Bay Walk Leaders - and Canoes - Needed!

(Last Updated On: August 7, 2018)

Bay Walk Leaders

Hayley Tantner – Community Action Development Officer at
Torbay Community Development Trust – is looking to recruit new Bay Walk Leaders.

If you’re interested, or know of anyone that would be interested in setting up a weekly walk, there is training available on Monday 20th August at 11 Castle Road, Torquay TQ1 3BB (time to be confirmed). Everyone must register to attend the training through Hayley herself by phoning 07703 715219, 01803 212638, or email ‘After the initial training ,’ she says, ‘there will be ongoing support with the walks that are set up.’

Hayley is am interested in new walks being set up that are slow and short so that they are more easily accessible. Some of her current walks are quite fast paced and lengthy, not always suitable for everyone. ‘However,’ she adds, ‘anyone wanting to set up any kind of walk of any type will be greatly received.’

Canoes Needed, too!

Hayley will be setting across Torbay on a strange vehicle this September (Sunday 2nd September)…a seabike. ‘I will literally be cycling across the waters of Torbay,’ she tells us, ‘alongside Councillor Robert Excell on his own seaworthy bicycle.’

‘However,’ Hayley goes on, ‘this madness is for a good cause. I’m raising money and awareness for Ourbus Torbay, the community bus service set up by Torbay Community Development Trust and Ageing Well Torbay.’

Hayley has almost everything she needs to create a seabike, except for two things – a pair of canoes. If anyone has any canoes they’re willing to part with permanently (as they’d become part of the seabike) please let her me know ASAP.

If you’d like to support her in a different way, please donate towards her voyage, by visiting Hayley’s donation page on

If you’d like to get in touch, you can also ring her at CDT on the numbers above.

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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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!