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DOGS LIKE WILDFLOWERS TOO! There's nothing better than taking the dogs out to the local bluebell woods. On a still day, when the bluebells are in full bloom, you can discern a scent that is quite astringent and subtle, but I suppose our waggy-tailed, four legged friends, flowers at nose level, would tell us otherwise if they could talk!

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Bluebell time South Devon in the Spring is special, I can honestly say there's nowhere I'd rather be when the sun's shining. The depth of greens, bronzes, golds that suddenly appear is simply breathtaking and when you feel the old sun warming your back, you know Spring has returned. For me, one of the highlights of the year is the spring wildflower display, particularly in our deciduous woodlands. To this end we've put together a photo-visual piece that shows the sheer beauty these little flowers possess. Whatever you do this spring, don't miss the Bluebells, Devon violets, Ransomes.

This issue of the magazine sees Judi Spiers interview the ever popular Alan Davies, Joan Armatrading and local boy and folk singer Seth Lakeman. Also don't miss our interview of home interiors guru and TV presenter Naomi Cleaver. Spring's the time when this region really comes to life, with many interesting village and town events occurring across the region, it's important to have good intelligence on all this stuff. Whatever you do, don't miss using the southdevonhub What's On website, which has the most comprehensive local events coverage. You're missing a trick if you don't use this facility, particularly if you're an organisation wanting to promote your events (there's a neat mobile phone version also). It's always great to hear from you by the way, keep your emails and letters coming in. Nigel Jones (Editor)

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Contents ISSUE NO 12

6. Forthcoming Events

27. Nelson's Column

37. Naomi Cleaver

Events all from southdevonhub.

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

Interviewed by Amanda Merchant.

10. Live Music Roundup

31. But here's the thing...

Get the info on local live music!

Pure conjecture from John Fisher.

42. Renewable Energy

12. Art Gallery Events

32. Wine Tasting

44. Jewels of Spring

Great exhibitions across the region.

We bring you five excellent reds.

Nature's most precious creations.

22. Star Gazing

33. Eating Out

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Indulge yourself in South Devon.

48. Notaries House One of Exeter's finest buildings.

24. Chudleigh Rock

34. Range Rover Sport

51. Cream of the Crop

An ancient and unique curiosity.

Test drive with Matford Land Rover.

South Devon businesses at their best.

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With Cathy Debenham of YouGen.

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Ballet THE ROYAL BALLET - THE WINTER'S TALE 28 Apr - The Royal Ballet - The Winter's Tale, Flavel Arts Centre, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, 7.15pm.

Children FAMILY ADVENTURE CLUB 05 Apr - Family Adventure Club, a new club packed with fun & excitement in the woods., A Touch of the Wild, Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, 10.00am.

EASTER EGG HUNTS 05 Apr to 20 Apr - Hunt for eggs left by the Easter bunny to win a prize, Exeter's Underground Passages, 2 Paris Street, Exeter.

EASTER FAMILY WORKSHOP 15 Apr - Easter Family Workshop for children aged 5-11. Teign Heritage Centre, 29 French Street, Teignmouth, 10.30am.

INTO THE WILD - BOYS MENTORING YEAR COURSE 16 Apr to 26 May - A year long mentoring course for teenage boys over 5 weekends/events, WildWise, Dartington Hall, Totnes, 9.00am.

EASTER AT COLETON FISHACRE 18 Apr to 21 Apr - Take part in an Easter Egg Trail supported by Cadbury, Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, 10.30am.

PLYMOUTH PIRATE WEEKEND 10 May to 11 May - The Barbican & Sutton Harbour will again be hosting a weekend of pirate fun. Barbican Waterfront, Plymouth.

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Choirs FAURÉ'S REQUIEM 05 Apr - Fauré's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with Haydn's Little Organ Mass, Britannia Choral Society, St Clement's Church, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

EXETER CHORAL SOCIETY - HANDEL'S SAMSON 07 May - Performance of Handel's Samson with Musical Director Laurence Blyth, Exeter Choral Society, St. James Church, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Classical Music ROSSINI - PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE 06 Apr - Easter Concert - Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Jonathan Watts, Dartington Community Choir, Great Hall, Dartington, 7.30pm.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLE FAIR 03 May - Saturday fair at the racecourse, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

TORQUAY & TEIGNBRIDGE CLUB - W.E.T.S. ROADSHOW 08 May - West of England Thematic Society Roadshow, Torquay & Teignbridge Stamp Club, St Michael's Church Hall, Kingsteignton, 7.30pm.

Comedy STAND-UP/COMEDY NIGHT 02 Apr - A Wednesday evening of stand-up comedy, B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

J.S. BACH - MASS IN B MINOR

07 May - A Wednesday evening of stand-up comedy, B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

22 May - Rupert Bond, Conductor. Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 8.00pm.

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03 May - Lots of dealers having masses of good quality Vinyl Records, CD's to purchase., Exeter Record & CD Fair, The Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9.30am.

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CLUB MEETING DAWLISH & TEIGNMOUTH CAMERA CLUB EVENING 02, 09, 16 Apr - Wednesday evening club meeting, Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club, Holcombe Village Hall, Dawlish, 7.00pm.

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BRIXHAM PIRATE FESTIVAL 2014 03 May to 05 May - 3 day event with a swashbuckling mix of piratical fun & entertainment, Brixham Pirate Festival, Smiles, Brixham.

MUSIC FESTIVAL AFTER DARK PARTY 24 Apr to 26 Apr - Exeter Castle courtyard is offering three great nights out for music lovers, Exeter Food & Drink Festival, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter.

DART MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 16 May to 18 May - Legendary music festival: everywhere you turn, there is music, Dart Music Festival, Across Town, Dartmouth.

Garden OPEN GARDENS HEATHERCOMBE, OPEN GARDEN FOR CHARITY 18, 25, 31 May - Heathercombe is a tranquil setting with 30 acres of spring and summer interest, NGS (gardens open for charity) Devon, Heathercombe, Bovey Tracey, 1.30pm.

TALATON OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND 24 May to 25 May - Cream Teas and Plant Sales and a Garden Crossword, Talaton Open Gardens Weekend, within Talaton Parish, Exeter, 2.00pm.

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GENERAL BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 02 Apr - Inspiring & exhilarating film by todays most talented adventure film makers, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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TOBY BUCKLANDS'S GARDEN FESTIVAL 02 May to 03 May - Major new gardening event for the South West. Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter.

GARDEN PARK 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WEEKEND 03 May to 05 May - A weekend of entertainment, activities, special offers and celebrity talks! Trago Mills, The Garden Park, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

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YACHT SPRING SERIES 2014 06, 13, 20, 27 Apr - Sunday 0955 first warning signal, 2 races back to back, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, Madeira Road, Plymouth, 9.55am.

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BRIXHAM FISH MARKET TOURS 07, 28 May - Tour of the Fish Market followed by an English breakfast at Shipmates, Brixham Fish Market Tours, Brixham Fish Market, Brixham, 6.00am.

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KINGSBRIDGE COUNTRY MARKET 07, 14, 21, 28 May - Range of genuine home made produce, Kingsbridge Country Market, Town Hall Foyer, Kingsbridge, 8.00am.

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GUIDED TOUR OF SHILSTONE HOUSE BY THE DRA 15 Apr - Guided tour of Shilstone House and Grounds by DRA archaeologist Abi Gray, Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone, Modbury, 2.00pm.

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16 May - (1997) Certificate 18 English, 129 mins, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

17 May - Simon Ible, Conductor, Peninsula Arts, Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

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Shows HAFU: THE MIXED RACE EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN 2013 28 Apr - Dir. M. Nishikura, L. Perez Takagi Cert TBC Japanese, with Subtitles 90 mins, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

DEVCON 2 THE RUNNING MAN (1987) 03 May - Dir. Paul Michael Glaser, with A. Schwarzenegger, M. Conchita Alonso Cert 18, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

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DEVON COUNTY SHOW 22 May to 24 May - Biggest event in the county calendar. There's something for everyone to enjoy, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. BIRDSONG AT THE NORTHCOTT, EXETER

Theatre BIRDSONG 06 May to 10 May - Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. The Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

08 May - Certificate PG English 86 mins, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

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MORE THAN HONEY (2012) 09 May - Documentary Cert E, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

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17 May - Bugs and all manner of creepy crawlies return to the Roland Levinsky Building, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 12.00am.

12 May - Dir. Captain J.B.L. Noel Certificate U Silent (with music accompaniment) 87min, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

25 Apr - Liz Aggiss, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

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LIVE MUSIC BY SAM FEARON 06 Apr - Live Music by the very talented guitarist and singer Sam Fearon, Tradesmans Arms, Pub Scorriton, Buckfastleigh.

X FACTORS SHELLEY SMITH AT MAMA STONE'S 11 Apr - X Factor sensation Shelly smith on her homecoming show live at Mama Stone's, 1 Mary Arches Street, Exeter, 10.00pm.

JOE MCELDERRY - SET YOUR SOUL ALIVE 04 May - For fans of Joe McElderry and X Factor this is one night not to miss! Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, 8.00pm.

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC

THE STEVE TILSTON TRIO! TRAD FOLK . US BLUES 12 Apr - Steve Tilston Trio Folk/ Blues Tix. T. 01548 531979, South Pool Parish, South Pool Church Hall, South Pool, 7.00pm.

26 Apr - An evening with Matt Harvey and Jim Causley, South Brent Folk Festival, South Brent Village Hall, South Brent, 7.30pm.

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COCO & THE BUTTERFIELDS SOUND OF THE SIRENS 27 Apr - The ultimate eclectic folk collective, Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, St Bartholomews, Coffinswell.

ROBIN & BINA WILLIAMSON IN CONCERT 10 May - Robin & Bina Williamson in concert - Fusion music - Celtic Indian & Old Timey, Hazelwood House, Nr Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, 8.00pm.

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JAZZ CLUB 04 Apr to 05 Sep - Enjoy a seasonal two course dinner accompanied by the smooth sounds of jazz, Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, 7.00pm.

Saturday 10th May MAGIC (A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN) Exeter Corn Exchange

www.exetercornexchange.com

MAGIC, the best tribute to Queen, perform all of Queen's greatest hits plus some you may not have heard for a while, in their latest show for 2014. It's refreshing that in these days of pre-recorded backing tracks, Magic perform completely live. With five vocals to back up the powerful lead vocal of the dynamic Roger Brown, Magic can recreate all the complex harmonies that are Queen's trademark recording sound. This, along with two guitars, bass, drums and the brilliant piano and keyboard skills of Dave Chapman. Magic creates all the excitement of a Queen live show. £17.00 per ticket, 7.30pm (doors 6.45) Box Office 01392 665938.

EXETER RECORD & CD FAIR, CORN EXCHANGE EXETER

03 May - Lots of dealers having masses of good quality Vinyl Records, CD's to purchase., Exeter Record & CD Fair, The Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9.30am.

BLUES

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04 Apr - Very tight live blues band, mature players who know how to rock! Bad Knees Blues Band, The Long Bar, Brixham.

ROCK/H-METAL

MERCEDES BAND AT THE ARUNDELL ARMS 04 May - Three piece band playing original songs, Arundell Arms, Fore Street, Lifton, 3.00pm.

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STILETTO AT THE KINGS ARMS 24 May - Stiletto brings exciting, modern pop and rock covers to the Kings Arms, 6 Oakford, Kingsteignton, 9.00pm.

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Saturday 11th May JOE BROWN Princess Theatre, Torquay, Devon

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Premier rock 'n' roll legend Joe Brown goes from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. Joe, with his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown, will be on stage all evening and the musical styles incorporated into his show are as unique as the man himself. Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this eclectic, sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed. Tickets from £24.90 plus booking fee 0844 871 3023.

Sunday 20th April WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN - THE CARPENTERS STORY, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay www.babbacombe-theatre.com

Saturday 12th April STEVE TILSTON TRIO South Pool Hall, Devon, TQ7 2RP

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The Steve Tilston Trio return! Steve, Stuart and Keith bring you brilliant stuff, great fun, wonderful playing mixing trad folk with US Blues. This talented, happy bunch make great music, combining the fiddle & harmonica with vocals. The trio brings out the jauntier side of Tilston’s writing, not to be missed evening. Tel. 01548 531979, £18 inc supper. Pay Bar / Raffle. 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.

Toni Lee mesmerised audiences on ITV's Stars in their eyes in her tribute performance to Karen Carpenter. The Carpenters recorded some of the greatest love songs in pop music history. Heart breakers & tear jerkers that captivated not one but three generations of popular music fans. The sensational vocal of Toni Lee is an uncanny resemblance to Karen Carpenter & will take you on a musical journey through the wonderful songs of The Carpenters. Tickets: Adults £19.50 Seniors £18.50 Children £17.50. Box Office: 01803 328385.

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Over the course of the year we welcome around 100,000 visitors, with events ranging from pantomime, touring productions, rock concerts, to classical music, dance and comedy. We also have regular events such as an indoor boot sale, Comedy Café nights and also Cash Bingo!

are able to book a pre-show table for dinner and have the benefit of having a 10% discount off your food, all of which is top quality, local produce. Directly opposite the Pavilion is our private car park where you are able to park for free when using our facilities and we have excellent disabled access.

In addition to the national and international ‘big name’ artistes we have performing here, Exmouth Pavilion’s stage also hosts some of the best local home-grown talent. Currently you can enjoy performances from many of the regions’ theatre companies, schools and bands, and we hope to expand on this in the future.

There are always great deals to be had at The Pavilion. For exclusive offers and news as it happens, check our website www.exmouthpavilion.co.uk or join our Facebook page.

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With a thriving programme of dance and fitness classes, craft fairs and fetes, we are also able to offer you our fabulous venue for private functions such as weddings, conferences, meetings and private parties. We have a Café and Bar open every day from mid morning, in case you’d just like to stop for a coffee and a cake. We can also offer light snacks and main meals and you

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Forthcoming Exhibitions April and May 14

Cristina Ulander - 'Volo D'oro series no 2' - Delamore Arts

GALLERIES EXETER'S FINE ART COLLECTION Until 06 Apr - This display includes works by major artists of both the 19th & 20th centuries, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

NEAR & FAR - OPEN ART EXHIBITION Until 21 Apr - Artists are invited to submit up to four works of art exploring this theme, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

NEW PAINTINGS BY GREG RAMSDEN Until 01 May - Exhibition of new paintings of salcombe by our resident artist, Coves Quay gallery, 6 Thorning st, Salcombe, 11.00am.

EXHIBITION: PETER RANDALL-PAGE Until 10 May - New Sculpture and Works on Paper, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth, 10.00am.

Pip McGarry - 'Jaguar Portrait' - Haddon Galleries

EXHIBITION - HATSWAP

EXHIBITION: 'BEYOND THE BOOK'

Until 11 May - 2 artists swap craft disciplines, under the other's guidance, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

05 Apr to 08 Jun - Thought provoking installation work by artists who use books as their medium, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

DRAWING FROM THE WILD: WORK OF JACKIE MORRIS Until 31 May - New animal illustrations inspired by museum's natural history collections, Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay.

TAONGA: MAORI TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD Until 08 Jun - A look at a small collection of Maori objects from the museum's collections, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF BECKY ADAMS

Nominated for the Fine Art Guild’s upcoming artist of the year Jackie Gale’s stunning textile originals and prints are now available at Kaya.

05 Apr to 22 May - Becky Adams creates intricate paper and book works.., Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, 10.00am.

www.kayagallery.co.uk 01752 267474 53 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth

Bellever Forest - 'Mark Coombs' Lime Square

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What’s on show at the gallery

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Come and visit us at the Barbican, Plymouth.


'Eastportlemouth from the Salcombe Ferry' - Coves Quay Gallery

THE GREAT MCGARRY - HADDON GALLERY 12 Apr to 26 Apr - The Great McGarry - Art Exhibition, Haddon Galleries, 6/7 Victoria Parade, Torquay, 9.30am.

JOHN CHANCELLOR - RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION 19 Apr to 21 Apr - John Chancellor: a Retrospective Exhibition of his Life and Work, Chancellor Maritime Prints, Town Hall, Brixham, 10.00am.

CONTEMPORARY MARK-MAKING 28 Apr to 03 May - A group of 6 local artists who explore together how creativity "surfaces", Contemporary Mark Makers, Birdwood House, Totnes, 10.00am.

DEVON ART SOCIETY SPRING ART EXHIBITION 29 Apr to 11 May - Our 102 years of exhibiting and sale of original and affordable paintings, Devon Art Society, St Anne's Hall, Babbacombe.

DELAMORE ART 2014 01 May to 31 May - Gallery and Sculpture Gardens on the edge of Dartmoor, Delamore Arts Exhibtition, Delamore Estate, Ivybridge, 10.30am.

BIRCH VISIONS: EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS Mayne Gallery - See Display p18

VIKINGS LIVE FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM

04 May to 15 Jun - An exhibition of paintings and drawings by June Ashburner and Ducan Rice, Stone Lane Gardens, Stone Farm, Chagford, 2.00pm.

SIX DAYS OF ART (AROUND TEIGN VALLEY) 05 to 07 & 11 to 13 May - Two weekends of 29 Teign Artists showcasing their work, Teign Artists, TAAG, Teignmouth.

THE IMAGINARY BODY 13 May to 18 May - Works by Karen Lorenz, Kari Furre, Philip Pierce & Philip Wakeham, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

24 Apr - Presented live via satellite, get a close-up view of world class exhibitions, Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter, 7.00pm.

VIBRANT IMAGES, VIBRANT ARTISTS 20 May to 01 Jun - Paintings by Cherry Lyons, Wendy Chudley and Jenni Pentecost, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

INTERPRETATIONS 3 26 Apr to 11 May - Paintings, printmaking, pastels and mixed media works by three local artists, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

Wendy Chudley - 'Ayrmer Cove' - Harbour House

Andrew Coldrey - 'Thoughts Become Solid' Contemporary Mark-Making Exhibition

Jackie Gale - 'Plymouth Hoe' - Kaya Gallery

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On display in the gallery... Fused glass wall art, ceramics, jewellery, mounted and framed prints, clocks, fused glass dishes, coasters, sun catchers, wood products, handmade greetings cards, monthly exhibitions and much more. Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm

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What’s on at the gallery... We are delighted to have a focus on the stunning works of Danielle O’Conner Akiyama 18 to 25 Apr A visit to Triton Galleries will surely inspire any art lover. We have a fantastic selection of original artwork and collectable limited edition prints from some of the worlds most acclaimed artists. www.tritongalleries.co.uk torquay@tritongalleries.co.uk

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GALLERY & FRAMING CENTRE

EXHIBITIONS The Space Beyond Us - 4 to 26 Apr Addy Gardner and Nicolas Hedges. Their practice differs but with a shared perception.

Rita Smith - 10 to 31 May A one man show of new works by this contemporary artist. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm

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Michael Morgan M.Phil., D.Litt., Hon.LLD., FRSA, SWAc, RI 2nd June 1928 - 3rd February 2014

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ichael Morgan, a man of great personal charm, was fortunate enough to have enjoyed two distinguished careers firstly in academe and latterly as an artist whose ground breaking style is widely considered to have added new life to the watercolour medium and subsequently influenced and guided many young artists. His family recall his frequent refrain “when I retire I’m going to paint!!!” Michael trained as a teacher. He had a varied and outstanding teaching career, headmaster in his twenties at Dartington Primary, lecturing appointments at colleges in Chichester and Bognor Regis and his appointment as Principal of the Froebel Institute in Roehampton where he remained until retirement in 1985.

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A number of colleges internationally appointed him as a Trustee notably as Founding Trustee at Richmond, the American University in London and Trustee Emeritus of New England College in New Hampshire, New England.

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From childhood Michael always loved painting, and he fulfilled his family promise to become an artist after 1985. A prime source of inspiration was the works of the late John Blockley RI, a noted Cotswold based artist who with his painting partner Moira Huntly, organised painting weeks in remote upland areas like Snowdonia. These brooding locations inspired Michael with his recurring themes of isolation and escapism which were to form such core ingredients in his paintings.

usually of lonely buildings in isolated settings. No animate object was allowed to intrude. The final result, however was work that drew in the viewer, set the imagination to work, and demanded detailed inspection. In 1997 he selected Marine House at Beer as his gallery close to his home near Axminster. Solo shows every eighteen months proved sell outs. Recognition followed his innovative approach. In 1998 he won the medal for the most outstanding submission by a nonmember at the Spring Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours shortly to be followed by his selection as a member of the RI Putting his academic, artistic and administrative skills into focus, he was appointed in 2000 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and founding academician of the newly formed Exeter based South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc) which has become a beacon for artists in the South West. He was president of The Honiton Art Society and his active involvement in fund raising and encouragement for students in local schools and colleges led to the naming of the arts building at his local community college in Axminster after him. Michael Morgan leaves a legacy which can only endure. He produced moving new interpretations of lonely and beautiful places which imbue a sense of escapism which surely strikes a chord with many in our fast moving and pressured world.

Blog Michael’s style is unique. He is widely credited with re-invigorating the watercolour medium. He painted small but visually powerful paintings. They were finely crafted

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Michael Morgan 2nd June 1928 to 3rd February 2014. He is survived by his wife Jill and sons James and Adam. Mike Lambert, Marine House at Beer.

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GLASS!!

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Also showcasing work by many other leading glass artists

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Haddon Galleries of Torquay proudly present the return of

‘THE GREAT MCGARRY’ Saturday 12th April to Saturday 26th April 2014

‘Lion Cub’ 36” x 20” £14,800.

An exhibition of oil paintings of African animals and big cats by Pip McGarry, one of the worlds leading wildlife artists. Pip will be in the gallery on Saturday 12th and Saturday 26th talking about his work and his many expeditions to Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania. Haddon Galleries 6/7 Victoria Parade, Torquay Devon, TQ1 2BB

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Ann Blockley - ‘Last light in the woven hedge’ - 35 x 45cm

Rosa Sepple RI SWA - ‘Lovers dream’ - 11 x 15ins

Tina Morgan - ‘Boats at anchor, Salcombe’ - 12 x 12ins

Tina Stokes - ‘Sea Mist’ - 20 x 27ins

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LIFE AND LANDSCAPE A not to be missed exhibition by four leading artists from Saturday May 17 - Friday May 30 Marine House has invited four distinguished artists all members of The Society of Woman’s Artists ( SWA) to exhibit a selection of new works. This is an exciting grouping of over forty paintings.

These works range in price from around £700 - £3000. It is also simple to arrange interest free acquisition through our arrangement with the Art’s Council.

Rosa Sepple’s perceptive and sometimes almost magical interpretations of people and happenings; Ann Blockley’s haunting close up studies of plants and landscape; Tina Morgan’s joyful escapist summer paintings and Tina Stokes’s much loved reflective studies of estuarine serenity.

Please contact Marine House for a free colour catalogue and an invitation to meet the artists on launch day from 11.00am5.00pm on Saturday May 17th

Fore Street, Beer, Devon

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01297 625257

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Welcome to our gallery Jane and Graham have run Mayne Gallery for the past 18 years. In that time they have specialised in modern and contemporary art, working closely with emerging and established artists. Their artists display exceptional talent, technical skill and intrinsic creativity that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

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Jane is committed to nurturing the careers of all the gallery artists, sculptors, glass makers and ceramicists by offering professional support and providing the invaluable opportunity for artistic innovation. Jane organises an annual program of in-house releases and exhibitions and attends prestigious art fairs around the country.

14 Fore St. Kingsbridge TQ7 1NY

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We want everyone who comes to the gallery to enjoy the experience, believing that art is life enhancing and strive to offer the best experience for both our artists and our clients.

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DEL AMORE ARTS Based at Cornwood, near Ivybridge in South Devon, the Delamore Art exhibition is hosted on the Delamore estate, home to the family since 1688. Two of the principal rooms of the house (built in 1859) are used as galleries for hanging paintings. Immense windows provide excellent natural light and make for a superb gallery where visitors have the opportunity to view paintings at leisure within the atmosphere of this impressive

country house. The gardens, seen at their best during May, are an ideal backdrop for sculpture large and small, from Henry Moore Foundation prize winners to emerging artists. Now in its 12th year, the exhibition has raised close to ÂŁ100,000 for charity. This year our supported charity is The Naval Service Recovery Centre based in Devonport, Plymouth. The building, funded by Help for Heroes, provides

much needed specialist physiotherapy facilities for service personnel including a gymnasium, swimming pool and the largest hydrotherapy pool in the South West. As well as providing facilities for serving personnel, the building also houses a Veterans Welfare and Support Hub providing a much-needed single point of contact and advice for veterans based in the South West.

The exhibition is open every day in May 10.30am to 16.30pm. Admission is ÂŁ6.50. Cornwood, Ivybridge, PL21 9QT. Telephone 01752 837663. More info at www.delamore-art.co.uk for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

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Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery

Artisan jewellery from South Devon

Ringing the Changes An exhibition of distinctly modern rings and wedding jewellery. Complimenting both the contemporary and traditional.

Lemon Quartz Oxi Spaghetti Ring

Part of Victoria Sewart's Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Plymouth.

For more Jewellery, Online Shop and Jewellery Workshops (including ‘Making Your Own Wedding Rings’) Visit us at:

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We're blessed in South Devon with exceptional jewellery designer/makers. Once you've seen beautiful hand-made artisan jewellery, it really is hard to consider buying mass produced for the person you love or even for yourself! Bespoke jewellery is individually hand-crafted and no two pieces are the same, ensuring uniqueness and exclusivity.

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RADIO DEVON 9.00 - 12.00 weekdays

STAR GAZING with

Judi Spiers

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.

Alan Davies Touring is something I could not bear. Years working away from home and twelve weeks in panto in Birmingham nearly finished me off! I like my own bed, my cat... and of course my husband and don t read anything into that order! But to some people it s a way of life and a necessity if they want to connect with their fans.

After a 12 year gap from performing, Alan Davies, who is father of two, came to Devon at the end of last year with his tour ‘Life is a Pain’. The fifth and newest series Jonathan Creek has recently aired on the BBC.

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Take Alan Davies, back on our screens after 17 years as television s magician turned detective, Jonathan Creek, and when I spoke to him on his way to Devon with his fi rst stand up tour after a hiatus of 12 years, Life is a pain .

“The penny didn’t drop till series three. Stephen Fry is calling me an idiot again!”

Alan is a father nowadays so naturally I thought going back on the road must be exhausting, but not at all.

“I loved that world weary wisdom from a six year old!”

“It’s that or a 17-hour day looking after toddlers, which is much more difficult! Stand-up is a doddle comparatively. You go around the country making people laugh. It’s a really nice thing to do.” So how come the title of the show? He explained it was actually a story told to him by a friend about a little girl who was being told off by her mother. The little girl stopped looked at her mother and said Life is pain!

Alan would probably hate me for saying it... but he is a really nice man with a warmth that a lot of his contemporaries don t have. His off stage conversation is as you might expect, funny and his observation is sharp, so how on earth does he fi nd being treated by Stephen Fry as the resident dunce on QI?

“The penny didn’t drop till series three. Stephen is calling me an idiot again!” Far from retaining fascinating facts with which to stun his dinner guests he admitted,

“I retain nothing!” Alan is now going back on the road with an entirely new show entitled Little Victories.

“It comes from a routine about me trying to get my dad to eat blackcurrant jam. He has a limited palate. He also thinks that Indian food would make him ill. It would drive us mad as

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children - it’s almost pathological. He has just decided that he doesn’t like certain things. We had plenty of jam at home strawberry, raspberry, apricot - it was jam a-go-go. But he would refuse to eat jam made of blackcurrant, the finest of all the currants. So we set him a trap… that’s one of the routines in the show. It’s a classic Little Victory.”

Seth Lakeman Devon s Seth Lakeman, like Alan, is now a father and with twins born last year admits:

“It’s been quite an adjustment.” Nevertheless Seth has been out touring with his latest album Word of Mouth. He burst onto solo scene in 2002, all chiselled good looks, foot stopping and violin thrashing, that probably had Stradivarius spinning in his grave, winning over a younger audience. Just two years later his second album Kitty Jay , recorded in his kitchen for £300, was nominated for a Mercury award and in 2007 he won Folk Singer of the Year in the Radio 2 Folk awards. This year, The Full English, his band with musician archivists Martin Simpson, Fay Yield and others, won best group and best album. Seth s latest album Word of Mouth encapsulates everything he loves


After winning the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007 and nominated for a Mercury award in 2004, Seth’s latest album ‘Word of Mouth’ is full of stories from West Country people.

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about the West country, its places, traditions, its folk. True to the troubadours of yore, he travelled the length and breadth of the west talking to people, hearing their stories and putting them to music. The result is twelve songs but also extracts of the interviews that influenced them like Reg Hannaford the last living witness to Operation Tiger, the World War training exercise that went disastrously wrong on Devon s Slapton. The Saddest Crowd comes from a plaque on Plymouth Harbour marking the arrival of surviving members of The Titanic who arrived there on the rescue craft SS Lapland.

“The tours are very long - non-stop. I tend to do 4 days of gigging and one day off, which quite often is a day of travelling or a day of interviewing.” Simple question - why not cut touring down?

“Because that’s actually what I like. I actually don’t like days off when I’m touring because it interrupts the flow of how the show is going. When you are doing show after show, you get into a really nice rhythm - so that’s my fault.” Well Alan and Seth might still be enjoying touring, but Joan Armatrading has said that although she will never retire, her next tour, which brings her to Exeter Corn Exchange in November, will be the last major tour she will undertake. It will be with Joan solo on stage playing the guitar and piano as well as singing.

So all or nothing?

“That’s me!”

“It was fascinating” Seth told me

Seth travelled the length and breadth of the west, talking to people, hearing their stories and putting them to music.

Then there s Derek Banks, old friend, Dartmoor expert and artist who talks about the drama and magic of the landscape and influenced the fi rst single from the album The Courier. It s a great album and Seth is an extraordinary performer - try get to see him if you can. He s already performed in Exeter Cathedral but will be back in Devon at Plymouth Theatre Royal 25th October.

“with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”

Well she has certainly given me some unique memories over the years, one being when she was on a nationwide hunt to fi nd regional singer songwriters to open for her on her 2012 UK and Ireland tour. Our local fi nd by the way was the wonderful Ellie Williams from Exeter.

Joan sat opposite me in the studio and sang Love and Affection. It was all the more memorable because she had a cold, she was having trouble tuning up and giggling because she thought she might forget the words... she didn t she nailed it. Not so lucky at the Cambridge Folk Festival she admitted.

“I was headlining the festival and forgot the words to “Me Myself I” so I turned to the keyboard player and he was singing them, so I picked up on them but as soon as I turned back, I forgot them again!” So if you get the chance to see her and are in the front few rows, make sure you know all the words... just in case she needs a reminder!

Judi

“I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances, but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.” Well of course the question everyone is asking is why?

“no -one in Plymouth knew that the survivors came in to Millbay Docks.”

Photo © Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading will be performing her last major tour at Exeter Corn Exchange in autumn this year.

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You can hear Judi’s show on BBC Radio Devon at 9.00 till 12.00 noon on 103.4 MHz FM or on iPlayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ radiodevon

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A visit to

Chudleigh Rock & Caves by the Editor

A

fter driving through the centre of Chudleigh last summer, I had decided to pop in for a tea and cake at the onsite cafe at The Rock Nursery. The charming lady behind the counter asked if I'd seen the Rock and of course having not, I decided to visit again later on to do just that. My later visit was on one of those lovely early summer days when everything is still fresh green, and I have to say that myself and family spent about three very enjoyable hours ambling about the

grounds, it's uncommercialised and charming to say the least and provides a visual feast, particularly at this time of year. There's a real mix of things to see, the Rock of course, which is a limestone rock formation projecting from the landscape (you can climb to the top to enjoy the views). Also, there are caves with interesting stalagtite/mite formations. The Rock itself forms a horseshoe shape, so that you can walk within the wooded centre of the Rock to visit

There's more to see than meets the eye at this place

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Little Africa, which has the feel of a hidden world, with tree ferns, cliff faces and caves. Also, there are some delightful follies, such as the ruined mediaeval manor, also the half-timbered forge and also old tractors and farm implements - it's all done very subtly, no plastic signage here! The Rock has changed in shape over the past five centuries - a result of the extensive quarrying for limestone. The caves are small,


Folly (far left)

One of several at the site

Stairs to cave (Right)

but very interesting all the same and they have a resident colony of bats. Prehistoric remains of animals have been found including Sabre Toothed Tiger, Hyaena, Cave Bear, Lynx, Rhino, Deer and Ice Age Woolly Rhinos. Additionally, flint imprements and tools have been found within the caves, showing that these caves have been used my man for millenia.

mossy rocks and boisterous white foaming cascades, so yet another great reason to visit this place. Dogs are welcome also, although you'll need to keep them on the lead and small children will also need to be kept under cafeful control, particularly on the top of the rock and around the caves.

Directions: From the A38 southbound - take the signpost off the carriage way (Knighton, Kingsteignton, Teign Valley). Then follow the signs to Chudleigh off the roundabout, you'll seee the Rock Nursery on the right hand side before arriving in Chudliegh town centre.

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At the start of the walk, there's a lovely pool at the foot of the rock which was incredibly clear when I visited, allowing you to see ornamental fish gliding about between the weeds. If you wish to take a look at the views from the top of the Rock, there's a walk that takes you around the side and to the summit, at which point you can look across the landscape for quite some distance towards Dartmoor (see photo). You then need to retrace your steps to enter the centre of the Rock to visit the caves. There's also another permissive walk (part of the Clifford Estate - Ugbrooke House) which takes you to the Kate Brook, which you follow upstream. The waterfall was very much loved and visited by artists in Victorian times and the local art club are regular visitors. There are great

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Chudleigh Rock Little Africa

Make sure you visit when the sun's high up in the sky and you'll be rewarded with a visual feast, you can take your dog as well (keep on the lead though, you don't want them disappearing down a cave).

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

by JOHN FISHER

Yes, we have no bananas THE PERENNIAL DEBATE – from which end should one peel one’s banana? - looks like remaining unresolved, at least as far as Devon is concerned, following the announcement by Paignton Zoo that it is no longer feeding bananas to its primates. Today’s commercial bananas are much more sugary than those eaten in the wild, animal nutritionists at the zoo point out and have likened giving bananas to the primates to humans eating too much cake and chocolate. Fair enough, but isn’t there anybody there who can remember the bad old days, we asked the zoo, and settle the “which end is the best end for opening a banana?” argument which has been raging in Devon, as elsewhere perhaps, for generations.

Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

How many women does it take to man Devon’s lifeboats? EXMOUTH takes delivery of a remarkable new all-weather Shannon class lifeboat this summer. Instead of propellers it is powered by water-jets so that it can be launched and recovered from a beach at any state of the tide, if needs be. Not that Exmouth is any stranger to a beachlaunched lifeboat – in fact they started saving lives back in 1803 with an eight-oared open boat rowed by local fisherman, a full 22 years before the National Lifeboat Institution (as it was then called) was formed. No one knows for sure when women first manned the lifeboats in Devon, but it was as early as 1838 that the immortal Grace Darling, 23, and her lighthouse-keeper father famously rescued the passengers and crew of the paddle steamer Forfarshire because it was too rough for a lifeboat to be launched from the beach.

In Devon today there are now 30 women on the ‘wet side’ of the RNLI following in Miss Darling’s footsteps – and 248 men, all ready at the firing of a maroon, to man Devon’s eight lifeboats out of Exmouth, Torbay, Dart, Salcombe, Plymouth, Clovelly, Appledore and Ilfracombe. The RNLI web site tells you how you can join this noble breed as a volunteer crew member.

The zoo’s Phil Knowling told Coast & Country that they had no chimps at the zoo: “We have gorillas and orangutans here. Our curator of mammals suggests that they eat them without peeling and from the non-stalk end.” “Orangutans bite them mid-way, breaking the skin and then pulling the banana into their mouths sideways, bending it in two as it goes. Then they eat the skin. It’s likely that it varies from individual to individual. As in, how do you eat your Crème Egg?”

Grace and William Darling to the rescue. Photo: RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Better weather for the South West IS OUR TERRIBLE WEATHER of recent months best delivered by regional weather presenters who simply tell it like it is or is it considered to be more palatable when s er ve d up by t ho s e who wave their arms, splay their fingers, shrug their shoulders, tilt their heads, Carol Kirkwood, the bee’s knees of weather presenters (BBC PHOTO) screw up their

Whereas most people are drawn to the stump end of the banana, many primates apparently open theirs by gently squeezing the other end, causing it to pop open without the struggle. This is demonstrably easier and the solution preferred by chimps apparently, because there is also more sugar in that end than the other. Not a lot of people know that.

faces and generally go all chummy and confidential to camera? Thank goodness for the fine example set by national weather presenter Carol Kirkwood who, by contrast, is absolutely the bee’s knees at delivering the weather picture clearly and without the histrionics.

So. It seems that either way is the right way. But without wishing to get too Darwinian about this it might be revealing to observe one’s breakfast companion next time there are cornflakes and bananas on the menu. Will they come across as more human than monkey by sticking with the stump or will they choose to chomp like a chimp?

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Chudleigh Rock

Caves

All manner of objects have been found in the caves, from Sabre Tooth Tiger to Rhino, as well as much evididence of pre-historic man.

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A genuine English folly (above) A bit whimsical to say the least - it's great to see all these old remnants being kept and displayed in an interesting setting, well done Bruce!

Beast of Burden (left)

An old tractor taking a wellearned rest.

Cave Roof (right)

The stone for mations are fascinating.

The Pond (bottom)

It's a good job Jack isn't keen on water!

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Chudleigh Rock Little Africa

With the sun streaming through the trees and down the cliff faces, it's very dramatic.

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But here’s the thing... spent much of their time and most of their energies in hunting, “hawking at Honitone”, wenching, drunkenness, gambling - not to mention the playing of Real Tennis - and heaven knows what else besides. The poem is an allegory. Bosch picks it up in his famous painting of a vessel populated by men and women who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious passengers aboard a ship without The Ship of Fools (detail) by Heronimus Bosch

a pilot, and seemingly ignorant of their own

since.

Brunel’s unfulfilled Devon dream

clerics got a passing mention in this column

Barclay was not entirely popular in Devon for

ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL’S name

in our last issue (Hardly Cricket) prompting a

having rubbed so many people up the wrong

has been much in the news lately, linked

reminder that off-piste behaviour of the kind

way and he left the county in 1513, eventually

mainly to the collapse of that section of his

direction. The phrase “a ship of fools” has

Devon and the Ship of Fools

been usefully employed in the language ever

DEVON’S SPORTING, not to say frolicking

not normally associated with the priesthood

becoming a Franciscan monk at Canterbury

line at Dawlish hit by the recent storms and

of this county goes back a long way.

and died in Croydon on 10 June, 1552.

now, thankfully, open again.

Alexander Barclay, for instance, was a Doctor

Is it any wonder -

But it reminds us of his love of the county

of Divinity at Oxford who was appointed as

although isn’t it

of Devon and how a near fatal accident in London brought him to live here - almost.

priest to the college at Ottery St. Mary at the

also a little sad?

end of the 15th century where he found the

- that so far as we

church and its many hangers-on in such total

know, there is no

It was in 1843 when he was building the

disarray that he sat down and created his

memorial to him

atmospheric railway between Exeter and

version of the epic poem The Ship of Fools in

anywhere in Devon.

Plymouth that he returned home for the

1508, all of it inspired by what he saw around

birthday party of one of his children. Whilst

him. Here were monks and priests who,

performing a conjuring trick he accidentally

instead of going about their religious duties,

No monument for Ottery’s Alexander Barclay, priest and poet

inhaled a half sovereign coin which stuck in his windpipe. Nothing could remove it - including a machine devised by Brunel

a small family group of European beavers

himself to shake it loose. Only when he was

(Castor fiber) two adults and their young

finally strapped to a board and turned upside-

offspring or kit, swimming, grooming and

down did the coin become dislodged.

interacting on farmland adjoining the river. Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife

holiday at Teignmouth and promptly fell in

and beavers were sharing a waterway, for

love with the area. They bought an estate at

the first time in two or three hundred years.

Watcombe in Torquay where he immediately

“But this is not necessarily the way to go about having beavers reintroduced into the Beaver photo by Per Harald Olsen

Whilst he recovered he and his family took a

Trust, said there was evidence that otters

set about designing Brunel Manor (pictured) and its gardens as his retirement home.

English countryside,” he said. “It would be better if it was done in a planned

Sadly he never saw house or gardens finished,

way, but now they are here we need to take a

a heavy smoker all his adult life he suffered

A MYSTERY surrounds the sudden

close look at the impact they have.”

a fatal stroke in 1859 and died at the age of 53.

reappearance of beavers in the wild in Devon

The beavers’ presence has been welcomed by

after the last of them was hunted to extinction

local dairy farmer David Lawrence, whose

Beavers are back in Devon

in England and Wales in the 12th century

family owns the land the animals have been

and clear up some of the wood because it

and disappeared from the rest of the UK in

spotted on but is also mystified about where

could wash on down to Tipton and cause a

the late 1700s.

they came from. But he thinks they could

flooding problem down there.”

help reduce flooding on his land and improve

Beavers were hunted and trapped to

There have been many sightings along the

water quality.

River Otter over the last two years but now an

“We are quite happy for them to be here,” he

environmentalist, Tom Buckley, has filmed

said. “At some point we might have to go in

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extinction for their fur and throat glands, which were believed to have medicinal properties. - John Fisher

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WINE TASTER - our quick roundup of best wine buys Hacienda Zorita Criado en Barrica, 2009 A very flavoursome red, from the tempranillio grape, salty finish with underlying spicy oak.

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Les Cepages Oublies Carignan-Grenache Vieilles Vignes

Montepulciano grape, mediumbodied, lots of red cherry and soft tannins, great easy drinking.

Cherry and raspberry nose with blackberry and custard, clove hint, soft, refreshing acidity.

Merum Priorati Ardiles Priorat 2007

CuvĂŠe Jean-Paul Vaucluse Rouge

Premium Spanish wine from old vines, great concentration, sweet cherry and berry flavours with a touch of vanilla.

Classic Rhone red, rich juicy fruit - Grenache with Syrah combo, strawberry and plum rounds off the palate - very drinkable.

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Kick back and relax, is the general feeling and all this wrapped up in a cosy but sophisticated nautical decor The food is simply delicious - produce from land and sea all locally sourced and then turned into mouth-watering dishes. Open all day, every day from 9 till 9, offering scrummy breakfasts, a variety of lunches, and finishing off with lovely evening dinners. Choose to eat by the cosy log burner in cooler times, or sun yourself on the terrace and take in the views over the marina and yachts, to the historic Royal William Yard, whilst enjoying the marina bustle. Been likened to sitting in the South of France. Children and dogs are welcome too, getting a biscuit on arrival, (the dogs that is) With the stunning and hidden location the surrounding area offers fabulous views and walks too. To so many, Jolly Jacks is like a friendly second home, with the friendly, happy staff, and many view it as that and become regular visitors. "It's great, we love it and feel It's totally unique," says co-owner Sally Baum, "and isn't just for yacht owners, Jolly Jacks loves to welcome everyone." Free parking too for as long as you are at Jolly Jacks - now that is something! Situated on Mayflower Marina, which has just been awarded the 'Best Marina of the Year' award, it all adds up to something very special.

From our kitchen Award winning fish dishes to take home, delicious pates, fish cakes, bouillabaisse, Thai fish curry and more... From the deli counter Outstanding olives, olive oils and tapas

The Fish Deli in Ashburton are celebrating 10 years of trading this year.

From the cook shop A range of cookware from lobster pickers to contemporary pottery

They've got plenty planned up until December including: Sushi and Sashimi Making on the 19th April Food and Foraging Day on the 17th May.

Local and organic wine

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Jolly Jacks waterside bar bistro is one of those little hidden gems we all want to find when we are wanting good food, lovely location near water, and warm friendly ambience.

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There's also the Sea Shanty day in July, Ashburton Food Festival in September, and The Grand Finale in December and much more inbetween. For information on the fish deli see their advert (left).

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test drive

RANGE ROVER SPORT 5.0L V8 SUPERCHARGED AUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC

supplied by Model - Guy Peters

Matford Land Rover m a r sh b a r to n e xe ter

There’s been much hype in the motoring press about the new Range Rover Sport which prompted a call to the local Range Rover dealership Matford Land Rover located at Exeter’s Marsh Barton. Initially, I thought I’d be offered the V6 diesel engined version to test, but Tony Pearson (Head of Sales) suggested we try out the

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supercharged 5 litre version, which he said was ‘guaranteed to put a smile on your face’. Arriving at Matford Land Rover, the test car was fired up and I climbed aboard. It was slightly daunting getting up into the Sport, being large and tall (the car), though once out of the car park, the agility of the car instantly became apparent. We’d planned to take the Sport down the A38 to Ashburton, then get the road

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up onto Dartmoor. It’s the sort of terrain where a Range Rover would be put to good use, particularly in the harsher winter months, with snow and ice on the roads. The sensation in the Sport was one of wafting along through the countryside in your most comfy lounge armchair, it’s a truly splendid experience. The great height of the car enables peering over hedges and walls, revealing vistas not normally apparent in your

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saloon and the immense power of the engine, combined with the fluid 8 speed auto gearbox meant that either pootling along at low speeds or making great haste is utterly effortless. In terms of cornering ability, the manufacturers have made great strides recently, having gone to the effort of employing an all-aluminium chassis and body construction meaning that it’s several hundred kilogrammes lighter than


The extremely capable and elegant new Range Rover Sport

the previous version of the Sport. In combination with electronically controlled air suspension, they’ve achieved the seemingly impossible, that is to endow a large, tall car (capable of serious off-road mud wrestling don’t forget) with extremely positive road handling. Driving over Dartmoor and chucking the car into tight corners was undramatic and

it’s several hundred kilogrammes lighter than the previous version of the Sport confidence inspiring. It really is a marvel of engineering and from what the motoring press are saying, the Sport is at the top of the tree when measured against its competitors. No surprise really as the Range Rover brand is synonymous the world over not only with luxury, but extreme capability and engineering excellence.

The model driven in the test was the Autobiography Dynamic equipped with the 5 litre supercharged engine (I believe this unit’s a collaboration between Land Rover and Jaguar). On low and part throttle, a muted growl emanated from underneath although it was never intrusive, just reminding you that you there’s 520bhp available at the press of the throttle. On a clear stretch of road, hitting the throttle hard, the growl rapidly changes to a roar as it hurtles into the distance. What’s surreal is how quickly this car gathers pace and the elevated position means that your perception of speed is diminished, 70mph feeling like 40mph. Its effortless acceleration combined with fine handling means that this machine can cover ground rapidly and without drama. Overtaking slow moving vehicles was achieved with the merest blip of the throttle, this sort of power makes overtaking so much safer and stress free.

I have to confess to pausing when looking for the most relevant word to describe the interior of this car, but ‘cabin’ seemed entirely appropriate, the space, leatherwork, controls, dials, steering wheel and seating gave the feeling of being in the cabin of a luxury yacht, just sublime! What’s great is the wide open view you get out of the windscreen, ambling over the moors had never been so interesting.

At the end of my test drive, I handed the Sport back at Matford Land Rover and left with a newfound admiration for the Sport. It truly is a ground-breaking car and great to think it’s all designed and made in Britain. It shows we can still lead the world when it comes to engineering innovation and excellence. Many thanks to Matford Land Rover at Marsh Barton, for their loan of their vehicle for this article. - Editor

Technical & Performance Details Longitudinally mounted supercharged V8, 4 valve per cylinder petrol engine Capacity - 4999.7cc Drive - 8 speed auto Paddle and gear shift 0-60mph - 5 seconds Power - 520hp Torque - 625Nm Max torque - 2,500-5,500 50 mph in top at 1200rpm

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TV Presenter and Home Interiors Guru

Naomi Cleaver presents her Masterclass:

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- from how to develop your own individual ideas to dealing with regulations, and is peppered with projects large and small on which participants can immediately test newly learned skills. The day includes tea, coffee and home made biscuits plus a delicious lunch where participants can take the opportunity to ask Naomi’s advice on projects of their own. Participants are provided with all course materials. Cost: £225 per place.

Event date: 10th May, 10am - 4pm BOOK NOW - just 15 places available at this unique event www.naomicleaver.com/naomi-cleaver-courses.html

Venue: the exquisite Combe House Hotel in East Devon Easily accessible by rail, road and even air. Many of our participants often choose to make a weekend of it and we’d be delighted to send you details on how to make the most of this beautiful part of the country, which Naomi has made her home.

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COASTand COUNTRY

Interview: Naomi Cleaver by Amanda Merchant

Naomi Cleaver has been a familiar face on our screens for many years now. We have seen her presenting programmes such as Grand Design`s; Trade Secrets (Ch4 ), Other People`s Houses (Ch4), Britain`s Best Home (Ch4), Honey I Ruined The House (Ch4) and The World`s Greatest Dishes (Sky 1). I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Naomi to talk about her love for the South West and her fantastic Master Classes in design, which have taken the country by storm. “Aside from your broadcasting, you also run an extremely successful Interior Design company, you`ve published your first book, “The Joy of Home” and have even launched a nationwide series of one day design courses. What gave you the idea of setting up these courses?”

“Making the kind of TV shows I have made is a variation on teaching really. People began to ask me if I ran design courses and as I really like working one on one with people and believe that we are all designers it all seemed to make sense. The courses are a great way to help people develop confidence in their own ideas for their homes, give an insight into what the process of interior design is really all about and how to avoid expensive mistakes.” “After leaving your life in London behind, you enjoyed a brief sabbatical in your holiday home on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. It was here that you wrote your first book “The Joy of Home”. Can we expect to see another book on our shelves written by you in the near future?”

“Hopefully. I’m working on two book projects at the moment but work keeps getting in the way!” “Your return to the UK saw you settle down here in Devon. What made you decide to head to the South West rather than return to your former life in London?”

“After living on a Caribbean island like Nevis you become accustomed to living surrounded by trees and green, by the sound of cockerels in the morning and cattle wandering around, by being close to the sea. My family are from the South West, mostly Wiltshire, where my maternal grandparents were dairy farmers and had a grocery shop in Bradford upon Avon, and Dorset, where my great uncle Charlie was station master of what was then Abbotsbury station, so I feel very at home in the area and absolutely love it. Devon really is heaven!” “Do you find a difference in what you’re Devon clients prefer in terms of design compared to those in London? Do they tend to play it a little safer with colour and pattern design?”

“All of my clients are keen to create imaginative, deeply comfortable spaces and highly value the way good interior design can create really satisfying homes for years to come.” “Going back to your Interior Design courses…These Master Classes seem to be an ideal way of teaching those who either want to redesign their own home or those considering training to be

a professional interior designer. I understand that you studied Three Dimensional Design at Willesdon College and Kingston. Was Interior Design something that always interested you even whilst studying? Or was it a natural progression within your working career?”

“I left home at 17 with no idea of what I wanted to do. One of the jobs I did do though was being an extra in pop videos and I found the art department really interesting. At the same time I was struggling to make tiny, mouldy bedsits habitable and, I guess combined with the fact we moved house as a family about 13 times, I became fascinated by the kind of relationships we can have with space and how we can make space make us feel better.” “Combe House is a fantastic venue to hold your Master Classes. The relaxed country house and surrounding countryside lends itself to your student`s creativity. Do you draw inspiration for your own design work from our Devon surroundings?”

“Without a doubt. Nature features heavily in my work, from colour palettes to materials and even attitude – kindness to nature is at the forefront of all I do – and the palettes and crafts indigenous to Devon are a rich seam of ideas. One of the many ideas on my list is to design a range of furniture using exclusively Devon crafts. One day!” “Do you yourself have a particular style you like to follow within your own home or does it change depending on new trends and ideas?”

“Style is just one aspect of interior design, where form, function and concept should take precedence. Approach the design of your home in this way and you will be liberated from the slavery of style! This is one of the themes my course is all about.”

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The beautiful South Devon is now mobile Blueriver Cottages By specialising in doing things differently, Blueriver Cottages in Dartmouth have really took off over the past 6 years. The Director, Phil Hayward, knows how lucky they are to live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with 20 years’ experience of South Devon and the self-catering market, you can be assured that they will provide the highest quality of service and the finest selection of properties in Dartmouth and across South Devon.

"We want to give our guests the best experience possible whilst staying in one of our holiday cottages and that's why we check our properties on each and every changeover to ensure that the property is ready for your arrival," Phil said, "we check everything from the cleanliness of the property to whether all the light bulbs are working and of course, the TV!" He continued, "Each booking gets a bottle of wine, home-made preserves and fudge waiting for your arrival. A perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic retreat! Couples can choose from the total privacy of a quaint rural or town cottage or the sophisticated pleasures of a luxury riverside apartment." There's a lot on offer when going self-catering and when planned properly and in plenty of time a Blueriver self-catering property is a superb way to enjoy a holiday in South Devon. You can even get an App on your smartphone which will allow to you search for places on the go!

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From humble beginnings in a shed at the back of Kerswell Gardens, Alan slowly but surely grew the business that has now taken over the whole site that boasts a large showroom, 2 service workshops a parts and hire departments. “It was never the plan to grow as big as we have, but over time we found the right team, some of whom have been with DGM for over 25 years. It is like a family”. 30 years on and Alan has passed the baton to his son Steve. “I’m incredibly proud to follow in my dad’s footsteps. DGM has seen many changes since

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Cathy Debenham of YouGen discusses this new incentive scheme In association with:

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

YouGen

A scheme to help with the costs of installing green energy heating systems

D

evon is known for its beautiful rural housing. Chocolate box thatched cottages and lovely stone farmhouses may be easy on the eye, but they are not easy on the wallet when it comes to keeping them warm in winter. Off the mains gas network, the cost of heating rockets, with choice limited to oil, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) and electricity.

About the author Cathy Debenham is founder of YouGen, a website that makes it easy to get information about saving or generating energy. She lives in an energy efficient home in East Devon. You can find more information about the renewable heat incentive and all the renewable heat technologies at yougen.co.uk

I n s ta

ll e d by

Evergreen Renewable Energy, East

D e vo

Now that’s all about to change. The government’s new Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will help with the costs of installing greener heating systems, giving people more choice. Options include biomass boilers, wood pellet stoves with

heating systems so that they can compete on a level playing field with existing technologies. However, the money is not given as an up-front grant. It will be paid in quarterly instalments over a seven year period.

The more energy efficient your home, the smaller the heating system needed and the cheaper it will be to heat your home

This will be familiar to those who have invested in solar panels to generate electricity and are receiving the feed-in tariff (see box right). However, where the feed-in tariff offers investors a return on investment, the RHI is intended as a ‘boiler replacement scheme’. As such, the payments are intended to bridge the costs between the installation and running costs of fossil fuel heating systems and the renewable alternatives.

a back boiler, air source, ground source and water source heat pumps, and solar hot water panels. The RHI scheme will subsidise the cost of renewable

Wood Pellet Heating, installed by RPM Renewable Energy Solutions

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The more energy efficient your home, the smaller heating system needed and the cheaper it will be to heat your home. There are a number of cost effective ways of doing this. Loft insulation is one of these. If your home has cavity walls, insulating them is another. Having adequate controls on your heating system also makes a

If you want help working out what’s suitable for your home, you may want to get a green deal assessment difference. To be eligible for the RHI, you must first install loft and cavity wall insulation where it’s cost-effective to do so. To prove that you have done so, you have to get a green deal assessment (see FAQs right).

Frequently Asked Questions How does the renewable heat incentive work? 1. If you already know what you want, then the first step is to invite installers to give you a quote (it’s

worth getting at least three quotes – they can vary considerably). There are some

excellent specialist companies based in this area who you can find in this magazine. If you don’t know people who can give you personal recommendations, you can search for installers on the YouGen website (www.yougen.co.uk) and read feedback from previous customers. If you want help working out what’s suitable for your home, you may want to start by getting a green deal assessment. This will list options and the advisor will be able to explain the pros and cons of the different systems. It will also identify other energy saving measures which may save you money and keep you warmer. 2. The next step is to install the system. You will have to pay the whole cost at time of installation. Once the system is installed, you need to get a green deal assessment to show that you meet the energy efficiency measures. You should also get an MCS certificate from your installer. You need both these documents to apply for the RHI. 3. The final step is to fill out the online application form on the Ofgem website.

Unique window range, Evolution Storm 2, installed by Duralife Windows, Honiton While many countries have a feed-in tariff system to promote the generation of renewable electricity, the Renewable Heat Incentive is a world first. The policy was first announced by the last Labour government in July 2009, and has been a very long time in development. It is finally due to launch this spring. Anyone who has installed an eligible renewable heating system since 15 July 2009 will be able to apply for it. Cathy Debenham

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How do renewable heating systems work? Heat pumps take heat from the ground, air or water and use an electric pump to boost it to the temperature needed for space heating and to heat domestic hot water. They operate at a lower temperature than traditional heating systems, so are often used with underfloor heating or larger sized radiators. They are most suitable for well-insulated properties. Air source heat pumps look like an air conditioning unit sitting on an outside wall of the house. Ground source heat pumps have a long loop of pipe buried in the ground (either in a borehole, or laid in trenches). The pipes for water source heat pumps can be laid in a lake or river. Heat pumps run on electricity. To be eligible for the RHI they must produce at least 2.5 kWh of heat for each kWh of for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

electricity used to run them. For domestic heating purposes the main biomass fuel is wood. This can be in the form of logs, wood chips or wood pellets. Biomass boilers tend to be larger than the equivalent oil or gas boiler, and need about 6-7 cubic metres of space nearby for storing the fuel. Your choice of fuel type will depend on both how much you have to spend, and how automated you want the boiler to be. A wood pellet boiler with a hopper will be no more hassle than an oil boiler; log boilers will have to be fed manually. Wood pellet stoves with a back boiler also qualify for RHI as long as they meet 99% of the peak space heating load. These are much smaller and work both as a room heater and as a boiler. The pellets will generally be delivered in bags on a pallet, and you will have to carry them into the house to top up the stove every couple of days. Solar thermal panels heat the domestic hot water, but do not contribute to space heating. They are a good companion to either of the above heating systems as they make the most difference in the summer months when there is no need to have the heating system on. An average family would need around 4m2 of panels.

NB - to claim the RHI both the product and the installer must be MCS  certified and the installer must be a member of the renewable energy consumer code (RECC).

Other government incentive schemes for energy THE FEED-IN TARIFF - This aims to encourage the production of decentralised energy and is paid to the owners of solar PV panels, wind turbines, micro hydro systems and micro-CHP. It pays a given rate for every kWh that your system generates, plus a bit more for the electricity that you don’t use at home and export to the grid. It is paid quarterly for a 20 year period, and despite cuts in the rate still gives a 5-8% return on investment. THE GREEN DEAL - This is aimed at encouraging people to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes. It consists of a visit from a green deal advisor who will assess the energy performance of your home, including how you use it, and produce an advice report. This will list possible measures you could take, estimated costs, and how much you would be likely to save on your energy bills as a result. If the measures have a green tick beside them, they are eligible for green deal finance.

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Blu e bells: In folklore, they’re known as ‘Fairy F lowers', and believed to be used to trap small children. It was also believed that if you wore a wreath of bluebells, you could be made to tell the truth. They’re poisonous, being very dangerous to sheep and cattle grazing on them. Bluebells produce a sticky substance that was once used to stick the pages in books and feathers onto arrows. They’re an important early food flower for bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

Wild Ga rlic (Ra nsoms): Stellar, pure white flowers that are stunning when you get up close. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and the garlic taste isn’t anywhere near as strong as the smell suggests. Apparently they’re good in stir frys and omelettes. It was grown in several parts of every farm once to prevent disease in cattle, although the flavour could make its way into the milk. Imagine, garlic flavoured milk - haven’t seen that in the shops!

Jewels of Spring What we ve got to look forward to over the next couple of months

Spring is truly an elemental time of the year, you can fully understand why the Green Man was an important part of pagan belief, the sheer abundance and vigour of nature has to be seen to be belived. Of course, living here makes it easy for us to enjoy our lovely corner of Devon, when the sun finally makes its welcome appearance. There are certain weeks where the vibrance of golds, bronzes and greens is staggering and you can almost feel the sap surging up through trees and hedges. Last year, with camera in hand, I ventured out across our wonderful region to take some close-up shots, because it really is fascinating getting close to wild flowers to explore the detail and symetry. For camera buffs, I ve used a Nikon D7000, a Tamron 90mm macro lens and just natural lighting. 44

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Devon Violet: Often seen nestling on the bank alongside primroses, this sweet scented flower can be seen as early as February. It was thought to protect you from anything evil and was often strewn around the house in mediaeval times for protection. In the 1930s, a ‘Violet Train’ used to run from Dawlish up to Covent Garden. Apparently 200 acres of violets were grown at Dawlish where it was once a big local industry.

Lady’s Smock (Cu ckoo F lower): Quite a leggy plant, often seen in meadows alongside the taller varieties of buttercups. Said to bloom when the Cuckoo arrives, from April till June. It’s a member of the Brassicaceae fa mily and native throughout Europe. Once very common, it’s now under threat - as ever, habitat loss is the major problem. It provides food for the Orange Tip butterfly and was once used as a substitute to watercress. Said to be unlucky if brought into the house and not included in May Day garlands.

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Gilded ceiling boss - a bearded king

One of the most elaborate hammerbeam roofs in Devon

A visit to Notaries House, Exeter

with Darren Marsh

at various times for the building

Totnes occupied the premises. There

being the home of the Chancellor

is documentary evidence relating

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

or the Treasurer, and it has even been

to the tenancies of, among others,

Hamilton, Esq.

suggested that the property once housed the Diocesan Chancery, but most experts agree that the building was, at this time, a canon’s residence. After the Reformation fewer canons Darren Marsh

I

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

n the very heart of

families, the Brutons and the Bales,

Exeter, adjacent to

dominate the story from the end

the cathedral, sits a

of the sixteenth century to the

range of buildings of incomparable

beginning of the eighteenth.

beauty and significance. Cathedral Close is the longest extant stretch

There is a William Brewton listed as

of medieval buildings in the West

a Notary and, possibly, a Chapter

Country; although fragmented and

Clerk, in 1582; he may well have been

substantially modified over time, not

a descendant of John de Brueton,

to mention being badly damaged

Chancellor of the cathedral in

in the Blitz, these dwellings have a

1307 and Mayor of Exeter (twice!)

rich legal and ecclesiastical history.

in 1332. A William Bruton (note

Allow me to introduce you to just

these different spellings) died and

two of them: Notaries’ House and

was buried in the cathedral in 1608,

the Law Library.

presumably our Notary, and it was

At the beginning of the fifteenth

married one Christopher Bale in

century, nos. 8, 9 and 9a Cathedral

1659. Mr. Bale leased the property

his granddaughter, Margaret, who

Close formed a quadrangle. The

in Cathedral Close in 1668, just

identity of the early occupant is

seven years before his wife died. He

lost in the mists of time, but he

became Mayor of, and MP for, Exeter,

would almost certainly have been

in 1689, continuing in the latter post

a clergyman. Votes have been cast

until 1695. Later, the Archdeacons of

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Belinda's Mother


The Law Library in Cathedral Yard

T

oday, the building known since

appeal and its historical value, it is

late Victorian times as the Law

endlessly fascinating and utterly

Library presents a half-timbered façade

charming. English Heritage tells us

to the Close and is the home of ‘The

that the oaks of which the roof is made

Hub On The Green’, an inspirational

date to the first half of the fifteenth

community centre with a degree

century, and many comparisons have

of public access. Notaries’ House is

been made with the earlier, similar, roof

occupied by a variety of businesses

of Westminster Hall in London.

including a leading complementary health centre and a wedding dress

There is a profusion of elaborate carving:

designer; its pretty frontage can be

angels holding books and shields form

enjoyed at any time, tucked away

terminals to the hammerbeams; there

as it is behind the new Princesshay

are unhappy-looking lions; a bearded

development. These two architectural

king; conjoined heads; a green man; a

treasures were physically joined at the

bird; foliate decoration; ecclesiastical

beginning of the eighteenth century,

figures, to judge from their headwear...

after a fire in 1692.

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

The Law Library, both Grade I listed

easily forgotten. Close-up photography

and a Scheduled Ancient Monument,

has revealed that a fair amount of paint

is reached from the Close via an

still exists on some of the carvings, more

archway - Tudor in style but possibly

so than is obvious from the ground.

earlier - and a fine stone-flagged

Medieval buildings were full of colour,

passageway. Once inside the medieval

which would have been appreciated

hall there is plenty to interest the visitor

by those lucky enough to experience

including excellent windows (one of

it - the clergy, the lawyers and the gentry.

which is decorated with fleurons), an

Certainly, former residents such as the

open fireplace and panelling. All of

Brutons and the Bales would have

this has seemingly survived from the

revelled in the show of heraldry which

seventeenth century, but the pièce de

immortalizes their families, their crests

résistance is undoubtedly the stunning

being depicted on angels’ shields.

Looking out to the Cathedral

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

In Chapel Street one finds Notaries’

in Devon’.

House, so named after centuries of

It’s hard to know where to begin when

Georgian façade bears no relation to

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

the architecture of the other ranges

come and see for yourselves. Suffice

that constitute the property, but this

to say that apart from its architectural

is explained by the fact that, in 1692, a

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The entrance to Notaries House

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

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

but unforgiving, and she was able

that it is a wonderfully peaceful place,

to show me the old coal-hole, which

even when full of people Monday

now houses a vacuum cleaner and a

to Friday - it clings tenaciously to its

mop. Today, ‘The Hub On The Green’

heritage and reminds you, ever so

occupies what was the cashier’s office,

gently, of a more elegant and decorous

and I was intrigued to learn that

time.

Belinda’s paternal grandfather, who used to write conveyances by hand,

It has recently been my privilege to

had often used this building - the Law

meet a lady called Belinda, a former

Library - for reference. Deeds were

resident of Notaries’ House, who has

kept in what are now lavatories, and I

vivid memories of the building. Most

was shown the ante-room where John

vividly, she recalls the shards of glass

Radcliffe, a well-known judge, kept

on her bed during the Baedeker raid

his wigs!

of 3rd and 4th of May 1942, the heat coming through the kitchen window

I am enormously grateful to Belinda for

from the fires burning in Bedford Circus,

bringing these glorious buildings to

the piles of rubble in the entrance

life, and for providing some twentieth-

passage that’s still in use today, and the

century context.

wholesale destruction of the nearby

remember the frisson of excitement

Former resident, Belinda's grandmother

I will always

Choristers’ School. More joyously,

I felt when, with her parting words,

Belinda remembers the deafening

she casually suggested that there may

sound of the cathedral’s bells on

be a tunnel from the Law Library to

Christmas Day, the lovely garden (now

the Quay...

the car park for Notaries’ House) with a mound of earth and grass cuttings that

The medieval hall, accessed from

she used to play on, and the printing

Cathedral Close, is open for free

business of Bartlett and Son over the

viewing between noon and 1.30pm

garden wall in Chapel Street.

on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For further information,

Belinda’s grandmother had been

please visit www.hubonthegreen.net

caretaker and cleaner - of what were then barristers’ chambers - from 1925 to 1955, living in a flat at the top of Notaries’ House, and it was in this flat that Belinda came perilously close to losing her young fingers in the kitchen mangle! In 1989, fingers happily intact,

Belinda's Father and Grandfather

she returned to work for the recently merged legal firm of Ford Simey Daw Roberts. The basement where she worked, she recollects, was ‘cold and quiet’, the flagstones charming

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