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APR MAY 2013

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Contents ISSUE NO 6

6. Forthcoming Events

26. Vintage Kitchens

Find out what's on in South Devon.

Amanda Crump talks shabby chic.

10. Live Music Roundup

31. Flatbeare Views

Get the info on local live music.

Ardley digs himself another hole.

12. Art Gallery What's On

33. But here's the thing

Art gallery events and Art Blog.

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

18. Nelson's Column

34. River Erme Walk

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Illustrated walk with the Editor.

20. NEW - Star Gazing

41. Ivybrige

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

A quick look at this old mill town.

22. Fashion and Beauty

44. Life Matters

Retail therapy for women.

Health & wellbeing issues.

24. NEW - Yellingham Farm

45. Eating Out

Vivid farming tales from Janet East.

Great places to dine out.

25. Tales of a Yokel

46. Cream of the Crop

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.


Nigel Jones, FCR Esgen, John Fisher, Judi Spiers, Amanda Crump, Ardley Chic, Janet East, Hanneke Coates-Hoorn, Averil Quinain, Jill Cooke, Hazel Fergie, Vivienne Crump.


Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones tel. 01395 513383 email: Advertising call: 01395 513383 By post: Beech Royd, 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 9XH


Cover photo: by Nigel Jones

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Jack - eager to get going - Loddiswell (Loddiswell walk 2012, to be featured in the forthcoming June/July13 issue of the magazine)

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Editor's Letter


A warm welcome to the April & May issue of the South Devon Coast & Country magazine. Spring is here at last and it's a real joy to see all the spring flowers after what seems like such a long winter. Spring is my favourite season, full of hope for the summer and there's simply no better county to enjoy spring than Devon. In this edition we welcome Judi Spiers with her regular column "Star Gazing", which provides unique and behind the scenes stories about the lives of some of the stars that Judi has recently interviewed. Judi, as you know, is a true Devonian, well-know for her television career encompassing her days on "Pebble Mill at One" and also as a presenter on BBC Radio Devon. I hope you enjoy having a little glimpse into the lives of some of our best loved stars.

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What if?

What if you lived in Devon and could look into the future? What if someone developed a very special kind of web site that was easy to access and put you in touch with what events are taking place in Devon - or better still that are going to take place in Devon. A web site you could access from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone?

Now wouldn’t that be useful?

What if you lived in Devon and wanted to promote a forthcoming event - for free? And who are ‘you’? You are the small local organisations promoting an event. You are a business promoting an offer. Maybe you’re a part of the tourism industry or a church promoting the use of its hall for meetings. Whoever you are, if you are Devon-based and promoting an event to Devon you are welcome to use South Devon Coast & Country magazine's very own ‘hub’!

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07 May - Film Club, The Help, Torquay Museum, Torquay, 7.30pm.

10 May to 11 May - The Ceramic Festival at Cockington Court, Cockington Court, Cockington, 10.00am.


11 May - The Philomela Women's Choir from the University of Victoria, Canada, St Mary's Church, Dartington, 7.30pm.

01 Apr - A 1.5 mile fun run by and for the 4th Teignmouth Scouts, 4th Teignmouth Scout Group, Teignmouth, 11.00am.

11 May - Plant sale, Holne Village Hall Committee, Holne.



11 May - In aid of Childrens' Hospice South West, Art for Life Auction, Exeter, 10.30am.

17 May to 19 May - Discover the art and the craft of basketry and the many ways to make a basket, 10.00am.

01 Apr - annual pivot teams event - if you wish to join in come along with a team, Exeter Bridge Club, Exeter, 7.00pm.



26 May to 27 May - Celebrating the best of quality local food & drink in the South West, Dartington Food Fair, Dartington, 10.00am.

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15 May - The cob artists talk about their travels, and the things that inspire their wo, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 6.00pm.

09 Apr - Weekly rehearsal meeting, Torbay Police Choir, Torquay, 7.30pm.


02 Apr - Film, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, Torquay Museum, Torquay, 7.30pm.


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31 May - Fake Thackray, Scoriton Village Hall, Buckfastleigh, 7.30pm.


VISIT BY ROTARY CLUB OF TORMOHUN 16 Apr - Visit by Rotary Club of Tormohun and meal, Rotary Club of Preston, Torbay, Paignton.

BBC (BICKINGTON BREW & CAKE) 27 Apr and 25 May - Real coffee and homemade cakes, Bickington Village Hall, Bickington, 10.00am.

SUMMER SWISS PAIRS 03 May - this popular event starts Friday 3rd may. You have to book in to play, Exeter Bridge Club, Exeter, 7.00pm.


Comedy TONY LAW 06 Apr - Canadian comedian and writer now living in Britain, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

DOC BROWN 19 Apr - Doc Brown is a North London-based comedian, actor and former rapper, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter.


13 Apr - Royal British Legion Coffee Morning, Ashburton Town Hall, Ashburton, 10.00am. 13 Apr - Overly Gorgeous is holding a Fashion Show in aid of Force cancer support! Overly Gorgeous, Exeter.

PLYMOUTH VOLKSFEST 2013 24 May to 26 May - The 6th annual Plymouth Volksfest. With The Levellers, Hazel O'Conner and more, Plymouth Volksfest, Plymouth, 10.00am.

Festivals GEMFEST Until 01 Apr - Raising money for the brain tumour charity, family events then adults evening, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 12.00am.

BMAD MUSIC AND BIKE FESTIVAL 03 May to 05 May - Festival - Music, bikes and more. Paignton, Devon, BMAD Bike Nights, Paignton, 5.00pm.

TORQ~EAT 04 May - Celebrating the best in local food, drink, arts & crafts Torquay, 10.00am.

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26 Apr - The Kepow Theatre Company presents Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Shows Unlimited, Dartmouth, 7.00pm.

THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC, AL MURRAY 10 May - The Only Way is Epic Tour, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

RICHARD HERRING 20 May - British born comedian and writer, Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

JACK DEE 24 May - Curmudgeonly and dry comic, Princess Theatre, Torquay.

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME 28 May to 01 Jun - This nostalgic, feel-good musical journey will transport you back to the 60s, Princess Theatre, Torquay.



Museums &

Local Heritage SOUTH WITH SCOTT Until 08 Apr - A Captain Scott Centenary Exhibition, Torquay Museum, Torquay, 10.00am.

HALDON BELVEDERE - OPEN SUNDAY AFTERNOONS Until 27 Jun - Historic 1788 castle open to all with panoramic views of Devon, Haldon Belvedere, Exeter, 2.00pm.

EASTER STEAM UP AT COLDHARBOUR MILL 01 Apr - See the Mill's rare 1910 Pollit & Wigzell steam engine power up, and others, Coldharbour Mill, Exeter, 11.00am.

THE VICTORIAN PLANT HUNTERS AND KNIGHTSHAYES 04 Apr - The Victorian Plant Hunters and Knightshayes, illustrated talk by Wendy Mills, Devon Rural Archive, Modbury, 6.30pm.

QUIZ NIGHT 20 Apr - Come and have fun whilst testing your general knowledge, Brixham Heritage Museum, Brixham, 7.30pm.

SALE OF GOODS 24 Apr - Sale of Goods, Brixham Heritage Museum, Brixham, 10.00am.

03 Apr - Meet at Wembury Marine Centre, no need to book just turn up on the day, Wembury Marine Centre, Wembury, 1.00pm.

KIDS COOKERY SCHOOL 05 Apr - Easter baking workshop. Fun, hands on cookery for budding chefs, Occombe Farm, Paignton.

EXTRAORDINARY SCHOOL FOR KIDS 10 Apr - A day of challenges, skills, crafts, foraging, cooking and adventures for kids, WildWise, Totnes, 10.00am.

SPRING AT THE FARM 14 Apr - Welcome in spring with a fun day at the farm, lots of activities for all ages!, West Town Farm, Exeter, 11.00am.

A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 04 May to 06 May - A "Full" Day out with Thomas and friends, together with the Fat Controller, South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, 9.00am. 28 May - Explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay's rock pools!, Seashore Centre, Paignton, 2.00pm.

EXTRAORDINARY SCHOOL FOR KIDS 28 May - A day of challenges, skills, crafts, foraging, cooking and adventures for kids, WildWise, Totnes, 10.00am.

Theatricals and Musicals



Until 01 Apr - Clues, questions and challenges to find a prize, also face painting, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 11.00am.

Until 01 May - An Enchanted Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm.



Until 01 Apr - Easter Trails at the National Trust's Coleton Fishacre, Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear, 10.30am.

Until 25 May - Showstopping songs from current West End Hit Musicals, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm.



Until 01 Apr - Clues, questions and challenges to find a prize, also face painting, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, 11.00am.

03 Apr to 06 Apr - Production of Brandon Thomas' Charley's Aunt, Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter.

Until 14 Apr - Rides for all the family, Anderton and Rowlands Funfair, Paignton.

EASTER FAMILY FUN TRAIL Until 14 Apr - Lots of fun at Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth, 10.00am.

EASTER EGGCELLANCE Until 15 Apr - Holiday program choc a block with 2 weeks of the wildest fun, Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton.

THE MAGICAL MUSICALS 12 Apr - The Magical Musicals, GB Promotions, Tiverton, 7.30pm.

LIE BACK AND THINK OF AMERICA 18 Apr - Engaging multi-role WW2 comedydrama written by Natalie Wilcox, Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

THE BALLAD OF RESURRECTION BOB THEATRE SHOW 27 Apr - Theatre show about local history, South Devon Players, Brixham, 3.00pm.



01 Apr - Easter Party for Children at the club, Yelverton Golf Club, Yelverton, 2.00pm.

07 May to 31 Jul - An Enchanted Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm.

EGG AND SPOON RACE 01 Apr - National egg and spoon race. Around croquet lawn at Drogo, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton.

Short breaks in 2013 Grey Carsʼ Centenary celebration Open Day

Saturday 27th April at the Heathfield Depot Vintage buses & coaches on display from the Devon General Society. Free shuttle service from Newton Abbot between 10.00 and 16.00.

Cotswolds Autumn Tour

Sunday 22nd-Thursday 26th September inc Stratford on Avon, Blenheim Palace,The Cotswolds Villages & HIGHGROVE GARDENS. £290 per person (£60 single supp) inc Half Board at The Stratton House Hotel, Cirencester. Price includes Blue Badge Guided Tours and entrances to Blenheim & Highgrove. See for a list of current day trips




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ROCKPOOL SAFARI 12 Apr - Explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay's rock pools, Seashore Centre, Paignton, 1.00pm.

18 May - Second Devon History Society Conference : The Church in Victorian Devon, Devon Historical Society, Buckfast, 10.00am.

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PIANO RECITAL BY DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE 14 Apr - Piano Recital, Brahms and the Schumanns, Ashburton Town Hall, Ashburton, 3.00pm.

EMG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 25 Apr - Marion Wood, conductor and Clare Smith, leader, Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra, Exeter, 7.30pm.

MUSIC IN MAY - EXETER BACH SOCIETY 11 May - A celebration of summer by the EBS choir including madrigals, folk songs, etc, Exeter Bach Society, Exeter.


Country Markets

2nd Friday of the month, 9am - 2pm, Piazza on the lawn.

IVYBRIDGE COUNTRY MARKET Fridays, 8.30am-11.30am, The Scout Hut, St Leonard’s Road.

KINGSBRIDGE COUNTRY MARKET Wednesdays, 8am-noon. Town Hall, Fore Street.

KINGSBRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET 2nd & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 9am 1pm, Town Square.


Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 9am - 3pm, Tucker’s Yard.

BOVEY TRACEY FARMERS' MARKET Alternate Saturdays, Union Square.

BRIXHAM FARMER’S MARKET Second Sunday of each month, Fore St, Brixham. 10.00am to 4.00pm.

BUCKFASTLEIGH FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 9am-1pm. Town Hall.



The Scout Hut, St Leonard's Road, Ivybridge. Fridays. 8.30-11.30am.

27 Apr - All things Vintage & Lovely Fair @ The Guildhall, Plymouth 27th April, Miss Ivy Events, Plymouth, 10.30am.

KINGSBRIDGE MARKET Town Hall Foyer, Fore Street. Wednesdays from 8.15am-12noon.

NEWTON ABBOT OUTDOOR MARKET The Market Square every Wednesday & Saturday 8am-4pm.

TORBAY FAMILY MARKET Castle Circus, Torquay. Last Saturday of the month, 10am-4pm.


Tuesdays, 9am-4pm, Courtenay Street.

The Pannier Market, Tavistock. Fridays from 9am-4pm.



3rd Saturday of the month, The Triangle.

Fridays and Saturdays.


3rd Sunday, the Market Square.




Until 14 Apr - From antique to modern and fashioned from wood to semiprecious stones, RAMM wi, RAMM Gallery, Exeter, 10.00am.

Every Saturday under the old fish market, Brixham harbourside.



Until 28 May - Regular meeting on 2nd and 4th Thursday, 7.30-9pm, Torquay & Teignbridge Stamp Club, Kingsteignton, 7.30pm.

Every Tuesday and Friday in the Market Square from Easter to October.


DONKEY SUMMER FAIR & FUN DOG SHOW 01 Jun - Donkey Summer Fair & Fun Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary, Ivybridge, 10.00am.

Choirs THE FIRE CELESTIAL SACRED CHORAL MUSIC 20 Apr - Programme of early music from C16th to C18th with chamber ensemble, South West Chamber Choir, Tavistock, 7.30pm.

BAROQUE GLORIES - EXETER PHILHARMONIC CHOIR 23 May - Vivaldi -Gloria, Pergolesi Magnificat, Handel - Chandos Anthem No 9, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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AN EVENING OF LIVELY MUSIC WITH GO TELL ALICE 06 Apr - A lively evening of music with a blues jazz twist from Go tell Alice, Go Tell Alice, Kingsteignton, 9.00pm.

EXETER'S COUGARS 06 Apr - Exeter's Cougars, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 7.40pm.

AN EVENING OF LIVELY MUSIC WITH GO TELL ALICE 13 Apr - Lively tunes with a blues, jazz twist from Go tell Alice. A great night out, Go Tell Alice, Newton Abbot, 9.00pm.

JOHN DE BARRA 13 Apr - covers from the 60s through to now, The Dolphin Inn, Kennford, 9-11pm.

LITTLE PICNIC 13 Apr - Pop, Rock, Jazz and blues, Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish, 9.3011pm.

MARTIN SIMPSON 25 Apr - one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

CONSPIRACY 26 Apr - Wide range of chart and classic covers, Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton.

BANANA THIEVES 27 Apr - giving you pop and rock songs that other bands aren’t doing, Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton, 9-11.30pm.

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HAMER & ISAACS GYPSY SWING BAND 12 Apr - Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Swing Band feat. Becky Brine - vocals, Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Swing Band, Kingsbridge, 9.00pm.

Saturday 20th April, 8pm THE BEAT - Exeter Phoenix, Exeter The Beat, one of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, play Exeter in April. 2-Tone, the fusion of ska, punk rock, rocksteady, reggae and New Wave emerged in Birmingham in the grim 1970s with songs of love, unity and socio-political themes. Re-formed in 2006 with original members Ranking Roger, Everett Moreton, and Mickey Billingham now complemented by young Ranking Junior, The Beat gives you a wall of sound that transcends time - who can forget their hits ‘Too Nice To talk To’ or ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’? So if you get along to Exeter Phoenix on 20th April, you can experience for yourself their relentless energy and world-class musicianship. Tickets - standing only - £16. Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Exeter EX4 3LS Tel: 01392 667080

TAKE 4 JAZZ FEATURING LYNN THORNTON 15 Apr - Live jazz and pub supper, Take4 Jazz, Shaldon.

PETE CANTER AT THE JAZZ SUITE 25 Apr - Fine jazz saxophonist Pete Canter with the house trio, The Bridge Jazz Club, Plymouth.

JEREMY HUGGET'S HARLEM 5 28 Apr - Jazz night includes 3 Course Meal, Cockhaven Manor, Bishopsteignton. £17.50

BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB 01 May - Pete Canter & Friends plus jam session, The Bridge Jazz Club, Exeter, 8.30pm.

JAZZ AT COLETON FISHACRE 03 May - Experience Jazz at Coleton Fishacre, a relaxing evening and enjoy a supper, Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear, 7.00pm.

DEVON YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT 12 May - DYJO perform as part of the Dart Festival, Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.


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26 May - Jazz night includes 3 Course Meal, Cockhaven Manor, Bishopsteignton. £17.50

MICHAEL BALL 29 Apr - Brand new show, Plymouth Pavilion, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

HOT CANDY 4 May - funky pop rock band, Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton, 9-11pm.

THE SHAKERS 11 May - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s covers, the Landsdowne, Dawlish, 9-11.30pm.

LEONA LEWIS 18 May - Talented British singer, Plymouth Pavilion, Plymouth, 7.30pm.


BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB 03 Apr - Bridge Jazz Club with Pete Canter & Friends Jam session, The Bridge Jazz Club, Exeter, 8.30pm.

JAZZ AT COLETON FISHACRE 05 Apr - Experience Jazz at Coleton Fishacre, Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear, 7.00pm.



BARNFIELD MUSIC CLUB 05 Apr - Very popular open mike night, theatre setting, every first Friday, all genres, Barnfield Music Club, Exeter, 7.45pm.

FOLK LEGEND MARTIN CARTHY IN CONCERT 21 Apr - Folk Legend Martin Carthy performs at Hazelwood! Hazelwood House, Kingsbridge, 8.00pm.

27 May - Acoustic guitar duo, playing 70s through to 00s classics, live music in the garden, George and Dragon, Dartmouh, 3-6pm.

BARNFIELD MUSIC CLUB 03 May - Popular open mike night in theatre setting, in heart of Exeter. All welcome!!!, Barnfield Music Club, Exeter, 7.45pm.


REDHOUSE 12 Apr - 3-piece blues/rock band, Swan Inn, Noss Mayo, 9-11pm.

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K2 Classic Rock, The Landsdowne, Dawlish 9.30-11pm.

THE SHRINE 5 Apr - Popular rock and covers, The Landsdowne, Dawlish, 9-11pm.


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MARTIN SIMPSON 25 Apr - one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists, Exeter Phoenix, 8pm.

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17 May - 4-piece rock and blues band, Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, 9-11pm.

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Sunday 28th April 2013 JEREMY HUGGET’S THE HARLEM 5 Cockhaven Manor, Bishopsteignton

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The sensational sound of the ‘The Harlem 5’. This versatile and lively band is led by the brilliant Jeremy Huggett, Supported by Ron Milford (trombone & vocals), Pete Miller (guitar), Colin Fulcher (bass) & Brian Clarke (drums). A one-time UK award winner for best reed player, Jeremy clearly demonstrates his skill and maturity on the clarinet, saxophones and vocals. As well as playing some wonderful music for easy listening. Quite simply, Traditional New Orleans Jazz at its best - guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping! The Harlem Five play a wide range of Traditional Jazz, Swing & Blues from the 30s & 40s including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington & W C Handy to name but a few. For the combination of toe tapping jazz and a fantastic meal why not visit the Cockhaven Manor for our New Orleans Style Dining and Jazz Club – The last Sunday of every month. Tickets £17.50 - Including 3 Courses, Coffee and Music. Cockhaven Manor, Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton, Devon TQ14 9RF Tel: 01626 77 52 52 Photo courtesy of Jeremy Huggett

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Friday 12th April, 9pm

SARAH McQUAID South Pool Village Hall, Kingsbridge

GO TELL ALICE - The Wild Goose Inn, Combeinteignhead

Rising star Sarah McQuaid will be coming from her home in Cornwall to give her own show at South Pool Village Hall in May. Here is a singer whose voice is like ‘honey poured into wine’. With her Spanish, American and Irish backgrounds, she effortlessly blends cultures and styles, turning in a solo performance of beautifully crafted original songs and interpretations of others from around the world and down the centuries - see her website for details. Tickets: £10 South Pool Village Hall, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2RW Tel: 01822 855581. 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.

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Go Tell Alice - Steve and Lizzie - are the little duo with the big sound. With sax, guitar and vocals, they bring you original music and covers from smooth jazz to funky folk, rock ‘n roll to ‘bring it on’ blues. Now regulars on the South Devon scene, they are bringing the fun and liberation of music to everyone - check out for their regular Jam sessions and all their upcoming gigs. This great little duo have their own PA and lights, equipment is PAT-tested and they are covered by PLI, so you can book them with confidence. Just give Steve a call to discuss your requirements. Contact: Steve: 07817 822147 Email: The Wildgoose Inn, Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot TQ12 4RA Tel: 01626 872241


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The Flavel Arts Centre - The Flavel - is the cultural centre for the Arts and education in Dartmouth, hosting live events, exhibitions, clubs, and classes. The 2D cinema shows box office hits and, on appointed dates, brings live screenings of performances from the Royal Photo courtesy of Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra

Opera House, the National Theatre, and Glyndebourne. Here, too, is where you will find the Public Library, an Arts Café, and a stylish bar. This is the place to meet friends, make new friends, expand your horizons, or simply ‘chill’ - there is free wi-fi access within the building. You can be assured of a very warm welcome in a very lively place. With a ramped front entrance and a lift inside, The Flavel is accessible to all and its superb facilities can be hired for parties, wedding receptions, workshops, or one-off events. The Main Hall, with professional lighting and a full PA system, can host an event for over 100 people, The Studio and Green Room are available for smaller gatherings. Flexibility is the key to The Flavel’s success, so contact

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Jenny Pichowski to discuss your requirements. The twin strands of Arts and education come together when The Flavel hosts a concert by the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra on 12 May, as part of the Dart Festival. DYJO teaches young people, aged 11-18 years, from across the county to play and perform a wide variety of jazz. The standard achieved is so high that the orchestra performs regularly at the Dart, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Festivals and, in January, showcased their skills in the Houses of Parliament. Entry to DJYO is usually in September; for more information contact Brian Moore. The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth Tel: 01803 839530 Email: Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra: Email: Dart Festival: Email:


Forthcoming Art Exhibitions April & May 2013

Barry Kelly - 'Gentle sweep of Lulworth Cove' Brownston Gallery

GALLERIES THERESA SHAW - CONTEMPORARY FLORALS Until 01 Apr - Vibrant and fluid florals are Theresa's trademark - bring the garden inside!, Haddon Galleries, Torquay.

CELEBRITY ARTIST TIMMY MALLETT ART EXHIBITION Until 07 Apr - See Timmy Mallett's art exhibition at The Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Art Source, Plymouth, 10.00am.

RENEWAL - OPEN ART EXHIBITION Until 17 Apr - Local artists have been challenged to produce new works of art, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

'March barn' - South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts

Lesley Dabson - ‘Floating’ - Mayne Gallery



Until 30 Apr - 5 Artists submitting new paintings and sculptures for the Spring Exhibition, D'art Gallery, Dartmouth, 12.00am.

13 Apr to 11 May - Two automata makers, Jane Ryan and Ian MacKay with paintings by Shirley Foote, Lantic Gallery, Tiverton.



Until 04 May - Preview Fri 8th March, gloss-Art Gallery, Exeter.

14 Apr to 05 May - Exhibition of paintings by Mary Mabbutt, The Art Room, Topsham.


CHROMATOGRAPHY 20 Apr to 28 Apr - Exhibition of photography by Elise Carr, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

SIMON HART - WILDLIFE COLLAGES 24 Apr to 23 May - Dartmouth artist Simon Hart uses his collage techniques in a new direction, Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth.

Until 6th May - Five outstanding artists portray the different aspects of Devon Countryside, Brownston Gallery, Modbury

ONE MAN SHOW, COVES QUAY BY GREG RAMSDEN SWAC Until 10 May - New paintings of the Salcombe estuary by Greg Ramsden SWAc, Coves Quay gallery, Salcombe, 10.30am.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012 Until 19 May - The very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world, RAMM, Exeter.

CAROLINE BARKER - PRINT MAKER EXHIBITION - APR 13 01 Apr to 30 Apr - Caroline Barker - Print Maker Exhibtition, Lime Square, Ivybridge.

PIP MCGARRY - INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE ARTIST 13 Apr to 20 Apr - Renowned wildlife artist, Pip McGarry presents his latest stunning work, Haddon Galleries, Torquay.

Timmy Mallett - 'In the Wine Region' - Haddon Galleries

THE LENS & THE EASEL - SWAC 17 Apr to 26 Apr - Photographs of artists of the South West Academy by Michael Carter SWAc, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Totnes.




18 Apr to 23 Apr - An exhibition of 8 prints on the theme of Exploration, Erin Cox, Exeter, 10.00am.

01 May to 31 May - The Art at Delamore exhibition is open 10.30am to 4.30pm every day throughout May, Delamore Arts Exhibition, Cornwood.

01 May to 31 May - Victoria Archers Pastel, Watercolour, Acrylic & Mixed Media Paintings, Lime Square, Ivybridge.

Emma Cook - 'Seashapes' - The Flavel


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Sam Toft - 'On The Road Again' Frames and Boxes Caroline Barker - 'Coastline of The South Hams' Lime Square

Victoria Archer - 'Fun With Chalks' - Lime Square

A SPLASH WITH WATERCOLOUR 01 May to 31 May - A Splash with Watercolour Artist Kaye Parmenter at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, 10.00am.

TIMMY MALLETT - ARTIST 03 May to 12 May - Meet Timmy Mallett - Celebrity Artist, Haddon Galleries, Torquay.


OVER THE HILL AND FAR AWAY 14 May to 19 May - An Exhibition of Paintings by Rosemary Bonney and Pamela Parrotte, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

ACADEMICIANS' EXHIBITION 2013 18 May to 08 Jun - South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts main exhibition at Gloss Gallery, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Exeter.



19 May to 09 Jun - 'Man and Dog' Paintings by Tom Barrett, Robert Organ and Robin Rae, The Art Room, Topsham.

24 May to 13 Jun - Jane Reeves, Mary Sumner, Penny Timmis, Jeff Soan, Mirjana Smith, Tone V Krogh, Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth.



21 May to 02 Jun - New works by Cherry Lyons, Jenni Pentecost & Wendy Chudley, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

25 May to 23 Jun - An Established artist exhibits who is new to the gallery, Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge.

07 May - Sandy Nairne will talk about the portraits in this year's exhibition, Exeter, 6.30pm.

ART FOR LIFE AUCTION AT ABODE EXETER 11 May - In aid of Childrens' Hospice South West, Art for Life Auction, Exeter, 10.30am.

Alison Veazey - 'Museum Arches' The Flavel

Pip McGarry - 'Snow Leopard' - Haddon Galleries

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Chris Bourne - ‘Bluebells in the Spring’

New Paintings, Prints, Fused Glass and Sculpture in the gallery and to view on our website at:

Polly Dolby

THE IN-BETWEEN STAGE: MOVING FROM GRADUATE TO PROFESSIONAL A few weeks after my degree show I was fortunate enough to be invited to a preview on the Southbank in London. My housemate Charlotte volunteered in a quirky little commercial “Tongue & Groove”- kinetic sound sculpture

Mary Shaw - ‘Summer Sonata II’

gallery called Bicha and told me to come along to a preview so she could introduce me to the director. After a few glasses of red wine and a cigar the director suggested I gave him a call the following day to arrange a meeting. Shortly after, I took a portfolio of work down with a few small pieces; he liked my work and wanted his partner to see the work too, which was great. Eventually we got down to the nitty gritty stuff and started talking prices. He wanted my price list to reflect the wall price, but I was adamant that the prices should be trade. I had sold work before and wanted to make sure I did not ‘undersell’ myself. This was my first rookie mistake in the big wide art world and eventually lost me the opportunity. I realise now it was completely arrogant to think that I knew better than him.


Like any professional career path, it can be difficult to break into the art scene. It is that chicken and egg situation where you need a show to get your work and name noticed, but without


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any galleries, shows or innovative projects on your CV, no one will give you an opportunity. Particularly in tough financial times commercial galleries are taking less risks and often go for the most sale-able work. Artist Lizzie Watts graduated from Brighton University in 2011 and is in this very situation. She says, “it is difficult to value our work and status fairly at this early stage. The question that needs to be asked is What are we really doing it for? Is it the money, the kudos or the passion? Personally, I am driven by passion with the hope that the other two will soon follow.” So, how do we tackle this? First, you need to find a gallery whose current stable reflects your style. Second, you need to learn to trust the gallery’s judgement. They know the market better than you do and, most of the time, are not trying to rip you off, but trying to find the best way to promote your work so everybody wins. Third, do not let your Ego stop you from exhibiting in all kinds of weird A rythmic sketch produced and wonderful by one of places-it is more Lizzie’s kinetic sculptures important to get your work out of the studio and into the public eye so you can start meeting people and get some feed back. Finally, and most importantly, do not give up; be patient and enjoy the sociable, creative, wine-filled, eccentric journey of The Artist.

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Blog Whilst I was swimming, a mermaid leapt over my head. by David Brooke


Cevennes Magic Hour - Winter. by Laura Hudson

Asleep. by David Brooke


In the thirteen years since its foundation the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts has established an enviable reputation for excellence built around the annual Open Show and Children’s Exhibition – now the Young Artists Award - the Academicians Show and Drecki Lecture. With its sights now set on a more expansive programme of complementary events across the year, the Academy is set fair for the next decade in its charitable mission to promote the fine and applied arts in the South West. In the arts world there has been an explosion of forms, images, methods and media with never ceasing new (and then even newer!) classifications of art competing for attention in an already crowded and visually bewildering space. An Academy of the visual fine arts in the early twentieth century, confined to painting, drawing, sculpture and architecture would find itself swimming against the inexorable tide of change and innovation in what may today be seen as fine art. Similarly the early champions of the Arts and Crafts movement would no doubt be amazed at the extraordinary proliferation of what today goes under the label of applied arts. The South West Academy has worked hard to broaden its scope to accommodate change in its chosen fields by revising its aims and objectives and then seeking out new

A Day in the Garden. by Charlie O'Sullivan

exhibitors and elected members with fresh ideas and new perspectives, to complement the distinguished practitioners who have made the Academy what it is today. Change, however, has not been accomplished by abandoning commitment to excellence. The Academy, remaining constant to its original values, asserts that ‘contemporary’ must not mean the end of craft, skill, knowledge and application. Volume of production should not mean the end of carefully developed and worked original forms and images. Speed of manufacture should not prevent work from demonstrating development and continuity. Experiment with form and media or exploitation of modern technology should not prejudice any consideration. Social or political comment using the medium of art does not preclude the art in question being of a quality comparable with those practitioners of the past more interested in the pure aesthetic. This refinement of the Academy's original aims extends our range to encompass work beyond the traditional scope of the definitions 'Fine' or 'Applied Art' whilst retaining our commitment to the promotion and encouragement of the integrity, honesty and accomplishment always inherent in the very best work. Every elected Academician, from whatever era, has created a body of work that demonstrates development, continuit y and dedication to

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excellence and exemplary skill and craft. We show here three paintings by new Academicians that exemplify precisely this achievement and


consequent quality. Greg Ramsden’s skills as a draughtsman are fully on show in this drawing from a recent series of farm building and implement studies, Charlie O’Sullivan’s exquisite collage/paintings offer a new and unique take on our landscape while Laura Hudson’s exceptional use of colour and form throw us all back to the first experimenters in modern painting looking with new eyes at the mountainous French hinterland. No organisation, commercial or charitable, can claim to have an exclusive understanding of the reasons behind the astonishing explosion in popularity of the visual arts. However, for those seeking out quality for appreciation or even

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investment purposes, the Academy does offer a clear and cogent rationale behind its work and a rewarding and fulfilling fellowship to those artists who share its aims and objectives. The current membership of the Academy is the strongest in the thirteen years of its existence. We show here recent work by Colin Allbrook, Jelly and David Brooke, representative of the wide range of media, forms and genre offered by this talented and recognised grouping. In an exciting new exhibition staged by the photographer Michael Carter SWAc, partnered by the Academy, all current academicians have been captured in their homes and studios by Michael’s perceptive and revealing methodology. These portraits, alongside Michael’s narrative describing his visits and impressions of the artists and a single representative work by the subject, are gathered together in the Ariel Centre, Totnes, from the 17th to the 29th April under the banner ‘The Lens and the Easel’. This innovative format precedes the annual Academician’s Show to be staged in Exeter from the 18th May to the 8th June at the Gloss Gallery. Full details of both of these events may be found on the Academy’s website at:. Alan Fynn. Chair of Trustees. South West Academy

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

Spring Loaded Whoever said that one swallow does not a summer make was clearly not as desperate as most of Devon is right now for a break and a half decent spell of warm, dry days and unbroken sunshine leading to a terrific summer. With any luck this will be heralded traditionally this month by that most welcome of all returning migrant birds Hirundo rustica, the Barn Swallow – all the way from Africa. They return to the same nests, generation after generation. Many are still in use – suitably patched up each season – over ten years. The record for a Devon swallow’s nest still in use

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is 48 years.

Oh, to be in Devon, now that April’s there

Swallows of course are the ones with the long, deeply-forked tails and curved, pointed wings

UTTER IT NOT in the hearing of our

immortalising Hurley as “the schipman” in

vacationing visitors but April in Devon has

The Canterbury Tales and April in Devon as

and not to be confused with their stubbiertailed cousins the Swifts, due to swoop in

always been something of a fickle month. It

a “time of sweet showers”.

in May.

never seems to make up its mind whether to be the last month of winter or the first of summer.

BROWNING Avoiding the issue

days but a Devon Wildlife Trust spokesperson

T.S. Eliot called April

said that he can remember seeing his first

Not to put a damper on thoughts of warmer

CHAUCER Remembering Dartmouth

“the cruellest month”

swallows of the year ‘only a few years ago’

in his poem The Waste

arrive exhausted into Exeter, blown in on a blizzard.

It’s nothing new of

Land, and laid the wet,

course, as Geoffrey

mud and gloom on

Chaucer fou nd to

with a trowel, whilst

his cost when he was

by contrast Robert

charged by Edward

Browning, who could

Aristotle never mentioned summer

III to come down to

have got himself a job writing ads for the

Dartmouth in April 1373 (in his day-job he

West Country Tourist Board, never mentioned

talked of swallows and spring

was a customs officer) to sort out one John

April’s dodgy weather at all in his Home

was Aristotle, who said it in

Hawley, a licensed privateer and one-time

Thoughts From Abroad.

his Nicomachean Ethics: ‘For as one swallow

mayor of that fair town.

Instead he adjusted his rose-tinted spectacles

or one day does not make a spring, so one day

*The oft-misquoted sage who

and waxed lyrical about “the lowest boughs

or a short time does not make a fortunate or

It being April and this being Devon, Chaucer

and the brushwood sheaf round the elm tree

happy man.’

got wet. But like all good poets he reached

bowl are in tiny leaf” before moving on swiftly

not for a towel but for his pen and set about

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Book Festival I get to read the books and interview some of the authors appearing each year. They are a wonderful bunch of people from ʻHorse Whispererʼ Nicholas Evans to ʻOnly Fools and Horsesʼ Boycie, John Challis. Last year whilst chatting in the bar, a youngish author, on hearing what I did for a living asked somewhat condescendingly, “Do you enjoy what you do? ” I must admit I laughed in his face and asked if he was serious. When he said he was, I explained what it is that I actually ʻdoʼ. “I am privileged, on a daily basis on the radio, to talk to some of the country’s most talented playwrights, authors, actors, musicians, explorers and adventurers as well as those people who step out of the ordinary to achieve great things through charities and the military.” I am pleased to say that he had the grace to look a little embarrassed! Someone who had actually overheard this exchange winked at me and said “I think that put him in his place!”

John Nettles It was the Second World War that John Nettles and I spoke about recently. Heʼs written a book about the German occupation of the Channel Islands called Jewels and Jackboots. John of course lived in Jersey for many years whilst making Bergerac and has written several books about it. He read history and philosophy at university or as he likes to put it,

I read philosophy and history, Penthouse and Playboy for three years and they were very graceful - they gave me a degree for that”

He now has three honorary degrees but says heʼs not getting boastful because he has a friend who has fourteen! He likes to play it down but nevertheless last September he was made an honorary Doctor of Arts by Plymouth University in recognition of the documentaries he has made, most notably The Channel Islands at War. Since saying goodbye to DCI Barnaby, John has relocated to Devon to the Holsworthy area. His reason? “14 years as a policeman, 250 people killed in that time that’s why I came to Devon there’s no one left in Midsomer! ” Actually heʼs bought quite a few acres for his ponies and Hector the donkey despite admitting, “I know nothing about the countryside and nothing about farming! I need all sorts of help and the locals have been exceedingly kind! ” He might know nothing about farming, but knows how to dress the part, looking

“My best work” he replied wryly!

Petula Clark Talking of best work, at 80 years of age Petula Clark has recently brought out a new album - ʻLost in Youʼ. It is incredible ..and I donʼt just mean for someone who is 80! Petula Clark has been a star all of her life, “I don’t remember being famous” she told me “I don’t really know what famous is it’s always been there.” The fi rst time she played the Royal Albert Hall she was just 10.

Actually he wasnʼt too damaged and agreed to what turned out to be a very entertaining interview on the very same radio show! In the coming months I hope to be able to bring you some of those people, so I hope you like dipping into a Jamboree bag because thatʼs what a week in my job is like! Well how would you describe John Nettles, Petula Clark and Bernard Cribbins?

every inch the countryman nowadays. John is currently involved in setting up a Film School in the Westcountry with his particular area of expertise being the voice over. Fans will be pleased to hear, that he hasnʼt retired from acting and that there are a couple of things in development. After 30 years in television and 5 seasons at the RSC, it would be a terrible waste to say nothing of his panto prowess. He was the fi nest King Rat I have ever seen.

A pensive John Nettles - his recent novel - Jewels and Jackboots, about the German occupation of the Channel Island, is an interesting read to say the least!


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“I was reading a comic someone said ‘you’re on Petula.’ I put my comic down, I went on, pulled the place apart and went back to reading my comic …the whole thing was a bit of a lark” adding “I’m a little more nervous now.” One of the funniest things she told me was of a girly night out on the town with Karen


Carpenter.. the town being Vegas. They went to see Elvis and he introduced them to the crowd.. by the way she does a pretty good impression of the King… then he took them back to his dressing room, which is where “ things started getting a little personal as they say.” She wouldnʼt be drawn further but she does cover Love Me Tender on the new album! Elvis wasnʼt her only fan, she

Petula was invited to the famous Lennon/Ono bed-in

was John Lennonʼs favorite female singer and was invited to the famous Lennon/Ono bed-in and where she joined in on the recording of Give Peace a Chance.

Bernard Cribbins Bernard Cribbinsʼs voice is many things to many people. To some he is the voice of The Wombles, Winnie the Pooh and Busby. There are those who grew up listening to his stories on Jackanory. The part of Perks the stationmaster won him a BAFTA nomination in The Railway Children..and let us not forget heʼs had three top ten hits all produced by George Martin pre his Beatles days! It gets even more bizarre. Bernard told me that Noel Coward, when asked by Roy Plomley which one record he would take to his desert island, chose Hole in The Ground saying, “I could walk up and down the beach translating it into French! ” Well at 84, Bernard is still working and entertaining a whole new generation of children in ʻOld Jackʼs Boatʼ a

Dear Bernard, he’s such a large part of our landscape, incredible to think he’s 84 and still in demand. Just love that dog!

havenʼt because the morning I spoke to Bernard he was busy answering fan mail sent from behind the Iron Curtain! He explains his longevity in what is a notoriously fickle business quite simply. “Its because I’ve spread myself about a bit.”

At a time of life when he might be expected to take it easy and perhaps write an autobiography he admitted, “It’s a question of finding some time! ” Not a bad position to be in is it? Judi X

Petula Clark’s new album Fred Astaire was apparently more nervous of singing with her than she was of dancing with him, in Finians Rainbow. “The day came and it turned out to be easy …perfection. Then we had to record our duet Look to the Rainbow and after the first take he leapt in the air and said, ‘hey I just sang with her! ʼ” As for that voice, she assured me, “I don’t warm up or do exercises it’s just that way.”

series on CBeebies. “I don’t know where I go in between” he told me “ but I keep coming back! ” Russell T Davies who wrote for Dr Who, which is where they met, has written two of the episodes. I had almost forgotten that Bernard played Wilfred Mott during David Tennantʼs tenure as the Doctor. I might have forgotten, but thousands

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by Janet East of Yellingham Farm

The best time of year… lambing Most people have a vision of lambing as a typical springtime activity with long green grass waving in the warm breeze with little lambs jumping for joy….nice but add in a bit of damp wet weather, mastitis, lameness, rejected lambs and we’re nearly there. Oh and this year a dose or two of the dreaded Schmallenberg virus. That sounds so pessimistic and unkind and actually we sheep farmers do work so hard for this truly wonderful time of year…honest. One of the highlights of my year is when the local primary school visits the farm during lambing, a yearly activity which always brings some surprises. We lamb in March as it does increase the chance of some green grass and the odd ray of sunshine. In fact, with the 2 breeds of sheep that we keep, the beautiful coloured Jacob and the hardy old Black Welsh Mountains, they don’t “come on heat” until early Autumn, which means a spring lambing – the ewes lamb pretty much on time as well, 147 days to be precise. When the rams, which are kept out of sight and reach, start to put their nose in the air, curl their upper lip and show the only teeth they have got (like my dad, bottom ones only !!) and start to smell disgusting, then you know that the ewes are ready for action. Interestingly when a ewe is ready, she just stands and takes what’s on offer, no chasing around. Animals are so different to humans! Back to the children’s visit. They come in 2 groups, years 3 and 4 – the little ones - and then the older, more inquisitive years 5 and 6 (10 and 11 year olds for those of us oldies). So when our new Head Teacher asked what actually the children would learn, I said, “that is entirely up to you”. To which the reply came… “What exactly do you mean Janet?” “Well, they can have a little talk and lots of cuddles with lambs, a biscuit, a drink and a complete disinfection of feet and hands, or I can go the whole hog,” she laughs at the pun! With no holds barred, it was agreed that the older children should know exactly how lambing actually happens. They all arrived, wellies on, an assortment of good old farm

Mr & Mrs Sheep with raddle! clothes and the odd” Cath Kidston” coat and matching pumps! Never mind, we’ve always got a bag full of clothes and wellies left by my B and B guests (probably Cath Kidston as well!). So down the yard we all go and the first stop is to have a good old ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the newly born lambs in pens, knee deep in barley straw, contentedly suckling their mums with mum contentedly chewing her cud, wishing she was out searching for that lovely green grass which she hasn’t seen in 2012, because it never stopped raining and everywhere on the farm was either flooded or a quagmire. Moving on, I start to explain to the children how it all starts. The ram. “Before putting the ram in we give him a good MOT, particularly the 3 “T’s” teeth, testicles and toes, and then put a harness on him called a raddle. And just where the harness nestles on his breast bone, we fix a coloured crayon... “Just like you use at school but a bit bigger”. So when the ram mounts the ewe he leaves a coloured mark on their bottom. A few giggles. We then tour the big pens where the sheep are housed before they lamb, hopefully a few ewes do the business and pop out a perfectly presented couple of lambs, nose first with 2 front feet nestled either side (please, nothing backwards, head and no legs or half-dead !).Then on to the new-borns, which are put into small individual pens whilst they “mother up” and we can keep an eye out for any problems. The children are shown how we ear tag them and, needs must, SOUTH DEVON

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how we castrate the males. A few squeals at this point and the odd pitiful cry – from the kids not the lambs! The visit is always a joy and the picture on the children’s faces when they hold a beautiful clean, warm, new-born lamb always makes me genuinely smile. Let’s hope they have learnt something. The following afternoon in the playground, one of the mums came up to me and thanked me so much for having the children at the farm. “No problem” I said, “I just hope they learnt something”. “Oh yes, “she said. “We were sat having tea and my son said to me… Mum, does dad wear one of those raddles?”

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

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

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


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My Dog has Fleas DEVON SCHOOLS used to teach their pupils to play recorders. Today, at just £10 a time for an entry-level instrument, it’s ukuleles and according to Peter Palmer of the Devon chapter

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of the George Formby Society is “just another part of the ukulele revolution that’s happening


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Formby to be its castaway in 1951 and choose

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his eight favourite records. “And if you could only take one of those?” Roy Plomley asked him. George chose the last one. “A song my dad used to sing”, he said. This is George’s selection: TWINKLE TWINKLE light pollution

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the light pollution that surrounds so many of

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Formby senior (George Hoy).

us and take a long, lingering look at our stars.

around the county (in rooms above pubs for

Devon’s stars.

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play. Simply turn up and tune in at Barnstaple,

number, Leaning on a lamp post.

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he old packhorse bridge in Ivybridge is at the root of the town. Originally the site of a ford, it's said that all four quarters of the bridge lie in the boundaries of a different parish, Ugborough, Harford, Cornwood and Ermington. Ivybridge has always been known as a town of mills, powering all manner of businesses through the generations, from mining to corn milling. Ivybridge is all too easy to drive past on the rapid A38, but really deserves closer inspection. The river has gouged its way through the valley, creating some very dynamic scenery. The walk in this issue takes you under the impressive railway viaduct and along the bottom of the river Erme valley. The river cascades in great haste off the moors and down the granite river bed. Both spring and summer are ideal times to take this walk, the lovely

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And whilst you're in Ivybridge HERE ARE SOME POINTERS TO THIS OLD MILL TOWN: The Watermark - it's central to the Ivybridge community, it has a library, tourist information centre, coffee shop, cinema and theatre, with regular live music at this venue. There are also rooms to hire for weddings, etc. Take a look at the old Ivybridge - it's been at the centre of the town for centuries - it's an impressive landmark and very characterful. If you're walking down Fore Street, take note of the Beacon (up on the moor) which dominates the skyline in the town centre. Don't miss Lukesland Gardens - a really beautiful setting, with water gardens, an impressive old house which has the most lovely home-made cakes. New to the town - it's about a month since Jaz Interiors opened it's doors. If you haven't been into town and seen this shop, pop in - you'll be pleasantly surprised with the range of shabby chic furniture and giftware. Let's wish them all the best for this new venture (see their display left). Congratulations to The Ivybridge Fish Company for their 'Best fishmonger award 2012'. A really go-ahead type of food outlet, they even give recipe ideas and sell veg that's complementary to the fish - what a great service! Don't forget to visit Glanvilles Mill Shopping Centre, there are a range of interesting shops such as Encore, Rejenn and an interesting art gallery called Lime Square (see display above right). Also, you can enjoy a coffee overlooking the river Erme at Riverbank bistro & cafe. If you haven't been inside Lawsons, it's a veritable Alladin's cave of housewares. This time of year, it's all about grass. MST can help with your lawnmower woes!

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A bride enjoying her wedding alongside her father

To help with my sons wish list dreama-way sent us on a day out, no ordinary day out, we were sent in a limo. We went to Paignton Zoo where my son fed


the animals and then onto Living Coasts. We had lots of tears that day, not from my son but from me, my mum and my sister. Tears from lots of different feelings, amazing memories for his sister to keep and my mum never dreamt that she would be riding around in limo. Dream-a-way have helped my family to stay strong, I have never met people like them before. Caring and understanding and never expecting anything in return.

So, how did it all start?

In 1993, when a group of ten friends started discussing ways to help others without high administrative costs, they decided to form Dream-A-Way, to provide holidays and day trips for people with physical and learning difficulties. The volunteer committee members raise money to fund the trips and actively seek out opportunities to help people throughout Devon & Cornwall. The opportunity for the Dream-A-Way Team and their friends to raise money and help others has always been the driving force behind the charity. What makes this charity so extra special is that the volunteers provide their time and services freely - Dream-A-Way

prides itself on giving all the money to funding trips and not spending on overheads or taking any payment or expenses, and that the charity does not incur any administration costs. No persons associated with Dream-AWay receive any honoraria, payments or expenses for their work. It's not always easy but it is possible - and very rewarding! Over 10,000 people have benefited since 1993. In June 2008 Dream-A-Way was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - The MBE for Volunteer Groups. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities. In 1999 Dream-A-Way purchased their first luxury caravan at the Haven Holiday Park at Devon Cliffs, Sandy Bay, near Exmouth in Devon. In 2010 they purchased their eighth luxury holiday home to help even more people to have a Dream-A-Way holiday! Additionally families, individuals and groups have been sent to places throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, creating lasting memories for everyone involved. Dream-A-Way has succeeded beyond its founder members’ wildest dreams - Some of the people who originally set up the committee like Chairman Jeff Merrett, vice chairman Bob Beer and Trustee Charlie THOMAS are still involved in providing people like Jenny with an extended family of earth angels. Sali Mustafic

Burton Farmhouse Country Hotel for the elderly Would you like to be on a permanent holiday, in a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by 325 acres of stunning countryside? We offer large rooms, good food, companionship, a happy environment and 24 hour care by trained staff.

Call Anne on 01548 561210

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for more info.

Galmpton, Devon


OUTDOORGOURMET Specialists in high quality BBQ and outdoor cooking equipment

Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, Devon

Eating Out


in South Devon

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

Barbecues, Food Smokers, Garden Ovens, & Accessories 01364 644965 At DEAN COURT FARM SHOP you will find quality local food at affordable prices. Our butchery department sources top quality Pork, Lamb, Beef and Chicken from local farms where possible, do not miss the large choice of home made award winning sausages. In our café we serve delicious home cooked food.


Tel: 01364 642199 Opening times: Mon to Sat: 9am-5pm Wednesday Roast Thursday - Steak Special

We pride ourselves in growing some of our own vegetables and source Westcountry seasonal produce.

Early Bird Breakfast - Monday/Tuesday 9am to 11am

for What's On, visit: southdevonhub

£5 for full breakfast



New café at Aune Valley Meat, Loddiswell with lovely views of the river Avon valley Aune Valley Meat has been a byword for quality

children; Emily (running business admin

for several decades - regular customers enjoy

for the past 6 years); Richard junior has

stopping off at the Rake Farm Shop, situated

had a hand in the butchery and now

between Kingsbridge & Loddiswell.

to complete the picture, Amy will be


running the Valley View Café. Joining The Aune Valley Meat business was created some

Amy’s team will be baker Sarah King

30 years ago by the late Alan Winzer (Richard’s

an old school friend of Amy’s and Chef

father). It was intended more for the local farmers'

Richard Stephenson.

home use trade, with the whole animal butchered to the customers' requirement.

The deli counter was a welcome addition just before Christmas 2011 and now the

Richard Stephenson, Amy Winzer, Sarah King from the new Aune Valley Meat Cafe

Today A.V.M. has a well-earned reputation as a

long awaited coffee shop and tea room

traditional, family run farm shop business, selling

with catering kitchen will open in time

to the retail and catering trade. From the smallest

for Easter 2013. The cafe is situated up

joint to half a pig, lamb or bullock, all their meats

the side of the river Avon valley, so has

All baked on site and locally sourced... especially

are of the highest quality and sourced totally

lovely views, which can also be enjoyed from the

the meat - literally reared on the doorstep.

locally. Now there’s an exciting new café facility

raised veranda.

alongside the farm shop. Richard & Sue Winzer

On the menu at Valley View Café will be the Aune

There's plenty of free, off-road parking and also

own and run Aune Valley Meat along with an

Valley Meat traditional farmhouse breakfast, bistro

it's dog-friendly, with drinking bowls at the ready!

enthusiastic team of butchers, together with their

style lunches and home baked cakes and pastries.

Tel. 01548 559126

Burton Farmhouse, Galmpton, a friendly and cosy country hotel for the elderly, Anne, the owner of Burton Farmhouse, has recently converted the property to become a country hotel for the elderly. Anne's one of those people who seem to be permanently busy, always involved with one project or another!

whilst bring up her then young family.

She originally trained as an accountant, then progressed to managing a pate factory in Honiton. Following her wedding, she and her husband took a big plunge and moved to Burton Farmhouse which was almost derelict, but Anne could see the potential as it was set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, so they decided to take on the challenge.

A number of her elderly relatives often used to stay at the Farmhouse regularly, as they loved the company of others in such a cosy, family atmosphere.

To fund the renovation work, Anne opened as a bed and breakfast. Due to her warm, friendly nature, the B&B took off rapidly. Before long, Anne was making clotted cream and selling cream teas, doing tours of the grounds and realised she then needed to start considering renovating the other half of the enormous farm building, which involved adding yet more bedrooms and bathrooms, all


Before long, Anne progressed to catering for weddings, private parties and other requests arising from previous customers and contacts.

This prompted Anne to re-evaluate her situation. She realised that there were many other active over 65's, very independent, but missing companionship and wishing they could stay in a friendly hotel on a permanent basis - whilst being able to have family members join them for meals sometimes. So, after thirty years, she decided to change her B & B into a unique place, offering the security of a hotel environment where guests can just concentrate on enjoying life! Anne can be contacted on 01548 561210


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Anne Rossiter, proprietor of Burton Farmhouse Country Hotel


If you're the proprietor of an excellent local business, make contact with Nigel Jones (01395 513383)

Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery celebrates 7th year in the Barbican As the owner of Plymouth’s first Contemporary

materials that are sourced as ethically as possible.

Jewellery Gallery, Victoria Sewart is about to

Victoria even went a step further and embarked

embark on yet another 'first' for the city.

on running jewellery workshops, whereby people




can make their own wedding rings - so incredibly Victoria has just launched an exhibition of

personal and they can be so much cheaper.

internationally renowned British jewellers, showcasing contemporary wedding jewellery at

She believes that people are now more careful

her Gallery, the first of its kind for Plymouth and

with their cash, but will look to spend more on

the South West.

quality and individual products and services and is delighted that the number of independent shops

Having recently married, Victoria realised

have actually increased during the economic

the growing trend for bespoke, personalised

downturn in the area where her Gallery is based.

weddings and decided to set herself the challenge of bringing the best of British designers together

Being one of the most vivacious, charismatic

to exhibit the contemporary wedding jewellery.

clients we’ve encountered, we will now tell you of one other major ‘first’ in Victoria’s life. Just five

Unlike conventional jewellery, there is an

years ago, following surgery for cancer, Victoria hit

extraordinary range of work on show, from

the national news when she chose to follow her

precious metals to acrylics and feathers!

own health regime to stop the disease returning.

Sustainability is important and these designers use

A truly inspirational lady in every way.

Inside Out Garden Rooms - a really easy solution to gaining more space at home Inside Out Garden Rooms is a family run, Devon based business, providing a design and build service for both classic and contemporary garden rooms. David and Duncan Matthews have been working together in the construction industry for the last six years and established Inside Out Garden Rooms in response to the growing demand for garden rooms. The business has thrived with the increasing trend for homeworking and the need

Jeweller Victoria Sewart

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for a home office, distinct from the busy home environment. Inside Out offer a truly bespoke design and build service. Whether you intend using the garden room as a retreat, home office or teenager’s den, at the initial site survey they will establish the design brief and discuss with you the diverse material and style options to help you realise your garden’s potential at an affordable price. Inside Out promotes the use of sustainable, recycled and renewable materials which, unlike most competitors, exceed the minimum building regulations, ensuring genuine year-round use. This ranges from responsibly sourced timber and renewable roofing options, to market leading glazing and outstanding levels of insulation. They also encourage the use of micro-generation schemes to generate heat and electricity from renewable sources, further reducing the environmental impact of the build. Tel. 01548 550544

for What's On, visit: eastdevonhub

The Inside Out brothers Duncan and David Matthews


Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton - Halfway between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth


Cockhaven Manor is renowned for fine foods; we combine this with excellent function facilities to ensure we tailor your special occasion to your exact requirements.

One of Devon’s newest venues for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies. You can now get married at Cockhaven Manor in our garden gazebo, looking down to the Teign Estuary or Indoors in one of our function rooms WEDDINGS: Our main function suite has its own bar with a ‘meet & greet’ area so your guests can be welcomed with a drink, in style. We hope that the sun will shine on your Wedding day so that you can use the French doors to the garden and enjoy photographs and drinks, alfresco. For the celebration meal, our function dining room can cater for up to 90 guests having a sit-down meal with traditional top table and sprigs. In the evening, we will switch to party mode and with a large dance floor; your guests can increase up to a maximum of 140 for the buffet and dance. Every couple is special to us and we tailor the wedding to meet your requirements and budget, rather than insisting on a ‘one size fits all’ package. For more information come and speak to the wedding co-ordinator Peter Phipps, or the resident owners Roy and Mandy Extance.

2013/2014 Midweek Weddings Special £2,599 A quality wedding at a first class venue need not break the bank if you opt for our “inclusive midweek Reception” The price includes a 3 course roast beef wedding breakfast with a choice of starter and dessert for up to 70 people. Red wine, white wine and orange juice will be offered to your guests on arrival and again with starter and main course. With your cake (not included) we will serve coffee with a mint and a glass of bubbly for the toasts. W hite tablecloths fu l ly colou r co - ordinated table flowers,welcome board, serviettes and table letters will ensure the perfect setting and be highlighted by 8 groups of 3 colour co- ordinated helium balloons, top table dressing and a balloon arch over the top table.

Birthdays / Anniversaries / Christenings: If you want a smaller and more intimate occasion then our 16th Century, beamed Gallery suite is ideal. We can accommodate up to 26 guests around 1 large table or up to 36 on smaller tables. Over a coffee, we will be pleased to arrange a menu to suit your requirements. A 3-course menu including a choice of starter and a choice of dessert can cost as little as £16.50 per person and no extra charge for the room.

Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton Halfway Between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth

In the evening the party mood can come into full swing with a hot and cold buffet, disco and a private bar for up to 120 people. The disco and bar will continue until carriages at midnight. The bride and groom can round off their day by retiring to their four poster room and two further double or twin rooms are included in the price together with a sumptuous 3 course full English breakfast the following morning. Extra guests up to a maximum of 20 would be charged at £25 for the whole event (wedding breakfast, drinks,and buffet) and extra double or twin rooms at £75 (for two people including full English breakfast).

CALL 01626 775252 for details SOUTH DEVON

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01626 775252

COCKHAVEN MANOR For The Best Of West Country Food

Cockhaven Manor is famed for its excellent service and mouth-watering food. From March to May, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch for just £9.95, or a fantastic 3-courses for £12.50. Experience some of the best value and quality West Country food. Perfect for a business lunch, social get-together or just a wonderful meal in the throws of Spring. The Spring Lunch menu is available every lunchtime Monday to Friday.


3 Courses £12.50

Spring Vegetable Soup Fruit cocktail Tri colour pasta with green pesto & red peppers topped with Parmesan cheese

Food fit for a King Although Head Chef David Baldwin has returned to his West Country roots here in Bishopsteignton, the experience of catering for lavish London banquets can be recognised in the combination of exquisite cuisine and the finest of West Country produce. An extensive a la carte menu is supplemented by fresh fish and specials board, so whatever your taste you will find something to excite your taste buds, and all at tremendous value-for-money prices!

Smoked trout with watercress, lemon mayonnaise and brown bread and butter ***** Gammon, Egg and Chips Served with tomato, mushroom, onion rings, peas and pineapple Game Pie (venison, pheasant, partridge) topped with puff pastry Served with potatoes and fresh vegetables Cold Meat (or cheese & fruit) Platter

Cockhaven manor now has Dinner Jazz evenings on the last Sunday of every month March 31st - Metropolis Jazz Quartet April 28th - Jeremy Huggets Harlem 5 May 26th - John Shillito and the Dixie Ramblers £17.50 for a 3 Course Dinner plus Coffee & Jazz Why not make a night of it? Mention the Jazz and get £10.00 discount on the price of B&B. Table reservations - Tel 01626 775252 or email

Served with full salad & new potatoes Roast Pork with Apple Sauce and Gravy Served with roast potatoes and vegetables Goats Cheese, Plum Tomato and Courgette Tower Salad and Garlic bread ***** Chocolate Truffle Torte Bread and Butter Pudding with Maple & Pecan Sauce Crème Caramel with Fresh Pineapple Strawberry Eton Mess Tower

Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton Halfway Between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth

Special Menu changes daily and will be available every Monday to Friday Lunchtime During March, April and May

CALL 01626 775252 for details for What's On, visit: southdevonhub


artisans and artists INTERIOR DESIGN

Grade II Listed Town House - interior by Susan Folwell at Artisans and Artists featuring original oil on fabriano by Virginia Hunt, bespoke chair upholstered in Mark Alexander Rio in Cinnabar Red, side table in aged brass with black glass inset, Chinese early 18th Century wine table in northern elm, solid bronze and alabaster table lamp, Simla rug in Ivory hand woven in India, bespoke hand sewn curtains in copper foil printed velvet in Vellum from the Enigma collection by Linwood, walls and skirting painted in Paint and Paper Library Sand II

Put art at the heart of everyday life

Oxford House West Street Ashburton Devon UK TQ13 7DU 00 44 (0)1364 653276

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