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What’s On in North Devon – December 6-9

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

  • The annual Santa Fun Run will be held in Barnstaple on Sunday

  • Jingle All The Way is at The Landmark in Ilfracombe this weekend

  • Ken Hildrew's Owl Exhibition will be at The Exmoor Gallery until the end of March

  • Police Dog Hogan will perform at the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington on Friday evening

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There's plenty going on in North Devon this weekend, including a number of festive events to get us in the mood for Christmas.

As well as a stage production of Jingle All The Way, there's also the annual Santa Fun Run in aid of North Devon Hospice.

And if you still haven't had enough Christmas cheer, you could always visit Torrington's Winter Wonderland on Sunday.

Have a good weekend!



What: Police Dog Hogan

Where: The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

When: Friday, December 7, 8pm

If you read the Guardian or the Daily Telegraph or if you travel with Rough Guides or watch TV ads then you probably know about some of the members of Police Dog Hogan.

Tim Dowling (banjo), for example, writes a funny column in the Guardian’s Saturday supplement while Tim Jepson (mandolin) has several Rough Guides to his credit.

And then there’s Pete Robinson (dobro, lead guitar) who is travel writer for the Telegraph, plus affable and eccentric frontman James Studholme, who runs one of the country’s top film production companies.

Together, this bunch of London media mates got together out of a joint love of American music and as the BBC’s Johnnie Walker says, they create “a really good, fun time”.

These are busy guys so they don’t play too many live shows but after two sell-out performances in London (Bush Hall and the 100 Club) and a short season of festivals they are embarking on a selective CD launch tour this autumn.

Get ready for a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.

Support at this cabaret style gig will be All The Fires.

Police Dog Hogan are at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on Friday, December 7, 8pm. Tickets: £12 (adult), £10 (concession) and £8 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.


Art Exhibition:

What: Ken Hildrew’s Owl Exhibition

Where: The Exmoor Gallery, in Photoscene, South Molton

When: Friday, December 7, 6pm to 8.30pm

Artist Ken Hildrew’s Owl Exhibition opens at South Molton’s Exmoor Gallery on Friday.

Ken has used imagination, memory and recent encounters to try and convey the magic these birds of prey hold for him.

“I have had a lifelong love of owls and have drawn and painted them for as long as I can remember,” he said.

“They have a particular quality of which I never tire, and I hope that people who come to the gallery to see this exhibition can begin to share my enthusiasm.”

The exhibition opens on Friday, December 7 at The Exmoor Gallery, in Photoscene, South Molton and runs until the end of March. There will be a welcoming glass of wine and nibbles. Ken will be there from 6pm to 8.30pm to talk about his work, his inspiration and painting techniques.

Details: 01769 57982.



What: Exhibition of work by pupils from Pathfield School

Where: Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

When: Until January 7

Displays of unique artwork, created by pupils from a local special needs school, are now on show to the public.

The exhibition by students at Pathfield School aims to demonstrate the inspirational work created by children who have complex and multiple special needs and severe learning difficulties; and highlight their remarkable talent, imagination and artistic skills.

“This exhibition is a celebration of what can be achieved through determination, dedication and skill – with many of the exhibits being created by children and young people who have overcome many difficulties and disabilities to achieve their creations,” said Pathfield School’s head teacher Claire May.

Wheelchairs, walking frames, industrial materials, textured materials, utensils and sports equipment were all used to help create these unique pieces of work.

The art work is for sale, with the proceeds going to the school’s hydrotherapy pool project.

The exhibition in the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe runs until January 7.



What: Jingle All The Way by Small Pond Productions and guests

Where: Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

When: Saturday, December 8, 7.30pm and Sunday, December 9, 3pm and 7.30pm

Hilarious bickering may well characterise the great chemistry between Lee Baxendale and Laurence Butler as they entertain with drag and falsetto this Christmas.

Their tribute to Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket – made famous by actors George Logan and Patrick Fyffe – will be just one of the amusing acts in this year’s Small Pond Christmas show, Jingle All The Way.

As always the show will be produced by Lee Baxendale, who has been involved with the Landmark's Christmas entertainment since the venue opened.

“Something festive, whether it’s the type of variety we are doing this year or when we produced Robin Hood or The Vicar of Dibley, really brings people together from all areas of the community to enjoy good quality entertainment and help get them in the festive mood,” he said.

The fact that these Christmas shows are always hugely popular, bringing in good audience numbers, comes as no surprise.

“Everyone loves to have a laugh and a singsong at Christmas and that’s what we’ve always made it about,” said Lee. “People really enjoy themselves.”

The shows include Christmas musical medleys, a section of Scrooge from Petroc, plenty of sketches and a panto dame project. Jingle All The Way promises to be traditional family variety, served with all the trimmings.

Jingle All The Way from Small Pond Productions and guests is at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

on Saturday, December 8, 7.30pm and Sunday, December 9, 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £10. Box office: 01271 324242.



What: The Original Gifts Exhibition

Where: The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

When: Until Monday, December 24

A leisurely peruse of contemporary and traditional crafts at The Original Gifts Exhibition at The Plough Arts Centrecould be a nice way to while away a Sunday afternoon.

Plus, you could just stumble across the ideal Christmas present for that awkward auntie who has everything, or that one person in your family for whom inspiration has so far been elusive.

“Over the last few years the Original Gifts Exhibition has become an annual highlight at the Plough and this year we have managed to squeeze in even more stalls,” said visual arts organiser Pippa Jenkins.

Much of the work on show is by local artists and craft makers, some are familiar names and some are exhibiting for the first time.

“Crafts include stained glass, fused glass, ceramics, wood tuning, wood carving, driftwood, metalwork, basketry, feltmaking, quilting, embroidery, handknitted goods, beaded jewellery, silver jewellery, recycled jewellery, soap, chutneys, jams, honey, fair trade gifts from India and Africa, paintings and sculpture, and much more,” said Pippa.

The craft exhibition runs until Monday, December 24. You can visit from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm.


Charity Fun:

What: Annual Santa Fun Run

Where: Barnstaple

When: Sunday, December 9

A sackload of Santas will storm through Barnstaple this Sunday in the annual fun run for North Devon Hospice.

The flock of Father Christmases leave Barnstaple Football Club at Mill Road at 1pm where there will be a bar and Christmas stalls from 11am.

The men in red will then head up Barnstaple High Street from Mermaid Walk, led by the Barnstaple Town Marching Youth Club. Details: www.santafunrun.co.uk.


Christmas Event:

What: Winter Wonderland

Where: Torrington

When: Sunday, December 9, 10am to 6pm

A winter wonderland of magical fun and entertainment is promised in Torrington this Sunday.

Families can visit the skating rink in the square where they could meet Peter the Penguin.

They can also enjoy well-loved carols, street dancers, a brass band and a folk band.

Children might also like to visit the grotto and meet Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their elves.

The event on Sunday, December 9, 10am to 6pm includes traditional fair rides, roasting chestnuts and mulled wine plus an evening candlelit parade led by Bluecoat School.

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