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Contents ISSUE NO 8

8. Forthcoming Events

22. Star Gazing

42. A Welcome Sight

Find out what's on in South Devon.

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

The Jolie Brise by Clare McComb.

12. Live Music Roundup

24. Bistro Barbecue

44. Villages in Action

Get the info on local live music.

Patio living with Amanda Crump.

A village entertainment charity.

14. Art Gallery What's On

26. Flatbeare Views

47. But here's the thing

Art gallery events and Art Blog.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

John Fisher discusses further.

17. Nelson's Column

29. Yellingham Farm

48. The Spanish are coming

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Vivid farming tales from Janet East.

Devon's involvement by John Fisher.

18. Fashion & Beauty

30. Ashburton Feature

51. Eating Out

A delightful small English town.

Great places to dine in the region.

Steampunk - Neo Victoriana.

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Carnivals TORBAY CARNIVAL WEEK Until 04 Aug - Lots of events and fun at Torbay Carnival Week, Torbay Carnival Week, Paignton.

BOVEY TRACEY CARNIVAL PROCESSION 03 Aug - Bovey Tracey's Summer procession, Bovey Tracey, 7.00pm.

SHALDON WATER CARNIVAL 03 Aug - Fun & games on Ferry Beach, followed by parade of boats & eve. entertainment, Shaldon Water Carnival, Shaldon.

TOTNES CARNIVAL PROCESSION 11 Aug to 18 Aug - Traditional grand procession, Totnes Carnival Week, Totnes, 6.00pm.

HANNAHS SUNSPLASH

show, Palace Theatre Paignton, 7.00pm.

25 Aug - Carnival comes to Hannahs with a day of summer beats and drumming workshops. Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot.

SERVANT'S DAY AT BUCKLAND ABBEY

Children CRAFTY CASTLE CAPERS Until 26 Aug - Get your hands dirty by joining in a variety of fun filled crafty activities, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton.

THE SMUGGLER'S STORY Until 29 Aug - You will be transported to the land of 18th century smugglers. The Smugglers Story, Brixham, 10.00am.

YESTERYEARS Until 29 Aug - Old time costume photgraphy studio, where you can have old fashioned fun, Yesteryears, Brixham, 10.00am.

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Until 31 Aug - Activities to keep boredom at bay. Craft, games, den building, dressing up etc, Saltram House, Plymouth.

KIDS! LET'S GO FISHING 13 Aug - Kids - why not come and try your hand at fishing, Seashore Centre, Paignton, 10.00am.

THE GOONIES (PG) 14 Aug - Big screening of The Goonies in the park, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 9.00pm.

KIDS! LEARN TO SNORKEL 15, 29 Aug - Have you ever wanted to discover the underwater world of Torbay? Seashore Centre, Paignton, 1.00pm.

PAIGNTON CHILDREN'S WEEK 19 Aug to 23 Aug - Five day fun for all the family now in its 67th year, Paignton.

Until 31 Aug - For this summer we are offering summer camp-style activities for youngsters., Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, 8.30am.

21 Aug - Get wild in the woods, build a den, learn to light a fire, toast marshmallows, Parke, NT, Bovey Tracey, 11.00am.

WILDWISE ANNUAL FAMILY CAMP

24 Aug to 26 Aug - You'll be taken back to the 15C. Meet Archers, millers, cooks and tavern owner, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton.

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13 Aug - Meet servants during the Victorian era and get a taste for the high life, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 11.30am.

BUSHCRAFT BONANZA

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04 Aug to 10 Aug - Quality time for families to enjoy diverse outdoor activities, WildWise, Totnes, 2.00pm.

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THE WILD ONES 11 Aug to 14 Aug - Kids camp for 8-12 year olds. Nature, games, skills and fun, WildWise, Totnes, 3.00pm.

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WILD TEA PARTY 26 Aug - Fun activities for the family. Learn as you collect and brew wild herbs, Compton Castle, Paignton, 2.00pm.

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Classical Music THE BEACON PIANO TRIO 04 Aug - Piano trio recital, with music from Rachmaninov, Haydn and Beethoven., St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, 3.00pm.

GLYNDEBOURNE LIVE - DON PASQUALE 06 Aug - Opera by Gaetano Donizetti, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.15pm.

GRAND BAROQUE AT EXETER CATHEDRAL 30 Aug - Unique - first UK performances of baroque works with virtuoso performers, Blackdowns Early Music Projects, Exeter.

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE - TURANDOT 17 Sep - Royal Opera House Live Screening of Puccini's Turnandot, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.15pm.

MALLETICIOUS - CLASSICAL PERCUSSION 28 Sep - Award winning percussion duo originally from South West, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

Collectors ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR 10 Aug - Wander amongst the many stalls in search of a hidden treasure, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

DCAF ANTIQUES SALE 17 Aug - Antique and collectors sale, The Matford Centre, Exeter.

TOY TRAIN AND COLLECTORS FAIR 01 Sep - Westpoint Arena, Exeter, 10.30am.


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SOLOISTS Sally Dunkley • Amy Haworth Caroline Trevor • Hannah Cooke Mark Dobell • Julian Stocker Jonathan Arnold • Thomas Flint

BAROQUE BAND English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble Monteverdi String Band Altenburg Ensemble BLACKDOWNS EARLY MUSIC PROJECTS CHOIR

Craft RIVER TAMAR PROJECT - SOUNDS OF THE RIVER 20 Sep - New major commission to immerse the Old Factory and the Yard in sound., Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 12.00am.

RIVER TAMAR PROJECT FAMILY WORKSHOP TICKETS: £25, £18, £12 reserved, £10 unreserved from Exeter Phoenix and Northcott Theatres, Exeter TIC and www.blackdownsearlymusic.co.uk

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR 21 Sep - Wander amongst the many stalls in search of a hidden treasure, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

CLUB MEETING - SPEAKER 26 Sep - Speaker - Alan Vaughan - GB Postage Dues/Overprints, Torquay & Teignbridge Stamp Club, Kingsteignton, 7.30pm.

Comedy JETHRO 24 Aug and 14 Sep - Jethro returns to the Babbacombe Theatre for his 2013 UK Live Tour, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

Community LORD MAYOR'S CHARITY COFFEE MORNING 03 Aug - Regular Saturday charity event, Exeter Guildhall, Exeter, 11.00am.

TORBAY RNLI LIFEBOAT WEEKEND 2013 09 Aug to 11 Aug - Lots of fun and entertainment, Torbay Lifeboat, Brixham, 10.00am.

LORD MAYOR'S CHARITY COFFEE MORNING 07 Sep - Regular Saturday charity event, Exeter Guildhall, Exeter, 11.00am.

AGATHA CHRISTIE ONE MILE SEA SWIM 15 Sep - Annual event, fundraising for Devon Air Amblance Trust, Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Paignton.

21 Sep - Family Workshop - Sound and Science, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 11.00am.

RIVER TAMAR PROJECT TALK 22 Sep - Project Talk, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 2.00pm.

CREATIVE STITCHES AND HOBBYCRAFTS 26 Sep to 29 Sep - Exhibiting thousands of products which you can buy and hundreds of techniques, Westpoint Arena, Exeter, 9.30am.

Fairs STRETE VILLAGE DAY 03 Aug - Enjoyable fun day for all, Strete.

SUMMER FETE 03 Aug - In aid of St Mary's and St John's Churches. Help needed, see web, St Mary's Church Totnes, Totnes.

EAST PORTLEMOUTH CHURCH FETE 10 Aug - Home made cakes and produce, books, tombola etc and many children's activities, East Portlemouth Church Fete, East Portlemouth.

SOUTH POOL CHURCH FETE 10 Aug - Annual fete with children's stalls, adult stalls, Pimm's tent, Food & more.., South Pool Parish, Kingsbridge, 1.00pm.

VILLAGE FETE & FLOWER SHOW 10 Aug - Bickington Village Fete & Flower Show, Bickington Village Hall, Bickington, 2.25pm.

HENNOCK COUNTRY FAYRE 11 Aug - A Country Fayre, Gymkhana, all day Food, local crafts. £2 per adult, under 16 free., Hennock Parish, Hennock, 10.30am.

PRIM AND PROPER LEISURE & LIFESTYLE EVENT 24 Aug to 25 Aug - Leisure, lifestyle & gift event @The Riviera Centre, Torquay. Don't Miss it!, Shoreline Events, Torquay, 10.00am.

LUPTON HOUSE 1940S WEEKEND 07 Sep to 08 Sep - 1940s weekend, 40s Lupton, Brixham, 10.00am.

WIDECOMBE FAIR 10 Sep - Famous Widecombe fair promotes & celebrates country life on Dartmoor, Widecombe Fair, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

GREYT CHARITY DOG MEET 03 Aug - A charity dog show with lots of fun classes for everyone various stalls, Camping & Exploring with Dogs, Teignmouth.

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ASHBURTON FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

28 Sep - All things Vintage & Lovely fair @ the Guildhall 28th September, Miss Ivy Events, Plymouth, 10.00am.

14 Sep - Many exhibitors of local produce. St Lawrence Lane will be closed to traffic, Ashburton, 10.00am.

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20 Sep to 22 Sep - Everyone can celebrate Devon's food and drink. Run by a charitable trust. AbbFest, Newton Abbot.

LAUNCH OF TOTNES FESTIVAL MARKET 18 Aug - Festival market, Totnes Good Food Sunday Market, Totnes.

LOVE FOOD DARTINGTON - FREE!

PAIGNTON REGATTA 10 Aug to 18 Aug - Old fashioned week of traditional seaside fun, Paignton.

25 Aug - A brand new food producers market at The Shops at Dartington, The Shops at Dartington, 10am - 4pm.

TOTNES FESTIVAL 21 Aug to 01 Sep - Totnes celebrates the hugely diverse range of events and activities it offers, Totnes.

HARVEST AT OCCOMBE FARM 15 Sep - Come and celebrate the good life down on the farm, Seashore Centre, Paignton, 10.00am.

HOPE COVE WEEKEND 23 Aug to 26 Aug - Weekend of good old fashioned family fun, Hope Cove.

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AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL 15 Sep to 22 Sep - Torquay Riviera is transformed into the murder mystery capital of the country, Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay.

FOOD & DRINK FLAVOUR FEST, 10TH BIRTHDAY AT THE PIAZZA, PLYMOUTH 16 Aug to 18 Aug - Plymouth's local produce extravaganza, showcasing the best the SW has to offer, Plymouth City Council.

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07 Sep - Fun food and entertainment for all the family in aid of the fishermens mission, Fishstock Festival, Brixham, 10.00am.

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BIG SCREEN IN THE PARK

03 Aug - Showcasing some of the best art and craft in the South West, Brixham Town Hall, Brixham.

14 Aug to 17 Aug - 3 amazing movies shown (PG to 12a), Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 9.00pm.

ELIZABETHAN MARKET

18 Aug - See Heavy Horses Working using a variety of vintage farm implements, Western Counties Heavy Horse Society, Crediton.

2013 'INSIDE OUT' EXHIBITION Until 25 Aug - Focuses on the Architects & Architecture of the town, Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum, Newton Abbot.

COLDHARBOUR MILL

12 Sep - Leading antique and fine art specialists on hand to offer advice, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, 9.30am.

COLIN FRY - THE HAPPY MEDIUM 21 Sep - The Peoples' Medium, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

THE CORE (2003) 25 Sep to 29 Sep - Sci-Screen returns with the B-Movie disaster silliness The Core., Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

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Until 31 Aug - A beautifully preserved Georgian spinning mill, Coldharbour Mill, Exeter.

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Until 31 Aug - Housed in a 1640 Merchant's House, the museum holds marine & local artefacts, Dartmouth Museum, 10.00am.

GEOPARK EVENTS

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06 Aug to 23 Oct - An Enchanted Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm. 15 Aug - Dance theatre show for all the family, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth.

REFASHION EXHIBITION 2013

15 Aug to 17 Aug - Show time at the hall with the Mad Group Kids, Malborough Amatueur Dramatic Group, Malborough.

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WEST END ENCORE 05 Sep to 26 Sep - Showstopping songs from current West End Hit Musicals, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm.

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PLAYS

02 Aug to 04 Aug - Working steam fair with traction engines, vintage vehicles, craft, stalls, Torbay Steam Fair, Churston.

DARTMOUTH SHAKESPEARE WEEK

CLASSIC MOTORSHOW 25 Aug - Classic Cars, Entertainment, Trade & Craft Stalls, House Tours & Cream Teas, Classic & American Motor Show, Chudleigh.

AVETON GIFFORD RALLY 26 Aug - Bank holiday Monday rally, Historic Transport Club, Aveton Gifford, 11.00am.

KINGSBRIDGE VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY 21 Sep - 6th event in the South Hams., Historic Transport Club, Kingsbridge.

Shows ROCKING WITH LAUGHTER SHOW 06 Aug to 04 Sep - Comedy, music, vocals and dazzling dance routines, Palace Theatre Paignton.

BRITISH FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIP 13 Aug to 14 Aug - Spectacular waterfront firework championships. Heart FM on stage from 6pm, British Fireworks Championship, Plymouth, 9.30pm.

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06 Aug - Costumed & charity craft market. Unique day out in a wonderful historic town, Totnes Town Council, Totnes, 9.00am.

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06 Aug to 10 Aug - Play directed by Max Brandt, Shakespeare Week, Dartmouth.

OUTDOOR THEATRE, AS YOU LIKE IT 07 Aug - The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform Shakespeare's finest comedy, Bradley Manor, Newton Abbot, 6.30pm.

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FOR THE TRUMPETS SHALL SOUND 27 Aug to 29 Aug - Another Story Theatre Company play by Gaelle Stark-Ordish, South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes, 7.00pm.

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BLITHE SPIRIT 04 Sep to 07 Sep - A production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit for KATS summer play, KATS, Kingsbridge.

CALENDAR GIRLS BY TIM FIRTH 05 Sep to 07 Sep - Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar, Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, 7.30pm.

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PETE BURROWS 3 Aug - solo acoustic guitar vocalist with songs from 50s thru to now, The Shipwright’s Arms, Shaldon, 9-11pm.

Sunday 25th August

fundraising concert for Help For Heroes, Bancourt Hotel, Torquay.

PADDY’S WHISKERS

DART VALLEY STOMPERS

The Boat House, Paignton

OLD GAFFERS

25 Aug - dinner and jazz, Cockhaven Manor, Bishopsteignton, 8.15-10.45pm.

10 Aug - The Kingsbridge Shanty Crew, Victoria Inn, Salcombe, 8pm.

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THE CADENCE 10 Aug - fun-loving hi-energy 4-piece bringing you rock and pop from the 50s through to now, New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, 9pm.

THICK AS THIEVES 10 Aug - pop and rock anthems, Kirkham Street Sports & Social Club, Paignton, 9-11.30pm.

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26 Aug - entertaining for free, Lustleigh Show & Fair, Newton Abbot, 12noon-4pm.

JUST MISBEHAVIN’ 7 Sep - Lupton’s 1940’s Weekend, with a fun jive competition in the evening, Lupton House, Brixham, 7.30-11.30pm.

DART VALLEY STOMPERS 20-22 Sep - Jazz By The Sea, celebrating 8 years of jazz with the band, Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton.

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www.boathousepaignton.co.uk

Paddy’s Whiskers, a professional three or four piece band based in Devon, play an exciting hi-energy mix of Irish, Celtic and American folk music and song - footstompin’ gigs and reels, rollicking border bagpipe tunes, haunting slow airs. They perform at festivals, gigs, ceilidhs, barn dances, and parties in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and across the South West. Their ‘Whiskers’ Wedding’ package is unique, giving you a range of full musical entertainment from romantic music for the walk down the aisle to footstompin’ dance tunes at the evening party. Just give them a call to discuss your requirements. On Bank Holiday Sunday they are playing at Paignton, so you can check them out before booking them for a function. Tle: 01803 520798 or 07514 064558 Email: info@paddyswhiskers.co.uk The Boat House, Preston Sands, Paignton TQ3 2NJ

Tel: 01803 665066

30 Aug - South Devon’s emerging superstars, The Barrel House, Totnes.

GO TELL ALICE 30 Aug - fun and lively tunes for a Friday, Albert’s Bar, Torquay, 9.30-11.30pm.

THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA UK 5 Sep - re-creating the music of the famous wartime band, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

FUNKY MUNKS: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TRIBUTE 5 Sep - power trio, The Spinning Wheel, Paignton, 9pm.

REFLEX 80 6 Sep - 2-piece 80s tribute band, Albert’s Bar, Torquay, 9.30-11.30pm

LANCE & THE SILVER TONES 7 Sep - Shadows tunes and popular songs, fundraiser for motor neurone disease, Exminster Golf Centre, 9pm.

THICK AS THIEVES 14 Sep - rock and pop anthems, Imperial Hotel, Torquay, 9-11.55pm.

WIRED 28 Sep - rock and pop covers , The Packhorse Inn, South Brent, 9-11.45pm.

JAZZ

DART VALLEY STOMPERS 10 Aug - a strolling jazz band, Manaton Show & Fair, Manaton, Newton Abbot, 2-4pm.

TAKE 4 12 Aug - cool jazz with a touch of class, Clifford Arms, Shaldon, 8.30-11pm.

SPEAKEASY JAZZ CLUB 14 Aug - Brandon Allen, Matt Carter, Kevin Sanders, and Coach York in

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DONAVON FRANKENREITER 11 Aug - surfer-turned-musician with the iconic moustache, Jolly Farmer, Totnes, 8pm.

GO TELL ALICE 23 Aug - funky bluesy folk duo, The Jolly Abbot, Newton Abbot, 9-11pm.

BERT MILLER & THE ANIMAL FOLK 23 Aug - post-watershed Disney, The Barrel House, Totnes, 8pm.

JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH 24 Aug - guitar and songwriting wizard, The Albert Inn, Totnes, 8.30pm.

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

PADDY’S WHISKERS 25 Aug - 4-piece, hi-energy Devonbased irish Band, The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton,

DIAMONDOGZ

THE JEFFERSON ARCHIVE

FLIPRON

16 Aug - glam rock, Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton, 9.30-12 midnight.

13 Sep - classic rock re-invented, New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, 9pm.

6 Sep - a madcap mix of musicality, Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot.

STORMIN NORMAN BAND

DIAMONDOGZ

17 Aug - red hot rockin’ blues, New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, 9-11.30pm.

13 Sep - glam rock, The Victoria Inn, Ashburton, 9.30pm.

BLACK UHURU

THE SWAMP HOGS

23 Aug - second generation reggae vocalist group, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

14 Sep - rock ‘n blues power trio, Food & Music Festival, The Victoria Inn, Ashburton,9pm.

BLUES

SOUL TIME 3 Aug - Devon’s favourite soul band, Exmouth Pavilion, 8.30pm.

THE WEEKEND

CHANTEL MCGREGOR 8 Sept - exciting young rock ‘n blues musician, Exeter Corn Exchange, 7.30pm.

ROCK/H-METAL

WHOZ IN THE ROOM WITH NORMAN? 9 Aug - rock covers and more, The Spinning Wheel, Paignton, 9pm.

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23 Aug - party like it’s ‘79 with this New Wave, post-punk, guitar band, Albert’s Bar, Torquay, 9-11pm.

THE STRINGER BESSANT BAND

ROCK AGAINST THE MACHINE

K2

30 Aug - from the busiest man in rock music in Devon, The Coach House, Paignton, 9.30pm.

21 Sep - Devon’s premier classic rock covers band, New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, 9pm.

ROCK AGAINST THE MACHINE

WHOZ IN THE ROOM WITH NORMAN?

7 Sep - from the busiest man in rock music in Devon, The Jolly Abbot, Newton Abbot, 9pm.

28 Sep - rock covers and more, The Spinning Wheel, Paignton, 9pm.

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Tuesday 10th September, 8pm CHANTEL McGREGOR - South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes Photo courtesy of Finchley Mark

Photo courtesy of Glenn Miller Orchestra

www.chantelmcgregor.com

Thursday 5th September, 7.30pm

Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians the UK has ever produced, is gigging locally in September. Rock, blues, jazz, and power pop fuse in her performance - it's been said she channels the ghost of Hendrix. She’s refreshing, creative, original, so it is no wonder that recognition has come through British Blues Awards, which she won in 2011 and 2012, and she has played with the legendary Bonamassa. South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes TQ9 5LE Tel: 01803 869879 Tickets: £13.50 (adv), £16 (door).

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA UK

Photo courtesy of Paddy's Whiskers

Princess Theatre, Torquay www.glennmillerorchestra.co.uk The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, under the direction of Ray McVay, brings the authentic big band sound of the ‘40s to the Princess Theatre, Torquay, in September. Formed in 1988, through an arrangement with Glenn Miller Productions, New York, the orchestra replicates the line-up of the original much loved band with a leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, three rhythm and a male and female vocalist. They have a library of over 200 scores, including arrangements from both civilian and Army/Air Force orchestras. And that distinctive signature tune remains the same - Moonlight Serenade. Tickets: from £21. Princess Theatre see display page 7

Wednesday 18th September, 8.30pm ALAN BARNES WITH THE GRAHAM PINKNEY TRIO - Speakeasy Jazz Club, Torquay www.speakeasytqy.co.uk The Speakeasy is Torbay’s premier jazz club for lovers of modern jazz music (not traditional or dixieland). Meeting monthly at the Bancourt Hotel, this non-profit making club puts on regular concerts in this elegant venue - Brandon Allen, Matt Carter, Kevin Saunders and Coach Young will be there in mid-August, and Alan Barnes with the Graham Pinkney Trio in mid-September. Tickets: £10, but for a modest £10 annual subscription, Club members get a reduction on all concerts. And as the Speakeasy has recently amalgamated with Plymouth Jazz Club, they enjoy the same benefits there. Speakeasy Jazz Club: 01803 324003 The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road, Torquay TQ2 5LG

Tel: 01803 295077

Plymouth Jazz Club: www.plymouth-jazz-club.org.uk Photo courtesy of Jeff Hardcastle

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BARREL HOUSE, TOTNES “A café like no other”

Set in the heart of Totnes, the Barrel House is a café like no other in the town offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and hosting live music events Friday through to Sunday in the upstairs ballroom. The huge Grade II listed 19th century building, set over three floors, has been beautifully restored so as to adapt to the demands of the 21st century - there is free WiFi - and yet preserve the charm of the old. Glance Photo courtesy of Matthew & Me up at the ballroom ceiling and you will see it is covered with Dutch gold leaf. This makes the Barrel House an inspirational setting for your private party or wedding reception. The menu can be adapted to suit all tastes and budgets and you can all have a wonderful time in that huge Ballroom, with

And on 30 August, innovative local 5-piece band Matthew & Me will be topping the bill. These rising stars of the Indie/Folk scene have the world in thrall with their haunting ethereal vocals. The Ballroom will be echoing with their unique dreamy acoustic sound that blends seamlessly with unabashed choruses. Check out their latest EP entitled MMXIII, which was released in July. Matthew & Me www. matthewandme.co.uk Tickets: £9 The Barrel House, 59a High its excellent acoustics and dance floor. Just let them know your requirements. The Ballroom hosts a monthly programme of events - live music, cabaret, comedy, film, and DJ nights. (Check South Devon Hub for details.) for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB Tel: 01803 863000 www.barellhousetotnes.co.uk

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Forthcoming Art Exhibitions AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2013

James Martin - 'Western Beacon' - Lime Square

Teresa Pemberton - 'Letting in the Light' - Artmill Gallery

Sam Toft - 'On the Road Again' - Frames and Boxes

GALLERIES CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS, GLASS AND METALWORK 2 Aug to 20 Oct - Contemporary ceramics, glass and metalwork by artists from Devon or Cornwall, 45 Southside Gallery, Plymouth, 10.00am.

TIVERTON ART SOCIETY: SUMMER ART EXHIBITION 3 Aug to 10 Aug - The Tiverton Art Society Sizzling Summer Art Show. Tiverton, 10.30am. See East Devon Hub for more details.

MIKE JACKSON - ART EXHIBITION 3 Aug to 14 Aug - An exhibition of warmhearted & fun paintings from national artist Mike Jackson, Haddon Galleries, Torquay, 9.30am.

Sarah Blakey - Kaya Gallery

IN BLOOM ART EXHIBITION

PINK TREE WOOD FAIR

SUMMER EXHIBITION: MAKE A MARK

Until 3 Aug - IN BLOOM www. redearth-art.com. Work from 13 southwest artists, Barbara Green, Tiverton, 11.00am.

25 Aug - Celebration of all things wood with an art marquee, rural crafts and produce, Delamore Arts Exhibition, Ivybridge, 10.00am.

Until 1 Sep - Exhibition of mixed craft work by Members. Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

ART BOOT SALE

GILLIAN AYRES

4 Aug - Free Boot Sale for arts., Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, 10.00am.

Until 31 Aug - This exhibition features the printmaking of Gillian Ayres. RAMM, Exeter.

1 Sep to 30 Sep - Christine uses watercolours to depict a varied range of subject matter. Ivybridge, 9.00am.

LOVING THE BEACH

WASTED

Until 4 Aug - An exhibition of beachcombers' art - with a twist., Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

Until 31 Aug - Exploring the life-giving potential of "discarded" body parts., RAMM, Exeter.

MASTERS OF THE MOOR: WILLIAM AND FJ WIDGERY

SEIZING THE MOMENT

JAMES MARTIN - PASTELS

6 Aug to 18 Aug - Paintings by Anne Scarratt, Christine Linfield and Margaret Deans, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

Until 31 Aug - James Martin - Pastels, Lime Square, Ivybridge.

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Andrew Miller - 'Devon Lane in Summer' Brownston Gallery

Until 11 Aug - Amanda Pellatt Art Exhibition at the Flavel, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 9.00am.

SARA GILDERT - FLAVEL ARTS CENTRE 12 Aug to 1 Sep - Sara Gilert 'Wave Energy', Dartmouth, 9.00am.

ISLAND ARTIST - PAINTINGS BY EMMA CARTER AT HARBOUR HOUSE 20 Aug to 1 Sep - Atmospheric and textural paintings exploring the coastline, Kingsbridge, 10.00am. SOUTH DEVON

MASTERS OF THE MOOR: WILLIAM AND FJ WIDGERY Until 31 Aug - An exhibition of works by father and son William and FJ Widgery. RAMM, Exeter.

REFLECTING THE RURAL Until 31 Aug - Exhibition by James Ravilious, Colin Robins and Oliver Udy, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 10.00am.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 20TH JULY 2013 Until 31 Aug - Paintings by Nagib Karsan, Dee Nickerson, Yvonne Coomber, Michael Saunders, D'art Gallery, Dartmouth.

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CHRISTINE PASCOE - WATERCOLOURS SEPT 2013 - LIME SQUARE GALLERY

1 Sep to 27 Oct - An exhibition of works by father and son William and FJ Widgery. RAMM, Exeter.

GALLERY Brewery Quay, Island St, Salcombe www.gallery5.org 07989 794802

The Gallery An informal waterside art gallery and working studio based in Island Street, the creative heart of Salcombe in South Devon. We sell an eclectic and creative display of highly original paintings, images, sculpture and pottery, often with a particular flavour of the sea.


David Gray - Kaya Gallery

James Martin - 'Ivybridge' - Lime Square

WASTED - RAMM

DOCUMENT EXHIBITION

1 Sep to 29 Sep - Exploring the lifegiving potential of "discarded" body parts. RAMM, Exeter.

14 Sep to 12 Oct - DOCUMENT - Three artist's personal responses to their political environments. Peninsula Arts, Plymouth.

GILLIAN AYRES 1 Sep to 15 Sep - This exhibition features the printmaking of Gillian Ayres. RAMM, Exeter.

OUTLINE SOUTH WEST 3 Sep to 8 Sep - The South West Coast Path through the eyes of a printmaker: Anita Reynolds, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

PHOTO EXHIBITION: DARTMOOR BY JOHN CURNO Until 5 Sep - An exhibition of photographs of the Dartmoor landscape by John Curno, Devon Rural Archive, Modbury, 11.00am.

RESPONSES: HARBOUR HOUSE 10 Sep to 22 Sep - An exhibition of paintings by Sara Downham-Lotto and Ian Carr, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

THIS CITY'S CENTRE Until 22 Sep - A contemporary portrait of an English rural city., Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

John Ashton - 'Misty Morning' - Gallery 5

COOKWORTHY ON THE QUAY 24 Sep to 29 Sep - 19th and early 20th Century images of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and local villages, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

SAM TOFT Until 30 Sep - Sam Toft, Frames and Boxes, Newton Abbot.

Amanda Richardson - Devon Guild of Craftsmen

CODED CLOTHES Until 15 Oct - A special selection of adornments from RAMM's World Cultures collection. RAMM, Exeter.

EXETER'S FINE ART Until 15 Oct - An exhibition of paintings by Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan. RAMM, Exeter.

S.K.Bennett - 'Ophelia' - Kaya Gallery

Emma West - 'Foxglove' 45 Southside

83 Hyde Park Road, Plymouth PL3 4JN Tel: 01752 255020

Fine Art Trade Guild Award Winning Guild Commended Picture Framer and Gallery

Artist

36 Church Street, Modbury, Devon PL21 0QR 15 Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge t. 01752 698119 www.lime-square.co.uk

Sam Toft

Our Gallery Local, National and International Originals and Signed Limited Editions, Ceramics and Art Clocks.

10 Bank St, Newton Abbot 01626 335965 framesandboxes.co.uk

James Martin

AUG Stunning limited edition pastel images of Dartmoor and surrounding area.

Christine Pascoe

SEP Beautiful watercolour images of the South Hams and Dartmoor.

Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm

EXHIBITIONS The Bunker Project

24 Aug to 1 Sep - Andrew Miller, Teresa Pemberton, Charles Jamieson & Melanie Deegan feature in this unique exhibition. Near Soar Mill Cove TQ7 3DR

The Print Room

New! Printmakers featuring wood and linocuts and limited edition prints. Great way to start your art collection.

01548 831 338 art@thebrownstongallery.co.uk www.thebrownstongallery.co.uk

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GALLERY & FRAMING CENTRE

EXHIBITIONS 21 Group 6 to 28 Sept - One of the oldest exhibiting groups of artists in Devon, showing their prestigious work with us at Artmill

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm

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t r A Art Blog Norman Holmes from the Kaya Gallery

I was disappointed to learn that Plymouth had not even made the 2017 City of Culture short list and thereby gave all the usual pessimists a chance to give their negativity full rein as if we were living in a cultural desert.

This is clearly not the case as we are blessed to live in an area so rich in opportunities to satisfy our cultural leanings any time of the year without the need for any marketing accolade.

This month alone you can view the beautiful pastel work of James Martin at the Lime Square Gallery, Ivybridge, see examples of work from the St. Ives group of artists at The Artmill in Hyde Park, Plymouth, see Yvonne Coomber’s wonderful floral explosions at The Brownston Gallery, Modbury and some stunning new originals from the ever popular Brian Pollard at The Kaya Gallery on Plymouth’s Barbican. Leading abstract artist Martin Bush also opens his latest summer show at his gallery in Royal William Yard. Also on at the moment is a terrific exhibition at the Plymouth City Museum under the heading of ‘Women in Art’ featuring work by Sir Joshua Reynolds and try to get along to

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Buckland Abbey where a genuine Rembrandt has been discovered and is on view before it goes away for cleaning.

I’d also encourage you to take a walk up the newly reopened column next to the Devonport Guildhall, the view is simply breathtaking and once back down call in to the café in the Guildhall to try out their freshly baked bread as well as wonder round their latest exhibition featuring floral artist and sculptor James Millward. If photography is your thing then do visit the Peninsula Arts Gallery at the University I saw a really good show there entitled ‘Reflecting the Rural’ and I’m looking forward to the ‘Platform’ exhibition at the Arts Centre showcasing promising new arts graduates, a show that was actually held last year in Bristol.

So, just by highlighting a small handful of examples above within a small area and not even mentioning theatre, dance or film, whether or not the Government choose to recognise it Plymouth and this region is already a City of Culture. Norman Holmes, Kaya Gallery

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

by JOHN FISHER

Malcolm in the middle THAT GENTLE RANT from Malcolm Bell

Cadhay House

(above) against the Met Office earlier this summer (ITV, 4th July) about the accuracy of their weather forecasting has put him in the

Sense and sensitivity

middle of a debate those professional weather

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWL-

Here, aged 17, she married a junior ship’s

watchers probably hear all too often.

EDGED, that a single man in possession of

officer – one Thomas Reiby – and they founded

a good fortune may well be in want of the

a trading business together. It prospered and

Malcolm, who is the ex-boss of South West

image of a woman to put on the back of the

went on prospering until they owned farms,

Tourism and now heads up Visit Cornwall said

forthcoming £10-note.

that as far as their forecasts were concerned he thought we might just as well consult a fir cone.

built a stone-built house in Sydney (which later became a bank) and with their own ships,

Like Sir Mervyn King perhaps, the departing

traded with China and the Pacific islands.

governor of the Bank of England who teased

He could have gone on to list hanging a piece

the nation by suggesting that Jane Austen was

Reiby died in 1811 leaving her a fortune and

of seaweed outside the back door, watching

“waiting in the wings” and may well be the next

seven children. In 1817 the Bank of New South

for cows lying down in green pastures or

woman to be so hon-

Wales was founded in her house. Later, Mary’s

even registering those rheumaticky twinges

oured, Churchill

son, Thomas brought his two sons, James and

so many of us get in odd places when it begins

threatening to re-

Thomas back to England where both became

to feel like rain.

place Elizabeth Fry

clergymen – James becoming the vicar of

in the current plan.

Denbury, near Newton Abbot.

But before you join the on-line petition to badger the bank into

Sugar Plum’s secret

doing the honourable thing by Ms Austen (or

James’s granddaughter, Charlotte Reiby –

Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Seacole, Rosalind

known affectionately as “Sugar Plum” was

Franklin, Bodicea – or whoever) think of

married to Barton William Powlett of Cadhay

our enlightened cousins down-under who

but kept secret the fact that she was descended

Helpful though these tried and tested

have already honoured a woman in this way

from a one-time horse stealer. This fact

suggestions might have been, the Met Office

– a remarkable woman with a strong Devon

only came to light a few years ago when the

instead relies on “a super computer that

connection.

occupies the equivalent space of two football fields” as an aid to predicting the weather.

Australian descendants of Mary contacted Cadhay and broke the news.

Meet Mary

This, and scores of highly qualified scientists

Reiby, whose

So all in all, Mary Reiby, who died in 1855,

and technicians of course, who are employed

portrait not

was a remarkable woman who pulled herself

to interpret the outpourings of said machine.

only graces

up by her own bootstraps, not only making

the reverse

a life for herself in Australia but founding a

Trouble is the Jet Stream, which has put

of the Australian 20-dollar note but also the

dynasty into the bargain – including a bank.

everything out of kilter in recent years. When

walls of Cadhay House, Ottery St. Mary since

Jane Austen, eat your heart out.

it behaves the way we always thought is did,

her descendant great granddaughter, Char-

a child of five could probably take a good stab

lotte ‘Sugar Plum’ Reiby married into the

If you would like to badger the Bank of England

at whether tomorrow will bring barbecue

illustrious William Powlett family.

about who you think ought to go on the reverse

weather or not. When it doesn’t, it’s anybody’s

of the forthcoming £10-note go to www.change.

guess and computers after all are only as good

Mary, born in 1779 or thereabouts ran away

as the data we feed into them.

from home aged 13 and, dressed as a boy, was

org/en-GB/petitions and follow the links.

arrested for stealing a horse. Sentenced to

If you want to know more about Cadhay House

As Egyptians are wont to say philosophically of

the death penalty it was later commuted to

and its beautiful gardens, go to:

anything even remotely mechanical that fails

transportation to Australia for seven years.

www.cadhay.org.uk

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Steampunk / Neo-Victoriana - Velveteen Emporium

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MODELS: Leila Eddakille (above) Lilli-May Webb (right) Jason Collins (left & below) Charlie Smith (left)

MODEL AGENCY Prime Model Agency, Devon

LOCATIONS Fashion: Reed Hall Exeter University Cover: Dawlish & Budleigh Salterton

MAKE-UP: Fashion Shoot: Sally Ewin Cover Shoot: Susan Thompson

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Velveteen Emporium www.velveteen.co.uk

We at the Velveteen Emporium sell what is called by some, Neo Victoriana or Steampunk clothes and jewellery. This combines the elegance and styling of a bygone era for men and women with the comfort and convenience of 21st century street wear.

A year on from when we opened our doors, we are leaving the shop now to take what we have created on the road in a bespoke trailer with stage frontage. Our aim is to reach as many people as we can in events across England, advertising our now on line shop, and hopfuly bring a little magic, theatre and wonder with our ladies and gentlemens clothing, plus hats and other fancy goods.

Our humble beginnings started at a charity event called BMAD (Bikers Make A Difference) in Paignton South Devon in May 2012. After a number of events and many "do you have a shop?" we settled down at McCoys Arcade Exeter to create a small, but beautiful boutique environment for our collection of clothing from around the world.

The people behind Velveteen Proprietors Jon Massey and Julie Dunn sales@velveteen.co.uk

Fashion Shoot..

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Fashion Shoot..

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Well-known presenter, broadcaster and dyed-in-the-wool Devonian Judi Spiers gives COAST & COUNTRY readers a glimpse into the lives of the great and good.

conference to launch the venture in the 13th century Palazzo Comunale. It was obviously meant to be because unbeknown to Jeremy at the time, Ferrara University is twinned with Exeter University.

Jeremy Jackson At a time when so many people are looking for businesses to make a quick buck, itʼs rather refreshing to fi nd someone whose aim is to set up a business to put something back. Jeremy Jackson from Woodbury is one such man. An artist himself, a former public relations executive and a writer, Jeremy worked with the Samaritans for 12 years and

Jeremy Jackson The man behind AventArt enterprise

he and his wife Joy, fostered troubled children for a decade. A true philanthropist of all the things that he has been involved, Jeremy says, “They

have given me more than I have given them.” Although as he admits he is not a ʻyoung manʼ, he is bursting with ideas and his latest came to him on discovering Ferrara in Italy. Ferrara is a UNESCO

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Judi blending and smudging, the first time since ‘A’ levels!

World Heritage site about 45 minutes from Bologna. Itʼs a walled city which grew up around the River Po and became an intellectual and artistic center that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries and as he told me, “I fell in love with it and that’s the long and short of it.”

launch AventArt and Avent Holidays with a percentage of the revenue going to charity. The aim is to take artists from Devon to Ferrara and in time bring Italian artists to Devon. The locals have embraced the scheme whole-heartedly and threw a splendid press

Well, I have just returned from the fi rst Avent holiday in which I got down and very dirty with pastels under the expert tutelage of Exeter based artist Rebecca de Mendonca! What a great experience and opportunity! A one-time design assistant to televisionʼs Kevin McCloud she has worked on several West End shows with some of the countries leading theatre designers and with The English National Ballet. Now I havenʼt picked up a paintbrush since my ʻAʼ levels and have never used a pastel but on the very fi rst day

Ferrara is a UNESCO World Heritage site about 45 minutes from Bologna Inspired in part by Devon anesthetist Charlie Collins, who is raising money to pay for a hospital for the EarAid charity in Nepal, Jeremy decided to

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Rebecca teaching Judi and other enthusiastic members at the studio in Ferrara, Italy

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Rebecca had us blending and smudging like weʼd been at it for years. Of course my apples cannot begin to compare with the dynamic paintings of dancers, horses and children in full fl ight that Rebecca creates, but who knows, if I might paraphrase; ʻMighty trees from apple pips growʼ.

Gazing out to Sea by artist and tutor Rebecca de Mendonca

There are plans for other Avent holidays including cookery and language courses and Jeremy has ideas for documentaries and a book, but all with a philanthropic eye. With a small apartment in Ferrara and a home in Woodbury and doing the work he loves Jeremy admits, “What more could a man want?”

Bill Pertwee

Bill Pertwee 26th July 1926 - 27th May 2013

I canʼt go without mentioning the loss of a great friend Bill Pertwee, known to millions as Air Raid Warden Hodges in Dadʼs Army. In the last few years of his life Bill moved to Topsham and we met up now and again for lunch. We became friends many years

Tony Hawks Bumped into another man recently who likes to put a bit back; comedian, actor and author Tony Hawks, who has just moved to Devon. He was recently at The Way with Words Festival talking about turning his books into fi lms. The books being ʻRound Ireland with a Fridgeʼ and ʻPlaying the Moldovans at Tennis.ʼ The latter being all down to Arthur Smithʼs bet that he couldnʼt play and beat the Moldovan football team

when Tony was asked, as he usually is, what his next bet would be, a woman added: “I bet you can’t walk round Devon with my pet pig Dave?” Everyone laughed and he thought no more about it until the next morning when he thought it might be quite an interesting challenge, “Let’s at least go and meet Dave the pig and see how we get on.”

But, and here is the ʻbut,ʼ he didnʼt take the womanʼs name, so it is as he calls it ʻOperation Find Dave the Pigʼ So if anyone knows the lady concerned or maybe has a pet pig Tony could take round Devon... it will be for his charity... please get in touch?

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at tennis. Well he did and in the course of being in Chisinau Tony became involved in raising funds for a childrenʼs centre. The fi lm was recently shown at Scoriton village Hall and in the Q and A session afterwards

ago when I interviewed him on television and in 1999 Michael Aspel surprised him at the Imperial War Museum with ʻThe Big Red Bookʼ and I was honored to be among the great and the good who had gathered to pay their respects to this lovely man on his ʻThis Is Your Life.ʼ

I can’t go without mentioning the loss of a great friend, Bill Pertwee - known to millions as Air Raid Warden Hodges in Dad’s Army

Dadʼs Army came into his life in 1968. Heʼd been offered a job at the Hoe Theatre, Plymouth “well that’s the mortgage taken care of,” he told Marion his wife before adding, “ but I’m not going to do it I’ve just got a feeling.” May time that year he was sitting in the garden and the phone rang - it was David Croft saying: “I’ve got a small part as an air raid warden in a programme called Dad’s Army - would you like to do it?” Well I’d have done anything at that point. I said “oh yes certainly”, so that was it.” The last time I saw him was in Cornwall, where he had moved to be nearer his son Jonathan. Two children were running round the restaurant area of

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the characterless out of town pub he had chosen for lunch. I looked at him across the table tucking into his scampi, chips and vegetables, mixed veg not peas he was most insistent about that, quite fragile now at 85, but he caught my look and immediately knew what I was thinking and in classic air raid warden Hodges voice shouted, “Ruddy hooligans!”

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brief spell of sunshine and we are opening up the sheds and rummaging through our garden wares. It’s been so long since you last dragged that sun chair out into the light, and set up the outside table for a barbecue supper. “Oh, I forgot about these” you will exclaim whilst finding some exciting colourful piece of summer furniture or outdoor utensils which haven`t been used since God knows when.

All we need is a day out in the vitamin D air and the world suddenly seems a brighter place, smiling people wherever you turn, heading to our delightful beaches and coastal walks in their shorts. We all know better than to take even an hour of this blessed sunlight for granted, so let us have a look at how to make the most of these wonderful days in the haven that is our home. An outdoor eating area is pure heaven on a sunny Devon evening. A contemporary and colourful area with a hint of a Moroccan twist can really brighten up any part of your garden.

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If you are lucky enough to have a covered outdoor area, then you can even go for a tiled wall or floor space. The most interesting tiles are ones which hold a vibrant colour and design, but most of these are not suitable for outdoors due to the water getting under the glaze. You could get away with this if you have a covered area though, and it really would make the room set. From terracotta bricks to all glazed ceramic tiles with ornate borders or geometrical patterns, Moroccan tiles give a 12 century Andalusian feel to any space. Handmade tiles tend to have variations in colour and texture which is what give the tiles their renowned character. Local Devon ceramicists would easily be able to create bespoke tiles for you, perhaps even incorporating your own designs for that very special look. Colourful furniture and soft furnishings really kick off a fun eating environment, with very good deals on bistro style table and chair sets from local garden centres or home ware stores. The intricate details made from smaller metal pieces rather than wood are lovely, especially if you have a smaller outside area and need to save some space. Interesting and bright soft furnishings can be found almost anywhere these days, so keeping to around three colours for a scheme can help you to find pieces that will tie up in the end. Tableware is really exciting at this time of the year. The array of glass, plastic and ceramics bits and pieces you can find is simply outstanding. The key is to be fun and vibrant, with little fuss over matching pieces up. From detailed teacups to bold high ball glasses and woven bowls, just go for it and create a truly fun and interesting place to dine out, finishing off the look with a handful of fresh flowers pulled from your garden. Lining the edge of an outside dining area with potted plants can really define it. Large, colourful

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planters look stunning, like the Lakai hand painted metal planter from Oka. Planting up as many pots as possible will really create a thriving environment in which to dine.

Landmann Picolino BBQ £65 There are some really interesting barbecues to choose from, with sales starting already on some of them. I personally like the look and the price of the Landmann Picolini barbecues which are available in many different colour ways and are sold in most department stores or garden centres. The retail price of these is usually £65.00, but you can pick them up for around £40.00 at the moment. These are very easy to store and easy to use, ideal for a nation of amateur barbecuers!

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Youngsters of all ages might enjoy watching our furry friends go through their paces in the Frantic Ferret Fun Park at Allswell, just off the bypass. You canʼt miss it unless Old Silas has been that way recently in the combine harvester in which case there may be a dearth of signposts.

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Personally Iʼm not a fan of performing animals. I prefer the calmer atmosphere of the stoat reserve at Nether Scratchings where you can walk about in complete safety behind bars and observe these delightful creatures going about their normal daily lives - sleeping, hunting, eating and… sleeping. There is the alternative of driving through the reserve but I wouldnʼt recommend it as the little sods can really make a mess of your vehicle and the insurance company is unlikely to believe you.

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For more adult entertainment the ever enterprising Jack, landlord of the Pig & Trampoline, holds a regular beer festival with the cream of local brews on display. Iʼm told that Augustʼs guest star will be Fiery Flatbeare, a pungent sultry beer with hints of cod liver oil, jalapeño pepper and a garlic nose. Not for the squeamish - it weighs in at 6.2 on the Richter scale. On the other hand itʼs said to protect against colds, flu and mosquitoes for quite some time. Why not go along a week on Friday to the grand finals of

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Golden Lungs? The preliminary round winners were selected by popular vote on the last six Friday Karaoke nights. Although rarely seen, quite a few celebrities own homes in the exclusive part of the Flatbeare valley and somehow Jack has managed to cajole four semi famousish musicians into judging the fi nal. These alleged celebrities will be blindfolded, which greatly benefits some fi nalists like Pugs Bardsley who boasts the voice of an angel but the nose of a warthog. August also brings the open air theatre season in the natural amphitheatre by the riverside (or the Pigʼs skittle alley if wet). This year it will feature a selection of riveting new works by local playwrights under the loose heading of ʻThe Pig Talesʼ. The play season kick starts a multitude of autumnal artistic events which form Flatbeareʼs pitch for nomination as Village of Culture. Historic Dimble Hall in Lower Bathwater will be open to visitors as usual. Many will no doubt flock to its calorific teashop but this year there is a sensational added attraction, a display which should have queues forming before dawn for at great expense Tarquin Dimble has assembled what he claims to be the fi nest collection of table tennis bats in the world. A bold claim, perhaps, considering the competition but Tarquin is not one to let the grass grow under his money. So throw away that unnecessary passport, forget those long airport/motorway queues and visit these fantastic attractions on your doorstep. You know it makes sense.


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his comment was made by the best shepherd that I have had the privilege to meet, although our first meeting was one which I still look back on with horror. The worst ever farming nightmare I had was when I woke up to a scene which words cannot really describe. On checking my flock one morning, I was faced with devastation. Dead ewes, maimed lambs and others in a terrible state of shock the remains of a fierce and vicious dog attack. Silence, couldn’t speak, and couldn’t think straight, so actually just wept. That was weak on my part and didn’t achieve anything, so, pulling myself together, I went in doors and called the necessary people to help clear the carnage. Within hours I heard a knock at the back door and what faced me also looked horrific! A middle-aged, certainly grumpy, male, with bushy eyebrows like you’ve never seen. He stank of sheep and his sheepdog, which smelled even worse, stood looking silently evil and carried a necklace of clinkers around his neck more commonly known as sheep s**t! His name was Mush - that’s the dog. The male object was none other than the infamous Mr Froggatt, whose name and reputation came before him. The conversation that ensued was quiet, informative, honest, but serious. The dogs had to be found and dealt with. Those couple of hours changed my life regarding shepherding and Richard became not only my mentor, but a wealth of valuable information, not just about sheep, but how to manage them and make life as easy as possible. The trouble was we’re both strong characters, full of our own opinions and slightly stubborn - a good recipe for regular differences of opinion. My first lesson came quickly! “Janet, you cannot shepherd effectively without a dog.” “Yes I can, I do well now without a dog.”

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“Yes, you shake the bucket and they run towards you, that’s because they love the expensive, unnecessary food you are giving them. One day they will turn a blind eye and then you’re b******d! I’m telling you woman, you need a dog, and quick.” The options were a trained dog - couldn’t afford it, and what was the fun in that, or… a pup, which, of course, would no real benefit for at least 8 - 12 months. It had to be the latter option and I’d have to keep shaking the bucket for a while longer. Scanning the local papers, I soon came up trumps and I set off to see a litter of border collies - I thought all puppies were gorgeous. Not this litter - a mixed bag of ugly, timid, wormy looking pups. Poor things! I took pity and said I am sure I could sort it. Richard told me not to be so b****y stupid and told the owner, in no uncertain terms, that we were not purchasing! The next litter - gorgeous, playful, beautiful coats and, yes, you could take the lot home. I’ve been brought up in a male world at home and at work and they are uncomplicated (well most are) and so a dog it had to be. I called him Jack - a strong tri-coloured, handsome dog. The next 12 to 18 months were great. I was learning - Jack was a great pupil and Richard a miserable, demanding, blinkin’ good teacher. No more bucket shaking. After a very long, hot morning moving sheep, worming and general maintenance, Jack was knackered, long tongue hanging out and panting and soaking wet from a quick dive in the sheep trough. Richard declared “You need another dog.” I quickly retorted “No I don’t, Jack is brilliant and so young.” “He might be all those things, but one day some idiot driving too fast down the lane will run the bugger over, or worse still, you might, by accident... I know - I’ve done it.”

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Kipper, number two dog, was big, bold, better bred, had style and class and, I suppose, I had improved as well. Jack and Kipper worked well together, but didn’t have quite the calm relationship I had hoped for. Two strong, entire males - hardly surprising. Kipper was running so well that Richard persuaded me, against all odds, to enter a sheepdog nursery trial. I was convinced that I was not good enough, would make a fool of myself and the dog. The day arrived. Even on the journey there in Richard’s disgusting, minging, sheep-smelling truck (complete with the equally disgusting, sheep-smelling Mush!), I was trying my hardest to pull out. No chance! My turn came, up to the post we went, shaking, worrying, what was I doing. I sent Kipper “away to me” (out to the right). He gathered the six sheep, brought them steadily to me in a relatively straight line, round the back of me and they set off on the first short drive, aiming for the two gates and the gap - a difficult thing for a dog, as they naturally want to bring sheep to you, not drive them away from you. So far so good. Through the gates - “come by Kip”... no response, “come by Kip”... no response. S**t. He drove on and on, not listening to me at all and ended up driving them into the little stream bordering the trials field. Total embarrassment as over the tannoy the judge said “I think you need to retire Mrs East”. Given sheep hate water, Kipper was clearly impressed - at home he struggles like mad to push them through water-logged gateways. When I eventually got to him and the sheep, he, bounded up to me, tail wagging furiously, so pleased with his efforts. He thought he’d won the day. I had to smile. I was embarrassed, but, perhaps, not quite as much as the gentleman who ran after me. He sent his dog “away to me”, running beautifully, past the sheep, on and on - but the dog was soon totally out of sight amid gallant efforts at concise whistle commands which soon degraded into abusive verbal commands by his owner to stop his progress. The dog was found four miles down the road at the local pub! My trialling career started and ended on the same day (although my new bitch, Nell, only 2 years old is something very special...! ) 29


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extensive petitioning by the Cornish tin industry.

Ashburton's colourful past is clearly reflected in the architecture, which, as in all the best English towns, is a diverse mix from many eras, all melding together to form charming and characterful streets. It's often the case that many of the facades you see are medieval buildings that have had a 'modern' front added. I say modern in terms say the 17th century or whatever era the work was carried out.

Where Ashburton has really benefitted in the last few years is the dedication of its shopkeepers to raising the standard within the town. See more about the shops later in this feature.

I'm sure you know that Ashburton was at one time, well known as a stannary town. Stannary is the term that relates to tin coinage. Edward I's 1305 Stannary Charter established Ashburton as a stannary town, due to the tin mining that had taken place on Dartmoor since Roman times. This gave Ashburton a buoyant economy, although in 1838 tin coinage was abolished following

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Dating back to 820AD, the Saxon office of Portreeve is still kept alive today in Ashburton This office is accompanied by a Baliff, Ale Tasters, Bread Weighers

The 1,192nd Portreeve of Ashburton together with his Baliff. (Peter Brewer and Linda Germon). There are also Ale Tasters, Bread Weighers, Viewers of the Market, Viewers of Water Courses, Tree Inspectors, Searchers, Sealters of Leather, Scavengers and Pig Drovers. The chief duty of a Saxon Portreeve was to represent the King in legal transactions, and was often the only person who could read and write Latin. The court still meets today and and have a busy calendar of events through the year.

The Portreeve's badge of office (above). The ancient courts of Ashburton presided over many historical duties particularly with regard to the maintainance and upkeep of the town in general and also with regard to adulteration of food and ale. There's a Baron Jury and a Leet Jury, they both exist to act as guardians of the history and traditions of the town. If you wish to read further, it's well worth visiting www.ashburton.org

The historic seat of Court Leet and Baron - a court meeting taking place in the 1980s. The first Portreeve was appointed in the year 820. The word, Portreeve, derives from two AngloSaxon words, 'port' meaning a 'market town' and 'gerefa' meaning an official. Amongst his duties were to witness and record cattle sales which could only be sold in a market town. Also he oversaw coinage, adminstered the taking of oaths and fines, fixed court dates, church dues, tax assessment, ensured church fasts and feasts were properly observed and alms given correctly.

The Market House (above) stood in North Street which was demolished in 1848 Nearby was the Bull Ring, where bull-baiting took place

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The view from the Chapel of St Lawrence tower. In the distance, the fields are arranged in long strips and these are the actual field layouts dating from the Saxon era that you can see in the distance.

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St Lawrence Chapel tower. Being a Chantry Chapel, the children of the town sang the office of Mass in return for an education from the resident priest. Bishop Stapledon gave the Chapel to the town in 1314 when he was Bishop of Exeter and Lord of the Manor of Ashburton. It was one of England's first grammar schools run by the church to educate local boys. It closed in 1938. The building was extensively restored by the Dartmoor National Park Authority and English Heritage. SOUTH DEVON

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Brian Lewis, an architect by profession, is heavily involved in the preservation of the Chapel of St Lawrence. He very kindly showed me round this historic building. Water penetration into the tower has been a recent problem that requires urgent work. They are faced with the enormous task of raising significant funds of ÂŁ200,000 to preserve the historic building.


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Ashburton Museum - houses a fine display of North American Indian artifacts from benefactor Paul Endecot - an Ashburton man who moved to America. This is on the third floor together with old English farm tools. The ground floor has Parish items, the second, lace, Victorian clothes, toys, etc. See town website for open hours.

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Tea garden at The Green Ginger - on a sunny day it's blissful place to enjoy a tea or lunch and they even provide bowls of water for hot dogs! You can just see the moors rising in the backtround.

The stream in the picture is the Ashburn river which would have supplied the town in olden times with a fresh supply of water, essential for a successful town settlement. This is just up from the town along North Street, if you carry on, you rise up onto the moors to Widecombe.

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Ashburton nestles at the southern edge of the Moors. It's a lovely view from many of Ashburton's streets, you look up and see the moors and trees above roof level behind the buildings. Ashburton's become something of a destination town for people looking for interesting and eclectic items for their home. Try looking in Artisans and Artists and also Apollo Living. Adrian Ager is opening the new School House Showrooms - also worth visiting.

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The Fish Deli 01364 654833 www.thefishdeli.co.uk

Swedish and Danish furniture. They also sell lighting and exhibit works by local artists. One of the shops that most impressed me on my visit to Ashburton was The Fish Deli. Talk about a visual feast - walk in the door and you're dazzled with a vast array of foods such as artichokes, stuffed peppers, balsamic onions, sweet pesto, paella rice, chilli sauces, mayonnaise, pate, hummus, dips, many of which are home-made.

It's a real speciality shop, the range is staggering as are the colours and indeed the energy that goes into orchestrating the whole display. Of course let's not forget the fish, which is all sustainable and from local day boats. Top marks to Nick, Michelle and the team, wish they'd open a branch in my town! They receive a prestigious COAST & COUNTRY Food Retailer Award 2013.

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Apollo Living 07970 800786 www.apolloantiques.com

By the time you read this magazine, their expansion into premises at St Lawrence Lane will have started, where their new studio and library will be located. The existing premises will house interior items such as furniture, lamps, objet d'art, the Bathe Perfumery and interior accessories in general. Let's wish them all the best, go-ahead businesses like these really make the difference in a town like Ashburton, they add flair, and help invigorate the town centre.

Tess Designs is run by Tess and Francis (above)

Inside Teasels Ashburtion Florist 01364 653353 Another exceptional local business is Artisans and Artists run by Susan Folwell and Robert Allen (right). An interior design consultancy, their talents have been appreciated by clients from across the South Devon region, with a surprising number of London based clients also. They've been involved in many prestigious projects over the last five years and have gained a name for ability and attention to detail (see their advert on the back cover of this magazine).

ARTISANS and artists 01364 653276

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If you're concerned that BATHE has disappeared from Ashburton, don't worry, they've now been re-sited within Artisans and Artists.

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Have a pint where Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested! Pictured left at this historic inn, Landlady Carol McNichol (left) with Tracey Hislop. The Exeter Inn was built in 1130 to house the builders of St Andrew's Church. Behind the bar you can see the original fireplace, the ends being made

of mill stones. Apparently, this pub is where Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested and sent to the Tower of London. This is backed up by a statement from the owners of Hartland Abbey who say that according to documents, a relative was recorded as having arrested Sir Walter here at The Exeter Inn. What a fantastic link to the past. If you're a history buff, to be able to take a pint where Sir Walter was arrested has to be on your agenda.

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Richard Carslysle 1790 - 1843

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John Dunning 1731 - 1783

He was a gifted scholar and later on became Solicitor General and was the first Lord Ashburton, after entering the House of Lords.

William John Wills 1834 - 1861 A surveyor who also trained as a surgeon for a while. Know for the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition which was the first expedition to cross Australia from north to south. The journey ended in success and tragedy. He died alone at a place called Breerily Waterhole on Cooper Creek. Burke died soon after. They were given a State Funeral in Melbourne.

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Jolie Brise a welcome sight!

On 23

rd May there were some extremely anxious faces in Brixham. Gales had been sweeping the south west and throughout the day cancelations and postponements had been coming in for entrants to Saturday’s famous Heritage Regatta; wooden craft were huddled in harbours along the coast, many owners being unwilling to risk their fragile vessels in winds gusting to 7, 8 or more. Many too were remembering how, less than a month before, the historic wooden fishing boat Courageous II had been dashed to pieces on the rocks off Cornwall in mountainous seas. Meanwhile up at the Berry head Hotel the organisers of a Blue Plaque Unveiling were especially torn: their ‘guest of honour’ Jolie Brise, one of the most famous boats in the world and 100 years old this year, had been caught up in the foul weather. The latest news from the crew was that she was on her way, despite the storm, and people did not know whether to be worried

or relieved, in case she came to grief, or was going to manage to fight her way into Brixham after all to witness the Plaque being unveiled. Jolie Brise is one of the best known of the “Tall Ships”, regularly winning trophies in their races. She was built as a Pilot Cutter in France in 1913 and bought by a keen-eyed English yachtsman, Evelyn George Martin, who fell in love when he was shown her half-model over in Le Havre in 1923. Pilot boats were built for speed as only the first to reach a vessel would be paid to bring them safely into port; and George Martin, who had served three years apprenticeship in the Brixham shipyards in the early 1900s, could read her lines from the model so had a shipwright’s instinct as to just how fast she could go. He was so impressed he bought her, sight unseen, and restored her to full racing trim in Teignmouth with his own hands: Jolie Brise has been collecting glittering prizes ever since. She is most famous for winning the first Fastnet Race with George in 1925 as well as going on to win it twice more, a record still unbeaten after all these years; she will be taking part again this summer to mark her Centenary. George Martin was the Founder of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, amongst many

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other yachting achievements, and it was his Blue Plaque which was to be unveiled on Friday 24th. On Thursday evening all over Brixham people were watching the weather and holding their breath, wondering if the lovely old boat was going to get to the event safely, and in time. They need not have worried. Jolie Brise was built for just such a sea; she has crossed the Atlantic many times through the wild Trade Winds and the storms of the Gulf Stream, so the Devonshire coast held no fear for her or her crew. In the early evening she came in to sight rounding Berry Head, curving into the waves and defying the teeth of the wind. People came out of their houses to watch this little boat battle her way across Torbay, many not knowing her name or how famous she is. Later her skipper, Toby Marris, explained that in all the years he has been in charge, she has only missed an event twice; he said she is so strongly built she can cope with almost anything thrown at her. On the Saturday she was a beautiful sight among the many other lovely sailing craft of the Brixham Heritage Regatta in the bright sunshine; the wind was just right and many of the vintage boats had

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21 Aug to 23 Aug - Sailing, family fun fair in town centre car park, fire works on middle quay, Brixham Yacht Club. TORBAY WEEK 2013 23 Aug - Series of races org. by combined yacht & sailing clubs. Locations on website, Royal Torbay Yacht Club. To see more visit southdevonhub.co.uk


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TORBAY ROYAL REGATTA 200th ANNIVERSARY 24 Aug to 28 Aug - The tradition of the regatta is as old as the town itself, Torbay Royal Regatta.

Blue Plaque for E.G.Martin OBE RNVR

DARTMOUTH ROYAL REGATTA 29 Aug to 31 Aug - Air Displays, Rowing, Sporting Events, Sailing, Red Arrows and more at this years regatta. OK DINGHY BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 05 Sep to 08 Sep - Brixham Yacht Club are the organising authority for the championship, Brixham Yacht Club, Brixham.

At Berry Head Hotel for the unveiling of the Blue Plaque for Evelyn George Martin, detailing his historic 1st Fastnet win in Jolie Brise

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Crew with the Concours D'Elegance trophy

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20 years old and still going strong!

Villages in Action Helping to organise high quality performances in over 70 villages, Roger Werner discusses how VIA thrive in supporting local people and communities all over Devon.

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

Life Matters Editor - Averil Quinain coaching@gmail.com tel: 01395 513383 07891 447710 Averil is a Personal Life Coach and Business Development Coach. She works voluntarily for the Princes Trust as a mentor for young people, and for Oxfam as a school speaker. With a passion for inspired and responsible living, she also runs an organic natural remedy business. Averil trained at the internationally renowned CoachInc.com and is a member of the ICE.

Do you have anything interesting to tell us about? We re particulary keen to hear from local chariti es and voluntary organisations abo ut the good work they carry out in the community. We d also like to hear from practitioners in the South Devon area about their treatments and services.

The Old Dance School performing through VIA earlier this year. Image courtesy of R. Werner

W

hen you are driving along small and windy country lanes, passing through villages dotted about in the East Devon countryside the last thing you might expect when passing a sleepy village hall is to see it bursting at the seams with local villagers watching a professional music, theatre or dance show. Well, if the village is part of Villages in Action's rural touring scheme then you might well encounter that very sight. A Devon-based charity, Villages in Action (VIA) works with over 70 villages across much of Devon, supporting local people to come together in their communities to organise high quality performances on their doorstep. A team of volunteers in a village will choose from a menu of performers and then they will have all that they need from VIA to promote the show and sell tickets. For many it is an opportunity to see top class musicians, dancers and theatre companies without travelling to large cities miles away and there is the added bonus of knowing most of the audience too. Some villagers say that the interval is especially lively with neighbours chatting to each other about the show they’re enjoying, or about life in the village or even planning their next village event. Events also raise funds from the ticket sales to help improve the

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facilities with some villages promoting other live events, or buying new chairs, lights or equipment for their hall. VIA has a new project emerging on the horizon as we support up-and-coming Young Promoters across Devon. A pilot project last year involved students from Axe Valley College in Axminster learning all there is to know about staging an event. The young promoter team organized a hip-hop theatre show called ‘A Countryboy’s Struggle’. This one-man production with the actor playing 40 different characters, had rave reviews at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and was

schemes with high profile acts, lots of fun organising and hosting the shows and also being able to keep a percentage of the ticket sales too. So, in the future you may well see that there is a Young Promoter event in a school hall near you – it will have the VIA stamp of quality and will definitely be a show not to miss. If you’re in any doubt about the value local people place on VIA events, there are plenty of stories that illustrate the point. The first is a quote from an elderly lady in one small village who were presenting their first Villages in Action event. After the show she announced to the local organiser: “I’ve been waiting for 50 years to see something good in this Village Hall, and that was it!” Another comment underlines the importance of bringing quality shows to people in their own communities: after a fantastic two-person adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, an audience member was overheard saying “I would have travelled a long way to see that, but I didn’t have to!”

Ling Peng and Ying Xiao - two Chinese musicians who will be touring through VIA next year

toured across the country and so we were lucky to have such a high quality show visit Devon. This year VIA are hoping to recruit three more schools to the Young Promoter scheme and so if you are reading this, and would like to have support to put shows on in your local school communities then do contact the VIA office, details on our website www.villagesinaction.co.uk Our Young Promoter teams will have support to become skilled promoters and will work in the same way as village

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But here’s the thing... “Every time you use an apostrophe to make a word plural, a puppy dies” SO GOES THE OLD ADAGE, used by grandma’s grammar teachers to drum that particular rule (unsuccessfully as it seems) into the heads of people who went on to become sign-writers, sign- makers – and indeed councillors - in

Knife, fork, spoon & mobile

Devon.

By contrast, the possible explanation for the absence of apostrophes in this small cluster

SO DEVON COULD BE the first county in

The whole apostrophe

of Devon signage may be down to the fact that

England to ban the use of mobile phones in

kerfuff le was kicked

the sigh-writer simply ran out of paint.

public eating places. If enough of us complain that is.

off again earlier this year when Mid Devon District Council consid-

Your local fish and chip shop would be the only

ered doing away with

exception. Nobody could object to someone in

them completely on road

the queue taking a call from home to say that

signs and the like.

gran’ had changed her mind and wanted cod

Nothing was resolved or agreed apparently

instead of rock.

and offending signage continues to blight the landscape not only in Mid Devon, who really

But the making and taking of mobile phone

should not be picked on in this way, when there

calls in restaurants seems to be on the increase

are flagrant examples of apostrophe abuse

in Devon. Here is some suggested wording for

disfiguring every corner of our otherwise fair county.

a notice to be printed at the top of every menu. If apostrophes were children and abused so blatantly in this way the perpetrators would be reported and given custodial sentences. Or are Devonians turning into a generation

ENJOY YOUR MEAL Please refrain from making or taking mobile phone calls in this restaurant THANK YOU

of nit pickers?

These Elizabethan maids will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves for the benefit and wellbeing of the Hurst household (circa 1602) using a variety of plants gathered from their physick garden. Drop in to watch a fascinating, two hour demonstration of how Devon went about

The Vertue of Herbes

healing itself 343 years before the NHS came to the rescue

OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ! Find out more about the power of plants

There are clearly some Devonians amongst us

GET THEE TO ST. NICHOLAS’S PRIORY in

by joining them in the Tudor kitchen at St

Exeter this month (August) and watch a tisane

Nicholas’s Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street,

being prepared by the fair hands of Mistresses

Exeter EX4 3BL. Adult admission to this

Eleanor and Christina, who are skilled in the

demonstration and the whole of the Priory

knowledge and the use of herbs - or “herbes”

costs just £4.00 for adults.

as a Tudor spellchecker would have it.

who have more apostrophes than they know what to do with and have decided that when in doubt, more is best.

T here a re T WO Ver t ue of Herb es A tisane of course is a herbal tea used for

demonstrations - Thursday 15th and then

medicinal purposes and in Merrie England

again 29 August, both between 11.00 - 1.00 pm

there was one for everything that ailed you.

JOHN FISHER

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It was 425 years ago this August that Devon stood alone in the West as Elizabeth dithered and Spain sent its great Armada against us

The Spanish are coming!

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T’S EASY TO PICTURE Queen Elizabeth I facing down the Spanish Armada in her guise as the semi-divine being promoted so skilfully by the Tudor propaganda machine and portrayed in Gower’s famous depiction of her in The Armada Portrait (above right). In reality today’s historians reveal Good Queen Bess as a serial tightwad whose miserliness and dithering brought about suffering and even death on an extraordinary scale to many of the brave men who served under her. Her sailors, at Plymouth, lived on such short rations that they were forced to fish off the sides of their ships in harbour as they awaited provisions and ammunition to fight the Armada. She was finally persuaded to loosen her grip on her purse strings after naval commander, Lord Howard had been forced to urge her, “For the love of Jesus Christ, Madam, awake and see the villainous treasons around about you, against your majesty and the realm.”

One month’s rations finally arrived in Devon on 23rd June and were distributed to the fleet. They were told that they should make them last for six weeks. With the provisions came a warning from the Queen, relates the renowned Devon-born historian James Froude, that she had forbidden further preparations to be made for supply till the month was out – after which it would take a further two weeks to assemble the rations and a further week to ship them to Devon. The men bore their suffering without complaint but the beer that had arrived was sour and poisonous and brought dysentery, an enemy more dreaded than the Spanish, that carried them off in scores.

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Unable to endure the sight of this suffering, Lord Howard, the commander of the English fleet and Drake, both wealthy men, ordered wine and arrowroot for the sick at Plymouth on their own responsibility. Elizabeth later called them to sharp account for their extravagance which had saved possibly a thousand brave men to fight for her. Drake took it on the chin. Howard refused to defend his actions and paid the bill out of his own purse.

“God blew and they were scattered!” Elizabeth portrayed as the saviour of her people, her prayers answered by heaven-sent tide and storm, bringing about the defeat of England’s enemies.

To this, echoing the views of the Queen, Lord Burleigh replied: “by death, by discharging of sick men, and suchlike, there may be spared something in the general pay.” It is thought that more than 8,000 Spanish sailors and soldiers of the Armada perished in the

Church bells ring out feint but clear across the Tamar and greenery is thrown onto blazing signal fires to alert Plymouth and thence the rest of England that

Sir Francis Drake

Sir Martin Frobisher

On 20th August, with the threat of the Armada barely vanished into the mists surrounding Scotland, Elizabeth, parsimonious as ever, cannily disbanded the army, not in London where it had been formed, but at Tilbury, where she had declared it to be “my personal bodyguard” and again turned her attention to the fleet, where sickness was now sweeping through the crews like wildfire.

Suffering of the fleet Although not a single English ship had been lost in the action and barely one hundred men killed, death throughout the lower decks was rife. Howard told her of the impending loss of life among the 16,000 men crowded in unsanitary conditions among the crews and wrote to the privy council in September: “It were too pitiful to have men starve after such a service.” SOUTH DEVON

of Cornwall that the Spanish Armada is in sight off the Lizard peninsula.

Lord Howard

battles or were drowned or later died of their wounds. By contrast, from the 16,000 seamen of the total English fleet barely 100 seamen died. But look a little deeper and the victory becomes tarnished. Writing of the total English losses in his book The Spanish Assault of England John Barratt concludes: “How many died through sickness and neglect cannot be known for sure: but perhaps up to half were dead by winter – roughly the same loss as in the Armada.”

Devon stands alone IT IS LATE AFTERNOON on Friday 29th July, 1588 and the first alarms are sounded out

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the invasion has come. News of the number and disposition of the enemy ships reaches Drake and Frobisher and their fellow captains by sea the next day as a lookout ship, the Golden Hind, beats into Plymouth where Lord Howard’s fleet awaits the news, locked in by an inclement wind and the dictates of the tide. Plymouth’s protective breakwater does not exist at this point in history. The smaller vessels armed merchantmen for the most part - are sheltering in the mouth of the Tamar, the larger fighting ships are in the Sound, where they will stand a better chance of getting out against the tide by ‘kedging’. This will involve moving a vessel forwards by dropping a small anchor ahead of it and then manning winches on deck to pull the ship along.


men must be bringing to these Western counties. For only he and his senior officers know that Devon and Cornwall are safe awhile. This great crusading force has been charged with avoiding engagements if possible and making its way up the Channel to meet up with a great fleet of barges he believes to be waiting at Calais where some 27,000 hardened Spanish troops from the occupied territory of the Netherlands will embark and cross to England with the Armada as escort.

This is a laborious process but one which will nevertheless save the day and allow Howard’s men to escape and wait in the lee of Rame Head, the headland to the west of Plymouth Sound, for whatever is to come. It is not yet dawn on the morning of Sunday 31st July and Howard’s ships now lie hidden but ready for action. If they can slip out behind the Armada as it passes they will have the weather gauge – the windward position in relation to the enemy – answering the prayer of every English captain for the battle ahead. First blood comes before noon. The Armada’s supreme commander, Alonso Perez de Guzman, Duke of Medina Sidonia is called to the rail of his 1,000-ton flagship, the San Martin which, through the clearing sea mist, sights eighty-five English ships to windward of them. His own great bow-shaped crescent of ships known as the lanula formation proceeds up-Channel – transports and troopships protected in depth in the centre – warships on either side in two horns, in an unbreakable formation. So the English are out. He ignores the entreaties of his captains to attack Plymouth and continues their progress slowly eastwards, resolved not to risk an attack on Plymouth but to follow the orders of his king and sail to the rendezvous with the Spanish army from the Netherlands he believes to be waiting to join him at Calais. Howard has no knowledge of Spain’s intentions but knows that he must harass the main central body of the Armada and prevent it from landing troops anywhere. Drake’s and Hawkins’s squadrons will attack the horns of the

Drake plays bowls as the Armada approaches (detail from the Drake monument in Tavistock).

the coast like a breaking wave, from Wembury to Salcombe and round to Dartmouth and beyond as the sails of the Spanish galleons come into view. Ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred and thirty sail are counted. Then orange flashes and puffs of white smoke and seconds later the distant thunder of cannon fire as the galleons back their sails and slow in an attempt to entice these English into close combat. But their tormentors keep their distance, snapping at the heels of their quarry. Like greyhounds they bear down on the sterns of this slow moving prey, each English vessel attempting to describe a figureof-eight as it fires, first its longrange bow-chaser, then as it turns, a raking broadside, followed by a second as it goes about.

The battle unfolds Devon watches the running battle unfold across the broad expanse of Lyme Bay, from Start Point to Portland Bill, attack after attack, hour upon hour. A quarter of the crews that man this English fleet are from Devon, many of them the loved ones of these townsfolk and villagers who have come to view this great drama.

Duke of Medina Sidonia

lanula. Onshore, thousands have waited and watched and prayed throughout the short summer night and as morning wears on there is a shout that sounds along

Some stay to watch. Others hurry homewards and look to the safety of families, homes and belongings. Able-bodied men of the trained bands (between the ages of 16 and 60) gather up the weapons they have bought at their own expense – still longbows and pikes for the most part - and hurry to the local assembly points laid down by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, the Earl of Bath. Orders to Devon’s trained bands are the same given to all

the other counties. They are to march eastwards along the coast, gathering in strength as they progress, so that wherever the Spaniards choose to make landfall they can be met in numbers.

Fire over England No help comes from the far west. The Cornish trained bands march only as far as the Tamar before returning to their barley harvest. Devon stands alone and the whole of Devon is in motion. Gallopers leave the crowds that gather at village squares and urge their mounts up, up to the headlands and promontories to put fresh flame to the braziers that continue to smoke the word along the coast to Beachy Head in Sussex, where, at dusk, they turn suddenly inland towards London, this time as a string of bright fires.

Fire beacons were very effective at spreading the message across long distances

At sea the 29,453 men, soldiers and sailors of the Spanish Armada cross themselves as they peer through the smoke of battle upon this foreign realm, “the great bastion of heresy” they have come to destroy. Perhaps Medina Sidonia - briefly overcoming the seasickness from which he suffers so badly - permits himself a smile at the thought of the panic he and his

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Those troops will land between Dover and Margate and with the Armada escorting their right flank as it sails up the Thames, will advance and put London to the flame – along with England’s “heretic and illegitimate” Protestant queen - restore Catholicism to “this blighted realm” and crown Philip of Spain as its king. So much for the plans of men - a plan never to unfold, thanks to the bravery of England’s seamen and a great summer storm. The rest, as they say, is history.

The tide of history turns The running battle up the Channel pauses briefly off Calais where the Armada anchors only to discover that there is no waiting army. Fire ships are sent against them and in a desperate attempt to escape many of the galleons cut their anchor cables. For many it foreshadows the disasters that are to come. The largest of the English attacks follows on August 8th, off Gravelines, Flanders, after which the Spanish turn on their heels and flee northwards with the English in pursuit as far as the Firth of Forth. As they round the Shetlands in a storm and head west to follow the west coast of Ireland to home, all thoughts of invasion vanish and survival becomes paramount. Ships sink or run aground and in the teeth of what now turns into a full blown hurricane, unable to anchor or find shelter, 24 more ships founder. Their crews either drown or are slaughtered by Elizabeth’s troops as they drag themselves ashore. What Pope Sixtus V in Rome has blessed and declared Spain’s Holy Crusade has turned into a disaster. England on the other hand dubs the storm the Protestant Wind and sees it as a sign that God supports the Reformation. continued overleaf...

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The Spanish are coming!

With most of the English fleet being refitted Philip’s cunning plan might well have succeeded – save for the October gales. This time 30 galleons are lost before they even sight the Scillies and the rest turn back.

First news of the defeat reaches Spain in early September prompting Philip to write: “I hope that God has not permitted so much evil, for everything has been done for His service.” Of the 130 ships sent by him against England, more than 36 capital ships are lost and a score and more of smaller vessels, supply ships and galleasses never return. More than 15,000 seamen and soldiers die, including those who either drown, are killed in action or later die of wounds.

(Footnote: All dates shown are those we use in the modern calendar). JOHN FISHER

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Once more England is reminded of the inscription Elizabeth has had engraved on the Armada medals she had struck after the defeat of the first Armada: Flavit Deus et dissipati sunt.

The Spanish Galleass La Girona founders off Lacada Point, Northern Ireland.. Of the 1,300 men on board, there are nine survivors. SOURCE: Notafly

“God blew and they were scattered.”

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