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APR & MAY 2014


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Nigel Jones, Ted Gosling, John Fisher, Judi Spiers, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, FCR Esgen, Ardley Chic, Janet East, Amanda Crump, Averil Quinain, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Guy Peters, Hazel Fergie.

It's happening all around on a massive scale and at this time of year there are literally billions of tiny jewels swelling and bursting into flower. Weather willing, it's good to get out and experience this amazing annual spectacle in the flesh - Editor.


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See page 32 - JEWELS of SPRING

PRODUCTION Charlotte Fergie

Blackthorn bursts out onto naked branches, closely followed by hawthorn (above)


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East Devon in the Spring is special, I can honestly say there's nowhere I'd rather be when the sun's shining. The depth of greens, bronzes, golds that suddenly appear is simply breathtaking and when you feel the old sun warming your back, you know Spring has returned.

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Talking of Spring, it's the time when the region really comes to life, with many interesting village and town events occurring across the region, it's important to have good intelligence on all this stuff. To this end, we've launched a new, paperbased What's On guide to the region (it's inside this issue), giving you 2 months detailed event listings as well as a Quick Reference section to all the towns, beaches, amenities, shopping, dining, theatres, etc. We're using the highly successful EASTDEVONHUB website to supply all the event information to this publication, so if you have events to promote, it's another solid reason to ensure you get your organisation's events in the HUB website.



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on the cover, pictured at the lovely Combe House Hotel, Gittisham, where Naomi's holding her Interior Design Masterclass on the 10th May. Please see page 38 for our interview and event details. Also our fashion shoot in this issue features jewellery from Budleigh Salterton based artisan jeweller, Steve Whitford (incidentally, Naomi Cleaver's wearing Whitford jewellery on the cover photo), and clothing from Onni Designs of Lyme Regis. eastdevonhub


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Your Leisure & Holiday Guide for the Region

EXETER FESTIVAL OF FOOD & DRINK A Sizzling 3 days of Culinary Treats


Treasures of the Natural World


I'm sure we all like to hear positive community stories and the pub rescue piece about The Five Bells in this issue is one such piece. A local anonymous benefactor helping to keep alive an ancient pub that's central resource to the community. Well done to all involved by the way, we must keep our local communities alive and vibrant! It's always great to hear from you by the way, keep your emails and letters coming in. Nigel Jones (Editor)





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Contents Apr-May

12. Art Exhibitions

37. Tales of a Yokel

58. In Touch with Animals

Forthcoming art exhibitions.

From the inimitable FCR Esgen.

Kerry Hornett meets Rocky & Scruff.

17. Nelson's Column

39. Naomi Cleaver

59. Horse Care

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Interviewed by Amanda Merchant.

Behaviour by Natalie Bucklar.

18. Star Gazing

45. Yellingham Farm

60. Life Matters

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Farmyard tales from Janet East.

The C Group supporting Royal Marines.

20. Photo Shoot

49. Flatbeare Views

64. Family Law

Whitford & Onni Design at Combe House.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

Putting children first after separation.

26. Eating Out

52. Renewable Energy

65. But here's the thing

By Cathy Debenham of YouGen.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

32. Jewels of Spring

56. The Jensen Interceptor

66. Financial Planning

Nature's pristine beauty.

One of the 1970's great gas guzzlers.

By independent adviser, Helen Mulvaney.

East Devon's best eateries.




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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions April & May 2014

Which gallery is this charl Philip Clayton - 'Huts Along The Strand' - The Art Room

Pamela Allsop - 'Langmoor Gardens' - Apple Tree Galleries Serena Curmi - 'Caught in the light' - Hybrid Gallery

GALLERIES SPRING EXHIBITION Until 05 Apr - The Spring show will introduce two new artists; Emma Green and Bee Bartlett, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am.

RECOLLECTION Until 19 Apr - Featuring contemporary artists whose work deals with memory and memory loss, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton, 10.00am.

PHILIP CLAYTON AND CHRIS PRINDL Until 27 Apr - Philip Clayton, landscape painting and Chris Prindl ceramics, The Art Room, 8A, The Strand, Topsham, 11.00am.

AXMINSTER ARTS' ANNUAL MEMBERS' EXHIBITION Until 05 Apr - Paintings, photographs, textiles, mirrors with unique frames and many crafts, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 9.00am. EXETER'S FINE ART COLLECTION Until 06 Apr - This display includes works by major artists of both the 19th & 20th centuries, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com artwave west | 01297 489 746 morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

Exhibitions Spring Exhibtion - Until 5 Apr The Spring show will introduce two new artists; Emma Green and Bee Bartlett. Easter Exhibtion - 11 Apr to 24 May Notable artists exhibiting together for the first time; Kate Giles, Ross Loveday, Jeannette Hayes and Sonia Stanyard. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm


PALAEOSCOPES : BRIAN GRAHAM AND PETER HAYES Until 27 Apr - Palaeoscopes; new paintings by Brian Graham and ceramics by Peter Hayes, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, 10.00am.

Bee Bartlett - 'Turning Tide I' - Artwave West

THREE PATHS Until 25 Apr - An exhibition of new prints from Sheila Stone, Charlotte Stone & Fiona Lovell, INC, 17-18 The Strand, Exmouth, 10.00am.

Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5.00

Sun 2.00 - 4.30


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EXHIBITIONS Storm Thorgerson

04 Apr to 04 May - Welcome to the visual work of Storm Thorgerson’s album cover art.

Heidi Koenig - Without Boundaries 04 Apr to 04 May Much loved abstract artist, Heidi Koenig, with a fantastic selection of paintings.

MICHAEL MORGAN EXHIBITION 05 Apr to 17 Apr - Michael Morgan RI Influential Works, Marine House at Beer, Fore Street, Beer. EASTER EXHIBITION 05 Apr to 18 May - Easter Exhibition. An exhibition of paintings from West Country Artists, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

TAONGA: MĀORI TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD Until 08 Jun - A look at a small collection of Maori objects from the museum's collections, RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am. STORM THORGERSON EXHIBITION 04 Apr to 04 May - Welcome to the visual work of Storm Thorgerson - album cover art, Brook Gallery, Foreshore House, Budleigh Salterton.

Karen Dupe - 'Fabulous!' - Apple Tree Galleries

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

A Solo Show Gallery 1 Until 5 Apr - Niggy Dowler. Still lifes. An Imaginary Friend Gallery 3 Until 5 Apr - Serena Curmi, Irene Jones, Rob Mason. Fictional portraits of secretive characters.

Treasured Galleries 1 & 3 12 Apr to 31 May - Rachel Ross. New paintings of cutlery, tools and treasured everyday items.


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Until 19 Apr - Contemporary art exhibition exploring memory.

Fundraising Art Auction

25 Apr - An opportunity to buy the finest work from up-and-coming and prominent artists, 7pm-9pm. www.thelmahulbert.com

Art Galleries

John Hubbard - 'Sunken Lane I' - Sladers Yard

Bousfield - 'Where there was tea' - Marle Gallery Irene Jones - 'Remember Me' - Hybrid

EMBROIDERED COLLAGE BY JENNY MOON 10 Apr to 23 Apr - Exhibition of work by local textile artist, A la Ronde, Summer Lane, Exmouth, 10.30am. DANIELLE O'CONNER AKIYAMA 26 Apr to 04 May - A focus on her stunning works, Surridge Gallery, Princesshay, Exeter. EXHIBITION CLARE SCHMIDT NORRIS AND YO THOM 26 Apr to 16 May - New paintings and ceramics by Clare Schmidt Norris and Yo Thom, Lantic Gallery, 38 Gold Street, Tiverton.

DORSET NOW: EXHIBITION OF DORSET ARTISTS 03 May to 29 Jun - Showcases the work of a vibrant and diverse group of current Dorset artists, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, 10.00am.

GALA WEEK ART EXHIBITION 26 May - Budleigh Salterton Art Club are holding a one day art exhibition on Bank Holiday, Budleigh Salterton Arts Club, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 10.00am.

Curious View

12 Apr to 17 May - A two man show. Vicky Oldfield and Angus Rutherford. Highly textural collagraphs and whimsical landscapes.

Society of Wood Engravers Annual Exhibition

PRINTS FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE 22 May to 04 Jun - Exhibition of work by Mary Harold, A la Ronde, Summer Lane, Exmouth, 10.30am.

24 May to 5 Jul - A distinctive and delightful art form with over 70 artists work. Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ art@themarlegallery.co.uk 01297 639970 www.themarlegallery.co.uk Alan Cotton - 'Scattered Clouds' Thelma Hulbert Gallery

exeter@surridgegallery.co.uk www.surridgegallery.co.uk 01392 477722

PATRICIA VOLK GALLERY TALK 25 May - Patricia Volk talks about her work, The Art Room, 8A The Strand, Topsham, 4.00pm.

A warm welcome to the gallery

Storm Thorgerson 3 - Brook Gallery

Catherine Osbond - 'Winter Light, Sidmouth' East Devon Art

S LADERS Y ARD Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft. Licensed Café. gallery@sladersyard.co.uk

Exhibition INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS 17 to 29 May - A not to be missed show of new paintings by four well known members of the prestigious Society of Woman’s Artists (SWA). Rosa Sepple. Tina Stokes, Tina Morgan and Ann Blockley. Contact the gallery for a colour catalogue on: 01297 625257

We are delighted to have a focus on the stunning works of Danielle O’Conner Akiyama 26 Apr - 4 May We have a fantastic choice of limited edition prints, originals and sculpture from some of the world’s leading artists. We also offer a gift wrapping and storage service. 11-15 Bedford Street, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GG



contemporary fine art & ceramics


SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS 17 May to 30 May - Joint show by artists Ann Blockley, Tina Morgan, Rosa Sepple RI & Tina Stokes, Marine House at Beer, Fore Street, Beer.

DORSET ART WEEKS AT ST MICHAEL'S STUDIOS 24 May to 08 Jun - David and Caroline's studio as well as many others opening for DAW, David Brook & Caroline Ireland, St Michael's Studios, Bridport, 10.00am.


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

Easter Exhibition

5-21 Apr - Then open at weekends until 18th May.

May Exhibition

24 May to 1 Jun - Then open at weekends until 15th June. Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at www.eastdevonart.co.uk www.facebook.com/eda.academy Open every day 11am-5pm & every weekend.

PALAEOSCOPES - Until 27 Apr New paintings by Brian Graham. Ceramics by Peter Hayes.

DORSET NOW - From 3 May

Marzia Colonna, Vanessa Gardiner, Andrew George, John Hubbard, David Inshaw, Alex Lowery, Boo Mallinson, Clare Trenchard.

Petter Southall furniture. www.sladersyard.co.uk 01308 459511

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Old Bell House, Victoria Place, Axminster EX13 5NQ Open 10-4; Tues-Sat

Apple Tree Galleries A Variety of Local Artisans on Show A treasure trove of over 70 talented local artists and crafters exhibiting a wide variety of styles and media offering something for every taste. Our comfortable Coffee Lounge provides locally sourced drinks and cake. 01297 598011 www.appletreegalleries.co.uk

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t r A Art Blog

Michael Morgan M.Phil., D.Litt., Hon.LLD., FRSA, SWAc, RI 2nd June 1928 - 3rd February 2014


C h r i s Pr i n d l

ichael Morgan, a man of great personal charm, was fortunate enough to have enjoyed two distinguished careers firstly in academe and latterly as an artist whose ground breaking style is widely considered to have added new life to the watercolour medium and subsequently influenced and guided many young artists. His family recall his frequent refrain “when I retire I’m going to paint!!!” Michael trained as a teacher. He had a varied and outstanding teaching career, headmaster in his twenties at Dartington Primary, lecturing appointments at colleges in Chichester and Bognor Regis and his appointment as Principal of the Froebel Institute in Roehampton where he remained until retirement in 1985.

Pa t r i c i a Vo lk

A number of colleges internationally appointed him as a Trustee notably as Founding Trustee at Richmond, the American University in London and Trustee Emeritus of New England College in New Hampshire, New England.

P hi li p Cl a y t o n

8 a Th e St r a n d , To p s h a m , E X3 OJ B O p e n We e k e n d s & We d n e s d a y s a ll y e a r w w w. t h e a r t ro o m t o p s h a m . co . u k 14

From childhood Michael always loved painting, and he fulfilled his family promise to become an artist after 1985. A prime source of inspiration was the works of the late John Blockley RI, a noted Cotswold based artist who with his painting partner Moira Huntly, organised painting weeks in remote upland areas like Snowdonia. These brooding locations inspired Michael with his recurring themes of isolation and escapism which were to form such core ingredients in his paintings.

usually of lonely buildings in isolated settings. No animate object was allowed to intrude. The final result, however was work that drew in the viewer, set the imagination to work, and demanded detailed inspection. In 1997 he selected Marine House at Beer as his gallery close to his home near Axminster. Solo shows every eighteen months proved sell outs. Recognition followed his innovative approach. In 1998 he won the medal for the most outstanding submission by a nonmember at the Spring Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours shortly to be followed by his selection as a member of the RI Putting his academic, artistic and administrative skills into focus, he was appointed in 2000 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and founding academician of the newly formed Exeter based South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc) which has become a beacon for artists in the South West. He was president of The Honiton Art Society and his active involvement in fund raising and encouragement for students in local schools and colleges led to the naming of the arts building at his local community college in Axminster after him. Michael Morgan leaves a legacy which can only endure. He produced moving new interpretations of lonely and beautiful places which imbue a sense of escapism which surely strikes a chord with many in our fast moving and pressured world.

Blog Michael’s style is unique. He is widely credited with re-invigorating the watercolour medium. He painted small but visually powerful paintings. They were finely crafted


Michael Morgan 2nd June 1928 to 3rd February 2014. He is survived by his wife Jill and sons James and Adam. Mike Lambert, Marine House at Beer.

g o l B Ann Blockley - ‘Last light in the woven hedge’ - 35 x 45cm

Rosa Sepple RI SWA - ‘Lovers dream’ - 11 x 15ins

Tina Morgan - ‘Boats at anchor, Salcombe’ - 12 x 12ins

Tina Stokes - ‘Sea Mist’ - 20 x 27ins


LIFE AND LANDSCAPE A not to be missed exhibition by four leading artists from Saturday May 17 - Friday May 30 Marine House has invited four distinguished artists all members of The Society of Woman’s Artists ( SWA) to exhibit a selection of new works. This is an exciting grouping of over forty paintings.

These works range in price from around £700 - £3000. It is also simple to arrange interest free acquisition through our arrangement with the Art’s Council.

Rosa Sepple’s perceptive and sometimes almost magical interpretations of people and happenings; Ann Blockley’s haunting close up studies of plants and landscape; Tina Morgan’s joyful escapist summer paintings and Tina Stokes’s much loved reflective studies of estuarine serenity.

Please contact Marine House for a free colour catalogue and an invitation to meet the artists on launch day from 11.00am5.00pm on Saturday May 17th

Fore Street, Beer, Devon


01297 625257

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Usala - Beehive


With Patrick Jones

(01395) 446241

Helen Workman - Bluebottles and Bilders

The Easter Exhibitions, are from now on a combined effort of East Devon Artist for Charity and Branscombe Art Show. A smaller but high quality show, work from local professional and best loved amateur artists. There will also be pottery, glass jewellery and other very nice gifts.

Learn about the history and techniques of abstract painting with renowned abstract painter Patrick Jones.

We are looking forward to meeting you at our worthwhile local longstanding charity event.

THE TEMPLE METHODIST HALL, BUDLEIGH SALTERTON Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm Cost: 10

Hoping the sun will shine for us.

10am-5pm Daily Entry 50p Children Free 16

EXETER PHOENIX, GANDY STREET Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm

sessions £180 Private tuition also available

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column


Yes, we have no bananas THE PERENNIAL DEBATE – from which end should one peel one’s banana? - looks like remaining unresolved, at least as far as Devon is concerned, following the announcement by Paignton Zoo that it is no longer feeding bananas to its primates. Today’s commercial bananas are much more sugary than those eaten in the wild, animal nutritionists at the zoo point out and have likened giving bananas to the primates to humans eating too much cake and chocolate. Fair enough, but isn’t there anybody there who can remember the bad old days, we asked the zoo, and settle the “which end is the best end for opening a banana?” argument which has been raging in Devon, as elsewhere perhaps, for generations.

Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

How many women does it take to man Devon’s lifeboats? EXMOUTH takes delivery of a remarkable new all-weather Shannon class lifeboat this summer. Instead of propellers it is powered by water-jets so that it can be launched and recovered from a beach at any state of the tide, if needs be. Not that Exmouth is any stranger to a beachlaunched lifeboat – in fact they started saving lives back in 1803 with an eight-oared open boat rowed by local fisherman, a full 22 years before the National Lifeboat Institution (as it was then called) was formed. No one knows for sure when women first manned the lifeboats in Devon, but it was as early as 1838 that the immortal Grace Darling, 23, and her lighthouse-keeper father famously rescued the passengers and crew of the paddle steamer Forfarshire because it was too rough for a lifeboat to be launched from the beach.

In Devon today there are now 30 women on the ‘wet side’ of the RNLI following in Miss Darling’s footsteps – and 248 men, all ready at the firing of a maroon, to man Devon’s eight lifeboats out of Exmouth, Torbay, Dart, Salcombe, Plymouth, Clovelly, Appledore and Ilfracombe. The RNLI web site tells you how you can join this noble breed as a volunteer crew member.

The zoo’s Phil Knowling told Coast & Country that they had no chimps at the zoo: “We have gorillas and orangutans here. Our curator of mammals suggests that they eat them without peeling and from the non-stalk end.” “Orangutans bite them mid-way, breaking the skin and then pulling the banana into their mouths sideways, bending it in two as it goes. Then they eat the skin. It’s likely that it varies from individual to individual. As in, how do you eat your Crème Egg?”

Grace and William Darling to the rescue. Photo: RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Better weather for the South West IS OUR TERRIBLE WEATHER of recent months best delivered by regional weather presenters who simply tell it like it is or is it considered to be more palatable when s er ve d up by t ho s e who wave their arms, splay their fingers, shrug their shoulders, tilt their heads, Carol Kirkwood, the bee’s knees of weather presenters (BBC PHOTO) screw up their

Whereas most people are drawn to the stump end of the banana, many primates apparently open theirs by gently squeezing the other end, causing it to pop open without the struggle. This is demonstrably easier and the solution preferred by chimps apparently, because there is also more sugar in that end than the other. Not a lot of people know that.

faces and generally go all chummy and confidential to camera? Thank goodness for the fine example set by national weather presenter Carol Kirkwood who, by contrast, is absolutely the bee’s knees at delivering the weather picture clearly and without the histrionics.

So. It seems that either way is the right way. But without wishing to get too Darwinian about this it might be revealing to observe one’s breakfast companion next time there are cornflakes and bananas on the menu. Will they come across as more human than monkey by sticking with the stump or will they choose to chomp like a chimp?

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Alan Davies Touring is something I could not bear. Years working away from home and twelve weeks in panto in Birmingham nearly finished me off! I like my own bed, my cat... and of course my husband and donʼt read anything into that order! But to some people itʼs a way of life and a necessity if they want to connect with their fans.

After a 12 year gap from performing, Alan Davies, who is father of two, came to Devon at the end of last year with his tour ‘Life is a Pain’. The fifth and newest series Jonathan Creek has recently aired on the BBC.


Take Alan Davies, back on our screens after 17 years as televisionʼs magician turned detective, Jonathan Creek, and when I spoke to him on his way to Devon with his fi rst stand up tour after a hiatus of 12 years, ʻLife is a painʼ.

“The penny didn’t drop till series three. Stephen Fry is calling me an idiot again!”

Alan is a father nowadays so naturally I thought going back on the road must be exhausting, but not at all.

“I loved that world weary wisdom from a six year old!”

“It’s that or a 17-hour day looking after toddlers, which is much more difficult! Stand-up is a doddle comparatively. You go around the country making people laugh. It’s a really nice thing to do.” So how come the title of the show? He explained it was actually a story told to him by a friend about a little girl who was being told off by her mother. The little girl stopped looked at her mother and said “Life is pain!”

Alan would probably hate me for saying it... but he is a really ʻniceʼ man with a warmth that a lot of his contemporaries donʼt have. His off stage conversation is as you might expect, funny and his observation is sharp, so how on earth does he fi nd being treated by Stephen Fry as the resident dunce on QI?

“The penny didn’t drop till series three. Stephen is calling me an idiot again!” Far from retaining fascinating facts with which to stun his dinner guests he admitted,

“I retain nothing!” Alan is now going back on the road with an entirely new show entitled ʻLittle Victories.ʼ

“It comes from a routine about me trying to get my dad to eat blackcurrant jam. He has a limited palate. He also thinks that Indian food would make him ill. It would drive us mad as


children - it’s almost pathological. He has just decided that he doesn’t like certain things. We had plenty of jam at home strawberry, raspberry, apricot - it was jam a-go-go. But he would refuse to eat jam made of blackcurrant, the finest of all the currants. So we set him a trap… that’s one of the routines in the show. It’s a classic Little Victory.”

Seth Lakeman Devonʼs Seth Lakeman, like Alan, is now a father and with twins born last year admits:

“It’s been quite an adjustment.” Nevertheless Seth has been out touring with his latest album ʻWord of Mouth.ʼ He burst onto solo scene in 2002, all chiselled good looks, foot stopping and violin thrashing, that probably had Stradivarius spinning in his grave, winning over a younger audience. Just two years later his second album ʻKitty Jayʼ, recorded in his kitchen for £300, was nominated for a Mercury award and in 2007 he won Folk Singer of the Year in the Radio 2 Folk awards. This year, The Full English, his band with musician archivists Martin Simpson, Fay Yield and others, won best group and best album. Sethʼs latest album ʻWord of Mouthʼ encapsulates everything he loves

After winning the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007 and nominated for a Mercury award in 2004, Seth’s latest album ‘Word of Mouth’ is full of stories from West Country people.

Joan Armatrading

about the West country, its places, traditions, its ʻfolk.ʼ True to the troubadours of yore, he travelled the length and breadth of the west talking to people, hearing their stories and putting them to music. The result is twelve songs but also extracts of the interviews that influenced them like Reg Hannaford the last living witness to Operation Tiger, the World War training exercise that went disastrously wrong on Devonʼs Slapton. ʻThe Saddest Crowdʼ comes from a plaque on Plymouth Harbour marking the arrival of surviving members of The Titanic who arrived there on the rescue craft SS Lapland.

“The tours are very long - non-stop. I tend to do 4 days of gigging and one day off, which quite often is a day of travelling or a day of interviewing.” Simple question - why not cut touring down?

“Because that’s actually what I like. I actually don’t like days off when I’m touring because it interrupts the flow of how the show is going. When you are doing show after show, you get into a really nice rhythm - so that’s my fault.” Well Alan and Seth might still be enjoying touring, but Joan Armatrading has said that although she will never retire, her next tour, which brings her to Exeter Corn Exchange in November, will be the last major tour she will undertake. It will be with Joan solo on stage playing the guitar and piano as well as singing.

So all or nothing?

“That’s me!”

“It was fascinating” Seth told me

Seth travelled the length and breadth of the west, talking to people, hearing their stories and putting them to music.

Then thereʼs Derek Banks, old friend, Dartmoor expert and artist who talks about the drama and magic of the landscape and influenced the fi rst single from the album ʻThe Courier.ʼ Itʼs a great album and Seth is an extraordinary performer - try get to see him if you can. Heʼs already performed in Exeter Cathedral but will be back in Devon at Plymouth Theatre Royal 25th October.

“with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”

Well she has certainly given me some unique memories over the years, one being when she was on a nationwide hunt to fi nd regional singer songwriters to open for her on her 2012 UK and Ireland tour. Our local ʻfi ndʼ by the way was the wonderful Ellie Williams from Exeter.

Joan sat opposite me in the studio and sang “Love and Affection.” It was all the more memorable because she had a cold, she was having trouble tuning up and giggling because she thought she might forget the words... she didnʼt she nailed it. Not so lucky at the Cambridge Folk Festival she admitted.

“I was headlining the festival and forgot the words to “Me Myself I” so I turned to the keyboard player and he was singing them, so I picked up on them but as soon as I turned back, I forgot them again!” So if you get the chance to see her and are in the front few rows, make sure you know all the words... just in case she needs a reminder!


“I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances, but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.” Well of course the question everyone is asking is why?

“no -one in Plymouth knew that the survivors came in to Millbay Docks.”

Photo © Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading will be performing her last major tour at Exeter Corn Exchange in autumn this year.

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t is said, ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the ’. Clive Birch was just such a man.

The story begins at the village hall in Clyst Hydon. It was a quiz night for the locals. Clive stood up and said, ‘we’ve got to do something’. He was referring to the village pub which was under threat of closure. The Five Bells is a fine old 16th century grade II listed thatched Devon Inn. The original landlord had handed the pub over to the bank. The bank, in turn, had put in a series of temporary managers. Now, property developers were sniffing around. This meant a very real possibility of the premises being turned into a private house. Prior to the quiz night, Clive had put together a questionnaire asking for the views of local people. One of the questions was, what does the Five Bells mean to you? The answers to that question were varied and full of emotion: people said, they had their first kiss there; they had announced their engagement there; this was where, as teenagers, they had their first drink; this is where their late parents used to drink. The feedback started to flood in that very night as the questionnaires were filled out. The questionnaire was then put on the internet along with a general campaign to save the pub. Clive’s wife, along with the villagers became very active in the venture and helped to spread the word. Clive ran an email campaign and put it on Facebook. The Clyst Hydon News was used to complete the coverage and make sure everyone in the area knew about it. The next thing Clive did was to put together a committee of about eight people. This was split into three



sub groups: the first, focused on trying

Charles and, to add a further layer of

to drive up the pub’s trade (some

icing to the cake, Ian Webber head

of the temporary managers didn’t

chef at Gidleigh Park for six years, has

seem very interested), Clive’s group

come on board. While there, I had a

continued the campaign on Facebook,

light lunch, a mushroom risotto. Even

email and general publicity. The third

its flavour had flavour! The clotted

group, focused on the future of the

cream crème brulee that followed

pub: which bank owns it? What are

was delightful.

they going to do with it? They wanted to understand clearly the workings of

Apart from the atmospheric interior of

the system and future options.

the pub there are plenty of tables in the beer garden with its lovely views

Next, they went out visiting other community pubs. Some of these pubs were actually run by their communities while another, which

over the surrounding countryside. As

The 16th century building has been subject to major investment, having now had a total refurbishment and with totally new management and staff

particularly interested Clive, was one

if all this isn’t enough, they even have live jazz one Sunday evening a month. Clive Birch and the local community

where the local community bought

won the long battle to save their

shares in the freehold. Then, all the

Star arrived, the car park looked busy

in the Green at Rockbeare. Paul agreed

pub. Furthermore, the pub has been

villagers had to do was sell a lease

and there were about thirty people

to take up the tenancy and make the

restored and modernised so that it will

to a landlord. The advantage of this

in the bar.

Five Bells the sister pub to the Jack in

last for future generations to enjoy.

the Green. Furthermore, the ancient

Now, the heroes of Clyst Hydon have

plan was, should the landlord fail, the premises remained in the hands

Now, billboards were displayed with

pub was in need of refurbishment so

the benefit of a highly professional

of the community. Then, they would

the message, ‘Keep your hands off

the whole place was sympathetically

Chris Charles to run it and a superb

only have to find another landlord.

our pub!’ The idea being that any

restored and tastefully modernised

chef in Ian Webber. A triumph indeed!

developers who might be interested

by local craftsmen over five months

However, the bank decided to put the

in attending the auction would see

before it’s re-opening in August 2013.

pub up for auction. Clive continued

these billboards and be frightened

to publicise the plight of the Five Bells

off. They wouldn’t want to get into

Clive Birch - the instigator and mastermind of the campaign to save the Five Bells Inn

Guy Peters

The key team at the Five Bells Inn, Chris (previously manager of the Jack in the Green) and Ian (Chef), formerly Head Chef at the renowned Gidleigh Park

Beautifully presented food courtesy of Chef Ian Webber

and The Star newspaper asked if they

a situation where they might meet

The locals’ needs have of course been

Five Bells Inn,

could come and take photos. Now,

a lot of opposition. In the event,

thoughtfully considered and catered

Clyst Hydon,

the problem was that the temporary

the auction took place and it was

for in the refurbishment. There is a


manager was not well supported and

discovered that the developers had

‘Stamtisch’ which is the Bavarian name


Clive didn’t want a photo to appear in

indeed been frightened off. Those

for a locals’ table and a separate room

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the paper showing two people and

bidding were people who wanted to

with a pool table and a big screen TV.

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a dog in the bar. With just two days

keep the building as a pub.

Furthermore, the pub opens early in

before the photographer from the

the morning so locals can meet for

Many thanks to Ross Hayward at

coffee in the bar.

Well Seasoned PR for supplying

newspaper arrived, he went to work

The end result of all this effort was

with Facebook and emails and phoned

a triumph! A local man who wants

people for their support right up to

to remain anonymous, bought the

The running of the Five Bells is in the

the last minute. The result was, by

freehold and enlisted the help of Paul

hands of the ex-manager of the Jack

PS - Don't miss our Food Review on

the time the photographer from The

Parnell who owns the well-known Jack

in the Green, the charming, Chris

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The Five Bells CLYST HYDON

Date of visit: 01/03/14

The Restaurant


Working undercover in East Devon!

Starters: Grilled Goats Cheese with

beetroot and horseradish - £5.75

Pan Fried Scallops with

cauliflower, cumin and lemon thyme - £9.95

Mains: Fillet of Red Mullet with braised fennel, carrot, orange & chicory salad - £15.50

10oz South Devon Herd Rump with beef dripping chips,

mushroom, marinated tomato and peppercorn sauce - £19.50

Pudding: Dark Chocolate Mousse with coffee and cardamom - £5.95

Drinks: Bourgogne Blanc Domaine HudelotBaillet, ChambolleMusigny - £25-95

Coffee - freshly ground

Grilled Goats Cheese

Pan Fried Scallops

My first visit to The Five Bells was some 23 years ago, so it was with great interest that we re-visited this pub, which has been subject to major refurbishment and much investment along with new management (see the Pub Rescue story in this issue). Upon walking through the door, it was great to see this pub restored as a thriving centre to the community, having a great buzz and cheerful interior. Pan fried scallops were first on the menu, these were cooked to perfection and the subtlety of flavour and delicacy was exquisite - top marks. Grilled Goats Cheese - a restaurant standard, but with the addition of

10oz South Devon Rump

piquant sliced horseradish and beetroot really elevated this dish, again top marks. 10oz South Devon rump steak with beef dripping chips - again, another menu stalwart which gratefully didn't disappoint, succulent steak and fantastic chips - almost bringing a new dimension to this humble potato item. The Fillet of Red Mullet was beautifully cooked and alongside fennel, carrot, orange and chicory salad, presented a flavoursome, satisfying and light main. After having starters and mains, there was only room for a single pudding unfortunately, so we opted for the Dark Chocolate Mouse with coffee and cardamom which as a pudding

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Fillet of Red Mullet

Dark Chocolate Mousse

fan, totally hit the spot. Fatty, sugary puddings are a pet hate - delicate flavours don't see the light of day. Thankfully, this pudding was deep, interesting, particularly the iced coffee parfait. The mousse was 70% chocolate and was infused with cardamom as was the biscotti. The Bourgogne Blanc was sublime, expensive but worthy, being toasty, mineral, with buttery fruitiness. All in all a great dining experience, not a single glitch in any of the courses a really admirable performance - not surprising as Chef Ian was previously at Gidleigh Park! - we really do have top notch eateries in East Devon - Editor.


Blu e bells: In folklore, they’re known as ‘Fairy F lowers', and believed to be used to trap small children. It was also believed that if you wore a wreath of bluebells, you could be made to tell the truth. They’re poisonous, being very dangerous to sheep and cattle grazing on them. Bluebells produce a sticky substance that was once used to stick the pages in books and feathers onto arrows. They’re an important early food flower for bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

Wild Ga rlic (Ra nsoms): Stellar, pure white flowers that are stunning when you get up close. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and the garlic taste isn’t anywhere near as strong as the smell suggests. Apparently they’re good in stir frys and omelettes. It was grown in several parts of every farm once to prevent disease in cattle, although the flavour could make its way into the milk. Imagine, garlic flavoured milk - haven’t seen that in the shops!

Jewels of Spring What weʼve got to look forward to over the next couple of months

Spring is truly an elemental time of the year, you can fully understand why the Green Man was an important part of pagan belief, the sheer abundance and vigour of nature has to be seen to be belived. Of course, living here makes it easy for us to enjoy our lovely corner of Devon, when the sun finally makes its welcome appearance. There are certain weeks where the vibrance of golds, bronzes and greens is staggering and you can almost feel the sap surging up through trees and hedges. Last year, with camera in hand, I ventured out across our wonderful region to take some close-up shots, because it really is fascinating getting close to wild flowers to explore the detail and symetry. For camera buffs, Iʼve used a Nikon D7000, a Tamron 90mm macro lens and just natural lighting. 32



Devon Violet: Often seen nestling on the bank alongside primroses, this sweet scented flower can be seen as early as February. It was thought to protect you from anything evil and was often strewn around the house in mediaeval times for protection. In the 1930s, a ‘Violet Train’ used to run from Dawlish up to Covent Garden. Apparently 200 acres of violets were grown at Dawlish where it was once a big local industry.

Lady’s Smock (Cu ckoo F lower): Quite a leggy plant, often seen in meadows alongside the taller varieties of buttercups. Said to bloom when the Cuckoo arrives, from April till June. It’s a member of the Brassicaceae fa mily and native throughout Europe. Once very common, it’s now under threat - as ever, habitat loss is the major problem. It provides food for the Orange Tip butterfly and was once used as a substitute to watercress. Said to be unlucky if brought into the house and not included in May Day garlands.

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Tales of a Yokel

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen

BAY OF PIGS by FCR ESGEN I suppose it was when a pack of wild boar came down from Dartmoor and ravaged Tavistock on market day a few of years ago that this ancestor of the pig family began to be taken seriously. By the time the police got there, the boar had hoofed it out of town, leaving behind them turned over market stalls, half eaten cheese tasters, and an astonished populace that could hardly believe this type of wild

west behaviour could occur in our high speed broadband age. Not since before the enclosures have there been wild boar in Britain. Back then the peasantry viewed them no more than a gigantic buffet on legs and hunted them into extinction. Now escapees from boar farms have re- colonised vast tracts of England and Wales. But really, who can blame the peasants. If you

have been fortunate enough to dive into a joint of roast boar with morello cherry sauce you will understand why most of them used to end up on a spit. The taste is rather like free range pork with strong gamey overtones. My own encounters with these creatures is rather more close to home; in the woods over the road actually. Unbeknownst to most of the populace living in my road, there lives in these woods an old man called Jock, who

survives on a diet of rabbits and pigeons and whatever else his lurcher dog can find. He and a friend were out the other day doing a spot of wood combing when they were challenged by a boar or as Jock calls them, a wild pig. The boar charged them and with great presence of mind, Jock banged it over the head with his stick. All that is left now is a few bones as a reminder of the biggest feast two people have ever enjoyed. © 2013



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Interview: Naomi Cleaver by Amanda Merchant

Naomi Cleaver has been a familiar face on our screens for many years now. We have seen her presenting programmes such as Grand Design`s; Trade Secrets (Ch4 ), Other People`s Houses (Ch4), Britain`s Best Home (Ch4), Honey I Ruined The House (Ch4) and The World`s Greatest Dishes (Sky 1). I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Naomi to talk about her love for the South West and her fantastic Master Classes in design, which have taken the country by storm. “Aside from your broadcasting, you also run an extremely successful Interior Design company, you`ve published your first book, “The Joy of Home” and have even launched a nationwide series of one day design courses. What gave you the idea of setting up these courses?”

“Making the kind of TV shows I have made is a variation on teaching really. People began to ask me if I ran design courses and as I really like working one on one with people and believe that we are all designers it all seemed to make sense. The courses are a great way to help people develop confidence in their own ideas for their homes, give an insight into what the process of interior design is really all about and how to avoid expensive mistakes.” “After leaving your life in London behind, you enjoyed a brief sabbatical in your holiday home on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. It was here that you wrote your first book “The Joy of Home”. Can we expect to see another book on our shelves written by you in the near future?”

“Hopefully. I’m working on two book projects at the moment but work keeps getting in the way!” “Your return to the UK saw you settle down here in Devon. What made you decide to head to the South West rather than return to your former life in London?”

“After living on a Caribbean island like Nevis you become accustomed to living surrounded by trees and green, by the sound of cockerels in the morning and cattle wandering around, by being close to the sea. My family are from the South West, mostly Wiltshire, where my maternal grandparents were dairy farmers and had a grocery shop in Bradford upon Avon, and Dorset, where my great uncle Charlie was station master of what was then Abbotsbury station, so I feel very at home in the area and absolutely love it. Devon really is heaven!” “Do you find a difference in what you’re Devon clients prefer in terms of design compared to those in London? Do they tend to play it a little safer with colour and pattern design?”

“All of my clients are keen to create imaginative, deeply comfortable spaces and highly value the way good interior design can create really satisfying homes for years to come.” “Going back to your Interior Design courses…These Master Classes seem to be an ideal way of teaching those who either want to redesign their own home or those considering training to be

a professional interior designer. I understand that you studied Three Dimensional Design at Willesdon College and Kingston. Was Interior Design something that always interested you even whilst studying? Or was it a natural progression within your working career?”

“I left home at 17 with no idea of what I wanted to do. One of the jobs I did do though was being an extra in pop videos and I found the art department really interesting. At the same time I was struggling to make tiny, mouldy bedsits habitable and, I guess combined with the fact we moved house as a family about 13 times, I became fascinated by the kind of relationships we can have with space and how we can make space make us feel better.” “Combe House is a fantastic venue to hold your Master Classes. The relaxed country house and surrounding countryside lends itself to your student`s creativity. Do you draw inspiration for your own design work from our Devon surroundings?”

“Without a doubt. Nature features heavily in my work, from colour palettes to materials and even attitude – kindness to nature is at the forefront of all I do – and the palettes and crafts indigenous to Devon are a rich seam of ideas. One of the many ideas on my list is to design a range of furniture using exclusively Devon crafts. One day!” “Do you yourself have a particular style you like to follow within your own home or does it change depending on new trends and ideas?”

“Style is just one aspect of interior design, where form, function and concept should take precedence. Approach the design of your home in this way and you will be liberated from the slavery of style! This is one of the themes my course is all about.”

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How many legs has a lamb got? WARNING - IF YOU’RE SQUEAMISH, PLEASE DON’T READ


hen Edward arrived home one day after work and announced “That’s it!” My brain went into overdrive and I thought that he was just about to announce that he’d found a better woman than me... no such luck!

He then proceeded to ramble on about taking early retirement, which I just laughed at - but not for long - he was deadly serious. It was the only guaranteed source of income at a time when the farm was, without a doubt, struggling and was only floating because of my wonderful B and B guests and, of course, the said salary. Needless to say, the day arrived when the husband was at home full-time. Not funny, in fact not funny at all. He drove me up the wall immediately, as all my daily routines flew, quite literally, out of the window. Th is was not going to work. He needed a job and fast. So, whilst musing over the farm accounts, which did not make pretty reading, I let out of whoop of joy as I came up with a solution to two problems in one go, talk about killing 2 birds with one stone. First “him” and, secondly, the poor price I was getting for my fi nished lambs. “Edward, given you are a fully-trained old chef, I want you to start butchering lambs for a living as retirement is not healthy for you and defi nitely not for me!” His reply was swift and totally stupid and, of course, unacceptable, “I can’t do that, I haven’t butchered a lamb in years as all my meat at work came in pre-butchered”. “Well, I hope you have got a good memory as I have got six lambs coming back from the abattoir on Friday and I have already got four new customers ready to purchase “superb Jacob lambs prepared by my husband, who is a brilliant butcher”. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

After a few expletives and mumbling and grumbling, agreement was reached, as was an old catering text book reached down from the loft. Firstly, he said that I had to ring the customers and ask them exactly how they would like them butchered. Th is was also a steep learning curve for me too. I soon learnt all the cuts of meat and how they could be butchered and sounded so knowledgeable on the phone when I asked “and how would you like the shoulders done – on the bone or off, in half or whole - and the loin, in chops or boned and rolled which is called a cannon... a rack of lamb or again in chops?”

So with the orders all taken, the day of reckoning arrived. I picked up the lambs and brought them home to our new butchery room where Edward was poised with his new saw, chopper and knife and a very impressive diagram of a lamb showing all the cuts of meat. Thank goodness I had six lambs killed and only four customers as the first one butchered did not look anything like the diagram, but more like a load of off-cuts ready for the dogs. The second one wasn’t a lot better and now I was getting nervous. “Don’t panic, I know exactly what I’m doing, just practising a few different ways of butchering - it’s all coming back to me now!” It didn’t look like it and panic was exactly what I did as I could picture myself apologising to my customers, “Sorry, but all you’ve got is chops and mince!” True to his word, the carcasses did look good when he had fi nished and the lambs were

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carefully bagged and labelled. The moment of truth came as I delivered each box to my new customers. All seemed delighted as they opened the box and “Oohhed” and “Aahhed” at how lovely it all looked as I explained what was what. There was only one lady who wasn’t home, but I left it in the hands of her husband. Job done and home to congratulate Edward on his first success as my resident butcher and, defi nitely, “unretired” husband. Later that evening as we were sat having supper - bits of indescribable lamb from the first attempt at butchery - the phone went and it was the lady who I didn’t see. She sounded a bit perturbed. I asked if everything was alright with her lamb and she replied “Well no, not exactly... you see, I unpacked the lamb and was putting it into my freezer when I realised that there was only two legs.” Silence, I waited for her to continue. “You have forgotten to give me the other two legs”. I clearly had a tricky situation on my hands. “Yes, well you see... a lamb only has two legs” “Mrs. East, the lambs that I see out in the fields all have four legs”. I wanted to giggle - s**t - what could I say that wouldn’t make her feel like a complete muppet? Taking a deep breath I said “Yes, you’re quite right, but when they go from walking on four legs to hanging by two, the front legs get called shoulders” “Oh, how stupid of me, thank you so much for making me feel a right fool in front of just you and not the world at large - you learn something every day.” Thank goodness it was only the legs she had a problem with - just imagine if she got confused with her “rack and best end” (of lamb of course!) - JANET EAST


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ʼm delighted to report that my February article on the early history of Flatbeare resulted in two letters plopping through my letterbox.

Unfortunately my dog Fang got there fi rst but Iʼm sure they were highly complimentary. So by popular demand Iʼve decided to continue the history lesson. For those unlucky ones who failed to catch the last issue as it flew off the shelves, a brief recap follows. The name Flatbeare was a joint Viking / Roman concoction, pronounced as in ʻbareʼ rather than ʻbeerʼ due to the second half being named after hideous Viking Hayrik the Unbearable. The fi rst almost-half was after Flatulencus, the Roman Commanderʼs dog. After enjoying Devon sunshine for a couple of centuries the Vikings were forcibly evicted by the Norman Conquest. Unfortunately their longboat had been hijacked by locals one bonfire night so they had to flee northwards on foot. This would have been so much easier had the Romans built the Plymouth to Exeter superchariotway but unfortunately they hadnʼt quite got around to it. Thatʼs the story up to date, or to 1066 at any rate. The disdainful conquerors renamed the township Villedésagréable. But over time those who settled here actually grew to quite like the place and decided a change to something more ʻagréeableʼ might increase property values. Their command of the English language being still poor they asked locals to suggest appropriate names for an attractive, typically English village. A voting day was arranged with four possibilities under consideration ‒ Drinkinswill, Hogspittle Hollow, Soggyplace and Grungeley.

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The Normans were adamant there should be no reversion to Flatbeare as that would mean losing face. Unfortunately on decision day Seth Grimsley, Keeper of the Voting Trough, was beguiled and lured away by a certain Molly Fairwether and completely forgot to leave the key with a responsible personage. There being no votes cast for any candidate, ancient rules granted the returning officer the right to choose. The winner was declared as ʻFlatbeareʼ but this time pronounced as in ʻbeerʼ which sounded more English.

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Everyone seemed satisfied with this outcome except the Normans for they had been outmanoeuvred by the Restoration of Ancient Placenames Societ y. It was suspected that Molly was a RAPS member but no proof was ever found. The next major event was the English civil war which caused deep divisions among local families, setting father against son, brother against sister and brother in law, dog against cat and even each other. Rumour had it that King Charles hid in a hole in the ground at one stage on what, luckily for notable local Tarquin Dimble, was land belonging to his goodself. The Dimble Roundhead and Cavalier Adventure Park has become a major tourist attraction.

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evon is known for its beautiful rural housing. Chocolate box thatched cottages and lovely stone farmhouses may be easy on the eye, but they are not easy on the wallet when it comes to keeping them warm in winter. Off the mains gas network, the cost of heating rockets, with choice limited to oil, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) and electricity.

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Now thatʼs all about to change. The governmentʼs new Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will help with the costs of installing greener heating systems, giving people more choice. Options include biomass boilers, wood pellet stoves with

heating systems so that they can compete on a level playing field with existing technologies. However, the money is not given as an up-front grant. It will be paid in quarterly instalments over a seven year period.

The more energy efficient your home, the smaller the heating system needed and the cheaper it will be to heat your home

This will be familiar to those who have invested in solar panels to generate electricity and are receiving the feed-in tariff (see box right). However, where the feed-in tariff offers investors a return on investment, the RHI is intended as a ʻboiler replacement schemeʼ. As such, the payments are intended to bridge the costs between the installation and running costs of fossil fuel heating systems and the renewable alternatives.

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The more energy efficient your home, the smaller heating system needed and the cheaper it will be to heat your home. There are a number of cost effective ways of doing this. Loft insulation is one of these. If your home has cavity walls, insulating them is another. Having adequate controls on your heating system also makes a

If you want help working out what’s suitable for your home, you may want to get a green deal assessment difference. To be eligible for the RHI, you must first install loft and cavity wall insulation where it’s cost-effective to do so. To prove that you have done so, you have to get a green deal assessment (see FAQs right).

Frequently Asked Questions How does the renewable heat incentive work? 1. If you already know what you want, then the first step is to invite installers to give you a quote (it’s

worth getting at least three quotes – they can vary considerably). There are some

excellent specialist companies based in this area who you can find in this magazine. If you don’t know people who can give you personal recommendations, you can search for installers on the YouGen website (www.yougen.co.uk) and read feedback from previous customers. If you want help working out what’s suitable for your home, you may want to start by getting a green deal assessment. This will list options and the advisor will be able to explain the pros and cons of the different systems. It will also identify other energy saving measures which may save you money and keep you warmer. 2. The next step is to install the system. You will have to pay the whole cost at time of installation. Once the system is installed, you need to get a green deal assessment to show that you meet the energy efficiency measures. You should also get an MCS certificate from your installer. You need both these documents to apply for the RHI. 3. The final step is to fill out the online application form on the Ofgem website.

Unique window range, Evolution Storm 2, installed by Duralife Windows, Honiton While many countries have a feed-in tariff system to promote the generation of renewable electricity, the Renewable Heat Incentive is a world first. The policy was first announced by the last Labour government in July 2009, and has been a very long time in development. It is finally due to launch this spring. Anyone who has installed an eligible renewable heating system since 15 July 2009 will be able to apply for it. Cathy Debenham

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electricity used to run them. For domestic heating purposes the main biomass fuel is wood. This can be in the form of logs, wood chips or wood pellets. Biomass boilers tend to be larger than the equivalent oil or gas boiler, and need about 6-7 cubic metres of space nearby for storing the fuel. Your choice of fuel type will depend on both how much you have to spend, and how automated you want the boiler to be. A wood pellet boiler with a hopper will be no more hassle than an oil boiler; log boilers will have to be fed manually. Wood pellet stoves with a back boiler also qualify for RHI as long as they meet 99% of the peak space heating load. These are much smaller and work both as a room heater and as a boiler. The pellets will generally be delivered in bags on a pallet, and you will have to carry them into the house to top up the stove every couple of days. Solar thermal panels heat the domestic hot water, but do not contribute to space heating. They are a good companion to either of the above heating systems as they make the most difference in the summer months when there is no need to have the heating system on. An average family would need around 4m2 of panels.

NB - to claim the RHI both the product and the installer must be MCS  certified and the installer must be a member of the renewable energy consumer code (RECC).

Other government incentive schemes for energy THE FEED-IN TARIFF - This aims to encourage the production of decentralised energy and is paid to the owners of solar PV panels, wind turbines, micro hydro systems and micro-CHP. It pays a given rate for every kWh that your system generates, plus a bit more for the electricity that you don’t use at home and export to the grid. It is paid quarterly for a 20 year period, and despite cuts in the rate still gives a 5-8% return on investment. THE GREEN DEAL - This is aimed at encouraging people to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes. It consists of a visit from a green deal advisor who will assess the energy performance of your home, including how you use it, and produce an advice report. This will list possible measures you could take, estimated costs, and how much you would be likely to save on your energy bills as a result. If the measures have a green tick beside them, they are eligible for green deal finance.


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Maxi, definitely in the ‘bad’ category. I can still remember my father ranting about Red Robbo and also the ‘sleeping bag’ incident with the night shift workers at the BL factory - a big scandal at the time and a great story for the news boys. Let’s not forget the mighty Ford Motor Company which showed the Leyland crowd how it

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culinary doyen and his influence stretched even to this leek strewn corner of the UK. Another favourite was ‘Scampi in the Basket’, none of your fake baskets made of plastic, but the real thing, with a serviette carefully laid inside - (I did ponder the hygiene of this setup, but hey, this was the 70s, Health & Safety being a novel concept). Getting back to it, the ‘good’ of the early 70s included the Lamborghini Miura, Datsun 240z, Citroen SM to name a few, there were loads of really interesting cars when you think back. Reading through the Jensen company’s background, it’s a familiar story - the car was launched and became a great success, Jensen couldn’t keep up demand and they struggled to solve a range of technical problems with cars of existing customers, inflation then hit. Eventually the business was allowed to trade so the government

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They both turned out to be really and she was afraid of dropping her. I strong personalities. I first tried explained to Scruff that the best way communicating with Rocky, who to be safe was to go limp and relax. refused to join in. Great, I thought, this is going well! However, Scruff Two days after the communication turned around and demanded to Rocky & Scruff had to go to a small speak to me first. Her personality animals boarding while their owners was full of fun and adventure. We went on holiday. I suggested they nicknamed her “commando bunny” request a high hutch for the pair, and because of her intrepid nature. we explained that their visit would be She wanted more adventure, and temporary, and had been chosen with asked for an obstacle course to be comfort in mind. I’ll let the owners constructed. Rob confirmed that they response speak for itself... already had a tunnel for their run, and that Scruff would dash through it at a "Rob and I came to see you just after pace. He agreed to build the obstacle xmas with Rocky and Scruff, our course in a larger run, outside. Scruff bunnies, for a communication. I just explained that she’d really like to wanted to say a huge thank you - we be a dog, with all the freedom and both really, really enjoyed it and came adventure that would involve. I away feeling it was so worthwhile explained the dangers of freedom and helped us to understand their for a rabbit, but Rob & Liz agreed to behaviour even more.   give her as much freedom as they safely could. We took them to the small animals boarding while we were away and Rocky was so named because she were absolutely amazed at how had survived beyond all expectations. calm they were - I'm sure this is Being the runt of the litter, under- because they understood what was sized and with health problems, happening.  They were around other she has an iron willpower, and very bunnies, dogs and cats and they were definite ideas about her role. She was inquisitive rather than panicking and very clear that she was happy to be a nervous which was so unexpected.  rabbit, and didn’t want to be anything Also, one of our other concerns else. She could not understand was about Rocky who developed a Scruff’s desire to be a dog. Rocky tendency to panic and scrabble up my really liked to be up high because it shoulder when she was picked up out made her feel safe. Liz was concerned of her enclosure every night.  We were that when Rocky was picked up she absolutely astounded  - that following struggled to climb over Liz’s shoulder, night after we saw you we picked her


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Through the Paces There are several dif ferences between the gaits of the horse and learning more about these dif ferences can help us to understand the requirements of riding and the effects on the body for both horse and rider. Here are just a few examples: The heart rate of the rider in walk is around 100 beats per minute and this increases by 50 beats per minute or more from walk to canter. Horses on the other hand approximately double their heart rate from walk to canter, which is one reason why they are capable of relatively superior athletic performance- their increase in heart rate from resting to maximal is many times more than a human is capable of. The amount of oxygen a rider needs significantly increases as the horse goes faster, with the aerobic demands of canter being three times that of walk. Riding a horse

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outcomes that are fair and put the needs of their children first. In 2013 a report by the Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales the Watchdog whose role it is to resolve disputes between lawyers and their Family Mediation in East Devon clients showed complaints by clients in divorce and We are the only Mediation Service that is based in family law were higher than in any other category. East Devon which has a contract with the Legal Aid A problem was lawyers not being clear enough about Agency. I have been a family mediator for nearly 20 likely cost, but also lawyers not always doing enough years and in that time have served on the Governing ianwalker@familylawandmediation.co.uk to give their clients realistic expectations or to Board of the Family Mediators Association. I have www.familylawandmediation.co.uk discourage them from the sometimes overwhelming seen how during mediation parents have been able wish to punish their former partner through the to refocus their relationship to become cooperative Prioryfield Somerset, TA1to1SW courts. House, 20 Canon Street, Taunton, again. They have learned re-trust each other and to communicate effectively again. Expert advice or Mediation by appointment

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The statistics clearly show that the big losers can be children. Many Separations and Divorces are acrimonious A study produced by One Parent Families|Gingerbread in 2008 showed that 29 per cent of resident parents said that their child never sees the other parent, and 20 per cent of all resident parents said that their child had not seen the other parent since separation.

I have seen it with my own eyes. I have been qualified and practiced as a specialist Family Law Solicitor since1992 and as a Family Mediator since 1996. I always find this and similar data profoundly depressing. Over the years I have acted for both husbands/ fathers and wives/ mothers as a Solicitor and have assisted both as a neutral mediator. Over and over again, I see people who want to do the right thing for their children having their good intentions defeated or side-tracked by emotions, poor communication and a lack of trust. Too easily they can lose sight of the bigger picture. Sadly, the Court process encourages parents to say upsetting things about the other and to continue to distrust and blame each other for everything that has gone wrong.

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Sadly, the Court process encourages parents to say upsetting things At the start it can be extremely difficult to see how potential gains are achievable, but it does work, and sadly, too few couples make use of it. A specialist Family Lawyer can make a difference too I have also served on the National Family Law Committee of the Law Society and I have been elected by Devon Family Law Solicitors to be Chair of the Devon area of the Family Law Solicitors organisation Resolution (most specialist family solicitors are members). I was one of the first handful of Lawyers in Devon to train in Collaborative Family Law. An experienced and progressive Family Lawyer can make a real difference too. This is through helping their client making good, realistic and child focussed decisions. Again clients need to be prepared to make difficult choices and to put their own feelings to one side, but with good advice the benefits for their children can be immense.

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But here’s the thing... spent much of their time and most of their energies in hunting, “hawking at Honitone”, wenching, drunkenness, gambling - not to mention the playing of Real Tennis - and heaven knows what else besides. The poem is an allegory. Bosch picks it up in his famous painting of a vessel populated by men and women who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious passengers aboard a ship without The Ship of Fools (detail) by Heronimus Bosch

a pilot, and seemingly ignorant of their own


Brunel’s unfulfilled Devon dream

clerics got a passing mention in this column

Barclay was not entirely popular in Devon for


in our last issue (Hardly Cricket) prompting a

having rubbed so many people up the wrong

has been much in the news lately, linked

reminder that off-piste behaviour of the kind

way and he left the county in 1513, eventually

mainly to the collapse of that section of his

direction. The phrase “a ship of fools” has

Devon and the Ship of Fools

been usefully employed in the language ever

DEVON’S SPORTING, not to say frolicking

not normally associated with the priesthood

becoming a Franciscan monk at Canterbury

line at Dawlish hit by the recent storms and

of this county goes back a long way.

and died in Croydon on 10 June, 1552.

now, thankfully, open again.

Alexander Barclay, for instance, was a Doctor

Is it any wonder -

But it reminds us of his love of the county

of Divinity at Oxford who was appointed as

although isn’t it

of Devon and how a near fatal accident in London brought him to live here - almost.

priest to the college at Ottery St. Mary at the

also a little sad?

end of the 15th century where he found the

- that so far as we

church and its many hangers-on in such total

know, there is no

It was in 1843 when he was building the

disarray that he sat down and created his

memorial to him

atmospheric railway between Exeter and

version of the epic poem The Ship of Fools in

anywhere in Devon.

Plymouth that he returned home for the

1508, all of it inspired by what he saw around

birthday party of one of his children. Whilst

him. Here were monks and priests who,

performing a conjuring trick he accidentally

instead of going about their religious duties,

No monument for Ottery’s Alexander Barclay, priest and poet

inhaled a half sovereign coin which stuck in his windpipe. Nothing could remove it - including a machine devised by Brunel

a small family group of European beavers

himself to shake it loose. Only when he was

(Castor fiber) two adults and their young

finally strapped to a board and turned upside-

offspring or kit, swimming, grooming and

down did the coin become dislodged.

interacting on farmland adjoining the river. Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife

holiday at Teignmouth and promptly fell in

and beavers were sharing a waterway, for

love with the area. They bought an estate at

the first time in two or three hundred years.

Watcombe in Torquay where he immediately

“But this is not necessarily the way to go about having beavers reintroduced into the Beaver photo by Per Harald Olsen

Whilst he recovered he and his family took a

Trust, said there was evidence that otters

set about designing Brunel Manor (pictured) and its gardens as his retirement home.

English countryside,” he said. “It would be better if it was done in a planned

Sadly he never saw house or gardens finished,

way, but now they are here we need to take a

a heavy smoker all his adult life he suffered

A MYSTERY surrounds the sudden

close look at the impact they have.”

a fatal stroke in 1859 and died at the age of 53.

reappearance of beavers in the wild in Devon

The beavers’ presence has been welcomed by

after the last of them was hunted to extinction

local dairy farmer David Lawrence, whose

Beavers are back in Devon

in England and Wales in the 12th century

family owns the land the animals have been

and clear up some of the wood because it

and disappeared from the rest of the UK in

spotted on but is also mystified about where

could wash on down to Tipton and cause a

the late 1700s.

they came from. But he thinks they could

flooding problem down there.”

help reduce flooding on his land and improve

Beavers were hunted and trapped to

There have been many sightings along the

water quality.

River Otter over the last two years but now an

“We are quite happy for them to be here,” he

environmentalist, Tom Buckley, has filmed

said. “At some point we might have to go in

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sensitive and you must therefore

Capital Transfer Tax, the new

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40% tax applied only to estates

I believe that this is an "at retirement"

above an inflation linked £67,000 nil

issue and having sorted out your

income from their investments

There are many other ways of

rate band. Then in 2007 a change

retirement pensions it might be a

in retirement and therefore are

reducing IHT and therefore it's really

in regulations saw an effective

good time to review your capital

reluctant to gift away capital.

important to get professional advice

doubling of the then threshold of

and income needs in relation to IHT

However, use of, say, a discounted

in this area. We offer independent

£300,000 for many couples, but

planning. Your early to mid-sixties (if

gift trust, will allow “income” via

financial advice and can provide

2 years later, when the coalition

not earlier) is definitely a good time

government came to power, the

to start some IHT planning. Putting

nil rate band was frozen at £325,000

off this planning may mean that you

and the Chancellor has signalled that

might run out of time because non-

the freeze will now last until 2019.

exempt gifts only leave your estate

This freezing of the nil-rate band

after 7 years.

coupled with rising house prices and a strong stockmarket performance

There are a number of ways

tax efficient regular withdrawals

over the last few years will mean

to mitigate this tax - by using

for your lifetime and (depending

that the Chancellor will probably

allowances, such as the annual

on your health) will also provide an

be collecting more IHT over the

allowance or the gifts from normal

immediate discount for IHT purposes.

coming years.

expenditure allowance. Using trusts

For example, a £50,000 gift into a

can also help with planning. I think

discounted gift trust (for a lady in her

that there is a misguided belief

70s in good health) could provide a

that using trusts can be very costly

discount of around 54%. Therefore,

and should therefore be avoided.

when calculating IHT the value of

However, there are a number of very

the gift will be £22,737 rather than

useful trust which are available “off

£50,000. This provides an immediate

the peg” when using products such

saving in IHT. Income can also be

as discounted gift trusts or loan trust

very tax efficient especially for those

"this is a tax which is time sensitive and you must therefore start your strategy in plenty of time" Many clients would like to mitigate

a tailored solution please contact Helen Mulvaney at Richmond Independent on 01395 512166. Please note levels and values of tax are subject to change. Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

As more Independent Financial Advisors are leaving the industry, put off by a rapidly changing sector and an

this tax if possible, however, the IHT

which won`t necessarily result in

who are near higher rate tax bands

ever increasing burden of

rules do make this a tricky tax to

additional costs to your advice.

because 5% p.a. withdrawals are

compliance and continuing

deal with. This is a tax which is time

Clients often need to depend on

tax deferred. With the higher rate

professional development,

tax band reducing, this situation is

Sidmouth based Richmond

becoming an increasing possibility

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