2019-03-06 Coleton Fishacre & coast walk – Led by Norma

Photos this time by Helen and Norma, words by Norma.
Norma writes:-
After the atrocious weather the last few days, we were all expecting to get a soaking today as it was still pouring down at 9.15.!  But the rain stopped. Patches of blue sky appeared but with some ominous dark grey areas threatening…
We strolled down through NT Coleton Fishacre gardens admiring the many interesting Spring flowers and trees.
Fragrant Daphne and Viburnums,  magnificent Magnolias, Daffodils, Helibore, Azaleas, huge Rhododendron, amazing Bamboo and Dicksonia tree ferns…
At the bottom of the valley we accessed the coastal path and made our way westward…then zigzagging upwards through the trees and out on to the high open path. We made frequent stops to catch our breath and enjoy the fabulous views of Pudcombe Cove and cliffs far below and the rugged Mew Stone ahead.
Then upwards, flanked by beautiful gorse, to the fields. Along the lane and back down the driveway to Coleton.
After lunch, we toured the 1920’s Arts & Craft house – the country home of the D’oyly Carte with its elegant Art Deco interiors. And, guess what?  It hammered down. We were so lucky!!

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Above photos by Helen ……..Photos below by Norma (2 sets)

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More photos by Norma below:

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2019-02-20 Dawlish Warren – Led by Christine

Christine led this walk and photos were taken by Norma.
Christine writes:-
Fourteen of us walked at Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.
We met at Henty Avenue and walked along the main road into Dawlish. We walked beside the stream, which runs through the town, looking at the black swans, geese and ducks. We walked over the railway bridge to Coryton Cove passing boat cove.
We then walked along the sea wall to Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. We popped into the Information Centre, to get some respite from the wind which was beginning to bite!
We walked through the wooded area of the nature reserve and on to Mount Pleasant Inn. Thirteen of us enjoyed lunch at the Inn. Maureen, David and Ernie joined us for lunch, it was good to see them.

The following stunning  photos of this walk were all taken by Norma, split into two sections to help the website run smoothly.

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Alan Carter

We were sad to hear that Alan died on Thursday 31st January from a long-standing chest infection..

Alan and his wife Daphne were for many years our group’s Walks Coordinaters.
Jenni and I first met Alan on a walk from Beesands to Start Point in May 2005 and right from the start he made us feel most welcome.
Alan showed a keen interest in my taking photographs during the walk and encouraged me to start a website for the Group which as you know has existed ever since.

Our thoughts are with Daphne at this sad time and wish her well

Chudleigh – 6th February 2019 – Leaders Marion, Irene and Ursula.

Today’s walk was led by Marion, Irene and Ursula. Wendy and Helen provided the photos , and our Coordinator Val supplied the words for this report.
Val reports:-
On a grey, overcast morning Marion, Irene and Ursula led fifteen walkers from the Highwaymans Haunt on a circular walk around the lanes of Chudleigh.  It wasn’t long before the sun came out making this an enjoyable walk with lovely far reaching countryside views.  Snowdrops, crocus and bird song reminding us, despite the recent inclement weather, Spring is not too far away.  A warm welcome and good food awaited us on our return to the pub.

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Photos by Wendy above .            Photos by Helen below

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30th January 2019 – BBC Southwest

This visit was organised by Wendy through her daughter Emma Clements. Emma is the Assistant Editor of BBC Radio Devon and also kindly provided the photos for this report.
Wendy writes:-
Twenty four members made their way to Plymouth by bus or train, most of us meeting up in Marks and Spencer’s for lunch, before catching another bus to the BBC Southwest Studios in Mannamead.  Emma Clements met us and we were taken to the conference room where we learned about the development of the BBC in Plymouth since 1924.
Spotlight is the most watched weekday TV programme on any TV channel in the whole of the south west of England with more viewers than Eastenders or Coronation Street.   The recent refurbishment cost £15 million, of which £7 million was spent on cutting edge technology.
We saw how local news is filtered into the national output with split second timing, watching as the final touches were made to the 1.30 Spotlight news, listening to the director’s instructions and precise timings of the broadcast.  After the transmission we were taken into the Spotlight studio where we met Clare Woodling, the news presenter, and the programme director.
 The studio is the most modern BBC regional studio.
Adjoining the studio, the Gallery is the most modern in the English regions with only London and Salford having similar systems. The director is in overall charge, responsible for the look of the programme. Live weather is used to keep the programme on time for the 27 minute slot.  Weather presenters are highly skilled to speak to exact times without autocue or script.
The group split into two sections for the Radio Devon tour.  BBC Radio Devon started broadcasting on the 17th January 1983 from  the car park of our former Exeter studios as the main building wasn’t ready in time.  It is one of the UK’s most popular radio stations, broadcasting 21 hours a day, with roughly one in four people in the county tuning in each week.
Around 35 staff work for Radio Devon plus freelancers.    The Hub is the first port of call in the newsroom for any TV material coming into the building. All material is displayed on a screen so the journalists know it is in and ready to process to the various outlets eg editors producers or radio, online journalists.

Finally, the group visited a studio where we saw Janet Kipling presenting the lunchtime phone in and met Michael Chequer who was about to prepare his evening programme.