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COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Covering East Devon, Exeter and West Dorset SPRING 2012


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Contents Mar-May


8. Forthcoming Events

44. Notaries House

77. Tide Timetables

What's not to miss this Spring.

Darren Marsh visits Notaries House.

Useful info for East Devon beaches.

12. Live Music Roundup

49. Taking Modest Steps

78. Those were the days

Find out where it's happening!

Cec Hardy's coastal path tales - part II.

The Devon County Show by John Fisher.

14. Art Exhibitions

50. The Spring Awakening!

80. The Coastal Walk

Forthcoming art gallery spring events.

Photographs from East Devon.

Salcombe Hill to Hook Ebb.

20. Fashion and Beauty

58. We visit Axminster

88. The Frightened Rescue Dog

Fashion and beauty in East Devon.

Exploring Axminster with Steve Chilcott.

By Animal Communicator, Kerry Hornett.

24. Eating Out

66. The English Garden

89. Tales of A Yokel

Our roundup of East Devon eateries.

Spring is in the air - hooray!

FCR Esgen gets to the heart of the matter.

28. Model Making

68. Land Rover Experience

90. Life Matters

Model Ships with Alan Rapkins.

Where 4x4s get down-and-dirty.

An interesting life story by Mel Argent.

30. Your Kitchen Revamp

72. Walk on the Wildside

94. Business Advice

Sue Scammell shares her useful tips.

Artist Mike Hughes talks about wildlife.

Valuable tips from Katina Styles.

39. Ideas for your Kitchen

74. Devonshire Dialect

96. Managing your Money

From noted local historian Ted Gosling.

Expert tips from Helen Mulvaney.

Products sourced from local outlets.

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Editor's Letter


COAST & COU NT RY A Celebration of Life in East Devon

A warm welcome to East Devon Coast and Country Magazine.

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What I love about Spring is the sheer explosion that nature orchestrates, it's truly mind boggling. There are weeks where the greenery is so green luminous in fact, that it takes your breath away. It's a special time of year that must be enjoyed to the full. If you're a budding (or indeed fully flowering) writer, we'd be pleased to hear from you, particularly if you have information or ideas for subjects you'd like to write about. All you have to do is pick up the phone or drop me an email. From June this year, the magazine moves to bimonthly publication, (previously quarterly), the change has been prompted by both advertiser requests and also by public response to the magazine which has been and remains tremendous. Nigel Jones (Editor)

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CONTRIBUTORS Nigel Jones, Jill Cooke, Ted Gosling, John Fisher, Steve Chilcott, Mike Hughes, Cec Hardy, Katina Styles, Helen Mulvaney, Sali Mustafic, FCR Esgen, Natalie Bucklar-Green, Darren Marsh, Kerry Hornett.

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Mar, Apr & May 2012

Forthcoming Events 6th Apr - Matt Harvey: 'Wondermentalist', poems and stories, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Hitchcock and performance-poet John Hegley, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm.

Until 1st Mar - and Then There Were None, The Shed, Exeter.

6th Apr - School's Out, The Shed, Exeter.

25th May - Simon Amstell, stand-up comedy, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8pm.

Until 3rd Mar - The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Exeter University Theatre Company, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

6th to 14th Apr - Oklahoma!, Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, 7.45pm, with matin茅e on 14th.

1st to 5th Mar - The Accordionist, a piece of music theatre soon transferring to London, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter,

9th to 14th Apr - Formby, unique oneman performance by Ewan Wardrop as the legendary George Formby, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm.

14th to 17th Mar - Waiting in the Wings, Noel Coward, Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, Manor Theatre, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

13th Apr - The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, a comedy double act that has to be seen to be believed, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter.

23rd to 24th Mar - Cygnet Theatre Company double bill, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Overtones by Alice Gerstenberg, New Theatre, Exeter.

18th to 21st Apr - Lyme Regis Dramatic Society: Tons of Money, a farce for our times, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.

Theatrical Plays

29th Mar - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Exmouth Pavilion. 2nd to 7th Apr - Exeter Musical Society: The Sound of Music, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.


Conc erts 2nd Mar - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, concert to include work by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, with piano soloist Stephen Hough, Great Hall, Exeter University, 7.30pm. 3rd Mar - The Joanna Leach Memorial Recitals, by international lieder artists, St Paul's Church, Honiton, 7.30pm.

24th Mar - Exeter Bach Society, classical and choral music of Bach and Haydn, St David's Church, Exeter, 7.30pm. 31st Mar - Exeter Festival Chorus, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm. 26th Apr - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Russian Masters, with soloist Truls M酶rk (Cello), Great Hall, Exeter University, 7.30pm. 10th May - Honiton's May Music Festival, Honiton Festival presents The Callino Quartet at Cotleigh Parish Church. 7.30pm. See display to the right. 10th May - Alison Smith, classical guitar, Seaton Town Hall, 8pm.

28th Apr - Amateur Transplants, musical comedy from acclaimed musical duo who came to prominence at the Edinburgh, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8pm. 5th May - A Celebration of Time, featuring singer-songwriter Robin

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4th Mar - Navarra String Quartet with works by Haydn, Brahms and Schubert, Northott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm. 10th Mar - Schubert Ensemble, Piano Quintet, Sidmouth Parish Church, 7.30pm. 15th Mar - Christopher Guild gives a piano recital to include Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8 in C Minor, 'Pathetique', Seaton Town Hall, 7.30pm. 15th Mar - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 'Fate and Fortune', with soloist Francesco Piemontese (piano), Great Hall, Exeter University, 7.30pm. 15th Mar - Exeter School Choral Society and Orchestra, music from Handel's 'Messiah' Part Two and the Poulenc 'Gloria', Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm. 17th Mar - Haydn's 'Creation', Axminster & District Choral Society, The Minster, Axminster, 7.30pm. 17th Mar - Hawes 'Lazarus Requiem' and Vaughan Williams 'A Cambridge Mass', Exeter Philoharmonic Choir joint concert with the Cathedral Choir, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm.

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12th May - Honiton's May Music Festival, Honiton Music Festival present Jacqui Dankworth at St. Paul's Church. 7.30pm. See display to the right. 19th May - Honiton's May Music Festival, Honiton Festival presents Melvyn Tan - Piano. at St. Paul's Church. 7.30pm. See display to the right. 24th May - Haydn 'Creation', with orchestral accompaniment, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm. 25th May - Honiton's May Music Festival, Honiton Festival presents a lunchtime concert with Tim Lowe Cello, and James Baillieu - Piano at St. Paul's Church. 1pm. See display to the right. 31st May - Honiton's May Music Festival, Honiton Festival presents The European Union Chamber Orchestra with Marie Langrishe - Violin at St. Paul's Church. 7.30pm. See display to the right.


Mar, Apr & May 2012

Forthcoming Events Ballet 11th Mar - Le Corsaire performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and beamed live by satellite from Moscow, Exeter Picture House Cinema big screen in high definition, 3pm. 15th Mar - Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet and the orchestra of Siberia, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm. 22nd Mar - Romeo & Juliet, beamed live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Exeter Picture House Cinema big screen with high definition, 7.15pm. 16th Apr - Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Theatre UK, Manor Theatre, Sidmouth. 29th Apr - The Bright Stream performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and beamed live by satellite from Moscow, Exeter Picture House Cinema big screen in high definition, 4pm. 2nd to 3rd May - Ballet Black, neoclassical company breaking new ground with cutting-edge choreography, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

16th May - Swan Lake, Vienna Festival Ballet, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm. 16th May - La Fille Mal Gardée, beamed live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Exeter Picture House Cinema big screen in high definition, 7.15pm. 25th to 26th May - Giselle, English Youth Ballet, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm, and also at 2.30pm on the Sat.

Opera 16th Mar - Opera Gala Evening, English Touring Opera, St Paul's Church, Honiton, 7.30pm. 20th to 24th Mar - Barber of Seville (20th, 22nd, 23rd), Eugène Onegin (21st, 24th), English Touring Opera, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm. 30th Mar - La Traviata, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm. 17th Apr - Rigoletto, beamed live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Exeter Picture House Cinema big screen at 7.15pm.

Festivals 5th to 24th Mar - Devon Performing Arts Festival, www.dpaf.org.uk , a competitive event of music, speech and drama, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter. 9th to 18th Mar - Vibraphonic Music Festival, urban music festival featuring local and international bands, films and workshops in various arts and music venues, Exeter, 10am-2am. 13th to 15th Apr - Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, 10am-6pm (Sunday 5pm).

26th to 27th May - Exmouth Rotary Club Kite Festival 2012, Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth. 31st May to 8th June - Exmouth Festival, all-singing, all-dancing community arts festival, various locations, from 9am.

Fairs 6th May - Spring Craft Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 10am4pm.

Childrens' Entertainment

4th May to 9th Sept - Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012, a series of educational, arts and science events along England's only Natural World Heritage Site.

25th Mar - Fireman Sam LIVE: Pontypandy Rocks, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 1pm.

10th to 31st May - Honiton May Festival, classical music and cultural events, St Paul's Church, Honiton, and Cotleigh Church.

31st Mar - Laugh Out Loud with Nick Pike, comedy juggler, and Steve Hewlett, Britain's funniest ventriloquist, Manor Theatre, Sidmouth, 7.30pm.

25th to 27th May - Jazz, Blues and Beer Festival, Lyme Regis. CONTINUED OVERLEAF

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29th Apr - 'Two four six eight', a delightful show for 4-7 yr olds, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 3pm.

Comedy Until 4th Feb - Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival 2012, various venues in Exeter (16+) 3rd Feb - Tour of Duty: Omid Djalili stand-up, international film star and writer/producer, Princess Theatre, Torquay (16+) 5th Feb - Jo Caulfield, one of the most popular and successful female stand-up comedians, Cruel to be Kind, Exeter Corn Exchange, 7.30pm 10th Feb - Edge Comedy Club: James Alderson, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 12th Feb - Richard Herring: What is Love, Anyway?, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8pm

Show, Westpoint, Exeter, 9.30am-4.30pm (4pm Sun).

10th Mar - The Osmonds, final UK tour, Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter. 16th to 18th Mar - Caravan & Motorhome

Mar, Apr & May 2012

30th Mar to 1st Apr - Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint, Exeter. 21st Apr - Analogue to Digital Expo 2012, music technology show, Exeter Phoenix, 10.30am-5pm.

11th Mar - The Grizzly, 'the multiest terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time', Seaton.

22nd to 23rd Apr - Science Museum Live! (Touring), fantastic live show to blow your minds and challenge your brain, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

11th Mar - Spring Flower Special, a delightful walk to discover daffodils and other spring flowers, led by botanist Dr David Allen, Umborne Brook, Cotleigh, 2-4pm.

5th May - Close Shave, barber shop choir (London Bach Choir members) at Allsaints Church, 7 for 7.30pm 01395 512363.

6th Apr - Sidmouth Town Band at the Annual Hot Cross Bun Event, Sidmouth, 9am.

6th May - The Great West Run 2012, halfmarathon now in its 28th year, Exeter Arena, 9am start.

8th Apr - Easter Bonnet Parade, with the Lyme Regis Junior Band and Lyme Regis Drum Majorettes, Lyme Regis.

17th to 19th May - Devon County Show, Westpoint, Exeter, 9am.

9th Apr - History of Deep Sky Observing, talk by Alan Dowdell, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.

20th May - Olympic Torch Relay, carnival-style festivities in Exeter when the torch arrives from Plymouth.

MAIN EVENTS 1st Mar - PD Premier League Darts, premier darts competition featuring the world's top professional players, Westpoint Arena, Exeter.

Forthcoming Events

LOCAL EVENTS 3rd Mar - 'The Natural Gardener', talk by Val Bourne, in support of ELF, www.elf. org.uk, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 2.30pm. 4th Mar - River Axe Race, popular annual canoe/kayak event starting at Whitford Bridge.

28th Apr - Pelynt Male Voice Choir, Ottery St Mary Parish Church, 7.30pm. 29th Apr - Sponsored walk, (5, 8, or 12 miles) OR Sponsored cycle ride (14 miles), in aid of ELF, www.elf.org.uk, various start times. 6th May - May Day Fete, Lyme Regis, 2pm. 8th to 15th May - Donkey Week, Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth 10am daily. 20th May - Royal Navy frigate visits Lyme Regis, pre-Queen's Diamond Jubilee event.

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Tribute Bands 3rd Mar - Jive Talkin 'The Bee Gees Story', tribute, The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall. 5th May - Limehouse Lizzy, “Thin Lizzy” tribute, The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall. 26th May - Rolling Stoned, Rolling Stones tribute, The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall

Escot Park 18th Mar - Mother's Day Treat, all mums visit free, Escot House. 30th Mar to 16th Apr - Easter Egg Hunt, Escot Park. 10th to 11th Apr - Bumblebee Box Making, Escot Park.

Pecorama 6th to 9th Apr - Easter Weekend of Entertainment, Pecorama, Beer, with shows at 12.30pm daily. 15th Apr - Peco Pirates' Day, Pecorama, Beer. 30th Apr to 5th May - Spring Arts Week, Pecorama, Beer. 27th May - Annual Vintage/Classic Vehicle Rally, with vehicles attending from all over the country, Pecorama, Beer.


Country Markets

Budleigh Salterton Farmers' Market - Rolle Mews Car Park, last Friday, 9am-1pm. Exeter Farmers' Market - top of Fore Street/South Street, Thursday, 9am2pm. Exmouth Farmers' Market - The Strand Gardens, Exmouth, alternate Wednesdays from 14th Mar, 9am-1pm. Honiton Local Produce Market - High Street, third Thursday, Easter to October. Honiton Women's Guild Country Market - Mackarness Hall, Friday, 9.30-11am. Ottery St Mary Farmers' Market - Land

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Antique & Flea Thursdays - Antique & Flea, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, 9am-1pm. 10th Mar - Flea Market, Exeter Livestock Centre, 7.30am-2pm. 11th Mar and other dates - Art & Craft Fair, www.crafts-today.com/dates.htm, Mariners' Hall, Beer, 11am-5pm. 14th Apr - Flea Market, Exeter Livestock Centre, 7.30am-2pm. 26th May - Antique & Collectors' Fair, Matford Centre, Exeter, 9am-4.30pm.

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Live Music Roundup

10th Mar - Joey the Lips, at Budleigh Carnival Spring Spectacular, The Three Rocks Complex, Ladram Bay. 6th Apr - The Lateshift, covers band that plays a great mix of music from classic to rock, The Thirsty Farmer, Exeter, 9.15pm-11.45 pm (free). 7th Apr - Electric Landlady, 70s classic Rock, The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm-11.15pm. 18th Apr - Charlene Soraia, awardwinning BRIT singer, Exeter Phoenix, 7.30pm. 20th Apr - Oli Brown Band, 22-year-old British guitar sensation, Exeter, 7.30pm. 21st Apr - Joey the Lips, Mama Stone's, Exeter. 21st Apr - Electric Landlady, 70s classic Rock, The Black Horse, Sidmouth, 9pm-Midnight.

15th Apr - Jazz in the Afternoon, Dave Moorwood's Rascals of Rhythm, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 3pm. 17th Apr - City Steam Band, Northbridge Inn, Exeter, 8pm.

15th May - City Steam Band, Northbridge Inn, Exeter, 8pm.

For bookings and information, contact Ian: info@electriclandlady.net FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC

First Thurs - Instrumentalists' Night, Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel, Topsham, 8-10.30pm. 1st Mar - Chris Smither, American folkblues singer-songwriter and guitarist, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

27th Apr - Diabel Cissokho, with his own four-piece band, blending West African melodies with an upbeat groove, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm.

9th Mar - The Hamsters 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour, The

JAZZ First Weds - Bridge Jazz Club, Bombay Bills, Bartholomew Street East, Exeter, 8.30pm. 11th Mar - Jazz in the Afternoon, Pete Allen and the Sunset CafÊ Stompers, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, 2.15pm. 17th Mar - Just Misbehavin', Jive and Swing Dance, South West Swing, Mathew's Hall, Topsham, 8-11.30pm. 20th Mar - City Steam Band, Northbridge Inn, Exeter, 8pm. 25th Mar - Just Misbehavin’ Swing Jazz, at The Grove, The Esplanade, Exmouth, 1pm. 30th Mar - Take 4, The Bowd Inn, Bowd Cross, Sidmouth, 8pm.

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Suns - Singers' Night, Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel, Topsham, 8.30pm.

8th Mar - Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills, honeycomb vocals and plaintive

27th Apr - The Lateshift, covers band that plays a great mix of music from classic to rock, The Park Hotel, Exmouth, 9.15 pm-11.45 pm (free).

With Electric Landlady, you step back to the 1970s when your daddy had hair and your momma wore flares. This 5-piece classic rock band based in Sidmouth brings you music you wish you heard more often - live and loud, with Pete (lead vocals), Ian (lead guitar), Steve on drums, Marc bass, and Nige on keyboard. They cover Exeter and East Devon, West Dorset, Torbay, and Taunton, playing in pubs and clubs and at all sorts of private events - weddings, birthdays, social and corporate. And they do tee-shirts too! So if you are looking for a function band, check them out.

13th May - Jazz in the Afternoon, Pete Allen and the Traditional Jazz Five, Kennaway House, Sidmouth. 3pm.

21st Apr - RocketBox, Devon-based covers band, Prospect Inn, Exeter, 9.30pm.

27th Apr - The Beat, combining some of the old classics with some brand new material, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm.

Saturday 21st Apr 9pm ELECTRIC LANDLADY, BLACK HORSE SIDMOUTH www.electriclandlady.net

guitar, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 8pm.

Hamsters, John Otway and Richard Holgarth, Exeter Corn Exchange, 8pm.

photo courtesy of The Hamsters


Mar, Apr & May 2012

17th Mar - Mad Dog McRea, 5-piece Celtic rock/folk band, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm. 21st Mar - Gretchen Peters, folk/ country singer-songwriter, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 22nd Mar - Craig and Willoughby, soaring vocals and sublime guitar, Otterton Mill, 8pm. 25th Mar - Vin Garbutt, Topsham Folk Club, Topsham, 8pm. 6th Apr - Feast of Fiddles, musical entertainment featuring six of the UK's finest fiddle players in a band of 11, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm. 19th Apr - John Renbourn & Robin, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 26th Apr - Karine Polwart, Scottish folk singer, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 30th Apr - Trembling Bells, songbased group that has been described as a faintly unhinged take on Fairport Convention and Bonnie Prince Billy, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. 10th May - Martin Harley Band, uniquely talented acoustic trio playing all the best roots music styles, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm.

13th May - The Fureys + Davey Arthur, legends of Irish music, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

BLUES Thurs - Open mic night, The Angel, Exeter.

Mississippi Blues and ragtime, Otterton Mill, 8pm. 23rd May - The Fishheads Acoustic Tour: Fish, former Marillion frontman with music defying trends and fashions, joins forces in acoustic trio, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.


Fri - South West Live, featuring up-andcoming bands in the South West (funk/ ska/blues/acoustic), The Angel, Exeter, 9pm.

4th Mar - Band of Skulls, classic Rock band, Exeter Phoenix, 7pm.

9th Mar - The Producers, gutsy bluesrock with soulful vocals and heavy rhythmic bass, The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall, 8pm.

4th Mar - Killing Joke, 30th anniversary concert from one of rock's most iconic and influential outfits, The Lemon Grove, Exeter University, 8pm.

29th Mar - Mark Butcher (ex-England batsman) & Matt Taylor, creating a modern twist on the best traditions of blues, soul and R'n'B, Otterton Mill, Otterton, 8pm.

8th Apr - Beholder, Birmingham fivesome serving up thunderous tunes that defiantly wave the banner for heavy metal, Cavern Club, Exeter, 7.30pm.

5th Apr - Rag Mama Rag, husband and wife duo Ashley and Deborah deliver a barnstoming mix of 20's and 30's

14th May - Alkaline Trio, fast, grungey American punk rock group, The Lemon Grove, Exeter University, 7.30pm.

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Saturday 10th Mar JOEY THE LIPS, THREE ROCKS COMPLEX, LADRAM BAY www.joeythelips.co.uk

photo courtesy of Joey the Lips

Fast, fun, and furious, Devon-based 10-piece band Joey the Lips, formed in 1994, serves up Funky Soul, Blues and Disco Revue. They feature three high quality vocalists, a driving rhythm section, and a kicking horn section that won't stay still for a second. Vocalist Jimmy Alderson is the consummate frontman. It's a winning formula, and it's why the band is in great demand and will be headlining at several music festivals this year. To get a taste of the Joey style, download a track from their latest CD “Firing on All Cylinders” available from their website. And if you like what you hear, get along to The Three Rocks Complex at Ladram Bay where they're performing in the Budleigh Carnival Spring Spectacular on 10th March and experience this hi-energy, funky, anything-goes show for yourself. For bookings and information: www.joeythelips.co.uk Tel: 01752 771868 or 07747 840554

photo courtesy of Electric Landlady

Sunday 18th Apr 7.30pm CHARLENE SORAIA, EXETER PHOENIX www.charlenesoraia.com



Blues-Rock band The Hamsters have been acknowledged the UK's leading interpreters of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top. Never taking themselves seriously since they formed 25 years ago on April Fool's Day 1987 and glory in the stage names Snail's-Pace Slim (vocals/guitar), Rev Otis Elevator (drums), and Ms Zsa Zsa Poltergeist (bass). Touring throughout the UK with their unique take on rhythm and blues, Americana, and Rockabilly they are retiring after their Farewell Tour, they will be disbanding on the last day of March. So get along to the Exeter Corn Exchange and be wowed for one last time - tickets £17.50 in advance, £19 on the door. You'll be in for a treat as fellow Essex lads John Otway and Richard Holgarth will be joining them for the show.Exeter Corn Exchange, (St George's Hall), George Street (public entrance in Market Street), Exeter Tel: 01392 665866

IF YOUR VENUE HAS LIVE MUSIC, get added to our events by emailing jill@prestige-media.co.uk

London-born singer-songwriter Charlene Soraia is fast making a name for herself as an acoustic artist with vocals and guitar. A BRIT School contemporary of Adele and Jessie J, she rose to prominence with her cover of “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling, which was used to great effect in the TV advert for Twinings Tea. She is now writing her own material and, in November 2011, recorded her first studio album, “Moonchild”, on the PeaceFrog Label. Now embarking on her Moonchild Tour 2012, she takes in Exeter so get along to the Exeter Phoenix on 18th April for 7.30pm (tickets £10) to see one of the rising stars of the young generation. Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter www.exeterphoenix.org.uk Tel: 01392 665866 photo courtesy of PeaceFrog Records


Topsham Folk Club

year have included Jackie Oates and Kris Drever. On 25th March, Vin Garbutt, the Teeside Troubadour, tinwhistle maestro, and grand old man of the British Folk scene, will be headlining the evening, which starts at Vin Garbutt

8pm (tickets £10). Vin is powerful, warm, funny and gut-wrenchingly honest, and with his socially-conscious and environmentally-aware songs has carved out a niche for himself as a modern protest singer in venues the whole world over. Here's a performer whose reputation has grown by word of mouth so it's no wonder his shows are always sell-outs. Get your tickets soon. To book tickets, contact Brian Lewis Tel: 01404 44498 www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Formed in 1977 and run by a group of folk enthusiasts and performers, Topsham Folk Club promotes the performance of traditional and contemporary music and songs. The restaurant of the Globe Hotel in Topsham's Fore Street provides the Sunday venue for regular Singers' Nights. If you would like to take part, be sure to be there by 8.15pm - entrance is free. Introduce yourself to the evening's compère and you will have the option to perform up to two songs or tunes in a 10-minute slot that will be assigned. Or just come along and enjoy the music-making and have a drink in the bar - it is entirely up to you. Proceedings start at 8.30pm.

Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham. Tel: 01392 873471 www.globehotel.com Vin Garbutt www.vingarbutt.com

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.

Instrumental sessions, featuring mainly English tunes, are held on the first Thursday of each month, 8-10.30pm. Big-name artists play the Folk Club on the monthly Guest Nights, which are held in the Malt House, just across the courtyard - with its 90-seat capacity, own bar, and skittle alley, it's a venue in its own right. Guests this

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions Mar, Apr & May 2012

Catherine Osbond - ‘Into the Rain, Sidmouth’ East Devon Art Academy James Lynch - 'Cumulus Nimbus with Fields of Rape' - Sladers Yard

GALLERIES Until 3rd Mar - Animation and Disability - Short films by and about people living with disabilities, free admission, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Avocet Gallery Incorporating

Gemdi Interiors 4/5 Pierhead, Exmouth Marina, EX8 1DU Tues to Sun 10am-5 pm (Closed on Mon)

New contemporary gallery exhibiting the work of West Country artists, each with their own unique style together with prints and cards. www.gemdiinteriors.co.uk wendygemdi@hotmail.co.uk t. 0771 4633718

Open Tues – Sat 10.30 – 5.00

Sun 2.00 – 4.30

Tel: 01395 443003

Until 30th Mar - Gallery Artists Hybrid, Honiton. Check gallery for opening times. 3rd Mar-5th Apr - Mixed Exhibition Featuring Kathy Little, Artwave West.

30th Mar-17th Apr - Women in Art Eileen Cooper RA selects work from five of her key colleagues together with a selection of her own new work. Míla Fürstová exhibits etchings looking into the eclectic mind of a woman from 19th May-10th Jun. 19-22nd Apr - London Original Print Fair Exclusively featuring a selection of rare and new prints from Royal Academicians.

24th Mar-6th April - John Hammond Major new works showing at Marine House at Beer.

3rd Mar-15th Apr - Pattern and Mark Four talented and successful Dorset artists showing at Sladers for the first time, alongside Petter Southall’s furniture, Sladers Yard.

24th Mar-6th Apr - Reflections in Glass Top studio glass makers including Siddy Langley and Bob Crooks, Steam Gallery.

10th Mar-5th Apr - The Rythms of the Human Form - Fletcher Sibthorp solo show at Gloss Gallery, Exeter.

28th Mar - Wooly Wednesdays - Free drop-in craft session. 10:30am to 12noon, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

10th Mar-28th Apr - Emotional Resonance - Martin Grover and Vicky Oldfield, paintings and prints at the Marle Gallery, Axminster.

30th Mar-17th Apr - Women in Art Eileen Cooper RA selects work from five of her key colleagues, Brook Gallery.

17th Mar-9th April - Robin Rae - Recent Paintings on display, The Art Room.

TheMarleGallery contemporary fine art & ceramics


17th Mar-5th May - Edwina Bridgeman: The Edge of Enchantment - Charming collaged sculptures from recycled materials, Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

31st Mar-15th Apr - Easter Exhibition A mixed exhibition from West Country Artists, East Devon Art Academy.

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10th Mar-28th Apr Emotional Resonance Martin Grover and Vicky Oldfield, paintings and prints.

51 High Street Honiton 51 High Street t. 01404 43201 Honiton t. 01404 43201 www.hybrid-devon.co.uk www.hybrid-devon.co.uk

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

31st Mar-28th Apr - Four Printmakers Lo Cole, Angela Harding, Jane Ormes, Sarah Young, Hybrid. 14th Apr-4th May - South West Academy Annual Show with pieces from over 40 members across Devon. Gloss Gallery, Exeter (see feature page). 14th Apr-26th May - Martin Goold Solo show of work, Artwave West. 19th Apr-22nd Apr - London Original Print Fair - Exclusively featuring a selection of rare and new prints from Royal Academicians, Brook Gallery. 21st Apr-2nd May - Derek Ratcliffe, Shoreline Exhibition - New paintings and prints with a coastal theme, exhibiting at A la Ronde, Exmouth.



5th May-18th Jun The Society of Wood Engravers 74th annual showcase exhibition of British woodengravers work.

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Gallery Artists until 30th Mar Check website for opening times.

Four Printmakers 31st Mar - 28th Apr

Four Printmakers. Lo Cole, Angela Harding, Jane Ormes, Sarah Young.

Landscape 5th - 26th May - Matt Culmer, John Lendis, Gregory Mason, Mark Rochester. Different approaches to landscape painting.

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01404 45006 Until 3rd March - Animation & Disability Short films by and about people with disabilities, free admission. 17th March-5th May - Edwina Bridgeman: The Edge of Enchantment - Charming

collaged sculptures from recycled materials.

28th March - Woolly Wednesdays - Free drop-in craft session, 10:30am-12noon. www.thelmahulbert.com

Art Galleries


Derek Ratcliffe - 'Shoreline' - A la Ronde

Kathy Little - 'River Headland' - Artwave West

John Hammond - 'Buds and Blossom' - Marine House at Beer

Sladers Yard

21st Apr-10th Jun - The Romantic Landscape - New paintings by well known artists with furniture by Petter Southall and craft by leading designer craftspeople, Sladers Yard. 5th May-18th May - Peter Barker A selection of new landscapes. Marine House at Beer (see feature page overleaf).

5th May-26th May - Landscapes Different approaches to landscape painting, Hybrid

19th May-10th Jun - Women in Art - Míla Fürstová - Exhibition of etchings at Brook Gallery.

5th May-18th June - The Society of Wood Engravers - the 74th Annual Exhibition is hosted at The Marle Gallery (see feature page).

26th May-10th Jun - Coastal Light An exhibition celebrating the special light of the West Country, East Devon Art Academy.

Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft. Licensed Café. West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL

EXHIBITIONS: Pattern and Mark 3rd Mar-15th Apr Marzia Colonna collage & sculpture, Yvonne Morton textile art. Geoffrey Robinson & Vanessa Bowman recent paintings and Petter Southall furniture. The Romantic Landscape

12th May-7th June - Marc Chagall selected lithographs at Gloss Gallery.

21st Apr-10th Jun - Fred Cuming RA, James Lynch, Alex Lowery, James Meiklejohn, Simon Quadrat, Emma Stibbon, Alfred Stockham. www.sladersyard.co.uk 01308 459511


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

Easter Exhibition 31st Mar-15th Apr

A mixed exhibition from West Country Artists.

Coastal Light 26th May-10th Jun An exhibition celebrating the special light of the West Country. Art tuition available throughout the year. A selection of work may be viewed on-line at www.eastdevonart.co.uk Vicky Oldfield - 'Thistle' - The Marle Gallery

Susanna Lance - 'The Estuary' - ISCA Gallery

Geoffrey Robinson - 'Two of Each' - Sladers Yard

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

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

01395 444193

T: 01297 489438 barbara.green4@btinternet.com Work in oil, collagraphs, etchings, and mixed media. Prices between £50 and £500 Studio/Gallery 1/4 mile from Art Wave West along the road signed to Whitchurch Canonicorum. Open at all times but please check first by telephone.

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SPRING EXHIBITIONS 3rd Mar-5th Apr Mixed Exhibition featuring Kathy Little. 14th Apr-26th May Martin Goold and Jon Adam. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm

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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 www.themarlegallery.co.uk | e: nick@themarlegallery.co.uk

Martin Grover - Since I Lost The One I Love - Acrylic

Martin Grover - Jerry Butler in Brockwell Park - Acrylic

Martin Grover - Life in the Bus Lane - Acrylic

Spring Exhibitions at The Marle Gallery The Marle Gallery continues its mission to bring something new and unique to the Southwest arts scene from its stunning gallery in Axminster, just around the corner from River Cottage Canteen. In addition to its vibrant exhibition programme, this year, the gallery also has a diverse display of other artists work, including sculpture and ceramics.

“Emotional Resonance” Anne Desmet - Olympic Shadows - Wood Engravers

Jane Lydbury - Venus & Adoris - Wood Engravers

Vicky Oldfield - Chillies 6 - Collagraph

From 12th March - 28th April including private viewing on Saturday 10th March An exhibition of paintings and prints by Martin Grover and Vicky Oldfield, both London artists being rarely seen in the Southwest. Grover’s work is optimistic and life affirming. Grover is master at capturing the pathos, humour, and beauty in everyday scenes and life experiences. He trained at the Royal Academy Schools, has been shown internationally, including the Royal Academy, John Moore’s Exhibition Liverpool, V&A museum and the House of Commons. Having experimented with a variety of printmaking techniques, Vicky Oldfield has found her metier in collagraphy, a highly textural form of printing from

Vicky Oldfield - Hedgerow Flowers 1 - Collagraph

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a plate built up with layers of everyday materials. Oldfield is becoming increasingly collectable having shown at the Royal Academy, Bankside, and The Mall Galleries, London. Martin Grover and Vicky Oldfield will be available at the private view on Saturday, 10 March, 3-7pm Please contact The Marle Gallery for an invitation.

74th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers 7th May - 18th June including private view on Saturday 5th May The Marle Gallery is delighted to host the Society of Wood Engravers 74th Annual Exhibition which is the only opportunity for Westcountry art lovers to see this important showcase of British wood engraving talent. The exhibition presents work from around 70 members of the Society, each of whom have been elected or invited to membership on merit. Wood engraving is a distinctive and delightful art form. Although exquisitely crafted and intricate, wood engraved prints are also very affordable providing an accessible route to owning original art of the highest quality.

Vicky Oldfield - Spirit 5 - Collagraph

Art Galleries


John Hammond ‘Boys will be boys, Beer’ 61x69cms £3695

www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257

John Hammond ‘Golden Shade’ 21x30cms £995



An exhibition by John Hammond at Marine House at Beer, Saturday 24th March – Friday 6th April

On the same days as the John Hammond show Steam Gallery at Beer are staging an exciting show of studio glass. Famous makers such as Siddy Langley, Bob Crooks, Amanda Brisbane, Phil Vickery, Ed and Margaret Burke will be represented. Seeing is believing. Do join us for a special treat!

John Hammond has a well deserved reputation as one of Britain’s finest and most popular artists who paints evocative urban, rural landscapes. He has exhibited at Marine house at Beer for ten years and this new body of work is his sixth solo show. In planning for this John explains below how he went about deciding where and what he should paint to celebrate this special occasion.

You can view the work on www.steamgallery.co.uk after March 22. Contact the gallery on 01297 625144 for more information.

“Last Summer I realised that I was approaching the ten year anniversary of my first solo exhibition with The Marine House at Beer. So, how to choose a selection of work to celebrate this anniversary? - Well, I have allowed myself an indulgence and brought together a collection of my favourite subjects, places that are a joy to paint and a joy to share. I hope you enjoy these choices as much as I do. My journals and sketch books, day by day filled with so many drawings and comments, tell their own story. Within their pages I record not just how places look but, of equal importance, how places feel. It’s these immediate and vivid impressions that go on to be the primary inspiration and resource for the finished paintings. Certainly the challenge of capturing the very essence of a place at a moment in time is present in every new potential subject, and remains the motivating force behind my work, but maybe here there is another element. The glorious city of Venice, the warmth of the Mediterranean sun falling on café parasols, cool atmospheric interiors, lazy summer days, shimmering French rivers and of course the clear light of the South Devon coast - these are things I’ve fallen in love with and these, my choices, are painted with love”

Charlie O’Sullivan ‘Together’ 90”x 90”

Siddy Langley Hellebore Spherical Bowl £295


All paintings can be viewed on www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk. Contact the gallery for a colour catalogue on 01297 625257

01297 625144

Bob Crooks ‘Voyage Vases’ £345 each

John Hammond ‘Sparkling Water, Rialto’ 70x61cms £3895

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John Hammond ‘The Breaking Day’ 61x80cms £4250


Peter Layton ‘Lagoon’


gloss - Art Exeter is known for its commitment to exhibiting and selling original art. Offering an exclusive range of one-off pieces by local and regional artists, our gallery displays a vast range of contemporary and traditional works that would add to any home. Contact our experienced Art Consultants for advice on buying or visit the elegant gallery, located on Barnfield Crescent, to view one of the largest displays of affordable art in the South-West.

CURRENT : ‘The Rhythms of the Human Form’ Fletcher Sibthorp solo show Saturday 10th March - Thursday 5th April Fletcher has always been attracted by the concept of movement and its effect on the human form. This naturally lead to his interest in sport and abstract portrayals of gymnasts, atheletes and dancers. He has since become renowned for his passionate and improvisary expressions of Flamenco and Ballet dancers, painted with striking rhythm and impetuosity. Fletchers more recent portraits depict the female form with grace and sensitivity, faultlessly capturing its many subtleties and infinite expressions.

Fletcher Sibthorp - ‘Zoe XI’


South West Academy Annual Show Saturday14th April - Friday 4th May gloss-Art Exeter is very excited about the annual SWac show. With pieces by over 40 members the exhibition promises to offer a fantastic range of work from local Devon based artists.


Marc Chagall: Selected Lithographs Saturday 12th May- Thursday 7th June a: gloss gallery

1 Barnfield Crescent Exeter, EX1 1QY

t: o1392 278 522 w: www.glossgallery.co.uk e: art@glossgallery.co.uk

We are delighted to be showing a wonderful range of original Marc Chagall lithographs, spanning his remarkable career as a 20th Century modernist. With exclusive works on show from different suites; light, colour, movement and imagination vibrate throughout these joyful prints. We look forward to seeing you at gloss Gallery soon, please get in touch for any enquiries. East Devon Coast & Country

Marc Chagall - ‘Sarah & Abimelech’

Art Galleries


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morcombelake | dorset | DT6 6DY

artwave west | 01297 489 746

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

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

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

Spring Exhibition 3rd March – 5th April

A stunning Mixed Exhibition for the Spring, featuring for the first time at Artwave West; Kathy Little Donna Goold - ‘Shining’

Kathy Little is a landscape painter based in the North West of England. She completed her formal education at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1982. Since then she has sold and exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Kathy’s paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the inherent qualities in the landscape. She uses colour to create an emotional response that evokes memories of familiar places.

Kathy Little - ‘ River Grasses’

Alongside Kathy Little, new works by Suchi Chidambaram, Donna Goold, Edward Kelly, Boo Mallinson and Jeannette Hayes will be on display.

Martin Goold and Jon Adam 14th April – 26th May

Suchi Chidambaram - ‘Dawn’

Martin Goold, whose pastel work was recently selected to feature in the 113th Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries will be showing his dramatic new paintings of the iconic skylines of London.

A Celebration of Life in East Devon Martin Goold - ‘Waterloo Bridge’

Jon Adam - ‘untitled’

In Jon Adam’s beautifully crafted works the abstract activity of paint finds equivalents to his observations and recollections. Each work captures a particular ambience: atmospheric colour suspended in mist, cloud or vapour, or the radiance of sunlight reflected on water. Matin Goold’s structured architectural works alongside Jon Adam’s organic works will create a fascinating exhibition not to be missed. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and from May, Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. For further information about any of the exhibitions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Donna at the gallery.

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FASHION NEWS Following the successful opening of Overly Gorgeous in Libra Court, Sidmouth, last year, the retail outlet is changing its location to bigger premises in Mill Street (see advert map). The move will allow a more extensive range of stock of size 14 (and upwards) clothing. Overly Gorgeous are a specialist outlet and as well as carrying an extensive range of brands, they also manufacture their own clothes, which is a great facility to have locally.

SUBLYME VINTAGE CLOTHING Spring fashions (above) Fashion shop Chapter located at Church Street, Sidmouth, have an exciting range of exclusive Spring fashion in stock from leading continental fashion houses; Marie Mero, Simclan, Fred Sebatier, Adini, Passport, Brax and Sandwich to name a few. See display advert - right. They are open 10-5 all day, Monday to Saturday.

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Just enjoy and we’ll do the rest... Open all day, every day for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We have a choice of dining options to suit, including the elegant Alexandra Restaurant, light and airy Conservatory Restaurant, our Deck with its stunning sea views or relax completely on a steamer in our secluded garden.

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Stunning views whilst you dine at the Alexandra

with Ian Grant at the Alexandria Hotel

Baked Hake with a Pan-fried Crab Cake, Baby Spinach and Sweet Potato Crisps Ingredients: • 1-2 kg hake, filleted • 250g white crab meat • 4 large jacket potatoes • 1 kg baby spinach • 1 large sweet potato • 1 lemon - zest and juice

Executive Chef - Ian Grant


• Dusting of plain flour • 2 knobs of butter

he Alexandra source only the

• Extra virgin olive oil

best produce from local farmers,

• Sea salt

fishermen and suppliers as their

Executive Chef, Ian Grant says: “it’s

• Cracked black pepper (or from pepper mill)

the quality of our ingredients that helps us create award-winning food”.

Serves 4

Ian and his team love making dishes

Pre-heat oven to 190˚c, Gas Mark 7

using a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary, bringing together the best of both worlds for flavourful dishes in stunning surroundings. Dine in either the Conservatory or main Alexandra Restaurant for a meal that will delight the taste buds while the eyes take in the magical views of the Jurassic Coast and Lyme Bay. Ian became Head Chef at the Alexandra in 2006. With a passion that must be in the genes (his father was a chef before him), Ian’s knowledge has also been gained in the kitchen’s of hotels such as London’s Park Lane ‘Sheraton’ and Newmarket’s 4 star, 2 AA rosette restaurant ‘Bedford Lodge’. With Ian and his dedicated team running the restaurant the Alexandra has recently been awarded Taste of the West Gold Award. They’re definitely worth as visit as the combination of the food, acclaimed wine cellar and heart-stoppingly beautiful views make for memories not to be forgotten.

COOKING METHOD 1) Bake the jacket potatoes in an oven at 190˚c, Gas Mark 7 for 1 hour. Remove them from the oven, cut in half and allow to cool slightly. 2) While the potatoes are still warm, remove flesh and then allow to cool until they are completely cold. 3) Add the crab, lemon zest and juice to the potato flesh into a bowl and season with cracked black pepper and sea salt. Mix the ingredients together, mould into cakes and place into the fridge. 4) Wash the spinach and place on kitchen paper to remove all excess water. 5) Peel the sweet potato and discard skin. Then using the peeler once again, peel thin strips of the sweet potato flesh, wash and thoroughly dry with kitchen paper. 6) Deep fry the sweet potato in hot oil at 180˚c for 2 minutes until golden brown, then place on kitchen roll and set to one side. A Celebration of Life in East Devon

7) Cut the hake into 4 portions, place on a non-stick baking sheet, season and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. 8) Take the crab cakes from the fridge, lightly coat in seasoned flour. In a pan heat a drizzle of olive oil with a knob of butter then add the crab cake. Wait till brown on one side, turn over and place in oven, making sure frying pan has not got a metal/wooden handle. Also place hake in the oven. 9) Sweat your spinach in a large pan with a knob of butter and season when wilted, place on kitchen paper until all excess liquid is removed. 10) After approx 10 minutes your hake and crab cake should be cooked. To test hake, press it with a fork and it should start to break apart. 11) Place your crab cake on a warmed plate, put the spinach on top, then your hake and finish with the sweet potato on top. Eat and enjoy.


Alan Rapkins

The detail work on Alan's models is staggering. Alan's Royal Navy background fuelled his passion for model ship building. Alan lives in Colyton with his wife Irene.

Modelmaking Excellence with Alan Rapkins


odelling both ships and aircraft has always been of great interest to me but my real love is painting. I have been painting and drawing ever since I can remember. I am self taught, learning from other painters and books. I travelled for thirty one years in the Royal Navy, at a time when we had bases all over the world, Bermuda, South Africa, Ceylon as it then was, Singapore and Hong Kong. This gave me the golden opportunity to paint in many different countries and occasionally sell my work. The last major incident in which I was involved was the Falklands and on my return I was commissioned to paint a scene depicting the bomb attack on H.M.S Intrepid while at anchor in San Carlos Water. This was presented to the Commodore onboard at the time, and printed for sale in the Naval Museum.

Alan's model of The Bounty, which we'll examine in greater detail in a future issue. One of Alan's fine paintings

of Painters in Watercolour and also The Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Submarine Museum Gosport, who commissioned me to do a series of paintings depicting actions in which “Submariners”, were awarded the VC, these remain on display in the Museum. I was lucky enough to be recognised by John Soloman of “Soloman and Whitehead fine art printers. They printed some of my work and also put on an exhibition for me with the Fine Art Trade Guild, Ebury St London.

Painting is about enjoyment and satisfaction, although there are times when what you expected to emerge from the picture in your head does not match up to the picture on paper or canvas. Exhibiting is essential to get ones work seen, also to meet other artists and see how they handle different subjects. I have exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London with the Institute

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I have undertaken illustration work for ship builders and designers, but have now settled down to exhibiting locally, accepting commissions as they come along, producing cards and generally pleasing myself.


First Rate 100 Gun Ship 1700-1705 This particular model is of a type

supports her masts. Her 'running'

I had to carve myself, however

others again adapted from my box

rather than an exact replica

rigging, that which carries her

the small figures on the rails

of Arabs to look like Apostles. The

of a specific ship. However it

yards and sails has, so far, not

came from a small box of cheap

coat of arms was found in a tin box

represents with considerable

been added.

plastic Arabs from an Airfix desert

of bits in an old junk shop. Lastly,

accuracy a first rate or 100 gun

I learned a great deal in the

scene, they were trimmed and

one very come-in-handy item for

ship of around 1700-1705, at a

making of this model. Mainly

shaped to fit. Much of the heavily

the modeller are old box wood

scale of 1:96. she's still unfinished.

improvisations and the utilisation

decorated Strake running the

rulers. This is a beautiful wood,

The planking below the waterline

of ordinary everyday materials

entire length of the ship and

very difficult to find anywhere else

is omitted intentionally to show

and objects. This applies to all

the gunport surrounds were cut

these days. Ideal for carving and

the construction of the frames

models and a box of “come in

from embossed gold wallpaper,

making wooden rigging blocks.

as with the original Navy Board

handy”, items soon grows. Take

the “Stern Gallery”, caused many

Keep an eye open for them in junk

models. However she only carries

the "Beak Head", which carries

hours of trial and error. Again

shops and car boot sales.

her 'standing' rigging, that which

the figurehead of a lion, which

some of the figures are carved,

Alan's First Rate 100 Gun Ship in all its glory. The bare planking was originally omitted in preparation for Navy Board examination.

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Help with...

Your Kitchen Revamp Thinking of giving your kitchen a makeover? Sue Scammell gives some pointers before you start


he kitchen has evolved as a

to look at a traditional Devon long

size, shape, texture and grouting

central pivot, the hub of the

house kitchen with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth of

are all things to bear in mind. The

home. Its function is not only

architectural features.

simplifying the lines and allowing

preparing food, but also serves as an

the rug and other elements of the

area to entertain and socialise. Good design should encompass the whole house. The flow and the function of the house should be considered Sue Scammell

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Over 25 years experience in the design and textile industry, 12 of which was working in London's prestigious West End for private clients. The company was established in London following many years working with major fabric and design companies. After several years, the company relocated to the West Country where Sue Scammell Interiors has built up a considerable reputation for providing high calibre interior design for the private and commercial sectors.

floor tiles are large oblong tiles

to provide an ease of storing and

separately and together with each distinctive area working in harmony with the next.

kitchen to stand out.

It is important to think of design in layers and apart from structural alterations

When choosing your colour palette determine whether the room faces north or south and how much natural light comes in. North-facing rooms will benefit from a warm collection of tones and a room with southerly aspects

Bearing this in mind, your first

with plenty of light would look fresh

thoughts should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;what style do I want?â&#x20AC;? - not only for the kitchen, but

Here there is a strong base

for the house as a whole.

of warm, neutral colours

Most people are naturally drawn

used on the units and tiled

to certain styles and colours. To

floor with bolder

discover and highlight your own

contrasts of ochre, copper

style and colour inclinations, cut

reds and olive greens in

out pictures that attract and inspire

the rug, curtains and hand

you from magazines, by doing this

painted tiles (see large pic

exercise you will generally find

right). The back wall and

that a pattern of style, colours and

the walls around the units

tones will emerge. You may wish to

were painted olive green

consider the age and history of the

to give a soft contrast

house, as well as its location, this

to the units which were

could be a point and source of style.

painted in Sweet Cream

It is important to think of design

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Oil eggshell, both by the in layers and apart from structural

This is a simple way to

alterations, the layers to consider are:

approach a colour scheme

planning the space, the style and

keeping most of the room

colour of the units, furniture, fabrics,

in one colour, or shades

tiles, flooring, walls, and lighting.

and tones of that colour,

Some of these layers will either

using accent colours for

compliment or contrast with each


other, to illustrate this I have chosen

Depth and balance has

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been achieved by using a dominant granite on the work surfaces as well as mid oak dining room furniture which draws your eye to the ceiling beams. A large rug joins the two areas together injecting a significant impact of colour whilst the chairs and window seat are softened with red and cream check fabric which coordinates with the heavily textured floral print on the curtains, both of which are from Linwood Fabrics.

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or alternatively antique brass, wrought iron, gunmetal, brushed chrome etc. A series of pendant lighting over a lengthy

1. Pre-planning is essential. 2. Cut up pictures to inspire your colour palette. 3. Warm or Cool colours? 4. Consider the layers! 5. Walls - paint or paper, accent walls. 6. Floors - tiles, size and shape, wood, and laminates - a major area. 7. Units and furniture. 8. Choose a style and stick with it. 9. Think textures and patterns.

dining room table is preferable to a single pendant to insure an even distribution of light. Down lights have been predominately used in the ceiling for this application with under cupboard lights. Giving thought to artwork and ornaments, following a theme will produce a more solid identity and character to the room. Less is more, be wary of over doing it, ornaments only add small details of colour which will highlight contrast colours and add depth to the overall scheme, the round wooden knobs on these units blend as a mid tone so remain soft without creating too much attention to them.

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A visit to Notaries House, Exeter

with Darren Marsh

at various times for the building

Totnes occupied the premises. There

being the home of the Chancellor

is documentary evidence relating

John Merivale, Esq., in 1791, Mr. and Mrs. William Weston, and Daniel

or the Treasurer, and it has even been

to the tenancies of, among others,

Hamilton, Esq.

suggested that the property once housed the Diocesan Chancery, but most experts agree that the building was, at this time, a canonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence. After the Reformation fewer canons Darren Marsh


were needed by the cathedral, and the Dean and Chapter sought new tenants among the gentry. Two

n the very heart of

families, the Brutons and the Bales,

Exeter, adjacent to

dominate the story from the end

the cathedral, sits a

of the sixteenth century to the

range of buildings of incomparable

beginning of the eighteenth.

beauty and significance. Cathedral Close is the longest extant stretch

There is a William Brewton listed as

of medieval buildings in the West

a Notary and, possibly, a Chapter

Country; although fragmented and

Clerk, in 1582; he may well have been

substantially modified over time, not

a descendant of John de Brueton,

to mention being badly damaged

Chancellor of the cathedral in

in the Blitz, these dwellings have a

1307 and Mayor of Exeter (twice!)

rich legal and ecclesiastical history.

in 1332. A William Bruton (note

Allow me to introduce you to just

these different spellings) died and

two of them: Notariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; House and

was buried in the cathedral in 1608,

the Law Library.

presumably our Notary, and it was

At the beginning of the fifteenth

married one Christopher Bale in

century, nos. 8, 9 and 9a Cathedral

1659. Mr. Bale leased the property

his granddaughter, Margaret, who

Close formed a quadrangle. The

in Cathedral Close in 1668, just

identity of the early occupant is

seven years before his wife died. He

lost in the mists of time, but he

became Mayor of, and MP for, Exeter,

would almost certainly have been

in 1689, continuing in the latter post

a clergyman. Votes have been cast

until 1695. Later, the Archdeacons of

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Belinda's Mother


The Law Library in Cathedral Yard


oday, the building known since

appeal and its historical value, it is

late Victorian times as the Law

endlessly fascinating and utterly

Library presents a half-timbered façade

charming. English Heritage tells us

to the Close and is the home of ‘The

that the oaks of which the roof is made

Hub On The Green’, an inspirational

date to the first half of the fifteenth

community centre with a degree

century, and many comparisons have

of public access. Notaries’ House is

been made with the earlier, similar, roof

occupied by a variety of businesses

of Westminster Hall in London.

including a leading complementary health centre and a wedding dress

There is a profusion of elaborate carving:

designer; its pretty frontage can be

angels holding books and shields form

enjoyed at any time, tucked away

terminals to the hammerbeams; there

as it is behind the new Princesshay

are unhappy-looking lions; a bearded

development. These two architectural

king; conjoined heads; a green man; a

treasures were physically joined at the

bird; foliate decoration; ecclesiastical

beginning of the eighteenth century,

figures, to judge from their headwear...

after a fire in 1692.

It’s a phenomenal display of artistic endeavour, hugely enjoyable and not

The Law Library, both Grade I listed

easily forgotten. Close-up photography

and a Scheduled Ancient Monument,

has revealed that a fair amount of paint

is reached from the Close via an

still exists on some of the carvings, more

archway - Tudor in style but possibly

so than is obvious from the ground.

earlier - and a fine stone-flagged

Medieval buildings were full of colour,

passageway. Once inside the medieval

which would have been appreciated

hall there is plenty to interest the visitor

by those lucky enough to experience

including excellent windows (one of

it - the clergy, the lawyers and the gentry.

which is decorated with fleurons), an

Certainly, former residents such as the

open fireplace and panelling. All of

Brutons and the Bales would have

this has seemingly survived from the

revelled in the show of heraldry which

seventeenth century, but the pièce de

immortalizes their families, their crests

résistance is undoubtedly the stunning

being depicted on angels’ shields.

Looking out to the Cathedral

hammerbeam roof, described by Pevsner as ‘one of the most elaborate

In Chapel Street one finds Notaries’

in Devon’.

House, so named after centuries of

It’s hard to know where to begin when

Georgian façade bears no relation to

legal use. This grand and typically describing the roof - perhaps you should

the architecture of the other ranges

come and see for yourselves. Suffice

that constitute the property, but this

to say that apart from its architectural

is explained by the fact that, in 1692, a

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The entrance to Notaries House


serious fire necessitated rebuilding. The thickness of the walls, made of local Heavitree stone, helped to contain the conflagration, but Bale the unfortunate tenant - was forced to reinstate his home. The landlord kindly reduced the rent! To add to the visual confusion, the building has, more recently, been re-fronted with later bricks. Internally, the house displays ample evidence of its Georgian origins. Features of note include fine, rare doorcases with broken pediments, dado rails, panelling, the staircase, cornicing and tiled fireplaces. It’s a shame that so much of this glorious This carving is supposedly the face of Jesus

building is hidden behind computers and filing cabinets, but I can assure you

to show me the old coal-hole, which

that it is a wonderfully peaceful place,

now houses a vacuum cleaner and a

even when full of people Monday

mop. Today, ‘The Hub On The Green’

to Friday - it clings tenaciously to its

occupies what was the cashier’s office,

heritage and reminds you, ever so

and I was intrigued to learn that

gently, of a more elegant and decorous

Belinda’s paternal grandfather, who


used to write conveyances by hand,

It has recently been my privilege to

Library - for reference. Deeds were

had often used this building - the Law meet a lady called Belinda, a former

kept in what are now lavatories, and I

resident of Notaries’ House, who has

was shown the ante-room where John

vivid memories of the building. Most

Radcliffe, a well-known judge, kept

vividly, she recalls the shards of glass

his wigs!

on her bed during the Baedeker raid of 3rd and 4th of May 1942, the heat

I am enormously grateful to Belinda for

coming through the kitchen window

bringing these glorious buildings to

from the fires burning in Bedford Circus,

life, and for providing some twentieth-

the piles of rubble in the entrance

century context.

passage that’s still in use today, and the

remember the frisson of excitement

Former resident, Belinda's grandmother

I will always

wholesale destruction of the nearby

I felt when, with her parting words,

Choristers’ School. More joyously,

she casually suggested that there may

Belinda remembers the deafening

be a tunnel from the Law Library to

sound of the cathedral’s bells on

the Quay...

Christmas Day, the lovely garden (now the car park for Notaries’ House) with a

The medieval hall, accessed from

mound of earth and grass cuttings that

Cathedral Close, is open for free

she used to play on, and the printing

viewing between noon and 1.30pm

business of Bartlett and Son over the

on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

garden wall in Chapel Street.

and Fridays. For further information, please visit www.hubonthegreen.net

Belinda’s grandmother had been caretaker and cleaner - of what were

Darren Marsh can be contacted at

then barristers’ chambers - from 1925


to 1955, living in a flat at the top of


Notaries’ House, and it was in this flat that Belinda came perilously close to losing her young fingers in the kitchen mangle! In 1989, fingers happily intact,

Belinda's Father and Grandfather

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Taking Modest Steps Cec Hardy Continues rambling about the South West Coast Path by Cec Hardy Phew! … only 476.7 miles (approximately) to go. A swift recap for those who missed the first riveting episode of this saga six months ago. Wife Christine and I had inexplicably decided to attempt the South West Coast Path, the 630 mile marathon around our rocky shores, not all in one great mouthful but in easily digestible bite-size bites. At that time we were raw novices with only 26 miles on the clock. Since then we’ve taken giant strides. At least I have; Christine has been taking more modest ones. Smaller than usual I suspect. It’s all to do with our Christmas presents, of which more later.

The little piglets happy to be photographed We now have Minehead to Barnstable under our belts and might soon be venturing into Cornwall. Before then, however, we may have to repeat the toughest section so far - Lynmouth to Combe Martin - as having spent the day photographing the scenic delights, between thunderstorms, one of us downloaded the photos and erased them from the camera. Unfortunately they had not been saved on the computer and all records of an exhausted but exhilarated Christine posing majestically by a pile of rocks at the summit of Great Hangman, the highest point on the path, have now vanished into cyberland. The guilty party shall remain nameless, though I will say it’s not the same person who always forgets the binoculars. The only remaining evidence of that hard day’s walk is my black toenail, sustained on a steep downhill section, and it’s almost grown out now. Since we also forgot the camera when we climbed Golden Cap in Dorset, the highest point on the south coast, it looks likely that compiling

a complete pictorial souvenir of our journey will involve much unwelcome sweat and tears in repeat performances.

dilemmas, but we now suspect it may have been abandoned as we have since come across a great deal of assorted clothing.

We’ve now polished off Teignmouth to Weymouth. Our one venture into South Devon so far was problematical as we got lost in Dawlish Warren and missed the last Starcross-Exmouth ferry. We trudged for ages through sand dunes and along a beach where we were within shouting distance of Exmouth seafront. We could almost have called out our order for the much needed pub meal we’d anticipated but it would have been cold before we reached it some two hours later by way of Exeter. We had to travel around 20 miles by train to do this short stretch. Would that we were stronger swimmers.

Just outside Budleigh Salterton we made our most disturbing find of a pair of walking boots in the middle of the path. These were upright and pointing in the Ladram Bay direction. Had the mystery walker been plucked into the air by a giant bird or alien spacecraft? It seemed likely for there were no sockprints leading away from the abandoned boots.

Along the way we’ve been lucky enough to encounter many species of wildlife including llamas, mad bulls and feral goats but none would stay still to be photographed except some obliging piglets. We especially loved the seven odd mile Undercliff walk between Seaton and Lyme Regis, through shady woodland. It’s the sort of place where you might expect to espy woodland sprites; Christine managed to catch a glimpse of one and took a photo before the shy creature fled. Back to those Christmas gifts. Last year we agreed not to exchange presents as neither of us could think of anything we needed but now the Coast Path has opened up new possibilities. I received a compass, a device with a little wheel for measuring the distance on maps and a brightly coloured be-parroted water bottle; in exchange Chris received a map measurer from me, though this was an expensive one whereas the one she gave me was a BOGOF offer with the compass. Actually, since I refuse to carry a map the compass isn’t that useful but it can vaguely indicate which way to go when reaching an unmarked T-junction. I also splashed out on a pedometer for measuring her walks. It has to be set to your stride length which is why she’s now taking ever shorter ones. She thinks it will increase the mileage but as my teachers used to say “you’re only cheating yourself”. Last time I promised more on the topless walker. Not long after starting out from Minehead we found an abandoned pink shirt on a bench. We wondered how far the unsuspecting man, or even woman, might walk before realising they’d left it behind. Would they have gone too far to return for it or should we take it with us in case we met the shirtless one on the path? Life throws up many

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The shady woodland of the Undercliff

All this led me to formulate a theory that some who attempt the whole walk in one go leave Minehead with bulging backpacks, but having few washing facilities gradually divest themselves of used clothing to lighten their load and then cast modesty to the winds on reaching the ‘clothing optional’ section of beach at Studland, just before the finish at South Haven Point near Poole. Presumably a loved one awaits them there with clean clothes. We have to finish off Weymouth and Portland before the Olympics, then there’s just 436.8 odd miles to do in Cornwall and bits of Devon before we return to Dorset for the final push to the finish line. So it’ll probably be at least five years before we reach Studland beach and have to make that difficult decision. I suspect our preferred option will be ‘fully clothed, including vest’.


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visit to

with Steve Chilcott


ot content with mere townwalking, I plumped, this month, for a two-pronged approach - by road and by river - and having decided, in consultation with our editor (whose decision is final) that it was the turn of the east of the region, I packed walking boots, loaded kayaks onto the car roof-rack and headed for Axminster.

Sporting a brand new pair of Brashers I hooked up with the ebullient John Jeffreys, retired but nonetheless pro-active Projects Manager for the Seaton Tramway, for an enthusiastic and fact-filled town walk. John has lived all his life in Axminster and is a self-confessed Axminsterphile and to judge by the number of greetings dispensed and received

living within a significant radius of

(not necessarily the population) dates

during the course of our ramble it

the town centre. Axminster has a

back to around 300 BC.

would appear that he knows and is

population slightly in excess of five

known by pretty much everybody

and a half thousand and the town

Axminster's most prominent and enduring landmark which cannot be missed when you visit the town

fossilized dinosaur poo, and whose lifetime ambition was to sample the flesh of every known living creature

It has been called something

although it’s never been established

approximating its present-day name

beyond all certain doubt whether he

for well over 1000 years and was listed

succeeded or not.

in Domesday Book as Aixeministra which means, unsurprisingly, ‘the big

It was both the crossing place over the

church beside the River Axe’.

River Axe and the Romans’ decision

The big church itself, despite its

more or less giving up on Cornwall

clearly ancient origin, is slightly

and points west, that gave Axminster

disappointing nowadays and

its strategic importance.

to station an entire legion at Exeter,

evidently badly in need of some TLC, but the surrounding area is full of

Axminster is the point at which the

smart Georgian townhouses packed

Fosse Way (of which more later) splits

with architectural interest.

into two directions, south to the coast and west towards Isca Dumnoniorum,

Axminster’s most eminent son

aka Exeter.

is probably the eccentric but nonetheless Very Rev. Dr. William

So well thought-out was the Roman

Buckland (1784 – 1856), geologist

road network that nobody could think

and palaeontologist who wrote the

up sufficient reason to alter it even

first full account of a fossil dinosaur,

when stagecoach travel determined

which he named Megalosaurus

that roads should run along the flat

or Giant Lizard, coined the term

to avoid an irksome change of horses

coprolite, following observations by

every time they wanted to go uphill...

Mary Anning, Lyme Regis’ renowned dinosaur-hunter-in-chief, to mean

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Captain John Richards Lapenotière


Trinity House department store with the Jubilee Fountain in the foreground

The only remaining thatched buiding in Axminster town

famously took this same route in

of Monmouth’s arrival on the twelfth,

Half that number again joined him

years, to make way for a new housing

November of 1805 when entrusted

it is unlikely that this was more than

from Axmouth to the south.


(despite a suspiciously French-

a brief skirmish with local militia.

sounding name that belied Ilfracombe

What is clear from the Monmouth

A charter was granted to Axminster

Farmers now have to truck livestock a

origins) with the exclusive double

considerable distance to the nearest

scoop of victory over the combined

market in Exeter or Taunton.

French and Spanish fleet at Trafalgar a fortnight previously, and the death, in the process, of Admiral Nelson. Lapenotière, hotfoot to reach London, clattered through Axminster some time on bonfire night, November 5th, but allowed himself only just enough time to grab a sandwich and a fresh horse before clattering, sparkler in hand, on his way London-wards. This he reached hot and sweaty on the morrow, leaving a trail of exhausted, foam-drenched horses all the way back to Falmouth, his starting point, and promptly handed in an expenses bill for £46 19s 1d. Stopping but briefly to admire the colourful display of fireworks he probably changed horses at the George Hotel which had been built forty odd years earlier in 1760 but which now stands rather dejectedly on the corner of Lyme Street and

by Grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke J ohn of Normandy, and Count of Acquitaine, to the Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots, Monasteries, Barons, Justices, Sheriffs, reeves, all Officers and all Loyal People greeting know that we have given, granted and by this present Charter confirmed to our beloved and loyal William Brewer that Axminster be a free Borough and that there be there a free market every week on Sunday and a fair every year lasting eight days with the thelony paage pontage passage lastage and stallage and with every other liberty and free custom proper to a free borough a market and a fair.


e further grant to the said William that his burgesses of the said borough be free burgesses and be quit of the lony paage pontage passage lastage quittance that belong to us, thoughout all our land and in every part of our land except in the City of London. Wherefore we desire and firmly command that the said William and his heirs after him have and hold all the aforesaid well and in peace freely and unburdened, wholly, fully and honourably with all liberties and free customs as aforesaid.

Witnesses: Peter, Lord Bishop of Winchester: Hugh, Lord Bishopelect of Lincoln: G. Fitz Peter, Earl of Essex: Aubrey de Vere, Earl of Oxford: Hugh de Neville: William de Cantilope: John Marshall: Galfridus Luterell. Given under the hand of Hugh of Wells at Dorchester on the 35th(sic) May in the 11th Year of our reign. Under the Great Seal of King John which is charged three lions passant guardant.

But the fame of Axminster lies in its carpets which had become all the rage amongst members of the 18th century aristocracy who embarked on the ‘grand tour’ of Europe, saw what their Continental counterparts were covering their floors with and, not surprisingly, wanted a bit of that... Thomas Whitty seized on the opportunity in 1755, and built his carpet-factory at Court House, just across from the church, drawing on early Industrial Revolution technology by employing a power loom to speed the tedious and labour-intensive manufacturing process.


everyone wanted one, from the Royal Family downwards.

Chard Street awaiting the developers. In its heyday sixteen coaches a day would pass en route for London or Exeter, disgorging hungry, thirsty and probably stiff and irritable passengers, all desperate for the conveniences.

King John's Charter The granting of a charter was a significant point in time for Axminster, allowing for a weekly market which continued through the centuries.

Axminster was the first town

King George III brought Queen

Monmouth passed through, having

Charlotte down to Axminster in

landed at Lyme Regis in early June

1789, whilst France was ablaze with

1685, and a brief skirmish took place

bloody revolution, presumably to

just outside the town on the fifteenth

Rolls * is that the Duke mopped up

for a weekly cattle market in the

choose carpeting for her newly-

- the second blood-letting of his illconceived campaign - although

considerable support from amongst

reign of King John and this continued,

acquired Buckingham House. The

the citizenry of Axminster - more

despite a few minor relocations,

feckless George IV also bought some

the site is not certain. As the king’s

than 100 recruits in fact - as he

until the horrors of the foot-and-

for the scandalously extravagant

forces were temporarily in disarray

passed through en route for Taunton,

mouth epidemic in 2001 provided

white elephant known as the

and employed elsewhere on other

Bridgwater and beyond.

a convenient excuse to close it at its

Brighton Pavilion which caused near-

final South Street location, after 94

revolution over here.

business, having only received news

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Axminster Railway Station was built by 19th Century architect Sir William Tite who designed most of the LSWR stations between Exeter and Yeovil. Sir William was responsible for the impressive neo-classical Royal Exchange and for the creation of the Chelsea Embankment, both in London, and has a street named in his honour, Tite Street, where Oscar Wilde once resided at the rather modest Number 34. This house is currently on the market at £15.5M if

Examples of early Axminster carpet

you are thinking of relocating...

are still to be seen at grand houses throughout the country.

As railway stations go it’s rather a gem, in a Gothic sort of a way, and sits bang

Even the Sultan of Turkey put in an

in the middle of a 3-mile ‘running

order, reputedly paying £1000 for

loop’ of recent construction, as John

the privilege. A case of taking over-

explained to me enthusiastically. This

priced coals to Newcastle as he could

cunningly allows sizeable trains to

probably have haggled for one similar,

pass each other at critical points in

but cheaper, in a nearby souq thereby

the timetable.

The lovely river Yarty meets up with the river Axe south west of the town

saving on ‘carpet miles’... Once upon a time you could get Whitty’s original residence, Church

to Lyme Regis from here until the

House, just round the corner from

infamous, overpaid and grossly

the site of his factory, still stands close

misguided Dr Beeching decided to


The muddle that is our

incompatible gauge, would somehow

to the church but is now a solicitor’s

pull the line up in the mid-1960s.

national railway network began in the

make for an efficient free market

of f ice whilst the rejuvenated

Nowadays the up-line takes you

1830s when Government thought it a

economy. The end result was that

Axminster Carpets still operates

via Chard Junction, Yeovil Junction

good plan to open up static railway

several towns had twin stations (LSWR or GWR), neither of which joined up,

but from smart new, edge-of-town

and on to Waterloo, 145 miles to

routes to healthy competition in the

premises, sadly not open to the public.

the East. The down-line struggles

strange belief that two trains heading

with rather too many termini dotted

A carpet museum and visitors’ centre

up an interminable 1:80 gradient to

for the same destination at the same

round the Capital. Maybe Beeching

is clearly called-for.

Seaton Junction and on to Exeter

time, but on different sets of rails of

had a point; pull most of it up and start again. Unfortunately he only managed the pulling-up part...

The George was once an important coaching inn for travellers en route to London

Axminster Carpets has re-branded itself in recent times and continues the traditions laid down all those years ago by Thomas Whitty but two Axminster-based and indisputably recession-busting enterprises shine out as beacons in these economicallydepressed times: Hugh FearnlyWhittingstall’s River Cottage empire and the ever-growing force that is Axminster Power Tools. I was proudly informed that the A xminster TIC was planning extended opening hours purely in anticipation of the expected flood of accommodation enquiries following the screening of Hugh’s latest TV series and inevitably bestselling ‘Veg Every Day’ book that accompanies, showing Hugh’s nifty new short-back-and-sides on its cover.

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The archway was apparently pilfered from the remains of the abbey

Chairmaking in progress at Axminster Power Tools

Such is the power of the gogglebox!

up from the railway station and huge

The River Cottage shop and canteen

facilities on the industrial estate on

is now situated behind slightly

the outskirts whence distribution

unprepossessing shop-frontage in

is effected to the ever-growing

Trinity Square, in a building known

network of stores nationwide, and

formerly to locals as Gillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ, and

weeklong courses in wood-turning

serves excellent fare at lunchtimes

take place under the expert tutelage

and some evenings.

of Colwin Way who kindly showed me round the extensive workshop

But Axminster Power Tools is the

facilities. Wannabee bodgers with

overwhelming success story of the

little woodworking experience can

town, with imposing premises just

expect to produce a beautifully

continued overleaf The river Axe viewed upstream from Axminster

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Archway Bookshop next to the TIC,

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and Newenham was probably their provenance... Once Henry VIII had resolved to break with Rome he went about things in a very serious manner and his commissioners did a ruthless and thorough job of removing (and recycling) any Papal remains, pocketing any valuables in the process. The Pope himself, needless to say,

crafted Windsor Chair in waxed

having sufficient valuables of his own

beechwood within the week, while

not to worry overly, wisely stayed well

their long-suffering wives/partners

away. The Old Brush Factory, now a feather and dyeworks

take in the local sights and do lots of shopping.

The farmhouse standing on the site the boats a short way over tussocky

close to the site of Newenham Abbey,

is of 16th and 17th century date and

If you are keen on art it's well worth

meadowland launching on a shallow,

a Cistercian foundation dating back

is notable as being the birthplace,

popping into The Marle Gallery which

rock-strewn bend, where the jaunty

to 1245-46, and disembarked briefly.

has recently opened in the town.

River Yarty bubbles and babbles its

They have an eclectic mix of pictures

circuitous way towards the River Axe

Tramping through a muddy farmyard

undertaking containing biographies

and sculpture on display.

just south-west of the town.

there wasn’t much evidence of an

of almost 200 contemporary notables

abbey, but there are, no doubt, ancient

and VIPs resident in the county at

Returning to our kayak s we

Hopeful of seeing otters which are

stones either buried hereabouts or

that time, and recently made into a

discovered a footpath leading from a

apparently often in evidence on

somehow incorporated into the fabric

successful stage play. The Duke of

discreet, concreted side-road close to

nearby Colyford Common and the

of the farm buildings. Unfortunately

Marlborough, victor of the battles

Yarty Bridge, unloaded and wheeled

Seaton Marshes, we paddled on down

I couldn’t find any. I did however

of Ramilles, Oudenarde, Malplaquet

find James Davidson’s exhaustive

and of course Blenheim (after which

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Queen Anne expressed her eternal

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His former alter ego, John Churchill,

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These are the remains of what was

our old friend the Duke of Monmouth

known as the Taunton Stop Line

on that fruitless tramp up country

which ran northwards for 50 miles

to reduce the city of Bristol and

via Chard, Taunton and Bridgwater

equally fruitless retreat, ending in

to the muddy issue of the River

ignominious defeat and hideous

Parrett at Highbridge on the north

slaughter at Sedgmoor.

Somerset coast. The TSL takes in any appropriate railway cuttings,

Further downstream and slightly less

river banks, ditches or otherwise

easy to dissolve are the pillboxes that

conveniently t ank- unf riendly

line the Axe, some set back from the

topographical features.

river, some tipping drunkenly down into the soft muddy banks.

The fear was that the Germans, posing as holidaymakers, would surprise us in the rear with a full-scale invasion centred on one of our lovely West Country beaches, possibly even Lyme Regis (which admittedly hadn’t done the Duke of Monmouth any favours) and that we could repulse their blitzkrieg assault with superannuated WW1 light machine-guns, manned by equally superannuated Dad’s Army retirees housed snugly in a string of ministry-approved Type 22 bunkers. Built out of concrete re-inforced with scrap iron railing it was hardly the Maginot Line and the fact that many have now fallen into the river

Tea can be sampled in the now disused gaol cells next to the tourist information office - just make sure you don't get locked in!

is perhaps evidence of their hasty construction.

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f e at u r e

Mathematically parallel with the river’s overall seaward course runs the southern ‘arm’ of what the OS map, covering its options, calls the Fosse Way although what the allconquering Romans wanted to go

Swans on the Axe

to Axmouth Marshes for is a complete mystery. A spot of bird-watching maybe? Of course not! They had

country of its most experienced de-

Somerset, a distance of 182 miles

a port there which, like every inlet

silters. Interestingly our embarkation

(293 km), conceding to its first real, if

The site on which they chose to build a fort, Moridinum by name, to

along this coastline, silted up as a

point lay close to the spot, give or

relatively minor kink, and continues

guard the crossing point of these

result of long shore drift and was

take, where the true Fosse Way finally

on to Exeter, its final destination. The

two significant thoroughfares, the

abandoned in the aftermath of the

hangs a significant right, having run

object being, presumably, to link

east-west and the north-south axial

cataclysmic Black Death in the mid-

almost laser-straight from Lincoln

the two legions stationed at either

routes, is Woodbury Farm at the

14th century, which denuded the

(Roman Lindum) to Ilchester in


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and you can still just about make

collapsed pell-mell and with little

out the defensive ditch around the

warning, into the sea.

perimeter. It probably looked very similar to the one built at Reculver on

About midnight a great fissure began

the north Kent coast but I’ll leave you

to form which ran in almost a direct

to look that one up in your own time...

line for three-quarters of a mile. This fissure rapidly widened to 300 feet,

John Leland, official Antiquarian to

descending, as it seemed at first, into

King Henry VIII, with access to all the

the very bowels of the earth, but as

beautiful illuminated manuscripts

the sides fell in it finally was choked

being hoiked out of monasteries

at a depth of 150 feet. **

and abbeys prior to their systematic destruction (and which he copied

So spectacular was the event that

assiduously) called Axmouth ‘an old

even Queen Victoria dropped all

and bigge fischar toune’.

pressing affairs of state and sailed the Royal Yacht down the coast to

Today it is famous for its bridge,

have a look. She was, it is said, not

linking it with neighbouring Seaton

especially amused...

where there are, admittedly, at least two fish-and-chip shops. Built in 1877 it is the largest ‘massed concrete’

* ‘The Monmouth Rolls’, compiled by

bridge in the country although, at a

W. MacDonald Wigfield, M.A. for the

distance, you could be fooled into

Somerset Record Society (1985) lists

believing that it is stone, and some

all known Monmouth rebels, under

four and a half hours after launching

towns/villages of origin, detailing

on the Yarty we paddled under its

their occupations and ultimate fate

arches, pulled our boats ashore close

under Judge Jeffreys’ Bloody Assizes.

to the yacht club and set off hungrily in search of said fish-and-chips across the river.

** ‘A Book of the West: Devon’ by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould 1899

A mile or two to the East is the site of

Many thanks to John Jeffreys for

the famous landslip of Christmas Day

providing interesting background

1839 when a vast chunk of farmland

information on Axminster ( and

close to Culverhole Point, groaning

walking round with me for several

under the weight of an extraordinarily

hours). - Steve Chilcott.

This sculpture of Robert Moulding (located next to the Axminster TIC) illustrating the true story of how the well-know poacher was brought before the court and fined. In order to pay the fine for poaching Robert poached a salmon from the river Axe and sold it at the back door of the Judge's house.

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Walk on the Wildside SPRING As winter comes to an end and the days lengthen out much of our native wildlife begins to emerge. Throughout March flowers bloom and birds start to sing again in an attempt to attract a mate and to declare a territory. The diverse habitats of the East Devon countryside makes it an ideal place to explore at this beautiful time of year. As well as the wildlife that stays with us all year round, spring heralds the arrival of thousands of migrant birds. Many species have spent the cold winter months in the warmer climates of Africa and southern Europe but as temperatures rise they follow their instincts and fly north to breed. It is a risky business and many birds will die along the way from starvation or exhaustion. It is estimated that of all the birds that leave in autumn only around half will return the following year. As East Devon lies along the south coast it makes it a fantastic place to spot migrant birds. After crossing The Channel many will land on the first bushes and trees they see and begin to feed. A bright sunny spring morning has the potential to turn up lots of different species. Usually first to return are Wheatears, they start to arrive back in March. These small upright birds have a distinctive black face-mask and a striking white eyebrow stripe, known as a supercilium. Rather than sitting in trees or

bushes they like to feed on the ground where they run in short, quick bursts. However Wheatears do not stay in East Devon, they are moorland birds and once fed and rested their migration will continue. Our native reptiles and amphibians also start to emerge from hibernation in spring. First out is usually the Common Frog. Frogs lay their eggs, frog spawn, in late February to early March, although some years it can be found as early as January. Frog spawn looks like a large ball of jelly and consists of around 300 eggs. Next to appear is the Common Toad, a little larger than a Frog, Toads will tend to walk rather than hope. Toads will gather in large numbers to breed and return to the same pond year after year. Toad spawn differs from Frog spawn as it appears in long strings. When both sets of tadpole are formed they are all black in colour and indistinguishable but as the Frog tadpoles get bigger they will become paler and have a mottled pattern.

The distinctive ‘Cuckoo Pint’ is a sure sign spring is on its way. This unusual plant with its glossy leaves and large single flower is known by many names including: Lords and Ladies, Adam and Eve, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Wake Robin, and Angels and Devils.

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Tales from the Riverbank

With the Rivers Exe, Axe and Otter all making their way through East Devon there are plenty of opportunities for a springtime walk along a riverbank. At this time of year, before the banks are carpeted with plants and flowers, it is a perfect time to look out for signs of who or what makes this watery habitat their home.

OTTER These large aquatic carnivores have made a good recovery through recent years thanks to an improvement in water quality and a ban on hunting. Otter can be seen on all three of the main rivers in East Devon, although it might be more realistic to say signs of them can be seen!

Otter Track (actual size)

MINK The American Mink was first brought over to this country for fur farming from 1929 onwards and by the 1970s there were around 800 mink farms all over the UK. It is not known exactly when they started escaping but the first recorded breeding was in the Teign Valley, Devon in the mid-1950s. With Otter numbers being particularly low at this time Mink thrived and spread very quickly. As a non-native species the Mink has become something of a problem, having had a devastating effect on our Water Vole population. If you see a mink you should report it to the East Devon Countryside Service on 01395 516551. WATER VOLE Surprisingly large animals, Water Vole can have a body length of up to 20cms. Their population suffered terribly from predation from the American Mink but with lots of re-introduction programmes underway nationally and with the control of the Mink they are making a come back. The East Devon Water Vole Recovery Project which ran from 2008 to 2011 successfully brought Water Voles back to the East Devon Countryside.

Dates for the Diary Things to do in the East Devon Countryside Otter Valley Association Walk Wednesday 14 March 10am - 12noon 3 mile walk from the Otter Inn Colyton Raleigh. Call 01395 443651 for details Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Walk Saturday 31 March 10am - 12noon Walk through Holyford Woods looking for early plants and birds. Call 01297 551556 for details

‘Mammals on the Marshes’ Axe Estuary Wetlands Wednesday 11 April 9am - 11am A chance to see some of the smaller residents up close. Call 07814 477422 for details ‘Bird Ringing Breakfast’ Axe Estuary Wetlands Saturday 14 April 8am - 12 noon Come along to see the Axe Estuary Ringing Group in action. Call 07814 477422 for details ‘Meet the Birds’ Axe Estuary Wetlands Thursday 3 May 10am - 12 noon No booking required.

Water Vole Track (actual size)

Mink Track (actual size)

Otter Valley Association Walk Saturday 12 May 10am - 12noon 2 hour walk from Budleigh Salterton Call 01395 442176 for details ‘Bluebell Day’ Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve Saturday 5 May 10am - 4pm There will be craft stalls, cream teas and entertainment as well as various wildlife activities for children. Free parking available at Colyton Grammar School where a shuttle bus will be operating. Call 07814 477422 for details

A Celebration of Life in East Devon

Mike Hughes Wildlife Art

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Local historian Ted Gosling guides us through the local lingo

Devonshire Dialect Actors on the

large and small screen try in vain to capture the flavour of the Devonshire dialect. They always fail as only Devonians born and bred in the county and brought up on the speech of their forefathers can get their tongues around it. Today, even they can only manage a much watered down version. During the 1939-45 war years, I left school to commence work in the village of Beer. Listening to many of the old fishermen in Beer in those days was a revelation. I found

it difficult to understand them. I also used to visit my grandfather in Sidmouth who lived in a thatched cottage at Bulverton, his neighbours were mostly farm labourers and the exchanges of pleasantries and banter unintelligible to vurriners were made in the everyday speech they had used for generations past, talk which today would sadly be looked upon with amusement. The Devonshire man is detected in a moment by his pronunciation, not only of the “V” [eve], but by the other vowels

One of the things that newcomers to the county find strange is the use of the word “to”:

Wer's it to

Where is it?

Wer be gwain to

Where are you going?

Wer'vee put it to

Where have you put it?

Bide wer yu to

Stay where you are.

“I” [aii] making wine “waayne” and “O” as ou in mourning. He often substitutes “I” for “e” turning steady into stiddy.

especially used in South Devon and Plymouth. Wat e’n I do ver ee me ansum? - what can I do for you my handsome?

One of the things that newcomers to the county find strange is the use of the word “to”. We Devonians always tack this onto the end of a sentence relating to places or positions (see panel above).

Devon people often substitute ‘m’ for ‘n’ at the end of a word, Devon becomes Devm or Dem, heaven becomes hem. They also pronounce ‘f’ as ‘v’ such as vust - first and vew - few.

Another common expression was ‘me handsome’, which was

The late Clement Marten, who was the landlord of my Exeter office, was also the leading

There are many thousands of words in the Devonshire dialect list and some of the more popular include:

a-vore clodhopper cutty fust kibby pillam upsy-down ver clack cubby hole Vridy gurt look-ee-zee tey urch vishy-eyed

before farm labourer the wren first a chilblain dust upside down for noisy speech a warm place Friday great listen tea rich drunk

Old East Devon farmer c1901

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authority at the time on the Devonshire dialect and published books on the subject. When I went to visit him at his home in East Budleigh I always enjoyed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;avinga crackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with him in our native dialect. Clement Marten ranks along with Henry Baird, whose nomde-plume was Nathan Hogg and AJ Coles, who was known to thousands who heard him or read his books as Jan Stewer, one of the three people who did much to keep alive the interest in the old speech of Devon.

Ted Gosling

Herring catch at Seaton c1923 E.S.Gosling collection

Old farm workers - hay making c1899

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mtr 1.5 1.6 3.2 3.3 3.6 4 4.3 4.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 1 1.2 1.5 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.7 4 4.2 4.3 0.7 0.7 0.9 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 3.4 3.7 4 4.3 4.5 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.1 1.3 1.6 1.8 3.2 3.3 3.6 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.3 0.8 0.9 1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.4 3.5 3.7 4 4.3 4.5 4.6 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.1 1.4 1.6 1.7 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.7 3.9 4.1 4.2 0.9 1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 3.6 3.8

time 2310 none 1906 2059 2208 2302 2347 none 1924 2006 2048 2129 2212 2300 none 1815 1932 2044 2146 2241 2332 none 1925 1951 2019 2045 2102 2121 2155 2240 2342 none 2005 2128 2227 2318 none 1900 1945 2030 2115 2203 2254 2355 none 1904 2016 2118 2213 2304 2351 none 1922 1952 2020 2043 2104 2137 2222 2320 none 1919 2047 2152 2248 2339 none 1927 2015 2104 2153 2245 2341 none 1831 1940 2044 2142 2235 2324 none 1857 1930 2003 2032 2058 2128 2209 2302 none 1845 2009

mtr 3.5 none 1.7 1.6 1.3 1 0.7 none 4.6 4.6 4.4 4.2 3.9 3.6 none 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.3 1 0.8 none 4.3 4.3 4.2 4 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.4 none 1.5 1.2 0.9 0.6 none 4.6 4.6 4.4 4.2 3.9 3.6 3.4 none 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.1 0.9 0.8 none 4.2 4.2 4 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 none 1.4 1.2 0.9 0.6 0.4 none 4.6 4.4 4.2 3.9 3.7 3.5 none 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.1 0.9 none 4.2 4.1 4.1 4 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.7 none 1.2 1.1


image courtesy Westcountry Studies Library

A pastoral scene at Shaldon with Teignmouth in the distance

Those were the days

The beginnings of Devon’s big day out recalled by John Fisher



to explore, refreshment marquees

their sixpences for admission. No

makers, hay rakers, Morris men and

become something of a

and beer and cider tents to be enjoyed,

money saving family admissions in

cider brewers, jobbing thatchers, rat

those days.

catchers, clock sellers and carvers of

Mr. Oldrieve’s small wooden shed

all of them determined to make the most of what this extraordinary and

mantra for the indomitable

a luncheon tent for the more well-to-

Devon County Show, England’s first

do and half-way between this and

and foremost three-day agricultural

what the plan shows as the ‘Second


things wonderful and wooden; and

Class Refreshment Tent’ a police

must have been a crowded place.

station: and all of this set within

As the administrative hub of the

historic day had to offer. Here, for

Now all but a few weeks short of

a broad acreage of trackless wet

two-day event it housed his staff of

the first time in living memory was

its 140th birthday the Show is still


admissions overseers, officials of all

a place where town and country met,

guaranteed to spring back into life

kinds, judges and recording clerks

mingled, exhibited, traded, socialised,

each year, as fresh as the first daisy

together with a small but vital flock

exchanged news, ideas and gossip -

of fleet-footed boys who waited his

and enjoyed themselves.

of summer, and has done (two world wars permitting) since Thursday, 23rd May 1872. Today our population has increased tenfold with more than a million of us now living in what our forebears back in 1872 more often than not called ‘Devonshire’ but remarkably there are still more than 10,000 farms of all kinds in the county, most of them family-owned.


“Eat before you’re hungry, drink before you’re dry, whet your scythe before it wants and you’ll mow as well as I!”

The shape of things to come. Braving the terrible May weather

beck and call outside the back door, steaming quietly in the fine rain but

People flocked to the Show from far

ever ready to run messages to and

and wide to become part of what was

fro across the vast expanse of wet

to become the biggest day out in the

grass, keeping the events on time

county’s calendar. They made it by

and in order.

rail, on foot and by public wagonette. They trotted along on horseback,

For rain and mud there was a-plenty

bounced along in dog-carts, sped

on this first day of the first-ever Show,

along in landaus or rocked and rolled

whilst Devon - never-daunted then or

along in well-sprung closed carriages;

since by a drop of weather on a Show

they came from the four corners of

day - braved the elements beneath

the county in their thousands, many

bowlers, brollies and waxed cloaks or

taking a day to get there, staying over

topcoats, coming early and staying

for a night with family or friends or

Like a railway signalman in his box,

late to meet friends and neighbours

taking a lodging at one of Exeter’s

in 1872, some 25,000 of those

the Show secretary - a Mr Lewis

on the outskirts of the county’s

many boarding houses and then

old Devonians made their way to

John Oldrieve, from Totnes - had

capital city.

taking a day to get back again along

Mount Radford, Exeter for the two

his office erected with a commanding

day ‘exhibition’ as the first show was

view of the showground’s single

Here one could rub elbows with



Livestock was led or

villagers, townspeople, city types,

First stop at the exhibition on such a

driven to the right of his view whilst

fa r m i ng fol k , la nded gent r y,

chilly day might well have been the

the county’s as yet unmade roads.

In addition to the 500 cattle, horse

the admissions-paying public was

wheelwrights and ploughwrights,

and livestock entries, there were, like

channelled to the left where man,

g u n sm it h s

bl ack sm it h s ,

“Gentlemen” is clearly marked on

today, stalls of every shape and kind

woman and child alike, each paid

engineers and basket weavers, cheese

the plan displayed at the entrance,

a nd

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public conveniences: yet although


together with “Rough Men” behind

seems as good a place as any for

the horse lines and close to the

this final glimpse of the Show,

cattle pens and working folk’s

with the bagpipe version of the

dining area, there is no sign of

National Anthem mingling with

similar conveniences for the

the lowing of the cattle in the

ladies although they undoubtedly

background and the good folk of

existed. Perhaps this would have

Devon wending their wet, weary

been thought immodest in an age

ways through the gathering dusk,

of bustles and crinolines and left

back to a hot tub by their firesides

off the map accordingly.

perhaps and a memorable place in the history of the county.

Aside from the horse and cattle arenas - both then and now

Footnote: On the following

the main centres of attraction -

Monday, May 27th all the timber

were eight ‘avenues’ of exhibits

visitors have a fair understanding of

set men’s feet a-tapping and ladies’

to enthral the crowds, with no

the use of chemicals and man-made

hearts a-flutter.

fewer than five of them reserved

fertilisers in food production, here in

and hoardings that had been used in the Show’s construction went under the hammer on the

for ‘purveyors of implements’. In

1872, with the word ‘organic’ never

They were the pipes and drums of

site. Total net profit for the two-day

contrast to the thousand yards or

so much as a glimmer in anybody’s

the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot:

event, £534.14.2d. In the same week

so of avenues in 1872, today’s Show

green eye, was an entire avenue

average height of the famous kilted

the minutes of the Devon County

has more than three and a quarter

devoted exclusively to ‘seeds and

regiment was some 6 feet whilst the

Agricultural Association (DCAA) show

miles of exhibits.


total cost of a two day’s hire for the

that planning followed immediately

band, including refreshments for the

for 1873, a five-day affair this time which was held at Plymouth.

With scythes and sickles on the

And if the bracing smells of the

pipe major and his men a bargain at

wane and new-fangled threshing

countryside had given them an

£51 and some change. The sight was

and mowing machines on the way

appetite, who was to stop those

so inspiring that it sent the reporter

in, these verdant walkways might

who could afford it from at enjoying

from the Western Morning News

place at its permanent showground

have provided some kind of life-

a break in the ‘luncheon tent’

back to his office to chew the end

at Westpoint, outside Exeter on

changing event for a farmer looking

(licensed to a Mr. Gifford of Exeter)

of his pencil until he was inspired

Thursday-Saturday 17th-19th May.

to improve his lot or one of his

The 2012 Devon County Show takes

labourers given this first glimpse

strategically located at the end of the AD-INV1 to write Honiton of the kilties ‘their knees 1 06/02/2012 See www.devoncountyshow.co.uk 91x133_Layout 11:26 Page 1 avenue designed to whet the appetite so clean so strong, so bare’. Which - John Fisher

of the shape of things to come.

of those looking for new ‘carriages

Although the internal combustion

and wagons’?

engine and the first motor cars were still a generation away, steam was

Next door the 400 invited guests of

king here and stationary traction

the President - the Duke of Somerset

engines (delivered between wealthier

- were wined and dined in their own marquee, whilst the rain pattered and puddled on the roof until it began to leak in so many places that guests were forced to open their umbrellas - presumably eating their meal with one hand - whilst also enduring the 11 speeches which punctuated what was destined to become a memorable repast. But the stars of the show then as now were the animals. There were eleven

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winners. And there were fourteen

farms by contractors using horse-

No report of that first Show would

sheep classes, with the main breeds coming to the Show by railway train from distant Exmoor and Dartmoor before being shepherded or carted to their pens.

drawn wagons) were at the cutting

be complete without mention of

edge of technology in this the 35th

what we nowadays call the crowd-

year of Victoria’s reign.

stoppers. And in 1872 these were the sights and the sounds of the

But whilst many of today’s Show

must-see attraction of the year that

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Dogs enjoy rockpooling too!


COAST & COUNTRY Walk - Salcombe Hill to Hook Ebb

Norman Lockyer Observatory Coombe Wood Farm parking

Notes on the walk

Salcombe Hill 1. Take some food and drink, there are no places along the walk for


refreshment. 2. Walk not suitable for very young children and elderly infirm.


Salcombe Hill 2

Weston Mouth

3. Best to go at low tide so you can access the rockpools.


4. A great walk for dogs, don't forget

Dunscombe Cliff


Hook Ebb

Salcombe Mouth


lead in case of livestock. 5. When rockpooling, return stones to original positions.

Road Route to Hook Ebb Other footpaths


he walk to Hook Ebb provide some of the

especially early in the morning. Another reason to

lead as there may be livestock in the fields. Also,

prettiest views of Lyme Bay. On a clear day,

visit are the rockpools and I would advise timing

when walking along the shore, be aware that

you can view the coastline arcing majestically

your visit to coincide with low tide so you can

cliff falls occur frequently. It’s advisable to avoid

to Portland Bill in the distance.

make the most of your efforts. You can check the

walking below the cliffs after prolonged rainfall.

From the clifftops, you descend to Salcombe

time of low tide by looking at our tide timetables

All walks are undertaken at your own risk.

Mouth, following the beach round to Hook Ebb,

contained within this magazine (see page 77).

It’s advisable to take sandwiches and a drink so

which is often overlooked but is really worth a

The walk to Hook Ebb is a vigorous one, the

you can get the most from your visit. It’ll also

visit. The variety of rock colours and textures are

steepest part having steps, but it may be too

help you boost your energy levels for the return

fascinating. Also, not many people make the ef-

strenuous for small children and elderly. Suitable

journey! overleaf>

fort to visit, and as a result, it can be very peaceful,

footware is advised and dogs need to be on a

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Looking west towards Ladram Bay from Hook Ebb in early morning. Even in mid-winter, the light and colours on the beach can be vibrant.


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Above - donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the rock pools at the point, lots of colours and textures to enjoy.

Below - sometimes you just have to get up early. Sunrise and the cormorants are warming up in the early morning sun. All the photos were taken early at the start of January.

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Walk from Salcombe Hill to Hook Ebb

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived at Salcombe Mouth ( point 4 on map), where you step off the wooden stair and walk on to the beach. The view is east towards the rocks at Hook Ebb. Continue walking down towards the rocks (far right), and round the point.

Above - an amazing array of geology, all these different materials are present on the shore, additionally, fossils can be found - it's not called the Jurassic Coast for nothing!

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Danny happily taking a rest amongst the seaweed strewn rocks.

Fossil hunting, but I suspect he's bitten off more than he can chew, especially with that hammer! Note, this is a rock on the beach, not the cliff face.

NOTICE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS (professional or keen amateur) Although these images have been taken by East Devon Coast & Country staff, we're always looking for talented photographers who perhaps may have stunning local pictures. If you're that person, please make contact - your images could be included in this magazine. Photography copyright Nigel Jones.

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Horse Care Welfare by Natalie Bucklar-Green

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

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.

Equine Welfare

horse can travel many miles in a

and movement have changed very

and got up even earlier to turn a wet

day. They are social animals and

little from the behaviour shown by

dirty pony in to one that was suitable

need close contact with others. So

their wild ancestors. Unfortunately,

to be shown before a judge. Now

when you consider that the horse in

although the genes to be able to

aged four, he will happily stay in a

the stable is in solitary confinement,

express these fundamental natural

stable because he has been gradually

only able to move a couple of steps

behaviours are there, it is the

trained to go in one. So although

before hitting a wall and potentially

environment that is controlled by

the stabling and competing (and

finishing his food by midnight (with

humans that quite often prevents

hairdryer!) are unnatural, because

no more for seven hours or more),

the horse from performing what

they have been introduced gradually

it highlights that from the horse’s

they are programmed to do. This

in an appropriate way, the pony

point of view, welfare could be

leads to what people call vices and

doesn’t suffer. This demonstrates

improved. The horse owner may just

naughtiness but these external

that if correctly done, learning new

be following the traditional teachings

symptoms are usually an expression

things can actually enrich the life of

of how to look after her horse and

of stress or pain. This is an example

a horse but if done badly, the horses

not knowingly realise that her view

of where welfare can be improved; by

welfare heads in the other direction.

of good welfare doesn’t necessarily

allowing a horse to perform its natural

match the fundamental requirements

behaviour many of the problems

The definition of parasitism is where

of the horse.

people encounter with horses would

one partner benefits at the cost of

be reduced or removed. This may

another. In many ways, although

Stabling is totally unnatural for a horse

take some sacrifices on the part of

people don’t like the thought of

and is usually done for the benefit of

the human and a radically different

being called a parasite, that is what

humans; some horses will cope fine,

approach to management but if the

humans can be to a horse. There are

whilst others suffer immense stress

horse’s needs are considered before

many examples of this, such as taking

in this environment. Therefore doing

those of the human, it can make a big

an unfit horse to a hunter trial or

unnatural things with our horses

difference to the welfare of the horse.

squeezing an extra week or two from

When asked to think about a horse

doesn’t inevitably cause suffering but

that has bad welfare, most people

it all depends on how the individual

would rightly conjure up an image

is managed and trained and what

of a thin, miserable looking animal,

suits one horse may not suit another.

with its head down and ribs showing.

Managed appropriately, the horse-

Whilst this is the most obvious

human relationship can actually

example, welfare is actually a very

enrich and improve the lives of both

complex subject and it extends

partners. The point is, welfare isn’t

beyond just the provision of food

black or white, it’s a spectrum and the

and water.

moment at which the horse begins to

a set of shoes. This is when although

Stabling is totally unnatural for a horse and is usually done for the benefit of humans

a horse may be loved and looked after, its welfare could be better. It sometimes doesn’t enter into a riders head that they can inflict pain and confusion on a horse by the way they ride, causing it to suffer. Even if its just for an hour a week, is this acceptable? When does ignorance become abuse?

suffer will vary but we need to at least

For example, I remember on the

Now imagine another horse; the

consider how we affect our horses by

morning of Devon County Show

We owe it to our horses to stop and

horse is in his stable, a nice rug on,

the choices we make.

having to use a hairdryer on a yearling

think every now and again how

that had stayed out in the field the

we can improve their welfare and

standing on a thick bed and eating a big haynet. How would you describe

Despite domestication for thousands

night before! But he was a young

make the horse-human relationship

his welfare? It’s obvious the horse

of years, the genetics for the way a

pony, happier out in the field with

symbiotic. This can be achieved

is well looked after but is this the

horse eats, communicates and moves

his herd and a whole night in a stable

by striving to meet the needs of

same as good welfare? The horse’s

around are unchanged.


would have caused him stress. He

the horse, which are dictated by

digestive system is designed for

domesticated horses are given the

couldn’t care less about the hairdryer,

evolution and the life experience of

eating little and often and a feral

choice, feeding habits, social living

so I sacrificed my sleep (and sanity)

the individual, not the owner!

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ome cases are so rewarding. Tiny was a very frightened dog, when I first met him. His owner, Maureen, called me in because he barked continuously at any visitors who came to the house. He sounded extremely aggressive. In addition Maureen had been unable to walk him, or even take him to the vets for his checkups. Tiny could move extremely fast, and she hadn’t been able to catch him to put him on a lead. He needed to be cornered in order to be taken for important appointments, and of course this was even more stressful for the little dog. He had been living with her for about 11 months.

the intelligence, but none of the confidence. When I first met Tiny he barked aggressively at me, whilst backing away. I joined Maureen in her sitting room and sat and talked quietly to her while Tiny barked at me from the other end of the room. When I tried to communicate with him he completely ignored me. The barking was to ensure that I didn’t come near him. When I stood up to try to catch his attention long enough to communicate, he ran out of the room, through the kitchen and out into the garden. He then proceeded to bark at me through the patio doors, from a safe distance.

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I decided to sit down again, and completely ignore him, while all the while sending out a message of reassurance and love. As I quietly spoke to Maureen he crept back into the room and I noticed one or two really encouraging signs. He was extremely protective of Maureen, barking at me if I moved towards her. He also jumped up next to her, on the sofa, and lay down, but would jump off immediately if she tried to stroke her.


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I will never forget the look of absolute glee on my fathers face as mother served him up stuffed lambs hearts for Monday dinner. I was just as happy to eat them myself and loved the velvety fillet texture of the meat and the unique tangy flavour that only offal can deliver. It was just as well I did as their was nothing else on offer, and with dad at the ready to pinch any of our leftovers, I and my sisters gulped ours down in double quick time. Forty years later I am still eating hearts with relish, or mustard to be exact. Alas, few people today eat offal of any denomination and you have only to say the word liver to a child and it will unerringly screw up its face as it remembers limp lumps of lifeless flesh served up with luke warm mushy peas in the school canteen. This is a crying shame as liver is not only fantastically good for you; packed as it is with almost every vitamin and mineral known to man but it can be cooked in so many ways, although for yours truly, liver and onions is still the dish to beat.

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explore the streets. There was a lovely park just down the street. If he went on a lead he would be able to explore the sights and smells. Tiny was very interested, but felt at this time that he could allow anyone to touch him to attach a lead. I agreed with Maureen that this process could take a long time, and she was happy to progress really slowly. I suggested some Bach Flower remedies to help to

reduce the fear, and I spent a long time with Tiny, healing some of the worst memories. Two weeks later I received a call from Maureen. She said that the change had been so gradual she hadn’t noticed, but when she had a visit from her brother he accused her of having that “animal whisperer” around. She asked him what made him say that and he pointed out that Tiny hadn’t barked once as he

walked into the house and sat down in the sitting room. He had sat quietly in the room and watched the visitor. Tiny had jumped up on the sofa and had allowed Maureen to stroke him. When I visited after about 6 weeks I was really impressed with the way Tiny was allowing Maureen to stroke him. Tiny was feeling much more confident, and even allowed me to communicate, while keeping eye contact. I have

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advised Maureen to leave the lead lying on the sofa so that he can become used to its presence. She will then, eventually clip the lead on, but make no attempt to walk him until he becomes more confident with it. I told Tiny and Maureen exactly how impressed I was by their growing partnership. I am sure that Tiny will make an almost complete recovery, given enough time. - Kerry Hornett


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From Devon to Turkey and back again by Melanie Argent

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Many years before I had visited Turkey

conventional and always wanted

with my then partner, on a week away,

more out of my life than a career

while our respective children spent

and 2.4 children. After my twelve year

time with their mainly absent parents.

relationship broke down (now 12 years

I fell in love with the Dalyan , famous

ago), and after bringing up two step

for its amazing Lycian rock tombs,

children and one of my own, I found

which tower over the river, and for

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myself living alone with my dog, in

the Logger head Turtle, it is a perfect

craft fairs and a website. The fun bit

my late thirties.

spot for nature lovers. I returned once

was trips to Turkey to buy the stock.

again, this time to nearby Fethiye to

I made links with a small women’s

Two years later I decided to take

cooperative, also bought from

a career break from my stressful

markets, but my main supplier

job in social services and went

was my friend. For years I worked

to Central America for 6 months

hard spending many a weekend

where I worked on a community

with early morning starts doing

project and then travelled

craft fairs and markets and


America on a shoestring, armed

evenings doing

with a lonely planet guide and

other Turkish themed events,

parties and

a rucksack! This gave me a

including décor for a Turkish

new confidence and I realized

themed wedding. I made links

there is a big world out there

with Belly dancing groups, (I was

to explore and many interesting

selling the belts) and recruited

people to meet along the way.

them to dance at parties, I even

Traveling alone was easier than

did a class myself. I enjoyed the

I expected and I met so many

parties, but we were heading

people, though a lot were much

into the recession and people

younger, and hostels not always

did not seem to have the money


to buy luxury items.

Once I returned to Devon, I was

By 2009 I had given it my best

soon immersed back in work,

shot and decided I was ready

but I now realized that travel

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and new experiences were

for a change. My friend was still in Turkey and I decided that I

what I wanted in the future. I also

visit a female friend. She had met a

would resign from my part time jobs

noted how very little seemed to have

younger Turkish Waiter and fallen in

and try living the dream. I already

changed at home and in work place

love, a stereotypical reason why a

had a lodger, so I found others to

and I decided then that I wanted to

lot of women tend to end up living

move into spare rooms to help with

there. However she inspired me,

the mortgage. I took the plunge and

not because of her love affair, but

knowing no one but my friend and

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and had a short spell teaching English

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healthier lifestyle, as long as one

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course in Bedfordshire with many

the bars. Food shopping for fruit and

young resort reps, practicing their

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kilo was in Turkish! Unfortunately due

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From Devon to Turkey and back again

- continued...

I cultivated my Turkish friends and

My English friend was also talking

end of the season. We have booked

became bolder in exploring the

about a place to bring an English

the venue again as everybody who

area. Public transport is brilliant

yoga teacher to. She was inspired

came agreed, that being set in the

in Turkey, you can go anywhere

by attending his retreat in Spain,

mountains above the beach, it is the

remote by bus and its very cheap,

wished to go on another, but lacked

perfect place.

though petrol is more expensive

the funds to go back. Together we

than here! I discovered what has

approached the owner of the Olive

For now I continue to work for

become my sanctuary away from

Garden, having worked out costs,

Thomson, but I hope with the many

the main tourist spot of Olu Deniz.

before we put a proposal to him. To

recent contacts I have made that I will

It is a delightful village paradise of

our surprise he agreed, providing we

be able to set up more special interest

Kabak. Set in the mountains on the

paid a deposit to reserve the whole

holiday’s, around Turkish cooking, art and culture. I have certainly learnt a

famous Lycian way walking route, I

venue exclusively for the week. In

discovered a wonderful place to stay

two months we managed to attract

lot from my travel experiences so far

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eight people to fly over from the UK

and hope to be able to carry on living

to attend our first Yoga retreat at the

a life between two such beautiful

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Business Advice STR ATEGIC PL ANNING Business is all about taking risks but it needn’t be a risky business!

Written by Katina Styles, a director at Axminster Tool Centre Ltd.

There is so much more to risk management than adhering to a dearth of Health & Safety regulations (which we obviously all have to just in case the unthinkable happens); it’s also about future proofing your business and ensuring you have a sustainable entity which you and your employees can depend upon to earn you a decent living.

Every business, no matter what size, faces risks that could threaten its success. Some of these will inevitably be unpredictable, short term issues requiring a ‘seat of pants’ response by way of management, from which you can learn and move on. Others are entirely predictable and it is important to identify what could go wrong in your particular organisation and put contingency plans in place to deal with these risks. Businesses that have evaluated their risks will be better prepared and substantially increase their chances of success and longevity. A journey into the world of business theory will take you in the direction of a SWOT analysis; an exercise in brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in relation to your company. This will highlight the risks you face both on an internal and external basis and set you on the road to implementing an effective risk management programme. Bear in mind that many risks can sit in two camps; for example you greatest

strength may be that you sell only one niche or exclusive product and you are the world expert on it – your weakness is that your business is entirely reliant upon this one product; what happens if technology advances or your market dries up? Most likely business failure; all your eggs are in one basket as it were.

a wage? Can you line up someone to step in and help out? Employing staff brings with it a raft of risks. There is the need to be mindful of employment law to include discrimination and your duty of care to your employees. Over reliance on particular employees can also be dangerous – if they should leave can anyone else do their job? Don’t get caught out by those who turn their roles into a ‘black art’ form!

If all this sounds a little mundane or at worst time consuming, here are some of the more obvious risks which challenge many organisations: In the same vein as being one Don’t forget to assess competitor product dependent be aware of activity and its associated risks, operational issues such as equipment only having one key customer or failure (a computer malfunction supplier. A guaranteed income could spell disaster), financial risks and uninterrupted supply may be attractive but if they fail you fail. especially with regard to cash flow, The dreaded word ‘compliance’ – not political and environmental risks may just with regards to Health & Safety also be relevant. The list goes on and but with all laws and regulations whilst it may seem a tedious task, governing business activity. Keep the time spent may well prove very abreast of new legislation and how it worthwhile. Hopefully you will never may affect your sales or service. have to use your back up plans but if you have put in the ground work you If you are a one man operation your biggest risk is how you cope if you will be much better placed to make are unable to work for any reason. Do decisions which keep you in business BudleighinBusiness quarter page final:Coast&Country 3/2/12 you have insurance that will pay you even when things do get a bit risky. Founding member | Ocean House Licensed Café, Budleigh Salterton

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MANAGING your MONEY Sidmouth Business Celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary As more Independent Financial Advisors are leaving the industry put off by a rapidly

Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 20 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and investment advice. Her firm also provides a specialist annuities service for people approaching retirement and newly retired which operates nationally. To find out more about her practice, you can view her company website at: www.richmondindependent.co.uk

Helen Mulvaney

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

changing sector and an ever increasing burden of compliance and continuing professional development, Sidmouth based Richmond Independent Financial Advisors is delighted to be celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Helen Mulvaney, an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) and partner in the business explained “The financial services sector is going through a period of significant and rapid change making it harder than ever to keep up with all the legal requirements and examinations required of an IFA. Much change, such as that driven by the recent Retail Distribution Review (RDR), is ultimately aimed at consumer protection but has considerable consequences for advisors working in the industry. Those of us who manage to keep up with it all are finding ourselves extremely busy helping people with the complicated issues of pension options, taxation and investment advice, issues that are both complex and important."

Helen, who specialises in pensions and investment advice added "Our concern is that many people may find themselves unable to access independent, face to face advice and end up taking less independent guidance from advisers in banks or other financial organisations who have to look after their own interests. We’ve been in business here for twenty years now and have every intention of continuing to offer sound and truly independent advice to people who need it." For more details of their service please visit their website: www. Richmondindependent.co.uk or contact Helen by her email: helen@richmond-ifa.com Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority

Independent Your local specialist annuity & retirement adviser

Need help with your retirement options? We can help you with your retirement choices and our experience can potentially ensure that you donʼt miss out on all the options available. We aim to: • Ensure you have considered all the options available to you. • Research annuity rates to get you the most suitable deals on the market. • Check whether you qualify for enhanced rates. • Take on the burden of paperwork & liaise with your annuity and pension provider. • • •

Advise on draw-down and other options. Help you work out if investment annuities are suitable for you and to pinpoint the advantages. Advise on new EU rules which mean that male annuitants will get less income (effective from Dec 2012) and a new directive on capital adequacy will also have a downward effect on rates. Visit our comprehensive website at:

www.richmondindependent.co.uk Richmond Independent is a trading name of Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP which is is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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