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EDITORIAL

"A most intriguing place" It's not everyday you see a genuine Ducking Stool, but the Barbican in Plymouth is that sort of place, crammed with interesting stuff for you to unearth. I spent a most enjoyable and interesting day there recently. See our feature further on in this issue - Editor

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Roll on Autumn! It's always sad to see the summer come to an end - what a truly great summer we've had this year. All the fine weather must have provided a much needed shot in the arm for event organisers, especially after the rainy summer season in 2012. One success story this year has been South Devon Hub (there's an East Devon also). There are now well over 2,350 local organisations registered to use this web platform to promote their events. If you take a look at the South Devon Hub website, you'll see there are more local events on this website than any other for this region by a large margin. In effect, what the 'Hub' has done is to open it's doors to every event bearing organisation, from the largest tourist destinations, to the smallest clubs, societies and charities. What's really helped is the transparency it provides. Website events on the Hub are pulled down into the event listings in this magazine. If you're organisation isn't on the Hub, just Google South Devon Hub and register to enable your events to be broadcast to a very large audience, free.

we're now on the lookout for budding fashion models for our photo shoots. You don't have to be a professional, if you'd like to get into this profession we can give you valuable exposure to help with your portfolio. Just send in your pics to enquiries@prestige-media.co.uk Our search for a new recruit as a companion to Jack (our resident Jack Russell) has been successful. We now have a fine Parson's Jack Russell puppy from North Tawton. Alfie, our new recruit New apprentice Lauren has also joined the team (our previous apprentice Charlotte has been taken on permanently and is proving to be a great asset).

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Contents ISSUE NO 9

20. Fashion & Beauty

30. Yellingham Farm

A look at leading fashion retailers.

Vivid farming tales from Janet East.

12. Live Music Roundup

22. Tales of a Yokel

32. Barbican & Harbour

Get the info on local live music.

Yarns from the inimitable FCR Esgen.

Plymouth's historic Barbican.

14. Art Gallery What's On

23. Eating Out

44. Hanging Crosses

Art gallery events and Art Blog.

Find great places to dine.

Gruesome history from John Fisher.

17. Nelson's Column

24. Star Gazing

46. Life Matters

John Fisher's sage viewpoint!

With broadcaster Judi Spiers.

Averil Quinain visits Trill Farm.

18. Photo Shoot

26. A Brighter Accent

49. But here's the thing

Amanda Crump discusses colour.

John Fisher discusses further.

6. Forthcoming Events Find out what's on in South Devon.

Mike Alsford at Buckland Abbey.

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October & November 2013

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Children WIZZ-KIDZ Until 06 Dec - Pure fun: football pitch, rock climbing wall, toddler play zone & party rooms, Wizz-Kidz, Brixham.

WILD ABOUT PLYMOUTH: UNDER THE SEA 05 Oct - Draw marine sea monsters, make paper plate octopuses etc. Part of the Big Draw, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth.

HALLOWEEN EVENINGS OF MINI HORRORS 27 Oct to 31 Oct - Spooky theme from dusk with eerie illuminations, fire and sound effects, Babbacombe Model Village, Babbacombe.

FREAKY FRIDAY 01 Nov - For one night only, the park slowly turns into Woodlands Family Scream Park, Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton.

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SANTA'S GROTTO 16 Nov to 24 Dec - Award winning charity fundraiser, Santa's Grotto in Fleet Walk, Rotary Club of Babbacombe/ St Marychurch, Torquay.

Choirs CONCERT BY DEVONPORT APOLLO CHOIR 08 Oct - Devonport Apollo Choir in concert for a fund raising event "raise the roof", Stoke Damerel Church, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

CAN'T STAND SINGING 10 Oct to 24 Oct - Join the Towersey Foundation's unique 'œseated choirs', Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, 2.00pm.

Kevin Dempsy, a guitarist singer and songwriter, Abbotskerswell Parish Council, Abbotskerswell, 7.30pm.

21ST INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 17 Oct - The Brodsky String Quartet, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

MOZART AND BRAHMS CLARINET QUINTETS ORGAN 25 Oct - Clarinet Quintets by Mozart and Brahms music on the newly restored organ, Powderham Castle Organ Fund, Kenton, 7.30pm.

BACH CANTATA 139 AND LUTE SUITE RECITAL

STANBOROUGH CHORUS FESTIVAL OF VOCAL MUSIC

27 Oct - Exeter Bach Society & St Peter's Singers as part of 6pm Service & Lute recital, Exeter Bach Society, Exeter, 6.00pm.

CLARINET AND PIANO RECITAL

01 Nov - Featuring The Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship 90th Anniversary Concert, The Stanborough Chorus, Kingsbridge, 8.00pm.

01 Nov - Divertimento present clarinet & piano recital with Colin Parr & Margaret Lynn, St Mary's Church Totnes, 7.30pm.

WHAT SWEETER MUSIC?

08 Nov - Friday evening Festival of Remembrance 2013, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE 2013

16 Nov - Sacred and secular choral music of the twentieth century, South West Chamber Choir, Yelverton, 7.30pm.

TOM POSTER AND NADIA WIZENBECK CLASSICAL 16 Nov - Nadia Wijzenbeck on Violin and Tom Poster on Piano, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

EXETER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUTUMN CONCERT 16 Nov - Elgar and Bernstein overtures and Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto, Exeter Symphony Orchestra, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Collectors WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? WELCOME TO INGOLDMELLS Until 27 Oct - Melamine postcard trays are the subject of the latest What do you Collect?, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR 02 Nov - Wander amongst the many stalls in search of a hidden treasure, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

AMERICA HALL - COIN & STAMP SHOW 16 Nov - Saturday coin and stamp show, Pinhoe Community Centre, Exeter, 10.00am.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

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30 Nov - Carol service by RSCM in the inspirational setting of Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, 4.30pm.

Classical Music CHURCH CONCERT 10 Oct - Featuring Rosie Carson &

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BURLESQUE and BOOGIE BALL

30 Nov to 1 Dec - 7pm till 2am Including the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013 and a spectacular cast of the best of British & European burlesque performers. Tickets only £25pp Riviera Centre, Torquay TQ2 5LZ www.theonestopvintageshop.com

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COIN & STAMP FAIR

LEE NELSON

28 Nov - Thursday coin & stamp fair, Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth, 10.00am.

13 Nov - Brand new stand up show, Lee Nelson will present his unique take on the world, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30pm.

Comedy JETHRO 02 Oct - Jethro's fruity Cornish humour is the perfect remedy to cheer us up, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7.30am.

JEREMY HARDY 30 Nov - A brilliant stand-up comic, Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 8.00pm.

Community

RUSSEL BRAND

WINE TASTING

23 Oct - Russell's latest UK tour, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, 6.30pm.

18 Oct - Wine tasting, Holne Village Hall Committee, Holne, 7.30pm.

JAY RAYNER - SPEAKER

BOOKSALE & REFRESHMENTS FOR RNLI

25 Oct - Food critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

09 Nov - Saturday book sale with refreshments, Teignmouth Arts Advisory Group, Teignmouth, 10.00am.

JOHN HEGLEY

MILITARY WIVES, PLYMOUTH, A CHARITY CONCERT

26 Oct - 'Fabulously funny' Time Out. 'Scandalously talented' Sunday Times, Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, Coffinswell, 7.30pm.

23 Nov - Musical charity event for Torbay Dementia Action featuring 30 military wives, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

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MILLBRIDGE CHRISTMAS FAIR

01 Nov - Hal Cruttenden. The 'Tough Luvvie' Tour, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 8.00pm.

29 Nov to 30 Nov - Annual Christmas Fair, with over 40 stalls, delicious refreshments and music, Stoke Damerel Church, Plymouth, 11.00am.

LEE HURST THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO AAARGGH! 03 Nov - Comedy Lee Hurst "Things That Make You Go Aaaarggh!", The Watermark, Ivybridge, 8.00pm.

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Craft LACEMAKING - HAVE A GO / DEMOS Until 02 Oct - Free, drop-in lacemaking demonstrations with a 'have a go' element, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

PORCELAIN COMPLEXION EXHIBITION 04 Oct to 17 Nov - Exhibition of contemporary and historical porcelain, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

ART & CRAFT FAIR 19 Oct - Held in the Terrace Room. Approximately 20 exhibitors selling their handcrafts, Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, 10.30am.

CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS 16 Nov to 05 Jan - Broad range of items & materials, showcasing over 60 contemporary craft makers, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 10.00am.

CRUX CRAFT FAIR

THE RECYCLED & UPMARKET 12 Oct - The Recycled & UpMarket at Tavistock Town Hall, Miss Ivy Events, Tavistock, 10.00am.

WINTER CRAFT FAIR 02 Nov - New event held by Cheriton Bishop Embroidery Group, Chagford, 10.00am.

MICHAELMAS FAIR 07 Nov - Michaelmas Fair in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Kenton, 10.00am.

PRIM AND PROPER CHRISTMAS GIFT FAYRE 23 Nov - Festive Christmas Gift Fayre For All The Family @ Livermead Cliff Hotel, Shoreline Events, Torquay, 10.00am.

BARBICAN THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS WEEKEND 28 Nov to 01 Dec - Thanksgiving celebrations & Christmas festive family fun, Barbican Waterfront, Plymouth.

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EXMINSTER MARKET 05 Oct and 02 Nov- Varied mix of local food suppliers, handmade crafts and gifts, Exminster Market, Exminster, 9.30am.

DARTMOUTH FARMERS MARKET 12 Oct - Local produce for local people from a local source, Dartmouth Farmers Market, Dartmouth, 9.00am.

MANATON VILLAGE MARKET 15 Oct and 19 Nov- Best of local goods every 3rd Tuesday. Contact Christina Everett 01647 221302, Manaton Parish Council, Manaton, 10.30am.

PLYMOUTH FARMERS MARKET

21 Nov to 15 Dec - This wonderful event is back for a 2nd year, Exeter Christmas Market, Exeter.

06 Oct - Celebration of English Apples, Fresh Apple Juice and Cider, Hennock Parish, Hennock, 10.30am.

DIPTFORD W.I ADVENT FAIR 30 Nov - Hand made crafts, home made cakes & preserves, Plus Father Christmas, Diptford WI, Diptford, 10.00am.

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05 Oct and 02 Nov - Traditional farmers market held every first & third Saturdays, Kingsbridge Farmers Market, Kingsbridge, 9.00am.

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KINGSBRIDGE FARMERS MARKET

26 Oct and 23 Nov - Saturday farmers market, Plymouth Farmers Market, Plymouth.

Fairs

FRI 22 NOV OPEN 4 - 7 SAT 23 / SUN 24 NOV OPEN 10 - 5

01 Oct and 05 Nov - Incl. eggs, cheese, bread, pasties, pork, fruit and vegetables, chutneys, jams, Newton Abbot Farmers Market, Newton Abbot, 9.00am.

22 Nov to 24 Nov - High quality hand made crafts in its 18th year. There is also a Crux cafe, Crux Craft Fair, Rattery.

24 Nov - Annual fundraising event for Abbotskerswell Preschool, Abbotskerswell Parish Council, Abbotskerswell, 10.00am.

CRUX CRAFT FAIR

NEWTON ABBOT FARMERS MARKET

CRAFT MARKET Until 24 Oct - Range of different crafts by local Devon crafters. Every Thurs & 2nd Saturday, Church House, Newton Abbot.

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EXETER CHRISTMAS MARKET

Festivals FOOD & DRINK DARTMOUTH FISHING FESTIVAL 06 Oct to 08 Oct - Three days of continual fishing, Dartmouth Fishing Festival, Dartmouth.

REFRESHMENTS AFTER HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE 11 Oct - Annual harvest festival refreshments, Bickington Village Hall, Bickington.

SHARPHAM APPLE PRESSING & AUTUMN FESTIVAL 20 Oct - Celebrate the season's variety & richness at the festival. Plenty to see & do, The Sharpham Trust, Totnes.

DARTMOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL 25 Oct to 27 Oct - Showcasing the best that the South West has to offer, Dartmouth Food Festival, Dartmouth.

BAVARIAN NIGHT 01 Nov - A night of beer and Bavarianstyle debauchery, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Newton Abbot, 7.00pm.

GENERAL THE SPOOKY HAUNTED TREASURE HUNT 28 Oct to 01 Nov - Halloween - themed treasure hunt packed with fun tricks and delicious treats, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot.

HANNAHS HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR 31 Oct - Join us for a night of Halloween hi-jinks and family-friendly spooky fun, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Newton Abbot, 5.30pm.

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SANTA'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE

HM NAVAL BASE DEVONPORT FREE TOURS (MON-THUR)

30 Nov - Join two of Santa's elves as they take good boys and girls to meet Santa, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Newton Abbot, 12.00am.

Until 17 Oct - See at first hand the work of the Naval Base & visit a warship or nuclear sub, HM Naval Base Devonport Tours and Museum, Plymouth.

MUSIC TWO MOORS FESTIVAL (ON EXMOOR & DARTMOOR) 16 Oct to 27 Oct - Southwest's highest calibre classical music event covering Dartmoor & Exmoor, The Two Moors Festival, South Molton.

PLYMOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 Nov to 16 Nov - See web for details, The City of Plymouth Festival, Plymouth.

The perfect place to eat, shop and relax ……..hidden in the Avon valley

TOTNES MARKET 04 Oct to 30 Nov - Friday & Saturday market offering a feast of bargains and unusual products, Totnes Market, Totnes.

BRIXHAM ART & CRAFT MARKET

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

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23 Nov to 24 Nov - Christmas market in Brixham, Brixham Town Hall, Brixham.

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20 Oct - Exeter Flotilla's 40th. Annual Trafalgar Day Service, Exeter Flotilla, Exeter, 11.30am.

Theatre MUSICALS SPELLBOUND Until 23 Oct - An Enchanted Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.15pm.

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THE MIKADO - A GILBERT & SULLIVAN PRODUCTION 08 Oct to 12 Oct - One of G & S's most popular Productions with comedy, intrigue, and romance, St David's Players, Exeter, 7.30pm.

LAST EMBRACE (TREE SHADOWS THEATRE CO) 20 Nov to 21 Nov - A brand new folk musical set in the ticking bomb of Northern Ireland in 1970, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

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DEER RUT SAFARI & CREAM TEATUESDAY 8 TO 22

UNMYTHABLE BY TEMPLE THEATRE

08 Oct to 22 Oct - Deer Rut Safari & Cream Tea - (Every Tuesday and Thursday), Powderham Castle, Exeter.

04 Oct - One Show, Three Actors, All the Greeks Myths, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

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CONCERT IN THE MUSIC ROOM

FRANKENSTEIN BY NICK DEAR

25 Oct - Clarinet Quintets and Organ Music by Mozart and Brahms in the Music Room, Powderham Castle, Exeter, 7.30pm.

31 Oct to 21 Nov - Frankenstein by Nick Dear directed by Danny Boyle, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.00pm.

SHRIEK WEEK

THE HABIT OF ART BY ALAN BENNETT 07 Nov - The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.00pm.

DART DRAMA FESTIVAL 08 Nov to 09 Nov - Showcase the very best in amateur theatre in the South Hams and Dart Valley, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth.

THE HAUNTING 09 Nov to 16 Nov - Gripping new adaptation to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not Sunday, The Little Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

AIDA DIRECTED BY ELLEN KENT 16 Oct - Visually stunning, featuring some of Verdi's greatest pieces of music, Princess Theatre, Torquay.

SNOW WHITE 01 Nov - This spellbinding ballet by Vienna Festival Ballet promises to entertain the family, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

05 Oct - Meet food producers and craft makers from all over the Westcountry, Powderham Castle, Exeter.

ALAN DAVIES - LIFE IS PAIN 12 Nov - A well-rounded and hilarious show, Princess Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm.

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Short breaks in 2013 Thursday 28th November - Sunday 1st December York Christmas Market & St Nicholas Fayre 3 nights half board at the York Holiday Inn and Day trip to Castle Howard £265 per person (£75 single supp)

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Live Music

Live Music Roundup

October & November 2013

POPULAR

THE GREAT PLYMOUTH FLUTE ADVENTURE 04 Oct - Celebrating 10 years of 4Flutes, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

CELEBRITY FLUTE RECITAL: DEEP BLUE 05 Oct - 4Flutes is delighted to bring to Plymouth star flautist Ian Clarke, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 4.00pm.

TEN TORS ORCHESTRA: THE GERMAN ROMANTICS 05 Oct - Simon Ible and Clare Southworth, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

MUSICAL EVENING 25 Oct - Musical evening featuring Colin Roy. Licensed bar, Cliff House, Salcombe, 6.45pm.

VARIETY CONCERT 26 Oct - 4th annual Chudfest Variety Concert in aid of Chudleigh Christmas Lights fund, Chudfest, Newton Abbot, 7.00pm.

BLUE 31 Oct - Blue are back on the road for a full UK tour, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, 7.00pm.

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TAKE 4 FEATURING LYNN THORNTON 17 Nov - Sunday jazz with popular local band with female vocalist, Take4 Jazz, Teignmouth, 3.00pm.

CLARE TEAL - JAZZ MUSIC 23 Nov - Clare Teal - Festive Fiesta won British Jazz Singer of the Year, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 7.30pm.

FOLK ROOTS & ACOUSTIC

BRIXHAM FOLK CLUB 04 Oct - Enjoy some high quality live music this Friday evening, Brixham Folk Club, Brixham, 7.30pm.

COPPIN & SILVER 11 Oct - Music and songs from two of England's finest singer-songwriters, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

FOSTER & ALLEN 01 Nov - The Ultimate Collection Show, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.00pm.

BRIXHAM FOLK CLUB 08 Nov - Enjoy some high quality live music this Friday evening, Brixham Folk Club, Brixham, 7.30pm.

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08 Nov - Norman watt-Roy performs his well known music in The Yellow Rooms Doors, Hannahs at SealeHayne, Newton Abbot, 7.30pm.

08 Nov - "Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth voice, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit", Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm.

BEVERLEY CRAVEN IN CONCERT

AN EVENING WITHOUT JAMES TAYLOR

09 Nov - The beautiful voice and poignant songwriting OF 90s hit songstress, The Watermark, Ivybridge, 8.00pm.

Photo courtesy of Máire Ní Chathasaigh

09 Nov - Heartwarming, endearing and sincere. An evening not to be missed!, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 8.00pm.

Friday 29th November MÁIRE NÍ CHATHASAIGH & CHRIS NEWMAN South Pool Church Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2RP A Villages in Action event. Some duos work and some don’t…the combination of Chris Newman’s jazz-influenced guitar style and the gorgeous sound of Máire’s Irish harp are a match made in heaven! Five times all-Ireland champion and a guitarist who learnt his craft under the tutelage of the late, lamented Diz Disley, is a formidable combination! Check them out on YouTube! Their Christmas Show features a blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz & Bluegrass, plus festive favourites - a spellbinding treat for mid-winter! Tickets at £12.50 include supper. Kick-off 7.30 pm - supper 8.00 pm. Please state if vegetarian. Box Office: 01548 531979 or email: madelinemarchand1@gmail.com

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JUST MISBEHAVIN' TRIO 04 Oct - Lynn Thornton, female vocalist, with piano and string bass, Just Misbehavin', Exeter, 7.30pm.

THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN 11 Oct - A return from multi-award winning jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock with his band The , Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 8.00pm.

SWING HIS PRAISES 12 Oct - Andrew Daldorph's Jazz Mass 'A Mass for Life' and five new jazz psalms, Exeter Chamber Choir, Exeter, 7.30pm.

ARUN GHOSH QUINTET (INDO-JAZZ)

15 Nov - Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span return with a new live show, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 8.00pm.

BLACKHEART FOLK DUO 24 Nov - Part of their Autumn 2013 Tour, Bickington Village Hall, Bickington, 7.00pm.

THE BLAIR DUNLOP TRIO 28 Nov - The Blair Dunlop Trio play their music at The Yellow Room Doors, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, 7.30pm.

BLAIR DUNLOP AND SUPPORT 28 Nov - At 21 years of age Blair Dunlop finds himself one of the hottest prospects in, Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, Coffinswell, 7.30pm.

BLUES NIGHT - RICK AND STEVE PAYNE 29 Nov - Blues Night - Rick and Steve Payne, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 8.00pm.

ROCK/H-METAL

VOODOO LOUNGE - HENDRIX TRIBUTE 19 Oct - Voodoo Lounge - Hendrix Tribute - Introducing: The Band, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 8.00pm.

NORMAN WATT-ROY & SPECIAL GUESTS 08 Nov - Norman Watt-Roy, one of Britain's best-loved bass players, Coffinswell & Daccombe Parish, Newton Abbot, 7.30pm.

17 Oct - Clarinettist Arun Ghosh brings his trademark IndoJazz sound to Totnes, Assemble, Totnes, 8.00pm.

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Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October RALPH MCTELL The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, EX1 1SN www.ralphmctell.co.uk

One of the most unassuming guys on the music scene, that seasoned troubadour Ralph McTell is back in town cherry-picking gems from his now massive back catalogue from some 45 years performing and recording. ‘Streets of London’ is the one everyone knows and some, forced to learn it in junior school, have never been able to force themselves to attend one of Ralph’s concerts which is a great tragedy…One of the most beautiful exponents of American-style clawhammer finger-picking Ralph has many better songs and his execution of cleaned-up versions of Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Willie McTell guitar rags have never been bettered. Box Office: 01392 271808 www. barnfieldtheatre.org.uk

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Friday 15th November STEELEYE SPAN Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, TQ1 3LU

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Saturday 23rd November CLARE TEAL The Flavel, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9ND

British folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span return with a new live show and project as Maddy Prior - the voice of the band for 38 years - leads an authentic Steeleye line-up featuring several long-term Spanners such as Peter Knight (Gigspanner – there’s a pun there somewhere - Feast of Fiddles), bass player Rick Kemp, Pete Zorn and drummer Liam Genockey. Currently collaborating with Terry Pratchett on a record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2013 performances will see them debut new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Box Office : 01803 328385 www.babbacombe-theatre.com

Photo courtesy of Ralph McTell

The Yorkshire lass famous for having landed the biggest ever recording contract by a British jazz singer, does appear fairly often in Devon but this is nonetheless something of a major scoop for the diminutive Flavel (profiled in the April/May issue of C&C) and will undoubtedly sell out.Trained as a child on the Organ, Piano and Clarinet, Clare Teal went on to study Music at the University of Wolverhampton. Upon graduation she entered a national competition to find the country's best Billie Holiday sound-alike, in which she came second! Today she is one of the most successful female British jazz singers in decades with a string of albums behind her, including the UK National Top 20 hit "Don't Talk". Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in both 2005 and 2007. Box Office: 01803 839 530 www.theflavel.org.uk

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On 11th October those quirky Dutch 70s prog-rockers Focus play the Wharf - famous for those slightly more than leftof-center instrumental hits Hocus Pocus (yes… Hocus Pocus by Focus!) and Sylvia. I suspect well worth a listen… And then on 13th October Torquay’s own Wishbone Ash , although which manifestation of the band is left slightly open to question… Lastly that seasoned blues-rocker Walter Trout who has played with both Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in his long and illustrious career. The list of former guest artists at the Wharf, gleaned from their website, reads like a who’s who of pop and

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Forthcoming Exhibitions October & November 2013

Christopher Woolcott - 'Squirrel' - Frames and Boxes

Jenny Hibbett - 'Ink & Bleach' - Lime Square Jenny Hibbett - 'Ink & Bleach 2' - Lime Square

GALLERIES NANCY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LADY ASTOR Until 12 Oct - The exhibition will look at Lady Astor's life through four key themes, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth.

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

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

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

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MASTERS OF THE MOOR: WILLIAM AND FJ WIDGERY Until 27 Oct - An exhibition of works by father and son William and FJ Widgery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

MODERN MASTERS LITHOGRAPHY Until 01 Oct - Over 40 original lithographs by the Modern Masters take over Gallery 1, gloss-Art Gallery, Exeter, 9.30am.

ABUNDANCE X EXHIBITION Until 05 Oct - Malthouse Gallery. Part of Somerset Arts Weeks exploring abundance in gardens, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, 10.00am.

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01 Oct to 13 Oct - An exhibition of painting, printmaking, sculpture and film, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

04 Oct to 06 Oct - Featuring some of the best local artists, Kaya Gallery, Yealmpton.

JENNY HIBBETT - INK & BLEACH PAINTINGS

04 Oct to 02 Nov - First time showing at Artmill Be' Van de Heide also Madeleine, Beth Levinsky, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, 9.30am.

01 Oct to 31 Oct - Jenny Hibbett - Ink & Bleach Paintings, Lime Square, Ivybridge, 9.00am.

SOUTH WEST ACADEMY (SWAC) OPEN: PRIVATE VIEW 03 Oct - Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the opening of the SWAc Annual Open, gloss-Art Gallery, Exeter, 6.00pm.

2013 SOUTH WEST ACADEMY OPEN SHOW 05 Oct to 02 Nov - SWAc Annual Open Show, Submissions Deadline 31st August, South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts, Exeter.

EDWARD WAITE ART AT ROYAL WILLIAM YARD Until 06 Oct - 'Urban Architecture' The Fast Pace of City Life. Live studio. The UK's fastest rising start in the art world. Residence No.1, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, 10.00am. Free

EXPRESS AND ECHO LOCAL ART SHOW 2013 Until 16 Oct - Showcasing the work of one local art society chosen by Express & Echo readers, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

HIGH CROSS HOUSE Until 17 Nov - Exhibition of work by several different artists, High Cross House, Totnes, 10.30am.

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Peter Barker - 'Black Highland' - Marine House at Beer


Madeleine Strobel - 'Breaker - II' - Artmill Gallery

Edward Waite - 'St Pauls - Rush Hour' - Art Source

Doug Hyde - 'Lunch Time' - Surridge Gallery Stewart Edmondson - 'In the Shade of the Oak, a Song Thrush Sings' - D'art Gallery

OPEN ART EXHIBITION - MY FAVORITE FEAST 14 Oct to 03 Nov - Open Art Exhibition - My Favorite Feast, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, 9.00am.

Sir Quentin Blake - 'Woman with Bird' - Brook Gallery

STEWART EDMONDSON 26 Oct to 30 Nov - A solo exhibition for Stewart Edmondson, the English Landscape Artist, D'art Gallery, Dartmouth.

EXETER'S FINE ART 16 Oct to 24 Nov - An exhibition of paintings by Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan., Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

CHRISTINE PASCOE - WATERCOLOURS SEPT 2013 01 Nov to 30 Nov - Christine uses watercolours to depict a varied range of subject matter, Lime Square, Ivybridge, 9.00am.

CODED CLOTHES 16 Oct to 08 Dec - A special selection of adornments from RAMM's World Cultures collection, Royal Albert Memorial Museum RAMM, Exeter.

Martin Goold - 'Red Lagoon' - Artwave West

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - SOUTH HAMS ARTS FORUM

EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART

13 Nov to 17 Nov - Arts and crafts, silver, jewellery, glass, basketry and sculpture, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

18 Oct to 17 Nov - Contemporary weaving, textile and textile inspired art, 45 Southside Gallery, Plymouth.

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SHAF ARTS TRAIL

19 Nov to 30 Nov - Paintings by Pete O'Sullivan, John Grice and Kevin Tole, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

19 Oct to 27 Oct - Arts trail around the South Hams involving 50 artists. www. shaf.org.uk, South Hams Arts Forum, Kingsbridge, 10.00am.

Suebrown - 'Flying Lady' - Devon Guild of Craftsmen

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EXHIBITIONS 3 Artists, New Work 4 Oct to 2 Nov - First time showing at Artmill Be’ Van de Heide also Madeleine, Beth Levinsky. Beth is mostly a potter and a printmaker. The work in this show is from The Pathways Series and includs ceramics and prints. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm

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Theresa Shaw, Gallery Manager from Haddon Gallery It’s almost 2 years to the day since we moved to Torquay’s harbour side and started the next stage of our adventure in art retailing. Since then we have met some fantastic people, both customers and artists, and have seen Torbay’s art scene go from strength to strength. We then won Art Retailer of the Year in May and feel the time is right to give something back by helping a very special South Devon charity: THNN.

Layne Rowe: previewing on the 25th October at

Glass!! Dartmouth and on view from the 26th October Layne Rowe is a steady hand; an immensely experienced glass artist who strives to perfect and push beyond the limits of technique, resulting in pieces of glass that are rich in detail. A renowned artist in his own right, and having worked with Peter Layton at the London Glassblowing Studio for over 15 years on and off, Layne has been involved in glass projects ranging from exhibitions at the V&A; to helping develop Studio Glass in Brazil. More recently, Layne was the top seller at Collect 2013, at the Saatchi Gallery. Inspired by the Devon coast line and a love for detail Layne’s recent work has evolved with the Woven Series. Intricate over layering of different coloured canes, twisted and cold cut reveal the vibrant colours beneath, like water over precious stones.

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network is a 100% voluntary organisation which is a network of hotels, accommodation providers, tourist attractions and businesses who are all committed to helping give away free action packed holidays, to families who have seriously ill children, recently bereaved families and couples and to families who

have a terminally ill parent. THHN offers businesses a unique way of helping, by giving their time, experience and offering their services free of charge as opposed to donating money. Following on from the success already achieved, their aim now is to provide a bungalow somewhere on the English Riviera which is fully equipped and able to provide everything that these families might need. This would be a facility that would enable families that couldn’t normally consider a holiday the opportunity for a little respite in a wonderful location. We want to help raise funds for this great cause so get your diaries out and make sure you’re free on Saturday 2nd November for our Charity Day and Evening Art Auction! There will be raffle, celebrity art auction, artists painting live, book signing from Laura Wall, original paintings/sketches donated by artists and auctioned on the evening with wine tasting and food provided by a local supermarket. All profits from the auction will go straight to the charity and 5% of our gallery sales on the day will also be donated. Just turn up and enjoy! Everyone is excited to be involved in this fun and lively event that will appeal to art lovers, holiday makers and locals alike. The summer may be over but we can still bring a warm glow to people who really need it, in our beautiful part of the world.

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Blog Layne’s work is unique and complex and invites you to look again and again...... Glass!! Dartmouth from 25th Oct.

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

by JOHN FISHER

Reaching those parts the Domesday Book missed Certain minerals automatically belong to

Philately will get you everywhere

the government, such as gold, silver, oil, coal

LOVE ‘EM OR HATE ‘EM, that badger cull in

- and presumably anything nowadays that gets

the West of England at the end of the summer

fracked. The utility companies also have the

seems to have wrapped it up for old brock big

right to lay pipes and cables under or over your

time, and there can be little doubt that their

corner of Devon. The government can also pass

fortunes in Devon, and elsewhere are now in

laws, as and when required, to allow it to dig

decline, along with their numbers.

things like the Channel Tunnel.

Can you dig it?

Determined not to get involved in the debate our concerns turned instead to Devon’s many

Working out the precise extent of your

philatelists (or ‘stamp collectors’ if you will)

ownership is easy. Simply take the distance

who must be wondering how the value of their

from your back garden straight down to the

1993* first class stamp of Rupert Bear and his

centre of the earth - that’s 6,371 kilometres (or

best friend, Bill Badger, might be affected.

3,959 miles). Now multiply that by the width

*(This was at a time when many people still

and then the breadth of your property and you

liked badgers of course).

will have the answer in cubic metres or cubic yards, depending on when you went to school. Airborne geologists

Courtesy BGS

Stanley Gibbons, the stamp auctioneers was the obvious place to turn to for advice on the

Final word of caution before you buy that

subject. “If it proves successful,” we told them,

shovel: avoid ones with wooden handles.

“the likelihood is that the trial cull will be

THAT LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT that has

The deeper you dig the hotter it gets. Right

rolled out across the region and then the UK.

been criss-crossing Devon since mid-summer

in the middle it’s about 5430 °C - the same

Will the value of the 1993 commemorative

is commissioned by the British Geological

temperature as the surface of the Sun.

cover featuring Bill Badger so prominently

Survey (BGS) and its findings will allow

therefore decline? In short, should Devon’s

government to ponder on which parts of the

stamp collectors hang on a little longer or

Devon and Cornwall beneath our feet might

sell now?”

one day be worth exploiting commercially. The two main information-gathering

Why ‘Domesday’?

instruments on board are ‘passive sensors’,

A Stanley Gibbons spokesperson, one Jo Buchanan was kind enough to indulge us with a reply. She said: “Unfortunately, a correlation

BGS tells us, receiving and interpreting

between the value of a stamp and the amount

‘natural fields’ that provide information on

of badgers in the UK is highly unlikely. This

the subterranean rock formations.

stamp is currently not worth a huge amount

The survey is scheduled to finish by the end

Bear and this is a lovely stamp to hang on to.

more than face value. However, we love Rupert I hope this helps.”

of November so in the interim, if you own a Devon property or are in the process of buying one, have you ever wondered who owns the land beneath it? Well apparently that sizeable chunk of good Devon earth directly underneath your abode also belongs to you - with some exceptions - and so too does the air space above it. (But don’t try to stop anyone flying a passenger jet over it - others have tried under the trespass laws and failed).

Land grab There are one or two other snags you should

The pre-fracking era in England, dubbed William the Conqueror’s great audit of a defeated nation’s perceived wealth the ‘Domesday’ Book after the Book of the Day of Judgement. The year of its completion was 1086. A short while later, a Norman cleric wrote of it:

So there you have it, Do not despair. The fortunes of badgers in Devon may yet rise again - along with the value of that very nice stamp, currently worth £1.35.

“… for as the sentence of that strict and terrible last account cannot be evaded by any skilful subterfuge, so when this book is appealed to... its sentence cannot be put quashed or set aside with impunity... because its decisions, like those of the Last Judgement, are unalterable.” NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Bill Badger (left) in happier times.

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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.

Joss Stone “JOSS STONE THE SINGER TALKS FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT THE TERRIFYING PLOT TO MURDER HER” screamed the headlines in a national newspaper recently. Actually Joss had spoken to me some two/ three weeks beforehand on BBC Radio Devon referring to the recent chilling events as “a bit harsh” before adding,

“It’s something to add to the tapestry of life something to tell the grandchildren!” The nationals picked up on it the following day not bothering to name check where they heard the interview!

“I can walk my dogs, then make a record and then go and see my mum for a cup of tea, how nice is that? It’s like a normal job.” When I point out that it isnʼt a ʻnormalʼ job and most young talented musicians in her position appear to be after the fame and fortune, appearing on endless reality and chat shows she replies,

“ I don’t think they know what they are getting into. It’s like you want something until you’ve got it and then you think that was a bad idea. It’s nice to sing and move people and make music and create and play in front of 20,000 people, that is

amazing but all the other stuff they’re all chasing after I don’t think it’s much fun not for me.” On the two occasions Joss has come into the studio, it has been with ʻmumʼ Wendy of ʻMamma Stonesʼ fame. No agents or producers required, just the result of having bumped in to one or the other of them. I can tell you that is not the usual rigmarole we have to go through! No flash cars to bring her either.

“I’d rather spend my money on a good string session,” she laughs, “than on a car which I’m just going to drive into the hedge anyway!”

“I just want to be proud of what I do.” Doing what she does also means not touring, at least in England, preferring to appear monthly at Mamma Stones with guest singers like Beverley Knight.

“I’ve made a decision and I hope people won’t take offence; it’s because I love England and I love living here and I love my home.”

She’s sold over 13 million records, but after Joss Stone spent her teenage years in Devon - she wouldn’t live anywhere else.

But hey ho, weʼre local so it doesnʼt matter! Well actually it does to Joss who is a Devon girl through and through and wouldnʼt have it any other way. From early days playing the Tiverton Motel to 3 Grammy nominations, Brit Awards and performing with Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones and Mick Jagger and selling over 13 million, records she is still remarkably un-starry and wouldnʼt live anywhere else but Devon.

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People in the business have tried to push her in other directions and to be fair sheʼs tried doing it their way and it didnʼt make her happy.

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conservation of the oceans. To that end his fi lm company has made ʻTears of a Mermaidʼ featuring his beautiful daughter Hanna, a leading underwater model, or as Andy proudly says, “the world’s first mermaid!” Still recording his latest single, Beautiful, is a mile away from the music associated with the legendary bass player and songwriter for one of the greatest rock bands of all time

itʼs much more R&B and mellow. “For me” he says, “I have to live in the present and look into the future and that was always my philosophy with Free.” If you are wondering if he still performs those great Free anthems, “There are certain songs” he assures me “that if I didnʼt play I would be in physical danger!”

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Andy Fraser For someone as young and talented in this day and age, Joss a one off, sheʼs hit the big time and has come out relatively unscathed...unlike Andy Fraser of Free. Andy was in the area recently playing with his protégée, an extremely gifted young musician called Tobi, and Chris Spedding, another legendary guitarist who had a huge hit with ʻMotorbikinʼ. A true rock survivor Andy, nevertheless, went through the mill and has survived Aids and a rare cancer. At the age of 13/14 he was going across London on his own, missing the last train home playing with Ska and black bands in their 20ʼs giving his mother a heart attack. As a classically trained pianist he played the old ʻpub pianoʼ his mother bought for him, “like a typist playing Beethoven!” adding, “It wasnʼt until I got a guitar and transferred everything I knew and realized how much I did know and that you were meant to express yourself... why didnʼt someone give me a clue before that?”

Alexis Korner spotted his potential and introduced him to Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossof and Simon Kirke the rest is rock history.

“I had just left John Mayall and I could see how they did things and I could see these guys couldn’t count past ten!” Referring to himself as ʻobnoxiousʼ he declared himself the leader and they got a record deal straight away. Of course co-writing ʻAlright Nowʼ didnʼt hurt either. He also wrote ʻEvery Kinda People,ʼ a hit for Robert Palmer, whilst other songs have been recorded by Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Etta James although as he told me:

“I’m not the guy to ring when Diana Ross needs a song at 10 in the morning. All the songs were written as therapy for me!” Well the therapy obviously worked, Andy has really turned his life around and is now a campaigner for the environment particularly the

Well if Andy and Joss have cautionary tales about the music business, Michael Simkins certainly does about the acting profession. His work has included everything from Shakespeare at the National to Mamma Mia! in the West End, Mike Leighʼs fi lm Topsy Turvey and the Iron Lady. He has also smashed crates at Nissan UK, and compered trade shows for Vauxhall cars! He is regular on radio 4ʼs Quote Unquote and Broadcasting House, and has a string of best selling books including his latest The Rules of Acting, described by Stephen Fry as “hugely entertaining” and Tim Rice as “terrifyingly accurate.” The biggest tip in the book is “read the whole script.” What follows is an hysterical story about an actor who didnʼt and ended up playing a nude scene with a pig!

licking her face! Even if you arenʼt in the theatre this book will make you laugh out loud. Oh and never ask an actor: “How do you learn your lines?” “Have I seen you in anything on telly?” And given that at any one time 92% of actors are out of work “Resting at the moment?” So I have no idea what he is doing next.

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Auditioning for adverts is he says “the single most

degrading activity known to man” citing the tale of the elderly experienced actress he bumped into who had spent several days fi lming for a dog food commercial with pork mincemeat in her ears to get “the crucial money shot” the dog

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o achieve the most elegant look for any room in the home, a colour palette which is centralised around a range of neutral tones is key. Creams, whites, stones and greys are all fantastic colours to use as a base, however the splash of an accent colour can really make a statement. The good thing about using such neutral base colours is that any colour goes, with the exception of red on whites. Fuchsia, duck egg blues, aqua, lime, coral and ochre colours are all superb accent colours to go for. The other reason it’s a good idea to choose one accent over neutrals is that you can easily have a change now and again if you fancy creating a whole new look without spending too much money. For instance, if you have a spectrum of stone coloured base items such as carpet, sofas and curtains, then just by simply adding a fuchsia striped armchair, fuchsia scatter cushions, a rug and perhaps a blind, then you suddenly have a completely different room. If you decided on a new seasons colour the following year, it’s going to be extremely cost effective to replace a few cushions, blind and a rug rather than starting from scratch. You could always opt for a sofa with loose covers also so that you need only replace the covers if you’d like a change, rather than the whole piece of furniture.

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although they can also be used on walls, floors and in paintings. They have a lovely soft and worn out look about them and come in litre pots priced at around £16.95. Choosing an interesting fabric can also be a good way of linking pieces together, such as a blind and some cushions/an armchair. Mulberry always have some fantastic designs available in wonderful colours and interesting images, such as the popular Flying Ducks fabric. Most recently they have brought out a fabulous new design called ‘Harvest Hare’ which is just delightful, and lends itself to a background colour scheme of greys. Other accessories such as throws, vases, storage boxes and lighting can also be a great way of incorporating new colours and designs. Carefully chosen lighting is very important and can really enhance any colours that you have accented, if done correctly. It’s incredibly easy to design a room around an accent colour, all you have to do is to choose one and then get going!

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Totnes Tile & Bathroom Studio One of the largest selections of tiles in the South West • A beautiful range of wall and floor tiles including Ceramic, Slate, Stone & Mosaic • Bathroom Studio displaying traditional and contemporary suites from selected manufacturers

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Janet East is the proprietor at Yellingham Farm, also running a Farmhouse B&B establishment www.yellinghamfarm.co.uk 01404 850272

by Janet East of Yellingham Farm

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fter the dreadful Foot and Mouth epidemic, meat prices crashed and the wool prices continued to be pathetic. If we were to survive at Yellingham we had to diversify. I had always wanted to run a B and B and it seemed that the opportunity was now lying at my feet. Adjoining the main farmhouse was a lovely red-brick built, old-fashioned cow shippon, complete with the chains to which the cows were fastened during milking, the concrete curved feeding trough and the dugout channel into which the cows’ ablutions were collected and drained away. A very quiet and, in its own way, beautiful, serene building, which I am sure could tell many a story. But with a large collection of modern, large, spacious barns, the cow shippon merely housed a few chickens. It was ideal for conversion. The conversion maintained all the wonderful characteristics of the building, but included modern facilities required by the everdiscerning guest. Long gone are the days of trotting down a corridor to use a shared bathroom, which invariably is being occupied by some youngster who needs at least an hour both ends of the day, showering, Bed blow-drying, make-up on, perfume, false & eyelashes, to name a Breakfast few ! So my first guests booked in... excited, worried, nervous, but ready. Unusually, they were both blind and had been visiting Sidmouth Folk Festival. Arriving by taxi, they clamoured out, laden with luggage and goodness knows how many bags, clearly representing good days shopping at the Festival. After a slow but careful and detailed tour of the facilities and rooms, tea was served. My first guests were in and settled. Before retiring, the wife asked me if I could look after a large carrier bag of jams, pickles and cakes which she had purchased at the Festival. No worries.

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I placed the goodies out in our “backhouse”, which is a long, cool, old-fashioned larder, lined with slate shelves and stone floor – ideal for the storage of everything from cold meats, to preserves, and everything edible which needed that chilled environment to survive. Better than a fridge any day. All was well. Time for bed, just the dogs to put out. Back door open and they all trot out, same time, same routine, and well, so I thought. They all trot in except Jill, my old border collie, who, since retiring, takes life steadily, even her last pee at night! So no alarm bells when she didn’t arrive with the rest of the tribe. But after 10 minutes or so of calling, I did start to be a trifle concerned. I had every right to be!

Cake cooked, smelling divine, even in the early hours of the morning ... on a wire, out the back, with Jill definitely locked out in her run. The next morning, I carried on as normal, served breakfast to my unassuming guests, worried as to how to break the news. Did I need to tell her? Yes. No. Yes, I must. It had to be done. “I am afraid I have a bit of bad news” All went very quiet. “My dog ate your cake last night”. No messing, straight out with the truth. Silence, a punishing, long silence, when no one spoke. Disbelief I suppose. “But I have made another one which I guarantee will taste just as good, she didn’t touch anything else I promise... she doesn’t like piccalilli!” The joke went down with a thud – I wanted to be swallowed up by the floor. Maybe B and B wasn’t for me after all. Gradually, normal service resumed and we parted amicably and I got paid as well. Relief!

You wouldn’t have thought lemon cake was the sort of stuff a dog would eat. Their usual range of food is hardly so refined. Jill appeared, smiling, with cling fi lm in her mouth with a little white sticker with the writing “Lemon Cake”. Oh my goodness, she had crept out to the backhouse, spotted the goodies and the rest is history. What now, it was 11.00 at night. I set to and made a cake, but the next dilemma was what shape was the cake – being blind, my guest would definitely have felt it when she purchased it.

Later that night I had a phone call from my guests who obviously during their long journey back to London, started to see the funny side of the previous evening’s events. “Janet, maybe it was a blessing that the dog ate my cake, as your lemon cake was to die for”. We both laughed. I cannot look at or eat lemon cake without being reminded of that dreadful first night, welcoming guests to my new B and B. Thank goodness Jill didn’t eat the cling fi lm or label – the outcome might have been very different!

“Edward, help, what shape is a lemon cake?” My happy, tranquil evening was in tatters. “Oblong I would think” he said with a smile “I’m not smiling, neither should you be”. I did not need this.

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‘Mayflower Steps’, departure point of the infamous Pilgrim Fathers voyage back in the 17th century are a popular site in the Barbican, allowing visitors and locals to truly connect with the city's seafaring heritage. It was indeed the city’s naval significance that led

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Plymouth to being a prime target for German bombings in the Second World War, and thus parts of the city which survived the attack hold great importance. Situated amongst the network of cobbled streets lies one of Plymouth's oldest buildings, the Elizabethan


Turks Head Inn - 1865

The Merchant's House - Plymouth's finest surviving example of a 16/17th century merchant residence. During the 17th century, the building was home to three of Plymouth's mayors including privateer William Parker, friend of Sir Francis Drake. William was a privateer and merchant, and was the mayor of Plymouth from 1601 to 1602. The building is jettied and has massive limestone walls running the depth of the building. The main granite door frames and finely moulded timber partitions and windows are more typical of the early 17th century. In recent years the building's been used as a taxi office (1960s) and was rescued from decay by Plymouth City Council in 1970. With assistance from the DOE, many of the original features were kept and made good.

House. With low ceilings and creaking oak floorboards, this historic gem really allows you to gain insight into Elizabethan life. The architecture in the Barbican clearly reflects the historic fishing port it once was and adds to the character that makes the harbour such a popular place to visit. In the daytime, the Barbican is the perfect place to browse and enjoy the number of quirky shops and art galleries the marina has to offer. With an eclectic choice, there is plenty

to interest all. Why not take a break from shopping to visit the vast selection of cafĂŠs and ice cream parlours, enjoy

You cannot feel anything but great empathy for the poor migrants leaving home forever, fighting to establish new lives in a foreign lands. a slice of cake or perhaps two whilst admiring the Barbican’s world class

Prysten House - estimated to have been built in the 1490s, the house is owned by St Andrew's Church. It's the oldest surviving domestic building

There are some real architectural gems around the Barbican, which luckily escaped the German bombers in Plymouth today. Thomas Yogge, a prominent local merchant originally purchased the land on which the building was erected. He was one of three Cornish born brothers from a merchant family who are said to have made a considerable contribution to the life of Plymouth during the latter part of the 15th century. Now home to Tanners Restaurant.

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marina. Come the evening, the harbour is the perfect place to relax and enjoy quality food and drinks, with choice stretching from traditional pubs to modern cuisine. This small yet bustling corner of Plymouth successfully retains the traditional English atmosphere and with the help of local shopkeepers and new developments in the area, the Plymouth Barbican is great place to visit all year round.

The Tudor House - opposite the Elizabethan House (below), which is now used as a business for Liberty Fabrics & Gifts. Elizabethan House is open to the public, is furnished appropriately to the age of the house, so the visitor gets a real window onto life back in Elizabethan times. Read more overleaf. See the Plymouth City Council website for details of opening times.

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Plymouth's Barbican

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The top end of Southside Street

Elizabethan House

During the Elizabethan period, trade prospered in Plymouth due to the exploits of merchants, sea captains, privateers and fishermen. Major John Sperkes in 1584, approved the development of a new street on the Barbican to accommodate all this bustling trade. So New Street came into

being and this is when the Elizabethan House was built. The first recorded occupant was a merchant - Richard Brendan who bought the property in 1631 for the grand sum of ÂŁ150. Over the centuries that followed, the house had many occupants, one of which was the

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London Company of Merchant Ventures who were instrumental in developing and exploring the fishing grounds of Newfoundland. Many thanks to Plymouth City Council for assistance provided, all details can be explored on their website at www.plymouth.gov.uk

England's oldest working bakery in Southside Street

F.H.Jacka - the oldest working bakery in England. Started in 1597 and still running today, that's a span of 416 years. Just goes to show that some things never go out of fashion.

An interesting old doorway - the 'Old' Custom House much work was done in 1586 on the New Quay. The later Custom House built in 1820 stands opposite on the Parade.

The old bread oven (right)

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Merchant's House 33, St Andrew Street, Plymouth

Above - exhibits within Merchant's House. Note the genuine ducking stool which is a complete rarity.

Above - A.E. Monsen Ship Stores is a fine harbourside building with stowage entry doors at the upper levels. The Barbican's heritage is visible architecturally, every way you look.

Fishing boats share the harbour with a myriad of leisure craft

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Plymouth's rich nautical and maritime past. Southside Street and the Parade, both of which have a wealth of independent, and quirky shops and eateries are worth further investigation. The Barbican lends itself perfectly to ambling (my preferred mode!).

Southside Street

At the upper end of Southside Street is the old Plymouth Gin Distillery which is open for visits. If you wish to stop for lunch, Barbican Kitchen is situated in the Plymouth Gin Distillery building and is run by

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visit to the Barbican can make an interesting and enjoyable outing. Certainly if you enjoy your history, this is a place to savour. Don't miss seeing the Mayflower Steps Monument, the Elizabethan House, also Merchant's House (a bit further back from the harbour). You can enjoy the architecture which tells of

Dolphin House Brasserie 01752 254879 www.dolphinhousebrazzerie.com

Impressive objet d'art at Glass!!' gallery, on the Parade.

The Custom House and quayside.

the very able brothers Chris and James (of Tanners Restaurant fame). Directly opposite is the Barbican Pannier Market, brimming with collectibles. Further down Southside Street is Kaya Gallery, run by Norman Holmes who's known by the local traders for his goahead attitude to promoting and supporting this close knit business community. Kaya Gallery displays a wide range of art works, with particular emphasis on local artists, sculptors and photographers. If you get a chance, drop in, you'll sure of a warm welcome from Norman. Another notable shop to visit is Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery, (next door to F.H.Jacka). Victoria Sewart, the proprietor, has built up a collection of jewellery from over 40 designers. The breadth of designs is impressive and if jewellery's your thing, don't miss the opportunity to take a look. Quite a way further down at No11 is The Distinguished run by Wai Goodhew. When you walk through the door, you're confronted by a fantastic range of gifts, soft furnishings, homewares, jewellery, cards, etc. the list goes on. There's literally something for everyone in this shop, so don't miss popping inside.

The Parade

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Galleries, Shops & Eateries

Kaya Gallery 01752 267474 www.kayagallery.co.uk

shops and bistros, unusually they have high sided glass screens, so you can enjoy sitting outside without having to suffer on a windy day. As you look across to the other side of the quay, you see the Custom House and the fine building housing A.E. Monsen Ship Stores (see page 35). They've been supplying provisions, meats, dry stores, safety equipment, nautical fittings for the past 100 years.

The Distinguished 01752 253108 www.thedistinguished.mysupadupa.com

Harbour Avenue

Just across and round the corner from the Parade is Harbour Avenue, which is situated on a quieter part of the historic harbour. The Dolphin House Brasserie is an interesting dining

Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery 01752 267474 www.victoriasewart.co.uk

destination, providing modern British cuisine with international flavours. Put plainly their mission is to serve real food, with ingredients sourced locally wherever possible.

Ice cream on the quay.

If you're bringing children with you and need to keep them amused, the National Marine Aquarium is just over the swing footbridge. Their collection of fish is excellent and it apparently has the largest tank in Europe and is the biggest aquarium in Britain. Divers enter some of the larger tanks to feed the fish, not sure if they'd want to go into the shark tanks though!

Marylin Monroe's bathing costume, one of the items on display at Parade Antiques. Yours for just ÂŁ490,000

Directly opposite Monsen's is Glass!!, a gallery displaying contemporary designs and art all executed in glass. They have some fairly striking objet d'art, much of which is made by Ian (see pic at top with Ian and Ricci in doorway), and also stock objects from many international designers (see their exhibition at the Dartmouth branch in our Art Gallery pages).

The "Prawn" as it's affectionately known A fantastic sculpture combining cormorant feet, John Dory fin, lobster claws and the head of an Angler Fish. By Brian Fell of Glossop, the Prawn stands 33ft above the West Pier.

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Showcasing over 50 British designers Award winning and inspiring new designers exhibiting this Autumn...

Victoria Sewart in the doorway of her store on Southside Street.

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

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A couple of the many unusual designs that can be seen at Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery. Victoria's website displays much of her jewellery range from the 40+ designers that she showcases.

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GLASS!! Bespoke fused glass designs made in Devon by gallery owner/ artists Ian Nicholls

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Fresh funky food Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery on the Barbican • Fresh local produce at a realistic price • Early dinner menu available from 5pm • Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner

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The Tanner brothers have expanded their successful Barbican Kitchen brasserie formula with the opening of a new private dining area within the Plymouth Gin Distillery. Barbican Kitchen, now in its 8th year, has just opened its new private dining area following a £60k investment by the brothers in new facilities including a state of the art new oven and sound system at the popular brasserie taking its capacity from 80 covers to more than 100. The expansion allows Barbican Kitchen to utilise the new area as overflow during peak times and double as a private dining area for business meetings and special occasions. The new area, which was once Plymouth Gin’s old boardroom, is situated at the front of the historic building overlooking Southside Street.  Chris Tanner explained: “Barbican Kitchen is regularly used for business lunches so it is great to be able to give our business customers a greater range of options.  The new area has already generated advanced bookings from businesses looking for an alternative venue to hold meetings and enjoy what Barbican Kitchen has to offer.” for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

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With the opening of two tempting new eateries at Sutton Harbour this summer, food lovers now have even more reason to visit the waterfront. Award winning food writer, restaurateur and celebrity chef Mitch Tonks’ £500,000 Rockfish Sutton Harbour restaurant opened at the National Marine Aquarium in June, serving a selection of the best seasonal, sustainable seafood, supplied directly by Plymouth Fish Market just 50 metres away.

Across the water at Quay Point the real food kitchen opened in July, bringing a relaxed style of al fresco dining to the Harbour. Owners Phil Hague and Katie Easter have vowed to make the most of what’s on their doorstep, with locally sourced Devonshire produce at the heart of their cooking.

Sutton Harbour's a great place to spend some time! Visitors to Plymout h’s waterfront can now enjoy a scenic one-mile walk around Sutton Harbour, after the reopening of the Heritage Trail earlier this year. The walk

will take you past the working fishmarket – the second largest in England – and along the cobbled streets of the Barbican to the historic Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in 1620. Walkers can see the hundreds of attractive boats berthed in the Marina, and head around to the National Marine Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK. A new loyalty card scheme has also been launched this year to help visitors get the most out of what’s on offer at Plymouth’s waterfront. The ‘Experience Card’ gives cardholders access to exclusive offers and discounts at cafés, restaurants, shops and attractions – register now at experiencesuttonharbour.co.uk

Sutton Harbour's a hive of activity, with leisure and fishing boats coming and going. The National Marine Aquarium is visible on the far right, whilst Rockfish Sutton Harbour is just next door. You can't miss the seeing the Mayflower Memorial and also "The Prawn". Sutton Harbour's just a great place to spend time.

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Dirty Work at Devon’s Crossroads If you’re planning to haunt any of the scenes of Devon’s ghastly goings-on of yesteryear during these shorter autumn days, look out behind you, cautions John Fisher

THE LAST WOMEN to be hanged for witchcraft in Britain were from Devon. Three of them died at Heavitree, on the outskirts of Exeter, by having ropes with slip-knots tied around their necks. Then they were lifted bodily off the ground. It was how they did things in those days and at that place. It was August, 1682 and thousands of people walked out from the city on the Honiton road, following behind the hapless trio and up the hill to where the road still forks to watch the spectacle and listen to any final words from the women before cheering wildly as they left the ground to kick their legs in the ‘gallows dance’. The three unfortunates were Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards, three poor, terrified women who were brought down from Bideford to Exeter to one of the two ‘official’ places where Devon’s death penalties were carried out. One of them, Temperance Lloyd and the only one to have made any kind of ‘confession’, was probably mentally deranged. The two others screamed their innocence until the end. At Tyburn, in London where the vast crowds demanded a better view of events, those convicted met their ends by being pushed from the tailboard of a cart (the same cart that had brought them from prison, seated on their coffins) their nooses already tied to the crossbeam of the gallows.

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At this point friends or family might rush forward and hang onto the legs of their loved-ones to cut short their agony. Not so in Devon. At Heavitree, a place like many others in England that takes its name from the terrible tree that once served as a gallows there, death was a much more drawn out affair. What mattered on these occasions was that justice was seen to be done by those who administered the laws of the day and witchcraft was only one of the crimes which called for the death penalty. Others included murder, treason, highway robbery, sheep stealing, cattle rustling, forgery, arson, house-breaking, thievery, assault and rape.

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never hanged. Instead they were put to death by being burnt alive. Their crime was known as ‘petty treason’ and defined under the Treason Act of 1351. It was seen as ‘an assault on the majesty of the State’ as well as the actual victim and therefore ‘against the natural order of things’. The Act was repealed in 1825 but the last woman to be burnt alive in Exeter was Rebecca Downing, a servant girl who died on 29th June, 1782 for poisoning her mistress.

For reasons best known to themselves, the authorities in Devon decreed that these public burnings should happen not at Heavitree but at Southernhay, just outside the city walls, on a piece of scrub land used periodically for an annual fair. Perhaps it was so that the administering clergy did not have so far to walk from the Cathedral in inclement weather?

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Protestant martyr It was there on 15 November 1557, that Agnes Prest was chained to a post and burnt alive, not for murder but for denying the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. As with all burnings, the ashes were scattered about the place afterwards so that comes Judgement Day there will be no bones to rise from the grave with the chance of a life to come. On the same spot in 1571 one Agnes Jones was burnt to death, for poisoning her husband. There were doubtless many other burnings here for this spot, on the west side of Southernhay, nowadays a select, tree-lined commercial area, is marked on a 1709 map as “The Burning Place”. But Devon’s crossroads were always the preferred places to hang people, especially highwaymen and footpads, because bodies would be left swinging, in a gibbet, for as long as the magistrate decided. This not only acted as a deterrent to other miscreants, it also served to reassure travellers that they were in a law-abiding part of the realm.


Bodies in gibbets - body-hugging iron cages - could stay there as long as 20 years and were designed in such a way that the corpse remained visible, held together for as long as possible after decay set in. Sometimes criminals were put in these gibbets alive and simply left to die.

enlightenment the lawmakers, having abolished the practice of hanging drawing and quartering, needed a tougher law to deter murderers and the proliferation of gibbeting was the perceived answer.

Catholic martyr Most famous ‘criminal and traitor’ to be thus despatched was Robert Welsh, the Catholic vicar of St Thomas’s in Exeter who was placed in a gibbet alive (by the then Protestant council of Exeter), before being hauled to the top of his own church tower in Cowick Street for “preaching against the new religion” (Protestantism) during the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549. A contemporary account records how:[He was] hung in chains, having on his priest's vestments, with a holy bucket, a sprinkling brush, a small bell, a pair of beads, and other Romish articles hung about him; where he remained for a long time. He made little or no confession, but took his death very patiently; and had certainly proved a very useful member of the commonwealth, had not his follies and vices over-balanced his virtues. It took him four days and nights to die but his body was left on the gibbet until 1553 when Catholicism was restored during the reign of Queen Mary 1, aka Bloody Mary for her burning and beheading of hundreds of Protestants, men women and children. Little wonder that hundreds of years later so many of these places of execution still have disturbing tales attached to them.

Bring on the gibbets These intersections, it was thought, also served to confuse the spirits of those who had committed dark deeds. Rather than move on to judgement they lurked (and perhaps continue to lurk, some say) in this noman’s land, beyond the limits of a town and between human habitations. It is why suicides were also buried at crossroads. Problem was that following the Murder Act of 1751 many Devon crossroads became little more than bone yards as corpses rotted in the gibbets that were now commonplace. For in their

a Devon suicide at what were then crossroads is that of Kitty Jay and dates from the late 1700s. The discovery of the grave is first documented in the North Devon Journal, 23 January1851; In the parish of Manaton, near Widdecombe on the moor while some men in the employ of James Bryant, Esq., of Prospect, at his seat, Hedge Barton, were removing some accumulations of way soil, a few days since, they discovered what appeared to be a grave. On further investigation, they found the skeleton of a body, which proved from enquiry to be the remains of Ann Jay, a woman who hanged herself some three generations since in a barn at a place called Forder, and was buried at Four Cross Lane, according to the custom of that enlightened age.

The Bloody Assizes Parliament’s new law ‘for better preventing the horrid crime of murder’ stated that ‘in no case whatsoever shall the body of a murderer be suffered to be buried.’ The Act mandated either public dissection or the ‘hanging in chains’ (so-called gibbeting) of the cadaver. Sometimes both. On occasion these gibbets were erected not at a crossroad but close to the scene of the crime itself – Samuel Pepys commenting in his diary expressed disgust at the practice where the sight and smell of decaying corpses was offensive and "pestilential" and so a threat to public health.

From Torquay’s Gallows Gate to Gibbet Hill near Brentor or Hangman’s Stone in East Devon, the county abounds with places where the name is a giveaway to the ghoulish goings-on that once went on there. Many more are not obvious at all but are still probably ‘spooked’ – thanks to the man given the job of punishing the rebels following the Monmouth Rebellion in the West in 1685, the monster, Judge Jeffreys.

treason. Those parts stayed there for years, nobody daring to take them down.

Look out behind you! So there you have it. Not only does Devon have more miles of road than any other county in England, it also has more tales of headless horses, headless horsemen and headless coachmen roaming in the gloaming than you might care to shake a chain at. But before you start checking and re-checking your rear-view mirror as the nights draw in, it may be a comfort to ponder the suggestion that many of these apparitions may not be what they seem. There is good reason to believe that many of them were dreamt up by 18th century smugglers to spread fear and alarm amongst the good people of the county. There was (and still is come to that) nothing better than the thought of a close encounter with a headless horror to keep a body’s head firmly under the duvet when ‘the gentlemen’ and their five and twenty ponies go trotting through the dark.

Gallows humour

Finally a reminder that even at an execution there can always be a touch of humour, should the condemned feel that way inclined. Take for example the Victorian murderer William Palmer who is reported to have looked at the trapdoor on the gallows and asked the hangman, A contemporary visitor to "Are you sure it's safe?" England, the forerunner of But perhaps it would be more French travel writers, Cesar fitting to close with the final de Saussure, wrote: words spoken by Devon’s own Sir Walter Raleigh After hanging murderers before being beheaded on a are punished in a particular cold morning in late October Fiona Avis © fashion. They are first hung 1618. He told the executioner, on the common gibbet, their "Let us dispatch. At this hour Flowers are still placed on the grave of bodies are then covered with my ague comes upon me. I poor Kitty (Ann) Jay at Four Cross Lane. tallow and fat substances, would not have my enemies over this is placed a tarred think I quaked from fear." shirt fastened down with iron After the capture and execution bands, and the bodies are hung of the ringleader, the Duke of with chains to the gibbet, which Monmouth, who had landed at is erected on the spot, or as near POST MORTEM: Judge Jeffreys Lyme Regis, many hundreds as possible to the place, where the went on to become Lord of ordinary Devon and Dorset crime was committed, and there Chancellor of England and peasants were rounded up, it hangs till it falls to dust. This was buried in a vault under the ‘tried’ and executed. This is what is called in this country altar table of St. Mary’s Church, began by hanging and then by to be hanged in chains. Aldermanbury in the City of disembowelling, after which the London. Fast forward to the Blitz heads and quarters were dipped in WW2 and the church received in pitch and salt and displayed Suicides buried at a direct hit from a Nazi bomb and on poles, gibbets and roadside crossroads all traces of Jeffreys vanished. trees. These body parts were Dust to dust. placed nearest to the hamlets It was not only criminals who and villages from whence the were denied a Christian burial. John Fisher rebels had come – as a warning The best documented burial of to anyone else contemplating for What's On, visit: southdevonhub .co.uk

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But here’s the thing... The Sex Life of the Cod A press spokesman told us: “It is on our

Yesterday is a foreign country?

interpretation team’s radar, but as a charity

WHY DO SO MANY young people in Devon talk

with small budgets (it’s) not something we can

in question marks nowadays, do you know?

facilitate in the short term”. This from a recently retired Devon-born

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“Currently we do pipe whale song through

acquaintance visiting his old home town in

our Eddystone exhibit for atmosphere when

our fair county this autumn after spending

there aren’t shows on, which we feel adds to

the last 30 years as a university lecturer in

the immersive experience.”

the American mid-west.

So - fingers crossed that someone will cast a little bread upon the waters so that visitors

BY EAVESDROPPING ON FISH talking

can sit in front of one of those enormous tanks

amongst themselves, a team of marine

at the NMA and hear the guide say something

biologists at the University of Texas reports

like, “That big one over there is a cod and this

that the cod is among the most interesting of

is the sound it makes!”

species, emitting a variety of different sounds, especially during courtship and mating.

“Yawl white dare?” we needed to explain Meanwhile a visit to the NMA just to watch

was a proper question and simply needed

and read and learn is a magical and memorable

interpretation. Nowadays this is the common

These fishy utterances are described as

experience. Go to www.national-aquarium.

greeting to anyone looking around in a shop.

“grunts,” “knocks,” “snaps,” “pops,” “staccato,”

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It translates, we told him, as “Are you alright

“d r u m mi ng,” “hu m mi ng,” “r u mbles,”

a visit.

there?” and is a replacement for the “May I

“percolating,” and “purring.” Sounds worth sharing, surely?

help you?” he knew back in the 1970s. P.S. Two fish in a tank. One says to the other, “Okay, you drive, I’ll fire the gun!”

Alas all of this stems from research in small

Okay, okay, but why do so many people make simple statements but put question marks on

tanks in laboratories and so far none of the

the end of them? It’s as though they are seeking

major public aquariums around the globe

approval, he said, and not only did he find it

seems to have cottoned on to how the visitor

odd he also found it extremely irritating. He

experience might be enhanced by being able

gave as example:

to actually listen to their underwater worlds. “We’re thinking of painting the dog green?” Save for our own National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth - where ocean and river fish of many kinds abound - who may already

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be thinking along these lines.

But totally inexplicable, we had to agree, is something as banal as, “I met Mary and we went shopping?” People who sit behind people on buses and

Once more into the Dart, dear friends!

say stuff like that should be put off at the next stop, we agreed?

and this time the organisers - Rotary of Totnes - are hoping it will be amongst the best ever. Buckfastleigh and finishing at Vire Island, Totnes The 100 or so ‘rafts’ (and crews) of every

after a 13 km route where competitors will need

conceivable type, shape and size deliver an

to negotiate three weirs and umpteen obstacles.

extraordinary cavalcade of fun and excitement

If the water level is low there will be added ‘fun’

all along the route, for the enjoyment of

as the teams pull, push or carry their rafts at

themselves and the entertainment of the

several shallow points on the course.

thousands of spectators who are expected to Photo courtesy of Totnes Raft Race

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

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COCKHAVEN MANOR For The Best Of West Country Food

Cockhaven Manor is famed for its excellent service and mouthwatering food. From September to November, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch for just £9.95, or a fantastic 3-courses for £12.50. Experience some of the best value and quality West Country food. Perfect for a business lunch, social get-together or just a warm autumn meal. The Autumn Lunch menu is available every lunchtime Monday to Friday. A sample is shown but the menu changes daily.

AUTUMN SPECIAL MENU 2 Courses £9.95

3 Courses £12.50

Cream of Leek and Potato Soup Fan of Melon with Fresh Fruits and Sorbet

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

Cockhaven manor now has Dinner Jazz evenings on the last Sunday of every month September 29th - Ace Jazz music October 27th - Jeremy Huggets Harlem 5 £17.50 for a 3 Course Dinner plus Coffee & Jazz Why not make a night of it? Mention the Jazz and get £10.00 discount on the price of B&B. Table reservations - Tel 01626 775252 or email enquires@cockhavenmanor.com

Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton Halfway Between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth

CALL 01626 775252 for details

Field Mushroom with Prawns in Garlic Butter topped with Herb Breadcrumbs Country Pâté with Onion Marmalade, Green Leaves and Melba toast ***** Traditional Devon Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding With Roast Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables Pork Steak with a Mustard, Brandy, Honey and Cream Sauce Served with Fresh Vegetables & Potatoes Cold Meat (or Cheese & Fruit) Platter Served with Full Salad & New Potatoes Sheppard's Pie Topped with Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar Cheese Served with Fresh Vegetables Roasted Butternut Squash stuffed with Spinach, Somerset Brie and Red Peppers Served with Salad and Garlic Bread ***** Apple and Raspberry Crumble with Custard Lemon and Sultana Parfait Dark Chocolate Brownie with a Creamy White Chocolate Sauce Key Lime Pie with Lime Sorbet Our Autumn Specials Menu changes daily and is available until 22nd November - Monday to Friday Lunchtimes CHRISTMAS LUNCHES AND PARTY NIGHTS Available from 23rd November to 23rd December for groups from 2 to 120 BOOK EARLY!

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artisans and artists INTERIOR DESIGN

Xanthina from Black Edition by Romo - held in the Artisans and Artists Fabric and Wallpaper Library: our client projects are broad in terms of style of interiors, we cater for the traditional, contemporary and extraordinary. We look for superb quality with timeless appeal at the right price point and the library content is international. Classic fabrics such as linens, wool plaids, twills, velvets, jacquard weaves, chintz and silks are well represented alongside the complete Linwood and Designers Guild collections, as well as fabric houses such as Romo, Mark Alexander, Lewis and Wood, GuĂŤll Lamadrid, Les Creations, Robert Allen and Gainsborough. We also carry some of the smaller but distinctive collections such as Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix, Nicholas Herbert, de Gournay, Stereo and Guy Goodfellow.

Put art at the heart of everyday life Oxford House West Street Ashburton Devon UK TQ13 7DU

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