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South Molton Business Association #business #ndevon #devon #exmoor

South Molton Business Association (SMBA) was founded in April 2008. The organisation is open to anyone planning to start or run a business in South Molton or one of the 32 parishes which surround it. SMBA’s main aim is to promote inward investment and encourage commercial growth and prosperity for the business community as a whole. The Association is also a lobbying/campaigning group to ensure that the business community has an effective voice across both the private and the public sector.

South Molton Business Association Executive Team

SMBA is run by an Executive Committee of seven members, all of whom either are or have traded in North Devon. Elections are held every year (April) for the Executive, with members having equal voting rights as to who should represent them. To avoid any conflict of interests, the Executive only contains people who have […]

Situations Vacant – South Molton

South Molton Business Association, in conjunction with its members, will place selected advertisements for jobs, positions or professional placements that are available in the South Molton area on this page. Insurance Town & Country Insurance Services, established in 1934, have several vacancies available, including: Commercial Account Handler/Customer Services Commercial Account Executive/Customer Sales Agricultural Account Executive/Customer […]

SMBA Members List 2014

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West Buckland Festival – Classical Concert


Friday 20th September At 7.30p.m. in St Peter’s Church

Friday Night Is Music Night

A Concert of Popular Classical Music with a group of highly talented singers and musicians.

Cheryl Brandish – soprano ~ John Hobbs baritone
Andrew Daldorph – piano
Fiona Robertson – violin ~ Neil Hamilton – brass

Tickets (including refreshments) £12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door, £6.00 for children under 14. Tickets Here

Cheryl Brendish (Soprano)

Cheryl enjoys an active career as an operatic and concert performer. Her operatic roles include Constance, a role written for her in Paul Drayton’s chilling opera, The Hanging Oak; Valencienne, The Merry Widow; Iris Semele, Thirza The Wreckers, Suzuki Madame Butterfly, First Lady Magic Flute, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Dido in Dido & Aeneas and Lucretia Rape of Lucretia. Additional credits include Cherubino Marriage of Figaro, Mrs Page Merry Wives of Windsor and the role of Mrs Noah Noye’s Fludde performed in Truro Cathedral with 500 schoolchildren in 2005. Cheryl was invited to sing at the inaugural performance of Absolute Opera, based in Devon and who specialise in opera excerpts, and has recently performed the role of The Countess from Mozart’s, Marriage of Figaro for New Cornwall Opera at the Minack Theatre. Cheryl will also be performing a variety of roles including Madame Butterfly, The Countess in Marriage of Figaro and Carmen in Duchy Opera’s, Baron Herzog’s Box of Operatic Delights tour of Cornwall in October 2013.

Cheryl is also a successful concert artist. She has performed Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Alan Opie. Other concert repertoire highlights include the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Bach Magnificat, Elgar The Kingdom and Charpentier’s Te Deum.

A member of Cantamus (Choir of the World) from 1978 to 1983 under the Directorship of Pamela Cook, MBE, Cheryl studied at Trinity College of Music, London before travelling to Australia to join the Victoria State Opera and performed in Cameron Macintosh’s ‘World Tour of Carmen’ in Australasia in 1990. Cheryl currently studies with Margaret Kingsley and is performing a variety of classical and cabaret concerts across Cornwall throughout autumn/winter 2013.

Exmoor artists wanted to exhibit at festival

West Buckland Festival is looking for Artists to exhibit during the West Buckland Festival in September 2013.

During the Festival The Gallery exhibition will enable visitors to view and in some cases buy works of art by local Devon artists.

The aim of the ‘The Gallery’ exhibition is to enable and promote selected, amateur and professional artist living within the dispersed communities of North Devon and beyond. Past exhibitions have received critical acclaim and have been remarkably successful for artists and visitors. Diversity has been the success of these exhibitions, with entries ranging from textiles, painting, carving, printmaking and ceramics etc

The entry form can be found here: 2013 Exhibition

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“The applicant is a German company operating in the UK from Birmingham – not in Devon or even the South West. They have stated they will probably sell the scheme to another, unknown party. “So what happens when things go wrong?”

Audio Interviews – Art and SoundArt

Interviews originally broadcast on SoundArt Radio (based in Dartington, Devon, UK)

This post first appeared  April 19, 2009 on
French women at Dartington train station 1977

Creativity is something we are all born with to greater or lesser degrees. It is a vital part of our physiological make up and development. We learn to play and fantasize as children, skills we carry forward into our adulthood. However, if creativity takes hold of your entire existence then it becomes a disease that is parasitic, eating away at your whole world. It might sound melodramatic but creativity can become a cancer of the body or the trigger for psychotic episodes.

Listen to Alisha, a doctor, a GP who is also a poet. I try to find out if creativity is a madness, a disease, an anesthetic or a poison but find out that maybe it could be a ‘Zebra’. Does she use creativity in diagnosis and consultation.

Can a creative person ever be truly happy as they constantly strive for perfection in their chosen art? Listen to an interview with Garry Smout, who talks about the problems of using early portable black and white video cameras in the 1970’s, pioneering literary review website the Barcelona Review, early synths and how to kill your babies. The problem with being creative is that everything has to be pushed to the limits.

Juggling with creativity, trying to make it fit into your daily life is a logistical nightmare. In an interview I did with Claire Barker, an artist, illustrator, author, mother, wife, farmer, she explained to me how she talked to the solicitor of the estate of Ted Hughes (UK poet) to get their permission to use one of his poems and still managed to deliver lambs.

Edward James (Ted) Hughes, OM (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet and children’s writer. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.

Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30. His part in the relationship became controversial to some feminists and (particularly) American admirers of Plath. His last poetic work, Birthday Letters (1998), explored their complex relationship. These poems make reference to Plath’s suicide, but none of them addresses directly the circumstances of her death. A poem discovered in October 2010, Last letter, describes what happened during the three days leading up to Plath’s suicide.

I did an interview with Jake Bright about the difference between playing bass for ‘The Dastards’ and double bass with The North Devon Sinfonia. This interview took place in-between rehearsals for the Sinfonia’s performance at the Landmark Theatre (Ilfracombe) which was on April 18th 2009. The programme included: Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the soprano Naomi Harvey from the Welsh National Opera and finally Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, op.64. The disciplines required for both instruments influences Jake’s own compositions.

There is also an interview with Dave and Sadie Green. Dave is a photographer and Sadie has spent the last few years in the funding side of the Arts. This interview discusses the demise of ‘ArtsCulture’ in Devon and the vacuum left behind by this organisations disappearance.

What’s it really like living with creativity? Look back over the years at the tortured artists, drunken writers and drug-crazed musicians who litter our heritage and you might start to ask the question: is creativity a blessing or a curse?…the temptation to contain creativity and make it conform to ‘the norm’ is what normally happens in businesses. You can’t have a random, inspired, maverick shooting off left right and center – this is chaos….or is it?


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