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Thursday 21st September

Free Dance Lessons

Teenagers who want to follow in the footsteps of their showbiz heroes are being invited to free dance lessons in Ilfracombe.

Devon County Council's Youth Service will be opening the doors of the Lantern Youth Centre in the High Street every Tuesday evening from October 3.

Dance instructor Cassie Foster will be putting young people through their paces in a variety of dance styles with the aim of improving fitness, having fun and making new friends.

The sessions are aimed at 13 to 19-year-olds of both sexes who want to learn to dance or improve their skills. It is hoped the group may eventually be good enough to perform in shows and at county dance events.

"What a great idea!" said Executive Member for Children's Services, Councillor John Smith.

"The majority of young people like to dance and it is an excellent way to have a lot of fun, keep fit and improve confidence."

The classes will run 6-8pm. Anyone interested in joining can contact Sara Knight at the Lantern on 865824 or go along on a Tuesday evening and meet Cassie.

Fright Night at Chambercombe Manor

Things that go bump in the night could be on offer this Halloween with an all-night ghost hunt at Chambercombe Manor in Ilfracombe.

The event, on October 28, at what is reputedly one of the most haunted properties in the country, has been organised by Haunting Experiences, but will also be raising money for charity at the same time.

The spooky search will be conducted throughout the night in the manor itself and the grounds. Guests will be advised and accompanied by paranormal experts.

The event offers dowsing and equipment workshops, access to all the "most haunted" spots and for the brave - or foolhardy - the chance to endure a lone vigil in the creepiest corners!

Ghostly goings-on are said to be widespread and guests could encounter the annoyed spirit of a previous owner unhappy with the intrusion, see and hear children, have impatient spectres brush past them or watch the empty crib rock...

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust, which battles leukaemia by campaigning for more bone marrow donors.

A meal is included in the price of the night. For more information or to book, go to:

www.hauntingexperiences.co.uk or telephone (01736) 741226.

Fun Day for the Guys

THERE is still time for teams of lads to flex their manly muscles and head for the action-packed On Target event at Keypitts Stables and Quads near Ilfracombe this Sunday.

Last year was the first event of its kind and raised more than £4,000 for the North Devon Hospice. This time it is hoped to do even better.

The owners and staff of Keypitts have given over the attraction and their time for the day, which would normally cost around £100.

Quad biking, clay shooting, archery, "blind man's 4X4", a bungee run and much more will be laid on as four-man teams pit themselves against each other.

It costs just £10 per person, with each individual asked to raise at least £40 in sponsorship, which will all go to the hospice.

If you think you're hard enough - or even if you are not - telephone the hospice on (01271) 344248 to book or for more information.

Russian State Cossacks in Ilfracombe

The Russian State Dance Ensemble Stavropol Cossacks, presented by Amande Concerts, will perform at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, on Saturday, October 21.

With 300 costumes, 40 world-class artistes, not to mention 1,000 litres of vodka, the show, Cossacks Fiery Soul, will be performed at 26 venues all over the UK, starting at Ilfracombe.

Drawing on hundreds of years of tradition, this spectacular new cavalcade of music and dance encompasses the fire, excitement and unique energies of the Cossacks - a people from the wide-open spaces and sun-drenched meadows of the region to the north of the Caucasus, famed for their love of horses and independence.

With original choreographies, this company of artistes from the ballet, orchestral and choir genres have previously performed in France, Italy, Spain, USA, Japan and Germany.

To book tickets for this performance, contact the Landmark Box Office on 01271 324242.

Lambda Ruby Anniversary in Ilfracombe

The Lambda team cracked open a few bottles of champers to celebrate 40 years of manufacturing at its Ilfracombe plant.

The site was opened in 1966 by Coutant, who later merged with Lambda, becoming Coutant Lambda. Over the next 10 years Lambda saw several changes of ownership and most recently was acquired by Japanese electronics giant, TDK Corporation, last year.

The beginnings of Lambda can be traced back to the late 50's when Electrotech Instruments and Coutant Electronics merged. At that time the company operated out of a facility in London.

In 1964, it upped sticks and moved to Reading. However, with rapidly growing sales and an increasing number of employees, a second site was needed and so in 1966 negotiations were completed to open another unit in Ilfracombe.

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