. When you have finished all that, you deserve a break and nothing beats, for me, sitting out in the garden and soaking up the sun, feeding on bread, cheese and early lettuce leaves washed down with a cool, refreshing pint of zider.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Late summer is the culmination of a gardener's dreams and hopes. Some successes, a few failures and always next year. Autumn sowings such as radicchio, which is the chicory family, can now be

hedgehogs, thrushes and everyone's friend the robin redbreast. Robins follow me around the garden and come right up next to me, even if I am just sitting down. I like to think they enjoy human company and the interaction it brings. Sometimes though, plants need a little more help than all their friends can give them. Using netting, for instance, to help keep cabbage white butterflies off your cabbages and kale is environmentally friendly, as is netting raspberries and strawberries too. Alternatively, fleece can be used as this holds the heat at night and won't result in birds or other animals getting entangled in netting.

Puce and black Broad Bean seeds

Seed saving As summer mellows into early autumn, now is a good time to start your seed saving or swapping. Runner and french beans along with peas can be dried now and saved for another fruitful year. Seeds swaps too, are great fun and go on in many country and farmer's markets up and down the land. Your greater seed diversity will bring with

Sweet toms

made. These much underrated plants will give you deep red salad leaves well into the winter if they are cloched. I have grow radicchio for over thirty years , if that is any kind of recommendation.

Plant Power Plants contain massive amounts of strength and resilience. You have only to see a weed push up through a tarmac road to appreciate that. If you have grown your crops without the harmful use of insecticides, the plants will be all the stronger for it and more able to fight off any infestation themselves. Plants will thrive if you have created a healthy environment that encourages the garden's natural predators like ladybirds, frogs,

Chives, lovely when freshly picked, chopped and sprinkled on spuds

it more disease resistance inherent within the different varieties of the same vegetable or fruit. So go on, get swapping with your neighbours and friends. Happy growing and bye, bye.


Editor - Do you have an allotment and are you passionate about growing? Fred unfortunately, has had to retire out of this series due to ill health. If you fancy taking over and earning some beer money, call Nigel on 01395 512166.

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Out and About in Lyme

UPLYME VALUATION DAYS At Uplyme Village Hall 1:00pm-3:00pm: 28th July 22nd September 24th November Free Auction Valuations

Lyme Regis has some great shops and eateries, but if you're visiting Lyme from afar, it's always worth checking with the TIC that, whatever event or place you're going to visit is open. Their number is 01297 442138 or email: lymeregis.tic@westdorset-dc.gov.uk

What's On in Lyme June 13th Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run: Lyme Regis to Weston-Super-Mare. Marine Parade; Westland Classic Motorcycle Club 01935 851512. July & Aug - Summer Gallery Talks, The Museum’s popular programme of talks run throughout this period. Lyme Regis Museum. Jul to Sept - Lyme Regis Town Band, Music by the Sea, Marine Parade every Tuesday 8.00pm 01297 442588. 3rd to 5th July - Lyme Regis Jazz Festival; Various venues around the town. July 17th - Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Show, Uplyme Cricket Field (provisional). July 28th - Annual Sir George Somers Civic Parade. 24th to 31st July - Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. Mr R Michael 01297 442683.

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7th to 13th Aug - Marine Week, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre (provisional) 01297 560772. 7th to 15th Aug - Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week, 01297 443696.


Visit us in Lyme Regis for the finest cheeses from the West Country and beyond, as well as a great range of accompaniments: preserves, biscuits, cheese books, cheese boards and knives and our famous Swiss cheese door stops. Barford farmhouse Ice Cream is also available - by scoop or to take home.

47a Silver Street, Lyme Regis Tel: 01297 444345 www.jurassicseafoodrestaurant.com Sushi - Steak - Stir Fries - Fresh Fish - Seafood

We’re at the historic Town Mill, off Coombe Street and open every day except Monday.

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50 Broad St Lyme Regis




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Escape to our oasis at the Town Mill, watch a demonstration of milling using water power or simply enjoy the atmosphere, browse the shops and take some refreshment

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In this issue, Guy Peters takes a look at:

Vineyards in East Devon

It was the Romans who first planted vines in Britain. Indeed, they went on to produce wine on a commercial scale. Archaeology has revealed wine amphorae and drinking vessels in the remains of Roman garrisons, houses and villas. It is widely believed, the climate at that time was warmer and more conducive to growing vines. However, the writings of Tacitus, at the end of the first century, reveal his opinion that our climate was, “objectionable” and not suited to the establishing of vineyards. As Christianity grew in influence, wine played its part in religious ceremony and helped to spread wine awareness. This all came to a sudden end when the dark ages followed the Roman departure. Warring tribes of Jutes, Angles and Saxons wiped out the three hundred years of civilisation that the Romans had created. Christians fled to the far corners of the land and vineyards were neglected and lost. The 6th century saw the resurgence of wine growing. As Christianity became widespread, monastic vineyards reappeared. However, our trade with Europe increased at this time too. Documented evidence shows that trade included wine importing. Inevitably, the growth of home produced wines was inhibited. What production there was, came to an abrupt end with the Viking invasion during the late 8th century. Many monasteries at the heart of our limited wine growing industry were destroyed. King Alfred sent the Danes packing in the late 9th century. The Christian religion reasser ted itself and viticulture once more came into being. 1066 and the Norman invasion, marked the true resurgence of wine growing in this country. It is the Domesday Book which shows us that vineyards existed in forty two areas. Two main areas of viticulture included the monasteries to be found in the coastal regions of the South East and

an area comprising Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Somerset. The climate played its part as records show. The weather warmed for a period of about three hundred years. The boom in viticulture at this time would not be matched until the comparatively recent revival some 900 years later. Finally, the clement weather gave way to cooler summers and milder but wetter winters. The grapes became less ripe and fungal diseases increased. Since the time of Henry II (1154 -89), the transportation of wines from France to England had improved and become cheaper. The preservation of wines during long journeys was mastered. Suddenly, imported wines arrived in excellent condition providing stiff competition for home grown wines; a problem for British growers to this day. From about the middle of the fourteenth century, Great Britain developed an expertise for the selection, bottling and cellaring of imported wines. This country became respected for its handling of Mosel, Claret, Hock, Port, Sherry and Madeira. In the face of massive competition from the imported wines, commercial wine growers in this country suffered. Vineyards were replaced by more viable crops. Only the keenest wine producers, able to support their production from other funds, soldiered on.

Roger Boote, owner of Blackdown Hills Vineyard and Winery

Blackdown Hills Vineyard

RESOLUTE is the word that describes Roger Boote owner of the Blackdown Hills Vineyard and Winery at Oaklands Farm, Monkton. He has had to suffer the slings and arrows of the most outrageous misfortune! Roger is an aviator and has flown all over the world on commercial airlines as the Flight Engineer. He is still involved with aviation. However, when it comes to his vineyard, it hasn’t been plain flying. His first harvest, in 2007, produced about 250 bottles. Then, his second crop was vandalised! There were mildew problems. He managed to produce about 650 bottles of white that year. In 2009, Roger describes his crop as ‘token’ because of the endless rain in the summer. It produced about four hundred bottles of wine. A big disappointment because, as he says, “It takes four years before one gets a grape worth talking about.” Therefore, with his first planting in 2004, last year should have been special. He is un-bowed. Roger has his eye on the next crop with the critical flowering time being June and July of this year. He has nine varieties of grapes: Reichensteiner; Rondo; Bacchus; Dunkerfelder; Auxerois; Pino Noir (early); Triumph, Sauvignon and Saval Blanc. 3,500 vines are involved. In the meantime, he has invested in winery equipment and a bottling

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plant. “It is only a table top affair”, says Roger ,“Yet, I’m having planning problems because it is classed as an industrial process.” Just to make life more difficult, there is a tax on wine production at the rate of £2.25p per litre. That’s £225 per one hundred litres. Plus VAT on top of that! “It’s a heartbreaking affair”, says Roger. “In France, wine growers are only charged 7p per litre and, if they give the lees to use in the making of industrial alcohol, then the wine growers aren’t charged anything!” Roger went on to say, “It takes eleven years to amortise a vineyard balancing the outgoings with the income. Plant 3,500 vines to run yourself? Not if you have to earn a living from it. One needs a private income! Twenty five acres of farm can’t be self-supporting on wine production alone.” In season, various kinds of tours, talks and wine tastings can be arranged at the vineyard for large or small groups - by appointment. Roger has attended Plumpton College in Sussex and has acquired a good knowledge of viticulture. However, his approach has been ambitious. Developing 3,500 vines since the first planting in 2004, has meant a big commitment of money, time and effort. One can only admire Roger’s tenacity and will to succeed amidst all the set-backs.


Alan and Faye Pratt at their Vineyard in Budleigh Salterton

Lily FarmVineyard MODEST is the word that describes Alan and Faye Pratt and their vineyard at Lily Farm in Knowle, Budeligh Salterton. Yet, their first harvest of Rondo grapes in 2007 was the earliest cropping of the Rondo grape recorded in this country. Furthermore, in the annual South West Vineyards Association Competition in 2009, they won the John Buchanan Agronomy Shield for ‘Best Red Wine’ from a small scale producer and a bronze medal in the main class for red wine. Not bad for a first time wine producer! Neither Alan or his wife Faye had any previous experience in vine growing. Alan was an independent financial advisor and Faye was a nurse. They have owned the smallholding, on which the vineyard has been planted, for sixteen years and still keep a small flock of rare breed Dorset Down sheep, Light Sussex chickens, and a few ducks. From their modest beginning when they produced 250 bottles of wine from 200 vines in 2007, there was a set-back in 2008, due to a late spring frost destroying new growth,

which meant they produced just 150 bottles. However, in 2009 they had a good harvest and from May this year, they are able to offer tours, tastings and wine sales. Alan said that this is his retirement project and the main concern is quality not quantity. It’s labour intensive with all of the planting and husbandry done by themselves. Alan says, “One needs enthusiasm and commitment as it involves a lot of physical work and organisation. The harvesting of the grapes is done with the help of volunteers.” It has been a steep learning curve and Alan has availed himself of all the help and advice he can get. This has included, assistance from a viticulture consultant. The vines planted are grafted onto certified American root stocks which are more disease resistant. Alan says, "The basic principle is embodied in the words: Good grapes make good wine." This is where the hard working couple landed on their feet. Lily Farm turned out to be a perfect site for a vineyard. It has a mild micro-climate as it

nestles inside a ring of high ground giving shelter from most winds. Also, it has the benefit of mild air off the North Atlantic Drift (known as the Gulf Stream) running along the South Coast. This, combined with the right choice of ‘cool climate’ grape is a basic ingredient for success.

advise on soil nutrition. Alan has completed a viticulture course at Plumpton College in Sussex and reads as much as he can about the science relevant to viticulture. Faye has attended a winemaking course at the same college. In 2008 Alan and Faye expanded the vineyard to other vine varieties: Seyval Blanc, Bacchus and Pinot Noir Precoce. Apparently, one factor which is in the couple’s favour is global warming. Now, all that Alan and Faye have to do is watch out for late frosts in spring, rain at vine flowering and September/October (the time when the vines need the most sun to ripen their grapes) also the threat of damage from deer, birds, wasps and sundry other hazards!

Lily Farm red and rose table wine. Their vine consultant has some thirty years of experience, he has provided advice to Alan and Faye and practical help with the vital pruning once a year. An Agronomist from Shropshire also visits regularly to check the health of the vines and

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Busy Lizzies If you find yourself travelling through Newton Poppleford, Busy Lizzies is well worth a stop-off, having an interesting range of locally produced wares.


ust on the Exeter side of Newton Poppleford can be found one of Devon's little secrets; an interesting local shop called Busy Lizzie's Craft and Plant Shop. Busy Lizzie's popped up just over a year ago when local resident, Liz Sharples opened up an old, disused barn in order to provide an outlet for local crafts people, artisans and produce-makers for their quality work and efforts.

The shop has evolved to include much more locally produced art and crafts. A wide range of cards and wrapping paper, jewellery, scarves, bags, hats and wooden items are all made locally including the very popular quality


bags and hats from Exeter-based Lynda Joy. Each of Lynda's items is completely unique and the bags and hats match too.

introduced to British gardeners known as the Peace Olive, (Olea europae) 'Peace' and it is currently on trial with the BBC.

More recently, a wide range of locally grown plants have appeared. Caradoc Doy, who sources and grows the plants, is also on hand to give his advice on which plants will do well in particular soils and situations. Over many years in the gardening trade, Caradoc is often called upon to help with recommending the right plants for an awkward situation in the garden and to help steer customers away from buying inappropriate ones. He is also often asked to help identify unusual plants you may have in your garden. In addition, Caradoc is growing a range of olive trees in Devon which are tough enough to grow in Britain, some of which are also fruiting varieties from other temperate climates. He grows a unique variety too which he has

Food tasting has been a recent feature as a way of helping customers to try out some of the locally produced jams, chutneys, curds, mustards and fruit juices. East Hill Fayre from Ottery St. Mary produce a wide range of tasty jams and chutneys; ideal for the breakfast table, afternoon tea and picnics which are stocked in the shop. There will be more food tasting during the school breaks. Although not grown locally, a local family who happened to own some olive trees in Tuscany, have now been supplying Busy Lizzie's with a superb, early-harvested, pure unadulterated olive oil with a unique and superior flavour, unlike any of the massproduced blended oils which are all we normally have to chose from at



JazzyMaddy Jewellery have some lovely items at Busy Lizzies, they also do children's parties

Hand made fabric Hand Bags and Hats. All unique, no two the same, with emphasis on design and quality. lyndajoydesigns@hotmail.com

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Made from olives grown at Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, picked early in the season. Coldextracted and unfiltered. AVAILABLE AT BUSY LIZZIES, NEWTON POPPLEFORD. Imported by Frances Nieduszynska, 33 Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AY

the big stores. Look out for the oil under the name of Ca' del Carbonaio. Bespoke jewellery by local artist Jazzy Maddy has been a popular addition with its bright and colourful choice which can be altered to suit each individual's requirements. Busy Lizzie's is open every day, 10am to 5pm. Telephone 01395 568558 for more details.


TEL: 01404 812984 If you appreciate exceptional quality Tuscan olive oil, Ca' del Carbonaio is worth trying

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Children can design and make their own pieces of jewellery to take home in an organza bag. Great for all ages, from 4 to 94. Phone: Vicky Woolsey 01395 276232 Mobile: 07591 607617 Email: victoriawoolsey@hotmail.com

JazzyMaddy handmade jewellery available for sale at Busy Lizzies

Lynda Joy Bags (& hats) are totally unique and very classy

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Local jam and chutney producer, East Hill Fayre supply Busy Lizzies


Horse Care Rein Tension by Natalie Bucklar-Green

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

pressure and habituation until more severe bits are required. It has been recognised by researchers for decades that the bit can induce pain in the horses mouth, even creating physical injury. In particular, the creation of spurs of bone on the bars of the mouth where the bit lies is becoming more prevalent and they have the potential to cause significant pain and distress to the ridden horse. Research has found out some other very interesting issues:1.

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

Rein Tension- Have You Ever Thought About It? In years gone by riders were often taught to maintain a contact with the horses mouth equivalent to ‘the weight of the rein’. This meant aiming to use the lightest possible contact and applying minimal pressure to the bit at all times, preferably no more pressure than is applied by the weight of the rein. If the rider fails to continually aim for this subtle communication, the horse can become habituated to a greater pressure, leading to a continuing cycle of increased

Although a range of rein tensions are demonstrated depending on the response required, just 400g has been shown to produce a sufficient response from horses (even relatively untrained ones) when halting and steering.


Rein tension of up to 7½ kilos has been measured in trot. That’s the equivalent of 7½ bags of sugar in one rein!


Riders, instructors and judges perception of rein tension is frequently inaccurate when assessed against data obtained from equipment measuring tension.


Riders classed as experienced have been shown to create rein tension of between 1 and 6 kilos.


Less experienced riders create a greater tension in the reins, especially for turning.

In practice, this means that although a rein tension of just a few hundred grams can be sufficient for effective communication, riders have been shown to use up to 18 times this just in trot. So what about the forces applied to a very small area when the rider is unbalanced or an unbalanced horse is being steered at a canter?

And if a horse can feel a fly land on its neck, what must 7½ kilos feel like on the sensitive tissues of the mouth? Are these concepts made worse because perception of rein tension does not match actual tension? Much more work is needed to quantify the pressure felt by the horse under different conditions but in the meantime every rider can take responsibility for the welfare of the horse they ride by striving for the lightest possible contact. Although frequently used as such, stronger bits are no substitute for training and a supple, balanced horse being ridden by a supple, balanced rider will be less likely to require more severe tack.

It has been recognised by researchers for decades that the bit can induce pain in the horses mouth, even creating physical injury. Of further help to the horse, is if the rider looks in the horses mouth to assess the conformation and hence the suitability of different bits for that individual horse. Things to look out for are the thickness of the tongue, the height of the palate and the fleshiness of the bars, as all these will influence your choice of bit. For example, it does not necessarily follow that a big horse or a wide mouth will allow for a thicker mouthpiece. One common problem associated with single jointed bits is insufficient room in the mouth for the joint, hence it can dig into the roof of the mouth. This is when the horse will open its mouth and the solution is a different bit rather than a tighter noseband. Other important considerations when choosing a bit

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are the horses stage of training and the ability of the rider. Take leaning on the bit as an example, there are many reasons for this which include the horse is physically incapable of carrying more weight on the hindquarters, the rider does not have a seat independent of the reins or the riders use of the reins is unsubtle or excessive. Whilst a stronger bit may seem like the answer to stopping the horse from leaning, this is treating the

Rein tension of up to 7½ kilos has been measured in trot. That’s the equivalent of 7½ bags of sugar in one rein!

symptom and not the cause. There is no quick fix, as training a horse to lighten its forehand takes years of schooling and likewise a rider can’t improve their balance over night. But a commitment to practice does hugely benefit the

horse and mean that less severe tack can be used. To put a different perspective on it- think about how quickly you could stop yourself after running down a steep hill. Would you rather practice so you could physically stop quicker or have someone behind you pulling on your mouth and head?!


Equine Club & Rider Feature

June to end Aug

James Pyne Photography

5th June - Lamberts Castle RC open show, Monkton Wylde, Raymonds Hill

by Natalie Bucklar-Green

6th June - Combined training, Bicton College

Horse riders take great enjoyment in preserving their achievements and even their less than accomplished moments; a glossy photograph adorns many a kitchen cabinet or toilet wall as proof of jumping a ditch or taking an impromptu sky dive. Luckily for many parents and friends, whose shaky attempts behind the camera often chop off the riders head at the crucial moment, there is a local team ready and waiting to capture that split second memory for them. James Pyne Photography is an example of a truly successful family run East Devon business. Run by husband and wife team, Jim and Jeanette, James Pyne Photography covers equine events between The Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge and Highclere Horse Trials in Oxfordshire. Longleat Horse Trials is a favourite event, the stunning scenery taking in the stately Longleat House and the usual sights and sounds of a cross country course are interspersed with roaring lions and barking seals. Jim and Jeanette both grew up and went to school in East Devon. Jim was given the opportunity to ride at a young age and belonged to the Axe Vale Pony Club. His first pony, Knocky, being a somewhat challenging Thelwell type who resulted in lots of bruises but also a good education in how to ride. Following a spell working on land based agricultural enterprises on the family farm in East Budleigh, Jim set up the photography business in 1996. As the business grew Jeanette left her trade as a hairdresser to assist full time and they now have up to 7 additional photographers supporting them at events. Some of their greatest achievements include becoming official equine photographers at the Royal Cornwall Show and closer to home, the Devon County Show and also launching their on site viewing and printing unit. Aside from equine events, they also cover multi-terrain running competitions, hockey fixtures and the Ten Tors event on Dartmoor. Jim recognises being outside as one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job, whilst Jeanette embraces the more social aspect of meeting people and renewing acquaintances. Both acknowledge the logistical challenges of organising staff, communicating with event organisers and juggling a hectic family life with two active


6th June - Shetland & Miniature Pony breed show, Crealy Park, Exeter 10th June - Evening unaffiliated dressage, Bicton College The Pyne family

children and a menagerie of cats, dogs and other animals. As with many family businesses, there are more people involved than just the faces on the front line. Jim and Jeanette sincerely appreciate the love and support they both get from their parents, who also help look after the children and animals. The loyal staff are also appreciated for their ability to cope with the demands placed on them and yet still returning for more of the same. Looking to the future, Jim and Jeanette aim to keep up to date with new technology and make changes when needed to keep the business running and performing well. In the meantime, whether they are photographing a six year old learning to master rising trot at the local Pony Club camp or capturing an Olympic rider jumping a wooden crocodile in front of a stately home, you can be sure that the cherished memory will be preserved for prosperity, complete with the riders head.

13th June - East Devon Pony Club ODE, Bicton Arena 27th June - British Riding Clubs Area ODE, Bicton Arena 2nd-4th July - BSJA, Bicton Arena 3rd July - Exeter & District RC dressage, sj & combined training, Clyst St Mary, Exeter 4th July - Combined training, Bicton College 4th July - Shetland & Miniature Pony breed show, Crealy Park, Exeter 4th July - NPS dressage qualifier, Crealy Park, Exeter 11th July - Unaffiliated SJ, Bicton Arena 17th July - Unaffiliated dressage, Bicton Arena 18th July - South West Arab Show, Bicton Arena 25th July - Sid & Otter Valley RC open show, Bluehayes, Broadclyst 1st August - Combined training, Bicton College 1st August - Exeter & District RC dressage, sj & combined training, Clyst St Mary, Exeter 5th August - Honiton Show 15th August - Sid & Otter Valley RC ODE, Nutwell, Lympstone 22nd August - Sid & Otter Valley RC hunter trial, Nutwell, Lympstone 31st August - Cotley Pony Club mini ODE, Forde Abbey, Chard

More Information On Events www.sovrc.co.uk www.bicton-arena.co.uk www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk www.crealyshow.co.uk James on his fathers horse Whispa and his daughter Abigail riding Neiko. Photo courtesy of Archant/Terry Ife.

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Branscombe walk around

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Branscombe Forge





The Old Bakery


Provides a basic but excellent range of food and drink. Cream teas, sandwiches, ploughmans, soups, home made cakes, beer and wine with food. Open 10.30 - 5.00 Wed to Sun & all week in peak holiday weeks Tel 01297 680333


The Old Bakery Saint Winifred’s church

Manor Mill




The Old Bakery 4

Quarries (redundant)

West Cliff


Branscombe Beach walk route other footpaths stream road


f you haven’t already been on this walk around Branscombe, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

valley floor past the fully working Manor Farm Mill (NT) and back along the mill stream to The Old Bakery.

Finally, the return walk is a gentle stroll along the

With regard to food, drink, toilets, etc, you are well catered for at both The Old Bakery and at The Sea Shanty and if you prefer something stronger, the Mason’s Arms can be reached further down the valley (see marker M above on map).

The walk takes you past Branscombe Forge, The Old Bakery, all owned by the National Trust. Further along, you pass the ancient St. Winifred’s church. Taking the path running behind the church, you cut up the hillside, meeting the ridge path that takes you down to Branscombe Mouth.


The Sea Shanty


The Sea Shanty

A restaurant on the beach front, were you can either eat in or outside. Wide range of food available. There’s also a shop next door. Below: The Old Forge which has a blacksmith in residence. Examples of work are available to purchase.

The only strenuous bit is at point 2 & 3 where you take the path from St. Winifred’s church up the hillside.

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The Old Bakery (nt)

Once you’ve parked your car, you can take a look at Branscombe Forge and The Old Bakery. These are both owned by the National Trust, the forge is open and metalwork items such as candelabra, fireside items, garden planters are available for sale at the shop. The forge is believed to have been built in 1580. The Old Bakery is in a lovely setting, with the mill stream gently flowing alongside and through the orchard. You can follow the path down to Manor Farm Mill although if you intend to take the full circular walk, then it’s better to visit the mill on the way back from Branscombe Mouth.


Saint Winifred’s church

Dating from Saxon times, St. Winifred’s church is one of only two churches that can claim evidence of Saxon remains, the other being Saint Giles in Sidbury. There are about forty stones that are incorporated into the base of the tower which have been identified as Saxon.

It has been suggested that there was an even earlier church on this site and experts say that the herring-bone chiselling which is characteristic of Saxon stonework would support this hypothesis. The location was carefully chosen to be invisible from the sea, and if, as suggested, there was an earlier church, this would have helped to prevent Viking raiders from plundering.

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Manor Farm Mill (National Trust owned)

The final leg of the walk, after walking up from Branscombe Mouth, you reach the restored water mill (right). It’s open to National Trust members on Wed’s and Sun’s from 2-5pm (duration of this issue) so don't forget to bring your NT card!

Top: What a lovely sight - cows chewing the cud amongst the buttercups in the meadow. Long may it continue. Right - view to water mill, with leat that also runs past the Forge and Old Bakery.

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The Grove

Bennetts of Honiton

Antiques Centre

Whatever gift you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! 162 High Street, Honiton

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Antiques - Fine and Contemporary Art

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Demetre H. Chiparus (1886-1947) A bronze and ivory figure. Sold for £70,000

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Honiton Feature on

T Honiton a bustling market town

here's nothing like a day out in

Due to its location between London

considered a handsome town with its

by delightful meadows and pasture

and Exeter, Honiton was a convenient

broad main street sweeping through

lands. In the valley, the river Otter runs near the town and within the

in the heart of East Devon which is

resting place and stopover for

the town whilst the surrounding

full of charm, character and history.

travellers. From the mid 1600's the

countryside was widely acclaimed to

town itself there was a clear stream

Renowned as an antiques centre

first stagecoaches were recorded

be great in its richness, fertility and to

of water running up the High St.

Honiton's unique shops, lively market

as resting at Honiton and during

abound in beautiful prospects. There

with dipping places before every door. This was quite a rarity in those

and Georgian facades provide a

the 1700s travel became more and

had been much written about the

memorable day out. What you might

more busy and by 1840 there were

extreme beauty of the view of the vale

days and although the water was

not know is that Honiton, in some

32 regular coaches each day passing

of Honiton and it was considered one

clear and clean it was always at risk

form or other, was probably around in

through Honiton. East Devon was

of the finest prospects in the kingdom.

of pollution especially on market days when cattle, sheep and horses were

Roman times and the High St. follows

the gateway to the rest of Devon and

The vivid colour of the red soil, in

the path of the old Roman road which

Cornwall. With the rise of Plymouth

particular, was much commented on

ran through Axminster and Honiton

(during the Napolionic wars) more

as being a peculiarity of the county.

on its way to Exeter. Like many places

people were travelling and the

This deep red, nearly mahogany

in East Devon, the town is thought to

development of resorts like Dawlish,

colour, contrasted vividly with the

have had a settlement in Saxon days

Exmouth, Budleigh, Sidmouth and

bright verdant green of the meadows

and is described in the Doomsday

Seaton meant that East Devon

and the many strips of wheat, oats,

Book as a large manor - but with a

became a destination in itself. Most

barley and clover which produced

population of just 33. The Doomsday

of the coaches would have had an

a bright patchwork unrivalled in its

Book describes the settlement as "The

overnight stay at Honiton and we

beauty in England. The view, coming

brought into the town. Situated in

lands of the Earl of Moriton". This

have many accounts of the town and

from Axminster unrolled into the

the High St, the Shambles, a sort of

nobleman was also earl of Cornwall

the countryside written by travellers

valley with some of the highest hills,

makeshift market and a collection of

and brother of William the Conqueror.

in that time. Generally, Honiton was

luxuriantly wooded and surrounded

primitive hovels built opposite The

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Honiton High Street Map Roderick Butler



Luxton Chartered Surveyors Honiton Music Merchant House Antiques

Pop Goes the Weasel Upstairs Downstairs Lombard Antiques

Pikes Patricia Franklin Soft Furnishings

Honiton Pottery Shop


Sweets & Treats Malpas Gallery Hermitage Antiques The Red Cow The Jewellery Workshop


Honiton Antique Toys

The Grove Antique Centre

The Carlton Inn

Shades Anthony James Antiques

The Top Bar Birds Nest

Coastline Jewellery

The Coffee House Power Shoes

Colystock Kitchens The Swan Chinese takeaway

Dress Agency As good as new boutique, lovingly edited delights

Country Lines

Cucina Banwell Antiques Otter Antiques Caramel

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Lace Walk Car Park


Bearneʼs Hampton & Littlewood

Pilgrim Antiques Wing Hong Portland House Crafts


Trompe L’oeil

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Ford Simey Bill & Taylor Leaf Street Devon Air Ambulance Halifax Jobcentreplus Everys Hair By John Bests Honiton Antique Centre Cafe Bel Ami Devon Pram Centre Honiton Conservative Club




Traditionally Run Toy Shop Stocking A Large Range Of Branded Toys, Decorative & Novelty Balloons For All Occassions

The Star Inn

Specsavers Boots Stead & Simpson Lace Walk Shopping Centre Britannia The Three Tuns British Heart Foundation Ali’s Kebab House Cats Protection RKL Tools & Hardware Hospiscare

Natwest Surfers Paradise Cards & Things Oxfam Complete Meats Cafe 102 Bar Herbs & Acupuncture Barclays Bradford & Bingley William Hill Butterfly Beauty Studio JAG Bradleys

TRIP Community Transport

The Tea Room

Budgens Julian Graves

Kings Court

Just Cards Livingstones


Honiton Video Films

Peter Betteridge

Northams Accountants Locatelli Cafe


SO! Kids Clothing Perfect Pittas

Fiddlesticks Brainwave Charity Shop Roger Hemmnig Carter Dawes Sue Ryder Fishmonger Sarah Hodge




Bath Travel Ganesha Wholefoods Montgomery’s Hotel & Arcade

Cashpoint Lloyds TSB Black Lion Court


Greenslade Taylor Hunt


Thomas Westcott Sugar Beauty


W.H. Smiths

For All Your Arts & Crafts Needs!

Horizon Hair Design

Coral Charity Shop for Blind Children

NH & SE Sparks Courtesy Cleaners Clock Clinic Leo’s Honiton Hearing Ctr The Paper Shop Leesons Clarks Moba


Honiton Sports Dilly’s Florist Stags Boots The Crusty Cob Beauchamp Place A Dimond & Co Richleys Stewarts Shauls Bakers Hi Ho Silver First Choice

Honiton Secnodhand Furniture Chippie Joe’s The Computer Place House of Hair Pure Geezer JAG


Post Office

C H Baker & Sons Soft Options Creature Comforts Clothes shop Fulfords


148 High Street, Honiton Devon EX14 1JX

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Tel: 01404 46747

Curtain Trader Little Venice

Scott Wolfe Goldsmiths Press Play The Honiton Wine Bar Haughty Culture Services Wine World

Shoobridge Funeral

The interesting coat of arms depicts the annunciation. The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be bear the son of God!

Evangelical Church


The Boston Tea Party

Encore Boutique Honiton Police Station The Volunteer

Liquid Assets Forsyth

Chiropractic Health Centre The Chiropody Centre

High Street Books Ying Wah Fish & Chip shop

Bennetts of Honiton Taste of Bengal Geraldine Coates Accounting

The Holt Amity Hair Gallery

Graham York Rare Books The White Lion

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Shopping in Honiton


The Honiton shopping experience and further afield Honiton offers shoppers a really enjoyable day out. The sheer variety of small independent shops combined with the market means that shopping is a much more enjoyable than the normal large retail experience that most big towns and cities offer. The town has been rebuilt several times in the aftermath of a series of fires but this has left a rather charming legacy of Georgian buildings. This, of course, is a town known for its antiques and you can happily window shop or browse for many hours. Yarrow Antiques situated in High St is well worth a visit as well as Grove Antiques. There are also auctioneers and valuers like Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood which has moved into the newly refurbished sale room in Dowell Street at the beginning of the year

and has fortnightly sales including fine art, silver, jewellery, pictures, clocks, specialist books, furniture and collectors sales. There is also a range of unique, niche shops such as Liquid Assets which specialises in everything for home brewing as well as stocking fine teas and coffees. It's a shop which also stocks a variety of locally sourced gifts and produce. There are a variety of lovely dress and accessory shops. Don't forget to visit Encore dress agency also in the High Street, whilst So Kids Clothing offers great discounts on kids wear - up to 75% ! A little out of town, on the Heathpark estate you'll find Otter Windows, a growing company which is well-known for its caring and helpful service. They've just

opened a new show room which displays their quality products to great effect - just pop and have a look round. A relatively new business on Heathpark is Countrywide which has a wide range of goods for everyone. Further out from Honiton about one and a half miles along the Axminster road, you'll find Colourwheel which is a lovely garden centre selling quality plants and garden accessories. Why not make a day of it and take the opportunity to enjoy a coffee, homemade cake or lunch in their coffee shop. If you like local produce then the Royal Oak Farm shop situated at Stockland near Honiton has a wide range of fresh goods. Again, there's a nice coffee shop which


Pannier Market also serves lunches. Combe House is a fine Grade 1 listed, Elizabethan manor house set in lush countryside. This year they will be celebrating their festival of spring lamb, which runs for six weeks from 6th June, featuring organic Dorset lamb from Blacklake Farm, just five miles from Combe. Sunday leg roasts, slow-cooked shoulders, rosemary-stuffed saddles and seared loins are just a few of the dishes on offer. This is true spring lamb, a flavour remembered from long ago. The Broomfields don’t force lambing in December to make the Easter market; their lambs arrive later so they feed on spring grasses and taste incredible. Sounds delicious ! by Helen James.

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but not all insurers provide specialist home insurance for high value homes and lifestyles.

We do. When we insure your home contents it seems right to offer enhanced cover for those items that are valuable and precious to you. To discuss your individual requirements please call the Honiton office on 01404 42051 quoting ref QTCC. Honiton has many specialist shops

We do right by you Mrs DT Venner and Mrs NC Robson Agent of The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited.

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Honiton Museum


There are some excellent guides to Honiton's past available from the museum shop.

Honiton Museum

Located in the oldest building in Honiton, in the what was part of a chapel, which dates from 1327. Tel: 01404 44966

We've taken references from:"A Honiton Lacemaker" "Honiton Heritage Trails" "Honiton Inns" Any extracts copyright Allhallows Museum

Honiton Pottery Display

This particularly pretty spider web lace is attributed to Emma Radford who was born in Sidmouth in 1837.

A very old ivory watch - a mini sundial actually (diptych dial) made by Conrad Karner in 1621 in Nuremburg

There were at least six generations of lace makers in Emma's maternal family tree!

Can you believe hippos, elephants and rhinoceros roamed Honiton? When the bypass was built, bones and hippos. teeth were found from 17 separate teeth and bones of and these of sis Analy 000 from other animals tell us that 125, open and hes mars rich were there years ago, grassland in the Honiton area.

There is a fine lace exhibition at Honiton Museum, which includes the jabot made for the Speaker of the House of Commons. Honiton's long lace-making history is fully illustrated with examples of lace.

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Marwood House

At the Axminster end of the High Street. Built by John Marwood, the son of Thomas Marwood who was physician to Queen Elizabeth Ist.


An interesting display, I was particularly impressed with the very fine truncheons, which on inspection, seemed not to have had much use!

Dolphin, was widely held to be an

took a break and a meal. Today, there

crest of the Courtenay family who

eyesore and the Lord of the Manor

are about 7 which are still pubs. At

have held the title of Earl of Devon

was petitioned to have it pulled down

this time, it was usual for the inns

for years and who has strong links

due to its noxious state. However,

to issue tokens which could be

with Honiton. The inn was taken over

there was a life tenant living in The

exchanged for beer or spirits in that

by the Banfield family in 1860 (see

Shambles and nothing could be

particular inn. This practice secured

a picture of their token). Situated

done about it until around 1820.

future business for the inn whilst

near the west end of Honiton is The

Following the Monmouth Rebellion,

solving the problem of a shortage

Volunteer Inn. Today, this is one of the

Judge Jeffreys sentenced a number of

of small coins which was apparently

few thatched buildings left in the high

Honiton men and they were executed,

quite a problem until the 19th century.

St. and is Honiton's only thatched inn.

their dismembered bodies were then

Each inn had its own token and there

The Angel Hotel (now a shop) was another popular coaching inn with a

boiled in pitch and displayed on the

are many on display in the Museum

roof of the Shambles as a warning

(see photographs later on). One of

large entrance and gate way leading

to others.

best known inns was the Dolphin Inn

to the stables at the rear. On the wall,

(renamed The New Dolphin Hotel in

at the side of the Angel were the entrance leading to the Mackarness

During the stagecoach era there were

1959) which is located in the centre

many inns in the town and after some

of the town in the heart of the High

Hall is, you can see a bronze plaque.

bad fires many new inns were rebuilt

St. The Dolphin is know to have been

This is one of the markers along

to suit the trade. At the last count

in existence since the mid 1600's but

the Trafalgar Way, the route from

there were probably about 90 Inns

most of the very old building was

Falmouth to London, followed by

that we know about and these are

destroyed due to a fire in 1777. The

Lieutenant Lapenotiere on his way

where travellers stayed the night or

inn took its name from the family

to report Nelson's victory and death

St Paul's Church

Building started in 1835 and much controversy surrounded it due to subsequent faults that arose thereafter, partly blamed on the architect. The builder was also landlord of the Angel, and suffered the indignity of his daughter eloping with the landlord of a rival Inn.

to the king and the Admiralty.


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automatically think of the market which is a very long held tradition in Honiton. The busy market is held in Honiton every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year. I think its great to have the market and sadly so many towns have lost their markets and this takes the heart out of the town. Of course, there's been a long history of markets in Honiton and this is now

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An old picture of the Volunteer Inn.

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Charter Day. This year will see the

Lace making has been a traditional

753rd market celebrations. This

craft (and cottage industry) for about

is a lovely day for the family and

450 years. This beautiful lace was

the locals and shopkeepers dress

renowned throughout the country

in historical costumes and there

and was produced by women and

are a number of events including

children to provide a much needed

music, Town Crier competition,

income. It wasn't just Honiton that

refreshments, the town band ,

produced lace but it was something

children's entertainment etc. It's

that happened throughout the area

good to see the town celebrating

but was generally known as Honiton

its long and historic past in this way.

lace. One visitor to Honiton in the

This year the Charter day will be held

mid 1800's took a tour around the

on 24th July - so don't miss it.

lace makers and found that this beautiful work was produced by

We can't talk about Honiton without

women who were at work on a floor

mentioning the famous Honiton lace.

of cement or earth in a small house

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This picture reminds us of Honiton in its staging coach era

A selection of coinage used by the Inns at Honiton. This practice secured future business for the inn whilst solving the problem of a shortage of small coins which was apparently quite a problem until the 19th century. this back in use?

It's not a bad idea - perhaps we should bring

Images of inns and coinage kindly supplied by Allhallows Museum

located in a back street. Two of the

Honiton potter y is no longer

collected today. Examples of Honiton

to parking your car, there are two main car park which are best to use

women were in their 60s or 70s and

produced but it had its heyday

pottery can, once again, be viewed

had worked in lace making for over

around the 1880s when there was a

at the Museum.

50 years and had wrought the lace

pottery in Honiton. Pieces made by

for a succession of queens including

a skilled potter, Charles Collard, who

If you're planning to make a visit

Adelaide, Victoria and Alice. At this

was an art potter winning medals at

to Honiton Museum, it's fairly easy

you're staying for a few hours, you

time, the business was very depressed

Brussels and Turin exhibitions is still

to find, although when it comes

are better off driving slightly further

in Honiton, Lace Walk car park is the most convenient and also has toilets on site but the charge is ÂŁ1/hr, so if

and the women were earning about a penny an hour. However, Honiton lace was a luxury item and a huge amount of work was required to produce even a small amount of lace. Many younger women had been forced to give up lace making and go into service because they just couldn't make enough money. At that time, towns like Nottingham were able to manufacture lace on machines in great quantities, whilst Honiton lace was made by hand. How could it survive against such overpowering competition? There are many examples of the beautiful Honiton lace in the Honiton museum. Some of the delicate designs are really breathtaking in their intricacy Apart from lace making, the other small industry was Honiton pottery.

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An old picture of the High Street with a street market taking place. This tradition continues today, although the stalls are now at the side of the road

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Street till you reach the traffic lights, then take a 90 degree turn. Lace Walk

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Car Park is the first turning on the right

Honiton are the number of cafes,

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pubs, restaurants, where you can

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The Museum is I'd say pretty much

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Local historian Ted Gosling discusses cream teas and Devon splits

Seaton holiday makers at the Land Slip for cream tea at Mr and Mrs Gapper's Mr and Mrs Gapper at the Land Slip Cottage, where people would come whilst visiting the Land Slip at Seaton. Photo circa 1939.

behold. Every visitor always found courtesy, attention and good value. The homemade scones were wonderful so unlike the mean little scones, nearly always hard as bullets that are given in far too many places today.

Heavenly Devonshire Cream Teas by Ted Gosling It is an essential part of the holiday or summer experience in the westcountry for every visitor to sample a cream tea. An ongoing dispute in the county, is the true origin of the cream tea. We can date the earliest record of clotted cream back to the early 14th century when the monks of Tavistock Abbey raised the famous clotted cream by scalding the milk, but I should imagine the idea of cream teas dates back to the early 19th century to cater for our first visitors to the county. Scones are a relative newcomer, but the real Devon cream tea should be served with splits, a light yeasted bun.

Before the war all tea rooms served cream teas with splits, although in different parts of the county these buns were called other names. Tuff cake and cut rounds were used in north Devon but here, in the Seaton to Sidmouth area, they were called Chudleighs. These days tearooms serve scones because

they are easier and faster to bake but the real Devon cream tea should be served with splits or Chudleighs.

There was lashings of homemade real Devon clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam and marvellous cakes and if you wanted, for a bonus, honey. Honey for tea ! What joy for me to remember the past lines of Rupert Brooke's most famous poem "The old vicarage at Granchester" :-

"Stands the church clock at ten to three ? And is there honey still for tea ?"

I have always considered myself as an expert in cream teas and way back in the 1960s we had many fine places in the county that provided the real thing. The Woodbury tea bungalow, Fingle Bridge and Badgers Holt at Dartmoor certainly passed the test and nearer to home, the wonderful Mrs Mac and the Wheelwright in Colyford. Mrs Mac is sadly missed by me, who enjoyed many teas at her tea house, which was decorated in the way you would expect from a lady of such good taste.

Below a poem by Ted Gosling entitled Traditional Devonshire Cream Teas (not Rupert Brooke - but a touch of Ted)

Some readers may well remember the tea bungalow on Woodbury common which was owned by Mrs Du-pain until her retirement in the 1980s. Every table was covered with a spotlessly clean table cloth and the cups saucers and plates were a delight to

Rich and rare were the gems she wore, But that I believe you have heard before, The gems may be rich and the gems may be rare, But this I solemnly do declare, That nothing on earth or in a poet's dream, Is so rich or rare as your Devonshire tea cream,

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You have to look hard to find the real thing today but they are around. Southern Cross in the High St. of Newton Poppleford and the Fairwater Head Hotel in Hawkchurch (near Axminster) are two I can recommend very highly. One of these days I might write a book on where to go for a real Devon cream tea.



event with breathless excitement and contributed funds because the baby would need a cradle and many other things besides. Joanna received £300 for these items, a great deal of money in those days.

Prophetess or Profiteer? by Suzy Bailey

Honiton is famous for its lace, but whilst browsing through the town’s guidebook, I chanced upon a character whose story intrigued me far more than lace making. The lady’s name was Joanna Southcott. She was born in 1750 in the picturesque thatched village of Gittisham, a mile away from Honiton. It all seemed a very inauspicious beginning for a lady who, at the age of forty-two, attracted an army of one hundred thousand followers, many of whom were well respected members of society. Joanna’s early years seem to have been quite unremarkable. She had various jobs: dairy-maid and domestic servant and shop assistant in Honiton. Although as a young girl she appears to have had many suitors, she chose not to marry and devoted her passions to the worship of God. Then, suddenly, when she was forty-two Joanna began to make predictions and prophecies. She committed these predictions to paper and sealed them with a seal she had found when sweeping the floor of the shop where she worked. She continued this practise for ten years, after which time she began to unseal her predictions and print them. These predictions were so successful that she attracted an army of “believers.” One can only speculate as to whether the predictions were only shrewd guesswork or the result of Joanna actually possessing the ‘second sight’. Perhaps Joanna was a shrewd business woman for the embarked upon a scheme to ‘seal’ her

faithful followers. They were given certificates signed by her and sealed with a red seal. Her rule was that they were to be kept sealed until the second coming of Christ. Rumour had it that Joanna actually sold these certificates, thereby making a lot of money, but this fact was never proven.

She moved to London and began the business of selling passports to heaven

Joanna then decided to take things a stage further. She moved to London and began the business of selling passports to heaven. She sold these passports at a guinea a time. However, this all came to an abrupt end when one of her passport holders turned out to be a certain Mary Bateman, a woman who was hanged for murder. The authenticity of the passports were then doubted for how could a convicted murderess be transported to heaven? Surely hell would have been her destination, Joanna Southcott passport holder or not! Joanna sur vived this minor scandal but one begins to doubt her sincerity when in 1813 at the age of sixty-three and an unmarried virgin, she announced she was to become the “mother of Shiloh.” She began to make preparations for the arrival of a child. Her followers awaited the

Joanna, who professed to be so accurate in her predictions, could not predict her baby’s birth-date. Spring and Summer came and went. Autumn arrived and slipped into November and still no sign of the birth. And then, in the midst of all this waiting and seeing, Joanna fell ill and died. A month before her death she seems to have answered all the questions asked about herself when she said: “ When the communications came I did not doubt them. Now it all appears delusion.” Was she in fact nothing but a deluded halfmad woman? Nevertheless, Joanna still had many faithful followers. Upon her death, according to her instructions, her body was kept warm with hot-water bottles for four days in case she was merely in a trance. Such was the interest in Joanna that fifteen doctors were in attendance at her post-mortem but no cause of death could be found. It was widely believed that she died of a broken heart when the knowledge came to her that her predictions were “delusion” and that she was not to bear the second Christ. As recently as 1912 there were still members of the Joanna Southcott Society alive who believed that had she lived, there would have been a virgin birth. Indeed, one hundred thousand followers had believed this to be true at one time. Sadly though when Joanna was buried on New Year’s day in 1815 there were only three people at the graveside.

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Joanna Southcott may have been dead but she was not to be forgotten. She left a large box containing yet more prophecies and her instructions were that these prophecies were of earthshattering importance. The box though was only to be opened during a time of national emergency and then only in the presence of twenty-four bishops. In 1928 the Joanna Southcott Society (which somewhat surprisingly was still going strong) decided in its wisdom to open the box although no convenient crisis was to hand, and instead of the twentyfour bishops only one could be mustered. Much ado was made of the “grand opening” but, as with the much awaited birth, the end result was disappointing to say the least, for the box contained nothing of importance whatsoever. Nonplussed, the Joanna Southcott Society announced they had opened the wrong box and set off in search of the right one. They never found it.

Such was the interest in Joanna that fifteen doctors were in attendance at her postmortem

Possibly, these days, Joanne would be categorised as nothing but a cheap trickster or perhaps a deluded eccentric. Who knows? But the strange fact remains that one hundred thousand people believed in her and her prophecies at the height of her fame. She was certainly one of the most mysterious and unusual characters to emerge from a remote East Devon village.


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Welcome to the Summer Health & Wellbeing Section. I am really pleased to say that I have received some very positive feedback about the new Health & Wellbeing section. I am also thrilled to see how many therapists have decided to share information about themselves and what they provide. I would love to hear from you with your thoughts on this section and with suggestions for future articles and information that you would like me to include. Also, if you are running a workshop or training in the Autumn or Winter months, please contact me so I can add the information to our diary. Whilst I hope the summer will be a really good one, I am still regularly hearing friends say that they are cutting back on the ‘extras’ in their lives. As the country continues to struggle with debt we all need to do

our utmost to look after ourselves and our families, doing all we can to ensure that our minds and bodies can cope with the worries many of us have at the moment. Studies have shown that strong social relationships are essential for a healthy mind and body as they reduce some of the effects of stress. These relationships help us to live longer and healthier lives and it is important for us to establish the support we need. Support can come from friends and family, it also comes from the

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We need to maintain our bodies by taking regular exercise and ensuring we don’t leave minor aches and pains until they become a serious problem. Let’s face it, we take note when our car starts to become unreliable, we need to take similar note when our bodies start to protest and fail. So if your mind or body is starting to struggle, why not have a look through this section to see if there is a therapist who could help or advise you. Here are some tips to help keep you safe, fit and able to make the most of the summer:

Treating the cause, not the symptoms

Julie Englefield DC

Our wellbeing also relies on how well we look after our bodies. Just as a car needs regular fuel and servicing, we need to fuel our bodies with a healthy diet. Whilst your body has an amazing ability to heal and maintain itself, it needs the right building blocks to carry out its work.

Wear sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from UV rays. However, should you get sunburnt, aloe vera gel or cool white vinegar can ease the pain. Aloe vera gel has been used since ancient times for healing infection and burns and it also moisturises the skin Calamine lotion and baking soda will help with insect bites, as will ibuprofen gel or hydrocortisone cream. Remember to drink plenty of water. It is recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses a day, many of us walk around dehydrated, particularly in the summer when it’s warmer. Water helps with weight loss, prevents headaches and dizziness, flushes toxins out of your body whilst clearing and moisturising your skin. In the summer we tend to eat smaller meals, this is great for the waistline and if you eat more regular

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meals you tend to be less hungry! Sorbet is a healthier option than ice cream. Ice cream tends to have more than twice as many calories! Summer berries are really good for you, the pigments that give them their beautiful colours are good for your health. Eating a diet rich in raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries may help to reduce your risk of several types of cancer whilst providing you with plenty of vitamin C which is good for your immune system. Why not start swimming regularly? It is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime and it is great for your heart and lungs, building endurance and muscle strength. There can also be psychological benefits when you relax and swim using little effort, letting your mind wander whilst focussing on the rhythm of your stroke. Alternatively, as it's summer time, try a new sport or a different type of exercise, have fun and get fit. You will really feel the benefits both mentally and physically. Another summer activity is gardening – did you know that half an hour mowing the lawn will burn over 200 calories! So get out there each week and make your garden beautiful, whilst looking forward to the pleasure of sitting in a deckchair having a well earned rest, whilst admiring the results of your hard work! Maybe with a glass of something nice and cool in your hand to slake your thirst!! If you have any health and wellbeing tips you would like to share please do contact me. Whatever you decide to do this summer, I hope you get time to enjoy the beauty of East Devon. We are so very lucky to have unspoilt countryside and a fantastic coastline right on our doorstep. I for one, am looking forward to walking along the cliffs and down onto the beaches on sunny afternoons. By Jan Brand.


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Tales of a Yokel Old John the Farmer I think it was when I saw a man walking down the white line in the middle of the High St dragging a wheelie bin that I first really noticed Old John. Clad in brown corduroys, tweed jacket and flat cap, he looked every inch the country gent. For some reason though he sported a pair of iridescent, orange running shorts-over his trousers. This, as one can imagine, set him apart from the other traffic. The wheelie bin was used to carry John's once fortnightly shop at the Spar, which consisted almost entirely of frozen ready made meals and as he refused to pay his water bills he also used it to extract water from the football club's outside tap at three o'clock in the morning. Old John had farmed half the wide bosom of Devon in his time. Born in the 1920s he had been part of the last generation to use horses extensively on the land before the tractor consumed all. John lived when gypsies still roamed the countryside in brightly painted wagons, leading their colourful lives. His mother never turned Romanies away when they sold heather at her door and would always give them something to eat. Gypsies always repay kindness

and when John's sister was dangerously ill, an ancient gypsy woman gave his mother some herbs which saved the girl's life, much to the local doctor's consternation as he had given up all hope.

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Otterton and its early history by Hanneke Coates

belonged to Countess Gytha, mother of king Harold. King Harold's defeat and death at the hands of the Norman invaders at Hastings changed everything and all Saxon land was handed to Norman soldiers, abbots and landlords. William the Conqueror gave the Manor of Otterton to the Norman abbot of Mount St Michael who employed a prior to manage the substantial lands. There had most likely been a Saxon church in the village, but a deed of 1166 tells us that a priory stood on the north side of the church. The priory plays an important part in the history of the village and a prior and four monks lived here and their control over all those who lived and worked in the village was manifold.

Mediaeval tower of Otterton church

Otterton was a profitable harbour village. Until mediaeval times, the river Otter was a tidal navigable river as far up as Otterton, with trade in shipbuilding, wood, agriculture, salt panning, lime extraction and at the time of the

Norman conquest, there were no less than 3 mills in the village. The prior even had the right to purchase every porpoise caught by the fishermen off the mouth of the river ! The wars between France and England in the late 14th century made things quite uncomfortable for the prior and his monks and by 1389 the priory was handed to Sir Peter Courtney for his lifetime. King Henry V eventually took possession of the manor, which was then handed over to Syon abbey. When Henry VIII began his dissolution of the monasteries, Richard Duke, a clerk with the Augmentation court in Exeter (a court engaged in the dissolution of monasteries and monastic buildings), bought the manors of Otterton and East Budleigh in 1540. And so began a long relationship between Otterton village and the Duke family, which lasted until 1744 when the estate was purchased by the Rolle family (now the Clintons) who are lords of the manor to this day.


wonder how many of our summer visitors who come across the bridge spanning the river Otter, before entering the village, realise that this small East Devon village, was, 1000 years ago an important part of England's history and would still be quite recognisable to the inhabitants of medieval Otterton.

The Saxons settled in this area around 670 AD and being farming people, started the field or strip system of agriculture. A Saxon village would develop along a main road with farmhouses or cottages, each with about an acre of field in strips behind every dwelling. A village green would have been used for grazing farm animals and socialising and meetings would have taken place there. The green was one of the most important parts of the village. Otterton still uses and cares for its green and one wonders how many stories and secrets have come and gone in its almost 1400 years of history. By the middle of the 11th century, Otterton

Tudor doorway into Mill garden

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When you first enter the village you will see opposite the mill a lovely Tudor brick wall with a fine Tudor gateway which leads into the mill house garden, which most probably was part of Richard Duke's garden. If we walk up to the church, just to the left is Richard Duke's home, a fine old building although some modern windows rather spoil the frontage. Part of it now serves as the village church school and at one time was know as the lace school, as Otterton was well known for its lace makers who would sell their lace to the Honiton market. The origins of the house may well go back to the time of the priory. Richard Duke and his family built most of it and lived there. Above the 2 story porch with its lovely arched doorway, the rather worn coat of arms of the Duke family can still be seen.

Two storey porch at Richard Duke's home

The mediaeval Church of St Michael was rebuilt by Lady Rolle around 1869, but the original ancient tower still stands. Benjamin Ferry, who built the new church added the rather French looking gargoyles.

Otterton is now a modern village that wears its ancient coat comfortably. The water mill, with its working leat, is mentioned in the Doomsday book. Although 3 mills are mentioned, it most likely refers to 3 sets of mill stones with the river Otter supplying all the water needed to turn the water wheel to this day. When you have been to look at the lovely Tudor brick wall and found its arched doorway, cross the road for a look around the mill. Fresh bread is still produced from the mill daily. There are a number of fine thatched farm houses and cottages along the main street, built by the estate over a number of centuries. The old records show us that there are still families living in the same village or surrounding area whose ancestors came over with the Normans almost 1000 years ago.

The Old Priory at Otterton came into possession of the Dukes, a wealthy family who lived in the neighbourhood from the days of Edward III. Their crest is a griffin and a wreath. The image on the right is a representation of a griffin and these can be seen on rooftops at the lower end of Otterton. The first reference to a Duke at Poer-Hayes (later called HayesBarton), in 1356, does not show them in a good light:

"The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Hugh de Courteneye, earl of Devon, William de Shareshull, John de Stouford, Richard de Birton, John Hundismor and Robert Weye, on complaint by Robert son of

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John Aleyn of Woneford, Thomas de Shillynford

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MANAGING your MONEY Testing times ahead for the new coalition government


fter a couple of nail-chewing weeks, the UK finally has a new Government and, while the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition may not be quite what investors would have wished for, then again, it is not as bad as they might have feared As the UK seeks to cope with an economic crisis and a political setup not seen for at least a generation, advisers and their clients are entering unchartered territory. There are 2 main areas to consider for investors:- the likely impact on financial assets and the policy changes that could be implemented by the new Government. First up, it has to be said that some measure of certainty is welcome. Markets hate uncertainty and the mere fact that a Government has been formed has allowed them to concentrate on other areas – not least the crisis in the eurozone. The pound has seen a small rally against the euro since the election, though this may be the result of the potential weakness across the Continent than a vote of confidence in the new administration. A more certain Government will help gilts, nonetheless, all the major rating agencies have announced the outcome of the election has not changed their view on the outlook for the UK. Even so, many other problems persist. Over-supply of gilts continues to be an issue and the rating agencies may not remain so benign if credible steps are not taken relatively quickly to deal with the deficit. The latest gilt issue was comfortably over-subscribed so this was a good outcome for the new government. All eyes will be on

the emergency Budget scheduled for 22 June and at that point we will learn more about the new tax environment which is vital for forward financial planning. It is difficult to make a case for any rise in interest rates in the short term and most forecasters are predicting the smallest of hikes or none at all by the end of the year. However, with surprise sharp increase in the rate of inflation (5.3% RPI*) this is becoming more of a possibility. However, balancing this we have the certainty of tax rises and imminent public service costs as well as deflationary pressures, such as unemployment, still at work; added to this any interest rate rise could be crippling for the recovery. In terms of how the economy will emerge it is difficult to see a clear picture with some economists still concerned about inflation or even hyper inflation. The Bank of England has indicated rates are likely to remain low for longer than the market currently expects, that does mean income seekers will have to continue to look for alternatives to cash. For their part, equity markets have more to worry about than the UK election. They are, it seems, more concerned with global growth prospects and the eurozone crisis than they are with the domestic politics of the UK. With two-thirds of the FTSE 100 earnings coming from outside the UK, this is certainly a more appropriate focus. However, the June Budget may encourage a renewed focus on domestic issues. As yet there is relatively little clarity on the policies from the new Government, which has simply made it clear that there is a very large hole in the nation’s finances that it needs to take steps to address. That said, there are some clear areas of focus. It would appear that capital gains tax is probably most likely to come under scrutiny. With top rates of

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income tax now at 50%, the disparity with capital gains tax, which is currently charged at 18%, is all the more apparent. A rise in capital gains tax to 40% or 50% was a significant pillar of Liberal Democrat policy and the new administration has said it will seek “detailed agreement” on taxing “non-business capital gains at rates similar or close to those applied to income”.

As yet there is relatively little clarity on the policies from the new Government

It is not yet clear whether the new rules will include the abolition of the annual allowance, whether they may reintroduce indexation or whether they will only apply to certain sorts of asset. What is clear, however, is that clients will need advice on this area – particularly where they have second properties or large portfolios. It may also breathe life back into the offshore bond sector. For the time being, plans for inheritance tax cuts have been set aside but the first Budget will see a significant increase in the personal allowance, to come into effect from April 2011. However, this is unlikely to reach the level of £10,000 set by the Liberal Democrats, which has been adopted as a “longer-term policy objective”.

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Pensions are unlikely to be left alone. Compulsory annuity purchase at 75 is set to go, which opens up some alternative income-generating options. The coalition has already stated it will restore the earnings link for the basic state pension from April 2011 with a guarantee that pensions will be raised by the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%, as proposed by the Liberal Democrats. The retirement age is also likely to be raised (again). The true extent of the compromise deal made by the Conservatives is unlikely to be seen until the Government’s first Budget and the big challenge is to convince the rating agencies, international investors and institutional investors that Britain can and will deal effectively and promptly with its budget deficit Please note that this is purely the author's opinion and does not constitue advice. The above is an interpretation of possible events and outcomes but isn't guaranteed. This is our understanding of current tax and HRMC regulations which can and often do change. Richmond Independent is an appointed representative of John Ellis IFA Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the FSA. Helen Mulvaney 01395 512166 * Moneyfacts This is our understanding of current tax and HMRC regulations which can and do often change. Richmond Independent is an appointed representative of John Ellis IFA Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.


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