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Summer fun! As Summer comes to South Devon, it's great to ponder all the ways to enjoy yourself. From the myriad of fairs, fetes, festivals and suchlike, to country walks, perhaps time on the beach paddling or relaxing in a deckchair, or even venturing out to do a bit of shopping, browsing galleries, stopping for lunch or a coffee. In many ways we're really spoilt for choice here - actually, what helps is if you can do a quick check on events coming up over the next week, so you don't miss the best of what's on offer. I don't know if you're aware of the What's On website southdevonhub? If you aren't, can I say that it's a great resource for tracking all the brilliant events across the region - it really is the most comprehensive resource by a large margin, containing events from the smallest club, charity, society, to the largest festivals and destinations. What's great to see, is when our local communities prosper, especially our town centres, which are vital to our enjoyment.

Without lots of hard-working businesses striving to be the best at what they do, our High Streets shrivel up and die. As consumers, we want choice and variety, and there's sort of a 'critical mass' effect, where once you have a number of really good shops and eateries, that draws in more public footfall and consequently more businesses. It would be nice to see local councils doing their bit by reducing parking rates, particularly for residents who contribute to their local taxes. It would show that the Council are doing their bit to help keep our towns alive.

Cookworthy Museum's rural life section - I'd not seen a mule powered apple chopper before (see if you can make it out amongst the jumble), must have had large quantities of apple to process. Don't forget that in many places, cider formed part of the land worker's remuneration

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In this issue, we feature the lovely market town of Kingsbridge in the South Hams. It was a real pleasure talking to the residents and businesses there, particularly the museum which I can strongly recommend, you can easily spend half a day musing over their collections. The setting is lovely, an old school house, and they also have an interesting rural life gallery outside.

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Contents ISSUE NO 13

7. Letter Box News snippets from the Editor.

20. Star Gazing

36. A Kitchen Crisis

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Tips from Amanda Merchant.

8. Forthcoming Events

22. Fine Dining

42. Aveton Gifford Walk

Events from across the region.

South Devon's best eateries

Illustrated walk with the editor.

12. Live Music Roundup

24. The Race From Trafalgar

48. The Old Vet'nary

Get the info on local live music!

An epic dash recounted by John Fisher.

Lurid animal tales from Ken Watson.

14. Art Gallery Events

26. The Kingsbridge Feature

49. Tales of a Yokel

The arts scene across the region.

A visit by our team to this market town

From the inimitable FCR Esgen.

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An English Pastime During the last 2 weeks of July, Sheldon Open Air Theatre returns to one of Devon’s best kept secrets - nestling in the hillside of a retreat centre you can find the natural amphitheatre shape where bands of many genres will perform.

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Bikers made a difference May 2005 saw the first Paignton Bike Festival and 9 years on it has become the biggest gathering of bikes and bikers in the South West. Bikers Make A Difference (BMAD) started with weekly meet-ups between May and September in 2003, which resulted in the seafront at Paignton becoming an unofficial tourist attraction on Wednesdays.

The best bit, apart from the amazing events and friendly atmosphere, is that itʼs all for charity. A donation is requested from each rider as they pass through the gate, and every penny raised is shared between local charities such as the Air Ambulance, St Johns Ambulance, Devon Freewheelers (Blood Bikes) and the Torbay Young Carers, in

addition BMAD are also able to donate equipment, toys, electrical goods and other such items to improve the quality of life for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people, up to the age of nineteen, within the Torbay and South Devon area. The 10th festival, during May Bank Holiday, raised a massive £16,079 by an estimated 40,000 visitors! 2013 saw the festival and bike nights raise well over £330,000.

Double the Prestige From September this year two independent schools are merging to form a single entity, Mount Kelly Foundation - a combination of Mount House School Trust and Kelly College Foundation. The decision to form a single Foundation, providing education for 550 children and young people aged 3-18, follows several years of discussion between the two governing bodies around a shared vision to bring-together a wealth of expertise, resources and facilities for the benefit of all pupils. Kelly College, Kelly College

Preparatory School and Mount House School will be governed under a single foundation with the new Headmaster, Mark Semmence, as Foundation Principal and CEO. Mr Semmence was appointed last December from Rugby School and takes up his post on September 1st.

Dependable staff! We’re great believers in equal opportunity employment at Coast & Country, that’s why we include our four-legged friends in the team. They handle security with relish, are extremely affordable and excellent stress busters. Phone conversations may be highjacked, but it’s a minor price to pay for the benefits they provide. Alfie (above) is still undergoing training supervision from our veteran, Jack (right) - Editor

Dr Graham Hawley, the current Headmaster of Kelly College, said: “I am thrilled that these two excellent schools are merging. Combining the best of both schools will provide even greater opportunities for all the children.”

Lost heritage

Just for you

At the end of last year we featured a piece dedicated to returning the 1923 Brixham smack, Torbay Lass, to her home waters. Recently we’ve heard that the appeal has become victim to financial difficulty and unfortunately, will not go ahead.

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Devon Author If you’re interested in historical novels, then two excellent books by locally based author, Edward Charles, may take your fancy. The stories are based around Florence in the 1400s and the House of Medici, tracing the rise and subsequent fall of the Medici Bank. Edward’s two books, entitled Seeds of Decline and Inheritance of Power, certainly make compelling reading. Published by Pen and Sword books - Editor pen-and-sword.co.uk

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THE MOUSE TRAP at THE NORTHCOTT

SINGING IN THE RAIN at THEATRE ROYAL

PIRATES & MERMAIDS WEEK at POWDERHAM

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Carnivals SOUTH BRENT SUMMER CARNIVAL 28 Jun - Colourful summer carnival, South Brent Carnival, Station Road, South Brent, 6.00pm.

ASHBURTON CARNIVAL WEEK 28 Jun to 05 Jul - Exciting/fun annual carnival week, concludes with a procession on the 5th, Ashburton Carnival, Town Hall, Ashburton.

NEWTON ABBOT CARNIVAL WEEK 2014 05 Jul to 13 Jul - Annual Carnival week, pocession on the 12th, Newton Abbot Carnival, Various Locations, Newton Abbot.

TEIGNMOUTH CARNIVAL PARADE 24 Jul - Thursday evening carnival parade, Teignmouth Carnival Week, The Den, Teignmouth, 7.00pm.

KINGSBRIDGE CARNIVAL

GIANT BIG BUG HUNT

26 Jul - Famous carnival procession on Saturday evening (see web for route), Kingsbridge Fair Week, Kingsbridge.

19 Jul - Join the team to search for spiders, beetles & other creepy crawlies, Plymouth City Council, Old Chapel, Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, 11.00am.

TORBAY CARNIVAL WEEK 26 Jul to 03 Aug - 9 days of fun filled entertainment for all the family (procession on 30th Jul), Torbay Carnival Week, Paignton Green, Paignton.

Choirs PLYMOUTH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR 29 Jun - Orff: Carmina Burana . Elgar: From the Bavarian Highlands, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, The Guildhall, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

Children CHILDREN'S EVENTS FATHERS DAY & WW1 COMMEMORATIVE DAY 15 Jun - We are offering all dads a day out to remember, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, 11.00am.

CELEBRATING AMADEUS - FILM SOUNDTRACK 12 Jul - Simon Ible, conducto Ruth JenkinsRabertsson, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

THE RODOLFUS CHOIR 17 Jul - The Rodolfus Choir (Ralph Allwood - Conductor), Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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Classical Music MUSIC IN THE CASTLE 20 Jun - Josie Walledge with Ten Voices singing multi-part music by Bach, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter.

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ARMED FORCES DAY CONCERT 21 Jun - Royal Marines Association Concert Band/Exeter Cathedral Choir, Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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Comedy HANNAHS COMEDY CLUB 28 Jun - An evening of rip-roaring, sidesplitting night of hilarity, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, 7.00pm.

JIM DAVIDSON 28 Jul - Stand-up comedian, with near the knuckle controversial material, Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay.

ROY CHUBBY BROWN 31 Jul - Near the knuckle blue humour from popular comedian, Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay.

Community FUND RAISING EVENT BMAD BIKE NIGHTS Until 31 Jun - Wednesday social gathering of bikers to raise money for charity & also have a good time, BMAD (Bikers Make A Difference), Paignton Esplanade, Paignton, 6.00pm.

IVYBRIDGE SUMMER FAIR & FUN DOG SHOW 07 Jun - Stalls, games, BBQ, puppet shows, inflatables, fund dog show and much more, The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge, Filham Park, Ivybridge, 10.00am.

PENGUIN BALL 21 Jun - Party with the penguins. Drinks reception followed by a three course dinner,, Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Torquay, 7.00pm.


June & July 2014

Forthcoming Events THE SLEEP WALK 2014 26 Jul - A sponsored night walk from Torquay to Paignton & back again in their pyjamas, Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay.

RACE 4 LIFE 27 Jul - Great day out & helps fund major breakthroughs in cancer treatments across UK, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter.

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ANGELINA BALLERINA 29 Jul to 30 Jul - Angelina Ballerina- The Mousical, Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay.

Fairs KINGSBRIDGE FAIR WEEK 19 Jul to 26 Jul - Annual 45th traditional, action packed Kingsbridge Fair Week, Kingsbridge.

MARLDON APPLE PIE FAIR 2014

CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FESTIVAL 06 Jun to 08 Jun - 3 days, buy direct from 200 of the UK's finest designer makers. The Contemporary Craft Festival, Address, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

EXETER CRAFT FESTIVAL 18 Jul to 19 Jul - Annual celebration for over 30 years of art and crafts made in Devon, Exeter Craft Festival, Cathedral Green, Exeter.

26 Jul - Typical English village fete with sports, crafts, competitions & entertainment, Marldon Apple Pie Fair, Jubilee Meadow, Marldon.

Festivals FOOD & DRINK OCCOMBE FARM BEER FESTIVAL

Dance ENGLISH RIVIERA INTERNATIONAL DANCE WEEK Until 06 Jun - A glittering annual dance extravaganza, TLH Leisure Resort, Hotel Victoria, Belgrave Road, Torquay.

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GENERAL BABBACOMBE FESTIVAL 2014 14 Jun to 22 Jun - 8th annual festival. See web for full details, Babbacombe Festival, Babbacombe Downs, Babbacombe.

DEVON ROSE FESTIVAL AT TRAGO 15 Jun - Devon Rose Festival, Trago Mills, The Garden Park, Newton Abbot.

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MERLIN ROCKET WEEK 2014 06 Jul to 11 Jul - Doombar Merlin Rocket race, Salcombe Yacht Club, Cliff Road, Salcombe.

PLYMOUTH REGATTA 25 Jul to 27 Jul - One of the oldest regattas in the country. Plymouth Regatta, Port of Plymouth.

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BARBICAN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

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13 Jun to 15 Jun - The Festival is back this summer bringing fabulous free music to Plymouth, Barbican International Jazz & Blues Fest, The Barbican, Plymouth, 12.00am.

14, 28 Jun - Twice monthly farmers' market, Plymouth Farmers Market, Sundial, Plymouth, 8.00am.

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TEIGNMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL 2014 20 Jun to 22 Jun - 16th Teignmouth Folk Festival with Morris, Border & Appalachian dancers etc, Teignmouth Folk Festival, Main concert venue, Teignmouth.

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11 Jul to 12 Jul - Warm & open welcome to all visitors who wish to join locals in the celebration, Brixham Hap'nin, St Mary's Park, Brixham.

KINGSWEAR REGATTA

28 Jun to 30 Jun - Great family event with rowing race, stalls, food & children's entertainment, Kingswear Regatta, Waterhead Creek, Kingswear.

LA SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO 10 Jun to 15 Jun - 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. The first time it has been to Plymouth, Sutton Harbour, Quay Square, Plymouth.

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PODD REGATTA 28 Jun to 29 Jun - Paignton Open For Double-handed Dinghies, Paignton Sailing Club, South Quay, Paignton.

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Forthcoming Events KINGSBRIDGE COUNTRY MARKET 04, 11, 18, 25 Jun - Range of genuine home made produce, Kingsbridge Country Market, Town Hall Foyer, Kingsbridge, 8.00am.

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POWDERHAM CASTLE CAR SHOW WEEKEND 2014 12 Jul to 13 Jul - Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter.

LORD MAYOR'S DAY 2014 14 Jun - Welcome the new Lord Mayor. Parade, stalls entertainment etc, Plymouth City Council, Armada Way, Plymouth.

08 Jun - Adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set in 1860s Brixham, South Devon Players, St Matthieas Church Hall, Torquay, 2.30pm.

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21 Jun to 22 Jun - One of the toughest cycle races in Britain covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor Classic Cyclosportive, Welcome Village, Newton Abbot.

TORBAY HALF MARATHON SPITFIRES AND SWEETHEARTS 14 Jun to 15 Jun - Outdoor event with live entertainment with activities for children, Saltram House, Plympton, 10.00am.

FATHER'S DAY VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW 15 Jun - Did you have a Ford Anglia or Hillman Minx? Come and admire the classics, Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, 10.00am.

PLYMOUTH ARMED FORCES DAY 28 Jun - An annual event held in support of the Armed Forces Day initiative, Armed Forces Day (Plymouth), The Hoe, Plymouth.

TOTNES SHOW 27 Jul - Over 90 years old & still representing life in the wonderful South

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STEVE HEWLETT & FRIENDS 14 Jun - Britain's Got Talent Finalist, Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, 8.00pm.

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12, 26 Jul - Twice monthly farmers' market, Plymouth Farmers Market, Sundial, Plymouth, 8.00am.

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30 Jul - Many attractions, terrier racing, hill pony jousting display, parades & more, 1 Castleford Cottage, Newton Abbot.

14, 28 Jun - Fortnightly produce market selling local produce and delicacies, Bovey Tracey's Produce Market, Town Square, Bovey Tracey, 8.30am. 15 Jun - Variety of stalls offer good food from Devon and around the world, Totnes Good Food Sunday Market, Civic Square, Totnes, 10.00am.

Hams, Totnes Agricultural Show, Great Court Farm, Berry Pomeroy.

29 Jun - Traffic free, 23rd running of this very popular seaside event, Esplanade Road, Paignton, 9.00am.

Theatre THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE STUDENT SHOWCASE 06 Jun - Dance and Theatre Practice, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

PARZIVAL 15 Jul to 20 Jul - A promenade performance of an epic Holy Grail quest, beautiful setting, Tokus TV, Sharpham House, Totnes, 7.00pm.

Wildlife MID SUMMER EVENING WALK 20 Jun - Mid summer Evening Walk in Barn Owl Heaven, Barn Owl Trust, Waterleat, Ashburton, 7.30pm.

WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: EIGHT LEGGED CREATURES 21 Jun - Go along & see how many different types of spider you can find, Plymouth City Council, New Pavilion, Plymouth, 10.00am.

MIDSUMMER'S EVENING ESTUARY STROLL

MUSICALS BACK TO BROADWAY 19 Jul to 20 Jul - Back to Broadway is the theatrical sensation that takes you on a journey, Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, 7.30pm.

ARTISTS STUDIOS GALLERIES EXHIBITIONS SHOPS FARM

21 Jun - Take advantage of the longest day, South Devon AONB, Kingsbridge TIC, Kingsbridge, 6.30pm.

CHILDREN’S TRAIL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CONFERENCING ACCOMMODATION

AN INSPIRING CHARITY Thursday 19 June Hannahs Rather Marvellous Pudding Club Abandon the diet and prepare for sweet-toothed temptation as we launch our new Pudding Club. Includes a pud quiz, Grand Pudding Parade and voting for your favourite dessert of the night. £25 a person including sharing platter main and a handpicked selection of five desserts. 7pm.

Sunday 22 June Jerusalem Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Common Players present an outdoor performance of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, winner of the Best Evening Standard Play of 2009. Jerusalem charts the chaotic and hilarious events over the 24 hours of a local midsummer festival. The Archery Field. Age 14yrs+. Barbecue, bar and music from 6pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. Bring chairs/ blankets. £10/£8 Concs. Call the Exeter Northcott Box Office on 01392 493 493

BY BOOKING THESE EVENTS YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE CHARITY AND ITS WORK IN SUPPORTING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS WITH A RANGE OF DISABILITIES. For more information and booking: T: 01626 325 825 | E: bookings@discoverhannahs.org www.discoversealehayne.org | Hannahs is committed to sustainable travel Dame Hannah Roger’s School, registered charity no. 306948. Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, a limited company registered in England and Wales with number 5512987, and registered as a charity with number 1148882, and whose registered office address is at Woodland Road, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9HQ is the sole trustee of Dame Hannah Roger’s School.

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Live Music Roundup

Live Music JUNE & JULY 2014

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PICNIC IN THE PARK 26 Jul - Free Outdoor Music Night Funlands Fair, Hog Roast, Bar, Bovey Tracey Carnival, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, 5.30pm.

KISS THIS! 26 Jul - The ultimate 80's party band! The Prospect Inn, The Quay, Exeter, 9.30pm.

25 Jul - Jazz and Rock variations on themes from the operas of Gioacchino Rossini, Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, 8.00pm.

JOHN SHILLITO JAZZ BAND 27 Jul - Join the John Shillito Jazz Band at The Shops at Dartington, The Dartington Hall Trust, Elmhirst Centre, Totnes.

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PHILIP CLOUTS QUARTET 13 Jun - Fougou Media presents Philip Clouts Quartet, Fougou Media, Hope Hall, Exeter, 8.00pm.

LUKESLAND CHARITY JAZZ IN THE GARDEN 24 Jun - Jazz in the idyllic setting of Lukesland Gardens, Ivybridge, 6.00pm.

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

05 Jun - Direct from Quebec one of Canada's greatest musicians, Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, Kingskerswell Parish Church (St Marys), Kingskerswell, 7.30pm.

BRIXHAM FOLK CLUB 06 Jun - Regular monthly Friday folk club, Brixham Folk Club at Brixham Theatre, Brixham, 7.30pm.

RORY MCLEOD 12 Jun - "You don't listen to McLeod, you travel with him", Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, St Bartholomews, Coffinswell, 7.30pm.

Monday 7th - 12th July EVITA - Princess Theatre, Torquay www.princesstheatre.org.uk

Featuring some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What a Circus, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary musical Evita embarks on a spectacular national tour. Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita tells the story from her young and ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood. Tickets 312.90 -£42.90 plus booking fee.

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SLIGHTLY BLUE 26 Jun - Untraditional Blues trio! Buccaneer Inn, 43 Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay, 8.45pm.

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JOEY AND THE LIPS 27 Jun - No need for an introduction! with support from Emma Lauran, Mama Stone's, 1 Mary Arches Street, Exeter, 10.00pm.

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07 Jun - Double soul perform Soul and Motown covers, The Mount Pleasant, Milbay Road, Plymouth, 10.00pm..

EXETER RECORD & CD FAIR, CORN EXCHANGE EXETER

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

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Find more Live Music Events online Friday 25Th July ELIO PACE Performs The Billy Joel Songbook Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

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Following on from his New York & Philadelphia, Billy Joel Original Touring Band concerts, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are & My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon & Piano Man. Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/ songwriter & piano-player, Elio Pace & his magnificent band. Tel; 01803 328385 Tickets £20, £18 starts at 8.00pm

Saturday 7th June ALBERT LEE - The Corn Exchange, Exeter cornexchange@exeter.gov.uk

Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world's finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans. He has worked with some of the world's top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton. Hogan's Heroes is a multi-talented band featuring some of the top musicians in the UK. They were formed by their namesake Gerry Hogan over 20 years ago, specifically to back Albert. Their first gig took place in 1987 at Gerry's annual festival for pedal steel guitar. They have played together on a regular basis since that time, and as a result have become one of the tightest units in music. BOX OFFICE: 01392 665938 Tickets £17.50.

Thursday 12th June RORY MCLEOD St Bartholomews, Coffinswell

www.coffinswellevents.weebly.com Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

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The Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival 13th - 15th June 2014

Kaos Production Ltd, creators and producers of the event, and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP) the Waterfront Business Improvement District, have teamed up to stage this year’s event. Chris Arscott, PWP Chairman said “PWP has funded the Festival as part of a wider programme of events in the Waterfront this year. It’s a Plymouth event that enhances the city’s cultural offer, attracts visitors to the historic Barbican and adds vibrancy to the splendid marina backdrop of Sutton Harbour.” The Festival provides the back-drop to La Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire - the world-class international sailing event in Sutton Harbour, which Plymouth will host over the same weekend. That means Sutton Harbour and the Barbican will be shown off at its best: bustling with activity on and beside the water. American musicians who are flying in, will be playing close to the Mayflower Steps at the Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014. Mississippi

blues guitar-man Robin Henkel will headline the event, which takes place from June 13-15 on The Barbican, close to where the Pilgrims left for the New World in 1620. The Festival’s music programme is due to run between midday and 9pm on Friday and Saturday, midday to 7pm on the Sunday on an outdoor stage entertaining onlookers with excellent – and free – music. The Festival is also showcasing top local musicians in its programming and many businesses and venues in Plymouth are catching the Festival fever by staging gigs and related events. A stage outside Bacaro on The Parade, will host blues and jazz music, programmed throughout the weekend. There will also be music in the arcade close to Parade Antiques, off Southside Street, with slide guitar man Thomas Ford there on Sunday June 15 from 1pm.

The Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival For further information, contact Dan Thompson on 07768 726899 or dan@barbicanjazzandbluesfestival.com

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Forthcoming Exhibitions June & July 2014

Ile de Batz - Harbour House

Fabian Perez - 'Study for Luciana Black Dress' - Triton Ray Sheldon - Marine House at Beer

GALLERIES ACADEMICIANS EXHIBITION 2014 Until 30 May - The work of our remarkable members, brought together in this annual event, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, 10.00am.

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

EXHIBITION OF WORK BY ARTIST GRAHAM FISH Until 04 Jun - A new exhibition by talented artist Graham Fish, Art at Avon Mill, Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell.

TAONGA: MÄORI TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD

BIRCH VISIONS: EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

Until 08 Jun - A look at a small collection of MÄori objects from the museum's collections, RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, 10.00am.

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

EXHIBITION: 'BEYOND THE BOOK' Until 08 Jun - Thought provoking installation work by artists who use books as their medium, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

HANDS EXHIBITION

BODY OF WORK - DARTMOUTH GALLERIES WEEK

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ELIOT SIEGEL

Until 12 Jun - Paintings, screen-prints, ceramics, wood and paper figurative work. 11 artists, Baxters Gallery, 12 Foss Street, Dartmouth.

Until 04 Aug - "Bury The Dead Not The Truth" Urban Landscape. Eliot Siegel by Artmill Gallery, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 10.00am.

Until 29 Jun - A collection of new work by our resident HANDS Artists, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, 10.00am.

FOUR SEASONS 03 Jun to 15 Jun - 7 artists have worked together on location over a period of 12 months, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

4 WEEKS, 4 DISCIPLINES 05 Jun to 29 Jun - An exhibition celebrating the different art disciplines, gloss-Art, 1 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter.

RICHARD THORN ART EXHIBITION 07 Jun to 15 Jun - Richard Thorn Originals, Haddon Galleries, 6/7 Victoria Parade, Torquay, 9.30am.

CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS XII 17 Jun to 29 Jun - 12th annual exhibition by members of the South Hams Arts Forum, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

What’s on show at the gallery www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk www.steamgallery.co.uk 01297 625257

New Artists! View artists new to our galleries Gillian McDonald Michael Norman Ray Sheldon Carolyn Tyrer Mark Coombs - 'Believer Forest' - Lime Square

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Ben Maile - 'Battling South Atlantic Seas' - Art Frame Gallery

FRAGMENTS OF TIME

SUMMER ART EXHIBITION

01 Jul to 13 Jul - Travel paintings by Margaret Deans, Christine Linfield and Anne Scarratt, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

09 Jul to 16 Jul - Original paintings, one-off prints, digital art, sculpture, etc.for sale, Newton Abbot Art Group, Spanish Barn, Torquay, 10.00am.

SUMMER OF ART: DIGITAL

GLOSS-ART SUMMER EXHIBITION

07 Jul to 25 Aug - This year's summer of art will be an amazing showcase of digital creativity, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot.

11 Jul to 31 Aug - The exhibition honours the artistic talent of the country and the local region, gloss-Art Gallery, 1 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter.

Richard Thorn - 'On The Banks' - Haddon Galleries

LEFT TO RIGHT 15 Jul to 27 Jul - Paintings by Alan Jonea and Jane Ellis, and photography by Louis Victory, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

Jack Vettriano - 'Just the Way It Is' - Kaya Gallery

Devonpaint - 'On the Harbour Wall' - Mayne Gallery Karen Pawley - 'Autumn Evening, Bovisand Beach' - Artmill Gallery

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EXHIBITIONS Eliot Siegel - Until 04 Aug

Photographic exhibition of urban landscape, Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

Lar Cann - 06 Jun to 05 Jul Karen Pawley - 04 Jul to 02 Aug Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm

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Art Galleries


Gillian McDonald - ‘Harbour lll’ - Mixed Media - 49x54cm - £1995 Gillian McDonald - ‘Coastal Fields I’ - Mixed Media - 55x55cm - £1995

New exciting artists at the Beer galleries

Marine House and Steam Gallery at Beer are pleased to introduce two special artists new to Devon. Carolyn Tyrer who trained at Central St. Martin’s and lives in the Thames Valley says, “I love to create paintings which take a different view of familiar scenes.” She has built a large following for her charming and carefree depictions of the Thames and its environs and having only recently “discovered” the Devon/Dorset Coast, has enthusiastically added it to her repertoire. Carolyn Tyrer - ‘Lyme Regis Bathed In Sunshine’ - 50x58cms - £1275

Gillian McDonald is based in Pembrokeshire and has a national following for her village and moorland imagery. Her landscapes and seascapes show the influence of the late John Blockley the noted Cotswold artist who led painting trips to remote corners of Britain for his fellow professionals including the late Michael Morgan and Martin Procter. Martin in fact recommended her to Marine House and her paintings take inspiration from the collective Blockley School of artists. Examples of their paintings are on our website and hang in our galleries.

Carolyn Tyrer - ‘River Otter Mouth’ - 50cm x 100cm - £1995

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Jack Doherty Jack is passionately involved with ceramics, exhibiting widely in the UK and abroad. His experience as an internationally renowned craftsman has led to being the Lead Potter and Creative Director of the Leach Pottery, St Ives, council membership of the CPA and, currently, Chair of the organising committee of Ceramic Art London. He is also guest editor of the Ceramic Review magazine. Image: A selection of Jack’s pottery

Lar Cann

- 6 June to 5 July

For a number of years Lar Cann has been engaged with the visual impact on the landscape of the South West, in particular that of Cornwall, brought about by the industrial extraction of granite, copper and tin specifically it is the rich, saturated colour that his work focuses on, to the point of it becoming the subject. He lives and works near the world heritage site of the Phoenix Mine and Cheesewring Quarry on the Caradon Hill mining complex of South East Cornwall. Lar studied at the Plymouth College of Art from 195965 gaining an NDD in Painting Special. He is part of many Art societies; Plymouth Society of Artists, St Ives Society of Artists, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall. Image: ‘High Down Wavellite X - Erythrite And Indigo’

Karen Pawley

- 4 July to 2 Aug

Karen has been painting the landscape of the South West for over twenty years. It has been integral to the development of her paintings which are known for their rich use of colour and strong visual impact. Her practice explores the connection between environment and emotional experience. Karen develops her work in the studio after time spent outside looking and walking. Karen lives and works in Plymouth with her family and has strong roots in North Cornwall which is apparent in much of her work. Image: ‘Pink Thrift at Tregudda’ - mixed media - £345

Artmill Gallery is the South West’s most innovative art gallery. By hosting a stable of local and international painters, printmakers, potters, sculptors and jewellers, the gallery is always fresh and alive. The Sculpture Courtyard is a special feature of the gallery with its small intimate courtyard creating a perfect atmosphere to sit and engage with pieces from some of the South West’s leading sculptors. The Framing Centre has over two decades of experience framing everything from treasures and mementos to fine art. We are proud of our in-house bespoke conservation and restoration framing service. 18 SOUTH DEVON COASTand COUNTRY

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

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ell, summerʼs here at last and the hedgerows and the countryside are alive with snuffling and tweeting and I expect youʼve been pretty busy yourself?

actually, at least at my dentist I get pain relief!

I was privileged recently to have been asked to sit in on a ʻLionʼs Denʼ in which Exeter Lions club gave money to various small charities. Held at the Guild Hall with the Lord Mayor, it was a humbling experience to see just how little some of these charities need to continue with their valuable work. Sometime just a lockable shed for sports equipment or a few hundred pounds to give vulnerable adults a day out. It is often said that with some of the bigger charities you donʼt know where the money is going or if it is going to make a difference. I can assure you on that night we all knew exactly where it was going and the difference it was going to make. A big thank you to the Lions Club and to everyone involved that evening.

Kate, the Dynasty star who loved to perform on stage, passed away on 30th March 2014.

I can assure you we all knew exactly where the money was going Iʼve spoken before in t his column about famous people not necessarily being the most entertaining... in fact only recently an interview with a American 70s TV star now treading the boards in a touring musical in this country, was like a trip to the dentist... well

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Talking of weddings, who would ever have thought that you would have to sign a confidentiality agreement to make a wedding cake? Well in some cases you do,

as Mich Turner MBE presenter of ʻBritainʼs Best Bakeryʼ told me when she came to Westpoint recently for ʻThe Big Cake Show.ʼ

There was never any pain relief needed with Kate OʼMara who died recently. I was fortunate enough to have known Kate from the days of Howardsʼ Way and went fi lming with the cast when the storyline moved to Malta. This terrifyingly exotic looking actress, who looked like she could freeze you with a word, turned out to be one of the girls! From a family of actor-managers, the stage was her passion and when confi ned to a hotel room she could often be heard moving furniture around taking chairs apart and rebuilding them for something to do! Her time on Dynasty was to earn money to plough back into her own theatre company. She told wonderful stories about how they would scrape her hair back in rubber bands and grips as a sort of homemade facelift which she insisted made her look like Fu Manchu! She also got a great kick out of the fact that when I left Pebble Mill I raided her Howardsʼ Way wardrobe for a beautiful jacket, which I got married in! I will always think of her when I look at my wedding pictures!

Mich Turner MBE At 15 Mich won her first school competition and has been baking her way to success ever since.

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only going to entrust this to you. I can’t tell you who it’s for but, trust me, you will want to do it.” With fl ights and a police escort to Skibo Castle, it didnʼt take her long before she worked out that it was for Madonna and Guy Ritchieʼs wedding.

That was just the start of a hugely successful career in which she has gone on to bake cakes for The Queen, Barak Obama, David Beckham, Nanny McPhee and for a couple so high profi le they had to remain nameless!

But when it comes to naming the most famous person she has made a cake for, The Queen of Pop is not in the running. “It could be the Queen or... Mary Berry take your pick!”

Apparently Mich was contacted and told, “I have a cake and I’m

“That Mary Berry, she’s a one!” she told me and went on to

Jon McKnight

She’s baked cakes for The Queen, Barak Obama, David Beckham, Nanny McPhee and for a couple so high profile they had to remain nameless!

relate a story concerning a demonstration they were both at, where Mich was showing how to hand pipe with confidence a message on a cake. After the

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Mich was born in Totnes and went to King Edward V1 Community College in Totnes. At 15, her Home Economics teacher and inspiration Marie Louise Witton, encouraged her to enter the Devon Schools Cookery Competition... Mich won the prize for her age group and the whole competition!

demonstration they were both backstage with her cake with Happy Birthday written on it,

“Mary said ‘what are you going to do with that?’ I said well I thought we might cut it up and eat it backstage and Mary said ‘well its my sons birthday on Wednesday, would you mind writing Thomas on it and I’ll take it with me?’ so she did!” ʻThe Great British Bakeryʼ hopefully returns to our screens this year and Mich has new book out later this summer.

During Jonʼs comping days, competitions relied on a slogan and being a journalist he was naturally good with words. Some of his fi nest were for local news stories and features like the one for a Vauxhall car:

‘The Sun Shines Out of His Astra.’ Or how about his DIY feature:

‘I just don’t know what to do with My Shelf.’ My all time favorite was a slogan for a local Indian restaurant called Veggie Perrins:

“I didn’t get where I am today by eating meat.”

Serial comper, Jon McKnight, has entered over 765 competitions and has won a wide range of prizes. His entertaining novel includes some of his experiences.

All right, so baking may not be your thing, but, have you ever entered any other competition? Would you ever consider buying dozens of tins of cat food, serial or packs of nappies to get your hands on a prize you had no use for?

a very entertaining novel about Tim Wembury loosely based on his own experiences.

the sun shines out of his Astra

In his fi rst year, Jon entered over 465 competitions and 300 in his second. He calls this his ʻGolden Periodʼ and amongst other things he won a satellite system, suitable for Jodrell Bank and not a suburban back garden, and a car estimated to be worth a yearʼs salary! The book is actually a thriller and local people will recognize many of the locations mentioned and learn something Iʼm sure they

But then you are probably not a serial ʻcomperʼ... Plymouth man Jon McKnight was, and he has written

didnʼt know about a Plymouth war memorial. A Prize to Die For is available as a download.

See you soon,

Judi

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The Race Home from Trafalgar An epic 271 mile dash in a little over 36 hours

IN THE LONG HISTORY of our Great South West Road, the most important and certainly the bestdocumented of its stories is of a race undertaken in November, 1805 by two serving officers in Nelson’s navy. The first of them, and the hero of our story, was Devon-born Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere. An eye witness to the Battle of Trafalgar, south of Cadiz, he carried Collingwood’s top secret dispatches back to England, detailing the battle and telling of the death of Nelson. Laponetiere was the commander of a dispatch vessel, His Majesty’s Schooner Pickle and was ordered to reach the nearest English port with the news, ‘saving neither spar nor canvas’ to take the news to the Admiralty in London. Tradition dictated that any man charged with such a mission would receive a 500 guinea purse, a 100-guinea

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presentation sword - and most importantly for a 35-year old widower supporting his two small daughters and a widowed father on his £85 a year lieutenant’s pay - a promotion. He set off at 11.30 in the morning on Sunday 27th October, a full week after the battle but the first time that there and been a lull in the great storm that had followed it. The other man was Captain John Sykes of the sloop HMS Nautilus, patrolling near Cape St. Vincent off the coast of southern Portugal. One of Nelson’s inner circle of captains, Sykes had been on station since the end of August and knew nothing of the battle or Nelson’s death when he intercepted the homeward bound Pickle and ordered it to heave-to. After an hour on board Pickle, Sykes let Lapenotiere go on his way before heading to Lisbon, a neutral port, to report to the British Ambassador there so that the news could be spread throughout war-torn Europe. His hastily-written note Sykes handed to the occupants of a pilot gig he hailed at the mouth of Lisbon’s river Tagus. This

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accomplished - or so he thought - he set sail again, hard on the heels of Pickle, making for the little ship’s home port, Plymouth where he assumed Laponetiere to be headed. The note was never received and may have been passed to an American warship then at anchor in the harbour. It would certainly explain why news of Trafalgar was printed in a handbill in Maine and then a newspaper in New York before the official London Gazette reached America in early December.

But Pickle had run into trouble. She had encountered a great storm in the Bay of Biscay and was swamped by an enormous

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sea. Only by jettisoning her eight cannon and by manning the pumps for two days and nights did she weather the calamity. After the storm came flat calm when the exhausted crew was forced to take to the sweeps (oars) to keep the ship crawling towards the shoreline. Lapenotiere finally made landfall at Falmouth at 11.30 in the morning of Monday, 4th November, 1805. From here he immediately took the first of a series of rented post chaises - the fastest things on four wheels in Georgian England - to speed him on his way to London. Post chaises were rented out by the larger inns along the highway, where the horses were changed every 15 miles or so, along with the drivers or rather riders, for these ‘postillions’ - men who knew their own particular stretch of road like the backs of their hands - were not coachmen but jockeys, who rode on the front of the pair of horses. Although it had not rained in England since 30th October, the roads out of Cornwall were bad and deeply rutted, but Lapenotiere was duty bound to keep moving.

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The Cornwall part of the jour ney took him from Falmouth, first to Truro, then on to Fraddon, where he changed horses at the Blue Anchor, thence across the moors to Bodmin, Launceston and Okehampton, Crockernwell and Exeter.

empty fireplace in the great echoing entrance hall of the Admiralty. Messengers were immediately sent to Windsor to break the news to the King and Lapenotiere, fresh shaved and changed into his best blues was sent close on their heels through the darkness of the early morning to give his first hand account of what he had witnessed.

Food was snatched in stable yards during the time that it took to change horses or carriages. He slept as best he could in the corner of the bucking, rocking coach, wrapped in his boat cloak, keeping his legs warm in the half-metre or so of deep straw that was pushed in through the doorway before it was slammed shut. His small sea chest, propped beside him on the forwardfacing bench seat, contained his best uniform, a change of linen, soap and razor and most importantly a purse of money issued to all dispatch vessels to allow messengers like him to pay their way at the coaching inns that rented out these flying carriages. He made the epic 271-mile dash in a little over 36 hours, stopping 21 times to change horses and postillions. Where the road was especially bad or the hills steep, he rented four horses, as his receipts show. His post chaise from Crockernwell to Exeter for example cost the Admiralty £1.16 shillings: from Exeter to Honiton £1.17 shillings but from Honiton to Axminster, where there are still steep gradients, he had four horses hitched and paid £2. 14 shillings. And so on.

HMS Pickle (2005 reproduction) Expenses claimed for the entire journey, later reimbursed by an Admiralty clerk, totalled £46.19 shillings and one penny - a tidy sum and more than half a lieutenant’s pay in 1805. (Lapenotiere had to write to the Admiralty twice after making his claim and didn’t actually receive the money until the following Spring). Although he had no way of knowing it, from Honiton onwards Lapenotiere’s journey became a race, for Sykes aboard the Nautilus, landing at Portsmouth a few hours after Pickle had dropped anchor off Falmouth and finding no news of Pickle had also set out for London without delay. The race was on, each man unaware of the location - or the existence - of the other and both carriages, perhaps, leap-frogging each other in the darkness as first one stopped to change horses at a particular inn, and then the other.

He also received 500 guineas prize money, which enabled him to marry before Christmas of that same year to his second wife, Mary Ann, with whom he had seven more children. Lapenotiere obtained post rank to Captain on 1st August 1811 and after a distinguished career retired to live quietly at Roseland, outside the village of Menheniot, Cornwall where he became a church warden. We know from the minutes of a church meeting that he opposed the idea of having a chiming clock installed in the tower - which “would be enough to waken the dead” - or so he reckoned. Alas he was unsuccessful in his objection.

It is almost certain that in the presence of the Queen and the royal princesses, he used the cutlery on the King’s breakfast table to set out the disposition of the fleets: forks for the French, spoons for the Spanish and knives for the British. This is perhaps borne out by the fact that as he left Windsor the King presented Lapenotiere with a silver muffineer or sugar shaker which He died in 1834, aged 63 and the young officer had employed at his particular request was buried “on the quiet side of the on the breakfast table to represent church”, away from the clock face the Victory. and its chiming bell, so that he Later that same day the young lieutenant must have been “might sleep undisturbed through Eternity” - a simple enough exhausted when he was promoted request from a career officer in Commander by their Lordships in Nelson’s navy, a Devon man who the Admiralty itself. The Patriotic had seen enough action to last any Fund gave him a sword worth man several lifetimes. 100 guineas, which stayed in the family for over a hundred years. So too did the silver muffineer - John Fisher now part of the civic treasure of

By the time they reached London Lapenotiere was barely an hour ahead where he found the city wrapped in the thickest fog in living memory. He finally reached the Admiralty at one o’clock in the morning of Wednesday November 6th. Laponetiere came down Whitehall from what would one day become Trafalgar Square, whilst Sykes’s post chaise had taken the route along the Chelsea embankment, arriving just a few minutes later.

The silver muffineer from the King’s breakfast table.

Liskeard, where he lived at that time. His sword and his portrait are in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

The thirteen hundred mile dash by sea and land was over Lapenotiere had won and the two men shook hands in front of the for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

John Fisher is the author of “The Pickle at Trafalgar” (Peretti Publishing, Devon)

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Kingsbridge's a lovely old English market town nestling in the tidal reaches of a beautiful estuary For me, I found roaming the streets of Kingsbridge to be a heart gladdening experience. Fore Street in particular, hasn't suffered too much from the large national chains, with many independent and long established businesses all contributing to the town's feeling of individuality. Kingsbridge's historical position as the main market town for the South Hams is understandable, when you consider that this has been a prosperous farming region over the centuries, with additional shipbuilding, milling and quarrying activity boosting local trade and prosperity in years gone by. Not only are there many unusual and interesting shops, but Kingsbridge is blessed with a population of really friendly people, making ambling round the town a pleasant experience. Fore Street has much architectural charisma,

The cinema is located in Kingsbridge's town hall building, which has a dynamic front facade that's very noticeable.

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and if you look upwards, you can enjoy many fine facades in different styles and heights. Particularly interesting is The Shambles, which, although rebuilt in 1796, still uses the 16th century granite piers. Oddly, it obscures the

street facing facade of St Edmund's Church which is unusual considering the great expense of church building. Of course, Kingsbridge is the amalgamation of two villages long ago, linked of course by the Kings

There are many regular events at the quayside through the year, usually Kingsbridge regular markets as well as farmers markets each week. Above - one of the music events and fairs taking place. The Information Centre is just over to the right of the picture.

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Bridge. Dodbrooke was granted a charter for its own market in 1257, although Kingsbridge later expanded to include it. As a consequence, there are two parishes within Kingsbridge, St. Edmund's and St. Thomas Becket at Dodbrooke. Incidentally, two churches have anniversaries this year are St. Edmund's, which is 600 years old, whilst Kingsbridge Methodist Church is 200 years old. There's a joint celebration for both churches at St. Edmund's with the Ebw Vale Male Voice Choir performing. Also we mustn't forget Kingsbridge Fair Week from the 19th to 26th July. There are also regular markets, the Kingsbridge market is on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer months, whilst the Farmers Market on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Editor

Harbour House near the quayside is a popular venue, particularly for health and wellbeing courses. The vegetarian food in their cafe is absolutely superb.


Squeezebelly Lane is one of the remaining mediaeval alleyways, this leads up to the watermill leat at the top end. Kingsbridge has lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

The top of Squeezebelly Lane, said to be a leat for the mill, apparently installed by the monks of Buckfastleigh in the 1300s. Not much water to supply a mill here though?

Kingsbridge Information Centre is conveniently situated on the quayside, just up from the parking area. There's always something going on in Kingsbridge and the staff here are happy to help you with your requirements. Pictured above - Samantha Short (Manager) and John Heywood - one of the 16 dedicated volunteers that assist at the Kingsbridge Information Centre. Tel: 01548 853195

This building was once very close to the quayside but apparently the quayside has been filled and developed so this building now stands well back from the waterfront. Kingsbridge suffered bomb damage in the 2nd World War, with several buildings lost.

Kingsbridge has some great markets every week, there's the Kingsbridge Market on Tuesdays (all year round) and Thursdays throughout the summer months, then there's also the Farmers Market which is on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays all year round.

The Shambles - oddly built across the street-side facade of St. Edmund's church. The Shambles was rebuilt in 1796, but still uses the original 16c granite piers.

Interesting tomb stone outside St. Edmund's church. This chap had a great sense of humour and irony. We cannot begin to imagine what life was like without modern medicines, the welfare system and modern conveniences, especially if you were a land worker. Life was a hard daily grind, seemingly without end. This chap lived to a good age for the time, when the average lifespan was much shorter, particularly for the poorer members of the community.

St. Edmund's King & Martyr, Kingsbridge For nearly 600 years this church has stood watch over the town. There are joint celebrations this summer to mark the 600th anniversary of St. Edmund's and also the 200th anniversary of Kingsbridge Methodist Church. The Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir are appearing at this event - see southdevonhub.co.uk for further information. Left and right - St. Edmund's. Far right - Reverend Jackie Taylor, Priestin-Charge of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Dodbrooke and St. Edmund King & Martyr, Kingsbridge. for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

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The absolutely brilliant and dedicated team at Cookworthy Museum. It takes many man-hours to keep your local heritage fully preserved. Intending on making a whistle-stop visit, I ended up spending over 2 hours at the museum, talking to Curator, Holly Trubshawe - a thoroughly recommended visit - Editor

The team left to right: Chris Kemsley, Sandra Anderson, Alwyn Milburn, Sheila Duncanson, John Anderson, Cherry Bradley, Dennis Woomer, Elizabeth Weale, Joy Shepherd, Nicola Fox, Jane Marston, Holly Trubshawe, John Dodwell

The team preserving Kingsbridge's local history In many towns across England, massive amounts of energy's expended in preserving our local history. It's an extremely valuable function that's carried out, relying heavily on unpaid volunteers who contribute their time freely. We have to be grateful to these individuals for their efforts. Not only is the result highly appreciated, but it's also extremely important to preserve our cultural identity for future generations to come. Probably more valuable to Kingsbridge than

any of the artefacts is the link back to the people that have occupied this town over the centuries. Particularly interesting is the photo library which you can browse on their viewer, though be warned, you need to set a few hours aside for this as it's extremely compulsive. I have to confess to having a love of visiting local museums, not only are they entertaining, particularly if you're keen on history, but they also allow you to understand more fully the

town they represent. The Cookworthy Museum is a great example, full of interesting artefacts, set in an historic building that was a grammar school for most of its life, complete with very old graffiti. The Cookworthy Museum is run by a brilliant team of friendly local people who're really supportive of their town. It's great to see people from the community working together like this. A hearty well done to all involved. - Editor

It's located in a characterful old building with lots of interesting displays. The William Cookworthy display shouldn't be missed.

If you remember mum mangling the washing, then you have to be knocking on a bit! Life was a really hard grind before we had electric and running water.

The old range where school meals were prepared. Just outside to the right's the agricultural & rural life display.

Blue & White Made in England, looking Chinese, but not quite having the finesse of Chinese porcelain. These two pieces below are flawed - smoke staining and also pitting resulting from problems within the kiln. These are early examples of this home-grown porcelain. The Chinoiserie themed patterns were handpainted with cobalt mined in Cornwall.

The William Cookworthy connection

William Cookworthy by John Opie circa 1780 CPlymouth City Council

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William Cookworthy discovered China Clay in Cornwall in 1746. His great discovery was only part of the story, because to develop a product to match the imported Chinese porcelain required much experimentation to discover a successful recipe which ultimately took 20 years before he was able to file a patent and start production.

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Polychrome Enamel In 1769 the factory began producing porcelain decorated with colourful enamels, which were painted on top of the glaze. A French potter from the Sèvres factory brought these skills over, with many Rococo designed patterns appearing.


WW1 - 100 years

There are some really interesting machines / devices in their country life & rural collection. Of particular interest is the equipment used for cider production, particularly the donkey / pony powered apple masher and the large cider press - don't forget that cider was often part of a farm labourers pay package!

Old graffitti which was carved into the window frames by pupils of this grammar school. I should imagine there were a few caneings doled out to whoever was responsible at the time. How times have changed!

'Dead Man's Penny' - this memorial plaque was issued to the next of kin of serving men and women killed in action. This one on display commemorates John Thomas Taylor from Aveton Gifford, who was killed in action on 6th September 1916.

Collapit Creek was a WW1 convalescence home just outside Kingsbridge. After unimaginable suffering and casualties at the front line, Collapit would have been a haven in which to recuperate, although some of the injuries suffered were horrific. Cookworthy Museum have a WW1 display to commemorate the Great War.

Hallsands village - salvaging possessions after the storm of 1917. It was later supposed that dredging in the bay had removed the protective shingle beach, severely exacerbating the effect of the storms. House damage is evident, with the cottage on the left having its foundations undercut.

Times were hard - Above - Miss Elizabeth Prettijohn outside her house in Hallsands. She refused to leave the village after it was deserted following the devastation of the village in the 1917 storms, and died in 1964 aged 80. She was the last full-time resident of Hallsands. Left - Miss Prettijohn in later years. Cookworthy Museum has a great collection of photos which make compulsive viewing. 'Before Gastro' - this is how pubs were, for drinking and smoking, perhaps with the odd cheese/ pork sandwich if you were lucky - The regulars drinking to the health of landlord Mr & Mrs Britnell at the Kings Arms, Street, during the evacuation of the villages for the D-Day rehearsal. for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

Many thanks to the Museum for allowing reproduction of the above images from their archived collection.

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DONOVAN, Fore Street

The successful Mayne Gallery run by Jane Price for the past 18 years. They have a number of artists who are totally exclusive to Mayne Gallery, including: James Bonstow, Josep Pla, Howard Birchmore.. etc.

One shop I must mention is Donovan, which has been run by the same family for over 140 years. If you look at the images on the right, you can see the shop is essentially unchanged from way back in 1893. It's remarkable that even the display stands mounted on the wall that can be seen in the right hand window are original. Current owners Hazel, who is the 5th generation of the Donovan family, along with husband Trevor now run this mini department store which stocks a very wide range of household items from cookware, to furniture, beds & bedding, china, towels, madeto-measure blinds, gifts - their range in seemingly endless and I strongly advise a visit, even if just to take in the atmosphere - it's truly great!

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HERRING SHOES Whether it is footwear for the coast or country, for a special event or the working week, Herring shoes on Fore Street in Kingsbridge have something on the shelf to suit the purpose. With trusted brands like Gabor, Ecco, Hotter, Rieker, Timberland and Dubarry to choose from, and their fabulous own Herring brand for men, customers will be certain not to leave the shop empty handed! The friendly and experienced team at Herring Shoes look forward to greeting you soon, helping you step out in comfort and style whatever the occasion.

Kate Herring displaying one of their stylish shoes at the Kingsbridge shop

poshtotti 01548 858881

Norsworthy Photography 01548 854044

Delicati Lingerie 01548 857422

Poshtotti's the most talked about boutique in the South Hams. Designed with women in mind, we have our own label designed for women, and have in-house colour stylists on hand. Come and see what every one is talking about or look on line at: poshtotticlothing.co.uk

Situated next to the Car Park at the top of Fore Street, we offer great Family Portraits, Wedding Photography and all types of Photography from our comfortable and fully equipped Studio.

Delicati Lingerie in Kingsbridge has trained friendly staff offering top quality lingerie fitting service. There is no need to book an appointment, just drop in to the shop and discover your bra size today as 80% women are wearing the wrong size. Open Mon-Sat 10am to 4pm

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Herring Fowey available from

58 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1NY Tel: 01548 858988

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Tiles, Lighting, Carpets and flooring. ‘TLC for your Home’ Adding the perfect finishing touches to your home. Professional floor fitters if required.

L. H. Rendle Ltd, Old Station Yard, Kingsbridge TQ7 1ES

01548 852406 • www.lhrendle.co.uk enquiries@lhrendle.co.uk

CHARLES HEAD ~ 110 years in business The affable guy in the photo (left) is Tony Head, he's the 4th generation of the Head family and together with son Mark, run this respected local estate agency, with offices in both Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Tony sees Kingsbridge as a hub for the South Hams, which he said has an incredibly strong community feel, and commented that people moving to this area very quickly put down roots. Tony says that Kingsbridge has much going for it, with great coastline and countryside, and easy access to the City of Plymouth.

The Kingsbridge Shopping Experience If you prefer intimate, friendly shopping, then Kingsbridge is the place for you. Full of independents shops that really care about their customers, making it feel like you've stepped back in time. Of course, shop owners do put a massive amount of effort into providing a great shopping experience for us to enjoy, for which we should thank them wholeheartedly. Ed Nicola Barlow outside her business

Beautiful Handmade Kitchens With over 30 years experience, we at Compass know how to build a kitchen that is ready for work. But that is only part of the story of producing the perfect room. All of our furniture is designed and hand built in our South Hams workshop by local artisans, installed and finished to exacting standards. The kitchen is not the only area in the home where our clients seek intelligent planning combined with individual style. We have therefore expanded our portfolio to encompass bedrooms, living rooms and home offices. All are designed to the same high standards and manufactured with the same attention to detail and quality.

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BUCKLAND TOUT-SAINTS HOTEL “Queen of coast and country, Buckland is a secret escape hidden down winding lanes far from the madding crowd. Old world charm and traditional style are the essence of our 17th Century manor house retreat.” Buckland Tout-Saints is a luxury William and Mary country house hotel set in its own valley, surrounded by 4½ acres of beautifully tended gardens and woodland. Only a short drive from the coast and the international sailing centre of Salcombe, Buckland Tout-Saints is the jewel in the crown of this breathtaking corner of Devon. With beautiful private dining rooms, sixteen luxurious bedrooms, award-winning cuisine and a warm, relaxed atmosphere, Buckland Tout-Saints is perfect for celebrations, weddings and weekends away.

Afternoon Tea A traditional Devonshire cream tea is a thing of beauty and Buckland Tout-Saints knows how to put on a spread. Relax on the terrace and take in the incredible views over the valley, or curl up in front of the fire in the lounge whilst sampling scones, clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches, cakes and fancies accompanied by a selection of fine teas or a glass of Champagne

Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel

Goveton Kingsbridge Devon TQ7 2DS t 01548 853 055 Room total 16 www.tout-saints.co.uk 1 AA Rosette Member of Pride of Britain Hotels Proud to be part of The Eden Hotel Collection for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

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Red Earth Deli & Cafe 01548 856100 www.redearthdeli.co.uk

Fully Licensed, Gluten,Wheat & Lactose free available, Holiday Catering, Gift Baskets, Takeaway, CafĂŠ. Open day 8.30am-5pm. Cafe and Deli transformed into an Evening Wine bar Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6.30-10.00pm.

Clinic No.3

01548 858717

www.clinicno3.co.uk

Above - the team at Clinic No.3 which is a High-quality beauty salon specialising in the latest anti-ageing treatments, HD brows, prescriptive facials, semi-permanent makeup and Shellac Nail Art.

River Avon Walk Last July COAST & COUNTRY featured one of the prettiest walks that we've ever come across in Devon. The river and fields surrounding Loddiswell exude tranquility. The walk is featured in the June/July 2013 issue (www. prestige-media.co.uk/magazines). Along the way, you can stop off at Aune Valley's Cafe which has beautiful views across the Avon valley. A highly recommended day out - don't forget your Ordnance Survey map.

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New country store from Cornwall Farmers New country store arrives from in Kingsbridge this summer Cornwall Farmers arrives focus, with a dedicated in-store farm in Kingsbridgeagricultural this summer

Located on Wallingford Road, Cornwall Farmers’ Country Store in Kingsbridge has everything you need for aon good life on the land. Whether you’re Located Wallingford Road, Cornwall Farmers’ a farmer, or pet owner, horse rider, Country smallholder Store in Kingsbridge has everything you gardener you simply loveland. the Whether country lifestyle need foror a good life on the you’re and country clothing, Cornwall Farmers a farmer, smallholder or pet owner, horsehas rider, gardener or simply love the country lifestyle something foryou you. and country clothing, Cornwall Farmers has

The store in Kingsbridge is one of 12 stores across something for you. Cornwall and Devon. Neighbouring stores can storeininDartington Kingsbridgeand is one of 12 stores beThe found Tavistock. Andacross the Cornwall and Devon. Neighbouring stores can remaining stores stretch from Bideford in north be found in Dartington and Tavistock. And the Devon to Penzance in west Cornwall. remaining stores stretch from Bideford in north toaPenzance in west Cornwall. later this AsDevon part of £2.3 million investment, summer in Kingsbridge willlater undergo As part the of astore £2.3 million investment, this a complete a refit andwill rebrand into summer facelift the storewith in Kingsbridge undergo a complete facelift with refit andstore, rebrand into& Acre. Cornwall Farmers’ newacountry Patch Cornwall Farmers’ new country store, Patch & Acre.

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‘The Stable’, The‘The storeFarm’, will feature six zones;‘Country Life’, ‘Farmhouse’, ‘Pet Life’ and ‘The ‘The Farm’, ‘The Stable’, ‘Country Life’,Garden’. ‘Farmhouse’, Life’refi and ‘The Garden’. Full details‘Pet of the t timeline are yet to be Fullconfi details of the t timeline are yet to be to open rmed, butrefi the new store is planned confi rmed, the new store is planned to open later thisbut summer. later this summer.

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Stocking everything horse and country clothing and footwear, pet food, treats andfor bedding, farmrider, supplies and garden essentials. pet food, treats and bedding, farm supplies and garden essentials.

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A Kitchen Crisis When deciding to plan a kitchen, you firstly need to decide whether you wish to update your current kitchen or start totally afresh. Look at your existing kitchen and decide what you like and don’t like, and what you would like to keep or remove. There is no need to change the layout of your kitchen unless it is going to increase the value of your home. It’s worth seeking professional advice on whether the amount spent on a new kitchen will add financial gain when it comes to selling your property. If you want an entirely new kitchen, think about the practicalities of your space and how you wish to operate within it. Things to consider here are where you would like your appliances to sit in relation to each other. Where you will need sufficient worktop space for cooking or accommodating gadgets etc. Storage space is also something to think about when deciding on how many cabinets you will need, and then how many base units versus wall units will be needed. It is so easy to concentrate too much on the design of a kitchen and overlook the importance of lifestyle and practical usage. Firstly you will need to decide which style of kitchen you want to go for. There are so many kitchen designs to choose from, so a good place to start is understanding which look is going to suit your home and is of your taste. Modern or traditional? Of course, there are then many strands to whichever you choose, so let’s discuss the options within each range; If you fancy a modern style kitchen then you can opt for 36

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either laminate, veneered, acrylic, lacquered or foil wrapped cabinets. Laminate cabinets are durable and resistant to knocks and scratches, and is therefore a great choice for a family kitchen. Although it is thought of as a low cost option, you can find some good looking cabinetry in this material. Top-end kitchen companies provide these too with benefits of extra strength. There is a wide range of colours available with replications of wood and other materials also. Wood veneers are fixed to a range of bases, and the use of more exotic timbers such as zebrano give the cabinets a very modern edge. Contemporary hi-gloss finishes are very different to a matt, classic appearance.

Acrylic cabinetry is waterproof and repairable. It is either solid or can be sprayed on. Curves can be created using Corian, which is made up of one-third acrylic resin and two-thirds natural minerals. This material is highly durable, stain

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resistant and hygienic. Sidmouth Design have a wonderful selection of Corian work surfaces to choose from. A lacquered finish can either come in a hi-gloss style or matt. There are numerous colour choices and it is a protective and enduring coating. The lacquer varnish is carefully sprayed on layer by layer, a time consuming process which is reflected in the cost. It can also be used on wood veneer doors to finish them off. Foil-wrapping can create a number of different looks, with many colours to choose from. An MDF door wrapped in foil can attain the appearance of a more expensive type of cabinet for a fraction of the cost. This style can look fantastic in


Obviously choosing the most attractive woods such as oak or walnut is important, however if you’ve decided to spruce up your existing kitchen then you may wish to paint your old pine units for a more farmhouse feel. Combining natural with painted elements also look great in this kind of kitchen. Compass Kitchens create a range of handmade kitchens by local artisans, and are well worth checking out. Do remember that lighting plays a vital role in the feel of a space, so if it’s modern you are after, then down lighters underneath cabinets look perfect, whereas pendant lighting suits a more country style of kitchen.

directory Y HOME & INTERIORSZ Fosterville Ltd is a well established local company which has been supplying building materials to the Building & Landscaping industry since 1999

Quarry & Recycled Aggregate • Sand • Cement • Block • Gravel Fosterville Ltd. The Recycling Centre, John Acres Lane, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ12 3GP

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Increasingly, the worktop is being used as a focal point of the kitchen. Style, quality, practicality and functionality are all integral factors in a specialist work surface. Composite stone, granite and marble, timber, stainless steel and laminate are all materials which are commonly used for surfaces, and each hold their own qualities in terms of price, practicality and aesthetics.

either a contemporary, traditional or country style kitchen. Of course, if it is a rustic look you are looking for, then look no further than solid wood cabinetry. This is usually more expensive than any other option, however the beautiful variation through unique grain patterns of each piece makes these pieces so individual and will also age extremely well. It naturally expands and contracts, so good quality examples should allow for this slight movement. We are so lucky to have some talented local businesses offering such craftsmanship, such as David Lloyd Cabinet Maker and Woodley’s Joinery Ltd. They can also design and craft unique cupboards and dressers from reclaimed pine, producing lovely rich colours and gorgeous smells.

Flooring is also an important part of the kitchen as this is where the family and any pets are likely to spend the majority of their time in the house. Stone, Slate, wood, vinyl and engineered wood are all great choices for the kitchen. Plymstock Carpets and Flooring are a local business who stock a very large range of superb flooring materials. Plymouth Stone can not only supply stunning floor tiling, but also granite and marble worktops.

Handmade kitchen from Compass Kitchens

For any help in designing and building your dream kitchen, remember that you do not have to do it alone. There are many people who can help you every step of the way, from any of the fantastic companies I have already mentioned, who are all local specialists in kitchen design and can also help you in choosing the right appliances to fit into your new kitchen. After all, once it’s finished, you won’t ever want to leave your heart and hub of the home! Amanda Merchant (www.mandyjane.co.uk)

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• Contemporary and traditional stoves • Chimney lining and installation • Pellet boilers • Fireside accessories • Kiln dried logs and kindling Open Mon– Fri 09.00 to 17.00 Sat 10.00 to 15.00

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Aveton Gi fford walk

COASTand COUNTRY

Aveton Gifford takes part of its name from the Giffard family, who held the manor here, after having made the cross Channel trip with William the Conqueror and doing their bit to help with the Conquest.

through a delightful tree-lined path besides a stream. Then you take the path up Drunkards Hill onto the top of the summit which affords fine views before dropping down again to Aveton Gifford.

Aveton Gifford’s an interesting place, it’s where the lovely river Avon finally meets the salt water of the estuary which meanders 3¾ miles down to the coast at Bigbury-on-Sea.

If you have a kayak or canoe, the trip down the estuary would be a great way to spend time, there’s ample parking and easy access to the water for getting in and out of your vessel.

This walk takes you down along a tidal road, then up a creek and

For walkers, the trip is about 21/2 miles in total, much of it easy

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going although Drunkards Hill is fairly steep for a short way. The walk’s a peaceful one, with unspoilt views out in all directions. We didn’t encounter any other walkers along the way, so it’s great if you wish to enjoy the countryside without interruption. In terms of refreshment, a picnic’s always a great treat. Aveton Gifford’s local pub is the Fisherman’s Rest - I can vouch for their cream tea which was excellent, particularly taken outside by the stream.

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With regard to the route we show on the map, these are approximations only and I would strongly advise plotting this route on an Ordnance Survey map so you don’t miss any important turns along the way. The OS maps really do open up the countryside for you and are a good investment in terms of helping you discover your local countryside. Hope you enjoy the walk! Nigel Jones - Editor


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Once you reach the road up from the estuary, follow along for about 50 yards and turn off to the right up Drunkards Hill (you can’t miss the sign).

1. Parking - the walk can be started from where ‘Start’ is shown on the map above. 2. Footwear - assuming dry conditions, trainers or boots advised. 3. Dogs - lead necessary as livestock may be present although there are plenty of places to let the dog/s off the lead. 4. Distance - a gentle walk with one steep incline, it’s two and a half miles in total (circular).

Higher up Drunkards Hill, you take the turning right across the meadow where, once you cross the summit, you can see across to St. Andrew’s Church at Aveton Gifford.

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Aveton Gifford church (St. Andrew’s) in the distance - you walk towards the church, then you need to veer to the right to pick up the lane.

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

by JOHN FISHER

goes up country by the end of June before “a full study” is put in front of our coalition government in the autumn.

Damp daze A TV crew from London was filming at

A railway provides a vital business link of

Dawlish at the height of February’s dry

course but let’s hope that in the midst of

weather outage watched by a small crowd

all that paper work and weighing of votes,

of inquisitive natives:

someone up in Lunnun remembers as how 93 per cent of our holiday visitors actually gets

Cameraman (to small boy): “Doesn’t it ever

down yere not by rail*, bless ‘em but by motor

stop raining here in Devon?”

car. Could we be inching nearer to opening up the A303 through the Blackdown Hills

Small boy: “Dunno mate. I’m only eleven!”

for dual carriageway? That’ll be the day. Paddington to Penzance “Anytime” return currently is £142. Let the train take the strain?

Reading between the lines HOW COMFORTING TO KNOW that the region’s main rail artery is open again and that engineers are examining no fewer than five routes that might be opened up across

seagulls, and all the while relaying pictures

this bottom left-hand corner of our sceptred

back to its controller.

isle to provide a belt-and-braces alternative in the event of a similar rail outage in the future.

Drones disguised as birds are here

Choughed

COULD DRONES do the jobs of traffic

to look like the common buzzard (Buteo

wardens in Devon?

buteo) that council uses on its signage,

Did you just read “outage”? You surely did. A number of news sources – regional and

In East Devon it could easily be disguised

national - referred to the collapse of the line

whilst our close cousins down there in

at Dawlish this February as an “outage”.

A Spanish company called Expal is now

Cornwall (recently identified as having

Power companies also use the word when

marketing a surveillance drone that looks

one of the biggest surpluses in the country

they mean “power cut”. To the sensitive ears

like a large bird. Called the Shepherd-Mil it

from parking charges and fines*) could

of power companies “outage” sounds better

only costs around £1,000 – a fraction of the

use their own native chough (Pyrrhocorax

than “power cut” so when corporate bodies

cost of a traffic warden - and can be disguised

pyrrhocorax).

need to go public during troubled times they

to look like any large bird of choice says Soffa

sneak it into their press releases.

Affaro Marco, Expal’s branding manager.

Newspeak

The whole kit can be carried in two small suitcases and be unpacked and ready for

But should normal people be expected to

take-off quicker than you can say ‘further

suffer it simply because the word is then

budget cuts’.

given some kind of legitimacy by those in the media who pick it up and paste it into

Designed to fly 100 metres (or 330 feet) above

their own copy without thinking? But where

the ground, its on-board camera can not

were we?

only read number plates, it might also spot

*The RAC Foundation reported that 359

and track fly-tippers, detect freshly-watered

councils across England had a total current

Those alternative routes are being given

lawns during hose-pipe bans (remember

account surplus of £565m from on and off-street

the once-over by National Rail and the

those?) check on planning consents over

parking schemes in 2011-12. Cornwall came

Department for Transport, then a draft plan

garden fences or frighten off unwanted

eighth, with a £7.9m surplus.

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Looking back upstream, the bridge is round to the right. Jack’s taking a refreshing dip.

Below - at the top of Drunkards Hill - looking north. The path you need to follow turns off behind you.

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But here’s the thing...

The play’s the thing but South Devon’s trailer is a show stealer A TALE OF FORBIDDEN LOVE set in 19th century Brixham where two young people on opposite sides of a feud dividing a fishing family and a farming family, fall in love.

James Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, 95 next month

The Gremlin in the Gasworks

Sound familiar? Of course but this is Romeo & Juliet with a twist. To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of

A WORLD FAMOUS West Country resident

Among the highlights of the exhibition are

the immortal bard, the South Devon Players

is being honoured by the Science Museum

Lovelock’s laboratory notebooks, drafts

are pushing the boat out and ploughing

in London this summer with an exhibition

of his papers and equipment from the

new pastures as they stage an inspired

called Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist,

laboratory in his back garden, close to Chesil

interpretation of the greatest love story

Inventor, Maverick.

Beach, where his house was cut off for four

of all time in Brixham this June. (They’ve

days and hammered by the February storms.

produced a trailer for the show that can be

Professor James Lovelock, who will be 95

viewed online)

in July is most famous for formulating the

Read what Lovelock has to say about Gaia,

Gaia hypothesis - the idea that Earth is a self-

climate change, windmills and much else

regulating system - a theory that has been

besides at www.jameslovelock.org

both hugely influential and controversial. It

Ed Stewart is Romeo Montague and Ryanna - Mae Lloyd is Juliet Capulet. And who cares which of them hails from the land or the

has profoundly shaped how environmental

The Gremlin in the Gasworks in our headline

sea - the trailer doesn’t let on - but then

scientists view issues such as climate change

is amongst the first of his writings - a story

that’s not what trailers are for. Trailers are

and loss of biodiversity.

he wrote as a boy, in an exercise book – that

there to hook you in to pay for the price of a

is also part of the exhibition.

seat - so beware. This one is simply brilliant and the play promises to be something quite memorable as well. www. southdevonplayers.

The phrase was first coined in 1980 by

weebly.com

writer Emilie Travel Livezey, in an article she contributed to The Christian Science

John Fisher

Monitor entitled “Hazardous waste.” The list has grown bigger with the arrival on the scene of the frackers of course and the inevitable NUMBY: Not Under My Back Yard. Then there is also NOT: None Of That, not to mention NOTE: Not Over There Either.

Windmills on your mind?

But latest one doing the rounds seems to be a wonderful cover-all acronym, much-loved

EVERYONE with any kind of opinion

by those politicians who are adept at kicking

on wind turbines or any other big new

anything controversial into the long grass

developments of the third kind in Devon

until after an election:

will know the acronym NIMBY. Not In My

BANANA Build Absolutely Nothing

Backyard.

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'Wilson'

underside with a front paw to give her by Richard Woodward

traction. But she would only perform if she had an audience. So she sat on the bottom newel post and set up a caterwaul as only a Siamese can until she had gathered a group of admirers, then, to cries of encouragement she would set off up the slippery slope to the top, whence she jumped down and strolled down the stairs to receive her applause. But what about parrots when it comes to humour. I witnessed the following whilst waiting for my client to appear. Before me were French windows with curtains either side. A black cat sat looking out of the window at ground

The Old Vet’nary by Ken Watson

Humour

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the far corner of the room. Then she

level and his tail draped over the edge

would retrieve it in her mouth and drop

of the step. To the right a parrot sat

it at your feet again. But woe betide

upon his perch. He looked at the

you if your throwing did not come up

tail and then at me and he stealthily

to her rigorous standards. She would

climbed down the curtain and gave the

give a look of contempt and drop it at

tail a hearty bite. The cat cried out in

the foot of someone else.

pain and the parrot hastily clambered back up to the safety of his perch, and

o you think animals have a sense

My favourite dog of all time was a

of humour? I do, so long as you

Harlequin Great Dane called Chloe.

liken it to the impish behaviour of

For the first 18 months of her life she

children...

was brought up on a Naval Estate in

I know another Siamese who lived in a

once there he laughed. Well it was a

house which had a grand staircase with

good imitation of a laugh. Is that a

wide bannisters. Her party trick was

sense of humour or is it not?

to climb this by gripping round to the

K.Watson.

Plymouth until the Navy decreed she They certainly express joy. You only

was not suitable for a small flat. She

have to watch cows or sheep let into

was due to be put down and I was

a new field to see that, when even

called in, but instead I decided to take

mature matrons will give a display of

her into my own family, a decision

legs and udders flying in all directions.

which I never regretted. We hit it off

I had a Border Terrier whose whole

straight away and my children loved

life centred around playing ball. This

her. I would take her with me when

phenomenon can be seen in sniffer

I lectured at schools and she would

dogs who give their valuable services

wander round the class shaking hands

just to be rewarded with a few minutes

with everyone. Now she certainly had

play with their ball. My Border would

a sense of humour. Her party trick

devise ball games for herself. She

was to stand up with her feet on your

would drop her ball at the top of a flight

shoulders and pretend to bite your nose

of steps and then chase it as it rolled

with a great snap of her jaw, but she

down. Then she caught it and took it

was so accurate that she would miss

to the top of the steps again and again.

by less than an inch. This unerring

But her favourite was to come beside

accuracy was shown in catching a ball

me as I knelt weeding and drop the

thrown high in the air when she would

ball just midway between us and then

track it’s fall and catch it clean every

sit there nonchalantly looking around

time. We always called her Dodger.

as if she was totally unaware, but if I

I knew a Siamese cat who devised a

even so much as twitched a muscle to

game for herself. She needed a small

grab the ball, she was on it in a flash.

ball of silver paper which she would

Then she would rush around in circles

drop at the feet of any human who

of joy at having outwitted me. Even

looked likely. She would then retreat

so, sometimes I would beat her to it,

two or three feet and you had to throw

and then she would crouch in shivering

the ball so that it reached her at a

concentration for the throw and chase

height of about 3 inches, when she

which followed.

would bat it with her front paw into

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