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The Days are Just Packed! As Summer comes to East Devon, it's great to ponder all the ways to enjoy yourself. From the myriad of fairs, fetes, festivals and suchlike, to country walks, perhaps time on the beach paddling or relaxing in a deckchair, or even venturing out to do a bit of shopping, browsing galleries, stopping for lunch or a coffee. In many ways we're really spoilt for choice here - actually, what helps is if you can do a quick check on events coming up over the next week, so you don't miss the best of what's on offer. I don't know if you're aware of the What's On website eastdevonhub? If you aren't, can I say that it's a great resource for tracking all the brilliant events across the region - it really is the most comprehensive resource by a large margin, containing events from the smallest club, charity, society, to the largest festivals and destinations. What's great to see, is when our local communities prosper, especially our town centres, which are vital to our enjoyment. Without lots of hard-working businesses striving to be the best at what they do, our High Streets shrivel up and die. As consumers, we want choice and variety,

and there's sort of a 'critical mass' effect, where once you have a number of really good shops and eateries, that draws in more public footfall and consequently more businesses. We all need to do our bit to ensure our local town centres thrive, it's quite easy really, it just involves a bit of shopping followed by lunch or a coffee. We've recently seen several new retail businesses start up in Sidmouth and the feature that's inside this issue on Honiton highlights three new businesses in the High Street. Honiton's really come on over the last few years, particularly when it comes to home goods, ladies fashions as well as eateries and coffee shops. In this issue, I road tested the seriously impressive Nissan Qashqai - supplied by the friendly team at Hamilton Garage in Sidmouth. I had great fun driving up Peak Hill, the views were superb across to Budleigh. Incidentally, Hamilton Garage are one of the oldest Nissan dealerships in the country, stretching back over 30 years! We also had a chance to catch up with the people at Deer Park House (at Weston, Honiton), where you can now get involved in all sorts of courses, such as cooking on their wood fired pizza oven, bee keeping to clay pigeon shooting. In fact with so much on offer this summer, the days will be just packed!

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Contents June-July


11. Letter Box

28. The Race From Trafalgar

News snippets from the Editor.

An epic dash recounted by John Fisher.

14. Art Exhibitions

30. Fine Dining

51. Classic Machines

The art scene across the region.

East Devon's best eateries.

Interesting 2 and 4 wheel vehicles.

20. Star Gazing

32. Restaurant Inspector

60. The Old Vet'nary

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

A visit to the Deer Park at Honiton.

Lurid animal tales by Ken Watson.

22. I Love Shopping!

33. But here's the thing

61. Horse Care - Reins

We visit Honiton's High Street.

More expounding by John Fisher.

With Natalie Bucklar-Green.

25. Nelson's Column

34. Branscombe Valley Walk

62. Life Matters

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Illustrated circular walk with the editor.

EDP drug and alcohol services.

26. Fashion & Beauty

43. The Qashqai Test Drive

66. Financial Planning

Great places to indulge yourself!

With Nissan dealers Hamilton Garage.

With adviser Helen Mulvaney.

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44. A Kitchen Crisis

Tips from Amanda Merchant.


Finding fair solutions to All Change for Family Law family problems is our speciality Ian shares recent court changes for separating partners with children. Don’t waste time, Get in touch: Taunton: 01823 429183 mediator will want to make sure that meetings are Anytime/text: focused 07500806664 and both are able to put their point of view.

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There are often several meetings. In financial cases, Ian Walker Solicitor both must give full financial disclosure. The mediator Mediation and Legal Rights and Fairness Mediator will help the couple to concentrate on the issues, to Mediation is about making informed decisions. This & Director Prioryfield House, 20toCanon Street, Somerset, TA1 1SW listen each other and Taunton, to make informed decisions. includes understanding what your legal rights are of Family Expert and what a Court might or might not do. When I Law andadvice or Mediation by appointment Mediation Free parking am mediating I cannot give advice, but I can give

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April 2014 has seen big changes in how disputes between separating partners and about children should be dealt with. These include the introduction of a Unified Family Court; the abolition of Residence and Contact Orders (Child Arrangements Orders instead) and a greater expectation that couples should resolve their disputes out of Court with the assistance of a professional mediator.

Is Family Mediation now compulsory?

It is now a Legal requirement that a person who wishes to make an application to the Court about a family matter must (unless a limited exemption applies) meet with an approved Mediator to consider mediation before they can apply to the Court. The other party will also be expected to meet with the Mediator. Failure to do so could lead to a costs order being made against them. The preliminary meeting to consider family mediation (called a MIAM) is compulsory. In most cases it is expected that mediation will follow.

What is Family Mediation?

It is assisted negotiation. A couple will meet with an independent mediator who will assist them to discuss and resolve the issues that they wish to resolve. The discussions are confidential. The

What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting or MIAM?

The Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting or MIAM is a preliminary meeting with each person (I always undertake them separately) to allow each of the couple to find out more and for the mediator to assess suitability. Both will usually be willing to start mediation after these meetings have taken place and this is an important step toward finding solutions.

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The Mediator’s use of their skills can be quite subtle. Both need to have confidence in the Mediator. Experience can make a considerable difference to the prospects of success. Only approved Mediators can undertake MIAM meetings. To qualify the mediator has to demonstrate a certain level of experience. This is however below the standard to achieve accreditation. I myself achieved the then equivalent standard in 2000. I was amongst the first 20 Mediators to achieve the Accreditation standard with the Family Solicitors organisation Resolution in 2002 and am currently accredited by the Law Society. I have also sat on the Governing Board of the Family Mediators Association (FMA) and I supervise other Mediators. My Service

information to both. I can also make sure both ask their Solicitors the right questions at the right time, so they get best advice and best value. As a Solicitor, I usually refer to other Mediators, who are either practicing or former Solicitors. This is so I have confidence that they will refer my clients back to me when advice is needed.

the cost of a successful mediation is much less than a long drawn out Court process Legal Aid is still available

Means tested Legal Aid is still widely available for Family Mediation. If one person is financially eligible, the Legal Aid Agency will provide a FREE MIAM to both of the couple. The evidence requirements to qualify are stringent, but if someone qualifies, the whole of the Mediation is FREE for them and they should also be able to access Legal Aid for FREE Legal Advice in support of Mediation.

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Jen’s certainly not dotty A great little business recently opened in Sidmouth is gift and interiors shop, dotty home, run by Jen Swales who’s originally from Cheshire. Interestingly, dotty homes was online 2 years prior to the shop opening, this being Jen’s first shop. Their range is Scandanavial / French country / shabby chic themed. We wish Jen all the best! - Editor

It’s the time for orchids In early June thereʼs a natural spectacle that really is one of East Devonʼs high points - thatʼs when the wild orchids come into flower. Goren Farm at Stockland is the place to visit, having wild flower meadows covering some 70 acres, you can see all manner of flowering plants such

as yellow rattle, hawkbit, corky fruited water dropword amongst many others. Landowner Julian farms organically, with a herd of ruby reds and apple orchards, producing prime quality beef and apple juice.

See eastdevonhub for details of their open days. Lunches, teas, coffees and cakes will be available to visitors. Wildflower seeds are harvested at Goren Farm and can be ordered directly from their website. Make sure you donʼt miss this unique natural spectacle - Editor

Dependable staff! We’re great believers in equal opportunity employment at Coast & Country, that’s why we include our four-legged friends in the team. They handle security with relish, are extremely affordable and excellent stress busters. Phone conversations may be highjacked, but it’s a minor price to pay for the benefits they provide. Alfie (above) is still undergoing training supervision from our veteran, Jack (right) - Editor

Fit for the Local Mafia! Steve White (centre) certainly knows about shoes - and so he should, the family business was started by his great grandfather 125 years ago and is still going strong. It relocated to Sidmouth from Dorchester in 2011, taking over Ivor Coramʼs shop. Hand-made Italian HB shoes will be added to their range of high quality footwear from companies such as DB Shoes, Reiker, Josef Seibel, Rohde, etc. Steveʼs staff have a wealth of experience, with Anne (left) having many years experience in the trade. Janet (right) joined the team recently.

Celebrating 10th year Dunkeswell based cabinet maker David Lloyd, shares a celebratory glass with wife Alice. David’s an extremely talented artisan, able to make pretty much anything in wood - Editor

Free Hub Pop Just over a year after launching the eastdevonhub website, it seems everyone wants to use the HUB what’s On platform. There are now over 3,500 registered organisations, Mid Devon’s just been added and Dartmoor Hub is soon on its way! for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

Axminster Author If you’re interested in historical novels, then two excellent books by Axminster based author, Edward Charles, may take your fancy. The stories are based around Florence in the 1400s and The House of Medici, tracing the rise and subsequent fall of the Medici Bank. Edward’s two books entitled Seeds of Decline and Inheritance of Power certainly make compelling reading. Published by Pen and Sword Books Editor






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What makes us British The minutiae of our everyday lives can get lost as the years pass by. Iʼm of a generation that can still remember the noble milk bottle clanking on the doorstep, puncture holes in the foil top where the naughty bluetit had supped and when our supermarkets were in their infancy - the thought of lugging milk around didnʼt really make much

sense. Coming across people whose passions are fixed on such seemingly mundane areas of our life can be both intriguing and humbling. I was recently approached by Peter Hayward, a chap with a museum dedicated to his collection of milk bottles that retailed between 1920 and 1975. His appeal to me was for more of the same from dairies

Further investment at Deer Park contributes to town economy The Deer Park in Weston, Honiton is delighted to announce that there will be further investment made into the hotel in 2014. This announcement comes after a big year of transformation at the country house hotel, with over £750,000 invested in the hotel and its grounds in 2013. This included a range of new additions; newly landscaped Italian garden and fountains, the installation of the Bushman wood-fired oven, resurfaced driveway, refurbished restaurant and conservatory as well as the installation of a zip wire in the woods. “Weʼre so thrilled to announce that we will be continuing to invest in this beautiful country house hotel”, said Managing Director, Mark Godfrey. “Our aim is to be one of the leading hotel and wedding venues in the South West, so all of these fabulous

in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall - he stipulated that they must show the retailers name and location printed on the bottle. His current focus being on the East Devon area. After a career in distribution within the milk industry, his desire to map out this part of our social history is strong, so your help would be much appreciated. Please contact Peter on 01404 42642 or by letter to 3 Hickory Close, Honiton EX14 2UN - Editor

community and is proud that they have used local Honiton businesses to complete all the refurbishments. In additional in the last year, Deer Park has employed an additional 30 local staff including 3 young apprentices. The business is now contributing much more to the local economy and the turnaround has been a staggering success. The Deer Parkʼs has already started hosting a range of courses in their fabulous grounds, including Falconry, Cookery, Beekeeping, Foraging and Country Pursuits. Yet another great story of investment into East Devon, brilliant to see this level of vision and commitment - in fact, everyone benefits! Editor

Illness forces Essential Therapies to close The onset of illness 6 weeks ago, forced me to stop work immediately, but the whole picture has only become clearer this week. After having major surgery for breast cancer 2 weeks ago, with an extensive period of treatment and therapy ahead of me, I have decided with greatest regret and sadness that Essential Therapies will be closing on the 14th June 2014. We’ve had tremendous support from Guinot, who have helped to keep the salon open, although this is an initial temporary measure. I’d like to express my grateful thanks to them for their loyalty and support, and also special thanks go to my receptionist, Lesley Morris, who has coped admirably. As part of the Sidmouth community for the past 18 years, I’ve had a very fulfilling second career, which has given me great pleasure meeting so many fascinating people whom I’ve got to know well and shall miss greatly. Thanks for your wonderful support and warm thanks for all the good wishes and the lovely flowers. On a lighter note, I have every intention to be back some time next year, and how nice it would be to see you all again. Best wishes - Linda Crockett Daye

Managing Director - Mark Godfrey additions will certainly help us achieve this goal, along with the dedication and passion from our top notch team”. The hotel is committed to supporting the local

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Karin Frewin (Seaton Town Developm’t Team) brought to my attention a couple of new businesses to Seaton, Gee Glass (run by Gill Hamlett) and The Malt House, run by Tania Davies and David Gibson, both from Newport, South Wales. Great to see so much happening in Seaton - Ed

Colyton’s a town with real character and great architecture. Colin Haynes (of hardware shop fame) sent me this most engaging local history book, which is highly readable and extremely interesting. Definitely recommended reading - Editor. Available from Colyton Heritage Ctr. for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

Farringdon resident, Janet Sawyer was inspired to start ingredient company, LittlePod, after a dear friend in the vanilla industry came over to host a real vanilla day for the village in 2006, bringing with him vanilla pods from all over the world. Since its beginnings, the company has achieved various accolades and Janet herself has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to Employment & Culture in East Devon through both LittlePod & The Farringdon Society of Arts


Forthcoming Art Exhibitions June & July 2014

Fabian Perez - 'Study for Luciana Black Dress' - Surridge Catherine Osbond - 'Street View' - East Devon Art

GALLERIES Ray Sheldon - Marine House

ACADEMICIANS EXHIBITION 2014 Until 30 May - The work of our remarkable members, brought together in this annual event, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, 10.00am.

TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics

EXHIBITIONS Society of Wood Engravers Annual Exhibition

WHERE COAST MEETS SEA Until 02 Jun - Coastal locations of Dorset and Devon celebrated in paint, pastel and collage, Town Mill Arts Guild, Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis. SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION Until 05 Jul - For lovers of woodengraving, this exhibition has a wonderful variety of styles, The Marle Gallery, Victoria Place, Axminster.

24 May to 5 July

Wood engravings are exquisitely crafted and intricate - a distinctive and delightful art form. Work from around 70 national and international artists.

PATRICIA VOLK Until 08 Jun - Patricia Volk - ceramic sculpture, The Art Room, 8A The Strand, Topsham, 11.00am.

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'12X12': GAIL SAGMAN Until 22 Jun - The Buddhist 12 linked chain balancing the 1 supreme being of Christianity, Lyme Regis ArtsFest, Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis, 10.00am.

Patricia Volk 'Torso' The Art Room

PETER RANDALL-PAGE : MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION Until 28 Jun - New drawings, prints and sculpture by this internationallyacclaimed artist, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton.

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Treasured Galleries 1 & 3

Heather Duncan - Until 28 Jun An exciting solo show of Heather Duncan’s latest paintings consisting of dynamic landscapes.

Heidi Koenig: Without Boundaries Until 08 Jun - Much loved abstract artist, Heidi Koenig, with a fantastic selection of paintings.

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Summer Exhibition - 04 Jul to 30 Aug A fabulous mixed show celebrating the five years since Artwave West opened.

THE Names In British Art Jul and Aug - Kitaj, Freud, Hockney, Riley, Rego and Auerbach.

Other Worlds in Galleries 1 & 3

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OPEN STUDIOS DORSET ART WEEK Until 08 Jun - Painting & Print Making Exhibition in open studio. Barbara Green, Manscombe Abbey, Morecombelake.

HEATHER DUNCAN SOLO EXHIBITION Until 28 Jun - Heather Duncan's latest paintings consisting of dynamic landscapes, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am.

Closes 31 May - Rachel Ross. 11 to 15 Jun - Work by gallery artists call for opening times. 12 July to 30 Aug - Richard Adams.

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Peter Randall-Page Drawings, prints and sculpture on a domestic scale

10 May to 28 Jun - New works by this internationally acclaimed artist.

THG Open 2014

12 Jul to 23 Aug - Celebrating the rich and varied talent of artists living in the South West.

Art Galleries

Heidi Koenig - Brook Gallery

OTHER WORLDS AND THIS LAND 12 Jul to 30 Aug - New work by Richard Adams and Devon Landscapes by Mark Rochester, Hybrid, 51 High Street, Honiton. ARTBEAT EXHIBITION 19 Jul to 01 Aug - Traditional and contemporary paintings and textile work on display, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

Sue Scullard - 'White garden' - The Marle Gallery Liz Shewan - 'Loving Kindness Painting'

DORSET NOW Until 29 Jun - Showcases the work of a vibrant and diverse group of current Dorset artists, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, 10.00am. 4 WEEKS, 4 DISCIPLINES 05 Jun to 29 Jun - An exhibition celebrating the different art disciplines, gloss-Art Gallery, 1 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, 9.30am. AXMINSTER PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP EXHIBITION 09 Jun to 05 Jul - Axminster Photography Group's first exhibition of the year at The Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 9.00am.

INSPIRED BY THE OLD TOWN DUMP 25 Jun to 03 Aug - Ronnie Creswell recycles post-war designs into new multimedia images, Lyme Regis ArtsFest, Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis.

LIFE'S UNSEEN ADVENTURES 26 Jun to 14 Jul - Latest project exploring the mind and spirit through stories on canvas, Liz Shewan Art Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis, 10.30am.

CHINESE BRUSH ART EXHIBITION 16 Jun to 25 Jun - Kaili Fu solo Chinese brush art exhibition in Amyatt Rooms daily 10am to 5pm, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 04 Jul to 30 Aug - A fabulous mixed show celebrating the 5 years since Artwave West opened, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am. SIDMOUTH ART SOCIETY ART EXHIBITION 10 Jul to 23 Jul - Sidmouth Art Society Art Exhibition, Sidmouth Society of Artists, Kennaway House, Sidmouth. 'KEEP ON PAINTING'. NEIL HAMPSON'S SOLO 12 Jul to 18 Jul - 'Keep on Painting'. A solo exhibition of work from artists Neil Hampson, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

END OF YEAR EXHIBITION 21 Jun to 27 Jun - Students of East Devon Art Academy display their work, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 11.00am. RICHARD SOWMAN & EMILY MYERS 22 Jun to 20 Jul - Richard Sowman paintings and Emily Myers - Ceramics, The Art Room, 8A The Strand, Topsham.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 28 Jun to 11 Jul - Selected West Country artists display their latest works, East Devon Art, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, 12.05am.

THG OPEN 2014 12 Jul to 23 Aug - Celebrating the rich and varied talent of artists living in the South West, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton, 10.00am. Heather Duncan - 'Dorset Garden' - Artwave West

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A warm welcome to the gallery We are delighted to introduce a fantastic range of new limited edition prints by some of your favourite artists including Argentine sensation Fabian Perez. Please contact the gallery today for more details. 11-15 Bedford Street, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GG 01297 625257

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End of Year Exhibition - 21 to 27 Jun Summer Exhibition - 28 Jun to 11 Jul Neil Hampson - 12 to 18 Jul See more on our full page... Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at Open every day 11am-5pm & every weekend.

DORSET NOW - until 29 June Richard Batterham Marzia Colonna Vanessa Gardiner Andrew George John Hubbard David Inshaw Alex Lowery Boo Mallinson Petter Southall Clare Trenchard 01308 459511

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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. 01297 598011

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Well known and respected abstract artists Patrick Jones, with wife Jean and daughter Isis at their studio in Budleigh Salterton In this century anything can be Art. Media and celebrity culture have transformed the practise of being an artist, particularly since the advent of the camera. Economic and social circumstances have caused a huge influx into the West Country of educated practitioners, which the universities absorb. These colleges of higher education cannot supply creative energy or models as they are finance and government led toward technological achievement. As a young artist growing up in Devon, I was extremely lucky to attend Exeter Art College when it was a small group of buildings. Visiting lecturers were many and luminous, Patrick Heron,

An important exhibition for lovers of wood engravings as we again host the Society of Wood Engravers Annual Exhibition. Over 130 pieces from around 70 national and international artists. Wood engraving is a distinctive and delightful art form. Although exquisitely crafted and intricate, wood engraved prints are also very affordable providing an accessible route to owning original art of the highest quality. 01297 639970 Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ

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Terry Frost, John Epstein and the wonderful Harry Thubron. Maggie Thatcher closed all these colleges, but I never forgot my experience of friendly, imaginative, life changing teaching. After living in New York I moved back to Devon and realised how fortunate I am to have survived as a professional artist. Running the Abstract Art Course, I am recreating the atmosphere that nurtured me. We paint in class, spend hours looking and evaluating, have stand up critiques of artists’ work and bond together in our love of painting. Its great fun as the work is colourful, exciting and rooted in a tradition of abstract painting I have experienced first hand on my travels.

Gillian McDonald - ‘Harbour lll’ - Mixed Media - 49x54cm - £1995 Gillian McDonald - ‘Coastal Fields I’ - Mixed Media - 55x55cm - £1995

New exciting artists at the Beer galleries

Marine House and Steam Gallery at Beer are pleased to introduce two special artists new to Devon. Carolyn Tyrer who trained at Central St. Martin’s and lives in the Thames Valley says, “I love to create paintings which take a different view of familiar scenes.” She has built a large following for her charming and carefree depictions of the Thames and its environs and having only recently “discovered” the Devon/Dorset Coast, has enthusiastically added it to her repertoire. Carolyn Tyrer - ‘Lyme Regis Bathed In Sunshine’ - 50x58cms - £1275

Gillian McDonald is based in Pembrokeshire and has a national following for her village and moorland imagery. Her landscapes and seascapes show the influence of the late John Blockley the noted Cotswold artist who led painting trips to remote corners of Britain for his fellow professionals including the late Michael Morgan and Martin Procter. Martin in fact recommended her to Marine House and her paintings take inspiration from the collective Blockley School of artists. Examples of their paintings are on our website and hang in our galleries.

Carolyn Tyrer - ‘River Otter Mouth’ - 50cm x 100cm - £1995

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Applying the same principles to her painting as she does her printmaking, the purposeful layering of colour, the search for the perfect composition, somehow brings a freedom and energy to her work that even the most figurative of tastes can’t help but admire. Brook Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of brand new paintings by Heidi Koenig, one of Devon’s most accomplished abstract artists today. With an enviable 18

string of awards and commissions, Heidi’s work continues to stretch the boundaries of abstract art, whilst bringing a serenity and balance that is rarely achieved within this discipline. Born and raised in Germany Heidi came to Britian in 1989 after travelling for 2 years around Australia and South East Asia. She now lives in Devon. Heidi achieved a first class honours degree from Brighton University and continued on to the Slade school of Fine Art receiving a postgraduate diploma in Fine art printmaking. Applying the same principles to her painting as she does her printmaking, the purposeful layering of colour, the search for the perfect composition, somehow brings a freedom and energy to her work that even the most figurative of tastes can’t help but admire. Always in tune with her surroundings, her home, the Devon and Cornwall border provides an endless source of inspiration, further developed by regular trips further afield. In Heidi’s own words… “The quest to create something unique and exciting never ceases. I challenge myself to continually refresh my vision and the energy


of the mark making . The most difficult part of the painting process comes with the decision as to whether the piece is finished or needs pushing to a different level altogether making the final marks that resolve the painting. It's almost a state of meditation when everything falls into place subconsciously’. These ideas reflected in the words of the late Helen Frankenthaler; ‘One prepares, bringing all one's weight and gracefulness and knowledge to bear: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically. And often there is a moment when all frequencies are right and it hits.”

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Without Boundaries: An exhibition of new paintings by Heidi Koenig 16 May – 8 June 2014

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East Devon Art Academy Gallery and Studios

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS

East Devon Art Academy has become a showcase for artists in the South West. With a core of selected artists plus visiting artists, EDAA provides a diverse selection of frequently changing exhibitions featuring strong figurative work to semi-abstract landscapes.

EDAA also provides a full range of classes and workshops throughout the academic year. In August there will be a Summer School with an exciting range of courses on offer. Please view our website or contact us for details.

Exhibitions during Summer at East Devon Art Selected works can be viewed on-line

Summer Solstice Exhibition

texture and light have produced an array of original art and textiles. Open 10am-5.30pm.

Open weekends until 15 Jun Catherine Osbond

A wide variety of artists display work in various media and subject matter.

End of Year Exhibition

21 to 27 Jun

A wide range of art workshops for all levels.

28 Jun to 11 Jul

Artists Catherine Osbond, Neil Hampson, George Hutchinson, Victoria Goodman, Rosie Draper, and Christina Windley display their latest works.

Keep on Painting

12 to 18 Jul

A solo exhibition of Neil Hampson’s local landscapes, birdlife and floral paintings.


Nine artists inspired by colour,

Exeter Art Society

23 to 29 Aug

Devon Naturally

30 Aug to 5 Sept

Debbie Coles - Artbeat

Works by Neil Cox and Matt Culmer.

Devon Open Studios

6 to 21 Sept

A lively mix of representational and semi-abstract art.

See website for full course and exhibition details

Victoria Goodman

Rosie Draper

Christina Windley

Several selected artists display their latest works.

11 to 22 Aug

Summer Exhibition

19 Jul to 1 Aug

2 to 10 Aug

Summer School

Students of East Devon Art Academy display their work.

Neil Hampson

Folk Week Exhibition

Ursula Pratt

George Hutchinson

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Well-known presenter, broadcaster and dyed-in-the-wool Devonian Judi Spiers gives COAST & COUNTRY readers a glimpse into the lives of the great and good.


ell, summerʼs here at last and the hedgerows and the countryside are alive with snuffling and tweeting and I expect youʼve been pretty busy yourself?

actually, at least at my dentist I get pain relief!

I was privileged recently to have been asked to sit in on a ʻLionʼs Denʼ in which Exeter Lions club gave money to various small charities. Held at the Guild Hall with the Lord Mayor, it was a humbling experience to see just how little some of these charities need to continue with their valuable work. Sometime just a lockable shed for sports equipment or a few hundred pounds to give vulnerable adults a day out. It is often said that with some of the bigger charities you donʼt know where the money is going or if it is going to make a difference. I can assure you on that night we all knew exactly where it was going and the difference it was going to make. A big thank you to the Lions Club and to everyone involved that evening.

Kate, the Dynasty star who loved to perform on stage, passed away on 30th March 2014.

I can assure you we all knew exactly where the money was going Iʼve spoken before in t his column about famous people not necessarily being the most entertaining... in fact only recently an interview with a American 70s TV star now treading the boards in a touring musical in this country, was like a trip to the dentist... well


Kate O’Mara

Talking of weddings, who would ever have thought that you would have to sign a confidentiality agreement to make a wedding cake? Well in some cases you do,

as Mich Turner MBE presenter of ʻBritainʼs Best Bakeryʼ told me when she came to Westpoint recently for ʻThe Big Cake Show.ʼ

There was never any pain relief needed with Kate OʼMara who died recently. I was fortunate enough to have known Kate from the days of Howardsʼ Way and went fi lming with the cast when the storyline moved to Malta. This terrifyingly exotic looking actress, who looked like she could freeze you with a word, turned out to be one of the girls! From a family of actor-managers, the stage was her passion and when confi ned to a hotel room she could often be heard moving furniture around taking chairs apart and rebuilding them for something to do! Her time on Dynasty was to earn money to plough back into her own theatre company. She told wonderful stories about how they would scrape her hair back in rubber bands and grips as a sort of homemade facelift which she insisted made her look like Fu Manchu! She also got a great kick out of the fact that when I left Pebble Mill I raided her Howardsʼ Way wardrobe for a beautiful jacket, which I got married in! I will always think of her when I look at my wedding pictures!

Mich Turner MBE At 15 Mich won her first school competition and has been baking her way to success ever since.


only going to entrust this to you. I can’t tell you who it’s for but, trust me, you will want to do it.” With fl ights and a police escort to Skibo Castle, it didnʼt take her long before she worked out that it was for Madonna and Guy Ritchieʼs wedding.

That was just the start of a hugely successful career in which she has gone on to bake cakes for The Queen, Barak Obama, David Beckham, Nanny McPhee and for a couple so high profi le they had to remain nameless!

But when it comes to naming the most famous person she has made a cake for, The Queen of Pop is not in the running. “It could be the Queen or... Mary Berry take your pick!”

Apparently Mich was contacted and told, “I have a cake and I’m

“That Mary Berry, she’s a one!” she told me and went on to

Jon McKnight

She’s baked cakes for The Queen, Barak Obama, David Beckham, Nanny McPhee and for a couple so high profile they had to remain nameless!

relate a story concerning a demonstration they were both at, where Mich was showing how to hand pipe with confidence a message on a cake. After the


Mich was born in Totnes and went to King Edward V1 Community College in Totnes. At 15, her Home Economics teacher and inspiration Marie Louise Witton, encouraged her to enter the Devon Schools Cookery Competition... Mich won the prize for her age group and the whole competition!

demonstration they were both backstage with her cake with Happy Birthday written on it,

“Mary said ‘what are you going to do with that?’ I said well I thought we might cut it up and eat it backstage and Mary said ‘well its my sons birthday on Wednesday, would you mind writing Thomas on it and I’ll take it with me?’ so she did!” ʻThe Great British Bakeryʼ hopefully returns to our screens this year and Mich has new book out later this summer.

During Jonʼs comping days, competitions relied on a slogan and being a journalist he was naturally good with words. Some of his fi nest were for local news stories and features like the one for a Vauxhall car:

‘The Sun Shines Out of His Astra.’ Or how about his DIY feature:

‘I just don’t know what to do with My Shelf.’ My all time favorite was a slogan for a local Indian restaurant called Veggie Perrins:

“I didn’t get where I am today by eating meat.”

Serial comper, Jon McKnight, has entered over 765 competitions and has won a wide range of prizes. His entertaining novel includes some of his experiences.

All right, so baking may not be your thing, but, have you ever entered any other competition? Would you ever consider buying dozens of tins of cat food, serial or packs of nappies to get your hands on a prize you had no use for?

a very entertaining novel about Tim Wembury loosely based on his own experiences.

the sun shines out of his Astra

In his fi rst year, Jon entered over 465 competitions and 300 in his second. He calls this his ʻGolden Periodʼ and amongst other things he won a satellite system, suitable for Jodrell Bank and not a suburban back garden, and a car estimated to be worth a yearʼs salary! The book is actually a thriller and local people will recognize many of the locations mentioned and learn something Iʼm sure they

But then you are probably not a serial ʻcomperʼ... Plymouth man Jon McKnight was, and he has written

didnʼt know about a Plymouth war memorial. A Prize to Die For is available as a download.

See you soon,


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This time of year's great for ambling round shops, perhaps stopping for a coffee or lunch. Honiton's a great little town, pretty much of everything shopping-wise happens in the High Street, which is actually part of the Fosse Way, so you're following on 2,000 years later in the footsteps of Romans who perhaps stopped for respite and refreshment from one of their long marches - just an amazing thought! Recently, several new retail businesses have opened in the High Street, namely Strummer Pink (see below right), Violet & Grey (right) and

Cocoon. We wish them all the best - interesting high streets across the county are highly dependent on small independents who put their efforts into bringing us a great shopping experience. Please show them your support and don't forget to mention you saw them in COAST & COUNTRY. Honiton is also blessed with a range of great places to enjoy a coffee or lunch, and is lucky enough to have some of the best restaurants in East Devon. If you enjoy your coffee, tea and cakes, you're really spoilt for choice - Editor.

Some of the gals from the Thelma Hulbert Gallery which is located just at the side of the main town car park. If you haven't visited, then please do as they host a great range of exhibitions over the year. Their latest exhibition features the work of Peter Randall-Page which runs until the 28th of June and admission is free. To view their forthcoming events, just go to eastdevonhub and search for Thelma Hulbert

A great little business with an extensive range of made-to-measure products for the home such as blinds, shutters, curtains, etc. Huge selection of fabrics.


Long-established Chesterton Hu mberts, who've served the Honiton and surrounding communities for over 30 years, headed by Manager Ian Lange


Stru mmer Pink (above & below) is an interesting new shop, the display of items on sale (photo below) looks really cheerful. Honiton as well as being a centre for antiques is also becoming a centre for high quality home and interiors suppliers.


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SHOPPING in Honiton

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Almondburys are situated pretty centrally along the High Street. They opened towards the end of last year, having a great selection of items for the home, with a vast range of large and small furniture as well as many gift ideas, faux flowers, la mps and la mpshades. Almondburys is a great shop for browsing, with many inspirational ideas.

Pilgrim Antiques 01404 41219

One of the largest discerning suppliers of 17th, 18th and 19th Century Oak and Country Furniture, Mirrors, Longcase Clocks and Decorative items.

Open Monday to Saturday inclusive

145 High Street, Honiton, EX14 8LJ Pilgrim Antiques - Jill Mills, the proprietor, inside their extensive showroom. A long established business of 45 years standing, with an outstanding reputation, their range is varied, stocking high quality furniture, longcase clocks, mirrors and decorative items.



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Just outside Honiton, on the road to Stockland, Royal Oak Farm is a favourite for many, particularly for their light lunches, teas and coffees. Highly recommended.

Liquid Assets - just a brilliant little shop down from the traffic lights. Terry Fairbrother (pictured), stocks a really extensive selection of home-brewing kit as well as teas, coffees, teapots, cafetiĂŠres, conserves and gifts. 24

Don't forget when visiting Honiton, to pop in to the Honiton Information Centre which is located on the main car park just round from the traffic lights. They can help you with any queries you may have and advise you on how to make the most of your visit to Honiton. Their phone number is 01404 43716


A point of view!

Nelson’s Column


goes up country by the end of June before “a full study” is put in front of our coalition government in the autumn.

Damp daze A TV crew from London was filming at

A railway provides a vital business link of

Dawlish at the height of February’s dry

course but let’s hope that in the midst of

weather outage watched by a small crowd

all that paper work and weighing of votes,

of inquisitive natives:

someone up in Lunnun remembers as how 93 per cent of our holiday visitors actually gets

Cameraman (to small boy): “Doesn’t it ever

down yere not by rail*, bless ‘em but by motor

stop raining here in Devon?”

car. Could we be inching nearer to opening up the A303 through the Blackdown Hills

Small boy: “Dunno mate. I’m only eleven!”

for dual carriageway? That’ll be the day. Paddington to Penzance “Anytime” return currently is £142. Let the train take the strain?

Reading between the lines HOW COMFORTING TO KNOW that the region’s main rail artery is open again and that engineers are examining no fewer than five routes that might be opened up across

seagulls, and all the while relaying pictures

this bottom left-hand corner of our sceptred

back to its controller.

isle to provide a belt-and-braces alternative in the event of a similar rail outage in the future.

Drones disguised as birds are here


COULD DRONES do the jobs of traffic

to look like the common buzzard (Buteo

wardens in Devon?

buteo) that council uses on its signage,

Did you just read “outage”? You surely did. A number of news sources – regional and

In East Devon it could easily be disguised

national - referred to the collapse of the line

whilst our close cousins down there in

at Dawlish this February as an “outage”.

A Spanish company called Expal is now

Cornwall (recently identified as having

Power companies also use the word when

marketing a surveillance drone that looks

one of the biggest surpluses in the country

they mean “power cut”. To the sensitive ears

like a large bird. Called the Shepherd-Mil it

from parking charges and fines*) could

of power companies “outage” sounds better

only costs around £1,000 – a fraction of the

use their own native chough (Pyrrhocorax

than “power cut” so when corporate bodies

cost of a traffic warden - and can be disguised


need to go public during troubled times they

to look like any large bird of choice says Soffa

sneak it into their press releases.

Affaro Marco, Expal’s branding manager.


The whole kit can be carried in two small suitcases and be unpacked and ready for

But should normal people be expected to

take-off quicker than you can say ‘further

suffer it simply because the word is then

budget cuts’.

given some kind of legitimacy by those in the media who pick it up and paste it into

Designed to fly 100 metres (or 330 feet) above

their own copy without thinking? But where

the ground, its on-board camera can not

were we?

only read number plates, it might also spot

*The RAC Foundation reported that 359

and track fly-tippers, detect freshly-watered

councils across England had a total current

Those alternative routes are being given

lawns during hose-pipe bans (remember

account surplus of £565m from on and off-street

the once-over by National Rail and the

those?) check on planning consents over

parking schemes in 2011-12. Cornwall came

Department for Transport, then a draft plan

garden fences or frighten off unwanted

eighth, with a £7.9m surplus.

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Celebrate in Devon

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The Race Home from Trafalgar An epic 271 mile dash in a little over 36 hours

IN THE LONG HISTORY of our Great South West Road, the most important and certainly the bestdocumented of its stories is of a race undertaken in November, 1805 by two serving officers in Nelson’s navy. The first of them, and the hero of our story, was Devon-born Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere. An eye witness to the Battle of Trafalgar, south of Cadiz, he carried Collingwood’s top secret dispatches back to England, detailing the battle and telling of the death of Nelson. Laponetiere was the commander of a dispatch vessel, His Majesty’s Schooner Pickle and was ordered to reach the nearest English port with the news, ‘saving neither spar nor canvas’ to take the news to the Admiralty in London. Tradition dictated that any man charged with such a mission would receive a 500 guinea purse, a 100-guinea



expects that

presentation sword - and most importantly for a 35-year old widower supporting his two small daughters and a widowed father on his £85 a year lieutenant’s pay - a promotion. He set off at 11.30 in the morning on Sunday 27th October, a full week after the battle but the first time that there and been a lull in the great storm that had followed it. The other man was Captain John Sykes of the sloop HMS Nautilus, patrolling near Cape St. Vincent off the coast of southern Portugal. One of Nelson’s inner circle of captains, Sykes had been on station since the end of August and knew nothing of the battle or Nelson’s death when he intercepted the homeward bound Pickle and ordered it to heave-to. After an hour on board Pickle, Sykes let Lapenotiere go on his way before heading to Lisbon, a neutral port, to report to the British Ambassador there so that the news could be spread throughout war-torn Europe. His hastily-written note Sykes handed to the occupants of a pilot gig he hailed at the mouth of Lisbon’s river Tagus. This




accomplished - or so he thought - he set sail again, hard on the heels of Pickle, making for the little ship’s home port, Plymouth where he assumed Laponetiere to be headed. The note was never received and may have been passed to an American warship then at anchor in the harbour. It would certainly explain why news of Trafalgar was printed in a handbill in Maine and then a newspaper in New York before the official London Gazette reached America in early December.

But Pickle had run into trouble. She had encountered a great storm in the Bay of Biscay and was swamped by an enormous





sea. Only by jettisoning her eight cannon and by manning the pumps for two days and nights did she weather the calamity. After the storm came flat calm when the exhausted crew was forced to take to the sweeps (oars) to keep the ship crawling towards the shoreline. Lapenotiere finally made landfall at Falmouth at 11.30 in the morning of Monday, 4th November, 1805. From here he immediately took the first of a series of rented post chaises - the fastest things on four wheels in Georgian England - to speed him on his way to London. Post chaises were rented out by the larger inns along the highway, where the horses were changed every 15 miles or so, along with the drivers or rather riders, for these ‘postillions’ - men who knew their own particular stretch of road like the backs of their hands - were not coachmen but jockeys, who rode on the front of the pair of horses. Although it had not rained in England since 30th October, the roads out of Cornwall were bad and deeply rutted, but Lapenotiere was duty bound to keep moving.




The Cornwall part of the jour ney took him from Falmouth, first to Truro, then on to Fraddon, where he changed horses at the Blue Anchor, thence across the moors to Bodmin, Launceston and Okehampton, Crockernwell and Exeter.

empty fireplace in the great echoing entrance hall of the Admiralty. Messengers were immediately sent to Windsor to break the news to the King and Lapenotiere, fresh shaved and changed into his best blues was sent close on their heels through the darkness of the early morning to give his first hand account of what he had witnessed.

Food was snatched in stable yards during the time that it took to change horses or carriages. He slept as best he could in the corner of the bucking, rocking coach, wrapped in his boat cloak, keeping his legs warm in the half-metre or so of deep straw that was pushed in through the doorway before it was slammed shut. His small sea chest, propped beside him on the forwardfacing bench seat, contained his best uniform, a change of linen, soap and razor and most importantly a purse of money issued to all dispatch vessels to allow messengers like him to pay their way at the coaching inns that rented out these flying carriages. He made the epic 271-mile dash in a little over 36 hours, stopping 21 times to change horses and postillions. Where the road was especially bad or the hills steep, he rented four horses, as his receipts show. His post chaise from Crockernwell to Exeter for example cost the Admiralty £1.16 shillings: from Exeter to Honiton £1.17 shillings but from Honiton to Axminster, where there are still steep gradients, he had four horses hitched and paid £2. 14 shillings. And so on.

HMS Pickle (2005 reproduction) Expenses claimed for the entire journey, later reimbursed by an Admiralty clerk, totalled £46.19 shillings and one penny - a tidy sum and more than half a lieutenant’s pay in 1805. (Lapenotiere had to write to the Admiralty twice after making his claim and didn’t actually receive the money until the following Spring). Although he had no way of knowing it, from Honiton onwards Lapenotiere’s journey became a race, for Sykes aboard the Nautilus, landing at Portsmouth a few hours after Pickle had dropped anchor off Falmouth and finding no news of Pickle had also set out for London without delay. The race was on, each man unaware of the location - or the existence - of the other and both carriages, perhaps, leap-frogging each other in the darkness as first one stopped to change horses at a particular inn, and then the other.

He also received 500 guineas prize money, which enabled him to marry before Christmas of that same year to his second wife, Mary Ann, with whom he had seven more children. Lapenotiere obtained post rank to Captain on 1st August 1811 and after a distinguished career retired to live quietly at Roseland, outside the village of Menheniot, Cornwall where he became a church warden. We know from the minutes of a church meeting that he opposed the idea of having a chiming clock installed in the tower - which “would be enough to waken the dead” - or so he reckoned. Alas he was unsuccessful in his objection.

It is almost certain that in the presence of the Queen and the royal princesses, he used the cutlery on the King’s breakfast table to set out the disposition of the fleets: forks for the French, spoons for the Spanish and knives for the British. This is perhaps borne out by the fact that as he left Windsor the King presented Lapenotiere with a silver muffineer or sugar shaker which He died in 1834, aged 63 and the young officer had employed at his particular request was buried “on the quiet side of the on the breakfast table to represent church”, away from the clock face the Victory. and its chiming bell, so that he Later that same day the young lieutenant must have been “might sleep undisturbed through Eternity” - a simple enough exhausted when he was promoted request from a career officer in Commander by their Lordships in Nelson’s navy, a Devon man who the Admiralty itself. The Patriotic had seen enough action to last any Fund gave him a sword worth man several lifetimes. 100 guineas, which stayed in the family for over a hundred years. So too did the silver muffineer - John Fisher now part of the civic treasure of

By the time they reached London Lapenotiere was barely an hour ahead where he found the city wrapped in the thickest fog in living memory. He finally reached the Admiralty at one o’clock in the morning of Wednesday November 6th. Laponetiere came down Whitehall from what would one day become Trafalgar Square, whilst Sykes’s post chaise had taken the route along the Chelsea embankment, arriving just a few minutes later.

The silver muffineer from the King’s breakfast table.

Liskeard, where he lived at that time. His sword and his portrait are in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

The thirteen hundred mile dash by sea and land was over Lapenotiere had won and the two men shook hands in front of the for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

John Fisher is the author of “The Pickle at Trafalgar” (Peretti Publishing, 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.

3 course Sunday Lunch & a glass of wine - £19.50 Enjoy a Great British Sunday Roast using the very best of local produce with friendly, unobtrusive service and amazing sea views. A choice of roasts, including classic beef, lamb pork and the family favourite roast chicken. Desserts from naughty ice cream cocktails to puddings and chocolate fondants. Enjoy a 2 course lunch for £17.50 or a 3 course lunch for £19.50, and receive a complimentary glass of wine with your meal. Table reservations are required and please quote ‘Coast and County’ when booking. For more information give us a call on 01395 513252 or email

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Restaurant Inspector

Visits: Deer Park Country House Hotel Weston, Honiton on 14th May 2014

Roasted Guinea Fowl Supreme

Starters: Kenniford Ham Hock Terrine, soused celeriac, toasted brioche.

Pan Fried Lyme Bay Scallops, roasted cauliflower and pea shoots.

Mains: Roasted Guinea Fowl Supreme, black pudding croquette, Dauphinoise potatoes and sweet braised cabbage.

Plate of Local Fish (Red Gurnard), crushed peas, pancetta potatoes and salsa verde.

Plate of Local Fish (Red Gunard)


Pan Fried Lyme Bay Scallops

Vanilla Panna Cotta, roasted

plum and homemade shortbread with hedgerow berries.

Dark Chocolate Brownie,

hazelnut praline, caramel ice cream and espresso gel.

Drinks: Pouilly Fuisse P. Ferraud & Fils, Máconnais, Burgundy

Coffee - freshly ground

Newfound Sparkle Subject to much recent investment and improvement, I was keen to visit the Deer Park, particularly because of their recent new team in the kitchen, headed by Head Chef Ian Grant (previously at the Alexandra Hotel in Lyme R). Greeted by the highly personable Stuart Burridge (Front of House Manager) and second in command, Storm, we were seated in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks. Firstly, the atmosphere's great, not stuffy, just friendly and relaxed. Looking out onto the terrace, a display of black tulips and alliums set amongst the box hedging made for a very classy backdrop, definitely the sort of place sit outside on warmer evenings to enjoy a glass of wine by the fountain. Food wise, I'd experienced Ian's cuisine previously, so it was no surprise that the quality was of a high standard throughout. We started our dining experience with the homemade fishcakes, accompanied by their Grabeche Mayo, all served canapé style. This made a light and tasty start to the meal ahead, the capers and gherkins

in the Grabesh giving a clean finish. Wine - we opted for a classic white Burgundy, which lived up to its name admirably, being lightly oaked, with subtle smokyness underneath the zingy green freshness that was followed by a very long finish - excellent.

Homemade fishcake canapés

Starters: Pan Fried Scallops are a personal favourite, these were succulent, the roasted cauliflower purée a brilliant match - highly recommended. The Ham Hock Terrine was enjoyed equally, being flavoursome and colourful. Excellent. Getting onto the mains, hadn't tried Red Gurnard before (there's was a choice of 3 different fish). This was served on a bed of crushed peas with pancetta potatoes and salsa verde. The gurnard was a great choice, being both sweet and flavoursome. Loved the homemade salsa verde - another delicious dish.

yummy, my favourite part of the meal, and both these exceeded our expectation - again, excellent.

The Guinea fowl main was rich, packed with flavour, the meat being cooked to perfection and succulent, in short, the whole dish was top notch, another meal I'd come back for in fact. Following on from the mains, dessert was really

In all, top marks to the Ian and the team in the kitchen and also to the front of house, the Deer Park has a new sparkle. If you live in the area, I can highly recommend this venue where you can both relax and dine admirably.

Front of House - Storm definitely not on the menu!

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

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But here’s the thing...

The play’s the thing but South Devon’s trailer is a show stealer A TALE OF FORBIDDEN LOVE set in 19th century Brixham where two young people on opposite sides of a feud dividing a fishing family and a farming family, fall in love.

James Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, 95 next month

The Gremlin in the Gasworks

Sound familiar? Of course but this is Romeo & Juliet with a twist. To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of

A WORLD FAMOUS West Country resident

Among the highlights of the exhibition are

the immortal bard, the South Devon Players

is being honoured by the Science Museum

Lovelock’s laboratory notebooks, drafts

are pushing the boat out and ploughing

in London this summer with an exhibition

of his papers and equipment from the

new pastures as they stage an inspired

called Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist,

laboratory in his back garden, close to Chesil

interpretation of the greatest love story

Inventor, Maverick.

Beach, where his house was cut off for four

of all time in Brixham this June. (They’ve

days and hammered by the February storms.

produced a trailer for the show that can be

Professor James Lovelock, who will be 95

viewed online)

in July is most famous for formulating the

Read what Lovelock has to say about Gaia,

Gaia hypothesis - the idea that Earth is a self-

climate change, windmills and much else

regulating system - a theory that has been

besides at

both hugely influential and controversial. It

Ed Stewart is Romeo Montague and Ryanna - Mae Lloyd is Juliet Capulet. And who cares which of them hails from the land or the

has profoundly shaped how environmental

The Gremlin in the Gasworks in our headline

sea - the trailer doesn’t let on - but then

scientists view issues such as climate change

is amongst the first of his writings - a story

that’s not what trailers are for. Trailers are

and loss of biodiversity.

he wrote as a boy, in an exercise book – that

there to hook you in to pay for the price of a

is also part of the exhibition.

seat - so beware. This one is simply brilliant and the play promises to be something quite memorable as well. www. southdevonplayers.

The phrase was first coined in 1980 by

writer Emilie Travel Livezey, in an article she contributed to The Christian Science

John Fisher

Monitor entitled “Hazardous waste.” The list has grown bigger with the arrival on the scene of the frackers of course and the inevitable NUMBY: Not Under My Back Yard. Then there is also NOT: None Of That, not to mention NOTE: Not Over There Either.

Windmills on your mind?

But latest one doing the rounds seems to be a wonderful cover-all acronym, much-loved

EVERYONE with any kind of opinion

by those politicians who are adept at kicking

on wind turbines or any other big new

anything controversial into the long grass

developments of the third kind in Devon

until after an election:

will know the acronym NIMBY. Not In My

BANANA Build Absolutely Nothing


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You'll pass lots of colourful wild flowers

Edge Barton - former manor house - a beautiful glimpse of mediaeval Devon!

Branscombe valley walk



I like to think of East Devon as Devon's unspoilt quarter, with Branscombe a particularly nice example of our local countryside, having steep sided and verdant valleys, tall hedgerows, flinty tracks and rich red soils.


candy - the photographers amongst you could do worse than visit just to take photos of these incredible birds (see front cover and overleaf). There's a limited amount of space to park your car alongside the road by Berry Barton farm, so please be careful not to block farm gateways. This walk can be fairly steep in places, both up and downhill, so not for the frail, but it gives your muscles and lungs a really good workout and is great for energetic children! Hope you enjoy the walk and perhaps have a well-deserved pint at the end!

This walk takes you in relative peace and quiet through beautiful countryside to be greeted with different views around every corner. In places you could almost imagine it wouldn't be much different if you were a foot traveller

Grade II listed former manor house, some parts dating back as far as the 13th century).

A major plus point of this walk is the route which, towards the end, takes you back past the Fountain Head Inn, a 14th century pub which serves real ales from the Branscombe Vale Brewery. It's a proper English pub with real fires and authentic interior - unfortunately there aren't many left now, so savour it before one of the big breweries get hold and give it the Gastro treatment. You're even allowed to bring your dog inside which is a major plus point for many dog owners.

in say the 17th century. Certainly the lovely glimpse across the valley to Edge Barton Manor on the opposite side take you back down through the centuries (Edge Barton's a


If you park up to start your walk by Berry Barton Farm, then you're likely to see the stunning peacocks making their stately appearance on the tops of posts, walls and gates. They really do present spectacular eye


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Edge Barton

Hole House

Coxe’s Farm


Chalk Quarie (disused)

Northern Lane Hole Pits Cotte Barton

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1. Parking - the walk can be started by Berry Barton farm. 2. Footwear - assuming dry conditions, trainers or boots advised. 3. Dogs - leads necessa ry - livestock may be present although there are plenty of places to let the dog/s off the lead, but please be cautious. 4. Distance 1.75 miles - a walk with steep inclines and steps (circula r). 5. Please transpose the map above onto your OS map for accuracy.

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The start of your walk, through the gate and turn right past the machinery and go to the corner of the field, then through the gate to the hedgerow across the next field, then left, following the hedgerow to the stile

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The road uphill to Berry Barton farm - the final leg after passing The Fountain Head Inn

Great countryside - you descend into a fairly well hidden valley. Branscombe's got it all, lovely beaches, cliffs top views, hidden valleys. 36


Shimmering in the late afternoon sun photography CN. Jones

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The route back - you can just see the roof of the Fountain Head Inn off to the left

Through this gate, please keep dogs on the lead here


A lovely little pool, the ducks flew when they saw me!


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Rusty old Jeep en-route - the rusty bodywork tones very well with the red soils, must be the iron


The circular walk


Fluffy deep in thought - encountered along the way


Do you know of a particularly beautiful local walk and would like to see it featured? Please email Nigel Jones (

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Garden Furniture at our Old Rydon Lane centre Aquariums & Tropical Fish at our Sidmouth Road Aquatic Centre Rose Field Tours this July see website for dates Sidmouth Rd/A3052, Clyst St Mary, EX5 1AE Tel: 01392 876281 Old Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 7JY Tel: 01392 873672 Open 7 days Mon-Sat: 9-5.30 Sun: 10.30-4.30

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The All New Nissan Note. Drive smarter. NEW NOTE VISIA LIMITED EDITION

With eco-driving gauge, engine Stop/Start System and Bluetooth . It’s time to drive the smarter super-mini. ®



Book a test drive today Hamilton Garage Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 9QP Tel: 01395 578 131

New Note 1.2 MAN: URBAN 47.96 mpg (5.9L/100km); EXTRA URBAN 70.6 mpg (4.0L/100km); COMBINED 60.1 mpg (4.7L/100km); CO2 emissions 109g/km.

Offers valid until 30 June 2014 at participating dealers only. Model shown is New Note Visia Limited Edition at £9,995 OTR. Information correct at time of going to print. Model shown is for illustration purposes only. Models subject to availability. Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, The Rivers Office Park, Denham Way, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 9YS.


Now available with 0% APR Representative over two years* With its contemporary exterior and a refreshed interior, the 2014 Freelander 2 sets new standards with touch-screen instruments, optional Meridian audio systems, a Command Driving Position and stadium-style seating. With such a comfortable and fulfilling driving experience, it’s a great reason to get out and enjoy driving. Call Matford Land Rover today to book a test drive.

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01392 825825 Official Fuel Consumption Figures for the Freelander 2 range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 32.5 (8.7) – 39.8 (7.1) Extra Urban 48.7 (5.8) – 52.3 (5.4) Combined 40.4 (7.0) – 47.1 (6.0) CO2 Emissions 185 – 158 g/km. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only. *Finance is subject to status and only available to applicants aged 18 and over resident in Mainland UK and N.Ireland. Indemnities may be required. This finance offer is available from Black Horse Limited trading as Land Rover Financial Services, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. This offer is available over a two year term on new Freelander 2 models only, registered between 1st April and 30th June 2014 at participating dealers only. Promotions are not available on used cars. Image for illustration purposes only. Details correct at time of going to press. E&OE.




June issue

The lovely East Devon countryside in May from Peak Hill, Sidmouth, looking westward. The Qashqai was driven around the surrounding countryside , giving a good impression of the car's handling, ride, engine and comfort. After the test, it came as no surprise this brilliant car has been voted Car of the Year by WHAT CAR

Test Drive: NISSAN Supplied by There's nothing so lovely in May (time of test) as ambling round the lanes and countryside that we're lucky to have here in East Devon. When the sun shines it's almost unbelievably green. The car driven in this test drive was the Nissan Qashqai. I've always wondered what this model would be like to drive, it's an interesting car with muscular bodywork, raised height. I really like the body styling, and think that Nissan have been bold and succeeded. In the past, so many cars have been bland and boring, as if the parent companies were too frightened to commit to proper design detail in case it scared off customers. My own feelings about this car is that it pushes the boundaries of car styling

and in fact they've pulled off a major coup, because the car is good-looking, slightly sporty, slightly off-road, urban and best of all great fun. What I really liked was the higher than normal saloon car height, making getting in and out of the car much easier. Combined with excellent front seats, this is a great boon for lower back ache sufferers. The driving seat and position gets top marks for being excellent, allowing good command of the road and great visibility. In combination with the raised height, this gives you easy control and was really a lot of fun whizzing around Sidmouth and the back lanes. Handling is very positive, there's no pitching in corners, just really taught

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cornering, again contributing to the positive drive this car gives the driver. The ride quality is well-controlled and steering positive, meaning that there's lots of feedback for the driver. The model driven was the 1.5 litre turbo diesel which is free-reving, smooth and torquey, and thankfully there's no violent turbo surge, just nicely controlled power. This Nissan had no shortage of accessories. Tony, the manager at Hamilton Garage kindly gave me a demonstration of the parking assist system (it's got 3600 cameras!) which was incredibly simple to use. It's an odd feeling having the car park itself though - mind boggling really, if you'd told the previous generation that we'd

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have cars that parked themselves, I'm sure you'd have been laughed at. Nissan really do produce brilliant cars, Many moons ago, I worked opposite the early Nissan importers, Caldene Motors in Tipton. My father ended up buying a van for the business which proved incredibly reliable. They've really come a long way in all those years, particularly because now Nissan build their cars in the UK at the Sunderland plant. To finish, I have to tell you that the Qashqau is just a brilliant car, I really enjoyed my morning with it, even my usually car-phobic wife asked for a ride which is unusual to say the least. Many thanks to Tony and the team at Hamilton Garage for their assistance.


A Kitchen Crisis When deciding to plan a kitchen, you firstly need to decide whether you wish to update your current kitchen or start totally afresh. Look at your existing kitchen and decide what you like and don’t like, and what you would like to keep or remove. There is no need to change the layout of your kitchen unless it is going to increase the value of your home. It’s worth seeking professional advice on whether the amount spent on a new kitchen will add financial gain when it comes to selling your property. If you want an entirely new kitchen, think about the practicalities of your space and how you wish to operate within it. Things to consider here are where you would like your appliances to sit in relation to each other. Where you will need sufficient worktop space for cooking or accommodating gadgets etc. Storage space is also something to think about when deciding on how many cabinets you will need, and then how many base units versus wall units will be needed. It is so easy to concentrate too much on the design of a kitchen and overlook the importance of lifestyle and practical usage. Firstly you will need to decide which style of kitchen you want to go for. There are so many kitchen designs to choose from, so a good place to start is understanding which look is going to suit your home and is of your taste. Modern or traditional? Of course, there are then many strands to whichever you choose, so let’s discuss the options within each range; If you fancy a modern style kitchen then you can opt for either laminate, veneered, acrylic, lacquered or foil wrapped cabinets. Laminate cabinets are durable and resistant to knocks and scratches, 44

Nepture kitchens - supplied and installed by Sidmouth Design (see advert) and is therefore a great choice for a family kitchen. Although it is thought of as a low cost option, you can find some good looking cabinetry in this material. Top-end kitchen companies provide these too with benefits of extra strength. There is a wide range of colours available with replications of wood and other materials also.

and two-thirds natural minerals. This material is highly durable, stain resistant and hygienic.

A lacquered finish can either come in a hi-gloss style or matt. There are numerous colour choices and it is a protective and enduring coating. The lacquer varnish is carefully sprayed on layer by layer, a time consuming process which is reflected in the cost. It can also be used on wood veneer doors to finish them off.

Wood veneers are fixed to a range of bases, and the use of more exotic timbers such as zebrano give the cabinets a very modern edge. Contemporary hi-gloss finishes are very different to a matt, classic appearance. Acrylic cabinetry is waterproof and repairable. It is either solid or can be sprayed on. Curves can be created using Corian, which is made up of one-third acrylic resin

Sidmouth Design have a wonderful selection of Corian work surfaces to choose from.

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Foil-wrapping can create a number of different looks, with many colours to choose from. An MDF door wrapped in foil can attain the appearance of a more expensive type of cabinet for a fraction of the cost. This style can look fantastic in either a contemporary, traditional or country style kitchen.

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usually more expensive than any other option, however the beautiful variation through unique grain patterns of each piece makes these pieces so individual and will also age extremely well. It naturally expands and contracts, so good quality examples should allow for this slight movement. We are so lucky to have some talented local businesses offering such craftsmanship, such as David Lloyd Cabinet Maker and Woodley’s Joinery Ltd. They can also design and craft unique cupboards and dressers from reclaimed pine, producing lovely rich colours and gorgeous smells. Obviously choosing the most attractive woods such as oak or walnut is important, however if you’ve decided to spruce up your existing kitchen then you may wish to paint your old pine units for a more farmhouse feel. For advice on paints look no further than paint specialists Wilson’s Paints who are based in Exmouth. Combining natural with painted elements also look great in this kind of kitchen. Sidmouth Design stock the stunning Neptune Kitchens which are available in many different styles, finishes and colours. Do remember that lighting plays a vital role in the feel of a space, so if it’s modern you are after, then down lighters underneath cabinets look perfect, whereas pendant lighting suits a more country style of kitchen.

Of course, if it’s a rustic look you’re looking for, then look no further than solid wood cabinetry. This is

Increasingly, the worktop is being used as a focal point of the kitchen. Style, quality, practicality and functionality are all integral factors in a specialist work surface.

Wide Plank Foundation - Compton from Peter Quinain (see advert) Composite stone, granite and marble, timber, stainless steel and laminate are all materials which are commonly used for surfaces, and each hold their own qualities in terms of price, practicality and aesthetics. Flooring is also an important part of the kitchen as this is where the family and any pets are likely to spend the majority of their time in the house. Stone, Slate, wood, vinyl and engineered wood are all great choices for the kitchen. Peter Quinain and Queen Street Carpets are local businesses who stock a very large range of superb flooring materials. Mandarin Stone can not only supply stunning floor tiling, but also granite and marble worktops.

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For any help in designing and building your dream kitchen, remember that you do not have to do it alone. There are many people who can help you every step of the way, from any of the fantastic companies I have already mentioned, and not forgetting Homes By Design, de Viell, Panache Interiors, Axminster Kitchens and Bedrooms and 4Homes, who are all local specialists in kitchen design and can also help you in choosing the right appliances to fit into your new kitchen. After all, once it’s finished, you won’t ever want to leave your heart and hub of the home! Amanda Merchant (

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Photo of Honda CBX 1000 taken about 6 years ago at the Branscombe Air Show (which sadly has now ceased). The Honda when launched in 1978, it was a real show-stealer, 6 cylinders across the frame, 4 valves per cylinder and all aircooled. Really, it was a true superbike, weighing in at a massive 600lb, this was no bike to drop. The sound from the 6 pot motor is stupendous, especially with a racier non-standard exhaust system. I did see on YouTube, someone in America, who wasn’t satisfied with 6 cylinders, so added another 6 to make a V12. Those Americans always have to go one better don’t they!

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF WINDOW HAS ARRIVED DuraLife has been established for many years and that, plus it s ability to apply its ethos of supplying quality, attention to every little detail for extremely high installation standards and caring after sales service, was not missed by Evolution. Evolution invited DuraLife into a partnership that will see expansion with an extensive new showroom developed at the present site in Honiton. Evolution Storm has been a great success for DuraLife in a short space of time, with the product being very well received by an increasing number of highly satisfied customers immediately won over by the innovation and technology that makes it so different.


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“This is the 2nd time I have used DuraLife” I wanted to replace rotten single glazed timber windows and an old wooden bi-fold door that was draughty and didn t seal. I considered both Timber and Aluminium replacements but the Flush Evolution was very practical and I liked the profile - it was so similar to timber. Since the installation, there has been a noticeable difference in the heat due to the improved insulation. DuraLife had been initially recommended when I used them at a previous property, so this is the second time they have installed windows and doors for me. I have to say that I find the fitters exceptional! Mrs Danvers, Exeter

“It looks so much like timber!” Our timber windows and doors needed replacing throughout, and although we would liked to have had timber again, this was prohibitive in terms of associated costs and future maintenance. We felt that the white or brown imitation timber PVCu would not harmonise with the stone cottage.

When DuraLife introduced us to Evolution Storm 2, we decided that this was the solution as it looks so much like timber, has a large colour palette and is aesthetically perfect for the cottage. Since installation, the house is so much warmer, and the rooms are lighter and draft free. The advice given and patience shown by DuraLife from beginning to end was second to none. The experienced fitters worked very efficiently and cleanly. Mr & Mrs Stark, Farway JOIN US FOR A TEA OR COFFEE, YOU WONʼT BE ANYTHING BUT IMPRESSED BY OUR SHOWROOM VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO VIEW MORE AMAZING COMMENTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS... REAL LOCAL PEOPLE. YOU WILL SEE WHY YOU WILL HAVE TOTAL PEACE OF MIND WHEN YOU CHOOSE DURALIFE.

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Kerry Hornett Animal Communicator Helping animals with emotional behavioural problems

The Old Vet’nary

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by Ken Watson

Unexpected Encounters One of the great joys of veterinary practice in my day was that, owing to the reasonable charges for visits, I was able to see people in their home environment and even to discuss matters close to their heart. In fact if a case was proving difficult to diagnose I would often make a home visit to see the animal in it’s natural home, often without any extra charge. However it could cause embarrassing moments. You have to remember there was much less crime and so folk did not lock their doors, especially in the countryside. It was my habit to just call out as I walked in the front door and this saved me waiting time which over the course of a day could add up. One such time, in Ottery St. Mary, I walked through the house to the kitchen, whilst calling out. Now the old couple must have been hard of hearing for when I entered the room Mother was stood at the kitchen table having a standup wash, stripped to the waist. Then, as I stopped in my tracks, Father appeared from behind his newspaper in the corner and cried out, “Ere what’s a goin’ orn?” I beat a hasty retreat. Quite a different experience occurred when I was called one evening to a calving near Talaton.


It was snowing a storm and I had never been to this farm before. As I passed Escot the snow was banking up and even my old Landrover was finding it hard going, when I saw the faint lights of a farmhouse. Partly to check my way and partly, if I am honest, to meet another human being in this maelstrom of a night I pulled into the yard. I knocked and walked right in. The scene I met has stayed with me all my days. At a large table sat about 10 children, graded roughly down their ages and about to start their supper. Behind them stood their Father, an almost biblical figure in a farmworkers smock. The only lighting came from the log fire and candles and this gave an ethereal setting to the scene. The man set me on my way in a kindly manner with heartfelt good wishes. That house has now been gentrified but I think of that night whenever I pass by. I often used to visit a farm at Goodameavy on Dartmoor. It was run by a very eccentric lady and even by the primitive standards of the moor it was run in a rather casual manner. You had to step over a small stream to enter the kitchen door. Come to think of it I am not sure there was a door at all. Anyway this day I walked through the kitchen and was just about

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to enter the living room when 3 sheep passed me on their way out. I believe one of them even bleated a greeting to me as it passed. A much less pleasant encounter happened one summer evening when I was called away from my evening meal to an emergency at a vicarage near Plymouth. As usual the front door was open so I walked in whilst calling out. I had just reached the foot of the grand staircase in the hall when a woman appeared at the top of the stairs and subjected me to a tirade of abuse for entering her house without permission. It eventually transpired that my client, in his panic, had failed to point out that he lived in a flat at the back of the

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vicarage. However such was the stream of vituperation that the vicar’s wife aimed at me that before I left I said to her, “Madam, I think you should see somebody!” This proved prophetic because a few weeks later her husband, the vicar, was charged with abusing young children and I learned a great lesson of life, that the outbursts of invective people sometimes let loose are often less about the immediate subject but more about some hidden pressure in their life. - K.Watson


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Natalie Bucklar

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

Rein Contact There are two schools of thought with regards to rein contact, one is that the ideal rein contact with the horse’s mouth should be ʻthe weight of the rein’ and the other is that we should have a strong contact, pulling the reins to communicate to the horse our desire to turn and stop. Both methods are widely taught but I personally subscribe to the former, as considering the horse’s anatomy, physiology and behaviour, it makes more sense to me to avoid the infliction of pain and physical damage on the horse, as it is not only better for their welfare but for our safety too. Thankfully, some research has now been carried out on the subject of rein contact, which provides objective evidence in support of a lighter contact, rather than just relying on subjective points of view. Hopefully this work will filter through to trainers and riders and our horses can be ridden in

more comfort, without having the torture of being pulled around. I cringe when I hear a rider say they have to pull the rein to turn but unfortunately this is commonly taught because it is a short cut and the easiest method, however it is one that totally disregards a vital part of riding- the horse! Rein pressure has been proven to affect rideability in European performance horses, where it has been shown that higher rein tension and greater variability in tension results in lower scores for rideability during performance tests. Other research shows that rein type (e.g. leather/rubber/webbing) can affect the rein pressure, stride length can be significantly affected by rein pressure and many horses that have continual exposure to stronger rein pressure learn to avoid it, rather than habituate to it. Of no great surprise is that horses find pressure on their mouths aversive, and will demonstrate certain behaviours to show this aversion, for example, mouth opening, snatching and tilting the head. A common human reaction to this is sadly to apply more pressure, not less, sometimes by stronger bits and strapping the mouth shut. Horses can be ridden with a light contact, if the rider is shown how and the horse is given a chance to be ridden this way. My ponies can turn and slow down from a lightweight child using their weight aids correctly, they can feel a fly land on them after all, so they don’t need the rider to pull their hand back to apply pressure to the more sensitive mouth to communicate. Even a small child hanging on a pony’s mouth can cause soft tissue damage and bone remodelling on the jaw. A light contact, used as a secondary aid to the seat and legs is part of our communication tool kit, it can then be used more strongly when really needed, such as in an emergency. A horse is like a wheelbarrow- you don’t need to pull to turn a corner!

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EDP Drug & Alcohol Services EDP Drug & Alcohol Services work with people who have, or are affected by, drug and alcohol problems and currently offers services in both Devon and Dorset, in Prison and in the community.

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Editor - Averil Quinain tel: 07891 447710 01395 513383 Averil is a Personal Life Coach and Business Development Coach. She works voluntarily for the Princes Trust as a mentor for young people, and for Oxfam as a school speaker. With a passion for inspired and responsible living, she also runs an organic natural remedy business. Averil trained at the internationally renowned and is a member of the ICF.

Do you know an inspiring person who would share their story? Are you involved in a project that is making a difference to people’s lives? Contact me using the details abo ve. I’m looking for ward to hearing fro m you.

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ave you ever tried to face something difficult on your own? It’s possible of course, but it can be hard work, an uphill struggle and lonely. But if someone else was there alongside you it could be easier to face the journey and keep motivated along the way. Having someone to talk you through the hard times and exploring different choices, can make a real difference. When someone who has problems with drugs or alcohol decides that they want to make a change, it is possible to do it alone... but it’s so much easier with support.

"Support is definitely key to my recovery because everyone is different. Everyone needs different help and guidance." For Luke his drug use had become problematic. He commented “I used most drugs, probably all drugs going, but heroin was the main substance I had a problem with. I had problems with heroin since I was 18. I’d had enough of everything. Everything just got on top

A tailored one on one session covering topics such as relapse prevention, abstinence and harm minimization.

of me and I didn’t want anything more to do with this. I just completely cut everything out and made a change. I quickly turned that around and sought help through EDP and I just changed things around.” Luke realised that he needed help and sought out services to help him change his lifestyle, moving away from taking drugs and finding positive and meaningful activities to get involved in. He accessed local community services through EDP, a charity who has been offering local support in Devon for 30 years. EDP supports people who have problems with their drug and alcohol use to move towards a place of wellbeing, where they can re-connect with friends, family and their community. People in both prison and the community can access a diverse selection of services from tailored one to one sessions to group sessions on a whole range of topics like relapse prevention and abstinence. EDP also offers harm minimization advice to encourage those they’re working with to reduce the risk of harming themselves. Service users have the opportunity to access workshops, training and volunteering placements; opportunities that help them to take part in meaningful activities which give them confidence to move further on in their recovery journey and when ready, employment or education. Currently the services offered in the community in Devon are done so through RISE (Recovery Integrated Service) which EDP delivers in partnership with national charity Addaction. The tailored support that was offered to Luke was key in his recovery journey. He commented “They’ve helped me a great deal, keeping me busy and

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giving me information and more things to access. A few friends gained from that as well, which is good. Support is definitely key to my recovery because everyone is different. Everyone needs different help and guidance. Life is loads better than it was. Drugs aren’t a part of my life anymore. I’m accessing all the help which is available to me and the further I go on my treatment and recovery more doors open; there is a lot more available.”

E DP also provide support to those affected by others drug and alcohol use One key support service users can access is EDP’s Peer Mentoring Scheme where those who are new to recovery can be trained to support those who are just at the beginning of their journey. Another person to make the difficult steps that bit easier. Luke now acts as a peer mentor, supporting those who are a step behind him, helping them by sharing his experiences and continued overleaf...



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helping them to access recovery focused activities. About the scheme he commented “I’ve just done a course training to be a peer mentor so I’ll be helping other people early in recovery and that’s possibly something I’ll look at and maybe do a college course in it, see if I can get a qualification, push that on and help people more.” EDP also provide support to those affected by others drug and alcohol use. Groups are available for family and concerned others allowing them to find support through others in the same situation. When asked what advice Luke would give to those who are looking for help addressing their drug or alcohol use he

said “If there is anyone that’s struggling with coming to terms with coming off alcohol or drugs or if they have got a problem just to seek help through their local services. If you 100% want to change then the help is there, you just have to put a bit of effort into it and see what helps about and keep on with it.” Making the first steps on a recovery journey is difficult but it can be made easier by accessing the support which is available. If you are concerned about your, or someone else’s, drug or alcohol use please contact RISE in Exeter on 01392 492 360. For more information about EDP Drug & Alcohol Services, including their 30th birthday celebrations, visit

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Independent Financial Adviser Celebrating 22 years of Business in East Devon


Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 22 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:

The pension revolution how

do the new changes affect you?


his time the government really

financial position.

hit the spot by announcing in

considered withdrawing all of their 01395 512166

Helen Mulvaney

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

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

Many have

the Budget their intention to

fund and investing into residential

allow full access to pension funds.

property with the intention of

will be the case. For some retirees,

There is no doubt that the new

As you are no doubt aware, the

producing rental income. Apart

annuities will still be a viable option

proposals have added choice to the

government propose permitting

from the potential extreme lack

and suitable for their circumstances,

number of retirement options and

unrestricted access to pension funds

of diversification, this could be

especially those with health issues.

the need for advice has never been

regardless of pot size from April, 2015.

a problem from a tax view point.

Moreover, some retirees require a

more important. If you are nearing

The headlines looked great - but in

Apart from the 25% tax free cash,

worry-free solution and they just

retirement and need advice contact

practice how will this work for you?

the remainder of the fund would

don’t want to have to consider the

me to discuss your requirements.

suffer tax at the withdrawer's

issues of risk. Having a regular,

We offer a first meeting without

marginal rates in the tax year of

guaranteed income for life is their

commitment and at our cost. My

withdrawal. For example, in the case

preferred option and therefore I

practice offers independent advice

of a £200,000 pension pot, £50,000

think annuities will survive. It`s too

helping you to consider all the

can be taken tax free but £150,000

soon to guess how the size of the

retirement options.

will be taxable. In this situation

annuity market might reduce or even

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"the new proposals have added choice to the number of retirement options" Freedom from annuities has been

the withdrawer would lose their

to speculate on how this might affect

personal allowance of £10,000 and

annuity rates (for better or for worse).

hailed as a major breakthrough,

would suffer higher rate tax of 40%

however, I believe that this is

on the majority of their fund. Buying

going to be most useful to those

a property would mean stamp duty

with small pots who would just get

on the purchase and then the rental

a ridiculously low amount of annuity

income would still be liable to tax.

income. Using their fund to repay

On top of this, there is the potential

mortgages, credit cards or other

for capital gains tax on the sale of

debts will more than likely be the

the property (although this would be

best way forward for those nearing

negated on death). So what looks

Drawdown may remain a popular

retirement who have small pension

like a potentially attractive idea may

option for many and might be

Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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

funds. For the majority of us the

not be practical - the main issue here

more flexible as a result of the new

problem is still about providing

is that advice will be more important

proposals. Now more than ever,

retirement income.

than ever for those who will be faced

retirees will have to consider long

with these options and who are not

term investment for their pension

professional development,

ever increasing burden of compliance and continuing

For those with larger pension pots

sure about the practicality of their

pots and being able to work out

Sidmouth based Richmond

the changes also bring dilemmas

options and how much tax some

the sustainability of their income

Independent is delighted

about future choices. The proposed

options might incur.

over the long term will be one of

to be celebrating twenty

the most important factors for the

two years of business

changes mean that your options


"Drawdown may remain a popular option for many and might be more flexible as a result of the new proposals"


need to be carefully considered

Many commentators have said that

from a taxation viewpoint and this

this really is the end for annuities,

means considering your overall

however, I don’t believe that this

success of this strategy.


in East Devon.


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01626 864030 07850 028641 Mike Alsford has been well published in all national newspapers and many leading magazine titles. Much of his work has involved shooting picture publicity for television and film productions (mainly dramas), with clients including all ITV companies, the BBC, Channel 4, Five, Sky and various independent producers. Mike is also a frequent photographer for Coast & Country Magazine.

Peter Findlay

Tax Consultant & Business Adviser 01395 568568 Unit 2, Dotton Farmstead, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth.

Tax returns

from £130 (plus VAT)

Accounts & tax returns


from £210 (plus VAT) Covering all areas of accountancy - accounts preparation, tax returns, VAT, book-keeping, payroll, company and new business set-ups. Providing a friendly service for a variety of businesses large and small. Fixed fees, free initial consultation.

Having a local office means we are accessible, whether you need to make changes to your policy or make a claim. We can help you insure your: • Home & Car • Horse & Horse box • Business • LGV & Commercial Vehicle For a real conversation about your needs call 01404 549003 or pop into our branch NFU Office, The Dutch Barn, Woodhayes, Honiton, Devon EX14 4TP Agent of The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited. For security and training purposes, telephone calls may be recorded and monitored.

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