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June/July 2013

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Contents June-July


4. Forthcoming Events

45. Yellingham Farm

78. Business Advice

Find out what's not to miss.

Vivid farming tales from Janet East.

Valuable tips from Katina Styles.

10. Tide Timetables

51. Flatbeare Views

79. But here's the thing

Tides for Exmouth to Lyme Regis.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

12. Live Music Roundup

53. Nelson's Column

80. Financial Matters

Get the info on local live music!

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

From local IFA, Helen Mulvaney.

14. Art Exhibitions

57. Tales of a Yokel

Forthcoming events & art blog.

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.

26. Fashion & Beauty

58. Row Your Boat

CONTRIBUTORS Nigel Jones, John Fisher, Judi Spiers, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, FCR Esgen, Ardley Chic, Janet East, Amanda Crump, Averil Quinain, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Sarah Acton, Jill Cooke, Hazel Fergie.



June/July 2013

Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones East Devon Coast & Country Ltd

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Retail and beauty therapy.

Sarah Acton talks about gig boats.

32. Star Gazing

62. Murder & Smuggling

Production: Charlotte Fergie

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

John Fisher investigates.

34. Eating Out

66. Branscombe to Beer

Great places to dine in the region.

Illustrated walk with the Editor.

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38. Clapp's Transport

74. Equine - Good Riding

By author & historian Ted Gosling.

By Natalie Bucklar-Green.

40. Seaside Bathing

76. Life Matters

Amanda Crump talks bathrooms.

The Prince's Trust. All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited Covering East Devon, Exeter & West Dorset



Cover photo: N.Jones Aerial view - mouth of river Otter 2012 Š

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Editor's Letter A warm welcome to the June & July issue of the East Devon Coast & Country magazine.

We are always looking for new properties to add to our portfolio. Please call for helpful tips, advice and a full marketing appraisal, free of charge.

Well, we're here at last, Summer has arrived. You may remember last year's Jubilee celebrations, then the Olympics (in which we did surprisingly well, especially on the bikes!) and oh - don't mention the weather.

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From Beer and Branscombe to Sidmouth and onto Budleigh Salterton our properties very well and arethrough here to assist with all your holiday requirements.

and Exmouth - you can be sure you are never far from the famed Jurassic coast. Visit England assessed and Star Graded - with the majority achieving either 4 and 5 Stars; some cottages having obtained the coveted Gold Award.

From Beer and Branscombe through to Sidmouth and onto Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth - you can be sure you are never far from the famed Jurassic coast. Visit

England assessed and Star Graded - with the majority achieving either 4 or 5 stars; some cottages having obtained the coveted Gold Award.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our beautiful holiday cottages soon!

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Tracy Gwillim- Managing Director Tracey Gwillim - Managing Director Tel: 01395 512130 Email:

Summer's the time for all those interesting local events that you really don't want to miss, the list is endless. In terms of finding out What's On, I hope that by now you're aware of East Devon Hub, a website that allows you to really see what's on in the region. It's free for everyone to both enter events and the public to view. What's unique is that it offers local villages, parishes, charities, indeed any local organisation the ability to publicise their events to a wide audience. You can also view the HUB on your mobile phone (smartphone versions). Additionally, many events also make it from the website into this magazine.

I'm sure it's going to be a quieter summer this year, we've can look forward to Wimbledon (one year we will win - just hope it's within my lifetime!), Royal Ascot and then the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is due (July). We're lucky to enjoy summer in East Devon, particularly being alongside the sea, because so much happens along the coast, with regattas, festivals and suchlike. But we shouldn't forget all the stuff that happens inland. For instance, did you know that there's terrier racing at Yarcombe - perhaps I'll enter Jack this year!

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29 Jun - Arts in the Garden event - craft stalls & dance display and workshop, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 10.00am.


JENNY ECLAIR 11 Jul - The first female winner of the Perrier Comedy Award in 1995, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, 8.00pm.

04 Jul - Demos of Quilting, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crocheting and Lace making, Axminster Arts Cafe, 12.30am.


WILLOW CRAFT DEMONSTRATION BY JENNY KNIGHT 11 Jul - This event forms part of the Arts in the Garden season, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 10.30am.

04 Jul - Classical music with an amusing twist, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

27 Jul - Join us for an impromptu literary masterpiece!, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Escot Park BUSHCRAFT WEEK AT ESCOT PARK & GARDENS Until 02 Jun - Release the spirit of adventure in your children to discover the natural world, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

Fairs & Fetes GARDEN FAIR 02 Jun - Selling everything to do with the garden, from plants to furniture to antiques, Hyson Fairs Ltd, Topsham.


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08 Jun - Colyford Spring Fayre. Lovely stalls unique items, Devon produce & refreshments, Colyford Spring Fair, Colyford, 10.00am.


COUNTRY FAIR 15 Jun - Bicton College Country Fair, Bicton College, East Budleigh, 10.00am.

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PIXIE DAY 22 Jun - Fund raising fete for the Scouts and Guide groups of Ottery St Mary, Pixie Day Ottery St Mary, Ottery St Mary, 2.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING AND SUMMER FETE 29 Jun - Many stalls, cakes, bottle ,raffle table top sales etc, Budleigh Salterton Bowls Club, Budleigh Salterton, 10.00am. For full details of all our events visit

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CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR 30 Jun - Craft and Food Fair, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 10.00am.


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EAST DEVON ARTIST CHARITY EXHIBITION Until 02 Jun - Exhibition of work by East Devon Artists in aid of charity. Free admission, 10.00am.

TRAVELS WITH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST 26 Jun - Travels with an Archaeologist. Dr Fiona Eaves discovers Venice, Not Just St Mark’s Square, 2.30pm.



06 Jun - New: Jazz in the Evening on Thursdays with Pete Allen and friends. Pay on door, 7.30pm.

06 Jul to 14 Jul - Professional artist Neil Cox's solo exhibition of wildlife and landscape art, 10.00am.



09 Jun - Guitarist Tony Oreshko joins Pete Allen. Tickets £9 on door - refreshments, 3.00pm.

14 Jul - Dave Moorwoods' Rascals of Rhythm. Tickets £10 on door. Refreshments, 3.00pm.

BLACKDOWN WOODLAND FAIR 06 Jul - Blackdown Woodland Fair 6th July . child frendly, fair with lots to do and see, Blackdown & East Devon Woodland Association, Wellington, 10.00am.

SUMMER FETE 07 Jul - Summer Fete-1st Sidmouth Scout Group, 1st Sid Vale Scout Group, Sidmouth.

AYLESBEARE VILLAGE FETE 13 Jul - Fete and Fun day starting at 1.30- lots of stalls and fun for the all family, Aylesbeare Parish Council, Aylesbeare, 1.30pm.

UPLYME & LYME SUMMER SHOW AND COUNTRY FAYRE 20 Jul - Horticultural Show train rides, falconry, stalls, music & country skills, Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Soc, Lyme Regis, 12.00am.

CHARITY SUMMER FAIR 25 Jul - Charity Summer Fair, Forde Abbey, Chard.


29 Jun - Stanford Taiko present a stunning show on their first-ever visit to the UK, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

BIG MIX OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 06 Jul - The Big Mix is organised by B Sharp, an inspiring youth music organisation, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 12.00am.

LYME REGIS MACKEREL FESTIVAL 06 Jul to 13 Jul - Celebrating our favourite fish - the magnificent mackerel, Lyme Regis Festivals, Lyme Regis.

LYMPSTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 13 Jul - Lympstone's 2nd Jazz Festival summer afternoon of Jazz in the gardens, Lympstone Entertainments, Lympstone, 1.00pm.

SUMMER SONGS AND JAZZ PSALMS Until 22 Jun - English and American choral music with Andrew Daldorph's Jazz Psalms, Exeter Chamber Choir, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

CLASSICAL ORCHESTRAL CONCERT 01 Jun - Evening concert for Save the Children, ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

'MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING' OFFWELL CHURCH 05 Jun - Concert by Dulcet Duo John Belcher organ and Elizabeth Bryan cello at 7pm, Offwell St Mary's Church, Offwell, 7.00pm.

KEVIN HURST CONCERT 8 Jun - Concert of french music by acclaimed clarinettist accompanied by Andrew Daldorph, Uplyme Church, Uplyme, 7.30pm.

01 Jun to 06 Jun - Come to see our exhibition with flowers at Crediton Parish Church, Crediton Parish Church, Crediton, 10.00am.

FAMILY FUN RUN GALA WEEK EVENT 02 Jun - Annual Family Fun Run- organized by, Budleigh S. Chamber of Commerce, Budleigh Salterton, 11.30am.

CASTLEWOOD WINE FESTIVAL 2013 ARTS ON THE MOVE FESTIVAL 09 Jun - Arts on the Move Festival, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 12.00am.

MUSBURY 08 Jun to 09 Jun - £20, Castlewood Vineyard, Axminster, 12.00am.

LYME REGIS CRAB FESTIVAL 08 Jun to 15 Jun - Celebrating all thing crabby - food, fishing & the finer things in life, Lyme Regis Festivals, Lyme Regis.

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Festivals EXETER RESPECT FESTIVAL 01 Jun to 02 Jun - Music, food, drink, market stalls and a lot more, Exeter Respect Festival, Exeter, 12.00am.

20 Jun to 23 Jun - Entitled "Books We Love" and Art Exhibition at St Michael's Church, Otterton Church Flower Festival, Budleigh Salterton, 10.00am.

AXE VALE FESTIVAL 22 Jun to 23 Jun - Probably the best Craft and Gardening Festival in the South West, Axe Vale Festival, Axminster.

Theatricals and Musicals THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS 13 Jun - 'You will never be the same after seeing that show' Steve Wozniak, Apple, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm.

"AS YOU LIKE IT" 23 Jun - New to the farm this year one of Illyria's fantastic Shakespeare productions!, West Town Farm, Exeter, 6.00pm.

'TEA AND TITTLE TATTLE'- PERFORMANCE BY SADS 27 Jun to 29 Jun - A special performance by Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, East Devon AONB, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

A CELEBRATION OF PETER ORLANDO HUTCHINSON 27 Jun to 29 Jun - A celebration of the life of Peter Orlando Hutchinson. 2 one act plays, Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, Sidmouth, 7.45pm.

OPEN AIR SHAKESPEARE AT BURROW FARM GARDENS 30 Jul - Open Air production of Shakespeares Romeo & Juliet at Burrow Farm Gardens, Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, 7.00pm.

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CONCERTS IN THE WEST 11 Jul - A sublime evening of Romantic and Modern music, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

BUDLEIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL 12 Jul to 20 Jul - A Festival of classical music featuring world class performers, Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton.

Childrens' Events HALF TERM HOLIDAY HUNT Until 02 Jun - , The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Sidmouth, 9.00am.

CHILDREN'S DISCO: 5PM KS1 / 6.45PM KS2 01 Jun - Children's Disco: Organised by SPSA, OCESA and Drakes PTFA, St Peter's School Assoc, Budleigh Salterton.

BUGFEST: THE WILD AND DEADLY ANIMAL SHOW! 02 Jun - Bugfest: The Wild and Deadly Animal Show!, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 2.00pm. CONTINUED OVERLEAF


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EXEWING CHARITY SCI-FI EVENT 30 Jun - Exewing Charity Sci-Fi Day, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY MICHAEL AHEARNE 13 Jul to 16 Jul - Exhibition of paintings by Michael Ahearne, Pecorama, Beer, 10.30am.


08 Jun - Local choirs and musicians perform every 2nd Saturday in the month, Killerton House, Broadclyst.

14 Jul - Peco Open Garden Day For Charity, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.


28 Jul to 02 Aug - Teddy Mac Days at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

15 Jun - With the tenor Thomas Hobbs, and the conductor Andrew Millington, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, 7.30pm.

GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT 15 Jun - Sidmouth Gospel Choir in concert. A vibrant evening of contemporary gospel, Sidmouth Gospel Choir, Beer, 7.30pm.


KIT CONSTRUCTION DAYS AT PECORAMA 30 Jul to 27 Aug - Kit Construction Days at Pecorama Beer.Tuesdays Only, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

EXETER FESTIVAL CHORUS 06 Jul - EFC have a long association with Resonance and Hanauer Kantorei, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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ELIJAH 06 Jul - EFC are joined by choirs from France and Germany in a performance of Elijah, Exeter Festival Chorus, Exeter, 7.30pm.

INFORMAL CONCERT 12 Jul - Sidmouth Gospel Choir & Honiton Music Company in concert, Sidmouth Gospel Choir, Honiton, 7.30pm.

Pecorama CRAFT FAIR AT PECORAMA 01 Jun to 02 Jun - Craft Fair at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.


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08 Jun to 09 Jun - Wellness Weekend at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

THOMAS THE TANK STORY DAYS AT PECORAMA 15 Jun to 16 Jun - Thomas The Tank Engine Story Days at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

FATHER'S DAY AT PECORAMA 16 Jun - Father's Day at Pecorama, Pecorama, Beer, 10.00am.

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12 beautiful village gardens open on SUNDAY 14th July, 11am -6pm Cream Teas, plants for sale, model train rides. Free parking, Details 01395 567440

08 Jun - A variety of local fresh, often organic goods, Bridport Farmers Market, Bridport, 9.00am.

Country Markets BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FARERS' MARKET Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday, 9am-1pm.

KILLERTON FARMERS' & LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET 15 Jun - Many food stalls selling fresh, tempting local produce in the visitor car park, Killerton House, Broadclyst, 10.30am.

EXETER FARMERS' MARKET Top of Fore Street/South Street, Thursday, 9am-2pm.

MARKET DAYS AXMINSTER STREET MARKET Trinity Square, Thursday, 8.30am-3pm.



First Saturday every month, 9.30am-12.30pm.

EXMOUTH FARMERS' MARKET The Strand Gardens, Exmouth, alternate Wednesdays, 9am-1pm.

HONITON WOMEN'S GUILD COUNTRY MARKET Mackarness Hall, Friday, 9.30-11am.

LYME REGIS FARMER'S MARKET Every 3rd Sunday, Lyme Regis Farmers Market, Lyme Regis.

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Town Hall, Wednesday, 9am-1pm.

EXETER LIVESTOCK AND PANNIER MARKET Exeter Livestock Centre, Monday and Friday, 10.30am.

HONITON STREET MARKET Every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am.


OTTERY ST MARY FARMERS' MARKET Land of Canaan Car Park, first Friday, 9am-1pm.

20 Jun - Enjoy the immersive history and techniques of hand knotted rugs, Brights of Nettlebed, Topsham, 6.45pm.

OTTERY ST MARY COMMUNITY MARKET The Institute, Ottery St Mary, last Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.



21 Jun to 22 Jun - Bring your rug for a free valuation or to find out more about it, Brights of Nettlebed, Topsham, 9.00am.

Last Saturday, Stockland Victory Hall, 10am-12 noon.

EXETER POSTCARD & STAMP FAIR BROADYCLYST 06 Jul - 25 Dealers selling postcards, stamps, photos, cigarette cards, emphemera, Exeter Postcard & Stamp Fair, Broadclyst, 10.00am.

AXE VALE FESTIVAL Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd JUNE 2013

SPIRIT OF DORSET Until 05 Jun - Upstairs Gallery, Town Mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis, 10.30am.

KEITH ROBINSON: 'JURASSIC DREAMS' Until 14 Jul - Children's illustrator Keith Robinson explores ways of narrative illustration, Lyme Regis ArtsFest, Lyme Regis, 10.00am.

A SAILMAKER AND HIS ART 01 Jun to 31 Jul - Art Exhibition and Film of Sail Cutting, Topsham Museum, Topsham.

ORIGINAL GOUACHE PAINTINGS BY RONALD CANN 03 Jun to 05 Jul - Ronald Cann's original work features his travels throughout Britain and abroad, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 9.00am.

EXHIBITION BY ANDREA AND GARRY MORGAN 08 Jul to 03 Aug - Mirrors and original artwork of various media in hand made reproduction frames, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 9.00am.

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION 27 Jul to 24 Aug - Photography competition at the Malthouse entry deadline is 5th Jul, Town Mill Lyme Regis.

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EXHIBITIONS OBJECTS OF DESIRE, 2013 COSTUME EXHIBITION Until 05 Jul - Exhibiting some of the most luxurious 20th century fashion and accessories, Killerton House, Broadclyst.

ROBIN RAE, ALEX UXBRIDGE & JANETTE KERR PRWA Until 16 Jun - Robin Rae recent paintings: ground floor, Alex Uxbridge & Janette Kerr: first, Sladers Yard, Bridport, 10.00am.

Until 01 Jul - Featuring Budleigh Salterton's Victorian scientist H.J. Carter FRS, Fairlynch Museum & Arts Centre, Budleigh Salterton, 2.00pm.

POLTIMORE HOUSE AND GARDENS OPEN AFTERNOON 02 Jun - Poltimore House and Gardens Open Afternoon, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 12.00am.

NLO OPEN AFTERNOON 12 & 19 Jun - NLO Open Afternoon, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, 2.30pm.

Axmouth Village Show

Saturday 27th July 2pm

Exhibits, stalls, teas, Punch and Judy, sheepdog display, licensed bar, live music. Evening entertainment from 8pm “Doctor Chocolate” a 9 piece live band.

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Studio Pottery in a lovely rural setting. Browse the gallery and shop, watch the potters, or have a go yourself! Lots to choose from: hand made pots & animal figures, cards. Free Entrance. Cream teas in fine weather.

Visit Seaton Museum on the top floor of Seaton Town Hall to find out about the World Heritage site of the Devon and Dorset Jurassic Coast. See the updated interactive display on the dedicated computer. Wiggaton, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1PY

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22 Jun to 28 Jun - An exhibition of the life and works of this Victorian antiquarian, East Devon AONB, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

EXPLORING COASTAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN EAST DEVON 25 Jun - A talk on the findings of recent archaeological surveys and excavations, East Devon AONB, Sidmouth, 6.30pm.

MUD GLORIOUS MUD! 26 Jun - Lunchtime Lecture, Topsham Museum, Topsham, 11.00am.

Also new Information panels on the local geology. The Norman Whinfrey Geological collection and selected fossil display.

10 Jul - Open Afternoon, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, 2.30pm.


Rare prints and books.

13 Jul - Poltimore House history and archaeology, explored through talks and tours, Devon Historical Society, Poltimore, 10.00am.

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June and July 2013

Tide Timetables

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Forthcoming Events

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FRIDAY DANCE/MUSIC NIGHT 14 Jun to 09 Aug - Friday Dance/ Music Night, Dancing for Charity, Sidmouth, 8.15pm.

VIVA VERDI (NEW DEVON OPERA) 17 Jul - Celebrated scenes and extracts from the great composer's operas, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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15 Jun - Charity event raising funds for the Royal Marines Charity, Royal Marines Charitable Trust, Lympstone, 9.00am.


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15 Jun - Military Charity Event, Commando Challenge, Exmouth, 9.00am.

Until 31 Jul - Dancing for Charity. Ballroom and Sequence with Tuition, Dancing for Charity, Sidmouth, 7.00pm.

EAST BUDLEIGH VILLAGE FETE & FLOWER FESTIVAL 15 Jun to 16 Jun - A great fun event for all of the family, Friends of All Saints Church, East Budleigh.



01 Jun - Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of our Queen's coronation, Sidmouth Conservative Club, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

23 Jun - Macmillan Cancer Support in collaboration with Exmouth Town Football Club, Exmouth & B.S. Macmillan Cancer Support, Exmouth, 12.00am.

THE GREAT CHARDSTOCK DUCK RACE 02 Jun - Organised by the Chardstock Street Fayre Committee, Chardstock Street Fayre, Chardstock, 12.00am.

SIDMOUTH HOSPISCARE STREET COLLECTION 29 Jun - Please support Sidmouth Hospiscare on BLUE DAY Thankyou, Sidmouth Hospiscare, Sidmouth, 8.30am.

BIODIVERSITY 03 Jun - Lecture and talk relating to all things science, Cafe Scientifique, Exeter, 8.30pm.



14 Jul - Sidmouth Lions Club's Great Duck Derby. A fun afternoon for all the family, Sidmouth Lions Club, Sidmouth, 2.00pm.

06 Jun - Ian White is todays speaker, Budleigh Salterton Probus Club, Budleigh Salterton.

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Live Music


June & July 2013


THE SEARCHERS 5 Jun - distinctive sound and dedicated following, Exeter Corn Exchange, 7.30pm.

T’PAU 9 Jun - 25th anniversary tour, The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 8pm.

THE DISCLAIMERS 15 Jun -with something for everyone, Heavitree Football Club, 8.30-11.30pm.

EVENTINE 15 Jun - South West premier covers band, Mama Stone’s, Exeter, 10pm1am.

THE LATESHIFT 28 Jun - a favourite function band, The Beach, Exmouth, 9-11.30pm.

P R DEWHURST 5 Jul - singer, guitarist, entertainer, Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth, 9-11.45pm.

AMANOJAKU 6-7Jul - world renowned Taiko group from Japan, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

SPANISH GUITAR NIGHT 12 Jul - flamboyant and fantastic, El Bocado, Exeter, 7.30pm.

WESSEX BIG BAND 20 Jul - great musical entertainment, St Andrew’s Community Hall, Charmouth, 7.30pm.

CHARLEY SAYS 20 Jul - duo playing covers from the 60s through to now, Axminster Inn, 9-11.30pm.


you joyful and fiery jazz funk, Gipsy Hill Hotel, Exeter, 8pm.

TAKE4 28 Jun - Lynn Thornton with the quartet that brings you cool jazz with a touch of class, The Bowd, Sidmouth, 8-11pm.

DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND 11 Jul - the world’s longest established working jazz band, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN’ 14 Jul - swing jazz while you enjoy Sunday lunch and a glass of wine, The Grove, Exmouth, 2-4pm.

PETE ALLEN 14 Jul - and guest band Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm.


WREN BAND 2 Jun - songs and music delving into a mesmerising world of myth and legend, Northcott Theatre, 7.30pm.

JIGS FOR GIGS 8 Jun - Ceilidh raising money for Water Aid, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm. 12 Jun - acoustic folk and roots, Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel, Topsham, 7.45pm.

DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON 13 Jun - new songs of rural America and old time mountain music, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 8pm.

Scan Me! PETE ALLEN 9 Jun - and gipsy jazz guitar maestro Tony Oreshko, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm.

GINGER BAKER’S JAZZ CONFUSION 12 Jun - highly charged progressive mix of jazz, fusion and African sounds, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

Friday 21st June, 8pm BLAZIN’ FIDDLES - Exeter Phoenix

Blazin’ Fiddles, an award-winning Scottish five-fiddle-fronted band from the Highlands and Islands, play Exeter Phoenix in June. This will be an evening of fiddles and bows blazing away with guitar and piano in a fiery blend that raises the roof with its rich harmony and aggressive rhythm - yet the dynamics are subtle and the phrasing sensitive. No wonder they have been called the Led Zeppelin of the folk world, for this is surely one of the most exciting and memorable ensembles ever to take the stage. Tickets: £15. Contact: Bruce Macgregor Tel: 07889 776352 Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS Tel: 01392 667080


27 Jul - South West premier covers band, Mama Stone’s, Exeter, 10pm1am.


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21 Jun - the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

15 Jun - rockin’ blues band that gives you the old blues tunes you love, The Nag’s Head, Lyme Regis, 9-11pm.


19 Jul - rock/blues, Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth, 9pm.

3 Jul - duo with distinctive vocal empathy, Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, The Grove, Seaton, 7.45pm.


DETROIT SOUL 2 Jul - one of the UK’s hottest soul bands, The Gateway, Seaton, 7.30pm.

JINDER AND ARTHUR “GUITAR BOOGIE” SMITH 7 Jul - young folk/pop troubadour teams up with veteran American musician, Whimple Victory Hall, 7pm.

LUKE JACKSON 20 Jul - 18-year-old Roots singer/ songwriter, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 8pm.

GWYNETH HERBERT 20 Jun - acclaimed jazz vocalist, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.




20 Jun - powerful blues and soul singer, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 8pm.

27 Jun - performing with legendary saxophonist Jean Toussaint, bringing


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AUDIUS MAXIMUS 15 Jun - 4-piece rock covers, The King’s Arms, Exeter, 9pm.

THE HUMANITARIANS 21 Jun - 4-piece alternative rock band, originals and covers, The Sorry Head, Exeter, 8pm.

ROCKETBOX 29 Jun - 4-piece rock band, Exmouth Arms, Exmouth, 9-11.30pm.


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Thursday 11th July, 7.30pm DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

The Dutch Swing College Band is the world’s longest-established working jazz band, with 80 albums to its name. Starting as an underground amateur College combo during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Band gave its triumphant first public performance on Liberation Day 1945 and founded a school for jazz music - the Swing College. Over the decades there have been changes of personnel but the magic of these musicians is the same, expressed through traditional favourites, fine originals, touches of Latin and Creole, some Ellington and Basie. Tickets: £17.50 Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN Tel: 01392 270891

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Sunday 2nd June, 7.45pm GINGER BAKER’S JAZZ CONFUSION - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Friday 5th July, 9.30pm GUILTY PLEA - Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth

Rock and blues covers band Guilty Plea get the whole place buzzing, playing everything from the Stones and Beatles, via Slade and REM, to The Zutons and Kings of Leon. The 4-man outfit of Jim, Mark, photo courtesy of Guilty Plea Darren, and Les entertains with two 1-hour sets drawn from their long playlist. They are busy in the East Devon live music scene - lots of dates in Exeter (see ). Contact: Les Drew Tel: 07785 412579

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker brings his new show Jazz Confusion to Lyme Regis and Exeter in June. A powerhouse of rhythms swells up from the meld of jazz, fusion and vibrant African sounds in the style of jazz giant Thelonius Monk. With Pee Wee Ellis on tenor saxophone, Alec Dankworth on acoustic and electric basses, and Ghanaian percussion master Abass Doodoo, Baker pounds the drums and you are conveyed to a new deep world of rhythmic all-enveloping sound. Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Tel: 01297 442138 www. Tickets: £18.

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KAIDEKA & DISHONOUR THE CROWN 30 Jun - thrash, metal and hardcore, Cavern Club, Exeter, 8pm.

GUILTY PLEA 5 Jul - rock and blues covers, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.

EAT THE RICH 6 Jul - the band of choice for those who don’t want something predictable, The Black Horse, Exeter, 9pm.

CHRIS BANDERAS 12 Jul - quality classic rock from a professional, The Royal Oak, Exeter, 8.30pm.

“The Mill That Rocks”

Otterton Mill rocks with life - the most productive working watermill in Devon, restaurant, acclaimed venue, food shop, gallery and arts & crafts centre. Here you have a thousand years of history. Lying off the B3178 between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton, in a picturesque setting beside the River Otter, this Mill will not be defeated - “Flooding is something we have come to

live with,” said owners Simon and Caroline Spiller when they re-opened the Mill in March after devastating floods had forced closure for three months. It’s a place with a feel-good factor: you can watch milling, talk to the miller, try your hand at bread-baking, and much more; browse the gallery, lunch in the restaurant, follow the footpath along the stream to Budleigh. The Mill Studio is

REVOLVIN’ DOOR 12 Jul - rock covers, Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9.30-11.45pm.

used for practical courses and workshops, and is available for hire. You can also book the Mill itself for small wedding receptions, parties, and corporate events If it’s a Thursday, be sure you have booked tickets for the live music - roots, folk, blues, jazz, country or Americana may be on the bill. Musicians love this venue, in the summer performing in the courtyard, at other times in the restaurant. Kyla Brox, daughter of legendary bluesman Victor and the most authentic blues and soul singer of her generation, will be here in midsummer. Quite simply, this woman can make the earth move when she sings, and you can hear for yourself in this most beautiful of settings at 8pm on 20 June. Tickets: £13.50.

DIAMONDOGZ 19 Jul - acoustic and unplugged show from Devon’s favourite glam rock band, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.30pm.

Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm Thursdays (Music events): restaurant open from 6pm.

THE PERFECT STRANGERS 27 Jul - rock trio, The Nag’s Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm.

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions June & July 2013

Robin Rae - 'The Dose' - Sladers Yard

Kate Lynch - 'Opening the Hive' - Thelma Hulbert Gallery Michael Sole - 'Red and Blue' - The Marle Gallery

GALLERIES WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Until 02 Jun - Showcases the winning images from all 11 categories of the competition, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter. EAST DEVON ARTISTS FOR CHARITY SPRING EXHIB. Until 02 Jun - Artists between the river Exe and Axe are invited to join this exhibition, Gallery Usala, Sidmouth, 10.00am. FLORA FAUNA POTS AND PEOPLE Until 05 Jun - Courtyard Gallery and shop, Town Mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. BUD Until 08 Jun - Three artists respond to the season of new growth, Hybrid, Honiton.

ACADEMICIANS' EXHIBITION 2013 Until 08 Jun - South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts main exhibition at Gloss Gallery, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Exeter.

NEW IMAGES FROM NATURE BY ROGER ST BARBE Until 21 Jun - Landscapes, flowers and butterflies 2011-2013. Paintings and etchings, Dolphin House Gallery, Colyton.

REMBRANDT Until 08 Jun - Wonderful selection of Rembrandt etchings, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton.

THE TANNERY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL GLENDELL Until 23 Jun - Life and work in the tannery captured in b&w photographs, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

TOM BARRETT, ROBERT ORGAN & ROBIN RAE Until 09 Jun - 'Man and Dog' Paintings by Tom Barrett, Robert Organ and Robin Rae, The Art Room, Topsham. MAY EXHIBITION Until 09 Jun - A selection of West Country artists exhibit their latest works, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5.00

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Until 08 Jun - A wonderful selection of historic Rembrandt etchings.

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13 July - 1 Sept - Professor Chris Orr MBE RA headlines Brook’s Summer exhibition, as well as Sir Peter Blake, Norman Ackroyd, John Piper and other selected artists.

THE BEEKEEPER AND THE BEE Until 29 Jun - Charcoal drawings and paintings from the book by Kate Lynch, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton. RICKY ROMAIN SOLO SHOW 01 Jun to 29 Jun - Internationally acclaimed Human Rights artist, The Marle Gallery, Axminster.

DUO RETROSPECTIVE 06 Jun to 26 Jun - Upstairs Gallery. Paintings by Charmouth Artists Geoff Townson & Annie Clough, Town Mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. BOO MALLINSON SOLO EXHIBITION 07 Jun to 05 Jul - The first ever Solo Exhibition by this incredibly popular Dorset Artist, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am. SUMMER SOLSTICE EXHIBITION 13 Jun to 23 Jun - A mixed exhibition from various Devon artists, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am. CHARLIE O'SULLIVAN MARINE HOUSE AT BEER 23 Jun to 29 Jun - See Charlie O'Sullivan's work at Steam Gallery, Marine House at Beer.

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EXHIBITIONS Ricky Romain - solo show

4 to 29 June Private view 1st June 3 to 7pm please contact us for invite. Internationally acclaimed Human Rights artist with work in the collections of the United Nations and Amnesty International.

The Marle Summer Exhibition

6 July to 31 August An eclectic, delightful, inspiring, and artquenching tour of Marle Gallery artists. Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ 01297 639970



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Until 8 Jun Three artists respond to the season of new growth.

The Place Of Many Mansions 27 Jul to 31 Aug Richard Adams - Stately and unstately homes of his creation.

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Bees & Flowers Workshop 30 May With artist Kate Lynch 11am-4pm - Free.

The Beekeeper and The Bee Until 29 June Charcoal drawings and oil paintings by Kate Lynch - Free.

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Art Galleries

Anja Percival - 'Urban Light V' - Artwave West

Catherine Osbond - 'Marie' - East Devon Art

Mary Pym - 'Poppies by the light of the moon' - Marine House at Beer

Professor Chris Orr - 'Gloriana, Coronation Chicken' - Brook Gallery Angela Charles - 'Influence of Sharp Glass' Hybrid - Honiton Tamsin Green - 'Fish for Sale' - Isca Gallery

ADAM BUICK & JOHN HUBBARD EXHIBITION 23 Jun to 14 Jul - Ceramics by Adam Buick and Drawings by John Hubbard, The Art Room, Topsham. MEMBERS' PHOTO AND PHOTO ART EXHIBITION 27 Jun to 17 Jul - Upstairs Gallery, Town Mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. END OF YEAR EXHIBITION 29 Jun to 04 Jul - Students of East Devon Art Academy display their work, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am.

MARY SUMNER, EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS 04 Jul to 20 Jul - Mary Sumner, new paintings inspired by the Exe Valley and Yearlstone Vineyard, Lantic Gallery, Tiverton. SUMMER EXHIBITION 06 Jul to 19 Jul - Selected West Country artists display their latest works, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am. SUMMER EXHIBITION 12 Jul to 31 Aug - One of the most diverse and thrilling mixed artist exhibitions of the year, Artwave West, Morecombelake, 10.00am.

MARY PYM/SHIRLEY TREVENA - MARINE HOUSE 13 Jul to 26 Jul - Joint show of new works by Mary Pym and Shirley Trevena, Marine House at Beer. ART EXHIBITION 20 Jul to 26 Jul - A wide selection of art in various forms from various Devon artists, East Devon Art, Sidmouth, 11.00am. THE PLACE OF MANY MANSIONS 27 Jul to 31 Aug - Richard Adams Stately and unstately homes of his creation, Hybrid, Honiton.

ISCA Exciting artists on show at the galleries Charlie O’Sullivan 23 Jun - 29 Jun

Devon’s sensational narrative artist. Solo show at Royal Opera Arcade gallery, Pall Mall. Works viewable on web from June 1. Contact Steam Gallery for a free full colour catalogue 01297 625144

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Summer Solstice Exhibition Until 23 Jun End of Year Exhibition 29 Jun to 4 Jul Summer Exhibition 6 to 19 Jul Artbeat Exhibition 20 to 26 Jul Neil Hampson 27 Jul to 2 Aug

EXHIBITION Summer Collection Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (Closed Thursday)

Mary Pym & Shirley Trevena 13 Jul - 26 Jul Intriguing landscapes and special still lifes at this joint show. Marine House at Beer.

Works viewable on web from late June. Contact Marine House for a full colour catalogue 01297 625257

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Apple Tree Galleries A Variety of Local Artisans on Show A treasure trove of over 55 talented local artists and crafters exhibiting a wide variety of styles and media offering something for every taste. Our comfortable Coffee Lounge provides locally sourced drinks and cake. Our Classes and Workshops schedule is on our website. 01297 598011

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


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June & July 2013

WORKSHOP WITH ROY LANG 01 Jun - A workshop for oil painters with renowned local artist, Axminster Art Society, Axminster, 9.00am.

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COLOUR, LINE AND THREAD 07 Jun to 26 Jun - Hilary Buckley, Sue Calder, John Calder and Pete Hackett are exhibiting, Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis.

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Church. All welcome, Honiton Art Society, Honiton, 9.30am.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 22 Jun to 23 Jun - The Axminster Art Society Summer Exhibition, Axminster Art Society, Axminster, 10.00am.

ART EXHIBITION 04 Jul to 17 Jul - Sidmouth Arts Society, Sidmouth Society of Artists, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

CRITIQUE BY ART PROFESSIONALS 19 Jun - Watch a professional critique of Art Society members' work, Axminster Art Society, Axminster, 2.15pm.

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING COURSE 17 Jul to 18 Jul - Indulge in watercolour technique in the heart of the Devon countryside., The Old Pavilion Courses, Honiton, 10.00am.

SKETCHING/PAINTING DAY HONITON 20 Jun - Informal Sketching/ Painting Day at St Michael`s

COLOUR MIXING COURSE 27 Jul to 28 Jul - 2 day master class in really understanding the language of colour, The Old Pavilion Courses, Honiton, 10.00am.

Framing is tricky but doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet! Framing really is a fine art but not one that has to be difficult or expensive. If you love to collect art be it original paintings, prints, photographs or textiles there are a wide range of retailers and bespoke services to help you find the perfect frame for you. Framing on a Budget Found a bargain, but don’t want to burn a hole in your wallet framing it? There are a number of options which can be very cost effective and look fantastic. Locally you can find some great deals in Wilko’s in Exeter’s guildhall shopping centre, John Lewis and Athena on the High Street. Check out their websites too to order online. Ikea also offer an extensive range of contemporary frames at very affordable prices.

- galleries take framing very seriously. Again this doesn’t mean breaking the bank and a more specialist service will mean quality and endurance which over time is a real investment. Specialist framers in the area include: Calmar Framing Honiton Road, Exeter Devon Picture Framer Marsh Barton


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CHARLIE O’SULLIVAN STAGES LONDON SOLO SHOW “When Time tells…Tales” Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall Sunday 23 June until 4.00pm Saturday 29 June

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Since bursting onto the art scene only four years ago Charlie O’Sullivan’s unique, colourful and inventive paintings have captivated collectors throughout Britain and abroad. Her style reflects incidents and experiences of people and places in her life which are captured with detail and dynamic which sets her work apart. At this show Charlie is exhibiting 40 small and large works produced on a variety of surfaces including canvas, wood and aluminium priced from under £1000 £9750. The printed image simple cannot do justice to the impact these paintings make. In addition this exhibition will be supported by studio glass pieces by famed glass maker Peter Layton. This exhibition is hosted by her home galleries Steam Gallery and Marine House at Beer. Please contact Steam Gallery on 01297 625144 for a free full colour catalogue and private view invitations on Sunday 23 and Tuesday 25 June at 3.00-9.00pm. The works will be on our web site from June 1st and are released for sale: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery 1&2, Royal Opera Arcade, London SW1 4UX 020 7930 8069 Steam Gallery, Fore Street, Beer 01297 625144

Charlie O’Sullivan - ‘Leaving Only Traces Behind Us’ - 140 x 120 cm - Mixed Media on Aluminium Floating Panel - £8000

MARY PYM and SHIRLEY TREVENA Exhibition of 45 new works at Marine House Saturday 13 July - Friday 26 July

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Please contact the gallery for a free colour catalogue and private view invitation from 11.00am on Saturday 13 July. Works can be viewed on and are for sale from Saturday 22 June Mary Pym - ‘County Cork Landscape’ - 63 x 58cm - Oil on board - £1725

Mary Pym and Shirley Trevena RI are firmly established favourites at Marine House at Beer. Both with international followings, Mary paints landscapes usually of Southern England or Ireland which examine the setting with a probing eye for the essential structure if the scene. She

Shirley Trevena - Green Mirror and Red Apples - 37 x 31cm - Watercolour - £1800

plays with perspective and crafts her scenes by boldly applying oil paint with a palette knife. In contrast Shirley uses watercolour to produce wonderfully observed still lifes which evolve as she paints. These works can take three weeks to complete, use vibrant colour combinations for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

and are full of hidden objects and ideas. This fine combination of ideas and talent makes an exciting show. Art Galleries | Artwave West is one of the leading Contemporary Art Galleries in the South West. The gallery has been carefully designed to make viewing and buying art an enjoyable experience. Shows

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

7th June - 5th July

Boo Mallinson has been a Gallery Artist with Artwave West since 2009 where she has grown to be one of the most loved and well respected Contemporary Dorset Artists. This long awaited Solo Exhibition will explore Boo’s fascination with her Dorset surroundings in paintings that are compelling evocations of her sense of being within the landscape.

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

Summer Exhibition

12th July - 31st August

Featuring in one exceptional show the work of ten artists who collectively can boast an extensive range of Art Prizes and exhibiting achievements. Including new work by Claire WIltsher whose unassailable understanding of nature and weather patterns is highly evident, and Sonia Stanyard with her profoundly poetic paintings.

Boo Mallinson - ‘Calm Waters’

Claire Wiltsher - ‘Twilight series’

Boo Mallinson - ‘From Sea to Land III’

Sonia Stanyard - ‘Reeds 2’

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Ricky Romain's work is visually powerful, created far more from his emotional reaction to what he sees in the world around him, than any logical recording of fact. His July - AugustSummer The MarleExhibition Summer Exhibition The Marle work is always thought-provoking, and at times difficult, sometimes deeply moving, A mixed times joyful. In show his ownshow words his Aother mixed Julythe to viewer 31 August 2013 to discover 6 Julywork to “challenges 31 6 August 2013 their own humanity and consider how a nation with problems can feel range comfortable A delightfully eclectic of A delightfully eclectic range of work from a diverse selection work from with a diverse selection solutions that readily sacrifice the lives of our gallery artists. of our gallery artists. of the weak and powerless in order to preserve private privilege and corporate greed.”


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The Marle Gallery, Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ EX13 Tue5NQ - Sat 10 to 5pm 01297 639970

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Rembrandt’s Copper Etching Plates and the Basan Family 1786-1809 Pierre-François Basan started his professional life as an engraver, Between 1789 & 1797 Basan published a collection of 83 etchings from Rembrandt’s copper plates.When Basan died in 1797 his business was carried on for a short while by his two sons, Henri-Louis and Antoine-Simon, under the name of Basan Frères until the death of the latter in 1798. HenriLouis continued to run the business and as owner of Rembrandt’s copper plates he issued etchings taken from them between 1807-08, the source of these historic prints that are being shown at the Brook Gallery. HenriLouis ceased trading in 1809.


Rembrandt For many, the vast range of styles and subjects encompassed by Rembrandt’s 300 etchings make him quite simply the most original printmaker of all time. His subject matter included self-portraits, biblical scenes, character studies and everyday genre scenes. The techniques which he developed pushed the boundaries of printmaking and set a standard often not surpassed today. Now, Rembrandt’s original etchings, created between c.1626 and the early 1660s, fetch many thousands of pounds.

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Outline Provenance of Rembrandt’s Copper Etching Plates 1669-1786 Rembrandt died in 1669 and about eight years later his friend, the print dealer Clement de Jonge, made an inventory of his surviving copper etching plates. Through a complicated but well-documented journey, a selection of the artists original plates were purchased by Pierre-François Basan (1723-1797), another Parisian engraver, print-seller and dealer.

For us, this is the opportunity of a life-time. Work of this nature is rarely seen, and even more rarely made available for sale.

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Always full of surprises, Brook Gallery this month will unveil a selection of over 20 etchings from one of the most revered artists in history.

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“For us, this is the opportunity of a lifetime” concludes Angela Yarwood. “Work of this nature is rarely seen, and even more rarely made available for sale.” REBRANDT ETCHINGS EXHIBITION: 17th May – 7th June. Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Satlerton, Devon EX9 6NH. For details visit or call 01395 443003 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Beggar with a wooden leg | Rembrandt drawing at a window | Christ disputing with Doctors


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Brook Gallery, famous for it’s exciting schedule of exhibitions representing some of the most prominent artists in the UK, will now showcase a permanent selection of work from some of the most original, most recognised and most respected fine art ‘makers’ in the UK. Our new selection of 3 dimensional work will add to the eclectic mix of styles already on display at the Brook; engaging, sometimes challenging and most importantly pleasing! for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub 21

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‘Dead Calm-Sunset, at the Bight of Exmouth’ Oil 30.5x42in c 1855

a perfect tranquility Ray Balkwill looks at the life of painter Francis Danby A.R.A.


ust over 150 years ago one of Britain’s most distinguished painters was laid to rest in a picturesque Exmouth churchyard. His modest headstone reads:

Sacred to the Memory of Francis Danby Esq. A.R.A. who died Feb.10th 1861 Aged 68 years. ‘A renowned artist who came to reside at Exmouth in 1840. He will be best remembered for his paintings of sunsets over the River Exe.’

As a painter myself, Francis Danby’s life and in particular, his last years spent in Exmouth, have always interested me. In 2004 I produced a book of my paintings of the Exe, in which I also featured some past painters of the river such as Danby. However, during my research for the book it soon became apparent that few people knew of him. Other than a road and house named after him, there was no clue to this famous painter ever residing here. Surprisingly, there was not even a ʻBlue Plaque’ on the excellent ʻHeritage Trail’, which commemorates the

town’s famous former residents. This I felt was an important omission, so I was delighted when my suggestion of a plaque in his honour was accepted. I suggested the perfect location for this was on an elegant stone pillar in Trefusis Terrace that overlooks the site of his last home ʻShell House’ which was demolished in 1925. It was during my research that I also found his grave in the churchyard of St John-in-the -Wilderness, in Exmouth. By sheer coincidence the place I had chosen to sketch the church was right next to his headstone - divine inspiration perhaps? It is certainly a fitting spot for any painter to lie; for even the name of this attractive church conjures up a scene of English serenity and beauty.

A Troubled Life The story of Francis Danby is certainly a fascinating one and before his move to Exmouth he had led a chequered and often troubled life. He was embittered by nearly constant EAST DEVON

debt and also by his failure to gain academic honours. His obituary in The Athenaeum begins with the words: ‘A life more sad has been rarely led by a man of undoubted genius…’

His problems began when he was just five years old and when his family, living near Wexford in Ireland, were caught in the bloodiest of the insurrections of 1798 and thereafter moved to Dublin. He then entered into a disastrous marriage with an illiterate Somerset girl. His early life was not only plagued by marital problems, but also endless fi nancial difficulties. In 1824, after eleven highly productive years producing watercolours of local scenes in Bristol, he fled from the city heavily in debt to live in London. 1829 was a particularly bad year in which he describes himself as ‘on the brink of ruin’ and again had fled from his creditors to Paris, taking with him his pregnant mistress and children. However, the biggest disappointment for him that year was not being elected to full membership of the

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Royal Academy. He had been elected an Associate in 1825 and achieved enormous popularity and fame at that time. In fact, he was much more popular than Constable, who won the coveted place to the Academy, beating Danby by just one vote. Despite exhibiting every year until his death he was never to come so close to being an Academician again. Danby’s infidelity and desertion of his wife in 1829 were not reason enough for his continued rejection, which still remains something of a mystery. The cause was probably Danby’s stubbornness and his concern for his own dignity, which is best exemplified by his refusal to accept charity even when his own children arrived starving in Geneva in 1832. He remained on the continent until 1839 painting fashionable watercolours rather than indulging in large oil paintings which he might not sell. When in 1837 his mistress and three of his children died he was quoted as saying: ‘I am the most unfortunate creature in the whole


world.’ When he returned from the

Continent, his name had not figured once in the Academy elections, while ten Associates had been promoted to full membership over his head. He evidently felt there was nothing more to be gained by staying in London, so in 1846 he decided to move to Exmouth. (More observant readers will note that the date on the headstone reads 1840. This error was made when the headstone was restored in the mid 1970’s.) He had visited the town many years before, whilst living in Bristol and had drawn several panoramic views. His move certainly did not entail any slackening of his professional commitments as a painter. Commissions continued to come in, and throughout the 1850’s he had more work than he could cope with. He fi rst took a house at Rill Cottage, on the hill above North Street overlooking the estuary. (Ryll Cottage is still there but spelt differently and is now two houses.) His studio is thought to have been in Bakery Lane, which in those days would have been almost at the bottom of his garden. Then after ten years he moved in 1856, to the seaward side of Exmouth, taking a long lease on ʻShell House’ on the Maer.

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Francis Danby’s Shell House c 1900 in the fields, or on the sands all the

numbers of people of all ranks began

most care for in life, and I am content

to flock until about 600 were sat down.’

to fag all winter for its repetition.’ It

Now for the fi rst time he appeared to achieve a pattern and some stability in his life. The mood of quiet tranquillity in his later paintings such as ‘Dead Calm – Sunset at the Bight of Exmouth,’ may well reflect this contentment. The painting was completed and shown at the Royal Academy in 1855, just six years before he died. The viewpoint is from well off the shore at Exmouth and looks across the estuary to Starcross, a subject I have painted many times myself. Danby was solitary and reserved by nature and there is a ‘voiceless stillness of the scene’. There may be some human activity, but as one contemporary critic said: ‘the

was on Lake Geneva in 1834 that Danby fi rst pursued his passion for boat-building and sailing with his elder sons, getting seriously into

Ryll Cottage c1950 Quiet Contemplation No doubt the reason for the move was to be even nearer the sea and to indulge in his other passion, boatbuilding and sailing. He wrote ‘I do not regret having lived like a bird

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debt in the process. He built his boat ‘Dragon Fly’ on the grassy sand dunes on the Maer, in front of Shell House. However, it was a serious and expensive business under Danby’s supervision and on several occasions work had to stop owing to lack of funds. Danby wo u l d t h e n p a i nt another picture and send it off to London for sale. It is interesting that someone who worked for him remembered him as a boat-builder who sometimes painted. He must also have been quite a celebrity in the town, as in 1857 he delivered a lecture ‘The Progress and Retardation of Art in England’ to a large

audience. This was at Sugg’s Assembly Rooms, situated on Beacon Hill, in what is now the ʻGolden Dragon’ restaurant. The local paper reported it thus:

Francis Danby A.R.A. c1850

‘As some of the doors were opened great

summer, for this pleasure is what I

Painter Ray Balkwill, inspecting the Francis Danby plaque on the Heritage Trail

sentiment of the picture is a perfect tranquillity’ . In the summer of 1860 he was nearly cheated of his remaining six months of life when his yacht ‘Dragon Fly’ floundered in a gale between Exmouth and Sidmouth en route for Cherbourg. She parted with her anchor and lost both mast and bowsprit, grounding herself at night on a rocky part of the coast. Danby, his housekeeper, a child and the crew were rescued by lifelines fi red from the coastguard station. He appeared to recover quickly, but then died suddenly at Shell House. Turner was to call him ʻa poetical painter’ and he possessed many estimable qualities. Although much of the mystery surrounding the man remains, one thing is certain, the painter’s last years here fi red his poetical imagination still further. This magical place not only captured his eye, but also his heart. ‘Dead calm – Sunset, at the Bight

can be seen in the Permanent Collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to of Exmouth’

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Francis Danby’s grave stone at St. John-inthe-Wilderness, Exmouth 5pm. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays. Admission is free. There are also a number of Danby paintings in the Permanent Collection at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. For details of ‘Ray Balkwills Exe Estuary’ and his next book ‘Travelling Light’ published in Autumn 2014



East Devon Art Academy

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East Devon Art Academy continues to be a showcase for a wide range of Devon artists. With a core of selected artists plus visiting artists, EDAA provides a diverse selection of frequently changing exhibitions featuring strong figurative paintings to semi-abstract landscapes.

EDAA also continues to provide painting and sketching workshops throughout the summer including a Summer School in August. A full range of classes and workshops for all abilities is available throughout the academic year. Please see our website or contact us for details.

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Exhibitions during Summer at East Devon Art Selected works can be viewed on-line Summer Solstice Exhibition Until 23 Jun. Open Thursday to Sunday. Catherine Osbond, Favell Bevan-Arti, Rebecca de Mendonça and Neil Hampson display landscapes, seascapes, figures, portrait, equestrian and wildlife. End of Year Exhibition 29 Jun - 4 Jul. Students of

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East Devon Art Academy display their work.

Summer Exhibition 6 - 19 Jul. George Hutchinson, Caroline Trevaskis, Michael O’Donnell, Jacqueline Steel, Catherine Osbond and Neil Hampson exhibit works in a variety of styles and media.

Artbeat Exhibition 20 - 26 Jul. Ten local artists display paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media, plus textile work. 10am-5.30pm. Naturally Devon 27 Jul - 2 Aug. A solo exhibition of Neil Hampson’s local landscapes, birdlife and floral paintings. Heather Coldrey

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JOHN HUBBARD | DELUGE DRAWINGS ADAM BUICK | MOON JARS 23RD JUNE TO 14TH JULY This exhibition brings together two artists who work with natural materials to describe the core elements of nature; water and earth, the essence of life. John Hubbard uses vine charcoal in his series of vigorous drawings entitled Leonardo in Scotland. This impressive work was inspired by the ‘Deluge’ drawings by Leonardo held in the library of Windsor Castle. They express the movement and dynamics of rushing, swirling water; tumbling currents, rocks and twisted tre es clinging on for life. The work was made during a visit to Scotland in 2007 and was first exhibited at Marlborough Fine Art, London in 2008. Hubbard is a serious and celebrated artist, born in the USA in 1931 and now living in Dorset. He has had a long and distinguished care er exhibiting internationally with his work in public and private collections worldwide. Adam Buick uses local clay and stone and the pure form of a ‘Mo on Jar’ to create a narrative that describes the unique Pembrokeshire landscape where he lives. Mo on Jars (dal hang-ari) are a Korean form from the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) originally made from plain white porcelain. At the time they represented the epitome of the austere Confucian virtues of purity, honesty and modesty. Housed in the British Museum is a Mo on Jar that Bernard Leach brought back from Seoul, one of only ten originals in existence. Leach and his contemporaries in Japan admired it for its lack of self-consciousness, and the beauty of its slight imperfections. Buick was also struck by these qualities, its serenity and simplicity, so much so that for the past seven years he has made nothing else, not to replicate but to capture the ephemeral qualities that the form resonates. The pieces are hand thrown and the large ones are made in two sections or more then fired in a wo od kiln. Buick is an award winning ceramicist, born in Newport, Gwent in 1978. He studied at Lampeter University, West Wales Scho ol of Art and with the Crafts Council of Ireland. He exhibits regularly at the London Craft Fair and other venues around the UK and in Japan. His work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum Cardiff.

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to the highest standards, both in-house and in gaining the new Diplomas in Health and Social Care (QCF). We specialise in the care of people with Dementia. We have an Activities team working seven days a week to encourage the continuation of Life Skills amongst our residents; motivation and enthusiasm is high. Our excellent relationship with

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‘Why’, my father would often ask rhetorically when making a fuss of one of our dogs, ‘have you dogs worked your way not only into our homes but our hearts?’. For someone not much given to displays of physical or emotional affection, there was something about the warmth of the dog’s bond with him that allowed the expression of feelings otherwise for ever locked firmly away. That dogs are our best friends is one of those truisms which come instantly to mind when one sees a visiting dog bring back brightness of eye to care-worn, pained, or world-weary faces in care homes or hospices; or the delight [and occasional apprehension] on a child’s face when a passing dog greets them with an inquisitive nose and vibrant tail-wag. We are entranced, and sometimes enraged, by the exuberance of their puppyhood, warmed by the boon companionship of their prime years, and devastated by their demise. I am with John Oaksey, the legendar y racing correspondent, who, when

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The Art Room - 19th May to 9th June asked about what he regretted about getting old, said ‘ Well, I miss old friends of course, but what I regret most is the number of wonderful dogs one outlives’. I am very aware as I write this that not everyone likes dogs, and indeed

are irritated by their omnipresence. Human irresponsibility sadly means dogs often have a bad press, are subject to terrible abuse, and have their instincts distorted to become the absolute opposite of the loving companion. But the demonization of ‘dangerous dogs’ is our doing, not theirs. And it is truly ironic, of course, for one of their great gifts is their ability to humanise us: they offer many of the qualities – constancy of affection, faithfulness, and true companionship among them – that we need, and would like to think we can offer to others, though often fail to do so. No wonder then that dogs have been such persistent subjects in art throughout human history.

It is remarkable how many great paintings include them somewhere in the composition – and frequently they have, of course, been the subjects of portraits in their own right. I find their presence in all art forms profoundly humanising. I think of the joyous bark of the dog jumping out of the river in the XIth of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Or those wonderful black and white photographs of Edwin Smith and James Ravilious where the portrayal of a scene or object of great beauty and serenity is made alive and accessible by the presence of a dog, cat or horse somewhere in the corner of the picture. Tom Barrett, Robert Organ and Robin Rae take their dogs as seriously as any other subject of their perceptive and wise painterly eyes, brilliantly conveying that complex of our emotional attachments – engaging, amusing, deadly serious, irrepressible, exhausting, intimate – that we have with our canine friends, always suffused with the love that binds man and dog together. Peter Beacham OBE President - Devonshire Association

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Judi Spiers

We’re delighted to announce that well-known presenter, broadcaster and dyed-in-the-wool Devonian Judi Spiers, now writes for COAST & COUNTRY magazine

You don’t very often talk to a West End star who went to school in Devon... and then like buses along come two!

Michael Ball


ichael Ball recently came back to Devon with his latest show ʻBoth Sides Now’ showcasing his new album. He moved to Dartmoor with his parents when he was three years old and when he was 11 he went to Plymouth College. I often tease him about seeing him in short trousers, striped blazer and school cap, which of course I didn’t, but it never fails to amuse him. In fact Michael is amused by most things and is never far from a giggle, usually at his own expense, like when Imelda Staunton his co-star in Sweeney Todd in the West End broke his rib!

Michael moved to Dartmoor with his parents when he was three years old

“We were in the first week of rehearsals,” he explained, “and I wanted to make the album for the Sweeney. We managed to get Steve

Sondheim to come over - he was in the studio with us and I’d been very tense cos we’d been recording the album in one day in three sessions. The pressure was on - it was my responsibility, I’d raised the money and when you get all tense your back and your shoulders can go out. Just as we were about to do our duet together, and I said ‘ooh Imelda - my backs gone’ and she said,

obviously he works with a lot of big ones, but nevertheless promised me the ʻbiggest name drop you will ever hear’ and it concerned his latest single ʻThe Perfect Song’ written especially for him by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leslie Bricusse, the fi rst time they had even written together. I’ll let him take up the story.

the two of them had never written together? They said, ‘I don’t know shall we?’ Andrew said “alright Leslie give me the title of a song and Leslie said quick as a flash ‘The Perfect Song’ lets write the perfect song.”

“It inspired Andrew and he went away and literally wrote it in the car on the way back to the hotel in his head.” “Round a piano the next day he wrote the chord sequence, sent it over to Lesley, and Lesley put a beautiful lyric to it, sent it back to him that was the Friday and I was talking to Andrew on the Tuesday and there it was!”

Michael Ball - his new album Both Sides Now includes The Perfect Song written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

“No problem, lie on the floor and I’ll ease it out for you.” “She knelt on my back and jumped thinking she’d click it back in, but she dislocated my rib and literally for the next 6 weeks I was in agony!” You get used to Michael dropping names because


“I was talking to Andrew at Downing Street at a British Theatre function. There was me, Cameron (Macintosh) and Tim (Rice) and Andrew said ‘I’ve got a song for you.’ He was at a dinner for Leslie’s (Bricusse) 82nd birthday and their mutual best friend Michael Caine got up and made a speech and asked why

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Great story and surprisingly the only person Michael didn’t give a name check to was the PM! Of course Michael originated the role of Marius in the London production of Les Miserables a role that was also played by another Devon lad Jon Lee.

Jon Lee


on Lee has just brought out a new album ʻFallen Angel.’ Jon shot to fame as a member of the group S Club 7 and the band enjoyed number one hit records all over the world. Jon is currently starring as Franki Valli in the award


winning West End production of the story of the Four Seasons ʻThe Jersey Boys.’ But, would you believe that it all started with NEWTS? That’s Newton Abbot and District Music Society. It was whilst he was appearing in Oliver at the local cinema in Newton Abbot, age 12, that he was watching television with his mother and they heard about an open audition in London for Cameron Macintosh’s Oliver. They drove straight up to London he auditioned and got the title role appearing at the London Palladium alongside Jonathan Pryce! This won Jon a scholarship to train at the ʻSylvia Young Theatre School’ At 16, Jon joined Simon Fuller’s pop sensation S Club 7, which took him in another direction, and for five years they dominated the pop world and even had their own television series.

Honor Blackman - six decades in the ‘business’


f Jon and Michael’s careers last as long as Honor Blackman’s they will be very lucky. Six decades that is pretty good going. Honor was just about to appear at the Sidmouth Manor Pavilion when I caught up with her in conversation with the director Richard Digby Day. She had just returned from Spain in an episode of Casualty... I don’t want to spoil anything but she doesn’t die!

At just 31, Jon has gone from a local Music Society in Newton Abbot (NEWTS) to huge stardom in S Club 7, a role in Les Miserables and a new album Fallen Angel - not bad for a Devon lad

As he says, “I paid my dues. I have never worked that hard in my entire life. From 16-22 the perfect age and the perfect education.”

At 16, Jon joined Simon Fuller’s pop sensation S Club 7

Unbelievably, he went from S Club 7 to the role of Marius in Les Miserables, which he agreed, “shut a lot of people up!” The role of Frankie Villi is certainly a challenge considering the man had an incredible falsetto voice or as Jon put it,

“It’s all up there for two hours!” Nevertheless he is loving it.. he must be - he’s just signed until March 2014!

“I never thought I’d stay in a show for 3 years” he told me “but it’s flown by!” Who knows in few years he could be following Mr M.Ball in Sweeny Todd although I did advise him to see a good physio if he had any back problems. We fi nished our chat with this message,

“A big hello to everyone at Ipplepen Primary School I have very fond memories of being there!”

partner to Patrick Macnee’s Steed in The Avengers. It was the role that got her noticed by Cubby Broccoli who then offered her Pussy Galore in Goldfi nger resulting in a romp in the hay with Sean Connery. I was surprised when she told me that her grandchildren hadn’t seen her in that but had watched Jason and the Argonauts in which she played Hera.

A stunningly attractive women still, I was advised not to mention her age as it is comes up in every interview, so instead I asked about her exquisite cut glass vowels. Apparently it’s all down to her father who offered her a bicycle or elocution lessons for the 16th birthday. Although a couple of years ago she had to draw on her original accent for a fi lm called Cockneys vs Zombies!

“ They are just getting the hang of the fact that the woman in the peculiar wig is their grandmother!”

“I just reverted” she said, “it’s alright though I’ve come back.”

I asked if any of them might follow in her footsteps?

We chatted about her early work as part of the Rank Organization’s stable of talent making fi lms like ʻSo long at the Fair ʻwith Dirk Bogarde and ʻA Night to Remember’ with Kenneth Moore.

“My daughter’s daughter is a proper little madam so that’s a possibility.”

“There’s so much of my life it’s awfully difficult to cut it down. The audience doesn’t want to be there for a fortnight!” Honor is probably best remembered as Cathy Gale the smart, sexy, leather clad

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Avengers got her noticed by Cubby Broccoli who then offered her Pussy Galore in Goldfinger

Would it please her knowing what she knows of the business?

“Not a lot. It’s so insecure I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody!” A hard argument to make when you’ve had a career that’s lasted for six decades.

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Eating Out

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elcome to East Devon Coast & Country's eating out section which we hope will give you inspiration. After all, everyone enjoys a meal out - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the Southwest with many lovely CURRY NIGHT: PIE NIGHT: Every Wednesday. Every Thursday. countryside and coastal eateries - enjoy! Selection of authentic A choice of two pies and curries from £10.95

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Digger's Rest


Date of visit:

The Restaurant


Working undercover in East Devon!

Monday evening 15/04/13

Q Starters: Sauteed Mushrooms in creamy garlic & Madeira sauce on red onion toast. Garlic ciabatta.

Mains: Steak & Ale Pie with shortcrust pastry, vegetables and chunky chips.

Sauteed Mushrooms on Red Onion Toast Thai Pork Salad with crispy egg noodles, chilli, ginger and spring onion salad with an oriental sesame dressing.

Q Pudding: Creme Brule in orange soup served with a tuille

Q Drinks: Merlot one of their range of house wines

The occasion of eating at the Digger's was a wedding anniversary and as we'd eaten at the Digger's about 8 months previously, we thought we'd make a return visit, as the food had been very enjoyable and well-priced. Inside the Digger's, there's a warm ambiance, with a lovely bar - the building looks to be an old Devon longhouse, so it's all very traditional. They have an excellent range of beers and ciders. On this occasion we celebrated with the house Merlot which was excellent, sometimes you

Steak & Ale Pie with Short Crust Pastry

do wonder at the wisdom of buying the house wines, but it's a true indicator of attention to detail when it's good. Starters: - The Sauteed Mushrooms were really delicious, full of flavour, and succulent - if you like mushrooms I can't recommend it highly enough. Mains: - One of my gripes in general about Steak & Ale pies is that many establishments seem to use a boughtin gravy concoction to add their beef in order to make their steak and ale pies. They always taste overly salty (probably monosodium glutamate) which ruins

the whole dish. I'm delighted to say that the Digger's pie was a delight, lovely short pastry, lean and tender beef, with natural tasting gravy - a delicious pie, so a resounding thumbs up! The Thai Pork Salad my wife had was excellent also, really light, tasty and satisfying. We finished with their Creme Brule which was a real surprise, light, and beautifully flavoured. It's is obvious that the Digger's really care about the food they serve, and it shows - again another really enjoyable visit - top marks! - Editor.

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By Ted Gosling, West Country Author and Devon Historian

Transport and the Clapp family

A Governess Cart Captured by Camera, Sidmouth c 1910

Harry Clapp at the Stables Seaton


Harry Clapp - Seaton East Walk about 1928

n the heyday of the horse, much

the railway station and the town, but by the end

Harry did buy a brougham for ÂŁ5, but this was

employment was given not only

of the 1914-18 War his son, Harry, had taken over

not one of your run-of-the-mill jobs, it had

the main job of running the firm.

belonged to King Edward VII, who used it for his

to the blacksmiths and saddlers, but also to ancillary trades such as harness-makers,

private works and for going to the theatre. Few

wheelwrights and carriage-makers. Everything

During the early 1920s Harr y saw an

men have ever in our history fitted the kingship

was hand-made to the exact requirements of

advertisement from the London firm of Tommy

more exactly than did King Edward. He gloried

the customer by local craftsmen.

Tillings, informing any interested parties that

in the Sceptre, and loved being at the centre of

they were selling off all their horse vehicles.

things. He was like some splendidly plumed

In those unhurried days before the First World

Harry at once made the trip to London to visit

bird, who seems to ask no more from existence

War, when the horse was still supreme, Clapps

Tillings stables, where he met the Secretary, a

than to be seen and admired. I suspect that this

of Seaton were in transport with broughams,

man who had visited Seaton on many occasions

brougham, if it could have talked, would have

coaches, phaetons, landaus, victorias, traps

and who Harry had driven around East Devon.

released some well-kept royal secrets.

and gigs.

He took Harry around the stables first, to see the horses, which consisted of greys, blacks

Harry, always the business man, used the

The business was started in 1880 by Thomas

and bays, then to view the carriages, many of

brougham for local weddings, and it was always

Clapp, with horse-drawn buses plying between

which were used for State and Royal occasions.

in demand, for he certainly let it be known that


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it had once belonged to the King. Clapps maintained horse-drawn vehicles until 1927. They had entered the motor trade in 1921 but, much to Harry's regret, who always believed that the outside of a horse was the finest thing for the inside of a man, petrol finally took over. The brougham, in pristine condition, was sold for ÂŁ1. What an exhibit for the Museum that would be, a brougham which had belonged to King Edward VII sand had been used in the 1920s for local weddings. Ted Gosling

Ada Skinner, Seaton c1930

Clapps Stables 1926

Clapps Taxi - Clapps station bus

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he bathroom is where we start and end each and every day. We need it to be clean and fresh, with contemporary units to increase speed for the morning rush, and relaxing for our evening soak to wind down the day.

Living in Devon automatically pulls me towards a beach themed bathroom. However, there are many ways to achieve this look without it looking dated or tacky! Colour schemes can range from whites and sandy hones through to the more traditional blues, aqua or duck egg. For a younger look you can accessorize at the end by throwing in a touch of red and beach hut bunting.

Going for neutral flooring is key, a lovely light coloured stone (Mandarin Stone stock some wonderful products), or natural limestone floor tiles from our local supplier Original Style would be perfect. Plain white bathroom pieces are also a must, and if you have the space and finances allow, a roll top free standing bath is definitely the star player. There are some lovely roll top baths, as seen on the opposite page, available across Devon from our many local bathroom designers and suppliers.

Finding the right paint is important, not only for choosing the right colour, but also to ensure it withstands the bathroom’s steamy environment. Little Greenes Intelligent Matt Emulsion is perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms as it’s matt, environmentallyfriendly and completely washable. It can be used on doors and radiators too and available in all colours - £39.50 for 2.5 litres.

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With all of the basics in place, it’s time to have some fun accessorizing! Choose a beach or striped themed fabric for a roman blind and cushions in the colours you have decided to go for. Jane Churchill have a beautiful fabric called Oceana which is available in coral, blue and aqua, at approx £41.00 per

metre. You can order this fabric from your local design house such as The Sidmouth Design Company, Sidmouth and Artisans and Artists, Ashburton, who can both also supply bespoke soft furnishings. A basic wooden chair painted up in white and sanded back a bit can create a lovely weathered look and is always useful to have in your bathroom.

Fluffy white or sandy coloured bath mats and towels always feel special to use. The White Company have a lovely selection, including some herringbone striped towels in white and neutral from £10 and some super Hydrocotton towels from £16.

The final touches include lovely scented candles (I can’t beat Diptyque candles myself, available from £40 from any large department store) and some well chosen pieces of driftwood or items made from it, such as the amazing products Devon Driftwood Designs create. The mirrors really are simply outstanding, and bespoke items are also available to fit into any space or colour scheme.

Although it’s tempting to collect all kinds of shells and seaside objects, this can create a cluttered and tacky look so it is best to keep to two or three objects such a large piece of driftwood or maybe a special shell you found on holiday. Pebbles are really effective also as they are such simple and elegant natural forms which work well in any colour scheme. So, next time you visit your local beach, start hunting for those special finds which can really give your bathroom that lovely Devon feel, and enjoy bathing in your own seaside retreat, whatever the weather!


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Drowning sheep and a pair of expensive glasses down the river

of two lambs desperate to be reunited with their mum. Stupid sheep! What the heck was taking Edward so long? The lambs started to panic, the dog jumped in to help, which was no help whatsoever and he was quickly told to sod off. I couldn’t hear the sound of the quad - was there a more important problem at home? Couldn’t be. Next thing I see Edward sauntering and I mean sauntering, like he was taking a walk up the Champs Elysée on a sunny spring morning. Well, it was a sunny spring morning, but not for a stroll, when I was certain me and the lambs would soon be goners! When he was within screaming distance, I screamed. He soon quickened his pace then. “Where the b***y hell have you been?” To which he replied “I thought you just had a problem with a couple of lambs, didn’t realise you were in the river.”


hy me?! Why can’t my ewes and lambs that are now grazing a luscious 11 acre field down by the river just stay put? Over stocked? No. Over grazed? Definitely not. I was walking along the bank of the river Tale, which forms one of the boundaries to the farm, with my sheepdog, Kit, to check the stock - it’s beautiful at this time of year with the pungent smell of wild garlic fi lling the air and swallows nearly taking my head off as they follow us. The river winds its way for some 600 metres beside our longest and largest field providing a haven for wildlife of every description, from the dreaded heron to otters, brown trout and water voles to name a few, and, today, added to the list are a ewe and two lambs. Given sheep don’t like water (and cause me real grief in the winter moving from one field to another through waterlogged gateways), why the devil did they decide to go for a swim today? What ensued was not a pretty sight and caused me to use extremely bad language for a lady. A Black Welsh Mountain ewe and two lambs had somehow squeezed through a gap in the dodgy fencing onto my neighbour’s land, thinking ‘the grass is greener’. The ewe had meandered down my neighbour’s field towards the river, obviously saw her other comrades through the stock

fence and decided to join them - but, sadly, she was unsuccessful. Bleating lambs gave the game away. Not one to engage brain before action, I dived into the river (not literally, as I would have died hitting my head on some tree trunk (must chastise Edward for not dragging it out of the river before) and grabbed the two lambs, which where clinging to some undergrowth in the river bank. My beautiful new birthday present, expensive Aigle wellies fi lled right up with water and successfully lodged me at the point of entry - I was stuck! The ewe, bless her, had scrambled up the bank, goodness knows how as her fleece was weighed down with water - just as well, as I would never have been able to shift her. I needed help and blinkin’ quick as I couldn’t heave myself and the lambs out of the water. Mobile phone - oh, s**t, I’ve probably just drowned that as well.

“Yes I am in the stupid river and these lambs will die of stress unless we get them out soon.” The lambs were pulled to safety, joined with the now much stressed ewe and they were ushered quietly back into the field. Retrieving me was another matter. The boots were the problem, but weighing what seemed like 20 stone now, Edward hoisted me onto the river bank where I definitely felt like and resembled a drowned rat. Body, soul and mind were all intact as was mobile phone, but where were my glasses? Can’t function without them! They must have sunk to the bottom of the river when I jumped in. They were designer ones as well. What a costly swim. But it could have been costlier if I hadn’t decided to go for a walk when I did. All survived - except my glasses. If you are ever on Budleigh Salterton beach, the glasses have green arms and half lenses.

Tried it and it worked: “Edward, I’m in the river with two lambs, get here quick before I end up with them in Budleigh Salterton” (the Tale meets the Otter which goes into the sea at BS!). I waited and waited, starting to shiver as the water was so cold, struggling to keep hold for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub


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Summer of Love


y good lady wife is dragging me abroad this summer. She’s taking me on a surprise birthday trip to somewhere called Kernow.

I don’t hold with foreign holidays, what with all that exotic food, strange dialects and road signs you can’t understand. But it is a special birthday. After all, it’s not every day you become umpteen. So I suppose I’ll have to bite the bullet, have my injections and look for a phrasebook. I suspect Kernow is one of those Eastern European states that used to be something else. We shall see. Actually I’d much rather be spending my time in familiar territory; Flatbeare really comes alive in the summer with numerous exciting events. Can it really be all of a twelvemonth since the last FARCE - Flatbeare Agricultural & Really Cheesy Exposition - and the infamous tug-of-war episode? Let’s hope for no allegations of rope greasing this time around and that sleeping pigs may be left to draw a line in the sand. It should be an event that unites the wider community. After all, it’s only a spot of friendly inter-village rivalry, though you wouldn’t think so the way it’s played by some folk (you know who you are). That Lower Bathwater giant runner bean was never going to pass the newly introduced growth hormone testing regime. Then there’s the annual Flatbeare Folk Festival. This started several years back in the skittle alley of the Pig & Trampoline but has grown so much it now just about squeezes into the children’s play area; unfortunate for the kids and their vitally important exercise but I’m sure they won’t complain about sitting in front of the TV for a couple of days eating sweet things. Each year the festival features the very best of local talent such as ʻStuttering’ Stan Croswaite, multi instrumentalist extraordinaire; as much at home on the

musical saw as the beer bottle organ. He often used to duet with Trevor ʻTone Deaf’ Dagwood. Who can forget their epic eighteen minute ʻduelling spoons’ session? Certainly not the surgeon who had to remove a spoon from an unmentionably delicate part of the winner’s anatomy. Let us hope for a more convivial get together this year. We must all hope for some better weather this time around. None more so than Jack, mine host of the Pig & Trampoline. The Pig’s open air beer garden with hog roast was a washout last year, drowned by a mixture of rain, hail and Jack’s tears. He’s pulling out all the stops this year to drum up trade but his life is a real struggle. January’s Burns Night was less than a triumph as the pipes sprung a leak and the haggis escaped whilst the chef was knee deep in neeps and tatties. Then, after organising an April event to celebrate St George’s Day, it occurred to Jack that there might be insurance implications in having a sword wielding knight and a fi re breathing dragon going hammer and tongs in a public place. A hastily re-arranged event went ahead with George wearing boxing gloves and the dragon a muzzle. To everyone’s surprise the dragon won on points, but luckily the helpless maiden had turned out to be not quite so helpless and had managed to free herself and clear off to a nightclub. His attempt to organise an indoor pentathlon - skittles, darts, beer mat fl ipping, shove 50p and metre of ale drinking - resulted in several darts injuries and much broken glass due to flying bowling balls because he had rather naively started the evening with the last named event. Summer is the time for outdoor pursuits and not just the sort favoured by the village lads and lasses. When I gave up football a few years back due to age and excess stomach I was instantly snapped up by the village cricket team as these defects seemed less

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important to them than a willingness to buy a round at frequent intervals. The season’s needle match is always against pub team Cringeworthy Old Spots; no holds are barred. Last year’s clash at their village was marred by claims of sedatives in the Victoria sponge though I rather suspected our disappointing innings after lunch was due more to the presence of Farmer Seth’s ʻSobriety Free’ Scrumpy in their bar. There were also claims of box tampering but I feel sure that even Cringeworthy* would consider that below the belt. Though some distance from the sea Flatbeare boasts its very own regatta in which customised poohsticks compete in the Flat for the coveted Tarquin Dimble Memorial Trophy. Don’t be alarmed; Mr Dimble is still very much alive and kicking but he thought it would be cheaper if the trophy didn’t have to be re-engraved upon his eventual demise. Rules are strictly observed to prevent any recurrence of weight modifications, illegal launching methods or design irregularities. The surviving sticks later bring the day to a fitting and very moving close in the procession of gaily decorated and illuminated floats. In the next issue I hope to regale you with holiday photos and tales from mysterious Kernow unless of course the editor decides he simply must squeeze in an article of his own instead. I’ve heard he’s been surreptitiously skulking around gardens taking photos of the more unusual specimens. So watch out for: ʻFishing Gnomes: Their Origins, Historical Importance and Relevance to Modern Day Devon.’ Enjoy a lovely summer, whatever day it falls on this year.

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column


Women’s Suffrage 100 years on... ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO this month, fifteen remarkable women walked from Land’s End to London via Devon. It was 1913 and they trudged the dusty miles in support of The National Union of Women Suffrage Societies. They set off on 18th June with hundreds of others joining them in support along the route as well as facing

Quiet studio! Stand by Devon - and cue local TV BEFORE HE MOVED ON LAST YEAR to take

However as the second call for offers closed at

care of the NHS, Jeremy Hunt, the coalition’s

the end of April an Ofcom spokesperson told

then culture secretary had a dream. He dreamed

us, “There has now been some interest for the

that the day would soon dawn when television

Plymouth license”. So there you go.

hostility and abuse - from men and women alike - before reaching a national rally of many thousands more suffragettes in Hyde Park demanding Votes for Women.

broadcasting licences would be issued to local (that’s not “regional” you understand but local) broadcasters. This for reasons never properly understood by some. Now that dream is a gnat’s away from materialising right here in Devon. Licences have already been issued to places such as Brighton & Hove. “If you make it, we’ll show it”, says Bill Smith of Local TV, whilst City TV in

Canadian sunset That earlier hesitancy in reaching out for Mr. Hunt’s proffered plum can only be guessed at. Were those tele-barons in waiting thinking perhaps of Canada? That’s a place where the kind of TV now in the offing for Devon continues to suck up advertising revenue from small businesses at a rate that sees local newspapers folding fast.

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Little wonder those brave women faced abuse. Only a few days earlier on 4th June, 1913, one of their number, Emily Davison, 40, had been trampled under he hooves of

For The Top” where local secondary schools will

Whether they are trying to make a living in

answer questions ‘a la University Challenge’,

Winnepeg or Widecombe small advertisers are

the King’s racehorse at the Derby. She died four days later. The

fronted by a top Birmingham personality. And

the lifeblood of local and regional newspapers

coroner at the inquest seemed to speak for

all of this sponsored by local advertisers and

and magazines and deserve top bang for their

with no limit on the number of ads that can

bucks. And they get better - better value for

the nation when he

appear within a programme. Joy!

money and a longer ‘shelf life’ when their

said, ”It is exceedingly

advertisements appear alongside the printed

sad that an educated

Can you imagine?

word. Go back and read this paragraph again

lady should sacrifice

Would-be local commercial broadcasters have

radio or TV ad.

her life in such a

if you doubt that. Then try to do that with a Emily Davison

to successfully complete the application form, then come up with some ultra low budget

way,” whilst Queen Alexandra called the

Any ‘media group’ thinking of moving into

act “the abominable conduct of a brutal

local programme ideas that can be paid for by

local TV might care to recall the line penned by

lunatic woman”. Emily is buried in Morpeth.

local advertisers. Then they buy a camera or

W.W. Jacobs in his tale of horror The Monkey’s

Her gravestone bears the WSPU slogan,

two, a caption generator and a monitor, find

Paw. “Beware what you wish for - it may come

“Deeds not words”. Women finally got the

a presenter, print some rate cards, persuade


vote in 1928.

So will Mr. Hunt’s dream be sorted or thwarted

pilgrimage called Oxygen, produced by

a local big wig to cut a ribbon and it’s “Quiet studio!” and “Stand by Devon!” Licences to date have been awarded to ‘media

Now there is a play about that epic in Devon? If we are to witness a bevy of new

Dreadnought South West, who work with

names, faces and voices coming to our small

arts and heritage to champion women’s

groups’ and ‘business interests’. So much for

screens we can only hope that it will at least

voices and stories. This first major project

culture. But a license to print money, surely?

employ a different kind of weather presenter

is touring many of the stopping places along

Well not necessarily, apparently. Oddly, the

- ones who can actually pronounce the words

the South West route - or you may see the

Devon patch on offer (based in Plymouth) had

“e-mails” or “South Wales” without rhyming

no formal applications lodged with Ofcom first

them with “tea towels” the way so many of

time round. (Neither did Swansea come to that).

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Tales of a Yokel

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I never realised televisions were compulsory in this country until today. Waiting for me like a pouncing cat on my breakfast table this morning was what appeared to be a court summons, which on closer inspection turned out to be just another threatening letter from those dear people at TV licencing inc. I freely admit that the television has never held much appeal for me. I just prefer to live my own life rather than watch other people live theirs; though it seems incredulous to the TV people that I shouldn’t somehow share their love of 80s repeats of Brookside. For some reason other licencing authorities like the environment agency take your word for it when you say you are not a fisherman, and don’t feel compelled to send you objectionable letters or bang on your door morning noon and night demanding to come into your house to check if you have a fishing rod.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I like James Bond films as much as the next man or woman; but I just prefer watching it in the cinema, sipping coke and eating bucket loads of popcorn in the back row with the one I love. This type of decadence is apparently too much for TV licence incorporated who want their slice of the action and cannot cope with the fact that you just do not wish to purchase their product. Maybe someone should tell them that there is a whole world out there to discover and explore, though they would probably be much too busy adjusting their digi-box to answer the door.

LOONEY TUNES It must have been when I saw a girl at the bus stop looking at two mobile phones at the same time while listening to music on her iPod that I finally realised that polite conversation at bus stops is now officially dead. Of course people still talk at bus stops but not to each other. Rather you can have the absurd situation of a row of people sitting together on a bench all connected electronically to a square piece of plastic without any verbal interaction taking place. As an innocent bystander you are thrust into a two-way mobile conversation, not of your own making, in which it is impossible not to come to conclusions about the person sitting next to you. Take a walk until the bus comes, you may interject, but this doesn’t work so well if you are already on one. There, everyone is catapulted into a stream of conversation that could be anything from 1 to 10 on the scale of boring to juicy. The whole of life’s rich tapestry is open to all as the 8.30 trundles into town. Indeed it is quite possible to hear a marriage proposal or the start of divorce proceedings within the change of a bus. Happy days. © 2013

A Celebration of Life in East Devon



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olf, Storm, Trojan, Revenge, Vixen, Hope, Fury, Volante, Bolt, Joker, Morgan, Wasp and Lightning. These are names of brightly coloured wooden pilot gig boats and they are rowed by gig clubs around the Cornish and Devonshire coast.

Gig rowing is allegedly “the fastest growing sport in the Southwest”. Pilot gig boats are open boats with fixed seats for six oarsmen and a cox to steer the way. There are currently over fifty gig clubs in existence and 7,000 active rowers enjoying the waves from the Isles of Scilly, along the Cornish and Devon coast, Dorset, the southern coast and beyond. One rower summed it all up: “It’s about being on the sea, being a part of something with an amazing

historical feeling to it, and it is a thing of beauty. There is just nothing to beat it.” GIG BOAT HISTORY Gig racing started when villages competed to get their pilots onto incoming sailing vessels approaching the Isles of Scilly as far back at the 1660s. If they got to the vessel first, they would win the job of guiding it into harbour. Gigs had to be fast and light, and long and flexible to withstand rowing in heavy seas. As gig boats are seaworthy and speedy they were used historically for smuggling, lifesaving and salvage adventures. Gigs were rowed for recreation from the 1920s, but it was after the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA) was set up in 1986, and then the World EAST DEVON

Gig racing was born out of competition between villages to get pilots onto incoming sailing vessels

The CPGA oversees the organisation of the sport, co-ordinating the racing programmes and controlling measurement rules and new boat construction. The designs of Treffy, built in 1838, are still used today to build new gigs. I visited gig rowers in Sidmouth and Lyme Regis.

Sidmouth Gig Club

Pilot Gig Championships started in 1990 that the gig rowing really took off in coastal communities. The Championships are the highlight of the gig rowing calendar, and this May around 138 boats jostled on the start line.

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In 2009 a group of locals in Sidmouth came together to create a new gig club, yet few of the founding members had ever been in a rowing boat before. The Club now has two gig boats; Alma and Keith Owen. The Club members are chuffed at how lively and active their gig rowing


community has become on and off the water.

A new gig boat is celebrated at outside the Sidmouth Sailing Club

Training sessions run throughout the season from April to September for both competitive and social members. You don’t need any experience to join. Accessibility for all ages is at the heart of the Club’s activity, as Tony Faulkner, in his mideighties, testified. The Club is also actively recruiting new members this summer, all ages welcome. Sidmouth gig rowers are a sociable lot, and there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved with Club events, meals, and quizzes organised out of the club house at the Port Royal Sailing Club. I spoke to Charis Buckingham, a student, and rower with the Club, at the Club’s first official social of this season in the Port Royal. “Gig rowing gives you an opportunity to go in a boat for long periods of time, and regularly.” “It’s important for the town to be connected to the local environment and have some connection to the sea. Unlike some water sports which are expensive: you can join Sidmouth Gig Club for £60 a year, and you don’t need any special kit.” “It’s about being out at sea in a safe environment and with others, sharing joint ownership of the boat and its maintenance. You don’t have to be an experienced rower to join,

and there’s no fitness requirement, but the sport does encourage you to build up your fitness levels.” One of the founder members, Julie Turner, didn’t have previous experience of rowing before she joined up. She’s now smitten and tells me that being a part of the gig club has “superseded all of my expectations.” Coastal communities can be disparate. “I’ve met people I would never have met before. It has opened up the community.” “When you row,” Julie tells me, “everything else is forgotten; being

at sea is therapeutic. Once you get to the beach for a row at the end of the week, you switch off with everything else. As part of the team, you are

committee. Since joining the club in 2009 she describes herself as “obsessed” by gig rowing. She likes the fresh air and the exercise, but mainly enjoys the team element. Val tells me something else she has discovered since rowing, a healthy competitive streak. “You can’t row a gig boat with one person,” she smiles. “it’s a team sport.”

pushed beyond what you would normally be able to do: unlike the gym where you might just give up.” Val Huntington is on the social

Kay Bagwell has been rowing for three years. She said she needs to keep fit and active. From a fishing family, Kay tells me that she loves being out at sea, it’s in her blood. Her family are all involved, and this

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is an added bonus for her: enjoying a shared passion together. Sidmouth town is proud to have a gig club. There are no longer any fishing boats working from Sidmouth beach these days as there would have been not too long ago. The gigs celebrate the seagoing legacy of Sidmouth, and the Club has generated new activity on the seafront.

Lyme Regis Gig Club

At Lyme Regis Gig Club started in 2007. They row Black Venn, Tempest and Revenge: boats built by their very own boat builder and member, Gail McGarva. It’s a club driven by an interest in the sea, but I also get a real sense that members take pleasure from rowing out together and appreciating the town, and life, from a different perspective.

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The Club has a healthy membership which also includes sea shanty singers who raise spirits in their club house: The Harbour Inn. The Club’s activities also extend to charity fundraising projects. There was an Atlantic row last year, and next year two members will set out to break a 112 year record to row from New York to the Scillies.

Marcus Dixon, Chairman of Lyme Regis Club, tells me that the Club’s rowers are proud of Lyme’s maritime heritage. He is passionate about rowing, and it’s hard to argue with the benefits of having a gig club in the town. He highlights the fact that gig rowing is an accessible way of enjoying the sea: you don’t need experience to join, or to own a boat or any snazzy kit. “The boats are looked after and shared together.” In this respect the Club bonds people. It brings old and young together. The Club runs regatta events which are beneficial to the local economy, and as the town doesn’t have a wellresourced sports centre: the Club opens up opportunities for locals to get fit by getting out on the sea. He tells me that since joining the EAST DEVON

Club his attitude towards exercise has changed; “Rowing gives going to the gym a purpose. It gives fitness a purpose. We keep fit to row now.” The Club members are also part of a wider community; they meet and compete with other gig clubs in the Southwest and further afield.

by the time you read this you may see the Club’s new youth racing skiff on the water. “The youth skiff is smaller and lighter than a gig boat, so youth rowers can get started early and then move on to the gig boats later.” Gail McGarva, boat builder and rower in Lyme Regis, tells me about how she involves the Club community

Kerry Maguire, a founding member, started out assuming she would “make the teas and cakes, but once I’d had the first row: that was it”. Kerry has since competed with the Club at a competitive level. She tells me that

in her boat builds on Monmouth beach. It’s an unusual for rowers to have a boat built on their doorstep. The community involvement turns each build into a nine month project. It works well for Gail though, and the members “have a relationship with the boats from the outset; they feel connected to the boats they row.” They also appreciate first-hand Gail’s skilled craftsmanship. Gail’s gig boats are beautiful and clearly very well looked after by the members.

“Gig rowing really grabs you.” She now heads up the Club’s popular youth training programme. Like Sidmouth, at the heart of the Club is the community. Kerry speaks to me of accessibility, offering rowing to all ages and backgrounds. Youth rowers are taken when they are strong enough to lift the oars, and

You can’t miss the bright colours of the gig boats off the beaches of Sidmouth and Lyme Regis; so give them a friendly wave.

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CAUGHT RED-HANDED smugglers were either fined or imprisoned but this didn’t prevent the worst of them from murdering any poor Revenue officer who stood in their way. With any luck a jury could be made-up of the accused’s neighbours whilst the magistrate assigned to the case was more than likely a customer and quite possibly one of the players in the smuggling network itself. In the 17th and particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, European wars kept import duties high on tea, wines and spirits, laces and tobacco: smuggling therefore became a lucrative means of income for many, a tempting sideline for half-starved fisher-folk and not so half-starved farmers and other landowners along the coast to whom it became a way of life over generations.

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Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk; Laces for a lady, letters for a spy, And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by! But especially favoured was French brandy in handy two and four gallon kegs. Once

shoreline and carry them quickly inland. The pretence for keeping these droves of pack animals was that they were used exclusively for bringing up bags of kelp and sea sand from the beaches to dress the land. Hardest to convince of these claims were ‘the preventative men’ or ‘picaroons’ to use the derogatory nickname given them by the smugglers. Amongst seafaring men ‘picaroon’ was a term of low abuse meaning rogue or villain. These much-maligned men were the forerunners of the Customs & Excise Service of yesteryear (nowadays the UK Border Force) and were actively employed on land and sea to check the trade.

Just about every family in East and South Devon would have had some knowledge of where to source the things they needed from this black market or had friends or a family member ‘in the trade’ itself. Every coastal village, every lane and footpath had its lookouts, many cottages, farms, barns and parsonages their hidey holes. Once out of sight of land, Devon fishermen who chose would stow away their nets and head out across the Channel (Cherbourg and Roscoff were the most favoured ports of call) bringing back everything Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem A Smugglers Song catalogues:

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The Branscombe cliff murder of 1755 pictured by Victorian artist, Charles Dixon

landed these were roped together and thrown over the backs of men or ponies waiting to lift their illicit cargoes off the beaches by dead of night. If danger lurked the barrels could instead be lowered over the side, just out of reach of low tide, when heavily weighted nets were used to sink the ‘catch’: at other times heavy anchors kept lines of kegs hidden. The location of the contraband was marked with corks and recovered - when the coast was clear - by men in


Much of popular literature and later Hollywood portrays these Revenue men as the spoilsports in the drama whilst the exploits of the smugglers themselves, sometimes led by that supersuave swash-buckler Stewart Granger, are romanticised.

rowing boats using grappling hooks. This practice, which continued well into the 1850s was called ‘sowing the crop’.

Waiting the arrival of the smugglers on shore were farmers, who kept long trains of donkeys and mules to move the barrels and bales from their hiding places along the

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Hollywood’s view of a Devon smuggler in action


Unlike piracy, smuggling was not a capital offence yet many a good revenue man lost his life ‘by accident’ in pursuance of his duty whilst there are accounts of others who were kidnapped and tortured to death by the gangs of heavies or ‘batmen’ smugglers employed as guards to do their dirty work for them. Blackest of these was the villainous Hawkhurst gang which operated along the south coast and as far west as Dorset and Devon. Their bloody careers climaxed in 1747 when ‘for sport’ they seized a preventative officer, an elderly man, one William Galley, whom they buried alive in a fox-hole. His travelling companion, Daniel Chater, a shoemaker by trade, was a witness in a forthcoming smuggling trial and had been under Galley’s protection and actually sharing a horse at the time they were attacked. This poor unfortunate they kept chained in a shed and tortured with knives over several days before finally putting him out of his misery by throwing him down a well and pounding him to death with rocks. So much for the romance of smuggling.

‘The Gentlemen’ silencing Daniel Chater, a would-be witness Fourteen perpetrators of that particular wickedness were eventually brought to justice. Not so those who threw another ‘picaroon’ off a Devon cliff one dark summer’s night long ago. Dark because smugglers preferred the darkest nights in the lunar calendar to make their runs. Thus the Riding Officers who patrolled the lonely shorelines of South and

East Devon knew exactly when trouble was brewing. The smugglers waited for the darkest nights and the highest tides: nights when the wind blew from the south or south west were most favoured. This enabled the smugglers to sail straight into the cove or inlet chosen for the drop without the need to tack. To tack meant to zig-zag towards a destination and this made the smugglers vulnerable to interception by one of the patrol vessels operated by the Revenue out of Plymouth, fast and well-armed cutters.

clear sighting of the two signal fires that would be lit by their cronies on shore to enable them to steer safely between them and as far up the beach as their momentum allowed. The night of 9th August, 1755 was perfect for the trade. Black as pitch. A high tide. A steady, on-shore breeze and a one-day old moon. The only fly in the smuggler’s ointment that night was John Hurley. St. Winifred’s, Branscombe Hurley was a Riding Officer 45 years old, married with

Revenue cutter in pursuit of a smuggling lugger. Before firing the cutter was bound to hoist its Revenue colours - both pennant and ensign—no matter whether day or night.

Many were armed with ‘smashers’, the deadliest weapon in Nelson’s navy: these were short-range carronades mounted in the bows. They fired a massive 68lb cannon ball, a single hit from which would turn a smuggler’s fishing boat into matchwood or punch a hole through both sides of a well-armed French privateer. The mere appearance of one of these vessels on the horizon therefore was often sufficient for contraband to be quickly jettisoned whilst most privateers wisely preferred to turn on their heels and try their luck another night.

children and lived in a cottage in the village of Branscombe. It would not be hard to imagine his wife’s final words of caution to him as he saddled his horse and rode out into the darkness of that fateful night. It was the last time she was to see him alive. His battered and broken body was later brought back to her in a cart with the tale of ‘a terrible accident’ having occurred. John Hurley’s burial place is in St. Winifred’s churchyard, Branscombe, and if you read between the lines of his epitaph chiselled into the side of his tomb - and still just about legible - you too may conclude that he was murdered.

And luck was what smugglers needed most - along with a

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Or is it an epitaph? It reads more like a warning to anyone else sticking their noses into other people’s business. This is what it says: Here lieth the body of Mr. John Hurley, Custom House Officer, of this place. As he was endeavouring to extinguish some fire made between Beer and Seaton as a signal to a smuggling boat then off at sea, he fell by some means or other from the Top of the Cliff to the bottom, by which he was unfortunately killed. This unhappy accident happened on the 9th of August in the year of our Lord 1755 Aetatis Suae (age) 45. He was a brave and diligent Officer, and very inoffensive in his life and conversation Precisely how many other revenue men were murdered by smugglers in Devon in the 18th and 19th centuries we will never know. The names and service records of many of this gallant band of men were destroyed in a fire at the Customs House In London in the mid-1800s. continued overleaf


market in contraband was given a sudden and dramatic boost as Great Britain declared war on France - this time for siding with the American revolutionaries.

Devon’s most famous smuggler

To support his poor mother Jack’s amanuensis tells how he seems to have spent most of his days - along with most of his nights - hauling contraband along the South Devon coast and trying, without much success at times, to keep one jump ahead of the Revenue as he learned ‘the trade’ the hard way.

Beer’s Jack Rattenbury in retirement

Twice press-ganged by the Royal Navy, once in Plymouth (pictured) and once in Lyme Regis, he both times, somehow or other, made his getaway. He was also captured three times by the Revenue in mid-smuggle but twice escaped, like a will o’ the wisp - the third time by walking out of the magistrates court scot-free when the case against him failed to hold water. Or should that read brandy? Back door brandy back-handers were perks for beaks in Georgian Devon.

No talk of Devon smugglers would be complete of course without mention of the notorious - not to say colourful - Jack Rattenbury (1778 - 1844) the self-styled Rob Roy of the West, although ‘Devon’s-own Harry Houdini’ might be nearer the mark if you ever get to plough through his richly embroidered memoirs ghost-written for him by a local clergyman. John Smith, pastor of the Unitarian Congregational Church in Colyton.

Rattenbury relates how he once escaped the clutches of French privateers and made

Rattenbury was born in Beer in the very year that the black

an even more astonishing getaway when as a prisoner of the Revenue he climbed over the side of their cutter and hid amongst the petticoats of a group of ‘wives and sweethearts’ who had rowed out to see their men-folk before they were hauled off to face trial and imprisonment. Lucky Jack.

Washed up in Sidmouth As he got older - and bent on reform he said - he married and tried to settle down and open a pub. But twice he went back to his old ways and with times becoming increasingly hard for an old smuggler past his prime and the pickings getting

smaller, the cliff paths steeper with every birthday, and the pub failed for good measure and in one final attempt to turn an honest shilling, he became, for a brief while, a contractor for supplying bluelias lime that was used in the construction of the harbour at Sidmouth. “Alas, poor Jack, his story finally ended in 1836 when so little had he profited by his free-trading expeditions, that he was fain to accept a pension from Lord Rolle of a shilling a week. So it can be said of Devon’s most famous smuggler that he died an honest man”. Which quotation, taken from the notebook of a Victorian gentleman writing of the end of the trade in Devon in the 1850s or thereabouts, might have been the end of Jack too save for the good people of Beer themselves - who to this day celebrate Jack Rattenbury Day each year in the village where he was born and drinking to his memory no doubt in - what else but finest French brandy - available (during opening hours) from any good licensed grocer in Devon at £19 per 70 cl bottle - duty paid.

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The sea view garden is great also. - Editor.

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Horse Care Good Riding by Natalie Bucklar

Natalie Bucklar gives

and interpret the non verbal

from a more experienced person

or to avoid having to continually kick.

valuable advice on

communication of the horse. Good

when the horse’s tempo is too fast

One quick tap and the horse can be

communication is a two way process,

or too slow, if the horse is bending

taught to go off the leg, which is more

we need to both ask and be able to

in the wrong way, is unbalanced, in a

preferable to nagging at it constantly

listen to the feedback.

poor rhythm or working well and you

every time it is ridden with the rider

need to learn what to do in each case.

flapping away with their legs. But

So why bother with learning to

Your body has to be able to translate

the use of the whip should be a rare

feel and communicate effectively?

your knowledge to a refined and

occurrence and certainly shouldn’t

Simply, horses don’t speak English!

appropriate action in order to tell the

be used on a regular basis to get a

Well, they know a few words but

horse what you want. The person on

horse to move forward. Timing is

they predominantly communicate

the ground has to help you do more,

also vital, if there is a delay the horse

through body language. If we are

do less or recognise when you are just

doesn’t know why it has been hit, it

out on a hack and we need to take

right. There are no short cuts for this

will not learn or be able to respond

the right hand track, mind the

and without it there is no harmony,

appropriately and the horse becomes

rabbit hole, slow down so we can

the rider is simply using the horse for

confused. If both rider and horse

duck that tree branch and bypass

their own pleasure and disregarding

are trained correctly and the horse

a squirrel masquerading as a horse

the thoughts, feelings and ability of

continues to be ridden appropriately,

eating monster, we can talk amongst

another living being, the other half

with feel and subtle riding aids, then

ourselves but the horse won’t have

of what should be a partnership. As I

the whip is usually superfluous.

a clue. We have to communicate all

have often said, in this case the rider

that via feel and body language.

is better off with a bike, it would be

Perhaps the most frequent misuse of

D e ve l o p i n g


cheaper and save the horse a whole

the whip is when the rider punishes

communication both decreases the

lot of grief! Riders have to learn to

the horse with it, for apparently

chance of the rider falling off and

enjoy the process and not just focus

not doing what the rider has

reduces the risk of injury to the horse.

on an end goal and their instructor

asked. Commonly the rider hasn’t

It is not good enough to just sit on

has to believe in this too.

asked correctly in the first place, or

various aspects of horse care and welfare...

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.



a horse and crudely demand things

they have ridden in a way that has

with our bodies, kicking and pulling

Use Of The Whip

physically prevented the horse from

Good Riding to Improve Horse Welfare

to try and get the horse to do what

The whip is like any other aid, its

moving or performing. The saddle

we want; with a vast number of things

proper use has to be learnt in order

could be too far forward or the rider

that we wish to communicate, we

to be fair on the horse and not inflict

could be unbalanced, in which case

Good welfare extends beyond the

need to be able to use our bodies

stress or pain. If a rider is using their

it is unfair to then whip the horse for

provision of food, water, shelter and

in many different ways at varying

whip on a regular basis then there

not moving when it is the rider that is

love. Whilst these are of course vitally

amounts of pressure. It is mentally

is something very wrong with the

preventing it from going forward in

important, loving a horse doesn’t

stressful to keep the horse guessing

basic training of the partnership or

the first place. Sometimes the horse

mean much if it is being ridden in

what we want when we aren’t clear,

unfortunately the horse has been

is incapable, for example when

such a way that inflicts discomfort,

to keep moving the goalposts and

ridden in such a poor way that it

jumping; it may not be physically

pain or mental stress. The scope for

to not listen to any feedback. It is

ignores more subtle aids. The whip

or mentally trained to do what the

a rider causing such problems is vast,

physically punishing when a rider is

should be used in a short, sharp way

rider wants. Whipping the horse for

either via the tack, poor rider position

unbalanced or uses inappropriately

at exactly the right time. Repeated,

refusing in this instance is cruel.

or bad communication and if a horse

strong aids on a regular basis.

delayed or forceful use is unnecessary

is ridden regularly, there is great potential for a sore, unhappy horse.

So how do we achieve good feel and

and negatively impacts on the

The joy of harmony may not be as

welfare of the horse.

frequent as we would like when

communication? In short, it takes a lot

riding but (good) practice does

Learning ‘Feel’ and Communication

of hard work! Some riders are luckier

If used consistently and fairly, the

mean that we are more likely to

than others, they have natural feel or

whip is not cruel, it is a way to

achieve those wonderful moments

The feel for riding can be described

can learn it more quickly but the only

communicate to the horse that a

when it all comes together and we

as being in balance with the horse’s

real way of learning feel is to have

response is needed more quickly.

ask, the horse responds willingly

centre of movement, travelling at the

good help and practice. You need to

This could be for safety, for example

and both are happy.

same speed in the same direction,

be patient and persistent to develop

if you need to move quickly and the

with the ability to understand

an informed seat; you need to learn

horse has not responded to the leg,


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Happy riding.


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Youth is such a vibrant time and with the right focus and support should be the springboard to the rest of our lives. Yet for some it can be a dark and very tough time. A difficult home life, problems at school, abuse or bullying, learning difficulties, unemployment, a life brought up in the care system for example, as well as social pressure and all the physical and emotional changes whilst growing up, it really can be the most confusing time of all. Under pressure or without opportunities it can be easy to turn to less healthy sources of stimulation, distraction or entertainment. It can also be a time when anxiety, depression and helplessness can really set in.

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


ur children grew up with the mantra ‘nothing in life is free... apart from the Axminster Tool Centre catalogue!’ They were indoctrinated from an early age to look out for the ‘catch’ when ‘freebies’ were on offer. However, we may have got that a tiny bit wrong as when it comes to playing the public relations (PR) game you really can make some wins and get something for nothing... or at least for very little. Basically PR is the way you communicate with the public and media without the need for direct payment - it’s all about raising your public profile. In the main this tends to be a proactive process of promoting and exposing your business to the targeted audience. It is also about managing your Company’s reputation and how it is perceived in the public domain. Whilst this is usually a positive experience there can be occasions when you may need to be reactive - as with share prices, reputations can go up and down and despite, apparently, there being no such thing as bad publicity, after all you are still getting a message (of sorts) out there, it can be quite damaging if not handled correctly. So, what is there to know about PR and the tactics to employ? • To get media coverage you need to have a story to tell... and it needs to be a good tale which

• Good use of PR builds trust and understanding with your key audiences - customers, investors, employees and the local community. Most importantly invest time in building relationships with editors and other media personnel who are key to publishing your press releases or featuring your business in their newspapers and magazines. • Involvement in your local community can be a particularly rewarding way of highlighting your business and can take on many forms as relevant to your products and services e.g. the Directors and Managers of Axminster Tool Centre use their professional skills to mentor students at the local community college. • Make use of social media - it’s a great PR tool. Mass media such as TV, print, radio and internet may reach large numbers of people but it’s a one way street there is no dialogue, feedback or interaction. So get on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest or start blogging - there is no end to what you can do to promote your business on these platforms. • PR is more than just getting media attention; other ways to publicise your business (and there may be some small costs involved with some of these) include donating prizes, sponsoring events and giving away product. You can also hold your own publicity events, take up speaking opportunities, enter (and win) industry award schemes. • The benefits of PR are virtually unlimited and can be either short term, a new product launch for example, or a more long term campaign style approach which embellishes the strategic aims of your business e.g. brand awareness.


PR can help achieve a competitive advantage in new markets, attract quality employees, create a ‘must have’ value for products and services and protect the business in troubled times.

Without doubt successful PR needs working at and needs to be sustained at a high level. However, it is a dynamic, engaging, challenging and creative field which if properly cultivated really can reap rewards and allow you to enjoy the benefits of that free lunch! - Katina

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But here’s the thing... Devon’s Rembrandt re-discovered A 17th CENTURY OIL PAINTING on view at Buckland Abbey, the former home of Sir Francis Drake, has been identified as a self-portrait of the artist Rembrandt, with a nominal value of £20 million. For the last 40 years the painting’s provenance has been shrouded in mystery after Rembrandt specialists had earlier concluded that it was produced by one of Rembrandt’s pupils. But now, after years of studying the Dutch Master’s style, and following a new investigation of the painting by the world’s HMC Valiant

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leading Rembrandt expert, the painting has been reattributed as being a self-portrait of the artist himself. (Photo courtesy NASA)

Later this year it will leave Devon for further

with Royal Navy warships and aircraft for any necessary back-up.

is still a chance to see for yourself what

worth slipping in a brief update on the subject

Each cutter carries a rigid hull inflatable boat

ponder over why he seemed obsessed with his

of today’s ‘water guards’ and ‘preventative

which can carry five crew and a coxswain for

own image. He produced nearly 50 paintings

officers’ you may spot this summer as they

boarding duties. The 7.4-metre Delta-built craft

of himself, 32 etchings and an untold number

patrol the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

is driven by an inboard diesel engine powering

of drawings during his 63 years, before his

a water jet and is launched down a slipway in

death in Amsterdam in 1669.

W ITH A LL THIS TA LK OF DEVON SMUGGLING in this issue (see Accidental Death of a Devon Revenue Officer) it’s probably

The Inland Revenue and HM Customs and

Rembrandt looked like, aged 29, and perhaps

the stern of the cutter.

Excise Departments merged in 2005 to form HM Revenue and Customs, and from this

examination and cleaning. Meanwhile there

For opening times and details of Buckland You can learn more about their work – or even

Abbey’s other treasures go to

time customs cutters changed their prefix

about a career with the UK Border Agency at:

from “HMRC” (Her Majesty’s Revenue Cutter)

to “HMCC” (Her Majesty’s Customs Cutter).



Following transfer to the UK Border Agency this was shortened to the current “HMC” (Her Majesty’s Cutter) and a new livery applied to the fleet.

IS IT or ISN’T IT? Yes, it’s a Rembrandt and it’s on view at Buckland Abbey

Today the UK Border Agency’s fleet of five patrol boats – still known as ‘cutters’ - operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They detect prohibited and restricted goods, and prevent tax fraud, by searching all types of vessel. Most of the time they are deployed on a riskled or intelligence-led basis to control general maritime traffic throughout UK waters but they have also responded to deployments as far afield as the Baltic and Mediterranean. What looks like a gun on the foredeck is in fact a water hose for tackling fires at sea. Today’s ships and crew go unarmed but work closely for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub


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