The View From Here

Thursday and Saturday – last chance to catch local-born actor Calum Grant with his national hit performance as Oscar Wilde – Bedford Hotel.

Friday – Fireworks display, fire and food, Fillace Park from 6.

Or Calstock Arts has an ex-Edinburgh comedy act called Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer. And Meavy Hall is screening Mary Queen of Scots.

Saturday – Horrabridge Village Market, a.m., for jars, cakes and bric a brac. Also, launch day for new community venue in Tavistock, The Printworks, in the old Gazette building, done up to become a centre for courses and campaigns and building projects and so on, and including a free materials shop for the Tavistock Scrapstore.

On Sunday Nov 3 Meavy Church has a harp recital 5-7. Sarah McQuaid is playing the folk slot at the Westward Inn, Lee Mill. Alan Johnson MP talks at The Red House Theatre in Plymouth and moves on to Launceston Town Hall on Monday 4th.

Tues Nov 5 – apart from the obvious, a chance to see inside Lewtrenchard Manor by attending Mrs Murray’s Xmas Fair.

Weds Nov 6 – great dogs on film at the Top Dog Festival, Exeter Corn Exchange.

Thurs Nov 7 – Devon Opera does Barber Of Seville at Exeter.

Next weekend, The Tavonians start their tour of local halls with a new play about the Bronte family’s black sheep brother. 

Sat Nov 9 the Cavaliers are looking for a good turnout for their quiz night from all who wish to pay tribute to Chris Tear.

Further afield, Barnstaple Museum has had an overhaul to take in some local history in pottery and furniture.

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Before the election was called, the current government announced that some old prison closures would be put on hold – which looked like a glimmer of hope of saving HMP Princetown. But according to the prison officers,  the Ministry of Justice was refusing to confirm that Dartmoor Prison would be one of those reprieved and in fact was saying it was almost certainly not on the list. Clarification now to be sought from whoever is Prisons Minister for next year.

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Devon Life last month asked the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra to come up with a list of best big band tunes and got …

Moten Swing played by Count Basie Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88bZ8fbS3bk

Central Park North: by Thad Jones

https://youtu.be/CIc8177ktyA?t=6

All Blues: Miles Davis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRBgy43gCoQ

Groovin Hard: Buddy Rich

https://youtu.be/g68k-ehA6x8?t=1

Also recommended but still to be tracked down here: a bossa nova version of John Coltrane’s song Naima?

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