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COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Covering East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset WINTER 2011/12


East Devon Coast & Country





A Celebration of Life in East Devon


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Nigel Jones, Jill Cooke, Ted Gosling, Steve Chilcott, Mike Hughes, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, Sali Mustafic, Mike Clement, Guy Peters, FCR Esgen, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Darren Marsh, Kerry Hornett, Fiona Howell, Phil Keddie.

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4. Property Commentary

30. Fine Winter Dishes

62. Equine - Nervousness

With Fiona Howell and Phil Keddie.

By Andy Witheridge from Sidford's Salty Monk restaurant.

By Natalie Bucklar-Green.

8. Forthcoming Events What's not to miss over the Winter.

14. Live Music Roundup Find out where it's happening!

18. Art Exhibitions Art gallery events for the Winter.

20. Painting History

Artist Peter Goodhall reflects.

22. Fashion and Beauty

Fashion and beauty in East Devon.

26. Business Advice Valuable tips from Katina Styles.

28. Eating Out Our roundup of East Devon eateries.

33. Festive Food & Drink We taste a selection of Devon produce.

36. Walk - Offwell Woods With illustrated map and photos.

48. The Business of the Mint Exeter's assaying past by Darren Marsh.

50. Walk on the Wildside Artist Mike Hughes talks about wildlife.

52. The Honiton Pages What's on in Honiton over the quarter.

54. Aylesbeare Church A visit to St. Marys's with Guy Peters.

58. A Time Before Beeching By ex-train driver Mike Clement.

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64. A New Home for Grace By Animal Communicator, Kerry Hornett.

65. Tales of A Yokel FCR Esgen contemplates life.

66. The Exmouth Page Events & businesses in Exmouth.

68. Ted's Cars Ted reflects on his motoring career.

72. The Lyme Page Events for Lyme Regis over the winter.

74. Life Matters Health & wellbeing issues.

80. Managing your Money Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.


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Don't know about you, but I always arrive at the winter season wondering where the year has gone. Time does literally fly! Winter last year was fairly harsh, I know that the snow affected many residents and businesses, resulting in much more internet shopping no doubt. The snow prevented many people from getting out to their local shops which was a great pity. Let's hope we don't have a repeat this year. I have a particularly stressful memory of driving my car in the snow up a steep lane from Gittisham in an even steeper sided valley, only to hit sheet ice half way up. After loosing traction and sliding uncontrollably backwards about 20 yards, I finally managed to do a 180 degree turn somehow. I was particularly happy not to have careered off down the side of the valley. It goes to show that four wheel drive isn't infallible,

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although I did manage to take some good snow pictures on my expedition! Here at East Devon Coast & Country, we've been busy as usual, and have been recently taken on an apprentice (Charlotte) to help with putting the magazine together. We've also recently increased our outlets in Exeter, resulting in 10,000 magazines each issue being available at over 400 outlets across Exeter, East Devon and West Dorset. If you have something interesting to say, then you're most welcome to contact us. You don't have to be a professional writer, you just need a keen interest in whichever subject you'd like to cover. Perhaps you wish to write about a subject particularly close to your heart, then again we'd be happy to hear from you, particularly if you're local to the East Devon region. All the best

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Will the Eurozone crisis affect the value of my East Devon property? Fiona Howell MRICS

– it really is a vicious circle.

investment market. However, as the

The only factor which might minimise

UK market is so directly affected by

this scenario, is an increase in foreign

the Euro, investors might decide it

investment into UK property, as

is safer to move their money to the

Longer term mortgage deals may still

money is moved into economies

USA instead!

be at attractive levels, due to the Bank

outside the Euro. Rents in the UK are

of England base rate remaining low,

rising due to increased demand for

In summary, a challenging prospect

but levels of purchase deposit have

rental property, giving greater yields

for those with property currently

generally increased and with people

to investors. If more investment does

on the market, but, whatever is

facing uncertain job situations and

come, the South West should benefit,

happening in Europe, there will

increased expense elsewhere, that

being one of the most desirable areas

always be buyers in the market for

is unlikely to be enough to bolster

in the UK. Average house prices in

property in East Devon, including

the supply of willing and able buyers.

East Devon and the South Hams

an increased number of potential

remain above the UK average, despite

landlords. All you can do, if you are

launched while the situation remains,

If it is more difficult and expensive

annual drops of around 10% against

selling, is to make your property ‘Best of Breed’, ensure it is realistically

The short answer is Yes, if your property is on the market, due to be or you are raising finance against it.

to borrow, fewer people will be in

average prices for their regions last

This is due to the effect Eurozone

the market for property and those

year but the investment market is

priced and with the correct agent for

problems are having on UK banks,

people will be unlikely to pay over


your type of property. Alternatively,

There is a substantial discrepancy

and renting in your new area, whilst

which, in turn, affects the ability and

the odds. This will increase the supply

willingness of those banks to lend

of property relative to the number

you could consider letting your house

money on mortgages and equity

of buyers and bring prices down.

between figures in the north and

the Eurozone crisis calms down, but

release loans.

Valuations of properties for mortgage

south nationally, with many asking

that is an article for another day.

or loan purposes will be conservative,

prices in the south having risen

The Libor rate, which reflects how

as they need to reflect a figure that

slightly in the months before the

happy banks are about lending

could be guaranteed to a mortgage

Eurozone crisis, while those in the

to each other, has recently begun

provider in the event of default. This

north fell back. Average property

moving upwards. As Libor rises, so

will reduce the finance available on

prices in the south are now more than

do the rates on new short term or

each transaction and thereby reduce

double those in the north, but the

tracker mortgage deals.

the number of potential buyers again

south is generally viewed as a stronger

Landlords and Tenants Beware!

By Phil Keddie

the private rental sector figures and the Local Housing Amounts are widening which can only exacerbate an already awkward situation for many of the most vulnerable in our society.


ollowing my inaugural article, it has been concerning to see the latest report from Shelter, which stated that in over half of our town and cities, rents are now becoming unaffordable for many tenants. This is a warning sign to landlords that the peak of sustainable rents, relative to current wages in this economic downturn, may have been reached and that rents could remain static or even reduce in the future. For tenants, this situation compounds their misery; everyday prices are increasing across the board, while wages are hardly moving. For many on housing benefit, the gap between

There is an ongoing discussion within the rental sector about the importance of choosing an agent who can offer Client Money Protection. ARLA have stated: “We would hope that agents, regardless of the scheme to which they belong, can be encouraged to make the consumer aware of the benefit that their relevant organisation’s consumer protection benefits provide”. This benefit should extend to the quality of the rental property, and with winter almost upon us, now is the time to make sure that everything is in order with the property being let – a responsibility that should be undertaken by both parties: • Is the heating adequate, effective and most importantly safe as this is the time of year we spend many hours indoors? Are the smoke/fire

alarms working and are there spare batteries readily available to replace used ones? If required, is there a carbon monoxide detector in the property and if so is it situated in the right place and working correctly? • Renters should be aware of the problems of condensation – a word dreaded by Landlords and tenants alike as if it is not addressed properly it can lead to mould and a very damp environment – the simple key is adequate ventilation and background heat to keep an ambient temperature. There are many other factors to take into consideration but going from hot to cold or vice versa and drying washing inside are two main areas where problems often occur. Landlords have to be aware that they must provide effective affordable heating and Tenants must realise that they have to spend money in using the heating regularly and also opening windows to allow air circulation. A little time spent discussing these issues and providing information can prevent future problems in the depths of winter.

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• Assessment of the outside area – are there any potential trip hazards? Any potentially slippery areas which could be prone to ice and are the paths adequately lit? • Lastly, is the property going to be vacant for more than seven days over the winter and if so, who is checking that the heating will be left on low to prevent any burst pipes? It sounds so simple but forget to prepare and the results can be devastating! There are many other aspects to both parties being responsible towards property and its surroundings, but hopefully the above offers a brief guide enabling everyone to have a safe and happy festive period. Philip Keddie has been working in the property market for the last 30 years in the East Devon area and is a Fellow of ARLA. He has owned Sunshine Rentals in Exmouth for the last 16 years and is devoted to raising standards within the private rental sector. He can be contacted on 01395-277017 or by email at rentals@ sunshinerentals.co.uk





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Forthcoming Events MAIN EVENTS 3rd-4th Dec - South West Equine Christmas Fair, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter 9am -5 pm (till 6pm on Sat) 16th Dec - Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, Northcott Theatre, Exeter 1st Jan - New Year's Day Racing, Exeter Race Course, Haldon, 10.30am-5pm 2nd Jan - Exeter City v Yeovil Town (n-power League 1), St James's Park, Exeter, 3pm

17th Dec - Courtyard Carols, Otterton Mill, 10am-3pm

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17th Dec - Fundraising Concert: Sidmouth Gospel Choir, Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth, 8pm

3rd Dec - Honiton Christmas Carnival

21st Dec - Carols with Ottery St Mary Choir and Honiton Town Band, Otter Nurseries Garden Centre

4th Dec - The Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm 8-9th Dec - Royal Marines, Christmas Concert, The Pavilion, Exmouth 9th Dec - Carols by Candlelight, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 4pm 9th Dec - Christmas Concert, Sidmouth Town Band, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, 7.30pm

2nd-4th Feb - Craft 4 Crafters, crafting supplies, great ideas and inspiration, Westpoint, Exeter, 10am-5pm

10th Dec - Exeter Festival Chorus Carol Sing, The Mint Methodist Church, Exeter, 7.30pm

14-19th Feb - Tropicana on Ice, extravaganza with 40 world-class skaters in a celebration of love and life, Westpoint, Exeter, afternoon and evening performances

10th Dec - Christmas Concert, inc Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noel, Sidmouth Choral Society, All Saints Church, Sidmouth, 7.30pm 17th Dec - Christmas Concert, inc Schubert's Mass in G, Minster Church, Axminster, 7.30pm

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LOCAL EVENTS 3rd Dec - Beer Seriously Occasional Singers, Congregatonal Church, Beer, 2-4pm 3rd Dec - An evening with Roland Maloney and Chris Gradwell, Mariners' Hall, Beer 4th Dec - Sunday Shopping Fair, The Pavilion, Exmouth 4th Dec - Lyme Bay Choral Concert, St Michael's Church, Lyme R. 4pm 7th Jan - RSPB Full Avocet Cruise (approx 3-4 hrs), Starcross, 11.15am 8th Jan - RSPB Mini-Avocet Cruise Trout's Boatyard, Topsham, 12 noon 21st Jan - RSPB Full Avocet Cruise (approx 3-4 hrs), Starcross, 11am 22nd Jan - RSPB Full Avocet Cruise (approx 3-4 hrs), Starcross, 12.15pm 15th Dec - Exmouth Town Concert Band 2011, Exmouth Pavilion 21-31st Dec - Shantytime: A Festivity of Bizarre Bazaar of Tales, Tinsel and Turkey, Shanty Theatre Company, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 26th Dec - Boxing Day Swim, Sidmouth, 11am 31st Dec - New Year's Eve with AJ's Big Band, the South West's premier 17-piece Big Band, The Gateway at Seaton Town Hall, 8pm-1.30am 1st Jan - New Year's Day Orienteering Christmas Novelty Event (organised by Quantock Orienteers), Shaldon, 10.30am-1pm 1st Jan - New Year's Day Duck Race, a New Year's Day tradition, Woodmead Road Bridge, Lyme Regis, 12 noon 20th Jan - Derek Acorah, spirit medium famous for his TV work, The True Vision Tour, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8pm 28th Jan - The Candlelight Concert, the Cathedral Choir's traditional New Year concert sung by candlelight, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm 28th Jan - West Devon Choral Concert, The Parish Church, Ottery St Mary

4th Feb - Grimethorpe Colliery Band, one of the country's top brass bands, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm

Festivals 11-19th Feb - Animated Exeter, premier animation festival in the South West, times vary according to venues but usually commence at 10am

Theatrical Plays 6-10th Dec - Strangers by Arrangement, The Shed, Exeter 14th Dec - A Victorian Christmas, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 15-17th Dec - The Buccaneers of Boscastle, The Shed, Exeter 21st Dec - A Christmas Carol, classic ghost story brought alive in this traditional production, Chapterhouse Touring Company, Exmouth Pavilion, 7.30pm 21st Dec-7th Jan 2012 - A Christmas Carol: Smoke and Mirrors, The Bikeshed Theatre, Fore St, Exeter, 7.30pm

Fairs 2nd-4th Dec- Inspire - East Devon Contemporary Craft Fair, a selling exhibition of fine art and designer crafts, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10 am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm 3rd-4th Dec - Vintage Guitar Fair, Havana Bar, Exeter, 10am-6pm

Musicals 13-18th Feb - Spamalot, award-winning musical by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Princess Theatre, Torquay

Tribute Bands 9th Dec - T*rexmas Show 2011: T-Rextasy, performing powerful and mesmerising presentation of Marc Bolan's rock and pop anthems, Exeter Corn Exchange, 8.30pm 12th Dec - Boy Band Mania & Take That Pop Party, tribute to some of Britain's favourite boy bands, Exmouth Pavilion 22nd Dec - Nigel John - Elton John,

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Forthcoming Events Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.45pm 23rd Dec - ZZ Top Rompin' Stompin' Xmas Party, The Gateway at Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm 27th Jan - One Night Of Queen With Gary Mullen, Exmouth Pavilion, 8pm

Childrens' Entertainment 1st-3rd Dec - Cinderella, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 1st Dec-7th Jan - My Very Own Story - Alan Ayckbourn's delightful family play: Cygnet Theatre Company, New Theatre, Exeter 4th Dec - Razzamatazz Christmas, Razzamatazz Theatre School, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 3pm and 7pm 7-29th Dec - The Princess and the Goblin, Exeter Phoenix 8th Dec - We're Going On A Bear Hunt, adaptation of Michael Rosen's awardwinning story, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. (Running time 55 mins.)

9th Dec-1st Jan 2012 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Princess Theatre, Torquay

12-18th Feb - Babes in the Wood, Honiton Pantomime Society, Honiton Community College

17th Dec 2011-8th Jan 2012 - Dick Whittington and His Cat, traditional family panto with Peter Duncan and Steve Bennett, Exeter Corn Exchange

15-18th Feb - Beer Panto, Mariners' Hall, Beer

23rd Dec - Jack and the Beanstalk, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 27-28th Dec - Jack and the Beanstalk, pantomime, Exmouth Pavilion To 7th Jan - Treasure Island, a traditional family panto, Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, 7.30pm, with matinees at 2pm on 31 Dec-2nd Jan, 7th Jan 11-14th Jan - Cinderella and her Rocka Fella, Colyton Theatre Group, Colyton Town Hall, 7.30pm, plus matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th-21st Jan - Mother Goose, Ottery Community Theatre, The Institute, Ottery St Mary, 7.30pm, matinee Saturday at 2.30pm 19th-21st Jan - Aladdin, Axminster Drama Club, Guildhall, Axminster

5th Feb - Jo Caulfield, one of the most popular and successful female standup comedians, Cruel to be Kind, Exeter Corn Exchange, 7.30pm 10th Feb - Edge Comedy Club: James Alderson, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 12th Feb - Richard Herring: What is Love, Anyway?, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8pm

Comedy 12th Dec - Burlesque and Variety Christmas Show, Le Theatre de Decadence, Northcott Theatre, Exeter 12-15th Dec - Exeter Comedy Club Christmas Specials, Exeter Corn Exchange, 8.30-11pm 15th Dec - O'Shea & Ogilvie, launch night for this comedy twosome. (The show will be filmed live.) New Theatre, Exeter, 8pm 20th Jan-4th Feb - Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival 2012, various venues in Exeter (16+) 3rd Feb - Tour of Duty: Omid Djalili stand-up, international film star and writer/producer, Princess Theatre, Torquay (16+)


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Enjoy Exeter this Christmas! Exeter is buzzing with excitement in the lead up to Christmas! Whether you are coming into the city to shop, eat or see a show (or all three!), this is the place to be. Celebrate the arrival of the festive season with late night Christmas shopping in Exeter. Late night shopping dates are Thursday 24th November and the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of December, most shops are open until 9pm. Travel into Exeter by the Honiton Road Park & Ride which operates until 10pm on the Thursday late night shopping dates.

The list gives just some of the main events taking place in Exeter this Christmas. It cannot be a complete list but we have squeezed in as many as we can. There are pantomimes and children’s shows galore and much more besides. For a full listing of events during Christmas please visit www.heartofdevon.com/christmas

8 - 10 Dec Thurs 9am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm Until 24 Dec Christmas Market. Gift on Santa’s Christmas Thursday, produce on Friday and Grotto. craft on Saturday. Castle Street Guildhall Shopping 8 Dec - 1 Jan Centre We’re going on a bear hunt. 1, 8 & 15 Dec 9am - 9pm Delightful family show. Exeter Christmas Gift Market. Locally Northcott Theatre. 01392 493493 made unique gifts. Castle Street 9 Dec 8.30pm 1 - 10 Dec & 4 - 7 Jan T Resxtasy. Exeter Corn Exchange. 2pm & 7.30pm 01392 665938 My Very Own Story. 9 - 10 Dec 9am - 5pm A family play by Alan Ayckbourn. Christmas Craft Market. Gift ideas. New Theatre, Friar’s Gate. Fore Street. 01392 277189 10 Dec 11am - 4pm 7 Dec 7.30pm Unique Boutique. Indoor Market, National Trust Concert. shop for quirky and unusual Christmas Exeter Cathedral. gifts. Exeter Phoenix. 01392 667080 7 - 10 Dec 7.30pm 10 Dec 8.30pm Touched. Set in innercity Dreadzone. Exeter Phoenix. recession Britain. Exeter Bike 01392 667080 Shed Theatre. 01392 667080 10 Dec 8pm - 1am 7 - 29 Dec K & Q’s Christmas Crackers. Princess & the Goblin. Burlesque and Boogie show! Exeter Performance Quirk Theatre’s Corn Exchange. 01392 665938 traditional fairy tale, 5+. 11 Dec 5.45pm Exeter Phoenix. Exeter Chiefs v Dragons. 01392 667080 Sandy Park. 8 Dec 9am - 2pm 12 Dec Exeter Farmers Market. Seth Lakeman South Street/Fore Street in concert. 8 Dec 5pm - 9pm The Lemon Grove, Unique Boutique. University Indoor Market, shop for of Exeter. quirky and unusual 01392 263518 Christmas gifts. Exeter 12 Dec 7.30pm Phoenix. Théatre de 01392 667080 Décadence. 8 Dec until 9pm Burlesque and Exeter Late night variety Christmas Christmas show, 14+. Exeter shopping. Music Northcott Theatre. and entertainment 01392 493493 throughout the city 12 - 15 Dec 8.30pm centre. Exeter Comedy Club Christmas Specials. Four nights, four different line ups. 16+. Exeter Corn Exchange. 01392 665938 East Devon Coast & Country

12 - 16 Dec 7.30pm After Dark. One Woman’s journey of transformation from a late night café to the son she left behind. Exeter Bike Shed Theatre. 01392 667080 12 - 31 Dec 10.30am-5.30pm Christmas skating rink. Dance on synthetic ice. Princesshay Square. 14 Dec 7.30pm A Victorian Christmas. Costumed show including carols and songs. Exeter Barnfield Theatre. 01392 270891 14 - 15 Dec 7.30pm Carols in the Cathedral. Christmas Carols with the highly regarded Exeter Philharmonic Choir. Exeter Cathedral. 01392 667080 15 Dec 9am - 2pm Exeter Farmers Market. South Street/Fore Street. 15 Dec 5pm - 9pm Unique Boutique. Indoor Market, shop for quirky and unusual Christmas gifts. Exeter Phoenix. 01392 667080 15 Dec until 9pm Exeter Late night Christmas shopping. Music and entertainment throughout the city centre. 15 Dec 10am - 5pm Royal Albert Memorial Museum reopening. The stunning new displays tell the story of Devon and Exeter from prehistory to the present and showcase the collections and collectors that have helped RAMM to become one of Britain’s finest regional museums. Queen Street. 01392 265858 15 - 17 Dec Thurs 9am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm Christmas Market. Gift on Thursday, produce on Friday and craft on Saturday. Castle Street.


Date for your diary: Re-opening of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on 15 December Fully refurbished after a multi-million pound redevelopment, new displays will tell the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the present day. But RAMM is more than a local museum, its internationally important world cultures and natural history collections also tell a story of global exploration and collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries. www.rammuseum.org.uk 10am to 5pm, except Mondays and bank holidays - entry will still be free.

15 Dec - 11 March Into the Light Exhibition. French & Brirtish paintings from impressionism to the 1920’s. Royal Albert Memorial Museum. 01392 265858 15 Dec - 1 Apr Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron – Early British photographs from the Royal Collection. Photographs by two of Britain’s most accomplished photographers. Royal Albert Memorial Museum. 01392 265858 15 Dec - 6 May Road to Rome – Artists and travellers on the Grand Tour. Royal Albert Memorial Museum. 01392 265858 16 Dec 7.30pm Acker Bilk & his Paramount Jazz Band. Melodies from the master. Exeter Northcott Theatre. 01392 493493 16 - 17 Dec 9am - 5pm Christmas Gift market. Fore Street. 17 Dec Exeter City v Scunthorpe. Exeter City Football, St James’ Park. 17 Dec 7.30pm Christmas with the Cathedral Choir. Exeter Cathedral. 17 - 18 Dec 9am - 5pm Christmas Gift market. Fore Street. 17 - 18 Dec 10am - 4pm Hug a Husky Weekend. Meet the friendly Westcountry Sled Dog team. Guildhall Shopping Centre. 17 Dec - 8 Jan Dick Whittington. Classic pantomime performance. Exeter Corn Exchange. 01392 665938 18 Dec 3.30pm Exeter Nativity. Follow Mary and Joseph on the most famous journey in history! Princesshay Square.

19 - 21 Dec Thurs 9am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm Christmas Market. Gift on Thursday, produce on Friday and craft on Saturday. Castle Street. 21 Dec - 7 Jan, 2pm & 7.30pm A Christmas Carol: Smoke & Mirrors. With stunning Victorian special effects. The Bike Shed Theatre. 01392 667080 22 Dec 9am - 3pm Exeter Christmas Farmers’ Market. Quality local produce for the festive season. Corner of South Street and Fore Street. 22 Dec until 9pm Exeter Late night Christmas shopping. Music and entertainment throughout the city centre. 23 Dec - 7 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk. Join Jack, Simple Simon and Dame Trot on a thrilling adventure. Exeter Barnfield Theatre. 01392 270891 24 Dec Crib service for children. 12 noon A service of lessons and carols. 6pm Exeter Cathedral. 25 Dec Holy communion. 8am Sung Eucharist. 9.45am Choral Mattins. 11.30am Choral evensong with carols from the minstrels gallery. 4pm Exeter Cathedral. 25 Dec Christmas Day Services. You will find traditional services with carols in Exeter Cathedral and in a church near you. 26 Dec 11am Solem Eucharist. Exeter Cathedral. 31 Dec 3.45pm Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins. Sandy Park.

31 Dec 8pm – 4am The New Year’s Eve Party. The best way to see in the New Year in the city. Exeter Phoenix. 01392 667080 1 Jan 12.40pm New Years Day Racing. Exeter Racecourse. 1 Jan 3pm Exeter City V Yeovil Town. St James’ Park.

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Forthcoming Events Dec 2011, Jan & Feb 2012

Perrott Hill

16th Feb - Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), John McMunn (tenor), Matthew Schellhorn (piano), concert to include work by Schubert, Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten and others, Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm

Time and space for a full education

17th Feb - Lunchtime concert by Yuka Ishizuka (violin) and Nadav Hertzka (piano), to include work by Mozart, Grieg and Saint-Saens, part of the Honiton Festival, St Paul's Church, Honiton, 1pm

Escot Park To 3rd Jan 2012 - Snowman Hunt, 10am-4.30pm 14-15th Feb - Bird Box Day, make your own bird box with help from the Escot Rangers, 10am-5pm 16th Feb - Red Squirrel Day, learn all about red squirrels, with talks by Escot Rangers at 11.30am and 3.30pm

A boarding and day preparatory school for girls and boys from 3 -13. Please contact the school for Open Morning dates. Perrott Hill, North Perrott, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7SL visit us at: www.perrotthill.com or call us on: 01460 72051


Country Markets

Axminster Country Market - Masonic Hall, Axminster, Thursdays, 9am-12 Budleigh Salterton Farmers' Market Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday of the month, 9am-1pm Cullompton Farmers' Market - Station Road Car Park, second Saturday of the month, 9.30am-12.30pm Exeter Farmers' Market, top of Fore Street/South Street, Exeter, every Thursday, 9am-2pm Exmouth Country Market - Glenorchy Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth, Fridays Exmouth Farmers' Market - The Strand Gardens, Exmouth, alternate Wednesdays to 14th Dec, 9am-1pm


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Honiton Women's Guild Country Market - Mackarness Hall, Honiton, Fridays, 9.30am-11.30am Ottery St Mary Farmers' Market, Land of Canaan Car Park, 9am-1pm Ottery St Mary Community Market The Institute, Ottery St Mary, last Saturday of the month Seaton Farmers' Market - Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, third Friday, 9am-1pm Topsham Community Market, Matthew's Hall, Topsham, every Saturday, 8.30am-1pm 13th Jan - University Farmers' Market, Forum Piazza, Exeter University

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3rd Feb - University Farmers' Market, Forum Piazza, Exeter University

A La Ronde To 5 Feb - (Now that would be...) Telling, an exhibition of portraits and texts that uncover a hidden history of A la Ronde, 12-4pm 11th Dec - Introduction to birdwatching on the Exe Estuary, with Nigel Pinhorn of Devon Nature Walks, 10.30am 17th Dec - Introduction to birdwatching on the Exe Estuary, with Nigel Pinhorn of Devon Nature Walks, 12.30pm

Killerton 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st Dec Killerton Parkrun (5km), 9-11am 3rd,10th, 17th Dec - Father Christmas Visits Killerton, 2-3.30pm 3rd-22nd Dec - Victorian House at Christmas, 2-4pm 8th Dec - Christmas Harp Concert, with Elizabeth Jane Baldry, followed by a three-course dinner, 7pm 16th Dec - Killerton Candlelit Tour & Christmas Dinner, 6pm 16th-23rd Dec - Recycling With Attitude, a colourful exhibition of recycled textiles, 2-4pm 17th Dec - Killerton Farmers' & Local Produce Market, 10.30am 17th Dec - An evening of Christmas carols, with the Jubilee Singers, followed by a buffet supper, 7pm

MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market - Trinity Square, every Thursday, 8.30pm-3pm Cullompton Indoor Market - Town Hall, every Wednesday, 9am-1pm Exeter Livestock and Pannier Market, Exeter Livestock Centre, every Friday Honiton Street Market - every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am

EXHIBITIONS To 6th Jan 2012 - Exhibition: Artfull Storytellers, showcasing South West artists who tell stories through their art, including book illustrations, ceramics,


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11th Feb-20th Mar - Out with the Hammers, Edwina Ashton, encompassing drawing, sculpture, video and performance, Exeter Phoenix, 10am-6pm/11am-5pm Sundays


Antique & Flea Thursdays - Antique & Flea, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 9am-1pm 4th Dec - Antique Fair, Barrington Court, near Ilminster, 11.30am12.30pm

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Live Music Roundup

2nd Dec - Matthew Finnish, singer -songwriter, and Christian, The Pilot Inn, Exmouth, 9-11pm. 3rd Dec - The Lateshift, 5-piece covers band, The Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.15pm. 10th Dec - Kinky & Quirky Christmas Crackers, Burlesque and Boogie, Exeter Corn Exchange, 8pm-1am. 10th Dec - Dreadzone, one of the country's top reggae and dub acts, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm. 11th Dec - Whispering Bob Harris hosts an evening of live music in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity, Dolphin Hotel, Beer.

18th Dec - Just Misbehavin', The Grove, Exmouth, 1pm 24th Dec - Take 4 Jazz, The Bowd Inn, Sidmouth, 8pm. 8th Jan - Pete Allen Jazz, Kennaway House, Sidmouth. 29th Jan - Just Misbehavin', The Grove, Exmouth, 1pm 5th Feb - Take 4 Jazz, The Beach Pub, Exmouth, 8.30pm 12th Feb - Pete Allen Jazz, Kennaway House, Sidmouth

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC 3rd Dec - Autumn Concert Tour: Show

16th Dec - Quite Brazen, Devon's hottest pop, rock and indie covers band, The Phoenix, Exeter, 9-11pm.

of Hands & Miranda Sykes & Richard Shindell, The Great Hall, Exeter

21st Jan - The Lateshift, 5-piece covers band, The Beach Hotel, Exmouth, 9pm.

12th Dec - Seth Lakeman, Devon-born folk singer, songwriter and virtuoso fiddler, The Lemon Grove, Exeter University, 7pm.

26th Jan - Bellowhead, mighty 11-piece band with 20 instruments and six vocalists, blending an array of world music influences with English music and cabaret to stunning effect, Princess Theatre, Torquay.

University, 8 pm

15th Jan - Jackie Oates & Karen Tweed, Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel, Topsham, 8pm.

27th Jan - The Lateshift, 5-piece covers band, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9pm.

20th Jan - Maggie Duff & Mike Weed, lovely songs and mellow guitar playing, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 8pm.

28th Jan - The Embezzlers, ska and 2-tone, The Bishop Blaize, Exeter, 9.15pm.

19th Feb - Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne, Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel,

29th Jan - Canterbury, Rock Indie Pop Band, The Cavern, Exeter. 11th Feb - Thick As Thieves, 4-piece covers band,fund-raising event for the British Heart Foundation, The Institute, Ottery St Mary, 7.30pm. 25th Feb - Monika, East Devon's favourite covers band with a night of rock and pop classics, The Bishop Blaize, Exeter, 9pm-12 midnight.

JAZZ First Weds - Bridge Jazz Club, Cellar Bar, City Gate Hotel, Exeter. 4th Dec - Take 4 Jazz, The Beach Pub, Exmouth, 8.30pm. 11th Dec - Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Pete Allen, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm - 5.30pm.

Photo courtesy of The Late Shift

Mondays - Open Mic Night, poetry, music, electric or acoustic, Oddfellows Bar, Exeter, 7pm-12 midnight.

16th Dec - Take 4 Jazz, By the Bay Restaurant, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm

Saturday 10th Dec 8.30pm DREADZONE - EXETER PHOENIX www.thedreadzone.com Dreadzone, formed in 1993, are one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave UK grassroots. Now known as an electronica/reggae band, they fuse the music of reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, hiphop and breakbeat. Rock drummer and founder member Greg Roberts – aka Greg Dread – performs alongside MC Spee, Jamaican-born Reggae singer Earl 16, Leo Williams (bass guitar and vocals), Chris Compton (guitar), with Chris Oldfield as DJ and lighting designer. Their latest album, The Good The Bad And The Dread, a compendium of their musical story so far, was released in May and will give you a taste of what to expect when they are raising the roof at Exeter Phoenix on their UK Tour. Exeter Phoenix 01392 667088(Box Office), www. exeterphoenix.org.uk, Tickets from £15.50

Photo courtesy of Dreadzone


Dec 2011, Jan & Feb 2012

Topsham, 8pm. 6th Dec - Saw Doctors, classic electric folk rock, The Lemon Grove, Exeter University, 7.30pm. 8th Dec - Sonny Black Duo, consumate acoustic and slide guitarist, playing with Chris Belshaw, bass guitarist, Otterton Mill, Otterton. 29th Jan - Fairport Convention, pioneers of English folk/electric rock, Corn Exchange, Exeter.

23rd Dec - Joey the Lips, The Pavilion, Exmouth. 28th Jan - Joey the Lips, The Gateway at Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm. 3rd Feb - Souled Live, classic Atlantic, Motown and Stax soul music, The Grapevine, Exmouth, 9.30-11.30pm.

ROCK/H-METAL BLUES Fridays - South West Live Night, featuring up-and-coming bands in the South West, funk/ska/blues/acoustic, The Angel, Exeter, 9pm. 3rd Dec - Joey the Lips, 10-piece band putting on a funky soul, blues and disco revue that is fast, fun and furious, Mama Stone's, Exeter, 9pm.

1st Dec - Havok (4-piece rock band) + Eradication, live music, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

3rd Dec - The Perfect Strangers, rock trio, The Famous Old Barrel, Exmouth, 9pm. 8th Dec - Leatherface + The Arteries, Sunderland band whose sound is being compared to Motorhead, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm. 16th Dec - The Perfect Strangers, rock trio, The Famous Old Barrel, Exmouth, 9pm. 27th Feb - inME, passionate emo-rock band with an ear for a grungey melody, Cavern Club, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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

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Tuesday 6th Dec 7.30pm - SAW DOCTORS THE LEMON GROVE, EXETER UNIVERSITY www.sawdoctors.com

Saturday 3rd Dec 9pm THE LATESHIFT - THE PROSPECT INN, EXETER www.thelateshift.co.uk The Lateshift, a five-piece covers band with a funky upbeat style, is the South West's premier band for weddings, functions and events. Based in the Exeter/Exmouth area they comprise Rockin Ricky (saxophones, percussion and backing vocals), Mike (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jen (lead vocals), Andy (bass guitar), and Steve (drums). Their cool mix of classic songs spans the generations, and their aim is simple: 'Give the audience what they want.' So if you have a special request for the first dance at a wedding, let them know and they will be happy to oblige - but eight weeks' notice, please. They will be playing pub gigs in the Exeter and Exmouth area during the winter months (see dates opposite) and admission is free. The Prospect Inn 01392 273152

Irish folk rock band The Saw Doctors was formed by Leo Moran and Davy Carton in Tuam, Co Galway in 1986. These days the line-up is completed by Kevin Duffy on keyboards, Anthony Thistlethaite, bass guitar and saxophone, and EÌmhÌn Craddock on drums. They strive to marry the positive elements of their Irish background with the sounds that have culturally invaded our milieu. The melody and themes of their compelling rock-folk ditties resonate with a wide audience, but it is their barnstorming live shows that have brought them international reknown. Distinctive as always, they have developed a cult following, especially in Ireland, the UK and the USA. The Lemon Grove, Exeter University: Tel: 01392 263518 (Box Office), tickets £22 advance/£25 on the door, www.exeterboxoffice.com Photo courtesy of Alex Marshall

Sunday 15th Jan 7.30pm JACKIE OATES & KAREN TWEED – TOPSHAM FOLK CLUB, GLOBE HOTEL, TOPSHAM www.jackieoates.co.uk

IF YOUR VENUE HAS LIVE MUSIC, get added to our events by emailing jill@prestige-media.co.uk

Jackie Oates, singer and fiddle-player, has been described as the sweetest voice of her generation of English folkies. With her pure, haunting singing style and expert playing she brings a new interpretation to English ballads and songs. Since winning two BBC Folk Awards in 2009, her career has taken off and, in May 2011, she released her fourth album, Saturnine, to critical acclaim. Hailing from Staffordshire, she is now based in Devon but performs extensively at festivals and folk clubs around the country. Here, she is billed alongside mercurial, wacky English accordion queen, Karen Tweed, and together they will be providing an unforgettable evening of folk at the Topsham Folk Club. Topsham Folk Club: 01404 44498 (Box Office) Tickets: £10, www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Photo courtesy of Wayfarer88


Mama Stone's The coolest vibe in town

Exeter's Mama Stone's features live music five nights a week, showcasing exciting new bands, widely-followed acts from the South West, and their very own Mama Stone's House Band. The venture has grown from the desire of music industry professionals Wendy and Jonathan Joseph to offer guidance and support to promising young artists. They started out running workshops from their own home, offering recording facilities, song-writing sessions, and vocal tuition. Artist Development is now headed by Kat Savage with help from Gemma Bott, both resident vocalists with the House Band. Vocal coaching sessions are available at weekends. Artistic Wendy - aka Mama Stone, because she is the mother of Soul

singer Joss Stone - has contributed the eclectic hand-painting within the venue, reflecting her love of colour and fun, runs the bar, takes charge of all the back room stuff, and generally mothers everyone. Pic courtesy of Mama Stone's

created the widely-acclaimed House Band and regularly drums with them. The House Band line-up is completed with jazz guitarist Leigh Coleman - bass and vocals, Soul Funk, and guitarist Adam Isaac - vocals, Rock Funk. 'We wanted to go back to the way things used to be,' says Wendy, 'Music made in the back room and played in the front. And I think we've done it! I've always loved throwing a good party and that is what we do every day.' Mama Stone's is open 7pm-3am Tuesdays, 5pm-3am Wednesdays-Saturdays and can be available for Corporate Events and Birthday Celebrations.

Wendy and Jonathan at Mama Stone's

Miami-born sound engineer, Grammy-awardwinning musician and drummer Jonathan is at the helm of all things musical. He has

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Mama Stone's, 1 Mary Arches Street, Exeter EX4 3BA Tel: 01392 848485 www.mamastones. com enquiries@mamastones.com To get your band featured, call Nigel Jones on 01395 513383 / 512166


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Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Party luncheons served in our licensed Towers Tea Room Served from noon until 4pm with only 24 covers available per day and a maximum party of 12 - menu upon request To book please contact: 01626 821111 ext.302

See in-store for opening times & details of our Calendar of Seasonal Events including school choirs and bands.

From Thursday 1st Dec Until Friday 23rd Dec 2011

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions Dec 2011, Jan & Feb 2012

Alex Vick - 'Topsham' - ISCA Gallery

Julian Bailey - 'Lateen-yacht-off-Barcelona' - Sladers Yard

Henrik Simonsen- 'Red and Blue' - Brook Gallery

GALLERIES Until end of Feb - Marine House at Beer selected as the gallery for world famous still life artist Shirley Trevena RI. Paintings now in the gallery. Until 11th Dec - Printjoy - Exhibition sale of limited edition original prints, textiles, furnishings and more, RedEarth Gallery.

Until 23rd Dec - Present Makers Xmas selling exhibition by South West designer/makers, Thelma Hulbert. Until 24th Dec - Wish - mixed exhibition, painting, print & craft, Hybrid. Until 8th Jan - Celebrate! - Works on paper by a range of artists, Sladers Yard.

2nd Dec - Christmas is Coming! - Join in and get into the seasonal spirit with carol singers, mulled cider and wine, mince pies and late night shopping. Free entry, Sladers Yard. 3rd Dec - Willow Wreath - Weave willow branches and decorate to create your own wreath to welcome visitors to your home over the holidays MakeArt.

Until 18th Dec - Exhibition of Five Artists - Valerie Barden, Dinah Hayes, Joss Kingsnorth, Jane Price, Kate Westbrook, The Art Room.

3rd & 4th Dec - Under Western Skies - recent paintings from Co. Kerry to Cornwall by Ray Balkwill, SWAc. Ceramics by Andy Morley. 3rd-6th Dec - Exhibition - Alan Cotton opens his studio in Colaton Raleigh for an exhibition of paintings and prints. 10am to 5pm daily. This is the first time Alan has opened his studio for some years and includes paintings from Devon, Cornwall, Provence, Piemonte and the West Coast of Ireland. 3rd-22nd - Exhibition New works by Susanna Lance and other selected West Country artists, ISCA.

Until 22nd Dec - ISCA Winter Exhibiton New works by Susanna Lance and selected West Country artists. Mark Rochester - Hybrid

Open Tues – Sat 10.30 – 5.00

Sun 2.00 – 5.00

Tel: 01395 443003

hybrid art & design for your home and garden

WINTER EXHIBITION 10th December Artizan Editions - studio show. Among the great names on show will be Gerald Laing and Bridget Riley as well as many more wonderful contemporary artists. February Devon’s own Emma Maloney (printmaker) begins Brook Gallery’s exploration of women in art.


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

Wish Until 24th Dec

A mixed exhibition of painting, print & craft

Exhibition 10th Jan - 25th Feb New work from Gallery Artists

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS www.eastdevonart.co.uk 01395 516284 info@eastdevonart.co.uk

Winter Solstice Exhibition 10th-23rd Dec Original artwork by West Country Artists

Spring Exhibition 11th-19th Feb

Selected works from South West Country Artists Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at www.eastdevonart.co.uk Open every day 11am-5pm, including Sunday

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01404 45006 Until 23rd Dec - Present Makers Christmas selling exhibition by South West designer/makers - free. 2-22nd Jan - Main gallery: closed - coffee shop/THG shop open - also permanent display of work by the late Thelma Hulbert. 21st Jan-3rd Mar - Animation and Disability Short films by and about people living with disabilities, free admission. www.thelmahulbert.com


Cathy King - 'Blackbird and Figs' - Thelma Hulbert Gallery

John Hammond - 'Beneath the Bunting, Beer' - Marine House at Beer

Claire Osbond - 'After the Rain' - East Devon Art Academy

4th Dec - Fishwick and Friends (Book launch) - Book signing and introductory talk by Peter Davies, free admission, The Art Room. 10th Dec - Table Decorations - Create a willow centrepiece and 4 matching napkin rings and decorate for your festive meals, 10:30am to12pm. £15 (please call or email to book), MakeArt.

Shirley Trevena RI.- 'Yellow Jug of Anemones' Marine House at Beer

10th Dec - Artizan Editions - Among the great names on show will be Gerald Laing and Bridget Riley - Brook Gallery. 10th-23rd Dec - Winter Solstice Exhibition - Original artwork by West Country Artists, East Devon Art.

21st Jan-3rd Mar - Animation and Disability - Short films by and about people living with disabilities, free admission, Thelma Hulbert. 4th Feb-4th Mar - Margaret and Roger Dean - Paintings and sculpture exhibition, The Art Room.

Marine House at Beer selected as the gallery for world famous still life artist Shirley Trevena RI. Paintings now in the gallery. 24th Mar-7th Apr - Major show of new works by John Hammond. Contact the gallery for a catalogue on: 01297 625257 or 625144

24th Mar-7th April - John Hammond Major new works showing at Marine House at Beer.

Sladers Yard

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Winter & Spring Exhibitions

11-19th Feb - Spring Exhibition Selected works from South West artists, East Devon Art.

10th Jan-25th Feb - Exhibition, New work from Gallery artists, Hybrid.

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

Dinah Hayes - On the River - The Art Room

West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL



Studio/Gallery, Manscombe Abbey, Taylors Lane, Morcombelake (1/4 mile from A35)

Winter Exhibition 3rd to the 22nd December New works by Susanna Lance and other selected West Country artists. Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (Autumn) (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LX

01395 444193

T: 01297 489438 barbara.green4@btinternet.com Work in oil, collagraphs, etchings, and mixed media. Prices between £50 and £500 Studio/Gallery 1/4 mile from Art Wave West along the road signed to Whitchurch Canonicorum. Open at all times but please check first by telephone.

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EXHIBITIONS : Celebrate! Until 8th Jan Works on paper by a range of exceptional artists. Christmas is Coming! Friday 2nd Dec 8-6pm Join in and get into the seasonal spirit with carol singers, mulled cider and wine, mince pies and late night shopping. Free entry. www.sladersyard.co.uk 01308 459511


A great number of artists have been inspired to paint our stretch of coastline but how many have had a studio right on the cliff top?


Peter Goodhall is one such artist. For twenty five years his studio was a Napoleonic lookout on the cliffs at Ladram Bay. Commanding spectacular vistas the building had been used in World War I to house lookouts for German submarines and in World War II an anti- aircraft gun had been positioned there. The studio provided an idyllic setting for a marine artist. Inspiration to paint the coast was never in short supply. The sounds and smells of the sea were one thing whilst painting at the Watch House, however the salt spray on the windows was a problem sometimes says the artist.


Hannaford's Quay, Topsham

Combining his interest in local history with archives and photographs for reference, Peter’s attention to detail allows unique images to be portrayed. An interest in local shipwrecks provides an abundant source of material and it is interesting to discover that so many had actually occurred within sight of his studio. Long before the Napoli hit the headlines storms and misfortunes had given the artist plenty to choose from. In August 1812 the ‘Samuel’ had just unloaded coal on Sidmouth beach when a squall drove her onto rocks at Otterton Ledge. On 19 May 1838 the schooner Agnes of Guernsey was blown ashore at Sidmouth. In 1877 the Guernsey schooner ‘Wave’ was driven ashore whilst riding at anchor off Sidmouth in a severe southerly gale. The following year the Portsmouth smack ‘Lady of the Lake’ befell a similar fate when she was driven ashore under Peak Hill in a snow storm. In the summer of 1934 Sidmouth became the final resting place for the paddle steamer The Duchess of Devonshire. The ship regularly plied the coast of Lyme Bay and frequently visited Sidmouth. On August 24, whilst disembarking passengers for a few hours ashore, the ship’s stern anchor dragged as the wind had freshened and she was blown broadside onto the beach. Despite attempts to float her, the hull had been holed on one of the groynes and as the tide turned she filled with water. Soon after severe weather turned the wreck around and pushed her further up the beach. Rather interestingly when the sea defences were being renewed in recent years the beach levels were very low and parts of the wreck were revealed. Other parts from the ship will no doubt be in properties around the town! It is interesting to see in paintings like these shown here how the seafront has changed over the last two centuries. Commissions for Peter’s work have come from as far afield as Singapore and his marine work has been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic during his career as an artist. However commissions have also come from local museums. The Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton has two paintings that required research into

Guernsey Schooner blown ashore at Sidmouth both smuggling and naval events that took place off our shores. From his memoirs of 1837 the notorious smuggler Jack Rattenbury (1778-1844) from Beer recalls how he was forced to jettison his contraband of barrels of brandy when approached by a Revenue Cutter. Rattenbury had put the barrels into a rowing boat which he cast adrift with the idea of collecting it later. In June 1782 during the fourth Anglo Dutch war the Dutch privateer

Jack Rattenbury's boat approached by Customs & Excise cutter off Budleigh Salterton

Zeuse was towed into the Exe Estuary by HMS Defiance. This followed a two hour skirmish in the Bay which had been observed from the cliffs. Crowds had lined the shore to cheer in the prize. The Royal Navy have a painting of Peter’s depicting the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers onboard the Mayflower in 1620. We can take a trip back in time with a journey along the coast with Peter’s paintings. From a nineteenth century Cobb at Lyme Regis to sunsets over the Exe estuary and from a moonlit fishing fleet off Sidmouth to when Topsham and Exeter were commercial trading ports. Currently Peter is working on a canvas showing fish being unloaded on Sidmouth beach, it’s quite some time ago, he has a list of dates for the sea front buildings so we know it will be accurate!

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Winter 2011 The Fashion & Beauty



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Business Advice STR ATEGIC PL ANNING Essential to business success and not as scary as it sounds... business planning go hand in hand; a business plan is strategic and if you are involved in putting a plan together then you are working at a strategic level. You may need a business plan for all sorts of reasons not only to galvanise your thoughts and put some structure to your ideas but also to present to potential investors and suppliers.

Written by Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd. Every business needs to know where it is going; needs a plan of attack. In fact the word ‘strategy’ has its origins in the military world and whilst there is no suggestion that you are going to war you do need to know what goals you are striving to achieve and the tactics required to gain the necessary ground on the commercial battlefield. The good news is that strategy and

A business plan comes in many forms and the essence is to include what is necessary for the prospective audience. It is basically a spreadsheet of numbers with supporting text, explaining how the numbers are to be achieved. The majority of businesses and therefore plans are determined by sales of products or services so arguably they double up as sales and/or marketing plans. Of course finance is a major driver in all businesses which enables and, conversely, limits activity and has to be taken into consideration – financial institutions love, and expect, this stuff. When writing your plan there are a few basic steps to bear in mind:

• Keep it simple; decide what you are trying to achieve and avoid distractions. You can go off on a tangent later when you are successfully up and running. • That said, a plan needs to include a degree of flexibility and be adaptable to fluctuating market conditions which may or may not be within your control. • Think ‘return on investment’ at all times. You have to be financially viable if you are to remain in business. It is not rocket science as to why business planning and finance seeking are so often seen as one and you do need to make money at the end of the day! •

You should include projected sales (during start up and moving forward); the cost of these sales (marketing, stock holding requirements etc); gross margins; business overheads (salaries, rent etc) as a minimum.

• Increasingly important is to es tablish a s trong ethical

philosophy which communicates your vision and values to your investors, suppliers, customers and staff. Whilst this may seem a little ‘fluffy’ in the hard world of commerce it does provide a consistent basis upon which your business can operate. As always there is plent y of information and assistance available through organizations such as Business Link or online to help you write a robust plan to ensure your business starts off on the right track and keeps going in the direction you want it to take. It is very easy underestimate the relevance of strategic planning to your business but whatever your size or line of work it is the foundation of success. It is your opportunity to clearly state your intentions – your Plan A as it were. After all it is part of your ‘war effort’ – no, you may not be going to war but you do have to make an effort; otherwise you could be looking at Plan B which may not be your plan at all. - Katina Styles

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Devonshire Sofas in Budleigh, are a local success story Steve Chilcott investigates There’s more involved to making sofas than you would think as I found out recently on a visit to Devonshire Sofas in Budleigh Salterton...

protected by the NT or Woodland

Before choosing a cover fabric

Consider the seat height. The base

Trust, for pressing environmental

customers are urged to request a

cushion should support your leg


rub test, with anything over 3,000

more or less parallel to the ground,

indicating an acceptable durability,

your bottom at the back against the

But from here on in it’s British-made

and are advised to subject fabric

base of the back cushion. The height

all the way, with coil springs, featuring

possibles to the natural lighting of the

of the back is down to personal

an intricate top mesh, and cushions,

room they are destined for. Shops

preference, as is the angle which is an

Devonshire Sofas haven’t missed a

all made to order in specialist

notoriously are bathed in artificial

important comfort factor, and go for

day’s production in living memory

Midlands factories, each to detailed

light which will give a very deceptive

flat wooden feet to facilitate moving.

and with full order books stretching

Devonshire Sofas specification and


months into the future, flying in the

bespoke for the job in hand. Cushion fill can similarly be supplied

face of the current doom-and-gloom economic climate, Coast and Country

Frames are glued, using industrial

according to customer preference,

magazine decided to give them a

strength proprietary PVA, dowelled

fibre being recommended for base

visit... and I met up with Gordon in

and then screwed, whence they pass

cushions (feather requires daily

the frame workshop.

to the upholstering shed where a

and rather tedious ‘plumping up’

small team of dedicated upholsterers,

to avoid the bunching effect); for

recruited locally and trained in the

back cushions fine duck feather

workshops, apply strips of high

is recommended, although still

tensile webbing to both arms and

requiring the occasional fluffing-

back, then hessian of various grades,

up. Chicken feathers will generate

upholstery felt, high density foam

considerable amounts of dust in time,

and a final layer of fine kapok before

potentially causing associated allergy

the item is top-coated with fabric or

problems and should be avoided.

leather according again to customer’s

Foam is the third and cheapest


option, if you don’t mind a scratchy,

Follow these simple guidelines and

uncomfortable chair to sit on. You are

Devonshire Sofas will create an item

When I visited, Kathy was hard at

not likely to be steered towards this

of furniture that will last a lifetime

work stitching a multitude of patterns

option at Devonshire Sofas!

and carries a guarantee accordingly

in a multitude of fabrics surrounded Springing secured to the frame

A Chaise Longue

and you will have the satisfaction

by a multitude of bobbins, multi-

The final considerations, before

of knowing that it is designed and

coloured yarns and material off-cuts

settling on your design, are of

built in Devon.

in a spacious, sunlit workshop.

the ultimate usage. Do you lie on your sofa? Do you sit? Do you use

Starting life as planked, cross-sawn

“Actually the leather is the easiest

a footstool? Try this out in the

beech, imported largely from Canada,

of the lot to work,” she told me,


frames are first customised, adapting

proffering an example of a rather

from a range of basic templates once

coarse but nonetheless attractively

customers have identified their own

patterned fabric, chosen by one

specific requirements.

current customer.

Beech is the traditional wood for

Durability is determined by the

furniture-making, being fine-grained,

appropriately-named ‘Rub Test’

durable, easily steam-bent or turned

or ‘Martindale’ which subjects the

on a lathe and being relatively knot-

chosen sample to anything up-to

free due to its distinctive growth

30,000 machine ‘rubbings’, thereby


determining the appropriate


application. Fabrics are allocated a Sadly not sufficient beech is available

category ranging from Light Domestic

from sustainable UK sources to satisfy

(LD) through to Severe Contract (SC)

the ceaseless production demanded

with several intermediate gradations,

of Devonshire Sofas. Even those

as determined by British Standard

growing luxuriantly up on the chalk

2543; seat covers for London buses

escarpment of the Chilterns, that

presumably requiring the former

once supplied the famous bodgers

SC category, that required for the

of High Wycombe, are now jealously

coronation throne possibly the latter!

Here the arms are covered in foam cushioning before being covered

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Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Eating Out

Lakeview Manor near Dunkeswell, a hidden gem set in 45 acres of beautiful gardens and lakes. The candle-lit restaurant overlooks the front lake and garden and is open to non-residents seven days a week.


Head Chef, Andrew Deam, takes pride in sourcing local, high quality produce at a reasonable price.

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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.

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Steamed West Country Mussels in a lemon, garlic and coriander broth Pan Fried Duck Breast with Winter Berry & Port Sauce, Sweet Potato Parmentier Warm Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Brownie, Served with Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

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The Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms

Bed & Breakfast of the Year 2008/2009

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Eating Out

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Bar & Restaurant

The Swan The Strand Lympstone

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SIDMOUTH DEVON • Pit Stop for Estuary Cycle Path • Cycle racks outside pub • Excellent selection of Cask Marque Real Ales • Excellent lunchtime and evening menu • Daily Fresh Fish Board • Yards from the waters edge


Restaurant open 7 days a week including Sunday Evenings Lunch 12-2.30/3.00 weekend, dinner 6.00-9.30pm.

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. Open daily for morning coffee, lunches and evening meals. Speciality curry night every Wednesday and pie night every Thursday (booking advisable). The Bedford Hotel, Esplanade, EX10 8NR Email: info@befordhotelsidmouth.co.uk

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Fine Winter Dishes with Andy Witheridge at the Salty Monk Dry cured apple wood smoked gammon with crispy potatoes & mustard lentils with accompanying crab apple jelly COOKING METHOD

1. Cook the peeled Potatoes in salted water for 12 mins, cut into neat dice sprinkle with Olive Oil & season leave in a oven tray to cool.

2. Put the finely diced Shallots, Carrot & Celery into a pan with the lentils, fry gently, cover with Chicken Stock and simmer until Lentils are tender. Drain & discard any unabsorbed Chicken stock. Put to one side. 3. Put the diced Potatoes into a large skillet and cook until golden, moving when necessary to cook evenly. 4. Pan fry the Gammon Steak both sides, leave to rest for 3 mins. 5. Take the Lentil mix add the tablespoon of Mustard & reheat for 1 min stirring check seasoning.

6. Place the lentil mix on the plates spoon over the Potatoes and top with Gammon Steak garnish with a spoon of Crab Apple Jelly.

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crab Apple jelly 1. Bring the Crab Apples to the boil with the water, simmering slowly until they are completely pulped. If you are wanting a Crab Apple & Bramble Jelly add the Blackberries at this stage.

2. Put the apple puree into a muslin Jelly Bag and hang up with a container underneath to catch the juice, do not disturb the bag or the jelly will end up cloudy. Hang up overnight.

3. In the morning take the liquid and weigh it, add the same weight of Castor Sugar. You will not need preserving sugar as there is lots of Pectin in Apples.

Crab apples in the salty monk gardens

4. Take your preserving Jars ensuring they are scrupulously clean and sterilize in a oven set at gas mark 5 or 160 degrees centigrade for 5 mins. 5. Bring to the boil and cook rapidly, checking the set of the jelly on a cold plate every 5 mins. When the jelly sets on the test remove the pan from the stove. Ingredients: 5kg Crab Apples 1 pint water Castor Sugar to the weight of the liquid from the apples Optional : Chili or mint or Blackberries

6. At this stage you can add finely chopped Chili or Mint to flavour the Jelly, which will be pink in colour depending on the exact variety of Crab Apples used.

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The Old Vicarage, Otterton

Residential care in a country house setting. Rated as “Excellent” by the Care Quality Commission.

Professionally qualified staff on duty seven days a week. We also provide for convalescence, respite, and holiday breaks. For a brochure or appointment to view, please call the duty matron on:

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 Festive Food and Drink

& Cointreau also the Pimms & Lemon. They're flavoursome, light and delicious.


t Christmas, well all like to treat ourselves, personally I'm more interested in quality rather than quantity as I'm sure most people are.

To this end, I thought that it'd be interesting to find out a bit more about our local Devon based food and drink producers and luckily, Jo Burkey at Champers Delicatessen in Honiton kindly obliged. An excellent service Jo provides is to put together hampers of local foods that can meet a wide range of budgets. The hamper on show above, Jo said would cost about £75 in total, although she said she can put together hampers to suit all pockets. At the East Devon Coast & Country office, we held a simple tasting of the produce that came in the hamper, with a view to giving you a basic rundown. So without further ado, here's what we found:

WINES, BEERS & JUICES { Lyme Bay Cranberry Wine Clean and refreshing with a sharp cranberry aftertaste. Very unusual.

{ Mulled Devonshire Apple Juice with Spices A fullbodied f lavour here, with the addition of spices, it makes a really delicious tipple. I had some alongside cheese - excellent.

{ Luscombe Ginger Beer Luscombe won the Great Taste Gold in 2010 for this . A refreshing pickme-up drink.

 { Rumtopf Red Berries in Rum If you're looking for a luxury pour on for your ice cream, this makes a great addition.

{ Chilli Farm - Chilli Chocolate

{ Lighthouse IPA beer by Red Rock Brewery I've had Red Rock ales in the past, so wasn't surprised by the sheer quality of this ale - pale, hoppy, astringent - it's a fine drink by any standards.

{ Ashridge Organic Cider 2009 A real winner, by lightly carbonising this organic cider, it's elevated the experience. Beautiful. 6.5abv.

{ Sunnyhaye Organic Apple Juice This sparkling apple juice is beautifully tart and fruity. Produced in Woodbury at Sunnyhaye Farm.


{ Butternut Squash, Cider Vinegar, Orange & Apricot Chutney A sweet, flavoursome, fruity & rich chutney - excellent.

{ Seville Orange Marmalade with Ginger I'm a toast and marmalade sort of person, it makes a light start to the day and this marmalade hit the spot. They've got the balance just right between sweetness, bitter orange aftertaste and ginger.

PUDDINGS & SWEET STUFF { Georgie Porgies Puddings

{ Cranberry & Claret Jelly Lovely, definitely with turkey.

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estd. 1984


A Time Before Beeching

by Mike Clement

The Branch Line to Exmouth via Sidmouth Junction


his was a journey time

All doors are shut on the train , as

of forty two minutes,

the porter presents [the tablet] as it

including a five minute

was known as, I check that it reads

wait at ‘Tipton St Johns’. Our train

– ‘Sidmouth Junction to Tipton St

stands in the branch platform at

John’. It does, I hang it in the cab

Sidmouth Junction station, with its

of the engine, and we depart at

up and down main line platforms,

8.33am prompt.

the station being on the Waterloo - Exeter - Plymouth main line, of

My driver ‘George Leverton’, opens

the Southern Region of British

up the regulator on 41321, as we


departed on a right hand curve down the branch, descending on a

The branch platform is situated on

gradient of 1 in 110, down through

the down side of the station, next

the beautiful Otter Valley, the

to the down main platform. Our

line then steepened and a climb

engine for the journey is an ‘Ivatt

through a half mile long cutting

2-6-2 class tank engine, number

at 1 in 53 took place, as I bring

41321. We wait with our three

the shovel into action, putting a

coach train, our engine bearing

few rounds of coal in around the

the headcode for the Exmouth

firebox. The water was showing

Our train carries the children for

to ‘Bowd Summit’, in Harpford

branch line. We now await the

good in the gauge glass, as we

the ‘King’s School’, at Ottery.

Woods, before levelling out, and

porter to arrive from the signal

passed through ‘Gosford level

box, to present us with the electric

crossing gates’, I continue to fire

We run into Ottery St Mary station

– Exeter main road, on a single

token to travel over the line from

to the engine, and knocked the

at 8.38am. And we leave to the

span brick built bridge, before

Sidmouth Junction, to Tipton St

injector on, filling the boiler with

sound of the happy chatter of the

descending for about a mile at 1 in


water, as we passed through

children , as they make their way

54, to Sidmouth station.

Just approaching the tunnel through Harpford woods

crossing over the A-35 Lyme Regis

‘Cadhay gates’ the home of an old

out of the station. We are quickly

The time is approaching 8.33am.

Elizabethan Manor house. We

on our way again, next stop Tipton

We are now heading down toward

And departure time. Sidmouth

were rapidly approaching Ottery

St John’s.

Newton Poppleford, following the

Junction signal box was so high,

St. Mary, who’s town church is

that the token in it’s leather pouch,

a miniature version of Exeter

Tipton St John’s station was a

through lush green meadows, lined

was lowered by a rope from the

Cathedral. Once the home of

busy little junction, serving the

with trees, and rich farm land of

signal box window down to the

Ottery Brickworks, and Otter

branch lines of both Sidmouth

red Devon soil. The journey time

waiting porter on the ground

Switchgear, both big employer’s in

and Exmouth. As we drift into

from Tipton to Newton Poppleford,


the town.

Tipton, I hand the tablet over to

is three minutes, the station being

the signalman, as we come to a

situated at the eastern end of the

halt , the time is 8.43am. We are

village, close to the river.

River Otter on our left, we pass

due away again at 8.50am. As we come into Tipton, the 8.35am from

The fields in the winter are often

Sidmouth was waiting to depart at

flooded here, when the swollen

8.44am. For Sidmouth Junction, on

river bursts its banks in the valley.

the ‘up’ line.

‘Newton Poppleford’ station, also served the nearby hamlet of

We get the tablet from the

Harpford as well.

signalman, - Tipton St John’s to

Sidmouth Train Station 4th September1958.

Budleigh Salterton’. Once more it

George shuts the regulator on

is hung up in the cab of the engine,

41321, and we drift into the tiny

and we get under way at 8.50am

little station, which in the summer

As we pull out of the station,

has two camping coaches in a

immediately on our left we pass

siding. We come to a halt, a feather

the branch line to Sidmouth, which

of steam flying from the safety

climbs up on a steep 1 in 45 incline

valves, we get the ‘right away’ from

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Plenty of places to stay in Sidmouth pre-Beeching, Travel from all of UK would have been fairly straightforward.

The local train timetable. What a shame that train travel to Exeter from Sidmouth, Budleigh, Seaton is no longer possible.

the duty porter, and we leave at

Sidings’, taken out of use on the

East Budleigh station also had two

mile at 1 in 50, levelling out

8.53am. With the bark from the

1st February 1953. The gradient

camping coaches throughout the

on the approaches of Budleigh

engines exhaust, we are watched by

continued to descend at 1 in 290,

summer months. The station name

Salterton station. As we ran into

the cattle grazing in the meadow.

then easing to 1 in 413, before

board read ‘EAST BUDLEIGH’ for

the station, the tablet was handed

arriving at East Budleigh. The

Otterton and Ladram Bay.’ This

over to the Signalman, who in

birth place of Sir Walter Raleigh.

station was much used by Scouts

turn gave me the tablet for the

Immediately on leaving the station, we pass under the A35 road, and

and The Boys Brigade,

next section, ‘Budleigh Salterton

follow the course of the River Otter,

bound for Ladram Bay, and

to Littleham’. Budleigh Salterton

the line curving to the right as we

summer camp.

was a quiet unspoilt seaside resort, with a cobbled beach, were the

do so. Our next stop will be ‘East Budleigh’. The line is level, and I

On leaving East Budleigh ,

River Otter flowed into the sea,

fire lightly into the firebox, little

our three coach train was

after its journey from rising in

and often, being the order of the

got under way on a falling

Otterford in Somerset. Budleigh

day. Knocking on the injector,

gradient of 1 in 413, the

was also a pretty little town . It

and keeping three quarters of

fire was looking good , and

was said that the coming of the

a glass of water showing in the

steam pressure was just

Railway in the twentieth century

boiler gauge glass. The line fell

under the blowing off point

gave a considerable boost to its

for 10 chains at 1 in 100, easing

of the safety valves at 200

popularity as a resort. The station

to 1 in 217/ 300 and crossing the

lbs per square inch. Water

and goods depot, was a very busy

Otter, where we are waved at by a

was high in the boiler gauge

place indeed, right to the end of the

couple of fisherman on the bank.


closing of the line.

then steepening to 1 in 290 before

We started to climb at 1

We leave Budleigh Salterton, at

re-crossing the Otter and passing

in 388 and then 1 in 100

9.43am. Climbing on a gradient of

the site of the old ‘Colaton Raleigh

and three quarters of a

1 in 50 for one and a half miles,

The line flattens to 1 in 940 and

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A Time Before Beeching

by Mike Clement

The Branch Line to Exmouth via Sidmouth Junction Tipton St. John station - it looks fairly quiet in this picture. When trains were introduced into Devon, it must have had a profound effect on the region.

crossing a 54 foot high brick

enough for double track. It joined

arch over Dalditch Lane. This

the line from Exeter, to Exmouth,

being the highest single span in

immediately north of Exmouth

the County. Passing through the

signal box. And from there we

deep Knowle Cutting, marking the

ran directly into the impressive

summit of the line, trains then

Exmouth station, sixteen miles,

descended for three quarters of a

and two hundred and seventy

mile at 1 in 50, the gradient then

five yards, distance, from

eased before Littleham Station

Sidmouth Junction Station. As we

was reached on the level. Again

approached Exmouth station, our

Littleham was a busy station,

train would have to pass by the

with traffic being destined for the

‘home’ signals for Exmouth station,

‘Sandy Bay Caravan Holiday Camp’,

each home signal had an indicator

situated a mile beyond the nearby

showing the arrival platform

our engine and we simmer in the

still fondly remembered by those of

village. Littleham also had two

number for incoming trains, and

platform, firebox door is opened to

us who were there before Richard

at the same time, preparing the

keep the engine quiet, and steam

Beeching. - Mike Clement.

summer period. As we run into the

fireman for his tablet delivery to

from building up. And I go off to

station, I hand over the tablet to

the signalman. The impressive

make a can of tea for George and

the signalman, and take the final

70 lever Exmouth signal box, was

myself, before running around

tablet of our journey, Littleham

erected between the running lines

our train, and taking water from

Camping Coaches throughout the

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the column. Then making my fire up again, ready for the return trip back to Sidmouth Junction. - Just

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into Exmouth station platforms,

9.10am. The right away is given,

on seeing the platform number

and we set off after a minutes stop,

on the indicator, the locomotive

I have let my fire down a little,

fireman would know which side

as we make our way to Exmouth,

of the signal box the train would

the water is showing just about

pass by, and position himself on

three quarters full in the gauge

the footplate accordingly, to hand

glass. From Littleham the line

over the tablet to the signalman

descended for one and a quarter

who would be leaning out over his

miles at 1 in 50, the line then

balcony in the box. Our platform

passed under the brick three arch

was number 1, with a run round

bridge carrying the Salterton road

loop, there being four platforms

and wound through the suburbs of

in all. I hand over the tablet

Exmouth, approaching the junction

successfully, and we run into

with the Exeter to Exmouth line,

number 1 platform, and come to

it crossed a major engineering

a halt at 9.15am. We don’t depart

feature, a curved 23 – arch, 30

again until the 9.52am. Exmouth

feet high brick-built viaduct some

– Sidmouth Junction. This time

352 yards in length, incorporating

travelling bunker first up the

two girder bridges, and wide

line. In the meantime, I uncouple


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The Business of The Mint Exeter's silver assaying past by Darren Marsh


he business of the mint, of

would be placed in front of the

his release he was bound over

and in 1696 passed an Act that

moneyers and goldsmiths,

master at mealtimes. He would be

for £40, but just three years later

raised the standard of wrought silver from sterling (92.5%, as used

has been going on officially in

seated at the midpoint of the table

he was in trouble again, this

Exeter since the time of Alfred the

with family members to his left

time for producing sub-standard

for coins) to Britannia, at 95.84%

Great. Not continuously, it must

and honoured guests to his right;

work, his punishment unrecorded.

significantly higher. Furthermore,

be said, but there is a little-known

the wealthiest or most deserving

Incidentally, the term ‘goldsmith’

it was decreed that henceforth

story of precious metals and highly

guest would be next to the master,

encompasses those who work with

all silver plate must be sent to

skilled artisans that sporadically

and the remainder seated in order

silver as well as those who work

Goldsmiths’ Hall in London for

punctuates the city’s history. It

of descending importance. Such

with gold.

assay (determining purity) and

culminates in the extremely

protocol may well be the source of

collectable Exeter silver.

the expressions ‘worth his salt’ and ‘right hand man’.

marking. This proved expensive, During the English Civil Wars of

risky and inconvenient for Exeter’s

1642-51, some of the mints being

goldsmiths and in January 1699

inaccessible to the King, alternative

they petitioned the House of

of the Exeter mint (Exa, on the

Richard Hilliard (1519-1594) was a

premises in royalist towns – like

Commons; in 1700 an Act was

reverse) were struck during the

prominent local goldsmith who

Exeter – were needed. Many silver

passed authorizing the city of

The first pennies to bear the name

reign of Alfred, King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Only three examples survive. Exeter’s importance at this time is reflected in the fact that, in order to carry on the privileged work of producing royal coin, it was granted not one but two moneyers – those licensed to mint money.

Safety brooch of mid-Victorian era. Shaped in the form of an arrow registered by Henry Ellis of Exeter in 1847.

King John (1176-1216) was the first monarch to recognise the importance of standards and consistency in the manufacture

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of wrought plate (articles made of silver), and so he brought to England experienced silversmiths from Germany (probably Saxony,

Exeter to establish an assay office.

where silver was discovered in the

was granted the freedom of the

objects such as tankards, dishes

eleventh century). They became

city in 1546, was made Bailiff in

and bowls were melted down for

In 1701 a three-towered castle,

known as Easterlings, given their

1556, and Sheriff in 1568. He is best

coin at this time. After Charles

inspired by the city’s coat of arms,

eastern origins. This is one possible

remembered for his outstanding

II was restored to the throne

was adopted as the official mark, for

derivation of ‘sterling’. The other is

church plate, especially the

in 1660, these items had to be

use alongside the annual date letter

‘steorlings’, early Norman pennies

communion cup he made for St.

replaced. In 1666 the City of Exeter

(usually changed on 7th August

decorated with stars.

Sidwells Church in around 1571.

had presented the King with an

each year) and the required marks for Britannia or sterling silver.

His son Nicholas (1547-1619) was

elaborate standing salt, but the

Salt was vital to our ancestors,

born in Exeter and although he too

second half of the seventeenth

and wars were fought to protect

trained as a goldsmith, he became

century actually experienced a

It is unlikely that the Assay

supplies. Roman soldiers had even

the nation’s foremost miniaturist.

bullion shortage, so clipping

Office ever occupied permanent

been given an allowance for its

Sadly, not all goldsmiths

(removing, and hoarding, the edges

premises. Town directories give

purchase, hence ‘salary’. During

were paragons of virtue. A

of coins) and the melting down of

the particulars of assaymasters and

the twelfth century the silver

contemporary of Richard

silver coin became widespread, as

leave us to conclude that assaying

salt cellar, or standing salt, held

Hilliard, one John Dyamond, was

the masses seized an opportunity

was carried out at these addresses.

considerable symbolic significance

imprisoned in 1531 for repeatedly

to supplement meagre wages.

The Assay Office is not specifically

in any household of substance, and

using false marks on his work. On

Government was forced to legislate,

mentioned until 1855 when one

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William Maynard, goldsmith,

was employing seven staff and

gives his address as ‘Assay Office,

had jewellers and watchmakers

Bartholomew Yard’.

working on the premises. His son, Henry Samuel Ellis, trained

Similarly, the mint should

here as a watchmaker and was

not be considered a fixture.

soon to enter into partnership

It was opened and closed

with his father. In October 1847

as circumstances dictated.

Ellis senior registered a design

Moneyers were in great demand

for what is believed to be his

at times of recoinage and often

popular ‘Patent Safety Chain

assumed a peripatetic working

Brooch’. He submitted 524 of

life, travelling between the other

these for assay in that year alone,

West Country mints at Barnstaple,

most of which were produced

Ilchester, Lydford, Truro and

in his own workshop using

Totnes. Rougemont Castle has

silver from Combe Martin in

been suggested as a suitable

North Devon. Queen Victoria

location in medieval times, while

purchased five of these brooches

a large private house in Friernhay,

and in 1848 Ellis and Son were

some believe, seized by Sir

appointed ‘Silversmiths in

Richard Vyvyan in 1646, would

ordinary to the Queen’. The

have been adequate for the

Queen of the Belgians and the

purposes of striking coin during

Duke of Devonshire also became

the Civil Wars.

customers, and in 1851 the

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company was invited to the Great There can be little doubt that coin


manufacture has, at some point, gone on at the top of Fore Street

Despite this success, and despite

in the city centre, around the

increasing trading from two days

area known locally as The Mint,

a week to six, in 1835, the Assay

but precisely where remains a

Office never became as busy

mystery. To add to the confusion,

as those in Chester, Sheffield

‘The Mint’ may be a corruption of

and Birmingham. The local

‘the minster’, or St. Nicholas Priory.

goldsmiths couldn’t compete

Andrew Brice, writing in 1759,

with such companies as

seemed convinced that the mint

Elkingtons of Birmingham, and by

of 1696-8 was situated on the

1865 only one man, Thomas Stone,

site of the Blue Maid’s Hospital,

was regularly using the service.

today Mary Arches Street car park,

He died in 1873, and in June 1883

but W.G. Hoskins felt that that

the office was declared unviable.

particular mint was located in

The punches were returned to

Mint Lane!

the Inland Revenue and the office was closed. Today, Exeter silver is

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much sought-after, and its beauty

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this ancient city.

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WINTER The winter months can be a hard time for British wildlife with the onset of harsher weather and falling temperatures many creatures may have headed south or gone al Europe and our native mammals becoming more daring in search of food. Over the last few years Britain has had some quite severe cold spells with snow on the ground for long periods. As you might expect this makes finding food Over last few yearsbirds Britain has had some quite severe with morethe difficult for both and animals and any extra helpcold theyspells can get cansnow on theaground for long periods. As you might expect this makes finding food make huge difference.

Garden birds such as finches will increase in numbers, especially if there is a regular food supply.

more difficult for both birds and animals and any extra help they can get can A wellastocked bird table will not only help your local bird population but make huge difference. you something as well, topped up feedersbut also Aalso wellgive stocked bird table to willlook notatonly helpregularly your local bird population will attract some birds may notregularly ordinarilytopped see in the give you something tothat lookyou at as well, up garden feedersthe will attract rest ofbirds the year. Lookmay outnot amongst the Greenfinch and Goldfinch some that you ordinarily see in the garden the restfor of the year. Look amongst the Greenfinch Goldfinch for the Siskin which Siskinout which are slightly smaller thanand other finches and male has a are slightly smaller thanblack othercrown. finches and the male hasasa finches distinctive crown. distinctive Garden birds such willblack increase in numbers, especially if there is a regular food supply.

Although most birds are silent and mobbed in an attempt to get Although birds are silent at this time year at this timemost of year there are a few themofout of the area. The alarm calls there are a few exceptions. Robins exceptions. Robins will sing to trywill sing of these birds is a sure sign of the and their their territory all year to trymaintain and maintain territory all year presence of an owl. round, also bebe round, whilst whilstTawny TawnyOwls Owlscan can also heard heard as as they theybegin beginto topair pairup upfor forthe the following spring. The ‘twit twoo’ that following spring. The ‘twit twoo’ that we associate with the Tawny Owl is we associate with the Tawny Owl is actually two separate birds calling, actually separate birdsa calling, the the twit,two which sounds bit more twit,awhich sounds a bitcontact more like like ‘ke-wick’, is their calla ‘ke-wick’, is their contact call and the and the responding hooting twoo responding hooting twoo soundcall. is the sound is the male birds territorial This call can heard by maledistinctive birds territorial call.beThis distinctive another owlheard up by to another 3 miles owl away. call can be up to 3 Hearing these owls at night is one miles away. Hearing these owls at night is thing but trying to catch sight one thing but trying to catch sight of them of them during the day is anduring the day is an-other, but with the winter other, but with the winter trees trees having lost leaves their leaves chances are having lost theit your your chances increased. TawnyTawny Owls willOwls often will roost during are increased. the dayroost up against the trunk a large often during the of day up tree and Greenfinch if discovered by some the tree smaller against the trunk of a of large andwoodland ifbirds discovered bybe some of the smaller they will harried and mobbed in an woodland theyout willofbe attempt to birds get them theharried area. The alarm



calls of these birds is a sure sign of the presence of an owl.

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Winter Mammals The majority of our native mammal population is active through the winter with only Bats, Hedgehogs and Dormice truly hibernating. A covering of snow might help you discover who has been out and about the night before by looking for their tell-tale footprints. It is a good idea to get out bright and early to see the fresh tracks before they melt away.

(Left) A fox searches for food on a cold winters day

The Exe Estuary - A Winter Haven The Exe ExeEstuary Estuaryextends extendssouth southfrom fromExeter Exeterfor for8 8miles miles until it reaches with Dawlish Exmouth The until it reaches thethe seasea with Dawlish on on oneone sideside andand Exmouth on on the the other. other. The site is of international importance for wintering birds which feed on the mudflats at low tide. These The site isare of an international importance for wintering on themud mudfl ats at lowthe tide. These mudfl ats as mudflats incredibly rich food source with each birds cubicwhich metre feed of estuary containing same calorific value are an incredibly food each cubic ofto estuary mudthrough containing the same calorifi c value as10,000 14 14 Mars bars. Therich birds relysource on thiswith energy rich foodmetre source get them the cold season. An estimated Mars bars.and The20,000 birds rely on this energy rich food source to get them cold season. An estimated 10,000and wildfowl waders winter on the estuary. This includes largethrough numbersthe of Wigeon and Black-tailed Godwits wildfowl and 20,000 waders winter onthe thedark estuary. This includes large numbers of Wigeon and Black-tailed Godwits up to 1500 Brent Geese, in particular bellied race from Russia. and up to 1500 Brent Geese, in particular the dark bellied race from Russia. For more information on the Exe Estuary go to: www.exe-estuary.org For more information on the Exe Estuary go to: www.exe-estuary.org

The Exe Estuary is also a winter haven for the Avocet and incrdibly nearly half of the UK population winters on the mud flats. These striking black and white waders are easily recognisable with their long up-curved beaks and of course they are the emblem for the RSPB. Avocets became extinct as a breeding species in the UK in 1842 but by the 1940â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s they had started to breed again on the east coast of England. By the 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their numbers had started to increase until today there are estimated to be nearly a thousand breeding pairs.

Dates for the Diary Things to do in the East Devon Countryside The Axe Vale & District Conservation Society have a whole range of events running throughout the winter, including walks, talks, clean-up days and birdwatching trips. For more details on all their activities visit: www.axevaleconservation.org.uk Otter Valley Association Walk Saturday 7 January 10.30am 3 hour walk from Budleigh Salterton Call 01395 442631 for details Otter Valley Association Walk Wednesday 25 January 10am 2 1/2 hour from Kersbrook, taking in some of the coast path between Budleigh and Exmouth Call 01395 567531 for details Otter Valley Association Walk Saturday 25 February 10am 2 1/2 hour from White Bridge to Otterton via the coast path Call 01395 443651 for details

Mike Hughes - Wildlife Art I am a wildlife artist living and working in East Devon. I have exhibited work at the Artists for Conservation Annual Gala, the Mall Galleries, The Royal West of England Academy, Marwell International Wildlife Art Society and at the British Bird Fair. My work has sold both nationally and internationally and I am a signature member of Artists for Conservation. I am currently exhibiting work at The Gallery, Hind Street, Ottery St Mary. If you would like to view more artwork or check availability of prints please go to www.mikehugheswildlifeart.co.uk.

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Lytch gate entrance with church in background. The Victorian building on the right is the disused United Reformed Church,

our treasured churches: AY L ESBE A R E

St. Mary's Church by G u y P e t er s

The Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Ma r y in Aylesbeare bears witness to centuries of Christian worship. Indeed, the first incumbent, Gregory, is recorded in 1261.

calm even comforting. Atmospheres

a helicopter! In another instance,

that places suggest might been seen

the bride‘s father lifted her, in her

as purely subjective. After all, what

long white dress, up onto a spotless

else might one expect from a place

tractor and she and the groom set off

of worship? However, even the

up the old A30 while, quite recently,

atmosphere of churches varies and

a couple actually had a guard of

they are not all as warm and inviting

honour then rode off for West

as St. Mary’s.

Hill in a horse and carriage. The

basic architectural form of a Saxon

churchwarden, Ann Turl says, “The

parish church in as much as it has a

Over the years, the occupants leave

rectangular east end, side entrance

their mark. The simplicity of the

church looks very pretty decorated for a wedding with its blue carpet,

on the south side and a tower on the

interior belies the fine detail: The

flowers on the ends of the pews and

western end. Norman churches on

varied designs on the 14th century

all around.” Yes, St. Mary’s is alive

the other hand, can be recognised by

capitals with their ‘Devon wreathing’,

and well but what of the future? Who

their cross-like (cruciform) shape or

the sanctuary ceiling with its carved

will be responsible for maintaining

Sadly, the changing nature of this

sometimes like a ‘T’ with a central

ceiling bosses, the original doorways

it, how will the upkeep be funded

country from a devout Christian

tower. The tower of St. Mary’s was

and steps which once lead to a

and where are the people skilled in

population to a multi-religious one

rebuilt in the 15th century in red

Rood Screen removed during the

the ancient crafts going to be found?

and a new irreligious generation

sandstone; a typical East Devon

Reformation in the 16th century. An

In future generations, will anyone

ancient Piscina - a small stone basin

has seen the closure of many fine

feature. However, the base to the

old parish churches. Churches

tower and the old dark oak door to

in the church wall used at the end

which survived the horrors of the

the tower steps are thought to belong

of a Holy Communion Service - is to

reformation have now fallen before

the original tower.

the winds of change. Some of these

be found in the Sanctuary while an octagonal font which has been in use

architectural wonders have been

for over six hundred years stands

converted into private dwellings even

near the main door. In the north side

factories while others have simply

of the church, is an ancient feature

become derelict or been demolished.

known as Hagioscope or ‘Squint’

Yet, St. Mary’s in Aylesbeare stands

providing a view of the altar. On this

The octagonal font which has been in use for 600 years, stands near the main door

proud albeit the subject of rebuilding

side of the church is a fabulous copy

and restoration during the 14th

of a painting by Fra Filippino Lippi

St. Mary’s churchwarden Ann Turl

Century and a major refurbishment

in an ornate gold frame. It is called

spoke of the repairs to the roof

in 1899.

‘The Madonna of the Pomegranates’

in 2004. “We started off with an

the original of which hangs in the

estimate in the sixties then in the

Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

eighties. However, when the work

But, St. Mary’s is not all about history.

death watch beetle was found in

Recently in 2004, it acquired a new roof. For all this, its roots are

started a tremendous amount of

firmly planted in the distant past. Ancient parish churches like this,


The church is as vibrant and alive

the roof. So, a great deal of new

today as it ever was and local families

green oak was required. Next, the

Saxon lords (thegns), bishops, lay

have had some special weddings

workmen took out seventeen bags

societies even the local parishioners.

ceremonies here. A few years ago,

of squirrel dray!

following a wedding and champagne

they haven’t found their way back

were mostly privately built by Anglo-

The Madonna of the Pomegranates

We just hope

Indeed, one of the ways in which one

Upon entering St. Mary’s one is

could become a thegn was to build

immediately struck by the welcoming

in the churchyard, a local couple

in. The work all took a lot longer

a church!

feel of the place. The atmosphere is

flew off from the adjoining field in

than we expected. Over-all, we

St. Mary’s follows the

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are very pleased with it. We did

Many people in Aylesbeare are

have a grant from English Heritage

generous to ‘The Friends of

which, originally seemed like more

Aylesbeare Church’ who, in their

than enough but, because of the

constitution, are bound to support

unexpected death watch beetle

the fabric of the church. The Parish

and so on, it wasn’t. Devon Historic

Council even helps with a grant

Churches helped as well. However,

towards keeping the churchyard

the parish and people rallied around.

tidy. So, at the moment, St. Mary’s

People did fund raising and we had

is well supported. Furthermore, it

odd bits of money from people that

is nice to know that some colleges

was unexpected. The work to the

still teach the conservation skills

roof was a nightmare, made better

which will be in great demand by

by the fact that we could pay the

churches in the future. - Guy Peters


bill at the end of it.” With regard

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to the future, Ann said, “We do continue to do the annual ‘Bike or Stride (between the churches) Day in September. Each year, the village fete contributes a percentage, there’s the Christmas bingo, a garden party, Christmas tree festival - the trees last year were wonderful. It was quite surprising how long people spent preparing their trees. For instance, to name but one, there was a tree designed in the shape of a cat and fiddle! - And we open the church while parishioners put in

As for the rest, there are:

refreshments to raise money. But, no,

The National Churches Trust which

the future is a worry. Our current

is “the only national, independent,

and mammoth project is the tower.

non-profit organisation dedicated

Over hundreds of years, it has been

to promoting and supporting church

re-rendered and re-rendered but the

buildings of historic, architectural

west side has a tremendous amount

and community value across the U.K.”

of corrosion. It is so important that

Anyone wishing to donate or simply

the right materials are used. Lime

find out more can contact them via

mortar is the only thing that protects

their website: nationalchurchestrust.

these buildings. We recently met

org or phone 120 7776 1042

with the architect who signed off

Local Churches Trust which work

some work which had been done

closely with the National Churches

by a local firm called Abacus. He


suggested that, once the work to

Churches Conservation Trust which

the tower has been done, we put

supports churches that are no longer needed for worship Website: churches-conservation-

the future. However, it all has to be

trust.htm or phone: 020 7213 0660

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

Understanding nervousness in the rider Feeling nervous when riding can be due to a one off incident, such as a fall but it can also be due to several negative experiences, however infrequent or minor. Understanding how the brain and body works helps you make sense of feeling nervous, so riders can realise it is nothing to be ashamed of and then take steps to improve their confidence. The feeling of nervousness begins when the senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing) send messages to the brain. The brain coordinates these messages with messages from other parts of the body, such as the heart and also with memories held in the subconscious brain. If the incoming

sensory messages to the brain have been associated with pleasant experiences in the past, then the brains’ reaction is to tell the body to relax. However if the incoming sensory messages are associated with a negative experience, then the brain will tell the body to get the nervous energy flowing, the heart rate is elevated and the muscles get ready for action. This is our survival mechanism. The conscious brain holds your logic and willpower, whilst the subconscious brain houses your imagination and it is important to know that imagination is more powerful than logic. So even if the conscious area of the brain is telling the person that there is no danger, if there is a particular stimulus present that triggers the subconscious part of the brain into retrieving a negative memory, the person will still feel nervous because the brain will automatically activate the survival response. For example, a person could be quite happily riding along and they see a pheasant fly squawking out of a hedge; this sensory message could trigger a memory of a horse spooking when meeting a previous pheasant. The rider begins to feel nervous, even if the horse is calm and there is no threat to the person at that exact time. Attention becomes focused on fear and survival and the

that the horse is going to take off or throw them both in the ditch. Even if the horse is calmly strolling along, the brain will prepare the body for action and the rider will experience the associated feelings of nervousness. This in itself becomes a self- perpetuating problem because unless the rider learns to re-train the subconscious brain, stop imagining the worst and start living in the moment, they can get stuck in a

Natalie's horse George

negative cycle of thought and the nervousness builds. Having someone (however well meaning) or even yourself, tell you to ‘pull yourself together’ does not help because the feeling of nervousness is controlled subconsciously, so this phrase assumes you can consciously do something about it. You can do something about feeling nervous but there is not a quick fix, you have to re-train the brain and this of course cannot be done in an instant.

So how can you reduce nervousness? The 3 zones in which our confidence operates. The size of each zone is very individual.

person stops riding and becomes an ineffective passenger. The brain cannot dissociate between real and perceived. So the rider may see that pheasant and start thinking

• Firstly, recognise its existence and be prepared to deal with it. It takes a lot more effort to improve confidence than it does to knock it! • Stay mainly in your comfort zone. If a person is taken too far and/or too frequently out of their comfort zone then they can get stuck in negative

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• Occasionally go into the stretch zone but never the over-stretch zone (see diagram). • Don’t let another person push you out of your comfort zone. • The more frequently you have a positive experience, the more confident you will feel. Don’t expect too much of yourself if you don’t get to ride frequently. Only riding once a week will take much longer to reduce nervousness than if you ride every day. • Control your imagination and stop negative ‘What If-ing’. Of course you will feel frightened if you have already fallen off 3 times before you’ve even reached the mounting block! Imprint your subconscious brain with positive feelings and use your imagination to your advantage. Instead of thinking ‘What if my horse throws me off’ when you feel that wind against your face, think ‘I’m in control and I can have a good ride’ instead. Its hard work but with practice it does help. • Visualise positive experiences, like a film. Think of jumping (or whatever it is that worries you) and instead of visualising a white-knuckle ride, imagine a horse that looks balanced and in control with you on top looking elegant and happy. Imagine the sights, sounds and feelings associated with a wonderful experience. Play this ‘film’ again and again. Nervousness is frustrating at times and it can prevent the rider from getting the most enjoyment from the horse they ride. However with work confidence can be improved, so don’t let pheasants, wind, jumping, bucking, hedges.... (the list goes on! hold you back. Happy riding. It is with great sadness to report to all those who knew him that my old horse George has passed away to the big field in the sky. A clever, gentle friend who taught me so much. Thank you George for twenty wonderful years. Natalie x


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ometimes the easiest way to describe the work I do is by telling tales of the animals I meet, with the permission of their owners. Grace was a 1 year old beagle, who had been re-homed from a research facility, and was nervous in her new surroundings. The owner (Kim) was concerned because she didn’t seem to know how to play. She was displaying separation anxiety when the owner went to work and appeared to have agoraphobia, being very reluctant to go outside. I have clients all over the country and sometimes the distance means that I have to work using a photograph, rather than meeting the animal face to face. Sometimes this is more effective because a nervous animal doesn’t have to cope with a stranger in their private space. It is very important, with these remote connections to provide evidence from the animal, which can be confirmed by the owner. I have very little information before the communication. During the communication with Grace she

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the garden should be an exciting game. I took a lot of time to explain her role with her new owner. She was there to guard Kim, by giving a couple of barks if visitors arrived. When outside in the street, Kim was in charge, and Grace could relax and enjoy her walk. We explained that Kim would always keep her safe, and that she would have lots of fun with her owner. She would never go back to the laboratory. Many rescued dogs retain a fear of being returned to previous owners, or fear of moving on to another home. Just reassuring them that this is a home for life is very effective.

Grace, a rescue beagle from a research facility

Much of the value gained from animal communication is in giving the animal a chance to offload – explaining their experiences. I also use a therapeutic method similar to that used by human counsellors to help reduce fears. I gave Grace some healing to help reduce her fear of needles and to reduce her fear of going outside. We explained to her that when she visited the vets, it was for her health, and that the vet would always try to be as gentle as possible. Kim would always be with her when she visited the vet, to help her feel secure.

understand about the role of toys in play. Grace was also very picky about food and would eat very carefully. She described her new “mum” as very gentle, with a quiet voice. She likes a cuddle, and showed me herself sitting on her Kim’s lap. When I asked her about her previous life she showed me herself running up and down inside a wire run. I could hear lots of barking. A lady was shown, picking her up from the cage, and lifting her ears and “poking”. She had been inspected very roughly. Later on in the communication with Kim, she revealed a fear of injections. Her ears were very sensitive, and I felt a pain in them, which felt like small clips being attached. Kim said that there was no record of clips being used, but that her ears had been tattooed. Food sometimes tasted “strange”. I also saw her in a small wire crate, stacked on top of other wire crates in a lab, but Kim was unable to confirm this evidence. The crates had not been stacked in the lab, but that this memory could possibly be associated with travelling in a plane, as Grace came from overseas.

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The year of 1908 was of great moment to the peasantry of this country. It was that year that the allotments act came into force. People formally had grown their food in their own back gardens or on any available piece of ground that the squire didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want with perhaps the addition of a family pig to tied them over the winter and a few chickens scratching in the back yard. The industrial revolution changed all that. Families moved into the towns for what they considered more secure work and found themselves living in terraced houses with little or no garden. Councils now provided them with what they previously had free for centuries, a place to grow food for their loved ones. This last tie to the land that people have had for over a century now is very quietly disappearing as councils build on allotment sites and allotment waiting lists in some of our cities are as much as 60 years. There is hope though for any who do not wish to end their days being chained to a supermarket trolley in order to obtain the bare necessities of life. The French call it POTAU-FEU. This dish, which is basically a gently simmered meat and vegetable stew, began life centuries ago in the days of the cauldron over the open fire and included any and all ingredients that were free to hand locally or could be bought for a few centimes. France is at its core still very much a peasant nation and the hunter gatherer instinct is still very strong. One has only to go to Provence in the truffle season and see old men scrabbling through the brushwood at the base of Mont Ventoux to appreciate the people's strong connection with the land and the consequent peace of mind that comes from being self-sufficient and at one with your surroundings.

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Nettle Soup

An ancient race of people who would be called peasants by some but are in reality highly self-sufficient and articulate are the gypsies, or more correctly Romanies. They have lived quite happily off the material excess of the western world for centuries and gleaned a living from the land at the same time. One of their staple meals, which is cleansing and sustaining at the same time and a massive favourite of mine, is nettle soup. Originally used as a spring blood cleanser and general tonic, nettle soup or alternatively young nettles steamed like spinach to take the sting out of them, are packed with all sorts of goodies like iron, silica and histamines. I have an old nettle patch in my garden used specifically for the purpose of making this most moreish of dishes. It has the same ingredients as Irish stew but substitute nettles instead of lamb, although I have cheated and put in strips of brisket in sometimes to give it body instead of using stock. The result is always the same though, you wake up the next day feeling like popeye!

The Irish peasantry too have subsisted and thrived through hard times and invasions of foreign powers by embracing the one pot tradition known to the whole world as Irish stew. If you have ever had the good fortune to sit in an old Irish pub at lunch time and partake of this deliciously simple meal, washed down with a glass of the black stuff, then you will understand why the best cuisine often comes from cultures that have learned the value of using the freshest natural ingredients around rather than the most expensive. Irish stew after all is just mutton or lamb, potatoes, onions and carrots and a handful of pearl barley, but a deep culinary experience never the less.


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Local historian Ted Gosling looks back on his fascination with the motor car

Ted's Cars


he first motor cars made their appearance in Devon at the end of the Victorian era and the Motor Car Act of 1903 made the registration of cars compulsory as was the licensing of drivers.

Mr W. L. Oborn the garage owner informed him that they were busy that week-end with taxi work and they wanted him to drive. He was given one driving lesson and let loose on the public. This year he will celebrate sixty four years

A speed limit of 20 mph was also

of driving. Things have changed so

enforced. The increase in motor

much from those early years, thanks

traffic was measurable by 1908

to the car the silence of the country-

and by 1911 there were no fewer

side no longer exists, and to ride a

than 72,000 registered private cars

horse on the grass verges of Devon

in use in the UK. By 1939 the car

roads is now very dangerous.

had advanced beyond the wildest dreams of its pioneers and the

When Ted first started to drive, road

holiday-makers travelling to Devon

rage was unknown and courtesy

by car in those pre-war days would

to other drivers was the order of

encounter their first traffic jams.

the day.

The author Ted Gosling who left

The efficiency of the modern car

school in 1943 at the age of fourteen

calls for considerable skill at the

was born with petrol in his blood,

wheel which unfortunately many

so it was only natural that he would

drivers of all ages lack.

commence his working life serving a five year apprenticeship as a motor mechanic in a local garage.

Ted Gosling

The man himself, a young Ted Gosling at age 24. His car here is a 1935 morris 8 with dilapidated running boards. He used this car for four years taking it to London many times, it never broke down and he could take it apart and reassemble it with his eyes closed.

In those war-time years it was a case of make-do and mend to keep vehicles on essential work on the road. Tyres, timing chains and other spares were almost impossible to get. Pool petrol played havoc with exhaust valves and when they burnt out they had to be built up with a welding process called Bright Ray. Ted was fortunate to work in a garage with a good reputation and after the war at the age of 17 he obtained his first driving licence. The driving test had been suspended during the war years and did not return until 1949 so Ted could drive on the road without passing the test. He very well remembers the Easter of 1946 when he was just seventeen,

Seaton youth club Queen Miss Barbara Newton and attendant Miss Audrey Kaxi (Norwegan father!) can be seen here driving to the youth club fete in the cricket field in 1952 by Ted Gosling. The fine car he used for this event was a pre-war SS Jaguar, the ancestor of the present-day jaguar.

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Ted Gosling was accompanied by Sandra Moor from Sidmouth when he attended the opening of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in 1958. This vintage 1924 Bullnose Morris was bought for ÂŁ10 in an unrestored condition and complete restoration took Ted a year to complete.

Ted is pictured here with his 1928 Singer 8 outside his parents house in Eyewell green, Seaton 1956. He brought this car from a garage in Sidford and although the vehicle had been in store since 1939 it only required a few minor adjustments to make it road-worthy. he sold the car on for ÂŁ8 in an unrestored state and many years later much to his delight he came upon it fully restored and looking splendid at a Taunton vintage car rally.

Below - Ted is pictured here in his 1924 Bullnose Morris competing in a vintage car rally at Bere Regis in Dorset c1957. He attended many rallies with this car including the parade of vehicles at the opening of the new national motor museum at Beaulieu. In 1958 at a rally in which over 500 surviving Bullnose Morrises were present he met Lord Nuffield the founder of the Morris car factory.

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Local historian Ted Gosling looks back on his fascination with the motor car

Ted's Cars Ted's grandfather John Gosling is pictured here in 1904 at Halsdon House, Luppit in a fine Edwardian Landaulet. This was a limousine the roof of which was flexible at the rear and folded down if desired. John worked as the head gardener at Halsdone House, obviously also f illing in as driver periodically.

Note from Editor Don't know what you think, but after looking at all of Ted's pictures, it appears to me he's been having far too much fun - especially when he's been parading around with all those ladies! Incidentally, Ted's now been made the first Freeman of Seaton at the age of 82.

The Toyota MR2 was produced by Central Motors a part of the Toyota company from 1984. This two seater sports car with a mid engine and a rear wheel drive was an immediate success, the car was powered by a straight 4 cylinder engine with a dual overhead cam and had four valves per cylinder. The is pictured here with his 1987 MR2 with a T Bar hood in Lloret De. Mar in 1989.

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The week was amazing, my son had a wish list of things that he wanted to do. We were able to do paintballing, water walkers and much more.

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Life Matters I love the winter and beauty of our coast and countryside. Winter's a great time to reflect on the year that's passed by. It's great when you look back on a good year, but as with all things in life, nothing seems to follow a straight path, everyone has their ups and downs I suppose. What about you? Have you found something interesting, unusual, or something that is making a difference in your life? We'd love to hear from you - contact me so your information can be shared with our readers (contact details above).

Do you have anything interesting to tell us about Weʼre particulary keen to hear from local chariti es and voluntary organisations abo ut the good work they carry out in the community. Weʼd also like to hear from practitioners in the East Devon and Exeter area about their treatments and services.

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To watch your son laughing and smiling without a care in the world is something that money can’t buy. We still had all the same problems in the back of our minds but for that week that’s where they stayed, in the back of my mind. Dream-a-way became our extended family, my earth angels. To help with my sons wish list dream-a-way sent us on a day out, no ordinary day out, we were sent in a limo. We went to Paignton Zoo

Dream-A-Way's aim is to assist people living in Devon, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles with physical and learning difficulties. The Exeter based charity provides holidays and day trips - whether it is fulfilling a lifetime dream, experiencing great opportunities or just having 'time out' from daily routines. People of all ages are helped in every way possible to have a DreamA-Way holiday. How can it help peoples' lives? This is how the mother of a client explains what a difference DreamA-Way can make to peoples’ lives.

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“What does Dream-away mean to us? Well where do I start? 4 years ago my when 15 year old son was diagnosed with a terminal illness our world fell apart. Only a parent in my position would know what it feels like to wake in the middle of the night and have to go and poke your child to make sure that they are still alive. The feeling of dread that your child is going to die before you and the guilt that you have done something wrong. We were put in touch with Dreama-way a few months later and they offered us a week away in a luxury caravan.  A week away from hospitals and doctors and tests. I was able to take my whole family with us and not worry about how I was going to pay for it.

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where my son fed the animals and then onto Living Coasts. We had lots of tears that day, not from my son but from me, my mum and my sister. Tears from lots of different feelings, amazing memories for his sister to keep and my mum never dreamt that she would be riding around in limo. Dream-a-way have helped my family to stay strong, I have never met people like them before. Caring and understanding and never expecting anything in return. I will never be able to thank them enough and I believe that if there is an award out there somewhere for outstanding commitment and devotion to people that they should be at the top of the list." - Jenny


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The volunteer committee members raise money to fund the trips and actively seek out opportunities to help people throughout Devon & Cornwall. The opportunity for the Dream-A-Way Team and their friends to raise money and help others has always been the driving force behind the charity. What makes this charity so extra special is that the volunteers provide their time and services freely - Dream-A-Way prides itself on giving all the money to funding trips and not spending on overheads or taking any payment or expenses, and that the charity does not incur any administration costs. No persons associated with Dream-A-Way receive any honoraria, payments or expenses for their work. It's not always easy but it is possible - and very rewarding! Over 10,000 people have benefited since 1993. In June 2008 Dream-A-Way was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - The MBE for Volunteer Groups. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups

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A bereavement councillor is on hand to help with the inevitable grief that follows the death of a loved one. There is a peaceful chapel and a kind and caring chaplain. However, it is not essentially a Christian retreat, people of all faiths are welcome here and cared for with the same love and professionalism afforded to anyone else. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.

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Imagine, if you will, a gateway to heaven. It is surrounded by angels. The job of these angels is to ensure a person’s last days on this earth are as comfortable, pain free and as happy as possible. When the time comes, these angels hold people’s hands and guide them, very gently, into the next world. It’s a fantasy isn’t it? Well, no actually. The gateway I am talking about is in Exeter. It is the Exeter Hospiscare. The angels,

When someone close to you is diagnosed with a terminal illness that gives them just weeks to live, you might feel helpless and hopeless. Here is someone you love dearly and you can do nothing except sit and watch them die. It is tough. However, if they are lucky enough to find their way into the Exeter Hospiscare, you can rest assured that their last days will be the best they possibly can be. Furthermore, as a relative or close friend, the Hospiscare staff will be as concerned with your welfare as they are with the patient - both during and after the event. There are quiet rooms where one can talk

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as long as they wish and come and go as they please. There is a quiet time in the first half of the morning when the staff attend to the patients’ ablutions. However, if one happens to be there early or has stayed overnight, the garden is a pleasant refuge or there is the coffee shop or a visitor’s lounge with T.V. The staff never make a visitor feel in the way. As if all this isn’t enough, complimentary therapists visit the Hospis and offer free treatments.

This is not your frantic hospital ward, understaffed with doctors and nurses rushing from pillar to post. The staff are plentiful and time is available for every patient. Nothing is too much trouble. The doctors visit the patients every morning and check on their progress. The nurses and health care assistants keep an eye on patients throughout the day and night. Everyone is on first name terms. It all feels intimate and warm. None-the-less, the degree of professionalism is second to none. The Hospiscare team are masters

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at controlling pain enabling the patients quality of life to be as good as possible for as long as possible. Among the volunteer staff, who are

An IPU nurse making a bed in the family room.

and those sent or brought in by relatives, friends and well wishers. The colourful displays brighten up the place and speak of the open countryside. The wards too are always fresh and clean and are kept that way by other volunteer staff. The Hospiscare is not just about the dying. Patients are sometimes brought here in order to assess them and stabilise their condition. Once a balance is achieved with the right medication, patients often return home. There is a Day Centre too where patients can enjoy lunch and a chat

If you imagine the atmosphere of the Hospis to be sombre, think again. People do not tiptoe A patient happily ordering his own meal around with heads bowed cooked on site to meet special dietry and sad looks on their faces. conditions and requirements On the contrary, the staff smile a lot often laughter rings out along the corridors and to be found in various departments, in the lounge. Other staff based on the wards; there’s a generally are the flower arrangers. It is their here, go out into the community happy feel to the place. Both job to keep the constant supply of and look after patients who have patients and relatives find this a flowers around the wards looking chosen to stay in their homes. It is great relief. Furthermore, there’s a good, fresh and abundant. Flowers a comprehensive service run and generally relaxed pace to life here. come from supermarkets, funerals managed by dedicated people

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