Endymion’s ‘Uncle Willow’ series in Exmoor Magazine is a family feature based on Willow the dog’s adventures in the countryside.
Endymion Beer, Illustrator, and Trevor Beer, Artist, have joined forces to present a joint exhibition of wildlife art based on the flora and fauna of the West Country. The exhibition, which was previously shown at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, is now showing at The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, until 12 April.
Endymion’s illustrations have been used in several books, some of which she has written herself. She is also well known for her ‘Uncle Willow’ series in Exmoor Magazine, a family series based on Willow the dog’s adventures in the countryside. The series is aimed at young people following willow’s exploration of various wildlife habitats which also has projects for youngsters and their mums and dads to do each issue. Endymion is the national Youth Officer for the British Naturalists Association.
Trevor Beer’s highly detailed pen and ink and watercolour work depicts wildlife in its natural environment, often with a humorous edge to it. Trevor has written every day in the Western Morning News for over 20 years and also writes nature columns for the North Devon Journal as well as a ‘Country Matters’ feature for Exmoor Magazine. He has written several books on nature subjects and a number of wildlife tourist guides with Endymion.
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Devon County Antiques Fairs will be organising another one of their popular events at RHS Garden Rosemoor on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March. The Terrace Marquee will be home for a number of carefully selected stall holders from across the South West and beyond, selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets. An early opportunity to buy something for Mother’s Day and browsing is positively encouraged!
After a long wet and windy winter the Garden is now coming to life with camellias and spring bulbs showing the full promise of Spring. Combine a walk around the Garden with a visit to Rosemoor’s award-winning restaurant, who will offering a carvery dinner on Sunday – a recipe for the perfect weekend.
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The Council agreed on Wednesday (February 26) to accept a Government grant of £20,547, the equivalent of a 1% increase in the district’s share of Council Tax. The freeze grant will be embedded in future annual funding to the Council.
A freeze will mean the average Band D Council Tax will remain at £137.82 a year for all the services provided by West Somerset Council. West Somerset’s share of Council Tax amounts to 9% of the total.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Tim Taylor, said the proposed freeze would help hard-working residents and those on fixed incomes in the year ahead.
Car park charges are also to be frozen in the coming year.
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Pupils at Blundell’s in Devon gained an insight into public life as well as broadcasting recently when the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Any Questions?’ was broadcast live from the school.
More than 400 people, including parents, past and present pupils and the local community, attended the event, and watched as the panel – Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael, Conservative backbench MP Nadhim Zahawi, New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny and Labour backbench MP Frank Field – debated questions put by the audience on topics of the day, such as Kiev, food banks, Scottish independence and whether it was a good idea to put a calorie count on bottles of wine!
Ten sixth formers, most of whom are studying politics, helped at the event and mixed with panel members and chair Jonathan Dimbleby at a reception after the broadcast.
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The first Wedding Open Day held at The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster, in February, showcased all three wedding venues, the Parish Church and a fine choice of wedding services on just one street.
The event was organised by a local business group as part of the Dunster Tourism Forum and the EU-funded COOL Tourism Project with West Somerset Council. Robert Downes, Tourism Officer at West Somerset Council said, “Dunster’s unique selling point as a self-contained wedding venue also helps it to double up as a great place for romantic breaks where whole wedding parties can be based together in one place and couples can discover many hidden and tranquil places away from the crowds. It is perfect for quiet relaxation or more strenuous walking and cycling activities. West Somerset Council is seeking to support businesses in Dunster to develop new visitor offerings and target new markets via the EU funded COOL Tourism Project.”
Lynne Scott, of Wedding Whispers, said: “We put together an event to show off Dunster as a one-stop wedding destination to attract visitors looking to organise their venue, and a place to stay and also make contact with a great choice of wedding services right here in Dunster all year round, not just on one afternoon. And with the added attraction of Exmoor National Park right on the doorstep, we hope to show that Dunster is the perfect partner. The group were delighted by the response from visitors on what was a wet and windy weekend for much of the UK over Valentines Weekend, and look forward to attracting more romance to the area with the help of West Somerset Council’s COOL Tourism Project.”
The COOL Tourism Project is funded by the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England European cross-border co-operation programme, with co-finance from ERDF. West Somerset Council is working with partners in Somerset, Essex, Norfolk, Kent, Pas de Calais and Somme to help grow rural tourism in new and innovative ways. Funding is being directed at supporting business networks, training and marketing of the area.
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The Quantock Hills AONB Service offers a warm welcome to their newest recruit. Rebekah West joins them as their new Quantock Hills AONB Ranger. Her role will include linking with farmers to ensure the continued protection of the conservation areas, such as the heathland hilltops and the ancient oak woodlands, and also helping people make the most of enjoying the hills and understanding more about their special character.
Rebekah previously worked for Caerphilly County Borough Council as an Apprentice Countryside Ranger in the Countryside Parks. This involved practical work such as tree felling, path maintenance, solving drainage problems and putting up fences and gates.
Rebekah says: “I was drawn to the position of the Quantock Hills Ranger primarily due to the area. Working for the Quantock Hills offers a fantastic opportunity to help manage the wild heathland with their breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. I am also looking forward to helping to protect the ancient oak woodlands, as these areas are particularly close to my heart.”
Quantock AONB Manager, Chris Edwards, says: “We are delighted to welcome Rebekah into the AONB Service, her expertise will prove invaluable in helping to conserve and enhance this nationally protected area.”
Rebekah will be posting regular blogs about her work on the Quantock Hills AONB website www.quantockhills.com and you can follow her on Twitter @quantockhills and on Facebook.
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As part of Climate Week, Torridge District Council is organising a Burrows, beach and pebble ridge tidy up at Westward Ho! on Friday 7 March – and is inviting members of the public to come along and join in!
Westward Ho! is often referred to as the jewel in Torridge’s crown with its long sandy beach. For ten years in a row, it has attained the standards necessary for the Blue Flag distinction award because of its consistently clean water, litter-free shores, good facilities and safety.
Councillor Roger Tisdale, Ward Member for Westward Ho!, said, “As one of only a handful of Devon beaches to receive the internationally-recognised accolade, the Blue Flag Award recognises all the hard work made by Torridge District Council to ensure the beach is a great place to visit and certainly a venue we are proud of.”
Cllr Gaye Tabor, Torridge’s lead member for the natural and built environment, said, “I would urge people to come along if they can. It will be a great way of meeting people and making new friends and after the storm battering Westward Ho! has received, it will help maintain our greatest asset – the beautiful natural environment.”
Torridge’s Mrs Recycle will be kicking off the event with a presentation in the Burrows Centre and Tesco will be conducting a marine waste survey for the Marine Conservation Society, as well as providing refreshments.
Bin bags and gloves will be provided on the day but it is recommended that participants bring their own gloves where possible, suitable footwear, waterproof/warm clothing and extra refreshments required.
There will be two meeting points for the event on 7 March – Senior Ranger Shawn Corin will be leading one group at 1pm from the Westward Ho! entrance gate to the Burrows, and those wanting to see Mrs Recycle’s presentation should meet at the Burrows centre at 12, after which they will begin the Spring Clean from the Sandymere end, also at 1pm.
For more details call the Burrows centre on 01237 479708.
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