28 November – Carriage House Christmas Gift Fair

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Leo Houlding: From Amazon to Antarctica Lecture Tour 2013

A big heads-up for top UK climber and adventurer Leo Houlding’s 2013 Lecture Tour which has the title Amazon to Antarctica. From the very depths of the Venezuelan Amazon to a mile-high cliff in Antarctica this promises to be as breath-taking as ever. You can read more about Leo and the Tour at his website. See below for a video clip on his incredible ascent of El Capitan.

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Conservative Candidate Registers Formal Objection to Atlantic Array

North Devon’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Peter Heaton-Jones today confirmed he has formally registered to take part in the planning process to fight the proposed Atlantic Array.

Announcing the move, he urged others to register with the Planning Inspectorate before the deadline on September 16th.

Peter Heaton-Jones said, “Today I formally registered with the Planning Inspectorate and have now become what’s known as an ‘interested party’ to the application.  That means I’ll be taking a full part in the planning process.  Last month I joined forces with the campaign group Slay the Array, and together with many others we will be putting our case very robustly.  I am in favour of renewable energy being part of the UK’s electricity generation mix, but this is quite simply the wrong plan in the wrong place.

Peter continued, “I would urge everyone to register by September 16 – if you don’t, you cannot join in and have your say at a later stage.  The registration form only took me about 15 minutes to complete on the Inspectorate’s website.  You don’t need to go into detail and you certainly don’t have to speak at any meetings.  It’s vital that people have their say if they care about North Devon”.

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Article on the Atlantic Array by Peter Heaton-Jones, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon

The following is an article on the Atlantic Array by Peter Heaton-Jones, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon provided for AboutNorthDevon.com.

I’m going to provide that most rare commodity: a straight answer from a politician.   I oppose the Atlantic Array.  It is the wrong plan in the wrong place.  The potential risks far outweigh the supposed benefits.  I hope it does not go ahead.

I cannot be clearer than that.  Anyone holding or seeking public office in North Devon should be equally clear.  Fence-sitting is not an option.

The risks are enormous.

Environmentally, the Array could cause immense damage to the delicate marine ecosystem.  It will scar an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and blight forever Lundy Island, one of the country’s most precious natural habitats.

Economically, its effect on North Devon’s vital tourist industry could be devastating.  Even if just one in ten tourists stopped coming to our coastline, it would cost our economy £30million a year.  That risk is far greater than any supposed economic benefit.  There is no guarantee that North Devon will get a single new job.

Locally, the construction could cause chaos.  The pile driving will  be a massive disturbance.  The cables to bring the power ashore will cut a swathe through many communities who will derive no benefit whatsoever.

And of course, it will change the landscape and seascape of North Devon forever.  Some people say you won’t see it that clearly.  Really?  Each of the 240 turbines will be taller than the Post Office Tower, and the Array will cover 77 square miles – that’s roughly the size of Bristol.

Look back at what I’ve written.  Yes, I’ve used the word ‘could’ quite a lot.   Supporters of the Atlantic Array say that’s a weakness in the opposition’s argument.   But in fact that’s the strength.  The point is, nobody knows for sure what the impact of the Atlantic Array will be.  On that basis alone, it cannot be allowed to go ahead.  To repeat, the potential risks far outweigh the supposed benefits.

Let me be absolutely clear:  I support renewable energy.  It must form part of the mix of the UK’s power generation in the 21st century.  But the Atlantic Array is the wrong plan in the wrong place and I will continue to oppose it.  That will be my consistent message.

It is regrettable that others who hold or seek public office in North Devon cannot give such a straight answer.

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Happy Birthday to Tiki – 50 years of making surfboards!

There’s a great article in Surfers Village about the history of the top British surfboard and wetsuit maker Tiki run by Tim Heyland and Dave Aldrich-Smith. Tiki have produced the video below to celebrate 50 years of making surfboards.

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Pottery Lessons with North Devon’s Jon Curtis

photo (5)Top Braunton potter Jon Curtis is now offering pottery lessons. These can either be booked in blocks of five or as individual classes. If this is of interest, just drop him a line. See what else he’s got to offer here.

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Ash Barton in Braunton – for weddings and big parties in North Devon

ashAsh Barton is a stunning grade II listed manor house on the hill above the Boode Road in Braunton run by Simon Daukes and his family as a venue for both weddings and big parties. You can find more details on their website where you can also see a section on their history.

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Introducing Saltrock’s Tok!

There’s a great page about Saltrock’s character Tok and the rest of his family here.

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Introducing Blue Fizz Events @bluefizzevents

If you’re looking for an event management company look no further than North Devon’s very own Blue Fizz Events. Run by Tracy Edwards, Sue Mills and Bridget Scott they’ll sort you out whether it’s weddings, corporate events or simply a party you want help with. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Great video by Richard Gregory @WaveDreamer: ‘Love My Outdoors’ for the National Trust

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Lobb Fields Campsite in Braunton, North Devon

lobb fieldsIf you’re thinking of visiting Braunton, then why not consider camping at Lobb Fields Caravan and Camping Park? They provide a warm welcome to families and children, senior citizens, sportsmen seeking Devon’s challenges, dogs and all those seeking a peaceful holiday.

The site has 180 large pitches, 91 of which have electric hook-up and 10 of which are on hard standing. Facilities include: accessibility facilities in the Lower Field, on-site laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryers, showers with unlimited hot water, camping gaz, Calor gas, WiFi and a children’s play area.

You’ll find them on the right hand side on the Saunton Road as you leave Braunton going towards the beach. You can find more details at their website.

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Check out Bay Fitness Retreats!

photo (9)For anyone looking to spend a few days getting back into shape or even back into shape, look no further than the Bay Fitness Retreats. Specifically, they offer two types of health and fitness retreats: Luxury Reboots and then Team Building for sports teams and businesses.

Bay Fitness is run by Andrew Blake who has been lecturing, coaching and training athletes of all levels for over 10 years in Devon, France, New Zealand and Fiji. He is a qualified L3 personal trainer, nutritionist and  Fitness yoga instructor. He has two degrees and is a qualified Football, Tennis and surf coach.

You can read more about the Retreats and the other classes that he offers here.

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EX34 and EX33 Magazines – excellent local resources for North Devon

ex33EX33 and EX34 Magazines are run by Ant Parker and seems to be read by almost everyone in the area. They provide a great mixture of local information and businesses as well as introducing local people and what they’re up to. It also stands out for as far as I can see exclusively covering good news and positive things in the world which is a breath of fresh air in the modern media world. Check out their websites by clicking on the links above for contact details and advertising rates.

You can read more about Ant and his wife Jess here. As you’ll see Ant also runs Moo Music and used to be in a band called Why.

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Surf Art from Steve PP

Check out Steve PP‘s site for fabulous art as well as information about his painting courses.

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Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel & Cottages

In addition to the Lounge Bar and Tyme Restaurant, the Hotel has facilities such as VisitBritain 3* accredited en-suite bedrooms and self-catering cottages, a courtyard, and extensive gardens and grounds where you can relax with a glass of wine. This coupled with a seasonal indoor heated swimming pool, fitness room and games room for residents, providing everything you need for a relaxing stay.

We are licensed for Weddings and offer a very attractive all-inclusive wedding package and our garden and grounds are licensed for events if you need to book the whole establishment and erect a marquee or two!

Call us on 01271 862841 for reservations and enquiries.

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