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Festival Fundraising Total Tops £10,000

The annual Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival event in the Babbacombe Festival Marquee this June raised a staggering £10,480.81. David Hanbury, who organises the event said “I am absolutely delighted with the amount of money that was raised this year. As always, this is a team effort and we’ve had enormous support from sponsors, groups and individuals without whom we couldn’t hope to reach such an amazing total.”

Crowds on Babbacombe Downs on Hanbury's Day

All the money raised has gone to David’s chosen charity, the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) which is a Babbacombe based charity. The THHN gives free holidays to families who have seriously ill and bereaved children, recently bereaved families, couples who have lost a child and to families who have a terminally ill parent and it is a charity that David is particularly keen to support. He said “The work that Luke Tillen and his team do is so important and I’m only too pleased to help provide holidays for more wonderful families here in South Devon. The team at THHN are lovely to work with and their Fundraising Manager, Brian Lewis, deserves special mention for his tireless work helping make the day a success co-ordinating all the volunteers, attending planning meetings and generally helping out wherever required.”

Hundreds of people attended this year’s event and were treated to a line-up that included the Stone Angels, Land of the Giants, Shamrock, Ollie Stephens, a special appearance by the Krankies and headline act, Mama Stones House Band, featuring Phoebe Ions.

Sponsors of this year’s event included Boyce Hatton Solicitors, Babbacombe Garage, Riviera Mortgages, The Babbacombe Inn, The Buccaneer Inn, Angels Tea Rooms, The Rotary Club of Babbacombe and St Marychurch and Child Friendly Matters. The event itself consisted of ten hours of fantastic live music. David said “I thought the line-up we had this year was really fantastic and I have to thank Anais Hay who handled all of the bookings and finer details behind the scenes. I’m also incredibly grateful, of course, to all the Hanbury’s staff who worked so hard serving over one thousand portions of fish and chips on the day. I’m very lucky to have such a great team here at Hanbury’s.”

Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs was the finale of this year’s five days of Babbacombe Festival Marquee activities which, as well as supporting the THHN, also had events which raised money for Rowcroft Hospice, CLIC Sargent, the Poppy Appeal and End Polio Now. David added “Particular thanks must go to Martyn Strange who, for many years now, has provided the spectacular Babbacombe Festival Marquee as well as co-ordinating a selection of events that have been enjoyed by hundreds of people and raised such a lot of money for the various charities supported by the Festival.”

The 2014 Festival was blessed with fantastic summer sun throughout and Babbacombe Downs was full of people enjoying both the weather and the atmosphere at all of the events which also included the Torbay Armed Forces Day which saw crowds lining the street to celebrate with Armed Forces past and present.

David said “Overall this year was definitely the best year we’ve ever had. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout and it was really wonderful to see so many people enjoying what was on offer. Babbacombe Downs is a superb location and what happens up there during Festival week introduces lots of new people to this spectacular location.”

The Festival website www.babbacombefestival.com now has a gallery of pictures so you can re-live all the goings-on from June 2014.

Midsummer Fun in the Babbacombe Festival Marquee

For the 8th consecutive June the stunning Babbacombe Festival Marquee will take its place on Babbacombe Downs and open its doors for five days of great entertainment. This year there will be an opening night party with local band, 3 Bags Full, entertaining the crowds to get everyone in a Festival mood. As always, there’s something for everyone as the five days unfold. Daytime activities include a look at the local area during World War 2 in a special event on the Thursday entitled “Babbacombe, The War Years”. There’s a scrumptious Devon Cream Tea in aid of CLIC Sargent on the Friday and Saturday 21 June will be celebrating all things Armed Forces with the Torbay Armed Forces Day on Babbacombe Downs and in the Marquee. Featuring all sorts of exhibits, surprises and some wonderful nostalgic “Concert Party” style entertainment this is a real family day out.

 Babbacombe Festival Marquee Fun

Evening events include the ever-popular Oompah Night and this year on midsummer night, Saturday 21 June, the Midsummer Festival Funk Party will take place raising funds in aid of Rowcroft. With live music from great band, Funkty Dumpty, and some disco classics, the dance floor is sure to be full all evening. Tickets for both these events are available to buy at www.babbacombefestival.com. One of the Festival Marquee organisers, Nicky Allen, said “We’re delighted with the selection of events we have in the marquee this year. Our aim is to make the most of the marquee for the few days that it’s up and the way to do this is to provide events and entertainment that people want to be a part of. Our line-up includes some events that we have year after year as well as some new additions to keep everything fresh.” She added “Whilst the Marquee itself is pretty spectacular, so is the location. Babbacombe Downs is a very special place and we hope that lots of people will come along while the marquee is up and enjoy the great atmosphere created by this unique combination of venue, location, music, food & drink and, most importantly, people.”

Many of the events in the marquee are raising money for charity and the finale event is no exception. Sunday 22 June sees the annual Hanbury’s Fish and Chips Music Day take over the marquee, in aid of the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN). Starting at midday with live entertainment throughout from bands such as The Land of the Giants, The Stone Angels and ending on a high with headline act Mama Stone’s House Band.

Live music on stage

For information and tickets visit www.babbacombefestival.com or get along to the Marquee Facebook page, new for this year, at www.facebook.com/BabbFestMarquee

Huge Marquee Helps Raise Huge Sums For Charity at the 2013 Babbacombe Festival

The 2013 Babbacombe Festival Marquee which was filled with fun, laughter, good food and drink, along with music and dancing for five days is now just a memory but its legacy carries on having helped raise over £11,500 for charity.  The Babbacombe Festival Marquee is hired and kitted out by Martyn Strange, owner of the Babbacombe Inn.

Martyn said “Bringing the Festival Marquee to Babbacombe Downs is a lot of work but also enormous fun and a very satisfying experience.  We now work with a number of local groups and businesses, as well as Torbay Council, and together put on five days of great entertainment in the hope that locals and holidaymakers will come and enjoy themselves. We believe that the mix on offer provides something for everyone. The aim is to present a selection of events that ensures we can cover the substantial costs of putting such a marquee up as well as some that can then raise a significant amount of money for various charities.  I believe it’s now an important fixture on the calendar of most people in Babbacombe and the surrounding area and I hope it’s something that we can continue to provide.”

BF2013 Funkty Dumpty at the Palm Party Night (Gemma Cooper)

The charities that benefited from the Festival Marquee this year include £7360 raised by the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), £1030 raised by June and Bryan Batchelor and their team of cream tea helpers for CLIC Sargent and Rotary raised £2500 for Children in Need at their Proms Night and gave a further £800 to Help for Heroes from money raised from their fabulous BBQ in the marquee which did particularly well on Armed Forces Day feeding the hungry hoards.

BF2013 Marching on Armed Forces Day (Gemma Cooper)

Luke Tillen, founder and Chairman of the THHN said “To have raised over £7000 during the Festival is absolutely fantastic.  This figure is the result of all sorts of fundraising, donations and some wonderful sponsorship from lots of people including Babbacombe Garage, WBW Solicitors, Riviera Mortgages and South West Water and, of course, David Hanbury who made us the chosen charity for his wonderful Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Day.”  Luke added “I was actually away for a lot of this year’s events as I was doing a bit of fundraising of my own running an ultra-marathon in Cumbria so the lion’s share of the work was done by our fantastic Fundraising Manager, Brilliant Brian Lewis.  Brian worked tirelessly to organise all the details, he attended all of the events and without him there’s no way we would have raised anything like that amount of money.  He was also at all the events talking to people and explaining what the THHN does which is so vital for us.  Obviously Brian was helped by a wonderful band of volunteers who I am incredibly grateful to.”

BF2013 - Crowds enjoying the air display on Armed Forces Day (Gemma Cooper)

The five days of events started with the traditional Rotary Fayre up on Babbacombe Downs when the marquee was used as the Refreshment Tent. The Rotary Fayre on the Downs is of course another event that enables lots of groups to raise money for their own causes with totals reaching over £20,000 each year.  A wildlife presentation was given by award-winning film-maker Andrew Cooper on the Wednesday evening. Thursday saw the marquee filled with an exhibition by the Babbacombe and St Marychurch Local History Society where visitors were given the opportunity to delve into their family history with help from the Devon Family History Society.  Thursday evening and the marquee was once again used by Babbacombe and St Marychurch Rotary who hosted their fabulous Proms Evening.  Friday and the marquee was filled with people enjoying a delicious cream tea until the marquee was transformed into the venue for a traditional German Oompah Night with some great entertainment and yodelling competitions to boot! Saturday was the ever-popular Armed Forces Day.  The weather was a little damp but spirits certainly weren’t.  Thousands turned out to cheer the Veterans’ Parade, wander around the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.  HMS Brocklesby was anchored in the bay and 300 people got tickets to sail out and tour the ship whilst it was visiting. Many of the crew were able to come ashore and meet the public as well as attend the Party Night that was put on in the Marquee on the Saturday evening.  Every member of the crew was also treated to takeaway fish and chips, courtesy of David Hanbury, who had meals, literally, shipped out much to their delight.

BF2013 - Getting the boat out to visit HMS Brocklesby (Gemma Cooper)

It was then fish and chips all the way on the Sunday with the Hanbury’s Fish and Chips Music Festival on the Downs bringing this busy five days to a close.  David said “I can’t thank everyone involved enough.  From all the bands and performers who ensured we had constant entertainment for 10 hours, to all my wonderful staff who worked so incredibly hard as well as every single person who came along, bought fish and chips and made the day such a success.”

BF2013 - Hand's up for Hanbury's (Gemma Cooper)

If you were at any of this year’s Festival events go to www.babbacombefestival.com where there is now an on-line gallery and who knows, you might just see yourself on there.  For those who didn’t attend, have a look anyway and see what you missed.

For now, it’s back to the day jobs for all those involved.  Martyn said “We are already talking about next year.  Babbacombe Downs is a very important place to all of us involved with the Festival Marquee and ensuring that we put on events that have wide appeal and are safe and fun for all concerned is vitally important to us.  We hope to bring everyone a great line-up in 2014 but, for now, watch this space!”

All photography used in this article is by Gemma Cooper.

Wildlife in the Marquee

Local, award-winning wildlife film-maker Andrew Cooper will be entertaining Festival-goers on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm with his entertaining evening entitled “Around the World in 80 BBC Wildlife Films”. Organisers of the Babbacombe Festival Marquee events have booked Andrew to provide the perfect way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Andrew Cooper is one of Britain’s most distinguished and influential television producers.  As a broadcaster, presenter, writer and international award winning wildlife film-maker, he is a familiar face on BBC television through his documentaries and live reports on wildlife and environment issues.  A biologist by training and described as a ‘top class speaker’ by the editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, it is his work as a television producer with the BBC National History Unit based in Bristol, for which he is best known.

Andrew has been responsible for some of the most distinctive programming in the internationally renowned BBC ‘Natural World’ strand.  His programmes regularly feature in the top ten most watched television documentaries in Britain and are widely sold overseas.  Andrew is also a best selling author of nine books.

Andrew Cooper and whooper swan Iceland 1

Nicky Allen, one of the event organisers, said “We knew about Andrew’s work and thought that it would be lovely to have him present an evening in the marquee.  After chatting to Andrew we decided on a presentation of his entitled ‘Around the World in 80 BBC Wildlife Films’ which I know has proved popular elsewhere.  We were looking for something a bit different for this mid-week event and we’re sure that this will capture the imagination of our guests.”

Tickets for this event are just £7 per person and are available to buy in person from the The Downs Newsagency on Babbacombe Road, via the website www.babbacombefestival.com or by phoning 07977 535563.  Tickets will also be available on the door on the night.

The marquee will be up and buzzing from Wednesday 19 June through to Sunday 23 June and will be home to all sorts of community, fundraising and party events whilst it’s there.  Full details of all the Babbacombe Festival events can be found at www.babbacombe.org with marquee event listings at www.babbacombefestival.com

Summer Fun in Babbacombe

Organisers of this year’s Babbacombe Festival have just announced the full line-up for the marquee that will grace Babbacombe Downs from Wednesday 19 June to Sunday 23 June and it’s a mix of family entertainment, great food and drink and, of course, a host of live music.

Martyn Strange, one of the Festival Marquee promoters, said “We’re making excellent use of our fabulous marquee this year with events on every day and every evening and we’re pretty sure we’ve got something for everyone.”  The first event on Wednesday 19 June is a completely new one for the Babbacombe Festival.  Andrew Cooper, international award-winning wildlife film-maker is presenting ‘Around the World in 80 BBC Wildlife Films’.  Martyn said “We’re delighted that Andrew is able to join us for the Festival this year.  He’s a well-respected film-maker and, as he’s local too, it seemed a great opportunity to add a really different event to our line-up.  Wildlife photography and films are incredibly popular and we’re sure that tickets for this event will sell well, especially as they’re only £7 each.”

Andrew Cooper

Other ticketed events include Saturday night’s Babbacombe Festival Palm Party in conjunction with Palm FM.  This is an over 18s only event with tickets selling for £8 each.  Palm’s Jennie Park said “We’re really looking forward to our evening in the marquee.  We’re going to be taking you back to the 70s and 80s for a night you won’t want to miss!  With music, DJs and live band Funkty Dumpty to headline the evening, it should be a great night and the start of the summer party season in south Devon.”  Tickets for both these events, along with the ever-popular Oompah Night are available to buy at www.babbacombefestival.com.


If you’re interested in local history then on Thursday 20 June “A Step Back in Time” could be just what you’re looking for.  From 10am to 1.30pm there are film shows, guided walks, an exhibition and an opportunity to delve into your family history with experts from the Devon Family History Society.

Saturday 22 June sees the return of Armed Forces Day to Babbacombe Downs. With the Veterans’ Parade, fun displays and all the usual great activities.  Apparently, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for plenty of surprises too!

As usual, the marquee is also home to a variety of important fundraising events including a Devon Cream Tea for CLIC Sargent from 11am to 3pm on Friday 21 June with scrumptious scones and tea for just £4 per person on the door.  And of course the wonderful Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival which provides the finale for these five days of summer fun on Sunday 23 June.  A great line up of live music and entertainment is on offer for people to enjoy whilst eating their Hanbury’s takeaway in the marquee.  David Hanbury said “I’m so looking forward to this year’s event, it really is the highlight of the year at Hanbury’s.  It’s lovely to see so many people come out and enjoy themselves in the marquee and out and about on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs.  We’re in such a stunning location and it’s the perfect day to celebrate that whilst hopefully raising lots of money.”  David’s chosen charity this year is the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) which he has long been a great supporter of. Babbacombe and St Marychurch Rotary is also making use of the marquee this year with a Rotary Proms Night which is set to be an evening of glamour and patriotic music.

The marquee will be up and buzzing for the final 5 days of the longer Babbacombe Festival, which this year is being supported by the Babbacombe Bay BID, and which starts on Friday 14 June – full details of all the Babbacombe Festival events can be found at www.babbacombe.org with marquee event tickets available fromwww.babbacombefestival.com or by phoning 07977 535563.