Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Clovelly Lectures: "Responding to Russia" Speaker Rt Hon Sir Michael Cathel Fallon KCB MP

The former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon MP has been Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks since 1997 and for Darlington from 1983 to 1992.  In his business career, he was director of a number of companies controlled by Dragons' Den star, Duncan Bannatyne, and is currently Chairman of London property developer Avanton Ltd.

Sir Michael has served in the governments of four Prime Ministers. He was Schools Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was Industry Minister at the Department for Business under David Cameron before becoming Minister for Energy in 2013.

In 2014, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Defence; he was reappointed to this post in May after the 2015 General Election, and again by Theresa May in July 2016 and after the June 2017 General Election. In this role, Sir Michael had overall responsibility for our armed forces, the defence of the UK, and relations with allies around the world.

He was a member of the National Security Council from 2014 until his resignation in November 2017. Sir Michael continues to take a strong interest in all his areas of former responsibility and now makes regular contributions to Government policy from the backbenches in Parliament.
Clovelly Lectures: "Responding to Russia"  Speaker  Rt Hon Sir Michael Cathel Fallon KCB MP




Saturday September 29th 2018

"Responding to Russia"


Rt Hon Sir Michael Cathel Fallon KCB MP


For tickets and further information please contact:
Tel: 01237 431200

Friday, 17 August 2018

Festival celebrates North Devon’s bats

Residents in North Devon are being encouraged to celebrate one of the region’s rarest and most fascinating wildlife species: greater horseshoe bats.
Members of the public are invited to celebrate one of Devon’s nocturnal wonders by joining one of more than 20 ‘Bat Festival’ events being staged across the county. The festival is the only one of its kind in the UK and its events have been organised by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project – a 5 year partnership project made possible by National Lottery players through a £785,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, led by Devon Wildlife Trust. The project is working towards sustaining Devon’s population of these threatened nocturnal animals.
Ruth Testa, Project Manager of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, said:
‘We want people to be as excited about bats as we are, and this festival will bring people closer to the secret life of bats – quite literally!  There are events to suit all interests, ranging from a ‘Bats, Moths and Stargazing night’, an exhibition of wonderful illustrations, talks and plenty of bat walks.’
The month-long festival, which begins on 25th August with a launch event at Bovey Tracey, includes public bat walks organised by the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (18th and 25th September), and a drop in bat event followed by an evening talk at Braunton Countryside Centre (Weds 12th September). The Centre also hosts one of the projects ‘Bat Beacons’, allowing visitors to find out more about bats through an interactive touchscreen.
Dave Edgcombe Project Officer at North Devon AONB said:
“The festival is a great way of raising public awareness of these little known creatures. Braunton is a very special place for greater horseshoe bats, as the surrounding countryside provides excellent feeding grounds. So why not come along and join us to find out more?” 
Further details and booking information for all the events can be found on the project’s website www.devonbatproject.org/events.  
Greater horseshoe bats have seen their numbers plummet by over 90% in the last 100 years. Today Devon remains a stronghold of this endangered species with about a third of the UK population found in the county.
The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project hopes to reverse the species’ decline. Over the coming years it will continue to work with local landowners, farmers and communities across Devon ensuring that Devon remains a place which offers greater horseshoe bats the room to live and flourish.
 A Greater Horseshoe Bat – Photo copyright Michael Symes (All Rights Reserved)
A Greater Horseshoe Bat – Photo copyright Michael Symes (All Rights Reserved)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

September Highlight. Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast!

Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs, sustainablly caught by its fishermen, with a great day out for all the family on the 2nd September.

Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on a delicious lobster dish.

There'll be live music all day including sea shanties & folk music by the Barnacle Buoys, Harbottle & Jonas and Westerley 5 or 6.

Chef cookery demonstrations and tasters by Sanjay Kumar from the award-winning mobile cooking school, "School of Cornish Sardines". He has also appeared on Countryfile along with the BBC's Food Programme.

Felicity Sylvester from "Sustainable Fish Education" who promotes greater use of local caught sustainable fish, holding workshops/demos around Devon & Cornwall. She will be offering recipes and information as well as performing Lobsters Hypnotising.

There will be a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, withy pot demos by Sue Morgan, a Clovelly Lobster fishing exhibition along with plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting.

Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, Walkabout Magic, balloon modelling and event-themed Games and craft activities provided by ArtyCrafts & Shipwreck Survival workshops.

It's in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exhibiting some of their baby lobsters prior to and after their release into Clovelly Bay at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme where they rear the baby lobsters from theeggs. It is the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle after which they release them back into the wild, with the help of local fishermen and dive groups.

In 2014 alone, they released 53,000 juveniles back into the wild and they hope to increase the numbers released over the next few years. 
Anyone can Adopt a Lobster for just £4 to help pay for their baby lobsters to be raised and then released. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/
Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly
Sunday 2nd September 2018
Clovelly Harbour
10am to 5pm
Contact: Visitor Centre. Tel: 01237 431781.