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EAST DEVON PROPERTY REVIEW 2013/14 STARTED SLOW BUT FINISHED WELL 2013 started like a snail principally as the winter dragged on and on and seemed to have a depressing effect on peoples psyche. However, sales in the second half of the year gathered momentum creating some record months when we sold over £8.5 M of property in July/August. We even found the market surprisingly active in December.

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Contents Feb-Mar

8. Forthcoming Events


38. Range Rover Sport Test drive with Matford Land Rover.

68. East Budleigh History

Find out what's not to be missed.

16. Live Music Roundup

40. Budget Boutique

71. Alleged Poaching

Get the info on local live music!

Home living by Amanda Merchant.

By author & historian Ted Gosling.

20. Art Exhibitions

47 Flatbeare Views

72. The Old Vet'nary

Forthcoming art exhibitions.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

Animal tales by Ken Watson.

23. Yellingham Farm

53. Nelson's Column

74. Life Matters

Colourful tales from Janet East.

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

The Rural Growth Network.

24. Star Gazing

54. The Devil's Hoof-prints

78. Modelmaking Excellence

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Devon's greatest unsolved mystery.

Model ships with Alan Rapkins.

26. Photo Shoot

56. Aerial Photograph

80. Great Expectations

At Bicton Park Botanic Gardens.

In East Devon - Guess where?

Katina discusses realistic expectations.

28. Gifted with Love

59. The English Garden

81. But here's the thing

Gift ideas for Valentine's Day.

Tips for gardeners this Spring.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

34. Eating Out

62. Otterton Circular Walk

82. Financial Planning

East Devon's best eateries.

Illustrated walk with the Editor.

By independent adviser, Helen Mulvaney.

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David Pilling travels back in time.





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LOST ILLUSIONS (LIVE STREAMING BOLSHOI BALLET 02 Feb - Lost Illusions (Live Streaming Bolshoi Ballet), The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 4.00pm.

BOLSHOI: LOST ILLUSIONS 02 Feb - Season of live broadcasts of ballet from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter, 3.00pm.

VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET: CINDERELLA 12 Mar - Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present their new 2014 Spring Ballet, Exeter Corn Exchange, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

GOLDEN AGE (LIVE STREAMING FROM THE BOLSHOI) 30 Mar - Golden Age (live streaming from the Bolshoi), The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 4.00pm.

BOLSHOI: THE GOLDEN AGE 30 Mar - Season of live broadcasts of ballet from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter, 4.00pm.

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HONITON POTTERY (BOX 16 - THE EVENTS BARN) 17 Feb - Have a go at painting your own pottery with help from Honiton Pottery, The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

Choirs SWEET HONI 'N' SOUL Until 18 Mar - Community Rock Choir, Sweet Honi 'n' Soul (Rock Choir), Millwater School, Honiton, 7.30pm.

CHORAL WORKSHOP BACH MASS IN B MINOR 01 Feb - Workshop to explore Bach's masterpiece, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Mint Methodist Church, Exeter, 10.30am.

THE ARMED MAN 08 Feb - A Mass for peace composed by Karl Jenkins is at St Mary's Church, The New Elizabethan Singers, St Mary's Church, Bridport.

THE CANDLELIGHT CONCERT 25 Feb - Seasonal music by Exeter Cathedral's professional choir., Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Children THE PUPPET CLUB Until 12 Feb - 6 week puppet making workshop. Suitable for ages 6 and up, The Lyric Theatre, 9 Barrack Street, Bridport, 4.30pm.


GOSPEL CONCERT 29 Mar - An uplifting, heartwarming evening raising funds for Christian Aid, Sidmouth Gospel Choir, Seaton Methodist Church, Seaton, 7.30pm.

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Classical Music HEROES & SUPERHEROES 13 Feb - More music from the movies: Robin Hood,The Magnificent Seven,The Incredibles.. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Great Hall, Exeter, 7.30pm.

SIDMOUTH MUSIC: VICTORIA SIMONSEN/ DAN TONG 15 Feb - Victoria Simonsen (cello), Daniel Tong (piano): music for cello and piano, Sidmouth Music, Knowle Council Chamber, Sidmouth, 3.00pm.

MAKING FILMS WORTH HEARING 17 Feb - Exeter Recorded Concert Society Third Monday evenings of each month., Exeter Recorded Concert Society, Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter, 7.30pm.

JONATHAN DORMAND - CELLO 20 Feb - Sonatas by Brahms and Poulenc with pianist, Marisa Gupta, Seaton Music, Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, 7.30pm.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN CREAM TEA CONCERT 23 Feb - Gilbert & Sullivan Cream Tea Concert with Leslie Baker Tickets ÂŁ7.OO, Seaton Choral Society, Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, 3.30pm.

BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH 27 Feb - Rui Pinheiro and Jennifer Pike., Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Great Hall, Exeter, 7.30pm.

ISCA CHAMBER CONCERT 01 Mar - A special charity chamber concert for All Saints' Church,

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02 Feb - Sunday, Craig Milverton and Alan Bateman, trumpet play jazz in the Cellar Bar,, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, 2.00pm.

09 Mar - Sunday, Craig Milverton Trio pays homage to the great Oscar Peterson., Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, 2.00pm.



27 Feb - 2014 season launch with BBC Spotlight reporter Simon Hall. Wine and canapes, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, 7.00pm.

Sidmouth., ISCA Ensemble, All Saints Church, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO 9 08 Mar - Joint concert with Exeter Sympony Orchestra. Proceeds to Army Benevolent Fund, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, 7.30pm.

THE COULL QUARTET 13 Mar - One of the UK's most highly respected quartets performs Haydn, Borodin & Ravel, Seaton Music, Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, 7.30pm.

TRPCESKI PLAYS CHOPIN 13 Mar - Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov's Symphony No.2, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Great Hall, Exeter, 7.30pm.

SIDMOUTH MUSIC: CALLINO STRING QUARTET 15 Mar - Callino String Quartet: Quartets by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms, Sidmouth Music, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

HARMONIES FOR SPRING 17 Mar - Exeter Recorded Concert Society, Exeter Recorded Concert Society, Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter, 7.30pm.

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT 22 Mar - Isca Ensemble Spring Orchestral Concert., ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth Parish Church, Sidmouth.

ISCA ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRAL CONCERT 22 Mar - Mahler: Symphony 4; Respighi: The Birds; Grieg: Solveig's Song, Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Parish Church, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

CRISPIAN STEELE PERKINS 23 Mar - Crispian Steele-Perkins Trumpet & piano illustrated recital followed by tea, St Andrews Church, Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, 3.00pm.

Collectors VINYL SATURDAY BRIDPORT 01 Mar - For collectors of rock, pop, folk blues & jazz records & CDs, Vinyl Saturday Bridport, Bridport URC East Street, Bridport, 10.00am.

EXETER RECORD & CD FAIR, CORN EXCHANGE EXETER 08 Mar - Lots of dealers having masses of good quality Vinyl Records, CD's to purchase., Exeter Record & CD Fair, The Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9.30am.

Comedy SHAPPI KHORSANDI 08 Mar - One of the hottest comedy prospects in the country, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 8.00pm.

Community FILM CLUB ANNA KARENINA 05 Feb - Film starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Budleigh Film Society, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton.


Friday March 28th 1.00pm EBLANA STRING TRIO Programme includes: W A Mozart - Oboe Quartet K370 in F Major L van Beethoven - String trio in C minor Opus 9, No 3

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THREE WALLS (MEMBERSHIP OPEN TO EVERYONE) 05 Mar - Film starring: Naseerudin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Juhi Chawla, Budleigh Film Society, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton.


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Programme includes: John Bull - Fantasia in D minor G F Handel - Suite in G minor - Overture - Sarabande Passacaglia Francois Couperin - Les Barricades Mysterieuses in B Flat Major G D Scarlatti - Sonata K159 in C Major Sonata K208 in A Major; Sonata K141 in D Minor G F Handel - ‘Vo’ far guerra from the opera Rinaldo, arr. William Babell

14 Feb - SUMMER IN FEBRUARY (UK 2012), Lympstone Entertainments, Village Hall, Lympstone, 7.30pm. 18 Feb - David Lean's version of Great Expectations (1946), Lympstone Entertainments, Methodist Hall, Lympstone, 2.15pm.


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10 Feb - Launch event at Clyst Vale College, 4pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-7pm.

11 Feb - Launch event at Exmouth Community College, 4pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-7pm.

13 Mar - Community workshop at Victory Hall, 6pm-8pm.

10 Mar - Community workshop at Exmouth Town Council Civic Hall, 6pm - 8pm.

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14 Mar - OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? (USA 2000), Lympstone Entertainments, Village Hall, Lympstone, 7.30pm.


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LYMPSTONE FILM SOCIETY 18 Mar - The Way We Were (1973) Redford and Streisand as mismatched lovers, Lympstone Entertainments, Methodist Hall, Lympstone, 2.15pm.

MODEL CLUB EAST DEVON SLOT RACING CLUB FRIDAY EVENINGS 07 Feb - Model Car Racing (Scalextric), East Devon Slot Racing Club, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

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EAST DEVON SLOT RACING CLUB FRIDAY EVENINGS 14 Feb - Model Car Racing (Scalextric), East Devon Slot Racing Club, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

EAST DEVON SLOT RACING CLUB FRIDAY EVENINGS 21 Feb - Model Car Racing (Scalextric), East Devon Slot Racing Club, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

EAST DEVON SLOT RACING CLUB FRIDAY EVENINGS 28 Feb - Model Car Racing (Scalextric), East Devon Slot Racing Club, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

EAST DEVON SLOT RACING CLUB FRIDAY EVENINGS 07 Mar - Model Car Racing (Scalextric), East Devon Slot Racing Club, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

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SID VALE ASSOCIATION TALK 19 Feb - "Extraordinary Stories from an Ordinary Life" Speaker: Iris R JonesSimantel, Sid Vale Association, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, 2.30pm.

SID VALE ASSOCIATION TALK 19 Mar - "A History of The Knowle" Speakers: Rab & Christine Barnard., Sid Vale Association, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, 2.30pm.

FOUNDER'S DAY 29 Mar - Celebrating the amazing life of the sanctuary's founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, 11.00am.





Until 01 Feb - A great day out where all things are creative, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, 10.00am.

19 Feb - Delicious homemade meal with local ingredients a tour of the grounds, Monkton Wyld Court, Elsdon's Lane, Charmouth, 12.30am.


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LOCAL LUNCH 01 Mar - Delicious homemade meal with local ingredients a tour of the grounds, Monkton Wyld Court, Elsdon's Lane, Charmouth, 12.30am.

FABRIC ROADSHOW 03 Feb - Fabric Sale in conjunction with Doughty's of Hereford, Sidmouth Patchers and Quilters, St John's Hall, Sidmouth, 10.30am. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

LOCAL LUNCH 19 Mar - Delicious homemade meal with local ingredients a tour of the grounds, Monkton Wyld Court, Elsdon's Lane, Charmouth, 12.30am.

POETRY GREAT EXPECTATIONS , RABBIT THEATRE 14 Feb - A one man performance by David Mynne of the Dickens story, Plymtree Community Arts, Plymtree Village Hall, Plymtree, 7.30pm.

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BRIAN PATTEN POETRY READING 22 Mar - Growing Up Before Your Very Eyes, a reading by poet Brian Patten, Plymtree Community Arts, Plymtree Village Hall, Plymtree, 7.00pm.




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07 Feb - Knit cafe. Homemade cakes & coffee, The Travelling Woolberries, Unitarian Church Hall, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

28 Feb & 28 Mar- Crafting for the Love of it, Dalwood Craft Day, Tuckers Arms, Axminster, 10.30am.

FELTING WORKSHOP 07 Feb - Create a unique and beautifully draping scarf with corsage using marino wool, Axminster Arts Cafe, The Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 10.00am.

THE TRAVELLLING WOOLBERRIES 14 Feb - Knit cafe. Homemade cakes & coffee, The Travelling Woolberries, Unitarian Church Hall, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

BUILD A NEST BOX (BOX 16 - THE EVENTS BARN) 18 Feb - Make a nest box for birds in your garden, or donate it to the sanctuary, The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, 10.30am.

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LITTLEHAM HOUSE COTTAGE 16 Feb - A secret spring garden full of colour, NGS (gardens open for charity) Devon, Littleham House Cottage, Exmouth, 12.00am.

LYME REGIS WALKING FESTIVAL 08 Feb to 16 Feb - Organised and self-guided walks & walk-related events in and around Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis Festivals, TIC, Lyme Regis.


Garden GARDEN FAIRS & SHOWS EAST LAMBROOK EARLY SPRING PLANT FAIR 29 Mar - !4 of the South West's top nurseries attending. £4 entry includes the garden., East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, South Petherton, 10.00am.

06 Feb - Wide range of West Country produce, Exeter Farmers' Market, South Street/Fore Street, Exeter, 9.00am.

EXETER FARMER'S MARKET 13 Feb - Wide range of West Country produce, Exeter Farmers' Market, South Street/Fore Street, Exeter, 9.00am.



20 Feb - Wide range of West Country produce, Exeter Farmers' Market, South Street/Fore Street, Exeter, 9.00am.



09 Feb - A secret spring garden full of colour, NGS (gardens open for charity) Devon, Littleham House Cottage, Exmouth, 12.00am.


27 Feb - Wide range of West Country produce, Exeter Farmers' Market, South Street/Fore Street, Exeter, 9.00am.

February issue

Heritage WEST COUNTRY TO WORLD'S END Until 03 Mar - RAMM tell the story of the evocative period of the Tudor age in the South West, RAMM Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

BILL DOUGLAS CENTRE Until 28 Mar - Museum dedicated to the History of Cinema and Popular Culture. Open week days, Bill Douglas Centre, The Old Library, Exeter.

WEST COUNTRY TO WORLD'S END Until 02 Mar - Celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people., Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

IMAGES OF DARTMOOR - TALK / SLIDE SHOW 05 Feb - An illustrated talk / slide show by Tony Burges., Axminster Historical Society, The United Reform Curch Hall, Axminster, 7.30pm.

FAIRLYNCH MUSEUM & ARTS CENTRE 01 Apr to 28 Jun - Grade ll listed building, is open for 2014 season. (closed Saturday), Fairlynch Museum & Arts Centre, 27 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, 2.00pm.


09 Feb - Garden and nursery open for the NGS Yellow Book to see the snowdrops in bloom, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, South Petherton, 10.00am.

04 Feb - Textile, costume & decorative items, Hyson Fairs Ltd, Mackarness Hall, Honiton, 10.00am.


29 Mar - Community Market featuring fresh produce and local crafts. Free admission, Ottery St Mary United Reformed Church, The Institute, Ottery St Mary, 9.30am.

15 Feb to 16 Feb - Mature but evolving cottage of 1 acre. Many varieties of snowdrops in spring, NGS (gardens


open for charity) Devon, 1 Feebers Cottage, Broadclyst, 12.00am.



Opera RUSALKA, BEAMED LIVE FROM NEW YORK MET OPERA 08 Feb - Opera by Dvorak beamed live to the Picture House, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter.


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08 Feb - Rusalka (Opera), The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 7.00pm.

08 Mar - Sidmouth Living with Cancer present Harmony and Happiness, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

PRINCE IGOR 01 Mar - New production of Borodin's Prince Igor, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter.

PRINCE IGOR 02 Mar - Prince Igor (Opera) music by Borodin., The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 4.00pm.

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15 Mar - New production of Massenet's opera, Werther, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter.

WERTHER (OPERA) LIVE STREAMING 15 Mar - Werther (Opera) live streaming from the Met Opera, New York., The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 6.00pm.

ROBIN COUSINS' ICE 19 Feb to 23 Feb - Speed, style, glamour and grace: skating like you've never seen before, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter.

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28 Mar to 30 Mar - Baking extravaganza with baking celebrities from across the UK, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter.

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22 Mar - A J's Big Band and Vocalists -music from the Glen Miller era and beyond., Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth, 8.00pm.

JUST JAMES, ONE MAN SHOW WITH JAMES PELLOW. 29 Mar - A brand new, one man show written and performed by the popular James Pellow., Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth, 7.45pm.



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CALLINO STRING QUARTET 15 Mar - Sidmouth Music present Callino String Quartet., Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth, 7.30am.

SIDMOUTH TOWN BAND AND SIDMOUTH GOSPEL CHOIR 22 Feb - Sidmouth Town Band and Sidmouth Gospel Choir in Concert, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth, 7.45pm.

19 Feb - Private Lives (Noel Coward) on the Gateway big screen., The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton.

WARHORSE (NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE) 27 Feb - Warhorse, this powerfully moving drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness., The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 7.00pm.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: WAR HORSE 27 Feb - Original stage production of War Horse broadcast live from London's West End, The Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, 7.00pm.

WATERS OF THE MOON 03 Mar to 07 Mar - A drama set in an hotel on Dartmoor in 1950. Mon-Fri pm & Matinee Sat 2.30pm, Salterton Drama Club, Salterton Playhouse, Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm.

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Live Music February & March 2014


VICTORIA KLEWINS AND THE TRUETONES 08 Feb - 7 piece band from Bristol, expect soul, blues, funk and Jazz, Otterton Live Music, Otterton Village Hall, Otterton, 8.00pm.

SIDMOUTH TOWN BAND & SIDMOUTH GOSPEL CHOIR 22 Feb - Superb Band and Gospel Choir perform popular, traditional and classical music, Sidmouth Lions Club, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, 7.45pm.

GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 01 Mar - Gerry & The Pacemakers in Concert, Gypsy Music Promotions, The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 6.30pm.


JUST MISBEHAVIN' 09 Feb - Swing dance music and much, much more... Just Misbehavin', The Bank, Exmouth, 3.00pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN' 14 Feb - Swing dance music and much, much more... Just Misbehavin', The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9.00pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN' 15 Feb - Swing, R'B, Gospel... and much, much more, Just Misbehavin', The Salterton Arms, Budleigh Salterton, 9.00pm.

JAZZ AT THE FIVE BELLS 23 Feb - The Annika Skoog Quartet, The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, Five Bells, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton.

JUST MISBEHAVIN' 14 Mar - Swing dance music and much, much more... Just Misbehavin', The Beach Pub, Exmouth, 9.00pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN' 15 Mar - Swing, R'B, Gospel... and much, much more, Just Misbehavin', The Salterton Arms, Budleigh Salterton, 9.00pm.

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Wednesday 12th February FAIRPORT CONVENTION - Exeter Corn Exchange

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has been among Britain's best-loved bands for over 45 years. With a vast musical repertoire to draw on, this concert by Fairport Convention will feature a mixture of longestablished favourites and new material performed with virtuosity and passion. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. ÂŁ20 7.30pm (doors 6.45) BOX OFFICE: 01392 665938.

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STRAWBS (ELECTRIC) PLUS GIGSPANNER 09 Feb - STRAWBS (electric) with special guests Peter Knight's GIGSPANNER, Gypsy Music Promotions, The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 6.30pm.

JURASSIC FOLK & ACOUSTIC COME ALL YE 19 Feb - Local artists loosely within the folk music genre, Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, The Dolphin Hotel, Beer, 7.30pm.

CONCERT - "STRINGS & SONGS" 01 Mar - Misty Roses headline with young up & coming local artists &

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JURASSIC JAM 05 Mar - Folk music jam session, all welcome, experienced or beginners., Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, The Dolphin Hotel, Beer, 8.00pm.

EMILY SMITH TRIO 16 Mar - An evening of traditional/ contemporary folk music from the Emily Smith Trio., Gypsy Music Promotions, The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 6.25pm.

JURASSIC FOLK & ACOUSTIC COME ALL YE 19 Mar - Local artists loosely within the folk music genre, Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, The Dolphin Hotel, Beer.


08 Mar - Lots of dealers having masses of good quality Vinyl Records, CD's to purchase., Exeter Record & CD Fair, The Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9.30am.


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Saturday 1st March GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6ES

The irrepressible Gerry Marsden with an evening of good humoured banter, anecdotes and reminiscences from the early days of the Merseybeat boom and The Cavern Club through a career of over 50 years at the top of the pop music tree plus, of course, a stack of memorable hits…you know them all! ‘I Like It’, ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Tickets £20 until 1st February, £22.50 thereafter ( bkg fee) or £25 on the door. Box Office 07891 663044. Doors 6.30pm for bar, music from 8.00pm

Thursday 6th March PHIL BEER - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

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Sunday 9th Feb JIM CAUSLEY (with Lukas Drinkwater) - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham

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Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England’s foremost acoustic duo Show of Hands. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been used by countless artists over the years, among the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. He was for many years lead guitarist and singer with the Albion Band and co-wrote many of their songs. The Guardian once described their sound as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Please note this event is standing only. Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm £15.00 or On the Door: £16.50

Young Devon folk singer Jim Causley became involved with traditional music from an early age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. He has become renowned for his warm, rich and mature singing voice, his natural gift for interpreting song and his wry and cheeky stage presence. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 8pm start, tickets from £9 plus booking fee.

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Kennaway House "A new Jazz experience” ONE of Britain’s top jazz pianists, Craig Milverton, has joined forces with Kennaway House, Sidmouth, to launch Kennaway House Jazz Club for 2014. Craig, winner of Best British Jazz Pianist award 2010, launched the Club on January 19th, performing with Martin Dale, one of the region’s finest tenor sax players.

On Sunday, February 2nd, Craig performs with trumpet player Alan Bateman, whose credits include performing with Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball.

After four years of Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon with Pete Allen in the Cellar Bar at this fine Regency mansion, Pete has moved on.

On Sunday, March 9th, the Craig Milverton Trio pays homage to one of the greatest jazz musicians ever, Oscar Peterson.

“The Cellar Bar lends itself to jazz performances, especially when premises manager, David Leach, transforms it into an atmospheric nightclub,” said Di Bowerman, administrator.

Doors open at 2pm for both gigs with a bar and food available. Tickets are £10, available on the door or in advance from the Kennaway office (01395 515551).

“We are really excited to welcome Craig and his musicians to the house.”

In April, Craig, who started playing piano aged seven and performing at 10, will hold an evening session on

Friday, April 4, when singer Maggie Reeday joins his Trio to pay tribute to America’s great Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets for this are £12.50. Doors open at 6.30pm. Bar and food available. Since turning professional, Craig has toured the UK and Europe, playing with Roger Mark’s Quintet and other top UK and international jazz bands. In 2000, he and clarinettist Julian Stringle, performed the first ever jazz concert in Albania in a marble pyramid. He plays at Bordeaux Jazz Festival and is a regular on Jazz FM. Other highlights include gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and backing the late George Melly.

Jazz pianist Craig Milverton

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Forthcoming Exhibitions February & March 2014

Sam King - 'Portrait from the Streets' - The Marle Gallery

Alexandra Jacobs - 'Starting again' - SWAc

Jenni Dutton - 'Mum Rubbing Her Hands' Thelma Hulbert Gallery

GALLERIES WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? COOKING THE BOOKS Until 02 Feb - One man's collection of cookery books and food related ephemera at RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am. WINTER ART EXHIBITION UNTIL 23RD FEBRUARY Until 23 Feb - Winter Art Show with recent paintings by leading artists, furniture and craft. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, 9.00am. DEGREES OF ANIMATION Until 01 Mar - Our first exhibition of 2014 in partnership with Animated Exeter. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton.

CHARM IN MEMENTO: CAROLINE BARNES Until 30 Mar - An exhibition of contemporary ceramics inspired by historic seaside souvenirs. Lyme Regis ArtsFest at Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. EXETER'S FINE ART COLLECTION Until 06 Apr - This display includes works by major artists of both the 19th & 20th centuries at Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

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Degrees of Animation

Until 1 Mar 14 - Featuring work of most exciting new talent to emerge from South West animation courses.


15 Mar to 19 Apr - Contemporary art exhibition exploring memory.



Art Galleries

Mara Fradella - Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Alexandra Jacobs - 'Red Barn' - SWAc

Chagall - 'The Women and the Secret' Brook Gallery Michael Morgan - Marine House at Beer

TAONGA: MÄORI TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD Until 08 Jun - A look at a small collection of Mäori objects from the museum's collections at Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

7 Feb to 2 Mar A selection of beautiful historic original hand drawn coloured etchings, by Chagall himself, from The Fables of La Fontaine.

THE KENN ART & CRAFT EXHIBITION 2014 22 Mar to 23 Mar - The Kenn Art Show features work by both amateur and professional artists at Kenn Art Show, The Kenn Centre, Kennford, 10.00am.

TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics

EXHIBITIONS 2014 will include some exciting new artists and new work from some of our most popular artists:

PHILIP CLAYTON AND CHRIS PRINDL 30 Mar to 27 Apr - Philip Clayton, landscape painting and Chris Prindl ceramics at The Art Room, 8A The Strand, Topsham, 11.00am.

Vicky Oldfield, Angus Rutherford Sonia Martin, Martin Grover

Robert Manners - 'Seascape Refit' - The Art Room 01392 477722

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Neil Hampson - 'Nuthatch' - East Devon Art Academy

S LADERS Y ARD Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft. Licensed Café.

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS 01395 516284

April 5 to 17 A solo show of earlier works. Contact Marine House for more information by emailing: or calling 01297 625257.

With something for everyone, a visit to our gallery in Princesshay is a must. We have a fantastic choice of limited edition prints, originals and sculpture from some of the world’s leading artists. We also offer a gift wrapping and storage service. 11-15 Bedford Street, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GG


We start the year with our annual “Before They Were Famous” exhibition, showcasing the work of talented young artists under the age of 19 from 8 Mar to 4 Apr. Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ 01297 639970

SPRING EXHIBITION 15 Feb to 23 Feb - A varied exhibition from several West Country artists, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth.


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The Fables of La Fontaine Marc Chagall

THE FABLES OF LA FONTAINE - MARC CHAGALL 07 Feb to 02 Mar - A beautiful suite of original etchings hand-coloured by Chagall himself - Brook Gallery, Foreshore House, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.

ROBERT MANNERS 'SEASCAPE REFIT' 16 Feb to 16 Mar - An exhibition of paintings, collage and prints at The Art Room, 8A The Strand, Topsham.

Sun 2.00 - 4.30


PALAEOSCOPES : NEW PAINTINGS BY BRIAN GRAHAM 01 Mar to 27 Apr - Palaeoscopes; new paintings by Brian Graham. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, 10.00am.

Chagall - 'The Sculptor and the Statue of Jupiter' - Brook Gallery

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15 to 23 Feb A varied exhibition from several West Country artists. Landscapes, figurative works, floral and wildlife paintings. Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at Open every day 11am-5pm & every weekend.


until 23 February All-star rolling group show including: David Atkins, Julian Bailey, Angela Charles, Tim Cumming, Simon Garden RWA, Janette Kerr PRWA Hon RA, Alfred Stockham ARCA RWA.


1 Mar - 27 Apr New paintings by Brian Graham.

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

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MICHAEL MORGAN RI. A RARE AND GREAT TALENT A solo show of earlier works

Saturday 5 April - Thursday 17 April There are few artists who command the following and enthusiasm for their work as Michael Morgan. Although anno domini has caught up with him and he no longer paints, demand for his extraordinary paintings continues to grow. While the works are small, they more than make up for it in intensity, catching the viewer’s attention from across the room even if they are adjacent to a large bold abstract! It is often observed that Michael reinvigorated the watercolour medium with his bold foreground and inventive texturing. His theme of lonely buildings and remote locations seems to create

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a sense of escapism in the viewer, a place where the soul can be at peace. Marine House at Beer has represented Michael since we started. We continue to promote his work and this special show of more than 30 earlier paintings which we have reacquired and which starts on April 5th 2014 will present a rare opportunity to purchase works from a fine collection. 01297 625257 and EAST DEVON COAST COUNTRY

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Janet East is the proprietor at Yellingham Farm, also running a Farmhouse B&B establishment 01404 850272

by Janet East of Yellingham Farm

Lambing Weekends - a special time?


bag appeared. Thank Heavens! Excitement was an understatement, so, with huge smiles all round, the welly boots got unpacked, the smelly clothes retrieved from a black rubbish sack - they were probably destined for the bin, not the washing machine - and they were back on duty. Said ewe, got up, laid, down, The theory was for families, couples, in fact pushed a bit, shoved her head high in the air anyone who wanted to come, to book into (as they do), showed her teeth, and repeated the B and B and then work alongside me for a this performance for some 30 minutes before couple of days (shovelling s**t and generally a lovely black nose and a pair of front feet working hard) but with the hope that they see appeared. Thank goodness she decided to do some ewes performing on time, with beautifully it properly for my guests. As the lambs were presented lambs (two feet and a nose - not a born and the ewe did her bit by cleaning them tail first!), full udders, producing plenty of the up quickly and efficiently, I sensed something “I think a ewe in Pen 6 will lamb soon - she essential colostrum (the first, thick, creamy, weird and wonderful was happening. Derek’s didn’t eat this morning, which is a sure sign milk which has all the goodness lambs need to head was bowed and I could see that he was kick start them) and then enjoy the idyllic scene. that she will lamb today” (or she’s bl**dy ill and actually crying, quietly, standing back to will pop her clogs, heaven forbid, in front of AAhhhhhhh! That’s the theory. avoid eye contact with me or his wife. Given these lovely guests). everything looked in order to me; I just walked The uptake each year has been great, but not away and didn’t say a word and left the two Then, hey presto, as their bags were being without a few ups and downs and my patience of them together. Lambing is always a very packed into the car on the Sunday afternoon, being tried to its limits resulting in me smiling special time, but, for Jane and Derek maybe this one ewe must have felt sorry for them as she through gritted teeth on numerous occasions. had watched them working so hard all weekend, tiny act of birth meant something more to them. A childless couple were one of my first guests to I went to prepare the small pen which we use decided to give a big old push and a lovely water come lambing. They arrived in the obligatory to house the ewe and her sparkling clean BMW company new lambs to give them time car, sunglasses on (don’t know to “mother-up” properly for why, part of the Surrey uniform 24-48 hours. I needn’t have I suppose) and... wait for it... Illustrations by Jim Stanes © bothered as Jane and Derek yes, white jeans and matching had prepared beautiful clean Barbour’s. Hey Ho, this was pens in anticipation - every going to be fun. Before I could blade of straw looked like it offer a welcome hand, a smile had been placed individually and “Hello, I’m Janet, you must by Jane’s perfectly manicured be...” my beautiful sheepdog Kit hands. Returning to the welcomed this immaculate couple main barn, I could see that with all four paws and a lick! On order had been restored and no! Back came a hasty, giggling I offered a lamb to each of reply: them to hold briefly. I will never forget the genuine “Don’t worry; these are only our joy this brought to a truly old clothes!” I swear I could see wonderful pair of guests. the new labels. I shouldn’t think they even knew what old clothes It was a very poignant were. I’d swop my best clothes for moment for me too, as their old ones any day. it made me realise that something perhaps I take “Hi... I’m Jane and this is Derek for granted, is indeed very and we are soooooo excited - our special - new life. friends think we are daft coming all this way to get muddy!” Heck, have I sold them the wrong story? lways one to want to share the joys of the farm with whoever wants to come, I came up with the brilliant idea of promoting the B and B during the dire, dank, month of February by offering “Lambing Weekends”.

Keen was an understatement. My ewes are penned in groups of 10-15, so it’s easy to spot problems and easier to manage the ewes when they lamb. I’ve never seen my pens and yard so clean - cost me a fortune in straw - shouldn’t think even the Queen has clean sheets like my ewes did. Unfortunately, the ewes weren’t particularly obliging and my guests, who even got up in the night desperate for action, (probably had a white silky nightie under the jeans and jumper!) were showing signs of despondency, but never once did they complain. I kept a cheerful note in my voice, saying:

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Trivial Pursuit game written with help from the bandʼs former bass guitarist Bill Wyman.

Up until now in this column I have written about those who are considered to be ʻfamousʼ ʻcelebritiesʼ but they are not always the most interesting people. In fact in the last few weeks of 2013 I spoke to two people who have had the most incredible lives, for very different reasons, but who, in all probability you will not have heard of. One is my old friend Brian Highly, the other is a woman I actually saw competing in the BBC 2 quiz Eggheads. Her knowledge, her demeanor fascinated me. I Googled her and was stunned by her story. She is Iby Knill who at 90 is one of the last remaining survivors of Hitlerʼs AuschwitzBirkenau concentration camp and she is due to come down to Colyton, East Devon this March. But fi rst to Brian.

After becoming a school teacher, Brian swapped the academic life for that of pub landlord. His pub folk club led him into music promotion and he co-organised the

notorious Krumlin Festival in 1970. Known as the biggest pop music disaster in history, the Krumlin Festival site was declared an official disaster area when thousands of music fans ended up suffering from exposure due to unseasonal August weather with torrential rain and temperatures falling to

Photo © Brian Cheffers-Heard

ʼm not sure how far into the New Year you can continue to say it but Happy New Year!

Brian managed to drive the ice cleaning Zamboni machine through the restaurant wall

Brian Highly

who managed to make it onto the stage in front of the worldʼs pop media before the storm struck. The rest, as they say, is history.

Brian Highly is probably best known as the man who spent 25 years writing the questions for Trivial Pursuit at his former home in Newton Poppleford, but everyone can fi nd out much more about his life now that he has published a memoir on Kindle. This is not the story of someone who hasnʼt done very much of interest but a laugh-packed volume tracing Brianʼs life from the back streets of Halifax to his latest Rolling Stones


near freezing. Although had it not been for Krumlin, there might not be Glastonbury or Isle of Wight festivals today. A report on the festivalʼs excellent organization, and considering it was a worse case scenario, was instrumental in the government rejecting the Night Assembly Bill set to ban future festivals. Krumlin cost Brian everything, but he had promised an unknown artist the chance of a lifetime appearing alongside some of the biggest names in pop. The unknown he chose was Elton John

From the back streets of Halifax to a Zamboni machine, Brian’s memoirs ‘In Pursuit of Trivia’ are well worth reading


As assistant manager at an ice rink, Brian managed to drive the ice cleaning Zamboni machine through a restaurant wall while preparing the surface for up and coming skater Robin Cousins. The owners of the ice rink had asked Brian to come to Exeter to close one of their nightclubs, they told him he would be in Devon for about five weeks. That was 35 years ago and heʼs still

here. Sting and the Police made an early appearance at the privately owned Routes club, close to the Exe bridges along with top punk bands of the era including the Pretenders and the Stranglers, but pop promotion wasnʼt to be Brianʼs most exciting job. Following pop came a stint as script writer for the Spitting Image satirical TV series and a job as editor of an Exeter newspaper which included face-to-face encounters with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke told Brian he loved Devon so Brian cheekily offered to swap houses but HRH pointed out he wouldnʼt be able to afford their electricity bills. A chance meeting and his varied career, “My trivial career” he calls it, led him to the coveted job of writing the questions for Trivial Pursuit with regular meetings in New York, Toronto and Barbados getting to know many household-name celebrities along the way.

Photo © Brian Cheffers-Heard

Brian with Paloma Faith at Glastonbury

But donʼt get the idea that this is a story of a ʻcelebrity dahlingʼ, the real charm of Brianʼs book comes in the chapters in which he tells of Saturday morning cinema, the last days of music hall and the tradition of cinder toffee and baked potatoes on Bonfi re Night along with the Coronation and the countryʼs obsession with Brumas the bear! In Pursuit of Trivia by Brian Highly costs £1.53 from

Iby Knill Iby, one of the few remaining surviors of Hitler’s AuschwitzBirkenau concentration camp, has taken 60 years to tell her harrowing story. Now at 90 years old, she is touring the country and is holding an open event at Colyton this March.

I hadnʼt expected any such ʻlight reliefʼ during my chat with Iby Knill, but when I commiserated over her teamʼs loss on Eggheads she replied with a wonderful guttural chuckle,

“I must admit I still feel sore that for one question we didn’t win £36,000” adding shamelessly, “I had been misinformed by my late husband!”

who had lived through it could answer that question. Iby found herself saying, “I was there.”

with the rifle butt of a German soldier.

“You literally do not think Then there was the promise made about yesterday or anticipate on her last night in Auschwitz. She tomorrow” she explained, “you was due to leave the following live for the moment” adding, morning having volunteered to “oddly it is a philosophy that travel as a nurse with a slave labour I carried on with and that is transport of 500 women. One of probably why I have managed to the twins on whom Mengele was survive until now.” experimenting crawled onto her bunk and asked her to promise to I asked her about forgiveness... tell the world what was happening. her answer,

No famous names either in Ibyʼs book ʻThe Woman Without a Numberʼ but plenty of infamous “I promised, who wouldn’t in “I don’t feel that I cannot forgive ones. It tells how as a young those circumstances?” because, if I hate, I only destroy Jewish girl in Czechoslovakia myself.” her parents smuggled her across An educated woman, Iby spoke the border to Hungary fearing several languages which allowed But if she could speak to any of persecution by the Germans and her to at least communicate with those who had perpetrated such how she was caught by security the guards. The language, which horrors she would ask, police, imprisoned and tortured, might have saved the lives of and eventually sent to Auschwitz. millions, was oddly enough Latin. “What have you done with your It is a story that took Iby 60 years She explained how the camp was life since then? Have you done to tell and as you might expect ʻcleaned upʼ in preparation for the anything to redeem what you it is in places a harrowing read, visit by a representative of the have done?” in fact even her children fi nd it Pope. When no one was watching, impossible to read, but it is a story she told him in Latin, not to believe An amazing woman... although I that should be told. what he saw. suspect Iby would not see herself in those terms. If you get the “I tried to put all the past in the His eyes might have widened but chance to hear her when she visits box throw the box in the sea and as we now know, nothing was done. St Andrewʼs Church Colyton March throw the key away “ she explained 12th I urge you to take it. but, “my arm was twisted by my It is impossible to comprehend tutor when I was taking an MA in how someone could hold onto their Judi theology when I was 79 years old.” sanity after experiencing what the inmates of those camps did. Each The class had been discussing time she and her fellow prisoners You can hear Judi’s show on the difference between sin and were sent to the showers they BBC Radio Devon at 9.00 till evil and attempted to construct didnʼt know whether there would 12.00 noon on 103.4 MHz FM a line with sin in one column be water or gas. We didnʼt speak or on iPlayer at: and evil in the other. A class of the brutality although Iby did member asked where the mention that on one occasion her radiodevon holocaust would go and the left thigh was ʻclosely acquaintedʼ tutor replied that only someone RADIO DEVON

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Whether you’re stopping off during a walk along the River Otter or Jurassic Coast, or simply looking for a destination Pub in which to enjoy a Lunchtime Snack, Evening Meal or Superb Sunday Carvery, you won’t be disappointed when you visit us in the beautiful village of Otterton. We also provide a smaller appetite menu Sun-Thurs evenings and Mon-Fri lunchtimes. With a wide choice of dishes, freshly prepared using Meat from our own Farms & Fish from our own Boats, not to mention the warm welcome and efficient service from the excellent staff, weʼre sure youʼll be pleasantly surprised.

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The Railway

QUEEN STREET, HONITON Date of visit: 17/01/14

The Restaurant


Working undercover in East Devon!

Starters: Crispy Fish tempura prawns,

crispy whitebait, dusted baby calamari & breaded squid with garlic aioli, Lebanese hummus on Sardinian Music Bread, pickled garlic, olives & shaved allotment salad - £7.95

Mains: Slow Roast Pork Belly smoked

bacon & 'sour' white cabbage with scallops & orchard sauce - £13.95

Slow Roast Saddle Back Pork Belly Smoked Bacon and Sour Cabbage

Pan Fried Welsh Seabass & Potato Dumplings with Puttanesca Sauce

Homemade Vanilla Panna Cotta with Braised Rhubarb

Italian Vanilla Ice Cream, Pecans & Caramel Sauce

Pan-Fried Welsh Sea Bass

homemade potato dumplings, samphire & brown crab puttanesca sauce - £13.95

Pudding: Homemade Vanilla Panna Cotta with braised rhubarb & Sardinian grappa - £5.50

Italian Vanilla Ice Cream,

toasted pecan nuts and warm salted caramel sauce - £5.50

Drinks: Prosecco by the glass and Sauvignon Blanc. Coffee

The night of the visit was one of those dark, rainy, winter nights - the interior of The Railway feels inviting, being cheerful and having a nicely lit and relaxed feel. Their Antipasti was tried first - Crispy Fish (see left for detail). This proved light, tasty and unusual - top marks here. If you're a fan of olives, it's definitely one to go for - their green olives were the best I've ever had, being large and really green - actually not the usual 'olive green' at all, but more of an apple green. The Lebanese Hummus and Sardinian Music Bread were an interesting twist - all very good indeed.

Our first main - pan-fried fillet of Welsh sea bass with homemade potato dumplings and samphire was top notch, the bass being cooked to perfection, the skin being crispy whilst the meat was sweet and tender. Particularly liked the potato dumplings which held the flavoursome brown crab puttanesca sauce beautifully (interestingly, puttanesca literally means "spaghetti a la whore"). Fully recommended. Second main was slow roast saddle back pork belly with sour white cabbage and scallops. The meat and scallops were succulent and accompaniments a good match - very enjoyable.

First pudding tasted was the homemade vanilla panna cotta which was brilliant, light, boosy, zingy and pretty - cannot recommend highly enough, worth visiting for this alone - a real triumph. Second pudding was the Italian vanilla ice cream with toasted pecans and caramel sauce - again, another recommendation - someone really knows their puddings here! Incidentally, great coffees here too. To sum up - interesting menu, great food, amazing prices for food of this level of quality - a real asset to Honiton. As Arnie S. says, "I'll be back " - Editor.

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From warming seasonal casseroles to crispy fresh salads and stir-frys, our Table D’Hote menu changes regularly and hits the spot every time. Using fresh, locally sourced food and offering fantastic views over Lyme Bay and Cobb Harbour, where else can you go for such a fantastic deal? 2 courses £9.95/3 courses £13.95

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test drive


supplied by Model - Guy Peters

Matford Land Rover m a r sh b a r to n e xe ter

There’s been much hype in the motoring press about the new Range Rover Sport which prompted a call to the local Range Rover dealership Matford Land Rover located at Exeter’s Marsh Barton. Initially, I thought I’d be offered the V6 diesel engined version to test, but Tony Pearson (Head of Sales) suggested we try out the


supercharged 5 litre version, which he said was ‘guaranteed to put a smile on your face’. Arriving at Matford Land Rover, the test car was fired up and I climbed aboard. It was slightly daunting getting up into the Sport, being large and tall (the car), though once out of the car park, the agility of the car instantly became apparent. We’d planned to take the Sport down the A38 to Ashburton, then get the road


up onto Dartmoor. It’s the sort of terrain where a Range Rover would be put to good use, particularly in the harsher winter months, with snow and ice on the roads. The sensation in the Sport was one of wafting along through the countryside in your most comfy lounge armchair, it’s a truly splendid experience. The great height of the car enables peering over hedges and walls, revealing vistas not normally apparent in your

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saloon and the immense power of the engine, combined with the fluid 8 speed auto gearbox meant that either pootling along at low speeds or making great haste is utterly effortless. In terms of cornering ability, the manufacturers have made great strides recently, having gone to the effort of employing an all-aluminium chassis and body construction meaning that it’s several hundred kilogrammes lighter than

The extremely capable and elegant new Range Rover Sport

the previous version of the Sport. In combination with electronically controlled air suspension, they’ve achieved the seemingly impossible, that is to endow a large, tall car (capable of serious off-road mud wrestling don’t forget) with extremely positive road handling. Driving over Dartmoor and chucking the car into tight corners was undramatic and

it’s several hundred kilogrammes lighter than the previous version of the Sport confidence inspiring. It really is a marvel of engineering and from what the motoring press are saying, the Sport is at the top of the tree when measured against its competitors. No surprise really as the Range Rover brand is synonymous the world over not only with luxury, but extreme capability and engineering excellence.

The model driven in the test was the Autobiography Dynamic equipped with the 5 litre supercharged engine (I believe this unit’s a collaboration between Land Rover and Jaguar). On low and part throttle, a muted growl emanated from underneath although it was never intrusive, just reminding you that you there’s 520bhp available at the press of the throttle. On a clear stretch of road, hitting the throttle hard, the growl rapidly changes to a roar as it hurtles into the distance. What’s surreal is how quickly this car gathers pace and the elevated position means that your perception of speed is diminished, 70mph feeling like 40mph. Its effortless acceleration combined with fine handling means that this machine can cover ground rapidly and without drama. Overtaking slow moving vehicles was achieved with the merest blip of the throttle, this sort of power makes overtaking so much safer and stress free.

I have to confess to pausing when looking for the most relevant word to describe the interior of this car, but ‘cabin’ seemed entirely appropriate, the space, leatherwork, controls, dials, steering wheel and seating gave the feeling of being in the cabin of a luxury yacht, just sublime! What’s great is the wide open view you get out of the windscreen, ambling over the moors had never been so interesting.

At the end of my test drive, I handed the Sport back at Matford Land Rover and left with a newfound admiration for the Sport. It truly is a ground-breaking car and great to think it’s all designed and made in Britain. It shows we can still lead the world when it comes to engineering innovation and excellence. Many thanks to Matford Land Rover at Marsh Barton, for their loan of their vehicle for this article. - Editor

Technical & Performance Details Longitudinally mounted supercharged V8, 4 valve per cylinder petrol engine Capacity - 4999.7cc Drive - 8 speed auto Paddle and gear shift 0-60mph - 5 seconds Power - 520hp Torque - 625Nm Max torque - 2,500-5,500 50 mph in top at 1200rpm

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Artificial Blue Hygrangea M&S, £7.50



s your bedroom a space of bland colour, dated lighting, furniture and soft furnishings? Have you been put off by the cost of tackling such a huge project? I can show you how to achieve an elegant and boutique styled room for under £200! The room featured above is an example of how to turn a now somewhat dated magnolia room into one which would not look out of place in any upmarket townhouse hotel or designer bedroom. This room has a duck egg, pale grey and white colour scheme. The refurbishment could easily have cost over £900 to create if each product had not been so carefully sourced.


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Spending money on a couple of key pieces is essential in keeping the room looking expensive as a whole. In this case, the wallpaper and emulsion paint have been bought from Laura Ashley during a half price sale. The timeless hydrangea wallpaper design has been chosen as it is a perfect match with the existing green carpet which cannot be replaced. A contemporary palette of pale dove grey has been used on the walls and then all of the old pine furniture pieces have been stripped and painted white with a waxed coating for protection. The savings made on the curtains were quite phenomenal, with these duck egg, pencil pleated, fully lined curtains from Dunelm Mill coming in at £34.99, and a 180cm white wooden pole for just £9.99! The curtains were four inches too


long, but the small job of taking them up using bonda web meant that they now fit perfectly and the low price hasn`t had to compromise the room’s design. To fully complete the room, a quilt or throw would be a final touch together with some new smaller pieces of furniture to allow more room. The Coleton Quilt from Laura Ashley would

Coleton Quilt £75 (half price) Laura Ashley

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Sorrento Duck Egg Cushion - £6.99, Dunelm Mill Bevelled Silver Mirror £34.99, Dunelm Mill

Sorrento Duck Egg Pencil Pleat Lined Curtains £34.99, Dunelm Mill

cost £75.00 during a half price sale, and a Hemnes chest of drawers from Ikea would cost just £100.00.

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To create a room like this on a limited budget you need to select your items extremely carefully. Choosing where to spend the bulk of your budget is important, whether it be on a feature wall or a feature piece of furniture. If you wish to refurbish your bedroom on a budget of £200, there wouldn’t be room to spend anything on new flooring. Painting floorboards is a brilliantly cheap way of creating a new floor colour. If you don`t have any, carefully working with the existing flooring is paramount to creating a polished finish within your room design.

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Home interior specialists have been providing high-quality kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, tiles, flooring, furniture and home accessories to East Devon for over 30 years. Free sampling services are available on kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, tiles and flooring. Regular deliveries are made to all surrounding areas. For more information call 4Homes, Sidmouth 01395 578863. (see display advert left)

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Flatbeareʼs Hidden Roots


y postbag is often full of readersʼ requests. Some I would not care to repeat let alone carry out but with others I can happily comply. Ma ny have inquired about Flatbeareʼs name. With the help of Old Silas, our resident computer whiz kid whoʼs spent hours on the Pig & Trampolineʼs sup-as-you-surf rental computer, I can now reveal all. Once upon a time the Romans conquered Dumnonia (Devon) and many of the Celtic inhabitants fled westward. The new rulers dispatched a company of engineers to construct a straight road linking Plymouth and Exeter, to join up with the A30 (or Fosse Way as it was known) and create a high speed chariot route to Scotland.

But map makers in Rome didnʼt seem to have noticed slightly hilly Dartmoor in the way. On discovering this, chief engineer Fibbus Maximus famously quoted “sod that for a game of centurions” and he and his merry men settled down happily in an idyllic riverside e n c a m p m e nt , o c c a s i o n a l l y dispatching to Rome an artistʼs impression of a newly constructed stretch of road. Thus the Fosse Way from Exeter to Lincoln had been constructed before a single cobblestone was laid twixt Plymouth and Exeter. Life was idyllic for the lazy engineers. They spent much time bathing in the bracing waters of the river, which Fibbus named after his dog Flatulencus. But all good things come to an end and they were recalled as the Roman Empire crumbled. With the Romans gone, Saxons began migrating into Dumnonia from upcountry. Then Celts started creeping back to reclaim

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their hovels and were disgruntled to find that the incomers had conver ted t hem i nto bijou upmarket dwellings with twee names like ʻDunromanʼ in place of romantic Celtic ones. But the canny Celts knew of an idyllic riverside site where they could construct traditional housing out of rocks. They dwelt happily there for years until a dark cloud appeared in the hideous shape of Hayrik the Unbearable. The Vikings hadnʼt intended venturing so far south but their navigation relied heavily upon the stars and unfortunately, during four days of revelry marking Hayrikʼs birthday, this was entrusted to an underage Viking called Gluck the Gormless who didnʼt know his Great Bear from his Alpha Centauri.

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Gluck feared the wrath of Hayrik but it never came. Despite a massive hangover the unbearable one was in surprisingly forgiving mood once heʼd felt the warmth of a Devon sun. After some skirmishes and a bit of casual pillaging he decided to stay awhile and set up camp in an idyllic riverside spot which appeared to have been recently abandoned. He named this encampment ʻBeareʼ to honour his Viking nickname. Over the years locals began to incorporate the name given to the river by the Roman engineer. Eventually the name Flatbeare would become symbolic of an idyllic place where different peoples could live in perfect harmony.

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Where you should be on a cold Sunday in February They don't get much older than the Tucker's Arms at Dalwood. Built originally in the 13th century as shelter for the craftsmen employed to build the church. This pub at Dalwood is now becoming something of a rarity, as indeed are horse brasses, which were a somewhat clichĂŠd form of pub adornment. Many old pubs have been gutted and received the 'Gastro' treatment. If you're not visiting a pub in February and basking in front of the fire, then it's undoubtedly a lost opportunity for enjoyment, particularly if there's fine local beer on offer and perhaps a Sunday roast (nut roast for veggies of course).

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Pass the gravy So do our tv cooks spend half their lives trying to find unusual ways with gravy or whatever, always “with a twist’. Where do they find “their” material? Well, not to put too fine a point on it, the majority of them have come from elsewhere – “recycled” is the word most of us would prefer, “pinched” being a little too un-savoury perhaps.

To many cooks HURRAH! FOR `DEVON’S CHARITY SHOPS and the good work they do, not only in filling in what would otherwise be gaping holes in our battered high streets but for the wonderful array of recycled fare they put before us. Susan Meredith of the Charity Retail Association told us that at the last count they had 300 member shops in the county – a 30 per cent increase on 2008. Push through the clothing racks this February and it’s cookery books you will find most in evidence in the non-clothing section. This glut of big picture cook books always follows the clear-out of last year’s must-haves, we are told, to make way for the new.

And it’s been going on for a long time. Witness this from Mary Cole’s famous book The Lady’s Complete Guide, compiled by her in a great house in the West of England and published in 1791. If all the writers on Cookery had acknowledged from whence they took their receipts, as I do, they would have acted with more candour by the public. Their vanity to pass for Authors, instead of Compilers, has not added to their reputation. Meanwhile, just up the road in Ottery St. Mary, Devon’s most famous poet had something similar to say on the subject of recipe compilers filching other people’s stuff. Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from - as pickpockets are observed commonly to walk with their hands in their breeches’ pockets.

and Beautiful”, a composition which also has a strong Devon connection. It was written in 1846 by Mrs. C.F. Alexander and first appeared in her book Hymns for Little Children. She also wrote the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City” but we digress.

My dear mother KEITH OWEN, who gifted his fortune to be turned into flowers for Devon’s beautiful Sid Vale in memory of his mother (see last issue) was not the only son of Devon so to do. Witness the famous church clock face at St. Peter’s at Buckland-in-the-Moor. Instead of numbers, the clock face reads: “MY DEAR MOTHER.” Made by John Smith & Co of Derby it was installed in 1930 at the behest of the then Lord of the Manor, William Whitley. On the quarter hour the clock chimes his mother’s favourite hymn “All Things Bright

Composer, poet and mother, Mrs. C. F. Alexander

All Things Bright and Beautiful is said to have been inspired by lines from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all.”

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Hardly cricket PRECISELY HOW MANY cricketing vicars there are in Devon has yet to be counted. Perhaps not enough to make up a full side in the forthcoming match between the Anglican Church and the newly formed Vatican XI but Devon has always had a reputation for having more than its fair share of sporting vicars and Lambeth Palace may already be scouting the county for demon bowlers and devilishly good batsmen. Historically, Devon has always had plenty of sporting clerics. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries many of them in the Exeter diocese not only hunted regularly, a couple of them actually kept their own packs of hounds. Between the wars the vicars at Whimple turned out regularly for the local cricket team, a team with a reputation for winning more matches than it lost. The village was of course the home of Whiteways Cider and surrounded by cider orchards. If they could win the toss the Whimple boys always put the visitors in to bat first. Then they gave them a slap up lunch with as much cider as they could drink. The rest was a doddle. When Whimple went in to bat in the afternoon many of the visiting team’s fielders could do little more than curl up and doze at silly mid-off or nod-off over by the site-screen or anywhere else they could get their heads down. Such tactics are hardly sporting but they worked very well for the home team for many years. The Church of England XI take on the Vatican XI at Lord’s in September, 500 years after the two churches parted company. It could be another sell-out. John Fisher


A chilling account of Devon’s greatest unsolved mystery de-frosted by COAST & COUNTRY writer John Fisher

The Devil’s hoof-prints SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ‘with cloven hooves’ travelled silently across South and East Devon on a bitterly cold night 159 years ago this February and left its prints in the snow in a hundred mile trail.

tracks for some miles through several parishes and records that both the size and the distance between the footprints were uniform. He measured them as being eight and a half inches long and said that they ran in a straight line.

Who or what it was remains a mystery to this day but theories abound: these include suggestions that the tracks were made by a donkey, a kangaroo, an ape, various small animals including badgers, rabbits, hares, birds (with cloven hooves?), a team of practical jokers, some kind of natural electrical phenomena (as yet unknown), a meteorological balloon trailing a weighted lanyard, mass hysteria, a sea monster, a laser measuring device beamed down from a UFO, 400 Romanies on stilts ‒ not to mention Old Nick himself.

He also pointed out that although the change in temperature would cause the snow to melt and the track enlarge as a consequence, this would be perfectly obvious to the observer who would also clearly see the tracks of other known animals in the immediate area. The prints he took the trouble to track, measure and describe were unknown to him.

But before getting totally side-tracked perhaps it might be best to start with the Times of London, which printed this first account of this great Devon mystery in its issue of February 16, 1855. MAKING HIS ESCAPE SpringHeeled Jack, as pictured by a contemporary ‘penny-dreadful’

Extraordinary Times Considerable sensation has been evoked in the towns of Topsham , Lympstone, Exmouth, Teignmouth, and Dawlish, in the south of Devon, in conseque nce of the discovery of a vast number of foot tracks of a most strange and mysterio us description. The superstitious go so far as to believe that they are the marks of Satan himself; and that great excitement has been produced among all classes may be judged from the fact that the subject has been

descanted on from the pulpit. It appears that on Thursday night last there was a very heavy fall of snow in the neighborhoods of Exeter and the south of Devon. On the following morning, the inhabitants of the above towns were surprised at

discovering the tracks of some strange and mysteriou s animal, endowed with the power of ubiquity, as the foot prints were to be seen in all kinds of inaccessible places - on the tops of houses and narrow walls, in gardens and courtyard s enclosed by high walls and palings, as well as in open fields. There was hardly a garden in Lympstone where the footprints were not observed. The track appeared more like

that of a biped than a quadruped, and the steps were generally eight inches in advance of each other. The impressions of the feet closely resembled that of a donkey’s shoe, and measured from an inch and-ahalf to (in some instances) two-and-a half inches across. Here and there it appeared as if cloven, but in the generality of the steps the shoe was continuou s, and, from the snow in the centre remaining entire, merely showing the outer crest of the foot, it

must have been convex. The creature seems to have approach ed the doors of several houses and then to have retreated, but no one has been able to discover the standing or resting point of this mysterio us visitor. On Sunday last the Rev. Mr. (G.M.) Musgrave (the vicar of Withycombe Raleigh) alluded to the subject in his sermon, and suggested the possibility of the footprints being those of a kangaroo,; but this could scarcely have been the case, as they were found on both sides

of the estuary of the Exe. At present it remains a mystery, and many superstitious people in the above towns are actually afraid to go outside their doors after night. EAST DEVON

Eye witnesses Many years later letters sent at the time to the Illustrated London News by the above mentioned Reverend gentleman ‒ and marked by him “not for publication” - revealed that he had not believed a word of the escaped kangaroo story but had repeated it because so many of his parishioners believed this to be a supernatural occurrence. What we do have to thank him for are his drawings of the footprints which accompanied his letter and which were published - anonymously.

The snow tracker Another correspondent with the ILN was a young man called William D’Urban of Countess Wear, Exeter, who was later to become the curator of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. He had spent time in Canada and was an experienced tracker of animals in the snow. By his own account he followed the Devon

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Others added to the general aura of mystery by claiming that when the track met an obstacle, like a wall or a building or even a haystack, it would stop on one side and start again on the other as though whatever it was had leapt over the obstacle. Later reports even talked of the track stopping on one side of the two-mile wide Exe estuary and then starting off again on the other. This was true but there is no evidence that anyone actually followed the same track across the thin ice.

Reliable observer and experienced tracker William D’Urban had no explanation Just as chillingly perhaps is the recollection of another Reverend, this time J.J. Rowe of Marychurch, Torquay who said that he knew of a hunt that had followed the tracks for some distance and into a wood, at which point the hounds suddenly came tearing out again, “baying and terrified”


Dawlish area showing distance hoofmarks tracked on 9th February 1855 Road or track River Approx trail of hoofmarks

Letʼs get serious One hundred miles in a single night? Surely this was the work of more than one, er.... more than one what? A contemporary commentator on the mystery (and talking about one particular stretch of tracks) pointed out that “ to cross 40 miles, supposing steady progress and a generous 14 hours of darkness, with the generallyreported stride of eight inches would require the perpetrator to move at the rate of six steps per second”. But several accounts make it clear that the trail was broken at a number of places. Another clerical gentleman, the Reverend H.T. Ellacombe, who came to Exmouth a few years after the event, was told by his parishioners that “there were marks in the middle of a field, insulated - without any apparent approach or retreat.”

KANGAROOS were favourite for a while. Two were kept in a private menagerie in Sidmouth owned by a Mr. Fische and one of these had escaped, reported the Exeter Flying Post. But kangaroos cannot jump 14feet and leave a totally different track when they do finally land. Anyway, the story later turned out to be untrue when Mr. Fische declared that neither of his kangaroos had escaped and could certainly vouch for their continued incarceration on the night in question.

from the continent. But these being either web-footed or clawed the question remained what kinds of bird leave footprints “like a donkey hoof” or “closely resembling a donkey’s shoe” as witnesses observed. SMALL DONKEYS then remained prime suspects, especially since they tend to plant their feet in an almost perfect single line. But quite how they had managed to get into fenced gardens, leap barns and haystacks or balance along walls was never satisfactorily explained. BADGERS attracted a lot of attention. They are nocturnal and can cover long distances in search of food ‒ but a badger’s prints are staggered and show both their pads and claws in the imprints. Next?

HOT AIR or not there was the balloon story of course ‒ but this came later. It was claimed by some that the Navy at Plymouth had released “a top-secret weather balloon” from Devonport and were keeping quiet about it. What had happened, claimed the proponents of this particular bit of intelligence was that its handlers had somehow lost control of it and it had moved eastwards during the hours of darkness, trailing a line beneath it to which was attached an iron weight of some kind which left its mark in the snow. GYPSIES was one of the more novel claims, made as late as 1973 by one Manfri Wood in his book In the Life of a Romany Gypsy. He wrote that the whole thing took 18 months to plan and was the work of 400 gypsies from seven Romany tribes. They walked across the snows on 400 pairs of specially prepared “measuring-stilts” he said. Their purpose was to scare away what he called “rival tribes of Didekais and Pikies” ‒ “pagans all” ‒ who were fervent believers in the devil and had eyes on moving into the west country.

Also in Exmouth a W. Courthope Forman said, “The footprints came up the front garden to within a few feet of the house, stopped abruptly and began again at the back within a few feet of the building.”

Spring-Heeled Jack was probably more than an urban myth in early and mid-Victorian Britain. He was never caught and there were probably several of them, halfbaked mischief-makers all, in various parts of the country, who read the newspaper stories and set up their own franchises, copying each other. Many newspaper reports (the first in 1837) contain descriptions of his bizarre appearance ‒ tall, skinny, dressed as the devil and with sharp claws “and eyes like red balls of fire”. His forte was to leap out of the darkness onto a hapless victim (usually female) in a lonely place, to tear at their clothing and faces with steel-like claws before leaping away again into the blackness of the night. This ability to make enormous jumps gave him his nick-name. Spring-Heeled Jack‘s activities diminished as the century wore on but his memory was kept alive in many of the best selling pennydreadfuls of the day. Warnings to the young to be home before dark “else Spring-Heeled Jack’ll get you!” lasted well into the Edwardian era in Devon, as elsewhere. Which brings us back to Devon in 2014 and these still dark February evenings with none of us any the wiser as to what or who crossed our fair county that snowy night long ago. The most likely answer is that there is probably no single explanation. The ‘hoof-prints’ in the snow were like as not made by animals or birds or both. Sometimes even, as the stories of the devil got around , by mischief makers out to torment their neighbours.

Suspects BIRDS seem to be the most likely candidates in much of this and there were lengthy exchanges on the subject in both local and national newspapers. There had been foul weather along the east and south coasts several days earlier and large numbers of birds had come ashore

But a very real fear among many of the common folk of rural Devon was that the notorious Spring-Heeled Jack had left London and was now roaming the narrow lanes of the county and ready “come dimpsey” to pounce on any poor soul as was stupid enough to unbolt their doors and venture out into the dark.





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Until a solution is found then the story of the Devil’s Hoof-prints is probably best filed away alongside Crop Circles, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and maybe even Things That Go Bump In the Night. John Fisher.

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February can be a bleak and bitter month and many of us are quite content to stay in by a warm fire and dream of warmer times, when we can be sat in the deck chair chomping on a freshly picked ripe tomato. start when planted. And remember the old gardener’s tip when to plant, of placing an exposed elbow on the soil to test for warmth. If it's too cold to expose your elbow it's too cold to plant. The other obsession I have is Chillies. I’m mad about them and it’s a good idea to start them off early indoors or in a heated propagator to get as long a growing season as possible.

But beware, March is just around the corner with its foot eager to press the growth accelerator in the garden and suddenly you are into spring with no time to get every thing done. So if it is too nasty to go out, spend some time planning out a few early tasks. If you grow your own veggies, work out where you are going to plant the various types. A bit of crop rotation keeps the bugs guessing and allows the soil to recover. After a heavy crop of say potatoes, plan in some legumes (peas and beans) which will add nitrogen back into the soil. Speaking of potatoes, and I often am, February is the time to get chitting. This involves placing the seed potatoes some where light but cool, so that they develop small shoots. This will give them a head

Speaking of growing, your grass will be starting soon so check regularly, I find that once I cannot see the greenhouse it’s time to get the mower out. Start off on quite a high cut gradually taking the height down week by week. Bare root fruit can still be planted, but don't be tempted to plant bedding plants until the danger of frost has gone. Instead maybe try some Jerusalem artichokes. Not only do they produce a good vegetable but will also add a splash of colour to the summer garden. It is also a good time to add a bit of fertiliser around the base of roses, clumps of perennials and trees as they will soon be racing away and will need all the goodness they can get. Now I think I’ll get back to that seed catalogue and dream of those first tomatoes. John Oliver Villiers

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BEING A BANKER by FCR ESGEN I m so glad I m not a banker. It s a very responsible job looking after everybody else s money. Frankly I don t think I m up to it. I wouldn t know where to begin, in all honesty. Successful banking can depend, I suppose, on how long you have got the money for in the first place. If it s just a few years then I would open a big fat account in the Cayman Islands and live off the interest. If it s for a life time then I would buy

Grand Cayman and have done with it. The headache comes when you get annoying people who want to borrow money from you on the flimsiest of excuses. One of the best I ve heard is, starting your own business. Why on earth should anyone want their own money back just to earn a living. Really, I think they need to come up with a better business plan than that, don t you.

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his walk is great if you have friends or family visiting, as you get to enjoy both spectacular coastal views of Lyme Bay as well as enjoying the lovely scenery that unfolds along the river Otter. The walk is fairly gentle, with no big inclines, so is good for all the family, although in total, the walk is just over 5 miles long.

field with great views of Sidmouth and Ladram Bay. You then proceed southwestward along the coastal path in a broad curve,

miss visiting the bird hide where you can peer down on all manner of birdlife and enjoy a well-earned rest).

Starting at Otterton, you can either park in the village or take the car further along to the start point. Equally, you could start at White Bridge - there's a restricted amount of parking available, but it's free. From the Start point, the walk takes you out directly across a

taking you down to Otterhead. From here you veer inland and up along the Otter Estuary (don't

You cross the river Otter at White Bridge, which then takes you up along the westward side of the

Looking eastwards from Otterhead



river. You don't need to worry about any other directions as you follow the river up to the road bridge and then you've arrived at Otterton. In terms of refreshments, I'd advise taking a backpack with some drinks and snacks, although there's an excellent inn at Otterton (The Kings Arms) where you can dine lunchtimes and evenings. Incidentally, they serve an excellent pint of Otter bitter, if you need to slake your thirst! Also, another good eating place is Otter Mill situated besides the river at the bottom end of Otterton, who do a particularly excellent range soups and cakes. Hope you enjoy it - Editor

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1. Parking - the walk can be started from Otterton or the Start point. Alternatively you could start from White Bridge further downstrea m. 2. Footwea r - assuming dry conditions, trainers or boots advised. 3. Dogs - lead necessary as livestock may be present although there are plenty of places to let the dog(s) off the lead. 4. Distance - a gentle circular walk of just over 5 miles.

Otterton church which you see as you finally return to Otterton along the riverside path

What was the old police station, a fine old cob and thatch building

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Parts of this walk are almost continental in feel - this is just by Otterhead, where a band of pine trees skirt the river

The green flush is shortly on its way - walking along the river Otter is a great way to enjoy the green explosion fully 64


Here's the river Otter where it finally meets the sea. Incidentally, it's a great spot for kayaking when the tide's coming in

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Sedate and lovely in the summer, but the river Otter often breaches its banks in the winter



Otterton's a sleepy village with a long history. There used to be a priory long ago (and a manor) and there are some interesting relics from earier times. Otterton's church is lovely. Extensive re-building took place in the 1800s as it had fallen into disrepair. In 1869 Lady Rolle decided to demolish it and had a much larger church built costing 12,000 pounds which was paid for from her own pocket. Otterton's bridge was built in 1827 and sits right next to the mill.

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East Budleigh From pre-Roman times to the 16th century By David Pilling


he pretty village of East Budleigh, perhaps best

area was occupied by the invaders. Pottery and

known today for its connection to the famous

coin finds, some of them from France and the

Elizabethan mariner Sir Walter Raleigh, already had

Mediterranean, tell us that trading was carried

a long and fascinating history before he was born

on by sea from the small ports along the coast,

in nearby Hayes Barton in 1554. For many centuries

but East Budleigh remains obscure until the

it was an important market town and bustling port,

departure of the legions and the coming of the

and this article will focus on the changing nature of


East Budleigh from its origins in pre-Roman times, its high point of trade and prosperity in the Middle

The arrival of the Saxons in the Otter Valley in the

Ages, and slow decline up until the visit of John

late seventh century heralded an era of growth

Leland in the mid-16th century.

and prosperity. These energetic Germanic sea-

There had been coastal settlements in the Lower

communities next to local rivers and streams that

pirates had come to stay, and founded many small Otter Valley stretching back to the Neolithic period,

flowed into the River Otter, and hence provided

and the discovery of many thousands of artefacts

an ideal route to the sea. Between c.700 and

from that time suggests that East Budleigh, along with other settlements in the area, was already considered a good landing place. It is still possible to find the flint implements left by Neolithic Man, in the valley and on the high ground flanking the river. Flint would have been transported from the Axe Estuary, and the presence of Bronze and Iron Age people in the area is indicated by the survival of pottery fragments. The existence of pottery also suggests that trade was already in progress, with primitive boats coming by sea into the Estuary. Not much has survived to tell us of the history of East Budleigh in the Roman and post-Roman periods, though the discovery of a Roman villa/ farmstead at Otterhead in 1988 indicates that the


1000AD the local settlements, including East In the 14th century, Edward III's efforts to get cash resulted in him signing over all the revenue from his wool tax to avaricious northern Italian Lombardi bankers. This effectively gave them a monopoly of the wool trade in England! This trade was seasonal, but in order to fund Edward's wars with the Scottish and French which were ongoing, Edward borrowed heavily on wool futures to ensure the cash kept flowing in. At the time, the wool trade was so important that there was a law in place, stating that every man had to wear a woollen cap. Additionally, if you were involved in the illegal black market exportation of wool, it was punishable by chopping off the left hand.


Budleigh, flourished and expanded thanks to sea-borne trade. By the reign of Edward the Confessor (1043-1066) the Manor of Budleigh was a royal estate, testament to its wealth and importance. Following the Norman invasion and the downfall of Saxon England in 1066, East Budleigh became part of the Manor of Otterton, and is featured in the great Domesday land surveys. This invaluable record for the study of post-Conquest England reveals that East Budleigh was held by the Crown, but no longer an especially wealthy place, being taxed for only half a hide. With typical Norman meticulousness, fifty adult males are recorded

as living in Budleigh (both East and Salterton) giving some idea of the size of the respective communities at this time. In 1125 King Henry I, youngest son of the Conqueror, granted much of Budleigh Manor, including East Budleigh, to the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy. This gave control of the whole of the Otter Estuary to the Abbot, who delegated a small staff of monks and a prior to manage and develop the harbours and Manor lands in the Otter and Sid Estuaries. King Henry II’s advantageous marriage with Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152 brought Aquitaine to the English crown, and

Salem Chapel

Abbey officials encouraged trade with France, particularly the wineproducing region of Bordeaux. By

flooding hit England in the summer

O t ter ton Harbour and other

the 1300s East Budleigh was part of

and autumn, causing the price of

anchorages further upriver had

in 1347, when French pirates captured

a booming wine trade and the home

grain to soar. This, the worst recorded

probably started to silt up at the time

three ships and twelve boats close

of a thriving merchant community, as

famine in European history, lasted for

of Domesday, but the process was a

to Ottermouth, including 141 men

vessels plied back and forth from the

seven years and led to a desperate

long one, and drawn out over four

“of the rich merchants and mariners

need for imported goods. Customs

hundred years.

Ottermouth and Sidmouth harbours.

accounts from the period reveal

a considerable danger. Disaster struck

of the said town (East Budleigh)”. Some of the helpless prisoners were

This was the high point of East

large quantities of commodities

In 1338 King Edward III laid claim

murdered on the spot, others taken

Budleigh’s wealth and importance,

being imported, and highlight the

to the throne of France, heralding

captive and large ransoms demanded

and in the early fourteenth century

importance of the ports all along

the beginning of the Hundred

for their safe return. The citizens of

it helped to play a crucial role in

the Devonshire coast. However, the

Years War. Vessels from Devonshire

East Budleigh could not afford to pay, and petitioned the Crown for aid.

sustaining the country. The year

silting that would eventually lead

were not used to ferry troops and

1315 witnessed a terrible famine

to the decline of East Budleigh as

supplies across the Channel until

as torrential rains and widespread

a trading port had already started.

after 1340, but French piracy posed

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A view towards the coast from the church tower

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Hayes Barton - Sir Walter Raleigh's birthplace

As the result of the petition an

certain about the effect of the plague

for generations. In addition, the

inquisition was held on the 28th of

on East Budleigh, though one grim

Black Death caused a fall in demand

hired ships to transport his army of

November 1347, which recorded

statistic is recorded: the Vicar, Robert

for ships and there was less money

15, 000 men across the Channel. In

that the people of East Budleigh

available to finance smaller ports

stark contrast to the previous century,

have “nothing therewith to pay their

and shipping ventures in England.

ships from East Devon were not listed

ransom... as their goods were taken from them,” so they would not be able to “pay the greater part of the tenths (Subsidy Tax) to the said town, wools and other collections.” The response

The town had barely recovered from the loss of so many men, when it was hit by the scourge of the Black Death

and in August of that year Henry V

Trade did eventually pick up again

among the vessels hired. The general

after the first onset of plague had

decline continued, and when the

dissipated, but East Budleigh was

English antiquarian and poet John

never to recover its former prosperity

Leland visited the Lower Otter valley

and status.

in 1535, he noted that Otterton was

of the Council was sympathetic, and

still in use as a haven for fishing boats,

the answer to the petition states that

At the beginning of the fifteenth

“it seems to the Council, if it please the

de Hydeswelle, was claimed by it, as

century the halcyon days had well

King, that it would be a great mercy

were both his colleagues at Otterton.

and truly ended, and East Budleigh

to diminish the tax, by reason of such

but East Budleigh was: “...right almost again Otterton but

was considered to be unusable for the

is somewhere more from the shore

The Black Death is generally reckoned

purposes of sea-going trade. In 1415

than Otterton. Less than a hundred

of the people and ships of the same

to have slaughtered a third to a half

the Hundred Years War was renewed,

years since ships used this haven,

town.” Even so, no financial aid was

of the population of England,

forthcoming to ransom the prisoners,

and the Subsidy Rolls of 1332

great and horrible destruction made

and their fate is unknown.

but it is now clean barred.”

record that the population

The ‘barring’ of ships from

of Budleigh and Otterton

entering the Estuary that

The town had barely recovered from

with Sidmouth was over a

Leland record, caused by the

the loss of so many men, when it was

thousand. Well over half of

centuries-long build-up of silt, spelled the end of East

hit by the scourge of the Black Death,

these probably died, swept

which arrived on England’s shores

away by the great pestilence,

Budleigh as a viable trading

in 1348. The war with France was

though some of the family

port. However, the village

still underway, and the vessels from

names quoted in the 1332

has endured down the long

the Devon ports carrying troops and

lists appear in the next

centuries since its days of

supplies across the Channel no doubt

Subsidy Roll of 1524. Along

overseas trade, and will no

brought the disease back with them.

with the 141 men lost to the

doubt endure for many more.

By December 1348 it had reached

French in the previous year,

Weymouth, and rapidly spread

East Budleigh had suffered

along the coast strike Sidmouth

a major disaster, the effect

and Ottermouth. Little is known for

of which must have lasted



David Pilling

By Ted Gosling, West Country Author and Freeman of Seaton

Alleged poaching on the River Axe


n June 1954, sixty-eight year old Miss Maud Elizabeth Sanders Stephens of Stedcombe Manor in Axmouth, relying on the word of an English King who died nearly 900 years ago, challenged the legality of the Magna Carta and won. Magna Carta signed at Runnemede by King John in 1215 says that any Englishman can fish in tidal waters, even the Crown cannot give the sole fishing rights to anyone. In the Chancery Division, the case of the legal limit to fishing in the mouth of the River Axe, 'Stephens vs Snell and others' was before Justice Vaisey. His Lordship gave judgement for the plaintiff - Miss Maud Sanders Stephens against four Seaton fishermen who were fishing at the mouth of the River Axe with a boat and some nets for salmon. He declared that her fishery in the waters of the River Axe extended

seaward as far as the mean low watermark, although that fluctuated from time to time. In a former action against a Seaton fisherman in 1939, it was proved and accepted that the fishery was granted to a certain Abbey in Normandy in 1100 before the date of Magna Carta and also Stedcombe Manor was given the 'sole right and several fishery' by King Henry I, who died 1135 and the right was given before Magna Carta. In this 1954 action, it was not in dispute that she was the owner of the manor and fishery in fee simple, it was held in the 1939 action that the limits of the fishery were determined by the bounds of the manor of Axmouth which belonged to the plaintiff, Miss Stephens had brought an action alleging trespass against four Seaton

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fishermen and they gave undertaking not to trespass again. Counsel said the salmon were running at this time of year and unless the injunctions were made effective, fish going upstream to spawn were being caught. Miss Stephens said "My family took the manor 60 years ago but the fishing rights are not with any particular family, they are vested in the manor itself, as long as I am here I intend to look after the river. I don't fish myself, but a lot of people pay to fish and get quite good salmon." Ted Gosling

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Hand Milking on the Farm Two things I greatly miss from my halcyon days as a young vet back in the 1950s. First, is hand milking. As a Londoner, I only learnt to milk when on work experience on a farm in Cumbria when I was 20, and I loved it. I found it most relaxing, bar the odd clip round the ear from a dung-encrusted tail. A most painful experience. Despite the spread of machine milking, many farms still milked by hand and it was not just the small herds. It was much more labour intensive and of course, there was the camaraderie, and much banter between milkers. The farm worker of those days was much more independent and not above telling his employer where he was making a mistake. I well remember during milking time at Willie Harding’s farm at East Budleigh; I was quietly doing some pregnancy diagnoses when Willie called out to a farm hand who was milking just

two cows away from me. “Can I use your bucket?” “What ?” replied the hand without pausing in his work. This exchange was repeated three times until Willie, with much cursing about mankind and this hand in particular picked up the bucket and stomped off. The grumpy old man looked up at me, winked, and said “ I don’t give a toss what he does with the bucket”. Only he didn’t say toss. But the main joy of hand milking was the sound. When you started with an empty bucket it produced a high pitched singing sound on the side of the bucket which gradually deepened as the bucket filled and ended with a delightful frothy quality. Bucket full ! Empty it into one of those delightful old fashioned coolers which looked like mothers scrubbing board in stainless steel and start again. Of course, folk who had to do it day in and day out, come cow kick or arthritic joints, might

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Partnerships Give and Take The horse’s behaviour is affected by two main factors- the environment and genetics and the better we can understand and manage the influence of these factors, the more successful our partnership with a horse will be. We used to mainly ride and drive horses as a mode of transport, they were useful to us. Nowadays very few people take a carriage to work or ride a pony to school because other more practical solutions are available but we continue to ride because it brings us pleasure. In the process of gaining this pleasure we do many things that are completely senseless to the horse and if we can appreciate how they think and behave then hopefully we can minimise the negative affects that our pleasure seeking can have on them. As with human relationships, horse-human partnerships require give and take to optimise success.



Although it is an unpleasant thought, keeping horses stabled is the most obvious way in which we are selfish at the expense of the horse. Wild zebra (a close relative as there are very few truly wild horses) have a movement range of up to 80 square miles. New Forest ponies cover a 4 mile range. A stabled horse has 12 square feet. They all have the same innate need for movement. Other practices that we carry out can be with good intentions to look after the horse but are actually incomprehensible to them. We pick out their feet but horses are a flight animal and handing over one of their means of escape doesn’t come naturally. We lunge them round and round in circles, often in trot or canter for up to half an hour or more. Our reasoning is to ‘give her some exercise’ or ‘stretch his legs because of being stabled’, but a horse would never exercise itself like this, it would amble for a few hours over large distances, with the occasional short trot or canter. Perhaps the most generous thing horses do for us is to let us ride them. For a creature that can be scared of a fluttering crisp packet, to let someone sit on their back shows how giving they can be. They are literally trusting us with their life, we know that we are not going to jump on their backs and eat them but they don’t know that; their instinct says otherwise and they have to learn this and trust us, a different species that talks a whole different language to them. How impossible people make this at times, when they inflict pain, discomfort and confusion by their riding.

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The project aims to; encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the wider rural community, establish a programme that promotes entrepreneurship within the schools, linking primary, secondary and tertiary phases and encourage a whole community approach to the development of innovative and sustainable businesses. Taking place in five rural locations; Clyst Vale Community College in Broadclyst, Exmouth Community College in Exmouth, Holsworthy Community College in Holsworthy, King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes and Okehampton Community College, in Okehampton, the pilot will include a series of workshops, mentoring sessions, information events, and enterprise challenges, focusing separately on local schools as well as members of the local community. The pilot, initiated by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, and funded through the Rural Growth Network (RGN) and Devon County Council, is being delivered by Devon and Cornwall Business Council, in association with a number of partner organisations: Education Business Partnership SW, Careers SW, Optimise4 and The Fruit Tree for Business. Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said: “We are really pleased that this latest initiative under RGN, the ‘Community & Schools Entrepreneurship Pilot’ is launching – it is set to make a real difference to rural communities. The Rural Growth Network is designed to realise the potential of enterprises and encourage the growth of new rural businesses.” Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council said: “This is really good news for Devon and I am sure it will make a real difference in these rural communities! Anything that can be done to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship has to be an excellent use of resources and will stimulate growth and allow people to remain where they were brought up, and develop their own income streams thus putting money back into the local economy and ultimately providing further jobs. I look forward to seeing the results!”

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13 Mar - Use basic machine sewing skills to make a beautiful wrap over apron, The Old Kennels, The Old Kennels, Dunkeswell, 10.00am.


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28 Feb - How to choose, bone, cook and use in many dishes, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.


09 Mar - Enjoy a fabulous day at West Town Farm learning to do more with meat, West Town Farm, West Town Farm, Exeter, 9.30am.


11 Mar - Making Pastry great to enhance your skills - beginners intermediate/advanced, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.


14 Mar to 16 Mar - Design and make a beautiful handmade puppet with Kathy Kelly. Weekend course, Monkton Wyld Court, Elsdon's Lane, Charmouth, 4.00pm.

14 Mar - Puddings- all sorts of great ideas for the sweet toothed!, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.



27 Mar to 28 Mar - Learn traditional skills of the stone mason Suitable for all ages/ abilities, The Old Kennels, The Old Kennels, Dunkeswell, 10.00am.


28 Mar - How to choose, bone, cook and use in many dishes, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.

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07 Feb - Learn the secrets of making an amazing dishes using ingredients from Asia, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.


24 Feb - Join us and learn to make great bread every time., The Holt, 178 High Street, Honiton, 9.30am.

Totnes - King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) 12 Feb, 4pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm7pm, KEVICC Ariel Centre. Okehampton Community College 13 Feb, 4pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm7pm, The Pavillion in the Park (nr. Okehampton College).


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While for anyone from the local community, interested specifically in taking part in the ‘Community Entrepreneurship Workshops’, a separate series of launch events are planned for: Broadclyst 13 Mar, 6pm-8pm, Victory Hall, Broadclyst. Exmouth 10 Mar, 6pm-8pm, Exmouth Town Council Civic Hall. Holsworthy 19 Mar, 6pm-8pm, Holsworthy Memorial Hall Manor Suite. Totnes 11 Mar, 6pm-8pm, Totnes Town Council Civic Hall. Okehampton 20 Mar, 6pm-8pm, The Pavilion in the Park, nr Okehampton College. The pilot will run until October 2014 and enquiries about this scheme should be made to Karen Woodward (DCBC Project Manager) on karen.woodward@ or 07583 739815. More details are available on the DCBC website:



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11 Feb - We know you can't beat the smell of home-baked bread, Rosehill Rooms and Cookery, 30 West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.

22 Feb - A laid back and informal introduction to fruit tree pruning., The Deer Park, Weston, Honiton, 10.00am.

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Modelmaking Excellence with Alan Rapkins

Island where he and the rest of

One of the major omissions was

the crew settled and burned the

the copper plating for the Hull.

ship. The model is built plank

This was introduced as a measure

on frame as with a full size ship.

to combat the destructive Toredo

Planking is not a simple task and

worm found in warm tropical

A small 239 ton Armed Merchant

requires very accurate shaping

seas, which burrows into the

Ship. Famous for the notorious

of the planks to fit. I used steam

timbers below the waterline. I


After Captain Bligh

from a boiling kettle to soften and

obtained a roll of sticky backed

was cast adrift in open boat

bend the planks into shape. Not

copper foil from a craft supplier,

along with 23 loyal members

to be recommended, especially

this was cut into small lengths

of the crew. He achieved the

as nowadays it is possible to buy

representing the scale plates

incredible fete of sailing three

plank bending machines from

and attached to the hull. I then

thousand, seven hundred miles

specialist model suppliers. The

painted it with salts to produce

from Tofua in the South Seas

model is from a kit, so all of the

the verdigris colour of the copper

to Timor in Indonesia in forty

fittings are supplied. However

that has submerged in salt water.

two days. Fletcher Christian the

some details were inaccurate

leader of the mutiny, eventually

and consulting historical records

sailed the Bounty to Pitcairn

is always worthwhile.

H.M.S. Bounty 1787-1790

Alan Rapkins

Self-taught modelmaker and artist, Alan Rapkins is based in Colyton. Whilst in the Royal Navy, he travelled the world, and has undertaken many painting commissions including work for the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He's exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London, and has been recognised by Soloman and Whitehead fine art printers.

H.M.S. Bounty The distinctive copper hull was a measure to combat the Toredo worm found in tropical waters.

The Scottish Maid Built 1839

The Scottish Maid, is Topsail Schooner and was built by the Hall shipyard in Aberdeen for George Leslie & Company. She was the first vessel built with the raked stem, known as the “Aberdeen Bow”, which was later to become standard in all the great “Clipper Ships”, she was intended for the Aberdeen - London trade where speed was crucial to compete with steamships. As a model she was fairly simple to build, especially the hull, having a very fine entry through the water the planks do not require a great deal of bending as with the “bluff”, bowed ships of earlier days such as the “Bounty”, for instance. She has no complex decoration and fairly straight forward rigging.


fairly simple model to build but an extremely pleasing final result. As with most delicate models she should be in a glass case. However I like to see them out on display, although they do tend to accumulate dust.



Thames Sailing Barge

The Will Everard

Right up to the nineteen fifties all kinds of

imported barley from the London docks to

cargoes were carried around the British

the East Anglian Maltings and South Coast.

Coast under sail. Sailing barges where

This model of the “Will Everard”, was still

originally developed for work on the

trading in 1948, carrying coal. The model

rivers Thames and Medway but

was built in what is called the “Bread and

began to venture out beyond

Butter”, method. A series of half inch planks,

the estuaries. Carrying

cut roughly to shape and glued together

stacks of hay from the

then carved and sanded into the final hull

farms of Essex and

shape. Again improvisation using items

Suffolk to feed to

from the “Come in Handy”, box have been

cab horses of

used. All of the Winch gears are from and


old clock maker, who kindly gave a box of

a l s o

his old cast off spares. The rigging, as in all my models, comes from a collection of card and thread from tackle shops, saddlers, sewing circles, butchers, and sadly no longer abundant, shoe makers. A tip for anyone contemplating rigging any model ship avail yourself of a large block of Bees Wax, pull each card across the block before use. This will lay any fluffy bits give it polish and help preserve it for many years to come.

Alan's fine model of a Thames Sailing Barge. They were designed to sail beyond estuaries and along the coast to the next port.

A model of The Scottish Maid topsail schooner. The "Aberdeen Bow" was later to become standard in all the great clipper ships.

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Business Advice

Great Expectations....


How you meet and manage the needs of those key to your business directly impacts on success... or failure! expectations which will vary from sector to sector there are some basic expectations which apply across the board:

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

Honesty and integrity - deliver what you say you will and ensure that the product or service you are selling really does do what it says on the tin and that there are no hidden extras.

Timely delivery - again deliver when you say you will or when the customer wants you to; reliability and dependability are the cornerstones of customer relationships.

It’s not just the nation which expects, your customers do too, not to mention your employees, your suppliers, your financial backers, the community at large... in fact everyone who comes into contact with you and your business will have some expectation of how you deliver what they want from you. Whilst each group has a significant requirement by way of satisfaction, it is your customers who are the most influential and the fulfilment of their needs to an acceptable level should be paramount in everything you do. Customers come to you as they have been assured, either through your marketing or previous experience or, indeed, a recommendation from others, that they will get what they want, when they want it and in the way they want it. It therefore makes sense that, as a first step, you should find out exactly what it is they do want from you. There is no real need for complicated and expensive market research here simply engage with your customers. Encourage communication either over the phone, via social media or invite them in for focus sessions so that you can gauge feedback on your service. Ascertain what is good, and what is bad, about what you offer. When it comes to the latter it is vital that you listen and take action to rectify and improve the issues raised; in fact even the good can probably be improved and taken to the next level ‒ there is never room for complacency in business! Whilst there will be some industry specifics when it comes to customer


Polite and courteous interactions - everyone expects to be treated with respect; to be listened to and to be understood. Good communication skills are essential as are empathy and friendliness. Effective problem solving - things do occasionally go wrong and this is acceptable to a certain extent; it’s how you resolve issues that is important. Be consistent and fair; put yourself in your customer’s shoes, take responsibility and offer realistic solutions or alternatives, quickly and decisively (though do beware of knee jerk reactions which upon reflection may not be the best course of action).

The key is to set realistic customer expectations at a level where you can consistently deliver; these should reflect your brand image and values. To achieve this you need to ensure that all your staff are trained in the necessary skills and really buy into the culture you are promoting. Customer service is the one area in which you can be truly innovative and set yourself apart from the competition; it’s an opportunity to promote your unique selling points such as knowledge, advice, delivery times, speed of response, attention to detail, the list is endless! But, of course, what will really make you stand out from the crowd is actually exceeding customer expectations. How you go the extra mile and make your customer not only feel valued but also ensure they really enjoy the experience of dealing with you really can give you the wow factor. This is achievable in numerous ways and may involve some thinking outside the box! Again the more innovative,

forward thinking, surprising and helpful you can be, the better for your business. Customer expectations do also involve a degree of realism and this is where honesty plays a major part. It is possible that you won’t be able to meet every expectation and in certain instances you shouldn’t try to do so especially if the demand is outside your business capabilities. Making promises you are unable to keep is the first step towards creating

a very unhappy customer and ultimately could lead to a tarnished reputation and business failure. You need to manage expectations at all times and be realistic and honest enough to admit what you can and cannot provide or achieve; after all not every customer is your ideal customer or you their ideal provider - sometimes for the greater good (and even though it may hurt) it may just pay to let go. Katina

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But here’s the thing... IMAGE courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

biscuit if you know where to go) and the 15-20 minutes or so it now takes to shuffle to the front of these queue at peak times. Optimum windows of opportunity for rating and dating are 11 in the morning or four in the afternoon when the systems for serving hot drinks breaks down completely. Counter staffs that have been serving the queue brightly and efficiently now suddenly and inexplicably disappear without trace, leaving solitary colleagues to cope.

Cheaper Speed Dating for Devon WITH SPRING just around the corner, Speed Dating in Devon is on the increase. So too is the amount of time it takes to queue for tea or coffee in any of Devon’s large department stores. These two facts when correlated can be used to advantage by those seeking to improve their lot, both socially and financially.

Home is the sailor A FINE PORTRAIT of the man once voted Devon’s most famous son – Sir Walter Raleigh - has gone on display in Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) alongside his son, known in the family as Wat.

Compare the £25 for a typical Speed Dating session lasting about an hour with the £1.75 asked for a cup of tea in one of those big stores (which price sometimes includes a little round

Raleigh’s father - another Walter - was once imprisoned in the tower of Sidwell Street church (some 800 metres as the crow flies from the RAMM building) by rebels who were besieging the city during the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549.

When the church later demanded he return what was rightfully theirs he handed over the gold and silver but told them that it was too late to return the cloth. His wife, Catherine Champernowne, had cut it up and turned it into curtains for their four-poster bed.

This method is not perfect. It may take two or even three sessions to find the LifePartner-Of-Your-Choice but it is cheaper than Speed Dating and does away with the embarrassment of being rejected by a succession of sometimes quite undesirable singles, met above a pub. Next issue: Top ten chat-up lines for coffee queues in big Devon department stores.

of ladybirds and butterflies in many other parts of the country conform to a long-term trend in which spring has gradually arrived earlier in the UK.

The portrait, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and part of the museum’s presentation West Country to World’s End – the West Country in the Tudor Age runs until 2nd March and is well worth a visit.

When the king’s army came to the rescue and the rebels fled, old Walter helped himself to various pieces of gold plate and some lengths of rich altar cloth the rebels had plundered and stashed away in the base of the tower. Playing his Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card skillfully, Walter filled his saddle bags with as much of the loot as he could carry and headed home to Hayes Barton near East Budleigh.

This then is the opportunity the observant single has been waiting for to join the queue strategically, behind the potential date-of-choice and begin to engage in casual conversation for the next 15 minutes.

Is winter the new spring? DEVON’S MILDEST and wettest winter in years led to many signs of an early spring reports the Woodlands Trust which has some 69 woodlands listed in the county. By the middle of January it had received a surge of early sightings from its network of nature watchers and reports of birds nesting, snowdrops flowering and hazel coming into bud were widespread and came especially from Teignmouth, Kingsbridge, Crediton and Sidmouth. These together with the appearance for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

Over the last 25 years flowers have bloomed up to 12 days earlier than previously and the seasonal timing of reproduction has shifted forward by 11 days between 1976 and 2005. However Woodlands Trust scientist Dr Kate Lewthwaite warned, “Species fooled by warmer weather into early activity, blossoming or breeding, such as frogs, could be vulnerable to the sort of freeze not uncommon in February or March.” The Met Office’s four-week forecast for February is that it will be cold and if last Spring is anything to go by Devon would be well advised to follow the old adage of ne’er casting a clout till May be out. JOHN FISHER


Independent Financial Adviser Celebrating 21 years of Business in East Devon

Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 21 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and investment advice.


Her firm also provides a specialist annuities ser vice for people approaching retirement and newly retired, which operates nationally. To find out more about her practice, you can view her company website at:

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RECENT NEWS *Helen's * recently been awarded the DipPFS

ccording to a recent report

to be straightforward except for

from the Financial Services

the fact that things aren`t always

Consumer Panel, the Retail

how they seem.

Distribution Review (known as RDR)

Interestingly, RDR has been lauded

just common sense and could make

as a way to increase transparency on

all the difference to your retirement years.

has triggered a “massive shift“

One of the report's biggest

charges but in this case it has simply

to non-advised sales for those

criticisms was that consumers

muddied the waters. Paradoxically,

reaching retirement age who

who buy from a website without

the commission paid for a non-

For retirement and investment help

take out an annuity. Simply put,

advice are left to deal with opaque

advised DIY annuity sale (up to 6%

please contact Helen Mulvaney of

consumers have decided to save

commission charging structures

for an enhanced annuity) may be

Richmond Independent on 01395

money, go to a website buy their

and it was found that DIY annuities

significantly higher than an adviser's

512166 (initial consultations are free

annuity on-line without advice and

sometimes have commissions


of charge).

take out a DIY solution. This ought

payable of up to 6%*. It is possible Taking all things into consideration,

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Helen Mulvaney

BA (Hons), Dip M, DipPFS Proprietor of Richmond Independent

"consumers who buy from a website without advice are left to deal with opaque commission charging structures"

the non-advised route might be practical for those with small pension pots, however, if you take this route you must still be sure of your options and be aware that you

Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority *6% for enhanced annuities and 3% for standard annuities according to the Financial Services Consumer Panel report

could get enhancements even for small lifestyle issues. My practice offers independent advice on all

that some consumers might not be

retirement options which helps pin-

aware of this commission although

point the most suitable options for

I understand that the amount

their circumstances. Today there

should be detailed on their annuity

is an array of products available

illustration. Consumers may also

for those who want to explore

be left unaware of the lack of

all possible options and consider

As more Independent Financial Advisors are leaving the industry, put off by a rapidly

regulatory protection because they

alternatives to annuitising their

changing sector and an

don’t read through the small print

pension funds and in such a wide

ever increasing burden of

which points out that they will not

and complex market it makes sense

compliance and continuing

be receiving advice and even if they

to take advice so that you are aware

professional development,

do it was found that they may not

of all the advantages and prepared

Sidmouth based Richmond

even understand the ramifications

for any disadvantages. For those

of this.

The report notes that,

whose retirement options require

generally, there are concerns about

on-going advice we provide a

outcomes for consumers which

comprehensive service with an

tend to be patchy and also the

annual meeting and review of your

lack of transparency on charges

situation. Taking advice on such an

which leaves consumers in the dark.

important area of your finances is


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