Exeter V Plymouth Argyle


This week Gary’s mate “Archie” was over visiting from Australia. It is his first trip to England and Gray decided to take him to see a football match.
this started with a ‘Full English breakfast’ at Trago Mills at Newton Abbott.

They then continued on to Plymouth where Gary showed Archie the Barbican and Plymouth Ho before they arrived at the stadium. They were lucky enough to have got superb seats right at the front behind the goal.

Unfortunately Plymouth won 3-0 scoring 2 in the first half and another in the 2nd half. There were many sad faces on Exeter fans faces but all in all it was a very good match and Archie was overwhelmed by the atmosphere.

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Dartmoor Walks

I thought that this week it would be nice to feature some Dartmoor walks as something a little different.

I actually did this walk myself last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I stopped and ate my lunch on the top of Middleworth Tor with a beautiful view over to Burrator reservoir. It was a beautiful day and the walk was extremely interesting with some of the scenes from the movie War Horse easily identifiable.

We drove across the moor through Princetown and on toward Yelverton. We parked at Norsworthy Bridge and headed towards Middleworth Tor on our way to Down Tor.

Please give it a go and let us know how you get on. image1



Meavy river and then also the view from our lunch spot.

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Weather for the weekend.


The coming weekend’s weather will maintain predominantly unsettled conditions that have dominated the weather, overall, this working week. However, it will become colder as a change in wind direction signals nearer average temperatures, overnight frost and perhaps a little sleet and snow within the short term too.

Temperatures on Thursday reached a high of 14C at Rhyl and with 13C being recorded at a number of other stations too. These are well above average temperatures for early February. It is a chilly start this morning, though, but attention through Friday is on the arrival of an area of low pressure from the south-west that will bring rain and strong winds to parts of the UK, along with perhaps some sleet and wet snow too. The precipitation associated with this low pressure is clearly evident moving into SW England on recent rainfall radar imagery whilst showery conditions are in evidence further north and west.

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What to do in half term

We thought it might be an idea to have a look at things planned in and around Exeter for the February half term.

Theatre and shows:

Holiday on Ice returns to Westpoint with Tropicana – The Passion Tour, created by skating legend Robin Cousins, and performed by more than 40 world class skaters. Running from Tuesday, February 14, until Sunday, February 19. Adult tickets from £25 with groups, seniors and children discounts. Call 0844 499 9955 or visit www.holidayonice.co.uk

The Crowstarver , an action packed show with animal puppets and live music from Theatre Alibi is being staged at Exeter Northcott from Tuesday, February 14 until Saturday, February 25. Tickets £12.50 to £20.50 adults, under 16s £7.50 to £10, Saturday matinees £12.50 all seats. Call 01392 493493 or visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

 Theo the Mouse in Magical Mayhem, from the writer of TV favourites Sooty and The Basil Brush Show, at Exmouth Pavilion on Monday, February 13, at 2pm. Packed with magic, laughter and music. Tickets cost £8.50. Call 01395 222477 or visit www.ledtickets.co.ukThe Exe Factor 2012 – heat one at Exmouth Pavilion on Friday, February 17. Exmouth Festival’s showcase for young bands and musicians, at 8pm. Tickets £4.50. Call 01395 222477 or visit www.ledtickets.co.uk

 Horse and Bamboo present Red Riding Hood at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, on Sunday, February 19, at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Tickets £8. Call 01392 270891 or visit www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk


Animated Exeter , the leading animation festival in the South West, is back from Saturday, February 11, until Sunday, February 19, screening the best local, national and international animation for adults and children. The annual event offers a host of workshops, exhibitions, events and talks at various venues. Call 01392 667080 or visit www.animatedexeter.co.uk

Wild Drogo Trail at Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, from Saturday, February 11, until Sunday, February 19, 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges plus £1.50 per child, including prize.

Lambing Special at Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, during half-term. Open daily between 10am and 5pm. Call 01364 642023 or visit www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

Open Garden for NGS at Killerton, Broadclyst, Devon, on Sunday, February 12. Visit 20 acres of spectacular hillside gardens from 10.30am to dusk. Adults £6.80, children £3.40. Call 01392 881345. or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Love week at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, from Saturday, February 11, until Friday, February 17. Make a Valentine’s card for your favourite donkey and post it for the daily delivery, take part in the Valentine’s holiday hunt or make a love bug in the creative craft zone. Some activities ask for a donation to cover costs. On Tuesday, February 14 it is Make Your Own Love Nest day – the last chance to get nest boxes up in your garden in time for birds to use this spring or to use in the sanctuary wild woodlands. Suggested donation £7 per box kit. Call 01395 573156 or visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Join the monthly Teign Valley Wild Tribe at Fingle Bridge Meadows with the National Trust Dartmoor rangers on Sunday, February 19, 10am to 3pm. For children five to 18 years with activities from fire lighting to tracking. Adults £2, children £4. Pre-book by calling 01647 433356.

Bird Box Making Days at Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, from Tuesday, February 14, to Wednesday, February 15. £5 per box. Call 01404 822188 or visit www.escot-devon.co.uk. Normal garden entry applies.

Free entry for children at Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, on Thursday, February 16, to celebrate its new Red Squirrel Encounter.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum: Free activities, Queen Street, Exeter, 01392 265858, www.rammuseum.org.uk

Butter Making: Bring along a pint of fresh double cream and make butter the Elizabethan way at St Nicholas Priory from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Animated RAMM: Meet animator Jessica Marcell, see how she develops her impressions of the newly refurbished museum into an animated film and find out what’s it’s like to be an animator at RAMM from 10am to 4pm.

Animation Days: Join in a collective animation bringing characters in impressionist artworks to life at the RAMM from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Painting: Fur and face and far away. Paint or make a collage portrait or bring along a photograph to transform into a work of art at RAMM from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Painting: Impressionist Techniques: Try out the painting techniques of the impressionist painters who experimented and strove to capture the moment in light and colour at RAMM from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Painting: Stripes and metals. Painting activity inspired by the work of Maria Lalic at RAMM from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Victorian photographer: Meet Victorian photographers who know all about early cameras and have your photograph taken in Victorian costume at RAMM from 10.30am to 3.30pm.


Free family ‘drop-in and quilt’ day at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, from 10am to 4pm. All ages. Call 01626 832223 or visit www.crafts.org.uk

Secret Sweetheart at Spacex gallery, Exeter, on Saturday, February 11, drop-in from 2pm to 4pm. Create a very unusual Valentines card, all ages. Free. Call 01392 431786.

Talking to Blue at Spacex gallery, Exeter, on Thursday, February 16, until Friday, February 17, drop-in from 11am to 3pm. Take part in creative challenges including animation and visit a secret location. All ages, free. Call 01392 431786.


Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre in Exeter is running a variety of adventurous outdoor activities for eight to 16-year-olds throughout half-term. One day and week long courses available. Call 01392 434668 or visit www.haven-banks.co.uk

Exeter City FC’s soccer roadshows from Monday, February 13, to Friday, February 17, 10am to 3pm, in Exeter and local surrounding areas for five to 14-year-olds. There will also be a special goalkeepers and strikers day at Middlemoor Police headquarters on Friday, February 17. Roadshows cost £15 for one day or £27 for a two day course. To pre-book call 01392 255611 or visit www.exetercityfitctrust.org.uk

Exeter Chiefs two-day rugby camps will take place at Sandy Park on Monday, February 13, and Tuesday, February 14, 10am to 3pm. The cost is £60. To book call 01392 890914 or visit www.rugbycamps.co.uk/exeter.

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Winter flurries

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We have had our first winter snow here in Devon and looks like the cold spell might be here for a few days.Dartmoor looks stunning with Princetown getting about 5 inches of snow and also Tavistock has had a scattering. Plymouth seems to have missed it so far…We thought we would share a few local pictures with you…

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Happy New Year

From all of us here at Team removals we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year.

We thought we would mention a few things that are going on locally to get you back into the swing of things for 2017.

Farmers Market
Exeter Farmers Market
Shoppers keen on sampling Westcountry foods are able to try and buy a wide range of produce at the Exeter Farmers Market. Customers visiting the market have the opportunity to buy a delicious range of quality local produce.

From: 7 Jan 2017 To 29 Dec 2017
Exeter Picture House – Met Opera Screenings Season 2016/17
A selection of operatic works screened from the Metropolitan Opera, New York who this year are celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

From: 7 Jan 2017 To 7 Jan 2017
Exeter – Westpoint Arena Dolls House & Miniature Fair
Clyst St Mary, Exeter
Experience the exquisite world of Dolls House Miniatures at our public fair where you will find exhibits, displays and demonstrations by some of the leading craftspeople in this field.

From: 8 Jan 2017 To 8 Jan 2017
RSPB Avocet cruises on the Exe Estuary (2016/2017 season)
RSPB Avocet cruises on the Exe Estuary (2016/2017 season)
Participatory Event
Come and enjoy – our popular RSPB birdwatching cruises last between 1-1.5 hours and are well known for the variety of birds you can see and how close you can get to them – so ideal for everyone.

From: 8 Jan 2017 To 8 Jan 2017
Dartmoor: A Haunted Landscape
Dartmoor: A Haunted Landscape
Cafe Display of paintings by local artist Richard G. Hill explores the brooding and dark quality of the Dartmoor landscape and its folklore

From: 10 Jan 2017 To 2 Apr 2017
Exeter Cygnet Theatre- The Ghosts of Mr Dickens
Exeter Cygnet Theatre- The Ghosts of Mr Dickens
The Ghosts of Mr Dickens charts the infamous author’s voyage to America, where he becomes plagued with visions and visitors from the spirit world. Figures from his life appear alongside characters from his stories. As reality blurs into fiction, much like Ebenezer Scrooge, the author is compelled…

From: 10 Jan 2017 To 10 Jan 2017
Exeter Picture House – Met Opera Screenings Season 2016/17
A selection of operatic works screened from the Metropolitan Opera, New York who this year are celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

From: 10 Jan 2017 To 10 Jan 2017 Second World War handling sessions
Second World War handling sessions
Making History gallery
Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects.

VenueRoyal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery – RAMM, Exeter
From: 10 Jan 2017 To 10 Jan 2017
Exeter Corn Exchange – Warren Miller – Ski Film Tour
Winter is coming! Ignite your excitement for this season’s winter sports with the legendary annual Warren Miller Film Tour.

From: 11 Jan 2017 To 11 Jan 2017
Exeter Northcott – Miles Jupp : Songs of Freedom
Miles Jupp (Stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev and host of The News Quiz) hits the road discussing Astronauts, Regrets, The sexes, Social Media, Hipsters, Poo, Rage, Medicine Manners, and life in general.

From: 11 Jan 2017 To 11 Jan 2017
Exeter Picture House – RSC Live : The Tempest
Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this ground-breaking production directed by Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

From: 11 Jan 2017 To 11 Jan 2017
Exeter Northcott – BalletBoyz : Young Men
Cinema & Film
Stocker Road, Exeter
Young Men is a feature length dance film without dialogue shot on location in Northern France featuring dancers from BalletBoyz dance company.

Based on the hugely successful stage production that premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 2015, it is choreographed by Iván Pérez with a…

From: 12 Jan 2017 To 12 Jan 2017
Exeter Barnfield Theatre – Beach Boys Story
If you like the Beach Boys songs, you will love this band! Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, with a song in your heart and reflecting on a truly memorable live music experience, this is a show you do not want to miss.

From: 13 Jan 2017 To 13 Jan 2017
Exeter Corn Exchange – Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
A stunning re-creation of one of the most popular and longest running bands in rock history. When Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac hit the stage, Fleetwood Mac comes to life!

From: 13 Jan 2017 To 13 Jan 2017
Mindfulness Course: Cultivating Presence
Mindfulness Course: Cultivating Presence
A six-week course developing skills to help deal with stressful situations and the demands of everyday life

VenueRoyal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery – RAMM, Exeter
From: 13 Jan 2017 To 13 Jan 2017
RSPB Avocet cruises on the Exe Estuary (2016/2017 season)
RSPB Avocet cruises on the Exe Estuary (2016/2017 season)
Participatory Event
Come and enjoy – our popular RSPB birdwatching cruises last between 1-1.5 hours and are well known for the variety of birds you can see and how close you can get to them – so ideal for everyone.

From: 13 Jan 2017 To 13 Jan 2017
Exeter Corn Exchange- Ross Noble: Brain Dump 2017
Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event.

From: 14 Jan 2017 To 14 Jan 2017
Exeter Northcott – Animal Farm
Exeter Northcott – Animal Farm
Stocker Road, Exeter
This visually engaging adaptation, underscored by live original music and incorporating physical theatre and puppetry, will explore how idealistic political views can easily be exploited and hijacked by propaganda. Can anyone ever truly be equal?

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Christmas Countdown


With just 4 more sleeps until the big day all the little people are very excited. The rest of us are busy wrapping presents and hastily writing cards that we have forgotten.

Exeter like any other city in the country is filled with shoppers getting their last few presents or those annoying people that manage to do the whole lot in one day!!

I found this lovely old picture and thought it would be nice to share it with you all.

Happy Christmas to you all.

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Happy Christmas








We at Team removals would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers old and new a very Happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

We have had a very busy year here and our lads have worked hard to ensure our high standard of customer service. We understand what a stressful experience moving can be and take pride in our team working to make sure your move runs as smoothly as possible.
We hope that everyone we have already moved this year is looking forward to Christmas in their new home and we look forward to moving many more in 2017.

We are closed between Christmas and New year but our answer phone and email messages will be checked daily.

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Where’s Santa in Devon? 2016


With just 16 more sleeps until Christmas, we thought it might be helpful to give you a list of places Santa can be found before the big day.

Ongoing until Christmas Eve

The Santa Experience

Various Venues across Devon

Until 24 December. Enjoy a truly unforgettable visit to your home from Mother and Father Christmas. With songs and tales from the North Pole. Prices from just £60. Enhanced DBS cleared. Book early to avoid disappointment – call 01395 233874.

Daily until 24 December

Santa’s Igloo Grotto

Barnstaple, Green Lanes Shopping Centre, EX31 1UL

See Santa in his magical frozen igloo grotto. Father Christmas will be looking forward to meeting lots of children and will be assisted by his ever helpful elves. Each child will be gifted a present. For details call 01271 322278

20, 26 and 27 November; 3, 4 10, 11, 17, 18, 19 to 22 December

House of Marbles Christmas Grotto

Near Bovey Tracey, House of Marbles, TQ13 9DS

Each year Father Christmas visits his themed grotto at the House of Marbles. Grotto entry costs just £6.50 per child and includes a free balloon, badge and gift. Visit from 10am – 3pm. Visit www.houseofmarbles.com

20, 26, 27 November & 1 to 24 December

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Ottery St Mary, Otter Nurseries, EX11 1LZ

Take a magical journey through a charming, interactive grotto experience. Tickets in advance only and cost £8.99 per child. See www.otternurseries.co.uk/christmas-otter-nurseries

27 November, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Christmas Nativity Plays at Pennywell

Buckfastleigh, Pennywell Farm, TQ11 0LT

Watch a magical Nativity performance. Afterwards children will be able to visit Father Christmas and receive a gift in his festive grotto. A warm festive welcome then awaits in Henny Penny’s Café. Call 01364 642023 or visit www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

27 November, 3, 4 December

Breakfast with Santa

Buckfastleigh, Pennywell Farm, TQ11 0LT

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before watching the magical Nativity performance. Afterwards visit Father Christmas and receive a gift. Call 01364 642023 or visit www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 to 24 December

The Polar Express™ on Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway, EX12 2NQ

Families will enjoy the magical tram ride to Santa’s home at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated single deck tramcars, a delicious treat, and speak to Santa. Visit www.tram.co.uk or call 01297 20375

During weekends 3 & 4; 10 & 11; 17 & 18; Daily on 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa’s Interactive Storytime

Exeter, Crealy, EX5 1DR

Visit Santa in his warm and cosy grotto for Santa’s Interactive Storytime. Hear magical tales of his festive adventures. All who visit Santa in his grotto will be given a special treat. For details visit www.crealy.co.uk or call 01395 233200

4, 10, 11, and from 17 to 24 December

Santa by Steam

South Devon Railway, TQ11 0DZ

Santa Claus will be stepping aboard his specially decorated grotto trains from Buckfastleigh to Totnes this December. Advance booking is essential. Ring 01364 644370 or, to check availability, visit www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

4, 10, 11, 17 – 24 December

Santa’s Grotto at The BIG Sheep

Bideford, The BIG Sheep, EX39 5AP

Go to Santa’s welcoming log cabin where he will be waiting along with his elves to distribute the magic of Christmas. Presents will be given to all the children who’ve been good. Visit: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa in the Caves

Kents Cavern, Torquay, TQ1 2JF

Join Santa and the gang for another magical Christmas adventure underground. Watch the pantomime show around the caverns with interactive festive fun. Every child aged 2-12 will receive a gift from Santa. Go to www.kents-cavern.co.uk or call 01803 215136

On selected dates throughout December.

Visit Santa at the World of Country Life

Exmouth, Sandy Bay, World of Country Life, EX8 5BY

Jump on Santa’s Christmas Deer Train and go for a ride to hand-feed the herd of red deer before visiting the Victorian Christmas Street. Go to Santa’s cottage workshop for Christmas arts and crafts. Call 01395 274533


11 and 18 December

Father Christmas visits Coleton Fishacre

Kingswear, Coleton Fishacre, TQ6 0EQ

Father Christmas will be making an appearance at Coleton Fishacre again this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto, and collect your present from him. Call 01803 842382

Until 23 December

Father Christmas visits Knighthayes

Tiverton, Knighthayes, EX16 7RQ

Visit Father Christmas and do some craft with one of his elves in his busy workshop. See the house decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, write a letter to the North Pole and stretch your legs with a winter walk. Call 01884 254665

From 10 December
Also 11 December

Living Coasts’ Festive Weekend

Torquay, Living Coasts, TQ1 2BG

Follow a Christmas trail that will lead children to Santa. Meet Spiderman and Batman, plus Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Watch Santa’s elves feed the penguins and enjoy some festive face painting. Call 0844 474 3366 or go to www.livingcoasts.org.uk

From 10 December
Also 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa at The Milky Way

Clovelly, The Milky Way, EX39 5RY

Enjoy a fun-filled festive day – with a visit from Father Christmas, gingerbread decorating and crafts. Father Christmas and his elves will be in their grotto where children will receive a free gift. Visit www.themilkyway.co.uk

From 10 December

Also on 10, 11, 17 and 18 December

Father Christmas visits Castle Drogo

Near Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo, EX6 6PB

Father Christmas will be paying a special visit to Castle Drogo, children can follow the trail through the garden to find him and receive a festive gift (£2.50). For details ring 01647 434111

From 10 December
And 17 December
Father Christmas at Bernaville Nurseries
Near Exeter, Cowley, Bernaville Nurseries, EX5 5EU

And Saturday 17 December. Visit Father Christmas in his house and receive a present. Plus make reindeer food, enjoy Christmas colouring, write a letter to Santa and complete an “Elf Trail”. Booking essential. Call 01392 851326 or visit in store to make your booking.

Sunday 11 December
Also 17, 18, 19 and 20 December.

Meet Father Christmas

Barnstaple, Arlington Court, EX31 4LP

Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum to meet the traditional green Father Christmas. All good girls and boys will receive a present. Plus enjoy the festive decorations. Call 01271 850296

From 17 December
Also 18 to 24 December

Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo, TQ4 7EU

Meet Santa in his new cabin and receive a great present. Watch the animals receive their Christmas presents. Hop aboard the Christmas train to take the snowball throwing challenge. Pre-booking is essential. Visit www.paigntonzoo.org.uk or call 0844 474 2222

From 18 December
Also Monday 19 December

Breakfasts with Santa

Bideford, The BIG Sheep, EX39 5AP

Breakfast with Santa includes a hot breakfast and an exclusive meeting with Santa between 9:30am and 10.30am before a full day out at the BIG Sheep until 5pm. Each child will receive a festive sack. Cost: £10. Booking essential. Visit: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

From 19 December
Until 23 December

An Audience with Olde Father Christmas
Yelverton, Buckland Abbey, PL20 6EY

Rediscover the Christmas magic as Olde Father Christmas invites you into the Great Hall for tales of Christmas past. Call 01822 853607

Saturday 24 – Christmas Eve
Breakfast with Father Christmas

Newton Abbot, Prickly Ball Farm, TQ12 6BZ

Celebrate this Christmas Eve over breakfast with Father Christmas. Join in with the animal activities and enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Then visit Father Christmas in his grotto where all the children will receive a special gift. Booking essential. Call 01626 362319 or visit www.pricklyballfarm.co.uk

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