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COAST & COU NTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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Contents Dec-Feb


5. Quarterly What's On guide

28. Ethical Food

Find out what's not to miss.

Kerry Torrens investigates.

8. Forthcoming Art Exhibitions

32. Magnificent Montenegro

Art gallery events for Dec to Feb.

By local travel writer Helen James.

12. Inspired by the Exe

36. Horse Care - Learning

Exe estuary memories from Ray Balkwill.

By Natalie Bucklar-Green.


14. Boatbuilding in Lyme

39. Hoofing around the Common

By Guy Peters.

By Suzy Bailey.

Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones tel. 01395 513383 / 01395 512166 email.

17. Out & About in Lyme

40. Blackbury Camp

Our regular Lyme feature.

Andy Foan contemplates this peaceful place.

19. The Fashion Scene

48. Xmas Shopping in East Devon

Looking at fashion in East Devon.

Information on shopping & festive events.

21. Business Tips

55. Christmas Competition

Useful advice from Katina Styles.

The chance to win a luxury hamper.

22. Eating Out

56. A Childhood Christmas

Our roundup of East Devon eateries.

From noted local historian Ted Gosling.

26. Festive Wine Selection

58. Life Matters

Wine tips for the festive season.

Our regular section on health issue.

27. Focus On Bakers

64. Managing your Money

We interview Ken from Pinpastry.


Kerry Torrens, Ray Balkwill, Guy Peters, Suzy Bailey, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, Ted Gosling, Sali Mustafic, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Andy Foan, Alex Duckworth.

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All images copyright N.Jones unless otherwise credited


Editor's Letter A warm welcome to East Devon Coast and Country Magazine. In this issue we celebrate our first anniversary since starting the publication in November last year. I'd like to thank to all the people who've been involved over the course of the year. I'd also like to thank our many readers for all the positive comments - the response has been really tremendous and gratefully received. This issue covers a wide range of topics but with particular emphasis on food and drink which at this time of the year figures large on most peoples' agendas. If you enjoy your wines, don't miss our wine recommendations for the festive season and also the Luxury Hamper competition (page 55).

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We've also included in this issue, a Christmas Shopping in East Devon feature, giving you details of late night shopping and festive events on the run-up to Christmas.

Editor for the 'Life Matters' section, (previously Health & Wellbeing) and her input is very welcome. Sali's an NLP practitioner and she's keen to hear from health practitioners from the East Devon area. We now have a classified section within 'Life Matters' which is very accessible for sole practitioners. We've increased distribution yet again, so for this issue we have over 370 outlets where you can pick up a copy of the magazine, but you need to be quick, as copies disappear extremely quickly (see page 62 for outlets list). Also, many thanks to businesses coming into the magazine, who we rely on to bring you this publication. If you enjoy the magazine, we really appreciate it if you mention the magazine to local businesses, this helps a lot. All the best

Nigel Jones (Editor)

I'd like to welcome Sali Mustafic to the magazine, she's the new

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This beautiful image was created by Hanneke Coates. This Russet apple tree is situated in part of an ancient apple orchard on Hanneke's farmstead at Yettington, near East Budleigh. It's a really ornamental, cheerful picture created using water colours and pen & ink.

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Forthcoming Events Dec 2010, Jan & Feb 2011

LOCAL EVENTS 21st Dec - Colyton Country Market - our famous Christmas Food Market will be held in the Feoffees Hall Colyton from 9.30 until 1 o’clock. The perfect time to stock up on all those fresh local delights for your Christmas table. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available as well as coffee, to bring a seasonal touch. Live music and carols and selected crafts will add to the experience.


12th Feb - Alexandra Dariescu, Piano is giving a concert at the Knowle, Sidmouth.

28th Feb - The Idomeneo String Quartet will perform at St Paul's Church Honiton at 1pm. See Honiton Festival display. Contact venue for further details.

THEATRES 1st Dec - The Vienna Festival Ballet present Sleeping Beauty at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

7th Dec - Exeter Voices for Christmas in aid of the Sheldon Long Barn Appeal are performing at Exeter Cathedral.

2nd Dec - Essence of Ireland at Exmouth Pavilion. 4th Dec - Christmas Show by Imperial College London at Budleigh Salterton Hall.

11th Dec - Exeter Choir Christmas Concert at Exeter Cathedral.

10th Dec - Sidmouth Town Band Present A Christmas Concert at the Manor Pavilion Sidmouth.

11th Dec - Met Opera are performing Don Carlo via satellite from the New York Met at Exeter Picture House, Exeter.

11th Dec - Slightly Fat Features Present Variety by the Sea at the Manor Pavilion Sidmouth.

15-16th Dec - Exeter Philharmonic Choir Carol Concert at Exeter Cathedral.

12th Dec - Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

20th Dec - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Festival Chorus are performing at Exeter Cathedral.

13th Dec - A Christmas Carol performed by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Exmouth Pavilion.

8th Jan - Andrew Booth, Guitar is giving a concert in the Knowle Chamber at the Knowle Council Offices, Sidmouth.

14th Dec - Room on the Broom by the Tall Stories Theatre at the Northcott Theatre Exeter.

20th Jan - Nathanial Boyd and Simon Lane, Cello and Piano will play at Seaton Town Hall.

15-16th Dec - Exmouth Town Band Christmas Concert at Exmouth Pavilion.

28th Jan - Sarah Thurlow, Clarinet will perform at St Paul's Church Honiton at 1pm. See Honiton Festival display

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17th Feb - The Anton Stadler Trio, Clarinet, Viola and Piano will play at Seaton Town Hall.

2nd Dec - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are performing at Exeter Cathedral.

9th Dec - Hannah Marcinowiez and John Reid, Saxaphone and Piano will play at Seaton Town Hall.


17th Dec - 2nd Jan - Alladin the Family Pantomime at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 27-28th Dec - Dick Whittington and his Pirate Adventure at Exmouth Pavilion. 28-4th Jan - Dick Whittington and His Cat. A Pantomime performed by SADS at the Manor Pavilion Sidmouth. 31st Dec - NYE Fab Beatles 2010 at Exmouth Pavilion. 27th Jan - Jason Manford at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 28th Jan - Steven K. Amos is performing at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 9th Feb - Mark Watson is performing at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. 19th Feb - Fireman Sam Live - Pontypody Rocks at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.


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Carnivals 11th Dec - Honiton Christmas Carnival.



Honiton Festival 28th Jan - Sarah Thurlow, clarinet with Clarino at 1pm. Tickets £8.00 25th Feb - Idomeneo String Quartet at 1pm. Tickets £8.00 Box Office 01404 43716


Community Markets Ottery St.Mary Community Market meet usually on the last Saturday of the month at the Institute, Yonder Street. Ottery St Mary Farmers Market - Hind St Car Park - 1st Fri in month. 9am-1pm. Exeter Farmers Market - South St/Fore St. Every Thurs. 9am-2pm. Exmouth Farmers Market - at Strand Gardens 2nd Wed of month. Budleigh Salterton - Brook Rd Car Park on last Friday of each month 9am-1pm. Cullompton - 1st Saturday in month 10.00-4pm.

Escot Park 1st-31st Dec - Snowman Hunt - hunt for elusive Devon snowmen by following the clues & receive a chocolate reward! 10am - 5pm. Normal garden entry prices apply. 27th-28th Dec - Christmas Treats Weekend, tel 01404 822188 for more info.

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Sidmouth Community Market - All Saint's Church Hall, Sidmouth. Topsham Market Held every Sat 8.30-1pm at St Matthews Hall. 18th Dec - Christmas Farmer's Market at Killerton House from 10.30 Continued overleaf....


Forthcoming Events Dec 2010, Jan & Feb 2011

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

Honiton Festival 2010/11 Winter Lunchtime Concerts 2010/2011 - St Paul’s Church, Honiton 1.00pm 26th November 2010 Tickets £8.00 1.00pm 28th January 2011 Tickets £8.00

Victoria Sayles, violin & Martin Cousin, piano

Sarah Thurlow, clarinet, with Clarino 1.00pm 25th February 2011 Tickets £8.00

Idomeneo string quartet

Certain artists are supported by The Tillet Trust

7.30pm - St Paul’s Late March 2011 (see press or our website for date tba) Tickets £9.00-£15.00

Opera Gala Evening featuring The English Touring Opera

May Mini Festival 2011 Tickets £9.00-£15.00 7.30pm or 1.00pm at St Paul’s on a series of dates to be announced (see press or website for times & dates )

James Bowman, counter tenor (Festival launch & reception, Cotleigh Church) Crispin Steele-Perkins, trumpet, and The Handel Players Ben Baker, violin Julian Bliss, clarinet (former young musician of the year) and The Harpham Quartet Box Office 01404 43716 EXHIBITIONS 4-5th Dec - South West Equine Fair. 12th Dec- - Abba the concert. 16-19th Jan - Giving and Living. 27-29th Jan - Craft 4 Crafters. 1-3rd Feb - Expowest (Trade Show). 11-13th Feb - Caravan & Motorhome Show. 18-27th Feb - Holiday on Ice - Energia. All above at Westpoint, Clyst St. Mary.

MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market at Trinity Square every Thur 8.30-3pm. Axminster Country Market at Masonic Hall, South St, Thurs 8.30am-3pm. Exeter Craft Day on 1st Sat in Month May-Sept. Fore St/South St, Exeter. Exmouth Country Market, Tower St Methodist Church Hall, Fri 8.30-11.15am. Honiton WI/Country Market at Mackarness Hall every Friday 9.30-11.30am. Honiton Street Mkt every Tues & Sat 9am.

Killerton 4th-23rd Dec - Killerton House Decorated for Christmas, inspired by Victorian, Georgian and wartime Christmas decorations. Open 2-4pm Costume exhibition also. 4th, 11th, 18th - Greet Father Christmas Meet our Victorian Father Christmas in the music room on Saturdays. 18th Dec - Christmas Farmer's Market at Killerton House from 10.30 6th Feb - PBFA Book Fair A variety of West Country bookseller's will be selling quality books, maps in the house 10.30-4pm.

strations, cheese & wine master classes, beauty & body product sampling and candlelit carol singers. This is an exclusive event filled with the magic of the festive period. Evening event, 7.30 to 9.30 pm. 10th Dec - A Feast of Winter at Otterton Mill. 11th Dec - Honiton Christmas Carnival. 14-18th Dec - Christmas Tree Festival in Lyme Regis Baptist Church.

For details of late night shopping, please see our Christmas Shopping in East Devon section.

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

18th Dec - Carols, Chestnuts & Mince Pies at Otteron Mill. 26th Dec - Boxing Day Swim on SidExeterEDCCMad 121110 15/11/2010 09:22 Page 1 mouth Sea front.

12th Feb - Early House Opening and new Costume exhibition" Dressing up, Dressing down 12-4 pm.

Xmas Events 4th Dec - Christmas Fair at Otterton Mill. 4th Dec-4th Jan - Affordable Art for Christmas. Original Printmaking and Painting by members of Morecombe Art Group at the Town Hall Lyme Regis. 8th Dec - Festive Indulgence Evening at Darts Farm. A chance to try some of the more indulgent products on offer at Darts Farm in Topsham. With luxury food and wine tastings, cookery demon-

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions Dec 2010, Jan, Feb 2011

GALLERIES Until 5th December - East Devon Art Exhibition at East Devon Art Academy. A selection of original art work from various East Devon Artists. Until 18th Dec - Winter Exhibition featuring Martin Goold: Bruges After Rodenbach. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, closed during January. Artwave West, Morecombelake. Until 19th Dec - Nicholas Papatzaneteas - abstract and seascapes by Royal

Nana Shiomi - 'Moon' Brook Gallery

College artist. The Art Room, Topsham. Until 24th Dec - Gifted - Paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and hand crafted pieces from a broad range of artists. Hybrid, Honiton (see display).

4th & 5th Dec - Christmas Exhibition Recent Paintings by Ray Balkwill, SWAc, The Studio Gallery, Exmouth. See box display for more information.

1st Dec - 7th Jan - Christmas Exhibition of work by our leading painters, potters, glass makers and jewellers. Marine House at Beer.

Francis Hewlett - 'Flushing' The Art Room

2nd - 22nd Dec - New Works by

Susanna Lance and selected West Country artists – Judy Hempstead, Cristina Ullande, Marion Kemp and Shari Hills. ISCA gallery, Budleigh Salterton.

Sunday 2.00 – 5.00 01395 443003

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBITION - 11th Dec to 9th Jan BARTON HARGREAVES EXHIBITION - February 2010 Please visit us at for more information on up and coming exhibitions.

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Bringing to Devon and on-line one of the strongest collections of Original Prints in the UK

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 5.00

Helen Jones - 'Weather Warning II' Artwave West

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51 High Street Honiton t. 01404 43201

Gifted Nov 13th - Dec 24th 2010 Paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and hand crafted pieces from a broad range of artists

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Jan 4th - Feb 26th 2011 Works from a number of artists and craftspeople.

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Beth Pearson - 'Bye's Walk' East Devon Art

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS 01395 516284 11th - 19th Dec 2010 - A solo exhibition of new works by Beth Pearson.

Spring Exhibition 21st - 27th Feb 2011 New works from selected local artists. East Devon Art Academy, Sidmouth.


RR Birds at Hybrid

Karen Birchwood at Hybrid

4th Dec - 4th Jan - Affordable Art Courtyard Gallery Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Free Exhibition of Paintings, Print Making, 3D work and Cards by Morcombelake Art Group. Open 11am to 4pm Tues - Sun and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays, Xmas and Boxing Day.

Andrew Coates - 'Clear day, Coly valley' Marine House at Beer

11th Dec - 9th Jan - Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition - featuring the work of Nana Shiomi at Brook Gallery. Also, Barton Hargreaves, winner of the Brook Gallery Prize at Origins Print Fair will have his work exhibited at Brook Gallery in February 2011. Please visit us at for more information on up and coming exhibitions at Brook Gallery. See display.


76 Fore Street,Topsham, Devon

Nicholas Papatzaneteas MA(R.C.A) To the 19th December Valerie Barden, Francis Hewlett RWA and Robert Organ RWA 29th January - 27th February Open Weekends 11am to 5pm

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11th - 19th Dec - Moving On - An exhibition of new works by Beth Pearson and Katherine Swann. East Devon Art Academy, Sidmouth. 4th Jan - 26th Feb - In the Mix Works from a number of artists and craftspeople. Hybrid, Honiton.

Brian Williams - 'Kangetsu' From the Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition at Brook Gallery

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EXHIBITIONS : SEA LIGHT Alex Lowery, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Jeremy Scrine & Rufus Knight Webb paintings with Petter Southall’s furniture, glass, willow sculpture, automata, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, gifts and accessories - until 9 January. Christmas Evening Market Friday 3rd Dec 5pm - 8pm food and craft stalls. Stewart Jones paintings & Howard Phipps wood engravings 16 January - 6 March. 01308 459511

Ray Balkwill’s STUDIO GALLERY Thistledown, Marley Road, Exmouth, EX8 4PP Tel: 01395 270278

Original Paintings, Prints, Books, Cards and 2011 Calendars by Ray Balkwill, SWAc Exhibition - “A Picture of Cornwall” 4th & 5th December - 10am - 5pm Exhibition then runs throughout Dec strictly by appointment only.

Ray Balkwill - 'Bright Day, St Ives'

Barbara Green - 'First Snow'


WINTER EXHIBITIONS Christmas exhibition of work by our leading painters, potters, glass makers and jewellers. 1st Dec to 7th January. Andrew Coates solo show capturing the atmosphere of East Devon’s coast, rivers and hills. 26th March to 8th April. Contact the gallery for a catalogue on 01297 625257 or 625144

ISCA GALLERY | artwave west | 01297 489 746

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Exhibiting all year round original work by selected West Country Artists


Featuring Martin Goold: Bruges After Rodenbach until 18th December Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm Closed during January

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-4.30pm (winter) 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.


Robert Organ 'Najac in Frost' The Art Room Topsham

15th Jan – 5th Mar - Crafty Animators Part of 2011’s Animated Exeter festival. 29th Jan - 27th Feb - Valerie Barden,

Francis Hewlett RWA & Robert Organ RWA. The Art Room, Topsham.

21st - 27th Feb - Spring Exhibition New works from selected local artists. East Devon Art Academy, Sidmouth.

Mike Bell - 'Carrick Roads, Cornwall' Artwave West

26th Mar - 8th Apr - Andrew Coates Solo Show capturing the atmosphere of East Devon’s coast, rivers and hills. Marine House at Beer - see display.

S. Lance - 'Watching the Tide' ISCA Gallery

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...Superb sculptures by Tom Greenshields, Paul Gardner and Helen Lewis. Stunning jewellery by French American designer Michael Michaud and of course all the oils, watercolours, prints and cards you could wish for!

Other works available including: William Gaunt, Stephen J Renard, Minou Steiner, Linda Weir, Terry Whybrow, Michael Hill.

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‘Houses near Blandford’ - 31” x 28”

‘Farm, Salisbury’ - 24” x 22”

‘Summer, Cornwall’ - 26” x 24”

DISTILLING THE ESSENCE OF LANDSCAPE Mary Pym takes a refreshing alternative look at scenery The ever changing landscapes in Britain and Europe are unique. They have evolved through interaction with man for thousands of years. Their form and variety invokes a constant sense of wonder and satisfaction. It’s very much built into the psyche of the inhabitants of differing regions and frequently shared by visitors that something special exists which should be protected and treasured. Mary Pym has an eye for these differences.

not end there. Having exposed the “vitals” of the view, Mary then colours the scene with bold slabs of paint that brilliantly inter-react to

bring the landscape astonishingly to life. These are colours which populate the imagination and are not direct attempts to represent

colours immediately apparent. This is artistry of the highest skill which allows the viewers to feel at one with the landscape, because it talks to them and invokes a subliminal and comforting response. It just seems to tick the right boxes for many people. Difference gets noticed and Hampshire based Mary Pym is indeed getting noticed with sell out shows in London and Marine House at Beer where you can always see a selection of her work. A full exhibition of her newest work is scheduled starting on Saturday 18th June running for two weeks.

Mary Pym is a professional artist who has built her reputation obser ving and recording landscapes, but with a difference. Not content with faithfully copying what she sees in front of her, Mary has taken the process a step further which makes her work exciting and special. What she has achieved is the skill to reveal the core components of any view, the hill forms, strategic disposition of copses, field boundaries and crucially man’s habitation in that scene. The process however does

Let the gallery know on 01297 625257 if you would like us to send you a catalogue for this show and an invitation to the private view on Saturday June 18th. Marine House at Beer.

‘Tuscany Hills’ - 21” x 23”

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01297 625257 ‘Summer in Kerry’ - 23” x 23”

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In this issue well-known Exmouth artist Ray Balkwill shares his passion for the Exe Estuary

Inspired by the Exe Bonfire on the beach, Camperdown

Across the Exe, Topsham

Over the past twenty years one subject in particular has consumed me as a painter and been the mainspring of my art. That subject is the Exe Estuary. This special stretch of water has much to offer the painter, one of the most notable of which was Francis Danby ARA. who settled in Exmouth in 1846 and was to remain there until his death. His home, Shell House (now demolished) on the Maer, was ideally situated for observing the changing aspects of sea and sky, including the magnificent sunsets for which Exmouth is famous. If you have ever sat on its banks watching the sun slowly descend behind the Haldon Hills, you will understand why I am so passionate about the place and why I constantly have to try to capture it in paint. It is the largest estuary in Devon and derives its name from the Celtic word ‘Eisca’ meaning ‘fish’ – almost certainly salmon, as since prehistoric times it has swarmed with them, sadly no longer the case. Dominated by the tide as it sweeps into the estuary to meet the river, the subject is never the same and one I never tire of painting. As each season changes, so does its mood. In the calm, balmy evenings of summer, the gently flowing waters blaze with sunset reflections, in the autumn or winter months, while the Exe is often shrouded in mist or storm clouds. Although I paint both in the studio and on location, it is painting

Ray at work en plein air that brings the biggest challenges and rewards. For the full understanding of a landscape, painters must submerge themselves in it, making it a multi-sensory experience. This also means identifying with it, getting ‘under the skin’ of the place as it were, learning something of its people, its culture and its history. Today there are few reminders of the maritime history that Exmouth once enjoyed, but Camperdown Creek, or Shelly Gut as it is sometimes called, still hangs on to its history and belonging. The boat-sheds are visible reminders of the boat-building families whose skills have been passed down from one

Evening Fanfare, Exmouth

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generation to another. At the head of the creek is the Lavis boatyard established in 1875, where among other vessels, many of the ferryboats used bet ween Starcross and Exmouth were built. In the painting ‘Bonfire on the beach, Camperdown Creek’ I tried to evoke some of its rustic character. It shows the Lavis boatyard and behind this Horn’s three-storey sail loft. The loft was built in 1810 and has recently been restored preserving it for future generations. Ron Lavis now retired told me there was a saying amongst boatbuilders. ‘Never launch on a Friday, or something will surely go wrong.’ Only once did he break with tradition, due to the insistence of the owner of the vessel, when unfortunately the saying was proved true. Another boat-builder in Camperdown Creek who I have got to know well over the years is Geoff Holman and his boats and boatsheds have featured in many of my paintings. Some of his sayings have also been inspiration for paintings. One painting entitled ‘Black over Bill’s Mothers’ was based on something he uttered one stormy day as he looked over the estuary towards the Haldon Hills. He exclaimed: ‘Tidn’t arf looking black over Bill’s mothers!’ Exactly who Bill’s mother was, he did not know, as it was something his grandfather had passed down without any explanation. Geoff told me of two further stories associated with superstitions surrounding boats. It was deemed unlucky if a crow should fly over whilst salmon fishermen were ‘shooting the net’ to the totter buoy in the middle of the river. If one did

Rain-washed Sky over Courtlands fly over the whole exercise had to be repeated. It also brought bad luck to mention rabbits by name around boats; instead they are referred to as ‘four-leggers,’ or ‘underground mutton.’ This was because in days gone by fishermen had to trap rabbits when their catches were poor. It is hard to imagine that in the 1860’s shipbuilding, as well as many other associated trades was carried on here. The Redway brothers employed an army of craftsmen in rope, sail and block and spar-making, eventually building 200-300 ton sailing ships. Then the construction in 1865 of a dock served by a railway made Exmouth an important port well into the twentieth century. The departure of the last cargo ship ‘Star Libra’ on January 1st 1990 marked the end of an era stretching back more than 125 years. Between Exmouth and Lympstone stands Courtlands, named from the fields in which this elegant mansion stands. The painting ‘Rain-washed sky over Courtlands’ was painted in memory of farmer Stanley Long who gave 44.5 hectares of farmland at Lower Halsdon below Courtlands, to the National Trust in 1995. In resisting pressures to sell the land for development, his generosity means that the land will be held by the National Trust to preserve the open

views across the river in perpetuity. A short row up river from Courtlands is Lympstone, another popular retreat for painters and tourists alike. Sheltered by its distinctive red cliffs, the snug harbour with its picturesque fishermen’s cottages was once a thriving fishing village. Fishermen’s tales still abound here and ‘Snips’ Stamp (his father was a tailor) was a master storyteller. One story he loved to tell was about the crows on the other side of the river. He used to say ‘they crows over Cock –ood be educated crows!’ According to ‘Snips’ the crows would pick up mussels off the foreshore at Cockwood, fly to a great height and drop them onto the railway line, successfully breaking them open every time! Another old Lympstone yarn from the days of sail told how the mackerel fishermen would arise at 3am and hold a lighted candle out of the window. If it blew out then there was too much wind and if it did not then there wasn’t enough, so they didn’t go out at all! The Exe is tidal as far as Topsham and the old folk of the town used to say: ‘tis the last place the good Lord made, and He didn’t stop to finish it, or we would have sand, not mud!’ The name of the town derives from a personal Saxon name – ‘Topa’s Ham’ and therefore is correctly pronounced ‘Tops-ham.’ Thomas Hardy once described the place, as ‘it is where the Exe scents

the sea.’ The Victorian novelist also said it was one of the most restful spots he knew. This still holds true today, but this has not always been the case. In its heyday it was a major port and shipbuilding centre that at its height rivalled London. Now the tranquil river is a haven for wildlife and only the bubbling calls of the Curlew and the high-pitched whistles of Widgeon echo across the broad estuary waters. In the reed beds, rising out of the mud like skeletons are the ribs of trawlers and barges. In fact there are remains of about twelve vessels on this bank altogether, many being coal ships of yesteryear, when the coal trade flourished around our coasts. For two thousand years, the river has been the life-blood of Devon’s prosperity, with trading, shipbuilding and fishing all playing major roles in its importance. Today that has all changed of course, and now tourism, recreation and conservation have replaced the traditional skills. I was born in Exeter, so Devon is my homeland and having lived near the river for so long, the ‘spirit’ of the Exe is very real to me. D.H.Lawrence once said: ‘the spirit of place is a great reality.’ I think it is this personal, as well as physical, relationship with the landscape that provides such an important element in my work. The river has played a quintessential role and is a metaphor for life itself. Despite travelling far and wide searching out new landscapes to paint, the Exe continues to draw me back time and again. In fact, I can think of nowhere I would rather paint. After all, the real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new horizons, but in opening one’s eyes to the undiscovered country of the nearby. The beauty we have right here on our doorstep should never be taken for granted.

Ray Balkwill’s Exe Estuary is published by Halsgrove price £24.99. Signed copies are available from Ray Balkwill’s Studio Gallery, Marley Road, Exmouth. The gallery is open by appointment only. Tel: 01395 270278 or visit www. His latest art book "A Picture of Cornwall – Contemporary Artists and the Inspirational Landscape" has just been published by Halstar price £29.99.

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Boatbuilding in Lyme A Woodworkers Paradise By Guy Peters

Lthe East Devon and West Dorset coastlines meet. The cliffs here, yme Regis sits at the heart of the Jurassic coast. It is the point where

contain layers from the earliest Jurassic period some 200 million years old. Nestling in the shelter of these cliffs on the south facing Monmouth beach is a centre of learning second to none. The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis was set up in 1997 by Commander Tim Gedge, AFC Royal Navy. His aim was to create a centre which would maintain the highest standards of British boat building. The Academy caters for men and women of all ages from 18 to 72 with the average age working out at around 35. (they have made an exception for one outstanding 17 year old!). The object of the training, is to help each person attending a course to develop their full potential using the best modern techniques in Boat construction. Chris Humphries, the Director General of City and Guilds, described them as “a centre of excellence.” While the prestigious magazine of the boat building industry; ‘Classic Boat’ described them, on the cover of their August 2008 issue, as “The U.K.’s World leading Boat Building School.” Praise indeed!

Hannah (32) Comes from a background of set building in theatres and has worked around Salisbury, London and Southern England as well as on films in New Zealand. Her ambition is to build her own boat.

Nuh (38) is German and has been in Lyme Regis since January. He comes from a background in software programming but felt a strong desire to use his hands rather than just his brain. He was inspired to try boat building when talking to and Irish boat builder in Greece!

Matthew Law - tutor, with a meticulously crafted JIG on which a boat is shaped. Each piece of the jig is covered in parcel tape in order to stop the glues used in boat building from sticking to the jig.

Jack Chippendale, has been described as “doyen of British boat building” and was awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution to the industry. Jack has also made a signal contribution to the development of the Academy. Working as advisor and senior instructor Jack’s enthusiasm and skill inspired those who were lucky enough to be trained by him. As a director, he continues to keep close ties with the Academy despite now living in Norfolk. Such is the reputation of the Academy, that they are often approached by companies in the Marine industry when they want to recruit staff who are able to make an immediate contribution to their work. The wide range of practical skills gained by students and their understanding of the theories of boat construction and finishing is an attractive proposition for employers.

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Dan (37) who has lived in Lyme Regis for eight years, worked in the Occupational Therapy unit at a hospital prior to joining the Academy. He is right at the beginning of his training and learning how to use the basic tools. At this stage, he is not sure what he intends to do when his training is finished but feels he will have some interchangable skills. He was lucky in gaining grants. One from the City & Guilds for £5000 and others from educational trusts. 14

A Canadian canoe in western red cedar strip planked.

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and when needed, in a friendly and helpful manner. The courses are more practical than academic with minimum time spent in the classroom. However, commitment is of the essence. Students are required to attend the Academy from eight thirty in the morning to five thirty in the afternoon. Also, the centre is open in the evenings and weekends. The courses are intensive but relaxed. There is a lot of camaraderie between the students which generates a happy and creative atmosphere.

The Principal, Yvonne Green is the ‘safe hand on the tiller’ ensuring that the standards are maintained and everything continues to run like clockwork. The student/teacher ratio is equal to that of Eton with one tutor to eight pupils! More than this, the level of commitment and enthusiasm shown by all the staff is exemplary. Upon entering the Academy one is immediately struck by the calm atmosphere. People engaged on projects seem to work in an efficient yet unhurried way. They have the concentration of people who love what they are doing. The tutors don’t dominate rather engage, as

The students’ reasons for being there vary. They may be looking to a future in the

marine industry either with small boat yards or prestigious names like Princess Yachts or Sunseeker. Maybe they are looking for the practical skills to prepare them for future studies for a degree in Marine Architecture. They might be wanting to set up their own business or simply to build or restore a boat for their own private use. Some of the students actually work on building their own boats within the Academy as part of their course. While others are simply taking time out to do something different or, following retirement, to do something of which they have always dreamed.

A very industrious environment, we forget the real pleasure of working with our hands

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Boatbuilding in Lyme

A Woodworkers Paradise

Whitehorse skiff, glued clinker

Attending to detail photo - L.Smith

The courses offered at the Boat Building Academy include: 1.

Short courses of 1 - 5 days on specific aspects of Boat building.


A ten day course, which is residential and fully-catered, for students who want to build a made-to-measure West Greenland Kayak.


An 8 week course for the City and Guilds 6218 level 1 certificate in carpentry and joinery or furniture making.


The long course of 38 weeks for the City and Guilds 2463 Level 3 certificate in Boat Building, Maintenance and Support. This is the internationally recognised boat building qualification. A maximum of eighteen students are accepted on each long course and there are two courses a year - March to December and September to June.

The very comprehensive long course includes: Foundation - wood working skills, Lofting - giving an understanding of the design process and grasp of boat building fundamentals. Template Making, Stitch and Glue Dinghy Build, Jig Planking, Laminated Stem, Fitting Out, Oar and Spar, Glass Reinforced Plastics, Block Making and Rope and Wire Splicing, Painting and Finishing, Wooden Boat Restoration, Boat Building, Stern Tubes and Prop Shaft Boring, Decks and Above Deck Structures and Fittings and, finally, Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

a first come first served basis at the centre. Students who choose to stay in the town can receive help in finding appropriate accommodation. For students of any age, nationality or gender, there may be a hidden benefit in joining the Boat Building Academy. Building boats can build character too! For further information or to make an application, phone the BBA on 01297 445545 or email All photos by Guy Peters unless otherwise credited.

Boat Building Academy Courses from 1 day to 38 weeks; beginners welcome

Give a course as a gift - vouchers available

At the end of each course, December for the March courses and June for the September courses, there is a celebration launching ceremony for the boats built on each course. The boats are walked in a procession to the seafront and launched with due ceremony into Lyme Regis harbour. They are accompanied by the Mayor of Lyme Regis as well as friends, relatives, and townsfolk who gather at the water’s edge to cheer each boat. It marks the first launch for the students and bears testament to their skill. Also, it marks the beginning of a new life for each student as a qualified boat builder. So, what are the academic qualifications needed before one can undertake this course? Well, none actually. Instead, there are certain personal qualities that are deemed necessary: motivation, enthusiasm, the willingness to pursue the highest standards and a mature attitude. When applying, an interview will be necessary when Yvonne Green or Tim Gedge will assess a candidates personal qualities as outlined above. The course fee for the long course is currently £11,950. However, grants are available from the City and Guilds and various educational trusts. The only extras are for materials or items you choose to take away and these are charged at cost. Reasonably priced accommodation can be supplied on

01297 445545

The Launch - Class of March 2010 Lyme Regis Harbour - Thursday 9th December 2010 - 09.30am Please join us to celebrate the end of the students’ 38 week course and launch of the boats built as part of their training.

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Out and About in Lyme Lyme Regis has some great

shops and eateries, but if you're visiting Lyme from afar,





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UPLYME VALUATION DAY At Uplyme Village Hall Wednesday 26th January 1:00pm-3:00pm Free Auction Valuations on Antiques including Silver, Ceramics and Collectors Items

Honiton 01404 47783

the TIC that, whatever event or place you're going to visit is open. Their number is 01297 442138 or email: lymeregis. With regard to festive events, please refer to our Christmas Shopping section for Lyme Regis within this magazine.

Luxury boutique B & B located in the heart of Lyme Regis, close to the beaches, Langmoor Gardens and restaurants.


Fine & Artisan Cheeses from the West Country and beyond, wines, preserves, biscuits and much more. Great gifts: hampers, cheeseboards, knives, books and gift vouchers. Door stops, too!


Fully Restored Working Watermill and Courtyard Complex in the heart of Lyme Regis Escape to our oasis at the Town Mill, watch a demonstration of milling using water power or simply enjoy the atmosphere, browse the shops and take some refreshment Art Galleries ~ Craft Studios ~ Pottery ~ Shop Cheesemonger ~ Bistro ~ Brewery ~ Walled Garden Open April to Oct 11am – 4 pm, Tues to Sun November to March 11am – 4 pm, Sat and Sun

Also OPEN Bank & School Holidays

Please visit website for further details The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU

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New proprietor, Catherine Cochrane, specialises in elaborate hair style packages for weddings and special occasions at Lexys new salon in Sidford

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Fund raising Charity Fashion Show held in September at Sidmouth Golf Club A charity Fashion Show in aid of Macmillan was held in September at Sidmouth Golf Club. The event, organised by Yvonne Price of clothes shop, Chapter, in conjunction with Joyce Burnham, Chair of the Sidmouth branch of Macmillan Cancer Support, raised £1000 for the charity. It was attended by over 80 people and showcased the Autumn/ Winter collections available at Chapter. Eight models strutted their stuff, and visitors enjoyed a glass of bubbly on arrival and a buffet during the interval. Sidmouth Macmillan committee member Gill Munro was compere for the evening. Yvonne has been running such shows for four years.

From left to right - front row - Yvonne, Shirley, Jasmine, Christine, Ann. Back row - Janet, Annie, Anne, Rose, Coral, Lynn.

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“We all know someone who has used Macmillan’s support service and this is a nice way to raise money for it,” she said. A big thank you to all who helped to make the evening a success, including the staff from Sidmouth Golf Club.

Come along to a Late Night Christmas Shopping Experience

Sandwich Fred Sabatier Betty Barclay Apanage Adini Passport Brax Cocomenthe Seasalt NYDJ Pause Café Mado et Les Autres

Friday 3rd December 2010 5 - 8pm Enjoy a glass of bubbly & nibbles

Exciting range of gift ideas for Christmas

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Jewellery by Barbara Easton Italian Scarves by Passigatti Handbags by BOO Leather Belts by Stephen Collins Gift Vouchers available


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can make or break your enterprise. Without doubt you will spend a lot of time, effort and money ‘marketing’ (a complete topic in its own right and more of which another time) your products and services to potential customers. Having won their business it is essential that you make their dealings with you an experience to remember and one that will ensure they come back to you time and again.


So how do you achieve high levels of customer service that will knock spots off your competitors and set you apart?

from Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd. In the early days of Axminster Tool Centre a huge poster adorned the somewhat threadbare walls of our rather grandly named ‘call centre’ urging us to “Answer that phone… the customer pays your wages”. A bit of a blunt statement maybe, but one that encompasses one of the keystones of all successful businesses; that the customer is king and how you attract, service and retain customers

✔✔ You’re a customer too! What are your expectations when it comes to service? Make sure these values translate into what you offer your own customers. ✔✔ Remember ‘the customer is always right’ – an old adage which still rings true today. You should go above and beyond to give the customer what they want to make them happy. Temper this with caution though – you still have a living to make!

✔✔ Listen to your customers and invite feedback. Be prepared to take constructive criticism on board and make changes if necessary. ✔✔ Do what you say you are going to do – as quickly and as efficiently as you can! There is nothing more frustrating than being ‘fobbed of f ’. Keeping the customer informed at every stage keeps the communication open and everyone knows exactly where they are. There are absolutely no excuses for being unavailable to your customers at any time of the day or night in this technological age. ✔✔ If you make a mistake, deal with it promptly and create a ‘win win’ solution for all concerned. Turning a dissatisfied customer into a satisfied one often creates a customer for life – you have proved you care! ✔✔ Make the customer feel special – this is where a small business really can have the upper hand. Offering a personal touch and being served by the ‘boss’ just cannot be reciprocated in larger

organisations. ✔✔ Don’t forget the power of ‘word of mouth’ recommendation from a satisfied customer. It’s the cheapest and most forceful form of advertising available. In a nutshell customer service is all about building relationships and maintaining them. It’s about trust, consistency and respect. Creating a customer base upon which to sustain and grow your business takes time and care. Once you get it right (if there ever is such a place) beware of complacency; there are always improvements and tweaks which can be made. Always bear in mind also that a customer lost due to shoddy service will be lost to you forever and this may have a negative impact on other customers as well. In these straightened economic times the provision of excellent (not good as good is not good enough) customer service really can set you apart and ensure, like so many small businesses have proven, that you are successful. Yes, the customer is always right but you need to get it right too! Katina Styles.

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Eating Out


in East Devon

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

B e e lls Inn v i F e h T at Clyst Hydon

Tel 01884 277288

The Drewe Arms Broadhembury

Wonderful food, cooked fresh, using locally sourced or home grown seasonal produce Fantastic wine menu with all wines by the glass Extensive soft drinks range Real Ales Roaring log fire Lunch and dinner served Tuesday through Saturday. Delicious Traditional Roast served all day Sunday

As featured in The GOOD PUB Guide From Honiton, come through Fenny Bridges, turn right at Fairmile, and through Talaton.

Opening times:

Tue – Thur: 12.00 – 3.00 / 6.00 – 11.00 Fri: 12.00 – 3.00 / 5.00 – 12.00 Sat: 12.00 – 12.00 Sun: 12.00 – 10.30

From Sidmouth come through Ottery, past Cadhay, across the old A30 at Fairmile, and through Talaton. From Exeter, come via Pinhoe and Broadclyst towards Cullompton; opposite Fagin’s turn right, follow the road for 2 miles, turn right at T junction, and then one more right turn at Clyst Hydon village sign to reach pub. OPEN

12-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm/10.30 Sunday Closed Monday lunchtimes, food last orders, 2.00pm & 9.00pm





Recently featured in the Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide 2010, The Good Pub Guide 2011 & Alistair Sawdays Pubs & Inns of England and Wales 2011

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Drewe Arms Broadhembury Honiton EX14 3NF

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open for evening dinner

open for lunches

fresh fish specialist

The Royal Lion Hotel


vegetarian options on menu

child friendly

dog friendly

gf gluten free on menu

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outdoor eating

The Harbour Inn, Lyme


Food 12-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm. Drinks - 11am-11pm. Open 7 days.


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Family room restaurant with superb views of Lyme bay. Local fresh fish. Well stocked bar, teas and coffees, outdoor eating area situated on the beach.

Now serving morning coffee and cake in Monmouth Room, Sunday lunch served in the Oak Room. Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF


Food 12-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm Drinks 11am - 11pm




the jack in the green


A selection of one or two bedroom suites with lounge & kitchenette


Open for breakfast, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea


Fully licenced and serving draft beers & lager, wines & G&T’s whilst you watch the world go by


Serving imaginative cuisine every evening from 6pm (booking advisable)


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An idyllic beach front location on the magnificent Jurassic Coast with unrivalled views across the bay.

Did you know…The Jack is also a superb venue for weddings and anniversaries?



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SEASONS Famous for our Vegetarian and Gluten Free menu choices

Quality food & service at sensible prices

Open all day

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.

Extensive Lunchtime & Evening Menus Daily Specials Board Superb Sunday Carvery Smaller Appetite Menu every Thursday


Bed & Breakfast, en suite, from £25.00 pp

Tel 01404 815751

9, Silver Street, Ottery St Mary

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: or call 01395 513047

Tel: 01395 568416 A dog friendly pub





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• Award winning tearooms. • Traditional tearooms & garden plus evening bistro. • Freshly cooked home made food, fresh fish, meat, pies & steaks. • Licensed • Easy wheelchair access. • Open Tues - Sat 10am to 5pm and Fri/Sat Bistro 6-9.30pm - bookings adviseable. • Open all Bank Holidays. Private functions. L




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Great Entertainment. Delicious Food. Fantastic Wine.

By day...

Dedicated to delivering freshly produced dishes with flair and a smile, By the Bay is an unmissable Lyme Regis dining experience. Open all year round for drinks, traditional seaside meals, afternoon teas and evening dining.

Check out our website or visit us on Facebook for our current opening hours and forthcoming events.

By night...

r e s ta u r a n t & wine bar Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, Dorset. DT7 3JH Tel. 01297 442668

By the Bay... more than just a restaurant

The Swan

The Strand Lympstone

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E At … D r i n k … S tAy … When in Sidmouth, don’t forget to viSit dukeS... A stylish, informal, Free House on Sidmouth seafront, providing comfortable en-suite accommodation and a relaxed continental atmosphere. Al fresco eating and drinking Lovely bedrooms with great sea views open daily from 10am food is served from 12 noon onwards

• Walkers and Cyclists Welcome (Cycle racks outside pub) • Excellent selection of Cask Marque Real Ales • Excellent lunchtime and evening menu • Daily Fresh Fish Board • Yards from the waters edge Restaurant open 7 days a week including Sunday Evenings Lunch 12-2.30/3.00 weekend, dinner 6.00-9.30pm.

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Finding what's hot in East Devon! Venue:

The Quay Brasserie Topsham Time of visit: Wednesday evening

Q Main dishes sampled: Boeuf Bourguignon with mash potatoes & French beans Pan Roasted Pheasant Breast with red onion tatin, flat mushroom, parsnip crisps & rosemary jus

Q Pudding dishes sampled: Dark Chocolate Marquise Tonka bean ice cream Chocolate ice cream

Q Wine sampled: House medium dry white

This establishment, based at the Quay in Topsham, was visited at the time of their monthly Jazz evening. Upon entering, you are greeted and seated very efficiently and in a friendly manner which I feel always makes a big difference to the start of the evening. This venue is very stylishly presented and strikes a good balance between being classy, but without being overly stuffy. The ambiance was excellent, the jazz music being particularly enjoyable.

The main courses were ÂŁ12.95 and ÂŁ15.95 which isn't cheap, but I'm happy to say that the quality justified the pricing - I couldn't fault either of the main courses tried, they were very good. We resisted the starters in order to sample the puddings. The ice cream was home-made and was really delicious (of particular merit was the Tonka Bean), as was the Dark Chocolate Marquise which for chocoholics was a no brainer!

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 Festive Wine Selection

Sally Marriage our professional wine taster at work

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora Victoria, Australia 2008 £8.99 white

Darts Farm Village, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QH 01392 878205

This wine never fails to please.. a delicious dessert wine. A fresh and delicate weight yet rich, bursting with orange zest and honeysuckle on the nose. Ripe apricots and orange blossom fruit characters dominate the palate, with lovely balanced acidity. Another Christmas must or perfect gift, especially as an accompaniment to chocolate puddings.

England £9.99 white

Camel Valley Brut 2007 Mel Valley, Cornwall, England (sparkling) £19.99 A lovely surprise! This is fresh and lively with a slightly, rounded nose. Citrus fruits with grapefruit zest and a sherbet, fresh acidity. An attractive sparkling wine, well made and of good quality... Ideal aperitif. Barbera d'Alba, Cascina Fontana 2007 Italy £14.99 red Crushed cherry fruits and amaretti biscuits on the nose, this carries through to the palate with a concentration of dark cherries and an almond character. A crisp, acidity and balanced, tannin structure make this a perfect food wine.

Domaine de Grange Neuve, Monbazillac 2005 France (500ml) £9.50 white Very, pale golden; a butterscotch and creamy toffee nose that follows through to palate. Baked pear and a honey richness with a fresh finish. This has a decent weight to it and like Sauternes, is an ideal accompaniment to not only puddings but also pate and blue cheese.

Sharpham Estate Selection 2009

Ripe, floral, elderflower fruits with a refreshing acidity, zingy citrus tones, and decent length. A delicate style of wine, ideal as an aperitif with nibbles, drink now.

pea character. Zesty, lime fruits, delicate aromatic and mineral character and refreshing acidity, plus a long length. This is a lovely example and not overpoweringly aromatic like the Sauvignons from the North Island. This wine has deservedly won a host of medals.

The Wine Shop, 106,High St, Sidmouth EX10 8EF 01395 576862 Chateau Rousseau de Sipian 2005 Medoc, Bordeaux Was £14.95 Now £10.90 A cigar box nose with ripe blackcurrant fruits with vanilla overtones. This follows through on the palate : intense blackcurrant fruit with hints of pepper and smoke, giving this a classic, vegetal character. A lovely example, elegant with good length of flavour. Enjoy now with Confit of duck or a beef dish. Or keep anytime up until 2018. O:TU Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2009 Otuwhero Estates , Marlborough, Awatere Valley Was £9.95, Now £ 8.50 white This has a fresh nose with a distinctive fresh, green

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Topsham Wines 36 High St, Topsham Exeter EX3 ODU Tel/fax 01392 874501 Domaine Sainte Rose, Le Sirocco Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (white) Vin de pays d' Oc France £6.95 white Predominantly Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Muscat and Roussanne. This has a delicate fresh nose with an apple character, this carries through on the palate giving an appley, fruit character, hints of honey and a crisp acidity. A medium weight and decent length, a softer Sauvignon Blanc than some of the more aromatic styles.


Soave Tenuta Monticello 2009

Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2005

Italy £7.45 white

Waitrose own label. - France £ 13.49 (37.5 cl)

This was a bit closed at first, then it opened up giving a fresh, crisp, dry white with a Granny Smith apple character and nutty, almond tones. This is certainly well balanced between fruit and acidity and has a lot more character than many of the Soaves on the market, and worth paying for.

Pale, golden in colour; a classic nose of noble rot (the fungus that concentrates the grapes before harvest but only in perfect vineyard conditions for it). Fresh, orange blossom and honey, the palate continues to please: honeyed and luscious fruit and hints of marmalade. Balanced acidity and excellent length. This is a very fine dessert wine, a must have at Christmas, offering excellent value for money.

Nero d' Avola Sicily Principi Di Butera 2007 Sicily £12.95 red Ripe, dark berry and concentrated fruits with liquorice overtones and hints of spice and a medium length. Good to drink alone or with meats such as pork or duck dishes. This is very drinkable.

Waitrose, Stowford Rise, Sidmouth EX10 9GA 01395 519 416

Whyte & Mackay, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Waitrose own label, £16.99 Warm and elegant malt whisky, made by Waitrose in partnership with Whyte and Mackay. Working closely with master blender, Richard Patterson, they have managed to produce and exceptionally, light vatted malt. Using a blend of Speyside and Highland from between 8 and 15 years, this whisky is warm, elegant and smooth.

OUR PROFESSIONAL WINE TASTER Sally Marriage has an extensive knowledge of the wine industry, as well as expertise in wine tasting and recommending wines, built up over her wine career as both a retail manager

Chablis, Cave des vignerons de Chablis

and wine buyer and more recently as a wine

Waitrose own label - France. Was £9.99 currently reduced to £7.99 (11th Nov to 7th Dec).

Sally has bought fine wines on behalf of

Fresh and clean with a ripe buttery and toasty nose, ripe and fresh lemon, zesty fruit on the palate with a nice, creamy richness and slight mineral complexity, and balanced acidity. This is a pleasant find and offers excellent value for money for a quality Chablis.

consultant and wine tutor. Sothebys and Christies and also for several independent merchants including Fortnum and Mason, London and Eton Vintners and Negociants. Sally was also on the panel of judges at the International Wine Challenge for 2 years consecutively. Sally runs wine tastings both formal and informal to suit the audience as well as a wine consultancy service, giving advice on updating

Barossa Shiraz, Reserve 2008

& improving wine lists to restaurants / pubs

Waitrose own label - St Hallett Wines £ 6.74- (reduced price) from £8.99

and can also help key house staff with wine

Concentrated blackcurrant fruits with hints of eucalyptus and vanilla on the nose A rich and meaty wine of blackcurrant fruit,minty eucalyptus tones and a sprinkling of pepper. Mouth filling with supple tannins and a decent length, a favourite for any Shiraz lovers.

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BAKERS Pinpastry - Est 2008 by Ken Horne, with Jules Smith joining in 2009. tel 07865 089847

Each week, make a selection of breads, croissants and other baked goods. They have a stall every Saturday at Topsham Community Market and also attend farmers markets at Bovey Tracey, Cullompton and Killerton House.

What makes their product special? The majority of industrial bread that can be purchased in supermarkets and bakeries has been made using production aids, flour improvers, preservatives and other additives. Many of which do not have to be listed as ingredients. The process from mixing to final packaging can take as little as 2 hours. It has been described as “the cheapest method of making water stand upright”. The Real Bread Campaign sets a minimum standard of 4 hours production time, the longer the better. This allows the yeast to work on the structure of the flour, developing texture and flavour, improving digestibility and keeping quality. Real bread does not contain any additives. The basic ingredients of flour, yeast, salt and water may be supplemented by natural ingredient such as fruit and veg, herbs and spices, sugar and honey. Continued on page 30


“Ethical Food – what’s it all about?” by Kerry Torrens Nutritional Therapist and Health Writer, Kerry Torrens investigates the availability of ethical food and offers guidance on how we might make better informed choices.

The Ethical Market Expenditure on ethical goods and services has grown almost threefold in the past 10 years and whether you’re buying for environmental sustainability or for human rights the choices we make are influenced by more than our own set of values. From a food perspective there are various certification schemes to help guide our decision-making these typically encompass organic, fair-trade and free-range as well as the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-label and the RSPCA’s Freedom Food standard for animal welfare. Despite a depressed UK economy, our desire to select the ethical option goes unabated, a fact clearly illustrated by the popularity for fairtrade products which have enjoyed a staggering 30 fold increase in sales since the Foundation’s creation some ten years ago.

Certification Certification schemes are a valuable means of informing the consumer about methods of production, the welfare standards of livestock and how goods have been traded but

we shouldn’t forget they also act as important marketing tools in what is, by all accounts, a very lucrative market. Fair-trade is arguably one of the most powerful and successful of the ethical brands but even it has its critics, with some arguing that guaranteeing a minimum price for goods distorts local markets and in the longer term does little to support economic development and stability. Similarly, schemes set up to provide assurance of animal welfare have, in some instances, been accused of offering little more than legally accepted standards. As with all things there are pros and cons, from an organic perspective certification schemes provide confirmation that livestock have enjoyed a better quality of life with a more natural diet and when produced locally such practices encourage bio -diversit y and promote natural wildlife. However, organic cer tif ication fails to provide the assurance that food has been equitably grown and traded neither does it provide a faultless environmental solution. Just take a look at the shelves in your local supermarket and you’ll

Jenny, Corrin and Ian in traditional garb on the their Natural Branscombe Meat stand at Colyford Goose Fair

Devon Ruby Reds in the glorious countryside surrounding the farm of Natural Branscombe Meat see them laden with the likes of organic blueberries air-freighted from countries like Chile, this means selecting the organic option doesn’t always deliver the wider environmental credentials that you might have expected. The nutritional advantages of eating organic over conventionally-grown produce also remains a hotly debated topic but whether the nutrient content of organic produce is superior or not an organic diet, at the very least, reduces our intake of synthetic chemicals, food additives and colourings and avoids GM foods.

Beyond the Label Despite the vast array of certification schemes many of us choose to look beyond the label and elect to source our food locally, a practice which allows us to confirm the true provenance of our food. The growth in Farmers’ markets has enabled us access to local, fresh and seasonal produce whilst at the same time promoting face to face meetings with its producer. Here in Devon we are lucky to have a wide range of businesses who seek to minimise their social and environmental impact, many of these carry formal certification like Pebblebed Vineyards from Topsham and Otter Valley Poultry, both of whom are certified organic by the Soil Association. Others like Goren Farm in Stockland open their doors in June and July so we the public, can make up our own minds about their farming practices.

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Goren Farm with their age old wild flower meadows and another local business Natural Branscombe Meat, whose cattle graze local nature reserves, are examples of businesses which do not easily slot within the often bureaucratic parameters of certification schemes but nevertheless adopt practices that promote conservation and sustainability.

What about the Environment? Here in the UK we are far from self sufficient in food production; in terms of fresh produce alone we import some 60% of our vegetables and 90% of our fruit. There are a number of reasons for this, not least a change in our tastes and preferences a fact clearly illustrated by our favourite fruit, the banana. This lack of self-sufficiency has both a nutritional and environmental impact. Firstly, fresh produce may lose up to 45% of its nutritional value by the time it reaches our plates and secondly, imported foods by their very nature incur an environmental impact due to inevitable “food miles”. Once again our region offers attractive solutions, Greendale Farm shop is a case in point, the meat on sale is either from Greendale’s own herds or flocks, or is locally sourced and fully traceable; what’s more their seafood has travelled just 6 miles, having been caught by their own fleet of boats based in Exmouth. Some experts argue that the environmental impact of the food


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Fair-trade Foundation is a registered charity set up in 1992.

Products include: chocolate, coffee, avocadoes, bananas, Wine etc.

Guarantees a Living wage for the producer & investment in social, environmental and economic projects.

Soil Association

Registered charity founded in 1946, 1 of 10 certifying bodies regulated by the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards.

Farmed fish, fruit & veg., dairy produce & livestock

High standards of animal welfare including outdoor existence, an organic diet high in natural forage. Restricts the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics & other drugs.

Organic Food Federation

The Organic Food Federation, established in 1986.

Farmed fish, meat, fresh produce

Standards follow the legal standards set by the EU.

RSPCA Freedom Food

Farm assurance & food labelling scheme set up by the RSPCA in 1994.

Pigs, sheep, beef & dairy cattle, ducks, chickens, farmed salmon

Farms are inspected against set standards.

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Set up by the British Egg Industry Council to provide assurance of food safety

Breeding flocks & hatcheries, pullet rearing, laying flock.

Code of practice covering flock controls, feed & hygiene, welfare standards etc.

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Provides assurance that the fishery has operated to sustain fish stocks & minimise environmental impact.

Threatened or vulnerable fish stocks e.g. North Sea cod, Atlantic salmon

Certifies fisheries and seafood businesses which support sustainable fishing.

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Meat including poultry & pork, cereals, dairy

Represents minimal legal standards for the production of livestock such as pigs & poultry etc.

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Set up in 1991 to promote environmentally responsible farming.

Fruit & veg; cereals, oils & flowers

Promotes the rotation of crops; minimal use of pesticides; recycling farm waste; using water wisely.

Farming of an exceptional kind - Julian Pady leading a group around the wildflower meadows at Goren Farm, Stockland. They produce some fine organic beef.

we eat is actually a result of a far more complicated set of circumstances than food miles alone. These include not only the food’s origin and means of transportation but also how it was grown, stored and prepared. The answer, therefore, is not always as simple as switching to local food because out of season fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally in a greenhouse may be up to ten times more environmentally damaging than those transported from overseas. The conclusion has to be choosing fresh produce grown in natural conditions without the use of artificial heat and avoiding the need for transportation. When this native seasonal produce is unavailable overseas produce, cultivated naturally and transported by sea rather than air makes acceptable alternatives, examples include oranges and continued overleaf

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bananas which keep well and require little packaging. We can further minimise the environmental impact of the food on our plate by choosing misshapen produce which are classified as “class II” or “for cooking”, these are often available at Farm shops and Farmer’s markets. Opting to add this fresh produce, which tastes as good as regular shape fruits and vegetables, to your weekly shop would go some way towards reducing the estimated 1.4 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables wasted in this country every year. One local family who have turned their lives upside down rather than see the apples from their 100 year old orchards go to waste are the Courtneys of Whimple. This is an example of a family business borne out of circumstance because when a national company stopped purchasing their apples for cider production, opting instead for imported apple concentrate, Paul Courtney suggested the family turn their hands to apple juice production. The business has now diversified to supply apple marmalades, chutneys, a Christmas mulled apple juice and very soon their own cider. When considering the environmental impact of our food we can’t ignore


the packaging which represents a quarter to a third of all our domestic waste. Recycling is, of course, essential but does itself incur huge transportation and energy costs. A better option has to be reuse, a concept which has not gone unnoted by Pebblebed Vineyards who recognised that their greatest carbon outlay lies in the production of their wine bottles. In response to this, they offer a “return to cellar” service which is just one of a number of pro-active steps they have taken to address the carbon cost of their product.

How to be an Ethical Consumer Buy: • Local and in season • Fresh and natural, produced with the minimal use of insecticides, pesticides & hormones as well as minimal use of artificial heat • Misshapen or “class II” fresh fruits & vegetables • Meat and dairy from livestock subject to higher standards of welfare • Products with minimal packaging

From sources which are: • • • •

Final Words Without doubt ethical consumerism is a highly complex and emotive area and one that will continue to make the headlines. As consumers the best we can do is examine our own very personal set of values, take time to understand what the various certification schemes mean and best of all, get out and explore our local food producers. So whether you believe in paying a fair price to producers or in safeguarding the sustainability of our food and environment surely the first place to start this Christmas is right on your doorstep?

When you get home: • Eat what you buy to reduce waste • Store food correctly and check refridgeration settings • Use low carbon cooking methods - cover pans, gentle boil or microwave

To find out more about the local producers mentioned in this article, you can visit the following websites:


Continued from page 27 We try to source high quality ingredients using the following criteria: • Local - reducing food miles and supporting .local producers. • Free Range. • Organic . • Fairtrade.

The Bread Our ale-barm bread has been made using a three stage method. A starter of barm, flour and water is left to develop overnight; this is used to make the dough and left to prove, the loaves are then kneaded and hand shaped with a final rise before baking. All breads have a minimum of four hours production time. This allows the barm to fully work on the dough, developing texture and flavour, as well as making it rise. No improvers or additives are used. The initial mixing and kneading is done in a rotary spiral mixer, all the rest of the process by hand. If you are passionate about good bread why not join The Campaign for Real Bread.

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Montenegro by Helen James

Montenegro is fast becoming a well-known holiday destination, partly because of its starring role in a recent Bond film, but also due to the fact that its been discovered by a growing number of stars including Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas not to mention Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, for many people, Montenegro is simply off their radar. Formerly part of the old

Yugoslavia, Montenegro boast 100 kilometers of Adriatic coast, the most stunning, wild countryside, rugged mountains, roaring rivers and crystal clear seas. This is a small country, nestling between Croatia and Albania and tourism has started to become more and more important. However, this is a get away destination hardly discovered by the Brits (I only met one or two in my stay there) but it's

a hot spot for the Eastern Europeans who are drawn to the coast for the summer seasons. Beware of famous tourist centres such as the iconic Sveti Stefan which can be very busy during peak times. The climate is Mediterranean and if you enjoy beach activities then the swimming and the snorkeling are outstanding. Shapphire -blue cr ystal seas reveal their treasure of marine life - we even

spotted a baby octopus ! For those of you who need more than a beach holiday, Montenegro can certainly oblige. For those who enjoy culture, history and the great outdoors you won’t be disappointed. This is a county brimming with history and blessed with all of mother nature’s gifts. There are at least 4 national parks including the famous National Park of Lake Skadar,

There are many ancient churches in Kotor, one of oldest being St Lukes church which was constructed in 1195. Until 1812, Catholic and Orthodox alters stood side by side.

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the largest lake in Southern Europe...definitely not to be missed. The lake counts as one of the largest bird reserves with some very rare species including the Dalmatian Pelican (unfortunately no spots) and the Pygmy Cormorant residing on its shores along with 256 other bird species. This is a blissfully peaceful area, encompassing steep dramatic mountains, hidden villages, historic churches and the winding waters of Skadar brimming with a thick carpet of glistening, water lillies. Simply breathtaking ... Enjoy a cruise on the lake to visit the abandoned monasteries or just chill out in a restaurant and try their local delicacy of smoked carp .. delicious. Explore further into the interior of the country and there are more national parks to be discovered, fantastic rivers for white water rafting, rugged mountains and primeval forests where wolves, bears and lynx still

lurk in the isolated, pristine countryside. For those who enjoy history and sight seeing then there’s plenty to keep you busy. Windy, mountain roads (if you can call them that) lead you to ancient monasteries teetering on cliff-top edges. Inside you can discover ancient wall paintings. Many of the churches are Christian Orthodox and therefore elaborately and sumptuously decorated. One of the highlights of our tour was visiting the Bay of Kotor and the ancient city of Kotor. As you progress through fold upon fold of the bay, the views become increasingly stunning. Often described as Southern Europe’s most spectacular fjord (although technically speaking it’s a bay). Lord Byron certainly considered the bay of Kotor be a spectacular sight, describing it in 1872 as “the most beautiful encounter between land and sea”. As

you progress around the bay you can stop off at a number of picturesque, little villages like Perast, famed for its many churches and interesting architecture. Take a trip to the small islands of f Perast and enjoy the ancient churches. Another interesting town is Risan which is the site of an ancient Roman settlement and boast some of the finest mosaic floors on view at their museum. In terms of history this is a place that was heavily fought over, Romans, Venetian, Turks and Bosnians have all left their mark. Eventually, you make your way to the jewel of the bay, Kotor itself, nestling between the mountains with a commanding view of the bay. This ancient, walled city is a real gem. Climb up the narrow staircase at the back of the town towards the fort for panoramic views of the lake, spend time exploring the winding back allies and the many ancient churches, wander round the interesting little

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The winged lion of St Mark (seen on this archway in Kotor city), the recurring symbol of Venetian occupation - Kotor was also occupied by the Nazis Below - the old city of Kotor is a popular stop off for cruise ships.


Perast in the bay of Kotor boasts sixteen churches and seventeen formerly grand palazzos

One of the steep sided valleys leading down to lake Skadar - full of water lillies

The Romans built their villas in the lovely bay at Peterovac The church on the rock is Holy Sunday church built by a Greek sailor who was shipwrecked here

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We spotted a rare pygmy cormorant hunting for fish in the river

A traditional boat gliding along the green waters at Rijeci Crnojevica

markets and browse in the small shops and boutiques. Later you can linger in one of the many restaurants or cafes and enjoy a meal or just a cool drink.

Really there’s everything you need from a holiday destination, sun, sea good food, excellent swimming and plenty of non-beach interest including a host of

activities for those outdoor types who want to cycle, hike, kayak or white water raft. Enjoy a country that in parts has barely changed and a countryside, much of

which is still wild, unspoilt and beautiful. Flight info - these were taken from Exeter Airport (Flybe), flying to Dubrovnick Airport in Croatia and then travelling

15 miles south to cross the border. The currency in Montenegro is the Euro, although if you need to buy anything in Croatia for cash, the currency is Kuna.

Beautiful church interiors abound

Offshore from Perast, the two picturesque islands of Our Lady of the Rock and St George's (out of view)

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Horse Care Learning by Natalie Bucklar-Green

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

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

Equine Learning Our horses are talking to us all the time, sometimes this is via subtle messages (a flick of the ear) but at other times the horse is metaphorically shouting (e.g. bucking, running off or refusing to move). This communication can go unnoticed, either because the owner isn’t listening or because the owner doesn’t understand what the horse is saying and unfortunately this breakdown in communication can result in ‘naughty’ or unwanted behaviour from the horse. A downhill spiral can commence as the owner loses confidence or the horse becomes even more challenging. Just by taking a step back and looking at a situation through the horses eyes rather than the

owner's can improve things. Taking the time to re-establish effective communication with the horse so that both parties understand each other can reap huge rewards. Few horses are genuinely naughty, they are just trying to communicate that they don’t understand, they are insecure or they are in pain. It is always better to look for the subtle messages before the

horse does not respond to the initial stimulus. •

horse starts ‘shouting’. Ignoring a horses communication, or worse, punishing them for it, is unacceptable; riding is about a partnership and shouldn’t be about one party bullying the other.

Horses learn through stimulusresponse-reinforcement chains (trial and error) in much the same way as other animals do. This means that the horse perceives a stimulus, such as the riders legs, then makes a random response to this stimulus. If this response is correct, the horse can receive positive reinforcement (reward). If the response is incorrect, the trainer can either ignore the response and repeat the stimulus or apply negative reinforcement until the horse makes the correct response. Some people choose to train through punishment if the

With negative reinforcement, the rider presents an aversive stimulus (e.g. kicking) before the horse makes the correct response and postpones or stops the aversive stimulus when the horse makes the desired response (e.g. stops kicking when the horse moves).

Our horses are talking to us all the time, sometimes this is via subtle messages but at other times the horse is metaphorically shouting

With punishment the rider presents an aversive stimulus (e.g. whip) after the horse has made an undesirable response.

With positive reinforcement the rider gives a reward (food/ pat/return to friends/good boy) after the horse gives the desired response.

Punishment works to suppress or eliminate a response, whereas reinforcements increase the probability that the response will occur again with the presentation of a specific stimulus. Reinforcements are therefore a better way of training. Every time we are with a horse there is potential to teach it something, good or bad. Many horses have learnt to halt at the sound of a mobile phone ringing! Inadvertently people can quite easily teach their horse an unwanted behaviour by their use of stimuli, reinforcement or punishment. If the stimuli aren’t clear then the horse is less likely to give the desired response and if the reinforcement is inappropriate then the response given may not be the desired one. The rider must seek to be better and communicate more clearly, not to

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reach for the whip and label the horse stupid, rude or dangerous. Horses have good memories, an example of this is their response to electric fencing. One sting is all it takes for them not to go near it again, they rarely need to get zapped several times before they get the message. If a horse gets pulled in the mouth every time it jumps it learns that when it jumps it gets a painful mouth, so it stops jumping. The correct

Successful trainers begin with simple stimuli at times when a horse is able to respond.

answer here is to become a more balanced rider, not to hit the horse with a whip. Successful trainers begin with simple stimuli at times when a horse is able to respond. After the horse has mastered these it can be taught more subtle, or learned, stimuli by pairing the new stimulus with the old, already learned stimulus. The trainer must also make sure that the correct response to a stimuli is available to the horse, for example, that the horse is mentally and physically capable of performing what it is being asked to do. Negative reinforcement can go wrong if the trainer has to cease the reinforcement before the desired behaviour has been achieved, thereby reinforcing unwanted behaviour. Punishment will only teach through fear or avoidance of pain and there is huge scope for a stressed horse or erratic behaviour. Clear, consistent communication asking for an achievable response, with positive reinforcement (reward) make for more successful training and a safer, happier horse. Natalie Bucklar-Green



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Blackbury Camp - a peaceful place Blackbury Camp is one of the best

to the south, where the original

fortifications, speak of turbulent

working the land. The father

preserved iron age settlements

main entrance is located, it is

and warlike times. Perhaps it is

drives a plough pulled by a pair of oxen while the mother, with a

in Devon. It is situated off the

possible to look down into the

because of the scale of the place

beaten tourist track, some

valley of a small brook that would

and the fact that its location is

baby on her back, walks beside.

three miles north of the popular

have been the main source of

less obviously one picked purely

Was this what life was really like

coastal village of Branscombe

water for the community.

for defence. My stride measures

for the people that lived here?

in east Devon. Unlike many

The earthworks are in very

roughly a yard and I decided to

As I sat among the trees listening

ancient monuments of similar

good condition. In most places

pace out the enclosure. The result

to the distant lowing of cattle

vintage, Blackbury Camp is not

the banks are some ten feet

was 207 paces by 103; numbers

and watching a group of horses

perched on top of a steep hill

high, and with the ditch being

too close to ‘round numbers’ to

swishing their tails lazily in the

accessible only on foot. I was able

an equivalent depth, they still

be a coincidence. I was thrilled at

sunshine, it was easy to believe

to approach by narrow metalled

provide an impressive obstacle.

this small discovery and felt I had

it was so. I could almost smell

road to the car park set at the

The enclosure itself is level and

gained an insight into the minds

the wood smoke curling from

eastern end.

there are scattered oak and

of the ancient people who had

comfortable houses; the ring of

Blackbury Camp is a single bank

beech trees which throw a

built this place. Suddenly they

an axe on wood; maybe even the

and ditch enclosure, shaped

friendly, dappled sunlight onto

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raditional service, old-fashioned atmosphere but a modern range of quality and hand-made arts, crafts and produce... how you will discover Busy Lizzie’s Craft & Plant Shop on the Exeter edge of Newton Poppleford. It is not unusual to have the door opened for you on your arrival and customers are always greeted with a warm welcome. At this time of year, even a log fire awaits your visit and provides a lovely homely feel as you explore the shop at your own pace without the pressure of salesperson hanging over you. However, when you need assistance, Liz Sharples or Caradoc Doy are there on hand to help and will even gift wrap your item for you there and then should it be needed quickly for an instant gift. The shop is a recent arrival to Newton Poppleford having opened its doors only last spring. It has had various incarnations over the last 20 years or so when the barn was first erected for the nursery and fruit farm which operated there. It was laid empty for several years when Liz took it on in 2009 and has injected a new lease of life into its present incarnation. With a keen interest in crafts and a lifelong ambition to run a craft shop, Liz started stocking the shop with arts and crafts from local artists and artisans. This has developed into an interesting range of unusual and unique quality items for a range of ages and tastes. “From humble beginnings, we now have about 60 craftspeople from the surrounding villages making things for us,” says Liz Sharples. She adds, “There are some very talented people out there and this has proven to be a great way of supporting them and other small local businesses and enterprises which is helping our local economy.”

The shop also stocks a tasty range of local produce including jams, marmalades, chutneys and traditional juices, as well as cakes, fresh hen and duck eggs from which Liz and Caradoc can create the perfect bespoke hamper for you. Caradoc is on site as the qualified horticulturist. With 25 years experience, he is there as the grower of the fine plants on offer and on hand to give plant and garden advice. Caradoc is also

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To take part in the competition: Somewhere in this magazine, we've suggested a really good wine to drink with chocolate based puddings. All you have to do is contact us at East Devon Coast & Country magazine with the name of the wine. Answers can be emailed to or posted to 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 9XH Answers need to be in to us by the 15th of December. Ist correct answer out of the hat wins.

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A Childhood Christmas S

ometimes I think that our minds are like photographic plates on which childhood impressions are printed and memories such as the smell of a bonfire, autumn leaves, or an old Christmas card, can send us back in time to develop that plate. Sometimes an older type of Christmas card with the music or carols, and glittering icicles and sparkling frosty bells takes me back to pre-war Seaton when, with my brother and mother, we paid a visit to the World Stores in Fore St. In those far-away days of my youth, the Christmas display we saw would put to shame any of our local shops of today. There were great boxes of crystallised fruits, sugared apricots and peaches, and boxes of chocolates with pictures on their covers.

There were slender boxes of dates and figs and French plums tied

with dark ribbons, jars of ginger and sacks of Brazil nuts. I well remember the enormous cheeses and, if you were well behaved the grocer would give you a small slice to taste. My mother always dealt with Louds the Butchers and at Christmas they always had a fine display of dressed poultry and neat carcasses hanging outside the shop. This would have horrified the jobsworths we now call the food inspector but in those pre-war days we were free from the endless regulations that are the scourge of 21st century England. We always loved to visit the drapers shop of Ferris and Prescott in Sidmouth St to see if we could find a new shirt for father's Christmas present. One of the fascinations of Mr Ferris' drapery establishment in those days was the over head tramway which whisked the money across

Ted's Xmas Toy Shop (W.Smith paper shop), Seaton. 1933

the shop to the cash desk. The assistant took the cash and secured it into a little wooden casket together with the bill. A sharp pull at a handle and the casket would fly across a miniature railway system, in a minute or so it would make the return journey with the change arriving back, notifying its presence with a bell like clang. On busy days this system working from all

departments was a wonder to see. Opposite the town hall, the Smith family had a shop which sold all sorts of stationery ware and daily newspapers. In an upstairs room they had a special display of toys, wind-up cars, model trains, dolls, whips and tops, hoops, marbles, skipping ropes and shuttle cocks. For me it really was a wonderful and fun for a short time they seemed to be endowed with life.

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Local historian Ted Gosling reminises about the festive season in East Devon

were endowed with properties which even today will embody a long forgotten impression of a time now long gone. During our stay in Sidmouth grandmother Parsons would always take us to the Radway cinema for a Christmas treat. Grandmother's favourite actors were Robert Donat and Herbert Marshall but for me, and my brother a diet of westerns and Disney made our day.

Abbotts Gift Shop, The Square, Seaton 1927

Those days are long gone, dissolved like dew and mist, but December can still be a season of surprises , so why not

I know that many of my old school friends will remember the annual Christmas visit to our school of Mr Gould, chairman of the Seaton Urban District Council and local businessman. We all lined up to receive an orange, a piece of Christmas cake and a sixpence piece, not a lot in modern terms but in those days of our youth it seemed a fortune. By the way, Mr Gould, always a generous benefactor to Seaton, paid for this out of his own pocket.

Xmas party at Seaton Town Hall 1930

We always spent our Christmas holiday with our maternal grandparents who lived in an old cottage at Bulverton, Sidmouth. My grandmother kept a large scrapbook in which she pasted Christmas cards from previous years. They always took my breath away by their loveliness and these bespangled cards with their robins and snow which came in the postman's bag in those far-off days

Celebration lunch at the Bay Hotel, Seaton 1968

try to recapture the Christmas spirit and start this month, of all months, by showing goodwill to all and trying to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Happy Christmas to you all. Ted Gosling

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Life Matters

by a number of factors including infections, allergies, air pollution and excerise.

Editor - Sali Mustafic tel: 01404 45848

Life Matters Welcome to "Life Matters", an East Devon based forum within this magazine for discussing a range of health and wellbeing issues. My name is Sali Mustafic and I'm delighted to be joining the magazine. I'll be taking a look around the region, talking to people who make a difference and bringing news, events, and information directly to you in this section. You may wish to investigate alternative solutions to persistent health issues, seeking training or looking for a venue. Perhaps you want to contribute to ethical, spiritual or ecological issues? Whatever your requirements, if you have something to say, I would love to hear from you. See top for contact details.

Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation

Getting help with Asthma In this issue we consider asthma which is becoming increasingly common especially in childhood. A concerned parent recent contacted us to see if we could suggest any complementary treatments or therapies which might help.

“My son, aged 12, suffers from asthma and it’s getting us all down.

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Chiropractors not only treat back pain, but also a whole range of conditions affecting all parts of the body related to joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Whether your problem is new or long-standing, chiropractic may help. If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic could help your condition, telephone us to arrange an informal discussion.

I’m sure he would benefit from alternative health care, but I’ve simply no idea where to begin - can you help?” We’ve only a limited amount of space to cover this topic so the suggestions we made aren’t exhaustive but they will help to give you some pointers for futher investigation. Many therapists welcome a phone enquiry or questions via e-mail which can help with your own research. The starting point for asthma suffers is, of course, their own GP, where they can find out more about the condition and the range of recommended treatments. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) describes asthma as a common condition that affects the airways. When someone has asthma, these airways become narrower and this makes breathing difficult. Sufferers may cough or become wheezy and breathless. Asthma attacks can be triggered

Of course, anyone whose child is suffering from asthma will begin by going to their GP where they will find out what asthma is and what are the recommended treatments. Dr. Ros Debenham, a GP at the Claremont Medical Practice in Exmouth, told me that she sees many children whose asthma is poorly controlled and that this is frequently due to poor inhaler technique, saying, “You can damage the lungs long term by NOT using inhalers". It is not a case of trying to do without the inhalers in case the lungs get used to them’. She strongly advises making an appointment with the asthma nurse within your GP’s practice.

Complementary therapies and treatments We have a wealth of complementary practitioners based here in East Devon. Here are some suggestions on how a few of them can help to allieviate asthma.

Chiropractic Richard Stenning, Chiropracter, explains that patients who come in for the treatment of another condition often experinece improvements in their astham symptoms. This can particularly be the case for children where asthma is less established than in adults. How does this work? Richard explained that if you are

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Yoga At Axminster’s Awareness Clinic, studies have shown that the ancient indian practice of yoga can be effective in reducing asthma attacks and helping reduce the body’s sensitivity to certain allergens or triggers.

Hypnosis This deep state of relaxation allows the patient to focus their complete attention on one thing or idea. Hypnosis is helpful in some cases, particularly for reducing stress. Relaxation techniques such as meditation or visualisation could be worthwhile if stress is a trigger. Michelle Hague is a clinical hypnotherapist who told me that hypnosis can be used for helping to manage asthma, by focusing on the release of tension and anchoring relaxation. This encourages the child to relax and helps them take control of the situation, by using their respiratory system effectively.



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The ancient Chinese treatment of inserting very fine needles into specific parts of the body influences the flow of energy. Some studies show that Acupuncture can give short-term relief from asthma symptoms. Children whose asthma is triggered by allergens benefit more than those who experience exercise induced asthma. Hilary Sharp is happy to treat children, and even babies, with particularly gentle techniques which do not necessarily require the usual acupuncture needles. Val Davis also offers acupuncture for children. She gave me a fascinating description of how she

can assess a person through ‘reading’ the Chinese pulses which are located at the wrist. This allows her to identify the condition of the immune system and the lungs’ defences which she will then treat using virtually painless, hair thin needles. She will also focus on soothing the asthma and calming the mind. This approach aims to treat the root causes of illness rather than just the symptoms.  When the body becomes strong then it is less prone to what the Chinese call an invasion of external pathogens. 

Holistic Health Jacqueline Kareh seemed to speak for many therapists when she suggested that a holistic approach, drawing on several therapies, may be best. She suggested a combination of diet, reflexology and SCIO (a sophisticated bioresonance ‘energy medicine’ that often appeals to young people because of its space programme technology). We hope our summary of treatments will be helpful, but remember there are many more complementary treatments out there which you might want to research.. Finally, don’t forget, if your considering using complementary therapies or treatments always check that your therapist belongs to a professional body

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

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Never before has there been such a need in East Devon for support that makes a difference to local children with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The Sunflower Trust is a charity with a firm presence in the area that provides that vital support. The Sunflower Trust, set up 14 years ago, raises awareness of the benefits that the Sunflower Programme can provide for children with learning, emotional and behavioural challenges; as well as to provide bursary assisted places on the programme for children from families in financial hardship. The programme is a completely natural, integrated approach to health and wellbeing that recognises the unique make-up of every child. The programme is based on the understanding that when children are balanced, integrated and well, they perform better at school, have more positive relationships with friends, family and teachers and feel happier in themselves. Under performance at school, emotional issues and poor behaviour are simply indicators that a child is in some way out of balance. Because the human being is a complex system, when there is imbalance in one part of the system, there will be imbalance elsewhere. For that reason, Sunflower practitioners are trained to use a variety of core skills including osteopathy/ chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology,

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic programming) and have nutritional expertise to restore balance on a number of different levels. Having such a powerful range of skills, the Sunflower practitioner is able to tailor-make a Sunflower Programme to match the child’s specific needs. Over the course of the programme, the patient will work with the practitioner

With Sunflower practitioners based in Honiton, Axminster and Exeter, the Sunflower Programme is

With Sunflower practitioners based in Honiton, Axminster and Exeter, the Sunflower Programme is on the doorstep for families living in East Devon. Not only is the programme geographically accessible; it is also financially accessible to families who might not otherwise be able to afford such a powerful programme. Thanks to the support of the Sunflower Trust, bursary funding is now available to children from families in financial hardship. In this day and age, it is heart-warming to know that powerful programmes are available to all, not just to those who can afford them.

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to restore balance at the physical, chemical, neurological, emotional and nutritional levels. Because the Sunflower Programme works with the principles of nature, it does not provide a quick fix to learning, emotional or behavioural difficulties. On average, a programme lasts between 6 and 9 months. However, the contact time with the practitioner during those months is probably no more than 7 – 8 hours.

For more information about the Sunflower Programme, the Sunflower Trust or bursary funding, please visit www.sunflowertrust. com or call the Trust direct on 0845 054 7509.


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Diaphragmatic breathing is an easy deep breathing practice that teaches you to use your diaphragm for breathing. The diaphragm is the sheet of muscle located at the bottom of your lungs.

The positive benefits of breathing properly & good posture Good posture is very important to our wellbeing. Correct posture enables the body to function more efficiently; improves your health, appearance, co-ordination, strength and stamina. Good posture also helps your physical and mental development giving you extra confidence. Finally, even your clothes will fit and hang better!

Sitting properly: • Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest. • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees. • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat. Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips. • Adjust your chair to support your low and mid-back or use a back support. • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground. • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

Standing properly: • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet. Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time. Keep your feet about shoulderwidth apart and your knees slightly bent. • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled back and let your arms hang naturally down

by your sides. • Tuck your stomach in. • Keep your head level, your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side. Breathing properly becomes even easier when you have proper posture. A chiropractor can assess and realign your neuromusculoskeletal systems and posture and help you develop correct breathing habits. Breathing correctly will do wonders for you. It will oxygenate your blood properly, your digestion will improve and so will the health of your nervous system, brain and spinal cord. Weight control, clear skin, a stronger heart and a relaxed body and mind are other benefits. Developing the habit of breathing properly may not be easy but it is simple. Breathe through your nostrils only, from your stomach first, then your diaphragm, and finally your chest, without elevating your shoulders or tensing your neck. D o this in one movement. The exhale is completed by rela xing the s to ma ch, sl ow l y releasing the air.

A final note: A past study on 1,300 patients suffering low back pain released by the British Medical Research Council (MRC) showed that Chiropractic treatment plus exercise and support from the GP was effective for patients suffering from lower back pain. Can we help you?

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MANAGING your MONEY Retiring soon? New pension regultions planned for the new tax year might affect you! The government is looking at making changes next year to existing pension rules. These proposals are particularly important if you are coming up to retirement. Here’s a round up of the main proposals. It is anticipated that changes could happen as soon as April 2011 but remember these are proposals at the moment and the final legislation could look different. The government has already started a consultation period and will draft the new legislation early in the new year with a view to bringing in the changes from April 2011. At the moment, those in drawdown plans have to either annuitise their funds or move to a product called alternatively secured pension (known as ASP) at age 75. There are 2 major changes here. Firstly, there has been a temporary increase to age 77 for those who are in drawdown at the moment. Secondly, there is a proposal to allow drawdown to continue beyond 75 and to abolish ASP completely. All

new rules on income etc. will apply to existing ASPs after the rule change. Moreover, there will be a new cap on drawdown plans and this is likely to mean less income will be available from drawdown plans than the current 120%. Another change is the ability to take an unlimited amount of drawdown from plans, which may be available to a few clients who can show that they have a minimum level of income from other sources. This will probably give wealthy retirees more flexibility but its unlikely to be accessible by the majority of pensioners. On the downside, there’s a plan to introduce a single level of tax on death of 55% (currently 35%) which will be payable on death lump sums by clients of all ages on annuities and drawdown plans. Importantly, for those about to take benefits, there are also proposals to reduce the lifetime allowance on pensions from April next year down from £1.8 million to £1.5 million. I understand that there will be transitional arrangements for those currently below the £1.8 million but above the £1.5 million threshold, but we have no further news on these as yet. Another important change will affect how much money you can invest in a pension & get tax relief. Currently this stands at £255,000 and is set to reduce to £50,000. This limit will include contributions from employees and employers. From April 2011 no tax relief will be available if the contributions exceeds £50,000.

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On the downside, there’s a plan to introduce a single level of tax on death of 55%

We’ll tr y to repor t any important changes once the legislation goes through. Don’t forget that you might need to sort out transitional arrangements for large pension plans which could be caught by the reduction in lifetime

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