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WATCHET, WILLITON AND QUANTOCK

ADVERTISER

November 2019 Issue 127


2 NOVEMBER 2019

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Big Taunton Litterpick cleans up

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NOVEMBER 2019 3

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4 NOVEMBER 2019

Alternative software

Dear Readers

Last month I had an email from Mary. Mary said “I have just bought a new HP laptop

and would like to get a new photo editing program. WHICH recommend paint.NET

Have you any experience of this program? I would be grateful for your opinion“.

Firstly, thank you for getting in touch. I have used a number of free and paid for

photo editing software options, from the top of the range Photoshop to the free

options like GIMP and paint.NET (from https://www.getpaint.net). For me Photoshop

is very functional but overly complicated for the average user and I often struggle

with it and get frustrated by the whole program. Paint.NET is one of my favourites,

not overly complicated and with a number of options. You can manipulate most

images without too much knowledge to get the result you need. There are two

versions „Classic‟ and „Store and the only significant difference is the „Store‟ version

has automatic updating so always has the latest version. The cost? Just under £7,

and is it worth it? Absolutely! Ranked 6th in the world and with Photoshop lagging at

15th that should tell you everything you need to know. Take a look, and good luck!

You can quite often find free (or almost free) versions online. A quick Google search

for “alternative photo editing software” or whatever else you may need, will give you

different options to choose from. Always check the reviews as these are probably the

most accurate way to determine how good a particular program is.

Some alternatives for you

Microsoft Office My choice as you may know is Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Although there is no alternative for Microsoft Publisher, Scribus isn‟t bad and with a

lot of similar functions, is a reasonable alternative.

Internet Explorer There is only one choice, Chrome! There are others such as Mozilla

and Edge (Microsoft‟s new browser) but Chrome does exactly what I need and I only

use Internet Explorer to download Chrome when I install a new system!

Hotmail/Outlook/Live Again, the only option for me is Gmail. The ease of use and

functionality makes everything come together. It took a long time to move from

Microsoft products to other alternatives but they were all worth it.

As always, if you have any questions please let me know, that‟s Andy at

ICT@lyntonadvertiser.com

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NOVEMBER 2019 5

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Our package deals for spectacles and

sunglasses offer excellent value.

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NOVEMBER 2019 7

Onion Collective gears up to begin build for arts enterprise development at East Quay

Onion Collective is delighted to announce that a lease for a portion of the land on Watchet’s

East Quay has now been signed with Somerset West & Taunton Council, meaning that

building work can commence imminently. Funding for the project was awarded in March this

year and full planning permission was awarded in 2018.

In the coming weeks, Onion Collective will employ a construction contractor with the

intention that they will start on site within the next 2 months. The containers currently

occupying the site are due for removal and approximately one third of the whole area of East

Quay, will become a construction site.

The East Quay development was conceived and designed closely with local people over a

four-year consultation process including many whole town workshops and wider surveys,

meaning that the design of the building changed repeatedly according to the needs and

desires of local people. The development will be a place of enterprise, creativity and activity

intended to bring visitors, create jobs and provide opportunities for young people. It will

contain 14 workspaces/maker studios, a double storey gallery, a print room, a paper mill

run by Two Rivers Paper and a rock and fossil preparation lab run by Geckoella, an

education space, a café and 5 self-catering accommodation pods, with outdoor events

space in the courtyard. It will run a programme of events, exhibitions and activities inside

and outside for visitors, locals and school groups alike, creating vibrancy, buzz and fun on

the quayside all year round. It will deliver 37 new jobs to the area, including 5

apprenticeships; it will safeguard 17 jobs and provide a further 70 in temporary construction

jobs. The development will bring an estimated £6.7 million in additional tourism spend to

the area with an associated 109 indirect jobs.

OC are aware that a construction site in the middle of the town may pose some concern to

residents and wish to reassure local people that every effort is being made to minimise any

inconvenience. Separately to this development the Council is continuing to explore what

works might be needed to the harbour wall along the edge of the East Quay. Decisions have

not yet been made as to the timing and extent of the works needed to this area of the

quayside. It is the intention of all parties that access along this route for the marina operator

will be maintained and we will continue to liaise with the Council to ensure the best possible

access throughout the build. Once the development is complete the designs allow for a 10m

wide roadway on this side of the site allowing ample room for normal vehicular access for

the marina operations day-to-day (e.g. it will be wider than now) and for outsize loads when

necessary.

The scheme has been designed by award winning architect Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio,

alongside executive architects Ellis Williams Architects. High quality public realm design by

LT Studio Landscape Architects celebrates both the industrial roots and the maritime setting

of the development. Planning permission was granted in June 2018 by unanimous and

emphatic support of the West Somerset Council Planning Committee, and the powerful

endorsement of the South West Design Review Panel, in which they described East Quay as

a “fabulous scheme that deserves to be a triumph.”

If you would like to know more about the project, please go to www.onioncollective.co.uk

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8 NOVEMBER 2019

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NOVEMBER 2019 9

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NOVEMBER 2019 11

#BigTauntonLitterPick cleans up across town

From 23rd to 29th September, Somerset Wildlife Trust joined forces with community groups,

companies, schools and local people to clean up the town for Taunton’s wildlife and wellbeing.

Employees from Viridor came together at COACH to paddle the River Tone in canoes and

kayaks with instructors from Channel Adventure, cleaning as they went, and combed the

riverbanks and footpaths for discarded litter – helped by Shane Austin – a seasoned litterpicker

who frequently clears rubbish from the local rivers and canals in his kayak.

Elsewhere in town, a group of 20 people litter picked around Longrun Meadow collecting a

fantastic 20 bags of litter, finding several abandoned and broken tents in the process. Other

picks were organised by local businesses and groups: Lloyd Whyte, Stantec, DWP, Claims

Consortium, Lush, Taunton Canoe Club, Inland Waterways Association, Green Spaces Group,

Green Days Day Care and Somerset County Council. Community groups, schools and clubs

also really got behind the scheme, litter-picking from Cotford St Luke, to Langford Lane, West

Hatch, Bishops Lydeard and West Monkton. Schools such as Blackbrook Primary School and

Richard Huish College took part, as well as Brownies and Beavers from Bishops Lydeard and

West Hatch. Over 100 scouts from West Monkton also got to work, collecting a superb 20

bags.

In total, 415 people took part, who collected 149 bags of rubbish to be disposed of, with even

more totals still coming in. Where possible, rubbish was sorted into different types of

recyclables to be processed. Thank to you everyone who got involved.

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NOVEMBER 2019 13

Taunton Youth Culture and Arts Festival brings back the

lost words of nature

Somerset Wildlife Trust, ArtsTaunton and GoCreate Taunton have joined forces to inspire

Taunton’s school children to stand up for the natural world. Somerset Wildlife Trust is

excited to announce a new innovative creative arts project with ArtsTaunton and GoCreate

Taunton as part of the upcoming Taunton Youth Culture and Arts Festival. Together through

a series of immersive workshop sessions the organisation will be bringing the beauty of

Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris's watercolour illustrations in the book

‘The Lost Words' to school children in Taunton, to inspire them to write and make art about

our natural world, which will then be showcased and performed at a very special celebration

event at Queen’s College.

Through visits to Somerset Wildlife Trust’s amazing Westhay Moor Nature Reserve on the

Avalon Marshes the children will participate in poetry and art sessions provided by

ArtsTaunton and Go Create Taunton, reconnecting with the natural world in a way they may

not have had the opportunity to before and be inspired to create something that celebrates

the environment around them. ‘The Lost Words’ was written in response to around 50

nature words being removed from the Oxford Dictionary for Children eg otter, dandelion,

bluebell, conker, kingfisher and wren, to name a few. This book has since inspired a local

campaign #LostWordsForSomerset by John Fish who has crowdfunded over £2,500 to get a

copy of The Lost Words into every primary school in Somerset to bring these words back to

life for the children of Somerset.

St Margaret’s Hospice Care are very

excited to announce that we will be

holding a Christmas Fayre at Crowcombe

Court, a stunning Georgian Mansion

located in the Quantock Hills.

The Fayre will include a range of

Christmas stalls, festive refreshments,

musical entertainment and a chance to

meet Father Christmas and Cinderella!

There will be free parking at the venue

and a donation to enter the Fayre.

We are hoping the event will be full of

Christmas spirit whilst supporting those

affected by life-limiting illnesses

throughout Somerset.

Please do come along and show your

support for your local hospice, whilst

enjoying a mince pie or two!’

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14 NOVEMBER 2019

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another season and autumn is upon us. Apart

from specific events, the Pony Centre will be closed to the public from 2nd November until

we re-open again on 16th February 2020 and all work will be concentrated on the new

intake of foals. We are busy with castrations for some of the new colts that have already

arrived with us and with visiting prospective homes and doing site checks in preparation for

moving ponies on when they have finished their initial handling.

We have had some great publicity recently. There is a fabulous video on our Facebook page

of Alyssa Mathews (Discover the Horse) as she rides one of our Exmoor ponies across the

moor as part of her quest to ride every breed of horse. Also on Facebook is a link to TV‘s

Antiques Road Trip and their visit to the Pony Centre. Even if you are not an antiques fan,

this is well worth watching and, at the time of writing, is still available on BBC iPlayer.

Episode 19 and scroll to 25.20. We continue to get out and about telling people about our

wonderful ponies. Linzi has been giving a series of talks at HF Holidays based at Holnicote

House near Porlock and ponies and staff have paid another of their regular visits to

Eastleigh Care Home in Minehead.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093

Exmoor National Park declares

climate emergency

Exmoor National Park Authority

Members recently declared a climate

emergency and agreed to work towards

being a carbon neutral Authority by

2030, subject to a detailed action plan

now being drawn up.

As the planning authority for the area,

significant further steps to address

climate change are included in Exmoor

National Park Authority’s Local Plan.

A detailed action plan will now be

developed and presented back to

Authority Members by early next year.

www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

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The Royal Opera House live at the

Regal, Minehead

The 2019/20 Royal Opera House live cinema

season which began in October at the Regal

Theatre, Minehead, continues with two of the

best loved ballets as seasonal treats to celebrate

this Christmas.

On Tuesday December 10 at 7.15pm

live from The Royal Opera House a classic returns

to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de

Valois's charming and funny Coppelia - a story of

love, mischief and mechanical dolls, with music by

Leo Delibes and choreography by Ninette de Valois

after Lev Ivanov/Enrico Cecchetti.

On Tuesday December 17 at 7.15pm

there is a special screening of The Royal Ballet's

glorious 2016 production of an all-time ballet

favourite The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright

in 1984. It is Christmas Eve and a magician sweeps

young Clara away on a fantasy adventure to

Tchaikovsky’s glittering score. The Royal Ballet's

captivating dancing and gorgeous festive stage

designs make this Nutcracker the quintessential

Christmas experience.

Tickets: Adult: £15.50, Friends of the Regal, Film

Society members and ES40s £13.00, Full time

students £10.00.

Minehead’s Regal Theatre’s came sixth in this

year’s chart of more than 250 independent cinemas

in the number of tickets sold for live screenings of

opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House.

For more details about the current ROH season and

the film society programme visit

www.regalfilmsociety.org , email

admin@regalfilmsociety.org or telephone

01643 831343.

LEE ROAD, LYNTON EX35 6HW

Booking/Enquiries: 01598 753397

www.lyntoncinema.org.uk

Adults £5.00 Senior Citizens £4.50 Children £3.00

Please note films are subject to change

Friday 1 November at 8.00pm

Matinee Monday 4 November at 2.30pm

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, MATTHEW GOODE, RALPH FIENNES

OFFICIAL SECRETS (2019) The true story of a

British whistleblower who leaked information to the

press. 15 112 minutes

Friday 8 November for 7 days at 8.00pm

Matinee Monday 11 November at 2.30pm

KRIS HITCHEN, DEBBIE HONEYWOOD, NIKKI MARSHALL

SORRY WE MISSED YOU (2019) A hard up

delivery driver and his wife struggle to get by in modern

day England. 15 101 minutes

Friday 15 November for 7 days at 8.00pm

Matinee Monday 18 November at 2.30pm

FELICITY JONES, EDDIE REDMAYNE, HIMESH PATEL

THE AERONAUTS (2019) Pilot Amelia Wren and

scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight

for survival. PG 101 minutes

Friday 22 November for 7 days at 8.00pm

Matinee Monday 25 November at 2.30pm

HELEN MIRREN, IAN McKELLEN, JIM CARTER

THE GOOD LIAR (2019) Career con artist Roy

Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets wellto-do

widow Betty McLeish online. 15 110 minutes

Friday 29 November for 7 days at 8.00pm

Matinee Monday 2 December at 2.30pm

MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JULIANNE MOORE, BILLY CRUDUP

AFTER THE WEDDING (2019) A manager of an

orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a

benefactor. 12A 112 minutes

COMING SHORTLY

KNIVES OUT, CATS, LITTLE WOMEN,

JUNANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL,

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER,

1917

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