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COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Covering East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset Oct/Nov 2012


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Contents Oct-Nov


4. Forthcoming Events

30. Farm Life in Devon

64. All Change in E. Devon

Find out what's not to miss.

By veteran writer Ted Gosling.

John Fisher's on the historic A30.

8. Live Music Roundup

32. Back to the Future

66. Tales of a Yokel

Get the info on local live music!

Home decor by Amanda Crump.

Yarns from FCR Esgen.

10. Art Exhibitions

45. Flatbeare Views

70. Business Advice

Forthcoming art gallery events.

By incomer Ardley Chic.

Valuable tips from Katina Styles

16. I Love Shopping

47. Nelson's Column

72. Horse Care - Equitation

Join us on a visit to Sidmouth.

An anonymous point of view.

Equine advice from Natalie Bucklar.

20. Fashion and Beauty

50. Postcards from Lyme

74. Walk on the Wildside

Summer retail therapy for women.

With collector Peter Lacey.

Artist Mike Hughes talks wildlife.

23. Managing your Money

54. Walk in Whimple

76. Life Matters

Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.

A circular walk through orchards.

Health & wellbeing issues.

24. Eating Out Roundup

61. Stars in Their Eyes

Places to dine in the region.

Guy Peters on Norman Lockyer.

29. Chef's Recipe

62. Tide Timetables

From Bay Hotel's Steve Batey.

The tide times from Lyme to Exmouth.

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Editor's Letter A warm welcome to East Devon Coast and Country Magazine. Many thanks to all the readers who keep writing-in and emailing regarding this magazine. It's heartening to know that the effort that goes into producing the magazine is really appreciated by the reader. Although the magazine is free to the public, we're very committed to ensuring that there's always lots to read and reference within the mag. If you like the magazine, it would be much appreciated if you can mention it to local businesses and advertisers who fund this production, as this helps tremendously. We hope you enjoy our new 'I Love Shopping' feature, where, in this issue, we visit Sidmouth. Have an enjoyable autumn. Regards

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Forthcoming Events October & November 2012

LOCAL EVENTS East Devon Writers' Workshop Second Weds - Salem Chapel, Budleigh Salterton, 2-4pm.

Lyme History Walks, Saturdays until end of Nov - 1.5 hour walks exploring the history of Lyme, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 11am.

Son et Lumière 11 to 13 Oct - Spectacular sound and light show revealing how the Church, its people, and its architecture have shaped the history of the town, St Andrew's Church, Colyton, 7.30pm.

Readers & Writers 2012 12 Oct - Daisy Goodwin, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 7.30pm-9pm.

Nick Baker - Weird Creatures 9 Nov - An evening with naturalist Nick Baker telling his favourite stories about discovering, meeting and filming some of his favourite Weird creatures, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Armistice Day Service 11 Nov - War Memorial, St George's Square, Lyme Regis, 11am.

Switch-on Saturday 24 Nov - Christmas Lights switched on, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 3-5.30pm.

MAIN EVENTS Trafalgar Day Service

Festivals Exeter Poetry Festival 6 Oct - Acclaimed poets John Burnside and Andy Brown reading from their work, Exeter Phoenix, 5pm.

R&B Festival 12 to 14 Oct - Beer, various locations.

Sidmouth Science Festival 16 to 21 Oct - Around Sidmouth with the Hub at Kennaway House. It includes talks, exhibitions, hands-on activities, etc.

Comedy RAW Comedy

21 and 22 Oct - The very first Literary Festival celebrating the Life and Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ottery St Mary.

21 Oct - The White Ensign will be flying over Exeter Cathedral during the annual Service to celebrate Lord Nelson’s great victory at Trafalgar in 1805, Exeter Cathedral, 11.00am.

Fortnightly, Saturdays from 6 Oct - an evening packed with laughter and raw talent, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7pm.

Reading Phoenix Choir

The Hallowe'en Zombie Ball

The Knicker Lady

Coleridge Literary Weekend

27 Oct - Music sacred and secular, serious and light, St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Illuminated Carnival 27 Oct - Starts 7.30pm. Procession through the High Street.

27 Oct - Hallowe'en-themed fun with a mix of national bands, Devon talent and a host of DJs, Exeter Phoenix, 5pm.

Osligi Maasai Warriors


6 Nov - Spreading the word about Maasai culture through song and dance, Exeter Cathedral, 1pm.

27-28 Oct - Celebrations and events at Bicton Park Gardens.

Holiday on Ice - Speed

Hallowe'en Tour, 29 Oct - Beer Quarry Caves, 4.30pm.

Fireworks and Bonfire Night

15 to 18 Nov - Exciting new show taking you through a thrilling journey of love, money, nature and time, Westpoint, Exeter.

20 Oct - Brilliant 2-act One Woman Show giving the hilarious story of women's lives over the last 250 years, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Danny Bhoy: Wanderlust 22 Oct - Brand new show from one of the world's most popular and travelled comedians, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

Gong 16 Nov - Radio Gnome is back on air, so tune in and let your mind go virtual!, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

3 Nov - The Harbour, Lyme Regis, 6.30pm.

Jimmy Carr: Gagging order

Tar Barrels

25 Nov - Brand new jokes, same old Jimmy, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

5 Nov - Ottery St Mary,

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Fairs The Sid Valley Craft Fair 30 Oct - Raising money for three local charities, Sid Valley Country House Hotel, Sidbury, 12 till 4pm. £3.

Hyson Textile and Costume fair 17 to 18 Nov - From Antique to Vintage at the Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton. Tel: 01647 231459.

Theatrical Plays Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 16 to 20 Oct - A new adaptation by Tim Luscombe, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm (Sat matinée 2.30pm).

NT Live - Timon of Athens 1 Nov - Live theatre broadcast to cinema screens around the world: Shakespeare's bitter play with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, 7pm.

Farm Boy 6 to 10 Nov - Michael Morpurgo's compelling sequel to the award-winning War Horse, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm (Sat matinée 2.30pm).

Shakespeare's Macbeth 12 to 17 Nov - Performed underground at Kents Cavern, Exeter. Times vary. £16

Medea by Euripides 28 Nov to 1 Dec - Mike Bartlett's new and startlingly modern version of this classic tragedy of a woman's reaction to her husband's infidelity, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.


October & November 2012

Forthcoming Events Classical


The Tempest 10 Nov - New York Met Opera, Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, 5.55pm.

Aled Jones 4 Oct - Cathedral Tour, Exeter Cathedral.

Two Moors' Festival Concert 15 Oct - music by Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Holst, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm.

Pecorama Free entry to the Gardens To 27 Oct - Tickets must be purchased to view the Exhibitions or ride on the Beer Heights Light Railway.


Exhibition of Wildlife Art



Deer Rut Safari & Cream Tea 2 to 25 Oct - Take a tractor ride into the deer park to see the fascinating behaviour of the deer, and enjoy a delicious cream tea. £10 per person.

The Nutcracker

12 to 14 Oct - Linda Wilkes.

Powderham Food Festival

19 Oct - See Honiton Festival display overleaf.

31 Oct - Moscow Ballet - La Classique, Corn Exchange, Exeter.

Half-term Week

Dominant String Quartet


25 Oct - Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm.

3 Nov - Princess Theatre, 7.30pm.

6 Oct - Come and celebrate everything that’s great about food! Demonstrations, workshops, family fun, live music and of course fantastic food and drink. Open 10am to 5pm. Adult £4, Children under 12yrs Free.

Riyad Nicolas Piano

James Sherlock


22 Nov - Piano recital, Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm.

16 Nov - Full-length dance theatre production with breathtaking physicality and beautifully detailed characterisation, Northcott Theatre, 7.30pm.

Julian Lloyd Webber, 'Cello 25 Nov - One of the finest musicians of his generation, and with Pam Chowhan, piano, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Michael Trainor and Lynn Carter 30 Nov - Violin and Piano performances. See Honiton Festival display overleaf.

Opera Musical Memories 3 to 6 Oct - Singing for Sidmouth, the Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society celebrates the life of the late Karen Colson, a member of the society for many years. Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. £12.

L'Elisir d'Amore 13 Oct - New York Met Opera broadcast to cinema screens around the world, Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, 5.55pm.

The Lighthouse 24 Oct - English Touring Opera present Peter Maxwell Davies' haunting work, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Albert Herring 25 to 27 Oct - Benjamin Britten's hilarious satire set in a Suffolk village, with Mark Wilde in the title role, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Tango Motion 23 Nov - Virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance and exquisite tango songs of 1930s Buenos Aires, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Childrens' Entertainment

29 Oct to 3 Nov - With ghost trains and tombstones, cobwebs and bats, witches in pointy hats and a FREE treat for children in Hallowe'en fancy dress.

Concert in the Music Room

Escot Park Artists exhibiting Until 31 Dec - In the Coach House Restaurant.

Hallowe'en Camp Wild 30 to 31 Oct - Exciting nature-based outdoor 1,2 and 4 night residential programmes for 8-12 year-olds (plus 7yr old siblings) and day programmes, see

Pinocchio 6 Oct - Puppetry, shadows, illusion, and specially composed music create a show with something for all ages, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 3pm.

26 Oct - A programme of music mainly by Bach, and including two of the Suites for unaccompanied ‘cello. For more details or to book please call 01626 890243. Concert starts 7.30pm. Tickets £14.

Spooky Tours & More 28 Oct to 1 Nov - Hear fascinating tales of the Castle and its past residents as you are led by a friendly ghostly guide through the impressive Castle rooms.

Michaelmas Fair 8 Nov - Browse an array of stalls around the Castle rooms selling Christmas puddings, decorations, books, jewellery and many unusual things you won't find on the High Street. 10am to 3pm. £4 admission. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan 14 Oct - Adapted from 'Pobby and Dingan' by Ben Rice, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 3pm.

Hip Hop Workshop 29 Oct to 3 Nov - Banxy Hip Hop Dance Residence, with a series of Workshops for 7+ yrs, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Stones and Bones 4 Nov - Squashbox Theatre's new show is a marvellous mix of history and mystery, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 3pm.

Otello 27 Oct - New York Met Opera, Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, 5.55pm.

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October & November 2012


Killerton 'Gems' Costume Exhibition To 4 Nov - Killerton House, 11am-5pm.

'Drop in' Garden Guided Walk 5 Oct - 2-3pm.

MARKET DAYS Axminster Street Market

Town Hall, Wednesday, 9am-1pm.

Farmers' & Local Produce Market

Exeter Livestock Centre, Monday and Friday, 10.30am.

20 Oct - 10.30am.

Exeter Livestock and Pannier Market


Exminster Market

Cider & Apple Weekend 20 to 21 Oct - two days in the orchard celebrating national Apple Day and old Devon customs,11am.

'...where I intend to end my days'

first Saturday every month, 9.30am-12.30pm.

To 15 Oct - a Jennie Pearson exhibition of hand and machine-stitched textiles commemorating family links with Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis Museum.

Honiton Street Market every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am.

Great British Walk Week 27 Oct to 4 Nov - come and enjoy walking through Killerton's beautiful parkland, 11am.


10-24 Nov - The Arts Café, Axminster.

Sunday Market and Car Boot Sale Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday, 9am-1pm.

Walking Festival Countryside Walk

Sundays - Matford Park and Ride Car Park, Marsh Barton, Exeter, 6.45am-12.45pm.

1 Oct, 31 Oct - 10.30am.

Hallowe'en Fun Day

Antique & Flea

Exeter Farmers’ Market top of Fore Street/South Street, Thursday, 9am-2pm.

Thursdays - Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 9am-1pm.

Exmouth Farmers’ Market

40th Anniversary Event of the Axe Vale Stamp Club.

The Strand Gardens, Exmouth, alternate Wednesdays, 9am-1pm.

Honiton Local Produce Market High Street, 1st Thursday. Easter to December.

9 Oct - Wilf Vevers: A Presentation of the mails and postal history of the South Atlantic island of South Georgia, United Reformed Church Hall, Axminster, 6.45pm, free entry.

Honiton Women’s Guild Country Market

Innovations Market

Mackarness Hall, Friday, 9.30-11am.

26 to 28 Oct, 29 Nov to 9 Dec - with products to suit all ages and tastes from silver jewellery to handmade pizzas, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, 9am-5pm (Sunday 10am-4pm).

Ottery St Mary Farmers’ Market Land of Canaan Car Park, first Friday, 9am1pm.

Ottery St Mary Community Market The Institute, Ottery St Mary, last Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Sidmouth Community Market 13 Oct, 10 Nov - St John's Hall, 9.30am-1pm.

Seaton Farmers' Market 19 Oct - Seaton Town Hall, 9am-1pm.

Stockland Country Market

To mark their 40th Anniversary AXE VALE STAMP CLUB PRESENT A SPECIAL DISPLAY by a member of the Royal Philatelic Society

A La Ronde

Wednesdays, Thursdays - St John's Ambulance Hall.

Country Markets

Fantastic presentation of The stamps and postal history of South Georgia

Photographic Exhibition, Axminster Photography Group

Sidmouth Weekly Flea Markets


25 Nov - Christmas trees decorated by local organisations and family activities including Christmas Quiz Trail and Christmas Wish Tree, 12noon

17 Nov - Antique and collector's Toys. Tel: 01404 47783, Honiton.

Cullompton Indoor Market

Killerton Parkrun 6, 13 Oct - a 5K family event for runners, Killerton House, 9-11am.

Community Christmas Tree Festival

Chilcotts Auction

Trinity Square, Thursday, 8.30am-3pm.

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Cooper Antiques Fair 16 to 18 Nov - Cooper Antiques will be returning for another year to exhibit their exceptional antiques at the Castle. 11am to 5pm. £5 admission.

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HONITON estival

Friday October 19th – RIYAD NICOLAS PIANO BEETHOVEN - Sonata in A flat major, Op.110 CHOPIN - Waltz Op.34, No.1 CHOPIN - 4 Mazurkas, Op.24 CHOPIN - 3 Etudes Op.10, Nos. 1 and 4, and Op.25, No. 6 CHOPIN - Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

Friday November 30th – MICHAEL TRAINOR VIOLIN; LYNN CARTER PIANO SCHUBERT – Duo for Violin and Piano in A major, D574 BEETHOVEN – Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.47 “Kreutzer”

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Chopin Nocturne in D flat major op. 27 N° 2 Scherzo N° 3 in C sharp minor op. 39.

Debussy Brouillards, Ondine, la Cathédrale engloutie, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest "Images" (two pieces): Reflets dans l'eau, Poissons d'or - Jardins sous la pluie "Estampes": L'Isle joyeuse

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

Ravel "Gaspard de la nuit" (two pieces): Jeux d'eau Ondine

Rare prints and books.

Schubert Four Impromptus op. 90 D. 899

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21 Oct. Eddi Reader, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8pm.


1st Friday. Matthew Finnish, The Pilot Inn, Exmouth, 9-11pm.

First Wednesday. Bridge Jazz Club, Bombay Bill's, Exeter, 8.30pm.

2nd Saturday. Revue Night, The Huntsman Inn, Ide, 9pm.

Last Sunday. High Tea Jazz, Lakeview Manor, Dunkeswell, 5-7.30pm.

Thursdays. Live music, The Oddfellows, Exeter, 9pm. Sundays. Easy Sundays with Phil Evans, Axminster Inn, Axminster, 12.30pm. 4 Oct. Devon Sproule, folk/pop songwriter with an interest in jazz, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 7 Oct. Flamenco Night, El Bocado, Exeter. 12, 26 Oct. Spanish Guitar Nights, El Bocado, Exeter. 13 Oct. 8pm.

Adam Isaac, Exeter Phoenix,

13 Oct. Wired, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.30pm. 20 Oct. Bollywood Brass Band, the sound of Hindi film hits, Bhangra rhythms, and brass arrangements makes for a captivating blend, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 27 Oct. Sound of Sirens, all-girl band with originals and acoustic covers, The Bowling Green, Exeter, 9pm. 27 Oct. The Lateshift, Heavitree Inn, Exeter, 9-11.30pm. 27 Oct. Seedy Cases, The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis, 9-11.30pm. 27 Oct. Thick As Thieves, Ottery Carnival Party, Institute Club, Ottery St Mary, 9-11.30pm. 2 Nov. Barefoot Liarz, The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9pm. 4 Nov. Flamenco Night, El Bocado, Exeter. 9 Nov. Keep It Unreal: Mr Scruff, the now legendary Ninja Tune DJ famed for his awesome hip-hop sound, The Lemon Grove, Exeter, 9pm. 9 Nov. Thick As Thieves, lively and entertaining pop anthem band, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9-11pm. 10 Nov. The Lateshift, popular party band that loves to give the audience what it wants, The Beach Hotel, Exmouth, 9-11.30pm. 16, 30 Nov. Spanish Guitar Nights, El Bocado, Exeter. 19 Nov. DJ Fresh, aka Dan Stein, The Lemon Grove, Exeter, 8pm. 28 Nov. The Revival Hour, with performers John-Mark Lapham and David Stith, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

5-7 Oct. Pete Allen's Jazz Weekend, featuring many gifted jazz performers and bands, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 8.30-11pm (Fri/Sat), 3-5.30pm (Sun). 12 Oct. Just Misbehavin', entertain with their mix of swing, jazz and dance, The Globe Inn, Lympstone, 2-4pm. 14 Oct. Pete Allen and Guests, play tribute to 'King of Swing' Benny Goodman, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3-5.30pm. 21 Oct. Take4, with their enticing mix of swing, mainstream and show tunes from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, The Beach, Exmouth, 8.30pm. 6 Nov. Pete Canter Trio, with piano maestro Jim Blomfield and double bassist Sol Ahmed, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 10pm-12midnight. 10 Nov. Just Misbehavin', St Matthew's Church Hall, Exeter, 8-11pm. 16 Nov. Pete Canter Trio, with piano maestro Jim Blomfield and double bassist Sol Ahmed, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 10pm-12midnight. 30 Nov. Take4, cool jazz with a touch of class, The Bowd Inn, Sidmouth, 8pm.

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC Thursdays. Alan West & Steve Black, with their own brand of country and folk songs, Axminster Inn, Axminster, 6.30-9pm. Sundays. Singers' Night, (unless Guest Night). Topsham Folk Club, The Globe Hotel, Topsham, 8-10.30pm.

7 Nov. Jim Moray, Jurassic Folk Club, The Grove Nite Club, Seaton, 8pm. 9 Nov. Celine Dos Santos, Hatt's, Exeter, 9pm. 11 Nov. Tom McConville and David Newey, Matthew's Hall, Topsham, 8pm. 17 Nov. Shelby's Elbows, Axminster Inn, Axminster, 9.30pm.

BLUES 5 Oct. Souled, The Grapevine, Exmouth, 9.30pm. 6 Oct. Adam Sweet, exceptionally talented young guitarist now carving out a solo career, The Grapevine, Exmouth, 9pm.

Shinedown photo courtesy of: Sean Berry & Amanda Retotar

Ruarri Joseph and Marc O'Reilly, with an inventive fusion of 11 Oct.

blues, rock and soul, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 12 Oct. The Perfect Strangers, rock trio bringing you powerful classic rock and blues, The Revelry, Exeter, 9pm. 13 Oct. Blue Swayed Blues, The Volunteer Inn, Honiton, 9-11pm. 20 Oct. Newton Faulkner, The Great Hall, Exeter University, 7.30pm. 17 Nov. The Perfect Strangers, The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9pm. 24 Nov. Souled, live at St Thomas Social Club, Exeter, 9pm.

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ROCK/H-METAL 6 Oct. Goliath, classic rock anthems, The King's Arms, Exeter. 6 Oct. RocketBox, The Bishop Blaize, Exeter, 9.30-12midnight. 12 Oct. Eat The Rich, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9pm.

10 Nov. Hooked, Cornwall-based hi-energy rock band, The King's Arms, Exeter, 9pm. 10 Nov. Extractor, formerly known as Snatchtractor, 3-piece rock/blues band, Axminster Inn, Axminster, 9pm12midnight.

First Friday. Open Mic Night, Dolphin Hotel, Beer, 9-11pm.

14 Oct. Diamondogz, glam rock band, First & Last, Exmouth, 6-8.30pm.

18 Nov. K2, Devon's premier classic rock covers band, First & Last, Exmouth, 6-8.15pm.

Third Wednesday. Singers' Night, Jurassic Folk Club, Grove Nite Club, Seaton, 7.45pm.

20 Oct. Audius Maximus, The General Buller, Exeter, 9pm.

24 Nov. K2, this must-see band now at The Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.30pm.

25 Oct. Shinedown, Rock giants from Jacksonville on their headline UK tour, The Great Hall, Exeter University, 7.30pm.

30 Nov. Reckless, The Farmers' Union, Exeter, 9pm.

26 Oct. Rock The Night, The Black Horse Inn, Sidmouth, 9.30pm.

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

5, 19 Oct. Celine Dos Santos, Hatt's, Exeter, 9pm. 7 Oct. Andy Cutting, soulful and technically outstanding melodeon player, Topsham Folk Club, Matthew's Hall, Topsham, 8pm. 7 Oct. Faustus, a major force on the English folk scene, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

27 Oct. Electric Landlady, The Black Horse In, Sidmouth, 9pm-12midnight.

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photo courtesy of: Bollywood Brass Band

Live Music Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm.


THE GREAT HALL, EXETER UNIVERSITY American rock giants Shinedown take in Exeter University on their 2012 UK headline tour. Formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2001, this 4-piece alternative metal/heavy metal outfit still has two of the original members on board - Brent Smith (vocalist) and Brad Stewart (bass), now joined by Zachary Myers (guitar) and Eric Bass (piano and bass). They've released four studio albums - the latest "Amaryllis" in 2012, and have achieved worldwide sales of over 10 million. The Great Hall, Exeter University, Stocker Road, Exeter. EX4 4PY. Box Office: 01392 263518.

Saturday 13 October, 9.30pm

IF YOUR VENUE HAS LIVE MUSIC, get added to our events by emailing:

Saturday 20 October, 8pm.


The Bollywood Brass Band performs and records a wide variety of musical styles, including Hindi film hits, Bhangra, Qawwali, Punjabi folk songs and wedding songs, tinged with influences from jazz and other world musics. With six hot horns and four funky drummers, they turn in a scorching act with unbridled energy, exuberantly splicing Bhangra beats, Bollywood hits, riotous Indian wedding songs to give you an uplifting experience like no other. Their saxophones, tabla, dhol drums, and colossal sousaphone pour out compulsively danceable rhythms. And in October they are bringing their colourful carnivalesque act to the Phoenix Arts Centre for an evening that is different. Tickets. Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Exeter. EX4 3LS. Tel: 01392 667080.

Sunday 21 October, 8pm.





Exmouth-based Wired are an exciting and talented 5-piece rock/pop function band, with a unique blend of covers played in their very own style - numbers from the 60s through to the current chart. They give you music to dance, smooch and rock to! Led by flamboyant vocalist and entertainer Paul G Robinson, theirs is a versatile guitar/bass/keyboard/sax/drums line-up with three vocalists. Get along to see them in pubs and clubs, at outdoor events, corporate events, festivals - wherever the music takes them. Prospect Inn, The Quay, Exeter. EX2 4AN. Tel: 01392 273152. (live music on Fridays and Saturdays). Tel: 07798 78323.

Eddie Reader brings to joyous life all forms of song from traditional to contemporary. Growing up in Scotland, she learnt to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at local folk clubs and then rose to fame through her work with The Fairground Attraction. In October she is coming to Exeter so you can see and hear this truly wonderful performer at the Corn Exchange, Exeter. Tel: 01392 665938.

Eddi Reader photo courtesy of: BBC


Jurassic Folk & Acoustic

Photo: Lucy Ward perfoming at a Guest Night in April. Courtesy of: Peter Arnold

"The folk club for East Devon singers and musicians" Jurassic Folk & Acoustic, a platform for local singers, musicians, poets, and other performers, meets twice a month at the Grove Nite Club in Seaton. Founded in 2006 by Folk enthusiasts Peter and Hilary Arnold, JF&A now meets in the Grove's large function room with its superb acoustics and regularly attracts 60 or 70 people to Singers' Nights the third Wednesday of the month, 7.45-11pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and admission is free; if you would like to like perform it is advisable to phone or email to say you are coming. Guest Nights are now held on the first Wednesday of the month, performance 8.15-10.45pm. Doors open at 7.45pm and pre-

booked tickets are a snap at ÂŁ5 to ÂŁ7 to see top-drawer performers. On 3 Oct Jed Grimes is the guest, and he's as Geordie as you can get. Here is a wonderful songwriter with a charismatic quality that shines through. As he says himself: "I've succeeded if I can put a song in a surprising musical setting and give it a rhythm that makes you want to dance a bit." Four weeks later, on 7 November, Jim Moray will be the star turn folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, he locates folk in the modern world. His latest album, Skulk, fuses folk tradition with rock and pop to speak to the

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world in which we live, available through: With his lives shows frequently featuring video projection and lighting effects, you could be in for a treat at JF&A, because in Jim's vision the oral tradition is electrified, not only technically but emotionally. Email: Tel: 01297 20064 The Grove Nite Club, Fore Street, Seaton. EX12 2LE


Forthcoming Art Exhibitions October & November 2012

Donna Goold - 'Fox' - Artwave West

Michael Sole - 'Fresh Easterly' - The Marle Gallery


Sonia Fynn - 'Cretan Spring, Meadow Alliums' South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

Frans Wesselmann & Sarah Young


Until 6 Oct - Paintings at Hybrid.

Until 30 Oct - Molly Garnier and Michael Sole Nature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form, are central to the work of these artists, The Marle Gallery.

Vanessa Gardiner show Until 7 Oct - ‘Classical Elements’, paintings inspired by Greek landscape and architecture. Sladers Yard.

Pure Colour Until 13 Oct - Patrick Jones exhibits his work, Gloss Gallery.

Mother Love Until 27 Oct - Textile artists explore complexities of the mother/daughter relationship, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Jeannette Hayes Until 27 Oct - Solo Show, Artwave West.

Until 4 Nov - An exhibition of the city’s most famous paintings alongside important new acquisitions never before seen in Exeter. A rich variety on view. Gallery 5, RAMM, Exeter.

13 Oct - A fun day of free drawing workshops, suitable for all the family, East Devon Art.

A Symphony of Curves Until 11 Nov - A rare opportunity to see the art of architectural sculpture by Geoffrey Preston, Gallery 22, RAMM.


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Lucie Bennett - 20 Oct In October we look forward to an inspiring solo exhibition of Lucie Bennett for the first time at Brook. Lucie’s glorious use of colour and shape create the most intriguing of collections. Definitely a must see.

Exhibition of Wildlife 12 to 14 Oct - Linda Wilkes, Pecorama.

The Big Draw

TheMarleGallery Sun 2.00 - 4.30

Annual Open Exhibition 19 Oct to 10 Nov - The South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts (SWAc), Gloss Gallery, Exeter.

Fine Art Collection

8th Oct - David Webb, St John's Ambulance Hall, Honiton.

Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5.00

Doug Hyde 12 Oct - Surridge Gallery, Exeter.

The Hidden Thread 13 Oct to 17 Nov - Masterful paintings by Irene Jones with a narrative thread. Hybrid.

Derek Nice 13 Oct to 2 Dec - ‘Forms that Float and Fly’ new paintings and sculpture. Sladers Yard.

Autumn Show 20 Oct - Lucie Bennett's solo exhibition for the first time at Brook Gallery.

Keith Proctor Exhibition 21 Oct - Inspired by his young son Jack, Keith's collection celebrates the simple innocence and freedom of youth. 1 to 4pm, Castle Galleries, Exeter.

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance) 22 to 28 Oct - International Art Exhibition, see overleaf. Free. Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

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EXHIBITIONS Elemental Until 30 Oct

Molly Garnier and Michael Sole. Nature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form.

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The Hidden Thread 13 Oct - 17 Nov

Anticipation 3-24 Nov

Simon Cook solo show. The world distilled to the simple and beautiful. Abstract using oils, gold and silver leaf.

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Masterful paintings by Irene Jones with a narrative thread. Decorative dioramas by Melanie Tomlinson. (closed 28 Oct-5 Nov).

25.12 21 Nov - 22 Dec Paintings measuring a seasonal figure from gallery artists

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Mother Love Until 27 Oct Textile artists explore complexities of the mother/daughter relationship. Thelma Hulbert 30 Oct-9 Nov

Work by the late Thelma Hulbert.

Present Makers 2012 10 Nov-22 Dec Selected Southwest designer makers.

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Richard Adams - 'Frosty Parsnips' - Hybrid

Jeannette Hayes - 'Sunshine on St Ninian's' - Artwave West

Judy Hempstead - 'Reflections Otter Estuary 2' ISCA Gallery

20 by 20 17 to 24 Nov - Professional artists, graduates, designers, sculptors, architects, ceramicists and glassblowers come together to help raise money for charity for this Christmas exhibition, Gloss Gallery, Exeter.

Autumn Exhibition 27 Oct to 4 Nov - An exciting mix of styles by selected West Country artists. East Devon Art.

Thelma Hulbert 30 Oct to 9 Nov - Work by the late Thelma Hulbert, of the Euston Road school. Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

25.12 21 Nov to 22 Dec - Paintings measuring a seasonal figure from gallery artists, Hybrid.

Derek Nice - 'Yellow Hut' - Sladers Yard

Christmas Exhibiton 2 Nov to 22 Dec - Artwave West.

Louise Dear Exhibition, 24 Nov - Louise's striking and stylish collection encapsulates the vivacity, excitement and sensuality of the modern day woman. 12-4 pm, Castle Galleries, Exeter.

Michael Morgan Solo Show 3 to 16 Nov - A Michael Morgan’s last solo show of new paintings. Marine House.

Amanda Popham 3 to 16 Nov - Amanda’s annual ceramic show. Steam Gallery.


Anticipation 3 to 24 Nov - Simon Cook solo show. The world distilled to the simple and the beautiful. The Marle Gallery.

Thistledown, Marley Road, Exmouth, EX8 4PP Tel: 01395 270278

Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints, Books, Cards

Christmas Exhibition ‘CONNECTIONS’

Present Makers 10 Nov to 22 Dec - Selected South West Designer makers, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Paintings by Ray Balkwill, SWAc Pottery by John Harlow

Sat 1st and Sun 2nd December 10am - 5pm

Fabian Perez

The exhibition then runs throughout December strictly by appointment only.

14 Nov - Surridge Gallery, Exeter. Ray Balkwill, SWAc. - 'Bright Day on the Grand Canal, Venice'

Sladers Yard

ISCA Autumn Exhibitions 3rd to 16th Nov

EXHIBITIONS: Vanessa Gardiner until 7 Oct


Michael Morgan Solo Show

Works by selected West Country Artists

Amanda Popham

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

Michael Morgan’s last solo show of new paintings. Marine House. Amanda’s annual ceramic show (same dates). Steam Gallery. Contact the gallery for a catalogue on: 01297 625257 or 625144 (Steam)

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Classical Elements: new paintings of the Aegean coast

Derek Nice 13 Oct to 2 Dec Forms that Float and Fly: new paintings and sculpture Gallery Stars 8 Dec to Feb 2013

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The Big Draw - 13 Oct A fun day of free drawing workshops. Suitable for all the family. Autumn Exhibition - 27 Oct to 4 Nov An exciting mix of styles by selected West Country artists.

Art tuition available throughout the year A selection of work may be viewed on-line at Open every day 11am-5pm, including Sunday

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‘The Waterside House’ 10 x 8 inches

THE MICHAEL MORGAN SHOW Saturday 3rd November - Friday 16th November Michael Morgan RI’s claim to a lasting legacy as one of the greatest innovators using the watercolour medium needs little justification. His classic and evocative interpretations of remote buildings in upland and coastal settings have attracted countless enthusiasts around the world. Sadly Michael is in poor health, but was able to complete this remarkable body of work for what may prove to be his last solo

show after fourteen exciting and record breaking years working with Marine House. We all hope that he recovers and can then excite us anew by producing occasional new paintings in the future.

Please contact the gallery for a colour catalogue and invitation to the private view on Saturday 3 November from 11.00 5.30. The works can also be seen on our website from mid October.

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Group Show

1 to 2 Dec - Studio Gallery Christmas Exhibition. Paintings by Ray Balkwill and Pottery by John Harlow. Marley Road, Exmouth.

8 Dec to Feb 2013 - Works on Paper. Sladers Yard.

Saturday 13th October East Devon Art Academy,

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS Patrick Jones - 'Deep Blue' - Gloss Gallery


Zhen Shan Ren The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance) International Art Exhibition, is an extraordinarily moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition, detailing both and inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. Set to show at Kennaway House, Sidmouth from the 22nd - 28th of October 2012, with a private view to be opened by artist Alan Cotton. It is an attribute to the timelessness of fine art. This exhibit of Art is to inspire the soul, and to ennoble the spirit, the art is meant to benefit as well as inform. The



Fine Art Collection 1 Dec to 30 Mar 2013 - the exhibition will include city views, 20th century Devon landscapes and striking portraits. Fascinating prints and drawings reveal Exeter before the bombings of the second World War changed the city forever. Gallery 5, RAMM, Exeter.


viewer is reminded of the power of the human spirit, of the capacity of human kind to confront and overcome acts of evil. It probes the relationship of the human to the divine, and suggests new horizons of understanding. Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditative exercise, was brought out to the public in 1992, and is based on the fundamental principals of truth, compassion and tolerance. Professor Zhang Kunlun, founder of the exhibition, who practices Falun Gong, was detained for three months as a prisoner of conscience, and was made to plumb the depths of suffering, while tortured physically and mentally in a Chinese detention centre. In the aftermath, through his spiritual discipline, he was able to mend his body and soul and brought together a diverse group of 18 artists, whose experiences paralleled his, to create the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren.

The Big Draw is a national initiative which aims to promote drawing to all ages and to all levels of experience. At East Devon Art Academy on Saturday 13th October there will be a day of free drawing workshops available. These will be suitable for all the family. Various taster drawing sessions will be taking place between 11 am and 3 pm. Drawing workshops and activities will include a drawing wall, general drawing activities, figure drawing from a professional clothed model, drawing animals and en plein air sketching.

All drawing sessions will be lead by experienced tutors and practising artists. All materials and equipment will be provided. To be assured of a place, please book in advance. Otherwise, just pop along! Whether you want to stay ten minutes or two hours, there is bound to be something for you! In addition, there will also be an exhibition of drawings on display. For further details please contact us 01395 516284

The paintings show the steadfast spirit of those who remain compassionate and tolerant under such harsh persecution. The story portrayed is one of beauty, courage and justice and the message is one of hope and triumph. A certain purity and depth mark these works and many viewers remark on the sense of peace, calm and beauty they feel in the work’s presence. The artists featured are: Xiaping Chen, Dr. Xigiang Dong, Tingyin Shi, Zhenping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, Daci Shen, Ruizhen Gu, Yuan Li and Dr. Kunlun Zhang. For more information see: or contact Joy on 07946 591198. Entry to the exhibition is free. A Celebration of Life in East Devon

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TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics The Marle Gallery Victoria Place Axminster Devon EX12 5NQ | t: 01297 639970 | Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 | e:


ince its opening in 2011, The Marle Gallery has attracted a following of art lovers hungry to see fresh and challenging work. The Marle Gallery is situated just off the High Street in Axminster; a delightful small town in East Devon including The River Cottage Canteen, a few minutes walk from the Gallery.

Elemental: Molly Garnier and Michael Sole Until 30th October

Michael Sole - Burton Bradstock No. 6 - Oil and acrylic on Canvas


ature and the elements, both of landscape and the human form, are central to the work of Molly Garnier and Michael Sole. Molly Garnier is well known for her small smoky oil paintings of the female nude. Since moving to her native Norfolk, she has been inspired to paint the coastline capturing the distinctive, slightly bleak colours of that very particular seascape.

Molly Garnier - Ella - Oil on board

Michael Sole is captivated by the whole sensory experience of sea and sky. Michael responds to the natural energy of his subject: big seas are portrayed with a physical and confident painting technique, enabling the viewer to place himself at the centre of this sensory experience of the world in its most elemental form. Molly Garnier - Last Light - Oil on board

Michael Sole - Temesaei - Oil and acrylic on Canvas

Anticipation: a solo show by Simon Cook

6th to 24th November private view - Saturday 3rd November 3pm to 7pm


ow to capture a moment in time, the essence of the feelings evoked by a shaft of light breaking on distant hills? Simon Cook’s non-figurative work steps beyond the re-creation of the image seen by our eyes, and seeks to portray the often all too fleeting emotions that are stirred within ourselves. Cook’s canvasses are a beautiful array of colour and light, contemplative yet with an inherent sense of anticipation in what is to follow. Simon builds layers of transparent pigment, combined with gold, silver and metal leaf to maximise luminosity, allowing ambient light to interact with the painting. This work invites your undivided attention and asks for no less than a solo exhibition. Come and immerse yourself in a world distilled to the simple and beautiful by master practitioner, Simon Cook. Simon Cook - Radiance - Oil and Gold Leaf

Simon Cook - Becoming - Oil and Gold Leaf

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column The nearer we live to the sea, the healthier we feel, people have told researchers. (Photo: Bruno Girin)

Why it’s later than you think SO YOU LIVE IN DEVON, as close to the sea as you can manage. So far so good. You take plenty of exercise, enjoy a healthy lifestyle and are still puzzled by the fact that it’s already October and you are wondering where the year has gone. There is an explanation. Time, according to the mathematician T.L.Freeman (sort of) speeds up with age and we need to think in terms of the relationship between actual age and effective age.

I do like to be beside the seaside WRITTEN IN 1907 by one John Glover-Kind,

dear old John Ruskin (a frequent visitor to

it wasn’t until this summer that the sentiment

Devon) wrote that the measure of any great

expressed in that particular Edwardian

civilization included the number and quality

music hall ditty was brought into sharp

of its public spaces and open places. For the

focus by the findings of the European Centre

most part, we, in Devon therefore, should

for Environment and Human Health at the

count ourselves lucky to be living in one

Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry

enormous green natural space flanked on

at the University of Exeter. (Phew!)

two coasts by the ocean.

They looked at data from 48 million people in

And with none of us on this island supposedly

England from the 2001 census and compared

living more than 71 miles from the sea, should

the distance people live from the ocean and

you ever find yourself in a pub quiz and need

His paper goes something like this. When you

their answer to a question about their health.

to answer precisely which spot is furthest

are 10, a year represents 10 percent of your life

People living less than one kilometre from

inland, you should quote Google, that fount of

and seems like a very long time. However, by

the briny were more likely to say they were

all knowledge, that tells us that it is Church

the time you hit 50, one year has reduced to

in “good health” than people living further

Flats Farm in Derbyshire. Latitude: 52º 43.6’N.

only two percent of your life, and hence seems

away. Lower stress and more opportunities

Longitude: 1º 37.2’W. Good health, everyone!

only one-fifth as long. Freeman suggests that

to exercise were suggested as one possible

a person’s actual age needs to be corrected for

explanation for this. But the lead researcher

the apparent length of a year.

Dr Ben Wheeler said many others had been suggested, including it being a more relaxing

So if Christmas and birthdays seem to come


round faster every year, maybe this is the time to start celebrating your effective age.

Then of course, wealthier and healthier people might be more able to move to the coast. The

The fact that it is already October and you

study also found that people from the poorest

forgot to get the chimney swept - along with

backgrounds benefited most from a coastal

remembering that you can take the dog

home, whilst there was little or no benefit to

back onto the beach again - has nothing to

the most affluent people. But 112 years before Dr. Wheeler and his

JOHN RUSKIN loved living along the prom prom prom in Victorian Devon

do with any of this. Your year has flashed by (punctuated by torrents of intermittent rain most like) because that is simply the way of things.

colleagues came up with their findings,

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MAIN SHOPPING STREETS High Street: shopping starts at the

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I Love One of the cosmetics counters at Fields of Sidmouth, a traditional department store with everything under one roof


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The Swan The Strand Lympstone

• Coffee served all day • Pit Stop for Estuary Cycle Path • Cycle racks outside pub • Six excellent Cask Marque Real Ales available • Superb lunchtime and evening menu • Daily Fresh Fish Board Specials • Metres from the waters edge

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elcome to East Devon Coast & Country's eating out section which we hope will give you inspiration. After all, everyone enjoys a meal out - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the Southwest with many lovely countryside and coastal eateries - enjoy!

Restaurant open 7 days a week including Sunday Evenings Lunch 12-2.30/3.00 weekend, dinner 6.00-9/9.30pm.

Reservations: 01392 876 123

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THE QUAY BRASSERIE From Boat Shed to Brasserie, this place has come a long way in four years... The journey began with a vision for great food, enjoyed in stylish surroundings, oozing character both inside and out, at one of the most sought after locations on the waterfront in Devon. You will be greeted with the smell of freshly ground coffee in the morning, enjoy a tasty bowl of steaming moules whilst catching up with friends over lunch or throw a celebratory party on the terrace, with the sunset as your backdrop. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, at any time of day! And the cooking? Just simple food, using the best local ingredients, cooked exceptionally well - how refreshing. Small wonder this cafe-bar, restaurant and jazz lounge is so well loved. Call 01392 876 123 for reservations or visit The Quay Brasserie, 6 The Quay, The Strand, Topsham EX3 0JB

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01395 567181

Open every day for great food and drink Introducing... Our New £9.95 Two Course Lunch Choose any two courses from our new set lunch menu for only £9.95 per person. Available Monday to Friday lunctimes.

Wednesday Carvery Wednesday lunchtimes are the new Sundays here at Popplefords! Come in between 12 - 3 when we’ll be serving our popular Carvery for only £8.50.

Friday Tapas With winter coming, hold onto a taste of Spanish summers at Popplefords. In addition to our evening menu, Friday night is now Tapas Night. Why not pop in?

Daily Specials Popplefords believes in always keeping thing fresh, so our specials board offers a varied selection of seasonal specialities.

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elcome to East Devon Coast Chocolate Workshop & Country' s eating out section which we hope willexperienced give you inspiration. Learn the craft from an East Devon chocolatier in a a meal out After all,based everyone enjoys purpose-built facility. - it's a real treat. We're so lucky here in the Southwest with many lovely Chocolate - why do mostand of uscoastal love I got involved - enjoy! countryside eateries

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at the Alexandra Hotel

Lyme’s popular lunchtime venue is now Lyme’s stunning restaurant venue is open for open every evening lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Enjoyaward-winning great food, thoughtful service and Enjoy food, thoughtful service wonderful Bay. and wonderfulviews views across of LymeLyme Bay and the Open everyJurassic eveningCoast. between 7-9pm. Open all day every day.

“It’s all very reputation elegant andfor very British. food is, “The Alexandra’s excellent A timeless classic some might say.” ” in our opinion, very well deserved. Quintessentially Magazine Dorset Magazine For reservations please call 01297 442010

For Hotel reservations call 01297 442010 Alexandra and Restaurant,please Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3HZ Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3HZ

it? Because it’s versatile and mouth wateringly tasty. It evokes feelings of joy as well as feelings of guilt and it can keep us going when we’re tired. Pure chocolate produced at very low temperatures, without any additives, dairy products or sugar contains antioxidants and vitamins as well as a high volume of magnesium, 11:10:18 needed to fight certain diseases. Buried within the chocolate bean in its raw state are amino acids and enzymes that enhance our mood and a stimulant more subtle than caffeine.

I make chocolate for a living, a business that started several years ago in France and moved with me a year and a half ago to East Devon. As well as creating artisan chocolates to sell, the main part of my work is giving chocolate making workshops. Everyone is welcome; adults, children, teenagers. It’s rewarding and joyful work as the courses are designed to be fun as well as informative. There are several different aspects of chocolate making that you can explore in my courses from basic truffle making to decorative gifts. All the courses involve trying out professional techniques such as dipping, moulding and tempering and you don’t need any previous experience, or even a love of chocolate, as you can give the chocolates you make (at least 30) to someone who will appreciate them.

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in making chocolate when I was given a gift of an intensive professional course in chocolate confectionary making at the ‘Valrhona School of Chocolate’ near Lyon in France. This very arduous and enjoyable experience vastly improved my French and, more impor tantly, enf lamed the embers of a lifelong love of chocolate. I used what I had learnt to start a small chocolate school in the Var region of France, giving day courses in the techniques of making chocolates in a home environment. Time is allowed at the end of the course for you to wrap your creations in cellophane and ribbons (in case you want to give them as gifts), and you will be given an information sheet on how chocolate is produced, from its beginnings as a cocoa pod growing on a tree, right through to the ingredient that we recognise as chocolate. You also take away a printed recipe sheet so that you don’t have to spend precious chocolate making time scribbling notes. I hope this has tickled your taste buds and curiosity! If you are interested in coming along to a course you can see the details on my website: or call me on 07717 887442.


Starter Roast Parsnip Soup (V) Served with Herb Croutons Smooth Chicken Liver and Bacon Pate served with Port and Redcurrant Jelly, Toasted Rustic Bread

If you are part of a local group whether its the WI, Rotary, Lions, British Legion or any other local organisation we are now taking bookings for Christmas lunches. Opposite is a copy of our specially created menu. We have produced a booking form for local groups and organisations so just give us a call and we will send a copy to you. It’s that simple. 2 Courses and Coffee for £19.50 or 3 Courses and Coffee for £25.00 Price includes a free Christmas Cracker for each guest and Freshly Ground Fairtrade Coffee and Mince Pie

Smoked Fish Platter with Trout, Salmon and Mackerel served with a Baby Leaf Salad, Horseradish and Crème Fraiche Dressing Vegetarian Glamorgan Sausage (V ) Cheese, Mixed Herbs, Breadcrumbs, Leeks and Mustard Main Course Traditional Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Seasonal Vegetables, Roasting Gravy Herb Crusted Salmon Supreme With Lemon Scented Roasted New Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Beurre Blanc

Dinner Served 7 Nights a week 7 - 9pm

Winter Game Casserole with a Pastry Top Pheasant, Pigeon and Venison in a Rich Button Onion, Bacon and Red Wine Gravy, Creamed Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

Starters from £4.75 Main courses from £11.50 Desserts from £5.00

Greenfields Vegetable Assiette (V) Potato Gratin, Spinach, Celeriac, Carrots, Baby Leeks & Mixed Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce Puddings Individual Christmas Pudding Served with a Warm Brandy Crème Anglaise Vanilla Pannacotta With a Winter Berry Compote Rich Dark Chocolate Tart With a Christmas Ice Cream A Selection of Granny Gothards Ice Cream and Sorbet Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Lemon, Lime – all served in a Brandy Snap Basket

We meet on a Friday each month (usually the first Friday) and enjoy a two course lunch plus hear from a range of speakers as varied as politicians, TV journalists and even an Agatha Christie speaker.

£15 a head

ChriStMaS LuNCheS Bookings now being taken Hawkchurch Nr Axminster EX13 5TX t: 01297 678 349 e:

Served every Wednesday between 12.00 and 2.00pm.

Two courses £12.00 Three courses £16.00


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The Cinnamon Tree

Premium Quality Indian Cuisine One of the very best Indian restaurants in the region! Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is the perfect setting for an Afternoon Cream Tea which can be enjoyed in our beautiful lounges or on the terrace, with fantastic views across Lyme Bay.

Enjoy a Cream Tea or Full Afternoon Tea and get a second for your friend free! Cream Tea - £5.00 per person Full Afternoon Tea - £15.00 per person To receive this exclusive offer fill in your details below, and hand to a member of the team when ordering. Name: Address:

3 Course Lunch Banquet £11.95 (MON-FRI)

Open 12pm-2pm and 6pm-11pm open 7 days a week

Tel: (01395) 514190 or 576856 2 Radway Place Sidmouth EX10 8TL

Email: Available throughout October and November 2012. Table reservations are required for a Full Afternoon Tea.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, The Westcliff, Manor Road, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RU T: 01395 513252

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Packed with fresh fish and prawns in a rich, creamy sauce, topped with cheesy mashed potato and served with warm, crusty bread. With fresh, locally sourced food, fantastic views out over Lyme Bay and the harbour, set menus that change regularly offering 2 courses for £9.95 and 3 courses for £13.95 available during the day or the evening, where else could you be?

Chocolate makes us smile

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

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

Fun Chocolate Courses For All Ages

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

You’ll take home at least 30 beautifully wrapped chocolates, (unless you eat them all first).

Traditional roasts served Sunday lunch times and evenings For enquiries or to book call 01395 513047 or email:

For information call Gill at Chocolate Amour: 07717 887442

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with Chef Steve Batey at The Bay Leaf

Pan-fried wild sea bass, white bean and wild boar bacon broth with wood sorrel, wild chervil and crispy shallots Ingredients

Head Chef - Steve Batey

• 150-170g fillet of wild sea bass (farmed is ok)

• Pinch of freshly chopped parsley

• 30g wild boar bacon

• Salt and pepper

• 50g white beans (cannellini are good)

• Few sprigs of wild chervil and wood sorrel

• Knob of butter

• 40ml of good fish stock


he Bay Leaf Restaurant has an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere.

• 25ml white wine (chardonnay is good)

Combined with Head Chef, Steve

• 15ml of double cream

Batey’s modern English cuisine,

• 2 banana shallots

the restaurant truly is a marvellous

• 1 spring onion

dining experience.

• Juice of 1 lemon • Tbs of rapeseed oil

Steve Batey grew up in Lyme Regis; he has great knowledge of local produce which is reflected in his

• Tbs of veg oil • Tbs of plain flour

seasonal menu. Where appropriate local ingredients are sourced, from Exmouth mussels to line-caught cod


from Lyme Bay itself. Located on the promenade, the Bay Leaf Restaurant has a perfect setting to unwind - with awningstyle covered outdoor seating and with the sea so close it makes for a very memorable visit. Our menu offers a wide choice, from Portland crab on toast to fillet steak, a fantastic child’s menu and an excellent selection of wines. Along with our specials board, there is always something which will entice you. Our Sunday roasts are very popular amongst locals and visitors alike, a great lunch for the whole family to enjoy.

heat to leave the fish cooking slowly in the pan. 4. Slice the other shallot into strips and flour, them, dip into milk and back into the flour then deep-fry until golden and 2. Add a teaspoon of plain flour crispy. Add the bean s to the to the mixture and cook out. broth as well as the crea m Slowly add the fish stock, and simmer for a couple of white wine and lemon juice so minutes. F inish the broth with the broth thickens very slightly. a pinch of chopped parsley. 3. While it's simmering, heat the 5. Spoon the broth into a large fry pan, flour the skin side serving bowl, place the fish on only, season with salt and top with the sprigs of herbs pepper and cook in a tsp of around, place shallots on the rapeseed oil until golden brown. fish and drizzle a little more Turn the fish, add a small knob rapeseed oil over the fish. of butter and take off the


Start by dicin g one of the shallots, then chop the sprin g onion and sweat in the pan with the bacon lardons for a couple of minutes.

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Local historian Ted Gosling looks back at Devon's heritage

Farm Life in Devon

Thomas family haymaking at Couchill C1924 - enjoying a lunchtime break


n Devon you can find the England of peaceful villages and sociable people; a place where cottages cluster round a church and farms sit down amid their solid acres.

plentiful supply of cider that was

were no aeroplanes and few lorries or

available during the break periods.

cars. Labour came cheap and village

Hay making is an important date in the

people were close with families working Friesian cows peacefully chewing their

on the same farm for generations and

cud also reect the tranquility of life in

before this age of machinery, every job

the Devon countryside. The Friesian, a

was done by hand. Hedging and ditching

foreigner to Devon, is a breed that was

were winter jobs, unfortunately the craft

Devon farmerĘźs calendar. Hay provides

developed in the Netherlands and it is

of hedge laying is now very much on the

much of the winter feed for farming

such an eďŹƒcient milk producer that its

decline, largely owing to labour costs.

stock, so getting the hay cut and dried

introduction has really destroyed our

takes top priority. At one time, the

native breeds. Before milking parlours

Devon is a county where hearts beat at

gathering and storing of hay played an

were installed, dairy farming was more

a different pace, a place where the true

important part in the countryside life

intensive. We all have a false image of a

Devonian know not only where their food

and most of the community gave a hand.

happy milkmaid sitting on a stool, hand

comes from, but that small farmers still

Before the Second World War, hay was

milking cows, but in reality it was a dirty

care more for the land than anyone else.

first cut with a horse-drawn mower, then

job and it took two men all their time to

Unfortunately, this could all change in

picked up using pitchforks and loaded

hand-milk thirty five cows. It was also

the future as large scale agri-businesses

onto the hay wagon. It was then taken

hard work, especially during the cold

aim more at the export market.

to the farm yard and stacked in ricks.

weather, when you had to fetch them in

The work was very laborious, yet

from muddy fields.

the workers pictured in hay making photographs always look happy. Their

The Devon countryside before the First

humour was probably helped by the

World War was so very quiet as there

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Back to the Future



t has long since been understood that our unsustainable plundering of the earth’s natural resources is taking its tole on our planet. Not only are the fossil fuels which we so readily rely on running out, but the environmental damage caused by using such fuels must stop before the outcome is catastrophic. Not only that, but the rise of these fuels means that we are all seeking a cheaper alternative, and there is no better place to start than by ditching your conventional oil, gas, or electric heating system and replacing it with one of these eye-catching, highly efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. The facts: A tree is made by the absorption of sunlight and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide produced by the burning of wood once the tree has been cut down equates to the carbon dioxide taken by the tree in the first place, ensuring a carbon neutral cycle. This is most unlike the burning of fossil fuels where the carbon released whilst burning greatly outweighs any carbon taken from the atmosphere in the first place. Other benefits include having the look of a natural fire without any of the hassle, soot, smoke and smell issues, as well as the risk aspects of having an open flame within the home.

The carbon neutral and environmentally sustainable answer to all of our cooking and heating needs. East Devon Coast & Country

An open fire is estimated to be only about 20-25 percent efficient, but it can be even lower than that, which can effectively make your room even colder than before. This is due to most of the heat being sucked out through the chimney. A wood burning stove, however, can run at over 80 percent efficiency. This means that burning your logs in a stove rather than a fire can generate at least three times the amount of heat. In addition, if opting for a cooker stove, you can even boil a kettle or bake a cake whilst heating your home. In my opinion, the Esse Ironheart (seen left) is the sleekest cooking stove available (RRP £3,695). Whilst an Aga may be your initial idea due to its iconic status within the country home, 32

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Above - Chesney Barrington cream enamel stove the Ironheart proves to be a firm favourite with the famous team at River Cottage, with its quintessential features of Esse`s famous cooker stoves and beautiful looking design. There are so many fantastic stove producers around; Nestor Martin, Drugasar and Chesneys are probably my favorites, however, our local supplier Stovax also produce some wonderful looking and functional stoves, such as The Riva F66 Cassette (RRP £1,599) see image on right.

These are an easier and better alternative to wood logs as they are far less bulky and there`s no need to head out into the park or woodland whenever you run out of fuel! Briquettes burn better, produce more heat and last as long as top quality kiln dried logs. They also produce less local air pollution. You can buy

There are even kits available for you to use at home, using your recycled paper and cardboard pieces and creating fuel for your home with them. This involves a lot of soaking, clamping and drying, and to be honest, with the prices being so reasonable for packaged briquettes I`m not entirely sure it`s worth all the hassle!

If you are looking to buy a wood burning stove on a budget, you can easily grab a bargain on many online websites for as little as £250.00. These may not look quite as elegant as the pricier options, or may not be as efficient, however they are sure to be an improvement on whatever heating system you may have at present. Another fantastic and relatively new idea on the market is the briquette.

these made up from various materials such as sawdust, wood chippings, rice husk and straw, although sawdust and wood cuts are the most efficient heat source. This source of fuel has risen in popularity, so much so that the chinese government succeeded in their target of one million tonnes last year in their programme to increase the production and use of Biomass Briquettes.

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FLATBEARE VIEWS Ardley Chic finds life’s not always so pleasant in an idyllic village

My guilty secret is out


hile I was seated comfortably at the bar of the Pig & Trampoline watching some giant Olympian on the giant 3D screen that pub landlord Jack had installed for the occasion, an Editorial Directive from on high flew in through the door, which had been left open to allow the fresh air to escape and be replaced by the heady aroma of cigarette smoke from just outside. Carefully removing it from the pigeonʼs leg, I found an ultimatum: ʻNo more anonymous articles!ʼ

So now you know. Itʼs not a common surname, Chic. I suppose Iʼd better come clean - my father was French. Well thatʼs not strictly true; my brother and sisterʼs father was French. Confused? Well, I was the youngest and around the time I was born we had a particularly handsome milkman - seems my mother thought so anyway. I think my father suspected something, possibly alerted by the oddly inclined nose that I shared with the milk purveyor. When dad fi rst set eyes upon me four days after I was born (no ʻnew manʼ he) his opening words were “Sacreblue!” and “Zut Alors!”, closely followed by some pidgin English, which he always used since my mother didnʼt understand him, not being conversant with French: “Regarde zat nooze, ee ees so uglee, no? Like ze meelkman. Eeʼs ʻardley a Sheek”. Blood tests proved this to be the case. Anyway, after many recriminations, my parents decided to stay together and bring me up as their own, the milkman having bottled out. My father imposed just one condition - since I wasnʼt his real son he insisted I be called ʻArdley Chic. Itʼs been a constant source of embarrassment but Iʼm not one to hide behind a nom de plume, though I did drop the ʻ. Actually the name does describe my nature, Chic being the French (and English) word for fashionable; no one could accuse me of that. What Iʼd really like is to turn the clock back fifty years,

which is largely why I migrated westward to sleepy Flatbeare. Digressing somewhat, isnʼt it funny how words and expressions in one language become common in another, especially in posh restaurants? Perhaps there should be a monetary value attached to exporting words. Weʼve already traded some of ours to the French, such as Le Camping, Le Disco and Le Weekend. Other countries have given us tapas, gezundheit and many others. If the trade builds up enough we might end up with a common world language. I reckon I may have hit on an idea whose time has come - totally in the Zeitgeist. Anyway, back to business. I promised to explain the raison dʼetre of the name ʻPig & Trampolineʼ. Are you sitting comfortably? Some years ago the pubʼs owner bought a piglet at market. He intended to rear it for the annual harvest hog roast and while it was little he kept it in a petting zoo in the pub garden, which also contained a childrenʼs play area and trampoline. The kids became very fond of the little beast and were dreading the day when it would be eaten, but the pig was now fat and ready for the roast. Then, on the very morning of the harvest celebrations, the landlord discovered a thin and emaciated pig bouncing up and down on the trampoline. It had obviously been there all night. To this day, no one knows how it managed to get up onto the trampoline but it was now much too thin to eat and ended its days happily back in the petting zoo, as it had become something of a celebrity. They do say that each year, on the night before the harvest celebration, a boing-boing sound may be heard all over the village and ʻtis the custom for all the locals to go to the pub and drink excessive quantities of ale in honour

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of the bouncing pig of Flatbeare. Unfortunately The Editor has vetoed my tale of how the Ferret & Codpiece got its name as this is a family magazine. Perhaps Iʼll see what he thinks about the other two pubs that Flatbeare used to boast in healthier economic times ‒ The Revolving Bedpost and The Gibbon & Pomegranate. Nowadays even the Pig struggles to stay alive. Landlord Jack has a drink problem ‒ he canʼt sell enough of it. I feel itʼs my duty to help him as much as I can. While I toil over a hot typewriter, my good lady wife is getting on with more practical matters. Sheʼs started on the Christmas Cards though I reminded her that Halloween comes fi rst. These days you are expected to send a card for every occasion. The year begins with New Year cards to those that you had newly deleted from your Christmas list only to find one from them on your doorstep the day after Boxing Day. Then there are cards for (in no particular order) Burnsʼ Night, Valentineʼs Day, Motherʼs Day, Easter, St Patrickʼs, St Davidʼs, St Georgeʼs, St Andrewʼs, Fatherʼs Day and Halloween. Thatʼs about it except, of course, for innumerable birthday and anniversary cards. And be warned, I spotted a couple of new ones recently ‒ ʻHappy Gap Yearʼ and ʻEnjoy Your Promʼ. Iʼm contemplating a business venture designing alternative cards for that special occasion, such as ʻSorry you failed your driving test again but lots of drivers will be gratefulʼ; ʻAnniversary wishes to the couple who deserve each otherʼ and an anonymous ʻFatherʼs Day Surpriseʼ card to send to your unattached male friends. Thatʼs enough for now, my fingerʼs got cramp. Ciao and hasta la vista, if youʼll pardon my French.


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Our resident wildlife and countryside expert talks about the great survivor of our countryside by Tony Jackson

Beloved by many, loathed by some, no animal in these Isles is more readily identified with the countryside than the humble rabbit.

region and, notably, the Iberian Peninsula, the

100 million was estimated, despite the fact that

Norman invaders originally kept this excellent

around 40 million rabbits were being killed every

source of food and fur in warrens which were

year for their meat and fur. The cost to agriculture

often located on off-shore islands where the

was in the region of ÂŁ50 million annually.

A source of classic children’s tales, preyed on

and two legged. One of the earliest references

Then, in 1952, the South American Myxoma Virus

by foxes, badgers, buzzards, stoats and man,

to such a warren is on the Isles of Scilly, while in

was harnessed by man and the hideous disease,

inflicted with a hideous disease which destroyed

1272 there is a record of 2,000 pelts being taken

myxomatosis, was launched into the countryside

99 per cent of the population in this country, the

from Lundy.

via a retired French physician, Dr Armand Delille,

animals would be safe from predators, both four

rabbit, despite all the slings and arrows, is the archetypal survivor.

who had obtained a sample of the virus from a It seems that those pioneer rabbits were less

Swiss colleague. Delille inoculated some rabbits

inclined to tunnel and dig than were later

and released them west of Paris. The disease

generations. Many warrens were established in

spread rapidly through Europe, reaching England

parks and other secure areas, particularly where

and Kent in October 1953. It spread like wildfire

light, sandy soil was available into which artificial

throughout the land, causing the most hideous

tunnels and pipes could be installed to encourage

misery and death to its victims. Infected rabbits,

breeding. Today, some traces of the ancient

their eyes and head grotesquely swollen with pus,

warrens can still be found in local names such as

blinded and suffering, could only be put out of

Dawlish Warren in Devon and Lakenheath Warren

their misery when discovered.

in Suffolk.

These warrens were maintained

well into the 17th century, but inevitably, feral

It has been estimated that 99 per cent of the rabbit

populations had long since been established via

population was destroyed by this disease, and

escapees into the surrounding countryside; there

though deliberately spreading it was made illegal

to establish the basic population which was to

by an amendment to the Pest Act 1954, there is

expand into vast numbers, invading every corner

no doubt that infected animals were dumped in

of every county in the British Isles.

order to spread the disease.

many aspects of the countryside, the rabbit or

The second half of the 19th century was notable

But the rabbit is a survivor! By the early 1970s

coney, like the grey squirrel, is historically an alien

for a huge population explosion of rabbits in

rabbits were once again appearing in the

species, introduced to Britain in the 12th century

this country. Agriculture was rapidly expanding

countryside and it soon became obvious that

as a source of food and fur by the Normans. There

and the expansion of game shooting led to the

immunity to the disease was being passed on to a

is no mention of the rabbit in Doomsday Book,

wholesale destruction by gamekeepers of the

rapidly expanding population. Many rabbits were

nor have any archaeological traces been found

natural enemies of rabbits. Rabbits, too, had

now choosing to live above ground, so avoiding

from Saxon times, while current evidence places

long since been a staple diet for country folk and

the worst attentions of the rabbit flea, the disease

the introduction of the rabbit sometime between

even in the 1920s and ‘30s, rabbit stew figured as

vector. Yes, most autumns see minor outbreaks

the reign of Henry 11 (1154-89) and Richard 1

staple rural fare. By the end of the 1930s it was

of the disease but it is now a spent force and the

(1189-99). It is even possible that rabbits were

estimated that the rabbit population was around

rabbit is once again a regular and, dare I say it,

brought to this country by returning Crusaders.

30 million and by the end of the Second World

much loved feature of our countryside.

Stemming originally from the Mediterranean

War, as a result of a lack of control, a figure of near

Yet despite its interwoven relationship with so

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 WHAT'S ON IN HONITON Mao's Last Dancer 19th Oct - Presented by Honiton Community Cinema. Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton. £5. Starts 7.30pm

Honiton Antiques Festival 12th to 17th Nov - Events will be taking place in various venues in Honiton, but mainly

will also be open each day except Wednesday 10am 2pm. Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood Auctioneers will be doing different valuations throughout the week. Tel: 01404 51000 for further information. Honiton Library has a photographic display of Honiton's Shops in the past. Lace making demonstrations at Bel-Ami and the museum. Working display of a Vintage Hornby Train at Antique and Chic.

in the High Street. Participants will include a large number of the eighty five antiques and related dealers who operate in the town, and the two firms of Auctioneers. Allhallows

Restoration and Conservation Fair 17th Nov - at Honiton Baptist Church, High Street, 10am 3pm. Free admission.

Illuminated Carnival 27th Oct - Starts 7.30pm. Procession along the High Street.

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column A funny thing happened on the way to the Cathedral! “No wonder Exeter Cathedral’s Book of Riddles is kept under lock and key, some of them are positively unrepeatable!” chortles John Fisher.

What am I? (Riddle 38) I was alive but said nothing; even so I die. Back I came before I was. Everyone plunders me, keeps me confined,and shears my head,

Riddles aren’t necessarily jokes of course, but

bites my bare body, breaks my sprouts.

it helps if they raise more than a knowing smile

No man I bite unless he bites me;

from the audience. Those that have survived

many there are who do bite me.

through an age when few, if any, were written down can only have survived because of their

More? Well, you asked for it:

popular appeal. “Go on, Ulfric, tell us the one about the onion again!” So the funnier the better, the wittier the better - and of course,

More ‘what am I?’ (Riddle 17)

this being Anglo Saxon England, very often the cruder the better.

My garment is darkish. Bright decorations,

Some of those in the Exeter Book of Riddles

I mislead the stupid and stimulate the foolish

THE OLDEST JOKE in the English language

may have only existed orally for hundreds of

toward unwise ways. Others I restrain

goes something like this:

years before they were written down. It was

from profitable paths. But I know not at all

given to the library by one Leofric, the first

that they, maddened, robbed of their senses,

“Prithee, varlet, What eatest thou?”

bishop of Exeter and is the largest collection

astray in their actions - that they praise to all

“Why, sirrah, ‘t is venison.”

of Old English literature in existence. Little


“Venison thou sayest? Is that deer?”

wonder that it is kept securely under lock and

my wicked ways. Woe to them then

“Nay, sire, ‘t is but two groats a pound!”

key. It contains secular and religious poems

when the Most High holds out his dearest gifts

and other writings, along with a collection of

if they do not desist first from their folly.

red and radiant. I have in my raiment.

Boom boom!

94 riddles.

Which only goes to show perhaps that there

Home for Christmas

wasn’t much to laugh at in Anglo Saxon

Chuckle in the chapel The actual burial place of Bishop Leofric

England, where life was nasty, brutal and short.

Part of it - a 128-line riddling twist of a poem

On the other hand, as a guest of the local chief

called The Seafarer - was let out on loan to

beneath the Cathedral, but his monument

in his Great Hall you did at least get to lean back

London earlier this year where it could be

of white Purbeck marble is to be found on

after your roast boar and mead to listen to a

viewed, under glass, at the British Library. If

the south side of the Lady Chapel - whilst

stand-up poet, who rounded off the roasting

you didn’t get to see it there it will probably be

his other monument - the priceless gift of

and the rousting with a repertoire of riddles.

no consolation to know that it is now safely back

humour he bequeathed to the place - is

in Devon’s capital again in time for Christmas,

stored safe and sound and is part of the

but again not on public display.

Chapter Library, which contains 30,000

We made it our mission therefore to scour its

constant use by students and scholars.

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

books and 50,000 documents and is in 113-odd pages on behalf of readers, to give them a taste of what they might have missed. So why not ditch the Christmas cracker jokes this yuletide and instead, snatch a mike, leap up

Guessed the riddles? Here’s a clue...

onto a table somewhere and hit your audience of choice with one or two of the following freshly filched funnies from the book-of-the-show that had our Anglo Saxon forebears thumping the groaning board and whistling for more. Hold on to your sides.

ANSWERS: Riddle 38 - Onion, Riddle 17 - Wine (The last three lines are about Communion wine).

DISCLAIMER - All material in this magazine is

the mirth-bringer is lost somewhere

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The Beach circa 1920 The postcard reflects the impact of the rail link. The branch line from Axminster opened in 1903 bringing with it an influx of day trippers. This did not meet with the approval of class conscious visitors. They objected to the sale of sweets and ice creams on the beach and a band playing on Marine Parade.

Postcards from Lyme Regis A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST with Peter Lacy

Picture postcards are a way of sharing our holiday destinations with family and friends; it’s a custom that has been with us since 1894 when the Post Office issued licences for their production. However, a milestone was reached in this popular convention, when in January 1902 divided back cards were introduced and for the first time it became possible to write a message alongside the address. This innovation led to picture postcards becoming very much the vogue and indeed somewhat of a national and international institution. It is necessary to reflect that in the early 1900’s cameras were not a common possession, and therefore the postcard provided an important photographic record of holidays. This is the

reason that many postcards were not written on or posted, and why despite being fragile so many have survived virtually intact for over 100 years. Today the hobby of collecting postcards attracts an estimated 100,000 people in this country alone, of which I am one. The fascination for me is the unique photographic record they offer of bygone times. Since I started collecting some 40 years ago the value of pre-1950s postcards has increased dramatically. Cards that I purchased for a few pence now sell for between £3-£10. Rare cards can fetch in excess of £100. My personal collection of over 400 postcards focuses on that “Pearl of Dorset” - Lyme Regis.

They are not the glossy high tech cards we see on sale today, for the most part they are black and white with a few sepia and coloured images. As to be expected, scenic views are much to the fore, although street scenes are well represented as are social and civic events. Selecting a small number of postcards for this article has not been easy. The intention guiding my choice is to provide readers with the opportunity to reflect on the changes that the town has witnessed in the last century. To assist this process, each card has a commentary setting it in a social context. Historically it is interesting to visually compare today with times past.

Broad Street circa 1920 This postcard clearly shows that traffic congestion and parking problems are not a modern phenomenon. Coaches,buses, cars and pedestrians present a busy scene. A walk along Broad Street today using this card as a reference will reveal little structural change. The Royal Lion Hotel became “royal” after the future King Edward VII stayed there in 1856. An Elizabethan inn named The Lion once occupied a site just behind the present building. The Three Cups Hotel on the left of the picture has been closed for several years, refurbishment is long overdue much to the chagrin of the townsfolk. The original building sited lower down the street was destroyed by the disastrous fire of 1844. Despite changes Broad Street still retains its character, with many elegant buildings, such as the imposing Georgian structure that is now the Lloyds T.S.B. Bank.

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Burning Cliffs – circa 1908 A contemporary guide book gives the following description of what it describes as the “Lyme Volcano”. “In January 1908 attention was given to a cliff phenomenon midway between Lyme and Charmouth. A pile of debris fell from the cliff to the plateau below, it then began to emit clouds of sulphurous smoke, being quite volcano like”. Spontaneous combustion by the action of water on the iron pyrites and bituminous shale in the fall was the cause. Young men were paid by the hoteliers to keep the cliff burning by pouring paraffin on the site. The postcard has been enhanced by the “touching up” of the flames and smoke; yet another deception. By strange coincidence this card was sent to Naples, referring to the cliffs as “delightfully horrid – but not like Vesuvius”.

Edwardian Beach Scene – circa 1906 One of my favourite cards depicting the elegance of the time, it really is worthy of close scrutiny in order to fully appreciate the detail. It is very much a middle-class scene; holidays for the working-class were not yet with us, the most they could hope for was a day-trip. The bathing tents were vital, as changing on the beach “was simply not done”. The clothing is of special interest, certainly not casual, and headwear must have been almost compulsory. The sand is more extensive than today, with the holidaymakers enjoying traditional beach activities. This is the only picture I know of showing donkey rides on the beach, they must have ceased at the end of the era. The imposing Sundial house built in 1901 is the first building along the parade. The retaining walls erected in 1903 were built to prevent slippage from the steep grassy bank. Today it is part of the Langmoor Gardens.

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Postcards from Lyme Regis A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST with Peter Lacy

The Smithy – circa 1909 With the horse still in great demand there was no shortage of work for the town’s blacksmith/farrier, whose workshop stood on the site of the present Tesco Express Store. The card shows the smithy hammering home the shoe nails, while his assistant stands by with a file to finish the job. Apprentices learned the trade by working alongside the craftsman, even in this modern age it is still a requirement for a trainee farrier. The smithy Samuel Govier became immortalized when in 1895 James Abbott McNeil Whistler painted his portrait giving it the title “Master Smith of Lyme Regis”. The famous American artist painted a second portrait while staying at the Royal Lion Hotel; that of Rose Rendall the grocer’s young daughter. Sadly both of these fine paintings can only be viewed by travelling to the American City of Boston.

Lifeboat circa 1908 A rare photograph of what is almost certainly “ T he Susan A shley ” under sail, this lifeboat was on station from 1891 until 1915. The selfrighting boat measured 34 feet and cost £420. She carried a crew of 13 and was powered by sail and oar. The oilskinned crew, which included a coxswain, bowman and signalman relied upon its five sets of double banked oars when the wind was not favourable. On one occasion in 1907 they rowed a total distance of 32 miles, spending over 10 hours in the boat. Three years later the crew embarked on an even greater epic, spending 21 hours at sea in gale force winds when going to the rescue of the German barque “Furst Bismark”. To say they were hardy individuals would be an understatement. The postcard shows a watching crowd gathered on the Victoria Pier, as indeed they do today, when the high-powered inshore rescue boat is launched from the modern lifeboat station. Between 1853-1932 Lyme had five pulling /sailing lifeboats which saved some 35 lives. The lifeboat station closed in 1932 and did not reopen until 1967.

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Paddle-Steamer circa 1908 The steamers brought day trippers to the town in large numbers from 1884. The service was Weymouth based and operated mainly by Cosens of that port. While passengers were ashore the steamers of fered short coastal excursions. The fare in 1932 was one shilling. The paddlesteamer trade was of commercial importance to the town. Between 1884-1903 a total of 295 steamers landed some 18,000 day trippers.

Harbour circa 1890 An early Victorian plate photograph. The vessel in the foreground is a ketch, while alongside the quay with a crossed yard is a topsail schooner. Both craft were the workhorses of the coasting trade. Note the rather antiquated cargo crane. Between 1884-1903 Lyme was mainly exporting limestone and importing coal. It was said that vessels arriving were ‘black with coal, on leaving, white with lime’.

Footnote My postcard collection acted as a catalyst for an in-depth study of Lyme’s maritime history. Following seven years of research my book Ebb and Flow, The Story of Maritime Lyme Regis, was published by Dovecote Press in May of last year, price £15. The 33 chapters span the years 774 to 2010. There are 80 illustrations, a third in colour, many have never been published before. It has a comprehensive index and is fully referenced. A review in the South West Maritime History Society’s Newsletter stated ‘This book has to be amongst the best and most complete account of local economic history I have read, woven into the encompassing times of the periods and covering a period of some 1,000 years. It is an eminently readable book, very well written and fascinating in its wide coverage. Peter was deservedly the recipient of a special research award by the Society’. PETER LACEY

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Knowle Cross

Cricket Field

The Old Orchard

The Thirsty Farmer pub

The Green

Site of original Whiteways Cider Works


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Whimple Orchard Walk

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n times gone by, autumn in East Devon was an important time for harvesting the apple crop for cider making. If you mention Whimple, most people know about the Whiteway's cider company and until several years ago, you couldn't fail to have noticed the large brick building running along the road through Whimple, which was the site of the factory.

overlooking Whimple and the surrounding countryside. You return via the road that takes you past the cricket field and then alongside the side of the Whiteway's cider works and back into the Square. It's a fairly easy walk as most of it's on level ground, the only incline being when you approach the orchard on the hill, and again when you go down over the other side to meet the road.

Although the factory was pulled down, thankfully, there are remnants of orchards scattered all around in the surrounding fields, which can be a glorious sight in the autumn when the sun catches a multitude of waxy red apples - they're so ornamental!

As a point of interest, if you wish to find out more about Whimple's cider making past, there's the Whimple Heritage Centre situated in the car park of the Fountain Inn which contains much information.

This walk takes you along paths, through fields and up to the old orchard that covers the hill

The Wassaling ceremony still take place at Whimple in January, with traditional dress

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Inquisitive faces amongst the old orchard

being worn and much noise being made to waken the apple trees and ward off evil spirits.

We'll be featuring a piece about Whimple's connection to the Whiteway's company in the future. If you have something you think that would be interesting to add, please contact the magazine on 01395 513383 and speak to Nigel Jones.

As to the future, well, Courtneys of Whimple produce their own apple juice, being situated on one of the old Whiteway's orchards. They also now produce "Silly Cow" cider. This is available locally at numerous outlets. I daresay the EU makes it really difficult to be a cider producer these days, bless them!

Incidentally, if you have apple trees, Vigo at Dunkeswell ( have an extensive range of equipment for juicing apples and for cider making in general.


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Above: you can just see the church at Whimple, from halfway up the path to the old orchard. Left: old agricultural buildings can have a lot of charm and are very much part of the landscape. Right: old orchards can be very beautiful places - they should be treasured. Below: it's lovely to see dilapidated old sheds and barns in unkempt fields.

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Right: Jack's happy running amongst the trees. This orchard is a more modern, commercial orchard. As such, the trees are shorter and more regular to cater for machine harvest of the apple crop. Far right: ripe apples glow in the light of early evening. Below: the cricket field viewed from the top of the old orchard. Below right: apple blossom and fruit, both highly ornamental and beautiful!

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Are you one of those people who’s eyes go glazed at the mention of the Norman Lockyer Observatory? Do you think, who was Norman Lockyer anyway?

largest telescope had in 1960! Which only goes

by Guy Peters

groups as well as local schools. However, there’s

to show that size isn’t everything. To celebrate

more! It’s an educational centre for such subjects

the Observatory’s centenary this year, a further

as science -especially astronomy, meteorology,

telescope was installed in the new dome. The

amateur radio and sciences of the coast and

‘Connaught’ dome houses a 20 inch Newtonian

countryside. They promote and support science

Well, lets briefly address that question first.

telescope. Now, the astute amongst you may

education in schools, colleges and universities.

Norman Lockyer lived in Victorian times and

have noted that I said that star gazing is what

The planetarium seats 60 and is the centrepiece

started out as an amateur astronomer. He went

the Observatory is about not what it is ALL about.

of their public work.

on to become the director of the Solar Physics

No sir! This fabulous observatory is about a lot

Observatory at South Kensington in London and

more than just star gazing albeit the main thrust

There is a much, much more too but don’t let me

the first professor of astronomical physics in the

of its activities.

spoil the surprise! Go along and find out. There are

Normal School of Science now known as the Royal

two main ways of visiting the Observatory. One

College of Science. He was knighted in 1897. If you

can simply go to a scheduled public viewing or as

really want to know more than that, put his name in

a member of a booked group. There is no need to

your Google search engine and you will get all the

book if attending a public open night. Whichever

information you want. Your eyes are still glazed.

way is chosen, the scope of the visit and the cost is

It’s of little interest to you. You are thinking, unless

the same - adults £5.00 (no concessions), children

one is into science, then anything to do with the

and full-time students £2.50. A visit takes roughly

Observatory is of no interest what-so-ever. Well,

two hours but could take longer on a clear night

actually, you don’t need to be a nuclear physicist or

if the telescopes are in use. There will always be

even vaguely interested in science to understand

a planetarium presentation, a tour of the domes

and appreciate all the Observatory has to offer.

and their telescopes. In addition, there may be

You still look glum. You say, anyway, what exactly is

a talk in the lecture theatre and a demonstration

an Observatory? I’m glad you asked me that! Have

of the Met Station showing satellite images and

you ever looked at the sky at night and wondered if

automatic weather recording or a visit to the radio

there is life on other planets? Good! That is enough

They do, of course, have a Planetarium. This

room. The Norman Lockyer Observatory is for YOU.

interest to make a visit to the Norman Lockyer

involves an American projector, which was

It is your gateway to the universe!

Observatory more than worthwhile. Star gazing,

donated by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich,

is what the Observatory is about only they do it

enabling them to project pictures of the ever

To contact: telephone 01395 579941.

with the help of, no less than, seven telescopes

changing patterns of the night sky. One can

Post: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe

of varying strengths. It is interesting to note

witness the movements and directions planets

Hill, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NY.

that their smallest telescopes, the 8 and 10 inch

have taken at certain times. A team of presenters,

ones, have better magnification than the world’s

deliver extremely interesting talks to all sorts of

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time 2000 2032 2057 2117 2148 2234 2336 none 1945 2103 2202 2254 2342 none 1927 2016 2105 2155 2249 2346 none 1846 1952 2052 2146 2236 2323 none 1910 1942

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20th-31st Oct - A la Ronde. Five ladies who paint for pleasure.

Walking Festival Event

Community Christmas Tree Festival

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Illuminated Carnival 13th Oct - 7.30pm, Exmouth.

Exmouth Community College Art Students 6th-17th Oct - A la Ronde.


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ll Change

by John Fisher

in East Devon How England’s future Queen changed horses in Honiton and created a new fashion in the Tudor court Since “The Great South West Road” lost its name and became a series of numbers in 1919, the A30 (with the A303 bolted-on a little later) is still the third-longest road in the United Kingdom* although nowadays perhaps a shadow of its former romantic self. Although today it now by-passes many of its old towns and villages, they are still there - thank goodness awaiting re-discovery, along with their stories, in settings which, in many instances, remain unchanged. CATHERINE OF ARAGON was not supposed to come up the A30 at all.

ARTHUR, PRINCE OF WALES: Catherine’s first husband, died aged 15 on their honeymoon. His younger brother Henry, later to be crowned Henry VIII, succeeded to Arthur’s title shortly after, but only when it was known that Catherine was not carrying a child. He and Catherine were later married for 24 years - before she was set aside for Anne Boleyn.

Her mother, Queen Isabella of Spain, had wanted her to land at Southampton because she had been told that it was England’s safest harbour and that is where it was planned that the 16-year old Infanta was to meet up with her husbandto-be, Prince Arthur, a boy more than a year her junior. But time and tide are no respecters of princes and the

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regal reception that awaited her in Hampshire was thrown into disarray as a great storm blew up in the Channel. This was later reckoned to be a bad omen and a forerunner of what was to follow. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of Saturday, 7th October 1501, the future Queen of England and her entourage, all of them decidedly green and ‘fearing for their lives throughout the storm’ set foot on English soil for the first time, in Plymouth, where they straightaway went


into a church and gave thanks. Mild panic ensued as lodgings were found and the princess (who spoke only Spanish and Latin, with just a little French) was persuaded to cool her heels for a week as messengers were sent ahead, hot foot. She reached Exeter on 19th October amid a cavalcade of escorting gentry, in time for an official reception hosted and arranged by Henry VII’s specially appointed event organizer, the ‘Sebastian Coe’ of his day, Lord Willoughby de Broke. He must have been a remarkable man and probably set up some kind of new land-speed record, to have covered the ground between Southampton and Exeter, to get the whole welcome back on track in such a short space of time. Awaiting her party at Honiton the next day were 12 palfreys (small riding horses) for her ladies, whilst a litter (a covered chair mounted on poles and carried between two horses) carried Catherine herself; and thus began her progress proper, following roughly what was to become the A30, with comfort stops every 12 miles or so.

Catherine reached Exeter on 19th October amid a cavalcade of escorting gentry Just west of Crewkerne she bid adios to the great and the good of Devon and Cornwall and hola to those of Somerset’s dignitaries who could be mustered in time. Here was Sir Amyas Paulet, from Hinton St. George, and by his

side, Sir John Speke, a widower, from White Lackington. Whilst Paulet was well and truly married with a year-old son, Speke’s 59-year old eye, though probably dim, was still roving and here at the roadside on that chill October day it settled on one of Catherine’s young Maids of Honour. Her name, the records show, was Alicia or Alice (the Speke family tree spells her name Allice), and whether he courted her in English, Spanish or Latin, the old boy must have had something going for him, because the following year they were married and together had one son, John, to keep the Speke line going. Fast forward 357 years to 1858 and their great great (umpteenth great) grandson, John Hanning Speke was the man who discovered the source of the Nile, crossing Lake Victoria (as he himself named it) in a little collapsible boat called The Lady Alice! Catherine’s progress continued through Dorset, with overnight stops at Sherborne a nd Shaftesbury, until arriving finally at Dogmersfield, in Hampshire, not far from today’s Fleet Services. She took a welcome break from her journey and sent a message ahead to the rapidly approaching King Henry VII and groom-to be, Arthur, to hold off a while. It was, her messengers reminded them, forbidden for either of them to have sight of her before the wedding day*. Nothing daunted, Henry rode roughshod over Catherine’s protestations and the young couple were brought together and an inpromptu party and ball were held, although history relates that the diminutive Spanish Princess and her even

WEDDED BUT NEVER BEDDED: Catherine, the Infanta of Spain, wedded at 15 to England’s young Prince Arthur and widowed just 20 weeks later. She later testified that the marriage was never consummated. Portrait by Juan de Flandes.

shorter English Prince (she stood half a head taller than him) did not dance together: this would have been too much of an affront to Spanish etiquette. But by this great folly, some say, the marriage was cursed, and Arthur died shortly afterwards, in the middle of his honeymoon.

Yet an even greater curse than the loss of her husband was to follow, of course, when she was married off to Arthur’s younger brother Henry, later to become Henry VIII, and she, poor woman, the first of his six wives.

*Catherine was probably England’s first veiled bride - introducing the fashion from Moorish Spain - whilst As the Great South West the litter she had been Road delivered Catherine to persuaded to climb into at her destiny - and the wildly Honiton became increasingly cheering crowds of London - unfashionable and Tudor she abandoned the litter the ladies chose instead to imitate English had provided and the feisty young woman who chose instead to demonstrate was to become their queen. her Spanishness to Court and *The longest road in the UK is crowd alike by riding into the the A1 (London to Edinburgh) City on a broad-backed mule, at 409 miles (658 km), whilst which she chose to ride side- trailing a poor second is the saddle - and to the right - ‘in A38 (Plymouth to Mansfield the Spanish style’. in Nottinghamshire) at 292 miles (470 km). The A30 is 284-miles (487 km) long.

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Tales of a Yokel

Hawkers and Vendors By FCR Esgen

Mother, kind as ever, always bought something, usually one of the many brushes on display. My favourite was always the blue loo brush. As the brush man said, it went right round the bend, whatever that meant. The hawkers of my boyhood were a relic of what was once a thriving Victorian industry. Many people back then had no transport, so vendors came to them. These included the baker, butcher, fishmonger and milk and butter man, who sold butter by the inch. Then, of course, there were the gypsies and travelling folk who would come round to mend pots and pans, sell you clothes pegs or just offer a sprig or two of heather for a few coppers. The last of these traders I remember calling was when I was still a teenager. He was a grizzled old man with black teeth and one leg longer than the other. Bumbling up to our front door with some tools in his worn canvas bag, he would ply his trade as a knife grinder. He sharpened mother’s best kitchen knives or sometimes grind and reset father’s ancient Qualcast push mover, which cut grass like a knife for months afterwards.

Father Father was brought up in abject poverty . His widowed mother cleaned toilets for a living in a grotty part of Croydon. It was the 1920s and my father and his sister walked to school barefoot, or if they were lucky, in shoes filled with cardboard to stop the wet soaking through the holes in their soles. The main meal was at night and usually consisted of tripe and onions with stale bread.

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As a small boy, I used to stand between my mother's legs, staring in awe at the person everyone called the brush man. He would call once every few months and open his enormous shiny leather suitcase, full to the gunnels with every type of brush, cloth, cleaning device, fluid and cream known to man, for the benefit and purpose of scouring the entire house and contents thereof.

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen plate. So after one particularly late party, I was awoken at the ungodly hour of four in the morning and told to go and catch breakfast, as all the bailiffs had just gone to bed and so I wouldn’t be troubled by them. I duly left the warmth of my bed and walked out into the early morning mist and was rewarded by catching two fine brown trout, which father and I had later with bread and butter and a cup of tea. Another bugbear of father's was planning permission. He said he didn’t need some pen pusher telling him how to plan his life, which always sounded reasonable to me. One time he wanted to extend our apple orchard, so he and a friend borrowed a JCB digger and moved the hedge until the orchard was the required size. His biggest coup though was when the water board man came round to turn off our water supply as my father had never paid the water bill. The man was summarily taken out into the back garden, where we got our water from a large fast flowing stream that ran through on one side of it and told by my father he was welcome by all means to cut us off if he could find the tap.

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71 East Devon Coast & Country


Horse Care Equitation by Natalie Bucklar-Green

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

ironically after falling from his horse

imperative to think about the horse’s

state and work towards making the

at the walk. However, his system was

mouth above all else and to ensure

riders understand this, adapting their

developed after many years of study,

the rider always follows the horse.

body positions and training methods

with an underlying aim to remove

The term ‘natural horsemanship’ is

to enhance the horse, working with

the suffering inflicted on a horse by

well used today but it is nothing new.

it not against it. This led to greater

bad riding, whilst at the same time

In 1901, Caprilli wrote “I believe that

success in training, work and

improving the safety of the rider.

one must lean toward having the

competition, improved rider safety

horse as he is in nature”.

and most importantly, horses that

Caprilli looked upon the horse as

could have longer working lives and

not just a means of transport but a

less injuries.

companion and friend and opened

Natalie Bucklar-Green

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

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

up the idea that the rider should

“Riders are made

There have been many other

bring to the act of riding a rapport

through practice...

riding masters, including Pluvinel,

and greater two-way communication

A horse works well

Newcastle, La Gueriniere, Baucher

with the horse. He felt a great deal

and L’Hotte. The latter two even

of trouble came from the fact that

and willingly when

people wanted to learn to ride

the horseman takes

and bear their name; although the

quickly, often for show or social

the trouble to make

Filet Baucher is now more commonly

elevation. Caprilli considered this

invented bits that are still in use today

known as the hanging cheek

a great failing and believed it was

all his actions as

not possible in equitation to reach

least annoying as

the principles developed by others,

a certain level then stop, rather that


but they all in someway contributed

the horse could never be completely

snaffle. Not all of them agreed on

to the progression of equitation

understood. Indeed, I was taught

through evaluation, synthesis and

from a young age that learning to

practice. This could be argued as

ride was a journey, not a destination.

the secret to their success- they Another man who advocated a more

arrived at their methods through

Caprilli identified that in order

natural style, did so even earlier than

study and consequently making a

to have a nice riding horse with a

Caprilli. Count Antoine d’Aure was

balanced choice from the old and the

good temper, the rider needed to

Master of royal stables and chief

new, considering the past whilst still

avoid at all costs hurting the horse’s

instructor at Saumur, France, one

looking forward.

Have you ever wondered how or why

back and mouth and that you

of the oldest riding schools.

we do things the way we do with our

should never punish a horse for his

considered that “A horseman’s talent

I finish with the words of Caprilli:

horses? The first complete text on

instinct. He considered heavy and

lies in knowing how to employ his

“Riders are made through practice...

equitation was published in 1561,

sudden aids to be abhorrent. He

own action in proportion to the

A horse works well and willingly when

written by an Italian named Grisone,

observed from the ground how a

horse’s capability, his nature and

the horseman takes the trouble to

it was entitled ‘The Rules For Riding’.

horse moved and considered how

instincts” and that horses should

make all his actions as least annoying

Over the centuries, many people have

the rider could support the horse

be ridden “As nature made them”.

as possible.”

contributed to the development

and spare the horse any suffering,

d’Aure was very sympathetic to

of equitation and one man who is

whilst still remaining in control. From

horses, believing that methods which

Note from Natalie: I am looking for

considered to have revolutionised

this, the heels down style of riding

constricted the horse or were in any

a pony, approx 12-12.2hh, safe and

horsemanship is Federico Caprilli.

was developed and perhaps more

way brutal made the rider no more

reliable off the lead rein to help

well known is the ‘forward seat’.

than a bully, not a horseman.

children learn to ride. Loving, long

The Development of Equitation


Born in 1868, Caprilli was a member

Through his observations, Caprilli

of the Italian Cavalry and he was later

identified that horses who have their

Although the ideas put forward and

term home with varied work, he/she would be well looked after. There’s

to become their chief instructor,

movement restricted by the rider

practiced by Caprilli and d’Aure are

no such thing as the perfect pony,

also teaching his methods to riding

become pre-occupied with avoiding

over 100 years old, they still have a

so certain problems not objected

masters from all over the world. You

the associated discomfort and pain in

great relevance to the way we ride our

to! To loan or buy, please contact

may think Caprilli was a wisened old

their mouths and backs. Particularly

horses today. What these men did

me if you have a suitable pony.

man but he died at the age of just 39,

when jumping, he considered it

was to look at horses in their natural

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A Celebration of Life in East Devon


Walk on the Wildside By Wildlife Artist Mike Hughes

October/November October/November

October heralds thearrival arrival of andathough althoughitit can October heralds the ofAutumn Autumn, can warm, there noticeabledrop drop in in temperature still still be be warm, there isisaanoticable temperature when goes down. Autumnisisaaseason season of of change when the the sunsun goes down. Autumn change for our native wildlifewith withmany many species for our native wildlife speciesdisappearing disapearing to to warmer parts of the world, or to spend the winter months warmer parts of the world, or to spend the winter months in hibernation. Yet it also signals the arrival of thousands in hibernation. Yet it also signals the arrival of thousands of birds from Scandinavia and Iceland, many of which of birds from Scandanavia and Iceland, many which will will spend time on the coastal estuaries ofof Devon. spend time on the coastal estuaries of Devon.

As thousands of wading birds As well wellasas thousands of wading and wildfowl arriving on the on coast, birds and wildfowl arriving the coast, inland the yields and of farmland inland the fields and farmland Devon of Devon become home to large become home to large numbers of numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Redwing and Fieldfare. Having bred in Having bred in northern Europe, northern Europe over a million of these over a million of these thrushes head thrushes to winter. the UK every winter. to the UKhead every

Feeding in flocks on berries, such Feeding inlarge large flocks on berries, such as Hawthorn, they will stayUK in as Hawthorn, they will stay in the the until the following spring. untilUK the following spring. On clear On clearnights winterlisten nights, out for winter outlisten for the high the high pitched ‘tseep’ of the pitched ‘tseep’ call of thecall Redwing Redwing on its migration. on its migration.

Winter Waxwing, exotic arrivals from Scandinavia

Another inland migrant to look for Another inland migrant toout look out forWaxwing, is the Waxwing, exotic is the this exotic this looking bird looking birdup could turn upthroughout anywhere could turn anywhere throughout the winter. Numbers the winter. Numbers vary dramatically var y year, dramatically each year, each depending on the severity depending on the severity of the of the weather and the availability of weather and the availability of food in its native Scandanavia. infood its native Scandinavia. Just Most a fewa few birds will make to Devonbut buton on birds will make it toit Devon, ‘irruptive’ years years there of ‘irruptive’ thereisisaapossibility possibility ofseeing seeingmany manymore. more. With their love With their love of ofberries berries, Waxwing can often be Waxwing can often be found found in around parks, industrial around estates industrial in parks, and estates and even supermarket car even supermarket car parks! parks! By the end of October most of our visitors will havemost left, but Bysummer the end of October ofthere our are still many birds stayleft, with us summer visitors willthat have but all year These birds resident species there areround. still many that stay with usnot all year These resident tend to beround. so reliant on the flying species tend not be so feeding reliant insect harvest of thetosummer, on flying insect of the onthe seeds, berries andharvest grubs. With the summer, feeding on seeds, trees now losing their leavesberries it is an and grubs. With the trees now losing ideal time to hometoloving their leaves, it spot is an these ideal time spot feathered many these homefriends loving especially feathered as friends, of them willas visiting gardens in search especially many of them will of food.gardens in search of food. visiting Autumn is also a busy time for our Autumn is also Throughout a busy time for native mammals. October our mammals. Throughout andnative November Hedgehogs and October hedgehogs Dormiceand willNovember, start hibernating. These and dormice will start hibernating. are our only two true hibernating These are our only two true species, although batsalthough will enter abats state hibernating species, of torpor mostof of torpor the winter. our will enter for a state for All most mammals will other be outmammals and about ofother the winter. All our will be out and about looking for looking for food to get them through food to get them through the next the next few months until spring. few months look at for Other thingsuntil of interest in this period include: the return of Other things of interest to look thefor Atlantic Salmon to their spawning out in this period include the grounds, reappearance of fungi return ofthe the Atlantic Salmon our woodlands and grassland the and tointheir spawning grounds, of course the spectacle of our reappearance of fungi inbeech our woodlands and grassland and, of woods as their leaves turn from green course, thetospectacle to yellow orange. of our beech woods as their leaves turn from green to yellow to orange.

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Dates for the Diary Things to do in the East Devon Countryside Wildlife Training Day: Habitats 5 October 2012 Axe Estuary Wetlands: Classroom Led by Fraser Rush Using the Axe Estuary Wetlands as an example and combining classroom sessions with field excursions, this course will highlight the need for hands on (or, in some cases, hands off ) management of our most valued wild, natural places. Wildlife Training Days are restricted to 10 participants – so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment! Call: 07814 477 422 for a booking form Cost: £25 to include a light lunch Active Budleigh Festival 11 - 15 October 2012 Of fering an exciting festival programme suitable for young, old, experts or novices. Organisers initiated Active Budleigh in recognition of the numerous activities Budleigh Salterton, local organisations and the natural landscape have to offer. Birds from the Tram Saturday 27 October 9 am – 11 am Led by Don Cotton Saturday 27 October 9 am – 11 am Led by Donald Campbell Friday 9 November 9 am – 11 am Led by Ian Waite Book/pay with Seaton Tramway 01297 20375


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A Celebration of Life in East Devon


Life Matters Editor - Sali Mustafic tel: 01395 513383

Health and Local Food for Families Celebrating 20 years in East Devon Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) is a registered charity set up to help people to cook delicious healthy food for themselves, their children and to promote local food.

Life Matters Balancing the stresses of work and living with health and relaxation

Research shows that creativity and the arts can make a significant contribution to health and wellbeing. I am keen to find out more and would love to know what you think. Do you know an inspiring person who would share their story? Are you involved in a project that is making a difference to people’s lives? Contact me using the details above. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Do you have anything interesting to tell us about? Weʼre particulary keen to hear from local chariti es and voluntary organisations abo ut the good work they carry out in the community. Weʼd also like to

hear from

practitioners in the South Devon area about their treatments and services.

answer their questions. Participants will be taking part in the preparation and cooking as these are lessons and not demonstrations. This is funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

An over 50s' Cooking Session

HALFF (Health & Local Food for Families) started in 2006 teaching parents with young children how to cook nutritious and delicious food for their families. The charity aims to encourage healthy eating from weaning age onwards, to encourage good practice and avoid the risk of obesity in childhood and later on in life. Pre-school children and their parents spend time preparing, cooking and eating healthy food together at free Make and Munch monthly sessions currently held in Axminster, Chard and Honiton. England’s Chief Medical Officer says, “People need to be honest with themselves about what they eat and drink, in order to tackle rising obesity levels. 60% of adults are overweight, and as a nation we are heading towards more diabetes, cancers and heart disease than ever before”. In April 2010, HALFF opened a DropIn food information centre together with a Greengrocer's shop in the centre of Axminster where it could provide nutritional information to help people overcome the possibility of developing health conditions later. Soon after opening, they were asked by many elderly residents to do cookery demonstrations, so a monthly session was started for the over 50s.

These sessions offer recipes and ideas on lowering salt consumption, reducing cholesterol, the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables and reducing portion size to combat increasing levels of obesity. Recently, a woman who had been diagnosed as having high cholesterol and high blood pressure and had heard about HALFF, came to one of the cooking sessions for the over 50s. She had been advised to have a healthier diet and although she had some knowledge, she didn’t understand how to put it into practice on a practical level.

In October, the charity will start what will be known as a Heart Hub from within the Axminster shop to help the community with specific food issues relating to a healthy heart. Another person - a Type II diabetic - had been given a diet sheet which emphasised the foods that he couldn’t eat so he found that he couldn’t stick to the diet prescribed. He needed to talk through with someone what he could eat, and how to prepare it. He also came to an Over 50s' cookery session. Both these people needed longer term support to make the necessary changes to their diets. This is not available through the NHS and a growing concern for GPs.

A Make and Munch session held in Axminster

The charity is supported by the GPs, Health workers and Children’s Centres in the East Devon area. 23.5% of school children in the Axe Valley area under the age of 11 are recognised as being obese by the Devon Primary Care Trust. Depression, lower involvement in sport, bullying and lower academic attainment are all more common in obese children, so tackling this issue is critical to the future health and economic prosperity of the area. In Axminster, 28% of the population served by the Axminster Medical Practice are over 65 where

In September 2012, the charity has been funded to provide ‘Learn to Cook Healthily’ sessions for adults who find themselves having to cook for the first time in their life through changed circumstances, either social or health. Bereavement, divorce, poor health or poor health of those that they care for. Those that come along to the course of five lessons will meet a friendly and helpful team which includes an experienced cook and a nutritionist to

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Lessons in Healthy food helping to prevent obesity

the national average is 15.8% In this area the rate of coronary heart disease and hypertension are higher than the national average (4.4% and 17.1% respectively locally versus 3.4% and 13.4% nationally). These statistics could be greatly improved by eating more healthily and taking increased, regular exercise. But many adults do not have the nutritional knowledge or cooking skills to understand all the factors contributing to heart problems and obesity. In October, the charity will start what will be known as a Heart Hub from within the Axminster shop to help the community with specific food issues relating to a healthy heart. This is all part of the expanding face of the charity, to help meet the needs of its




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runs out in March 2013, and unless we can find new ways of financing them they will stop.”


You can donate to the charity at A donation of £5 would buy food for a weaning session, £15 would cover food for a parents' taster or over 50s' session. £30 would buy recipe books and learning materials for cooking sessions and £100 would pay for a cooking teacher for two sessions. For more information go to or call 01297 631782 to book a place on one of the courses available.

For general health problems, fertility, addictions, sports injuries, facial revitalisation acupuncture  Val Davis, B.Sc., M.B.Ac.C., Lic.Ac. 01395 578050 Chiropody Pamper your feet at The Foot Friendly Clinic, 3 Miltons Yard Axminster EX13 5FE. Phone for an appointment on 01297 625515 or 07946213310. Open Tues/Wed/ Thurs and for evening appointments by arrangement. Chiropractic For gentle, effective holistic chiropractic treatment for the whole family, the Chiropractic Health Centre 01297 35844 or 01404 549270 Cognitive Hypnotherapy Let Michelle Hague help you gain control of your life. Tel 01297 20144. See display advert. Promote your practice continued on the following page

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So although lots of new and exciting things are happening and the face of HALFF is constantly changing and looking to the future, alas the funds are limited, and donations are always appreciated. Victoria Parry, HALFF Director says, “We are keen to take all the sessions that we provide into neighbouring towns with similar demographics. GPs, Health Visitors, and Children’s Centres say there is a need, however, we do not currently have the funding. We are constantly applying for new funds and looking into ways of raising money to support our activities. Most of our funding

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Balloons is a charity that provides community-based support for bereaved children, young people and their families who live in Devon.


alloons (bereavement and loss looking onwards), is an Exeter based charity, who guides and supports children and young people to deal with the impact of a significant death in their lives such as a parent, sibling or carer. Over the past two and a half years, 272 bereaved young people throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon have been helped to manage their grief and reactions to loss, and 650 families have been supported to work together through the difficult times before and after a death. A myth exists that children will ‘get over’ death, or ‘they are too young to understand’. Adults want to protect children, and often feel helpless and caught up in their own emotions. With time and support, children and young people can work through their grief - but to do this, they need to talk about the death, ask questions and have their fears and worries accepted. This is what Balloons staff and volunteer Grief Support Workers do - working alongside the family and young person through home visits and group activities. In addition, Balloons offers group support/play activities and advice at Bereavement Memory Days, when families and children can meet together, remember and celebrate the person who has died.

One of the new volunteer Grief Support Workers decided to join Balloons after a positive experience at a Bereavement Memory Day: 'Myself and my two boys used Balloons services after my husband died. We attended a Bereavement Memory Day together and got so much out of it. The help and support was amazing. In the summer, I decided to train as a Balloons volunteer. I felt I wanted something good to come out of such a bad experience by helping someone else.'

Bereavement Memory Days are a very powerful way of making a real difference to grieving families. Volunteers who wish to become Balloons Grief Support Workers undergo intensive training and they provide incredible support to children and families who contact the charity. Volunteer training courses run three times a year. Balloons’ Family Support Worker/ Trainer, Deborah Butler and Clare Selley, a Trustee, have produced an excellent resource for professionals and families dealing with pre bereavement, called ‘Saying Goodbye’. A Grief Support Worker, Carol Lee, has written a

superb story book for young children called ‘Saying Goodbye to Hare’. Both publications are available from Southgate Publishers Ltd, The Square, Sandford EX17 4LW, website www.; telephone: 01363 776888. Balloons has gained excellent support from the community and business sectors during 2012. The charity was selected as Charity of the Year for Exeter Basepoint Business Centre, and also for Exeter Makro, both in Marsh Barton. The Manager of Basepoint writes: 'As a company we look to support local smaller charities that have direct benefits to the area and communities around our business centres. Balloons fits in well with our company values and provides a unique service to families and their children at the most difficult of times’. Although a fairly new charity, Balloons is gaining a higher profile, and community volunteers are beginning to ask about the services offered and how they can help: a local village has run a fundraising rock concert for funds; a young school boy, with the help of his community, organised a cake and craft fair to raise money after hearing about Balloons’ work. However, despite this excellent support, and being successful in receiving a Children and Need Grant this summer, Balloons still requires £52,000 to deliver services over the next year.

Life Matters PR ACTITIONERS Appear in this section for only £12 Call Nigel on 01395 512166 or email Hypnotherapy Pat Hoare provides therapeutic counselling, hypnotherapy and supervision. 01392 410090. See display. Anxiety, stress, fears, phobias, weight issues? Contact clinical hypnotherapist Deborah Pearce. See display. Rooms for hire Does your facility have rooms for practitioners to rent, or are you a practitioner looking for space. Advertise your requirements here for only £12. Promote your practice Appear in this section for only £12 Call Nigel on 01395 512166 or email

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If you, or your community / workplace, would like to fundraise on behalf of Balloons, please contact our office. Your efforts would be greatly appreciated. If you would like a pre or post bereavement service from Balloons, or you are interested in joining Balloons as a volunteer Grief Support Worker, please contact Deborah Butler on 01392 826064, or email

Bereavement Memory Days are a very powerful way of making a real difference to grieving families. These are amazing days where bereaved families gather together to network, provide mutual support and celebrate the life of the person who has died. Balloons is now finding that families are coming back regularly and numbers attending these days are growing. Children, families, volunteers and staff at a Balloons Bereavement Memory Day

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