Healthwatch at Cockington Fayre

(Last Updated On: July 30, 2018)

Healthwatch at Cockington Fayre

Torbay’s famous Cockington Fayre is happening this Wednesday – August 1st – and it’s a chance, the organisers remind us, to ‘Come and join in a traditional old English village summer fair in beautiful Cockington.’

All sorts of stalls will be there alongside fun family events going on. It was, sadly, rained off last year but things look promising this week (though it’s still pouring on Monday morning as I write!).

It’s a chance, too, to come along and chat to us at our Healthwatch Torbay stand. You can find out about all that we do as your local health and social services watchdog and talk to us about your own experiences, good and not so good.

If you want to know more about Healthwatch Torbay, by the way, or even to volunteer with us, call free on 08000 520 029, email, or visit You could even just pop into the Healthwatch offices in Paignton’s Library and Information centre, open from Monday to Friday.

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Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay


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!