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About Salcombe Harbour

I write regularly about Salcombe Harbour for local residents on the east side of the Harbour. If you would like to follow the blog, please click on follow in the right-hand menu. You can also email me through the contact form. There is also a think-piece which I gave at Salcombe Yacht Club in March 2014 on the future of Salcombe Harbour. This is the last of my speeches in the side-bar.  

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Where have all the curlews gone?

Curlews, the beloved and iconic wetland bird mentioned in Piers Plowman in 1377, are on the edge of extinction and, believe it or not, merited a 10 Downing Street “curlew summit” on 8 July To find out why, we need to look at invasive species. Invasive species can be plants or animals, but let us stay with animals where we have seen these effects for a very long time, invariably for commercial reasons. The demise of woodlands on our moors,…

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Are your scallops hand-picked?

DEFRA has designated 41 new marine conservation areas (MCZs), bringing the total number to 91, effectively a Blue Belt around the coast of the UK. There are now 175 marine protection areas of various kinds covering 40% of English waters. MCZs protect “wildlife”, which is a kind of euphemism for the fish we eat. MCZs protect both the habitat and the level of fishing – by and large successfully. However, in the middle of all this there is controversy: traditional…

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Can dreams become a nightmare?

I was sitting in a dentist’s waiting room in Kingsbridge when my eye fell upon a motor boat magazine. It was glossy and full of wonderful pics of motor boats with their shiny chrome and glistening varnish and white leather seats and cocktail cabinets and king-size beds. Each and every one of these dream boats cost as much as a house and some as much as several houses. Every one seemed to be able to go as fast as a…

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Be careful what you wish for

Local authorities work to rigid protocols and the Harbour Board routinely used to consider Harbour dues at its September meeting, so that they could be ratified by the next full Council, published and be in place for the new season. But this meant that, if the Board didn’t like what was proposed, it could not change anything because there wasn’t time to go through the whole process again. However, in a radical innovation, April’s Harbour Board meeting was presented with…

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Kingsbridge Silver Band Summer Concerts 2019

The Kingsbridge Silver Band is playing at a number of events this summer. This page is updated regularly to give the latest information as and when the details of each event are confirmed – so bookmark it to keep an eye on where the band is playing. Come and hear a series of popular tunes, modern as well as old favourites, played in the open air by Kingsbridge’s own big brass band consisting of instruments ranging from cornets to the…

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10 years of progress in Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Basin has seen significant changes over the last decade. It has been dredged twice, and will now be routinely dredged every five years or so; pontoon moorings were introduced in 2014; and two large sections of the harbour wall have been rebuilt. The dredging makes quite a difference. Injection dredging renders the procedure affordable and permissible: this method runs the mud downstream to Gerston, which is as far as Natural England will allow. That lowers the basin down to…

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Losing the French connection

In June 2014, I wrote about Kingsbridge’s twinning with Isigny-sur-Mer. Both Kingsbridge and Isigny are small harbours – Isigny considerably smaller than Kingsbridge – and are linked by history as troops left Salcombe Harbour and landed near Isigny to make it one of the first French towns to be liberated following the 1944 Normandy landings. When we visited we were marking 70 years since the landings and 50 years of twinning. Sadly, the twinning has now come to an end…

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Never underestimate the seriousness of the issue

New years bring both excitement and uncertainty and perhaps this year, more uncertainty than most: but, as criminologists have long recognised, probably nothing new by way of problems. There are several recurrent themes, almost laws, in criminology: one is that every invention gives rise to a new crime which then has to be tackled by retro-fitting security – think drones. Another is that high-value crimes and even wars generally mimic the ways people and countries trade: think internet scams and…

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Lots of preparations for the New Year

In the quietness of winter, a controversy blows up. Like most local authorities, South Hams District Council (SHDC) is strapped for cash and scouring around for economies. It has 47 public lavatories – more, it is said, than any other comparable local authority – and they all require cleaning and maintenance. Could some of them be changed to pay-on-entry (PoE, but be careful of these acronyms), or passed on to, say, parish councils who (why?) should be able to manage…

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Kingsbridge Silver Band Carols 2018

The Kingsbridge Silver Band’s Carol engagements for 2018 are as follows: Saturday 1 December 1345hrs Kingsbridge Gazette Office, Fore Street Thursday 6 December 1800hrs Ring o’ Bells, West Alvington Saturday 8 December 1045hrs Fore Street, Kingsbridge (Peacocks) Saturday 15 December 1045hrs Fore Street, Kingsbridge (Peacocks) Sunday 16 December 1800hrs Sloop Inn, Bantham Tuesday 18 December 1930hrs British Legion, Kingsbridge Thursday 20 December 1800hrs Chillington (also Salcombe tbc) Saturday 22 December 1045hrs Fore Street, Kingsbridge (Peacocks) Saturday 22 December 1800hrs Millbrook…

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