Tuesday, 27 August 2019

October Highlights. Clovelly Lectures "Smart People have too much Power" - Understanding Political disaffection in the West'' with speaker David Goodhart

Clovelly Lectures have been held annually since 2011 both in Clovelly and in London. These Lectures have become an established event in the calendar for individuals wishing to hear first-hand from those who influence our lives and world affairs.

The next Clovelly Lecture will be on the theme "Smart People have too much Power"- "Democracy in Crisis - Understanding Political disaffection in the West'' with Speaker, David Goodhart on the 12th October

David Goodhart is a journalist. He founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large. In December 2011, he was appointed Director of the London-based think tank Demos. As of 2017, he is Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange. He was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; for part of the period he was stationed in Germany. He has written for The Times, The Independent and The Guardian, he has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on immigration and on Blue Labour. He has written of the influence on his thinking of people like Maurice Glasman, who coined the term "Blue Labour."

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017). Goodhart identifies the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.
The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (2013). Runner up for the Orwell book prize.

Goodhart is one of seven children born to Valerie Forbes Winant (the niece of John Gilbert Winant) and Conservative MP Sir Philip Goodhart. He is a great-great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers. He was educated at Eton College, and the University of York, where he gained a degree in History and Politics. He has written of being an "old Etonian Marxist" in his late teens and early twenties.
Clovelly Lectures
Chairman: Sir Michael Burton K.C.V.O., C.M.G.
Director: The Honourable Mrs. Rous

Saturday 12th October 2019
Speaker:  David Goodhart
Clovelly Lectures: Speaker David Goodhart
For tickets and further information please contact:
Tel: 01237 431200

Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
EX39 5TA

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Time to celebrate local wildlife at Bat Festival with the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project.

This September people from North Devon are being invited to celebrate some very special local wildlife at one of 25 ‘Bat Festival’ events being held across the county.

The Festival, which is now in its fourth year, is organised by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, which is led by the charity Devon Wildlife Trust. Two North Devon events are being planned. Both are ‘bat walks’ where people can discover the secret lives of these fascinating mammals. Both take place in Braunton, the first on Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm; the second on Thursday 19 September at 7pm. Both leave on foot from Braunton’s Countryside Centre. They are free to attend.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, which has been running since 2015, is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Working alongside local farmers, the community and other countryside organisations, the project is securing a future for what is one of Devon’s most endangered animals.

Ruth Testa, Project Manager of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, said:

“We want to welcome as many local people as possible to our fourth and biggest ever Bat Festival! Devon is an vital refuge for the greater horseshoe bat. About a third of the UK’s population of this special mammal live here, making the county a real stronghold for them. The Bat Festival is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn about and celebrate local bats. The help of local communities to protect greater horseshoe bats is more important than it has ever been as the species has declined by more than 90% in the last 100 years.”

North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is helping the project run its Bat Festival events. Dave Edgcombe is the AONB’s Project Officer and said:

“We are delighted with the exciting bat events that are being staged across Devon with the project’s partners. The Bat Festival gives everyone an opportunity to find out more about the secret lives of bats. Here in North Devon there are 2 bat detecting walks in Braunton – do join us for some bat spotting!"

Full details about all 25 of the Bat Festival’s events can be found at www.devonbatproject.org/events
Greater Horseshoe Bat - Photo copyright Mike Symes
Greater Horseshoe Bat - Photo copyright Mike Symes

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Heanton Nursing Home to celebrate Aviation Day with ex RAF Engineer, Albert (Bob) Hobson

The 19th August is Aviation Day which celebrates the development of powered flight. The 19th was chosen as it was Orville Wright's birthday, who famously went on to fly the first aeroplane with his brother in 1903, so although Aviation Day is an American observance, it is of interest to aviation fans from across the globe.

One of those global fans is 90-year-old, Albert (Bob) Hobson, who spent much of his life in the RAF. He now lives at Heanton Nursing Home, near Barnstaple and they are helping him to celebrate his interest in avionics. He has lived at the home since the summer of 2015 and it is remarkable to think that Albert was born just 26 years after the Wright brothers’ historical first flight.

Albert joined the RAF as an engineer in the 1940s. He met his wife, Doris, in Newcastle when she was over on holiday from Ireland and they fell in love. When Albert’s job took him out to the Far East, she flew out to join him in on an RAF base in Singapore where they were married in 1952.

She said that she had grown up in Ireland, so moving to Singapore was a huge change for her. She went on to say that Albert had wanted to be an engineer from an early age and was always great at fixing anything around their home. In Singapore they lived in quarters at RAF Changi and Albert loved his work. It was an exciting time to be an engineer as the RAF were changing from having propeller driven aircraft to newer, jet powered aircraft.

Doris said Singapore was a wonderful place to live and she has many happy memories from their time there. Albert worked for the RAF for his whole career and it took him to other parts of the Far East as well as Aden and Germany, before Doris and he eventually settled down in Devon.

Heanton Nursing Home was recently rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission and Doris lives nearby. The Home cares for 52 “family members” who are each at the centre of every decision made. The care team make detailed notes about each family member’s life history as it is only by knowing their likes, dislikes and interests that they can truly offer the best person-centred care.

Sixty-seven years after getting married, Albert now lives with dementia, and Doris visits him in the home every week and says the Heanton care team are excellent and she really appreciates everything they do for him. (Jerry Short care writer)
Heanton resident, 90-year-old, Albert (Bob) Hobson
Ex RAF Engineer, 90-year-old, Albert (Bob) Hobson will be celebrating Aviation Day with the help of  Heanton Nursing Home.
ABOUT: Heanton Nursing Home is registered for all care categories and stands in the peaceful village of Heanton Punchardon in the heart of Devon. The home is set in grounds overlooking the estuary, with views of the surrounding countryside. The approach of the team at Heanton is person-centred and they uphold high standards in privacy, dignity, independence and choice.

Heanton Nursing Home has recently been rated Outstanding by CQC - September 2018.
The care categories that we specialise in are - Alzheimer's • Asperger Syndrome • Bipolar/Manic Depression • Cancer Care • Challenging Behaviour • Colitis & Crohn's Disease • Down Syndrome • Epilepsy • Hearing Impairment • Huntington's Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Orthopaedic • Parkinson's Disease • Schizophrenia • Speech Impairment • Stroke • Visual Impairment.'
Heanton Nursing Home, Heanton, Barnstaple EX31 4DJ - Tel: 01271 813744