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English Riviera Global Geopark bids for 7th UNESCO Global Geopark Conference

Torbay partners have prepared a bid for the English Riviera Global Geopark to host the international Global Geopark Conference in September 2016, which, if successful, will welcome 1000 delegates to Torbay showcasing the unique geological and marine environment, which was key to the area’s designation as the world’s first urban Geopark in 2007.

The bid sets out how Torbay would host the conference with a dynamic forum for the exchange of issues important to the Geopark family and a packed and varied itinerary focussing on the diverse elements of the Geopark, what it has achieved since 2007, and how it is being interpreted and enjoyed by the local community and visitors.
The hosting committee will help to foster long-term relationships among partners from around the globe; connect talented delegates and demonstrate the success of the English Riviera Global Geopark.
The English Riviera Geopark covers the area of Torbay, and its designation as a Geopark is based upon the international importance of 32 Geosites concentrating on the story of four geological time periods, all found within a compact area.
Despite its small size and its urban setting, this Geopark contains one of the highest concentrations of protected geological sites and Geological Conservation Review sites, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and regionally important geological sites. The most recent recognition of the area’s importance came in 2013 when it was designated a Marine Conservation Zone which acts to protect a range of habitats and species.
If the bid is won, some of the Geopark’s most impressive sites will be visited by the delegates during the conference field trips, including Kents Cavern, Berry Head Nature Reserve, Saltern Cove, Hope’s Nose, Paignton Geoplay Park and the Geopark cruises.
Health and Wellbeing is a unique theme in the English Riviera bid, which shows what has been achieved in Torbay since gaining Geopark status.
Torbay has delivered £6 million of capital investment relating to the Geopark theme including: the world-class Geoplay Park in Paignton; Berry Head Fort restoration and new visitor centre; Cockington Court craft studios; Cockington Geopark Cycle Hub and cycle trails and the restoration of Torre Abbey. Partnerships have been developed with other South West UK UNESCO sites and Global Geoparks and international geological organisations, and the English Riviera Geopark shared its achievements at the 5th UNESCO International Conference on Geoparks in Unzen, Japan in 2012.
The hosting committee will announce its decision in September and, if successful, The English Riviera Geopark will begin putting its operations into place immediately to ensure a high quality experience.
Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “On behalf of the English Riviera Global Geopark and the organisation committee I am delighted with Torbay’s bid to host the 7th UNESCO Global Geopark Conference in the United Kingdom. We are convinced that Torbay is the right choice for the conference, as we have all the necessary infrastructure, skills and enthusiasm to run a conference to exceed delegates’ expectations.
“We offer easy access and an exciting itinerary with short journey times; all set against the backdrop of spectacular geology and a stunning coastline with rich biodiversity and a fascinating history and culture.”
“We are keen to show UNESCO, the Global Geopark family and the world’s Earth science community the positive results the Geopark designation has brought to our territory, and we look forward to what I hope will be a favourable response from the bid committee.”
Councillor Dave Butt, Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts and Chair of the English Riviera Geopark Management Group said: “Since gaining Geopark status in 2007 and integrating it into strategies and policy, local public and private sector partners with a wealth of experience have delivered significant projects under the Geopark banner. If Torbay is successful in our bid to host the conference, we will build on this success to provide further cultural and educational enrichment for residents and visitors in Torbay.”
Professor Ian Stewart of Plymouth University, Patron of the English Riviera Geopark said:
“What lies beneath our feet is the foundation for the society we live in. The different rocks and fossils not only have an amazing story to tell but their influence on everything we have and see today is just as remarkable.
“The fertile soils, the rich marine environment, and the buildings are at the heart of our communities and towns, and all this has its roots in the rocks. There is no better place to see this relationship between people and landscape than the English Riviera Global Geopark, which is UNESCO’s first urban Global Geopark, with a thriving local community living against the backdrop of magnificent Devonian limestone headlands, Permian sandstone cliffs, and Kents Cavern - the most important Palaeolithic archaeological site in Western Europe.
“I am delighted to support this bid to UNESCO to host the 2016 Global Geoparks conference in the English Riviera Global Geopark when I very much hope to welcome the delegates.”
Nick Powe, Chair of English Riviera Geopark and Director of Kents Cavern said: “The spotlight of the world’s Earth science community will be on Torbay if we are successful in this bid. We are very optimistic that the global Geopark committee will see the benefits of choosing Torbay to host the 7th annual conference due to our unique offer and excellent conference facilities. Our designation as a Geopark is based on the international importance of 32 Geosites spanning four geological time periods within a compact area, which I’m sure will appeal to the committee.”

MEPs sign up to support British Farmers

South West MEP Julie Girling was among a number of Conservative MEPs who have put their names to a charter pledging support for British farming.

Pledging to Back British Farming in the EU

L-R: Richard Ashworth MEP, Julie Girling MEP, Meurig Raymond President of the National Farmers' Union,
Anthea McIntyre MEP, Dr Kay Swinburne MEP.

Julie, who is the only South West Conservative member on the Agriculture Committee in Brussels signed a five-point pledge committing support for UK agriculture and backing British growers in producing healthy, sustainable food.

The pledge called for fair contracts, sustainable growth, balanced trade deals with other countries, a central place for science in agricultural decision-making, and a simpler, more-equitable Common Agricultural Policy.

Julie signed up to the pledge at an event organised in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by the four farming unions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was thanked for her support by the President of the National Farmers' Union Meurig Raymond.

Julie said: "Farming is the lifeblood of South West England and central to the economy, health and well-being of the whole country.  The pledge to Back British Farming in the EU sets out a clear vision of a fair deal for farming that should reassure consumers while securing a viable future for agriculture. I was delighted to be asked to lend my support and I shall continue to ensure that the voices of British farmers are heard in Brussels and Strasbourg."


Electoral registration system is changing this summer

Over the summer, all Torbay residents will receive a letter through the post telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.

Torbay Council’s Electoral Registration Officer will write to over 107,000 people in Torbay. The letter will explain that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the old Victorian system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property.
Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

The majority of Torbay residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily online.

Torbay Council's Electoral Registration Officer, Caroline Taylor, said: “Residents will receive a letter in late July/early August that will explain the change to the electoral registration system. Look out for the letter as it will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not. If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”

Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said:“This summer the Electoral Commission will launch a major advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration. We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”

For more information visit If you do not receive a letter please contact the Torbay elections team by calling 01803 208008 or by emailing

The minutes for Transport Working Party, Thursday, 10th July 2014, 3pm have been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Minutes details

The following items are included in the minutes:

173. Apologies for absence.

174. Minutes from last meeting 27th March 2014.

175. Road Safety Initiative 2014/15.

176. Road Casualty Reduction Report 2013.

177. Western Corridor Update Briefing Note.

178. Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2015/16 - Funding Application.

179. Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership - Strategic Economic Plan - Transport Schemes.

180. Transport Related Capital Programme 2014/15.

181. Any Other Business.

182. Date of Next Meeting.


Brixham St Mary's Bowls Club Update

Two vitally important MDL games saw BSM come away with victories in both matches.  The first was a good win away at Marldon B were 10 hard fought points were gained on Monday 11th July.  Next came another must win game away at Chudleigh.

The game last year ended with an overwhelming win for the home team but this was more than avenged this time when 12 points were taken with wins on three of the four rinks.  This was enough to secure the six bonus points for the overall win by a convincing 83 to shots to 53.  A special mention must go to the rink skipped by Dave Thompson who won by 37 shots to 7.  Well done Dave and the boys for an excellent win.
Results (BSM Skips first): 
D Thompson            37            M Dunn            7
R Sanders               15            E Tanner        14
C Pedder                  9             P Soy            26
J Heard                    22            I Male            11
The BSM Riviera Mixed Triples team found it hard going away at Kings on Monday 14th July. With only one win on the three rinks only 2 points were gained in a 52 shots to 60 defeat.  Although this team is having an in and out season the spirit of the league ensures that BSM gives as many players who are less experienced at the game of bowls a chance to find out what competitive bowling is like. Keep it up people you are doing well.
Results (BSM Skips first):  
T Wilson            25            T Chandler            13
F Pizzey            16            P Creed                30
J Hughes            11            J Richardson        17
On the same day the BSM ladies took the combined team of Dartmouth and Stoke Fleming on the Dartmouth 'carpet'.  It proved too much for them without a win being recorded on any of the three rinks. The final result being a defeat by 30 shots to 75.  However, with games in hand over their nearest rivals all hopes are not lost for a successful season.  Keep it going girls the fat lady is not singing just yet!
Results (BSM Skips first): 
M Hall            12            M Weedon            35
I Fletcher        9             D Bowden              19
M Davenport    9            T Lamble                21 
A false dawn was experienced by the BSM Over 55s.  After two successive wins the run came to an end with a home defeat by Ipplepen on Wednesday 16th July.  Although the rink skipped by Colin Pedder managed a hard fought draw the loss on the other rink meant that they went done by 7 shots thereby losing overall by 30 to 37.  Better luck next time boys I'm sure winning ways will come back soon.
Results (BSM Skips first):  
C Pedder            12            A Sanders            12
T Wilson             18            T Ellis                   25
Sunday 27th July sees the finals of the BSM Invitation Mixed Triples. The always hard fought but friendly competition reaches it's climax with cash prizes going to the teams in the first three positions.  Well done to all who have organised and helped behind the scenes to make this another successful year.
Rod Hughes
Press Officer
BSM Bowls Club  

Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards

The Herald Express has decided to extend the deadline for nominations to Wednesday 23rd July, 2014. So, there is still time for you to enter this year's programme!

Entering good quality awards programmes can have a hugely positive effect on your business and the English Riviera Tourism Company encourages all businesses to enter.

Entering good quality awards programmes can have a hugely positive effect on your business and the English Riviera Tourism Company encourages all businesses to enter.

Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company says, "We encourage all tourism businesses to think about entering the Herald Express tourism awards because promoting good quality and success provides such great positive PR for the English Riviera."

The aim of the Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2014 is to identify and celebrate excellence across leading businesses and individuals within the hospitality & tourism industry, whatever their size. Because of the diversity of the sector, they have chosen 13 categories which include:-

1. Best Visitor Attraction
2. Hotel of the Year
3. Bed & Breakfast, Guest House & Inn of the Year
4. Best Self-Catering and Serviced Apartments
5. Best Holiday Park or Holiday Village
6. ˜Taste of South Devon" Dining Pub /Restaurant
7. ˜Taste of South Devon" Fine Dining
8. ˜Taste of South Devon" Cafe / Tea Room
9. Tourism Experience / Activity
10. Sustainable Tourism Award
11. Excellence in Customer Service Award
12. Most Effective Marketing Award
13. Tourism Event of the Year

There are no restrictions to the number of entries you can make as long as they arrive by Wednesday 23rd July, 2014.

Applicants can download an application form from:

Enter today and give your business the recognition it deserves.


HM Coastguard

Her Majesty's Coastguard coordinate maritime search and rescue within the UK Search and Rescue region, and have a variety of resources they can task to emergency situations: either people in distress at sea, or emergencies on the coast or shoreline. HM Coastguard also has their own volunteer service, the Coastguard Rescue Service, who are teams of volunteers who can respond to land based emergencies such as cliff and mud rescues or searches for missing people.

17 Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) form a network of command and control centres for responding to reports of maritime and coastal distress.

Brixham Coastguard Sign

The following incidents were

co-ordinated by Brixham Coastguard below.

Watch keeping staff in these centres provide a 24 hour service to mariners and coastal users by receiving incoming distress calls and sending resources to their rescue.

These calls could come in via the monitoring of emergency radio frequencies, or by 999 calls, as the Coastguard are a recognised 999 emergency service.

Monday 21st July:
1110 Plymouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were tasked to assist Devon & Somerset Fire Service rescue a dog which had fallen from cliffs at Warleigh Point, River Tavy. The dog and owner were recovered by the lifeboat and took the dog to seek vets medical attention.

1158 Looe Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to a kayak which appeared to be drifting off Downderry. Looe Coastguard confirmed the kayak was anchored and the occupants on another vessel. False alert with good intent.

1406 Tamar Coastguard Rescue Team, Plymouth RNLI Lifeboat, Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter, Princess Yacht 43, Tug Morgawr and Warship Bulwark were tasked to reports of two persons in the water with an upturned kayak at Rame Head. Rame Head NCI and Tregonhawke RNLI Lifeguards maintained observations. Princess Yacht recovered the two persons from the water and they were transferred to Plymouth Lifeboat safe and well.

1451 Dartmouth Coastguard, Dart RNLI Lifeboat and Devon & Cornwall Police were tasked to a missing child at Blackpool Sands Beach. Prior to units proceeding the missing child was located by Blackpool Sands RNLI Lifeguards and units were stood down.

A win for Brixham Ladies

Brixham Gig Club attended Paignton Pilot Gig Regatta along with 14 other clubs from across Devon and Cornwall. The weather conditions were perfect for rowing, they came away with some very respectable results as well as a fantastic win from the ladies C crew. They were each presented with a medal from the clubs chairman.

The winning Ladies C Crew: from the left Sacha Adamson, Bex Robinson, Kate Everill, Andi Colliver, Karen Marshall, Kathryn Ashworth. Bottom row Jennie Everill.


Ladies A Crew of Val McClean, Sarah David, Helen Bagwell, Fiona Slater, Steph Blackler, Eve Buckley and cox Amy Ploughman were 11th.


Mens A Crew of Matt Scoble, Dave Morralley, Stevie Reece, John Puckey, James Wright, Ashley Turner and cox Kevin Thomas were 7th.

Ladies B Crew of  Leigh Bower, Caroline Dadley, Emma Trayhorn, Sue Putt, Vicky Croughan, Annie Wallace and cox Amy Ploughman were 10th.

Mens B Crew of Craig Thomas, Ben Trayhorn,Tim Colliver, Mac McClean, Lance Worthington, Pete Scoble and cox Dave Morralley were 2nd.


Ladies C 1 Crew of Kathryn Ashworth, Bex Robinson, Jennie Everill, Andi Colliver, Sacha Adamson, Kate Everill and cox Dave Morralley were 1st.


Ladies C2 Crew of Annick Hammersley, Mary Curry, Gemma Dadley, Justine Pilkington, Courtney Harper, Debbie Hudson and cox Pete Scoble were 3rd.


Mens C Crew of Mark Harvey, Si Mitchell, Karl Oakley, James Agates, Steve Marshall, Chris Mitchell and cox Dave Morralley were 2nd.


Ladies Vets Crew of Amy Ploughman, Julie Knight, Bev Worthington, Jo Hayden, Karen Marshall, Sarah Reece and cox Lance Worthington were 6th.


Mens Vets crew of Lance Worthington, Dave Morralley, Tim Colliver, Mac McClean, Pete Scoble, Kevin Thomas and cox Amy Ploughman were 4th.


Mixed Crew of Leigh Bower, Caroline Dadley Stevie Reece, John Puckey, Matt Scoble, Eve Buckey and cox Steve Marshall were 5th.


U16 Crew of Gemma, Brogan, Courtney, Nell, Bess, Lucyr and cox Amy Ploughman were 2nd.

An army of volunteers have been making preparations for Brixham Gig Club's first regatta which takes place on the 23rd of August at Breakwater beach in Brixham. The position will make for very good viewing of all the races. Refreshments will be available throughout the day along with cakes and raffle prizes. Please come along and show your support.

Change4Life and Disney launch summer 10 Minute Shake Up Campaign

Torbay’s Public Health Team is backing Public Health England’s major new Change4Life campaign which is in partnership with Disney to get kids more active during the summer holidays.

The 10 Minute Shake Up campaign uses popular Disney characters alongside recognisable Change4Life animations to get children doing more 10 minute bursts of exercise, to help them reach the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need each day.
To join in, parents should search Change4life and sign up for the free 10 Minute Shake Up Pack, which includes a stopwatch (to time activity), Disney inspired activity cards (with fun ideas for games and activities) and a wall chart and stickers (to track progress during the summer). There are also loads of games and activities online at the Change4life 10 Minute Shake Up Zone to keep children active all holiday.

Families have been able to pre-register for the 10 Minute Shake Up campaign since June and already 75,000 families have signed up.

The launch of the campaign comes at a time when parents are starting to plan how they will keep their children entertained during the school holidays. Survey results released today reveal that just over half of parents surveyed in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, 56% with children aged 5-11 say the most frequent complaint from their children during the summer holidays is ‘I’m bored’.

Whilst 35% of parents want to use the summer holidays to try and encourage their children to get more physically active, half (50%) are concerned about the cost. Children need a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day, which can be achieved in one session or through shorter bursts of 10 minute activity.

Only 1 in 5 children aged 5-10 currently meets the recommended target of 60 minutes of daily activity, with 40% of children in this age group in the South West doing less than 30 minutes per day. This breaks down to 38% of girls and 52% of boys aged 5-10 currently meeting the target daily amount.

Cllr Chris Lewis, Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I wholly support this initiative, it is imperative that we promote healthy living from a very early age.  The 10 Minute Shake Up is a great campaign which brings families loads of fun, free Disney inspired activities and games to get children doing more 10 minute bursts of activity every day.”

Dr Ann Hoskins, Director for Children, Young People & Families, Public Health England, said: “As a mother, I know how difficult it can be to find ways to keep the family active and entertained during the summer holidays. That’s why Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring families fun, free games and activities that children can do in just 10 minutes. Encouraging children to do a few extra 10 minute bursts of activity every day can make a real difference to children’s health.”

Marianthi O’Dwyer, VP, Head of Living Well at The Walt Disney Company, said: “This campaign uses children’s favourite characters including Mickey Mouse, Sulley and Olaf and their recognisable signature ‘moves’ and stories as inspiration to get active.

“Disney’s vision is to inspire families to flourish, by encouraging life-long healthy behaviours, through story-telling, imagination, fun and play. This campaign with Change4Life is just the start of our commitment to this vision.”

The 10 Minute Shake Up campaign will run for six weeks from 15 July and will see adverts running on TV including Disney channels and in Disney Stores, cinemas, magazines and online. Disney will also be supporting the campaign with specific 10 Minute Shake Up programming on its channels, from dance-along tutorials to cool football and basketball skills and contemporary tricks that kids can learn, as well as activity in Disney Stores.

Events will also take place across the country, offering families tips, ideas and demonstrations on how easy and fun 10 minute bursts of activity can be. The TV adverts are made by long-term collaborator Aardman Animations and use some of Disney’s most popular characters from film and TV.

New railway station on line for Edginswell

As part of the £7m Growth Deal for Torbay announced last week, Torbay Council’s transport team is busy preparing plans for the new railway station at Edginswell, which is expected to be completed in 2017/8. Residents of Torbay are asked to make suggestions for the name of the new station.

The scheme will cost up to £3m and the new £0.6m funding from the Growth Deal will add to the funding already secured via the Local Transport Board.

This funding is also towards a new railway station at Marsh Barton. Improvements to the rail network is part of the Devon Metro scheme which will strengthen Torbay’s transport links with Exeter, Exmouth and the wider national network.

Edginswell station will primarily serve the residents of Shiphay and the Willows, staff and visitors of Torbay Hospital, Edginswell Business Park, Nicolson Road/Newton Road and Broomhill Way employment areas, as well as The Willows retail parks.

The new station will consist of two platforms, a footbridge with stairs and ramps, and it will have pedestrian access to both Riviera Way (linking to Brown’s Bridge Road) and Newton Road.  Design work is progressing and a planning application is expected next year.

Suggestions for the name of the new station can be sent to  and more information will be made available soon on the council’s website at with updates on the scheme as it progresses.

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, said: “I am very pleased that the final piece of funding has been secured that now enables us to progress with our plans for a new railway station at Edginswell.

“I am committed to improving Torbay’s public transport links, which complement our rapidly improving road network following on from the progress being made on the South Devon Link Road.

“These schemes serve to open up Torbay as a business location as well as a popular visitor location, and the businesses at Edginswell and the Willows, along with their staff and customers, are sure to benefit from the increased access to these sites.”

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell said: “In bidding for this funding we made sure that Torbay’s voice was heard by the Local Transport Board and the Local Enterprise Partnership, so I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of the council’s transport planning team has paid off and we are now getting the investment we need to create extra rail stops on the Riviera Line.”

Via the Growth Deal, Torbay has been allocated £4.4m funding and a £2.6m loan to carry out this and other transport and regeneration projects.


Brixham A.F.C. Lottery Results

Draw Date                       21st July 2014.
Draw Venue                     The Trawler
Jackpot                             £2000.

Winning Numbers            2      3      6      11
No Winner
Lucky Dip Winners:

£50 Dave, Brixham, Promoter Bill Harris.
£20 Martin, The Skipper Inn, Promoter John Charles.
£10 D. Connell, D.B. Glass Newton Abbot, Promoter Keith Pitman.
£10 Bill, B.A.F.C. Promoter Bill Harris
£10 Brian, B.A.F.C. Promoter Brian Hopper.

Next Week's Jackpot  £2050.
Draw Venue The Skipper Inn Brixham 9pm on Monday 28th July 2014.
Thank you for your continued support.

Rowcroft Hospice’s lottery celebrates 10th Anniversary

Rowcroft Hospice is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its lottery this week, and to celebrate is inviting new players to sign up using a newly launched direct debit service on its website.

Since its first prize draw on Friday 16th July 2004, the Rowcroft Lottery has contributed a net total of £1.9 million to the hospice, helping to provide vital care to 1800 people living with life-limiting illnesses across South Devon.

Rowcroft Lottery Manager, David Pitt, hopes the new direct debit service on Rowcroft’s website will encourage new players to sign up and generate an even greater income for the hospice.

He said: "For the past ten years the lottery has provided a steady and secure income stream for the hospice; last year alone it contributed over £250,000.


“We hope that by launching our new direct debit service, and making it even easier for people to sign up, we will help to generate more money to support our patients, as well as their families, friends, carers and loved ones.”

All Rowcroft Lottery players are entered into a weekly draw to win one of 33 prizes, including a guaranteed first prize of £1000, a second rollover jackpot that can be anywhere from £200 - £3000 and a third prize of £100.


Players are asked to pay £1 per entry into the weekly draw, and can purchase as many entries as they like for £1 each.

David added: “Even if people don't win, we hope they are happy knowing their money is helping to provide care and support for people in our local community."


Lottery players are also given the opportunity to register for special bumper draws that take place twice a year, each with a guaranteed first prize of £3000. Rowcroft will be holding a Christmas draw later this year where the ward nurses will help to draw winners.

All those who sign up to the lottery and recommend a friend will also receive a £10 Marks & Spencer voucher.

To be in with a chance of winning £1000 this Friday, or to find out more about the Rowcroft Lottery, visit .


Popular continental market returns to Torquay’s Princess Gardens

FABULOUS flavours, mouth-watering morsels and all the colour and ambience of the Mediterranean will be returning to Princess Gardens, Torquay during the Torbay Royal Regatta from Saturday 23rd August until Wednesday 27th August inclusive.

This highly popular market, organised by Savoir Fayre Ltd with support from Torbay Council, provides all that is the best of French and continental produce, including French charcuterie, Dutch and French cheeses, Spanish paella, Italian confectionery and a great variety of fresh and dried garlic, seasonal vegetables and fruit.
There will also be freshly grilled Toulouse and Merguez sausages, biscuits from Brittany, olives from the sunny south, and delicious flavoursome mustards and spices, hand made soaps from Marseilles.

Return visitors to this event as well as those who haven’t experienced it before will also be amazed and delighted by the newest stalls – the new delicatessen stall with its range of artisanal terrines and patés will delight the connoisseur’s palate, for example.

You have to be there to really appreciate the enticing aromas of freshly baked French bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, baklava, cakes and gateaux. And for a tasty treat while shopping, visitors can enjoy a freshly cooked crêpe or waffles hot out of the pan.

Torbay’s Mayor and Leader Gordon Oliver said: "We are delighted to welcome back the popular continental market to Torbay as it provides local people and visitors with the opportunity to try new tastes and experiences. 

"Council initiatives like this really pull in the crowds to the Bay and have a positive economic effect on all local businesses.”

Stalls will include:
- candy and fudge;
- dry fruit and nuts, baklava, nougat & Turkish Delight;
- olives;
- Italian grill;
- bread, pastries and Viennoiserie;
- crépes, gallettes de sarrazin & gaufres;
- home-made mustards, jam, coffee and olive oil;
- finest French cheeses;
- ice cream;
- saucissons, chorizo, garlic & dry hams;
- Spanish & Moroccan paella & couscous ;
- Italian confectionery;
- tartiflette-garlic, prawnie-boisson fraiche;
- specialist coffees;
- glass, china and pottery;
- jewellery and gifts;
- Pashmina scarves, belts and hats;
- Thai craft.

You’ll find what sets this market apart from others is the quality and authenticity of the produce and the enthusiasm and genuine continental charm of the stallholders. Plus, all attending traders are fully checked and accredited by The Market People ( - a handy new system of booking and accreditation for market professionals - and can be easily contacted before or after any purchase.

So don’t miss out. Head down to Torquay promenade this Sunday and experience the continental difference! The market will be based in Princess Gardens from Saturday 23rd –  Wednesday 28th August 2014.

Riviera Singers @ Fish Quay

The Riviera Singers are singing on the Fish Quay Brixham on Wednesday 23rd July between 8 to 9pm. The concert is free, a bucket collection will be taken up to help the choir purchase new music and upgrade our uniforms.

All welcome.


Lee Westwood Golf School and England Golf announce partnership


England Golf and the Lee Westwood Golf School have announced a partnership that will offer a number of scholarship options for those young golfers recognised as part of the governing body’s national and regional coaching programme.

The Lee Westwood Golf School, whose ethos is to deliver a highly robust educational curriculum set within a golfing environment, provides a number of programmes for young golfers, and working in partnership with England Golf are able to offer scholarships for their full-time two year golf and education programme.
The partnership will assist England Golf in its ongoing strategy to establish new opportunities and affiliations that link its player development pathway more effectively with schools, colleges and universities, enabling more young players to stay in education for longer.

England Golf will be offering the scholarship opportunity, which will commence in September, to all its national and regional squad members who will then go through the usual interview and selection process to identify the successful candidates.

Gavin Hamlyn, General Manager of Lee Westwood Golf said “We are very excited to be working alongside England Golf, where we can assist talented young golfers aiming to play at the highest level, whilst encouraging them to stay in education for longer.”

Lee Westwood said “England Golf has helped many young golfers, me included, over the years, and I am proud that I can now give something back through attendance at my golf school.”

The partnership will also see further opportunities for collaboration including Lee Westwood Golf Camps and the support of Lee Westwood in the promotion of England Golf activity.

Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director commented, “This is a great opportunity for young golfers, boys and girls, who wish to continue their education whilst still being able to maintain their golf development pathway and continue to enhance their golf skills.”

The scholarships will be based at one of two locations, Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa in Cheshire, and the Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa in Essex.


The Torbay Libraries Poetry Prize returns for a fourth year

Torbay Libraries - with the support of the four Torbay Libraries Friends groups – announce the fourth year of their popular annual Poetry Prize in search of the best young poetry talent in the Bay. This year’s competition has an added element – to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War there will be a special prize for the best poem on the theme of World War 1 in each age group.

The competition is open to children aged between 7 and 16, and £250 worth of prizes will be shared between age groups 7 – 11 and 12 – 16. Entrants can write their poem about anything they like and in any style they choose.

They’ll be competing for gift card prizes and the Torbay Libraries Poetry Cups with winners being presented at the Torbay Festival of Poetry on 25th October, an annual event that has attracted some of the best loved poets from all over the UK, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

They’ll be competing for gift card prizes and the Torbay Libraries Poetry Cups with winners being presented at the Torbay Festival of Poetry on 25th October, an annual event that has attracted some of the best loved poets from all over the UK, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The Poetry Cups and prizes have been generously donated by the Friends Groups of Torbay Libraries.

Participants can pick up an entry form at any Torbay Library or go to  to download an entry form and rules.  The closing date is Monday 8th September.

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts, Councillor Dave Butt, said: “We are calling on the talents of young, budding poets to enter this year’s Torbay Poetry Prize. Poems can be in any style on any subject and this year we are looking forward to entries about World War 1 as part of the centenary memorial. I wish the best of luck to all our creative young people to get inspired to write an award winning poem.”


Torbay Remembers with memorial funding and “Lights Out” project

To mark the start of the First World War, Torbay Council is undertaking a number of activities including the provision of funding for local memorials and supporting the Royal British Legion’s “Lights Out” initiative.

Torbay’s Mayor and Leader, Gordon Oliver, said: “As part of our Torbay Remembers commemoration of the First World War, we are making available £5,000 for a fund to support the restoration, renovation and maintenance of war Memorials throughout Torbay. The fund may also be used for adding additional names which are found to be missing from memorials relating to First World War.”
"The First World War, also known as the Great War, began in 1914 and lasted until 1918.  We will be commemorating over the next four years with memorials and a number of activities to reflect how grateful we are to those who gave up so much, to enable us to live in the free society we enjoy today.”

The memorial grant fund is being administered by Torbay Council.  The grant fund will close on 31st March 2015 or sooner if all the funds have been allocated prior to that date. The closing dates for applications are 30th July 2014 and 31st October 2014. 

Applications received by those dates will go to panel sessions held in August 2014 and November 2014. Any application received which is incomplete will not be considered but could be resubmitted for the following grant round (if funds are still available).  For more information visit

Torbay is also supporting “Lights Out” a Royal British Legion initiative which is encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection.  It is hoped to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

A limited edition candle is available from Marks and Spencer for £4, with all profit going to The Royal British Legion.  For more information go to:

Walk to Work 2014

Ciaran's fundraising page is at  and his twitter is @walktowork2014

Charity Walk to Work 2014 Raises £3900

Ciaran Brooks was collecting cash on the beach over the summer for the RNLI, Devon Air Ambulance and Plymouth & District Leukaemia Fund.

Ciaran said 'I Finished the walk on Thursday before last, with the only real rain on the last day! Thank you for all your support.'


Torbay is second place in England for total number of beach awards

Out of England's 168 award winning beaches, Torbay holds second place in the total number of beaches given beach awards by Keep Britain Tidy.

Keep Britain Tidy announces the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. In total 168 beaches received an award with 56 beaches gaining the Blue Flag and 112 picking up the Seaside Award.

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Of these, four blue flag beaches are in Torbay, and ten beaches in Torbay got Seaside Awards, details are as follows:

Blue Flag beaches: Breakwater Beach, Broadsands Beach, Meadfoot Beach, Oddicombe Beach.

Seaside Awards: Breakwater Beach, Broadsands Beach, Meadfoot Beach, Oddicombe Beach, Maidencombe Beach, Goodrington Beach, Paignton Beach, Preston Beach, Torre Abbey Sands, Anstey's Cove.

The water quality at all award winning beaches meets the required European Standards, and the water quality at the Blue Flag beaches exceeds these standards.

Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “I am delighted that Torbay has once again performed well in an national accolade. To win all the beach awards we applied for is a good result indeed, and gives visitors confidence in our safe and enjoyable beaches that have good standards of management, cleanliness and safety.

“Feedback has shown that safe beaches with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding where to visit, and the council is committed to maintaining high standards of quality in its tourism offer which is very important to our local economy. I extend a warm welcome to all visitors to enjoy Torbay's fabulous beaches this year.”

The water quality at all award winning beaches meets the required European Union standards, with the water quality at Blue Flag beaches subject to even tougher tests, meeting the very highest international standards.

Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in England, said: “It's fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that over 160 beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.”


New resident settles in at Torre Abbey

Visitors to Torre Abbey can now view the stone effigy of a 15th-century knight which has not been seen for over 470 years. 

Smashed in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, many of the pieces of the knight have now been found. They are on show in a glass case in the Cellarer's Undercroft, displayed as they would have been positioned in the original monument.
The knight can be seen with hands clasped as if in prayer and head raised as if on a stone pillow.  Staff at the Abbey have linked the knight to the late 12th-century founder of Torre Abbey, William Brewer.

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Culture and Arts, Councillor Dave Butt said: “This effigy of a knight is so unusual as more of its surviving pieces have been identified than for any of the other figures on display at Torre Abbey. I encourage you all to make a visit to Torre Abbey to see this new resident, and this is now easier as the Abbey and its gardens are open 7 days a week during the summer.’

Built in 1196, Torre Abbey is Torquay’s most important building and is the best surviving medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall. It has been carefully restored to showcase key periods of its 800-year history and provide an enriching visitor experience with state-of-the-art interpretation.

The site comprises structures dating from various periods through the centuries, including the ruined remains of a medieval abbey, buried remains and landscape features including a scheduled ancient monument, Tudor and Regency residential areas, a chapel, a monastic undercroft, ornamental gardens and palm house and a medieval tithe barn – called The Spanish Barn from the 397 prisoners held there during the Spanish Armada.

As well as its architectural features, Torre Abbey houses a museum collection with archaeological and memorabilia finds from the medieval abbey and a fine art collection of regional and local importance, including some nationally important works, donated mainly from Torbay residents.

Torre Abbey is open 7 days a week until 21st September 2014 and then from Wednesdays to Sundays until Christmas. For more information visit

University of St Mark & St John to host South West regional championships

The University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, will host this year’s South West college sport regional championships after becoming the official higher education partner to British Colleges Sport.

British Colleges Sport Chief Operating Officer John Hole said: “This is a fantastic new partnership opportunity that will give students in the South West the chance to use state-of-the-art sports facilities at the University of St Mark & St John.

“The University supported our national championships in April and College Sport Week in May, and have already helped a number of FE students think about what steps they could take after college.”

The partnership comes at an exciting time for college sport, with British Colleges Sport and the Association of Colleges Sport Policy Team coming together to form a new organisation, AoC Sport, from August 1st, 2014.

The South West college sport regional championships will be held at the University of St Mark & St John from November 12th to 19th with college students competing in 14 different disciplines.


Approaching 2,000 college competitors from England, Scotland and Wales took part in April’s national championships, where sports therapy students gave University of St Mark & St John a highly visible and practical presence.

The university’s Head of Marketing & Communications Emma Hewitt said: “ Sport and physical activity is at the heart of life here on campus. We look forward to welcoming college students from across the region and beyond to find out more about our distinctive University and outstanding student experience, whilst they enjoy competing in student sport events.”


Rowcroft Hospice’s Colour Rush SOLD OUT


Rowcroft Hospice has announced places for its hotly anticipated event The Colour Rush have now sold out.

The hospice initially released 1000 spaces for the event, but added a further 500 at the end of May in response to huge demand from the local community.

All 1500 spaces have now been filled, and organisers have introduced a waiting list for anyone still hoping to get a spot in South Devon ’s brightest 5k.

Jess Goodwin, Events Co-ordinator at Rowcroft Hospice, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has shown their support for Rowcroft by signing up for our most colourful event ever! We are absolutely delighted with the level of support The Colour Rush has received and can’t wait to see 1500 people turned into human rainbows on Saturday 13th September.”

The Colour Rush, which is taking place on Paignton Beach , invites runners, joggers, walkers - even cartwheelers – to raise sponsorship for completing a 5k course while being covered in powdered paint.

Jess added: “Rowcroft cares for 1800 people facing life-limiting illnesses across South Devon every year, as well as providing support for their families, friends and loved ones. As only 23% of our funding comes from the NHS we are heavily reliant on the support of the local community so are very grateful for any amount of sponsorship money our Colour Rushers can raise.”

As well as the opportunity to be added to the waiting list, anyone who has missed out on a space at this year’s event can also sign up to be a volunteer on the day. For more information visit .


Tender Lovin' Care

My name is Andy Silcox, and I am a 47 year old Brixham resident, who has a condition called Becker Muscular Dystrophy. This is a degenerative muscle wasting disorder that causes weakness to all the muscles of the body, eventually requiring dependence on a wheelchair.

Andy Silcox 'Tender Lovin' Care

I am unable to work any more, so I use my time on my various hobbies, one of which is writing and recording music and lyrics.

I studied Music Technology, composition and production, and graduated with a BTEC National Award and FdA Music Technology from Plymouth University.

I used to play traditional instruments, but when this became too much effort, I had to look at other ways of making music. I now use the latest computer technology to enable me to write and record my music. I have written the music and lyrics to my new song, entitled ‘Tender Lovin’ Care”. This is from an E.P. which I will be releasing in the coming months, featuring all-new original material composed and performed by myself.

I have published my new song on the Internet, and anyone who has a credit/debit card or Paypal is able to download it for 0.99p. All the money raised by the download of my song will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, of which I am an Advocacy Ambassador for the South West of England.

My aim is to inform other people, especially those in a similar position to myself, that no matter what the impairment might be, things may be harder to do, but they still can be done with determination!

The download link for my song is as follows:

Andy Silcox
Brixham, UK


Rowcroft Hospice launches loyalty scheme

Rowcroft Hospice has introduced a brand new loyalty scheme into its shops to thank customers for their support, encourage repeat custom and boost sales.

The scheme, known as Rowcroft Rewards, will reward customers with a £5 voucher when they collect 500 points.

Customers can then choose whether to put their £5 voucher towards a treat for themselves in-store, or donate it back to the hospice.

The scheme is being launched in response to research showing loyalty cards can lead to a boost in sales of up to 50 percent, and encourage repeat custom among cardholders.

Caroline Wannell, Retail Development Manager for Rowcroft Hospice, said: “We are constantly looking for ways to increase the profitability of Rowcroft’s shops, so are delighted to be launching a scheme that will help to raise even more vital funds for the hospice.”


“We are also very grateful for an opportunity to thank all those people who regularly purchase goods in Rowcroft’s shops. We hope they will enjoy spending their £5 voucher in-store, or choosing to donate it back to the hospice.”


Rowcroft currently has 13 shops across South Devon , including its shop in Union Lane , Brixham.

Jane Ledgerwood Barr, Manager of Rowcroft’s Brixham shop in Union Lane , said: “Rowcroft Rewards is a wonderful way to encourage people to be loyal to our shop, and to say thank you for customers’ never-ending support. We have all sorts of goods in stock to spend the £5 voucher on, be it a present for a grandchild, or a new top!”

Anyone who shops at Rowcroft’s stores is eligible to sign up for Rowcroft Rewards and all those who are already signed up as Rowcroft Gift Aiders will automatically be registered as loyalty card holders.

For more information on the scheme, or to sign up and get earning points on bargain buys you find in Rowcroft’s shops, visit .


The State of the Environment in Devon and Torbay is the focus of a new report.

The online report, produced by Devon County Council on behalf of Natural Devon, looks at the current condition of the local environment and explores the fundamental relationship with nature for economic prosperity, health and wellbeing.

The full report is split into 13 subject areas which have a key influence on the overall condition of Devon and Torbay’s environment. These include everything from people and economy, to historic environment and land use.

It highlights many positive aspects of Devon and Torbay’s environment which are performing well and have experienced improvements over the past decade. Among them are:

* The total area of woodland in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth has increased by 19% since 2002, an increase of 12,379 hectares;

* The spotted flycatcher bird is bucking the national trend and showing large increases, and Devon remains a stronghold for dormice;

* Between 2008/09 and 2012/13, waste collected by local authorities in Devon reduced by 13.8% and in Torbay by 14.7%. Waste recycling rates in Devon and Torbay have increased substantially to 55.3% in Devon, and 42.7% in Torbay;

* Devon has the highest installed renewable electricity and heat capacity of any local authority area in the South West.

It also identifies pressures that need to be considered in decision making, and explores trends which may impact on the future condition of the environment. A number of elements need improvement: 

*    83% of estuaries and 56% of coastal waters in the south west do not meet good status;

*    Whilst national figures show that carbon emissions arising from Devon and Torbay have reduced by about 20% since 2005, our contribution to global emissions due to the goods and services we buy from overseas is increasing at a faster rate; total emissions are now 10% higher than they were in 1993;

*    There are 14 Air Quality Management Areas in Devon and Torbay designated for high levels of nitrogen dioxide related to road traffic;

*    There has been a gradual increase in the area of Devon disturbed by noise and visual intrusion, rising from 9% in the 1960s to 31% in 2007, and this is likely to continue as population and development pressures increase.

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell said:

“Torbay Council is pleased to be working in partnership with our neighbouring local authorities on the State of the Environment Report. This report provides useful facts and figures about the environment in Torbay and Devon, and helps us understand the range, quantity and quality of natural assets of which we are privileged to be custodians. As Torbay is recognised as a UNESCO Geopark, I was pleased to see that over 92% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest are in “favourable” condition, and it is our aim to continue to look after our natural environment and make the most of the health and economic benefits that a good environment can bring to the community.”

The report will reduce repetition of data collection between authorities in Devon and Torbay that need access to environmental data. It will be regularly updated and will be used by the Local Nature Partnership to monitor environmental quality while also forming part of the evidence base for the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Suzanne Goodfellow, Chair of Natural Devon, said:

“It is important that the focus of our activities is guided by sound evidence. The State of Environment Report follows the publication of the State of Nature Report earlier this year, and provides a broader insight into the environmental issues that Natural Devon’s seven priority themes are working to address. The pressure on the environment from development, intensive agriculture and climate change continues to require careful management. The State of Environment report provides the baseline information to help us work together to make the right decisions for Devon.”

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services, said:

“Devon has an outstanding environment which underpins our economy and is enjoyed by both residents and visitors. We have two stunning coastlines, two national parks and five areas of outstanding natural beauty that make Devon a very special place. Our high recycling rates, increasing use of renewable energy, and clean bathing waters are real success stories. However, continued pressure on the environment from development and climate change requires careful management. The State of Environment report provides the baseline information to help us work together to make the right decisions for Devon.”

The report will reduce repetition of data collection between authorities in Devon and Torbay that need access to environmental data. It will be regularly updated and will be used by the Local Nature Partnership to monitor environmental quality while also forming part of the evidence base for the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The report can be viewed online at




Get onboard the spectacular 200ft Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos for an exciting sailing adventure from the 17th to 23rd August 2014.

Departing from the historic city of St Malo, you will sail across the Channel heading for the fishing village of Brixham, Devon.

If the weather is favourable, the Captain may well take the ship into a foreign port before heading for Brixham.


This voyage is open to ages 16 – 25. You will get to set the sails, climb the mast and take the helm on this exciting 6 night voyage. No experience is needed as you will be taught everything you need to know. 

Channel Adventure, ONLY £549!


Tall Ships Adventures have secured a special deal with Condor Ferries for the return journey back to the UK. This includes a Condor Ferry crossing from Poole to St Malo via Guernsey.


For more information, please call our Reservations Team on 02392832055 or visit


2014 Torbay Lifeboat Week – Monday 4th August to Sunday 10th August inclusive

Your local RNLI Volunteers – both fund raisers and the lifeboat station team have planned a series of events culminating in a Grand Finale Firework Display on the evening of Sunday 10th August.

Amongst our objectives is a desire to say ‘thank you’ to our local community and sponsors for your ongoing interest and support of the ‘Torbay Lifeboat Station’ based here in Brixham.

The varied programme of events will be displayed in a printed programme that will be available during July.

The programme plan is available on the web site now.

Please see the printed programme or web site for the latest ‘timings’ and contact details. Brief outlines of the key events are:

Monday to Friday – Brixham Guild Outside Events team on Kings Quay with souvenirs and printed programmes for all.

Monday to Sunday – Walk the Extra Mile (for the lifeboat crew) – whilst enjoying a walk along Brixham Breakwater (which is free to walk throughout the week) pause and make a donation towards the ongoing costs of operating our lifeboats and enter a Prize Draw. (Gift Aid is recoverable on your donation).

Wednesday – Ernie Lister Bar Quiz Night.

Thursday – Poopdeck Restaurant lunch (book in advance) & Ernie Lister Bar Folk Evening

Friday to Sunday – Guide tours of Torbay All Weather Lifeboat & Sea Safety Advice.

Friday (day) – ‘Brixham has Talent’ – local school bands featured on the XRadio One Roadshow stage in the Breakwater Car Park.

Friday (eve) – ‘Bands on the Beach’ – a ticket only event featuring three Devon based bands – ‘Banquet’, Nick Coles & ‘The Blues Brother Collective’. Tickets £12.50 from the Bistro and Lifeboat Station Kiosk The Breakwater Bistro will be hosting a ‘VIP Evening’ – tickets £37.50 please book via the Bistro.

Saturday – at dusk ‘Light Up the Breakwater’ with candle light.

Sunday – early evening – the ever popular Search & Rescue Demonstration followed by a water ski demonstration and Personal Watercraft demonstration . Finally the Grand Firework Display afloat off the Breakwater at darkness.

And of course occasional stalls adjacent to the Lifeboat station, the ‘Old Gaffers’ sing Sea Shanties on Sunday afternoon and Brixham's own Dalek will be around.

We look forward to seeing you all during this period.


Brixham Food Bank, situated at the rear of Brixham Town Hall, is open five days a week 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.


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Contact Tel Number 07873164211 2pm to 4pm on weekdays.

Food donations are always welcome and can also be left in the Town Council Office during the working day. Food donation boxes are also placed in stores around the town.

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Thank you for your kind donations to Brixham Food Bank. They go toward supporting needy families and people in the Brixham area and beyond.

Your generosity is much appreciated.


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Sat 26th July. 2.30 & 7.30pm.


The Smugglers and Pirates Experience Brixham

Every Saturday until Sat 25th October - BRIXHAM ART & CRAFT MARKET

Each Saturday the Arts & Crafts stalls transform the inner harbour next to the Golden Hind into a haven for those wanting to sample a variety of unique and handmade items.

From paintings and sketches, to photography, jewellery, textiles and cards, offering potential gifts to suit all budgets. For more info visit

Everyday until 31st Aug - Great Occombe Monster Hunt!

Kids, come on a monstrous wild adventure this year at Occombe Farm. Wild monsters with pointed fangs, hairy bodies, gnarly skin and gruesome eating habits are lurking in the woods at Occombe Farm and they only have one thing on their mind - protecting their most precious treasure! Every month a new wild monster will appear and your mission is to find it by crossing swamps, balancing on logs, dipping in ponds and hunting in trees to find its hiding spot on the nature trail. Find the monster and you will be rewarded with a sticker and a prize, plus the code to unlock a map to help you find the next monster. Collect all four monsters and you will gain the powers to reveal where their most precious treasure is and gain a very special prize! There will also be fun wild monster activities happening at the farm every weekend throughout the summer - look on our website for more details Suitable for 4-12 year olds. Meet: Occombe Farm Visitor Centre. Time: 10 to 3pm.

Cost: £2.50 per child per monster trail (total of four different monster trails from May to August), with sticker and prize and bumper prize if you do all four trails.


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Thurs 24th & 31st July BRIXHAM BUCCANEERS- Pirate Days

At the Harbourside, by the Golden Hind – Come and experience the buccaneers swashbuckling antics, whilst enjoying music and entertainment for the whole family e.g. face painting, puppetry, crafts, story telling and balloon modelling! (All dates to be confirmed)

Fri 25th and Sat 26th July - Summer Flower and Vegetable Show At The Scala Hall Brixham. Open 2pm to 5pm Friday and 10am to 4pm Sat.

STAGING OF EXHIBITS. Thu 24th from 2 to 5pm and Fri 25th July from 8am to 9.30am. Trophies will be presented at 4pm on Sat 26th July.

Open Sections: Section A Flowers, Section B Fuchsias, Section C Floral Art, Section D Fruit and Vegetables.

Member Only Sections: Section E Fuchsias and Geraniums, Section F Flowers, Section F Vegetables.
Other Open Sections: Section G Domestic, Section H Handicrafts, Section J Children.

Wednesday 30th July - Christian Talk Group at 9.30am to 11am at the Riviera International Conference Centre - The sessions offer a unique opportunity for Christians and non-Christians to talk openly and equally, to share testimonies and experiences, to ask questions, to investigate their own thoughts and ideas, to test out beliefs etc. with other people, on any and every level. Participants share Bible passages Psalms, Gospels, Old Testament, New Testament, pray together for family, friends, loved ones, children, parents, spouses, siblings and the world etc. The sessions are free and anybody and everybody are welcome.


Fri 1st to Sun 3rd August - Torbay Steam Fair

Take this opportunity to experience the world of steam, from large engines working as they did in days gone by, driving fairground rides, big saws, threshing drums and hauling heavy loads. The Fair includes a wide variety of attractions including parades of Veteran and Classic Vehicles, tractors, military vehicles, with fairground rides, arts, crafts, models and stalls selling a wide variety of merchandise. An extensive range of refreshments from local ales to pasties, hog roasts and cream teas are also available! Dartmouth Road,Churston Ferrers, Brixham, DevonTQ5 0JT (site in field opposite Churston Farm Shop, on the main A3022 Brixham Road. ) For more information visit: or by email: (As you will appreciate we are rather busy preparing for the show so contacting us by e-mail is the best option.) Please use: . Alternatively you can telephone on 01803 853989 , but please be patient.

Mon 4th to Fri 8th Aug & Mon 11th to Fri 15th Aug & Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Aug - Go Wild! Holiday Club

Let your children go wild this summer! Now in its third year we are very pleased to announce that the children's Go Wild Holiday Club will be running for three weeks over the school Summer Holidays. Also, to make it as flexible as possible for parents, we are now are running it as both a day club and a week club. Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds. For more information visit our website Dates: Mon 4th to Fri 8th Aug & Mon 11th to Fri 15th Aug & Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Aug. Cost: £25.00 per day or £96.00 per week (5 days). B ooking: Essential on 01803 520022.

Mon 4th to Sun 10th August - Torbay Lifeboat Week

For this annual event, the Torbay Lifeboat and Station become the focus raising money for the Nationally recognized Charity of the RLNI, also a local charity keenly supported by Brixham. In a fun packed week involving the Torbay Lifeboat Operations Team & Crew , events such as Sailing Races and Angling Competitions combine with an opportunity to view Torbay's Lifeboat station and lifeboat, the week culminating with the spectacular Sea Safety Display. For more information:

Thu 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th August – BRIXHAM BUCCANEERS - Pirate Days - At the Harbourside, by the Golden Hind – Come and experience the buccaneers swashbuckling antics, whilst enjoying music and entertainment for the whole family e.g. face painting, puppetry, crafts, story telling and balloon modelling! (All dates to be confirmed.)

Sat 23rd August - Brixham Gig Club's 1st Regatta!

An Army of volunteers have been making preparations for Brixham Gig Club's first regatta which takes place on the 23rd of August at Breakwater beach in Brixham. The position will make for very good viewing of all the races. Refreshments will be available throughout the day along with cakes and raffle prizes. Please come along and show your support.


The Riviera Singers are performing:

Wed 23rd July and Wed 20th Aug - 8pm for 1hr approx - Fish Quay Brixham - Open air performances (Bucket collection for our funds).

Fri 19th Sep - 7.30pm - Churston Church - Agatha Christie week celebrations - For Church funds.

Sat 18th Oct - 7.30 T.B.C. - URC Church Babbacoombe - Joint concert with KCG Choir.

Wed 29th Oct - 7.30pm - Berry Head Hotel - In aid of Cheshire Home - Torbay Ukulele club with us.

Thu 27th Nov - 7.30pm - Berry Head Hotel - Concert for the Soroptimists - Some Christmas numbers.

Fri 12th Dec - 4 to 6pm - Carols at Brixham Library - With mince pies “A taste of Christmas.

Sat 13th Dec - 7.30pm - St Mary’s Church Brixham - Joint concert with the Orpheus Male Voice Choir.


Brixham Breakwater in Brixham will play host to a charity fishing competition on Saturday 27th September to raise funds for the RNLI.

The event is being run by Aaron Monk of Diverse Events in Plymouth, and his brother Karl Monk from Teignmouth. Together they are hoping to raise £1,000 for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and this will be their first RNLI charity event.

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Aaron was inspired to get involved by his brother. Aaron said, “The RNLI do such amazing things, saving the lives of many people, some of which are fisherpeople. We want to give back to the RNLI after they do so much for the fishing community. They rely on donations and fund raising too, so I'm just glad we can help. My brother and I have received great support from local fishing shops who are all keen to get on board with helping or donating prizes.”

The profits raised are being invested into The RNLI. The RNLI provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service with a fleet of more than 330 lifeboats plus a few hovercraft, along with lifeguards that patrol more than 180 beaches around the UK they save on average 22 people every day.
Tickets for the fishing competition from 1pm on Saturday 27th September are £10 for and all profits go to The RNLI. Tickets can be purchased in a number of fishing shops listed online at .

Featured Local Clubs and Groups:

Brixham Heritage Museum

01803 856267. Email:    Web site:

The Brixham Battery Heritage Centre Group
Will be open all year Mon, Fri & Sun 2 to 4pm free entry and free guided tours of the Battery Grounds. A fully restored Harbourside Defence Pill-box.

Battery will be open on other commemorative days for more information phone: 01803 852449 -

Brixham Hospital League of Friends

01803 858057.

Brixham Arts & Theatre Society (BATS)

Brixham Probus Club Meeting

Meetings are from 10am in the Catholic Church Hall. New Members Welcome. Call 01803 859475 or visit:

Brixham Yacht Club

South Devon Players

For Brixham Does Care

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust: Berry Head & other Brixham Events.

01803 606035.

Brixham Model Engineering & Craft Society
Meet in the Churston Golf Club from 7 for 7.30pm. Call Peter 01803 552492 for more details.

Greenway and Coleton Fishacre National Trust

For National Trust events visit:

Brixham St Mary's Park Bowling Club

Brixham Bowling Club

Create Youth Theatre - Our youth theatre is perfect for any youngsters who want to experience performing. An excellent way to build confidence and make new friends. Each term we work towards our end show using script work, comedy, characterisation, improvisation, games, movement and singing. At least twice a year, our young actors perform in a professional theatre space. Create Youth Theatre: ages 7-11, Wednesday s 5.30pm to 7pm, Brixham Community Centre, Fore Street. Create Youth Theatre: ages 11-17.
Thursday s 6.30pm-8.30pm, Brixham Theatre. For further information contact Jo 07962 848002. /

Torbay Woodturners - Meetings held in the St Paul's Church Hall, Preston from 7.30pm. Contact Elaine on 01803 873648.

Brixham Horticultural Society - Catholic Church Hall, New Road, from 2pm.

The Brixham U3A (University of the Thrid Gae) - Brixham Rugby Club from 2 to 4pm. Enquiries 01803 858323 or visit:

Brixham Society of Art - Eden Park primary School, Brixham. Time 7:30 to 9:30pm. Dates & events:

Diary Dates for weekly meetings...

Mon – Bay Walks - meeting from Pitch & Putt Course at 10am along Gillard Road. Walk around Berry Head Headland and usually end up for coffee in the Berry Head Hotel. Call 01803 208870 or 857632.
Mon & Thu - Brixham Town Band Rehearsals (Mon & Thu 7.45pm) - Beginners 6.30pm Thu - Chestnut Drive School, Chestnut Drive...New recruits required.
Mon & Tue (from Easter also Wed) - The Brixham Pannier Market is held in the Scala Hall from 10 to 3pm.
Mon - WeightWatchers - at 6.30 pm at Brixham Rugby Club Club.

Tue - Bay Walks meet at the Brixham Harbour Office at 2pm. For more details call 01803 208870, 01803 855461 or 01803 854481.
Tue - Veteran Seafarers Association & Friends meet in the Fishermen's Mission, Overgang Road from 2pm. All are very welcome. Call for more details on 01803 859123 or 01803 854990.
Tue – Brixham Chess Club in the Fishermen's Mission on Overgang Road from 7 to 10pm. New Members Welcome. £2 a night (£1 for juniors).
Tue - Slimming World - Catholic Church, 43 New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8NB. Tuesdays 7:30pm. Consultant's name is Samantha 01803 883929.
Every 3rd Tue - The Brixham Heritage Museum Social Group is meeting in the Museum at 10.30am, for a friendly chat and a cup of coffee (or tea). If you would care to meet like-minded people, please feel free to join us.
Tue & Thu - Christian Book Shop from 10 to 12noon in the Brixham Baptist Church access via Church Hall door adjacent to taxi rank. Available: Bibles, books, music CD's and DVD's and much more.

Wed – Square Dancing from 7.30pm in the Catholic Church Hall. £2.50 per session. For more details Contact 01803 855433. Have Fun be healthy.
Wed - Riviera Singers - Fore St. Methodist Church meet from 7.30pm. To join or book for a concert call Chris 01803 883886 or Lynn on 01803 857331.

Thu - St. Mary's Church Brixham Bell Ringers Practice from 8 to 9pm in St Mary's Church. New ringers welcome. For more details contact Guy on 01803 853747.
Thu - Brixham Probus Club Meeting from 10am in the Catholic Church Hall. New Members Welcome. Call 01803 859475 or visit:
Thu – Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be in the Methodist Church Hall from 7.30pm. Contact Don on 01803 857331 or visit:
Thu - Slimming World - Brixham Rugby Club, Rea Barn Road, Brixham, TQ5 9EA. Thursdays 5:30pm. Consultant's name is Kerrie 01803 392034.

Fri - Fireflies Playgroup - The Beacon of Light Fellowship on Mount Pleasant Road, Brixham. Starting 9.30am to 12noon. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the fun with other parents and toddlers from Brixham and beyond.
Fri - The Island Club - Baptist Church Hall - 6.15 to 7.15pm for children (school year's 3-6) & 7.30 - 9pm for youth - 50p for children & £1 for youth with everything inside then free (except the tuck of course)!

Sat – Coffee Morning in the St Mary's Church, Higher Brixham from 10-12noon. All are welcome. Proceeds to go to outreach.