2014 Events Programme


Walks with John Risdon around the only Urban Geopark in the world – TORBAY!

Wed 16th July – Torquay: Anstey’s Cove and Hope’s Nose Fee £5

Meet at Kent’s Cavern (park in their car park) at 9.30am. Walk to look at the geological features in this area, returning for lunch at Kent’s Cavern 12.30-1pm. Optional visit to the cavern afterwards (seniors £8.50 admission)

Wed 23rd July – Paignton: Roundham, Saltern Cove and Sugar Loaf    Fee £5

Meet at 2pm at the Seashore Centre behind the Inn on the Quay. Walk will show you remnants of the desert period, an extinct underwater volcano and more. Concludes at 4pm.

Wed 30th July – Brixham: Berry Head                     Fee £5

Meet at 2pm at the Library for a two hour walk that includes raised beaches and a coral reef.


Youngsters in recycled craft workshop

Youngsters in recycled craft workshop

Monday 4th & Thursday 7th August 10-12 or 1-3pm Plastic Fantastic Workshop for children with Petra Turner and Jane Jeffs   FREE.  A choice of 4 workshops where you will use pre-fused coloured plastic, punch holes and then hand stitch shapes together with wool to make wall hangings, little bags or masks. Create a unique design as your ‘special’ artwork.

Tuesday 12th  August 10-12 or 1-3pm Clay Creations Workshop for Children with Tessa Amies.  There will be a charge for clay & firing of £2 per workshop. A choice of 2 workshops where you can make ‘closed  and  open-work  tiles’  in  the  morning  and  ‘thumb pot  fun  animals’  in  the  afternoon. They will then be fired and glazed before they are returned to you. Limited to 8 per workshop. 

Wednesdays 13th, 20th, 27th August 10-11am and 11.30-12.30pm Summer Craft Activities for children FREE. Stories and crafts based on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze.

Thursday 21st August 10 – 11.30am Textile Workshop for Children with Barbara John   £1 charged for resources.


John Risdon walk in Totnes

John Risdon walk in Totnes

Wednesday 10th September 2-4pm for 9 weeks Teign and Bovey Source to Mouth with John Risdon    Course: £5 per week. The River Teign flows for some 25 miles, rising on North Dartmoor, south of Whitehorse Hill. Within the Bovey Basin, near Chudleigh, it is joined by its major tributary, the Bovey. These nine illustrated talks will describe the wonderfully diverse landscapes, communities and industries that have developed within their river catchments, from moor to sea.

Friday 12th  September 1.30-3.30pm for 2 weeks Brixham Battery 1586-1945 with Phil Trayhorn Course: £5 per week. Discover the importance of this battery built to counter the threat of Spanish invasion, upgraded in the Napoleonic wars and then given a key role in the Second World War to counter invasion from France. The second meeting will be a walk at the Battery. 

Thursday 18th September, 1.00 – 3.00pm for 4 weeks  Birdwatching with Mike Langman at Berry Head and Sharkham Point.  Course fee – £5 per week.  First week meeting point is Berry Head Car Park.  The autumn is equally as exciting for birdwatchers as the spring; there are greater possibilities of different species in lots of plumages and even more birds that are on the move. Many of the birds fly over our headlands in flocks, some stopping to feed on berries and insects, fattening themselves up for the next part of their travels. Warblers, finches and thrushes are the most frequently encountered, their similar plumages cause all birdwatchers all sorts of identification problems. Local bird expert Mike Langman will help guide you through the calls, behaviour and ultimately identification as we watch migration in full swing.

Friday 26th  September 1.30-3.30pm The History of the Napoleonic Forts at Berry Head with Edgar Lawrence   Talk: Fee £5. This lecture will take place at Berry Head or in the library if wet.


The wild swimmers return ready for the BBQ and entertainment in 2013

The wild swimmers return ready for the BBQ and entertainment in 2013

Friday 10th Oct 1-4pm   Lantern Making Workshop for adults with Beth Hughes  Fee: £10 includes all resources. Create a decorative light for the home or a lantern for outdoor seasonal festivals. Learn how to make a tissue and willow structure and decorate using collage.

Friday 10th  October 7pm for 7.30pm   BBQ at Breakwater Beach Bistro Tickets £10 per head. Enjoy a convivial supper followed by a talk by marine biologist Paul Naylor, book signing and music. Tickets available from the Library (853870) or the Bistro (856738) 

Friday 24th October Branch Lines of Dartmoor with Peter Gray 2pm-3.30pm   Talk fee £3. Enjoy an illustrated slide show about the branch railway lines around Dartmoor. Peter has been taking pictures since the 1940’s and writes a column for the local ‘Herald Express’ newspaper.


Wednesday 12th 1.30 – 3.30pm for 3 weeks. Poets & Poetry Under Fire, 1914-18 with Chris Waters    Course: £5 per week.  Through readings and discussion of the key soldier-poets of World War One, and through the writings of contemporary women, together with French and German poets, explore how individuals created poetry from Patriotism and Propaganda, Pity and Protest in response to this nation-changing war.

Friday 14th November 1.30-3pm Brixham and D-Day with Robbie Robinson  Talk fee £5. Discover the importance of the ramp at breakwater beach which was built to allow American servicemen to sail for the D-day landings during the Second World War.

Friday 21st November 1.30-3.30pm  Late Autumn and Christmas Gardening with John Harvey Talk fee £5. John is the manager of Churston Farm shop. He offers a talk and tips for better gardening. Bring along your queries as the afternoon will round up with gardeners question time.

Friday 21st November 7.30-10.30pm Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin plus very special guests. Event fee: £10. Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library.  “Subtle, atmospheric, and bravely original” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian


Tuesdays 2nd & 9th 4-5pm Children’s Christmas Sparkle Event Make Christmas crafts and decorations   FREE

Friday 12th December 4-6pm A Taste of Christmas. Poetry, hand bell ringing, mulled wine, Christmas fabrics plus a taste of local Christmas fayre, plus carols from the Riviera singers.



Please contact Eleanor Moss on 01803 853870 to be part of the programme for 2015.



It is available for a month at a time for a fee of £25 plus 10% commission on sales. Community Groups can also use the space if we have no ‘artist’ booked in. Please email artontheledge@gmail.com for enquires and bookings.




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