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DEVONSHIRE’S

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 18

magazine

magazine coverage: EAST DEVON, EXETER, MID DEVON & WEST DORSET


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From the Editor

USE IT LOSE IT

Is it me, or do the internet based businesses seem to have an

extremely unfair advantage over retail shopping, and indeed many other

business sectors today. So often it’s reported in the newspapers just how

little tax the internet giants pay to operate in our country. More worrying

is the lack of action by politicians to redress the balance in favour of our

beleaguered high street retail. No surprise really, the internet companies

have cash to splash, particularly on consultancies around Westminster,

and of course our politicians are like pigs at the trough!

However, we all do it, shop online that is, so it’s no good

pointing any fingers is it? NO, but there’s an easy way we can all help,

it’s called shopping, but with your feet, not a mouse in sight - and it’s

infinitely more healthy and enjoyable, especially when followed up by a

spot of lunch. None of us want our own towns to have endless lines of

empty shop windows displaying nothing but To Let signs. It’s simple - go

shopping in your local town.

Shops - we’re running our Shop Local scheme again this year,

free Shop Local posters are available to display in your window

just call 01395 513383 for copies.

Nigel Jones

PS - please don’t miss our competition - a meal for two with wine

at the lovely Sidmouth Harbour Hotel (see p50).

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expressed are purely those of the originators. We do not endorse any products or services advertised within this magazine. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that information is correct, the publishers take no responsibility for

any errors or omissions. Any person or persons undertaking the circular walk featured within this publication does so entirely at their own risk. If you take children or dogs on the walk, they will require supervision. We strongly

advise that prior to travelling to any of the events listed in our What's On sections, that you call the event organisers to check that the event is running at the times and dates specified.

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DEVONSHIRE

Devon’s Countryside, Wildlife, History & Events

5. Editor's Letter

The latest from the Editor.

9. Letterbox

News from across Devon.

14. The Countryman

By Christopher Taylor.

16. What's On

From the HUBCAST.

34. Fashion & Beauty

Indulge your inner self.

36. Devon Xmas Present

By Devonshire’s John Fisher.

38. Snow Scene

By the Editor - river Otter.

40. Great Night Out

Enjoy great food & live music.

42. Overnight Stay

The Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple.

44. Food Review

Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis.

46. Food Review

The Clock Tower, Sidmouth.

50. Dream Destination

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel.

54. Amsterdam

A visit with the Editor.

62. Art Exhibitions

Brought to you by HUBCAST.

70. St. Martin's Church

Britain's most important church.

75. Nelsonʼs Column

By Devonshire’s John Fisher.

79. But hereʼs the thing...

John Fisher expounds.

86. A Growing Trend

Garden rooms - David Matthews.

88. Equine Learning

Gastric Ulceration - Natalie Bucklar.

89. The Old Vetʼnary

3 Marmalade Cats - Ken Watson.

91. Life Matters

Barleclose with Neil Dowding.

93. Interview - Tom King

By Susan Gebbie.

94. Devonshire Walk

Venn Ottery with the Editor.

98. Financial Planning

Stalling longevity... - H.Mulvaney.

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YOUR NEWS TO THE EDITOR - LETTERBOX@DEVONSHIREMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Chris Simpson

wins Michelin Star

Andrew Brownsword Hotels

is celebrating following the

announcement that Chris Simpson

of Gidleigh Park has been awarded a

Michelin star, following the release

of the Michelin Guide 2019.

Awarded to Chris in person at

the prestigious ceremony held

on Monday 1 October at the BFI

IMAX cinema in Waterloo, the guide

inspectors commented that Chris

“has made a confident start at this

beautiful hotel”.

Chris Simpson commented, “I’m

absolutely delighted to have been

awarded a Michelin star. Whilst

in the past I have celebrated many

times, leading kitchens to win both

one and two stars, this is the first

time I’ve been awarded a star for my

own kitchen and it is a huge honour.

As well as congratulating all the

kitchen team, whose dedication and

continued efforts have delivered this

accolade, I would also like to thank

everyone at Gidleigh Park who all

play their part in creating a brilliant

experience for all of our guests”.

Stephanie Hocking, CEO Andrew

Brownsword Hotels, comments,

“Huge congratulations to Chris and his

team on being awarded a Michelin

star, which is fantastic recognition

for his outstanding cooking. Having

been long been aware of Chris’s

exceptional talent, we’re delighted he

has settled in so well at Gidleigh Park

and we look forward to exciting times

ahead, as he continues to flourish”.

www.gidleigh.co.uk

Searegs new facility

A training provider that runs

commercial maritime training courses

has moved in to a brand new, state-ofthe-art

facility at Turnchapel Wharf

on Plymouth’s waterfront. SeaRegs

Training specialise in commercial

maritime training including survival

and first aid for entry level seafarers

right up to Stability, Navigation and

Radar for Masters with notable clients

including the Port of London Authority,

the International Sailing Federation

and other maritime institutes around

the world. Led by Directors Simon and

Vicky Jinks, SeaRegs Training has taken

occupancy of a new business unit at

Turnchapel Wharf, Plymouth. The

facility includes a modern workshop,

classrooms facilities as well as a

Transas simulator suite for pilotage

and navigation exercises.

www.searegs.co.uk

Chapter Clothingʼs ongoing success

In March this year, Sidmouth

based independent boutique

Chapter Clothing was taken

over by new owner, Eileen Ellis

(pictured right). Eileen has since

held numerous fashion shows

for charity and continues to grow

Chapter’s ongoing success. Eileen

is keen to raise awareness about

Tamar Security celebrating over 30 years

One of the South West’s favourite

family run security companies,

Tamar Security, is celebrating over

30 years in the security industry.

Their vast experience in installing

and maintaining security systems

for domestic, commercial and

industrial clients over the past 30

years has led them to be one of

the leading providers in the South

the importance of shopping local

and supporting local high street

retailers. “At Chapter, we cater for

the discerning shopper who is

looking for that something different.

We also provide a friendly, personal

service to help shoppers find the

perfect outfit” says Eileen.

www.facebook.com/Chapterclothing/

West. Tamar Security has won

sought after accreditation from

the National Security Inspectorate

as a Gold standard company, and

has since gained accreditation in

Quality Management Systems to

ISO9001:2015. These standards

recognise a consistently high level

of customer care and service, and

not only assure customers of quality

fitting and equipment, but are

recognised by all leading insurers.

Although the company has grown

substantially over the years, the

quality of customer service remains

paramount.

Tamar Security’s service engineers,

office staff and telephone response

team are highly experienced and

most have been with the company

for many years, including Managing

Director Martin Shearer, who

started in 2001 as a trainee alarm

technician.

“We find customers really value

continuity of service and that

familiar friendly voice on the end

of the phone; they also find seeing

their regular engineer each time

their service is due very reassuring”

says Martin.

www.tamarsecurity.co.uk

Refurb at Quayside

A series of extensive improvement

and refurbishment works at Quayside

Leisure Centre have taken place,

marking a major financial investment

in improving local leisure facilities.

Led by the UK’s leading sports and

leisure charity, Fusion Lifestyle, the

improvements were designed to

significantly modernise the centre,

while also improving and enhancing

the experience for its members.

Improvements have been made across

the centre, and just some of the exciting

changes which have taken place include

a complete refurbishment of the gym,

which now includes the latest in new,

industry leading fitness equipment–

including new cross-trainers, free

weights and treadmills. Members

can also look forward to taking part

in group exercise classes in the centre’s

new spin studio, which includes stateof-the-art

spin equipment, or in the

newly refurbished fitness studio. One

of the other biggest new additions is

the creation of a new soft play room

for young children.

www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/

quayside-leisure-centre/

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Cornwall

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Burn Right campaign sweeping the country

A local chimney sweep is backing a

national campaign to help reduce

pollution and keep homes safe.

James Holbrook from Heritage

Chimney Sweeping based near

Axminster, has signed up to the

Burn Right campaign.

The Burn Right campaign was

formulated by chimney sweeps

and professionals in the solid fuel

industry to educate people on how

to use their wood burners and multifuel

stoves correctly. If not properly

operated, appliances can not only

pollute the atmosphere, but also

pose a risk to life and property.

James Holbrook, of Heritage

Chimney Sweeping, said:

“The Burn Right campaign has come

at a critical time, as the government

is looking closely at emissions from

domestic fires.”

“The root of the problem is that wood

is often not burned at a high enough

temperature. If it’s not hot enough,

then unburned fuel vapours travel

up and out of the chimney causing

unnecessary pollution. There is a

real lack of awareness with some of

these issues and many people who

use a stove don’t even know there

is a problem, let alone think that

they might be a part of it.”

The design of the stove and the

moisture content of the wood are

two factors that affect the burning

temperature, if the air supply is

closed off too much, the wood

can’t burn hot enough. Closing

the air off too much does not save

fuel, it wastes fuel. The Burn Right

campaign is being spearheaded by

professional chimney sweeps across

the country: “I’m pleased to be one of

them. We have a unique perspective

of the stove, the fuel, the chimney

and the customers burning habits

and can advise accordingly.”

For further information visit

heritagechimneysweeping.co.uk.

or www.BurnRight.co.uk

Shop Local Campaign

DEVONSHIRE magazine is running

the Shop Local campaign again this year.

The campaign was originally launched

in 2014 by Devonshire magazine to

encourage people to support their local

high street shops. This is an important

message, now more than ever especially

with Christmas on the way and online

shopping set to yet again increase its

share of the festive shopping market.

Walking past empty shop windows is

a reminder to us all that we need to

ensure we support our local town high

street. “Why should I worry about

this” - you may ask, well if you’ve ever

visited a town that has died, it feels

like the light has literally gone out -

a depressing sight that tells you the

town is dead. If your business would

like to have a poster or refresh your

existing poster, please email letterbox@

devonshiremagazine.co.uk

Independent Retailer of the Year winners

When Living and Lifestyle Mobility

won an Independent Retailer of the

Year Award at Exmouth Business

Awards at the end of May, the

Competition - a meal for two

If you’re a foodie, or even if you

just enjoy spending quality time

with your partner over a meal, don’t

miss the competition in this issue of

Devonshire magazine on page 50.

The prize is a meal for two with

a bottle of wine at the Sidmouth

Harbour Hotel. If you haven’t

visited, it’s true to say that the

company’s owner Sarah Ford, put

it down to her team’s hard work

and compassion.

‘Harbour’ is something of a dining

destination. Superb views with chic,

elegant dining space in their Upper

Deck Restaurant, a truly great place

to relax. It’s extremely simple to

enter the competition, just go to:

www.devonshiremagazine.co.uk/win

The competition was fierce as

70 local companies contended

across 12 award categories for the

prestigious accolades. Located on

Exmouth’s Brixington Parade, Living

and Lifestyle Mobility opened it’s

doors in April 2015 - and has since

gone from strength to strength.

L&L’s showroom is unique within

the industry. While many mobility

shops look clinical, it has stepped

away from this conventional model.

L&L is accredited by Devon County

Council to provide NHS prescription

equipment to those who require

extra care in the home.

livingandlifestylemobility.co.uk

Swing into Christmas

at Exeter Racecourse

Swing into Christmas at Exeter

Racecourse, which will be hosting

three of its renowned parties on

December 8th, 14th and 15th. This

year swing singer Neil Barclay’s

fabulous songs will accompany the

evening followed by a disco until

midnight. Tickets for the parties cost

£40 each and include arrival drinks,

a three-course dinner, and a photo

booth and the sensational music.

Guests will also receive two free

race tickets to enjoy a day at Exeter

Racecourse in 2019 worth £34.

Since 2013, Exeter’s Christmas parties

have become a rich Devon tradition,

with businesses, individuals and

friends delving in year after year to

enjoy the warm ambience, delicious

food and fantastic entertainment.

To book, call Michelle Thomas

on 01392 832599 or visit

www.Exeter-racecourse.co.uk

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Nigel Jones reviews new releases from Devon based authors

by David Gilman

Xmas

present

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DEVONSHIRE

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by Tim Pears

Xmas

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Another in the Masters of War Series from Devon author David Gilman.

Thomas Blackstone is the central character as usual, who sees his

name blackened, his son hunted and his men slaughtered in one

rip-roaring, action packed

historically based story.

The 1300s were a time in

English history when, having

captured King John II of

France, Edward III agrees

a treaty that sees England

gaining massive tracts of

France. But France is torn

apart with mercenary bands

and uncooperative French

lords, meaning that gaining

control over the lands

ceded is proving extremely

difficult.

If you haven’t read any of

David’s Master of War series,

I can heartily commend

them, just great reading

that keeps you engaged all

the way through.

This paperback costs £7.99

It’s a much vaunted book - upon opening this copy some thirty three

glowing quotes from all manner of media. This book is the final

instalment of an epic West

Country trilogy written by

Tim Pears.

There’s a fascinating level

of detail in sections that’s

staggering, although so

neatly in context that the

picture painted by your mind

is rendered in technicolor.

For instance, where Leo (the

central character), having

enlisted in the Royal Navy,

is anchored up on-board in

the Forth of Firth in 1916.

Some of the detail of daily

life on-board is engrossing.

Written beautifully, reading

is effortless and has

much evocation threaded

throughout.

Superb, you will not be disappointed!

Hardback RRP £16.99

ISBN 9781784974527 ISBN 9781526607942

by David Will

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magazine

Xmas

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A book from another Devon based author, David Will. Gemmano

is the story of an Italian family during the latter stages of WW2.

When Mussolini is deposed and the Italians abandon Germany,

they become subject to the Nazis’

rough treatment. British Allies are

hotly pursuing the Nazis through

mountainous terrain, through the

village of Gemmano where the story

is based in Northern Italy.

The central character is a Tony

Mazzanti, considered slightly ‘odd’

by the villagers, he appears to have

a special healing gift which he’s

kept hidden, but at eighteen years

of age they begin to emerge.

The book was inspired by David’s

conversations with witnesses

of battle during his visits to the

village, and their horror at being

caught helpless between two

foreign powers.

A good read!

If you’re looking to buy a present for someone that can be enjoyed

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Six high quality issues are published

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The magazine carries

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On information per issue, sourced

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Th e C O U N T R Y M A N

Short eared owl

CHRIS TAYLOR

The COUNTRYMAN

Chris lives with his wife, Brianne,

in north Devon at the confluence

of the Mole and Bray Rivers.

Raised on a farm, with a degree in

Agricultural Zoology, Chris moved

into Farm Management and more

recently into Estate Management

and Consultancy. Over the past

50 years his passions cover all

aspects of the countryside, wildlife,

conservation,agriculture and

country pursuits.

Photos copyright C. Taylor

Our changing seasons

Blackberry

Chicory

Cornflower

What do the months of

November and December

hold in store this year? Summer

seemed to continue well into

October and the normal September

storms waited until mid-October

to descend on us. Whilst writing in

mid-October, with the temperature

at 17 degrees C at 9.00 AM,

storm Callum is overhead. Could

it possibly be snowing hard in

some 6 weeks time, as back in

2010? Our weather doesn’t seem

to hold the seasonal patterns I

recall over my lifetime. I only

wish. As a great farming friend

once told me when I entered farm

management, keep a detailed

diary of all the dates of harvest,

sowing, fertilizer applications and

weather and ground conditions

etc., etc. I did, but frustratingly,

I never wrote down with any

regularity what the wildlife was

up to. The distinctive call of the

arrival of the Brent geese was

always around 17th October when

farming down in Sussex. This was

like clockwork and was recorded

and eagerly awaited, heralding

in autumn.

before their long migration

south. Thumbing through my

more recent diaries, I notice

that from mid-October I have

we will not see them until we get

into November, especially if our

more northern regions have as

many rowan and hawthorn berries

You can see that Christmas approaches!

Ragged The harvest Robin

I always record the first swallows

to arrive and the last to leave.

Unusually, I saw none in October

this year. The odd few would

normally be around to now

normally seen the first few

migrants from Scandinavia,

members of the thrush

family: redwings and fieldfares

but none yet. I think it fair to say

as we have this year. There is much

folk lore about such bountiful

quantities of wild fruit and how

we are in for a hard winter. If

there is an element of truth to

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Ponies on Exmoor

You guessed it, the drought - ground parched

this, we must be in for plenty of

bad weather. Not only are the

hedgerow trees laden with fruit, so

too are the apple orchards and this

year it seems difficult to give away

any of the multitude of apples that

did colour the sagging branches of

nearly all the trees. This has been

Well camouflaged on the rocks - seals

Salmon leaping weir on Mole, which has now been removed

a great, even the best for crop for

many years. Storm Callum left few

remaining on the trees and I look

forward to see what wildlife will

benefit from all that is not stored,

used for juicing or given away.

So far, the neighbours bullocks

have got in on several occasions

and there is evidence of a few roe

and red deer, badgers as well, all

dinning to their hearts content on

many different varieties. This I am

happy to put up with, that’s until

they start to eat the apple trees or

as has happen before, the red stags

used the few unprotected trees to

rub their antlers on. Is this a form

of aggression in the rut or are they

just marking their territory? I am

not sure, but this often removes

most (if not all!) the bark and thus

the trees die. Having grafted and

continued page 60

Countryman's Diary

November and December

1. Put any old apples or peelings out for

the birds when the cold sets in along

with those seeds.

2. As the red deer rut seems late this year,

you may still hear the stags well into

November.

3. Sea fishermen are now allowed to keep

a Bass a day until the end of the year,

make sure they are big enough!

4. Try to get down to the estuaries to see

the over wintering waders. These can

be many thousand strong on the Taw

and Torridge estuary children will be

captivated! Please Keep your dogs under

close control.

5. Our grey seals give birth in late autumn/

early winter, so there is always the

chance of seeing the white pups at this

time of year on a isolated coastal walk.

Lugging the fodder

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Auctions

SALE OF ANTIQUES &

INTERIOR FURNISHINGS

06 Nov - A regular auction

of furniture, pictures and

interior effects, Eldreds

Auctioneers & Valuers, 1

Belliver Way, Plymouth,

10.30am to 1.00pm.

ANTIQUES & INTERIORS

AUCTION - EXETER

06 Nov - Antiques &

Interiors, Bearnes Hampton

and Littlewood, St.

Edmund’s Court, Exeter,

10.00am.

SPORTING &

COLLECTORS’

AUCTION - EXETER

14 to 15 Nov - Bearnes

Hampton and Littlewood,

St. Edmund’s Court, Exeter,

10.00am.

SALE OF ANTIQUES & ART,

WINES & SPIRITS

20 Nov - Quarterly auction

of quality antiques with

wines & spirits and 20thC

design, Eldreds Auctioneers

& Valuers, 1 Belliver Way,

Plymouth, 10.30am to

4.00pm.

ANTIQUES & INTERIORS

AUCTION - EXETER

27 Nov - Antiques &

Interiors, Bearnes Hampton

and Littlewood, St. Edmund’s

Court, Exeter, 10.00am.

20TH CENTURY &

CONTEMPORARY

AUCTION - EXETER

04 Dec - Bearnes Hampton

and Littlewood, St. Edmund’s

Court, Exeter, 10.00am.

SALE OF SILVER, GOLD,

JEWELLERY & WATCHES

04 Dec - Christmas auction

of jewellery, watches,

silver, gold & objects de

vertu, Eldreds Auctioneers

& Valuers, 1 Belliver Way,

Plymouth, 10.30am to

4.00pm.

ANTIQUES & INTERIORS

AUCTION - EXETER

11 Dec - Antiques & Interiors

including Jewellery, Bearnes

Hampton and Littlewood,

St. Edmund’s Court,

Exeter, 10.00am.

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SALE OF ANTIQUES &

INTERIOR FURNISHINGS

18 Dec - A regular auction

of furniture, pictures and

interior effects, Eldreds

Auctioneers & Valuers, 1

Belliver Way, Plymouth,

10.30am to 1.00pm.

Ballet

ROYAL BALLET LIVE: LA

BAYADERE (12A)

15 Nov - Natalia Makarova’s

production of this 19thcentury

classic ballet, The

Beehive, Dowell Street,

Honiton, 7.00pm to 10.15pm.

Children &

Family

HALLOWEEN

THE ROGUES GALLERY

HALLOWEEN SHOW

03 Nov - Rogues Gallery

& Revmarc presents ‘The

Rogues Gallery Halloween

Show’, The Rogues Gallery,

Brixham Theatre, Brixham,

7.30pm to 10.30pm.

BONFIRE NIGHT

GRAND FIREWORKS

DISPLAY

03 Nov - Grand Fireworks

Display in Tavistock

Meadows organised by the

The Lions Club of Tavistock,

Tavistock Meadows,

Tavistock, 7.00pm to 7.30pm.

FIREWORKS IN FORDE

03 Nov - Set against the

historic backdrop of Forde

Abbey, watch a spectacular

firework, Forde Abbey &

Gardens, Historic House &

Gardens, Chard, 5.30pm to

9.00pm.

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CHILDREN'S EVENTS

BOOKWORMS MAKE

BOOKS

17 Nov - Join children's

Author/Illustrator Clare

Elsom, Exeter Literary

Festival, Devon & Exeter

Institution, Exeter, 10.30am

to 12.30am.

ACCORDING TO ARTHUR

18 Nov - Join PaddleBoat

Theatre Company in an

interactive book reading,

Exeter Literary Festival,

Barnfield Theatre, Exeter,

10.00am to 11.00am.

LIGHT UP TUNNEL CARD

WORKSHOP

08 Dec - Create a unique 3D

Tunnel Christmas Card which

will also LIGHT UP! Thelma

Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield

Clock and

Watch Repair

Expert and professional

repairs to all types of

clocks and watches.

A wide range of watches

and clocks also available

for sale.

D. J. Offord

01626 364766

House, Honiton, 11.00am to

3.00pm.

Choirs

OPEN ACCESS FOLK

CHOIR

07 Nov - Open access Folk

Choir - no auditions, Wren

Music, Stowford Community

Hall, Sidmouth, 7.30pm to

9.30pm.

LEST WE FORGET -

ARMISTICE CENTENARY

CONCERT

10 Nov - Choral concert to

remember the Armistice and

those who fell in the Great

War, South West Chamber

Choir, St Andrews Minster,

Plymouth, 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

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Remember, remember!

The fifth of November,

The Gunpowder treason and plot;

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes and his companions

Did the scheme contrive,

To blow the King and Parliament

All up alive.

Threescore barrels, laid below,

To prove old England's overthrow.

But, by God's providence, him they catch,

With a dark lantern, lighting a match!

A stick and a stake

For King James's sake!

If you won't give me one,

I'll take two,

The better for me,

And the worse for you.

A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,

A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,

A pint of beer to wash it down,

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CALM AFTER CHAOS

01 Dec - Haydn Nelson

Mass, Williams Tsunami

Requiem & Lauridsen O

Magnum Mysterium, South

Devon Choir, Central Church,

Torquay, 7.30pm to 9.45pm.

SIDMOUTH MUSIC - TRIO

MARTINU

17 Nov - Trio Martinu (piano

trio). Music by Martinu,

Mendelssohn, Dvorak,

Sidmouth Music, Sidmouth

Parish Church, Sidmouth,

3.00pm to 5.30pm.

PHILIPPA MO: PARTITA,

FANTASIA, CAPRICE

24 Nov - Philippa Mo

Internationally acclaimed

British violinist plays solo,

Sladers Yard, West Bay

Road, West Bay, 6.30pm to

10.30pm.

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Classical

Music

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

WITH PAL BANDA -

CELLO

10 Nov - The Isca Ensemble

welcomes the renowned

Hungarian cellist, PAL

BANDA, ISCA Ensemble,

Sidmouth Parish Church,

Sidmouth, 7.30pm to 9.45pm.

EXETER PHILHARMONIC

CHOIR CONCERT

10 Nov - Bruckner Mass in

E minor and Rutter Requiem

with instrumentalists and

soloist, Exeter Philharmonic

Choir, Exeter Cathedral,

Exeter, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

THE LISNEY BRIGGS DUO

(PIANO - FOUR HANDS)

16 Nov - An exciting

programme of music for

Piano - Four Hands, NADSA

Concerts, Courtenay Centre,

Newton Abbot, 6.30pm to

9.45pm.

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EXETER SYMPHONY

ORCHESTRA - WINTER

CONCERT

24 Nov - Britten, Vaughan

Williams & Elgar, Exeter

Symphony Orchestra,

Southernhay United

Reformed church, Exeter,

7.30pm to 9.40pm.

THE DREAM OF

GERONTIUS - ELGAR

25 Nov - With the

Plymouth Philharmonic

Choir, Plymouth Symphony

Orchestra, Plymouth

Guildhall, Plymouth, 7.30pm.

STEVEN DEVINE & KATE

SEMMENS: TUNEFUL

VOICE

30 Nov - Music for

fortepiano and voice from

Haydn and Mozart, Totnes

Early Music Society, United

Free Church, Totnes, 7.30pm

to 9.30pm.

SIDMOUTH MUSIC: EMILY

SUN, JENNIFER HUGHES

01 Dec - Emily Sun

(violin), Jennifer Hughes

(piano):Schubert, Grieg,

Faure,Tchaikovsky, Sidmouth

Music, Sidmouth Parish

Church, Sidmouth, 3.00pm

to 5.30pm.

MUSIC IN THE CASTLE -

MESSIAH

14 Dec - With Powderham

Consort & Divertimento,

Music in the Castle, James

Wyatt Music Room, Exeter,

7.30pm to 10.00pm.

MEET THE AUTHOR - SIR DAVID

HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS

08 Nov - Britain’s greatest adventurer.

Tickets £13, doors 7pm for 7.30pm.

FARMERS’ MARKET

10 Nov - Local artisans selling their

beautiful handmade products in our

Cellar Bar, 9am-1pm.

Comedy

COMEDY: JAMES

ALDERSON

29 Nov - "James lights up

the room like a pyromaniac

in a fireworks shop!" Russell

Kane, The Beehive, Dowell

Street, Honiton, 8.00pm to

10.00pm.

WILLOW WREATH WORKSHOP

23 Nov - All materials provided. Leave

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yourself or as a gift, 10am-1pm. Book:

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CHRISTMAS FAIR

07 Dec to 09 Dec - Including Late Night

Shopping. Lots of stall selling locally

made crafts, food and art. Drinks and

light snacks available, 10am-5pm.

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Community

REMEMBRANCE

CONCERT

07 Nov - British Legion's

annual remembrance concert

with Brixham Town Band,

St Mary's Church, Brixham,

7.00pm to 9.30pm.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

SERVICE

11 Nov - Procession through

the town centre and service

held at the War Memorial,

Newton Abbot Town Council,

Newton Abbot, 10.00am to

11.30am.

ANNUAL ARMISTICE

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Fairs

MICHAEL HALE

COLLECTORS FAIRS.

03 Nov - Michael Hale

Fairs, America Hall, Exeter,

10.00am to 4.00pm.

TRAVELWORLD CRUISE &

HOLIDAY SHOW

04 Nov - Exciting Cruise &

Holiday Show, Travelworld,

Woodbury Park, Exeter,

10.00am to 3.00pm.

THE BEEHIVE CRAFT

FAIR

10 Nov - Something for

everyone at the Craft Fair

taking place at The Beehive,

Dowell Street, Honiton,

10.00am to 3.00pm.

PSYCHIC AND

WELLBEING FAIR IN

TORQUAY

17 Nov - Mind, Body,

Spirit - Therapies, Readings

and Gifts fair. Free entry &

parking, Discovery, Belgrave

Beefeater, Torquay, 1.00pm

to 6.00pm.

ANIMAL AID'S

CHRISTMAS FAYRE -

SOUTH WEST

24 Nov - An amazing array

of animal friendly products,

food gifts & information,

Animal Aid, Exeter Corn

Exchange, Exeter, 10.00am

to 4.30pm.

ANTIQUES FAIR

24 Nov - Antiques and

Collectables Fair, Newton

Abbot Racecourse, Newton

Road, Newton Abbot, 9.00am

to 2.30pm.

FESTIVE & LOVELY FAIR

25 Nov - A chance to pick up

unique Christmas gifts, Miss

Ivy Events, Two Bridges

Hotel, Princetown, 10.30am

to 3.30pm.

MIND BODY SPIRIT FAIR

25 Nov - Mind Body Spirit

Fair Everyone Welcome!

East Devon Mind Body

Spirit Network, Budleigh

Salterton Public Hall,

Budleigh Salterton, 10.30am

to 4.30pm.

ASHBURTON MAKERS'

MARKET

01 Dec - Affordable quality

crafts and gifts brought

direct to you from local

makers, Ashburton Makers

Market, St Andrews Church

Hall, Ashburton, 10.00am

to 4.30pm.

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29 Dec to 05 Jan - Annual

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Society, Manor Pavilion

Theatre, Sidmouth, 6.30pm

to 10.00pm.

PLAYS

PRIVATE PEACEFUL

10 Nov to 11 Nov - The

Exmouth Players present

"Private Peaceful", Exmouth

Players, 10 Bicton Street,

Exmouth, 2.30pm to 10.00pm.

CROSSINGS - NEW PLAY

BY DEIDRE KINAHEN

22 Nov - Marking the end of

WW1, entertaining Pentabus/

New Directions show with

music, Villages in Action

Lustleigh, Lustleigh Village

Hall, Lustleigh, 7.30pm to

9.45pm.

SHERLOCK HOLMES -

HOUND OF THE

BASKERVILLES

03 Dec to 08 Dec - Salterton

Drama club presents

Sherlock Holmes’ most

spine-chilling mystery,

Salterton Drama Club,

Salterton Playhouse,

Budleigh Salterton, 7.30pm

to 10.00pm.

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01 Nov - Its the official

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4.00pm to 10.00pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

07 Nov - Our popular annual

Christmas Fair in aid of Devon

Air Ambulance, Lewtrenchard

Manor, Lewdown, 10.00am to

3.00pm.

MICHAELMAS FAIR

08 Nov - A chance to do some

early Christmas shopping with

many unusual stalls and gifts,

ABF The Soldiers' Charity,

Powderham Castle, Kenton,

Exeter.

PRESENT MAKERS 2018

10 Nov to 22 Dec - A

celebration of excellence

in South West making from

across South West, Thelma

Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield

House, Honiton, 10.00am to

5.00pm.

ADVENT FAIR & CRAFT

MARKET

17 Nov - A magical day for all

the family at the South Devon

Steiner School, Hood Manor,

Dartington, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

CHOOSE A TREE WEEKENDS

17 Nov to 24 Nov - Handpick

your very own Christmas Tree!

Cotley Farm, Cotley Farm,

Whimple, 10.00am to 3.00pm.

CHRISTMAS SWAGS,

GARLANDS & TABLE

DECORATION

20 Nov - Social Evening & Talk

on ‘Christmas swags, garlands

and table decorations’,

Otterton Garden Club, Otterton

Village Hall, Otterton, 7.30pm

to 9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

FAYRE

23 Nov to 25 Nov - Do ALL

your Christmas shopping under

one HUGE roof! Hale Events,

Westpoint, Exeter.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

SWITCH ON

24 Nov - Annual Newton Abbot

Light Switch On, Newton

Abbot Town Council, Newton

Abbot, 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

SIDMOUTH LIONS LADIES/

FLAPPERS FESTIVE FAYRE

24 Nov - The stalls feature

Gifts, Cakes, Preserves, Toys,

Books, Jigsaws, Bric-a-brac,

Sidmouth Lions Club, Flappers

Festive Fayre, Sidmouth,

10.00am to 12.05am.

SIDMOUTH LIONS LADIES/

FLAPPERS FESTIVE FAYRE

24 Nov - The stalls feature

Gifts, Cakes, Preserves, Toys,

Books, Jigsaws, Bric-a-brac,

Sidmouth Lions Club, Flappers

Festive Fayre, Sidmouth,

10.00am to 12.05am.

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Glow

15 November - 5 January

Thursday - Saturday until 8.00pm

New route and extended to the Lake for the first time.

Delicious two course Simple Suppers

(booking highly recommended).

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24 Nov - Design and create

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ADVENT FAIR IN AID OF

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24 Nov - The Old Market,

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26 Nov - A variety of items

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AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS

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01 Dec to 27 Dec - Recycled

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Town Mill Arts, The Courtyard

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Fair, The Village Hall, Totnes,

10.30am to 4.30pm.

TREE OF LIGHT SERVICE

02 Dec - Sidmouth

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Parish Church Tree of Light

Service, Sidmouth Hospiscare,

Sidmouth Parish Church,

Sidmouth, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

05 Dec to 09 Dec - Sponsors

sought for our Christmas Tree

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St Andrew’s Church, 1 Carlton

Court, Newton Abbot, 2.00pm

to 7.30pm.

DEVON VOICES (LAST)

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

07 Dec - Come along to a

wonderful Christmas concert

performed by Devon Voices,

Friends of All Saints Church,

All Saints Church, East

Budleigh, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

07 Dec to 09 Dec - Christmas

Fair in our Cellar Bar,

Kennaway House, Coburg Road,

Sidmouth, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

SIDMOUTH LATE NIGHT

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07 Dec - Christmas Late

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date in their festive calendar!

Sidmouth Chamber of

Commerce, Sidmouth Town

Centre, Sidmouth, 5.00pm to

8.00pm.

NEWTON ABBOT

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

08 Dec - Fabulous Family Day

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SHALDON SINGERS

CHRISMAS CONCERT

08 Dec - Works by Haydn,

Parry and Goodall, and

carols for choir and audience,

Shaldon Singers, St Peter’s

Church, Shaldon, 7.00pm to

9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

08 Dec to 09 Dec - Visit

Santa's grotto on the Mine

train. Christmas story

and crafts, PRE-BOOK!

Morwellham Quay, Address,

Tavistock, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE

MORNING AT THE

BLACKMORE

08 Dec - Christmas Coffee

Morning at The Blackmore

Theatre, Exmouth Players,

10 Bicton Street, Exmouth,

10.00am to 12.00am.

MUSIC FOR ADVENT

08 Dec - Music for Advent,

West Devon Chorale, Plymouth

R C Cathedral, Plymouth,

7.30pm to 9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

09 Dec - Featuring Handel's

Messiah choruses including

the Hallelujah Chorus, Seaton

Choral Society, Seaton Gateway,

The Town Hall, Seaton, 4.00pm

to 5.30pm.

FESTIVE & LOVELY SHOW

09 Dec - A chance to pick up

unique Christmas gifts, Miss

Ivy Events, The Imperial Hotel,

Torquay, 10.30am to 3.00pm.

CHRISTMAS WREATH

WORKSHOP

11 Dec - Make a Christmas

wreath from natural materials

to adorn your front door!

Thelma Hulbert Gallery,

Elmfield House, Honiton,

2.00pm to 4.00pm.

CAROLS IN THE CATHEDRAL

11 Dec to 12 Dec - Exeter

Philharmonic Choir with

Chaconne Brass and Milly

Forrest - soprano, Exeter

Philharmonic Choir, Exeter

Cathedra, Exeter, 7.30pm to

9.30pm.

LANTERN PARADE &

CHRISTMAS STREET FAYRE

12 Dec - Annual lantern parade,

Newton Abbot Town Council,

Newton Abbot, 6.00pm to

8.30pm.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL

13 Dec - Christmas social,

Newton Poppleford Garden

Club, N P Pavilion, Newton

Poppleford, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

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Avon Mill

Café • Garden Centre • B&B

Gifts • Local Art & Crafts • Boutique

Devonshire Christmas

Independent Garden Centre, Café & Shops,

hidden in the Avon Valley…..

Cosy Café • Great gift ideas

Dogs welcome • Plenty of parking

Loddiswell • Kingsbridge • Devon • TQ7 4DD

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artisan 68 The Square Chagford, Tel: 01647 432414 of Russia's Music Colleges,

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Countryside Team, Seaton

An extensive range of hand made Dartmoor pottery, Wetlands, wood

Seaton, 10.30am to

3.00pm.

turning, forged iron, felt, paintings jewellery and our own leather

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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studio offering unique artisan made wares and a warm welcome

studio offering unique artisan made wares and a warm welcome

VIOLIN & PIANO

CHRISTMAS RECITAL

14 Dec - Violin and Piano

Christmas Recital by graduates

Lupton House, Brixham,

7.00pm to 9.00pm.

ANNUAL SELL-OUT

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

15 Dec - Christmas Music for

An extensive range of hand made Dartmoor pottery, wood

all, Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir,

Harewood House, Plymouth,

An extensive range of hand turning, made forged Dartmoor iron, felt, pottery, paintings wood jewellery and our own leather 7.30pm to 9.45pm.

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studio offering unique artisan made wares and a warm welcome

REINDEER TRAIL AND

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

15 Dec - Father Christmas

needs your help! East Devon

Santa's grotto on the Mine

train. Christmas story

and crafts, PRE-BOOK!

Morwellham Quay, Address,

Tavistock, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

15 Dec - Christmas concert

with violin, vocal and piano

compositions, Violin & Piano

Duo ‘Elegance’, St Michaels

and Archangel church,

Teignmouth, 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

SEATON WETLANDS

SNOWMAN TRAIL

15 Dec to 06 Jan - How many

wooden snowmen can you find

hiding around Seaton Wetlands,

East Devon Countryside Team,

Seaton Wetlands, Seaton,

10.00am to 4.00pm.

FESTIVE FOOD, DRINK &

GIFT MARKET

16 Dec - A chance to pick up

unique Christmas gifts, Miss

Ivy Events, Tavistock Pannier

Market, Tavistock, 11.00am

to 4.00pm.

MAYORS CAROL SERVICE &

CHRISTMAS STREET FAYRE

19 Dec - Join your town

councillors for some carols,

Newton Abbot Town Council,

Newton Abbot, 7.00pm to

8.30pm.

CHRISTMAS ORCHESTRAL

CONCERT DOUBLE

CONCERTI

22 Dec - The Isca Ensemble

with EMMANUEL BACH violin

and JOEL MUNDAY violin,

ISCA Ensemble, Sidmouth

Parish Church, Sidmouth,

7.30pm to 9.45pm.

TWIXT CHRISTMAS AND

NEW YEAR CÉILIDH

27 Dec - South Brent Folk’s

great annual céilidh to dance

off the winter blues, South

Brent Folk, South Brent Village

Hall, South Brent, 7.30pm to

11.00pm.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

FROM THE TEAM AT

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Wednesdays from 24th November 6-8pm

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Christmas gifts

A selection of unique gifts from across Devon

VICTORIA SEWART GALLERY

Plymouth 01752 220011

www.victoriasewart.com

jewellery@victoriasewart.com

AVON MILL

Loddiswell 01548 550 338

www.avonmill.com

avonmill@avonmill.com

BAXTERS GALLERY

Dartmouth 01803 839000

www.baxtersgallery.co.uk

info@baxtersgallery.co.uk

DEVON HAMPERS

Lifton 01566 784494

www.devonhampers.com

sales@devonhampers.com

HOUSE OF MARBLES

Bovey Tracey 01626 835285

www.houseofmarbles.com

enquiries@houseofmarbles.com

SIDMOUTH GIFTS

Old Fore Street 01395 512874

www.sidmouthgifts.co.uk

sidmouthgifts@btinternet.com

CRAFTY JAY

Honiton 07724 108708

www.etsy.com/shop/craftyjayuk

judith@craftyjay.co.uk

THEMLA HULBERT GALLERY

Honiton 01404 45006

www.thelmahulbert.com

info@thelmahulbert.com

THE ARUNDELL ARMS

Lifton 01566 784666

www.arundellarms.com

reservations@arundellarms.com

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Treat someone special this Christmas!

LEAF LEATHER AT ARTISAN

Chagford 01647 432414

www.leafleather.co.uk

leafartisanleather@gmail.com

WM GUITARS

Ashburton 01364 652333

www.wmguitars.com

enquiries@wmguitars.com

EBENEZERʼS CHRISTMAS SHOP

Sidmouth 01395 708351

www.facebook.com/

ebenzerschristmasshop

COAST WATERSPORTS

Axminster 01297 533633

www.coastwatersports.co.uk

customerservices@coastwatersports.com

ERIN COX

Exeter 01392 660836

www.erincox.co.uk

info@erincox.co.uk

EMILYʼS CHOCOLATES

4 New St, Sidmouth,

Devon, EX10 8AP

01395 579966

GALLERY USALA

Seaton 07542074404

www.facebook.com/Galleryusala

ursala@tiscali.co.uk

KATE HIGHAM

Ashburton 01364 652155

www.kate-higham.com

mail@kate-higham.com

WHITE AND SON SHOES

01395 516618

Fore St, Sidmouth EX10 8AJ

GALLERY USALA

Paddington from life size

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Paignton 01803 550952

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moorhousejewellers@gmail.com

ARK POTTERY

Ottery St. Mary 01404 812628

www.arkpottery.co.uk

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FASHION & BEAUTY

Marble winter collection:

selected lines available from Chapter, Sidmouth



Christmas Collections

Come and see our dazzling jewellery

collections this Christmas!

Chapter

Autumn Winter

“unique collections”

“innovative designs”

“luxurious wearable pieces”

“rare, self indulgent”

For more Jewellery, Online Shop and

Jewellery Making Classes visit us at:

www.victoriasewart.com

01752 220011 (Gift Vouchers Available)

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Beautiful

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Est. 1959

www.brookvaledental.co.uk

FASHION & BEAUTY

'Tis the season to

sparkle!

The party season is now upon

us, so it's time to start thinking

about your festive wardrobe.

When it comes to Christmas, the

perfect party dress is essential

so it's a great excuse to invest in

a new dress. Embellished pieces

and sparkles are storming the

high street this season and

showstopping sequins can

dramatically glam up your look.

Never underestimate the little

black dress, it's still a timeless

classic and a wardrobe staple

during the party season.

There is nothing like warm,

comforting knitwear to see

you through the cold weather.

Whether it's cosy, oversized

knits for cold winter days or

sparkly jumpers for a night out,

jumpers are winter wardrobe

essentials and easily able to

match with any style of outfit.

Whether buying clothing for

a Christmas party or as a gift,

it's important to remember to

support your local town this

Christmas. There is nothing like

seeing the quality of the clothing

in person and it's also a great

excuse to stop for a mince pie

or lunch in-between shopping!

Great shoe shopping

in Sidmouth

Private Dentists

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6 King Street, Honiton, EX14 1AF

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MERRIFIELD DENTAL PRACTICE

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Charles Dickens’

Devon Christmas Present

CHARLES DICKENS did not invent ‘traditional’, old fashioned Christmases

of course, the kind that many of us still enjoy revelling in today (and

so beloved of greetings card manufacturers): that particular garland rests

more fittingly on the noble brow of Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

His wholesale import of the age-old German

Christmas, complete with feasting, merriment

and the lighted tree itself, hung with sugar plums

and barley sugar canes were readily embraced

by the new, romantic era, ushered in by its new

Queen with her young family.

But it was Dickens, that literary genius and

social commentator of the Victorian age who

not only promoted Christmas in this form, he

did so by creating his immortal morality tale,

A Christmas Carol.

Having lived and worked in Devon as a young

newspaper reporter, he returned to the county

at the height of his fame to give one of the first

ever public readings of this perennial classic in

August, 1858 at the Royal Public Rooms, in the

heart of the City of Exeter.

He afterwards wrote to his sister-in-law that the

good people of Devon packed the place to the

rafters and he wished that he had been able to

book the venue again.

“We had a most wonderful night at Exeter. I

think they were the finest audience I have ever

read to. I don’t think I have ever read, in some

respects, so well, and I never beheld anything

like the personal affection which they poured out

upon me at the end. It was really a remarkable

sight, and I shall always look back upon it with

pleasure.”

The reporter from the Flying Post was impressed

by the great man’s performance, as well he might.

“Mr. Dickens possesses great dramatic ability,

wonderful powers of facial expression, and a rich

sonorous voice, of which he is a perfect master‒

changing it from the rough tones of Scrooge to

the sweet and delicate key of Tiny Tim with an

easy and remarkable facility.”

Yet here, more than a century and a half after

A Christmas Carol when that crowd streamed

out into the High Street, laughing and crying in

turn at the end of the performance, it still seems

an extraordinary way for such a story to begin.

“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no

doubt whatever about that. The register of his

burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk,

the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge

signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon

‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand

to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”

Extraordinary that is until, we are reminded of

the novel’s subtitle, often dropped by publishers

in later editions “A Christmas Carol. In Prose.

Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.”

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Devon’s winter weather in the early and mid-

1800s, like most of the rest of southern England

was extreme. Sheep on Dartmoor were still

being dug out of snowdrifts as late as April on

successive years in the 1830s. Stagecoaches and

their unfortunate passengers had to be rescued

from monumental snowdrifts: roads were made

impassable and rural communities were sometimes

cut off for weeks at a time.

In 1814, when Dickens was just two years old,

the Thames had frozen over in London and its

citizens marked the event with The Great Frost

Fair which saw coaches travelling on the frozen

river between the City and Westminster whilst

an elephant promoted a circus by being walked

to and across the ice at Blackfriars.

It has been suggested that these and similar

weather related events during his formative

childhood years - before his father was torn away

from the family and thrown into debtors prison -

made a deep and lasting impression on him that

manifested in many of his writings: particularly

in the Pickwick Papers and most pointedly in A

Christmas Carol itself.

Was the book then really an invocation of his

childhood of Christmases with his family? Many

believe that it is.

Charles Dickens

Catherine Dickens

Dickens quit his life as a reporter in 1834, bid

farewell to his drinking companions at the Turk’s

Head tavern next to Exeter’s Guild Hall and left

Devon for London, to write full time . But he came

back to the county often, and married Catherine

Hogarth, a pretty, Scottish lass then living in Exeter

and the daughter of his one-time newspaper editor.

Dickens was 24 and she just 21.

Charles John Huffam Dickens preceded her on 9th

June 1870, aged 58. His grave is to be found at

Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey but his greatest

monument of course is his literary work.

Of these, A Christmas Carol remains the most

popular, internationally. As a book it has never

been out of print.

On television it has appeared scores of times and

in various guises since it was first transmitted by a

New York tv channel, WABD ,on 20 December 1944.

There have been 22 film versions since the first

one-reeler attempted to tell the tale in 1901. That

is if you include The Muppet Christmas Carol

(1992) with Michael Caine as Scrooge and Kermit

the Frog as Bob Cratchit.

But to the arguably sublime from the wonderfully

ridiculous, the last words on this subject must

surely go to the great man himself.


“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly,

“every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’

on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding,

and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.

He should!”


But here, finally, is Charles Dickens himself,

speaking to the reader in the voice of one of the

key characters of the tale. Fred.

Fred? You will remember (or might care to know)

that Ebenezer Scrooge had a sister, called Fran,

who had died in childbirth, bringing this, her only

child into the world.

Having tried, unsuccessfully to persuade his uncle

to join him and his wife to share Christmas dinner

with them, Fred tells the unrepentant old miser:

“The only time I know of, in the long calendar

of the year, when men and women seem by one

consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to

think of people below them as if they really were

fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another

race of creatures bound on other journeys. And

therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap

of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it

has done me good, and will do me good; and I

say, God bless it!’”

John Fisher

It was 1836, the same year that he had published

his first literary success, The Pickwick Papers. (The

character of The Fat Boy is based on a potman at

The Turk’s Head).

Within a few years he had become an international

literary celebrity but although the couple had

10 children the marriage was not a happy one.

Nevertheless, Catherine found time, between her

confinements, to write her own best-seller - a

cookery book - which in an age of long book

titles was called What Shall we Have for Dinner?

Satisfactorily Answered by Numerous Bills of Fare

for from Two to Eighteen Persons.

Catherine Dickens died on 22 November 1879 aged

64 and was laid to rest in Highgate Cemetery in

London with her infant daughter, Dora, who had

died in 1851 aged nearly eight months.

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Great Night Out

Enjoy FOOD and LIVE MUSIC at your local venue

LIVE MUSIC

THE JAKE LEG JUG BAND

03 Nov - The Jake Leg Jug Band brings the

authentic sounds of 1920’s and 30’s America,

The Tucker’s Jazz Club, The Tucker’s Arms,

Axminster, 8.00pm to 10.00pm.

PERFECT STRANGERS

03 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

NIGEL PRICE WITH THE MARTIN DALE

QUARTET

04 Nov - Guitar star plays great jazz

standards backed by fine quartet. Plus Big

Band! Plymouth Jazz Club, The Royal British

Legion Club, Plymouth, 7.15pm to 10.30pm.

MUSIC NIGHT: HONEST JOHN & RAY

BEAVIS

04 Nov - Blues, Rock and Popular classics,

The Point, 14 Pilot Wharf, Exmouth, 6.30pm

to 8.45pm.

KINGSBRIDGE JAZZ CLUB AT AVETON

GIFFORD

06 Nov - John Maddocks Jazzmen present a

unique evening of popular classic trad jazz,

Kingsbridge Jazz Club, The Fisherman’s

Rest, Aveton Gifford, 6.30pm to 10.00pm.

PHILIP CLOUTS TRIO

07 Nov - Philip Clouts with this trio, playing

jazz standards, Latin jazz and originals,

Fougou Jazz, Fougou Jazz at Churston Golf

Club, Brixham, 8.30pm to 11.00pm.

Kirk Key’s Lime Pie, Rockfish

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BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB

07 Nov - Pete Canter & Friends Jam Session,

Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 8.30pm to

11.00pm.

SWING JAZZ NIGHT

09 Nov - Five piece swing band, Just

Misbehavin’, The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9.30pm

to 11.45pm.

EVOLVER

10 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

10 Nov - In 1964 The Seekers came to Britain

capturing the nation’s hearts, Brixham Theatre

CIO, Brixham Theatre, Brixham, 7.30pm to

10.00pm.

Ben Carr

JUST MISBEHAVIN’

11 Nov - Swing jazz to finish your weekend

in style, Just Misbehavin’, The Point Bar &

Grill, Exmouth, 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

ROCKFELLA

16 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

THE MATT CARTER QUARTET WITH

LEIGH COLEMAN

17 Nov - Matt Carter, Leigh Coleman, Tom

Drewett & Gary Evans - soul & blues

evening, The Tucker’s Jazz Club, The

Tucker’s Arms, Axminster, 8.00pm to

10.00pm.

STONEFOX

17 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND

17 Nov - 14-piece Jazz trained big band

fronted by Grime MCs. Not the usual

big band, Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle,

Kingsbridge, 8.00pm to 11.30pm.

PETE ALLEN, HONORARY CITIZEN OF

NEW ORLEANS

18 Nov - Pete Allen presents a slick, fastmoving

show of happy, traditional jazz, Pete

Allen, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, 3.00pm

to 5.30pm.

THE SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS

18 Nov - Great traditional jazz by a talented

& highly entertaining band, Plymouth

Jazz Club, The Royal British Legion Club,

Plymouth, 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

SKY ENSEMBLE AT NORTH DEVON JAZZ

CLUB

19 Nov - Superb jazz septet playing folktinged

original music by Pete Canter, Pete

Canter, Beaver Inn, Appledore, 8.30pm to

11.00pm.

OPEN ACCESS FOLK BAND

19 Nov - Open access Folk Band for acoustic

instruments, Wren Music, Victory Hall,

Broadclyst, 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

SHEELANAGIG

23 Nov - ‘High octane stuff…Would liven

any party and keep the floor full’ - fRoo,

James H Soars Media Services, The Barrel

House, Totnes, 7.30pm to 11.00pm.

THE CRAVING

23 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

ROCK THE NIGHT

24 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

PETE CANTER TRIO

25 Nov - Excellent jazz with fine saxophonist

Pete Canter & Friends, Pete Canter, Point

Bar & Grill, Exmouth, 6.00pm to 8.40pm.

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Festive Lunch - 3 course & Coffee

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Devonshire Cream Teas

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NEW! Lobster Pod Bistro

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DINING OFFERS

Curry Night Wednesdays

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Pie and Pudding Thursdays

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Live Music

Wednesday 7th November

PHILIP CLOUTS

Churston Golf Club, Brixham

Sunday 18th November

PETE ALLEN

Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth

Saturday 17th November

DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND

Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle

LATE SHIFT

30 Nov - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

TANKUS THE HENGE & SUPPORT: JESS

MCALLISTER

30 Nov - A Tankus the Henge live experience

is something to behold, The Beehive, Dowell

Street, Honiton, 8.00pm to 11.00pm.

THE DRAT PACK

02 Dec - Jazz, jump-jive, swing & Latin

band with Charismatic singer Adam Moran,

Plymouth Jazz Club, The Royal British

Legion Club, Plymouth, 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

MUSIC NIGHT: HONEST JOHN & RAY

BEAVIS

02 Dec - Blues, Rock and Popular classics,

The Point, 14 Pilot Wharf, Exmouth, 6.30pm

to 8.45pm.

OPEN ACCESS FOLK BAND

03 Dec - Open access Folk Band for

acoustic instruments, Wren Music, Victory

Hall, Broadclyst, 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

JULIEN MARGA QUARTET

05 Dec - Julien Marga is a French guitarist

influenced by Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett,

Fougou Jazz, Fougou Jazz at Churston Golf

Club, Brixham, 8.30pm to 11.00pm.

BRIDGE JAZZ CLUB

05 Dec - Pete Canter & Friends

Jam Session, Pete Canter, Exeter Phoenix,

Exeter, 8.30pm to 11.00pm.

POETRY AND MUSIC

07 Dec - Poetry and Music Ann Gray with

Pam Zinnemann-Hope supper from 6.30 for

8pm start, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road,

West Bay, 6.30pm to 10.00pm.

THE

MALTSTERS

ARMS

DINING OFFERS

Rump Steak & a bottle of red wine

£25 | 2 persons | Mon | 6-9pm

Christmas Lunch Special

Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding

£14.95 | Tue-Sat | 12-2pm | 04-22 Dec

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WRECKING BALL

07 Dec - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

BAD EDUKATION

08 Dec - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS WITH NICK

THE FISH

08 Dec - Join us for a Fishy Christmas.

Fantastic menu, Cocktails and Dancing,

The Oyster Shack, Milburn Orchard Farm,

Bigbury, 6.00pm to 12.00am.

Just quote 'Devonshire' for all dining offers

DINING OFFERS

Early Diners Offer: 20% off

Tues-Fri | bookings only 6.30-6.45pm.

(T&Cs apply. Please call for more

information or see neilsrestaurant.com)

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Roasted Beef, Highbull en Hotel

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2 Course Lunches

£15 | per person | Mon-Thurs

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16 Dec - Swing jazz to finish your weekend

in style, Just Misbehavin’, The Point Bar &

Grill, Exmouth, 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

KEVIN GRENFELL’S JAZZ GIANTS

16 Dec - Great music & fun with Kevin

Grenfell’s highly entertaining band, Plymouth

Jazz Club, The Royal British Legion Club,

Plymouth, 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

PETE ALLEN’S JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON

16 Dec - Pete Allen, Honorary Citizen of

New Orleans, with full seven-piece jazz

band, Pete Allen, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth,

3.00pm to 5.30pm.

LAST EXIT

21 Dec - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

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21 Dec - Join us for a Benny Christmas

with 3 course menu, glass of Bubbles and

Dancing, The Oyster Shack, Milburn Orchard

Farm, Bigbury, 6.00pm to 12.00am.

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24 Dec - The Black Horse, 30 Fore Street,

Sidmouth, 9.30pm to 12.00am.

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FOOD and DRINK

Imperial Hotel

BARNSTAPLE

We bring you great stays from across Devon

Overnight Stay







































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The river view rooms have great views and are extremely comfortable

with everything you could want provided in the room

The bathroom, fairly traditional but

clean and fully appointed

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Great Devon eateries

By Richard & Jayne Eley

THE

MALTSTERS

ARMS

A great pub for every week of the year!


Ringmore

his very individual thatched

pub is well-named, located

down a narrow lane in the

rather remote South Hams

village of Ringmore.

The surrounding countryside

is amongst the most attractive

in our beautiful County.

Dating from the 13th century,

settling in a comfy chair. The

food has a fusion feel, and has

deservedly given the Journey’s

End a destination reputation.

The

Journeyʼs

End

Ringmore

Come and join us in our traditional village pub. On top

of our delicious regular menu, we have ever-changing

seasonal specials such as our succulent slow-braised lamb

shank or a baked sea bass fillet with chive and shrimp sauce.

We also boast beautiful home-made desserts to finish

off your meal in the perfect way.

We are now taking Christmas bookings so

do not hesitate to get in touch!

THE

COTTAGE

HOTEL

Visit our website to view our current menu & events:

www.themaltstersarms.com

& RESTAURANT

HOPE COVE SOUTH DEVON

Lobster Pod

Bistro now open



THE

COTTAGE

HOTEL

& RESTAURANT

HOPE COVE SOUTH DEVON

the pub has an interesting

interior of log fires and memorabilia:

one of those pubs

that you walk round before

Bigbury on Sea

Bantham

So this is not just an unusual

and characterful pub, but one

providing high quality fare.

The Journey’s End Inn is dog

friendly.

THE

COTTAGE HOTEL

& RESTAURANT

HOPE COVE SOUTH DEVON

A charming traditional family-run hotel in a spectacular

coastal location. Relaxing holiday atmosphere with excellent

cuisine and an established reputation for hospitality and

service. With sun terraces and gardens down to the beach.

Winter Warmer breaks or short Breaks from

£62 per person per night with dinner, bed and breakfast

THE

COTTAGE HOTEL

OPEN & TO RESTAURANT

NON-RESIDENTS

HOPE COVE

SOUTH DEVON

Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 3HJ

01548 561555 ◆ info@hopecove.com ◆ www.hopecove.com

Lobster Pod Bistro now open

Booking now for

Festive Meals

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The Restaurant Inspector

Visits:

Alexandra Hotel

Lyme Regis

Alexandra

Hotel

menu sampled

The beautiful new conservatory, with views out across the lawns to the horizon

Elegant dining with views!

Starter

Flaming Creme Brulée

Spiced courgette and

chickpea fritter

Mains

Pan roasted Cornish hake

with braised pork belly

Sous vide fillet of

Pithayne Farm beef

Pudding

Baked white chocolate and

raspberry cheesecake

Drinks

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape

Destination dining in Lyme

Dining is not just about the food, surroundings and

views are equally important for your dining experience

For the ultimate dining experience,

you need good company, beautiful

surroundings, low key service,

comfortable chairs and great food.

On this occasion the company was

provided by my wife (as always),

the surroundings were the recent

new conservatory on the front of

the Alexandra hotel facing directly

out to sea. There are relatively few

dining places along the East Devon

coast where you can experience a

peaceful sea view, so there’s much

to commend the Alexandra on this

aspect alone.

When it comes to a really important

and often forgotten aspect - seating,

so many dining establishments seem

to totally forget about the need for

comfortable seating. Those chairs

with near vertical, straight backs are

instruments of torture and can really

mar the diners’ enjoyment, so it was

a relief to have a lovely sea-facing

table with comfortable seating.

Their conservatory is a beautiful

place to spend quality time

dining and when it comes to

the quality of food served, it

was, as you’d expect, of a high

standard.

The Alexandra Hotel’s dining

provision certainly provides a

relaxed and memorable dining

experience - top marks!

Editor

The Pope’s new castle, that’s the literal

translation. Around Chateauneuf du Pape,

more wine is produced in this one southern

Rhone area than for the enire northern

Rhone region. Let us not forget that once

upon a time the Popes resided in Avignon,

becoming great lovers of Burgundy wines.

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Top - Pan roasted Cornish hake

and braised pork belly

Below - Spiced courgette

and chickpea fritters

What can beat a view out to sea whilst

dining? Here in the conservatory

of the Alexandra Hotel restaurant,

looking across the lawns

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Top - Baked white chocolate

and raspberry cheesecake.

Below - Sous vide fillet of

Pithayne Farm beef


Great Devon eateries

Book online now at www.oystershack.co.uk

or call us on 01548 810 876

The Oyster Shack, near the estuary, Milburn Orchard Farm,

Stakes Hill, Bigbury TQ7 4BE

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FOOD and DRINK

The Restaurant Inspector

Visits:

The Clock Tower

Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth

The

Clock Tower

Restaurant

menu sampled

Starters

Goats cheese bon bons,

cauliflower puree, spiced

carrots & pea shoots

Beetroot, fennel & halloumi

salad with citrus dressing

Flaming Creme Brulée

Mains

Scallop & king prawn

tagliatelli in a rich crab bisque

Wild mushroom ravioli,

pesto & parmesan crisps

Pudding

Rich dark chocolate mouse,

vanilla cream & brandy snap

Lemon & ginger posset with

cardamom shortbread

Scallop & king prawn tagliatelli in a rich crab bisque

Time flies at the Clock Tower

A place thatʼs famous place for lunches, teas and delicious

giant sized cakes - now thereʼs a restaurant where you can

dine in the evening

A memorable place for many

people visiting Sidmouth are the

Connaught Gardens, in particular

a visit to the Clock Tower for a

lunchtime meal or tea and cake.

Where they really excel is in the

cake department,

when you order a

cake, the portions

are enough to feed

a family of four.

But now it’s possible

to dine in the

evening at the Clock

Tower. The team

there, there headed

by Justine Fraser, have opened

up a restaurant, so great news for

Sidmouth as there are even more

dining choices for the consumer.

Amuse bouche

Dining upstairs means that you

can stare through the gothic arch

windows out across the bay, little

glimpses, and it’s a unique space

that does make for an interesting

dining occasion.

On to the food, you

can see that there are

some adventurous

dishes on the menu,

and execution of

these was carried

out with aplomb!

The food was all

cooked to a high

standard and was extremely tasty

to boot. All I can say is well done to

Justine and the team at the Clock

Tower. Editor

Beetroot, fennel & halloumi salad with citrus dressing

Rich dark chocolate mouse, vanilla

cream & brandy snap crown

Lemon & ginger posset with

cardamom shortbread

Lovely gothic windows through which

to enjoy the fine views of the bay

Goats cheese bon bons, cauliflower puree,

spiced carrots, radish & pea shoots

Wild mushroom ravioli, pesto & parmesan crisps

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Great Devon eateries

The

Otterton

Fresh food prepared & cooked on the premises

using local ingredients from our own farm shop

• 15 quality rooms for B&B. From £90/night per double room,

including full English breakfast • Dogs welcome (designated areas)

• Children’s play area • Extensive Gluten Free menu

• Fresh food using local ingredients from our own farm shop and fish

landed by our own trawlers whenever possible

• Food served 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9pm Monday to Saturday

Quality carvery Sundays Noon-8pm • Reservations recommended.

• Bar serving quality local real ales & fine wines

FORE STREET • OTTERTON • DEVON • EX9 7HB 01395 568416 www.kingsarmsotterton.co.uk

DON'T MISS OUR FANTASTIC COMPETITION

a meal for two and wine at the SIDMOUTH HARBOUR HOTEL

See page 50 for more information

A place for eating, drinking & meeting

• WITH A VIEW OF LYME BAY •

Tuesday to Friday 20% Discount

for Early Diners

T’s & C’s Apply, see website for details

Open for Dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30pm

Live online booking at neilsrestaurant.com

Radway Place, Vicarage Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8TL

Tel. 01395 519494 | Email. bookings@neilsrestaurant.co.uk

Pyne's Sidmouth Devon | 01395 513047

www.bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk

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Festive

Dining Guide

Celebrate Christmas and enjoy a little seasonal indulgence

Devon has some great eateries and venues with delicious menus available throughout the festive season,

perfect for Christmas celebrations, parties and festive family meals during the run up to Christmas.

Take a look at our suggestions below - make sure you book well in advance to secure your table.

THE KINGS ARMS AT OTTERTON

Otterton 01395 568416

www.kingsarmsotterton.co.uk

EXETER RACECOURSE

Exeter 01392 832599

www.exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk

JOLLY JACKS

Plymouth 01752 500008

www.jollyjacks.co.uk

THE OYSTER SHACK

Bigbury 01548 810 876

www.oystershack.co.uk

THE MALTSTERS ARMS

Woodbury 01395 232218

www.themaltstersarms.com

BERNAVILLE NURSERIES

Cowley 01392 851326

www.bernaville.co.uk

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Great Devon eateries

award winning restaurant • award winning marina

Great

Kick back & Relax

Food, Company

& Location!

The

sublime

Primus

Malbec

2013

Jolly Jacks, the perfect venue for your Christmas festivities.

Amazing food, great Christmas menu, warm and cosy ambiance,

friendly, welcoming and fun; Jolly Jacks has it all!

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S EVE BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

• FREE secure parking • Dog & child friendly

Tel: 01752 500 008 • www.jollyjacks.co.uk

Mayflower Marina • Richmond Walk • Plymouth • PL1 4LS

The Church House Inn, Churchstow

Christmas

Parties

Festive lunch & dinner

2 courses, coffee & mince pies, £16.50

3 courses, coffee & Mince pies, £19.95

Complimentary mulled wine

Tel: 01548 852237

hello@churchhouse-churchstow.com

www.churchhouse-churchstow.com

Red, red wi.... ine

What is it about red wine, can there be anything as enjoyable

if you've picked a really good one. Conversely, if you've

made an error in your choice and picked something awful, it

can literally sour your evening (I assume you're not a daytime

drinker!). I've found myself suffering the after effects even up to

four days after drinking some really bad stuff - not that it tasted

bad, just I assume how it'd been grown at the vineyard, I suspect

that cheap wines support overly liberal use of pesticides, which

make their way into the wine.

Back in the 80s, a famous song from

that reggae band UB40 extolled

the virtues of red wine (in terms of

forgetting painful relationships), I

have to laugh though, because there

were some truly awful wines in this

country in the 80s and the ability to

buy something half decent from a

shop was more often a miss than

a hit. Not only would you be heartbroken at

the breakup of your relationship, but possibly

feeling very ropey from the after effects of the

wine. Shop bought stuff was diabolical, so often

it'd already turned to vinegar before opening,

those canny European growers had recognised

somewhere they could get rid of all their bad

harvests - incidentally, what ever happened to

the Wine Lake? I suppose in those days it really

paid to use a reputable wine merchant, but you

were talking serious money per bottle. Today the

quality of wine is practically on another planet - I

suspect the need for a merchant has diminished.

If you're a UB40 fan and also a red wine drinker,

there's a treat in store for you here because they

have their own wine you can purchase at £28.50

per bottle - one perhaps for Christmas. Editor

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One of the most beautiful coastal locations in Devon

Dream Destination

SIDMOUTH HARBOUR HOTEL

The terrace of

the Sidmouth

Harbour Hotel,

looking out

across Lyme Bay

- the views are

sublime!

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SIDMOUTH HARBOUR HOTEL

Occupying what must be the most commanding positions

in the town, the views from their dining area and patio are

stupendous on a warm summer day or evening. Winners

will be able to enjoy a most memorable dining occasion!

COMPETITION

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in the Upper Deck Restaurant

A bottle of wine is also included in the prize.

All you need to tell us is at which hotel the Upper Deck Restaurant is situated?

Submit your answer: www.devonshiremagazine.co.uk/win

Closing date for competition is the 15th December.

Terms and conditions for competition are on the website.

Peak and Salcombe Hills

The coastal footpath is literally just across the

road from the hotel, taking you up to Peak Hill

and Mutters Moor.

A readymade break is waiting

for you at Sidmouth: beautiful

walks, a great town with

interesting shopping and a

fantastic, luxurious base at

the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel.

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Tulips & Windmills

NETHERLANDS

Windows are important to the

Amsterdammer ('Mokummer'

in Dutch), no ugly modern

skyscrapers to ruin the sky

line here. Just take note of

how the massive windows

dominate facades of buildings,

there's something very

cheerful about it all.

AMSTERDAM

Venice of the North

'River View by Moonlight' - Aert van

der Neer circa 1640/50 on view at the

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Amsterdam has excellent sea links,

essential for any trading dependent

nation in the days before the train.

You can see that the city is very well

connected to the open sea.

If you're a lover

of maps, the

collections at the

Maritime Museum

are exceptional

(see further on).

PARS on map is

Persia (in Greek), a

province of Iran.

Amsterdam has

many beautiful

and interesting

independent

shops, it's a great

place to just

amble!

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Tulips & Windmills

NETHERLANDS

Early in the year, leaves yet to sprout on the trees, bicycles stacked up on the railings - you must

remember to be careful crossing, bicycles creep up on you silently from all directions.

Reliquary

decorated with

Christ, saints

and angels of

gilded copper,

inlaid glass

and enamel

originating from

Limoges, circa

1200-1250.

Body Worlds

If you've an eye for the

gruesome, then a visit to

Body Worlds (right) is highly

recommended. Human bodies

dissected, arteries and muscle

tissue replaced with resin,

showing the physiology of

the human body in gruesome

detail - an absolute must!

Rijksmuseum

The most visited museum in

the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum

is the Dutch national

museum. It was opened in

2013 after a ten year renovation

project costing €375

million. The Rijksmuseum

should figure highly on your

list when visiting Amsterdam.

Above and below, a couple of

the exhibits from the museum.

One of the selection of early Dutch paintings at Rijks Museum

Your eyes don't deceive you, stripped

of skin and fat, an actual cadaver

painstakingly preserved to show the

physiology of the human body.

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No visit to Amsterdam would be complete

without popping into the house where

Rembrandt lived and worked for twenty

years, between 1639 to 1656. The 17th

century Dutch interior has been lovingly

Rembrandt House Museum

and meticulously reconstructed providing

a unique experience of Rembrandt, the

Netherlands' greatest artist. The Museum

also contains an almost complete collection

of etchings by Rembrandt.

Herbal Products

Something you cannot fail to notice are the

numerous shops and cafés pedalling cannabis

in all shapes and forms. Your nose will quickly

tell you when you come across someone

smoking this very pungent weed. The photos

below show some of the products available from

retail outlets if you're of a mind to partake.

The impressive building of the Amsterdam Centraal station which is actually the second

largest railway station of the Netherlands, used by up to 160,000+ passengers a day. The

building was designed by Pierre Cuypers in the Gothic Renaissance Revival style, with the

roof superstructure being of cast iron. The station was first opened in 1889 and quite closely

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Tulips & Windmills

NETHERLANDS

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

Amsterdam

A veritable gem for those interested

in maritime history is the National

Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum

in Dutch). Housed in what

was once a naval storehouse named

's Lands Zeemagazijn built in 1656.

The range of exhibits is impressive,

from a fully restored sailing vessel,

through to a cartography department,

where you could literaly spend a

couple of days milling around admiring

the artistry. Also they have a

beautiful collection of model sailing

ships, complete with sales and rigging

which have been built at quite a large

scale, some standing height.

Of particular merit is their ship figureheads

section, I've can honesty say

I've never seen anything like it. The

detail lavished on these is a real eye

opener, with all manner of modelled

characters. A very common theme

seems to be ladies with full bosoms

on display. If you peer over to the

top right it's evident what I'm saying

here. Riebald humour would have

been the mainstay of mariners who

would be at sea in harsh conditions

for months, even years at a time,

without the presence of women. The

Het Scheepvaartmuseum is a most

engaging place for those who love

their history.

An early compass made

by Ioannes van Keulen in

Amsterdam.

Maps were elevated to being

works of art, the lavish detail

and artistry is staggering.

The beautiful model ship

department of the museum.

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The magnificent

Dutch Royal Barge, a

breathtaking display of

gilded splendour.

A Roman centurion figurehead. I

wonder what the name of the ship

would have been that had this fine

figurehead at the bow.

You get the feeling that our maritime predecessors enjoyed a

riebald sense of humour. These figureheads are fairly blatant,

I particularly like the lady sporting the fine hat and feather.

These figureheads would make ships easily recognisable,

particularly with illiterate sailors.

The Het Scheepvaartmuseum to give it its proper Dutch name, a wonderful place for visitors with an interest in maritime

history, if you have the time you may find you wish to visit over a couple of days as there's much to admire.

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Th e C O U N T R Y M A N

planted these trees some 20 years

ago, this is so disheartening and

even more so to have to replant.

Easily rectified! Just get down and

finish laying the boundary hedge

this winter, this may stop intruders

next apple harvest season.

I now try to lay sections of hedge on

a 10-year rotation. This is slightly

quicker than most, however, I

do so for a very good reason; a

huge sense for satisfaction and

achievement once completed. Also,

the by-products are essential. Last

year’s produced bushy hazel pea

footing without making a noise and

announcing their presence to all.

Some 10 years ago, when in the

veg patch mid-November, my

attention was drawn to a lot of

splashing and water disturbance

on the River Bray some 80 metres

away. I paid little or no attention at

first assuming the local mallards

were in some form of dispute. As

it endured for several minutes

I heeded more notice and soon

released it was spawning salmon.

Though I still have never seen this

at close hand, I watched from afar

The importance of apple trees in your garden,

and indeed, winter feeding for birds when they really need it.

best gravels on all the Taw system

and that’s why it is thought to be

the best spawning tributary of the

river Taw. The drought of this last

summer has meant salmon and sea

trout fishing on all Devon’s rivers

has been particularly bad. On the

Mole, the worst I can remember,

very few salmon have been caught,

so we have little or no indication

of the salmon population in the

rivers this year. Thus, the only way

fishermen have any idea of salmon

stocks is by locating and counting

the redds. This is not easy, last

year the river Bray was often too

high and the water too coloured

to even see the base of the river,

however, if the water has the right

clarity then the gravel disturbance

can be easily noticed. So, if a crisp

November riverside walk takes

your fancy this autumn, keep an

eye out for these redds and get a

glimpse of the part of the salmon’s

life cycle that occurs in our rivers.

Wildlife encounters such as

seeing the salmon spawning or

just finding evidence of their

presence, even hearing or, better

still, seeing the last of the red

deer rut in early November are

so rewarding. The effort to get

out on often not the most pleasant

days of the year should be part of

all the lives of those that live in

this county. To that end, I try to

provide a few photos of some of

the exhilarating encounters I have

had recently. One of the best was

watching an adult peregrine with

prey in its talons teasing it’s young

away from the security of their

nesting site. I witnessed this along

the cliffs between Combe Martin

and Watermouth in September

unfortunately, I didn’t bring the

camera out in my very small kayak!

In the constant pursuits of photos

of close encounters none could

have been better than my latest. It

was the last week in October and

this article had to go to press and

I needed more photos. Luck was

on my side! Off to the moor on a

cloudy, still warm afternoon, surely

something of interest would show

up. I was expecting a really special

stag or better still, two big boys

with antlers locked… it wasn’t to

be. However sat on a lichen covered

and weather old fence post, I came

across the most obliging short

eared owl some 15 metres from

where I was and here is the last and

best photo (page14). Christopher.

sticks, slightly bent hazel runner

bean poles, and plenty of small

ash for kindling for the wood

burner. I get a great pleasure

of seeing the hedge stock proof.

Once completed, the interlocked

branches provide sheltered

nest-sights for many birds and

the red deer don’t like climbing

through the tightly interwoven

laid branches. I suppose it is

difficult to find sound footing on

the top of the banks and it must

be almost impossible to get a firm

and enjoyed the rest from forking

over the soil. November is the best

month to see the female salmon

cut a redd, which is to loosen an

area of river bed gravel, forming a

shallow depression in the fist-sized

gravelled areas close to the tails

of pools where the water flow is

even. This requires a lot of effort

on their behalf. Once done, the

male or cook fish releases his

milt to fertilize the eggs which

then stick to the stones ready to

develop. The river Bray has the

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NOV & DEC 18

art exhibitions

DEVON

EXHIBITIONS

SHOOTING THE BREEZE

Until 04 Nov- An exhibition of

paintings by Sue Ifould and

handmade books by Gaynor

Williams, Harbour House, The

Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am

to 5.00pm.

LOOKING FOR JEFFERY EDWARDS

Until 17 Nov- We are delighted to

be showing a selection of past and

brand new works, Brook Gallery,

Foreshore House, Budleigh Salterton,

10.30am to 5.00pm.

EXHIBITION: GREAT ARTISTS GREAT

TEACHERS

Until 17 Nov- Exhibition celebrating

the 250th anniversary of the Royal

Academy of Arts, The Arts Institute,

The Levinsky Gallery, Plymouth.

KABOOM! HONITON!

Until 21 Nov- A series of silkscreen

prints inspired by Honiton's shops,

pubs & galleries, Ross Penwill,

Artist-Printmaker, The Red Room,

Honiton, 7.00am to 6.00pm.

DEVON VOICES 1914-1918: HOME

FRONT STORIES

Until 06 Dec- Exhibition exploring

Devon’s unique First World War

history, Royal Albert Memorial

Museum - RAMM, Queen Street,

Exeter, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Michael Morgan - 'Bamburgh Castle' - Marine House at Beer

Studio Gallery

E X H I B I T I O N S

In the Cafe Gallery

Light on Water

13 to 18 Nov

An exhibition of Mark’s paintings

at the Cafe Gallery.

Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard,

Plymouth PL1 3RP

www.markfielding.co.uk

Budleigh: Tues-Sat 10.30-5.00 Sun 2.00-4.30

www.brookgallery.co.uk 01395 443003

From City to the Sea

30 Nov to 04 Jan

An exhibition combining etchings

by Louise Davis and line prints by

Gail Brodholt to make a glorious

exhibition this Christmas.

For this, other talks and events visit:

www.brookgallery.co.uk

Exhibitions

Aspirations

04 to 10 Nov - 10am-4pm, free entry.

Wild Thing

15 Nov to 04 Dec - Paintings and prints

of wildlife, 10am-4pm, free entry.

Christmas Art & Craft Exhibition

07 to 09 Dec - Fri: 10am-late,

Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm, free entry.

01395 515551 Coburg Road, Sidmouth

www.kennawayhouse.org.uk

Amanda Popham

Inspiration in Clay

03 to 16 Nov - Solo show

of new works at Steam Gallery.

www.steamgallery.co.uk

01297 625144

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CANADIANS IN DEVON 1914 - 1918:

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

Until 06 Dec- Exhibition of WW1

photographs originally exhibited at

RAMM in 1918, Royal Albert Memorial

Museum - RAMM, Queen Street,

Exeter, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

CURIOSITY SHOP: LOOKING WITH

OLDER EYES

Until 09 Dec- Exhibition of art by

older people in Exeter City Council

housing in the city, Royal Albert

Memorial Museum - RAMM, Queen

Street, Exeter, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

'ATMOSPHERE’ EXHIBITION BY

ALISON JOHNSON

03 Nov to 18 Nov- Alison will

be in the gallery to discuss her

work with you, Host Galleries,

12 Whimple Street, Plymouth,

9.00am to 5.30pm.

ART EXHIBITION 'ASPIRATIONS'

04 Nov to 10 Nov- Art Exhibition

by local Artists, 'Aspirations',

Kennaway House, Coburg Road,

Sidmouth, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Jeannette Hayes - 'Two trees 3' - Artwave West, Morcombelake

CONFERENCE: WOMEN LEADING

CHANGE

11 Nov- A multidisciplinary

conference for women exploring

how we can lead change, Bridging

the Worlds - Christa Mackinnon,

Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth,

10.00am to 5.30pm.

BODY LANGUAGE

13 Nov to 18 Nov- Drawings and

paintings from the Friday Life

Drawing Group at Harbour House,

Harbour House, The Promenade,

Kingsbridge, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

AFTER EIGHTIES CELEBRATION OF

FOUR ARTISTS

17 Nov to 20 Jan- Fred Cuming RA,

Alfred Stockham RCA RWA, Robin

Rae RCA and Richard Batterham,

Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West

Bay, 10.00am to 4.30pm.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: DAVE ROPER

20 Nov to 25 Nov- See the art

gallery transformed into a working

art studio, Harbour House, The

Promenade, Kingsbridge, 10.00am

to 5.00pm.

DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY GALLERY

TOUR: DEVON VOICES

21 Nov- A friendly, relaxed tour of

the exhibition Devon Voices 1914-

1918: Home Front St, Royal Albert

Memorial Museum - RAMM, Queen

Street, Exeter, 10.30am to 12.30am.

YOURWAY SUPPORT - MEMBERS

EXHIBITION

24 Nov to 29 Nov- Host Galleries

are proud to collaborate with

'Yourway', a local support

facility for people with learning

disabilities, 12 Whimple Street,

Plymouth, 9.00am to 5.30pm.

Mark Fielding - 'Small pleasures, Grand Canal'

WINTER ART FAIR

02 Nov to 21 Nov- Festive artwork

by members of Town Mill Arts, Town

Mill Arts, The Malthouse Gallery,

Lyme Regis, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

NOVEMBER EXHIBITION

02 Nov to 23 Nov- Works of Pauline

Talbot., Artizan Gallery Cafe Venue,

Artizan Gallery, Torquay, 12.00am to

6.00pm.

DORSET ARTISTS

02 Nov to 28 Nov- A showcase of

artwork about Dorset created by

talented Dorset-based artists, Town

Mill Arts, The Courtyard Gallery, Lyme

Regis, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

AMANDA POPHAM SOLO SHOW

03 Nov to 16 Nov- New ceramic

sculptures by British earthenware

sculptor Amanda Popham, Steam

Gallery, Fore Street, Beer, 11.00am to

5.00pm.

DRAWN TOGETHER

06 Nov to 11 Nov- Collaborative

paintings by students in Anita

Reynolds' workshops, Harbour

House, The Promenade,

Kingsbridge, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

TALK: CHANGE & CHALLENGE AT

THE ROYAL ACADEMY

08 Nov- Sir Charles Eastlake's

Presidency (1850-65), with

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, The

Arts Institute, Theatre 2, Roland

Levinsky Building, Plymouth,

7.00pm to 8.00pm.

AUTUMN EXHIBITION

09 Nov to 15 Dec- An enthralling

mix of artists for the last show

of 2018, Artwave West, A35,

Morecombelake, 10.00am to

4.00pm.

Alan Cotton - ' Cyprus - Summer Landscape' - Brockhill Studio

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NOV & DEC 18

art exhibitions

DEVON

Simon Fowler - 'Dartmoor' - GalleryFAB, Newton Abbot

A SUNDAY AT STUDIO 36

25 Nov- A day of art, music and lively

conversation, Studio 36, 36 Denmark

Road, Exeter, 11.00am to 6.00pm.

PRESENT MAKER

27 Nov to 09 Dec- A Christmasthemed

exhibition of arts and crafts,

Harbour House, The Promenade,

Kingsbridge, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

SON & MOTHER

29 Nov to 05 Dec- Showcase of

abstract landscapes, Town Mill Arts,

The Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis,

10.30am to 4.30pm.

FROM CITY TO THE SEA

30 Nov to 04 Jan- Joint exhibition

featuring work by Louise Davies

and Gail Brodholt, Brook Gallery,

Foreshore House, Budleigh

Salterton, 10.30am to 5.00pm.

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Shepherd’s Delight

Until 17 Nov - Paintings by

Richard Adams. Sculpture by

Joe Lawrence.

Deck the Halls

24 Nov to 22 Dec - Gallery artists

create works fit for the season and

all year round.

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Serendipity

02 to 17 Nov

Winter Exhibition

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Gail Brodholt - 'Alice Underground' - Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton

ALAN COTTON CHRISTMAS STUDIO

EXHIBITION

01 Dec to 02 Dec- Alan Cotton will

open his studio for two days on the

first weekend in December, Alan

Cotton, Brockhill Studio, Colaton

Raleigh, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

EXHIBITION: FREQUENCIES

01 Dec to 14 Dec- Arts and

Humanities MA Show, The Arts

Institute, The Levinsky Gallery,

Plymouth.

ART EXHIBITION AT OUR CHRISTMAS

FAIR

07 Dec to 09 Dec- Art Exhibition

at our Christmas Fair by Rob

Crisp, Kennaway House, Coburg

Road, Sidmouth, 10.00am to

5.00pm.

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LOCATION:

Brockhill Studio

Colaton Raleigh

Devon EX10 0LH

Alan Cotton

STUDIO EXHIBITION

1 st and 2 nd December 2018 10am to 5pm

Transylvania - The Vegetable Garden at Miklosvar

Oils on Canvas 51 x 61 cm 20 x 24 ins

Two summers ago Alan Cotton travelled

to Transylvania to gather new ideas for his

paintings. For many it is a land of legend

and mystery, but for Alan it was an amazing

discovery of a landscape and way of life

largely unchanged for centuries. The

wildflower meadows, hayricks and village

cultivation provided rich material for a series

of paintings of this pastoral landscape. For

this studio exhibition he has produced a

collection of new Transylvanian paintings

together with work from Provence, Venice,

Piemonte and Hartland in North Devon.

The exhibition is open for two days only,

when the artist will be there to welcome

anyone who would like to visit the studio

and see his work.

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Solo show of new pieces at Steam Gallery, Beer


Inspiration In Clay

Saturday 3 November to

Friday 16 November

Our annual highlight of new works by the

celebrated sculptural potter Amanda Popham

is with us again! This is our fifteenth year

showcasing her unending innovation and creativity.

The show of 60 new works has now become

an established highlight of Steam Gallery’s year.

As always, collectors greatly anticipate

this event. Most pieces can be viewed

on our website and can be secured

now by simply contacting the gallery.

However, nothing can surpass the

impact and sheer joy of seeing the entire

grouping displayed at the exhibition.

Amanda Popham - ‘Sunday Afternoon’ - 36cm - £575

Please join us and catch up with Amanda

on launch day Saturday 3 November

from 11.00am.

Amanda Popham

‘Giddy Up Pussy Cats’

29cm - £775

Steam Gallery, Fore

Street, Beer, EX12 3JB

01297 625144

www.steamgallery.co.uk

Amanda Popham - ‘Looking at the Little Birdies’ - 56cm - £795

Michael Morgan - ‘Bamburgh Castle III 2009’ - 10.5x10.5 ins - £5350 Michael Morgan - ‘Bamburgh Castle I, 2003’ - 12.5x12.5ins - £6450

Michael Morgan - ‘Lighthouse VIII’ - 10x8ins - £4350


Marine House at Beer has long been the centre

for original paintings by the distinguished

Devon artist the late Michael Morgan.

We continue to acquire his work which

(1928 - 2014)

remains in high demand. Here we present

three of his special coastal scenes currently

available. For enquiries please contact the

gallery on 01297 625257.

Fore Street, Beer, EX12 3EF Marine House 01297 625257 Steam Gallery 01297 625144

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Tuscany - Cherry Orchard in Evening Light at Strove 91 x 102 cm (36 x 40 ins)

Alan Cotton,

one of Britain’s

most distinctive

landscape artists,

has travelled to

many parts of the

globe to discover

new subjects for

his paintings.

His explorations have taken him from Morocco to

Tibet, where he went as Expedition Artist to Mount

Everest with Sir David Hempleman-Adams. As Tour

Artist, Alan also travelled with His Royal Highness

the Prince of Wales to Australia, New Zealand,

Sri Lanka and Fiji. When working in Transylvania,

paintings from which feature in this exhibition, he

was privileged to stay in The

Prince of Wales’ cottage.

Alan has produced paintings

from all these exotic places, but

it is to Provence in the South

of France and Tuscany and

Piemonte in Italy that he returns

again and again. Sometimes

film crews accompany him and

there have been a number of

television films of Alan working

in these regions. The first, “A

Step or Two Away the Picture

is Complete” for BBC saw Alan

working in his studio, along

the Otter Valley and in Brittany.

Two half hour programmes

called “Cotton on Canvas”,

Alan Cotton's

beautiful

Provence - Bonnieux From Tom

Stoppard's Garden in Lacoste

77 x 61 cm (30 x 24in)

landscapes

narrated by Hugh Scully, were made for ITV

and these was filmed amongst the hill towns of

Provence, the orchards of Tuscany and beside the

canals in Venice.

There have been two illustrated biographies by

Art Historian Jenny Pery “On a Knife Edge” and

“Giving Life A Shape” and a

new book “Drawn to Paint”,

currently in production, which

shows how his drawings form

the basis for his paintings, will

be launched at the Private View

of his London Exhibition with

David Messum in September

2019.

Alan is Hon. Professor of Arts

at the University of Bath and a

founder member and President

Emeritus of the South West

Academy. He also received an

Honorary Doctorate from the

University of Exeter for his “...

outstanding contribution to

the Arts”.

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Ear cleaning is a vital task for a mother, mum here

is Rosie and Lily the grateful recipient. Sadly, Lily

is now deceased, and having met her, I can say it's

Down at Yellingham Farm

a great tragedy as she was such a lovely little dog

with a great character. Below, Janet East onboard

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ENGLAND

St Martin's Church, Canterbury

Probably Britain's most important Christian site

Up and down the land there are literally

thousands of churches, in fact over 37,500.

St Martin's church at Canterbury holds

an extremely important place in Britain's

Christian history and it's easy to forget just

how significant the church remains in the

Christian world.

Firstly, it's the oldest extant* church in Britain,

it's also the first church founded in England

and the oldest church in the entire English

speaking world, so to say it's significant

would be something of an understatement.

Although the Celts in Britain had widely

converted to Christianity by the 3rd and

4th centuries, the post-Roman invasion by

Angles, Saxons and Jutes meant that pagan

religions were returning to dominance,

certainly as Kent was one of the counties

bearing the brunt of these invasions,

Christianity was being to relegated to

the native Celts. To stem this ongoing

pagan invasion Pope Gregory the Great

despatched a mission to England with

the purpose of converting the invaders

to Christianity. He sent Augustine who

departed from Rome in May 595, but

he became so daunted by the task that

he returned to Rome in July, begging

permission to abandon the mission. After

being made an abbot, he was instructed to

complete the task originally given to him.

In early 597 Augustine landed on the

Isle of Thanet. He made his way to Canterbury,

meeting up with the Saxon (and

pagan) King Aethelberht and his wife

Bertha. Bertha was already a Christian,

being the daughter of the King of Paris,

and it's known that she used St Martin's

Church as her private chapel for worship

before Augustine's arrival in England.

King Aethelberht was later baptised in

this church.

It's interesting to note that the Venerable

Bede said of St. Martin's church that it had

been in use since the late Roman period,

although it had subsequently fallen into

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Aethelberht - first English

king to convert to

Christianity, was king of

Kent. In the ninth century

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Aethelberht is referred to

as Bretwalda.

On the right is the

oldest part of the

church where you can

see the bare Roman

bricks and Saxon

stonework.

disuse. Undoubtedly it would have seen both

Celtic and Roman worshippers meaning that

in reality the church is most likely to be even

older than the stated year of Augustine's

arrival in 597AD.

Augustine, with the help of Queen Bertha,

managed to get King Aethelberht to agree

to the allocation of land and subsequent

construction of an abbey (later to be known

as St. Augustine's Abbey).

The church itself, as with most churches, is

an amalgam of construction through the

ages, although it's easy to spot the Roman

bricks used in parts of the building. If you

visit, there's information within the church

that tells you exactly where the earliest part

of the church is located.

If you're a church lover, St. Martin's Church

must go onto your wish list of most historic

churches visited.

Nigel Jones

(extant* - in continuous use)

St. Augustine's Abbey, or rather, what's left of it. There's an excellent mini museum on site which is run

by English Heritage. There is a charge for entry, but it's a fascinating and extremely historic site that

you will really wish to visit once you've been to St Martin's church which is about half a mile up the road

Inside St. Martin's, the lower end in fact. It's

fairly basic inside, but you have to be awed by

the history and significant visitors to which this

humble church has been privy, including a Saxon

king and St. Augustine.

The font for performing baptisms. It's said that

king Aethelberht was baptised here in 597. The

font has been constructed out of a well head from

the Cathedral cloisters.

It's a well-trodden path and you'll walk in King

Aethelberht and St. Augustine's footsteps, taking

you back beyond fourteen centuries of English

Christian history.

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The Prince of Terriers

DEVON'S ONLY BREED OF DOG

It's true, the Parson Jack Russell is Devon's only breed of dog (unless you know otherwise?). It's

a formidable animal, all the feisty character of a terrier JR with the long legs of the Parson, it was

originally bred by Parson John "Jack Russell" to chase foxes. The Parson was based at St. James's

church, Swimbridge in North Devon and here you can see Alfie Jones pictured outside.

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Be Inspired

Christmas Nutcrackers

with Colwin Way

Saturday 10 th November

Upcoming store event...

Be inspired to turn your own decorative Christmas nutcrackers this season,

at this special free demonstration in our Axminster store.

International woodturner and Axminster Skill Centre tutor, Colwin Way, provides

a step-by-step guide to crafting these traditional German nutcrackers. His knowledge

and informal presentation style have made him one of the most popular woodturning

demonstrators in the UK - don’t miss this rare opportunity to see him in our Live Workshop!

Free event 10am-4pm. Please register your interest on

website - just search ‘Axminster’

Visit our store soon to experience the ‘Axminster difference’

and discover just how much we share your passion.

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A point of view!

Nelson’s Column

by JOHN FISHER

kicking our way through drifts of leaves

in reds, yellows, oranges, golds and browns

this autumn instead we seem to enjoying

a surplus of, well - a surplus of just plain,

common or garden browns.

And it’s all down to our

deciduous trees and

shrubs having been

seriously dehydrated

this summer, the RHS

tells us. That lack of

moisture has starved

leaves of a number

of essential sugars

because trees have

been unable to build

up their reservoirs of these sugars that are

needed to trigger colour changes.

“Autumn is a second Spring

when every leaf becomes a flower!”

BEAUTIFULLY PUT, by one Albert Camus*,

the French philosopher, author, and Nobel

Prize Winner for Literature, who clearly

had never experienced the kind of hot, dry

summer we experienced in Devon this year.

Whilst we could normally expect to be

*Not to put the poet in Albert Camus down,

we should add in his defence that he was

born, raised and studied in Algiers and may

not have experienced an Autumn amongst

deciduous trees until he lived in Paris in his

early 20s and came up with that very pleasing

line in our headline.

A storm named Kevin?

EVERY STORM NOW HAS A NAME - and no

bad thing because it increases our awareness

of these weather extremes the Met Office

informs us. But some sound stormier than

others, do they not?

A storm called Ragnar for example (we made

that one up) sounds much more threatening,

surely, than one called Kevin, which we did

not make up.

The complete list of storm names for 2018-

2019 issued jointly by the Met Office and Met

Eirean reads as follows: Ali, Bronagh, Callum,

Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris,

Jane, Kevin (we told you), Lily, Max, Niamh,

Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet

and Wyn.

If some of those names sound a tad unfamiliar

(or even unpronounceable) it is because the

list has been compiled from suggestions by

members of the public, with the weather

experts selecting the names “that reflect

the nations’ culture and diversity of both

the UK and Eire”.

To save you looking it up, Saoirse is

pronounced, Seer-sha or Ser-sha.

All our yesterdays

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND is the title of a

new book written by Rivers Carew, the last of

the Carew baronets to have lived at Haccombe,

the family seat in East Devon and spanning

some 30 generations from 1086-1945.

And if that sounds like some kind of history

book that might be a little musty after one

thousand years in the telling, think on.

The book will have wide appeal, especially

to Devonians, old and new, because it also

reflects the rich social history of county life

as it does this remarkable family. how they

lived, loved and died.

Sir George Carew went down with his ship,

The Mary Rose and Thomas Carew was a

famed Cavalier poet and the family even has

links to Christopher Columbus.

Footprints in the sand

ISBN 978-1-9998074-4-3

is published by DuBois

Publishing, Cambridge in

hardback and paperback.

An e-book version is also

available on Amazon

Kindle .

Author, poet, journalist, broadcaster,

historian and storyteller, Sir Rivers Carew.

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But here’s the thing...

PRE-CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Whether you were one of

that number or not, with

Christmas just around the

corner, we thought some

of its findings were worth

summarising here.

Five things people say loneliness is.

1. Having nobody to talk to.

2. Feeling disconnected from the world.

3. Feeling left out.

4. Sadness.

5. Not feeling understood.

Firstly, a THIRD of us often

or very often feel lonely.

Being alone is not the same

as being lonely.

Young people can feel lonely

with such intensity because

they have less experience of

regulating their emotions

and this might be only the

first or second time they’ve

felt lonely in their lives and

they haven’t had the chance

to learn that loneliness often

passes.

It may be comforting to

know that there is now

an appointed ‘Minister

for Loneliness’, her name

is Tracey Crouch.

ANSWER TO QUIZ

What, asked Jimmy Durante,

is the opposite of loneliness?

SOME 2,800 WEST COUNTRY FOLK were

among the 55,000 who took part in the recent

BBC survey into loneliness.

People feel ashamed about

feeling lonely but these same

people can score higher on

empathy.

People who say they often

feel lonely report poorer health. (One in five

GP appointments are thought to be brought

about as a result of loneliness).

Olden days readers will recall that the

much loved American entertainer Jimmy

‘Schnozzle’ Durante once said that “the

opposite of loneliness is happiness” and

sang about it on the last three minutes of

the soundtrack in “Sleepless in Seattle”.

You can hear it again on youtube by tapping

in Jimmy Durante, Make Someone Happy.

poet found himself in Teignmouth and had

some fairly unromantic things to say about

his three month stay.

The weather kept him indoors, much of his

time spent writing, including one piece of

what he called ‘doggerel verse’ about the

town itself.

Stirring stuff

STIRRING THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING is

as much a chore as it ever was -which is why,

many centuries ago women hit on the bright

idea of calling it ‘a tradition’ and that every

member of the family might make a wish as

they stirred. Hmm!

Stir-up Sunday this year is Sunday, 25th

November. Alternatively Harrods “Decadent

Christmas Pudding” this year can be had

for £24.00 plus £5.95 for delivery. Saves all

that stirring.

Season of mists and

mellow rainfulness?

EXACTLY TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO

this December, John Keats the Romantic

“Being agog to see some Devonshire, I would

have taken a walk the first day, but the rain

would not let me”.

“The green is beautiful, as they say, and pity

it is that it is amphibious - mais! but alas! the

flowers here wait as naturally for the rain

twice a day as the mussels do for the tide”.

Especially sensitive were those Romantics

when confronted with Nature.

JOHN FISHER

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you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis

and be sure of exactly what you’re getting for

your money.

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mention the disruption associated with a typical

home extension, garden rooms have proven to

be a cost-effective alternative to an extension.

Garden rooms can be an aesthetically pleasing

focal point to your garden that can serve many

purposes. Unlike an extension, a garden room

can provide serenity - an obvious benefit when

working from home.

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garden room will

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number of layers

including vapour

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ventilated air spaces. This prevents warm

moist air from inside the building escaping

and condensing on colder surfaces within

the structure. This in turn ensures the whole

Garden rooms are

generally considered

to be a permitted

development, not

normally needing

planning permission

structure remains dry, preventing timbers rotting

and ensuring longevity. For this reason, it is

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within a structure that has been designed to

be insulated.

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requires a solid foundation to prevent differential

settlement and/or the building blowing away in

the next storm. Some companies will provide

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which they can install your garden room.

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systems, normally pre-fabricated and installed in

around five to ten days depending on building

specification.

A well-designed building should have a minimum

life expectancy in excess of twenty years and

will certainly add value to your property. When

buying a garden room, make sure that the

cladding, roofing, windows and doors come

with guarantees and always invest in the best

that your budget will permit.

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permitted development, not normally needing

planning permission. There are exceptions and

limits to this rule and ultimately the onus is on

the property owner to ensure that any necessary

approvals have been obtained. For further

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co.uk

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if the floor area of the building is less than 30

square metres and

contains no sleeping

accommodation.

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rule and it would

be prudent to check

with building control

when planning a

garden room.

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Horse

Care

Gastric Ulceration

by Natalie Bucklar

Gastric Ulceration

in Horses

At this time of year there are

many reasons why horses can

be more prone to gastric ulcers. As

time in the field often decreases

and horses spend more time in

the stable, the ‘little and often’

trickle feeding that is needed

for gastrointestinal health can

become compromised. Horses

left in confinement overnight

can finish their forage provision

in a few hours, leaving them

without food for several more.

As the horse’s stomach continually

produces acid, when no forage is

present, less saliva is produced to

buffer the acid and the acid will

attack the stomach lining instead.

If there is inadequate grass in

the field and the horse isn’t fed

additional forage outside, this too

can contribute to this increasingly

common problem, as can cereal

feeds.

Natalie Bucklar

BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science)

Natalie has owned horses for over

30 years and owns East Devon

Riding Academy near Sidmouth.

She has previously lectured in

Equine Science to degree level and

produced research for preparing

Great Britains' equestrian teams

for the Olympics. Natalie provides

consultations in horse management,

training and problem solving using

a force-free, science based approach.

Sadly, Equine Gastric Ulceration

Syndrome (EGUS) often begins

at a very young age. Sudden

weaning is a huge contributory

factor and a recent study found

the prevalence of gastric lesions

increase to an unbelievable 98% of

foals within two weeks of weaning.

EGUS can affect any type of horse,

with other studies showing 93% of

racehorses, 65% of performance

horses and 54% of leisure horses

to be affected.

Medication is often

required to aid recovery

and good management

is vital to help treat and

prevent the condition

Signs of EGUS include changes

in behaviour, poor performance,

difficulties when riding, refusing

to jump, weight loss, colic, fatigue,

grumpiness, teeth grinding, crib

biting, loose droppings, dislike

of the girth being done up and

being cold backed. Some horses

very obviously exhibit there is

a problem, whilst others only

show one or two mild symptoms,

however, some horses with

ulceration don’t demonstrate

these symptoms at all. A full

veterinary examination is needed,

(including a video endoscopy)

to evaluate the location and the

extent of the internal damage.

Medication is often required to aid

recovery and good management

is vital to help treat and prevent

the condition. A low starch, high

fibre diet, trickle feeding, less

stabling, reducing stress and

not exercising the horse with an

empty stomach are all positive

management strategies. Fibre

in the stomach prior to exercise

helps to prevent the acid splash.

Unfortunately, EGUS is often a

man made problem, so as with

many conditions, prevention is

better than cure. It can be fatal,

particularly for foals, and at the

least causes chronic discomfort

for horses of any age.

If you suspect that your horse

may have EGUS, it is important

to consult a specialist equine

vet who can assist you with

helping your horse to recover.

Without appropriate treatment

and management, the horse will

continue to suffer and can exhibit

dangerous behaviour due to the

discomfort. However, if managed

appropriately, horse’s can recover

and consequently they become

healthier and happier partners.

Seasons Greetings!

Natalie x

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The Old Vet’nary

by Ken Watson

Three Marmalade Cats

a friendly, family practice

Or Gingers as I like to call them.

In my time I have owned, or

rather been on the staff of, many

cats; but not so many as it might

have been because they all, except

one, lived to a good old age. It was

the one exception which ensured

my last three cats to be all Gingers.

When I retired, one present

amongst all my embarrassing

number of gifts was a Siamese

kitten we called Roo. She shared

all the uprooting of our move

from Plymouth to Sidmouth and

we loved her dearly; but sadly, on

her very first outing she was run

over and killed by a tractor right

outside our gate. She was never

allowed that precious time to

learn the dangers of the world. Her

predecessor had been a Ginger

cat from a farm at Plympton, so

we made enquiries through the

veterinary nurse network to see if

they had another, and they did. So

came about Ginger I and Ginger

II. Later there was to be another

Ginger cat and I would like to

show how three cats, so similar

in appearance, could differ so

much in their characters.

Ginger was a big strong cat, a

typical castrated Tom. He was by

nature an outdoor cat and he had

a domain which really could not

be improved upon; 15 acres of

field and ancient woodland, and

the field was alive with rabbits, his

favourite food. Even so, he liked to

spend most afternoons indoors

which he enjoyed although his

real home and nightly bed was

with the chickens who lived in

stables some 50 yards from the

house. In the day he would often

catch a rabbit as big as himself

which he would carry down to the

chicken house for consumption.

To achieve this he had to drag his

catch over a 4ft high chain link

fence. It was not really necessary

to scale the fence, but he knew

it was right opposite the kitchen

window and he did it just to show

off. As I have said, he was a big

strong cat, but yet he remained

cuddly and loveable. Every tea

time my wife would carry him

down to the chicken house for his

nightly sleep with the chickens,

cat under one arm, his food under

the other. He took his chicken

guarding duties seriously, and we

would often find the corpse of a

rodent which had the temerity

to try to steal the chicken food.

He lived to the grand old age of

eighteen and never seemed to

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ail, but one morning we found he

had passed away peacefully in his

bed beside his beloved chickens.

I have already told you how we

came about to have Ginger II. I

think he was the best of the lot. He

loved to lay in wait in our Sidbury

garden and ambush our Border

Terrier as she strolled past intent

on some ball game of her own

devising. Whenever we sat on

by Richard Woodward

a garden seat he would make

a beeline for your lap. When I

revelled in retirement by having

a post-lunch siesta, he would

snuggle up to my chest and purr,

and if I put my arm around him he

would raise the rate and decibel of

purr so that I had some difficulty

in nodding off, although I did

mostly manage. He was made for

love, yet he had his mischievous

streak. One time we went to

London overnight and left him

with plenty of food and all modcons,

but when we returned we

found he had completely unrolled

the toilet roll so that it spanned

the bathroom and even reached

the hallway. When the end came,

again at the grand old age of

eighteen, he made a bed under

our bed and refused to come out.

A true gentleman of a cat.

So that was that. We decided that

at our age it was not fair to have

another dog or even a cat... but our

daughter had other ideas. The day

she arrived with another ginger

kitten, one of a litter of feral cats

she rescued from a local farm in

Shropshire. But what a cat she

became. Everything about her

is different. You notice I say “her”

and that was the first difference,

because most ginger cats are

male; and having come in from

the wild she decided to embrace

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The Third Trimester of Life

We speak to Neil Dowding about his life

and how he's helping others at his home,

Barleclose Farm.

Barleclose

Farm

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animal lovers!”

Neil was a district nurse, working in Sidmouth for

over 30 years. He's now looking after others of like

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So what do we do during our third

Trimester, aged sixty and beyond?

Neil and Sandra Dowding reached

that third Trimester and decided

to up size rather than to down size.

They bought a small working farm

on the East Devon, Dorset, and

South Somerset boarder where they

are living their rural dream.

Now settled, they are in the

position to be able to invite a lady

or a gentleman, or both, to come

and join them as an alternative to

moving into a more formal care

system.

We spoke to Neil about his life so

far and how he hopes to help others

during their final stage of life.

"I was a district nurse, working in

the Sidmouth community for over

thirty years while Sandra worked

as an NVQ level 3 care assistant

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"If a problem with health should

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'INTERVIEW' by Susan Gebbie

Tom King - WWII veteran

At 94 years old, Tom King, MBE and recent recipient of

the French Legion d’Honneur, lived through World War 2

serving with the Royal Air Force and travelled extensively as

a horticulturalist for the Imperial War Graves Commission.

I’m keen to find out what he thinks of the way we live today.

Tom welcomes me into his home in

Sidmouth that he shares with his

wife of over 70 years, Madeleine.

He met his Belgian bride when

liberating her village during World

War 2. Neatly turned out and with

a twinkle in his eye, he sits with

his wife in the comfortable front

room, while the well behaved dog

sniffles around trying to work out

what’s going on.

Tom and Madeleine lived abroad

for many years before retiring

to Sidmouth, including France,

Italy Belgium and Germany. He

admits they all have their bad

and good points. I ask which was

their favourite country and Tom’s

answer makes us all laugh. ‘Politically

perhaps Belgium or Germany.

But for the love of a country and

for the people - the Italians. They

say - 'yes we tell you lies, but we

only tell you lies to please you!'

Starting in 1946 with the Imperial

War Graves Commission and

finishing his career as senior

horticulturalist, Tom enjoyed the

job very much. He had some rough

times too. For example beyond the

iron curtain people were a little bit

dubious and suspicious of what he

was doing. And once in Algiers he

had all his belongings stolen. Then

the commissar of police suggested

Tom should head to the Kasbar

immediately where he might be

able to buy his own stuff back!

I want to ask him about the

challenges he has faced and his

thoughts on the youth of today,

Brexit, Donald Trump, and how

to get to 94. I’m hoping for some

straight talking and I won’t be

disappointed.

So, how does he view the world

today? 'Organisations seem more

corrupt. You loose confidence. I

have no interest in any politician

irrespective of party. And, in terms

of Brexit, we are in a terrible mess

and don't seem to be able to sort

anything out.'

I ask if the Kings will be happy to

leave Europe? Madeleine responds,

‘We saw what was going to happen

if we came out’ and Tom adds,

‘I’m a Brit, but we’re Europeans,

as we’ve lived so long in Europe

and we understand the Europeans

a lot more than many people in

this country. A lot of older people

think we’re a powerful nation like

we were in the British Empire, I

say we haven’t got the power or

the influence that we had and we

have to accept we are just another

European country like any other.’

Madeleine reflects 'They wont

make it easy for Britain to get out

because if others see we are getting

something out of it then they may

want to follow. We were disappointed

and I blame Boris Johnson.'

I’m wondering how the wealth of

experience and wisdom garnered

from 94 years can be passed on

to the next generation. Tom’s

response leaves me disillusioned

'I’m not terribly convinced they’re

interested. Youngsters have a

totally different life to lead. Things

have changed out of all recognition.

The man was the bread winner and

the wife and mother looked after

the home and children. Now you

need two salaries for the standard

of living [the young] demand today.

Back in our day we went without.'

As Madeleine points out, 'credit

wasn’t heard of in those days, it’s

too easy for youngsters to make

debt.'

We discuss how living through war

affects how you approach the rest

of your life.

'We can’t agree with the attitude

of younger people today, maybe

we’re envious that they have an

easier life,' Tom admits. 'When you

are younger there is always that

hope,' Madeleine says, and I ask if

she has become less trusting. 'Yes,

of course. I seem to be expecting

something that’s not nice to

happen.' But Tom feels he has a

more optimistic outlook.

So what about the challenges we

face now?

'Wars today are more conflicts

which is a great difference. We’ve

had this recent skirmish with

North Korea. And Trump - well

everybody seems to hate him but

he’s done something that no-one

else has ever done, you have to

give him credit for that.' A note of

caution from Madeleine - 'We don’t

know what he promised.' Only

time will tell.

However, for the Kings, war was

not the only or even greatest

challenge they faced over the

years. Very sadly, they lost one of

their daughters. Tom recalls 'it

was sad, she was a lovely girl, the

saddest moment, it happened after

we retired. Other than that, the

job was quite strenuous and quite

frightening.' He looks rueful as he

tells me that one of his colleagues

was murdered for which he felt

terribly responsible. I ask him

to explain and the dreadful story

unfolds.

"'There was a cemetery just outside

Tunis. A boy who was working

there was not playing the game.

We got fed up with his attitude so

we had a report written in French

for the Minister of Works and as a

result this boy was suspended for

6 months. In the meantime I went

on tour with The Superintendent of

Horticulture covering all Tunisia,

Algeria and Morocco and then

I left him in Casablanca and he

took the car back to Tunisia. Just

before Armistice in November he

rang me and said, “I’m going down

to see if this boy has retaken his

job” as he was due back.'

'The boy was there and convinced

my colleague to go to the back

of the cemetery to look at some

weeds or something in the turf

and while he was bending down

he decapitated him. This man was

responsible to check he’d returned

to work, but had nothing to do with

the suspension.'

So was the boy brought to justice?

'He escaped over the Atlas

mountains into Algeria and they

eventually caught up with him

but the life of a European wasn’t

thought to be worth much. These

were the most difficult cemeteries

to maintain because of the

misunderstandings between the

Europeans and Arabs.'

And finally to the secret of long

life? 'Luck, love and be happy' says

Madeleine. Yes, that seems to have

worked for the Kings and I think it’s

a pretty good motto for life today.

Susan Gebbie

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Oak Apple Gall - caused by a tiny wasp

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Venn Ottery walk

DEVONSHIRE

magazine

The rolling countryside of East Devon is a

real joy to walk. There are many miles of

green lanes straddling East Devon that can

be a delight to walk, giving you a feel for how

fine old Norman tower. Whilst in the church,

I was approached by the verger who informed

me that Venn Ottery was on the old Salt Route

from Exeter to Dorset. I couldn’t find any

references to this, so if anyone out there has

information on this, please make contact. I’m

interested in finding out where it would have

crossed the Otter, whether Harpford or Tipton

St. John?

Infinitely visually interesting - trees

peaceful the countryside was, way back before

the motor car. In those times, you’d probably

see the odd cart or perhaps livestock being

moved to market, other than that, it would have

been very solitary. It’s amazing to reflect that

people have trodden along these same lanes for

centuries, and in all manner of circumstances.

I should imagine that in the depths of winter,

the fire and company at the local ale or cider

house would have been a very welcoming

prospect after a cold walk!

Whilst on the walk, you could stop to admire

the church at Venn Ottery, particularly the

You may find sloes in the hedgerows,

great popped in a bottle of gin

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River Otter

Higher Metcombe

Hall’s Farm

Metcombe

Tipton

St John

Venn Ottery

St Gregory’s

Church

+

Venn Ottery

Barton

pond

River Otter

DISTANCE: 3.5 miles in

total. As you can see on

map, there are detours if

you wish to walk further.

GOING: Gentle inclines and

flat. In winter, after rain,

wellies are a good idea.

Good for dogs also, but

ensure you take a lead.

ST GREGORY’S: It’s worth

taking a look at the old

church, particularly the

Norman tower.

Oak Apple Galls

These gall formations are

formed by the Oak Gall

Wasp laying eggs inside leaf

buds, the tissues then swell

around the wasp larvae as it

develops.

Oak Gall Wasp

St Gregory's Church at Venn Ottery

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with

Venn Ottery walk

DEVONSHIRE

magazine

Photo by Nigel Jones

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Rain, rain, glorious rain!

A good old downpour drenching an

autumnal landscape, the sun doing its

best to break through the gloom. Rain

always brings a damp chill to the air, it's

a great time to sit in front of a real fire

with a glass of something memorable.

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MANAGING your MONEY

"the hardest thing in the world

to understand is income tax"

Albert Einstein

Celebrating 26 years of

providing independent

financial advice in Devon

Stalling longevity

and its impact on the pension world

Helen Mulvaney

BA (Hons), Dip M, DipPFS

Proprietor of

RICHMOND INDEPENDENT

We seem to have got very used to the ever growing life

expectancy rates which have been used, particularly by

government, over the last decade or so, to convince us that we need

to pick up our state retirement pensions a lot later.

However, over recent years, the

increase in life expectancy seems

to have stalled*. The reasons for

this are difficult to pin-point as

there seem to be multiple factors

causing this slowdown. Not least,

that deaths from dementia and

Alzheimer** related complications

are on the rise and these have

off-set the gains from other

serious illnesses, such as cancer

and heart problems. Diabetes is

also possibly going to make an

increasing impact with diagnosis

of this disease trebling for men

and women over the last 20 years

and storing up problems for the

future. This is also a disease which

will have a devastating impact on

the NHS as its management can

be very expensive. The UK is not

alone in experiencing slowing life

expectancy with many developed

countries in the same position.

Slowing life expectancy has had a

number of implications especially

for annuity providers and trustees

and corporate sponsors of final

salary schemes. Many have had

to revisit their projections. For

final salary schemes this has

represented a bit of relief and

possible reduction in anticipated

costs, whilst big insurance

companies with large annuity

books are probably going to be

Slowing life

expectancy has

had a number of

implications

more profitable and able to release

some reserves. Although the effect

of slowing mortality rates may take

some time to filter through. For

those looking at buying an annuity,

the situation has improved as their

retirement savings may go a little

further. This is likely to continue

over the next few years , unless

there's a substantial pick up in life

expectancy.

The recent improvements in

annuity rates have been due mainly

to improving gilt yields, but they

are probably still historically low.

However, as factors such as life

expectancy and interest rates

develop it is possible that buying

an annuity will become more

attractive in the future. Those in

good health have probably not

benefited too much from recent

annuity increases because more

retirees are taking advantage

of medical underwriting and

therefore those who are fit and

healthy will get worse rates. If

you want a guaranteed income

for your lifetime then here's a

reminder that shopping round the

market for an annuity will nearly

always be beneficial (unless there

is a high guaranteed annuity rate

attaching to your pension policy).

Therefore it's worthwhile getting

some independent advice on this

matter. For clients in drawdown, we

regularly consider how annuities

compare and how much income

Helen has been advising

clients in the East Devon

for the past 26 years and

specialises in the provision

of retirement and

investment advice.

richmondindependent.co.uk

helen@richmond-ifa.com

01395 512166

might be produced from an annuity

at our regular reviews. This helps

clients to focus on merits of taking

a guaranteed income as opposed to

taking income from a drawdown

pension. Stockmarkets have been

volatile recently and may become

increasingly volatile as we head

towards Brexit and it's important

that retirees should also remain

aware of the investment risk and

sequencing risks that are part of

drawdown plans.

Helen Mulvaney

* Source Office of National Statistics

** reasons for stalling longevity FT

Adviser 04/10/2018

Richmond Independent is a trading name of

Investment & Financial Solutions Partnership

LLP which is authorised and regulated by the

Financial Conduct Authority

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Although she will go out and enjoy

her territory, she makes it clear that

unless the weather is perfect, she

would rather stay in with us. She

is the most intelligent of the three

and has developed many quirks of

habit. She will only drink from a tap

and lets us know when she is thirsty.

At night she sleeps in the kitchen

for she would otherwise give us no

overnight peace. I have to announce

“It’s time for Bed” and she appears

for her nightly head scratch before

making her way to the kitchen. She

loves routine and her favourite foods

are mayonnaise and mashed potato.

She is full of life, but I would be less

than honest if I said she was an angel.

Some time in those early few weeks

of life when she was like a sponge

soaking up habits, good and bad,

someone taught her a game which

involved attacking hands or ankles.

Nothing we have tried has cured her.

As she can also open doors, it can

get tedious.

Yet of all her habits, one is the most

charming. It is my old fashioned way,

after a meal, to get up and give my

wife a kiss. Wherever she may be

in the house this cat miraculously

appears on the table and as I bend

down I feel a wet kiss on my cheek

as she joins in the general love-in.

Her name is Tigger. - Ken

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