Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)



Torbay Air Show Flying Programme

The Torbay Air Show started last evening and a weekend of fun is lined up.

There is lots to see and do on Paignton Green, with a range of stalls and entertainment. There is also the Armed Forces Parade taking place this morning at 11:30am. Veterans are being asked to form up at the Paignton Harbour End of the Esplanade from 11am, stepping off to the sound of Pipes and Drums at 11:30am. I hope many residents will be there to give them a cheer.

The flying programme for the Airshow is as follows:


09:30pm Twister Aerobatics Team [it actually took place at 9:15 – Ed]


2pm-3pm Tigers Parachute Display Team, Sea Vixen, Gyrocopter
3pm-4pm Piston Provost & Waco YMF-5, Yakolevs, Breitling Wingwalkers, Twister Aerobatics Team
4pm-5pm Strikemaster, The Blades, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon


2pm-3pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tigers Parachute Display Team, Percival Provost & Waco YMF -5, Gyrocopter, Twister Aerobatics Team
3pm-4pm Yakolevs, The Red Arrows!!!!
4pm-5pm Breitling Wingwalkers, The Blades, Strikemaster, Typhoon

Parking Restrictions Lifted

Over the last week a number of residents have complained about the proposed traffic and parking restrictions for the airshow.

The Council has this week announced that after further consideration it would be lifting the restrictions for the airshow in 16 locations. You can read the full list of these on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

The airshow website has a page dedicated to the traffic restrictions and if you live near Paignton Sea front or the Town Centre, check it. You can find it by clicking here.

Advice For Boat Owners and Train Travellers

If you are thinking of taking to the water or catching a train to watch the Airshow then have a quick read of the advice that has been issued.

Torbay Council is warning all boat users that during the weekend of the Torbay Airshow there will be a restriction zone in place. Vessels will be unable to anchor or enter into the restrictive zones from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, during the display times for the performing aircraft. Watercrafts within this area will be required to leave half an hour before the displays begin. There are two flight lines, a 230m line for fast jets and a 150m line for all other aircraft, which are parallel to Paignton Beach. You can read more details and see a chart of the restricted zone by clicking here.

There are special trains being laid on for the event by Great Western Railway, with queuing systems in place at Paignton and Newton Abbot Stations due to expected demand. It is worth noting that the special trains will be “set down only” at Torquay when heading to Paignton, although you can catch the normal timetabled trains from Torquay to Paignton. There is no restriction on trains heading to Newton Abbot from Torquay, but they are likely to be fairly full already so do bear this in mind if making an important journey.

Take A Peek Inside The Bay’s Latest Beach Huts

What have been billed as the UK’s most expensive Beach Huts have been taking shape next to the Cary Arms in Babbacombe and this week local journalists were invited for a sneak peek.

The buildings are part of a £4.5m investment in the boutique hotel planned by the De Savary family who own it. You can see pictures of the interiors on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Devon Doctors to Run 111 Service

Many local residents may have used the NHS 111 service when they had a minor health problem or just needed some advice.

Devon Doctors, who run out of hours GP services, has recently been awarded the contract to run the service in our area from 1st October 2016. You can read more about this on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Man’s Remains Identified

It was recently reported that two bodies had been found in Petitor Woods, one of which had been there for some time.

The Police have now confirmed that this body is believed to be that of Scott Graham who went missing in 2014. You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

“Miracle” Cure Investigated

Some residents may have read some news coverage earlier this year about a Torquay business that was selling a “Miracle Mineral Solution” on the Internet.

Trading Standards advised that the claims made about this solution were investigated by Torbay Trading Standards at the time. They advised that the business owner had ceased trading in the item and shut down his website, removing the product concerned from sale.

Torbay Soup

Enjoy watching Dragons’ Den? Think you can spot a winning idea? Then Torbay Soup is for you.

The idea is that you pay £5 for entry to the event and a bowl of soup, then listen to local entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for a successful business. At the end a vote is taken and the winner gets the proceeds from the event to fund their idea.

The next one takes place on Wednesday 22 June from 12.30pm-2pm at Torre Abbey, Torquay. If you fancy joining the group of dragons in the den then click here to book your place.

The Patter of Tiny Paws

One Paignton Mum is celebrating the arrival of triplets this week.

Shakira, one of Paignton Zoo’s Sumatran Tigers, gave birth to three cubs at about 2.30am on Tuesday 31st May.

They are the first tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo since early 2009. The cubs will not be mobile for many weeks. CCTV cameras captured the moment and the footage is wonderful to watch. You can see it and read more fascinating facts about the Sumatran Tiger on the Zoo’s website by clicking here.

Mother and cubs will spend the next two months hidden from view. All being well, visitors might be able to see the cubs during the summer holidays. Zoo staff are working to erect video screens to show the recorded footage of the youngsters in the den.

Male Tiger Fabi remains on show and is sure to be pleased with the new arrivals which are part of a conservation programme designed to stop these beautiful creatures following the Bali and Java Tigers into extinction.


Queens’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Palace Avenue Methodist Church in Paignton are celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday by decorating their windows to represent each decade of the Queen’s Life.

You can see them today (Saturday 11th June) from 10am till 4pm. During the day ploughman’s lunches, cream teas and other refreshments will be on offer.

The Babbacombe Vintage Fayre

A range of fun will be on offer on the Babbacombe Downs on Wednesday 15th June from 10am till 4pm.

The event will include stalls, food and a fun dog show at 1:30pm.


Tickets for the latest TOADS Stage Musical Company Performance are selling like greased lightning and if you don’t want to miss out then now is the time to book yours.

This year’s production “Grease” is on at the Princess Theatre from 22nd to 25th June and is set to be another classic. You can book your tickets by clicking here.

The only thing that is amateur about a TOADS production is that the performers are not paid. In essence the only difference between a TOADS and a West End production, is you do not have to travel to London for it!!!

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