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COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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Contents Mar-May

ISSUE NO 6

4. Quarterly What's On guide

43. Helen the Cat

Find out what's not to miss.

By Animal Communicator, Kerry Hornett.

8. Forthcoming Art Exhibitions

44. Walk on the Wildside

Art gallery events for March to May.

Artist Mike Hughes talks about wildlife.

12. Fashion and Beauty

48. Home Improvement

Fashion and beauty in East Devon.

Tips and new products for your home.

14. Orchid Extravaganza

52. Recollections of Farming

A visit to Goren Farm in Stockland.

From noted local historian Ted Gosling.

19. Business Tips

53. Across Cobble-Stones

Valuable advice from Katina Styles.

Childhood reminiscences from Derek Rugg.

20. Eating Out

54. Life Matters

Our roundup of East Devon eateries.

Our section on health & wellbeing issues.

24. The Colyton Feature

58. Out and About in Lyme

With Stephen Chilcott.

A roundup of events from Lyme Regis

36. The English Garden

61. Dangers of a Culture of Secrecy

Get out in the garden with Nigel Jones.

From Claire Wright of the CBD group.

40. Horse Care - Suppleness

64. Managing your Money

By Natalie Bucklar-Green.

Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.

A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Walk on th By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes

CONTRIBUTORS

Mike Hughes, Katina Styles, SPRINSteve G Chilcott, Helen Mulvaney, Ted Gosling, Sali Mustafic, Natalie of Bucklar-Green, Hornett, Derrick With the arrival spring, theKerry British countryside becomes Claire Wright and Morwenna Griffiths. alive withRugg, wildlife. As the days lengthen and warm up many creatures which have been dormant throughout the winterMAGAZINE months begin to emerge. Our meadows and Editor andto publisher: hedgerows start bloomNigel andJones insects fill the air. The 513383 / 01395 512166 sound of tel. the01395 Dawn Chorus returns as birds that have email. nigel@prestige-media.co.uk spent the winter thousands of miles away migrate back to raise their young.call: 01395 513383 Advertisers East Devon its many By with post: Beech Royd,landscap 6 Bennettses Hill, and habitats offers Sidmouth EX10t 9XH. the amateur naturalis plenty of opportunities to make the most of this exciting time of year. COAST & COU NTRY EAST DEVON

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Take a trip to one of our coastal Along with our local birds the spring estuaries in late April/early May and migration is a time to see one or you will see the miracle of spring two more exotic species. Every year migration in action. Swallows fly in Osprey stop off for some rest and off the sea after having travelled up recuperation as they head on their from South Africa over 10,000km way to their breeding grounds (6,000miles) away. This epic journey in Scotland having travelled up will take around four weeks with from West Africa. Small numbers birds covering 320km (200miles) of Red Kite are seen; these large each day! The hedgerow s and graceful birds of prey are easily bushes all along the coast fill with distinguish able from the healthy singing warblers, par ticularly Devon Buzzard populatio n by Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Although their slim angled wings and the Chiffchaff is quite a non descript forked tail. With their successful small green/brown bird, known to re-introduc tion to other parts of the birdwatchers asCover photo: Tipton Roller Mills a ‘little brown job’ UK2010 their numbers will surely increase. its simple repetitive song of Chiffchaff All images copyright N.Jones Wading birds such as Whimbrel and 1 is instantly recognisab unless otherwise le and credited from Bar-tailed Godwit also stop off to which the bird gets its gets its name. feed on the rich mud flats of our Small numbers of both these warblers estuaries, before again flying off to spend the winter here but when the breed further north.


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Editor's Letter A warm welcome to East Devon Coast and Country Magazine. Great, we've finally made it to spring, what a relief after the cold and dreary winter months. Once the warm days start to come, it's great to get out and walk outside again without the fear of frostbite! In this issue, there's a feature on Colyton which I consider to be a most interesting and overlooked place. Writer, Steve Chilcott, was brave enough to walk the town this January, and he's compiled an interesting historical walk (page 24). We also feature an easy walk down the river Coly which is suitable for all ages.

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One of the highlights of last year for me, was the visit I made to Goren Farm at Stockland (it's an organic farm with some lovely wildflower meadows). We've featured some of the wildflowers, particularly the orchids that appear in abundance. If you're a wildlife fan, be sure not to miss their opening days (goren.co.uk) as they have a range of events

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where you can see butterflies, moths, all manner of insects and also the wide variety of wildflowers in their meadows. We welcome artist Mike Hughes to the magazine, he's now responsible for our "Walk on the Wildside" section. I'm sure when you see his barn owl painting (p44) that you'll agree he's very talented. He's included a list of East Devon based wildlife events, so don't miss these. Also don't miss the competition we have with "The Jack in the Green" restaurant - the prize is a 3 course dinner for two, so it's well worth looking into (p23) If you have anything East Devon based that you think would interest our readership, please call as we're keen to hear from you. By the way, we're looking for a new editor for the "Life Matters" section within this magazine, which covers the health and wellbeing subject area (p54). If you're have an interest, please call Nigel Jones on 01395 512166. All the best Nigel Jones (Editor)

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Forthcoming Events Mar, Apr & May 2011

MAIN EVENTS

29th May - Pecorama Vintage/Classic Vehicle Rally.

29th Apr-1st May - Lyme Regis Fossil Festival: events in Lyme Regis, Plymouth and Charmouth: http://www.fossilfestival.com . 29th Apr-1st May - Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink: Northernhay Gardens, Exeter. 19-21st May - Devon County Show: Westpoint, Exeter.

Series: via Satellite from the New York Met, Exeter Picture House. 22-27th Mar - English Touring Opera Spring Season: including Fantastic Mr Fox, Mozart and Puccini, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Concerts 3rd Mar - The Mamma Mia Concert: ‘Arrival UK,’ Barnfield Theatre, Exeter.

26th Mar - English Touring Opera: Honiton Festival, St Paul’s Church, Honiton.

6th Mar - Jackie Oates: Radio 2 Folk Award winner, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter.

29-30th Mar - Carmina Burana: Exeter

10th Mar - Finzi Quartet: Seaton Music, Seaton Town Hall.

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11th Mar - Elaine Paige in Concert: Princess Theatre, Torquay.

The Arts 18th Mar - 3rd Apr - Vibraphonic: Exeter’s urban music festival, events around the city, Exeter. 27th Mar - 3rd Apr - Kinoteka: Polish film festival, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter.

LOCAL EVENTS 25th Mar - Lyme Regis Beer Festival. 9 -13th May - Spring Arts Week at Pecorama, Beer. Free entry to Gardens and Art Exhibition.

12 village gardens open on SUNDAY 29th MAY, 2-6pm. Cream teas, plants for sale, model train rides. Free parking, easy access.

12th Mar - Tippet String Quartet: Manor Pavilions, Sidmouth. 12th Mar - Exeter Philharmonic Orchestra: Puccini, Schubert & Brahms, Exeter Cathedral. 13th Mar - Piatti Quartet: Winners of the Tunnell Trust Award 2010/11, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 13th Mar - Lady Sings the Blues: featuring Val Wiseman winner of The British Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

Enquiries 01395 567440

University’s Choral Society and Scholars Ensemble, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 3rd Mar - Concerts in the West: Glorious Viola, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 22nd April - Feast of Fiddles: Corn Exchange, Exeter. 23-25th Apr - Budleigh Jazz Festival: live music every night (see website for details), Games Club, Budleigh Salterton: www.budleighjazzfestival.org .

20th Mar-15th May - Met Opera Encore

    

5th May - A Festival of the Ukraine: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Exeter Cathedral. 6th May - Britannic Ensemble: Seaton Town Hall. 26th May - Buble Fever: classically trained Rickie captures the voice of Michael Buble, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. 26th May - Exeter Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven & Bach, Exeter Cathedral.

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20th Mar - Lost and Found: Travelling Light Team and Polka Children’s Theatre (for children aged 3-7), Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 2nd Apr - The Tempest: Movement Theatre Company, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. 6-9th Apr - Private Peaceful: Scamp Theatre adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 6-9th Apr - Habeus Corpus: Lyme Regis Dramatic Society, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 11-16th Apr - Blood Brothers: Princess Theatre, Torquay. 13th Apr - Count Arthur Strong: an evening with the BBC Radio 4 comedy star, Corn Exchange, Exeter. 21st-23rd Apr - Our House: The Madness Musical, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. 22-30th Apr - Half a Sixpence from the novel ‘Kipps’ by H. G. Wells: Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. 25-30th Apr - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Pavilion, Exmouth. 29-30th Apr - Ballet Black: award winning company of black and Asian ballet dancers, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 5th May - Cinderella: Vienna Festival Ballet, Princess Theatre, Torquay. 17-22nd May - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Princess Theatre, Torquay.

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Honiton Festival 26th Mar - Opera Gala. 5-14th May - May Festival.

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2nd Mar - Punt & Dennis: They Should Get Out More, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

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8th Mar - May: daring dance theatre from award winning Probe, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. 8-12th Mar - Gondoliers: Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

See display box (right) for more details. www.thehonitonfestival.co.uk

Escot Park 13th Mar - 5K Resolution Run: raising funds for the Stroke Association, Escot Park Estate. 22nd-25th Apr - Easter Egg Hunt: solve riddles and follow the map, Escot Park Estate.

12th Mar - The Beauty Manifest: The LYT Company, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

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15-19th Mar - Lilies on the Land: Fresh Glory Productions, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

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26th March - English Touring Opera Bel Canto to Belle Epoque - 7.30pm

Gems from the Golden Age of Italian Opera with Music by Verdi, Puccini & Donizetti. Tickets £10-£15. St Paul's, Honiton.

Honiton May Festival 2011 (5-14th May) 5th May - James Bowman, Counter Tenor & Lynda Sayce, Lute - Cotleigh Parish Church & House

Music by John Dowland, Edward Johnson, Orlando Gibbons and others with readings by Alfred Bradley including John Donne, Thomas Cranmer & Walter Raleigh. Tickets £17.50 concert (7.30pm) & reception (6pm), £12 concert only.

6th May - Julian Bliss, Clarinet, with The Harpham Quartet - 7.30pm

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A. Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B Minor. Tickets £10 - £15. St Paul's, Honiton.

13th May - Ben Baker, Violin, Naufal Makumi, Piano- 1pm (lunch from 12 noon) St Paul's, Honiton Schubert - Violin Sonata in A, D574 'Duo'. Brahms - Violin Sonata no. 3 in D, op108. Tickets £9.00 (unreserved).

14th May - Crispian Steele-Perkins with The Handel Players - 7.30pm A Celebration of The Baroque. Tickets £9 - £15.00. Ottery St Mary Church.

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St. Every Thurs. 9am-2pm. Exmouth Farmers Market - moved to Imperial Road Car Park due to work on The Strand: second Wednesday of every month, 9am-1.30pm. Budleigh Salterton - Rolle Car Park: last Friday of every month, 9am-1pm. Cullompton - Station Road Car Park: second Saturday of every month, 9.30am-12.30pm.

(Tickets available from Honiton Tourist Information Centre)

16-17th Apr - The New International Westpoint Antiques & Collectors Fair. All above at Westpoint, Clyst St. Mary.

MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market at Trinity Square every Thur 8.30-3pm. Axminster Country Market - Masonic Hall, South Street: every Thursday, 9am-12pm.

Seaton Farmers Market - Town Hall: usually third Friday of every month, 9am-1pm.

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

Sidmouth Community Market - All Saint's Church Hall, Sidmouth.

Exeter Craft Day on 1st Sat in Month May-Sept. Fore St/South St, Exeter.

Topsham Market Held every Sat 8.30-1pm at St Matthews Hall.

Exmouth Country Market, Glenorchy Hall, Exeter Road, Fri 8.30-11.15am.

EXHIBITIONS

Honiton WI/Country Market at Mackarness Hall every Friday 9.30-11.30am. Honiton Street Mkt every Tues & Sat 9am.

3rd Mar - The PDC Premier League Darts. 12-13th Mar - Aquasense Event. 15-16th Mar - UCAS Education Convention. 25-27th Mar - South West Spring Quilt Festival.

Killerton 5-6th Mar - Snowdrop Weekend: plant snowdrops in the chapel grounds, from 11am.

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13th Mar - Get Ready for Mother’s Day: make fun beauty treatments for your mum with Sarah Pepper of Country Cottage Crafts, from 12pm.

A La Ronde 22nd & 25th Apr - Easter Trail: garden quiz trail and prize for every entrant, from 11am. 23rd to 24th Apr - Easter Eggstravegangza: Easter craft activities, from 11am.

Antique & Flea Budleigh Salterton Antique and Flea Market - Budleigh Salterton Public Hall: usually every Thursday, 10am-1pm.

Disclaimer - you are advised that before attending any of the events listed in the "Forthcoming Events" section of this magazine, you should contact the venue in advance to double check that the dates and times are correct.

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Killerton House throws open its doors to a new exhibition Killerton National Trust Estate, near Exeter has opened for a new season following three months of conservation cleaning, restoring and preparing their new historical fashion exhibition: ‘Dressing up, dressing down’. Everyday between 12noon and 4pm, visitors can wander the 200 year old Killerton House and see over three centuries of fashion. ‘Dressing up, dressing down’ features some of the most rare and unusual pieces drawn from a period fashion collection once belonging to Paulise de Bush. After her death in 1975, the fashion collection was given to the National Trust having been saved from destruction during World War II. The collection includes over 17,000 garments, accessories and photographs and gathers together clothing worn by women from all

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‘Dressing up, dressing down’ reveals the answers behind why our ancestors changed their outfits so many times in one day and uncovers the strict rules of social etiquette which dictated that the right clothes were worn for the right occasions, with the correct shoes, hat and gloves. A highlight of the exhibition is a beautiful cotton patchwork and appliqué coverlet, a fabric bed covering dating back to 1810. Younger visitors can experience what it was like to play in a traditional nursery, and children and adults alike will enjoy seeing how Killerton’s Victorian dolls house is being lovingly restored and try handmade replica period costumes on for fun. Killerton parkland, gardens, gift shop and tea-room is open everyday throughout the year. For more information call 01392 881345 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton Follow www.twitter.com/NTKillerton

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions MARCH, APRIL & MAY 2011 GALLERIES Until 13th Mar - Stewart Jones & Diana Tapping paintings, Howard Phipps wood engravings. Sladers Yard (see box). 12th Mar - 9th Apr - Sonia Stanyard and Amy Albright: A major Exhibition of new paintings by these two artists opens this Spring. The combination of works produces an ambiance that is hauntingly enigmatic, contemplative and gently stirring, definitely worth a visit. Artwavewest (see box and feature page). 19th Mar - 8th May - John Hubbard charcoal drawings and Brian Graham new paintings at Sladers Yard (see box). 26th Mar - 8th Apr - Andrew Coates Solo Show capturing the atmosphere of East Devon’s coast, rivers and hills. Marine House at Beer - (see feature page overleaf).

S. Lance "Racing" ISCA Gallery Sally Elford "Safe in the Burrow" Hybrid

26th Mar - 15th Apr - Bob Crooks and Siddy Langley - Virtuoso Glass at Steam Gallery, Beer (see display box). 26th Mar - 16th Apr - Julia Manning: artist and printmaker, etchings, lino and woodcut prints. Elizabeth Smith, bone china and ceramics. Lantic Gallery. 28th Mar - 7th May - Print Matters A lively and varied collection of artists'

prints, featuring hand-made glass by Charlotte Sale. Hybrid (see box). 15th Apr - 4th June - Spring Exhibition: Stunning Mixed Exhibition including artists such as Jon Adam, Stephen Bishop, Martin Goold, Claire Wiltsher and featuring the highly admired flower paintings by Edward Kelly. Artwavewest. (See box and feature page overleaf). 15th Apr - Paul Jones Talk: 7.30pm Tickets: £5 at Sladers Yard (see box).

Aquila Gallery

16th - 2nd May - Easter Exhibition. A diverse selection of atmospheric landscapes and contemporary abstract work. East Devon Art Academy, Sidmouth (see display box).

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16th Apr - 25th Jun - Peter Goodhall: Local artist displays work (both originals and prints) at Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth (see display box). 7th - 25th May - COUNTERCHANGE Four local artists Sue Warren, Barbara Green, Jan Calow and Elizabeth Fortescue explore new perspectives in paint and

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Cathy Osbond - 'Tranquil Water' East Devon Art Academy

printmaking. In the Upstairs Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis Open everyday except Mondays from 11am to 5pm. 2nd May - KISTA (Kick Start the Arts in Seaton). A wide range of events running from 10am to 4pm in Seaton Town Hall. There are activities suitable for all ages and abilities plus fab entertainment and food. Our aim is to support the regeneration of Seaton town by embracing the Arts, thereby creating a strong and cultural presence. We are looking to play to the strengths within the town, including the diverse and unique landscape, its social and historical identity and especially the local people’s energy, enthusiasm and commitment to projects and events. www.kista.yolasite.com

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Print Matters Mar 26th - May 7th 2011

Easter Exhibition

A lively and varied collection of artists’ prints. Featuring hand-made glass by Charlotte Sale

16th April - 2nd May 2011 A diverse selection of atmospheric landscapes and contemporary abstract work.

A Knowing Eye May 28nd - 2nd July 2011 With Irene Jones

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Unearthed and Exposed Nicky Thompson 19th March - 14th May

My Giant Colouring Book Jake and Dinos Chapman 28th May - 25th June www.thelmahulbert.com

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Paul Jones "Moving On" Sladers Yard

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EXHIBITIONS :

Stewart Jones & Diana Tapping paintings, Howard Phipps wood

engravings until 13th March

Paul Jones new paintings in Rope Gallery. Paul Jones Talk: Friday, 15th April, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.

John Hubbard charcoal drawings and Brian Graham new paintings in Yard

Gallery. Both exhibitions: 19th March until 8th May. Petter Southall furniture. Top quality craft and accessories. Barbara Green "Patches of Sunlight"

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SPRING EXHIBITIONS 26th Mar - 8th Apr - Andrew Coates capturing the atmosphere of E. Devon’s coast, rivers and hills at Marine House. 26th Mar - 15th Apr - Bob Crooks and Siddy Langley - Virtuoso Glass at Steam Gallery, Beer. Contact the gallery for a catalogue on 01297 625257 or 625144

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Sonia Stanyard “Trawler” 70cm x 70cm

Sonia Stanyard “Violet Lodge” 78cm x 78cm

Amy Albright “The Grace of the Shallows” 100cm x 100cm

Sonia Stanyard and Amy Albright Artwave West in Dorset is staging a major exhibition of new paintings by Sonia Stanyard and Amy Albright this spring. The combination of works by these two established gallery artists produces an ambiance that is hauntingly enigmatic, contemplative and gently stirring. This eagerly awaited exhibition brings together Albright’s luminous paintings, full of freedom and floating weightlessness, with the beguiling and suggestive atmosphere of Stanyard’s

16th March – 09th April

highly personal, ethereal landscapes. Albright has brought into her recent work a new lighter mood influenced by a summer spent in Greece and the colour and sensation of diving in the Aegean Sea. This is her second two person show at Artwave West and she has exhibited regularly at the gallery since its inauguration. Her growing reputation has meant increased demand for her work and the gallery is pleased to present this cohesive group of new paintings. Stanyard’s latest work produced over the last year reveals a new-found confidence to bring previously discrete elements together and a revived enthusiasm for the freedom of paint; this is invigorating her work and

giving it a greater resonance and depth. She has already enjoyed high profile exhibiting in the UK and US but this exhibition features a substantial body of her most recent and previously unseen paintings. This is the first exhibition devoted entirely to the fascinating interaction between these two artists; the connection, as well as the divergence of ideas, allows a unique reading of their works. Placed together the paintings cast an atmospheric, meditative and sensual tone within the clear uncluttered space of Artwave West. This exhibition promises to thrill even those already familiar with these artists.

Spring Exhibition 15th May – 4th June This spring, included in our incredibly popular Mixed Exhibition we are delighted to be showing more of the infamous flower paintings by Edward Kelly. Edward Kelly’s powerfully expressive paintings composed of rhythmic marks and emblems reflect his long standing engagement with the relationship between the elemental force of nature and the dynamic of abstract painting. In his flower series he finds great drama in simple accessible subjects, giving them the same force as a majestic landscape. This series forges a fascinating relationship between still life and landscape, as if the landscape is brought into the studio where other ideas are free to enter. The Exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm or by appointment.

Edward Kelly “Carnations in two spiral jugs”

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www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257

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Andrew Coates “Summer Meadows, River Otter” 21” x 31”

ANDREW COATES “EXQUISITE DEVON” A solo show of new works at Marine House at Beer Saturday 26th March – Friday 8th April

Andrew Coates “River Otter, Tipton St John” 24” x 20”

Andrew Coates “Somerset Levels” 24” x 32”

To the eyes of Andrew Coates some painters have all the luck. In a couple of hours they will have started and finished a new composition to their complete satisfaction. No such luck for Andrew, but the pain he suffers in the long gestation of his paintings from conception to birth is the price he is prepared to accept in the production of extremely fine and exciting works of art. We his fans thank him because his paintings depict the textures, light and mood of Devon in a way few artists could even conceive. This, his ninth solo show to be held

at Marine House since we opened luminosity of the work. in 1998, is the culmination of Yes, Andrew is driven, but his eighteen months of intensive paintings would be mere shadows inspiration and composition by of their true glory if, working Andrew. Often losing track of time, with tiny brushes and a carefully he paints into the small hours of controlled palette, he didn’t the morning. For Andrew each meticulously craft every blade of painting is the pursuit of perfection grass, interpret every wave, put and typically takes many weeks to sparkle into every snow flake. For complete .It’s not the first time that Andrew’s paintings it is absolute I’ve visited his studio to remark truth that the finished product is on my excitement over a new the sum of all the parts. work I perceived as finished only For this show Andrew has selected to be told in no uncertain terms a body of composition which that there was at least two more reinforces the exquisite beauty in Kerry’and - 23” x 23” weeks of effort needed for ‘Summer Andrew light of East Devon and to be satisfied by the depth and neighbouring environs. Rivers, A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Andrew Coates “East Hill Snow” 24” x 19”

coasts, woods, valleys, sunsets are all part of this magnificent set. The catalogue attempts to do justice, but these paintings demand to be seen if you are to experience the spine tingling sensation they are able to generate. Please contact the gallery for a full colour catalogue which will be available in early March and an invitation to the private view on Saturday 26th March starting at 11.00am. The works can also be viewed on our web www.marinehouseatbeer. co.uk and are for sale on release of the catalogue.

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flowering, where all manner of species can be seen in their full glory. One of the effects of modern farming methods has been the loss of many of East Devon's natural meadows through the widespread adoption of more intensive agriculture. The two main

Goren Farm factors are the use of artificial fertilizers and silage making. These have led to increased yields from the meadows at the expense of bio-diversity. Goren Farm in Stockland is refreshingly different, consisting entirely of hay meadows, it comes alive with sounds of insects and the scent of wild flowers in June and July. On a sunny day your senses are dazzled by the carpet of hawkbits, sounds of insects and scents of the wild flowers. Since the early 1900’s a small dairy herd has been kept on the farm where hay has always been the preferred winter feed. Today the dairy herd has been replaced with a herd of pedigree Devon suckler cows and a flock of Polled Dorset sheep. Together they help to maintain the ecological balance at Goren by targeted grazing. For the past 20 years the whole farm has been cut for hay and the wild flowers have colonised much of the farm.

The fields are now encouraged to flower, and as a result the farm meadows have flourished and are covered with blooms from June through to September. With over 27 species of wild flowers in the meadows along with marsh and woodland areas, Goren farm is a haven for wildlife. Birds, bees, butterflies and bugs all abound in the meadows throughout the summer. The flowers provide a source of nectar for butterflies and many species of bees. The seeds are eaten by birds, small mammals and reptiles. These in turn are preyed upon by fox, buzzard and owl. If you are lucky, you can sometimes spot barn owl hunting across the meadows at dusk. Even the badgers find the Pig Nut plant tempting and seek these out for a treat.

The Southern March Orchids

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The southern March Orchid, each flower produces millions of seeds so tiny, that they require a fungus to help them germinate and develop for 3 years under the soil before flowering.

Common spotted Orchid

(Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Are widespread throughout the meadows and are at their peak in the 1st half of June.

Yellow Rattle (Rhianthus Minor)

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Peak times for orchid flowering at Goren Farm Goren Farm's main weeks for orchid flowering are the first 2 weeks of June. Best seen before 3pm as many other wild flowers close up by that time of the day. How to get to Goran Farm Head for Stockland Hill television mast, 6 miles east of Honiton, where you can follow the signs to Goren farm. Postcode EX14 9EN www.goren.co.uk

The different species of orchid Happily cross pollinated with the abundant Common Spotted Orchid, producing many different hybrid versions which vary greatly in colour and vigour. In some areas these orchids form dense patches of purple.

Bird’s-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Butterflies and insects The knock on effect of managing meadows organically is that there's an abundance of insects. See the Goren Farm website for details of butterfly, moth and insect events.

This pretty yellow flower is a valuable source of nectar and attracts many insects. It has seed pods that look like a bird's foot, hence the name

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Knapp weed (Centaurea nigra)

This is the most important food source for bees and birds in mid to late summer and they also give the meadows a second flush of colour as the grasses go to seed.

Wild Red Clover .(Trifolium pratense)

Is only pollinated by the bumble bee and is essential for maintaining fertility by fixing nitrogen from the air into the soil.

NOTE: Some of the delicate tones and colours of the orchids shown here are lost through the printing process, you really have to see them in the flesh to appreciate their beauty! Pictures were taken at Goren Farm A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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Julian Pady leads through the wildflower meadows

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Events over the summer months at Goren Farm Goren Farm attracts many people over

with fabulous views across the valley.

several open weekends in June and

As the sun sets and breeze drops, the

July. Foot paths are cut and maintained

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through the meadows for easy access

they settle for the night.

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a day over the open weekends. June

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locally produced alfresco dinning or

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grasses go to seed and the meadows

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shimmer with gold and silvers. Other

meadows. The open weekends are

flowers take centre stage such as

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to charity. Several events are planned

the meadows burst into life with the

starting with a Mothing evening in May,

sound of insects. This year you can

Butterfly and Bug Life weekends in July,

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further details of these events can be

evenings between June and August

found on the web site (see below).

Wildflower seeds available from Goren website at: www.goren.co.uk

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BUSINESS TIPS from Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd. Every business, big or small, needs customers and the cornerstone to identifying your customer, satisfying your customer and keeping your customer is ‘marketing’. How you sell your business is imperative to its success; it really is a ‘make or break’ scenario that deserves your full focus not only during the start-up period but also as an ongoing process to enable you to develop and expand. Marketing is one of the major

• Firstly, research your market! Sounds simple but you do need to ensure there is a need or desire out there for what your business is offering. Finding out who your customers are at this stage means you can then target your marketing in the right direction. • Create a strong brand awareness; bearing in mind that the brand may simply be you as an individual. This is a huge and complex subject going way beyond logos, signage and letterheads; in fact, all the way to brand values (more on all of this another time – for the moment just creating a brand is work enough and it may be worth calling in some professional help here). • Decide how and where you are going to advertise your business.

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East Devon Coast & Country's

Colyton Feature on

With Steve Chilcott

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rather like it when an editor sends me out on a nice crisp, sunny day to go walking (my dog expects this service for nothing and in all weathers) but when the town in question is as delightfully characterful as Colyton, I’m a happy man! Perfectly sited, tucked neatly into a rightangled kink in the benignly-babbling Coly River (less benign, in the mid-60s, when it swept away the once-picturesque Umborne Bridge) Colyton is a little diadem bejewelled with architectural eccentricities of every epoch as I was to discover recently in the pleasant company of local guide and history expert, Jane Dauncey. Given that the surrounding area is peppered with Roman villas and site remains, encouraged, no doubt, by the proximity of the Fosse Way that linked, rather improbably, the 2nd Legion, barracked within their castra on the Exe, with the 9th Legion, stationed at Lincoln, a blister or two either side of 230 foot-flogging miles distant, I find it hard to believe that little, if any Roman artefacts, have been unearthed in the vicinity.

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The Romans weren’t stupid and knew a thing or two about stultifyingly dull, ramrod-straight road-building - the Fosse Way deviates less than 6 miles from a notional laser-line, over its entire length – but apparently they never stumbled on Colyton. The rapacious Vikings would doubtless have raped, murdered, plundered and pillaged (in no particular order) had they discovered Colyton nestling there, just out of view of the coast. Had they not found easier pickings in the then thriving coastal town of Seaton (before westerly storms and siltings put paid to a profitable port with strong commercial ties to the lo-lowlands of Holland) without the irksome need for three miles of portage up a skinny, meandering river, with less water than even their shallowdraught boats required. Followed by an equally irksome return tramp, lugging swag and spoil from their rampaging. Consequently Colyton got left pretty much alone. Walks in Colyton tend towards the circular, given that the Saxons decided long ago that the town (and immediate surrounding area), which they called the ‘hundred’ (or ‘ton’) beside the Coly, should be thus laid

Fascinating painted

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out - and nobody has argued about it since. Routes are visibly centred around the striking edifice that is St Andrew's Parish Church (left). In Norman times, squat and four-square, the crenellated tower sports an octagonal lantern, similar in design, if not in height, to the celebrated ‘Boston Stump’ in Lincolnshire, its exact contemporary.

I am intrigued to know how it stays up there given that it appears to ‘sit’ on the roof of the tower, supported by four flimsy flying buttresses, with no evidence that it continues downwards to secure foundations on terra firma. A round-ish peg atop a square whole, suspended in space by some miraculous and highly improbable act of faith.

The lantern was paid for by well-to-do merchants as an outward display of wealth due to a lucrative wool trade producing thick broadcloths and lighter serges at a time when fulling and tucking mills would have been strung out along the Coly, situated conveniently nearby, and drying racks deployed throughout the town, even,

One of those glorious spring days when ever y thing's sprouting luminous green (Travelling from the west, the Axe valley in the distance).

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horribile dictu! on the church green! Walking down from the Market Place, along the line of the town leat, you pass the Feoffees Town Hall; a rather grand building erected in 1927.

Henry Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter, had fallen out with his not-thatdistant relative, King Henry VIII, principally because he was notthat-distantly-related, which rather

unsettled the monarch. Something that history has shown to have been, at best, a worrisome situation. The marquis duly had his head cut off, as tended to happen.

Having been the local and exclusive land-owner the whole caboodle reverted to the Crown, and it took an audacious deputation of 27 local bigwigs (bearing a 1000-mark

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Intreaging mediaeval wall paintings at The Abbotts Antiques. sweetener), at a time when Henry was rather seriously strapped for cash for his next round of costly and pointless war-mongering, to get it back.

their lot with the hapless Duke and make for Lyme post-haste, hotfoot and at the double.

Henry, for once, did not hold all the aces, and, backed into a tight corner, he was advised that the only way to ‘get out of jail’ was to ‘enfeoff’ them all and create a ‘Court of Pie Powder’ (1). Nobody really had a clue what this meant but they remained stumm when they observed the positive effect it appeared to be having on His Royal Majesty’s infamously volatile humour.

but the striking rubble masonry, Beer-stone mullions and dressed flint chequer-patterning of the upper storey can be glimpsed, with discretion, with its imposing fourcentred-arch gateway.

Ironically, some months after the embarrassing and catastrophic débâcle at Sedgemoor, a bloodlusting Judge Jeffreys, on the trail of

Trouble-maker-in-chief amongst their number was one Roger Satchell, listed rather quaintly in the ‘Monmouth Rolls’(2) as cordwainer (aka shoemaker) and yeoman, of Colyton. Roger was given the rightroyal run-around.

Here the ill-fated Duke of Monmouth stayed as guest of local dignitary, Sir Walter Yonge, whom he misguidedly wooed as a potential sympathiser, five years before his disastrous and ill-considered putsch in 1685. Monmouth, on a supposedly innocent ‘fact-finding mission’ at the time, rather misread the body language, as Walter, when push came later to shove, decided conveniently to be away in London on ‘important business’ and was markedly conspicuous by his absence for the entire duration.

Oorlong House Henry had effectively invented the ‘Town Council’ and the Trading Standards Institute in one involuntary, fell swoop - got his money, and everyone went home happy. Colyton still has a Chamber of Feoffees, which is a handy, comforting sort of a thing to have, and has a (nearly) spanking-new Town Hall (by comparison with other ancient buildings in the vicinity) in which to ‘feoff’. Everyone’s a winner. The impressive ‘Great House’ 1 along South Street, is in private ownership

When the revolting Monmouth did finally stagger ashore at Lyme Regis with a pathetic ‘army’ of 83 and four miserably inadequate field guns, 105

Captured at Chard, he was imprisoned at Ilchester, tried at Dorchester and finally hanged at Weymouth; dying, after an impassioned speech, with the words of a psalm on his lips, and leaving Colyton in the grips of a minor shoe-crisis.

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gainful employment for his hangman, the infamous, bungling Jack Ketch, and failing to find a clean, well-priced B&B en route betwixt the gallows in Dorchester and the freshly-erected gallows in Exeter, lodged, it is rumoured, with the ever-vacillating

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comparable exploit, after the Bounty Mutiny, by around 6 years… everyone seemed to be at it. Henry now lies buried in the church.

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Decorative plaster ceiling at The Abbotts Antiques

mentioned Feoffs - to celebrate the marriage of the future King Edward VII (the bearded one) during Lent.

Sir Walter Yonge, who had decided, by this time, that the winning side was definitely the one to plump for. On the corner stands the thatched, former basket-weaver’s cottage 2 which became ‘The Compasses’ public house, after local opinion moved that a paltry 12 pubs were not really sufficient to slake the tiny population’s insatiable and growing thirst. At the junction of Hillhead and South Street stands the town fountain 3 where the inscription celebrates something to do with the townsfolk being allowed - probably by the afore-

Following along to Queen’s Square there stand the impressive ‘Queen’s Haye House’ 5 , an elegant 18th Century Town House, and opposite, and in complete contrast, ‘Colyton Cottage’ 6 , plaque-marked as 1610, but undoubtedly a Mediaeval Hall House of much earlier construction. Up on Sidmouth Road, on the right,

Here stood one of the water cisterns, used for drinking, washing and firefighting in a heavily-thatched town centre; water coming a not-very-close second to beer in most inhabitants’ estimation. Oorolong House 4 was owned by Capt Henry Wilson, who was wrecked on the Pelew (Palau) Islands in the western Pacific in August 1783, when commanding the East India Company’s Packet ‘The Antelope’. In true romantic novel style the local Oroolongers helped Wilson build a new boat from the surviving ship’s timbers in which Henry sailed home, pre-empting William Bligh’s

Door spandrels at the former 'Old Bear Inn'

the Colyton womenfolk would sit out in the street mending mosquito nets, sent back for repair from the far reaches of the Empire; skill-wise, a spin-off from the traditional East Devon lace-making industry.

Moving into King Street, past ‘Brick House’ and ‘Court House’ 7 with their Mediaeval cross passages, there are several Beer-stone-faced buildings, concealing much earlier Mediaeval interiors, before we reach the oakbark tannery 8 at Hamlyn’s Mills, one of the only surviving enterprises of its kind in Europe, and still functioning today, producing hard-wearing leathers for saddlery and suchlike. Two quaint and reciprocating, painted reliefs in a pair of door spandrels mark the former ‘Old Bear Inn’ 9 which only closed in the early 1990s, before we reach the picturesque triple-span ‘Chantry Bridge’ 10 , one of only two river crossing points, and effectively the end of the town as such, bounded, as it is, by the ever-chirpy River Coly. Returning via Vicarage Street, to the right stands the imposing Queen Anne-style ‘Colyton House’ 11 with its solidly curving 16ft-high walls, constructed to deter the voyeuristic tendencies of the incumbent of ‘Berry House’ 12 across the way, who, ever hopeful of a tantalising glimpse of la belle dame over the road, promptly slapped another storey onto his own!

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Passing via St Andrews Church 13 , with its impressive stained-glass west window, elaborate, restored Saxon cross and colourful tombs (Margaret Beaufort, 1410-1449, Countess of Devon, grand-daughter of John of Gaunt, founder of the House of Lancaster, choked by a fish bone!) we find ourselves back at Market Square, the architectural heart of Colyton, comprising as it does, the early 16th Century vicarage, which is still occupied as such today, the stone-mullioned ‘Old Church House’ 14 (former meeting-place of the Feoffs, but latterly the School House, for the instruction of ‘20 poor boys of Colyton’), a row of delightful 18th Century shops (including the modern-day chemist’s) and lastly the former Law Chambers (now Abbotts Antiques 15 ) which houses a fine and tastefully restored plank-andmuntin oak screen, gorgeous early plasterwork ceiling and Mediaeval painted frieze on the stone lintel above the large open hearth.

expeditious, courts of justice known to the law of England”. ‘The Monmouth Rolls’, compiled by W. MacDonald Wigfield, M.A. for the Somerset Record Society (1985) lists all known Monmouth rebels, under towns/villages of origin, detailing their occupations and ultimate fate under Judge Jeffreys’ Bloody Assizes. For further information both on the history of the area and on Jane’s programme of fascinating town walks, go to: www.colytonhistory.co.uk ‘The Most Rebellious Town in Devon’ by local historian Colin Haynes available from; Haynes of Colyton, Market Place, Colyton, EX24 JR Tel: 01297 553336

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As the sun sank low in the west I meandered over the water meadows where slightly wet sheep graze languidly, close to the town centre, taking various clearly-waymarked footpaths, and crossing a stout wooden footbridge over the Coly leading to the modern, and rather tastelessly functional Umborne Bridge and the picturesque old railway station, home now to the tram service that operates, in summer, to Seaton, 3 miles away on the coast.

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What a huge tragedy that the infamous Dr Beeching closed this, and similar, delightful rural branchlines back in the 1960s with so little insight and forethought, and was paid a small fortune to boot, - more, it is said, than the Prime Minister of the day - to perpetrate this lunacy. The lovely Seaton – Colyton tram route achieves something by way of damage limitation in the face of such past, unimaginative and retrogressive decision-taking. Mediaeval Piepowder Courts (a corruption of the French pieds poudrés, meaning ‘dusty feet’, i.e. vagabonds) held jurisdiction at fairs and street markets in matters of weights and measures, fair trade and honest dealings, principally in exchanges between local traders and itinerants, of which there were many. Sir William B l a c k s to n e ’s ‘Commentaries on the Laws of England’ published in 1768, describes Piepowder Courts as “the lowest, and at the same time the most

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The going is fairly easy, there are no inclines, so it's safe and easy walking for all. The burbling river Coly gently weaves and winds its way down the valley and there are some lovely views to be had. Dogs can be taken as long as they're put on the lead.

The Toolbox A fascinating array of tools can be viewed and bought here. An absolute must see for enthusiasts. (see display box). Colyton Antiques Centre They have a large number of dealers on site, thereʼs a very wide range of antiques on show (see display box).

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Horse Care

trained appropriately. A supple horse is more able to relax and if more relaxed, is generally more trainable and willing. Unfortunately

Suppleness

every horse can also become stiff if they are ridden in such a way that creates tension or poor balance.

by Natalie Bucklar-Green

Just like us humans, horses are born with a weaker and a stronger side (the right side is usually

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

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

Natalie has owned horses for over 20 years and breeds pedigree Shetland ponies. She has previously lectured in Equine Science to degree level and produced research for preparing Great Britain's equestrian teams for the Olympics. Natalie owns Jorrocks Saddlery near Sidmouth and has fitted saddles for competitors at Badminton International Horse Trials.

stronger). The horse will naturally impaired. Suppleness is therefore

tendons are put under increased

avoid loading weight onto the

a basic prerequisite for all training

strain; tendon injuries are the most

weaker side and so this side will be

of the horse and rider.

common soft tissue injury in the

comparatively less supple. Signs of a

Suppleness in the horse can be

horse. When muscles are tight they

horse having a weaker side include

defined as the ability to achieve a

also accumulate lactic acid due to

uneven bend on a circle, the hind

full range of movement without

reduced blood flow, again this

legs not following directly behind

restriction, stiffness or discomfort.

results in pain. Common causes of

the front legs, one trot diagonal

A stiff horse will be less comfortable

tight muscles are a poorly fitting

feeling more comfortable for the

to ride and will have a greater

saddle, the wrong bit, inappropriate

rider to rise on and striking off on

susceptibility to injury, hence it is a

training and a stiff or unbalanced

one canter lead more than the

primary aim for a riding horse to be

rider. Watch a horse move across a

other. Uneven weight distribution

as flexible as possible. There are two

field on its own, with no tack or rider.

leads to an increased risk of injury

types of suppleness: longitudinal

Then watch the same horse when

and lameness because some limbs

and lateral. Longitudinal suppleness

it is being ridden. Does it have the

will be carrying more weight than

is the looseness of the horse’s

same degree of tension in its jaw,

others. It is also more uncomfortable

hindquarters, back, neck, poll

back and neck? Is the stride length

for the rider and can result in them

and jaw. Lateral suppleness is the

and head carriage the same?

becoming uneven too. Learning

degree to which a horse can bend

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its body and neck sideways, either to produce a circle or to move sideways.

Straightness

Muscles have three properties on

Impulsion

which we work to improve overall

The German scales of training

Contact

suppleness: contractibility, elasticity and tonicity. Contractibility is the

Suppleness & Relaxation

ability to shorten, elasticity is the

Rhythm

ability to lengthen and tonicity is the tension that resides continually

Training for suppleness always

to ride becomes much harder if

in the muscles. During locomotion

begins with improving elasticity;

the horse being ridden is stiff and

muscles must maintain tension

that is developing the ability of the

unable to move fluently. This can

in order to create movement and

muscles to lengthen. Resistance and

create a vicious circle as it will be

even at rest some muscles are in

stiffness can only be overcome if the

harder for the horse to lengthen

The scales of training are a guide for

horse has the ability to lengthen

and flex if the rider is a hindrance!

training horses. Originating from

its muscles. Common symptoms

The Importance of Suppleness

Germany they are structured like a

A stiff horse will be less comfortable to ride and will have a greater susceptibility to injury

of resistance and stiffness are a

As well as structured training, there

high head carriage, opening the

are many methods to help improve

mouth, a hollow back, hindquarters

suppleness. As long as the horse is

off to one side, the head bent to

fit enough and adequately warmed

the outside and the horse ‘motor

up and cooled down, muscles

biking’ (leaning inwards) around

can be conditioned out hacking

corners. Sooner or later this leads

and there are also exercises that

to pain and discomfort for the

can be performed in hand. Basic

suppleness. A horse can only move

horse and it becomes harder and

suppling exercises are within the

correctly and use its body properly

more uncomfortable to ride. The

capabilities of even most novice

if it is physically and mentally free

joy of riding a supple horse is quite

riders, so do some homework or

pyramid, with each of the 6 stages being interconnected. Suppleness forms part of the second stage of the scale: Losgelassenheit. This word doesn’t have a direct translation to English but it is often explained as calmness, relaxation and

from tension. Along with the first

tension, however a reduction in

different! Although conformation

have some lessons and get flexing

stage of the pyramid, rhythm,

tonicity creates muscle wastage

will affect the horses ability to be

those muscles! The horse you ride

suppleness is the foundation of

and an excessive amount of tonicity

flexible, with some horses being

will be better for it.

all further training and without

creates spasms and pain. When

more able than others due to their

it the flow of movement will be

muscles are tight it is harder for

shape, every horse can improve

interrupted and balance will be

them to fully lengthen and so the

their suppleness if ridden and

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Saturday 5th March - East Devon Hunt Point to Point, Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary Sunday 6th March - Sid and Otter Valley RC members Training, Bicton College Tuesday 8th March Newcomers Day, Exeter Racecourse

Sunday 17th April - East Devon Hunt Hunter Trial, Straitgate Farm, Ottery St Mary

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Sunday 13th March - Affiliated Dressage, Bicton College Sunday 20th March- Sid & Otter Valley RC unaffiliated Dressage, Bicton College

Sunday 8th May - Exe Equestrian Club Novice horse and dog show, Nutwell Court, Lympstone

Sunday 20th March - Exe Equestrian Club Fun Ride, Woodbury Common

Sunday 15th May - Dressage, SJ and CT, Exeter & District RC, Clyst St Mary

Sunday 3rd April- Cotley Hunt Point to Point, Cotley, near Chard

Sunday 22nd May- Dressage and show jumping, Sid & Otter Valley RC, Nutwell Court, Lympstone

Sunday 10th April - Cotley Pony Club ODE, Bicton Arena

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Helen the cat by Kerry Hornett

Animal owners have long suspected that their animals can read minds. Dog owners who think that their animal can spell “W A L K”. Cats who disappear when their owner decides that it is time to go to the vets. Did you know that it is becoming accepted by animal professionals that animals can read minds, in fact they know exactly what their owner is thinking? There is a growing band of Animal Communicators who have been trained in therapeutic methods and assessed by animal professionals such as vets, trainers and behaviourists. Vets in particular have long been frustrated at being unable to help animals with emotional problems such as fear, aggression and grief, without resorting to sedatives. All animals share a common language, which combines emotions, images and intent. It is a language of thought and feeling. Humans are born with this same language, and use it naturally until they learn to rely on the spoken word. It is very easy for humans to “remember” how to use this language

and start to listen with all their senses. Animal Communicators are able to communicate directly with the animal and get to the root cause of a problem. In this way they can help to change behaviour by clearing up misunderstandings. Animal Communicators can also work remotely, using a photograph to connect to the animal. In fact the professional assessments are carried out in this way, with the Communicator working with a photograph and relaying the information by telephone. Often the therapy works better remotely because a frightened animal doesn’t have to cope with a stranger entering their personal space.

image she sent. She showed a very clear picture of a young male leaning against the back door of their house, and peering through the glass. The back of the house was surrounded by fields. The owner, equally shocked, said that she would call me back in a few minutes. When she returned the call she said that she had gone outside to look at the back door, and seen two clear palm prints on the door, as if someone had looked through the glass to see what was worth stealing. Helen was very concerned because she had been the only animal outside, and the two household dogs had not been aware of the stranger. The house now has extra security measures, and Helen has been clean ever since.

Perhaps the best way to describe this is by using a real case – Helen the “watch cat”. The client, who is based in Fife, sent a photograph of Helen, who had suddenly started messing in the kitchen. She had no idea why this previously clean animal would have changed character. When I linked with Helen I was astonished at the

I have learnt to keep a completely open mind when communicating with animals. A horse who baulks at going into the stable, could be reacting for a number of reasons. It might be fear of the door hitting the animal, or claustrophobia. One horse was afraid of his stable and the only explanation he could “send” was of

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Walk on the Wildside By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes

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Above: Detail from ‘Evening Patrol’ - Acrylic painting of a Barn Owl setting off to hunt on a May evening in the East Devon countryside, available as a limited print

SPRING With the arrival of spring, the British countryside becomes alive with wildlife. As the days lengthen and warm up many creatures which have been dormant throughout the winter months begin to emerge. Our meadows and hedgerows start to bloom and insects fill the air. The sound of the Dawn Chorus returns as birds that have spent the winter thousands of miles away migrate back to raise their young. East Devon with its many landscapes and habitats offers the amateur naturalist plenty of opportunities to make the most of this exciting time of year. Take a trip to one of our coastal estuaries in late April/early May and you will see the miracle of spring migration in action. Swallows fly in off the sea after having travelled up from South Africa over 10,000km (6,000miles) away. This epic journey will take around four weeks with birds covering 320km (200miles) each day! The hedgerows and bushes all along the coast fill with singing warblers, par ticularly Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Although the Chiffchaff is quite a non descript small green/brown bird, known to birdwatchers as a ‘little brown job’ its simple repetitive song of Chiffchaff is instantly recognisable and from which the bird gets its gets its name. Small numbers of both these warblers spend the winter here but when the spring migration starts thousands more arrive, some will stay in Devon but most will spread throughout the country.

Along with our local birds the spring migration is a time to see one or two more exotic species. Every year Osprey stop off for some rest and recuperation as they head on their way to their breeding grounds in Scotland having travelled up from West Africa. Small numbers of Red Kite are seen; these large graceful birds of prey are easily distinguishable from the healthy Devon Buzzard population by their slim angled wings and forked tail. With their successful re-introduction to other parts of the UK their numbers will surely increase. Wading birds such as Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit also stop off to feed on the rich mud flats of our estuaries, before again flying off to breed further north. Head inland and the countryside begins to bloom. The early spring flowers such as Crocus, Lesser

Celandine and Wood Anemone appear from February to April, but as the days warm up the fields and meadows fill with Buttercups. By the end of April Bluebells carpet the local woodlands with particularly spectacular displays at Blackberry Camp Southleigh and Holyford Woods near Colyford. As the evenings get lighter it is an ideal oppurtunity to catch sight of some of our native mammals, during May young Badgers and Fox cubs will start to venture out for the first time after being born underground a few months earlier. Bats also emerge from hibernation; here in East Devon we are lucky enough to have 16 of the 17 breeding species of British bat including the nationally rare Bechstein’s Bat. The most common, yet the smallest bat in the UK is the Pipistrelle, it has a wingspan of 20cms and weighs just 4 grams, which is about the same weight as a 2 pence coin. Another mammal doing well locally is the Otter. Having almost disappeared from the British countryside in the 1970s the Otter has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the introduction of a hunting ban and an improvement in water quality. Although they are on the increase due to their nocturnal habits they are still extremely difficult to see. A trip to the Borrow Pit at the Axe estuary Wetlands Nature Reserve may offer a chance, with up to two Otters being seen during the day on occasions through 2010. However if you have no luck with otter spotting you might have a better chance of

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seeing a Water Vole. Better known as Ratty from Kenneth Graeme’s Wind in the Willows these loveable creatures have been re-introduced to suitable areas along the River Axe (downstream of Whitford Bridge) and on the River Tale (tributary of the River Otter), this follows a previous re-introduction by the Tale Valley Trust. The Devon Water Vole Recovery Project has been working with land owners to manage and maintain habitat and the Axe Estuary Wetlands and the Lower Bruckland Ponds at Musbury now have healthy breeding populations.

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   Things to do in the    East Devon Countryside Things to do in the Birdwatching for Beginners East Countryside EveryDevon Friday 10am - 12 noon at the

Life in Cold Blood Life in Cold Blood

Thanks to its extensive heathland commons East Devon is a haven for our native reptiles, with five of the six UK species beingtoresident here.heathland Because commons reptiles are blooded Thanks its extensive Eastcold Devon is a (ectothermic) they have to hibernate winter haven for our native reptiles, with five through of the sixthe UKcold species months, but with the onset of spring they from their being resident here. Because reptiles areemerge cold blooded hiding places and bask in the sun to increase their body (ectothermic) they have to hibernate through the cold winter temperature. A the sunny Spring morning an idealfrom timetheir to try months, but with onset of spring theyisemerge and get a glimpse of these shysun andtoelusive creatures. hiding places and bask in the increase their body temperature. A sunny Spring morning is an ideal time to try and will hunt Theget most recent arrival to the area and a glimpse of these shy andexcellent elusiveswimmers creatures.

is the Smooth Snake, found in only a handful of sites in the south of TheEngland most recent to the area this arrival rare and secretive is the Smooth in only animal hasSnake, been found re-introduced a handful of sites in of theEast south of to the commons Devon. England and secretive Having this beenrare absent from the County animal has been re-introduced for more than 50 years its return means to that the all commons of species East Devon. three snake are once Having absent from the County againbeen present here. for more than 50 years its return means The largest of our threearesnakes that all three snake species once is thepresent Grass Snake, again here. which can reach a length of 1.5 metres (5 feet). ThePreferring largest of our threenear snakes is to live ponds theand Grass reachare stillSnake, waterwhich Grasscan Snakes a length of 1.5 metres (5 feet). Preferring to live near ponds and still water Grass Snakes are

along the waters edge looking for frogs. Although a dull olive green excellent swimmers and will hunt colour the Grass Snake is instantly along the waters looking yellow for recognisable byedge its distinctive frogs. Although a back dull olive green markings on the of its head. colour the Grass Snake is instantly The Adder, is our only recognisable by itswhich distinctive yellow venomous species, markings on the back ofisitsdistinguished head. by a dark zig zag pattern along its The Adder, which is are our only back. Although they venomous venomous is fatal distinguished their bitespecies, is rarely to humans. by Aa trip darkto zigthe zagcliffs pattern along above Beeritsand back. Although they venomous Branscombe on are a warm spring their bite is may rarelyturn fatal humans. morning uptoone of these A trip to the cliffs above elusive creatures baskingBeer in theand sun. Branscombe on a warm spring morning may turn up one of these elusive creatures basking in the sun.

The Common Lizard, also known as the Viviparous TheLizard Common is found Lizard, also known throughout East as the Viviparous Devon. If threatened Lizard found it has or inisdanger throughout the abilityEast to shed Devon. If threatened its tail. or in danger it has the ability to shed its tail.

The Slow Worm, although it looks like a snake is in fact a legless lizard, a close up inspection will Thereveal Sloweyelids, Worm, aalthough it looks feature which is not likefound a snake is in fact a legless in snakes. Commonly found lizard, a close upworms inspection in gardens slow like to will refuge reveal eyelids, a feature which is not under stones or planks of wood. found in snakes. Commonly found The Common Lizard the only in gardens slow worms like is to refuge lizard species to beoffound under stones or planks wood.in East Devon, small and quick moving it Thecan Common Lizard the only be found in isopen fields, lizard species to be foundand in East hedgerows, heathland sparse Devon, small and quick moving it woodland. can be found in open fields, hedgerows, heathland and sparse woodland.

          From mid February onwards Frogs come out of From mid February hibernation to onwards spawnFrogs in ponds come out of hibernation to spawn in ponds

Mike Hughes - Wildlife Art

I am a wildlife artist living and working in East Devon. If you would like to view more artwork or to check availability of prints go to Mike Hughes - Wildlife Art www.mikehugheswildlifeart.co.uk. I will be exhibiting at RHS Rosemoor I am a wildlife living and working in Eastevent Devon. If Iyou 8 -11 April asartist part of a Devon Artist Network and am would currently likeexhibiting to view some more original artworkpieces or toatcheck availability The Gallery, OtteryofStprints Mary. go to www.mikehugheswildlifeart.co.uk. I will be exhibiting at RHS Rosemoor 8 -11 April as part of a Devon Artist Network event and I am currently exhibiting some original pieces at The Gallery, Ottery St Mary.

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Remember, most wildlife watching needs patience, persistence and a certain amount of luck, but with a Remember, wildlife watching little bit ofmost research you can increase needs persistence a a yourpatience, chances and hopefullyand catch certain amount of you luck,are but with for. a glimpse of what looking little bit of research you can increase your chances and hopefully Below are some websites, catch blogs aand glimpse ofthat whatmight you are forums be looking of use: for. www.wildlifeindevon.org.uk Below are some websites, blogs and www.devonwildlifetrust.org forums that might be of use: www.wildaboutdevon.co.uk www.wildlifeindevon.org.uk www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk www.devonwildlifetrust.org www.devonbirds.org www.wildaboutdevon.co.uk www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk rangerjames.wordpress.com www.devonbirds.org Birdforum - Backwater Birding www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside (forum about birdwatching along the rangerjames.wordpress.com Axe Estuary) Birdforum - Backwater Birding (forum about birdwatching along the Axe Estuary)

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East Devon Coast & Country's Home Improvement Section Tips & New Products - Continued Can I use surplus tiles to make a dress?

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Local historian Ted Gosling discusses farming in East Devon

Recollections of Farming East Devon has a rich array of wildlife habitat; from the high heaths and grasslands of the Blackdown Hills, through to the lowlands with their ancient woods which are rich in birds and flowers. The county is home to internationally famous Exe estuary and the unique pebbled heaths with their night jars and Dartford warblers. By far the greatest portion of the district consists of rich farming land, much of which remains valuable for wildlife. This is especially true where old hedgerows and unimproved grasslands survive. East Devon is a part of the county where heats beat

uncomplaining, working outdoors gave him contentment. Despite a hard life, the labourers had a native sense of humour with an ability to see the funny side of life. They were country born and bred and the countryman's knowledge, gained at first hand against the vagaries of nature is not acquired by book learning. Grass for hay was ready for mowing in June or July and in those days used to be stacked into ricks. The traditional method of hay making was very laborious. The hay had to be cut with a horse drawn mower,

with a lot more to come. Although farmers as well as builders can alter the landscape, the builders changes are the ones that are not reversible. at a different pace, a place where all home grown, true Devonians know not only where their food comes from, but that small farmers still care more for the land than anyone else. Unfortunately, this could all change in the future as large scale agribusinesses aim more at the export market and become the order of the day. The landscape of pre-war mixed farming conjures up images of cows grazing contentedly under blue skies, hedgerows teaming with wildlife and be-smocked rustics whose principal pleasures was a jug of cider and a day off for the annual harvest fair. This was far from the truth. Farming was a life of hardship and toil. Labouring hours were as long as daylight and wages were very low. Every pre-war farm in East Devon had its regular labourers who never thought of changing their places of employment. The farm worker was a sedate sort of person, patient and

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then picked by hand with pitchforks and loaded into wagons to be taken back to the farm and made into hay ricks. Before milking parlours were installed, diary farming was more labour intensive. We all have a false image of a happy milkmaid sitting on a stool, hand milking the cows. In all reality, this was a dirty job and it took two men all their time to hand-milk thirty five cows. It was hard work especially during the cold weather when you had to fetch the cows in from the muddy fields. To many of us, the traditional countryside of East Devon is still one of checkerboard green fields divided by lush hedgerows and one dotted with unspoilt villages. Yet today, this familiar idyll is threatened by builders who find that our countryside is an ideal place for houses and trading estates, a place to build new roads. The green fields that generations of local boys explored are now housing estates

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Extracts from

Across Cobble-Stones by Derrick V. Rugg Writer Derrick, reminisces about his childhood in rural East Devon before the 2nd World War.

I BEGAN to think about school; and when the two Tidball girls from next door came in, they told of doing sums, of writing and reading, etc. They also mentioned the teachers: Mrs Spratt, Mr Painter or Archie and Mrs Painter. The last-named lady was fierce, they said. "Er gets as red as a turkey cock!" somebody warned. With such snippets coming pretty regularly, I began to wonder what the Infant Room would be like, and I began to make pictures in my mind. I visualised a long table with a lot of boys and girls along it in tea-party fashion. I was way off target, as it turned out. But I was too young to go to school, and I had, along with Dennis, to do 'pretend' sums and scribble 'wavy-line' letters for the Tidball girls to post to Father Christmas. "You do post them, Florrie?" "Yes," she said, "of course I posts 'em." There was the shopping to do, which reduced the tedium; and that entailed writing out a list and standing on the pedals of an old bicycle

that was propped against the wall. After perhaps an hour of sitting on the machine and getting off and moving it at intervals, first outwards and then back, the invisible groceries arrived home for Mother to check. She always managed to find time to enter into the spirit of things. "What is he up to?" people asked. "Oh, he is getting the shopping," Mother said. "He is a very good boy at that." Father brought home tins, mainly from a dump near his work, and I remember building them up, transferring covers and what not. Apparently, I covered any open receptacle in the house - including the chamber pots. Occasionally, Dennis and I would rush out to the gate. A threshing tackle would be coming up the road. It was likely to belong to the Manfield Brothers, and we would shout and wave at the two smutty men on the great 'steamer', and watch as the threshing drum passed along, followed by the straw tier with a couple of bicycles dangling from

it. Of course, we wanted to be engine drivers when we grew up, and we admired the procession - having no idea of the torture it carried to the farm labourer, sweating amid the dust from sheaves, at the mercy of a machine that never tired and seldom broke down. Sometimes a beautiful 'female' traction came steaming along. It was called the Queen Mary and it belonged to Jimmy Vinnicombe. Jimmy only had one tackle - like Little Claus with his horse - and he must have been tremendously proud of his steam engine, for its brown and gold was polished to an apposite regality. Another event that bought a change and a stir was the arrival of the bazaar, in the shape of a large van hung all over with baskets, buckets and pans. I was absolutely fascinated by the skilful usage of all the hanging space, and I remember that the man who drove the vehicle seemed to regard everyone as a potential bazaar-lifter. But I so wanted to go to school! In the meantime I had to make do with fighting Dennis and looking forward to Mr Warren, and Mr West of Trump's Stores in Ottery. Derrick V. Rugg Published by Tabb House, available at ÂŁ2.95 tabbhousebooks@talktalk.net

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The painting below is the work of Peter Goodhall. He's has an exhibition of his work as follows: 16th Apr - 25th Jun - Peter Goodhall: Local artist displays work (both originals and prints) at Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth (see display box on page 9). www.petergoodhall.co.uk

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Life Matters

Complementary therapies and treatments

Editor - Sali Mustafic sali@prestige-media.co.uk tel: 01404 45848

Life Matters Welcome to "Life Matters", an East Devon based forum within this magazine for discussing a range of health and wellbeing issues. I've had some exciting developments in my career since becoming editor within this section, which means that I'm overstretched on time, as a result, I'll no longer have the time to be editor of this section. So, we're currenty looking for someone to take over editorial control of the "Life Matters" section, someone who has a keen interest in heath issues, particularly in relation to complementary therapies. If you think you've got the credentials, energy and interest to take on this role, please call Nigel Jones on 01395 512166.

Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation

Getting help with Back Pain Do you suffer from back pain? If so you are not alone! It is estimated that 50% of people in western countries will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In the UK, one million people consult their GP for back pain each year, with several million working days lost each year to this condition.

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complementar y help with back pain?â&#x20AC;? Lower back pain, in particular, seems to be an issue for many of us who need relief from pain while continuing a normal life and hobbies such as walking, swimming, golf and gardening.

General Practice and NICE guidelines As Dr. Ros Debenham of Claremont Medical practice in Exmouth says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back pain is a very common condition that we see in general practice every day. The NICE guidelines recommend staying physically active as much as possible & offering one of the following treatment options: an exercise programme, a course of manual therapy including manipulation, or a course of acupuncture. " â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muscle spasm plays a big part in back pain & patients are often prescribed muscle relaxants. We incorporate Indiba High Frequency Heat into our massage treatments as used by Rafael Nadal during Wimbledon. One Indiba is equivalent to 4-5 manual massages & we have had excellent feedback.â&#x20AC;? According to the March 2010 NICE guidelines non-specific low back pain is caused by problems with structures in the back, such as joints, discs, muscles, tendons or ligaments. The guideline covers the management of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;persistentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pain more experienced by adults for longer than 6 weeks but less than a year. As it can be difficult to completely cure non-specific low back pain, and treatments are usually aimed at helping people manage their condition.

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The various types of treatment described in the guidelines may be provided by a range of healthcare professionals specialising in different treatments. These could include doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, psychologists and acupuncturists. All of these practitioners will be professionally trained and experienced in providing the particular treatment. Here in East Devon we have a wealth of qualified, experienced practitioners who can help. If this is the first time you have considered looking for complementary treatment you may well be wondering who to turn to and what to expect from your treatment. Most therapists are more than happy to answer some questions either in person or on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;phone and many offer free consultations.

Clinics Southernhay Clinic in Exeter is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;boutiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clinic offering on-going care not only of your back but of all joints and muscles. A wide range of therapies and treatments is available and the clinic offers offer a free initial consultation, either face to face or by telephone, to explain the different approaches available and help people decide on the best approach given their symptoms, lifestyle and personal preferences. Therapies include:

Acupuncture Catherine Mudge, nurse and acupuncturist says â&#x20AC;&#x153;acupuncture using needling, warming moxabustion and electro acupuncture are all techniques designed to give immediate, prolonged and sustained relief from lower back pain. They work by allowing muscles and joints to start to relax, will draw blood and endorphins or 'feel good hormones' to the area causing pain relief and increase the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own production of natural steroids, which will calm the inflammation and help the area to heal.

Exercise Therapy The clinic also offers exercise therapy with Claire Taylor who explains how exercise therapy can be used to treat back pain by readdressing the balance of the muscles acting throughout the spine. By carrying out treatment in this form you address the cause of the problem and by eradicating the cause you will prevent the problem reoccurring. Over a course of 6-8 sessions you will begin to tune into the mechan-

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ics of your ‘core stability’ and learn to keeping the pain at bay without the need to seek regular treatment.

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touch, holistic therapy consisting of a series of gentle moves, with paus-

order to provide you with a fully personalised experience.

Therapists If the idea of going to a clinic doesn’t appeal, or you already know which therapy suits your personal requirements, we have a wonderful choice of therapists to turn to here in East Devon. Acupuncturist Val Davis suggests that you give acupuncture a try as it gives excellent results in the treatment of this complaint. Acupuncture is well known for its pain relieving effects but goes far beyond this to address the underlying issues. It can also increase flexibility of joints by relaxing tendons and ligaments, improving circulation, and relaxing tense muscles. Your first appointment would include a treatment. Val uses extremely fine needles made of surgical stainless

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For general health problems, fertility, addictions, sports injuries, facial revitalisation acupuncture  Val Davis, B.Sc., M.B.Ac.C., Lic.Ac. 01395 578050 Sharp Acupuncture Clinic. Hilary Sharp  Lic.Ac MBAcC Clinics Honiton, Axminster, Charmouth 01297 560639 enquiries@hilarysharp.co.uk www.hilarysharp.com Chiropractic

For gentle, effective holistic chiropractic treatment for the whole family, the Chiropractic Health Centre 01297 35844 or 01404 549270 Sidmouth Chiropractic Centre, treating a whole range of conditions. Whether new or long-standing, call us to see how we can help you 01395 578714. See display advert. Chiropractic - McTimoney

If you have headaches, neck, back, hip, joint and muscle pain, April Rose can help you. Based in Seaton, tel 07973 202441. See display. Cognitive Hypnotherapy

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es in between to allow the body to respond. The gentle rolling of muscles sends signals to the brain, stimulating the body’s resources to heal itself. The moves are light but precise and can be done through light clothing.

steel. Insertion of the needle is virtually painless, but you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache momentarily when the needle is manipulated. Most people find the whole process very relaxing.

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Massage Therapists Marc and Julie Kilsbie welcome

mouth has a highly qualified, multidisciplinary team which includes specialists in sports, remedial and therapeutic massage working closely with coaches, dieticians and a podiatrist to ensure an integrated solution to your problem. The team shares a core belief that pain is often a symptom of a series of complex, deeper processes which may have been going on for a long time. Your body has the ability to compensate for the twists, turns and stresses of everyday living. Over time these compensations can build up and the twinge that accompanies your golf swing, pruning the apple tree or walking the dog is a signal that something needs attention. At the massage clinic you will be offered a free consultation to help you decide which therapies and treatments will benefit you most and your treatment will draw on a wide array of soft tissue techniques and diverse therapeutic approaches in

callers popping in to discuss possibilities at their soap shop ‘Flo & Us’ in Sidmouth’s Fore Street. Julie explains their philosophy, “We are here to help people. There is a massage therapy to suit everyone but sometimes it can be difficult to know which to try. We match therapies to individual needs so we offer a range of styles including deep tissue massage, seated massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology. While it is true that we can help relieve muscle spasm and cramps, as well as long standing aches and pains, we understand that feeling comfortable with your therapist is equally important so we invite you to pop in for a chat and get to know us”. Chiropractor Richard Stenning who has clinics in Axminster and Honiton, offers patients the choice of short term pain relief or optimum corrective care. Chiropractic

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treatment includes specific joint manipulation, joint mobilisation and soft tissue work such as massage. An initial intensive care phase focuses on symptomatic relief (usually pain relief). Where appropriate this is followed by rehabilitative care tailored to strengthen and maintain the muscles and soft tissue of the spine.

Awareness

As awareness and provision of complementary healthcare grows so does the choice of therapies available. East Devon now has many practices offering a selection of therapies and advice about what will suit you best, matching provision to your personal needs and preferences. For instance, a glance through the advertisements and classified section of this magazine, will give you details of further holistic approaches to health and wellbeing. Hypnotherapy, Shiatsu, Nordic Walking, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Yoga; whatever appeals to you, you can be sure East Devon can provide it. Remember to check that your therapist is qualified, insured, and a member of a professional body with a code of ethics and most of all, enjoy your treatments, make a rapid recovery and continue to look after yourself.

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Local Women for Women group at Kennaway House raise £3000 for FORCE Cancer Charity Life Matters CLASSIFIED Promote your practice

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Sali Mustafic talks to Heather Eardley of ‘Local Women for Women’ an East Devon voluntary organisation that is trailblazing a way forward for local women interested in business or personal development. In November 2010 a group of enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated women ran an amazing event bringing together workshops, speakers, yoga and tai chi classes, an amazing array

Sali: "What exactly is ‘Local Women for Women’ and what do you do?" Heather: "When we founded LocalWomen4Women in 2008 we wanted to create a network of local women by organising Women’s Health and Wellbeing Days and at the same time raise money for local charities. We had a vision of events that

lot of women work at home and welcome a chance to get out and join other women in activities; to meet and share. All the women

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Experienced, Professional & Caring Massage Therapist with in Sidmouth, Ottery & Honiton. Helen Watts Dip. APNT, BCMA Reg www.helenwatts. com 01395 597564 Massage Reflexology

Vanessa Smith has practised in Devon, Honiton and Axminster for 20 years using Massage Reflexology and Polarity Therapy 01404 47123 continued on following page

Numerous speakers were heard

of therapies, pampering, and shopping at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. This was the 3rd Annual LW4W Health and Wellbeing Day and it raised £3000 for FORCE Cancer Charity. When I spoke to Heather, one of the founding members, I began to understand how this organisation has grown to be a runaway success and that its message is spreading far beyond the reaches of its East Devon origins.

would provide opportunities for local women to develop new skills, meet new people and build confidence while promoting an emphasis on environmental sustainability and green issues." Sali: "I have been to two of your events and thoroughly enjoyed them. What do you think is the key to their success?" H e a t h e r : " I t ’s a l l a b o u t networking. The events give women opportunities to see new opportunities for themselves. A

Sali: "How do you plan to develop the idea now that it has become such a success?" Heather:"That’s one of the fascinating things. We couldn’t have predicted the success of the Health and Wellbeing days. It’s not just that more people have joined in, but that among those present there are always people with new ideas. We have just held a fantastic cookery weekend at Antonia’s Kitchen that grew out of a conversation in November. Not only did we meet some lovely people, learn some new cooking skills and enjoy delicious food but Antonia’s Kitchen has donated around £300 to local charities."

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Life Matters CLASSIFIED Nordic Walking

Burn 20-40% more calories than normal walking, tone up, lose weight, get fitter in beautiful locations. Call Rob Deere on 07920 090453 Reiki

Come and experience the relaxing, recharging and refreshing qualities of Reiki. Un-intrusive and truly memorable with Julie 01395 516053 Kerry Powell. Traditional Usui Reiki Practitioner.  Home visits available.  Member of FHT  01395 514297  Mobile 07748 901426 Rooms for hire

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While we are planning more workshops for East Devon during the year, we are also involved in a growing number of projects further afield. Only this week we have been talking to a group from Somerset who want to set up something similar and we have been contacted by women from Bolton who want to use our model to raise money for a children’s hospice. Sali:" It certainly sounds as if you are going to be very busy in 2011." Heather: "Yes, we set out to raise some money for local charities and it snowballed. We are now hoping to develop the existing voluntary organisation into a Community Interest Company which is a form of social enterprise. We are happy to widen the scope and if there are women out there who would be interested in raising money for us, have new ideas or information about other local charities who could benefit from our work, we would love to hear from them."

Exercise in beautiful locations Burn 20-46% more calories than normal walking Have fun exercising with like minded people Tone up, lose weight, get fitter and healthier in the outdoors Contact Rob Deere on 07920 090453 or robdeere@rocketmail.com

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To find out more about this inspiring group of local women visit their website www.lw4w.org.uk email admin@lw4w.org.uk phone 01395 568727.

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Shiatsu for Living Well Massage Therapy

With Lynn Hughes B.A. (Hons.) Dip. Shiatsu. MRRS.

Life Matters CLASSIFIED Shiatsu

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5-6th Mar - Fossil Fantastic Weekend at Charmouth. 13th Mar - Know your Fossils at LR M. 17th Mar - The History of Lyme in Ten Objects at LR M. 19th Mar - Photographing Maritime Lyme - call the LR TIC. 19th Mar - Local Birdsong - at LR M. 17th Apr - Rockpool Ramble with the CHCC team.

Do you have a big interest in complementary therapies? We are on the lookout for a person to take over the editorialship of the "Life Matters" section of the magazine as our existing sub-editor is departing shortly. This is a home-based positon, so all you'd need would be computer access at home, telephone and good ability with written English, and a keen interest in this subject area. Call Nigel on 01395 512166 or 513383.

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24th Apr - Easter Bonnet Parade at Lyme, call the LR TIC. 20th Apr - Fossil Roadshow - at the CHCC. 27th Apr - Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Trees. 29th Apr - 1st May - Lyme Regis Fossil Fetival - an extravaganza for all. 29th May - Blessing Of The Boats - at The Lifeboat Station, Lyme.

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The dangers of a culture of secrecy

It left us with many questions

Although LDF Panel councillors made

including:

recommendations and were the architects of the LDF, EDDC refused

By Claire Wright

Communities Before Developers

• If the LDF Panel’s minutes were

to provide the minutes under the

going to be made public, how

Freedom of Information Act - until we

many redactions would there be?

lodged a formal complaint arguing

• How closely do panel minutes

that the documentation was in the

resemble discussions?

public interest.

• Why exactly was EDDC so The previous day I had been sent an email by Deputy Chief Executive,

room?

Denise Lyon promising to make all

• Were they right to throw us out,

this group’s minutes, previously

given that the agenda did not

unavailable under the Freedom of

specify that the press and public

Information Act, public by the end of the month. Claire Wright

anxious to remove us from the

were excluded? • What criteria does EDDC use to determine which meetings are

We decided that this must be the start

held in public and which are not?

When we were thrown out of an East

of a new era of transparency at East

Devon District Council meeting for

Devon District Council (EDDC). We

The reason we went along to the LDF

doing nothing more than sitting

were full of optimism at the prospect

Panel meeting was that this group’s

quietly, it raised important questions

of the council conducting more of

recommendations were behind the

for us about a long-established and

its business in the glare of public

most environmentally damaging

worrying culture of secrecy.

scrutiny.

long-term planning strategy that East Devon residents had ever encountered.

Laureate Heights - marketing spin, alluding to the late Sir John Betjamen and his fondness for Sidmouth no doubt!

Myself and fellow campaigner,

How wrong we were. No sooner had

Jonathan Underwood had arrived

we sat down, chairman Cllr David

with Ottery St Mary councillor, Roger

Key, shouted at us (from across the

The strategy led to almost 1000

Giles at the Local Development

room) that we must leave as it was

homes on open countryside being

More worrying still, was a report

Framework (LDF) Panel meeting on

a private meeting. He then claimed

approved. The council killed off its

from the Planning Advisory Service

10 February, to observe the debate.

that EDDC’s chief executive, Mark

discredited LDF, following public

(PAS), which, in November 2009, had

The agenda was not marked ‘press

Williams, had ordered us to go.

outrage last autumn over the

reviewed the way the LDF Panel was approaching strategic planning. The PAS recorded deep concerns over councillors looking at the process as a land specific exercise, rather than an overall strategic plan. It also criticised the practice of meeting with landowners and developers and encouraging them to undertake ‘further technical work.’ The PAS predicted that this practice would lead to premature planning applications being submitted, while the LDF was still in draft form. Their predictions came true just one year later. Almost 1000 homes (possibly more) are now set to be built on open countryside. And it is these 1000 homes that could have set the precedent for building on open countryside inEast Devon

The ever encroaching development (Sidmouth) - do we need a Birmingham by the sea?

The application at Cloakham Lawns, Axminster was approved just one week into the LDF’s

and public excluded.’ Neither was

Of course we fought our corner but

way the countryside was being

public consultation. The Westclyst

the meeting marked ‘press and public

after a few minutes we decided it was

sacrificed for unjustified and massive

application was approved one week

excluded’ on the list included in the

pointless and left.

development.

after the consultation had finished,

councillors’ weekly newsletter, The

before the huge number of responses

Knowledge.

had been analysed.

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A culture of secrecy is always

who supports the concept of

EDDC has now returned to using

bad news. It creates suspicion at

transparency in local government.

the Local Plan to determine

best. At worst it allows people

At EDDC it is a concept that

planning applications, which

to get away with unacceptable

urgently needs addressing.

is good news. But developers

behaviour and decisions.

who are getting their large-scale

allows complacency and non-

Your choice of councillor could

applications for open countryside

accountability to flourish.

have a significant impact on the

It

refused, are now threatening to appeal.

final version of the LDF, which will Now it is over to you. It is your

be published after the elections.

chance to influence the culture at Some are saying that they were

Communities Before Developers

EDDC in the elections on 5 May.

encouraged by EDDC to submit

We urge you to do your research before voting this May. It could

their planning applications on

It is vital that you use your vote.

open countryside. Even in Areas

We urge you to vote for someone

of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

you are confident will represent

For more information about

your views. And vote for someone

our campaign visit:

www. communitiesbeforedevelopers .org

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MANAGING your MONEY Count down to retirement A simple todo list on the run up to your retirement. If you are thinking of retiring shortly you need to think about your pension fund and where it is currently invested. If you are investing in a range of equity linked investments it would be wise to consider consolidating your funds and switching to cash whilst the advisory process is taking place. This would avoid any volatile stockmarket swings having a significant impact on your pension fund just as you are ready to buy your annuity. Over recent years the stockmarket appears to be reacting with great volatility and therefore a switch to cash once you have decided to take benefits can be advantageous. Buying an annuity or taking other types of retirement product can take around 6 to 8 weeks to complete and therefore switching to cash during this period provides a considerable amount of stability in the run up to retirement.

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