Author Archive for Nick Ellison

Creator and editor of talktorbay. Regular blogger on news and events in Torbay. For business promotions, sponsorship and advertising contact nick@talktorbay.com

Crime Pays On The English Riviera
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Crime Pays On The English Riviera

Crime fiction fans from across the globe have been snapping up tickets for this year’s 120th Anniversary Agatha Christie festival in September. Indeed several events have almost sold out, due to an unprecedented demand for tickets for the annual celebration, which takes place from 12th – 19th September.
Eager fans from America, Australia, Sweden, Austria and [...]

Playday 2010 – Community fun for everyone in Torbay
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Playday 2010 – Community fun for everyone in Torbay

Torbay Council in partnership with Torbay Leisure Centre is holding a fun free event on Wednesday 4 August to mark Playday – a national annual campaign celebrating children’s right to play.
Torbay Play Service has organised a host of free activities between 11am and 4pm. These include a giant inflatable assault courses, a bouncy castle, arts [...]

TOR2 Improvements To Your Recycling and Waste Service
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TOR2 Improvements To Your Recycling and Waste Service

As you may have seen in the press, TOR2 will be introducing improvements to your recycling and waste services from 6th September 2010. These services will allow you to recycle up to 85% of your waste, with all residents able to recycle the same materials.

This introduction letter gives an overview of the improvements, and [...]

Photographys of Torbay by Elena Anderson
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Photographys of Torbay by Elena Anderson

A selection of Photographs from around the bay by Elena Anderson. Thank you Elena for your submission to the TalkTorbay photo galleries!
Elena is Moscow born and now is now based in South Devon since 2004. Photography has always been a passion. Her influences are mostly landscapes and cityscapes.
You can contact Elena by email: aletris@hotmail.co.uk
Please click [...]

My Glitterballs GLAM SCHOOL 70′s 80′s monster party disco
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My Glitterballs GLAM SCHOOL 70′s 80′s monster party disco

The fantastic GLITTER BAND with great support from HEROES, The ZIGGIZ and Palm FM.
@ the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
Saturday 14th August 2010 7pm – Late!
£10 per ticket
Due to the sad news that Dave Hill (Slade) has had a minor stroke, Slade have had to cancel their concert on the 14th August. But ‘the show [...]

Gig Guide 27th July – 3rd August
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Gig Guide 27th July – 3rd August

Tue 27 July
REGAN’S FOUND A JAM SESSION @ Church House Inn, Stokeinteignhead 7.30pm
Thu 29 July
4 ROCK’S SAKE @ Torbay carnival. The Green. Paignton. TQ3, Paignton 8pm
JAM NIGHT @ Molloy’s, Torquay 9pm
Fri 30 July
RASPBERRY FISH @ The Ship, Paignton 9pm
JAI ROCK’S @ The Coach House, Paignton 9pm
SHOTDOWN @ The Old Manor Inn, Paignton
RORY ELLIS @ The [...]

The Worst Things In Torquay
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The Worst Things In Torquay

Ok, before you read this list of The Worst Things In Torquay, note that I didn’t write this, nor is it to be taken as my opinion of Torquay. This list it taken from another website I found whilst researching Torquay. It’s also a tad out of date but an interesting read of tourist opinions non the [...]

Help! One Of Our Cows Is Missing!
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Help! One Of Our Cows Is Missing!

Staff at Torre Abbey are far from a-moo-sed that callous cow-calating rustlers have stolen a model of a cow from outside of the Spanish Barn under the cover of darkness. A pair of fibreglass models of a cow and calf were placed outside of the Spanish Barn to promote the [...]

South Devon Festival
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South Devon Festival

Will Young, who shot to fame after winning ITV’s Pop Idol eight years ago, will be appearing at South Devon Festival on july 24th 2010.
Will Young has sold more than eight million records and just released an album of his best known singles called The Hits. He will entertain the South Devon Festival crowd with best-selling [...]

Gig Guide 20th July – 27th July
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Gig Guide 20th July – 27th July

Tue 20 July
REGAN’S FOUND A JAM SESSION @ Church House Inn, Stokeinteignhead 7.30pm
Thu 22 July
FUNKY MUNKS – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TRIBUTE @ The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton 9pm
SOUL FUNKTION @ The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton
JAM NIGHT @ Molloy’s, Torquay 9pm
Fri 23 July
PITCHBEND @ The Coach House, Paignton 9.15pm
K2 @ The Kings Arms, Kingsteignton 9pm
SHOTDOWN [...]

Torbay Development Agency
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Torbay Development Agency

Torbay Development Agency (TDA) today launches its Local Economic Assessment online

The assessment is intended to set out the extent of the issues which face the local economy and demonstrate how the economy functions. The information will provide key partners and decision makers with robust evidence enabling them to make informed decisions on investments, based [...]

Castle Circus Regeneration Project Scaled Back
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Castle Circus Regeneration Project Scaled Back

Elements of the Castle Circus Regeneration Project are to be scaled back in light of the recent government budget announcement.
The original £36million pound project included:
*  Business hub – up to 39,000 square feet of new office space on the Town Hall car park to attract more businesses, jobs and inward investment.
*  Civic Hub – council [...]

Torbay’s Young People Return Home With Medals
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Torbay’s Young People Return Home With Medals

Torbay‘s Young People return home with medals

Young people from across Torbay have returned from the biggest junior sporting event in the county with gold and silver medals.
Over 2000 young people from across Devon, including more than 100 from Torbay, took part in Devon Games to Inspire on Saturday 10 July in Tavistock.
The event, formally [...]

Dubs At The Beach
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Dubs At The Beach

V-Dubs hit Paignton Green 13th – 15th August

The show, which is run by a local VW Owners Group who go by the name of Riviera Dubs, consists of 2 nights camping in Chruston (in between Paignton and Brixham). Then on the Sunday all the vans cruise down to Paignton Seafront for the usual ‘Show and [...]

Christmas Glamrock Party
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Christmas Glamrock Party

Christmas Glamrock Party @ The Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
Friday 3rd December 2010
£20 per ticket
This is your ultimate Christmas GLAMROCK Party starring the ORIGINAL GLITTER BAND (hits on flyer) and BC SWEET who are the original backing band to Brian Connelly. They are NOT a tribute and again are superb. In between these great [...]

Walk On Stage Live @ The Palace Theatre Paignton
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Walk On Stage Live @ The Palace Theatre Paignton

@ Palace Theatre, Paignton
Saturday 2nd October – 7:30pm
Tickets £15, £12, £10
This is your chance to be famous live on stage.
Do you have a talent? Can you sing? Tell a joke? Have a story to tell? Juggle? Do a flamingo impression? Are you the company joker? ANYTHING! Then we need you! Open to everyone whatever your [...]

5 Marathons In 5 Days
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5 Marathons In 5 Days

Two Torquay ladies are set to embark on a challenge of a lifetime involving five marathons in just five days.
“I always did like a challenge,” said Irene Hewing, who is a Member of Lifestyle Health and Fitness Suite and has been keeping to a strict workout regime to ensure she is physically ready for the [...]

Torbay Carnival – Full Event Listing
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Torbay Carnival – Full Event Listing

The highly anticipated Torbay Carnival is almost upon us! See below the amazing list of events organised over one week on Paignton Green.
Torbay Carnival runs from July 24th to August 1st on Paignton green and offers loads of fun for all the family. The aim is to have fun and raise money for local charities, so [...]

Damien Hirst piece comes to Torquay
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Damien Hirst piece comes to Torquay

This year Torbay Council is borrowing art from Tate National and the Arts Council Collection for an exhibition for the Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey that includes a work by one of the world’s most intriguing, infamous and controversial artists.
Following on from the staggering success of Antony Gormley’s Field For The British Isles installation last year, a work by [...]

Torbay Together Community Awards
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Torbay Together Community Awards

Residents across the Bay are being asked to shine the spotlight on members of the community, who go the extra mile, by nominating them for the Torbay Together Community Awards.
Torbay Together is made up of Torbay Council, Torbay Care Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, and voluntary organisations that [...]

Mayor’s Vision Joint Venture Opportunity Presented To Top Private Investors
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Mayor’s Vision Joint Venture Opportunity Presented To Top Private Investors

Over 60 top developers and strategic investors enjoyed a beautiful day at the English Riviera yesterday when the Torbay Development Agency (TDA) hosted a Regeneration Joint Venture Bidder’s Day.  Over 100 organisations have now formally registered their interest.  During the morning session representatives from the TDA, Bevan Brittan and Knight Frank outlined the commercial opportunities [...]

Awards Mark 80 Years Of Combined Council Service
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Awards Mark 80 Years Of Combined Council Service

Two employees with an incredible 80 years of council service between them will be receiving long service awards from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this week on Friday 2 July.
The two gardeners will be congratulated on their service and dedication in making the Bay look blooming beautiful over the last 40 years when Mayor of [...]

Torbay Council Issues New Scam Warning
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Torbay Council Issues New Scam Warning

Torbay Council has sent a new warning to residents today over council tax scams.
A Torbay Council spokesperson said:
We are becoming increasingly concerned as residents have contacted us reporting that they have been called by an Indian call centre advising that they have a credit on their on their Council Tax account, which they can [...]

Torquay United Football In The Community Sports Education Trust
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Torquay United Football In The Community Sports Education Trust

So who are TUFITC?
The Torquay United Football in the Community Scheme has been running since 1992. In those days we were under the umbrella of the (PFA) Professional Footballs’ Association, encouraging children to take part in football and to support their local club. We are extremely pleased to have recently gained Charitable Trust status and [...]

Torbay – Courtesy Of The English Riviera Tourist Board
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Torbay – Courtesy Of The English Riviera Tourist Board

Images Courtesy Of The English Riviera Tourist Board

Can You Help? THHN Meal Vouchers Wanted!
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Can You Help? THHN Meal Vouchers Wanted!

Do you own, work in or know anyone who works in a restaurant in Torbay?
If you do then you can help! The Torbay Holiday Helpers Network founded by Luke Tillen are kindly asking for meal voucher donations for a featured meal tree at their 1st charity ball held at the Riviera Inernational Confrence Centre [...]

Take A Trip To Greenway On A Vintage Leyland
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Take A Trip To Greenway On A Vintage Leyland

Vintage Bus – Taking you back in time to Greenway
Greenway Ferry & Pleasure Cruises are pleased to announce the arrival of a 1947 Vintage Leyland PS1/1 Barnaby C33F bus to The English Riviera running a regular service to Greenway on the ‘Agatha Christie Tour’.  This fabulous piece of recently restored British history joins the Greenway [...]

Wilder Than Wild Day @ Woodlands – June 26th
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Wilder Than Wild Day @ Woodlands – June 26th

26th June         Wilder than Wild Day at Woodlands Family Theme Park
Go Green at Woodlands Wilder than Wild Day.  Join in the hunts, trails & quizzes on the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Road Show.  Examine animal skulls, pull an owl pellet apart, follow animal tracks and other wild pursuits with the Barn Owl Trust and Badger [...]

Slade Come To Torquay With My Glitterballs!
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Slade Come To Torquay With My Glitterballs!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CHANGED. UNFORTUNATELY DAVE HILL, ORIGINAL BAND MEMBER AND CO-FOUNDER OF SLADE SUFFERED A MINOR STROKE WHILST ON TOUR IN GERMANY SO SLADE HAVE HAD TO PULL OUT OF THE EVENT.
THE GLAM ROCK PARTY WILL STILL GO ON BUT WITH THE GLITTER BAND HEADLINING THE EVENT. THE NEW TICKETS ARE [...]

Local Gig Guide June 22nd – June 29th
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Local Gig Guide June 22nd – June 29th

Tue 22 June
REGAN’S FOUND A JAM SESSION @ Church House Inn, Stokeinteignhead 7.30pm
Wed 23 June
A TOTAL STRANGER @ The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton 9pm
Thu 24 June
SOUL FUNKTION @ The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton 9.30pm
JAM NIGHT @ Molloy’s, Torquay 9pm
Fri 25 June
GRUMPY OLD GITS @ The Coach House, Paignton 9pm
PHOENIX @ The George Inn, Torquay 9pm
THE [...]

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