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Older Persons Information Day

10th October 2018

On Friday 28th of October, we attended the Older Persons Information Day in Budleigh Salterton Public Hall.

Emma Rayfield represented Gilbert Stephens Solicitors at this free event, along with over 30 other stalls providing information to our community, including the NHS, Devon Country Council and the Alzheimer’s Society.

This was the 5th Older Persons Day event to be held in town, and we celebrated by holding a prize draw. Mrs Wilcox was the lucky winner, receiving a print of a delightful, colourful painting by local artist Lorna Porter entitled ‘Exmouth Christmas Day Swim’.

We were happy to see so many attendees, and even happier to see them leaving with their free green Gilbert Stephens cotton tote bags!

This event was a fantastic opportunity for older people in the community to find out what support and advice is available to them, and to enjoy sharing refreshment and experiences with others in the process.

If you have any questions regarding legal matters and advice, please feel free to get in touch with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors – ku.oc1544628610.sneh1544628610petst1544628610rebli1544628610g@wal1544628610

 

   

  

  

Mid Devon Landlord Event

9th October 2018

This September we were delighted to attend the Mid Devon Landlord Event at Paschoe House in Devon. Gilbert Stephens Solicitors were represented by Partner Mark Perry, who enjoyed meeting many members of the industry while entering them into our ‘Win a Bottle of Bubbly’ prize draw.

The Mid Devon Landlord Event is an annual gathering to offer guidance and inspiration to all local property landlords. Paschoe House is a 13th Century Boutique Country House with a hotel and 5* restaurant. This elegant, timeless setting was the perfect space for an array of exhibition stands, networking opportunities and informative presentations and workshops from leading industry professionals.

We were also treated to keynote speaker of the day Amanda Lamb, the well-known presenter from A Place in the Sun and Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb.

We strongly encourage local landlords to attend this event when it comes around again in October 2019, it is a valuable resource for the development and management of rental property businesses.

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors can advise you on all aspects of landlord and tenancy law, including property and boundary matters. We offer specialist advice to landlords in relation to tenancy agreements, notices and possession proceedings.

If you would like any landlord or tenant advice, please drop us an email on ku.oc1544628610.sneh1544628610petst1544628610rebli1544628610g@wal1544628610 or contact one of our offices on 01392  424242 to see how we can help you.

   

Quad Bike Winner

1st October 2018

Congratulations to Millie Nex on winning the children’s quad bike, which was our raffle prize at the Honiton, Okehampton and Chagford shows this year. Liz Govier handed over the keys to Millie at our Gilbert Stephens Ottery St Mary office with her father, Richard (right) and her mother, Bindi (bottom right).

She was ever so surprised that her name had been picked out of the box and she had won the prize. She was so excited that she showed us how to cartwheel like a professional! Millie is 8 years old and goes to Honiton Primary School. She attended our stand at the Honiton Agricultural show and thoroughly enjoyed her day there!

St David’s Players’ production Iolanthe

27th September 2018

We are happy to be supporting the latest St David’s Players’ production Iolanthe – be sure to get your tickets!

“Twenty-five years after her banishment from Fairyland for marrying a mortal, Iolanthe has been pardoned. Her son Strephon, from this illicit marriage, is in love with Phyllis and plans to marry her – but life is complicated when you’re half man, half fairy!

A warm embrace with your eternally youthful fairy mother is bound to be misconstrued by all the wrong people, with predictable results…

Follow Strephon through his negotiations with the misguided Lord Chancellor and haughty Lords as he attempts to win the hand of his true love, while his mother’s fairy friends use their magical powers to support his quest by creating havoc in the Houses of Parliament!

With satirical political comedy that’s as relevant today as it was 125 years ago, Iolanthe is a visual feast with lots of catchy songs, hilarious dialogue and a 13 piece live orchestra.”

Find out more and book your tickets here

YPN lunch at Pho Exeter

27th September 2018
The Gilbert Stephens Solicitors Young Professionals Network enjoyed some excellent Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Exeter for lunch yesterday.

The Exeter based Young Professionals Network (YPN) offers members a chance to network with like minded professionals on an informal basis. The network was set up by Gilbert Stephens in 2010 to provide the firm’s younger members to build their own network of contacts in the Exeter area. The group has grown annually and now has over 300 members from industry, professional services and the charity sector.

The YPN is different to other formal networking groups as the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. What makes the events extremely popular with younger professionals is the alternative option to building professional and personal relationships outside of the more traditional business networks.

Wherever possible the group aims to support, through their events, new businesses in the local area. Events are typically announced 2 -3 weeks prior to the event taking place.  The previous events have varied from cocktail making, bowling, laser tag, the art of sushi making to trying the menus of some of Exeter’s latest restaurants and informal drinks events.

Join the Gilbert Stephens Young Professionals Network today

Simply contact us via one of the methods below to register. Membership is free and confirmation of acceptance of membership will be emailed to you.  Once you have received confirmation, you will be emailed invitations to our events.

Please contact us

Email ku.oc1544628610.sneh1544628610petst1544628610rebli1544628610g@npy1544628610 and/or follow us on Facebook @GSYPN and Twitter@GS_YPN

Here’s some further photos of yesterday’s delicious lunch!

   

   

   

   

East Devon Golf Club Captains’ Charity Day

1st September 2018

The postponed East Devon Golf Club Captains’ Charity Day event took place on 15th August and we were pleased to again be a sponsor for this much anticipated event.  Our team Marcus Quick, Peter Bennett, Steve Tutchings and Simon Cornwell, took on the course which is regarded by many as one of the finest courses in the region.  It’s easy to see why it is reviewed as one of the top 100 golf courses of the British Isles with such breath-taking views across Lyme Bay.   The team were a little nervous at tee off but, despite the distracting beauty of the Jurassic Coast, they were able to hold their heads high with a mid table finish.

In addition to sponsoring a hole at the event we donated a picture by local artist George Hutchinson of Coastal Impressions.  George’s bold colour interactions showcase this special part of the world, the image seemed very apt for a Club situated in such a stunning setting and the image will be used for their future fundraising ventures.

Acknowledging the importance of the day Patrick Langrishe, partner at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, noted that “the club is a community hub and this fun event helps raise money that will be a vital lifeline to charities and we are proud of our continued involvement, and team performance!”

Tony Mackness captain of East Devon Golf Club added “it was a very, very successful day raising over £8,000 for the charities, Prostate Cancer UK and Bramble Ward Trust at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, with more money due to come in by the end of the year.  The day out performed all my expectations!”

 

   

The show season is over for this year – Chagford Show

31st August 2018

We were at our final show in Chagford on 16th August which was another exceptionally successful day for all involved.

We have really enjoyed our time in the countryside throughout August attending Honiton, Okehampton and Chagford shows.  All three shows were lots of fun, with many old friends visiting, and new friends met.  We are very much looking forward to doing it all over again next year!

It was great to see our guests enjoying the refreshments we had on offer, the Pimms, strawberries and pasties went down particularly well!

Sam our gun dog puppy found the experience very exciting, he was very popular, it was great training for him to be with us so he could get used to lots of different people, without being too overwhelmed.  We hope you enjoyed meeting him as much as we enjoyed having him with us.

We loved the face painting designs the kids were going away with, unicorns were as ever one of the most popular with lots of bright sparkly colours, hopefully it wasn’t too much hard work to wash off at the end of the day.

Thank you to Diane Coates from The Sculpture School who joined us at the Okehampton show and showcased some beautifully designed sculptures for visitors to admire; and thank you to the Farming Network Community who joined us at Honiton and Chagford shows, and supplied colouring to keep the kids entertained whilst their parents relaxed, soaking up some of the Gilbert Stephens’ hospitality.

Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner of the firm said: “We have 6 branches across Devon and we love joining in with events like these country shows which showcase our incredible array of local produce, artists and businesses.  These shows are an extension of this for each town and we are proud to be a part of it.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time at all three shows this year, thanks to everyone who came and saw us and joined in our fun, we look forward to doing it all again next year!”

We specialise in agricultural & countryside law, we can assist you with buying & selling of property, tenancies, occupancy, environmental issues, sporting rights and woodland.  Additionally, we are experts in farm succession planning helping you ensure the future of your farm, this is something which can be a difficult and contentious issue within families, so it is good practice to plan for the future well in advance.

If you need legal assistance whether to sell a farm, diversify the business or to ensure everything is put in place for when you retire get in touch with one of our offices based in Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Exeter, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth you can learn more about our services on our.

   

 

Okehampton Show

14th August 2018

We had a brilliant time at Okehampton Show last week.    Thanks to everyone who came and saw us at our marquee.  We had plenty of refreshments for all which we hope you all enjoyed, the Pimms and pasties seemed to go down particularly well.   Face painting for the kids was also popular and it was wonderful to see the colourful designs they chose, lots of unicorns!  We had more entries for our giveaway to win a child’s quad bike, the last chance to enter will be Thursday 16th August at Chagford show – be sure to come and see us, and check out our Facebook competition to win tickets here.

We were particularly delighted to host Diane Coates from The Sculpture School who showcased some beautifully designed sculptures for visitors to admire.  They are based in North Tawton and recognised as Britain’s premier centre for mastering the very best figurative sculpture know-how and techniques.  The sculptures were stunning and understandably they drew plenty of attention.

 

We mustn’t forget to thank Sam our gun dog puppy for spending the day with us again, he lapped up all the fuss.

 

Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner of the firm said:  “We opened our office in Okehampton over a year ago and there is a real community feel in the town, the show is an extension of this and we are proud to be a part of it.  Thanks to everyone who came and saw us on the day and enjoyed some fun at our marquee, we look forward to doing it all again next year!”

 

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors specialise in agricultural & countryside law, they can assist you with buying & selling of property, tenancies, occupancy, environmental issues, sporting rights and woodland.  Additionally, they are experts in farm succession planning helping you ensure the future of your farm, this is something which can be a difficult and contentious issue within families, so it is good practice to plan for the future well in advance.

 

If you need legal assistance whether to sell a farm, diversify the business or to ensure everything is put in place for when you retire get in touch with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors at one of our offices based in Okehampton, Exeter, Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth you can learn more about our services on our website www.gilbertstephens.co.uk