Rhino Auction

The Great Big Rhino Project has come to an end with a successful charity auction that raised £123,000.

The summer-long project, organised by Paignton Zoo, saw a free public art trail of 40 life-size painted rhinos dotted around Exeter and the English Riviera. Thousands of people spent the summer searching out the dazzling artworks.
Now, 39 of the rhinos have been auctioned to raise money for rhino conservation.
The highlight of the evening came when a bidding war broke out over Hulk-O-Rhino, painted by Jenny Leonard and sponsored by Inter-Line Building Supplies. This eventually sold for £13,500 – ten times the price of some of the other rhinos.The final figure for the project surplus will be known once costs are taken into account. In 2013, the Great Gorillas Project made a surplus of £30,000.
Paignton Zoo’s Phil Knowling said: “We’d like to thank all our partners, artists and sponsors, everyone who followed the trail so enthusiastically and everyone who attended the auction. There was a great atmosphere and a real buzz. The figure is truly amazing!”
The grand charity auction took place at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Thursday 3rd November. The surplus from the project will be used by Paignton Zoo to support Javan and Sumatran rhino conservation via Save the Rhino International.

Sale prices

Symbiosis – £2,200
Maximus – £1,900
Big Sweetie – £3,100
Rhinosaur – £2,500
Sun’s Out, Horn’s Out! – £2,200
Blossom – £3,200
Stella – £3,400
Herby – £2,600
Stardust – £2,800
Charge – £1,200
Tranquillity – £3,600
Rhino An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly – £3,200
AquamaRhino – £3,000
Woodland Safari – £4,200
Rupert – £1,500
Paladin – £2,200
Finding Faru – £3,400
Dino Rhino – 2,400
Castle Siege – £2,300
Lost Time – £2,000
Targeted – £2,800
How Many? – £1,500
Hulk-O-Rhino – £13,500
Badak – £2,200
Down The Road – £1,800
Invincible? – £3,200
The Watering Hole – £1,900
Rhino – Zero – £3,000
Rhinoctopus – £2,100
Sir Richard The Rhinoheart – £2,800
Rhino Why The Cages Bird Sings – £3,000
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside – £2,800
RhinoBeta3107 – £2,100
Louis – £5,000
Paignton By Numbers – £3,600
All Creatures Great And Small – £4,700
Spike (dreaming of the herd) – £3,400
Cath – £7,500
Glimpses – £3,200

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Stuck for ideas for Bonfire Night?

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 Here are 14 displays in and around Exeter not to be missed

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Remember remember the 5th November..

Abbie Bray

By Exeter Express and Echo Exeter Express and Echo  |  Thu 03 Nov 2016

Remember remember the 5th November the gunpowder treason and plot…Yes Bonfire Night is a couple of days away and there are many dazzling firework and bonfire displays in and around Exeter that will light up the skies on November 5.And as always there will be dozens of events taking place at parks, pubs, community centres and clubs where families can enjoy the magic of Guy Fawkes Night.

If you are not sure where to go this year then look no further as we have done all the work for you, here are 14 displays not to be missed on Bonfire Night.

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Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, November 5

Every year Exeter’s Round Table display is one of the biggest in the city and this year will be no different as the theme of the display will be Star Wars. Along with the firework display there will also be a large fun fair with lots of thrilling rides and a range of food and drink stalls. The fireworks start at 7.30pm so visitors are advised to arrive by 6.45pm. Tickets can be bought in advance and for adults/seniors will cost £6, for children £4 and for a family of four £16. On the gate tickets for adults/seniors will cost £8, for children £5 and for a family of four £22. Stagecoach buses are also offering a special £2 return fare to Westpoint from Exeter St Davids and Exeter Bus Station.

Tickets for the event can be bought from the following locations:

  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 41 Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1AW
  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Heavitree, 90 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2RR
  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 47 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HD
  • Londis, Sylvania Drive, Exeter
  • Londis, Clyst St Mary
  • Quickprint, Sweetbrier Lane, Heavitree
  • Specsavers Opticians, High Street, Exeter
  • Langmaids News, 89 Fore Street, Exeter
  • Coaver Club, Matford Lane
  • Broadway Stores, St Thomas
  • Dunns Motors (BP Garage), Marsh Barton
  • Stagecoach Travel Shop, Exeter Bus Station
  • Gillets Spar, Silverton
  • Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers, 20 Southernhay, West Exeter
  • Pinhoe Pharmacy, Exeter
  • Five Juice Bar, Guildhall, Exeter
  • Co-op supermarket, Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter

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Tar Barrels, Town Centre, Ottery St Mary, November 5

Thousands of people visit east Devon every Bonfire Night for one reason only – and that is to attend the annual tar barrels event.

If you haven’t been it is definitely a night you won’t forget because every November 5, the famous flaming tar barrels are carried through the streets of Ottery St Mary.

It is a longstanding tradition where between 8,000 to10,000 people attend to watch men, women and even children run fearlessly through the town carrying blazing barrels.

The event is organised by the carnival committee, with volunteers and fundraising money throughout the year in order to keep the tradition going.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, November 5, and like previous years Otter Nurseries Garden Centre will be opening its car park for visitors for the event.

The cost of parking this year will be £10 per car and £150 for 50+ coaches, £75 for 26 seaters and £40 for minibuses, with the money raised at the car park to be split between the Ottery Carnival Committee, which organises the event, and Otter Nurseries charity of the year.

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Exmouth and District Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Imperial Recreation Ground, November 4

The annual fireworks display will be supporting Exmouth Beach Rescue and Exmouth RNLI and will take place on Friday, November 4. Gates to the event open at 6pm and the display will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets will cost £6 per adult and £4 per child.

Contact: Exmouth and District 415 Round Table’s Facebook page @Exmouthroundtable

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1st Pinhoe Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display at the New Inn, Broadclyst, November 5

The 1st Pinhoe Scouts annual firework display is back at the New Inn this year bringing a BBQ, soft drinks, side shows and stalls.

The gates open at 6pm and the bonfire lighting will start at 6.45pm followed by the fireworks display at 7.30pm.

Advanced tickets can be bought and will cost £5 per adult, £4 per child and £12 for a family of four.

On the night tickets will cost £5 per person and £15 for a family of four.

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Stuart Line Cruises firework cruise, Exmouth, November 5

Celebrate Bonfire Night by sailing the River Exe and watching all of the displays taking place in the surrounding areas.

It is ideal for families as you can watch the display away from the bangs but close enough to ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ at the beautiful colours.

It starts at 7pm and there will be a licensed bar on board with homemade soup, snacks and hot drinks.

Tickets will cost £7.50 and the cruise will depart from Exmouth

Contact: 01395 222144

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Firework Display, Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, November 4

Exeter Golf and Country Club’s annual firework display is back with their spectacular firework display, hog roast, barbecue, live music, children’s fancy dress disco, face painting and of course a bouncy castle. There will also be mulled wine and drinks available in the sport’s bar and the Wear Park restaurant.

Gates to the event open at 5.30pm for fireworks night ticket holders and the club will close from 4pm until 5.30pm for set up.

Advanced tickets will cost £7.50 per adult, £5 per child and £23 for a family ticket. Tickets purchased on the gate will cost £10 per adult, £7.50 per child and £28 for a family ticket.

Contact: 01392 874139 or info@exetergcc.co.uk

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Alphington Scouts, Clapperbrook Lane, Alphington, November 6

This annual event will be back bigger and better than before. The gate to the event opens at 6pm and visitors can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and a roaring bonfire.

Contact: 01392 259386

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Cullompton RFC Firework Display, Stafford Park, Knowle Lane, November 4

Cullompton Rugby Football Club is back with their annual firework display this year on Friday, November 4. Gates to the event will open at 6pm followed by the fireworks display at 7pm. There will also be a bar selling food and drinks. Ticket information to follow.

Contact: 01884 32480

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Tiverton Rugby Club Bonfire and Fireworks night, Coronation Field, Bolham Road November 5

Tiverton Rugby Club will be holding their annual fireworks night on Saturday, November 5. Gates to the event will open at 6.15pm and tickets will cost £5 per adults and £3 per child. There is also no on-site parking available for visitors.

Contact: 01884 252271

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Okehampton Fireworks Night, Simmons Park, November 5

Okehampton fireworks and bonfire display will take place at Simmons park this year. There is currently no information about the event on their website but we do know it will start from 3pm.

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The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton

The Waie Inn is back again this year with their annual fireworks display (although the date is to be confirmed). Parking is free and there will be a selection of food and drink served at the event.

Contact: 01363 82348

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Topsham Rugby Club Firworks and Bonfire Display , Exeter Road, November 5

Topsham Rugby Club will host their fireworks and bonfire night this year on Saturday, November 5, although a time, details of the event and ticket prices are to be confirmed.

Contact: 01392 873651

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Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground Fireworks Display, November 5

Visitors can enjoy a fireworks display and bonfire night at Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground on Saturday, November 5. Gates to the event open at 6pm followed by the fireworks which will start at 7pm. Tickets will cost £5 per adult and £2 per child and there will also be a hot food bar.

Contact: 01392 432287

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Stoke Canon Inn pub, Stoke Canon, November 5

A time for the event is to be confirmed but we do know that it will be held on Saturday, November 5. Visitors can enjoy a bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display.

Contact: 01392 840063

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Tar Barrels Ottery St Mary.

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Every year on November 5th for reasons lost in antiquity, the Flaming Tar Barrels are carried through the streets of Ottery St Mary to the delight of thousands of townsfolk and visitors.

Ottery St. Mary is internationally renowned for its Tar Barrels, an old custom said to have originated in the 17th century, and which is held on November 5th each year. Each of Ottery’s central public houses sponsors a single barrel. In the weeks prior to the day of the event, November 5th, the barrels are soaked with tar. The barrels are lit outside each of the pubs in turn and once the flames begin to pour out, they are hoisted up onto local people’s backs and shoulders.

The streets and alleys around the pubs are packed with people, all eager to feel the lick of the barrels flame. Seventeen Barrels all in all are lit over the course of the evening.

In the afternoon and early evening there are women’s and boy’s barrels, but as the evening progresses the barrels get larger and by midnight they weigh at least 30 kilos. A great sense of camaraderie exists between the ‘Barrel Rollers’, despite the fact that they tussle constantly for supremacy of the barrel. In most cases, generations of the same family carry the barrels and take great pride in doing so. It perpetuates Ottery St Mary’s great sense of tradition, of time and of history.

Opinion differs as to the origin of this festival of fire, but the most widely accepted version is that it began as a pagan ritual that cleanses the streets of evil spirits.

It is an incredible night to remember – one of the biggest bonfires in the South West is ignited on the banks of the River Otter and behind it are the flashing neon’s of the annual fun fair.

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Half term Activities

Happy Half Term from us all here at Team Removals. We have included some local half term activities for you below.

Half term events in Devon
Devon’s Top Attractions/ Halloween Events

Devon’s Top Attractions are busy preparing for an October Half Term full of ‘Happy Hauntings, pumpkins and trick or treats’.
See what’s on now and make your kids have a hauntingly great half term.

From: 21 Oct 2016 to 31 Oct 2016
Dartmouth Food Festival 2016
Dartmouth
The Dartmouth Food Festival is back for 2016 with a tempting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, lively food debates and fun for all the family. Set in the beautiful estuary town of Dartmouth in the South Hams…

From: 21 Oct 2016 to 23 Oct 2016
Witches & Wizards Tours
Halloween
Exeter
Celebrate Halloween this October half-term at Exeter’s spooky Underground Passages. Between 22–30 October there will be special ‘Witches & Wizards Tours’ where children are invited to explore under the city’s streets on special guided tours

From: 22 Oct 2016to30 Oct 2016
Woodlands
Woodlands Family Scream Park
Halloween
Dartmouth
Woodlands Family Theme Park is offering a family friendly fangtastic Halloween experience this half term.
Marty’s Monster Manor is back for your chance to meet Woodlands friendly monster ‘Marty’ with spookier surprises around every eerie corner…

From: 22 Oct 2016 to30 Oct 2016
Halloween Fun – Kents Cavern
Participatory Event
Torquay
Halloween Fun
There’s lots to do over October Half Term at Kents Cavern with cave tours, spooky dig and the underground pumpkin hunt. Activities included in the cave admission price. No booking required

From: 22 Oct 2016 to 31 Oct 2016
Halloween at Devon’s Crealy
Halloween
Exeter
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October. Grab your hats, broomsticks, whiskers and pussycat tails this October half term and get ready for some spooky spellbinding adventures!

From: 22 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016
Half Term Craft and Trail
School Holiday Event
Tiverton
Keep the kids occupied this half term at Knightshayes. With a week of nature craft activities to keep them occupied and a wild child trail in the garden to keep them busy – let us help keep the bogeyman of boredom away

From: 22 Oct 2016 to 31 Oct 2016
October Half Term Activities at The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth
This October half term there will be lots of spooky goings-on at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. Plus, we will be celebrating the Family Learning Festival with free Donkey Interaction and Bat Beacon sessions.

From: 22 Oct 2016to30 Oct 2016
Pecorama – Autumn Half Term
Participatory Event
Beer
Special children’s entertainment for the half term break including spooky rides of our Beer Frights Ghost Train for Halloween

From: 22 Oct 2016to29 Oct 2016
Halloween – Come Trick Or Treat Us If Yee Dare!
Halloween
Brixham
A Spooktastic Halloween week on board in Brixham – Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October. There bee Walk the Plank, Sid’s Stamps and Spot the Skulls as well as a guest appearance from Shirley the Skeleton to reunite with Sid, the Ship’s mascot.

From: 22 Oct 2016 to30 Oct 2016
Snakes & Lanterns at Powderham Castle
Halloween
Exeter
A thrilling half term awaits….. children can follow the Pumpkin Trail to win their own pumpkin to carve in the Potting Shed. The braver ones can have a close encounter with Dartmoor Reptiles.

From: 23 Oct 2016 to 31 Oct 2016
Halloween Horrors – Halloween at Paignton Zoo
Participatory Event
Paignton
Halloween Horrors
Join Paignton Zoo this Halloween for some spooktacular fun!
Price: Standard Zoo admission prices apply

From: 24 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016
Pennywell Farm – Jollyween event
Jollyween at Pennywell Farm
Fete/Fair
Buckfastleigh
Carve a pumkin, watch a world class entertainer and enjoy the lighter side of life with Jollyween.

From: 24 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016
Halloween at Tatooine
Family
Exmouth, Exmouth
An out of this galaxy event for all the family October half term. Spooky games, pumpkin carving and loads more see website for full details.

From: 24 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016
Harry Potter themed crafts
Exeter
Join us to celebrate the magic of Harry Potter in the amazing space of the Chapter House. Imagine that you are in the Great Hall of Hogwarts and take part in a range of themed crafts. Get ‘sorted’ as you arrive, and make a banner to support your house

From: 24 Oct 2016 to 28 Oct 2016
Witches’ Brew Week
Halloween
Ottery St Mary, Ottery St Mary
Halloween fun for all the family, including pumpkins, witches and tasty treats!

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Rhino trail update / auction

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Earlier this summer we blogged about The Rhino trail that Paignton Zoo had organized to help with fund raising for the endangered Rhinos. These have been on display in various locations between Torquay and Exeter for the last 8 weeks and are now due to be auctioned off on Thursday 3rd November at 6.30pm. All proceeds will go towards Rhino conservation.

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Rowcroft Update

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Well done to Fiona and her husband Pete for completing the charity bike ride this weekend for Rowcroft Hospice. They helped to raise more than twenty thousand pounds to help the hospice after serious budget cuts.

Rowcroft’s first EVER sponsored cycle challenge took place on Saturday 1st October 2016. Together over 300 people completed the 24km challenge. It is hoped this brand new event will raise in excess of £20,000 for people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.  If you took part and would like to pay in your sponsorship, you can do so in a number of ways.
Online – visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/sponsorship

By card – call 01803 217641 to pay over the phone

By bank transfer – pay you sponsorship in using these details:

Name: Rowcroft House Foundation Ltd.
Account no: 0597 7703
Sort code: 55-70-01
Reference: Your participant number

By cheque – please make cheques payable to ‘Rowcroft Hospice’ and send them with your sponsorship form(s) to: Freepost RTKK-UJRJ-XBKS, Ride for Rowcroft, Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay, TQ2 5LS

Don’t forget to freepost us your sponsorship forms so we can claim the Gift Aid back too – this will increase the total amount you raise by a further 25%.

For more information on paying in your sponsorship, please call 01803 217641 or emailevents@rowcroft-hospice.org.uk.

If you’re interested in taking part in future Rowcroft fundraising events, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-date news and information.

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Rowcroft Hospice Torquay

A member of our office staff Fiona is taking part in another event for Rowcroft Hospice this weekend as part of their fundraising drive after having 1 million pounds cut from its budget. We all wish you the best of luck Fi and look forward to hearing how much is raised for Rowcroft.

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  • Rowcroft is a charity, completely independent of the NHS.
  • Rowcroft provides its services without charge.
  • Rowcroft’s services reach out far from its base in Torquay, covering 300 square miles from Dartmouth to Dawlish and right out as far as Buckfastleigh, Widecombe-in-the Moor and Bovey Tracey.
  • We are the only adult hospice serving the population of South Devon.
  • We offer multi-professional clinical and holistic services for patients and their families.
  • Rowcroft Community Teams work with patients, GPs and other community healthcare professionals early in the progressive, life-limiting diagnosis, providing specialist support throughout.
  • Nursing care provided within the inpatient unit, outpatient centre and indeed the community palliative care teams within people’s own homes is done so by our own Rowcroft nurses.
  • Over 60% of the patients cared for by Rowcroft are cared for within their community, rather than at the hospice itself.
  • 50% of patient population served is located within Torbay, with a further 50% of patients living in the surrounding parts of South Devon.
  • Rowcroft Outpatient Services includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chronic oedema specialists, complementary therapy in addition to bereavement support, art, music and spiritual therapy.
  • The Rowcroft Hospice at Home service now provides care in the last two weeks of life, 24 hrs a day / 7 days a week, within patients own homes throughout the 300 square miles of South Devon.
  • The total cost of supporting and delivering our services is £8.7 million per year.
  • 73% of the funding to meet these costs comes from the generosity of the supporting community within South Devon, with the other 27% coming from the NHS.   Fiona and her family also took part in the Colour rush run for Rowcroft in Paignton  2 weekends ago, raising over £200.   Donate now

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