Peter Shearn

Pay to Pee?

Have the pay toilets been tharwted? Not yet. South Hams District Council recently revealed plans to install pay toilet systems at a cost of £50,000 in the 3 public facilities in Totnes. It seems public dunny facilities are funded from central government – not Council Tax and this funding has now stopped, leaving the lavies…

Brexit & how it affects Totnes

Perpetual arguments about Brexit spit forth on social-media often creating more heat than light. So The Totnes Pulse are trying a pragmatic approach to the discussion by asking  4 local businesses the same questions to see what they have to say – with limited success! If you also own a local business, have your say…

New Years Eve – What you gonna do!?

Here’s a handy rundown of all that’s going on in town on the big night! The Dartmouth Inn Jai Rocks New Years Eve Party – Starts at 8pm, Entry is a fiver and you cant get in after 11pm – Details Here. The Albert Inn Beci’s Band The evening is open all night and entry…

Totnes Jazz Workshop

The legendary Jazz trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has been supporting the Totnes Jazz Workshop for years and has finally decided it’s time to concentrate fully on his new project ‘Dave Holdsworth’s New Brew’ following the release of his acclaimed latest album, ‘Wodgi‘. Dave has been playing Jazz in many forms since the 1960’s and is a…

A ray of light out of tragedy.

Following the heartbreaking death of Reuben Williams in a car crash this time last year, his grieving grandparents have made every effort to generate positivity from real tragedy. Reuben, 3,  was in a car on Plymouth Road, when it was hit by a drink-driver, Andrew Vass who is now in prison on a charge of…

Positive action despite adversity

The past few years have been eventful for Pa Arding. In the wake of her last incident she is still working her way through a long recovery but it’s not getting in the way of her crusade to clean up our oceans. Fortunately, Charlotte Farrer, recently appointed as a personal assistant, is also passionate about…

The Return of the Bull

Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is searching through the rooms with Rick who sells reclamation furniture in the Market at the weekend. We are upstairs and the place is a wreck. Rick scans for any items left behind in the building. Geetie claims to be Rick’s best customer and will be using reclaimed and re-purposed furniture throughout…

What can you recycle?

Recently, we have seen questions about recycling and there appears to be some confusion on what can and cannot be put in the clear plastic SHDC bags. South Hams District Council have committed to improving the systems and say theyt will be able to process more materials over the next couple of years, so we…

Be-Wilded

An immersion into a world of art. A walk up the wooden stairs to the Angel Gallery in South Street will land you in a world of artistic peacefulness. Lebanese born Azul-Valerie Thome and Katz Cowley the creator of the childrens book that has become a hilarious viral you-tube sensation. Azul is weaving a colourful…

Humanising the High Street

The town of Totnes is a tourism magnet and quite rightly so. It’s beautiful. But the one thing that crops up over and over again is just how un-friendly it is to those valuable visitors. We have a high street where the car is king and that is so obviously wrong that this subject will…