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THE PROPERTY MARKET IS MOVING – ARE YOU? Ian Lange, Director of Chesterton Humberts Honiton office reports that the property market in East Devon has really picked up in the 2nd half of 2013 & reports that their Honiton office has negotiated £11 million of sales in just 8 weeks. Ian Lange says “Confidence & buyers are beginning to return to the market. We have 27 offices in London more than any other agent in the West Country & this results in over half of our buyers being from London & the South East.”

Western Farm, Nr Sidmouth, EX10 A superb Devon longhouse with barn conversion annexe close to East Devon’s premier coastal resort of Sidmouth. 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3 with inglenook fireplaces, country bespoke kitchen with Aga, large separate 1 bedroom barn conversion annexe. Range of barns including stabling, gardens & grounds of approximately 3.5 acres. EPC exempt. £950,000 guide price

Fancy Farm, Blackdown Hills, EX14 A particularly handsome 17th century period farmhouse with annexe and extensive outbuildings with conversion potential. Living room & dining room both with inglenook fireplaces, 6 bedrooms & 4 bath/ shower rooms. Extensive outbuildings, mature gardens & grounds of 0.82 acres. EPC exempt. £775,000 guide price

Clifton House, Sidmouth, EX10 Situated on Sidmouth seafront commanding panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast & sea at Lyme Bay. A handsome house with impressive 31’ 1st floor drawing room with beautiful sea views. Ground floor bedroom suite, 2 further reception rooms all with sea views.  Luxury kitchen, 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a shower room.  Large South facing terrace with panoramic & uncompromised sea views. Large detached garage, workshop area & parking. EPC exempt. £1,100,000 guide price

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

Seaton featured in this issue Much effort is being put into Seaton at the moment, with new businesses coming to the town and new facilities such as the Discovery Centre opening up - see our feature on page 50.


Nigel Jones - Editor 01395 513383

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PRODUCTION Charlotte Fergie


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Currenty 2,350 organisations registered for promoting their events (& growing)


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DISCLAIMER The publishers of this magazine are not responsible for any costs, loss or damage suffered by any person, persons, or company as a result of any advertisement or article in this magazine. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given by the owner for use in this publication. The opinions and comments expressed are purely those of the originators. We do not endorse any products or services advertised within this magazine. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that information is correct, the publishers take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Any person or persons undertaking the circular walk featured within this publication does so entirely at their own risk. If you take children or dogs on the walk, they will require supervision. We strongly advise that prior to travelling to any of the events listed in our What's On sections, that you call the event organisers to check that the event is running at the times and dates specified.

Autumn beckons! It's always sad to see the summer come to an end - what a truly great summer we've had this year. All the fine weather must have provided a much needed shot in the arm for event organisers, especially after the rainy summer season in 2012. One success story this year has been East Devon Hub (there's a South Devon also). There are now well over 2,350 local organisations registered to use this web platform to promote their events. If you take a look at the East Devon Hub website, you'll see there are more local events on this website than any other for this region by a large margin. In effect, what the 'Hub' has done is to open it's doors to every event bearing organisation, from the largest tourist destinations, to the smallest clubs, societies and charities. What's really helped is the transparency it provides. Website events on the Hub can be pulled down into the event listings in this magazine. You're also guaranteed inclusion of Hub events in the Diary magazines we produce. So for instance, the Sidmouth Diary will include ALL events for the Sid Valley totally free, providing they've been added into the Hub first and they are legitimate events. If you're not on the Hub, just Google East Devon Hub

and register to enable your events to be broadcast to a very large audience, free. We always welcome applications from writers, photographers, artists, and we're now on the lookout for budding fashion models for our photo shoots. You don't have to be a professional, if you'd like to get into this profession, we can give you valuable exposure to help with your portfolio. Just send in your pics to enquiries@ prestige-media .co.uk Our search for a new recruit as a companion to Jack Alfie, our new recruit (our resident Jack Russell) has been successful. We now have a fine Parson's Jack Russell puppy from North Tawton. New apprentice Lauren has also joined the team (our previous apprentice Charlotte has been taken on permanently). There are now over 935 outlets for the magazines across South Devon, Exeter and East Devon regions (don't forget you can read all issues online - see left). All the best. Nigel Jones @CoastCountryMag

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Cover photo: Footpath at West Hill Autumn 2012

COPYRIGHT All material within this magazine are subject to copyright. Excepting adverts, all images within the magazine are copyright to N.Jones unless otherwise specified.

Photography: Nigel Jones




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October issue

A lovely setting and great music - BictonFest



The extremely impressive Willie and the Bandits

East Devon Event of the Year BictonFest

It's been a great summer for events this year and

The HUB in conjunction with East Devon COAST

goes to BictonFest which was truly great, for the

it's great to see new events start up, particularly

& COUNTRY magazine will be nominating an East

setting, music, weather - it had it all!

after last year when many events were hit with

Devon Event of the Year (don't forget Exeter's

Well done to Bicton and particularly On Track

abysmal weather.

in East Devon by the way!). This year the award

Music Events, I'll certainly be back next year.


Coast & Country

8 32


66 26

Contents Oct-Nov


8. Forthcoming Events

36. A Brighter Accent

70. Exe Salmon Fishing

Find out what's not to miss.

Amanda Crump talks colours.

A disappearing way of life.

18. Live Music Roundup

41. Nelson's Column

72. Tales of a Yokel

Get the info on local live music!

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.

20. Art Exhibitions

47. Flatbeare Views

76. The Old Vet'nary

Forthcoming events & art blog.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

Animal humour by Ken Watson.

25. Yellingham Farm

49. But here's the thing

77. Horse Care

Vivid farming tales - Janet East.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

Behaviour by Natalie Bucklar-Green.

26. Star Gazing

50. Seaton Featured

78. Employee Engagement.

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

We visit this popular seaside town.

Katina discusses our most valuable asset.

28. Fashion & Beauty

64. Life Matters

80. Hanging Crosses

East Devon's best retailers.

Averil Quinain visits Trill Farm.

Gruesome history from John Fisher.

32. Eating Out

68. Aerial Photograph

82. Financial Planning

Great places to dine in the region.

In East Devon - Guess where?

By local IFA, Helen Mulvaney.

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Forthcoming Events October & November 2013

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BALLET FOR ALL AGES. Until 01 Nov - Ballet grades follow the RAD syllabus, Woodbury Dance Studio, Woodbury.

SPARTACUS (LIVE STREAMING FROM THE BOLSHOI) 20 Oct - Spartacus (live streaming from the Bolshoi), The Gateway, Seaton, 4.00pm.


OTTERY ST MARY CARNIVAL 27 Oct - Popular carnival procession through the town, Ottery Carnival Committee & Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary.


07 Nov - The great Russian classic, Exmouth Pavilion, Exmouth, 7.30pm.



17 Nov - Le Corsaire (streaming from the Bolshoi), The Gateway, Seaton, 4.00pm.

Until 30 Nov - Great family outing, where you can see a variety of birds and mammals. Tue-Sun, Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Axminster, 10.00am.



28 Nov to 29 Nov - Ballet Theatre UK present Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Sidmouth.

13 Oct - Autumn Craft Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary! The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 10.00am.



26 Oct - A Wildlife Walk,The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth.

NEWTON POPPLEFORD CARNIVAL 05 Oct - Newton Poppleford carnival procession, Newton Poppleford & Harpford P. C, Newton Poppleford, 8.00pm.

EXMOUTH CARNIVAL FUN DAY 12 Oct - Lots of stalls selling a range of goodies, food, art, crafts, jewellery etc, Exmouth Carnival, Exmouth, 9.30am.

EXMOUTH CARNIVAL 12 Oct - Exmouth Illuminated Carnival, Exmouth Town Council, Exmouth, 7.30pm.


26 Oct - Starts from the west end of the High Street, Honiton & District Carnival, Honiton, 7.30pm.


Choirs CHARITY CONCERT 05 Oct - Concert in aid of ELF, Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, Exmouth, 7.30pm.

IN THE HANDS OF GOD. EUCHARIST: ALL SOULS DAY 02 Nov - Incl. movements from Faure's Requiem, music by Mozart, Sands & Stephen Tanner, Royal School of Church Music, Exeter, 10.45am.

CHARITY CONCERT 09 Nov - Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, Axminster, 7.30pm.

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS 09 Nov - Conductor Nigel Perrin. Performed with organ, percussion, piano & string quint, Exeter Festival Chorus, Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CONCERT 10 Nov - A free public performance of two requiems in aid of the Royal British Legion, The Sheldon Singers, Honiton, 7.30pm.

HALLOWEEK 26 Oct to 01 Nov - October half term is Spellbindingly brilliant at Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, 10.30am.

SPIDER DAY 29 Oct - Join our Spider Day at The Donkey Sanctuary! The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

HALLOWEEN FUN 31 Oct - Halloween fun at The Donkey Sanctuary! The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

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Classical Music SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE 03 Oct - The Schubert Ensemble gets the new season of concerts off to a flying start, Seaton Music, Seaton, 7.30pm.

DANIEL DE BORAH (PIANO) 05 Oct - Australian pianist Daniel de Borah in a solo piano recital, Sidmouth Concert Society, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

October & November 2013


Tel. (01395) 515551

31 Oct - Conductor Garry Walker, with Andreas Brantelid - cello, The Great Hall Exeter University, Exeter, 7.30pm.





13 Oct - Sean Moyses (Banjo) from Norfolk & Pete Allen. Tickets £9.00 on the door, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3.00pm.

27 Oct - ‘Sir’ Alan’s Hot Groovers with Ben Holder and Pete Allen. £12.50 on the door, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3.00pm.



22 Oct - History talk with Sarah Obermuller-Bennett. Tickets £5.00 in advance, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

27 Nov - History talk with David Jenkinson exploring the carvings. Tickets £5.00, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

CALL 01395 515551 FOR MORE INFO

09 Nov - Musical extravaganza with 200 musicians and singers fundraising for FORCE, Ottery St Mary Choral Society, Exeter, 7.30pm.

LUNCHTIME RECITAL 15 Nov - Lunchtime Flute and Cello Recital by Ruth Molins and Hilary Boxer, Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Sidmouth, 12.00am.

WILL TODD'S MASS IN BLUE BRITTEN & ELGAR 16 Nov - Will Todd - Mass in Blue Britten - Te Deum in C Elgar - Songs, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter, 7.30pm.

EXETER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUTUMN CONCERT PIANO RECITAL 11 Oct - Lunchtime Piano Recital by Brian Golding, Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Sidmouth, 12.00am.

with Leon McCawley - piano, The Great Hall Exeter University, Exeter, 7.30pm.



21 Oct - 90 minute programme of excellent recorded music. Phone Dennis on 01392 215654, Southernhay URC, Exeter, 7.00pm.

12 Oct - ISCA Ensemble: Two string quartets and two string sextets in one evening, Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Sidmouth.


BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 17 Oct - Conductor : Owain Arwel Hughes,

27 Oct - Exeter Bach Society & St Peter's Singers as part of 6pm Service & Lute recital, Exeter Bach Society, Exeter, 6.00pm.

16 Nov - Elgar and Bernstein overtures and Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto, Exeter Symphony Orchestra, Exeter, 7.30pm.

GALA ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 30 Nov - Isca Ensemble 10th anniversary Gala Orchestral Concert, ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

ISCA ENSEMBLE GALA ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 30 Nov - 10th Anniversary concert with Richard Jenkinson (Cello), Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

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Collectors WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? WELCOME TO INGOLDMELLS Until 27 Oct - Melamine postcard trays are the subject of the latest What do you Collect? Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

EXETER POSTCARD & STAMP FAIR BROADYCLYST 12 Oct & 10 Nov- 25 Dealers selling postcards, stamps, photos, cigarette cards, ephemera, Exeter Postcard & Stamp Fair, Broadclyst, 10.00am.

SPECIALIST VALUATION DAY 28 Nov - Specialist Valuation Day. Valuations on Coins, stamps, Militaria, Antiques, Lockdales, Exmouth, 10.00am.

Comedy JETHRO 02 Oct - Jethro's fruity Cornish humour is the perfect remedy to cheer us up, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30am.

LEE NELSON 13 Nov - Brand new stand up show, Lee Nelson will present his unique take on the world, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm. CONTINUED OVERLEAF


October & Novemeber 2013

Forthcoming Events the natural place BURLESQUE and BOOGIE BALL

At Escot there’s a natural surprise waiting around every corner - come and visit soon!

30 Nov to 1 Dec - 7pm till 2am Including the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013 and a spectacular cast of the best of British & European burlesque performers. Tickets only £25pp Riviera Centre, Torquay TQ2 5LZ www.theonestopvintageshop.com



19 Nov - Australian funny man returns with his new show 'Happyism', Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8.00pm.



03 Oct - Booze, Baccy & Cruise Missiles' by David Baldock, Budleigh Salterton Probus Club, Budleigh Salterton.

30 Nov - A brilliant stand-up comic, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8.00pm.


Community FUND RAISING EVENT DREAM-A-WAY 20TH BIRTHDAY BALL 04 Oct - Dream-A-Way 20th birthday ball with Dinner , auction and live music, Dream-A-Way, Exeter, 6.45pm.


LORD MAYOR'S CHARITY COFFEE MORNING 12 Oct - Regular Saturday charity event, Exeter Guildhall, Exeter, 11.00am.

SIDMOUTH HOSPISCARE CHARITY CONCERT 15 Oct - A concert by the triple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning band, Show of Hands, Sidmouth Hospiscare, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

GREAT BOOK SALE 26 Oct - Sidmouth Lions Club great book sale, Sidmouth Lions Club, Sidmouth.



One child goes FREE with a full paying adult OR Buy one senior citizen ticket and receive another FREE! Offer valid until 31st December 2013. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. CC 10/13

02 Nov - Sidbury Fireworks set in the grounds of Sidbury Manor, Sidbury Village Hall, Sidmouth, 5.30pm.

LORD MAYOR'S CHARITY COFFEE MORNING 16 Nov - Regular charity coffee morning, Exeter Guildhall, Exeter, 11.00am.

04 Oct - Illustrated talk by Caradoc Doy titled ' Plant Hunters and Pioneers', Friends of All Saints Church, East Budleigh, 7.30pm.

SPUDDLE AND PRIZE GIVING 15 Nov - Friday evening spuddle and prizegiving, Lympstone Sailing Club, Lympstone, 7.30pm.

WHITEWAYS CIDER COMPANY 22 Nov - A unique and well presented talk on the history of the Whiteways Cider Company, Whimple History Society, Whimple.

WRITERS' GROUPS EXETER POETRY FESTIVAL 2013 03 Oct to 06 Oct - Festival is an annual event in various venues across Exeter. See Web, Exeter Poetry Festival, Exeter.

CHARMOUTH LITERARY FESTIVAL 05 Oct - Festival for people who write. A place to learn from those with experience, Charmouth Literary Festival, Charmouth.

Craft LEARNING TO MAKE LACE Until 10 Oct - Every fortnight on Thursday evenings, you can learn to make Beer Lace, Beer Lace Makers, Beer, 7.00pm.

JEWELLERY WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS 05 Oct - Jewellery Workshop for Beginners, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 2.00pm. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

FORCE SANTA CYCLE 30 Nov - Force Santa Charity Cycle Ride. Topsham to Exmouth and back, Exmouth Town Council, Exeter, 10.00am.

OPEN DAY DEVON FHS 2013 CONFERENCE 05 Oct - Devon Family History Society Conference, Devon Family History Society, Exeter, 9.15am.

GUIDED TOUR OF THE MANOR HOUSE 12 Oct to 13 Oct - The house will be open for a guided tour on Saturday & Sunday, Shute Barton, Shute, 10.30am.

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CHURCH SERVICE Until 13 Oct - Sunday Worship at Beer Congregational Church, Beer Congregational Church, Beer.

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October & November 2013

Forthcoming Events BEER QUILTERS 07 Oct to 30 Dec - Socialize & learn new skills on Mondays with needle and/or sewing machine, Beer Quilters, Beer, 2.00pm.


lace by artists/makers at Thelma Hulbert Gallery - Honiton, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, 10.00am.


14 Nov - Evening class, learn to make your own sewn Christmas decorations and presents, Livingstone Textiles, Bridport, 6.00pm.

Until 02 Nov - Paintings and hand painted ceramic tiles / Willow mobiles on a halloween theme, Axminster Arts Cafe, Axminster, 9.00am.



24 Nov - Over 40 stalls exhibiting art, woodturning, jewellery, jams, engraving, & more, Exmouth Pavilion, Exmouth, 10.00am.

CHRISTMAS ORIGAMI BAUBLES WORKSHOP 30 Nov - Christmas Origami Baubles Workshop, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 10.30am.

Exhibitions VIVIEN LEIGH - A CENTURY OF FAME Until 31 Oct - Vivien Leigh centenary exhibition, Topsham Museum, Topsham, 2.00pm.

SIR QUENTIN BLAKE Until 12 Oct - Exclusive collection of original prints and drawings, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, 9.30am.




11 Nov to 16 Nov - Week - long annual Antiques Festival throughout the town, Blue Vanguard Jazz Club, Honiton, 10.00am.



06 Oct - Sandy Park Autumn Wedding Fair, Sandy Park, Exeter, 11.00am.

09 Nov - Christmas Fair at Poltimore House, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 10.00am.


SIDMOUTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL 14 Oct to 20 Oct - Annual science festival, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.

23 Nov - Organised by Sidmouth Lions Ladies, Sidmouth Lions Club, Sidmouth.


B2B@SANDY PARK EXHIBITION 17 Oct - B2b@Sandy Park Exhibition, Sandy Park, Exeter, 10.00am.

EXETER FARMERS MARKET 03 Oct to 31 Oct - Thursdays. Local producers of fruit, veg & food stuffs, range of crafts etc, Exeter Farmers' Market, Exeter, 9.00am.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY 25 Oct to 17 Nov - Brad Faine's Original Works, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am.



04 Oct & 01 Nov - Home made products, tea and coffee available, Exmouth Country Market, Exmouth, 8.30am.

26 Oct to 20 Jan - Celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter, 10.00am.


CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST 31 Oct - Meet and Greet Casper, appearing at intervals throughout the day, Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, 10.30am.


05 Oct & 02 Nov- Varied mix of local food suppliers, handmade crafts and gifts, Exminster Market, Exminster, 9.30am.


06 Oct - Art and poetry workshop with Marcus Wylie, plus evening performance, Studio 36, Exeter, 10.00am.

SIDMOUTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL 14 Oct to 20 Oct - Science for all the family - talks and hands-on experience, Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth, 10.00am.

OTTERY ST MARY TAR BARRELS 05 Nov - Traditional tar barrel race dating back the 17th century, Ottery Carnival Committee & Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary, 5.00pm.

SOUTH WEST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CRUELTY FESTIVAL 30 Nov - The region's favourite cruelty-free event the ideal place to buy Christmas gifts, Exeter's Annual Cruelty-Free Christmas Extravaganza, Exeter, 10.00am.

MUSIC BEER R&B FESTIVAL 11 Oct to 13 Oct - Three days of the best Rhythm and Blues in this lovely fsishing village, Beer R&B Festival, Beer, 8.30pm.


05 Oct - Locally sourced, home crafted arts, crafts & produce from high quality traders, Seaton Artisan Market, Seaton, 10.00am.

Until 31 Dec - Monday to Saturday. Wonderful small indoor market with something for everyone, Exmouth Indoor Market, Exmouth, 9.00am.



12 Oct & 09 Nov - A successful village market.Well stocked stalls selling fresh food, crafts etc, Yarcombe Village Market, Yarcombe, 10.00am.

FARMER'S MARKET 12 Oct & 09 Nov - Farmers market in on 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact Sharon 01823 681624, Throgmorton Community Hall, Dunkeswell, 10.00am.

KILLERTON FARMERS' & LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET 19 Oct - Many food stalls selling fresh, tempting local produce in the visitor car park, Killerton House, Broadclyst, 10.30am.

OTTERY ST MARY COMMUNITY MARKET 26 Oct & 23 Nov- Community market held on last Saturday in the month, Ottery St Mary Community Market, Ottery St Mary, 9.30pm.

STOCKLAND COUNTRY MARKET 27 Oct - Quality local produce, Stockland Country Market, Honiton, 10.00am.

EXETER CHRISTMAS MARKET 21 Nov to 15 Dec - This wonderful event is back for a 2nd year, Exeter Christmas Market, Exeter.

Festivals FOOD & DRINK

01 Oct - Textiles, costume and decorative items, Hyson Fairs Ltd, Honiton, 10.00am.

HONITON STREET MARKET 01 Oct to 30 Nov - Enjoy East Devon's major street market. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, Honiton Street Market, Honiton.

OCTOBER TASTING DAYS 03 Oct to 24 Oct - October tasting days at Axminster Country Market. Try before you buy in Oct, Axminster Country Markets, Axminster.

AXMINSTER STREET MARKET 03 Oct to 28 Nov - Weekly Thursday market offering a wide selection of produce, Axminster Town Council, Axminster, 8.30am.

TOPSHAM MARKET 05 Oct to 30 Nov - Market every Saturday with approx. 30 stalls selling wide range of items, Topsham Community Market, Topsham, 8.30am.

SIDMOUTH COMMUNITY MARKET 12 Oct & 09 Nov- Regular marketplace for small local producers, Sidmouth Community Market, Sidmouth.

BRIDPORT'S ANTIQUES & VINTAGE SUNDAY 27 Oct &24 Nov- Area is transformed to give it a real market feel. Enjoy all things vintage, Bridport's Antique & Vintage Sunday, Bridport, 10.00am.

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2013 11 Oct to 13 Oct - FRI 6-11pm/SAT 10am-11pm/SUN 11.30am-6pm Live Music, Public Hall, Budleigh, Budleigh in Business, Budleigh Salterton.



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October & November 2013

Forthcoming Events Heritage EXMOUTH MUSEUM (NOT OPEN SUNDAYS) Until 02 Nov - Exhibits incl Jurassic coastline, seaside past, Avocet Railway, lacemaking etc, Exmouth Museum, Exmouth, 10.30am.

SIDMOUTH MUSEUM Until 02 Nov - Something for everyone of all ages. Closed Sunday, Sidmouth Museum, Sidmouth.

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of Dmitri Shostakovich's opera, Exeter Picture House, Exeter.

06 Oct to 27 Oct - Restored 200 year old mill nestling in a beautiful valley. Open Sundays only, Branscombe Manor Mill, Branscombe, 2.00pm.

CAVALLI:JASON (ENGLISH TOURING OPERA) 20 Nov - New production directed by Ted Huffman, sung in English. Witty and melodic, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

ANNUAL TRAFALGAR DAY SERVICE 20 Oct - Exeter Flotilla's 40th. Annual Trafalgar Day Service, Exeter Flotilla, Exeter, 11.30am.


WEST COUNTRY TO WORLD'S END 26 Oct to 24 Dec - RAMM tell the story of the evocative period of the Tudor age in the South West, RAMM Gallery, Exeter, 10.00am.


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22 Nov to 23 Nov - New English Touring Opera's production sung in English with live orchestra, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

30 Oct - Lunchtime Lecture by Robert Hesketh, writer, photographer & local historian, Topsham Museum, Topsham, 11.30am.

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EUGENE ONEGIN - LIVE BROADCAST 05 Oct - New production of Tchaikovsky's opera, Exeter Picture House, Exeter.


04 Oct to 15 Nov - showing every other week. Visit eastdevonhub.co.uk for all films, Topsham Film Society, Topsham, 7.30pm.


08 Oct to 12 Oct - Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society present the popular light opera, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Sidmouth.

05 Oct - Charity show not to be missed in aid of Hospiscare. Tickets: 01297 631199, Axminster Guildhall, Axminster, 7.00pm.


12 Oct - Variety show with 12 acts in total and refreshments. In aid of 2 charities, Honiton Memory Cafe, Honiton, 7.00pm.

26 Oct - Dazzling performance


SOUTH WEST CANOE SHOW 12 Oct - Saturday morning canoe show, Exeter Canal & Quay Trust Ltd, Exeter, 10.00pm.

THE TERRY JENKINS DARTS SHOW 30 Oct - Dart's legend Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins brings his show to Exeter, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8.00pm.

BRIDPORT FIREWORKS DISPLAY 2013 02 Nov - Family favourite. Refreshments and stalls. Fundraising for schools and clubs, Bridport Round Table, Bridport, 7.00pm.

AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD 25 Nov to 30 Nov - Radio Budleigh presents An Evening With Noel Coward, Salterton Drama Club, Budleigh Salterton.

SWITCH-ON SATURDAY, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 30 Nov - Lantern & hat making/ competition, parade with father Christmas, majorettes, Lyme Regis Carnival, Lyme Regis.

GEORGIAN NAVAL DISPLAY 30 Nov to 01 Dec - Georgian Naval Display by the Society of King George the Third, Exeter Canal & Quay Trust Ltd, Exeter, 10.30am.

Sport AXE CLIFF GOLF ROLL-UP Until 05 Oct - Twilight Roll up open to Visitors, Axe Cliff Golf & Country Club, Axmouth, 4.00pm.

EXETER GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Until 06 Dec - Year round golf, tennis, squash, gym and members heated indoor & oudoor pools, Exeter Golf & Country Club, Exeter.

EXETER'S GREAT WEST RUN 13 Oct - GO2's race day is in its 28th year. The route shows off Exeter & country lanes, Exeter's Great West Run, Exeter.

SPOTRSMAN DINNER AT SANDY PARK 31 Oct - Sportsman Dinner at Sandy Park, Sandy Park, Exeter, 7.00pm.

Theatre MUSICALS THE MIKADO - A GILBERT & SULLIVAN PRODUCTION 08 Oct to 12 Oct - One of G & S's most popular Productions with comedy, intrigue, and romance, St David's Players, Exeter, 7.30pm.

THE MIKADO BY GILBERT & SULLIVAN 08 Oct to 12 Oct - Comic Operetta, Sidmouth Arts Club and Operatic Society, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

PLAYS CALENDAR GIRLS 01 Oct to 06 Oct - Production by Sidmouth amateur dramatic society, and directed by Joan Heard, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre, Sidmouth.

JEKYLL AND HYDE 10 Oct to 19 Oct - Four of Swords Theatre Presents Jekyll and Hyde, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 7.00pm.

THE BURMA PLAY - A COMEDY OF TERROR 18 Oct - The Burma Play surveys Burma's recent history and looks to its possible future, Amnesty International Lyme Regis Group, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.




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October & November 2013

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Wildlife BIRD HIDE ON WHEELS 12 Oct - Bird Hide on Wheels, Seaton Tramway, Seaton, 9.00am.

FUNGI FORAY WITH NIGEL PINHORN 19 Oct - Fungi Foray with Nigel Pinhorn, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 10.30am.

BIRD HIDE ON WHEELS 15 Nov - Bird Hide on Wheels, Seaton Tramway, Seaton, 8.00am.

FUNGI FORAY 16 Nov - Fungi Foray with Nigel Pinhorn, Poltimore House and Grounds, Poltimore, 10.30am.

Escot 30 Oct to 02 Nov - Cabaret, burlesque & dark comedy combined in one spectacular Halloween show, Exeter Alternative Theatre, Exeter, 8.00pm.




31 Oct - National Theatre, streaming, Halloween, theatre, plays,, The Gateway, Seaton, 7.00pm.

RICHARD II (LIVE STREAMING NATIONAL THEATRE) 13 Nov - Richard II (live streaming national theatre), The Gateway, Seaton, 7.00pm.

30 Oct to 02 Nov - William Shakespeare's epic and delightful comedy is a rollicking tale! Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

POWDERHAM FOOD FESTIVAL 05 Oct - Meet food producers and craft makers from all over the Westcountry, Powderham Castle, Exeter.

DEER RUT SAFARI & CREAM TEATUESDAY 8 TO 22 08 Oct to 22 Oct - Deer Rut Safari & Cream Tea - (Every Tuesday and Thursday), Powderham Castle, Exeter.

CONCERT IN THE MUSIC ROOM 25 Oct - Clarinet Quintets and Organ Music by Mozart and Brahms in the Music Room, Powderham Castle, Exeter, 7.30pm.


Until 01 Oct - Escot is one of the few places in the UK to see red squirrels, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.

27 Oct to 31 Oct - Shriek Week - October Half-Term, Powderham Castle, Exeter.



01 Oct to 03 Nov - Hunt for clues, with chocolate prizes. Certificates for children who take part, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.



Honiton Festival 2013-14



“Bringing the greatest new and established talents in classical music to the South West”




12 Oct to 13 Oct - Forage for mushrooms with a local funghi expert then enjoy a home cooked lunch, Escot Park and Gardens, Ottery St Mary.



Lunchtime Concerts the Friday October 18th

HONITON estival

ELLA RUNDLE CELLO MELISSA GORE PIANO BEETHOVEN – Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C Major FAURE – Romance “Papillon” BRAHMS – Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in F Major


Both recitals in St Paul’s Church, Honiton at 1pm Programme and lunch on sale from 12.00 noon All tickets £10.00 unreserved

Box Office 01404 43716


Devon Beer & Cider Festival Live cookery demos Local produce stalls Wine tasting The Budleigh Shoppe Friday 6pm to 11pm | Saturday 10am to 11pm | Sunday 11.30am to 6pm ‘The Budleigh Kitchen’ will be serving a fine selection of hearty local fayre throughout the weekend | Lots of family fun & live music to enjoy FREE entry all day until 7.30pm [£3 per adult arriving after 7.30pm] See our website for more details & the order of events

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Friday November 29th DOMINANT QUARTET From Moscow MOZART – Quartet in B Flat Minor “The Hunt” Schubert – Quartet in D Minor “Death and the Maiden”

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Live Music

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS www.eastdevonhub.co.uk/live music

October & November




05 Oct - Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri in Concert. An evening of songs and music., Gypsy Music Promotions, Budleigh Salterton, 8.00pm.

27 Oct - Sunday evening jazz with popular local band and guests, Take4 Jazz, Exmouth, 8.30pm.


22 Nov - Five piece band playing lively mixture of swing, jazz and dance music, Just Misbehavin', Lympstone, 9.00pm.

12 Oct - International concert, dance & recording artist entertains, Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, Beer, 2.00pm.

BUS STOP CAFE LIVE AT THE AXMINSTER INN 19 Oct - Bus Stop Cafe with Rock and Pop favourites, Bus Stop Cafe, Axminster, 9.00pm.

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS 27 Oct - Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders in Concert., Gypsy Music Promotions, Budleigh Salterton.

BYRON JONES 30 Nov - A magical afternoon with the enchanting Welsh wizard, Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, Beer, 2.00pm.




TAKE 4 FEATURING LYNN THORNTON 29 Nov - Dinner jazz at The Bowd Inn nr Sidmouth, Take4 Jazz, Sidmouth, 8.00pm.

COPPIN & SILVER 11 Oct - Music and songs from two of England's finest singer-songwriters., Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

PHILLIP HENRY AND HANNAH MARTIN 13 Oct - Homegrown Devon roots duo currently making waves on the folk/ acoustic circuit, Topsham Folk Club, Topsham, 8.00pm.


08 Nov - "Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth voice, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit", Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

12 Oct - Five piece band playing lively mixture of swing, jazz and dance music, Just Misbehavin', Topsham, 8.00pm.

TAKE 4 FEATURING LYNN THORNTON 25 Oct - Dinner jazz at The Bowd Inn nr Sidmouth, Take4 Jazz, Sidmouth, 8.00pm.



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09 Nov - Heartwarming, endearing and sincere. An evening not to be missed!, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 8.00pm.

THE YOUNG'UNS 17 Nov - Sublime a cappella harmonies from Teesside Trio, Topsham Folk Club, Topsham, 7.00pm.


PAPA GEORGE IN CONCERT 03 Oct - London-based country bluesman, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 6.00pm.

RAG MAMA RAG IN CONCERT 17 Oct - Old time delta blues & ragtime, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 6.00pm.

TURKEY & TINSEL EVENING CAROLS 21 Nov - Sid Vale Folk Choir sing at The Bedford Hotel Restaurant, Sid Vale Folk Choir, Sidmouth.

26 Oct - Chris Gradwell and Friends: Live Classic Jazz Standards, Chris Gradwell & Friends, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

MAD DOG MCREA 23 Nov - Mad Dog McRea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass., The Gateway, Seaton, 7.30pm.

CHRIS GRADWELL & FRIENDS JAZZ EVENING 26 Oct - Chris Gradwell & friends play much loved classic jazz standards, Sidmouth Parish Church Concerts, Sidmouth.


Colin Blunstone, with one of the great ‘pop’ voices, plus the manic keyboards of Rod Argent are the Zombies. It’s a cracking ‘live’ show from the lads from St Albans and the hits just keep coming! Lots of them… from that little 1964pop classic ‘She’s Not There’ to Colin’s solo stuff…’Say You Don’t Mind’ and his memorable reworking of the Jimmy Ruffin/Tamla hit ‘What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?’ If that’s not enough packed into a two-hour show there are all those Argent stormers including the show-stopping rock anthem ‘Hold Your Head Up’, a liberal sprinkling of songs from the band’s famed swansong album 'Odessey & Oracle' and a selection of new material from their latest album 'Breathe Out, Breathe In', which is also rather good! With energy levels that bely their years they are still a great band after 50 years on the road, and counting… BOX OFFICE: 01392 665938 or book on-line at www.intelligent-tickets.com (5% surcharge per booking)

JULIAN SHAW AT BY THE BAY 18 Oct - Live music and dining, Lyme Regis Festivals, Lyme Regis, 7.00pm.


Saturday 2nd November, 8pm (doors 7.15pm) THE ZOMBIES - Exeter Corn Exchange www.thezombies.net


04 Oct - Lynn Thornton, female vocalist, with piano and string bass, Just Misbehavin', Exeter, 7.30pm. 12 Oct - Andrew Daldorph's Jazz Mass 'A Mass for Life' and five new jazz psalms, Exeter Chamber Choir, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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JETHRO TULL'S MARTIN BARRE BAND 10 Nov - Martin Barre Band with an evening of rock, blues and Jethro Tull classics., Gypsy Music Promotions, Budleigh Salterton, 6.30pm.

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Saturday 26th October, 7.30pm THE BOHEMIANS - Seaton Gateway, Seaton, EX12 2LD www.thebohemians.com

photo courtesy of Ian Briggs

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October LIVE MUSIC as part of the Budleigh Salterton Food & Drink Festival – The Public Hall, Station Rd, B. Salterton, EX9 6RJ www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk

Friday night kicks off with Devon’s oldest Morris dancers, the ever-colourful Exeter Morris men - Hal-an-Tow and all that - followed by one of the undoubted successes of the recent Bictonfest extravaganza, acoustic guitar/vocal girl duo Sound of the Sirens (check out some recent ‘live’ clips by googling their Facebook page). On Saturday evening festival co-ordinator Simon Blissett will be singing some of his favourite numbers and talking about his recent experience auditioning for BBC1’s “The Voice”, followed by - and true to the festival’s mandate to ‘keep it local’ - Saturday’s top-of-the-bill artist veteran bluesman and well-respected blues-harp virtuoso Ian Briggs with his band the Supervampers. Some great ‘live’ music to aid the digestion and more to come, apparently, as we go to press, so check the website (see above) and/or the East Devon Hub for updates.

If you want to play tribute to one of the great bands of the last 40 years then do it well or not at all… for my money that’s just what these guys deliver! The sound’s authentic; the look’s authentic, down to the Brian May-look-alike Pre-Raphaelite hair-do! Lots of pyrotechnics, lighting effects and general razzamatazz there to enhance the enjoyment rather than mask poor musicianship - these guys are good! Check out their website for some sound bites and video clips of what’s in store and get along to the Seaton Gateway in October, which is a well-run venue with a good atmosphere and, of importance I think on a Saturday night, a well-run, well-staffed easy access bar! Box Office: 01297 625699 www.seatongateway.co.uk

Thursday 24th October STEVE FEARING Otterton Mill, Otterton, EX9 7HG www.stephenfearing.com An overdue 5th visit for this wonderful Canadian musician and multiple JUNO award-winner. Stephen's distinctive folk/roots sound has long made him one of our most popular acts and one of the foremost performing singer/ songwriters in his home country. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, brilliant guitar playing and onstage charm, Stephen has won a loyal international fan-base. Tickets: £13.50 (price covers the music only). Box Office 01395 568521 or visit in person. www.ottertonmill.com

photo courtesy of Steve Fearing


The Public Hall

"The Diverse Venue of Budleigh” The Public Hall in Station Rd, Budleigh Salterton is an all-purpose venue serving the town of Budleigh Salterton, which of late has hosted an impressive programme of ‘live’ music events. Equipped with raised, curtained stage and basic theatre lighting the hall has two large dressing rooms, separate bar area, well-equipped kitchen and toilets, and has already hosted sell-out concerts by Clare Teal, Beverley Craven and T’Pau amongst others.

legless, the big Christmas hit of 1975, plus some favourite blues, gospel, rock and country classics. A busy musician, Andy also plays with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and tours regularly with Eric Clapton. Lastly on Sunday 10th November guitar legend Martin Barre brings his 6-piece band to the venue.

Kiki Dee, accompanied by guitar virtuoso Carmelo Luggeri,

Lead guitar with Jethro Tull for 44 years, Martin’s distinctive playing has been a major factor in their long and successful career, which has produced album sales exceeding 60 million units worldwide.

on Saturday 5th October, performing an eclectic selection of favourite covers, recent album tracks plus the familiar hits such as Amoureuse, I’ve got the music in me, Star and Don’t go breakin’ my heart.

Martin’s playing on Aqualung earned him many plaudits while his work on the album Crest of a Knave earned him a Grammy in 1988.

Future concert plans include:

On Sunday 27th October founder member of Cardiff-based

Amen Corner Andy Fairweather Low and his band the Low Riders perform hits from the band’s back catalogue such as Bend Me, Shape Me, High in the Sky and (If Paradise is) half as nice, songs from his A&M period such as Reggae Tune, La Booga Rooga and the pop classic Wide-eyed and

Martin has worked with many artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Mark Knopfler but with Tull currently on sabbatical, Martin’s band plays a mix of his favourite blues and rock standards seasoned with classic tracks from the Tull catalogue.

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In the New Year plans are underway for performances by Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Strawbs and from the US Jefferson Starship. Full details on the venue website at: www.budleighsaltertontowncouncil.gov.uk And for all events in East Devon | Exeter | South Devon: www.eastdevonhub.co.uk www.southdevonhub.co.uk


Forthcoming Art Exhibitions October & November 2013

Chris Garratt - 'Still Life Collioure' - The Art Room Leanne Stephens - 'Midnight Snooze' - Artwave West

GALLERIES Peter Barker - 'Black Highland' - Marine House at Beer

MODERN MASTERS LITHOGRAPHY Until 01 Oct - Over 40 original lithographs by the Modern Masters take over Gallery 1 Gloss-Art Gallery, Exeter 9.30am. JOHN HAMMOND SHOWING AT MARINE HOUSE AT BEER Until 04 Oct - Solo show of new works by John Hammond. Marine House at Beer. ABUNDANCE X EXHIBITION Until 05 Oct - Malthouse Gallery. Part of Somerset Arts Weeks exploring abundance in gardens. East Lambrook Manor Gardens South Petherton 10.00am. KATHY LITTLE SOLO EXHIBITION Until 05 Oct - Beautiful new collection of paintings by this

popular Northern Artist. Artwave West Morecombelake, 10.00am. M.BENTHAM C.GARRATT & R.ORGAN STILL LIFE Until 06 Oct - Still Life paintings by Martin Bentham, Christopher Garratt & Robert Organ. The Art Room Topsham. A SWEET DISORDER Until 12 Oct - Irene Jones unveils a disarray of compelling portraits from her mind - Hybrid Honiton. TONY BEAVER - SOLO SHOW Until 26 Oct - Tony's work elevates the unremarkable to a place of meaning and glory. The Marle Gallery Axminster.

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

Sun 2.00 - 4.30


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EXHIBITIONS Sir Quentin Blake

Until 12 Oct - Exclusive collection of original prints and drawings.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

25 Oct to 17 Nov - It is a privilege to welcome Brad Faine once again to open his first solo show with his original works at the gallery.


EXHIBITIONS Tony Beaver Solo Show

17 Sep to 26 Oct. Private view and talk 14 Sep 3-7pm. Featuring ‘The Tommy Cooper Experience’. Works concerned with the elevation of the unremarkable to a place full of meaning and glory.

The Marle Christmas Prints & Ceramics Show - 5 Nov to 4 Jan

A large selection of works from new and existing gallery artists including Royal Academicians and local artists.

Victoria Place, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5NQ art@themarlegallery.co.uk 01297 639970 www.themarlegallery.co.uk


MASTERS OF THE MOOR: WILLIAM AND FJ WIDGERY Until 27 Oct - An exhibition of works by father and son William and FJ Widgery. Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM Exeter. EXETER'S FINE ART Until 24 Nov - An exhibition of paintings by Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan. Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM Exeter. CODED CLOTHES Until 08 Dec - A special selection of adornments from RAMM's World Cultures collection. Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM Exeter.

2013 SOUTH WEST ACADEMY OPEN SHOW 05 Oct to 02 Nov - SWAc Annual Open Show. South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts Exeter. MARTIN GOOLD 'DISSOLVING CITIES' 11 Oct to 09 Nov - Martin Goold Solo Exhibition 'Dissolving Cities'. Artwave West Morecombelake, 10.00am. RICHARD ADAMS AT COMBE HOUSE 13 Oct - Richard Adams at Combe House. A micro exhibition of works for sale at Hybrid Honiton. MARGARET LOVELL - SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 20 Oct to 10 Nov - Sculpture by award winning artist Margaret Lovell FRBS RWA. The Art Room Topsham.

hybrid art & design for your home and garden

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A Sweet Disorder by Irene Jones Until 12 Oct - Unveils a disarray of compelling portraits from her mind.

The Art Fair in Devon

2 to 16 Nov - Works shown at the Battersea Fair transferred to Devon.

Snow Time

23 Nov to 21 Dec - Painting and Sculpture.

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intoLACE Until 2 Nov Contemporary artist/makers present work that references and challenges preconceived ideas of lace in this collaborative exhibition with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. 10am to 5pm. Free. www.thelmahulbert.com

Art Galleries

Irene Jones - 'A Sweet Disorder' - Hybrid Gallery

Doug Hyde - 'Lunch Time' - Surridge Gallery

Anne Martin - 'Dorset Meadow' - Apple Tree Galleries info@artwavewest.com | artwavewest.com artwave west | 01297 489 746 morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

Exhibitions Kathy Little Solo Exhibition Until 5th Oct Sir Quentin Blake - 'Woman with Bird' - Brook Gallery

Dissolving Cities - Martin Goold 11 Oct - 9 Nov Autumn Mixed Exhibition 15 Nov - 21 Dec

Martin Goold - 'Red Lagoon' - Artwave West

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm

Martin Grover - 'Lucky in cards, unlucky in love' The Marle Gallery

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

What’s on at the gallery Rural Retreat - Thurs 10 Oct

Join Doug in the gallery and meet a new ensemble of characters in his special collection of new original artwork and collectable editions.

David McCracken - 'Lighthouse' - East Devon Art

Susanna Lance - 'Cedric' - Isca Gallery

Fabian Perez - Fri 15 Nov Join us in the gallery and meet Latin Sensation Fabian Perez who will be presenting his new collection of collectable originals and Limited edition prints. 6pm-8pm. 11-15 Bedford Street, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GG

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY 25 Oct to 17 Nov - Originals works from Brad Faine at Brook Gallery Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am. PETER BARKER/HELEN TABOR - MARINE HOUSE BEER 02 Nov to 15 Nov - Joint show of new works by Peter Barker and Helen Tabor at Marine House at Beer. AMANDA POPHAM AT STEAM GALLERY 02 Nov to 15 Nov - Amanda Popham at Steam Gallery Marine House at Beer.

Naomi Hart - 'Rajah' - Studio 36

THE ART FAIR IN DEVON 02 Nov to 16 Nov - The Art Fair in Devon. Works shown at the Battersea Fair transferred to Devon. Hybrid Honiton.

SNOW TIME 23 Nov to 21 Dec - Painting and sculpture created on a snow theme - Hybrid Honiton.

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR SINGAPORE 13 Nov to 17 Nov - Affordable Art Fair Singapore. Marine House at Beer.

VALERIE BARDEN EXHIBITION 24 Nov to 15 Dec - Paintings by Valerie Barden - The Art Room, Topsham.

AUTUMN EXHIBITION 15 Nov to 21 Dec - Autumn Mixed Exhibition at Artwave West Morecombelake, 10.00am. EastDevonArt.co.uk

60 New Works by Amanda Popham at Steam Gallery. 2-15 Nov

Major New Show by Peter Barker and Helen Tabor at Marine House. Catalogues available. 2-15 Nov

Battersea Affordable Art Fair 23-27 Oct Singapore Affordable Art Fair

Invitations available. 20-24 Nov


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

The Big Draw - 19 Oct Free workshops for all the family. Booking advised. 10am - 4pm.

EXHIBITION Summer Collection Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LX

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

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


What’s on show at the gallery

Apple Tree Galleries

01297 598011 www.appletreegalleries.co.uk

ISCA www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk www.steamgallery.co.uk

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

Autumn Exhibition - 26 Oct to 3 Nov Selected West Country artists display new works.

01395 444193

Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at www.eastdevonart.co.uk www.facebook.com/eda.academy Open every day 11am-5pm & every weekend.

for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk

David Inshaw

Solo exhibition of recent paintings by David Inshaw, consummate painter of the English landscape, the nude, atmospheric dreamlike figures and creatures in the landscape. Until 17 Nov

Petter Southall furniture Craft & accessories by leading British designer makers. www.sladersyard.co.uk 01308 459511

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Art Courses Exhibitions

Art Blog

Oct & Nov 2013

PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP 23 & 24 Nov - In-depth tuition for all aspects of portrait painting with Old Pavilion Courses. Cuckoo Down House, Honiton, 10:00 am.

Autumn Exhibition


SIMPLE WAYS TO PAINT BEACH & COASTAL SCENES 24 Sep - Learn to Paint Attractive Watercolours with Graham W Fleet at West Hill EX11, Graham Fleet, Ottery St Mary, 10.00am.

28th September - 19th October 2013

Nancy Pickard

Jo Whiteland

38 Gold Street, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PY

Nick Broomfield, proprietor of The Marle Gallery, Axminster One of my favourite moments from Ab Fab was when Edina walks in to a typically intimidating Cork Street Gallery, to be greeted by a rather snooty, just-out-ofnappies member of staff who greets her from her oh-so-tidy desk with the smallest of cracked smiles, before resuming her ohso-important work. Edina, all the worst for drink and, well, being Edina, retorts with “you’re just a shop girl, so drop the attitude”. She then proceeds to buy up half the gallery. The thing about an art gallery is it has to have a certain atmosphere. There should be a sense of theatre. Seriously good art deserves a seriously good environment. Acres of white walls and beautiful lighting are important if you want to show a picture off at its best. The danger is that such environments can be very intimidating. Stepping into a vast white cube with nothing but pictures on the walls and a beautiful young thing behind a tiny little desk, feels for many of us, like walking into an exam question. For all those who know what I’m talking about – I empathise. As owner of the Marle Gallery in Axminster, which is admittedly a vast cube with nothing but pictures on the walls, I fully understand your concerns. All I can say is that I am neither beautiful nor young. If middle aged, balding, and pleased to have a chat is more your cup of tea, then please drop in. But seriously, it’s a difficult one. My gallery is not a typical seaside


gallery full of pictures of boats and seascapes with a few knickknacks under £10 because some business advisor has said that’s what sells. At the Marle Gallery we take art, artists and art lovers seriously. We have art that challenges, art that delights in its freshness and uniqueness. Art from artists who are Royal Academicians, local artists, London artists, international artists. Art that is £50 and art that is £5000. The thing that binds it all together is that we love it and we want to share it with you. And we can’t do that unless you take the step to open the door and come on in. Relax. I’m quite nice really. The music is good. We don’t pounce on you expecting you to a) say something clever, b) get out your cheque book or c) profess to be personal friends with Damien Hirst. In fact, once inside you’ll probably have a revelation. The whiteness of the walls. The brightness of the lights. The wow-ness of the art. It’s all there for you. It’s all done to make sure we can do more than give you a knick-knack and another picture of a boat in a harbour. It’s all there to bring a little bit of the wonderful, exciting world of seriously good art to a tiny corner of the west country.



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Art Galleries

g o l B Peter Barker - ‘Longboat Summer’ - 22 x 30ins

Shows of new works by

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Peter Barker, Helen Tabor and Amanda Popham

November is a busy month for both Marine House and Steam Gallery. Two special shows start simultaneously on November 2nd at both galleries.

landscape artists nationally and at Marine House. Over 40 new works will be released from small to large. The pictures on this page are illustrative of their technique and style.

At Marine House we are staging an exhibition of new works by Peter Barker and Helen Tabor, both popular and well established

At Steam Gallery they are staging their annual event of the year, the marvellous exhibition of the forever innovative new sculptural pottery

Amanda Popham - ‘Small Bowl on a Large Head’ -29cm

01297 625144

Saturday 2nd - Friday 15th November

Helen Tabor - ‘Crofts, North Uist’ - Oil on canvas - 12 x 20ins

for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk


by the acclaimed Amanda Popham. Over 60 special new pieces will be released. Contact the galleries for a colour catalogue and invitation to the private view from 11.00am on Saturday 2nd November. Works will be on the web site from mid October and can be purchased.

Amanda Popham - ‘Thinking About Dancing’ - 49cm


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Official Opening by Judi Spiers at 11am on Saturday 30th November

ALAN COTTON STUDIO EXHIBITION Brockhill Studio, Colaton Raleigh, Devon EX10 0LH 30th November to 3rd December 2013 10am to 5pm Daily

‘Tibet - Everest, Early Evening Light’ - 71 x 91 cms

This will be the first West Country exhibition of Alan’s paintings of Everest, following his expedition to Tibet and Mount Everest as expedition artist, with the explorer David Hempleman-Adams. After his successful sell-out exhibition of Everest paintings at Messum’s Fine Art in London in September 2012, Alan has continued the theme with new paintings of the world’s highest mountain for this studio exhibition in Colaton Raleigh. There will also be paintings from Hartland, Venice and the West Coast of Ireland.

‘Hartland -Symphony in Purple and Gold’ - 61 x 61 cms


‘Venice - Early Morning Light on the Grand Canal’ - 61 x 61 cms


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Janet East is the proprietor at Yellingham Farm, also running a Farmhouse B&B establishment www.yellinghamfarm.co.uk 01404 850272

by Janet East of Yellingham Farm

Diversification... or Sell


fter the dreadful Foot and Mouth epidemic, meat prices crashed and the wool prices continued to be pathetic. If we were to survive at Yellingham we had to diversify. I had always wanted to run a B and B and it seemed that the opportunity was now lying at my feet. Adjoining the main farmhouse was a lovely red-brick built, old-fashioned cow shippon, complete with the chains to which the cows were fastened during milking, the concrete curved feeding trough and the dugout channel into which the cows’ ablutions were collected and drained away. A very quiet and, in its own way, beautiful, serene building, which I am sure could tell many a story. But with a large collection of modern, large, spacious barns, the cow shippon merely housed a few chickens. It was ideal for conversion. The conversion maintained all the wonderful characteristics of the building, but included modern facilities required by the everdiscerning guest. Long gone are the days of trotting down a corridor to use a shared bathroom, which invariably is being occupied by some youngster who needs at least an hour both ends of the day, showering, Bed blow-drying, make-up on, perfume, false & eyelashes, to name a Breakfast few ! So my first guests booked in... excited, worried, nervous, but ready. Unusually, they were both blind and had been visiting Sidmouth Folk Festival. Arriving by taxi, they clamoured out, laden with luggage and goodness knows how many bags, clearly representing good days shopping at the Festival. After a slow but careful and detailed tour of the facilities and rooms, tea was served. My first guests were in and settled. Before retiring, the wife asked me if I could look after a large carrier bag of jams, pickles and cakes which she had purchased at the Festival. No worries.

I placed the goodies out in our “backhouse”, which is a long, cool, old-fashioned larder, lined with slate shelves and stone floor – ideal for the storage of everything from cold meats, to preserves, and everything edible which needed that chilled environment to survive. Better than a fridge any day. All was well. Time for bed, just the dogs to put out. Back door open and they all trot out, same time, same routine, and well, so I thought. They all trot in except Jill, my old border collie, who, since retiring, takes life steadily, even her last pee at night! So no alarm bells when she didn’t arrive with the rest of the tribe. But after 10 minutes or so of calling, I did start to be a trifle concerned. I had every right to be!

Cake cooked, smelling divine, even in the early hours of the morning ... on a wire, out the back, with Jill definitely locked out in her run. The next morning, I carried on as normal, served breakfast to my unassuming guests, worried as to how to break the news. Did I need to tell her? Yes. No. Yes, I must. It had to be done. “I am afraid I have a bit of bad news” All went very quiet. “My dog ate your cake last night”. No messing, straight out with the truth. Silence, a punishing, long silence, when no one spoke. Disbelief I suppose. “But I have made another one which I guarantee will taste just as good, she didn’t touch anything else I promise... she doesn’t like piccalilli!” The joke went down with a thud – I wanted to be swallowed up by the floor. Maybe B and B wasn’t for me after all. Gradually, normal service resumed and we parted amicably and I got paid as well. Relief!

You wouldn’t have thought lemon cake was the sort of stuff a dog would eat. Their usual range of food is hardly so refined. Jill appeared, smiling, with cling fi lm in her mouth with a little white sticker with the writing “Lemon Cake”. Oh my goodness, she had crept out to the backhouse, spotted the goodies and the rest is history. What now, it was 11.00 at night. I set to and made a cake, but the next dilemma was what shape was the cake – being blind, my guest would definitely have felt it when she purchased it.

Later that night I had a phone call from my guests who obviously during their long journey back to London, started to see the funny side of the previous evening’s events. “Janet, maybe it was a blessing that the dog ate my cake, as your lemon cake was to die for”. We both laughed. I cannot look at or eat lemon cake without being reminded of that dreadful first night, welcoming guests to my new B and B. Thank goodness Jill didn’t eat the cling fi lm or label – the outcome might have been very different!

“Edward, help, what shape is a lemon cake?” My happy, tranquil evening was in tatters. “Oblong I would think” he said with a smile “I’m not smiling, neither should you be”. I did not need this.

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sheepdog by talented local Sidmouth based artist Kay McDonagh


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Judi Spiers

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

Joss Stone “JOSS STONE THE SINGER TALKS FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT THE TERRIFYING PLOT TO MURDER HER” screamed the headlines in a national newspaper recently. Actually Joss had spoken to me some two/ three weeks beforehand on BBC Radio Devon referring to the recent chilling events as “a bit harsh” before adding,

“It’s something to add to the tapestry of life something to tell the grandchildren!” The nationals picked up on it the following day not bothering to name check where they heard the interview!

“I can walk my dogs, then make a record and then go and see my mum for a cup of tea, how nice is that? It’s like a normal job.” When I point out that it isnʼt a ʻnormalʼ job and most young talented musicians in her position appear to be after the fame and fortune, appearing on endless reality and chat shows she replies,

“ I don’t think they know what they are getting into. It’s like you want something until you’ve got it and then you think that was a bad idea. It’s nice to sing and move people and make music and create and play in front of 20,000 people, that is

amazing but all the other stuff they’re all chasing after I don’t think it’s much fun not for me.” On the two occasions Joss has come into the studio, it has been with ʻmumʼ Wendy of ʻMamma Stonesʼ fame. No agents or producers required, just the result of having bumped in to one or the other of them. I can tell you that is not the usual rigmarole we have to go through! No flash cars to bring her either.

“I’d rather spend my money on a good string session,” she laughs, “than on a car which I’m just going to drive into the hedge anyway!”

“I just want to be proud of what I do.” Doing what she does also means not touring, at least in England, preferring to appear monthly at Mamma Stones with guest singers like Beverley Knight.

“I’ve made a decision and I hope people won’t take offence; it’s because I love England and I love living here and I love my home.”

She’s sold over 13 million records, but after Joss Stone spent her teenage years in Devon - she wouldn’t live anywhere else.

But hey ho, weʼre local so it doesnʼt matter! Well actually it does to Joss who is a Devon girl through and through and wouldnʼt have it any other way. From early days playing the Tiverton Motel to 3 Grammy nominations, Brit Awards and performing with Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones and Mick Jagger and selling over 13 million, records she is still remarkably un-starry and wouldnʼt live anywhere else but Devon.


People in the business have tried to push her in other directions and to be fair sheʼs tried doing it their way and it didnʼt make her happy.


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conservation of the oceans. To that end his fi lm company has made ʻTears of a Mermaidʼ featuring his beautiful daughter Hanna, a leading underwater model, or as Andy proudly says, “the world’s first mermaid!” Still recording his latest single, Beautiful, is a mile away from the music associated with the legendary bass player and songwriter for one of the greatest rock bands of all time

itʼs much more R&B and mellow. “For me” he says, “I have to live in the present and look into the future and that was always my philosophy with Free.” If you are wondering if he still performs those great Free anthems, “There are certain songs” he assures me “that if I didnʼt play I would be in physical danger!”

Michael Simkins

Andy Fraser For someone as young and talented in this day and age, Joss a one off, sheʼs hit the big time and has come out relatively unscathed...unlike Andy Fraser of Free. Andy was in the area recently playing with his protégée, an extremely gifted young musician called Tobi, and Chris Spedding, another legendary guitarist who had a huge hit with ʻMotorbikinʼ. A true rock survivor Andy, nevertheless, went through the mill and has survived Aids and a rare cancer. At the age of 13/14 he was going across London on his own, missing the last train home playing with Ska and black bands in their 20ʼs giving his mother a heart attack. As a classically trained pianist he played the old ʻpub pianoʼ his mother bought for him, “like a typist playing Beethoven!” adding, “It wasnʼt until I got a guitar and transferred everything I knew and realized how much I did know and that you were meant to express yourself... why didnʼt someone give me a clue before that?”

Alexis Korner spotted his potential and introduced him to Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossof and Simon Kirke the rest is rock history.

“I had just left John Mayall and I could see how they did things and I could see these guys couldn’t count past ten!” Referring to himself as ʻobnoxiousʼ he declared himself the leader and they got a record deal straight away. Of course co-writing ʻAlright Nowʼ didnʼt hurt either. He also wrote ʻEvery Kinda People,ʼ a hit for Robert Palmer, whilst other songs have been recorded by Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Etta James although as he told me:

“I’m not the guy to ring when Diana Ross needs a song at 10 in the morning. All the songs were written as therapy for me!” Well the therapy obviously worked, Andy has really turned his life around and is now a campaigner for the environment particularly the

Well if Andy and Joss have cautionary tales about the music business, Michael Simkins certainly does about the acting profession. His work has included everything from Shakespeare at the National to Mamma Mia! in the West End, Mike Leighʼs fi lm Topsy Turvey and the Iron Lady. He has also smashed crates at Nissan UK, and compered trade shows for Vauxhall cars! He is regular on radio 4ʼs Quote Unquote and Broadcasting House, and has a string of best selling books including his latest The Rules of Acting, described by Stephen Fry as “hugely entertaining” and Tim Rice as “terrifyingly accurate.” The biggest tip in the book is “read the whole script.” What follows is an hysterical story about an actor who didnʼt and ended up playing a nude scene with a pig!

licking her face! Even if you arenʼt in the theatre this book will make you laugh out loud. Oh and never ask an actor: “How do you learn your lines?” “Have I seen you in anything on telly?” And given that at any one time 92% of actors are out of work “Resting at the moment?” So I have no idea what he is doing next.


Auditioning for adverts is he says “the single most

degrading activity known to man” citing the tale of the elderly experienced actress he bumped into who had spent several days fi lming for a dog food commercial with pork mincemeat in her ears to get “the crucial money shot” the dog

for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk

You can hear Judi’s show on BBC Radio Devon at 9.00 till 12.00 noon on 103.4 MHz FM or on iPlayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ radiodevon


We need amateur or pro models!

Want to get involved in our fashion feature?

For our magazine fashion shoots, all ages welcome to apply.

call Nigel Jones on 01395 513383

Fashion Shoot..


just send your photo to enquiries@prestige-media.co.uk


Each client is assured of personal attention and an extensive range of luxurious fabrics is available to view. Alterations on all clothing.

Invites you to a 'FASHION SHOW' to present our Autumn/Winter Collections All proceeds to MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT To be held at SIDMOUTH GOLF CLUB on October 3rd arrive 7.30 for 8pm Tickets £20 to include a glass of 'Bubbly' on arrival, buffet and drink. Raffle & Goodlie Bag

Contact Lynsey Nice for an appointment: 01395 577852 www.countycouture.co.uk

Tickets available from Chapter, Church Street, Sidmouth Tel 01395 579181

County Couture Designer/ Dressmakers

Bridal wear and evening wear is our speciality. We also tailor make ladies wear outfits for the bridal party, fashion wear and separates.

10 Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LY

Essential Therapies

in Lyme Regis


35a Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QF phone 01297 443824 - www.onnishop.co.uk

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

Ladies fashion & accessories by Marja Putus Linda Ralston Harri Syrjänen Aino Two Danes Sahara Flax Sheppards Cut Loose Bianco Levrin Kate Higham Peaches * New in* ladies trousers by LauRie Summer opening 10:00 to 5.00 (other times, please phone 01297 443824)

11th Consecutive Year of the Crown Salon Status. Stockists of: Guinot, Sixtus, Jane Iredale, Nailtiques, Moor Spa, Masters Colors, St.Tropez, Australian Organics, Cosmecology, Branche d' Olive.

OPENING HOURS Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm Sat: 9am-5.30pm



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Hair Studio A Modern, Minimalist Hair Haven in the Heart of Sidmouth

Helen and her dedicated team offer a wide range of colourpallets, using Wella Koleston perfect & Matrix products. With exciting options from:

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Ladies & Gents Hairdressing Cutting and finish Colouring/ Highlighting Perming Wedding Specialist Party/Prom Hair

Velvety Chocolate Browns, Fiery Rich Reds, Striking Copper Tones to Shimmering Blondes.

Tel: 01395 512 394 Open Tues-Sat 61 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LE

Independent Department Store Market Place • Sidmouth • EX10 8AR Tel: 01395 515124 • www.fieldsofsidmouth.co.uk

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‘THE FEEl good FacTor’ from radiance Medispa

Radiance MediSpa can offer you a complete health and fitness solution that will tone, rejuvenate and most importantly make you feel good about yourself. DIET & NUTRITION dr ros debenham MBcHB MrcgP is a former General Practitioner who has specialised in giving nutritional and dietary advice for over 20 years. So often the body is out of kilter with modern eating habits. Simple changes can often not just make you feel better, have more energy but mean that weight loss just happens. Just like cars that are running low on oil or even given the wrong fuel, your body will function properly given the correct nutrition. If you keep doing the same thing you will get the same results so taking stock and having a full analysis of your diet is essential.


FINIShING TOUChES • Manicures • Pedicures • Shellac Nails • Acrylic Extensions • Swarovski Crystals and Foil Nail Art

Enjoy fun and motivational 1:1 private sessions with one of our highly qualified Personal Trainers. You will have exclusive use of our gym for the duration of your session and there’s no expensive membership required.

• Waxing – Including Hot Wax Techniques for men and women • Tinting – Lashes and Brows • Eyebrow shaping • Sienna X Spray Tanning

COOLSCULPTING® Coolsculpting® is a revolutionary non-surgical liposuction procedure that is only available in the South West at Radiance MediSpa. The contouring treatment, performed by dr ros debenham MBcHB MrcgP and Katie debenham cIBTac cIdEsco, literally freezes stubborn fat, which is then naturally eliminated from the body. No needles or surgery are used in the FDA cleared procedure.

EXERCISE CLASSES We run a variety of classes to suit all abilities. The Gym is not for everyone so we run a veriaty of classes to suit all abilities: If classes are your thing we offer Zumba, ‘Legs, Bums & Tums’, Yoga and Pilates and we will be adding more. For each new class you attend the first session is FrEE. After this they will be £7 per class.

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Contact us for full details of all treatments and Cosmeceuticals available and to arrange an initial FREE consultation. 30


T: 01392 277799

Coast & Country info@radiancemedispa.co.uk


High Quality Private Dental Care in Relaxed and Friendly Surroundings


www. ashburydentalcare.co.uk

Now registering new patients due to continued expansion & additional dentists.

Dr Maurice Sims BDS (U.Bham), BSc (Hons) (U.Wales) Dental Surgeon GDC No. 85555

ʻNot your everyday dental practice, very caring it was more like visiting a hotelʼ

Sheila - 65 - Exmouth

Dr Jaye Jelley BDS (U.Bham), Dip. Dent Hyg. (U.Bham) Dental Surgeon GDC No. 6280

Dr Simon Martin BDS, Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng) Dental Surgeon & Implantologist GDC No. 67146

Why not give us a call today to see how we can help you , or simply pop in for a tea or coffee to see our practice.

01395 444 432

Ashbury Dental Care - 53 East Budleigh Road - Budleigh Salterton - Devon - EX9 6EW

Outstanding marquees for exquisite locations

Overly Gorgeous A collection of original handmade clothes in elegant fabrics for ladies size 14 and over.


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Contact Julie for more details or to discuss designing your own beautiful clothing with a personal touch.

(01395) 513209 www.overlygorgeous.co.uk Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm

Celebrate in Devon

38 Mill Street, Town Centre, Sidmouth

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breakfast coffee lunch sandwiches cream teas dinner drinks functions conferences meetings

Eating Out

W The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8AX Tel: 01395 516367 / 513151 Reservations: 08000 48 17 31 Email: kd@hotels-sidmouth.co.uk

in East Devon

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 countryside and coastal eateries - enjoy!

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Sidmouth Harbour Hotel... ...a stunning location matched with outstanding food

Sunday Lunch

Every Sunday we offer a very traditional 3 course lunch, which includes Roast Beef and all the trimmings, as well as coffee and mints 3 courses £19.50

Cream Tea

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

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

Enjoy an afternoon cream tea from only £6.00 in the comfort of our elegant lounges, or outside on the sun terrace, whilst taking in the magnificent views of Lyme Bay.

To book please call 01395 513252

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

For more information give us a call on 01395 513252 or email us at sidmouth@harbourhotels.co.uk




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Combe House


Date of visit: 04/10/13

The Restaurant


Working undercover in East Devon!

Q Tasting Menu 1st Course: Scallops

Pan seared, cauliflower purée, parmesan gnocchi, pancetta.

2nd Course: Quail

Moroccan spiced breasts, salted lemon cous cous, golden raisin purée, almonds.

3rd Course: Brill

Seared fillet, crushed ratte potatoes with pesto, lobster vierge, garden chard.

4th Course: Lamb

Roast leg fillet, crispy shoulder roll, roasted artichokes and capers, aubergines.

5th Course: Lemon tart Crème fraîche sorbet, raspberries.

6th Course:

Griottine cherry claufoutis Pistachio cream, vanilla ice cream.

7th Course:

A selection of Westcountry cheese. All courses available with wines.

Fine dining at Combe House Having never dined at Combe House before, I was keen to visit, being aware of the many accolades bestowed on their restaurant. The setting is fantastic of course - the welcome was both unpretentious and friendly. Prior to dining, canapés were presented in the bar/lounge area alongside our drinks. The restaurant is lovely, we were placed alongside one of the mullioned windows, so we could enjoy the glorious, unspoilt countryside views. I

have to say you really get the full visual experience at Combe House. The Tasting Menu was chosen on this occasion and you really are advised to take it with the accompanying wines to enjoy the courses to their fullest. Unfortunately we didn't have the space to list the wines that accompany the Tasting Menu, but rest assured that no effort had been in the pursuit of excellence both with wines and food. Their tasting menu provided a veritable cornucopia of delight, particular

favourites were the scallops, quail and lamb (see left column). Much of the food they serve comes from Combe House's own kitchen gardens. Service in the restaurant is first class and the food is really excellent. Combe House is a very special place - actually it's a real asset to the East Devon area. If you haven't visited Combe House, you're missing a real treat, because not only do you get to enjoy top notch foods and wines, but the setting is truly unforgettable. Editor.

Chocolate makes us smile

“We have been delighted with the response, it has certainly proved to be a worthwhile investment.” J. Pike (Waitrose Sidmouth) whole page advert for year) closely monitored by external marketing agency

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

Fun Chocolate Courses For All Ages You’ll take home at least 30 beautifully wrapped chocolates, (unless you eat them all first).

call Nigel on 01395 513383 for more info

For information call Gill at Chocolate Amour: 07717 887442 grantgilli@aol.com www.chocolateamour.co.uk

for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk


C h riBs oo k y ou t ma s r at Pa rty

Great food, fun atmosphere, fabulous views. There is only one place to hold your Christmas party. Available for exclusive hire or party dining 2 courses from £12.95 3 courses from £15.95 Tel. 01297 442668 www.bythebay.co.uk

THE BRITANNIA INN & RESTAURANT A traditional Devon Inn & Restaurant

in Knowle Village (EX9 6AL)



just outside Budleigh Salterton

Winners of the SILVER AWARD in the Dining Pub Category for the TASTE of the WEST Hospitality & Retail Awards 2013 Tel: (01395) 445710 Email: thebritannia@btinternet.com www.innbritannia.co.uk



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Have a taste in Budleigh

The festival is over three days and features some of the areas best local produce including award-winning Exe mussels, Venison from Clinton Devon estates, cakes from Otterton Mill, a dozen local ales plus cider and wine. A comprehensive programme of cookery demonstrations has been put together under the watchful eye of the festivals executive chef, Willie Rehbock and includes



Les Saveurs and the Michelin starred experienced chef, a

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column


Reaching those parts the Domesday Book missed Certain minerals automatically belong to

Philately will get you everywhere

the government, such as gold, silver, oil, coal

LOVE ‘EM OR HATE ‘EM, that badger cull in

- and presumably anything nowadays that gets

the West of England at the end of the summer

fracked. The utility companies also have the

seems to have wrapped it up for old brock big

right to lay pipes and cables under or over your

time, and there can be little doubt that their

corner of Devon. The government can also pass

fortunes in Devon, and elsewhere are now in

laws, as and when required, to allow it to dig

decline, along with their numbers.

things like the Channel Tunnel.

Can you dig it?

Determined not to get involved in the debate our concerns turned instead to Devon’s many

Working out the precise extent of your

philatelists (or ‘stamp collectors’ if you will)

ownership is easy. Simply take the distance

who must be wondering how the value of their

from your back garden straight down to the

1993* first class stamp of Rupert Bear and his

centre of the earth - that’s 6,371 kilometres (or

best friend, Bill Badger, might be affected.

3,959 miles). Now multiply that by the width

*(This was at a time when many people still

and then the breadth of your property and you

liked badgers of course).

will have the answer in cubic metres or cubic yards, depending on when you went to school. Airborne geologists

Courtesy BGS

Stanley Gibbons, the stamp auctioneers was the obvious place to turn to for advice on the

Final word of caution before you buy that

subject. “If it proves successful,” we told them,

shovel: avoid ones with wooden handles.

“the likelihood is that the trial cull will be


The deeper you dig the hotter it gets. Right

rolled out across the region and then the UK.

been criss-crossing Devon since mid-summer

in the middle it’s about 5430 °C - the same

Will the value of the 1993 commemorative

is commissioned by the British Geological

temperature as the surface of the Sun.

cover featuring Bill Badger so prominently

Survey (BGS) and its findings will allow

therefore decline? In short, should Devon’s

government to ponder on which parts of the

stamp collectors hang on a little longer or

Devon and Cornwall beneath our feet might

sell now?”

one day be worth exploiting commercially. The two main information-gathering

Why ‘Domesday’?

instruments on board are ‘passive sensors’,

A Stanley Gibbons spokesperson, one Jo Buchanan was kind enough to indulge us with a reply. She said: “Unfortunately, a correlation

BGS tells us, receiving and interpreting

between the value of a stamp and the amount

‘natural fields’ that provide information on

of badgers in the UK is highly unlikely. This

the subterranean rock formations.

stamp is currently not worth a huge amount

The survey is scheduled to finish by the end

Bear and this is a lovely stamp to hang on to.

more than face value. However, we love Rupert I hope this helps.”

of November so in the interim, if you own a Devon property or are in the process of buying one, have you ever wondered who owns the land beneath it? Well apparently that sizeable chunk of good Devon earth directly underneath your abode also belongs to you - with some exceptions - and so too does the air space above it. (But don’t try to stop anyone flying a passenger jet over it - others have tried under the trespass laws and failed).

Land grab There are one or two other snags you should

The pre-fracking era in England, dubbed William the Conqueror’s great audit of a defeated nation’s perceived wealth the ‘Domesday’ Book after the Book of the Day of Judgement. The year of its completion was 1086. A short while later, a Norman cleric wrote of it:

So there you have it, Do not despair. The fortunes of badgers in Devon may yet rise again - along with the value of that very nice stamp, currently worth £1.35.

“… for as the sentence of that strict and terrible last account cannot be evaded by any skilful subterfuge, so when this book is appealed to... its sentence cannot be put quashed or set aside with impunity... because its decisions, like those of the Last Judgement, are unalterable.” NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Bill Badger (left) in happier times.

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uring the deluges of spring I expressed the hope of a summer of love in Flatbeare. It was not to be; the summertime was marred by several unsavoury happenings.

The ice cream wars left a bad taste in the mouth. Landlord Jackʼs idea of selling ices in the Pig & Trampoline was not well received in certain quarters; just two days after the grand opening his tutti frutti was allegedly tampered with. No solid evidence identified the perpetrators, but the fi nger of suspicion pointed towa rds Piggatonis mobile ice cream emporium which frequently visits Flatbeare in the summer to the accompaniment of intensely irritating musical chimes. Likewise, solid evidence was never found concerning the alleged defacement of Tony Piggatoniʼs van. Letʼs hope the cold blasts of autumn resolve this sticky situation. More serious was the rift in the archery club since errant arrows can cause more damage than flying cornets. The sensational banning of Sty Sluggett from the summerʼs showcase competition, the Tarquin Dimble Perpetual Broken Arrow Trophy, sparked an unfortunate series of events which are best forgotten. Suffice to say that Henry has left hospital but may never regain total use of his twanging fi nger. As feared, the tug of war competition at the August Bank Holiday Fayre was marred by claims and counter claims of performance enhancing gloves, axle grease, and men trying to muscle in on the womenʼs event and vice versa. Old Silas had an unenviable umpiring task as his eyesightʼs not good now, though this year he was greatly helped

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But here’s the thing... The Sex Life of the Cod A press spokesman told us: “It is on our

Yesterday is a foreign country?

interpretation team’s radar, but as a charity

WHY DO SO MANY young people in Devon talk

with small budgets (it’s) not something we can

in question marks nowadays, do you know?

facilitate in the short term”. This from a recently retired Devon-born

Copyright - Stefan Kuhn

“Currently we do pipe whale song through

acquaintance visiting his old home town in

our Eddystone exhibit for atmosphere when

our fair county this autumn after spending

there aren’t shows on, which we feel adds to

the last 30 years as a university lecturer in

the immersive experience.”

the American mid-west.

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can sit in front of one of those enormous tanks

amongst themselves, a team of marine

at the NMA and hear the guide say something

biologists at the University of Texas reports

like, “That big one over there is a cod and this

that the cod is among the most interesting of

is the sound it makes!”

species, emitting a variety of different sounds, especially during courtship and mating.

“Yawl white dare?” we needed to explain Meanwhile a visit to the NMA just to watch

was a proper question and simply needed

and read and learn is a magical and memorable

interpretation. Nowadays this is the common

These fishy utterances are described as

experience. Go to www.national-aquarium.

greeting to anyone looking around in a shop.

“grunts,” “knocks,” “snaps,” “pops,” “staccato,”

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It translates, we told him, as “Are you alright

“d r u m mi ng,” “hu m mi ng,” “r u mbles,”

a visit.

there?” and is a replacement for the “May I

“percolating,” and “purring.” Sounds worth sharing, surely?

help you?” he knew back in the 1970s. P.S. Two fish in a tank. One says to the other, “Okay, you drive, I’ll fire the gun!”

Alas all of this stems from research in small

Okay, okay, but why do so many people make simple statements but put question marks on

tanks in laboratories and so far none of the

the end of them? It’s as though they are seeking

major public aquariums around the globe

approval, he said, and not only did he find it

seems to have cottoned on to how the visitor

odd he also found it extremely irritating. He

experience might be enhanced by being able

gave as example:

to actually listen to their underwater worlds. “We’re thinking of painting the dog green?” Save for our own National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth - where ocean and river fish of many kinds abound - who may already

HIDDEN DEPTHS The North Atlantic Cod Gadus morhua

be thinking along these lines.

But totally inexplicable, we had to agree, is something as banal as, “I met Mary and we went shopping?” People who sit behind people on buses and

Once more into the Dart, dear friends!

say stuff like that should be put off at the next stop, we agreed?

and this time the organisers - Rotary of Totnes - are hoping it will be amongst the best ever. Buckfastleigh and finishing at Vire Island, Totnes The 100 or so ‘rafts’ (and crews) of every

after a 13 km route where competitors will need

conceivable type, shape and size deliver an

to negotiate three weirs and umpteen obstacles.

extraordinary cavalcade of fun and excitement

If the water level is low there will be added ‘fun’

all along the route, for the enjoyment of

as the teams pull, push or carry their rafts at

themselves and the entertainment of the

several shallow points on the course.

thousands of spectators who are expected to Photo courtesy of Totnes Raft Race

line the banks again this year.

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The Buckfastleigh to Totnes Raft Race, aka The

Come rain or shine it all splashes off at 9.00 a.m.

try to make it, it’s what a returning native late of

River Dart Struggle is back on 13th October

sharp starting on the River Dart, Dart Meadow,

the US might call “a real doozy!”. JOHN FISHER

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eaton’s setting is truly magical as you approach from the top of Seaton Down Hill. It never ceases to impress that’s for sure, the whole expanse of the Axe valley disappearing northwards, whilst to the right it opens out into the magnificent Lyme Bay. There’s such an expanse of countryside in one panoramic vista that the camera really doesn’t do it justice.

It’s no surprise that the Romans came here and settled, because the valley’s sheltered from the prevailing winds with marshes for wildfowl, salmon and seatrout in the river and fertile soil for crops (see previous issue online - Honeyditches ).

Seaton Seaton has a peaceful charm of its own and the town’s pedestrianised centre allows you to amble about in a relaxed manner, enjoy shops or have a coffee outside in the sunshine. Over the last few years, Seaton’s been experiencing major changes such as the addition of a large supermarket. There are new businesses coming into the town, introducing new vigour and flair, which is welcome by all and certainly augurs well for the future. These new businesses include The Shed, Amore and Totally Polished. Let’s wish them all the best with their new enterprises.


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I recently met up with Edward Willis Fleming of the Axe Riverside Company, who’s very optimistic about the future of the town. He said “Seaton could have between £50 to £100 million invested in it over the next five years on the various sites available, which can only be good news”. He also goes on to say “there are plans for a complete face lift at the seafront, and in a few years Seaton could be East Devon’s most vibrant and optimistic seaside towns.” Seaton certainly has an awful lot going for it, when you consider the sublime estuary and countryside of the valley. Not forgetting the


The beautiful and unspoilt Axe Valley - long may it remain so!

Axe Valley Wetlands - a real haven for birdlife, Seaton also has its own harbour and moorings, a tramway, unique flora and fauna in the Undercliff Walk, a golf course, a lovely beach, and not forgetting the new Information Centre which makes available a wealth of information for both visitors and residents alike - the list goes on. Also coming soon is the Discovery Centre which will be run by the Devon Wildlife Trust and the Stop Way Line - a long distance walking and cycling route running from Seaton and finishing in Weston -Super-Mare, covering over 70 miles through Devon and Somerset.

Seaton’s also not short on great local amenities with the renowned Colyton Grammar school just up the road and train links 5 miles up the valley in Axminster - it’s extremely well served. On the opposite side of the river Axe lies Axmouth, a quiet village about a 1/2 a mile up from the seafront. It’s easy to spot from the Seaton side of the valley, as the tower of St Michael’s church is easily recognisable in the distance. It’s a small village with a neat stream running down the side of the road, and has a couple of pubs, a church, community orchard, a campsite and to the north

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east it’s overlooked by an ancient hillfort. In the 13-14th century Axmouth was a port of considerable importance and was said to have 14 public houses. Don’t forget that back in those days the pebble spit blocking the mouth didn’t exist and the river wasn’t silted up, so ships could be brought in from open water to safe harbour. The Phoenicians sailed in the river Axe, and Axmouth was a significant port in Roman times. Ancient roadways all led to the harbour and the Fosse Way ended at Axmouth. The Danes landed

Axemouth harbour


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Ted Gosling - a fine fellow as well as the museum's curator, he's the fount of local history knowledge. He was awarded the freedom of Seaton in Oct 2011. Ted's a regular contributor to COAST & COUNTRY magazine.

an army under Anlaf in 937, but they were defeated in a large battle at Axminster by king Athelstan. In medieval times, monks of Newenham and Sherborne fostered the harbour’s growth until in the 14th century, when heavy storms caused part of the Haven Cliff to fall, which partially blocked the estuary, and the shingle bank started to build up, which in turn resulted in silt being deposited in the estuary. Axmouth Bridge was opened in 1877 and has the honour of being the oldest concrete bridge in England. Incidentally if you’re a history buff, books on Seaton and Axmouth are detailed higher up on this page. Axmouth harbour now is home to several local fishermen, Seaton

Sailing Club and the Seaton Canoe and Kayak Club. If you own a kayak, I can thoroughly recommend a trip up the Axe estuary. On the quay, there’s a great angling tackle shop, very useful if you have any requirements for beach/boat fishing as they have a wide selection of baits and don’t miss the cafe next door - they do a great bacon and egg sandwich. We certainly hope these pages will help you discover what Seaton and Axmouth has to offer. This feature will be permanently online in our digital version of COAST & COUNTRY and it will also linked to the popular East Devon Hub what’s on website which now has over 2,340 organisations registered and using this events information platform. EAST DEVON

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Looking up the estuary from the road bridge

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Eyre Court 01297 21455 www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk

Just Flowers 01297 20662 www.justflowersofseaton.co.uk

Usala Gallery 01297 553980

A small family run guest house situated in the middle of Seaton which allows you and the family to dine in a friendly atmosphere.

For nearly 100 years Seaton and the Axe Valley have been served with hand-tied bouquets from Just Flowers.

Many local artists display a wonderful range of artwork. Proprietor Ursula Pratt MBE organizes many charity exhibitions (daughter Hazel in photo).

A warm welcome from the Seaton shopping and business community awaits you. Seaton's a great place to do a bit of shopping, you can amble around the town centre at a leisurely pace, particularly because the town is pedestrianised down Fore Street and Queen Street. With ample parking and just a short walk from the sea front, Seatons' town centre offers a wide range of independent, friendly shops. From art galleries boasting talented local artists to a range of shops offering all manner of items, the town really does have something for everyone. Long standing businesses such as Just Flowers which have been serving the surrounding areas for over 100 years sit comfortably beside recent new businesses such as Frank Property who have recently celebrated their 3rd birthday. Whether you are looking to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake or you're looking to take the family out for an evening meal, Seaton has plenty to offer. There are a selection of quirky cafes and eateries as well as traditional independently owned pubs in which you can enjoy the town's warm and relaxed atmosphere. Seaton's shopping front really plays a large part in the community, and with new businesses and shops coming into the area, the town is really becoming a bustling and exciting place to visit.

Pedestrianised Fore Street and Queen Street allows relaxed shopping


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Don't miss a visit to Axe Vale Heritage Museum while you're in Seaton, it's well worth a visit and the curator Ted Gosling, is on hand to answer any of your questions.



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Temptations Cafe 01297 24300

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If you're looking to sell or buy your house in East Devon or West Dorset, feel free to pop in to Frank Property for a cup of tea and a chat.

Tea, coffee, cakes, lunches and dinners on evenings. Mon-Thur 9am-4pm Fri & Sat 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-4pm - carvery at lunchtime

Looking for fitted kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms? Find friendly and helpful advice along every step, from designing to fitting.

John Wood & Co 01297 20290 www.johnwood.co.uk

Steve's Print & Design 01297 22602

Silk Stocking 01297 24440 www.bras4u.net

Established in 1977, John Wood & Co are local, independent and professional. For total commitment chat to their experienced team.

For all your print and stationery needs, including letterheads, comps, leaflets, photocopying, brochures, cards

Silk Stocking offers a wide range of lingerie while giving that personal touch to suit any shape.

You're sure of a warm welcome when you visit Nicola at PB Home Solutions showroom in Fore Street. They're a local success story, with a new showroom (Devon Applicances) opened at Fosse Way Park (at the back of Seaton). You can visit this store or buy onlline as they have a full e-commerce site. Delivery is free if you live locally.

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Left to right: Fishermen Dan Colquhoun, Nigel Birt and John Wallington at their retail outlet at Miller's Farm Shop, Kilmington.

Set up by two local commercial fishermen from Axmouth in Seaton. Their idea was to fish and catch sustainably in Lyme Bay and bring the fish direct from their boats to the Fish Shack and direct to the customer.

The two boats that run from Axmouth Harbour, skippered by John Wallington (Outcast) and Nigel Birt (KT-SAM)

The Lyme Bay fish shack is run by a friendly local team. John Wallington has been in the industry for 15 years and is well known and respected as an excellent Bass fisherman and chartered skipper. Working along side him also is Nigel Birt. More recent to the industry, Nigel works as the fishermen's apprentice. Behind the counter at their shop at Millers Farm Shop in Kilmington, Dan Colquhoun works as the team's fishmonger. He was bought up in the fishing village of Beer and has spent his whole life around the fishing industry. Their fishing methods involve using rod and line and static gear, this means that the fish landed is in superb condition and any undersize fish are put back. The team catch a variety of fish including Bass, Pollack, Cod, Mackerel, Black Bream, Crabs, and Lobsters. They also work very closely with other local fishermen who supply them with hand dived Scallops, Plaice, Skate and Dover Soles etc. Nigel and John successfully fish Lyme Bay sustainably whilst also bringing the customer the best quality fresh fish at great prices.


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Painting of Sidmouth circa 1905 by Barry Mason, one of the top Historic Marine Artist in the country.

Usala Gallery would like to thank Barry Mason and everyone who supported the Art Exhibitions early this year in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance. A cheque for the sum of £3000.00 was presented by Ursula last month. She would also thank her wonderful friends and the staff from Pecorama and Kennaway House for giving their valuable time in helping to set up the Shows. The Paintings were won by two lucky couples from Tiverton and Bridport.


8 Fore Street, Seaton Large selection of Greetings Cards Paintings and Prints by local Artists Table Mats, Coasters and Jigsaws by Usala Silver Jewellery and other Gifts Steiff Bears and Animals Leach Pottery, local made Ceramics Glass Gifts and Silk Scarves

SEATON TRAMWAY www.tram.co.uk

01297 20375 Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devonʼs glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

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26 Fore Street, Seaton, Devon EX12 2AD. T: 01297 - 21158 Steve and Chris took over KM News @ 26 Fore Street, Seaton in 2006 and moved their printing business from 41 Fore Street into the new premises and combining the Newsagents with the printing business. The store has some history for Steve and Chris as back in 1952 Steve’s mum was the manageress of the shop, when it was a newsagents and when she married Len they started their married life in the flat above the shop. They stayed there until Steve’s brother Keith was born. Steve and Chris have made many changes to the shop, the last of which was converting the shop into a full convenience store under the Londis banner and moved their printing business to 23 Fore Street. “We have many ‘SuperValu’ products that are keen for the purse, keeping the cost of the daily shop to a minimum. Weekly offers are available, always changing, there is something for everyone. “Has it been a good move?; we think so. With the support of our customers, friends and the encouragement we get on a daily basis, in a very difficult trading climate, makes it all worth while. “ We offer a friendly service and our staff have high standards to keep up. You only have to ask for help and they will assist you. “We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the businesses and people who have continued to support us. Seaton has many new shops opening and we would like to think that Seaton is know becoming a great town again. Who knows what tomorrow may bring, but it will not be without trying to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day by taking time out to spend a little time talking and listening to them”.

“That is what the little shops are about, making a difference and making the community spirit live on.”

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Flowers of Distinction

Axe Valley Heritage Association Seaton Museum, Seaton Town Hall Open Mon - Fri 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm

Director: M. D. Hammett

Telephone: 01297 20662 Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5pm 11 Queen Street, Seaton Devon EX12 2NY All major credit cards accepted www.justflowersofseaton.co.uk

For that personal touch...

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

Silk Stocking For the pretty petite to the beautiful larger lady. Ladies lingerie specialist and fitting service. Sizes 28 to 50 and cup size AA to K. Lingerie includes: • bra’s & briefs • nightwear

The World Heritage Site and Jurassic Coast Information Centre

• swimwear including mastectomy/ maternity

Visit us at 14 Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LA www.bras4u.net or call 01297 24440

The Norman Whinfrey Geological collection and selected fossil display. Rare prints and books. Seaton Museum is supported by the Chairman Geoff Marshall whoʼs a trained geologist and also by Ted Gosling, who was curator of the Lyme Museum in the 1960s and has a good knowledge of fossils.

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Outdoor, hiking and casual wear: • Stockist of the famous Tilley Hats including the limited edition genuine Harris Tweed winter hats and genuine Australian and South African leather hats. • Large selection of waterproof clothing including Jack Murphy, Target Dry and Hoggs of Fife. • Lackner, Gri Sport and Trezeta walking boots and shoes. • Deal and Captain Corsaire casualwear. • Hiking poles and much, much more.

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Get back into Sports, Get back into life!

At East Devon sports therapy we offer a wide range of treatments from pre event massage to body strength and conditioning, laser therapy (LLLT) to kinesology taping; injuries are managed in a professional manner resulting in full recovery to optimal fitness. Providing instant pain relief and a speedy recovery, we use the same low level laser therapy (LLLT) system as the Olympic and top international sports teams, for acute and chronic pain, including post operation recovery, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, fractures and general body pains.

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In our treatments we can also provide ultrasound, TENS, kinesiology taping, strapping and manual therapies including manipulations and mobilisation. The clinic also offers gait analysis and bike fittings using our highly accurate computer software. This can help to improve sporting performance, reduce musculoskeletal stress minimising the risk of injury, correct posture and also allow for custom orthotic fittings.

Using our rehabilitation gym, exercising injuries is made easy and specific to every individuals need. Although we deal with sports injuries, we also have a very high number of patients who have never competed in sport in their lives, ranging up to the age of 98! Any aches and pains are welcome for treatment, we strive to ensure all patients leave us with a better quality of life, pain free!

Each injury has a specific rehabilitation programme drawn up which can be sport specific or general strengthening.

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A Proper Education

Trill Farm Trill Farm, near Axminster, is a 300 acre organic farm, and home to a number of small enterprises and an educational charity.

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


Trill Farm is set in lovely countryside


rill Farm was bought by Romy Fraser (founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies) in 2006. In addition to transforming the farm into an example of productive organic farming, Romy set up the Trill Trust to help realise her aspirations for education. A former teacher, Romy has had a long-standing interest in helping young people to learn more about the relationship between the health of our natural environments, and human health and well-being. So far, the Trust has been running a variety of short courses at Trill Farm and offering nature-based EAST DEVON

activities for schools and other groups throughout the year. Next year, the Trust will be launching and piloting a new flagship project, a residential ‘Fellowship programme’ for young adults. This will be a kind of alternative ‘gap year’, an opportunity to learn new skills, discover new interests and capabilities, and reflect on what will be useful and meaningful careers in this century. Dr Rhys Kelly, a university lecturer who is helping to design the fellowship programme, explains a little more:

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“These are quite challenging times for many young people, not just in the UK but across many parts of Europe. There are high rates of youth unemployment, and the cost of education is increasing significantly. At the same time, it is becoming clearer that issues like climate change and energy security require us to think carefully - as individuals and societies - about what we should invest our time, resources and talents in. We want to create a programme for young adults that will enable them understand some of the most important environmental, economic and political issues that will shape their lives in the coming decades, so they can make informed choices about what education or work they might choose in the future. We also want to enable young people to learn about the possibilities of and potential for more sustainable ways continued overleaf...

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continued... Trill Farm of life, and to have the knowledge and practical skills to work out their own responses or set up their own enterprises. Perhaps most importantly, the programme will provide time out from mainstream life, and a chance to spend time in a beautiful natural environment and to learn from some very interesting people.” “Having worked in higher education for many years, I think this is a very exciting project. Most courses for young people are quite specialised, either focused on separate subjects or discrete skills. This programme will be quite intense and in-

“From everything I’ve learned about education, and about the issues that will really shape life in the 21st century, I think this kind of programme is really necessary. It might be what Wendell Berry calls ‘a proper education’. “A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means first things first.” If students have the chance to spend enough time in nature, and to see first-hand how important it is to care for the land, to nurture the soil that provides

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depth, but will give students a very wide range of learning experiences, practical and academic. They could be studying the political aspects of the international food system in the morning, and then working in the organic garden in the afternoon, growing food for themselves and the local food bank. They might be studying the role of energy in society, and then learn how to analyse energy use at the farm, or build a device for capturing solar energy. They will work in all the farm enterprises, and will be involved in the Trust’s educational work, being mentored by Romy and the other Trill staff. It will be a very integrated, multifaceted kind of education, with learning happening in lots of ways, on many different levels - but always with a focus on questions of sustainability.”


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for our most fundamental need - food - I think they will understand one thing that really matters. And, of course, what more beautiful and inspiring place to learn this than Trill Farm.” A pilot fellowship programme will begin in March, with the full programme launching in the Autumn. If you are interested in education at Trill Farm, as a student or contributor, please get in touch: Rhys@thetrilltrust.org.



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How do you choose a future home for yourself or your loved ones? How can you tell if the home you like will give the right level of care? At Pinhay House we know the problems you face finding the right home, we understand your worries. Which is why at Pinhay you can be assured of receiving a warm sympathetic welcome. After twenty four years caring for the elderly at Pinhay, we feel able to advise you and your family about the care that you are looking for. Our staff are trained

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

local practitionerʼs assists us in planning and implementing our residents care, the satisfaction we feel from our success results in a highly motivated team and contented residents. At Pinhay we can answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. Talk to us before you make any decisions.

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Salmon Fishing on the Exe

Produced in association with Topsham Museum

THE RIVER EXE has been a great source of salmon over the centuries, in fact salmon was once so prolific that a clause was regularly inserted in the indentures of apprentices, that they were not obliged to eat it more often than three times a week. One of the great tragedies in recent years has been the decline of migratory fish in our river systems, in particular sea trout and the mighty salmon, which has to be one of the most impressive fish ever to grace our rivers. The river Exe still has seasonal runs of salmon, but the quantity and size of fish is a shadow of it’s former self. Up and down the UK many netting licences are being bought off in the attempt to conserve dwindling stocks and much work is being done to improve habitats within river systems for breeding and juvenile fish stocks. A major and persistent problems that these migratory fish have is netting at sea, where modern factory ships literally vacuum up massive quantities.

Netting in the Exe Estuary

Licenses for salmon netting

The traditional way that salmon are caught in the estuary is that of Seine netting. Basically a very long and fairly shallow net, controlled top and bottom by ropes running along the whole length. The top rope is suspended by a series of equidistant floats, whilst the bottom rope has equidistant weights, thus allowing the net to be suspended vertically in the water.

Netting is now strictly controlled, and there are only three Seine licences allowed. They’re issued by the Environment Agency to individuals and not boats and cost £380 for the year. It’s a requirement that all fish are tagged and an annual return for the fish caught is sent to the environment agency.

Various ways of laying the net were employed, but generally the net would be thrown out from the boat whilst rowing to enclose a circular area. The net could either be retrieved by hauling back into the boat, or by pulling both ends to the bank. Seine netting’s a time consuming and laborious process, and the basic premise is that there would be fish lying in wait in the chosen section of estuary, but this would depend on tides and water flow levels in the river. Lower salmon stocks mean that the whole netting process is even less productive, but of course, the value of wild salmon these days is extremely high.

Bill Newman, Harry Pym, Denzil Pym, and Sam Leach outside The Passage Inn, Topsham

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The sole remaining purposebuilt Exe salmon fishing boat lying at Topsham Museum

61¼lb salmon caught in 1924 which was said to be the largest salmon ever caught in the Exe estuary by Richard Voysey (left), Jim ‘Sergeant’ Voysey, his son Jim ‘Knowledge’ Voysey and Alf Tancock copyright Ken Barrett

A Topsham salmon fisherman

Exe fishing boats There is one purpose-built Exe salmon fishing boat that can be seen at Topsham Museum. In the 1920s there were over 20 boats in the estuary that brought in 4,000 salmon annually.

Eisca (Exe) in Celtic meant ‘river full of fish’ The Roman name for Exeter - Isca Dumnoniorum comes from Eisca (river full of fish) and Dumnonii who were the local people inhabiting the region when the Romans invaded.

The fishermen Topsham has many families connected to the salmon fishing on the Exe, names inlcuding Pym, May, Voysey, Trout, Newman as well as many other families who regularly formed part of the crew.

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BUDLEIGH LIVING by FCR Esgen Scientifically, it has something to do with the town being in a rain shadow area, but I bow to the common consensus that the sun does actually revolve around Budleigh and that all those who believe otherwise are sadly misguided.

Budleigh Salterton has it`s own weather you know , I was told when I moved to this delectable part of the world some forty years ago. Of course I laughed at this piece of nonsense when I first came ,but time has brought wisdom and after a couple of seasons the undeniable fact started to creep up on me like an online tax deadline, that the weather is indeed different here.

It s not that we feel superior here in Budleigh Salterton, you understand, it s just an acknowledgement that, as my mother used to say, some people are just born

BILL THE COWMAN by FCR Esgen Anybody who had ever witnessed old bill at 4.30 in the morning, in his back garden singing old Devonian folk songs while doing what can only be described as a Romany jig, will appreciate that it was an activity that didn t endear him to his neighbours. Bill was still keeping the old

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more equal than others dear. Take the subject of holidays for instance. Now, jetting off for a break is fine in it s own way, and probably essential if you live next to spaghetti junction, but with two miles of south facing beach in Budleigh to relax on and swaying palms in the background, is there really any point in being stuck for six hours at Heathrow with the kids tearing up the departure lounge, waiting for the next flight to malaga!

fathers farm near Colyton. Dancing and singing to the sound of the fiddlers bow at festivals and gatherings had long been pastimes practiced by the agricultural community of the 1920 s and 30 s when bill was a youngster. He told me once that back then, before the war, all the young men and women were reared on rabbits and cider, both being plentiful at that time. Retirement never suited old bill and he soon became a jobbing gardener, taking on any task his ageing frame could manage. I still see him sometimes if I pass the Squires house, cutting pea sticks or turning a compost heap, and if he sees me he always turns, smiles, and gives me a little jig. © 2013

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The Old Vet’nary by Ken Watson

Humour Do you think animals have a sense of humour? I do, so long as you liken it to the impish behaviour of children... They certainly express joy. You only have to watch cows or sheep let into a new field to see that, when even mature matrons will give a display of legs and udders flying in all directions. I had a Border Terrier whose whole life centred around playing ball. This phenomenon can be seen in sniffer dogs who give their valuable services just to be rewarded with a few minutes play with their ball. My Border would devise ball games for herself. She would drop her ball at the top of a flight of steps and then chase it as it rolled down. Then she caught it and took it to the top of the steps again and again. But her favourite was to come beside me as I knelt weeding and drop the ball just midway between us and then sit there nonchalantly looking around as if she was totally unaware, but if I even so much as twitched a muscle to grab the ball, she was on it in a

flash. Then she would rush around in circles of joy at having outwitted me. Even so, sometimes I would beat her to it, and then she would crouch in shivering concentration for the throw and chase which followed. My favourite dog of all time was a Harlequin Great Dane called Chloe. For the first 18 months of her life she was brought up on a Naval Estate in Plymouth until the Navy decreed she was not suitable for a small flat. She was due to be put down and I was called in, but instead I decided to take her into my own family, a decision which I never regretted. We hit it off straight away and my children loved her. I would take her with me when I lectured at schools and she would wander round the class shaking hands with everyone. Now she certainly had a sense of humour. Her party trick was to stand up with her feet on your shoulders and pretend to bite your nose with a great snap of her jaw, but she was so accurate that she would miss by less than an inch. This unerring



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I knew a Siamese cat who devised a game for herself. She needed a small ball of silver paper which she would drop at the feet of any human who looked likely. She would then retreat two or three feet and you had to throw the ball so that it reached her at a height of about 3 inches, when she would bat it with her front paw into the far corner of the room. Then she would retrieve it in her mouth and drop it at your feet again. But woe betide you if your throwing did not come up to her rigorous standards. She would give a look of contempt and drop it at the foot of someone else. I know another Siamese who lived in a house which had a grand staircase with wide bannisters. Her party trick was to climb this by gripping round to the underside with a front paw to give her traction. But she would only perform if she had an audience. So she sat on the bottom newel post and set up a caterwaul as only a Siamese can until she had gathered a group of admirers, then, to cries of encouragement she would set off up the slippery slope to the top, whence she jumped down and strolled down the stairs to receive her applause.

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

Natalie Bucklar

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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.

Natural Behaviour As I sat down to write this I was disturbed by my dogs, a rumpus was kicking off in the garden. Thinking they were just being taunted by next doors cat, I called them but to no avail, not even for a biscuit. The Jack Russell’s voice got more frantic and there was a great deal of scrabbling behind the greenhouse. Then I realised the problem- they were hedgehog hunting. And absolutely nothing was going to stop them, that is until the said hedgehog became their supper. I found myself getting quite cross with them, I should have been writing but there I was in the pitch black, climbing round the back of the shed in my slippers with a fishing net to try and rescue a hedgehog. Meanwhile the dogs completely ignored me and made sure that all the neighbours knew about it; to them, the thrill of catching the hedgehog was far more important than any bribe, threat or swear word that I could offer. This made me think how this quite often happens with horses too. They

often give in to their natural instincts; the lure of their in-built behaviour is at times stronger than responding to what we have asked. Do we have a right to get cross with the horse (or dog!) if we haven’t trained it to ignore their natural behaviour? Or we haven’t communicated with them in a way they understand to show them that their behaviour is inappropriate at that time? I say my dogs all have ʻselective hearing’, when actually the reality is they aren’t trained enough to do as I ask when the lure of a tasty hedgehog appears under their nose. I therefore don’t really have a right to get cross with them if they haven’t learnt that ʻLeave the poor bleep hedgehog alone you bleeps’ means they have to come inside at once; they can’t help doing what they are genetically programmed to do. Common ʻproblems’ with horses, or unwanted behaviours to give them another name, are things such as stopping to eat when being led or ridden, refusing to move, napping towards a gateway or another horse, spooking, not wanting to be caught and walking off when they should be standing. All these behaviours are driven by natural instinct: the need for food, security, safety and movement. If we don’t like them then it is our job to train the horse, show them a different way and do this by communicating with them in a way they can understand that they will not starve, they won’t be eaten and they will see their friends again soon. Good management will support this training so as much as possible the horse can display natural behaviour for a large part of the day (socialising, eating, moving).

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Eventually the Spaniel gave up in return for a biscuit and the terriers had to be dragged in by their collars, plastered in mud. I have finally now written this article, even if you dear reader now have a mental image of me as a mad woman with a fishing net. The hedgehog I hear you ask? Mission accomplished - he survived. But it would have been a whole lot easier if I had trained my dogs properly. Happy riding. Natalie


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Running your own business is all consuming; after all, the buck stops with you and, by default, the responsibility for growth and success is all down to you. In terms of financial and emotional investment this is probably true, but, aside from the stress involved, it’s a very lonely road. Just think how much easier it would be if you shared the journey with a happy, loyal and committed workforce? Time, to invite your staff to join the party and fully embrace employee engagement! Perhaps, just to reinforce the importance of your people being onside, we should take a look at what generally happens when the workforce is disengaged. It tends to boil down to negativity and negativity breeds negativity, spreading beyond the individual to the team, customer and supplier. Low morale and poor levels of motivation coupled with decreased productivity and increased absenteeism eventually filters down to the bottom line affecting the Company’s profits. On a more personal level, an employee’s unhappiness will ultimately impact not only on their work life but also their home and family life. Conversely, happy people equates to high levels of motivation, innovation, creativity and a positive working environment. Workers flourish, feel valued and are prepared to ʻgo the extra mile’ for the benefit of themselves, their colleagues and the Company. The outcome is better business results and a stable workforce, all committed to achieving 78 the goals of the organisation.

Leadership - delivering great leadership and being a role model is imperative if you want your employees to emulate you. You must be available at all times, be honest and consistent ensuring that your employees feel valued. Encourage two way communication and feedback (regular briefing meetings are useful); allow staff to challenge you and listen to their opinions (implement a suggestion scheme). It is not just your party and often they are the ones at the coalface and in touch with the realities of the business. Above all, give praise; for many it’s purely the recognition that they have done well that motivates them. Empower your workforce; give them responsibility and allow them to make their own decisions. Most people are more than capable of stepping up to mark and the ability to delegate to those hungry to show their worth will set you free from the day to day operations. Ensure that every role counts and is aligned with the Company’s vision, values and objectives. Everyone should know where they fit in and how their responsibilities and performance relate to the strategy.

Suppor t personal and career ambitions - what are their own goals? What training do they require to achieve these? Investment in development creates self worth and a desire to do well for the benefit of all. Provide and promote a safe and healthy environment; not only do you have a duty of care here but good working conditions and practices create a stress free workplace and enable employees to concentrate on their work.

and any other legal requirements this is your opportunity to create some huge win wins for both sides. Here, at Axminster Tools & Machinery we range from Free Fruit Friday to the granting of two Duvet Days per year which can be taken with no notice and no explanation (for those rare occasions when you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like engaging!) T h e thin g ab o u t e mp l oye e engagement is that it is a long term

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Dirty Work at Devon’s Crossroads If you’re planning to haunt any of the scenes of Devon’s ghastly goings-on of yesteryear during these shorter autumn days, look out behind you, cautions John Fisher

THE LAST WOMEN to be hanged for witchcraft in Britain were from Devon. Three of them died at Heavitree, on the outskirts of Exeter, by having ropes with slip-knots tied around their necks. Then they were lifted bodily off the ground. It was how they did things in those days and at that place. It was August, 1682 and thousands of people walked out from the city on the Honiton road, following behind the hapless trio and up the hill to where the road still forks to watch the spectacle and listen to any final words from the women before cheering wildly as they left the ground to kick their legs in the ‘gallows dance’. The three unfortunates were Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards, three poor, terrified women who were brought down from Bideford to Exeter to one of the two ‘official’ places where Devon’s death penalties were carried out. One of them, Temperance Lloyd and the only one to have made any kind of ‘confession’, was probably mentally deranged. The two others screamed their innocence until the end. At Tyburn, in London where the vast crowds demanded a better view of events, those convicted met their ends by being pushed from the tailboard of a cart (the same cart that had brought them from prison, seated on their coffins) their nooses already tied to the crossbeam of the gallows.


At this point friends or family might rush forward and hang onto the legs of their loved-ones to cut short their agony. Not so in Devon. At Heavitree, a place like many others in England that takes its name from the terrible tree that once served as a gallows there, death was a much more drawn out affair. What mattered on these occasions was that justice was seen to be done by those who administered the laws of the day and witchcraft was only one of the crimes which called for the death penalty. Others included murder, treason, highway robbery, sheep stealing, cattle rustling, forgery, arson, house-breaking, thievery, assault and rape.

A man’s world There was one exception to hanging for murder. Women who murdered their husbands were


never hanged. Instead they were put to death by being burnt alive. Their crime was known as ‘petty treason’ and defined under the Treason Act of 1351. It was seen as ‘an assault on the majesty of the State’ as well as the actual victim and therefore ‘against the natural order of things’. The Act was repealed in 1825 but the last woman to be burnt alive in Exeter was Rebecca Downing, a servant girl who died on 29th June, 1782 for poisoning her mistress.

For reasons best known to themselves, the authorities in Devon decreed that these public burnings should happen not at Heavitree but at Southernhay, just outside the city walls, on a piece of scrub land used periodically for an annual fair. Perhaps it was so that the administering clergy did not have so far to walk from the Cathedral in inclement weather?

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Protestant martyr It was there on 15 November 1557, that Agnes Prest was chained to a post and burnt alive, not for murder but for denying the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. As with all burnings, the ashes were scattered about the place afterwards so that comes Judgement Day there will be no bones to rise from the grave with the chance of a life to come. On the same spot in 1571 one Agnes Jones was burnt to death, for poisoning her husband. There were doubtless many other burnings here for this spot, on the west side of Southernhay, nowadays a select, tree-lined commercial area, is marked on a 1709 map as “The Burning Place”. But Devon’s crossroads were always the preferred places to hang people, especially highwaymen and footpads, because bodies would be left swinging, in a gibbet, for as long as the magistrate decided. This not only acted as a deterrent to other miscreants, it also served to reassure travellers that they were in a law-abiding part of the realm.

Bodies in gibbets - body-hugging iron cages - could stay there as long as 20 years and were designed in such a way that the corpse remained visible, held together for as long as possible after decay set in. Sometimes criminals were put in these gibbets alive and simply left to die.

enlightenment the lawmakers, having abolished the practice of hanging drawing and quartering, needed a tougher law to deter murderers and the proliferation of gibbeting was the perceived answer.

Catholic martyr Most famous ‘criminal and traitor’ to be thus despatched was Robert Welsh, the Catholic vicar of St Thomas’s in Exeter who was placed in a gibbet alive (by the then Protestant council of Exeter), before being hauled to the top of his own church tower in Cowick Street for “preaching against the new religion” (Protestantism) during the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549. A contemporary account records how:[He was] hung in chains, having on his priest's vestments, with a holy bucket, a sprinkling brush, a small bell, a pair of beads, and other Romish articles hung about him; where he remained for a long time. He made little or no confession, but took his death very patiently; and had certainly proved a very useful member of the commonwealth, had not his follies and vices over-balanced his virtues. It took him four days and nights to die but his body was left on the gibbet until 1553 when Catholicism was restored during the reign of Queen Mary 1, aka Bloody Mary for her burning and beheading of hundreds of Protestants, men women and children. Little wonder that hundreds of years later so many of these places of execution still have disturbing tales attached to them.

Bring on the gibbets These intersections, it was thought, also served to confuse the spirits of those who had committed dark deeds. Rather than move on to judgement they lurked (and perhaps continue to lurk, some say) in this noman’s land, beyond the limits of a town and between human habitations. It is why suicides were also buried at crossroads. Problem was that following the Murder Act of 1751 many Devon crossroads became little more than bone yards as corpses rotted in the gibbets that were now commonplace. For in their

a Devon suicide at what were then crossroads is that of Kitty Jay and dates from the late 1700s. The discovery of the grave is first documented in the North Devon Journal, 23 January1851; In the parish of Manaton, near Widdecombe on the moor while some men in the employ of James Bryant, Esq., of Prospect, at his seat, Hedge Barton, were removing some accumulations of way soil, a few days since, they discovered what appeared to be a grave. On further investigation, they found the skeleton of a body, which proved from enquiry to be the remains of Ann Jay, a woman who hanged herself some three generations since in a barn at a place called Forder, and was buried at Four Cross Lane, according to the custom of that enlightened age.

The Bloody Assizes Parliament’s new law ‘for better preventing the horrid crime of murder’ stated that ‘in no case whatsoever shall the body of a murderer be suffered to be buried.’ The Act mandated either public dissection or the ‘hanging in chains’ (so-called gibbeting) of the cadaver. Sometimes both. On occasion these gibbets were erected not at a crossroad but close to the scene of the crime itself – Samuel Pepys commenting in his diary expressed disgust at the practice where the sight and smell of decaying corpses was offensive and "pestilential" and so a threat to public health.

From Torquay’s Gallows Gate to Gibbet Hill near Brentor or Hangman’s Stone in East Devon, the county abounds with places where the name is a giveaway to the ghoulish goings-on that once went on there. Many more are not obvious at all but are still probably ‘spooked’ – thanks to the man given the job of punishing the rebels following the Monmouth Rebellion in the West in 1685, the monster, Judge Jeffreys.

treason. Those parts stayed there for years, nobody daring to take them down.

Look out behind you! So there you have it. Not only does Devon have more miles of road than any other county in England, it also has more tales of headless horses, headless horsemen and headless coachmen roaming in the gloaming than you might care to shake a chain at. But before you start checking and re-checking your rear-view mirror as the nights draw in, it may be a comfort to ponder the suggestion that many of these apparitions may not be what they seem. There is good reason to believe that many of them were dreamt up by 18th century smugglers to spread fear and alarm amongst the good people of the county. There was (and still is come to that) nothing better than the thought of a close encounter with a headless horror to keep a body’s head firmly under the duvet when ‘the gentlemen’ and their five and twenty ponies go trotting through the dark.

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Finally a reminder that even at an execution there can always be a touch of humour, should the condemned feel that way inclined. Take for example the Victorian murderer William Palmer who is reported to have looked at the trapdoor on the gallows and asked the hangman, A contemporary visitor to "Are you sure it's safe?" England, the forerunner of But perhaps it would be more French travel writers, Cesar fitting to close with the final de Saussure, wrote: words spoken by Devon’s own Sir Walter Raleigh After hanging murderers before being beheaded on a are punished in a particular cold morning in late October Fiona Avis © fashion. They are first hung 1618. He told the executioner, on the common gibbet, their "Let us dispatch. At this hour Flowers are still placed on the grave of bodies are then covered with my ague comes upon me. I poor Kitty (Ann) Jay at Four Cross Lane. tallow and fat substances, would not have my enemies over this is placed a tarred think I quaked from fear." shirt fastened down with iron After the capture and execution bands, and the bodies are hung of the ringleader, the Duke of with chains to the gibbet, which Monmouth, who had landed at is erected on the spot, or as near POST MORTEM: Judge Jeffreys Lyme Regis, many hundreds as possible to the place, where the went on to become Lord of ordinary Devon and Dorset crime was committed, and there Chancellor of England and peasants were rounded up, it hangs till it falls to dust. This was buried in a vault under the ‘tried’ and executed. This is what is called in this country altar table of St. Mary’s Church, began by hanging and then by to be hanged in chains. Aldermanbury in the City of disembowelling, after which the London. Fast forward to the Blitz heads and quarters were dipped in WW2 and the church received in pitch and salt and displayed Suicides buried at a direct hit from a Nazi bomb and on poles, gibbets and roadside all traces of Jeffreys vanished. crossroads trees. These body parts were Dust to dust. placed nearest to the hamlets It was not only criminals who and villages from whence the John Fisher were denied a Christian burial. rebels had come – as a warning The best documented burial of to anyone else contemplating for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub .co.uk


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