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SOUTH DEVON

COAST & COUNTRY A Celebration of Life in South Devon

Covering South Devon June-July 2012

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Contents June-July

ISSUE NO 1

4. Forthcoming Events

23. Devon's Lost Explorers

Find out what's on in south Devon.

Lt. Colonel Percy Fawcett's final expedition.

8. Live Music Roundup

24. Devonshire Dialect

Get the info on local live music!

By local historian Ted Gosling.

10. Art Gallery What's On

26. Walk Stokeinteignhead

Art gallery events for June & July.

A beautiful walk by the Teign estuary.

14. Here Comes Colour

34. A Passion for Moths

Sue Scammell shares useful home tips.

Peter Vernon talks about Moths.

20. Flatbeare Views

38. A Visit to Totnes

Our anonymous writer speaks out.

We explore this historic market town.

21. Nelson's Column

46. The Countryman

John Fisher's thought provoking page.

Hedgehogs by Tony Jackson.

22. Walk on the Wildside

47. Tales of a Yokel

Artist Mike Hughes talks about wildlife.

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.

CONTRIBUTORS

Nigel Jones, Mike Hughes, FCR Esgen, Tony Jackson, John Fisher, Peter Vernon, Ted Gosling, Philip Hawkins.

MAGAZINE

Editor and publisher: Nigel Jones tel. 01395 513383 / 01395 512166 email: nigel@prestige-media.co.uk Advertising call: 01395 568025 or 01395 513383 By post: 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth EX10 9XH. SOUTH DEVON

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Editor's Letter A warm welcome to the new South Devon Coast and Country Magazine. Here we are at long last, after many months preparation, this new magazine for South Devon is finally out, which is a great relief to all who've been involved with production. The magazine came about because South Devon has, for some time, been lacking its own regional magazine - a great pity because it's a really beautiful part of Devon with exceptional countryside, ranging from stunning seascapes to moorland crags. We like to think of this as a 'quality of life' magazine and our ethos is to fully celebrate and enjoy the region in which we live. To this end, our editorial is planned to cover a wide range of subjects, with particular emphasis on countryside and wildlife. The magazine is also very pro-art, so if you're an art gallery, please make contact. Inclusion into our Galleries What's On listings is free of charge. We're a small independent company based on the south coast of Devon and have been producing magazines for nearly 20 years. If you're a writer (pro or amateur), photographer, or if you have anything to say about either about yourself or the South Devon region, then please

make contact with Nigel Jones on the following email address: nigel@prestige-media.co.uk Businesses - you may wish to know that this magazine can provide you with high quality marketing at more realistic "Devon", rather than "London" rates. We're very committed to including "proper" content within the magazine, so the reader can engage fully. Currently, the magazine has over 300 high-quality outlets across the region, this will continue to expand for 2012.

to assist, then we'd like to hear from you. The months of June and July can be truly sublime in South Devon - sun willing! June is a particularly important month as it will see many Jubilee celebrations across the region. Hope you enjoy the magazine. Regards - Nigel Jones (Editor)

Advertising - If you wish to have your business appear within the magazine, please contact: vivienne@prestige-media.co.uk A big thank you by-the-way to Vivienne Crump for all her hard work in setting up the outlets and making contact with businesses in the region. Event Organisers - you may notice that within the magazine we have a dedicated "What's On" section - if you're an event organiser or publicist for your society, company, club, charity or organisation, please make contact so we can add you onto our system for event listings. Event listings are free of charge. Become a distributor - we're currently looking for reliable people to help with our delivery round. If you have a car and ideally a partner

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June - July 2012

Forthcoming Events Jubilee

Celebrations 1st to 4th Jun - Anderton and Rowlands Funfair, celebrate the Queens jubilee by visiting Torre Abbey Meadows. 2nd Jun to 4th Jun - Totnes Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, led by Totnes Elizabethan Museum (Fore Street) and there will be special exhibitions commemorating the occasion in the Museum itself. 2nd Jun to 10th Jun - Kid's Dig For A 'Diamond', The dastardly villain has stolen the Crown Jewels. Can you find the 'Diamonds' with this fun dig-inthe-dirt. Babbacombe Model Village. 3rd to 9th Jun - Dawlish Jubilee Celebrations Week, In celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’. Various locations around Dawlish. 4th Jun - Diamond Jubilee Garden Party, Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Kingsbridge. 4th Jun - River Dart Diamond Jubilee Parade, a spectacular parade of vessels in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 3pm6pm, River Dart, Dartmouth. 5th Jun - Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Champagne Event, Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea with Jazz Band Smooth Operators, 4-6pm. At The Cary Arms, Babbacombe 21st to 24th Jun - Shaldon Festival, A Musical Celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! Adults £10 Students £5 per ticket, For full programme call 01626 872308. At St Peters Church, Shaldon.

MAIN EVENTS 8th Jun - Dawlish Air Show, As well as the thrilling air displays this event also offers events and attractions on the ground. Dawlish Seafront. 9th Jun - J80 Sailing World Championships 2012, The championships will be held in the stunning port of Dartmouth. 30rd Jun - National Armed Forces Day, a chance for the nation to say thank you to its Armed Forces. Plymouth. 30th Jun to 5th Aug - South Devon Crab Festival, The South Devon Crab Festival is held all over South Devon at various locations and includes events, tasting, demonstrations, crabbing competitions and a range of beach events to enjoy.

7th to 13th Jul - Squib National Championships, the 42nd championship hosted by the Royal Dart Yacht Club. Dartmouth. 14th to 15th Jul - The Super Weekend, A Celebration of all things Super! Supercars, Superbikes, Superyachts. All around Torquay visit www.thesuperweekend.co.uk 25th Jul - Yealmpton Show 2012, a great day out for all the family with many attractions during the day. Tickets £10 per adult, £5 per child. At Yealmpton Showground. 27th to 30th Jul - Plymouth Classic Boat Rally, the 25th anniversary of the Plymouth Classics. Around the harbour with extra events within Plymouth.

Festivals Until 5th Jun - English Wine Week, Art, Wine and Cheese at Sharpham the perfect combination. Sharpham Vineyard, Ashprington. 1st to 3rd Jun - Ashburton Blues Festival, a fabulous line-up of Eric Bibb, Elkie Brooks, and Andy Fairweather Low and many more. At Seale-Hayne off the A383 Ashburton Road. 1st Jun to 8th Jun - English Riviera Dance Festival, For all lovers of dance, whether you just can’t keep off the dance floor, or you simply enjoy watching the spectacle, the annual English Riviera Dance Festival is a must. Belgrave Hotel, Torquay. 2nd to 10th Jun - Geopark Festival, Around Geopark sites. 3rd to 4th Jun - Goodrington Music Festival, Brand new music festival being held in the beautiful surroundings of Youngs Park at Goodrington. 15th to 16th Jun - Occombe Beer Festival, sample the best of the region’s beverages washed down with live bands and dancing in the farmyard Occombe Farm, Paignton. 15th to 17th Jun - The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bringing together 160 innovative and influential UK based designer-makers. Prices: 01626 830612 at Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey. 22nd to 24th Jun - Teignmouth Folk Festival, Folk festival with numerous acts over three days. Line up and ticket details: 01803 290427. Around Teignmouth.

South Devon Music scene. Tickets: www.lemonfest.co.uk, at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

LOCAL EVENTS 2nd Jun - Brixfest Fireworks, 10pm, Brixham. 16th Jun - Brixham Trawler Race 2012, The annual event has brought together two of Brixham's biggest one-day festivals - the famous Trawler Race and the Fisherman's Mission Open Day. 9am till 5pm. 28th Jun - Picture Day at the Devon Rural Archive, please bring in old photos or postcards of Devon's architectural and landscape heritage for scanning. Contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832. 1st Jul - Dartmouth's Louisiana Street Party, RNLI host Dartmouth's first Louisana Style Street Party. Midday. 19th Jul - Local History Day, a chance for local history societies across Devon to increase skills and knowledge. Contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832. 28th Jul to 5th Aug - Teignmouth Regatta, events around Teignmouth, a great day out with the family.

Fairs 1st to 10th Jun - Anderton and Rowlands Fun Fair, Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay. 17th Jun - Pennywell Farm - Fathers Day, Free pasty and a pint for all dads. Treat dad to a great day out. Open 10am-5pm. Prices vary. Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh. 29th Jul - Totnes Agricultural Show, a celebration of everything rural, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes.

Theatrical Plays 12th Jun to 2nd Aug - Agatha Christie's Black Coffee, Bijou Theatre Productions present Agatha Christie's Play Black Coffee Tues/ Weds/ Thurs 7.30pm. Palace Theatre, Paignton. 3rd to 7th Jul - The Real Thing, This play is one of Tom Stoppard's most enduring and richly acclaimed works, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 7.30pm. Sat Matinee 2.30pm.

30th Jun - Lemonfest, Lemonfest will be making it’s 3rd appearance on the

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Classical

Conc erts 8th Jun - Russell Watson, 7.30pm at Plymouth Pavilions a tribute to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Tickets from £29.50 from Plymouth Pavilions Box Office on 0845 146 1460. 13th Jun - Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, 7.30pm at Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth. 30th Jun -Summer Evening at the Abbey, Exeter Festival Chorus. Tickets: 0845 6005441 Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh. 1st Jul - Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, 7.30pm at The Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth. 6th Jul - Ugbrooke Music Festival, 6.30pm park open for picnics; 7.15pm talk then concert in chapel. Tickets £20 all-inclusive 01392 273655, Ugbrooke Park. 7th Jul - Ugbrooke Music Festival, 6.30pm park open for picnics; 7.15pm talk then concert in chapel. Tickets £20 all-inclusive 01392 273655, Ugbrooke Park.

Ballet 17th Jun - English National Ballet and Flawless, Time is of the Essence, Princess Theatre, Torquay. 22nd Jun - The Tempest, a full length ballet adaption of William Shakespeare's play, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 24th Jun - Raymonda, With a score by Alexander Glazunov, Raymonda tells the tale of a French noblewoman betrothed to a knight of the Crusades. 4pm, beamed live at Exeter Picture House.

Opera 27th to 28th Jul - New Devon Opera, the 8th season in the gardens of Ugbrooke park. 7.00pm. Tickets from £28, available from Phoenix box Office, Exeter.

Childrens' Entertainment Until 2nd Jun - Doctor Dolittle - The Musical, performed by Paignton Operatic and Dramatic Society. At

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Dart Adventures

A new venture from an established company

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evon businessman Jeremy Robinson who owns Dittisham Boats has expanded with a new business called Dart Adventures which he is running with another local resident, Piers Ballard. Many people will know Piers from his time at Café Alfresco in Dartmouth, he has a number of years experience as a sailing instructor, Stand Up Paddle board instructor, mountain biker, rock climber, snowboarder to name a few, he now wants to share his experience with other people and has joined Jeremy at Dart Adventures where they can offer people of all ages the opportunity to explore and enjoy the wonderful area around us. Dar t Adventures provides adventures and outdoor activities on Dartmoor, the River Dart and surrounding areas, these include Mountain Biking, Climbing, Kayaking, Trekking, Coasteering, Caving and Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

We offer tailor made packages for both individuals and groups which can last from half a day to a week long adventure, we can also provide accommodation if required which can be under canvas in the woods or in the comfort of a house! Dittisham Boats (our sister company) operates from the pontoon in Dittisham on the River Dart and hires out Motor Boats, Small Sailing Boats and Stand Up Paddle Boards. Sailing tuition is also available ranging from an introductory taster lesson for a complete beginner to a course to suit your requirements.

a skipper and unlike our smaller boats can be taken out to sea where you can explore the beautiful coastline, take a trip to Salcombe, water ski or kust, enjoy a swim whilst anchored off Blackpool sands beach. All information can be found at www.dartadventures.co.uk and www.dittishamboats.co.uk or we can be contacted on 0845 8810110

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June - July 2012

Forthcoming Events Palace Theatre, Paignton. 16th to 17th Jun - The Enormous Turnip, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 3pm. 23rd Jun - Little Red Riding Hood Ballet, These family works are based on popular children’s storyteller, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 2:30pm.

Carnivals 21st to 28th Jul - Kingsbridge Fair Week, a week of family entertainment for all age groups. 9am till 5pm daily. Kingsbridge. 4th Aug - Shaldon Water Carnival, a wonderful day out for all the family. Shaldon.

Comedy Until 2nd Jun - Doctor in the House, Do you need a prescription for laughter? With Joe Pasquale and Robert Powell. 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Plymouth.

19th to 20th Jun - The Complete World of Sports (abridged), The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Northcott Theatre, Exeter. 24th Jun - Stuart Lee - Carpet Remnant World, A new full length touring show from the acclaimed star of BBC2’s Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Northcott Theatre, 8pm.

Dartington 3rd to 5th Jun - Dartington Food Fair, Entrance is £4 for adults (children under 12 go free) and on-site parking is free. The Shops At Dartington. 19th to 21st Jun - Aune Head Arts and The Home & the World Summit, An international gathering of artists, writers, philosophers, policy-makers, organisations and others, Dartington Hall. 22nd to 23rd Jun - Dartington Home Festival, A celebration and exploration of different cultures and languages, Dartington Hall. 6th to 16th Jul - Way with Words, The Telegraph Ways With Words festival of words and ideas is a vibrant and joyful

10-day event, a chance for those who read books to meet those who write them. Dartington Hall.

FARMERS &

Country Markets

Ashburton Local Produce Market Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 9am - 3pm, Tucker’s Yard. Bovey Tracey Farmers' Market Alternate Saturdays, Union Square. Buckfastleigh Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 9am-1pm. Town Hall. Dartmouth Farmers’ Market - 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am w 1pm, Market Square. Dawlish Local Produce Market - 1st Friday of the month, 9am - 2pm, Piazza on the lawn. Ivybridge Country Market - Fridays, 8.30am - 11.30am, The Scout Hut, St Leonard’s Road. Kingsbridge Country Market Wednesdays, 8am - noon. Town Hall, Fore Street. Kingsbridge Farmers’ Market - 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 9am-1pm, Town Square. Newton Abbot Farmers’ Market Tuesdays, 9am - 4pm, Courtenay Street. Teignmouth Local Produce Market 3rd Saturday of the month, The Triangle. Totnes Good Food Sunday - 3rd Sunday of the month, the market square.

Antique & Flea Fridays - Totnes Flea Market, Civic Hall Square on Fridays. Jun 30th - Devon County Antiques Fair, Antiques and Collectors fair, at the Matford Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter.

MARKET DAYS Brixham Arts and craft Market - Every Saturday under the old fish market, Brixham harbourside. Dartmouth Market - Every Tuesday and Friday in the Market Square from Easter to October. Ivybridge Market - The Scout Hut, St Leonard's Road, Ivybridge. Fridays from 8.30am-11.30am.

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Kingsbridge Market - Town Hall Foyer, Fore Street, Kingsbridge. Wednesdays from 8.15am - 12noon. Newton Abbot Outdoor Market - Market Square every Wednesday & Saturday 8am-4pm. Tavistock Market - The Pannier Market, Tavistock. Fridays from 9am-4pm. Totnes Market - Fridays and Saturdays.

EXHIBITIONS 5th to 17th Jun - ‘Engaging the Senses’ exhibition, presented by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. 13th Jun to 15th Jul - Makers Xchange 3, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Gallery will display a mix of jewellery, glass and wood by outstanding makers. Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey. 30th Jun to 2nd Sept - Reaching for Gold, an annual Summer Exhibition will display a selection of new work produced by Members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey. 20th Jul to 19th Aug - Yarner, Local Sculptors Reece Ingram and David Brampton with photographer Simon Williams, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey.

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Live Music Roundup GENERAL 3rd Fri - Vinyl Avengers, The Green Room, Torquay. 1st Jun - The True Blue & Special Guests, Studio Lounge, Totnes. Doors open 7pm, contact venue for tickets 2nd Jun - The Blue Mile, The Lime Tree, Paignton, 9pm. 2nd Jun - Dave Holland, Pianist. The Cary Arms, Babbacombe, 7.30pm9.30pm.

13 Jun - Peter King With The Craig Milverton Trio, Speakeasy Jazz Club, Torquay, 8.30pm till 11pm. 9th Jul - Take 4, The Clifford Arms, Shaldon, 8pm. 22nd & 29th Jul - Summer Sunday Jazz Lunch, The Cary Arms, Babbacombe 1-3pm.

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC

2nd Jun - The South West Indies, The Bull Inn, Totnes, 9pm.

3rd Jun - Celine Dos Santos, Acoustic Covers & Originals, Offshore Bar Restaurant, 9.30pm.

2nd Jun - Face to Face, The Railway Inn, Newton Abbot, 9pm.

6th Jun - Open Mic & Jam Night, The Jolly Abbot, Newton Abbot, 8pm.

3rd Jun - Out Of The Box, Party In The Park, Shiphay, Torquay, Midday - 4pm.

10th Jun - The Levi Moretons, The Ferry Boat Inn, Teignmouth, 3.30pm.

9th Jun - Seedy Cases, The Lime Tree, Paignton. Midnight.

29th Jun - Darren Fisher, The Jolly Judge, Torquay.

15th Jun - Joey The Lips, Grand Hotel Summer Ball, Torquay.

6th Jul - Sound of Sirens, Studio Lounge, Totnes, 9pm

15th Jun - Ryan Keen & Tom Moriarty & Holly Ebony - The Focus Tour, Studio

8th Jul - Paddy's Whiskers, Preston Picnic, Paignton, 2pm

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22nd Jul - Bug Zappa & Dick Scratcher, Ship Inn, Teignmouth,

16th Jun - 4 Play, The Bull Inn, Totnes, 9pm - 11.15pm 23rd Jun - Skool Daze, The Lime Tree, Paignton. 9.15pm - 11.45pm.

14th Jul - Peter Knight's 'Gigspanner', a bedrock of British traditional music. Hazelwood House, Loddiswell. 21st Jul - Geekchic, The White Hart, Chudleigh, 9pm.

JAZZ 2nd Jun - Hot Club Du Square, St. Michael's Church, Chagford, 2pm till 3pm. 3rd Jun - Smooth Operators, The Cary Arms, Babbacombe, 1pm till 3pm.

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2nd Jun - The Mighty Camel Toe, The Union Inn, Newton Abbot, 9pm.

13th Jul - Jack Martello & Special Guests, Studio Lounge, Totnes. Doors

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23rd Jun - Eventine, Royal Seven Stars, Totnes, 9pm.

29th Jun - Stella Chewishi, Queen of Mbira Music, Hazelwood House, Loddiswell.

June - July 2012

2nd Jun - Bad Knees Blues Band, Ashburton Blues Festival, Ashburton, 2pm - 5pm.

1st Jun - Strange Affair, The Jolly Abbot, Newton Abbot, 9pm.

6th Jul - The Esplanades, 60's retro tribute. The Yacht Torquay.

2nd Jun - The Stone Angels, The Yacht, Torquay 10pm.

7th Jul - Switch, Rock covers at The Lime Tree, Paignton, 9pm.

2nd Jun - The Blue Mile, The Lime Tree, Paignton, 9pm.

6th Jun - Unstrung Entertainment, The Jolly Abbot, Newton Abbot. 8.30pm.

14th Jul - Chris Banderas, Classic Rock, The Lime Tree, Midnight.

8th Jun - The Johnsons (Blues Explosion), The Kings Arms, Kingsteignton, 9pm. 8th Jun - Benny Guitar & The Hot Rats, The Old Manor Inn, Paignton, 9pm. 6th Jul - The EDGe, The Coach House, Paignton, 9pm. 18th Jul - Stormin Norman, The Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, 9pm. 21st Jul - History Of Lies, De Traceys, Bovey Tracey, 9pm.

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8th Jun - Skool Daze, The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot. 9.30pm. 9th Jun - Rock Against The Machine, The Albert Inn, Totnes, 8.30pm 11.30pm.

14th Jul - 4 Rock's Sake, Classic Rock. The Yacht, Torquay. 10pm till 1am. 21st Jul - K2, The Yacht, Torquay. 10.30pm. 27th Jul - Rock Against The Machine, The Jolly Judge, Torquay.

15th Jun - The Needletones, The Coach House, Totnes, 8.30pm 11.30pm.

20th Jul - Secondnature, Royal Seven Stars, Totnes, 9pm - 11.15pm.

22nd Jun - Ashbird, Apple & Parrot, Torquay, 10.30pm.

21st Jul - K2, The Yacht, Torquay, 10.30pm.

22nd Jun - Secondnature, Royal Seven Stars, Totnes, 9pm - 11.15pm.

25th Jul - Diamondogz, The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton, 9.30pm midnight.

22nd Jun - Rude Tiger, The Barrel House, Totnes, 9pm. 29th Jun - The Stone Angels, The Yacht, Torquay, 10pm.

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Forthcoming Exhibitions June & July 2012

Ben Maile - 'Evening sunlight on the Grand Canal' ArtFrame Gallery

Paul Apps - 'Jess and Tess' Haddon Gallery

GALLERIES

Gordon Allen - 'Trypitch of Brixham' - The Strand Art Gallery

Jun - Gavin McTear - Wildlife Paintings - Exhibiting the wildness of an unrestricted imagination. Lime Square, Ivybridge.

Until 18th Jun - Allie Giles - Delightful, delicate pen and ink works inspired by the natural world. The Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth.

Jun - Lesley Dabson - Summer Collection from - A striking collection of oil paintings depicting boats on the water at Salcombe. Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge.

Until 7th Jul - International Artists Sinopticon - Contemporary Chinoiserie

Jun-Jul - Ben Maile - An Artist With Royal Connections - Semiimpressionist oils. ArtFrame Gallery & Caffe Gallerie, Plymouth.

in Contemporary Art. Exhibition at multiple venues: Saltram House, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art Gallery and Plymouth City Museum.

Until 7th Jun - Marc Chagall: Original Lithographs, Gloss - Art Exeter.

Until 7th Jul - Andro Semeiko - Le Grand Charmer - Drawing on techniques and motifs both from the history of painting and its current precedents. Exeter Phoenix, Exeter.

Until 16th Jun - John Gillo - New Work - John Gillo Gallery, Totnes.

Until 31st Jul - David Gray - Heroes and Harbours - a look at the diverse

Until 17th Jun - Engaging the Senses Interactive sculpture and installations. Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. Until 17th Jun - The Spring Collection Featuring watercolours and oil paintings from the 19th & 20th centuries Devonshire Fine Art, Modbury.

1st Jun-21st Jun - Blue Skye Thinking - Works in a range of media inspired from a trip by Baxters owner, Sarah Duggan, to the beautiful island of Skye. Baxter's Gallery, Dartmouth. 1st Jun-23rd Jun - Paul Riley - Two Rivers - An exhibition with an in-depth nostalgic look at the River Vltava in Prague and the River Dart in Devon. Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth. 1st Jun-30th Jun - Marie Mills - "Dance as though no-one is watching" An exuberant exhibition of the wildflowers of the South West. Brownston Gallery. 1st Jun-1st July - "Girls Just Gotta Have fun" and Rosa Sepple RI SWA. D’Art Gallery, Dartmouth.

work of Westcountry artist David Gray at Kaya Gallery, Plymouth.

2nd Jun-30th Jul - Newcomen (300) and Dartmouth - Tells the story of the

1st Jun - Dartmouth Galleries Week Gallery events at Dartmouth.

life and work of Dartmouth’s famous resident Thomas Newcomen. The Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth.

1st Jun-13th Jun - Mike Jackson - Art To Make You Smile - Meet Mike and view his originals and prints. Haddon Galleries, Torquay.

8th Jun-2nd Jul - Dartmouth Academy - Presenting their annual exhibition of GCSE and A level work. The Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth.

Marcia Smilack - 'Telephone Ring' - Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Robert Lenkiewicz - 'Self Portrait' Davidson Fine Art

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9th Jun-31st Jun - Jubilee - A Mixed Show - Paintings with a London theme. Featuring Richard Thorn, David Norman, Keith Stott, Peter Wileman, Mark Demsteader, Valerie David & Ken Howard OBE RA and Robert Lenkiewicz. Davidson Fine Art, Totnes. 15th Jun-27th Jun - Paul Apps Country Pursuits - Exhibition of his beautiful new images, including country landscapes. Haddon Galleries, Torquay. 16th Jun-7th July - Paragone: Paintings or Sculpture? Gloss - Art Exeter (see feature page overleaf). 16th Jun-7th Jul - Pictures from the Frontline - Images that capture life for the soldiers and Afghans. Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. Jul-Aug - 40th Annual Exhibition Exhibition of work by the ‘Harbourside Artists of Brixham’ celebrating 40 years. The Strand Art Gallery, Brixham. Jul-Aug - David Young - Oil Paintings - An exhibition of detailed and atmospheric oil paintings covering a wide range of subjects. Lime Square, Ivybridge.

D.W. Young - 'Grimspound, Dartmoor' - Lime Square Gallery

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Greg Ramsden - 'Bowden-Corral' The Cove Gallery David Gray - 'Voice in the Wind' Kaya Gallery

Stewart Edmondson - 'Inside lies another shore' - D'Art Gallery Johny Hurford - 'Rose Chafer' Gloss - Art Exeter

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7th Jul-25th Aug - "Summer Gold" - A winning show of warm landscapes and shimmering seascapes by gallery favourites - Brownston Gallery (see box). 20th July-15th Sep - Landscape &

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28th Jul-28th Aug - Summer Show Emma Williams, John Brenton, Amanda Hoskin and Richard Burrell will be showing their new paintings accompanied by City Skyline Mosaics by Jude Freeman. D’Art Gallery, Dartmouth. 30th Jul-20th Aug - David Barwick Drawings and Paintings. The Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth.

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FLATBEARE VIEWS

An anonymous writer finds life s not always so pleasant in an idyllic village

Love Clotted Cream? Does that make you a True Devonian or just a Tourist?

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aving been an upstanding member of this idyllic Devon community for some nine years, I was puzzled, and not a little shocked, to receive the following letter a couple of months ago.

Association for the Deportation of Association for the Deportation of Downright Lazy Eccentrics out of Devon Downright Lazy Eccentrics out of Devon 22 Pigsbladder Place 22 Pigsbladder Place Flatbeare Flatbeare Devon Devon 1st April 12 01/04/2012 Dear Zur Dear Zur Uz sees that in September of this ere yere Uz sees that in September of this ere yere ee ll ave bin livin in Demshire nigh on ten ee ll ave bin livin in Demshire nigh on ten ole ole yeres. Yer visa be runnin out then and yeres. Yer visa be runnin out then and ee ll ee ll like as not be deported unless ee pass like as not be deported unless ee pass this this ere test for to prove yer Demness. ere test for to prove yer Demness. Please Please answer they questions dreckly and answer they questions dreckly and send send back to uz on the enclosed pigeon back to uz on the enclosed pigeon afore afore the backend of August if n ee knows the backend of August if n ee knows what what be gude fer ee. be gude fer ee.

Devonness Test: Remember, you ll only be cheating yourself! 1. What is a Grockle shell ? (a) home for a type of mollusc (b) a caravan or (c) ammunition used to repel invaders? 2. Which famous Devonian is reputed to have said there s time to fi nish the game and beat the Spaniards too before laying his cloak over a puddle in front of Queen Elizabeth 1st (a) Sir Walter Raleigh (b) Sir Francis Drake or (c) Agatha Christie? 3. Which of the following flags is the Devon one? (a) Black with a white horizontal/vertical cross (b) Blue with a white diagonal cross or (c) Green with a white vertical/horizontal cross that s sort of edged in black ? 4. Picture round: Which of the following maps is least incorrect? (a) (b) (c)

Yers Faithfully Yers Faithfully Edna Grudge (Secetary) Edna Grudge (Secetary) Now I seem to recollect suggestions some years ago about a Britishness test for potential immigrants. In my imagination such a test might perhaps include questions on the etiquette of Morris Dancing, the art of tea drinking and the rules of cricket; even I d be stumped on that last one. But I never imagined myself taking a county test. Though deeply shocked by the tone of the letter, I wasn t unduly bothered. After all I ve gone native in many respects. I ve mastered the pronunciations for Crediton, Honiton, Teignmouth, Dunchideok etc and no longer require an interpreter when attending Newton Abbot Races or Widecombe Fair. The test should be a doddle and taking it would prove I wasn t lazy. I realise I can never qualify as a true Devonian by dint of birth but perhaps a sort of associate membership might be possible if I were to do really well. So I set to with a will and my Learn Theeself Devonness almanac. Nort to fret about I thought as I searched for my spectacles. I was relieved to see that the actual questions had apparently been compiled by a somewhat less grammatically addled brain than that of fellow Flatbearean Ms Grudge.

5.When scoffi ng a Devon cream tea do you (a) put the jam on the scones fi rst (b) clotted cream fi rst or (c) watch in horror as a seagull pounces on the scones while you re cogitating Answer these three geography questions without the help of an atlas, compass, or any new fangled app things: 6. Which town is furthest south? (a) Chard (b) Bude or (c) Tiverton?

DearZur Zur Dear avetototell tellee eeee eedid did nn pass pass yer UzUzave yer test. test.But But uzerd erd yer yer agoin bebe a writin zum zum asasuz agointoto a writin articulesabout aboutDevon Devon in in aa posh posh magazine articules magazine giveneeeea awarning warninginstead instead of of sendin uzuz bebegiven ee back upcountry. Learn zumabout eesendin back upcountry. Learn zum more uz right and don t be uzmore rightabout quickly and quickly don t be a tellin folk a tellin any thin rihgtuzbad uz in any thin folk rihgt bad about in about them there them there articules of yern. articules of yern. Well Wellbebewaitchin waitchin ee ee Edna Grudge x Edna Grudge x

That s a bit unfortunate, for the editor of this illustrious magazine has asked me to write a regular column. A golden opportunity to have a moan about modern life and not just about the pittance he s going to pay me. He seems to think my old fashioned, but not in the least eccentric, views will strike a chord with readers. But looks like I d better be careful what I say about Glorious Devon, and Idyllic Flatbeare in particular. PS - Couldn t figure out how I failed until a mole in the ADDLED office sent me a file marked TOP SERCET with the answers in - and my marks. How would you have done? 1. (a) 0 points 2. (a) 2 points 3. (a) 0 points 4 (a) 3 points 5. (a) 0 points 6. (a) 0 points 7 (a) 1 points 8 (a) 0 points 9 (a) 0 points

(b) 2 points (c) 1 points (b) 2 points (c) 0 points (b) 1 points (c) 3 points (b) 2 points (c) 0 points (b) 0 points (c) 3 points (b) 0 points (c) 3 points (b) 2 points (c) 3 points (b) 3 points (c) 1 points (b) 0 points (c) 3 points

7. And which is the least furthest west (a) Paignton (b) Exeter or (c) Tiverton?

Ms Grudge had added her assessment of the scores.

8. Do you pay to get across the Tamar Bridge (a) into Cornwall (b) out of it or (c) both?

If n ee gets: 0-10 On yer bike!

10-16 Uz ll be waitchin ee

16-22 Visa fer five more yeres

And fi nally… 9. Do you like clotted cream? (a) yes (b) no or (c) don t know? Tie breaker in the event of a close run thing: Suppose we decide to deport you, which adjoining county would you choose? (a) Dorset (b) Cornwall or (c) Somerset? I sent it off and received a reply some time later.

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Since I only managed 7/25 I m lucky still to be propping up the bar of Ye Olde Pig & Trampoline here in idyllic Flatbeare as I write. It must have been those writing skills and the answer to the tie breaker that swayed those wonderful ADDLED people. So I may be classed as officially eccentric but I shall wear the badge with pride.

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A view from the top!

Nelson’s Column Art a la carte ‒ at take-away prices! TAKE A DEEP BREATH the next time you are in a store selling mass-produced framed prints ‒ not to steady yourself after having read the price tag on some of them - but just to sample the atmosphere. Quite right. What atmosphere? we hear you cry. Instead, shop for a piece of original artwork at one of the many art exhibitions planned across Devon this spring and summer and what will hit your nostrils from the moment you walk in the door will be the unmistakable and wonderful smell of oil paints, acrylics, canvas, pastels, pen and ink drawings and goodness knows what else besides, that tell you that you are in the presence of the real thing.

Colourful Grockles IT S SUMMERTIME and Devon s ever-welcome holiday visitors are back, enjoying everything this beautiful county has to offer and boosting the region s economy into the bargain. Why then do some of us ‒ sometimes - continue to use that very slightly derogatory term grockle when we talk about them out of their hearing? Most likely it stems from the professional name of Grock or Grocko as he was sometimes called ‒ the most famous clown in the world . Born in Switzerland, Charles Wettach (1880 ‒ 1959), travelled the world with fi rst his circus and then his music hall acts, arriving in Britain before the outbreak of the Great War. Not only was he dubbed the king of clowns he was also perhaps the most colourfully dressed of them all. As fi rst the day-trippers from Lunnun and then the longer term holiday makers began to spill out of the steam trains from Paddington and Waterloo in their fineries, Devon s locals must have had a field day staring at these brightly attired arrivals from another world. Grockles! every one.

Only nine months til Christmas! WITH SECOND CLASS STAMPS now costing 50 pence each, sales of Christmas cards this year, we predict, will plummet. But it s an ill wind that doesn t blow somebody a bit of good of course. For those preferring to buy a print off the wall along from the toy or photographic department in that big store of course, the humble church or school hall will never suit. But if you fancy an hour or two strolling around a collection of original works of art by some very talented amateur artists, get yourself to an art society s exhibition this year, and pick up a bargain! Equally, you could visit some of the excellent art galleries that we have here in the South Devon area, where original artwork can be much more affordable than you would expect

Writers / Artists - amateur or professional We re always keen to hear from you, particularly if you have something interesting to say. Contact Nigel on 01395 513383 or email: nigel@prestige-media.co.uk

As Royal Mail shoots itself in the foot by slowly turning off the tap on that plumptious plethora of robins and reindeer that came cascading onto our welcome mats every holiday time, Email businesses as well as the creators and distributors of all that not-so-welcome junk mail will do very nicely out of all of this, thank you. With even a second class stamp now prohibitively expensive, many businesses will splurge their advertising revenue on junk mail because it costs less than 50 pence a time to have it letterboxed. But think on this.

The best way to deliver a sales message is to create it in the form of an advertisement and place it, not through a letterbox where it most likely heads straight for the re-cycling bin, but alongside an interesting piece in a magazine or newspaper that will be read. Be selective in choosing the right periodical and messages like that will do the business for the business - by reaching the right people, painlessly, effectively and at far less cost per thousand. Well, we would say that, wouldn t we. But it happens to be true.

PICTURE THIS: AND TALKING OF THE ROYAL MAIL what links Seaton s oldest pillar boxes, old-time movie star, Mary Pickford, a cricket bat and the quest for a lost city? (Answer: see page 23)

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I am a Devon based wildlife artist. If you would like to view more artwork or to check availability of prints go to: www.mikehugheswildlifeart.co.uk. As we head into the summer months of June and July the British Countryside is literally buzzing with life. Insects fill the air and most of our native wildlife is busily collecting food to feed this year’s offspring. With its huge variety of habitat there is plenty to see and do in the Devon countryside. By the begining of summer most of our native butterflies have emerged. Devon, due to its size and diversity, has nearly two-thirds of British butterflies living within its boundaries, including a number of rare species such as the High Brown Fritillary and the Silverstudded Blue. Throughout June the more common species such as Comma, Peacock, Orange-tip, Wall and Meadow Brown can all be seen searching for nectar. These species are joined by common migrant butterflies such as the Painted Lady and Red Admiral. Painted Ladies travel up from North Africa every year and in the summer of 2009 a ‘mass migration’ took place with millions of them arriving on our shores to breed. The Red Admiral butterfly migrates from continental Europe, with its velvety dark wings it is unmistakeable. In recent years a small number have begun overwintering in southern parts of the UK meaning that it can now be considered a resident species. Red Admiral

of the most common species and easiest to identiify is the Elephant Hawk moth. The adult moths are a striking pink and green combination and can be spotted throughout June and July feeding on plants such as honeysuckle. Elephant Hawk moths unusual name comes from its caterpillar, which has a trunk like spike at one end. As July approaches and the weather, hopefully, warms up, more dragonflies begin to appear. The dragonfly will have

Elephant Hawkmoth The national annual survey of our native butterflies, the Big Butterfly Count, has taking place since 2010 and last year involved 34,000 people. This year it runs from 14th July until 5th August and is a real opportunity to see how healthy our butterfly population is. For more infomation visit www.bigbutterflycount.org. As well as butterflies, their nightime counterpart, moths, are starting to emerge. There are over 600 species of moth recorded in Devon. Of these, it is probably the Hawkmoths which are the most noticeable, being the largest and most striking of the species. There are nine resident Hawkmoths in the British Isles and a further 8 or 9 migrants. One

Dates for the Diary Things to do in the South Devon Countryside Inexperienced Birdwatchers Walk at Venford Reservoir Saturday 16th June 10am-1pm A beautiful mornings walk on the edge of Dartmoor looking over the Dart valley. We hope to Stonechats, Wheatears, Whitethroats, Skylarks and Cuckoo. Donation to the RSPB Team would be welcomed Call 01626 821344 for details

Soar Mill Seeds Farm Tour Sunday 17 June 2pm 2 hour guided walk around Southdown Farm, Malborough, Kingsbridge. The farm is managed to be a fantastic area for birds and also is a producer of wild bird seed. Call: 01548 560947 for details

Emperor Dragonfly spent up to three years underwater in its larval stage, where it would have been a ferocious predator. Unlike most other winged insects, dragonflies don’t have a pupal stage, so the larva would have climbed out of the water for a final moult. At this point the recently emerged adults are weak and soft and vunerable to predation. Close examination of reeds and grasses around ponds can occasionally reveal the remains of the shed skin called the exuviae.

Medicine Makers, Yealmpton Wednesday 27 June 9.30am-12.30pm Wild medicine making event with herbalist Sara Hills. Adults £20, small children free. Booking essential , call 01752 872960, or email: sarahills@hotmail.co.uk for details Rockpool Ramble, Wembury Saturday 7th july 2.30pm - 4pm No need to book just turn up at Wembury Marine Centre. For more information and cost visit www.wemburymarinecentre.org

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DEVON’S

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N THE 1920s the world famous explorer, Torquay-born Colonel Percy Fawcett lived in Exeter, then Seaton and fi nally Stoke Canon, whilst planning what turned out to be his fi nal - and fatal - expedition. He and his small expedition vanished without trace during an attempt to discover a fabled lost city (which he only ever referred to as Z ) deep in the jungles of Brazil s Matto Grosso.

Lost with him was his son, Jack, 22 and Jack s best friend, Raleigh Rimmell, the son of a Seaton doctor. Both young men - like Fawcett himself - were crack shots and learned their skills by shooting .22 rifles at the tiny squares of white enamel set into the tops of pillar boxes which show that a collection has been made. The white targets turned blue when they were fractured by the bullets. The lads - both in their late teens at that time - were eventually apprehended by a special constable in Seaton - with Raleigh being fi ned ten shillings for wilful damage. The trio left Devon for the last time from Exeter St. David s station in March 1924, bound for Liverpool and the Atlantic crossing. They each took their guns, whilst

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Above - Lt. Colonel Percy Fawcett, explorer, born Torquay, 1867, vanished in the Matto Grosso, Brazil, sometime after 29 May, 1925 Below - Fawcett s last words to his wife, written below the bearing contained in the letter read:

You need have no fear of any failure Jack, a great sportsman, also packed his cricket bat. The Fawcetts spent time crisscrossing America, raising funds for the expedition ahead. Living and working in Los Angeles for a while (where Jack tried to fi nd work as a movie extra), the call had gone out from the Mary Pickford Studios for a genuine English cricket bat that the great star was to wield in her production of Little Lord Fauntleroy. The bat was provided by

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Jack - the nearest he ever came to fi nding fame in Hollywood - and eventually went with him on that final journey to the impenetrable jungles of Brazil. In one of his last letters to his mother, Jack wrote: When Raleigh and I are unusually fed-up we talk of what we will do when we return to Seaton, in the Spring of 1927. We intend to buy motor-cycles and really enjoy a good holiday in Devon looking up all our friends and visiting the old haunts. Colonel Fawcett, Jack and Raleigh were last seen leaving a spot they called Dead Horse Camp - a place so deep in the jungle that they logged it as Lat. 11 degrees 43 S. and 53 degrees 35 W. It is the point at which many subsequent expeditions began their own quests to fi nd the missing explorers. Alas, they were never seen again and the lost city remains to be found, along with Fawcett s maps and papers. By John Fisher

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Local historian Ted Gosling guides us through the local lingo

Devonshire Dialect Actors on the

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

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

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

Wer's it to

Where is it?

Wer be gwain to

Where are you going?

Wer'vee put it to

Where have you put it?

Bide wer yu to

Stay where you are.

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

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

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

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

Another common expression was ‘me handsome’, which was

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

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

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

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

Old East Devon farmer c1901

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

Ted Gosling

Herring catch c1923 E.S.Gosling collection

Old farm workers - hay making c1899

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Stokeinteignhead circular walk

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he walk in this first issue takes you to what I suppose is a rural backwater. Stokeinteignhead is a delightful village that's the starting point for this walk. The walk takes you along green lanes and along a ridge, with extensive views both along the Teign valley and the coastline when you arrive at The Beacon.

This walk was undertaken for the magazine on one of those golden late summer days, when the ferocity of the sun can take you by surprise. There's a fair stretch to go before you can access refreshments of any kind, so I would advise taking a small rucksack with some drink and perhaps a light snack to keep your strength up! Alternatively, pre-walk, you could nip

into The Church House Inn to stock up on food and ale! There are variations on this walk, if you take the route from point 2, to 3, then 4, you'll descend quite a way and get close to the estuary, otherwise, you can cut out this bit and go from point 2 directly to point 5 which shortens the walk considerably. Don't miss the beautiful bench end carvings in the church at Combeinteignhead (see map), which is just down the road from Stokeinteignhead. The same goes for Stokeinteignhead church, it's quite close to the Inn and is well worth a visit, apparently having earliest brass in Devon. - NJ

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The Teign estuary, with the distinctive deep red soils which are such a typical feature of the South Devon countryside.

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Teignharvey Road

Above and left: The lanes are unmetalled and very peaceful. Great for walking the dog, and you get some lovely glimpses down the valley sides. Teignharvey Road is probably an old drovers road that's hasn't made the transition to tarmac.

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Church House Inn

Right: After the church, the next most important building in the village was and still is the pub (in my humble opinion!). It's sad that we've lost many pubs over the last few decades. You can do your bit by stopping off and sampling the ales, you'd be doing a great service to this most venerable institution.

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Thatched Barn

Above left: It's great to see these fine old buildings, they a tangible link to the past.

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Thatcher at Work

Above: A centuries old craft - how many re-thatches has this building had over the centuries I wonder?

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St. Andrews Church

Church yard below left and rood screen right: Originally a cruciform church, but later aisles were added. The church was dedicated to St. Andrew, and the nave and chancel were build in around 1270 AD. The Father of English Law, Henry de Bracton, was instituted as the first Rector of Stoke and Combe churches in 1259. A fine brass memorial of one of the Rectors, Thomas Tagell (1361), is set in the floor of the sanctuary and depicts a fully vested priest. It's though to be the earliest brass in Devon. The church, having been rebuild in 1865, retains its decorated piscina (used to dispose of water used sacramentally) and has a fine chancel screen (otherwise known as a rood screen), the purpose of which was to separate the clergy from the laity. It's believed to be the oldest in the county, being over 500 years old.

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Carved bench ends - Combeinteignhead

Above: If you have the time, the carved bench ends at Combeinteignhead are well worth seeing. They're lavishly carved and the oak has blackened with age. It's staggering to see how much local wealth was poured into these religious buildings.

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Apples in full bloom

Below: Apples can be extremely ornamental. It's always a delight when coming across an orchard in full fruit. The apples here were a visual feast.

Old barn doors

Above: It's great to see these old features preserved. Hinges wrought on the anvil, plank batten doors, lime mortar - how many old barns have we lost to developers over the years, we've almost forgotten what a barn is!

At The Coombe Cellars we specialise in unpretentious pubfood that makes the most of fresh, quality produce.

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View from the Wild Goose

It's hard to think of a more tranquil scene, this view of All Saints church from the beer garden of the Wild Goose at Combeinteignhead is sublime. Just the place to enjoy a peaceful pint.

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Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx lingustri), the UKs largest moth

actual size

A Passion for Moths By Peter Vernon

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y passion for moths (and other wildlife) first started in my childhood when we lived at Dorset. I have always loved the countryside and would often wander across the fields or into the woods to see what I could find in the way of wildlife. Even as a young boy I could sit for ages just looking at insects or birds.

off my records of moth species

species of Macro moth which

moth in Devon. The Humming

caught to the Devon Moth Group

are very common in the summer

Bird Hawk-moth is another little

who then enter these onto the

months, the Heart & Dart and

beauty which like its name

national data base. As a result

Large Yellow Underwing moths

suggests mimics a Humming Bird

of identifying moths against

being just two examples and it

and will hover motionless over a

reference books and the UK

is not unusual to have over 100

flower sucking nectar through its

moths website, I have broadened my knowledge and find even the more obscure moths easier to identify. Even so I am sometimes flummoxed and go to experts for an ID or confirmation.

I now live back in Devon and run a moth trap here at our cottage

In the UK we presently have 56

long proboscis.

In the UK we presently have 56 species of butterfly and around 2,500 species of moth

2011 was a very good year for migrant moths into the UK which can arrive at our shores in virtually any month but are usually more numerous in the late summer and autumn months. I caught

on most nights. Basically a moth

species of butterfly and around

trap is a device for attracting

2,500 species of moth but as

several this year new to me and

moths at night using a special

moths are (mainly) nocturnal

light bulb or tube with a container

most people see more butterflies

below which the moths drop into.

in their lifetime than they would

of these species in my moth trap

This does no harm to the moths

moths. There are some really

when emptying it in the morning!

I am a member of The Devon

and they roost up in egg boxes

stunning and beautiful moths

Moths (and their Larvae) are an

Moth Group which is a group of

a few were quite rare species for Devon. Some of these moths have travelled vast distances.

which are piled up at the base

in Devon and a lot of them are

important food source for many

like minded people who are also

of the trap. I still get excited

found in our gardens and the

animals including several species

passionate about moths. The

to see what I have “caught� in

surrounding countryside.

of bats.

group organize several evening

and take photographs of the

Moths are divided into two

There are a small number of day

Summer and Autumn months where they put out several moth

the morning. I log the moths

field trips during the Spring,

rarer ones and the perfect

sections which include the

flying moths that you may well

specimens, the moths are then

Macro moths, which are the larger

have seen but not realized they

traps (up to twenty!). Catching

carefully released back into the

species and Micro moths which as

were moths such as the strikingly

moths starts as it gets dark and

surrounding vegetation.

you might expect are (mainly) the

marked Jersey Tiger moth which

usually goes on until the early

At the end of each year I send

smaller species. There are some

in most years is a fairly common

hours!

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Alabonia geoffrella

Brimstone Moth

(above)

This a micro moth called Alabonia geoffrella and has a wingspan of 20mm (its actual body length is approx 10mm). It is a fairly common moth in East Devon and can be found flying in May on sunny days in garden and field hedgerows

(Opisthograptis luteolata)

This is the Brimstone Moth and is aptly named as it is a beautiful bright yellow and is a very common night flying moth in the summer months, I catch lots of these in the moth trap. Wingspan is 35mm and it is on the wing from April to October

The Devon Moth Group also hold

who is interested in moths would

a fancy (and expensive) digital SLR

a tripod or other aids but always

indoor meetings for members

be The Field Guide to the Moths

camera. My own camera of choice

try to hold the camera as steady as

and guests throughout the winter

of Great Britain and Ireland by Paul

is a Panasonic Lumix FZ28 which is a

I can or lean it on a solid surface

months. To find out more, have

Waring & Martin Townsend (macro

'bridge' camera and has an all in one

and hold my breathe while taking

a look at their website www.

moths only) and British Moths and

lens with a good zoom capability and

the shot (usually up to ten shots of

devonmothgroup.org.uk. They are

Butterflies A Photographic Guide by

is very light to carry round all day.

each subject!).

a most friendly bunch of people and

Chris Manley (which also has some

All the images of moths illustrated

you would be most welcome to come

micro moth species).

along to one of their meetings or field events.

in this article were taken using this

I hope that my photographs of

camera which was set at 3 million

moths have helped interest others

I would like to finish by saying that

mega pixels! (you do not need more

to appreciate the beauty, colours,

digital photography has made

mega pixels to get a good image).

patterns and variety of some of the

I have several reference books for

photographing moths and other

The camera is also always set to

species and that I might have helped

identifying my moth catches but the

insects much easier over the last ten

'Intelligent Auto Mode' so basically

to inspire others in a lifelong passion

two I would recommend to anyone

years or so and that you do not need

I just point and shoot. I never use

for moths.

actual size

Poplar Hawk Moth Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria

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Scorched Wing

(Plagodis dolabraria) This moth is called the Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria and is one of my absolute favourite moths, I just love the patterns and colours of its wings, again a fairly common night flying moth during the summer months. Wingspan 35mm

Angle Shades

(Phlogophora meticulosa) This macro species of moth is called the Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa and has a wingspan of 50mm. It has an interesting shape which resembles a shriveled leaf, it is a common moth and may be seen in any month of the year though mainly between May to October

Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri)

This is the Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri and is the UK's largest resident moth, it has a wingspan of 110mm. I hopefully catch at least one of these a year although they are not an uncommon moth. We do get larger moths in the UK like the Deaths-head Hawk-moth but they are migrants and arrive here from southern Europe

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Poplar Hawk-moth

(Laothoe populi)

This is one of the larger species of moth called the Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi and it is always a thrill to catch one, it has a whopping 80mm wingspan and is reasonably common here. The Hawk moth species do tend to fly later at night and are usually on the wing well after

Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata)

This moth's supposed to mimic bird poo!

midnight

Alder Kitten

(Furcula bicuspise) This macro moth is called the Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis and is perched on the end of my finger! This is not a common moth and I may only catch one a year if I am very lucky. It has a wingspan of 35mm

Micropterix calthella These moths are very small micro moths and can be seen feeding on pollen inside a Buttercup flower. This species is called Micropterix calthella and does not have a common name. You can see literally thousands of these tiny moths along roadside verges feeding on Buttercups and other flowers in May. The wingspan is 9mm and body length around 4mm

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V i s i t t o To t n e s South Devon Coast & Country By Philip Hawkins

T

otnes is a very special and unique market town on the mouth of the river Dart, in the heart of beautiful South Devon, steeped with history, charm and boasting countless attractions for the modern day tourist.

Legend has it that in 1170BC

followers are considered to be the

sheep reared on nearby Dartmoor

a Trojan Prince named Brutus

first people to reach the shores of

and the export of locally mined tin.

stumbled upon Totnes whilst on a

Britain, thereby making Totnes the

A clear indication of this wealth and

great quest to find an island that

legendary place of origin for the

importance that Totnes possessed

had been promised to the Trojans by

British people! The ‘Brutus Stone’ is

is evidenced by the large number

the Goddess Diana, as a new home

certainly worth a look and can be

of merchant houses built in the

for them after they were famously

found in Fore Street, next to No. 51,

16th and 17th centuries. The main

defeated by Greeks bearing gifts!

set into the pavement on the right

street is reported to have more listed

So Brutus and his dedicated band of

hand side as you make your way

buildings per head of population

followers set sail and eventually they

up the street towards the beautiful

than any other town in Britain and

Join me now, as I delve into Totnes’

stumbled upon Britain and landed at

medieval East Gate Arch. (right)

rich past and along the way I will

this little town. Brutus used a large

provide you with all you that you

flat stone to disembark from his ship

By the turn of the 12th century

will need to plan the perfect day out

and as Brutus stepped ashore he

Totnes was already an important

in this magical place. Our journey

contentedly proclaimed:

starts at the bottom of Fore Street and then we shall work our way upwards, quite literally, as the heart

“Here I stand and here I rest, The Town shall be called Totnes”

of Totnes is built on a reasonably steep incline!

really is quite a delightful exhibition of bygone architecture at its very

market town in Medieval and

best. Continuing on beyond the ‘Brutus

Tudor Devon, second only to

Stone’ one can see the Elizabethan

nearby Exeter and it is one of

House Museum, built in 1575 for

five Devonshire towns originally

cloth merchant Walter Kellond. The

named in the Doomsday Book. The

house is one of the finest restored

The stone was thereafter known as

town’s wealth and prosperity was

Tudor houses in the country and

the ‘Brutus Stone’. Brutus and his

built upon the export of wool from

is open to the public throughout

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A bird's eye view of the ancient town of Totnes from the castle ramparts

the year. Still retaining many of its

As we continue on foot we come to

period features, there are 13 rooms to

the East Gate Arch, the most famous

a functioning council chamber.

of the houses. They still provide

visit, on three floors, covering 5000

landmark in Totnes which served

Opposite the Guildhall stands the

eager shoppers (see map).

years of Totnes and local history. One

as the medieval entrance to the

late 15th century parish church of St

entire room is devoted to Charles

town and was faithfully rebuilt to

Mary which is particularly noted for

protection from the odd shower for

Babbage, who of course invented the

its former glory after being almost

its 120 foot tower. The church was

concept of the modern day computer.

destroyed by a fire in 1990. As

completed in 1450 and built of red

Although Babbage is believed to have

you pass through the Arch you will

sandstone and has a fine example of

been born in London he did have

catch sight of the Guildhall, a well

a 15th century ‘rood screen’ carved

strong family connections with

preserved 16th century building

from stone, which beautifully

Totnes. Below - Charles Babbage

constructed in 1533. During the Civil

separates the choir from the naïve

War the Guildhall was frequented and

and was quarried in Beer.

addressed by both Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I. Soldiers were

Further up the High Street (on the

Undoubtedly the highlight to any

billeted here during this time and

north side) is a striking feature of

visit to Totnes has to be Totnes

until 1887 the Guildhall was also

Totnes’ past; the ButterWalk and

Castle; found at the top of High

used as the town prison, complete

the Poultry Walk.

The covered

Street, into Castle Street. Built in

with purpose built cells. Visitors to

walkways built in the Tudor period

the 11th century by the Breton Juhel

the Guildhall will be able to see the

to protect the dairy products and

of Totnes, who was one of William

table where Cromwell sat in 1646

other goods sold in the markets that

the Conqueror’s Lieutenants. This

and visit the jail cells, where you will

were held here. Both are two covered

is an excellent example of a Motte-

not be detained beyond that which is

pavement arcades with stone pillars

and-Bailey castle, built in order to

your pleasure! The Guildhall remains

carrying the overhanging storeys

fortify Williams’s hold on the county

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The Market and The Butterwalk in the distance long history. Not only is it one of

of New Age chic” by Time magazine

the best preserved castles of its type

and the town has also been declared

in the country, it is also one of the

in 2008 one of the worlds “funkiest

After a day spent sightseeing and

biggest and is the perfect place from

towns”, according to High Life British

shopping, one does not have to search

which to savour the vast vistas of the

Airways Magazine. It is clear to see

long to find a pleasant environment in

ever changing coast and countryside.

why these accolades were bestowed;

which to rest and enjoy refreshment.

in 2007 Totnes was the first town

Totnes offers everything to suit all

After you have immersed yourself in

in Britain to introduce the ‘Totnes

ages and tastes, from quaint tea

all this sightseeing, why not explore

Pound’, designed to support the

shops to fine dining restaurants

the plethora of shops and eateries

local town economy and close to

and traditional pubs. A friendly

that Totnes has to offer?

100 businesses in Totnes currently

welcome is always assured from

trade with this currency, accepting

the proprietors and staff.

On offer is a wide range of shopping

The entrance to the castle

unusual boutiques.

them as payment and offering them

experiences; there is a twice weekly

to shoppers as change for their

market (Friday & Saturday) offering

purchases – should they desire. A

mainstream and alternative goods

‘Totnes Pound’ or two would certainly

such as antiques, second hand books,

make an unusual keepsake.

musical instruments, handmade and prevent potential rebellion. The

clothing from around the world and

Known

castle is built, unsurprisingly, at the

locally produced organic products. If

independently owned shops, walking

for

its

charming,

around one discovers a very eclectic

most commanding point possible,

you visit between May and September

overlooking the town below. An

you can catch the Elizabethan market,

mix of shopping experiences such

impressive round, shell keep built

held each Tuesday morning, where

as; traditional greengrocers, whole

upon a huge mound of compacted

local people and traders go about

food sellers, butchers, bakers and

earth and rock that still evokes a

their daily business dressed in

I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find a candlestick maker in

feeling of awe at first sight. The

Elizabethan costume, this market

castle was occupied during the Civil

runs alongside the all-day craft

there somewhere! Also on offer

War although thankfully never saw

market in the town.

are antiques, crystals, alternative

any fighting at any time during its

Totnes has been called “the capital

therapies, handmade items and

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St Mary Church on the High Street is an impressive edifice - it's an architectural gem, don't miss the carved stone rood screen inside

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V i s i t t o To t n e s South Devon Coast & Country Totnes is not just a place to admire outstanding architecture, shop and eat. It also has a thriving tradition of social events throughout the year, from chasing oranges downhill, to traditional agricultural shows, not forgetting the arts. There is a thriving operatic and dramatic society with events throughout the year. The Open Studios Art Trail takes place in May where local artists open their studios and homes for the visiting public to view. If you would like to extend your visit to the area and venture slightly further afield there are many wonderful places to choose from.

Just down the road is

Dartington Hall, a major event in the national literary calendar takes place in the stunning surrounds of the estate during July and in the months between July and August

The WJ Wills Memorial, erected to honour Totnes born Wills for his attempt to cross the Australian continent from south to north in 1861 themselves in their art. Courses

mystery writer and the National

age embracing and yet proud and

for all ages and abilities are on

Trust has striven to preserve the

protective of their beautiful shared

offer and a full concert programme.

home as it would have been all

heritage. A unique, memorable and

There is always some kind of event

those years ago, making it a must

enriching place.

happening in Totnes or close by

for literary fans. If you wish to

throughout the year.

explore more of the river Dart, then

Agatha Christie’s Devon holiday

Totnes to Buckfastleigh steam train.

what better way than by taking the

Dartington Hall

home 'Greenway' is accessible via

It is the longest established steam

a river cruise that departs from

railway in the Southwest comprising of seven miles of track and there

musicians and composers from all

Totnes, travelling to Dartmouth.

over the world flock to Dartington

At Greenway you will able to view

are several stops you can make

for the opportunity to immerse

many personal items of the beloved

on your journey; including Totnes

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Unwind by sitting under the trees at Vire Island and take in the views of the river Dart

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The COUNTRYMAN By Tony Jackson

Our resident wildlife and countryside expert talks about a dear little animal that’s becoming increasingly scarce.

The poor little hedgehog was, too,

Hedgehogs enjoy rambling into

once considered admirable fare by

gardens to forage for prey and to

the gypsy community whose method

discover rough areas where they can

of preparation involved encasing the

curl up and semi-hibernate in the

carcase in clay and then baking it

winter, so by ensuring that there are

over a fire until the clay cracked and

gaps in hedges or small holes in walls

came away with the prickles. One

and fences, these little animals have

writer claimed that it was the best

an opportunity to take advantage

meat in England , but one suspects

of our hospitality. A plate of dog

he must have suffered from a fairly

or cat food will also go down very

limited diet!

well, provided it does nowt attract rats. Gardeners are also warned to

Why have numbers dropped so

make sure that any piles of wood

dramatically? The reasons are not

or branches intended as a bonfire

known for certain but it is likely to

are hedgehog-free before a match

be a combination of factors. Habitat

is applied!

loss, through building and new roads

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have meant that populations have

How can you help hedgehogs? Well,

become increasingly isolated, while

one way is by recording any sightings

intensive agriculture with the loss

you may have of these animals in

adly, for many of us our first

slugs, snails, worms and beetles, the

of hedgerows and ever larger fields,

order to assist with the population

acquaintance with a hedgehog

hedgehog has long been considered

coupled with the use of pesticides

survey. Go to www.hogwatch.or.uk

has been a flattened road casualty,

the gardener s friend, though the

which have wiped out or reduced

for more information. In addition,

though today, with a dramatic

animal will also take eggs when it

prey, have undoubtedly had a part

you can join the British Hedgehog

decline in the population over

comes across them and will also eat

to play.

The numbers killed on

Preser vation Societ y (BHPS),

the past decade, even these sorry

mice, rats, snakes and lizards.

the roads must also be taken into

Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow,

consideration, whilst the tendency

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sightings have become increasingly rare. A century ago hedgehogs were abundant in Britain and even in the 1950s the population was estimated at around 30 million, but by 1995 numbers had dropped to something

the use of pesticides which have wiped out or reduced prey, have undoubtedly had a part to play

in the region of 1.5 million and today the population may be down to half

It has long been a creature of fables

that total.

and legends. There was once a

to make gardens ultra tidy, to destroy slugs and snails, and erect

Hopefully, with your help and the

impenetrable fences and walls has

efforts being made countrywide,

undoubtedly had a significant effect.

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle will remain a much

Not least is the ever expanding

loved part of the British countryside,

population of badgers for whom a

for generations to come.

hedgehog is a tasty delicacy.

belief amongst country folk that Of all our mammals, the hedgehog,

hedgehogs could sup the milk from

with its prickles and boot-button

cows, though unless the beast was

eyes, has always proved an endearing

lying down it would be impossible for

little creature, immortalised by

the short-legged little hog to reach

Beatrix Potter in the character of

a teat, and even then its mouth is

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, the washerwoman,

far too small to encompass a cow s

and as Fuzzypeg in Alison Uttley s

dug. This is on a par with the ancient

stories of Little Grey Rabbit. Despite

medicinal cures attributed to the

the little animal s sharp spines and

poor little beast; at one time it was

its tendency to harbour fleas, its

believed that the flesh and broth of

portly, bustling demeanour and

a hedgehog, if consumed, would

relative friendliness have ensured

cure lunacy, whilst the liver would

the hedgehog a special place in our

be a certain remedy against dropsy,

affection. With a principle diet of

convulsions and the spleen!

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Tales of a Yokel

Tales of a Yokel By FCR Esgen

Time, it is said, was made for man, evidently this man did not live in Devon. Things happen here “directly” or in other words when they occur, without the consequences or limitations of time. To explain this: If one stops a man of Devonshire origin to ask the time of day he will generally reply “it must be getting on “ but getting on to what !! This surely would depend on how far it has got already. Therefore, you are no further forward except in time that is ! There are many pockets of Devon which definitely fall into the category of “Time-Warps”. I have the inestimable privilege of living in one of them. People here staunchly maintain that even the weather is different from “other parts”. If it is or not, they don’t really know of course because none of them go there anyway. One “spin-off” from living in a time-warp is that it tends to produce that wonderful “staff of life” - the eccentric. One of my friends who easily falls into this class, believes that we are not at the start of a new millennium at all, but that today is, in fact, the year of our Lord 1905! All items of furniture in his house have to be produced before 1905 and his food made by companies that were established before 1905. His clothing also has to be purchased under the same rigorous standards. He also insists on cleaning his home in a three-piece suit, but we haven’t got to the bottom of that one yet !! No one, it seems, is immune from the blandishments of living in Devon. I have found myself cutting pea sticks in December which is a relatively normal country pursuit for the time of the year, what slightly concerns me is that I never grow peas ! My parents too, seem susceptible. While my mother spends all her spare time growing petunias in old wheelbarrows, my father is in a class of his own. Three things have particularly struck me lately about him. Firstly, he keeps a mountaineer’s ice pick under the driving seat of his car and although this sort of behaviour isn’t particularly unusual for my father, I still had the audacity to ask why ! Apparently, electronically centrally locked cars like his own, when coming into contact with sea, lakes, canals

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or similar bodies of water, jam up when the water hits the electrics, so if the car is submerged you are in what is, in effect, your own hi-tec coffin, hence the ice pick. His car is also “equipped” with a policeman’s hat on the back shelf. This I understand, keeps “tail-gaters” at bay who are always looking to overtake. My father’s “piece de resistance” though, was discovered quite by chance when breakfasting one morning with him in his house in the country. He always kept a loaded gun by the kitchen back door, but this had never disturbed me unduly until this particular morning when, whilst dissecting a rather delicious looking boiled egg, he suddenly leapt to his feet, ran out of the kitchen with a gun and fired unhesitatingly at his unwary quarry. Coming back in, he resumed his breakfast in a leisurely silence and as I chewed contentedly on my toast and marmalade I concluded that another pigeon had got his “Time-In”!

Smokey Joe By FCR Esgen

In the late sixties my father used to like driving his big old Rover across the Haldon hills in South Devon. The leather seats and walnut dash always made me and my sisters feel queasy on long journeys. Back in those days, there were still many tramps who used to quite literally walk the streets and countryside in search of food and shelter. One such old man was Smokey Joe. He had a large, round, mahogany coloured face; wispy, matted hair and a fantastically bushy, grey beard, stained black by the fire he always sat around. He lived in a small cave only a few steps away from the busy A38, the other side of Telegraph Hill, over looking the wonderfully wooded Teign Gorge. There was, in fact, nothing much that troubled Old Smokey; for he had shelter, hundreds of friends who used to wave to him from their cars and an endless supply of pasties thrown at his cave at speeds of up to 70 mph.

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INVESTMENT & FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS PARTNERSHIP LLP

A specialist investment and retirement service covering all of south Devon

Finding the best financial solutions for you The Partnership

Experience Matters

Helen and Ian have worked together for a number of years and in 2011 they decided to pool their considerable experience by creating a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) which is directly regulated by the Financial Services Authority. With premises in South and East Devon, clients are able to have face to face meetings to discuss their financial plans. The partnership is ready to meet the challenges of the Retail Distribution Review next year and is committed to offering fully independent advice on a fee basis.

Between the partners they have over 50 years' experience of providing independent financial advice. This considerable experience enables them to help clients plan realistic financial goals and to implement recommendations whilst responding to changes in the stockmarket and legislation. Both partners are required to keep their technical knowledge up-to-date regarding changes to investment markets, products and legislation.

Our Service

Ready to meet new challenges

There are three levels of service. Firstly, our Asset Management Service, which is aimed at clients who want a comprehensive service covering all aspects of their financial planning. Secondly, our Valuations Service, which is aimed at clients with existing investment portfolios and is designed to give them a consolidated over view and regular monitoring. Finally, a Transaction Service which is designed to provide one-off advice without on-going servicing.

Next year, the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will introduce a number of changes. Firstly, charges will be clearer with independent financial advisers arranging an agreed up-front charge instead of commission. Services will be clearer, only independent financial advisers will be able to offer whole of market advice whilst other advisers will have limitations. Your service will be more professional because independent advisers will have to meet higher standards of qualifications and on-going professional development.

4 Castle Circus House, 136 Union St, Torquay & Beech Royd, 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth t. 0845

351 9928

Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority The Financial Services Authority does not regulate all forms of Estate Planning

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as the risks and opportunities inherent in each option. Retirement decisions can be irrevocable so it's important to make the right choices. We provide the peace of mind you need as we have the experience (over 50 years between us) and the technical knowledge in this area of planning. In terms of investments, we focus on the important areas of risk, reward and capacity for loss which are very relevant to our clients. Ian has constructed a range of advisory portfolios designed to meet clients' acceptable levels of risk and we offer a very specialist service in this area. Using web based technology enables a risk profile to be created for

each client and a matching model portfolio can be constructed to meet these criteria.

"Portfolios are constantly reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet our clients needs. If adjustments are needed to asset allocation or underlying funds these changes are discussed with clients so clients are kept fully informed " says Ian. If you have an existing portfolio which, for whatever reason, might be neglected, then our Valuation Service could be invaluable.

HOW WE CAN HELP WITH YOUR FINANCES

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he world of finance is becoming increasingly complex and our practice is ready to help you implement the solutions that you need. We offer a comprehensive investment and tax planning service including estate planning to help mitigate Inheritance Tax (IHT) and solutions to help you achieve tax efficient growth or income portfolios. The partners are forward looking, making the most of the available technologies to provide efficient service for our clients. We often find that clients are looking for help when they are preparing for retirement and our specialist services help them to make the most of their retirement and investment options. The partners have been advising on this area of planning for many years.

"Legislation surrounding pension benefits in particular has become more and more complicated and clients appreciate help in this very important area" Helen observes. If you are considering annuities we can research the whole of the market to ensure that you get the most attractive available annuity rates. Whilst annuities are still relevant for some clients, there is a wide range of other pension options (some of them not well known) which should be considered and this is an area where advice is really vital. It's very easy to misunderstand some of the regulations surrounding pensions as well

Helen Mulvaney (Partner) BA Hons, Dip M. DipPFS

Ian Pennicott (Partner) DipPFS

Helen has recently been awarded her Diploma and intends to continue her studies towards the Advanced Diploma. Helen is married with 2 young sons and therefore much of her spare time is spent with her family. She enjoys travelling and is particularly interested in art and history. She has a strong appreciation of Devon and the special quality of life that can be enjoyed living here.

Ian is working towards his Advanced Diploma in financial planning with the intention of becoming Chartered. However, in his spare time he enjoys hashing (a social runing group), playing trombone in a jazz band and cooking. Ian and his partner Cathy enjoy their regular familly Sundays with their sons, their partners and granddaughter.

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INVESTMENT & FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS PARTNERSHIP LLP

A specialist investment and retirement service covering all of south Devon

Finding the best financial solutions for you

Need help managing your investments? Our practice can provide risk graded advisory portfolios and a regular valuation and monitoring service using the latest technology. We specialise in this service.

Approaching or in retirement? For those approaching or in retirement, ensure that all your options have been considered. We research the whole market to ďŹ nd the most suitable annuity and retirement options. We specialise in this service.

t. 0845 351 9928 4 Castle Circus House, 136 Union St, Torquay & Beech Royd, 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority The Financial Services Authority does not regulate all forms of Estate Planning

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