Author: Bob Jope

Bob Jope(Author)

Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!

Live, Laugh, Love, Learn

  People from across Torbay will be celebrating the fourth Ageing Well Torbay Festival next weekend (October 20th). Last year more than 1700 people attended the festival at Lupton House…

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Community Lifestyle

Strutting Your Stuff in Torbay!

Heather Devonish doesn’t just want to dance her way into her fifties, she wants to do it in public with as many other people as possible! She’s hoping that on Monday, October 15th at 8.45 like-…

Volunteer for Ageing Well!

  The Ageing Well Festival is always a fun and well-attended event - and, as ever, they need plenty of volunteers to ensure it's a huge success. If you'd like to  volunteer in this year…

Engaging with Mental Health Services

An engagement opportunity for anyone with an interest in mental health services in Devon. If you or anyone you know would like to attend one of the events, simply contact the organisers using the det…

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Community News

What’s it like being a carer?

Healthwatch’s latest briefing brings together the views and experiences of 5,447 carers from over 27 communities across England, showing that that people don’t always get the support they need. As we…

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Community Lifestyle

Get Involved with Ageing Well!

The fourth annual Ageing Well Festival is coming  very soon (Saturday 20th October, 10am-6pm, Paignton Community and  Sports Academy in Borough Road) and there are  several ways you can play a par…