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!

Community News

Devon’s Top Ten NHS Successes

  In a new announcement, the Devon STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - what a mouthful!) celebrates its Top 10 developments and successes. These include independent ass…

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#ItStartsWithYou campaign launches in Torbay

#ItStartsWithYou campaign launches in Torbay as NHS hits 70 Marking the 70th birthday of the National Health Service, Healthwatch Torbay has released its latest Annual Report alongside launching a …

Community News

The Future of Torbay Council

Calls have been in the House of Commons for a parliamentary debate on the ‘collapse’ of Torbay Council. Last week Torbay Council agreed that the Chief Executive was to review all options for local go…

Entertainment News

Wonderfields Festival

A reminder that the  Wonderfield festival is happening this weekend - with a chance to see my granddaughter Lea amazing everyone with her silks performance, along with her silking partner Amber! …

Blooming Art in Babbacombe

      Based at the Healthwatch stall in during Babbacombe Fayre last week I had the chance to talk to people about what we do and to hear about their ideas and concerns. Mo…


SQUIRCLE ARTS ​Working with Healthwatch Torbay and writing a regular column  in the Torbay Times means coming across all sorts of events and activities run by community groups and others across busy …