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COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Covering East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset Aug-Sept 2012


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Contents Aug-Sept


4. Forthcoming Events

32. Alfresco Living

66. Magnificent Moths

Find out what's not to miss.

Home decor by Amanda Crump.

Peter Vernon's lifelong passion.

8. Live Music Roundup

45. Walk on the Wildside

70. Horse Care - Billy

Get the info on local live music!

Artist Mike Hughes on wildlife.

Equine advice from Natalie Bucklar.

10. Art Exhibitions

46. The Heavy Horse Show

72. Life Matters

Forthcoming art gallery events.

Details of this sublime rural show.

Health & wellbeing issues.

18. Fashion and Beauty

50. Pecorama

76. Tales of a Yokel

Summer retail therapy for women.

Guy Peters investigates..

Yarns from FCR Esgen.

22. Eating Out Roundup

56. Flatbeare Views

78. Business Advice

Places to dine and recipe ideas.

Our anonymous writer speaks out.

Valuable tips from Katina Styles.

25. Chef's Recipe

58. Roman Seaton

80. Managing your Money

From By the Bay's Andy Hopkins.

By veteran writer Ted Gosling.

Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.

28. Mass Murder!

64. Tide Timetables

At Clyst St. Mary with John Fisher.

The tide times from Lyme to Exmouth.

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Editor's Letter


COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

A warm welcome to East Devon Coast and Country Magazine.

Kitchens, Furniture and Bespoke Joinery. I can make to your specifications whether fitted or free standing.

The one subject area that the English are famous for is the weather, and with good reason. I think you know where I'm coming from here! Having spoken to many businesses that are dependent on seasonal "good weather" trade, I know they've had it really tough. During the floods, I remember travelling down to Otterton from Bicton, only having to turn back after seeing the roads totally flooded out. The lower part of Newton Poppleford was like a huge lake - it was a spectacular sight. If we do finally see the sun, I'm sure you'll be out and about enjoying it to the full. Please don't forget to support your local businesses, after all, they're part of our local community. Best wishes until October.

Covering East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset Aug-Sept 2012


Cover photo: N.Jones River Otter at Dotton, 2011

CONTRIBUTORS Nigel Jones, John Fisher, Mike Hughes, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, Guy Peters, FCR Esgen, Tony Jackson, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Jill Cooke.

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

Production: Charlotte Fergie charlotte@prestige-media.co.uk

For advertising call: 01395 513383 or email: advertise @prestige-media.co.uk All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited

Nigel Jones (Editor)

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August & September 2012

LOCAL EVENTS East Devon Writers' Workshop Second Weds - Salem Chapel, Budleigh Salterton, 2-4pm.

Honiton & District Agricultural Show 2 Aug - Showground, Honiton, 8.30am-6pm.

War Horse: The Concert 3 Aug - reading by author Michael Morpurgo and with heart-rending songs from John Tams and Barry Coope; part of Sidmouth Folk Week, 3pm The Ham, Sidmouth.

St Mary's Church Flower Festival 4-10 Aug - Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.

Marine Week 4-10 Aug - Heritage Coast Centre,

Lyme Regis Carnival Week 4-12 Aug.

Charmouth Fayre & Party In The Park 5 Aug - Barrs Lane Playing Field, Charmouth.

Fireworks from The Cobb

Honiton Hill Rally 26 Aug - vintage vans, vehicles and farming of yesteryear, rural crafts, working heavy horses and more, Stockland, near Honiton.

Candles on The Cobb 26 Aug - candles are placed around the historic Cobb and North Wall of the harbour and lit to remember those who have died. In aid of 'Help for Heroes and local causes, approx 8pm start. Firework Display, 9.45pm.

Lyme Life in Flowers 6-9 Sep - flower festival at St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis.

Heritage Open Days 6-9 Sep - free entry to various historic and interesting properties that are not usually open to the public, Exeter.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Autumn Show 15 Sep - and Plant Sale, Uplyme Village Hall, 2-4pm.

Flower Festival

11 Aug - Lyme Regis.

13-17 Sep - The Parish Church, Ottery St Mary, 10am (Sunday 12 noon).

Sid Valley Horticultural Society 84th Annual Gardening & Craft Show

29 Sep - Colyford.

11 Aug - Sidford Sports Field, Byes lane, Sidford, 2-5pm.

Beer Regatta

Goose Fayre Ride to the Coast 30th Sep - In aid of Hospiscare,enter online at www.ukcyclist.org.uk

16 Aug - Beer.

Red Rocks Jamboree 17-19 Aug - part of Earth Festival 2012, threeday event to celebrate our World Heritage Coast, Sidmouth Museum, Sidmouth.

Western County Heavy Horse Society 19 Aug - Kingsdown Farm, Branscombe Cross (on the A3052), near Sidmouth, by kind permission of Mr Gerald Knight, 11am-5pm.

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MAIN EVENTS Together at Westpoint 23-26 Aug - annual bible weekend run by Newfrontiers Churches from the South and South West.

Self Build & Design Show 8-9 Sep - informative and hands-on show for


August & September 2012

Forthcoming Events anyone interested in converting, extending, renovating or self-building, Westpoint Arena, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

more, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary.

Westcountry Storytelling Festival


24-26 Aug - a magical family-friendly ecofestival with music and storytelling,located near Haldon Forest, Embercombe, Exeter, 9am-Midnight.

1 Aug - on big screen in high definition, Exeter Picture House, 6.30pm.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts

Outdoor Film Festival

27-30 Sep - talks, mini-workshops, demonstrations and an abundance of supplies, Westpoint Arena, 9.30am-5.30pm (Sun till 5pm).

26-29 Aug - Outdoor cinema returns to the spectacular setting of Dartington’s gardens as the Tiltyard becomes temporarily home to a 40ft screen, Dartington Hall Gardens.

The Pauper's Path to Hope

The WHOTT 16 Sep - Historic Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally, Westpoint Arena, 10am-5pm.

Charmouth Literary Festival 8 Sep - including poetry session and writing competition, www.charmouthliteraryfestival. org.uk St Andrew's Village Hall, Charmouth, 9.30am-4.30pm.

Theatrical Plays Calendar Girls 1-8 Sep - Exeter Little Theatre Co, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 8pm.

Testudo Players: The Wizard of Oz 19-22 Sep - The Gateway, Seaton, 7.30pm.

Salzburg Festival: La Bohème

8 Aug - folk opera by Mick Ryan and featuring Paul Downes, Sidmouth Folk Week, 2pm.

Glyndebourne 19 Aug - Ravel Double Bill beamed live from Glyndebourne, Exeter Picture House, 6.30pm.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 21-23 Sep - various venues, 9.20am-10pm (Sat 10am-10pm).

Comedy Cirque du Ciel: Shanghai 14-16 Aug - extravaganza combining acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many more Chinese elements, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

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Conc e rts

Astronomy Fair 11 Aug - Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, 9am-6pm.

Evening Organ Recital: Josef Miltschitzky 1 Aug - (Germany), Exeter Cathedral, 8pm10pm.

Craft Fair 19 Aug - Exmouth Pavilion, 10am-4pm.

Evening Organ Recital: Paul Morgan

Escot Park Extreme Barefoot Swamp Walk Every Wednesday at 4.00pm throughout the summer. A seriously, really muddy swamp walk. Are you up for it? Booking essential - as is a change of clothes! Until 17 Aug - exciting nature-based outdoor residential programme (8-12 yr olds) and day programmes (6-12 yr olds) from an OFSTEDregistered provider: pure enjoyment and an outdoor adventure. For more information go to www.escotcampwild.co.uk

HMS Pinafore 7 Aug - Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, Illyria Open-Air Touring Company, 6.30pm.

19 Aug - Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7pm.

Jim Davidson: The Legend! 22 Aug - hysterical evening of stand-up comedy, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

Julian Clary 28 Sep - Position Vacant, Apply Within, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8pm.

15 Aug - (Organ Emeritus, Exeter Cathedral), Exeter Cathedral, 8pm-10pm.


29th Sep - with great music, loads of laughter and a huge dollop of good news! All Saints Church, Sidmouth.

Escot Camp Wild

Lyme Regis Arts Fest 8-16 Sep - 10th anniversary of this lively celebration of all the arts, Lyme Regis.

Jonathan Veira

Bird Box Making 21-22 Aug - Learn more about native birds and get creative with the guidance of Escot’s nature rangers.

Greyhounds Unite at Escot 9 Sep - to break the world record for the Largest Dog Walk (Single breed). CONTINUED OVERLEAF

Charles Timberlake

Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012

21 Aug - informal lunchtime piano recital, Exeter Cathedral, 1.15pm.

To 9 Sep - a series of educational, arts and science events along England's only National World Heritage Site.

29 Aug - (Gloucester Cathedral), Exeter Cathedral, 8pm-10pm.

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Evening Organ Recital Adrian Partington

Evening Organ Recital David Davies

3-10 Aug - around Sidmouth.

5 Sep - (Exeter Cathedral), Exeter Cathedral, 8pm-10pm.

Exmouth Earth Festival 4-5 Aug - part of the Cultural Olympiad, with the travelling Pliosaur Cinema, a life-size Jurassic sea lizard including performances and films, and Nowhereisland moored off the main beach and its Embassy parked in Beach Gardens, www.nowhereisland.org.

Beautiful Days Festival

Piano and Cello Duo Recital 7 Sep - by Aleks and Caroline Szram, St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Thomas Trotter Organ Recital 20 Sep - St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

17-19 Aug - the Levellers' annual 15,000 family-friendly camping festival, with headline acts from Public Image Ltd, Frank Turner, and


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August & September 2012

Forthcoming Events Science Fiction Week

Honiton Women’s Guild Country Market

12-17 Aug - Dr What & Professor Where have been recruited by the Dept. of Big Secrets to investigate some strange sightings. They will be needing some help when they discover something ‘out of this world’!

Mackarness Hall, Friday, 9.30-11am.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Wonderland Week

Stockland Country Market

21 Sep - Seaton Town Hall, 9am-1pm.

Fridays until 5 Oct - 2 to 3pm.

Music in the Chapel Second Saturday - 11am-12.15pm.

Exhibition: Mid Devon Crafts 3-12 Jul - 11am-4.30pm.

Victorian Experience 24 Jul - special family event unlocking Killerton's Victorian Past, 11am.


Peco Loco Week 20-24 Aug - All nine resident steam locomotives together with guest engines from all over the country, will combine to operate an intensive train service on the Beer Heights Light Railway, Pecorama.

Bank Holiday Weekend Railway Gala

Angelina Ballerina

Dolls House Display

28-29 Aug - The Mousical Live on Stage, Princess Theatre, Torquay.

1-2 Sept - An outstanding and fascinating display of Model Houses in the Station Gallery.

The Gruffalo

Free entry to the Millennium Celebration Gardens

Civil War Weekend

Theatre in the Garden

17-22 Sep - Exhibition by Axminster Photography Group to mark their 25th Anniversary.

Kit Construction Days Until 28 Aug - (Tuesdays only) Two sessions (starts 11am and 2pm) with personal tuition from expert modeller Maggie Gravett, Pecorama.

Stockland Country Market

Country Markets Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market

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

Cullompton Indoor Market Town Hall, Wednesday, 9am-1pm.

Exeter Livestock and Pannier Market Exeter Livestock Centre, Monday and Friday, 10.30am.

Exminster Market first Saturday every month, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Honiton Street Market every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am.


Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday, 9am-1pm.

Sidmouth Weekly Flea Markets

Exeter Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, Thursdays - St John's Ambulance Hall.

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

Sunday Market and Car Boot Sale

Exmouth Farmers’ Market

Sundays - Matford Park and Ride Car Park, Marsh Barton, Exeter, 6.45am-12.45pm.

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

Honiton Local Produce Market High Street, third Thursday, Easter to October.

Antique & Flea Thursdays - Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 9am-1pm.

Exhibition of Wildlife 12-14 Sep - paintings by local artist Linda Wilkes.


Innovations Market 28-30 Sep - as above, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, 9am-5pm (Sunday 10am-4pm).

10 Sept-27 Oct - resplendent in autumn colours, Pecorama.

11-12 Aug - take a trip back in time and discover what life in the Civil War was like at Killerton, 11am. 21 Aug - The Importance of Being Earnest, 7pm.

8 Sep - St John’s Hall, Sidmouth, 9.30am-1pm.

29 Sep - Stockland Victory Hall, 10am-12noon.

12-25 Aug - as above.

14-16 Sep - songs, laughs and scary fun for children from 3yrs+, Northcott Theatre, 10.30am & 1.30pm (Schools Matinée Fri)

Sidmouth Community Market Seaton Farmers’ Market

'Drop in' Garden Guided Walk

25-27 Aug - full steam ahead with the entire PECO fleet in operation.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

25 Aug - Stockland Victory Hall, 10am-12noon.


Wednesdays Aug (1, 8, 15, 22, 29). family fun and children's themed activities, 2pm.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Innovations Market 24-26 Aug - as above, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, 9am-5pm (Sunday 10am-4pm).

1 Sep - biggest boyband of a generation, with special guest Alexandra Burke, 6pm.

Wicked Wednesdays

1-5 Aug - a family musical with wit, half wits, and a massive seagull, The Shanty Theatre Company, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Sidmouth Community Market 11 Aug - St John’s Hall, Sidmouth, 9.30am1pm.


Robin Hood Week - 5 to 10 August Science Fiction Week - 12 to 17 August Shakespeareʼs Twelfth Night - 17 August Pirate Week - 19 to 24 August Wonderland Week - 25 to 31 August JLS Concert - 1 September FORCE 10K & 5K Run - 9 September

Childrens' Entertainment

Land of Canaan Car Park, first Friday, 9am1pm.

17 Aug - The Festival Players are performing this great comedy of love, laughter and lyricism. Bring a picnic and your own seating, Pleasure Garden. Play starts 7pm (Grounds open 6pm) 25-31 Aug - Don’t be late to join the Mad Hatter for a wonderful week, follow the white rabbit’s trail through the grounds and join in the tea party fun and games.

Take time to enjoy...

Ottery St Mary Farmers’ Market



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Jonathan Veira All Saints’ Church, Sidmouth Saturday 29th September at 7.30pm A brilliant comic baritone and superb raconteur. Tickets £10 available from the Mustard Seed and All Saint’s Church Office. Tel 01395 577773


Art & Crafts Fairs 5 Aug - Mariners' Hall, Beer, 11am-5pm.

A La Ronde

Antique & Collectors' Fair 18 Aug - Matford Centre, Exeter, 9am-4.30pm.

Tutored Drawing Days

ArtsFest Arts & Crafts Market

23 Aug - under the guidance of Yvonne Taylor, experienced tutor and professional artist.

8-9 Sep - Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis.

40th Anniversary Event of the Axe Vale Stamp Club


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visit the website for an up to date listing of all the events in the festival weekend’s programme* | do not miss out book now! A Budleigh in Business community project sponsored by the East Devon AONB

Digital Photo-shoot Workshop 6, 7 Sep - with Bryan Webb, expert tutor and photographer.

9 Oct - Worldwide acknowledged specialist Mr Wilf Vevers will give a Presentation of the mails and postal history of the South Atlantic island of South Georgia, United Reformed Church Hall, Axminster, 6.45pm, free entry.


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


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Live Music


Thursdays. Jam Sessions, The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9pm.

First Wed. Bridge Jazz Club, Cellar Bar, Bombay Bill's, Exeter, 8.30pm.

Thursdays. Live Music, The Oddfellows, Exeter, 9pm.

1 Aug. The Curacao Trio, Latin jazz trio with tight arrangements, Bridge Jazz Club, Bombay Bills, Exeter, 8.30pm.

3 Aug. Wired, exciting vocal/guitar/ sax/keyboard/drums line-up, giving you music to dance, smooch and rock to, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9-11.30pm. 4 Aug. The Lateshift, popular party band, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9pm. 4 Aug. Taylor and the Made Gentlemen, funk/soul/rock - infectious and boogalicious, Mama Stone's, Exeter. 10 Aug. Spanish Guitar Night, El Bocado Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Exeter. 10 Aug. Electric Landlady, Classic Rock... served with a smile! End of Sidmouth Folk Week bash, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9pm-12midnight. 11 Aug. Kiss This!, The ultimate 80's party band, Whipton & Pinhoe Labour Club, 9pm. 11 Aug. Spaced Invaders, 5-piece 80's covers band, The Bowling Green, Exeter, 9pm. 16 Aug. Franz Nicolay, a heartwrenching songwriter from a rock and punk background, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm. 24 Aug. Session One, top live funk/ soul/pop function band, Mama Stone's, Exeter. 30 Aug. Goober Patrol, long-time punkpop heroes in their native Norwich, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

12 Aug. Just Misbehavin', Sunday lunch, a glass of wine and swing jazz, The Grove, Exmouth, 2-4pm. 12 Aug. Jazz in the Afternoon, Pete Allen with John Hooper's Jazz Trio, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm-5.30pm. £8.50 26 Aug. Take4, cool jazz with a touch of class, The Beach, Exmouth, 8.30pm. 2 Sep. Jazz in the Afternoon, Pete Allen presents Simon Banks and Kevin Grenfell, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm-5.30pm. £8.50 9 Sep. Just Misbehavin', Sunday lunch, a glass of wine and swing jazz, The Grove, Exmouth, 2-4pm.

28 Sep. Just Misbehavin', The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9.30pm-12am.

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC First Fri. Open Mic Night, Dolphin Hotel, Beer, 9-11pm. Third Wed. Singers' Night, Jurassic Folk Club, Grove Nite Club, Seaton, 7.45pm. 5 Aug. Seth Lakeman, Sidmouth Folk Week.

9 Aug. Naomi Bedford, rich voice and dark themes, Sidmouth Folk Week.

9 Sep. Wired, The Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh, 4-7pm.

22 Aug. Gadjo, with their bewitching rhythms, funny dances and theatrical melodies, Jurassic Folk Club, Grove Nite Club, Seaton, 7.45pm.

28 Sept. Spanish Guitar Night, El Bocado Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Exeter. 28 Sep. Lazy Lizard, lively mix of bluesinfused funk and soul keeps heads nodding and toes tapping, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9pm. 30 Sep. Ahab & Special Guests, singersongwriter collective, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

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6 Aug. Sound of Sirens, acoustic versions of classic songs and original tunes, plus Jake Morley, Dukes, Sidmouth, 8pm.

6 Sep. Ann Beretta, punk with rockabilly, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

22 Sep. Eventime, covers band playing Classic Rock, Indie, Pop, Disco, and Funk, Mama Stone's, Exeter, 11pm.

Leftward-leaning folk-rock band The Levellers formed in Brighton in 1988 and line-up has hardly changed over the years - Mark Chadwick on guitar, Jeremy Cunningham (bass), Charlie Heather (drums), Jon Sevink (violin), and Matt Savage keyboard. "This is the band that stays true to folk and where it comes from," said Jeremy Vine when presenting them with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2011. Their 10th studio album, Static on the Airwaves, represents their coming of age; released at the end of June it is available on CD, LP, and by Digital Download. This is a band that has done its own glorious independent thing for years, famously not bothering the music critics, but they've given us brilliant music, they've made us think and they've created their very own 15,000-capacity music festival - Beautiful Days, a 'must' for festival-going families. The 10th anniversary Festival takes place at Escot Park 17-19 August 2012. And if you miss them there, they are playing Exeter Cathedral on 26 September at 7pm. Tickets (£22.50) available from Exeter Phoenix, Tel: 01392 667080. Email: info@levellers.co.uk www.beautifuldays.org Email: info@beautifuldays.org

28 Sep. Pete Canter Trio, superb dinner jazz, Michael Caine's café bar, Exeter, 8pm.

7 Aug. Treacherous Orchestra, 11-piece Scottish Folk Band, Sidmouth Folk Week.

15 Sept. The Lateshift, popular party band, The Beach, Exmouth, 9.15pm.


21 Sep. Take4, cool jazz with a touch of class, The Bowd Inn, Sidmouth, 8.30pm.

31 Aug. Spanish Guitar Night, El Bocado Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Exeter.

14 Sept. Spanish Guitar Night, El Bocado Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Exeter.


22 Aug. Show of Hands, Steve Knightly and Phil Beer, the finest acoustic roots duo in England, Exeter Phoenix, 7.30pm. 2 Sep. Singers' Night, Topsham Folk Club, Route 2 Café Bar, Topsham, 8pm. 5 Sep. Mike Silver, superb songwriter, masterful guitarist and captivating performer, Jurassic Folk Club, Grove Nite Club, Seaton, 7.45pm. 16 Sep. Tim Edey and Brendan Power, voted Best Duo in the BBC 2012 Folk Awards, Topsham Folk Club, Matthew's Hall, Topsham, 8pm. 16 Sep. Guitar Masters Tour, Andy McKee & Preston Reed & Jon Gomm, enjoy marquee virtuosity in a living-room concert setting, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm. 26 Sep. Levellers, 90's folk rock exponents, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm.

BLUES 25 Aug. The Perfect Strangers, rock trio specialising in powerful rock and blues, The Yarcombe Inn, Yarcombe, 9pm. 25 Aug. The Embezzlers, Ska and 2Tone, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.15pm.

26 Aug. Reckless, 5-piece Rock covers band, The General Buller, Exeter, 9pm. 15 Sep. Reckless, 5-piece Rock covers band, The Queen's Head Hotel, Exeter, 9pm. 15 Sep. House of Kane, Bike rally and classic rock, AC/DC, Led Zep + originals, The Kings Arms, Exeter, 8pm.

1 Sep. The Perfect Strangers, The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm.

15 Sep. Guilty Plea, 4-piece rock and blues cover band, for the first time in two years at The Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.


18 Sep. We Are The Ocean, rock/posthardcore band from London/Essex, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

First Fridays. Matthew Finnish, The Pilot Inn, Exmouth, 9-11pm.

29 Sep. Hooked, 4-piece Rock-based band, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9pm.

3 Aug. Goliath, classic rock anthems from ex-pro musicians, The Farmers' Union, Exeter, 9-11.30pm.

29 Sep. Guilty Plea, 4-piece covers band playing Cream, The Who and many more, Volunteer Inn, Honiton, 9.30pm.

4 Aug. Diamondogz, The 70's Glam Rock Experience, The Railwayman, Exeter, 9.30pm. 12 Aug. Diamondogz, The 70's Glam Rock Experience, Glam Rock Boat trip from Exmouth Marina, 6-9.30pm. 11 Aug. K2, Devon's premier Rock covers band, The General Buller, Exeter, 9pm. 18 Aug. Ashbird, 4-piece rock/metal band, The Bishop Blaize, Exeter, 9.30-11.30pm.

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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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Sunday 16 September, 8pm GUITAR MASTERS TOUR, EXETER PHOENIX www.andymackee.com

The Guitar Masters Tour comes to Exeter in September when Andy McKee, Preston Reed and Jon Gomm share an all-acoustic bill where they jam, play their calling-card tunes and reveal their formative influences and signature guitar techniques. Andy McKee gives his music life through altered tunnings, syncopated rhythm and guitar taps, by talent alone creating the illusion of a full band accompaniment. Preston Reed, a one-man revolution, has invented a new way of playing the guitar and his influence has been crucial for a new generation of players, including Andy McKee. The power and depth of his compositions are as unique as his execution. Jon Gomm is an acoustic singer-songwriter with an incredible virtuoso guitar style. He uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and sparkling melodies all at the same time, combining styles from blues and jazz to rock and pop. Tickets £18 Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS Tel: 01392 667080 www.exeterphoenix.org.uk photo copyright: alteredtuning

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

Sensational, sparkly, colourful Diamondogz are a 70's Glam Rock tribute band featuring Stevie Stardust, lead vocals, with backing from Toto, lead guitar, Spike, bass guitar, and Smokey on drums. Wearing full glam outfits and make-up, these guys give you a stage show bursting with energy while performing from their repertoire of 70 songs from the likes of David Bowie, T-Rex, Alvin Stardust, Alice Cooper and many more. Based in Exeter, Diamondogz play pubs, clubs, fêtes and festivals. They're running their popular Glam Rock Boat trip from Exmouth Marina on 12 August, but if you can't get tickets you can catch up with them at the Corn Exchange, Exeter, on 24 August when they are joined by Carnaby Street to serve up a wow of a night for you 60s/70s fans. Tickets available from Fantasy World, Fore Street, Exeter. Tel: 01392 495559. Diamondogz: Tel: Steve 07815 875611 Email: glamdogz@hotmail.co.uk. Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW Tel: 01392 665938


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Folk and country singer Naomi Bedford, famous for her rich voice and dark themes, comes from a family immersed in music. Singing since she was five, she has explored many musical styles and only found her own when, in 2007, she re-entered the musical sphere with a Mike Glossop produced album 'Dark They Were and Golden Eyed' - a fusion of English and Americana Roots. In Autumn 2011, she followed this with ‘Tales From the Weeping Willow’, a collection of dark songs, laments and murder ballads. And if you are in Sidmouth on 9 August, come and see Naomi perform. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk


Bridge Jazz Club, Exeter “Jazz

washes away the dust of everyday life”

The Bridge Jazz Club is the heart of the Exeter jazz scene, meeting in the cellar bar of Bombay Bill's, Bartholomew Street East, on the first Wednesday of the month from 8.30pm. The Bridge Quartet, led by Pete Canter, has residency and hosts special guests from the South West and beyond - a nominal £2 entry fee goes towards paying for next month's guest artist. There is also a raffle each month with prizes of wine, jazz cds etc - please buy a ticket and support the music. The ever-evolving Quartet is the nucleus of the Club: musicians who come for the jam session often find

themselves booked to play - October saw Matt Carter and Ronnie Jones join Pete Canter and Al Swainger. This is the jazz scene as it is meant to be - candle-lit cabaret style seating, a full bar and of course great, live modern jazz: a place for devotees of jazz to listen, and for musicians to meet and play. The Club thanks Glanville Robinson Solicitors for their support, and Bombay Bills for their participation. But most of all the Bridge Jazz Club is YOU. Support the club by coming - enjoy a drink, make an evening of it with a meal upstairs - but most of all just come for the music.

www.bridgejazzclub.com www.petecanter.com 07966 034884 lazybirdjazz@hotmail.com The Old Malthouse, Bartholomew Street East, Exeter EX4 3BG 01392 498300 info@bombaybills.co.uk Open: Tues-Fri 12-3pm, 5.30pmlate; Sat 12-late; Sun 12-9pm. Mon closed. www.bombaybills.co.uk

Lead artist of The Bridge Quartet, Pete Canter

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions August & September 2012

Vanessa Gardiner - 'Attica Headlands' - Slader's Yard

GALLERIES Summer Exhibition Until 10th Aug - A mixed exhibition by various Devon artists, East Devon Art. (see full page)

John Hubbard - Spanish Courtyard Gardens

Stephen Chambers - 'The Art of War' - Brook Gallery

The Country Show

Summer Exhibition

Into the Light

Until 25th Aug - Richard Adams' joyous image celebrating all aspects of the country, Hybrid.

Until 22nd Sep - The annual Summer Exhibition introduces three new artists: Val Hudson, Juliette Paull and Heather Duncan, Artwave West.

11th to 17th Aug - Artists Catherine Osbond, Matt Culmer, Michael GordonLee, Favell Bevan-Arti, Simon Ashby and Jacqueline Steel exhibit their latest works. East Devon Art. (see full page display)

The Marle Summer Exhibition Until 28 Aug - An art-quenching selection of works from existing and new artists at The Marle Gallery.

Until 12th Aug - The Art Room.

The Open 2012: Equality & Endeavour

Summer Exhibition

Until 8th Sep - Selected works by South West Artists, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Until 12th Aug - Topsham Art Group display work at Topsham School.

Keeping Quiet Until 15th Aug - Ricky Romain is a South West based artist. His imagery is semi figurative and is inspired by Human Rights, Town Mill, Lyme Regis.

A Survey Show Until 18th Aug - Stephen chambers displays work at Brook Gallery.


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EXHIBITIONS Until 21 Aug - A Survey Show We are delighted to welcome Stephen Chambers RA for his Survey Show. 21-23 Sep - Amanda Popham For the literary festival this year the hugely popular Amanda Popham is releasing a Moby Dick themed set of pieces on display during the festival.

Colours of Summer 18th to 24th Aug - A celebration of summer with a dazzling display of work by local artists, East Devon Art. (see full page)

Aegean Coast

Until 15th Sep - The Devon countryside captured in all its abandon and beauty, through a range of landscape, maritime scenes and paintings of wildlife, Gloss Gallery.

18th Aug to 17th Sep - new paintings on display by Vanessa Gardiner, Sladers Yard.

A Symphony of Curves

Any High Street Until 22nd Sep - Volkardt MĂźller's provocative, quirky and fascinating work using a range of media, Gallery 20, RAMM.

contemporary fine art & ceramics Sun 2.00 - 4.30

Barbara Green 14th to 22nd Aug - Exhibition at Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury.

Coast & Country Landscape and Maritime Scenes

TheMarleGallery Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5.00

Val Hudson - Moving Towards - Artwave West

Jim Newton - 'Refections on the Otter' ISCA Gallery

18th Aug to 11 Nov - A rare opportunity to see the art of architectural sculptor by Geoffrey Preston, Gallery 22, RAMM.

hybrid art & design for your home and garden

EXHIBITIONS The Marle Summer Exhibition Until 28 Aug - providing an opportunity to exhibit a delightfully eclectic range of work. Elemental 11 Sep-30 Oct Molly Garnier and Michael Sole. Nature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form. Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ art@themarlegallery.co.uk 01297 639970 www.themarlegallery.co.uk

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

The Country Show Until 25 Aug

Richard Adams’ joyous images celebrating all aspects of the country. Coupled with the decorative and domestic ceramics of Paul Young.

Introducing 8 Sep-6 Oct Paintings by Frans Wesselmann and Sarah Young

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The Open 2012: Equality & Endeavour Until 8 Sept - Selected works by South West Artists.

Thelma Hulbert 11 to 21 Sept

Work by the late Thelma Hulbert.

Mother Love 22 Sept to 27 Oct Textile artists explore complexities of the mother/daughter relationship. www.thelmahulbert.com

Art Galleries


Catherine Osbond - 'Sunshine After the Rain' East Devon Art Academy

Andrew Coates - ‘Autumn Abundance’ - Marine House at Beer

Patrick Jones - No Parasan - Gloss Gallery

Richard Adams - 'Above the Estuary' - Hybrid Sonia Martin - 'Launch' - The Marle Gallery

Sidmouth Society of Artists 25th Aug - At Connaught Gardens in aid of Sid Vale Memory Club. 10am4pm.

Exeter Art Society 25th to 31st Aug - A varied selection of paintings from members including oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolours, East Devon Art. (see full page)

Robert Hurdle- Early Work 26th Aug to 23rd Sep - Exhibition of paintings from 1939 to late 1970, The Art Room.


Devon Open Studios 1st to 23rd Sep - Devon artists including Catherine Osbond, Matt Culmer, Neil Hampson and Beth Pearson get together to showcase their latest work. East Devon Art. (see full page)

Frans Wesselmann & Sarah Young 8th Sep to 6th Oct - Paintings at Hybrid, Honiton.

Thelma Hulbert 11th to 21st Sep - Work by the late Thelma Hulbert, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

15 Sept to 28 Sept

Andrew Coates

A collection by the Beer based artist who has won international recognition for his unique approach to depicting the landscape. Contact the gallery for a catalogue on: 01297 625257

Photographic Exhibition 17th Sep to 22nd Sept - by Axminster Photographic Club, Pecorama.

Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft. Licensed Café.


Autumn Exhibition

Andrew Coates 15th Sep to 28th Sep - A collection by Andrew Coates showing his unique approach to depicting the landscape, Marine House.

Sladers Yard

ISCA www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk

11th Sep to 30th Oct - Molly Garnier and Michael Sole Nature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form, are central to the work of these artists, The Marle Gallery.

West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL

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

Summer Exhibitions

Exhibitions held throughout the summer, please see full page advert for details. 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

Avocet Gallery Incorporating

Gemdi Interiors 4/5 Pierhead, Exmouth Marina, EX8 1DU



EXHIBITION Works by selected West Country Artists Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LX


18 Aug to 7 Oct - new paintings on display by Vanessa Gardiner.

Vanessa Gardiner Talk

14 Sept - £8, with supper £23.

The Aksel Kolstad Show

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21 and 22 Sept - Classical Pianist, Composer, Stand-up Comedian. £18/ £33 with new Norwegian supper. www.sladersyard.co.uk 01308 459511

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The Avocet Gallery continues to exhibit artwork by West Country artists throughout all exhibitions.

Ancient Historical Replicas

Until 26 August A fabulous exhibition of Ancient Historical Replicas including some work by the world famous Elgin Marbles. www.gemdiinteriors.co.uk wendygemdi@hotmail.co.uk t. 07714 633718

Art Galleries


‘Autumn Beech Sapling’ 19x13

‘Rapids on the Dart’ 17x30

www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257

DEEP INTO THE LANDSCAPE A solo show by Andrew Coates at Marine House at Beer Saturday 15th September to Friday 28th September

B ‘Bank of the Tamar’ 24x18

eer based artist Andrew Coates has won international recognition for his unique approach to depicting the landscape. A professional artist now for forty years, Andrew, it can simply be said, strives to paint the landscape with more detail and intensity than any other contemporary artist. This show represents a step forward in this pursuit. This is exciting and dramatic work created by a virtuoso artist. Andrew is excited by this set of work. He feels that he has built more drama into these compositions. There’s more building of fine contrasting points of colour, more play on light, every element down to individual blades of grass is in focus. As Andrew says, “My

paintings are in reality an amalgam of many different studies. There is no specific focal point. You can focus on many different areas in the composition, which can become a picture in their own right.” This show, which is the fruit of one year ’s intensive work, includes powerful, deep studies of woodland, magnificent snow scenes and brooding interpretations of Devon river valleys. A colour catalogue and invitation to the launch day on Saturday 15 September from 11.00am is available by contacting Marine House. The work can also be viewed on the Marine House web site and is for sale now.

www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257 Fore Street, Beer, Devon EX12 3EF

‘Technicolour Forest’ 12x18 ‘Otter Delight’ 24x36

East Devon Coast & Country ‘Winter Track near Ottery’ 14x24

Art Galleries


SOUTH WEST ACADEMY OF FINE AND APPLIED ARTS GALLERIES Amanda Popham 21st to 23rd Sep - Works themed on Moby Dick for the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Brook Gallery.

Mother Love 22nd Sep to 27th Oct - Textile artists explore complexities of the mother/daughter relationship, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Exhibition of Wildlife 12th to 14th Oct - Linda Wilkes, Pecorama.

CALL FOR ENTRIES Gloss Gallery, Exeter 19th Oct - 10th Nov Submission Deadline: Fri 14th Sept

PRIZES AND AWARDS Entry forms and details are at www.southwestacademy.org.uk or send an SAE to Monte Rosa, Lower St Chagford TQ13 8BX. 07784434791


Michael Sole - "pointing home" - oil on canvas - Marle Gallery

Patrick Jones Landscape and Maritime Scenes

of the South West. Until 15th September

Open Studios: Magic Carpet 8th September - 18th September

a: gloss - Art Exeter

Patrick Jones - ‘No Pasaran’

1 Barnfield Crescent Exeter, EX1 1QT


Patrick Jones

t: 01392 278 522 w: www.glossgallery.co.uk e: art@glossgallery.co.uk


Monday 24th September - Saturday 13th October Private View: Saturday 22nd September 12-3pm After an extensive career as one of the UK’s most celebrated abstract artists, internationally acclaimed painter Patrick Jones comes to gloss-Art Exeter for the first time. Jones grew up in Sidmouth before spending twenty years living, working and exhibiting in London and New York. The twenty five years he spent in London saw some of his work placed in the most prestigious spaces including the Hayward Gallery and the Poussin Gallery, which now represents him. These incredible paintings will be on display for just three weeks and include works from several decades, which will be priced to be affordable to the new collector. This really is a rare treat and should not be missed.

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Art Galleries


TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics The Marle Gallery Victoria Place Axminster Devon EX12 5NQ | t: 01297 639970 | Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 www.themarlegallery.co.uk | e: nick@themarlegallery.co.uk Since its opening in November 2011, The Marle Gallery has attracted a following of art lovers hungry to see fresh and challenging work. Three of the four artists shown in the gallery’s first two exhibitions have gone on to be selected by the Royal Academy for their 2012 summer exhibition. The Marle Gallery is situated just off the High Street in Axminster; a delightful small town in East Devon including The River Cottage Canteen, a few minutes’ walk from the Gallery.

The Marle Summer Exhibition Until 28th August

Molly Garnier - Beyond the Sky - Oil on board

Following the critically acclaimed national exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers, The Marle Gallery has re-hung its walls with a hugely enjoyable and diverse Summer Exhibition, on now until 28 August. The summer exhibition provides an opportunity to exhibit a delightfully eclectic range of work including ceramics, oils, prints, and pastels. Come and skip through the shallow waters of a diverse range of artists work and feel the joy of summer despite the weather!

Elemental: Molly Garnier and Michael Sole From 11th September - 30th October including private view on Saturday 8th September.

Sonia Martin - Different Shoes - Oil

Nature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form, are central to the work of Molly Garnier and Michael Sole. After the vibrancy and pace of the Summer Exhibition, “Elemental” softens the tone and slows the pace, introducing time and space to appreciate the detail and finesse of these two artists’ work. Molly Garnier is well known for her small smoky oil paintings of the female nude. Since moving to her native Norfolk, she has been inspired to paint the coastline capturing the distinctive, slightly bleak colours of that very particular seascape.

Molly Garnier - The Start - Oil on board

Michael Sole is captivated by the whole sensory experience of sea and sky. Michael responds to the natural energy of his subject: big seas are portrayed with a physical and confident painting technique enabling the viewer to place himself at the centre of this sensory experience of the world in its most elemental form. Michael Sole - Whitby No. 5 - Oil on Canvas

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Emma Forrester - Iznik Vases with Spring Flowers - Acrylic

Art Galleries


info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com

morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

artwave west | 01297 489 746

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

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

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

Heather Duncan - ‘Brimham Rocks II’

Summer Exhibition One of the most popular exhibitions at Artwave West - the Summer Show will open again this year throughout August and September. With new paintings from twelve notable artists it promises to be an exciting exhibition. In addition to all our favourite gallery artists we are delighted to be introducing three new artists to the programme: Juliette Paull - ‘Cascade’

Heather Duncan: Commanding paintings full of vibrant colour and graphic marks that depict the landscape combine with a profound understanding and experience of place.

Amy Albright - ‘Turquoise Tide’

Juliette Paull: Inspired by both the inner and the outer landscape Juliette’s paintings reference the natural forms that surround us together with the human state from within us, resulting in pictures that are both pure and honest. Val Hudson: Although the roots of Val’s paintings are clearly embedded in landscape our imagination is allowed to run wild as we delve into the beautiful surfaces which have been carefully scraped back to reveal hidden jewels.

Stephen Bishop - ‘Coy Pond’

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm or by appointment. For more information go to www.artwavewest.com or call 01297 489746 A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Val Hudson - ‘Emergence’

Art Galleries


Open every day 11am - 5pm 01395 516284

East Devon Art Academy Gallery and Studios


Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS

East Devon Art Academy continues to be a showcase for a wide range of Devon artists. With a core of selected artists plus visiting artists, EDAA provides a diverse selection of frequently changing exhibitions. Selected artists from all over Devon will be exhibiting a wide range of works from strong figurative paintings to semi-abstract landscapes. EDAA starts a new programme of regular classes plus one day workshops from September. All levels of experience are catered for from absolute

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beginners to experienced painters who wish to develop their skills. There are classes in drawing, oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastel, mixed media and printing. There are also regular life classes available. All classes are taught by experienced tutors and professional artists, Catherine Osbond, Matt Culmer and Hannah Twine. Visiting tutors also teach on some of the workshops. In all our classes you will receive expert tuition in a warm and friendly environment. Please contact us for further details.

Over the summer East Devon Art Academy is holding the following exhibitions.

Catherine Osbond

Summer Exhibition - A mixed exhibition by various Devon artists. Until 10th August. Into The Light - Artists Catherine Osbond, Matt Culmer, Michael Gordon-Lee, Favell Bevan-Arti, Simon Ashby and Jacqueline Steel exhibit their latest works. 11th to 17th August.

Neil Hampson

David McCracken

Exeter Art Society

Colours Of Summer - A celebration of summer with a dazzling display from local artists Michael GordonLee, Neil Hampson, Caroline Trevaskis and Christina Windley. 18th to 24th August.

Favell Bevan-Arti

Exeter Art Society - A varied selection of paintings from members including oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolours. 25th to 31st August.

Jacqueline Steel

Devon Open Studios - Devon artists including Catherine Osbond, Matt Culmer, Neil Hampson and Beth Pearson get together to showcase their latest work. 1st to 23rd September. A selection of work can be viewed on-line at: www.eastdevonart.co.uk You can also find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/eda.academy

Michael Gordon-Lee

Matt Culmer

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Victoria Goodman

Caroline Trevaskis

Christina Windley

Rebecca de Mendonca

Simon Ashby

Art Galleries


A point of view!

Nelson’s Column collection of art treasures. Set aside a time for a look-see the next time you are in Exeter city centre. Admission is free and RAMM is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm but closed Mondays and bank holidays. Visit www.rammuseum. org.uk for the fuller picture.

A Sense of Enchantment HATS OFF to Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) which walked off with the £100,000 Art Fund prize earlier this summer for ‘museum of the year’. The award came following the museum’s multimillion pound face-lift that has instilled what the Guardian called ‘a sense of enchantment’ across the galleries and the extraordinary collections they hold. If you need an excuse for a visit go and look at RAMM’s art collection and in particular a well known iconic image of the Victorian age called The Fair Toxophilites, which has become one of the most famous images of affluent Victorian leisure. The artist (pictured) William Powell Frith (1819-1909) used three of his daughters as his models. They are (left to right) Alice, Fanny and Louisa. Frith once wrote, “The subject was trifling, and totally devoid of character interest; but the girls are true to nature, and the dresses will be a record of the female habiliments of the time.” That throwaway line, not to mention that faraway look in the old chap’s eye, may be explained by the fact that his domestic life was a tad off-beat. He had 12 children by his wife, Isabelle, whilst a mile down the road he kept a mistress (Mary Allord, formerly his ward) who bore him seven more. But that’s another story. What Frith set out to achieve was to record the elegant practice of female archery for posterity and, in that, he succeeded far beyond his own expectations.

TWANG! Three of Frith’s 19 children at play RESTING in this studio, William Powell Frith (Source: wikipedia – ‘public domain’)

Forty names for rain IT IS A MYTH, although a widely held belief, that Eskimos - or to give them their proper name, the Inuit peoples of the Arctic regions - have some 40 names for snow. Here in Devon on the other hand it is a fact that we could have usefully employed almost that same number to describe the many kinds of rain that have fallen on us since summer began. There has been the all too familiar fine rain of course, warm summer rain, cold drizzling rain, steady rain, driving rain, pelting rain, lashing rain, rain which has come down in buckets full or rain that has manifested itself as stair rods, not to mention the sideways variety designed to soak us to the skin during that brief dash from the car and into the newsagents.

late and deprived us of so much valuable gardening time at this particularly critical season of the year. Did we get summers like this before 2003, the year the Met Office moved to Exeter and is there any significance in the fact that by contrast Bracknell (their old home) has been under a hosepipe ban since late Spring? Could there be any connection or is this simply the start of another myth, this time put about in retaliation by disgruntled Eskimos?

These then are but a few of the more common (and printable) varieties that have reached these parts of

This picture – and its story – is only one of hundreds of others in this, Devon’s rich

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Fashion & Beauty Autumn Fashions


THIS SEASON After bold bright prints (on our raincoats) for last season, the trends that appeared in Paris for Autumn/ Winter ranged from lace to floral appliqués. The outlook for this season is the traditional autumn colours intermingled with bright reds, yellows and greens. Strong ornate designs and elegant Peplums will also be a hit this year, alongside the usual yet ever adapting Tartan look.

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British, local and fairly traded yarns • well-known brands • unusual and unique ranges • beautiful natural fibres, textures and colours • wide and varied range of accessories • knitting and crochet workshops • late night ‘knit night’ • support, help and advice Open Monday - Saturday 9.30-5pm Late night Tuesday ‘Knit Night’ 5-8pm

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Essential Therapies HEALTH & BEAUTY SALON


115 High Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8LB Tel/Fax: (01395) 578600

Winner of 10th. consecutive Crown Salon Award.

PAMPER YOURSELF Pampering is beneficial for mind, body and soul, so why not indulge yourself with a luxury beauty treatment, available in many forms, in readiness for a brilliant Indian Summer...

Stockists of: Guinot, Thalgo Jane Iredale, Nailtiques, Sixtus, Moor Spa, St.Tropez Australian Organics.

OPENING HOURS Tues-Friday: 9am-8pm Sat: 9am-5.30pm

If you're into unique jewellery, Erin Cox has a range of really lovely handcrafted pieces. See below right.

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Original handmade clothes for ladies size 14 and over. For more details or to discuss designing your own beautiful, unique clothing contact Julie: www.overlygorgeous.com (01395) 513209 or (01404) 850768 Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm

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Outstanding marquees for exquisite locations

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The Swan The Strand Lympstone

• Coffee served all day • Pit Stop for Estuary Cycle Path • Cycle racks outside pub • Six excellent Cask Marque Real Ales available • Superb lunchtime and evening menu • Daily Fresh Fish Board Specials • Metres from the waters edge

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Restaurant open 7 days a week including Sunday Evenings Lunch 12-2.30/3.00 weekend, dinner 6.00-9/9.30pm.

CURRY NIGHT: Every Wednesday. Selection of authentic curries from £10.95

PIE NIGHT: Every Thursday. A choice of two pies and dessert for just £11.95

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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.

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

Reservations: 01392 876 123

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THE QUAY BRASSERIE From Boat Shed to Brasserie, this place has come a long way in four years... The journey began with a vision for great food, enjoyed in stylish surroundings, oozing character both inside and out, at one of the most sought after locations on the waterfront in Devon. You will be greeted with the smell of freshly ground coffee in the morning, enjoy a tasty bowl of steaming moules whilst catching up with friends over lunch or throw a celebratory party on the terrace, with the sunset as your backdrop. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, at any time of day! And the cooking? Just simple food, using the best local ingredients, cooked exceptionally well - how refreshing. Small wonder this cafe-bar, restaurant and jazz lounge is so well loved. Call 01392 876 123 for reservations or visit thequaybrasserie.com The Quay Brasserie, 6 The Quay, The Strand, Topsham EX3 0JB

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WHAT’S ON AT POPPLEFORDS? As well as our regular menu, Popplefords is delighted to announce the following special offers. Tuesday Pop in after 5pm and try our famous beer battered cod and chips, prepared with local ale from Lyme Bay Brewery. Order on a Tuesday and receive a FREE glass of Lyme Bay Blonde Ale or Alcoholic Ginger Beer with our compliments.

Wednesday Wednesday lunchtimes are the new Sundays here at Popplefords! Come in on a Wednesday between 12 - 3 when we’ll be serving our popular Carvery for only £8.50.

Thursday Thursday is Steak Night here at Popplefords! Buy two 8oz local rump steaks and enjoy a bottle of Dry River Shiraz red wine on us!

Saturday Socialise on a Saturday evening with our Free Range ‘Tear & Share’ Whole Chicken. Serving up to four people for only £30.00, the only question need be who will carve! Served up alongside crispy roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, crusty bread and lashings of gravy. A real treat!

Takeaway Fish & Chips Available Everyday

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South facing patio with palms and parasols

Eating Out Station Road, Colyton 01297 551559 (15O yards from tram station)


Open 10am-5pm 7 days a week Have lunch or a snack whilst enjoying the surroundings Bring the kids, they’ll enjoy watching the llamas, horses, rabbits, Guinea pigs, exotic birds & chickens whilst you relax with a cup of tea and a cake.

Tea Rooms & Patio

Teas, freshly ground coffee, chilled drinks, home-made cakes, scones baked daily

Savouries & Light Lunches

Baguettes, paninni, fresh crab & smoked salmon. Salads freshly prepared with herbs from our garden.


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elcome to East Devon Coast Sanctuary (off B3180) & Country's eating outLane section Woodbury Common which we hope you' ll give you Nr Exeter enjoys EX5 1EX inspiration, after all, everyone Tel 01395 a meal out - it's a real treat. 232141 We're so lucky here in the south west with many lovely country and also Woodland Teapubs House m the chance to enjoy our meal with a Continuing the family tradition of serving homemade sea view. afternoon teas on Woodbury Common since 1923. Open 3pm to 6pm every day (closed Mondays) from 17th March to 28th October. (Open on Bank Holiday Mondays)

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at the Alexandra Hotel

Lyme’s popular lunchtime venue is now Lyme’s stunning restaurant venue is open for open every evening lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Enjoyaward-winning great food, thoughtful service and Enjoy food, thoughtful service wonderful Bay. and wonderfulviews views across of LymeLyme Bay and the Open everyJurassic eveningCoast. between 7-9pm. Open all day every day.

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

Enjoy a Cream Tea or Full Afternoon Tea and get a second for your friend free! Cream Tea - £5.00 per person Full Afternoon Tea - £15.00 per person To receive this exclusive offer fill in your details below, and hand to a member of the team when ordering. Name: Address:

“It’s all very reputation elegant andfor very British. food is, “The Alexandra’s excellent A timeless classic some might say.” ” in our opinion, very well deserved. Quintessentially Magazine Dorset Magazine For reservations please call 01297 442010

Email: Available throughout May and June 2012. Table reservations are required for a Full Afternoon Tea.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, The Westcliff, Manor Road, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RU

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with Chef Andy Hopkins at By the Bay

Grilled Mullet Fillets with Walnut & Parsley Pesto Dressing

Ingredients • Red mullet fillets • Plain flour • Vegetable oil

Head Chef - Andy Hopkins


• 10g butter • Pinch each of seasalt & cracked black pepper

he lovely beach, harbour and bay that lap the doors of By the Bay

Restaurant and Wine Bar in Lyme Regis are the inspiration for many of

Chef Andy Hopkin's delicious coastinspired dishes. Andy has been with By the Bay for nearly three years and has been a key

• Lemon & parsley to garnish • Pesto Dressing: • 50g toasted walnuts • 4 spring onions, chopped • 1 clove garlic, crushed • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped • 25ml extra virgin olive oil

driving force behind our delicious traditional seaside fare menu, made extra special by the modern, bistro twist that is his signature. Keeping a dish simple and letting


the flavours shine through is his speciality and this recipe for grilled mullet demonstrates the technique with panache! It’s a favourite on our specials board, along with roasted sea bass with lemon and parsley butter or braised fennel and, of course, our every popular Teignmouth mussels. He and his team use fresh, locally and sustainably sourced produce wherever possible to create mouthwatering fresh fish and seafood “specials” every day alongside a comprehensive menu of fantastic, affordable meals and snacks for all

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the family, making the restaurant a year-round favourite with local people and visitors alike.

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Come and enjoy an award-winning cream tea!

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Treat the whole family to a fantastic, affordable meal everyone will love. Tasty fresh food, great wines and child friendly portions. All the ingredients for a great family night out. With seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, fantastic views over Lyme Bay and Cobb Harbour and an extensive menu with daily Chef ’specials based on market availability, where else would you take the family? Tel. 01297 442668 www.bythebay.co.uk

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Come along to our regular evening wine club events where we taste over 25 different wines from around the world while enjoying a selection of canapes.

£10 a head

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Dinner Served 7 Nights a week 7 - 9pm

We meet on a Friday each month (usually the first Friday) and enjoy a two course lunch plus hear from a range of speakers as varied as politicians, TV journalists and even an Agatha Christie speaker.

Starters from £4.75 Main courses from £11.50 Desserts from £5.00

£15 a head

Come along to one of our business networking lunches and discuss business topics, meet useful contacts and enjoy a light lunch. Also each event has a specially invited speaker talking about relevant business topics.

£12 per head

Business Networking Lunch on Friday 3rd August 2012 with Neil Parish Hawkchurch Nr Axminster EX13 5TX

Served every Wednesday between 12.00 and 2.00pm.

t: 01297 678 349 e: info@fairwaterheadhotel.co.uk www.fairwaterheadhotel.co.uk

Two courses £12.00 Three courses £16.00

Chocolate makes us smile

So spend a happy day making a variety of delicious chocolates with a professional chocolatier

Fun Chocolate Courses For All Ages You’ll take home at least 50 beautifully wrapped chocolates, (unless you eat them all first). For information call Gill at Chocolate Amour: 07717 887442 grantgilli@aol.com www.chocolateamour.co.uk

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ALFRESCO DINING at BAY LEAF RESTAURANT with new HEAD CHEF STEVE BATEY I have lived in Lyme Regis for over 20 years and could not think of a nicer place on the Jurassic Coast to be. I feel extremely privileged to be living in this part of the country within a thriving community of farmers, fisherman, suppliers and small holders who provide me with an abundance of produce from fruit to fish right on my doorstep.

For the last 3 years I have worked for the Celebrity Chef and Patron, Mark Hix at his Oyster and Fish House having learnt my trade in local restaurants in and around Lyme Regis and London. I have a great passion for food and through ‘The Bay Leaf’ I hope to incorporate as much fresh, locally sourced ingredients as possible to my contemporary take on English cooking. As such the menu will

reflect seasonal changes as well as availability of ingredients If you have any special dietary requirements or questions about the menu please feel free to ask my team and we will endeavour to accommodate you.

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M ass murder at Clyst St M ary But where did they bury the bodies? Or perhaps they never did? suggests John Fisher THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER It was the cause of much brutal bloodshed at Clyst Heath

LEAN ON THE RAILINGS of the car park outside the Currys store at Digby, Exeter and look out towards Woodbury Common to the southeast and you are looking out over a long-forgotten killing field. For below you on Clyst Heath – who knows where – still lie the mortal remains of some 3,900 men, peasants for the most part, from Cornwall and Devon, who died for their faith during what Tudor chroniclers described as ‘The Rising in the West’ and what history now calls ‘The Prayer Book Rebellion’ of 1549. And there they lay unburied, many with their hands still tied behind their backs, their throats cut by order of Lord Russell (who has nearby Russell Way named in his honour) and left to rot until the grass and gorse of that barren place grew through their bones, whilst those who loved them never dared to return to claim their bodies. “(Until) three centuries later, in the middle of the 19th century”, records the historian Professor Frances RoseTroup, writing in 1913, “the virgin soil of the once desolate heath was turned up by the plough, disclosing a vast number of bones, which not only bore witness to the terrible carnage on the spot, but, by the enormous size of many, indicated that the men were of no mean stature (broad-shouldered

bowmen?)”. “Here lay all that was mortal of many a brave man who fell fighting desperately in defence of his faith, or was a victim of the cruel massacre of the previous day”. Lord Russell, who commanded the army sent from London to put down the rebellion chose this high spot on the heath at twilight on 5th August 1549 to look around him and take stock. In full armour and sitting astride his war horse, he looked back towards the still burning village of Clyst St. Mary below him, a strategic place in those days, commanding as it did what was the access road in and out of Exeter, a city under siege by the rebels. It had been an eventful week for Russell and his army. They were exhausted and jumpy, fearing ambush at every turn in the road, but so far, so good. A vastly experienced soldier, he was carrying out what were ostensibly the orders of his king but were in fact

those of the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, the Earl of Somerset. Seymour and his equally scheming brother, Thomas, were devout, not to say fanatical Protestants and as uncles to young King Edward VI (the late

On Clyst Heath still lie the mortal remains of some 3,900 men, peasants for the most part, from Cornwall and Devon

Jane Seymour had been his mother) had the ear of the boy king. Henry VIII, having proclaimed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England, had promised there would be no more major religious changes in England until his son succeeded him and came of age: the Seymours however were quick to bring about an Act of Parliament following Henry’s death, banning the

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Latin mass and ‘all other forms of popery’ and introducing the English Prayer Book. Pity those forced to practice the ‘old’ Catholic religion in secrecy, and in particular the poor Cornish, who spoke their own language and did not take kindly to being read-to in English from the pulpit. A resolve to march to London by the ‘commoners’ of that far land ensued, ‘that they might air their grievances before the king’. It reached Exeter, and was swelled by hundreds more from Devon, who, armed with whatever they could lay their hands on, first besieged the city and then barricaded its approaches when they heard that an army was coming against them. Russell’s first fighting proper had begun a few days earlier, at the end of July, at Fenny Bridges near Ottery St. Mary, where Cornish rebels had blocked the bridge in an attempt to halt the advance of the King’s army gathered at Honiton. Following an indecisive battle hundreds were killed on both sides. The bridge, the little chapel beside it, once dedicated to St.


By cont rast, best estimates for the rebels’ strength comes from an earlier written report sent to Seymour in London. Including those who were laying siege to Exeter there were, “about 3,500, the most part unarmed and of arquibusses they have none.” But what they did have were archers, common men who developed broad shoulders as they practised their LORD RUSSELL, later to be become the 1st Earl of Bedford for his services to the crown skills each and every Sunday after mass, Ann, remain, whilst the place is still as they were duty bound by their known locally as ‘Bloody Meadow’. Lords. Russell withdrew, regrouped, and on Saturday 3rd August turned south at Fenny Bridges this time and headed for Ottery. His advance was soon halted at a small bridge – possibly near Alfington – which was quickly cleared by his Italian arquibussiers (musket bearers). John Hooker of Exeter, “an eye-witness” to all these events, tells of its defenders “who had neither weapons, order nor counsel, were slain like beasts.”

The King’s army was

camp under cover of darkness attacked Russell’s men. The fight was short but bloody and the rebels were beaten back, leaving many dead and captured behind them. Russells’ men licked their wounds, scouted the terrain and made plans. They then began their downhill march through the deep, winding lanes, to Clyst St. Mary below them, banners unfurled and marching steadily to the terrifying beat of a score of drums. Here the rebels were resolved to make their last stand. They barricaded themselves into houses and with marshy ground on either side, blocked the bridge and causeway with timber and tree trunks. Hooker records that the bridge itself was guarded by one man, “an alien, by name John Hamon, a smith from the village of

woken in the early hours of Sunday, 4th August to the shouted alarm of “Bows! Bows!” The rebels who had crept up to the

“One, larger than most, fell with such force upon Sir William’s moryon (a crested helmet) that it was driven down, sticking fast to his head, inflicting a mortal wound, and he fell dying by the roadside” (Sir William was later buried in Exeter Cathedral with full military honours). “Great and bloody was that day”, continues Hooker, “for some were slain with the sword, some burned in the houses, some shifted for themselves were taken prisoners and many thinking to escape over the water were d r ow ne d s o that were dead that day one w it h a n other, about a t hou s a nd men.”

Their resistance nevertheless enraged Russell who then burnt those parts of Ottery he could reach before skirting the town, to lead his force south and west up to Woodbury and then along the ridgeway to Aylesbeare Common, where they camped for the night “close to the windmill of Gregory Clarey”. It was a long haul for his artillery as well as for the rest of his army of professionals. Italian and Spanish gunners, 1,000 Almayn (German) landsknechts or foot soldiers and 400 ‘foreign horsemen’ (“all obnoxious to Englishmen, bloodthirsty, ferocious and dishonest,”) wrote Hayward, another Tudor historian. With him also were perhaps 1,700 foot soldiers and upwards of 800 cavalry, led by Lord Grey of Wilton – every man armed to the teeth.

The King’s men charged down into the village, probably by the deeply cut road which is nowadays called Frog Lane and here the fighting began in earnest. Leading the charge and under orders to put the village to the torch was Sir William Francis, “who found himself and his men subjected to a heavy shower of stones hurled down by their enemies from the banks above, doing great injury”.

But the bridge held, with John Hamon standing alone beside his gun, a smouldering fuse in his hand, waiting the advance. And there matters rested for a while until a local man, one John Yard, gentleman, of Treasbeare, who knew the area well, led a small party across the stream higher up “by a mill” until coming up behind the gunner, despatched him with a blow.

A Scheduled Ancient Monument, the bridge at Clyst St. Mary which has been the site of several battles, and it thought to be the place where Romans crossed the marshes to get to Exeter.

Woodbury” w ho s to o d beside a ship’s cannon, dragged from Topsham and loaded with flints.

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The way to Exeter was now open. With the day wearing on, Russell’s army moved across the bridge and up onto the heath to safer ground, together with 900 bound prisoners. Here Lord Grey spurred his horse ahead of the rest before calling Russell to his side. They were on the high point of the heath with the men


M ass murder at Clyst St M ary below them, preparing to camp for the night. But what he reported seeing to the southeast made the army put aside its cooking pots and reach once more for its still bloodied weapons. The last rays of the setting sun had glinted on the spears and helmets of an approaching army. Or so the chronicler, John Hooker, would have it. “Looking back towards Woodbury”, writes Hooker, “(they) saw and espied upon Woodbury hill a great company assembled; arching forward, and suspect(ed) that they were a new supply appointed to follow and come upon them”. “Whereupon it was concluded, that the prisoners whom they had before taken at the windmill and in the town, who were a great number, and which if they were newly set upon, might be a detriment and a peril unto them, should be all killed: which forthwith was done, every man making a dispatch of his prisoners”. It took them all of ten minutes to slit the throats of their captives, relates Frances Rose-Troup in her book The Western Rebellion, “Ere darkness fell the cries for mercy and the screams of those being murdered rang through the fields and lanes – as each soldier butchered his victim – nor age or youth were regarded and the shambles thus created made a terrible blot upon the escutcheon of the Royal forces”. Night fell and the army bedded down amongst the corpses of its victims.

Hooker writes: “Valiantly and stoutly they (the rebels) stood to their tackle and would not give over as long as life or limb lasted, yet in the end they were all overthrown and few or none left alive.”

throughout Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset, which saw 6,000 more ‘commons’ put to the sword or hanged by the death squads which were now turned loose upon the region ‘and there was hardly a tree in Cornwall that did not have a body hanging from it’.

Exeter celebrated 6th August - the day of its liberation - each year for 300 years after the siege. The Latin text beneath the coat of arms presented to the loyal city by Queen Elizabeth I translates as “EVER FAITHFUL”

So, did the veteran Lord Russell, aged 64, a man with only one eye and with the sun already set below the horizon behind him, really spy an approaching army through a pall of black smoke - or had he already made up his mind to rid himself of the great burden of these rebels, none of whom would be worth a penny in ransom?

Exeter was relieved on Tuesday 6th August and food was quickly carted in to its starving inhabitants. Some had been without food for so long that they fell upon the supplies like wolves and died of their excesses.

Russell’s reinforcements – 3,000 Welshmen, bent on plunder, arrived in Exeter some two days later, but not via Woodbury Common, and of the sunset army there is no further mention in Hooker’s account of the siege. Why?

In the retribution following the lifting of the siege there began a man-hunt

Young Johnny Hooker, 22, was no embedded war correspondent of

course. He wrote vividly of what he saw and heard from behind the walls of what he calls ‘Excester’ where he was confined throughout the long siege. But when he wrote of external events what he wrote was hearsay, but it was the official version and who was he to argue? He knew full well which side his bread was buttered, and who could blame him? The respected historian Frances Rose-Troup for one. We can almost hear her sighing in despair as she commented on his account. “So can writers with partisan bitterness, especially where religion is concerned, not only view events differently, but can perpetuate in history the more or less venial faults of brave opponents and excuse the crimes of their own people”. Go and stand at the edge of Currys car park, where the sun still disappears below the ridge behind you an hour before sunset proper every August 5th and look across towards Woodbury Common through three miles of twilight and 450 years of Devon’s history and ask yourself the question ‘What - if anything - did Russell see? ‘ Your guess will be as good as the next man’s. - John Fisher.

As news reached the rebel forces around Exeter some two thousand of them crept away from its walls and out into the moonlit countryside along the Topsham road, to make a thin encirclement of Russell’s camp, using ditches and deep-cut lanes for cover. But the old soldier was ready for them. At daybreak, as the rebels rose up to rush the camp the King’s army opened fire with cannon before its pike men moved forwards to engage the main body of the attack. Lord Grey meanwhile divided his cavalry into three parts and hit the rebels simultaneously from both sides and the rear.

The site of many battles, this bridge has much history attached and is well worth visiting.

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Alfresco Living


Brits nowadays are using their gardens for a surprising array of continental-style outdoor activities, including dining, entertaining guests and sunbathing.


s nation of sun starved human beings, it is no wonder that we like to make the most of each and every drop of sunlight we are fortunate enough to be given. When the days seem to stretch well into the evenings, there is no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to relax and dine out in it. With so many wonderful products on the market, from weatherproof furniture and exterior fabrics to folding doors which blur any divide between inside and the outdoors, we are finding it easier and easier to lead a

continental way of living during the summer months. If you are lucky enough to have an outside area in which to lead out from your home then the opportunities are endless. If you are looking to develop this area on a budget, a simple decking area or terrace would most probably be your first point of call. Reclaimed bricks, sleepers or quarry tiles from your local reclamation yard are a fabulously unique way of creating a rustic looking area. Alternatively Mandarin Stone offer some beautiful exterior products, such as cobble or flagstone tiles.

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directory Y HOME & INTERIORSZ Terraced areas can easily be transformed from a rather awkward looking space to a wealth of herbs and planted pots. Potted gardens are so easily maintained and can be moved around to create different stories each year. Oka have a truly beautiful selection of planters available, such as the Chinoiserie Planter seen here which is available for £110.00. Furniture also plays an integral part in how a living space is used. This is usually dependent on where the outdoor area is being led from. If it is adjoining a kitchen, then it would make sense to create a dining area, however if leading off from a sitting room then you may decide to extend that function to outside. There is no reason as to why there should be any difference in designing your outdoor living arrangement as

Left: The Lloyd Loom Deauville Range is a perfect choice for relaxing on your outside terrace.

and paints present an atmosphere of tranquil and calmness. There are many exterior fabrics on the market which have a high resistance to outside weather and can be easily wiped down. They have also been treated differently in the dying process therefore have a higher tolerance to sun bleaching. De Le Cuona have a beautiful range of outdoor linens in neutral shades and can be used for upholstery or soft furnishings.

Above: Why not fix a weatherproof clock to an outside wall such as this Crackled Glass Garden Clock from The Clock Shed for only £38.99

Exterior Lighting is also key to getting the balance right. Nobody wishes to relax outside on a comfortable sofa whilst being blinded by a bright white search light. Amos Lighting supply some very interesting pieces, ranging from traditional wall lights to modern outdoor bollard lights. Soft lighting is essential to relaxing, so to mimic the gentle glow of diminishing

how you would do inside. Starting off with a central piece, whether is be a dining or coffee table, lead outwards with seating, soft furnishings and even side tables. I also like the idea of using decorative items which you would usually have inside, such as clocks and rugs. Idyll Home have just launched some fantastic polymats which are made from plastic therefore easy to clean and perfect for outdoor use. This bridges the divide between the home and the garden further still, and by the time the sun comes down you`ll be wishing you had your television out there with you also!

Zephyr Hurricane Lamp by Oka

Aside from Farrow and Ball, another fantastic colour range which is widely overlooked is the Little Greene Paint Company. With their subtle shades and good eco values, the water based Masonry range is available in almost every colour from their charts. With anti-fungal and anti aging properties, there`s no need to re-paint for up to 15 years, and you can use it on brick, stone or rendered walling.

It may sometimes be tempting to sway towards a country and nautical theme when planning exterior design, however I feel it important that we try to move on from there. Although I agree that gingham and polka dots or ditsy floral patterns shall always play a part in tea parties and individual events, I do not see why the elegance of indoor design cannot be transferred outwards. Understated neutral fabrics

Practical outdoor Ikat Polymats from Idyll Home, only £29.00

barbeque crackles I suggest you take a look at some good old fashioned lanterns to gently brighten up your evening. Oka stock a wide selection of candle holders and hurricane lamps, ranging from some wonderfully elegant driftwood pieces through to opulent stoneware, wood or metal hurricane lamps and candelabras, all at very reasonable prices. Amanda, mandyjane.co.uk

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I am a Devon based wildlife artist. If you would like to view more of my artwork please visit: www.mikehugheswildlifeart.co.uk. As we move out of August into September there is a sense of change in the countryside. Birds and animals have finished raising their young and are begining to think about the approaching winter. In the hedgerows the seeds and berries are ripening ready for the natural harvest of autumn. The Devon countryside can be a spectacular place to visit at this time of year, (depending on the weather of course!). The heathland and moorland is full of flowering heather and alive with bees and other insects. Hedgerows are filling up with Blackberries, Sloes, Rosehips, Haws and Elderberries, as well as many others, providing food for both birds and mammals in the upcoming autumn and winter. By August most young birds have left the nest. Juvenille Kingfishers will disperse to try and find new stretches of water, offering a great opportunity to see them. An early morning walk on a quiet stretch of river is probably your best chance. Look out for a flash of orange and electric blue as they fly low over the water. Birds that breed further north are already on the move, many wading birds will have arrived from Scandanavia, Iceland and the Arctic. The UK has huge numbers of these birds from late summer onwards, with our rich tidal estuaries providing plenty of food. Some, such as the Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin and Knot will stay on

the mudflats throughout the winter, whilst others such as the Greenshank, Ruff and Whimbrel will have a short stay before continuing their journey further south. By September Swallows will start to gather on telephone wire getting ready for the trip to Africa, Swifts will have already left. Chiffchaffs can still be heard calling on a warm day but by the end of the month most of these will have gone south too and their distinctive call won’t be heard until the following April. Our native mammals will also start to build up their fat reserves for the change of season. Hedgehogs and Dormice will both be out foraging for food in ernest in September, so you may have a better chance of coming across either of these endearing creatures. Our woodlands tend to be rather quiet at this time of year, apart from the odd Robin still singing. But as we get closer to autumn our native mushrooms and fungi begin to show themselves. Incredibly there are over 3000 species in the UK, but do be careful as 14 of them are deadly!

The Greenshank is one of many beautiful species of wading birds that arrive on our estuaries in early Autumn

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Things to do in the East Devon Countryside

East Devon Heathweek, Various locations Sunday 29 July – Friday 3 August A week of heathland celebration, organised in association with East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, RSPB, Clinton Devon Estates and Devon Wildlife Trust. For more information look out for publications nearer the time, or contact the East Devon AONB team on 01404 46663 or have a look at www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk

Otter Vale Association walk Saturday 18th August - 10.00am Five mile walk from East Budleigh Contact Stan Herbert for details: 01395 445113 Bird Ringing Breakfast Axe Estuary Wetlands, Seaton Saturday 8th September 8 am - 12 noon Ever wanted to meet a kingfisher up close? Well head to the Field Studies Base on the Wetlads Contact East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team on 07814 477 422 to book

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Wildlife Art Exhibition DEVON OPEN STUDIOS

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Western Counties Heavy Horse Society

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Heavy Horses Working - Sunday 19th August


he Society was formed in 1975 with the aim of promoting heavy horses and encouraging their use in agriculture, industry and leisure. In 2006 it was incorporated into a limited company with a share guarantee. Four breeds of heavy horse are recognized in this country; the Shire, Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale and Percheron. The Shire is the

most numerous, but is nevertheless listed as ‘At Risk’ with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The Suffolk is ‘critical’ and the Clydesdale is ‘vulnerable’. The Percheron was originally imported from France after the First World War, where it had acquitted itself well and impressed with its draught abilities (being cleaned legged it did not suffer from

exposure to mud). The Society at present has 300 members. It is not necessary to own or work a horse. A quarterly newsletter keeps members up to date and two events are held annually. The ‘Working’ is in August at a farm “Somewhere in the West Country” where ‘From Plough to Loaf’ is demonstrated. Ploughing, rolling, harrowing, drilling and

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finally cutting corn with a binder. The demonstration sets out to be entertaining, educational and for the remaining few, nostalgic. (The latter need to be well into their eighties to be genuinely in the horse era and then late in the day!) The educational side is considered very important. ‘From Plough to Loaf ’ with the help of a commentator takes the public


through the various stages required to produce a loaf of bread (whether by horse or modern tractor). The plough is the first step and is one of man’s greatest inventions. In one movement, it cuts, lifts and turns over the soil. It is worth remembering that a ploughman with his pair of horses and single furrow plough, ploughed an acre a day and in doing so walked eleven miles. • The roller flattens or levels the furrow and is the first stage in producing the tilth. • The harrow breaks down the soil into a fine tilth (similar to the garden rake). • The drill is the means by which the seed is sown. • The binder cuts the corn, ties the sheaves which are tossed out onto the ground to be picked up and carried to the stack or rick prior to threshing.

Finally bread is baked on the field by the ‘Common Loaf’ a Christian commune who reside at Dunkeswell in East Devon. Their bread is then offered for sale to the public. Besides that there are Ring events and the opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ at ploughing. The Ploughing Match takes place in late October every year. The match is competitive and generally we have as many as fifteen teams ploughing in various classes. The High Cut or Oat Seed Furrow demonstrates the skill of the ploughman very well. Other classes include ‘General Purpose’ and ‘Cut Work’. A number of cups are awarded including the ‘Best Turned Out Team’ and Champion Ploughman. A class is also offered to the novices and we are lucky that we do attract a number of younger people willing to take up this challenge. During the year we hold Members' Days. These events are held for the benefit of those who do not

have horses but who seek ‘hands on experience’ and are supportive of our Society. The days consist of an introduction to harnessing and an explanation of each piece of equipment. Handling the horse and finally being able to drive a team put to harrows or in a waggon.

The plough is the first step - one of man’s greatest inventions. In one movement, it cuts, lifts and turns over the soil.

Membership of t he Societ y is by application. An annual subscription of £10 for a single and £15 for a family. Membership entitles free entry to the ‘Working’ and Ploughing Match together with the quarterly newsletters. Heavy Horses Working is on Sunday 19th August 11am at Kingsdown

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Farm, Branscombe Cross, East Devon, EX10 OPD (on the A3052) by kind permission of Mr. Gerald Knight. Entrance £5, Children Free. Horses will be seen working with a variety of vintage farm implements and corn will be cut in the traditional way. Refreshments, Craft Stalls. Heavy Horse Ploughing Match is on Sunday 28th October starting 9am at Marley Farm, South Brent, Devon, TQ10 9JX (by kind permission of Mr. Chris Palk.) Adults £5, Children Free. Refreshments available. Photos courtesy of James Pyne Photography: www.jamespyne.co.uk



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the tip of the iceberg by Guy Peters


n 1901, a certain Karl Nestler

railways since he was a child. He

invented some electric hair

thought his engineering experience


These were elaborate to

might combine with this industry.

say the least. Without going into

He did some research and, after

too much detail, several strands of a

talking to members of the trade,

woman’s hair were wrapped around

decided that there could be some

each roller and the whole contraption

opportunities in that field.

was plugged into the light socket. The switch was then flicked on and

The first thing he did was to recognise

the rollers heated up. Nestler’s first

that the, then, new Hornby 00 railway

experiments were carried out on

system had a coupling that was

his wife, Katherine Laible, which

impractical. He immediately set

resulted in the poor woman’s hair

about trying to redesign it. He made

being completely burnt off. However,

various prototypes and, eventually,

in the fullness of time, the invention

a solution was found. Following

was perfected and marketed. His

this, he managed to get Meccano of

next invention was artificial eyebrows which must have raised a few!

Michael Pritchard - MD at Pecorama

Liverpool to adopt the design for its 00 model railway locomotives and rolling stock. For this, he was paid a

Into this smouldering cauldron of

in a completely new direction. The

old bus station in the square was

royalty of a farthing per coupling. It

inventiveness stepped Michael

war office spotted the engineering

available. The brothers immediately

was enough to allow him to set up the

Pritchard’s (current MD of Pecorama)

skills of the company and asked them

utilised the building turning it into

Pritchard Patent Product Company

father, Sydney, and his brother

if they would turn their talents to

a production centre for the shell

later to become known simply as P.

William becoming joint managing

making shell fuses for the Admiralty.

fuses required by the Admiralty and

Co. This developed into Peco and

directors of the company. Michael’s

At the time, the company had an

providing employment for local

that name was registered. It was the

grandfather had a financial interest

engineering workshop in Holloway



in the business too. However, with

Road, London but the importance

the advent of WWI, Karl Nestler was

of their work for the Admiralty

Following the war, like many others,

Soon many designs were being

interned and, in 1915, he fled to the

demanded they move to premises

Sydney and William Pritchard were

developed by the Peco company and

States. Under the guidance of Sydney

well away from the capital.

looking for new careers. The industry

sold through the trade. However,

they were working in before the war

Sydney was an entrepreneur and,

and William Pritchard, the company developed and went from strength

Branscombe in Devon was an area

was outdated so they decided not

as well as continual development

to strength. Then, in 1939, came

known to the Pritchards so they

to return to London. Now, Sydney

of new products, he worked on

WWII and destiny lead the brothers

looked for premises there. The

had been passionate about model

better ways of producing them. His

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By now, they had left the Branscombe premises and following a period in Sidmouth had ended up in Seaton. Eventually, even this site was too limited. Fortunately, a piece of land became available in the nearby village of Beer. The Parish Council was enthusiastic about the new employer in their village. Planning was granted and a purpose built factory was constructed. Sydney Pritchard was adamant that the building would not simply look factory-like with a large chimney. He wanted it to be modern, sleek and, above all, to fit in with the landscape which comprised residential housing. He wanted to be and remain on good terms with the locals and to encourage local employment.

Chris Edwards busy at a spark eroding machine Pecorama have an extensive manufacturing facility at their Beer factory with an extensive range of high precision machinery on site. They employ 125 full time and 25 seasonal staff.

love of track had started at an early age. In his youth, he had studied the railway lines surrounding his childhood homes in London. He and his friends had started the Finchley Model Engineering Society. He had built a three and a half inch gauge railway at his parent’s home. His work was featured in the Model Engineer magazine in July 1946 and described as a perfect example of a miniature roadbed. The 00 gauge was the original and most popular gauge produced at the time but, in the 1960s, Arnold Rapido produced the N gauge system. Peco quickly followed with their own N gauge system and, soon after, their 009 ‘crazy track’ was produced for the narrow gauge enthusiast. Development continued apace.

You can't help being transfixed by the detail evident here in this miniature world Construction began in the summer of

places such as lofts, garages, garden

1970. It was a year later, in Easter 1971,

sheds, bedrooms, home extensions

when Peco production moved to

and so on visitors might be inspired

these premises. Finally, at the end of

to have model layouts of their own.

1973, the offices moved there as well

Steve Woods working a Sodick Wire Eroder

and the whole business enterprise

The exhibition opened in 1974

was located at the same address.

and was an immediate success

Now, it was possible to realise the

attracting far more visitors than

company’s long held intention of

originally anticipated. Suddenly,

incorporating an exhibition of model

Peco found themselves in the

railways open to the public. By

tourist industry! Now, this side of the

showing people how model railways

business could be developed and

systems could be incorporated in

act as a promotional vehicle for Peco

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products as well as the model

Some sixty people are employed

electrodes but, more than that,

railway industry as a whole. At this

on the manufacturing processes

to guarantee quality direct

point in time, the exhibition was

at Peco. There are a bewildering

milling into tool steel. These

known as Modelrama. However,

number of tasks taking place

machines can, and do, run fully

it was quickly realised that name

behind closed doors. One man

automatically for twenty four

did not describe what type of

(David Malton) originates a design

hours per day! Other machines

models visitors might expect to

on his computer while another,

supplement these high-tec pieces,

see. It did not give any clue to the

(Paul Hitchcock) further down

such as grinding equipment. This

nature of the company either. The

the line, turns that design, on his

means that the company can

centre was renamed Pecorama

computer, into something that

produce plastic injection mould

with the intention of informing

can actually be manufactured.

tools or press tools and be totally

local people and model railway

When it comes to the actual

self-sufficient producing whatever

enthusiasts that the exhibition

manufacturing processes, these

is needed in- house.

was a Peco venture.

days, a great deal of the production

David Malton using Solid Works 3D CAD to finalise design of new products

Paul Hitchcock converts designs into tooling information

is undertaken by automatic or, at

Michael Pritchard says, “Items

The Beer Heights Light Railway

least, semi-automatic machines.

for track-work are the company’s

opened in the following year.

In the past, much of the work

most important product. The

A seven and a quarter inch

was done by hand and was very

Peco Streamline flexible track

gauge system that commands spectacular views across Lyme Bay. The rest, as they say, is history and one has only to look on the Pecorama website - www. pecorama.info/ - to see the many facilities on offer today. The production end of the

Paul Hitcock programming high speed milling machine

Highwater Downes!

has been a major staple product

the Peco toolroom is one of the best equipped small workshops in the West Country

business has been kept under

for over forty years and its various patents helped to protect the copyright design during the early days.” In recent times, there has been a steady output of point work as well as a great variety of different track gauges produced. All this

close wraps since the beginning

laborious. Now, the Peco tool-

has established Peco as one of

and is, in effect, like the two thirds

room is one of the best equipped

the largest and most important

of an iceberg under the surface.

small workshops in the West

specialist manufacturers of model

So, when I was given the privilege


There is an amazing

railway equipment in the world.

of a guided tour of the production

spark erosion machine providing

As if all this is not enough, Peco

facility, I couldn’t help feeling that

very fine finishes and a Mikron

also publish their own magazines:

I was being shown around a top

high speed milling machine. This

Railway Modeller, Continental

secret site. It was very much like

is the same make of machine

Modeller, the Railway Modeller

something from a James Bond

used in several of the Formula

Annual and the Peco catalogue

movie. Given the 00 gauge, I half

One racing car workshops! It is

- ‘Peco Railway Models and

expected some professorial type

one of the best pieces of Swiss

Publications’. Furthermore, the

to walk up to me and say, “Now,

equipment available. It enables

company has expansion plans!

pay attention Bond.”

the tool-making team to make

I certainly had to pay attention.

very precise copper or graphite

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’ve had to take a Devoness test to prove to Ms Grudge of ADDLED (Association for the Deportation of Downright Lazy Eccentrics out of Devon) that I’m a fit and proper person to live in the Glorious County. Though failing miserably I was granted leave to remain because I was writing articles for a posh magazine - provided these always said good things about my beloved adopted county. In my book this amounts to censorship, up with which I will not put - normally. But principles can be bent on occasion and this one seems as good as any. However, at the end of the day whether I continue my ramblings in print depends on the reaction of you, the great Devonshire public.

So I remain poised at the bar of Ye Olde Pig & Trampoline, one fi nger quivering over the typewriter keys awaiting The Editor’s thumb up or down. If it goes the wrong way it’s deportation for me, but of course you’ll never know that because you won’t be reading this. On the other hand if the fickle digit of fate points skyward then I can regale you with more tales of Flatbeare life, such as the Ghost Bus, how the ʻPig’ and The Ferret & Codpiece, the other late lamented village hostelry, got their names and why Ms Grudge bears one. Some time later... Let joy be unbridled - he say yeah! I shall eat again, but fi rst another pint of Rottingtum’s Extra Strong Licence Remover to oil the old typing fi ngers. Some of you may wonder why I use a typewriter. Fact is, computers and I have a difficult relationship. I had one once, about seven years ago when I was led to believe they were a necessity in the high tech 21st century, not just for writing but communication. Friends moaned that I was not on email; eventually I caved in. Sure, it was useful but I became totally sick of emails from so-called friends with a note saying ʻgee, you’ll love this one’. They’d obviously forwarded it to all their contacts in the mistaken (I hope) belief that

failure to do so would result in their garden being ravaged by locusts, or whatever other disaster might be hinted at by the deviser of this alleged joke/funny story. Those were relatively harmless ones but I remember receiving badly worded and spelled ones from complete strangers telling me I’d won a lottery I’d never entered, so could they have my bank details. Most people could see through those but I’m told by computer literate friends that the hackers are nowadays much more sophisticated; the email from a friend who’s been mugged abroad and urgently needs 2000 dollars or whatever to get home may appear quite genuine and is apparently the work of an English speaker. Now that the hackers seem to be able to take over your address book to send out all sorts of nasty beasties which seize up the works I’m glad I decided to revert to nature. Computers can be useful for helpful suggestions regarding spelling and grammar but some of the latter would have sent my old English teacher into a state of apoplexy. For example, a simple sentence like ʻI’ll get you a glass of water... drink it’ produced two alternative suggestions: ʻI’ll get you a glass of water... drinks it’ or ʻI’ll get you glasses of water... drink it’. The name of a well known South African ex-President was queried by the spell checker and ʻNelson Mandible’ suggested. Once the spellchecker suggested ʻrescaling’ as an alternative to ʻdescaling’ a kettle. An interesting suggestion: should I collect all the unwanted scale and glue it back on? Then there’s the expense involved in preventing alien infiltration. It was comforting to know I had a personal firewall, outbreak alert, intrusion detection, antivirus, antispam, privacy control, parental control, auto protect, email scanning, ad blocking, pop-up blocking, an allowed list and a blocked list. I’d say my computer was relatively better protected than my house. East Devon Coast & Country

Messages such as ʻEnd of Media encountered while backing up to non-removable media’ were enough to bring on the urge to smash that screen, throw the printer out of the window and take up a quill pen, dip it in the inkpot and write on old fashioned parchment. But fortunately better brains than mine had invented the typewriter back in the 19th century. I would worry about the future if I wasn’t getting on a bit. There’s so much pressure to try to get people to do everything online and it’s becoming very difficult to exist without a mobile phone (or just ʻphone’ as I believe young people call it now). I was pleased to read recently that a coffee shop owner was intending to refuse service to anyone trying to order whilst chatting on a phone at the same time. I heartily approve; it’s difficult enough ordering a ʻdouble expresso with an extra shot of something’ these days without a third party being involved. On the positive side of technological advancement I’d place the invention of the telephone answering machine. Even better is the caller recognition thing that helps you decide not to pick it up. Oh dear, I’m sounding like a grumpy old man, which is perhaps not surprising. So, on a more cheerful note I’ll tell you how the Ferret & Codpiece came by its name. Well, once upon a time... Oops, sorry, my typewriter ribbons trapped. Could take some time to untangle it, so I’d better have a pint of Old Paintstripper while I sort it out and maybe tell you the story next time, if there is one. Make sure you let The Editor know what you think.


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ur story starts with

Axmouth Harbour which

was originally a large estuary

or drowned valley open to the sea. It was a sheet of water half a mile wide and four and a half miles long, covering the lower part of the valley we see today on what is called Seaton Marshes. The River Axe was navigable up as far as Whitford where there was a landing stage, and remains of ships and old anchors have been found as far up as Musbury. In prehistoric times, and also in Roman times, it was one of the most important harbours in the West of England, and one of the safest anchorages. Indeed it was the only port of consequence between the Exe and Poole. The ancient port was protected by the Iron Age Hillforts of Hawkesdown and Musbury and for a long time it was frontier country between the Dumnonii of Devon and the Durotriges of Dorset, the two main tribes in the area. When the new Axmouth Bridge was being constructed not many years ago an ancient sword was discovered buried in the mud of the river. It was subsequently dated to the Bronze Age around 1500 BC - some 3500 years old. It is now preserved in the Exeter Museum. It was an important port in Phoenician times and a trading post existed on the Seaton side. It was of major importance for the export of many different commodities. The ancient roadways all led

Painted wall plaster from Honeyditches. The lower wall seems to have been painted a dark red. The cream area above had simple floral decoration. These reside at Seaton Museum.

down to the harbour. Tin, copper, lead, silver, iron from the Mendips, wool from the Cotswolds, cattle, hides and leather - all carried on panniers by animals along these ancient roadways. There was a considerable trade with the Mediterranean and the Continent. The Great Ridgeway road ran across Southern England, coming through Dorset, past Charton farm, along the front of Rousdon Mansion, down the Axe Cliff golf links and ending at Axmouth Harbour. Evidence of a settlement of Iron Age traders had been found on Honeyditches with their circular huts, dating at least 300 years before the Romans came. In fact it was this trading, when

was in AD 43, in the time of the Emperor Claudius, and under the command of Aulus Plautius. It did not succeed, and he was replaced by General Titus Flavius Vespasian, later to become Emperor himself. He advanced along the South coast with the 2nd Augustan Legion, and his campaign was totally successful. He fought thirty battles with the Britons overcame two powerful nations, the Belgae and the Dumnonii, he occupied more than twenty towns and also reduced the Isle of Wight, reaching Seaton in AD 49. He established a military base at Seaton and made it his headquarters,

The Romans, when they came, were only interested in conquest, and initially they constructed four principal roads, namely Watling Street, Ermine Street, the Icknield Way and the Fosse Way, the last tow actually passing through our valley of the Axe. They made these roads as quickly as possible after their conquest and perfected them later on. After the Britons had submitted

the Britons were giving help to an insurrection on the Continent, that brought about the Roman invasion of Britain.

ferrying his troops and supplies to the harbour by sea from Weymouth, ready for his siege of Exeter. He used the existing ancient main road leading to Exeter and subsequently conquered the whole of the West.

to Roman rule the building of the new towns and country residences, or villas, commenced. For military purposes they built strongholds and fortified places which were connected by branch roads, with

The first expedition of the Romans

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A Legionary title with the mark of the 2nd Legion was discovered on Honeyditches and it is now held by Taunton Museum, and from this discovery we know that Seaton was the headquarters of the 2nd Legion for a time.


Stations for passing troops to rest overnight, having refreshment places for travellers with facilities for changing horses, whilst the dista nces were ma rked by milestones, being usually situated about 20 miles apart, representing a day’s march for the troops. For many years it has been though that Seaton is the site of the lost Roman town of Moridunum, and the discoveries made over the years have all helped to substantiate the claim. It has long been the subject of dispute amongst the experts, some saying that Hembury Fort near Honiton was the place. Although that ancient earthwork was certainly used by the Roman troops it was only ever a camp and not a town. Others have claimed that Peak Hill above Sidmouth could have been the site. Extensive fortifications there have been destroyed by the sea over the centuries. Budleigh Salterton has also claimed to be the site. A more recent claim has been Axminster, on the new bypass by the crossing over the River Yarty, where more Roman remains have been found. It was certainly located somewhere between Dorchester and Exeter.

In Antonine’s Itinerary dated AS 320 it is stated that Moridunum was 36 Roman miles from Dorchester and 15 from Exeter, which places it somewhere in our vicinity. Axmouth Harbour is the

great harbour of the West, namely Axmouth. It was only later that a branch was made to Exeter, after it became the Roman Capital of the Southwest. The Icknield Way come from Norfolk, passed through

The Holcombe Mirror I n 1967, t he Devon Archaeological Society found t hat a Roma n mosaic pavement had been discovered at Uplyme by a farmer. A Roman villa was found and under one of the floors, in an old pit, this Iron Age bronze mirror was unearthed, which appa rent ly had been placed in the pit in the first century AD.

obvious place of importance, being occupied by the Roman army from the beginning. We also know that all the ancient roads led down to the harbour. First and foremost is the great Fosse Way, which ran from the coast near Lincoln diagonally across the country to finish at the

Dorchester, Eggerdon Fort and Exeter. The total Length of the Fosse Way was 250 Roman miles. The later Itinerary of Richard of Cirencester, a learned monk from Westminster, who lived at the end of the 14th Century, is also a good authority and confirms the above.

In Camden’s Britannia, published in 1623, we read as follows: “Seaton, formerly a fine harbour, but now so choked with sand heaped before the mouth of them by the ebbing and flowing of the sea, that the benefit is almost quite lost. Here at Seaton the inhabitants endeavoured to cut out a harbour and proceed under the Great Seal for that purpose but now there remains no foundation of that work. That is the Moridunum of Antonius which is situated between Isca and Durnovoria (if the book of Antonines Itinerary be not faulty), I should conjecture both from the distance and signification of the name. For Moridunum is the same in Britain that Seaton is in English, namely a town upon a hill by the sea.” William Stukeley, the antiquary, spent a considerable time in this neighbourhood in about 1776, and he says: “About half a mile from the harbour, upon higher ground on the western side, is a castle in a pasture but formerly tilled called Honey Ditches. Tis noted about that it has a ditch and perhaps walled for they dig up much squared stone there.” Here he is referring to the Field called “The Castle” on the Tithe Map of 1840, situated below the

In the foreground - the site of the excavations of the Roman villa at Honeyditches in Seaton. The mounds are part of the excavations. It's strange to think that a couple of thousand years ago, the Romans were living here, in fact they were in charge!

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rear gate. The Pretorian gate would then be to the front, looking out on to the Harepath leading towards Colyford - today known as Harepath Road. “Harepath” is again AngloSaxon for a military way. As the postern gate was facing the sea, the enemy would be expected from the north, typical of a Roman Fort, whereas the Saxons would have expected the Danes coming from the sea.


Roman past

Villa site and where the Bath House was discovered in 1969, close to Boswell Way and Venborough Close. Around it was an oval earthbanked Fort which was apparently the first fort, built to protect the military base. Nearby were discovered the remains of two long timber buildings each over 100 feet long, which have been identified as the barracks for the troops of the 2nd Legion. Immediately below the Castle Field is Lydgates, a field on the Tithe Map and now the name of a residential road. “Lydgate” is Anglo-Saxon for “postern gate” or

Later on a second Fort was built in the second century on top of Bunts Knoll or Couchill. Once again squared stone was found in great quantities, and the square Fort certainly commanded the whole of the estuary and the harbour. In 1865 Peter Orlando Hutchinson, the antiquary from Sidmouth, reported that a man called Robins had told him that he had been employed about two years before to take away the stone, and they had removed scores of cartloads. He said the stone lay in the ground in lines as if they had been thrown into trenches and covered over. The site is now covered with housing, and part of the site was quarried by the old

Seaton Brickworks. The fact that there was such a permanent Fort built here is good evidence for the town of Moridunum to be close by. In the Seaton and Axmouth areas are the sites of two Roman

established the important town of Isca Dumnoniorum at the place we now call Exeter, but this was both the westernmost outpost of Roman might and the westernmost centre of Romanised life. Detachments were sent to guard the tin mines of Cornwall's and to keep watch on the North Devon coast for raiders from South Wales and Lundy, and also to police the Exmoor tribes. Apart from this there is no positive evidence of Romanising the province outside Exeter, expect in the Seaton and Axmouth areas.

Villas, unique in Devon. The Roman Province of “Britannia Prima” - that’s what it was called during their occupation - was never Romanised to any great extent. At the old British fortress of Caerwise (the camp above the water) General Vespasian

Here there is plenty of evidence of Roman settlement both on Honeyditches and at Holcombe near Uplyme. Another villa has been located at nearby Membury, but any others are only to be found in the east. The Holcombe Villa was also prosperous and was occupied until

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the hill in Moridunum, the Roman town. Another Roman Fort was at Woodbury, just outside Axminster, on the ancient crossroads of the Fosse Way and the Icknield Way.

The excavations at Honeyditches, Seaton. Picture is circa 1969 - if you're the girl in the picture, please get in touch with the magazine.

The semi-circular bath beside the hot room still preserving its plastered floor and walls.

the 4th century. An ornate hand mirror found there is in the British Museum, and a replica was made for Exeter Museum. The Romans also established Signal Stations as a warning system to protect their settlements and villas which mainly comprised the more prosperous area to the east. There was one on the top of Haven Cliff which later became a fire beacon station in the Middle Ages. Axmouth was a known Roman Station called Uxelis. Several coins have been found over the years in our Valley. At Colyford, once known as Colyford Ville, Stukeley in the late 1700’s speaks of stone vaults existing there. It was most likely a Roman Station on the main road. At Beer the Romans mined the famous stone at the Quarries and they used it extensively in their building work. It was also exported by sea both

Honeyditches Villa. Beers-stone ashlar quions and chert walling on the outside of the bath.

from Beer beach and from the harbour. The Beer stone quarries were started by the Romans and are the largest underground complex in the West Country. They extend over 73 acres, but two-thirds is

'Honeyditches what's in the name? The origin of this name relates to very sticky mud - nothing to do with honey apart from being sticky!' still closed to the public and not yet properly explored. However, the part that is open is well worth a visit. Beer stone is very suitable for carving work, being very soft initially but hardens on exposure to the elements. It has

been used on many of our ancient buildings, including, The Tower of London and particularly Traitors Gate, Windsor Castle, Winchester Cathedral and, of course, Exeter Cathedral. It has been used in 24 Cathedrals altogether and in nearly all of Devon’s Churches. It has also been used abroad, especially in America. Katherine Parr’s tomb in Sudeley Castle at Winchcomb, Gloucestershire, is made of Beer stone, no doubt due to the fact that Beer was part of her dowry when she married King Henry VIII. There were many stonemasons employed at the Quarries under the Romans. Some say there were up to 400 altogether, if you include the drovers attending to the horses, the blacksmiths and all the ancillary trades. Where did they all live? Certainly not in Beer which was just a fishing village adjoining the beach. It could be that they all lived over

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The Honeyditched site on the slopes of Seaton Down Hill, has been one of the most important and puzzling Roman sites in Devon. It had been occupied as a favoured site by successive farming communities from 4000 BC down to the Roman conquest. The circular houses with thatched roofs were already there and in about AD 200 they were replaced by a series of long stone buildings, each over 200 feet long. The earliest recorded discovery at Honeyditches was in 1659, when buried stone foundations were exposed during hedge removal. From 1862 onwards further excavations were carried out by the lord of the manor, Sir Walter Trevelyan. P.O. Hutchinson from Sidmouth, the well known local antiquary, took an active part and the results were published in the Transactions of the Devonshire Associat ion in 1868. The explorations first located the site of the higher Roman Bath House, with its hypocaust, large quantities of roofing tiles, some pieces of Roman glass, and fragments of tessellated pavement. The important title of the 2nd Legion was also found at this time. Other Roman remains were found as far down as the present housing development in Honeyditches Drive and Seaton Down Close. The total area of land involved is over eight acres, much more than just a Villa.

A floor tile from Honeyditches

Sir Walter Trevelyan was convinced that he had found the lost Roman town, and to record the fact he had the word “Moridunum” in large black letters placed along the old wall on the seafront which was the remains of the old Fort built by Henry VIII and inspected



Roman past

by him in 1539. This had been demolished to make was for the new Esplanade in 1836, when the Trevelyans were planning to develop Seaton as an upmarket seaside resort. The letters were taken down in 1937 when the then

revealed two stonebuilt rooms and a hypocaust heating system. Very few mosaics have been discovered in Devon. There was also evidence of decorated plaster friezes, the most sophisticated to be found in Devon to date. A Roman well was also uncovered and an extensive barn complex. In later years various excavations have revealed a complex sequence of occupation of the site from the 1st to the 4th centuries, and even later occupation in medieval times. Roman remains extend under the recent Honeyditches Drive housing development. After building had commenced it was found to be far more extensive than first realised, but by then it was too late for preservation. That was in 1978. In 1984 a Geophysical Survey

there is stands today - a site that is protected for the time being. In 1969 the second Bath House was discovered some 200 feet away from the original villa site. This extensive complex, connected to the higher site by gravelled paths, had been built in the early 2nd century and consisted of a cold room adjacent to a well-house, a warm room and a hot room with a hypocaust heating system constructed of Beer stone, also a semi-circular plaster-lined bath. Two further rooms had been added and amongst the debris was some painted wall plaster. It appears to have been deliberately demolished in about 200 AD. Later some of the walls were used in erecting a small cottage on the site, probably in the 12th century.

The Beer stone quarries were started by the Romans and are the largest underground complex in the West Country, covering some 73 acres Seaton Urban District Council built the public toilets there. On the adjoining man-made mound known as “The Burrow” had stood a Pharos, or Lighthouse, since Roman times. It was still there in Stukeley’s time and afterwards became various forts with cannons for defending the harbour. It was Easter 1921 when General Wright, who had built Seaton Down House in 1912, was planting fruit trees on the lower part of his ground. He found large stones in the soil which caused him some concern, but the workmen continued and it was Good Friday, at a depth of 2ft. 6ins. to 3ft. that a Roman tessellated pavement was discovered. He called in Professor Clayden from Beer, who was the Principal of the College of the Southwest, now Exeter University, who dated the find to about 200 AD. It proved to be an elaborate mosaic which was removed to Exeter Museum. Further digging

Roman Bronze Centaur - found at Sidmouth Beach.

was undertaken of the whole site and this indicated the existence of more structures on the site. As a result East Devon District Council decided not to proceed with further housing development until more comprehensive excavations have been carried out. The whole site has been Scheduled as an Ancient Monument of National Importance by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, now the Department of the Environment, in 1952, this was extended in 1969 to include the lower second Bath House, and again extended in 1985. And

This site remained exposed to the elements for seven years, from 1969 to 1976, due to the general apathy of various authorities involved. During this period other extensive Roman remains were found in front of Exeter Cathedral, and these were considered to be of more importance. After much discussion the Exeter remains were eventually filled in again and cannot now be seen by the public. As usual there was no money available for the Seaton remains and so nothing was decided. Eventually the Seaton Chamber of Trade decided to make

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a move and have them infilled until a later date, the Chamber was a local force of some influence, and organised the proper infilling with sand under the watchful eye of a representative from the Department of the Environment. This was done in March 1976. East Devon District Council gave £30 towards the project, and the Chamber paid the remainder of the cost which was a further £200. So far all the excavations outlined above have only looked at isolated limited locations and large areas still remain to be investigated. The experts are still uncertain about the true nature of the site. Because of the extensive Roman remains discovered over such a wide area there is considerable doubt over its interpretation. It is usually referred to as a Roman Villa, but if so it must have been the residence of an extremely wealthy and affluent family - a very large rural estate. On the other hand there is the distinct possibility that it could be a town or a coastal settlement, indeed it most certainly could be Moridunum. The excavations have produced a large and wide selection of small finds. Most of the early finds of the 1921 excavation were destroyed in the Exeter Blitz, but at least one section of the mosaic pavement has survived and is in Exeter Museum. Roman coins, tile fragments and other chance finds have occurred over the years in and around Seaton and the Harbour. Unfortunately no proper record has been kept and the finds have either been lost or dispersed into private hands. One such Roman coin was found in 1895 when workmen were digging the foundations at Bridgewater Place, next to the former Royal Clarence Hotel, and close to the ancient causeway leading down to the harbour. It was identified as a coin of Valens, Emperor of the East, and is dated around AD 364. It is thought that the Honeyditches site developed into a pottery factory, supplying the Roman Legions after the military had moved away from Seaton. There is also evidence of bronze smelting also


Slate roofing tile note that it's been shaped so the final roof would have an attractive 'fish scale' pattern.

being carried out. The Romans withdrew from the area in about AD 410 and there is no doubt that the settlement continued to exist for a time, but eventually it succumbed to the warlike tribes who once again had a free hand in the area. Evidence has been found that the Villa buildings were in fact burnt down. The Kingdom of Dumnonia continued and was the last of the old English kingdom to survive. And so it remained until conquered by the Saxons, coming from the east, who defeated the British at the Battle of Bindon, above Axmouth, in AD 614 and occupied the valley of the Axe, establishing Colyton as their major centre here. However, the port still remained important and was maintained to continue the trade with Brittany and the Continent. It has always been the intention that the lower Roman Bath House should be re-excavated and restored as a special feature, to be open for the public at large to inspect. The field where it is situated is now open to the public with access from the

Roman Way. East Devon District Council, who own most of the land involved. Have agreed to erect an Information Board on the site. There is no doubt that Seaton has something unique and it could be very important in attracting tourists to the town. After all it is probably the only Roman remains outside Exeter in Devon that could be put on public view. The larger and more visionary scheme would be to cover the Bath House complex with a purpose-built Visitors Centre in due course. Ample car parking would be available and the centre would have a full display about the Roman occupation of the Axe Valley, together with the story of the history of Axmouth Harbour, the Iron Age line of Hillforts, the frontier country of Dumnonia, the coming of the Saxons, the Battle of Brunenburgh with the Danes in the Axe Valley, the local conflict in the Civil War when both Stedcombe House and Colcombe Castle were destroyed, and the local involvement in the Monmouth

Rebellion. What a story we can tell. The sea and the river dominate the landscape from Seaton Down hill as they have always done. The Romans would have seen the same green world in the valley that we see today and although much has changed, the outline remains the same. I often wonder what they thought of this strange , so green and beautiful in the summer, so packing the warmth of the Mediterranean sun in the winter.

Beer stone hypercaust pillar, several of which were found on site at Honeyditches and are now to be seen in Seaton Museum

References and Acknowledgements The papers of the late Roy Chapple, Norman Winfrey and Eileen Gosney. Records from the Seaton Museum archive.

Section of lead pipe found at Honeyditches. Note the folded joint, where the sheet has been folded to form a tube. Plumbum is the Roman word for lead, hence the word plumber, an ancient term derived from the Roman latin term.

Roman window glass - found at Honeyditches - a very rare find.

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Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx lingustri), the UKs largest residentmoth

actual size

A Passion for Moths By Peter Vernon


y passion for moths (and other wildlife) first started in my childhood when we lived at Dorset. I have always loved the countryside and would often wander across the fields or into the woods to see what I could find in the way of wildlife. Even as a young boy I could sit for ages just looking at insects or birds.

off my records of moth species

species of Macro moth which

common moth in East Devon.

caught to the Devon Moth Group

are very common in the summer

The Humming Bird Hawk-moth is another little beauty which

who then enter these onto the

months, the Heart & Dart and

national data base. As a result

Large Yellow Underwing moths

like its name suggests mimics

of identifying moths against

being just two examples and it

a Humming Bird and will hover

reference books and the UK

is not unusual to have over 100

motionless over a flower sucking

moths website, I have broadened my knowledge and find even the more obscure moths easier to identify. Even so I am sometimes flummoxed and go to experts for an ID or confirmation.

I now live at Colyford in East Devon and run a moth trap here

In the UK we presently have 56

nectar through its long proboscis.

In the UK we presently have 56 species of butterfly and around 2,500 species of moth

2011 was a very good year for migrant moths into the UK which can arrive at our shores in virtually any month but are usually more numerous in the late summer and autumn months. I caught

at our cottage on most nights.

species of butterfly and around

Basically a moth trap is a device

2,500 species of moth but as

several this year new to me and

for attracting moths at night

moths are (mainly) nocturnal

using a special light bulb or tube

most people see more butterflies

with a container below which

in their lifetime than they would

of these species in my moth trap

the moths drop into. This does

moths. There are some really

when emptying it in the morning!

I am a member of The Devon

no harm to the moths and they

stunning and beautiful moths

Moths (and their Larvae) are an

Moth Group which is a group of

a few were quite rare species for Devon. Some of these moths have travelled vast distances.

roost up in egg boxes which are

in East Devon and a lot of them

important food source for many

like minded people who are also

piled up at the base of the trap. I

are found in our gardens and the

animals including several species

passionate about moths. The

still get excited to see what I have

surrounding countryside.

of bats.

group organize several evening

moths and take photographs of

Moths are divided into two

There are a small number of day

Summer and Autumn months where they put out several moth

“caught� in the morning. I log the

field trips during the Spring,

the rarer ones and the perfect

sections which include the

flying moths that you may well

specimens. The moths are then

Macro moths, which are the larger

have seen but not realized they

traps (up to twenty!). Catching

carefully released back into the

species and Micro moths which as

were moths such as the strikingly

moths starts as it gets dark and

surrounding vegetation.

you might expect are (mainly) the

marked Jersey Tiger moth

usually goes on until the early

At the end of each year I send

smaller species. There are some

which in most years is a fairly


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Alabonia geoffrella

Brimstone Moth


This a micro moth called Alabonia geoffrella and has a wingspan of 20mm (its actual body length is approx 10mm). It is a fairly common moth in East Devon and can be found flying in May on sunny days in garden and field hedgerows

(Opisthograptis luteolata)

This is the Brimstone Moth and is aptly named as it is a beautiful bright yellow and is a very common night flying moth in the summer months, I catch lots of these in the moth trap. Wingspan is 35mm and it is on the wing from April to October

The Devon Moth Group also hold

who is interested in moths would

a fancy (and expensive) digital SLR

tripod or other aids but always try to

indoor meetings for members

be The Field Guide to the Moths

camera. My own camera of choice

hold the camera as steady as I can or

and guests throughout the winter

of Great Britain and Ireland by Paul

is a Panasonic Lumix FZ28 which is a

lean it on a solid surface and hold my

months. To find out more, have

Waring & Martin Townsend (macro

'bridge' camera and has an all in one

breath while taking the shot (usually

a look at their website www.

moths only) and British Moths and

lens with a good zoom capability and

up to ten shots of each subject).

devonmothgroup.org.uk. They are

Butterflies A Photographic Guide by

is very light to carry round all day.

a most friendly bunch of people and

Chris Manley (which also has some

All the images of moths illustrated

I hope that my photographs of

you would be most welcome to come

micro moth species).

in this article were taken using this

moths have helped interest others

along to one of their meetings or field events.

I would like to finish by saying that

camera which was set at 3 million

to appreciate the beauty, colours,

mega pixels! (you do not need more

patterns and variety of some of the

digital photography has made

mega pixels to get a good image).

species and that I might have helped

I have several reference books for

photographing moths and other

The camera is also always set to

to inspire others in a lifelong passion

identifying my moth catches but the

insects much easier over the last ten

'Intelligent Auto Mode' so basically

for moths.

two I would recommend to anyone

years or so and that you do not need

I just point and shoot. I never use a

actual size

Poplar Hawk Moth Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria

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A Passion for Moths

Scorched Wing

(Plagodis dolabraria) This moth is called the Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria and is one of my absolute favourite moths, I just love the patterns and colours of its wings, again a fairly common night flying moth during the summer months. Wingspan 35mm

Angle Shades

(Phlogophora meticulosa) This macro species of moth is called the Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa and has a wingspan of 50mm. It has an interesting shape which resembles a shriveled leaf, it is a common moth and may be seen in any month of the year though mainly between May to October

Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri)

This is the Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri and is the UK's largest resident moth, it has a wingspan of 110mm. I hopefully catch at least one of these a year although they are not an uncommon moth. We do get larger moths in the UK like the Deaths-head Hawk-moth but they are migrants and arrive here from southern Europe

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A Passion for Moths

Poplar Hawk-moth

(Laothoe populi)

This is one of the larger species of moth called the Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi and it is always a thrill to catch one, it has a whopping 80mm wingspan and is reasonably common here. The Hawk moth species do tend to fly later at night and are usually on the wing well after

Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata)

This moth's supposed to mimic bird poo!


Alder Kitten

(Furcula bicuspise) This macro moth is called the Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis and is perched on the end of my finger! This is not a common moth and I may only catch one a year if I am very lucky. It has a wingspan of 35mm

Micropterix calthella These moths are very small micro moths and can be seen feeding on pollen inside a Buttercup flower. This species is called Micropterix calthella and does not have a common name. You can see literally thousands of these tiny moths along roadside verges feeding on Buttercups and other flowers in May. The wingspan is 9mm and body length around 4mm

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Horse Care Character by Natalie Bucklar-Green

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

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

The Adventures of Billy The Little Black Pony

I have known hundreds of horses throughout my career but one pony who has taught me a huge amount is Billy, a black Shetland. I acquired Billy as a young feral foal, un-handled and riddled with lice and worms. At least twice daily exposure to people was required for several months before I could get near him. I could have shut him in a stable and forced him to accept human contact but as there

was no need for me to do this for welfare reasons, I believed that as frustrating as it was he would go out in the field and come to me in his own time, when he was ready and happy that I wasn’t going to hurt him. That time came about 2 months after I got him and it was as sudden as flicking a switch. One day Billy came up to me, he chose to come over and say hello, he let me touch him, on a roll I even put on a leather foal slip. From that day on I could do anything with him, with no attempt from him to move away. Billy had decided, in his own time and without force, that people were OK. As a yearling I took Billy to some shows and he came home with rosettes. I couldn’t help think how amazing he was at the Devon County Show that year, he behaved impeccably and nobody would believe that you couldn’t get near him just six months previously. At this time Billy was the most placid, easy pony anyone could want. So aged 18 months he left me to start a new life with a friend of mine, with the plan to eventually become her son’s pony. All I can say is it’s a good job she was a good friend. Leaving a herd to live with just one other horse changed Billy into a bossy, bold and mischievous little toad! I need a whole book to be able to convey all of Billy’s antics, so I will share just a few. One thing he became particularly good at was refusing to move. If you didn’t know any better you would think that Shetlands grew roots. Very deep, long and strong roots. If Billy decided he didn’t want to move, there wasn’t a technique that could budge him. Turning his head, rocking him, anything to try to get him to move his feet just an inch just did not work. We once tried dropping noisy objects right up his backside but he didn’t even flinch. Billy moved when he wanted to, not when you wanted him to.

And there came the next problem. When Billy wanted to he could really shift, and I mean flat out. He took me skiing on the end of a lunge line on many an occasion. One day my friend just couldn’t hold on and Billy disappeared up a country lane. Due to smoking too much my friend had no hope of keeping up, so when she puffed her way up a hill and round the bend she was relieved to find someone who told her that ‘the little black pony’ had been caught. A few minutes later, Billy came back under a military escort. Now it was his turn to struggle to keep up as he trotted alongside a group of jogging marines. ‘The little black pony’ was becoming quite well known around his village. He became well known at the Devon County Show one year too, mainly for refusing to go home and taking five hours to walk up the ramp back into the horsebox. We had every suggestion under the sun, from getting men to pull him in to beating him in, to putting a blindfold on him. None of which we listened to for hopefully obvious reasons, one lady almost got told to go away in a less than polite manner after her insistence of a less than sympathetic loading method. We wanted to go shopping. Billy was tired. Tough luck on us, we just had to wait and eventually Billy let us place his feet on the ramp and in he went. We didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. He had never refused to load before and he has never refused since but for a reason only known to Billy that day he needed five hours to do it. Much as we wanted to turn him into cat food, we never got cross and learnt that day that sometimes with horses you have to have the patience of a saint. By this point, my friend and I had read enough equine behaviour books to start a library. Shame Billy hadn’t read them. Or if he had he took no notice and with some things went

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out of his way to do the opposite. Most ponies that escape their diet controlled paddocks into a 3 acre garden full of grass would stay and eat. Unless your name is Billy, then it’s much more fun to go on a jaunt until you find your way into someone else’s yard several miles away. We managed to rally several people to begin combing the countryside when it was discovered that Billy had gone from his Fort-Knox-like field. Luckily, through the power of Facebook, followed by twenty phone calls, Billy was found. Someone had posted that ‘a little black pony’ had paid them a visit- did anyone know who he was? So, I come to the reason for telling you about Billy’s adventures. You learn something from every horse, at least I believe you do. Billy has no issues as such, he isn’t a problem pony, he’s not frightened or nervous. He’s just a character that doesn’t always follow the rules and frequently breaks them. Billy is now aged five and my friend and I have put hours and hours of work into him. He has had more training in the last four and a half years than an Olympic athlete. Sometimes you just have to accept that although some horses need more work than others, they all need work, even if they are unspoilt and have no hang ups. If my friend wasn’t how she was she would have got rid of Billy years ago and probably wouldn’t still be my friend. But she recognises that owning a horse is a huge commitment and to get the horse you want you often have to work for it, with a great deal of understanding. Billy has tested our patience and sanity and our physical and emotional strength. No doubt he will continue to do so for at least another 20 years. Oh, and have I mentioned that he’s also got a brother, a year younger but they might as well be twins?! Natalie


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The Awareness Centre Celebrating 20 years in East Devon

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Research shows that creativity and the arts can make a significant contribution to health and wellbeing. I am keen to find out more and would love to know what you think. Do you know an inspiring person who would share their story? Are you involved in a project that is making a difference to people’s lives? Contact me using the details above. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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Did you know that just 2 minute’s walk from Axminster High Street there is a community based charity offering free healing to anyone who needs it and working to empower everyone to enjoy a healthy, happy life?

At the Awareness Centre, anyone experiencing the kind of physical or emotional challenges that life can throw at us all from time to time, will find a welcome in this small oasis of calm.

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During my visit all sorts of questions occurred to me and Aynsley, one of the centre co-ordinators, was happy to answer.

What is the centre most well known for?

Do you have anything interesting to tell us about? organisations abo ut the good work they carry out in the community.

the garden space or the library, the whole centre is suffused with soft light and a peaceful atmosphere.

A Small quiet room within the Centre

I went along to meet some of the people who work at the centre and was treated to a coffee and a guided tour. The first thing I noticed was the tranquillity. Although each of the spaces and rooms has its own character; from the large meeting room to the cosy 1 to 1 room;

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Local people, visitors and holiday makers all know that we have an open door. No appointments and no explanations are required. No-one has to feel obliged to book a therapy or live locally to come in and enjoy our facilities. We have visitors who come back year after year because they came once on holiday and now like to pop in and say hello whenever they are in East Devon.

What is your best kept secret? Possibly our lovely peaceful garden where people can sit and just BE for a few quiet moments or it might be that you can now find us on Facebook!

What about your library? We have books, all donated, on a wide variety of health and well being subjects. Anyone is welcome to take a book home although we do suggest a donation of 20p as the library relies on voluntary contributions. Or you can go into the walled garden and can spend a pleasant hour in the sunshine reading and listening to the birdsong. A lot of our visitors see this as a real treat; a chance to step out of their busy schedules and take just a little time for themselves.

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A lovely seat in their tranquil garden

I’m sure the centre can be helpful in other ways too. Yes, what makes us unique is that we are the only centre in the country offering drop-in healing sessions five days a week. Our healers are fully qualified and they give their time freely. You don’t need an appointment although if you are making a special journey it’s always wise to ‘phone and check before you leave. Of course we have a wide range of other complementary therapists here too. From acupuncture to Yoga there is something here for everyone and we also encourage local groups and businesses to hire our rooms. One of our more unusual ways of helping is to offer a chance to try volunteering as a means of returning to work. People who have been out of the workplace for a while sometimes need to rebuild their self-confidence, or obtain a recent reference. It can provide a gentle pathway back to the outside world. For others of course, donating time, energy and resources can be a worthwhile way of giving something back.

I was amazed to hear that the centre has been here for 20 years. Congratulations! How are things changing? The centre has just entered an era of change. We have a new website, www. awarenesscentre.org.uk and several exciting new developments. A new foodbank project for low income families and the elderly is just beginning and we have a youth farm starting which will involve the whole community. Look out for ‘Canned Sunshine’. We also have an international group about to begin work on forging community links. For




Pat Hoare



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

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Clinics throughout East Devon

(01395) 578050 offer support. How can people get involved?


There is a virtual tour and further information on the website and of course everyone is welcome to pop in, have a look round and try the facilities. We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the centre on Chard Street or at some of the local events we run such as Mind, Body, Spirit events or our marquee at the Axe Vale festival.


For general health problems, fertility, addictions, sports injuries, facial revitalisation acupuncture  Val Davis, B.Sc., M.B.Ac.C., Lic.Ac. 01395 578050 Birth Preparation Parentwise Birth Preparation Classes are led by midwives and run in Exeter and Honiton. Contact info@parentwise.co.uk Chiropractic For gentle, effective holistic chiropractic treatment for the whole family, the Chiropractic Health Centre 01297 35844 or 01404 549270 Cognitive Hypnotherapy Let Michelle Hague help you gain control of your life. Tel 01297 20144. See display advert. Promote your practice Appear in this section for only £12 Call Nigel on 01395 512166 or email nigel@prestige-media.co.uk continued on the following page

You can even bring your animals here for healing

the autumn we are planning a very swanky slow food evening and an interesting auction. Watch this space!

It sounds like a huge, and growing, task. How is the Awareness Centre organised and who runs it? The Awareness Centre is a registered charity and relies on donations and voluntary contributions. We have two part-time co-ordinators and volunteers work on reception, run the library, tend the garden, decorate the rooms and provide the free healing that is available to anyone who needs it. Whether it is financial help, time and energy, expertise, or books for the library, it all helps.

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Does your organisation do good work in the community? Do you have something to say?

Congratulations on 20 years and good luck for the future. Is there one more thing you would like to say East Devon Coast and Country readers?

Would you like us to feature you or your organisation in these pages, if you do, call Charlotte Fergie on 01395

We warmly invite you to come in, have a look around and make yourself comfortable. Everyone is welcome so please come and introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you.

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he short answer is yes! Surprisingly, happiness needn’t depend on our circumstances, health or financial status. Instead, happiness is dependent on how we interpret the events of our lives, not the actual events themselves and how we think can significantly affect our enjoyment of life. So, learning to recognise unhelpful habits of thought and developing healthier thinking patterns can improve the quality of all aspects of our lives. We all fall victim to distortions in our thinking patterns from time to time. For example, how we deal with an ambiguous situation can lead to unnecessary worry. If a friend hasn’t contacted us for a while, we might imagine they are upset with us. We replay our most recent conversation and seek reasons for having upset them. What we don’t know is that our friend has been busy caring for a sick relative, or has been working long hours on an important project. We have taken an ambiguous situation, projected our own interpretation and imagined a non-existent problem. Black and white thinking is another unhelpful trait. We might unconsciously decide to join a gym or learn photography once we’ve moved house. It might take months, or even years, to sell our current house and in the meantime we’ve put our life on hold, based on an arbitrary decision. Learning to stand back and re-evaluate assumptions can be enormously helpful. Another manifestation of black and white thinking is the all-or-nothing mindset. If we can’t do something perfectly then what’s the point in doing it at all? This leads to procrastination and we find ourselves paralysed into

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inaction. Accepting that ‘good enough’ is sufficient can be quite a challenge, but ultimately releases us from the deadlock. Another example of distorted thinking is focusing too much in the past or the future, without living in the ‘now’. We all know people who seem stuck in the past. Perhaps they’re continually ruminating about a failed relationship or an unhappy period in their life. At the other extreme are people who continually worry about the future ‘what if I lose my job?’, ‘what if I become ill?’. Learning to be mindful and living in the present can enrich the quality of all our lives.

We can choose to think differently and, as a consequence, enjoy a better quality of life. We can be happier. Feelings of not being good enough, that critical inner voice that causes us to judge ourselves too harshly, can be enormously harmful. These thoughts can drive us to over-achieve or be inappropriately competitive, potentially leading to burnout as we strive for perfection. Globalising is a classic distortion. Something relatively minor might go wrong, and we decide that everything we do is wrong. For instance, we might have a minor disagreement with a work colleague during the day. By the time we’ve got home we’ve decided that all our relationships are hopeless and what’s more, they’ve always been hopeless. We’ve never been able to get on with anybody. The good news is that, once we recognise that we are susceptible to

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one or more of these unhelpful thinking patterns, we can learn strategies to hep us overcome them. As Richard Carlson explains in his excellent book ‘Stop Thinking, Start Living’, thinking isn’t something that happens to you. Thinking is something you choose to do with the thoughts that enter your head.

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We can choose to think differently and, as a consequence, enjoy a better quality of life. We can be happier. Solution Focused Hypnotherapist Deborah Pearce is running a Course in Happiness designed to help attendees overcome unhelpful thinking patterns. Happiness levels are measured at the start and end of the course using the Oxford Happiness Inventory, a sur vey designed to measure personal happiness. It was developed by psychologists at Oxford University and is a useful tool in measuring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, such as the Course in Happiness. She explains: “Whether or not you feel happy is largely dependent on how you interpret your situation. Life events do not make you happy or unhappy - it’s how you think about them. On this course, we cover how to change habitual

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thought patterns to provide a more positive outlook on life. “Each week we’ll explore different aspects of happiness and learn techniques to improve our enjoyment of life. The group work is particularly beneficial and attendees provide mutual support to help each other with issues they may be experiencing”. The 8-week evening course runs starts in Sidmouth on Tuesday 11th September. For further details contact Deborah Pearce on 01404 813388 or 07939 840788 or visit: www.happinesseastdevon.com


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Budleigh Beach By FCR Esgen

Budleigh beach is one of those few luxuries in life that are all things two everyone. It matters not whether you are a sunbather, swimmer, fisherman, walker, beachcomber, barbecue artist or just like messing about in boats, Budleigh beach loves us all. Thus, the casual observer will notice that the beach clientele changes as much as a politicians rhetoric. Early mornings tend to be dominated by walkers and fishermen. On summer days, swimmers and sun-bathers hold the fort until the last shift enter stage left, or right, depending on the car park they use. This happy band of beach lovers are artists of one description or another, or, as one Budleigh worthy called them, the barbecue people. The winter crowd tend to do things rather more on speck, but are none the less dedicated for that. In short, Budleigh beach helps us get away from it all, or at least most of it. This can be readily seen by a casual walk down the beach esplanade on any good evening where the gardens that back onto the beach are chocca with people enjoying the fruits of their labours with an obligatory glass of chilled chardonnay while watching the boats being hauled up the beach like great white psychedelic crabs. Of course, even Budleigh has its share of bad weather when all the fishing boats are laid up and people go down to watch the big rollers crash onto the beach and feel the wild salty wind tingle their skin. After the storms have gone, beachcombers come out in force to plunder the goodies left by the relentless waves. Some come just to gather seaweed for their gardens or wood for kindling while others hope for the more substantial bounty that can be washed off ships in a storm or perhaps even a wreck! As with all good things, the charm of Budleigh beach is well known. People come from far and wide to taste the many delights it offers. You can do this literally by buying a crab or a delicious fresh mackerel from the fishermen selling from their boats, then its up to you whether you take your catch home or cook it right there over a few sticks gathered on the beach by you or the kids.

For me I like nothing better than to float out on my back in the bay and gaze at the high sand stone cliffs and the pebbly beach and thank providence that I live just a stones throw away from Budleigh beach.

Blackberrying By FCR Esgen

When I was a boy in the sixties life was quite different from what it is today in this century. Our summer holidays were always spent outside, unless it was raining heavily, in which case we would go to the nearest friend’s house and watch one of the small black and white television sets that had children’s programmes in the mornings. Maybe Laurel and Hardy or perhaps Flash Gordon was on. If the sun was out and it was late summer, my pals and I often went picking blackberries “blackberrying” as it was then called. The back gate at the end of my parents’ large garden opened out into the vast green world of the Sussex Downs. There we were free to ramble amount the brambles unchecked, at least until the thorns caught in our jumpers. After eating our way through a few bushes we would start to put blackberrries in the various containers we had brought along with us; saucepans, plant pots, anything that was to hand was pressed into service as we strayed for miles along heath and heather for bigger and tastier specimens. At length, the gang of us would trudge our ruby-lipped way home to our mothers, who were ready to make use of our wild crop and turn it into such wonderful delights as stewed blackberry and apple or blackberry and raisin pie with thick custard on top.

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Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 20 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and investment advice. Her firm also provides a specialist annuities service for people approaching retirement and newly retired which operates nationally.

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lthough the Global outlook for recovery is generally pretty downbeat, there are still opportunities for capital growth.

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To find out more about her practice, you can view her company website at: www.richmondindependent.co.uk

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East Devon Coast & Country Magazine August 12  

A high quality, free magazine for the East Devon area.

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