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COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon



East Devon Coast & Country



(22nd & 23rd January, 1879)


written, illustrated & presented by

Rob Gerrard FRGS 11

Fellow of the Royal Geographic al Society, author, broadcaste r, official battlesite tour guide & resident historian at Isandhlwan a Lodge, KwaZulu-N atal, SA.

Saturday, 9th July, 2011




Walk on the Wildside


TICKETS: £12, £11 and £10

Box Office 07891 663044 or Budleigh Salterton TIC 01395 445275 Also at

The Powell Theatre, Sherborne, Wednesday, 6th July By The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Thursday, 7th July Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Friday, 8th July The Wharf, Tavistock, Sunday, 10th July




raising venues Shows start at 8.00p.m. but please check with individualyoung whilst the weather is good and food is abundant. Summer is a busy time in nature with most creatures

Whether on the coastal beaches and cliffs or the inland hedgerows and heathland, East Devon provides a wealth of wildlife watching opportunities during this season.

All general inquiries about all five venues: Tel / text 07891 663044


As the local beaches fill with tourists there is still plenty to see along the region’s coastline. Basking Sharks can be sighted off East Devon during mid-summer, these huge, gentle filter feeders can reach a length of eight metres, making them the second biggest fish in the sea. Also keep your eyes peeled for other large seafaring animals such as the Harbour Porpoise, Bottle-nose Dolphin and Common Dolphin.

At low tide a trip to Beer or Sidmouth offers a chance to go rockpooling, as the water retreats with the outgoing tide small pools are revealed which are teeming with life. Watch out for the beautifully coloured beadlet anemone. Under the water its delicate tentacles resemble a flower but at low tide they appear as large jelly-like red blobs. Both Hermit and shore crabs can be easily located hiding under rocks, hermit crabs have no shell of


4. Quarterly What's On guide

58. The English Garden

Find out what's not to miss.

We visit 'The Lookout' at Lympstone.

11. Rorke's Drift

62. Equine - Summer Care

The impossible battle in Zululand.

By Natalie Bucklar-Green.

12. Forthcoming Art Exhibitions

64. Aggresive or Frightened

Art gallery events for June to August.

By Animal Communicator, Kerry Hornett.

19. Business Tips

66. Walk on the Wildside

Valuable advice from Katina Styles.

Artist Mike Hughes talks about wildlife.

20. Fashion and Beauty

70. The Platts at Branscombe

Fashion and beauty in East Devon.

From noted local historian Ted Gosling.

24. Eating Out

72. Life Matters

The Common Buzzard thrives in the rural countryside of East Devon, with their distinctive ‘mewing’ call they circle high above the landscape.

Our roundup of East Devon eateries.

Our section on health & wellbeing issues.

30. The Exmouth Feature

76. Out and About in Lyme A roundup of events from Lyme Regis

46. East Devon Museums

80. Managing your Money

Discovering our local treasures.

their own and use salvaged mollusc search of food. If you are fortunate to shells to hide in, moving to larger ones come across a Brown Hare, the animal as they grow. Fish can also be found will often lie down, flattening its body in rock pools; the Common Blenny until the danger has passed. It will or Shanny is widespread around the remain motionless unless you stray a Nigel Jones, Steve Mike UK, with its ability to breathe little too close, out of Chilcott, thenHughes, it will suddenly water it can often be seen basking on race off at top speed and with the TeditGosling, top ofKatina seaweed. Styles, Helen Mulvaney, ability to run at 45mph will soon put Inland the massive network of some distance between itself and you. Saliare Mustafic, Sasa Natalie Bucklarhedgerows now full of colour Although not and Jancovic, a particularly common bustling with insect life, providing species to the area, there are still a Hornett. a vitalGreen, resource Kerry for species few hot spots to see this magnificent such as Bullfinch, Dormice and Brown creature. Hairstreak butterflies. The Dormouse is nationally rare but Devon provides a crucial stronghold for them. These small tree-living mice are nocturnal and are only active for apublisher: short time Editor and Nigel Jones through the summer months. They can betel. easily distinguished from their / 01395 512166 01395 513383 rodent cousins thanks to their furry prehensile email. tail. With the days getting increasingly longer an evening walk through local woodland or farmland may turn up 01395 513383 a Fox, Advertisers Badger, Hare or Roecall: Deer. All these large mammals will have young By post: Beech Royd, 6 Bennetts Hill, and will be venturing further afield in Red Admiral


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Although not common in East devon, the Brown Hare can still be seen in the area.


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Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.

52. Swallows on the Otter Ariel acrobatics on the riverbank.

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Cover photo: Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited


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BUDLEIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL When the Budleigh Music Festival opens in July 2011 it will be for the seventh year in succession. During this time it has grown from mostly local events with a sprinkling of professional and semi-professional performers to a series of 42 live performances most of them given by national and international artists. It is now visited by music lovers who organise their holidays to enjoy wall-to-wall classical music. In each of the last four years a feature of the two week festival has been the live fully staged opera. This year the festival will come to its conclusion on Saturday 30 July with Georges Bizet’s Carmen with full orchestra and chorus supporting a cast of well-known soloists. For good measure there is also to be a semi-staged performance of the delightful operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss (Wednesday 27 July). What a feast of top class singing is in prospect! Book early though, because tickets will be in great demand. Other visitors include violinists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Hugo Ticiatti and pianists Gottlieb Wallisch and Alexandra Dariescu. Ensembles include the Honeymead and the Piatti and the The Cardiff Polyphonic Choir sings the Rachmaninov Vespers and the town’s Male Choir performs with the Exmouth Ladies Barber Shop singers. The full festival brochure is published on 31 May or see the website (www. The box office (at the TIC 01395 445275) is open first to Friends of the Festival and then to the public after 28 May.

Summer's a great time of the year to be in East Devon, there are so many festivals, regattas, concerts, etc., that it's hard to keep up with them all. We try to keep you upto-speed with all the main local events across East Devon, but we'd like to hear from you if your village has a main annual event that you think should be in our What's On. This issue sees Steve Chilcott writing about Exmouth. It's a lovely place and I believe that many people visit Exmouth whilst missing many interesting facets that this coastal town has to offer. Although we've covered this feature in 12 pages, I still feel there's much, much more that could have been included about Exmouth - alas, we ran out of space (and time!). For history buffs, there's a lot to discover and we've included an historic route (including a map).

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Summer's a great time to visit gardens with most plants at their best. For this issue, we visited 'The Lookout' at Lympstone, however we're always looking to visit gardens with a view to running a pictorial feature within the magazine, so if you have what you consider to be a particularly attractive garden, then contact Nigel (01395 512166 nigel@ As always, we're keen to hear from you. Perhaps you have some interesting news that you think would interest our readership, in which case you're always welcome to contact us. This issue sees the pages within the magazine increase again, but don't worry, we're committed to keeping a high level of editorial content and photography so that there genuinely is something to interest you. All that remains is for me to thank everyone involved with the magazine and to wish you all the best for the summer months. Regards Nigel Jones


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Forthcoming Events June, July & August 2011

antiques, horticultural show, children’s activities, live bands, art and charities.

Festivals 4-5th June - Exeter Respect Festival: celebration of diversity including world music, dance, art, food and market stalls, Belmont Park.

1-2nd July - Seaton Cycling Festival: beginning at Seaton cyclists circumnavigate the British coastline on bike for 64 days for charity.

4-5th June - Exmouth Rotary Club Kite Festival: enjoy kites both on land and on water, edge of the Exmouth’s River Exe.

1st-2nd July - The Craft Festival: 100 crafts people from all over Devon selling their art and craft, live music and entertainment, Cathedral Green, Exeter.

9-10th June - Flower Festival at Knightstone Manor, Ottery. Contact Ottery TIC.

16-30th July - Budleigh Music Festival: opera, music and exciting events.

10-13th June- Branscombe Flower Festival: St Winifred’s Church.

29th July - 5th Aug - Simouth Folk Week: over 600 events including individual concerts, workshops and ceilidhs.

11-12th June - Bradninch Music and Arts Festival: musical events and workshops at various locations in Exeter.


17-19th June - The Fountain Head Pub Beer Festival with bands playing music.

9th July - Yeovilton Air Day: The Royal Navy’s biggest airshow with extensive air and ground displays.

22nd June-2nd July - Exeter Fringe Festival: celebration of new live performance work from Exeter and beyond across city.

Fairs 2nd June - Salcombe Regis Country Fair.

28th July - Alexandra Dariescu 12 noon, Temple Church (see BMF).

10th Aug - Southleigh Fair: rural crafts and activities for all the family.

29th July - Hugo Ticciati 3pm, Temple Church (see BMF).

20th Aug - Dalwood Fair: traditional stalls and side shows, children’s fancy dress parade.

30th July - Gottlieb Wallisch 3pm, Temple Church (see BMF).


Concerts 4th June - The Organist Entertains: Nigel Ogden, BBC Radio 2, Methodist Church, Sidmouth. 4th June - Sidmouth Lion’s Club Charity Concert: Manor Pavilion Theatre.

15-16th June - Carmina Burana: Exeter University Choral Society & Scholars Ensemble, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 30th June - Katie Bray - Concerts in the West series: award-winning mezzosoprano, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.


2nd July - Classical Music in a New Light: including the premier of a new orchestral composition ‘Requiem for the Lost’ by Ondrej Pochyly, Exeter Castle.


16th July - Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir 7.30pm, St. Peter's Church (see Budleigh Music Fesival (BMF) advert).

(22nd & 23rd January, 1879)

written, illustrated & presented by

Rob Gerrard FRGS

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, author, broadcaster, official battlesite tour guide & resident historian at Isandhlwana Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal, SA.

25-26th June - Fire Engine & Vintage Rally, contact Ottery TIC.

Sidmouth in Bloom Open Gardens 30th June - 5th July - tickets from Sidmouth Tourist Information

30th June-5th July - Sidmouth Secluded Open Gardens. 30th June - St Giles 7th Century Church Tour: Thursdays, 2.30pm, Sidbury. Sundays in July - Sidmouth Town Band Concerts: Connaught Gardens, 8pm

22nd July - Carla Mouriz, mezzo & Joseph Middleton song recital 7.30pm, Temple Church (see BMF).

9-10th July - River Exe Regatta: hosted by Starcross Yacht Club.

28th July - Hugo Ticciati & Henrik Måwe 7.30pm, Temple Church (see BMF).


1th June - Ottery St Mary Pixie Day: fete, live music, beer tent, fireworks, fancy dress re-enactment, fundraising for local Scout and Guide organisation, Village Square.

9th July - Gittisham Fete: stalls, duck race, cream teas, scarecrow competition, children’s fancy dress, pony rides, face painting, clog dancing, raffle, 2pm.

27th July - Die Fledermaus 7.30pm, St. Peter's Church (see BMF).

All general inquiries about all five venues: Tel / text 07891 663044


21st July - The Amadeus Orchestra: featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Serkebavev, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter.

26th July - Orchestral Concert 7.30pm, St. Peter's Church (see BMF).

TICKETS: £12, £11 and £10

Contact venue for further details.

3rd July - Feniton Fun Day: stalls and family fun.

25th July - Honeymead Ensemble at Temple Church (see BMF).

For full details see pages 10 & 11.

BMF = Budleigh Music Festival - see display advert (right) for full details.

21st July - The Dufay Collective 7.30pm, Temple Church (see BMF).

23nd July - Cardiff Polyphonic Choir Rachmaninov Vespers 7.30pm Temple Church (see BMF).

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27th July - John Turner & Nicholas Marshall 3pm, Temple Church.

25th June - Armed Forces Day: fete, BBQ, stalls, veterans badge presentation, Manor Gardens, Exmouth.

9th June - Mark Bebbington - Concerts in the West series: award-winning pianist, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

25-26th June - Axe Vale Festival: crafts, trade stands, floral marquee, food hall,

30th July - Carmen 7pm, St. Peter's Church (see BMF).

29th July - Gottlieb Wallisch & the Piatti Quartet 7.30pm, Temple Church (see BMF).

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10th July - Dr Who Peco Charity Open Day: former Dr Who Colin Baker will make a celebrity appearance, guest signings, costumed characters, prop displays, talks and merchandising stalls. For the cancer charity FORCE, Seaton. 13-14th July - Sidmouth Flower Arrangement Club Summer Show: All Saints Church Hall. 15-17th July - The Devon 7s Charity Rugby Tournament: A full weekend of Rugby with evening entertainment from Boney M and The Funking Barstewards, Branscombe Airfield.






Monday 25th July Temple Church 7.30pm

16-30th July


Don’t miss this outstanding event!

The BUDLEIGH SALTERON MALE VOICE CHOIR Saturday16th July St. Peter s Church 7.30pm

RACHMANINOV S VESPERS Saturday 23rd July St. Peter s Church 7.30pm for 8pm

CARMEN Saturday 30th July St. Peter s Church 7pm

CLARA MOURIZ & JOSEPH MIDDLETON Friday22nd July Temple Church 7.30pm

HUGO TICCIATI & HENRIK MAWE Thursday 28th July Temple Church 7.30pm

Wednesday 27th July St. Peter s Church 7.30pm


Thursday 21st July Temple Church 7.30pm

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT Tuesday 26th July St. Peter s Church 7.30pm

Afternoon Concerts Free Lunchtime Concerts GOTTLEIG WALLISCH & The PIATTI QUARTET

Box Office: Budleigh Salterton Tourist Info 01395 445275 Website:

Friday 29th July Temple Church 7.30pm

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Forthcoming Events


June, July & August 2011

raising funds for local organisations

AXMINSTER Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2011

The Branscome Air & Classic Car Show

Grand Summer Fete & Car Boot Sale SATURDAY 16th July, 12 to 4pm. To be opened by Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP at Sidmouth Rugby Club. Entrance £1, children free, Stalls, Activities, Competitions & lots more. Bumper Rae with Superb prizes. In aid of SIDMOUTH VICTORIA HOSPITAL COMFORTS FUND Reg Charity no 213425

17th July - Sidmouth Lions Great Duck Derby: River Sid in the Byes, 2.15pm. 17th July - Pecorama Garden Day: opens its doors free of charge to the Gardens and famous Model Railway Exhibition, raising funds for The Seaton Hospital

League of Friends and the Devon Air Ambulance, Seaton. 19th July - Honiton Hot Pennies Day: based on a 14th century tradition, heated pennies are thrown from the upstairs windows of inns, to the children below. 23rd July - Honiton Charter Day: charity stalls join the High Street, events include Town Crier competition, music, dancing, food stalls and in the evening open concert by Honiton’s Town Band. 23rd-30th July - Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week: events all week in aid of the RNLI.  24th July - The Branscombe Charity Air and Classic Car Show: family event


Horticultural Show, Floral Marquee Food Hall, Craft, Art, Toys & Hobbies Antiques & Collectables Trade Stands, Demonstrations Arena Events, Children’s Entertainment Spirit of the Community Refreshments & Licensed Bar Adults £7

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13th Aug - The Sid Valley Horticultural Society Flower and Craft Show: Sidford Playing Field.

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22-26th Aug - Peco Loco: Beer Heights Light Railway’s entire fleet of steam, diesel and electric locomotives will be in operation, running an intensive train service. Unlimited rides for holders of standard Bargain Tickets, Beer. 25th Aug - Woolbrook Flower and Craft Show: St Francis Church Hall.

30-31st Aug - Wiscombe Park Hill Climb: See the country’s fastest car and driver combinations battling for all important national championship points.

Jazz Music 24-26th June - Gospel and Jazz Weekend: including Black Voices and Scott Stroman’s Eclectic Voices chamber choir, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter. 2nd July - The Big Chris Barber Band: traditional jazz and blues band, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 3rd July - Lyme Jazz Festival: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 30th July - Swinging at the Cotton Club: The Cotton Club Jazz Orchestra & The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, an evening of jazz and dance, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Music Events

27-28th Aug - Sidmouth Regatta: sporting events, musical entertainment for all the family.

3rd June - Richard Digance: self-penned comic songs for all ages, Corn Exchange, Exeter.

28-29th Aug - Honiton Hill Rally: market stalls. vintage vehicles and farming of yesteryear, rural crafts, working heavy horses, commercial and military vehicles and arts and crafts, Stockland, 5 miles east of Honiton.

3rd June - Big Exmouth Arena Concert: soul band Joey and the Lips supported by Sound of Sirens and a concert of local community youth bands, Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth.

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3rd June - The Electric Light Orchestra Greatest Hits Tour: Princess Theatre, Torquay. 7th June - Johnathan Ansell and Friends: former G4 front man solo tour, Princess Theatre, Torquay. 8-12th June - Caberet: Sidmouth Musical Comedy Society, Manor Pavilion. 11th June - Motown’s Greatest Hits: featuring songs from The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Corn Exchange, Exeter.

31st May-4th June - Midnight Tango: Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace from BBC’s Strictly Come D'g, Exm'th Pavilion.

22nd & 29th June - Ottery St Mary Silver Band Concert: Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth.

1st-3rd June - Mr Stink: musical adaptation of children’s novel by David Walliams, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

24th June - Michael Ball: multiplatinum recording artist, Plymouth Pavilions.

2nd-3rd June - The Two Brothers: Fragmented Artists, Marine Theatre, Lyme.

14th July - Legends of Las Vegas: Fisher Stevens presents Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley, Pavilion, Exmouth.

3rd-11th June - Noises Off by Michael Frayn: Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth.

30th July - Jools Holland and his

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1st June - Bill Giles’ Weather Show: BBC weather presenter answers your questions on weather, Northcott Theatre.

28th July - Lets Hang On: Frankie Valli tribute, Lee James Associates ltd, Pavilion, Exmouth.

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Rhythm n’ Blues Orchestra: a night of boogie-woogie with special guests Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, Powderham Castle.

17th June/ 2nd Aug/ 16th Aug/ 23 Aug - Super Trouper: Princess Theatre, Torquay.

16th July - Stompin’ Dave: acoustic American old-time and bluegrass to piano boogie and guitar driven electric blues, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

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4th June - Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show: BM Comedy presents Phil Hammond GP, writer and broadcaster, Northcott Theatre. 5th June - Tim and Light: Tucked in Productions (family adventure, physical theatre and puppetry), Northcott Theatre. 9-11th Jun - BLOK/ EKO by Howard Barker: University of Exeter Drama

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Forthcoming Events June, July & August 2011

• World famous Beer Heights Light Railway • Award-winning Gardens • Stunning Views • Model Railway Exhibition • Play Areas • Children’s Entertainers • Restaurant • Model Shop • and much more

Department, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Theatre, Torquay.

10th June - Comedy Club Nights: top comedians form the national stand-up circuit (16+ only), Corn Exchange, Exeter.

26th June - Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones: created and performed by Jeff Achtem, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

11th June - Look Back in Anger by John Osborne: Creative Cow, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

28-29th June - Bound: Bear Trap Theatre, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

14-18th June - The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz: Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, Manor Pavilion, Sid'th. 17-18th June - Beauty and the Beast: Critics Circle award-winning Ballet Cymru, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 19th June - Chance to Dance 2011: evening of dance and performance by children from local dancing clubs and schools, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 22nd June - A Corner of the Ocean: Jammy Voo, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 24th June - The Virginia Monologues, Why Growing Old is Great: Scamp Theatre, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 25th June - Pluck - Musical Arson!: directed by John Fealey and Toby Sedgwick, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 25th - Charles Vance’s 25th Summer Play Festival: Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. 20-25th June - Calendar Girls: Princess

30th June - Horse: starring award-winning Flick Ferdinando, Northcott Theatre. 1st July - Exeter Comedy Club Caberet: line-up of four of the country’s top standup performers (suitable for 16+ only), 1st July - Dear Brutus: Cygnet Company, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 8th July - Just for Laughs Comedy: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 8-9th July - National Youth Taiko Concert & Taikoproject: Exeter Northcott plays host to the UK Taiko Festival, Northcott.





all Summer - includes:

Special guest appearance by Ann Widdecombe, Classic Cars, Thomas the Tank Engine Story Days, Loco Week, Gala Weekend Kit Construction Days and Dr Who Charity Day!


series, Princess Theatre, Torquay. 14-15th July - Summer Show: Lyme Regis Pantomime Society, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 22nd July - Brit Pop: Pavilion, Exmouth.

26th June - Fire Engine Vintage Vehicle Rally: activities include steam engine rides, co-responders, children’s rides and craft marquee. 7th July - Great Expectations: Quantum Theatre.

9th July - Trussel Trust Charity Gig: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 10th July - A Man with No More Rolls: starring John Shuttleworth with songs and stories of Sheffield’s funniest man, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 10th July - Pam Ayres: Pavilion, Exmouth. 11-16th July - Dinner Ladies: starring members of the cast from the BBC TV

One for the gentlemen! - Calendar Girls at Princess Theatre, Torquay

27th July-4th Sept - Salty Socks of Dunkirk: Shanty Theatre Company, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 28th-2nd July - The King and I: Princess Theatre, Torquay. 31st July - Joe Pasquale: Princess Theatre, Torquay. 4-5th Aug - Jimmy Carr Laughter Therapy: Princes Theatre, Torquay. 5-13th Aug - Charley’s Aunt by Brendan Thomas: Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth. 19th Aug - Jason Manford: Princess Theatre, Torquay. 27-28th Aug - Mr Benn - The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Man: Tall Stories Production, Exeter Northcott.

10th July - Young Shots Country Sports Introduction Day: a taste of different country sports including supervised shotgun shooting with BASC coaches, falconry, gundog training and the woodland and wetlands adventure. 25th Jul-3rd Sep - Summer Camp Wild 2011: residential courses for 8-12 year olds. .2nd Aug - Fantastic Mr Fox by Roal Dahl: Illyria UK open-air touring company. 9th Aug - Pirates of Penzance: Illyria UK open-air touring company/ 19th-21st Aug - Beautiful Days Festival: Main stage headline acts are Carter USM, Big Audio Dynamite, Gogol Bordello and the Levellers.

30th Aug-5th Sept - Grease: Princess Theatre, Torquay.

Disclaimer - you are advised

Escot Park 31st May-4th June - Escot Camp Wild: nature based, residential outdoor programme for 7-12 year olds.

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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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EXHIBITIONS 9-10th June - South West Disability Show.

Budleigh Salterton - Rolle Car Park: last Friday of every month, 9am-1pm. Cullompton - Station Road Car Park: second Saturday of every month, 9.30am12.30pm. Exeter Farmers Market - South St/Fore St. Every Thurs. 9am-2pm. Exmouth Farmers Market - moved to Imperial Road Car Park due to work on The Strand: usually every other Wed starting with 1st Jun, 9am-1.30pm. Killerton Farmers’ & Local Produce Markets - every third Saturday of the month from Mar-Oct. Ottery St.Mary Community Market meet usually on the last Saturday of the month at the Institute, Yonder Street. Ottery St Mary Farmers Market - the Institute: last Saturday of every month, 9.30am-12.30pm. Seaton Farmers Market - Town Hall: usually third Friday of every month, 9am-1pm. Sidmouth Community Market - St John Ambulance Hall: second Sat of every month, 10.30-12.30pm. Topsham Market Held every Sat 8.30-1pm at St Matthews Hall.

26-26th June - South West Car Fest. 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. Cullompton Indoor Market - Town Hall every Wednesday, 9am-1pm.

Luxury Gifts, Hampers, Gift Vouchers Dairy & Gluten Free, Diabetic Range CHOCOLATES BY POST 4 New Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8AP

Tel. 01395 579966 13th June - Focus on Fashion: discover more about Killerton’s historic fashion collection with Costume Curator Shelley Tobin.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

ARK Pottery

14th June - Focus on Fashion - Gilding the Lily: take a closer look at splendid evening accessories, bags and shoes. 26th June - Killerton Garden Party: Bring a picnic and listen to music. Come dressed in period costume and enjoy a fashion show of period fashion, 2pm.

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

WORKING STUDIO SHOP & GALLERY Hand-made pottery for sale Potters Wheel - have a go Pottery Parties - adults & kids Cream Teas (home baked scones) 01404 812628 Open 10am - 5pm Wiggaton, Ottery St Mary EX11 1PY

Exeter Craft Day on 1st Sat in Month MaySept. Fore St/South St, Exeter. Exmouth Country Market, Glenorchy Hall, Exeter Road, Friday 8.30-11.15am. Honiton WI/Country Market at Mackarness Hall every Friday 9.30-11.30am. Honiton Weekly Street Market - Honiton High Street: Tuesday and Saturday, 9am onwards.

Killerton 3rd-24th June - ‘Drop in’ Garden Guided Walks: informal guided walk by staff or volunteer, Fridays.

Wessex Motorhome Hire

Based near the county town of Dorchester, Weekly Tariff from £500 – available all year with discounts for multi-week hires. Our motorhomes have been chosen for the luxury and specification that they provide, each with the popular rear lounge layout. They are spacious, comfortable and are equipped for European travel. We are conveniently located for the South coast ferry terminals

Contact Wessex Motorhome Hire Ltd Tel: 01305-852487 or 07760 549518

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(22nd & 23rd January, 1879)

written, illustrated & presented by

Rob Gerrard FRGS

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, author, broadcaster, official battlesite tour guide & resident historian at Isandhlwana Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal, SA.

Saturday, 9th July, 2011


Box Office 07891 663044 or Budleigh Salterton TIC 01395 445275 Also at

The Powell Theatre, Sherborne, Wednesday, 6th July The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Thursday, 7th July The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Friday, 8th July The Wharf, Tavistock, Sunday, 10th July

Shows start at 8.00p.m. but please check with individual venues

All general inquiries about all five venues: Tel / text 07891 663044



the zulu war: the intrenched position at rourke's drift

(Images - John Weedy - archived 'Illustr ated London News':

Lt. John Rouse Merriott Chard VC, commanding officer RORKE’S DRIFT. Jan 22nd-23rd 1879.


he thrilling defence of Rorke’s Drift was the subject of the 1964 film ‘Zulu’ starring Stanley Baker as Lt. Chard and the hitherto unknown Michael Caine as his second-in-command, Lt. Gonville Bromhead - the role that made Caine an international star.

‘had some lunch comfortably, and was writing a letter home when my attention was called to two horsemen galloping towards us from the direction of Isandhlwana.

Born in Plymouth, the real Lt. Chard (Royal Engineers) had been sent from Durban to join Lord Chelmsford’s central column at Rorke’s Drift with orders to improve the crossing over the Buffalo River. “I see you are senior,” he was told by Major Spalding, spurring his horse in the direction of Natal base camp at Helpmakaar, on the morning of January 22nd, “…so you will be in charge, although nothing will happen, and I shall be back again this evening.” ‘I then went down to my tent by the river’, Chard later told Queen Victoria,

LT John Chard …Lieutenant Adendorff… Natal Native Contingent, asking if I was an officer, jumped off his horse, took me on one side, and told me that the camp was in the hands of the Zulus and the army destroyed; that scarcely a man had got away to tell the tale…’

1,700 highly-trained men - the most formidable fighting force in the world - armed with the very latest breachloading Martini-Henry rifles, had been attacked at their tented position 10 miles across the river in Zululand and overwhelmed by a massive force armed only with buf falo hide shields and short stabbing spears… Chard had barely an hour to throw biscuit boxes and sacks of corn-meal into a makeshift, defensive perimeter before the arrival of a Zulu impi some 4,000 strong.

Morning brought relief with less than 600 rounds of unspent ammunition remaining.

Memorial window at Hatch Beauchamp Church

There followed one of the most famous and dramatic defensive actions in the history of warfare. For twelve hours waves of Zulu were repulsed, often at bayonet-point, as the defenders, numbering less than

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150, wrapping torn tunics around redhot, smoking gun-stocks, pumped cartridge after cartridge into rifles that kicked ferociously, fouled with burnt powder-residue.

‘In wrecking the stores in my wagon,’ Chard later wrote, ‘ the Zulus had brought to light a forgotten bottle of beer, and Bromhead and I drank it with mutual congratulations on having come safely out of so much danger’.

Lt. ( later Col.) John Chard, with 11 others, was awarded the VC for conduct at Rorke’s Drift and is buried in a marked grave in the churchyard at Hatch Beauchamp, nr Taunton, where he died in 1897. 11

Forthcoming Art Exhibitions June, July and August 2011 GALLERIES June to July - Summer Exhibition New works by Susanna Lance and selected West Country artists. ISCA Gallery (see box). 10th Jun-11th Aug - Summer Exhibition: top gallery artists as well as two invited guest artists: Mike Bell and Jeannette Hayes. At Artwavewest - see feature page overleaf.

Irene Jones 'The Token' Hybrid

11th June-3rd July - Hillary Goddard at The Art Room, Topsham. 18th-26th June - Solstice Exhibition with Catherine Osbond and Matt Culmer at East Devon Art Academy. 18th Jun-1st July - Interpreting the Landscape: Mary Pym & Helen Tabor - joint show of new landscapes. (See feature page Marine House at Beer). To the 25th June - Jake & Dinos Chapman: My Giant Colouring Book, a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London - Thelma Hulbert Gallery - Free (see box).

Tim Nicholson - 'Winter Bird' Sladers Yard

Peter Barker "Sea Trout Hooked on the Teign" - Marine House at Beer

Until 3rd July - Dream, Imagination & Memory: new paintings from Robin Rae. Also Simon Quadrat, Simon Garden, Alex Lowery. Sladers Yard, Bridport.

28th June-8th July - Thelma Hulbert: work by the late Thelma Hulbert of the Euston Road school on display at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

9th-22nd July - Summer Exhibition: mixed exhibiion at East Devon Art Academy (see featured page).

Until 2nd July - A Knowing Eye: Paintings by Irene Jones and sculpture from John Butler. Hybrid (see box).

From 9th July - Birds and Beasts: Tim Nicholson paintings, Clare Trenchard sculpture and charcoals, Kate Boxer etchings and paintings by James Meikeljohn. Sladers Yard - see box.

9th July-10th Sept - Evolver Prize 2011: selected entries from the annual open 'Evolver' arts mag cover competition. At Thelma Hulbert Gallery - Free. 16-29th July - Peter Barker and Dennis Chinaworks. One of our most popular landscape artists and celebrated ceramicists join forces for this exciting exhibition. Marine House at Beer. See box. 16th July-3rd Sept - Waiting in the Wings: New work by Richard Adams and the ceramic figures of Jane Muir. Hybrid at Honiton.

Susanna Lance - 'Evening on the Exe Estuary' ISCA Gallery

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51 High Street Honiton t. 01404 43201 My Giant Colouring Book 20, 2004. Copyright Jake and Dinos Chapman and The Paragon Press, London

A Knowing Eye 28th May - 2nd July Paintings by Irene Jones and sculpture from John Butler

Waiting in the Wings 16th July - 3rd Sept New work by Richard Adams and the ceramic figures of Jane Muir

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS 01395 516284 11th-16th June 18th-26th June 2nd-8th July 9th-22nd July 23rd-29th July 6th-12th Aug 13th-19th Aug 20th-26th Aug 27th Aug-2nd Sept

EDAA Students Solstice Exhibition Venture Artists Summer Exhibition Exeter Art Society Bob Bradshaw Mixed Exhibition Jackie Steel Ben Yates

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Donna Goold - 'First Light' - artwavewest

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James Meiklejohn - 'Flight over the Stour' - Sladers Yard

Claire Wiltsher - 'Weeping Willow' - artwavewest

Richard Adams - 'Land Girls' - Hybrid


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My Giant Colouring Book

Jake and Dinos Chapman, a Hayward Touring Exhibition from South Bank Centre, London. To the 25th June

Catherine Osbond - 'Light Over Water" East Devon Art Academy

Simon Garden RWA - 'Window' - Sladers Yard

Thelma Hulbert (Works by) 28th June - 8th July

5th Aug - Ottery Vale Art Society Annual Exhibition at the Yonder Institute, Ottery.

Evolver Prize 2011

Annual open arts mag competition 9th July - 10th Sept

6-12th Aug - Seaton & District Art Society Annual Exhibition: Exhilarating mix of work from the 100 members of from beginners through to professionals at Seaton Town Hall.

Sladers Yard

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20th-26th Aug - Jackie Steel: an emerging and exciting East Devon artist showing at East Devon Art Academy.

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EXHIBITIONS : Dream, Imagination & Memory

Club Annual Summer Exhibition & Sale,

New paintings from Robin Rae. Also Simon Quadrat, Simon Garden, Alex Lowery - until 3rd July

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall.

Birds and Beasts

20-29th Aug - Budleigh Salterton Art

Tim Nicholson paintings, Clare Trenchard sculpture and charcoals, Kate Boxer etchings and paintings by James Meiklejohn from 9th July

27th Aug-2nd Sept - Ben Yates: exploring adapting and combining photography with other art forms. Photo-Cubism in effect! East Devon Art Academy.

Gifts by leading British designers Helen Tabor - 'Farmhouse in the Hills' - Marine House at Beer 01308 459511

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Summer Exhibition June to July 2011


18th Jun-1st July - Mary Pym & Helen Tabor joint show of new landscapes.

10th June to 11th August

16-29th July - Peter Barker and Dennis Chinaworks. One of our most popular landscape artists and celebrated ceramicists join forces for this exciting exhibition.

Top gallery artists as well as two invited guest artists: Mike Bell and Jeannette Hayes

Contact the gallery for a catalogue on: 01297 625257 or 625144

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

New works by Susanna Lance and selected West Country artists. Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm (summer) (Closed Thursday) 3 Chapel Street Budleigh Salterton EX9 6LX

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01395 444193 Studio/Gallery, Manscombe Abbey, Taylors Lane, Morcombelake (1/4 mile from A35)

T: 01297 489438 Work in oil, collagraphs, etchings, and mixed media. Prices between £50 and £500 Studio/Gallery 1/4 mile from Art Wave West along the road signed to Whitchurch Canonicorum. Open at all times but please check first by telephone.

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Artwave West concentrates its exhibiting around a collection of selected artists who have shaped a distinctive personal vision around the discourse between abstraction and figuration. Featuring in a series of exciting shows, these

are professional artists who have an impressive national and international exhibiting profile. Visiting artists are selected to exhibit in mixed shows, bringing diversity and new ideas to the programme. With exhibitions changing

frequently, visitors can always be assured that there will be something new and exciting to see. With a coffee bar to relax in and soak up the ambiance, it really is a stunning place to be able to look at and appreciate art.

Summer Exhibition 10th June to 11th August Artwave West has been open now for two years and to celebrate the Summer Exhibition will include all of our top Gallery Artists as well as two invited guest artists; Mike Bell and Jeannette Hayes. Mike Bell lives and works in Gloucestershire but as a passionate traveller his inspiration comes from trips right across England. His most recent work featuring in the Summer Exhibition follows his exploration of the South Coast of Devon and Dorset.

Mike Bell - ‘Stella Maris’

Mike Bell - ‘Dawn Mooring’

Jeannette Hayes - ‘Retreat’

However, rather than simply focussing on the coast, Mike, on his mission of discovery has sought out the creeks and rivers that lead to the sea. Using this subject as a metaphor for the journey itself and by adding the motif of an empty rowing boat, his paintings invite the viewer into an imaginary voyage of their own. Finally, adding romantic titles such as ‘Stella Maris’ meaning guiding star, these enchanting miniature paintings utterly captivate you. Jeannette Hayes is based in London and has been a member of the Pastel Society since 1998 when she was invited to join. She has had numerous exhibitions across London since 1985 and is one of the most popular visiting artists at Artwave West. Born in Scandinavia then living in several different countries throughout her childhood has had a great influence on her work. As a child Jeannette was deaf and rarely spoke causing her to express herself through drawing. Although initially working in oils, Jeannette has returned to the immediacy of pastels. Her starting point is nearly always based on a place and the horizon line although sometimes ambiguous is constantly present. The initial drawing can often be quite figurative but the further she progresses, the more abstract the work becomes. Jeannette describes her work as being like a diary – her personal record of a place conveyed by shapes and colours. Her latest piece ‘Retreat’ was completed following her trip to Greece, the warmth of the place or perhaps just her response to it simply radiates out.

Mike Bell - ‘Maritime Mist’

Artwave West is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm or by appointment. You can also view our website at:

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Jeannette Hayes - ‘Blue Snowing II’

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14 01297 625257 01297 625144 Helen Tabor ‘Gathering Clouds’ - 28” x 32”

INTERPRETING THE LANDSCAPE A Joint show by Mary Pym and Helen Tabor at Marine House at Beer Saturday June 18th - Friday 1st July

Mary Pym ‘Snow at Dungeness’ - 22” x 22”


ne of the wonders of art is found in the infinite number of ways an artist can interpret a given subject. One of the pleasures for viewers lies in the recognition of differing artists by their painting style and how they distinctively portray their chosen subject. In approaching the interpretation of landscapes, two artists can hardly be more diverse than Mary Pym and Helen Tabor. Their joint presentation at Marine House, a study in contrasts, simply adds to the excitement and drama of this exhibition.

Helen Tabor ‘On the Shore’ - 27” x 19”

Mary Pym is long established at the gallery. Her paintings, instantly recognisable, dispense with romantic details. They distil the essence of place, the skeleton that underpins the construct of a setting. The result is a powerful visual transmission of subliminal recognition, be it, for example, in the drama of the Connemara landscape or the flat lands dominated by human artefacts as illustrated by her paintings of Dungeness. Helen Tabor is a newcomer to Marine House and one we have “captured” after some years of courting! We

find her paintings exhibit a calming and serene portrayal of landscape. She lives in the remote and beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland that daunting barrier between the Border and Edinburgh. However, capturing specific location is not her goal. Her paintings have a brooding and tranquil quality be it simply depicting a snowy farm track with sheep’s wool caught on barbed wire, or cattle grazing in a lush meadow, or the sun setting behind a distant coast. Complementing her landscapes Helen will also be showing a charming set of figurative work, a

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Mary Pym ‘Red House Farm’ - 24” x 20”

second strong arrow in her armoury. This exhibition serves to reinforce the joy and variety artists can bring to our lives as a result of their very different interpretations of subjects such as the wonderful range of landscapes present in these islands. Please contact the gallery on 01297 625257 for a full colour complimentary colour catalogue and invitation to the private view on Saturday 18th June from 11.00am. The paintings can also be viewed on our website under solo shows:

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Open every day 11am - 5pm

Gallery and Studios

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS

East Devon Art Academy opened its doors in Sidmouth in September of last year. In this short time it has become the centre for Art in Sidmouth and surrounding areas. Described as ‘The Art Centre for Artists’ EDAA provides spacious exhibition space for established and emerging artists plus professional art tuition all year round.

The Academy holds regular art classes and workshops, catering for all levels of experience. Classes are held in watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastel, mixed media, drawing, printing and sculpture. Life drawing classes are also held and in-situ painting days are arranged throughout the summer.

Over the summer months EDAA will be enjoying a wide variety of solo and mixed exhibitions from selected Devon artists.

Becky Greenwood ‘Jacob’s Ladder’

Catherine Osbond works in all media, but particularly enjoys working in oils to create dramatic skies in her atmospheric land and seascapes. She is constantly inspired by the effect that ever-changing light has on the stunning Devon landscape. 18-26th June & 9-22nd July. Matt Culmer is an all weather painter who specialises in painting directly from his subjects all year round. He paints in oils and relishes the challenge of working in rapidly changing conditions. w w w. m a t t c u l m e r. c o m 18-26th June & 9-22nd July.

Catherine Osbond ‘Blackberry Camp’

Beth Pearson ‘Safe’

Following her successful Christmas solo exhibition at The Academy, Beth Pearson will be joining the mixed exhibitions with a selection of framed and unframed pieces. Beth has become widely renowned for her strong line combined with mixed media, in particular her use of metal leaf. 9-22nd July. Becky Greenwood’s work comprises a mix of graphical and linear shapes brought together by a ‘seaside’ palette, to create her own abstract representation of the South West and coastal living. 07896 187548. 9-22nd July. The newly formed Venture Artists from Budleigh Salterton are holding their

first summer exhibition at the EDAA in Sidmouth from 2-8th July. The artists are all Devon based and will exhibit exciting works in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolour. teresa.creton@ Exeter Art Society was founded in 1929 with the aim of fostering interest in and encouraging the practice of Fine Art. It now meets once a month, and has a large membership. Demonstrations by visiting artists are often incorporated into the meeting and occasional workshops and in-situ sketching days are also held. www.freewebs. com/exeterartsociety/ 23th – 29th July. Jackie Steel is an exciting, newly emerging artist who lives and works in East Devon. Her work ranges from finely drawn animal portraits in coloured pencil, to oil painted landscapes, seascapes, country scenes and abstracts. 20-26th August.

Ben Yates ‘Taking on the Style’

Matt Culmer ‘Winterwalk’

Jenny Parsons ‘Sunset’

In 2005 Ben Yates developed Photo-Cubism a new 3-dimensional way of displaying photos. Since then he has explored other ways of adapting photography and combining it with other art forms. His work is modern and intricate, yet simple, fun and just a little mind-altering. 27th August- 2nd September.

Wendy Markham ‘Sidmouth Cliffs’

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Jackie Steel ‘Bluebell Woods’

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Loving Summer

The Permanent Collection |

AT THE BROOK Two Major Collections | One Gallery | All the Quality | The Brook Gallery on Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, announces its new summer launches; The Permanent Collection and The Contemporary Collection from June to Aug 2011

The Contemporary Collection |

These two major Collection launches will fill the gallery with colour, interest, history and delight in every sense over the summer months, and will celebrate the enduring relationships that the gallery enjoys with its artists. A ‘cause celebre’ of influential artists and print makers, the extraordinary Summer show combines the Permanent and the Contemporary Collections with a list of artists that runs like a roll call of the nation’s most acclaimed.

The summer months’ show a celebration of what The Brook strives to achieve; a heady mix of good art by acclaimed artists - a consistent theme that makes The Brook one of the UK’s most enlightened regional galleries The Summer Collections launch in mid June and run to the end of August. For more information call 01395 443003, email or visit


Encapsulating what the Brook is about, the two Collections sit happily alongside each other, with quality and a joy in the aesthetic, a consistent theme. The Permanent Collection includes artists such as those from the RA stable; Chris Orr, Eileen Cooper Tom Phillips, Norman Ackroyd, and Bill Jacklin, and those who

have made their mark as doyens of British Art over the last 3 or 4 decades, such as Anthony Frost and Brad Faine whose work was amongst those that lifted the lid on a new school of vibrant art in the 1960s and 1970s. The Contemporary Collection compounds the ethos behind the innovative and highly acclaimed artists and print makers, glorious ‘observers of life and form’ including Trevor Price, Mychael Barratt, Martin Langford, Kathleen Caddick, Sonia Rollo and Susie Perring to name but a few. These are the creators who combine their superb compositions with the complexities of original print making techniques. The Brook is unique: inviting those artists who embrace print making as a pivotal medium in their repetoire. The summer months’ show a celebration of what The Brook strives to achieve; a heady mix of good art by acclaimed artists - a consistent theme that makes the Brook one of the UK’s most enlightened regional galleries. Angela adds: ‘The Summer 2011 launch of our Collections provides an opportunity for the Brook to showcase all that makes us what we are today. We’re proud to provide a unique service; we work with the best, who produce the best and we take great pleasure bringing these ground breaking names and impressive works to our gallery here in Budleigh and our nationwide customer base.’

PERMANENT COLLECTION CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT | Anthony Frost, Bill Jacklin, Chris Orr, Eileen Cooper | CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT | Trevor Price, Mychael Barratt, Martin Langford, Gail Brodholt.

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Libra Court Fore Street Sidmouth EX10 8AJ

OPEN ART STUDIO Open: Everyday 10am- 5pm Contact: Rebecca: 07896 187548

Neil Hampson - ‘Poppies’ - 76cm x 61cm

Sam Rutherford - ‘Tate Sunset’ - 73cm x 53cm

Set back from Sidmouth’s busy Fore Street, in the quaint and peaceful surroundings of Libra Court nestles an attic gallery and resident artist’s workspace aptly known as the Open Art Studio. Here, gallery curator and artist Rebecca Greenwood can be found working on her latest coast inspired abstract compositions. Dynamically vivid in execution and cleverly pieced together through a use of colour and tone, she is quickly becoming recognised in the Devon area as a talented and ambitious new artist. The studio also lends itself perfectly to use as an exhibition space for Rebecca’s own paintings and work from five other recognised professional artists, all of whom are from the Sidmouth area.

Derek Ratcliffe - ‘Venice backwater’ - 40cm x 55cm

Derek Ratcliffe - ‘towards Dawlish’ - 54cm x 46cm

Having moved to Sidmouth last November, Rebecca has come to know, and has exhibited with, many of the area’s best artists including those of the South West Art Academy in the town. Derek Ratcliffe, who recently held a one man show of Jurassic Coast images at A la Ronde, paints our coastal environment from reality to abstraction using oils, acrylics and mixed media and works in a free style. He has exhibited in the Midlands, where he formerly lived, and locally throughout East Devon. Jennifer Bennett creates atmospheric landscapes and takes inspiration from the area’s coastal and moorland scenes, working in acrylic

Rebecca Greenwood - ‘Jacobs Ladder’ - 60cm x 42cm

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and mixed media and sometimes incorporates natural found objects in her finished works. Neil Hampson paints in oils to create dynamic and colourful photo-realistic images, mainly from our natural flora and fauna. Sam Ruther ford is the Gallery’s only photographer and her work consists of inspired contemporary abstract images, including the popularly acclaimed Tate Sunset and All Things Bright. Also represented is Matt Culmer, an artist and art tutor from the East Devon Art Academy, who is well known for his appealing images of Sidmouth and the surrounding countryside. The Gallery is open every day from 10am until 5pm, and Rebecca can be found working in the Studio most days between 1pm and 5pm.

Rebecca Greenwood in the gallery

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time, if not at start-up then as you develop your business (unless you are resolutely a one man band) when you will have to consider employing staff to assist you. Today, all things pertaining to employment come under the rather grand description ‘Human Resources’ and this is exactly what your employees are - your greatest resource and your best asset. It therefore makes huge business sense to treat and nurture those whose skills you have employed to enhance your Company and secure its future.

BUSINESS TIPS from Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd.

The above is a quote from the cover of the Axminster employee handbook. There will undoubtedly come a

When making the decision to take on people it is important to really weigh up the pros and cons of what they can bring to the party; employees are a direct cost on the bottom line and must be completely justifiable. However, if you are at a stage when you can no longer do it all yourself employing help can take the pressure off and allow you to get on with other tasks which will sustain and develop your business. That said it goes without saying that there are several things you should be aware of when putting on the mantle of employer:

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Once you become an employer you will enter the world of employment law which is a whole new ball game and one which can be quite daunting. Fortunately there is plenty of help out there to steer you through the necessities. ACAS is a good starting point; or your solicitor, a dedicated employment lawyer or an independent HR practitioner. By following the law, using good practice and keeping it simple and consistent you will not go far wrong. Employees, your greatest resource yes but also potentially your greatest headache! Treat them well and you will all reap the rewards; treat them badly and it could break your business. As an employer you have to be the leader of the pack, a whiter than white role model and, most importantly, you must always walk the talk!

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elcome to East Devon Coast & Country's eating out section which we hope you' ll give you inspiration, after all, everyone enjoys a meal out - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the south west with many lovely country pubs and also the chance to enjoy our meal with a sea view.

Relax by the river Riverside setting Mediterranean menu Sourcing local produce Large garden and mediterranean terrace Local seasonal fish and game specials For high quality food produced from fresh local ingredients, visit the relaxed atmosphere of

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Going out? Head for Sidmouth s premier Bar and Restaurant. Pyne’s offers a choice of eating styles with extensive menus prepared using fresh and local produce, much of which is sourced from the family farm. Open daily for morning coffee, lunches and evening meals. Speciality curry night every Wednesday and pie night every Thursday (booking advisable). The Bedford Hotel, Esplanade, EX10 8NR Email:

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Bay Hotel & Bistro Lyme Regis Time of visit: Friday evening 14/04/11

Q Starters: Honey Spiced Spare Ribs served with Chinese plum sauce. Kung Pao King Prawns on bed of crispy noodles with courgettes & sweet peppers Mains: Pan Fried Duck Brigarde in a brandy, orange & redcurrant sauce. Devon Reared Pork Tenderloin in a sage, onion and Calvados sauce.

Q Wine sampled: White Rioja Val DeLarra

Bay Hotel & Bistro is situated right on the seafront at Lyme in an elevated position which has a great panoramic view of Lyme Bay. We received a warm welcome on arrival and were seated immediately. A tasty white Rioja was selected which was served at perfect temperature and proved a good choice. Both starters were delicious, the star of the night being the Kung Pao King Prawns which could prove addictive. The combination of prawns, sweet

peppers, courgettes in a sweet and hot sauce, served on a bed of crunchy noodles was absolutely divine. For mains, the Pan Fried Duck Brigarde was excellent as was the succulent Devon reared pork tenderloin wrapped in Palma ham. Unfortunately, we were far too full to sample pudding. A very enjoyable night was had by both of us at the Bay Hotel & Bistro. Well done and thanks for a marvellous evening.

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Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Lakeview Manor near Dunkeswell, a hidden gem set in 45 acres of beautiful gardens and lakes.

Enjoy… Lunch from £16.95 Dinner from £25.95 (prices based on 2 courses)

The candle-lit restaurant overlooks the front lake and garden and is open to non-residents seven days a week.


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Summer Ball: 25th June Canapés and Champagne will be served on arrival followed by a lavish 3-course meal with entertainment from the Steve Doig swing band. £60 per person. Buckerell Village, Weston, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3PG Tel: 01404 41266

Steamed West Country Mussels in a lemon, garlic and coriander broth Pan Fried Duck Breast with Winter Berry & Port Sauce, Sweet Potato Parmentier Warm Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Brownie, Served with Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

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Perfect Devon Wedding Venue The hotel offers the ideal backdrop for your special wedding day. From small intimate weddings to large lavish celebrations, we can cater for 60 guests in the restaurant and up to 150 guests in the marquee.

Local Delights Led by Head Chef Ann Noar, the Deer Park’s restaurant has built an enviable reputation for both its quality and atmosphere. The menu delights all senses and focuses on featuring fresh Devon produce where possible.

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t our editor’s behest I - celebrating her naval connections, with, to date, five ships named HMS recently cycled down the Exmouth, although all now sadly old railway-line from Budleigh to sunny Exmouth to go town- broken up or sunk in action, and her fishing industry, with leaves and walking again, in the pleasant flowers of the Magnolia Grandiflora company of Bob Lankester, local history buff and town-walker-in- Exmouthiensis, brought back from South Carolina by Sir John Colleton chief. (1). Exmouth is Devon’s largest ‘town ’ numbering upwards of 35,000 inhabitants and counting, with a fine coat of arms - Argent two anchors in

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in sixteen-hundred-and-somethingor-other. Sir John would indeed have settled for a potato plant had Sir Walter Raleigh, a near neighbour, albeit

non-contemporary, not presented his first. Walter did often hang out in Exmouth, although Budleigh was nearer to home and had a better bus service; Sir John Everett Millais - quite a good, if similarly non-contemporary, preRaphaelite painter - famously caught him on canvas loitering on Budleigh seafront near the ice cream shop. Exmouth, I’ve discovered, has produced its fair share of other

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celebrities, notably several villainous pirates including William Kyd, scourge of the French during the 15th Century, John Nutt, scourge of all and sundry in the 16th, and Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart who conducted his ‘pirating’ from just outside British territorial waters before going legit and scourging the airways from the BBC studio in Portland Place. The infamous smuggler and gallowsbird, Jack Rattenbury, although from nearby Beer, certainly plied his trade


in Exmouth waters, flying by the seat of his pants until a kindly Lord Rolle of Bicton Park offered him 1 shilling a week in 1836 to keep his nose clean. This worked more or less, until his final demise in Beer in 1843. Rattenbury left his memoirs for posterity and his exploits were reworked into J. Meade Faulkner’s timeless, swashbuckling yarn ‘Moonfleet ’. On the jolly seafaring front the town has its own shanty-crew known as the Exmouth Shantymen *, rich with wit, repartee and fully-costumed rambunctiousness, with enough ‘heave-haul-away !’ to rival a fisherman’s friend or two, and raising funds for Zimbabwe’s laudable ZimPro project in the process *.

Exmouth include Pauline Collins OBE of ‘Shirley Valentine’ fame, and Pearl Carr, wife of Teddy Johnson, purveyors of pleasant ‘hit’ tunes from the early days of that long-running musical comedy series known as The Eurovision Song Contest.


Exmouth has always been here, being a convenient place to end a river, although mostly under the shadow of Exeter upstream where all the docks (and the moneyed merchants) were, but it was slow to take off.

From inauspicious beginnings at Exmouth’s Beacon Vaults four years ago they are now sponsored by Skinner’s Brewery - Betty Stog’s Bitter to be precise - and launch a third CD at this year’s Exmouth Summer Festival * with follow-up gigs most weekends including appearances at the Tall Ships Race in Wexford in June, Warwick Festival in July and Paimpol’s Festival des Chants de Marin in August * - Nice work if you can get it.

Byzantine emperor Anastasius 1st dropped one of his coins on the beach in around 510 AD although quite what he was doing there is still a mystery - possibly a careless numismatist with holey pockets, waiting for the pub to open – but then nothing much - not even a footnote in the Domesday Book until Napoléon Bonaparte put an untimely end to the ‘Grand Tour’ and other artistic time-fillers of the indolent upper classes, and everyone was confined to port until the unpleasantnesses were over.

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In 1713, an important but poorly judge from Exeter had repaired to Exmouth to recuperate and quite liked it despite a marked lack of places to get a proper cup of tea, and little or no road in or out (the toll road to Lympstone was not built until 1761, the Exmouth leg not until 1850‌). With salubrious watering holes for the gentry, such as Brighton, Eastbourne and Weymouth, springing up all along


the south coast, just out of French cannon-range, the Rolle Family, wondering what to do with 40,000odd acres of prime beach-fronted real estate, seized an opportunity and began building houses up on the Beacon with desirable views over the estuary, then lapping at the cliff immediately below, and bucolic landward-facing vistas from huge bow-windows to the rear.




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and Abū Qīr Bay, officially to mend the captain’s shirts, unofficially to V E keep the gun-crews well supplied with powder and shot as a ‘powder monkey’. When things quietened down she helped hack off shattered limbs and swabbed down the blood and gore below-decks. Reckoned to be insufficient for a VC she had a pub named in her honour instead and lived to the ripe old age of 97 selling fish about the town ‘alive, alive-O! ’. S



Just to the left of the church, in Bicton Place 6 , 3 end-of-terrace cottages, with noticeably clean brickwork, mark where a homeward-bound WW2 Heinkel dumped its surplus bomb-load, mistaking them for a ball-bearing factory. An unfortunate but totally understandable case of mistaken identity.


behind the Beacon, was not built until 1824 (rebuilt in 1905) before which date Littleham Church was the one to be seen, and indeed buried, at, it being, surprisingly, the Parish of Littleham-cum-Exmouth and not vice versa.

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to various places around the globe, notably Port Moresby, in Fairfax Harbour, Papua New Guinea. The first house in Louisa Terrace, Pencarwick House 4 , was once a school, and evidently a good one, since Redvers Buller, Crediton’s most eminent son, rode a daily 36-mile roundtrip from Downes House to attend class, for which he was later justifiably awarded a Victoria Cross (and a mounted statue in Exeter, with a banana-skin on his head), having also done heroic things at the third consecutive disaster of the Anglo-Zulu War, at Hoblane, in March 1879. Holy Trinity Church


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In 1868 Eugenius Birch, engineer and seaside pier-builder par excellence, built the new dock with a little spur



All this was made possible by the reclamation, in 1811, of the area to the West of Exeter Rd, known as ‘The Colony ’, later developed for low-cost housing for navvies and railway workers. The vaguely eccentric spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, who built the equally eccentric 16-sided A la Ronde * on the edge of town in 1796, would, reputedly, often paddle to morning service at Glenorchy Church in Exeter Rd.




Crossing the roundabout at the bottom of Beacon Place is Tower St and the former house of Nancy Perriam 7 (1770-1867) who served aboard the man o’ war HMS Orien at the battles of Cape St Vincent

‘The Avocet ’ is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary.



Starting at the Pavilion 1 we walked up through the delightful Gunfield Gardens 2 off Carlton Hill where Civil War cannon once stood to prevent Exeter, forever besieged by one side or the other, either being relieved or supplied, by river, depending on who was winning at the time. On into Trefusis Terrace once home of Admiral Fairfax Moresby 3 who suppressed the Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean without requiring an American Civil War, and who left his name




Inconsiderately, Brunel promptly decided to lengthen his GWR railway down the western side of the estuary in 1844, leaving Exmouth stranded train-less until 1861 and the arrival of the ‘Avocet Line ’ – named after the Pied Avocet frequently spotted wading through nearby mudflats from Exeter, which attracted 10,000 passengers in its first week thereby doubling property values overnight.


joining the new rail link, Exmouth missing out on that jolly pier by a whisker.


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The voluptuously ‘embonpoint’ Lady Hamilton had mastered the knack of eliciting letters out of the ViceAdmiral although he often signed them ‘Thompson’ (or ‘Thomson’), posing as an anonymous ableseaman in order to confound the paparazzi, ever-hopeful of snapping the love-birds flagrante delicto. This fooled nobody, as contemporary folk balladeers intoned lustily and to the tune of the National Anthem:

It was Frances Nisbet (aka Lady Nelson) who lived up on the Beacon until 1828 and not Lady Hamilton who many seem to confuse, even suggesting that they both lived there mere doors apart. In fact Emma despised Lady Nelson referring to her unflatteringly as ‘Tom-Tit’ and on occasion as ‘that apothecary’s widow’ referring to her late first husband. Emma, not to be confused with

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Frances, died in Calais in 1815, aged V E 49, a hopeless, obese, broken-down drunk, under a mound of unpaid debts. I

Never one for the niceties of letterwriting, Nelson, wading through muck and bullets in the Copenhagen Roads, reputedly instructed a jack-tar to fetch candle and wax to seal orders (and a new biro because his was apparently spewing ink everywhere) but after observing the unfortunate’s head blown off by a cannon ball, en route for the pen-store, remarked: “Don’t just stand there like a headless chicken, find somebody else - and get


Nelson, despite being something of a national celeb, can’t have been much of a stud, having lost an eye, an arm and most of his teeth; when he wasn’t bent over double being seasick he coughed incessantly.




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Thereafter he wrote to her only to bemoan the lack of crisply-laundered shirts she was expected to supply every time he took ship.





Unperturbed, ‘Fanny’ wrote back in painfully fawning terms, pleading desperately for a reconciliation, only to have her letter returned ‘ …opened by mistake by Lord Nelson but not read’. Oh dear!








As he didn’t really need the money (he usually gave it to charity anyway) he only charged a guinea for a family ticket, played for two hours and then pushed the whole lot back to Weymouth, as fans ripped at his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves in insatiable, hysterical, Tom Jonesesque adulation.

Things evidently hadn’t been going exac tly swimmingly bet ween these two for some time. In July 1801 Nelson instructed friend and confidant, Alexander Davison to ‘… signify to Lady N. that I expect, and for which I have made such a very liberal allowance for her (£1,600 per year), to be left to myself, and without any enquiries from her; for sooner than live the unhappy life I did when I last came to England, I would stay abroad forever.’


We continued our town-walk with a pleasant stroll back up to the Beacon, passing the ‘Beacon Vaults’ 8 where smugglers swap pints with rehearsing shanty-men, the Assembly Rooms 9 (1794) where Frances Nisbet would learn of the latest society gossip, and just beyond, the Manor Hotel 10 where Hungarian composer and piano-virtuoso Franz Liszt played in August 1840, having dragged a horseand-cart (and a voluptuous diva from La Scala, Milan, who moaned a lot about the state of English roads) piled high with sheet-music with his favourite piano, all the way from Weymouth, for the gig.



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Frances, not to be confused with Emma, fared considerably better, dying in London in 1831, aged 70, and lies buried in a railed-off stone tomb in a corner of the churchyard of St Margaret and St Andrew in Littlehamcum-Exmouth. A short walk along the block is Byron Court 12 where Lord Byron’s ill-treated and long-estranged wife lived briefly in 1828 with their only daughter, Ada, later to work with Charles Babbage on his fanciful but surprisingly sophisticated protocomputers the ‘Difference Engine’ and the ‘Analytical Engine’ - machines for crunching numbers using punchcards and a lot of levers, cams and cogs. Ad a g ave h e r n a m e to a latterday, structured, statically-

t y ped , impe rative ,  wide spectrum,  object-oriented,  highlevel   computer  programming language known as ADA. Down the serpentine Plantation Walk 13 (designed to keep hoi poloi away from the Beacon) onto the ‘Bath Road’, Rob and I parted company by the Bath House 14 Pub (formerly, inexplicably, named the ‘Deerleap’)where once you could order a ‘Therapeutic, hot, cold, tepid, fresh or salt water bath’ – cold sea water for 1s, hot sea water for 2/6d – and I continued along the expansive seafront, notebook in hand, to hook up with Tim Mock, coxswain for 12 years of the Exmouth lifeboat 15




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A very interesting window, the left light is Our Lord with a reed and crown of thorns. The right light is St. Michael. The middle figure is pointing to the plague spot on his thigh - must have been very testing times to say the least! Church history

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Reads: Sacred to the memory of Frances Herbert, Viscountess Nelson Duchess of Bronti, widow of the late Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson and to her son Josiah Nisbet Esq, Captain in the Royal Navy... Parish Boundaries

Apparently, these are exactly as they were in the reign of Edward the Confessor or earlier, and include the ancient Manor of Littleham and the separate holdings of Liverton and Spratts Hayes. Liverton is believed to be the site of a Druid Fane, while Spratts Hayes is the cradle of the Drake family, their home from the days of King John.

Claimed to be the oldest church in this part of Devon, a church is mentioned in a Bull of Eugenius in 1146. It had probably been in existence for many years and may have gone back to Saxon days. Almost certainly there is a relic of it in the 'Scratch Dial' or Mass Clock on the right of the front of the porch. The Chancel is the oldest part of the present structure, being the remains of an early English church built around 1234. The succeeding 300 years produced many alterations. Visitors to the church - please contribute to help with the upkeep your generosity is greatfully received.

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Lifeboats in E xmouth have always faced the problem of the treacherous and unpredictable sand bar known as the Pole Sands - now you see it, now you don’t – and since 1803 when Exmouth’s first rowed lifeboat was dragged into the surf this has been the perennial bugbear, solved in part either by dragging the boat across the road or mooring her downstream by the docks, ferrying the crew out when the maroon went up, and taking a chance in locating a clear seaward route through the undredged and ever-shifting channel - Not ideal. Nowadays, since November 2009, Exmouth’s dependable, 20-yearold, 38 ft Mersey Class lifeboat sits atop a stout carriage hitched to a sea-tractor, awaiting the scramble.

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Despite high water sands he describes as being ‘like porridge’ Tim can confidently target his launch spot anywhere along the mile-long beach, according to the latest survey reports, marshalling his 5-man crew, tractor-driver and 3-man launch team with military precision, effecting a full recovery, boat and launch gear, in 17 minutes, in the wildest of weather. Sandwiched between a 55 ft Severn Class leviathan at both Torquay and Weymouth, the Margaret Jean , relatively slow at 14 knots max, awaits replacement by a state-ofthe-art 44 ft Shannon Class vessel just completing sea-trials. Self-righting, all-weather, epoxy and carbon fibre hull powered by twin water jets she will comfortably reach an impressive 30 knots.


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In January 2007 Margaret Jean was called to assist the stricken, 62,000 tonne MSC Napoli beached memorably off Branscombe after her hull split in mountainous seas off Cornwall. My last port of call, as the evening shadows de ep ene d, b efore pedalling home via Topsham along the scenic Estuary Cycleway, across elevated sections stilted above cycle-unfriendly marshland, was the strange Barn Hotel designed in a butterfly shape by secondgeneration Arts and Crafts architect Edward Schroeder Prior *. Sadly it was badly damaged by fire in 1905 and not everything was restored as designed but nonetheless ‘worth a detour’ as they say…



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Exmouth's recent (2010) lifeboat station

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Topsham Museum's 1940's kitchen - ah! when I were a lad!

Fossilised Lobster

110 million year old lobster found at Black Ven in Lyme Regis. SIDMOUTH MUSEUM

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Rugby cap - awarded to fisherman

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Topsham's past as an important and busy port trading regularly with the Dutch is evident in many artefacts on display at the museum.

18th Century Tide Clock


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Diode Valve

Ambrose Fleming the inventor of this ground braking device lived at Sidmouth for some 20 years. A detailed display is for viewing at

EAST DEVON MUSEUMS Carnivorous Reptile Jaw

Otter Sandstone, 235 million years old. The jaw and teeth of an ancient meat eating reptile found in a round pebble near Sidmouth. There is a possiblity that it may represent a new species.


Palstrave Axe Head of the Bronze

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Peter Orlando Hutchinson

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Dinosaur Coprolites

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Swallows on the Otter By Nigel Jones

The sandy banks of the river Otter provide valuable sites for sand martins to nest.


or me, one of the great joys of the

and it's evident where they get their

burrows straight into the riverbank.

Africa and back each year! The RSPB

passing summer is to watch the

name. The pictures show that their

Man-made environments such as

say that over the past 50 years the

aerobatic display of sand martins on

nesting sites of choice are deep sided

gravel pits are also used for nesting

European population has crashed on

the river Otter.

sandy riverbanks, hence sand martins.

sites, particularly if flooded.

two occasions, as a result of drought

Of course, sand martins are members

You can understand why they've

On closer inspection, these birds are

of the swallow family (Hirundinidae),

chosen this type of habitat to raise

fairly distinctive in that their backs are

their young, the exposed sand and

brown rather than black which is the

water. When conditions are right,

shingle banks of rivers tend to be

case with most of the swallow family.

and a hatch occurs, they really do make the most of the abundance of

in the birds' African wintering ground. Sand martins feed primarily over

fairly vertical, providing a degree

They're also the smallest member

of security against a wide range of

of the swallow family, generally

insects, snatching hatching flies from

predators. The river at the foot of

measuring only 12 cm (just over 4

the surface with amazing efficiency.

the bank provides an effective barrier

½ inches long) with a wingspan of

You can't help but marvel at their

against attack from below.

28cm (11 inches).

sheer agility and turn of speed,

They're the only member of the

It's really is hard to believe that these

swallow family that doesn't build

miniature jet fighters are capable of

a nest, instead they excavate their

flying all the way from sub-Saharan

they're a welcome sight and really do

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herald the coming summer months. Nigel Jones.


A continual supply of food is flown in

Air brakes applied on the approach to the nest

both parents are available to bring in provisions

It's not easy getting a purchase on these vertical banks

Three chicks eagerly awaiting their lunch!

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Honiton I

f you're looking for somewhere unique and interesting to visit, Honiton has an much to offer the shopper. Of course it's well-known as an antiques centre, but did you know it has some really interesting galleries, shops, eateries, not least a fascinating museum and some very elegant Georgian architecture which can be enjoyed from the High Steet. If you wish to find out more about Honiton, you can visit our Honiton Feature pages online, where there's quite a lot of information to be had about Honiton including a shopping map of the town.

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THE LOOKOUT at Lympstone


f, like myself, you enjoy wandering around gardens, The Lookout at Lympstone will provide you with a real visual feast.

Owner Jackie Michelmore opens her garden annually to participate in the National Garden Scheme which helps raise money for charities including Macmillan Nurses, Marie Currie and Hospice Care. The Lookout was originally the site of a mussel purification station which the Ministry of Health developed in 1923, with a view to helping local shell fishermen deal with the estuary pollution. Following a chequered history, Jackie and Will Michelmore purchased the site in 2000 which was in a very sad state, with most of the original limestone sea wall missing and progressive land erosion being evident. Reinstating the sea defences was a massive and very necessary task which took over a year and 1000 lorry loads in order to achieve stabilisation. Only once this was achieved, could work on the house and garden begin. This blank canvas provided a major challenge for Jackie, not least because the salt laden winds that would undoubtedly take a harsh toll on plant life. The results speak for themselves, when I visited in mid May, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the situation, with unhindered

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views directly across the estuary. The whole development of both house and gardens was totally harmonious with the coastal situation. It has a very laid-back, Robinson Crusoe feel which I found delightful. Once you've recovered from the beautiful views and amble around the garden, you begin to appreciate the attention to detail in planting and design. I have to take my hat off to Jackie, she's achieved a real garden triumph. Don't miss the opportunity to view The Lookout this summer see right. Nigel Jones (Editor)


Friday 17th June 2-5pm Sunday 19th June 2-6pm Will & Jackie Michelmore open their garden at Sowden Lane, Lympsone. Cream teas, plant sale, photographic display. £3.50, children free, sorry no dogs. Full details for openings are in the Yellow Book and on Contact Jackie at: to arrange a group visit or private view.

Jackie Michelmore

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Horse Care

forage and offering very sloppy soaked unmolassed sugar beet.

Summer Care

Knowing how to cool down a horse effectively is also vital as this will reduce sweating and hence reduce

by Natalie Bucklar-Green

water loss from the body in the first place. The best method of cooling is to use plenty of water as soon as possible after exercise, which is

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

Electrolytes are one of the most

electrolytes in the feed is a more

then scraped off quickly thereby

abundant compounds in the body

effective method than adding them

removing heat from the body. This

after water; they are minerals that

to water as you can add them at

can be repeated if necessary and

the horse needs for normal bodily

a higher level. The horse would

then the horse can be walked to

functions, such as maintenance

be unwilling to drink sufficient

enhance air flow around the body.

of bodily f luids, digestion,

electrolyte-supplemented water to

The old method of covering the

correct nerve activity and muscle

replace the quantities of electrolytes

horse in wet towels should not

contraction. The major electrolytes

lost in sweat but a relatively small

be used as this actually heats the

are sodium, potassium, chloride

amount of supplemented feed can

horse up! Water should never be

and calcium. They are present in

give adequate replacement.

restricted, even at a competition, as

grass, hay and supplementary feed

` Natalie Bucklar-Green

Of course it is not just electrolytes

this is when the horse is likely to

need additional supplementation

lost in sweat but a large amount of

sweat more and therefore need

of electrolytes in their diet in order

water too. This also needs replacing

more water, not less. So ensuring

to perform at their best and avoid

as dehydration can cause numerous

clean fresh water is available at all

problems such as tying up and colic.

problems including lethargy, colic

times and supplementing the diet

and even respiratory disease, which

with electrolytes will help keep your

Salt licks are one way of feeding

results because of an inhibited lung

horse in good health this summer.

electrolytes but it is hard to monitor

defence system due to the airways

Happy riding!

intake and some horses won’t use

drying out. A dehydrated horse can

them. Adding a tablespoon of

easily over heat as it will sweat less

Some readers will already know that

sodium chloride, aka standard

than if hydrated. If that dehydrated

I have sold Jorrocks and opened East

table salt to some bucket feed is a

horse is also fat, unfit or has a long

Devon Riding Academy. I am sorry

starting point, as sodium is the most

period of exercise then there is

that we didn't get to say goodbye to

likely electrolyte to be deficient.

potential for it to become tired and

everyone! Running the new Riding

Supplementation must be made

ill due to over heating.

Academy enables me to utilise my

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

Electrolytes and Avoiding Dehydration

with nerves, travelling and exercise

but horses in regular work usually

daily and not just when the horse

qualifications and experience more

has had a particularly sweaty day.

widely, having specialised in rider

For horses that sweat heavily or if they are in harder work, travelling or competing, a commercial electrolyte supplement may be

Knowing how to cool down a horse effectively is vital as this will reduce sweating and hence reduce water loss

performance during my Masters degree and produced research on this subject for the British Equestrian Federation.

I am now enjoying

Just as winter poses its own

better because this will also replace

challenges to equine management,

the other minerals lost and not just

the summer months create a unique

sodium and chloride. Electrolyte

set of requirements for the horse.

deficiency is a common cause of

For ridden horses, one of the

poor performance in competition

Englands most elite riders, trainers

most obvious things that requires

horses, even if only competing at

and sports scientists.

appropriate management is

a local level.

increased sweating; the horse is able


co nt ains

Horses on a restricted diet will not

Jorrocks has been taken over by

to sweat at a higher rate than any

approximately 10 grams of

drink as much as horses that are fed,

Nikki Wyn, who previously ran her

other animal and has sweat glands

electrolytes and horses can sweat

as water intake is closely associated

own livery yard and as a BHSAI

over almost every inch of its body.

as much as 10-15 litres an hour. Even

with eating. Some horses are fussy

taught freelance, and also at the

Compared to humans, the horse can

a pony competing at local level can

drinkers, especially when away from

Pony Club and Riding Club. Nikki's

sweat at approximately three times

lose 15 litres of sweat on a warm

home. On a hot day the amount a

also managed 2 other very large

the rate across the same area of skin.

day, which would contain around

horse drinks can also double, so it is

tack shops and is a qualified SQP,

Equine sweat is more salty than

150 grams of electrolytes. This

important that owners are prepared

so Jorrocks will soon be stocking

body fluids, meaning horses also

level of electrolyte loss cannot be

in order to avoid dehydration. There

wormers for horses, dogs and

lose higher quantities of electrolytes

replaced in one go, so regular daily

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e hear a lot about aggressive

kindness to bring them some form

owner, who was remembered in

animals, particular dogs, but

of peace.

army uniform. He had somehow been

aggressive behaviour. The same is

In most cases angry animals have a

to a rigorous routine of grooming

true of aggressive human behaviour.

reason for their anger and once they

and exercise. It was felt that he had

there are lots of reasons for apparently

involved in military life and was used

have been able to express it, they

been on show and was very proud

will be prepared to modify their

of his appearance. This had been a

are labelled as aggressive – dogs,

behaviour. Kaspian was a very large

very male world and Kaspian had little

cats and horses. In a very few cases

horse who had been passed through

respect for females. His subsequent

Much of my work is with animals who

the animal is angry, dangerous and

the hands of many owners. At his

female owners had had a very tough

even after therapy is not prepared to

previous stable he had a large sign

time with him.

change. These animals are dangerous

warning that he was aggressive and

and great care has to be taken in their

that visitors shouldn’t come near him.

management and upkeep. In some

He was moved to a new stable and his

hand Kaspian was given back some

rare cases the aggression is genetic

new owner, an animal communicator,

of his pride. He was also discovered

and unpredictable and therefore

worked with him in order to help him

to have a wicked sense of humour

extremely dangerous. I have only

find a new way of behaving.

and some of his “attacks” were

had 2 cases this extreme and both

With care, understanding and a firm

discovered to be a misplaced teasing

owners decided to have the dog put

Through communication it was

behaviour. We explained that his size

to sleep in order to ensure that their

discovered that Kaspian was actually

and strength meant that he had to be careful when he joked around. While

unpredictable behaviour wasn’t a

grieving for the loss of a special owner

danger to humans. In both cases the

and for a way of life which had given

still imperfect he definitely lost his

animal, concerned was so distressed

him a lot of status and pride. He had

“dangerous” label and continued to

in themselves that I feel it was also a

been very fond of an earlier male

have a useful role in his new world.

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A Celebration of Life in East Devon


Walk on the Walk on the Wildside Walk on the Wildside

By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes


By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes

SUMMER By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes

Summer is a busy time in nature with most creatures raising young whilst the weather is good and food is abundant. Whether on the coastal beaches and cliffs or the inland Summer a busy timeEast in nature most creatures hedgerows and isheathland, Devonwith provides a wealthraising of whilst the weatherduring is goodthis and food is abundant. wildlife young watching opportunities season.


SUMMER Whether on the coastal beaches and cliffs or the inland

Summerhedgerows is a busy time nature withEast most creatures raising andinheathland, Devon provides a wealth of young whilst weatheropportunities is good and during food is this abundant. wildlifethe watching season. As the local beaches fill with tourists lowcliff tidesa or tripthe to Beer or Sidmouth Whether on the coastal beaches At and inland there is still plenty to see along the offers a chance to go rockpooling, as hedgerows and heathland, East Devon provides a wealth of region’s coastline. Basking Sharks the water retreats with the outgoing wildlife watching opportunities during this season. can be sighted East Devonfiduring tide small pools are revealed which As theoff local beaches ll with tourists At low tide a trip to Beer or Sidmouth

mid-summer, these huge, gentle filter are teeming life.toWatch out for as there is still plenty to see along the offers awith chance go rockpooling, feeders can reachcoastline. a length of eight Sharks the beautifully coloured region’s Basking the water retreats with beadlet the outgoing metres, making them off the second anemone. Under the water its delicate can be sighted East Devon during small are revealed which As the local beaches fill with tourists At low tide atide trip to Beerpools or Sidmouth biggest fimid-summer, shplenty in the Also keep these huge, gentleofffiers lter tentacles awith flower but at low areresemble teeming Watch out for there is still to sea. see along the a chance to go rockpooling, feeders can reachlarge a length eight your eyescoastline. peeled for other sea-ofthe theappear beautifully coloured tide they jelly-likebeadlet red region’s Basking Sharks water retreats with as thelarge outgoing metres, making the second faring as thethem Harbour anemone. Under the water its delicate Bothare Hermit and shore crabs can be animals sighted offsuch East Devon during tide blobs. small pools revealed which biggest fish ingentle the sea. Alsoare keep resemble a flfor owerunder but at low Porpoise, Bottle-nose Dolphin mid-summer, these huge, filterand teeming with life. Watch out can betentacles easily located hiding your eyesa peeled foreight other large seafeeders can reach length of tide they appear as large jelly-like the beautifully coloured beadlet Common Dolphin. rocks, hermit crabs have no shell of red faring animals such as the Harbour metres, making them the second blobs. and shore crabs anemone. Under theBoth waterHermit its delicate biggest fiPorpoise, sh in the sea. Also keep Bottle-nose Dolphin and resemble tentacles flower located but at lowhiding under can bea easily your eyes peeled for Dolphin. other large seaCommon tide they appear as hermit large jelly-like red no shell of rocks, crabs have faring animals such as the Harbour blobs. Both Hermit and shore crabs Porpoise, Bottle-nose Dolphin and can be easily located hiding under Common Dolphin. rocks, hermit crabs have no shell of

Although not common in East devon, the Brown Hare can still be Although notarea. common seen in the

in East devon, the Brown Hare can still be Although not common seen in the area. in East devon, the Brown Hare can still be seen in the area.

search of food. If you are fortunate to their own and use salvaged mollusc come across a Brown Hare, the animal shells to hide in, moving to larger ones will often lie down, its body as they Fishuse cansalvaged also be mollusc found search of food. If youflattening are fortunate to theirgrow. own and until danger has passed. It will in rock Common Blenny comethe across a Brown Hare, the animal shellspools; to hidethe in, moving to larger ones remain motionless stray a or Shanny is widespread around the lie down,to flunless atteningyou its body they grow. Fish can also be found search of food. Ifwill youoften are fortunate their own andasuse salvaged mollusc little too close, then it will suddenly until the danger has passed. It will UK, with its ability to breathe out of in rock pools; the Common Blenny come across a Brown Hare, the animal shells to hide in, moving to larger ones race offmotionless at top speed and remain unless youwith straythe a water it can often seen basking on or Shanny is widespread around thelie down, will often flattening its body as they grow. Fish can also bebe found little close, then suddenly ability to run atIt45mph it will soon put with its ability to breathe out ofdanger top UK, of seaweed. until the hastoo passed. will it will in rock pools; the Common Blenny raceunless off atyou topstray speed with waterthe it canmassive often be seen basking on some distance between itself andthe you. remainof motionless a and network or ShannyInland is widespread around the ability run ata45mph it will soon put littleand too close,Although then itto will suddenly top oftoseaweed. UK, with its ability breathe not particularly common hedgerows are nowout fullofof colour some between itself and race offof at topspecies speeddistance and with the there Inland thebasking massive water it can often bewith seen on to the area, are you. still a bustling insect life, network providing abilityand to run at few 45mph will soon put Although not atoparticularly common top of seaweed. hedgerows are now of colour hotitspots see this magnifi cent a vital resource for full species such some distance between andarea, you. there are still a Inland the massive network oflife, providing speciesitself to the bustling with insect as Bullfinch, Dormice and Although Brown not acreature. particularly common hedgerows area now of colour and few hot spots to see this magnificent vitalfullresource such Hairstreak butterfl ies.for Thespecies Dormouse species to the area, there are still a bustling with insect life, providing creature. as Bullfinch, Dormice and Brown is nationally rare butsuch Devon provides few hot spots to see this magnificent a vital resource for species Hairstreak butterflies. The Dormouse a crucial stronghold for them. These as Bullfinch, and isDormice nationally rareBrown but Devoncreature. provides tree-living mice for arethem. nocturnal Hairstreaksmall butterfl ies. The Dormouse a crucial stronghold These is nationally rare butonly Devon provides and are active for a short time small tree-living mice are nocturnal a crucial stronghold for them. These through theonly summer They and are active months. for a short time small tree-living nocturnal from their can through be mice easilyare distinguished the summer months. They and are only active for a short time rodent cousins thanks to their furry can be easily distinguished from their through the summer months. They prehensile tail. fromthanks rodent cousins can be easily distinguished their to their furry With the days getting prehensile rodent cousins thanks totail. their furryincreasingly The Common Buzzard thrives prehensilelonger days getting increasingly anthe evening walk through local tail.With The Common Buzzard thrivesWith the woodland in the rural countryside of East an evening walkmay through orincreasingly farmland turn local up dayslonger getting the their rural countryside The Common Buzzard thrives Devon,inwith distinctive of East woodland orHare farmland may turnAll up longer an aevening walk through local Fox, Badger, or Roe Deer. Devon, with their in the‘mewing’ rural countryside ofcircle East distinctive call they high Fox, Harewill or have Roe Deer. All woodlandthese or afarmland may turn up largeBadger, mammals young Devon, with the their distinctive ‘mewing’ call they circle higha Fox, Badger,these Harebe orventuring Roe Deer. further Allwill have above landscape. large mammals young Red Admiral and will afield in ‘mewing’ call they circle high above the landscape.

above the landscape.

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The East Devon Commons

The beautiful Dartford Warbler has made a comeback over the last twenty years.

Globally heathland is a rare and declining habitat, meaning the Commons of East Devon have both national and international importance. Running through the western side of the district are the Pebblebed Heaths, which are on pebbles deposited some 240 million years ago during the early Triassic period. With their acidic soil and plant life such as heather, gorse and rough grasses heathland attracts some unusual and specialist wildlife.

Insects The firesome Green Tiger Beetle, with its distinctive long legs can be seen running along the ground in search of prey. When disturbed they will fly a short distance then carry on running again. The RSPB reserve at Aylesbeare Common is easily accessible and a fantastic spot for catching sight of these and other insects. At the height of summer the ponds buzz with dragonflies, including the rare Southern Damselfly. The reserve has the largest butterfly list of any RSPB reserve in the country, with over 30 different species being regularly recorded.

are largely sedentary birds, meaning that they stay with us throughout the year. Having suffered a population crash, there were just a few breeding pairs left in the 1960s, now there are thought to be over 3,000 pairs. In contrast Nightjars are only with us for the summer months. Having spent the winter in Africa these unusual birds return to the UK in May. Being nocturnal they spend their day roosting on the ground, their cryptic plumage makes them almost impossible to find. But when the evening draws in the males begin their unusual ‘churring’ song. This almost mechanical sounding call is a real highlight of summer.

The striking Green Tiger Beetle makes its home on the Heathlands of East Devon.

Nightjars spend their day roosting on the ground.

Birds Two specialist heathland species; the Dartford Warbler and the Nightjar, both do well in East Devon. Dartford Warblers


Things to do in the East Devon Countryside Family Friendly Nature Walk Every Saturday from the RSPB shop, Darts Farm, binoculars can be hired Call 01392 879438 for details Otter Valley Association Walks The OVA have a number of walks organised throughout the summer Check their website for details: Sid Vale Association Walks The SVA have a number of walks organised throughout the summer Check their website for details:

Goren Farm - Open Gardens & Wildflower Meadows A chance to see beautiful flower filled meadows on a guided walk around Goren Farm. 4/5 June, 11/12 June, 2/3 July, 11/12 July Walks start at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Call 01404 881335 to book Wet & Wild Summer Weekend Friday 19 August - Sunday 21 August Three days of wildlife fun on the Axe Estuary Wetlands, events include: pond dipping, meet the birds, moth breakfast & bat walks. Call the East Devon Countryside Service for details 01395 517557

East Devon Heath Week 24 July to 29 July 2011 East Devon Heath Week starts with the Family Festival Day at Woodbury Castle, nr Exmouth follow the AA road signs – on Sunday 24 July from 11am - 3:30pm. A wild time for all the family. Drop in for an hour or two or bring a picnic and stay the whole day. Free parking. Activities on offer include wildlife walks, 4x4 Landrover Experience safari rides, archaeological fun, storytelling and much more.

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Then throughout the week at various locations let experts introduce you to a wealth of wildlife and historical heritage across the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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To get your copy of the Heath Week leaflet contact the East Devon AONB in July 01404 46663 or visit

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Local historian Ted Gosling discusses farming in East Devon

The Platts at Branscombe I

left school in 1943 at the

and it was during the early days

age of 14, I was born with

that I first discovered Branscombe.

petrol in my blood so it was only natural that I should commence

The church I believe is amongst

my working life serving a 5

the most delightful in the country.

year apprenticeship as a motor

It stands in the middle of a long,

mechanic and the garage picked

peculiarly-shaped village which

was Townsend Garage, Beer.

straggles down the length of a

In the wartime years, it was a case

steep narrow valley, concealed

of “make do and mend” to keep

from the sea by high cliffs. At

vehicles on essential work on

that time, it was one of the most

the road. The garage covered all

inaccessible villages in Devon and

vehicles in Beer and Branscombe

it was therefore known locally as “happy valley”. The main industries were fishing and farming an d



time lace-

Mr Frank Woodrow grew potatoes on The Platts for 60+ years. Pictured with his three grandchildren

making flourished in the village.

produced shell fuses.

Indeed, Queen Victoria ordered

introduction of the potato to


her wedding dress to be made of

England is traditionally attributed

Honiton Lace made at Beer and

to Sir Walter Raleigh in the second

Branscombe. Two other industries

half of the 16th century and the

existed at that time, growing

tubers today are now a staple food.

of early potatoes and a

It was some time in the 18th century

wartime factory

that cliff farmers started to grow the

w h i c h The sloping plots where early potatoes were grown were known as 'The Platts' Picture circa 1920

famous early potatoes on the little plots on the steep sheltered slope of the cliffs at Branscombe. Sea weed was gathered from the beach and carried on the backs of donkeys to manures the plots. Branscombe potatoes were the earliest in the country and were much prized and cliff farmers, like the Goslings and the Woodrows , through hard work, made a successful living. These cliff farmers who grew early potatoes worked on the steep hills with their gradient of 1 in 7. They used donkeys to carry panniers with 135 lbs of potatoes in each and they used hand tools of the same design as their fore fathers used. The beach at Branscombe is so open and unsuitable for winter work, that many of the fishermen also had small holdings on the steep sheltered cliff slopes to grow the famous early potatoes. John Woodrow who, with his wife Mary Ann, lived in Grapevine Terrace, Branscombe, died in 1929 aged 74 years. John was one of the Branscombe cliff farmers who grew early potatoes and he worked on the cliffs until the day he died.

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The oval shaped carrying frames used by growers were known as Crubbs.

Munitions being made in Branscombe during WWII

When he failed to return home after

Sidford, people would often stop

brother, William, won a contract

William and Sydney Pritchard who,

a day’s work, his son found him on

him when he was transporting

to produce shell fuses and aircraft

with their local workers, played an

his beloved cliffs where he had

the coffins and say “make sure he


collapsed from a heart attack. John

doesn’t’ jump out and beat you up

Holloway North, London, was

A village which does not know its

Woodrow’s son, Frank , who died

Trow Hill Frank!” The men who grew

moved to the garage in the Square,

own history may be likened to man

in 1971 aged 84 years, was one of

the early potatoes were once a part

Branscombe. This factory, named

who has lost his memory and here

the last cliff farmers in Branscombe,

of a flourishing industry which for

Nestle Munitions factory, had a

the people of Branscombe have

who grew early potatoes and he was

some reason or another has died out.

workforce of 114 men and women

made sure to collect information

working day and night in 12 hour

about their past history to keep a

death. Before the 1st world war he

From potatoes to shell fuses, what

shifts. This secret wartime factory at

record for future generations to

was also the local carter and one of

a difference! Yet they both played

Branscombe turned out millions of


his jobs included the collection of

an important role in the war effort.

shell fuses and aircraft components,

bodies of local people who had died

With the outbreak of the 2nd world

but was never a target for German

in Exeter Hospital. Passing through

war, Sydney Pritchard and his

bombers. Much credit must go to

still working until 3 years before his

Their factory in

important role in the war effort.



A rather barren and dry looking Branscombe in August 1877

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Nothing to sneeze at Hayfever – or ‘seasonal allergic rhinitis’ – is mainly caused by grass, tree and shrub pollen, with symptoms including sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a stuffy nose. The best way to control hayfever

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is to avoid these triggers and limit exposure to pollen and other allergens and irritants such as pet fur, insect sprays or tobacco smoke. There are also plenty of products available from pharmacies to treat the symptoms of hayfever, including antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops and creams, but make sure you read the labels and give the correct dosage or, even better, ask the pharmacist for advice.

BBQ know-how Food poisoning cases double over the summer, many of which are caused by barbeque food that hasn’t been properly cooked. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the safest option is to cook food indoors using an oven and then put the cooked food on the barbecue for flavour. However, if you can’t resist the lure of the barbie, the way to barbeque meat properly is to make sure the coals are glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start cooking, ensure frozen meat is properly thawed before you cook it, turn the meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly, and make sure it is piping hot in the middle before you eat it.

Don’t get ticked off If any of your summer activities involve spending time in Devon’s heathland, moors or meadows then you could pick up ticks. A member of the spider family, ticks attach themselves to passing animals and humans to feed on their blood. Not only unpleasant, ticks can also transmit diseases, including Lyme disease – named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where the illness was first identified in 1975, rather than our own Lyme Regis – a serious infection with symptoms including a circular red rash, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of sight, hearing, digestive system and sleep. The best way to avoid ticks is to wear long sleeves and trousers outdoors, use an insect repellent effective against ticks (containing DEET), keep to pathways and remove any ticks as soon as possible with a simple tick-removing tool, readily available from your local pharmacy. If you are holidaying in Austria and Eastern Europe where tick-borne encephalitis is rife, it is worth getting vaccinated at your local travel health clinic to protect yourself


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against this disease.

Get vaccinated And talking of travel health clinics, it is a good idea to visit your nearest one if you are planning a holiday abroad this year. Axminster Medical Practice runs the only MASTA travel health clinic in East Devon, where Soot Vann is the practice nurse with a special interest in travel health. She says: “It’s not always necessary to have vaccinations to travel abroad, but you should see your GP or practice

nurse for advice at least six weeks before you travel because some jabs need to be given in advance so that they can work properly. You can also check that your existing UK vaccinations such as polio, diphtheria and tetanus are up to date. Anybody can come to our travel health clinic, even if you’re not registered as a patient here. You will have to pay for most travel vaccinations, but my advice is that if you think you can’t afford it then you shouldn’t be going away.” So before you strip down to your shorts and t-shirts to enjoy Devon and Dorset’s great outdoors, make sure you know how to deal with these common summer complaints. You could avoid an illness or incident which could ruin your holiday, and your health.

Box: Holiday first aid kit It’s always a good idea to have a small first aid kit in your car when you’re out and about. You can buy these from most pharmacies, or else make your own with: antiseptic wipes, spray or cream, gauze squares and non-stick dressings, plasters and skin closure strips, bandage and surgical tape , scissors, safety pins and tweezers, antibacterial hand gel or foam.

Information The following websites have more information: Lyme Disease Action: NHS Fit for Travel: MASTA travel health advice: Axminster Travel Health Clinic, Axminster Medical Practice, tel: 0330 100 4107

Back in the Saddle Returning to work after any considerable period of time off can feel like a challenge. Sasa Jankovic finds out how to make a molehill out of a mountain. People have breaks from working for many reasons: some because they choose to, such as taking a sabbatical; some which are out of their control, such as being made redundant; and other reasons such as maternity leave, long-term sickness or retirement. Whatever the reason, re-entering the workforce – either into your old job, or a new one – is bound to be a little unsettling.

time away can add value to your working life.

If the break was not of your choosing In straitened economic times such as these, many people have been made redundant and the number of job vacancies has contracted. If you are looking for work it may take you longer than you expect to find a job, but don’t be disheartened. Even if you have been out of work for many months, employers know it is hard for people looking for work, and as long as you can show that you have been using your time productively while you have been unemployed then they shouldn’t hold this against you.

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Companies advertise jobs all over the place – from local and national papers, to recruitments agencies, their own websites, electronic newsletters, and job centres – and some don’t even advertise at all. Your best bet is to keep your eye on as many of these places as possible. If you are looking for a new job, be prepared to explain to potential employers how you have used your time off productively, and put a positive spin on what you have been doing.

If the break was your choice As long as you can explain your absence – perhaps you were looking after aged parents or children; maybe you had an income which made it possible for you not to need to work – and show you have continued to develop skills that make you a good candidate as a prospective employee, your time away from work should not put you at a disadvantage when looking for a job. If you are returning to your old job, be prepared for changes in the technology, people and skills you were familiar with before you went away. The attitude of your colleagues towards you could also be different. Some may think you are not career-minded because you have taken a break, so be prepared to explain how what you have learned and achieved during your

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Studying, working part time, volunteering and doing work experience – no matter what your age – are all good ways to make use of your spare time while out of work, and will add to your experience and boost the transferable skills that employers are looking for. Going back after maternity leave When you return to work after ordinary maternity leave (the first 26 weeks of your Statutory Maternity Leave), you have a right to the same job and the same terms and conditions as if you hadn’t been absent. This is also the case if you take additional leave (the last 26 weeks of your statutory maternity leave), although this doesn’t apply if your employer can prove it is not reasonably practical for you to return to your original job (for example, because the job no longer exists). If this happens, you must be offered alternative work with the same terms and conditions as if you hadn’t been absent. If you take the full 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave then you don’t need to give notice that you’re coming back, but it’s

a good idea to do so. If you wish to return earlier – for example, when your Statutory Maternity Pay ends – you must give at least eight weeks’ notice. If you decide not to return to work at all, you must give notice in the normal way, according to what your contract says.

Returning to work after illness If you have been off work with illness or injury for more than a month then returning to work might seem like an uphill struggle, but if you are fit then the sooner you return the better it will be for your emotional and physical health. Your employer should have kept in touch with you during your period of absence, so if your illness or injury means that it is impossible for you to do exactly the same job as before then the Disability Discrimination Act requires them to make adjustments to provide you with alternative work where possible.

Help is at hand If you think you could do with brushing up on some skills before you relaunch yourself into the job market – such as computer skills – then talk to your local Jobcentre Plus to see what advice or training they offer, and consider volunteering or working part-time in the field you want to get in to, in order to add to your experience and confidence. It’s never too late to do the kind of job you are interested in, but be positive about the time you have taken away from work.

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Health & Wellness: Corrective Exercise Corrective exercise is a form of exercise that brings the body back into a perfect postural position The body was designed to perform at its optimum level when it is in a position of good posture. Unfortunately during our lives we tend to

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Simply identifying and correcting the body’s imbalance can eliminate the pain and strengthen the body against injury.” Corrective exercise is based on the simple fact that the human movement system works efficiently through the perfect synergy of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Injury or imbalance to any part negatively affects the parts on either side of the imbalance. By reintroducing proper structure in the body, posture will improve and you can move freely and with less pain. Corrective exercise uses a tailored programme of stretches and exercises that will help correct the identified imbalances and strengthen the body’s core. This may involve the use of free weights, TRX, Swiss balls and Pilates for example and can normally be practiced in the comfort of your own home.



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The benefits of corrective exercise are numerous and include: ✓✓ Pain reduction ✓✓ Less reliance on pain relief ✓✓ Enhanced strength, flexibility and power ✓✓ Stress reduction ✓✓ Reduced risk of injury Corrective exercise is an essential element of overall wellness and beneficial for people of all ages and abilities. For fur ther information on corrective exercise please contact Rob on 07920 090453 or visit:

How do I keep my teeth & gums in good condition? Maintaining a healthy mouth is not only important for fresh breath and a white smile, but with growing research linking poor oral health to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, your twice daily brushing could save your life.

As well as regular visits to your dentist for routine screening to spot problems early, visiting a dental hygienist will also help to remove those stubborn deposits of plaque and tartar which can’t be removed with a toothbrush and contribute to gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. There is a lot you can do yourself at home, this not only continued overleaf >



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Dental Care: with Dr Maurice Sims continued from page 75 helps reduce the risks associated with poor oral health, but also saves you money. The first step is simply brushing thoroughly twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes. The correct technique is important with many people ‘scrubbing’ which as well as being ineffective can cause damage. (TIP If you have never been shown how to brush correctly take your toothbrush with you to your next visit to your hygienist and they will be pleased to show you the correct technique). Use a fluoride containing toothpaste (which strengthens the teeth) and a good quality toothbrush with a small head and medium filaments. (TIP Avoid poor quality cheap tooth brushes as the filaments are microscopically rough the end where they have been cut and can actually damage the gums) Don’t rinse after brushing – Many of us were always taught to rinse with water after brushing, in effect this removes all the protective effects of the toothpaste and fluoride from our teeth, by washing it straight down the sink. By spitting out and not rinsing the protective effects and ingredients of the toothpaste are left on the teeth to work for longer.

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face between the teeth, these tight spaces are impossible for even the best toothbrushes to reach. This means that if you don’t use dental tape (floss) in between your teeth on a regular basis, bacteria can build up and not only cause localised gum disease but also tooth decay. (TIP If you struggle to floss you’re not alone; ask your dentist or hygienist so show you some of the simple gadgets that are available to help you with this).

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MANAGING your MONEY The hazards of retirement As inflation continues to rise, concerns grow for many who are either retired or who are about to retire. January 2010 marked the biggest year-on -year increase in the CPI since records started. Inflation is one of the biggest threats to those in retirement because pensions are often static and therefore fail to meet the increases in the cost of living. It’s recently been identified that everyone has their own personal inflation rate. For instance, young people tend to spend their money on technology and clothes whilst those in retirement spend more on entertainment, health care and utilities. Hence those in retirement are probably suf fering from a higher personal rate of inflation than

FACTS There’s a 1 in for chance that if a couple are both aged 65, one of them will reach age 99 A third of retired people have had to cut back on their daily expenditure since they retire, whilst 5% have had to return to work. According to the ABI, only a third of people shop around for the best deal on their annuity Between June and Dec 2010, the difference between an average non-enhanced annuity and an averaged enhanced annuity was 22.83% Out of a survey of the UK’s 20 biggest cities Cardiff was the cheapest and London the most expensive. In retired households there’s a need to find an extra £849 p.a. to maintain the same cost of living as in the previous year.

the rest of the population because the types of goods and services that they are using tend to increase more whilst technology and clothing have all fallen in cost. Another factor to consider is where you retire. Those retiring in London, for instance, will need more income to meet their average expenditure costs than those living in Cardiff. Recent research has estimated this at households in London require a massive £194,602 more to cover the cost of retirement over 20 years than those in the Northeast. It ’s impor tant therefore that preparation is made in advance of retirement and that you make the most of your opportunity to take advantage of your options. Shopping round for your annuity can improve your income by up to 20%. Taking professional advice at this point can ensure that you don’t miss out on any financial advantages. Tracking annuity rates shows that rates have fallen since November 2009 and that the gulf between the bottom quartile annuities and the top quartile annuities continues to grow. It is not likely, for the foreseeable future, that annuity rates will increase – due to increasing mortality rates, the EU gender ruling and the EU Solvency ruling which will require insurers to retain more capital. The dual problems of inflation and life expectancy mean that retiring is a complex issue. There are now many more products available on the market and the demands of inflation mean that more retirees need to think about

Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 18 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and investment advice. Her firm also provides a specialist annuities service for people approaching retirement and newly retired which operates nationally. To find out more about her practice, you can view her company websites at: For pension annuities visit:

The dual problems of inflation and life expectancy mean that retiring is a complex issue. increasing their income and probably taking an investment risk to achieve this. A conventional annuity may not always be the most appropriate product and it’s important to consider all the options. For some, an investment annuity should

Helen Mulvaney

BA (Hons), Dip M, Cert PFS Proprietor of Richmond Independent

be considered as it will link returns to equities, property, commodities and bonds and therefore help the fight against inflation. Some of these real assets tend to do well during periods of inflation and can help those in retirement to increase their incomes. Furthermore, many people don’t realise that lifestyle factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity or even your job description may help to improve your annuity rate. It’s important to check these factors and make sure you haven’t missed out. Richmond Independent is an appointed representative of John Ellis IFA Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Specialist advice on your retirement options from a company based in East Devon Call: 01395 512166 The Pension Annuity Advisory Service is a trading style of Richmond Independent, which is an appointed representative of John Ellis IFA Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the FSA

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