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                                                                                                                                                      Roadside trees                     Electricity at Work Reg’s 1989 tells you that
                                                                                                                                                                                        ALL equipment must be safe and maintained.
                                                                                                                                                      face the chop                     Computers, extension leads, freezers, tools
                                                                                                                                                                                              etc (anything with a plug on it).
                                                                                                                                                      A LARGE number of beech                  A1 PAT TESTING(SW)
                                                                                                                                                      trees, some over 200 years
                                                                                                                                                      old, are to be felled along the       07787 566610 01626 862332
                                                                                                                                                      A380 near Haldon Hill.                           email
                                                                                                                                                        The work is being carried         a1pat_testing_sw@hotmail.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                      out by the Forestry Commis-
                                                                                                                                                      sion on the southbound car-
                                                                                                                                                      riageway of the road, and            Tel 07787 566610
                                                                                                                                                      along Mamhead levels, the
                                                                                                                                                      back road to Dawlish.
                                                                                                                                                        The commission says an
                                                                                                                                                      inspection revealed several
                                                                                                                                                      rotting trees that may be-
                                                                                                                                                      come dangerous and will
                                                                                                                                                      have to be felled to ensure the
                                                                                                                                                      safety of road users.
                                                                                                                                                        Allan Smart, area forester,
                                                                                                                                                      said: “There are a large num-
                                                                                                                                                      ber of beech trees lining the
                                                                                                                                                      roads that need to be re-
                                                                                                                                                      moved as they pose a sig-
                                                                                                                                                      nificant threat to road users.
                                                                                                                                                        “Many are extremely old,
                                                                                                                                                      have become infected by fun-
                                                                                                                                                      gi and, if they are not felled,
                                                                                                                                                      could eventually fall.                           Looking for a
                                                                                                                                                        “This will at least help to        TRAINSET FOR XMAS?
                                                                                                                                                      preserve the remaining trees              Large stocks of trainsets
                                                                                                                                                      — many of which will stay.            FROM HORNBY & BACHMANN OO
                                                                                                                                                        “Where appropriate, new
Dunsford Primary School ukulele group during a lunchtime practice, from left, Zoe Pike, Freya Watts and Alice Chaplin                                 trees will be planted and                  N GAUGE BY FARISH,
                                                                                                             LAURENCE UNDERHILL EE251108_LU01_05      shrubs allowed to grow to             UNDERGROUND ERNIE & THOMAS.




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                                                                                                                                                      maintain the landscape and         Full range of model railway accessories
                                                                                                                                                      habitats within the forest.
                                                                                                                                                        “Each individual tree in        THE MODEL SHOP
                                                                                                                                                      the area has been thoroughly             4 St David’s Hill, Exeter.
                                                                                                                                                      inspected, diagnosed and
                                                                                                                                                      specifically prescribed a re-               01392 421906


fashion as kids take
                                                                                                                                                      medial treatment. It is our
                                                                                                                                                      intention to retain all those           www.trainsandtrack.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                      trees that have a chance of
                                                                                                                                                      longer-term survival.”
                                                                                                                                                        Some work has already
                                                                                                                                                      started but the majority will




to strumming along
                                                                                                                                                      be in the new year.
                                                                                                                                                        The roads will not be com-
                                                                                                                                                      pletely closed, but there will
                                                                                                                                                      be some delays and diver-
                                                                                                                                                      sions.


                                                                                                                                                      MP calling for
BY KERRA MADDERN
EDUCATION REPORTER
                                                                           ing it just a week before
                                                                           her pupils.
                                                                              Children are progress-
                                                                                                                  the ukulele in recent
                                                                                                                  years.
                                                                                                                     “Schools seem to like it
                                                                                                                                                      Jobcentre help
FORGET Jimi Hendrix or                                                     ing well and gave their                because it’s such a ver-            EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire
Eric Clapton — Devon’s                                                     first concert yesterday.               satile instrument, you can          has called for Jobcentre Plus
new rock gods are strum-                                                      Mrs Carne said: “I’m re-            play chords as well as a            offices to be reopened in “ar-
ming their own tunes us-                                                   ally impressed with how                melody and sing along,”             eas where it would help”.
ing an instrument which                                                    far they have come.                    he said.                               His call came after Work
has taken the county by                                                       “When they performed                   “It’s also very popular          and Pensions Secretary
storm.                                                                     This Old Man and London                with children, maybe be-            James Purnell called a halt to
  Hundreds of children                                                     Bridge in assembly and                 cause they come in bright           plans to close Jobcentre Plus
now play the ukulele,                                                      played, everyone sang                  shiny colours.”                     offices in an effort to cope
which has been freed                                                       along with them.”                         Devon Music Service              with rising unemployment.
from its George Formby,                                                       Children are already                teacher Olly Davey, re-                Mr Purnell said an extra
When I’m Cleaning Win-                                                     enthusiastic about their               sponsible for helping               6,000 front-line staff would
dows image.                           Ukulele legend George Formby         new hobby.                             teachers start up ukulele           help people who lose their
  Its resurgence is partly                                                    Fred Giles, 10, said: “I            lessons, said: “The instru-         jobs as the recession hits.
due to a discovery of how            from South Devon have                 chose to learn because I               ment is so children-                   An extra £1.3bn invest-
suitable the ukulele,                performed with their in-              thought the ukulele would              friendly and not many               ment announced in the Pre-
which is actually a mem-             struments at Glastonbury              be fun, I would love to                people realise the chord            Budget Report will help re-
ber of the lute family               this summer and those in              learn the guitar eventu-               sequences are exactly the           spond to higher levels of ben-
rather than just a small             the north of the county               ally.”                                 same as on the guitar,” he          efit claimants, Mr Purnell
guitar, is for tiny hands            held a ukulele festival.                 Jim Cole, nine, has even            said.                               told MPs.
and partly because lots of             Youngsters in Exeter,               been taking his ukulele                   “We’ve given money to               There were cheers from
cash has been poured into            currently keen on brass               home to practise.                      school learning commu-              Labour benches in the Com-
funding music in Devon.              instruments, have been                   “I try to play quite a              nities to spend on music            mons as Mr Purnell an-                                     Excellent food and good Ales
  Ukuleles have also been            less enthusiastic but                 lot,” he said.                         and teaching and they               nounced the moratorium on                                        Families welcome
featured on the Sponge-              pupils in the Teign Valley               Freya Watts, nine, al-              have really embraced the            Jobcentre Plus closures.                                 Open 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 11.30pm
bob Squarepants cartoon              are the latest to be bought           ready plays the recorder,              ukulele. There are five                But shadow work and pen-                              Lunch served between 12 and 2.30pm
series.                              ukuleles.                             but was keen to add an-                sets in Exmouth alone.”             sions      secretary    Chris                              Dinner served between 6pm and
  And teachers are choos-              At Dunsford Primary,                other instrument.                         A ukulele ensemble               Grayling said the announce-                                            9.30pm
ing to teach ukuleles,               Rebecca Carne has set up                 “It’s been fun learning             meets at Marpool Primary            ment was “farcical” as the                                  Over 60’s Carvery served at
which are relatively                 a ukulele club as well as             new songs,” she said.                  inExmoutheveryMonday                Government had been clos-                                        lunchtime £4.95
cheap to buy, because                using the instruments in                 Ken Parr, head of De-               from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.              ing a centre a week since Jan-                                         PLUS
their grants will pay for            lessons.                              von Music Service, said                   Mr Davey has also pro-           uary and had nearly complet-
enough for a whole class.              Mrs Carne is new to the             there has been an explo-               duced a teaching pack for           ed its closure programme.
  Talented young players             ukulele and started learn-            sion in the popularity of              school staff.                          Mr Purnell, replying to Mr
                                                                                                                                                      Swire, said: “We will provide
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